Tamils ‘still tortured’ in Sri Lanka, say rights groups – Jan 08, 2016

Two campaign groups have alleged ethnic minority Tamils in Sri Lanka continue to face torture, a year after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power promising reform. They interviewed victims who said they were arbitrarily detained, tortured or gang raped by security forces. The authorities denied the allegations. Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war between the government and Tamil rebels ended in 2009. Both sides were accused of committing war crimes. ‘Well-organised machine’ South Africa-based group The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) said it spoke to 15 men and five women,…

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Justice to Tamils impossible under ‘Sri Lanka’, but ITJP seeks ‘reforms’

One year after the change of government in ‘Sri Lanka’ the security forces continue to detain, torture and sexually violate Tamils in a net work of sites across the island, and one of the purposes is to maintain control over the Tamils through an atmosphere of oppression and tyranny and deter them from testifying against the government in upcoming justice initiatives, said a January 2016 International Truth & Justice Project, Sri Lanka Report, citing available recording of the violations that took place in 2015. “It is hard to see how…

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Aided by UN, US, genocide continues under Sirisena, says Boyle

Noting recent rights groups reports that Tamils continue to face torture and gang rapes a year after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka promising reform, Professor Boyle, an expert in international law, who teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that it is obvious that the “Sinhala Genocide against the Eelam Tamils continues apace under Sirisena,” and that the GoSL, the U.S. Government and the UNHRC “perpetrated..a fraud upon the Eelam Tamils by calling for the establishment of nothing more than a so-called “domestic…

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Political Settlement Based on the “Federal Idea” in a “New” Sri Lanka

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The new year has dawned on a note of hope and optimism for Sri Lanka! On January 9th 2016 President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to present a resolution in Parliament that proposes to convert Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. The envisaged Constitutional Assembly is different to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1972 Republican Constitution. The political vision of the Sirisena –Wickremesinghe Govt is to enact a new Constitution differently. A Consensual approach would be adopted.A steering committee comprising representatives of all political parties would help “guide” the…

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Presidential Pardon for attempted assassin

The ex-LTTE combatant who was convicted for making an abortive attempt on the life of President Maithripala Sirisena when he was serving as Mahaweli Development Minister between 2005 and 2006 is likely to receive Presidential Clemency, counsel for the accused appellant informed the Court of Appeal yesterday. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal allowed the accused to withdraw an appeal filed challenging the High Court conviction. The accused Sivaraja Jenivan alias Mohommadu Sulthan Cader Mohideen also known as Senan was found guilty for the attempted, murder charge and sentenced to 10…

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Govt. has failed to deliver on its promises: Nishantha Warnasingh

“Catching thieves has become the biggest robbery and probing into corruption has become the biggest crime,” stressed former Western Province Health and Indigenous Minister Nishantha Warnasinghe. “But this does not mean the previous regime was better or Mahinda Rajapaksa should once again come to power,” said Warnasinghe, adding: “It is just that this administration has failed to keep up with the expectations of the people.” He further warned that defeated Rajapaksa and his loyalists were making use of every opportunity to get back to power by sabotaging the State mechanism…

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After One Year In Office; Maithri’s External & Internal Battles Continue

By Ranga Kalansooriya – “What the hell is going on ha..?” “With What?” “With this government, what else..?” “Why? What is the issue?” “They are not putting anyone (of former regime) behind bars no… They are not delivering what they said” This is a conversation that I had earlier this week with a person whom I knew from a Western Embassy. She (a Sri Lankan) had been a strong supporter of this Yahapalana regime. No wonder that many such Yahapalana supporters are repeatedly raising this question for the past several…

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Whither TNA? Whither CA?

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe need to be congratulated, as the calendar year draws to a close and close is also the completion of the first year of their ‘unity government’ experiment. It’s as much for evaluating their politician-brothers, their proclivities and predilection right, as for the duo’s strategy for winning two nation-wide elections in eight months. To be sure, it’s not that the duo won, but that incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the January 8 presidential polls. With all Muslim parties, already in the Rajapaksa camp,…

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‘Sathwiru Sanhinda’- Api Wenuwen Api houses handed over to War Heroes

Sixty-nine houses built under the second phase of the ‘Api Wenuwen Api ‘ project in the Hambantota District were handed over to their new owners during a ceremony held at the Defence Services College auditorium in Colombo Today (07th Thursday, January 2016). State Minster of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the event as the Chief Guest. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi made the opening remarks during the occasion. In addition, housing assistance for completing 813 partly built houses of War Heroes was also presented under the…

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Ekneligoda case; Solicitor General says Rajitha is lying

Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department Mr. Suhada Gamalath yesterday denied an allegation made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne relating to the criminal investigation and court proceedings relating to the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. “This is complete and diabolical lie and I deny this totally,” Mr. Gamalath told the Daily Mirror. There were several media reports that Solicitor General Gamalath had allegedly negotiated a meeting with the investigators of the case relating to Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance and had inquired from CID officers whether a negotiation on the ongoing…

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Imminent arrest of MR regime bigwigs

Cabinet spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said a number of high and mighty in the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration are to be arrested by the law enforcement authorities soon, as inquiries on cases of corruption, embezzlement, crime and misrule allegedly committed with their direct involvement have been concluded. There will be a few arrests of those who have allegedly involved in the assassination of several journalists after 2010, Minister Senaratne said. “These are the people who contributed to the downfall of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The few in the cabinet…

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A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO KATHLEEN WYNNE

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am pleased to extend warm greetings to the members of the Tamil community on the occasion of Tamil Heritage Month. We are blessed to live in Ontario — a welcoming place that has respect for all languages, cultures and beliefs. Occasions such as this one bring us together to pay tribute to the cultural mosaic we have built. Ontario is proud to be home to a large and dynamic Tamil Canadian community. I wish to commend…

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Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 06-01-2016

Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 06-01-2016 Introduction of the ‘Virusara’ privilege card for war heroes (Document No – 09) It has been decided to introduce a privilege card called ‘Virusara’ for benefitting war heroes who have died, disappeared and disabled of the Three forces, police and the Civil Security Department and their dependents, who have sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. It will enable them to enjoy special benefits in purchasing consumer goods and services such as health, education, banking,…

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