19th May 2014

“Dirty Dozen” Names of the First Lot of Sri Lankan War Criminals & Genocidaires

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LETTER FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM  VISUVANATHAN RUDRAKUMAREN, ESQ.  1) PERCY MAHENDRA “MAHINDA” RAJAPAKSA 2) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga 3) GOTHAMBAYA RAJAPAKSHA 4) SARATH  FONSEKA 5) JAGATH DIAS 6) SHAVENDRA SILVA 7)  NANDANA UDAWATTA 8) KAMAL  GUNERATNE 9) THISARA  SAMARASINGHE  10) G.A. CHANDRASIRI 11)  WASANTHA  KARANNAGODA  12) PALITHA  KOHANA  The Government of Sri Lanka is in retreat, with its tail well between its legs. The international civil society has acknowledged the extent of the atrocities on the Tamil people leading to genocide. The Human Rights Council has called for an international investigation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has placed Sri Lanka on a watch list for four years. Instead of pursuing remedial justice, the chauvinist mindset of the Sri Lankan […]

CHR condemns the arrest, assault and torture of Allied Health Sciences students

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Torture of detainees must end Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) and Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) strongly condemn the assault, arrest and the alleged torture on the Allied Health Sciences students by Slave Island police and hopes that the judicial system will do justice to the arrested students. 18 students were arrested on May 16 and four students were admitted to Colombo National Hospital due to injuries after they were inspected by Judicial Medical officer of the National Hospital on Saturday (May 18). These injuries occurred due to police torture according to the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF). The assault and arrest of university students who held a peaceful demonstration are violations of Sri Lankan constitution. Article 15 of the constitution […]

‘Modi Warns Sri Lanka’ & Mahinda laughs

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BJP To Push For Power Devolution India’s BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has issued a veiled threat to Sri Lanka during speeches made over the past few days at election rallies in Tamil Nadu, indicating he will be tough with Sri Lanka if he wins the ongoing Indian elections. Modi has said that with Tamils living all over the world, including in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji, it should be a priority of the Indian government to take care of their well being and he promised to do so if a BJP-led Government assumes power after the elections. The Press Trust of India quoted Modi as saying at an election rally in Chennai that a strong and determined government was the need of the […]

Hypnotized Hindus, Mesmerised Muslims

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BY GHAZI SALAHUDDIN These are the times that, to borrow Thomas Paine’s words, try men’s souls. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect one’s sanity in this surge of raw passions. A rational discourse is just not possible even when, lo and behold, the media itself is the battlefield. Against this flaming backdrop, I have the option of shifting my attention towards India, our beloved infidel. In fact, India is very relevant for us in many different ways. As it is, a change of regime after a long electoral exercise in the world’s largest democracy must have global and regional implications. At one level, we have to contend with the reality of Hindu nationalists winning a landslide victory. In addition, we have Narendra Modi […]

There needs to be political will – Solheim

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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. Still active on expressing his views on Sri Lanka, Solheim said 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 Lankan conflict do you […]

Tamil diaspora deny blocking peace

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The Tamil diaspora deny allegations that they are hampering moves towards peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, five years after the war. Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel who heads the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), one of many groups recently proscribed by the Government, says the GTF is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and seeks lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement. Here are excerpts of an interview given to the Colombo Gazette: Q. As Sri Lanka commemorates five years since the end of the war, as a key member of the Tamil Diaspora what would you say are the feelings of the Tamils overseas five years on? Combination of feelings of deep sorrow for the loss of life, immense sadness […]

GTF hails Jayalalithaa, Modi victories, urges decisive action on Tamil question

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) hailed the sweeping victories of the Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu and BJP leader Narenda Modi in India as historic, congratulating both on their appointment, and expressing hope that the new government “will stand firmly against the past and present injustices faced by the Tamils and deal decisively with the Rajapaksa government in bringing just peace in the island of Sri Lanka.” “GTF is delighted that the determined voice of support that has echoed consistently from across the Palk Strait has been strengthened by a historic democratic vote [and] send our humble congratulations in celebrating Madam Jayalalithaa and her party being re-elected with an overwhelming historic majority to lead the people of Tamil Nadu and be the leader of Tamils all over the […]

State Terrorism in Sri Lanka

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Nallur Temple surrounded by troops Troops besiege Uthayan office in Jaffna Troops outside Thinakkural newspaper office in Jaffna TNPF office blocked off by army Access to TNA office blocked by army Jaffna blood donation centre blocked off by army Sri Lankan military restricts access to Keerimalai Temple The Sri Lankan military has restricted access to Keerimalai, blocking Tamils from entering the town on the Jaffna peninsula, famous for its temple. Events to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Mullivaikkal at the temple were cancelled as the army blocked all main roads leading to the town, reported GTN.   Army on the Thellipalai-Keerimalai road are only letting through Sinhalese tourists and stopping Tamils to go to the temple to perform rituals for those that died in the war,Uthayan reported.NPC […]

British Tamils Mark Fifth Anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre with Rally at Trafalgar Square

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Several thousand British Tamils attended a rally organised by British Tamils Forum at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 18 May 2014 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Mullivaikkal Massacre. The event commemorated the tens of thousands of Tamil people who were killed, and many more injured, at Mullivaikkal and drew together many of those who spent weeks in Parliament Square in 2009 warning the world of the impending catastrophe. Speakers at the rally pointed out that, since then, the suffering has continued, and even got worse, for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, as the military has further entrenched its presence in the North and East. Tamil people both at home and abroad have seen their land seized in order to make way for Sinhala […]

In an interview to NDTV television, Sri Lanka defense secretary Gotabaya Rajabakse said “I will be surprised if my military did not rape Tamil women.”

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“I will be surprised if my military did not rape Tamil women.” The defense minister of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapakse, who is also the brother of the President of Sri Lanka; in an interview said he will only be surprised if Sri Lanka army do not rape Tamil women. Both the president and the defense secretary are already been accused of genocide of Tamils. The defense secretary in another interview arrogantly said we will not allow UN or anyone else to conduct any kind of investigation into the allegations. China and Russia vehemently defends the officially rapist government of Sri Lanka from facing any investigation on the allegations. In the meantime UN panel report that accuses Sri Lanka of crimes, UNHRC verbal reports that demands […]

New Pictures Of Isaipriya Alive Emerge

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New pictures of the LTTE media TV newsreader Isaipriya alive have emerged.The Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence claims 53 Division troops killed Isaipriya during the last battle. Her name is in the Ministry of Defence’s published list – “Identified LTTE leaders who were killed on 18 May 2009 by 53 Division troops“  – as “Lieutenant Colonel – Issei Piriya – Communications/Publicity Wing”. Isaipriya was taken into army custody on May 18, 2009. First pictures of her dead body emerged. Then on June 22, 2012 , Colombo Telegraph published pictures and a video which show the LTTE media TV announcer Issapriya’s naked body lies with the hundreds of dead bodies, but this time her hands are untied. The security forces officer speaking in Sinhala language to a female says, “here, here, Voice of Tiger […]

Obama Asked Tamil Tigers To Surrender in 2009 and they were killed by Sri Lankan forces

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Obama Asks Tamil Tigers To Surrender, Sri Lanka To Mind Civilians President Obama, speaking this afternoon, made a direct statement to both the Tamil Tigers as well as the Sri Lankan government regarding the enduring civil war and widespread civilian devastation in that country. Obama asked that the Tigers lay down their arms and surrender to the Sri Lankan government, and he asked that the Sri Lankans cease “the indiscriminate shelling” with heavy artillery that has been decimating civilians. The growing humanitarian crisis has captured international attention for weeks now. Obama’s statements Wednesday came shortly after Amnesty International (AI) — one of many humanitarian groups who has been vocal about the growing humanitarian crisis — issued an official plea, saying: “While U.S. Secretary of State […]

Behind The Sri Lankan Bloodbath of Tamil Civilians

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China, Pakistan and India helped Sri Lanka to kill thousands of Tamil Civilians by suppling of offensive weapons and its munificent aid. Thousands of noncombatants, according to the United Nations, were killed in the final phase of the Sri Lankan war this year as government forces overran the Tamil Tiger guerrillas. Nearly five months after Colombo’s stunning military triumph, the peace dividend remains elusive, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa setting out–in the name of “eternal vigilance”–to expand by 50% an already-large military. Little effort has been made to reach out to the Tamil minority and begin a process of national reconciliation. China, clearly, was the decisive factor in ending the war through its generous supply of offensive weapons and its munificent aid. It even got its ally […]