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How the BJP victory could affect Indo – Sri Lankan relations?

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Make Rajapaksa deliver on promises he made’ The Tamil political leadership of Sri Lanka has welcomed the new regime in India, expressing hope that the Narendra Modi-led government will pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to the country’s Tamils. Congratulating the Prime Minister-elect for the “historic win”, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran said the Tamil people of Sri Lanka hoped that his government would be actively engaged with the country, helping them achieve a lasting political solution. “We wish to congratulate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a very good showing in the State. We look forward to her continued support,” Mr. Sumanthiran said. The Tamil political leadership in Sri Lanka believes it is Ms. Jayalalithaa who has […]

Tamils prevented from remembering 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Army in Sri Lanka

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 SL police disrupts elected councillors from conducting Mu’l’livaaykkaal Remembrance The TNA accuses the Army and the police of having prevented a function it had organized in front of the northern provincial council building at Kaithady in Jaffna this afternoon to remember the 40,000 Tamil civilians who were killed by Sri Lankan Army in month of May 2009. NCP provincilor M.K. Sivajilingam said the military had previously barred the TNA from holding the function at Vellamullivaikkal in Mullaitivu. He said he and his colleague councillor Anandi Shashiharan, widow of LTTE’s political leader for Trincomalee S. Elilan, had been prevented from entering the NCP building. Councillor Shashiharan said it was unfair not even a lamp was allowed to be lit in remembrance of the dead civilians. The […]

Can President Mahinda fool Indian PM Modi as he did with Singh?

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Tamil people in SriLanka believe new Indian government will pay much more interest to grant political solution in SriLanka. ”We believe Indian government will follow healthy stance against SriLanka”, Tamil PM Wigneswaran said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha managed to fool Manmohan singh by promising to implement the 13+ political package to solve the Tamils problem if he is allowed to kill the LTTE and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. So the Indian government allowed the Sri Lankan Army to kill the Tamil Civilians in thousands and they used their influence to block the western leaders from stopping the killing of Tamils. But  five years have passed since the killing of the Tamil Civilians in thousands but the promised 13+ political package […]

Sonia’s Congress party is dead in Tamil Nadu and will never come back under Sonia’s leadership.

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The leaders of India’s defeated Congress party, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, admitted personal responsibility on Friday for the disastrous election results which came after 10 years in power. Preliminary results at the end of the marathon six-week election showed the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi on track for the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years. The leftist Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence, mostly with a member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty at its head. The famous bloodline has provided three prime ministers. Sonia’s Congress helped Sri Lankan Army kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Month of May 2009. Hence her congress was seen as ‘the Mahinda devils Italian friend’s’ party Congress and its alliance in […]

Sri Lankan Sinhala war anniversary celebration of killing more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009 reopens trauma

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mullivaikkal – Sri Lanka’s government plans military parades this weekend to celebrate five years since its civil war victory. But the anniversary will go largely unmarked in Mullivaikkal village, where many are too scared to speak of what happened.The northern village was where Tamil Tiger rebels fought their last stand after 37 years of war, and residents live in fear of the hundreds of soldiers still stationed in the district.“This is the area where the most number of people were killed,” said fisherman Anthony Nirmalakanthan, aged 31, who returned two years ago to the hamlet on a narrow strip of sand which was shelled in 2009 as government forces moved in.“The war has ended, but we don’t have peace of mind… the talk of the […]

Election Results 2014: Jayalalithaa Has a Whopping 37 of 39 Seats That Narendra Modi Does Not Need

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: Tamil Nadu has been an absolute walk-over for Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister.  Leads show her party, the AIADMK, will get 36 of the state’s 39 parliamentary seats, giving her the biggest chunk of the Lok Sabha after the BJP and the Congress.Jayalalithaa had said yesterday that she “will wait for the results” to decide whether to ally with the BJP, which is headed for a decisive majority with its existing partners in the National Democratic Alliance. (BJP+ Set for More Than 300 Seats, Congress Admits Defeat)Today, she said, “I wish the new Prime Minister well” and stressed  that her own party’s result is  “historic, unparalleled in history” because it has swept the state without an ally.With the BJP’s national coalition poised to cross the 300-seat mark […]

Rajapaksa Congratulates Modi, Invites Him on State Visit

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Khurshid says ties with Lanka solid Outgoing Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says India’s relations with Sri Lanka have not been affected under the Congress Government (which helped the Sri Lankan government kill the more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians). Speaking to the Indo Asian News Service (IANS) before the opposition BJP won the elections today, Khurshid said that while the issue of accountability on the war in Sri Lanka remains to be addressed, it will take time. Rajapaksa Congratulates Modi, Invites Him on State Visit COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today congratulated Narendra Modi on his party’s massive victory in the Indian general election and invited him on a state visit. Rajapaksa telephoned Modi to congratulate him on his resounding victory and extended an invitation to […]

The Future Of The Tamils And The Challenge For The Tamil Diaspora

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Brian Senewiratne –   This dual title has a reason. When I was first asked (3 April 2014) by theTamil Writers Guild (of which I was a member) whether I would come and deliver the 2014 C.J.T. Thamoderam Memorial Lecture, I was asked to speak on the first of these. When I found that it was physically unsafe for me to do so because of the long reach of the murderous Rajapaksa regime, I was asked to send a 12 minute recording on the second of these titles. I will try and deal with both. Let me sum up each one in a sentence. The Tamils have no future under the Totalitarian virulently chauvinistic regime that now runs Sri Lanka. Those who think otherwise are not on the […]

Post Colonial Era And Bifurcations Of Countries, Is Sri Lanka An Exception?

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By G K Nathan – The fifth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s military victory against Tamil Tigers on 18 May 2009 will be celebrated by Sinhala Nation, but the Tamil Nation worldwide will commemorate the loss of loved ones and demanding equal rights between Nations, which demonstrates the country remains divided and Sinhala-Tamil conflict remains unresolved. At the end of military conflict, there was a golden opportunity to resolve the long standing conflict by establishing accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity and to bring reconciliation between the divided peoples. Sri Lanka, has failed to pay heed to the international call for accountability and reconciliation, which would have brought peoples together, but continuing to have grand plans to celebrate the military victory, at the same time, rights to […]

Canada to boycott Victory Day parade – ‘Such events won’t help post-war reconciliation’

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Canadian High Commissioner Shelley Whiting yesterday said that her country wouldn’t be represented at the Victory Day parade in Matara on Sunday (May 18). The Canadian envoy said that the annual military parade wouldn’t help post-war national reconciliation, therefore she wouldn’t accept the government invitation. The following is the text of a statement issued by High Commissioner Whiting toThe Island yesterday: “As in past years, heads of mission resident in Sri Lanka have recently received invitations to participate in this year’s Victory Parade scheduled to be held in Matara on May 18. As Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, part of my role includes celebrating the successes of the country alongside the Sri Lankan people. However, I will not be attending the Victory Day Parade on […]

90,000 Tamil’s still internally displaced

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Five years after the war, Sri Lanka’s level of internal displacement is estimated to be around 90,000 persons, according to the Annual Global Review of the Norway based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).  Based on data gathered from January to December 2013, the IDMC’s latest assessment has recorded up to 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka by end 2013. It also records that over 480,000 IDPs have returned to the Northern and Eastern Provinces – after the war end– though specific measures were considered necessary to facilitate the returnees.  The report released on 14 May, further records that the State occupation of land prevented the return of at least 30,000 IDPs living in protracted displacement during the assessment year (2013). It noted that out… …of […]

Sri Lanka: Torn between yesterday and tomorrow

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The civil war in Sri Lanka, which lasted for more than 25 years and claimed over 100,000 lives, ended in 2009. But as things stand today, the country is still bitterly divided and the reconciliation efforts falter. In May 2009, the Sri Lankan army captured the last of the areas controlled by the militant separatist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. On May 18, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared that the civil war, which claimed the lives of some 100,000 people, had finally ended. According to the United Nations, some 40,000 people died in the last months of the war. International aid agencies reported that around 280,000 people – mostly belonging to the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern regions – […]

Attitudinal change necessary to give momentum to the Provincial councils

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka on the threshold of change needs an overhaul of the entire democratic process and good governance. The three decade old war is over and expectations have been raised for a more tranquil future. People are looking forward to a life enriched by greater equity in society, guided by enlightened leadership, with emphasis on fairness in governance, quality education, health and reasonably habitable housing along with accelerated progress in arts and culture and sports. The South has effectively put to rest the crisis filled years of the Southern Youth challenge to the State. Since then the movement has embraced ( been permitted to) democracy with a healthy respect for parliamentary traditions and human rights. At this moment in history the country needs enlightened leadership, […]

Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Question by Shadow Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140513/text/140513w0001.htm#14051391000018> Commonwealth Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will convene a special session of Commonwealth representatives to discuss the suitability of President Rajapaksa as Chairperson in Office. [197767] Mr Hague: Any decision on the Chair-in-Office role is for all Commonwealth Heads of Government to take by consensus, and we have no plans to convene a session on this. On 27 March 2014, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution which establishes an international investigation, and calls on the Sri Lankan Government to make progress on human rights and reconciliation. We encourage the Sri Lankan Government to co-operate with the resolution […]

More UK support for UN peacekeeping – do you agree?

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Call for more UK support for UN peacekeeping I am writing as Executive Director of UNA-UK to ask you to join us in calling for greater UK engagement with UN peacekeeping. Click here to show your support UN peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools at the international community’s disposal. For over six decades, UN peacekeepers have supported peace processes, protected civilians and helped people around the world to rebuild their lives. The UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy acknowledges the important role of UN peacekeeping operations in stabilising fragile situations, at a lower cost than coalition missions and without the need for direct UK military intervention. But while the UK continues to support UN peacekeeping financially and through its Security Council seat, it has significantly reduced […]

SAY NO TO SRI LANKA: LONDON CONFERENCE ON BOYCOTT

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

SAY NO TO SRI LANKA: LONDON CONFERENCE ON BOYCOTT, DIVEST & SANCTION AGAINST SRI LANKA : TGTE  Joined by Several International Scholars & Activists: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 14, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is organizing an International conference in London on May 17th, to plan strategy to boycott, divest and sanction against Sri Lanka’s political & military leaders and against Sri Lanka itself. This conference is taking place during TGTE’s week of mourning to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the mass killings in the final months of the war in 2009, which resulted in tens of thousands of innocent Tamils killed and Tamil women raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. What: Say No […]

Sri Lankan President set NOT to attend Glasgow 2014 after fears of Protest by Tamils

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A potentially harmful diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014 is likely to be avoided due to the fact Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not planning to attend the Commonwealth Games this summer, insidethegames has learned.  This comes after two letters were sent to British Foreign Secretary William Hague voicing concerns the presence of the controversial leader would mean the Games are overshadowed by questions relating to genocide and human rights abuse.  The first was sent by Hague’s opposition counterpart in the Labour Party, shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander last Friday (May 9), demanding to know exactly how the Government plans to ensure the event is not hit by controversy. It cites how police have already warned there could be protests on the streets of Glasgow if he does attend, before […]

TGTE to go ahead with events in UK

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain has not imposed any ban on events organized by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) over the weekend despite the Government claiming it had sent evidence against organizations proscribed recently under a UN Security council resolution, including the TGTE. The TGTE, in a press statement today, reconfirmed that it will be hosting the “Say No to Sri Lanka” international Conference on May 17th in London, to formulate innovative political and legal strategies for boycott, divestment, and targeted sanctions against Sri Lankan political and military leaders and sanction against Sri Lanka itself. TGTE said it will also be hosting a special exhibition from May 12-16 in front of the British Parliament in London to highlight mass killings and Genocide of Tamils. TGTE leader V. […]

I WAS TORTURED IN SRI LANKA FOR HARBOURING TAMILS

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Last week, the Australian government decided not to co-sponsor a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government praised its “bold” decision, and defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa posed for a celebratory shot with Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison as the former handed the latter a premium box of Dilmah tea. The deal – which is essentially the Australian government turning a blind-eye to the torture of Sri Lankan citizens, among other abuses – has been criticised as placing Australia “on the same team as China, Russia and the Congo in opposing the investigation”. The agreement is apparently based on the excellent relations between the two countries, which – of course – doesn’t justify it in any shape or form. The news comes a few […]

Should Sri Lanka panic about international war crimes prosecutions yet?

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

BY NAYANTHA WIJESUNDARA   LL.M (Colombo); Ph.D in Conflict and Peace Studies (Colombo); LL.B (London); Attorney-at-Law  I have observed with amazement the current discourse in Sri Lanka about the possibility of an international war crimes prosecution with regard to the Sri Lankan war. The discourse is largely incomplete, biased and often misleading. Hence, I felt it opportune to write a succinct piece on this issue just to put the matter into perspective for the layman who has no expertise on the workings of international criminal justice. I will not discuss whether the Sri Lankan war requires dissection before the international criminal justice system as that is an evaluation of the merits of the matter which falls beyond the scope of this modest piece of writing.  Is it possible that the […]

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