Sinhala elite succeeds proving Rajapaksa a liability for genocidal State

rajapakseSinhala elite succeeds proving Rajapaksa a liability for genocidal State[TamilNet]

Sections of Sinhala elite have succeeded in removing Mahinda Rajapaksa as a liability for the continuation of the genocidal Sinhala State and its monopoly over the island, Tamil political observers commented on the outcome of the ‘presidential’ election for the Establishment in Colombo. According to latest reports on Friday morning, Mahinda Rajapaksa left the charge of his official residence in Colombo to the current opposition leader Ranil Wikramasinghe, who in turn is expected to invite the winning candidate Maithripala Srisena to become the next president. Rajapaksa was open in his campaign that the choice between the two main candidates was a choice between China and the USA. India had a tacit understanding with the USA, political observers said. Full story >>

“Anti-Rajapaksa vote, not pro-Sirisena”[ Hindu ][ Jan 09 11:06 GMT ]I interpret the heavy voter turn out in the Tamil majority areas of Sri Lanka as a negative vote cast against Mahinda Rajapaksa. The vote was a condemnation of his conduct of the war and his anti-Tamil policies in the post-war context. I do not think that the Tamil vote can be understood as a positive endorsement of Maithripala Sirisena’s candidacy.The Tamil people are skeptical about Mr. Sirisena delivering on any of the key Tamil demands – a political solution to the ethnic conflict beyond the unitary state, accountability for crimes committed during the war, demilitarisation, release of Tamil political detainees, return of land taken over by the military etc. Sirisena during the campaign had taken positions contrary to Tamil interests. [ full story |


Sri Lanka votes out Rajapaksa[ Channel 4 News ][ Jan 09 11:30 GMT ]

Mr Sirisena is not predicted to bring any great changes to improve the lives of Tamils. He, like his defeated opponent, rejects the UN investigation into war crimes allegations, has pledged that senior commanders accused of such war crimes will not face legal action, and will not reduce the military presence in northern Sri Lanka. He was also acting defence minister at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. US Secretary of State John Kerry was quick to welcome the successful election and commended Rajapaksa for accepting the verdict of the nation’s 15 million voters. [ full story |


AHRC Welcomes People’s Victory and Calls for CJ’s Resignation / Impeachment[ AHRC ][ Jan 09 11:21 GMT ]

An enormous slur on the democratic reputation of Sri Lanka was the illegal removal of Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice. The people of Sri Lanka and the world need to be reassured that such an attack on the independence of the judiciary will not happen again, and that all safeguards are established to protect against any such attack. A first step would be for incumbent de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to resign. In case he does not do, he should be removed by constitutional means of impeachment. His black career has in it more than enough grounds for his impeachment. And, with this, all steps should be taken to remove the habit of political interference in the process of appointment, transfer, and removal of judges. [ full story |


Sri Lanka: New government must make human rights a priority after mostly peaceful vote[ Amnesty International ][ Jan 09 13:46 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s new government must urgently address a legacy of pressing human rights issues left by the previous administration, Amnesty International said. “The lack of accountability for past human rights violations has been the tragic norm in Sri Lanka over the past decade. Tens of thousands of victims and family members are still waiting for the justice they deserve and the new administration must work to deliver it,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.. “Sri Lanka has for years resisted all international efforts to investigate the conflict years, and instead relied on domestic investigation bodies that toed the government line. This has to end – the new government should cooperate fully with the UN investigation.” [ full story |


Rajapaksa did not treat Tamils with dignity: Sumanthiran[ The Hindu ][ Jan 09 14:53 GMT ]

Mahinda Rajapaksa did not treat Tamils with dignity. They were hurt, said M.A. Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian and human rights lawyer, explaining the huge anti-Rajapaksa vote from northern Tamils. “If we are equal citizens of the country, our democratic voices should be heard,” he said. The fact that Mr. Rajapaksa was “not sensitive” to that was one of the key factors in the Tamil people being resolute in their decision. The Tamils recognised the importance of issues pertaining to the entire country, such as democracy, good governance, rule of law and independence of institutions. “We (TNA) played our part responsibly and urged the Tamils to vote for Mr. Sirisena. It is heartening to see that the Tamils have responded so well.” [ full story |


Sri Lankan President Concedes Defeat After Startling Upset[ New York Times ][ Jan 09 15:39 GMT ]

After a startling upset in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat on Friday morning, bringing an abrupt end to a larger-than-life, increasingly controlling presidency that he had hoped to extend into a third six-year term. Mr. Rajapaksa left his residence, Temple Trees, shortly after 6 a.m. “to allow the new president to assume his duties,” a presidential spokesman announced. Before daybreak, the president met with Ranil Wickramasinghe, the leader of the opposition United National Party, to offer his cooperation. [ full story |