“Tamil politicians are not genuine”: Thamilini, former LTTE Women’s Political Wing Leader

By Shanika Sriyananda Q: According to Thamilini’s book, did she believe in an armed struggle to win the Tamil cause? A: No; in this book she very clearly says that an armed struggle is more difficult than a peaceful struggle. She says that she aspired to continue in peace building, helping the poor Tamils to improve their living standards and educating the young children in the north and east, whose education had been neglected for several decades. She says that the 30-year-long armed struggle by the LTTE was a total…

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Sharma rejects soft-pedalling HR abuses by MR regime

Outgoing Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has rejected allegations of having soft-pedalled human rights abuses during the Rajapaksa regime, the Hindu reported on Tuesday. Criticism of the Commonwealth’s role and Mr. Sharma’s leadership peaked in the lead-up to CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka. Human rights groups and pro-LTTE organisations in Britain accused him of soft-pedalling the human rights abuses of the Rajapaksa regime, which in turn led to some heads of government boycotting the meeting. In an interview with the Hindu newspaper, Mr. Sharma had dismissed this criticism. “The most…

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UK MPs slam cancellation of meeting with High Commission in Colombo

A group of British Parliamentarians have slammed the UK High Commission in Colombo over the cancellation of a scheduled meeting with the High Commission recently. The MPs who were part of an all-party group which was on a visit to the Maldives, had said it had sought a meeting with the UK High Commission in Colombo after visiting the Maldives. However the three MPs, Sir David Amess (Chairman of the group), Ian Paisley and Mark Menzies, said in a report today that while they had extensive meetings in the Maldives,…

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UK notes importance of dealing with legacies of conflict in Lanka

The British Government says dealing with the causes and legacies of conflict will enable Sri Lanka to build the stronger, more stable and more prosperous country that all its people so richly deserve. The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies said that the development of a professional, civilian police force, guarantor of law and order, and offering protection and assistance to all communities is a central element to help build a stronger, more stable and more prosperous country. Laura Davies said that the British High Commission has been a…

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Govt. sued for not labelling drugs in Sinhala and Tamil

By Chitra Weerarathne A petitioner, named Lionel Gamage of Maharagama, has complained to the Supreme Court that despite an undertaking given to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority and the Minister of Health, had failed to label medicines, medical devices, manufactured or imported to Sri Lanka, in Sinhala and Tamil. The labelling is still done in English only. On Sept. 21, 2012, the Ministry of Health ordered that all Pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers do the labelling in Sinhala and Tamil in addition to English.…

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