March 2017

Sixth Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution: Contradictory, Incoherent and Unconstitutional – Dr. Barbara Jackman

16th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is Challenging Sri Lanka at the UN Against it’s Sixth Amendment TORONTO , CANADA , March 14, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — At the International Conference held on Thursday March 9th at the Delta Hotel in Toronto Dr. Barbara Louise Jackman a highly respected authority in immigration and refugee law, with particular emphasis on cases involving national security, domestic and international human rights issues, torture, and the rights and protections afforded by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Canada’s responsibilities under international treaties, described the 6th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution as a “schizophrenic clause with internal contradictions and an open violation of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. She pointed out that the amendment is not […]

EU asks for ‘concrete’ HR progress ahead of GSP+

16th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Recognises progress on several fronts including RTI, legislation on the Office of Missing Persons Detailed exchanges with PM and Mangala on constitution-making and repealing PTA     EU Working Group conclusions to be reported to EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission  The European Union has underscored the importance of the Sri Lankan Government achieving “prompt and concrete” progress on human rights ahead of the decision on GSP+ expected in May, the EU said in a statement yesterday. Both sides released a joint press statement following the meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, which kicked off on Monday. The EU delegation to the Working Group called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and met with Foreign […]

DMK dares Subramanian Swamy to prove charges on Katchatheevu

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Karunanidhi received money from Indira Gandhi to give Katchatheevu to Srilanka – Subramanian Swamy DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against the move, he said. DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangoan on Tuesday challenged BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to prove his allegation that DMK president M. Karunanidhi received money from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to agree for the granting of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka. Citing Karunanidhi’s statement on 18 April last year, he said the DMK had never agreed to part with Katchatheevu and the party had opposed it very strongly. DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against […]

Lycamobile still keen to buy Hutch

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Lycamobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating in 21 countries worldwide from London is still keen to purchase Hutch mobile in Sri Lanka. “We have made a very sound offer to the company and we were about to go ahead with the deal,” an official from Lycamobile said. He said they are still keen to go ahead. Lycamobile owned by a Sri Lankan first made an offer to buy the local company last year. While the deal was about to the inked Sri Lanka Telecom Mobile came forward with an offer which was US$ 8 million more than the quoted price of Lycamobile. This offer was hotly challenged by the some of the board members saying it was not realistic. This controversy led to […]

Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The problem is that the West does not have the courage to accept that were wrong on and in Sri Lanka If anything, now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of Sri Lanka The more they all think of any possible return of Mahinda R greater are the compulsions for them to stick together The Sinhala, Tamil and the unmentioned Muslim voters all want a permanent end to the ‘national question’ Yet another UNHRC session has come and gone. As always, nearer home and afar, Sri Lankan stake-holders to the ethnic issue have said their periodic piece(s). It means nothing to anyone concerned, or anyone who is concerned. There is a difference, though. Over the […]

Is The New Constitution A New Con?

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government has pledged us a new constitution, an inclusive constitution, an openly drafted constitution, a referendum approved constitution. Last year, the whole Government seemed to be participating in a thorough reshuffle of attitudes, principles, and expectations, with a minimum of stubbed toes. As  Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, stated at the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), “The best guarantee for non-recurrence, a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people,” seemed to be well on its way to meet us. This article would not need to proceed any further had not the symptoms of cognitive dissonance set in. Now we have Mangala Samaraweera and President Maithripala Sirisena assuring the public that there will be and will not be a new […]

Can foreign judges et al be avoided? Debate over Geneva Resolution 30/1

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Amidst mounting pressure, on the political front, with the Joint Opposition (JO) relentlessly undermining his authority, President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently ended his ‘honeymoon’ with those who had brought him to power, just over two years ago. President Sirisena has thrown a coalition that had helped him to defeat war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the January 2015, presidential polls, into disarray. The President made his move at the onset of the 34th sessions of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Obviously, the change of the President’s stance was meant to consolidate his position, both in and outside parliament. The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces assured loyalists that foreign participation in war crimes probe wouldn’t be allowed, under any circumstances. President […]

Dual citizenship Geetha cannot be an MP: AG

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Attorney General today informed the Court of Appeal that MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was still a citizen of Switzerland and according to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a person who has dual citizenship cannot be an MP. Deputy Solicitor General Janak De Silva informed Court that, according to clause 91(1) of the Constitution, she was not entitled to Parliamentary privileges and could not be a Member of Parliament. J.C. Weliamuna, counsel for the petitioners informed Court that the respondent Geetha Kumarasinghe had requested the Swiss authorities to relinquish her Swiss citizenship on August 25. But there was no documentary evidence to prove that they had revoked her Swiss citizenship. DSG de Silva said that though the respondent Kumarasinghe had asserted that she had given […]

ITAK’s arbitrary actions cause conflict in TNA – Sivasakthy Ananthan

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Secretary and Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian N. Sivasakthy Ananthan said both leaders Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are taking the most crucial decisions in the TNA. They rarely discuss and obtain the opinions of others of the constituent parties. “We obtained a people’s mandate assuring a suitable political solution within a merged North-East; solution for enforced disappearances, political prisoners and lands. However, since of late the ITAK is arbitrarily making use of this mandate that we managed to obtain with the contribution of other parties; as the ITAK is taking decisions on their own it has caused conflicts within the coalition. They have forgotten their policy obligations,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: […]

Sellamma returns home after Army occupation

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

We first met 83 year old grandmother Sellamma when she was part of a protest fast outside the Puthukudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat. At that time, her land and house across the road had been occupied by the Army for eight years. She was protesting along with her neighbours, mostly women, whose lands and houses had also been occupied by the Army. Even after a meeting with the Prime Minister in the early stages of the protest, they had vowed not to give up their protest, until their houses and lands were handed back to them. After a month’s protest, Sellamma and some of her neighbours, were successful in forcing the Sri Lankan government and its’ Armed forces to return some parts of their village back to […]

In Post-war Sri Lanka, Returning IDPs Face Fresh Challenges

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Shiran Illanperuma Staff Writer  Reporting from Keppapulavu, Mullaitivu Displaced since the last stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war, returnees from the northeastern village of Pilakudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu are busy building makeshift tents where their houses used to stand. Just a few metres away, behind barbed wire, Air Force cadets can be seen ‒ playing sports on parts of the village they still occupy. Less than a week ago, following 30 days of relentless protest and an order from President and acting Defence Minister Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lanka Air Force released 54 acres of land it had been occupying, in the Keppapulavu Division of Mullaitivu, since the end of the civil war in 2009. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion for a beleaguered […]

No organizations can interfere in Sri Lanka’s (Killing of Tamil civilians) internal affairs – Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara will leave for Geneva tomorrow leading a three-man delegation to meet UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein to mount an offensive against the case, now argued before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes, especially during the closing stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This allegation is the centrepiece of the UNHRC resolution that is widely accepted by the international community including the Tamil Diaspora. He takes a 100-page dossier of facts to buttress his arguments against the allegations. Weerasekara, Chief Coordinator of The Federation of National Association sponsored by the Global Sri Lankan Forum, told Ceylon Today that UN Human Rights Chief […]

Political Influence Threatens To Derail Lasantha Murder Probe

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya  Political influence is threatening to derail the investigations into the murder of the The Sunday Leader Founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Investigators revealed that while there was considerable progress in the investigations, interference by the highest political and military echelons of the country may force the investigations to face a deadlock. Intelligence sources revealed to The Sunday Leader that while some VIPs/VVIPs and high profile individuals have been linked to the murder following the interrogation of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) intelligence sleuths, the interference of political and military stalwarts have prevented the Police from taking action against the VIPs in question. Investigations have revealed the final orders to murder Wickremetunga had been issued by a Colonel, who was a former intelligence operative and attached to the Commando Regiment. The Colonel is […]

NM was dead right in 1955-56 to stand against Sinhala Only

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Backbone needed to defy not capitulate to bigotry The UNHRC process; the blind leading the blinder by Kumar David His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena is no Lincoln or Lenin; not even an NM. You need a backbone to stand up and defy racists, not to capitulate to them. Does a Sinhala politician need a backbone to cringe and do the bidding of chauvinists? SWRD would have required a backbone to persist with the B-C Pact, but not to surrender to saffron bigots and shred it. If Dudley had a spine he would have stood with the Dudley-Chelva Agreement; instead he proved another invertebrate. Sirisena says “he is neither disposed to doing things the foreign NGO way, nor inclined to help bring charge sheets against the […]

‘Security Forces in Sri Lanka Continue to Operate With Impunity’

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Yasmin Sooka spoke to The Wire about Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, the sequencing of judicial mechanisms for the same and the role other countries can play. Yasmin Sooka. Credit: Youtube screenshot Yasmin Sooka is the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, and the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP). She is regarded as a leading human rights lawyer, activist and an international expert in the fields of transitional justice, gender and international war crimes. She previously served on the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Would you tell us a little bit about ITJP’s work? ITJP documents human rights violations and abuses as well as gathers evidence for the purposes of […]

Palani leaves no bullet unturned to become saviour of Tamil cause

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI:  After becoming the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami has perhaps got his first chance to become the great Tamil saviour. Reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi that protecting the life and liberty of fishermen from Tamil Nadu is the duty of the governments they headed, Palaniswami said the present escalation in the Palk Strait, in which a fisherman from Ramanathapuram was shot dead allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, should not be ignored or tolerated under any circumstance. “Such inhuman and barbaric tactics by the Sri Lankan side completely nullifies  the diplomatic efforts that have been undertaken, including the understanding reached in several meetings between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India, as well as the recently-concluded Joint Working […]

War Hero Wife Begins Witch-Hunt Against Whistle Blowers

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Questions arise as to where funds and donations have gone Mrs Anoma Fonseka has not responded to the many attempts to be contacted  The main reason for this could be lack of response to justify her conduct, RSA source claim Anoma Fonseka and the Mitsubishi Montero V98W XSR Three Criminal Investigation Department (CID) agents have been reportedly stationed at the Ranaviru Services Authority in order to report on public officials and whistle-blowers leaking information to media and anti-corruption activists, The Sunday Leader learns. The agents have been given the task of uncovering the sources who had leaked the documents revealing fraudulent activities to The Sunday Leader which were published recently. The matter has been discussed several times at the Ranawiru Services Authority […]

IMPLEMENTATION OF UN RESOLUTION : TNA EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Parliamentarians and Provincial Councillors of TNA’s constituent parties met in Vavunia yesterday presided over by TNA leader R. Sampanthan and decided to demand for full implementation of the Geneva Resolution 30/1 which meant giving more time for the Government to fulfill its promises. The EPRLF however, had opposed saying that the party will distance itself from yesterday’s agreement.At a meeting held at the Vanni Inn TNA’s people’s representatives, including provincial councilors of Eastern and Northern provinces, concluded that they should demand the Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan Tamils would be allowed to reap full benefits of the resolution 30/1 if the Government backtracks in its pledges. The resolution passed in Geneva in 2015 calls for a hybrid court with international judges and prosecutors […]

Sri Lanka risks censure as president falters on war legacy

11th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Colombo (AFP) – President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka promising justice for war crimes, breaking from his hawkish predecessor and presenting the island with its first real shot at a lasting peace. But that optimism has been sorely tested as Sirisena, having missed a two-year deadline to investigate war-era abuses, declared he would never prosecute his soldiers, rejecting outright fresh UN calls for an international trial. “I am not going to allow non-governmental organisations to dictate how to run my government,” he said a day after the UN criticised Sri Lanka’s “worrying slow” progress in facing its wartime past. “I will not listen to their calls to prosecute my troops.” His defiant tone marked a sharp shift from the conciliatory approach that […]

CID DIGS SKELETONS

11th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Trincomalee student killings Karuna’s UK criminal conviction for fake diplomatic passport The CID is actively investigating several violent crimes and other serious offences that were not pursued by the police under the former regime, the Nation reliably learns. While public attention has been focused on the investigations into attacks on media personnel following the surprise arrests of five army spies last month for the abduction and torture of former Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr, court records reveal that the investigations include a probe into the use of a false passport by former LTTE deputy leader Karuna Amman to travel to the United Kingdom in 2007. The CID informed court last month that Karuna travelled to the UK using a false diplomatic passport, and that officials […]

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