Author Archive for Terrorism

Truly tragic story How a celebrated officer ended up at Welikada

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island December 12, 2017, 8:25 pm Sri Lanka Navy celebrated its 67th anniversary last Friday (Dec 9) with Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the helm. Ranasinghe succeeded Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah last October amidst simmering controversy over Sri Lanka’s decision to acquire a frigate from Russia, nine years after the successful […]

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Lord Naseby responds to British High Commission, Colombo; sends wartime dispatches to UN

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Courtesy The Island December 11, 2017, 10:37 pm Lord Naseby has expressed disappointment over the British High Commission, in Colombo, callously dismissing wartime dispatches from its own Defence Attache, Colonel Anton Gash. Apropos a response from the British High Commission in Colombo to a query raised by the The Island, in its Dec 5, 2017 […]

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How come UK rejects its own Defence Attache’s assessment on Vanni war death toll,-asks Dinesh

Friday, December 8th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island December 8, 2017, 10:34 pm Leader of the Joint Opposition parliamentary group Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, has questioned the rationale behind the British government’s rejection of its own Colombo-based wartime Defence Attaché Lt. Colonel Anton Gash’s confidential reports sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Gash’s cables originating from Colombo […]

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Accusers, co-sponsor struggling to cope up with Naseby revelations

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island December 5, 2017, 8:46 pm Five years after the release of the Report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts (PoE) on Accountability in Sri Lanka, in March 2011, South African Yasmin Sooka, a member of that questionable outfit, proudly claimed to possess unhindered access to those who had fled […]

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Sri Lanka, terrorism & UN

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island “The [Security] Council reiterated that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” reaffirming the need for all States to combat, by all means, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.” (‘Four peacekeepers killed in […]

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Drop resolution on Lanka, Govt told Death toll inaccurate says JO

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

By Ravi Ladduwahetty Courtesy Ceylon Today The Joint Opposition (JO) will press the Government this week to withdraw or annul the Resolution that it jointly signed and co-sponsored with the United States on Sri Lanka. “We will press the Government to withdraw the Resolution as it is based on the war crime charges where the numbers […]

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Final phase of SL’s war against LTTE Lord Naseby’s statement handy Will be utilized in appropriate forum

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

By Methmalie Dissanayake Courtesy Ceylon Today Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments Tilak Marapana yesterday (25) said that the Government would use Lord Naseby’s statement, regarding the final phase of Sri Lanka’s war against the LTTE, in an appropriate forum. Marapana made this remark prior to the debate on Heads of Expenditure of Foreign Affairs […]

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Sri Lanka re-commits to accountability mechanism with special counsel

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

By SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island Following Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held at the Human Rights Councils in Geneva on the 15th of November 2017, and the adoption of its Report on the 24th, a draft outcome document called “Draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review”, which includes recommendations […]

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If the gift for freeing country is prison, so be it – Gotabaya -රට නිදහස් කලාට දෙන තෑග්ග හිරේ දාන එක නම් ඒක ප්‍රශ්නයක් නෑ

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Ada Derana

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Story of Adele Balasingham

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Boston Lanka This is the story of Adele Ann Balasingam. A story of a woman, who began her career as a nurse and later became a women military leader of a terrorist organization. A story of a woman’s journey from Hospital to battlefield, from being a healing nurse to a killer Nurse.

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චන්ද්‍රිකා යුද්ද කරපු හැටි රෙද්ද පල්ලෙන් බේරීම

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

සිංහල දීපය චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ කටේ නරිවාදම රෙද්ද පල්ලෙන් බේරීම

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Joint Opposition to sue police officers who pursue unlawful orders

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

By Manushi Silva Courtesy Adaderana The Joint Opposition will initiate legal action, seeking personal compensation, against police officers who pursue unlawful orders, said former parliamentarian Professor G.L. Peiris. Addressing a media briefing held at Colombo today (23), the former foreign minister alleged that there are attempts to arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The main reason for […]

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WILL BRITAIN DO THE RIGHT THING BY SRI LANKA?

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

By SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island November 19, 2017, 8:45 pm On Tuesday, 14th of November 2017, Dinesh Gunawardena introduced a resolution in Parliament requesting that in view of Lord Naseby’s revelations in the House of Lords on the number of civilian deaths during the last stages of the war, “Sri Lanka should take action […]

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Let genie be kept in bottle

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island November 17, 2017, 10:06 pm Police have reportedly been ordered to take legal action against anyone who will commemorate the dead Tigers including LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on Nov. 27. Curiously, if it is against the law to commemorate the slain Tigers how come the same law does not apply to […]

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A Critcal Analysis of UN Panel of Expert Report which says Sla killed 40,000 Civilians During the Last Stage of War

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Lt. Colonel (Retd) Athula Lankadeva RWP, RSP, USP, psc, MSc. Courtesy The Island November 11, 2017, 6:35 pm The Sunday Times of 29 Oct carried an article referring to Lord Naseby on demanding to remove the war crime tag from Sri Lanka. Lord Naseby researched classified documents to find that UN has fudged the casualty figure […]

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Guilty by suspicion

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island November 10, 2017, 10:15 pm The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is apparently wasting its time and money on its campaign to have a hybrid war crimes tribunal set up in this country. For, UN expert and South African human rights lawyer, Yasmin Sooka, has already found the Sri Lankan troops guilty […]

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Wijeyadasa cites UK Appeal Court ruling to prove case of self-infliction by proxy

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Courtesy The Island November 9, 2017, 11:17 pm Former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, yesterday said the possibility of those who had been seeking political asylum in Europe inflicting injuries on themselves couldn’t be ruled out. MP Rajapakse pointed out that the British media in April this year reported how a Sri Lankan asylum […]

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UN rewards Darusman with Myanmar mission amidst new controversy over his report on Lanka

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island November 7, 2017, 12:00 pm April 5, 2012: Lord Naseby, PC, Baron of Sandy and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group in UK meets wartime Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees Lord Naseby has challenged the UN Panel of Experts (PoE) findings pertaining to Sri Lanka’s […]

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Parliament faulted for not taking up vital issue Lords Naseby’s call to revise Vanni death toll:

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Former Deputy Minister and retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday said that a recent statement made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords pertaining to the Vanni war death toll could be the basis for Sri Lanka’s defence at the Geneva based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Addressing […]

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Spurious war crime allegations against Sri Lanka

Friday, October 27th, 2017

by Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today On the basis of the evidence available to this Commission and the prevailing law, the suggestion that the crime of genocide was or may have been committed during the final phase of the war is without foundation.-Paranagama Commission At the ongoing 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights […]

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Implications of UK’s refusal to release evidence

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island October 24, 2017, 12:00 pm The British parliament was told, on Oct 12, 2017 that Velupillai Prabhakaran killed Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah in 1973. The statement was made by Michael Morris, Baron Naseby PC, during a debate on Sri Lanka. Having declared that he launched the All-Party Parliamentary Group on […]

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Govt yet to capitalise on Lord Naseby’s call to UK parliament Request to lower death toll from 40,000 to 8,000

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island October 26, 2017, 12:00 pm War crimes: Cabinet spokesman and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday said that the government could act on Lord Naseby’s recent call to Theresa May’s government in the UK to review the much-touted UN allegation that 40,000 Tamil civilians perished on the Vanni front in 2009 […]

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Stand Against Racism -ජාතිවාදයට විරුද්ද වෙමු

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

If minorities are discriminated in Sri Lanka who can explain the following: Can you think of any country with a sizeable population where industry and property are dominated by the minority communities?  Colombo the commercial hub of Sri Lanka, its population is dominated by Tamils and Muslims leaving Sinhalese in the minority  The […]

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Alleged Killing Of 18 Navy and 8 Army Prisoners by LTTE In Jan 2009

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Courtesy The Daily Mirror President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday (19) on the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three such detainees at the Anuradhapura Prison in particular. The focus […]

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Video shows police officer attacking protester

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A video footage captured following the joint opposition-led protest held at Hambantota today, showed a senior police officer assaulting an arrested protester. Meanwhile, posting the video on his Twitter page, MP Namal Rajapaksa asked, A.S.P. Daluwaththa, is this Yahapalanaya?” When contacted, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said he was yet to see […]

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Daya Gamage Analyzes Washington’s Foreign Policy on Sri Lanka in Book

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Las Vegas, NV – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, October 4, 2017 A desire to achieve a common objective is a force that motivates a strong leadership. Success is the outcome of a well-organized plan. Author Daya Gamage, who was a public affairs assistant and political specialist of United States Department of State, shares his own insights on Washington’s overt […]

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How referee India joined the fray

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today On 2 October 1987, the Sri Lanka Navy received a tip off about a boat seen in the Palk Strait and that it may be carrying a large stock of arms. The follow up action by the Navy resulted in the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), that came to Sri […]

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Danger of ICPAPED

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today Confronting us is the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Bill (ICPAPED). If the provision of this bill is incorporated into local law, we give foreign governments jurisdiction over our own citizens – namely the agents of the State, which may be political or military. […]

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Deaths and UN stats

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island September 29, 2017, 12:00 pm The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Colombo has issued a clarification as regards its reference to suicides in a previous statement on the prevailing drought here. It says that though it in the first media release attributed two suicides to the drought, now it has learnt that […]

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Rajapaksa opted for war only when repeated efforts to negotiate were rebuffed

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

by Dr. Palitha Kohona Courtesy The Island September 26, 2017, 8:47 pm (Continued from yesterday) On April 25, General Sarath Fonseka, the Commander of the Army, was targeted by a pregnant suicide bomber who had managed to infiltrate the military hospital compound in Colombo. He barely managed to survive and had to be airlifted to Singapore […]

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