11th August 2014

25000 acres of acquired land gone in to Government politicians…………

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There are no substantial information on over 25,000 acres of land acquired by the government under Land Reform Act No. 1 of 1972 and its amendments, said  a higher official attached to Ministry of Land and Land Development. According to ‘Divaina’ news paper, he has further stated that there are heavy suspicions rising weather they were acquired by the politicians or distributed among their acquaintances. The governments which came into power since 1972 failing to follow a proper method has led to the particular situation, he has said. According to Land Reform Commission reports, 153,442 hectares of land were provided to Janatha Estates Development Board (JEDB), however according to JEDB reports it has been only provided with 140,761.03 hectares of land. In addition, though the […]

Bishop Rayappu rejects Presidential Commission on Missing Persons

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Making a submission to the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons, Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph said that he has decided not to make representations before your commission as he has grown to be weary of domestic mechanisms in resolving serious injustices that Tamil people. The Bishop’s submission follows: The Chairman and Commissioners, Presidential Commission on Missing Persons. Dear Commissioners. Submission Regarding My position with regard to appearing before the above Commission in Mannar I am thankful for your very kind visit to me and for your personal invitation to testify before the commission during it’s sittings to be held in Mannar between the 8th and 11th of August 2014. I am writing to inform you that having considered the following I have decided not to make […]

U.N. Human Rights chief says access not a must for Sri Lanka war crimes probe

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NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Nations can conduct an effective investigation into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka without visiting the country, said U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, reacting to a government decision to deny investigators entry. Sri Lankan government forces have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages of a 26-year civil war against ethnic Tamil separatists which ended in May 2009. The United Nations estimated in a 2011 report that about 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final weeks of the war, mostly by the army. Sri Lanka has rejected the allegation. In March, the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to investigate reports of abuses during the war, during which 100,000 people […]

Tamil Girls In Sabaragamuwa University Under Threat of Rape

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Notices containing threats to Tamil students had also been put up in the hostel premises the same night ordering all Tamil students to leave the premises within the next 10 days. The notice states those who dare defy the order would be shot to death and any females will be raped.  Undergraduates of Tamil ethnicity in the Sabaragamuwa University have expressed concerns over the safety of their lives following a brutal attack on one of their colleagues and threats issued against Tamil students over leaflets put up in the hostel premises. Shanthikumar Sudharshan – resident of Kilinochchi and a first year undergraduate of the Sabaragamuwa University had been attacked early Sunday (3) morning by a group of five masked men. Sudharshan’s colleagues had found him […]

Another Rajapaksha governments poor Human Rights act on Minority!

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TID Further Victimized Assaulted Tamil Student! Sabaragamuwa university students claim attempts are underway by the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) to intimidate their colleague a Tamil student Shanthikumar Sudharshan who was assaulted and cut early last week by para military group run by Rajapakshe family member, into admitting the cut injuries are self-inflicted. The Sri Lanka’s  Rajapaksha government forces usually threaten the victims to say that it was Self-inflicted or bribe them with money or threaten to kill the family members and if all fails they will use there ‘White Van’ to abduct and kill the victim and frame them as LTTE member or sympathiser. Meanwhile, the TID had visited the University premises yesterday along with Sudharshan and have claimed to have uncovered several leads, which several Police […]

Pillay denies claims on Lanka probe

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The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has denied several claims made with regards to the investigations launched on Sri Lanka through her office, including claims that India had rejected visas for the investigations team. Pillay told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that no one had applied for a visa for Sri Lanka or any other country She said there was a wealth of information outside of Sri Lanka which can be tapped into for the investigation. “The credibility of the report will depend on it reflecting proper standards of corroboration of evidence, whether the team is allowed into the country or not.” Pillay noted that the UN can conduct an effective investigation into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka without visiting the country. She cited Syria and […]

TNA ready to resume direct talks

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to resume direct talks with the Government, provided the Government does not place preconditions. TNA group leader R. Sampanthan told the BBC that the Government must stop making demands ahead of talks. He also said that it is unfair for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to blame the TNA for the stalled talks. The TNA continues to boycott the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the National issue as it feels that process will not bear fruit. The position of the Government has been that the TNA must join the PSC process before one on one talks can resume between the TNA and the Government. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) had in March this year approved holding talks with President […]