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UK should NOT interfere in our affairs we have Bribed and know how to bribe the British MP’s.

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Vasudeva Nanayakkara today slammed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for meeting diplomats in Parliament, after Parliament was prorogued. In a media statement the Minister said that he was “shocked” that the Speaker entertained diplomats in his Parliament office after Parliament was prorogued, including the Ambassadors of the US and UK. He noted that the US and UK had recently raised concerns over the alleged unconstitutional changes by President Maithiri and said that this was affairs of our state and they should not interfere.  A supporter said that these US and UK Governments did not oppose or take any meaningful action against the Mahinda government when more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their […]

UNP MP defects

27th October 2018 // 0 Comments

State Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ajith P Perera last night claimed at Temple Trees that the UNP had received assurances from the TNA, SLMC, ACMC and Mano Ganeshan’s party. UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage last declared from Wijerama residence that there were many UNP MPs ready to back President Sirisena and PM Rajapaksa. Elected from the Kandy District, he was the first UNPer to switch allegiance to the Sirisena-Rajapaksa duo. The UNP had 107 MPs, including one elected on the SLMC ticket. One of its MPs yesterday pledged his support to PM Rajapaksa. The UPFA group in parliament comprises 95 elected and appointed MPs. The UNP group includes seven SLMC and five All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) MPs. Party sources told The Island that the […]

The High Commission of Sri Lanka hosts Investment Forum in London

25th October 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 23.Oct.2018, 5.00AM) The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom along with the British High Commission in Colombo facilitated an investment promotion event under the auspices of the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka on 18 October 2018 at the High Commission premises. The morning session was graced by Ranil Jayawardene MP, British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka. Officials of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, British High Commission in Colombo, UK Department for International Trade, CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited, UK Export Finance and investors participated in the session. The evening session was attended by members of the Sri Lankan community living in the United Kingdom. British investors and the Sri Lankan […]

British MPs Concerned About Tamil Activist’s Arrest Write To Home Secretary

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By DR ARUJUNA SIVANANTHAN Relieved for Yogalingam and his family that he was released within 24 hours of his arrest. Though it must be harrowing experience. While our community has an excellent relationship with the Metropolitan Police, it shows that the Sri Lankan mission, its operatives are willing to exploit the lack of knowledge and history of other UK police forces to harass, and file false and vexatious complaints against Tamil activists. The intervention by the APPG was both timely and informs the FCO, Home Office and Police Forces of the still malevolent intent that its foreign missions bear against Tamils. Its also tells the Sri Lankan government that we will use all levers to protect the community from its attempts to once again criminalise […]

British Police release TGTE members arrested during protest against SL PM’s visit

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sockalingam Yogalingam is a Human Rights Activists and a politician, who is a member of the Transnational Government for Tamil Eelam in the United Kingdom. Yogalingam is the Deputy Minister of Sports and Community Health.[1] [2]He also contested the seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in UK general elections in 2015, represented the National Liberal Party.[3][4][5][6] He is the Assistant Director of the Human Rights group Act Now.[7][8] He studied his advanced level at Jaffna Central College[9] before leaving the country in 1985 due to Killing of thousands of Tamils by the SL Government supported violence on Tamil minority. He  completed HND in computer diploma in the 1998-2000 in UK and started helping the Tamil refugees in UK. TGTE MP Sockalingam Yogalingam, who was arrested by the British police for demonstrating against the visit of Sri Lankan […]

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, decided to purchase a rustic hotel after drinking rum on the beach while on holiday – and have renamed it ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’ A pair of newlyweds got so drunk on their honeymoon they bought their own hotel. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, wed in June 2017 and went on a three week backpacking honeymoon to Sri Lanka in December. During their trip, the London-based couple checked into a rustic hotel on the beach and immediately hit it off with some of the staff members there. On their first night, they took to the beach with several bottles […]

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge By Sean Brocklehurst “Are you sure Steve shouldn’t be in this interview?,” M.I.A. said when I asked her how her new documentary came together. It was a fair question because, technically, the 43-year-old pop star had nothing to do with the making of Stephen Loveridge’s film, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. But she was very much a driving force throughout the creation process thanks to more than 700 hours of personal video footage she handed over to the director eight years ago. “When I handed the tapes over in 2011, I wanted to make an in-depth documentary about the Maya album, just because I had so much […]

Sri Lanka inciting police against UK citizens an ‘outrage’ – British Tamil Conservatives

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The arrest of a British Tamil activist on the apparent bidding of Sri Lankan officials, was an ‘outrage’ and an attack on British values, the British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) said. The remarks come in response to the arrest of Sockalingam Yogalingam, a prominent Tamil political activist, during a protest against the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s visit in Oxford on Monday. “It is the equivalent of someone from the Iranian or Burmese mission inciting a UK police force to arrest a peacefully protesting British citizen when a member of their government is visiting,” the group said. “It is an outrage.” The group criticised the fact that Yogalingam was detained without access to his lawyers and that his home was searched by police. “These actions attack the […]

ARREST AND DETENTION OF YOGI: BRITISH ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR TAMILS EXPRESSES SERIOUS CONCERN

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPGT) for Tamils has expressed serious concern at the arrest and detention of Mr S.Yogalingam. In an urgent letter sent to the British Home Secretary today, the APPGT said: ‘Dear Secretary of State, We write to express our serious concerns at the recent arrest of Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam, outside the Oxford Union on Monday 8 October, as he peacefully protested the speech being delivered by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. We understand Mr Yogalingam is still in police custody. According to information provided to us by sources at the scene, the arrest was carried out at the behest of Sri Lankan Government officials who were filming the protest. As you know, every UK citizen has the right […]

Sri Lanka PM rejects international accountability in Oxford talk, TGTE protesters arrested

9th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has spoken out against international involvement in investigations, during his talk at the Oxford Union today. “At the moment we don’t feel there is a need for foreign input into these investigations,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Srisena too had said that they don’t need International investigations it is common in Sri Lanka that the without the international investigation all crimes against the Tamils will be covered and truth will not to light. Since May 2009 when the conflict came to an end the government promised an independent investigation and no body in the government Army were arrested or punished but most of the war crime accused were given diplomatic states to stay safe. Sri Lanka agreed to investigate into war-time […]

Activists raise concerns ahead of Reparations Bill debate

7th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Proposed Office will make policy with massive cost implications and constitutionally Parliament has full control over public finance: legal experts counter-argue In anticipation of Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on the Bill to establish an Office of Reparations, civil society groups and activists have voiced concerns that as it stands, the legislation could create an office that is weak and dysfunctional. Chairman of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), Saliya Peiris has hope for the Bill, “if the office is implemented in the spirit in which the law is being introduced,” but others are urging parliament to amend the Bill, fearing even if it is implemented, the office will be too dependent on the Government to function properly. The Reparations Bill is the second pillar in a […]

Minister Mark Field, you’re utterly mistaken

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. ……………………………….. Sri Lanka still has an historic opportunity to take the steps necessary to build enduring stability and prosperity. I firmly believe this is the future that the vast majority of Sri Lankans want, whether they be at home or overseas, and we all have a part to play in achieving that shared goal.”  – Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK? 4 October 2018, http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Why-does-reconciliation-in-Sri-Lanka-matter-to-the-UK–156376.html The South is free from the misery of amed conflict. Only the military assaults of the war ceased in May 2009. But the […]

Unfortunate and unfair to say UN resolution an interference: UK

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

UK’s Minister of State for Asia-Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, ahead of a visit to Sri Lanka, said that it is ‘unfortunate’ and ‘unfair’ to represent the Geneva resolution as interference by the international community in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. The UK Minister’s visit follows President Maitripala Sirisena’s speech last week at the UN General Assembly where he urged the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own and as an independent country it did not want any foreign power to exert influence on it. UK’s Minister Mark Field who will be arriving in the country this evening said in an op-ed article to the Daily Mirror: “There are also those who like to represent the […]

Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa

2nd October 2018 // 0 Comments

Mangala claims to have halted UN investigation and saved Rajapaksa  Sri Lanka’s finance minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from facing trial at an international tribunal. “Our country was marked as a blood stain on the world map,” said Samaraweera. “We were accused of violating human rights in the war. An international investigation was to be held even without our involvement.” “The UN halted the international investigations on this government’s promise. This government paved the way for the former president to go abroad and boast. If not for this government he would have been punished by an international court… Mahinda Rajapaksa was able […]

Scotland’s police cancel Sri Lankan police visit following pressure from Tamil activists

2nd October 2018 // 0 Comments

Scotland’s police announced a last minute cancellation of a visit by a contingent of Sri Lankan policemen to the UK, which was scheduled for this month, following pressure from Tamil activists. The Sri Lankan contingent, which included controversial head of the Sri Lanka Police IGP Pujith Jayasundara, were due to visit for a training program. However, on Friday night the Foreign Office said “plans for the delegation have changed and the visit is now no longer going ahead next week”. The Scotsman reports that the cancellation came following pressure from Tamil activists, with artist M.I.A. stating the Sri Lankan states treatment of Tamils was “genocidal”. “I hope Scottish independence activists and leaders will protest the police chief’s visit because allowing the relationship between the Sri Lankan […]

Indian Joker and the Sri Lankan Liar.

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy By visiting neighbouring India’s capital of New Delhi with politician-son Namal Rajapaksa and his SLPP party chief and ex-ministerial colleague G. L. Peiris, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa may have sought to send out a message of sorts, back home. The message was clear: India is no more an adversary. Nor possibly was India adversarial to his return to power, as Mahinda R. in particular had averred after his historic electoral defeat in January 2015. In a way, the timing of the visit was as much crucial as it was not. ‘Crucial’ because, Sri Lanka for months now has been on election-mode. The reference is to the presidential polls that are not due before January 2020 but about which speculation is rife […]

Ian Paisley Jr’s Sri Lankan Beach Holiday: On Mediocrity, High Costs & Public Disregard

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Ian Paisley Jr’s Sri Lankan Beach Holiday: On Mediocrity, High Costs & Public Disregard The Government of Sri Lanka lost more than GBP 100,000 [a lot more, according to some MPs and parties with insight in Colombo] – all public funds. Paisley’s Sri Lankan sojourn provides insights into the mismanagement of Sri Lankan foreign policyunder the Rajapaksa administration [Dec 2005-January 2015]. The Recall Petition came at a cost of some GBP 188,000. No one would be surprised if Ian Jr did celebrate wrapping himself around a Sri Lankan flag! To note that such high sums were spent on a lost cause, and on a fine example of neoconservative, misogynist, homophobic and anti-human rights political mediocrity ought to be a fine eyeopener to all critically-minded citizens and people’s […]

UK urges Sri Lanka to fast-track UN resolutions

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In a statement to the UNHRC, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, before the Council next considers Sri Lanka in March, next year. The Sri Lanka Core Group comprises Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK. “Our view remains that, with determined leadership and a clear time-bound action plan, this Government can make more progress towards delivering its Council commitments, and that doing so will better position Sri Lanka and its people to enjoy a more enduring reconciliation and prosperity,” the UK said. “We welcome further recent steps Sri Lanka has taken to implement commitments made to the Council in 2015 and 2017. We welcome […]

What do ‘Human Rights’ mean for Sinhala politicians in the South..?

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 20.Aug.2018, 5.45AM) ‘Human rights’ may be a new phenomenon for many Sinhala Buddhists – SB and for some Tamils including a few members of the diaspora. I have seen many participants in UN human rights forums in Geneva without any basic knowledge of human rights. But to the outside world, they claim to be human rights activists and defenders. This crowd never wanted to educate themselves in human rights nor grasp a wider knowledge by listening to experts and lectures of scholars. Since the independence of then Ceylon/Sri Lanka and the birth of UN human rights mechanisms, the SB, especially thugs blessed by politicians in the South and the Buddhist clergy, started to violate human rights by physically attacking innocent Tamil […]

Penneys to “walk the talk” to raise funds to provide engine boats & nets to fishing families affected by the war in the North and East

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Dear friend, I am sure you would remember the email I sent you on the above matter. Mr & Mrs Penney will be walking 55km on 25th August to raise funds to assist the IDP fishing families in the north and east of Sri Lanka to restart their lives after many years of displacement. They have almost reached 50% of their target of donating 10 boats (£14,000). You can click the link of their fund raising page below and can see from the list of donors the majority donated so far has been from their friends and family, and a handful of Tamil diaspora. Although the Penneys have no direct connection to the victims of war in the north and east of Sri Lanka, they are undertaking this painful […]

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