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Rajapaksa Regime Rattled by 20 Page Damning Report Formulated by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay

February 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

16 February 2014, 4:23 pm

A damning 20-page report from United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay became the subject of close scrutiny by the UPFA Government this week.  Pillay’s office urged the Government, as is the practice, to respond to the contents of this 74-point report — the precursor to the United States backed latest resolution on Sri Lanka next month — within a week.

High Commissioner Navi Pillay

High Commissioner Navi Pillay

The External Affairs Ministry (EAM), which co-ordinated the point by point answers converting it to a formal document kept to the deadline which was last Wednesday (February 12). It was sent to Ravinatha Ariyasinha, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva, for onward transmission. The Pillay report too had earlier been channelled through him to the Government in Colombo. It will be made public by the Human Rights Council just days before the 25th sessions which begin on March 3 or in less than two weeks.

Father sparks row over Rajiv assassin’s parentage

February 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm


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In a controversial claim, Sankaranarayanan, the ageing father of Nalini Sriharan, the life convict in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, has disputed the widely perceived belief that Padma, a co-convict, was her mother. Instead he has claimed that Nalini’s mother was one Valliammal.

Duminda’s visit provoked Wanathamulla protesters: JVP

February 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm


Monday, 17 February 2014 21:35- dailymirror.lk
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today charged that there were moves to arrest those who reacted angrily to the presence of Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Duminda Silva at a protest by Wanathamulla residents.
JVP candidate Sunil Watagala, who is contesting the elections to the Western Provincial Council, told a news conference that government politicians should think twice before getting involved with an angry crowd carrying out a justifiable protest over the abduction of one of the residents.

Dawn on the Ethnic Front?

February 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm

February 16, 2014, 12:00 pm

By Izeth Hussain

(This column did not appear on

Saturday due to a technical problem – Ed.)

As I have written two articles on darkness at noon on the ethnic  front, it might seem to the reader that I am taking joy in being contrary by  immediately afterwards writing an article on dawn on the ethnic front. I am not  being contrary because I have placed a question mark at the end of my title. It  is meant to signify that the dawn may take fifty years, or five years, or five  months, or it may never come at all. What is important is that we should bear in  mind the difference between the physical and the human realm: in the former the  dawn comes automatically as the result of cosmic processes beyond human control,  while in the latter the dawn will never come unless we prepare for it.

Editorial – island.lk

February 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Thus spake Bishop

February 17, 2014, 7:47 pm

The US insists that it moves UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka as a  friend in a bid to facilitate reconciliation here. If so, the question is why it  does not employ the same method to help its close ally, Israel. None of the  western countries have sought to strengthen their friendly ties with the US by  taking up, in Geneva, war crimes the American military has allegedly committed  in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Why? Maybe, they are not good friends!

Rambo of Uda Walawe in good shape

February 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm


February 17, 2014, 8:14 pm

By Srilal Miththapala

Last weekend during a visit to the Uda Walawe Park, I saw that  Rambo was still at his old haunts along the bund of the Uda Walawe reservoir and  doing well despite the attempts by the Wild Life Conservation Department (DWC)  to erect a second electric fence along the edge of the water of the reservoir,  to prevent him swimming across and getting on to the bund.

A lawyer’s fee is like paint on a wall

February 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm


February 17, 2014, 8:12 pm

Joe Perera had apprenticed and worked under Chippie Gunasekera  and Meril Perera, two giants of the New Courts Law Chambers. L.D.S.(Chippie)  Gunasekera had the distinction of both the police and the accused falling over  theamselves to retain. Those days, the Police could have retained lawyers from  the Private Bar.

Consensual resolution as a compromise solution

February 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm


February 17, 2014, 8:09 pm

By Jehan Perera

Sri Lanka will be one of only three countries on which a  substantive resolution, which calls for new forms of follow up actions, will be  discussed at the session of the UN Human Rights Council next month.  The  other two countries are North Korea and Myanmar.  However, in Myanmar’s  case it will be a consensual resolution that is going to be passed, with the  approval of the Myanmar government.  Therefore, unless a similar consensus  is reached on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka and North Korea will be the only countries to  have resolutions passed against their wishes.  This is undoubtedly an  regrettable situation for the government to have put itself and the country into  because in objective terms Sri Lanka is nowhere near North Korea in being either  an authoritarian regime or a threat to world peace.  

LLRC PLUS – A response

February 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm


February 17, 2014, 8:08 pm

LLRC report being handed over to President (File Photo)

This is with reference to Mr.Jehan Perera’s article under the  above title in your newspaper last Tuesday (11th Feb.2014), on p.10. Time and  again in that article he refers to the so-called “international community”. As I  myself have stated many a time in my past essays published in The Island  newspaper, the all-important question today is to know who consists of this  “international community”.

Muzammil challenges Ravi K to open debate

February 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm


February 17, 2014, 10:06 pm

By Lal Gunasekera

Colombo Mayor A. J. M. Muzammil yesterday challenged Colombo  District UNP Leader Ravi Karunanayake to an open debate on any TV channel and  repeated the charge that he (Karunanayke) was one person responsible for the  turmoil in the party.

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