December 2014

Sri Lankan General To Be Arrested In South Africa For Crimes Against Humanity

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

A retired Sri Lankan army general allegedly responsible for a spate of extrajudicial killings in the Tamil dominated Northern Province in the mid-1990′s has come under the scrutiny of activists and international lawyers in South Africa, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. Lawyers and activists are particularly concerned over Weerasooriya’s involvement in the Chemmani mass graves – a mass grave in which victims of a spate of killings by the military targeting Tamil civilians were dumped.General Srilal Weerasooriya is believed to have arrived in South Africa on November 30, 2014 to attend a conference hosted by the Association of Military Christian Fellowships, in which Weerasooriya is leading organiser. A recent decision by the Constitutional Court of South Africa affirmed the responsibility of the state in prosecuting crimes […]

TNA joins the common Platform Hakeem gives seven days to MR Maithri gets the ‘Bulb’

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

TNA joins the common Platform Hakeem gives seven days to MR Maithri gets the ‘Bulb’ The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will address the public, along with several Opposition parties, on 02 December at Hyde Park ground, at a meeting organized by the Purawesi Balaya (citizen’s power) organization.Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramesinghe, common candidate Maithripala Sirisena, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, former minister Rajitha Senaratne, leader of the Democratic Party Gen. Sarath Fonseka, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and several other political leaders will attend the meeting.Meanwhile, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Ven. Aturaliye Rathana Thera, has also expressed his desire to attend the meeting. JHU willing to work with TNA if… As […]

Give Tamils equal rights, Venkaiah tells Sri Lanka

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday that the Sri Lankan government should give equal rights and opportunities to the Tamils by establishing a constitutional mechanism. At the launch of a State-level membership drive of the BJP here, he said those faulting India’s policy towards Sri Lanka should remember that the island nation, or for that matter other neighbours such as China, could not be antagonised. Mr. Naidu said it was welcome that after the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka unconditionally released five Indian fishermen sentenced to death, and the spirit had to be continued. He said a system for speedy release of fishermen detained by the navy of either country for allegedly crossing the […]

European org also provides scores of witness testimonies

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

War crimes probe:UN receives report on political, military liability European org also provides scores of witness testimonies By Shamindra Ferdinando A UN investigation team has obtained a comprehensive analysis of Sri Lanka’s accountability with regard to war crimes from the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR). Among the high profile investigations undertaken by ECCHR is one on the conduct of the British army in Iraq as well as the accountability on the part of political leadership. The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague recently reopened preliminary investigations into the liability of British military officials for the torture of detainees in Iraq. Sandra Beidas, formerly of the Amnesty International is coordinating the investigation into Sri Lanka’s war under the supervision of the Office […]

We too have files says Champika and SB

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and former Minister Champika Ranawaka claims he too has files on the Government and will make them public. His comment comes after President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said recently that he has files on those who left the Government, but will not make them public. Ranawaka accused the Finance Ministry of stealing from the public through the price of petrol. He said that taxes on fuel and electricity is being used to pay for the construction and maintenance of the new highways. The former Minister said that three-wheel drivers and motorbike riders should surround the Finance Ministry for stealing from their purse. “It is the three-wheel driver and motorbike rider who pay for the highway through the cost of fuel but […]

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