11th October 2017

The story of a North Korea-backed rebellion in Sri Lanka

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DPRK backing for an ultra-leftist insurgency in 1971 ended in the expulsion of their diplomats In part due to the DPRK’s continued missile and nuclear tests, several governments have recently expelled North Korean ambassadors and diplomats from their countries. This is not a new phenomenon. North Korean diplomats have a long history of being thrown out of their host countries, with one of the most egregious examples of DPRK diplomacy taking place on the small South Asian island nation of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, in 1971. In early April that year, a radical insurrection swept across Ceylon. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), translated as People’s Liberation Front, sought to establish a “pure socialist government” along Marxist-Leninist lines on the island. But soon after the JVP […]

SL pops up in foreign news reports on Airbus corruption scandal

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Inquiries have been opened in France and Britain, on suspicion of corruption in Airbus’s UK-based civil aviation arm but in Sri Lanka although PM Ranil is well aware of multi million dollar dispute over purchase by Rajapksha government NO proper inquiries will ever be done. References have also been made to Sri Lanka in foreign media reports on the massive corruption scandal rocking the world’s second largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus. Spiegel Online, one of the most widely read English language news websites in Germany, says suspicious cases have begun popping up around the world, including in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Tunisia, Kazakhstan and Mali. Airbus CEO Tom Enders last week warned that the aircraft manufacturer could face “significant penalties” relating to ongoing corruption probes including one into […]

Sri Lanka’s anti-UN legislators seek UN help

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Sri Lanka’s opposition legislator Namal Rajapaksa turned to the United Nations Human Rights Council soon after he was arrested along with two other members of parliament over their recent anti-India protest. MP Namal Rajapaksa son of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha, a leading member of the Joint Opposition which is highly critical of the UN Rights Council and who had accused the UN rights body of interfering in Sri Lanka is seeking the help of the same organisation when he is arrested. Namal complained to the UN as well as the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, about their arrest. “#SriLanka Police arrested us 4 our peaceful protest against selling national assets, stifling opposition voices. @UNHumanRights @nikkihaley,” Namal said on Twitter as he was remanded […]

Govt. will lose referendum on new Constitution

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Possibility of a drastically-altered final report Strategists count ethno-religious factors in referendum-voting estimates Overwhelming support of minorities might augment shortfall in Sinhala-Buddhist votes Making political calculations on the basis of 2015 could prove dangerously-wrong in 2017 and years to follow By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The coalition government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has – as one of its primary objectives – the political project of enacting and passing a new Constitution. This requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament and endorsement by the people in an islandwide referendum. More importantly, the government has been trying to justify its move to introduce a new Constitution saying the envisaged Constitution would be sanctioned by the people. While the government appears to be optimistic about garnering the necessary […]

Share powers with ethnic communities It’s the only way to solve this problem

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BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA Member of Parliament and Constitutional Lawyer Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne says that some people think this country must belong to Sinhalese or rather the Sinhala-Buddhists only. Separatism brews in such countries. “In all such countries, mechanisms were developed to share powers with ethnic communities. That is the only way to solve this problem”. Excerpts: Former Chief Justice (CJ) Sarath Nanda Silva accuses that the interim report produced by the Government on Constitutional reforms is unconstitutional. As he explains, this report must be drafted by a Parliament Select Committee. It must be approved by the cabinet. Then it must be gazetted and people can go to the Supreme Court (SC) against it if they have objections. The former justice argues that the Report must […]

Tamil political prisoners cases will be moved South despite months of protest and opposition

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The Sri Lankan attorney-general has denied Tamil political prisoners’ requests to keep their cases in Vavuniya, citing concerns about witness protection. Three detainees at the Anuradhapura prison were admitted to hospital yesterday after their hunger-strike led to a severe deterioration in their health. They were protesting against the transferral of their cases from Vavuniya High Court to Anuradhapuram, with the language barrier a key issue as well as the financial strain on their families to travel and to secure legal representatives that were willing to travel. The TNA MP and lawyer M. A. Sumanthiran said he had contacted the attorney-general on behalf of the political prisoners. The attorney-general said the cases could not be moved back as witnesses would face security threats in Vavuniya. Protests […]

Kiriella informs Mahanayake of unprecedented support for new constitution from Tamil parties

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Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told the Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter on Saturday that Tamil political parties in an unprecedented manner extended support for the proposed Constitution.  Minister Kiriella said so presenting a copy of the Interim Report to the prelate. Minister Kiriella told the prelate that the Tamil political parties had not cooperated to help ratify the Constitution of Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1972. Nor had they backed the Constitution of J. R. Jayewardene of 1978, he added. Minister Kiriella assured that the foremost place given to Buddhism and the unitary status of the country would remain in the proposed Constitution. The draft Constitution would be presented to Parliament and debated so that members of Parliament of all parties could […]