1st November 2018

UK must halt deportations to Sri Lanka – Freedom From Torture

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UK must halt deportations to Sri Lanka – Freedom From Torture The British government must immediately halt all deportations to Sri Lanka and review their asylum policy following the escalating political crisis on the island, said UK-based charity Freedom From Torture. “We are deeply troubled by this political crisis in Sri Lanka and the prospect of escalating brutality by the military, police and intelligence services,” said Sonya Sceats, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture.

British Cross party British MPs urge action over Sri Lanka’s political crisis

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Cross party British MPs urge action over Sri Lanka’s political crisis A cross party group of British MPs, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) have urged the UK government to take urgent action over the… Read More British MPs probe UK govt’s commitment to accountability in Sri Lanka British parliamentarians today fielded questions to Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministers, including the Foreign Secretary, on the current political crisis in Sri Lanka, following the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP asked: UK acknowledges concerns about safety of ‘Prime Minister’ Wickremesinghe The British government acknowledges concerns “about the safety of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe”, the UK’s Foreign Secretary said on Tuesday. Answering questions […]

Sirisena To Convene Parliament On November 05 Amid Severe International Pressure To Uphold Democracy

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After discussions with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to convene Parliament on November 05, reversing his earlier order to convene it on November 16. President Sirisena – Leader of the SLFP Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a statement to media a short while ago, confirmed that the President conveyed the decision to him. Before the President ordered probation of Parliament until November 16, the House was scheduled to convene on November 05 for the second reading of the Appropriation Bill. ‘At the next sitting of Parliament, Rajapaksa will take up the chair of the Prime Minister as his name has been gazetted as the Prime Minister’, the Speakers Office said. The decision to convene Parliament on Monday has been made amid […]

Proposal for a UNP-TNA-JVP Probation Government!

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A senior member of the United National Party told with ‘Lanka News Web’ that a proposal to form a Probation Government based to the grounds of fulfilling the promises made to the public by abolishing the Rajapakshe rule in 2015, with appropriate conditions, has been recommended by several civil organizations. These civil organizations have recommended that the Probation Government, supposedly formed on the basis of achieving people’s expectations of January 08, at an appropriate political target, should be limited into an appropriate period of time. The UNP member further informed that in regard to these recommendations, they hope to carry out discussions with the TNA and the JVP. Nevertheless, the JVP has already made clear in terms of their policies that they will be not […]

Mahinda is politically destroyed, Ranil is not

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Did Maithripala Sirisena, who put Mahinda Rajapksa in a greater trouble, do everything for the needs of the country? Or for personal political objectives? The only thing everyone living in Sri Lanka or interested in Sri Lanka’s politics must request from the citizens of the country is to refrain from engaging in any form of violent activity. The number of people who are waiting to take political advantages by triggering violence in the country is gradually increasing. Also, President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision has unexpectedly started to severely damage the country as he took an abrupt decision which should have been taken in several months. This political decision could have been taken completely differently and stealthily, or, in Mr. Sirisena’s words, gentlemanly. One cannot become a […]

Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest

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Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest To Address Huge Crowds Demonstrating Against “Attempted Coup” By Maithripala and Mahinda to Retain Power Through Extra-Constutional Means Thousands of protestors yesterday Oct (30) thronged the Liberty Roundabout in an unexpectedly massive show of support for mounting calls on the Speaker of Parliament to reconvene the House and end the constitutional deadlock, even as Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was controversially deposed as Prime Minister last week, stood his ground for a fifth straight day. Speaking to the large crowds gathered outside his official residence, Wickremesinghe used the words “attempted coup” for the first time to speak of his removal,which many legal experts have called illegal and extra-constitutional. “The attempted coup is not a threat to […]

I won’t stay even one hour if Ranil comes back says President

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President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would neither let the North and East to be merged nor allow the country to be a federal state. He told the SLFP electoral organizers who met him in Colombo that he would have to be killed to get those two done. The President has told the organizers that some groups had been adamant about the merger of the North and East and the formation of a federal state. He has said he would not remain as President even for an hour if Ranil Wickremesinghe was reappointed the Prime Minister. The President has said that he took a bold decision after winning the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 and that the steps he took today were even stronger […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return – PEARL advocacy director

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Article Author:  Mario Arulthas Writing in Al Jazeera, the Advocacy Director for the Washington DC-based People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and a Human Rights Fellow at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Mario Arulthas, urged the international community to take urgent action to protect Tamils in Sri Lanka following the former president’s return to power last week. On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members of the international community. To those for whom the political upheaval matters the most, however, it came as no surprise. Mahinda Rajapaksa was feared by political opponents, his critics and the Tamil-speaking people on […]