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Sri Lankan Crisis a Threat to National Reconciliation and Accountability

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prominent Int’l Crimes News Op-ed Warns Sri Lankan Crisis a Threat to National Reconciliation and Accountability Lead Story on JusticeInfo.com penned by the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel(MAP),a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam(TGTE)Established Body NEW YORK, USA, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bringing a big win to the movement for international recognition of and accountability for the Tamil Genocide, JusticeInfo.com, one the most respected international crimes news resources, has published on its front page the op-ed “Sri Lanka: A Threat to Reconciliation and Accountability,” written by three renown Read more….. The Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) is an independent body established in 2015 by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam to monitor the implementation of UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, “Promoting reconciliation, accountability […]

Eight Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said. Japanese officials have said they will halt a $1.4 billion soft loan for a light rail project while the United States is holding off on a $480 million infrastructure grant until the political crisis is resolved and democratic rights are restored. The EU has warned it could withdraw trade concessions if Sri Lanka backs off commitments on rights. Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and appointed a pro-China former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his place.   Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama called […]

Mahinda fooling the Tamils again.

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today appealed to Tamils and Muslims in the country to support him. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) rally in Battaramulla today, Rajapaksa assured that he will work towards addressing the issues of the Tamils and Muslims which he refused to do so when he was in power from 2004 to 2015. Mahinda has the President of Sri Lanka in 2009 promised to implement 13+ amendment to the constitution of the country which was more than the current constitution if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The western world leaders believed him and turned away and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and more than 1,000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated […]

Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief: Secretary-General Informs Sirisena To Hold Parliamentary Vote As Soon As Possible Causing further embarrassment for President Maithripala Srisena, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement this morning stating he urged Sirisena to revert to Parliamentary procedures and hold a vote “as soon as possible” to appoint a Prime Minister. Secretary-General informed the President that he was following developments in Sri Lanka and offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all parties to resolve the current situation, the statement also added. “emphasized the government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security, and respect for the rule of law.” Painting a different picture about his telephone conversation with the UN Chief, Sirisena said he had a ‘highly successful” discussion […]

China allegedly abets horse trading amid political crisis in Sri Lanka

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

China allegedly has thrown its lot in encouraging horse trading in favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s rival prime ministers battled to seek numbers to swing any parliamentary vote of confidence next week to end the country’s constitutional crisis. Parliament has been suspended since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as head of government on Oct 26 and nominated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post of PM. While Wickremesinghe has ca .. Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66472465.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Exclusive: Sri Lanka risks EU trade concessions if any back-sliding on rights

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, could derail halting progress made toward national reconciliation following a war with ethnic minority Tamil separatists that killed tens of thousands, many during the final stages under his watch as president. “The government got GSP on the basis of certain commitments, if these commitments are not met, then we would consider withdrawal,” EU ambassador to Sri Lanka, Tung-Lai Margue, told Reuters on Thursday. Margue was referring to Generalised System of Preferences […]

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka  COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), has unofficially decided not to claim any place in the Council of Ministers to allow the distribution of slots to those MPs from the opposition United National Front (UNF) who may cross over to give the government a majority in parliament. Revealing this on Wednesday, two informed source said that the SLPP has informally  agreed to take portfolios only if there are vacancies. “It is a sacrifice to attain the main objective of preventing the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government,” one source said. According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on […]

Sri Lanka’s MPs for SALE – Can be purchased by the Highest Bidder (Currently offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio by Rajapakshe)

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Latest Offer – UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara revealed today that he was offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio to join the government. * According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on November 16. This gives Sirisena and his newly appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa time to ‘BUY’ MPs from the UNF. * So far, FIVE United National Party (UNP) MPs  have joined: Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Wasantha Senanayake, Dunesh Gankanda, Ananda Aluthgamage and Vadivel Suresh. * The Muslim parties are presently with the UNP-led UNF, but they could switch at any time, even at the last moment as they did before the January 2015 Presidential election. * The Indian Origin Tamil parties are currently with the UNF but could change over time […]

UNP MPs bought by China for Mahinda

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides.  He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money should be ashamed. UNP Parliamentarians Vasantha Senanayake and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday joined the caretaker Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mahinda Rajapaksa – NYTIMES

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (NYTIMES, AFP, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015, he was given a sweeping mandate from voters to investigate accusations of war crimes and graft against his predecessor’s government and to cancel deals with China that had plunged the country into debt. Now, Mr Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Sirisena has unilaterally suspended Parliament and the Cabinet and declared that Mr Rajapaksa would immediately become the new prime minister. The Parliament and public that once rallied around Mr Sirisena are now bitterly divided over what his critics call an unconstitutional attempt to consolidate power. The country is split down the middle, with parliamentarians slightly tilted toward Prime Minister Ranil […]

Sinhalese dominated state is seeking to diminish the rights of Tamil’s through continued militarisation and territorial aggrandisement

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A latest report issued by an international organization reveals that the government security forces are making profits in occupied areas in the North and East with commercial ventures. Human Rights Watch (HRW), headquartered in US, through one of its latest reports alleges that the government has failed to keep the promise of returning the lands in the North and East to their original owners. HRW states that the aforementioned report, titled ‘Why Can’t We Go Home? – Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka’, has been drafted after discussions with more than one hundred people between June 2017 and August 2018, and the Tamils constitute the majority of people who have lost their lands. According to the report, even though all three major ethnic communities […]

A constitutional settlement relating to inter- nationality power sharing is missing – Rajapaksa too gave false promises, to mobilize Sinhala racist votes

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the return of all land in the Northern and Eastern provinces that are owned by the people of those areas, soon after his return from New York where he made the notorious speech to the UN General Assembly.  He issued these instructions during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force overlooking the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The President eagerly, has instructed the Presidential Task Force to plan out a speedy time frame and a proper structure in order to implement the project. He expected to present its progress at the next meeting.  This certainly, is in keeping with the letter and spirit of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of October 2015. When the president announced that he […]

U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will rescue artifacts such as clay pots, brass and copper items, temple statues, coins, coral stones, and ceramic objects that are on the verge of irreversible decay.  Most of the collection was excavated in the Northern Province.  The project will involve both undergraduate and post graduate archaeology students of the University of Jaffna.  Professor P. Pushparatnam, a senior professor and the Project Director, submitted the successful proposal to the U.S. Embassy and AFCP.  […]

New law to compensate Tamil War victims in Sri Lanka – Former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island’s brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 1,00,000 lives. The legislature voted 59-43 to approve a broad reparations Bill, which seeks to establish an independent office that will compensate survivors as well as victims’ next of kin. Former strongman President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill, arguing that it amounted to compensating separatist Tamil rebels who were crushed in a no-holds-barred military campaign in May 2009. Key demand The long-delayed legislation had been a key demand of international observers urging reconciliation in the island nation, where divisions between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese persist. The office will decide on potentially tens of […]

90,000 Northern families in shanties or homeless. What happened to Govt. promised housing?

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

90,000 Northern families in shanties or homeless. What happened to Govt. promised housing? By Jekhan Aruliah In October last year I had the privilege of participating in the blessing of a new water well in the Killinochchi District of the Northern Province. Its construction had been funded by the UK based charity Child Aid Lanka. The family on whose land the well is built, together with neighbours who also benefit from the new well’s water, had gathered to join in. We were all looking forward to the ceremony and snacks. It was a happy occasion, with the children smartly dressed as if for the well’s birthday party. As we arrived the father of the family came to greet us, walking easily on his artificial leg. He […]

President’s speech at UNGA far from the truth

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said that President Maithripala Sirisena’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday (26), where he portrayed Sri Lanka as a picture of progress was in reality, however, far from the truth. President Sirisena at the UNGA urged the international community to consider the tremendous progress made by the Government towards reconciliation, the restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law, and look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective. He also said that he is ‘satisfied’ with Sri Lanka’s progress and rejected foreign interference in domestic affairs. Senior Researcher at the CPA, Bhavani Fonseka said that in 2015, people voted for change and it is understandable that change takes time, […]

President Sirisena wants to continue to fool the Tamils so asks World leaders to ”Permit Sri Lankans to settle their own problems”

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

TNA Leader, as the Opposition Leader, should address every lie in the speech of President Maithiri without further delay President Sirisena calls on the world to prioritize addressing the issues of the poverty-stricken, while taking into consideration the ideas of youth, at 73rd UNGA Debate, 25 September 2018,  https://www.un.int/srilanka/news/president-sirisena-calls-world-prioritize-addressing-issues-poverty-stricken-while-taking-0 https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#sent/166150e7d9d5782d?compose=16618ed5065d7618   Permit Sri Lankans to settle their problems – Prez urges UN, 26 September 2018, http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=191824   No need of foreign interference; allow us to solve our problems-MS, 26 September 2018, http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/No-need-of-foreign-interference-allow-us-to-solve-our-problems-MS-156002.html President urges int’l community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective, 27 September 2018, http://www.ft.lk/front-page/President-urges-int-l-community-to-look-at-Sri-Lanka-with-a-fresh-perspective/44-663545

Catholic Archbishop of Colombo ,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is Criticised by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris Over “Populist”Remarks About Human Rights and Religion.

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has come under fire for the stand he has taken on human rights. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the need for human rights was an outcome of the marauding religious zealots of the inquisition and the crusades, where non believers were massacred “En-Bloc”. “Pity, the Cardinal always seems to get things wrong in trying to be a populist,” he said on his twitter account. Continue reading ‘Catholic Archbishop of Colombo ,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is Criticised by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris Over “Populist”Remarks About Human Rights and Religion.’ »

Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

GTF Press Release – Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka and a dangerous precedent the UN should not allow to be set  PRESS STATEMENT  23 September 2018, London Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka and a dangerous precedent the UN should not allow to be set The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed at the Sri Lankan Government’s initiatives to abandon its repeated commitments to address accountability issues related to war crimes. President Sirisena’s recent public statement that he will make a special request to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to drop war crimes charges against his troops to ‘settle’ the issue of […]

US Tamils Urge UN to Ask Visiting Sri Lankan President What He Did to the Abducted Tamil Children Who were Seen with Him in a Photo in 2010

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

US Tamils Urge UN to Ask Visiting Sri Lankan President What He Did to the Abducted Tamil Children Who were Seen with Him in a Photo in 2010 A spokesman for Tamils for Trump said that “We the U.S. Tamils wanted to know the fate of the Tamil children who were with the current Sri Lankan President Sirisena about eight years ago. Now these Tamil children are adults in their twenties and still parents are looking for them and they were listed as missing.” Mr. Sirisena was a health minister under Rajapaksa’s administration in 2010. During his health ministry, Mr. Sirisena visited an orphanage and its school in the Sinhala South. Mr. Sirisena took a photograph standing among a few orphan children in school uniform. […]

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