March 2018

Mahinda or Ranil as the PM?

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

As indicated in these pages previously, after a lull of several weeks when the country was pre-occupied with the ethnic unrest in the Central Province and Ampara and curfews and a State of Emergency was clamped down in a bid to quell the violence, it is now back to ‘politics as usual’. The focus has again reverted to the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that is being sponsored primarily by the Joint Opposition (JO) but now has the active backing of certain stalwarts of the mainstream Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) who are also seeking the endorsement of President Maithripala Sirisena. Moves to oust Prime Minister Wickremesinghe began soon after the results of the February 10 local government elections were announced. It […]

Sri Lanka’s Only Solid Boast Before UNHRC 2018 – The RTI!

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

The only concrete action that the Government of Sri Lanka relied on during its statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council at its 37th session yesterday (21st March 2018) in Geneva was that Sri Lanka’s globally praised Right to Information Act was in full implementation mode and that the Right to Information Commission was functioning effectively and ‘disposing of a large number of appeals’!  Marapana Reading out the Statement, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana otherwise, only pointed to a long list of “promises”, hopeful assurances that the recently established Office of Missing Persons will “discharge its mandate effectively.”  Minister Marapana also repeated that Legislation to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance was passed by the Parliament on 7 March. Activists currently participating in the […]

A delegation from the main Tamil party TNA & diaspora organisation GTF visit the US at a critical juncture for Sri Lanka

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT  22 March 2018, New York A delegation from the main Tamil party TNA & diaspora organisation GTF visit the US at a critical juncture for Sri Lanka A joint delegation of TNA and GTF visited the United States of America at the time when Sri Lanka has been under scrutiny at the UN in Geneva, with appointments secured from the relevant highest levels of authority at the UN, US Administration and Government and the Norwegian Government. This visit at this critical juncture was based on TNA’s and GTF’s continued engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka to encourage to implement their 2015 manifesto commitments and commitments made to all Sri Lankans and the international community. This visit was significant especially considering that the […]

Mid-term Report Card on Sri Lanka’s Implementation of its Commitments to UN Human Rights Council

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

Mid-term Report Card on Sri Lanka’s Implementation of its Commitments to UN Human Rights Council: TGTE TGTE has chosen to do an assessment of the level to which those 25 commitments undertaken by Sri Lanka have been implemented. Five grading system has been used GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In September 2015, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed by consensus Resolution No.30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka itself, and giving 2 years for Sri Lanka to implement the 25 commitments it undertook to address grave charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by State forces. In 2017, Sri Lanka and the UNHRC reaffirmed those commitments in Resolution No. 34/1 and Sri Lanka was given an extension of further 2 years to fulfill […]

Even the govt. has those who support racism – Vikramabahu (video)

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

http://lankanewsweb.net/interviews/item/8222-even-the-govt-has-those-who-support-racism-vikramabahu-video As a responsible media outlet, we continue to focus on the obligation to make reconciliation a reality. This time, took up that topic with Nawa Sama Samaja Party leader Dr. Vikramabahu Karunaratne. Spreading hatred is planned None of the acts that disrupt reconciliation, national unity are their own making. They are the results of well planned acts. We have to understand the ulterior motives. Govt. should be able to eliminate racism, religious extremism If a government truly wants to create reconciliation, it should be able to eliminate racist, religiously extremist groups from the land and should have a programme to defeat such forces. If the mainstream parties have the ability to suppress opposing political opinions, they should also be able to defeat racist, religiously […]

Deep Division Within Joint Opposition Over No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Deep Division Within Joint Opposition Over No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister With MP’s Ramesh Pathirana,Nimal Lanza,Prasanna Ranatunge and Kumara Welgama Criticising the Move. Posted by Administrator on 21 March 2018, 12:35 am By Saman Indrajith The Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group members are divided on the no-faith motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. There were heated arguments at the JO’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday. Parliament sources said dissenting views had been expressed by the JO members over submitting the NCM. Continue reading ‘Deep Division Within Joint Opposition Over No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister With MP’s Ramesh Pathirana,Nimal Lanza,Prasanna Ranatunge and Kumara Welgama Criticising the Move.’ » Filed under Guest blogger United National Front(UNF) Ministers and MP’s Unanimously Pledge to Vote Against and Defeat No Confidence Motion Against […]

Why? – Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to Sign No Confidence Motion Against PM Ranil

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Did Not Sign No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Because a Vote Will Only Help Ranil Wickremesinghe to Prove His Majority in Parliament Posted by Administrator on 21 March 2018, 12:35 pm A faction of Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition Wednesday submitted a no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, but without sufficient support to topple him. The long-delayed resolution was handed to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya with 55 members of parliament backing it. However, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa did not sign the resolution. Continue reading ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa Did Not Sign No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Because a Vote Will Only Help Ranil Wickremesinghe to Prove His Majority in Parliament’ » Filed under Guest blogger No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Coalition Govt Signed by […]

22 UNP MP’s Will Vote for No Confidence Motion in Parliament Though They did Not want To Sign it Says Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Skandha Gunasekara The much-anticipated NoConfidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the third such NoConfidence motion against a premier in Parliament history, was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday by former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former President, along with a group of Joint Opposition MPs, submitted the motion – containing14 allegations against the Premier – tothe Speaker around 2:30p.m. last afternoon. The motion was signed by 51 Joint Opposition MPs and four SLFP MPs, including three Government Ministers. Continue reading ‘22 UNP MP’s Will Vote for No Confidence Motion in Parliament Though They did Not want To Sign it Says Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila’ » Filed under Guest blogger No Confidence Motion Against His Prime Minister By Opposition Places […]

Mid-term Report Card on Sri Lanka’s Implementation of its Commitments to UN Human Rights Council: TGTE

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

TGTE has chosen to do an assessment of the level to which those 25 commitments undertaken by Sri Lanka have been implemented. Five grading system has been used GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — HERE IS THE LINK TO THE REPORT CARD: https://en.calameo.com/read/0003415029906023b06da In September 2015, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed by consensus Resolution No.30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka itself, and giving 2 years for Sri Lanka to implement the 25 commitments it undertook to address grave charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by State forces. In 2017, Sri Lanka and the UNHRC reaffirmed those commitments in Resolution No. 34/1 and Sri Lanka was given an extension of further 2 years to fulfill international expectations. One year has now passed. Transnational […]

Tamil self-determination and Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has its origins in the claims of the right to self-determination by the Tamils. The Sinhalese, who see the grant of any autonomy as a serious violation of the sovereignty of the Sri Lankan state, have consistently refuted this claim. For years, peace negotiations were seriously hampered by the contradictory positions the government and the LTTE held on this issue. This article examines the nature of this claim by the Tamils and proposes that there will be no consequent erosion of state sovereignty if this concept is given expression in the form of a federal state. History of the conflict At the time of independence, although the Tamils clamoured for power sharing through parity of status, neither that nor […]

200 Buddhist Monks Gather At Courts To Protest Legal Action against Sinhalese rioters

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj * About 200 Youths From “”Diga Kalliya” (Group of Diga)Unleashed Violence(Diga derived from Digamadulla) * Sinhala Hardliner Ex-MP Had Meetings With youths and Police officials in Amparai Before Violence * Mosque and Office, 3 Eateries,1 Grocery Store, 8 Vehicles Damaged in Night of Terror in Amparai Town * 35 Persons From Mob Identified;5 Surrender;6 Arrested &4 Remanded;Police File Six Cases * Crowd Numbering 2000 Including 200 Bhikkus Gather At Courts To Protest Legal Action * Ampara Muslims Pressured to Refrain From Legal Action if they Want to Continue Living There Peacefully * Alleged “infertility Pills” In “New Cassim Hotel” Beef Gravy Found To Be Lumps of Flour By Govt Analyst Sri Lanka struggling for long to recover from the debilitating effects of a protracted civil war and progress resolutely along […]

Anti-Muslim attacks are outcome of that genocidal military triumph over Tamils.

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

It was just a road rage!  Two vehicles end up at a petrol station after one was prevented from overtaking the other on a narrow road in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.  Soon, a verbal dispute escalates into a physical altercation. Many such disputes end peacefully and some others with verbal abuse of each other. A few end up in physical attack of each other. This particular road rage fell into the last category in which one person succumbed to serious wounds after a week in the Teaching Hospital in Kandy. Four were arrested and remanded by the police. This ordinary, but tragic incident gained a massive racial and religious overtone no sooner the death of the injured person was announced. He happened to […]

Video: British trained elite police brutality against Muslim clerics during riots

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Damning evidence proving the brutality of Sri Lanka’s British trained elite police commandos against Muslim religious leaders have surfaced a day before the UN human rights body debates the country’s human rights record. Video footage obtained by JDS shows Special Task Force (STF) members in uniform assaulting two Muslim men with clubs at a time of heavy violence that swept across the central hills of Sri Lanka two weeks ago. WATCH VIDEO HERE: The date and time of the recording from the Jummah Masjid mosque in Hijrapura, Digana is shown as 4:59 pm on 5 March 2018. Anti Muslim violence unleashed by Sinhala mobs that engulfed the tourist region of central Sri Lanka that started on the night of 4 March carried on for nearly five days despite the […]

The living and the disappeared: the unending battle for justice

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in February 2002 engineered many prospects, promises and hopes about many burning issues.  Among them, the fate of political prisoners, prisoners of war and the disappeared were also vital. They were not just limited within the political spectrum, rather it had untold and unheard stories of human suffering from all people affected by war, particularly from mothers, wives and sisters. The war affected women and the families of the soldiers Missing in Action from the South journeyed to the NorthEast to meet with the LTTE in order to find out the fate of their loved ones. Vise versa, families of the political detainees and […]

Sri Lanka’s Problematic Past with Commissions of Inquiry: Are We Repeating Mistakes?

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

On March 21, 2018 the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will provide an oral update to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and the status on the commitments contained in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 which was adopted in October 2015 and extended by Resolution 34/1 in March 2017. While some progress has been made on these commitments, including the recent operationalisation of the OMP; the enactment of domestic legislation criminalising enforced disappearances; and some limited land releases, many commitments are yet to be fully implemented or even initiated including many on accountability. The update comes at a time when there are considerable security issues on the ground following the recent spate of violence targeting the Muslim […]

Geneva debacle: Negligence on the part of war winning govt.

21st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Global Sri Lanka Forum protest in Geneva on March 18. Former navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera and Nalaka Godahewa are among those present (pic courtesy GSLF) By Shamindra Ferdinando Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meets thrice every year in regular sessions – in Feb.-March, June, and Sept. The ongoing 37th Session of the Council convened on Feb 26 will conclude on March 23. Having considered the implementation of Resolution 30/1 of 1 Oct. 2015 co-sponsored by the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), the Council, at its 34th Session (27 Feb – 24 March 2017) adopted Resolution 34/1 on 23 March 2017. By this Resolution, the Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on implementation […]

I will Topple the Current Govt – Mahinda

19th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Meera Srinivasan Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next week, and claimed he had the support of some legislators in the PM’s United National Party (UNP). Declaring that he was close to bringing the government down, Mr. Rajapaksa said: “The UNP’s own members are doing that, I don’t have to do [much].” He was speaking to Colombo-based foreign correspondents at his residence on Thursday. In late 2016, about two years after his election defeat, the former President had vowed to topple the successor government. The country’s first national unity government helmed by President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe remained stable through 2017 despite tensions. However, the outcome of the local government elections […]

Death threats to Principal of Tamil Girls’ MV, Badulla

19th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Principal of Tamil girls’ school who was allegedly made to kneel down by Former Uva Province Chief Minister said that she has received death threats. The Principal made this revelation during a media briefing held at Colombo today (18). Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake was accused of making the female Principal kneel before him over the non-admission of a student recommended by him. In response several trade unions and educators came forward to state that all principals and teachers will launch an island wide strike against then the Chief Minsiter Dassanayke. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to launch a comprehensive investigation into the incident involving Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake who was accused of making a principal kneel […]

LANKAN DELEGATION HEADS TO GENEVA TOMORROW

19th March 2018 // 0 Comments

A high-level Sri Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow, where it will attempt to show progress on its human rights commitments, amid mounting calls for more political will to implement reconciliation and accountability measures set out in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 that the country co-sponsored in September 2015. In Geneva, Sri Lanka will unveil a host of measures taken over the past year to reckon with a violent past in line with its UN Human Rights Council commitments, including the operationalisation of the Office off Missing Persons, the enactment of the Enforced Disappearances Act, ongoing discussions on the draft counter-terrorism legislation to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act and a bill to set up the Reparations Office recently approved by Cabinet. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will […]

Gota Under Oath You Lied, You Lied!

19th March 2018 // 0 Comments

It was around 2005 or 2006 when the “MiG Deal” as it was called broke out through The Sunday Times written by it’s Defence Columnist Iqbal Athas bringing the story into focus. This initial article was followed up with The Sunday Leader going into further detail into this “Deal” laying the blame squarely on the then Secretary to Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Several articles followed repeatedly if readers can recall, in The Leader going into details of Belimissa Holdings Ukrinsexport, Ukrinmarsh. Readers may also recall that Gotabaya was quick to file action against the Late Lasantha Wickrematunge and the newspaper for defamation seeking a compensation in an unimaginable sum. The case was heard in Mt Lavinia, in a higher Court for awhile before the Editor of The Sunday Leader was murdered. Readers would also remember the infamous interview of Gotabaya Rajapaksa […]

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