SRI LANKA NEWS

At Election Season’s End, Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Forgotten Again

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

PUZHAL, India — As Tamil civilians were increasingly caught in the crossfire between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the 1980s, Sasitharan and his parents followed the exodus from the Tamil-majority northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka. As a 9-year-old in 1990, Mr. Sasitharan, who uses only one name, was taken by his parents across the Palk Strait by boat, the mode of transport favored by thousands of refugees before them. Mr. Sasitharan, who grew up in the sunny and windswept harbor city of Trincomalee, has few memories of his early years in Sri Lanka. In India, his family settled near Bengaluru, where Mr. Sasitharan studied at a school for Sri Lankan refugees. Unlike most of the […]

Virendra Sharma MP on implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

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UK PARLIAMENT HOUSE OF COMMONS – Question by Virendra Sharma MP on implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka.  <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140507/text/140507w0002.htm#140507105000053> Sri Lanka Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka of 27 March 2014; what technical advice and assistance his Department will provide to the Office of the High Commissioner for 7 May 2014 : Column 195W Human Rights for the investigation into alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka; and what representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka about the UN Human Rights Council resolution. [197543] […]

Australian silence on human rights is our gift to Sri Lanka

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 Australia is on the same team as China, Russia and the Congo in opposing the investigation. For someone who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Australia, to see my two countries agree to oppose a landmark Human Rights inquiry is a shame. Sunili Govinnage theguardian.com, Thursday 8 May 2014 03.19 BST What a photo: the smiling Sri Lankan defence secretary, accused of overseeing war crimes, gifting a premium box of Dilmah tea to the equally cheery Australian immigration and border protection minister, accused of running concentration camps. Apparently, the relationship between the two countries (cricket aside) genuinely could not be closer. For some third-culture kids, immigrants who never really knew where they belonged, perhaps diplomatic camaraderie may in some nerdy way help to […]

Jaffna Army Commander warns Tamil’s, remembrance 0f 40,000+ Tamil civilians killed by them will lead to arrest

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The commander of the Sri Lankan army in Jaffna, General Udaya Perera warned student leaders and members of Jaffna University’s faculty that anyone involved in public commemoration (of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians the Sri Lankan Army killed in May 2009) will be arrested, the Uthayan reported today. General Perera told the students that they will remember the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Prabhakaran, as he also died that day, under the pretext of remembering the people and so the army cannot allow that. He added that any mourning should only take place within private homes. The general accused the students of engaging in politics in a manner incorporating terrorism and said they have to stop these activities. The meeting with General Perera, held at a military-run hotel in Kankesanthurai, was held a day […]

Inglis Road, Addiscombe: London’s most political street?

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Is Inglis Road the most political street in Croydon, or even London? This one short road in Addiscombe has six residents who are standing for election in the local council elections on May 22. The six candidates will be representing three parties – two each for Labour, the Green Party and the Conservatives. At No9 we have two Labour councillors, Alison Butler and her partner, the local Labour planning supremo, Paul Scott. Butler is a deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council. Councillor Butler is seeking re-election in Bensham Manor ward and while Scott is standing again in Woodside ward. Both seem certain to be returned. Just across the road at No10 is Tamil community leader Patrick Ratnaraja, who is standing for the […]

On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN

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INNER CITY PRESS On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN <http://www.innercitypress.com/sri3unrapes050614.html> On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive UNITED NATIONS, May 6 — Rapes in Sri Lanka, about which the UN’s Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, publicly expressed concern on April 24, were the subject of a session at Canada’s Mission to the UN on May 6.    Multiple sources tell Inner City Press that at the meeting, controversial Sri Lankan military figure, now Deputy Permanent Representative Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army.  He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations […]

UK Rally to commemorate fifth anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre

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Venue: Trafalgar Square, London (nearest station: Charing Cross) Time: 4-8pm, Sunday 18 May 2014 Five years on from May 2009, when Sri Lanka’s decades-long persecution of the Tamil people reached its violent climax on the shores of Mullivaikkal, British Tamils will commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed and the many more who were injured, disappeared or raped. The rally, which will be held in Trafalgar Square, London, will not only remember those who were killed and wounded in 2009, but also the thousands of Tamils who continue to be killed, tortured, abused and harassed every day in Sri Lanka, in what the Tamil people believe to be a continuing programme of structural genocide. British Tamils will also press world leaders to […]

On Unlawful Arrest & Deportation Of The British Tourist

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By JC Weliamuna – Unlawful Arrest & Deportation of British Tourist: A close look at the series of illegal steps taken by law enforcement authorities Ms. Naomi Michelle Coleman, a British Tourist with wide travel experience in many Buddhist Countries who had a large tattoo of the Buddha and of a Hindu God on a lotus flower  on her right arm, arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2014. She passed through immigration counters and came out of the Airport to the arrivals lounge and came out of the main arrival building. She responded to the media before being deported and disclosed what happened to her at the time of arrest: “taxi driver then approached her and said that her body art would be a problem. I said I’ve come twice […]

This Government Cares Too Hoots For ‘Good Governance’

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By Vishnuguptha – This Government cares too hoots for ‘good governance’ They think it’s their grandmother’s gift… It is rumored in Colombo circles that Priyantha Jayewardene was once employed by a Sri Lankan business tycoon who was known to be very close to Chandrika Bandaranaike when she was President and when the current holder assumed office, this businessman managed to carve his path to the inner circles of the regime. He is a mega player in financial circles, not only in Sri Lanka but may be even in the entire subcontinent. His personal wealth, thanks mainly to the opening of the economy in 1977 by the United National Party Government, is enormous and some say beyond physical measure. Well, that is beside the point. Nevertheless, this tycoon’s money has virtually assured […]

Sri Lanka, Maldives are transit point for Pakistan terror on India

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Sri Lanka and Maldives are under the scanner of India’s security establishment as sources and transit points for Pakistan-supported terror elements who may be used to target vital installations in southern India, Sources here said both countries were well aware of the emerging developments and have been coordinating more carefully in recent times. Maldives is a place of particular concern because of the radical elements, many of whom got indoctrinated in Pakistan. This was brought to sharper attention after a Sri Lankan national, Shakir Husain, arrested in Chennai last week. He reportedly admitted to conducting surveillance of US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore, something David Headley had done before the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes. Hussain’s arrest, officials said, was a multi-national operation, including […]

65 years old Dambulla Muslim Mosque demolished: NUA leader writes to MR

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 “We have never had religious-based violence, maybe a few incidents,” President Mahinda said yesterday. (Lanka-e-News-06.May.2014,11.30PM)7th May 2014His Excellency Mahinda RajapaksaPresident of the Democratic, Socialist Republic of Sri LankaPresidential SecretariatColombo.Your ExcellencyAttempts to demolish the Mosque in DambullaThe initial attempt at bringing down the 65 year old mosque initiated by a so called hidden hand continues to haunt your regime. You will remember that I brought this to your notice the day prior to this incident and failed to receive any response from you, until a senior minister in your government confirmed that the mosque in question was indeed 65 years old.In the ensuing drama and at a general meeting you assured the Muslim community that the mosque at Dambulla will not be touched.Despite your assurance and proclamation […]

Canada warns of risk of further violence in Sri Lanka

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Canada has reportedly warned that there is a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of the underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with. Matthew Russell Lee has written in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a recent meeting held at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York. The report has said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva has sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army. He has said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations and form an opinion.” At the May 6 session, Inner City Press was informed that Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski had spoken […]

JHU, NFF stays away from UPFA parliamentary group meeting

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Several governing party allies who voted against the three controversial gazette notifications under the Strategic Development Act at the last parliamentary session have not been present at the government parliamentary group meeting held on Monday (5). Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) members, Minister Champika Ranawaka and MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero were not present at the meeting. The two JHU members also voted against the bill. NFF Leader Minister Wimal Weerawansa was also not present at the meeting. He abstained from voting and openly criticized the government for attempting to open big casinos.

Army says Tamils will not be allowed to remember the 40,000+ Tamil Civilians they killed in May 2009.

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The army has said that Tamil students will not be allowed to hold commemorative events at the Jaffna university in remembrance of killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by them in May 2009 during the final stages of the war in Mullivaikal. Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Udaya Perera had met the Jaffna university administration and student union representatives at the Thalsevana resort in Jaffna yesterday. According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, Perera had said that Mullivaikal where the Sinhala Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009 will not be allowed to remembered or respected by Tamils in North, No events cannot take place by Tamil students to respect the Tamil civiliance they killed. He had said that students can, individually, have events in […]

Now, they are coming for cops

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

In the early hours of Tuesday an unidentified gang abducted two traffic policemen on duty in Kurunegala, assaulted them and shot one of them dead; the other managed to escape. If the police personnel are not safe on public roads, how vulnerable the ordinary people are goes without saying.   The motive for Tuesday’s abduction and killing has not yet been established. But, the incident ought to jolt the police into action. A policeman and his wife died violent deaths at the hands of a criminal gang dealing in drugs some months ago in Kamburupitiya. Of late, there has been a spate of high-profile armed robberies besides various other crimes. Some suspects have been taken into custody, but much more remains to be done. No […]

Five years on, where we are now: Reconciliation, the Rule of Law and governance

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It is five years now after the defeat of the LTTE. As the Government then claimed it marked the end of terrorism and the beginning of a new era of reconciliation and renewal throughout Sri Lanka. The Government’s specific goals were the restoration of peace, rehabilitation of the ravages of war, rapid development of all sectors of the economy, the return of the rule of Law and increasing prosperity for all. In the North, as it was admitted, the most severely affected region, a large and powerful official Task Force set up for the rapid development of the Province, launched – the uthuru vasanthaya – a felicitously named northern spring. Established under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Economic Development, reconciliation between the two estranged ethnic communities was to […]

Rishad files a case against the BBS

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Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a lawsuit against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) claiming Rs 500 Mn (US $ 3.82 Mn) as compensation. The case has been filed in Colombo District courts by lawyers representing Minister Bathiudeen. The case was filed against the secretary of the BBS, the venerable Galagodaathe Gnanasara after the monk had failed to respond to a letter seeking an apology over some comments he had made against the Minister. “The action was filed at the Colombo District Court against the malicious, false and defamatory remarks that were made by Ven. Galagodaathe Gnanasara thero at a press conference held in Colombo on or around March 20th 2014,” the Minister’s office said. During the Press Conference the monk had said that […]

Police shaken by daring abduction of two cops and killing of one

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala Two unarmed traffic constables attached to Kurunegala police station were abducted, while they were on duty, by unidentified armed men, who arrived in a white van in the early hours of yesterday at Barawedapola junction in the Kurunegala town and one of them was shot dead about two kilometres away near a jungle. The deceased had received two gun shot injuries to his back. He was lying fully naked on the ground. The abductors had stripped them naked. The other constable had survived by hanging on to the T-56 assault rifle that shot dead his fellow constable and pulling out its magazine. After killing the one constable, the abductors targeted the escaped constable who was at the time in the vehicle fully […]

President had secret meeting with BBS!

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a secret meeting with Bodu Bala Sena representatives last night (23), say Temple Trees sources. This meeting had been arranged by defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya. BBS general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera and theoretician Dr. Dilanthe Withanage had participated in this meeting at Temple Trees. Earlier in the day, as a BBS team that had called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy in the morning was returning to Colombo, the president had telephoned them and invited them for a meeting as soon as possible. Accepting the invitation, they had gone to Temple Trees around 7.00 pm. At this meeting, the president had commended the BBS for its activities, and asked them to carry on doing what the defence […]

Canada warns of risk in Sri Lanka

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Canada has warned that there is a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with, the Innercity press website reported. Matthew Russell Lee wrote in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a meeting held yesterday at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York. The report said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army. He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations and form an opinion.” At the May 6 session, Inner City Press was informed that Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski spoke of a risk of further […]

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