22nd December 2018

Two Naval Intelligence Officers Sitting Among Litigants at Fort Magistrates Courts While Being Supposedly on Duty at Welisara Base Were Arrested By Police On Suspicion of Conspiracy to Murder Chief Investigator Nishantha Silva the Key Witness in Case Against Navy Personnel on Ransom and Murder Charges.

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Two Naval Intelligence Officers Sitting Among Litigants at Fort Magistrates Courts While Being Supposedly on Duty at Welisara Base Were Arrested By Police On Suspicion of Conspiracy to Murder Chief Investigator Nishantha Silva the Key Witness in Case Against Navy Personnel on Ransom and Murder Charges. Sri Lanka’s police detained two navy intelligence officers at the Fort magistrate’s court Wednesday amid fears of a threat to the life of a key detective investigating the abduction and killing of several people allegedly by navy officers. Police spotted two navy men identified as N. M. W Janaka (38190) and A.S.N. Tony (103183) sitting among litigants and were reported to the magistrate who ordered their questioning. The men were duly detained and their statements were recorded at the […]

Tamil National Alliance Makes Written Submissions to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Outlining Several Reasons as to why Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa Should not be Recognized as Leader of the Opposition.

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Tamil National Alliance Makes Written Submissions to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Outlining Several Reasons as to why Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa Should not be Recognized as Leader of the Opposition. (The Tamil National Alliance has made written submissions urging the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya not to recognize Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader of the Opposition. The TNA Outlining several reasons fir taking up yhis position has requested that a Parliamentary Select Committee be appointed to go into the matter and arrive at a final decision. The full text of the submidsion sent on behalf of the TNA by Jaffna district MP and party spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran PC is reproduced here) December 19, 2018 Hon Speaker, Parliament, Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte. Hon Speaker, Post of Leader of […]

UK responds to petition calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to ICC

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UK responds to petition calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to ICC Responding to a petition signed by over 10,000 British citizens calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court, the UK government said that “international criminal justice and accountability is a fundamental element”, however maintained that the UN Human Rights Council resolutions were the best way of acheiving accountability. The petition urged “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019”. Read more here. In its response, the UK noted however that more needs to be done” by Sri Lanka and it should establish a “credible mechanisms for transitional justice.” Read full response below […]

Former LTTE cadres scapegoated while police killers roam free – TNA MP

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Former LTTE cadres scapegoated while police killers roam free – TNA MP The former LTTE cadres currently detained in connection with the murders of two police officers in Batticaloa are being scapegoated while the real perpetrators roam free, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP has said. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Batticaloa representative G Sirinesan said those being targeted by police and security forces were innocent, while the killers were still at large. Earlier this month, Sirinesan had said that the killings in Vavunathivu was an act to incite racism and create problems for the Tamil people. The two former cadres arrested over two weeks ago in connection with the killings are being held under a 3 month detention order granted by the Sri Lankan […]

Crisis at Sri Lanka’s Core

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Crisis at Sri Lanka’s Core https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/crisis-sri-lanka’s-core Almost four years into the ‘good governance’ government, Sri Lanka’s image of stability and progress unravelled last month in a day. President Sirisena’s sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa followed by the dissolving of parliament and call for fresh elections, ended any semblance of stability. Revealed instead was disregard for the country’s constitution and rule of law, bribery, violence and an entrenched racism which habitually blames Tamils for the state’s woes. Sri Lanka’s latest descent into turmoil highlights once again the simmering crisis of unresolved ethnic conflict that remains at the island’s core. Whilst the timing was surprising, the implosion of the coalition government was not. Formed only from a shared dislike of Rajapaksa, the coalition’s promises of land release, accountability and resolving […]

The Crucial March 2019 Session of UNHRC

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Judging Sri Lanka’s Credibility & Commitments to Human Rights By: Thambu Kanagasabai – LLM [Lond.] Former Lecturer in Law University of Colombo, Sri Lanka UN Human Rights Council’s March 2019 Sessions is poised to debate and discuss the Council’s Final Reports on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing its 30-01-2015 Resolution which had more than 25 core recommendations. A Resolution as to Sri Lanka’s record of performance and its obvious failings with appropriate recommendations is also expected to be passed, and later to be forwarded to United Nations and UN Security Council if warranted for further steps and action. This Session is particularly crucial for the victimized Tamils who have pinned their hopes only on UNHRC and United Nations to deliver justice and remedy their political […]

We are in a situation some what similar to the civil war in America where Abraham Lincoln was challenged by racist white Americans

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ARTICLE OF BAHU DAILYNEWS 22nd DEC. 2018 The gigantic mass uprising for Ranil and democracy that happened last week is probably unique in the third world. It is unique with national unity abandoning racism and communalism. In the Gale face green, it was inspiring to see people of all kind in a spirit of solidarity. They expect the arrival of Lankan nation and defeat of fascism. Free and fair elections are, no doubt, central to a democracy; but when conducted in the wake of the questionable sacking of Parliament, they may be anything but.  Lanka is at a crossroads where it has to make a crucial choice between democratic consolidation and a retreat to authoritarianism. The judiciary has a crucial task at hand; so far […]