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America fears alienation of Tamils

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The continuing centralization of development and political activities by the Sri Lankan Government may further alienate ethnic and religious minority communities — including Muslims, Christians, and Hindus — and fuel expanding fears over the governments commitment to equal political rights and civil liberties, the U.S Government has said. The US noted that while it has been five years since the end of Sri Lankas 26 year civil war, circumstances are more challenging than they were a year ago. Although Northern Provincial Council elections were held in September 2013, there has been little movement on reconciliation or accountability by the Government of Sri Lanka, the U.S Government has said in a report to Congress. “Indeed, the positions of many in the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamil populations […]

Papal visit to ‘bless’ genocidal Sri Lanka next year

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Papal visit to ‘bless’ genocidal Sri Lanka next year While the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosting Rajapaksa to his swearing-in on Monday has enraged Tamils, Pope Francis on the same day has announced to media about his visit to Sri Lanka, the very State of which is accused of genocide, on-going genocide, and has been rejected by Eezham Tamils since 1972. The Papal visit would give recognition to the genocidal State, blunting the calls for genocide investigation, and for that matter any international investigation at all against the State and the Rajapaksa regime, Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island commented. The Pope’s announcement has been received with delight, reported Asian Catholic News Source, UCA News, with a cliché, “Sri Lanka’s ‘great joy’ […]

Look at the positives side not the discrimination of the Tamil community by us

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda says critics should look at the positives in Sri Lanka following the end of the war and not just look at the non implementation of the 13+ political package he promised before the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Army in May 2009. The Tamil community has been cheated and discriminated by the sucessive Sinhala governments for 60 years since the independence received from British rule.  The Tamil youth took arms after their political leaders failed to stop the discriminations by the Sinhala leaders who played the race card to stay in power. The President recalled that Sri Lanka suffered during the brutal war but is now on the fast track of development but he refused to talk about the […]

North CM, Aussie envoy hold talks

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had talks with the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ms Robyn Mudie in Jaffna today. The Australian High Commissioner was in Jaffna on a visit when she met Wigneswaran to discuss the latest developments in the North. A wide range of issues were discussed but the details were not immediately made available to the media. Australia has been a strong critic of attempts to launch an international investigation in the country over the human rights issue. However recently the Australian Government had said it will push Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to engage with domestic and international stakeholders to advance an effective and transparent reconciliation agenda. Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to […]

The Return Of India: New Realities For The Govt & The TNA

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Something happened. Things just changed. Unnoticed by the Sri Lanka’s cosmopolitan civil society intelligentsia which was engaged in “much wailing and gnashing of teeth” (as the Bible has it), and “how many angels can dance on a pinhead” type disputations (convoluted and obfuscatory, with much lost in translation), the tectonic plates just shifted. The five post-war years were largely wasted because the South and North, the Sinhalese and Tamil political elites represented by the Government and the TNA adopted political postures that were exceedingly unrealistic but did not appear to be so. The mutual and shared unrealism was possible because of one factor and that factor has just changed; it no longer exists. Thus in an overarching,  parabolic, strategic sense the worst may be over, though in […]

Media Not Allowed To Cover Sumanthiran Cross-Examining Gotabaya

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Tuesday prevented media from covering the court proceedings when the President’s brother, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapakasa was cross-examined by Lawyer MA Sumanthiran. Yesterday, the defamation case filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa against Lasantha Wickrematunge and the Sunday Leader on its reporting on MiG 27 purchase by the Defence Ministry was taken up at the District Court of Mt. Lavinia before Judge Gihan Ranawaka. Earlier Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave evidence-in-chief on the 22nd of May. The Cross Examination was started on the 27th May by Lawyer MA Sumanthiren. In a strange twist the Police debarred media personnel from entering the Courts to cover the proceedings. On earlier occasions it was evident that an entire media entourage was encouraged and prosecution Counsel Ali Sabri PC was seen and quite openly giving […]

Malaysian police just act when they receive information from Sri Lanka

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Penang Deputy CM Ii Challenges Igp To Proof Arrested Foreigners ‘Tamil Tigers’ GEORGE TOWN, May 27 (Bernama) — Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy today challenged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to show proof that the three Sri Lankan nationals arrested recently were Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants.He said the LTTE had long been disbanded and the arrested Sri Lankan nationals held cards issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to stay in this country without action being taken against them by the authorities.“How can he (Khalid) say that the LTTE exists? The Malaysian police do not conduct any study. They just act when they receive information from Sri Lanka … these people […]

Wife of a Sri Lankan elected 2nd time to European parliament

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Wife of a Sri Lankan elected 2nd time to European parliament Wife of a Sri Lankan has reelected for the next five years  to the European Parliament yesterday (25). She is Babara Lochbielar and wife of the well-known writer Ranjith Henayakaarchchi. Babara contested form the Green party and elected for the second time to the European parliament.  She has a wide experience as a senior officer with more than 10 years experience in Human Rights field works for Amnestey internation in Germany. During her last 5 years as the chief of human Rights unit in the European parliament safeguard human rights in the large number of countries including Myanmar and Arab. We congratulate Babara to strengthen and uplift Human Rights in suppressed countries.

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 […]

Sri Lankan asylum seekers wrongly expelled

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Federal Migration Office has come under fire for wrongly rejecting asylum applications from two Sri Lankans who were arrested on their return to their home country and are still in prison. Following reevaluation, deportations are to resume. A report released on Monday referred to a series of blunders resulting from “systemic conditions”, which led to the wrong decision being made in 2011. An external investigation into the matter was ordered after the Federal Administrative Court found the asylum applications to be valid, but only after the two men had been deported. The Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights and the United Nations Refugee Agency, which conducted the investigation, found that the asylum application assessments had not been thorough enough. The errors were exacerbated […]

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 […]

Resolution in US Congress to punish Lanka’s war criminals

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A resolution received by the Congress in Washington DC last Monday calls upon the Obama administration to “place restrictions on the entry to the United States for anyone it identified as responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Sri Lanka. The timing of this strongly worded resolution is significant. Firstly, it comes with barely a week to go for UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s announcement on who will serve in an international investigation of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. She will also spell out the terms of reference of the process that will be backed by a team of advisors and experts. Second is that the resolution has also been referred to the two important arms of the US Congress […]

Modi, Mahinda, And More…

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, has set a healthy precedent for all of South Asia to follow by inviting all neighbourhood leaders for his inauguration, including Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka’s President should be more than willing to accept the invitation. In doing so, President Rajapaksa could be expected to wave away reservations, if any, from within, citing Modi’s outgoing Congress predecessor, Manmohan Singh, boycotting CHOGM last year, after raising hopes and controversies through the long run-up. If it came to that, he can be expected to silence those critics by pointing to the unprecedented new regional initiative, which the Sri Lankan Government has been pressing even for addressing domestic concerns like the ‘ethnic issue’ in the country. In […]

Losing The Peace: Why The LLRC Report Is Not Implemented

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Five years after the thirty years war we are in a time of transition to a termination. It can go either way: tenuous equilibrium and a modus vivendi or a bloody tragedy as finale. The foreseeable future of Sri Lanka will depend on the Mahinda-Modi equation. There are at least two broad scenarios. Scenario I: Soft Landing The Sinhala/Southern Establishment seizes the opening provided by an incoming Modi administration with a shared or compatible ideological morphology, comprehends that a strategic rapprochement with Delhi represents the last chance of stopping an externally driven or backed separation of the North and East, and pays the minimum price for such a rapprochement in the form of the full implementation of the 13th amendment within […]

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 […]

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