8th January 2016

Tamils ‘still tortured’ in Sri Lanka, say rights groups – Jan 08, 2016

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Two campaign groups have alleged ethnic minority Tamils in Sri Lanka continue to face torture, a year after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power promising reform. They interviewed victims who said they were arbitrarily detained, tortured or gang raped by security forces. The authorities denied the allegations. Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war between the government and Tamil rebels ended in 2009. Both sides were accused of committing war crimes. ‘Well-organised machine’ South Africa-based group The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) said it spoke to 15 men and five women, most of whom were former Tamil Tiger fighters or child recruits. All said they had suffered extreme violence, in some cases gang rape, at the hands of the police or military intelligence in the past […]

Justice to Tamils impossible under ‘Sri Lanka’, but ITJP seeks ‘reforms’

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One year after the change of government in ‘Sri Lanka’ the security forces continue to detain, torture and sexually violate Tamils in a net work of sites across the island, and one of the purposes is to maintain control over the Tamils through an atmosphere of oppression and tyranny and deter them from testifying against the government in upcoming justice initiatives, said a January 2016 International Truth & Justice Project, Sri Lanka Report, citing available recording of the violations that took place in 2015. “It is hard to see how a war survivor could safely testify to a Truth Commission in this atmosphere of on- going repression and intolerance,” the ITJP press release from Johannesburg in South Africa said on Thursday, citing Yasmin Sooka, who […]

Aided by UN, US, genocide continues under Sirisena, says Boyle

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Noting recent rights groups reports that Tamils continue to face torture and gang rapes a year after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka promising reform, Professor Boyle, an expert in international law, who teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that it is obvious that the “Sinhala Genocide against the Eelam Tamils continues apace under Sirisena,” and that the GoSL, the U.S. Government and the UNHRC “perpetrated..a fraud upon the Eelam Tamils by calling for the establishment of nothing more than a so-called “domestic mechanism” by the GOSL Genocidaires that will give them the legal cover and fig-leaf to continue their campaign of outright genocide against the Eelam Tamils.” Professor Francis Boyle Full text of the comment Prof. Boyle […]

Political Settlement Based on the “Federal Idea” in a “New” Sri Lanka

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The new year has dawned on a note of hope and optimism for Sri Lanka! On January 9th 2016 President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to present a resolution in Parliament that proposes to convert Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. The envisaged Constitutional Assembly is different to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1972 Republican Constitution. The political vision of the Sirisena –Wickremesinghe Govt is to enact a new Constitution differently. A Consensual approach would be adopted.A steering committee comprising representatives of all political parties would help “guide” the Constitutional assembly in drafting a new Constitution. This would be approved by cabinet and thereafter presented in Parliament. It would be passed with a two-thirds majority in Parliament and by a majority at an Island […]

Presidential Pardon for attempted assassin

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The ex-LTTE combatant who was convicted for making an abortive attempt on the life of President Maithripala Sirisena when he was serving as Mahaweli Development Minister between 2005 and 2006 is likely to receive Presidential Clemency, counsel for the accused appellant informed the Court of Appeal yesterday. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal allowed the accused to withdraw an appeal filed challenging the High Court conviction. The accused Sivaraja Jenivan alias Mohommadu Sulthan Cader Mohideen also known as Senan was found guilty for the attempted, murder charge and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by Polonnaruwa High Court on July 3, 2015. However, the accused filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal challenging the High Court conviction. He requested for an order to set aside […]

Govt. has failed to deliver on its promises: Nishantha Warnasingh

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“Catching thieves has become the biggest robbery and probing into corruption has become the biggest crime,” stressed former Western Province Health and Indigenous Minister Nishantha Warnasinghe. “But this does not mean the previous regime was better or Mahinda Rajapaksa should once again come to power,” said Warnasinghe, adding: “It is just that this administration has failed to keep up with the expectations of the people.” He further warned that defeated Rajapaksa and his loyalists were making use of every opportunity to get back to power by sabotaging the State mechanism and spreading separatism and terrorism in the country. “President Sirisena should be alert about this situation and take action to stop them immediately,” he said. Following are excerpts from the interview: Q: WP Chief Minister […]

After One Year In Office; Maithri’s External & Internal Battles Continue

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By Ranga Kalansooriya – “What the hell is going on ha..?” “With What?” “With this government, what else..?” “Why? What is the issue?” “They are not putting anyone (of former regime) behind bars no… They are not delivering what they said” This is a conversation that I had earlier this week with a person whom I knew from a Western Embassy. She (a Sri Lankan) had been a strong supporter of this Yahapalana regime. No wonder that many such Yahapalana supporters are repeatedly raising this question for the past several months. Many noises on corruption were made, many promises to get those involved behind bars were made on the election platforms, but the desired deliverables are yet to be made. When looking back, this is […]

Whither TNA? Whither CA?

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe need to be congratulated, as the calendar year draws to a close and close is also the completion of the first year of their ‘unity government’ experiment. It’s as much for evaluating their politician-brothers, their proclivities and predilection right, as for the duo’s strategy for winning two nation-wide elections in eight months. To be sure, it’s not that the duo won, but that incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the January 8 presidential polls. With all Muslim parties, already in the Rajapaksa camp, walking over to the other side, as if by cue, it was an election that the war-victimised Tamils and their Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won for the duo, and their national and international backers. The […]

‘Sathwiru Sanhinda’- Api Wenuwen Api houses handed over to War Heroes

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Sixty-nine houses built under the second phase of the ‘Api Wenuwen Api ‘ project in the Hambantota District were handed over to their new owners during a ceremony held at the Defence Services College auditorium in Colombo Today (07th Thursday, January 2016). State Minster of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the event as the Chief Guest. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi made the opening remarks during the occasion. In addition, housing assistance for completing 813 partly built houses of War Heroes was also presented under the iv & v phases of the project. So far 960 War Heroes have received housing assistance under the initial three phases. As a symbolic gesture 25 War Heroes were handed over housing assistance under this […]

Ekneligoda case; Solicitor General says Rajitha is lying

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Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department Mr. Suhada Gamalath yesterday denied an allegation made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne relating to the criminal investigation and court proceedings relating to the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. “This is complete and diabolical lie and I deny this totally,” Mr. Gamalath told the Daily Mirror. There were several media reports that Solicitor General Gamalath had allegedly negotiated a meeting with the investigators of the case relating to Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance and had inquired from CID officers whether a negotiation on the ongoing investigation was possible. Explaining the background to Minister Senaratne’s allegation, the Solicitor General said that Attorney General Yuwanjan Wijethilake had wanted him to inquire about the ongoing inquiry from the Prosecuting Counsel of the Attorney […]

Imminent arrest of MR regime bigwigs

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Cabinet spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said a number of high and mighty in the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration are to be arrested by the law enforcement authorities soon, as inquiries on cases of corruption, embezzlement, crime and misrule allegedly committed with their direct involvement have been concluded. There will be a few arrests of those who have allegedly involved in the assassination of several journalists after 2010, Minister Senaratne said. “These are the people who contributed to the downfall of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The few in the cabinet who talked and acted against those misdeeds and crimes including me repeatedly warned President Rajapaksa on the dangers of ignoring these wrongdoings and he never listened and perished ultimately,” Minister Senaratne said. He said the […]

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO KATHLEEN WYNNE

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A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am pleased to extend warm greetings to the members of the Tamil community on the occasion of Tamil Heritage Month. We are blessed to live in Ontario — a welcoming place that has respect for all languages, cultures and beliefs. Occasions such as this one bring us together to pay tribute to the cultural mosaic we have built. Ontario is proud to be home to a large and dynamic Tamil Canadian community. I wish to commend the members of the Tamil community for their dedication towards preserving and promoting your rich and vast culture. Know that your commitment to celebrating your tradition and heritage is helping to build a stronger Tamil […]

Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 06-01-2016

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Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 06-01-2016 Introduction of the ‘Virusara’ privilege card for war heroes (Document No – 09) It has been decided to introduce a privilege card called ‘Virusara’ for benefitting war heroes who have died, disappeared and disabled of the Three forces, police and the Civil Security Department and their dependents, who have sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. It will enable them to enjoy special benefits in purchasing consumer goods and services such as health, education, banking, insurance, leasing etc. As its first step the card will be presented to 50,000 war heroes. The ceremony to award these privilege cards to 5000 war heroes and dependents will be held on 25-01-2016 at […]