20th May 2014

Sri Lanka’s Greatest War Criminal (Gotabaya) is a US Citizen: It’s Time to Hold Him Accountable

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Monday, May 19th marks the five-year anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which claimed the lives of 40,000 to 70,000 civilians in its “catastrophic” final phase. In 2009, Congress asked the State Department to report on the humanitarian law violations during the war, and those reports make for gruesome reading. If history is a guide, this week congressional representatives will publicly call for accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka—as members of Congress have done on the past four anniversaries. (See accompanying post, “Honor Roll of US Congressional Members Who’ve Stood for Accountability in Sri Lanka”) This post proposes specific action that congressional members can include in such calls, and something meaningful that the Justice Department’s war crimes section can do. The man who oversaw the Sri Lankan armed forces’ operations […]

Arrested Tamil refugees may face torture if they are deported to Sri Lanka.

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PETALING JAYA: A local human rights group has alleged that Malaysian police are hunting down refugees from Sri Lanka at the bidding of the Colombo government. “Our police are acting under the orders of powerful Malaysian politicians who are trying to please the Sri Lanka government,” R Thevarajan, a spokesman for Suaram, told FMT today. He was commenting on last Thursday’s arrest of three Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. The three, identified as Kirupanathan, Kirubaharan Mahadevan and Gushanthan Santhiralingargah, are detained at Bukit Aman. “We fear that if these three refugees and political asylum seekers are deported back to Sri Lanka, they may face torture and persecution,” Thevarajan said in a media statement he released early today. “We were informed by the investigation officer from […]

TNA questions the House on V-Day

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today questioned parliament as to why only soldiers killed during the war are commemorated on Victory Day (V-Day) on May 18 and not the Tamil civilians who were also killed. TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah, speaking in parliament on the no-confidence motion against the Government, said that there will be no meaning to the word reconciliation in Sri Lanka if even parliament cannot commemorate Tamil victims of the war. Senathirajah slammed the Government for using the military to block families of those killed in the north from going to the Temple to pray for their relatives. However interrupting his speech, Government MP Sarath Weerasekera insisted that the Government never prevented families of civilians killed during the war from commemorating the […]

Dirty Dozen : Names Of The First Lot Of Sri Lankan War Criminals & Genocidaires

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by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran FULL DETAILS  – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY http://fr.calameo.com/read/00034150294a5e6d90ece ( May 19, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) 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 Government has sought to create smokescreens to hide its multitude of sins. Its campaign against the Tamil Diaspora which it brands as consisting of “terrorists” is misplaced. The Diaspora entities, including the TGTE, operate in accordance with […]

‘White Flag’ surrendered Girl slain with Isaipiriya in SL military captivity identified

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A girl seen held captive together with LTTE journalist Shoba (Isaippiriyaa) by the genocidal military of Sri Lanka and later seen slain, has been identified as 19-year-old Ushalini Gunalingam from Yoakapuram, Mallaavi in Vanni, news sources in Ki’linochchi told TamilNet Monday. The girl was not a LTTE fighter, although she had been recruited by the movement in 2008 for a few months, according to the relatives of the victim.  Shoba (Isaipiriya) and Ushalini Gunalingam [right] Ushalini had left the movement and was with the family. But, the family had lost her during a chaotic displacement in the beginning of May 2009.The parents, searching for their lost daughter, have been complaining to all the commissions, from the LLRC to the recent presidential commission, without any outcome. Now […]

‘White Flag’ Communication (Sunday 17 May 2009 – All times Sri Lankan):

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Communication (Sunday 17 May 2009 – All times Sri Lankan): 0846: Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona to Nadesan via a European intermediary: SMS: “Just walk across to the troops, slowly! And comply with instructions carefully. The soldiers are nervous about suicide bombers.” 1529: Another SMS from Palitha Kohona: “white flag, hands up, walk slowly”. Midday approx: Nadesan calls Rohan Chandra Nehru MP in Colombo. “I will give you an answer around the evening, or anytime, my leader is instructing me, keep your phone free so I can call you”. [Shelling heard in background]. 1830: Nadesan calls Nehru. “We are ready to surrender under the leadership instruction”. The rebel leader, Prabhakaran had given Nadesan and the LTTE permission to surrender. Nadesan tells Nehru to speak to Basil […]

Rivalry among TNA and tussle with Devananda is death-knell for Tamil aspirations

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Rivalry among TNA and tussle with Devananda is death-knell for Tamil aspirations – Pearl Thevanayagam Whichever party comes to power Douglas Devananda wins hands down. His Machiavellian politics transcends mere rhetoric. Having been a comrade of VelupillaiPirabakaran during Eelam struggle in the ‘70s, he finally had the gumption to side with the governments in power to gain rights and some kind of economic redress for Tamils in North and East. His white van abductions still remain a gigantic thorn in the Tamil psyche but his efforts to develop North is something the TNA cannot dispute. He gets down to the grass-roots and is making vast strides in bringing redress to Tamil grievances. Not unlike President MahindaRajapaksa, Devanandahas his pulse on the people unlike the TNA […]

The final hours: 5 Years On – The White Flags

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This is the story of the killing or disappearance of several groups of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who surrendered to the Sri Lankan army on or about 18 May 2009 at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. They were told by the government if they carried a while flag they would be safe crossing the frontline. But when they surrendered it became apparent they had been lured into a trap.Several were executed in cold blood – others have never been seen since. The surrender of the political leaders of the LTTE – Pulidevan and Nadesan – is commonly known as “the white flag incident”. It involved approximately twelve people surrendering, including the leaders. Photographs of their dead bodies later appeared. There […]

Sooka reveals new evidence relating to ‘white flag’ incident

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International Truth & Justice Project, Sri Lanka New evidence on the “white flag” surrenders by members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and their families at the end of the civil war requires an independent international investigation, says human rights lawyer Yasmin Sooka, who has served as an expert adviser on Sri Lanka to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “An analysis of the available evidence points to an organised government plan at the highest level not to accept the surrender of the top civilian, administrative and political leadership of the LTTE – but rather to execute them, in violation of international humanitarian law,” says Ms Sooka. The report by the International Truth & Justice Project, can be viewed online atwww.white-flags.org . The report collates […]

Wimal and SLMC threatens to quit the government but Government confident they will never leave

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SLMC threatens to quit the government Governing party ally, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has threatened to quit the ruling UPFA government over several issues. SLMC Leader, Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem has said there are accusations that the SLMC only wanted posts in the government. However he has been quoted in the media saying that the party is not focused on government positions and added that the SLMC will not hesitate to resign. Hakeem and the SLMC have had several rifts with the government which have been reported in the media. Last month Hakem had said he stood by a decision to submit a report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay related to reconciliation issues and issues faced by minorities […]

Life in the Open-Air Panopticon: Surveillance and the Social Isolation of Ex-LTTE Combatants in Sri Lanka

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“You have to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised.” – George Orwell, 1984 Talking to former members of the LTTE in Sri Lanka reveals much about their lives and their post-war challenges. Their stories are not only reflected in our conversations, but can also be read through their body language and mannerisms. The way they walk into a room, suspiciously saying hello and smiling reservedly, the way they stay silent for several minutes, feigning small-talk while judging whether you are someone they can trust, as well as the visible shrapnel wounds or missing limbs all speak volumes. Their struggles are multi-faceted – emotional, social, and […]

Sri Lanka: Comply with Rights Council Investigation

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Sri Lanka: Comply with Rights Council Investigation RELATED MATERIALS: Wikileaks and US frustrations in Sri Lanka DECEMBER 16, 2010 Commentary Sri Lanka: Asset Freeze Threatens Peaceful Dissent APRIL 7, 2014 Press release The Sri Lankan government denounced the Human Rights Council resolution, yet for five long years it has failed to act on its promises to investigate and bring to justice wartime atrocities. The government should finally accept the council’s vote and assist the investigation, which represents the best hope yet for victims awaiting justice. Brad Adams, Asia director (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should comply with the March 2014 United Nations Human Rights Council resolution creating an international investigation into allegations of serious abuses by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, Human Rights […]

Vaiko reminds Modi of promise to attend to SL Tamil issue

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Indian Policy on Sri Lanka Tamil Nadu has been given the first-preference! As per the India’s External affairs Policy, Tamil Nadu Government will be given much priority. According to the Indian Media reports, a speaker of the Bharathiya Janatha Party has revealed this information. Since Bharathiya Janatha Party has won with overwhelming majority in the recent held  elections. There was an opinion, that the Government of Tamil Nadu’s support is not necessary. Since the Sri Lankan Tamils issue is not only an important issue in the Tamil Nadu Politics, but also among the People of Tamil Nadu. According to the information, due to these reasons, through the Tamil Nadu Government, Sri Lankan Issue would be handled; accordingly external policy has been drafted by the present […]