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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN supports inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups in Sri Lanka.Observing International Day for the right to the truth, Ban Ki-moon urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated. To advance this effort, the UN supports fact-finding missions, commissions of inquiry, mapping exercises, and truth commissions, which document human rights violations and make recommendations to ensure accountability, reconciliation, and other reforms, he said, noting that from Colombia to Tunisia, from Mali to Sri Lanka, from Nepal to South Sudan, the UN has advocated for inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups, especially women, girls and those who are far too often excluded and marginalized.“Their meaningful participation must be ensured in all relevant stages of transitional justice processes, and their specific needs must be fully recognized in any reparation measures,” he said. “Across the world, every victim has the right to know the truth about violations that affected her or him,” Ban said in a message on the Day. “But the truth also has to be told for the benefit of all people and communities as a vital safeguard against the recurrence of violations. The right to the truth is closely linked to the right to justice.” The annual observance of International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980. He was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. He also stressed the need to secure the testimonies of victims and witnesses to ensure the rights to know the truth and to justice. Appropriate mechanisms for the protection of victims and witnesses, including their physical and psychological integrity, privacy, and dignity, must be put in place.Moreover, the preservation of archives and other documentation relating to human rights violations is crucial for ensuring undistorted historical record and preservation of memory, he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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TORONTO – Canadian spending grew 23 per cent on Cyber Monday and 6.5 per cent on Black Friday this year over last, pointing to the growing popularity of two of the busiest shopping days in the U.S. north of the border.“Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been popular shopping days with our neighbours south of the border for years,” said Malcolm Fowler, vice-president of marketing at Moneris Solutions, the debit and credit card processor that released the report.“Thanks to the unprecedented number of Canadian merchants and consumers who embraced them this year, these two shopping days are becoming a mainstay in Canada.”The report, which provides a snapshot of consumer spending activity in Canada by analyzing credit and debit card transaction data, found the specialty retail category saw the largest increase, 15 per cent, in dollars spend on Black Friday.Within that category, radios, televisions and stereos were the most popular choices with spending up 22 per cent.Clothing sales rose 13 per cent compared to the day last year.Apparel sales led the way on Cyber Monday, with spending growth up 77 per cent, followed by specialty retail, with 45 per cent growth. And online shoe sales skyrocked 112 per cent compared to 2011.Experts say the burgeoning weekend-long holiday sales event could soon surpass Boxing Day as the busiest shopping period of the year.For years, both events were largely U.S. phenomena that had Canadians who wanted to participate visiting American websites or making cross-border trips on the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, which marks the start of the crucial holiday shopping season when retailers turn profits, or go “into the black.”Cyber Monday emerged as shoppers wanting to continue their Black Friday spree logged-in at home, as well as at work on the following Monday.A combination of factors — U.S. competitors setting up shop in Canada, Canadian retailers trying to keep sales local, Canadians’ shifting shopping habits and tight-fisted consumers with shaky confidence in the economy — are helping to establish the events on Canadian soil. Black Friday spending up 6.5% Cyber Monday grows 23% over last year in Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2012 7:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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