Earlier today Colombo Gazette reported that Muslims in Sri Lanka had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by them as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said. The military has had talks today with Muslim groups on the security concerns of Muslims over the situation which has developed following the Halal certification issue.The meeting comes a week after similar discussions were held between the military and the Bodu Bala Sena monks. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile separately Ministers A.H.M Fowzie, Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Badurdeen and A.L.M Athulaulla met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Navamani newspaper reported.The newspaper said in an online posting that the situation faced by Muslims in the country was discussed at the meeting. The military had assured the Muslims that they will be given full security and that any anti-Muslim campaign will not be encouraged. The Navamani newspaper reported that the Head of the Military Intelligence took part in the meeting today with the Muslim organizations. read more

Syrian Arab Red CrescentWith thousands in need of life-saving aid, a convoy consisting of 46 truckloads of health and nutrition supplies will provide some relief.Marwa Awad, a WFP Communications Officer based in Damascus, said plans are under way for another humanitarian convoy to access Eastern Ghouta on Thursday. “This one convoy is not enough in order to cover the needs of the nearly 400,000 people on the inside, and it’s one drop in an ocean of needs and we very much look forward to and hope to be able to get more access in the future to support the people who desperately need humanitarian assistance,” she said.WFP reported that a recent food security analysis has revealed widespread severe malnutrition in Duma.The UN agency provides food assistance to three million people in Syria every month. UN Human Rights Council requests urgent inquiry into events in Eastern GhoutaIn related news, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council concluded its urgent debate on the situation in Eastern Ghouta by adopting a resolution requesting the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, upon renewal of its mandate, to urgently conduct a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the recent events in Eastern Ghouta, and to provide an update followed by an interactive dialogue on the situation to the Council. The convoy carried wheat flour for 27,500 people in the city of Duma, as well as specialized nutritional supplies for malnourished children, and marked the first time in four months that WFP and its partners have reached the area.Aid workers also conducted food security, nutrition and medical assessments.Eastern Ghouta, located near the capital, Damascus, has been under heavy bombardment, with more than 400,000 people experiencing shortages of food, fuel, medicines and drinking water. “A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Eastern Ghouta where raging violence has paralyzed our response and our ability to reach families who desperately need help,” said Jakob Kern, WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria.“The longer Eastern Ghouta is deprived of the necessities of life, the more people will die. We appeal to all parties to allow the ongoing and safe delivery of aid to all people in need, no matter where they are.” read more