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UK have responsibility in halting Mullaiththeevu structural genocide

19th February 2017 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 February 2017, 01:52 GMT] Britain and Australia that have sent high-level policy planners to ‘assess’ Keappaa-pulavu in the company of occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka in January 2013, should also take the responsibility in halting the structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils there. Those who ‘advise’ Tamils not to use the word ‘genocide’ but to rally behind ‘development’, and those who equate the on-going Sinhalicisation to the presence of Tamils in the southern parts, should note that despite long presence of Eezham Tamils in the South or 200 years of up-country Tamils brought by the British, no village has officially become a Tamil village in the South. But just in two years time a Tamil village in the […]

Sri Lanka High Commission in London commemorates 69th anniversary of Independence

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Group photograph of the Chief Guest H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Abdulla Belhoul Al Falasi, the State Minister of Higher Education of UAE, H.E. Jeffry Suleiman Mohideen, Ambassador for Sri Lanka to UAE and Mr. Charitha Yattogoda, Consul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and the Northern Emirates along with part of Consuls General based in Dubai   participated in the event    The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London commemorated the 69th anniversary of Independence with the representation of all the communities on 4 February at the High Commission premises. The program commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by High Commissioner Amari Wijewardene. The National Anthem of Sri Lanka was sung in Sinhala followed by the observance of two minutes’ silence in […]

Britain to sponsor resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its upcoming session in Geneva. The decision was communicated to the Council at the organisational meeting for the 34th session of the UNHRC held in Geneva yesterday.  The resolution will look to give Sri Lanka time to address the accountability issue on the war. Ahead of the resolution being tabled, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will address the UNHRC during 34th session. Samaraweera is to brief the council on the latest developments in Sri Lanka during the high level segment of the session on Tuesday February 28. The 34th session of the UNHRC takes place in Geneva from 27th February to 24th March. During the session an interactive dialogue […]

Are they alive? – arrested or surrendered and disappeared

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

British Tamil People gathered in front of Downing street on the 29th of January 2017, to protest against inaction by the Sri Lankan government in finding out the whereabouts of those who surrendered to the Sri Lankan government forces soon after the end of the war in 2009.  The event was co-ordinated by British Tamils Forum, as part of their ‘Are they alive?’ campaign and to bring awareness of the plight of relatives whose kith and kin have been disappeared.  The relatives have started a hunger strike demanding to know what has happened to their loved ones, who were taken away by the Sri Lankan state. The Sri Lankan government has so far failed to deliver on the promises they have made to the international community with […]

Britain to take a lead, supporting Sri Lanka at the UNHRC – Govt. to ‘buy time’ at UNHRC in March: FM

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government will go for a “technical rollover resolution” or, a procedural extension that will allow it more time to implement its undertakings– when Sri Lanka is taken up at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month. This was revealed by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera while taking questions at Chatham House earlier this month. “Yes, March is soon approaching,” he said. “As I said, we are rather happy, not sure what the word is, with the progress we have made so far. But, of course, we hope, maybe, to go for a technical rollover, because we need a little more time, especially…to work out the architecture or contours of the judicial mechanism.” The Minister admitted that the subject of a judicial mechanism has become […]

Global Tamil Forum unreservedly condemns the recent alleged attempt to harm Honourable Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran in the North of Sri Lanka

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 31 January 2017, London   Global Tamil Forum unreservedly condemns the recent alleged attempt to harm Honourable Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran in the North of Sri Lanka   The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is deeply shocked and horrified to hear the news of a plan to assassinate Honourable Member of Parliament Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran in Jaffna. GTF and diaspora Tamils are immensely relieved that the alleged plan failed and are grateful to all whose timely action helped preventing the dastardly act. We condemn those who planned this reprehensible attempt in the strongest possible terms, and call upon the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Mr. Sumanthiran plays a very important role in the post-2009 […]

Sri Lanka: “Thirteenth (13th) Amendment no solution to our problem”

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

by our London Correspondent ( January 30, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) JVP MP Vijitha Herath visiting London on invitation for a Workshop of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, also met the Tamil and Muslim diaspora on 27 January 2017 at Trinity Community Hall, East Ham, London E12 6SG. He stated that the 13th Amendment was no solution to the problem in Sri Lanka. Both the Tamils and the Sinhala people should have equal economic rights. Both Languages are state languages, but there is no implementation of the Tamil language in many areas and as seen particularly in Police stations. As far as national unity is concerned, the JVP has always stood for united and not a divided country. Our political stance all long has been […]

NO POLITICAL PACKAGE TO TAMILS

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

No Easy Walk to the Constitution Many irons in the fire; President Sirisena is the enigma Some people’s dream ticket “The laws delays, the insolence of office” by Kumar David There is clarity on what the Steering Committee and six subcommittees would like to see in subsidiary aspects of the constitution; however there is a black-hole in the middle regarding the apex. Subsidiary means Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Law and Order (police and national security), Public Service, Finance, and believe it or not, there has been unanimity in the Centre-Periphery subcommittee. Hooray, but there is a hole in the hub, a lacuna at the central apex. By apex I mean; will the presidency be executive (if yes, what powers?) or ceremonial as in parliamentary systems; what […]

Tamil Diaspora lobbies against GSP plus

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Several Tamil Diaspora organizations have made joint representations to political and diplomatic missions, including the EU Parliament, exerting pressure on them against restoring to Sri Lanka the GSP plus export facility unless the Lankan Government implements core international conventions which are a prerequisite to qualify for the restoration. The Diaspora has through European Parliament Members called for a debate in the EU Parliament on the issue and has been lobbying in the EU Commissioner’s office against restoration of the facility to Sri Lanka. The British Tamil Forum (BTF) said their lobbying has made a ‘massive impact. It said that before the final decision, expected in March or by 12 May 2017, they would want a clear picture of Sri Lanka’s status […]

A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health!

12th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Jallikattu Ban – A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health! – Janani Vivek Indian humped Cows Vs Western  humpless Cows  Nutritious A2 milk vs toxic disease causing A1 milk – Autism, Type 1 diabetes & several other diseases linked with A1 milk – Divine Indian cows – Propaganda by western cattle industry – White revolution – Native breeds of Indian nearly extinct – Ruthless Cow slaughters – Hypocrite animal activism – Ban on Jallikatu a trickery to kill Indian bulls and more! In this post I’ll expose what the dairy industry and the doctors doesn’t want you know. This post could save you and your family from several health illnesses and save our country from an economical crisis. […]

European Commission decides to restore GSP+ trade access for Sri Lanka

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – The European Commission Wednesday said it proposed the European Union remove import duties on Sri Lankan products, restoring GSP Plus trade access to the island’s biggest export market. “These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries,” it said in a statement. The European Parliament and the Council have now up to four months to raise potential objections before the measures become effective. “Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory,” the EC statement said. “Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for […]

Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) called for full participation of foreign judges, and other personnel, including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. Mrs Muttetuwegama delivered the report to the, Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, on January 3, 2017, at the Presidential Secretariat. The CTFRM released the report on the eve of the third anniversary of President Maithripala […]

Implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 11 February 2017, London  Global Tamil Forum calls on the Sri Lankan Government to faithfully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) released on January 3, 2017 and calls on the Sri Lankan government to fully implement these recommendations. We wish to congratulate the eleven-member panel headed by senior lawyer Manouri Muttetuwegama, who after exhaustive, countrywide consultations conducted over a year, have come up with a unanimous report. The fact that the panel members come from all communities and their consultations reflect aspirations and apprehensions of victims from different communities, gives us hope that the Sri Lankan society, at last, can transcend […]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala in London – Chatham House, 18.00-19.00, 11 Jan 2017

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Process, Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka   – https://www.chathamhouse.org/events?field_event_flags_tid=members   The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE  Chatham House website: 1.President Sirisena offers hope. Now he must deliver – A new start for Sri Lanka, The World Today, February 2015, Volume 71, Number 1 2.”Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory over incumbent president Mahinda Rajapakse is remarkable, but he must tackle entrenched political and social problems while holding together what seems an inherently fractious coalition. …………… ………………………”  – Sri Lanka After the Upset,  Chris Smith, 13 January 2015, https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/16641    3.”The speaker will argue that the energetic media industry which distinguished post-independence Sri Lanka has significantly deteriorated. She will suggest that this decline is partially due to the […]

FOREIGN MINISTER ON FIRST UK VISIT AFTER BREXIT

8th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom on 9-14 January 2017. This is the first high-level visit from Sri Lanka to the UK, since the appointment of the new Government of Prime Minister Theresa May following the Brexit vote in July 2016. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the visit reflects the continuing dialogue between Sri Lanka and the UK since resetting bilateral ties in January 2015. Minister Samaraweera is scheduled to meet with the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson, and other key interlocutors. During the visit, the Minister will also meet with Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland to discuss Sri Lanka’s shared interests and cooperation as an active member of the organization.

War Crimes in Allepo: Sri Lanka Yesterday, Syria Today – TGTE

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

The brutal war crimes committed in recent days against residents of Allepo, Syria by Russian and Syrian government forces are painfully reminscent of the genocide of Eelam Tamils carried out by the Sri Lankan regime in 2009. And this time too the international community has abjectly failed to protect the lives of innocent civilians and uphold global conventions and rule of law in any manner. According to a document submitted to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria by several human rights groups Russian air strikes in the Aleppo region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children. The document lists some 304 alleged attacks carried out primarily between July and December in violation of international laws prohibiting killing of civilians. In mid-2009 when […]

Gotabaya and joint opposition seek support in Japan

15th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the joint opposition are in Japan for talks with the Sri Lankan community in Japan. Rajapaksa met a group of Sri Lankans in Japan, including the Buddhist clergy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in Japan on an invitation extended to him by the Sri Lankan community in Japan who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Wills and Kate was so moved by courage and determination that they even hugged and kissed Sai Kadirrajah

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

 Sai Kadirrajah was  Kissed and Hugged by Wills and Kate. She recently delivered a speech on behalf of YoungMindst @RoyalFoundation (run by #PrinceWilliam #PrinceHarry#DuchessofCambridge) ‘s private fundraiser. She was the only young person and the #royals were so moved by courage and determination that they even hugged and kissed her!! Kate even suggested she should be a public speaker!! Our family couldn’t be prouder!!! Young Peoples Mental Health isn‘t a joke and nor is it going go away. Sai is an activist who has faced a battle of her own only to come out fighting. And now she wants to make a difference to other young people like herself!She is an inspiration to me and has really showed me that you can achieve anything if […]

‘US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in 2017 to affect SL’

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Hiran H.Senewiratne The US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will increase bank interest rates in 2017 under the new Donald Trump administration, which will have a negative impact on countries like Sri Lanka, Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said he supports an  interest-rate increase in 2017 and will likely aim at Fed’s 2 percent goal, reports said earlier. “To face the challenge Sri Lanka has placed the macro economic consolidation as a forward looking strategy, the Governor told a media conference last week at the Central Bank’s main office in Colombo. He said that Sri Lanka is quite sound where macro economic policy framework is concerned to face such a hike, because the U.S. economy is […]

Sri Lanka Tourism kicks off an underground campaign in UK Train Stations

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Sun kissed beaches, lush greenery, an ancient and an exquisite culture and heritage, exactly what a holiday maker would want. Sri Lanka is a country blessed with all the resources that any ordinary traveler would need. As the key institution in Sri Lanka to promote Sri Lanka worldwide, Sri Lanka Tourism is carrying various tourism promotional activities to promote Sri Lanka as a high – end tourist destination. At the moment, it has taken a new step of promoting underground advertising campaigns in order to create consumer awareness amongst the travel community on Sri Lankan tourism products, and about the country itself. The campaign was launched on 7th November 2016, in parallel to the World Travel Market (WTM) in UK 2016. The campaign is scheduled […]

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