17th June 2014

Government so insecure with its isolationist policy that it wishes to share the blame with Parliament

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By R. Sampanthan – I wish to make a statement to place on record the position of the Tamil National Alliance regarding the Motion that has been put forward for debate and related matters of public importance. It is indeed ironic that the government now at this late stage seeks the imprimatur of Parliament for its own dire failings. This government, which has so brazenly turned Parliament into an object of ridicule – by enticing unscrupulous members of the opposition to cross over for personal gain and by providing executive posts to almost half the members of the house – now turns to Parliament on a question of fundamental importance to the country. It is plainly clear to the entire country that this turn to Parliament is […]

Police officer in Sri Lanka lodges a complaint against Deputy Minister over obstructing duty

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A Sri Lankan traffic policeman who works on the Southern Expressway today lodged a complaint in the Human Rights Commission against a Deputy Minister for obstructing his duty at the Kottawa interchange of the Southern Expressway. Police constable Suminda Saman last month issued a spot fine to the driver of the Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Hemal Gunasekara for speeding on the expressway. A heated argument has ensued after issuing the spot fine and both the Deputy Minister and the police officer complained to the authorities against each other. Following the incident the police officer was immediately transferred to another interchange on the expressway. Two weeks later he was attacked by an unknown gang and his vehicle was set on fire. The Deputy […]

The Canadian Tamil Congress Strongly Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

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For Immediate Release  June 16, 2014  The Canadian Tamil Congress Strongly Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka June 16 2014 – (TORONTO) The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) condemns in the strongest manner possible attacks on Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Several people have been killed and more than 78 people injured after the most recent horrendous attack near Aluthgama and Beruwala in Sri Lanka yesterday. These targeted attacks by Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist groups have grown in numbers in the past few years, and as is habitual in Sri Lanka, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice. “The lukewarm and ineffective measures taken by law enforcement and government officials has emboldened the extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization and the attacks have kept growing”, said David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress. […]

GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka

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PRESS STATEMENT 17 June 2014  GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka lobal Tamil Forum joins the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, and many others in condemning the communal violence targeting the Muslim community in south-western Sri Lanka over the past couple of days. More than 78 people have been seriously injured and at least three have been confirmed dead following violence predominantly aimed at the Muslim population in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.  On Sunday 15th June, a rally by the extremist, Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, descended into chaos as the BBS and its followers moved through predominantly Muslim areas chanting anti-Muslim slogans and inciting hatred. Mosques and tens of Muslim-owned local businesses and homes […]

TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka

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TIC PRESS RELEASE  – DATE: 16 June 2014  TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) condemns the continuing attacks on the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Today’s attack against Muslims  in the south-western coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela, by a Buddhist mob is the worst anti-Muslim violence in decades, and fears are growing that the situation could become worse. The latest reports indicate that at least 7 persons were killed and over 50 injured. Three mosques were attacked and set on fire and many more Muslim-owned houses and businesses were also burned.  Reports also claim that many injured were not able to access medical care because of a curfew. The violent chain of events began in […]

What is there to promise afresh to PM Modi? The President must implement the 13th amendment of the Constitution in full but will NOT do it so he can stay in power.

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha Leader of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and Minister of Human Resources, D.E.W. Gunasekera, believes differences between the political cultures of India and Sri Lanka are crucial when it comes to resolving the country’s ethnic problem. He pointed out that the Indian political culture is symbolized by the act of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the former Premier Manmohan Singh with a bouquet of flowers, immediately after being sworn-in as Prime Minister of India. “Will our President ever go to Ranil Wickremesinghe like that?” Minister Gunasekera inquired, during an interview with Ceylon Today regarding devolving police and land powers to the provincial councils, under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. A new round of dialogue, regarding implementing the 13th Amendment in full, commenced […]

crimes of bigoted Buddhists against Burma’s Muslim minority and a rising tide of violence against the Muslims of Sri Lanka

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As usual President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is famous for ‘Promising to investigations’ which will never bring any outcome, has expected ”Promised an investigation into the violence”.  The culprits in the BBS are of course well known to the President and a close associates of his Brother Gotha who is feared more powerful than Mahinda locally in Aluthgama, hence Muslim community leaders are not hopeful that any criminal charges will be laid against them. Interestingly there are Muslim leaders who are Ministers in the Mahinda Government, They are known to be puppets of the President Mahinda and has NO Official powers but enjoy all financial benefits of the Ministry they hold. It is believed that their only job is to lobby the Muslim world leaders to […]

Buddhist radicalism has been increasing in Sri Lanka just as it has in Myanmar

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 Buddhist-Muslim Unrest Boils Over in Sri Lanka ALUTHGAMA, Sri Lanka — In some of the worst religious violence in Sri Lanka in decades, three people have been killed and 78 injured in riots between Buddhists and Muslims in this southwestern coastal town after months of rising tensions, officials said Monday. The riots on Sunday followed a protest march by a hard-line Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena, which is led in part by monks. Its name roughly translates as Buddhist Power Force. Shops and homes in the area, many of them owned by Muslims, were set ablaze and vandalized in violence that continued throughout the night. Mobs shouting anti-Muslim slogans and hurling gas bombs and stones advanced on a Muslim part of the village of Welipitiya, […]

Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots

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Widespread condemnation as religious tensions kill three; injure over 70 Police curfew in force since Sunday; uneasy calm in Aluthgama and Berwela Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots Police forensic teams deployed amidst tight security in the area By Dharisha Bastians Police curfew remains in force in Aluthgama and Beruwala as sporadic incidents continued in the area throughout Monday and Police and religious leaders appealed for restraint from all sides. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds about 300 strong in Welipanna late last night, reports from the area said. Religious clashes in Aluthgama on Sunday night claimed three lives and injured more than 70 people, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem and residents confirmed yesterday. However, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana maintained that only two persons had been […]

Refusing to Allow UN team to visit Sri Lanka – Cheating the World again!

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War Criminals Rajapaksha’s who ordered the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians have 2/3 Majority in the Parliament. Playing Politics against the UN with the support of China and Russia. The government wants Parliament to oppose a UNHRC war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. What it really seeks is parliamentary endorsement for a fait accompli in the form of a resolution. Opposition parliment parties UNP and JVP are highlighting the human rights violations by the Government during the last few years and calling upon the government to investigate them before seeking the Opposition’s support for its resolution. UNP Sajith Premadasa has warned that the UNHRC probe will lead to economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. The government’s concerns about the UNHRC war crimes probe need to […]