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Sinhalese dominated state is seeking to diminish the rights of Tamil’s through continued militarisation and territorial aggrandisement

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A latest report issued by an international organization reveals that the government security forces are making profits in occupied areas in the North and East with commercial ventures. Human Rights Watch (HRW), headquartered in US, through one of its latest reports alleges that the government has failed to keep the promise of returning the lands in the North and East to their original owners. HRW states that the aforementioned report, titled ‘Why Can’t We Go Home? – Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka’, has been drafted after discussions with more than one hundred people between June 2017 and August 2018, and the Tamils constitute the majority of people who have lost their lands. According to the report, even though all three major ethnic communities […]

A constitutional settlement relating to inter- nationality power sharing is missing – Rajapaksa too gave false promises, to mobilize Sinhala racist votes

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the return of all land in the Northern and Eastern provinces that are owned by the people of those areas, soon after his return from New York where he made the notorious speech to the UN General Assembly.  He issued these instructions during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force overlooking the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The President eagerly, has instructed the Presidential Task Force to plan out a speedy time frame and a proper structure in order to implement the project. He expected to present its progress at the next meeting.  This certainly, is in keeping with the letter and spirit of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of October 2015. When the president announced that he […]

U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will rescue artifacts such as clay pots, brass and copper items, temple statues, coins, coral stones, and ceramic objects that are on the verge of irreversible decay.  Most of the collection was excavated in the Northern Province.  The project will involve both undergraduate and post graduate archaeology students of the University of Jaffna.  Professor P. Pushparatnam, a senior professor and the Project Director, submitted the successful proposal to the U.S. Embassy and AFCP.  […]

New law to compensate Tamil War victims in Sri Lanka – Former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island’s brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 1,00,000 lives. The legislature voted 59-43 to approve a broad reparations Bill, which seeks to establish an independent office that will compensate survivors as well as victims’ next of kin. Former strongman President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill, arguing that it amounted to compensating separatist Tamil rebels who were crushed in a no-holds-barred military campaign in May 2009. Key demand The long-delayed legislation had been a key demand of international observers urging reconciliation in the island nation, where divisions between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese persist. The office will decide on potentially tens of […]

90,000 Northern families in shanties or homeless. What happened to Govt. promised housing?

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

90,000 Northern families in shanties or homeless. What happened to Govt. promised housing? By Jekhan Aruliah In October last year I had the privilege of participating in the blessing of a new water well in the Killinochchi District of the Northern Province. Its construction had been funded by the UK based charity Child Aid Lanka. The family on whose land the well is built, together with neighbours who also benefit from the new well’s water, had gathered to join in. We were all looking forward to the ceremony and snacks. It was a happy occasion, with the children smartly dressed as if for the well’s birthday party. As we arrived the father of the family came to greet us, walking easily on his artificial leg. He […]

President’s speech at UNGA far from the truth

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said that President Maithripala Sirisena’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday (26), where he portrayed Sri Lanka as a picture of progress was in reality, however, far from the truth. President Sirisena at the UNGA urged the international community to consider the tremendous progress made by the Government towards reconciliation, the restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law, and look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective. He also said that he is ‘satisfied’ with Sri Lanka’s progress and rejected foreign interference in domestic affairs. Senior Researcher at the CPA, Bhavani Fonseka said that in 2015, people voted for change and it is understandable that change takes time, […]

President Sirisena wants to continue to fool the Tamils so asks World leaders to ”Permit Sri Lankans to settle their own problems”

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

TNA Leader, as the Opposition Leader, should address every lie in the speech of President Maithiri without further delay President Sirisena calls on the world to prioritize addressing the issues of the poverty-stricken, while taking into consideration the ideas of youth, at 73rd UNGA Debate, 25 September 2018,  https://www.un.int/srilanka/news/president-sirisena-calls-world-prioritize-addressing-issues-poverty-stricken-while-taking-0 https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#sent/166150e7d9d5782d?compose=16618ed5065d7618   Permit Sri Lankans to settle their problems – Prez urges UN, 26 September 2018, http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=191824   No need of foreign interference; allow us to solve our problems-MS, 26 September 2018, http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/No-need-of-foreign-interference-allow-us-to-solve-our-problems-MS-156002.html President urges int’l community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective, 27 September 2018, http://www.ft.lk/front-page/President-urges-int-l-community-to-look-at-Sri-Lanka-with-a-fresh-perspective/44-663545

Catholic Archbishop of Colombo ,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is Criticised by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris Over “Populist”Remarks About Human Rights and Religion.

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has come under fire for the stand he has taken on human rights. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the need for human rights was an outcome of the marauding religious zealots of the inquisition and the crusades, where non believers were massacred “En-Bloc”. “Pity, the Cardinal always seems to get things wrong in trying to be a populist,” he said on his twitter account. Continue reading ‘Catholic Archbishop of Colombo ,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is Criticised by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris Over “Populist”Remarks About Human Rights and Religion.’ »

Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

GTF Press Release – Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka and a dangerous precedent the UN should not allow to be set  PRESS STATEMENT  23 September 2018, London Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka and a dangerous precedent the UN should not allow to be set The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed at the Sri Lankan Government’s initiatives to abandon its repeated commitments to address accountability issues related to war crimes. President Sirisena’s recent public statement that he will make a special request to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to drop war crimes charges against his troops to ‘settle’ the issue of […]

US Tamils Urge UN to Ask Visiting Sri Lankan President What He Did to the Abducted Tamil Children Who were Seen with Him in a Photo in 2010

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

US Tamils Urge UN to Ask Visiting Sri Lankan President What He Did to the Abducted Tamil Children Who were Seen with Him in a Photo in 2010 A spokesman for Tamils for Trump said that “We the U.S. Tamils wanted to know the fate of the Tamil children who were with the current Sri Lankan President Sirisena about eight years ago. Now these Tamil children are adults in their twenties and still parents are looking for them and they were listed as missing.” Mr. Sirisena was a health minister under Rajapaksa’s administration in 2010. During his health ministry, Mr. Sirisena visited an orphanage and its school in the Sinhala South. Mr. Sirisena took a photograph standing among a few orphan children in school uniform. […]

GTF had lost confidence in Mr. Sirisena for reneging on the assurances he had given it.

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena’s left yesterday for New York to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a move which has become the focal point of attention for Colombo-based diplomats, Tamil diaspora and even larger sections of the Government. Unlike his previous visits every year, it comes in the backdrop of moves by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The President, who thwarted the arrest on the grounds that senior military officers were being held for long periods in remand prisons without charges, declared he would make proposals in this regard to the UN. He, however, did not elaborate. Now, Admiral Wijegunaratne who returned to Sri Lanka from Mexico on Wednesday will only make a statement […]

President Kumaratunga becomes the first Sri Lankan to be awarded France’s Highest National Order – Commander of the Legion of Honour

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga became the first Sri Lankan in almost 07 Decades and the first ever Sri Lankan woman to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander of the Legion of Honour, the highest rank of the National Order of France.  Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, presented the Medal of “Commandeur de la Légion D’Honneur” on behalf of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, at a special function held at the Residence of the Ambassador. President Kumaratunga’s Acceptance speech in English: I wish to first thank the President and the Government of the Republic of France for according to me this high Honour of Commanduer de la Legion d’Honneur. My special gratitude goes to His Excellency […]

Army executed some LTTE cadres who surrendered

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

MP Dissanayake, a Cabinet member of the previous Rajapaksa administration said that the media, too, were aware of some of those executed after they had surrendered (with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender) though they remained silent. “Both you and we don’t talk about those who had been executed,” the National List MP said. MP Dissanayake revealed that he knew LTTE Comander Ramesh and received a telephone call from him about ten minutes before he surrendered to the Army (With White Flag)  on the Vanni east front. Ramesh was Executed  by the Sri Lankan Army with hundreds of other LTTE Leaders who surrendered with with their family members with White Flags after UN negotiated the surrender. SRI LANKA WAR episode The Killing of LLTE Colonel Ramesh who surrendered with White Flag. Rebel […]

Sri Lanka conflict: ‘Why can’t you find our sons?’ – About 20,000 Tamils, are thought to be missing.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Kandasamy Ponnamma is still haunted by the sight of her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren waving as they were taken away by Sri Lankan troops in May 2009. Ms Ponnamma wept helplessly as the bus carried off her loved ones, soon after security forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels. She was among tens of thousands who had fled a tiny coastal strip near the north-eastern town of Mullaitivu, where the final stages of the 26-year conflict took place. That was the last time she saw her relatives. “The army promised a general amnesty to all those who had links with the Tamil rebels. That’s why my son and several others surrendered. “I still don’t know where they are or what happened to them,” says Ms Ponnamma, […]

Colombo schemes Sinhala-Buddhicisation of Tamil heritage site in Vavuniyaa North

21st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo schemes Sinhala-Buddhicisation of Tamil heritage site in Vavuniyaa North [Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 21:33 GMT] The occupying unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has prohibited Eezham Tamils at Oldu-madu village in Vavuniyaa North from accessing 157-meter-high hill called Vedukku-naa’ri. The issue became a hot topic on 10 August, a day before the annual religious ritual of Aadi Amaavaasai (the new moon of the Tamil month July-August) observed in remembrance of the ancestors by the Saivites (Hindus). The SL Police blocked the Poosaari (non-Brahmin priest) of the village-deity, based on a complaint made by the SL Archaeology Department on 07 August. The SL Police has instructed Poosari and the villagers to keep away from the hilltop. Only after the repeated pleas, they were allowed to […]

War-affected women with disabilities cry for recognition

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

http://www.ft.lk/opinion/War-affected-women-with-disabilities-cry-for-recognition/14-660820 By Shanika Sriyananda The LTTE cadres were at their doorstep that night, to recruit one member from the family to fight against the on-going military thrust that was progressing rapidly towards Mullaitivu in 2008. They were eyeing to drag Devi Selvaraja’s (not her real name) elder sister’s husband, the sole breadwinner of the family, for combat training. Single and wanting to save the family with two young children, she had no option other than joining the LTTE.  She travelled to Mullaitivu during the ceasefire to bring her sister’s family to Puttalam, where she was living with her parents. Unfortunately, with the LTTE’s sudden travel ban, she got stuck at her sister’s house in Kepapilavu, Mullaitivu. Devi, who was a garment factory worker in Puttalam, […]

Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner

18th August 2018 // 0 Comments

18 Aug 2018, London Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to congratulate former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We also express our appreciation to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in facilitating the appointment of such an eminent person with indisputable record of national and global leadership on human rights. There is no better endorsement than from her predecessor, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who said: “She has all the attributes – courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights – to make her a successful High Commissioner.” GTF would like to take this opportunity […]

Losing Santhia, part two: from cubs to Tigers

30th July 2018 // 0 Comments

https://redflag.org.au/node/6442 In October 2017, Santhia, a former high ranking cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (“Homelands”), died in a Jakarta hospital. She was only 42. Almost a decade earlier, she had fled Sri Lanka, via Tamil Nadu, India, with her young son. She had tried to reach Australia, but was stranded in Indonesia. Sponsored by the Tamil Refugee Council, Red Flag editor Ben Hillier travelled to Sri Lanka and Indonesia in November to piece together her story. Santhia’s life was extraordinary yet common; her fate bound to the decades-long national liberation struggle of the Tamils. This is part two in a continuing series. Part one can be found here. Along the Pannai causeway linking Jaffna peninsula with Mandaitivu and Kayts islands, egrets, black-headed ibises and Eurasian wigeons bathe in […]

Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamils

30th July 2018 // 0 Comments

On Anniversary of Black July, International Community Should Recognize Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamils Washington, D.C.; July 23, 2018 – On the 35th anniversary of the start of “Black July” 1983, PEARL remembers the Tamil victims, survivors, and generations affected by all of Sri Lanka’s atrocities against the Tamil people. Thirty-five years ago this week, the government of Sri Lanka sponsored a brutal anti-Tamil pogrom, tantamount to genocide, that killed more than 3000 Tamils. The government provided voter registration lists to Sinhala mobs so they could identify Tamils and attack them, their residences, and their businesses. The violence lasted for over one week and destroyed 5000 shops and 8000 homes, displacing more than 150,000 Tamils. The Sinhala mobs also raped hundreds of Tamil women and even […]

M.C.M. Iqbal explains the small print in OMP( that is, why OMP won’t really help the victims)

28th July 2018 // 0 Comments

1.Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances, 26 July 2018,  http://groundviews.org/2018/07/26/impunity-in-sri-lanka-and-the-commissions-of-inquiry-into-disappearances/   2. The OMP and the Aspirations of Families of the Missing and Disappeared, 17 May 2018, https://groundviews.org/2018/05/17/the-office-of-missing-persons-and-the-aspirations-of-affected-families-in-sri-lanka/

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