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Suspend Sri Lanka from Commonwealth Until it Fully Implements UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1: TGTE

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Failing, Sri Lanka should be referred to ICC & and a Referendum for Tamils to decide their future destiny, to ensure a peaceful, permanent political solution. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , April 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth, until the Government fully implements the recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council Resolution L 30/1 (due by March 2019). Failing this, Sri Lanka should …..Read More…

Some in the JO used good governance to cover up their wrongs – Ravi

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Deputy leader of the UNP Ravi Karunanayake says some in the joint opposition hid behind good governance to cover up their fraud and corruption. He made the comment in response to questions raised by the media after a sports equipment distribution at the UNP’s Thotalanga office yesterday (18), also attended by the party’s councilors in the Colombo municipal council. The corrupt that infiltrated the government caused inconveniences to the UNP ministers too, he charged. Therefore, the government had to focus on its internal disputes, rather than on serving the public. He pointed out that the no-confidence motion against the prime minister availed an opportunity to identify the SLFP conspirators who sabotaged the government. Admitting mistakes by both parties in the government, he stressed that the […]

SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail An unidentified operative with alleged paramilitary background violently threatened the mothers of enforced disappeared Tamils in Mullaiththeevu on Thursday when the protesters were marking 400 days of continuous protest. The agent, armed with a knife, entered the hut of the protest around 7:00 p.m., cut the main placard, destroyed a chair and smashed the simmering stock pots. He was pointing the sword-like knife at the protesters and demanding them to “end the protest once and for all”. 47-year-old Eeswary Mariyasuresh, the chairperson of the protesters told TamilNet that the forces who want to stop their protest have resorted to deploy violence and target those who come forward to give leadership to […]

SL Government Failed to Take Step on regain the Tamil Properties from Sinhalese: CV.Vigneshwaran

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of the North East Province, C V Wigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan Government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when thousands of Tamils fled the island nation, the Times of India reported. Wigneswaran said this during an informal interaction with reporters at Old Courtallam in Tirunelveli, India after taking part in a book release function on Saturday. According to the CM, Tamils who chose to live in Sri Lanka despite the ethnic crisis had been facing serious problems from the Sinhalese. He claimed that thousands of properties of Tamils had been encroached upon by Sinhalese as their owners had left behind […]

A ‘No-Confidence Motion’, Or What It Means To Have ‘No Faith’

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Roel Raymond Hot on the heels of the ‘no-confidence’, or ‘no-faith’ motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month, the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO), the largest opposition group in Parliament, is in talksto bring a no-confidence motion against Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, on charges he sided with the government during the  no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister. The JO is of the opinion that as the leader of the Opposition in the government, Sampanthan is duty bound to vote against the government. A final decision on if it would bring a no-confidence motion would be made after Parliament reconvenes on May 8, having been prorogued by the President on April 13. Meanwhile, Sampanthan made it clear in Trincomalee this week, he was prepared […]

If Constitution process stalled, Sampanthan’s Opp. leadership meaningless: Mano

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

If new Constitution process was stalled permanently, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP R. Sampanthan’s holding of Opposition leader’s post would be meaningless, Minister Mano Ganesan said today. He said in a tweet that the issue between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had put the Constitutional process to back seat. “Not the issue of the UNP and the SLFP but the new constitution as solution to national issue topped Sampanthan’s priority list. If new Constitution process is stalled permanently, Sampanthan’s holding of Leader of Opposition would be meaningless,” he tweeted. He said it was sad to notice that the Sinhala nation had failed to understand and respect Sampanthan’s message of ‘dropping Eelam State and coming into Sri Lankan State […]

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Apologises to Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian of “The Week” for Patting Her Cheek at a Press Conference.

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Apologises to Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian of “The Week” for Patting Her Cheek at a Press Conference. In the wake of criticism of his action of patting a woman journalist’s cheek after she posed a query at a recent press conference, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has said it was an “act of appreciation Continue reading ‘Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Apologises to Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian of “The Week” for Patting Her Cheek at a Press Conference.’ » Don’t know the accused woman, says Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal … https://www.firstpost.com/…/dont-know-the-woman-says-tamil-nadu-governor-banwa… 55 mins ago – Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit said that he has not even seen face of the suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, who has been arrested on charges of luring four […]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is hoping to form a new political party?

18th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is hoping to form a new political party as an alternative to the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Kachchi (ITAK) to contest the upcoming provincial council elections, a source close to him said yesterday. He contested the 2013 elections under the banner of the ITAK-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) though however, he fell out with the ITAK leaders later. The source said the chief minister would form a new party move for a broad political alliance as an alternative to the TNA to contest the elections. The TNA leaders are on record saying the TNA would not nominate Mr. Wigneswaran. When asked about the latest political development, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Leader Suresh Premachandran said the chief minister had […]

Rajapaksa who amended the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times now backs end to Executive Presidency because he can never be reelected

18th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected twice as President, Under executive presidency, head of the state possesses all relevant executive powers. In 2010, he adopted an amendment to the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times. Mr. Sirisena’s present government restored the two-term limit in 2015 through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Hence Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is constitutionally barred from contesting again to become President, has opted to support a proposal to abolish the executive presidency. Bandula Gunawardena, chairperson of Mr. Rajapaksa’s ‘Joint Opposition’, told reporters on Tuesday that Mr. Rajapaksa has conveyed this to Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who has given the proposal to abolish the executive presidency. Next session on May 8 “But Parliament must […]

AFTER 9 YEARS – ONLY Half of IDPs can be resettled with latest land release

18th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s army commander warns Tamils: as we give to you, we can take back Sri Lanka’s army commander warned Tamils that the army was able to take back what it ‘granted’ to the Tamil people, whilst … parents who are gathered here today. What I ask of you as an army commander is that for your children, your siblings, the upcoming With the latest release of lands in Thelippalai recently, 50 percent of those currently in IDP centres would be able to return to their rightful lands, Commander, Security Force–Jaffna, Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi said. The Sri Lanka Army, in keeping with the government’s policy of returning lands held by the military to its rightful owners, released another 683 acres of land to 964 […]

UNHRC Cannot Rely On Sri Lanka To Prosecute Its Armed Forces – Part III

18th 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. This is part 3 of a series of articles showing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) cannot rely anymore on the Sri Lankan government to prosecute members of its armed forces and senior political leaders – those responsible for, “some of the worst crimes in the 21st century.” The way forward for member states of the […]

Fear of Rajapaksa’s return among the Tamils will work well for the government, Government will not concede anything to the Tamils in the upcoming two years.

18th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Fear of Rajapaksa’s return among the Tamils will work well for the government. Although the drift was halted to a certain degree under the new unity government, reconciliation did not take place and the communities did not come together.  ”The government was saved by the LTTE and Tamil diaspora groups” This is a racist theory and reflects the fact that we, as a nation, have not moved away from conflict paradigms.  The new unity government did not concede anything to the Tamils to the utter disappointment of the Tamil people.  No meaningful action was introduced to establish the promised truth-seeking mechanism and to investigate the alleged war crimes, largely due to the fact that they will anger Sinhala nationalist voters. They will not happen in […]

Gotha’s Leadership and possibility of Sri Lanka going the way of Pakistan to Military rule

18th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By P. Soma Palan –  P. Soma Palan I refer to Mr. Kelum Bandara’s Interview with Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa(GR), which appeared in the Daily Mirror of 10th April, prominently under large bold heading “People want Non-Traditional Politicians”. Although it covered diverse matters of interest, I was amused by his response to the question, “How would you fit into the shoes of a politician”. He answered by saying that “people want non- traditional Politicians”. His statement is reflective of his super ego to be the new Messiah to rescue the Nation; a self-claim to an uncommon, extraordinary, innovative and super-technocratic politician. Traditional and Non-Traditional Politicians GR’s reference to Non- traditional politicians obviously means that, there is a class of Traditional Politicians. But he has not stated or explained his concept of Non- Traditional or […]

Sri Lankan refugee couple is set for multi-million-pound NHS payout

16th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan refugee couple are set for multi-million-pound NHS payout after their baby suffered irreversible brain damage at birth because midwives couldn’t understand them Sinthiya Rajatheepan was not properly instructed on how to feed her new baby Her son Nilujan, eight, suffered  devastating brain damage from malnutrition  The High Court  ruled midwives at King George’s hospital failed the baby Judges will determine the level of compensation due during a later hearing  Catastrophic injuries suffered by a baby boy were the direct result of his refugee mother’s poor grasp of English, a top judge has ruled. And now the eight-year-old is in line for multi-million-pound NHS compensation because midwives were negligent in failing to tackle the language barrier. Judge Martin McKenna said medics at King George’s Hospital, London, ended up […]

Welikada Prison incident 2012 CoI recommends prosecution of 6 high-ranking officials

16th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The 2015 Committee of Inquiry which probed into the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012 has recommended that six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army be prosecuted under the Penal Code. The Committee of Inquiry into the Welikada Prison Incident – 2012 (C.I.P.I.) has recommended charging six leading figures of the previous regime, under Section 162 of the Penal Code,……which deals with public officers who disobey the directions of the law with the intent of causing injury to persons or the Government. The group includes one official who is currently under remand custody over the matter and another who is currently being investigated as he has […]

The struggle goes on…

16th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon in Kilinochchi The only certainty in their lives was uncertainty – not knowing how long they will live – as they fought someone else’s war for almost 30 years willingly or otherwise. Nine years after the end of the so-called Eelam war between the LTTE and Sri Lankan armed forces, while many things in the country have changed, from infarastructure to a comparatively peaceful environment sans bomb attacks, one thing remains unchanged for them. Once again they live in uncertainty – uncertainty for how long they will survive. It is this insecurity and fear of survival that may have led Emmanuel (44) to do something which he would have never imagined of doing even in his worst nightmare some 30 years ago. […]

Chennai Police breach Law and arrested Comrade Kovan in Trichy amid strong opposition of People

15th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Comrade Kovan, A well known revolutionary singer from People Arts and Literary Association was arrested today (14.04.2018) by the Chennai Police. Today a gang of Goons (Later they were known as un-uniformed police )  arrive at Trichy Aravaanoor in a Vehicle. They try to manhandle Kovan at his home and pull him to their vehicle without citing any reason. On seeing this incident the People of Aravaanoor protest against them. Later the Police comes in uniform and arrested Comrade Kovan without even showing the FIR. Yesterday (13.04.2018), some of the newspapers from Trichy edition states that, there were complaints raised against comrade Kovan over his song on Cauvery citing it disrupts the PM’s image. Already, when Jayalalitha was alive, Comrade Kovan was arrested for his […]

Former UN official to support calls for referendum in Sri Lanka

15th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Adrianus (Ad) Melkert, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Dutch cabinet minister is joining an event to launch a campaign calling for a referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka. This event titled “Yes to Referendum” is to be held in Canada today (April 15th).  This launch will be followed by several activities around the world, highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils’ political destiny – thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in the island. The event organised by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said that outcome of the referendum will be accepted. At the same time, the TGTE believes that due to the rigid Sinhala Buddhist ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State, only through independence can Tamils […]

Wigneswaran insists North, East Tamils support unified Sri Lanka

15th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of the North East Province, C V Wigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan Government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when thousands of Tamils fled the island nation, the Times of India reported.  Wigneswaran said this during an informal interaction with reporters at Old Courtallam in Tirunelveli, India after taking part in a book release function on Saturday. According to the CM, Tamils who chose to live in Sri Lanka despite the ethnic crisis had been facing serious problems from the Sinhalese. He claimed that thousands of properties of Tamils had been encroached upon by Sinhalese as their owners had left behind […]

UK MP says no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka

15th April 2018 // 0 Comments

A British Parliamentarian says there is no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka.  Joan Ryan, Member of Parliament for Enfield North and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils said that said that unless the culture of impunity on the island is tackled, and there is a genuine reckoning with the country’s past, Sri Lanka will be unable to lay the foundations of a sustainable peace. Joan Ryan said this in a New Year wish for the Tamils in the UK. “As you reflect upon the past twelve months and look forward to the year ahead, I know many of you will be thinking about family, friends and loved ones in Sri Lanka. I share your concern that the Sri Lankan Government has made no meaningful […]

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