Matugama Electorate                 – Lakshman Kiriella Galle District    Hiniduma Electorate                –  Duminda DisanayakeBaddegama Electorate              – P. HarrisonBentara-Elpitiya                           – Wijeyadasa Rajapakse Following is the name list of the newly appointed organizers: President Maithripala Sirisena appointed several Ministers from the areas not affected by floods as the organizers for the flood relief work in the affected electorates.They will coordinate the relief measures for the victims. The Ministers received their appointment letters from the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today. Bulathsinhala Electorate        –  Nimal Siripala de SilvaAgalawathta Electorate             – S.B. DisanayakeBandaragama Electorate          – Patali Champika Ranawaka Matara District     Akuressa Electorate                 – Anura Priyadarshana YapaDeniyaya Electorate                 – Akila Viraj KariyawasamMatata  Electorate                     – Ravi KarunanayakeWeligama Electorate                  – Ranjith SiyabalapitiyaHakmana Electorate                  – Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa Horana Electorate                    – Sarath AmunugamaKalutara Electorate                  – Rauff Hakeem and Arjuna Ranatunga Kegalle District                  Mr. Daya GamageField Marshal Sarath Fonseka  Hambantota District    Mr. Faizer MustaphaMr. Harin Fernando The newly appointed organizers have the responsibility to carry out the coordination work of the programmes launched to provide relief measures for the people in the affected areas and to rebuild their livelihood. Kalutara District          Rathnapura District     Kalawana Electorate                 – Susil PremajayanthaRathnapura Electorate               – Rishad BathiudeenEheliyagoda Electorate              – S.B.NawinnaPelmadulla Electorate               -Gamini Jayawickrama PereraNiwitigala  Electorate                – Navin Dissanayake read more

“We are shocked by this disastrous situation that has claimed the lives of several thousand people and continues to rage in the region, without provoking national or international attention,” said Bacre Waly Ndiaye, President of the Team of International Experts appointed by the Human Rights Council.The experts believed that following an upsurge in violence, which has swept the Kasai region since 2016, civilian killings, including children, and atrocities – such as mutilations, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, torture and exterminations – were committed in a generalized and systematic fashion, constituting crimes against humanity.“It is high time for justice to put an end to impunity if we do not want the ethnic dimension of the conflict to worsen,” he added.The experts revealed that two years after the conflict began, the crimes and destruction continue – resulting in some 1.4 million people internally displaced, and another 35,000 who have fled to Angola. Women have been enslaved and some abuses may also amount to ethnic persecution.While warning of an alarming humanitarian situation that has been particularly harsh on children, the team flagged that the Kamuina Nsapu militia also recruited boys and girls. According to the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, about 3.2 million people continue to be severely food insecure, and malnutrition rates, especially for children, are high.Among other recommendations, the experts demanded that the militias be disarmed and that a reconciliation process be implemented to avoid another wave of violence and allow the return of the displaced and refugees. They emphasized that the responsibility to prosecute those guilty of international crimes – and to end the impunity that persists – lies first and foremost with the Congolese authorities. The team proposed that the capacity of military investigative entities be built up so that the perpetrators of the international crimes committed in Kasai since 2016 – including by officials in the highest positions – can be investigated and prosecuted.  It also called for proper care to be provided to the survivors of rapes and sexual violence.Meanwhile, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating the situation, has expressed her concern about the acts of violence committed in the Kasai region and that she intends to monitor the situation closely. read more