Ethnic Cleansing of Myanmar – India, israel and China fully support

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

“Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing of Myanmar Muslims” Says  UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Al Hussein India, israel and China fully support Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s gnocide of Rohingya Muslims Written by Latheef Farook Two weeks after Myanmar armed forces and their murderous thugs led by saffron butcher Ashin Wirathu began ethnic cleansing   Rohingya Muslims, the United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on 11 September that “the situation in Myanmar is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.  “This was predicted and could have been prevented,”  said Zeid Al Hussain who, told the UN Human Rights Council “the current situation cannot yet be fully assessed, as Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators.” The UN has documented mass gang rapes, killings – including […]

Fonseka should ‘shut up’ says former Sri Lankan president Mahinda

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said the former commander of the army should “shut up” (and not expose the war crimes committed by some of his close associates) , after stating he would testify against a military colleague accused of war crimes. Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan Army chief who vanquished the LTTE, on Friday said that he was prepared to testify in a court against his successor Jagath Jayasuriya in the war crimes investigation. “When I was the Commander I did receive certain complaints of crimes committed by Jayasuriya’s brigade mostly to do with crimes perpetrated on those detained during the war,” Fonseka told reporters in Colombo. In an interview to Ceylon Today, Mr Rajapaksa rebuked former army commander Sarath Fonseka’s comments. “Everybody […]

Buddhist monks lead Sinhalese protest against Sarath Fonseka in Trincomalee

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Buddhist monks lead Sinhalese protest against Sarath Fonseka and Rajan Ramanayake in Trinco Sinhalese residents and Buddhist monks in Trincomalee staged a protest against Sarath Fonseka and Ranjan Ramanayake on Saturday. The protestors chanted slogans condemning the ministers’ recent behaviour and accusing them of supporting war crimes investigations. The crowd also burnt effigies of both politicians. Related Articles: 07 September 2017 : Sri Lanka government attempts to distance itself from Fonseka 05 September 2017 : Joint Opposition wants Fonseka sacked for betraying Sri Lankan army

Jealous husband who beat wife’s new boyfriend to death is jailed

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, murdered Suren Sivananthan, 32 in Milton Keynes in January 2017. Credit: Thames Valley Police A jealous and humiliated husband who beat his estranged wife’s new boyfriend to death after kidnapping him in Milton Keynes was jailed for life with a minimum of sentence of 18 years. Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, was incensed when he discovered his wife Ragupathy Annalingham was seeing another man. The Sri Lanken Tamil, who was granted asylum in 1999, organised the abduction of Suren Sivananthan, 32, from the Secklow Gate shopping area near Milton Keynes Theatre on the afternoon of Friday 20 January 2017. For 12 hours, Suren was held captive, plied with alcohol and beaten in three different locations. He suffered 87 sites of injury. Two head injuries were […]

Will the Chinese build a colony in Sri Lanka?

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

China emerging as a big player among the global investors in Sri Lanka raises concerns which the island nation should reflect on closely. As much as Sri Lanka needs to keep ends warm with India, the same approach is needed in its dealings with China, the biggest investor in the island. A huge work force from China is at present on Sri Lankan soil. They are at present working along with Sri Lankans at work sites and only time will tell whether the islanders will adopt the work ethics and commitment shown by the Chinese, when given a task. When expatriate workers seek employment they also consider other factors like entertainment But there are concerns that a prolonged stay by the Chinese here may give […]

Why “Eliya” and Gota are wrong about post war reforms

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The new kid on the block of the Rajapaksa return project is the supremely ill named “Eliya” meaning “light” organisation headed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, whose stated intent is to oppose the proposed post war reforms of the Unity Government. At its recent launch with all the usual suspects of the Joint Opposition and their sundry cheer leaders in attendance, the arguments put forward were essentially the same old tired and hackneyed, fear mongering and paranoia which had been conclusively rejected by the people at two elections in January and August 2015. Essentially there is no new argument, no new shrill screams of paranoia which were not made in 2015, that are being made now. After all, then candidate Sirisena was called a foreign agent, an […]

UK General Medical Council rejects SAITM medical qualification

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK has rejected the medical qualification offered by the South Asian Institute of Technology (SAITM) in Malabe. GMC, the independent regulator of doctors in the UK, has rejected medical qualifications from 11 universities around the world, including SAITM. “If your medical school is on this list you will not be able to apply to sit the PLAB test or for registration. This approach reflects our primary duty to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public in the UK. A decision to place a medical school on this list is not taken lightly. We only do so following a full investigation and where we conclude that it is the most appropriate course of action in light of our main […]

FT journalist killed by crocodile while washing his hands in Sri Lankan lagoon

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile whilst washing his hands in a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends. Paul McClean, 24, an Oxford University graduate, is believed to have wandered off from friends in order to go to the toilet, before being ambushed by the reptile as he dipped his hands in the water. He is said to have been seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under water at a lagoon known as Crocodile Rock, located just just minutes from a popular surfing beach. It is believed Mr McClean had only arrived in the country within the last few days and was staying at a nearby hotel with a group of friends. Raised […]

UNHRC members urged to press Sri Lanka to meet targets

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

United Nations member countries at the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva should press Sri Lanka to promptly meet the targets of the council’s October 2015 resolution for transitional justice, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. HRW said Sri Lanka should put forward a time-bound and specific implementation plan on the four transitional justice mechanisms it agreed to establish as pledged in the resolution The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid al Ra’ad Hussein, in his opening remarks at the council on September 11, 2017, highlighted Sri Lanka’s lack of progress, and called on the Government to realize that its obligations are not a mere “box-ticking exercise to placate the council but as an essential undertaking to address the rights of all its people.” “Governments at the Human Rights […]

Sri Lanka: 2 Years On, Scant Progress on UN Resolution

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Human Rights Council Should Seek Timeline for Action (Geneva, September 14, 2017) – United Nations member countries at the Human Rights Council in Geneva should press Sri Lanka to promptly meet the targets of the council’s October 2015 resolution for transitional justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Sri Lanka should put forward a time-bound and specific implementation plan on the four transitional justice mechanisms it agreed to establish as pledged in the resolution. The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid al Ra’ad Hussein, in his opening remarks at the councilon September 11, 2017, highlighted Sri Lanka’s lack of progress, and called on the government to realize that its obligations are not a mere “box-ticking exercise to placate the council but as an essential undertaking to address […]

Sri Lanka’s OMP welcomed by foreign missions with call for ‘credible commissioners’

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s OMP welcomed by foreign missions with call for ‘credible commissioners’  The signing of a gazette to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has been welcomed by the US, EU and Canada on Wednesday, with calls for “credible commissioners” to be swiftly appointed. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said the move was an “important step forward” for advancing reconciliation. “A well-funded and robust OMP with independent & well qualified commissioners will give hope to families from all communities who seek answers,” he tweeted. The European Union said operationalising the OMP was “an important and welcome development” and that it hopes “credible commissioners can be recruited quickly”. Canada reacted by stating it was an “important & positive step for victims”. The […]

Army Holding about 85,000 Acres in North

13th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Calls for probe into SF’s allegations against Gen. JJ By Cyril Wimalasurendre, ‘The Island,’ Colombo, September 10, 2017 KANDY – Alleging that the army continued to hold about 85,000 acres of land in the North, Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court judge C.W. Wigneswaran, on Saturday, sought the intervention of most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera of Malwatte Chapter to shift troops out those lands. CM Wigneswaran claimed that only about 5,000 acres had been so far released to their original owners. The Chief Minister placed the strength of the army deployed in the Northern Province at 150,000. Asserting that there was no requirement to maintain such a large force in the Northern Province, Wigneswaran called for their removal.The Mahanayake thera told […]

Sri Lanka freezes Rajapaksa assets exceeding Five Billion

13th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Yoshitha appears before the FCID to make a statement Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, appeared before the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today to make a statement. He was given notice to appear at the FCID to be questioned on a land deal. http://www.economynext.com/ Sri_Lanka_freezes_Rajapaksa_ assets_exceeding_five_billion_ _FM-3-7611-10.html Sri Lanka freezes Rajapaksa assets exceeding five billion: FM Yoshitha Rajapaksha – A multi-million rupee brand-new house at Mount Lavinia brought from  a bag of gems left by a unknown person. Basil Rajapaksa – Claims that a 208 million river-front house in Malwana that was being built allegedly in his name was not owned by him.  Real estate and bank accounts of former president’s two elder sons and his minister brother Basil, amount to two billion.  […]

Senate Committee rejects Trump’s proposed budget cut for Sri Lanka

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation, the Press Trust of India reported. “Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President’s budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance from the prior fiscal year,” the Senate Appropriations Committee said in a report passing the annual State appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2018, beginning October 1. The appropriations bill, which landed on the Senate floor yesterday for consideration, seeks USD 43 million for Sri Lanka. This includes USD 35 million as economic support fund, USD 6.8 million for non-proliferation […]

As Fonseka continues tirade, here are some dramatic revelations

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Former President removed him from post of Army Commander because he was planning to arrest Jagath Jayasuriya Security Forces commander Wanni, Major General Jagath Jayasuriya “was engaged in various crimes.” House leader says Field Marshal’s war crimes claim a personal opinion, but it sparks controversy SLFP insists executive presidency must remain and seeks not to enhance PM’s powers The Sri Lankan who won bouquets and brickbats worldwide for leading troops to military victory against Tiger guerrillas eight years ago and became a national hero now finds himself in a lesser light. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/170910/columns/as-fonseka-continues-tirade-here-are-some-dramatic-revelations-258772.html General Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal Fonseka, who successfully negotiated the title of Field Marshal in return for his support for Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8, 2015 presidential election, accused a subordinate senior officer […]

Darker and more dangerous: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Human Rights Council 36th session Opening Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 11 September 2017 Distinguished President of the Council, Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends, As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years. First, however, I want to recall all those who were murdered in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania on 11 September 2001. Like many who were living in New York, I will forever remember that huge gaping hole in the side of the building, the billowing smoke, the heroism of the fire-fighters and police, the collapsing towers, the […]

UN human rights chief calls for exercise of universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted frustration over the “slow pace of reforms” in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was “even more necessary”. Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the human rights chief called on Sri Lanka to live up to commitments it had made to the international community. “I encourage the Government to act on its commitment in Resolution 30/1 to establish transitional justice mechanisms, and to establish a clear timeline and benchmarks for the implementation of these and other commitments,” he said. “This should not be viewed by the Government as a box-ticking exercise to placate the Council, but as […]

“Eliya”(Light)Is Formed To Oppose the New Constitution by Sinhala only Gotha with the blessing of Mahinda

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s open foray into politics took place last Wednesday in the form of ‘Eliya’ a new organization that was ceremonially launched at the Golden Rose hall in Boraleasgaluwa. Its launch was in the form of a seminar on the proposed new constitution. The panel of speakers included Gota himself who introduced the new organization to the audience and spoke on why it opposes the proposed new constititution. Ven. Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Dr Dayan Jayatilleke, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, Dr Seetha Arambepola, Rev. Fr. Wimal Tirimanne, Tamara Kunanayagam, Lawyer Rushdi Habib, and Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne were among the speakers at this event. MP Namal Rajapaksha stands outside the main hall and watches the progress as per his father Mahindas advice. A leaflet in […]

Why We Must Neither Go Beyond the 13th Constitutional Amendment Nor Try To Roll It Back.

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka The ‘Sirisena SLFP’ has rejected the abolition of the executive Presidency, more especially in the context of devolution. It has upheld the unitary state, rejected the amalgamation of Provinces and the abolition of the powers of the Governor and/or their transfer to the Chief Minister. The SLFP has agreed with the implementation of the 13th amendment and the proposal of a Second chamber. In short the SLFP proposal is for a constructively modified 13th amendment, which is both 13 Plus (Senate) and 13 Minus (de-merger). These proposals constitute the common ground within the ‘Unity’ government. If they are rejected, the UNP will have to go it with the TNA and the JVP. Ranil’s old wager that Mahinda Rajapaksa will be vulnerable to the temptation […]

Implications of Lalith Weeratunga’s Imprisonment For Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe.

12th September 2017 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s top aide Lalith Weeratunga became the first high-profile official from the former regime to be convicted for corruption, but his jailing could have a political fallout for the current coalition regime too. The Economynext Political Correspondent discusses consequences for President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and their uneasy coalition whose tenure is virtually guaranteed by the constitution. The case against Lalith Weeratunga, a highly respected civil servant, was one of the first to be filed after Sirisena defeated Rajapaksa at the January 8, 2015, election. Weeratunga was convicted of diverting 600 million rupees from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to fund Rajapaksa’s unsuccessful re-election bid. He was sentenced to three years in jail and fined 2 million rupees. He was also asked to […]

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