6th July 2016

Cover up of killing more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by Mangale

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera today accused the chairman of the Missing Persons Commission, Maxwell Paranagama of trying to be too smart by making a public statement on the alleged use of cluster bombs during the war. He said he was disappointed that a person in the calibre of Maxwell Paranagama made such a statement and added that such a statement will not help the reconciliation process. Paranagama had said in a statement this week that if the army used cluster bombs before 2010 it was not illegal. He noted that the Cluster Munitions Convention (CMC) banning the use of such weapons was not in force at the time of the conflict and only became operational on 1st August 2010. “Therefore, if there had been a need […]

Use of ”Cluster Bomb” was NOT banned during war (SO, THE SRI LANKAN ARMY USED IT!)

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has issued a statement appreciating UN human rights chief Prince Al Hussein’s call for meaningful international participation in the proposed judicial mechanism to probe war crimes. The following is the full text of GTF statement: “The GTF welcomes the oral update provided by High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 29 June in Geneva. We commend the High Commissioner and his office for their forthright assessment and concur with their observation that the promise of governance reform and transitional justice are yet to be fully delivered, and risks stalling or dissipating. While acknowledging the Sri Lankan Government’s progressive initiatives on constitutional reforms and the ‘symbolic steps’ it has taken […]

Tamil families demonstrate by army camp demanding return of their lands

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Tamil residents in Paravipancham, Kilinochchi protested outside an army camp that had encroached their lands with demands for the complete return of all appropriated land. Gathered outside the army camp on Monday, the demonstrators called on the occupying army to respond to a memorandum that they had submitted on the 27th June to demand the release of their land. In response to the Tamil protestors demands, the soldiers said they had communicated the issue to their army officers and district secretary. The residents called on Sri Lanka’s president, who is due to visit Kilinochchi on the 18th of July, to return all appropriated lands to the Tamil people. Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018 COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka intends to become completely […]

Russia equips Sri Lanka with modern military hardware

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by Zacki Jabbar Increasing defence cooperation has resulted in Russia equipping Sri Lanka’s armed forces with some models of its state-of-the –art military hardware. The Russian Ambassador Alexander Karchava, addressing a reception to celebrate his country’s National Day in Colombo recently, said that over the last four years his country had signed a range of important bilateral agreements with Sri Lanka. “It includes providing some models of Russia’s state-of-the-art hardware and launch of the important Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.” The ceremony was held at the brand new Russian Embassy Complex in Colombo 7.It took over four years to complete, Karchava noted, adding that his wish was that the building would become a landmark and add to the beauty of Colombo […]