Tanzania Expresses Support for Moroccos Decision to Rejoin African Union

October 12, 2019


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Dar es Salaam – Tanzanian President, John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, expressed his country’s support for Morocco’s decision to rejoin the African Union (AU) and find its rightful place, said a joint statement issued after the official visit paid by HM King Mohammed VI to the United Republic of Tanzania on October 23-25.Magufuli also expressed his willingness to support Morocco’s admission to its institutional pan-African family as of the next Summit, the joint statement added.During the royal visit, the two leaders, who discussed the decision of Morocco to rejoin the AU, expressed their hope to see the return of Morocco to the African Union pave the way to tackling unresolved political and diplomatic issues that are a concern for Morocco, the same source said. The King and the Tanzanian President share the same ambitious vision for an African continent that must take charge of its own destiny and development, the statement said, adding that the two Heads of State stressed, in this regard, the need to strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation to promote a continuous and sustainable development. read more

Call to end corporal punishment in Sri Lanka by 2020

October 8, 2019


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The Stop Child Cruelty oraganisation including an Alliance of Professionals and a group of Religious Dignitaries today launched a programme to seek an end to corporal punishment in schools permanently by 2020.For decades the problem has been escalating steadily in most schools, and attempts taken to eliminate this scourge from the education system have failed. Globally, 131 countries including Sri Lanka have taken an enlightened stand and taken significant steps to ban CP due to the serious negative impact CP has on the minds of children in their formative years and on society. Violent physical harm inflicted upon children leads to major emotional and psychological scars with consequences which manifest in adulthood. Bullying, aggressive behavior and ragging in universities are few detrimental after effects which have been proven scientifically through credible research. ECP 2020 is a unique initiative, which commenced taking all these factors into consideration. This Campaign is unique in that, it is designed by a civil society organization, Stop Child Cruelty but is partnered by the Presidential Secretariat (Daruwan Surakimu) and the Sri Lanka Foundation, two leading Institutions of the Government of Sri Lanka.ECP 2020 aim is to present a Petition signed by over 2000 committed enthusiasts who want to see Sri Lanka as a nation free from CP. The Pentagon Proposal which has been developed giving the five overarching key components that are essential to make this a reality. These five components refer to the main arms of the government that are responsible for implementation. Details of the Pentagon Proposal will be made public at the ‘Walk for Real Change’ scheduled on 30th September at 3pm at Independence Square.The Pentagon Proposal will describe how ECP 2020 can be implemented stage by stage between now and 2020. read more