SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: New book exposes murderous Rajapaksa regime

Sri_Lankas_Secret_by_Trevor_GrantSRI LANKA’S SECRETS: New book exposes murderous Rajapaksa regime[ Independent Australia ][ Oct 24 13:07 GMT ]

It’s the book that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt and nepotistic cronies didn’t want published. When you read it, you will know why. SRI LANKA’S SECRETS is a troubling dossier of the horrors and massacres perpetrated upon its own peoples by an absolute Government that masquerades as a democracy — a lie that is shamefully affirmed as truth by many expedient foreign governments, including Australia. [ full story |

Sri Lanka revisited: The whitewashing of a war crime by corporate lobbyists[ Independent ][ Oct 26 15:12 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government is hurriedly trying to boost the country’s image by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire corporate lobbyists as it awaits a UN report into alleged war crimes. A report in the US says Sri Lanka has recently agreed a contract with its eighth lobbying firm this year to change the way the country is perceived internationally. It also wants the companies to improve contact between Sri Lankan officials and members of the US government.The development comes as Sri Lanka is being investigated by a UN team into whether both the government and Tamil rebels committed war crimes during the final stages of the conflict that stretched in total over three decades. More than 100,000 people are believed to have been killed. [ full story |

Sri Lanka hires up in Washington amid war crimes probe[ Hill ][ Oct 24 13:09 GMT ]

The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth Washington firm this year as it awaits the results of a United Nations human rights investigation into alleged war crimes. Levick is subcontracting through Liberty International Group, a government affairs firm owned by former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to represent the semi-autonomous central bank of Sri Lanka.“Levick’s mission is to utilize communications supported advocacy to tell Sri Lanka’s amazing story of recovery after a decades long civil war against a brutal terrorist organization, as well as to assist the Central Bank in communicating opportunities for trade and investment between our two nations,” Mark Irion, president of Levick, said in a statement to The Hill. [ full story |

Tamils, their leaders should articulate their position on genocide: Civil Society [ JDS ]

In bid to drive the Tamil national politics in the right path in terms of truth, justice and accountability, the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) said on Friday that the Tamils and their elected………

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SL military steps up threats against OISL submissions [TamilNet]

The SL military has arrested a Tamil man in Ki’linochchi, allegedly in possession of forms to be sent to the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) in Geneva on Saturday, according to reports from Vanni on Sunday. The SL Police has informed the family of Sinnathamby Krishnaraja from Ira’nai-maa-nakar in Muzhangkaavil that Mr Krisnarajah was being taken to Colombo for interrogations. As the deadline for submissions to OISL in nearing, the SL military has instructed the Internet café owners to alert them on people scanning documents for submission, a net-café owner in Ki’linochchi told TamilNet.

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