Politics

ICTR betrayed Rwanda says Rwandan justice minister

Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has said the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s refusal to let the
country host records of trial proceedings constitute a betrayal.
Karugarama, who said the trial records are an integral part of Rwanda’s history, told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that ICTR has failed to serve its cause.
The ICTR was established […]

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The role of international criminal justice in reconciliation

Mr. President,
I take this opportunity to thank the President of the UN General Assembly for conveying this timely debate on “The Role of international criminal justice in reconciliation”. We hope that today’s discussion will facilitate a critical
examination of the many aspects of the international criminal justice system and its relevance to fostering reconciliation, especially in […]

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The government, organised violence in the North and PC elections

HARSH REALITY OF ANTICIPATED NORTHERN ELECTIONS
The Public Relations push  
The passage of the second US-sponsored resolution at the March session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
appears to have served as a wake-up call to the government. One aspect of the government’s response has been to hire a new public relations company in the […]

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Duplicitous bullying of Sri Lanka by USA in the guise of protecting human rights

I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another – Homer Illiad (Deceit)
Sison and next steps
It was reported in recent media reports that US Ambassador Michele J. Sison in an address to the Foreign Correspondents Association in
Colombo spoke “about the next steps for US engagement with Sri […]

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Sri Lanka says its will not change policy towards US, as extremism overruns island

Unyielding
The Sri Lankan government continues to be unyielding in its approach to governance and reconciliation issues. Having fought against the United States for two successive years in the diplomatic arena at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and failed
to win against it, the government now appears to have changed its strategy. It has hired […]

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Is Bodhu Bala Sena Sri Lanka’s Taliban?

“Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.” ~Arnold J. Toynbee
Base instincts
Fundamentalism, whether it’s Christianity, Islam or any other religion has been the order of the day in modern society. Its attraction to the elements that dwell on the fringes of any religion is beyond doubt. Its perverse focus on […]

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Sri Lanka: Racism, religious fanaticism and the Bodu Bala Sena

Taking on Sinhala racists
I wasn’t at the vigil because I don’t do vigils and if I were to make an exception it would be for an anti-BBS/SR demonstration spearheaded by
the Left (in our case that would be the JVP and FSP), as are most anti-racist demonstrations all over the world. That is in fact the […]

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The Muslims are the New Tamils

“This frenzy of stupidity….”
Ernst Toller (Wotan Unchained)
Are we, the Sinhala people, so addicted to war, that we cannot do without one? Or are the Rajapaksas trying to manufacture a new threat and a new conflict as camouflage for their dynastic project?
A well organised and financed anti-Muslim campaign has burst into destructive life over the last […]

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The curse of January: Darkest hour for democracy as Parliament violates the law and debates impeachment tomorrow

10th JANUARY marks the Darkest Hour of Democracy
Ignoring the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judgments, Parliament will debate the
Impeachment against the Chief Justice tomorrow – Thursday 10th January.
The Executive and Parliament have jointly decided to proceed with the impeachment, notwithstanding the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal determination holding it to be unconstitutional. The […]

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Rape of the Constitution – Murder of the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court that has, in Judge Weeramantry’s estimation, been “a great pride to the country and has been highly esteemed both Domestically and Internationally” is faced with the threatened ignominy of sudden extinction.
The character of “Braveheart” who dared to retrieve the irretrievable, if not fatal damage caused
to the esteem of the Supreme Court, has […]

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Human Rights

Justice Minister Karugarama

ICTR betrayed Rwanda says Rwandan justice minister

Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has said the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s refusal to let the Justice Minister Karugarama country host records of trial proceedings constitute a ...

Opinion

Palitha Kohona presenting Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa with a plaque. Both Palitha and Gotabaya have been accused of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The role of international criminal justice in reconciliation

Mr. President, I take this opportunity to thank the President of the UN General Assembly for conveying this timely debate on “The Role of international criminal ...

Opinion

The Uthayan newspaper offices and press were attacked and set on fire around 4.45am on April 13, 2013. The newspaper is situated on Kasturiar Road in the heavily militarised Jaffna. The newspaper is own by Tamil National Alliance Jaffna district parliamentarian, E. Saravanapavan

The government, organised violence in the North and PC elections

HARSH REALITY OF ANTICIPATED NORTHERN ELECTIONS The Public Relations push   The passage of the second US-sponsored resolution at the March session of the UN Human Rights ...

Issues

Ambassador Michele J Sison

Duplicitous bullying of Sri Lanka by USA in the guise of protecting human rights

I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another – Homer Illiad (Deceit) Sison and next steps It was ...

Issues

Whether the government will act differently on the ground in regard to good governance and reconciliation within Sri Lanka is doubtful. Addressing Parliament, External Affairs Minister Prof GL Peiris made it clear that the government was not going to yield on substance. He said “there is no change of government policy towards the United States. We do not concur with their resolution and our representative in Geneva distanced Sri Lanka very clearly from its contents.”

Sri Lanka says its will not change policy towards US, as extremism overruns island

Unyielding The Sri Lankan government continues to be unyielding in its approach to governance and reconciliation issues. Having fought against the United States for two successive ...

Issues

Monk protest East heritage 1

Is Bodhu Bala Sena Sri Lanka’s Taliban?

“Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.” ~Arnold J. Toynbee Base instincts Fundamentalism, whether it’s Christianity, Islam or any other religion ...

Issues

GR-BBS

Sri Lanka: Racism, religious fanaticism and the Bodu Bala Sena

Taking on Sinhala racists I wasn’t at the vigil because I don’t do vigils and if I were to make an exception it would be for ...

Issues

The Muslims are the New Tamils

“This frenzy of stupidity….” Ernst Toller (Wotan Unchained) Are we, the Sinhala people, so addicted to war, that we cannot do without one? Or are the Rajapaksas ...

News

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The curse of January: Darkest hour for democracy as Parliament violates the law and debates impeachment tomorrow

10th JANUARY marks the Darkest Hour of Democracy Ignoring the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judgments, Parliament will debate the A section of the Rajapaksa cabal Impeachment ...

Issues

Shirani Bandaranayaka receives blessings from a section of the clergy

Rape of the Constitution – Murder of the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court that has, in Judge Weeramantry’s estimation, been “a great pride to the country and has been highly esteemed both Domestically and Internationally” ...