Ban tells Lanka to help UN-led probe

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka to assist the investigation on the war led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ban ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the Secretary‑General fully supports the High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends the leadership she’s demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation. “The Secretary‑General encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry led by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, that was established by the Human Rights Council.  He reiterates the importance for the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to constructively engage with the entire UN system as it would help the country make constant progress development, lasting peace and protection of Human […]

Where are the Commission reports?

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has spent as much as Rs.270 million on 17 Presidential Commissions appointed between 2005 and 2013, but the reports of most of them have still not been presented to Parliament, it was revealed yesterday. Government gave these details in response to a question asked by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the number of Presidential Commissions appointed during the period under review, the amount of money spent on each of them and their purpose. These Presidential Commissions were appointed to look into matters such as the assassination of TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham, the alleged frauds in the procurement of military equipment by the Navy, the taxation policy of Sri Lanka and the discovery of a mass grave behind the Matale […]

Israeli soldiers to rape and kill the girls in Gaza?

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Israeli media has pointed out that Israel should adopt the Sri Lankan experience to wage war in the Gaza strip and avoid negotiation with whom they term as “terrorists” In an opinion article published in Jerusalam post, Michael Freund said Sri Lanka never considered peace negotiations with the LTTE. “The truth is that there is precedent for the defeat of terrorist organizations through the determined use of military power” Freund says. He seems to justify the killing of the 40,000 Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan forces in May 2009 in Sri Lanka and raping and killing of Tamil girls by the government forces and killing of more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their family members by the forces who surrendered with White flag after […]

Mahinda appoints two more puppets from India and Pakistan to cover up the War Crime

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed two more international experts to the international panel of experts advising the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons in Sri Lanka, the President’s Office said.Accordingly, an Indian human rights activist, Prof. Avdhash Kaushal and Pakistan Law expert Ahmer B.Soofi have been appointed to the panel, the President tweeted. Pakistan and India have helped Mahinda to kill more than 40,000  Tamils in month of May 2009 alone and Sir Desmond de Silva who is a advisor appointed by Mahinda had already said that killing of 40,000 Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces cannot be called a war crime. In July, the President appointed three eminent persons of international repute-British lawyers Desmond de Silva and Geoffrey Nice and U.S. […]

BJP told to explain Mahinda’s pet Swamy in Lanka

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan on Tuesday asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently, the Press Trust of India reported. While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, the TNC chief wondered on what capacity the BJP leader had called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha recently. “The Central government must clarify. On what capacity did Subramanian Swamy go to Sri Lanka ? What is his status?” he said. Mr. Gnanadesikan was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of birth anniversary celebrations of freedom fighter Sathyamurthi and Congress leader GK Moopanar at the party headquarters in Chennai. Referring to the alleged arrest […]

Mahinda Rajapaksha says NO to devolve powers to Tamils.

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Indian Government had over the weekend said it wants to see police powers devolved to the Tamil provinces in Sri Lanka according to the countries constitution. But the President Mahinda had said NO to implement the countries constitution in full which gives some rights to the minority Tamil community. In May 2009 more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces which made Sinhala leader receive more Sinhala votes. He intend to not to give equal rights to the  Tamil community hence receive the Sinhala support. President is closely associated with the Sinhala extremist groups which wants Sri Lanka to be another Burma. India said it has followed a principled approach towards the situation in Sri Lanka, especially in respect of […]

Minister Mervyn Says Monk Gnanasara Thera Wears Saffron Robe To Earn Money

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Mervyn Silva has vehemently criticized the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera saying the latter is wearing the ’Buddha Robe’ only to earn money. The Minister, speaking to reporters,  said people like Gnanasara Thera were nowhere to be seen during the time of war.  He also added that the BBS organization has come out of the shell after the government ended the thirty year long conflict. Mervin Silva accused the BBS monks of chasing after the virtual needs of fame, glory and wealth in the name of Buddhism which encourages people to let go of all worldly needs. Furthermore, the Minister stated that the likes of Gnanasara Thera use the reputation and respect the saffron robe […]

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: United Nations human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” according to press releaseissued by UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. They called on the Government of Sri Lanka to comply with the principle of non-refoulement (no-forced-returns) when there is a credible potential threat against an individual and to stop the deportations immediately in order to allow the completion of […]

TNA asks UN to probe atrocities under SLFP, UNP govts since 1974

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to expand its ongoing inquiry to investigate atrocities committed by successive governments against Tamil speaking people since 1974. The UN recently launched the inquiry under the supervision of British national Sandra Beidas, formerly with the London headquartered Amnesty International. In a letter dated August 17 addressed to outgoing UNHRC Chief Navanethem Pillay 33 members of the TNA-run Northern Provincial Council (NPC) as well as the UPFA controlled Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) have asked the UN agency to ascertain whether Sri Lanka committed genocide. They have requested the UNHRC to set up investigation in Tamil Nadu due to Sri Lanka’s refusal to cooperate with the UN investigation. The […]

Sri Lanka refuses entry to UN war crimes investigators

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

 Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday. Related Stories Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes AFP Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimesAssociated Press Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probeAssociated Press Sri Lanka again delays dig at suspected Muslim mass grave AFP U.N. names panel to investigate war crimes in Gaza; Israel slams it Reuters Sri Lanka has refused to accept the authority of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted in March to investigate allegations that the military killed 40,000 civilians in the final months of the separatist war in 2009. But it is the first time that Rajapakse has said UN investigators will […]

There is no systematic process of consultation in North and East

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Political and Administrative Units An opposition member noted that recently there had been much speculation in the corridors of Parliament about the manner in which funds were being allocated for development. I had realized something unusual was going on, because during Reconciliation meetings in the North I had been told about massive amounts being made available to individual Members of Parliament. I had not received anything myself, and indeed had to ask for the Rs 5 million that has been given each year to all Members of Parliament. I was particularly keen to have this available, because it was only recently that I realized that no one else spent even a modicum of what I did in the […]

BBS raps Mervyn

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Mervyn Silva should correct himself first before making allegations against others, the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today.“We would like to invite Minister Silva to set himself right and then to correct his son instead of accusing others,” the Thera told a news conference as a response to a question posed by media.Earlier, during a meeting with the Mahanayakes Minister Silva had criticised the language used by BBS monks in the recent past. The Thera said that they knew how to approach and use language suitable for different factions.“We know which language to use when talking to humans, gods and criminals,” he said. “There have been court jesters like Andere by the side of Kings in history. They […]

Medication is confiscated from newly arrived asylum seekers!

18th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The email below is from Professor Louise Newman AM, via GetUp. Dear …………., Over the past few months we’ve heard the shameful stories coming out of the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in detention. It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in Fitzroy Town Hall, telling the inquiry how infants were failing to thrive in detention. Some of the children’s first words, when learning English, was “guard”. Not “mum”, not “dad’ – but “guard”. Since then we’ve heard reports from doctors who worked inside the Christmas Island detention centre, that medication is often confiscated from newly arrived asylum seekers. Including the case of a three-year-old girl who suffered from epilepsy, and began to have seizures when her medication was taken from her. We heard the story of a young […]

Vadamaraadchi East villagers capture SL Navy trooper for rape attempt

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The villagers of Vinaayakapuram at Vettilaik-kea’ni of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna captured a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) sailor, who had entered into the house of a former LTTE member and attempted to sexually abuse his wife in the early hours of Wednesday. The neighbours, who were alerted by the shouting of the woman around 1:00 a.m. rushed to the spot and captured the Sinhala-speaking man after chasing him for a while. The villages severely assaulted the culprit before handing him over to the SL Police with the demand of immediate remand. The villagers also provided the photograph of the captured SLN soldier to the media as the SL Navy was harassing them to get the man released without going to the courts. The SL Navy […]

Tamil woman under SL military training dies in Jaffna

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

A 26-year-old Tamil woman from Mullaiththeevu, who was conscripted by the occupying SL military was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital this week and died at the hospital on Thursday after a mysterious vaginal illness. The victim, Ajantha Prasath, a mother of a 6-year-old girl was from Chelvapuram in Oddu-chuddaan in Vanni. The lone poverty-stricken mother, living with her parents, was deceived with a ‘job offer’ by the SL military three months ago on 22nd May, was under military training at Palaali base. Ajantha died of ‘vaginal cancer’ according to the controversial director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Mrs Bavany Pasupathirajah, who attended a ‘press conference’ organised by the so-called Civil Military Coordination Office on Saturday. The dead body was burnt at Ponnakar burial grounds on […]

‘Sanction clauses’ for Lanka’s deals with European agencies

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

European export credit agencies have begun imposing “sanction clauses” into draft agreements with Sri Lanka in anticipation of international economic, trade and financial sanctions or embargoes — a move the Government has vigorously opposed. This would mean that if international sanctions or embargoes are imposed on Sri Lanka, the export credit insurance cover would be suspended. This could result in the lending partners demanding a renegotiation of terms with higher interest rates, seeking outright settlement or introducing fresh conditions reflective of the higher risk. Export credit is opened by an importer (in this instance, Sri Lanka) with a bank in an exporter’s country to finance an export operation. The World Bank defines an export credit agency as “a private or quasigovernmental institution that acts as […]

UN committee questions government

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan Government on several issues including on the progress made by the Sri Lankan Army’s Court of Inquiry in investigating allegations of civilian casualties during the war. The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 7 to 31 October with Sri Lanka being discussed on October 7 and 8. The reports to be considered during the 112th session are those of Sri Lanka, Burundi, Haiti, Malta, Montenegro and Israel. The Government has already submitted its fifth periodic report Human Rights Committee for its October session in accordance with article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political […]

Lanka signs US$ 760,000 lobby deal

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan Government has signed a new US$ 760,000 deal with Liberty International Group LLC of the USA to promote the island in the US, including among US Government members. Signed earlier this month between Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Connie Mack, President of Liberty International] Group, the deal, which will be in force from August 1 to July 2015, looks to ensure the US receives “clear and accurate information” about Sri Lanka’s current achievements and future plans. The Sri Lankan Government had earlier signed similar deals with other lobbying firms in the US amidst human rights allegations being raised against the country following the war. The main objectives of the deal, as per the […]

Do or die in the next three years

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nadini Perera Ceylon FT: The country must establish rule of law and create an environment for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in a ‘do or die’ scenario over the next three years, an economist said. “When it comes to FDIs particularly for a developing economy, we need inflow of money. This could come through many mechanisms, such as loans, or investments made by multinational enterprises. The importance of this is; we have currency stability on one side, and long term gains such as employment growth, opportunities, promotion of industries and Sri Lankan products across the world, on the other,” said Siddhartha Nanayakkara who is reading for his Ph.D in Investment Economics, to Ceylon FT. Although a significant gap was seen last year with the set FDI […]

Weary Of Domestic Mechanisms – Rayappu Joseph

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Mannar Bishop, Rayappu Joseph, recently submitting a letter to the Presidential Commission for Missing Persons, said that he was growing weary of the domestic mechanism in resolving the injustices faced by the Tamils. According to him, the domestic processes have not made any progress towards true reconciliation. The Bishop told The Sunday Leader that it is important to accept diversity and create unity by accommodating all the voices of people. – Excerpts of the interview: By Waruni Karunarathne Q: By saying that you don’t accept the local investigation, are you offering to give evidence pertaining to the war to the UN investigations? A: I am not saying that. All I am saying is that the local investigations have led nowhere. They have done local investigations such as Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation […]

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