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 […]
UN panel of human rights experts asks for forced return to be halted while asylum seeker’s case is considered The United Nations committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, citing concerns he might be tortured upon return. The Geneva-based committee of 10 independent human rights experts has issued an interim measure formally requesting Australia not to return the man while his case is considered. The man, whom the Guardian has chosen to refer to as Jyran, was told on 6 December by the department of immigration to prepare to be deported imminently from Australia. Fast-track assessment fundamentally unfair to refugees, high court told Read more Jyran faces arrest in Sri Lanka over his alleged links to the defeated separatist […]
Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday reiterated that he stands by what he had said regarding the judiciary and lawyers of Sri Lanka recently. Addressing media outside the Supreme Court premises, Ramanayake said he is not afraid to tell the truth that ordinary people and corrupt politicians are treated differently by the judiciary. “A poor who commits a minor offence such as stealing a street light bulb had been jailed for several months, under the Public Property Act. Corrupt politicians who stole millions of rupees in public funds can get anticipatory bail to avoid being arrested, after retaining a President’s Counsel,” Ramanayake said. Two petitioners had made complaints to the Supreme Court seeking a contempt of court action against Ramanayake for allegedly making disparaging remarks on […]
JVP MP Vijitha Herath in an interview with Dailymirror spoke about the current political situation in the country and his party’s novel way of approaching issues at hand. Following are excerpts of the interview done with Herath. Provincial Councils are a part of our legal system though we like it or not TNA no longer demands Federalism Land and Police powers have to be discussed Our thinking should be different from the war time JVP stands for socialism with modern Sri Lankan characteristics We asked people to close down the grocery shop of Mahinda Rajapaksa We also ask people close down the grocery shop of the present Government There is no difference in the level of corruption and frauds between now and then Now we see frauds in expressways, splurging public […]
Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in his budget speech yesterday said that the people of the North have to depend on the South for all their needs, and the Central Government is of the view that complete power devolution should be in the hands of the majority. “Those talking about the development of the North are less concerned about how it should be developed but more concerned about what benefits they would gain. Therefore, even if power is devolved in certain areas, it is implemented through District Secretaries,” he said. Wigneswaran also claimed that some are making use of foreign allocations for their political gains. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has an economic plan for the development of the islets in the North. However, my suggestions […]
Troops serving the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna organised ‘Jaffna Food Festival – 2017’ is to be held in front of Jaffna Fort during 15- 17 December. The food festival is to be organised on the instructions of the Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna. The event consists of added features of Musical Show presented by ‘Yala Tunes’ on Friday (15), ‘Agni’ featuring with Shiva Kumar on Saturday (16) and a Christmas Carol presented by Army Band on Sunday (17). The Food Festival is to be hosted in collaboration with Northern Province Hoteliers Association.
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoon Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supports devolution of power. “For that, the Executive Presidency is necessary. That is why we say if power is devolved, the unitary status of the country must be safeguarded. That was our opinion for decades.” Following are excerpts: Do you have any responsibilities at the Ministry? A: Definitely. I always became a Deputy Minister under the best Cabinet Ministers. It is a privilege to work for Minister Mangala Samaraweera. You have been a Deputy Minister from 2004. When will you become a Cabinet Minister? A: Time will tell. Let’s wait and see. Positions are not essential to work. It is three years since the […]
Sinhala colonists who have encroached into traditional Tamil areas in Batticaloa have again started to shoot and kill the cattle belonging to Tamil dairy farmers in Paduvaankarai region. Dairy farmers in Ko’ra’lai-pattu South blame three Sinhala encroachers as culprits after one of their cows was shot and killed on Thursday night. The farmers said they have recovered three of their cattle with gunshot injuries. Between 2013 and 2016, more than 1,000 cows, owned by Tamil dairy farmers were short and killed. The process was accelerated after Sirisena coming to power. However, due to relentless protests and complaints, the menace was temporarily halted from the end of 2016. Now, it resumes again, Tamil farmers said. Paduvaan-karai was protected by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) […]
Maithri- Rajapakse discussions go up in smoke ! What happened ? (Lanka-e-News – 01.Dec.2017, 10.15PM) The discussions held between the SLFP group and the Rajapakse flower bud symbol group to form an alliance to contest the forthcoming local government elections have completely faltered , frittered and flopped , and both sides have now decided for sure to contest elections separately , a Maithri group political bigwig speaking to Lanka e news revealed. The final condition imposed by the flower bud group on the Maithri group was , ‘if there is going to be an alliance , the Maithri group should leave the consensual government .‘ Maithri group which cannot fulfill that condition under any circumstances , and the SLFP ers who are currently enjoying the […]
If Tamil youths of North are to wage armed struggle again it is like climbing a Murunga tree –Wigneswaran (Lanka-e-News – 29.Nov.2017, 11.55PM) It is true the Tamil people of the North did not acquire their rights through the Sinhala Buddhist forces or the politics of the South . But if the Tamil youths are again trying to take to arms with the aim of acquiring those rights, that will not be any different from climbing a Murunga (Drumsticks) tree , said , Northern chief minister C.T. Wigneswaran on the 28 th in Jaffna. When some journalists met the chief minister in Jaffna and questioned about the absence of signs of the government going for a new constitution , the chief minister’s first reply was […]
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/taking-pannisai-abroad/article4268974.ece Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too. Sami Dhandapani was visibly delighted and thankful to receive the title, “Pannisai Peraringar” from Tamil Isai Sangam, his alma mater. After having served the Sangam and its college, the expert in Saiva devotional music has been based in London for the past 15 years. Dhandapani’s father, who was his first guru, served as “Pannisai Odhuvar” at the Tirukkadayur arulmigu Sri Abirami Amritaghateswarar temple. At the age of eight, Dhandapani memorised all the 102 verses of “Sri Abhirami Andhadi” and sang in front of Dharmapuri Adheenam Guru Maha Sannidhanam” at the shrine of Sri Abirami. Declared winner of first prize in his maiden venture, Dhandapani involved himself in devotional music. He joined “Sri Kapaleeswarar Tevara Patasalai” headed […]
BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Much decorated soldier, one time Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Diplomat and now author, General Gerry H. de Silva is a man of many parts. His memoir ‘A Most Noble Profession – Memories That Linger’ (2012) and more recently ‘War Heroes Killed-In-Action’ have been launched and is currently working on the biography of Lieutenant General Denis Perera titled ‘The General of all Generals’. In a wide ranging interview he expressed his frank opinions on a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts of the interview: What were the main challenges the military faced during the war, when you were at the helm of the Army? A : Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa were the persons behind […]
By Rathindra Kuruwita Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements. Therefore, there have been continuous attempts to force the Government to give more autonomy to the North and the East and to re-merge the two provinces. While this has been […]
Only two Tamil nurses were appointed to serve the Northern Province in the latest batch of appointments. Out of 110 nurses appointed to the Northern Province by the Sri Lankan government, 108 were Sinhalese nurses. When questioned about the hugely disproportionate rates of Sinhalese nurses being appointed to serve a Tamil province, the Northern Province health minister said that there were not enough trained Tamil nurses to appoint. Related Articles: 21 October 2017 : Eastern Province governor attempting to oust Tamils and Muslims from important local government positions 16 January 2017 : Appointment of Sinhalese workers to local government office criticised by Kilinochchi locals
Meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday, the UK FCO Minister for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad reiterated the UK’s commitment to working with Mr Zeid’s office, the OHCHR. The UK Mission in Geneva tweeted: “Lord @tariqahmadbt meets @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid to discuss a range of topics related to @UN_HRC. The UK remains firmly committed to #OHCHR, and the #HumanRights rules-based international system.” “Delighted to meet @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid to discuss a range of issues related to @UN_HRC. The UK remains firmly committed to supporting the vital work of #OHCHR,” Lord Ahmad tweeted.
A Tamil journalist was attacked in a suburb of Jaffna on Saturday evening. 44-year-old Shanmuganathan Manoharan, an anchor for the radio Yaarl FM, was driving home in Chavakachcheri on Saturday when his car was obstructed by a three-wheeler. Mr Manoharan and another person were beaten by three men who alighted from the three-wheeler. The attackers escaped as soon as onlookers began to gather. A complaint was filed at Chavakachcheri police, following which the department said they had arrested the driver of the three-wheeler.
When Naomi Coleman says that she was “overwhelmed” by the Supreme Court Decision vindicating her rights and compensating her to the tune of Rs.800,000, one is hardly surprised. When foreigners, specially Brits visit Sri Lanka, they do not expect a religious police a la Saudi Arabian Mutaween, to pounce on them at the Airport. To make things worse and quite shameful, one hardly expects a Magistrate, a judicial officer, to remand her and then issue a deportation order, ultra vires, condemning her as a common criminal. Just like the Rohingyas did at Mount Lavinia, Ms. Coleman too has tasted a bowlful of Theravada Buddhism in its current and popular packaging. One might ironically say that she has received what she was searching for in her […]
The Joint Opposition (JO) along with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 Local Government polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol. The sources noted that agreements had already been…… signed with all the political parties that have agreed to join the JPP. He added that the maiden political rally of the JPP will be held under the patronage of former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Vincent Dias Playground in Badulla at 2 p.m. on 4 December.
Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) delegates with Lord Naseby. From left: Prasanga Jayamanna, Lord Nesbey, Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe and Jayaraj Palihawadana. by Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years. The delegation comprised Prasanga Jayamanna, Co-president, GSLF UK, Jayaraj Palihawadana, Secretary, GSLF UK and Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Vietnam.UAE based GSLF spokesperson told The Island that the grouping wanted to thank Lord Naseby […]
By Sanchith Karunaratna British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to Maldives James Dauris lauded the efforts rendered by the government of Sri Lanka to develop the island nation as a travel hub in Asia during his address at the dinner held by the Institute of Hospitality on Wednesday (29). In his address High Commissioner Darius stated that the tourism sector has bolstered the community within Sri Lanka by providing ample employment an international exposure. He further highlighted the strategic direction of the government stating that the country may become one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. His address is provided below, I’m honoured to have been invited to address you this evening. The industries you lead and represent are ever more a corner-stone of […]