Spy cables reveal Sri Lanka hyped up Tamil Tiger post-war threat

[ Al Jazeera ][ Mar 04 16:07 GMT ]

In November 2010, a Sri Lankan member of parliament expressed his dismay when a small statue of a leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was erected on private property in a Paris suburb. It was an alarming sign, said Sarath Weerasekara, a retired rear admiral in the Sri Lankan navy, that the LTTE, an armed separatist group that Sri Lanka defeated decisively in 2009, might be regrouping in other countries. “Its one leg is in America and the other one in France,” Weerasekera said in a statement in parliament. “The head is in Norway and the other body parts in Australia or South Africa.” [ full story | comments ]

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Sri Lanka probes alleged bribes to US lawmakers

[ AFP ][ Mar 04 16:06 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Wednesday (Mar 4) announced an investigation into claims that unidentified US politicians had received bribes to ensure Washington went soft on the island's human rights record. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the new government would probe claims that large sums had been set aside to pay congressmen and other politicians by public relations firms hired by the previous regime. [ full story | comments ]

Missing Persons in Illegal Detention: CM

[ IE ][ Mar 04 15:31 GMT ]

The Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has told President Maithripala Sirisena that many of the Tamils who had allegedly “disappeared” during the war, are actually in “unofficial” government detention. It is high time they were identified and an amnesty was given. Wesak comes on May 3. May I suggest an amnesty for them on that Holy Day?,”... Appealing to the President to look at the war-ravaged Northern and Eastern Provinces differently from other Lankan provinces, Wigneswaran said that administration in the North is hampered by a severe shortage of staff. [ full story | comments ]

Military top brass shuffle casts doubts on Sri Lanka ‘internal mechanism’

[ JDS ][ Mar 04 14:44 GMT ]

Lieutenant General AWJC de Silva who counts over 35 years of service in the army, was the Kilinochchi commander in 2003-2004. He was in charge of dispatching civilians fleeing the north at the conclusion of the war. Brigadier Keppetiwalana was actively engaged in the 59th brigade that launched the conclusive massacre of Mullaitheevu. Major General Aruna Perera has been a major contributor to Excercise Cormorant Strike. This exercise hailed as a ‘brainchild of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’ is designed to jointly train all three forces for unconventional operations in hostile territory. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka arrests France-bound woman over rebel links

[ Sunday Daily ][ Mar 04 14:32 GMT ]

A former Tamil rebel was arrested at Sri Lanka's main international airport as she was returning to her home in France, along with her eight-year-old daughter who is a French national, police said Wednesday Murugesu Jayaganesh Pakeerathy, 41, was arrested on Monday before a magistrate ordered her detained for 72 hours pending investigations by an anti-terrorism unit, said police spokesman Ajith Rohana."If the mother agrees, the daughter can be handed over to a guardian," Rohana told AFP. "The daughter is not a suspect nor has she been arrested." [ full story | comments ]

U.N. calls for accountability in Sri Lanka rights investigation

[ Reuters ][ Mar 03 17:18 GMT ]

The United Nations urged Sri Lanka on Tuesday to make sure it had strong systems for holding people accountable, as the island nation carried out its own investigations in abuses during a 26-year civil war. The U.N. Human Rights Council has separately investigated atrocities in the war against Tamil separatists, but last month deferred its report, saying Colombo had shown a new willingness to open up to scrutiny. [ full story | comments ]

Bali Nine: Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran to be moved to Nusakambangan island today, ahead of executions

[ ABC News ][ Mar 03 17:12 GMT ]

The ABC understands the Bali Nine duo are to be moved from their prison to the Indonesian island of Nusakambangan this morning, but the date of their executions is yet to be decided. Senior security and Indonesian justice sources have told the ABC it is due to happen this morning, with two saying that it will be around 6:00am (local time). [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka waiting for best time to raise up to $1.5 bln bond - c.bank gov

[ Reuters ][ Mar 03 17:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is waiting for an opportune moment to launch a sovereign bond of up to $1.5 billion this year, possibly with a longer tenure to roll over its debts, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran told Reuters on Tuesday. Speculation over an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve and Greece possibly exiting the euro zone have been weighing on emerging markets' bond pricing at the moment, Mahendran said. "So we want to wait for an opportune moment. When that volatility decreases then we will be able to get the best possible rate for our borrowing," he said. [ full story | comments ]

Kerry Says Sri Lanka Among Significant Successes Of UNHRC

[ Eurasia Review ][ Mar 03 16:38 GMT ]

While stating that no other state has worked harder than the USA to promote human rights, he added that although the ‘wheels of justice may not turn as rapidly as all of us would wish, the foundation for establishing justice has been prepared.’ “At the same time, we welcome that the constructive dialogue is being had between Sri Lanka and OHCHR and expect that such actions will lead to genuine reconciliation, a goal towards Japan will as much cooperation as possible,” the Japanese representative said. [ full story | comments ]

Yarl's Wood: undercover in the secretive immigration centre

[ Channel 4 News ][ Mar 02 21:11 GMT ]

The treatment of detainees inside the notorious Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre is revealed in exclusive footage obtained by a Channel 4 News investigation. Yarl's Wood, which holds nearly 400 detainees, is the UK's most secretive immigration detention centre. It has been plagued by damning accusations about the behaviour of guards since it opened in 2001. Cameras have never been allowed inside. Even the United Nations special rapporteur for violence against women was barred entry. [ full story | comments ]

International Justice Possible Only When in the Interest of Powerful States

[ ICTJ ][ Mar 02 16:25 GMT ]

So this is where we are—with politics and power prevailing over international justice and likely to do so in the future. It may be necessary to say, bluntly, that justice when it is done in the international arena is always victor’s justice: impunity will be punished only when it is in the interest of a powerful state that it should be so.Yes, this is a depressing view, but friends of international justice—and I count myself as one—do ourselves no favors when we comfort ourselves with illusions. [ full story | comments ]

Top UN political official urges Sri Lanka to seize ‘historic moment’ for reconciliation

[ UN News Centre ][ Mar 04 16:03 GMT ]

The United Nations will stand with the people and leaders of Sri Lanka as the country forges ahead along the path to reconciliation, the Organization’s top political official said today, as he voiced encouragement at the Government’s ongoing commitment to promote accountability and human rights following the nation’s three decade-long civil war. Addressing reporters in the capital of Colombo during the conclusion of his four-day visit to the Asian country, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, applauded Sri Lanka for its democratic elections and peaceful transition and reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s claim that the island nation was entering a “moment of historic opportunity.” [ full story | comments ]

Canada-based NRI threatens to kill Anna Hazare; activists’ office demands probe

[ IE ][ Mar 04 15:27 GMT ]

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s office has written to state police chief asking him to probe the alleged incident of a Canada-based Indian issuing a death treat to the activist on social networking site Facebook. A former aide and a supporter of the 77-year-old activist has registered an offence in this regard with Thane Police. In the letter written, Hazare’s office in-charge has said that it’s possible that the person issuing threat to Hazare was offended by the activist’s stance against Narendra Modi led NDA government over the new Land Acquisition Bill. [ full story | comments ]

China's Challenges After Regime Change In Sri Lanka - Analysis

[ SAAG ][ Mar 04 14:36 GMT ]

China appears to be keen to make the best out of its existing relationship in Sri Lanka by turning President Sirisena’s desire to rebalance Sri Lanka’s relations with India as an opportunity for evolving a China-India-Sri Lanka triangular relationship. However, a clearer picture would probably emerge in the coming months after a series of visits - President Sirisena’s visits Beijing in March 2015 after Prime Minister Modi’s maiden visit to Colombo in the same month followed by the Indian Prime Minister’s proposed visit to China in May 2015. The political situation in Sri Lanka would also be clearer by then with the completion of parliamentary elections in the last week of April 2015. [ full story | comments ]

IMF rules out fresh bailout for Sri Lanka

[ AFP ][ Mar 04 14:27 GMT ]

The IMF on Wednesday (Mar 4) ruled out a fresh bail-out for Sri Lanka, which had hoped to secure loans of more than US$4.0 billion to restructure expensive debt taken on by the previous regime. Much of the country's post-war infrastructure under the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapakse was funded with Chinese debt and the new government had hoped to retire some of those loans. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake travelled to Washington last month to try to secure loans from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. But IMF experts who reviewed Sri Lanka's economy during a nine-day visit said the Indian Ocean island was not facing an immediate crisis. [ full story | comments ]

China Continues to Court Sri Lanka

[ The Diplomat ][ Mar 03 17:16 GMT ]

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was in Beijing the last two days of February, where he met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, as well as Premier Li Keqiang. China’s Foreign Ministry had previously talked up the visit as a way of establishing the foundation for China-Sri Lanka relations under new President Maithripala Sirisena. Samaraweera was the first cabinet member from the new government to visit China. China used Samaraweera’s visit as a chance to refute the notion that extensive Chinese loans made to Colombo for various construction projects have a nefarious intent. “China’s loans were provided at the request of the Sri Lankan side… [ full story | comments ]

India, Sri Lanka to revive fishing talks

[ PTI ][ Mar 03 17:10 GMT ]

Sri Lanka on Tuesday accepted India’s request to revive talks between the fishing communities of the two countries, days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the country. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y K Sinha on Tuesday met Fisheries Minister Joseph Michael Perera and asked for the revival of talks between the representatives of the fishing communities. “In talks today the Indian High Commissioner requested that talks be started around 12th of this month ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Colombo”, Mr. Perera said. [ full story | comments ]

Press statement during official visit to Sri Lanka, Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman

[ UN ][ Mar 03 16:47 GMT ]

Without question, there is still a wide trust deficit between communities in Sri Lanka, especially between the Tamil and the Sinhalese. We have thus encouraged the national leaders and political stakeholders to work on all of these issues in the spirit of inclusion and consultation. Inclusion requires that all communities be willing to participate in these processes. As requested by Sri Lanka, the United Nations is committed to assisting in the process of accountability and reconciliation, through the Peacebuilding Fund and other facilities, as appropriate. But it is first and foremost for Sri Lankans themselves to shape how to address issues of the past in order to find a common future. [ full story | comments ]

Mid-sea fight threatens to jeopardise bilateral talks between Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka fishermen

[ ToI ][ Mar 03 16:33 GMT ]

"Sri Lankan fishermen are very upset that their Indian counterparts are destroying their marine wealth and fishing gear in spite of repeated appeals. They alleged that our fishermen attacked them in mid-sea and it appears they are thoroughly antagonised," U Arulanandam of Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen from Pamban said.Justin Soysa, president of Federation of Mannar District Fishermen Associations in Sri Lanka, said the atrocities of Indian fishermen were increasing by the day.On Sunday, Karaikal fishermen passed a resolution agreeing not to trespass into Sri Lankan waters. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka seeks foreign help with new war crimes probe

[ AFP ][ Mar 02 18:44 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's new government Monday formally asked the international community for "advice, technical support and assistance" for a proposed domestic probe into war crimes under former leader Mahinda Rajapakse. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the UN Human Rights Council that the new government, unlike its predecessor, will cooperate with the international community to address reconciliation and accountability in the island. "The last few years when Sri Lanka moved away from this cooperative approach was an aberration," Samaraweera said in his address to the council in Geneva, a copy of which was released in Colombo. [ full story | comments ]

Human Rights and 50 days of Sri Lanka’s new Presidency

[ GroundView ][ Mar 02 14:45 GMT ]

However, intimidation and surveillance of Tamil human rights defenders in the North and East appear to be much more intense, though again, less intense than during the Rajapakse’s. A Tamil youth who had been detained and released as innocent after years and months of detention and torture, continued to be harassed by the Police.Torture and deaths in suspicious circumstances when in Police custody continued to be reported in these 50 days. At least two persons were reported to have died in Police custody, in Suriyawewa in the South and Thalawakele in the Central Province. [ full story | comments ]


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[Reuters - Mar 03, 2015 17:18:50 GMT]

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[ABC News - Mar 03, 2015 17:12:38 GMT]

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