UN committee on torture prevention holds meeting with HRCSL

The Subcommittee will be visiting places of deprivation of liberty and will hold discussions on Sri Lanka establishing an independent National Preventive Mechanism.The Optional Protocol, which Sri Lanka ratified in 2017, requires such a mechanism to be established with the authority and capacity to undertake preventive visits to any place where persons may be deprived of their liberty.“During our visit we will be exploring the steps Sri Lanka needs to take to effectively prevent torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty,” said Victor Zaharia. “We will also advise the authorities on the full implementation of their treaty obligations, including how they can best establish a national independent body to visit places of detention.” The delegation includes Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). (Colombo Gazette) The delegation comprised of Victor Zaharia, (Head of Delegation), Staybhooshun Gupt Domah, Petros Michaelides, and Ms. June Lopez. The SPT Delegation met with Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners Ms. Ramani Muttetuwegama and Ms. Ambika Satkunanathan and discussed issues of mutual concern and interest. The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is on its first visit to Sri Lanka to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment.Their talks in Colombo will focus on advising and assisting the Sri Lankan authorities regarding the measures they must take to be in compliance with the obligations contained in the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. A UN committee on torture prevention has met with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka said today.The delegation of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), currently in Sri Lanka, visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. read more

Chinas January trade soars exports up 25 per cent imports 28 per

China’s January trade soars; exports up 25 per cent, imports 28 per cent BEIJING, China – China’s trade growth surged in January but much of the increase was driven by the traditional Lunar New Year holiday.Exports soared 25 per cent over a year earlier, up from the previous month’s 14.1 per cent, as companies rushed to fill orders before shutting down for up to two weeks, data showed Friday. Import growth rocketed to 28 per cent, more than quadruple the previous month’s 6 per cent.China’s trade growth has rebounded in recent months in a sign of economic recovery but longer-term trade measures are likely to show lower growth than January’s double-digit increase.“Seeing the underlying trend is a little difficult. Nevertheless, the data were above expectations and seem generally positive,” said Moody’s Analytics economist Alaistair Chan in a report.Last year’s Lunar New Year shutdown began in January, leaving fewer work days and boosting this year’s figures by comparison. This year’s holiday falls entirely in February, which will make this month’s trade look unusually weak.Once holiday distortions are factored out, trade growth for the full quarter should be in high single digits, said Goldman Sachs economists in a report.China’s economic growth ticked up in the final quarter of last year from a three-year low. Analysts say a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy still is shaky and will be too weak to drive a global rebound without a turnaround in the United States and Europe.The World Bank and private sector forecasters expect economic growth of about 8 per cent in 2012 and about 7.5 per cent this year. That would be stronger than the West and Japan but China’s weakest performance since the 1990s.A slowdown in Chinese demand could hurt trading partners from Africa to Australia to Brazil where exports of oil, iron ore and other raw materials to China’s factories have fueled an economic boom.Beijing is pinning its hopes for recovery on government-driven investment and domestic consumer spending that is rising but not as fast as authorities want. Officials warned last year that global demand was so weak that trade would contribute little or nothing to overall economic growth.The country’s global trade surplus in January was $29.2 billion. Exports were $187.4 billion while imports totalled $158.2 billion.Analysts warn China’s recovery could be vulnerable if trade weakens or the government fails to pump enough money into the economy through investment. Societe Generale said last month there still is a chance of a “hard landing” this year, with growth dropping below 6 per cent — dangerously low for China.“A deceleration is likely by the end of the year if further stimulus measures are not forthcoming, which they probably won’t because of latent inflation pressures,” said Chan of Moody’s. “Exports are expected to record moderate growth as the global economy recovers.”___Genneral Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cn AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 12:34 am MDT read more