9th June 2014

Mahinda’s Appeal To The World Must Be Understood!

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Mahinda’s Appeal To The World Must Be Understood! Assertive Indian foreign policy needed!   | by Rajasingham Jayadevan   ( June 9, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) A fine toothcomb is not needed to understand President Mahinda Rajapakse’s psyche on the resolution to the historical conflict with the Tamils. His two prong strategy to the issue gives a very clear message. Some say it is his split approach to respond to the two distinct audiences dissimilarly. The first is his belligerent portrayal to the local audience and then the much desperate appeal to the outside world. The million dollar question is, is it really a cat and mouse game or a genuine offer to the world to help him overcome his own difficulties at home? If the […]

India’s call for ‘full implementation’ of 13-A

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 Dear Chief Minister (NPC) Please see article written by Neville Laduwahetty who is a lawyer profession.This is the type of Goebbelsian propaganda carried out by Sinhalese racists like this writer is meant to hoodwink India and the international community. There is no comparison with powers enjoyed by the states of India with powers enjoyed by the Provincial Councils. Under 13 A which created the provincial Councils all powers are vested in the non-elected Governor and not in the elected Chief Minister and the Council. There is a long list of subjects under the concurrence list which allows the centre to act roughshod over the Council. It is not Police powers alone, what about land powers? Does the PC enjoy power over land? If so how come the Sinhala army is grabbing land – both private […]

Hakeem slams ex-military Governors

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 President Gives Green Light To Wimal – 12 Proposals To Be Discussed At Length Wimal keen to push the Government like dog’s owner Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem today slammed the appointment of military Governors to the Northern and Eastern provinces. Speaking at an event in Yatinuwara in the Kandy District today, Hakeem said he fails to understand why retired military officers have been appointed as Governors to the North and East while in the South the Governors are civil officials. “What I feel is happening is that while on one hand we allow the minorities to enjoy their powers in the provinces on the other hand we are taking that away,” he said. Hakeem noted that having former […]

GTF news update for 7th to 9th June 2014

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  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> […]

Norwegian peace envoy says ready to testify at any international tribunal on Sri Lanka

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June 08, Colombo: Former Norwegian minister and peace envoy Erik Solheim, once a key negotiator in Sri Lanka’s Oslo-mediated peace process, said he is willing to be a witness at any recognized international tribunal on alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lanka during the war. “I will be a witness before any recognized international tribunal if I am asked to do so,” Solheim told Ceylon Today in an exclusive interview. He added that he has been asked by the UN, USA and others on different occasions to be a witness in an inquiry on alleged human rights violations. Pointing out that during the war, tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and hospitals were shelled, the former peace envoy said such atrocities cannot be […]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa – War Criminal, Coward Or A President-In-Waiting?

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By Muhammed Fazl – With international pressure building up and a successful prosecution taking shape against him, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa cashing in on the wave of success of his brother PresidentMahinda rajapaksa in local elections, is rushing to seek legitimacy and public support for a top job that could fall vacant in the near future. The sudden decision would have risen either from insecure complexities or as a precautionary measure of having immunity usually granted to serving heads and deputy heads of States against possible convictions in an International War Crimes Tribunal. It is also no secret that Mr. Gotabaya harbors great ambitions to fill the shoes of the President in the event the position becomes vacant, either due to an unexpected death […]

Challenging Modi In Colombo

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “I know what to give and what not to give.” – Mahinda Rajapaksa (The Hindu – 5.7.2009) During an extensive interview with ‘The Hindu’, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was asked about his oft-repeated ‘13th Amendment plus’ promise. “Even tomorrow I can give that…”[i] he replied promptly. That was July 2009. During the next five years, President Rajapaksa promised 13+ and denied promising 13+, again and again. The Rajapaksas and their acolytes (including theBBS) were elated when Narendra Modi won. They seemed to have believed that Mr. Modi’s Hindu supremacism would make him bond with his ideological blood-brothers in Colombo. Mr. Modi’s non-dependence on Tamilnadu increased Colombo’s elation. The invitation to attend his swearing-in seemed the definitive vindication of this optimistic outlook. “We are at ease. Now Mr. Modi can take […]

Peace would have been won without bloodshed

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Former Norwegian politician, Erik Solheim, who became a household name in Sri Lanka as a peace envoy who tried and failed to make peace between the Tamil Tigers and the government, in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today, said the war was won at a tremendous cost and that he would stand as witness before any recognized international tribunal, if asked to do so, on war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan Government.  Solheim, who is now the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee in the USA, is planning to launch a book, early next year, on his mission as a peace envoy during the bloody civil war, highlighting the ‘actions’ of the politicians and the Tamil Tigers involved in the process.  Excerpts of the interview:By […]

13A is not an Appendix – M.A. Sumanthiran

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BY ANANTH PALAKIDNAR  In an interview with Ceylon Today, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran, said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not an Appendix. “The government should abide by the Constitution and ensure the full implementation of the Amendment before thinking of revisiting it to consider devolving police powers to the provinces. Following are excerpts:Q:What is your take on the recent views expressed by the government and several other political parties and individuals on the 13th Amendment?A: First of all, I would like to emphasize that the 13th Amendment to the Lankan Constitution was mainly introduced to devolve powers, in order to reach a political solution to the Tamil question in the North and East. It is not an Appendix. Therefore, the 13th Amendment, […]

A do and don’t do list for the new High Commissioner

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David Petrasek is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. The Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein (“Prince Zeid”), has just been nominated as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The outgoing High Commissioner – Navi Pillay of South Africa – served for six years. The High Commissioner is expected to take the UN lead in protecting human rights worldwide, even as he must also support the work and respond to the demands of the politically driven UN Human Rights Council. Reporting to the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner is also expected to act as an independent voice, able to speak out even (perhaps especially) when it’s inconvenient […]