Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts

[ Channel 4 News ][ Jul 29 04:11 GMT ]

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes. Channel 4 News has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September's Human Rights Council discussion on a UN's long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war. According to the UN tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the closing stages of the Sri Lankan military's war against the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers. [ full story | comments ]

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Rajiv Gandhi Killers Will Not Hang, Confirms Supreme Court

[ NDTV ][ Jul 29 12:56 GMT ]

The Supreme Court today confirmed its decision of commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment of three persons convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The apex Court dismissed the curative petition filed by the Centre which was seeking a review of the decision in February last year. Centre's curative petition said that the victims in the former Prime Minister's assassination case were not heard before commuting their death sentence. [ full story | comments ]

Still Unfinished War Sri Lanka’s On-going Crimes Against Humanity

[ ITJPSL ][ Jul 29 10:39 GMT ]

Six years after the end Sri Lanka’s civil war, a new report by the International Truth & Justice Project exposes the systematic persecution of the Tamil community through torture, rape, illegal detention and killings committed by the state authorities. Through careful research brought to life by the vivid horror of victim testimonials, the report, Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009-2015, shows how the use of torture and sexual violence is part of a well-coordinated policy, planned at the highest level of the Sri Lankan government and its security forces. [ full story | comments ]

Government hardens stand against former PM Rajiv Gandhi's killers

[ Hindustan Times ][ Jul 29 04:08 GMT ]

The Centre on Tuesday took a tough stand against the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, saying there was no concern left for victims of crimes and governments were simply drawing mileage by remitting sentences of convicts held guilty by courts. “Today, we all look at the convicts and sympathise with them. But there is no one to speak about the victims or the destruction caused by these convicts, and what these people hold to ransom,” solicitor general Ranjit Kumar told the Supreme Court. [ full story | comments ]

New Constitution needed: TNA

[ The Hindu ][ Jul 28 03:15 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question. Taking time off from his election campaign, R. Sampanthan, the 82-year-old leader of the TNA, told The Hindu in Jaffna on Sunday afternoon that “everybody wants a new Constitution. Even the Sinhalese leadership wants a new Constitution. There are many matters that, to me, [call for] a new Constitution.” Elaborating further, Mr. Sampanthan, who is contesting from the Trincomalee electoral district in the Eastern Province, said: “There is a view in the country that the 1978 Constitution has outlived its period.” [ full story | comments ]

Mixed feelings among displaced Tamils

[ The Hindu ][ Jul 28 03:13 GMT ]

Robinson, a 19-year-old youth of the Sabapathipillai camp of internally-displaced people (IDP) in Chunnakam near Jaffna, is more keen on playing cricket with his friends than talking about larger issues that affect the Tamil community. Still, he says he will go to polling booth on August 17, and cast his vote. “That is my right,” he says. What would the elections mean for him? This is a question that can be addressed by those who are knowledgeable, he replies. He, however, adds that this is the first time that he’s going to cast his vote. “That’s why it is important to me.” Robinson adds that what is concerning him and many others is unemployment. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka Looks at Naval Base for Hambantota as Second Development Phase Gets Underway

[ Ship & Bunker News ][ Jul 27 15:05 GMT ]

A naval base may be built at Sri Lanka's Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (Hambantota Port), which is said to have been underused since it was built with a Chinese loan in 2010, local media reports. Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's Minister of Ports, received approval on July 22 from the Sri Lankan cabinet to undertake a feasibility study and prepare a plan to build a naval dockyard at the site. [ full story | comments ]

TNA’s Manifesto Becomes Poll Issue in South Lanka

[ Indian Express ][ Jul 27 15:01 GMT ]

The TNA’s demand for “self-determination within a united but federal Sri Lanka” is being interpreted as a stepping stone to an independent Tamil Eelam. The TNA wants the 13th. Amendment of the Lankan constitution to be scrapped and replaced by an amendment ensuring a federal structure with greater devolution or power to the provinces. Parties aligned with the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are not only voicing fears of Tamil separatism but asking the Sinhalese parties friendly to the TNA, to explain their stand on the manifesto. [ full story | comments ]

Rajapaksa comeback bid checked by Sri Lanka bribery probe

[ Reuters ][ Jul 26 15:49 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa's failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election. Ousted by erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena in January, Rajapaksa is now seeking to turn the tables at the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls but continues to be dogged by allegations of sleaze that led to his defeat after two terms as president. At the centre of an investigation by the police and central bank is China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), which under Rajapaksa landed a $1.4 billion deal to build a port city in Colombo that has been suspended by the current government. [ full story | comments ]

Rajiv Gandhi assassination not a crime against India: Ram Jethmalani

[ Economic Times ][ Jul 26 15:47 GMT ]

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, arguing for Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Murugan, stoked a controversy on Tuesday by telling the Supreme Court that the May 21, 1991 suicide bomb attack which killed the former prime minister at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, was not a crime against India. A bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices F M I Kalifulla, P C Ghose, A M Sapre and U U Lalit is hearing the Centre's petition challenging Tamil Nadu government's February 19, 2014 decision to commute the sentences of seven life convicts in the Rajiv assassination case and release them from prison. [ full story | comments ]

Leopard Hunting in Sri Lanka

[ Wall Street Journal ][ Jul 26 15:37 GMT ]

We were on the hunt for leopards in Sri Lanka. In some ways, it seems like an easy task in Yala National Park, a 979-square-kilometer expanse abutting the Indian Ocean in the island’s southeast. It’s said to have the highest concentration of leopards in the world — but the cats are notoriously elusive, known for their stealth, solitary nature and preference for hunting at night. The safari was going to be the highlight of a trip to Sri Lanka, just a few years out of a wrenching 25-year civil war. We wanted to see hints of the country’s colonial past, taste its spices and check out a place still unblemished by mass tourism. But most of all, we wanted to see leopards. [ full story | comments ]

Why Rajapaksa as Sri Lankan PM is bad for India

[ DailyO ][ Jul 29 12:36 GMT ]

There is unprecedented political flux in Sri Lanka with just about three weeks to go for parliamentary elections. By throwing his hat in the ring, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has contributed hugely to the churning. Nobody is quite sure what the August 17 play of dice throws up. Moreover, the timing of the elections is significant as the UN report on human rights abuse by the Sinhala army in the last phase of the military campaign against the LTTE will be tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by September-end, when the new Parliament will meet and a new prime minister take charge. He may just be Mahinda Rajapaksa. [ full story | comments ]

Ousted Sri Lankan Leader Angles for a Comeback

[ Wall Street Journal ][ Jul 29 04:10 GMT ]

Flanked by saffron-robed Buddhist monks, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa exhorted a crowd of more than a thousand supporters at a weekend election rally, saying: “We saved this country. Don’t let it be divided again.” The 69-year-old politician, ousted by voters earlier this year, is seeking a return to office—this time as prime minister—in an ethnically charged campaign mixing economic promises with warnings of resurgent terror by minority Tamils, defeated six years ago after a long civil war. [ full story | comments ]

China's Sri Lankan Port Ambitions Persist

[ The Diplomat ][ Jul 28 03:16 GMT ]

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), has proposed the construction of new facilities at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port. According to an IHS Maritime 360 report, the CHEC proposal focuses on the construction of a new shipbuilding and repair dockyard. The proposal is part of the third phase of the construction of the Hambantota Port. [ full story | comments ]

President continues ‘cold war’ with UPFA to isolate Rajapaksa

[ Sunday Times ][ Jul 28 03:14 GMT ]

For Colombo’s state intelligence community, there was a distraction from monitoring the polls this week.It was a report from southern India. Police in the town of Ramanathapuram, in the tongue shaped land mass that ends at the Dhanuskodi pier, arrested three people after a check they conducted on vehicle movements. This pier in the Palk Strait, the narrow seas that divide India and Sri Lanka, is located opposite a similar one on the other end at Talaimannar. They were the entry points when a ferry service operated between the two countries decades ago. This is the path for a project to construct a bridge linking Sri Lanka and India. [ full story | comments ]

TNA wants power sharing within united Lanka

[ Sunday Times ][ Jul 28 02:56 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) election manifesto released last evening calls for a power sharing mechanism within the framework of a united and undivided Sri Lanka. “We as a people are concerned about our historical habitats, our collective rights that accrue to us as a people and as a nation and our entitlement to exercise our right to determine our destiny to ensure self-government in the Tamil Speaking North-East of the country within a united and undivided Sri Lanka,” the manifesto said. Reelecting the party’s stand on accountability and reconciliation, the TNA said it was strongly committed to the truth which must be made public and known to all the people of this country. [ full story | comments ]

Labor may return asylum seekers to home countries

[ Australian ][ Jul 27 15:03 GMT ]

Asylum-seekers intercepted at sea could be handed back to their home countries if a Labor government assessed they were not owed refugee protection, Bill Shorten said today. The ALP national conference at the weekend approved a suite of immigration policies including the near-doubling of the humanitarian intake, the abolition of temporary protection visas and the option to turn back boats when it is considered safe. The Opposition Leader, asked to elaborate on his vision today, confirmed that “like the government” he would want asylum-seekers returned to their home countries if possible. [ full story | comments ]

Democracy in Sri Lanka Will Soon Confront Its Second Moment of Truth

[ Wire ][ Jul 27 14:56 GMT ]

The outcome of the parliamentary election is not easy to predict. There is no discernible wave in favour any of the two main contending coalitions. Given the configuration of forces at present, the UNFGG might emerge as the entity with the highest number of seats, yet without a clear majority in the 225-mmember legislature. The UPFA is likely to emerge strong, but not in a position to form a post-election majority coalition. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are likely to share about 30 seats between themselves, and they are not likely to back Rajapaksa’s UPFA in forming a post-election coalition government. They are committed to preventing Rajapaksa from forming the next government. [ full story | comments ]

Peace and Reconciliation: A Way Forward

[ Groundviews ][ Jul 26 15:48 GMT ]

I have enjoyed and appreciated the documents you have sent me and am happy to speak to you on Peace and Reconciliation – Way Forward. Up till the time of Independence in February 1984 our country was widely regarded, with much justification, as a model colony, eminently equipped to be a peaceful, democratic, stable, socially cohesive and economically upward mobile nation-state. There was much promise of our land and our people living up to the legend of the Isle of Serendipity. But that was not to be. It is a goal that all of us had wanted, but it has yet eluded us. It is pertinent to briefly refer to some historical details to understand what has gone wrong. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lankan Army says it has only ‘limited’ role in north

[ The Hindu ][ Jul 26 15:39 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Army has maintained that its involvement in the Northern Province is limited “only to demining, construction works and infrastructure development in connection with the resettlement of people.” Responding to a questionnaire sent by The Hindu last month on the status of the Army’s presence in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, it said on Thursday: “We have almost totally disengaged [ourselves] from non-military activities.” The Oakland Institute, a US-based policy think tank, had earlier reported the Army has “expanded” itself into “non-military activities” and is “engaged in large-scale development, construction projects and business ventures”. [ full story | comments ]

Riots helped to define Canada's Tamil community

[ Toronto Star ][ Jul 23 22:55 GMT ]

Thirty-two years ago on Friday, anti-Tamil riots burned a hole into the South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka that it still struggles to close. For many of us in the Canadian Tamil diaspora, it is an emotional reminder of not only what we had lost in Sri Lanka but also what we have gained in Canada in return. In 1983, the seaside capital city of Colombo and neighbouring towns were engulfed in flames as a gruesome pogrom was unleashed on ethnic minority Tamils. Carried out by organized mobs, almost exclusively made up of ethnic majority Sinhalese who were aided and abetted by senior government officials, the riots lasted from July 24 to July 30, 1983. [ full story | comments ]

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