14th September 2015

Wigneswaran accuses media of causing dissension

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Chief Minister of Northern Province Justice Wigneswaran breaking the silence he has observed since nomination day dismissed the talk of rift between him and the TNA. There is no split or conflict within the TNA, said the CM. There are conflicting ideas  within a democratic Party and  the media should not blow it big and charged that it is certain sections of the media that are exaggerating statements issued to create a rift. This was said in response to questions posed by the media at a meeting at the Chief Minister’s residence in Jaffna. Wigneswaran went on say that in a political party which functions democratically it is natural that diverse opinions are expressed on a variety of issues. Such diversity of views should not be construed […]

With The Facts In Hand UN Must Establish An International Independent Judicial Process: HR Professionals

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Fifty nine human rights activists and human rights professionals around the world have called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an independent international judicial process to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed in Sri Lanka’s civil war. We publish below the statement in full; An open letter from a group of human rights professionals eminent citizens to member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to ensure justice, truth, and peace for all in Sri Lanka. September 14, 2015 An International Judicial Process for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Sri Lanka Dear members of the Human Rights Council, In 2009, the international community failed to prevent the terrible systematic massacres, war crimes, rapes, executions that marked the end of Sri Lanka’s […]

UK offers support to Sri Lanka

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British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, today offered the support of the British Government to help Sri Lanka implement the recommendations of the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Speaking during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Swire said that he listened closely to the statement made by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to the Council and was encouraged by Sri Lanka’s willingness to engage with the international community, as it seeks to deliver lasting peace. “We commend the newly elected Government for beginning to address post-conflict accountability and reconciliation,” he said. He said the UK hopes expects Sri Lanka to take forward the recommendations made in the High Commissioner’s report and […]

Zaid says findings on Lanka of “serious nature”

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today said that he will release his report on Sri Lanka on Wednesday. In his opening address at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Al Hussein said that the findings in the report are of the most serious nature. “Six years ago, we were confronted with serious violations and loss of civilian life in the last months of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. This Council has been deeply engaged with the need for accountability, as a necessary step towards reconciliation in that country. On Wednesday I will release the report of the comprehensive investigation that OHCHR was mandated to conduct in March 2014, including my recommendations. Its findings are of the most […]

UN should probe war crimes in Sri Lanka’

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United Nations should probe the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, Second Deputy Chief Minister, Penang, Malaysia, P. Ramasamy, said in Coimbatore on Sunday. Addressing journalists at the airport, he said that whether or nor India supported such a move, countries around the world must come forward to urge the UN to conduct a probe as that would bring out the truth. Any internal investigation by Sri Lankan agencies was not acceptable. He also said the Sri Lankan government must return the lands taken away from Tamils. Mr. Ramasamy is here to participate in the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s meeting at Palladam on September 15.

Samaraweera Requests UNHRC Not To Judge Sri Lanka By Past Failures (FULL SPEECH)

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Sri Lanka government proposes a political settlement through the adoption of new constitution, amending penal code to prevent hate speech, judicial reforms, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Addressing the inaugural session of the 30 th Session of the UNHRC, Samaraweera asked the Council not to judge Sri Lanka based on past broken promises. He asked from all those who have doubts about a process of accountability to have no fear about such failures. He pointed out that the recent general election brought moderates to power, rejecting the extremists. There is a government in place in Sri Lanka that recognises the suffering of victims across communities, he said. Samaraweera said that Sri Lanka will set up two Commissions for truth seeking. One of them will be […]

Sri Lanka plans S.Africa-style commission to confront war crimes

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new government said on Monday it was setting up a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission to look into atrocities during its civil war, as it came under renewed pressure to prosecute perpetrators. South Africa, which confronted its own apartheid-era crimes through such a body, would advise the nation on how to use the commission to provide remedy to victims and to track down missing people, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. He outlined the plan, and other proposals to set up a criminal justice mechanism and compensate victims, to the U.N. Human Rights Council, hours after the world body announced it would release a long-delayed report on Wednesday calling for accountability for Sri Lankan war crimes. Successive […]

Politics and Tamil Nationalism

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By Ahilan Kadirgamar:                                                                             The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has swept the 2015 parliamentary elections in its Tamil constituencies. This victory further consolidates the power of the TNA and particularly the Federal Party (ITAK). However, this is also the weakness of Tamil nationalist politics. Historically, Tamil politics dominated by the Federal Party has done little other than win elections. Politics should be much more, building alliances with other political forces and mobilising society and finding solutions to people’s social, economic and political problems. Tamil nationalist politics neither seems to […]

Samapanthan DEFENDS chief minister Wigneswaren

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The newly appointed opposition leader in Parliament R. Samapanthan has come to the rescue of the beleaguered chief minister of the northern provincial council C.V. Wigneswaran. Wigneswaran SampanthanA majority of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Central Committee which met today has called for a firm stand against the chief minister who has been at odds with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which propelled him to the coveted post. When a majority of the ITAK Central Committee had opposed Wigneswaran continuing as chief minister of the NPC, Sampanthan has said that he will discuss issues with the chief minister and try to iron out differences. Sampanthan has told the ITAK executive committee that he had received a letter from Wigneswaran explaining the latter�s position. Meanwhile relating […]

The international investigation is over now, but the process must continue – the UN report is not the end product

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Mangala to address UN Human Rights Council today Foreign Minister meets Zeid ahead of UN sessions Govt. remains tight-lipped about copy of UN report UN probe report out on Wednesday in Geneva Justice Minister, Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando to join Sri Lanka delegation Sumanthiran leads TNA legal team for #HRC30 Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe along with senior government officials during their meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid at the Palais Wilson in Geneva yesterday. By Dharisha Bastians in Geneva Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will address the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, after Government quarters remained tight-lipped over the weekend about the copy of a highly anticipated report on the UN investigation it officially received on […]

Two reports in House to coincide with UNHRC session

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PCICMP report to be tabled in Parliament towards month end Udalagama Commission report to be published Rasika Jayakody Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe along with senior government officials met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid at the Palais Wilson in Geneva yesterday. The Sri Lankan government will table two important commission reports in Parliament to coincide with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva. Highly placed government sources told the Daily News that the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons (PCICMP) report would be tabled in Parliament towards the end of this month. The report was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by its Chairman Maxwell Paranagama, a retired High Court judge, two weeks ago. Paranagama’s […]

MAHINDA Questions United States on international investigation

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has questioned the new position taken by some countries on the human rights issue in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa’s spokesman Rohan Weliwitta said that the former President, feels that the new position clearly shows how political the human rights issue was. He said that the United States, which at one point called for an international investigation, is now backing a domestic investigation. Weliwitta said that if Rajapaksa was still the President, the US and its partners would have maintained calls for an international probe. When Rajapaksa was in power, he had sought support for a domestic investigation into allegations over the war, but the US and member states in the UN Human Rights Council rejected the proposal. The UN Human Rights Council […]

Tamils’ March for International Probe Nears Jaffna

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COLOMBO: A group of radical Tamils led by Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members MK Shivaji Lingam and Ananthi Sasitharan are at the tail end of their four-day march from Kilinochchi to Jaffna, demanding an international inquiry into the charges of war crimes against the Sri Lankan armed forces, and an international court to try the alleged perpetrators. Speaking to Express from Kaithady in Jaffna, Shivaji Lingam said about 50 people are in the rally, which will wind up at Sangiliyan Thoppu in Jaffna, which had been the seat of the Tamil kings of yore. “I am in the march both as a Tamil and as a victim of war crimes,” said Ananthi Sasitharan. She had seen her husband Sasitharan alias Ezhilan, surrender to the Lankan […]

Spiritual Leader From UK Visits Sri Lanka

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By Nirmala Kannangara To bring spiritual happiness into the lives of mankind and to eliminate hatred from human heart is the mission of His Holiness Younous AlGohar a spiritual leader from UK who is now in Sri Lanka on a brief stay. For him, achieving global peace is not a difficult task, if people can respect each other and spread love towards humanity there would be eternal peace in every heart and will love each other which results in global peace. A born Muslim in Pakistan, young Younous had stopped practicing Islam when he was 14 years old as he understood that it would not help him to achieve his goal. The turning point in Younous AlGohar’s life was meeting with Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi –the great […]

Saravanabawan To Attend Canada Event

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By Waruni Karunarathne Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP E. Saravanabawan takes part in the fundraising event held today in Canada to support war widows to build houses in newly released land in Sampur. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Sarawanabawan said that upon an invitation extended by Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), he visited Canada to take part in the Tamil Canadian Walk ‘Walk-A-Thon for Sampur’ which is part of the humanitarian efforts of the CTC for the displaced people of Sampur. He added that the walk is organised to raise funds to support 41 displaced families to build their houses in the newly released land in Sampur.“Upon an invitation extended, I take part in the event today on behalf of the TNA. Their intention is to […]