11th February 2015

Full Text: NPC’s Resolution On Genocide Of Sri Lankan Tamil

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Northern Provincial Council yesterday (February 10, 2015) unanimously passed a resolution saying that genocide of the Tamil in Sri Lanka has been continuous since 1948, and that the UN must investigate it and submit a report at the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and refer its findings to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for further action. The Resolution was tabled by Chief Minister Justice CV Wigneswaran, and adopted by the Council unanimously. We publish below the full text of the Resolution; This resolution provides an overview of the evidence demonstrating successive Sri Lankan governments’ genocide against Tamils, and respectfully requests the ongoing United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to investigate the claim […]

Tamil Issues In Back Burner: The Problem The Broken Covenant – UK’s Future Role?

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By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Part 2 : The Sinister Acts of Betrayal Against Tamils That Broke The Letter, Spirit And Essence Of Ceylon Independence So far the new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has been paying only lip service to reconciliation with the Tamil people and nothing else. Not even in his proposals for constitutional reforms [1] has he made any inroads or mentioned any power sharing arrangement. What he has said however regarding the military deployment in the North and East – that it would remain as it is – is shocking and is hard to comprehend when he came to power riding on the back of the Tamil vote. In the backdrop of this climate of uncertainty for Tamils with no offers […]

Sri Lanka keen not to repeat past but will not implement the promised political package for Tamils.

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Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said the special ‘Declaration of Peace’ pledge made at this year’s Independence Day celebration in Sri Lanka was an important reminder of the concerted efforts being made in the country to seek reconciliation and to ensure that Sri Lanka does not repeat mistakes of the past. He said the challenge before expatriate Sri Lankans, was to consider ways and means of making the ‘Declaration of Peace’ pledge a reality abroad in practical ways. He particularly urged Sri Lanka related organizations abroad, to play a catalytic role in furthering the objectives of unity, amity and reconciliation contained in the ‘Declaration of Peace’ in all their work. Aryasinha said that Sri Lanka ushers in Independence Day this […]

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province resolution: Indian officials wary

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Any attempt to challenge the new government in Colombo with an international genocide probe could “complicate matters”, sources in New Delhi say. The Indian government took note of the resolution by the Sri Lankan Northern Provincial Council internally, but officials said it was too early to gauge its importance to the reconciliation process already initiated by President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government. Officials are studying if the genocide resolution would affect the Geneva conference of the UNHRC, where the U.N. special rapporteur is due to submit a report on a U.S.-sponsored “war crimes investigations” that could also lead to a resolution against Sri Lanka being tabled. India would be keen to see any such resolution put off, it is understood, so as to allow the new […]

Indian Boats to be Released Before Sirisena’s Visit to Delhi

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COLUMBO: Sri Lanka will release all the 87 Indian boats in its custody before President Maithripala Sirisena’s three-day visit to India beginning on February 15, informed sources told Express here on Tuesday. The judicial process is already on in the courts at Kayts, Mannar, Point Pedro and Trincomalee. On Thursday, the Attorney General, who had filed cases against the fishermen for poaching in Lankan waters, is expected to tell the courts that he has no objection to the release of the boats. The courts would then order their release. There are 81 boats in the Northern Province and six in the Eastern province. However, some 15 boats anchored in Mannar have reportedly suffered heavy damage. It remains to be seen if these too will be repatriated. India, on […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief calls for removal of heads of armed forces

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Sri Lanka’s former army commander on Tuesday called for the removal of the commanders of the three armed forces, alleging that they were involved in a coup attempt a day after last month’s presidential elections. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, former army commander Sarath Fonseka urged the country’s new government to take disciplinary action against the commanders of the country’s army, navy and airforce for their alleged involvement in the coup attempt by the previous government headed by Mahinda Rajapakse. Fonseka recently received a presidential pardon by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena after being jailed and isolated by under the previous leadership. He was court-martialed by a military court in 2010 to 30 months in prison and stripped off ranks, titles and medals for illegal […]

UK Parliament Delegates Visit Mullaittivu

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An all party parliamentary team on Sri Lanka from the UK Parliament, chaired by Rt. Hon Lord Naseby P.C Baron of Sandy, visited the Security Force Headquarters-Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) during their recent stay in Sri Lanka. Lord Nasby is a close associate of former President Mahinda Rajapakshe who is accused of War Crime for killing of thousands of Tamil Civilians. Lord Naseby has misled the Lords over Sri Lanka, but Lord Naseby can be commended for honestly declaring his interests as chairman of the All-Party British-Sri Lanka Group and a receiver of Sri Lankan government hospitality. Unfortunately Lord Naseby has failed to be accurate in his recent attack on Channel 4’s harrowing documentaries: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, War Crimes Unpunished, and No Fire Zone. In a parliamentary […]