SRI LANKA: Advocating A Different Political Project

by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena The normalization of the abnormal is an inevitable result of conflict. This is hoary wisdom. Yet there is a lived-reality of this truth which needs to be meditated on with painful clarity. The breakdown of the Rule of Law and the clear-headed compulsion of the State to oppress without much resistance are symptoms. So too is the ability of many to shrug their shoulders and turn away. Some do this cynically, others through a sheer sense of frustration. Regardless, this is a reflection of the profoundly grotesque,…

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Sri Lanka Tamil leader seeks Indian PM’s intervention for a political solution

A Sri Lankan Tamil leader has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to achieve a political solution to the Tamil issue. Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Sivajilingam in a letter to Modi in his letter says the Tamil people in Sri Lanka cannot expect a solution from Sri Lankan governments without the intervention of India. “Having gone through more than 65 years of injustice by successive governments in Sri Lanka, Tamil people are fully aware that no…

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Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka following clash between Sinhala-Buddhists and Muslims in the area.

Eyewitness accounts tell of Muslims being pulled off local buses and beaten. There are also reports of looting. Witnesses say Muslim homes and a mosque were stoned. Sri Lankan media received “orders from above” not to report the violence. The Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew on two southern towns to quell clashes between a hardline Buddhist group and Muslims. When the Muslims in the area started reacting to the protest, things took a violent turn, a senior police officer said. Several people are reported to have been injured, shops…

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Challenging Modi In Colombo

Mahinda To Hitler

Challenging Modi In Colombo  by Tisaranee Gunasekara “I know what to give and what not to give.” Mahinda Rajapaksa (The Hindu – 5.7.2009)   During an extensive interview with ‘The Hindu’, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was asked about his oft-repeated ‘13th Amendment plus’ promise.  “Even tomorrow I can give that…” President Mahinda  replied promptly. That was July 2009. During the next five years, President Rajapaksa promised 13+ and denied promising 13+, again and again. The Rajapaksas and their acolytes (including the BBS) were elated when Narendra Modi won. They seemed to have believed that Mr.…

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Never Ending Madness of Rajapaksha

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – The Extraordinary gazette notification of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka listing of designated persons, groups and entities under paragraph 4(2) of the United Nations Regulations No. 1 of 2012 by the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa dated 20 March 2014 proscribed sixteen overseas Tamil organisations and over 400 Tamils all over the world. Government gazette is an organ to officially advertise the agenda or decisions of the government and its departments. Under the constitution, any statutory decisions have to come through legislative or the executive and must follow the procedural…

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Sri Lankan Govt Will Take Action Against Those Giving Adverse Evidence Against Country at International Probes

The government will take appropriate action against those who give evidence against it at a future war crimes probe, based on the evidence the adversaries give . “This is a serious situation and we are watching it closely. We shall take appropriate action based on the evidence the detractors give,” Government Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told Ceylon Today. He said the government was aware of the Tamil Diaspora and others, both overseas and in Sri Lanka, including the TNA, going all out to discredit the government which defeated…

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GTF ready to assist OHCHR probe

With the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay confirming that her office has put together a team to investigate allegations over the war in Sri Lanka, the role of the Tamil Diaspora will be also in the spotlight. Suren Surendiran, the spokesman for the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil lobby group based in London expressed his views on the investigation. By Easwaran Rutnam Q:  Does the GTF has any plans on assisting the OHCHR probe on Sri Lanka by providing information or any form of…

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TGTE happy with new HR Chief – Rudrakumar

While the investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) begins the U.S. based Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) says it is preparing to file legal action on some of the incident which allegedly took place in Mulalivaikkal. The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, in an interview with The Sunday Leader also noted that the appointment of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will be good for Sri Lanka, in the…

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OHCHR Probe From Mid-June & Witness and Victim Protection Bill

Witness protection area of concern in probe By Easwaran Rutnam The investigation into the war in Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be launched in mid-June, Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the OHCHR said. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will have the option of referring the report to the UN Security Council (UNSC) once it has been received by the UNHRC in March next year. Colville said that initially, the report will be presented to the Human Rights Council and the…

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SLMC To Discuss Probe & We Are Ready To Deal With The Consequences – Government

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to take a stand tomorrow on the motion submitted to Parliament against the proposed investigation led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The motion that was submitted to Parliament recently will be taken up for debate this week but the SLMC said it will decide its position tomorrow. “The SLMC will meet tomorrow to discuss several matters including the motion against the OHCHR investigation in Sri Lanka. At the meeting tomorrow, we will decide whether…

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Sri Lanka will NOT Sign Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

Sri Lanka will NOT Sign Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

While Britain hosted a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, the British Government said it hopes Sri Lanka will sign the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. “The Declaration has now been endorsed by over three quarters of the world’s countries. We would welcome it if Sri Lanka was to join them,” a British High Commission spokesperson told The Sunday Leader. Meanwhile speaking at an event at the British High Commission in Colombo to mark the summit against sexual violence in conflict, the British High Commissioner to Colombo John…

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PM Modi expresses concern over Pakistani terror groups trained in Sri Lanka

PM Modi expresses concern over Pakistani terror groups trained in Sri Lanka

Govt. turns war crimes probe into polls issue Though not publicly known, a subject of importance Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, just hours after being sworn-in, was the issue of Pakistani militant groups gathering in Sri Lanka to plan terrorist acts against India. That was during talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on May 27. It came barely a day after Rajapaksa took part in Modi’s swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to a Sri Lankan source present at the…

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Cover for dictators who had abused their authority and trampled on the rights and democratic freedoms of the people

Dictators of Sri Lanka Mahinda brothers

UN War Crimes Probe : President should stop making a mockery of Parliament – Kiriella Opposition not bound to cover up for stupidity of UPFA Govt. – Ravi zBy Zacki Jabbar  The UNP yesterday called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop making a mockery of Parliament after having publicly rejected a United Nations Human Rights Council mandated war crimes probe against his government and the LTTE which was scheduled to get underway in Geneva next month.  “If the President really cared for the views of the Opposition, he would have…

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”Had we committed NO Crimes and waged the war against the LTTE” international inquiry would arrive at a conclusion so favourable to Sri Lanka

WAR CRIME IN SRI LANKA

From the Floor – Clearing path to take up motion for debate  A special meeting of party leaders was held at the Parliamentary complex on Friday. Summoned at short notice it was so special because the intention of the meeting was to change a previously agreed plan regarding the next sitting week. Going by the previous schedule there were plans to take up for discussion a motion submitted by nine UPFA members, which showed disapproval against a UNHRC investigation to be held against Sri Lanka. Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody chaired…

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Economic sanctions by the US and EU! If Sri Lanka can survive this, it can survive anything.

Supporters of killing of Tamil Civilians

With the appointment of the 12-member team by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the encirclement of Sri Lanka is just about complete. The Western steam roller has been set in motion and Narendra Modi is in power in India with a plainly-to-be-seen desire not to alienate Jayayalitha Jeyaram of Tamil Nadu even though he does not need her support to keep the government going. Never before in Sri Lanka’s post-Independence history have we been encircled like this – not even in 1987. In 1987 when Sri…

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Whether Sri Lanka cooperates or not – The UNHCR inquiry

Whether Sri Lanka cooperates or not, the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) mandated investigation into alleged human rights violations here, with a probable focus on the closing stages of the long war, will go forward. The Mahinda Rajapaksa administration will no doubt get parliamentary approval later this week for its non-cooperation strategy. While parties like the TNA, who have made no secret of the fact that they support the UNHRC initiative, inspired in large measure by the Tamil diaspora in North America and Western Europe, will get pilloried by government…

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