26th February 2017

If the referendum is won by the Sinhalese with a majority of over 95 per cent

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If the government opts for a Constitutional referendum, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will achieve its objectives regardless of the referendum results, the Joint Opposition Parliamentarian MP Keheliya Rambukwella a Mahinda loyalist said yesterday. Addressing the press, JO Parliamentarian MP Keheliya Rambukwella said the reason behind TNA calling for a referendum was because the TNA would benefit from it even if the referendum was lost. If the referendum is won by the Sinhalese with a majority of over 95 per cent, the TNA would complain to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) while stating that it was the reason why they were unable to live in harmony with the Sinhalese for 65 years TNA could also expose the abuse of power by successive Sinhale governments over […]

Judges was in the habit of giving judgments to suit the previous regime! – President Maithiri

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Many believe that Mahinda Rajapaksa was dislodged, after a decade in power without serious challenge, by his former health minister Maithripala Sirisena, only in a closely contested presidential race. Though the result evoked surprise and only reluctantly accepted by Mahinda, the writing on the wall was become evident in the course of the campaign. Desperate ruling alliance supporters became increasingly violent towards the end of the campaign. At the end, the common opposition comprising all sections of Lankan ethnic groups won over the ruling United Progressive Freedom Alliance by a margin of more than 300,000 votes. Actually, Rajapaksa decided to go for snap elections to avoid the risk of facing a much stronger anti-incumbency sentiment two years later. Cunningly, Mahinda observed the definitive decline in his […]

Failing the Victims: An Expert Assessment of Sri Lankan Government’s Transitional Justice Efforts – Geneva Press Club

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The Geneva Press Club – Club suisse de la Presse, in collaboration with the Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP). Press conference on the following topic: Failing the Victims: An Expert Assessment of the Sri Lankan Government’s Transitional Justice Efforts With: 1) Mr. Richard J Rogers MAP Member, Lawyer, International criminal law and Human Rights expert 2) Mr. Andrew Ianuzzi MAP Member, Lawyer, International criminal law expert When: Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 2:45 pm Where: The Geneva Press Club – Club suisse de la Presse Contact: Phone: +41 22 546 14 44 ; Email: info@pressclub.ch NOTE: The event will be live streamed at: http://pressclub.ch/failing-the-victims-an-expert-… On 28 February 2017, the Monitoring Accountability Panel (“MAP”) will issue its Second Spot Report, which will coincide with the 34th session of […]

Appeal to UK Prime Minister: Sri Lanka War Crimes – Refer Sri Lanka to UN General Assembly

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“UK SHOULD NOT SPONSOR OR SUPPORT A ROLL-OVER RESOLUTION WITH AN EXTENSION OF TIME, AS REQUESTED BY THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT” LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, February 23, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK TO SIGN THE APPEAL TO UK PRIME MINISTER: https://www.change.org/p/the-right-honorable-theresa-may-prime-minister-of-the-united-kingdom-enough-is-enough-un-human-rights-council-now-refer-sri-lanka-to-the-un-general-assembly?recruiter=14863130&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink According to UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka around 70 thousand Tamils were killed in six months in 2009 and Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by Sri Lankan Security forces and have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. To address these issues, numerous resolutions on Sri Lanka were passed in UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since the war ended, seven years ago. Time and space in good faith with encouragement were given to Sri Lanka to implement UN Resolutions […]