Government urged to establish hybrid mechanism

The Government has been urged to establish a hybrid-international mechanism to deal with allegations related to the war.Amnesty International says by seeking to deliver on all four pillars – justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of nonrecurrence – through the establishment of these four mechanisms, Sri Lanka promises to break new ground and set global precedents that other states may follow in seeking to address impunity. The London based human rights organization says the mechanism must have a mandate to address crimes by all sides.Amnesty also notes that a broad temporal jurisdiction must be established and the mechanism must have jurisdiction over all crimes under international law. Successive Governments have announced programmes to provide permanent housing for the displaced; repair damaged houses; improve water and sanitation, assist with livelihood development and improve infrastructure, but Amnesty International says the programmes did not reach all those in need. (Colombo Gazette) Amnesty says a hybrid-international justice mechanism must be established and the mechanism must be provided with a clear mandate. “It is important that the commitments are delivered without delay and that all mechanisms coordinate with each other to ensure the effectiveness of their work,” Amnesty International said. The Government has also been urged to allow a Special Counsel to prosecute suspects at all levels and the Judges should be selected in an open, independent and transparent process.Amnesty also notes that victims of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including crimes under international law, have a right to full and effective reparation to address the harm they have suffered.It says reparation should seek to be transformative and address the individual, institutional and structural aspects that constitute the cause, contributing factors and/or consequences of violation and abuses. read more

China pork prices soar as herds hit by fever farm closures

BEIJING — Chinese families are having to rethink menu options as pork prices soar after herds were decimated by African swine fever and large-scale closures of pig farms for environmental reasons.China raises about half of the world’s pigs, and the outbreaks of African swine fever that began over a year ago have ravaged its herds. The disease does not infect humans.Officials announced this week new measures to revive hog production, prevent and control the disease and upgrade farms to further ensure pork supplies and stable prices.Pork prices surged 46.7% in August from a year earlier, adding 1.08 percentage points to a 2.8% rise in the consumer price index. That’s hitting Chinese families hard: pork accounts for more than 60% of their meat consumption.The Associated Press read more