19th September 2015

Secret Detention Camps not revealed by the Sri Lankan Government

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Secret Detention Camps not revealed by the Sri Lankan Government Secret Detention Camps that are not declared by the Sri Lankan Government are referred and found during the discussion in the U.N, with regard to the abduction of the missing persons. The missing media journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda wife Sandhya testified at the United Nations about the abduction of her husband Prageeth Eknaligoda. Forum Asia Franciscans International organization under the leadership of Nimalka Fernando, conducted a discussion at the U.N., on the missing persons and the abduction in Sri Lanka. During this discussion, Sandhya testified her testimony in this discussion. In this discussion, International Human Rights activists, Tamizhar Human Rights activists and the Tamil National Alliance Member of the Parliament Sridharan were participating in it. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22AOlv2acJ5YKe4e4SMCc02aAmB3dd3PBmc3036gAY2e44Y550ca3lOSd3

TNA calls for ‘reasonable, durable’ political solution

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The Leader of Opposition in Parliament and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief, R Sampanthan, has said the Tamil question should be resolved “on the basis of what is happening in Geneva”. In his reaction to the publication of a report by the U.N. on human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Sampanthan told The Hindu: “On the basis of genuine reconciliation, there must be a just, reasonable, durable and workable political solution.” Health Minister and leader of a breakaway group of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Rajitha Senaratne, said the document had not named anyone. “The final decision of the UNHRC would have to be carried out by us.” Vasudeva Nanayakkara, chief of the Democratic Left Front, said the UN report did not have “directives” and […]

Ghosts From Rajapaksa Regime Gets A Beating In Geneva

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Delay in gazetting subjects under ministries Objections raised against Muthuhettigama and Lansa No agreement on a hybrid court, says RW No MR govt. can solve human rights issue, says Maithri Over a month after the general election, the national government that has been formed is yet to commence its official functions due to the inability of its ministers to carry out their official duties. The delay in gazetting the subject matters under each ministerial portfolio has posed a problem for many ministers to carry out their work. However, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has commenced work in his office and has commenced the preparation work for the 2016 budget presentation scheduled for this November. Many ministers are now engaged in discussions in various corners of the […]

Lanka war crimes film shown at UN in Geneva

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The new war crimes film on Sri Lanka from the makers of the ‘No Fire Zone’ was screened at the UN building in Geneva today. The film ‘Sri Lanka: The Search for Justice’ was hosted by Human Rights Watch. In his remarks to the audience Callum Macrae, director of Sri Lanka: The Search for Justice, said that the report of the UN’s war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka is devastating and marks a turning point. “For the past few years, under the last regime, the government of Sri Lanka has constantly insisted that the evidence presented in our films is fake, concocted and that our motive was somehow malicious. Sadly those sentiments have been echoed, on occasion, by senior figures in the new government. But […]

Families of the disappeared plead for justice in Geneva

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Dharisha Bastians reporting from Geneva  Sri Lankan disappearances activists Sandhya Ekneligoda and Varthana Sunthararajah pleaded with the international community to support their struggle to find missing husbands on the sidelines of the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday. Both women, who spoke at a panel discussion organised by the International Movement Against all forms of Discrimination and Racism, said they had exhausted all local avenues for redress in Sri Lanka. Sandhya Ekneligoda said that she was one of the fortunate ones, to be one of thousands of families of disappeared people in Sri Lanka to have her husband’s case handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department. “But the State authorities implicated in Prageeth’s case are refusing to cooperate with the CID,” Ekneligoda […]

The OHRC report and beyond

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Critical days ahead The coming days are crucial for Sri Lanka. It’s when the international community led by the USA deliberates on the island’s future. UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in their deliberations on alleged war crimes abuse by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) in their war against the LTTE spanning a period of over seven years only, i.e. from 2002 till the war end in April 2009, couched in diplomatic jargon, has called for a ‘hybrid’ inquiry into alleged war crimes where the accused are GoSL and the LTTE. ‘Hybrid’ as spelt out in the UNHRC report is a cocktail comprising local and international jurists backed by support staff to inquire in to such alleged crimes………………….   READ ALL The OHRC report and […]

OHCHR report a pathfinder to greater reconciliation

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Forming A Hybrid Court Is Not Like Getting A Hybrid Vehicle – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam By Waruni Karunarathne Media spokesperson of the United National Party (UNP), Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that despite various criticisms levelled by some groups, the new government does not provide protection or immunity to criminals and anybody who are involved in corruption. He added that despite the expansion of the cabinet, the government has saved a lot more by cutting down unnecessary expenditures and by putting an end to a system of corruption. Following are excerpts of the interview: Lanka close to consensus in Geneva The outcome of the early stages of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, can only be construed as […]

Hybrid Special Court to also investigate frauds under the cover of war – Govt

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Hybrid Special Court to also investigate frauds under the cover of war – Govt The proposed Hybrid Special Court to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the period between February 21, 2002 to May 19, 2009 against the then government and the LTTE would also investigate frauds and corruption that had taken place under the cover of a raging war, the government said yesterday…………….  read all OHRC report hundred times more severe but for regime change: President President Maithripala Sirisena Friday said that the report of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva would have been hundred times more severe than it was but for the regime change of January 8 this year.The president, flanked by Prime Ministe………….. READ ALL   […]

President, PM set record straight on UNHRC move

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Emphasise that contrary to original fears of international probe, this week’s heavily toned down UNHRC report was a breakthrough and takes forward domestic mechanism idea  Govt. says Sri Lanka was saved from disastrous consequences thanks to good governance, political reforms and sincere reconciliation efforts since 8 January Says international community took confidence from credible measures made following landmark change of political regime Insist Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and integrity weren’t compromised Sirisena stresses new journey started on 8 January must be persisted with, shunning extremists  Ranil says passage of new US resolution and international community uniting for Sri Lanka key for the country’s future wellbeing President Maithripala Sirisena gestures during his meeting with newspapers and media editors and owners yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also present By Nisthar Cassim The United National Front Government yesterday […]