2nd October 2018

Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

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Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna  A Tamil journalist was attacked in Jaffna on Friday while she was riding her motorcycle home. Sumithi Thangarasa, a freelance journalist, said she was on her way home from the temple when she noticed she was being followed by an unknown person on another motorcycle. She attempted to swerve her vehicle away when she noticed the attacker was attempting to crash into her, but the attacker followed and crashed into her and threatened her verbally before fleeing the scene. Sumithi said she had suffered shock and some injuries from the attack, which she reported to Jaffna police. Related Articles: 19 August 2018 : Tamil journalist summoned by CID 11 August 2018 : TID summons Jaffna journalist along with 5 others

Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Mangala claims to have halted UN investigation and saved Rajapaksa  Sri Lanka’s finance minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from facing trial at an international tribunal. “Our country was marked as a blood stain on the world map,” said Samaraweera. “We were accused of violating human rights in the war. An international investigation was to be held even without our involvement.” “The UN halted the international investigations on this government’s promise. This government paved the way for the former president to go abroad and boast. If not for this government he would have been punished by an international court… Mahinda Rajapaksa was able […]

Scotland’s police cancel Sri Lankan police visit following pressure from Tamil activists

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Scotland’s police announced a last minute cancellation of a visit by a contingent of Sri Lankan policemen to the UK, which was scheduled for this month, following pressure from Tamil activists. The Sri Lankan contingent, which included controversial head of the Sri Lanka Police IGP Pujith Jayasundara, were due to visit for a training program. However, on Friday night the Foreign Office said “plans for the delegation have changed and the visit is now no longer going ahead next week”. The Scotsman reports that the cancellation came following pressure from Tamil activists, with artist M.I.A. stating the Sri Lankan states treatment of Tamils was “genocidal”. “I hope Scottish independence activists and leaders will protest the police chief’s visit because allowing the relationship between the Sri Lankan […]

Only 30% of Mannar mass grave excavated – Prof. Somadeva

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Professor Raj Somadeva, who is in charge of the Mannar mass grave excavation, told Ceylon Today, that thus far only 30 per cent of the excavation has been carried out and that he and his team would be working on the site for another month or so. Looking at the edges of the pit, he speculated that there were more skeletal remains. “There are more skeletons buried,” he noted. As of now, the team has unearthed 148 human skeletons out of which 17 were underage children, from the 12X8 metre pit  in the Mannar Town, in the Northern Province. He noted that they had stopped excavation recently and had resumed work again only yesterday (01). “There were some problems that I […]

Parties that were together at 2015 Presidential Polls should forge ahead Sumanthiran

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There is consensus on power devolution at Steering Committee Three tier of governance proposed  We still have hope on constitution making process Once the elections come, we will sit together and decide on our teams  We never discussed the 13th Amendment   Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in an interview with Daily mirror , speaks about the current status of the Constitution-making process and future politics. He shared the following: Q How do you look at the current status of politics? Well, there was a change in 2015. There were a lot of expectations.  Initially, though the 100-day programme did not finish in 100 days, there were significant achievements – the enactment of the 19th Amendment and the Right to Information Act. After the parliamentary […]

“Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Has Disqualified Himself From Being Re-nominated b y Campaigning Against His Own Party At The Parliamentary and Local Govt elections” Says MA Sumanthiran MP in Interview

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“Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Has Disqualified Himself From Being Re-nominated b y Campaigning Against His Own Party At The Parliamentary and Local Govt elections” Says MA Sumanthiran MP in Interview By Kelum Bandara Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in an interview with Daily mirror , speaks about the current status of the Constitution-making process and future politics. He shared the following: Q How do you look at the current status of politics? A; Well, there was a change in 2015. There were a lot of expectations. Initially, though the 100-day programme did not finish in 100 days, there were significant achievements – the enactment of the 19th Amendment and the Right to Information Act. After the parliamentary elections, the two main parties got together to solve the national issues. […]

MAP Calls For Independent Evidence-Gathering Mechanism For Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) called for the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent evidence-gathering mechanism for Sri Lanka with a similar mandate to those on Syria and now Myanmar. The organization made this request in light of the Sri Lankan government’s continued delaying tactics in setting up an accountability mechanism for the country. “Looking ahead to the HRC’s 40th Session in March 2019—when the question of Sri Lanka’s compliance is back on the agenda—a fresh approach is needed. And, fortuitously perhaps, recent events at the Council provide a potential solution. On 27 September, with respect to the situation in Myanmar, the HRC ‘overwhelmingly supported a resolution to set up an “independent mechanism” that will collect and analyze evidence of the “most […]