26th March 2018

Abduction suspects conspire at Welisara Navy camp party

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WHA group, who are suspects in the abduction of 11 persons during 2008-2010 for extortion, organized a party at the Welisara Navy camp on March 23. They were D.K.P. Dassanayake, Mapa Bandara and Ranasinghe. Participants included lawyers in the related court case Asith Siriwardena, Rasika Balasuriya and ‘Divaina’ journalist Saman Gamage. The defendants’ call to remove the CID from the investigation was rejected by the court. At the party, it was discussed how to get that done by transferring CID officers. One participant said the most suitable person would be president Maithripala Sirisena, as PM Ranil Wickremesinghe could not be deceived by ‘patriotic’ plots. However, president Sirisena does not get involved in affairs of the police, so his close associates should be reached, it was […]

The President, has residuary executive powers which every Head of State possesses.

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By DR WICKRAMABAHU With the noise of the no confidence motion against the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe the issue of the powers of the president came under debate again. Comrade Jayampathi of course believes that he has put the final nails on the coffin of this issue. Strangely, things happened recently that made the yahapalana democratic movement to demand that presidency, even with the 19th amendment, is an unwanted burden hence it should be removed with a separate amendment for that purpose. However those who want to continue with presidential system, for its shape of Raja perhaps, come forward to defend the constitution now in function. They argue that dictatorial aspect of the constitution has been moderated to make it a powerful democratic constitution. They condemn […]

Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: From Denial to Delay

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The government of Sri Lanka has over promised and under delivered when it comes to transitional justice. At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting the High Commissioner’s report on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, Gilmore stated that in absence of willingness by the government to tackle impunity and gross violations of human rights, the High Commissioner’s office calls upon the member states to exercise universal jurisdiction. The report specifically highlights the delays in constituting the long promised transitional justice mechanism on the atrocities and human rights abuses committed by both the Government […]

When the uneducated Sinhala Buddhists are…. Nourished on a diet of myths and ‘infertility pills’

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“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumour; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration.”  -Gautama Buddha (Kalama Sutta)The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry A group of doctors recently broached the topic and ruled out the existence of such infertility pills anywhere in the world General public doesn’t think logically about certain topics such as the infertility pill scare due to lack of scientific literacy Since the scare regarding the infertility pill stared spreading many myths associated with infertility have been floating around Education is […]

UNHRC presents two tough choices to Sri Lanka

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The warning from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is simple and stark. Institute “a special court to check on the alleged war crimes or face universal jurisdiction.” The terse warning issued in Geneva at the periodic review of progress with regard to alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka means that this country has to begin a legal process of trying people who are alleged to have committed war crimes during the separatist war or open the country’s people to arrest and prosecution in other countries. How it works is like this. If a Sri Lankan, who has been involved in the war as a military officer or a politician, can be arrested and tried in a country that […]

Political leaders of Mahinda’s SLPP Party was involved in riots against Muslims but NO action will be taken against them

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-clashes-insight/police-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lankas-anti-muslim-riots-idUSKBN1H102Q KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters. Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy, the central highlands district previously known for its diversity and tolerance. The government declared a state of emergency and blocked social media platforms for a week to control the unrest. The role of police and some local Buddhist politicians suggests the Sri Lankan government lost control of elements of its security forces, and that the violence was more than a spontaneous outbreak fueled by fringe Buddhist extremists and […]

No change in the post of Prime Minister – Chandrika

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Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says there will be no change in the post of Prime Minister. The former President expressed these views, responding to questions raised by journalists. Meanwhile, MP Ananda Aluthgamage stated that despite the shortcomings in the party, that he will vote against the no- confidence motion. On March 21, the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament by MPs representing the Joint Opposition. Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also a signatory of the motion, was present on the occasion. The motion has reportedly been signed by a total of 55 MPs including 51 from the Joint Opposition and […]