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Losing Santhia, part two: from cubs to Tigers

30th July 2018 // 0 Comments

https://redflag.org.au/node/6442 In October 2017, Santhia, a former high ranking cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (“Homelands”), died in a Jakarta hospital. She was only 42. Almost a decade earlier, she had fled Sri Lanka, via Tamil Nadu, India, with her young son. She had tried to reach Australia, but was stranded in Indonesia. Sponsored by the Tamil Refugee Council, Red Flag editor Ben Hillier travelled to Sri Lanka and Indonesia in November to piece together her story. Santhia’s life was extraordinary yet common; her fate bound to the decades-long national liberation struggle of the Tamils. This is part two in a continuing series. Part one can be found here. Along the Pannai causeway linking Jaffna peninsula with Mandaitivu and Kayts islands, egrets, black-headed ibises and Eurasian wigeons bathe in […]

Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamils

30th July 2018 // 0 Comments

On Anniversary of Black July, International Community Should Recognize Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamils Washington, D.C.; July 23, 2018 – On the 35th anniversary of the start of “Black July” 1983, PEARL remembers the Tamil victims, survivors, and generations affected by all of Sri Lanka’s atrocities against the Tamil people. Thirty-five years ago this week, the government of Sri Lanka sponsored a brutal anti-Tamil pogrom, tantamount to genocide, that killed more than 3000 Tamils. The government provided voter registration lists to Sinhala mobs so they could identify Tamils and attack them, their residences, and their businesses. The violence lasted for over one week and destroyed 5000 shops and 8000 homes, displacing more than 150,000 Tamils. The Sinhala mobs also raped hundreds of Tamil women and even […]

M.C.M. Iqbal explains the small print in OMP( that is, why OMP won’t really help the victims)

28th July 2018 // 0 Comments

1.Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances, 26 July 2018,  http://groundviews.org/2018/07/26/impunity-in-sri-lanka-and-the-commissions-of-inquiry-into-disappearances/   2. The OMP and the Aspirations of Families of the Missing and Disappeared, 17 May 2018, https://groundviews.org/2018/05/17/the-office-of-missing-persons-and-the-aspirations-of-affected-families-in-sri-lanka/

New Constitution for Sri Lanka : ten experts working on initial draft of Constitution

28th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The Constitution making process is in limbo right now and the ‘Yahapalana Government’ seems quite contended with the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Attempts to introduce a new Constitution has come under much criticism by many in the country. The Daily Mirror spoke to the main architect of the drafting of a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, Parliamentarian and Constitutional expert Dr. Jayampathi Wickramarathna on the issue. They believe that Sri Lanka must be in the control of the Sinhala Buddhists. There is no single example in the world where part of a country has used devolved power to break away. The Executive President can take over all or part of the functions of a Provincial Council under the proposed Constitutional arrangement […]

Mahinda and Vijayakala will never be arrested – Gammanpila

27th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda and Former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran will never be arrested by the current government, says MP Udaya Gammanpila. Gammanpila stated that he will take action to issue a writ against the Attorney General to immediately arrest Vijayakala over her controversial statement but refused to comment on Chinese funding in support of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 re-election bid. He is a close associate of Mahinda and member of the Joint Opposition but refused to comment about Chinese funding in support of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 re-election bid and did not attend the debate in parliament with his friends.  Rajapaksas should have responded to the allegations directed at them. But by 1 pm there hadn’t been anyone from the Joint Opposition in […]

Bunch of Crooks – Maithiri’s SLFP stops debate on Chinese funding Mahinda.

27th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday played down the importance of an adjournment debate on Chinese funding former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid to the tune of USD 7.6 mn. Samarasinghe, who is also one of the Vice Presidents of the SLFP, claimed that the debate had been called by the National Unity Government. The SLFPer said two MPs asked for the adjournment debate. Samarasinghe said so in response to The Island query why such an important adjournment debate, initiated by the UNP, had been called off for want of a quorum with only nine out of 225 members present in parliament on the evening of July 19. At least 20 lawmakers have to be present for proceedings to continue. When The Island pointed out […]

Unless Federal set up established, the majority community will gobble us up

25th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Economic benefits will not solve the ethnic problems There is nothing for me to respond to TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran In the absence of US, there are others like UK conscious of Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue Public perception that there is nexus between Ava group and the security forces I have no proof of that South must grant our request Difficult to gauge India’s role Tamil Nadu is no longer a factor   Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, in an interview with the ,Daily mirror airs out his views on the political situation in the North and his plans for the future. He responds to the question about the crime wave created by Ava group. Excerpts from the interview:    QHow do you look at the […]

UN has Deployed Alleged War Criminals from Sri Lanka as Peace Keepers.

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

41 Page Confidential Report Compiled by South Africa Based International Truth and Justice Project Claims UN has Deployed Alleged War Criminals from Sri Lanka as Peace Keepers. By Mark Townsend The UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential report claims. The document, seen by the Observer, and sent to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations last month, claims that senior Sri Lankan officers accused of war crimes have been deployed to UN operations in Mali, Lebanon, Darfur and South Sudan. Drawn up by the South-Africa based International Truth and Justice Project, the 41-page document, marked confidential, claims a cohort of senior Sri Lankan commanders who have been deployed to UN operations were involved in alleged abuses during […]

Sri Lanka charges Tamil man deported from Australia

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

AFP – A Sri Lankan deported by Australia even though his partner had refugee status there was charged upon his return with illegally leaving his home country. Thileepan Gnaneswaran, who was separated from his wife and 11-month-old daughter, arrived in Colombo Tuesday along with another 17 who had also their asylum applications rejected by Australia. “They were taken before a magistrate and released on personal bail,” a senior police official told AFP. “They were charged under the immigration law for leaving the country from a place other than an approved port.” Sri Lankans are known to travel illegally by boat to Australia and other countries, in violation of immigration laws. The offence carries a fine of 200,000 rupees ($1,250) and a maximum prison term of […]

Damning US report reveals Lankans in NZ subjected to forced labour

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The foreign employment services sector yesterday distanced itself from a damning US report that Sri Lankan women and children were dumped into forced labour in New Zealand (NZ), Egypt, Pakistan and elsewhere. The relevant State officials could not be reached for comment yesterday. “When there are such international reports that are adverse to the sector in general and the country in particular, the entire garbage is dumped on the legitimate foreign employment service providers  although this should never be the case”, President of the Association for Foreign Employment Agencies (ALFEA) A. L. A. Azzam told Ceylon Today. He added that State agencies such as the Immigration Department, in particular, should remain more alert at the country’s sole exit port, the airport at Katunayake, to stop […]

China funding MR’s campaign: Ranjan complains to FCID

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Social Empowerment Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today lodged a complaint with the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) against former president Mahinda Rajapaksa over the recent allegations revealed by the New York Times. The New York Times in an article published on Monday (25) exposed that at least $7.6 million was dispensed from China Harbor’s account at Standard Chartered Bank to affiliates of Mr. Rajapaksa’s campaign, according to a document, seen by The Times, from an active internal government investigation. Speaking to journalists outside the FCID, Deputy Minister Ramanayake said that he contacted the Times journalists who exposed the allegations before making the complaint. (TK) Video by Sanjeewa China Funded Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 Election Campaign Through Cheques Amounting to US $ 7.6 Million and $ 3.7 M […]

MISSING ACCOUNTABILITY for ATROCITY CRIMES in SRI LANKA VNR to UN HLPF 2018

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is going to present its Voluntary National Review (VNR) during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place from 09 to 18 July 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York.  The GoSL has submitted the Report of Sri Lanka Voluntary National Review on 18 June 2018. The VNR is a critical component of the review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).  Report of Sri Lanka VNR has blocked out the entire UNHRC process and information related to UNHRC resolution 30/1. It has totally ignored its earlier commitment to the international community regarding the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms.  “No Sustainable Development without Transitional Justice”  Through the resolutions 30/1 – the […]

US Will Not Give Up Its Strategic Objectives In Sri Lanka Despite Leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The US quit the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (June 19) with rhetoric intended to assert the moral high-ground, slamming the council and selectively ‘naming and shaming’ council members outside its charmed circle of ‘friends.’ While the statements of US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington reeked of imperial arrogance, the irony of this grandstanding by one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet would not have been lost on many in the global South, who have been at the receiving end of its worst depredations over time. Haley accused the council of being “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” The US’s own glaring lack of even-handedness […]

UN Committee lists missing Lankan among cases for urgent action

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

A UN Committee has listed a missing Sri Lankan among cases which require urgent action. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has listed Gopalakrishan Kugachelvam in a list of 500 missing persons which requires urgent action. The Committee published the list of names of the disappeared persons with regard to whom the Committee has requested the State party concerned to take all the necessary measures, including interim measures, to locate and protect them, in application of article 30 of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance. “Each Urgent action represents a disappeared person whose family, relatives and friends are suffering every minute of their life by having no idea as to that person’s fate and whereabouts,” said Suela Janina, Chair […]

US quitting UNHRC is beneficial for Sri Lanka

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The United States on Wednesday (20), made a surprise move by removing itself from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) alleging that the international body was acting against Israel with regard to the conflict with Palestine. The UNHRC has been a hot topic in Sri Lanka since 2009, and after allegations of human rights violations and war crimes gained momentum internationally. Sri Lanka’s relationship with the UN has not been rosy ever since these allegations took centre stage in March each year during the UN Human Rights Council sessions. The manner in which Sri Lanka’s previous regime handled the situation in the international arena also did not go down well with the UN. However, things changed when the new Government took over. In fact, […]

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore the Tamil Nationality Question and/or Omit Proposing a Solution.

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore the Tamil Nationality Question and/or Omit Proposing a Solution. The foreign policy component of the Viyathmaga sessions completely-omitted the main challenges: how do we successfully combat – not merely decry and denounce – the threat of universal jurisdiction and unilateral sanctions? How do we reverse the diminution of our “soft power”? Sri Lanka’s international relations cannot be insulated from Sri Lanka’s nationalities question. The Tamil question was globalised decades ago and is now more globalised than ever. No serious discussion on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy can ignore this problem and omit the political solution we propose, which is vital in managing our relations with India — without which we lose international space and are strategically-vulnerable. In 2015, Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka’s oldest Italian Fiat car in Jaffna

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By. N. Parameswaram, Jaffna correspondent JAFFNA: What an opportunity- the chance to own Sri Lanka’s oldest Italian Fiat car in Jaffna – and that too, one that is only functional, old Italian car. Sixty-year old Kumarasamy Ravichandran, a resident of No. 906/12 Point Pedro Road, Jaffna, is the owner of this car. K.Ravichandran and the Fiat Car Mr. Ravichandran says the car has manual horn and lights and still in running condition. It has two engines, two gear boxes and two differentials. This car was made on 1926 and first purchased in 1932 by the first owner from Colonial Motors; He purchased the car in 1990 for Rs.225,000. This is the only car with “A” serial number in Sri Lanka, he said. The car’s hood […]

Mahinda govt. took USD 20 million as commissions from N’cholai contractor – Who will save them PM Ranil or President Maithiri?

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith More than USD 20 million had been obtained as commissions from foreign companies involved in the constructing of Norochcholai Power plant by the leaders of the former government, Power and Renewable Energy State Minister Ajith P. Perera told Parliament yesterday. State Minister Perera said evidence had surfaced from international investigations into certain irregularities involving the power plant, he said. The State Minister claimed that there had been no irregularities recorded in the 11 tenders awarded by the present government for supplying coal to the CEB. Answering a question from UNP MP Nalin Bandara with regard to a company named Nobel Resource Limited which was involved in supplying coal to CEB, State Minister Perera said that USD 366.353 mn had been paid to […]

Death threat to Iqbal Athas – People urinate when frightened they say but I saw that with my own eyes at ‘SundayTimes’ office

4th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By a former Intelligence officer of the forces (Lanka e News -03.June.2018, 11.45PM) In order to pay the debts incurred owing to 1965 elections the name of late D.A. Rajapakse was sold. On another occasion , the ancestral abode- Medamulana house had to be leased out. As Medamulana house could not be saved after the leasing out, the Rajapakse family was evicted by the Fiscal. It was a close pal of D.A. who came to the rescue of the destitute and desperate Rajapakse family at that time . He paid the arrears   and got the house released for Rajapakses. In November 1967  , D.A. breathed his last. When he died nine children were left in the lurch within  Medamulana house. With the sudden demise of […]

Abolish PTA without compromising national security: HRCSL

1st June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) should be abolished in order to prevent violations of citizen’s human rights without posing any threat to national security, Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Dr. Deepika Udugama said yesterday. She said that it was the Commission’s preliminary recommendation to the government to abolish the PTA Act, since it was observed that the human rights were heavily violated via the Act throughout the past decades. “It does not mean that we should not take adequate laws and regulations for the sake of the national security. But such rules should be drafted in accordance with to protect the human rights. Soon after the new office bearers were appointed, we made recommendations for the subjects including PTA, death […]

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