12th February 2016

IHL, Genocide & Investigation On Sri Lanka

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By R.M.B Senanayake – Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (Advance version) The Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 255/1 in March 2014 requesting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of Human Rights and related crimes by both parties during the period covered by the LLRC to ensure accountability for any alleged violations and crimes.” The mandate for the Investigation was to cover the period from February 2002 to November 2011. There was the Ceasefire Agreement of February 2002. The Report is organized in a series of chapters under headings like “Unlawful Killings; ”Violations related to the depriving of liberty; Enforced Disappearances; Torture, Sexual and Gender based violence; Abduction and Forced disappearances; […]

CID names Ekneligoda’s abductors

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) reporting to the Homagama Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday said that journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda had been taken to Giritale Army Camp and to Akkaraipattu blindfolded before he was killed. According to facts reported by CID SSP Shani Abeysekare, Ekneligoda had been taken to the Girtale Army Camp on 24 January 2010, as the Officer Commanding of Giritale Army Camp had stated to the CID. SSP Shani Abesekara added that the CID had evidence that Lt. Col. Arjuna Kumararathna, Lt. Col. Ravindra Rupasinghe and Staff Sergeant Kanishka Gunarathna had conspired in the abduction. The three suspects have been named as first, fifth and seventh accused in this case. SSP Abeysekare said evidence had been received by perusing recordings of […]

Ex-Minister Cooray indirectly blames Rajapaksas for SLFP’s sorry plight

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by Shamindra Ferdinando Former government Minister Reginald Cooray yesterday said that in spite of suffering two major defeats at the presidential and parliamentary polls during 2015, the party had not yet been able to adopt remedial measures for want of what he called self-criticism on the part of those who had previously wielded power. Addressing the media at the SLFP party office on T.B. Jayah Mawatha, the ex-MP stressed that the SLFP’s internal crisis had paved the way for the UNP’s return to power. Had they managed to address contentious issues through mutual understanding, the SLFP wouldn’t have been in current predicament. The UNP had been in dire straits and wasn’t even in a position to field a presidential candidate of its own when a […]

Defeated Mahinda to get an opportunity…

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An incident where former President Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring open a bridge on the 8th one day after former President Chandrika Bandaranayke Kumaratunga had inspected the bridge is reported from Attanagalla area. According to reports the new bridge across Attanagalu Oya to replace the old bridge was built with state funds. The money had been made available during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa. On the 7th former President Chandrika Bandaranayke  Kumaratunga had inspected the bridge and the next day Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa had who had suddenly come to the scene had declared it open. At the opening he had said it was the first opportunity he got to do such an act after he was defeated. Mr. Mahinda […]