14th April 2015

Did the British Prime Minister visit Jaffna in 2013 just to deceive Tamils with false promises?

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IC should act on de-militarisation of Valikaamam, Champoor: Shageevan Without de-militarisation, it is not possible to achieve proper resettlement, even at the minimum standard in the military-occupied former High Security Zone in the North and in the Champoor region in the East. “The international community knows this very well. But, it intentionally avoids putting forward this as a demand,” says S. Shageevan, the deputy chairperson of the Divisional Council of Valikaamam North and the president of the welfare association of uprooted people from Valikaamam North. The International Community has been allowing the previous and current regimes in Colombo to buy necessary “time and space” in Geneva and in New York after 2009. It was during this time Colombo transformed the former High Security Zone into […]

Can Sirisena Deliver on Reforms?

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What has Sri Lanka’s Maithripala Sirisena manage to achieve in his first three months in office? In early January, Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out of office. Rajapaksa, a two-term president who had ruled since 2005, allegedly abused state resources throughout the election campaign and few predicted he would lose. Though Rajapaksa still won a majority of Sinhalese votes (the overwhelming ethnic majority in a country whose population exceeds 20 million), Sri Lankans from all walks of life were simply fed up with a regime that had been plagued by corruption, nepotism, and heightened authoritarianism. Maithripala Sirisena campaigned on a bold agenda that pledged to stop the rot. But is Sirisena’s governing coalition really committed to meaningful change? Might reform in Sri Lanka be […]

Ex minister Bogallagama barred from foreign travel by SL court roaming in London !

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(Lanka-e-News -14.April.2015, 5.25AM) Ex minister Rohitha Bogallagama who was barred from foreign travel by the court on 1 st of April was captured by the Lanka e news camera roaming Oxford street , London on yesterday(13) evening. It is the chief magistrate of Colombo Gihan Pilapitiya who  imposed the foreign travel ban on the ex minister after hearing a plaint filed in the Commission of bribery and corruption against him. Based on the case filed by the bribery commission  in relation to the misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 1.4 million of the ministry of investment and promotion when Bogallagama was its minister, the latter has got these funds passed by the ex Director general of the investment promotion board, Lakshman R. Watawala. That is, […]

Sri Lanka constitutional bombshell could return Rajapaksas to power

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COLOMBO, (EconomyNext) – President Maithripala Sirisena’s sudden indisposition during the New Year holidays had politicians on both sides of the House considering a potentially serious constitutional bombshell. The possibility of the Rajapaksa family making a come back, not just as members of parliament, but even as political masters of the country till 2021 has emerged a real possibility. Mahinda Rajapaksa could return as president through an entirely legal process. Official sources say that President Sirisena was under the weather over the weekend after hectic shuttling between Colombo – Polonnaruwa and attending the funeral of the Asgiriya chief prelate. He only needed rest and there was nothing serious. Although the 63-year-old Sirisena appeared to be in good health, his sudden illness raised questions among politicians about […]

Full Text: UNHRC Special Rapporteur’s Observations After His Recent Visit To Sri Lanka

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Observations by the United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, on the conclusion of his recent visit to Sri Lanka; I would like to thank the Government of Sri Lanka for the invitation extended to undertake a visit to the country from 30 March to 3 April 2015. In the course of the visit, I was able to meet with high-level Government officials at central and provincial levels, members of the judiciary, civil society organizations, political parties, religious leaders, and victims. I travelled to both the North and the Eastern Provinces, including Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. I am grateful to the Government for the collaboration during the visit, and to everyone […]

TO EVERYONE CELEBRATING ‘PUTHANDU’ I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR – PRIME MINISTER

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“I’m sure many people celebrating today will be thinking of loved ones overseas, especially in Sri Lanka. When I met with President Sirisena in Downing Street last month I offered my support for the steps his government has begun to take to address the issues of the past. But I was also clear that the Government must go further and that they must continue to offer full support to the ongoing UN investigation” said David Cameron. Issuing a statement on Tamil and Sinhalese New Year the British Prime Minister said;  “I would like to send my best wishes to everyone in Britain, Sri Lanka and around the world celebrating Aluth Avurudda and to all Tamil communities celebrating Puthandu today. It’s a time when millions of people […]

We Will Continue To Push For Full & Independent Inquiry On Sri Lanka’s War Crimes: Ed Miliband

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Ed Miliband has vowed to continue to push for a full, independent, international inquiry into the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka. In a video message for “Tamil New Year”, the leader of the Labour Party reiterated his support for accountability in Sri Lanka and promised that he would advocate for the Tamil cause – “we, in the Labour Party, know our responsibility to the Tamil community.” Miliband took the opportunity to thank the Tamil people for the immense contribution they had made to British public life and said that the Labour Party will always be a friend to the Tamil community. Transcript of Ed Miliband’s message: “I want to wish everyone in the Tamil community a Happy New Year. […]