June 2014

Sinhala Army Remembered in Jaffna but Tamils are NOT allowed to remember their next of skin.

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

ONE RULE FOR THE SINHALESE Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to Buddhists Monks, transferred merits to armed force members who were killed in the war against the Tamil minority who fought for a separate state due to discrimination by successive Sinhala governments of Sri Lanka. The Budddhists Monks invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday (27) morning.  The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the final leg of 18th Anniversary celebrations of Security Force Jaffna (SF-J). Monks headed by Ven. Naramdeniye Dhammawasa thero, Head of Boraluketiya Buddhist centre of Kamburupitiya, Matara chanted […]

New UN rights probe intensifies pressure on SLanka

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.N. investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka will intensify international pressure on its government and could probe the purported responsibility of senior Sri Lankan officials with U.S. ties. As many as 40,000 civilians may have died amid government shelling in the final five months of the conflict in 2009, according to a previous U.N. report. Government forces have also been accused of executing ethnic Tamil rebel leaders who tried to surrender. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Wednesday a heavyweight panel including a Nobel laureate and a former judge on a U.N.-backed tribunal trying former Cambodian leaders for genocide and war crimes, to advise a 10-month investigation by her office. Its goal, laid out […]

Sri Lanka wants killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as war victory recognition

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Sri Lanka Buddhist leader warned of ‘end’ to all Muslims Sri Lankan Buddhist leader Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara threatened to destroy Muslim businesses and asked his audience to fight against the minorities. Part of the audience shouted back saying yes, they will do it. The defeat of terrorism and the advent of peace and stability have brought about significant benefits not only for the people of Sri Lanka but for the whole South Asian region, and it is only right and proper that the magnitude of these benefits should receive recognition, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, said in Colombo today. He was delivering the keynote address at a symposium on establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment for the Indian Ocean […]

The Mystery Of The Second Wave Of Sinhala Ethnic Nationalism

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – The first wave of Sinhala ethnic nationalism emerged in the Bandaranaike era during the mid- fifties and rather gradually morphed into a 26 year-old civil war that was brought to an end only a few years ago. Although the guns are down the embers of that bloody conflict are still burning; waiting to flare up again, given foolish handling by the government and Sinhala nationalists. As one observes in the world of today, ethno-nationalism is a most intractable area of collective human relationships. It is a serious challenge to countries with many ethnic groups who show a strength that surpasses their relative numbers. We are used to thinking and saying that the Tamil minority was the target of that first wave of Sinhala Buddhist –led nationalism. […]

Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US!

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

BBS concerned over US visa cancellation Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US! The Bodu Bala Sena alleges that the US State Department has taken measures to cancel its General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s visa to the United States. Speaking to Asian Mirror, BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage said an official of the US Embassy had contacted Gnanasara Thera and informed him of the decision made by the US State Department. The United States had granted Visa to Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera before he formed the Bodu Bala Sena Organization in 2012. “It was valid for a period of five years and now the US has cancelled Gnanasara Thera’s visa after three and a half years,” he said. The BBS Chief Executive Officer also said that […]

Modi to meet TNA

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would hold talks with newly elected Indian Prime Minister   Narendra Modi in New Delhi next month, party officials said yesterday.The Indian government has agreed to afford an opportunity for the TNA to meet with the Prime Minister and the other leaders by the middle of July. However, the exact dates have not yet been confirmed.Shortly after Mr. Modi and his Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in, TNA leader R. Sampanthan sought a meeting with the new leadership of India to raise issues concerning the Tamil people.   Apart from seeking India’s active engagement for a political settlement, Mr. Sampanthan highlighted issues such as heavy military presence, land grabbing, alleged plan for   altering the demographic pattern in the north in this letter.    The […]

Police and military simply stand and watch or escort thugs!

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Conspiracies theories abound; Dead Left Ministers summon small group meetings to warn of impending coup like developments. There is mayhem all round – the UNHRC probe, anti-Muslim pogroms, the Modi–Jayalalithaa twin-landslide nightmare and infighting in the government. The most intense and sharply focussed manic moment is the assault on the Muslim community, its places of worship and Muslim businesses, plotted, programmed and provoked by extremist Buddhist monks. Is the BBS, or more muscular souls in clerical attire, simply doing its ‘thing’ (with help from here and there – and we know where) or is it a façade of a deeper plot? Conspiracy theories multiply when society and polity break down and mayhem widens. There is no shortage of rumour as arsonists ignite, police and military […]

“Gnanasara’s Bravery Comes From Gota”, Ivan Reveals “Gota’s Fascist Story”

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Strong links between Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) that recently instigated anti-Muslim violence in Southern Sri Lanka have been exposed by Ravaya – a mainstream Sinhala weekly newspaper in Sri Lanka. The article written by the paper’s former Editor and its Chairman  – Victor Ivan titled ‘Gotabaya’s shadow’ has revealed the extent to which Gotabaya has been influencing activities of the BBS. The piece discloses that following the deadly attacks in Aluthgama and Beruwala, the BBS had been instructed by Gotabaya to hold a press conference and clear his name off the mounting accusations that held him responsible for the attacks on Muslims. He had asked the BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara – the monk infamous for his racist remarks, to disassociate Gotabaya with the […]

Dhanapala warns against criticizing Prince Hussein

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Senior diplomat Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala warns that it will be an act of spitting at own face if the Sri Lankan government continues to attack Prince Hussein who is to succeed Navi Pillai as the UNHCR chief. The former ambassador in Washington and Geneva has told ‘Sunday Divaina’ that it was very disadvantageous to the country if the persons, not their acts and policies, are criticized. Dr. Dhanapala has said that he has had diplomatic dealings with Prince Hussein in New York, including that both had run for the UN secretary general post, but lost to Ban ki Moon. He is a person who commits himself to human rights of many countries and has impartially carried out his duties in dealing with disciplinary matters of […]

28 villagers arrested for assaulting Buddhist monk

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Police today said that twenty-eight persons including 14 women and a teenager have been arrested after a group of villagers allegedly assaulted the Chief Incumbent of the Sri Munasingharama Buddhist Temple in Hatale, Panwila. The attack had reportedly taken place due to a dispute between the Buddhist monk and the villagers.Twenty-seven suspects have been remanded until July 3 after being produced at the Teldeniya Magistrate’s Court while the other suspect, a 17-year-old youth, has been handed over to the Weragala Children’s Home. The assaulted monk is currently receiving treatment at the Kandy Hospital, police said.

“News blackout” backfired on government – Champika

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka criticized the unofficial “news blackout” imposed by the government on mainstream  media with regard to Aluthgama and Beruwala clashes saying the move completely backfired on the government, causing enormous harm to the country’s image overseas. “This is the age of social media, of citizen journalism. Nearly everyone has a mobile phone. Around 18 million people in the country are on Facebook.  Information gets out fast. By withholding information, the Government opened the door for so many rumors to float around and the truth got suppressed,” Minister Ranawaka told The Nation.  He also added that it was unfortunate that the media, particularly the English language media and citizen journalists on social media, had taken it upon […]

Gota’s Billions represent only a ‘minute fraction’ of his illicit amassment – exposed in Parliament

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News-29.June.2014, 11.30PM) The uncouth uneducated Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapakse who fled to America in fear of the war at a time he should have stuck back and fought for his country, and after over a decade returned to the motherland , has now after taking over the Urban development authority (UDA) had drowned that Institution in a deep sea of irredeemable debt amounting to Rs. 22.68 billion..! as revealed in Parliament . This shocking revelation was made by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in parliament in response to a question raised by UNP M.P. Ravi Karunanayake. It is the consensus, this is a financial debacle that is unsurprising and to be expected when a demented medically condemned individual like Gotabaya is put at the helm of a most important […]

GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a statement, has strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists led by monks on 20 April 2012, calling for its destruction claiming it was constructed illegally. The inaction of law enforcement authorities to stop the attacks and the Prime Minister’s decision to order its removal and relocation highlights the State authorities’ continued infringement on religious freedom and intolerance of non-Buddhist faiths on the island. It is of greater concern that the Prime Minister’s office declared that the decision was taken […]

Violence against Muslims reveals yet another ugly face of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony: TGTE

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) condemns in the strongest terms attacks on Muslims. • “Historically what started as the movement against Indian business people led by Anagarika Tharmapala in the 1880s, then followed in the form of riots against Christian Sinhalese at Kotahena in 1883, the Sinhala- Muslim riots of 1915, the disenfranchisement of Plantation Tamils in 1950, continued on as the anti-Tamil riots at Kelaniya in July 1956 and the pogroms against Tamils in 1958 and 1977, then the genocidal violence unleashed against the Tamils on a larger scale in 1983.” • “The Genocide against the Tamils committed at Mullivaaikkaal in 2009 is nothing but a clear expression of Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, with the present violence against the Muslims a part of […]

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal Following a visit by our Chairman to all our homes and projects in Sri Lanka, we identified that many of our young children are lacking in essential vitamins needed for a healthy diet.With this need in mind we have developed a ‘Milk Aid initiative’ which involves providing fresh milk to children under the age of 12 when a child’s development is most important. Arobanam have started giving milk to 125 children on a daily basis in Mahadeva Asram, Kilinochchi in the North east of Sri Lanka which amounts to a monthly cost of £275. Please click on the link below and take a look at the video capturing the work that is already underway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQAKPAhdDzk We are looking to our patrons and friends to support this […]

Threats to the lives of a minor who was gang raped and her father; a police officer suspended and transferred for taking action against the rapists

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received informationthat a 13 year old girl was brutally gang raped during an entire night, by six infamous criminals who belong to a political party. The station head officer (SHO) has been suspended and thereafter transferred for filing charges of gang rape and assault against the rapists. The rapists have been identified in court by the victim and the court had ordered the arrest of the perpetrators. However, local police have ignored the orders of the court to arrest the suspects due to the nexus between the criminals and police officers. One perpetrator was handed over to police and the criminals are trying to exonerate all other suspects by converting the FIRs into C class reports, a term […]

Next Year Will Mark Sri Lanka’s First Racial Riots Centenary

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan – We, Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR are deeply concerned about and strongly condemn the heinous violence that has been meted out this monthagainst the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Looking at history – ethnic violence, sectarian violence and cultural violence against the Tamils and Muslims in the island are nothing new. Impunity is deeply entrenched and has continued for many decades. The first racial riot in the island was in June 1915. It was between the Sinhala Buddhists and the Muslims – 136 Muslims were killed and 205 injured and raped. Nearly 85 mosques were damaged and more than 4,075 muslim-owned shops were looted by the Sinhala rioters, from Central province to the Western and North Western provinces. In 1974 tension intensified between […]

Witnesses to UN team will be punished in Sri Lanka.

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The government is closely focused on harshly punishing any Sri Lankans who witness before the Navi Pillay-appointed probing committee, the ‘Irida Divaina’ reports. It is said that the witnesses to UN who discloses the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009 and the killing of Tamil Leaders who surrendered with White Flags after UN negotiated the ‘White Flage surrender’ are to be punished under the Terrorism Prevention Act and the Official Secrets Act. It is also said that People who expose the raping of Tamil girls by the Army as seen of Tamil TV News reader Isaipriya to the UN team will be punished. It is believed that if these witnesses are in Sri Lanka they will […]

Gota orders stern action against spread of religious hatred on social media

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said that he has ordered security authorities to take stern action against those who espouse racial and religious hatred using social media. Sri Lanka has seen a recent spike in the spread of religious hatred through social media websites such as Facebook, in the wake of recent clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala. Authorities had stated that various rumors and false information being spread through text messages and certain anti-Muslim and anti-Buddhist Facebook accounts had only worsened the already unstable situation in the country. Meanwhile Buddhist activists accused of alleged involvement in violence against Sri Lanka’s Muslims said on Friday that accounts of their group’s members on social media site Facebook had been blocked. “My account is blocked,” Bodu Bala Sena […]

‘MR doen’t know to govern a land without war’

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not know how to govern a land without a war and is attempting to make his dream of a third term in office, a reality by starting a racist commotion, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera has told a weekend newspaper. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not know how to govern a land without a war or commotion. He ended a war… yes. But looking back at the five years since the end of war, what can be seen? Even if the war against terrorism is over, women are still in battle… In a battle to live… Theft, thuggery… All that is running  rampant,” he has said. He, who dreams of becoming President for the third time, thinks he can only make it happen […]

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