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Jehan Perera Stokes Fires Of Tamil Racism Again

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – Velupillai Prabhakaran, the sociopathic Rottweiler unleashed by the Tamil Vellahla leadership to fetch their bone of Eelam, is no longer there to bark, bite, or grab Tamil children on their way to school. In the absence of any one else surfacing to replace ruthless Tamil racism and hate politics, […]

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Vihanga Perera Wins 2014 Gratiaen Prize

Vihanga Perera is the winner of the 2014 Gratiaen Prize and the H A I Goonetileke Prize for Translation is awarded to Vijitha Fernando. The Gratiaen Prize for the best work of creative writing in English was awarded to Vihanga Perera for his collection of poetry Love and Protest last night at Park Street Mews, Colombo. […]

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The LLRC And Devolution: Jehan, Paikiasothy And Politics Of Skipping The caveats

By Malinda Seneviratne – When the Government proposed setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), there were howls of protests from the likes of Jehan Perera and Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu.  Many of these I/NGO operators didn’t even appear before the LLRC perhaps fearing that the commissioners would ask them to submit in full their various comments […]

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WikiLeaks: Full implementation of the 13th Amendment is something of a "red herring" – Perera and Saravanamuttu to US

By Colombo Telegraph – “Perera and Saravanamuttu believed that raising the issue of full implementation of the 13th Amendment was something of a “red herring” used by the GSL to avoid discussing reconciliation and a long-term equitable political solution.” the US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis wrote to Washington after a meeting with members of the […]

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Must Not Wait Until Problem Comes Crashing Down Again 

By Jehan Perera – The tragedy at Meethotamulla, in the outskirts of Colombo, where a massive garbage dump came crashing down on people living on its perimeter, has generated an outpouring of support for the victims and frustration about the failure of successive governments to deal with the problem. About 40 persons are confirmed dead […]

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Resolving Internal Conflict Requires A Different Approach 

By Jehan Perera – Countries re-emerging from decades of violent internal conflict are encouraged, sometimes against their will, into following an internationally prescribed trajectory of transitional justice. This is a concept that has taken root within the UN and international human rights systems after decades of being honed by practitioners and academics in the field. […]

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Collateral Damage Of Delaying The Transitional Justice Process 

By Jehan Perera – The International Women of Courage award to Sandya Ekneligoda by the US government, and presented to her by First Lady Melina Trump, was a symbolic affirmation that the fate of victims of enforced disappearances is an international priority that will not be negated by either time or official denials.  Sandya Ekneligoda’s […]

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Joint Decisionmaking To Overcome Sense Of Drift That Harms Country’s Prospect 

By Jehan Perera – In the public perception there is a sense of drift in the constructive activities of the government on all fronts. President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to overcome this sense of drift by political means. He has been having public programmes that enhance his own visibility. An example would be the […]

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War Crimes Being Pivot Of Transitional Justice Stalls Progress 

By Jehan Perera – The government achieved its main goal at the UN Human Rights Council at the session just completed in March. It was able to obtain a two year extension to deliver on the promise it made at a previous session of the UNHRC in October 2015. There is a consensus that the […]

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The Opportunity In Geneva For A Fresh Start

By Jehan Perera – The draft resolution on Sri Lanka that is currently before the UN Human Rights Council gives Sri Lanka the additional two years that the government sought to deliver on commitments made 18 months ago. The extended time frame to be granted to Sri Lanka reflects the confidence that the international community […]

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