Exclusive: Secret Documents Reveal How Britain Funded Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka

Exclusive: Secret Documents Reveal How Britain Funded Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka In 2009, as the Sri Lankan civil war reached its bloody conclusion, David Miliband touched down in Colombo to appeal for peace. “Now is the time for the fighting to stop,” Miliband warned. “Protection of civilians is absolutely paramount in our minds.” However, Miliband’s public plea stood in direct contrast to what his department was doing in private, secret Foreign Office documents seen by VICE can reveal. British aid to Sri Lanka helped set up a vigilante…

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Dais open for the Diaspora

In a bid to create an understanding between all communities in the country, the Government and several other institutions which campaign for peace and equality, have been associated with several islandwide programmes, trying to bring all people together. Sri Lankan population consists of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and a few others. All the major communities have some common features in terms of language, common words, cultural values, rituals, etc,. But, the act of reconciliation is easier said than done. The 30 years of hostilities, threats, confusion, and suspicion had created…

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Alleged war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Still Dangerous

Could Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former defense secretary (and brother of previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa), bring the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) together? Evidently a member of the country’s joint opposition has suggested that Rajapaksa be appointed to parliament, the implication being that this move would help to unify a political party that has remained divided since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency in January 2015. This is a very bad idea. After all, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is an alleged war criminal who played a pivotal role in the island nation’s slide…

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DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE CABINET OF MINISTERS AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 30-03-2016

01. ESTABLISHMENT OF A DATABASE OF RESOURCE PERSONS WITH BILINGUAL/TRILINGUAL COMPETENCIES IN DISTRICT LEVEL BY THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL UNITY AND RECONCILIATION (Document No – 06) The right of every citizen to negotiate with the government in their mother tongue has been affirmed by the constitution. Though various steps have been taken time to time by the government to affirm this right, the lack of sufficient officers capable in working bilingually in Sinhala/Tamil and English or trilingual in Sinhala, Tamil and English still prevails in government institutions.  The proposal made…

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