Trump administration to push new Sri Lankan Government on human rights issue

The Trump administration says it will push the new Sri Lankan Government on the human rights issue. The United States today said that progress on some commitments has been slow or stalled, including on constitutional reform, replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act, establishing a truth and reconciliation commission, and creating a credible judicial mechanism to ensure accountability for past crimes. US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G. Wells told the House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation today that the US has publicly voiced…

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Parliamentary Select Committee Report Notes that the Spread of Wahhabism and Arabization of Kattankudy Contributed to the Growth of Extremism in the Islamic community Against the Backdrop of Increasing Levels of Islamophobia

By Saman Indrajith The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), which probed the Easter Sunday carnage, has, in its report, held the State Intelligence Service (SIS) responsible for bungling, which enabled terrorists to kill 270 persons on 21 April 2019. Chairman of the Committee Deputy Speaker Ananada Kumarasiri said that if the SIS Chief Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena had conveyed the intelligence warnings it had received from foreign and local sources to the defence authorities, the disaster could have been averted, or at least mitigated. “For example, one of the suicide bombers…

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Top Sri Lankan Navy Commanders Complicit In Serious Crimes: ITJP

The International Truth and Justice Project has called for a review of all naval cooperation with Sri Lanka after it found a large number of top Sri Lankan navy commanders were complicit in torture, disappearance and murder that occurred inside naval sites from at least 2008-14.  “The Sri Lankan Navy: Turning a Collective Blind Eye”, published by the ITJP, compared documents from a decade long police investigation inside Sri Lanka into the disappearance of 11 men in the Trincomalee naval base, with eyewitness testimony from survivors and insider witnesses. It identifies…

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Unilateral Withdrawal From Geneva Commitments Can Be Costly

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera With the election campaigns for the presidential election in full swing, the candidates are making a wide range of promises to an electorate that has not become cynical enough not to hope again that these might be kept. The promises are mostly with regard to the economic benefits that people can reasonably expect from a government that has their interests at heart, and include economic development, employment opportunities and subsidies. According to the World Bank, which recently promoted Sri Lanka to the status of an upper…

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Political battle of two Southern sons

As sons of the Southern soil contest shoulder to shoulder as the main contenders of the upcoming presidential election, the voters of the Southern Province are in a dilemma as to which one would be a better leader. While they discounted efforts of other contestants as foolish endeavours to grab votes from the two “true competitors”, their racial and religious sentiments seemed to play a vital role in the decision of selecting the future president. Fake news, spread through social media and television channels seemed to permeate the perception of…

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An election dilemma in Sri Lanka

Progressives are united against having a Rajapaksa as President but divided over Premadasa’s abilities https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/an-election-dilemma-in-sri-lanka/article29779146.ece In less than a month, over 15 million voters in Sri Lanka will have a say in the country’s presidential election. A total of 35 candidates are in the fray, but the principal contest is between Gotabaya Rajapaksa of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and Sajith Premadasa of the United National Party (UNP). Two other prominent candidates — the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake and civil society group-backed former Army commander General Mahesh Senanayake…

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Lankan stabbed to death in South Korea

A fight between two groups of Sri Lankan migrant workers in South Korea left one dead and two injured on Tuesday night (22) in Sacheon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, the Sri Lankan mission in South Korea confirmed. The brawl which led to the stabbing took place between two groups of Sri Lankan workers, believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. Sources said that the fight was in retaliation to another fight which took place on October 19. Those who were involved have already been arrested…

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Left turns right, backs Sajith

The United Left Front (ULF), yesterday, decided to back the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajith Premadasa contesting the Nov 16 presidential election under the Swan symbol. Political sources said that 30 members of ULF Central Committee backed the decision whereas 24 opposed it. Two CC members abstained. Their original decision was to back JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake backed by the National People’s Power (NPP) movement. In the wake of the ULF changing its stance, its Secretary attorney-at-law Lal Wijenayake quit. Wijenayake was succeeded by Keerthi Kariyawasam, a former…

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Five Party Document signed by Five Parties, on the initiatives of Jaffna University and Eastern University..

This is the Five Party Document signed by Five Parties, on the initiatives of Jaffna University and Eastern University.. Having realised that the final solution to the longstanding Tamil Ethnic issue, which has remained in the Island of Sri Lanka as an unresolved National Question for several decades and been the cause for the war which extended for over three decades, would be the 1. Acceptance of the political aspirations of the Tamil Nation;2. Recognition of the merged Northern and Eastern Provinces as the historical habitat and the traditional homelands…

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TGTE Condemns Fake LTTE Threat Arrest – Urges Malaysia to Respect Human Rights!

U.S. Supreme Court in 2010: No legal impediment for a citizen being a member of the LTTE or vigorously promoting and supporting the political goals of the LTTE.U.S. State Department observed in a 19 Sept. 2018 report, “There has been no known attack in Sri Lanka attributed to the LTTE group since 2009.”— Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, October 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam [TGTE] condemns the arrests of G. Saminathan and P. Gunasekaran, both members of the state…

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