Author Archive for Terrorism

Attempt to mislead President Sirisena on Disappearances Bill

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

by C.A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island September 20, 2017, 10:46 pm It is not the policy of this newspaper to comment on articles published by other newspapers or websites. However given the importance of the ‘Bill to introduce into local law the provisions of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced isappearance’, […]

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Convention on Enforced Disappearance clears way for extradition WHO IS TO BE EXTRADITED?

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

by SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island   [The writer is author of ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE-GENEVA: Sri Lanka’s Counter-Hegemonic Asymmetric Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council’, published by Vijitha Yapa and now available at the International Book Fair, BMICH.] September 14, 2017, 9:21 pm The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance […]

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Calls for probe into Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka ’s allegations against former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Northern Province Chief Minister C.W. Wigneswaran: Army holding about 85,000 acres in North By Cyril Wimalasurendre Courtesy The Island September 10, 2017, 10:53 pm KANDY – Alleging that the army continued to hold about 85,000 acres of land in the North, Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court judge C.W. Wigneswaran, on Saturday, sought the […]

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Alleged war crimes and Command Responsibility

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

by Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy  Ceylon Today As for the ways by which rulers over others may become implicated in their crimes, there are two …tolerance and protection…we must hold that a person who knows of a crime and is able and bound to forbid it and does not do so, himself commits a crime … […]

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Blinded by his rage against the former regime he fails to realize the possible consequences Only fools rush in… is it not?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

BY FAIZER  SHAHEID Courtesy Ceylon Today A new trajectory has been carved leading into the already existing list of war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan Army that seeks to reroute the investigations to hold Sri Lanka as a whole accountable. The war crimes charges were filed by South America based International Truth and Justice Project […]

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Regional Development Minister Field Sarath Fonseka’s attack on General Jagath Jayasuriya: Dinesh to seek clarification from Marapana

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Courtesy The Island Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena will raise the LTTE backed Tamil Diaspora move against General Jagath Jayasuriya following Regional Development Minister Field Sarath Fonseka alleging that the wartime Security Forces Commander, Vanni had committed crimes and he continued violations of human rights after becoming the Commander of the Army in July 2009. […]

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Sri Lanka defends diplomat facing warcrimes charges

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Mail on Line A human rights group has filed two cases against retired general Jagath Jayasuriya (C) over his role as a senior army officer during and after the island’s long ethnic war Sri Lanka’s president Sunday defended his ambassador to Latin America who faces war crimes allegations over his role as a senior army […]

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I didn’t know what was happening on the war front – Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Courtesy  Ceylon Today Tall and well-built, retired Army General, Jagath Jayasuriya, who was posted in Brazil as the Sri Lankan Ambassador, is back in town with mounted allegations against him related to his posts as a military man and an ambassador. He said that although he was the Vanni Commander, he was […]

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Jagath Jayasuriya joins the Sonia – Modi club

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island September 2, 2017, 7:37 pm Former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya completed his stint as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil and arrived in Sri Lanka last week. It would appear that just as he was leaving Brazil, some international human rights groups had filed war crimes lawsuits against him in Brazil and […]

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Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka released me from military ops: Jayasuriya

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Brazil, General (Retd.) Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday rejected the war crimes allegations levelled against him and said the then Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka in a written document had exempted him from responsibilities of all military operations. Speaking exclusively to Daily Mirror he said: After all, […]

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Fonseka to testify against Jayasuriya Threat of international war crimes probe

Friday, September 1st, 2017

By Upali de Saram and Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island September 1, 2017, 11:04 pm Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday said he was ready to give evidence against his successor in the army, General Jagath Jayasuriya if the latter was tried for war crimes. Field Marshal Fonseka said he had received information that […]

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පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී හෙළිවූ රාජ් රාජරත්නම් කවුද?

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින දෙවියකුගේ වෙස්‌ගත් කොටි යක්‍ෂයා පසුගිය 12 වැනිදා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී රාජ් රාජරත්නම් නමැත්තකු ගැන ප්‍රකාශයට පත්විය. රාජරත්නම් ළඟ සේවය කළ ඉන්ද්‍රජිත් කුමාරස්‌වාමි අද මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපති ලෙස ක්‍රියාකරන බවද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී හෙළිදරව් කෙරුණි. එහෙත් කවුද මේ රාජ් රාජරත්නම්? ව්‍යාපාරිකයෙක්‌ද, එසේත් නැත්නම් අහිංසකයෙක්‌ද, එසේ නොවේ නම් තක්‌කඩියෙක්‌ද යන්න මෙරට ජනතාව නොදනී. අද අපි හෙළිදරව් කරන්නේ රාජ් […]

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WRONG PERCEPTION OF SINHALA BUDDHIST IMPERIALISM

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Ranjith Soysa  To:US Secretary of State. <secretary@state.gov>, US Embassy Sri Lanka <colomboacs@state.gov> Dear Sirs According to Tamil Guardian of 17 Aug 2017, US State Dept International Religious Freedom report for 2015 has reported that the Buddha statues inNorth and East of Sri Lanka creates the perception of  Sinhala Buddhist imperialism! The above conclusion is not […]

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war crimes probe: Constitution won’t permit foreign judges, says FM Marapana

Friday, August 18th, 2017

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island August 18, 2017, 11:12 pm Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, yesterday said foreign judges couldn’t be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the Constitution. He said so when The Island asked him whether he, would as a former Attorney General, in addition to his newest responsibilities look into […]

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Insurgencies: the song remains the same Why Ranil is wrong about ‘terrorism’

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

BY Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today War is thus more than a mere chameleon, because it changes its nature to some extent in each concrete case. It is also, however, when it is regarded as a whole and in relation to the tendencies that dominate within it, a fascinating trinity (wunderliche Dreifaltigkeit). – Carl von Clausewitz […]

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Terrorism not eliminated completely from country and attempts made by LTTE to stage comeback should be defeated at any cost, says IGP Pujith Jayasundera

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

satp.org The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera during a discussion held with the religious leaders and civil society organizations at the Auditorium of the Jaffna Police Station in Jaffna District on August 1 said terrorism had not been eliminated completely from the country and the attempts made by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil […]

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රණවිරුවන්ට දිරියක්‌ වූ හමුදාවේ තාත්තා සෙන්පති ඩෙන්සිල් කොබ්බෑකඩුව 

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

පියසිරි අජිත් ලියනගේ අටවැනි දිනට යෙදෙන සෙන්පති ඩෙන්සිල් කොබ්බෑකඩුව 25 වැනි ගුණසමරුව නිමිත්තෙනි මම අවුරුදු 23 ක සේවා කාලයක්‌ අවසන යුධ හමුදාවෙන් විශ්‍රාම ලැබුයෙමි. එම සේවා කාල පරාසය තුළ මට නා නා විදිහේ ගති පැවතුම් ඇති නා නා පන්නයේ නිලධාරීන් සමඟ සේවය කරන්නට අවකාශ ලැබිණ. තම උරහිසට නායකත්ව සංකේතයක්‌ ලද විට එය තමන් සතු බූදලයක්‌ […]

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‘A CORRUPT UNHRC” – US Ambassador to UN

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Courtesy  The Island The UNHRC which has passed many now well-publicised strictures on Sri Lanka, two of them more recently, with the active co-sponsorship of the present government, is once again in the news. The so-called Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (with a small contingent of 15 M.P.s supporting him, which itself is a […]

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Confusion prevailing in respect of Reconciliation, Constitutional Changes and UNHRC Resolution

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Mahinda Gunasekera, 84 Tambrook Drive, Agincourt, Ontario, Canada  M1W 3L9 July 26, 2017 His Excellency, Maithripala Sirisena President of Sri Lanka, Colombo 1, Sri Lanka Copy to: Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Minister Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Elected MPs, Confusion prevailing in respect of Reconciliation, Constitutional Changes and UNHRC Resolution The messages […]

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Sri Lanka’s LTTE removed from European Union’s terror blacklist

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Courtesy The Indian Express  BRUSSELS: The European Union’s top court on Wednesday annulled a court ruling to remove the Hamas militant group from the EU terror blacklist. The court, however, removed Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from the 28-member bloc’s terror list, BBC reported. The Court of Justice of the European Union […]

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MK Stalin welcomes EU lifting ban on LTTE

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Courtesy The  Deccan Chronicle Chennai: DMK Working President M K Stalin on Wednesday welcomed European Union lifting the ban on LTTE and asked the Sri Lankan Government to ensure meaningful share” of power to Eelam Tamils. In a statement, Mr Stalin said it is a moment of elation as EU’s highest court has removed LTTE from […]

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The bill on enforced disappearances

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island July 24, 2017, 8:22 pm The Bill states that it seeks “to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.” The Convention that was ratified by Sri Lanka on May 3, 2016 came into force on June 24, 2016. The Bill neither specifies […]

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Major breakthrough in MiG deal investigation

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By C.A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island =The Island Special Report precipitates reopening of probe in Ukraine = Key witness gives statement to Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office July 16, 2017, 8:42 pm Following The Island’s three part Special Report on ‘The Rajapaksa Govt.’s controversial MiG deal’ in mid-May this year, we reliably learn that the Ukrainian authorities […]

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Lanka sledgehammered by UN

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando July 18, 2017, Ben Emmerson, QC, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, while countering terrorism, is fully cognizant of Sri Lanka’s long and complex history of ethnic tensions and the tremendous security challenges this has generated. For almost 26 years, Sri Lanka dealt with […]

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කොසවෝ සමූල ඝාතක ‘රම්බෝ’ බේරාගත්  බෙන් එමර්සන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණෙයි

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

35 වැනි ජිනීවා මානව සැසිවාරය අවසන් වී ජුලි 10 වැනිදාට දින 17 කි. එහෙත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ගැලවීමක්‌ නැත. මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්‌ සෙයිද් රාද් හුසේන් ජුලි 10 වැනිදා මෙරටට තවත් එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ විශේෂ නියෝජිතයකු එවනු ලැබීය. ඔහු බෙන් එමර්සන් නැමැත්තෙකි. එමර්සන් යනු එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් සහ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය පිටුදැකීමේ ක්‍රියාවලියට සම්බන්ධ විශේෂ නියෝජිතයායි. මොහු ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට […]

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Who permitted UN Rapporteur meet LTTE detainees: MS

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have asked at today’s Cabinet meeting as to who gave permission for UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson to meet LTTE suspects in prison. Mr. Emmerson who concluded his mission in Sri Lanka accused it of using torture against people detained […]

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UN Special Rapporteur lacks calibre, diplomacy: Minister

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday alleged that several UN Special Rapporteurs who visited Sri Lanka including Rapporteur Ben Emmerson lacked calibre and diplomacy and that he would inform the President and the Premier about these Rapporteurs. When contacted by the Daily Mirror to get a comment about the Rapporteur […]

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Wimal condemns arrest of ex-Navy spokesman

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

 Kalathma Jayawardhane Courtesy The Daily Mirror      National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa yesterday condemned the remanding of former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday over the alleged abduction and disappearance of several youth between 2008 and 2009. MP Weerasansa told a […]

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War Heroes or criminals?

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Courtesy The Island July 15, 2017, 12:00 pm The former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P.Dassanayake was arrested last week on charges of causing the disappearance of 11 persons in 2008. Dassanayake, a highly decorated Naval officer who played a major role in the war, is the latest high ranking armed forces officer to be arrested under […]

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More on ‘clash’ between Justice Minister and UN official

Friday, July 14th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island July 14, 2017, 10:49 pm Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with Ben Emmerson, QC, Special Rapporteur at the onset of a meeting over latter leveling unsubstantiated allegations at law enforcement authorities and the judiciary. Emmerson had a series of meetings over the past few days […]

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