Gotha faces legal action in US but he is our Presidential candidate says SLPP

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

GR faces legal action in US, Assassination of Lasantha, Summons served in grocery By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris, yesterday, said, that legal acton against wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the US, should be viewed against the backdrop of him being widely considered as SLPP candidate at the presidential polls later this year. Former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris said so in response to a barrage of questions at the regular SLPP media briefing at its Nelum Mawatha Office in Battaramulla. The former Law Professor explained how interested parties could move court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa to hinder his efforts to renounce US citizenship. In terms of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution enacted in April 2015, dual citizens cannot contest […]

Sampanthan insists on implementing UNHRC resolution, adopting new constitution as top priorities for Lanka

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

So what do we see in the statements made by Madam Navanethem Pillay who was the Head of the UN Human Rights Commission at that point of time, the statement made by Madam Louise Arbour, who was also the Head of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights a little earlier, and the statement made by Justice Bhagwati -the Chairman of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, a retired Chief Justice of India who was in Sri Lanka in order to assist in the investigations that have been conducted by the Udalagama Commission in regard to several human rights violations. They have all made their position very clear, Sir, in the statements they have made. Sampanthan insists on implementing UNHRC resolution, adopting new constitution […]

Promises to release land yet to be fulfilled:Silavathurai residents to fight tooth and nail to regain ancestaral land

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

In 1990 when the LTTE issued a decree banishing all Muslims from their ancestral lands in the North, scores of Muslims including Fathima Rizwana (36) from the coastal village of Silvathurai fled their homes overnight in fear of their lives. Rizwana aged just nine at the time along with her siblings and father had taken a perilous journey by sea to the neighbouring India. But when Sri Lanka’s long drawn conflict ended in 2009, Rizwana and many others returned to Silavathurai in the hopes of rebuilding their lives only to find that the Sri Lanka Navy had set up camp on their ancestral lands. According to the Governor meeting the Committee Presidential Task Force in the North and East on Thursday, the President again emphasised […]

Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections?

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Slain “Sunday Leader”Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Daughter Ahimsa Files Case in the US Against Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Concerning Her Father’s Murder in Jan 2009. Continue reading ‘Slain “Sunday Leader”Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Daughter Ahimsa Files Case in the US Against Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Concerning Her Father’s Murder in Jan 2009.’ » Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections? Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, has filed a case in the California Court against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in connection with the assassination of her father in January 2009. She had reportedly stated that Mr. Rajapaksa, who is currently holidaying in California, should be held responsible for the murder of her […]

Sarah Hulton appointed British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Mrs Sarah Hulton OBE has been appointed as the new British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Mrs Hulton will take up her appointment during August 2019, the UK government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office said. “Mrs Sarah Hulton OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in succession to Mr James Dauris who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.” Hulton most recently served as the FCO’s Deputy Director (Human Resources Directorate) and has also served as Head of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Department and as the Head of Pacific Department in the FCO’s Asia Pacific Directorate.

Sri Lankan Writer Arrested By Police Over Short Story Focusing On Alleged Sexual Abuse At Buddhist Temples

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Shakthika Sathkumara, a Sri Lankan poet and writer, has been arrested by the police yesterday for insulting Buddhism in one of his short stories. The Polgaawela Magistrate has remanded the writer until April 09 when he was presented before the court last afternoon. Sathkumara was arrested by the police following a complaint lodged by a group of Buddhist monks in the Polgahawela area. The same group has also lodged a complaint with the Polgahawela Divisional Secretariat where Sathkumara is employed as a Development Officer. Sources close to him said the short story under question centres on a case of sexual abuse within a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka.

Mahinda Rajapaksa cronies have been given Ambassador posts by President Sirisena

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Three of the most ardent cronies of the previous Rajapaksa regime have been given Ambassador posts by President Sirisena. Kshenuka Seneviratne who was Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and instigator of the infamous incident where Chris Nonis, then High Commissioner to the UK was assaulted by Sajin Vass Gunawardena, is to be Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in New York. This position is currently been held by Dr. Rohan Perera an eminent legal scholar who had served as the Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years. Kshenuka and Namal Rajapaksa Kshenuka Seneviratne was notorious for her loyalty for the Rajapaksas, even attending to all the needs of Namal Rajapaksa during his stays in London. She undercut many of her seniors to become Secretary […]

Reconciliation: Sinhalese attitude, Buddhist perspective and Indian solution

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

The tragedy of Sri Lanka is the extension of the mindset created during the struggle against the suppression in the colonial period into the era of independent Sri Lanka  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara Through the entire period of independence Sri Lanka experienced ethnic conflicts. The majority Sinhalese had conflicts with Tamils of Indian origin, Sri Lankan Tamils and Muslims. After the independence, especially after 1956, the Burgher community of Sri Lanka started migrating to various countries mainly to Australia. Sri Lankan Tamils also started migrating later and created an influential diaspora now. A large number of Tamils of Indian origin were sent back to India under Sirima-Shastri pact. There were a number of violent conflicts with the Muslims, the major one being in the pre-independence […]

UN torture prevention body arrive today

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is set to carry out its first visit to Sri Lanka from today to the 12th to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment. Issuing a press release the UNHRC states that the four-member delegation will meet government officials and hold discussions with relevant ministries, as well as meeting with the Human Rights Commission and civil society organisations. Their talks in Colombo will focus on advising and assisting the Sri Lankan authorities regarding the measures they must take to be in compliance with the obligations contained in the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. The Subcommittee will be visiting places of […]

TGTE seeks information gathered by UN investigations on Sri Lanka

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Arguing the UN Human Rights Council process has failed to provide justice to Tamil victims of mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced yesterday it would be seeking data and information from the UN investigations in order to push for private prosecutions of war criminals. “We will exercise our Right to the Truth and our Right to Know under international law to obtain access to information gathered by the UN Secretary-General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” the TGTE said in a statement published on April 1. “Today, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) commenced a Victim Driven International Justice (VDIJ) initiative to assert the rights of Tamil victims under international law. The TGTE invites other Tamil […]

No peace in Sri Lanka without justice and accountability says British Foreign Secretary

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

The British Foreign Secretary has said that there will never be lasting peace in Sri Lanka without justice and accountability. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made the remarks in response to a question about Sri Lanka in parliament on Tuesday. Gareth Thomas MP had asked: “The rules-based international order would be strengthened if countries were seen to be held accountable for adhering to the conclusions of the United Nations Human Rights Council. What steps are Ministers taking to hold Sri Lanka to account for its failure to bring to justice those who are guilty of perpetuating major human rights abuses?” The Foreign Secretary responded: “This is something on which my right hon. Friend the Minister for Asia and the Pacific has done an enormous amount of work through his […]

Lyca owner Subaskaran Allirajah’s Gnanam foundation gets Cabinet approved to build Rs. 740Mn 6-storey building to Jaffna University

2nd April 2019 // 1 Comment

Recent Cabinet decisions released to public in Sri Lanka outlines that Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers lead by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had approved a proposal by Rauff Hakeem, the Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education to implement a project and enter into agreements with the Lyca Group of the United Kingdom that has agreed to build a six storeyed building with a 6,500 Sq.M floor area including modern facilities with an investment of Rs.740 million and make the award to the Jaffna University through the Gnanam Foundation of Sri Lanka.  The Gnanam Foundation was founded in December 2010 by Billionaire Subaskaran Allirajah the Chairman of Lycamobile together with his mother Gnanambikai Allirajah and Co-Founder Mrs. Prema Subaskaran […]

Sri Lankan Packiam Ramanathan beat ‘bullying’ husband to death in Newham

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

A 73-year-old woman who beat her disabled husband to death with a wooden pole after suffering years of abuse has been cleared of his murder. Packiam Ramanathan attacked 76-year-old Kanagusabi Ramanathan as he lay in bed at their home in Newham, east London, on 21 September last year. The defendant told the Old Bailey she was “in a trance” when she hit him. She was found not guilty of murder, but had admitted manslaughter, citing his bullying during their 35-year marriage. The jury was told the couple had an arranged marriage in 1983 and fled Sri Lanka in the civil war. ‘Affair with fishmonger’ Mr Ramanathan was found with serious head injuries and multiple wounds to the body and neck after Packiam Ramanathan told her […]

UN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka – Governor misunderstood or misquoted me.

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said today she stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka. She also said that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report1 on Sri Lanka with a Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20.  Monday’s article in a local newspaper cited a member of the Government delegation, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghaven, claiming the High Commissioner “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.” It also said he claimed she had advised two of her senior officials who attended the meeting “to be more responsible and cautious […]

President refuses to fully implement UNHRC proposals

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena today refused to fully implement proposals submitted to Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The President said that he will ensure any proposal which goes against the Constitution of the country is not implemented.  The President had said this while attending an event in Meegahatenna, Kalutara today.  He said that the UNHRC had made several statements which were factually incorrect.  The President said that while the Government will accept what is right it will reject what is wrong. He said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had been misled by some groups with regards to the part on land occupied by the Army in the North.  The President said that he is not prepared to accept her […]

Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghaven Gave FALSE INFORMATION says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

UN Human Rights Commissioner Michele Bachelet Upbraids Northern Province Governor Dr.Suren Raghavan over Serious Misrepresentations in the Media About What She Told the Sri Lankan Delegation at a Discussion in Geneva A top official handpicked by Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena to represent the country came in for harsh criticism by the UN for “putting a spin” on a high level bilateral meeting in Geneva. In a strongly worded statement the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday, that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka with a Sri Lanka Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) in Geneva on March 20. A […]

Northern politics during Parliamentary Elections of 1950s

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

—Lee Kuan Yew S. Nadesan was a promoter of democratic principles such as regional autonomy, bilingualism, federalism, and constitutional safeguards for the Tamil speaking. Regarding the tension caused by the Official Language (Sinhala Only) Act, he firmly believed that separatist movements only took root in unitary states, and dismissed the suggestion that federalism leads to separation. Somasundaram Nadesan, QC-Senator Somasundaram Nadesan, QC was a leading Tamil lawyer, civil rights activist and member of the Senate from end 1940s to early 1970s. He served on the bar for 55 years and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1954. A passionate defender of minority rights though, Nadesan remained detached from Tamil nationalistic politics of S. J. V. Chelvanaygam (Fedral Party) and G. G. Ponnambalam of Tamil Congress […]

‘TNA won’t allow Gota to become President’

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Dinasena Ratugamage Former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa should stop dreaming of the executive presidency because the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would ensure that he would never secure it, TNA Kilinochchi District MP, S. Shritharan told media yesterday. The TNA would also not allow Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the President, the MP said. “We decided to support the budget 2019 because we want to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from returning to power,” he said. Certain sections were trying to overthrow this government and come into power by defeating the budget, Shritharan said. However the TNA would not allow such an eventuality to happen, he added. “A large number of people want Mahinda Rajapaksa to become President, but this will never happen as long as […]

Sri Lanka: On 31 March 2019 – TGTE Will Announce a Justice Initiative on Behalf of Victims

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

This initiative is in response to the failure of the UN Human Rights Council and the international community to effectively promote justice for Tamil victims. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 31 March 2019, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will announce an initiative to commence on the tenth anniversary of the end of the conflict. This initiative is in response to the failure of the Human Rights Council and the international community to effectively promote justice for Tamil victims. It will take steps to assert the right of victims to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones and to obtain justice for them. The TGTE will call upon other organizations representing Tamil victims to join in this effort. The TGTE […]

Reception hosted by Foreign Ministry after Resolution adopted – invited 150 and around 70 attended the dinner.

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

President’s delegation had prepared to ‘undo’ the resolution the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which wanted to secure the resolution with an extension granted to implement the UN Resolution.   Minister Marapana denied the Tri Forces had committed war crimes Minister Marapana criticized the UNHR chief in order to mend the clauses on the resolution. The delegation was set to ask the HRC to allow Sri Lanka to solve its own issues without foreign intervention. In one voice UN member countries said the Government of Sri Lanka should make substantial progress over the next year in implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy with a clearly defined timeline, including the establishment of a special judicial mechanism.   By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan It is said that old habits never […]

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