28th October 2015

War crimes probe: Relevance of leaked US cables and UK court case

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Foreign experts highlight previous government’s failure By Shamindra Ferdinando The report on the Second Mandate of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Into Complaints of Abductions and Disappearances, aka the Paranagama Commission, highlighted the relevance of Wikileaks cables in assessing the accountability issues in Sri Lanka. The Norwegian government underlined the relevance of Wikileaks revelations, pertaining to Sri Lanka, in Sept. 2011. A comprehensive report, titled Pawns of Peace: Evaluation of Norwegian peace efforts in Sri Lanka, stressed the importance of Wikileaks. In fact, the authors of the report deeply regretted their failure to examine the entire set of Wikileaks cables on the wartime situation (2006-2010). The authors said: “As the report was being published, new material of relevance for assessing Norwegian peace efforts in Sri […]

”Sri Lanka security forces committed War Crimes” says Mahinda and Vasu

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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should reveal to the nation why he had skipped a three-day parliamentary debate on Geneva resolution, Skills Development and Vocational Training State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said. Minister Bandara said that Rajapaksa had skipped the parliamentary debate last Friday (23) as he was speechless on Geneva issue. The Minister was addressing a party meeting in Puttalam. Former President Rajapaksa refrained from participating in the adjournment debate on Geneva UNHRC report that alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war. But, he, however, delivered a speech at the Abayarama Temple in Colombo on Sunday (25), claiming that the country was faced with a serious threat due to the government’s agreement with the UNHRC recommendations. If Rajapaksa […]

Foreign technical assistance and observers sought

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Maxwell Paranagama Retired High Court judge Maxwell Paranagama, who headed the Presidential Commission to Investigate Into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons yesterday told The Island that in case the government of Sri Lanka established a purely a domestic mechanism without the participation of foreign judges, the proposed tribunal should secure international technical assistance. The Commission also called for the process to be monitored by foreign observers. Paranagama said that he felt an urgent need for clarifying the matter as some of the recommendations made in the Commission’s Second Mandate report had been misinterpreted in some quarters. Many questioned whether the Commission had recommended a domestic or foreign process for accountability, Paranagama said, adding that the paragraph 625 of the report dealt with the issue of accountability. […]

Sri Lanka’s ‘White-flag’ Massacre was ordered by Rajapaksa!

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It is taken as a fact that Lakshman Kadirgamar — Foreign Minister from 1994 to 2005 with a three-year break in-between — was Sri Lanka’s best diplomat who played a major role in getting the LTTE banned as a terrorist group in the United States and the European Union. His outstanding diplomatic skills helped Sri Lanka to go through some of the worst years of the war and win international support from the United States and Western Europe, India, Russia and China till he was assassinated on August 12, 2005. In Parliament last Friday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe dropped a bombshell relating to the assassination of former foreign minister Kadirgamar by the LTTE. Speaking during the two-day debate on the Geneva Resolution, the Prime Minister […]

Sri Lanka’s Army Plays by the Old Rules

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“Our ancestors lived here,” said the elderly woman. She and a dozen other Muslim inhabitants of the village of Kasankurni spoke to a Sri Lankan activist and me last week from outside makeshift homes where they have struggled to survive for four years. “The army started by taking our maize and other crops.  Then they blocked our children from going to school. They said the land belongs to them.” EXPAND Sri Lankan military base at Kasankerni in eastern Sri Lanka that displaced 69 families in November 2011. Kasankurni lies astride a crocodile-infested river an hour’s drive south of Sri Lanka’s eastern port city of Batticaloa. In November 2011, two years after the end of the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the […]