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Cover for dictators who had abused their authority and trampled on the rights and democratic freedoms of the people

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

UN War Crimes Probe : President should stop making a mockery of Parliament – Kiriella Opposition not bound to cover up for stupidity of UPFA Govt. – Ravi zBy Zacki Jabbar  The UNP yesterday called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop making a mockery of Parliament after having publicly rejected a United Nations Human Rights Council mandated war crimes probe against his government and the LTTE which was scheduled to get underway in Geneva next month.  “If the President really cared for the views of the Opposition, he would have called an All Party Conference prior to March this year to work out a strategy to deal with the impending US led resolution calling for accountability in Sri Lanka, Vice Chairman of the UNP Lakshman […]

Government missed the chances to strike a deal with the moderate Tamil nationalists by implementing the 13th amendment.

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

International Inquiry: Putting The Cartwright Before The Horse By Dayan Jayatilleka – In her farewell address to the UNHRC, Madam Navi Pillay drew attention to the need for healing the wounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which she rightly noted, had yet to be done. To this intent and purpose she commended cooperation by the Government of Sri Lanka with the comprehensive international inquiry that her office has undertaken. What is bitterly ironic is that the healing of wounds cannot take place by means of a lacerating external inquiry or even an overly extensive and premature internal one. The international inquiry will do just the opposite of assisting any process of healing. It will generate resentment and hatred among the overwhelming majority of the people of Sri Lanka. The appointment of […]

“Student – People standing” called by the IUSF fails to take up the repression of minorities at all

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

UNP leader Ranil is campaigning against intervention of the IMF in Lanka to cut down social warfare including in education , health , pensions, provident fund etc. In addition he defends 13th amendment and insists LLRC recommendations should be implemented. In this scenario any left oriented mass movement has to stand more consistently and clearly for this anti- global capitalist and democratic position. Unfortunately the “Student – People standing” called by the IUSF fails to take up the repression of minorities at all. No one called to the stage to represent the democratic struggle on minority issues. Those TU leaders participating in the movement should raise this issue immediately with the IUSF www.nssp.info tp 0777875758 contributions: NAVA SAMA SAMAJA PARTY, 17BARRACKS LANE, COLOMBO 2A/C NO: 8004893301, […]

SRI LANKA: What is the future of a country with zero respect for law enforcement?

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ART-044-2014 June 11, 2014 An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission SRI LANKA: What is the future of a country with zero respect for law enforcement? by Basil Fernando The major problem affecting all Sri Lankans now, and which is likely to affect future generations, is the complete failure of law enforcement and resulting lawlessness. While virtually everyone is aware of this problem, it is not subject to conversation. For the few who are vocal on matters of public interest, the sole concern seems to be regime change. This is, of course, something any reasonable person would agree with. However, the survival of the regime itself rests on the breakdown of law enforcement in every area of life and on the regime’s […]

Executive President (benevolent dictator) no solution to minority woes

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

It is reported that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) stands against the abolition of the Executive Presidency. This newspaper on Monday quoted the General Secretary of the SLMC, Hasan Ali as saying what the country needs is a benevolent dictator, who is capable of managing volatile ethnic relations. He argued that a ‘complete democracy’ would lead to the tyranny of the majority, thereby subjugating the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. Hasen Ali was both right and wrong.  That the majoritarian impulses often curtail the rights of the minorities has been seen, both in Sri Lanka and abroad. While the colonial rulers were mulling about granting greater rights of self governance to locals of then Ceylon, the minority leaders – most notably, those representing the […]

Minister Wimal will block South Africa mediation!

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Wimal Weerawansa is trying to gain credit for himself by claiming that it was he who had blocked the entry of the LTTE’s international forces to the island by disrupting a discussion that had been due to take place between the governments of Sri Lanka and South Africa to resolve the northern issue, said president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Quoting a report by the State Intelligence Service, the president has said to so several ministers. “That Wimal is going to create a scene once again. I have not even though of discussing with South Africa. He is trying to be a hero and gain credit by claiming he had blocked that. Everything this fellow does is madness. He was not at the last cabinet meeting saying […]

GTF news update for 7th to 9th June 2014

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

  In an interview with The Island newspaper, GTF Spokesperson, Suren Surendiran, calls on the of Government of Sri Lanka to engage with the impending OHCHR investigation: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=104644 DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Govt. was notified about UN team: OHCHR <http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/48168-govt-was-notified-about-un-team-ohchr-.html>   DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Preparations for UN inquiry gather steam <http://www.ft.lk/2014/06/09/preparations-for-un-inquiry-gather-steam/>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** New UN Human Rights High Commissioner expected to be tougher than Pillay <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=104727>   COLOMBO PAGE Norwegian peace envoy says ready to testify at any international tribunal on Sri Lanka <http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14A/Jun08_1402237959CH.php>   AL JAZEERA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Crime among Sri Lanka soldiers on rise <http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/06/crime-among-sri-lanka-soldiers-rise-2014636328915708.html>   THE HINDU  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** 17,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugee children left in limbo <http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/17000-sri-lankan-tamil-refugee-children-left-in-limbo/article6090441.ece> […]

Sri Lanka’s curse is rulers

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

There hasn’t been any country in the world other than Sri Lanka that has belittled Visual & Performing Arts. A politician in Sri Lanka had asked what can a person do with Visual & Performing Arts and had said it cannot even be eaten. This is how they see it. Children do not have a world of their own. What exists for them is a world of robots and their lives are ruled by such robots. Bridges and Expressways could be constructed in this country but a man who can travel on them cannot be built. Look at Nelum Pokuna Theater. It has been constructed with the highest technology. But where is aesthetic value? Aesthetic value comes with human feelings. There are actors and technicians but […]

Navi Pillay’s appoints dangerous investigation panel: Dayan Jayathilaka

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Jordan’s Prince Zeid to replace Pillay The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultations with the Chairmen of the regional groups of Member States, has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. If approved, he will replace the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who’s term ends in August.Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein is currently Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a post he held previously for six and a half years, from 2000 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico. He also served as Jordan’s Deputy Permanent […]

Sri Lanka reacts strongly to Jayalalithaa’s genocide remarks on Tamil issue

5th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka on Thursday reacted strongly against the genocide remarks made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa against the country over the Tamil issue and said it will make formal objections to India over her comments. “It is very much in keeping with the character of this politician to make wild allegations against Sri Lanka,” the government spokesman and Minister of Information Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters. He was reacting to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which carried word “genocide” on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. She had demanded that India should sponsor a resolution in the United Nations condemning the genocide in Sri Lanka. “I request that India should sponsor a resolution in the United Nations condemning the genocide in Sri […]

SRI LANKA: The Island of mass graves

4th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The following article was published as the editorial of the latest issue of Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives by Nilantha Ilangamuwa Sri Lanka is once again on the edge of a political crucible in terms of its international relations as well as in its domestic politics. The country is ignoring calls for an independent and credible investigation into alleged wartime atrocities while at the same time carrying out atrocities against its own people. None of the elected or appointed officials have been able to fulfil even the basic requirements of their offices, but instead put all their efforts into finding loopholes to escape the situation and to justify what they have done. Mass Graves are not a new phenomenon in Sri Lanka as over 30 – 40 […]

Tamil Eelam Football Team At “World Football Cup 2014”

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

A football team representing “The Tamil Eelam Football Association” will play their first match of the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup today against Arameans Suryoye. However, there is no recognized ‘country’ in the world named ‘Tamil Eelam’. FIFA also does not recognize a country by the name of ‘Tamil Eelam’. The players trained for the first time since their arrival from their training camp in Norway on Sunday, with all the players fit for the big match. According to Pro-Eelam website Tamil Guardian, this is the third tournament that the Tamils are taking part in after a respectable 7th place finish in the team’s debut in the VIVA World Cup in Kurdistan 2 years ago, and an incredible 3rd place at a friendly tournament on […]

Weerawansa’s Party Loses Two More Stalwarts

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

The National Freedom Front, led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa, has lost two more stalwarts with Dodangoda PS member K.H. Wickremasinghe and former Western Provincial Councilor Sugath Mathugamage deciding to step down from the party with immediate effect. This development came nearly two weeks after two Provincial Councilors of the National Freedom Front representing the Uva Provincial Council crossed over to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party. The two stalwarts of the NFF, who have now discarded their party membership, are likely to join the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Both NFF members represent Kalutara District where Minister Wimal Weerawansa started his political career with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. However, according to the agreement signed between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the National […]

Way Forward Can Be Through Revamped PSC

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – The outcome of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a let down to the Sri Lankan government.  There was a general expectation in Sri Lanka, fueled by the optimism of government leaders that a new era of relations would open up when the President of Sri Lanka met the new Prime Minister of India.  In particular there was the hope that the vexatious international pressure on the government to proceed with a political solution on the basis of the devolution of power to the Tamil-majority areas of the country would subside. But this did not happen.  On the contrary, Prime Minister Modi was uncommonly blunt and precise in calling on his Sri Lankan counterpart to begin delivering on his oft-repeated […]

Leo Seemanpillai took his own life as he gave up hope of refuge

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Leo Seemanpillai met his new ”mum”, Cathie Bond, almost a year ago on a cold night in Geelong. Cathie, a retired art teacher and volunteer, was handing out ”welcome packs” to new asylum seekers, distributing food and toiletries, undies and socks, ”to give them some dignity”. Leo was her helper at each house, unloading the car and interpreting. The 29-year-old had been on the Bellarine Peninsula for a few months and although barely settled in his new life, he wanted to help others. Cathie drove him home. Remembrance: Leo’s Australian ”mum” Cathie Bond (centre), Sue Longmore and Veronika Quinton. Photo: Justin McManus ”On the way there – and this was typical of Leo – he rings ahead to his friends, ‘Get the tea ready, get the […]

This time I am Not doing a Drama (?) – Minister Wimal Weerawansa

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa has issued an ultimatum to the Government on several issues and warned in no uncertain terms that he will not hesitate to leave the Government if the concerns of and proposals by the NFF are not taken seriously. By Camelia Nathaniel Q: What was the outcome of the meeting you had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the 12 point proposal the NFF forwarded to him? A: We presented our set of proposals to the President and explained why we had taken this stance. We believe that the government needs to reposition itself according to the current political and social challenges. We see the 12 points in our proposals as a measure to determine the readiness and stand […]

TNA gathers public support for probe

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has begun holding public meetings to gather support for the international investigation over alleged human rights abuses said to have been committed during the war. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that meetings are being held in all the districts in order to explain to the Tamils the importance of the investigation which was authorized by the UN Human Rights Council in March. He said that the investigation is expected to begin in around two weeks time and the TNA wants to prepare the public to give evidence to the commission which will conduct the investigation, if required. The UN Human Rights Council had in March adopted a U.S. sponsored resolution which calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed between 2002 […]

If Rajapaksa Regime Continues with Broken Promises and Intransigience the “Honeymoon”with New Modi Govt Will Not Last Long

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians President Mahinda Rajapaksa may have metaphorically leapt into new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arms this week, but in the beginning there was Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. The Congress Party won Parliamentary elections in 2004, returning the Gandhi family dynasty to the helm of Indian politics after a hiatus of eight years and heralding a new dawn for Sri Lanka’s battle against terrorism. The change had come only three years after America had faced its own demons in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, forever altering how the world would approach and combat terrorism. Already, appetite for the LTTE’s brutal politics of terror had waned completely in the Western world. By assassinating Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi […]

TODAY – First ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off in UK

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Large contingent of around 50 from Sri Lanka in London for one-day event at Savoy Hotel Over 150 fund managers and investment bankers from UK to attend Central Bank Chief Cabraal to keynote Forum, showcasing post-war growth potential and investment opportunities Presentation by world’s largest asset manager BlackRock a key highlight in the event organised in association with London Stock Exchange and Bloomberg Heads and senior executives of 9 listed companies and 15 broking firms to woo more UK investments By Nisthar Cassim in London The first-ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off today in London as the industry makes a concerted effort to woo fresh interests from the UK to the post-war resurgence in the country.  A large contingent of around 50 business […]

Abolishing the executive presidency!

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Left parties of the government have reportedly written to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena, requesting that he summon a meeting of the constituent parties of the government to discuss constitutional reforms, including the abolition of the all powerful executive presidency. The letter, which has been copied to President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well, has been sent to the SLFP General Secretary three days ago.  The traditional political Left, which includes LSSP, CP and New Left Front, could well have best intentions. However, given the Left’s dwindling clout within the government, whether the government would heed their call is open to question. In fact, the non-inclusion of LSSP stalwart and Chairman of All Party Representative Committee, Tissa Vitarana in the latest Parliamentary […]

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