Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna  A Tamil journalist was attacked in Jaffna on Friday while she was riding her motorcycle home. Sumithi Thangarasa, a freelance journalist, said she was on her way home from the temple when she noticed she was being followed by an unknown person on another motorcycle. She attempted to swerve her vehicle away when she noticed the attacker was attempting to crash into her, but the attacker followed and crashed into her and threatened her verbally before fleeing the scene. Sumithi said she had suffered shock…

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Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mangala claims to have halted UN investigation and saved Rajapaksa  Sri Lanka’s finance minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from facing trial at an international tribunal. “Our country was marked as a blood stain on the world map,” said Samaraweera. “We were accused of violating human rights in the war. An international investigation was to be held even without our involvement.” “The UN halted the international investigations on…

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Scotland’s police cancel Sri Lankan police visit following pressure from Tamil activists

Scotland’s police announced a last minute cancellation of a visit by a contingent of Sri Lankan policemen to the UK, which was scheduled for this month, following pressure from Tamil activists. The Sri Lankan contingent, which included controversial head of the Sri Lanka Police IGP Pujith Jayasundara, were due to visit for a training program. However, on Friday night the Foreign Office said “plans for the delegation have changed and the visit is now no longer going ahead next week”. The Scotsman reports that the cancellation came following pressure from Tamil…

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Only 30% of Mannar mass grave excavated – Prof. Somadeva

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Professor Raj Somadeva, who is in charge of the Mannar mass grave excavation, told Ceylon Today, that thus far only 30 per cent of the excavation has been carried out and that he and his team would be working on the site for another month or so. Looking at the edges of the pit, he speculated that there were more skeletal remains. “There are more skeletons buried,” he noted. As of now, the team has unearthed 148 human skeletons out of which 17 were underage children,…

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Parties that were together at 2015 Presidential Polls should forge ahead Sumanthiran

There is consensus on power devolution at Steering Committee Three tier of governance proposed  We still have hope on constitution making process Once the elections come, we will sit together and decide on our teams  We never discussed the 13th Amendment   Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in an interview with Daily mirror , speaks about the current status of the Constitution-making process and future politics. He shared the following: Q How do you look at the current status of politics? Well, there was a change in 2015. There were…

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“Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Has Disqualified Himself From Being Re-nominated b y Campaigning Against His Own Party At The Parliamentary and Local Govt elections” Says MA Sumanthiran MP in Interview

“Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Has Disqualified Himself From Being Re-nominated b y Campaigning Against His Own Party At The Parliamentary and Local Govt elections” Says MA Sumanthiran MP in Interview By Kelum Bandara Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in an interview with Daily mirror , speaks about the current status of the Constitution-making process and future politics. He shared the following: Q How do you look at the current status of politics? A; Well, there was a change in 2015. There were a lot of expectations. Initially, though the 100-day programme did not finish…

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MAP Calls For Independent Evidence-Gathering Mechanism For Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) called for the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent evidence-gathering mechanism for Sri Lanka with a similar mandate to those on Syria and now Myanmar. The organization made this request in light of the Sri Lankan government’s continued delaying tactics in setting up an accountability mechanism for the country. “Looking ahead to the HRC’s 40th Session in March 2019—when the question of Sri Lanka’s compliance is back on the agenda—a fresh approach is needed. And, fortuitously perhaps, recent events at the Council…

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