Sri Lanka says humanitarian crises can be overcome with political commitment

13th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The hatred has been growing since 1948, the longer Sri Lankan Government ignore the real issues; but play the race and religion cards to win elections the harder to solve the country’s problem. We don’t see any political commitment forthcoming instead we see looming large another ethnical conflict that could even disastrous than LTTE. President Rajapaksa regime should implement the 13th amendment ASAP. If that doesn’t work, let the Tamils go in their own separate way as Malaysia did to Singapore in 1965. I rather see Tamils and Sinhalese moving forward as Malaysians and Singaporeans; instead of fighting and destroying each others. Sri Lanka says humanitarian crises can be overcome with political commitment  By Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva  June 13, 2014 […]

“Beyond 13” cordially invites the IPKF to Sri Lanka

12th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan, Paris First of all let me congratulate India’s 16th Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram for their parties’ landslide victories in last month’s election. This has given a strong mandate for many matters, including India’s commitment to the Indo- Lanka accord.  I wrote an “Open Letter to Indian Decision Makers in January 2013”. Whoever would like to read this article can find it through Google search. In this letter I clearly mentioned that, “I am one of thousands who, whatever their personal circumstances, believe, that only India can save the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. Also India has a legal obligation”.  As I mentioned in a few recent articles, both parties (Indian Congress and the […]

The Ease Of Negotiating With Sympathy

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajiva Wijesinha –  Prof Laksiri Fernando, in responding to my account of discussions about a Senate, has reminded me about publishing the proposals, as I had mentioned, and I will send them in as soon as I am back in Colombo. However, while I do not recall promising to publish my correspondence with Mr Sumanthiran – which is not in fact of any great significance – perhaps it would be useful, given current controversies, to publish the draft he and I prepared about land matters. What we realized, which is why I proposed that we look at the matter quietly, was that the issue was causing much controversy based on dogma. TheTNA insisted that the 13th Amendment conferred land powers on the Provincial Councils, the government relied on the Constitutional provision that land grants […]

Government missed the chances to strike a deal with the moderate Tamil nationalists by implementing the 13th amendment.

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

International Inquiry: Putting The Cartwright Before The Horse By Dayan Jayatilleka – In her farewell address to the UNHRC, Madam Navi Pillay drew attention to the need for healing the wounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which she rightly noted, had yet to be done. To this intent and purpose she commended cooperation by the Government of Sri Lanka with the comprehensive international inquiry that her office has undertaken. What is bitterly ironic is that the healing of wounds cannot take place by means of a lacerating external inquiry or even an overly extensive and premature internal one. The international inquiry will do just the opposite of assisting any process of healing. It will generate resentment and hatred among the overwhelming majority of the people of Sri Lanka. The appointment of […]

Sri Lanka takes on Beyani’s report

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has raised objections to some comments made by Dr. Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during his visit to Sri Lanka last year. A Government report noted that no person who met Dr. Beyani, during his visit to Sri Lanka were threatened or intimidated at any point, and there have been no reports or complaints to that effect. In a report to the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Sri Lankan Government said that the Special Rapporteur had even acknowledged that IDPs had shared their experiences with him during his visit even in the presence of security and other officials. “Hence the comment contained in the Report that the Special […]

Government Braces For Pillay’s Parting Shot

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Pillay to seek cooperation By Easwaran Rutnam The month of June is set to be a crucial time for the Government as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launches the much anticipated investigation into the war in Sri Lanka. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is expected to refer to the investigations when she makes her opening speech at the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. The focus will be on the composition of the Commission with several names already being mooted including that of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has begun holding public meetings to gather support for the international investigation and one […]

Suspected War Criminal Appointed To Eastern Provincial Council

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

K. Pushpakumar alias Iniyapaarathi took oath in front of Governor, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama as a new Member of Eastern Provincial Council on June 11, 2014 at the Governor’s Secretariat in Trincomalee. He is a man who has been accused of war crimes by the United Nations for forced arms training to children. And also accused by the public for playing a key role in the abductions and disappearances of several people in Poththuvil, Akkaraippattu, Thirukkovil and Vinaayakapuram in the Ampara district of the Eastern Province.  Iniyapaarathi is a lead operative of the paramilitary group led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias Karuna who currently holds a Ministerial post in the Rajapaksa government. He is also the Ampara District Coordinator for President Rajapaksa. Related posts; Exclusive: Photographic Evidence Of SL Government […]

“Student – People standing” called by the IUSF fails to take up the repression of minorities at all

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

UNP leader Ranil is campaigning against intervention of the IMF in Lanka to cut down social warfare including in education , health , pensions, provident fund etc. In addition he defends 13th amendment and insists LLRC recommendations should be implemented. In this scenario any left oriented mass movement has to stand more consistently and clearly for this anti- global capitalist and democratic position. Unfortunately the “Student – People standing” called by the IUSF fails to take up the repression of minorities at all. No one called to the stage to represent the democratic struggle on minority issues. Those TU leaders participating in the movement should raise this issue immediately with the IUSF www.nssp.info tp 0777875758 contributions: NAVA SAMA SAMAJA PARTY, 17BARRACKS LANE, COLOMBO 2A/C NO: 8004893301, […]

SRI LANKA: What is the future of a country with zero respect for law enforcement?

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ART-044-2014 June 11, 2014 An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission SRI LANKA: What is the future of a country with zero respect for law enforcement? by Basil Fernando The major problem affecting all Sri Lankans now, and which is likely to affect future generations, is the complete failure of law enforcement and resulting lawlessness. While virtually everyone is aware of this problem, it is not subject to conversation. For the few who are vocal on matters of public interest, the sole concern seems to be regime change. This is, of course, something any reasonable person would agree with. However, the survival of the regime itself rests on the breakdown of law enforcement in every area of life and on the regime’s […]

Can Prince Zeid be labelled a Tiger?

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Jordan on a special official tour early this year. He was not seeking the support of Jordan to vote in favour of Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), where a resolution was passed against Sri Lanka in March as Jordan was not among the voting States of the UNHRC this year. However, now we have an inkling about the President’s sudden tour. It is revealed that the reason may be the President wanted to meet Prince Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, who is to replace Navanethem Pillay as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, after the latter’s retirement. President Rajapaksa was using his Medamulana diplomacy to build up a connection with Al-Hussein through his Jordan tour. In 2012, […]

Sexual violence against Tamils ‘systematic’, ‘part of policy framework’ – Yasmin Sooka

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Yasmin Sooka, co-author of the UN Panel of Experts report into mass atrocities in Sri Lanka and the ‘An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka 2009—2014‘report, called on Tuesday for international action to stop ongoing sexual violence by the security security forces against Tamils, which she stressed was “not random” but “systematic”. In an interview with the Tamil Guardian during the global summit on ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ taking place in London this week, Ms Sooka stressed that five years after the war, sexual violence “is still happening in Sri Lanka and we have to draw attention to it so we can put a stop to it”. “I was shocked by the witness statements and the testimonies, because the kind of things that were done, were so depraved,” […]

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Pledge follows allegations UK is sending back Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been abused by security forces. William Hague has said the government will investigate claims that Tamil asylum seekers are being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka despite evidence they have been subjected to rape and sexual abuse by the country’s security forces. Link to video: Angelina Jolie: prosecutions can prevent future sexual violence in conflict Refugees, their lawyers and advocacy groups made the allegations on Tuesday on the opening day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by the UK, which has faced accusations of hypocrisy over the issue. Lawyers even reported an acceleration of deportations of Tamils in recent weeks, which they believed has been triggered […]

Wings of Security forces in secret camps for torture and sexual violence on Tamil Girls – Time To Act on Sri Lanka

11th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Why has the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict forgotten the Sri Lankan survivors?  But regrettably, Foreign Secretary Hague has forgotten about the courageous survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. Yet Sri Lanka, where rape has been used as a weapon of war for many years of brutal civil conflict, is not being examined. Refugees are being deported from the UK back to Sri Lanka to face further torture or even death. Horrific crimes are being committed with total impunity by police and armed forces. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict begins today, June 10-13, 2014, on the banks of the Thames here in London. The Summit is organized by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for […]

PSC, an utter waste of time; stop fooling the Tamils and implement 13A

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Will respond only to govt.’s written solution to ethnic issue -Kiriella by Zacki Jabbar Following President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent assurance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was willing to implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution with the exception of police powers, the UNP yesterday urged the government to match words with action without wasting more time on yet another Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) process. UNP Lakshman Kiriella MP told The Island: “We have lost count of the number of All Party Conferences and PSCs established to discuss the ethnic issue which led to a three-decade-long war. It has been debated for decades and the answers have been staring us in the face. It’s the time for implementation and not further endless talks which […]

Jaffna Press Club Condemns Govt. Suppression; Three Tamil Journos Fled The Country In Last Two Months

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jaffna Press Club strongly condemns attempts by the State to prevent the knowledge -based development workshops for Tamil speaking journalists tarnishing them with a racist brush in circumstances where the threats against journalists and media organisations from the North of Sri Lanka are already at a very high level. An investigative journalism training workshop organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) for journalists from the North-East was once again disrupted by state assisted goons. The workshop was disrupted by a group of more than hundred persons who carried out a protest against it.  On the 22nd of May, 2014, the same workshop organised by TISL at Girithale, in Polonnaruwa, for journalists of the North-East was suspended after the direct intervention of the security forces.  […]

US, UK urge Lanka to support probe

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Unites States and Britain today urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the investigation into the war in Sri Lanka. Envoys of the US and UK, speaking at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva, said the Sri Lankan Government must ensure access to those involved in the investigation. The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper thanked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for organising the investigation on Sri Lanka through her office. Harper said the investigation signals the importance of promoting justice, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. “We urge the Sri Lankan government to cooperate fully with the investigation, including granting access to investigators, and preventing retaliation against those who […]

Executive President (benevolent dictator) no solution to minority woes

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

It is reported that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) stands against the abolition of the Executive Presidency. This newspaper on Monday quoted the General Secretary of the SLMC, Hasan Ali as saying what the country needs is a benevolent dictator, who is capable of managing volatile ethnic relations. He argued that a ‘complete democracy’ would lead to the tyranny of the majority, thereby subjugating the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. Hasen Ali was both right and wrong.  That the majoritarian impulses often curtail the rights of the minorities has been seen, both in Sri Lanka and abroad. While the colonial rulers were mulling about granting greater rights of self governance to locals of then Ceylon, the minority leaders – most notably, those representing the […]

Minister Wimal will block South Africa mediation!

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Wimal Weerawansa is trying to gain credit for himself by claiming that it was he who had blocked the entry of the LTTE’s international forces to the island by disrupting a discussion that had been due to take place between the governments of Sri Lanka and South Africa to resolve the northern issue, said president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Quoting a report by the State Intelligence Service, the president has said to so several ministers. “That Wimal is going to create a scene once again. I have not even though of discussing with South Africa. He is trying to be a hero and gain credit by claiming he had blocked that. Everything this fellow does is madness. He was not at the last cabinet meeting saying […]

Government refuses to back probe

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has reiterated its categorical rejection of the Human Right Council Resolution 25/1, and said it will not cooperate with the OHCHR-driven so called “comprehensive investigation” emanating from it. Sri Lanka has observed that the Government is firmly committed to continuing its ongoing processes of reconciliation, nation building and accountability, and towards this end, will continue to work with countries and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations that are genuinely interested in the welfare of the Sri Lankan people. Sri Lanka’s position on the “comprehensive investigation” was outlined by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ravinatha Aryasinha on the opening day of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council that opened in Geneva today. This […]

GTF News Update – 10th June 2014

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council started yesterday. The opening statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, including remarks on Sri Lanka, can be found here: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/UNHRC-26-Opening-Statement-Human-Rights-Council.pdf The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict started today in London. Concerns have been expressed at the fact that the situation in Sri Lanka is not on the event’s agenda. Full information on the Summit can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/global-summit-to-end-sexual-violence-in-conflict-latest-updates  –NEWS–  COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** US, UK urge Lanka to support probe <http://colombogazette.com/2014/06/10/us-uk-urge-lanka-to-support-probe/>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Silvia Cartwright on UNHRC Probe Panel <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-65982-news-detail-silvia-cartwright-on-unhrc-probe-panel.html>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sexual violence in conflict: GL explains why SL won’t attend London conference <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=104836>   DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE […]

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