Abduction suspects conspire at Welisara Navy camp party

WHA group, who are suspects in the abduction of 11 persons during 2008-2010 for extortion, organized a party at the Welisara Navy camp on March 23. They were D.K.P. Dassanayake, Mapa Bandara and Ranasinghe. Participants included lawyers in the related court case Asith Siriwardena, Rasika Balasuriya and ‘Divaina’ journalist Saman Gamage. The defendants’ call to remove the CID from the investigation was rejected by the court. At the party, it was discussed how to get that done by transferring CID officers. One participant said the most suitable person would be…

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The President, has residuary executive powers which every Head of State possesses.

By DR WICKRAMABAHU With the noise of the no confidence motion against the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe the issue of the powers of the president came under debate again. Comrade Jayampathi of course believes that he has put the final nails on the coffin of this issue. Strangely, things happened recently that made the yahapalana democratic movement to demand that presidency, even with the 19th amendment, is an unwanted burden hence it should be removed with a separate amendment for that purpose. However those who want to continue with presidential system,…

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Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: From Denial to Delay

The government of Sri Lanka has over promised and under delivered when it comes to transitional justice. At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting the High Commissioner’s report on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, Gilmore stated that in absence of willingness by the government to tackle impunity and gross violations of human rights, the High Commissioner’s office…

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When the uneducated Sinhala Buddhists are…. Nourished on a diet of myths and ‘infertility pills’

“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumour; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration.”  -Gautama Buddha (Kalama Sutta)The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry A group of doctors recently broached the topic and ruled out the existence of such infertility pills anywhere in the world General public doesn’t think…

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UNHRC presents two tough choices to Sri Lanka

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The warning from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is simple and stark. Institute “a special court to check on the alleged war crimes or face universal jurisdiction.” The terse warning issued in Geneva at the periodic review of progress with regard to alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka means that this country has to begin a legal process of trying people who are alleged to have committed war crimes during the separatist war or open the country’s people to arrest and prosecution in…

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Political leaders of Mahinda’s SLPP Party was involved in riots against Muslims but NO action will be taken against them

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-clashes-insight/police-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lankas-anti-muslim-riots-idUSKBN1H102Q KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters. Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy, the central highlands district previously known for its diversity and tolerance. The government declared a state of emergency and blocked social media platforms for a week to control the unrest. The role of…

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No change in the post of Prime Minister – Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says there will be no change in the post of Prime Minister. The former President expressed these views, responding to questions raised by journalists. Meanwhile, MP Ananda Aluthgamage stated that despite the shortcomings in the party, that he will vote against the no- confidence motion. On March 21, the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament by MPs representing the Joint Opposition. Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Former…

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