16th June 2015

Contrast Between ‘Inquiry’ & ‘Investigation’

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By S. V. Kirubaharan – Robert Jackson, the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremburg Tribunal in his opening speech said: “The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set in motion evils ….” Soon after the report of the OISL is published, it should be followed by an International trial of those who bear the principal responsibility for the war crimes against the Tamil people. Tamils should remain unsentimental in demanding justice as set out in the preamble of the Rome Statute 1998. The terminologies ‘inquiry’ and ‘investigation’ can be confusing to many people, […]

UN Side Event Seeks Referral Of Sri Lanka To The ICC – International Prosecution

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A panel discussion on “Impending High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka” was held on the 16th June 2015 in UNOG, Palais des Nations, Geneva. This event was organized by Ibn Sina, with partnership of Collectif la Paix au Sri Lanka, International Crime Prevention and Protection against Genocide (ICPPG) and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva. The key speakers included Geoffrey Robertson QC an International Human Rights Barrister, Professor Ramu Manivannan from the University of Madras, with the session being moderated by Manicka Vasagar Minister of International Affairs TGTE. The speakers raised some critical concerns about the Impending High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka. The  Panelist were unanimous in raising questions about how the Sri Lankan state can deliver justice, when the government and its leadership […]

UN Rights Chief Says He’s ‘Very Engaged’ With SL On War Crimes

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COLOMBO: Quashing speculation that the UN is going soft on Sri Lanka after the electoral defeat of the country’s hawkish President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday, that he is very much engaged in pursuing grave issues pertaining to the island nation such as war-time accountability and post-war ethnic reconciliation. In his opening remarks at the 29 th. Session of the UNHRC, Zeid said that his continued engagement will be on the “need for transparent and inclusive processes to develop credible mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation.” Zeid added that the said process should be developed ahead of his report to the September session of the UNHRC. […]

Investments will flow into Sri Lanka after polls: CBK

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June 16, 2015 (LBO) – Investors are waiting for the upcoming election to finish in order to bring in new projects to Sri Lanka, former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunge said. “We need to bring in investments and now the investors are ready to come,” she said at a recent media conference. “Because they know that the polls are impending they have come and had the necessary discussions and put everything in place but will come only post election.” Kumaratunge says that she had met several European investors in the past few years that had been keen to start projects in the Island but had faced difficulty during the Rajapaksa rule. “I can tell you especially big European investors who had come and had discussions with […]

Accountability process in Sri Lanka must be international, urges HRW

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for an international accountability process to address international humanitarian law violations in Sri Lanka, at a statement delivered to the UN Human Rights Council. “This session marks a midway point in the time given to the Sri Lankan government to demonstrate its willingness to cooperate on human rights issues,” said Human Rights Watch. The statement continued to say, “In establishing a credible and transparent justice and accountability process, the new government in Sri Lanka should ensure genuine consultations with those affected by violations, ensure that any mechanism be either international or at a minimum, include a majority of international judges and prosecutors, take immediate steps towards resolving key outstanding issues, and keep its promise to the UN to fully cooperate […]

Questions Raised On Missing Persons Commission

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In a letter addressed to Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons Maxwell Paranagama, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternative Dr P. Saravanamuttu has raised several new concerns over the work and progress of the Commission. Saravanamutttu noted that the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has monitored and engaged with the Presidential Commission to Investigate Into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (COI) since its appointment in 2013 – and based on their observations has raised concerns about protection and procedural issues such as witness protection, translations and investigations. In the spirit of constructive engagement, he said that CPA has raised several new concerns related to the interim report handed over to the president, nature of public and private sittings […]

Champika maintains close ties with Mahinda

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JHU’s secret discussions with Chamal and then with Gota exposed (Lanka-e-News -14.June.2015, 6.30PM)  After Athureliya Rathane Thera who is behind the conspiracy to send out prime minister (P.M.) Ranil Wickremesinghe on a no confidence motion , has had secret discussions with  Chamal Rajapakse ,on the following day (10) , Asoka Abeygunawardena  a heavyweight  in the JHU , and who is these days  very close to president Miathripala ,  has   held discussions with the corrupt  brute  Gotabaya Rajapakse on the sly  , based on reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. Dilith Jayaweera a notorious media bigwig who did the money laundering for Gota through the share market also had participated in this discussion which was held at the vegetarian restaurant of Grand oriental hotel. Prior […]

’40 MPs’ Did Not Sign No-confidence Motion

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The debate over the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took another dramatic turn as Deputy Minister Thilanga Sumathipala claimed that he and around 40 other MPs did not sign a no-confidence motion. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, Sumathipala claimed that he signed a petition to be handed over to the President. However, it was later turned into a no-confidence motion a group of MPs, he said. Sumathipala said that there was no need for a no-confidence motion at the moment since the priority should be to approve the 20th Amendment. If it is not done within this parliament it will not be done in his lifetime, he claimed. Meanwhile he also slammed the UNP for delaying the 20th Amendment, which is the most important […]

GTF to work on four pillar strategy

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), the largest Diaspora organization in Europe, said it worked on a “four pillar strategy” to engage with Sri Lanka. In an interview with the Daily News, GTF Strategic Initiatives Director and Spokesperson Suren Surendiran explained the Four Pillar Strategy. He said the first pillar is agreeing between Tamil representatives based in Sri Lanka and in the Diaspora, a Common Framework Agreement. “The second is engaging the civil society, political and non-political representatives of the South without discriminating on language, religion, social status, party affiliation to communicate and engage to explain our grievances and understand from them their own grievances and why resolving the political issues including the Tamil National Question is seen or felt as a threat to them,” he […]

Disregard politics, serve the people, President tells public representatives

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President, Maithreepala Sirisena says that the objective of any public representative should be to work for the wellbeing of the people despite differences in their political affiliations or ideologies. Speaking at a workshop held at the BMICH on Monday to enlighten the relevant public officials on enhancing the development programme on the provincial and national level, with proper coordination, the President said it is also imperative to act in agreement in discharging public services. Officials of provincial and local governments attended the Workshop on Improving Development Processes with Better Coordination at National and Provincial levels held at the BMICH today. The workshop was organized by the Presidential Secretariat and the Finance Commission. Addressing the attendees including the chief ministers of the provinces, the President noted […]

US hails fight against corruption in Lanka

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The United States today commended the people of Sri Lanka for restoring democratic institutions and combating corruption. In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at the 29th session in Geneva today, the US delegation urged the Sri Lankan Government to continue on its path of ensuring accountability and reconciliation. The US delegation also said that it looks forward to reading the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in August. The report is to be formally submitted to the UN Human Rights Council at the September session but will be made available to diplomatic missions in August. (Colombo Gazette) ‘Transparent process crucial for reconciliation’ A transparent process to develop credible mechanism for accountability and reconciliation is […]

Solheim has no role in SL affairs-Mangala

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Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today that former Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim had absolutely no role to play in Sri Lankan affairs, but that his views on engagement with the diaspora, in the context of his long experience, were of value. In response to a Daily Mirror story headlined ‘Erik Solheim back in SL affairs’ in its Monday issue, he said, “Mr. Erik Solheim was present very briefly on the first day of the discussions in London, and this was only to share his past experiences in engaging the Sri Lankan diaspora. This was in his personal capacity and not as a representative of the Norwegian government. “Mr. Solheim has absolutely no role at all in Sri Lankan affairs or in any matter […]