21st October 2015

Geneva-PARANAGAMA-UDALAGAMA RANIL TABLES ALL THREE REPORTS

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By Gagani Weerakoon & Skandha Gunasekara The Maxwell Paranagama Commission appointed to inquire into abductions and disappearances has rejected the suggestion that civilians were either targeted directly or indiscriminately by the Sri Lanka Army as part of an alleged genocide move and has concluded that it was the LTTE who killed a majority of Tamil civilians during the last 12 hours of the final stage of the war. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tabled the Maxwell Paranagama Commission report and the Nissanka Udalagama Commission report along with the UNHRC report on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. “In arriving at its findings about the LTTE, the Commission was cognisant of the fact that every major NGO and many international organisations recognized the parasitic conduct of […]

CHR slams Opposition

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody and Rathinda Kuruwita MPs, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Dinesh Gunawardena will carry out an all-out attack on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council Resolution in Parliament on 22 and 23 October, the Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) noted. Talks of reconciliation and transitional justice is pointless without the release of the Udalagama and Paranagama Presidential Commission of Inquiry reports to the public domain, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE ) and the CHR opined, adding that the said reports were the ‘bare minimum’ necessary to begin a new domestic investigation. It is also clear that these two Commissions have interviewed a large number of persons (including family members) who have lost their loved ones and have […]

Lanka gets down to rehabilitate women after long war

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ISLAMABAD: As Sri Lanka comes to grips at the end of 26-years-long war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the nation now focuses on the status of women and their future rehabilitation, it is also a reminder for Pakistani women displaced because of militancy, ethnic strife and military operations. Shyamala Gomez, Country Director for an NGO Fokus, recently made available to The News several studies pertaining to women and their status as Female Heads of Households( FHHs) and their Access to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights(AESCR) in the aftermath of civil war. These studies were carried out in the in Anuradhapura District, Ampara District and the third, a Survey on the Status of Muslim Female Heads of […]

“No Fire Zone – Sri Lanka Killing Fields” was genuine and its allegations merited a judicial investigation, Sri Lanka troops committed war crimes: Rajapaksa’s panel

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ECONOMYNEXT – The war crimes investigation set up by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has made startling revelations that senior military commanders should be hauled up for criminal prosecutions. The Maxell Paranagama commission appointed in 2013 in what many at the time feared was an attempt to white wash the security forces has surprisingly produced a shockingly frank report amounting to an indictment of the former regime. The Paranagama commission was asked to investigate the credibility of the major war crimes allegations that were levelled against government forces after crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels and declaring an end to 37 years of ethnic war in May 2009. The report dated August 2015, eight months after the defeat of Rajapaksa, noted that the allegations of war crimes […]