15th November 2016

Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Issues One Day Ultimatum, Warns Of Blood Bath

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Bodu Bala Sena’s Galagoda Atte Gnanasara has issued a one day ultimatum on Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to either arrest the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) Abdul Razik within a day or face a blood bath from Maligawatta onwards. Speaking soon after the arrest of Dan Priyasad, who was arrested and remanded on Tuesday evening, Gnanasara said that, Razik must be arrested and also deported. Gnanasara declared that the Sinhalese should not be tested anymore. “The Sinhalese is getting attacked in the North, East and Colombo, while some are being safeguarded. This is not fair,” he said. Video Player 00:00 00:50 Gnanasara said that he will give the authorities one day’s time, and if Razick is not arrested, then his group […]

Buddhist Monk In Batticalao Abusing Officials, I’m Silenced – Minister Mano Ganesan Tells Civil Society

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Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages and Colombo District Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan called the Sinhala civil society to have a look at the Batticaloa Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanarathana of Mangalarama Temple who abused the Grama Sevaka Niladhari few days ago. The minister in an open letter to the Sadharana Samajayak (National Movement for Social Justice), Professor Sarath Wijesooriya, Sisira Jayamaha, Palitha Lihiniyakumara, R.S.Jayarathna, J.C. Waliamuna Rev.Father Ried Shelton Fernando, Lal Wijenayake, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Saman Rathnapriya, Gamunu Wijerathne, Richard Thanippuliarachchi and Wasantha Kulathunge, urged to have look a at the 2.23 minute video where the monk is abusing the government servant. “What shall we do on this? What is your stand? I am a Cabinet minister in this government. Besides, I am the Minister for […]

36 Tamil Victims Of European Countries Underwent Torture, Detention Under Yahapalanya

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Testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries, who have suffered abduction, illegal detention, torture and/or sexual violence at the hands of intelligence and security officers under the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government, it has been revealed. File photo| Sri Lankan Tamil Torture Victim – Photo by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya In 10 of these cases the victims have already been granted asylum, meaning their cases have already been found credible by foreign governments. This confirms that secret torture sites still operating in Sri Lanka, the International Truth and Justice Projectsaid. They also called upon the UN Committee Against Torture to visit Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into the continued “white van” abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan security forces. The committee meets […]

UN committee told ‘white van’ abductions continue

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A UN committee has been told that ‘white van’ abductions continued in Sri Lanka even after the new Government took office last year. Felice Gaer, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture said that Non-Governmental organisations had reported to the committee that alleged white van abductions had taken place last year. She also noted that information communicated to the committee states that between 2012 to 2016 October, there have been over 100 complaints filed against the police on alleged torture of detainees while in custody. The Committee against Torture is composed of 10 independent experts who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is currently […]

UN should probe secret torture sites in Sri Lanka: Sooka

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Mounting pressure on the UN ahead of a crucial meeting in Geneva on torture, an international human rights watchdog Monday (Nov 14) said that the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) “should investigate secret torture sites still operating in Sri Lanka”. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) called upon the UNCAT to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into the continued “white van” abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan security forces. Claiming that it has collected testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries, “who have suffered abduction, illegal detention, torture and/or sexual violence at the hands of intelligence and security officers” after the regime change, it said that the government under President Maithripala Sirisena’s […]

Sri Lanka police arrests Sinhalese man threatening to bomb Muslims

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Sri Lanka’s police arrested a Sinhalese man who threatened to bomb Muslims in Sri Lanka, following intervention from Parliamentarians who called for the arrest of the individual. Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara, ordered for the police to take action against Dan Priyasad after receiving calls from parliamentarians over the lack of police action to address complaints by members of the public, reports Colombo Telegraph.   A spokesman at Sri Lanka’s police media unit confirmed to press that a man has been arrested following a complaint that he has been threatening Muslims. The arrest comes after a protest in Colombo saw a group of protestors, including Dan Priyasad threaten to carry out suicide bombings to eliminate Muslims. ‘Saviour Of The Sinhalese’ Threatened To Bomb Muslims The Fort […]

SLFP split kicked off by GL

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Who would believe that former foreign minister G.L. Peiris would voluntarily form a new political party or take the reins of an existing party to challenge the incumbent government, without the blessings of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa? Peiris who was working with the so-called joint opposition or the Mahinda loyalists in Parliament definitely does not have any reason to form or join a new party abandoning the group loyal to Rajapaksa. However, since November 5, Peiris is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), a name change of an already existing political party recognized by the Elections Commission. When a leading figure in a political party joins another political entity, it would normally lead to frictions between the two groups, sometimes also to […]

Army deserter among ‘Aava’ gang members!

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Notorious ‘Aava’ gang which was working with the Army to terrorise the Tamil civilians were freely going around in North even after the NEW Government under President Maithiri And PM Ranil came to power. The Central government ignored all appeals by Human rights activities to take action against these gangsters who terrorised the Tamil community living in North. The ‘AAVA’ Gangsters had close link with the Army as they were created by the ex Defence secretary and the Army to kill HR activists, politicians and Journalists opposed to Rajapaksha government. ‘AAVA’ Sword group in the North was the brainchild of the former Mahinda regime and its mentors were senior military officials to terrorize the Tamils. As the sword wielding ‘AAVA’ group has become a threat […]

TNA rejects Sri Lankan govt offer of 65K houses

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The Tamil National Alliance rejected the government’s offer to build 65,000 prefabricated houses in the North-East. “We don’t want those steel cages,” TNA MP, MA Sumanthiran told parliament on Friday. “We don’t want prefabricated houses. We want brick-and-mortar houses that we can give to our children and grandchildren, those that can stand the test of time and that will be permanent houses.” “We all want houses,” he added.“But we don’t want those prefabricated houses on which somebody’s making a killing.” “The prefab houses did not have a foundation… You have to fix wheels and drag it around.” “So you can’t give it to your children. Our people have been displaced time and again, but you don’t have to give them houses that can be displayed […]

Sri Lanka’s budget ignores ethnic reconciliation, says Tamil National Alliance

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COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which accounts for sixteen of the eighteen Members of Parliament from the Tamil-speaking north and east, said Sri Lanka’s annual budget ignores the pressing issue of ethnic reconciliation. TNA MP and spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express on Saturday, that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have consulted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), but did not consult the TNA. The absence of consultation with the TNA is reflected in the lack of concern for reconciliation in the budget, Sumanthiran added. The island nation’s budget was present by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government on November 10. In the war-devasted Northern Province, people are struggling to make ends  meet. But there is nothing in the budget for providing them with livelihoods, he said. […]

The GTF Submission Is An Agenda For Failure

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By Dinesh Dodamgoda – Dinesh Dodamgoda The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) published its submission for a new constitution last week. The submission contains counterproductive power-sharing suggestions, hypocrite statements, and an agenda for failure. The Submission The submission calls for institutional arrangements of inclusive decision making, partitioned decision making and predetermined decision making. Inclusive decision making mechanisms that the GFT proposes aim to share state power by including the Tamil speaking people’s will in the government by guaranteeing participation of representatives of elites from the Tamil speaking people in the making of governmental decisions. This aim is to be achieved through mandates that guarantee allocated positions in the institutions of governance (legislative, administrative, judicial and armed forces). Partitioned decision making mechanisms demand for mandates to create […]