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Events: Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria: Concerted efforts by civil society, national prosecutors and international investigators
Posted Date: 08/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin
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Take Actions: Tamil men accuse continuing torture in Sri Lanka Take a stand against torture and urge UN Human Rights commission for human rights to investigate
Posted Date: 08/11/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Federalism is not Separatism: the Supreme Court de-demonizes Federalism
Posted Date: 07/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Supreme Court determination in the Chandrasoma Vs Senathirajah case (SC Spl 03/2014 -Decided on 04/08/2017), this August, did not receive the public attention it deserved. The silence speaks volumes for a society that chooses to languish in ignorance by choice. The ongoing political debate on a new constitution does not seem to have absorbed the nutrition the judgment offers for a discourse on constitutional making. Yet for a national political psyche hegemonized by Unitarism for decades, the finding is unparalleled. The
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News: Parliament faulted for not taking up vital issue Lords Naseby’s call to revise Vanni death toll:
Posted Date: 07/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Deputy Minister and retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday said that a recent statement made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords pertaining to the Vanni war death toll could be the basis for Sri Lanka’s defence at the Geneva based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Addressing the media on behalf of Eliya, an organization backed by wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Weerasekera said Conservative Lord Naseby’s declaration
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News: Commander Takes a Look at Mali Bound Army Contingent-Owned Equipment Set to Sail
Posted Date: 07/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army Tuesday (7) afternoon went to the Colombo port in order to see for himself how the Army’s Mali-bound consignment of Contingent Owned Equipment (COE), was being loaded to the vessel, scheduled to set sail in a day or two. The shipment with 55 containers, inclusive of self-sustained equipment, combat vehicle equipment, de-mining and explosive ordnance devices and various other logistic
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News: Seoul mayor speaks at Citynet convention Park says the city has a duty to share expertise in sustainability
Posted Date: 07/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said Seoul has a duty to share with the world its experiences in sustainable development, speaking at the quadrennial convention of Citynet in Sri Lanka on Monday to some 300 representatives and experts from nearly 50 member cities. “Through economic development, Seoul has embraced so many different challenges in regard to traffic congestion, building houses, water purification and so on,” said Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon
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Photos: Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace
Posted Date: 07/11/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Small group of monks misbehave: CBK
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said at a recent function that a small group of extremist Buddhist monks, under the cover of their robes, were sowing discord, racism and religious fanaticism among the people. She expressed these views at an event held at the BMICH on Wednesday to award prizes to the winners of the All-Island School Art and Essay Competition organised by the Office of National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR) and the Bakeer Markar Centre for National Unity (BMCNU).
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News: Sri Lanka should remain a unitary State: Muslim Lawyers Association
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
The Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) stressed that Sri Lanka should remain a unitary State and there be no devolution of powers beyond the present devolution provided under the 13th Amendment. The views were expressed in setting out the MLA’s stance on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. In an outline of its views on the interim report, the MLA also notes Sri Lanka should be a unitary State and the term stressed in all languages.
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News: Non-Constitutional Requirements for Successful Implementation of Federalism
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
The objective of this article is to emphasize the point that successful federalism requires a holistic approach encompassing not only constitution making but also effecting a transformation in the wider political culture. As Sri Lankan audience is new to the writings on federalism, I have made an effort to expose the readers to the wider discussion on the potential of federalism to resolve ethnonationalist problems in the world today. This is most relevant as the nation is engaged in an exercise of drafting a new constitution and federalism has been proposed by a segment of both the civil and political socieity as an ultimate solution to the ethnonationalist crisis in Sri Lanka.
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News: Constitutional evangelism and the interim report marathon
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
The Government is lying to us big time and blatantly in its evangelical attempt at unethically converting Sri Lanka to a non-unitary state through a new, non-unitary Constitution, while the otherwise loudly vociferous JO did not/has so far not challenged that foundational lie in the Constitutional assembly debate. Why? Throughout the marathon debate the Government told the country that, for the first time ever, the TNA has accepted a unitary state/unitary Sri Lanka. On Wednesday Nov 8th, the pugilistic but utterly inattentive JO simply must ask "When? Where? Who?" The claim is a bluff or worse, a blatant lie. NOT ONCE in the debate
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News: Federalism, separatism nowhere near new Constitution
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
UNP General Secretary and Public Enterprise Development Minister, Kabir Hashim commenting on the ongoing process to introduce a new Constitution, said, for the first time in the country’s history, the two major political parties are working together as a National Unity Government, and if the majority community is being represented by these two parties and there is consensus among them means a broader cross section of society abides by it. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, the Minister said, this is the first time we have a very
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News: Accommodative and conciliatory approach of TNA
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
The speech made by Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan at the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Steering Committee Interim Report in Parliament was more accommodative and inclusive in his approach with a broader outlook than the stance taken by the first Tamil Leader of the Opposition and Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) the late Appapillai Amirthalingam during his parliamentary days. Nothing but a separate Tamil state of Eelam had been the 'manthra' of the TULF from the time the Vaddukoddai Resolution was adopted in May 1976.
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News: Accountability Issues: Modernising PTA key – EU
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
Acknowledging the difficulties involved in addressing accountability issues arising from the war, the European Union said on Thursday that as a first step, the Sri Lankan government could modernise its Prevention of Terrorism Act to meet international standards. Head of a delegation of the European Parliament Jean Lambert, addressing the media in Colombo, on the second day of their official visit said, "Modernising the PTA is the Key. We hope it would be done speedily, in keeping with the implementation of 27 International Conventions that the government agreed to, for GSP Plus to be restored last May."
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Photos: Local polls: SLFP going it alone despite risky prospects
Posted Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
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News: Forthcoming LG Polls MR forming broad anti-UNP alliance No discussions with the SLFP as long as it is protecting the UNP within the Govt – Mahinda
Posted Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
Indicating that the forthcoming Local Government polls, to be fought among three formations, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, that he had already begun forming a broader political alliance with anti-United National Party (UNP) forces. Even though at the much hyped meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, the Party decided to contest...the Local Government polls sans the UNP, Rajapaksa appeared to be not convinced. He was certain that there is no point in
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News: Premier FTZ union sets up Northern office
Posted Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union earlier this week opened its first office in the North at No. 39, Vairava Kovil Road, Vairavapuliyamkulam, Vavuniya. More than 150 workers from newly established garment factories in the North took part in the event. The office was ceremonially declared open by Assistant Commissioner of Labour, Vavuniya Ms. Siva Ranjanee and union Joint Secretary Anton Marcus with other union officials.
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News: PTL’s Rs. 10.5 billion frozen in Central Bank SC rejects FR plea; restrictions proposed by Monetary Board continue
Posted Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL)’s two bank accounts amounting to Rs. 10.5 billion — containing its profits from the questionable bond transactions — will remain frozen till January 2018 after the Supreme Court this week rejected PTL’s Fundamental Rights petition challenging the Monetary Board’s suspension of its primary dealer licence and the blocking of its accounts. An aggregate of Rs 10.5 billion in cash and bonds is contained in the two frozen accounts at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). The next logical step would be to launch civil action to recover the losses incurred by the Employees’ Provident Fund “due to collusive action
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News: FCID hunts for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s chief of staff
Posted Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is on the lookout for Gamini Sedara Senarath, Chief of Staff of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and three others over a string of alleged fraudulent acts. The three others are Piyadasa Kudabalage, Neil Bandara Hapuwinne and Mohan de Alwis. FCID detectives said yesterday that the four were evading arrest and hence, they had obtained a court order impounding the passport of the main suspect, Gamini Senarath, to prevent him from leaving Sri Lanka. The four persons now sought after — together with another two nominated by the Treasury — have been on the board of directors of Sino-Lanka Hotel and
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News: Sri Lanka’s post-war poverty trap
Posted Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
The recently-released findings of Sri Lanka’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey has revealed that eight years after the civil war ended, people in the war-hit north and east are gripped by poverty. Kilinochchi, the former rebel stronghold, has the highest level of poverty headcount at 18.2%, over four times the national average. The coastal district of Mullaitivu, which witnessed the gore of the final offensive that claimed an estimated 40,000 lives as the armed forces defeated the LTTE, has the country’s lowest median household income per month, at LKR 25,526 (about Rs. 10,000), significantly lesser
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