15th July 2017

More on ‘clash’ between Justice Minister and UN official

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Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake involved in the disappearance of 11 persons during the closing stages of the conflict.  Government Minister pointed out that British Premier Theresa May’s recent vow to protect officers and men fighting terrorism at the expense of human rights laws (so he was correct in protecting Rajapaksha family from the War Crimes committed by them)   Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with Ben Emmerson, QC, Special Rapporteur at the onset of a meeting over latter leveling unsubstantiated allegations at law enforcement authorities and the judiciary. Emmerson had a series of meetings over the past few days after his unexpected encounter with the Justice Minister early this week. At his meeting with the Justice Minister Emmerson accused […]

A peace dividend of no enforced disappearances

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By Harim Peiris Recent weeks have witnessed a political debate over the presentation by the government of the enabling legislation for the enactment of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Much of the criticisms of the proposed Act seems to stem from misinformation and a misconception about what the proposed Act is all about and what it seeks to achieve. 1. This is for the future not the past The first point which must be noted with regard to the enabling legislation for the protection from enforced disappearances, is that it is for the future and not for the past. There is no intent or provision in the law to make it retroactive, the law will only be valid […]

UN special rapporteur visits Lanka’s Tamil political detainees

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“I will seek to provide assistance in the discussion of the country’s counter-terrorism policy and legal framework, as well as in the preparation and drafting of relevant legislative acts, with a view to ensuring that measures taken by the Government are in compliance with international human rights law,” he had said before arriving in Sri Lanka colombo, Jul 13 For the first time, a special UN rapporteur today visited the Tamil political prisoners arrested under Sri Lanka‘s anti-terrorism laws in the Northern Province to get a first-hand information on their human rights situation. Ben Emmerson, the special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, is visiting the island nation since July 10 on a five-day trip following an invitation by the Sri Lankan government. His visit is aimed […]

SL Government Minister says the UN stand here unfair and unacceptable!

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson, QC, over UN intervention here as regards promotion and protection of human rights. Sri Lanka in December 2015 extended a standing invitation to the UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders. Emmerson began a five-day official visit here on July 10 to gather first-hand information about what the UN described as post-war initiatives in the area of counter-terrorism and assess how they affect the people. Minister Rajapaksa strongly questioned the UN official resulting in an unprecedented fiery argument early this week, well informed sources said, adding that the meeting took place at the Justice Ministry. Sources said Emmerson had been somewhat […]

New Constitution will save our soldiers from their war crimes

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By Prageeth Sampath Joint Opposition and SLFP Member of Parliament Prasanna Ranatunga says that they have clearly set forth their stand that the Unitary State and the prominence accorded to Buddhism in the Constitution cannot be compromised in the new Constitution. Excerpts: Q: Why are you getting ready for a snap election? A: We are ready for elections at any moment but the government is afraid of them. Q: Why did you launch your campaign in Trincomalee? A: It is only one of our planned rallies. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people were urging us to hold a rally there. Q: While you are struggling to topple the government, they call off the elections. What is the reason for that? A: Government is afraid of the […]

Sri Lanka’s Difficulty With Truth

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War is messy, leaving in its wake, not just death, injuries and destruction, but persistent distrust. To heal, there needs to be communication, understanding, and above all a sense of righting wrongs. In this, Sri Lanka’s Government is faltering, despite promises to its own people, as well as to the international community. Sri Lanka’s three-decade war with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) killed an estimated 100,000 civilians, left many more injured and displaced, and widened a seeming unbridgeable rift between the minority Tamil and Muslim communities, and majority Sinhalese communities. After an October 2015 pledge to the United Nations Human Rights Council to address justice and accountability, Sri Lanka’s Government in 2016 embarked on a nation-wide consultation to find ways to deliver […]

Discrimination of Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka and Struggle for Recognition

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Dr G K Nathan The Island at the Southern tip of Indian subcontinent is known by different names: Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Eelam etc., where Sinhala and Tamil people have lived for many millennia, but Sinhala language is the latest of the two in comparison with Tamil language, which is one of the few oldest living languages. Looking back, Indian subcontinent, Australia and Sri Lanka were part of the Lemuria continent  in the Indian and Pacific Oceans; it is also called Kumari Kandam in Tamil. The Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 revealed, along Tamil Nadu coast, part of archaeological remains that were swallowed by the rising ocean, many thousands of years ago. Also emerging recent archaeological evidence of old Tamil civilization in the West coast of Indian Sub-continent and in current […]

Assistance to Flood Affected Communities as a Measure of Confidence Building Mechanism Among Peoples

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PRESS RELEASE   14 Friday, July 2017   ‘Assistance to Flood Affected Communities as a Measure of Confidence Building Mechanism Among Peoples’: Joint Statement by Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement and the Global Tamil Forum   The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in partnership with Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement conducted medical camps over ten days, in the floods affected rural villages of Kalutara and Matara Districts, concluding on the 11th of July 2017. Having witnessed from overseas, the devastation caused by the recent floods in the South of Sri Lanka, and the agony and personal loss suffered by the people, Sri Lankans living overseas who are members of the GTF felt that they must come to the assistance of their brethren in Sri Lanka, in their time of need. Although […]

Tamils Need Very Very Urgent Attention’ ;Tamil Genocidal Alliance Powers

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Release May 17 Movement leader without any further delay. Now Tamil Nadu Rules by the BJP Indian Government / RSS / RAW, which party bought whole ADMK members for multi billion rupees. The whole ADMK members well controls by the BJP government So whoever comes to power in ADMK will work under BJP government including Ms Sasikala family so the world Tamil organisations should strongly oppose the ADMK party and DMK party. Tamils shouldn’t support any Diravida parties in Tamil Nadu.    The Genocidal Indian Government and their policy makers works against to Tamils and to their aspirations, because of this the Tamil Genocidal BJP / ADMK / RAW / RSS / DMK / United Nations / Mullivaikal Foreign Genocidal Alliance Powers together made many deadliest plans to carryout […]