UNHRC Report – Sri Lanka to set up domestic mechanism with foreign experts in technical and advisory capacities
By Siva Sivapragasam
Quickly acting on the UNHRC Report on the findings of alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the Vanni war, the Sri Lankan Government has promised to set-up a domestic mechanism by January next year. Foreign experts will assist the inquiry in an advisory capacity. [MJ]
UN Human Rights Council urges Sri Lanka war crimes court
In a long-delayed report, the UN Human Rights Council accused both sides of atrocities, especially during the final stages of the war in 2009.
Sri Lanka responded by pledging justice but did not back the UN’s call for the court, which would have foreign judges. [BBC]
ITAK/TNA Hierarchy Devises Three –Phase Strategy to Deal With “Indiscipline”of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran
The hierarchy of the Sri Lankan Tamil political party Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi(ITAK) has devised a three – phased strategy to deal with the problem caused by the Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran.
A three member delegation comprising Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance(TNA) leader R.Sampanthan , the ITAK President and Jaffna district MP “Maavai” Senathirajah ITAK secretary and Eastern Provincial council minister Thurairajasingham will meet chief minister Wigneswaran shortly and seek to iron out differences with him. The envisaged meeting is the first stage of the proposed three phased political strategy. [DBSJ]
Mangala Samaraweera Discloses Govt Proposals for Justice, Truth, Accountability and Reconciliation at the UN in Geneva
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera disclosed in Geneva a series of proposals envisaged by the Sri Lankan Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to ensure, promote and facilitate Justice, Truth, Accountability, Human Rights Enforcement and Ethnic Reconciliation at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on on Monday September 14th 2015. [DBSJ]
From Sir Francis Molamure to Karu Jayasuriya: Long Line Of Speakers who Served in the Legislatures of Sri Lanka/Ceylon
Karunarathne Jayasuriya popularly known as Karu Jayasuriya was elected unopposed on September 1st 2015 as the speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament.His name was proposed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and seconded by Nimal Siripala de Silva who functioned as leader of the opposition in the last days of the last Parliament. As is traditional the speaker elect was escorted to his seat by the proposer Wickremesinghe and seconder Siripala de Silva. Whatever the differences and divisions among the current crop of Parliamentarians, their unanimous choice of Karu as “Mr. Speaker” indicated the level of respect and regard with which Mr.Jayasuriya is held by MP’s on either side of the political divide. [DBSJ]