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Winning And Losing The Cold War

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – “…And mine is the sling of David” – Jose Marti (The ‘Apostle’ of Cuban Independence) The international press called it ‘victory’ and even ‘triumph’. Exactly five years ago, on 28th May 2009, The Times (London) headlined a report as follows:“Sri Lanka forces West to retreat over ‘war crimes’ with victory at UN”.Concluding our Thirty Years War in May 2009 we had victories on two fronts, or our victory had two dimensions: military and diplomatic. We won the hot war and the first battle of the Cold War. Then, we won more votes (29) than the world’s sole superpower the USA has been able to obtain for its adversarial resolutions on Sri Lanka three years running. That was then, this is now. Navi Pillay is about to unleash […]

GTF explores legal options on banned organizations and people by SL government

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

GTF has been exploring its legal options and will be taking the necessary steps in the coming weeks.  Many countries have come out publicly through formal statements, through formal meetings and some even in their respective parliaments have stated that they do not recognise this ban. A letter received by a member organisation ATC from Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Canadian Government Press Release http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2014/04/30a.aspx The UK Government Minister with responsibility for Sri Lanka, Rt. Hon Mr Hugo Swire MP, states that the proscription of Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals by the Sri Lankan authorities is “not conducive to a successful reconciliation process” and, once again, raises “serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka”. The Minister’s answers to questions posed by Mr […]

Assets of 424 persons, 16 Tamil Organisations to be frozen

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has issued an order to freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources of persons, groups and entities designated and listed in March on suspicion of terrorist financing. The 39-page list was promulgated in terms of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSRC) 1373 and contains the names of 424 persons and 16 entities, nearly all of them Tamil. The Government claims they are responsible for the continued financing of terrorism. The latest gazette was issued on Thursday under the signature of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Competent Authority for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1373. It gives effect to a freeze on “all funds, other financial assets and economic resources belonging to or owned or held by any natural or legal person, group […]

Man in critical condition after attack in Rayners Lane Barber shop.

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Man in critical condition after attack in Rayners Lane The man in his 50s was attacked in the Raja Salon, in Village Way East, Rayners Lane. A man is in a critical condition after an attack in a barber shop. Police have made an arrest in connection with a serious assault which left a man with severe facial injuries. The 57-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the attack at the Raja Salon in Village Way East, in Rayners Lane, on Monday. The victim, a man aged 50, was found with serious facial injuries that police believe were inflicted with a knife. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a non-life-threatening condition. Police are appealing for […]

Tamil diaspora deny blocking peace

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil diaspora deny allegations that they are hampering moves towards peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, five years after the war. Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel who heads the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), one of many groups recently proscribed by the Government, says the GTF is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and seeks lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement. Here are excerpts of an interview given to the Colombo Gazette: Q. As Sri Lanka commemorates five years since the end of the war, as a key member of the Tamil Diaspora what would you say are the feelings of the Tamils overseas five years on? Combination of feelings of deep sorrow for the loss of life, immense sadness […]

British Tamils Mark Fifth Anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre with Rally at Trafalgar Square

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Several thousand British Tamils attended a rally organised by British Tamils Forum at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 18 May 2014 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Mullivaikkal Massacre. The event commemorated the tens of thousands of Tamil people who were killed, and many more injured, at Mullivaikkal and drew together many of those who spent weeks in Parliament Square in 2009 warning the world of the impending catastrophe. Speakers at the rally pointed out that, since then, the suffering has continued, and even got worse, for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, as the military has further entrenched its presence in the North and East. Tamil people both at home and abroad have seen their land seized in order to make way for Sinhala […]

Five Years After The End Of The War: Conflict Worsens And Hopes Fade Away!

18th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – Introduction The fact that you have invited me to write my thoughts on five years after the war, helps me to join at least the few progressive voices, who do not sing with the majority or swim with the stream, but genuinely concerned about promoting a peaceful coexistence of all the peoples and religions within the island. Though the Government and their media doing their utmost to portray me and my engagement during the last two decades as pro-terrorist and pro-separatist, I wish to say clearly and with utmost sincerity that the truth is far from it.  Heaps of lies have been fabricated from internet-gossips and written about me, tarnishing my identity not only as a supporter of terrorism and separatism,but also […]

18th May – Rally to commemorate fifth anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre in London

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Venue: Trafalgar Square, London (nearest station: Charing Cross) Time: 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm, 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWa8zgg3meM 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 […]

TGTE to go ahead with events in UK Today!

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is organizing an International conference in London on May 17th, to plan strategy to boycott, divest and sanction against Sri Lanka’s political & military leaders and against Sri Lanka itself. This conference is taking place during TGTE’s week of mourning to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the mass killings in the final months of the war in 2009, which resulted in tens of thousands of innocent Tamils killed and Tamil women raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. Venue: Hotel Ambassadors Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX Opposite to Hilton Euston  5  minute walk from Euston Station,  7  minute walk from Euston Square Station,  8  minute walk from King’s Cross St Pancras Station, 10 minute walk From Russell Square  Kind […]

Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Question by Shadow Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140513/text/140513w0001.htm#14051391000018> Commonwealth Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will convene a special session of Commonwealth representatives to discuss the suitability of President Rajapaksa as Chairperson in Office. [197767] Mr Hague: Any decision on the Chair-in-Office role is for all Commonwealth Heads of Government to take by consensus, and we have no plans to convene a session on this. On 27 March 2014, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution which establishes an international investigation, and calls on the Sri Lankan Government to make progress on human rights and reconciliation. We encourage the Sri Lankan Government to co-operate with the resolution […]

More UK support for UN peacekeeping – do you agree?

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Call for more UK support for UN peacekeeping I am writing as Executive Director of UNA-UK to ask you to join us in calling for greater UK engagement with UN peacekeeping. Click here to show your support UN peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools at the international community’s disposal. For over six decades, UN peacekeepers have supported peace processes, protected civilians and helped people around the world to rebuild their lives. The UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy acknowledges the important role of UN peacekeeping operations in stabilising fragile situations, at a lower cost than coalition missions and without the need for direct UK military intervention. But while the UK continues to support UN peacekeeping financially and through its Security Council seat, it has significantly reduced […]

SAY NO TO SRI LANKA: LONDON CONFERENCE ON BOYCOTT

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

SAY NO TO SRI LANKA: LONDON CONFERENCE ON BOYCOTT, DIVEST & SANCTION AGAINST SRI LANKA : TGTE  Joined by Several International Scholars & Activists: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 14, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is organizing an International conference in London on May 17th, to plan strategy to boycott, divest and sanction against Sri Lanka’s political & military leaders and against Sri Lanka itself. This conference is taking place during TGTE’s week of mourning to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the mass killings in the final months of the war in 2009, which resulted in tens of thousands of innocent Tamils killed and Tamil women raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. What: Say No […]

Sri Lankan President set NOT to attend Glasgow 2014 after fears of Protest by Tamils

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A potentially harmful diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014 is likely to be avoided due to the fact Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not planning to attend the Commonwealth Games this summer, insidethegames has learned.  This comes after two letters were sent to British Foreign Secretary William Hague voicing concerns the presence of the controversial leader would mean the Games are overshadowed by questions relating to genocide and human rights abuse.  The first was sent by Hague’s opposition counterpart in the Labour Party, shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander last Friday (May 9), demanding to know exactly how the Government plans to ensure the event is not hit by controversy. It cites how police have already warned there could be protests on the streets of Glasgow if he does attend, before […]

TGTE to go ahead with events in UK

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain has not imposed any ban on events organized by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) over the weekend despite the Government claiming it had sent evidence against organizations proscribed recently under a UN Security council resolution, including the TGTE. The TGTE, in a press statement today, reconfirmed that it will be hosting the “Say No to Sri Lanka” international Conference on May 17th in London, to formulate innovative political and legal strategies for boycott, divestment, and targeted sanctions against Sri Lankan political and military leaders and sanction against Sri Lanka itself. TGTE said it will also be hosting a special exhibition from May 12-16 in front of the British Parliament in London to highlight mass killings and Genocide of Tamils. TGTE leader V. […]

Rajapaksa did not succumb to int’l pressure in 2009: Lanka Minister

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Government spokesman and Minister of Information Keheliya Rambukwella said some countries had put pressure on Sri Lanka when the war was reaching a decisive stage in 2009, President Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to succumb to pressures exerted by some countries to end the military campaign against the LTTE in 2009. “Some countries (British and US) sent advance teams and even were ready to send ships. But the President (Rajapaksa) refused to give in,” he said at a gathering in the central district of Kandy yesterday. Rambukwella’s reference to the international pressure was apparently aimed at the visit of the then British Foreign Minister David Miliband and his then French counterpart Bernard Kouchner to meet Rajapaksa in 2009. Rambukwella said the international pressure during the 2009 conflict was much […]

UK not happy with ban by Sri Lanka

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says it is concerned at reports that the Sri Lankan government has proscribed a number of individuals and Tamil organisations operating outside Sri Lanka. UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office Hugo Swire said that while UK respects the right of the Sri Lankan government to take appropriate action against individuals and groups where there is clear evidence of their involvement in terrorist activities, the British high commissioner to Sri Lanka has made clear to the Sri Lankan government that the proscription should not be used to prevent or stifle the right to freedom of speech, particularly at a time when Sri Lanka’s human rights record is under international scrutiny. “We believe that this development is not conducive to a successful […]

The Future Of The Tamils

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jan Jananayagam – Thank you for the opportunity to address the Tamil Writers Guild on the 10th Anniversary of its founding by Mr CJT Thamotheram. I have been asked to talk on the ‘Future of the Tamils’. I am conscious of the weight of the topic. And of the impossibility of doing it justice in the time available. It is somewhat like the story of the team of blind men touching an elephant and trying to describe it. My comments are in a personal capacity rather than on behalf of Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) because this is a cultural event and some aspects of the topic fall outside of TAGs mandate. I start with a story. Bear with me, with luck its relevance will become clear. […]

London Tamil youth wins 2014 Dalton Young Researchers Award

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Kogularamanan Suntharalingam, a young Tamil academic from London, has been awarded the 2014 Dalton Young Researchers Award in Chemistry by the Royal Society for Chemistry for his contribution to the design, development and understanding of new metallo-pharmaceuticals. Kogularamanan, known as Rama, currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. “In the near future I hope to return to the UK as an assistant professor,” Rama told the Tamil Guardian via email from the US. He received a first class MSci and a PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College in London. Born in Manipay, in Jaffna, Rama came to the UK at around the age of 4 with his family, and grew up in East London. “I am very proud of my Tamil roots […]

“Serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka” MP Sharma

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; what recent representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka about the arrest and detention of human rights defenders; and what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart about the use of that country’s Prevention of Terrorism Act. [197542] Mr Swire: We continue to have serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka, in particular continued intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders and activists. We have consistently made clear to the Sri Lankan Government the importance of safeguarding freedom of expression and protecting human rights defenders, and continue to […]

Sri Lanka Participation Overshadows C’Wealth Games – TGTE Writes To Hague

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam has today written to the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, for support and to formally advice the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Games Federation that the prestigious Commonwealth sporting celebration risks being overshadowed by questions raised about human rights abuses and genocide in Sri Lanka, by their participation in the Games. In the letter, the TGTE Ministry of International Affairs expressed concerns and raised the following points: The role that President Rajapaksa may play at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The continued arrogance of the Rajapaksa regime to the International Community and their non-conformance to the values and principles of the Commonwealth, as well as their refusal to conform to the UN HRC Resolutions. Their continued structural genocide on the Tamil Homeland in the island […]

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