Tamil Diaspora Calls on UNHRC Member States to Pass New Resolution on Sri LankaVictim Community Endorses strong recommendations of High Commissioner Bachelet

Tamil Diaspora Calls on UNHRC Member States to Pass New Resolution on Sri Lanka Victim Community Endorses strong recommendations of High Commissioner Bachelet  GENEVA – February 02, 2021: We, members of the Tamil diaspora spread across the world call on the states gathered to deliberate at the 46th Human Rights Council session to pass a new resolution on Sri Lanka following the recommendations laid out in the January 2021 report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The report clearly confirms that, in the twelve years since the end of…

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Sri Lanka govt ‘aggressively attacking efforts’ to address rights abuses

Sri Lanka govt ‘aggressively attacking efforts’ to address rights abusesLiCAS.news reporterFebruary 2, 2021https://www.licas.news/2021/02/02/sri-lanka-govt-aggressively-attacking-efforts-to-address-rights-abuses/?utm_source=LiCAS.news&utm_campaign=4cb659a22c-LiCAS.news+International+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_273995a56b-4cb659a22c-356297652Sri Lanka’s government is aggressively attacking efforts to hold officials to account for past grave abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a new report.The 93-page report, “Open Wounds and Mounting Dangers: Blocking Accountability for Grave Abuses in Sri Lanka,” examines efforts by the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to thwart justice in seven prominent human rights cases.The report released Feb. 1 describes the current context of government repression of activists, journalists, lawyers, and the families of…

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Despite Armed Brutal STF Crackdown in Sri Lanka – Tamil’s Walk For Justice Begins in the East and will End In the North

Hundreds are joining despite road blocks, harassments and intimidation by heavily armed Brutal Special Task Force (STF)One of the Request is Urging UN to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC) For War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide Committed Against Tamil People By the Sri Lankan State”— Tamil Civil Society ForumBATTICALOA, SRI LANKA, February 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Despite heavily armed brutal Special Task Force (STF) crackdown, Tamil’s Walk for Justice Began in the Eastern town of Pothuvil and end in the Northern town of Polihandi. Hundreds are…

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Pottuvil to Polikandi – Tamils brave crackdown to begin marching length of homeland

Tamils in the North-East have started a massive protest march, mobilising around demands for the United Nations and international community to heed Tamil calls for justice and accountability. The walk for justice has been named after its route from ‘Pottuvil to Polikandi’, delineating the two furthest ends of the traditional Tamil homeland, from Pottuvil in Amparai in the south, to Polikandi in Point Pedro at the northern tip. https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/pottuvil-polikandi-tamils-brave-crackdown-begin-marching-length-homeland more

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Pottuvil to Polikandi – Tamils brave crackdown to begin marching length of homeland

Tamils in the North-East have started a massive protest march, mobilising around demands for the United Nations and international community to heed Tamil calls for justice and accountability. The walk for justice has been named after its route from ‘Pottuvil to Polikandi’, delineating the two furthest ends of the traditional Tamil homeland, from Pottuvil in Amparai in the south, to Polikandi in Point Pedro at the northern tip. more

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Sri Lanka Tamils march to protest deaths, disappearances

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of ethnic Tamils began a four-day protest march from eastern to northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday to demand justice for civilians killed and forcibly disappeared during the country’s civil war, allegedly at the hands of the government’s military. Politicians, civil and religious leaders on foot and in cars joined the march, which is also protesting alleged plans by the government to change the demography of the traditional Tamil heartland by settling majority Sinhalese there and taking over private lands. Sri Lanka marks its 73th anniversary…

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Govt. decides to reject UN rights chief’s report on Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to reject the report compiled by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, says Minister Udaya Gammanpila. He said Sri Lanka’s response to the report, which has already been submitted in writing, will be made public when Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena addresses the UN Human Rights Council. The government decided to reject the report as it has been prepared in violation of the mandates given through resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 of the UN…

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Cabinet decision on ECT irreversible, SLPA can take over SAGT-Wimal

By Shamindra Ferdinando National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP, yesterday (2) said that the party that controlled the East Container Terminal (ECT) would be in a position to take over the neighbouring South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) in a couple of years in terms of an agreement between the government and Sri Lanka’s first public-private container terminal. The SAGT operation was launched in 1999 during President Kumaratunga’s tenure at the height of the war. The Board of Investment flagship SAGT consists of approximately 60% Sri Lankan shareholding, and…

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Why Sri Lanka pushed India out of Colombo terminal project

After the strong opposition from trade unions across the country, the Sri Lankan government was forced to renege on a 2019 agreement with India and Japan to develop the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port. After Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement that the operation of the east terminal would be done by Sri Lanka Ports Authority on its own, a cabinet meeting approved a proposal to develop the West Terminal at the Colombo Port as a Public Private Partnership with India and Japan, which was seen as…

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Russia reiterates its support for SL

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, said, in Moscow, Russia maintained political contacts, including at the highest and high levels, and cooperate productively on the international arena, at the UN and other multilateral platforms. The following is the Russian statement on Sri Lanka Independence Day, tomorrow (4): “The friendly people of Sri Lanka have come a long way in the fight first against Portugal, then Dutch and British colonisers. The island nation gained freedom in 1948 after more than a century of British colonial rule. “Modern Sri Lanka enjoys well-deserved…

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Demonstration launched in Pottuvil demanding justice

A demonstration was launched in Pottuvil today demanding justice for the Tamil speaking people. The three-day demonstration is being carried out from Pottuvil in Ampara to Polikandy in Jaffna jointly by Tamil political parties, civil organizations, and civil society members. Tamil National Alliance MP M. A. Sumanthiran said the demonstration will continue till Saturday (06). He further said it is to raise awareness on the Government’s continuous restrictions imposed on the minorities, illegal acquirement of lands belonging to the people in the North and East, urging the release of Tamil…

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India reiterates call for full implementation of 13th Amendment

India today reiterated calls for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K Jacob today met with Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, Hakeem evaluated India’s gesture of early supply of Covid vaccines to Sri Lanka. Both sides also discussed matters pertaining to economic, financial and development cooperation opportunities. The High Commission said that Hakeem shared his assessment about the challenges facing the Muslim community in recent times. He also briefed about the issues involved in the forthcoming UNHRC session beginning…

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Plan To Strip Political Opponents Of Civic Rights – Special PCoI Appointed

President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a giant leap towards dictatorship for life on Sunday, January 31, 2021 appointing a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry (SPCoI) to determine whether politicians and public servants implicated by his Political Victimisation Commission should lose their civic rights. A gazette extraordinary, dated January 29, 2021 established the Special PCoI which to take the Political Victimization Commission to the next level of persecution against Nandasena Rajapaksa’s political opponents. The Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry will be chaired by Supreme Court Justice Dhammika Samarakoon and will also comprise SC Justice Kumuduni…

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Burmese Coup A Red Flag For Sri Lanka

By Kumar David – Prof. Kuma David Aung San Suu Kyi bears part of the responsibility for this umpteenth coup in Burma (now also known as Myanmar). She danced with the wolves, shut her eyes to genocide of Rohingya Muslims, and was a party to an attempt to fool the people about tinsel constitutionality. It is heartless to skewer her at this moment when the military has again trampled Burma with leaden boots. But now it is not about tender feelings for the lady. It is about drawing the right lessons from these appalling events.…

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‘Gota Can Roll It And Shove It’ – JVP Leader Lambastes Political Victimization PCoI Report

President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the target of a blistering tongue-lashing by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake this week about the executive’s flagrantly despotic plans to unseat critics from Parliament and strip them of their civic rights through what he called a ‘Kangaroo Court’. President Rajapaksa’s tainted Commission to investigate claims of political victimization was really an attempt to give immunity to the perpetrators of true acts of political vengeance, Dissanayake told supporters at a meeting at the National Library auditorium on Tuesday (2). The seminar was titled “Kakkille Komisama”. “Who killed Lasantha Wickrematunge?…

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Sri Lankan Cabinet Unanimously Decides to Abrogate Tripartite Agreement With India and Japan

Meera Srinivasan Reneging on a 2019 agreement with India and Japan, Sri Lanka has decided to develop the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port on its own. The Sri Lankan government would instead offer the West Container Terminal to India for possible investments, a senior government source told The Hindu. The decision was taken at Monday’s Cabinet meeting helmed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, when members “unanimously” agreed to proposals submitted by the Minister of Ports and Shipping, the source said. It comes amid mounting pressure from Port…

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Govt. turned SL into battle field of super powers

The Government has turned Sri Lanka into a battlefield of global superpowers through ineffective handling of its Foreign Policy, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) said today. SJB MP and Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella told a press conference that the government had prompted that situation with regard to handling of the Eastern Terminal issue. “Eleven heads of state who had governed this country since independence including Late Prime Ministers- D. S. Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake and S. W. R. D Bandaranaike, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Late Presidents J. R. Jayewardene, R. Premadasa and D.…

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