Mulleriyawa tragedy could have been avoided if the police acted on the instructions given to them on the election day was followed says Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Keerthi Tennakoon. He said the police ignored instructions given by Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to provide adequate security in Kolonnawa and this had resulted in the tragic events that occurred on the polling day.
Despite the National Trade Union Centre (NTUC) demanding a salary increase of Rs.10,000 for the state sector and a 40% increase for the private sector, the government has not responded satisfactorily and they have no other alternative but to take stern trade union action states NTUC. The decision regarding the trade union action would be taken when representatives of trade unions meet in Colombo on the 16th.
This is stated in an announcement issued by the convener of NTUC Samanthe Koralearachchi. [Read more…]
British Defense Secretary, Liam Fox has used Sri Lanka Development Fund only to pay for his trips to Sri Lanka say British media. He has told House of Commons he set up “Sri Lankan Development Trust” to help with reconstruction of the country after its civil war.
However, British media say Sri Lanka Development Trust does not have a high profile in Sri Lanka, it is not registered as an NGO or a business and no government official here is aware of such a fund.
President Mahinda Rajapakse says all measures would be taken to bring those responsible for the shooting at Mulleriyawa before the law. Speaking at a media conference held at Temple Trees today President Rajapakse said electoral system should be changed to prevent repetition of such occurrences.
President Mahinda Rajapakse discussed the implementation of recommendations by the UN experts’ panel report with him says United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon . The UN Secretary General says he met President Rajapaksa just two weeks ago on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed the matter.
According to the UN Secretary General President Rajapakse has assured him he would do his best to ensure the human rights of all Tamil People are protected and promoted and will adopt all domestic measures to see that justice prevails.
Ban ki-moon speaking to Norwegian media in Oslo, where he attended the Norwegian Government hosted International Climate and Energy Summit, had also said that he had been waiting till the Sri Lankan government responded positively to the implementation of recommendations by the UN experts’ panel report and just a couple of weeks ago he had decided to refer the report to the Human Rights Council.
The shoot out in broad day light in Mulleriyawa area on the day of the elections (08 October, 2011) between MP Duminda Silva, also the Supervisory MP of the Defence Ministry and Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, Presidential Adviser and Director General for Trade Union and Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, Presidential Adviser and Director General for Trade Unions, that led to the death of Premachandra and 03 others, is no issue, the government can be allowed to cover up with special investigations and Presidential statements and guarantees.
This peaks on what this government had been cultivating with Ministers and MPs allowed to take law unto their hands, as with Minister Mervyn Silva and MP Muthuhettigama and the politically led brutal attack on FTZ workers on 30 May. Their public actions have often compromised law enforcement and with politicizing of State agencies, the police today have lost all respect and credibility in maintaining law and order. [Read more…]
“Members of Rajapaksa family are ‘uneducated and uncultured rascals, the political climate in the country has been made “vindictive and threatening” and Rajapaksa had ‘muddied the thinking’ of masses.” This is what US ambassador Patricia A. Butenis had written of what former President Chandrika Kumaratunga had said when the Ambassador met her on the 14th December 2009 as leaked by ‘Wikileaks.’
The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) states a fully fledged election complains commission should be established with powers to disqualify candidates if they are found guilty of violating election laws, rules and regulations.
The Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi said the Commissioner of Elections should be given powers to disqualify errant candidates after a thorough investigation into complaints against them. He said the need for such a body was badly felt in the run-up to tomorrow’s local council elections as there had been blatant violations of the election law at the run-up to the final phase of eh local government elections.
He said in one instance, a candidate from the South had distributed Rs.1000, a packet of lunch and a bottle of liquor to each of his supporters during campaigning while another candidate from the same area had airdropped handbills and leaflets which carried his name, preferential number and the symbol of his party.
Mr. Hettiarachchi said public processions had been conducted in the areas such as Matara and Anuradhapura inconveniencing the public. “All these incidents are violations of election law. We have to campaign for an election complaints commission. The distribution of dry rations, corrugated sheets, spectacles and stationery items were done by candidates of the ruling party and the opposition,” he said.