3rd July 2017

Memorandum on Disappeared Tamils in Sri Lanka Handed over to UN Secretary General : TGTE

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New initiatives to be launched on August 30th, the International Disappearance Day. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), in association with many mothers, relatives and friends of the Tamil victims of enforced disappearance in the island of Sri Lanka, recently held demonstrations around the world. Following the demonstration outside the United Nations in New York, a memorandum was handed over to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. For over 114 days, the relatives and friends of the victims of Enforced Disappearances have staged a continuous protest by the roadside in Kilinochchi in the North Eastern part of the island, demanding that their children and family members be brought back home or an investigation be conducted with the participation of international experts about the fate […]

PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR FARTING IN MOSQUE DURING RAMADAN

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http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/pakistan-man-sentenced-to-death-for-farting-in-mosque-during-ramadan/ A Pakistani judge has sentenced a man to be executed after he was expelled 17 times from 6 different mosques for excessive farting during the period of the Ramadan reports the Islamabad Herald this week. The Ramadan is the most important religious festival for Muslims and the judge declared that he had indisposed people of the faith and even caused 53 people at one time to leave the mosque during a prayer, a “blasphemous act” which should be punished “according to Allah’s will.” The judge was lenient, have admitted many experts in the region, as he gave the convicted man the choice of being beheaded or stoned to death. “The law is clear, he should be stoned to death, beheading is a very light […]

‘The only ‘disappeared’ persons whose cases will be those of the LTTE, so lets not do it’ says Mahinda!

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All Members of Parliament should be mindful that passing a proposed new bill into law will be a clear case of betraying the country to the pro-LTTE Diaspora and the interested foreign parties backing them, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. “A Bill has been gazetted to incorporate into the law of Sri Lanka, the provisions of the ‘International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances’ which was hurriedly signed and ratified by the present government. Clause 8 of this Bill enables foreign countries to seek the extradition of a Sri Lankan who is suspected, accused or convicted of having caused enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka,” he stated in a statement. Full statement:  When such a request is made, the government of Sri […]

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS REACH JOURNEY’S END : MINORITY PARTIES PRESENT CANDID OPINION

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agreed on the basic contours Four minority parties, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) led by Mano Ganeshan, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Minister Rauf Hakeem, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Badiudeen and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Douglas Devananda submitted a common set of proposals to the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee. The TPA formed in 2015, consists of the Democratic People’s Front, National Union of Workers and the Upcountry People’s Front. This Union largely represents the Tamils, mostly Indian origin Tamils, living outside the North and East provinces. The SLMC and the ACMC are the voice of the Muslim majority and the EPDP represents mainly the southern Tamils. While they have slightly differing views on electoral reforms, religion and […]

For Mavai Senathirajah 27 years of pain is over

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By Manekshaw Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah became the first high profile Internally Displaced Person (IDP) to return last week to his house in Mavittapuram, in the Jaffna peninsula, after a lapse of 27 years. The ITAK, being the foremost Tamil political party founded by late S.J.V. Chelvanayagam seven decades ago, still remains a powerful political outfit winning the confidence of the majority of people in the North and East to fulfil their political aspirations. As a youth front member of the ITAK, Mavai S. Senathirajah with several other young men, remained staunch supporters of the ITAK engaging in all types of political activities. Senathirajah was one of the first young Tamil political activists to be […]

The Politics behind the BBS

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) in its very name suggests something approximating, if not exceeding, a show of force. Specifically, and paradoxically, Buddhist Force! Last week the BBS said it would very possibly be sooner or later registering its own political party to fight for the ‘Buddhist Cause’ because political parties cannot be depended on to achieve that end, whatever that might be. The BBS enjoyed impunity under the Rajapaksa regime and now it would seem that the BBS has a champion in Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Withanage has reportedly told UCANEWS that the BBS recently discussed with Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya the possibility of registering a political party to contest the forthcoming elections.” Besides the BBS, there’s the Sinhala […]

Sri Lanka’s Deepening Political Crisis: Not Losing An Opportunity To Lose Another Opportunity

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By Jayadeva Uyangoda – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda Is the Yahapalanaya (‘good governance’) regime jointly led President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe slowly abandoning its political reform commitments made during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections of 2015? Are the government leaders working towards their own political downfall, leaving the space for the return to illiberal and authoritarian politics? Are our President and the Prime Minister proving the point often being made by the cynics that Sri Lankan leaders will hardly lose an opportunity to lose an opportunity for peace building and political reforms? These are questions any vigilant observer of Sri Lanka’s current politics will not hesitate to ask. Many may even provide answers in the affirmative. There are three components in the yahapalanaya government’s reform agenda, peace building, democratization […]