12th November 2017

Sri Lanka President shifts gear on war crimes

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ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses  will be punished. Deviating from his earlier stance that he will not allow a single soldier to be tried for war-time atrocities, the President drew a distinction between battling Tigers and carrying out criminal acts at the instigation of politicians. “There is something that you should accept according to your conscience. There were things outside the control of the military. They were […]

UN’s Sooka questions Coca Cola, Why did it sponsor War Criminals?

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UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka called wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka. The 58 Division led by General Officer Commanding (GoC)  Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva led the Sri Lankan Army from northwestern Mannar to the final battlegrounds across the Vanni and had killed thousands of Tamil Civilians. The 58 Division is accused of Rape and taucher on the Tamils during this battle which fales under War crime and human rights violations. ITJP questions Coca Cola’s Gajaba Super Cross sponsorship www.srilankamirror.com/…/5721-itjp-questions-coca-cola-s-gajaba-super-cross-spons…  Moreover the media in Sri Lanka has quoted Major General Silva as saying the funds … In addition, Shavendra Silva’s alleged role in war […]

‘Lanka E News’ website ‘blocked’ in Sri Lanka

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Access to a dissident website that often publishes articles critical of Sri Lanka’s government has been blocked in the country, the portal’s administrators said Thursday, as activists expressed alarm over deteriorating press freedom on the island. The popular London-based Lanka E News became inaccessible in the country on Thursday, a day after publishing an expose alleging graft within the office of President Maithripala Sirisena in the procurement of state vehicles. A source at a private service provider told AFP that Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has ordered internet service providers “to block Lanka E News” across the island, but requested anonymity for fear of repercussions. The website’s administrators posted on their home page that readers in Sri Lanka had been blocked from accessing their content. “The […]

After the Assembly debate – How do we continue to cheat the Tamils?

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By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The marathon opening session of the Constitutional Assembly was extraordinarily important and successful, most certainly NOT in the political sense, but in the pedagogical and psychological senses. It was an airing, an outpouring, of opinions covering 60 years of our post-Independence history. These cathartic benefits apart, the political exercise is quite badly damaged, almost certainly deadlocked, because the real dynamics of politics are about to crash into and carve through the Constitutional process. The UNP (and most UNF) speakers arrogantly and uniformly argued for a new constitution which abolished the executive presidency. There was no daylight between the UNP and TNA speakers (except perhaps for Ajith P. Perera) and the country saw a UNP-TNA axis, a minoritarian bloc reminiscent of the […]