SL Missing Persons Commission Holds LTTE Responsible for 60% of Allegations


( LTTE Female fighters) The Presidential Commission to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances notes that allegations of forced disappearances, abductions and arbitrary arrests have been made against the LTTE, security forces, armed groups and unknown groups.

Beyond Uncertainty of Current Politics: Dissolution and Elections is the Option – Jayadeva Uyangoda


Reporting on Sri Lanka’s current political situation can be quite exciting. However, commenting on it is difficult and hazardous. The reason is simple. The current politics in our country is in flux. Events appear and disappear so rapidly and unexpectedly

President’s Commitment to Give up His Powers is His Political Strength – Jehan Perera


With the debate over the 19th Amendment to the constitution entering its final phase this week, the country is entering a decisive phase. The passage of this constitutional amendment will set in motion a process whereby Sri Lanka will become

S.J.V. Chelvanayakam commemoration: The Absence Of War Is Not Peace

It is difficult to envisage delivering a lecture to commemorate Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam without reflecting upon the one issue that concerned him most – the minorities question in Sri Lanka. Mr. Chevanayakam and his Party, Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi’s (the

SriLanka: Probe Attack on Social Worker’s Family: Muslim Academics


[ Muslim fundamentalism has come to SriLanka?) A number of Muslim academics and activists are urging authorities to ensure a thorough and fair investigation of the harassment of family members of a journalist and social worker from the Eastern Province,

Chelvanayakam Memorial Lecture: End of War Does Not Necessarily Bring Peace- CBK


The present Government has prioritised resolving land issues, developing infrastructure, enhancing livelihoods, especially in women-headed households, ensuring accountability through investigations into alleged war crimes committed by both parties during the end of the war, and finding a durable solution for

Alleged Rs. 4,000 m Fraud by CSN: Yoshitha, Sajin Vaas Summoned


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena have been directed to appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) next week for questioning on allegations of money laundering and failure to pay dues amounting to

The 100-Day Question: Will President Sirisena Dissolve Parliament and Call the Rajapaksa Bluff?


by Rajan Philips. If there is ever a time for political leadership to act in disregard of consensus, it is now. There was a time in Sri Lankan politics when that master rhetorician Colvin R. de Silva presaged the governing

Indian Gods and Lankan Leaders – Upul Joseph Fernando


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who made a sudden visit to Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in India last week made an offering of 77 kilos of sandalwood. Mahinda also visited this Temple after his 2005 presidential victory and got onto a

Wimal’s multi-million Rupee House Transfers


Former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa had allegedly transferred houses worth millions built by a government-owned company under the Housing Ministry, for his close relatives and aides. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the police, following complaints received have initiated a

One More Report on Rajapaksa Corruption: CID to Investigate SLC-CSN Broadcasting Deal


Former Sri Lanka Cricket Officials are facing a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigation regarding the awarding of broadcasting rights to Carlton Sports Network (CSN) as irregularities had been proved by the three-member investigation committee appointed by the Minister of Sports

Defence and Justice Ministries Fail to Support Disappearances Commission

Missing Person Commission

[ Commission sittings] ◾Three man Presidential Commission submitsinterim report ◾ Reports that Ministry officials have been issued summons to appearbefore the Commission ◾ Report on domestic war crimes probe being drafted in consultation withinternational experts The Ministries of Justice and

Wigneswaran Challenges Indian SC Ruling: Seeks Release of 3 Persons Convicted for Raping 13 Girls


Former Supreme Court Judge and Northern province Chief minister C V Wigneswaran has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release three life convicts in the sensational Swamy Premananda case, according to online Times of India report posted yesterday.. The

TISL Salutes the Bribery Commission for its Brave Stand


Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the local chapter of the global movement against corruption, salutes the proactive nature in which the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) is currently operating, after years of suppression and political interference.

President Sirisena Defends Return of Land to Minorities


[Some Tamil IDPs still live in makeshift huts] Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday night defended the new government’s policy of returning private land, once used by the security forces, to legitimate owners, especially in the Northern and Eastern

Sri Lankan President Seeks Support to Curb Executive Powers


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena appealed Thursday for support for legislation to check the enormous powers of the presidency, one of his key election pledges. In a televised address to the nation as his government

Sri Lanka Graft Busters Question Rajapakse Brothers


[Doctored rasist versions of the Sri Lankan national flags of Rajapaksa followers] By Amal Jayasinghe. COLOMBO (AFP) – Two brothers of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse faced questioning by anti-corruption investigators on Thursday as the new government stepped up

Ban Mechanized Bottom Trawling in Sri Lankan Waters – M. A Sumanthiran, MP,TNA


A Bill prohibiting mechanized bottom trawling was filed in parliament on the 21st of April 2015 by M. A Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament. The Bill calls for the amendment of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, No 2 of 1996.

An Earnest Request to the Sri Lankan Parliamentarians- Lional Bopage, AAGGSL


To: All Honourable Members of Parliament. An earnest request to the Sri Lankan Parliamentarians:Support the passage of the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution As you debate the above Constitutional Amendment in the Parliament under challenging circumstances, we thought that

Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka’s new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to Sri Lanka Campaign yardstick document, which attempts to track the extent of meaningful change with respect

Sri Lanka: Lawyers Criticize Speaker and MPs


Criticizing the Speaker for questioning the Chairman of the Bribery Commission about a pending inquiry, Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) condemned certain MPs for attempting to interfere and intimidate the Commission from inquiring into allegations against powerful personalities. Viewing the Speaker’s

Sri Lanka: Two Nations One Country – Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam


[Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam] All Ceylon Tamil Congress Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said, a federal arrangement that recognizes Tamils as a distinct nation would solve the ethnic problem within a united Sri Lanka. “Why is it extremism to say that Sri Lanka is

Ven. Sobitha Thera Cautions President, Govt. About Saboteurs


Cautioning the government and President Maithripala Sirisena that some Parliamentarians are all set to sabotage the implementation of 19 Amendment, the Chief Incumbent of the Kotte Naga Vihara and Chairman of the National Movement For a Just Society Ven Maduluwawe

Don’t Use Parliament to Protect Thieves – PM


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested opposition members not to use Parliamentary privileges to protect thieves and persons engaged in corruption. He made this observation in Parliament joining a debate following a statement by UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa. The Prime

Speaker Has no Right to Summon Bribery Officials – Justice Minister


Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe yesterday said that Speaker had no powers to summon the officials of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to Parliament just because MPs staged a protest. Addressing a press conference at the office

Sri Lanka Ex-president Rajapaksa Refuses to Attend Anti-Graft Body


(Reuters) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa listens to a speech during his final rally ahead of presidential election in Piliyandala January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Thomson ReutersSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa listens to a speech during his final rally ahead

No Comeback for Mahinda as All Roads Lead to Dead Ends

How revamped 19th A will block former president from returning to meaningful position of power. If it was the closest Ranil Wickremesinghe would get to be President all but in name, it was the nearest Mahinda Rajapaksa could have reached

Ceylon Chamber Calls on all MPs to Enact Constitutional Amendments


The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in a statement yesterday, said it welcomed the recent constitutional reforms process initiated under the leadership of the President and the Government. It has also welcomed the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution, particularly those

Mahinda and Gota Summoned by Bribery Commission


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been asked to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) this week to record statements over various allegations against them, highly placed sources said. They said Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was asked

Second-rate 19A Better Than No 19A – Kumar David


If one were to make a fair and sober evaluation of the Ranil-Sirisena (R&S; the order is intentional) administration, the judgement of history would be that it was not a failure but it achieved less than it could and should