July 2014

Fear of Sri Lankan security forces still drives Tamils into exile

24th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: The Sri Lankan civil war which claimed more than 100,000 lives over a quarter of a century officially ended in 2009. However, Tamil refugee advocates in India claim that ongoing reprisals by Sri Lankan security forces against Tamil activists is prompting many to continue to seek asylum in countries such as India and Australia. The closest safe haven to Sri Lanka is the south-east Indian state of Tamil Nadu where about 67,000 Sri Lankan Tamil registered refugees are housed in 110 refugee camps spread across 25 districts, with as many as 17,000 children born to Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu considered stateless. It is estimated that another 35,000 Tamil refugees are living in Tamil Nadu illegally in areas outside the camps which are strictly […]

UK weapons to Lanka has increased

24th July 2014 // 0 Comments

A British Parliament committee has found that weapons exports to Sri Lanka from Britain has increased despite Sri Lanka being listed as a country of concern by Britain over the human rights issue. The Committees on Arms Export Controls said in a report published today that the value of extant licences to Sri Lanka has risen from £8.1m (49 licences) to £49.6m (79 licences) –  a rise of 614%. The Committee has sought a response from the Government over the arms exports to Sri Lanka and a list of other countries. On Sri Lanka, the Committee has recommend that the British Government states in its response the reasons it considers its approved extant arms export licences to Sri Lanka for assault rifles, body armour, combat […]

Sri Lankan President set not to attend Glasgow 2014 after fears presence will overshadow Games

24th July 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nick Butler A potentially harmful diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014 is likely to be avoided due to the fact Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not planning to attend the Commonwealth Games this summer, insidethegames has learned.  This comes after two letters were sent to British Foreign Secretary William Hague voicing concerns the presence of the controversial leader would mean the Games are overshadowed by questions relating to genocide and human rights abuse. The first was sent by Hague’s opposition counterpart in the Labour Party, shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander last Friday (May 9), demanding to know exactly how the Government plans to ensure the event is not hit by controversy. It cites how police have already warned there could be protests on the streets of Glasgow if […]

Publish The Report On Five Trinco Student Killings Immediately – Liberal Party

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Liberal Party in a statement to commend the government on expanding the scope of the Presidential Commission on Disappearances, has urged the publication of the Udalagama Report and for swift action to be implemented on its findings on the killing of five students in Trincomalee in 2006. Liberal Party General Secretary, Kamal Nissanka in his statement has praised President Rajapaksa on expanding the scope of the Commission on Disappearances pointing out although it has been worded in a ‘circumspect and circumlocutory fashion’. “It fulfills the long expressed need for an internal need into possible violations of law during the conflict,” he states. Nissanka has also interpreted the move as the President commends President’s determination to continue with the South African initiative despite Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s vehement objections against it. “The […]

Navy Raping Tamil Children; Impunity Promoted By Rajapaksa Regime Has Made Sri Lankans Akin To Slaves: AHRC

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Denial of justice to two female children that were raped by Navy personnel attached to the Karainagar camp, has made it starkly clear that there is no difference between slaves and people of Sri Lanka, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) states. In a statement issued on the lackdiasical manner in which the investigation and the Court cases concerning the rapes of the 11 year and nine year old girls by Navy personnel were carried out, the AHRC notes that it is a reflection of the absence of a public judicial system in Sri Lanka. It notes that the parents of the 11 year old girl who was abducted and raped by seven Navy personnel, had been threatened and are presently living in fear. The AHRC therefore […]

Tamils from UK and Europe will be congregating in Glasgow to drive Rajapaksa

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

 Protest against Rajapaksha’s visit to Commonwealth games in Scotland. By Visvanathan The opening ceremony for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be held today, 23 July 2014. Tamils from UK and Europe will be congregating in Glasgow  to drive Rajapaksa, the honourable guest for the games, out of the stadium. Please read. The tubes at the bottom are in Tamil. While the Sri Lankan government officials remain tight-lipped on President Rajapaksa’s participation at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland on July 23, Tamils in the UK are busy organising a demonstration opposite the Stadium. The Tamil Youth Organisation in UK has asked Tamils to gather at Barrowfield Street, Glasgow on at 3.30pm on the day of the opening ceremony. They have arranged 30 centres […]

Land Grab Continues Unabated

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

These are two links on land grabs in the Tamil Homeland. The International Community should have realised the consequences of helping Rajapaksa to defeat the Tamil Tigers. The TNA will have to work to end land grabs, and also the rape of 2 children in the island. The Tamils there are helpless to bring  the culprits to justice. The case will have to be handled by TNA lawyers. Please read the two links below. They are actually 4 links; even the titles are links. 21.07.14 Struggle against genocidal military land-grab inte.. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37308 22.07.14 Protesting mother exposes occupying SL military’s .. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37309 Regards, Visvanathan

Visas to UN team refused

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

India has refused to grant visas to the United Nations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to probe the alleged human rights violations during the last seven years of three-decade-long conflict in Sri Lanka, according to a report in Sri Lanka. It is understood that India and four other South Asian countries stand united in expressing their objection to the UN probe mandated by a resolution adopted at UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva last March. Prathiba Mahana-mahewa, commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, revealed in Colombo that India had rejected visas to the investigation committee to conduct the probe, Sri Lankan national news agency Lankapuvath reported Tuesday. The investigation team of three members appointed by […]

Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirty-first Anniversary of “Black July” 1983.

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The underside of Black July by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside. Goon squads battering passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets! Remand prisoners and political detainees in the country’s top prison being massacred.The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities. The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!” – (Introductory Paragraph from “Sri Lanka” The holocaust and After” by C.R. Hensman writing under the pseudonym L. […]

South Africa taken for a ride by President Rajapaksa

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan, France The present desperate situation of Rajapaksa’s regime has compelled it to seek the friendship of some popular and powerful countries. They have tried everywhere from NEWS – North, East, West and South, but are unable to find the right ones. They have found China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela, etc., but these are in the same boat as the Rajapaksa regime, on human rights, war crimes or crimes against humanity. If we summarise the recent foreign visits by President Rajapaksa and his Minister of External Affairs, Prof G. L. Peiris, we see that they cover a very small circle of powerless countries – Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Maldives, Seychelles, etc. Among the countries whose friendships were sought […]

Sri Lanka: Was it a Genocide?

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Paper No. 5748 Dated 21-Jul-2014 by Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were one of the most advanced militant groups in the world listed as the world’s greatest terrorist threat by the United States (U.S.) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ahead of Al-Qaeda1.A lot has been made out of the destruction of the LTTE and end of the civil war in Sri Lanka ending in a bloody scene for civilians in the early months of 2009. However, the question which lingers in the minds of the international community is was the final stage a “genocide” under the cannons of international law? To answer this, there is the following international legislature and customary international law we must examine: 1. The 1948 Geneva […]

Another 100 kilos from Pakistan the main hub of heroin

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

 Needed: An all-out war on drugs stock of 100kg heroin worth Rs 700 million was confiscated by customs yesterday (21) at the Orugodawatte Customs compound. The stock was concealed within three paper moulding machines imported from Karachi, Pakistan. The Customs inspected the container because they closely monitor all shipments from Pakistan as the country is the main hub of heroin (brown sugar) trade in the region. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the incident, including the importer and two clearance officers, Customs Media Spokesman Leslie Gamini revealed. The three men are being kept in the custody of the Customs. All three arrested suspects are Sri Lankans and they are being further questioned so as to obtain more information on those who are engaged in […]

”Sri Lanka had never had an ethnic problem” says Stupid BJP Swamy

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

GoSL in trouble because it reneged on promises Declaring that Sri Lanka had never had an ethnic problem, the former Union Minister Swamy declared that the ethnic issue here was nothing but a figment of British imagination. Swamy urged the Sri Lankan government to go on the offensive on the human rights front and not to give visas to Norwegians. Swamy said that India couldn’t compel Sri Lanka to implement the 13th Amendment though New Delhi took it up on numerous occasions. Had the Sri Lankan government fulfilled its commitments and addressed contentious issues it wouldn’t have been in crisis today  Subramanian Swamy receives $200000 from Sri Lankan … Lanka Should Ignore Tamil Nadu Dr Subramanian Swamy SUBRAMANIAN SWAMI IS A CIA AGENT ………WIKILEAKS Subramanian Swamy Dubbed ‘CIA Agent’ after […]

Wimal on his continuing role with Govt…

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Minister Wimal Weerawansa, at a discussion held recently, was reported to have reached a consensus on tipping the scales in favour of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera contesting the presidential elections as a common candidate. In an interview with Ceylon Today, Minister Weerawansa explains the reality behind the media reports, and why he thinks the recently appointed three-member international advisory panel to guide the Presidential Commission to investigate complaints of missing persons, is a dead rope given to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, by a force catering to the agendas of the West.Excerpts of the interview: Q:Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera met you and your party recently. What were the issues you discussed at that meeting?A: Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera had […]

Presidents associate racists JHU objects to president’s committee

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The government’s appointment of a committee as an alternative to Navi Pillai’s committee is an infringement by the government of its own policy of opposing outside mediation, says the government affiliate JHU a well known anti Tamil racist party in a statement. The statement by its media spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe says his party has neither been informed nor consulted as a UPFA partner regarding the appointment of the committee. Warning the country about this committee, the JHU says it strongly objects to its appointment. It notes the LLRC established to counter the Darusman report had boomeranged on the Sri Lankan government, and the new committee would similarly rebound on the government and the military killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009. […]

MR’s intl. experts to study Darusman report

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The expert advisors appointed by President Rajapaksa would have NO role in the investigations.  Experts say Govt. asked them to advise ‘local commission probing alleged war crimes by all parties to conflict’ ‘Coming in with an open mind’: Ex-UN war crimes prosecutor David Crane Foreign advisors to seek clarification on disputed matters from Govt. and Army By Dharisha Bastians Three top international war crimes prosecutors tasked with advising a presidential commission investigating civilian deaths during the war will study the UN Panel of Experts Report and seek clarification from the Government and the military about disputed matters. “We have been asked by the Government of Sri Lanka to advise a local Commission investigating allegations of war crimes against all parties to the conflict,” Sir Geoffrey […]

‘Party before post’

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

It is very seldom that SLFP politicians have a kind word to say about the late President J. R. Jayewardene, who is blamed for all present-day politico-economic or even socio-cultural ills in this country. But, never do they hesitate to emulate him when it serves their purpose. They make a public display of their contempt for the Constitution he introduced in 1978 while making the best use of it to perpetuate their power; they won’t let go of the executive presidency which they once dubbed the mother of all evils. Minister Basil Rajapaksa, however, has, in an interview with a weekend newspaper, broken with the SLFP tradition to appreciate something the late president did. JRJ, he says, had the wisdom not to appoint senior party […]

Maithri is NOT suitable to be the next PM – Rajapaksha

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena who expects to become the prime minister at the next cabinet reshuffle is being pressurized within the government to withdraw any such plan. The latest to attempt to overturn Minister Sirisena’s dream has been the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa. In an interview with a daily newspaper Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said Mr. JR Jyawardene never allowed the secretary general or the treasurer of the party to participate in elections and he has appreciated this policy followed by JR saying it was very correct. Minister Sirisena, who has been the secretary general of the party for more than 15 years during the UF government, has also been a powerful minister in the government for about 10 years. During this […]

Why would Bank of Ceylon want to open branches in Seychelles & Solomon Islands?

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Why would Bank of Ceylon want to open branches in Seychelles & Solomon Islands? Why does Mihin Air fly to Seychelles?  Despite their stated Vision of “Bankers to the nation” and the Mission – “Extending banking service to larger society as a beneficial beacon in the country” it’s not so difficult to understand which ‘nation’ or the ‘section’ of the Sri Lankan society Bank of Ceylon is trying to serve with their recent opening of a branch in Seychelles.   With a population of 90,024 and rated as the highest income inequality country in the world, Seychelles has less than 100 Sri Lankans living there. Seychelles is also considered as the money laundering base in Africa and a haven for dirty money! There have been […]

Dirty Money – Sri Lankan Funds Placed In Swiss Banks Via Seychelles

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Money Laundering – Sri Lankans Using Seychelles as Residential Address Have Opened Swiss Bank Accounts Alleges UNP Parliamentarian Dr.Harsha de Silva. Why would Bank of Ceylon want to open branches in Seychelles & Solomon Islands? The United National Party (UNP) said today there was a trend where black money including money swindled from development projects was deposited in Swiss banks through Seychelles because Switzerland was tightening its laws.It said that though all funds deposited in Swiss banks were not ill-gotten lucre a large amount of such funds were deposited concealing the true identity.   UNP parliamentarian and well-known economist Harsha De Silva said the amount of funds deposited in Swiss banks under Sri Lankan addresses had decreased in recent years because of strict laws adopted by Switzerland […]

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