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Mapping 12 years of Sri Lankan opinion

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Perspectives of Sri Lankans over the last decade or so makes for fascinating reading five years after the end of the war. This infographic is only a snapshot of the hope, frustration, changes and divides between communities in Sri Lanka since 2001. Looking at this makes us wonder what the future holds. Will cycles of hope and frustration continue? Will there be a lasting peace? Or will another war mark the beginning of a new timeline of violence? The data for this infographic was taken from the Peace Confidence Index, an island wide public opinion poll which was conducted continuously from 2001 – 2008 and Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka survey, which has been conducted island wide annually since 2011 by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for […]

UK not happy with ban by Sri Lanka

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says it is concerned at reports that the Sri Lankan government has proscribed a number of individuals and Tamil organisations operating outside Sri Lanka. UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office Hugo Swire said that while UK respects the right of the Sri Lankan government to take appropriate action against individuals and groups where there is clear evidence of their involvement in terrorist activities, the British high commissioner to Sri Lanka has made clear to the Sri Lankan government that the proscription should not be used to prevent or stifle the right to freedom of speech, particularly at a time when Sri Lanka’s human rights record is under international scrutiny. “We believe that this development is not conducive to a successful […]

The Future Of The Tamils

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jan Jananayagam – Thank you for the opportunity to address the Tamil Writers Guild on the 10th Anniversary of its founding by Mr CJT Thamotheram. I have been asked to talk on the ‘Future of the Tamils’. I am conscious of the weight of the topic. And of the impossibility of doing it justice in the time available. It is somewhat like the story of the team of blind men touching an elephant and trying to describe it. My comments are in a personal capacity rather than on behalf of Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) because this is a cultural event and some aspects of the topic fall outside of TAGs mandate. I start with a story. Bear with me, with luck its relevance will become clear. […]

Honouring the war dead and killing of 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Army in North.

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Governor of the Northern Province, G.A. Chandrasiri, along with Mayor of Jaffna, pro government agent Mrs Yogeswarai Patkunarajah and several senior service personnel attended the National War Heroes’ Day celebration held in the Mullaitivu District recently, where the three decades of war came to an end by killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by Sri Lankan Sinhala Army.  Governor Chandrasiri, who led the event, paid floral tributes with Mrs Patkunarajah and senior service personnel in attendance.  Family members of the security forces personnel, who were killed in action in Mullaitivu, also participated at the event. The Governor presented the family members of the fallen soldiers with gifts. Tamil Students from schools were forced to take part in the event and forced to honour the Security Forces personnel by […]

London Tamil youth wins 2014 Dalton Young Researchers Award

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Kogularamanan Suntharalingam, a young Tamil academic from London, has been awarded the 2014 Dalton Young Researchers Award in Chemistry by the Royal Society for Chemistry for his contribution to the design, development and understanding of new metallo-pharmaceuticals. Kogularamanan, known as Rama, currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. “In the near future I hope to return to the UK as an assistant professor,” Rama told the Tamil Guardian via email from the US. He received a first class MSci and a PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College in London. Born in Manipay, in Jaffna, Rama came to the UK at around the age of 4 with his family, and grew up in East London. “I am very proud of my Tamil roots […]

“Serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka” MP Sharma

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; what recent representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka about the arrest and detention of human rights defenders; and what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart about the use of that country’s Prevention of Terrorism Act. [197542] Mr Swire: We continue to have serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka, in particular continued intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders and activists. We have consistently made clear to the Sri Lankan Government the importance of safeguarding freedom of expression and protecting human rights defenders, and continue to […]

Sri Lanka Participation Overshadows C’Wealth Games – TGTE Writes To Hague

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam has today written to the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, for support and to formally advice the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Games Federation that the prestigious Commonwealth sporting celebration risks being overshadowed by questions raised about human rights abuses and genocide in Sri Lanka, by their participation in the Games. In the letter, the TGTE Ministry of International Affairs expressed concerns and raised the following points: The role that President Rajapaksa may play at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The continued arrogance of the Rajapaksa regime to the International Community and their non-conformance to the values and principles of the Commonwealth, as well as their refusal to conform to the UN HRC Resolutions. Their continued structural genocide on the Tamil Homeland in the island […]

The Search for a Political Solution Five Years after the War which President Promised

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“The sovereignty of Sri Lanka is very much intact. And we want it to remain intact. We are Sri Lankans… And we don’t want Sri Lanka’s sovereignty to be impacted upon.” R. Sampanthan (Leader of the TNA), Al-Jazeera, 26 March 2014 Sri Lanka’s post-war politics has come to be defined by her inability to address two distinct, but inter-related, issues concerning its constituent peoples, especially the Tamil people. The first is that of accountability; the second, and the more enduring one, being that of a political solution to the national question. These are two issues that can make or break Sri Lanka. Accountability The question of accountability which is a pressing and controversial one is a question that the present government is both unwilling and […]

Zakir Hussain was planning to attack targets in India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

On 19 June 2009, the US State Department reported to India, according to Wiki Leaks, that Pakistan based Lashker-e- Taiba (LeT) had established a facilitation centre in Sri Lanka. September 2010, Indian intelligence leaked to the media that the Maharashtra bakery bomber, Himayat Baig had claimed while in Indian police custody that he was trained in Colombo.  On 8 July 2013, bombs exploding in the world renowned Mahabodhi in Buddha-Gaya, India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shanker Menon, told top authorities here that the bombs had been planted by Muslim extremists On 22 August 2013, leaked message to media claimed that Indian intelligence had been received that LeT was preparing for an attack on South India from Jaffna. Former Muslim parliamentarian M. M. Zuhair, PC, yesterday […]

No Wise Country Celebrates Killing of it’s 40,000 Minority Civilians

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 No Wise Country Celebrates Killing of it’s 40,000 Minority Civilians, but Sri Lanka is ruled by Rajapaksha Family. No wise country celebrates war victory after a civil war. The American Civil War is not celebrated as the victory of the North versus the South where 600,000 Americans died.  After the battle of Gettysburg President Abraham Lincoln made his famous Gettysburg address.  He went out of the way to show that it was a common victory.  Unfortunately in Sri Lanka, the political leadership indulged and continues to indulge in triumphalism celebrating the victory over the LTTE.” says the National Peace Council. Issuing a statement NPC today calls for religious observances islandwide in memory of all those who lost their lives during the war and restoration of normality for war-affected displaced […]

JVP condemns ban on commemoration of Killing of Tamil Civilians by Army

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The military is planning a parade on May 18 in Matara to commemorate the victory over the rebels and killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians. The Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP) has condemned the closure of the Jaffna University for a week starting from today and the government’s alleged ban on any programmes to commemorate the LTTE cadres killed during the North East conflict. The politburo of the FLSP, in a statement released to the media yesterday, said that banning of commemorations had been effected on the grounds that such programmes would be detrimental to the ethnic harmony and would promote separatism. However, the move had deprived the Tamil people of their right to commemorate the loss of their loved ones, it said. “Hundreds of […]

Victoria raped while unconscious?

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Girlfriend of murdered British national Khuram Shaikh’s girlfriend – Victoria Alexandrovna might not remember being raped as she was unconscious when the incident took place, Dr. Dhammi Lewishewa of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital said. The doctor was speaking when the murder case of British national Khuram Shaikh was taken up today (May 12) before Colombo High Court judge Rohin Walgama. Dr. Dhammi said the vicious bite marks on Victoria’s breasts reveal details of the rape. The injuries including tears, scratches and bruises seen on Victoria’s privates and thighs indicate that she was sexually harassed, Dr. Dhammi added. The injured Russian national was rushed for a surgery as she had a grave head injury, Dr. Dhammi further said.

Man murders wife for joining army, hangs himself

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A man has reportedly stabbed and killed his wife with a sharp object, for allegedly enlisting in the army, before committing suicide himself in the Wallipunam area in Mullaitivu. The murdered woman had recently enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army despite strong objections from her husband, which had led to countless arguments and squabbles between the two. However, last evening while the woman had returned home on leave, the husband had stabbed her to death with a sharp object and then committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree behind their residence, Ada Derana reporter said. The couple are said to be the parents of two children, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, while Pudukuduirippu Police are conducing further investigations.

Sinhalese can Remember fallen comrades but Tamils are NOT allowed to do so in Sri Lanka

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

For Sinhalese – Annual public meeting to Remember comrades killed by Army  On 5 April 2014, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held their annual April Heroes’ Day in Badulla to commemorate the fallen comrades of the 1971 revolt. While many JVP and breakaway Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members held several public events, the ‘true’ participants of the 1971 rebellion gathered at the Kurunegala Town Hall, under the ’71 Solidarity Forum to remember their comrades, who lost their lives during the rebellion. Every year For the past 43 years they annually commemorate the death  about  5,000 heroes killed in the 1971 April uprising, without building monuments in memory of them. They sacrificed their lives for a dream of a socialist society, bringing the first experience of an armed […]

Councillor Sivajilingam will Defy Ban to commemorate the 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Army.

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Camelia Nathaniel Political groups in the North have decided to defy a ban on holding public events to commemorate the “Mullivaikal massacre” next Sunday. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council Member M. K Sivajilingam told The Sunday Leader that public events to commemorate those killed during the final stages of the war in the North will be held to coincide with the fifth year anniversary since the end of the war. “We will not be deterred by threats or intimidation and we will commemorate our dead. No one has the right to take away our right to commemorate our dead. Anyone can threaten us to stop such events, but no matter what they say we will stage these commemoration ceremonies. If those in […]

There Is No LTTE – Suresh Premachandran

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran stated that the TNA have serious doubts that a common candidate would be a smart move at this moment. Following are excerpts: Q: The JVP and the UNP have started having talks with regards to a common candidate at the next presidential election. There are reports that they have approached Venerable Maaduluwaawe Sobitha Thero. How does the TNA identify with the UNP and JVP? Further, what is your opinion in this whole situation? A: So far, as for the TNA, we have not had any discussions regarding the Common Candidate matter as such. But, as far as Sobitha Thero is concerned, after all the, how do you call it, Ravana Balaya, Bodhu Bala Sena and various other groups, I don’t think a […]

Labour urges Hague: act on Sri Lankan president to avoid Games outcry

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The events of July 1983 are poignant for the entire Tamil population around the world. Between July 24 and 29, Tamils were systematically targeted with violence in Colombo and many other parts of Sri Lanka. ………….. READ  MORE  Horror of a pogrom: Remembering “Black July” 1983 The tragic history of post – independence Sri Lanka records that the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been subjected to mass –scale mob violence in the years 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983. The anti-Tamil violence of July 1983 was the most terrible and horrible of them all.  Labour urges Hague: act on Sri Lankan president to avoid Games outcry Labour have called on Foreign Secretary William Hague to ensure the Commonwealth Games are not overshadowed by controversy over […]

Inside Story – The Torching Muslim Owned Shop with the police support

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rifai Naleemi – A group of nearly three hundred radical Buddhist extremists have burned down a Muslim owned shop in Aluthgama town on 8/5/14.  This was not coincidently happened attack on the shop of this innocent Muslim businessman rather this was a premeditated racist attack to destroy the livelihood of this man. There is no shadow doubt that this attack was initiated and carried out with the support of Police, BBS and some Buddhist radicals of this area. This was the only Muslim shop in Aluthgama town. This shop has been set on fire last night (8/5/2014). It is believed that some extremist Buddhist people under the leadership of some radical Buddhist monks set fire to this Muslim shop. We should listen to the owner of this shop to know what exactly […]

Israel as a model for the Sri Lankan State

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – I write from a particular standpoint (derivative and illustrative of a distinct worldview), best delineated by a critical observer rather than by myself. Izeth Hussein, literary critic and former Ambassador wrote in ‘After Geneva, What?’: “Between 1995 and 2000, and even more during the years of the peace process, the widespread assumption was that the LTTE could never be defeated militarily. There were very few dissentient voices against that conventional wisdom outside the armed forces and those identifiable as Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. One dissentient voice was that of Dayan Jayatilleka, who consistently maintained that there was no reason at all why the LTTE could not be defeated militarily.” (‘After Geneva, What?’ Izeth Hussein, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2014) In the extreme situation that […]

Another Military man next governor of Tamils?

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

DIG Anura Senanayake is tipped to be the next governor of the Northern Province, a report said yesterday.“The term of office of the present Governor of the Northern Province General G.A Chandrasri ends on June 30. Speculation is rife that DIG Anura Senanayake who is expected to retire by that time would be made the next Governor of the Northern Province,” Malarum.com said. “Anura Senanayake wields a great amount of trust from the State leadership would be appointed the next Inspector General of Police. His term of office expired recently and was extended by another six months. It was rumoured that his term of office was extended by another six months to appoint him as the next Inspector General of Police. However, it has been […]

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