UN Rapporteur wants Lanka to invite him

“It is encouraging that it has not been completely imposed on the state, but the state itself is receptive to some of these ideas. And I think it’s encouraging for the system that it does not work in all cases but in some cases, the system can actually address this, and accountability is the central point really of protecting the right to life, without that it’s simply an ideal, but when one has accountability as we may have at least to some extend in Sri Lanka it’s an affirmation of the right to life,” he said.However, he also noted that he has requested for a visit to Sri Lanka and he needs the approval from the Sri Lankan government to undertake the visit. “To me, the case of Sri Lanka stands out. And the resolution that has been taken in Geneva about that, in many cases, I think one has a situation where there are large scale killings, violence, and with this impunity, and for some time it looked like that was going to be the case with Sri Lanka,” he said. A top UN official said that there were encouraging signs that Sri Lanka will deal with human rights concerns related to the war but the new government was not willing to go all the way.Christof Heyns, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said that for him Sri Lanka stands out as the most defining moment when carrying out his mandate in 2015. Heyns noted that while it is still early days and no one knows exactly what and where the process in addressing human rights concerns in Sri Lanka will go, it is encouraging that the process went as far as it has gone. “They’ve accepted some of the other mandates, but not my mandate. But I have a standing request to the government to visit Sri Lanka, and I’ll drop everything if they say I can go,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Dont train your dog to sit teach it life skills pet mindfulness

Ms Menteith was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes Credit:Tom Pilston for the Telegraph Dogs should be taught life skills rather than simply how to sit, stay and hand over their paws, a pet mindfulness coach has said.Carolyn Menteith, a leading dog behavioural expert, said dog owners should lose their obsession with teaching traditional obedience exercises and instead focus on the skills the pet innately has.“It doesn’t matter if your dog sits the moment you say sit if it goes and rips up the curtains and knocks over granny,” she said.”We should be teaching life skills instead of behaviour commands – how to settle when people are watching television and how to enjoy being handled.”Ms Menteith, who was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes and won the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor of the Year award three years previously, said training should be about building a relationship with the animal, rather than teaching it various tricks.“It doesn’t matter so much whether a dog does obedience exercises – like a dog walking perfectly to heel – we need a dog to be happy and fun with our family,” she said. Ms Menteith was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes  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. While in the past dog training relied on a formal technique based on military training, attitudes towards animals have softened as pets are growingly viewed as members of the family. Due to this, the trainer argues, owners should adopt a mindful and holistic approach to dog training, similar to how children are parented.“We don’t want children to sit down be quiet and be seen and not heard – we want them to be the best people they can possibly be working on their strengths,” she added. “It should be the same with dogs – we want a relationship not a dictatorship, to look at what they are already good at doing and work with those strengths.”As a result owners should build relationships with their domestic animals rather than focusing on teaching them commands.The trainer added: “It’s not about barking sit and expecting unswerving obedience. It’s about building a relationship.”It’s looking at the individual dog you have – each dog has a different personality and in the same way we look at different relationships with people in our lives, you have to build one with your dog.”The Dogs Trust recommends that new dogs are taken to local training courses, to learn traditional commands and meet other dogs.The charity says on its website: “Training your puppy should start straight away to avoid him developing bad habits. Teach him what is acceptable. Make clear and simple commands and show him what you wanthim to do. Lessons should be short and at regular intervals. Remember – always reward good behaviour, and ignore ‘bad’ behaviour.” read more