October 2015

MAHINDA saved from ‘electric chair’

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (2) said that the country had achieved a great victory at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by managing to exclude the ‘electric chair’, an international investigation, and a hybrid special court from being included in the United States sponsored resolution. Addressing the media for the first time since his return from Geneva, the President outlined that the resolution was a suggestion and not an order. He added that there would only be a domestic mechanism, which would be implemented within the provisions of the Sri Lankan Constitution, without impinging on the sovereignty of the nation, unity and peace. He added that the previous administration had deliberately squandered goodwill with international powers. Apart from giving compensation to those affected by […]

Pakistan’s work against Tamils continue

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

Pakistan helped sri lanka to kill more than 40000 tamil … PAKISTAN HELPED SRI LANKAN ARMY TO KILL MORE THAN 40,000 TAMIL CIVILIANS. China, clearly, was the decisive factor in ending the war through its generous supply of offensive weapons and its munificent aid. It even got its ally Pakistan to actively assist Rajapaksa in his war strategy. Pakistan making a special statement says that those who have been critical of Sri Lanka’s effort to overcome terrorism and separatism funded from abroad would do well to look at their own track record on the so-called war on terror. Permanent Representative of Pakistan Zameer Akram made these observations in a statement to the media on Friday commenting on the Report of the Office of the United […]

Sri Lanka Resolution: The World Witnessed Two Visions Of Justice

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

By Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran – The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) thanks the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for keeping Sri Lanka on its agenda for its consideration of the mass crimes committed in the island of Sri Lanka, but expresses disappointment at the dilution of principles of justice. The world witnessed two visions of justice at the 30th Session of the UNHRC this month. One vision of justice which States are willing to dispense—a justice that is in direct contradiction to the unequivocal findings of the OHCHR report—and then one vision called for by humanity at large demonstrated by the participation of 1.4 million people through the “Million Signatures Campaign” calling for “Referral of Sri Lanka” to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The […]

Geneva no more a ‘nightmare’, China supported US resolution

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

The United States of America first brought its resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Commission on Sri Lanka in 2012. Rajapaksa regime had sent plane loads of ‘jokers’ to Geneva spending millions of rupees to campaign against the American move. As transporting people in busses for election rallies in the Island, Rajapaksa regime with its ‘frog in the well’ thinking had even spent enormous amount of money for the accommodation in Geneva of its ‘stooges’ who had returned to the Island empty handed with the US bringing out the resolution against Sri Lanka comfortably. It was not once, but thrice until 2014, the US Government had succeeded in bringing its UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka ‘unmasking’ the Rajapaksa regime. The Rajapaksa Government didn’t possess […]

There will be ‘uncomfortable’ questions – British envoy

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

Terming the resolution adopted at the UNHRC as an exciting and brave step for Sri Lanka to have taken, the UK says that while the process of asking and answering the questions is difficult and can be painful, it is important in instilling confidence and trust between communities which is necessary for countries to move forward. The passing of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, which the UK co-sponsored along with the government of Sri Lanka, was an historic and important moment for Sri Lanka, the British High Commissioner in Colombo, James Dauris, said. “Getting to his point has been a long process.”  “Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship was an important element of inspiring international confidence it what the resolution stands for,’ he told […]

Disabled Sri Lankan Tamil slashes wrist in Tiruchi camp

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

A disabled Sri Lankan Tamil housed in the Tiruchi special camp created a flutter by slashing his left wrist with a blade demanding his release. Suresh Kumar alias Sera of Jaffna, who was housed in the camp after a case was booked by the ‘Q’ Branch CID earlier, slashed his wrist Friday morning, The Hindu newspaper reported. Police sources said Kumar was taken to the Government Hospital where he was treated as an out-patient. The camp accommodates 13 Sri Lankan Tamils against whom cases booked by the Tamil Nadu police are pending. The sources said that 10 Sri Lankan Tamils who began a fast in the camp on Thursday demanding their release continued it on Friday. Cases relating to human trafficking and those under the […]

Jaya, Karuna slam UN resolution over Lanka

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

TN assembly for int’l probe on alleged war crimes in N.Lanka Jayalalithaa seeks PM’s intervention to resolve fishing dispute with Sri Lanka Jaya seeks PM’s intervention for release of fishermen by Lanka Get back Indian fishermen caught by Sri Lanka: Jayalalithaa to Modi Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated across Tamil Nadu Coming out strongly against a UN resolution that endorsed a domestic probe in Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today expressed deep disappointment and anguish while DMK chief Karunanidhi termed it shocking. Also, both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi blamed the Centre for not acting on a September 16 resolution of the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking an international probe. “The resolution passed yesterday will in no way render justice to Sri Lankan Tamils. This resolution […]

Sri Lanka resolution has 38 co-sponsors

3rd October 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka resolution has 38 co-sponsors Bye Obama, hello Putin Foreign Ministry denies claims on Ravinatha The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says attention has been drawn to news reports and commentaries appearing over the past few days suggesting that the statement made by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha at the 1st informal meeting on the draft resolution on Sri Lanka held on 21 September in Geneva, and the subsequent moving of amendments to the  draft resolution at the 2nd informal meeting on 22 September by the Sri Lanka delegation, was inconsistent with the position of the Government of Sri Lanka. The Ministry stated categorically that both the interventions by Ambassador Aryasinha, and the moving of amendments to the […]

Resolution said Lanka Agrees to ”Give Powers as Per 13 Amendment of the constitution”.

2nd October 2015 // 0 Comments

On the political plane, the resolution said that the Lankan government has agreed to devolve power to the provinces as per the 13th Amendment of the constitution. COLOMBO: The UN rights council adopted a resolution on Thursday calling for international judges and lawyers to be part of a war crimes probe in Sri Lanka. While the resolution included measures for rehabilitation and bringing perpetrators of war crimes to justice, it also spoke of the other side. Not to forget the human rights violations perpetrated by the LTTE, the resolution said that accountability and reconciliation mechanisms should cover the doings of the LTTE also. On the political plane, the resolution said that the Lankan government has agreed to devolve power to the provinces as per the […]

SLMC,TNA must honour their promises

2nd October 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should not become double barrel guns without cartridges as the opportunity has come for them to work to achieve a political solution for the grievances of Muslim and Tamil communities, Eastern Province Minister M.S.Uthumalebbe, said, addressing an event held in Batticaloa. Referring to the speech made by the Provincial Minister of Agriculture and the General Secretary of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi K.Thurairajasingham at the recent Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) monthly meeting that the time had come for the TNA and the SLMC to work for the welfare of the Tamils and Muslims as the double barrel gun but with cartridges. Uthumalebbe said that he was glad to hear the statement by TNA councillor that […]

US, UK hail adoption of “historic resolution”

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The United States and Britain hailed the adoption of the “historic resolution” on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council today. The US Ambassador to Geneva Keith Harper said that the  consensus resolution expresses international support for Sri Lanka as it takes courageous steps to strengthen democracy and restore civil liberties. “We have witnessed important changes in Sri Lanka since January, which have made today’s consultative, constructive resolution possible. The goal of this resolution—and of our efforts here in Geneva—is to help Sri Lanka undertake a difficult but essential journey. And, we welcome that this resolution recognizes the critical role of continued OHCHR engagement. As Secretary Kerry reiterated last week, the United States will remain steadfast in supporting justice, promoting reconciliation, and seeking an […]

I robbed bank for my education

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The suspect taken into custody in connection with a failed robbery at a private bank in the Panadura town, had stated that he was a medical student at the Moscow University and that he resorted to robbery to find money for his fees, the Police said. The 35-year-old suspect, who entered bank had allegedly handed to the lady cashier at the counter a bank slip written on its back that he was in possession of a revolver and that he would shoot if she raised cries or activated the alarm and robbed her of cash Rs. 500,000. However, when he was running away with the cash a Police constable on traffic duty on the Galle Road gave chase and caught him. Investigations revealed that he […]

UN war crimes resolution marks a turning point for victims

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

A crucial resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today offers the victims of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict the prospect of finally getting the truth and justice they deserve, Amnesty International said. The resolution was adopted without a vote today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, following the publication earlier this month of a UN report into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights by all sides during Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. Although far from perfect, if the resolution and the underlying commitments of Sri Lanka’s government are implemented in good faith it presents an opportunity for victims to finally get the truth and justice they have been waiting for. David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s South Asia Research Director “The adoption of […]

Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted without a vote

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The resolution on Sri Lanka presented to the UN Human Rights Council, was adopted without a vote during the 30th session of the Council in Geneva today. Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” the resolution was passed after no country sought a vote on the text. The US delegation presented the resolution to the Council today and some of the co-sponsors made comments on the text. The President of the Council announced that the resolution had been adopted by consensus. “The adoption of this resolution is a turning point for human rights in Sri Lanka, and crucially recognizes terrible crimes committed by both parties during the armed conflict. Although far from perfect, if the resolution and the underlying commitments of Sri […]

Jaya writes to Modi on fishermen issue

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

Chennai :- Taking exception to the continued arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu government has told the Centre that Colombo’s “dubious actions” has resulted in the situation at sea remaining “precarious.” Referring to the latest instance of arrest of fishermen who set out from Tuticorin district on September 26, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that this was the third such incident within a span of a week. “In spite of the several steps being taken by my Government with an accommodative frame of mind to devise a permanent solution to this sensitive livelihood issue, the situation at sea remains precarious with the dubious actions of the Sri Lankan Government,” she said in a letter to Modi. The […]

UNICEF puts focus on children in Lanka’s war

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The United Nations agency on children, UNICEF, said that children bore the brunt of the war in Sri Lanka and of the atrocities committed by both sides. It said that children, and people who were children at the time of atrocities and violations, should be given ample voice in all processes proposed by the report on Sri Lanka by the UN and be supported in those processes as witnesses or claimants as if they were still children. It also said that the families of children who were recruited, killed, maimed or otherwise had their rights violated should be supported in all these processes as special interest groups. “Children, and people who were children at the time, should be considered in all processes of restitution, truth […]

We Cannot Let The Country Be Destroyed: Leader Of The Opposition

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan addressing a star-studded line up of politicians, including Chandrika Kumartunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that the country’s politicians always should give priority to “Democracy”. The Tamil National Alliance leader, who has been in the limelight lately said the erosion of democracy will lead to the destruction of the country. “Sri Lanka should always be a vibrant democracy. We cannot let the country be destroyed. So we should strengthen our democratic institutions and protect democracy as a whole” Sampanthan said. He made these observation while speaking at the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Department of Elections held at the BMICH yesterday. The event was a rare one in the sens it drew some of Sri Lanka’s key political leaders […]

Resolution a crucial step towards credible justice process – EU

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) today said that it will continue to support Sri Lanka as it looks to work in partnership with the international community to implement its commitments as it moves forward on the path of reconciliation, justice and progress on human rights. The following comments were made by the EU representative at the UNHRC in Geneva during the general debate on the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka: “The European Union wishes to congratulate the High Commissioner and his office for the report on Sri Lanka. We welcome and support the clear recommendations it contains. The OISL report documents in a clear and authoritative manner truly terrible events indicating that war crimes and crimes […]

Disband Missing Persons Commission, Zeid Tells Lanka

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, has recommended that the Sri Lankan Commission to Investigate Cases of Forced Disappearances should he disbanded because its credibility has been seriously questioned by the families of the victims and other observers. >> Other Top Stories << India Calls Pakistan Sponsor of Terrorism, Asks it to Evacuate Occupied Kashmir IAF Man’s Father Lynched for Alleged Cow Slaughter Shows of Vijay’s Movie ‘Puli’ Cancelled   In his report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, Zeid said that task assigned to the missing persons’ commission (headed by former Justice Maxwell Paranagama) should be transferred to a “credible and independent institution established in consultation with the families of the disappeared.” The Paranagama commission, […]

Wigneswaran expresses concerns over resolution

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, on Wednesday expressed concerns over “some of the serious weaknesses” in a draft resolution on Sri Lanka, which is likely to be adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday. In a statement, Mr. Wigneswaran, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, said any attempt to entrust the responsibility of prosecution with any local prosecutor “can never bring justice to victims”. In this context, he referred to reservations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights about a domestic judicial mechanism going into allegations of human rights violations. The draft resolution’s “failure” to propose a mechanism that could gain the support and confidence of the victims “is a matter of grave […]

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