November 2015

First batch of Tamil prisoners to be released Monday – Opposition Leader

7th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader R Sampanthan has said that releasing Tamil prisoners from remand will commence from Monday (November 9) with the release of the first group of 32 prisoners. Speaking to the BBC Sandeshaya Sampanthan said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had conveyed these sentiments. Following the initial release on the 9th, another 30 inmates will be released in the second batch, he said. The Opposition Leader said he had a discussion on the prisoners release with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday. Mr. Sampanthan has also discussed the issue with the President Maithripala Sirisena and during the discussions he has asked the President to grant a general amnesty to all LTTE inmates lodged in prisons. The President has assured to look into the matter promptly. […]

Sri Lankan military is still camped in the Tamil homeland and rehabilitation is slow, reluctant and half-hearted.

7th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Six years have passed since the violent end to Sri Lanka’s civil war, but the central issue – the plight of Tamils – is no nearer solution than it was in 1983 when the resistance really began. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who won the war, was sensationally defeated in the elections last year that saw a new president, Maithripala Sirisena, a Rajapaksa acolyte who turned against his chief at the last moment, come to power. The Tamils supported Sirisena in his campaign, but their ability to influence him is limited, given that the Sri Lankan military is still camped in the Tamil homeland and rehabilitation is slow, reluctant and half-hearted. It is perhaps against this backdrop that former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan suggested […]

TNA Trying To Resolve All Issues Amicably

7th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and its coalition partners including the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Suresh wing) and the Democratic People’s Liberation Front which is the political wing of the PLOTE, have been in disagreement recently over difference of opinions. The clash could escalate if the Central Committee of the moderate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) entertains a discussion on the recent anti-party activities of the increasingly radical Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran, It was reported that during the August 17 parliamentary elections, Wigneswaran had indirectly asked Tamils to vote for the radical Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF), instead of his own party, the TNA. However, political observers are surprised that the TNA is facing such a challenge […]

SL Navy continues to occupy church lands in Peasaalai, Mannaar

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The occupying Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in Mannaar has transformed illegally seized lands belonging to one of the largest churches in the island, into military-owned property during the regime of Maithiripala Sirisena. The SL Navy which occupied the lands in 2006 after carrying out a genocidal attack on the church killing a woman and injuring more than 44 by lobbing grenades on people who had sought asylum at the church, was telling the Parish Priest Fr. Vincent Patrick at that time the SLN was going to be stationed for a while as a temporary measure and that the lands would be handed back to the church. The lands seized for the camp were 3,000 square meters in 2006. But, later the SLN base was expanded […]

Jaffna lawyers tell SL Minister to prove political will in releasing Tamil prisoners

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 03 November 2015, 23:20 GMT] Lawyers from Jaffna district, who met the SL Justice Minister Mr Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe in Jaffna on Tuesday urged the Colombo government to release all the Tamil political prisoners rotting in the jails without looking at their cases through criminal or legal procedures. The SL minister was visiting Jaffna to stage a deceptive campaign claiming that the SL Attorney General was prepared to grant bail to a considerable number of prisoners and that all the cases of the persons detained by the notorious ‘Terrorist Investigation Department’ (TID) have been transferred to the office of the SL Attorney General. Mr Rajapakshe didn’t have the figures of the Tamils detained by the TID at the moment. Mr Rajapakshe was claiming that […]

Thajudeen’s bones go missing!

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The thighbones of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen, believed to have been murdered and the body burnt inside his car, have gone missing. The inquest following the exhumation of his remains has revealed this. It is suspected the thighbones had gone missing during the first inquest. Investigators believe the thighbones had been removed to conceal how he had been killed, noting that Thajudeen might have either been attacked with a sharp weapon or shot at on his thighs. Killer in north camp The person who had masterminded the murder is a captain in the Army and was one of the bodyguards of Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the previous regime. He is presently attached to an Army camp in the north. Police headquarters sources say a top defence […]

Cabinet Meeting Over Avant Garde Security Firm Issue!

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: What are You Babbling, Mr. Marapana? Like other subjects, maritime affairs are the country’s assets, not the boggy man trick to plunder the national economy. The Avant Garde case must be investigated in detail, at the least from the date that the United Nations security council came up with very  sensitive statement against Sri Lanka on the based on slanders of… Civil Society Call for the removal of Thilak Marapana from his portfolio due to Avant Garde controversy Picture courtesy AsiaMirror A group of concerned civil society members have called for the removal of Cabinet Minister Thilak Marapana from his portfolio of of Law and Order, Prison Reforms due to his connection with the controversial company Avant Garde in his capacity as legal […]

Australia calls for probe on alleged war crimes

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Australia says it continues to encourage the Sri Lankan government to ensure that allegations of serious international crimes committed by both sides to the conflict are investigated. Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie, was Chief Guest today at the opening of the Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, jointly organised by the Faculty of Law of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The High Commissioner spoke about the continuing importance of International Humanitarian Law, also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict. As High Commissioner Mudie said, International Humanitarian Law remains as relevant as ever despite the changing nature of warfare. “These changes pose challenges… […]

UN group on missing to visit North and East

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 9 to 18 November 2015, at the invitation of the Government. During the mission, the UN experts will study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances, a statement issued yesterday said. They will also gather information on cases of enforced disappearances, including those pending before the Working Group. The Working Group will start and end the visit in Colombo and will travel to Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Matale, Trincomalee, Ampara and Galle. The expert body will meet with State officials, both at the central and provincial […]

TI Places Sri Lanka In ‘Very High Risk’ Category For Corruption In Defence Sector

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

A Transparency International report from London has placed Sri Lanka in the high risk category for corruption in the defence and security sector. Sri Lanka’s 2015 the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index* (GI) ranking in Band E places it in the very high risk category for corruption in the defence and security sector. “The country scored Band E across four risk areas: Political, Finance, Operations and Procurement. Operations scored slightly higher in Band D. While newly elected President Maithipala Sririsena has overseen a series of anti-corruption reforms since his ascension to power in January 2015, it is unclear how these will remedy corruption vulnerabilities stemming from an absence of legislative scrutiny of defence issues, allegations of nepotism in the appointment of key military personnel, and a […]

Political Participation Of Oppressed Castes & The Need For A Progressive Political Tamil Nationalism

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Thanges Paramsothy – The question of why a single person from oppressed caste groups could not become as a member of parliament in the last parliamentary election held on 17th August 2015 has not yet been asked or answered. Seven members of parliament from Jaffna electoral division were selected as qualified members according to the population ratio. Among them, a single member is not from the oppressed caste groups, while such caste groups occupy more than half of the Jaffna population. However, only two individuals from oppressed caste, Pallar, out of thirty-eight members have become as members of northern provincial council in the last election held on 21st September 2013. My recent study conducted in two regions in Jaffna namely Pungudutivu and Mallakam indicates […]

Anton Balasingham on behalf of the LTTE expressed profound regret and also apologised to the Muslims

6th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Veluppillai Thangavelu – The Colombo Telegraph published a statement issued by the National Peace Council titled “Deal with the Muslim Expulsion also through Geneva process” and the comments that followed. Amarasiri in his comment rightly claims that “Ethnic Cleansing is a WAR CRIME. Period. Refer to war Crimes.” The expulsion of Muslims from the North was ethnic cleansing even if that was retaliation for violence against Thamils in the east by Muslim Home Guards aided and abetted by the armed forces. Thamils living along Muslim border villages were forcibly driven away and their homes and paddy fields appropriated by marauding Muslim goons. Twelve years after the summary expulsion of the Muslims from the Northern Province, the LTTE held a meeting at Kilinochchi on April 13, […]

32 Tamil political prisoners to be release on November 9

5th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Attending a meeting held at the Jaffna District Court Complex in Jaffna on 04 November 2015 with judges and lawyers Minister of Justice Wijeydasa Rajapaksa stated that the Attorney Generals Department’s special team is considering the release of some of the Tamil detainees, where there are no serious charges, no credible evidence. And others, in possible case, will be given bail, both in High Court and the Magistrate Court. He went on to note that those who have already been indicted will have an accelerated trial proceeding to finish all those cases as soon as possible.” Commenting on the death penalty, he stated that the there is a resolution adopted by the UN since 2008 in countries where the capital punishment is in operation – but in […]

Health and Urban Development Ministers Threatens to Quit Government

5th November 2015 // 0 Comments

In a stormy cabinet meeting today presided by President Maithripala Sirisena. Two strong and vocal government who spearheaded the campaign for Mahinda Rajpakse’s ouster in January Minister Rajitha Senarathne and Champaka Ranawake threatend to quit the government if the investigations into the Avan Garde Arms Armory issue is not properly investigated immediately and concluded by charging those guilty.   They observed that it was not right for Chit Minister Thilak Marapane to investigate the Armory when he appeared for ex Major Nissanka Senathipathy. The Prime. Minister during the commotion had walked out according to a Minister and the President had agreed to have a special session of the cabinet to discuss these issues.   MP Sumanthiran questioned in parliament as to how Marapana could speak […]

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Tells Parliament he Intervened to Prevent Arrest of Ex-Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

4th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament yesterday that he had intervened to prevent former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from being arrested in connection with the Avant Garde floating armoury case. “I took up the position that he should not be arrested in this connection,;I brought this to the notice of the President and the Prime Minister and both of them said the police should do what was legal,” he said. Participating in a debate on Avant Garde floating armoury at the time of adjournment of the House, he said the Attorney General had said there was no evidence to prosecute anyone connected to Avant Garde under the Firearms Ordinance or the Prevention of Terrorism Act. He said that the AG had said that there should […]

Rajitha opposes arming MPs

4th November 2015 // 0 Comments

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa A decision should be taken to withdraw the firearms which had been given to all MPs save those from the North and East, Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday. Minister Senaratne told the media that Sri Lanka was very peaceful at present and there was no need for arming MPs. But, threats to the lives of some MPs in the Northern and Eastern provinces have been reported. Those MPs should be given firearms following a threat assessment, Dr. Senaratne said. The Cabinet should take a decision to take back all firearms given to MPs, the Minister stressed. The firearms had been given to parliamentarians since 1989 due to situation in the country, he said. “I have been given […]

Narayanan was the reason for the massacre of 1.5 lakh Tamils in Sri Lanka HIT by Footwear!

4th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Former Indian National Security adviser M K Narayanan A seminar in Chennai on Sri Lankan refugees in India turned ugly with a protestor flinging a footwear at former national security adviser M K Narayanan on Wednesday evening. Narayanan was coming down the dais after his speech when he was hit by the footwear on the back. Members of the audience and police overpowered the man, later identified as Prabhakar, 35, a native of Pudukottai, and escorted Narayanan out of the hall. Following protest calls from pro-Eelam outfits against Narayanan’s visit, police had frisked every member of the audience at Music Academy, the venue. Despite the tight police security, Prabhakar had gained entry into the seminar hall, entering his name in the registry as ‘Ragavan’ of […]

Maithiri Vs Ranil – Tamil Political Prisoners will NOT be Released by the 7th!

4th November 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithiri Srisena said that all the Tamil Political Prisoners will be released by the 7th of November. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that NONE of the Tamil Political Prisoners will be released for now. Law and Order and Prison Reforms Minister Tilak Marapana said he hoped that the Tamil Political Prisoners detainees could be released before the Deepavali festival on November 10, 2015. A group of Tamil Political detainees were presented to Court today and most of them were re-remanded after they refused to accept an offer to undergo rehabilitation. The detainees, who call themselves “political prisoners” but are not recognized as such by the Government, said that the court, Government and Tamil National Alliance will be held responsible for their lives if they […]

TNA wants to know where the gold is

4th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today questioned where the remaining gold belonging to civilians from the North is. The former Government had claimed that the gold stored in LTTE banks before the final stages of the war, had been recovered and handed back to its rightful owners. TNA Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran told Parliament that the gold which was returned by the former Government was given to the rightful owners. He said that the former Government had stored the gold in sealed packs and had the details of the owners. However, he says a lot still remains to be returned and questions are being asked as to where the remaining gold is. (Colombo Gazette)

CID extends detention order on Pillayan till Dec 10

4th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today permitted the CID to detain and question former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who was arrested in connection with the murder of ex-MP Joseph Pararajasingham, till December 10 under detention orders. Pillyan was arrested on October 11 when he arrived at the CID to give a statement in connection with the assassination of late Tamil politician, who was shot dead on Christmas Eve in 2005. The Colombo Chief Magistrate had permitted the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to detain Pillayan for questioning till today (November 04) when he was produced before the court. The magistrate extended the detention order till December 11 following a request by the CID when the case was taken up today. Gunmen opened fire […]

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