27th June 2017

Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) Wants Complaints Against the Working of Departments Under Chief Minister Wigneswaran to be Investigated.

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By P.K.Balachandran The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the principal constituent of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is demanding a probe into complaints about the working of departments directly under Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran. “There are complaints against departments directly under the Chief Minister. That is why the ITAK has asked for an investigation into complaints against all the five members of the Board of Ministers including the Chief Minister,” said M.A.Sumanthiran, MP and spokesman of the TNA. The Chief Minister had a probe conducted by a three-man commission into four members of the Board of Ministers. But the ITAK says the Chief Minister’s way of probing was illegal and constitutional, because probes against any member of the […]

Govt divided virtually into three factions – Gamini Lokuge

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Joint Opposition MP Gamini Lokuge, in an interview with Daily Mirror, speaks about the current political situation of the country and his group’s plan for the future. He shared the following: How do you look at the current political situation? There is no redress for the country economically. People face untold difficulties in their day-to-day lives. The entire country has ground to a standstill. There is no solution in sight to problems confronting the country as a whole. The govt has not worked out solutions to demands by the trade unions. Also, doctors have struck work demanding solutions to matters of their concern. They also remain unresolved. The government is becoming more and more repressive only. As a politician, you worked with the trade union […]

Zeid notes Sarath’s petition based on May’s statement admin By admin

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein took note of a petition submitted to the President of the UN Human Rights Council by Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara based on a statement made by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. In a speech delivered at the Law Society in London Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that international human rights law is now an easy target.  “Earlier this month, Britain’s Prime Minister called for human rights laws to be overturned if they were to “get in the way” in the fight against terrorism. Specifically, Theresa May said there was a need “to restrict the freedom and movement of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat, but not evidence to prosecute them in full in […]

Reporter seeks justice for ‘white van’ torture in Sri Lanka

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The sight of a white van still haunts Poddala Jayantha, a Sri Lankan journalist exiled in the U.S. Eight years after he was abducted in his home country, he says he saw only a pair of hands pulling him inside the vehicle where he was tortured for hours. He had broken bones in both his legs, fingers smashed, body burnt, beard and hair cut and stuffed inside his mouth. A group of tricycle taxi drivers found him dumped by the side of a deserted road and took him to a hospital. The decades-long civil war has ended, but the suspects in Jayantha’s ordeal are still at large. On a visit back to Sri Lanka, Jayantha is now pressing his case for justice but it’s far […]

Australia deports group of Sri Lankans from Christmas Island

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The return of Sri Lankans from Christmas Island in Australia to Colombo overnight on a Government charter jet has fuelled speculation that Australian Border Force has inter­cepted a suspected asylum vessel in the past week, Th Australian newspaper reported. A plane chartered by the ­Department of Immigration and Border Protection has left the Australian territory in the early hours of last morning with about 20 people — some of them guards and interpreters — onboard. Sri Lankan nationals were led up the steps of the plane with a guard on each side. Christmas Island residents yesterday linked the deportations to an unusual spectacle last Thursday when two of the navy’s rigid inflatable vessels were seen towing a small boat close to the horizon. The last […]

Mannar Catholic Diocese condemns police threats against protesting priest

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The Mannar catholic community has condemned police threats made against the parish priest of Iranai Matha Church for joining and supporting the land-return protests of Iranaithivu villagers. Reverend Father Arul Selvan was threatened by a police officer while supporting a road-block protest undertaken by the people of Iranaithivu, on their 54th day of protest, on Friday. The Manner Diocese Catholic Union reiterated in a statement on Sunday thats its priests had always been united with the people and their struggles. “No-one can forget that our priests even gave their lives during the war, staying with and serving the people until the very end,” the statement said. The union condemned police and military threats on religious leaders and activists, and called for the local police to […]