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Christians in Sri Lanka suffer violations regularly, but most incidents do not make it to the news

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

From February 3 to April 14 this year, across Sri Lanka, there has been some sort of disruption against a Christian worship service every Sunday – on 11 successive Sundays to be specific. Christians in Sri Lanka suffer violations of their right to religion and belief regularly, but most incidents do not make it to the news – or even to the Twittersphere. But the attack on the Methodist Church Centre in Anuradhapura, last Sunday, which was also Palm Sunday, a day of religious significance for Christians, was widely reported because of the forthright personal testimony and determined efforts of the President of the Methodist Conference, Bishop Asiri Perera, who had experienced the attack first hand. In the past two months, this same church centre […]

APPGT urges Tamil torture victims in UK to join lawsuit against Rajapaksa

19th April 2019 // 0 Comments

The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) has called on the torture victims in the Britain to join a civil lawsuit that has been filed against Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Paul Scully said the APPGT welcomed the news of the lawsuit, of which Rajapaksa was served notice of on Sunday whilst he was in California. “We hope the hundreds of victims of torture in Sri Lanka under the Rajapaksa administration who are now refugees in the UK can join this action and also seek compensation,” said Scully in a letter released earlier today. See the full text of the letter below. Rajapaksa was served notice of a case filed by the International Truth and Justice Project and the American […]

Supreme Court sends case of deported Sri Lankan accused in wife’s slaying back to Quebec appeal court

19th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Despite no longer being in Canada, a Sri Lankan national who had his murder charge stayed because of unreasonable delays in his trial isn’t done with the Quebec justice system just yet. Canada’s highest court ruled Wednesday the murder case of Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham should be sent back to the Quebec Court of Appeal. In 2017, Thanabalasingham avoided trial for the alleged murder of his wife when the Quebec Superior Court ruled the nearly 60-month delay between his arrest and the start of his trial was unreasonable. The Supreme Court’s 2016 Jordan ruling set a 30-month limit between the laying of charges and a trial for Superior Court cases. Thanabalasingham’s wife, Anuja Baskaran, had been found dead in the couple’s home in 2012 with knife wounds […]

Mullaitivu 2009: 400,000 Lived, 290,000 People Came Out, What Happened To The Balance? – Sampanthan Asks

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By R. Sampanthan – R. Sampanthan The reason why I am reminding the House of these matters is that you cannot sweep everything under the carpet. Your current approach can do immense harm to this country. Much has been said about the fact that there is a complaint that 40,000 people have been killed and as to how that can be accepted. There were at least 350,000 people in this area, probably around 400,000 based on our own investigations, only 290,000 people came out. What happened to the balance? Your estimate was that there were only 60,000 to 70,000 people who lived in this area at this point of time. You sent food, medicine and other supplies only for that number – 60,000 or 70,000. When the number […]

Four Sri Lankan terror suspects arrested at Luton Airport moments after arriving on an international flight

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

The four men arrived on an international flight in Luton on Wednesday night Airport police detained the four men before the arrival of anti-terror officers The Sri Lankans are currently being questioned in a Bedfordshire police station   Four men have been arrested moments after they arrived in Luton Airport on board an international flight. Airport police arrested the men and handed them over to anti terrorism officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command. The men, all Sri Lankan nationals, arrived in Luton on Wednesday evening. They are currently being held in a Bedfordshire police station. Scotland Yard confirmed the investigation is currently ongoing. Four men from Sri Lanka have been arrested by anti-terror police having arrived on an international flight to Luton Airport. The men […]

Germany indicts suspected LTTE rebel over Sri Lanka war crimes

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

German authorities have indicted a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing 15 captured government soldiers while fighting for the Tamil Tigers rebel group LTTE. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 37-year-old S B. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, war crimes, two cases of manslaughter and 11 cases of attempted manslaughter in Sri Lanka. The man, whose surname wasn’t released due to German privacy rules, was arrested in August. Prosecutors allege that in 2008 the suspect LTTE member guarded 15 captured soldiers as they were driven to a site where they were executed, and later helped burn their bodies. In a separate incident a year later, he fired on 13 soldiers, two of whom died. LTTE The rebel group, which fought for […]

Can Gotabaya Rajapaksa Clear Legal Hurdles in the US and Contest the Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka?

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Can Gotabaya Rajapaksa Clear Legal Hurdles in the US and Contest the Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka? By Don Manu When the Colombo High Court granted Gotabaya special permission to travel to the United States between March 26 and April 12, no doubt he would have been over the moon to be given the chance to spend a spring holiday in his adopted country. But as things stand today, this seeming blessing has turned out to be a curse in disguise for him. Only last month had the Rajapaksa Family anointed him as their choice to contest the Presidency on the Pohottuwa party ticket. Even though the party itself has still not officially announced his candidature on its ticket, it is widely expected that he will […]

Chunnakam power station: Compensation £200 per person?

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

BY MANJULA FERNANDO Environmentalists welcomed last week’s landmark judgement on Chunnakam power station in the North, which they deemed was a good eye opener for the rich and the powerful not to undermine the rights of the citizens and destroy the environment for private purposes. Jagath Gunawardena, a leading environmental lawyer said this was a landmark ruling given that it was the highest penalty imposed by the Supreme Court on a fundamental rights case based on environment protection. “And also the case was vital because unlike on previous occasions the court deemed it was important to compensate the people affected by the power station,” he stressed. The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Northern Power Company Ltd., a contractor for Ceylon Electricity Board to pay […]

Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections?

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections? Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, has filed a case in the California Court against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in connection with the assassination of her father in January 2009. She had reportedly stated that Mr. Rajapaksa, who is currently holidaying in California, should be held responsible for the murder of her father. She has demanded compensation. Lasantha Wickrematunge was the Editor of the ‘Sunday Leader’ newspaper. There is a difference of opinion on the strength of the case as there is no evidence yet that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had a hand in the murder of the editor which took place ten years ago. […]

Human Rights Lawyer Scott Gilmore File Civil Damages Case in California Against Sri Lankan Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in Partnership With Hausfeld Law Firm and Human Rights Lawyer Scott Gilmore File Civil Damages Case in California Against Sri Lankan Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Text of a Press Release Issued on April 9th 2019 by the International Truth and Justice Project) Johannesburg, South Africa: The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), in partnership with the international law firm Hausfeld and human rights lawyer Scott Gilmore, have filed a civil damages case in California against former Sri Lankan defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor Roy Samathanam. Roy Samathanam made the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Mr.Rajapaksa, who is a dual US-Sri Lankan citizen. The case was brought […]

Gotha faces legal action in US but he is our Presidential candidate says SLPP

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

GR faces legal action in US, Assassination of Lasantha, Summons served in grocery By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris, yesterday, said, that legal acton against wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the US, should be viewed against the backdrop of him being widely considered as SLPP candidate at the presidential polls later this year. Former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris said so in response to a barrage of questions at the regular SLPP media briefing at its Nelum Mawatha Office in Battaramulla. The former Law Professor explained how interested parties could move court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa to hinder his efforts to renounce US citizenship. In terms of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution enacted in April 2015, dual citizens cannot contest […]

Promises to release land yet to be fulfilled:Silavathurai residents to fight tooth and nail to regain ancestaral land

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

In 1990 when the LTTE issued a decree banishing all Muslims from their ancestral lands in the North, scores of Muslims including Fathima Rizwana (36) from the coastal village of Silvathurai fled their homes overnight in fear of their lives. Rizwana aged just nine at the time along with her siblings and father had taken a perilous journey by sea to the neighbouring India. But when Sri Lanka’s long drawn conflict ended in 2009, Rizwana and many others returned to Silavathurai in the hopes of rebuilding their lives only to find that the Sri Lanka Navy had set up camp on their ancestral lands. According to the Governor meeting the Committee Presidential Task Force in the North and East on Thursday, the President again emphasised […]

Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections?

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Slain “Sunday Leader”Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Daughter Ahimsa Files Case in the US Against Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Concerning Her Father’s Murder in Jan 2009. Continue reading ‘Slain “Sunday Leader”Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Daughter Ahimsa Files Case in the US Against Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Concerning Her Father’s Murder in Jan 2009.’ » Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections? Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, has filed a case in the California Court against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in connection with the assassination of her father in January 2009. She had reportedly stated that Mr. Rajapaksa, who is currently holidaying in California, should be held responsible for the murder of her […]

Sri Lankan Writer Arrested By Police Over Short Story Focusing On Alleged Sexual Abuse At Buddhist Temples

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Shakthika Sathkumara, a Sri Lankan poet and writer, has been arrested by the police yesterday for insulting Buddhism in one of his short stories. The Polgaawela Magistrate has remanded the writer until April 09 when he was presented before the court last afternoon. Sathkumara was arrested by the police following a complaint lodged by a group of Buddhist monks in the Polgahawela area. The same group has also lodged a complaint with the Polgahawela Divisional Secretariat where Sathkumara is employed as a Development Officer. Sources close to him said the short story under question centres on a case of sexual abuse within a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka.

Mahinda Rajapaksa cronies have been given Ambassador posts by President Sirisena

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Three of the most ardent cronies of the previous Rajapaksa regime have been given Ambassador posts by President Sirisena. Kshenuka Seneviratne who was Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and instigator of the infamous incident where Chris Nonis, then High Commissioner to the UK was assaulted by Sajin Vass Gunawardena, is to be Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in New York. This position is currently been held by Dr. Rohan Perera an eminent legal scholar who had served as the Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years. Kshenuka and Namal Rajapaksa Kshenuka Seneviratne was notorious for her loyalty for the Rajapaksas, even attending to all the needs of Namal Rajapaksa during his stays in London. She undercut many of her seniors to become Secretary […]

TGTE seeks information gathered by UN investigations on Sri Lanka

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Arguing the UN Human Rights Council process has failed to provide justice to Tamil victims of mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced yesterday it would be seeking data and information from the UN investigations in order to push for private prosecutions of war criminals. “We will exercise our Right to the Truth and our Right to Know under international law to obtain access to information gathered by the UN Secretary-General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” the TGTE said in a statement published on April 1. “Today, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) commenced a Victim Driven International Justice (VDIJ) initiative to assert the rights of Tamil victims under international law. The TGTE invites other Tamil […]

UN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka – Governor misunderstood or misquoted me.

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said today she stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka. She also said that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report1 on Sri Lanka with a Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20.  Monday’s article in a local newspaper cited a member of the Government delegation, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghaven, claiming the High Commissioner “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.” It also said he claimed she had advised two of her senior officials who attended the meeting “to be more responsible and cautious […]

President refuses to fully implement UNHRC proposals

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena today refused to fully implement proposals submitted to Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The President said that he will ensure any proposal which goes against the Constitution of the country is not implemented.  The President had said this while attending an event in Meegahatenna, Kalutara today.  He said that the UNHRC had made several statements which were factually incorrect.  The President said that while the Government will accept what is right it will reject what is wrong. He said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had been misled by some groups with regards to the part on land occupied by the Army in the North.  The President said that he is not prepared to accept her […]

‘TNA won’t allow Gota to become President’

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Dinasena Ratugamage Former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa should stop dreaming of the executive presidency because the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would ensure that he would never secure it, TNA Kilinochchi District MP, S. Shritharan told media yesterday. The TNA would also not allow Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the President, the MP said. “We decided to support the budget 2019 because we want to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from returning to power,” he said. Certain sections were trying to overthrow this government and come into power by defeating the budget, Shritharan said. However the TNA would not allow such an eventuality to happen, he added. “A large number of people want Mahinda Rajapaksa to become President, but this will never happen as long as […]

Sri Lanka: On 31 March 2019 – TGTE Will Announce a Justice Initiative on Behalf of Victims

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

This initiative is in response to the failure of the UN Human Rights Council and the international community to effectively promote justice for Tamil victims. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 31 March 2019, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will announce an initiative to commence on the tenth anniversary of the end of the conflict. This initiative is in response to the failure of the Human Rights Council and the international community to effectively promote justice for Tamil victims. It will take steps to assert the right of victims to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones and to obtain justice for them. The TGTE will call upon other organizations representing Tamil victims to join in this effort. The TGTE […]

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