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UK urges Sri Lanka to fast-track UN resolutions

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In a statement to the UNHRC, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, before the Council next considers Sri Lanka in March, next year. The Sri Lanka Core Group comprises Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK. “Our view remains that, with determined leadership and a clear time-bound action plan, this Government can make more progress towards delivering its Council commitments, and that doing so will better position Sri Lanka and its people to enjoy a more enduring reconciliation and prosperity,” the UK said. “We welcome further recent steps Sri Lanka has taken to implement commitments made to the Council in 2015 and 2017. We welcome […]

Mass Graves, Disappearances, OMP, PTA – Justice for Tamil Victims?

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kumarathasan Rasingam The culture of impunity to the security forces under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] and their licence to kill, especially the Tamils, caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless in powers and the clauses in this Act seem to be protecting the criminals and denying justice to the victims. The victims have no confidence in this Office and are reluctant to give evidence due to this flaw. It is strongly suspected that the Government and the Security forces are afraid of releasing the lands occupied by them and to release the […]

Powers appeasing SL State risk future instability in the island: Gajendrakumar

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 22:12 GMT] The Tamil people value the sacrifices made by their liberation movement with the highest respect. However, the SL State and its military show relentless intolerance against every attempt by the Tamils in the North-East to honour the sites of their destroyed monuments. The attitude is counter-productive, not only to the SL State but also to the global actors, who continue to appease the SL government, which refuses to reform itself, alluded Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the leader of Tamil National Peoples’ Front, in a recent interview to TamilNet. His comments come after witnessing the hostile acts of the SL military and the SL CID during the annual festival of Nalloor temple in Jaffna this month against the move to preserve the […]

CID wants to question Gota and Fonseka again

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavindya Perera The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (10), informed Additional Magistrate Mount Lavinia (MTL), Lochana Abeywickrema that they will need to once again record statements from former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Army Commander Field Marshal and Minister Sarath Fonseka in connection with the journalist Keith Noyahr, abduction and assault case. The CID informed the Court that they will need to record the statements from Rajapaksa and Fonseka in relation to statements obtained from the eighth suspect in the case,former Army Intelligence Director Major General Amal Karunasekera, as per Court orders. The Magistrate also ordered the remanded eighth suspect in the case, Karunasekera to be released on bail in three sureties of Rs 100,000 each. The Magistrate also ordered the suspect’s passport […]

Six who masterminded the killing of thousands of Tamils in 2009 to work for Mahinda

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Release of Rajiv Gandhi convicts: We would’ve had different line, says Mahinda Rajapaksa The former Sri Lankan President says he is ready to put past ‘misunderstandings’ with India behind him, and could lead his party in the 2019 elections   The decision on whether to release those convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE is an “internal matter” for India to decide, said former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, he indicated that he might have taken a “different line” from the Tamil Nadu government’s resolution that recommended their release to the Governor.   “I have no view on this. It is up to the government; it is an internal matter for India,” said Mr. Rajapaksa in an interview […]

How can such a Racist police force offer Tamils protection?

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

A father, mother and two of their three children were mercilessly attacked by police who went to inquire about a Muslim man’s land lease and the dispute arising with a Tamil man named Vasanthakumar over that. The two children, Vasanthakumar Kirubaharan aged 16 years and Vasanthakumar Kiriya aged 13 years have been admitted to the Mankulam hospital this evening (9 Sept.). The mother, Vasanthakumar Sharmila, stated that “the land in Kanakarayankulam where the Dhas hotel stands belongs to us. And of the two acres we gave only an acre on lease for two years in 2010 to a Muslim man. The lease has been renewed again and came to an end in August 2017. Even though we have given in writing for lessee to leave […]

Sri Lanka conflict: ‘Why can’t you find our sons?’ – About 20,000 Tamils, are thought to be missing.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Kandasamy Ponnamma is still haunted by the sight of her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren waving as they were taken away by Sri Lankan troops in May 2009. Ms Ponnamma wept helplessly as the bus carried off her loved ones, soon after security forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels. She was among tens of thousands who had fled a tiny coastal strip near the north-eastern town of Mullaitivu, where the final stages of the 26-year conflict took place. That was the last time she saw her relatives. “The army promised a general amnesty to all those who had links with the Tamil rebels. That’s why my son and several others surrendered. “I still don’t know where they are or what happened to them,” says Ms Ponnamma, […]

Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne Could not Have Left For Mexico Without the Knowledge of President Sirisena Who Is the Minister of Defence Charges NMSJ Co-convenor Sarath Wijesuriya.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne Could not Have Left For Mexico Without the Knowledge of President Sirisena Who Is the Minister of Defence Charges NMSJ Co-convenor Sarath Wijesuriya. President Maithripala Sirisena should take the responsibility for Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne leaving the country to participate in 208th Independence Commemoration Ceremony of United Mexican States, Sarath Wijesuriya, co-convener of the National Movement for Social Justice told the media yesterday. Continue reading ‘Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne Could not Have Left For Mexico Without the Knowledge of President Sirisena Who Is the Minister of Defence Charges NMSJ Co-convenor Sarath Wijesuriya.’ »

President Sirisena Will Make Statement in UN General Assembly on Sep 24 That Would Vindicate Lanka’s Security Forces From All Allegations Levelled Against Them.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Will Make Statement in UN General Assembly on Sep 24 That Would Vindicate Lanka’s Security Forces From All Allegations Levelled Against Them. President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on September 24 and he would make a statement to vindicate the Security Forces from all allegations levelled against them. President Sirisena was speaking at the SLFP Nivitigala Bala Mandala meeting held at the Nivitigala public fair premises, on Saturday. Continue reading ‘President Sirisena Will Make Statement in UN General Assembly on Sep 24 That Would Vindicate Lanka’s Security Forces From All Allegations Levelled Against Them.’ »

Data Suppression by Sinhala Government : Preliminary Identification Survey For Disabilities & Women Vulnerabilities In Tamil Province

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The above-titled survey was done by the Ministry of Health, Northern Province of Sri Lanka with the support of an expert panel under the directions of Hon. Provincial Minister of Health, Dr. P. Sathiyalingam. The three districts of Kilinochchi, Mannar and Mullaitivu were covered. Here is a preliminary report based on their report. This was meant to be a survey of the Northern Province. However, after the Kilinochchi data was released, the government felt uncomfortable and ordered the suppression of the Mullaitivu and Mannar data which Colombo Telegraph has accessed and produces here. The data for Jaffna and Vavuniya is not ready because the study is not complete. We may never see that because the embarrassed government has halted funding of some Rs 11 million […]

PASSPORT OF Gotabhaya Rajapaksa IMPOUNDED – High profile financial frauds and corruption cases

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The Permanent High Court-at-Bar set up to hear high-profile financial frauds and corruption cases yesterday served indictments on former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others. This is in connection with an incident that the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana was built using public funds amounting to Rs.33.9 million. When the seven accused appeared before Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne they were ordered to be released on bail. Accordingly, the seven accused were ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs.100,000 each. Each of them were further ordered to be released on two sureties of one million rupees. The Court also issued an order directing the Controller General of Immigration and […]

Chief of Defence Staff into Mexico Ignoring the Court Orders

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

SEP 10, 2018 Chief of Defence Staff into Mexico Ignoring the Court Orders Reliable sources say that today the Chief of Defence Staff Mr. Ravindra Wijegunawardena departed into Mexico through Doha Qatar in a Qatar Airways jet at VIP special perimeter at 3.33 a.m. in the morning. Sources say that his destination would be Mexico, and the Chief of Defence Staff has flown to commemorate the Independence Day in Mexico as the special representative of the President representing him. However, Mr. Ravindra Wijegunawardena has proven by his actions by now that he is not equitable towards the law. Ex Navy chief Ravindra fearing CID interrogation in his multiple murder involvement flees country with Gamarala’s help ! (Lanka e News – 10.Sep.2018, 10.15PM) Former Navy commander and […]

Media of South that desires a Sinhala Buddhist government made a ‘prey’ of me !

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News -10.Sep.2018, 7.15PM) The Media of the South which wants to form a Sinhala Buddhist government made a sacrifice of her and a scapegoat while there are politicians in this country who made much worse announcements threatening national security than she , minister of women’s affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran bemoaned. The minister made these comments when she was asked why she made the statement which was alleged as ‘anti- state’ at a function in Jaffna, and about the instructions given by the attorney general to the IGP to file legal action against her. The AG has given instructions to take action against Ms. Maheswaran’s statement made in connection with the LTTE under the Penal code. The media revealed that the AG had requested to take […]

Sri Lanka News Update 06 September 2018

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The enforced disappearance of 158 Tamils from the Eastern University in Batticaloa in 1990 was remembered by the community – Tamil Guardian. Rights group at the time said the military was responsible for killing the refugees in the then-largest refugee camp on the island – TamilNet. PEARL’s News Update 31 August 2018 EVENT An Update on Security Sector Reform in Sri Lanka Thursday, September 6, 2018 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 2360 Rayburn House Office Building GUEST SPEAKERS: Kara Bue, Founding Partner, Armitage International Anjali Manivannan, Legal Researcher, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) TAKE ACTION Petition in Solidarity with Protesting Tamil Families of the Disappeared from the North-East We call on the Tamil diaspora and its allies to sign the below petition and ensure that […]

OMP wants officers accused of enforced disappearances suspended

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In its first interim report, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) recommended the government to suspend state officials including members of the armed forces and police who were named as suspects or accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, pending the final determination of such cases. The OMP report said the government should ensure that suspected officials are not transferred, promoted or offered any other office in the armed forces, police or the public service while cases against them are pending. “Some individuals suspected of having committed enforced disappearances and related offences are being permitted to remain in positions of power, especially within the armed forces and the police, where they can influence the progress of investigations. There have been instances where […]

JO protest a flop; two dead, 16 injured

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The ‘Jana Balaya Kolambata’ protest campaign organised by the Joint Opposition (JO) had failed to get the desired outcome and turned out to be a flop while one person had died and 16 people were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. “One person who had died on admission to the Colombo National Hospital is said to have suffered a heart attack. Another person died in an accident in Nittambuwa.He has got down from the bus to buy pineapples on his return from the Joint Opposition protest. He was knocked down by a vehicle while crossing the road and died on admission to hospital. Eight people were admitted due to food poisoning while another eight persons were admitted due to minor injuries,” hospital sources said. Several […]

I’ll bring twice the Mahinda’s JO size of protesters to Colombo: Sajith

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said today he would undertake the task of strengthening the party and bring 100,000 people (twice the size of Mahinda’s JO protest) to Galle Face Green for a rally if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe approved of such a move. Police had said that 50,000 people took part in the Mahinda’s JO protest. He said this at a ceremony held at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha to mark the 72nd anniversary of the party. He called for unity among party members if the party was to win the 2020 presidential and general elections to build the nation. “What I predicted about the protest organised by the joint opposition on Wednesday has come true. I said the JO protest would be […]

Northern Provincial Council: Fiduciary Responsible?

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

As far back as in October 2014, President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused the Northern Provincial Council government of hampering the development of the Northern Province. His specific charge was that “the government has provided a significant amount of services for the welfare of people in the North” and that  “They are not allowing us to do our work and they are not doing work either … The Chief Minister of the NPC and his administration are hindering the development work in the North in fear of losing votes from the general public (DBS Jeyaraj, 12 Oct.2014). C.V. Wigneswaran In March 2016 the JHU’s Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe claimed “that Chief Minister Wigneswaran had spent only 20 per cent of the allocations for the development of the Northern Province last […]

Mahinda can not run for the third time for the Office of Presidency – The Term Limits & Ex-Presidents

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By YLS Hameed – YLS Hameed The 1978 Constitution introduced by the late President JR Jayewardene had limited the terms of Presidents to two in terms of Article 31(2). This term limit was lifted through the 18th Amendment which enabled former President Mahinda Rajapaksha to contest for the third time after two successful terms. However the 19th Amendment reintroduced the restriction on the terms of Presidents to two by Article 31(2). Arguments are now being brought out to the effect that this restriction does not apply to former Presidents and only to current and future presidents. Two important arguments are put forward in this regard. One is that the restriction brought about through the 19th Amendment is not retrospective and therefore does not bring the terms of former Presidents […]

Protest was a comedy with the people partying on the street after consuming liquor

7th September 2018 // 0 Comments

While claiming that political parties had a right to organise street protests, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today that the Janabalaya protest march organized by the joint opposition had undermined the peoples’ genuine protest against the government. JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the JO protest was more of a drama than a protest where drunken people had fun on the streets. “Wednesday’s protest was a comedy with the people partying on the street after consuming liquor. What happens in such cases is the diluting of the protest against the government. That is why it became a failure with even the organizers admitting it is a failure,” he said. The MP said the government had plunged the country into a grave […]

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