“Govt co-sponsorship of UNHRC Resolution tantamount to an innocent man offering a sword to behead him”

Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University of Sri Lanka Raja Gunaratne, in an interview with Dailymirror, says the OHCHR report entails grave danger for the country. He says it is baffling to see the government co-sponsoring the UNHRC resolution as no responsible state would do so in any part of the world. Mr. Gunaratne, as a legal academic with a nationalist bent, played a key role drafting a report countering the allegations against the military in the OHCHR report. That report was presented to the UNHRC by former…

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My family will rule again – Mahinda

By Revata S. Silva Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the Joint Opposition’s May Day rally at the Galle Face Green, said the mammoth gathering signified that the end of the government had come. “This massive gathering will pave the way for a new government,” an elated former President told tens of thousands of people who had converged at the Galle Green, encompassing about 18 acres. After elaborating on some of the development programmes initiated by his government, Rajapaksa tore into the present administration for bringing the country’s development to a…

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Message from Sri Lanka rallies – Chauvinist forces are threatening to re-emerge

Leaders use May Day platforms to reach out to their support bases One would have thought that political parties here would use this year’s May Day platform to reach out to agitating contractual workers or government doctors. But Tuesday’s rallies turned out be almost entirely about political messaging by leaders to their electorates, preoccupying observers with which leader’s rally drew the largest crowd. Much of this was centred on the rally organised by the Joint Opposition, a faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that supports former President Mahinda…

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Asoka Gunawardana told LLRC : ”Reconciliation must be envisioned within an institutional framework for Democratic Governance”

Tape 1 – 25.08.2010 – Mr. Asoka Gunawardana CHAIRMAN – opening statement Mr. Gunawardana, before we commence I wish to outline the procedure that is adopted by this Commission. Any person could make representations either in public or in camera – the choice is left to the person who is making those representations. At the end of your representations the Commissioners are entitled to ask you questions on anything arising from the representations that you make or in relation to any matter that is relevant in terms of the Warrant.…

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Horrific past abuses should not be sacrificed on the altar of trade concessions.

4th May 2017 Press Release The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is deeply concerned over Cabinet approval for a policy and legal framework relating to the proposed Counter-Terrorism Act. We have not been consulted on the terms of the draft framework, which has recently appeared in the press and appears to be a Cabinet memorandum approved on 25th April 2017. We are shocked by the extent to which the draft framework curtails civil liberties, erodes judicial control over the state security apparatus and the staggering potential for abuse and torture. We…

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