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  • GOSL response to panel report

    PRESS RELEASE The Government of Sri Lanka refers to the release by the UN Secretary-General of the “Darusman Report” on accountability in Sri Lanka.  The Government of Sri Lanka reiterates its position that the “Darusman Report” is fundamentally flawed in many respects and that among other deficiencies, the Report is based on biased material, which […]

  • Confront UN panel by implementing 17th amendment – Former CJ

    27 April 2011 The report presented by Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Panel of Experts’ could be answered by implementing the 17th amendment says former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva. Speaking at the inaugural convention of the Colombo District branch of the National Intellectuals and Professionals Organization (NIPO) held yesterday (26th) the former Chief Justice said, “Had the […]

  • A lasting political solution through power sharing

    by M A Sumanthiran(text of SJV Chelvanayakam Memorial lecture 2011) I consider it a great honour to have been asked to deliver the Thanthai Chelva memorial oration this year. Last year too I had the honour of delivering the key-note address at the annual commemoration ceremony held in Jaffna on the 26th of April. Today, […]

  • India ready to engage Lanka on UN report

    Apr 27, 2011, NEW DELHI: Reacting to the report by a UNSG-appointed panel of experts, which has accused Colombo of committing war crimes, India said it was willing to engage Sri Lanka on the contents of the report. India is having to walk a tightrope over the issue because of its concerns over the still […]

  • UN feared for staff amid Sri Lanka conflict: Ban

    Tue Apr 26, UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The United Nations feared for its staff in Sri Lanka as government troops crushed a Tamil separatist uprising in 2009, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said defending the actions of UN agencies. As pressure grew for an international investigation into the killing of “tens of thousands” in the […]

  • Sri Lanka: No-inquiry zone

    Truth and accountability are not divisible, and a single failure of international justice is also a collective one When Richard Goldstone, the judge who headed a UN fact-finding mission to Gaza, partially recanted last month – an act that was disowned by fellow members of the mission – the saga was used as Exhibit A […]

  • UN human rights chief welcomes Sri Lanka report, urges further investigation into conduct of final stages of the war

    “The eyewitness accounts and credible information contained in this report demand a full, impartial, independent and transparent investigation,” the High Commissioner said. “Unless there is a sea-change in the Government’s response, which has so far been one of total denial and blanket impunity, a full-fledged international inquiry will clearly be needed.” GENEVA (26 April 2011) […]

  • Law Student Goes Underground

    By Raisa Wickrematunge Law student Thushara Jayaratne fears for his life. In order to contact him, The Sunday Leader was required to create a special Skype account. Speaking from an undisclosed location, Jayaratne said that though he had asked numerous people for help, no one had assisted him. Jayaratne’s story was splashed all over the […]

  • V. Anandasangaree on penal report

     No one can deny that there were several thousands of causalities during the war. Very many factors contributed for this situation. How or why did this happen?. All these must come to light. You are aware that I am neither a flatterer nor a stooge of the Government or of the LTTE His Excellency Mahinda […]

  • UN panel report oversteps by rejecting homeland of Eezham Tamils

    Rather than coming out with such an unqualified statement, why can’t the panel recommend a Sudan-model referendum among Eezham Tamils in the island, to see whether they are divided or united on the question of independence? TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 April 2011. Eezham Tamils hoodwinked by war crimes indictments that are doubtful of materialising into actions, […]

  • Sri Lanka: UN Chief Should Establish International Inquiry Russia and China Should Stop Blocking Justice for Victims

    April 25, 2011    The Expert Panel’s finding that the government and Tamil Tigers committed abuses and that the government has failed to hold its forces accountable shows the need for an international investigation. Russia and China should stop blocking efforts to find justice for victims in Sri Lanka and support the panel’s recommendations. – […]

  • Mass deaths in Sri Lanka may be ‘war crimes’: UN

    Mon Apr 25, UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The Sri Lankan army killed most of the tens of thousands of civilian victims of a final offensive against Tamil separatists in 2009 but both sides may be guilty of war crimes, a UN panel said Monday. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he could not order an […]

  • MEP condemns advisory document

    The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) issuing a press release yesterday condemned the advisory document of the UN General Secretary’s expert panel. The release said: “The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna is of the view that the advisory document of the so called expert panel comprising three persons is entirely a result of personal exercise on the part […]

  • Gallup poll says 95% of Sri Lankans struggling and suffering!

    April 26, 2011      * Influential polling firm’s global wellbeing surveys in 2010 claims only 5% in Sri Lanka are thriving    * Says high wellbeing eludes the masses in most countries as majorities in 19 out of 124 countries “thriving,” mostly in Europe and the Americas Despite the end of the war, doubling of per […]

  • CP tells SL Tamils: Don’t be deceived by Western powers

    April 25, 2011, 9:01 pmUrges govt to meet legitimate grievances, rights and aspirations of Tamils The Communist Party of Sri Lanka says UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s move, at the behest of a section of the international community, is motivated and dictated by their global strategies and geo-political interests and not by humanitarian considerations or through compassion […]

  • BJP says India should not bail out Lanka

    Tuesday, 26 April 2011 The BJP has said that India should not bail out the Sri Lankan government from being implicated in the report of the UN panel of experts for violation of human rights during the final stages of the war with the LTTE, ‘The Hindu’ reports. BJP national executive member L. Ganesan has […]

  • The losing of collective sanity on an advisory report

    If the Government says that it is flawed as it has been quick to do, surely would not the simplest option have been to issue a sober and calm denunciation of its contents and findings without all this unseemly hysteria?   By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Could anything have betrayed our desperation more clearly than the […]

  • UN ‘could have prevented’ civilian deaths

    Gorden Weiss says the UN should have exerted pressure on the Sri Lankan government to stop attacks on civiliansThe United Nations should have done more to prevent civilian casualties at the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka, a former UN spokesman said. Gorden Weiss, the UN spokesman in Colombo during the peak of […]

  • Tamil detainees should be released – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana The Attorney General (AG) and the police have been ordered to release all Tamils in custody for longer periods without charges says Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice (CJ). CJ Asoka de Silva said he has taken measures to provide relief to the Tamil detainees during his two-year tenure in the office. “We have […]

  • Politics ruined independent bodies – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana Efforts to reduce the sweeping powers of the executive president failed due to the actions of Sri Lanka’s opposition, says the chief justice. CJ Asoka de Silva said the status quo of the 1978 constitution that authorised the executive president to make all senior appointments to the judiciary was re-established by the […]

  • UN Panel report: Much at stake for Sri Lanka

        * Banging Ban Ki-moon as Bakamoona may not be the best course as diplomatic blunders contributed to this crisis    * Russia and China will go thus far and no further for Lanka, while India may take neutral stand By Our Political Editor Ministers have been “grounded”. A directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa says they […]

  • The Darusman (UN) Report was inevitable due to colossal failure by the Rajapaksas

    The mysterious leaking in Colombo of the Darusman (UN) Report was accompanied by a carefully choreographed outbreak of patriotic-hysteria. The President, in a hyperbolic-excess, declared his willingness to brave the electric chair  By Tisaranee Gunasekara “The illusion of destiny extracts a remarkably heavy price”. — Amartya Sen (Identity and Violence) The mysterious leaking in Colombo […]

  • Ban-Ki-moon is against us but the UN is with us – Vasudeva Nanayakkara

    by Steve A. Morrell The United Nations (UN) is being used by Western imperialist powers which have been acting in an acrimonious manner against Sri Lanka, National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudeva Nanayakkara charged last week. “They are scheming to put Sri Lanka and the Government into difficulty by making baseless war crimes allegations”, […]

  • Diplomatic Engagement -not street demos

    This brings us to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). It is a pity that some organisations and individuals declined to give evidence before the LLRC. By doing so, they have made the same mistake that the Government made in not engaging with the UNSG’s panel. The composition of the LLRC includes some outstanding […]

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