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Enforced disappearances; families have a right to know

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Today is the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances and the topic has deep relevance to Sri Lanka because of what happened, especially after the end of the war in 2009 and during the past few decades. In a statement the UN says enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole. Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once, largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can now be perpetrated in complex situations of […]

NPC Minister wants international excavations of war-time SL military camps in North-East

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

NPC Minister wants international excavations of war-time SL military camps in North-East Excavations must be carried out at the direct presence of international monitors wherever the SL military was stationed with camps during the times of war in the North-East, said Ananthy Sasitharan, who is the NPC Minister of Women’s Affairs and Rehabilitation. Thousands of Tamils, subjected to forced disappearance and arrests during the times of war, are still unaccounted for and their trauma and dismay has aggravated at the scale of the recent discovery of mass graves in the North, Ms Sasitharan said. The NPC Minister is one of the thousands of survivors, who are yet to receive a clear answer from the SL State on the whereabouts of their loved ones. Furthermore, Ms […]

Skeletal Remains of More Than 90 Bodies Excavated at Site of What Was Earlier a Co-operative Whole Sale Depot Near Bus Terminal In Mannar

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Skeletal Remains of More Than 90 Bodies Excavated at Site of What Was Earlier a Co-operative Whole Sale Depot Near Bus Terminal In Mannar By Anbarasan Ethirajan of BBC News in Mannar Experts in northern Sri Lanka are trying to identify the remains of dozens of bodies in a mass grave in the country’s former war zone. So far the skeletal remains of more than 90 people have been unearthed in the north-western town of Mannar. The mass grave is the second biggest found in the north since the end of the conflict in 2009. The 26-year war between troops and separatist Tamil rebels left at least 100,000 people dead, and many missing. A court ordered detailed excavations at the site – a former co-operative wholesale […]

Sinhale Settlements in Mullaitivu: President dismisses TNA allegation as untrue

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday denied Tamil National Alliance (TNA) allegation that there was a move to settle outsiders in the Mullaitivu district. Samarasinghe emphasized that there was absolutely no basis for this claim. The SLFPer said so when The Island sought an explanation as to why President Maithripala Sirisena, ministers, including Samarasinghe as well as senior government officials remained silent when the TNA made unsubstantiated allegations at a meeting chaired by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (Aug 27). The TNA parliamentary group headed by R Sampanthan, the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance participated at the meeting to discuss the status of development projects in the northern and eastern provinces. Among those […]

Only Wigneswaran is concerned about cenotaphs in North

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

The government has no intention to establish new colonies in the North, says Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne. He stated this at the post-Cabinet press briefing held today (29), responding to queries raised by media persons regarding a statement made by the Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran recently. Further commenting, the Minister stated that cenotaphs in the Northern Province have become a concern only to CM C.V. Wigneswaran and not to the public. People in the North only wish to live in a peaceful environment without conflicts, the Minister added. In addition, the Minister said that the government is working on solving issues related to housing, lands, and unemployment.

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

30th August 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over his alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest. Jayaratne told the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Wijegunaratne who is said to have funded Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath last year to escape the police net. At the time the arrest order was issued, the chief of defence staff (CDS), the country’s senior-most military commander, was attending the funeral of general Rohan Daluwatte, official sources said. He was due to be arrested later Wednesday. Earlier this month, Jayaratne asked the Bank of Ceylon to release details of transactions […]

Gota Down from the Tree into The Bullhorn ?

30th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapakshe responded ‘I don’t remember!’ to most of the questions.  Gotabhaya does not have a getaway. The officers of the Criminal Investigations Department undertook on receiving a statement from the former President Mahinda Rajapakshe regarding the kidnapping, assaulting and abandoning on the road of the journalist Keith Noir recently. The crew, consistent with the former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakshe, who was alleged of the case, was expecting their liberation to getaway through the former President’s statement. Accordingly, the law expertise favouring the Rajapakshes with the Rajapakshes pre-orchestrated a statement for Mahinda, in which he was advised to deliver to the investigators of the CID exactly as anticipated. However, the statement made by Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe by now has caused an enormous havoc in the […]

Journalist Keith Noyahr abduction and assault in safe house was operated and maintained by the Military Intelligence.

29th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavindya Perera A lawyer for the defence, in the journalist Keith Noyahr alleged abduction and assault case, yesterday (27), told Court that the safe house named Baduwatte Walawwa, which had come up in connection with the case, had been operated and maintained by the military intelligence. This was revealed before Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrema by Attorney-at-Law Shehan de Silva, appearing for the eighth suspect, former Army Intelligence Chief, Retired Major General Amal Karunasekera. Appearing for the prosecution, Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama said, that continued investigations had been conducted into whether that safe house was one operated and maintained by the military intelligence and a questionnaire in this connection had also been sent to the Secretary of Defence, for the purpose […]

Attorney General Files 49 Charges against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Six Others

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Attorney -General Files 49 Charges For Criminal Breach of Trust and Misappropriation of Money Relating D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Against Ex-Def -Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Six Others; Accused Issued Summons to Appear Before Special High Court on Sep 10. By Manopriya Gunasekara The Special High Court yesterday issued summons to Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and five others to appear before the Court on 10 September over misappropriation of funds to erect the D. A. Rajapaksa statue in Weeraketiya, Madamulana. The case, heard as the second in the Special High Court,was filed under the Public Property Act by the Attorney General. Continue reading ‘Attorney -General Files 49 Charges For Criminal Breach of Trust and Misappropriation of Money Relating D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Against Ex-Def -Secy […]

TNA to join Presidential Task Force against C.V’s wishes – Government is attempting to undermine the long-awaited political solution to the ethnic problem by increasing economic activities in the region.

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has ignored a request by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to boycott the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces and would participate in a meeting of the task force scheduled for today (27). The Northern Chief Minister had made the above request claiming that the government was attempting to undermine the long-awaited political solution to the ethnic problem by increasing economic activities in the region. It would not affect the Tamils in any manner if the TNA joins the Presidential Task Force, PLOTE Leader cum Parliamentarian Dharmalingam Siddarthan said. He said that the TNA had decided to join the Presidential Task Force with the consent of the Tamils as well as with the […]

Targeting NPC polls Wiggy-led New Tamil coalition likely

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar A new coalition, on the Tamil political front, led by Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is likely to emerge targeting the next Northern Provincial Council election. In the backdrop of efforts being taken to patch up the differences between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan and the Northern Chief Minister, a new coalition is likely to emerge with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), co-chaired by Chief Minister Wigneswaran, which was formed two years ago, expected to play a key role in forming it. The TPC comprises several prominent figures of Jaffna’s civil society as well as TNA dissidents. According to Wigneswaran, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Leader and former TNA Parliamentarian Suresh K. Premachandran and Tamil National People’s Front […]

Nearly 100 Skeletons Including Those of 8 Tamil Children Retrieved after 58 Days of Excavation in Mass Grave in Mannar District; “Bodies Were Found Piled up in a Limited Space”.

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan authorities have excavated nearly 100 skeletons at a mass grave in Mannar, located in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, where state armed forces and Tamil rebels clashed in a 30-year civil war. According to local media reports, some locals living in the Tamil-majority province, whose relatives went missing during and after the war, have raised concern about the bodies possibly having links to the many enforced disappearances reported in Mannar. Continue reading ‘Nearly 100 Skeletons Including Those of 8 Children Retrieved after 58 Days of Excavation in Mass Grave in Mannar District; “Bodies Were Found Piled up in a Limited Space”.’ » 50 bodies, including children found from Mannar mass grave  srilankamirror.com At least 50 bodies of men, women and children have […]

Wigneswaran, Sampanthan and the Presidential Task Force Boycott Issue

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” – Nursery Rhyme Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is a retired Supreme court judge. Much was expected of CV Wigneswaran when he was first elected chief minister of the Northern Province on behalf of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) in September 2013. Sadly those hopes turned into dupes very soon. Wigneswaran adopted a confrontational political approach that left much to be desired. Projecting himself as a Tamil hardliner, the chief minister engaged in all types of disruptive politics while the Northern provincial administration deteriorated. The Northern provincial council (NPC) became the worst -run provincial administration in the […]

7 reasons why power crazy Mahinda cannot be president again

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News 28.Aug.2018, 4.20AM) Clause 4(2) of the 19 th amendment to the constitution clearly stipulates ‘ the individual who was elected by the people to the post of executive president twice cannot be elected again to the same post by them’. Despite this , the legal lackeys of Mahinda Rajapakse (who held the post of president twice) have advanced the contention that ‘Mahinda can again contest the presidential election’ . In order to learn of the true position , Lanka e news made inquiries from several retired Sri Lankan legal experts (legal draftsmen) living in Britain , America and Sri Lanka (SL), some of whom are those who have earned international renown. Following are their analyses in a nutshell… 1. Firstly , before the […]

Navy Chiefs Karannagoda and Wijegunawardena distort ‘Navy Sampath’s’ name to disentangle themselves from mass murder -president protects them !

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

-LeN inside information report (Lanka e News -24.Aug.2018, 5’45AM) The incumbent president Pallewatte Gamarala is exerting pressures on the law enforcing Institutions precluding them from interrogating or arresting the present chief of security council Raveendra Wijegunaratne (former Navy Commander ) , and ex Navy commander Vasantha Karannagoda who aided and abetted the criminals in the gruesome murder of 11 innocent students after committing extortion. These two Navy chiefs were responsible for hiding the murderers and helping them to flee the country .It is a pity , the president Sirisena alias Sillysena by this unlawful action is rendering himself liable to violation of the constitution, according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. Among the duties of the president under article 31 of the constitution […]

Case filed with Special High Court against Gotabaya & 6 others

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Attorney General’s Department today filed a case with the newly set-up Permanent High Court at Bar against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and 6 others, over the misappropriation of state funds when building the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum. The Attorney General’s Department filed the indictments today based on the investigation carried out by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID). The seven defendants named in the case including the former Defence Secretary are changed over the misuse of state funds amounting to Rs 49 million when constructing the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana. This is the second case filed with the Permanent High Court at Bar, which was recently declared open at the Hulftsdorp Court Complex. The Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday recalled the […]

There is no terrorism in the North except for the bullying armed forces and bribe-seeking police.

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

We in the North fear troops. It is just not Tamils. We have seen viral videos of the IGP assaulting a staff member and the Navy Commander a reporter. In a democracy, troops must be kept out of civilians lives. However, not in our democracy. In 1970, I was assaulted for no reason by a group of policemen. In the early 1980s troops on their way to buy cigarettes in three trucks swung a bicycle chain at me and other passers-by. Soon, our guardian troops were murdering us. There is no terrorism in the North except for the bullying armed forces and bribe-seeking police. In a democracy, we expect the government to be truthful and accountable. These prevarications diminish us as a democracy and cause severe […]

Remedy for the missing

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority (REPPIA) was established in 1987, in consequent to the 1983 July riots, by an Act of Parliament No. 29 of 1987. The objective of REPPIA is to assist in the rehabilitation of affected persons through compensation. As provided by law, REPPIA provides financial assistance to affected persons, properties and industries. REPPIA is mandated to provide compensation to persons affected by conflicts such as wars and/or riots. It has taken a broad range of activities to rehabilitate the persons affected by the conflicts and restore their lives. For instance, REPPIA has implemented various loan schemes for housing, self-employment and cultivation. In addition to the assistance given to the individuals, it has undertaken a few rehabilitation programmes for affected communities. […]

Abduction of 11 Tamil youths Twists and turns in the investigations

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Following the statements made in open courts by the defence counsels Shavendra Fernando PC and Attorney-at-Law Asitha Siriwardena, against the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), when the magisterial inquiry into the abduction of 11 Tamil youth in 2008 was taken up two weeks ago, blaming the latter for not naming certain tangible suspects in the B reports submitted in courts while naming those who were not involved, the CID has once again come under severe criticism for their continued failure to obtain a statement from Navy Intelligence Officer Lt. Commander Sedililage Don Sumedha Sampath Dayananda, who is one of the main suspects wanted for the abduction of two Tamil youths from Wattala in 2009, for ransom Speculation is now rife as to why, though vital evidence have surfaced regarding the […]

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