7th February 2015

Two Tamil men arrested on suspicion of having LTTE links at Airport.

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan TNA MP T. Ariaynethran urged the government to reveal the reason for the arrest of Kandasamy Karunanidhi and Bhaskaran Thamodhiram who arrived from Qatar and Dubai on Monday (2) and Tuesday (3), respectively. According to the MP, K. Karunanidhi (36) who hails from Mamangam, Batticaloa was arrested at the BIA on Monday as he arrived from Qatar. He is a father of one child and from a low income family. Thamodiram (29), father of one child, who hails from Kokkaddicholai in the North, arrived from Dubai on Tuesday was arrested by intelligence services, claimed the MP. The family is unaware of their whereabouts so far but they were informed that that the men were taken for questioning and would be released. […]

Sri Lanka Seeks U.S.-U.N. Backing for Domestic Probe of War Crimes Charges

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 2015 (IPS) – Sri Lanka’s newly-installed government, which has pledged to set up its own domestic tribunal to investigate war crimes charges, is seeking political and moral support both from the United States and the United Nations to stall a possible international investigation. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is due in the United States next week to press the country’s case before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Any domestic investigation would not negate the need for continued international action and engagement to ensure justice and accountability in Sri Lanka, or Sri Lanka’s need to cooperate with the United Nations.” — David Griffiths The United States was one of the prime movers of a resolution adopted last […]

”We’ll help countries in transition – like Burma, Tunisia, and Sri Lanka – become more open, more democratic, and more inclusive societies” U.S. security adviser Rice

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By David Brunnstrom Related Stories Sri Lankan leader calls for unity amid ethnic divide Associated Press With change in Sri Lanka, US eyes deeper ties Associated Press New Sri Lankan president pardons ex-army chief Associated Press Getting Real about Rights and Justice in Sri Lanka Huffington Post A Chance for Justice in Sri Lanka?Huffington Post WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States pledged on Friday to assist Sri Lanka’s new government in creating a more open and democratic society. In a speech laying out President Barack Obama’s updated national security strategy, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice included Sri Lanka alongside Myanmar – which is also known as Burma – and Tunisia as a country “in transition.” “We’ll help countries in transition – like Burma, Tunisia, […]

Reforms to disqualify crossovers

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The proposed constitutional reforms if enacted will disqualify MPs who cross over from party or independent group, Daily Mirror learns. A discussion paper on the constitutional reforms has been distributed among leaders of political parties in represented in Parliament. According to the reforms, the President is the Head of State, the Head of the Executive and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The President will act on the advice of the Prime Minister except in cases exempted by the Constitution. The presidential term has been limited to five years in the proposed changes to the Constitution and can be removed by a no-confidence motion passed with a two-thirds majority. During the term of the office of the present President, the subjects of Mahaweli Development and […]

Shashi Weerawansa, Duminda Silva to be arrested soon

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By Menaka Indrakumar and Premalal Wijayaratne The police are expected to take into custody Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of politician Wimal Weerawansa, on the charge of forging a diplomatic passport and arrest politician Duminda Silva for trafficking drugs, in the near future. Police Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana said, the police will arrest the two suspects in the near… …future but a date has not been specified. He added, 50% of the investigations by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been completed in the case of charges against Duminda Silva. Shashi Weerawansa was accused of having two passports under different names, and obtaining a diplomatic passport. The coming week will be a critical for the CID, as investigations will continue to arrest the suspects involved in […]

Toronto man accused of threatening ‘hundreds’

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TORONTO – A 51-year-old Toronto man faces numerous charges for allegedly threatening to kill an assortment of government, military and police officials in Ontario. Toronto Police say they began investigating the accused after receiving “numerous” criminal harassment complaints from across the province. “He has been threatening everyone from top politicians to senior Toronto Police officers and even high-ranking military personnel,” Det. Cheryl Jones, of 42 Division, alleged Friday. She said the man, who is originally from Sri Lanka, is accused of issuing “death threats and hate propaganda” via email and “continually calling and harassing people” over the phone. The detective was unable to elaborate on the threats because the investigation is ongoing. The man’s computer was seized as part of the investigation. Jones said it’s believed the […]

Minister Wijewardene Visits Northern Province

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The State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene arrived at the Northern Province while commencing his first official visit to the Military Establishments today (6th Feb). Chief of Defence Staff, Tri-Forces Commanders, Security Forces Commander – Jaffna and the regional heads of respective forces welcomed the Minister on his arrival at the Palaly Air Port. In the outset of the proceedings of the visit, Minister Wijewardene laid floral tributes at the Fallen War Hero’s cenotaph at the Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna (SFHQ-J). During the visit Minister also addressed a cross-section of Northern based troops and pledged that, strength of the northern troops wouldn’t be reduced and the prevailing number of military bases would be functioned without dismantling. The national security would not be disregarded […]

Lawrence Thilagar and his colleagues were shot dead and ground in a concrete (cement) mixer!

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Slander Originated By External Ministry Of Sri Lanka! By S. V. Kirubaharan – Why is Sri Lanka under the scrutiny of the International Community today? Some will say because of war crimes. Others will say genocide and crimes against humanity, etc. But having been involved in Human Rights and International lobbying for decades, we say that aggressive and racist elements within Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs, who play at double standards and duplicity, are also the cause of the international spotlight. We have seen many Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of External Affairs and others come and go. Their agenda is always the same but each regime has its own approach. Change of regime or change of cabinet, is not going to do any good […]

Incarnational Theology of Fr. S. J. Emmanuel

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by Amuthu Joseph Vaz Chandrakanthan ( February 6, 2015, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) Faith, unlike dogma and other popular religious beliefs is a dynamic personal encounter with the God of revelation and salvation. Like any human relationship, the God-man relationship is open to growth; it can change for the better or for the worse. In the person of Jesus, we believe, that God’s eternal Word became Flesh, visible and tangible. The God of Jesus Christ, a compassionate Father ceaselessly invites all his people with the entirety of creation to experience his saving grace, love and fullness of life. In the book of scriptures, the faithfulness of God constantly induces a deeper sense of faith because it is God who takes the initiative of reconciliation, salvation, […]

UN must be held Responsible for not Trying to Prevent Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka-A case study

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By Anusha Arumugam (Anusha Arumugam is a third year law student at the University of Liverpool. This is the personal opinion of the writerand does not necessarily represent the views of the publication “The Malaysian Insider” from which this article is reproduced on this blog) “It is not the violence of the few that scares me. It is the silence of the majority.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Civilians become victims of war for two reasons: firstly, because of the perpetrators, and secondly, because the communities who had the capacity to stop the crimes have failed to do so. War crimes, and crimes and humanity and peace were atrocities that plagued the Darfur conflict (2003-2010), the Iraq war (2003-2011), the Gaza war (2008-2009), the Sri Lankan […]