Will government allow the 200 million worth of health development projects offered by Lyca Group?

17th April 2017 // 0 Comments

 A village developed by Lyca for Sri Lankans affected by the war  was inaugurated on Wednesday and as a first step they  handed 150 houses and Lycamobile’s chairman Subaskaran Allirajah promised another 450 houses will be built and given to war effected families in North and East of Sri lanka. ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’: Houses handed over to the beneficiaries ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’ consisting of 150 houses have been handed over to the families. The keys were handed over to the beneficiaries by the guests such as Gnanambikai Allirajah, the co-founder of Gnanam Foundation, Lycamobile Chairman Philanthropist Mr.Subashkaran Allirajah, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan and other guests. ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’: Guests arrive for the handing over ceremony The guests for the handing over of the ‘Lyca’s […]

British APPG seeks swifter progress on Sri Lanka resolution

15th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The British All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG) said that much swifter progress is needed towards the full implementation of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka. The current chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils British MP, James Berry travelled to the Northern Province this month and visited the Nanthikadal lagoon in Mullaitivu.  “The APPG for Tamils will continue to keep human rights on the agenda in the UK and abroad,” Mr Berry said in a statement. “We will continue to demand that the Sri Lankan government fulfils its obligations to the international community, including finally setting up a justice mechanism with an impartial tribunal involving foreign judges to deal with human rights abuses during the civil war.” […]

Sri Lankan government to oppose any ”international inquiry on sex abuse in Haiti by SL Soldiers”

15th April 2017 // 0 Comments

It is said that the Sri Lankan government will oppose any ”international inquiry on sex abuse in Haiti by SL Soldiers” after receiving a copy of the internal UN report that 134 SL soldiers had sex with children in Haiti. Although 114 of the peacekeepers were sent home, none was ever jailed for the abuse as expected by all. SL government has never taken serious steps to punish the SL forces for sexual abuses and it is rumered that this is because most of the government parliamentarians are involved in sexual abuse and the SL forces are aware about it. In May 2009 hundreds of Tamil girls were sexualy abused by the SL Forces with the blessing of Rajapaksha and even the new government parliamentarians are refusing to hold […]

Sophisticated white-van abductions continue unabated in Jaffna

12th April 2017 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 16:21 GMT] A Tamil man, 35-year-old Thiraviyam Naguleswaran from Vaddukkoaddai in Jaffna, was missing for the last 10 days. Three days ago, his wife received a phone call from him. He was being detained at Anuradhapura, the frightened husband told his wife from the custody of his abductors. Mr Thiraviyam asked his wife not to file any complaint with the SL Police and to avoid alerting any human rights watchdog or media. His abductors were investigating him and he would not be released if there was any complaint made to human rights groups, he had told. His wife refrained from complaining or alerting media. But, on Wednesday, the circumstance of a pending court case at Mallaakam courts has exposed the […]

Tamils Leader Prabhakaran and Sinhalese Leader Wijeweera – nobody can question the sincerity to the cause both these leaders exhibited

12th April 2017 // 0 Comments

By Vishwamithra – “Political leaders still think things can be done through force, but that cannot solve terrorism. Backwardness is the breeding ground of terror, and that is what we have to fight” ~Mikhail Gorbachev Rohana Wijeweera was a remarkable man. At the height of the cold war in the international arena, when the United States was in constant confrontation with the then Soviet Union in every possible global forum, Wijeweera played his logical role as the leader of the first revolutionary political party in post-Independence Sri Lanka. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) which Wijeweera started as a cellish-organization driven by indoctrination-oriented transformation of the minds and political thinking of the rural youth in Sri Lanka within a very short time of three years (1968-1971), managed and […]

White vans roaming again

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

By Upatissa Perera, Mahesh Wijesuriya and Kumara Dissanayake An unidentified group, disguised as Police officers, who had arrived in a white van, had abducted a 38-year-old father of two from Ipalogama in Punchikulama on Sunday (9) night. This was stated in a complaint lodged at the Ipalogama Police by the abducted individual’s wife. The abducted individual named Loku Ralalage Ajantha Pushpakumara Biyagama, a businessman, had been a private security officer to several parliamentarians from the Anuradhapura District and was a seizing officer attached to leasing companies. He had been abducted from his home, located near the Ipalogama Junction and the abductors had also removed the data from 13 CCTV cameras which had been fixed around his house. This individual had been a powerful supporter as […]

UN Human Rights Council, Sri Lanka, and the Tamil people. March 2017

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Brian Senewiratne MA, MD, FRCP,FRACP Physician, Brisbane, Australia Sri Lanka recently co-sponsored a resolution at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), allowing Sri Lanka two more years to implement the recommendations made in Resolution 30/1 of 2015. The outrageous decision is devastating for the survival of the Tamil people in the North and East of Sri Lanka and also calls into question the credibility of the UNHRC. On the very day it was passed in Geneva, President Sirisena in Colombo promoted a war criminal to a senior position in the Armed Forces, sending a clear message to the international community in general and the UNHRC in particular that he had not the slightest intention of doing what Sri Lanka undertook to do […]

Ruling On Raviraj Killing Stirs Tamil Politicians

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The jury deemed the available evidence is insufficient to convict the accused The unanimous decision was reached by the jury after a one month long trial The Court ruling on the murder of former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj drew strong reactions from Tamil politicians last week. Tamil politicians both in the government and outside expressed shock and disappointment at the decision to set free the five suspects accused of the murder. Minister Mano Ganeshan said that while investigations into the murder had been stalled, it gathered pace under the government of good governance. A special jury acquitted the five accused in the murder, including Navy intelligence officers. The unanimous decision was reached by the jury after a one month long trial. Ganeshan […]

Mullikulam Renewed Struggle To Regain Navy Occupied Village

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

by Marisa de Silva,  Nilshan Fonseka and Ruki Fernando  On September 8, 2007 the entire village was unceremoniously evacuated by the Military with the promise of enabling their return within three days. Ten years later, these villagers are yet to be allowed to return to their homes The recent spate of continued protests demanding the return of lands and truth and justice for the disappeared breaking out across the North and East, appeared to have breathed new life to the struggle of the Mullikulam people to return home to their village My father, my father’s father and my father’s grand-father have lived here. Mullikulam has been our home for generations now. Our church was made during my great-grand-father’s time, way before I was even born. There […]

Reforms Without Referendum, Or Referendum Without Reforms?

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  Thus, no national newspaper (read: English) got to highlight a recent statement of Upcountry Tamil leader and Minister, Mano Ganesan Mano Ganesan indicated that the ‘Big Two’, namely the UNP and the SLFP, were happy to confine the constitutional reforms processes near-exclusively to electoral reforms SLFP representative at the meeting made it abundantly clear that they were prepared neither for wholesale constitutional reforms nor a referendum to make it happen Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of the UNP said that they could not afford a referendum-centric Constitution, just now M. A. Sumanthiran, Mano Ganesan and Dinesh Gunawardena Whether or not there is a national consensus of some kind for pushing through constitutional reforms, as promised by the present-day rulers, there are already […]

Still No Sign Of A New Constitution

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Lakshman Kiriella, Susil Premajayantha, Ranjith Madduma Bandara by Ashanthi Warunasuriya While many opinions have been expressed regarding the new Constitution, the President had instructed the relevant committees to expedite the reports pertaining to the formulation of the new Constitutional process Another significant issue is that the President had asked his legal advisors to prepare the draft for proposed Constitution that can be passed with a 2/3rd majority without a referendum  President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed several senior ministers to expedite the Constitution drafting process.  Although the topic of formulating a new Constitution has been discussed, there is a concern among many over the delay in the process. Formulating a new Constitution was one of the main election promises of the good governance regime. While many […]

Sri Lankan Battlefield Moves To Geneva UN HRC!

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

by S. V. Kirubaharan, France A country’s budget estimates government revenues and expenditures over a specific period of time, whereas an amendment or change to a constitution changes the practices of a country! When there are hundreds of NGOs in the UN, why is the World Muslim Congress taking the lead on Jaffna Muslims? Geneva UN HRC and S. V. Kirubaharan The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council – UN HRC has just concluded, allowing Sri Lanka another two years to implement the UN HRC resolution 30/1. In every meeting held with VIPs including diplomats, myself and a few others made it very clear that whether it is given 2 years or another 20 years, the present government or any other government in Sri […]

Sri Lanka Tamil party says a new constitution is essential to resolve national problem

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance says that the Executive Presidency should be abolished and that a new constitution is needed to resolve the national issue in Sri Lanka. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, TNA parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said the view that the Executive Presidency is better for the minorities to win their rights is not correct. “Even though minority’s support is needed during the elections, once become president, everyone works for the majority,” he said. “Therefore, the idea to think that justice will be met for minorities through this system is wrong,” he said. Without creating a new constitution with the consent of the Tamil people, there will be no solution to the national problem, the MP stressed. “If we need to […]

THE MUCH DEBATED CONTROVERSY OVER ACCOUNTABILITY:

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

‘GOVT HAS NOT AGREED ON HYBRID COURT TO SIT IN JUDGEMENT’ A section of the Opposition vehemently criticized the decision by the Government to co-sponsor the Human Rights Council follow up the resolution, binding itself once again to implement fully the recommendations in 30/1, which calls upon the Government to implement a ‘hybrid transitional justice mechanism’. But, the Government defended its decision saying, on the contrary, it was treading a path that will win the trust of the international community and the victims of war, while being fully aware of the constitutional limitations. A cross section of human rights and foreign affairs experts who have a stake in the Geneva process were interviewed by the Sunday Observer on the recent outcome. The following is their […]

SLMC calls for new Constitution and not amendments

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has called for a completely new Constitution and not amendments to the existing Constitution. SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem said that a referendum will however be needed to create a new Constitution.  He said that the people were given a promise that a new Constitution will be introduced to the country and that promise must be kept. Hakeem also said that in the new Constitution there needs to be meaningful devolution of powers.

Rajitha promises to reveal all ‘killings, corruption and frauds’ perpetrated during previous govt

11th April 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra ferdinando Health Minister and Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has warned the Joint Opposition that information pertaining to all killings, corruption and fraud perpetrated by the previous Rajapaksa administration would be revealed within the next couple of months. Dr. Senaratne, who was a Cabinet minister of the Rajapaksa government switched his allegiance to the UNP in Dec. 2014 in the wake of Maithripala Sirisena, who decamped to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential race. Minister Senaratne was responding to the media following the opening up a new facility at the Kebitigollewa government hospital on Saturday afternoon. Dr. Senaratne said that the JO would die a natural death once the revelations were made. Former External Affairs Minister and JO heavyweight Prof. G. L. […]

FOR SRI LANKA, U.S. SECURITY COOPERATION IS NOT THE CURE

8th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is a complicated country. In a recent article, Nilanthi Samaranayake notes that Sri Lanka’s foreign policy has been evolving since the unexpected ascension of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015. Unfortunately, the trends that Samaranayake has succinctly captured — especially a strengthening of security ties between the United States and Sri Lanka — could ultimately prove to be inimical to both America’s long-term interests in the Indo-Pacific and lasting peace in the island nation. The article doesn’t mention  that Sri Lanka is still recovering from a brutal civil war. One cannot properly assess the current state of affairs, particularly when it comes to defense relationships, without examining the situation through the prism of the civil war and the root causes of the unresolved […]

Hon Sampanthan meets the German Delegation

8th April 2017 // 0 Comments

04th April 2017 Press Release The Leader of the Opposition and the TNA, Hon. R. Sampanthan MP met with the delegation led by the President of the German Bundestag Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, at the Opposition Leader’s office in the Parliamentary complex today (04th April 2017). At the meeting, Mr. Sampanthan briefed the delegation on the constitutional making process, including matters related to electoral reforms and power-sharing arrangements and stressed the importance of the international communities’ involvement in achieving the aspirations of the minority communities. German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mr. Rohde, Mr. Michael Rimeel, Ms. Saskia Leuenberger, Ms. Gelsomina Beatrice and Mr. Stepehen Wirts were also present at the meeting, which lasted over an hour.

Reports on documentation and memorialisation launched at Jaffna University

8th April 2017 // 0 Comments

A booklet on human rights documentation in a post-war context and a report on memorialisation amongst Tamils in the North-East were launched in February at a panel co-hosted by the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR), People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and the Forum on Contemporary Issues at the Department of Law at the University of Jaffna. PEARL launched the Tamil translation of their report “Erasing the Past: Repression of Memorialization in Sri Lanka”, which was published in English last year. ACPR launched their booklet “Human Rights Documentation in a Transitional Justice Context”. It was launched in Tamil, English and Sinhala for the use of civil society organisations on the island. The launch featured a panel discussion including Dr Nimmi Gowrinathan of the Colin […]

Landmark State Terrorism Action in Spanish Court Against Syrian Officials – TGTE

8th April 2017 // 0 Comments

TGTE buoyed by possible similar action overseas on Sri Lankan perpetrators of genocide and war crimes COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, April 4, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) welcomes the landmark legal proceedings for state terrorism initiated by a judge in a National Court in Spain against Syrian vice president Farouk al-Sharaa, head of National Security Bureau Ali Mamlouk, head of air force intelligence Jamil Hassan, and other senior officials. Amb. Stephen J. Rapp, a former US Ambassador at large for the Office of Global Criminal Justice and now a non-resident fellow at the Hague Institute of Global Justice who helped to file the case, said that “we could have international arrest warrants in a month or two against these individuals.” The […]

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