16th March 2018

Southern leadership would promise “Reconciliation” they don’t know

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Reconciliation’ is a popular word in Colombo politics, touted by government leaders and NGO activists There are “two opposite beliefs and ideas” that came to be gradually embedded in Sinhala- Buddhist and Tamil societies Yet unlike a broken egg, broken societies can be mended without scars This country cannot afford to slip into a “Myanmar syndrome” with political leaders playing ‘lip service’ to reconciliation avoiding responsibility One week ago on ‘twitter’ someone handling the account @garikaalan tweeted on the ‘Office for National Unity and Reconciliation’ (ONUR) funded omnibus film “Her, Him and the Other” titled in Sinhalese as “Thundenek” by three of the most reputed Sri Lanka’s present day Sinhala film directors, Prasanna Vithanage, Asoka Handagama and Vimukthi Jayasundera. The tweet questioned the inability of […]

Sri Lanka: Impunity Risks Creating Further and Further Violence: Former US War Crimes Amb. Stephen Rapp at UN Side Event !

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by tmdas5@hotmail.com • ENGLISH NEWS At a Side event held at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes issues Ambassador Stephen Rapp said that: “When we look at the events over the last week, the attacks on Muslims [in Sri Lanka] by extremist Buddhist elements […], we certainly see the real dangers of a situation of impunity. The failure to prosecute effectively crimes of mass atrocity leads to a contempt for these norms; a perception by those who take up arms and commit heinous acts against their fellow human beings that they can get away with it. And, conversely, it’s been my observation that in the world where governments courageously prosecute people who are political alleys – the armed services and […]

Sri Lanka: The Human Rights Crisis In The Tamil North & East – An Appeal For International Intervention

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By Brian Senewiratne – Dr. Brian Senewiratne I am a Sinhalese from the majority community in Sri Lanka. I have campaigned for the past 70 years for the Tamil people to live with equality, dignity, safety and without discrimination. I cannot think of any time in the past seven decades that the outlook for the Tamil people has been more disastrous than it is today. Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) politicians are simply incapable of addressing the major human rights problems faced by the Tamil people. They do not have the ability, integrity or honesty to see that what has been done to the Tamil people in the North and East is unacceptable. This publication is being written for circulation at the 37th Sessions of the Human Rights Council […]

The record shows Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be less of a soldier and more of a manipulator

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By Sarath De Alwis – Sarath De Alwis “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” ~  George Orwell Memory’s struggle against forgetting A specter is haunting our land. It is the specter of a Gotabaya RajapaksaPresidency in 2020. We have forgotten how we feared Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s inviable hand on the levers of power before 8th January 2015. I am too old to care. These words are written not in fear but in despair. As novelist philosopher Milan Kundera said in lyrical elegance, our struggle against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Just this morning Dinesh Gunewardena was brushing off the Rathpaswala shooting as just another happenstance on a TV program called ‘news line’. That was a clever line for […]

POLITICAL HAND BEHIND COMMUNAL UNREST – DEPUTY MINISTER RANJAN RAMANAYAKE

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After the Government’s attempts to control the tense situation that erupted in Digana and the suburbs, Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, Ranjan Ramanayake says, immediate steps have to be taken to stop promoting religious extremism, communal unrest and hate speech. Deputy Minister Ramanayake in an interview with the Sunday Observer said, some politicians are behind these riots to fulfil their narrow political objectives and spend a huge amount of money to instigate such violence. Everybody should be well aware about the prevailing situation in the country. Religious leaders and other intellectuals should commit themselves to promote peace and reconciliation among communities. Excerpts from the interview: Q. Do you think there is an unseen hand behind the anti-Muslim violence in Ampara and […]

Protest at UN against anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka demands minorities’ protection

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Sri Lankan Muslims and supporters have demanded that the world organisation act to ensure that minorities are protected in the island nation and those behind the recent violence against their community are brought to justice. About 250 people joined a demonstration outside the UN organised on Wednesday by The Association of Sri Lankan Muslims in North America (Tasmina), which asked the UN to intervene and hold the Sri Lankan government responsible for bringing the rioters to justice. Ghazzali Wadood, who was one of the protesters, said: “It is the ultra-nationalists who are responsible for the attacks. The government should take action against the politicians behind the attacks.” The protesters carried signs asking their “mother” Sri Lanka to protect them while denouncing the anti-Muslim attacks. For some at the demonstration, it was […]