Archive for March 17th, 2019

Height of Hypocrisy: US demands international probes against Sri Lanka but denies US war crimes probe!

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

In November 2017, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked judges for authorization to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. US & NATO bombed and invaded Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 blaming Afghanistan though none of the hijackers were even remotely connected to Afghanistan. US & NATO have been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. The war […]

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The stand Sri Lanka should take in Geneva

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Leader of the Opposition  The government has announced that they will co-sponsor yet another resolution against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council. Resolution 30/1, the first such co-sponsored resolution in October 2015 committed the government to among other things, setting up a hybrid war crimes court with the participation of foreign […]

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ජිනීවාහිදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ගත යුතු ස්ථාවරය

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ විපක්‍ෂ නායක එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව ගෙන එන තවත් යෝජනාවකට සම අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය දක්වන බවට ආණ්ඩුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කොට ඇත.  2015 ඔක්තෝබර් මාසයේ මේ ආකාරයට මුල් වතාවට සම අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය දක්වා සම්මත කර ගනු ලැබූ අංක 30/1 දරණ යෝජනාව තුළින් වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව භාරගත් එක් කාර්‍යයක් වන්නේ ලංකාවට විරුද්ධව තිබෙන යුද අපරාධ […]

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Kandyan Convention of 1815 – A Convention violated and dishonoured

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

by Senaka Weeraratna (This is an edited version of a paper read out at a Public Seminar on the ‘ Kandyan Convention of 1815’ held at the University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, on March 09, 2019) The Kandyan Convention (‘Ingrisy – Sinhale Givisuma’) must be examined in the context of British colonial policy seeking British supremacy […]

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The mass grave in Mannar  –  Do we need further studies?

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada When construction workers excavating the site of the Sathosa Store  in Mannar  unearthed skeletal remains in  late 2013, they had accidentally found one of the largest mass graves in the country. Radio-carbon dating has now put the skeletal remains to the 15th -18th century. However, the TNA and a number of NGOs […]

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Bones, Naseby and Kiriella

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

N.A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island Bones found in a mass grave in Mannar have been found to be more than 300 years old by a laboratory in Florida, USA. Lord Naseby has called on all the countries sponsoring the Resolution against Sri Lanka to bring down the official figure of deaths during the last […]

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Future of SLPP-SLFP grand alliance in the making uncertain

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island March 17, 2019, 10:50 pm The outcome of talks between the SLPP and the SLFP, for a grand coalition against the UNP was in the balance, political sources told The Island. The SLPP and SLFP are scheduled to meet again on March 21 following their first round of talks on […]

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Need a proper policy on foreign investors – Gotabaya

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana When inviting foreign investors, it is important to create an economic policy which can protect the local entrepreneur stated former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. If foreign investors are invited into the country they should generate some foreign exchange and employment opportunities for the country, he said. He further said that the investors also […]

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Mahinda tells what stand SL should take in Geneva

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa states that Sri Lanka should no longer co-sponsor resolutions against the country at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Issuing a press release titled ‘The stand Sri Lanka should take in Geneva’, the Opposition Leader says that the government will be co-sponsoring another resolution against […]

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Hybrid delegation to turn down hybrid courts

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today While the top two leaders of the country disagree on most of the issues, they patched up their serious differences on the issues faced by Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. During the discussion held with President Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Foreign Affairs […]

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Resolution against us

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today It was an unbelievable act when the Yahapalana Government co-sponsored the Resolution 30/1 in 2015. A Government to have accepted to have committed war crimes and therefore to co-sponsor a Resolution against its own country is unprecedented. Outraged, national movements predicted that history would never again witness such a treacherous […]

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Executive Presidency Can it be abolished in a hurry?

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

By Gamini Abeywardane Courtesy Ceylon Today Abolition of the executive presidency has surfaced in the political debate again.  Since early nineties the matter has been brought up many times in election promises – first by Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994, then by Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 and 2010, and lastly by Maithripala Sirisena in 2015. Yet for […]

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