1st September 2016

‘Economic development’ before the ‘Political settlement’ – putting the cart before the horse,

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COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has managed to get a separate meeting with the visiting UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, after being clubbed together with other leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for a full-scale official session with the UN chief when he comes to Jaffna on September 2. Sources in the TNA said that on his way out after a full-scale meeting with the TNA leaders led by party chief R.Sampanthan, Ban will have a brieftete-a-tete with Wigneswaran. Earlier, in an effort to sideline him for his non-cooperative attitude, the powers-that-be who drew up Ban’s itinerary did not schedule a separate meeting with Wigneswaran, even though there was a separate meeting with the provincial Governor Reginold Cooray. […]

Message from BTF for International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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“On this international day, I urge all Member States to ratify or accede to the Convention without delay, and I call on the States parties to the Convention to implement it. It is time for an end to all enforced disappearances.”  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  Enforced disappearance is a major issue in Sri Lanka. Thousands of people who surrendered to the Sri Lankan government during the war have disappeared. The Sri Lankan government continues to refuse the publication of a comprehensive list of people who surrendered during the last phase of the civil war – listing the names of all who were surrendered or arrested, those who are still in custody (names, locations of detention centres), those who have been released, and, if released, to whom […]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran Will Reiterate Need for International Probe into War Crimes Allegations at Separate meeting with Ban Ki Moon.

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran said he will explain to the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon the need for an international probe into alleged war crimes because, he said, “the locals cannot do it as they lack the will and impartiality”. The CM is expected to meet Ban around 2 p.m. privately after the Tamil National Alliance politicos meet the visiting VIP in Jaffna today (2). Asked , “Do you still press for an International probe on war crimes and want Ban to encourage the Sri Lanka government for it,” the CM said, “Yes. Locals cannot do it. They lack the will and impartiality. He quoted the Kumarapuram Case where six former Army Corporals […]

Hands Off Sri Lanka’ Buddhist Monks Tell UN Chief

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Just hours after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s arrival in Sri Lanka, a group of Buddhist monks led a protest outside the UN Compound in Colombo demanding an end to international interference on internal matters of Sri Lanka where more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in May 2009 alone. It is common prectice and belief in Sri Lanka that murders of minority Tamils by the Majority Sinhalese government forces are wiped under the carpet and no Sinhales will be punished.   Buddhist monks Akmeemana Dayarathana, President of the Racist Sinhala Ravaya and Iththe Kande Saddhatissa, Convener of the Ravana Balaya led the protests. Buddhist monks want ”Sri Lanka to a Buddhists Sinhale only Country”. The Buddhist monks handed over a letter addressed to Ban Ki-moon […]

Gota And Seven Others Ordered To Appear Before Colombo Magistrate Court

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others have been ordered to appear before the Colombo Magistrate Court on September 30 over corruption charges. The order was issued today by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya. Gota Rajapaksa, along with Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and six others are charged with making an unlawful profit of Rs. 11.4 billion by maintaining a floating armoury. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption yesterday filed a case at the Colombo Magistrate Court against Rajapaksa, Senadhipathi, Sujatha Damayanti, Palitha Fernando, Karunaratne Bandara Adhikari, Somatilaka Dissanayake, Jayanath Colombage and Jayantha Perera on charges of corruption under the Bribery Act. The eight suspects have been charged for allowing Avant Garde to maintain a floating armoury, thereby resulting in them […]

Sri Lankan national with suspected links to LTTE detained at Pune airport

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A Sri Lankan national having suspected links with banned terrorist organisation LTTE was detained by intelligence and airport authorities in Pune on Thursday morning. The detained person has been identified as Suthan Suppiah. According to the police sources, on receipt of specific information, Intelligence Bureau and CISF officials detained a Sri Lankan who was boarding a Luftansa flight for Frankfurt early morning on Thursday. “During interrogation he told that he had worked for LTTE. He has forged passport and visa. While passport had his name as Marimuthuraju, his real name Suthan Suppiah. We are verifying his claims,” said an intelligence officer. The foreign national is presently being interrogated at Vimannagar police station in Pune.