UK Labour Party manifesto pledges to protect human rights of SL minorities

The election manifesto of United Kingdom’s Labour Party has featured Sri Lanka and promised the protection of human rights of Tamil and Muslim populations in the island nation. The Labour Party’s manifesto, aimed at securing the victory of UK’s general election in December, was launched two days ago. Many foreign media had tagged the manifesto as ‘radical’ and ‘ambitious’. The Labour Party has made a pledge that, if elected, it will “work through the UN and the Commonwealth to insist on the protection of human rights for Sri Lanka’s minority…

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Tamil street name boards vandalised at multiple locations

Tamil street name boards have been found vandalised at multiple locations in the country. The Tamil name boards have been damaged or removed by unidentified persons following the Presidential election. One such name board had been vandalised in Panadura while another had been found removed at another location. Images of the damage caused to these name boards have been circulated on social media. Former Minister of National Integration and Official Languages Mano Ganesan tweeted saying some of the incidents seem to involve mischief makers. “Beginning of another dark era? Or…

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Mr President! Veer Away From The Previous ‘Rajapaksa Racist-Corrupt’ Legacy!

By Lakmal Harischandra – Lakmal Harischandra When President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) delivered his inaugural speech in Anuradhapura, he acknowledged that it was the Sinhala Buddhist people who brought him to power while making a reference to the Tamils and Muslims who did not respond before the elections, to his appeal to join in his victory march. However, he stressed that he will be President of all and not just the Sinhalese. If past is anything to go by, and judging by the people around him ,how sincere GR is about this statement, is both…

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Solution that meets aspirations of Tamil population for equality, justice, peace & dignity?

Indian Foreign Minister Jaishanker Conveys New Delhi’s Expectation that “SL govt will take forward the process of national reconciliation to arrive at a solution that meets aspirations of Tamil population for equality, justice, peace & dignity” India has expressed the hope that Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will pursue national reconciliation in a meaningful manner. “Indian external affairs min conveyed (to Sri Lankan Prez @gotabayaR) about India’s expectations that SL govt will take forward the process of national reconciliation to arrive at a solution that meets aspirations of…

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as the Minister of Buddha Sasana……

New Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Takes Charge of Several Portfolios Including Finance, Buddhist Affairs, Urban and Housing Development in Interim Cabinet; Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardene, Chamal Rajapaksa Agriculture and Mahaweli Minister; Nimal Siripala de Silva – Justice and Human Rights Minister;Arumugan Thondaman – Estate Infrastructure Minister; Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda. Posted by Administrator on 21 November 2019, 11:35 pm Fifteen ministers were sworn in before President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa this morning at the Presidential Secretariat.Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as the Minister of Defense, Public Security, Law and Order, Finance, Economic Affairs, Policy Development,…

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Shani Abeysekara, till that day the Director of the CID, was demoted as a personal assistant to a DIG, one of the lowest ranks in the Police force. Abeysekara was in charge of cases involving the Rajapaksas, including the murders of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Thajudeen and the disappearance of Eknaligoda.

Six Days in November After The Swearing in of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka Posted by Administrator on 24 November 2019, 12:40 am By Sanjana Hattotuwa The day after the 7th President was sworn into office, racism celebrated a new birth on Facebook. Across many pages that played a key role in President’s electoral bid, the message was simple and clear. Sri Lanka was for Sinhalese Buddhists only, and his victory ensured the country would remain thus. All Tamils were labelled terrorists. An electoral map of districts that…

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Milinda reiterates call to abolish Provincial Councils

Milinda Moragoda, Founder of the Pathfinder Foundation and former Cabinet Minister, in a statement called on the new Government to refrain from holding Provincial Council elections prior to the parliamentary elections. He suggested that the Government should, as part of the expected Constitutional overhaul, seek to mobilize the necessary two-thirds majority to repeal the 13th Amendment and thereby abolish the Provincial Council system at the conclusion of parliamentary elections. Moragoda reiterated his earlier proposal that the Provincial Councils should be abolished and power directly devolved to empowered and reconfigured local,…

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Vaiko to lead protest against Gotabaya’s visit

MDMK General Secretary Vaiko on Saturday said he will lead a demonstration in New Delhi on November 28, against newly elected Sri Lakan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s visit to the country, the Hindu reported. Mr. Vaiko alleged that Mr. Rajapaksa was, in his capacity as Defence Minister in then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Cabinet, during the Sri Lankan civil war.

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Entire UNP leadership at fault for recent defeat : Mano

The entire UNP leadership is at fault for the defeat in the presidential elections as the party did not have a strategy and plan to attract more Buddhist votes at the election, a former minister said yesterday. Former Minister and Leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Mano Ganesan told Daily Mirror that he will not point his finger at the UNP leader alone but would blame the entire party hierarchy for the failure to attract more votes from the majority community. “It’s not only Ranil Wickremesinghe but the UNP…

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