23rd March 2018

Let’s encourage our youngsters to help the Under privileged Children in Sri Lanka

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Hello again everyone. Weʼre raising £2,000 to help fund ”School Equipment for those Under privileged Children in Pungudutivu” We have officially hit the 63% mark of our £2000 donation goal ie You’ll have donated £1,278 to date. A massive thank you to all who have donated so far to our cause, with a particularly special thank you going to * Mr Premananthan Sivasamy for donating £500 and * Walthamstow Katrpaga Vinayagar Temple for donating £100. As stated before, members of the PWA Youth Forum will be taking part in the Tough Mudder (5k) run on the 24th March – all donations will be heading directly to benefit children in Pungudutivu by equipping their schools with essential and much-needed supplies. Please do donate and support us […]

Mahinda’s SLPP Councillor Burnt Menikhinna Mosque and Pradeshiya Council Member Torched Businesses in Digana.

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314 Persons Comprising 146 Under Normal and 168 Under Emergency Arrested For Kandy District Violence; 5 From Podu Jana Peramuna also Among Arrested.SLPP Councillor Burnt Menikhinna Mosque and Pradeshiya Council Member Torched Businesses in Digana. By Zahrah Imtiaz As investigations into the riots in Kandy continue, co-cabinet spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne strongly insisted yesterday that no minister in government was involved in the incidents which unfolded earlier this month. Instead, he said five members of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have been arrested or investigated with regard to their role in the riots. From March 4 to 18, 314 persons in total have been arrested for committing racially motivated crimes in Kandy. Of this number, 205 were from the Kandy district (72 arrested under normal […]

Debate and Vote on No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Scheduled for April 4th 2018 In Parliament.

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Over 80 UNP Parliamentarians Sign Letter Expressing Confidence in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Counter Move Against No Confidence Motion Against Him; More To Sign this Week. Posted by Administrator on 22 March 2018, 4:00 pm By Saman Indrajith More than 80 UNP MPs have signed a letter expressing their confidence in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by yesterday evening, Law and Order and Public Administration Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara said. Continue reading ‘Over 80 UNP Parliamentarians Sign Letter Expressing Confidence in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Counter Move Against No Confidence Motion Against Him; More To Sign this Week.’ » Filed under Guest blogger Debate and Vote on No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Scheduled for April 4th 2018 In Parliament. Posted by Administrator on 22 March 2018, 3:42 pm By Saman […]

Why Ranil Is Still Needed

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By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “Mahinda picked up this part of the opportunistic psychology of our politicians when he famously stated that he runs a barber saloon where MPs can walk-in and walk out. What an amazing metaphor!” Cool The Joint Opposition move to pass a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will come a cropper. Ranil knows that best as he has tersely told a group of opposition pollies (Australia slang for ‘politicians’), “Come on! present  the motion in Parliament and we will defeat that.” His own UNP MPs, he advised not to panic over the motion because it has not even been presented to the Speaker. In his 40 year-long political history Ranil Wickremesinghe has never been observed panicking. What is it that invests him […]

Sri Lanka: continued Human Rights Council scrutiny needed until justice commitments met in full

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In this Council, we often talk about the importance of implementation. We can pass all the resolutions we like, but none of it matters if it doesn’t translate into actual progress for people on the ground. Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1 in October 2015 represented a moment of hope, of opportunity, the prospect of justice and accountability for the tens of thousands of victims of the country’s brutal civil war. In that resolution, Sri Lanka pledged to set up four transitional justice mechanisms to promote “justice, reconciliation and human rights” in the country. These included an accountability mechanism involving international judges, prosecutors, and investigators; a truth and reconciliation mechanism; an office of missing persons; and an office for reparations. Thus far only the Office […]

Mahinda or Ranil as the PM?

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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!

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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

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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

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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 […]