CJA Newsletter

CJA Newsletter: January – April, 2014

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Written by pat_perkel
Photo above: CJA President Rita Payne is welcomed by CJA Bangladesh executive members including Farid Hossain, Hassan Shahriah and Shayamal Dutta during her visit to Bangladesh

In this edition: Cameroon:  Calls for release of jailed editorRwanda: Anniversary of genocide raises media questions

Uganda:  CJA hosts training

Nigeria:  News-related Tweets result in jail term

Australia:  Seeking to repeal some sections of the Racial Discrimination Act

India:  Media raises alarm about continued incidents of gang rape

Trinidad & Tobago: Urging full repeal of criminal libel

Among our stories –

Canada:  Sri Lanka’s role as chair of Commonwealth forces Canada to suspend funding

Human rights concerns in Sri Lanka have forced Canada to suspend voluntary funding to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London while the chair is held by Sri Lanka. Canada said it would instead direct its Can$10m (US$9m a year) in annual voluntary funding during the remainder of Sri Lanka’s term as chair of the Commonwealth to other Commonwealth programmes. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper had boycotted the last CHOGM in Sri Lanka last year. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said: “We will reallocate the funds to assist in combating the practice of child, early and forced marriage, and help Commonwealth civil society advance the promotion of human rights”. Sri Lanka has responded to Canada’s decision by saying that Canada is using its funding as a political tool. Canada is believed to be home to one of the largest communities of Tamils in the world. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said that the Canadian decision had been based on “electoral compulsions, thereby holding the membership of the wider Commonwealth to ransom.”

Download the full newsletter: CJA Newsletter April 2014 final

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