2nd December 2016

Voices from the margins of the north

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By Frances Bulathsinghala Interviews with some of Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable war-affected persons in the north show that a meaningful post war reconciliation process to them includes action towards human development, based on a comprehensive and consistent post conflict development policy that is focused on knowledge and understanding of grass root scenarios. There is no consistent and meaningful livelihood-focused training undertaken as part of a concrete State policy to deal with the human crisis created by 30 years of conflict that fragmented the lives of thousands. Many of those who are in acutely vulnerable situations such as being disabled, widowed, located outside town centres and living with extended families on account of losing their houses and livelihood in the war, say that they have received […]

Killed after he attempted to uncover Sri Lankan government corruption!

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A Sri Lankan couple fearing harm after their family members were shot and killed by underworld criminal have been granted refugee status. The husband and wife told the Immigration and Protection Tribunal they feared for their lives because of familial connection to the husband’s late father and uncle, who had both been allegedly assassinated. The uncle was shot and killed allegedly by underworld criminal after he attempted to uncover Sri Lankan government corruption and the father killed after seeking justice for the uncle’s killing. The alleged killers have not be prosecuted and remain at large. The husband is Sinhalese and a Buddhist, and was born in Colombo in the late 1980s. After completing his schooling in 2007, he moved to a country named by the […]

Mahinda has covert dealings with Ranil

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By Anuradha Herath Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) General Secretary Tilvin Silva said in an interview that the Joint Opposition is a gang of thieves who have got together with Rajapaksa. Excerpts of the interview: ?: It seems as if revealing fraud and corruption is only of promotional advantage to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna? A: The role of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is to reveal frauds and corruption of the government and citizens. We did not stop at massive criticism and just lodging complaints. We have fought towards taking maximum action in connection with those. We revealed to the country the corruption and frauds of the Rajapaksas, as well as the Maithri-Ranil partnership. We revealed it through COPE. ?: Why is there a delay in taking […]

TNA to Govt:You haven’t fooled us

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The Government should not think it has fooled the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), MP M A Sumanthiran told Parliament yesterday. “Don’t think you have fooled us just because we support you on constitutional reforms and vote in favour of the budget,” he said. He said the government should expedite the process of devolving power and honour its promise to the international community. He urged the government to set up an office to probe disappearances. (Yohan Perera) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/TNA-to-Govt-You-haven-t-fooled-us-120036.html#sthash.h9NRY3DW.dpuf

South should accept Former Chief Justice and current CM of the Northern Province Wigneswaran’s invitation for dialogue

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The man in the North often used as a punching bag by Sinhala hardliners and for sensational headlines and soundbites for the Colombo media, on Tuesday 22 November came to their doorstep to invite them for an open dialogue on Northern and Eastern issues.    “We are trying to get in contact and talk to our Sinhala brethren, because this has not been done earlier. We could sit together and discuss. Now that young brother of mine asked all sorts of questions and he was worked up. That’s good…..These questionings, answering, discussion, these are all very important. See, we are trying to engage…..We may possibly even have it next in Galle.” Justice Wigneswaran, CM of the Northern Province told a journalist, answering his question at […]

Remembering those killed in the war by JVP and LTTE

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“For the first time in seven years, events of Maveerar Day for the commemoration of the valiant militants who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil Eelam struggle were held in public and in full swing yesterday with emotional fervour.”   This was how the SudarOli, one of the Tamil dailys published in Colombo started to explain in its front page lead story, the remembrance of LTTE cadres who died in their fight for a separate Tamil State, by their relatives in the North and the East on November 27, under the headline “The Tamil motherland rises up, the abodes where the great heroes slumber were lit up, people wail at the places where there were graves.” The story continues; “Although the abodes where the great […]