6th November 2015

SL Navy continues to occupy church lands in Peasaalai, Mannaar

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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

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[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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, […]