Sri Lanka: Huge Public Interest on Constitutional Reforms

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(Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake) Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake spoke to Nation about the epoch-making challenge of navigating terra incognita – a/the people’s Constitution – and of ultimately deciphering the stentorian vox populi. Q

US to Promote Investigative Journalism in Sri Lanka

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Press Trust of India | Washington. The US has decided to give a grant of USD 500,000 to organisations in Sri Lanka that will promote investigative journalism and build the capacity of journalists in the country. The objective of such

Family Questions Whereabouts of Abducted Journalist, Subramaniam Ramachandran Last Seen in SL Custody in 2012

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Tamil journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran, who was abducted by the SL military in February 2007 in front of Kalikai junction military camp at Karaveddi in Vadamaraadchi, Jaffna, was last seen alive in the custody of Sinhala military at the notorious camp

Govt-UNHRC Deal Comparabe to Kandyan Convention of 1815 – Rajapaksa

by Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka will be implemented. This UNHRC resolution was accepted and co-sponsored by the

Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process Should Not Be Prepared & Implemented, In Haste – UN Special Rapporteur

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( UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non‐Recurrence Pablo de Greiff ) Observations by the Special Rapporteur on the conclusion of his second advisory visit to Sri Lanka (26 January to 1 February

Sri Lanka: Investigate, Not Promote, Ex-Army Chief, says Human Rights Watch

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( Sarath Fonseka in the parliament; original photo by FCA) Fonseka’s Appointment to Parliament Contradicts Accountability Pledge. (New York) – The Sri Lankan government’s appointment to parliament of the former army chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts

Unity Govt Must Go Full Five Years – CBK

by Lakshman Gunasekara. “… … a body should regularly review and verify the politicians’ declared assets. I predict that if such an oversight mechanism is implemented, the unseemly rush to contest for power will decline drastically! We can then stop

BBS Gnanasara Thera Further Remanded; Bail not Possible Under Victims and Witnesses Protection Bill

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Bodu Bala Sena organization General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera currently under remand custody, comes out of the Homagama Magistrates’ Court after attending trial in connection with a case where he is accused of allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda, the

Sri Lanka War Crimes in the Spotlight as UN Rights Chief Visits

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( File photo: May 2009 Sri Lanka war zone) By Jared Ferrie. Vijitha Pavanendran holds a photo of her husband who was killed by unknown attackers during the civil war YANGON, 9 February 2016 (IRIN) – Sri Lanka’s president is

Evidence Shows that Prageeth Ekneligoda Killed in Akkaraipattu – CID

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday told the Homagama Magistrate that they have received evidence that journalist Pradeep Ekneligoda has been killed in Akkaraipattu. The CID officials informed the Homagama Magistrate that the y have received evidence that Ekneligoda who

Sri Lanka: Speaker Receives Death Threats on Joint Opposition Issue

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Karu Jayasuriya says he received death threats last night over his refusal to recognise the joint opposition as a separate group in Parliament. The Speaker told Parliament today that he was not shaken by the threats and maintains his position

Appointing Foreign Judges: Decision is Sri Lanka’ s Sovereign Right, Says Rights Commissioner

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today that though the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) makes a recommendation on the judicial process into alleged war crimes or on the involvement

Sri Lanka: Full Statement by the Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

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( Original image @AmanthaP ) Colombo, 9 February 2016 Good afternoon, and thank you for coming. I come to you shortly after wrapping up my visit here with meetings with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the

Sri Lanka’s Former Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is No Longer ‘Untouchable’

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Qadijah Irshad Colombo. Ex-President says he is victim of a revenge plot but government has appetite for justice. For victims of alleged war crimes, it was a hopeful moment when the United Nations’ human rights chief, Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad

List of Investigations Concluded by the FICD re Rajapaksa Era Corruption

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According to informed sources 18 investigations have been concluded by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID)on huge corruption cases under the Rajapaksa regime. No action has been taken on 17 cases so far by the AG department. The FCID has

We Need to Defeat Rajapaksa Schemes – Peoples’ Democratic Centre

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(Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Waiting to grab power) The great electoral victory won by democratic forces on 8th January 2015 against the anti-democratic, corrupt, murderous, and authoritarian family rule is in jeopardy. The Rajapaksa family and cronies have begun to regroup in

Constitution Making and Strengthening Horizontal Democracy – I – Laksiri Fernando

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‘The force of free people resides in the municipality’ – Alexis de Tocqueville The move for making a New Constitution has opened up considerable opportunities to deepen democracy in the country, and the indications so far reveal that vibrant discussions

Sri Lanka’s Ex-regime Slams UN Rights Chief’s ‘Joke’ Visit

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Colombo (AFP) – Ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother denounced Monday the UN human rights chief’s visit to Sri Lanka as a “big joke”, as the former regime stepped up opposition to a UN-backed war-crimes probe. Former president Rajapakse and his brother,

Removed Senior State Counsel From Eknaligoda Case Retained Again

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In an unprecedented move, acting Attorney General Suhada Gamlath has removed Senior State Counsel Dilipa Pieris from the Prageeth Eknaligoda disappearance case, authotitative sources from the Attorney General’s Department told Asian Mirror. Wasantha Perera, a relatively young and inexperienced counsel,

Post-war Discourse Must be Sensitive to Emotional Impact on Survivors, says Friday Forum

Sri Lanka has recently embarked on the difficult process of coming to terms with three decades of a deeply divisive war that has affected hundreds of thousands of lives. Processes are being established by the Sri Lankan state to establish

Sri Lanka Political Prisoners: Zeid Refrains Calling for General Amnesty

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( In Jaffna ) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday said advocating for a common amnesty for political prisoners would lead to new complications. The High Commissioner explained that it would not be possible to

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Leaders Call for UN Help on 4,000 Missing

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(Original Photo AP) U.N.High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein, leaves a hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. The top U.N. human rights official arrived Saturday in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit aimed at reviewing

Geneva Issue: Sri Lanka Govt. Earmarks 11-Member Task Force

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[Dr. Pakiasothy Saravanamuthu (Secretary) & Manouri Muttetuwegama (Chairperson) ] UN Special Rapporteur coming here to help in the consultation process. Two-phase action plan shown to Western countries and India. An eleven-member Consultation Task Force will enforce provisions of the US-backed

The Government’s Deepening Challenge of Credibility

The 20th century essayist and philosopher George Santayana’s caustic observation that ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ may well have been specifically tailored for Sri Lanka.An important common point in securing justice At the turn of

Rohith Rajapaksa & CSN Case: How it All Began

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Investigations into case no B 9823/2015 before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court began on March 15 last year. This was after Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon directed to SDIG Waidyalankara a complaint received from an organisation styling itself the Citizens for a

Eknaligoda’s Disappearance: Four More Arrests Imminent

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The Criminal investigation Department(CID) investigating journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s disappearance, is set to arrest four more Army intelligence personnel connected to the incident in the coming days, authoritative CID sources told the Sunday Observer. Already six people of the Army intelligence

The High Commissioner for Human Rights Visit to Sri Lanka Raises Hopes for Victims – Yolanda Foster

This week, the UN’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein – the High Commissioner for Human Rights – is visiting Sri Lanka. He will see a country that has changed considerably since his predecessor Navi Pillay came to

Sri Lankan Nationalists Protest UN Rights Chief’s War Crimes Visit

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(Hundreds of supporters of the Sri Lankan opposition political parties protest outside the UN office in Colombo. They criticised a report by United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein as he began discussions with the Sri Lankan government on

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family: Crashing Fall From Grace

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(Yoshitha Rajapaksa shows hand cuffs to the media as he is taken away in a prison bus. Photo: 30 January 2016 -AP) Much of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, is set in Sri Lanka. But the island has seen something

Sri Lanka needs to Tackle Issues of Re-settlement, Political Prisoners & Missing Persons – NPC

The singing of the national anthem in Tamil that marked the end of the Independence Day celebration was a strong gesture of reconciliation by the government. It was one of the most significant actions taken to lessen the sense of