21st March 2015

”Ask Mahinda or Gothapaya” says New Minister – Fate of nearly 12,000 LTTE cadres sent for rehabilitation are Killed.

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Minister of Resettlement D.M Swaminathan said yesterday there were now only 49 LTTE cadres undergoing rehabilitation in camps and 11,951 LTTE members among who surrendered with White flag and sent for rehabilitation by the Sri Lankan Government is NOT known to the New Government. After UN negotiated a White flag surrender with the Sri Lankan government it is accused of killing LTTE Leaders and their family members within days of surrender.  Inner City Press asked Palitha Kohona about his role in what are called the White Flag murders of surrendering Tamil Tiger leaders in May 2009. Kohona’s first answer included the suggestion that “I think you need to talk to Mr. Nambiar.” Video here. UN chief of staff Vijay Nambiar said of Kohona, as well as […]

India, US assisting probe on Mahinda

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India and the United States are assisting Sri Lanka in the investigation to trace huge amounts of money allegedly stashed away in foreign accounts by family members and aides of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Economic Times reported. Sri Lankan investigators who began an investigation into financial deals sealed by the Rajapaksa government had traced $2 billion in Dubai banks, an official source from Colombo said, according to the Indian media report. Of this, one account of a Rajapaksa family member allegedly has $1.064 billion, other two by two different persons have $500 million each in two separate accounts, the source said. India along with the US have been approached to assist in the investigation to trace this huge amount. Both New Delhi and Washington are assisting with […]

” Urgent Appeal to United Nations : Refer Criminals of Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court “

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” Urgent Appeal to United Nations : Refer Criminals of Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court “ We, the undersigned people from around the world, urgently petition the United Nations to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to establish a similar credible International Judicial Mechanism for investigation and prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan State.We firmly believe that neither a domestic mechanism nor a hybrid mechanism will mete out justice to the Tamil people. The call by the new Sri Lankan government for a domestic or hybrid mechanism to replace any international judicial process is an attempt to deflect the call for referral to the ICC and to delay […]

No threat to Indian PM in Jaffna

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India has denied reports of a security breach when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Jaffna during his Sri Lanka visit. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin, responding to a question posed to him by an Indian journalist on the alleged incident, said that newspaper reports of a security breach was fiction masquerading as fact. “Shubhojit, every morning when I get up and open newspapers sometimes there is fiction masquerading as fact. Today I came across not one but more than one. But one of the stories that you mentioned was fiction masquerading as fact was the story you mentioned about. Let me tell all of those who were there, there was no such information available. However, if you do not believe me, videotapes are available. I […]

US delegation happy with Lanka

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A US delegation, which visited Sri Lanka to assess the climate for religious freedom, other human rights, and tolerance, have noted progress on the issues in Sri Lanka since the country’s 2015 election. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that it was encouraged by statements made by officials with whom they met, and in particular welcome comments in support of national reconciliation among all Sri Lanka’s religious and ethnic communities. USCIRF Commissioner Eric P. Schwartz said that during their recent three day visit, USCIRF had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affaris, Mangala Samaraweera, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana Karu Jayasuriya, and Minister of Muslim Religious Affairs Abdel Halim Mohamed Hasheem, as well as representatives from Sri Lanka’s diverse religious communities, […]

Singing the National Anthem in Tamil Hailing “Mother Lanka” as “Sri Lanka Thaaye”

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Once upon a time there was a Beautiful Island with wonderful people that was regarded as God’s own country. After gaining Independence from a colonial power the modern nation with an ancient civilisation adopted a national anthem of its own.The anthem was written in the language spoken by the majority of its inhabitants. Subsequently it was translated into the language widely spoken by three of its minority communities. While the song in the language of the majority received pride of place, provision was made for both versions of the anthem to be sung whenever or wherever necessary. The melody composed for the original was the same for the translated version also. Both versions of the National anthem were sung or played in all […]

Key Western allies of govt to avoid SF Field Marshal ceremony

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Rasika Jayakody Several prominent foreign ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in Colombo will refrain from attending former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka’s ‘Field Marshal’ ceremony tomorrow, highly placed Foreign Ministry sources told the Daily News. The heads of diplomatic missions from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the European Union will refrain from attending General Sarath Fonseka’s ceremony on Sunday, which will be held under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena. When contacted by the Daily News, the US Embassy sources said on Friday that the present US Ambassador would not attend the ceremony as he was only operating as an “acting Ambassador”. Therefore, the Embassy source said, the head of the US diplomatic mission in Colombo would not be […]

Release on bail of Ms. Balendran Jeyakumary after 362 days in detention without charge

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Geneva-Paris, March 20, 2015 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an OMCT-FIDH joint programme, welcomes the release of Sri Lankan human rights defender Ms. Balendran Jeyakumary after 362 days in detention without charges, but calls for all restrictions to be lifted and for an immediate and unconditional ending of any acts of judicial harassment. On March 10, 2015, the Magistrate Court of Hulftsdorf approved the bail application of Ms.Balendran Jeyakumary after 362 days since she was detained without any charges, following the payment of a 200,000 LKR bail ($3,300). However, she is still be subjected to some restrictions, including monthly police reporting and having her passport confiscated. Six other detainees were also released on the same day. On March 13, 2014, […]

A majority of the Sri Lankan people wanted democracy and an end to our ethnic problems, and therefore MR had to go

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By Izeth Hussain The recent visit of Prime Minister Modi seems to be generally seen as a triumphant deployment of Indian soft power, as a highly sophisticated exercise in Indian diplomacy. But I am left with an uneasy feeling about some of what actually transpired during the visit. The soft glove of Indian diplomacy was certainly much in evidence, but I and doubtless many others could sense behind it the iron fist of a regional great power dealing with a small and weak regional neighbor. The assumption behind the deployment of Indian soft power seemed to be that the small neighbor belonged to the sphere of influence of the regional great power. Consider the implications of former President Rajapakse’s charge that he was unseated from […]