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Will OMP ensure justice ?

comes to a close families of the disappeared still linger in hope that their loved ones would return. Some have been missing for decades and yet their loved ones express hope of their return. In the Budget 2018 speech Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the Office of Missing Persons(OMP) will commence operations from 2018. However the debates on the…

Daily Mirror - Dec 12 16:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

Undercover Footage Shows British Police Are Training Riot-Cops Linked to War Crimes in Sri Lanka
Undercover Footage Shows British Police Are Training Riot-Cops Linked to War Crimes in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Special Task Force (STF) is a paramilitary unit with a long history of war crimes. Its members undergo special forces training and wear camouflage uniforms. In July, they opened fire on two unarmed Tamil teenagers for stealing sand from a beach. The pair were so terrified of the STF that they jumped into a lagoon to escape. One drowned, aged 17. So,…

Vice - Dec 08 01:36 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • In defence of the mass media : a reply to PM

    In defence of the mass media : a reply to PM

    The Prime Minister wants to know why the media is criticizing the present government and why it isn’t criticizing the Rajapaksas on whose watch journalists were killed. Perhaps that is because the media recalls that two prominent journalist were killed when the Rajapaksas weren’t anywhere near the room at the top, but two pillars of Yahapalana were. The first…

    Island - Dec 07 15:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Media, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

    Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

    In terms of American policy, heightened pressure over human rights and governance issues may come from legislators on Capitol Hill. That’s undoubtedly vital but, absent new ideas and changes from the Trump administration, congressional pressure alone may not matter all that much. Besides, this isn’t about tinkering at the margins of the U.S.’s existing bilateral…

    Diplomat - Dec 07 14:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Remarks at the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue - US Embassy SL
  • Sri Lankan family deported after spending 5 years in Canada

    Sri Lankan family deported after spending 5 years in Canada

    A Sri Lankan family who spent five years in Canada was deported Sunday despite appeals to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to issue a reprieve. Their flight took off from Montreal's Trudeau airport Sunday evening. Before leaving their home in Parc-Extension, Robert Lawrence, the father of the family, said they were all very sad, but still love Canada despite…

    CBC - Dec 04 17:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • SL under cavalcade of UN scrutiny

    SL under cavalcade of UN scrutiny

    Close on the heels of UN expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warning the government of dire consequences unless the administration addressed accountability issues in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1, another top level UN delegation is due to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 4. De Greiff delivered his warning at the UN compound in Colombo on Oct 23 with UN…

    Island - Dec 01 20:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • ‘Time is opportune to formulate new constitution’

    ‘Time is opportune to formulate new constitution’

    “The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) have formed a consensus government to finalise and adopt a new constitution for Sri Lanka as we do not know who would be elected as the Executive President in the future; so let's use this opportunity for the betterment of the country," Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. He…

    CDN - Nov 29 18:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • In Sri Lanka, Development Begins with Reconciliation

    In Sri Lanka, Development Begins with Reconciliation

    Failure at inclusive nation-building, and successful, effective and efficient service-delivery mechanisms, coupled with several complex factors, led to erosion of trust and confidence among communities in Sri Lanka, that led to two youth insurrections and a prolonged conflict involving terrorism. Such violence has affected all communities, and, as a nation, we have…

    indepth News - Nov 29 18:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM:A reply to Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse

    CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM:A reply to Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse

    The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law. I have no wish to argue with the former Minister of Justice on his views on the legality of the current constitutional reform process in which he participated until his removal from office. However, any…

    Island - Nov 20 18:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL

    Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL

    “The UPR is a process that is aimed at helping each other self-assess, share best practice, and support one another to take steps to more effectively address the concerns of individuals in our respective countries. There are many, both in Sri Lanka and overseas, who question the commitment of the National Unity Government to addressing concerns of human rights. Of…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 16 11:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - At UN rights body, Sri Lanka vows new steps to fight torture - AP
  • The need to investigate torture allegations - Jehan Perera

    The need to investigate torture allegations - Jehan Perera

    Sri Lanka’s international image has taken a hard hit following the report of continuing torture in the country. The Associated Press has carried a news story that gives a detailed and graphic account of horrendous torture practices in Sri Lanka that allegedly continue to this day. This story has been carried by newspapers and media outlets throughout the world,…

    Island - Nov 14 18:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government

    Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government

    One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture room” equipped with ropes, iron rods, a bench and buckets of water. There…

    AP - Nov 08 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers

    Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers

    The recent appointment of Robert Mugabe as the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador sent shock waves across the globe. The Zimbabwean dictator oppressed his people while dismantling his country’s health care system. The outrage was near universal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wondered if this was a “bad April Fool’s joke.” The British called…

    Toronto Star - Nov 03 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, WarCrimes ]

  • What the war heroes really think

    What the war heroes really think

    “There are no grievances specific to Tamils” - Udaya Gammanpila, Western Provincial Council Minister, 2014 “There are no minorities now” - Mahinda Rajapaksa, May 2009 Following the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009 popular understanding of the root causes of ethnic violence congealed around a single dominant narrative. This narrative consists of three…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 02 20:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU lawmakers see little progress in Sri Lanka rights reforms

    EU lawmakers see little progress in Sri Lanka rights reforms

    European lawmakers said on Thursday they were disappointed about Sri Lanka’s slow roll-out of human rights reforms that the island nation had promised in exchange for trade concessions.But a European Parliament delegation said they had seen little progress more than five months after the agreement. There was no immediate comment from the government. “It was…

    Reuters - Nov 02 19:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Who is really behind the New Constitution-making process in Sri Lanka?

    Who is really behind the New Constitution-making process in Sri Lanka?

    Mohomad Ebrahim is a former member of the armed wing of the African National Congress, He was arrested in 1963 and charged under the sabotage act and sentenced to 15 years on Robben Island. According to the ITI, members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) including M.A. Sumanthiran MP, members of the Global Tamil Forum, V.T. Thamilmaaran, a senior lecturer in the…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 01 16:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Mangala says unprecedented opportunity to solve ethnic issue - Island
  • MR feels Tamils overseas not investing enough in north, east

    MR feels Tamils overseas not investing enough in north, east

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Tamils overseas are not investing enough in the north and east of the country. Speaking at an international Buddhist conference in India, Rajapaksa said that many highrise residential buildings have come up in Colombo in the past two decades. “Even after the war, the Tamil people resident overseas have not invested in the…

    FT - Oct 31 15:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Pragmatism needed in fashioning transitional justice approaches - Jehan Perera

    Pragmatism needed in fashioning transitional justice approaches - Jehan Perera

    Realism suggests that the textbook approach will not work and will either lead to the downfall of the government or will lead to a box-ticking exercise that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ZeidRa'ad Al Hussein warned against when he said in September this year that "This should not be viewed by the Government as a box-ticking exercise to placate the Council,…

    Island - Oct 31 15:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Australian PM Turnbull to visit SL this week

    Australian PM Turnbull to visit SL this week

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday, the Australian High Commission today said. In a statement, it said Prime Minister Turnbull is scheduled to meet President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his visit. “I had the pleasure of meeting President Sirisena and Prime Minister…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 30 14:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Australia, WarCrimes ]

  • Contextualizing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners

    Contextualizing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners

    The plight of Sri Lanka’s Tamil political prisoners is an issue that won’t go away – because the Sri Lankan government, a coalition led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has failed to adequately address the matter. In recent times, there have been protests, labor strikes, and hunger strikes in the country; that’s…

    Diplomat - Oct 26 16:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka to offer tax incentives for projects involving

    Sri Lanka to offer tax incentives for projects involving

    Sri Lanka is preparing legislation with tax incentives to attract investment into a big property development near Colombo port that includes a $1.4bn Chinese-backed real estate project, a government minister said yesterday. The development includes Port City, a project by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) started late last year as part of Beijing’s…

    Gulf Times - Oct 26 16:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, China, WarCrimes ]

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