25th August 2015

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair assures to appear on behalf of Sri Lanka

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has assured to appear on behalf of Sri Lanka in eliminating misconceptions in the world. He gave this assurance during a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who is on a private visit to Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Office. He appreciated the initiative taken by the President for the conduct of the Parliamentary elections in a free and peaceful environment.  Tony Blair lauded the programme mooted by President Maithripala Sirisena to build democracy and reconciliation within the country giving a proper leadership.  The Former British Prime Minister elaborated on the possibility for Sri Lanka to work within the international programmes of the Tony Blair Foundation. He emphasized to the […]

Nisha Biswal can help or make things worse

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The importance of Assistant Secretary of the USA for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal’s visit to Sri Lanka cannot be over-emphasised. Firstly, this is her second post-election visit to Sri Lanka, having come here immediately after President Maithripala Sirisena took office. Secondly, she is visiting a Sri Lanka, whose foreign policy orientation is starkly different to that which existed during the tenure of Sirisena’s predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa.  It is no secret that there was no love lost between that administration and the US State Department, with the antagonisms finding expression in annual wars of words in Geneva during the UNHRC Sessions, battles which naturally favoured the powerful. When Biswal came early this year, she didn’t mince her words about her country’s determination to […]

Tamil IDPs will be resettled within the next five years

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Governor of the Northern Province H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, a prominent Sri Lankan diplomat and former Foreign Secretary who replaced Major General (Retd.) G.A. Chandrasiri, in an exclusive interview at his office in Jaffna, told Ceylon Today that the IDPs will be resettled within the next five years leaving no one in camps. He also said that the LLRC was a success but it was a failure in implementing it. A member of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Board, the Governor said, “I think there must be a political consensual decision making culture in the country. You can differ in other matters like on the economy of the country, but on national issue, you must have consensus. As long as you […]

“New Govt. must ensure separation of powers” – AHRC

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BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY The new government must ensure the modernization of the system of governance, the overall framework of democracy and the rule of law along with the effective enforcement of the separation of powers, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) noted. Director of Policy and Programmes at the AHRC and the Asian Legal Resource Centre and Right Livelihood Award/Alternative Nobel Prize Winner, Basil Fernando said that the double defeat suffered by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election of 8 January and in the parliamentary elections concluded on 17 August, hopefully, marks the end of a long period of onslaught on democracy and the rule of law. Now the issue is to place in a democratic apparatus and to practically undo the […]

No legal basis for an int’l investigation

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Asserting that there was no legal basis for an international investigation within Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there should be a domestic inquiry into the alleged violations of human rights in Sri Lanka. In an interview with India’s The Hindu, the day after he assumed office, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that it should be a domestic inquiry as Sri Lanka wasn’t a signatory to the Statute of Rome. “We have agreed it is domestic for the simple reason that we did not sign the Statute of Rome. The commitment that was given by the Rajapaksa administration to the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2009 could be interpreted in many ways. At one stage they were moving towards international investigation. But we always […]

Sir Desmond’s mandate was not extended

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The Government has not extended the mandate given to the Advisory Council headed by Sir Desmond de Silva which was appointed to give legal advice to the Presidential commission of inquiry on missing persons head by former judge Maxwell Paranagama. Sir Desmond de Silva said that the appointment of the Advisory Council of international lawyers was only until the 15th August and the term has not been extended. “All the required legal advice having been given to the Paranagama Commission by Sir Geoffrey Nice  QC (UK) , Professor David M Crane ( USA) and a host of university professors specialising in the law of armed conflict , and myself, that Advisory Council is no longer in existence,” Sir Desmond de Silva said. He noted that the […]

Tamil Nationalist Groups Met In London To Discuss Their Future

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Representatives of several Tamil diaspora organisations including Tamil Coordination Committee UK, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, Tamil Youth Organisation and Together Against Genocide met in Harrow to discuss about the current political affairs after the election and to draft a plan of action for the future. The full day meeting which took place on Saturday, 22nd August was conducted as 3 sessions and academics and journalists from all major Tamil media outlets participated in panel discussions. http://www.pathivu.com/news/42527/57//d,article_full.aspx

More Police stations in The north – Governor Palihakkara

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BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN The Government intends to have more Police Stations posted in the islands in the Northern Province, Governor Northern Province H.M.G.S. Palihakkara told Ceylon Today. When Ceylon Today visited his office in Jaffna, the Governor said there are several projects that have been undertaken to address water and sanitation issues in the North. He said that already land has been allocated for two new Police stations in the Delft Island and in Karainagar. He said already lands have been allocated for the Police Station and the people in the islands also offered them a plot of land for the purpose. “The priority is Police Stations for many areas and the Government is keen in establishing them.” However, the Governor said that there is […]

Getting Back ‘OUR’ Lands In Sampur from the Sinhala Government A Big Achievement: TNA

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COLOMBO: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R.Sampanthan has described the Maithripala Sirisena government’s decision to ‘RETURN’ 1055 acres of land to the Tamil farmers of Sampur in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, as a “very big achievement” of the struggle to get back lands seized during the war. On Saturday, President Sirisena and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga ceremonially handed over land deeds to 25 of the 1272 families displaced from Sampur in 2006, at the start of Eelam War IV. “The refugees’ ten year struggle would not have borne fruit if the result of the January 8 Presidential election and the August 17 parliamentary elections were  different,” commented Kumarasamy Nakesvaran, President of the Sampur Displaced Persons’ Welfare Association. . “Between the two elections, government officials were […]

Biswal’s Visit Hastens Swearing-In Of Three Key Minister

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COLOMBO: The visit of Nisha Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia on Tuesday to discuss the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, has hastened the swearing-in of Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister; Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Justice Minister;  and D.M.Swaminathan as Resettlement Minister. The trio were inducted by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday. Though the results of the parliamentary elections came out on August 19, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in immediately, the full Council of Ministers is yet to be formed. The delay is due to a conflict between the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) and the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), on how many ministerial berths each should get in the […]