31st March 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]