War-affected women with disabilities cry for recognition

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

http://www.ft.lk/opinion/War-affected-women-with-disabilities-cry-for-recognition/14-660820 By Shanika Sriyananda The LTTE cadres were at their doorstep that night, to recruit one member from the family to fight against the on-going military thrust that was progressing rapidly towards Mullaitivu in 2008. They were eyeing to drag Devi Selvaraja’s (not her real name) elder sister’s husband, the sole breadwinner of the family, for combat training. Single and wanting to save the family with two young children, she had no option other than joining the LTTE.  She travelled to Mullaitivu during the ceasefire to bring her sister’s family to Puttalam, where she was living with her parents. Unfortunately, with the LTTE’s sudden travel ban, she got stuck at her sister’s house in Kepapilavu, Mullaitivu. Devi, who was a garment factory worker in Puttalam, […]

Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

http://www.lse.ac.uk/humanRights/events/2013/SriLanka.aspx Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges in a post-war and post-conflict environment 20 June 2013 Speakers: Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu; Asanga Welikala; Uvindu Kurukulasuriya  Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre for the study of Human Rights, London School of Economics Audio recording (you may have to scroll down a bit once you get there)  Sri Lanka’s civil war, which spanned more than a quarter of a century, ended in 2009. With more than 100,000 war casualties and one million refugees, it represented one of Asia’s most violent, destructive and intractable conflicts. Four years since active military hostilities ended, there has been no progress towards constitutional and political reforms addressing the problems of pluralism and democracy that lay at the heart of the conflict, nor a […]

Penneys to “walk the talk” to raise funds to provide engine boats & nets to fishing families affected by the war in the North and East

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Dear friend, I am sure you would remember the email I sent you on the above matter. Mr & Mrs Penney will be walking 55km on 25th August to raise funds to assist the IDP fishing families in the north and east of Sri Lanka to restart their lives after many years of displacement. They have almost reached 50% of their target of donating 10 boats (£14,000). You can click the link of their fund raising page below and can see from the list of donors the majority donated so far has been from their friends and family, and a handful of Tamil diaspora. Although the Penneys have no direct connection to the victims of war in the north and east of Sri Lanka, they are undertaking this painful […]

Hope fades at Tellipalai cancer hospital

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

TELLIPALAI: After working two long shifts during the week Dr Anusha Yoganathan was working a normal shift on Wednesday again at the Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital. But seated in ward 14 despite her unwavering smile, she appears to have much on her mind. Dr Anusha Yoganathan who has been working at the unit for 13 years is one of the longest serving doctors at the Oncology Unit. “I joined the Oncology Unit during the time it was located at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and later transferred to Tellippalai” she says. Recalling her early days at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Yoganathan says despite a large number of patients, those were, in retrospect, easier times. Unlike work in other units, the stresses of working in a cancer […]

Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner

18th August 2018 // 0 Comments

18 Aug 2018, London Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to congratulate former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We also express our appreciation to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in facilitating the appointment of such an eminent person with indisputable record of national and global leadership on human rights. There is no better endorsement than from her predecessor, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who said: “She has all the attributes – courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights – to make her a successful High Commissioner.” GTF would like to take this opportunity […]

NO Political Package?

18th August 2018 // 0 Comments

DR ARUJUNA SIVANANTHAN This the outcome of ongoing and relentless lobbying by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, Hon Paul Scully, Conservative MP for Sutton, Vice Chairs Rt Hon Theresa Villiers PC and Conservative MP for Barnet, Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the Education Select Committee, Hon Bob Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East, Hon Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, Hon Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond, and other Friends in the Party. It is also a result of the significant interest that successive Conservative Prime Ministers and Ministers at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have taken in the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/family-resettlement-and-peacebuilding-in-sri-lanka-boosted-by-1-million Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million UK funding […]

No need to downsize military Sarath Fonseka

18th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Military strength should be maintained above 150,000 Country’s military needed to face not only internal threat but also external threat PM should be next candidate There are corrupt Police officers harassing my people No point in complaining to Law and Order Minister Just because these people are doing political work for us, the Police are throwing them behind bars. They are innocent, having families with children. The Police get hold of them, plant some drugs or cartridges and arrest them. If it is more than two grams of drugs, they will end up in jail for life. That is very sad When I undertake visits to the national parks as the Subject Minister, a lot of my constituents seek to come with me to see […]

Rajapaksa shielded the perpetrators. The CID is right in having questioned him.

18th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The CID has questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the abduction of the then Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper Keith Noyahr, in May 2008. That incident should have been probed and punishment meted out to the perpetrators a long time ago. Strangely, the present government, too, failed to do so in spite of its platform rhetoric. It suddenly wakes up to the delays in probes into the attacks on the media only when it gets into hot water, on the political front. Some Sri Lanka Podujuana Peramuna local government members are reported to have attended a council meeting, wearing black armbands as a mark of protest against the CID questioning Rajapaksa. Such actions are uncalled for. Rajapaksa is in this predicament because he did […]

Sri Lanka Becoming A Regional Hub For The Heroin Trade?

18th August 2018 // 0 Comments

On July 8, in the most recent instance of a growing number of drug hauls, the police confiscated a cache of heroin worth over 1.2 billion rupees during a raid conducted in Kalubowila and Battaramulla. This is reportedly the largest stock of heroin seized by the authorities on Sri Lankan soil.  Earlier this year, in April, the Sri Lanka Navy and the Police Narcotics Bureau seized over 100 kg of heroin aboard a vessel off the southern coast that was bound for Sri Lanka. These recent hauls come in the wake of several high-value drug seizures over the last few years. According to Dr. Shanaka Jayasekara, Programme Coordinator for the Indian Ocean Region of the Global Maritime Crime Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), […]

Mahinda Decides to Protect his MP Post and give up ‘Opposition Leader’ post

17th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition (JO) is planning to give up the fight for the post of Opposition Leader. Speaking to media after an event held in Negombo on 15 August, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said even if the JO becomes independent in the parliament, it will not get the post of Opposition Leader. “I am confident that even if we become an independent party, they will not accept it since we were elected to the parliament in the first place through another party. Therefore we will not be able to get it. At the request of our fellow parliamentarians, we appointed a committee to get a report on this. We do not have high hopes. Even if we become independent, we will not succeed.” Since the […]

Keith Noyahr was released by his abductors after Mahinda was conducted.

17th August 2018 // 0 Comments

CID questions Mahinda over assault on Keith Noyahr The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today over the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr. Rajapaksa was questioned at his Colombo residence in Wijerama.  The CID informed Rajapaksa that they were told Keith Noyahr was released by his abductors after current Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the then Editor of The Nation newspaper Lalith Alahakoon had telephoned Rajapaksa following the abduction.  The former President told reporters outside his home today that he could not recall receiving a telephone call from Jayasuriya at the time. However he asked what was wrong in Noyahr being released by his abductors. The former President said that he sees the latest development as political revenge being taken on him……….. READ ALL Tracing the abduction of Keith Noyahr – Daily […]

For more than 30 YEARS, NO government has implemented the 13th Amendment

17th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By C. A. Chandraprema   Under the provisions of Appendix I of the 9th Schedule, which was introduced by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, police and public security are a subject devolved to the provincial councils. However, for more than three decades, no government has implemented these provisions due to the fear that the country would be rendered ungovernable. Despite this history of non-implementation, the proposed draft constitution also has provisions relating to the devolution of police powers which are, if anything, even worse than the provisions brought in by the 13th Amendment. Under the proposed draft constitution, the Sri Lanka Police are to be divided into the Sri Lanka National Police and the Sri Lanka Provincial Police. The type and quantity of firearms, […]

Half a million rupees in cash has been given from the accounts of the Navy to help the killer of Tamil MP Raviraj flee the country

17th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave half a million rupees in cash has been taken from the accounts of the Navy  to help the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday. It is learned that powerful politicians of Mahinda government who had given full blessing to such abductions and killing are now protecting the suspects with the support of current PM or the President. The Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court had previously issued an open warrant for the arrest of the suspect, while the Court of Appeal too had issued a similar warrant, in connection with the murder case of former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj. Admiral Wijegunaratne was caught on camera in December […]

The Army will not close down camps in the North and East

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Army will not close down camps in the North and East, but will shrink its deployment in a manner that will not jeopardise national security, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake said. “We are ready to release another 522 acres in the North and East but we have to adjust ourselves prior to releasing these lands to the owners. We have our own infrastructure requirements and for us to move, I have to now construct billets. Hence, I have requested money for this from the government and around Rs 800 million is required of which we have already been granted Rs.100 million so far. However, even if the balance is given to me today, I cannot have these camps move overnight and I require […]

NPC board of ministers unconstitutional – Governor

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Chaminda Silva Governor of the Northern Province (NPC), Reginald Cooray has asked NPC Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to appoint a new board of ministers. The existing provincial council board of ministers has more members than the constitutionally prescribed number. The Constitution says the number of ministers must be limited to five, but there are six ministers in the NPC currently. The Northern Provincial Council had no legal authority to administer the province, Cooray told The Island. Given the situation, the best option was for the current ministers to resign and to appoint a new provincial council cabinet, he said. Last year Wigneswaran sacked two provincial council ministers, Education Minister T. Kurukularaja and Agriculture Minister P. Ingaranesan, over corruption and fraud allegations. Ingaranesan has filed […]

Sri Lanka’s treacherous failure to counter Geneva project …from Nanthikadal to Colombo defense seminar 2018

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando For nearly a decade Sri Lanka neglected its responsibility to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations directed at its Army. War-winning Army, too, cannot under any circumstances absolve itself of its failure to address accountability issues. Having defeated the LTTE, in May 2009, the government and the Army never really bothered to examine war crimes accusations. Today, Sri Lanka accused of deliberately targeting the Vanni civilian population, with the Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran alleging genocide. War-winning Army Chief, the then Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s entry into politics, in late 2009, caused chaos with him accusing his troops of executing surrendering LTTE cadres on the Vanni east front. Fonseka’s explosive declaration, made in an exclusive interview with the then Sunday Leader editor Fredrica Jansz, […]

Wartime abductions, killing of TNA MP Raviraj – Suspect alleged to have fled country with Admiral’s help arrested in Colombo

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Navy-Sampath-arrested-154029.html A high profile-government inquiry into the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 Tamil youth by the Navy during Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannaoda’s tenure as the Commander of the service has taken a dramatic turn with the arrest of Lt. Commander Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi allegedly involved in the case. Police headquarters yesterday confirmed the arrest of the officer whose recent disappearance led the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to accuse the incumbent Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne of having helped him to flee the country in a Fast Attack Craft (FAC). The disappearances took place mostly in 2008. The majority of abductions were allegedly carried out in Colombo and its suburbs. The on-gong CID probe has come under the scrutiny of the […]

9200 million fraud ! Complaint lodged with Bribery and Corruption Commission against Basil !

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News -12.Aug.2018, 11.30PM) Under a project of the Water supply and drainage board owing to the pressures exerted by Basil Rajapakse , a fraud to the tune of US $ 57.5 million was committed , according to a complaint lodged day before yesterday (10) by a group including Attanagalle pradeshiya sabha member Dinesh Indika Rajapakse with the Commission to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption . The engineers of the Water Board had estimated a cost of US $ 172 million in regard to this project which was planned in 2012. While this was the estimated amount , this project was handed over without calling for tenders to a Chinese Co. –China machinery engineering Corporation Co. at a cost of US $ 229.5 […]

Seventy Years After Independence

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By V. Thirunavukkarasu – Vallipuram Thirunavukkarasu Seventy years into Independence from British rule, it is apt to draw up a modest balance sheet, having regard to the different dispensations comprising the two ruling parties, viz., the UNP and the SLFP and their respective allies. Well, one of the first acts of the DS Senanayake-led UNP Government, was the decitizenising/disenfranchisement of the Plantation sector workers, ironically as Independence dawned. It was an anti-Tamil and anti-working class step, and was thus 2 birds with one stone. The Plantation workers , as is well known, were imported by the Colonial Government from the neighbouring Indian State of Tamil Nadu. So, the Plantation workers, given their early identification as “Tamils of recent Indian origin” were isparagingly referred to as outcasts or coolies” […]

CID to grill Mahinda on abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr

15th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is to question former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr. The CID has told Rajapaksa they will visit his home on August 17 to record the statement.  Last year six Army officers were arrested in the case over the abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyhar but were later granted bail. Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.  The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. (Colombo Gazette) http://www.ceylontoday.lk/print-edition/2/print-more/10959 Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa has been noticed to appear before the CID on 17 August to record a statement with regard to a case of the alleged assault and abduction […]

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