8th September 2015

Balendran Jeyakumari was arrested with her then 12 year old daughter …………

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Domestic Inquiry, Militarisation & Victim-Witness Protection Balendran Jeyakumari was arrested with her then 12 year old daughter in March 2014 on charges she possessed two stolen mine detectors. Lugged in remand prison for almost a year, she was allowed conditional bail in March, 2015. She had to report to the nearest police station every last Sunday of the month. Yet there are no charges filed against her with only a “B” Report holding her as an accused for over one and a half years. On 02 September there were reports, war affected families in Mannar were on protest against the proposed domestic investigation, demanding instead an independent international investigation on all war related crimes. There was the possibility this protest would spread across Vanni. That […]

Blair pair came with their sales-ware

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My August 16th column headlined “Beware of Blair bearing fibs” appeared two days after the Blair family– or some thereof — arrived in Sri Lanka for a two-week stay.  In retrospect I think it would have been more accurate if I had said Blairs instead of Blair to include Cherie in the Blair bundle. The sales pitch she made while supposedly on a private holiday is admitted in an exclusive interview she gave and published in this newspaper last Sunday. “I would always be delighted to help, particularly a country like Sri Lanka,” the wife of Tony Blair replied, when asked whether she had offered assistance to the Government. Pressed on whether she had directly indicated this, she laughed and said, “Obviously……” It would appear […]

Improve democracy and Rule of Law – AHRC

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody and Umesh Moramudali Director of Policy and Programmes at the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Asian Legal Resource Centre and Right Livelihood Award/Alternative Nobel Prize Winner, Basil Fernando spoke to Ceylon Today about what the country needed to do in order to instil democracy, establish the rule of law and improve human rights. Excerpts of the interview: “Modernize the Police and the CIABOC and allocate adequate budgets” – Director of Policy and Programmes at the AHRC and the Asian Legal Resource Centre, Basil Fernando ?With the change of the government do you expect any changes in terms of the human rights situation in the country? A: The Election results of the Presidential Elections on 8 January, and the Parliamentary Election […]

The Sampanthan Hour

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By Chaminda Weerawardhana – Rajavarothiam Sampanthan MP (RS) has been appointed as the Leader of the Opposition of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. MP since 1970, RS also deserves the title ‘Father of the House’. Even analysts not generally sympathetic to the political ideology of Tamil self-determination concur that RS has a track record of acting with decorum and dignity in debate. This also applies to his party colleagues, who, unlike many a Sinhalese and Moor MP, conduct themselves gracefully inside and outside Parliament. TNA: the strongest ‘Tamil’ voice? Since the War’s end, the RS-led TNA has been successful at each and every election held in the two provinces. The absence of credible political alternatives, other than the EPDP […]

MR’s First Cousin Prasanna Wickremasuriya To Be Probed Over Missing Gold

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Prasanna Wickramasuriya, the former head of the Airport and Aviation Services Limited is to be probed over gold, jewelery, gems and other valuable goods worth millions of rupees which had gone missing from a safe at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake during his tenure as its Chairman. Wickramasuriya, first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will come under the microscope of either the CID or the FCID on the above case shortly, sources said. Some employees of the Airport have complained to the Presidential Commission Investigating Corruption and Fraud that a large amount of gems, gold jewellery and other valuables had dissapeared mysteriously after Wickramasuriya vacated office following his cousin Rajapaksa’s defeat at the last Presidential elections. According to sources Wickremasuriya who had stayed abroad […]

UNHRC sessions: No TNA team, but some may go

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it had not decided to send a party delegation to attend the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. Its spokesperson and MP M.A. Sumanthiran while confirming this to the Daily Mirror however said some members might go in their individual capacities. He was responding to a query about some TNA members of the Northern Provincial Council deciding to go to Geneva during the UNHRC sessions to lobby for an international probe. “I also heard about it in the media. Individual members may go . But the TNA, as a party, has not decided to go,” he said. (Kelum Bandara) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/86363/unhrc-sessions-no-tna-team-but-some-may-go#sthash.RVaKkA2B.dpuf

TNA Wants International Court, Not International Probe: Senathirajah

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COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wants an international court to try cases of war crimes identified by the investigations conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner’s Investigation for Human Rights on Sri Lanka (OISL) and not another international “investigation”, senior TNA leader, Mavai Senathirajah, clarified on Monday. Speaking to Express about the popular Tamil demand for an “international investigation”, the Jaffna district MP said that the investigation conducted by the OISL following the March 2014 resolution of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), was an international investigation. “As such, there is no need for another international probe,” Senathirajah said The report of the OISL is expected at the end of this month. The High Commissioner’s office had conducted it under the supervision of […]