Day: 9 March 2018

Canada demands foreign judges; UK calls for more progress

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka came under fire as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)in Geneva began its 37th session last week,with the United Kingdom and Canada among the countries to fire the first salvo. Canada came out strongly,demanding that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors …

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Former US War Crimes Amb. Stephen Rapp & Renowned Int’l Lawyer Richard Rogers to Speak at UN in Geneva on Sri Lanka

When: Monday, March 12th. Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Where: Room XXV (UN Human Rights Council). GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes issues Ambassador Stephen Rapp and renowned international Lawyer Richard J. Rogers will be speaking at a UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva …

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Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening – Suren Surendiran

By Easwaran Rutnam The recent local government elections and statements made by the government as well as some of their actions have been seen as having a negative impact on the reconciliation process. Tamil diaspora groups like the very influential Global Tamil Forum in London have expressed frustration at how the unity government has progressed …

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Global Tamil Forum calls for stern action against those responsible for perpetrating anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

PRESS STATEMENT 09 March 2018, London Global Tamil Forum calls for stern action against those responsible for perpetrating anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that a concerted effort is being made by extremist elements from the Sinhala Buddhist community to spread falsehood and hatred, and to instigate destruction and …

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Amparai “Sterilizing Chemical”Canard Proved to be False

Amparai “Sterilizing Chemical”Canard Proved to be False Conclusively by Govt Analyst who says Particles Found in Food Were Mere Lumps of Flour. The particles that were found in food at an eatery in Ampara, which was earlier rumoured to be sterilizing chemicals, were clumps of flour, the Government Analyst reported to Police. “They were contents …

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Amith Weerasinghe of Mahasen Balakaya the Alleged Mastermind Behind Anti-Muslim Violence In Kandy arrested but will he be charged?

Amith Weerasinghe of Mahasen Balakaya the Alleged Mastermind Behind Anti-Muslim Violence In Kandy and His Associate Sumedha Suraweera Arested in Pre-dawn Raids at Digana and Poojapitiya by the Police Terrorism Investigation Division(TID) By Rathindra Kuruwita Police said yesterday the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had arrested Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, alleged to be one of the masterminds …

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Kandy violence TID nabs Prime suspect and 9 others

The prime suspect allegedly involved in instigating racially motivated mob violence in Digana and Teldeniya in the Kandy District was arrested yesterday (8), along with nine others, by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of the Police, thus restoring normalcy in the Central Province. Police Media Spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara, calling a special media …

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2 MPs involved in Riots in Kandy and Ampara – Names of MP’s will not be exposed?

 ”Speaker should take measures to protect the rights of the MPs” says JO Parliamentary Group Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena ”Government should immediately reveal the MP’s involved in the riots to Parliament. It is their responsibility” says JVP Leader ”Joint Opposition expressed its support to the government, is it correct to try to imprison MPs?” asks JO …

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‘Riots are Western agenda’ says Mahinda’s goon

Chairman of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday highlighted how even a well known British newspaper and an international Non Governmental Organisation were distorting the unfortunate incidents here to suit their agendas. The text of Prof. Peiris’ statement: The London based The Guardian carried an article on its web edition last Tuesday about …

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Smart Phones and Stupid Governments: Blocking Social Media as Sri Lanka Burns

Struggling to contain a spate of Buddhist-led attacks on minority muslims, Sri Lanka’s government imposed temporary blocking of social media and chat applications on March 7. This followed the reintroduction of Emergency Regulations, for the first time since 2011. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) has ordered all telecom operators to restrict access to Facebook, Viber and Whatsapp across …

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What exactly is going on in Sri Lanka?

We look at the present situation, a violent history unforgotten and what the people have to say Kandy The curfew imposed in Kandy has been temporarily lifted on Thursday following days of violence against Muslim minorities in the tourist town. About 50 people broke into Mohammad Ramzeen’s small restaurant in the town of Pilimathalawa on Wednesday …

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Video: STF Colludes With Goons Who Perpetrated Anti-Muslim Violence

Colombo Telegraph is in possession of video footage that show members of the Special Task Force (STF) of the Police Department or Sri Lankan Army in cahoots with those who have perpetrated violence against Muslims in Kandy district. The video clearly shows the assailant humiliating his victim, bragging about what he did, while STF/Army personnel look …

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Why aren’t ALL citizens in this country treated as equals?

By R. Sampanthan – R. Sampanthan I want to pose the question, Sir, as to whether we have reached a stage when people think that the law enforcement authorities can be taken for granted and that the law enforcement authorities are not a deterrent to whatever activities they are engaged in? Non-observance of the rule of law …

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