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TRIAL OF JOHN KOTELAWALA (Snr) AND TWO OTHERS
Published Date: 23/09/2018 (Sunday)
There were several families that made a fortune in the latter part of the 19th Century. Mudliar D. P. Attygalle of Madapath, Piliyandala was one such person who amassed enormous wealth. In addition to huge tracts of coconut land he also owned several plumbago mines, namely Kahatagaha Mines and Maduragoda Pits. Plumbago was in great demand at that time, and tons of it were shipped to England for the manufacture of pencils etc. There were no ball point pens then.
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Overzealous investigations into military affairs counter productive to transitional justice At the Cabinet meeting, the President raised concerns about the prolonged detention without trial of military officers. He was equally livid that he as the Commander-In-Chief of the tri-forces was not informed of the impending arrest of the Chief of Defence Staff
Published Date: 22/09/2018 (Saturday)
Last Thursday, barely 48 hours after the regular Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. The reason for this hush-hush meeting (The President repeatedly urged his ministers not to divulge the substance to the media) was the impending arrest of the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne by the CID. Admiral Wijegunaratne was accused of aiding a former officer of the naval intelligence
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Soldiers and Tamil prisoners not equal: Sumanthiran
Published Date: 22/09/2018 (Saturday)
In reference to the request by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to grant a general amnesty to the LTTE cadres and military personnel involved in war-related crimes, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that the two groups could not be equated at all. Making his remarks on this matter, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that Tamil political prisoners had been arrested and held up for long years.
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Transitional justice Efforts in Sri Lanka Fall Short
Published Date: 22/09/2018 (Saturday)
Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
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The UN Is Under Siege, So Where Is the Secretary-General?
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
Was it only two years ago that so many people were elated by the appointment of António Guterres as secretary-general of the United Nations? After public debates organized by the president of the General Assembly and informal ones by the 1-for-7-Billion “Find the Best UN Leader” coalition, he emerged as the top candidate in the Security Council’s five straw polls. Civic and government groups alike emitted a huge
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Unsilenced: Male Rape by the Sri Lankan Security Forces
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
The latest report titled Unsilenced, released by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) on September 19, makes for grim reading. The report addresses a form of torture that is rarely spoken about despite being widely practiced – sexual violence against men caught up in conflicts. The report is by Dr. Heleen Touquet, a researcher and an assistant professor at the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
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Written statement* submitted by the Jeunesse Etudiante Tamoule, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
Northern Provincial Council Resolution Calling upon the UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC, and Calling for UN Monitored Referendum for the Political Preference of the Tamil Speaking People**
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Sri Lanka: Daunting Challenges Facing The New UN High Commissioner For Human Rights
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
The unanimous approval of 66 year old Michelle Bachelet by the United Nations to take charge of the Human Rights Council from September 2018 confirms her unquestionable eligibility and credentials to run this prestigious office which was set up in 1993 to uphold and protect human rights throughout the world.
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ADB technical aid to make Sri Lankan cities more liveable
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will give a 10 million dollar technical assistance loan for a facility to improve the design and implementation of urban projects in Sri Lanka to make cities more liveable, a statement said. “Urban projects are complex and require meticulous and significant preparation time to ensure they deliver their intended development impacts,” Senior Urban Development Specialist Ron Slangen said.
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Do we need a counter terrorism law that will target mainly Sri Lanka’s Sinhala extremists?
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
"We have grown accustomed to war that we do not see it as the barbarism, the absurdity, the bestiality, the outrage to all civilized values, the savagery, the human catastrophe that it really is." Professor C G Weeramantry- Judge of the International Court of Justice. Do we need a Counter Terrorism Law in Sri Lanka, is a question that I wish to raise. Do we in this
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UNHRC puts Sri Lanka’s rights record back in the spotlight
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has put Sri Lanka in the spotlight once again despite Sri Lanka not being on the agenda. The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet raised concerns on Sri Lanka in her first speech to the council.
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No ethnic problem in Sri Lanka – Prof. Channa Jayasumana tells UNHRC
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
Professor Channa Jayasumana says that the mythical history created by racists in Sri Lanka has led to violation of human right in all Sri Lankans. “The Tamil Vellalar leaders aspired to be the leaders of the country under the auspices of the British. In 1931 the British introduced universal franchise and the Vellalar leaders found that they could not become the leaders of Sri Lanka.”
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The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos & gave the world Amazon
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s.
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Sri Lanka Rupee fell by over 2201% against US Dollar in a 41 year history from 1977-2018
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Rupee has fallen by over 2201% against US Dollar in a 41 year history since the economy was opened to the globe in 1977, the analysts notes. Accordingly as at January 1st 1977 US Dollar exchange rate in terms of Sri Lankan Rupees stood at Rs. 7.27 levels whilst as at 19th September 2018 nearly 41 year history US Dollar had appreciated making Sri Lankans pay over Rs. 167.4125 (Central Bank announced Telegraphic Transfer Rate as 19 September 2018) for a US Dollar.
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Seychelles: A gateway to East Africa for security and economic interests of India and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
When Danny Faure took over as the President of Seychelles one of his first visits was to India. For India, Seychelles though a small island nation holds significant importance. The reasons for this are manifold, due to its geographical setting it serves as a crucial maritime gateway connecting the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka with East Africa through the Indian Ocean and thereby helps in expanding the diplomatic and security policy of these countries beyond their immediate neighborhood. During the June visit in 2018 between the
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Chagie: I’m designated as a ‘war criminal’
Published Date: 19/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Gajaba was engraved in golden letters of the annals of the history of the Sri Lanka Army, if not in the history of Sri Lanka … and I’m certain it will never to be reversed by any. "So, I’m happy to be retired being a tiny particle of that proud chapter of the history, though designated as a ‘War Criminal."
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Q Branch police question ‘LTTE member’
Published Date: 18/09/2018 (Tuesday)
Q Branch police have quizzed a suspected militant of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who was part of a gang, which indulged in unlawful activities in Tamil Nadu in 2015 in a bid to revive the organisation. Q Branch police officials said C. Kumar alias Murugan alias Udyakumar, 37, hailing from
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War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?
Published Date: 18/09/2018 (Tuesday)
This piece responds to ‘In Defence of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka’, a report published by the the Global Sri Lanka Forum that appraises a report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka. “The international community] wants Sri Lanka’s armed forces to face up to the stain on their reputation, so that they can once again play a constructive role in international peace-keeping operations, and command the full respect that so many of their members deserve.
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Sri Lanka Apparently Target of an Undeclared War
Published Date: 17/09/2018 (Monday)
In June this year, announcing U.S. withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Ambassador Niki Haley said, "We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights."
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Sri Lanka: Wartime ministers admit to military executing surrendered Tamils (VIDEO)
Published Date: 16/09/2018 (Sunday)
Ministers from the Rajapaksa administration acknowledged that rebels and civilians were killed after they surrendered to the military in the final days of the government assault against Tamil Tigers. Tamil war victims as well as global rights watchdogs including the UN has been calling for an independent investigation with international participation to determine the fate of tens of thousands who handed themselves over to the military at the end of the war in May 2009.
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Mahinda establishes rapport with Modi, "visibly" makes up with India
Published Date: 16/09/2018 (Sunday)
Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s private visit to New Delhi last week has helped him establish a "personal rapport" with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his confidant Prof GL Peiris told the Sunday Island here. At a dinner at Le Meridien Dr Subramanian Swamy, India’s ruling BJP MP, hosted for his guest Rajapaksa and his team on Thursday night, Peiris told this correspondent: "Mr
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Sri Lanka seeks UN reprieve over war crimes probe
Published Date: 15/09/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's president said Friday (Sep 14) that he wants the United Nations to drop its demand for state accountability over the alleged killing of some 40,000 Tamil civilians by government forces during a brutal civil war. Maithripala Sirisena told local editors in Colombo that he will ask the UN General Assembly to allow Sri Lanka to "amicably resolve" war crime allegations against the majority Sinhalese
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Human Rights Council holds high-level panel on the seventieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Published Date: 15/09/2018 (Saturday)
The Human Rights Council this morning held a high-level panel on the seventieth anniversary on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Vojislav Šuc, President of the Human Rights Council, said that the seventieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted on 9 December 1948 and succeeded by the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the next day, was an important opportunity for Member States and the international community to reaffirm the significance of the Convention and continue their efforts to
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Suppression of Buddhists in N-E: Govt. not keen to curb situation: Nalaka Thera
Published Date: 14/09/2018 (Friday)
The government is not taking action over the recent protests carried out by a group of Tamil politicians and some Muslim extremists in the North against a move to build an archeological office at the Kurundankulama Asokaramaya in Mullaitivu, National Rights Organization President Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera alleged today. Addressing a news briefing, he said Kurundankulama Asokaramaya was an ancient Buddhist temple with archeological value.
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Admiral Wijegunaratne’s involvement with murder suspect: TNA alleges President interfered in CID probe TNA admits Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi not ‘Navy Sampath’
Published Date: 14/09/2018 (Friday)
Continuing controversy over Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne, wanted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with allegedly aiding and abetting Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a suspect in two major wartime cases, leaving for Mexico on Sept. 10 has taken a dramatic turn with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding that the entire range of accountability issues here should be subjected to international judicial process.
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