has violated JJ's rights"
added that though Minister Jayawardene opted to be a politician
to serve the people he is recognised as a distinguished medical
"As a medical
practitioner he uses the electronic and print media comprehensively
to educate the people of the entire country on good health practices.
He has also pioneered the Parliamentary Lobby for Child Rights in
Sri Lanka. In all such efforts he has initiated action-oriented
programmes going beyond caste, creed, race and politics. In order
to make him continue the work that he has started specially in the
North and East of the country, I have entrusted him with the portfolio
of rehabilitation, resettlement and refugees"
congratulates Prof. JJ
Congratulating Minister Jayalath Jayawardene on being
awarded an honorary Emeritus Professorship by the Irish International
University (IIU) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe states
that inspite of personal threats to his life the minister
reached the needy people in the North and East.
Under my guidance, even as a Member of Parliament in the Opposition,
he travelled to the North and East in the thick of war. The
goodwill that was established helped to open avenues for continued
negotiations for peace" he said.
his chosen path, he has taken bold strides towards peace and reconciliation
between the people in the North and South of Sri Lanka and had made
pioneering efforts in the midst of numerous challenges in bringing
the North and the South together. Accordingly, I should say he is
recognised as a harbinger of peace who paved the way for greater
understanding and fellowship between different ethnic groups in
the country" he said.
The UN Human
Rights Committee which inquired into a complaint made by Dr.
Jayalath Jayawardena on allegations made against him linking him
with the LTTE, has concluded that President Chandrika Kumaratunga
has violated his civil and political rights and recommended remedial
in a report released recently after hearing submissions by both
parties involved, upheld that Dr. Jayawardena's civil and political
rights have been violated under the International Covenant of Civil
and Political Rights (CCPR).
views the Committee held that Dr. Jayawardena was entitled to an
'appropriate remedy' and called on the 'state party' (the President)
to submit information about the measures taken to implement its
views within 90 days.
filed a complaint with the CCPR in February 2000 alleging that President
Kumaratunga made blatant accusations against him publicly since
1998 linking him up with the LTTE to which wide publicity was given
through the state media. He complained that allegations by the President
over state owned media, put his life at risk while also causing
psychological pain to his family.
s life despite
impending threats and several requests made to her by the international
organisations and local authorities to provide him with sufficient
security in her capacity as the Defence Minister. Complaints made
to the police to investigate into death threats also fell on deaf
ears, Dr. Jayawardena alleged.
Dr. Jayawardena, he approached the UN Human Rights Committee, because
he had exhausted all domestic remedies and was incapable of taking
legal action against the President because she enjoyed Presidential
President, referred to as the 'state party' making submissions to
the Committee refuted claims by Dr. Jayawardena that he did not
avail of domestic remedies.
The state party
questioned as to why Dr. Jayawardena did not institute legal action
against the media organisations, restraining it from publishing
or broadcasting/televising material that infringed his rights.
The fact that
he received death threats and was being followed by unidentified
persons was also denied on the grounds that no complaints were made
to that effect.
Dr. Jayawardena had presented to the Committee proof of complaints
made to the police regarding the death threats and held that his
complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee did not relate to the
media or the police, but to the allegations made by the President.
He stressed that the President herself should be accountable for
the statements made against him.
the committee concluded that the President was responsible for violating
his right to security and failure to investigate complaints made
in respect of death threats.
had also requested the state party to publish the views expressed
in the report.
Lake soon a leisure centre
the restoration of the South West Lake near the Gangaramaya Temple
being almost completed under the Beira Lake Restoration Project,
the Urban Development Authority is soon to call for private sector
investment to develop the area into a fun park for leisure and recreational
The UDA has
already negotiated with several private companies and is hoping
to call for private sector investment to implement its business
plan. Fifteen sites have been identified for development under the
business plan. Private sector participation is also sought in environment
improvement activities in terms of sponsorship.
The UDA would
make available about 54 acres of land for private sector investment
under its business plan. The income thus generated is to be invested
in lake restoration.
of the South West Lake-the first to be restored under the Beira
Lake Restoration Project-is expected to be completed by the end
of this year, Planning Assistant of the UDA Project Management Division,
E.A.C. Priyashantha said.
the South West Lake will have boat terminals, restaurants with parking
facilities, linear parks and an island with a restaurant and a park
for leisure activities.
A shopping arcade is also to be built at one end of Sir James Peiris
Mawatha where it joins Perahera Mawatha. However, this project has
been temporarily suspended due to the inability to relocate ongoing
activities in the area.
Work on the
East Lake on D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha has already begun according
to Mr. Priyashantha, who said dredging of the lake has now started.
The UDA has also proposed the construction of a new road connecting
Galle Road with Pettah over the East Lake. Funds for this project
are expected from foreign sources or private investors.
of the Beira Lake is taking place in two phases. Phase I involves
reduction of pollution and Phase II involves in-lake restoration,
shoreline beautification, lake catchment development and provision
of recreational facilities. On completion of the project, a significant
boost to the economic development of the city is anticipated.
the UDA has also identified locations for relocating settlements
around the Beira Lake. All low income settlements bordering the
lake are being relocated to make available land to private sector
investors for a variety of purposes such as hotels, restaurants,
parks and other recreational facilities.
At least 800
families have been identified living around the Beira Lake while
a few new unauthorised structures are now coming up with their occupants
hoping to obtaining alternate premises when families are relocated.
MPs agitate against 19th Amendment
The Sinhala MPs Group are to carry out an agitational
campaign requesting Government and Opposition MPs to vote against
the proposed 19th Amendment when Parliament commences sittings and
debates it in the second week of October.
The Group is due to meet this week to finalise its campaign strategy.
The MPs are planning to explain to parliamentarians the consequences
that would flow if the amendment is passed in Parliament.
the Sinhala MPs group MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena told The Sunday
Times that they will explain to the MPs the Government's motive
for presenting the amendment.
Alliance has already opposed it but we will also meet the MPs and
explain to them why they should not vote for the amendment. We will
also carry out the agitational campaign outside Parliament",
the 19th Amendment was being tabled in Parliament on Thursday, members
of Sinhala organisations including the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya
delivered leaflets to Opposition MPs calling on them to vote against
The leaflet stated that the amendment would divide the country.
is aimed at setting up the interim administration which would mean
that the LTTE is to take over the administration of the North and
East, it said.
had also highlighted the fact that the amendment which is aimed
at stripping the powers of the President may even lead to the removal
of the President facilitating the setting up of the interim administration.
MPs' group has called on the Opposition to join together to prevent
the Government getting a 2/3rds majority to pass the amendment.
The MPs have
been asked not to be bought over by the Government and not to betray
the country by voting for the amendment.
of smaller groups in peace talks urges Jaffna MC
The Jaffna Municipal Council on Wednesday adopted
a resolution to urge the international community to consider the
views of the splinter Tamil parties in talks to resolve the North-East
crisis, an official source said.
was moved by councillor T. Subathiran of the EPRLF (Varathan faction).
The meeting was chaired by Mayor Sellan Kandhayan who represents
the TULF, one of the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance
(TNA) which accepts the LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamils
in the North-East, the source added.
was moved with the intention of ensuring that the views of all sections
of the people in the North-East, including the Muslims, are reflected
in future peace talks.
of the councillors in the Jaffna Municipal Council is as follows:
TULF - 9; EPDP - 6; PLOTE - 6; and EPRLF (Varathan faction) - 2.
The EPDP, PLOTE and EPRLF (Varathan faction) do not consider the
LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamils in the North-East.
T. Subathiran also moved another resolution condemning the alleged
forcible taxation of the general public by the LTTE which was adopted
by a majority vote, the source said.