Articles by Karu

Failed promises by President and PM – Justice delayed is Justice denied.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Mutual respect, the key to equality My friend scorned me, “The ‘horun hoyana’ new court is for the consumption of the Sinhala masses that may be moving to the Mahinda Chinthana fold. We should question why there is no ‘maruwan hoyana’ special judicial process for Tamil victims of war, waiting for nine years. This was promised in 2015. I think this week which marks the ninth year is the best to bring that up. Although the government set up the OMP that started work last weekend, the findings will not be made public and no legal action will be taken against perpetrators. Victims have no faith in the OMP. They made it very clear at the first meeting in Mannar. Please have a look at […]

DIFFERENT RULES FOR TAMILS AND SINHALESE – That is the spirit of non-reconciliation that prevails in Sri Lanka

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Where is the timbre of reconciliation? This is the Day of Peace – when the LTTE was finally defeated, at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaithivu District. The path of peace is that, or should be that, of reconciliation. It is a word we have heard so often, especially in the past three years. President Maithripala Sirisena, who says he will not retire in 2020, when his term as President ends, has stated that reconciliation remains to be achieved. But the President’s Office obviously has more important things than reconciliation today, such as the speedy appointment of that Anuruddha Polgampola as the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation. He was sent to Remand Prison – the second Timber Corporation chairman there. He has been bailed out. There […]

Question Number Two To Gota: Who Delivered Bolt Gun That Killed Lasantha To Colombo?

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Viyathmaga effort of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to position himself as the next candidate to run for Presidency in 2020 needs serious address. Last week we sprung question number one to him. No reply. We ask question number two from him. Question Number two: If you say it was Sarath Fonseka who was responsible for the assault, abduction and torture of Keith Noyahr and the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, why did you not say so when you and your brother were in power and why did you not charge him (Fonseka) for such criminal acts? The Viyathmaga entourage standing proudly behind it must consciously place their hands on their hearts and ask this question from him. Serious.  Do these acolytes know the meaning of AHIMSA? Does Gota know the meaning? Lasantha named his daughter AHIMSA at birth. He was killed violently. A […]

Call to Lankan Tamils to observe May 18 every year as “ Tamil Genocide Day”

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan Tamils should observe May 18 every year as “Tamil Genocide Day”, said the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Friday. He was speaking on the fourth annual remembrance day at Mullivaikkal, the scene of killings in the last stages of the war against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. In his emotionally charged and hard hitting oration, Wigneswaran called upon the International Community to directly intervene to secure justice for the Tamils and restore their “sovereignty”. He endorsed the suggestion of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that ‘Universal Jurisdiction” should be extended to Sri Lanka to force Colombo to carry out its promises to the international community. Thousands Flock to Non-Partisan Event Thousands of Tamils from all parts […]

Moderate Tamil leaders missing as CM Wiggy declares annual ‘Tamil Genocide Day’!

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Another year has passed since the Sri Lankan Government declaring the end of armed conflict between the government forces and the LTTE, a military organization, which by May 2009 had been categorized as one of the most ruthless terrorist entities in the world. Many countries including the USA, UK, Canada and the European Union had banned the organization by calling it a terrorist group. India was the first country to do so in 1992, six years before Sri Lanka proscribed it in 1998. Ever since the military defeat of the LTTE, North and South were divided on who has the right to commemorate the dead. While it was banned to hold commemorative events in the North by displaying Tiger Flag of the LTTE or the […]

Reconciliation should have started nine years ago when the war ended in the battlefield. It did not, and we still see a divided country.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Come May and Sri Lanka is once again divided on the commemoration of the war memories. While the South celebrates, the North remembers those who lost their lives unable to flee the final phase of the war. There also are the families of the cadres who mourn for their children. Children were lost from both sides. The emotions are the same for all, regardless of race, religion, and geographical location. These emotions should be respected and given the space that they deserve. It is high time that we stop looking at the differences, especially when it comes to how each community sees the end of the war. We as a country have lagged behind when countries that were on par with us decades ago have […]

“Victims of enforced disappearances” at the hands of the State.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The first public consultation by the Members of the “Office on Missing Persons” was held in Mannar a week ago, 01 year and 09 months after the law was passed in Parliament. The mood of the participants, the affected mothers, fathers, family members and civil society representatives weren’t in line with the placards that read “Welcome OMP” in Tamil, held outside, for the media. Though there wasn’t much hype over the event, especially in Sinhala mainstream media, the coverage nevertheless said, there was scepticism, frustration, disagreements on powers of the OMP and much grumbling about how far the OMP would actually go with its investigations. There was one simple demand though from the participants. A demand for a fundamental difference in how the OMP would […]

A Brutal Conflict Ended, But Questions Remain

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist insurgency, who was for so long considered invincible. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president at that time, kissing the ground in gratitude for the end of a 27-year-long war that resulted in hundreds of thousands killed, injured, or displaced. On May 19, 2009, there was general elation in Sri Lanka that the fighting was over. The government’s victory, however, had come at the cost of serious violations of the laws of war by both sides. During the conflict the LTTE committed sectarian massacres, political assassinations and suicide bombings, widely deployed child soldiers, and executed detainees. The Sri Lankan military committed countless arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial […]

Day of mourning in North: Tamil victims remembered in Mullivaikkal

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff The commemoration ceremony organized in remembrance of the Tamil civilians that died in the Wellamulliwaikkal area in Mullaitivu during the war, commenced today with the lighting of the commemorative lamp by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran. Meanwhile all shops and places of business remained closed in the Mullaitivu town today (May 18) as a Harthal was observed in memory of the Tamil people who died during the war. A resolution was recently passed at the Northern Provincial Council declaring the 18th of May as a day of mourning. In the meantime the Education Minister of the Northern Province Kandiah Sarveswaran has instructed all schools in the province to fly the NPC flag at half-mast today. Meanwhile the students of the Jaffna University […]

“While JVP remembrance is accepted, what irks the Sinhalese about Mullivaikal remembrance?”

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The commemoration of those killed in the north during the war has by now been a matter generally accepted, formalized with all northern Tamil political parties except the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Northern Provincial Council organizing commemorative events. The main events are to be held today at Mullivaikkal in Mullaithivu District, where the final battle between the Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fought. In the first few years after the end of the war, the commemoration of the people killed in the north was not openly held. Only small groups led by politicians such as Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam travelled all the way to Mullivaikkal for such events. However, now the main Tamil political coalition, the Tamil […]

Mullivaikal Commemoration: “Let Us Move Forward Together To Reach Our Political Objectives” – Chief Minister Wigneswaran

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Let us not continue to be pawns in the hands of scheming individuals or institutions. Let us agitate in a systematic, organized way for Justice for our affected people. Let us move forward together to reach our political objectives. I make this request of you on this emotive day.  C.V. Wigneswaran Let us identify ourselves as a determinable group of people, the Tamil People, who were subjected to genocide in this 21st century where human civilization has reached great heights. By C.V. Wigneswaran – Mullivaikal Commemorative Programme 18.05.2009 – 18.05.2018 – Remembering the dead during the conclusion of the war at Mullivaikal, Meeting at 11am at Mullivaikal on 18.05.2018 My beloved people! This is the fourth Mullivaikal Commemoration organized by us.  Even though we have not been able to seek justice for […]

Tamils to remember the dead in Mullivaikkal

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran urges them to unite on the ‘tragic’ Remembrance Day Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of Mullaitivu district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, this tiny village bears the scar of the brutal finish to the island’s three-decade-long-civil war that left scores of Tamil survivors with rather disturbing memories. The UN estimated nearly 40,000 deaths during the final phase. On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces declared an end to the bloodshed after killing LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the […]

British MPs release messages to commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide – Tamil community who keep the flame of the Tamils alive.

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Several British MPs and other politicians have released messages of solidarity as the Tamil nation around the world marks Tamil Genocide Remembrance day today. See some of their messages of support below. Robert Halfon, Member of Parliament for Harlow said, “On this very important day of remembrance, we should give our thanks to every member of the Tamil community who keep the flame of the Tamils alive. And we remember all the tragic victims of the genocide of the Tamils. We remember all the awful treatment of the Tamils by the Sri Lankan regime. The Tamils deserve their autonomy. The Tamils deserve equality of opportunity. The Tamils deserve equality. One must never forget.” CLICK TO VIEW ALL VIDEOS.  

Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms the UK Labour Party’s strong support for Tamil self-determination and peace and justice in Sri Lanka

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

17 May 2018 Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms the UK Labour Party’s strong support for Tamil self-determination and peace and justice in Sri Lanka The leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, has said that “the rights of Tamils to decide their own future is central” to resolving many of the post armed conflict issues in Sri Lanka. Addressing more than 150 guests at a packed event in Parliament, on Wednesday 16 May, to mark the 9th anniversary of Mullivaikal, Mr Corbyn said that a future Labour Government will be committed to“international justice” and that the Labour Party, now and in the future, supports “serious action to bring about peace and justice” in Sri Lanka. Referring to Tamils for Labour’s four key objectives, Jeremy Corbyn gave his full backing to the […]

JO MP Dilum Amunugama before TID

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Skandha Gunasekara Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Dilum Amunagma is to appear before the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) today for questioning. Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara told the Daily FT that the Parliamentarian had been summoned by the TID to be questioned with regard to the communal violence that took place in the Kandy district in March. “He has been summoned by the TID for questioning on Tuesday morning,” he said, adding that the Parliamentarian would be interrogated at TID headquarters in Colombo.  Meanwhile, the leader of the Sinhala extremist group Mahason Balakaya, Amith Weerasinghe, has been further remanded till 28 May along with others who were remanded in connection with the communal riots in Digana, Theldeniya and other parts of the Kandy district. Over […]

Army to release another 522 acres of private lands in North and East after 10 years.

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Army has agreed to further release 522 acres of private lands in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, to resettle the displaced community presently living in the welfare centres or in the residences of their friends and relatives, amidst much difficulty. The Government has already released 4,992.84 acres of private and Government lands in the Northern and Eastern Provinces used by the three forces during the conflict situation. The lands that are not further needed have already been released to their original owners with the consent of the Ministry of Defence. Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development & Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan have jointly proposed allocating Rs. 866.71 million to the Sri Lanka Army to […]

Mahinda says Gotha may NOT be the JO candidate at Next Presidential poll

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

It was too early to reveal the name of the Joint Opposition’s presidential candidate, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. ‘People are talking about former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a popular presidential candidate, but he has not yet discussed the matter with me,” the ex-President said. It is not a secret that Mahinda wants his son Namal Rajapakse to be the next Presidential candidate. Basil Rajapaksha is preferred by some JO MP’s to be the next Presidential candidate than Gotha. Gotha is known for terrorising the public and accused of man behind the White Van culture when he was the Defence Minister. Most of the Joint Opposition MP’s do not want a Rajapaksha family member to be the next Presidential candidate. Rajapaksha family members were living […]

Gota and Fonseka trade charges on who attacked Lasantha and Keith

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

“Although military intelligence came directly under the army commander, the Defence Secretary handled the Colombo intelligence operations unofficially from the Defence Ministry. They were involved in various unscrupulous activities including the white van culture,” Fonseka said. The key technical evidence presented by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court in connection with the investigations into the 2008 abduction and assault on Senior Journalist, former Deputy Editor The Nation newspaper Keith Noyahr and the 2009 murder of Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Leader newspaper LasanthaWickrematunge was originally gathered prior to the 2015 change in Government, according to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.  Speaking to the DailyMirror last week, Rajapaksa recalled that the records of telephone conversations and other evidence were unearthed during their time (Government). […]

Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka’s missing thousands

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Can the Office of Missing Persons provide answers in a country with the world’s second highest number of disappearances? https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/abduction-forced-disappearance-sri-lanka-missing-thousands-180513080341106.html by Drew Ambrose & Sarah Yeo Sasikumar Ranginithevi can’t hide her tears as she looks at four faded photographs in her trembling hands. Two brothers, a husband and her brother-in-law. They all fought for the Tamil Tigers. They all surrendered to the army. And they all disappeared. Her hometown, Mullaitivu, is a city of the missing. Nestled on Sri Lanka’s northeast tip, this town was the front line in some of the bloodiest final battles of a 26-year civil war between the armed group, the Tamil Tigers, and government forces. Sasikumar and hundreds of other Tamil families claim they handed over their loved ones – former […]

Tamil Nadu reminisces about Sri Lanka’s war

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

While the Sri Lankan Security Forces, along with the Government, are trying to defend itself against war crimes charges made by the international community, India’s southern state, Tamil Nadu, which has released several movies on Sri Lanka’s ethnic war, is coming up with its latest movie titled, ‘18.05.2009’. The movie is directed by K. Ganeshan and music is composed by legendary musician Ilayarajah, and will be released on 18 May in several theatres across Tamil Nadu, India. Tamil Nadu (TN) has been involved in many ways in the 30+ years of war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Governments that were elected from time to time. The presence of the people of TN was felt during the war in the form of protest, […]

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