That, Mr Speaker, is not the whole story

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

It is one thing to say that some politicians are making their children ashamed of them. It is more meaningful to tell the public why this is so. What makes children react to parental actions in a manner that causes the children to virtually turn their backs on politician fathers? If what Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says is true there must be some strong reasons why children are not enamoured of their fathers who are elected representatives. That surely is the crucial question. What is it in the behaviour of some MPs that cause such negative reactions in their children to the extent that they seem to dissociate themselves with the conduct of their MP fathers? Usually children dote on their parents and parents on the […]

‘Prepared to work with government, but cannot wait indefinitely for solutions’, Sri Lanka Tamil party tells UN

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the United Nation that the party is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the Tamil people’s problems but cannot wait indefinitely for the government to take meaningful actions. The leader of Tamil National Alliance and the Opposition R. Sampanthan told a visiting top official of the UN that the party’s demand is not to divide the country but to find a solution based on consent and the consensus of political parties and people. The visiting UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffery Feltman met with the Opposition Leader, R. Sampanthan and members of the Tamil National Alliance on Friday at the UN office in Colombo. During the […]

Sri Lanka: We must welcome GTF effort and they must go further

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

by Rajasingham Jayadevan ( July 23, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The right thinking people must welcome the initiative of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to help provide medical assistance for the flood affected areas of Southern Sri Lanka in partnership with the pioneering Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. This effort must be strengthened further by the GTF to involve in far reaching post war socio-economic work with the engagement with the cross section of the community organisations overseas. Many individuals, organisations and expatriate enterprises have undertaken sustainable socio-economic projects without any political fanfare and glamour. Their efforts too must be welcome and publicised in an effective way to widen the scope of engagement of the expatriate Tamils. There are Tamil organisations and individuals providing funds for the […]

GLOBAL TAMILS FOR UNITED LANKA

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Recently a group of members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) comprised of 17 medical professionals from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Norway and Bahrain, over the course of nine days, provided assistance including medical, dental and ophthalmological treatment to the communities affected by the floods (about 780 patients) sheltered in villages, relief camps, a children’s home and an orphanage in the Districts of Kalutara and Matara, of the Western and Southern Provinces respectively. The doctors who voluntarily gave their services also donated 300 spectacles. Spokesman of the GTF, Suren Surendiran spoke to the Nation regarding the GTF’s engagement with the country, their view of the present state of affairs in the country, and about what they felt was the […]

Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirty-fourth Anniversary of “Black July” 1983.

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Black July ’83 – Library Tamil Affairs | Tamil Guardian www.tamilguardian.com/news-region/tamil-affairs Remembering Black July 1983 … “As we pause to reflect on the dark days of the Sri Lankan Civil War, we must continue to work to heal the … Tamil Guardian: Home Page www.tamilguardian.com/  Black July remembrance events took place on Sunday organised by the Tamil National … ““Between July 24 and 29, 1983, anti-Tamil pogroms were carried out in ….. by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a 3 day visit to Israel. Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirty-fourth Anniversary of “Black July” 1983. (This article was posted in 2013 to denote the 30th anniversary of Black July 83 and is reproduced here again with minor changes in view of the 34th anniversary of the anti- Tamil pogrom) by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Shops, Banks, Offices and […]

Falling in line with UN

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Minister of Health and Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne responding to the recent comments made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka emphasized the need of not antagonizing the United Nations. Emmerson met the press in Colombo on the very day (15 July) Navy Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake was remanded by the Fort Magistrate on the charge of aiding and abetting in enforced disappearances of 11 youths when the final phase of the North and East separatist war was in progress between 2008 and 2009. Colombo Fort Magistrate on Wednesday (19) further extended the remand period of Navy Commodore Dassanayake till 2 August for further interrogations to be carried […]

Police uncover all

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

A senior Police Official told Ceylon Today yesterday (24), that Police investigating teams have uncovered all information about the chief suspect who shot at the Police Sergeant and the Constable travelling for the protection of High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan, one of the three members of the committee appointed for hearing of the case against Vithya’s murder incident in Jaffna. The elder brother of the chief suspect taken into custody in connection with the shooting incident had revealed this information yesterday (24) to Police officers. In addition it was discovered during Police investigations that there is another case being heard at the Jaffna High Court in connection with an incident of murder of an individual in Kopai through assault in the year 2012 involving the […]

Main suspect in Nallur shooting surrenders

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Nallur shooting: Sgt. Premachandra promoted to SI rank Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra (24330), who died in the Nallur shooting while escorting a High Court Judge, was posthumously promoted to Sub Inspector (SI) rank, Police said. They said the Police Sergeant was killed in the line of duty when escorting Jaffna HC Judge M. Ilancheliyan and his security detail at Nallur in Jaffna on Saturday (22). Another Police constable sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in hospital. Yesterday Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his condolences on the death of the Police Sergeant. Main suspect in Nallur shooting surrenders The main suspect in the shooting at Nallur in Jaffna on Saturday, where Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilancheliyan and his security detail were shot at killing a […]

Law and order collapses in Jaffna: Ganesan

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Saturday’s shooting incident, in which a police officer was killed, showed the breakdown in the law and order situation in Jaffna today, National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan said. He said the IGP and the other senior police officers in charge of the region should take responsibility for the shooting and said immediate action should be taken against the culprits. Meanwhile, the minister criticized the police spokesman for his statement that the shooting was not planned. “The spokesman said the incident was neither planned nor the judge was targeted. He said some drunken men had suddenly snatched a gun from a police officer and fired shots at the others. If snatching a weapon of a police officer is not planned, then is […]

The bill on enforced disappearances – Sri Lanka to withdraw from being a Convention State?

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Neville Ladduwahetty The Bill states that it seeks “to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.” The Convention that was ratified by Sri Lanka on May 3, 2016 came into force on June 24, 2016. The Bill neither specifies the context in which it is intended to operate nor defines “Enforced Disappearances”. Under these circumstances both context and definition have to follow what is stated in the International Convention. THE CONTEXT: As stated in Article 1 Clause 2 of the Convention: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearances”. THE DEFINITION: As stated […]

High Court Judge shot at in Jaffna (Exclusive Video)

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

A gunman had opened fire aiming at Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan in Nallur, Jaffna. Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan is a member of the trial-at-bar that is hearing the case on the rape and murder of Vidya Sivaloganathan. The shooting had taken place at the Nallur Kovil Junction at 05:10 this evening (July 22). The unknown gunman had grabbed the side-arm of one of the two police officers providing security to the judge and opened fire. Justice M. Elancheliyan was not harmed in the incident but the gunman immediately fled the scene, according to the police. An officer attached to his security detail was injured and has been rushed to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Justice M. Elancheliyan spoke exclusively to News 1st on […]

Only in Sri Lanka : Corrupt (Ranil) team probing Corrupt (Rajapaksha)

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Corrupt probing Corrupt: Police given deadline to complete high profile cases ECONOMYNEXT – Police have been given their final warning to speed up investigations into high profile murders and corruption of the former regime or face the axe within two months, top official sources said. Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayaka has taken a hands-on approach to monitor progress on the investigations after he took flak earlier this month when he President Maithripala Sirisena virtually put him on notice to deliver or depart. Official sources said Ratnayaka will keep a close watch on the progress to ensure that at least 10 of the high profile cases, including the Lasantha Wickrematunga assassination, Wasim Thajudeen murder and mega-scale corruption during the Rajapaksa regime are concluded soon. The […]

Tamil man shot with the stun gun and his mother kicked and punched

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Family scream in horror as pair launch doorstep stun gun attack on victim in his 40s then assault his terrified mother CCTV shows two men approaching a doorway in Stanmore, north-west London The victim opens the door and is shot with the stun gun, kicked and punched Loud screams can be heard from the victims family as his mother is also attack The blood-curdling screams of a family can be heard after two men shot a man on his doorstep with a stun gun before attacking his terrified mother. Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Harrow CID on 0208 733 3445, or police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org. CCTV shows two men, who are […]

‘Ethera Api’ honours proud Lankans who brought fame to the country

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

The annual main summit of the ‘Ethera Api’ branch of the United Kingdom was held at the Novotel Hotel Heathrow in Cherry Lane with the participation of the Chairman of the organization, MP Sunil Handunnetti. Along with the Branch’s Board of Officials and Members, religious leaders and many special invited guests including Deputy Mayor of the Harrow Council, Kareema Marikar and Councillor of the Newham Council, Paul Sathianesan participated in the occasion. Handunnetti along with Chairman of the Branch, Ajantha Kangahaarachchi, Secretary of the Branch, Henry G. Wickramaratne, Treasurer of the Branch, Sujith Gunawardena lit the oil lamp and commenced the festivities. Kangahaarachchi in his speech, presented his views regarding problems faced by Sri Lankans in Great Britain and pledged that the Organization would intervene […]

GTF news update for 21st July 2017

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

ASIAN MIRROR UNP, SLFP Must Put Aside ‘Petty Political Agendas’:  Sampanthan < http://www.asianmirror.lk/news/item/24574-unp-slfp-must-put-aside-petty-political-agendas-sampanthan  >   DAILY NEWS President signs Office on Missing Persons Act < http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/07/20/local/122698/president-signs-office-missing-persons-act  >   UN NEWS CENTRE Sri Lanka: UN chief congratulates government on setting up office of missing persons < http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57226#.WXHD_IWcHIV  >   THE ISLAND Top UN official here to evaluate progress < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=168592  >   DAILY MIRROR Emmerson’s meeting with LTTE detainees within terms of ref: Ministry < http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Emmerson-s-meeting-with-LTTE-detainees-within-terms-of-ref-Ministry-133210.html  >   DNA INDIA Sri Lanka govt not to clash with UN on human rights: Minister < http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-sri-lanka-govt-not-to-clash-with-un-on-human-rights-minister-2507113  >   THE DIPLOMAT Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka < http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/looking-at-systemic-torture-in-sri-lanka/  >   ARMY.LK 189 Acres of Mullaittivu Lands Released to Civilians < http://www.army.lk/news/189-acres-mullaittivu-lands-released-civilians  >   THE ISLAND Joint Opposition disjointing itself? < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=news-section&page=news-section&code_title=55  >   ADA DERANA NFF proclaims UN official’s ‘ill-famed statement’ a violation of sovereignty […]

A ragdoll that cannot be ‘stitched together’ anymore

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Bound by their MoU, they are not formally separated yet. But they may have to. Now, the indications are, PM Wickremesinghe is out to break the jinx, on his string of Presidential Election defeats. Perhaps he knows his most cherished project of having the Executive Presidency abolished that was outsourced to self-appointed Colombo Civil Society leaders, is not going to work. UNP is told to begin a fast track, high profile image building campaign of the leader. Meanwhile for now, Wickremesinghe wants the “Unity” Government to continue. President Sirisena, is being lobbied and advised to revisit his cohabitation with the UNP, with more pressure building up within his own SLFP bloc against cohabiting in Government. With his outburst over hindering investigations on alleged mega Rajapaksa corruption, […]

Sri Lanka slams police over abduction bid

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s police faced censure on Friday over an attempt to “abduct” a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by the previous strongman leader’s regime. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he lodged a protest with Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara over an attempt by plain-clothed officers to seize a student known for his anti-government views on Thursday night. Other students prevented him from being grabbed by the plain-clothed officers. Samaraweera said the “white van abduction” was to recreate the fear psychosis associated with former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. The minister said the new government came to power in January 2015 promising to end the “white van culture” and ensure that people had more freedom, but the latest police action was a retrograde step. […]

Plot Thickens As Jaffna Gang Rape And Murder Trial-At-Bar In Jaffna HC Continues: Second Week Update

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody – The trial-at-bar into the abduction, gang rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Pungudutivu in Jaffna on 2015 May 13, commenced for the second week on July 3 at the Jaffna High Court. The first ever trial-at-bar in Jaffna began on June 28. The bench includes High Court Judges, B. Sasi Mahendran (President of the panel), M. Ellencheliyan and A. Premashankar. Of those arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in relation to the case, the nine who have been indicted on many counts including on charges of plotting, abduction, rape, murder, aiding and abetting, and unlawful assembly amongst other such offences include P. Indrakumar alias Sinnaraja (first respondent), P. Vijayakumar/Jeyakumar alias Ravi (second respondent), P. Thawakkumar alias Sendil (third respondent), Mahalingam Shashidaran alias […]

Intercommunal Tensions In Sri Lanka Were Fuelled By Hate Speech: Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

The 2016 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on Human Rights and Democracy was presented to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. According to the report published yesterday, in 2015, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) designated 30 “Human Rights Priority Countries” (HRPCs) including Sri Lanka. The other HRPCs areAfghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson “We designated HRPCs following careful consideration against three separate criteria: the human rights situation in the country; the country’s human rights trajectory; and the […]

Corbyn ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Ongoing Torture In Sri Lanka

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn Friday expressed “deep concern” over the reports of ongoing torture of Tamils by the Sri Lanka security forces, and stressed that the UK’s foreign policy on Sri Lanka should be focused on accountability, not just promoting trade and investment. Jeremy Corbyn Referring to the recent report by the Johannesburg-based International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) titled “Unstopped: State torture & sexual violence in 2016/17 in Sri Lanka”, he said that the lack of accountability for the crimes of the past has enabled these horrific violations to continue in the island nation. “I am deeply concerned about the evidence presented in this ITJP report about the ongoing torture of Tamils; it is the lack of accountability for the crimes of the past […]

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