9th March 2018

Canada demands foreign judges; UK calls for more progress

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By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka came under fire as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)in Geneva began its 37th session last week,with the United Kingdom and Canada among the countries to fire the first salvo. Canada came out strongly,demanding that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process. In a statement to the UNHRC,Canada said it fully supports efforts to bring dignity and justice to all those affected by Human Rights violations and abuses. “The end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war was an important moment, but it was only a first step. Frustrations persist amongst those seeking to heal the wounds of all those who suffered and wish to achieve real […]

Former US War Crimes Amb. Stephen Rapp & Renowned Int’l Lawyer Richard Rogers to Speak at UN in Geneva on Sri Lanka

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When: Monday, March 12th. Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Where: Room XXV (UN Human Rights Council). GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes issues Ambassador Stephen Rapp and renowned international Lawyer Richard J. Rogers will be speaking at a UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva on: “How the International System has Failed to Provide Accountability for Mass Atrocities: Ongoing illegal detention, torture and sexual violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka” This event will be facilitated by: Mr. Manicka Vasagar, Minister for International Affairs, TGTE. When: Monday, March 12th. Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Where: Room XXV (UN Human Rights Council). This event will be live broadcast at: https://youtu.be/Pe3LBBUZpQE For information contact: Murugiah Suginthan UN Representative […]

Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening – Suren Surendiran

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By Easwaran Rutnam The recent local government elections and statements made by the government as well as some of their actions have been seen as having a negative impact on the reconciliation process. Tamil diaspora groups like the very influential Global Tamil Forum in London have expressed frustration at how the unity government has progressed since 2015 despite showing a lot of promises. The spokesman of the Global Tamil Forum, Suren Surendiran told The Sunday Leader that if this government does not correct itself, yet another dictatorial and corrupt Rajapaksa backed government will return. Excerpts of the interview:  Q: How do you see the outcome of the recent local government elections? A: Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening! A thumbing protest vote against the President, Prime Minister and the […]

Global Tamil Forum calls for stern action against those responsible for perpetrating anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

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PRESS STATEMENT 09 March 2018, London Global Tamil Forum calls for stern action against those responsible for perpetrating anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that a concerted effort is being made by extremist elements from the Sinhala Buddhist community to spread falsehood and hatred, and to instigate destruction and violence against the Muslim community of Sri Lanka. The violence occurred in the Ampara and Kandy districts during the last two weeks, which involved deaths, and destruction to properties and places of worship of the Muslim community, is a reflection and an outcome of the alarming Islamophobia developing in Sri Lanka over several years now. While expressing our solidarity with the Muslim people of Sri Lanka, we are conscious of […]

Amparai “Sterilizing Chemical”Canard Proved to be False

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Amparai “Sterilizing Chemical”Canard Proved to be False Conclusively by Govt Analyst who says Particles Found in Food Were Mere Lumps of Flour. The particles that were found in food at an eatery in Ampara, which was earlier rumoured to be sterilizing chemicals, were clumps of flour, the Government Analyst reported to Police. “They were contents of carbohydrates,” Government Analyst A. Weliangage said. Police sources said according to Government Analyst the particles could be considered as a made of carbohydrate. Earlier, a person who had ‘parata’ at the said eatery had circulated the incident in social media claiming that it was a sterilizing chemical, following which several violent incidents had taken place in the area. Courtesy:Daily Mirror

Amith Weerasinghe of Mahasen Balakaya the Alleged Mastermind Behind Anti-Muslim Violence In Kandy arrested but will he be charged?

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Amith Weerasinghe of Mahasen Balakaya the Alleged Mastermind Behind Anti-Muslim Violence In Kandy and His Associate Sumedha Suraweera Arested in Pre-dawn Raids at Digana and Poojapitiya by the Police Terrorism Investigation Division(TID) By Rathindra Kuruwita Police said yesterday the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had arrested Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, alleged to be one of the masterminds of the communal unrest in Kandy and nine others, in predawn raids in Digana and Poojapitiya. The TID also arrested Weerasinghe’s second in command Sureda Suraweera. They are accused of spreading misinformation that led to communal violence, organising violent mobs that attack persons and property and using social media to incite violence. “What you should note is that only two of them are residents of the Kandy District. All others […]

Kandy violence TID nabs Prime suspect and 9 others

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The prime suspect allegedly involved in instigating racially motivated mob violence in Digana and Teldeniya in the Kandy District was arrested yesterday (8), along with nine others, by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of the Police, thus restoring normalcy in the Central Province. Police Media Spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara, calling a special media briefing, said the 10 suspects were arrested in Digana and Poojapitiya yesterday morning. The supposed leader of Mahason Balakaya, Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, his accomplice Surendra Suraweera and eight others were arrested and charged with inciting racial violence, aiding mob violence, actively spreading hate speech in the form of leaflets and on social media and conspiring to instigate ethnic disharmony. Gunasekara said that aside from these charges the suspects will be […]

2 MPs involved in Riots in Kandy and Ampara – Names of MP’s will not be exposed?

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 ”Speaker should take measures to protect the rights of the MPs” says JO Parliamentary Group Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena ”Government should immediately reveal the MP’s involved in the riots to Parliament. It is their responsibility” says JVP Leader ”Joint Opposition expressed its support to the government, is it correct to try to imprison MPs?” asks JO MP Bandula Gunawardana. ”Joint Opposition (JO) MP Wimal Weerawansa’s statement made in Parliament on 7 March was totally misleading” says Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Chief Opposition Whip and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday (8), demanded that the Government reveal in Parliament the names of the Parliamentarians who were allegedly involved in the communal riots in Kandy and Ampara. Dissanayake referring to the claim…… made by Co-Cabinet […]

‘Riots are Western agenda’ says Mahinda’s goon

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Chairman of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday highlighted how even a well known British newspaper and an international Non Governmental Organisation were distorting the unfortunate incidents here to suit their agendas. The text of Prof. Peiris’ statement: The London based The Guardian carried an article on its web edition last Tuesday about the incidents in Kandy where Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group had been quoted as saying among other things that “…the previous president, the staunch Sinhala nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa, had condoned instances of anti-Muslim violence and hate speech. The renewed violence in past months could be related to the growing strength of Rajapaksa’s opposition movement,..” Keenan had further stated that “…the inter-communal violence is a product of the search […]

Smart Phones and Stupid Governments: Blocking Social Media as Sri Lanka Burns

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Struggling to contain a spate of Buddhist-led attacks on minority muslims, Sri Lanka’s government imposed temporary blocking of social media and chat applications on March 7. This followed the reintroduction of Emergency Regulations, for the first time since 2011. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) has ordered all telecom operators to restrict access to Facebook, Viber and Whatsapp across the country for three days, Reuters reported. This is “to prevent the spread of communal violence”, the news agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying. Meanwhile, AFP news agency added how Internet access has been stopped entirely to the Kandy district “after discovering rioters were using online messaging services like WhatsApp to coordinate attacks on Muslim properties”. Blocking public communications networks is ill-advised at any time, and especially bad during a crisis, […]

What exactly is going on in Sri Lanka?

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We look at the present situation, a violent history unforgotten and what the people have to say Kandy The curfew imposed in Kandy has been temporarily lifted on Thursday following days of violence against Muslim minorities in the tourist town. About 50 people broke into Mohammad Ramzeen’s small restaurant in the town of Pilimathalawa on Wednesday night while the curfew was in effect, destroying nearly everything they found. Buddhist mobs are still sweeping through Muslim neighborhoods in Sri Lanka’s central hills, destroying stores and restaurants despite a curfew, a state of emergency and heavy deployment of security forces, residents said Thursday. “The security in town is inadequate,” Ramzeen said. “We fear for our lives.” Others in the area around Kandy, the main hill town, have described similar […]

Video: STF Colludes With Goons Who Perpetrated Anti-Muslim Violence

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Colombo Telegraph is in possession of video footage that show members of the Special Task Force (STF) of the Police Department or Sri Lankan Army in cahoots with those who have perpetrated violence against Muslims in Kandy district. The video clearly shows the assailant humiliating his victim, bragging about what he did, while STF/Army personnel look on and laugh. He is heard saying ‘It is because of what I did to you that you now find yourself on the streets, isn’t that so?’ The STF/Army officers present do nothing to apprehend the thug who has just confessed to his crimes in their presence. They only laugh. Watch the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7_Qzb_sOxU

Why aren’t ALL citizens in this country treated as equals?

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By R. Sampanthan – R. Sampanthan I want to pose the question, Sir, as to whether we have reached a stage when people think that the law enforcement authorities can be taken for granted and that the law enforcement authorities are not a deterrent to whatever activities they are engaged in? Non-observance of the rule of law can only result in chaos in governance. I do not wish to exacerbate the situation by making any remark that may not be moderate, but I do want to pose the question as to whether such incidents happening intermittently and frequently are indicative of a purely law and order situation or is there a deeper dimension to it? To what extent is the role of the State responsible from the point […]