March 2016

Exclusive: Secret Documents Reveal How Britain Funded Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka

31st March 2016 // 0 Comments

Exclusive: Secret Documents Reveal How Britain Funded Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka In 2009, as the Sri Lankan civil war reached its bloody conclusion, David Miliband touched down in Colombo to appeal for peace. “Now is the time for the fighting to stop,” Miliband warned. “Protection of civilians is absolutely paramount in our minds.” However, Miliband’s public plea stood in direct contrast to what his department was doing in private, secret Foreign Office documents seen by VICE can reveal. British aid to Sri Lanka helped set up a vigilante network that supplied police with intelligence at the height of a bloody government crack down. The documents show that the UK was aware of the risk of human rights abuses but continued nonetheless. This raises […]

Dais open for the Diaspora

31st March 2016 // 0 Comments

In a bid to create an understanding between all communities in the country, the Government and several other institutions which campaign for peace and equality, have been associated with several islandwide programmes, trying to bring all people together. Sri Lankan population consists of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and a few others. All the major communities have some common features in terms of language, common words, cultural values, rituals, etc,. But, the act of reconciliation is easier said than done. The 30 years of hostilities, threats, confusion, and suspicion had created a massive gap that needed, not only an effective and systematic method, but also some commitment and flexibility from the representatives of the communities concerned. Failed negotiations Over the years, talks between successive Government and […]

Alleged war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Still Dangerous

31st March 2016 // 0 Comments

Could Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former defense secretary (and brother of previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa), bring the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) together? Evidently a member of the country’s joint opposition has suggested that Rajapaksa be appointed to parliament, the implication being that this move would help to unify a political party that has remained divided since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency in January 2015. This is a very bad idea. After all, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is an alleged war criminal who played a pivotal role in the island nation’s slide towards autocracy. Ranga Jayasuriya, a journalist, has written a piece about this issue. Here’s part of that article: Gota’s balance sheet is a jumble. On the plus side are his pivotal role in the military […]

DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE CABINET OF MINISTERS AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 30-03-2016

31st March 2016 // 0 Comments

01. ESTABLISHMENT OF A DATABASE OF RESOURCE PERSONS WITH BILINGUAL/TRILINGUAL COMPETENCIES IN DISTRICT LEVEL BY THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL UNITY AND RECONCILIATION (Document No – 06) The right of every citizen to negotiate with the government in their mother tongue has been affirmed by the constitution. Though various steps have been taken time to time by the government to affirm this right, the lack of sufficient officers capable in working bilingually in Sinhala/Tamil and English or trilingual in Sinhala, Tamil and English still prevails in government institutions.  The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to establish a database of bilingual/trilingual resource persons and to make those details open for all government and nongovernment institutions and for the public, and to obtain their service […]

Prime witness in Ekneligoda murder receives death threats from Girithale camp – Complains to police

30th March 2016 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -30.March.2016, 11.30PM)  Sergeant major Ran Banda the prime witness   in the murder of Prageeth Ekneligoda has receieved death threats from the  Girithale army camp, according to reports. It was this sergeant major who received death threats yesterday , who interrogated Prageeth for two days while the latter was detained in the Girithale army camp after he was abducted by a group of army officers including Shammi Kumararatne of the Girithale army camp. Ran Banda had stated to the CID that he questioned Prageeth on the book the latter wrote criticising the Rajapakse family. Accordingly the main witness  in this case is the retired sergeant major. Ran Banda has made a complaint to Nikaweratiya police yesterday , that a group of army officers of […]

Detection of bombs , suicide kit in Chavakacheri : Truth uncovered – Did MR’s brother in law and wife conspire with LTTE Oothaselva ?

30th March 2016 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -30.March.2016, 11.30PM) Following the discovery of highly explosive materials and a suicide kit today at Maravanpulaw, Chavakachcheri , the intelligence division has been able to unearth a wealth of information in that  connection. Three bags containing highly  explosive materials , a suicide  kit , 4 bombs, 10 packets of cartridges, along with two batteries were found  hidden at this venue . The intelligence division is harboring suspicions that these explosives , kits and devices were meant to be used on the 3 rd of April targeting the president and VIPs at the  function to be held  in Jaffna district under the leadership of president Maithripala, Based on information received by the Intelligence division , by the time the security division  discovered these bombs , […]

Colombo media conceals rape by military in Jaffna village with discovery of explosives

30th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Colombo media conceals rape by military in Jaffna village with discovery of explosives [TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 20:11 GMT] An abusive and criminal Tamil man, recruited into the ranks of genocidal military of Colombo and deployed against Tamils, abducted a 16-year-old Tamil girl two weeks ago from Madduvil village in Thenmaraadchchi in Jaffna. The sexually abused girl managed to escape from the custody of the SLA soldier from the nearby Ma’ravaan-pulavu village on Tuesday. As the incident prompted anger among the public, the SL Police was forced to launch a search operation to capture the SLA trooper. During the search operation, the SL Police entered the house of a 31-year-old man and located explosives at Ma’ravanpulavu on Tuesday evening. In the meantime, Colombo-based media, […]

US warship ‘Blue Ridge’that helped SL Navy to destroy two far away LTTE vessels during final Eelam war now in SL !

30th March 2016 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -30.March.2016, 11.30PM)   The Sri Lanka Navy destroying two ships which were as far as 1700 meters away, with LTTE cadres carrying arms during the final phase of the Eelam war is indeed an epoch in Sri Lanka ‘s history. Never before such an enemy ship at that long distance away had been destroyed by our Navy. The Amercan warship that provided communication ,intelligence messages , guided and provided information to the Navy to accomplish that feat is these days anchored  at the Colombo harbour. This warship bearing the name ‘Blue Ridge’ which reinforces the US battle power in the Asia Pacific zone attached to  the camp of  Yokosuka, Japan ,is  the chief commanding ship belonging  to the seventh fleet of the US which […]

Recovery Of Arms Cache May Impair De-Militarization Of North Lanka

30th March 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The accidental discovery of an arms cache, including three parcels of TNT and a suicide jacket, in a house at Chavakachcheri in Jaffna District on Wednesday, may hinder the demilitarization of the Northern Province which is one of the major post-war demands of Sri Lankan Tamils and which was promised to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena. Opponents of demilitarization like MP Namal Rajapaksa have already tweeted that the cache is a sign of the resurgence of the LTTE and that there is no case for lowering vigil. Recently, President Sirisena himself said that the separatist “Eelam” mindset is still prevelant among the Tamils, but he was quick to add that the only way to […]

Suicide jacket, claymore mines wrapped in Sinhala paper recovered from Jaffna

30th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Suicide jacket, claymore mines recovered from Jaffna  A suicide jacket, a stock of explosives and ammunition have been recovered from a house in the Maravanpulo area on the A32 road within the Chawakatchcheri police area in Jaffna District, police said.  Police officers discovered a suicide jacket, 4 Claymore mines, 3 parcels containing around 12kg of TNT, 2 packets of 9mm ammo (100 bullets) and 2 battery packs used to detonate the claymore mines.  It is suspected that the explosives and other equipment had been hidden in the area during the war. Police had reportedly raided the house on a tip-off that the owner had in his possession drugs and marijuana and during the raid the suspect had fled the area. Further investigations are being carried […]

PSC to enable expat Sri Lankans to vote

29th March 2016 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament had given their nod for appointing a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to evolve a mechanism to enable hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan expatriates to vote at future elections to be held here, parliament sources said yesterday. The party leaders had also agreed to approve a motion seeking the appointment of the PSC without debate on April 06, sources said. The JVP has already submitted a no-date motion on the appointment of a PSC to look into and report on the possibility of enabling Sri Lankans employed overseas to exercise their franchise at future elections. The no-date motion has been included in the Addendum to the Order book of Parliament. At the last party […]

Abbott’s Sri Lanka comments ‘excuse war crimes’, Tamil refugee advocates say

29th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Abbott describes former Sri Lankan government’s handling of country’s conflict as ‘unavoidable actions taken to end one of the world’s most vicious civil wars’ The former prime minister Tony Abbott has excused war crimes in comments that the Sri Lankan government’s actions in its civil war were “probably unavoidable”, Tamil refugee advocates have said. In an article in Quadrant magazine Abbott defended his national security recordas prime minister: “I’m sure that the Sri Lankan president was pleased that Australia didn’t join the human rights lobby against the tough but probably unavoidable actions taken to end one of the world’s most vicious civil wars”. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has rebuked one aspect of his comment, telling Guardian Australia that the government had “consistently raised human […]

Colombo’s cowardice regarding Tamil political prisoners is deeply troubling.

29th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had promised progress regarding Tamil political prisoners, although we’ve seen little of that. Unfortunately, the president’s dithering project has continued — with no end in sight. More broadly, the Sri Lankan government has made big commitments regarding transitional justice and those changes, if they ever happen, will come incrementally. However, we haven’t seen much in the way of incremental change since Colombo co-sponsored a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka in October 2015. In terms of optics and rhetoric, Mangala Samaraweera, the country’s foreign minister, continues to deliver strong speeches (that are designed primarily for international consumption). The problem is that Samaraweera is not running the country and his view regarding the (expansive) reform agenda doesn’t appear […]

Are Tamils Horrified By Or Tolerant Of Sexual Harassment?

29th March 2016 // 0 Comments

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – The Feminist VC? Prof. Vasanthi Arasaratnam, Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna, claimed in Uthayan Newspaper head-lines (23.03.2016) to have fired professors following sexual harassment accusations by students. “As a woman, I have done all I can,” she continued. Her remarks were made the previous day at a function by “The Voice of Women” to mark “International Women’s Day” which fell really on 8 March. Speaking further, Arasaratnam said that women are to blame for the increase in sexual harassment and that these episodes could have been avoided had women complained in time. If they had complained at the beginning, she said, action could have been taken. She blamed the parents for not having brought up their daughters to […]

Army intelligence behind killing of Maj. Gen. Lucky Algama and Tamil MP’s!

29th March 2016 // 0 Comments

It has now been established that the Army intelligence is behind the killing of retired Maj. Gen. Lucky Algama at a UNP rally in Ja Ela on 18 December 1999. The confirmation comes in a report submitted to the Security Council by the then CID director Opatha Kankanamage Hemachandra (O.K. Hemachandra), who had investigated the murder.  His report says the then Army intelligence chief, retired Maj. Gen. Sunil Tennakoon was fully responsible for the killing. The suicide bomber who detonated a grenade to kill Algama at the rally was controlled by a close friend of Tennakoon, it has been revealed. Meeting him at a secret location, Tennakoon had given his friend a photograph of Algama and said, “This is the next defence secretary. You know […]

Australian government knowingly supported the War Crimes in Sri Lanka.

28th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Australian government under Ousted prime minister Tony Abbott supported the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka by the government forces in May 2009 and continued the support to SL at the UN by lying and  joining China, Russia and Pakistan saying that no War Crimes took place in Sri Lanka. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed”. – Adolf Hitler. Commonwealth prime ministers, notably Britain’s David Cameron and Canada’s Stephen Harper, have fiercely condemned Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts and human rights abuses since the end of its civil war in 2009 but Mr Abbott said Sri Lanka had made significant and promising progress in 2013 to defend his support of killing Tamil Civilians. Ousted prime […]

Local judges not familiar with war crimes probe procedures

28th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Local judges are not conversant with the procedures of probes into allegations of war crimes or violations of human rights because they are not matters which come up in the courts on a daily basis, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake said. President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated that there will be no foreign judges on the benches of the local judiciary adjudicating on the matter, yet this does not prevent getting technical assistance from legal experts, he added. There is no contradiction between what Sirisena is saying about the matter and what Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is saying about the issue, he opined. “According to the Constitution, Judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. To get overseas judges, […]

Mullaitivu fast over land suspended following intervention

28th March 2016 // 0 Comments

A fast unto death launched by some families in Mullaitivu has been suspended following the intervention of the Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran. The families had launched the fast demanding that they be resettled on their own land in Mullaitivu instead of alternate land. Wigneswaran and other members of the Northern Provincial Council had assured the protesters that they will obtain a solution to their concerns soon.  As a result the fast unto death was suspended but the protesters warned that they will resume the fast if a solution is not given to them over the next few weeks. (Colombo Gazette)

EXPOSED – Weerawansa Family And Friends’ Joyride At State Expense

28th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Weerasangilige Wimal Weerawansa who mouths slogans and gives breast-beating displays of patriotism from political platforms despite his involvement in large-scale corruption and undercover activities, has once again been exposed as a corrupt politician. This time around, details have emerged of how he allegedly hired a fleet of 40 luxury vehicles spending millions of rupees of taxpayers’ hard-earned money, to have relatives and friends travel in luxury. The Sunday Leader this week exposes how Weerawansa misused State Engineering Corporation (SEC) funds to pay the hiring charges for this fleet of vehicles when he was Housing and Construction Minister in the Rajapaksa regime. Earlier this newspaper exposed how Weerawansa who was operating a small telecommunication centre in Kadawatha and whose sole asset was a four perch land […]

How National Carrier “Sri Lankan Airlines” Was Skyjacked and Plundered by Mahinda Minions of the Rajapaksa regime

27th March 2016 // 0 Comments

By “Sunday Times”Political Editor SriLankan Airlines, the country’s national carrier, that once offered a “taste of paradise” to its clients, is now on life support with Treasury handouts. The enormity of its mismanaged financial debacles unfolded last Wednesday when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe chaired a top level meeting. There, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake agreed to continue Treasury funding for the airline only for the next six months. Public Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim, who is responsible for SriLankan, has been tasked to formulate new strategies within this period to pull it out of its deep financial mess. A number of options are being looked at including a possible tie-up with another airline. Even views of different international consultancy firms have been sought by the airline. They […]

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