Patna: Bihar Assembly’s monsoon session began on Friday with the Opposition protesting outside the Vidhan Sabha over the death of more than 175 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state and demanded the resignation of state Health Minister Mangal Pandey. The Opposition MLAs also protested against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. MLAs from the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) gathered outside the Vidhan Sabha since morning holding huge posters and placards. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Bhai Virendra demanded Pandey’s resignation saying he was insensitive to the criticality of the situation. CPI-ML protesters said the Health Minister was more keen to find out the cricket score of the India-Pakistan match than acting to prevent the spread of AES.
GTF also said that former UN High Commissioner Navi Pillai advocated for the UNHRC to mandate an international inquiry and instrumental in setting up an OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka (OISL) under the guidance of eminent international jurists. GTF is a global diaspora organization of Tamils based in London. (Colombo Gazette) “In Sri Lanka, the UN system failed miserably in 2009 in preventing the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly Tamil citizens in the hands of the country’s security forces. However, the initiatives taken by the leading UN officials to address this failure are notable and praiseworthy. The then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a Panel of Experts to address accountability issues related to alleged war time abuses and an Internal Review Panel to prevent the repetition of the Sri Lanka-type failure,” GTF said. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called on the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka.The GTF congratulated Bachelet on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “The reports presented by the High Commissioner Zeid and the core group of countries during the UNHRC reviews for monitoring the progress on implementation unambiguously attest to this fact. Frustrated by the lack of will and slow pace of implementation by the Sri Lanka government he argued for the establishment of a specialized court supported by international practitioners and urging member states to act on their responsibility via universal jurisdiction,” GTF added.It is in this context GTF noted that the March 2019 session will be crucial in ensuring Sri Lanka continues to be under the purview of the UNHRC, with necessary arrangements to address the discrepancies between its promises and delivery.GTF warned that any failure on the part of the UNHRC will send a wrong message to countries with despicable human rights record that they can live out a resolution without consequences – an undesirable failure the UN system cannot afford and a major setback to promoting human rights across the globe. “The outgoing UN High Commissioner Zeid was key to monitoring accountability and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. The leadership shown by these UN officials and the support from several countries ultimately led to the passing of the UNHRC resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, in 2015 and 2017, respectively,” GTF added.GTF said that though Sri Lanka co-sponsored these resolutions, its commitment and will to implement them have not been demonstrated in the three intervening years.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Before his death, Mr Ubiaro recorded a message from his hospice bed thanking everyone for their kindness.“Thank you so much to everyone that’s been supporting myself and my family,” he wrote.“Myself and my five boys, we’ve just lost my wife, they’ve lost a mother, and they’ve also lost their best friend as well.” Kind-hearted strangers have donated almost £40,000 via GoFundMe to help support their children and the funeral arrangements. “It breaks my heart to report that sadly our dear brother Omena has lost his fight to cancer at the early hours of Monday September 4,” wrote family friend Charles Busari.“I would like to offer a heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has contributed so far financially, with prayers and with words of encouragement.“Unfortunately our worst fears have been confirmed and we need your donations now more than ever to support the children. No amount is too small as a little streams make mighty oceans. Thank You.” He added: “I cannot lie. It has been the most toughest thing that a husband and a father has ever had to face.” A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for the family Credit:Family handout Omena and Makeda Credit:Family handout Omena Ubiaro died after a battle with cancer Credit:Family Handout Tributes have been paid to the couple, who met at a college in south London, with one posting: “This is heartbreaking. Rest in Peace Omena.”Another wrote: “So sad to receive the call and hear that you have also passed dear Omena. May you Omena and Makeda rest in perfect peace. You showed the world what love was until the very end.”Heartbroken son captures couple’s final goodbye after double tragedy Donations have poured in for five children who lost both their parents to bowel cancer just weeks apart.Omena Ubiaro, 38, died at a hospice in Wolverhampton on September 4 following a three-year battle with the disease.The grieving father lost his 38-year-old wife Makeda to the same disease on July 29, with the couple leaving behind five sons, aged seven to 19.