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UK urged to stop forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The British Government has been urged to stop all forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka from the UK. A senior group of Labour MPs have called on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country.  In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of […]

Sirisena Wants First Clause Removed From NCM: Requests Party Leaders To Go For A ‘Vote By Name’

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena, at the meeting with political party leaders, has informed them to take another vote on the No Confidence Motion against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, without its first clause. The first clause says the gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena appointing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and proroguing Parliament be declared null and void. Sirisena has also informed that he is in a position to accept the verdict of the legislature if the vote is conducted by name, according to Parliamentary traditions and procedures. In return, he has promised that he will not obstruct the functioning of the legislature again by proroguing Parliament. “He said he would not prorogue Parliament again and will support the ‘majority’ group in the house to […]

Shameful Day in Parliament! Mahinda Rajapaksa Sits on Prime Minister’s Chair Defying Speaker’s Ruling

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Shameful Day in Parliament! Mahinda Rajapaksa Sits on Prime Minister’s Chair Defying Speaker’s Ruling;Ex-Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala Approaches Karu Jayasuriya Yelling Obsecenities; Brawl Ensues Between MP’s Trying to Attack Speaker and MP’s Trying To Protect Speaker. By Dr.Harsha de Silva Sequence of events that led to the was most shameful day in Parliament. Starting with MR (Mahinda Rajapaksa) forcing himself on the PM chair even after Speaker stating he has lost the no confidence motion yesterday thus he is no longer PM; MR making statement as PM by force; Speaker calling for a vote by name on ‘PM statement’ as per request by Lakshman Kirielle; Thilanga Sumatipala (disgrace to be called an honorable MP) approaches Speaker and starts yelling obscenities at him; Others from his side join […]

Labour MPs pile pressure on UK Government to act on Sri Lanka

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A senior group of Labour MPs is calling on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country. In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of terror during his 10 year rule. The Labour MPs are pressing the Foreign Secretary to consider […]

Come for a vote if you have a spine, Sajith challenges Mahinda

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Charunya Rajakaruna UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa says that, the current crisis is not an issue between political parties. This is an issue between democracy and dictatorship; between civility and incivility; between humanity and inhumanity; between truth and lie, he said. He stated this addressing the UNP rally held near the Lipton roundabout this evening (15). “Some think there had been no big change happened in the past three and half years. However, we saw that we now have an independent judiciary”, said Premadasa. Sajith Premadasa said that they praise, appreciate and respect the Speaker for fearlessly protecting the democracy and the constitution. “You can see that the party who are gained power without a mandate is afraid of elections. That is why they behaved […]

President meets Speaker, UNF, TNA & JVP leaders

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A special meeting is currently underway between President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the leaders of the parties that supported the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister and the government in Parliament. Leaders of the United National Front (UNF), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha VImukthi Peramuna (JVP) are participating in the meeting with the President, which is taking place at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The issue over the no-confidence motion, against the PM and Cabinet appointed by the President, as well as the political crisis prevailing in the country is expected to be discussed during the meeting. The move comes in the wake of the letter sent by the President to the Speaker of the House accusing the latter of “ignoring […]

Battle has started and both sides appeal to their masses in a language filled with militaristic flavor as if a civil war is on the door step.

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne Sirisena and Mahinda, though one time clashed violently complaining that other is planning death,  were both brought up in populism soaked in Sinhala racism against the upper class, English-speaking, liberal Ranil. This political division is fundamental and irreconcilable. At the bottom of it all was the surge of personal relations between Ranil and Sirisena.  Given their class backgrounds, and also their political divisions which continues to have deep relevance in the country, was unavoidable. That means, the current crisis was written into the script, compelled by Sinhala fascism from the day Sirisena defeated incumbent ex-boss Mahinda in the presidential polls of January 2015. He grudgingly and swore in Ranil as Prime Minister in a politically amoral way as his action now has […]

Here’re the MPs who signed for no-confidence motion!

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The motion of no-confidence submitted against Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe’s Government was passed in the Parliament today. JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake submitted the no-confidence motion before the Parliament, and MP Vijitha Herath seconded it. In addition to members of the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, several members from the United People’s Freedom Alliance have also signed the motion of no-confidence.  

Mahinda Camp MP’s AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage , Manusha Nanayakkara,Wasantha Senanayake and Vadivel Suresh Turn Against Mahinda Rajapaksa by Voting for No Confidence Motion Against Him.

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Camp MP’s AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage , Manusha Nanayakkara,Wasantha Senanayake and Vadivel Suresh Turn Against Mahinda Rajapaksa by Voting for No Confidence Motion Against Him. The United National Party confirmed that 122 MPs have signed the No Confidence Motion against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purposed government. Apart from 102 MPs representing the UNP, the TNA, the JVP and several MPs who initially supported Sirisea-Rajapaksa alliance, namely Manusha Nanayakkara, Wasantha Senanayake, Vadiwel Suresh, Piyasena Gamage and A.H.M. Fowzie also supported the NCM against Rajapaksa. Continue reading ‘Mahinda Camp MP’s AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage , Manusha Nanayakkara,Wasantha Senanayake and Vadivel Suresh Turn Against Mahinda Rajapaksa by Voting for No Confidence Motion Against Him.’ » 122 Out of 225 MP’s Sign No Confidence Motion […]

Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms to Media that 122 MP’s Have Informed Speaker They Voted In Favour of No Confidence Motion Against Mahinda Rajapaksa

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms to Media that 122 MP’s Have Informed Speaker They Voted In Favour of No Confidence Motion Against Mahinda Rajapaksa UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said voice vote was taken by the Speaker on the No Confidence Motion submitted in Parliament against the Government and that 122 MPs informed the Speaker that they voted in favour of it. He told media that the NCM passed in Parliament with a majority could not be challenged and added that if anyone wanted to challenge the Speaker’s decision, they could move a resolution challenging his decision tomorrow. Continue reading ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms to Media that 122 MP’s Have Informed Speaker They Voted In Favour of No Confidence Motion Against Mahinda Rajapaksa’ »

Now Mahinda talks about Constitution.

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mahinda group yesterday maintained that the Supreme Court’s interim order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. Addressing a hurriedly called news briefing last night at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said respondents have a right to request for a full-judge bench comprising nine to 11 Judges to hear a case. “People should note that the Supreme Court has not yet made a final decision on the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament. The final ruling will be made on December 7. There is no finality in the matter as of yet,” he said. A journalist said that if Mahinda group were […]

Speaker rules Mahinda has no majority in Parliament

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled today that the Mahinda group did not have the majority in Parliament. He gave the ruling after a no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was taken for a vote when Parliament began sessions today.  The Speaker calculated the votes based on the voices he heard as Mahinda group Parliamentarians disrupted the proceedings. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had  handed over a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today, JVP MP Vijitha Herath said. Speaking to the media after the Party leaders’ meeting, he said Prime Minister seat would be allocated for PM Mahinda Rajapaksa when Parliament meets today. United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa later told reporters that the Government clearly lost the floor test. He said that Prime Minister […]

Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 13 November 2018, London Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka It is with utmost respect and admiration that the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) reads today’s interim order of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. This, at least in the interim, has prevented further deepening of Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis. Only a few days ago, President Sirisena ominously warned that he had more ‘tools’ at his disposal, implying more to come in the ‘constitutional coup’ he had set in motion. True to his word and on top of his earlier actions, including illegal transfer of power from a sitting Prime Minister and proroguing the Parliament without consulting the Speaker, President Sirisena […]

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 […]

Shamed Mahindas group undecided if it will attend Parliament tomorrow.

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The shamed Mahinda and his newly appointed Ministers says it is undecided if it will attend Parliament sessions tomorrow under PM Ranil. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the illegal Government (Mahinda Group) who were appointed by President Maithiri will further discuss the outcome of the Supreme Court order issued today and decide if it will attend Parliament tomorrow morning.  The Supreme Court today issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap election in January. Following the court order, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Parliament will convene at 10am tomorrow.  However Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Mahinda will consult his lawyers and decide the next step. He also said that the Government lawyers will request the Supreme Court […]

The Joker Who Got A Jackpot

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Razi Mohmamadh – Raazi Mohmamadh Never had there been a Political mayhem in the post independent history of Sri Lanka as we are witnessing nowadays. Watching the breaking news on television since 26th of October is as if you are watching a horror movie in a 3-D theater, sitting on the edge of the seat bamboozled as to what is going to happen next, making yourself ready for the vertiginous shock. Then a Twitter notification chirps. You are flummoxed and high as a kite, sometimes shaking in your shoes just to open the tweet. Then you read who joined whose camp, what the price for ones defection is and what bomb is in which parcel. It is really unfortunate to witness an artificial, self created dogfight  […]

Lawyers Slam President’s Illegal Dissolution At SC

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

In a shock move, a member of Sri Lanka’s independent Elections Commission filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court yesterday, joining a dozen other petitioners in challenging the Presidential Proclamation dissolving Parliament and declaring elections as unconstitutional and illegal. Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, a member of the three-man Commission set up by the 19th Amendment to the constitution told a three judge bench of the Supreme Court that he believed that the dissolution of Parliament by Friday’s proclamation was “ex facie” illegal – or bad in law on the face of it, and saying he was duty bound to ensure the constitution was honoured. As the constitutional crisis triggered by President Maithripala’s shock sacking of his prime minister on October […]

Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a Twitter message that the people have won their first victory. “Let’s go forward and re-establish the sovereignty of the people in our beloved country,” he tweeted. In a landmark order, the tripartite bench consisting Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena stayed both Gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena proroguing and dissolving Parliament. The Gazette dissolving Parliament was stayed till the 7th December while the case was fixed for argument on the 5th, 6th and 7th December. Meanwhile, the Gazette convening Parliament on November 14 will stand active, which means Parliament could be convened tomorrow. The three-judge bench gave the order after considering submissions made by all petitioners and intervening petitioners on the President’s […]

Dissolving Parliament was Wrong says Supreme Court

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court today issued a stay order on the gazette notice by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament, till December 7th.  The Supreme Court said it will consider all the petitions filed on the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament on December 4th, 5th and 6th before giving a final ruling on December 7th. With the stay order the court also prevents the Elections Commissioner from taking steps to hold an election on January 5th.  The stay order was given after two days of deliberations during which petitions both in support and against the President’s decision were submitted. President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament last week and called for a snap Parliamentary election on January 5th.  However several political parties, including the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi […]

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