27th September 2014

CBK’s comments on creeping militarization

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Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, in office and outside, was never shy of speaking her mind. Her recent remarks on “rampant militarization’’ in an interview with the weekend edition of the Aththa newspaper has predictably drawn the ire of the Defence Ministry. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that the former president has spoken out on a subject that is worrying a number of Lankans, not merely those who are opposed to the present Rajapaksa administration. The President and his brother, the Defence Secretary, have been widely commended across the political spectrum for ending the LTTE menace. Even those inclined to the view that appointing members of a leader’s immediate family to top positions in any administration does not enhance good governance agree that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, […]

Only losers at Uva election

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The results sheet of the 2014 Uva Provincial Council polls will indicate that the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won and that the opposition United National Party (UNP) came second but in reality, there were only losers in this election. It was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s and the ruling party’s intention to record a rollicking victory in Uva and then carry that momentum in to presidential and general elections called ahead of schedule. Instead, the UPFA was delivered a rude shock by the voters and only just managed to record victory. What would surprise those in power is not that its share of the vote was reduced; that is only to be expected after over ten years in power. The magnitude of the decline is […]

Stop crossovers, bring back by-election system  says Govt. Minister

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By Zacki Jabbar A government Minister yesterday dropped a bombshell calling for an end to the sickening  practice of crossovers mid term,which has resulted in the voters being cheated and left humiliated time and again.  Deputy Foreign Minister Neomal Perera when asked if  the need of the hour was to stop unethical defections by reintroducing the by-election system which would ensure that Members of Parliament  and other elected bodies  who wanted  to switch parties mid-term for various perks and privileges, would lose their seats and be forced to  seek the voters consent, replied “I fully agree with you, but it should be a mixture of the first past the post and proportional representation systems”. “This would ensure  a fair deal for the minority parties as […]

UN Human Rights Council Challenged – Witnesses to UN Investigation Threatened by Sri Lankan Government

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In what amounts to be a direct challenge to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Sri Lankan Government has taken a hostile attitude toward a UNHRC investigation. The UNHRC in its March 2014 Session created an investigative body on Sri Lanka to inquire into serious crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the war. The Sri Lankan Government has threatened prospective witnesses to this UN investigation of dire consequences, including legal action, for giving evidence and the President of Sri Lanka has categorically denied access to the country to this investigative body. https://news.vice.com/article/sri-lankas-president-doesnt-want-the-uninvestigating-war-crimes-in-his-country The Sri Lankan Cabinet spokesman Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, threatened legal action against those testifying before the UN inquiry. http://www.ceylontoday.lk/58-70207-news-detailun-inquiry-and-sri-lankas-response.htm l This explicit threat of prosecution coupled with the covert activities of “white van” abductions and “disappearances” place all […]

Sri Lanka Sets Dangerous Trends For The Effective Functioning Of UNHRC

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By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – We are pleased to welcome wholeheartedly the statement of the High Commissioner calling for a – more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past and ongoing violations, which are absolutely necessary for Sri Lankans to come to terms with their past, end impunity, achieve reconciliation between communities and strengthen the rule of law. Though the war ended in May 2009, the conflict has in fact been deepened during these last five years by the policies of the present Government. The President of Sri Lanka  made promises at the conclusion of the war – to the General Secretary of the UN as well as to all the countries that helped him with finances and weapons, to win the war, […]

22 Countries support the Killing of Tamil Civilians in Sril Lanka.

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”Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Koria, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan, India, Vietnam, Maldives, Namibia, Philippines, Russia, Thailand & Uzbekistan” are the supporters of Sri Lanka’s Killing of more than 40,000 Minority Tamil Civilians by the Army in May 2009.  China and Pakistan gave Military help to Sri Lanka Army to kill the Tamil Civilians in May 2009. Twenty-two developing countries of the Like Minded Group (LMG) in Geneva, in a joint statement made through its Chair – Egypt, have said the Group “believes that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to carry out investigations on Sri Lanka is unwarranted, especially in the context where the country is implementing its own domestic processes”. It said “OHCHR’s […]

Violence erupts across Tamil Nadu after Jaya’s conviction

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Chennai: Violence broke out in several parts of Tamil Nadu on Saturday after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was convicted in a graft case with angry AIADMK supporters indulging in stone pelting and arson and forcing closure of shops. Tension prevailed as protesters burnt effigies of DMK President M Karunanidhi, his sons MK Stalin and MK Alagiri and tore party posters in various places including in Chennai and Madurai. While some protesters pelted stones at the residence of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, DMK and AIADMK supporters clashed at Gopalapuram. A state-owned transport corporation bus was set on fire at Veppur village and some 20 buses damaged in stone-pelting in Cuddalore district, police said. Stone pelting incidents were reported in Ambattur here, Edapadi in Salem district, Cuddalore and […]

Is Sri Lanka heading towards a Rohingya type attack on island’s besieged Muslims?

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The alliance between anti Muslim Sri Lankan racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s   blood thirsty Buddhist Monk Ashin Wiruthu, responsible for slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, spells disaster for the island.  This extremely dangerous alliance, brought together by their common hatred towards Islam and Muslims, perhaps trained and financed by their new found  Israel and United States friends , has all the ingredients to turn the island into a killing field from which it may unlikely to recover for decades  to come  under the existing  local and global political environment. This unholy alliance fits into the Zionist sponsored and United States led global anti Muslim campaign to justify the invasion and destruction of   Muslim countries. This is the reason why the Muslims suspect […]

Prince Zeid Al Hussein is an Everest among educated men

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By  Dr C P Thiagarajah A mountain and a mole-hill made their presence in the UNHRC this month with the mountain bringing humanism and human milk pouring on the tables of the UN members and the mole hill threw its unearthed mud at the audience. The two important personalities in the UN, one the newly elected UNHRC head Prince Zeid Al Hussein and the other Mr Ravinath Ariyasinghe made an important speech on 8 September 2014 in the in the UNHRC 27 session in Geneva re Sri-Lanka’s human rights violations. For the UNHRC head it was his first speech and cited many countries that violated human rights including Sri-Lanka that need investigation by an international body to avoid undue criticism. The Sri-Lankan UN permanent representative […]