7th May 2016

Sajin de Vass Gunawardena Accuses Rajapaksa Family Member of Orchestrating Mud Slinging Campaign Against Him By Weerawansa,Gammanpila and Sri Renga.

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By Harischandra Gunaratna Former Parliamentarian and ex-Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalist Sajin Vass Gunawardena yesterday said that a Rajapaksa family member had orchestrated the recent mud slinging campaign against him carried out by politicians Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Sri Ranga. Gunawardena addressing the media at his Borella residence said, “The allegations against me are baseless and there is an organised campaign against me for political gain by a handful of politicians who are in the UPFA and they have not made any specific reference to these allegations.” The former MP said: “There were four prominent members of the UPFA responsible for depriving me of my nominations during the last general election and they keep vilifying me.” The one time Rajapaksa confidant charged that former President Mahinda […]

Police TID Arrests 4 Top Eastern Ex-Tiger Leaders Who Worked With Military Intelligence After War Ended

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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj A widespread security crackdown has been underway in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Over 20 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)organization have been reportedly taken into custody over the past weeks in a staggered security operation spearheaded by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID)of the Police.Almost all of the ex-LTTE cadres are being detained under provisions of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). They are being reportedly interrogated by TID officials at Jaffna, Vavuniya, Boosa and Colombo. Many of the arrested ex-tigers were persons who had surrendered after the war ended in May 2009. They had been detained for a period of time and later released after being put through a rehabilitation process. Some of […]

Special Rapporteur says torture still continues in Sri Lanka

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The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan E. Méndez says torture still continues in Sri Lanka. Speaking to reporters after concluding his visit to Sri Lanka today, Méndez however said that the number of torture related incidents have reduced when compared to the peak of the war. Méndez and the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of the justice system Mónica Pinto conducted a joint visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system. “We are encouraged by the recent steps taken by the Government to […]

Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to discuss Sri Lanka

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The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is to discuss Sri Lanka at its 109th session in Geneva. The Working Group will hold its 109th session from 9 to 18 May to examine almost 800 cases from 40 different countries. The Group’s five independent human rights experts will also meet relatives of those who have disappeared, State authorities from different countries and civil society representatives to exchange information on individual cases and the situation of this heinous crime. The Working Group will discuss various thematic issues related to enforced disappearances, possible future visits, and adopt its annual report. The experts will discuss the reports on their visits to Sri Lanka and Turkey. It will also discuss the follow-up reports on past visits to Congo […]

Asylum seekers deported from Cocos Islands arrested by Sri Lankan police

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Group of 12 taken from Colombo airport directly into the custody of the criminal investigation department  A file picture of an asylum seeker boat near Christmas Island. The group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from Australia’s Cocos Islands have been arrested and taken into police custody in Colombo. Photograph: Scott Fisher/EPA Ben Doherty The 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from Australia’s Cocos Islands have been arrested and taken into police custody in Colombo. The group, which included a woman, one child, and one infant, were flown back on a secret charter flight from the islands overnight on Thursday. The Australian government has declined to comment on the arrival of the asylum-seeker boat at Cocos, or the group’s rapid forced removal, saying only “the […]

Sinhala Nationalists Unintentionally Promoting Separatism

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Conundrum: Sinhala Nationalists Against Federalism But Unintentionally Promoting Separatism By S. Narapalasingam – Dr. S. Narapalasingam Recent comments on federalism in the light of the forthcoming new constitution for the discordant Sri Lanka, highlight the preconceived mindset that denied peace and development to the nation after independence. The living conditions of the people, particularly those in the low and middle income groups were constrained by this neglect. Mothers had to seek employment in the Middle East as domestic helpers to supplement their family incomes. Some had young children who were left with close relatives. Even educated men sought employment in foreign countries. The economy did not grow fast enough to meet the needs of the citizens because of the muddled situation linked to internal disturbances. […]

Gang of three finally relents

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The white collar high-ups of the statutory body responsible for lighting up the country who were set to purchase power from the private sector in defiance of the ruling by the highest decision-making body have finally relented, they say.   The top ones of yahapalanaya at a powwow the other day had tried to unravel the secret behind the unusual power commanded by the statutory body’s big guns and it had transpired that it was a Gang of Three that was calling the shots in the power sector in the country.  One of them is a high flyer in the statutory body, another is a ‘wizard’ in the Ministry and the third one is an elderly consultant in a Ministry controlling the country’s exchequer.  Meanwhile, […]