25th March 2016

RELEASE THE TAMIL PRISONERS OF WAR IMMEDIATELY! : TGTE

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The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) demands that the Tamil Prisoners of War languishing in Sri Lankan prisons be released immediately. Our people now in imprisonment would have been arrested for their alleged connections with the struggle that grew out of the ethnic contradictions arising from political reasons. And so our Tamil people generally regard them as political prisoners. But the Sri Lankan state looks down upon them as terrorists and extremists. We, from the side of the Tamil people, see them as Prisoners of War. The war between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was not merely a civil war. It was a war with international dimensions falling within the framework of international law. It is a […]

Missing persons commission begins fresh sittings in Mullaitivu

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The Presidential commission to investigate into complaints regarding missing persons began fresh public sittings in the Mullaitivu District today. Secretary to the Commission Hewa Wasalage Gunadasa said that the commission will hold sittings in Mullaitivu for three days. Following the public sittings in Mullaitivu, the commission will record statements from the public in Mannar and Vavuniya.  Gunadasa said that the commission has invited 1600 people to record oral statements over a 6 day period in Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya regarding family members reported missing during the war. (Colombo Gazette)

Mahinda and Wimal disrupting probe of missing Journalist Eknaligoda case!, Why?

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Sandhya Eknaligoda, wife of missing Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, yesterday charged Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera,MP Wimal Weerawansa and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of disrupting the investigations into her husband’s disappearance. Addressing a news conference, she said Mr. Rajapaksa and the others frequently visit the imprisoned army personnel who were arrested in connection with the disappearance, influencing the case. “Gnanasara Thera even threatened me on several occasions. It’s uncertain who are behind them,” she said. She requested the President, Prime Minister, the UN and relevant authorities to intervene into the matter claiming that her life was in danger.  – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/107368/Eknaligoda-case-Sandhya-says-BBS-MR-disrupting-probe-#sthash.8izvT16Z.dpuf Sri Lanka’s missing thousands: one woman’s six-year fight … www.theguardian.com › World › Sri Lanka 28 Jan 2016 […]

UN report highlights caste-based discrimination in SL

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Shiran Illanperuma reporting from Geneva Caste-based discrimination is an ongoing issue in Sri Lankan society, according to a report presented during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. The report by the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Rita Izsak-Ndiaye specifically mentions Sri Lanka in two paragraphs, which describe varying caste structures in Sinhala, Tamil and Up-Country Tamil communities and the types of social exclusion lower castes in each group face. The report notes that despite differences in caste structure between ethnic groups, a commonality of experience exists between lower castes of all ethnic groups including“the avoidance of inter-caste marriage and the link between lower castes and greater levels of poverty”. In an official address at the Human Rights Council Izsak-Ndiaye said that she decided to […]

The Rajapaksa rage and a weak and ineffectual leader Maithiri

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Hyde Park in London is famous as a venue where those who want to stage a protest against the establishment state their case. Many a rebel has stood at Hyde Park corner and lambasted the powers that be and gone on to greater deeds. Probably by virtue of being a British colony, Sri Lanka has its own Hyde Park in the heart of Colombo, a stone’s throw away from Lipton Circus, another landmark that frequently attracts demonstrators. Last week, it was the venue chosen by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take the plunge and appear on stage with the self-styled ‘Joint Opposition’. The rally was styled the ‘jana satana’ or ‘peoples’ battle’. It attracted a massive crowd, certainly more than what the ruling United National […]

Tamils Need To Speak Up, And In Time

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Speech is silver, silence is golden.” If there is one occasion where this dictum does not seem to apply, it’s in political negotiations of every kind. This does not mean that every stake-holder together should create a Tower of Babel all at once. It only implies that those that have demands should speak up, and in time – for other stake-holders, to hear and act upon, at least some of them. It has become the practice with the nation’s Tamil polity to sit back and watch the ‘fun’ as other stake-holders create an unintelligible cacophony all the time. It’s more so when the national discourse of the kind involves possible pointers to a political solution for the ethnic issue. After a point, the Tamil political […]

Gotabhaya And Fonseka Still Passing The Buck

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa insists that a proper investigation should be carried out into the murder of Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunge, but has hinted the government will never hold a transparent investigation, as a minister in the present government is connected to the incident. Rajapaksa made these remarks following Minister Sarath Fonseka’s maiden speech in parliament where he said that an international probe should be conducted as stipulated in the Geneva resolution into the Editor’s murder and that an investigation must be carried out on the white flag issue as well. Although Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Minister Sarath Fonseka have accused each other of involvement in Wickrematunge’s murder over the years, the CID is yet to question them over the […]

WILL THE JUDICIARY SUCCUMB TO MAHINDA’S THREATS?

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The battle between Rajapaksas’ and the Maithri-Ranil Government has now reached the stage: Get-Set-Go. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week stated that all fraud and corruption of Rajapaksas’ would be made public within the next three months and urged the Rajapaksas’ to be ready with their lawyers from now on. Even before Ranil issued that warning, the Rajapaksas’ are busy on a daily basis seeking legal advice to cover them from charges of fraud and corruption levelled against them. The lawyers consulted by Rajapaksas’ have reportedly advised them that the only way out was to line up people against the government to instill fear on the Judiciary. The Hyde Park rally was an outcome of such legal advice. When Yoshitha was arrested, Mahinda thought that […]

Land of Tamil’s in the North needed for security, will NOT be returned

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The Government says land in the North needed for security will not be returned to the owners. Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that land in some areas in the North are required by the military for security reasons. He said that those lands will not be released but the owners will be compensated by being paid more than the actual land value.  The Defence Secretary expressed these views at a press briefing in Colombo today. (Colombo Gazette) 1. ETHNIC CONFLICT, HORIZONTAL INEQUALITIES AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY: THE CASE OF SRI LANKA, November 2013 http://uir.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10500/13540/thesis_embuldeniya_d.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y 2.  Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka(2015) http://soc.kuleuven.be/crpd/files/working-papers/working%20paper%20Walton.pdf

Gota summoned by Special High Court

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Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been noticed to appear in the Special High Court — set up to hear the cases connected to LTTE terrorist activities — on May 3 by Commissioner Irangani Perera. He has been asked to be present in Court to give evidence in the case filed against five LTTE suspects on charges of aiding and abetting a ex-LTTE suicide carder charged with attempting to kill Mr. Rajapaksa. The Attorney General has filed the case against them on charges of conspiring with Balasingham Vijayakumara alias Anbumani in conniving with LTTE terrorist Anbumany to carry out the suicide bomb attack in which army personnel Priyantha Wijesiri, Piyasiri and Fernando were killed. The accused are Ponnasamy Karthigesu Sivaji, Sivalingam Aruran, Padmanadan Aiar Sri […]