UK taking Sri Lankan brigadier incident ‘very seriously’ says British minister

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific said the UK government was treating the incident of Sri Lanka’s UK defence attache Brigadier Priyanka Fernando threatening Tamil protestors “very seriously” and confirmed that he has been ordered back to Colombo. Brigadier Fernando was filmed on February 4 making a throat slitting gesture at Tamils protesting outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. Clive Efford MP for Eltham stated that if “somebody else incited hatred in that way on our streets, they would be interviewed by the police” and asked the minister if Brigadier would be “interviewed by the police about that crime”. In response, Mark Field said that the “UK takes this incident very seriously”. He stated that he had spoken with Sri […]

Law & order ministry to Fonseka? – Gotha to fly back to USA

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Law & order ministry to Fonseka? Mahinda faction worried! We reported on the 16th that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is to be given the law and order ministry, and that there have been several requests to the president to appoint him to the position.   This has caused worries for the Mahinda faction and those connected to corruption in the previous regime. The government has failed to fulfill the 2015 promise to punish the corrupt, murderers and plunderers. The law and order and justice ministries did not make sufficient attempt to do so and was one main reason for the votes against the recent mini polls.   Both Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa and Sagala Ratnayake have been accused of indirectly protecting Mahinda Rajapaksa and his henchmen. This […]

Govt. bound to implement UNHRC resolution: TNA

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader and TNA MP R. Sampanthan today said that the government was bound to implement the UNHRC resolution both in spirit and letter and called on the international community to ensure it was fully implemented. Highlighting the delays that have occurred in implementing the resolution he said that the International community must take necessary steps to ensure that the government is held accountable for the commitments made to the international community and to the people in Sri Lanka on implementing Cosponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. He made this statement when he met  with the visiting United States member of Congress F. James Sensenbrenner and His Chief of Staff Mr Matt Bisenius today at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition […]

In world report Sri Lanka listed among countries unsafe for Muslims

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka has been listed among countries unsafe for Muslims in a newly released world report. In the report, Amnesty International notes that Sri Lanka saw a rise in Buddhist nationalist sentiment last year, including attacks against Christians and Muslims. In September, a group of hardline Buddhist monks attacked the homes of Rohingya refugees in Boosa, southern Sri Lanka. In November, dozens of home and businesses of Muslims were attacked near the southern city of Galle. The State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018 by Amnesty International notes that in South Asia, governments invoked law and order, national security and religion as they engaged in attacks against religious minorities, criminalized freedom of expression and subjected civil society to a campaign of intimidation, threats, smears and violence […]

Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry denies High Commissioner to UK resigned

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry on Thursday stressed the country’s High Commissioner had not resigned, rejected media reports she had terminated her contract.  “High Commissioner Wijewardene will conclude her contract on her own volition by 31 March 2018,” the ministry said in statement. The Sri Lanka’s High Commission in London has faced increased scrutiny over recent weeks after the country’s defence attache to the UK, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was filmed motioning a death threat to Tamils protesting outside the building on February 4. Brigadier Fernando was recalled yesterday for “consultations”, the army spokesperson said. The army has subsequently made clear no disciplinary action will be taken over the incident.  Related Articles: 22 February 2018 : ‘No disciplinary action’ for Sri Lankan brigadier over death threat confirms army […]

Sri Lanka ranked 91 in Corruption Perceptions Index

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka has failed to show significant improvement in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, released by Transparency International (TI), the global movement against corruption, the Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption whereas Sri Lanka has moved up 4 places from 95th to 91st, far more importantly its CPI score has only risen by two points from 36 to 38, representing the slow rate of progress. The TISL said being the local chapter of the global movement, was concerned by the fact that Sri Lanka’s current CPI score of 38 was the same score that prevailed in 2014. “A close analysis of Sri Lanka’s positioning in the CPI from 2012 […]

Sri Lanka police cover up in Lasantha murder emerge after key arrest

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – The arrest of a retired senior Deputy Inspector-General has revealed how the police scuttled its own investigations to protect military intelligence men who carried out the assassination of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara who is currently in remand custody has allegedly instructed his juniors to not only botch the investigation, but also destroy evidence gathered from the crime scene, according to a confession by Senior Superintendent Hemantha Adhikari. It was Adhikari who led the investigation into Wickrematunge’s assassination in January 2009 under the immediate supervision of DIG Nanayakkara who at the time was in charge of Western Province (south). Fearing his own arrest, Adhikari, who is currently serving as a security officer of the Dhammika Perera-owned Hayleys Group, made a length […]

Lasantha killing: Ex DIG makes confidential statement

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Hemantha Adhikari yesterday made a confidential statement regarding the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor late Lasantha Wickrematunge before Mount Lavina Magistrate Mohamed Mihail. The statement was made in the Magistrate’s Chamber. When the case was called, on previous hearing (February,16), the CID informed Court that former Senior DIG Hemantha Adhikari, who held previous investigations into the murder of Mr Wickrematunge, had volunteered to make a statement to the Magistrate regarding the murder. Earlier, the Court had impounded the passports of former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jayantha Wickewmaratne, former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Senior DIG Hemantha Adhikari following submissions made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by the CID regarding the investigations follows into the […]

Opposition Leader Sampanthan Castigates and Exposes in Parliament the Malicious, Vicious and Fallacious False ropaganda of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna During Polls

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Jayasuriya Sri Lankan politics is cheap. The depth of that cheapness is proof in the two stark choices that the people have now been given. One is the return of the old regime with all its nastiness. Forty four per cent of the voters had chosen that. And the other is to continue with the UNP under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose incompetence, should, more than anything else, be blamed for the resurgence of the Rajapaksas. Through his indecisiveness in governance, Mr. Wickremesinghe de-legitimized the whole spectrum of yahapalanaya. Yet, even with his worst mistakes, the other alternative is cringingly terrifying. Mr Rajapaksa if given a chance will destroy even the modest achievements that this administration has so far achieved, and set communities […]

Brig. Priyanka Fernando recalled to Sri Lanka

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Manushi Silva The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, has been recalled to Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Army. Accordingly, He will arrive in Sri lanka today or tomorrow, said Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapaatu today (21). A video appeared on social media depicting Brigadier Priyanka Fernando making certain gestures aimed at members from the Tamil community who were engaging in a protest outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on Sunday (4), as Sri Lanka marked the 70th anniversary of independence. In this connection, instructions were sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London on Tuesday (6), to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect, the release said, adding that […]

UN Stops Lt.Col R. Wasantha Kumara Hewage From Leading 12th Force Protection Company In UN Peacekeeping Mission To Lebanon(UNIFIL)

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

UN Stops Lt.Col R. Wasantha Kumara Hewage From Leading 12th Force Protection Company In UN Peacekeeping Mission To Lebanon(UNIFIL) Pending Review of Alleged Human Rights Violations Committed In Kiinochchi and Puthukkudiyiruppu During War Against LTTE In a rare acknowledgement of failure in its screening process, the United Nations has stopped a Sri Lankan military commander from going for a peacekeeping mission in the middle east. Up until several rights watchdogs and Tamil organisations wrote to the head of UN peacekeeping urging to stop Lieutenant Colonel Rathnappuli Wasantha Kumara Hewage, he was scheduled for deployment to Lebanon on 18 February 2018. Detailing the commander’s wartime record in a period when extensive violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law perpetrated by the Sri Lankan security […]

“Gotabhaya Protection Strategy”(GPS) of Ranil and Maithripala Fails at Local Govt Poll With Both UNP and SLFP Getting Politically Defeated.

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

The power struggle between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ended with both being badly bruised, but the acrimony also exposed the failure of their long-term political strategies. The run-up to the February 10 local government elections deepened the differences within the uneasy coalition and saw Sirisena declaring that his government was more corrupt than the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. In sharp contrast, Wickremesinghe desisted from criticising the junior coalition partner and even moved to rein-in his United National Party young bucks who tried to snipe at Sirisena. What was at stake was not just the 341 local government bodies. At stake was the general elections of 2020. A new president must be in office by January 2020 while the earliest a parliamentary election […]

Mahinda’s New Racist Party will bloom into Eelam – Sampanthan in Parliament on Feb. 19

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Lotus Bud will bloom into Eelam Speech made by Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in Parliament on Feb. 19 I thought I would say a few words on this debate. The people have delivered a verdict and, in a democracy, the people’s verdict must be respected. The Hon. Member who moved the Motion and the Hon. Member who seconded the Motion have referred to various matters. I think, Sir, I will primarily do a brief analysis of the result of the Local Authorities Election held on 10th of February. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna polled 44.69 per cent of the votes cast at that election. The United National Party polled 32.61 per cent. The United People’s Freedom Alliance polled 8.90 per cent. The Sri Lanka Freedom […]

Subramanian Swamy’s love relationship with Mahinda

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who attempted to raise the Indian National Flag on the island of Katchchathivu, to claim the island as Indian territory on 4 February 1988 is now back in the news, with his statement that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ‘should become President soon’. It cannot be said that the good old law professor, of world famous Harvard University, is not aware of the Sri Lankan Constitution that bars a President from contesting for a third term. However, Dr Swamy knows how to be in the limelight always, whether he is right or wrong. “It is good to hear that Rajapaksa is making a strong comeback to Sri Lankan politics. He should become President soon,” he tweeted immediately after the declaration […]

Swiss AG demands harsh penalties for LTTE masterminds

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

In the indictment plea in the Tamil Tigers’ trial, in Bellinzona, which lasted for almost two days, Swiss Attorney General Juliette Noto has requested that the 12 Tamils be found guilty of participating or supporting the LTTE. The newspaper Neue zürcher zeitung said the federal prosecutors are clear that the accused Tamils have financed terrorism and supported a criminal organization with the Tamil Tigers. For most of the 13 defendants, the federal prosecutor attested grave offenses and a high level of criminal energy. The 12 Tamils have contributed to maintaining an efficient and complex system in Switzerland over the years with the sole purpose of illegally raising funds and then channelling them through tortuous routes to the LTTE. In the main, the federal prosecutor requests […]

EU urges Sri Lanka to honour commitments on OMP

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) says the Sri Lankan Government must honour their commitments on the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and Transitional Justice. In a tweet, the EU office in Sri Lanka said that without clarity about the fate of their missing or disappeared loved ones, many Sri Lankans will not be able to participate in national reconciliation. The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi yesterday marked one year of continuous protests. The protest is being staged to find out the truth about their loved ones and hold accountable those responsible for their disappearances. President Maithripala met with the families of the disappeared in June and November last year and promised to release a list of surrendees who surrendered to the Army at the end of […]

Tamil Tiger due to be deported says he will face torture in Sri Lanka

22nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Danny Tran Updated Tue at 10:29pm PHOTO: Sri Lanka is not safe for those who fought for the Tamil Tigers, his supporters say. (Reuters) RELATED STORY: US may deny resettlement of hundreds of Tamils on Nauru, Manus RELATED STORY: Sri Lanka reconciliation efforts slammed on civil war anniversary RELATED STORY: Sri Lanka faces new torture allegations A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who claims he once built warships for the Tamil Tigers says he will be tortured and possibly killed in his home country if he is deported by the Australian Government on Thursday. Santharupan Thangalingam, 46, said he was a senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant terrorist organisation, which waged a bloody insurgency against the Sri Lankan Government for more than a quarter of a century. […]

What do Sri Lanka’s local elections mean for the future of democracy?

18th February 2018 // 0 Comments

SRI LANKA’S recent local elections saw both the incumbent National Unity Government and main opposition party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), suffer serious setbacks. By offering vacuous rhetoric on reconciliation instead of addressing the roots of the country’s political conflict, the National Unity Government and TNA pushed both local Sinhalese and Tamils – the main contenders in the country’s national conflict – to distrust them as political actors. And the voters conveyed just this at the polls. Although a local election – where issues other than addressing the country’s national conflict were at stake – the polls were seen in Sinhala-majority southern Sri Lanka as a referendum on the performance of the National Unity Government. SEE ALSO: Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people? Formed […]

Mahinda can’t win at a straight election

18th February 2018 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Results of the recent Local Government Election gave an indication as to how far the Leader of the Podujana Peramuna Mahinda Rajapaksa could go in a straight election , says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Asked if the UNP fancied it’s chances at a future election, in the event the SLFP and Podujana Peramuna formed an alliance, Wickremesinghe said on Friday “There was a lot of cross voting at the February 10. Mahinda would not be able to secure victory in a straight contest.” The votes obtained by the Podujana Peramuna gave an approximate estimate of Mahinda’s vote base. So even his proxy at the next Presidential Election would not be able to win, he added.

Reconfiguring Sri Lanka’s Tamil politics

18th February 2018 // 0 Comments

With a banner sporting a picture of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) founder S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the background, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan made a fervent appeal in an election rally in Jaffna. “Unity”, he said, “is the only weapon we have now.” Days ahead of Sri Lanka’s February 10 local government polls, the 85-year-old politician urged the northern Tamils to speak in one voice and support the ITAK. Whether it was the Northern Provincial Council elections in 2013, or the parliamentary elections of August 2015, the voters had done just that, giving the party and the Tamil National Alliance it helms an overwhelming mandate. “You placed your trust on us, and no one else, to be your representative. Give us a chance to continue […]

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