December 2017

LG polls Nominations – Mahinda rejected in Jaffna, Thirappane, Valikamam North, Valikamam East and Delft

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shaahidah Riza and Kavindya Chris Thomas Nominations for the forthcoming Local Government elections concluded yesterday (21). Sixteen of the nomination lists had been rejected. In the Colombo District, nominations were accepted for 10 LG bodies, including the Colombo Municipal Council, Moratuwa MC, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte MC, Kaduwela MC, Kolonnawa Urban Council (UC), Seethawakapura UC, Kesbewa UC, Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha (PS), Kotikawatte-Mulleriyawa PS and the Seethawaka PS, Returning Officer of the Colombo District Secretariat S. Nandana said. He added that in the Colombo District, 87 groups had deposited bonds, and of that number 76 had submitted nominations. Of the 76, nomination lists, those of three groups were rejected. The nomination lists from the Jathika Janatha Party (JJP) seeking representation in the Colombo District, the Eksath […]

Stolen funds currently in the custody of the US

22nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando A US official is in Colombo to coordinate high profile ongoing asset recovery operations undertaken by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne yesterday said the US official coordinated training programmes involving his outfit and related work. PC Jayamanne said so when The Island inquired from him about the recent US State Department announcement that Sri Lanka would receive US assistance in this regard. PC Jayamanne succeeded Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe in late Oct. 2016 following her sudden resignation after an incident where President Maithripala Sirisena took the CIABOC to task. The State Department Spokesperson on Dec.5 declared that since 2016, the US government had assisted in Sri Lanka’s anti-corruption efforts to improve […]

PAKISTAN AND FRIENDS ADVISED SL AGAINST CO-SPONSORING UNHRC RESOLUTION ON IT 20 DECEMBER, 2017

21st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Renowned Pakistani diplomat Zamir Akram, in an email interview with the Daily Mirror spoke about Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations, the UNHRC process and the selective application of the international humanitarian law. Akram was the one time Pakistan Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. During his tenure, he campaigned in favour of Sri Lanka against the UNHRC resolutions during the period after the war. Akram joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in July 1978 and has held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan Missions abroad, including in Moscow, Geneva, New Delhi and Washington and served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Nepal from August 2002 to March 2005. Akram has also served in a variety of positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in […]

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy the Joker of India!

21st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Moments after a special CBI court exonerated all 19 accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi, in the Rs 30,000 crore 2G scam case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy,who loves publicity and who made a private complainant and filed a criminal complaint against A Raja and others in the Supreme Court in the case, the multi-crore 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Thursday said the government must immediately file an appeal against the acquittal of all accused in the nearly decade old case. Swamy took to Twitter to air his thoughts on the judgment. “Government must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in High Court,” he tweeted. If not this verdict will prove that he is the joker of Indian politicians. Swamy loves publicity and will always make issues to create attention, […]

SRI LANKAN PARAMILITARY GROUP’S TORTURE CHAMBER UNCOVERED

20th December 2017 // 0 Comments

One of the torture chambers of PLOTE, the Sri Lankan paramilitary group cum political party, has been uncovered in Jaffna city by journalists and activists. A rusted T-56 assault rifle, a pistol and magazines have also been recovered from the abandoned torture chamber. It is alleged by locals that the torture chamber was used in the past by PLOTE to torture to death Tamil political activists, journalists and LTTE fighters. Following the discovery of the torture chamber, the Sri Lankan police have arrested a senior operative of the group, who is alleged to have been responsible for managing it. Despite the mass atrocities it perpetrated against the Tamils in connivance with Sri Lanka’s regular military forces, the PLOTE has become a constituent party of the […]

MALAYSIAN PM MOCKS SRI LANKA’S DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES

20th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has mocked the Sri Lankan government’s development priorities in the war ravaged Tamil homeland. Mr Razak visited Jaffna today and held talks with the Northern chief minister C.V.Wigneswaran on the provision of Malaysian aid to develop the North. During the talks, when Mr Wigneswaran pointed out that the Sri Lankan government is investing on zoos in the North, whilst over 50,000 war widows live below the poverty line, the Malaysian prime minister expressed amusement at the Sri Lankan government’s development priorities, sources close to the Northern chief minister told the Tamil Polity.

Leaders must promote, protect collective identities: CBK

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Leaders must recognise, promote, protect the specific collective identities of their nations, but they must open up to the globalised world, former Executive President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said on Saturday. Speaking at the ongoing India Ideas conclave, Kumartunga hailed the leadership qualities of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln, and asserted, “Many of the conflicts which we see around us, in our region, in the world, may not have existed or could be resolved if we have leaders with such an agenda.” “When I say, specific identity of a nation, I do not mean only the identity of one group. The dominant group in a nation. I mean the collective identity of a nation, which is formed on this collective identities […]

British MPs call on Sri Lanka to release list of surrendered Tamils

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

British parliamentarians have called on Sri Lanka to release a list of all those who surrendered or were detained by the security forces during and after the armed conflict, in a message of support with families of the disappeared, as their protest passes 300 days. Noting that 300 days would have passed since the protests began, Paul Scully, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, said “it is a milestone which speaks to the immense bravery and courage of the families, who have continued their struggle despite the challenges of old-age, exposure to the elements and routine intimidation”. “But it is also one which reflects the government of Sri Lanka’s frankly shocking indifference to some of its most vulnerable and traumatised citizens.” “I […]

Sri Lanka’s War: Getting distracted with numbers can distort the truth – British High Commissioner

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Getting distracted by arguments about the numbers that were killed or went missing during or in the immediate aftermath of the end of a near three decade war between the Sri Lankan security forces and separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could easily distort the truth, the British High Commissioner in Colombo James Dauris said yesterday. The High Commissioner in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Island said that “while a single death is a tragedy, a large number of deaths is a statistic. If people allow themselves to lose sight of the tragedy of what happened, reconciliation and the guarantee of future peace will become more elusive. I think we need to be careful not to allow ourselves to get […]

TRADE MORE IMPORTANT THAN HUMAN RIGHTS TO MALAYSIA

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on Monday defended Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting Prime Minister of Malaysia agreed to expand existing close cooperation in many fields including trade and investment, agriculture, science and technology including nano and bio technology, e-commerce, e-courts, international forums, military training, diplomatic training and intelligence exchange to curb drugs and human smuggling. Three agreements were signed after the bilateral talks held between the two leaders, in which, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and number of Malaysian and Sri Lankan ministers also participated. The bilateral meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat. The Prime Minister of Malaysia undertook this official visit to Sri Lanka to mark the 60th anniversary […]

Fear of the Unknown, or what!

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy Independent of what one may think of the UNP and SLFP partners in Government, or their politico-electoral challenge in the Rajapaksas-centric SLPP-JO, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. None of them wants to create a new and untested political space for a new and faceless common opponent to emerge and render one, two or all of them electorally irrelevant, in the short, medium and/or long terms. With that also goes their considered concern, limited or otherwise, for the nation, though not expressed as legibly and clearly as their mutual suspicion and antagonism, to say the least. Nothing explains their common predicament, or the ‘fear of the unknown’, than Basil Rajapaksa’s recent observation on the need for an ‘opposition to the Government’ […]

UN experts accuse Sri Lanka of carrying out arbitrary detention

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to personal liberty has yet to be respected by law enforcement, security forces, judicial and other authorities,” the experts said in a statement, after a three-member delegation carried out […]

Can we invite London Mayor to Sri Lanka? – EDITORIAL

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during a recent visit to India called on the British Government to apologize for the massacre in Amritsar by the British troops. Reportedly some 379 Sikhs were killed by the troops in a site known as Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar in 1919. “It is wrong that successive British governments have fallen short of delivering a formal apology to the families of those who were killed” the Mayor who represents opposition Labour party urged the Conservative government. “I am clear that the government should now apologize, especially as we reach the centenary of the massacre” he added. While an apology is certainly be welcoming it would be better if Britain could also extend an apology for other crimes in India, […]

Tamil CM Wigneswaran requests to meet Malaysian PM

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manushi Silva Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran had requested for a meeting with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, from the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry. In his request, the CM had pointed out that if the Malaysian PM pays a visit to the North, he will be able to witness the true status faced by the Northern civilians. Chief Minister Wigneswaran is hoping for a positive response from the Malaysian Foreign Ministry, the CM’s Office reported. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Sri Lanka last morning (17) for a three-day official visit. The Malaysian PM paid a visit to Sri Lanka on the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena as this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between both countries, […]

TGTE using Lawyers to challenge SL’s 6th amendment

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has filed a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee that the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience, and the right to self-determination guaranteed in Articles 18, 19, and 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Complaint also cited the terminology of “one undivided and indivisible country” “aekiya raajyaya” and “orumiththa nadu” and the safeguards against secession in Article 2.2. of the New Interim Constitutional Report. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka criminalizes the exercise of the Tamil’s right to self-determination in the form of an independent state in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 2625 (1970) which is considered as […]

Sri Lanka trip a test case on human rights for PM, MIC leaders

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Even if PM Najib Razak does not address the human rights violations against Tamils during the Sri Lankan civil war, MIC president Subramaniam or former MIC president Samy Vellu should. By P Ramasamy Prime Minister Najib Razak is on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka with some of his ministers, including Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said and Malaysia’s special envoy to South Asia S Samy Vellu. The trip to Sri Lanka might be important from a diplomatic point of view. However, some sections of Malaysian society expect human rights issues to be raised with Sri Lankan leaders. During his short stay, Najib is expected to meet Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe […]

UN experts accuse Sri Lanka of carrying out arbitrary detention

16th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to personal liberty has yet to be respected by law enforcement, security forces, judicial and other authorities,” the experts said in a statement, after a three-member delegation carried out […]

Sri Lankan man ‘risks torture and rape’ if deported from Australia

16th December 2017 // 0 Comments

UN panel of human rights experts asks for forced return to be halted while asylum seeker’s case is considered The United Nations committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, citing concerns he might be tortured upon return. The Geneva-based committee of 10 independent human rights experts has issued an interim measure formally requesting Australia not to return the man while his case is considered. The man, whom the Guardian has chosen to refer to as Jyran, was told on 6 December by the department of immigration to prepare to be deported imminently from Australia. Fast-track assessment fundamentally unfair to refugees, high court told Read more Jyran faces arrest in Sri Lanka over his alleged links to the defeated separatist […]

Corrupt politicians who stole millions of rupees in public funds can get anticipatory bail to avoid being arrested!

16th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday reiterated that he stands by what he had said regarding the judiciary and lawyers of Sri Lanka recently. Addressing media outside the Supreme Court premises, Ramanayake said he is not afraid to tell the truth that ordinary people and corrupt politicians are treated differently by the judiciary. “A poor who commits a minor offence such as stealing a street light bulb had been jailed for several months, under the Public Property Act. Corrupt politicians who stole millions of rupees in public funds can get anticipatory bail to avoid being arrested, after retaining a President’s Counsel,” Ramanayake said. Two petitioners had made complaints to the Supreme Court seeking a contempt of court action against Ramanayake for allegedly making disparaging remarks on […]

‘JVP agreeable to Provincial Councils system with modifications’

16th December 2017 // 0 Comments

JVP MP Vijitha Herath in an interview with Dailymirror spoke about the current political situation in the country and his party’s novel way of approaching issues at hand. Following are excerpts of the interview done with Herath.  Provincial Councils are a part of our legal system though we like it or not TNA no longer demands Federalism Land and Police powers have to be discussed Our thinking should be different from the war time JVP stands for socialism with modern Sri Lankan characteristics We asked people to close down the grocery shop of Mahinda Rajapaksa We also ask people close down the grocery shop of the present Government There is no difference in the level of corruption and frauds between now and then Now we see frauds in expressways, splurging public […]

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