February 2018

UK Urged Not to Allow Sri Lankan Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from Leaving UK to Face War Crime Charges: TGTE

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

UK Cosponsored a Resolution at UN Human Rights Council on killings in Sri Lanka LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , February 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged UK Government not to allow Sri Lankan Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from Leaving to Face War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide charges in UK. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando is currently in UK, having until yesterday served as the military attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission to UK. “There are several reports published identifying his regiment, Gemunu Watch Battalion of the 59th Division, as responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final months of the war in 2009. According to the UN and other organizations, 59th Division was the frontline fighting […]

UNHRC February/March Session & Sri Lanka

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

by Thambu Kanagasabai  LLM [Lond], Former Lecturer in Law University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 5, 2018 The 37th UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to commence on 26th February 2018 and concludes on 23rd March. During this session, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to present his written interim report on Sri Lanka, while Special Rapporteurs who visited Sri Lanka in 2017 are also expected to present their reports. The High Commissioner’s Report will be crucial for the war victims and Tamils in Sri Lanka who have been longing, yearning and clamouring for accountability and justice from the United Nations and International Community after the denial and delaying tactics from the Sri Lankan Government and Sri Lanka’s judicial system, while there is a culture […]

Ukraine requests Abu Dhabi to return Udayanga

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Ukraine authorities had reportedly requested the Abu Dhabi authorities to handover former Sri Lankan envoy to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga to Ukraine as he holds Ukrainian citizenship. Weeratunga who was detained in Dubai on Sunday (4) while in transit to the United States was later transferred to the authorities in Abu Dhabi by the Immigration and Emigration officers as per an INTERPOL warrant issued. He was accused in a probe into the acquisition of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine, while he was also accused of supplying weapons to anti-Government forces in several countries and was absconding the Sri Lankan authorities using a Sri Lankan Diplomat Passport. Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said that a special investigation team was to leave for Abu Dhabi this evening […]

MAHINDA PLAYING THE RACIST CARD

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

MAHINDA PLAYING THE RACIST CARD Mahinda Rajapaksha Addressing the rally full of Sinhala public, held at Dravindra Seth Vijaya Mendis playground at Katunayake on Monday. in support of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) contesting Feb. 10 Local Government polls, Rajapaksa alleged that the UNP-SLFP coalition was busy dividing the country on ethnic lines in the name of national reconciliation. “Exercise your franchise to register strongest possible opposition to the planned break-up of the country.” Rajapaksa declared that lasting peace could never be achieved by giving into the demands of Tamils. The former Commander-in-Chief warned of dire consequences if the government was allowed to go ahead with its plans. The division of the country would cause permanent enmity between communities, Rajapaksa warned, urging the electorate to exercise their […]

Brigadier Fernando faces risk of being stripped of any diplomatic protection he has been afforded in the United Kingdom

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Unnamed Sources close to Her Majesty’s Government have informed is that “pursuant to Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s conduct outside the premises of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the 4th of February 2018, acting on instructions from the highest level of government, His Excellency James Dauris, The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka lodged a strong official protest with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs.   Following this Brigadier Fernando was suspended from his post as defence attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission to the UK and will be withdrawn from post next week. In the intervening period the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police are interviewing complainants on an ongoing basis against Fernando with a view laying charges. If they succeed in laying […]

Brigadier Fernando to be called back to Sri Lanka (and to be promoted to General?)

6th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Authorities in Sri Lanka have taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving the Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Fernando attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner. In this connection, instructions have been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London today, 6 February 2018, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Fernando  from work, with immediate effect. Authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately. (Press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs) In the past Sri Lankan soldier, who had attacked visiting Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with a rifle butt in 1987 and said ”I intended to kill Rajiv Ganthy”.   He was sentenced to six years in prison, however President Premadasa gave him a […]

Sri Lankan officer that threatened to kill Tamil protesters in London implicated in War Crimes

6th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The officer ran a finger across his neck motioning the slitting of one’s neck, whilst he stood in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London next to embassy officials.  http://www.tamilguardian.com/content/sri-lankan-military-official-motions-death-threat-tamils-protesting-london A Sri Lankan military officer who motioned a death threat to Tamil protesters in London yesterday has been identified as a commander who led troops in a military offensive in 2009, that massacred tens of thousands of Tamil civilians. The officer, named as Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, was posted to London as the Sri Lankan High Commission’s defence attaché last year said a briefing released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) & the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP). As part of the military offensive in 2009, Brigadier Fernando fought in Weli Oya […]

The military gets venerated by state leaders as saviors of the nation, while Tamils are fighting with them daily against militarization

5th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Dr Vickramabahu Friend of mine was disturbed when I said media freedom here is better than in Pakistan. “Even in Lanka, it is hard to criticize the military.  The military gets venerated by state leaders as saviors of the nation, while Tamils are fighting with them daily against militarization. Even the leaders of the government are afraid to hold them to account. The military thrives with impunity. Even former military political bosses like Gota lives untouched. The government that agreed to military sector reforms does not carry it. In Sri Lanka too the military is a state within a state. No journalist writes against the military. They only have respect to them. Read these news items to see how the military goes unpunished for grave crimes, […]

SIS polls survey predicts out of 341 victory for UNP 238, Mahinda (Flower Bud) -42; TNA & MUSLIM CON. 58

5th February 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 03.Feb.2018, 9.45AM)  On 10 th of February ,local  government elections for 341 local councils is to be held , and president Maithripala Sirisena after betraying the national government wholesale is (ab)using his full executive powers while uttering all the possible lies in his characteristic style during the election campaign. Despite his dastardly and desperate  efforts , according to the final round of the latest survey conducted by the State Intelligence Service (SIS) had revealed , the Maithri- SLFP group will win only in three local councils based on reports reaching Lanka e news. This report had already been handed over to the chiefs of of the security council including the minister of law and order  , the president and the  Prime Minister . […]

How Could You Expect Us As Tamils To Celebrate The Fourth Of February?

5th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V Wigneswaran 70 years since February 4th1948. We Tamil speaking People were told that we had obtained Independence from the Britishers in 1948 and we looked forward to the creation of a happy, contented, prosperous Country free of foreign domination. Mr.Lee Kwan Yue of Singapore had pointed to the then Ceylon as his role model for economic prosperity and communal harmony.  Little did we realize that the Sinhalese political leaders had other ideas. They, as the majority community, had taken full control over all State power and authority from the Britishers and started to harass the minorities under the pretext that they had been discriminated by the Britishers. This was not true. Britishers always gave preference to merit and in open competition the Tamil […]

Strip MAHINDA, BASIL and GOTHA of Civil Rights, PRECIFAC Recommends

5th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to inquire into serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources and privileges, better known by its acronym ‘PRECIFAC’ has recommended legal action on 34 cases where the parties named include former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers Basil and Gotabaya. PRECIFAC has recoomended that Mahind Rajapaksa be stripped of his civic rights over losses caused to ITN by getting the television station to telecast advertisements free of charge. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been named in the case regarding Rathna (RAKNA?) Lanka Ltd an Avant Garde Maritime Services Ltd. in which the Commission recommends legal action as per the Bribery Act. Legal action has also been recommended against Basil Rajapaksa over ‘ Misuse of […]

Rosy Throws Bomb At Unity Government As Well As ‘Devolution’

5th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mayoral candidate for Colombo of the United National Party (UNP) Rosy Senanayake, by stating that the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) cannot function without the Central Government has brought into question the much-talked of unity of the ‘Unity Government’ while throwing potential voters in a dilemma. She told Daily Mirror: “For the past 25 years we couldn’t do much in the city simply because the central government was not from the party. Colombo has been a UNP stronghold and it is our heart but we have received step-motherly treatment.” Although the Central Government is made of both the UNP and the SLFP (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) the two parties are contesting separately in the forthcoming local government elections. As such the veiled call to vote for […]

All 9 provinces need federalism – Vigneswaran

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Following are excerpts of an interview with north chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran:  What do you think about reconciliation? Both communities should get to know each other better. Sinhalese do not know the problems of the Tamils. That is the biggest problem. Also, what happened in the past is irrelevant. What needs to be done now is to go forward. How the communities can be reconciled after the war? Our problems remain unanswered for more than 70 years. Reconciliation is not possible without knowing those problems. We should be allowed to do what is needed for our provinces. The central government is not allowing that. There is an allegation that the money given to the provincial council was not spent and returned to the central government. […]

The Tamil Left and Reflection

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With Independent Sri Lanka having reached the age of 70, it cannot reconstruct itself without self-criticism. As we live under the shadow of the twin forces of Sinhala Buddhist and Tamil nationalism, where will the impetus for such self-criticism come from? I find a flicker of hope with the emergence of reflective writings by Tamil leftists.   After democratic regime change three years ago, there are many reconciliation initiatives, but little fundamental rethinking about our past. Much of such reconciliation talk is limited to superficial donor or state funded initiatives and NGOised forums and events, which rarely challenge the world views of the people. Those initiatives seem to be more concerned about South Africa – often with flawed perceptions of the success there, without realising the […]

Udayanga Weeratunga nephew of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Arrested

4th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga had been reportedly detained at the Dubai Airport this morning, while in transit to the United States, sources said. He was to be handed over to the Dubai Police by the immigration officers. Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former envoy to Russia was accused of being the centre of a probe into the acquisition of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine, while he was also accused of supplying weapons to anti-Government forces. Interpol arrest warrant was taken in October 2016 following an FCID request made to the Colombo Fort Magistrate. On January 04, 2017 Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered to suspend the transactions of 16 bank accounts with a balance of USD 1.5 million funds kept by Mr Weeratunga […]

Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena remanded

4th February 2018 // 0 Comments

UPDATE (8.50) :The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena who were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) earlier this morning, were taken to CID headquarters to record their statements , said Police Spokesman. They were arrested by CID officers who arrived at their respective residences in Colombo, today. On Friday, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court named former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena as suspects in the CID’s investigation into the bond scam. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) filed its first ‘B Report’ in court over the investigation into the controversial issuance of treasury bonds and cited the aforementioned names as suspects. The Magistrate also ordered former CBSL Governor Arjuna […]

Seventy Years of Independence and Tamils of Sri Lanka

4th February 2018 // 0 Comments

A significant section of the Tamils was in the vanguard of a freedom struggle against the British. The nearest to an anti-British, pro-freedom struggle, in the country came from the North The south…was generally quiet during British rule The dominant Sinhala political class preferred to cooperate with rather than confront the British  By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, gained Independence from Britain on February 4, 1948. The Island nation had been under colonial bondage for a very long period. The Portuguese rule came first in 1505, followed by Dutch rule in 1658. Finally came the British rule in 1796 that lasted until 1948. It was the British who unified the Island under a single […]

Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day

4th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland  Dear High Commissioner,  Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day  On February 4 Sri Lanka marks its 70th year of independence from Britain.  Historically, this day has been a painful one for the Tamils both who live in Sri Lanka and those who have been forced into exile by discrimination and anti-Tamil violence.  Tamil dignitaries and politicians did not attend the ceremonies celebrating the event from 1972 to 2014 in protest for the exclusion of the Tamil population from the political, economic, and cultural life of the country and the elimination of […]

War taught us heroism – Tamil Women

4th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Local Government elections to be held later this week is being conducted under new laws which make it mandatory for the Elections Commission to ensure that 25 per cent of the elected Councillors are women, has made female politicians in Jaffna very enthusiastic about the poll. Ceylon Today visited the Northern capital at end of January and met some of the women candidates from major political parties contesting in the forthcoming LG polls and found that they are not only getting ready to challenge male contenders but also to put an end to issues plaguing women in our society. Viluthu We joined a media briefing at the Jaffna Press Club given by a collective body of women candidates who grouped […]

Mt.Lavinia Police Ex- Crimes OIC Arrested for Questioning Over Concealing Evidence In Lasantha Wickrematunga Murder; Arrest of Former IGP,DIG and SP Also Imminent

4th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Camelia Nathaniel The CID had taken into custody the former Crimes OIC of the Mount Lavinia Police on a 48 hour detention order over the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge which took place nine years ago. CID sources told the Daily News that the then Crimes OIC of the Mt. Lavinia Police, Sub Inspector Tissa Sugathapala was taken into custody on Wednesday by the CID and had obtained a court order to detain him for 48 hours for questioning. According to CID sources, many details that had hitherto not been revealed, had come to light during the interrogation of Sugathapala. He is accused of concealing and destroying information pertaining to the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge. The CID said he had failed to […]

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