Monthly Archives: October 2011


Triumphant tone by Western media on Gaddafi’s violent death is offensive

The war in Libya has something in common with the last phase of Sri Lanka’s own war, and can provide perspective on how Sri Lankan society must deal with its fallout. Like it happened in Sri Lanka with the LTTE, the remnants of the former Libyan army were encircled in the city of Sirte where, […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on October 23, 2011 at 7:09 am

Tyrants and Their Families: Gaddafis and Rajapaksas

“Muammar is leader of the revolution until the end of time…. When they (the protestors) are caught they will beg for mercy, but we will not be merciful.” — Muammar Gaddafi (Address to the Nation – 22.2.2011)

January 18, 2011, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, eldest son of President Rajapaksa (‘The Universally-Renowned Lord of the Three-Sinhala Lands’), met […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on October 22, 2011 at 7:43 am

Lasantha’s murder suspect dies in custody – Editor’s wife Sonali calls for inquiry

Is there more to the sudden death of 40 year old Pitchai Jesudasan, the main suspect in the Lasantha Wickrematunge murder case?
Lasantha’s wife calls for inquiry
Lasantha’s wife Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge told this correspondent there appeared at first glance to be some kind of cover up in keeping with the rest of the botched investigation that […]

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By Nirmala Kannangara | Published on October 22, 2011 at 6:22 am

Why the United States Should Continue to Engage the UN Human Rights Council

A little more than a year after the United States took its seat for the first time as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, debates
persist over whether it should have continued the Bush administration’s policy of disengaging from the UN’s primary human rights body. This debate largely revolves around the issue of […]

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By Staff Correspondent | Published on October 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

US Congressmen meet Gotabaya Rajapakse in Colombo

A United States delegation including 03 Congressmen accompanied by Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S and Mexico Jaliya Wickramasuriya met
Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapksa this evening (Oct 18).
The delegation led by Congressman Hon. Albert Benjamin Chandler, III, is currently on a three day visit to the island under the Sri Lanka- U.S Parliamentary Exchange Programme.
The delegates […]

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By Staff Correspondent | Published on October 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

BREAKING NEWS: Rajapakse will not answer, summons published on pro LTTE websites says media chief

“Neither President Rajapakse nor I on his behalf will answer questions on war crimes, Director of the Presidential Media Unit told Lanka Standard today. The defiance from the Presidential Secretariat came
when Lanka Standard asked the President’s spokesperson how the President reacts to the new order by the US District Court on alternative service of summons.
Slammed […]

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By Nirmala Kannangara | Published on October 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

Australian police study Sri Lanka ‘war crimes’ dossier

OCTOBER 18, 2011: War-torn island’s former navy chief is named by witnesses in documents filed in Perth
Police in Australia are examining a so-called “war crimes” dossier of information that claims to confirm Sri Lankan forces bombed and shelled civilians during the country’s civil war.
And activists have called on the Australian authorities to make use of […]

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By Andrew Buncombe | Published on October 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

REPORT on HRC SESSIONS: “I am telling the Truth, and nothing but the Truth”

REPORT FROM UNHRC IN GENEVA SEPTEMBER 2011 SESSIONS: As far as the UN Human Rights Council-HRC and Sri Lanka are concerned, the 18th session is historic. The President of this session is the Ambassador of Uruguay, Ms Laura Dupuy Lasserre.
Same speech each time
Since the HRC was established in 2006, the Minister of Plantations of Sri […]

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By S.V. Kirubaharan | Published on October 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

Reading the results of the Municipal Elections

Is this a functioning democracy or what? The governing coalition’s sweep of the local authorities election, the UNP’s successful resistance in a tough campaign in Colombo, as well as the TNA’s impressive performance at repeated elections in the North, make nonsense of the dark pronouncements
and forebodings of dictatorship. Homogenization leads to conformism, which crystallises into […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on October 18, 2011 at 2:53 am

Freedom isn’t free: Jaffna residents still being monitored

Police are circulating the attached form in Jaffna with instructions to fill and hand over to the Grama Sevaka by tomorrow October 18,2011. The image of the form attached is the one that was delivered at a home in Nallur. This was usually done under the under Emergency Regulations. However the government disingenuously allowed the […]

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By Centre for Policy Alternatives | Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:17 am


Issues

On May 7, 2004, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made the following statements regarding Abu Ghraib before the Senate Armed Services Committee: “These events occurred on my watch. As secretary of defense, I am accountable for them. I take full responsibility. It is my obligation to evaluate what happened, to make sure those who have committed wrongdoing are brought to justice, and to make changes as needed to see that it doesn't happen again. I feel terrible about what happened to these Iraqi detainees. They are human beings. They were in U.S. custody. Our country had an obligation to treat them right. We didn't do that. That was wrong. To those Iraqis who were mistreated by members of U.S. armed forces, I offer my deepest apology. It was un-American. And it was inconsistent with the values of our nation.”

Triumphant tone by Western media on Gaddafi’s violent death is offensive

The war in Libya has something in common with the last phase of Sri Lanka’s own war, and can provide perspective on how Sri Lankan ...

Issues

Gadaffi and Namala Rajapakse: "January 18, 2011, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, eldest son of President Rajapaksa (‘The Universally-Renowned Lord of the Three-Sinhala Lands’), met Muammar Gaddafi (‘Eternal Brother Leader of the Revolution’ and ‘King of Kings’). The picturesquely attired Gaddafi embraced young Rajapaksa, who vas heading a ‘parliamentary delegation’ consisting solely of UPFA representatives: Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Duminda Silva, Lohan Ratwatte and Thirantha Basnayake. Rajapaksa fils reminded Gaddafi that he owes Sri Lanka the honour of a reciprocal-visit, as Rajapaksa pere has visited Libya, twice."

Tyrants and Their Families: Gaddafis and Rajapaksas

“Muammar is leader of the revolution until the end of time…. When they (the protestors) are caught they will beg for mercy, but we will ...

Human Rights

jesudasan1

Lasantha’s murder suspect dies in custody – Editor’s wife Sonali calls for inquiry

Is there more to the sudden death of 40 year old Pitchai Jesudasan, the main suspect in the Lasantha Wickrematunge murder case? Lasantha’s wife calls for ...

Issues

Freedom House convenes panel on internet freedom at the council in June 2011

Why the United States Should Continue to Engage the UN Human Rights Council

A little more than a year after the United States took its seat for the first time as a member of the United Nations Human ...

News

US Congressmen met Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary yesterday October 18, 2011

US Congressmen meet Gotabaya Rajapakse in Colombo

A United States delegation including 03 Congressmen accompanied by Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S and Mexico Jaliya Wickramasuriya met US Congressmen met Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary ...

Issues

President Mahinda Rajapakse. Will he answer to the gods?

BREAKING NEWS: Rajapakse will not answer, summons published on pro LTTE websites says media chief

“Neither President Rajapakse nor I on his behalf will answer questions on war crimes, Director of the Presidential Media Unit told Lanka Standard today. The ...

Human Rights

thisara samarasinghe

Australian police study Sri Lanka ‘war crimes’ dossier

OCTOBER 18, 2011: War-torn island’s former navy chief is named by witnesses in documents filed in Perth Police in Australia are examining a so-called “war crimes” ...

Issues

Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam presented her credentials to Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva on the 9th of August 2011, accrediting her as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland.

REPORT on HRC SESSIONS: “I am telling the Truth, and nothing but the Truth”

REPORT FROM UNHRC IN GENEVA SEPTEMBER 2011 SESSIONS: As far as the UN Human Rights Council-HRC and Sri Lanka are concerned, the 18th session is ...

Opinion

Election violence and death marred polls. Duminda Silva's Wellampitiya office set on fire after Baratha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in a shoot out between the two factions on election day October 8, 2011

Reading the results of the Municipal Elections

Is this a functioning democracy or what? The governing coalition’s sweep of the local authorities election, the UNP’s successful resistance in a tough campaign in ...

Issues

Gotabaya with soldiers

Freedom isn’t free: Jaffna residents still being monitored

Police are circulating the attached form in Jaffna with instructions to fill and hand over to the Grama Sevaka by tomorrow October 18,2011. The image ...