Court requests army again to forward the list of the LTTE cadres who surrendered

Lanka-e-News -05.Jan.2017, 11.30PM) Mulaitivu district court judge M.S.M.Samsudeen issued an order on 3 rd January to the army to forward to court on  January 30 th  the list of the names of the LTTE members who surrendered to the army during the final phase of the war . The lawyer for the petitioners K.S. Rathnavale said , this court order was made when the case was taken up for trial in which habeas corpus applications have been filed in connection with a group that has gone missing of those who…

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Colombo frames cases to prolong imprisonment of Tamil political prisoners

30-year-old Sulaxan Mathiyarasan, who was detained by the occupying Sinhala military at Mu’l’livaaykkaal on the final day of genocidal onslaught on Vanni on 18 May 2009, and later languished in three prisons for more than 7 years without a valid case, is now facing a newly framed case in which the so-called ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ has used statements obtained under torture from other inmates, who were former LTTE members. The TID is arguing that for security reasons, the cases where ex-LTTE members’ statements were being used, should be moved to…

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Snapshots from a murky war zone

British photographer Stephen Champion recalls how he captured through reel the deadly war that ruptured a peaceful Sri Lanka Photographer Stephen Champion, a British national, lives and works in Sri Lanka by choice. When he first visited the island in 1986, the Brit observed that the onetime colony was the ideal place for a photographer to explore. After all, he was an avid traveller as well. He was intrigued by the Buddhist culture here, but the ongoing civil war at that time possibly had more pulling power, hence his extensive…

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Understanding the current regime

Note: This is the expanded version of an article published on Sri Lanka Brief. Soon it will be two years since the election of President Sirisena. His victory was consolidated in the general election held in August 2015. There was a lot of euphoria when this regime change took place. I was amused to see some even calling it a revolution. After two years the contours of this regime and what to expect from it is becoming clearer. Definitely, it is far from any kind of a revolution. What I am concerned…

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Are we serious about eradicating corruption?

Pre-election, January 2015, we heard fierce noises about a revolutionary dispensation that would relentlessly pursue the many fraudsters that a delinquent government had spawned and nurtured. The unaccounted for wealth that they had amassed will be recovered, credited to the exchequer and used for the relief of poverty and the development of our nation who are the rightful owners. Corruption will cease forever. Exemplary punishment will be meted out. Practice has proved to be spectacularly out of step with promise. Just credit this to the account of several other unfulfilled…

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Mega England Sri Lanka joint beauty pageant to be held in July

For the first time in Sri Lanka a former English beauty queen will host a mega joint beauty pageant in Sri Lanka involving beauties from both English and Sri Lanka. Premier Ceylon into High-end Hospitality Sri Lanka will be coordinating this event along with Sri Lanka Tourism and have also partnered with Miss England Limited, United Kingdom. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Paddy Withana said that this would be a major MICE event and the country would get tremendous free destination mileage through it.Miss England Limited, Executive Director, Angie…

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Gota was behind Bodu Bala Sena claims Rajitha

Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday pooh-poohed an allegation that he was involved in creating the Bodu Bala Sena made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week, counter-alleging that it was his brother former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was the true patron of the extremist Sinhalese movement accused of targeting religious and ethnic minorities in the country. Senaratne told reporters at the Cabinet press briefing yesterday that the former President’s claim was the “joke of the 21st Century.” Asked who was truly behind the creation of the BBS, Senaratne replied: “Gotabaya.…

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‘War crimes’ probe mechanism:

‘War crimes’ probe mechanism: Task force calls for full foreign participation ‘All perpetrators of atrocities including Indian Army accountable for their actions’ Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike receiving the report prepared by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms from leader attorney-at-law Manouri Muttetuwegama at the Presidential Secretariat on Jan. 3. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Hindu Affairs Minister Swaminathan and Reconciliation State Minister Fowzie look on. By Shamindra Ferdinando The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM), headed by attorney-at-law Manouri Muttetuwegama, has called for full participation of foreign judges and…

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High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s position on a hybrid court to prosecute alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war remained unchanged.

Cabinet Spokesman’s remarks that UN envoy for human rights endorsed Govt. ‘no foreign judges’ stand denied by OHCHR The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) yesterday insisted that High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s position on a hybrid court to prosecute alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war remained unchanged. The OHCHR took to Twitter yesterday to clarify what it called Zeid’s “unchanged” position, after Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne controversially proclaimed to reporters on Wednesday (4), that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights…

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International Involvement Paramount for Delivery of Justice and Creating Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka

On this New Year’s Day 2017, the undersigned Tamil diaspora organizations appeal to the International Community, particularly the western and regional powers with influence and involvement in Sri Lanka, to ensure justice and lasting peace in Sri Lanka following up on the consensus UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. The genocidal war against the Tamils was brought to a violent end in May 2009. Successive UNHRC resolutions, the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts report, and the OISL investigation culminated in the adoption of the consensus Resolution on October 1, 2015.…

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Positive signals on land and Police powers – Sithadthan

Positive signals on land and Police powers – Sithadthan BY Mirudhula Thambiah Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Leader of People’s Liberation OrganiZation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) Dharmalingam Sithadthan said there are positive signals in obtaining land and Police powers to the provinces. “Police and land powers are very important. There are positive signals on these matters. Power sharing is positive. We are in discussions with the government and hopefully we might be able to reach an agreement,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: ?: When…

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