17th September 2015

Neither Namal Nor His Father Had Any Right To Comment On Judiciary: Mangala

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Taking a dig at comments made by Namal Rajapaksa MP in describing the country’s judicial system Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said “we all know how Namal baby passed the law exam and his father subjugated and ruined the judicial system in the country”. Mangala Samaraweera addressing both local and international journalists today said neither Namal nor his father had any right to comment on the judiciary. The Foreign Minister went on to say that Rajapksa senior had appointed judges and other senior officers in the Judicial system, not depending on competency and integrity but considering only loyalty to him and his family. He said that even a former chief justice had been fired without any consideration to f airplay and justice and had appointed one of his […]

Tamil diaspora group calls for ‘internationalised Special Court for criminal prosecution’

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has urged the 47-member United Nations Human Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to accommodate all recommendations made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid. GTF spokesperson Suren Surendiran told The Island yesterday that the grouping expected the establishment of the internationalised Special Court for criminal prosecution. Responding to a query, Surendiran stressed that they wouldn’t compromise under any circumstances, and therefore expected full implementation of the recommendations. The Island received the following statement from the UK based Surendiran: The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)  report that strongly indicated war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict and recommended the establishment […]

CPA in TNA-GTF project to garner support for lasting solution

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by Shamindra Ferdinando The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has joined the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a project to garner support for their on-going efforts to reach an understanding with the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition. Asanga Welikala, Senior Researcher of the CPA will represent the CPA. President of the influential GTF, Rev. Father S.J.  Emmanuel is scheduled to preside at a meeting at the Birbeck College, University of London on Saturday (19) to create awareness among the community regarding the rapid developments taking place with the UN calling for the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers as well as investigators. The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will be represented by its Deputy General Secretary […]

Genuine Voice For War Affected Now In Parliament

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By Waruni Karunarathne Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanthi Sriskandharaja who was appointed to parliament through the national list is a newbie in the Sri Lanka parliament. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, MP Sriskandharaja said that she believes it to be a rewarding opportunity for her to serve the people in the north, especially, with the war affected, vulnerable groups. Sriskandharaja contested the last general election under the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) ticket from the Wanni District yet failed to secure enough votes to enter parliament. While some main political parties in the country ignored the need to give even a single slot of their national list to a woman, the TNA made an inspiring decision to allocate at least one out of the […]

Sri Lanka: UN Members Should Back Hybrid Court

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Governments Need to Follow Through to Ensure Justice for Civil War’s Victims (Geneva) – The call by the United Nations’ top human rights officer for a domestic-international hybrid court to address allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka should receive strong endorsement by members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. OISL Report on Sri Lanka On September 16, 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, released a report on human rights abuses by Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during Sri Lanka’s civil war. His report calls for the establishment of a special court “integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators” with […]

TNA calls on Government to accept recommendations

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today called on the government to accept a report released by the UN which calls on Sri Lanka to establish a special court to probe war abuses. The report which was released at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Sri Lankan government to establish a hybrid court which included international judges and lawyers to try all those involved in war crimes during the island nation’s civil conflict between government troops and the LTTE. The report said that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict and added that the Sri Lankan justice system was not yet ready to […]

China, Iran, Pakistan, Vietnam, Russia and India had supported Sri Lanka

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Mahinda didn’t do enough to bring about reconciliation – DEW by Dasun Edirisinghe The Sri Lanka Communist Party (CP) yesterday welcomed Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s statement at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva as it had promised a solution to war crimes allegations through a domestic inquiry. CP Leader D. E.W. Gunasekera said that his party had been calling for such action since the end of the conflict in May 2009. Gunasekera said he had always appreciated President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership to ending the war. “As the acting foreign minister at the end of the war, I know the international pressure brought to bear on the Sri Lankan government to stop it to allow LTTE leader Prabhakaran to flee, but President Rajapaksa did not give in to […]

Interview: UN Report on Sri Lanka

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Jehan Perera of Sri Lanka’s National Peace Council responds to the UN Human Rights Council’s report on the civil war. The much anticipated UN Human Rights Council’s report on Sri Lankan war crimes is a grave indictment of the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebels, accusing both sides of crimes against humanity. The Council has called for a special court – part international, part local – to try those involved in war crimes and give justice. Will the new regime in Colombo under Maithripala Sirisena succumb to international pressure and allow an outside agency to conduct inquiries and hold trials? Can justice be delivered by an indigenous trial court? What will the Tamil minority do if it does not get justice? Will the majority […]

Video: Mangala confirms int’l role in domestic mechanism

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Although a definitive response was not expressed concerning the OHCHR recommended ‘hybrid special court’ to deal with accountability issues, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera today confirmed an international role in the domestic inquiry mechanism and added the government plans to conclude the proposed processes within 18 months. Addressing the media at a special briefing at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Minister Samaraweera said he planned to have the consultation processes on the domestic inquiry mechanism underway by the second week of October, upon their return from partaking in the UN General Assembly. The consultations are scheduled to conclude by the end of January in order to facilitate the establishment of the proposed mechanisms. The Minister added the four-tiered accountability and reconciliation mechanisms proposed to be set […]

Sexual abuse and rape were systematically used as a weapon of war as several well researched reports reveal.

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by P. Krishnaswamy Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Renowned human rights activists Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Dr.(Mrs) Nimalka Fernando, Convener of the Platform for Freedom (PF) and Attorney-at-Law K.S.Ratnavale when asked whether they considered an international mechanism or a domestic mechanism as appropriate to conduct probes on the purported war crimes, on release of the UNHRC report end of this month, they expressed mixed views. Excerpts of their views: Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu: It is clear that for many families of victims no mechanism can be credible if it is exclusively domestic. At the same time, it is incumbent on those who insist on an international mechanism to clarify as to what they mean by this and how it will be achieved. […]

Rajapaksha slams call for hybrid court in Sri Lanka

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa has slammed the proposal by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to have a hybrid court in Sri Lanka to investigate incidents related to the war. Namal Rajapaksa, whose father was President when the alleged war crimes took place, said that the proposal in complete insult to the entire legal system in Sri Lanka. The member of parliament said that Sri Lanka is fully capable of conducting any domestic inquiry that is needed. Rajapaksa, a lawyer himself, says Sri Lankan courts have already demonstrated they have the resources and capability to conduct credible investigations within the existing legal framework. He also accused the international community of having double standards saying that in itself is an injustice.

“Hybrid” healer for “horrors”

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UN rights chief flags ‘horrific’ violations, strong indication of war crimes by Govt. forces and LTTE Zeid hopes Human Rights Council will endorse OISL recommendations, including hybrid court UN Rights Chief recommends strong vetting of Lankan military personnel for peacekeeping missions, military exchanges Report finds evidence of extra-judicial killings, indiscriminate shelling by govt. troops OISL notes repeated shelling of hospitals in the Wanni; “serious doubt” they were accidental attacks Report finds LTTE leaders prevented civilians from leaving the battle zone Report finds Karuna group conscripted children after defecting to Govt; finds Govt. was aware of child recruitment   United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at yesterday’s briefing on UNHRC Report on Sri Lanka. Dharisha Bastians  reporting from Geneva The United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for the setting […]

TN urges Centre to seek international probe into ‘war crimes’ in Sri Lanka

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In a resolution adopted in Assembly, TN sought diplomatic efforts by Centre to change any possible pro-Sri Lanka stand adopted by US in the UN rights body. Wigneswaran commends Jayalalithaa for resolution ‘India has responsibility to stop internal inquiry’ The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday unanimously asked the Centre to move a “strong resolution” in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an international probe into the alleged war crimes and genocide in the final phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged the Centre to move a resolution along with United States and other countries at the UNHRC for the international probe against all the perpetrators of the human rights violations and those responsible for the genocide. “In case, […]

Between Iron Lady Jaya and Lanka sea – Report seeking international probe lands Modi in a fix

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New Delhi, Sept. 16: The Narendra Modi government was tonight grappling with a toss-up between two crucial strategic partners – one domestic and the other international – after a key UN report recommended international participation in a probe into possible war crimes in Sri Lanka. The UN report said Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil Tiger rebels “most likely” committed war crimes, including mass killings of civilians, during their conflict that should be prosecuted by a special court with international judges. Despite pledges by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena to prosecute perpetrators, the criminal justice system was not up to the huge task alone, said the long-delayed report by the UN human rights office. It called on Colombo to remove from office military […]

UN identifies key Sri Lankan personnel facing war crimes scrutiny and ‘White Flag’ surrender!

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Responsible for extra judicial killings and rape –  Mahinda Rajapaksha, Palitha Kohana, Basil Rajapaksha and Major General Shavendra Silva………. ECONOMYNEXT – The first UN war crimes report on Sri Lanka has identified several top militrary and police personnel in charge of key units held responsible for extra judicial killings, rape and degrading treatment of civilians. Individual culpability is not specified in the 261-page report, but it has clearly identified the command structure of the armed forces, down from commander in chief Mahinda Rajapaksa to field commanders. It also names individuals such as Palitha Kohona and minister Basil Rajapaksa as key government figures involved in arrangements for a surrender of Tiger political wing cadres who were later executed by the military. For the first time, the UN […]

” Resolution calling for an international investigation” Iron Lady Jaya Gets Bouquets From All Quarters

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CHENNAI: State leaders on Wednesday hailed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for introducing a resolution in the Assembly calling for an international investigation into the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils by the island government. Welcoming the resolution, DMK leader M Karunanidhi said Indian government should bring a separate resolution at the United Nations calling for independent, credible international investigation into the war crimes that occurred in Sri Lanka. He also recalled that he had condemned possible efforts by the US to hand over the investigation to Lankan government itself. MDMK leader Vaiko who has requested Jayalalithaa to bring such a resolution during his protest against the US on September 1, described the resolution as ‘historic’. It acts like medicine to the wounds of Tamils. The resolution […]

War crimes report on SL: UK to study recommendations

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Foreign Office Minister of the United Kingdom Hugo Swire yesterday welcomed the release of the report from the investigation on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR). Minister Swire said that UK would study the report’s recommendations closely, and work with Sri Lanka and other partners at the UN Human Rights Council in response to it. “We will study the report’s recommendations closely, and we look forward to working with Sri Lanka and other partners at the UN Human Rights Council in response to it. We hope that we can agree a consensual resolution that will help to address the issues of the past and deliver lasting peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans,” Swire said. “I welcome the […]