Foreign Advisors: A Move In The Right Direction

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Losing The Peace: Why The LLRC Report Is Not Implemented  Scepticism Over Latest Probe? The Government announcement last week that the mandate of the Presidential Commission on missing persons had been expanded to investigate civilian deaths during the war and the appointment of three internationally acclaimed experts to advice the commission came as a surprise to many. Some fear if the advice of the three prominent experts are highly critical then they may just end up in the bin like the International Independent Eminent Group of Persons (IIEGP) in 2008. IIEGP, which was appointed by the Government, had terminated their observations from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry owing to what it said was the lack of political will on the part of the Government to […]

Khuram’s brother, UK hail judgment

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

‘I never really know what justice really means when I have lost my brother’ The brother of a Red Cross worker murdered after confronting a violent mob of rapists in Sri Lanka has said he can finally grieve properly after four killers, including a politician, were jailed. Khuram Shaikh, 32, was shot and stabbed in the early hours of Christmas Day 2011 after trying to stop a group of armed, drunken men who gang raped a woman. The aid worker, from Rochdale, who had been working in Gaza fitting prosthetic limbs, was on holiday with his girlfriend in the southern resort of Tangalle when he was killed. Ruling party member Sampath Vidanapathirana was yesterday jailed for 20 years for the fatal attack, despite claims that […]

Why is the Government unable to make its position clear to the people.

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Ramaphosa visit: What’s really happening? What was there to hide if it was merely to exchange views? Government sent a delegation secretly to New York to meet Darusman and company to argue Sri Lanka’s case.  Fending off Indian pressure to implement the 13th Amendment “and more” as promised to them by the President  Buy time with the international community, to give the impression that it has taken its demands for greater autonomy to the minority Tamils in the North seriously – at least till the next election. The visit of the Acting President of South African is shrouded in mystery; and the more the Government tries to explain the visit, the more curious it gets. They say that foreign experts usually rush in to find […]

War crimes issue: “India and Sri Lanka can find an amicable solution”

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

India will not see any need to take the issue of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka to an international forum if Sri Lanka properly addresses the core issues relating to the North and East, according to BJP ideologue Seshadri Chari. Commenting on a range of issues relating to Indo-Lanka relations Dr. Chari in an email interview with the ‘Sunday Times’ said India and Sri Lanka could find a solution to the ‘vexed issue’ of war crimes allegations through bilateral efforts. Dr Chari who heads the Foreign Affairs Policy Cell of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in Colombo as part of a five member BJP delegation that has been invited by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) to hold a discussion on […]

Govt. Commission to probe ‘war crimes’

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

President issues proclamation without telling ministers, scope of Paranagama commission broadened; three foreign advisors appointed After resisting for almost five years, the UPFA Government has eventually capitulated to the relentless Western spearheaded international pressure to conduct a domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes during the final stages of the separatist war in May 2009. The move came this week as President Mahinda Rajapaksa trained his guns on three of his ministers at their weekly meeting on Thursday. This was over their different actions. In the crossfire were Ministers Rauff Hakeem, Bandula Gunawardena and Navin Dissanayake. Significantly, the domestic inquiry mechanism will not be a new one. Instead, Rajapaksa has extended the “scope of the mandate” of the existing three-member commission of inquiry probing disappearances. It […]

Solheim says Pope can do what Cameron did

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Eric Solheim, the former Norwegian peace envoy, has protested against a proposal by Tamil Diaspora leaders that Pope Francis should cancel his Sri Lanka tour in view of the prevailing situation in the country. The pope should visit the country and point out the issues that need to be pointed out, says Mr. Solheim in a twitter message, according to BBC Sandeshaya. He has responded to a question by Suren Surendiran of the Global Tamil Forum, who has asked as to whether the Pope should cancel the tour as a mark of protest against violence being unleashed against the Muslims in the island. In his response onhttps://twitter.com/SolheimDAC, Solheim says the Pope could do what British Prime Minister David Cameron had done at the Commonwealth summit […]

Kalinga goes all the way to UK to sue Lanka e news

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News-01.July.2014, 11.30PM) It is a well and widely known fact locally and internationally that Lanka e news website portal was a most unfortunate news website that fell victim to the cruelest witch hunt of the uncouth, uncivilized unlawful Rajapakse regime in Sri Lanka. It is common knowledge that one of its journalists was abducted and subsequently went missing ; one of its news editors was jailed without any valid ground after being subjected to the most vicious and venomous interrogation by the CID ; the chief editor was forced to flee the country ;the website portal was razed to the ground ; case after case were filed against it claiming Rs.500 million in damages for not revealing the source of information regarding its news report […]

More Links Between Govt & BBS

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Despite government Minister Rajitha Senarathne accusing Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General SecretaryGalagodaatte Gnanasara of maintaining links with the Tamil Diaspora, the photograph published alongside his claims have in fact revealed the men posing on either side of the monk are actually strong government supporters or anti-LTTE people. The image that is being circulated with Rajitha’s accusations against Gnanasara had been taken last year during his visit to France. The person standing on the right corner has been identified as EPRLF member Devasan while the individual standing right next to Gnanasara on his right has been identified as Sunil Gamini. Sunil Gamini who had been earlier employed as a coordinating secretary to Government Minister Susil Premajayantha had absconded while he was on an official tour to Europe and had sought asylum afterwards. Colombo […]

NPC Ministers seek to intervene in rights violation case against Chief Minister

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

I was appointed by Mahinda Rajapaksha and I will follow his orders even if it is bad for the war effected Tamils and not the Tamil’s Leader  the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C. V. Wigneswaran who wants to help the war effected Tamils. –  Mrs. Vijayalakshi Ramesh –  Four Northern Provincial Council Ministers yesterday sought to intervene in the fundamental rights violation application filed by the Provincial Secretary to the Northern Province, Mrs. Vijayalakshi Ramesh, citing as the first respondent, Chief Minister of the Province, C. V. Wigneswaran Mrs. Ramesh has complained to the Supreme Court that the Chief Minister has no power to interfere in her official activities, as she is appointed by the President, the Head of State. Counsel for Mrs. Ramesh, Gomin Dayasiri, […]

When Big Brother begins to watch

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

As reported in Tuesday’s issue of this newspaper, the Department of Police is to shortly begin the second phase of the programme to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras within the precincts of inner-Colombo. A peep into what is happening in Colombo on a 24/7 cycle would certainly represent a peep into a futuristic, modern-day Sri Lanka, the moves of the criminals, ordinary people and law enforcement officials, every transgression human and vehicular, and sundry other incidents, both good and bad that are often overlooked or go unnoticed, will be captured on camera. This means the eyes of the CCTV would reach where the arm of the law cannot or refuse to reach. In an exhausting exercise of planning out the second phase of the new CCTV […]

Security Increased in Two Coastal Districts on Terror Alert

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu:  Security along the shores in Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts has been scaled up after an intelligence alert that six militants, trained in Pakistan, were planning to infiltrate into the country through Sri Lanka, police said today.Armed police personnel had been deployed at several places along the coast while additional check posts installed at important points, including Kulachel and Thengaipattinam, from midnight yesterday in view of the alert, a police official said.The Kanayakumari Amman temple, Vivekananda Rock and Tiruvalluvar statue, main attractions of tourists in Kanyakumari, have come under the guard of armed personnel.People have been advised to inform the police if they come across any stranger and suspicious movement of persons.Vehicles were subjected to checking at various check posts and by Mobile Police […]

Lankan foreign minister to visit India next week

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan foreign minister G L Peiris will be visiting India next week to hold talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj during which key issues, including the welfare of Tamils in Lanka and fishermen, are expected to be discussed. Ministry of external affairs’ spokesperson said India and Lanka were working on Peiris’ visit and “it is likely that he will visit this month”. On the issue of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan jails, he said more than 175 fisherman have been released since the new government took over and “there is a small number of fishermen who are still in the custody of Sri Lanka and our Mission is working” to secure their release. This will be Peiris’ second visit to India after the installation of […]

Possibility of sanctions surface…

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Govt. Parliamentary Group pow wow at Chaaya BeyBY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY The possibility of sanctions being imposed on Sri Lanka in the wake of the ongoing probes by the United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged human rights abuses and war crimes in Sri Lanka had surfaced during the Government Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.This was one of the key points which were raised by a group of SLFP members, senior political sources told Ceylon Today. There was also some views expressed on the possibility of Sri Lanka’s war crimes being referred to the United Nations Security Council as pointed out by a member and others said that China and Russia, like before, will come to Sri Lanka’s rescue. It was also pointed […]

President should invite TNA – Vasu

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

PSC on ethnic problem: By Umesh Moramudali  National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudewa Nanayakkara, yesterday stressed that the President needs to invite the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed to find solutions to the ethnic problem. Answering a question at a media briefing yesterday, Nanayakkara said the President needs to have cordial discussions and should imply to the TNA that the government has a genuine intention to solve the ethnic problem.He said, however, there are certain factions in the TNA who do not want to come for the discussions with the government.“MPs who do not want to discuss are funded by certain factions of the Tamil Diaspora. However, the Diaspora is also splitting now. It had split into several factions creating […]

Don’t Consider IMBL With SL as Settled: CM

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Bringing to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of 17 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 29, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday reiterated her view that the Centre should not treat the issue of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka as settled, as the very ownership of Katchatheevu islet and the unconstitutionality the 1974 and 1976 agreements, by which the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka, were the subject matter of litigation in the Supreme Court of India. “My government looks to your immediate and emphatic response to this issue and to ensure that it is taken up at the highest levels with the Sri Lankan government, so that our fishermen […]

UK calls for end to impunity in Lanka

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a need to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict and there is a need to provide support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children as well as women and men. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said Britain continues to encourage and call on Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London from 10-13 June, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It was attended by 128 countries, 79 Ministers and 8 UN Agency Heads, as well as by Presidents and prosecutors from the International […]

Govt. ‘blatantly misinformed’ UNHRC about Aluthgama clashes: Muslim Council

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Council fires letter to External Affairs Minister Alleges Govt. informed Council in Geneva that violence was instigated by Muslims Govt. statement in Geneva similar to versions propagated by ‘anti Muslim interests’ Geneva statement missed golden opportunity to stand against hate speech, violence: Council By Dharisha Bastians A prominent Muslim civil society group has taken issue with official Government statements to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the communal violence in Aluthgama, charging that the version of the clashes relayed to the international rights body mirrors the ‘anti-Muslim propaganda’ by vested interests in Sri Lanka. In a letter addressed to External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris last week, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said “blatant misinformation” had been disseminated by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission […]

Hotel owner remanded for swindling Britisher

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

A Hikkaduwa hotel owner who was arrested on charges of having swindling a Britisher of Rs.48 million after promising to get him several plots of land for cultivation was today ordered to be further remanded till July 15 by the Galle Additional Magistrate.In his complaint to the CID, British national Richard Karshal a civil engineer by profession had told that he got to know the suspect when he was staying at the suspect’s tourist hotel in Hikkaduwa in 2004. The complainant further said that he built up a close relationship with the suspect and subsequently discussed to invest money at a land cultivation project. The complainant told police that though he had made a payment to purchase about 114 acres from Haldumulla area the suspect […]

EU and Muslims calls for LLRC full implementation

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) today called for the full implementation of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and advancing a sustainable political solution saying they are essential for peaceful growth and stability in Sri Lanka. “We welcome the appointment by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, of three renowned experts – Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright and Asma Jahangir – to assist the investigation team for Sri Lanka led by her office. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to fully cooperate with the investigation to address accountability issues as an important step for fostering genuine reconciliation. It should also allow all stakeholders to engage without fear of reprisals,” the EU said in a statement from Brussels. The EU statement said that Sri Lanka has come […]

A full frontal military assault on Mangala Samaraweera

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Late last week we witnessed the scenario where the Army spokesman, a brigadier in rank, made the unusual claim that current UNP spokesman and former Rajapakse Administration Foreign Minister, MP Mangala Samaraweera had compromised national security by alleging at a press conference, that state intelligence agencies or at least some intelligence chiefs, were supporting the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and that the Aluthgama and Beruwela anti Muslim violence was in fact an organized operation with state intelligence backing.  An update to that allegation or rather to the traction that it gathered, was that the Defense Secretary, in a media interview published on July 1st,  felt compelled to deny any personal involvement in alleged defense establishment assistance and help to the BBS or other extremist groups. […]

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