WA asylum seeker ordered home to Sri Lanka despite fears for safety

Sri Lanka: Consultations Lacking on Missing Persons’ Office Ratification of Convention Against Enforced Disappearance Important Step (New York) – The Sri Lankan government ratified the Convention against Enforced Disappearance but in the same week created an Office of Missing Persons without promised consultations with families of the “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. The government should honor its pledge to hold meaningful consultations with the affected families and nongovernmental representatives about the missing persons’ office and the other transitional justice mechanisms. At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva…

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Is Wigneswaran Planning To Break Away From TNA To Form Radical Tamil Party?

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, appears to be planning to break away from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and form his own radical Tamil party with the support of an influential section of the Tamil Diaspora. And the leadership of the TNA may allow this to happen as he has become an embarrassment and a thorn on their side. Wigneswaran’s politics of confrontation with the provincial Governor Reginold Cooray and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Colombo, clashes with the TNA leadership’s policy of cooperation…

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Chinese Funds Chanelled To Voice Rajapaksa Dream

With the revelation of how Rajapaksa siblings have obtained the radio and television transmitters donated by the Chinese government to the government of Sri Lanka to start their own private broadcasting station, the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has reportedly commenced investigations on the former First Sons over the alleged violation of the Public Property Act and the Money Laundering Act. The Rajapaksas have continuously come under fire for allegedly obtaining commissions from all major projects initiated during the former regime and now it has been revealed how the multi-billion-rupee…

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Roots of Governor-Chief Minister conflict in eastern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: The on-going conflict between Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and Chief Minister Naseer Ahamed, which has led to the Sri  Lankan armed forces declaring an indefinite boycott of the Chief Minister, is rooted in the way Centre-Province relations have developed in Lanka and the nature of Muslim politics in the island nation. According to sources in the East, last Friday’s spat in which CM Naseer Ahamed publicly accused Governor Austin Fernando of insulting him and “the entire province”, in cahoots with the Lankan navy, could not be seen as…

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