31st August 2017

”Soldiers will not be tried internationally” Justice Minister

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Even if War Crimes were committed by the Sri Lankan military on Tamils than they will not be punished. President Maithiri will  follow the steps of Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda and protect the killers as long as they are members of the Sinhala Community and have killed the Tamils. The new Minister speaking to media after officially assuming duties as Justice Minister this morning said the government will take measures to protect those who dedicated their loves for the country. The Minister added the government is bound to protect the country’s sovereignty and those who serve the country. Minister Athukorala said the government’s responsibility is to protect soldiers and not use them for personal political gain. Minister Thalatha Athukorala added she is dedicated towards ensuring efficiency in […]

Now…. Minister Swaminathan ‘Promises’ better future for Tamils!

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A special event to hand over 78 houses, to needy families, was organized in Morakkoddanchenai, Batticaloa on Saturday (26). The Minister of Rehabilitation, and Resettlement, D. M. Swaminathan graced the occasion as the chief guest. Addressing the gathering, the Minister stated: “The good governance Government is fully aware that the people in the North and East, who were affected by the conflict, require 160,000 houses and the government is doing its best to provide these houses. The government will make the people’s dreams a reality.” The Minister added that the rice mill which was abandoned in the Morakkoddanchenai area will be reconstructed and would generate employment opportunities for hundreds of people. “Our goal is to give a better life to people who have undergone untold […]

Sri Lanka defends General accused of war crimes against LTTE

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Colombo, Aug 30 (PTI) The Sri Lankan government today came out in defence of a former Army Commander accused of committing war crimes during the brutal civil war against the LTTE, saying every death in the three-decade long conflict cannot be treated as a human rights abuse case. Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the government was prepared to probe any specific charges made against the military and Commander Jagath Jayasuriya. Senaratne, who is also the Health Minister, said the accusations against Jayasuriya were of a general nature. “Every death which occurred during the civil war could not treated as a case of human rights abuse as we were conducting a war against terrorism,” he added. The Army spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said the allegations were […]

Why a Sri Lankan leader might be tried for war crimes in Brazil

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Early Tuesday morning, news broke that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil had fled the country. Sri Lanka’s government later announced that his departure was planned, and it was simply the end of his ambassadorial term, but the timing raised eyebrows. The previous day, human rights groups had filed a criminal complaint accusing Ambassador Jagath Jayasuriya of command responsibility for war crimes. Jayasuriya, who is also Sri Lanka’s ambassador to five other Latin American countries, is a former army general. From 2007 to 2009, he oversaw the last phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The United Nations estimates that more than 40,000 Tamil civilians died in the final months of the conflict. Human rights groups have documented indiscriminate shelling of civilian targets, custodial torture, enforced […]

Channel 4 – War crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador

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Click to view – Channel 4 – War crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador https://www.channel4.com/news/rights-group-files-war-crimes-charges-against-sri-lankan-ambassador The Sri Lankan government has denied its ambassador to Brazil is on the run, after a human rights group filed war crimes charges against him there. Jagath Jayasuriya is flying back home to Sri Lanka just as he stands accused of criminal responsibility for the killing, torture and disappearance of civilians during his previous role as army commander during his country’s civil war. A warning, there are distressing images in this report. Click to view – Channel 4 – War crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador