28th September 2017

Vaiko supporters protest in Madurai against abuse by Lankans

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Condemning the alleged attempt by a few Singhalese to assault their general secretary Vaiko at the recently held United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting at Geneva, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadre staged a demonstration in Madurai on Wednesday, The Hindu newspaper reported. Led by party’s Tirunelveli City district secretary K.M.A. Nizam, the party cadre raised slogans against the attempt to attack Vaiko.  They said the Singhalese were targeting Vaiko as he was “unmasking on the international platforms the atrocities unleashed” by them during the ethnic war in Sri Lanka to decimate the Tamils of the island nation. “Such intimidatory tactics being used by the Singhalese to silence Mr. Vaiko will never succeed. In fact, he will proceed further with more vigour to take the […]

Ongoing UNHRC session: What’s in store for Sri Lanka?

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UNHRC resolution A/HRC/30/1  in Geneva. It has been two years since Sri Lanka cosponsored the resolution “Promoting democracy, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” pledging in the meantime to implement a comprehensive Transitional Justice (TJ) process. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister at the time, Mangala Samaraweera even engaged with hardline Tamil diaspora representatives and other groups at a side event held at the Palais des Nations. The pledges made so eloquently then by Samaraweera remain in the air today. The wave of hope this Government seemed to inspire when first elected into power seems to be gone. Frustration and complaints are taking over both the formal and informal discussions at the UN Human Rights Council. Though in general there remains a soft corner for Sri Lanka, due to its […]

Buddhist Monk led mob attacks Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka

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Myanmar Style Vigilante Action By Sinhala Ravaya COLOMBO: Radical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka’s capital on Tuesday (Sep 26) and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led a mob that broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound at the Mount Lavinia suburb of Colombo as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms, a police official said. Two police were wounded in the incident, which also saw the mob pelt stones at the safe house and trash the ground floor furnishings upon entry. There were no reports of casualties among the group of refugees, which included 16 children. “We have pushed back the mob and the refugees have been relocated […]

Why Geneva wants new Constitution to address accountability issues?

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By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena’s meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid-Hussein, on Sept 22, 2017, on the sidelines of the 72 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), underscored Sri Lanka’s pathetic failure to counter a high profile propaganda project that brought about Geneva Resolution 30/1, on Oct 1, 2015. Sri Lanka created history by co-sponsoring a resolution against itself in spite of it being severely inimical to its interests. The unprecedented resolution has paved the way for a new Constitution, in addition to implementing four specific measures meant to address accountability issues, namely (1) a judicial mechanism with a Special Counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international human rights law (2) […]