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South Asian leaders at Indian high table

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

As eight leaders from SAARC and beyond took the front row at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday, there was a rare feel-good atmosphere in a tense region that is home to one-fourth of the world’s people. Apart from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and other SAARC leaders and representatives, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius was present. The new Indian Prime Minister’s speed diplomacy, and the readiness with which his invitation was accepted,, has boosted India’s centrality to the region. Despite the known unknowns about his foreign policy, it has also given rise to huge expectations across South Asia — the enchanting mood at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening belied the troubled relations that India has with most of its neighbours. Less […]

Rajapaka Never Runs Short of New Tricks

26th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Here are two letters that speaks volumes for itself to show how desperate Rajapaksa is. The moment Narendra Modi gave invitations to all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members for his inauguration as the Prime Minister of India, Rajapaksa was the first to grab it. It was not as easy as the land grabs he is carrying out in the Tamil Homeland. This caused such an uproar in Tamil Nadu, that it put Tamil Nadu politicians and Modi into confrontation. This would have caused merriment in the Rajapaksa camp, as they wanted a continuation of Sonia’s policies in Sri Lanka. That would be a day dream. In the first place inviting SAARC members for this auspicious function is only a formality with no […]

The Island Of “Diplomatic” Thieves: 2872 DPL Passports Issued In 9 Years

26th May 2014 // 0 Comments

2,872 diplomatic passports issued since 2005 Housewives, students, unemployed persons issued diplomatic passports Opposition to seek a debate on passport issuance | by Ashwin Hemmathagama The Finance Times ( May 24, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A major flaw in the issue of diplomatic passports to non-diplomats, who are not entitled to hold such important internationally-valid documents, was taken up yesterday at Parliament by Opposition lawmaker Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. Diplomatic passports issued by the Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration during a “nine-year period since 2005 now exceeds 2,872” regardless of the “exclusivity of a list of pre-approved personalities” the department was to follow in the issuance. As a result, the VIP lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport is “crowded with diplomatic passport holders, mostly the merchants,” […]

I Stand By What I Write!

26th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by S. V. Kirubaharan( May 25, 2014, Paris, Sri Lanka Guardian) Soon after a resolution was successfully passed on Sri Lanka in the 25th session of the Human Rights Council – HRC, I wrote an article in April, titled, “Successful Resolution And Sabotage By Tamil Stooges!” In a website, there were 63 responses. Some of these were by people with such names as “KnowYourGamesKirubh ; buggeroff ; FOFF ; dieyouasspora,” etc. Beyond doubt all these and many other comments were written by an individual who lives in Columbus-land. This person is non-grata among the diaspora and writes nasty remarks with bogus names, especially when the author is known to him. He suffers from an inferiority complex, jealousy and guilt and is a disgrace to Tamils. […]

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 […]

There Needs To Be Political Will – Erik Solheim

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam The Norwegian Government played a key role in mediating between the Government and the LTTE during the war, including under the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government. However as soon as the LTTE was defeated the Norwegians were accused by many within the Government of playing into the hands of the LTTE and being biased towards the rebels. The man who took center stage as Norwegian mediator is former Minister Erik Solheim. Yet active on expressing his views on Sri Lanka, Solheim told The Sunday Leader, he is still fully convinced the peace process could have succeeded. Here are excerpts from the interview: Q: Sri Lanka is this week celebrating five years since the end of the war. As a former mediator in the Sri […]

Wimal opposes South African mediation because they won’t be able to cheat the Tamils again.

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa known to be an well known racist has strongly opposed South African mediation in Sri Lanka. He has opposed any rights to the minority in Sri Lanka and opposes the full implementation (13th amendment) of the constitution of the country. Weerawansa says having South Africa mediate in Sri Lanka would leave room for the internationalization of what he says should remain a domestic issue. He opposed holding of election in the North and implementation of the 13th amendment of the constitution of the country.  The president Rajapaksha in April 2009 promised the world leaders that he will implement more than the 13th amendment of the constitution( famous 13+ lie of Rajapaksha)  if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. […]

Tamil students in Delhi chant anti-Rajapaksa slogans

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamil students in Delhi chant anti-Rajapaksa slogans to dissuade him from attending Modi’s swearing-in A Tamil students group called Delhi Tamil Youth Forum staged a protest in the streets of Delhi today to register their anger against the incoming Government’s decision to extend invitation to Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of war crime. Sri Lankan Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as per UN.  President Mahinda Rajapaksha’s Army killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrenders with White Flag after UN officials negotiated the surrender with Sri Lankan government. This killing has made the world loose the trust in UN negociations in future with any conflicting governments as NO action has been taken by […]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have given various assurances to India from time to time, over the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. Such promises have now disappeared into thin air

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

  With BJP Leader Narendra Modi being elevated to the position of Prime Minister in India, a new era has dawned in Indian politics.Narendra Modi, a leader who comes from the grassroots level, does not belong to the elitist circle of Indian politicians. He very much represents the ‘common man’ of India who forms the large majority of the country’s population. He did not have a powerful family behind him nor did he cash in on any sort of dynasty or lineage. He began his political career as a young activist and travelled the hard path in politics over decades. Being elevated to the helm of the world’s largest democracy is undoubtedly the culmination of his long and arduous political career.Any regime change in India […]

Can The Rajapaksha fool Modi like he did with Sonia Ganthi?

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

By R.M.B Senanayake – Deception and Intrigue have been traditional instruments of foreign policy in the Kautilya tradition which have been used by our rulers in the past. It was successfully used to oust the Portuguese. It was also used against the Dutch to dampen their enthusiasm for conquest. It was used less successfully against the British who  after their early experiences with the Sinhala Establishment did not trust anybody. In the 1980s, President J.R Jayewardene played on the inherent prejudices of the Nehru family, the Delhi bureaucratic establishment committed to the unity of India and the Brahmin lobby in the South, to dampen India’s championship of the Tamils. The LTTE leader Prabakaran was not enamoured of the sentiments of the Nehru family and looked with disfavor upon their efforts to […]

Lanka wants stronger ties with Iran

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is keen on further strengthening ties with Iran, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. President Rajapaksa and Iranian President Rouhani held bilateral talks this evening on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), taking place in Shanghai, China. President Rajapaksa said that the two countries have been working very closely together and supporting each other and that Sri Lanka is keen on further strengthening ties, especially in the area of trade. The President said Sri Lanka would like to explore “all avenues of enhancing bilateral trade of goods and services.” President Rouhani said Iran too is interested in enhancing the bilateral relations. Recalling the meeting between the two leaders in New York […]

Killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Lanka given rise to HR campaigns

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is being penalised by “interested parties” for eradicating terrorism in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. He was apparently referring to the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution against his country.Killing of more than 50,000 Tamil Civilians by Sri Lankan forces in May 2009  in Sri Lanka, has now given rise to a human rights campaign being carried out by diospara organisations. This campaign has introduced continuing obstacles to current racist government led by Rajapaksa family who are taking cover from China and Russia.The US-sponsored resolution was adopted with 24 countries voting in favour. Japan along with India was one of the 12 countries which abstained in the UNHRC vote in Geneva in March.“The need of the hour, however, is goodwill and solidarity to deal with the universal challenge to peace, stability and […]

Sri Lanka’s Greatest War Criminal (Gotabaya) is a US Citizen: It’s Time to Hold Him Accountable

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Monday, May 19th marks the five-year anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which claimed the lives of 40,000 to 70,000 civilians in its “catastrophic” final phase. In 2009, Congress asked the State Department to report on the humanitarian law violations during the war, and those reports make for gruesome reading. If history is a guide, this week congressional representatives will publicly call for accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka—as members of Congress have done on the past four anniversaries. (See accompanying post, “Honor Roll of US Congressional Members Who’ve Stood for Accountability in Sri Lanka”) This post proposes specific action that congressional members can include in such calls, and something meaningful that the Justice Department’s war crimes section can do. The man who oversaw the Sri Lankan armed forces’ operations […]

Dirty Dozen : Names Of The First Lot Of Sri Lankan War Criminals & Genocidaires

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran FULL DETAILS  – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY http://fr.calameo.com/read/00034150294a5e6d90ece ( May 19, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Government of Sri Lanka is in retreat, with its tail well between its legs. The international civil society has acknowledged the extent of the atrocities on the Tamil people leading to genocide. The Human Rights Council has called for an international investigation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has placed Sri Lanka on a watch list for four years. Instead of pursuing remedial justice, the chauvinist mindset of the Sri Lankan Government has sought to create smokescreens to hide its multitude of sins. Its campaign against the Tamil Diaspora which it brands as consisting of “terrorists” is misplaced. The Diaspora entities, including the TGTE, operate in accordance with […]

‘White Flag’ surrendered Girl slain with Isaipiriya in SL military captivity identified

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A girl seen held captive together with LTTE journalist Shoba (Isaippiriyaa) by the genocidal military of Sri Lanka and later seen slain, has been identified as 19-year-old Ushalini Gunalingam from Yoakapuram, Mallaavi in Vanni, news sources in Ki’linochchi told TamilNet Monday. The girl was not a LTTE fighter, although she had been recruited by the movement in 2008 for a few months, according to the relatives of the victim.  Shoba (Isaipiriya) and Ushalini Gunalingam [right] Ushalini had left the movement and was with the family. But, the family had lost her during a chaotic displacement in the beginning of May 2009.The parents, searching for their lost daughter, have been complaining to all the commissions, from the LLRC to the recent presidential commission, without any outcome. Now […]

‘White Flag’ Communication (Sunday 17 May 2009 – All times Sri Lankan):

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Communication (Sunday 17 May 2009 – All times Sri Lankan): 0846: Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona to Nadesan via a European intermediary: SMS: “Just walk across to the troops, slowly! And comply with instructions carefully. The soldiers are nervous about suicide bombers.” 1529: Another SMS from Palitha Kohona: “white flag, hands up, walk slowly”. Midday approx: Nadesan calls Rohan Chandra Nehru MP in Colombo. “I will give you an answer around the evening, or anytime, my leader is instructing me, keep your phone free so I can call you”. [Shelling heard in background]. 1830: Nadesan calls Nehru. “We are ready to surrender under the leadership instruction”. The rebel leader, Prabhakaran had given Nadesan and the LTTE permission to surrender. Nadesan tells Nehru to speak to Basil […]

Rivalry among TNA and tussle with Devananda is death-knell for Tamil aspirations

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Rivalry among TNA and tussle with Devananda is death-knell for Tamil aspirations – Pearl Thevanayagam Whichever party comes to power Douglas Devananda wins hands down. His Machiavellian politics transcends mere rhetoric. Having been a comrade of VelupillaiPirabakaran during Eelam struggle in the ‘70s, he finally had the gumption to side with the governments in power to gain rights and some kind of economic redress for Tamils in North and East. His white van abductions still remain a gigantic thorn in the Tamil psyche but his efforts to develop North is something the TNA cannot dispute. He gets down to the grass-roots and is making vast strides in bringing redress to Tamil grievances. Not unlike President MahindaRajapaksa, Devanandahas his pulse on the people unlike the TNA […]

The final hours: 5 Years On – The White Flags

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

This is the story of the killing or disappearance of several groups of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who surrendered to the Sri Lankan army on or about 18 May 2009 at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. They were told by the government if they carried a while flag they would be safe crossing the frontline. But when they surrendered it became apparent they had been lured into a trap.Several were executed in cold blood – others have never been seen since. The surrender of the political leaders of the LTTE – Pulidevan and Nadesan – is commonly known as “the white flag incident”. It involved approximately twelve people surrendering, including the leaders. Photographs of their dead bodies later appeared. There […]

Sooka reveals new evidence relating to ‘white flag’ incident

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

International Truth & Justice Project, Sri Lanka New evidence on the “white flag” surrenders by members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and their families at the end of the civil war requires an independent international investigation, says human rights lawyer Yasmin Sooka, who has served as an expert adviser on Sri Lanka to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “An analysis of the available evidence points to an organised government plan at the highest level not to accept the surrender of the top civilian, administrative and political leadership of the LTTE – but rather to execute them, in violation of international humanitarian law,” says Ms Sooka. The report by the International Truth & Justice Project, can be viewed online atwww.white-flags.org . The report collates […]

Sri Lanka: Comply with Rights Council Investigation

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Comply with Rights Council Investigation RELATED MATERIALS: Wikileaks and US frustrations in Sri Lanka DECEMBER 16, 2010 Commentary Sri Lanka: Asset Freeze Threatens Peaceful Dissent APRIL 7, 2014 Press release The Sri Lankan government denounced the Human Rights Council resolution, yet for five long years it has failed to act on its promises to investigate and bring to justice wartime atrocities. The government should finally accept the council’s vote and assist the investigation, which represents the best hope yet for victims awaiting justice. Brad Adams, Asia director (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should comply with the March 2014 United Nations Human Rights Council resolution creating an international investigation into allegations of serious abuses by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, Human Rights […]

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