Shivajilingam calls for an OHCHR office in North and East

Shivajilingam said the UN must firmly and categorically require Sri Lanka to fully implement each section of the Resolution 30/1 without any delay.“The UN must ensure that the judicial process consists of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators as stated in the Resolution, and if Sri Lanka continues to delay and deceive, the UN must take further measures,” he said.He also said the UN/OHCHR should open its offices in the North-East region where the crimes were committed, so that it can facilitate the victims, and provide some protection to the witnesses. (Colombo Gazette) He said the Tamil people have long history of disappointment and deception by the successive Governments of Sri Lanka. Tamil National Alliance, Northern Provincial Counmcil member M K Shivajilingam has called for the establishment of an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the North and East.In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Shivajilingam said the Tamil people in Sri Lanka have suffered tremendously for the last 70 years, and today more than ever, they are counting on the UN and the international community to give them justice and their political rights, and assure their protection. “After numerous reports, resolutions, and investigations by the UN, Sri Lanka finally agreed last year, and co-sponsored a Resolution calling for a judicial mechanism that will include foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. Not too long after its promises, several high-ranking members of its Government, including the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka have clearly, categorically, and publicly retracted from their promises made to the UN, declared that they will not allow foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators, and vowed to “protect” their military,” he said. Shivajilingam said the Tamil people want all crimes committed against them to be investigated, including the crime of Genocide.He said there will not be any justice to the Tamils without the involvement of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. read more

Ramnarine lauds foiling of robbery attempt

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Top Cop indicates that gunned down bandits were targeting safeJuly 24, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop lashes out at Judiciary for its ‘careless, insensitive’ granting of bailOctober 24, 2016In “latest news”Alleged Assassination Plot not properly investigated- RamnarineJuly 29, 2017In “Crime” …resulting in bandit’s deathDavid RamnarineActing Top Cops, David Ramnarine, says that the action taken by a businessman yesterday in Belvior Court, Georgetown, resulting in the death of a bandit and foiling a possible robbery attempt, is commendable and he encourages other citizens to act in a similar manner. Ramnarine was at the time responding to media operatives who asked for a comment on the matter, earlier today.“I believe that based on the initial reports I received, [it was] a commendable, brave, courageous… piece of action by the occupants of that car to deter the efforts of someone…to commit some crime and more citizens need to do just that,” he said.Inews had previously reported that one bandit was shot dead following a shootout at the above mentioned location, during the wee hours of Sunday morning, while another man was hospitalized for a wound to his elbow. Based on reports received, the incident occurred sometime after mid-night while a businessman and his two friends were returning home from a movie night out. This online publication understands that the three men stopped their car in Belvior to purchase something to eat. However, as they proceeded along their way, they found that the street had been blocked off by a car. After honking at the motor vehicle, several men reportedly exited the same vehicle, all armed. The alleged perpetrators then began to fire at the motor vehicle in which the businessman and his friends were in, however they were unaware that one of the men (the businessman) was armed as well.As the exchange of fire between the two sides continued for several minutes, the business man’s friend who was in the driver’s seat sustained a gunshot wound to his elbow. Subsequently, as the businessman continued to return fire (he was in the back seat of the motorcar), he managed to shoot and kill one of the bandits, identified as Ray Goulding, 32 of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. Ray GouldingAfter his accomplices noticed that Goulding was dead, they quickly scurried away leaving his body at the location.The police were informed and upon arriving at the scene, a .32pistol used by the dead man was found near him. The post mortem on the body is expected to be conducted sometime during this week. (Ramona Luthi) read more