3rd April 2018

The underworld, Rajapaksa and ‘yahapalanaya’ power games

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now busily wrapping the reformist garb of a changed political persona around him, has had the audacity to complain this week that the underworld is now more active than during his Presidency. Criminals and the Rajapaksa ‘project’ But the truth is that the underworld was ‘managed’ and ‘used’ at the time to protect the Rajapaksa political project. Those inconvenient to the family in power were disposed of while ‘favorites’ were nurtured for use whenever the occasion presented itself. Discomforting details of involvement of senior police officers in the assassinations, assaults and underworld activities fostered with state patronage during the last five years of Rajapaksa rule (2010 – 2014) are now emerging into the harsh light of current-day realities. These are not […]

UNHRC Cannot Rely On Sri Lanka To Prosecute Its Armed Forces

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By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – As the search for justice for victims of the Tamil genocide continues. – While the application of ‘universal jurisdiction’ by individual states to prosecute war criminals must be pursued rigorously, the way forward for member states of the UN Human Rights Council is to lobby the UN Security Council for an ICC referral or for the  establishment of an international special criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka. UNHRC’s Prolonged Reliance on Sri Lanka to Prosecute Its Army Cannot be Sustained: The 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council ended with no firm action taken against Sri Lanka, despite its continued failure to establish a hybrid court – member states missing the opportunity yet again to apply the necessary pressure […]

NO MOVE ON UN RESOLUTION LEADING TO HIGHER DEGREE OF FRUSTRATION – CANADIAN MP GARY ANANDASANGAREE

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A reputed Tamil Canadian lawyer, human rights activist and currently Member of Parliament representing his constituency Scarborough, Toronto in the House of Commons, Gary Anandasangaree speaks to Ceylon Today on the lack of interest shown by the Sri Lankan Government in implementing the UN resolution and constitutional reforms. “Inaction by the Government to form a mechanism to address this issue, and in absence of anything happening, this is what the government should be expecting. This sort of thing will be escalating from outside within the international community. It is expected to derive its own justice and ultimately someone is going to get caught under Universal Jurisdiction if Sri Lanka fails to act.” The unity government is today at a crossroads with its own share of […]

Decision should benefit the people

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By Thambiththurai Pratheepan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to take a stand on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which would be beneficial for the Tamil people. Speaking on the NCM, Wigneswaran said that the TNA’s decisions pertaining to the no-confidence motion should be …focused on getting some benefits to the Tamil people. He pointed out that so far the Government had failed on most of its promises pertaining to several aspects including the internally-displaced persons, the release of prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and the reduction of the military presence in the North. He said that the several politicians belonging to the minority community had placed their demands when Governments are […]

TNA to decide on No-Confidence motion today, JVP to reveal UNP–MR deal

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are to come to a final decision on their stance regarding the No-Confidence motion today (3 April) at a meeting to be held at the Parliamentary complex, while the JVP is set to submit evidence proving that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was complicit in protecting corrupt politicians allied to the Rajapaksas during the No-Confidence motion debate. TNA spokesman MP M A Sumanthiran told the Daily FT that the party was yet to decide on a position regarding the No-Confidence motion against Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. “The TNA will be meeting at the Parliamentary complex around 2pm to decide on our stance.” However, the MP noted that some parties in the Alliance were of a different opinion regarding the Motion.“The single EPRLF […]

Unity Govt must continue

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By Mirudhula Thambiah Leader of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Party, Parliamentarian, Mavai Senathirajah said that the National Government should continue with the collaboration of the UNP and SLFP, for Tamil people to obtain a long lasting political solution. “We are considering to urge the UNP and SLFP to continuously work together as a National Government. Our main concern is that the leadership of the UNP and President Maithripala Sirisena should stand united and function collaboratively as a National Government, although Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe does not resign from office,” he said. Following are excerpts: What are your observations over the no-confidence motion proposed against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe? A: This is a very serious matter. We are very carefully tackling this No-Confidence Motion, […]

Maithiri’s path will only end in one fearsome destination called ‘Gota 2020’

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Mahabharat is the epic saga capturing the interconnected and intercalated conditions of the world, power, greed, right (dharma), wrong (adharma) in breathtakingly philosophical language. The Bhagavat Gita, a component of the Mahabharat is a heart to heart conversation between Arjuna, the Pandava warrior and his soul mate Krishna touching topics spanning from power politics, art of war and half-heartedness to kill the enemy bound by blood. The above quote is the immortal advice given to Arjuna by Krishna as Arjuna lays his bow and arrows on the ground in abject sorrow at the realization that he will be killing his cousins at war. Two camps of cousins, Kaurvas and Pandavas belonging to the common tribe of Kuru engage in a game of dice, the stake […]

Gota And Maithri Plot Game Plan: Gotabaya Meets Sirisena’s Confidantes In China

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa has met with a team of top advisors to President Maithripala Sirisena in China, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. Gotabaya Rajapaksa China had invited a five-person team and had also invited Rajapaksa separately but had arranged a meeting of both parties. Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that parliamentarians Rev Athureliye Rathana Thero and S.B. Dissanayake as well as Sirisena’s confidantes Shiral Lakthillake, Harsha Kumara Navaratne and Dr Lalith P Samarakoon (Secretary General of the National Economic Council headed by Sirisena) had been invited, but that the team had left for China on March 28 sans Rev Rathana Thero and S.B. Dissanayake. What the parties discussed is yet unknown but speculation is rife in politics circles that the no confidence motion, possible outcomes and understanding between the […]

New government would be formed on Thursday morning

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The joint opposition (JO) said today it was optimistic of winning the no-faith motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the objective of neutralizing his power over the government. JO leader and MP Dinesh Gunawardane said the the government led by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe would be defeated in parliament on Wednesday. MP Wimal Weerawansa said the Prime Minister would have to leave the government on Wednesday evening and a new government would be formed on Thursday morning. “We have to remove the Premier first, then we can remove the government which is inefficient to the core. Today, the cost of living is skyrocketing, financial institutions are collapsing, strikes are everywhere and the underworld is raising its head again. This destruction is the result of the […]

SLFP resolves to ask PM to quit

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The SLFP parliamentary group, at a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena, last night, at his official residence in Colombo 07, unanimously resolved to call upon Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign before the no-faith motion against him is taken up in Parliament tomorrow. Prior to his meeting with the SLFP MPs, President Sirisena held two separate discussions with PM Wickremesinghe and the UNP parliamentary group on the no-faith motion, also at his Pajet Road residence. Sources said the President’s meetings with the PM and the UNP group had ended inconclusively. President Sirisena, warned the UNP MPs that it would be counterproductive for them to enlist the backing of the TNA to face the no-confidence motion. He agreed to meet them again today after talks with […]