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Attitudinal change necessary to give momentum to the Provincial councils

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka on the threshold of change needs an overhaul of the entire democratic process and good governance. The three decade old war is over and expectations have been raised for a more tranquil future. People are looking forward to a life enriched by greater equity in society, guided by enlightened leadership, with emphasis on fairness in governance, quality education, health and reasonably habitable housing along with accelerated progress in arts and culture and sports. The South has effectively put to rest the crisis filled years of the Southern Youth challenge to the State. Since then the movement has embraced ( been permitted to) democracy with a healthy respect for parliamentary traditions and human rights. At this moment in history the country needs enlightened leadership, […]

More UK support for UN peacekeeping – do you agree?

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Call for more UK support for UN peacekeeping I am writing as Executive Director of UNA-UK to ask you to join us in calling for greater UK engagement with UN peacekeeping. Click here to show your support UN peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools at the international community’s disposal. For over six decades, UN peacekeepers have supported peace processes, protected civilians and helped people around the world to rebuild their lives. The UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy acknowledges the important role of UN peacekeeping operations in stabilising fragile situations, at a lower cost than coalition missions and without the need for direct UK military intervention. But while the UK continues to support UN peacekeeping financially and through its Security Council seat, it has significantly reduced […]

I WAS TORTURED IN SRI LANKA FOR HARBOURING TAMILS

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Last week, the Australian government decided not to co-sponsor a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government praised its “bold” decision, and defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa posed for a celebratory shot with Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison as the former handed the latter a premium box of Dilmah tea. The deal – which is essentially the Australian government turning a blind-eye to the torture of Sri Lankan citizens, among other abuses – has been criticised as placing Australia “on the same team as China, Russia and the Congo in opposing the investigation”. The agreement is apparently based on the excellent relations between the two countries, which – of course – doesn’t justify it in any shape or form. The news comes a few […]

Should Sri Lanka panic about international war crimes prosecutions yet?

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

BY NAYANTHA WIJESUNDARA   LL.M (Colombo); Ph.D in Conflict and Peace Studies (Colombo); LL.B (London); Attorney-at-Law  I have observed with amazement the current discourse in Sri Lanka about the possibility of an international war crimes prosecution with regard to the Sri Lankan war. The discourse is largely incomplete, biased and often misleading. Hence, I felt it opportune to write a succinct piece on this issue just to put the matter into perspective for the layman who has no expertise on the workings of international criminal justice. I will not discuss whether the Sri Lankan war requires dissection before the international criminal justice system as that is an evaluation of the merits of the matter which falls beyond the scope of this modest piece of writing.  Is it possible that the […]

Rajapaksa did not succumb to int’l pressure in 2009: Lanka Minister

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Government spokesman and Minister of Information Keheliya Rambukwella said some countries had put pressure on Sri Lanka when the war was reaching a decisive stage in 2009, President Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to succumb to pressures exerted by some countries to end the military campaign against the LTTE in 2009. “Some countries (British and US) sent advance teams and even were ready to send ships. But the President (Rajapaksa) refused to give in,” he said at a gathering in the central district of Kandy yesterday. Rambukwella’s reference to the international pressure was apparently aimed at the visit of the then British Foreign Minister David Miliband and his then French counterpart Bernard Kouchner to meet Rajapaksa in 2009. Rambukwella said the international pressure during the 2009 conflict was much […]

The Truth About Justice in Sri Lanka

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

It is time to be realistic about the chances of achieving accountability on human rights in Sri Lanka Five years ago – in May 2009 – Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war finally ended. Regrettably, there is ample evidence to suggest that violations of international humanitarian and human rights law were committed by both the Sri Lankan military and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In spite of significant international criticism, the Sri Lankan government has refused to conduct a proper inquiry into what transpired at the end of the war and human rights violations in the country have continued unabated since that time. Indeed it is the nexus between past atrocities that remain unaccounted for and the ongoing human rights violations – which are rarely dealt with […]

Yasmin Sooka’s evidence based on sound legal grounds will no doubt play a vital role in the final report by the UN OHCHR.

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

  Must Watch VIDEO: Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer interviews Yasmin Sooka on May of 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdtf-R_qo7Q In the light of Sri Lanka’s dismissal of the international investigation and their refusal to cooperate, Yasmin Sooka’s evidence based on sound legal grounds will no doubt play a vital role in the final report by the UN OHCHR.  An UN report with such damning legal evidence cannot be dismissed easily by the UN Security Council and the ICC.  That will be the next stage in the road to accountability and justice.         What is more remarkable in this video is her dedication to the cause of human rights.  Whether it be South Africa her own country, Sierra Leone, or Sri Lanka, she brings an unparalleled […]

Russia could not save Yugoslavia from war crimes tribunal.

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mr.Taylor Dibbert has expressed his doubts on the chances of success of the Human Rights accountability in Sri Lanka. Please read and form your own opinion on the subject. As far as the Tamils internationally are concern, they will not rest until justice is done to the victims of Mullivaaikkal Genocide; its fifth anniversary is in the horizon. Please remember Russia could not save Yugoslavia from war crimes tribunal.   Visvanathan   This is a Tamil Canadian reportThe Truth About Justice in Sri Lanka It is time to be realistic about the chances of achieving accountability on human rights in Sri Lanka. By Taylor Dibbert May 13, 2014 Five years ago – in May 2009 – Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war finally ended. Regrettably, there is ample evidence to […]

Canadian Parliament calls for targeted sanctions against Sri Lanka

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mr. Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAizzieEocs Mr. Speaker, last month, the Sri Lankan government launched a smear campaign against international civil society groups, including ones right here in Canada. These groups helped lead the successful push for an international independent investigation into the atrocities committed during the Sri Lankan civil war. What actions is the government taking to protect peaceful Canadian citizens against the Sri Lankan ban? Will the Minister consider targeted sanctions against those responsible for abuses and repression, as was recommended by the foreign affairs committee in 2009? Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):  Mr. Speaker, no government anywhere in the world and no leader of any government in the world has stood up more strongly and loudly than the […]

PAKISTAN: The practice of fake police encounters exposed through a live video recording by the media

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The citizens of Pakistan watched a video recording of a police encounter on all the television channels where a man who had been pronounced dead started crying and screaming that he was alive. The police ignored his cries for help and dragged him by the hair into a police van. He was taken to a mortuary and thrown in the morgue along with three other accomplices. The ‘dead man’ continued to cry out for some time, begging for someone, anyone, to save him inside the morgue, but no one came to his assistance. In fact, his life could have been saved if the police had admitted him to a hospital which was just ten minutes away from the location where the fake encounter occurred. On […]

From Sri Lankan Frying Pan into Indian Fire?

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

I have, from time to time expressed my concerns about the risk of Indian dominance in Sri Lanka through Tamils. The US sponsored UNHRC Resolution against the Sri Lankan Government was seen to have been without the vote of India. But a deeper  sight into India’s attitude through Tamil Nadu – would raise the question as to whether India’s abstention was a manifestation of  the objection not to the Resolution itself but to the country that sponsored it. In effect it was a no-vote.  According to The New Indian Express – Bangalore:  [Justice still eludes the victims of 2009 Sri Lankan War when tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, said Ramu Manivannan, author of the book ‘Sri Lanka: Hiding the Elephant’. Speaking at […]

Jaffna University: In the Shadow Of War And Peace On A War-Footing

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Jaffna University professors are threatened and the University is closed without giving any explanation. “Early in the week beginning on 5th May, events bearing on the anniversary of the end of the war on 18th May followed in quick succession. The Registrar sent out letters announcing the closure of the University from 16th to 20th May with no explanation. On the 7th leaflets were posted on the University premises making death threats against professors who are allegedly guiding students to support terrorism and student leaders of just the Arts and Science faculties and the leader of the University Student’s Union. The academics threatened are Prof. Sivanathan, Dean of Arts, and Mr. Rasakumaran, Head of the English Language Teaching Centre, and the leader of the University Teachers’ Association. The same day, […]

UN to look at reports of North ban

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The United Nations (UN) says it will look into reports that the Government has banned public events being held in the North to commemorate those killed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. When asked at the daily press briefing yesterday about the ban, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said he had not seen those reports but will look into it. Army spokesman Brigadier Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya had earlier said that public events to commemorate the LTTE killed in the final battle of the decades-long separatist war were barred as the organisation remained outlawed. “Individuals may have religious services to commemorate their loved ones killed in the fighting, but there cannot be any public events,” Wanigasooriya told AFP. “Display of LTTE flags or insignia will […]

Cocaine use in Britain so high it has contaminated our drinking water, report shows

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Report Claims Rampant Cocaine Use Is Contaminating British Water Supply Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply, a report has shown. In a study to assess the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in the water we drink, scientists discovered traces of cocaine after it had gone through intensive purification treatments. Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine. Steve Rolles, from the drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Timesthat the findings were an indication of the scale of the […]

Exhibition Exposes Sri Lankan Human Rights Crisis

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Article by Garry Holliday The exhibition was launched on April 30 with a public meeting attended by 100 people. Guest speakers included Australian Tamil Congress chairperson Professor Raj Rajeswaran, federal Labor member for Fremantle Melissa Parke, WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Tamil Refugee Council spokesperson Aran Myalvaganam. “Sri Lankan Genocide 2009” exhibition opening. Photo: Desiré Mallet (COLOMBO) – A three-day photo exhibition at Fremantle’s Victoria Hall brought the human rights crisis gripping Sri Lanka to a wider audience. “Sri Lankan Genocide 2009” exhibits images taken by various photographers documenting the months before and after the massacre of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009. Event organiser and co-convener of Action for Human Rights In Tamil Eelam and Sri […]

Genocidal Sri Lanka, abettors, appropriate urbanisation of Eezham Tamils

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 May 2014, 19:37 GMT]For nearly 500 years, the nation of Eezham Tamils has been denied of effective urbanisation of their own, by the successive colonial regimes of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, who groomed Colombo as the only urban centre to politically and economically control the island. Genocidal Colombo’s Sinhala military and the abettors in New Delhi, Washington and Beijing now take away the Eezham Tamil right to urbanisation by building Sinhala military capitals in the so-called Palaali ‘High Security Zone’ and in Trincomalee. A nation that doesn’t have its own urban centres and control over infrastructure would be easily enslaved, commented an academic in Jaffna. Further observations by the academic in Jaffna:The occupying Sinhala military appropriating thousands of acres of land […]

War in Europe and instability in Lanka

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

BY Kumar David As Ukraine and Europe inch closer to war there will be huge consequences (will moribund global capitalism benefit or further decline?) and contradictory effects on Lanka. War in Europe is not inevitable but military brinkmanship with a hard-to-predict momentum is unfolding. Ukraine in its present form is finished; what next? Civil war seems unavoidable and Russian intervention in some form, exactly how and when is still not clear, is assured. One can’t read Putin’s script but the aces are in his hand. Then, how will NATO respond? Can Germany, desperate to avoid pan-European conflict, and America, facing opposing internal lobbies, hold together and formulate strategy in common? I would like to do some crystal-ball gazing today. It is also not too early […]

David Cameron joins ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised Britain “will do what we can” to help find more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.  He made the comments as he held a sign bearing the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ slogan on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.Cameron is the latest high-profile supporter of the social media campaign after US First Lady Michelle Obama was pictured with a similar poster.  The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed the abductions.During the programme, fellow guest Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, handed Cameron the sign and asked if he would like to join the campaign. Taking it from her, he replied: “Happily.”Cameron later tweeted: “Proud to support #BringBackOurGirls.”  ‘Immensely complicated’He told the BBC One programme: “I rang the Nigerian President to offer anything that […]

Mother-of-two, 14-year B.C. resident facing deportation

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A mother of two who has lived in Metro Vancouver for 14 years is facing deportation after she was arrested by border officials in April. Ibarra, who moved to Canada from Sri Lanka at age 15, is married to a Canadian man. They have two boys together, ages 7 and 10. “It’s really devastating to think that she could leave us, she could leave me, the family could be split apart,” said husband Eliseo Ibarra. “For the government to split up a family like this, it’s just unbelievable.” PHOTOS Janina Ibarra is seen with her two children, left, and husband Eliso, right. She’s facing deportation over a passport that was lost nearly 10 years ago. (Courtesy Janina & Eliseo Ibarra) The problem stems from what […]

President meets the Bishop for talks

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for talks at the Bishop’s House, the President’s office said in a statement today. The meeting comes following the return to Sri Lanka of a delegation of Sri Lankan Catholic Bishops led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith after meeting Pop Francis at the Vatican. At the meeting with the Pope it was reported that the Pope had mentioned about a visit to Sri Lanka in January next year. It was also reported that the Pope took note of the rise of religious extremists in Sri Lanka who he says, in promoting a false sense of national unity based on a single religious identity, have created tensions through various acts of intimidation and violence. In his address to the Sri Lankan delegation the […]

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