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News: It’s Govt.’s weakness: Gota
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said it was the weakness of the government to keep thrusting itself upon the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka when the US, which co-sponsored the resolution, had detached itself from it. Mr. Rajapaksa said the government should utilize the opportunities in the international arena especially the change of administration in the US.
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News: Prez urged to examine Geneva process afresh to avert catastrophe
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
The Federation of National Organizations (FNO) wants the government to commission an ‘official assessment’ on OISL (OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka) in the wake of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe ruling out foreign judges in the proposed judicial mechanism in line with Geneva Resolution 30/1. Attorney-at-law Dharshan Weerasekera on behalf of the FNO has produced a comprehensive report titled ‘A factual appraisal of the OISL report: A rebuttal to the allegations against the armed forces’ in the absence of such an official initiative.
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News: Govt speaks with fork tongues on Geneva resolution - GL
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday that statements by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on bringing foreign judges to conduct international war crimes probe here were contradictory to each other. Addressing the media at Vajirashrama temple in Punchi Borella, Prof. Peiris said President Maithripala Sirisena had declared on several occasions that his government would not allow foreign judges for the war crimes probe and vowed to protect war heroes.
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News: Security Forces in Sri Lanka Continue to Operate With Impunity’ - Yasmin Sooka
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
Yasmin Louise Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) spoke to ‘The Wire’ about Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, the sequencing of judicial mechanisms for the same and the role other countries can play. Yasmin Sooka is regarded as a leading human rights lawyer, activist and an international expert in the fields of transitional justice, gender and international war crimes. She previously served on the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka.
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News: EU asks for ‘concrete’ HR progress ahead of GSP+
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
The European Union has underscored the importance of the Sri Lankan Government achieving “prompt and concrete” progress on human rights ahead of the decision on GSP+ expected in May, the EU said in a statement yesterday. Both sides released a joint press statement following the meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, which kicked off on Monday.
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News: TGTE’s Response to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s Address to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
The TGTE’s response to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister’s address to the 34th Session of the HRC states that the reason for the failure of the nation building acknowledged by the Foreign Minister was the rigid ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lanka state. The Response cites the failure of previous accords between the Tamils and successive Sri Lankan Governments and the opposition to or non-implementation of various commissions to inhibit impunity of the Sri Lankan armed forces as examples of this truism.
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Photos: Sri Lanka: A dream of becoming India’s Hong Kong
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Is The New Constitution A New Con?
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Can foreign judges et al be avoided? Debate over Geneva Resolution 30/1
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Poverty has Fallen in Sri Lanka but Fiscal, Growth, and Inclusion Challenges Need to Be Tackled to Sustain Progress
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Sri Lanka Poverty and Welfare: Recent Progress and Remaining Challenges
Posted Date: 15/03/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Actions by armed forces during periods of armed conflict, within the meaning of international humanitarian law, may constitute ‘terrorist acts’
Posted Date: 14/03/2017 (Tuesday)
According to the Netherlands authorities, A, B, C and D were involved in collecting funds for the ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’ (‘the LTTE’), an entity which fought a civil war against the Sri Lankan Government with a view to creating an independent State for the Tamil people in the north and east of Sri Lanka and which has been categorised as a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the EU for approximately 10 years. Pursuant to a piece of Netherlands legislation implementing Resolution 1373 (2001) of the United Nations Security Council, the Netherlands authorities placed A, B, C and D among the persons subject to restrictive measures with a view to combating terrorism. As a result of that designation, their financial resources were frozen. In that context, the Netherlands authorities concluded that the LTTE was a terrorist group. That conclusion took into account an implementing regulation of the Council of the European Union of 2010, which maintained the LTTE on a list of groups involved in terrorist activities and subject to restrictive measures.1
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News: Govt. won't rush into political reforms: PM
Posted Date: 14/03/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that he and President Maithripala Sirisena will have to go slow when bringing about political reforms and should achieve it through an ongoing dialogue. The Prime Minister made this remark at a programme held to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution in Colombo last evening.
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News: Sixth Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution: Contradictory, Incoherent and Unconstitutional – Dr. Barbara Jackman
Posted Date: 14/03/2017 (Tuesday)
At the International Conference held on Thursday March 9th at the Delta Hotel in Toronto Dr. Barbara Louise Jackman a highly respected authority in immigration and refugee law, with particular emphasis on cases involving national security, domestic and international human rights issues, torture, and the rights and protections afforded by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Canada’s responsibilities under international treaties, described the 6th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution as a “schizophrenic clause with internal contradictions and an open violation of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. She pointed out that the amendment is not limited to Sri Lankan citizens but to “anyone” meaning that even a Canadian or British citizen will have his/her properties in Canada or Britain confiscated by Sri Lanka if he/she espouses separation! Nothing can be more ludicrous in terms of the application of what is spelt out in this Amendment. She further commented that Sri Lanka’s constitution refers to “people” indicating probably one (Sinhala?) ethnic group whereas it is a country with different “peoples” in respect to its ethnic diversity who are discounted according to the 1978 constitution
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Photos: Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month
Posted Date: 14/03/2017 (Tuesday)
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Photos: How a group of six Dalit women in Andhra empowered several thousands - with journalism
Posted Date: 14/03/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Northern displaced families get new houses at 'Nallinakkapuram' Housing Project
Posted Date: 13/03/2017 (Monday)
Another batch of 33 displaced families living in welfare centres in Jaffna was provided with new houses at the newly completed 'Nallinakkapuram' Housing Project in the Jaffna Peninsula. According to Army media sources the 33 beneficiary families were provided with ownership documents during a simple ceremony held on Friday (10th March) at the Nallinakkapuram' Community Hall. The housing project is an extension of the Keeramalai Housing Project and is completed under the second phase of the project. Construction work was carried out as a collective effort of the Joint Project Management Team (JPMT), comprising of Army, Navy, Air Force personnel and members of the beneficiary community.
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News: Ex-war criminals try to protect human rights now - Gotabaya
Posted Date: 13/03/2017 (Monday)
Those who committed war crimes have now become the ‘champions’ who attempt to act as guardians of human rights, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says. He also pointed out those who endorsed to the LTTE are now with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). “These are the kind of people who raise their voice to safeguard human rights now,” he said while addressing a gathering held in Colombo on Monday
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News: New constitutional and legal reforms to destroy the nation - Mahinda
Posted Date: 13/03/2017 (Monday)
The reason why the government is pursuing some of the agenda with great enthusiasm while completely ignoring the constitutional pledges they gave to the people is obviously because they have other, more important masters to please than the people of this country, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. “I invite all SLFP members in the government, and parliamentarians of the UNP as well, to read the five documents mentioned here and to decide for themselves whether they want to betray the country and the nation by supporting this traitorous agenda,” he said in a statement on Monday.
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News: Colombo Press Conference: Tamil Victim's Appeal to UN Human Rights Council
Posted Date: 13/03/2017 (Monday)
TAMIL VICTIMS APPEAL to UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL We, whose daughters, sons and husbands were killed, disappeared, sexually assaulted or raped by Sri Lankan Security Forces are appealing to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) not to give any extension of time to the Sri Lankan Government on the Resolution 30/1. Already time and space was given, but Sri Lankan Government ignored the previous Resolution. We strongly feel that any extension of time will result in no accountability and will endanger us and Tamils. We fear some of our disappeared daughters are being held in these “Rape Camps.”
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