Defend The Right Of NPC To Pass Genocide Resolution

By Siritunga Jayasuriya – United Socialist Party (CWI-Sri Lanka) unequivocally defends the right of the Northern Provincial council in its attempt to bring the focus of the world on the Brutal war that killed 100’s of thousands of innocent Tamils in the North & the East of this country. Especially this resolution was passed by the NPC in the circumstance where the new Maithri government is pressurising the human right council in Geneva not to present the report in March and postpone the their sub- committee report till next September.…

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President of Uruguay Mr. Jose Mujica the former Tupamaros Guerilla leader, A Role Model For President Sirisena?

By Mano Ratwatte – Indian media experts write in patronizing and condescending tones about how Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Mr. Sirisena should emulate PMModi or use Modi as a role model? I think not. Indians and Modi should look at Mr. Sirisena and use him as a role model. They do have one similarity in the sense neither was well known until thrust into the limelight by elections. Modi was a local figure in Gujarat (served 3 terms as Chief Minister) until he took over the election commission leadership…

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No faith in domestic probe – Bishop of Mannar

The Bishop of Mannar, Dr Rayappu Joseph, today said that a domestic investigation into allegations of human right violations cannot be trusted and that is the reason the Tamil people placed their faith in an international probe by the UN. “However, we were deceived by the United Nations,” he said, speaking to reporters following a protest held in Jaffna against the deferring of the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka. The protestors handed over a letter to the Rt Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph, requesting him to submit it to the UN…

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Tamils hold anti-UN protest in northern Sri Lanka

Colombo (dpa) – Tamil academics, politicians and activists staged an anti-United Nations protest Tuesday in northern Sri Lanka for its decision to delay a report on alleged crimes committed during the civil war, police officials said. The protestors demonstrated in Jaffna town, 390 kilometres north of the capital, demanding the publication of the report by next month. Lecturers from the University of Jaffna said a delay in publishing was an injustice to relatives of victims killed in the final stages of the war that ended in 2009. “We cannot delay a…

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Political Discretion & Sri Lanka’s Genocide Against Tamil

By Braveen Nagendram – “I lived as best I could, and then I died. Be careful where you step: the grave is wide” – Epitaph for a Palestinian Child of the Nakba (“Catastrophe”) by Michael R. Burch Genocide – The necessity to define On the ashes of WWII the world had the moral duty to become conscious of the extent to which human violence and hatred went, so far as committing to eradicate the Jews. Despite the macabre events being so clear to the eyes, no words could fulfil the description of the…

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SLMC – TNA marriage in the East

By Mirudhula Thambiah astern Provincial Council (EPC) Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member, Singaravelu Thandayuthapani said they have decided to join hands with Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to serve all communities without any difference in the province. “We will not neglect the Tamil people. We have reached this decision through our party leadership. I believe all will understand our motive when we actually function as a part of the EPC Government. But if we cannot serve our people while being in the national administration, we will not…

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Mahinda lost due to India and Western support for his rival

By Gunadasa Amarasekera “The nationalist Rajapaksa, who ruthlessly put down the Tamil Insurgency in Sri Lanka was defeated in the recent election in part due to India and Western support for his rival.”This observation by an outsider Munir Akram, a former Pakistan ambassador to UN (The Wolf and the Fox-The Island 2/4) took me down memory lane. It also made me reflect on the modus operandi used by US and India to support the rival. Thirty years ago in 1977 or so, I brought out a collection of essays to…

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Champika says he helped to topple MR regime to punish crooks

Minister of Power and Energy, Champika Ranawaka on Monday said that he had helped to topple the Rajapaksa regime and assumed duties at the Ministry of Power and Energy again because he wanted to punish and take legal action against corrupt individuals at the ministry. Speaking to the media after inspecting the Muthuragawella oil storage complex, Ranawaka said: “One of the reasons for this Government to come to power was the dreadful dictatorship the previous regime maintained in the power and energy sector. Regardless of the many complaints we made…

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Addressing The Complaint That Government Is Going Too Slow

By Jehan Perera The unexpected defeat of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election led to high expectations amongst those who voted against him that an action-oriented government would soon put things right.  However, the actions of the new government up to now have not justified these popular expectations.  Quick and visible action against wrongdoers in the former government are not coming in rapid order even though legal processes have commenced against some of them, and several others are being subjected to police interrogation.  The new government pledged to…

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19A before parliament in March

The National Executive Council which met today, has decided to submit key proposals on constitutional reforms before Parliament next month. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the decision was taken when the National Executive Council met today. He said that the proposals will include amendments to the constitution in order to curb the Presidential powers, which was a key promise given by President Maithripala Sirisena during his Presidential election campaign. The JVP leader said that the 19th amendment to the constitution, which will look at bringing the…

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Govt-SLFP discuss reforms

The National Unity Government which includes the United National Party (UNP) will meet the main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on Thursday to discuss the proposed constitutional reforms, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe informed the Maha Sanga yesterday. He told a large group of prominent Buddhist monks at Temple Trees last afternoon that the Constitutional Reforms Bill will be presented in Parliament as soon as possible. The Prime Minister assured that several other laws pertaining to the safeguarding of Buddhism would also be presented in the House within the one-hundred…

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