Posts Tagged ‘ UNP ’

Elections 2015: The Stakes

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held anytime after November this year, most probably in January 2015 while parliamentary elections would be held before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015.  What this means is that over the coming year, the serious political participant or student

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A Postwar Opposition for Future Elections

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

 By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Isn’t it amazing just how many people don’t connect up the dots? Take this chap Gobi for instance. What if he (or a clone) were to pop up from under a bed and pop a cop just before the presidential or parliamentary election? Would it not warrant the imposition of a

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International action being called for today, is a consequence of the Rajapaksa Government’s paralysis on addressing grave crimes committed in this country: UNP

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

“This crisis Sri Lanka faces internationally is not, as the Government would prefer the people believe, an international conspiracy or petty jealousy against the Sri Lankan state for defeating terrorism,” the UNP pointed out. The statement said the UNP had repeatedly appealed to the Government to address the allegations raised in the international arena with

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If the government failed to submit documents pertaining to the Colombo City Development Project to Parliament, people would believe that there had been a huge fraud

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that if the government failed to submit documents pertaining to the Colombo City Development Project to Parliament, people would believe that there had been a huge fraud connected to the project. Making use of an opportunity granted by the Chair to deliver a Personal Statement, the

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UNP slams govt, service providers over internet censorship

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

The United National Party today expressed deep concern over reports that state owned and private internet service providers are now “colluding with the repressive Rajapaksa regime” to curtail the freedom of information even further in Sri Lanka. “After years of using violence, intimidation and coercion to silence Sri Lanka’s mainstream media, the regime has turned

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DRAFT RESOLUTION TAKES A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH- NPC Press release

Mar 8th, 2014 | By

The draft resolution on Sri Lanka to be taken for vote at the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is now in circulation.  It proposes an international monitoring of Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process and calls on the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office to do investigations on its own.  In addition,

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GENEVA 2014 AND SRI LANKA’S INDIA POLICY: THE MARCH OF FOLLY

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA In his authoritative presentation on his January 2014 trip to Geneva and the US, Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga made a pointed reference to the IPKF, which was noted as it was doubtless meant to be, by Indian commentators. It came across as an attempt to up the ante

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Press Statement issued by UNP – FEB 13, 2014

Feb 15th, 2014 | By

STATEMENT ISSUED BY UNITED NATIONAL PARTY  THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY NEED NOT PAY FOR THE ACTIONS OF A FEW POLITICIANS Sri Lanka is at a precipice and the Rajapaksa administration bears full responsibility for our country’s current plight. After years of insisting that the Sri Lankan government carryout a credible internal investigation into the

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Thousands protest against government in Sri Lanka

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

 By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of protesters from opposition parties, human rights groups, trade unions and media groups marched Tuesday in Sri Lanka’s capital in a rare show of dissent against the government. They held separate marches in Colombo, shouting slogans which accused authorities of corruption and mismanagement, and later came together

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Truth and reconciliation without whitewash : the message of Nelson Madela to Sri Lanka

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

National Peace Council With the passing away of Nelson Mandela the world has lost one of the greatest and most extraordinary human beings of modern times who showed that change that improved the lives of all around was possible. As the first post-apartheid era President of South Africa, he led the transformation of his country

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