Hatton National Bank suspends Tamil Employees for commemorating their relatives killed by Army.

26th May 2018 // 0 Comments

A boycott campaign has taken off in the North-East with customers of Sri Lanka’s Hatton National Bank (HNB) closing their accounts, after the bank suspended two employees at its Kilinochchi branch for holding a remembrance event on May 18. Across various social media platforms, customers of the bank have been posting letters they have written to their branch managers requesting their account be closed after the incident was reported earlier this week. “Your decision… shows your dominant attitude against innocent Tamil people,” read one letter written in English. “The whole world knows that our people were killed in thousands.” Last week, staff at the Kilinochchi branch held a remembrance event on May 18 to remember the tens of thousands massacred by Sri Lankan state forces […]

Features Opinion Palaka’ni Photo Features TN Transcription Web feeds Feedback About us Genocide Remembrance evolves into logical uprising embracing emotions of people

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Genocide Remembrance evolves into logical uprising embracing emotions of people [Fri, 18 May 2018, 23:09 GMT] Eezham Tamils in the island and the Tamil Diaspora marked 9th Mu’l’livaaykkaal Tamil Genocide Day with an ever-increasing emotional and logical uprising on Friday. While the people on the ground paid tribute, expressed their collective trauma, the younger generation contributed to safeguarding the collective memorialisation from the electoral politics of genocidal Sri Lanka paving the way for logical thinking taking precedence over rhetorics. Justice C. V. Wigneswaran has come with a diplomatically well-crafted speech, raising pertinent questions to the world humanity as well as to the Tamils. His message to the so-called International Community was finding ways without delay for direct engagement with Eezham Tamils cutting the Colombo red […]

Gota should appear in Court, if not guilty – Mangala

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Why is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa spending millions on lawyers to get injunction order to prevent his arrest? asked Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday. “If he is not guilty, he should appear in court,” he added. Responding to remarks made by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that the former was scared of him, Minister Samaraweera said, “Yes I am and it is not only ‘I but many in this country are. I personally know what he is capable of”. Addressing a media briefing at his Ministry yesterday, the minister read the list of cases in court the former Defence Secretary is suspected to have been involved in. He read: According to Police reports, Rajapaksa is suspected to have intervened in: The alleged facilitation of an irregular diplomatic […]

Mullivaikal Commemoration: “Let Us Move Forward Together To Reach Our Political Objectives” – Chief Minister Wigneswaran

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Let us not continue to be pawns in the hands of scheming individuals or institutions. Let us agitate in a systematic, organized way for Justice for our affected people. Let us move forward together to reach our political objectives. I make this request of you on this emotive day.  C.V. Wigneswaran Let us identify ourselves as a determinable group of people, the Tamil People, who were subjected to genocide in this 21st century where human civilization has reached great heights. By C.V. Wigneswaran – Mullivaikal Commemorative Programme 18.05.2009 – 18.05.2018 – Remembering the dead during the conclusion of the war at Mullivaikal, Meeting at 11am at Mullivaikal on 18.05.2018 My beloved people! This is the fourth Mullivaikal Commemoration organized by us.  Even though we have not been able to seek justice for […]

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils*

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils*  Francis Anthony Boyle Professor of International Law University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign Second International Conference on Tamil Nationhood and Genocide in Sri Lanka Ottawa, Canada 5-7 May 2018 The Sinhala-Buddhist Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has inflicted outright genocide against the Eelam Tamils in flagrant violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention to which it is a contracting party. For this reason the Eelam Tamils are entitled to an independent state of their own in order to protect themselves from annihilation by and as reparation for the genocide that has been inflicted upon them by the GOSL. Article I of the Genocide Convention requires all contracting parties “to prevent and to punish […]

Mullivaikkal remembrance week commences

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mullivaikkal remembrance events commenced with the lighting of flames in Chemmani and Mirusuvil in Jaffna, Uyilankulam in Mannar, and Mulankavil, to mark the first day of the remembrance week in the North and East. The commemorations were attended by former Jaffna University Vice Chancellor, Prof. S. Mohanadas, Provincial Councillors, local government and civil society representatives. The commemorative events will take place across the North and East in the run up to 18 May. The Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution last week marking 18 May as a day of mourning for Tamils, in memory of those killed during the final phase of the separatist war. The resolution was brought by NPC member Ananthi Sasitharan, during the NPC’s 122nd session last Wednesday, and was seconded […]

Sri Lanka: Abduction Island – The conflict is now over, but …

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Abduction Island | Human Rights | Al Jazeera…/05/sri-lanka-abduction-island-180510041107399.html  1 day ago – Once a weapon of war, abductions are still happening in Sri Lanka. Is there justice for the nation’s disappeared? Sri Lanka: Abduction island | 101 East – YouTube ▶ 26:01 23 hours ago – Uploaded by Al Jazeera English Sri Lanka has used abductions as a way to instil fear since the days of civil war. The conflict is now over, but …

Seven Nigerian confidence tricksters arrested in Sri Lanka

8th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Seven Nigerians have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for cheating Sri Lankans out of large sums of money. The CID had arrested the group on Friday (May 4) in the Hikkaduwa police area, a senior police spokesperson told The Island. Sri Lankans had parted with large amounts of money with one woman losing Rs. 9 mn to a Nigerian conman. The Nigerians had got in touch with Sri Lankans through the Internet, offered them valuable gifts such as gold jewellery, diamonds etc. The official said that the gullible Sri Lankans had subsequently opened bank accounts under their names and handed them over to the Nigerians along with debit cards. The Nigerians had basically enticed Sri Lankans to deposit large […]

US, UK, Canada, Norway, India and the TNA saved PM Ranil

12th April 2018 // 0 Comments

by Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA So now we know. We know the truth about the no-confidence motion and what happened behind the scenes. We know that the no-faith move could have succeeded. We know who decided to save Ranil. We know why. We know which foreign powers encouraged and backed that operation to rescue him. We know what Ranil signed—yes, actually SIGNED in reciprocity. We know the role Mangala played. We know what to expect in the coming weeks and months. We also know the plan behind the new Constitution. We know all this thanks to an in-depth piece of extended political reportage by DBS Jeyaraj, one of the most eminent Sri Lankan journalists and certainly the most authoritative analyst of Tamil affairs as well as […]

World-wide Campaign Launched Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Dignitaries Joining Event in Canada: TGTE

12th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Referendum is for Tamils to decide their political destiny through peaceful and democratic means to find a permanent solution TORONTO , CANADA , April 10, 2018 / — World-wide campaign calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka to decide their political destiny through peaceful and democratic means to find a permanent solution is to be launched in Canada on April 15th by Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Several renowned international dignitaries, including Adrianus (Ad) Melkert, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Dutch cabinet minister are joining the event titled “Yes to Referendum”. This launch will be followed by several actions and conferences in different countries, highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils’ political destiny thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted […]

Sri Lanka’s debt burden is higher than Ethiopia, Uganda & Ghana

12th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s government revenue as a share of GDP is lower than many peers, while the government debt-to-GDP ratio is much higher, Moody’s Investors Service said in a statement. Debt-to-GDP ratio in Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana among other countries is lower than Sri Lanka even though revenue-to-GDP ratio in these countries higher than Sri Lanka. Moody’s Investors Service said Sri Lanka’s very large debt burden and weak debt affordability weighing on country’s sovereign credit profile. Moody’s Investors Service, however, said new Inland Revenue Act which took effect on 1 April, will rationalize the existing income tax structure and help broaden the income tax base by removing exemptions, a credit positive. The government expects the removal of tax exemptions and the introduction of new taxes, including […]

EU Parliamentarians meet Sampanthan

6th April 2018 // 0 Comments

A six-member European Union (EU) Parliamentary group met Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan at his office in Parliament yesterday. He, briefing the delegation on the present political situation in the country and pointed out that compared to the previous regime, the present regime was conducive to minorities. However, Sampanthan, urging the support of the International Community from the delegation, mentioned that the present regime has to go a long way to fulfil the political aspirations of Tamils and solve their humanitarian issues in the North and East. He also outlined the delays in implementing the Geneva Resolution which was co-sponsored by the Lankan Government, addressing the issue of Tamil PTA detainees and the issue of missing persons. The investigations into alleged war crimes were also brought […]

It is hilarious to claim Donald Trump has tightened the HR conditions on Lanka!

4th April 2018 // 0 Comments

It is vitally necessary to understand the role of UNHRC in the modern global context. There is a tendency among the young left oriented atavists to classify every international institute, formed under the influence of UN, as reactionary and a new instrument of exploitation. In their analysis, the factor of international labour and its intervention is not taken into consideration. It is futile to classify UNHRC and other international organisations as instruments of global capital and imperialism, and neglect the power of organised labour however conservative it appears. In the modern world side by side of global capital, international labour plays a massive role in the fight for human rights and other social rights. On the other hand, it is hilarious to claim Donald Trump […]

UNHRC Cannot Rely On Sri Lanka To Prosecute Its Armed Forces

3rd April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – As the search for justice for victims of the Tamil genocide continues. – While the application of ‘universal jurisdiction’ by individual states to prosecute war criminals must be pursued rigorously, the way forward for member states of the UN Human Rights Council is to lobby the UN Security Council for an ICC referral or for the  establishment of an international special criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka. UNHRC’s Prolonged Reliance on Sri Lanka to Prosecute Its Army Cannot be Sustained: The 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council ended with no firm action taken against Sri Lanka, despite its continued failure to establish a hybrid court – member states missing the opportunity yet again to apply the necessary pressure […]


3rd April 2018 // 0 Comments

A reputed Tamil Canadian lawyer, human rights activist and currently Member of Parliament representing his constituency Scarborough, Toronto in the House of Commons, Gary Anandasangaree speaks to Ceylon Today on the lack of interest shown by the Sri Lankan Government in implementing the UN resolution and constitutional reforms. “Inaction by the Government to form a mechanism to address this issue, and in absence of anything happening, this is what the government should be expecting. This sort of thing will be escalating from outside within the international community. It is expected to derive its own justice and ultimately someone is going to get caught under Universal Jurisdiction if Sri Lanka fails to act.” The unity government is today at a crossroads with its own share of […]

After Lanka’s diplomatic battle, EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

1st April 2018 // 0 Comments

The Council of the European Union has relisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation. The decision came into effect on March 21, 2018, continuing the “specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism”. The LTTE is among 20 organisations named. The relisting is the result of a protracted diplomatic battle that involved Sri Lanka’s mission in Brussels, where the EU has its headquarters. The President, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Defence were involved in the diplomatic move, sources said. The LTTE was first listed as a terrorist movement in 2006 and has remained on the list ever since. But, while the LTTE did not challenge its […]

UNHRC presents two tough choices to Sri Lanka

26th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The warning from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is simple and stark. Institute “a special court to check on the alleged war crimes or face universal jurisdiction.” The terse warning issued in Geneva at the periodic review of progress with regard to alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka means that this country has to begin a legal process of trying people who are alleged to have committed war crimes during the separatist war or open the country’s people to arrest and prosecution in other countries. How it works is like this. If a Sri Lankan, who has been involved in the war as a military officer or a politician, can be arrested and tried in a country that […]

US to keep Sri Lanka on HR agenda beyond March 2019

25th March 2018 // 0 Comments

The United States is to keep Sri Lanka on the human rights agenda beyond March 2019, sources told the Colombo Gazette.  Alice G. Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the US State Department has told a Tamil National Alliance and Global Tamil Forum delegation last week that the US will look to keep Sri Lanka on the agenda after next March, the Colombo Gazette learns. The move comes after the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) last week expressed “much regret” over the slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka. Kate Gilmore, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council last week that in the absence […]

Sri Lanka: continued Human Rights Council scrutiny needed until justice commitments met in full

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

In this Council, we often talk about the importance of implementation. We can pass all the resolutions we like, but none of it matters if it doesn’t translate into actual progress for people on the ground. Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1 in October 2015 represented a moment of hope, of opportunity, the prospect of justice and accountability for the tens of thousands of victims of the country’s brutal civil war. In that resolution, Sri Lanka pledged to set up four transitional justice mechanisms to promote “justice, reconciliation and human rights” in the country. These included an accountability mechanism involving international judges, prosecutors, and investigators; a truth and reconciliation mechanism; an office of missing persons; and an office for reparations. Thus far only the Office […]

Mahinda or Ranil as the PM?

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

As indicated in these pages previously, after a lull of several weeks when the country was pre-occupied with the ethnic unrest in the Central Province and Ampara and curfews and a State of Emergency was clamped down in a bid to quell the violence, it is now back to ‘politics as usual’. The focus has again reverted to the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that is being sponsored primarily by the Joint Opposition (JO) but now has the active backing of certain stalwarts of the mainstream Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) who are also seeking the endorsement of President Maithripala Sirisena. Moves to oust Prime Minister Wickremesinghe began soon after the results of the February 10 local government elections were announced. It […]

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