March 2018

Mega mess 19A

3rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

No shame facing the truth Personalities and individuals don’t provide answers. We need to have an alternate programme to begin anew Urban middle-class is not willing to accept they blundered and messed up not just for them but for the whole country The society is left numbed and those in elected offices have failed to prove there is in fact a Government running the country now. What is thus on the cards is more crises and chaos and not cleaning up the systems for good governance. Law and Order Ministry also becomes important in this battle for dominance over who runs the Government I wish to honestly thank the people of this country who elected me with a clear majority on the basis of our […]

Sri Lanka: The return of Rajapaksa

3rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

Among rural Sinhalas, the belief that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was cheated out of a victory in the last presidential election held in January 2015 resonates strongly. Many even believe that Rajapaksa’s defeat was a conspiracy hatched by the western powers. Apparently, these voters were largely responsible for the victory of the political party backed by Rajapaksa in the local government poll held on February 10. The poll result has in a way put him back in the driving seat and plunged the coalition that ousted him from office into disarray. Rajapaksa’s party won nearly 45 per cent of the total votes cast while the United National Party (UNP) of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the single largest party in parliament, came second, polling around 33 […]

GTF calls on Sri Lanka and the International Community to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner

3rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT  30 March 2017, London  GTF calls on Sri Lanka and the International Community to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (34/L.1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). This resolution, in effect, reaffirms the full implementation of the Resolution 30/1 of 2015. The fact that the resolution was sponsored by forty seven   countries and twenty seven countries spoke at the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka is reflective of the strong commitment of the international community to peace, accountability, justice and reconciliation for all the peoples of Sri Lanka. We are grateful to every one […]

President Sirisena Appoints Seven Members to Office of Missing Persons(OMP) With Presidents Counsel Saliya Peiris as Chairman;2018 Budget Allocated Rs 1.4 Billion for OMP

1st March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Zahrah Imtiaz President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday confirmed the appointments of the seven members to the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) which was established in September 2017. At a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, the President appointed President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris as Chairman of the Office with six others also being appointed as members to work with him. The members are: Jayatheepa Punniyamoorthy, Major General Mohanti Antonette Peiris, Dr Sriyani Nimalka Fernando, Mirak Raheem, Sumanasiri Liyanage and Kanapathipillai Venthan. OMP Chairman Peiris speaking to Daily News said all members would meet next week to decide on their future course of action and how the office would be set up. The OMP (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) was established through Act No.14 of 2016 […]

Will they prosecute wrongdoers of the Rajapaksa regime?

1st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Appoints Committee Comprising Rajitha Senaratne,DM Swaminathan and Ajith Perera To Speed Up Investigations Into Alleged High -profile Crimes Committed during rajapaksa regime Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed a three-member panel to speed up investigations into high profile murders and other crimes during the previous regime after slow progress in the past three years. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Rehabilitation Minister D. M. Swaminathan and Prisons State Minister Ajith Perera were named into a committee where four ministers failed in May 2016. Prime Minister’s office said the three-man committee was appointed following discussions with senior police officers at Temple Trees, the fisrt meeting Wickremesinghe had with them after assuming the Law and Order ministry in a minor cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. Senaratne and three other […]

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Points The Finger At Ex-Army Commander Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka Over Murder Of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha wickrematunge

1st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has attempted to shift the blame to his army commander Sarath Fonseka over the assassination of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and asked police to investigate on those lines. Responding to an Economynext report published in the latest Sunday Island, the former defence chief said the then army commander Fonseka was in charge of the military intelligence which had been linked to the January 2009 killing of Wickrematunge . Contrary to Rajapaksa’s claim, police had told the Mount Lavinia magistrate in a B report in March last year that security in Colombo and military intelligence was handled by Rajapaksa and Chief of National Intelligence Kapila Hendavitharana, based on a testimony of Fonseka who maintained he did not handle either responsibilities. […]

Supreme Court Issues Interim Order Preventing Arrest of Ex-IGP Jayantha Wickramaratne By CID With Regard To Investigations Into Murder of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge

1st March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shehan Chamika Silva The Supreme Court today issued an Interim Order preventing the arrest of former Inspector General Jayantha Wickramaratne by the CID, over the ongoing Magisterial Inquiry into the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor late Lasantha Wickramatunge. A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition had been filed in Court on behalf of the former IGP to prevent the imminent arrest of him by the CID. The Petitioner cited Director of the CID, SSP Shani Abeysekara, OIC Nishantha Silva and Attorney General as respondents in the FR petition. The Bench comprising Justice Eva Wanasundara, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya had issued the Interim Order preventing the arrest of former IGP until a final determination is made over the Fundamental Rights petition filed in court. […]

Tamil asylum seeker deported by Australia ‘harassed by Sri Lankan security forces’

1st March 2018 // 0 Comments

Human rights advocates say Shantaruban subjected to ‘culture of reprisal’ and is too afraid to return home The Tamil asylum seeker forcibly deported from Australia last week is at liberty in Sri Lanka, but facing ongoing harassment and intimidation from security forces, human rights advocates have reported. Shantaruban was handcuffed and forcibly removed from Australia last week, after five years during which he said he was not allowed to properly present his claim for asylum. He was detained upon arrival at Bandaranaike airport in Colombo last Thursday and questioned by members of Sri Lanka’s criminal investigation department for more than four hours. Since being released he has not felt safe to return home, but has been living in a coastal village north-east of Jaffna where he […]

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