NEW DELHI: A six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) from Sri Lanka met PM Manmohan Singh on Tuesday amid reports that political parties in the island nation were moving to seek an annulment of the 13th Amendment.
COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan government’s proposed code of ethics for the media is a threat to free speech, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.
A former Immigration Department official has condemned Australia’s process of so-called « enhanced screening » of asylum seekers as dangerous and says the department felt pressured by the Prime Minister’s office.
« Legal circles are surprised that the investigation has been taken away from the judiciary which is mandated by the Criminal Procedure Code to oversee such investigations. The legality of investigations by a Presidential Commission which has no powers under the Criminal Procedure Code, needs to be examined, a criminal lawyer told Colombo Telegraph.
In the mean time, the Chaturani de Silva, the Magistrate who conducted the investigation into the matter has been suddenly transferred to Colombo. The transfer of the Magistrate is not part of annual transfers and is intended only to prevent an effective investigation into the matter. The transfer of Magistrates is within the powers of the Judicial Services Commission headed by the de-facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris who was previously the adviser to the Defence Ministry and the Cabinet. His close association with Secretary to Ministry of Defence Rajapakse is well known. »
source: Colombo Telegraph
Inayet Akbarally tells the remarkable story of his great grandfather Careemjee Jafferjee and how he became the first member of the Dawoodi Bohra community to set foot in Ceylon believed to be around 1830. A “Peterite” thorugh and through, he reflects on the days when where you went to school trumped ethnicity and even religion.
Groundviews is honoured to feature, for the first time, the photography of his daughter Alefiya Akbarally who was given unprecedented access to photograph the visit of the His Holiness the Syedna in January 2007.
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« Tamil political activists in Britain are preparing to conduct a massive protest demonstration on Thursday June 20th 2013 when Sri Lanka plays against India in the Champion Trophy cricket semi-final at the Welsh SWALEC Stadium also known Cardiff Wales Stadium. »
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« If the bad guys win, the centre of gravity of Sri Lankan politics and society will shift still further to the right. It may even impact upon the choice of candidacy. If the neo-con project with its totalitarian notion of national security succeeds, the present dispensation will appear in a roseate afterglow as an era of tolerance and democracy. »
« In short, the UNP claims that it’s promising a radical future. What it seems to be promising rather is a radical farce. The UNP shows no meaningful hope in terms of radically changing the current political and constitutional framework governing the country. In fact, it seems to be mimicking the Rajapaksa-regime. What is necessary, it seems, is not a new leader for the UNP. What is required is an entirely different political formation; one which treats the UNP, not as an alternative force but as part of the current regime – for that’s what the UNP actually is. »
« At the outset, I want to make what I consider is an important distinction in terms of the situation we are in. The distinction is between a post–war situation and a post-conflict one. Whilst we are in a post-war situation- the guns having fallen silent following the military defeat of the LTTE – I do not think we are in a post-conflict one, defined in terms of one in which the roots of conflict are not being sustained and certainly not being reproduced. My concern is that the trajectory of developments, since May 2009, has largely been in the direction of the sustenance and reproduction of the roots of conflict. »