12th September 2015

Will Vigneswaran survive NPC power struggle ?

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Northern CM criticised over his stance at last general election Rasika Somarathna The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is making plans to oust C.V. Vigneswaran as the Chief Minister of Northern Province, the party’s own nominee for the post. Justice Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Vigneswaran, PC who assumed duties as the first Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council on October 07, 2013 was a surprise nominee for the post by the TNA as until then he was an outsider to the realm of politics. According to a member of the Northern PC, the disputes between the TNA and Vigneswaran has come to such a state that only a parting of ways will appease both parties. At the most recent group meeting of TNA members in the Northern […]

Immigration Row: Man ‘Treated Like An Animal’

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The man and his pregnant wife were allegedly physically restrained amid calls for a shake-up of the immigration detention system. By Afua Hirsch, Social Affairs Editor A Sri Lankan man who said he was arrested without explanation and held at a controversial centre has told Sky News he was “treated like an animal”. It comes as MPs call for radical changes to the system of immigration detention, as they debated the most far-reaching report yet into conditions for those facing deportation. The House of Commons will address the findings, including evidence of sexual abuse of detainees and calls to end the detention of pregnant women. Sky News spoke to a number of detainees who were released from the Yarl’s Wood centre earlier this year. The Sri […]

SL needs a proper mechanism to implement laws: UK expert

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Sri Lanka, which has sufficient environmental laws in books, needs to have a proper mechanism to implement those laws properly and it will be the challenge for the country in the coming decades, a top British environmental law expert said.Professor Veerle Heyvaert, an Associate Professor in Environmental Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said that a lot of problems or shortcomings in the system were to do with proper implementation. “Apparently there are legal provisions on accessing environmental information in Sri Lanka but there is no mechanism yet to put into facts since there is no particular channel through which people can request and obtain the access to environmental information,” she said.In an exclusive interview with the Daily FT, Prof, Heyvaert said working on implementing […]

Modi’s Lanka war crime fix

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New Delhi, Sept. 11: Sri Lanka’s Tamil leadership has asked India to support an international probe into alleged war crimes on the island at a key UN meet this month, forcing the Narendra Modi government into an uncomfortable choice between a traditional ally and a new friend. India has traditionally preferred only domestic investigations into human rights abuses, especially in its neighbourhood. It is also desperate to stand by the government of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, elected in January, which has attempted a shift away from the pronounced pro-China tilt of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Colombo is adamant that it will only agree to a domestic probe. But three days before Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe arrives in New Delhi for his first […]

Government says no to international probe

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The Government says it will not agree to an international investigation on alleged human rights abuses and will instead go ahead with a domestic mechanism. State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene said this after he assumed duties at his office in the Ministry of Defence, amid religious observances. Addressing the gathering the State Minister thanked President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe for placing their faith and appointing him and said that he would carry out the duties assigned to him to the benefit of the country and the wellbeing its people. While reiterating his commitment in serving to ensure the welfare of the service personnel, war heroes and their families the Minister said that steps would be taken to implement the special rewards identity card scheme […]

President Guest of Honour at Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Anniversary ceremony

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On 9th September Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second became the longest-reigning monarch in more than a thousand years of British history. To celebrate the historic event, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives James Dauris  hosted a reception at his residence in Colombo, Westminster House. President Maithripala Sirisena, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also participated in the ceremony, together with politicians, businessmen, religious leaders and representatives of the diplomatic community and civil society. Queen Elizabeth visited Sri Lanka three times. In a speech Her Majesty gave during her second visit to Sri Lanka in October 1981 at the celebration of 50 years of adult franchise, she said: “Britain and […]

Kilinochchi-Jaffna walk pressing international war crimes probe

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By Madhawa Kulasuriya- Vavuniya Members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) commenced a walk from the town of Kilinochchi to Jaffna yesterday (10) requesting that an international investigation be carried out into war crimes. The Annual Convention of the Geneva Human Rights Council is due to be held within the next few days and TNA Parliamentarian Shivagnanam Shridharan said that the walk was held to get the convention to focus its attention on war crimes which occurred in this country. Shridharan also said that the Geneva Human Rights Council should carry out an investigation into the war crimes which occurred during the war and the offenders should be punished. Member of the Northern Provincial Council, M. K. Shivajilingam who joined in the walk said that […]

Torture In Sri Lanka Since May 2009

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By Charles Sarvan – Of the two terms which form the title of this August 2015 publication, the word “taint” etymologically comes from “to dye”. Among its current meanings one is, “a corrupt condition or infection”. Peace, the other term in the noun phrase, can be divided into two broad categories, negative and positive. Negative peace is merely the absence of overt war and can be an imposed, a Carthaginian, peace. Positive peace connotes harmony (the product of justice), safety and a degree of well-being. (The question prompts itself: Can a “peace” that is tainted be truly peace? The style of ‘Tainted Peace’ is a contrast between content and manner. Based, the Report says, on evidence clinically established by medical doctors and psychiatrists; written by […]

Allow Largest Minority to be stakeholders in a new Sri Lanka

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Allow Largest Minority to be stakeholders in a new Sri Lanka An open letter to the President, Prime Minister and all Leaders On behalf of the Country’s Largest Minority  It was most encouraging to read the message to the nation by the re-elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after a lengthy dialogue with President Sirisena. We commend your vision to build a new Sri Lanka in the coming sixty months, founded on the values of good governance and democracy, social justice, equality and accountability in what you hope would be a promise-keeping and NOT just promise-making era. In writing this we represent the largest minority of citizens of Sri Lanka (the physical and sensory-ability-restricted persons) – nearly 20% of the population. We appeal to you to […]

Washington and others have placed too much hope in Sri Lanka’s new government?

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Sri Lanka: It’s Time to Turn Promises Into Action In order to help ensure that Colombo fully commits to reform, sustained engagement from the United States and other members of the international community is more important than ever. The United National Party’s (UNP) recent parliamentary election victory has renewed the mandate for reform in Sri Lanka, although the policy changes that the post-war country still needs are complex and variegated. In order to help ensure that Colombo fully commits to reform, sustained engagement from the United States and other members of the international community is more important than ever. Politically speaking, the past year in Sri Lanka has been little short of incredible. In January the country held a snap presidential election where two-term authoritarian […]

Top Army Man’s T-56 used in MP Raviraj’s murder!

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By Premalal Wijeratne The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is carrying out investigations to ascertain whether a senior Army Officer had lent the T-56 weapon to the gunman who killed former Member of Parliament Nadaraja Raviraj at Narahenpita in Colombo on 10 November 2006. A top Police Headquarters Official said that a senior security forces man had been already questioned regarding the information that has been surfaced so far regarding the incident. A security officer of Nadaraja Raviraj also lost his life in the incident. Meanwhile, sources added that during the grilling of the detained Army personnel who are now in custody from the Giritale Army Camp have disclosed details regarding the disappearance of journalist Prgeeth Ekneligoda. He added there were now more signs emerging of other […]

Arjuna says ”NO room for fraud and crime during the next five years”.

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By Chamodi Gunawardana Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday claimed that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was destroyed by the United People’s Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) behaviour. Speaking after meeting with the Malwathu and Asgiri Chief Prelates in Kandy yesterday, Ranatunga further alleged that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the main reason for the defeat of some respectable SLFP candidates at the last General Election. “Ex-President Rajapaksa urged some professional SLFP ministers to support him. He tried to remove the ministers who did not follow his rules. I believe the UPFA was defeated because of him,” Ranatunga said. However, Ranatunga said that he still respected the SLFP and the policies of its founder S.W.R.D Bandaranaike. “I expect to see a day when the SLFP […]