Author Archive for Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha

Western encouragement of terrorism

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy The Ceylon Today Another mark of increasing age, though I suppose I should be pleased at this one, was a request to deliver a memorial lecture. The topic given to me was “The March of Folly”, which led me to look up the origin of the phrase. I knew it was the title of […]

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End of a long road

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Rajiva Wijesinha The election was held on 17 August and four days later I learnt that I had not been put into Parliament. I had been on the UPFA National List, which I gathered had been with the approval of both factions of the SLFP. But it had become clear almost immediately that the polarization that […]

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Dealing with adverse propaganda

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

By Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today Concerted attacks, however, lay far in the future. In 2009 we were dealing rather with generalizations, and the threat then was not allegations of war crimes, but rather efforts to galvanize international opinion against us and stop the slow but steady progress of the forces in the North. I had […]

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The Paranagama & The Geneva Reports: Attempts To Mislead The Public

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Prof. Rajiva Wijesingha I have refrained thus far from getting involved in the debate over the Geneva Resolution for a number of reasons. One is a commitment to finalize a few books, and in particular an account of what Sri Lanka did right, in winning the war, and then did wrong in losing the peace. […]

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Chandrika’s techniques of character assassination-The lessons of Batalanda

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

By Prof Rajiva Wijesingha – Seeing all the posters asserting that ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was murdered, I was struck by the similarity to the allegations made when Chandrika Kumaratunga was President regarding Batalanda. The Sunday Leader in December 2001, soon after the UNP won the election she had called, wrote: ‘The legacy of evil that […]

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Ranil’s dishonesty gets worse by the day

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Ranil’s dishonesty gets worse by the day. But even more startling perhaps is his brazen hypocrisy. And what seems to be open mockery of the President. There have been multiple allegations of corruption with regard to the last government, but most were generalizations. There was in fact only one clear instance cited […]

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Ranil and Highways

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Second instalment of roadscam, you might like also to question the Secretary who was suddenly dismissed, Mr Udaya Seneviratne, and perhaps the Chinese Embassy too about the earlier and curent projects, since the Prime Minister claims that the EXIM Bank of China will be funding this project too Dealings of the current […]

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What went wrong for the ‘rainbow coalition’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Island Rajiva Wijesinha was one of the main figures in the yahapalana coalition that overthrew President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January this year. Before former chief justice Sarath N.Silva began to speak up against the yahapalana government, Rajiva was the most prominent yahapalana intellectual to openly express his discontent at what the new government […]

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Did Gotabaya Precipitate The Crisis With Chris Nonis?

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha In the course of the frenetic travel programme I had set myself before the usual budget period, I had just two days in Sri Lanka last week. They were packed, with Parliament, and an overnight stay with a cousin visiting after several days, and the 92nd birthday of my most distinguished aunt, […]

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Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Sleepy (Part 3)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha October 11, 2014 in Enemies of the President’s Promise | Tags: C R De Silva, Darusman, G L Peiris,H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Ministry of Human Rights, Mohan Pieris, National Human Rights Action Plan, Rohan Perera, study group, UN, UN Secretary General, Walter Kalin,Wimal Weerawansa Enemies of the President’s Promse: […]

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Enemies of the President’s promise

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By PROF. RAJIVA WIJESINHA Courtesy Ceylon Today In May 2009, Sri Lanka seemed on top of the world. Under President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan Government and forces had defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which had dominated Tamil politics in Sri Lanka. It had survived conflict with not just successive Sri Lankan Governments, but […]

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Enemies of the President’s Promise – 3 Sleepy

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Prof. Rajiva  Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today GL’s appointment as Minister of External Affairs, in 2010, was generally welcomed. Bogollagama had lost the election, which made the President’s task easier since, given his complaisant approach to those who supported him, he would have found it awkward to replace Bogollagama. The only other serious candidate was Mahinda […]

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Understanding American attitudes: International Relations and Security

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP Courtesy The Daily News  One of the sadder aspects of Tissa Jayatilaka’s celebration of American values and conduct with regard to Sri Lanka is his suppression of the change that took place in American policy with the change of government at the beginning of 2009. While many of us thought that, […]

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International Relations and Security: Moving forward with India

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP Courtesy The Daily News  With regard to the collapse of relations with India in the eighties, the reasons are clear enough. If anyone doubted the corrosive effect of President Jayewardene’s Cold War adventurism, the Annexe to the Indo-Lankan Accord makes crystal clear what India feared. At the time the Liberal Party regretted […]

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Dealing with allegations of war crimes

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Some weeks back I was sent, by a friend in England, a book entitled The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media. It was by someone called Lila Rajiva, but doubtless that was not the only reason to assume it would interest me. I took some time to start on […]

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Playing by rules

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Prof. Rajiv Wijesinha-Courtesy The Daily News When I was asked recently, in fulfillment of my work on the Human Rights Action Plan, to assist the Ministries of Justice and of Child Development and Women’s Affairs to finalize the draft of an act to replace the Children and Young Person’s Ordinance, I was struck by the […]

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Wasting the money allocated to education

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha–Courtesy The Island A couple of days back I predicted that the FUTA strike would soon be resolved by yet another increase in the salaries of university staff, with no correctives with regard to the grave problems now facing our education system. Recent reports in the papers suggest that this will indeed be […]

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Manipulation of the body of young Balasinghman-Further excesses of Channel 4

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP-Courtesy The Island March 22, 2012, 8:44 pm In dealing with the allegations made by Channel 4, one needs to look carefully at what they present as their most damning evidence, the pictures of the dead body of Prabhakaran’s son. The killing of a child is always shocking and, unlike the […]

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Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation Counters Channel 4 Film

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation, In a statement from Geneva, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation, responded to claims in the latest Channel 4 film on Sri Lanka. Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha is currently Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and was re-elected leader of the Liberal Party of Sri […]

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Falsehoods in the British House of Commons

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP I was deeply shocked by various pronouncements in the recent debate in the House of Commons on what was termed the issue of Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent. Much of the debate was about Kashmir, and several MPs weighed in against India in what seemed a very unfair and biased […]

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Shoddy and suspicious details in UN Panel Report

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Prof Rajiva WIJESINHA, MP I have not yet seen the full report issued by the panel appointed by Ban ki Moon, but the Sunday Island of the 17th carries a fascinating extract – “In the early morning hours of January 24, hundreds of shells rained down on the NFZ. Those with access to the United […]

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Bruce Haigh’s Mischief Making

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

By Prof Rajive Wijesinha -MP Sri LankaParliament I am writing, as Head of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat in 2009, to correct some errors in the opinion piece on ‘The Drum’, reproduced it seems from ABC News. It seems best to make annotations direct on the published text, though I hope you will also reproduce […]

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Speech in the Votes of the Ministry of External Affairs At the Committee Stage of the Budget Debate – December 7th 2010

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Rajiva Wijesinha In discussing the votes of the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr Speaker, we should look at the situation in which Sri Lanka found itself five years ago, and what we have now. In those days, we seemed to be wholly dependent on what called itself the international community, so much so that representatives of […]

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Right of reply exercised by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights To issues raised under Item 3 of the Agenda of the Human Rights Council: Civil, political, economic, social, cultural rights and right to development

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Sri Lanka is disturbed by the intervention of a single Non-Governmental Organization that detracted from the generally high standard of debate under this Item in pursuing its relentless vendetta against the Sri Lankan state. In the present context of seeking reconciliation however it seems best not to respond […]

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Statement of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights in the general debate under Item 4 of the Agenda of the Human Rights Council: Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Sri Lanka appreciates the concerns about Sri Lanka expressed by countries participating in this debate and records its appreciation, with regard to our efforts to recover from the damage caused by terrorism, of the support and assistance of our neighbours and friends who stood by us in our […]

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Right of Reply exercised by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights to issues raised under Item 4 of the Agenda of the Human Rights Council: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Sri Lanka regrets the disinformation purveyed by some Non-Governmental Organizations in the course of the debate on Item 4 of the Agenda of the Human Rights Council. Sadly we seem to have abandoned traditional values, or rather Christian values and the Ten Commandments, but the Prophet Moses would […]

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Intervention of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha,Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights in discussion of the Report of the Joint Inspection Unit

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Sri Lanka welcomes the Report of the Joint Inspection Unit on the requested follow up to the management review of the Office of the High Commissioner. The Report makes it clear that follow up has in fact been minimal. Recalling that the Review took place in 2003, one […]

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The Times mirrors the Tigers

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Rajiva Wijesinha   Secretary General   Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process The international community was horrified by news reports in the Times of London on July 9th 2009 that over 1400 people were dying each week in Welfare Centres in Sri Lanka. The Times continues to conceal its sources. This time the allegation is attributed to […]

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British Foreign Office feeds Times false figures in campaign to recover from defeat inflicted at Human Rights Council in Geneva

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process The above headline is clearly an exaggeration, but it is based on the style of reporting adopted recently by the Times of London in its coverage of Sri Lanka. Following its extraordinary assertion, at the end of May, that over 20,000 had been killed […]

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The Bob Rae saga

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Prof Rajiva Wijesinha has written to The Toronto Star in response to its coverage of the decision to prevent Canadian politician Bob Rae from entering Sri Lanka last week. His letter is published below. […]

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