13th June 2016

Wigneswaran Denies Relying On Jayalalithaa To Solve Tamil Problem

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COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has denied that he is relying on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa to solve the Tamil problem in his country. “When did I call upon her to find a solution to our problems? I congratulated her and called for closer collaboration. She responded positively. So what about it? If anyone is giving hidden meanings to mere courtesies, what I am supposed to do?” Wigneswaran asked in an interview to Lanka’s state-owned Sunday Observer. “We rely on ourselves not on others to solve our problems. But the globe is now shrunk, everything and everybody are inter-related,” he said and pointed out that the present Lankan rulers had “relied on foreign powers to get rid of the […]

Sirisena Says Message Of Reconciliation Should Target Sinhalese First

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the message of ethnic reconciliation should be conveyed to the majority Sinhalese community first. “The message of the importance of reconciliation should be delivered to the Sinhala Buddhists in the South, than to those living in the North,” the President told The Sunday Times. The Sinhalese live predominantly in South Lanka and the Tamils live largely in the North. Referring to the importance given to “war victory” by Sinhalese Buddhists in South Lanka, Sirisena said that they should now turn their attention to reconciliation to prevent another war. “ In victory we should taken into consideration the reasons which led to the war. If the youth in the North take up arms again, it is a defeat […]

Rajapaksa Regime Gave Millions Worth Free Rides To Militant Buddhist Monks And Journalists

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Abusing tax payer money the former Urban Development Minister Wimal Weerawansa gave millions of rupees worth of free rides to both militant Buddhist monks and Journalists. Iththakande Saddhatissa Balaya | Photo courtesy Ishara Kodikara The convener of the militant Buddhist monk brigade Ravana Balaya Iththakande Saddhatissahad been given three vehicles a month amounting to almost Rs 2 million a year, whilst prominent Irida Lankadeepa journalist Prasanna Sanjeewa Thennakoon of the Wijeya Group’s vehicle cost was over Rs 800,000. These figures only for 2014. These facts were revealed by Minister of Telecommunications and Digital InfrastructureHarin Fernando when the no confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was been debated in parliament yesterday. The militant Budhhist monk’s three vehicles were rented at a monthly cost of Rs […]

Exiled Tamil Victims Of War Crimes Ready To Testify To Special Sri Lankan Court Only If International Judges Are Involved

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Exiled Tamil victims of war crimes and torture say they would testify by video to a special court in Sri Lanka only if international judges were involved and their identities protected,” the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) said in a new report titled ‘Forgotten: Sri Lanka’s exiled victims’. Yasmin Sooka – Executive Director – International Truth & Justice Project – Sri Lanka This comes as Sri Lanka is under scrutiny at the Human Rights Council in Geneva next week for its progress in implementing a transitional justice programme it outlined nine months ago and agreed to in a consensus UN resolution. “To our knowledge this is only the third time – after Sierra Leone and Liberia – that victims outside a country have been […]