Leading Buddhists thank Naseby for putting the record straight

11th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Buddhasasana Karyasadhaka Mandalaya (BKM), an independent non-governmental national level organization comprising of 14 leading Buddhist monks and Presidents of 14 national level Buddhist organizations, has written to the Lord Naseby, House of Lords of the UK, thanking him for pointing out to the British Parliament that it is incorrect for the British government to prejudge Sri Lanka in terms of the European Convention on Human Rights. The BKM letter to the Lord Naseby says: “This communication is to express the sincere thanks of the Buddhasasana Karyasadhaka Mandalaya, an independent non-governmental national level organization comprising 14 leading Buddhist monks and Presidents of 14 national level Buddhist organizations, for the relentless effort of Your Lordship to get at the truth regarding the actual figures of persons […]

EU adds Sri Lanka to money laundering blacklist

11th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The European Parliament has confirmed that Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Trinidad and Tobago were on the European Commission’s blacklist of countries at risk for acts of money-laundering. In a statement, the European Parliament on Wednesday said despite intense efforts by some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), they have failed to achieve the 376-vote absolute majority needed to reject the inclusion of Tunisia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago in the European Commission’s list of non-EU countries considered to have strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and terrorism financing regimes. “The vote on Wednesday reflected the split in Parliament over the issue, with 357 votes in support of the motion to 283 votes against and 26 abstentions,” it said. As part of its obligations under […]

Local council polls: Where do we go from here?

11th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Questions whether Sirisena’s election tirade against corruption will result in action or remain mere words Unexpected turnout at yesterday’s local govt. polls President severely rebukes Foreign Secretary for suspending military attaché in Britain with Ranil’s approval without consulting him The nation today awaits the victor and the vanquished at the local polls which took place yesterday. As the hours tick by, that there will be surprises galore, in the first test of strength for the ruling coalition, has become clearer. One such instance is the clear emergence of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). The new party is poised to make a strong footprint in local politics with a noteworthy victory. That no doubt will impact both on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party […]

Local Authority Election – 2018 LIVE

11th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Local Authority Election – 2018 LIVE http://lgelections2018.dailymirror.lk/ Coalition among opposition parties can tilt balance in councils? SLPP sweeps wards in South; North goes to ITAK But coalition among opposition parties can tilt balance in councils UNP comes second, leading in Colombo count, Sirisena’s UPFA comes a distant third The recently formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have swept a majority of the local government wards in the south at yesterday’s countrywide polls, according to early results that began trickling in late last night. However, in some councils though the SLPP won most of the wards under the FPP (First Past the Post) system, when the PR (Proportional Representation) quota of votes are counted, a combined Opposition can have […]

Expressing an alternative opinion in a peaceful manner is not a crime

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Function of the Military Attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London is not to be its Security Guard Californians, Catalonians, Basques, Scots, Irish, Tamils, Kurds, Kashmiri’s, Tibetians and many others wave their flags demanding separation. Waving flags and expressing an alternative opinion in a peaceful manner is not a crime. By Dushy Ranetunge in London The unfortunate incident involving Sri Lanka’s military attaché to London exposes the challenges faced by the Sri Lankan administration, struggling to steer the nation away from the gates of the International Criminal Court. Waving the red flag of Tamil Eelam in the face of the hard line, nationalistic segments of the Sri Lankan population, is like waving a red flag in the face of a Spanish fighting Bull. […]

Diaspora Tamils urge British government to shame and sack “slit throat” Sri Lanka diploma

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Diaspora Tamils urge British government to shame and sack “slit throat” Sri Lanka diplomat Angered by a public death threat against Tamil demonstrators in London, Eelamist diaspora groups in a rare display of solidarity have urged the British government to strip Sri Lanka’s military attaché in the United Kingdom of his diplomatic status and declare him a “Persona non Grata”. Leading Tamil diaspora organisations spurred into action by Minister Councillor (Defence)  Aandige Priyanka Indunil Fernando gesturing thrice to slit the throats of demonstrators in London who opposed the Sri Lanka government celebrating 70 years of independence while Tamils in the island were persecuted, have petitioned the British government on the 9th of February. In the detailed despatch to Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Secretary of State […]

Exasperation and desperation of silly Sirisena , Brigadier’s squalor and diplomatic privileges …

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Exasperation and desperation of silly Sirisena , Brigadier’s squalor and diplomatic privileges … By Diplomatic mission officer (retired) (Lanka-e-News – 08.Feb.2018, 11.30PM) It is a matter for deep regret Pallewatte Gamaralalage Sirisena has demonstrated and confirmed once again that he is ignorant of the country’s laws and regulations so much so that he does not have even that little Read more >> (Lanka-e-News – 08.Feb.2018, 11.30PM)  It is a matter for deep regret Pallewatte Gamaralalage Sirisena has demonstrated and confirmed once again that he is  ignorant of the country’s laws and regulations so much so that he does not have even  that little knowledge a remote village grama  sevaka is expected to have, leave  alone his lack of knowledge of a State’s diplomatic affairs. It is […]

Deport Brigadier Fernando : TNA Joins diaspora

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has joined 10 foreign-based Tamil diaspora organizations in demanding that Boris Johnson, MP and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs ‘to declare the Sri Lankan military attache, Brigadier  Priyanka Fernando a “Persona Non Grata” for committing serious offences under British Law, abusing diplomatic immunity in the UK and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka and therefore to curtain his leave to remain in the UK.’ Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan The letter has been signed by representatives of the following diaspora organizations apart from the TNA: British Tamil Conservatives (BTC), British Tamil Forum (BTF), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), International Centre for the Prevention and Prosecution of Genocide (ICPPG), Tamils Coordinating Committee (TCC-UK), Tamils for Labour, Tamil […]

Ten Tamil Diaspora Organizations Want UK To Shoot Down Maithripala Sirisena’s Decision Not To Recall Brigadier Fernando

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Ten Tamil diaspora organizations have jointly petitioned Boris Johnson, MP and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs ‘to declare the Sri Lankan military attache, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando a “Persona Non Grata” for committing serious offences under British Law, abusing diplomatic immunity in the UK and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka and therefore to curtain his leave to remain in the UK.’ The letter has been signed by representatives of the following organizations: British Tamil Conservatives (BTC), British Tamil Forum (BTF), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), International Centre for the Prevention and Prosecution of Genocide (ICPPG), Tamils Coordinating Committee (TCC-UK), Tamils for Labour, Tamil Friends of the Liberal Democrats, Tamil Information Centre (TIC), Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and Tamil Solidarity. This follows […]

Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake Says There Wont be any Inquiry By Army Into Brigadier Priyanka Fernando ‘s “Throat Slitting” Gesture Against Protesters

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Indika Ramanayake Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said that they would not be conducting an inquiry the actions of the Defence Attache of the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK Brigadier Priyanka Fernando after he was spotted making a throat slitting gesture towards protesters who thronged the Embassy office in the UK. “On the day of the incident the protesters who were carrying LTTE flags had shouted slogans against the Sri Lankan government and sung songs in praise of Prabhakaran. The Brigadier who was standing inside the premises of the Sri Lankan HC had pointed to the Sri Lankan flag on the shoulder of his uniform and gestured that the Sri Lankan government had already ‘taken care’ of Prabhakaran,”the Army Commander explained, added that it was […]

UK Tamil Diaspora requests to declare the London Military Attaché as “Persona non Grata” and to investigate for war crimes

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

UK Tamil Diaspora has made an ‘urgent request’ to declare the Sri Lankan military attache, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, a “Persona non Grata” or a foreign person whose entering or remaining in UK is prohibited by its government and to subject him to investigation of alleged war crimes, among other things.  In a detailed letter addressed to the Hon. Boris Johnson, MP  Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, the request is made in the basis of “commiting serious offences under British Law, abusing diplomatic immunity in the UK and commiting war crimes & crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka’ and they have demanded to curtail his leave to remain in the UK. The letter is reproduced hereinafter.  Rt. Hon Amber Rudd MP Home Secretary […]

Sri Lankan Minister Navin Dissanayake praises Brigadier Fernando for “Throat Slitting” Gesture Against Protesters and tell off British MP’s.

10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Minister Navin Dissanayake praises Brigadier Fernando and says ”We stand with Brigadier Fernando steadfastly and he will continue as our Defence Attache in the UK” In a hard hitting letter to the two pro-LTTE British MPs, who demanded the withdrawal of Defence Attache Brigadier Priyankara Fernando’s diplomatic status, Minister Navin Dissanayake yesterday said Brigadier Fernando enjoys diplomatic immunity for actions performed within the embassy premises and that it was most disturbing and offensive to witness protesters being allowed to carry flags belonging to the LTTE in the UK where the organisation has been banned. The letter addressed to British MPs Joan Ryan and Siobhain McDonagh by the minister identified himself as the son of late Gamini Dissanayake, a presidential candidate who was assassinated […]

Polls: war by other means

9th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By the time you read this heaven knows what other cat our political leadership would have let out of the diplomatic bag. After the Presidential Secretariat reversed the Foreign Ministry’s ruling to recall and discipline an errant ambassadorial official who made threatening gestures to a group of Tiger demonstrators outside Sri Lanka’s High Commission in London. But the damage to our once deteriorating and gradually being restored image is probably already done. More tellingly some tilting of the stage as regards the impending local government polls has been effected as a result of the president’s shenanigans. Of course, the military attaché who precipitated the storm in a Ceylon tea cup can hardly be let off the hook. Be all of these as they may, here […]

British PM appoints Ranil Jayawardena as Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka

8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Ranil Jayawardena, MP, as her trade envoy for Sri Lanka.  Mr Jayawardena’s role as trade envoy will be to support and enhance the development of Britain’s trade and investment with Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15th to 17th February to meet with senior members of the government and engage with British business’s working in Sri Lanka, the British High Commission in Colombo said. Mr. Jayawardena was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire in May 2015 and was reelected in 2017.  He has a degree in government from the London School of Economics.  In Parliament he is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sri Lanka.  Mr. Jayawardena’s father is of Sri Lankan […]

President revokes suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando

8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

President revokes suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando (English) President Maithripala Sirisena has revoked the suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from duties as the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.  President Maithripala Sirisena has revoked the suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from duties as the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.  He stated that the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has sent a letter to the Brigadier seeking justification for his actions during the incident. The army will provide its fullest support to any inquiry initiated by the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK regarding the incident, he told Ada Derana. […]

Sri Lanka not accused of war crimes says president, Mangala sacked as FM for cosponsoring resolution

8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s president reiterated his refusal to allow foreign judges into any inquiry examining human rights violations during the final stages of the armed conflict, whilst claiming that Sri Lanka had not been accused of committing international war crimes. “Sri Lanka has not been accused of committing any ‘international war crimes’ and reiterates that he will never allow the participation of foreign judges in the mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations,” he told Derana 360° in an interview. “Therefore I told them not to send foreign judged to my country. There will be no international war tribunals or electric chairs,” he added. “Some people are incorrectly defining that we have been accused of international war crimes. At no point has the Human Rights […]

Sri Lanka’s president revokes suspension of military official at London embassy

8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan military official who was suspended by the state’s Ministry of External Affairs, has been ordered by President Sirisena to resume his duties at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was suspended by the MEA yesterday after being filmed making a throat slitting gesture to Tamils protesting on Sunday. Sri Lanka’s army spokesperson announced this morning however that President Sirisena had intervened to revoke the suspension, instructing Brigadier Priyanka Fernando to resume duties, report sources from Reuters. The news comes amid mounting calls for the military official’s expulsion from the UK. The officer, named as Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, was posted to London as the Sri Lankan High Commission’s defence attaché last year said a briefing released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri […]

UK Urged Not to Allow Sri Lankan Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from Leaving UK to Face War Crime Charges: TGTE

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

UK Cosponsored a Resolution at UN Human Rights Council on killings in Sri Lanka LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , February 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged UK Government not to allow Sri Lankan Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from Leaving to Face War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide charges in UK. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando is currently in UK, having until yesterday served as the military attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission to UK. “There are several reports published identifying his regiment, Gemunu Watch Battalion of the 59th Division, as responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final months of the war in 2009. According to the UN and other organizations, 59th Division was the frontline fighting […]

UNHRC February/March Session & Sri Lanka

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

by Thambu Kanagasabai  LLM [Lond], Former Lecturer in Law University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 5, 2018 The 37th UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to commence on 26th February 2018 and concludes on 23rd March. During this session, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to present his written interim report on Sri Lanka, while Special Rapporteurs who visited Sri Lanka in 2017 are also expected to present their reports. The High Commissioner’s Report will be crucial for the war victims and Tamils in Sri Lanka who have been longing, yearning and clamouring for accountability and justice from the United Nations and International Community after the denial and delaying tactics from the Sri Lankan Government and Sri Lanka’s judicial system, while there is a culture […]

Ukraine requests Abu Dhabi to return Udayanga

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Ukraine authorities had reportedly requested the Abu Dhabi authorities to handover former Sri Lankan envoy to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga to Ukraine as he holds Ukrainian citizenship. Weeratunga who was detained in Dubai on Sunday (4) while in transit to the United States was later transferred to the authorities in Abu Dhabi by the Immigration and Emigration officers as per an INTERPOL warrant issued. He was accused in a probe into the acquisition of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine, while he was also accused of supplying weapons to anti-Government forces in several countries and was absconding the Sri Lankan authorities using a Sri Lankan Diplomat Passport. Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said that a special investigation team was to leave for Abu Dhabi this evening […]

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