Sri Lanka Echocardiogram project – 5th to 9th July 2017

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Dear Friend, Areas affected by the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka are still recovering from the three decade long civil war that ceased in 2009. Local health care provision, whilst making tremendous achievements against all the odds, is still sub-optimal. In particular, the whole of Northern Province, with a population of over 1,000,000 is served by only 3 cardiologists – 2 in Jaffna district and 1 in Vavuniya district. However, there is no cardiology or echocardiogram (echo/ ultrasound scan of the heart) service in the other three districts of the Northern Province (Mannar, Killinochi and Mullaitivu). The Health Ministry of Northern Province has requested Assist RR  to help reduce the work load on the three cardiologists by providing free echocardiogram clinics in the […]

Tamils lived in N/E before Buddhistic era – CM Wigneswaran

26th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran responded to Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara, Chairman of a registered political party called “Sinhaladipa Jathika Peramuna” who called the CM for a debate, on his interview that appeared in Ceylon Today of 19 February. Dr. Gunasekara, a retired civil servant, requested the CM to come for a debate on the topic, and the CM responded, “I am always available for talks. In fact I like to talk to the most diehard Sinhala chauvinists.” Dr. Gunasekara sent a mail to the CM, through Ceylon Today Journalist Sulochana Ramiah Mohan stating that he would like to have, either face to face talks or a dialogue in the print media, with Chief Minister Wigneswaran, regarding the views expressed by the CM at […]

GTF team along with CTC, USTPAC and BTF also had a joint high level meeting yesterday with the Swiss, US, UK and German missions in Geneva on Tuesday

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Canadian Tamil Congress meets with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights  Zeid R’aad Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) President Raj Thavaratnasingham along with members of Global Tamil Forum (GTF), USTPAC and British Tamil Forum (BTF) met with United Nations High Commissioner Zeid R’aad in Geneva yesterday morning just before the High Commissioner’s oral presentation. The UN Commissioner was accompanied by Mr Thomas Hunecke, Deputy Chief of the Asia/Pacific Division of OHCHR, and Ms Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch and Mr Anton Nikiforov of the HC’s cabinet. CTC  thanked the High Commissioner and the OHCHR staff for their work on Sri Lanka that brought about 7 important reports and recalled the hope it instilled on the victims for justice. We brought to his […]

Indians supported the killing of Tamils.

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government of India felt anguish and pain over the Sri Lankan military’s alleged war crimes against unarmed Tamils in the 2009 war, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in an unusually strong observation on the Sri Lanka’s human rights record. Ms. Swaraj said India was committed to the protection of the rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, even as the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) appeared set to take up a crucial resolution on the issue on Friday. “The anguish with which the members have raised the issue [of crimes committed during the war of 2009], the government associates itself with the same pain,” Ms Swaraj said. “Our aim is to protect the interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka. You can achieve this […]

OHCHR needs $362,000 to implement Sri Lanka resolution

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would require $362,000 to implement the new resolution on Sri Lanka. The Secretary of the Human Rights Council said that in order to implement the requests contained in draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.1, one-time resources would be required between 2018-2019.  Under the draft resolution six missions will need to be undertaken to Colombo of 14 days each by OHCHR Geneva-based staff with expertise in various thematic areas, including transitional justice and rule of law issues, in order to support the assessment of progress on the implementation of OHCHR’s recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights. The related provisions have not been included under the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2018-2019. Accordingly the related additional […]

Sri Lanka: Hybrid Mechanism in Domestic Judiciary!

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando ( March 22, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Finally, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has acknowledged that, in terms of the Constitution foreign judges couldn’t participate in proposed domestic accountability mechanism in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1. Samaraweera hadn’t said anything to that effect since Sri Lanka co-sponsored the resolution in Oct 2015. Twice Foreign Minister Samaraweera made the declaration at the Foreign Ministry on the afternoon of March 16, 2017. Samaraweera held the foreign ministry portfolio at the onset of the eelam war IV, in Aug, 2006 till he switched his allegiance to the UNP, in early 2007 On the day, before the media briefing, Samaraweera, referring to the Geneva Resolution, co-sponsored by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration said: “Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, especially […]

UK calls for meaningful devolution in Sri Lanka

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The British Government today encouraged Sri Lanka to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation. A statement by the British High Commission in Colombo said that the UK welcomes the co-sponsorship of the new UN Human Rights Council resolution by the Government of Sri Lanka, which reaffirms commitments made in resolution 30/1 in October 2015, for the next two years. “By co-sponsoring a new resolution the Government of Sri Lanka has demonstrated its commitment to human rights, accountability and reconciliation, as important elements of a lasting political settlement for all Sri Lanka’s communities,” the UK High Commission said. The UK says as the […]

Human Rights Council gives Sri Lanka two more years

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Resolution adopted without a vote at UNHRC in Geneva  US says Lanka’s cosponsorship testament to Sirisena Govt.’s international engagement, commitment to reconciliation Harsha thanks member states for understanding and support  OHCHR needs $ 362,000 to implement Lanka resolution in 2018-2019 Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva at UNHRC sessions yesterday   By Dharisha Bastians in Geneva The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka for the fifth time yesterday, but the Government will claim a diplomatic victory after it won a two-year extended timeline to establish mechanisms that will deliver justice to thousands of victims and reconcile a country torn apart by a civil war that spanned three decades. UNHRC Resolution 34/1 titled Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka was […]

Sri Lankan opposition to foreign judges worries US; UK stresses devolution

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva on Wednesday, the US expressed concern over the Sri Lankan government’s statements against having foreign judges in the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases. But the UK laid stress on the importance of devolving power to the Tamils to bring about post-war reconciliation. William J. Mozdzierz, the US representative said that the government’s statements against international participation in any future Sri Lankan judicial mechanism “raise understandable concerns among victims and families about the integrity of any judicial process.” Reminding Colombo about its commitment to have foreign judges as per the resolution it co-sponsored at the September 2015 session of the UNHRC, the US delegate said: […]

UN condemns Sri Lanka over war probe

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

UN rights chief suggests Colombo’s persistent failure to investigate atrocities stems from fear of punishing soldiers. According to the UN, as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians may have died in the last few months of the fighting [AP: File] The United Nations has condemned Sri Lanka’s government for failing to investigate civil war-era atrocities, suggesting the government was afraid of punishing soldiers who committed abuses during the conflict. The world body had previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils, in the last weeks of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. Scars of Sri Lanka Government troops were accused of deliberately shelling civilians, hospitals, and blocking food and medical aid to hundreds of thousands of people boxed […]

General who encouraged LTTE to think politically

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw It was in the mid-eighties that several interesting developments took place in Jaffna between the Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the surprise of the people of Jaffna and the country at large. At the early stages of the Tamil militancy apart from its original presence in Palaly, the Army gradually began to increase its strength by putting up its barracks in Jaffna’s coastal area of Gurunagar. However, with the escalation of attacks carried out by the Tamil militants in Jaffna, the Army decided to move into the Dutch built ‘star shaped’ fort in Jaffna when former Army Chief General Hamilton Wanasinghe functioned as Jaffna area commander in the rank of Brigadier. Army would have thought that the well […]

Forefathers of Tamils of SL were original inhabitants of this Country

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The following response was sent by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara, Chairman of a Registered Political party called ‘Sinhaladipa Jathika Peramuna’ who called the CM for a debate on the issues discussed in his interview, which was published on 19 February 2017 in Ceylon Today. Dr. Gunasekara, who is a retired civil servant, requested the CM to come for a debate on the topic where the CM mentioned, “I am always available for talks. In fact, I like to talk to the most diehard Sinhala chauvinists.” Dr. Gunasekara sent a mail to the CM through Ceylon Today Journalist Sulochana Ramiah Mohan stating that he would like to have either face to face talks or written conversation on print media with […]

London Attack: ‘Heroic’ British politician attempted to save cop

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND A British foreign minister bloodied his hands attempting to save the life of a police officer who was stabbed on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament in what was described Wednesday as a “terrorist incident.” After an individual drove a 4×4 through a crowd outside the Palace of Westminster, shots were fired and a police officer was stabbed. Tobias Ellwood, a conservative member of Parliament and former soldier who was close to the incident, rushed to the officer’s side. Play London Terror Attack: At Least 5 Killed, 40 Injured Outside Parliament 2:36 The officer, later identified as Keith Palmer, later died of his wounds. Palmer, 48, was on the force for 15 years and was a husband and father, police said. Photos of […]

Two years or twenty years make no difference to Sri Lanka! Tamil Victims have no choice but keep fighting for justice!

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s(TGTE) Response to UN Human Rights Council Granting Two Year Extension to Sri Lanka Our immediate concern about the two years extension is it would embolden and encourage Sri Lankan security forces to commit further abuses against Tamils. Urge to send UN Human Rights Monitors” — TGTE COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Once again, the Tamil victims of crimes are forgotten in the complacency of the international community with respect to justice for the victims of the crimes of the Sri Lankan State during the armed conflict on the island. Despite the earnest and fervent call by the Tamil victims to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly with recommendation to establish a special tribunal under Article […]

Stunt man Wimal’s NEXT ”Hunger Strike” continues

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

Sinhala extremist NFF Leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa is known for going on ”Fast to death” hunger strike as he and the rest of the world knows that he will not die by the hunger strike. He is known for making stunts and gaining cheap publicity and he is on another  ”Fast to death” hunger strike again for few days. With the blessing of ex President Mahinda Weerawansa went on a ”Fast to death” hunger strike in July 2010 outside the UN headquarters in Colombo but decided to eat after three days, having earlier threatened to starve himself to death.  Wimal Weerawansa was trying to force UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to halt a human rights panel on Sri Lanka. He was trying to stop the world knowing the […]

Speech by Dr. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS MP at the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council – March 22, 2017, Geneva

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

Speech by Dr. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS MP at the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council – March 22, 2017, Geneva http://tubestream.tv/view/3AOzikJISNs Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka Mr.President, I’m Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss, Member of Parliament and former Indian Health Minister. I come here on behalf of 78 million Tamil people in India. The Tamils in Sri Lanka has been subjected to constant racial abuses, ethnic cleansing and structural genocide since its independence, which culminated in the killings of more than 1,00,000 Tamils in 2009 by the Sri Lankan Government forces. Even after 8 years Justice has not yet reached the victims. The report of the High Commissioner on Sri Lanka assesses the progress the Government of Sri Lanka […]

Switzerland Urged to Exercise Universal Jurissdiction to Arrest Visiting Ex Sri Lankan Admiral for War Crimes: TGTE

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

In his report to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka, UN Rights Chief Urged Countries to Exercise Universal Jurisdiction to Prosecute War Crimes. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), have urged the Government of Switzerland to exercise Universal Jurisdiction to arrest visiting Sri Lanka’s retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed against Tamils during his time as Rear Admiral of the Sri Lankan Navy. It is not clear whether Sri Lankan Government will step in to protect retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara under diplomatic cover, since he belongs to the opposition political party led by former President Mahinda Rajapakse. In his report to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri […]

Statement on Sri Lanka by: Hon Mr Steven J Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transcript of an oral statement made by Hon Mr Steven J Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large and currently Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in conversation with Hon K Manikcka Vasagar, Minister for International Affairs with the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) in Geneva on 15 March 2017. Hello and Good Day! I am here in Geneva and one of the issues upon which I am engaging is something that I worked very hard on when I was US Ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice visiting Sri Lanka twice in 2012 and 2014. I believe very strongly in there being transitional justice and accountability for the crimes committed in 2009 in particular, and the truth being […]

Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother ‘led death squad’: court

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother Gotabhaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a court was told Monday. Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia magistrate’s court that Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during his brother’s rule, directed a secret unit which is accused of assassinating a newspaper editor in January 2009. The CID said it found evidence that the death squad was controlled by Gotabhaya Rajapakse who has already publicly denied involvement in the killing of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga. “Testimony from the former army commander (Sarath Fonseka) shows that there was a special secret unit outside his authority and controlled by Gotabhaya Rajapakse through the then chief of national intelligence Kapila Hendawitharana,” […]

‘SL needs to implement 27 conventions for GSP+’

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka needs to ensure that there is no serious failure on its part to implement the 27 international conventions at the desired level to be qualified for the GSP plus concession, Commerce Director General Sonali Wijeratne said. “Looking at the regulations which are applicable to the European Parliament and Council, the facts of the case and the experience of others countries that have also thought of applying under various conditions, Sri Lanka has an excellent case.” According to Wijeratne, Sri Lanka has to look at a compendium of other issues as to how long Sri Lanka can actually keep GSP plus concession going on by ensuring that there is no serious failure on the part of Sri Lanka to implement the conventions at the […]

South supports Tamil demands

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Panchamee Hewavissenti Several progressive organizations and individuals in the South have extended their support to the demands of the people in the North and East, such as to release their lands from the possession of the security forces, providing information on the missing people and the abrogation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The protest which commenced outside Fort Railway Station last week included several progressive organizations and university students. “The government has pledged these affected people in the North and East that they would solve their problems. It is unfortunate, however that this government operates in the same manner as the former regime. They have been unable to give a satisfactory solution to these war affected people. We came here in support […]

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