16th April 2015

Unlawful arrests in East continue – TNA MP

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Selvarajah says unlawful arrests were still continuing in the Eastern Province and warned that if the situation continued the people would not hesitate to teach the new government a lesson as the previous government was also taught a lesson. “The people in the North and East continue to live in uncertainty because of the attitude of the new government with regard to the issues that still remain unresolved,” he added. Parliamentarian Selvarajah was speaking at the Kannan Kudah Kannagi Vidyalayam on Tuesday (7). He said “the Tamil speaking people have suffered much under the previous regime for the last 10 years. They closed ranks at the last presidential election and defeated the Rajapaksa regime. However, the new […]

Sri Lankan Police at War with Tamil Journalists in Jaffna

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A two-member squad, dressed in civil clothes, was trying to knife three journalists in Jaffna after chasing them in a motorbike for 2 kilometres at Nalloor on Tuesday night. The journalists were returning to their offices in two motorbikes after collecting news of a hunger strike when the incident took place. The journalists managed to escape from the attackers and rushed to the Police station in Jaffna to lodge a complaint on the assassination attempt. At the police station, they saw the motorbike of the attackers parked inside the premises and the alleged attackers were a police inspector and a surgeon. The police officers at duty refused to file the complaint from the journalists. In the meantime, another reporter from Point Pedro has been remanded […]

UN for probe on sexual violence

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The United Nations has called on the Government to investigate allegations of conflict-related sexual violence, including incidents said to have taken place during the post war period. UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, in a report to the UN Security Council, on conflict related sexual violence, said that in Sri Lanka, in the five years since the end of the armed conflict, the Government has committed to supporting the resettlement and reintegration of civilians displaced by the violence and has made considerable progress in this regard. However, he said one of the major unaddressed issues is impunity for conflict-related sexual violence. He noted that the the Government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on sexual and gender-based violence and committed to take stringent action in response to such […]

Naxals getting arms via Sri Lanka

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India’s Central intelligence agencies have launched a major investigation into a “specific tip-off” that Naxals were now getting sophisticated weapons through the sea route from Sri Lanka. The Asian Age quoted top intelligence sources as saying that they had received information some time back that Naxals were routing arms and ammunition through the sea route through an arms cartel which was suspected to be earlier providing weapons to the LTTE as well. It is suspected that the weapons are coming through Sri Lanka using the sea route, sources added. Till now it has been confirmed that Naxals were primarily getting weapons, mostly of Chinese origin, either through the Nepal route or through some terror outfits operating in the Northeast, like the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) […]

US checkmates China with Modi and Sirisena

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The government has used the US to influence the UN to postpone the probe report’s publication until September, a mere 150 days away. The report will be made public irrespective of whether the government initiates its own domestic probe on par with global standards which meet UN specifications. Despite all the ballyhoo, MR knows that the west and Sirisena and company will in the final essay allow the UN to throw the book at MR come September. Besides the anti-west foreign policy issue that created the conditions for the birth of the MS faction and MR’s ouster from power, MR’s survival, as he see it, leaves him no option but to wrest power by hook or by crook to be in power again as the […]

Seeking UN approval compromises independence

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NO IMMEDIATE WAR CRIMES PROBE ONLY REPORT ON MODALITIES TO UN IN SEPTEMBER Our lead story on our Avurudu eve edition of Monday, 13 April, carried some seemingly good news for the incumbent minority UNP Government which has to face the polls at the latest by next year. The article titled “No immediate war crimes probe,” with a strap line called “Only report on modalities to UN in September,” it, quoting Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Ajith P. Perera said, “There will be no immediate domestic probe on war crimes as the government will only submit a report to the UNHRC in September on the modalities on how such a domestic inquiry would be conducted. SL government achieved a ‘great’ diplomatic victory in March this year […]