Day: 26 March 2018

Abduction suspects conspire at Welisara Navy camp party

WHA group, who are suspects in the abduction of 11 persons during 2008-2010 for extortion, organized a party at the Welisara Navy camp on March 23. They were D.K.P. Dassanayake, Mapa Bandara and Ranasinghe. Participants included lawyers in the related court case Asith Siriwardena, Rasika Balasuriya and ‘Divaina’ journalist Saman Gamage. The defendants’ call to …

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The President, has residuary executive powers which every Head of State possesses.

By DR WICKRAMABAHU With the noise of the no confidence motion against the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe the issue of the powers of the president came under debate again. Comrade Jayampathi of course believes that he has put the final nails on the coffin of this issue. Strangely, things happened recently that made the yahapalana democratic …

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Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: From Denial to Delay

The government of Sri Lanka has over promised and under delivered when it comes to transitional justice. At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting …

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When the uneducated Sinhala Buddhists are…. Nourished on a diet of myths and ‘infertility pills’

“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumour; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the …

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UNHRC presents two tough choices to Sri Lanka

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The warning from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is simple and stark. Institute “a special court to check on the alleged war crimes or face universal jurisdiction.” The terse warning issued in Geneva at the periodic review of progress with regard to alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka …

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Political leaders of Mahinda’s SLPP Party was involved in riots against Muslims but NO action will be taken against them

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-clashes-insight/police-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lankas-anti-muslim-riots-idUSKBN1H102Q KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters. Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days …

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No change in the post of Prime Minister – Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says there will be no change in the post of Prime Minister. The former President expressed these views, responding to questions raised by journalists. Meanwhile, MP Ananda Aluthgamage stated that despite the shortcomings in the party, that he will vote against the no- confidence motion. On March 21, the motion …

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