Rajitha hails Basil’s Jaffna speech: Roadblock to returning occupied land removed

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne yesterday announced that a major obstacle to reconciliation had been removed with a nationalist party making a U-turn to support the government’s return of occupied land in Jaffna. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he welcomed former strongman Minister Basil Rajapaksa who leads the new nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) declaring his full support to end military occupation of privately-owned land. “His statement means that there is no one else who is objecting to the return of land,” Minister Senaratne told reporters at the weekly Cabinet…

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Sri Lanka gets fillip from Basil’s Jaffna visit

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has received an unexpected boost to its ethnic reconciliation efforts from former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political strategist brother Basil. Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne announced at the weekly cabinet press briefing that Basil Rajapaksa had travelled to Jaffna at the weekend and made sweeping statements supporting his brother’s successor Maithripala Sirisena. Basil Rajapaksa, the chief political ideologue of the former regime, announced the support of his new party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP), to ending military occupation of privately-owned land in the former war zone.…

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‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu’

REPORT: ‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu’  The full report can be read here.  Executive Summary Two years after the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 30/1 and six months after it renewed its commitments in HRC Resolution 34/1, the Sri Lankan government has continued to fail to fulfil its pledges to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. A key commitment made in the HRC resolutions and a critical component of the conversation around transitional justice is meaningful security sector reform. Despite calls by numerous international…

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British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1

http://tamilguardian.com/content/british-mps-call-speedier-implementation-unhrc-resolution-301 British MPs call for speedier implementation of UNHRC … tamilguardian.com British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments … British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1  British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments set out in the council resolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka two years ago.…

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