National Government; A Golden Opportunity To Resolve The National Question

Investigate enforced disappearances, activists urge Sri Lanka

24_05_2010_Vavunia_3Activists in Sri Lanka are urging the government to ratify a key international convention on enforced disappearances and to investigate thousands of unsolved cases that have haunted the island nation through decades of conflict.

Catholic Church officials say the issue is especially vital in Sri Lanka. Father Nandana Manathunga said Sri Lanka has the second-highest number of disappearances in the world. Yet the country has not ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances……………..  READ MORE 

National Government; A Golden Opportunity To Resolve The National Question

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

The inaugural sessions of the 8th parliament took place on September 01, 2015. After the election of speaker, the deputy speaker and the deputy chairman of parliament committees, newly elected members of parliament took oaths before the speaker. There were 60 new faces, almost a third, compared to the last parliament.

For the first time in history the LSSP failed to secure even a single seat in parliament. Sri Lanka Communist Party did not fare better. It had a solitary member from Matara electorate. One reason for the obliteration of these parties is the failure to get appointments through the National List. The names of Tissa Vitarana and D.E.W. Gunasekara were removed from the original national list following the election results. Even the great survivor G.L. Peiris who batted for Mahinda Rajapaksa was left out to fend for himself…………….  READ MORE

Hopes rise for closure over Sri Lanka’s wartime ‘disappeared’

Tears well up in Murugathas Gajenthini’s eyes as she recalls the moment she last saw her husband, in a Sri Lankan army camp just 24 hours after their family surrendered during the gruesome final stages of their country’s civil war.

It was May 18 2009, the same day the head of the rebel Tamil Tiger army was killed nearby after weeks of desperate rearguard battles against government forces, bringing more than two decades of conflict to a blood-soaked but definitive close…………………. READ MORE

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