6th April 2016

Will Sri Lanka Wake Up To The Realities of The ‘Panama Papers’ Exposure?

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On April 3, 2016, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily newspaper leaked 11.5 million files from the database of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm headquartered in Panama City, Panama. The firm is one of the world’s top creators of shell companies, corporate structures that can be used to hide ownership of assets. The files exposed financial dealings of some of the world’s richest and most powerful individuals. The documents included financial records, legal documents such as passports, and correspondences dating back over 40 years ,which reveal offshore accounts of current and former world leaders as well as individuals with close ties to political figures and business moguls around the globe. The files also revealed that it is not only politicians who are found to be tied […]

Nothing Tangible Has Been Achieved As Far As Tamil People Are Concerned

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Nothing Tangible Has Been Achieved As Far As Tamil People Are Concerned -C.V.K. Sivagnanam by Camelia Nathaniel Even though the people in the South think that all Tamils are pro LTTE and in favour of separatism, even in the last election, the Tamil people voted for Sarath Fonseka, in spite of him being the past Army Commander and him being responsible for the damage done to the North and the Tamil people. These were the sentiments expressed by the Chairman of the NPC C.V.K. Sivagnanam.In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that the Tamil people of the North went all out to vote for President Sirisena. These are all indications that they are certainly not communal minded. He said that they have nothing against the […]

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE STATEMENT ON THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT

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FREEDOM FROM TORTURE STATEMENT ON THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE FCO’S FUNDING AND ADMINISTRATION OF ITS HUMAN RIGHTS WORK OVERSEAS The Foreign Affairs Select Committee report will be published on Tuesday 5 April at  00.01hrs BST. Speaking ahead of publication, Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture, said: “We are increasingly concerned that the UK government puts flying the flag for business over and above human rights. Nowhere is this mercenary approach more likely to directly cause loss of life or limb than in Sri Lanka. “At a parliamentary reception just two weeks ago, Foreign Minister Hugo Swire reluctantly acknowledged our evidence of recent torture before inexplicably urging British Tamils to get on planes back to Sri Lanka to boost trade […]

Joint opposition members in Constitutional Assembly

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At least there members of the Mahinda Rajapaska loyalist joint opposition group have been included in the Constitutional Assembly’s steering committee tasked with drafting of the new constitution. In the Prime Minister Ranil Wickreemsinghe headed steering committee are Dinesh Gunawardana, Prasanna Ranatunga with Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena serving as a Vice President. This was the first time since 1972 that a Constitutional Assembly was set up to draft a new constitution. In 1972 it led to the republican constitution which freed Ceylon form the British sovereign to be independent republic of Sri Lanka. The TULF in 1972 only made a limited representation in the CA. The Tamil representation in the new CA includes the opposition leader R Sampanthan, MA Sumanthiran and Douglas Devananda. Selvam Adaikkalanathan has […]

Sri Lanka starts moves to grant Tamils more autonomy

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PM has pledged to devolve more political powers to Tamils and reduce the military presence in the island’s north Colombo: Sri Lanka’s parliament Tuesday launched a process to draw up a new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war by granting minority Tamils greater autonomy. Parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya opened a constitutional assembly, seeking public views on reforming the charter, seven years after the end of the separatist war that claimed at least 100,000 lives. “This is a historic occasion and we have an opportunity to seek the views of the public to implement the very radical political reforms needed,” Jayasuriya told parliament. The assembly includes a 21-member steering committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to draft the new charter aimed at […]