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British MPs call on Sri Lanka to release list of surrendered Tamils

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

British parliamentarians have called on Sri Lanka to release a list of all those who surrendered or were detained by the security forces during and after the armed conflict, in a message of support with families of the disappeared, as their protest passes 300 days. Noting that 300 days would have passed since the protests began, Paul Scully, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, said “it is a milestone which speaks to the immense bravery and courage of the families, who have continued their struggle despite the challenges of old-age, exposure to the elements and routine intimidation”. “But it is also one which reflects the government of Sri Lanka’s frankly shocking indifference to some of its most vulnerable and traumatised citizens.” “I […]

Sri Lanka’s War: Getting distracted with numbers can distort the truth – British High Commissioner

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Getting distracted by arguments about the numbers that were killed or went missing during or in the immediate aftermath of the end of a near three decade war between the Sri Lankan security forces and separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could easily distort the truth, the British High Commissioner in Colombo James Dauris said yesterday. The High Commissioner in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Island said that “while a single death is a tragedy, a large number of deaths is a statistic. If people allow themselves to lose sight of the tragedy of what happened, reconciliation and the guarantee of future peace will become more elusive. I think we need to be careful not to allow ourselves to get […]

TRADE MORE IMPORTANT THAN HUMAN RIGHTS TO MALAYSIA

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on Monday defended Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting Prime Minister of Malaysia agreed to expand existing close cooperation in many fields including trade and investment, agriculture, science and technology including nano and bio technology, e-commerce, e-courts, international forums, military training, diplomatic training and intelligence exchange to curb drugs and human smuggling. Three agreements were signed after the bilateral talks held between the two leaders, in which, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and number of Malaysian and Sri Lankan ministers also participated. The bilateral meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat. The Prime Minister of Malaysia undertook this official visit to Sri Lanka to mark the 60th anniversary […]

UN experts accuse Sri Lanka of carrying out arbitrary detention

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to personal liberty has yet to be respected by law enforcement, security forces, judicial and other authorities,” the experts said in a statement, after a three-member delegation carried out […]

Tamil CM Wigneswaran requests to meet Malaysian PM

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manushi Silva Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran had requested for a meeting with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, from the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry. In his request, the CM had pointed out that if the Malaysian PM pays a visit to the North, he will be able to witness the true status faced by the Northern civilians. Chief Minister Wigneswaran is hoping for a positive response from the Malaysian Foreign Ministry, the CM’s Office reported. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Sri Lanka last morning (17) for a three-day official visit. The Malaysian PM paid a visit to Sri Lanka on the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena as this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between both countries, […]

Sri Lanka trip a test case on human rights for PM, MIC leaders

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Even if PM Najib Razak does not address the human rights violations against Tamils during the Sri Lankan civil war, MIC president Subramaniam or former MIC president Samy Vellu should. By P Ramasamy Prime Minister Najib Razak is on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka with some of his ministers, including Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said and Malaysia’s special envoy to South Asia S Samy Vellu. The trip to Sri Lanka might be important from a diplomatic point of view. However, some sections of Malaysian society expect human rights issues to be raised with Sri Lankan leaders. During his short stay, Najib is expected to meet Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe […]

UN experts accuse Sri Lanka of carrying out arbitrary detention

16th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to personal liberty has yet to be respected by law enforcement, security forces, judicial and other authorities,” the experts said in a statement, after a three-member delegation carried out […]

Probe to be Launched Into Rajapaksa Regime’s Alleged “Biggest Pyramid Scam” of Privately Selling Treasury Bonds 5,147 Billion Rupees From 2008 to 2014

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Probe to be Launched Into Rajapaksa Regime’s Alleged “Biggest Pyramid Scam” of Privately Selling Treasury Bonds 5,147 Billion Rupees From 2008 to 2014: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Announces in Special Statement in Parliament Sri Lanka will investigate the sale of over five thousand billion rupees in treasury bonds by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said describing it as the “biggest pyramid scam” in the country. Making a special statement to parliament on Thursday, the Prime Minister said over 90 percent of the 5,147 billion rupees worth of bonds had been sold privately without going through a transparent tender or auction system. “There had been no decision of the Monetary Board (of the Central Bank) to go for such private placements, but nevertheless […]

Billions taken by Mahinda Govt. without P’ment approval and allegations of stock market irregularities to be investigated.

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Ranil tells P’ment, investigations on bond issuances from 2008-2014 after Bond Commission concludes  Also investigations on debt taken by former Govt. without P’ment approval and allegations of stock market irregularities Says will stay true to pledge with President to fight corruption  and introduce new political culture     Gives reasons to go before Bond Commission, insists similar process would never have been possible under former President   By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday informed Parliament that the Government plans to investigate bond issuances before 2014 that were in the form of direct placements, borrowings made without obtaining Parliamentary approval, and allegations of insider trading at the stock exchange during the Rajapaksa regime. The Prime Minister, delivering a statement explaining his presence at the Presidential […]

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson Suren Surendiran dismissed Lord Naseby’s statements

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

UNSG Spokesman: Decision to revisit resolution in the hands of UNHRC members TNA still studying House of Lords debate UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson Suren Surendiran dismissed Lord Naseby’s statements. Surendiran said: “Lord Naseby is one of over 800 Lords in the House of Lords. He is not a representative of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee or the FCO. His views do not represent the FCO or the British Government’s policy on Sri Lanka. Britain was one of the main sponsors of the Geneva Resolutions and Britain still insists that the resolutions must be fully implemented.” The POE comprising Marzuki Darusman, Yasmin Sooka and Steven R. Ratner has placed the death toll at 40,000 on the basis of what the panel called a number […]

Gotabhaya must be saved from the folly of his obscurantist, socially destructive Racist Sinhala friends and allies.

29th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Sinhala Alt-Right ideologues do not know the difference between secession, federalism and devolution within a unitary state. Neither Darusman nor Zeid al Hussein are Sinhalese –so, no, we can’t threaten them with treason trials and death sentences when the patriots come to power, or disallow funeral rituals once they are executed. Gotabhaya must also, and equally, be defended and saved from the folly of his obscurantist, socially destructive Sinhala Alt-Right friends and allies Devolution to the tune of the 13th amendment is the cheapest price Sri Lanka just may be able to get away with paying, because the next stop will be the fullest federalism just short of separation, if not a separate state itself. President Rajapaksa in late May 2009 (source: Wiki Leaks) to […]

Government to use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government says it will use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims on war crimes allegations against the country. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliamenton Saturday, the Government was grateful to the statement made on Sri Lanka by Lord Naseby at the British Parliament recently. Lord Naseby had in his statement rejected claims that the death toll during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka was over 40,000. He had said that the civilian casualty toll was between 7,000 to 8,000 and not 40,000 as claimed by a UN panel. Marapana said the Government will use the statement made by Lord Naseby at the appropriate forum to counter the war crimes allegations on Sri Lanka. “The statement by Lord Naseby has been made with a lot of […]

Special Session of TGTE Parliament Pay Respects to Tamil Heroes (Maveerar). Dr. M. Naganathan will Join New York Event.

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Special Session of TGTE Parliament Pay Respects to Tamil Heroes (Maveerar). Dr. M. Naganathan will Join New York Event. Tamil Heros Memorial (Maaveerar) NEW YORK, USA, November 26, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Special session of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Parliament was convened today to pay respects to thousands of Tamil Heroes (Maveerar) who sacrificed their lives to establish an independent sovereign State of Tamil Eelam. The Speaker of the Parliament Mr. Nahalingam Balachandran gave opening remarks and invited Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran and others to address the special session. Several Cabinet Members and Members of Parliament also delivered their address. TGTE is organizing it’s Maveerar Nall (Heros Day) event on November 27th in New York, USA. A special guest from Tamil Nadu […]

Prez rattled by denial of visas to Army

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Maithripala Sirisena, has explained his position pertaining to post-war accountability issues and alleged attempts made by his opponents to exploit the situation at the expense of political stability. It would be pertinent to mention that the President addressed the Army top brass at the auditorium of the Army Hospital, Narahenpita, last Thursday afternoon, as his Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivered the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration’s third budget. President Sirisena’s absence in parliament during the presentation of the budget raised many an eyebrow as he was present on previous presentations by the then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. Among the audience were Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva and Director General, Infantry, Maj. Gen. Chagi Gallage, both of the […]

Sri Lanka President shifts gear on war crimes

12th November 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses  will be punished. Deviating from his earlier stance that he will not allow a single soldier to be tried for war-time atrocities, the President drew a distinction between battling Tigers and carrying out criminal acts at the instigation of politicians. “There is something that you should accept according to your conscience. There were things outside the control of the military. They were […]

UN’s Sooka questions Coca Cola, Why did it sponsor War Criminals?

12th November 2017 // 0 Comments

UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka called wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka. The 58 Division led by General Officer Commanding (GoC)  Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva led the Sri Lankan Army from northwestern Mannar to the final battlegrounds across the Vanni and had killed thousands of Tamil Civilians. The 58 Division is accused of Rape and taucher on the Tamils during this battle which fales under War crime and human rights violations. ITJP questions Coca Cola’s Gajaba Super Cross sponsorship www.srilankamirror.com/…/5721-itjp-questions-coca-cola-s-gajaba-super-cross-spons…  Moreover the media in Sri Lanka has quoted Major General Silva as saying the funds … In addition, Shavendra Silva’s alleged role in war […]

Partnership Dialogue commences, US reiterates support for implementation of UNHRC resolution

8th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The second Sri Lanka- US partnership dialogue commenced in Colombo today, with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon meeting with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam. “Sri Lanka and the United States recalled their co-sponsorship of a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2017, reaffirming Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in pursuit of lasting peace and prosperity,” a joint statement released on Monday read. “The United States expressed support to Sri Lanka in the implementation of commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution, such as truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, that includes providing closure to the families of the missing, and implementing appropriate reforms to enhance the […]

Don’t Be Fooled by Sri Lanka’s UN Engagement – Colombo remains unserious about transitional justice.

28th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, recently visited the island nation of Sri Lanka. De Greiff met a range of people during his two-week visit and traveled throughout the country. He’s visited on previous occasions and will present a comprehensive report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2018. A recently released statement of his (that could have been stronger in certain areas) is worth reading in full. Toward the start of it, de Greiff makes a few preliminary observations and then notes the following: Enjoying this article? Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month. However, the fact that this list of achievements does not include most of the priority measures […]

Highest Military To Civilian Ratio In Mullative: 1:2

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

A new report challenges government’s demilitarisation process and reveals, Mullative district, with a population of 130,000 has an estimated 60,000 security forces, giving it an extremely high (1:2) force to population ratio. The report released last week, authored by Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) says; “From a quantitative perspective, the military has an extremely inflated presence in Mullaitivu District. Based on the number of brigades and their constituent troops, this report estimates that at least 60,000 Sri Lankan Army troops are currently stationed in Mullaitivu District; 25% of the approximately 243,000 active military personnel in the whole country. To put this figure in perspective, according to the Mullaitivu District Statistical Handbook in 2014, Mullaitivu District has 130,322, or approximately […]

The story of a North Korea-backed rebellion in Sri Lanka

11th October 2017 // 0 Comments

DPRK backing for an ultra-leftist insurgency in 1971 ended in the expulsion of their diplomats In part due to the DPRK’s continued missile and nuclear tests, several governments have recently expelled North Korean ambassadors and diplomats from their countries. This is not a new phenomenon. North Korean diplomats have a long history of being thrown out of their host countries, with one of the most egregious examples of DPRK diplomacy taking place on the small South Asian island nation of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, in 1971. In early April that year, a radical insurrection swept across Ceylon. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), translated as People’s Liberation Front, sought to establish a “pure socialist government” along Marxist-Leninist lines on the island. But soon after the JVP […]

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