10th June 2014

PSC, an utter waste of time; stop fooling the Tamils and implement 13A

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Will respond only to govt.’s written solution to ethnic issue -Kiriella by Zacki Jabbar Following President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent assurance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was willing to implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution with the exception of police powers, the UNP yesterday urged the government to match words with action without wasting more time on yet another Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) process. UNP Lakshman Kiriella MP told The Island: “We have lost count of the number of All Party Conferences and PSCs established to discuss the ethnic issue which led to a three-decade-long war. It has been debated for decades and the answers have been staring us in the face. It’s the time for implementation and not further endless talks which […]

Jaffna Press Club Condemns Govt. Suppression; Three Tamil Journos Fled The Country In Last Two Months

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The Jaffna Press Club strongly condemns attempts by the State to prevent the knowledge -based development workshops for Tamil speaking journalists tarnishing them with a racist brush in circumstances where the threats against journalists and media organisations from the North of Sri Lanka are already at a very high level. An investigative journalism training workshop organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) for journalists from the North-East was once again disrupted by state assisted goons. The workshop was disrupted by a group of more than hundred persons who carried out a protest against it.  On the 22nd of May, 2014, the same workshop organised by TISL at Girithale, in Polonnaruwa, for journalists of the North-East was suspended after the direct intervention of the security forces.  […]

US, UK urge Lanka to support probe

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The Unites States and Britain today urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the investigation into the war in Sri Lanka. Envoys of the US and UK, speaking at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva, said the Sri Lankan Government must ensure access to those involved in the investigation. The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper thanked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for organising the investigation on Sri Lanka through her office. Harper said the investigation signals the importance of promoting justice, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. “We urge the Sri Lankan government to cooperate fully with the investigation, including granting access to investigators, and preventing retaliation against those who […]

Executive President (benevolent dictator) no solution to minority woes

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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!

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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 […]

Government refuses to back probe

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The Government has reiterated its categorical rejection of the Human Right Council Resolution 25/1, and said it will not cooperate with the OHCHR-driven so called “comprehensive investigation” emanating from it. Sri Lanka has observed that the Government is firmly committed to continuing its ongoing processes of reconciliation, nation building and accountability, and towards this end, will continue to work with countries and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations that are genuinely interested in the welfare of the Sri Lankan people. Sri Lanka’s position on the “comprehensive investigation” was outlined by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ravinatha Aryasinha on the opening day of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council that opened in Geneva today. This […]

GTF News Update – 10th June 2014

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The 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council started yesterday. The opening statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, including remarks on Sri Lanka, can be found here: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/UNHRC-26-Opening-Statement-Human-Rights-Council.pdf The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict started today in London. Concerns have been expressed at the fact that the situation in Sri Lanka is not on the event’s agenda. Full information on the Summit can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/global-summit-to-end-sexual-violence-in-conflict-latest-updates  –NEWS–  COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** US, UK urge Lanka to support probe <http://colombogazette.com/2014/06/10/us-uk-urge-lanka-to-support-probe/>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Silvia Cartwright on UNHRC Probe Panel <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-65982-news-detail-silvia-cartwright-on-unhrc-probe-panel.html>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sexual violence in conflict: GL explains why SL won’t attend London conference <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=104836>   DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE […]

British Minister ‘disappointed’ with Sri Lankan absence at summit

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British Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds has said that the UK is “disappointed” Sri Lanka chose not to endorse a British initiative to tackle sexual violence in conflict. Talking to the Tamil Guardian at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is currently under way in London, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said, “We have an interesting relationship with the Sri Lankan government because we are pushing the international community to have an exploratory investigation into some of the allegations of human rights abuses that took place during the conflict… So we very much hope that the Sri Lankan government will engage with this important agenda in the fullness of time.” Commenting on Sri Lanka’s decision not […]

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict – Why Sri Lanka was not included?

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 Great public events in London at Global Summit 10-12 June! Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict!! Very Important Tamils attend this free 3 day events & give Voice for the Voiceless victim of our Tamil women in Tamileelam! Sexual …violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are co-chairing the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. This is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. 3 days of free […]

Political solution acceptable to Tamils needed to stop genocide agree Conservative MPs

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British Conservative MPs condemned the genocide faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka, pledging to work towards a political solution that would end the oppression, at the first Conservative Party community event of the 2015 election campaign. Speaking at a summer fundraising event held by the British Tamil Conservatives on Friday, the MPs addressed several Tamil supporters, as well as professionals and entrepreneurs, over a light dinner. Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow, said Tamils continued to face genocide at the hands of the Sri Lankan state, a view that was endorsed by the other MPs present. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and MP for Barnet, Theresa Villiers, stressed that a ‘political solution acceptable to Tamils,’ would be required to address the ongoing rights […]

Solheim Speaks on White Flag Killings, Kohona, UN Theater

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By Matthew Russell LeeUNITED NATIONS, June 9 — On Sri Lanka, the UN has entirely stonewalled Press questions about the new White Flag killings report and the light it sheds on current UN official Vijay Nambiar and former UN official, now Sri Lankan Ambassador Palitha Kohona. Now Erik Solheim of Norway has given an interview and said:Solheim: On 17 May, 2009, the Norwegians and others received calls by Pulidevan and Nadesan who wanted to surrender. We told them it was too late for us to arrange anything and advised them to hoist a white flag. On 18 May, we were informed they were killed. Q: However, Dr. Palitha Kohona declared, after the war, that the LTTE senior militants shot and killed Prabhakran and his immediate […]