7th September 2018

Sri Lanka News Update 06 September 2018

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The enforced disappearance of 158 Tamils from the Eastern University in Batticaloa in 1990 was remembered by the community – Tamil Guardian. Rights group at the time said the military was responsible for killing the refugees in the then-largest refugee camp on the island – TamilNet. PEARL’s News Update 31 August 2018 EVENT An Update on Security Sector Reform in Sri Lanka Thursday, September 6, 2018 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 2360 Rayburn House Office Building GUEST SPEAKERS: Kara Bue, Founding Partner, Armitage International Anjali Manivannan, Legal Researcher, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) TAKE ACTION Petition in Solidarity with Protesting Tamil Families of the Disappeared from the North-East We call on the Tamil diaspora and its allies to sign the below petition and ensure that […]

OMP wants officers accused of enforced disappearances suspended

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In its first interim report, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) recommended the government to suspend state officials including members of the armed forces and police who were named as suspects or accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, pending the final determination of such cases. The OMP report said the government should ensure that suspected officials are not transferred, promoted or offered any other office in the armed forces, police or the public service while cases against them are pending. “Some individuals suspected of having committed enforced disappearances and related offences are being permitted to remain in positions of power, especially within the armed forces and the police, where they can influence the progress of investigations. There have been instances where […]

JO protest a flop; two dead, 16 injured

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The ‘Jana Balaya Kolambata’ protest campaign organised by the Joint Opposition (JO) had failed to get the desired outcome and turned out to be a flop while one person had died and 16 people were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. “One person who had died on admission to the Colombo National Hospital is said to have suffered a heart attack. Another person died in an accident in Nittambuwa.He has got down from the bus to buy pineapples on his return from the Joint Opposition protest. He was knocked down by a vehicle while crossing the road and died on admission to hospital. Eight people were admitted due to food poisoning while another eight persons were admitted due to minor injuries,” hospital sources said. Several […]

I’ll bring twice the Mahinda’s JO size of protesters to Colombo: Sajith

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United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said today he would undertake the task of strengthening the party and bring 100,000 people (twice the size of Mahinda’s JO protest) to Galle Face Green for a rally if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe approved of such a move. Police had said that 50,000 people took part in the Mahinda’s JO protest. He said this at a ceremony held at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha to mark the 72nd anniversary of the party. He called for unity among party members if the party was to win the 2020 presidential and general elections to build the nation. “What I predicted about the protest organised by the joint opposition on Wednesday has come true. I said the JO protest would be […]

Northern Provincial Council: Fiduciary Responsible?

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As far back as in October 2014, President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused the Northern Provincial Council government of hampering the development of the Northern Province. His specific charge was that “the government has provided a significant amount of services for the welfare of people in the North” and that  “They are not allowing us to do our work and they are not doing work either … The Chief Minister of the NPC and his administration are hindering the development work in the North in fear of losing votes from the general public (DBS Jeyaraj, 12 Oct.2014). C.V. Wigneswaran In March 2016 the JHU’s Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe claimed “that Chief Minister Wigneswaran had spent only 20 per cent of the allocations for the development of the Northern Province last […]

Mahinda can not run for the third time for the Office of Presidency – The Term Limits & Ex-Presidents

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By YLS Hameed – YLS Hameed The 1978 Constitution introduced by the late President JR Jayewardene had limited the terms of Presidents to two in terms of Article 31(2). This term limit was lifted through the 18th Amendment which enabled former President Mahinda Rajapaksha to contest for the third time after two successful terms. However the 19th Amendment reintroduced the restriction on the terms of Presidents to two by Article 31(2). Arguments are now being brought out to the effect that this restriction does not apply to former Presidents and only to current and future presidents. Two important arguments are put forward in this regard. One is that the restriction brought about through the 19th Amendment is not retrospective and therefore does not bring the terms of former Presidents […]

Protest was a comedy with the people partying on the street after consuming liquor

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While claiming that political parties had a right to organise street protests, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today that the Janabalaya protest march organized by the joint opposition had undermined the peoples’ genuine protest against the government. JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the JO protest was more of a drama than a protest where drunken people had fun on the streets. “Wednesday’s protest was a comedy with the people partying on the street after consuming liquor. What happens in such cases is the diluting of the protest against the government. That is why it became a failure with even the organizers admitting it is a failure,” he said. The MP said the government had plunged the country into a grave […]

Diplomatic appointments of Military Officers help cover up War Crimes.

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The book ‘Kadol Eththu’ was presented to Maha Sangha, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chamal Rajapaksa, Gothapaya Rajapaksha, Professor G. L. Peiris, Hiran Amarasekara and supporters of Mahinda regime. The service rendered by retired military officers as Sri Lanka’s envoys abroad was more immense and better than that of the others, former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. He expressed these views at the launch of the novel titled ‘Kadol Eththu’ authored by Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Kamal Gunaratne in Colombo. Mr. Rajapaksa said “Some asked why retired military officers were appointed as diplomats. One reason was that these appointments recognized the service which they have done to the country. The other reason is that their service done as envoys to the country is more immense than the service done […]