June 2018

The Sirisena and Wickremesinghe government has not kept their election promises to the Tamils

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

No rain, no summer or winter exists for the protestors. They think only of their lost relatives.  The local council election results were both a warning as well as an indication of the people’s shift back towards Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa is the most charismatic leader in the country. He was popular back then and still is today.  The government is afraid that the Sinhala constituency in the South will be unhappy over the military’s footprint being reduced in the Tamil North.  Rajapaksa’s debt policy is not only gnawing at the hope of an economic recovery in the South, but also upsetting a reconciliation with the Tamils in the North Interestingly, the people do not blame Rajapaksa for borrowing huge sums from China to build these giant […]

BAHU ON MAHINDA A CLOSE CHAPTER

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

While Donald Trump was having discussions with Polpotian communist leaders of North Korea to negotiate no conflicts and peace, there were clashes between fascist racist demonstrates and left oriented anti fascist organizations in several western cities. In the protest in London police were forced to escort around 20 neo-Nazi protesters out of Westminster after they staged an “anti-Jewification” protest. Hundreds of counter-protesters chanted “Scum, scum, scum” as they followed the far-right activists from Whitehall towards Westminster tube station. Lines of police kept the two groups apart. The fascist demonstration against a Jewish neighborhood watch group, was originally due to be held in the strongly Jewish populated north-west London, but was confined to a static demonstration in Whitehall. Their numbers were dwarfed by anti-fascists, who targeted […]

US Will Not Give Up Its Strategic Objectives In Sri Lanka Despite Leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The US quit the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (June 19) with rhetoric intended to assert the moral high-ground, slamming the council and selectively ‘naming and shaming’ council members outside its charmed circle of ‘friends.’ While the statements of US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington reeked of imperial arrogance, the irony of this grandstanding by one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet would not have been lost on many in the global South, who have been at the receiving end of its worst depredations over time. Haley accused the council of being “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” The US’s own glaring lack of even-handedness […]

Sri Lankan asylum seeker attacked on city housing estate

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sasitharan Letcsumanon has lived through a civil war, endured freezing conditions in a refugee camp and survived a treacherous journey into the UK. But it was only during a late-night walk through a Norwich housing estate that he became the victim of a vicious assault. The 39-year-old was punched in the face and beaten with a stick as he walked home on Foxley Close, off Cadge Road. Norfolk Police is yet to arrest anyone in connection with the incident, but is continuing to appeal for witnesses. Mr Letcsumanon, who arrived in the UK four years ago from Sri Lanka, was attacked at around 3.50am on April 7 this year. He said he had been unable to sleep that night and had gone out for a […]

President rejects proposal to pay compensation to former Tamil LTTE cadres and their families?

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena refuses to even discuss Swaminathan’s memorandum; compensation issues to be dealt with by designated body –UNP’s damage-control move misfires as Mujibur Rahman MP plays counsel President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday rejected outright a proposal by a United National Party (UNP) Cabinet Minister to pay “compensation” to Tiger guerrilla “ex combatants” and their “next of kin.” “I am not going to allow this to be even discussed,” he told last Tuesday’s weekly ministerial meeting. He was alluding to the Cabinet Memorandum forwarded by Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Deva Manoharan Swaminathan, who recommended the move. The four-page memorandum was titled “Payment of Enhanced Compensation and other Relief Measures for Deaths and Injuries and those whose properties were damaged due to civil conflict and […]

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: PUTTING THE US PULL OUT IN PERSPECTIVE

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Last week’s decision by the United States to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council created ripples in Sri Lanka where the parting words of America’s top diplomat that the Council was a “cesspool of political bias” resonated strongly with politicians and bureaucrats aligned with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who waged pitched battles in Geneva from 2009-2014, claiming victimisation and similar partisan bias by member states. For ruling party politicians, the US pull out seemed to indicate that the Government could be ‘off the hook’ with regard to further interventions on its human rights record in Geneva. Claims are being made that Sri Lanka should abandon the resolution it co-sponsored at the UNHRC in 2015 and 2017, since a main sponsor of the resolution […]

Both Sampanthan and Wigneswaran seeking unity, but terms clash

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Wigneswaran welcoming Sampathan at the Jaffna book launch (pic courtesy TNA) By P.K.Balachandran The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been facing an internal and external crisis for some time now, with the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran rebelling against the party stalwart R.Sampanthan, and with the alliance losing its hold on the electorate to a significant extent. The reasons for the internal rift and the loss of external popular support are many. There are ideological differences between Wigneswaran and Sampanthan. with the former being more radical in his demands and more confrontationist vis-à-vis the Sri Lankan government, and the latter being more moderate and accommodative vis-à-vis the government at the Center. There are also personality clashes between Wigneswaran and Sampanthan. Being a former Supreme Court […]

Foreign courts not permitted to try our soldiers – AG

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Attorney General, in his sum up on the Bill entitled “Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment)” submitted that Government of Sri Lanka will not permit any of our soldiers to be tried in foreign jurisdiction on war crimes. The Bill “Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) came before the Supreme Court for its Special Determination on its constitutionality. The Bench comprised Justices Buwaneka Aluvihara, Sisira J. De Abrew and Nalin Perera. Three petitions were filed before the Supreme Court for its Special Determination on the Bill. Petitioners are former MP Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, Ven. Maduruoye Dhammissara Thera and Kumarajith Dharmadasa. Petitioners in their petitions complained that Sri Lanka submits itself to the Universal Jurisdiction pertaining to several criminal offences falling under international humanitarian law […]

GOTHA ready to renounce US citizenship ONLY if invited to run for Sri Lankan President

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that ONLY if he was nominated to contest the next presidential election, he would renounce his US citizenship and he would be able to do so within two months. If not, than he will stay as a US citizen. A journalist asked if he was after the super power like Mahinda rule before 2015 or was he really interested in helping to develop Sri Lanka? Mahinda who wants his son MP Nimal to be nominated has the next president candidate was unreachable for comments. It is a known secret that most deniers were not happy about a Rajapakshe family member being nominated for the presidential candidate,  due to the experience of Mahinda rule where they were used as […]

NO solution to national question more underground claymore mines might come out

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Kalai Kathir, published in Jaffna, in its June 23 Saturday issue, reported that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had brought to the attention of Jaffna District TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran the recovery of explosives at Oddusuddan. According to the report, Sumanthiran had received information about the weapons recovery from Rajapaksa and thanked him for alerting and advising him.But the report added that Sumanthiran warned Rajapaksa that if all did not get together to deliver a solution to national question more underground claymore mines might come out. The report claimed conversation took place early on Friday. Addressing the media in Colombo, Joint Opposition MP Dallas Alahapperuma thanked the government for not trying to blame former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the latest recovery of weapons.

Is Sri Lanka ready for an elected dictator?

26th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jayadeva Uyangoda Is Sri Lanka ready for an elected dictator? This is the latest question to enter the country’s current political debate. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s preparations to contest the next presidential election in 2019 have already precipitated a potentially explosive controversy that can last weeks and months. An admirer of Gotabaya Rajapaksa has echoed as a positive political desire, what his detractors have been suggesting indirectly for the past few months. A Buddhist prelate representing Sri Lanka’s most conservative Sangha establishment has said it in a few words: “Let Gotabaya Rajapaksa prove his critics right by becoming a real Hitler.” Ven. Wendaruwe Upali, deputy chief priest of the Asgiriya Chapter in Kandy, made his rather unusual plea to Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the latter’s birthday alms giving […]

UN Committee lists missing Lankan among cases for urgent action

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

A UN Committee has listed a missing Sri Lankan among cases which require urgent action. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has listed Gopalakrishan Kugachelvam in a list of 500 missing persons which requires urgent action. The Committee published the list of names of the disappeared persons with regard to whom the Committee has requested the State party concerned to take all the necessary measures, including interim measures, to locate and protect them, in application of article 30 of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance. “Each Urgent action represents a disappeared person whose family, relatives and friends are suffering every minute of their life by having no idea as to that person’s fate and whereabouts,” said Suela Janina, Chair […]

US quitting UNHRC is beneficial for Sri Lanka

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The United States on Wednesday (20), made a surprise move by removing itself from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) alleging that the international body was acting against Israel with regard to the conflict with Palestine. The UNHRC has been a hot topic in Sri Lanka since 2009, and after allegations of human rights violations and war crimes gained momentum internationally. Sri Lanka’s relationship with the UN has not been rosy ever since these allegations took centre stage in March each year during the UN Human Rights Council sessions. The manner in which Sri Lanka’s previous regime handled the situation in the international arena also did not go down well with the UN. However, things changed when the new Government took over. In fact, […]

14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations No. 01 of 2012 has been made through a gazette issued by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Kapila Waidyaratne. Among the individuals included to the list are LTTE intelligence leaders ‘Seel Maran’, ‘Parathan’ and ‘Siranjeew Master’ as well as the terrorist organization’s international financial leader Sivasubramaniyam Jeyaganesh a.k.a Ganesh. Inclusions to list of designated persons: 1. Nadaraja Sathyaseelan a.k.a Seel Maran 2. Kamalasinham Arunakulasinham a.k.a Kamal 3. Antonyrasa Antony Calistor a.k.a Parathan 4. Sivasubramaniyam […]

If Gota is going to be President, God help this country!

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

Judges of this country should be bold and be able to do justice                                   Wickremesinghe is grooming Sajith, Ravi, Akila, Harin, Sagala and me for the UNP Leadership                                                                                                                            If he doesn’t allow young leaders to come up, things won’t be favourable for him      UNP isn’t all about […]

Hold referendum on Sinhala-Tamil coexistence: Sritharan

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The government should hold a referendum to determine whether the Sinhalese and the Tamils were willing to coexist with each other, TNA MP Sivagnanam Sritharan told Parliament yesterday. He said the government had not considered the needs of the Northern people and claimed that a sports stadium constructed in Kilinochchi during the previous regime was being held by the army. The MP said the then Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had profited from the construction of the stadium. Mr. Aluthgamage rejected this allegation and said the TNA MP was up to mischief. Meanwhile, State Minister Harsha De Silva criticized MP Sritharan for still clinging on to extremist ideologies. “The pre-hospital ambulance service has helped the people in the North but you didn’t even have the courtesy […]

Sinhala Buddhist state with a ‘Hitler and military rule’ + Tamil Eelam

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka “If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.” — Voltaire I was more alarmed by what I saw and heard on TV news last evening than by anything I have seen or heard in the Sri Lankan media throughout my life. What I saw and heard was the most dangerous and morally debased public statement, i.e. a statement made in public and concerning public, not private affairs, I have ever heard uttered in this country. It would be the most dangerous public statement that could be uttered in any country in the world. While it was on TV news on two channels, I need to reproduce fairly, what happened. This is how Lanka C news, a website sympathetic to the occasion, filed […]

Top Buddhist monk asks Sri Lanka’s ex-defence chief Gothapaya Rajapakshe to return as ‘Hitler’ and establish Military Rule

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – A top Buddhist monk has asked Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become another “ Hitler” who is known to have killed up to six million Jews in the Holocaust. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Venduruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by encouraging him to return to power and “rebuild the country” even if it means establishing military rule. The monk, delivering a sermon at the private home of Rajapaksa, prayed that the youngest among the Rajapaksa siblings should be the next leader of Sri Lanka as the country needed a “Sinhala Buddhist leader.” “As the clergy, we feel the country needs a religious leader… Some people have described you as a Hitler,” the venerable monk […]

Sinhalese irregularly settled in Mullaitivu

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Arthur Wamanan The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appointed a four-member committee to draft a report on alleged instances of irregular settlements in Mullaitivu and has sought an urgent meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena, before the end of this month, to submit the report. General Secretary of the TNA, Mavai Senathirajah, speaking to Ceylon Today, said that the TNA has planned to request for a meeting with the President before 30 June to hand over the report and discuss matters pertaining to the issue. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by TNA Parliamentary Group Leader and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan on 19 June in Colombo. The meeting also saw the participation of academics and experts in land surveying. “The committee […]

STOP PAYING TAXES SAYS WIMAL

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The joint opposition said today people should stop paying taxes to the government, if it continues with its move to pay compensation to ex-LTTE combatants. JO member and MP Wimal Weerawansa told a news conference that no country in the world had ever paid compensation to ex-terrorists unlike what Sri Lanka was attempting to do and added that such moves would not contribute towards reconciliation. He said the government was hoping to pay compensation to ex-LTTE combatants by using tax payers money saying Sri Lanka will be the first in the world to pay compensation to terrorists. “The compensation will not be paid by using the money of government bigwigs. Compensation has still not been paid to the victims of the Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy […]

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