GTF reiterates its call for participation of foreign judges in transitional justice processes

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), largest Tamil diaspora body reiterated its call for the inclusion of international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice processes in the wake of a  UN report that was critical of country’s judicial system. A report prepared by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, on her mission to Sri Lanka from April 29 to May 7 last year, tabled by the current Rapporteur, Diego García-Sayán at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, was highly critical…

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Tamil workers and youth must reject the treacherous role being played by the TNA and the grouping around CM Wigneswaran

Wigneswaran’s Moves Against Corrupt ministers has Nothing to do with the Rights of the Tamil Masses By K. Ratnayake A factional clash that erupted last week between Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leadership ended yesterday after a political compromise. Wigneswaran, a retired supreme court judge, became the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) chief minister after being appointed as the TNA’s leading candidate in the 2013 elections. Although he had not previously been a member of the alliance, he was brought into…

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Arrogant and Foolish Attempt to Deny The Persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka-Letter to Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

By Prof. Asoka Ekanayaka Emeritus Professor A,N,I. Ekanayake has written an open letter to Justice and Buddha sana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe about the recent comments made by the minister regarding recent incidents of harassment against Christians in Sri Lanka. The full text ofof the letter is as follows – June 22, 2017 Hon Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha PC Minister of Justice Dear Dr Rajapaksha, Arrogant and Foolish Attempt to Deny the Persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka I was shocked and outraged to see a video news clip in which you sought…

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190 incidents of violence,harassment and intimidation against Christians and christian places of worship

Well-known Lawyer Lakshan Dias Flees Sri Lanka After Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Threatens to Take Action in Two Days Well -known lawyer and Human Right Defender Lakshan Dias has flown out of his motherland to an undisclosed destination for reasons of personal safety,it is learnt. The outspoken lawyer had been receiving threats from different quarters after stating in a TV forum that over a 190 incidents of violence,harassment and intimidation against Christians and christian places of worship have occurred in Sri Lanka for the past two years since January 8th…

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Supreme Court Judge as the Chief Minister Vs Tamil politicians

The crisis in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and its ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party, took centre stage in local politics last week. The crisis was precipitated by Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran’s decision to send two NPC Ministers on compulsory leave pending an investigation into corruption charges against them. It became a full-blown crisis to the extent that all Sinhala newspapers, which usually give only scant coverage to Northern political affairs, had the latest developments in the NPC as the lead story for several days running. Tamil newspapers based…

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Uncertainty ends in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

CM Wigneswaran, leader Sampanthan reach understanding Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will continue in the post following an understanding with Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan, days after a large bloc of governing council members withdrew support. On Monday, the Chief Minister agreed to reverse his controversial directive to two provincial ministers that Mr. Sampanthan had earlier objected to. Following negotiations, Mr. Sampanthan told the Northern Province Governor that the Council members would withdraw their motion of no-confidence. “All’s well that ends well,” the TNA veteran…

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We are against devolution of powers – Namal Rajapaksa

By Shaahidah Riza The militant movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is fully backed by the incumbent government, said United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa, who is the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, conceded that certain government elements instigated extremist violence against minorities during his father’s governance. However, the same elements left Rajapaksa to join President Maithripala Sirisena, which is the cause for the revival of the BBS, he added. Excerpt follow: Q. When the former President was in governance, GSP+ facility was withdrawn for various reasons,…

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Government strategy to bring about promised change is needed

By Jehan Perera The two main factors that caused a change of government in 2015 are reappearing at the present time. The first is the feeling amongst the religious and ethnic minorities that the government is not doing enough to protect them. During the period of the former government the minorities even felt that the government was opposed to them. This was on account of its inadequate efforts at post-war normalization and the growth of religious intolerance. The election of the new government came as a great relief to the…

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HRCSL: Foreign judges will enhance confidence in war crimes probe

By Shamindra Ferdinando The government had agreed to the participation of foreign judges in a war crimes probe in accordance with Oct 1, 2015 Resolution moved at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan says. She said so participating in a TV 1 programme yesterday. Asked by host Faraz Shauketaly to comment on foreign judges in proposed war crimes courts, Satkunanathan said: “it is something the government has agreed to as part of the HRC Resolution.” Sri Lanka last March reiterated her commitment to…

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War crime accused Mahinda to advice Pakistan

Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of War Crime is expected to address a gathering of politicians and military officials in Islamabad, Pakistan on matters related to the country’s civilian and military leadership and how to kill the minority and getaway with it like in Sri Lanka. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation with the support of the current government and is scheduled to address a gathering of politicians and military officials at the National Defense University, Islamabad tomorrow. He will discuss Sri Lanka’s successful campaign…

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Let reconciliation begin from NPC

The turmoil in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has raised a pertinent question as to how far the Tamil political scene is reconciled to fulfil the political aspirations of the Northerners in the backdrop of reconciliation at national level, which is much spoken of. Until the problematic situation emerged in the NPC, the Tamil National Alliance focused on solving political issues and finding solutions to humanitarian problems, by seeking justice for alleged atrocities committed during the final phase of the three decades of armed conflict in the North and the…

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We will reveal what we know of you : Gammanpila

PHU General Secretary and MP Udaya Gammanpila today warned JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika to stop making misleading statements on the BBS because otherwise he would be forced to reveal what he knew. Responding to a question asked at a news conference, the former JHU member said BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was the former deputy national organiser of the JHU and the relationship between the BBS and JHU was not a secret. “I won’t say whether the minister was behind Gnanasara Thera. Instead, I like…

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Mahinda faction knows the whereabouts of Gnanasara Thera, programme meant to bring Gotabaya to power.

Mahinda faction slinging mud at JHU: Champika Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said today the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction, which was dreaming of making Gotabaya Rajapaksa the leader of the country, were slinging mud at the JHU. He said they were accusing the JHU of hiding Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara thera. The minister said certain media institutions were supporting this mud-slinging campaign against them and recalled that it was mud-slinging by the media institutions which led to the defeat of former…

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Wigneswaran concedes: Reneges on one-month suspension of ministers

Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today conceded to the wishes of TNA Leader, R. Sampanthan and stated that the two Ministers; Balasubramaniam Deniswaran and Dr. Pathmanathan Sathiyalingam who were to be subjected to a fresh probe, need not go on leave until the inquiry is complete. “There was no punitive action taken against the two Ministers concerned. They are entitled to draw their salary and use their vehicles etc. It is in order to give protection to the Witnesses that it was said that they should take leave…

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TNA Leader Sampanthan “Saves”Wigneswaran

By Meera Srinivasan Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will continue in the post following an understanding with Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan, days after a large bloc of governing council members withdrew support. On Monday, the Chief Minister agreed to reverse his controversial directive to two provincial ministers that Mr. Sampanthan had earlier objected to. Following negotiations, Mr. Sampanthan told the Northern Province Governor that the Council members would withdraw their motion of no-confidence. “All’s well that ends well,” the TNA veteran said in a letter…

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Dayan Reveals Gota’s Post-Conflict Homeland Security Plan; Gota And Israel Behind BBS’ Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

Contradicting the pro-Rajapaksa camp’s accusations that the Bodu Bala Sena was created by the then main opposition, the UNP and funded by Norway in order to destabilise the Rajapaksa regime, former Ambassador the Geneva Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka said that it was Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Israeli government which was responsible for it. Speaking at an event held in July 2014 to show solidarity with the Gaza, Jayatilleka said that the Defence Ministry led by the “Pro Israeli younger brother” of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa has encircled the “Pro Palestinian” ideology…

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Wigneswaran in Fighting Mood Planning to Defy TNA- ITAK Leadership by Appointing Four New Provincial Ministers From EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE.

Controversial Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran who has lost the confidence of at least 22 out of 38 Northern provincial councillors is in a fighting mood and is planning to defy the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK)leadership said informed Jaffna sources yesterday. TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan and ITAK president Somasundaram Senathirajah have both requested Wigneswaran to resolve the current political crisis in the Northern provincial council by letting Transport minister Dr. P.Sathiyalingam and Transport minister B.Deneeswaran to continue as provincial ministers and if necessary…

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Sri Lanka Law – ”Provide the vehicle number of the van that abducted you” Police request Journalist Poddala Jayantha

All sri lankans know that the White Van abductions were done by the Sri Lanka’s special force under the instruction of Rajapaksha family members who were ruling Sri Lanka. At that period anyone who opposes the Rajapaksha government were taken in a white van and killed or made to disappear. Sinhala Journalists who respected human rights and Tamil politicians were common victims.  The current President Maithiri was a minister under Rajapaksha and it is not a secret that he knew the killings and kidnappings were done by the government forces with…

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Northern politics in a cauldron ! Signs of Wigneswaran getting ousted !

(Lanka-e-News – 16.June.2017, 10.00PM)  Chief minister of North Wigneswaran who sought to conduct his affairs like  a judge has driven himself into a grave predicament  . The chief minister appointed a committee comprised of  three intellectuals in September last year to probe into the alleged corruption and frauds in Northern provincial council (PC ).That committee which received the approval of the PC was constituted of two retired judges and a retired district secretary. Firstly the accusations were mounted by 16 Northern PC members against four ministers :There were  ten charges…

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Time is running out for ITAK to re-orientate itself to basic fundamentals of Tamil struggle

TamilNet, Saturday, 17 June 2017, 22:30 GMT] The guarantees and promises given so far by R. Sampanthan on crucial matters such as de-militarisation, resettlement, tracing the enforced disappeared, international investigations and on achieving a federal solution have not been materialised. The Eezham Tamils in the North-East are losing faith on Opposition Leader. Instead, the Tamil people look upon Justice Wigneswaran as their leader, said Suresh Premachandran, the leader of the EPRLF, one of the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Three of the four parties comprising the TNA…

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