30th November 2015

PM Cameron plays politics in Sri Lanka – NO Political package to Tamils as promised.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena  at the Commonwealth Summit in Malta on 27 November 2015, and announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights. The Government will provide £6.6 million to Sri Lanka, spread over 3 years, to support reconciliation, military reform and to help people who were forced from their towns and villages during the civil war to return home. A non-resident defence attaché will also be appointed and access provided to UK military training courses to help support Sri Lankan military reform. Speaking at CHOGM, Prime Minister David Cameron said: Building on the pivotal role played by the UK in promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka since CHOGM 2013 and the Prime […]

Vasu urges to release all Tamil political prisoners

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DLF leader, MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara says he is not against the release of Tamil detainees considered as pro-LTTE. He was speaking at a media briefing this morning (30) organized by several leftist parties. The leftist parties are of the stance that there is nothing wrong in freeing LTTE detainees, said Nanayakkara. However, after their release, they should be closely monitored by the government, he stressed. Answering a question, he admitted leftist parties were having a conflict of opinion with the joint opposition which has been opposing LTTE detainees being given bail. However, we are of the same stance against imperialism, he said. The DLF leader also said he was happy that the TNA has abandoned its demand for a separate state, but said there was […]

UK to give Military Training to Sri Lankan forces, NO Political package for Tamils.

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The British Government has decided to appoint a non-resident defence attaché and access provided to UK military training courses to help support Sri Lankan military reform. The British Government however also said that it is clear that credible investigations into alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war are vital. “We are already playing a key role in encouraging progress on this, including through the UNHRC resolution which set Sri Lanka on a new path towards reconciliation and a more prosperous and inclusive future,” a UK Government statement said. Last week UK Prime Minister David Cameron held bilateral talks with President Sirisena at the Commonwealth Summit in Malta, and announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights, recognising the considerable progress Sri Lanka has made […]

Widen Dialogue & Act Faster To Meet Imperatives Of Reconciliation

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By Jehan Perera – The last week of November has generally been a difficult time in Sri Lanka for the past two or more decades. During the long period of war, the LTTE used to commemorate its fallen cadre with Martyrs’ Day ceremonies on November 26-27. There was a combination in varying degrees of events meant to mobilize and sustain support for their cause. There were march pasts by LTTE cadre, including the Black Tiger suicide squads. There were also memorial services at the LTTE cemeteries. There were also heightened attacks on enemy targets intended to reaffirm the military prowess of the LTTE and strike fear in the larger society. After the military defeat of the LTTE in 2009 these public events came to a […]

Northern Issues Threaten Non-Recurrence

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The inability to pay back loans, unemployment and the political prisoner issue has gripped the North ahead of the New Year. National Dialogue Minister Mano Ganesan, under who the subject of non-recurrence falls, told The Sunday Leader that the issues in the North could pose a threat to non-recurrence. Among the issues, a serious ‘debt culture’ is beginning to take shape in the North with people borrowing money but unable to pay back. Following the end of the war several banks rushed to the North, particularly to former LTTE controlled areas, and people took loans, some in large amounts. Most of the people in those areas either pawned their jewelry to obtain loans when the LTTE controlled the area or managed with what they had. […]

Nine Army Generals Meet President Sirisena in Hush Hush Meeting at Negombo Hotel to “Explain Their Role” in Final Phase of War

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A top-level meeting President Maithripala Sirisena held with a group of senior Army officers has ruffled feathers in the defence and security establishment. Neither Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiaratchchi nor Army Commander Lt. Gen. Chrisanthe de Silva had prior knowledge of the meeting. Most of the nine senior officers who met President Sirisena at a hotel in Negombo, while he was on a visit there, played a pivotal role in the final stages of the battle to defeat militarily the Tiger guerrillas in May 2009. The officers, some of whom are due for retirement reaching 55 years, are learnt to have explained the roles they played during the military operation. The explanations come in the wake of the UN Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva. Sri […]

Transitional Justice: Genuine move or red herring?

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J S Tissainayagam.                                                                Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with civil society organisations (CSOs) on October 29 to discuss public consultations for setting up a transitional justice project to deal with the mass atrocities committed during the country’s civil war. Despite this seemingly democratic practice, questions remain as to whether in its implementation this project is going to shortchange the worst affected – the war’s victims. Sri Lanka’s civil war between the majority Sinhalese and numerically smaller Tamils killed over 100,000 people. It came to an end in May 2009 with the military […]

Sri Lankan government could account for its own human rights abuses is laughable.

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No country that emerges from civil war can truly heal until the dead have been accounted for and steps toward reconciliation have been made. Sri Lanka is no exception. Nearly three decades of civil war ended in 2009, when the Sri Lankan military launched a final offensive against rebels known as the Tamil Tigers, who ruled a separatist enclave for years. Today, the war is over but the peace has yet to begin. More than 146,000 people remain unaccounted for. The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy the land that belongs to Tamils. Tamils, who accuse the Sri Lankan government of war crimes, have begged the United Nations to establish an international tribunal. The Sri Lankan government, which accuses the rebels of using women and […]

Avant Garde is an illegal company

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Avant Garde company is an illegal company and taking it over by the SL Navy is a correct move says minister of former Rajapaksa government Vasudeva Nanayakkara. He says the SL Navy lost Rs.1000 million annually due to handing over affairs carried out by the Navy to Avant Garde. “Even when we were in the government we said handing over affairs of the Navy to Avant Garde was wrong. Avant Garde was handed over to Rakna Lanka against our advice. The whole affair was carried out secretly,” said Mr. Nanayakkara. Video: Avant Garde is an illegal company Leaked audio tapes intensify Avant Garde scandal 18th November 2015 // 0 Comments By Dharisha Bastians Explosive revelations about the ongoing Avant Garde controversy continue to shake the ruling […]