In Post-war Sri Lanka, Returning IDPs Face Fresh Challenges

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Shiran Illanperuma Staff Writer  Reporting from Keppapulavu, Mullaitivu Displaced since the last stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war, returnees from the northeastern village of Pilakudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu are busy building makeshift tents where their houses used to stand. Just a few metres away, behind barbed wire, Air Force cadets can be seen ‒ playing sports on parts of the village they still occupy. Less than a week ago, following 30 days of relentless protest and an order from President and acting Defence Minister Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lanka Air Force…

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No organizations can interfere in Sri Lanka’s (Killing of Tamil civilians) internal affairs – Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara will leave for Geneva tomorrow leading a three-man delegation to meet UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein to mount an offensive against the case, now argued before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes, especially during the closing stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This allegation is the centrepiece of the UNHRC resolution that is widely accepted by the international community including the Tamil Diaspora. He takes a…

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Political Influence Threatens To Derail Lasantha Murder Probe

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya  Political influence is threatening to derail the investigations into the murder of the The Sunday Leader Founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Investigators revealed that while there was considerable progress in the investigations, interference by the highest political and military echelons of the country may force the investigations to face a deadlock. Intelligence sources revealed to The Sunday Leader that while some VIPs/VVIPs and high profile individuals have been linked to the murder following the interrogation of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) intelligence sleuths, the interference of political and military stalwarts have prevented the Police from taking action…

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NM was dead right in 1955-56 to stand against Sinhala Only

Backbone needed to defy not capitulate to bigotry The UNHRC process; the blind leading the blinder by Kumar David His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena is no Lincoln or Lenin; not even an NM. You need a backbone to stand up and defy racists, not to capitulate to them. Does a Sinhala politician need a backbone to cringe and do the bidding of chauvinists? SWRD would have required a backbone to persist with the B-C Pact, but not to surrender to saffron bigots and shred it. If Dudley had a spine…

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‘Security Forces in Sri Lanka Continue to Operate With Impunity’

Yasmin Sooka spoke to The Wire about Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, the sequencing of judicial mechanisms for the same and the role other countries can play. Yasmin Sooka. Credit: Youtube screenshot Yasmin Sooka is the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, and the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP). She is regarded as a leading human rights lawyer, activist and an international expert in the fields of transitional justice, gender and international war crimes. She previously served on the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts…

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Palani leaves no bullet unturned to become saviour of Tamil cause

CHENNAI:  After becoming the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami has perhaps got his first chance to become the great Tamil saviour. Reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi that protecting the life and liberty of fishermen from Tamil Nadu is the duty of the governments they headed, Palaniswami said the present escalation in the Palk Strait, in which a fisherman from Ramanathapuram was shot dead allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, should not be ignored or tolerated under any circumstance. “Such inhuman and barbaric tactics by the Sri Lankan…

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War Hero Wife Begins Witch-Hunt Against Whistle Blowers

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Questions arise as to where funds and donations have gone Mrs Anoma Fonseka has not responded to the many attempts to be contacted  The main reason for this could be lack of response to justify her conduct, RSA source claim Anoma Fonseka and the Mitsubishi Montero V98W XSR Three Criminal Investigation Department (CID) agents have been reportedly stationed at the Ranaviru Services Authority in order to report on public officials and whistle-blowers leaking information to media and anti-corruption activists, The Sunday Leader learns. The agents have been…

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IMPLEMENTATION OF UN RESOLUTION : TNA EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT

Parliamentarians and Provincial Councillors of TNA’s constituent parties met in Vavunia yesterday presided over by TNA leader R. Sampanthan and decided to demand for full implementation of the Geneva Resolution 30/1 which meant giving more time for the Government to fulfill its promises. The EPRLF however, had opposed saying that the party will distance itself from yesterday’s agreement.At a meeting held at the Vanni Inn TNA’s people’s representatives, including provincial councilors of Eastern and Northern provinces, concluded that they should demand the Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan Tamils…

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