Day: 7 May 2016

Sajin de Vass Gunawardena Accuses Rajapaksa Family Member of Orchestrating Mud Slinging Campaign Against Him By Weerawansa,Gammanpila and Sri Renga.

By Harischandra Gunaratna Former Parliamentarian and ex-Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalist Sajin Vass Gunawardena yesterday said that a Rajapaksa family member had orchestrated the recent mud slinging campaign against him carried out by politicians Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Sri Ranga. Gunawardena addressing the media at his Borella residence said, “The allegations against me are baseless and …

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Police TID Arrests 4 Top Eastern Ex-Tiger Leaders Who Worked With Military Intelligence After War Ended

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj A widespread security crackdown has been underway in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Over 20 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)organization have been reportedly taken into custody over the past weeks in a staggered security operation spearheaded by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID)of the Police.Almost …

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Special Rapporteur says torture still continues in Sri Lanka

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan E. Méndez says torture still continues in Sri Lanka. Speaking to reporters after concluding his visit to Sri Lanka today, Méndez however said that the number of torture related incidents have reduced when compared to the peak of the war. …

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Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to discuss Sri Lanka

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is to discuss Sri Lanka at its 109th session in Geneva. The Working Group will hold its 109th session from 9 to 18 May to examine almost 800 cases from 40 different countries. The Group’s five independent human rights experts will also meet relatives of those who …

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Asylum seekers deported from Cocos Islands arrested by Sri Lankan police

Group of 12 taken from Colombo airport directly into the custody of the criminal investigation department  A file picture of an asylum seeker boat near Christmas Island. The group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from Australia’s Cocos Islands have been arrested and taken into police custody in Colombo. Photograph: Scott Fisher/EPA Ben Doherty The …

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Sinhala Nationalists Unintentionally Promoting Separatism

Conundrum: Sinhala Nationalists Against Federalism But Unintentionally Promoting Separatism By S. Narapalasingam – Dr. S. Narapalasingam Recent comments on federalism in the light of the forthcoming new constitution for the discordant Sri Lanka, highlight the preconceived mindset that denied peace and development to the nation after independence. The living conditions of the people, particularly those …

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