Articles by Karu

Sri Lankan Packiam Ramanathan beat ‘bullying’ husband to death in Newham

2nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

A 73-year-old woman who beat her disabled husband to death with a wooden pole after suffering years of abuse has been cleared of his murder. Packiam Ramanathan attacked 76-year-old Kanagusabi Ramanathan as he lay in bed at their home in Newham, east London, on 21 September last year. The defendant told the Old Bailey she was “in a trance” when she hit him. She was found not guilty of murder, but had admitted manslaughter, citing his bullying during their 35-year marriage. The jury was told the couple had an arranged marriage in 1983 and fled Sri Lanka in the civil war. ‘Affair with fishmonger’ Mr Ramanathan was found with serious head injuries and multiple wounds to the body and neck after Packiam Ramanathan told her […]

UN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka – Governor misunderstood or misquoted me.

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said today she stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka. She also said that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report1 on Sri Lanka with a Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20.  Monday’s article in a local newspaper cited a member of the Government delegation, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghaven, claiming the High Commissioner “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.” It also said he claimed she had advised two of her senior officials who attended the meeting “to be more responsible and cautious […]

President refuses to fully implement UNHRC proposals

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena today refused to fully implement proposals submitted to Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The President said that he will ensure any proposal which goes against the Constitution of the country is not implemented.  The President had said this while attending an event in Meegahatenna, Kalutara today.  He said that the UNHRC had made several statements which were factually incorrect.  The President said that while the Government will accept what is right it will reject what is wrong. He said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had been misled by some groups with regards to the part on land occupied by the Army in the North.  The President said that he is not prepared to accept her […]

Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghaven Gave FALSE INFORMATION says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

UN Human Rights Commissioner Michele Bachelet Upbraids Northern Province Governor Dr.Suren Raghavan over Serious Misrepresentations in the Media About What She Told the Sri Lankan Delegation at a Discussion in Geneva A top official handpicked by Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena to represent the country came in for harsh criticism by the UN for “putting a spin” on a high level bilateral meeting in Geneva. In a strongly worded statement the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday, that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka with a Sri Lanka Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) in Geneva on March 20. A […]

Northern politics during Parliamentary Elections of 1950s

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

—Lee Kuan Yew S. Nadesan was a promoter of democratic principles such as regional autonomy, bilingualism, federalism, and constitutional safeguards for the Tamil speaking. Regarding the tension caused by the Official Language (Sinhala Only) Act, he firmly believed that separatist movements only took root in unitary states, and dismissed the suggestion that federalism leads to separation. Somasundaram Nadesan, QC-Senator Somasundaram Nadesan, QC was a leading Tamil lawyer, civil rights activist and member of the Senate from end 1940s to early 1970s. He served on the bar for 55 years and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1954. A passionate defender of minority rights though, Nadesan remained detached from Tamil nationalistic politics of S. J. V. Chelvanaygam (Fedral Party) and G. G. Ponnambalam of Tamil Congress […]

‘TNA won’t allow Gota to become President’

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Dinasena Ratugamage Former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa should stop dreaming of the executive presidency because the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would ensure that he would never secure it, TNA Kilinochchi District MP, S. Shritharan told media yesterday. The TNA would also not allow Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the President, the MP said. “We decided to support the budget 2019 because we want to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from returning to power,” he said. Certain sections were trying to overthrow this government and come into power by defeating the budget, Shritharan said. However the TNA would not allow such an eventuality to happen, he added. “A large number of people want Mahinda Rajapaksa to become President, but this will never happen as long as […]

Sri Lanka: On 31 March 2019 – TGTE Will Announce a Justice Initiative on Behalf of Victims

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

This initiative is in response to the failure of the UN Human Rights Council and the international community to effectively promote justice for Tamil victims. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 31 March 2019, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will announce an initiative to commence on the tenth anniversary of the end of the conflict. This initiative is in response to the failure of the Human Rights Council and the international community to effectively promote justice for Tamil victims. It will take steps to assert the right of victims to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones and to obtain justice for them. The TGTE will call upon other organizations representing Tamil victims to join in this effort. The TGTE […]

Reception hosted by Foreign Ministry after Resolution adopted – invited 150 and around 70 attended the dinner.

28th March 2019 // 0 Comments

President’s delegation had prepared to ‘undo’ the resolution the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which wanted to secure the resolution with an extension granted to implement the UN Resolution.   Minister Marapana denied the Tri Forces had committed war crimes Minister Marapana criticized the UNHR chief in order to mend the clauses on the resolution. The delegation was set to ask the HRC to allow Sri Lanka to solve its own issues without foreign intervention. In one voice UN member countries said the Government of Sri Lanka should make substantial progress over the next year in implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy with a clearly defined timeline, including the establishment of a special judicial mechanism.   By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan It is said that old habits never […]

Global Tamil Forum Calls For Time-Bound Implementation Of The UNHRC Resolution On Sri Lanka

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) acknowledges the passing of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (40/1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and thank all those who worked towards it, particularly the thirty-two countries that co-sponsored, among those the core-group that led this initiative. While we welcome continuous monitoring of human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka by the UNHRC, we are disappointed that the new resolution failed to set clear pathway for accelerated progress towards implementation of the Resolution 30/1.  There is strong disappointment in the Tamil community that ten years after the end of the war, and three years after Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1, there is very little progress on accountability and transitional justice. High Commissioner […]

Tamil Letters in Newly Installed Signboard in Sivanolipadamalai Defaced with Black Tar by Vandals.

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

Hindu Sivan Oli Pada Malai Temple now Buddha Pada temple  Intolerant Sinhala Buddhist extremists vandalise centuries-old multireligious place of worship After Weeks of Hate Campaign Spearheaded by Mahasona’s Dan Priyasad and Namal Kumara the Tamil and English Letters in Newly Installed Signboard at Bottom of Adams Peak – Sri Pada – Sivanolipadamalai Defaced with Black Tar by Vandals. Sri pada sign board covered in black paint – Sri Lanka Mirror The Tamil Sign read ‘Siva Noli Pada Malai‘ while the English version read ‘Sri Padaya’. The protestors demanded that legal action should be …………….. By Maneshka Borham The Police commenced an investigation this week into the defacing of the newly installed signboard at the bottom of the steps leading to Sri Pada on the Hatton-Nallathanniya trail. The […]

TNA MP Sumanthiran Places Lankan Government in a Spot and Puts Tamil Political Rivals in the Shade

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran MP Places Lankan Government in a Spot and Puts Tamil Political Rivals in the Shade The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran’s constitutional justification for seeking foreign judges to serve in the proposed Judicial Mechanism to try alleged war crime cases, has put the government in a spot, and his Tamil rivals in the shade. In a statement in parliament on Friday, Sumanthiran said that there is no constitutional bar to the appointment foreign judges to Lankan counts. He was responding to the statement of the Sri Lankan government in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 21 that the Lankan constitution does not allow foreign judges and lawyers to function in Lankan courts, […]

Former Navy Commander Jayantha Perera and Ex-Naval Intelligence Chief Ananda Guruge Allegedly Implicated in CID Investigations Into Disappearances of Vadivelu Loganathan and Ratnasami Parmananda Reportedly Abducted in Wellampitiya on January 11, 2009.

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Maneshka Borham The now famous CID investigation into the abduction and murder of 11 youth by a Navy extortion gang, helped sleuths to break open a secondary racket involving a separate group of naval personnel, including high ranking officers, to abduct businessmen for ransom In June 2010 the gang robbery unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by its OIC Inspector Nishantha Silva commenced an investigation into a suspected abduction for ransom racket run by Naval intelligence teams at the time. As investigations into the case of 11 missing youth believed to have been abducted by the group intensified over the years, explosive revelations in court recently implicated Naval top brass including several celebrated former Commanders of the Navy. But perhaps now in a […]

Another Overseas LTTE Plot to Use Underworld Gangs to Allegedly Assassinate MA Sumanthiran MP ? 12 Suspects Arrested and Detained for Investigation by Police Colombo Crimes Division.

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

Twelve suspects were arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate an active Tamil politician, the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) told court last week. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne allowed the CCD to detain the 12 suspects for questioning about the alleged assassination plot. The arrested persons included members of the underworld and persons with connections to the LTTE. The CCD told court that their investigations had revealed plans to kill a Tamil politician on the instructions of LTTE cadres living overseas. Police declined to name the Tamil politician in its report to court, but sources said the target was likely TNA Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran. The suspects will be produced in court again on April 26. Continue reading ‘Another Overseas […]

Another Admiral to be docked as CID busts spin-off Navy abduction racket

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The now famous CID investigation into the abduction and murder of 11 youth by a Navy extortion gang, helped sleuths to break open a secondary racket involving a separate group of naval personnel, including high ranking officers, to abduct businessmen for ransom In June 2010 the gang robbery unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by its OIC Inspector Nishantha Silva commenced an investigation into a suspected abduction for ransom racket run by Naval intelligence teams at the time. As investigations into the case of 11 missing youth believed to have been abducted by the group intensified over the years, explosive revelations in court recently implicated Naval top brass including several celebrated former Commanders of the Navy. But perhaps now in a remarkable plot […]

Polonnaruwa to become Sri Lanka’s first Smart City

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena says education, health and transport pilot projects planned for Polonnaruwa Smart City concept to be expanded to Port City, Colombo in second round   SLT has signed exclusive fibre connectivity project with Huawei  Range of digital transformative products to be launched in next two months   By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Chairman Kuma-rasinghe Sirisena yesterday said Polonnaruwa is earmarked to become Sri Lanka’s first-ever ‘Smart City’, with the Government planning to launch several pilot projects in the areas of education, health, and transportation, before expanding to Port City, Colombo. SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena “The Government is currently considering to transform Polonnaruwa as the country’s first-ever ‘Smart City’, enabled with smart health, smart education, and smart transportation, that will accelerate economic […]

SLPP admits split in UPFA, way cleared for smooth sailing of UNP budget 2019

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), yesterday, acknowledged that contrary to expectations, the UNP could comfortably ensure the passage of budget 2019 at its final reading on April 05. Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma told an SLPP briefing at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla, the UNP could overcome the UPFA challenge with the support of the four-party Tamil National alliance (TNA) and a section of SLFP MPs elected on the UPFA ticket. Alahapperuma described those SLFPers as UNP’s slaves. The second reading of budget 2019 was approved with a majority of 43 votes. Alahapperuma, a member of the SLPP team currently engaged in talks meant to work out a common programme with the SLFP, admitted the split in the UPFA group in the wake […]

High Commissioner Report on Sri Lanka – 47th Meeting, 40th Regular Session Human Rights Council

21st March 2019 // 0 Comments

 High Commissioner Report on Sri Lanka – 47th Meeting, 40th Regular Session Human Rights Council 20 Mar 2019 –  Interactive dialogue on: – The report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka A/HRC/40/23 Item:10 – Technical assistance and capacity-building40th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.) SPEAKERS Mr. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights (Introduction) H.E. Mr. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka (Concerned Country) European Union, Mr. Carl Hallergard Pakistan, Mr. Tahir Hussain Andrabi Denmark, Mr. Morten Jespersen India, Mr. Rajiv Kumar Chander United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Julian Braithwaite Belgium, Ms. Marleen Steenbrugghe North Macedonia, […]

As UN Human Rights Council meets – Tamil Women in Sri Lanka are still Searching for the Babies who Disappeared!

14th March 2019 // 0 Comments

As UN Human Rights Council meets – Tamil Women in Sri Lanka are still Searching for the Babies who Disappeared! by tmdas5@hotmail.com • WCE https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/478547948/as-un-human-rights-council-meets-tamil-women-in-sri-lanka-are-still-searching-for-the-babies-who-disappeared Tamil Women are Forced to Live Among Sri Lankan Security Forces who Raped them, Killed & Disappeared their Loved Ones.* 90 Thousand Tamil War Widows Suffers. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, March 8, 2019 As UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva, Tamil women are still Searching for the Babies who disappeared and forced to live Among the Troops who raped them, said Mrs. Balambihai Murugadas, Minister for Women Affairs, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Sri Lanka will be on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution […]

Sinhalization of the North-East Series

14th March 2019 // 0 Comments

Sinhalization of the North-East Series People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) is launching “Sinhalization of the North-East”, a series on demographic changes in the Tamil homeland. This series examines the Tamil-speaking people’s long-standing claims of a deliberate attempt to shift the demographics of majority-Tamil speaking areas through militarization and Sinhalization. PEARL will present and analyze data gathered during multiple trips in affected areas. We will release the data in the form of infographics and articles for each affected region, and we will regularly update an interactive map. The first part of the series focuses on Pulmoaddai, a town in the Trincomalee district. Scroll down to see the Pulmoaddai infographic. Click here for the Tamil version. Full Report

Four Major Tamil Diaspora Groups Welcome OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka

14th March 2019 // 0 Comments

GENEVA, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) today welcomed the UN Office of the High Commissioner’s report to ongoing 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on progress made in implementing the transitional justice program Sri Lanka committed to in 2015’s Resolution 30/1, reaffirming that commitment in 2017’s 34/1, following atrocity crimes committed during and after the war that ended in 2009. The OHCHR under the leadership of different High Commissioners has been instrumental in ensuring that human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka remain under the international spotlight.  Mr. V. Ravi Kumar, General Secretary of the British Tamils Forum noted, “We are pleased with the forthright and thorough assessment done […]

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