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 […]
16th December 2017
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 […]
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 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 […]
Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in his budget speech yesterday said that the people of the North have to depend on the South for all their needs, and the Central Government is of the view that complete power devolution should be in the hands of the majority. “Those talking about the development of the North are less concerned about how it should be developed but more concerned about what benefits they would gain. Therefore, even if power is devolved in certain areas, it is implemented through District Secretaries,” he said. Wigneswaran also claimed that some are making use of foreign allocations for their political gains. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has an economic plan for the development of the islets in the North. However, my suggestions […]
Troops serving the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna organised ‘Jaffna Food Festival – 2017’ is to be held in front of Jaffna Fort during 15- 17 December. The food festival is to be organised on the instructions of the Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna. The event consists of added features of Musical Show presented by ‘Yala Tunes’ on Friday (15), ‘Agni’ featuring with Shiva Kumar on Saturday (16) and a Christmas Carol presented by Army Band on Sunday (17). The Food Festival is to be hosted in collaboration with Northern Province Hoteliers Association.
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoon Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supports devolution of power. “For that, the Executive Presidency is necessary. That is why we say if power is devolved, the unitary status of the country must be safeguarded. That was our opinion for decades.” Following are excerpts: Do you have any responsibilities at the Ministry? A: Definitely. I always became a Deputy Minister under the best Cabinet Ministers. It is a privilege to work for Minister Mangala Samaraweera. You have been a Deputy Minister from 2004. When will you become a Cabinet Minister? A: Time will tell. Let’s wait and see. Positions are not essential to work. It is three years since the […]