24th July 2014

Al Jazeera has produced documentary film on Tamil refugees who arrived on the Sun Sea and Ocean Lady to Canada.

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You can also watch it online via this link: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2014/07/people-smugglers-20147239276629601.html The people smugglers Is the tough application of Canada’s immigration laws justified? Earlier this year the UN released a striking statistic: For the first time since World War II over 50 million people are now living as refugees around the world. As a result rich nations face higher flows of refugee claimants causing many to opt for ever stricter border controls. But those who are fleeing war and persecution are adopting new tactics, too. Increasingly they are opting to place themselves into the hands of networks of people smugglers who, for a fee, promise to take them to their destination. This episode of People & Power follows the arrival of two boats with Tamil refugees in Canada and […]

Hon. Jason Kenney issues statement on 31st anniversary of the Black July pogrom

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The Honourable Jason Kenney issued the following statement commemorating the anti-Tamil pogrom commonly known as Black July:   “Thirty one years ago in Sri Lanka, the violent riots against the country’s Tamil population that began in Colombo on July 23 began to spread across the country, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Tamils and the widespread, wanton destruction of private property.   “Since the events of Black July in 1983, members of Sri Lankan Tamil communities around the world have commemorated this tragedy, while also reflecting on the situation facing the people of Sri Lanka today.   “Canada has been forthright in our condemnation of recent human rights abuses taking place in Sri Lanka, including the intimidation and detention of journalists and the targeting […]

TAMIL NATIONAL HEROES DAY 25-JULY-2014

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31 st Anniversary of Black July 83, TELO Leaders and Fifty three Tamil prisoners were murdered in the maximum security Welikade prison, In the July 83 anti-Tamil program Sinhala thugs, ruling UNP party cadres, sections of Sri Lankan troopers, and Sri Lanka Police killed more than 3000 Tamils and destroyed property worth billions of rupees.  REMEMBRANCE DAY STATE TERROR BLACK JULY OF 1983 REVISITED The Madras Hindu of 10th August 1983 Posted by www.telo.org  on Thursday, July 24, 2014 · “Selvaraja Yogachandran (TELO), popularly known as Kuttmuni, a nominated member of the Sri Lankan parliament who was one of the 52 prisoners killed in the maximum security Wellikade prison in Colombo two weeks ago, was forced to kneel in his cell, (where he was under solitary confinement), […]

Scepticism Over Latest Probe

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Analysts fear three experts’ advice may end like IIEGP By Easwaran Rutnam   The Government announcement last week that the mandate of the Presidential Commission on missing persons had been expanded to investigate civilian deaths during the war and the appointment of three internationally acclaimed experts to advice the commission came as a surprise to many. Some fear if the advice of the three prominent experts are highly critical then they may just end up in the bin like the International Independent Eminent Group of Persons (IIEGP) in 2008. IIEGP, which was appointed by the Government, had terminated their observations from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry owing to what it said was the lack of political will on the part of the Government to support […]

The Journey Of The Returned Asylum Seekers

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It was an ordeal they would never want to face again. A group of 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were returned by Australia said they were given shabby treatment at sea by the Australians before they were handed over to the navy. The boat had departed to Australia from Batticaloa when it was stopped at sea by the Australian authorities.The asylum seekers were eventually transferred to the Sri Lankan navy who in turn handed them over to the police for legal action. The Galle Court last week remanded five people who were among the 41 asylum seekers returned by Australia while the rest were given bail. Epa Arunashantha, a lawyer who appeared in the case said that Galle Magistrate U.S. Kalansuriya had freed all […]

Black July And Birth-Crime

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “There is…..no worse crime than hatred.” – The Buddha (Dhammapada) Thirty one years ago, Sinhala mobs attacked all Tamils everywhere in Sri Lanka because some Tamil militants killed 13 Sinhala soldiers in Jaffna. One month ago Sinhala-Buddhist mobs targeted all Muslims in Aluthgama, Beruwala and surrounding areas because three Muslim youths reportedly assaulted a Buddhist monk and his driver. The ‘Four Four Bravo Operation’ which killed 13 Sinhala soldiers actually happened. There are conflicting reports about the alleged assault on the monk. But ‘They attacked a monk’ was the slogan of the mob as well as the post-facto justification peddled by everyone, Gotabaya Rajapaksa downwards. Therefore let us assume that the monk was actually assaulted by three Muslims youths. Even by the totally anti-Buddhist logic of ‘an-eye-for-an-eye’, […]

Lawyers’ Collective Accuses Rajapaksa Regime Of Attempting To Gain Control Of NGO Operations

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A group of senior legal practitioners in Sri Lanka – the Lawyers’ Collective has heavily criticized the notice that has been issued by the Director General of the External Resources Department (ERD) ‘advising’ the public on the ‘legitimate’ activities of the NGOs, describing its contents as ‘misleading’ and in dire need of clarification. The Collective’s representatives – Lal Wijenayake , Chandrapala Kumarage and JC Weliamuna have remarked the notice is yet another ‘intimidatory tactic of the government, manipulated outside the legal framework to create suspicions in the minds of the public’ on the activities of NGOs that promote democracy and seeks to uplift socio-economic status of the masses. They have also raised alarm at the notice, asserting that it is another step in the government’s systematic plan to take control of civil society […]

Fear of Sri Lankan security forces still drives Tamils into exile

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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

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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

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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 […]