INGOs will add pressure on Sri Lanka

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) are to add pressure on Sri Lanka during the 27th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which begins in Geneva today. Some INGOs have already submitted documents on Sri Lanka to be read on a day allocated for INGOs and human rights groups. Among the documents submitted is one by the Asian Legal Resource Centre, which notes that as long as the government of Sri Lanka refuses to become a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, it is justifiable to accuse it of being complicit in allowing enforced disappearances. “This refusal to become a party to the convention has arisen from the premise that forbidding enforced disappearances is an undue restriction […]

US, UK urge Lanka to support probe

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The United States and Britain today urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the probe on the war by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper, making a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at its 27th session today, hailed the role played by the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the Sri Lankan issue. “We also extend thanks to outgoing High Commissioner Pillay for her stewardship of OHCHR, especially the leadership she showed in focusing the world’s attention on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and encouraging meaningful accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka,” he said in his statement. […]

Jayalalithaa Files Defamation Case Against BJP’s Subramanian Swamy

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today filed a defamation case against the BJP’s Subramanian Swamy in a court in Chennai for alleging that the boats of Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lanka belong to Sasikala, a close aide of the AIADMK chief. Ms Jayalalithaa had on September 2 urged PM Modi to take up the issue of the arrest of Indian fishermen with Sri Lanka’s highest authorities. “The alarmingly increasing frequency of apprehension of our fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy is a matter of utmost concern for my government. An immediate intervention at the highest level is sought to resolve this long-standing issue,” Ms Jayalalithaa had written in a letter to the PM. She had said the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 15 fishermen […]

Minister Wimal thanks Cuba for supporting to kill the Tamil civilians

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

A special meeting over signing an MoU over building low cost housing was held between Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa in Colombo today. A letter relating to the signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was handed over to the Cuban Foreign Minister at the meeting. The importance of interchanging knowledge of building strong, creative and low cost houses was discussed at length at the meeting.Minister Weerawansa conveyed his gratitude to Cuba for appearing on behalf of Sri Lanka without any conditions at the UN.  Unlike other leading countries who had ‘Under the table demands’ to support the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 by the Sri Lankan forces in Sri Lanka. Minister  also expressed his support to […]

Vaiko party to stage protest over Lanka issue

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

BJP ally MDMK will stage a protest here tomorrow pressing for various demands including asking the Centre to allow a UN team to visit the country for its probe into alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka. Party founder Vaiko will lead the protest here seeking permission for the UN panel hold its probe in the country, a party release said. MDMK will press for demands including not allowing Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to address a meeting of the UN General Assembly later this month, besides holding a referendum for separate Tamil Eelam (homeland) among Tamils in Lanka and those displaced, it said. RELATED NEWS Tamils issue an internal matter of Sri Lanka: Chari BJP slams Chidambaram, Centre over UN resolution against Lanka Swamy lauds govt stand on […]

criticized for not moving forward on political reconciliation

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

When he addressed the awards ceremony and dinner yesterday on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce hosted by the outgoing chairperson of the Chamber, the highly perceptive and articulate Suresh Shah, Mahinda Rajapaksa was a man with a message. Cast your mind back or go back to your records of encounters with Sri Lankan leaders and top officials in the ten years before 2005, he said. Your highest priorities were the cessation of terrorism and the provision of infrastructure, and while you were optimistic about what your enterprises could do if these conditions were fulfilled, you were pessimistic about the prospects of their fulfillment. Remember that we, this administration, delivered what was thought to be impossible; so impossible that […]

EPDP Reiterates Call For 13A

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By Camelia Nathaniel The EPDP has reiterated calls for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and also urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the national issue instead of seeking foreign assistance. The leader of the opposition in the Northern Province S. Thavarajah toldThe Sunday Leader that now that the war is over it is time to unite and concentrate on rebuilding the nation. The EPDP said that an international investigation will only create further animosity among the Sinhalese and Tamil people of this country. “We want a national reconciliation process and we need to find answers. We have to deal with the government in power and no matter where we go and shout, at the end we have […]

Dialogue Between Government, TNA And Civil Society Is Necessary For Trust

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dr Jehan Perera The Indian government’s invitation to the TNA to meet with its top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has given it renewed importance. Although the TNA won an impressive victory at the Northern Provincial Council election last year,it has been unable to convert this into tangible benefits to the people who elected it or show any progress in terms of an overall political settlement that would address the roots of the war.However, this failure of the TNA is not unique to it.The other opposition parties have not been able to put adequate pressure on the government to meet their demands either.The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proven to be obdurate in pursuing its own […]

No talks with TNA says Mahinda Govt.

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The government completely ruled out the possibility of bilateral talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as requested by the Party, regardless of the recent change in leadership of its main constituent party, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK).  Five years have passed and the President Mahinda a man known for NOT keeping his promises is now refusing to even implement the 13th amendment of the  current constitution of the country as promised by him in May 2009. As usual he is buying time to fool the Tamils and the world saying he has appointed a ‘Parliamentary Select Committee’ to solve the problem. This is NOT his first committee and he has never implemented the recommendations of these committees in the past. The NEW ‘Parliamentary Select Committee’ has […]

Govt. To Hit Back

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Govt. To Hit Back By Easwaran Rutnam The Sri Lankan Government is preparing to counter allegations to be raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during its 27th regular session which begins tomorrow. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha will lead the Sri Lankan delegation to the session and will make a statement on the opening day of the session tomorrow, sources said. During the three-week session the Council will hear the first address from the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein. Focus will be on Sri Lanka on September 24th with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) set to submit an oral update on the investigations into the war in Sri […]

GTF News

8th September 2014 // 0 Comments

New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, ‘attaches great importance to OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka’: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/i-attach-great-importance-to-ohchr-probe-on-sl-new-un-human-rights-chief/ THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** War Crimes probe: Prince al-Hussein to present oral report on Sept 24 <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=109772>   DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SL ready to talk with new UNHRC Chief-MR <http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/52091-sl-ready-talk-with-new-unhrc-chief-mr.html>   SUNDAY LEADER  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Govt. To Hit Back <http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/09/07/govt-to-hit-back-2/>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** INGOs will add pressure on Sri Lanka <http://colombogazette.com/2014/09/08/ingos-will-add-pressure-on-sri-lanka/>   SRI LANKA MIRROR  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Govt. controlled religious clashes – Keheliya <https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/16859-govt-controlled-religious-clashes-keheliya>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** No separate talks with TNA – Govt.  <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-72447-news-detail-no-separate-talks-with-tna-govt.html>   COLOMBO PAGE Northern Province CM says Sri Lankan government is […]

Mano to join UNP Uva polls campaign

7th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Democratic People’s Front leader Mano Ganesan says he has decided to join the Uva Provincial Council election campaign of the opposition United National Party (UNP). Ganesan said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Chief Ministerial candidate for the Uva Provincial Council, Harin Fernando, had invited him to join the UNP campaign. He said that he had accepted the invitation and will join the campaign from tomorrow (Monday). Ganesan said that he will mainly look at securing Tamil votes in the plantation sector. Mano Ganesan’s brother Praba Ganeshan is a Government member of Parliament and just last month he was sworn in as Deputy Minister.(Colombo Gazette)

New UN rights chief urges Sri Lanka to cooperate with probe

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Highlighting the “great importance” of the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by the UN Human Rights Council, its new chief has encouraged the government to cooperate with the process, in the interests of justice and reconciliation. In the opening statement he is due to make at the 27th session of the UNHRC on September 8, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein expressed alarm at “threats” currently being levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka. He also deplored the recent incitement and violence against the country’s Muslim and Christian minorities “Moreover, I attach great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by this Council, on which OHCHR will report later in the session.” “I encourage […]

Now the mouthpiece of the Rajapaksa and Government Minister fears a conspiracy by using Facebook

7th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa fears an attempt by western powers to use Facebook to destabilise the country. Speaking at an election rally in Girandurukotte, Weerawansa claimed that western diplomats will not want even opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to win more than 50 percent of the votes at the next Presidential elections. He says the western diplomats in Sri Lanka are working at ensuring Wickremesinghe, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and maybe even the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero contest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa to split the Sinhalese vote. Weerawansa says by breaking the Sinhalese votes the western powers will eventually ensure neither candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes at the Presidential elections. The Minister is of the view […]

Visiting Japan PM hopeful on Sri Lanka war crimes probe

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he hoped Sri Lanka’s war crimes probe would silence its critics ahead of his arrival Sunday on the island to push for stronger trade ties. Related Stories Sri Lanka refuses entry to UN war crimes investigators AFP Japan PM travels to South Asia to offset China influence AFP Protection urged for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses AFP Japan’s Abe steals a march on China with South Asia tour Reuters Sri Lankan activist: Gov’t trying to hurt UN probe Associated Press Abe told the local Sunday Times newspaper he also hoped Sri Lanka could achieve “true national reconciliation” five years after the military crushed ethnic Tamil rebels to end the island’s separatist war. Sri Lanka has been under intense international pressure over war crimes allegedly […]

Can he or can he not?

7th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Be it amorous trysts that become public fodder or muddying placid waters with a few well aimed buckshots, former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva has never not been controversial in his actions nor provocative in his comments. And true to form he has now lit a fuse under what everybody took as a given, by claiming that Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent President who is continuing in his second term cannot, despite the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which incidentally rescinded the term limitations of the Executive President, and which incidentally was passed with a two thirds majority in Parliament, contest a third term. Silva’s arguments are cogent and are further buttressed by the reputation he enjoys as one of the foremost luminaries […]

President’s latest lying to Tamils – speech in Tamil

7th September 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapakse in his message on the occasion of the recent famous Nallur Murugan temple Annual festival said the following with regard to going further than what he has done by defeating terrorism and proceeding with his current socio-economic development work in the Tamil areas.  He said he will go further and will give more (than the promised 13th amendment ) and more for the Tamils.  Quote:  · (I will) provide more and more (Innum Innum Valanguwen)  · You must progress ( Neengal munner vendum)  · Your territory must progress (Ungal pirathesam munnera vendum)  · Good future must emerge (Nalla Ethirkalam Uruvaga Vendum)  · That is what is important (Athu Thaan Mukkiyam)  Having duped the UN Secretary General, India and the international community on […]

Hindu Prayers Cancelled in Sri Lanka due to Government Threats: TGTE

7th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Hindus in Sri Lanka were forced to cancel their prayers due to threats and intimidation by the Sri Lankan Security forces, said Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). According to local Tamil newspapers and other sources this incident happened on September 4, 2014 in Jaffna, in the North of the Island. This was the second time in recent days that Hindus have to cancel their prayers due to threats by Sri Lankan Security Forces said TGTE. These prayers were organized by families who were forced out of their homes by the Sri Lankan Government forces during the war. They were praying that the Sri Lankan Government allow them to return their homes. These families were living in refugee camps for several years facing numerous abuses, […]

Mavai replaces Sampanthan as ITAK leader

7th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary and veteran politician, Mavai Senathirajah was appointed leader of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Saturday, replacing R. Sampanthan. His appointment was announced at the ITAK’s national convention held today in Vavuniya. Sampanthan, now aged 81, will continue as TNA leader. ‘Government spying is threat to life’ – Chief Minister Wigneswaran Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said the Sri Lankan government is spying on him, presenting a threat to his life, Colombo Page reported. The chief minister said he was photographed by people posing as media personnel during his meeting with the German ambassador to Sri Lanka Jürgen Morhard, who also noticed the incident. Wigneswaran told the BBC Sinhala service the government is employing these tactics as he is going to meet […]

Britain notes it has concerns in north

6th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The British Government says while the northern region is moving forward from its difficult past there are still some concerns. The British High Commission to Sri Lanka said that High Commissioner John Rankin made a three-day visit to the Northern Province (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya) this week and met government and military officials, members of political parties, the police, the British Council, humanitarian organisations and resettled communities. Commenting on the visit, the British High Commissioner said he was pleased to visit the North again to see for himself the current situation on the ground, the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. He said he was also happy to meet those involved in addressing concerns and restoring normality to the region. […]

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