Policeman interdicted over Thebuwana incident reinstated

The Police Sergeant had threatened to commit suicide using his weapon and refused to negotiate a settlement with the Police.The Police Special Task Force (STF) was then deployed to the area and a senior officer attempted to negotiate with the policeman and get him to return his weapon and give up his protest. The Police Sergeant had staged a protest in the Thebuwana junction with his weapon, demanding that he be treated fairly. A Policeman who was interdicted over his unruly behaviour in Thebuwana recently has been reinstated.Yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena donated Rs. 1 million to the policeman. Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena was temporarily suspended after he protested over the releasing of a lorry transporting sand by the Thebuwana Police Officer In Charge (OIC) on October 3. However the policemen refused to agree and eventually the STF and Police overpowered the policeman and brought the stand-off to an end.Gun shots were fired during the attempt to arrest the policeman but no one was injured.The Law and Order Ministry later said that the policeman was later interdicted over his behaviour. (Colombo Gazette) read more

DR Congo Ban condemns attack on UN base calls for perpetrators to

One peacekeeper from Malawi was killed and another wounded during a heavy exchange of fire when the Ugandan rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a base of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) in Makembi in North Kivu province, in the east of the vast country.Four national Congolese soldiers and a number of civilians were also killed in two other ADF attacks in the area. “The Secretary-General calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice,” a statement from his spokesman said. “He is extremely concerned by the series of attacks by the ADF in North Kivu, which have already resulted in more than 500 known civilian deaths since October 2014. Such attacks on civilians are a clear violation of international human rights and humanitarian law,” it added, reiterating UN commitment support the DRC authorities in neutralizing the armed groups.Earlier this month, the UN Security Council today called for the elimination of local and foreign armed groups, including ADF, which have for decades devastated the eastern regions of the DRC, urging the immediate resumption of joint operations between the UN peacekeeping force’s Intervention Brigade and the national army.In a separate statement, the Council also strongly condemned the attack and called on the Government of the DRC to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.Underlining that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, the Council also strongly condemned the repeated attacks perpetrated against civilians by the ADF in North Kivu. Council members further stressed the utmost importance of neutralizing, once and for all, all armed groups in the DRC and called for the urgent resumption of operations against these groups.The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to MONUSCO and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the mission and to remain committed to the full and objective implementation of the mission’s mandate. read more