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In September, a group of hardline Buddhist monks attacked the homes of Rohingya refugees in Boosa, southern Sri Lanka. In November, dozens of home and businesses of Muslims were attacked near the southern city of Galle. “Over the past year, the region was marked by assaults on civil society. Journalists, bloggers, activists and others human rights defenders have been vilified and subjected to threats and violence. Meanwhile, online, invasive new cybercrime legislation has been used to criminalize freedom of expression and subject people to unlawful surveillance,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.“South Asia also remains one of the most dangerous regions to be a member of a religious minority. Muslims in India and Sri Lanka, Shi’as in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Hindus in Bangladesh have all come under attack over the past year. In each case, the governments have either failed to protect them, been indifferent to their fate, or even encouraged a climate of hostility.” Sri Lanka has been listed among countries unsafe for Muslims in a newly released world report.In the report, Amnesty International notes that Sri Lanka saw a rise in Buddhist nationalist sentiment last year, including attacks against Christians and Muslims. The State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018 by Amnesty International notes that in South Asia, governments invoked law and order, national security and religion as they engaged in attacks against religious minorities, criminalized freedom of expression and subjected civil society to a campaign of intimidation, threats, smears and violence The report also says that in Sri Lanka, families attempting to arrange stones as memorials for loved ones lost during the 26-year internal conflict were stopped by security forces last year. Human rights defenders were also subject to surveillance and intimidation. Women human rights defenders in the north and east reported that interactions with the police were often degrading and sexualized. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,065.55 up 69.21 points):Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 21 cents, or 1.14 per cent, at $18.65 on 8.65 million shares. Eight institutional investors are objecting to the decision to pay co-chairman John Thornton a signing bonus pegged at $11.9 million on top of his regular compensation. The investors said they will vote against both the executive compensation resolution and the election of the compensation committee at Barrick’s annual meeting next week.Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:BNC). Drug developer. Up 3.5 cents, or 14.89 per cent, at 27 cents on 8.34 million shares. Fonds de solidarite FTQ, one of the company’s largest shareholders, has sold its entire stake in the firm. The labour-sponsored investment fund held about six million shares in Bioniche which represents about a 5.7 per cent stake in the company.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up a penny, or 0.08 per cent, at $11.81 on 6.44 million shares. The gold sector is on the mend, rising 1.42 per cent to end the day at 191.85 points after double-digit losses earlier in the week as the price of the bullion fell.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Miner. Up 39 cents, or 5.60 per cent, at $7.35 on 4.84 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.37 per cent, at $5.45 on 4.78 million shares.Dalradian Resources Inc. (TSX:DNA). Down two cents, or 2.86 per cent, at 68 cents on 4.47 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (939.07 up 6.13 points):Brilliant Resources Inc. (TSXV:BLT). Mine explorer. Up a penny, or 25 per cent, at five cents on 3.66 million shares.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSX:PRY). Oil and gas explorer. Down six cents, or 5.77 per cent, at 98 cents on 3.42 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 39 cents, or 2.83 per cent, at $14.19 on 3.56 million shares. Retailer Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A) has selected BlackBerry smartphones for its employees to use as their primary business device. Canadian Tire’s stock was up 19 cents, or 0.26 per cent, at $73.05 on 113,702 shares.TransForce (TSX:TFI). Transportation. Down 47 cents, or 2.35 per cent, at $19.53 on 1.24 million shares. The trucking company posted weaker results in the first quarter as energy sector revenues dropped 24 per cent and margins plummeted. Profits fell 37 per cent to $18.9 million compared with the prior year. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 5:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

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