2nd December 2015

Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister ordered the kidnapping and enforced disappearance!

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In the course of investigations into the abduction of schoolboys and Tamil youths for extortion, the CID has found that Sabaragamuwa chief minister Mahipala Herath has ordered the kidnapping and enforced disappearance of a youth from Kegalle district. The Navy unit has followed his instructions. Also, former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, who is sentenced to death, has had links with that extortion gang, it has been revealed. The abducted Sinhala youth from Kegalle had been killed as the gang did not get extortion money. He, together with other schoolboys, had been kept at the secret torture site at the Trincomalee Navy camp. Recently, a visiting UN working group of experts inspected this torture site. Hijacked car at Welisara Navy camp Meanwhile, yet another car that had […]

Soldiers who Committed Criminal Acts Cannot be let off the Hook Because they are “War Heroes” – Daily News

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(Text of an Editorial Appearing in the “Daily News”of December 1st 2015 under the heading – Partners in crime ; “War Heroes” must face the music) There is today a misplaced notion propagated by the pro Rajapaksa Opposition that our soldiers should not be arrested, whatever misdemeanours on their part. True to form, at the forefront of this “Hands off our War Heroes” campaign are Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila. The latest to join the bandwagon is the National University Teacher’s Association and the Kandy Association of Scholars and Professionals. According to Prof. G.L. Peiris who addressed a forum of these twin organisations, the teachers and professionals have expressed concern at the release of LTTE suspects and the arrest of soldiers. Peiris, at […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa sufferes from ”Eelam Flags” mania

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Mahinda clings onto Eelam Flag for political survival Common people in society at times make valid and timely statements. A three-wheeler driver recently quipped, ” Mahinda Rajapaksa sees Eelam Flags everywhere he goes and he suffered from that mania last year on 18 and 19 May”. It’s exactly true. Last year when the war victory was celebrated on those two days, Mahinda went from temple to temple screaming that the Eelam Flag was to be hoisted in the North and that Prabhakaran’s poster was to be put up in the peninsula. But no such flag was hoisted and no poster came up on the walls. Don’t know whether Mahinda felt sad about it. Mahinda started to repeat that chorus on account of Prabhakaran’s birthday (November […]

The continuous struggle to free the political prisoners………… Sensitive Senthuran’s Story…

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah People in the North are yet to recover from the shock of the tragic death of a frustrated youth on Thursday (26), who sacrificed his life for the cause of Tamil political prisoners who are languishing in prisons for a number of years. Although several protests and hunger strikes were launched, only a handful of prisoners were released and there are many more to be released. The continuous struggle to free the political prisoners has taken a toll on the lives of the people in the North and East. This was evident during the recent hartal observed in both areas urging the release of the prisoners. Likewise, the grievances of the Tamil political prisoners may have had a negative impact on the […]

All quiet on anti-corruption front – Government ‘deals’ to protect each other on accusations of corruption, bribery

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Sri Lanka is swiftly impending towards the first anniversary of electing the joint opposition candidate as the President. But the people sense very well that the President and the National Government are finding it an obstacle to “walk the talk”. In the months of November and December 2014, we heard on political platforms and media briefings, political discussions of a new political landscape within which many allegations of corruption and waste, and promises made to bring the culprits to book. But since the January 8th Presidential Election and the August 17th General Election triumphs, there is not a hint that the related persons have yet been appropriately prosecuted. As far as the voters are concerned, the government, which assumed office with the guarantee of good […]

Rehabilitation must be as per refugees’ choice, says expert

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She was hardly 10 years old when her mother Rajini Thiranagama, an iconic Tamil human rights activist and feminist of Jaffna, was shot dead by cadres of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) right in front of their house in 1989. Immediately, her father Dayapala Thiranagama took her and her sister to London where they grew up. Now an anthropologist with Stanford University, Sharika Thiranagama is candid that there must not be any external compulsion on Tamil refugees from the Island nation to decide on their future. At a time when efforts are on to send Sri Lankan refugees in India to their native country, Ms. Thiranagama said there must not be any unilateral package of rehabilitation in the case of Tamil refugees. “Let individuals […]

War Crime Investigations, a necessary step towards

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The following statement issued by the People for Human Rights and Equality based in Clayton, Victoria, Australia ( November 30, 2015, Clayton- Victoria, Sri Lanka Guardian) People for Human Rights and Equality (PHRE) supports the Sri Lankan government’s effort to carry out a judicial probe as necessitated by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30 on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka adopted on 1 October 2015 with the support of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). This UN Resolution was a follow-up of the formal presentation of the Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. In March 2017, the GoSL is expected to report back to the UNHRC […]

Govt Must Create Better Opportunities For Employment In North And East – Dharmalingam Siddharthan

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By Camelia Nathaniel TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan said that while the budget holds some promise for the people, as a whole it lacked a proper vision in order to create better opportunities for the people.Speaking to The Sunday Leaderhe said that although six years had passed by after the end of the war, the government had not taken any measures to create a conducive economic environment for the expatriate community to want to come back to this country and invest.Commenting on the release of political prisoners and the concern of many that terrorism could once again raise its head, he said that even after releasing 12,000 ex LTTE cadres by the previous regime, no incidents were reported. Hence he said that releasing of a mere […]

Aussie Senator urges demilitarization of N-E

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Australian Senator for New South Wales, Lee Rhiannon, called on the Government of Sri Lanka to show its commitment to reconciliation by de-militarizing the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Addressing Australia’s Tamil community at an event last week to commemorate Maaverar Day (Martyrs’ Day) Rhiannon said “If the new regime is genuine about reconciliation then there must be an immediate end to the military presence in the North and East.” “I spoke a few weeks ago in Parliament about the Tamil political prisoners that were on hunger strike. Yesterday I learned of an 18-year-old student in Jaffna who tragically took his life in protest against the President’s continuing incarceration of Tamil political detainees. I am going to read you one sentence in the letter he has […]

Lankan Muslims suffered ethnic cleansing – Samantha Power

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By Shaahidah Riza US Permanent Representative to the United Nations and head of US Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power said the Muslims of Jaffna had experienced ethnic cleansing even before the term ‘ethnic cleansing’ was coined. Speaking to a gathering of students, staff and politicians at Osmaniya College, Jaffna, earlier this week, she commended the school’s efforts to house and provide refuge to recent flood victims of Jaffna. “It was on these grounds that just over 25 years ago the Muslim community of Jaffna was gathered and told to leave their homes. The subsequent years were a very dark period in their lives. The damage, of course, was not just to buildings, like these ones, but also to people. There was great […]

Sri Lanka to launch special court to probe war crimes

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Sri Lanka will launch a special war crimes court early next year to investigate major atrocities during the bloody finale to its decades-long ethnic war, a top official said Tuesday. Related Stories Sri Lanka rejects international war crimes probe AFP UN wants international judges in Sri Lanka war crimes court AFP U.N. calls for special court to prosecute Sri Lanka war crimes Reuters Sri Lankan security forces must face ‘reckoning’ for war crimes: U.N. Reuters Sri Lanka plans South Africa-style commission to confront war crimesReuters 18 Disney TV Stars That Got Insanely Hot! Sponsored  Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, who heads the office of national unity and reconciliation, said her work cannot be done without justice for victims of the 37-year conflict that ended in […]

Putin expects ties with Sri Lanka to develop

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that recently Russia had managed to reinforce the legal foundation of relations with Sri Lanka, which will lay the groundwork for developing comprehensively Russia’s bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka. He also noted that Russia’s traditional contacts with Sri Lanka in the fields of fishing and agriculture were expanding. The Russian President expressed these views when he accepted the Credentials of Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Russia Dr. Saman Weerasinghe. The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation presented his Credentials to Putin, in the Alexandrovsky Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov was also present at the Ceremony. Ambassador Dr. Weerasinghe conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes of […]

Vasu slammed for un-parliamentary language

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United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakara was today accused of using un-parliamentary language. Nanayakara had used un-parliamentary language on some ruling party Parliamentarians today when they interrupted a privilege issue he raised with the Speaker. During Parliament sittings today, Nanayakara said that a weekend newspaper had indicated that he was among the former Government members who had not returned his official residence. Nanayakara rejected the allegations and demanded that the matter be taken up by the privileges committee. However when he was speaking a few Government members continued to interrupt his speech and he reacted by using un-parliamentary language on them. Government Parliamentarians objected to the language used and demanded that it be removed from the Parliament Hansard. (Colombo Gazette) Wasudewa’s support for governments programme of … www.hirunews.lk/…/wasudewas-support-for-governments-programme-re… […]

MP seeks release of Tamil fishermen detained by Sri Lanka

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Ceding Katchatheevu root of fishermen problem: Jaya to PMSri Lankan Navy arrests 11 Tamil Nadu fishermen Jayalalithaa seeks PM’s intervention to resolve fishing dispute with Sri Lanka Retrieve Katchatheevu, protect fishermen: Jayalalithaa tells Modi Fishermen’s arrest: Ceding of Katchatheevu root of problem: CM Members in Lok Sabha today expressed concern over Sri Lanka detaining fishermen from Tamil Nadu and China building dams on the Brahmaputra river on their side which could hamper water availability in the North East.  AIADMK member V Elumalai demanded immediate release of fishermen from Tamil Nadu who have been detained by Sri Lankan authorities as well as steps to take back Katchatheevu island. Katchatheevu is an islet in the Palk Strait and its control was given to Sri Lanka by India through […]