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HRW wants SL to resume Stolen Asset Recovery initiative

COLOMBO (News 1st); Human Rights Watch is requesting Sri Lanka to resume participation in the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative, a World Bank and United Nations partnership to support international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds, and commit to doing so as part of an agreement with the IMF.Sri Lanka’s new president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, should ensure that his administration adopts measures to protect the basic rights of all Sri Lankans, Human Rights Watch said in a letter published today outlining key human rights concerns. The government should prioritize protecting the public from further hardship by putting in place appropriate social protection policies and addressing endemic corruption, while respecting fundamental rights, including freedoms of expression and association, and ending abuses by the security forces, said HRW.Among Human Rights Watch recommendations to President Wickremesinghe are:Ensure that people are able to freely and peacefully express their views without fear of reprisal or arrest;Withdraw emergency regulation provisions that are are vague, overly broad, and disproportionate or that violate fundamental rights;Announce a formal moratorium on the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) until rights-respecting counterterrorism legislation is enacted, and release prisoners arbitrarily detained under the PTA;Establish a new social protection system that is both adequate to protect everyone’s rights from the effects of the economic crisis and designed to prevent mismanagement and corruption;Resume Sri Lanka’s participation in the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative, a World Bank and United Nations partnership to support international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt

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Sri Lanka President Should Uphold Rights
COLOMBO (News 1st);  Human Right Watch says that President Ranil Wickremesinghe should ensure that his administration adopts measures to protect the basic rights of all Sri Lankans.Human Rights Watch further says that the Government should prioritize protecting the public from further hardship by putting in place appropriate social protection policies and addressing endemic corruption while respecting fundamental rights, including freedoms of expression and association, and ending abuses by the security forces.“President Wickremesinghe faces immense challenges, but imposing draconian emergency regulations, politically motivated arrests of protest leaders, and heightened surveillance of activist groups will not solve Sri Lanka’s dire problems,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Sri Lanka’s partners have been clear that international economic assistance will only be effective if the government adheres to human rights and the rule of law and addresses the root causes of the crisis.”Among Human Rights Watch's recommendations to President Wickremesinghe are:Ensure that people can freely and peacefully express their views without fear of reprisal or arrest.Withdraw emergency regulation provisions that are vague, overly broad, and disproportionate or that violate fundamental rights.Announce a formal moratorium on the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) until rights-respecting counterterrorism legislation is enacted, and release prisoners arbitrarily detained under the PTA.Establish a new social protection system that is both adequate to protect everyone’s rights from the effects of the economic crisis and designed to prevent mismanagement and corruption.Resume Sri Lanka’s participation
Ranil Wickremesinghe - China Seeks Urgent Meeting Over Vessel Issue - newsfirst.lk - China - India - Sri Lanka
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China Seeks Urgent Meeting Over Vessel Issue
COLOMBO (News 1st); China's embassy here has sought an urgent meeting with senior Sri Lankan authorities after Colombo sought a deferment of the planned docking of a high-tech Chinese research vessel at the strategic Hambantota port over which India raised concerns, sources said.The Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel 'Yuan Wang 5' was scheduled to dock at the Hambantota Port from August 11 to 17, weeks after Sri Lanka witnessed a major political turmoil following massive mass protests over the country's worst economic crisis in decades.A 'third-person' note from Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry to the Chinese embassy in Colombo dated August 5 says "the ministry wishes to request that the arrival of the vessel Yuan Wang 5 in Hambantota to be deferred until further consultations are made on the matter."Some media reports said that India was worried the vessel would be used to spy on its activities and that it had lodged a complaint with Sri Lanka.The Chinese embassy in Colombo sought an urgent meeting with the higher Sri Lankan authorities to discuss the issue after receiving the note from the Foreign Ministry seeking a delay in the visit, sources here said.Some Sri Lankan news portals also reported that Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a closed-door meeting with China's Ambassador Qi Zhenhong after Colombo sought a deferment of the planned docking.But the President's Office denied the media reports over the meeting.On July 12, amidst the political turmoil in Sri Lanka, the then government approved the Chinese vessel's docking at the Hambantota port.The Chinese vessel was expected to dock at the Sri Lankan port for "refuelling and 'replenishment' and will conduct satellite control and research
Bandula Gunawardena - Ranil Wickremesinghe - President meets Chinese Ambassador behind closed doors - newsfirst.lk - China - city Beijing - Japan - India - Sri Lanka - Australia
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President meets Chinese Ambassador behind closed doors
COLOMBO (News 1st); President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Ambassador to China Qi Zhenhong met on Saturday (06), President's Media Division confirmed.The closed-door meeting was held at the request of the Chinese Ambassador. The meeting took place against a backdrop where the arrival of the Chinese vessel 'Yuan Wang 5' at Hambantota Port in located in the Sea of Sri Lanka, has sparked controversy in the region.Initially, Sri Lankan authorities said that there was no information that such a ship would arrive.However, a few days later, Cabinet Spokesperson Bandula Gunawardena confirmed that the ship will remain at the Hambantota port from August 11th to 17th for refueling and replenishment.Sri Lankan authorities also pointed out that it is routine for ships of friendly nations such as India, Australia, Japan and China to visit Sri Lankan ports.However, amid strong protest from India, the Foreign Ministry has requested for the ship's arrival to be deferred, according to a release issued by the Ministry.The Foreign Ministry has requested the Chinese Embassy to defer the arrival of the vessel, “until further consultations” are made between the two Governments.Moreover, reports indicate that the Chinese Embassy will consult  Beijing before responding to Sri Lankan authorities on the deferral.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - IMF says Sri Lanka needs to talk with China about debt restructuring - newsfirst.lk - China - city Beijing - Japan - India - Sri Lanka - Washington
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IMF says Sri Lanka needs to talk with China about debt restructuring
(Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Sri Lanka should kick off debt restructuring talks with its bilateral lender China, while the island state's government seeks a financing loan from the Washington-based fund."China is a big creditor, and Sri Lanka has to engage proactively with it on a debt restructuring," Krishna Srinivasan, director of the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.The island of 22 million is currently engulfed by its most severe economic and political crisis in recent history.Six-time prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was recently appointed as president after a popular uprising ousted his predecessor following months of severe shortages of fuel, food and medicines.The government recently decided to restrict fuel imports for 12 months.The country owes Beijing some $6.5 billion in financing including development bank loans and a central bank swap, according to data from the Institute of International Finance (IFF).The world's second-largest economy has invested in projects such as highways, a port, an airport and a coal power plant. Japan and India are also bilateral creditors to Sri Lanka."Sri Lanka has to engage with its creditors, both private and official bilateral, on a debt workout to ensure debt sustainability is restored," Srinivasan said, as he pointed out that technical talks on a new IMF program are ongoing with both officials from the finance ministry and the central bank.Sri Lanka's foreign ministry and central bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Bandula Gunawardena - Ranil Wickremesinghe - Gotabaya Rajapaksa gets short-term visit pass in Singapore extended - newsfirst.lk - Singapore - Sri Lanka - city Singapore - Maldives
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa gets short-term visit pass in Singapore extended
Singapore; Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to extend his stay in Singapore.The Straits Times in Singapore reported that his short-term visit pass, which was issued when he arrived here on a private visit two weeks ago, has been extended by another 14 days.This development comes as Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters on Tuesday (July 26) that he was expected to return home.He added that he was not aware of when the former president was returning but emphasised Mr Rajapaksa was not in hiding, neither was he in exile.Another Sri Lankan government official who asked not to be identified said Rajapaksa wanted to return home as soon as possible and was keen to live again at his private residence in the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo.On July 14th, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 73, was issued a 14-day visit pass when he arrived at Changi Airport on a Saudia flight from the Maldives.He had fled Sri Lanka amid a deepening economic crisis and widespread protests against his government as soaring inflation affected the prices of basic necessities such as food and fuel.Shortly after he arrived in Singapore, Rajapaksa tendered his resignation, which was officially announced by the Sri Lanka parliament on July 15.His ally and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was voted in by lawmakers as the new president last week.The Straits Times reported that the new visa Rajapaksa has been issued will expire on Aug 11.Gotabaya Rajapaksa initially stayed at a hotel in the city centre, but is believed to have moved to a private residence.He has kept a low profile since he arrived, and has not been seen in public.Shortly after he arrived on July 14, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ranil Wickremesinghe - President responsible for attacks on protestors: Sumanthiran - newsfirst.lk
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President responsible for attacks on protestors: Sumanthiran
COLOMBO (News 1st); The responsibility for the raid carried out at Galle Face and the attack leveled against the protestors must fall squarely on the shoulders of the executive president Ranil Wickremesinghe, says TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran.It is only because of these protesters that Ranil Wickremesinghe is the President today, and not for any other reason, the TNA MP said.Speaking further, the MP said that the attack on the peaceful protest, which received international recognition for its peaceful nature, has been condemned by the President without any reservation.MP Sumanthiran also cited the previous statements issued by the President during the last two attacks, and pointed out that via the official UNP account, the then-MP vehimendly condemed the attack which took place on 9th May.“He even said I will withdraw all the support that will be extended to the Government,” the MP said.The TNA Parliamentarian mentioned that the then-Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also laid down conditions that the Galle Face protest must not be touched, however within 24 hours, he has shown his true colours.He has made it impossible for us to support him even by his own standards which he said on the 9th of May, the MP said.Stating that at least the people were attacked in the early hours in the morning, the MP pointed out that at least on 9th of May, the attack took place in broad daylight.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - Decision on Nagananda’s petition against Ranil on Tuesday (19) - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Decision on Nagananda’s petition against Ranil on Tuesday (19)
COLOMBO (News 1st); Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku told Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court that if Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is not even suitable to be a member of parliament, is appointed as the Executive President of the country, it may have a negative impact on the future of Sri Lanka.Nagananda Kodituwakku presented facts to the court seeking to invalidate Wickremesinghe’s seat in Parliament.However, the Supreme Court will meet on Tuesday to decide whether or not Nagananda Kodituwakku’s will be taken up for examination.Nagananda Kodituwakku notes that as per the provisions of Article 99 (a) of the Constitution a National List Member of Parliament should submit nominations within one week after the election, and pointed out that the name of Ranil Wickramasinghe was proposed after eight months of the election.He argued at the Supreme Court that the appointment of Wickremesinghe had violated the constitution and the Parliamentary Elections Act.Nagananda Kodituwakku’s application was taken up in the presence of Justices Gamini Amarasekera, Shiran Gunaratne, and Janak De Silva.The application requests for an order to be made against Wickremesinghe preventing him from functioning as a Member of Parliament and preventing him from exercising his vote.Nagananda Kodituwakku states that Ranil Wickremesinghe was defeated in the recent elections, and was later appointed to Parliament from the National List.He also argued that a person with no public mandate cannot be appointed to the Constitutional Council, and a person who was defeated at the polls being appointed to Parliament is illegal.The Justices of the Supreme Court had pointed out that Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed to Parliament based on the number of votes received by
Ranil Wickremesinghe - Defence Staff - Special Statement: NO more Presidential Flag, & NO more use of ‘His Excellency’ to address President - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Special Statement: NO more Presidential Flag, & NO more use of ‘His Excellency’ to address President
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed his commitment to protecting law and order, democracy, and the constitution of the country.“I will never pave the way for, or aid in any unconstitutional act,” he said in a special televised statement, adding the collapse in law and order will negatively impact the country’s economy.He warned that the supply chain of food, electricity, and water may be disrupted, and the people must understand the dangerous situation ahead.He said a special committee has been appointed with the Chief of Defence Staff, Inspector General of Police, and Commanders of the three-armed forces to maintain law and order in the country with zero political intervention.He said the 19th Amendment to the constitution should be implemented again in its entirety, and the necessary groundwork will be implemented.He called on the politicians to cast aside their ambitions aside, and think about the country.“Rather than protecting individuals, protect the country,” he noted adding that the country must exist to live and engage in politics.He said as the Acting President he decided to prohibit the use of the word ‘His Excellency’ when addressing the President.He also said that the Presidential Flag will be abolished as the country must gather around only one flag, that is the national flag.Commenting on the protests that have been taking place in the country, Wickremesinghe said that immediate measures will be taken to maintain the law and peace in the country.“Peaceful protests are accepted, however, there are some engaged in acts of sabotage.
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