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Wigneswaran seeks international probe over attacks on Muslims

At the discussion Wigneswaran noted that Muslims are part of Sri Lanka yet they were attacked for no reason following the Easter Sunday bombings. The Tamil Makkal Kootani (TMK) led by Wigneswaran met for talks in Jaffna. Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called for an international investigation into the attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka.Wigneswaran, who has in the past demanded an international investigation into the war,  said that the rights of Muslims had been violated after the Easter Sunday attacks. He said that the Muslims are a community close to the Tamil community and so he would be writing to the UN Human Rights Council and other international bodies seeking an international investigation on the attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)


Brock prof unveils Invisible Histories at Toronto exhibition

The work of Brock Professor Donna Szoke on the hidden history of nuclear waste is being featured in a Toronto group exhibition that opened last week.Szoke, a researcher and Visual Arts Chair, has her work on display as part of Digital Animalities — a two-venue exhibition of artworks that examines how human-animal understandings and relationships are changing through the use of ubiquitous media and new technologies.The exhibition is part of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(SSHRC)-funded research project titled “Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk,” led by Jody Berland of York University.It brings the work of artists and researchers together to highlight the challenges and opportunities for new understandings of animals in contemporary digital culture.Co-curated by Giovanni Aloi, Matthew Brower and Curatorial Assistant Seb Roberts, Digital Animalities divided the works into two exhibitions: Mapping (at the James B. Aird gallery) and Rendering (at CONTACT Gallery).Szoke’s Invisible Histories (a geolocative smartphone/tablet app she developed in 2015) is featured in the Mapping exhibition.The free app maps nuclear waste at a Niagara Falls, N.Y., storage site, where more than 270,000 mice used in radioactive experiments have been buried.The app brings public awareness to the fact that there is radioactive evidence of secret atomic testing that took place during the infamous Manhattan Project in Niagara.Users are guided through the app to the rodent burial site through the leadership of green, glowing 3D mice that become more prevalent on-screen as the site grows near.Szoke said it’s ironic, because no one actually wants to go towards nuclear waste, but the mice guide users to their graves to reveal their tragic end.Szoke was awarded the 2017 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. Her artistic work includes media art, interactive animation, installation, drawing, experimentation and printmaking.Digital Animalities runs at the John B. Aird Gallery and CONTACT Gallery in Toronto until Nov. 23.The Invisible Histories app is available for free download at the iTunes store (OsX) and Google Play (Android). read more


Twenty men in grooming gang are jailed for inhuman abuse of victims

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the gang: “The extent and gravity of your offending far exceeds anything which I have previously encountered. It was a very significant campaign of rape and other sexual abuse.”Children’s lives have been ruined and families profoundly affected by seeing their children, over months and years, out of control, having been groomed by you and other members of your gang.” Throughout the three trials, jurors were told how the men – who used nicknames including Beastie and Dracula – had plied their victims with drink and drugs before sexually abusing them.The girls, who were all considered vulnerable, described how they initially thought they were being shown genuine affection before the abuse began. In at least one case the victim later attempted suicide, another had an abortion and two of the victims had learning disabilities.The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: “The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.”As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did.”He added: “The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way.”The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford. The gang was jailed after three trials earlier this year Tommy Robinson was jailed after almost derailing one of the trials A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like “commodities” and used them for their own “sexual gratification”.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as “inhuman”.The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court. The abuse took place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire The gang was jailed after three trials earlier this year Tommy Robinson was jailed after almost derailing one of the trials The abuse took place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more