Day: 7 March 2018

Govt. continues to ignore UK Wartime dispatches

By Shamindra Ferdinando Nearly a decade after the successful conclusion of the war, Sri Lanka is still struggling to achieve national reconciliation. The previous Rajapaksa administration brought the violent conflict to an end on the morning of May 19, 2009 on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon,o n the Vanni east front, by militarily crushing …

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Govt. declares state of emergency

President enacts state of emergency for seven days after  Cabinet meeting PM condemns violence in P’ment, says clashes triggered by political ideologies, offers compensation   One dead, clashes continue in Digana and outskirts with police struggling to contain violence  Hartal in Kalmunai and protests in Colombo as Muslim community calls for Govt. action    Ministers and MPs fly to Kandy to get first-hand account of …

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Govt. urged to set up remaining three accountability mechanisms

By Shamindra Ferdinando Welcoming the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), a civil society grouping, ‘Platform for Freedom’ which has campaigned for an internationally acceptable permanent mechanism to probe disappearances, yesterday urged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government to establish three remaining mechanisms in accordance with Geneva Resolution without further delay. Secretary to the Consultation Task …

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US, UK, Aus. issue travel advisories on SL

The United States, Britain and Australia had issued travel advisories regarding Sri Lanka, following the violence in the Kandy District and the declaration of State of Emergency for a period of one week. The US State Department advised US citizens to monitor local media updates as further incidents could occur in the next few days. …

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The State of Emergency should have been imposed before says Mahinda

Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the reports of Digana violence stemming from a political conspiracy and said the incident reflects the inaction of the UNP. “This is not a political conspiracy. It reflects the inaction of the UNP. They are not keen on resolving the matter and the government has deviated from …

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