Sri Lanka Current Affairs

IIIDEM Conducts Training on Election Management for SAARC Nations

The India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) has conducted training on Election Management of SAARC Countries.

It was conducted by Election Commission of India (ECI) and sponsored by the Union Ministry of External Affairs with aim of promoting free, fair, peaceful and inclusive elections.

Key Facts
  • The training course is attended by delegates consisting of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
  • The 11 day (5th to 15th December 2016) course encapsulates several sessions on principles and practices for election management.
  • During the program, the 28 participants from these 6 SAARC countries will share their experiences on election situation in their respective countries.
  • Additionally, it aims to train officials on various aspects of election management like capacity building of stakeholders, code of conduct, voter inclusion and registration etc.
  • It will have participatory sessions on ‘Free, Fair Elections and International Standards,’ ‘Principles of Voter Registration and Type of Voter Registers’ and ‘Electoral Systems and Practices’.

About India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM)

  • IIDEM is an advanced resource centre of learning, research, training and extension for participatory democracy and election management.
  • It has been developed in collaboration with the Union Government, United Nations, Commonwealth and inter-governmental organisations like Sweden based International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
  • It is a national and international hub for exchange of good practices in election management.
  • It has four components (i) Training and Capacity Development, (ii) Voter Education and Civic Participation, (iii) Research, Innovation and Documentation and (iv) International Projects and Technical Collaboration.

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High Level Meeting of Interior Ministers of IOR adopts Colombo declaration to Counter Drug Trafficking

The High Level Meeting of Interior Ministers of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to Counter Drug Trafficking was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It had adopted Colombo declaration.

The delegates from 18 littoral states of the IOR have resolved to work towards making the region a “Drug Free Zone”. Indian delegation was led by the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir.

Key Facts

  • The high-level meeting was attended by 18 littoral states of the IOR which included seven Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Home Affairs/Interior.
  • It was also attended by seven international organizations and UN agencies engaged in counter-narcotics initiatives in the region.

Features of Colombo declaration

  • Narcotic drug trafficking in the IOR poses a threat to peace and security in the region and its possible link to organized crime and funding of terrorism.
  • It stresses upon need for coastal states to cooperate more closely on enforcing maritime law, providing mutual legal assistance and sharing information in narcotic drug trafficking.
  • It also calls for the expansion and development of communication through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC’s) Indian Ocean Prosecutors Network.
  • It called on the littoral states of the IOR to meet on an annual basis within the framework of the Southern Route Partnership (SRP) of Indian Ocean Forum on Maritime Crime (IOFMC).
  • These states must assess and report on the drug trafficking threat in the IOR and develop a coordinated approach to counter such threats.

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