KP still on INTERPOL list

However KP had told a journalist recently that he had been questioned by India twice on the assassination, once in 2010 and against last year. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumarna Padmanthan alias KP is still on the red list of wanted persons by INTERPOL.KP is wanted by India over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The INTERPOL warrant says KP is wanted over crimes involving life and health, Terrorism and crimes involving the use of weapons and explosives.KP is currently involved in humanitarian work in the north.  (Colombo Gazette) He told journalist D.B.S.Jeyaraj that officers from India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) had questioned him in Sri Lanka over his alleged involvement in the Rajiv Gandhi killing. read more

UN expert on indigenous rights to visit Philippines

Special Rapporteur Rodolfo Stavenhagen, who will remain in the country until 11 December, will meet with senior government officials, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups and academics. He is travelling at the Government’s invitation. Voicing particular interest in the practical implementation of the country’s 1997 Indigenous Rights Act, he said, “I look forward to talking with the Government on the good progress they have made” since it was adopted. “I also value the opportunity for constructive consultations with indigenous peoples themselves about the enjoyment of their rights,” he added. While in the Philippines, the UN expert will examine the impact of major development projects on the enjoyment of indigenous peoples’ rights. He will also undertake field trips to two different regions to meet and hear directly from indigenous peoples about their situation. The visit to the Philippines marks Mr. Stavenhagen’s second since being appointed to the post in 2001. His first mission took him to Guatemala from 2 to 12 September of this year. read more