27th May 2016

WA asylum seeker ordered home to Sri Lanka despite fears for safety

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Sri Lanka: Consultations Lacking on Missing Persons’ Office Ratification of Convention Against Enforced Disappearance Important Step (New York) – The Sri Lankan government ratified the Convention against Enforced Disappearance but in the same week created an Office of Missing Persons without promised consultations with families of the “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. The government should honor its pledge to hold meaningful consultations with the affected families and nongovernmental representatives about the missing persons’ office and the other transitional justice mechanisms. At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last year, the government had agreed to hold nationwide public consultations on all transitional justice mechanisms. However, on May 24, 2016, Sri Lanka’s cabinet approved the new Office of Missing Persons without talking with the […]

Is Wigneswaran Planning To Break Away From TNA To Form Radical Tamil Party?

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COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, appears to be planning to break away from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and form his own radical Tamil party with the support of an influential section of the Tamil Diaspora. And the leadership of the TNA may allow this to happen as he has become an embarrassment and a thorn on their side. Wigneswaran’s politics of confrontation with the provincial Governor Reginold Cooray and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Colombo, clashes with the TNA leadership’s policy of cooperation with them. The Northern CM has been giving primacy to the Tamils’ political demands and the provincial administration’s rights vis-à-vis the Centre, to the virtual exclusion of the empirical and more pressing issues relating to […]

Chinese Funds Chanelled To Voice Rajapaksa Dream

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With the revelation of how Rajapaksa siblings have obtained the radio and television transmitters donated by the Chinese government to the government of Sri Lanka to start their own private broadcasting station, the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has reportedly commenced investigations on the former First Sons over the alleged violation of the Public Property Act and the Money Laundering Act. The Rajapaksas have continuously come under fire for allegedly obtaining commissions from all major projects initiated during the former regime and now it has been revealed how the multi-billion-rupee worth transmitting equipment, donated by the Chinese government, had allegedly been taken to start their own broadcasting network – the VIS Broadcasting Network (Pvt.) Ltd. According to FCID sources, the police investigations had commenced after […]

Roots of Governor-Chief Minister conflict in eastern Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO: The on-going conflict between Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and Chief Minister Naseer Ahamed, which has led to the Sri  Lankan armed forces declaring an indefinite boycott of the Chief Minister, is rooted in the way Centre-Province relations have developed in Lanka and the nature of Muslim politics in the island nation. According to sources in the East, last Friday’s spat in which CM Naseer Ahamed publicly accused Governor Austin Fernando of insulting him and “the entire province”, in cahoots with the Lankan navy, could not be seen as an isolated incident. They say that it is a part of a larger problem, rooted in the nature of Muslim politics in Lanka and the way power is shared between the Sinhalese-dominated Central government in […]