23rd December 2016

War Crimes in Allepo: Sri Lanka Yesterday, Syria Today – TGTE

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The brutal war crimes committed in recent days against residents of Allepo, Syria by Russian and Syrian government forces are painfully reminscent of the genocide of Eelam Tamils carried out by the Sri Lankan regime in 2009. And this time too the international community has abjectly failed to protect the lives of innocent civilians and uphold global conventions and rule of law in any manner. According to a document submitted to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria by several human rights groups Russian air strikes in the Aleppo region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children. The document lists some 304 alleged attacks carried out primarily between July and December in violation of international laws prohibiting killing of civilians. In mid-2009 when […]

JO EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTITUTION

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The so-called joint opposition today announced that it will extend conditional support to the Constitution proposed by the unity government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The government commenced the process to enact a new Constitution for the country last year. The Constitutional reforms process commenced with the appointment of the public representation committee. Parliament was also transformed into a Constitutional Assembly for the process of the enacting the new constitution. At present, a Parliamentary Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed to formulate the draft for new Constitution. Under six categories, subcommittees will deliberate subjects to be included in the new Constitution. Meanwhile, Parliament is scheduled to debate the reports submitted by the sub committees on […]

Cheating Sinhalese in proposal and Tamils through outcome

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JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has made two statements regarding reconciliation via constitutional reform. Firstly, he has said that a referendum on a new constitution should not be approached the way the Presidential Election was fought. In that election, the Northern and Eastern Provinces voted overwhelmingly for President Sirisena, who was the default candidate of the United National Party and as such was backed to the hilt by the coalition led by that party. What Anura K is saying, then, is that in this instance voters should not back a UNP-drafted proposal. In other words, as far as the JVP is concerned, this is not something to do with Mahinda Rajapaksa and indeed is a larger issue that has little to do with regimes, regime-change, […]

Sri Lanka in danger of falling back into Rajapaksa tyranny

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Despite the progress made over a few minor matters, since the silent revolution on January 8, 2015, which established the coalition government, no good governance has been established thus far and Sri Lanka is dangerously getting closer to relapsing into a “Rajapaksa dictatorship”, a renowned economist warned this week. According to Institute of Policy Studies Chairman Prof. Razeen Sally, Sri Lanka is currently just drifting without making much progress in any of the crucial fronts, which will soon make the whole landscape unstable, risking the country relapsing into “a Rajapaksa-like scenario” that existed in the past. “With the rising social discontent, particularly outside Colombo, I think this scenario (a relapse into a Rajapaksa-like scenario) becomes more plausible by the day or by the month in […]

Constitution making process: JO spells out non-negotiable conditions

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The Joint Opposition yesterday stressed that its participation in the ongoing constitutional making process would be subject to 14 non-negotiable conditions. The JO grouping comprises 51 members of parliament elected on the UPFA ticket at Aug 17, 2015 parliamentary polls. JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena and former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said that the JO had explained its position to the government, which, they said, was divided over the proposed constitutional reforms. Prof. Peiris highlighted the sharp differences between the UNP and the SLFP on key features including the status of executive presidency. In addition to constitutional reforms, the JO addressed several issues at the media briefing at the Dr N. M. Perera Centre. Prof. Peiris said the UNP and […]

Proposed constitution won’t endanger security – Prez

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President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces has assured a delegation of ex-servicemen led by retired Rear Admiral and former UPFA Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekera that the proposed Constitution wouldn’t be inimical to national security. President Maithripala Sirisena also emphasised that he would always look after the interests of the armed forces. The assurance was given when the ex-servicemen met the President at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. A spokesperson for the Presidential Secretariat told The Island that they had discussed problems faced by ex-servicemen and an assurance had been given to them that their welfare would be looked after (SF)

President Obama Urged to De-list Tamil Tigers from the US Terrorism List: Tamils for Obama

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WASHINGTON DC, USA, December 20, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — A spokesman for Tamils for Obama urged President Obama to delist the Tamil Tigers from the US Terrorism list. Many Tamils are suffering from the listing of Tamil Tigers . Because of the listing of Tamil Tigers, it creates pain for many US Tamils when they travel to abroad and when they return to US. They have to go through many hours of interrogation. Some US Tamils have asked us to convince President Obama to help us by removing Tamil Tigers from the list. Obama can give Tamils a little relief by de-listing the Tamil Tiger during this Christmas and giving season. The Tamil Tiger were defunct and no more of them. No Tiger activities reported for […]