21st October 2016

Weerawansas Becoming Millionaires Within Months

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http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/10/16/weerawansas-becoming-millionaires-within-months/ Controversy surrounds the purchase of building blocks in Hokandara, post 2008, by Shashi Weerawansa, spouse of National Freedom Front leader and former Minister of Housing and Construction Wimal Weerawansa. It has been revealed that Shashi Weerawansa alias Ranasinghe Randunu Mudiyanselage Shirsha Udayanthi had spent nearly Rs. 8.2 million to purchase four plots of land to her name from Alubogahawatte/ Delgahawatte. Some plots of land in the area is said to have been gifted by Shashi’s sister, Ranasinghe Randunu Mudiyanselage Chamari Sulochana Ranasinghe. The Weerawansas owned only a four-perch land at Mawaramandiya, Kadawata where they ran a communication center for their day-to-day expenses, prior to Wimal Weerawansa’s defection from the JVP to ‘strengthen’ the hands of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2008. While being a […]

UN Rapporteur recommends independent commission for minority issues

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The United Nations Rapporteur on minority issues today recommended the government establish a fully empowered independent commission for minority issues is included in constitutional reforms to implement mandates and foster relations between communities. Concluding her ten day visit Rita Izsak- Ndiaye the UN’s Rapporteur on Minority Issues urged the government to seize the momentum that still exists from its election, to establish a well coordinated reconciliation and accountability process. Izsak- Ndiaye said an in-depth report on her consultations will be submitted to the United Nations in 2017 but released a statement with shirt term and long term recommendations to the government. Stressing the need to implement the short term recommendations Izsak- Ndiaye said issues relating to the return of land, political detainees and military powers […]

Students shot dead in Jaffna, tension prevails

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‘Sinhala Police, gunning down Tamil students in Jaffna, is not different from genocidal military’ [TamilNet, Friday, 21 October 2016, 17:27 GMT] Two Tamil students of the Art Faculty of the University of Jaffna were cold-bloodedly gunned down by Sinhala ‘policemen’ at Kokkuvil, Jaffna, on Thursday night. Both the students died due to gunshot injuries, medical sources at Jaffna hospital said contradicting the cover-up of Colombo. The latest crime committed by the Sinhala Police carrying automatic rifles in the occupied Tamil homeland is a serious security threat to the nation of Eezham Tamils. Sinhala police is not different to the genocidal military as far as the nation of Eezham Tamils are concerned. It was the violent acts by the Sinhala Police in Jaffna that triggered Tamil […]

Tamil Students Of Jaffna University Shot Dead By Lankan Police

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COLOMBO: Two Tamil students were today gunned down by police in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated former war-zone Northern Province’s Jaffna city, prompting authorities to arrest and suspend five policemen. The two students of the Jaffna University were shot dead early morning at a police checkpoint at Kokuvil, Kulappidy junction in Jaffna, nearly 400 kilometres north of Colombo. Though police initially denied shooting the Tamil students saying they had died in an accident, a post-mortem report, however, found bullets lodged in one of the bodies. The five arrested policemen were manning the check point. They have been arrested and suspended, police officials said. Tamil National Alliance has sought an independent investigation into the incident. The incident comes a day after a UN rights expert asked exhorted the […]

Sri Lanka: Tamils:Written question

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Sri Lanka: Tamils:Written question – 49000 Q Asked by Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak) [N] Asked on: 17 October 2016 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sri Lanka: Tamils To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Sri Lanka on the persecution of Tamil people in that country; and if he will call for an international investigation into that persecution.   Answered by: Alok Sharma Answered on: 20 October 2016 The Sri Lankan government has taken a number of positive steps to improve the human rights situation in that country, but we recognise that there remains much to be done. In our statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in June we set out the […]