Racist Head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka saying that ”Human Rights is a new Western concept” is an absurd argument

Remarks by the Head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka about human rights being a ‘new religion’ in the West, drew reactions last week  “The need for Human Rights was an outcome of the marauding religious zealots of the Inquisition and the Crusades, where non believers were massacred en-bloc. Pity, the Cardinal always seems […]

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Unfortunate and unfair to say UN resolution an interference: UK

UK’s Minister of State for Asia-Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, ahead of a visit to Sri Lanka, said that it is ‘unfortunate’ and ‘unfair’ to represent the Geneva resolution as interference by the international community in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.   The UK Minister’s visit follows President Maitripala Sirisena’s speech last week […]

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Sri Lanka’s Controversial Ambassador To Qatar Carries Rajapaksa Sons’ Bags At Airport

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar, controversial businessman A.S.P. Liyanage was seen welcoming Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Rohitha Rajapaksa, the two sons of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa – when they arrived in the country this morning. The gesture is not in line with any diplomatic protocol as the Rajapaksa sons do not hold any positions in the government, at the […]

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Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mangala claims to have halted UN investigation and saved Rajapaksa   Sri Lanka’s finance minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from facing trial at an international tribunal. “Our country was marked as a […]

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Scotland’s police cancel Sri Lankan police visit following pressure from Tamil activists

Scotland’s police announced a last minute cancellation of a visit by a contingent of Sri Lankan policemen to the UK, which was scheduled for this month, following pressure from Tamil activists. The Sri Lankan contingent, which included controversial head of the Sri Lanka Police IGP Pujith Jayasundara, were due to visit for a training program. However, […]

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Parties that were together at 2015 Presidential Polls should forge ahead Sumanthiran

There is consensus on power devolution at Steering Committee Three tier of governance proposed  We still have hope on constitution making process Once the elections come, we will sit together and decide on our teams  We never discussed the 13th Amendment   Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in an interview with Daily mirror , […]

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“Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Has Disqualified Himself From Being Re-nominated b y Campaigning Against His Own Party At The Parliamentary and Local Govt elections” Says MA Sumanthiran MP in Interview

“Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Has Disqualified Himself From Being Re-nominated b y Campaigning Against His Own Party At The Parliamentary and Local Govt elections” Says MA Sumanthiran MP in Interview By Kelum Bandara Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in an interview with Daily mirror , speaks about the current status of the Constitution-making process and future politics. He shared […]

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MAP Calls For Independent Evidence-Gathering Mechanism For Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) called for the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent evidence-gathering mechanism for Sri Lanka with a similar mandate to those on Syria and now Myanmar. The organization made this request in light of the Sri Lankan government’s continued delaying tactics in setting up an accountability mechanism for […]

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Cluster bombs found in Sri Lanka, UN expert says

Cluster bombs found in Sri Lanka, UN expert says  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-17861187  Press Release: President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Sri Lanka, Must Come Clean on Past Use. http://www.itjpsl.com/assets/press/28-sept-2018-cluster-munition-press-release-ITJP-final.pdf Cluster bombs found in Sri Lanka, UN expert says  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-17861187  Press Release: President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Sri Lanka, Must Come Clean on Past Use. […]

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Jaffna law enforcement: No consensus over Army deployment

by Shamindra Ferdinando The government was yet to decide on temporary deployment of the army in support of law enforcement authorities in the North despite continuing attacks by violent elements in the Jaffna peninsula, security sources told The Island yesterday. Following representations made by Security Forces Commander, Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Dharshana Hettiarachchi recently, Army Commander Lt. Gen. […]

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Mahinda, Gotha and Fonseka did not take part in the War Crime it was me says President.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s cavalier statement that the top-brass of the previous government fled the country during the last days of war has unexpectedly implicated him in the war crimes issue. Sirisena, while speaking to the Sri Lankan community on Thursday, said he gave orders to military forces during the last two weeks of war as former […]

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MP Vasudewa Nanayakkara emphasizes that neither Basil Rajapaksa nor Gotabaya Rajapaksa has revoked their US citizenship, and therefore they cannot be considered for presidential election prior to revoking their citizenships.

Following a statement made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his interview with the Hindu newspaper that he will select a member of Rajapaksha family to contest the next presidential election, a tense situation has arisen in the Joint Opposition (JO). Are the other politicians in the Joint Opposition NOT fit to be a President […]

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SLFP decries TNA and SB

By Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP Vice President Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday alleged that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) always sought international intervention here in the wake of the successful conclusion of the conflict almost a decade ago. Addressing the regular weekly media briefing at SLFP office at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Samarasinghe […]

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President Sirisena, Playing With Fire, Must Take Note That Smoke Will Get Into His Eyes

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – ෂ්‍යාමන් ජයසිංහ “This time President Sirisena’s sword is  nearing his own neck; not mere smoke flooding his eyes.” Penchant for Playing with Fire President Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-Turn and went round country blasting the […]

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