22nd August 2017

‘I regret we could not spend more time with Prabha,’- Erick Solheim

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If we had spent more time with LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran, we would probably be able to influence him more, Erik Solheim, the Norwegian peace mediator in the 30-year-long Sri Lanka civil war, said in a conversation with WION’s Padma Rao Sundarji.  Padma Rao Sundarji: How and when did the government of Norway decide to mediate in Sri Lanka and why did they pick you? Erik Solheim: We were invited in absolute secrecy by the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga. At the time, only two people in Colombo knew, she and foreign minister Lakshman Kadiragamar. It stayed like that for one-and-a-half years. Only later, it became public.I believe we were invited because we could potentially be acceptable to India as a small nation. And, we were […]

Suhada Gamlath reveals how Mahinda tried to win a rape case!

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No one forgets that the law of the jungle prevailed during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Mahinda became a lawyer thanks to Felix Dias Bandaranaike. It is now coming to light that Mahinda used the law of the jungle not to gain experience. This story was told by his contemporary Suhada Gamlath, who went onto become the solicitor general.  A rape case was heard at the Matara high court around 35 years ago. Then a state counsel, Suhada appeared for the victim, while the accused was represented by Mahinda. Both were friends at the time. Giving evidence, the woman told the court in detail how she was raped while looking for firewood in the jungle. When asked by Suhada if the rapist was present in the […]

Police Intimidates Member Of EC After He Criticised Police For Working In Sinhalese In North And East

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A member of the Election Commission, Prof.S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole has been intimidated by the police, a highly placed source closed to the Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council told Colombo Telegraph. Police officer Wanninayake speaks to Prof Jeevan Hoole’s elder brother Dr. Rajan Hoole with Black Maria like vehicle (WP LF 0711) and armed police According to a complaint made by Prof. Ratnajeewan Hoole, mid-morning on 16th August, an armed police party called at the home of Prof. Hoole in Jaffna and wanted to take him away to the Jaffna police station under an old warrant issued in 2011 at the instigation of Douglas Devananda that everyone knew was vindictive. “There is no doubt that the attempted arrest was triggered by Prof. Hoole’s role as an outspoken […]

Govt Gazettes Establishment of a Missing Persons Office While Protecting Police and Military Personnel Responsible for Disappearances Crimes.

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By Vijith Samarasinghe Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena last month signed a gazette to establish an Office on Missing Persons (OMP) so as to pretend to be delivering justice for the tens of thousands of people who disappeared during the country’s three-decade communal war and civil emergencies. In reality, this is a desperate attempt by the government to paint itself in “democratic” colouring, while protecting and further arming the same police and military forces responsible for these crimes. More than 20,000 people, mainly Tamils, went missing during the 26-year communal war that ended in May 2009. Tens of thousands of Sinhala youth also disappeared during the suppression of rural unrest in the 1988–1990 period. These people were abducted by the security forces or associated paramilitary […]

Supreme Court Rules Federalism is not Separatism

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ByD.B.S.Jeyaraj The month of August saw a flurry of hectic political activity in Sri Lanka. The statement made by controversial minister Ravi Karunayake at the Presidential Commission of inquiry followed by his resignation, the move to postpone Provincial council polls by way of the 20th Constitutional amendment, the revolt within UNP ranks against the conduct of maverick UNP minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and the fast tracking of probes concerning allegations against family members of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa along with other issues like the SAITM affair etc have been drawing the attention of the nation at large for the past few weeks. Priyasath Dep takes oath-as new Chief-Justice In the midst of all this August excitement, the supreme court of Sri Lanka delivered a landmark judgement of […]

Face-lift for Thileepan monument Damaged by various parties

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By Mirudhula Thambiah The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is to work with the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC) to renovate and preserve the Thileepan monument, which was subjected to constant destruction by various parties since its inception in 1988. NPC Chairman C. V .K. Sivagnanam said the monument in Nallur is dilapidated and a decision was adopted by the house to take necessary action to clean the surroundings and renovate it. This monument was initially erected in 1988, but was destroyed by various groups and was reinstated in 1999. “We will collaboratively carry out the task with the JMC to initially……clean the place where the monument is situated as it is surrounded by pollution. There is an ice cream parlour opposite the monument, where customers have […]

IS suicide bomber attempted to brainwash Sri Lankans

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The Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber attempted to brainwash Sri Lankans using Facebook other personal messenger services, the Press Trust of India reported. IS today claimed that an Indian suicide bomber killed a “number” of people in an attack in Syria’s north west Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the terror group. In a statement in Arabic via its Amaq propaganda agency, the IS identified the Indian suicide bomber as Abu Yusuf al- Hindi, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitoring firm. The terror group claimed killing and wounding a “number” of what it described as “Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) apostates” in the suicide attack involving the Indian bomber. However, there was no confirmation about the IS claim by the Indian agencies. Abu Yusuf al-Hindi […]

Sri Lanka leads the world for torture, again

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Sri Lanka is once again top in a global list of states that torture its citizens. This is the sixth year in a row that Sri Lanka  has been named as the leading state in torture. UK based Freedom from Torture (FFT) that has helped people from 76 countries to overcome torture has met with 230 victims from Sri Lanka, last year. The number is much higher than the torture victims from the second in the list, Iran. FFT has seen 140 torture victims from Iran. ‘Nothing changed’ “In 2016, Sri Lanka was the top country of origin for torture survivors referred to Freedom from Torture services for the sixth year in a row. These referrals include people who have been detained and tortured since the […]

EU asserts UN resolution on Sri Lanka must be implemented

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The European Union (EU) today asserted that Sri Lanka must fully implement the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “There is no change in the EU support for the full implementation of the UNHRC resolution,” the EU office in Colombo said. The EU said that the critical element is that justice has the victims at its heart and facilitates national healing. “Anything else will not be accepted by the international community or – more importantly – the victims themselves,” the EU added. A committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was to be appointed to look at implementing the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Cabinet had in June approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil […]