10th October 2015

IPU wants reports on 4 Tamil Lankan MPs killed

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has requested Sri Lanka to reveal the progress of investigations into the deaths of four MPs, at the upcoming 133rd IPU Assembly to be held from 15 to 21 October in Geneva. Addressing a media briefing at the Parliamentary Complex yesterday Deputy Speaker of the House, Thilanga Sumathipala, said that the Lankan delegation would be submitting a report to the IPU on information gathered by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) concerning the assassinations of Parliamentarians Nadaraja Raviraj, Joseph Pararajasingham, T. Maheshwaran and D.M. Dassanayake. The Deputy Speaker, along with MP Ranjith Aluvihare, will participate in the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, which is scheduled to meet every day from 15 to 21 October, and the cases of Sri Lanka are […]

Douglas urges President to release remaining land in North

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EPDP leader Douglas Devananda today urged President Maithripala Sirisena and his government to take necessary measure to release the remaining land held by army forces to their rightful owners. He stated that acres of land in Mullaitivu, Valikamam and Kilinochchi areas is still under the control of the military and therefore requested the President for their release. Issuing a statement, the Jaffna District MP expressed his appreciation of the 615 acres of land in the North release so far through the intervention of the President. Devananda  also called on the government to take steps to provide the infrastructure and livelihood for the resettled people in the North.

Govt. continues to drag its feet

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CaFFE points out that publicizing truths can contribute immensely to reconciliation process The government is yet to make public key reports detailing incidents of alleged human rights violations, despite earlier pledges to do so by the end of September. The reports are mainly the ones compiled by Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICRMP), headed by retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama and the one compiled by the Presidential Commission headed by retired Justice Nissanka Udalagama. The government made a pledge at the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva to make the reports public. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told newspaper editors the reports would be made public by the end of […]

Hybrid govt. protects thieves

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No justice could be obtained from the present government regarding frauds, corruption and waste that was carried out during Rajapaksa regime says the President of National Trade Union Center (NTUC) K. D. Lal Kantha. Speaking at the 8th National Convention of the All Ceylon Excise Employees Union held in Colombo yesterday (9th) Mr. Lal Kantha said, “Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe manipulated a ‘national’ government to stabilize his premiership. When another political party has formed the government Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has no power. When Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government was in power in 2001, Chandrika Kumaratunga, the President at the time who was also the leader of the cabinet, avoided coming to the cabinet at the end of that government.  The present President too does not have any power. […]

Five Years On: The Story Of White Flag Incident Released

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The full story of the white flag case is released by a group of researchers today. REPEAT ARTICLE AS OF May 18, 2014 This is the story of the killing or disappearance of several groups of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who surrendered to the Sri Lankan army on or about 18 May 2009 at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. They were told by the government if they carried a while flag they would be safe crossing the frontline. But when they surrendered it became apparent they had been lured into a trap. Several were executed in cold blood – others have never been seen since. The LTTE leadership had to make a choice whether to fight to the end or […]

Is that all a lie that the promises made at the UNHRC?

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The anti terrorism act has not been removed by the government as per to the promises made at the human rights council yesterday, points out TNA parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran. The promises made in the UN should be implemented whole heartedly then only it would seed hope in the heart of the people in despair. He stated it in an argument over a motion to work with china over the criminal activities, held yesterday in the parliament. We are not aware of the necessity of this agreement. In the resolution made in UN human rights council few days back, steps have been made to bring the foreign judges, lawyers and scholars in to the internal mechanism. At this juncture arguments proceeded over the sectors like Attorney General […]

Lycamobile denies all allegations and considers legal options against Buzzfeed

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Lycamobile, the world‟s biggest international mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has denied all allegations and inferences of wrongdoing in recent articles by BuzzFeed UK. Lycamobile has asked its lawyers to review the articles and consider all legal options against BuzzFeed and Lebara. In a statement the company said: “We have waited for BuzzFeed to publish the entirety of its investigation before responding, so we could do so in full possession of the facts. “We deny all allegations and inferences of wrongdoing over the preceding few days and will defend such allegations robustly. We have asked our external lawyers to review the articles and consider all legal options against BuzzFeed. “We also note that the BuzzFeed articles allege that Lebara has committed corporate espionage against Lycamobile. […]

Gota’s Inadvertent Admission Of Complicity In The ‘White Flag Massacre’

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By Laksiri Fernando  When asked “Do you really believe the proposed judicial mechanism can help address accountability issues?” former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR), has started talking about “one of the major accusations directed against the army” – the “execution of surrendering LTTE cadres during the last phase of the offensive on the Vanni east front.” I am quoting his own words published by Shamindra Ferdinando in ‘The Island’ (7 October 2015). The interview is titled ‘War crimes probe Gotabhaya speaks out.’ As a teacher, I am well aware that there are people who fail to answer questions directly and sometimes we call them ‘rigmaroles’ or malle polls. However, there are other psychological reasons why people become obsessed with something, even when something else is […]