4th May 2017

“Govt co-sponsorship of UNHRC Resolution tantamount to an innocent man offering a sword to behead him”

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Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University of Sri Lanka Raja Gunaratne, in an interview with Dailymirror, says the OHCHR report entails grave danger for the country. He says it is baffling to see the government co-sponsoring the UNHRC resolution as no responsible state would do so in any part of the world. Mr. Gunaratne, as a legal academic with a nationalist bent, played a key role drafting a report countering the allegations against the military in the OHCHR report. That report was presented to the UNHRC by former MP Sarath Weerasekara. He shared the following:      Q What compelled you to compile this report? The simple reason is that the OHCHR report is very serious. It makes very serious allegations against our […]

My family will rule again – Mahinda

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By Revata S. Silva Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the Joint Opposition’s May Day rally at the Galle Face Green, said the mammoth gathering signified that the end of the government had come. “This massive gathering will pave the way for a new government,” an elated former President told tens of thousands of people who had converged at the Galle Green, encompassing about 18 acres. After elaborating on some of the development programmes initiated by his government, Rajapaksa tore into the present administration for bringing the country’s development to a halt. “Talking about a false ‘Rajapaksa debt trap’ they have stopped all the development work.” Members of the Joint Opposition, leaders of parties of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance and various worker organisations addressed the […]

Message from Sri Lanka rallies – Chauvinist forces are threatening to re-emerge

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Leaders use May Day platforms to reach out to their support bases One would have thought that political parties here would use this year’s May Day platform to reach out to agitating contractual workers or government doctors. But Tuesday’s rallies turned out be almost entirely about political messaging by leaders to their electorates, preoccupying observers with which leader’s rally drew the largest crowd. Much of this was centred on the rally organised by the Joint Opposition, a faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that supports former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at Galle Face, Colombo’s iconic seafront. Big crowd Compared to Mr. Rajapaksa’s earlier attempts to gather supporters in a public rally, Tuesday’s meeting saw a far bigger crowd, with people from the southern and […]

Asoka Gunawardana told LLRC : ”Reconciliation must be envisioned within an institutional framework for Democratic Governance”

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Tape 1 – 25.08.2010 – Mr. Asoka Gunawardana CHAIRMAN – opening statement Mr. Gunawardana, before we commence I wish to outline the procedure that is adopted by this Commission. Any person could make representations either in public or in camera – the choice is left to the person who is making those representations. At the end of your representations the Commissioners are entitled to ask you questions on anything arising from the representations that you make or in relation to any matter that is relevant in terms of the Warrant. Now, there also you can respond either in public or in camera – the choice is yours. That is the procedure that we adopt in the course of the working of the Commission. So I […]

Horrific past abuses should not be sacrificed on the altar of trade concessions.

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4th May 2017 Press Release The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is deeply concerned over Cabinet approval for a policy and legal framework relating to the proposed Counter-Terrorism Act. We have not been consulted on the terms of the draft framework, which has recently appeared in the press and appears to be a Cabinet memorandum approved on 25th April 2017. We are shocked by the extent to which the draft framework curtails civil liberties, erodes judicial control over the state security apparatus and the staggering potential for abuse and torture. We are unequivocally committed to supporting a legal framework that would prevent and punish acts of terrorism in a manner that is lawful, in compliance with fundamental rights and the rule of law. To this end, […]