18th September 2015

LTTE Supremo Prabhakaran’s 12 year old son Balachandran was Extra-judicially Executed by Security Forces – OISL Report

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The UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office Investigation on Sri Lanka(OISL) report has stated that there are reasonable grounds to believe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)Leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran’s 12 year old younger son Balachandran was captured or otherwise taken into custody by the security forces who subsequently extrajudicially executed him. Excerpts relevant to the Unlawful execution of Balachandran Prabhakaran are as follows – Balachandran Prabhakaran OISL is in possession of photographic and video material that show Balachandran Prabhakaran, the 12-year-old son of Villupillai Prabhakaran, sitting in a bunker, alive and in the custody of Sri Lankan troops as well as images of the dead body of Balachandran lying on the ground beside the dead bodies of five semi-naked men. Based on the assessment of […]

LTTE News Presenter Isaipriya was Captured Alive by Security Forces who Executed and Desecrated her Body – OISL Report

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The UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office Investigation on Sri Lanka(OISL) report has stated that it has reasons to believe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam news presenter Shobana Dharmaraja alias “Isaipriya” was captured alive by the security forces who then killed her with gunshots to the head execution-style. The OISL report says Isaipriya was pulled out of the Nandi Kadal lagoon alive but mistaken by the security forces for being the daughter of Prabhakaran. It further says that based on the images of Isaipriya’s dead body and those of many other women, OISL believes that Isaipriya’s dead body was desecrated. Relevant excerpts from the OISL report are stated below – Shobana Dharmaraja alias Isaipriya The well-known LTTE news presenter, Isaipriya, appears in several photographic and […]

LTTE Leaders who Surrendered with White Flags were Summarily Executed! Mahinda,Basil, Gota and Kohona were Aware of Envisaged Surrender – OISL Report

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LTTE Leaders who Surrendered with White Flags were Summarily Executed! Mahinda,Basil, Gota and Kohona were Aware of Envisaged Surrender – OISL Report The UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office Investigation on Sri Lanka(OISL) report has documented in detail the sequence of events in which several senior leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) who surrendered with white flags according to pre- arranged terms of surrender were summarily execcuted. It is believed that three top LTTE leaders who surrendered along with 60 other tiger cadres and 40 civilian relatives of LTTE members were killed by the armed forces.All of them were unarmed and walked slowly with white flags in terms of a pre- arranged surrender. Among the victims of this particular incident of extra-judicial executions were […]

Bahu rejects hybrid court proposal

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is a non racist who even signed an agreement with LTTE Leader Prabhakaran. nobody has the right to say that he should implement the hybrid special court. The war could have been prevented if he won the 2005 Presidential election which he lost because the Tamil community did not cast their votes, New Left Front (NLF) Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne said. Addressing the media in Colombo yesterday, he said the New Left Front vehemently rejects the proposed hybrid special court requested by the UNHRC. “This is a act of defamation aimed at us who fought for democracy”. At least six months is required for Sri Lanka to address the issue because the power of the Parliament and in other key institutions came […]

Sri Lanka pledges to punish war criminals after UN report

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Sri Lanka promised Thursday to punish those found guilty of war crimes but stopped short of supporting an internationally backed probe, a day after a damning UN report on abuses committed during the island’s conflict. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government would work with the international community to ensure accountability and reconciliation following the island’s separatist war, which ended in 2009. But Samaraweera did not commit to the UN’s key recommendation to allow international experts to assist its domestic investigation, saying more discussions were needed with stakeholders. He said the government would establish its own “credible, domestic mechanism” within 18 months to probe allegations in the UN report. “We have a well-crafted and a sober report,” Samaraweera said. “It is now up to us […]

War crimes in Sri Lanka The first casualty

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IT WAS a long time coming. Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil war a new government promised on September 14th to set up a “truth, justice, reconciliation and non-recurrence commission” to investigate atrocities committed during the conflict. It is unlikely, however, to heal the deep wounds of that period. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva says the inquiry needs foreign judges. Sri Lanka’s leaders, fearful of upsetting nationalist voters, reject that. The pledge to form the commission was made to the UN body by Mangala Samaraweera, the foreign minister. It was aimed at taking the sting out of what the Sri Lankan government knew would be a hard-hitting 261-page report that was published by the UN two days later. In […]

UN secretary welcomes UNHRC report on Sri Lanka

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NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. In a statement on Thursday, Secretary -General’s spokesperson said: “He hopes that its important recommendations will help support the effort of the people and the Government of Sri Lanka to carve a durable path toward long-lasting peace and stability and respect for human rights, through a genuine and credible process of accountability and reconciliation that meets international standards. The victims of all communities, their families and the Sri Lankan nation itself demand no less than a full and proper reckoning.” The war crimes during Sri Lanka’s final attack on LTTE will come up for discussions […]

Hybrid court, only one way traffic – Wimal

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The hybrid court proposed by the UNHRC targets only one party though the report accuses both the government and the LTTE, National Freedom Front Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said. Addressing the media at the party headquarters yesterday, Weerawansa said that the notion of a hybrid court is an insult to court and soldiers who fought for the country’s freedom. Weerawansa said that it was stated that the UN report on Sri Lanka has identified violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating the war crimes and crimes against humanity that were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. Though it has been mentioned as both sides, only one side will be entitled to answer as the other side does not exist […]

Do not misinterpret Geneva report – PM

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Do not misinterpret Geneva report – PM Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested all to refrain from misinterpreting the Geneva report. Wickremesinghe said the UN Human Rights Council report has pursued that inquiries be made for determining whether war crimes have been perpetrated in Sri Lanka. “I earnestly ask from the media and other parties to desist from giving false accounts or misleading allusions about the report’s content,” he said………………  read all – See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/do-not-misinterpret-geneva-report-pm#sthash.xR3omk9V.dpuf SL hopes hybrid court ‘international’ component will be omitted The future steps with regard to the Report of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Investigation on Sri Lanka will be decided after analyzing the US sponsored resolution, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine […]

Gota’s Rakna Lanka Purchased And Issued Illegally: Former Additional Secretary MOD Admits

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The controversial Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) had purchased weapons without following due legal process, the former Additional Secretary to the Defence Ministry Damayanthi Jayaratne has admitted. She has noted the above while making a statement before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) appointed to investigate serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources, and privileges. A commission member said that Jayaratne had been questioned yesterday. It has been revealed that although the Ministry of Defense had issued 3,473 firearms to the firm only 89 out of these had been issued following due protocol. Meanwhile former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was yet again summoned by the commission today for questioning. He had been questioned regarding the alleged use of personnel attached to […]

SL war crimes: Rajapaksa is left alone to take the blame

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The blame has been divided. But now, how will the punishment – if it ever comes down to that in the years to come – be divided between those responsible for the deaths of the thousands who died in the Sri Lankan civil war of nearly three decades? The delayed UNHCR report – from the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights Investigation in Sri Lanka (OSIL) — has expectedly blamed both former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government and the Tamil rebels for allegedly carrying out war crimes. Both have been accused of mass killings towards the end of the civil war that ended in the bloodied fields of northeast Sri Lanka in May, 2009. Ironically for Rajapaksa and his core team of brothers and […]

Sri Lanka cabinet warned of early downfall

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ECONOMYNEXT – Health minister Rajitha Senaratne warned Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of an imminent danger to the new government unless it immediately sacked corrupt officials who stayed back from the former regime. Senaratne lambasted Attorney General (AG) Yuwanjana Wanasundera over his failure to prosecute Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd whose floating armoury was the subject of a prolonged CID inquiry. The minister, who has been re-appointed a cabinet spokesman, vowed he will not allow the case to be hushed up and promised to take action against corrupt officials who remain in key positions of the new government too. Asked if the AG can be removed, Senaratne said: “We have to handle it somehow. We have to take action. Main thing is to safeguard the […]

War Crimes – Sri Lanka government should cooperate in setting up the court without delay.

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The United Nations Human Rights Council released its report Wednesday on possible war crimes committed during the last years of the Sri Lankan civil war. As many as 40,000 Tamils were killed by the military during the final months of the conflict, which ended in 2009. Citing a “horrific level of violations and abuses” in its report, the council concluded that a “purely domestic court procedure will have no chance of overcoming widespread and justifiable suspicions fueled by decades of violations, malpractice and broken promises.” This is a clear rejection of the proposal made on Monday by Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, who told the Council that his government would set up a truth, justice and reconciliation commission, and draft a new constitution. The […]

UNHRC: Stringent vetting process targets Sri Lankan military

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Many an eyebrow has been raised over Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) call for stringent vetting procedures to prevent those who had been suspected of having committed war time atrocities from taking part in overseas military assignments. The recommendation has been made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid in accordance with an inquiry conducted by a team headed by Sandra Beidas, formerly of the Amnesty International. Recently, the UN terminated the largest Sri Lankan peacekeeping mission in the Haiti launched in 2004. Since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009, the US and some of its allies deprived some senior officials of training slots as well as opportunity to participate in various programmes. Geneva-based United Nations Human […]

Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council: What Now?

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Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council: What Now? Moving towards accountability A Trojan horse Sri Lanka: Light at the end of the tunnel Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council: What Now? With the long-awaited report on Sri Lanka’s violent history finally out, what’s next for Colombo at the UN Human Rights Council? The long-awaited UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report that deals largely with wartime abuses in Sri Lanka has finally been made public. It’s a big moment for the island nation and OHCHR has come out with a strong report. This is a detailed, lengthy document that covers a range of disturbing topics, including extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, disappearances, torture, and attacks on civilians. Importantly, […]

Hybrid court, a ruse to set up full-fledged international war crimes probe -Wimal

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by Shamindra Ferdinando National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday alleged that the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition would make an attempt to bring in far reaching changes to the country’s legal framework to pave the way for a hybrid special court to try to hear war crime accusations. Addressing the media at the National Freedom Front (NFF) headquarters at Pelawatte Colombo District MP Weerawansa said that the UNP-SLFP marriage of convenience was meant to provide the required two-thirds majority in Parliament for amending the legal framework. MP Weerawansa alleged that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had, on behalf of the government, called for international intervention during his opening statement at the 30th Geneva session on Monday. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe formed a coalition […]

Ex-Army Chief welcomes UN probe

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Fonseka says no human rights violations happened under his command, Govt. should support probe to bring culprits before law Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka By Shanika Sriyananda Former Army Chief Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, welcoming the new report released by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner and its recommendation to set up a special court to investigate alleged human rights violations, said that he would fully support the investigation process to ensure justice. Fonseka, who commanded the final military operations to eliminate the LTTE and end the 30-year-old conflict in 2009, said the Government had to assist the UN investigation and also needed help to bring the culpritswho had committed grave human rights violationsbefore the law. “Justice has to be done for the people of this […]