Gota’s War On Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commitments

By Mangala Samaraweera – Mangala Samaraweera | Finance Minister At a Press Conference on 15 October 2019, Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, dismissed Sri Lanka’s commitments to our citizens on human rights, rule of law, and processes for truth-seeking, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence including Resolution 30/1. He also dismissed the need to address the grievances of families from all parts of our country whose loved ones including security forces personnel are missing. With the arrogance of an authoritarian regent, he remarked that the “people in the North and East have more…

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Brigadier Priyanka Fernando To Face A Fresh Retrial On Friday: ICPPG

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Sri Lankan Diplomat and Former Defence Attaché, will Face a Retrial on 18th October 2019 Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, a Sri Lankan Diplomat and the former Sri Lankan Defence Attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, is to face a fresh trial at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday, 18th October 2019 for threatening to kill the protesters by making repeated slit throat gestures outside the High Commission in London. The incident which forms the basis of the charges against Brigadier Fernando occurred on 4th February…

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EC and bans

Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya is reported to have banned politicians from using the war victory in election related propaganda. The war victory does not belong to any particular political party, he has reportedly said, adding that it belongs to all Sri Lankans alike. What is the law the Polls Chief has invoked to declare the war victory a public property, as it were. Are we to gather that the war victory also belongs to those who opposed the military campaign against the LTTE and ridiculed the armed forces’…

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“Where are they?” and Gotabaya Rajapaksa glibly deny the surrender of hundreds of people before hundreds of witnesses?

Meera Srinivasan, the Hindu correspondent in Sri Lanka, at the first press conference with Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked him what happened to the LTTE cadres and others who surrendered to the army during the last days of war, and who have thereafter disappeared (see full interview here). She raised it in the context of a series of questions posed by the journalists who spoke before her on accountability for war-related human rights abuses and the fate of UN Resolutions co-sponsored by the present government since 2015, in case candidate Rajapaksa…

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‘They are bringing young boys and girls here and shooting them dead’

CID records Rajiv Naganathan’s last words to his mother13 October, 20190 On May 21, 2009 Rajiv Naganathan had made one final call to his mother Sarojini. The 19 -year old Naganathan was abducted on September 17, 2008, one of 11 young boy victims at the centre of an abduction for ransom racket allegedly run by Sri Lanka Navy personnel and busted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Rajiv Naganathan and four of his friends were abducted on their way to celebrate Rajiv’s impending departure to university in the UK. The…

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War victory will not be used for election campaign

Says GR will only speak of polices but national security will remain central topic  Claims SLPP unaware of newspaper advertisement which used Army Commander’s image  GR’s policy statement to be published on 25 Oct.  By Nuwan Senarathna  The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said it would not use the war victory to gain political mileage, with presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa instead set to speak about his policies for addressing existing economic and social issues.  However, they did emphasise that national security would remain at the core of their campaign.  …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to scrap War Crimes inquiry if elected

The UN estimates that some 40,000 people died under Mahinda Rajapaksa, the candidate’s brother. Gotabhaya is the frontrunner in the 16 November election. Colombo (AsiaNews/Agencies) – If elected president of Sri Lanka, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will scrap the inquiry currently underway into war crimes committed under his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime between 2006 and 2009. The presidential election is scheduled for 16 November. Yesterday, at his first press conference after declaring his candidacy, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that he would not continue the investigation into human rights violations perpetrated in the final months of…

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