August 2014

Indian PM says he is 100% with TNA

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian PM says he is 100% with TNA, but wants them to talk to Colombo Government – Swamy once said Lanka should be a federated state of India, now the Govt. gives the self-styled leader a red-carpet welcome – President’s foreign policy advisors misreading geopolitics; Public attacks on US but costly PR stunts to repair ties Subramanium Swamy who said ”Sri Lanka should become a part of the federated state of India thus denouncing its sovereignty and territorial integrity” in April 2000 changed to Rajapaksha’s ‘mouth pies’ in 2014. He is accused of receiving gifts and FREE holidays from Rajapaksha Government as return. A few hundred metres away from one of New Delhi’s best known addresses – No 7, Race Course Road – security men […]

URGENT Appeal from CTC: Witness Testimony from Tamil Canadians Needed in Support of UN Investigation Our Dear Community

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

As many of you may know, on August 5th, 2014 the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced it will accept submissions pursuant to the mandate given to it at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights in Sri Lanka during the period of February 2002 to November 2001. In accordance with this mandate, the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) was established. Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) wishes to encourage any and all members of the community to make submissions to the OISL CTC has been at the forefront of UNHRC advocacy efforts since May 2009. CTC’s International Team, in collaboration with […]

Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings – AHRC

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Although, technically speaking, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are two distinct categories of gross violations of human rights, these two categories often overlap in Sri Lanka. Often, what get classified as enforced disappearances are kidnappings followed by interrogation, which often involve the use of torture and ill-treatment, followed by executions done in secret and, finally, the secret disposal of bodies. Despite several commissions looking into involuntary disappearances having made extensive observations and recommendations on the nature of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka and ways to avoid the same, successive governments have failed to implement these recommendations. The following are observations and recommendations from ALRC to the Council on the issue of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka. 2. Successive governments have refused to make Sri Lanka […]

Memoir Written by LTTE Ex-Child Soldier “Niromi de Zoysa” Being Made into Movie Named “Tigress”

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

AT FIRST glance, Niromi de Soyza* is just like any other mum you might meet, one who juggles the school run with running a household in an affluent area of North Sydney. But behind this peaceful suburban life lies an extraordinary story of AK-47s, cyanide capsules and death, fighting alongside rebel soldiers in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Niromi de Soyza in this month’s Vogue magazine. Source: Supplied In her previous life, de Soyza was a Tamil Tiger. It was 1987 when de Soyza’s life changed forever. Until then she had enjoyed a relatively privileged upbringing as a teenager in Sri Lanka. Born into a middle-class family in the picturesque, forested city of Kandy, de Soyza and her sister attended the local private school. During […]

Why Narendra Modi Wants Sri Lanka to Build on the 13th Amendment

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Astute Observers consistently following the erratic course of Sri Lankan Tamil politics were in for a pleasant surprise last week. The premier political representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil people configured electorally as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)embarked on a passage to India to meet the recently elected Prime minister Narendra Modi and key officials in New Delhi. The element of pleasant surprise in this exercise was due to the fact that a trip to New Delhi by the TNA was not expected to materialise until after the advent of the 2015 new year. Repeated efforts by the TNA to meet Modi in New Delhi since May this year when Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the 15th Prime minister […]

Govt Intensifies Propaganda War

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As international pressure continues to mount on the government on the human rights issue, supported by human rights groups and some western countries, including the United States, the government is using all options available to boost its image both locally and overseas. Government propaganda has targeted the local voter base while overseas millions of rupees is being spent on US based firms to promote the country among investors and the US Congress. Propaganda targeting the local audience is being carried out by government ministers and parliamentarians with the unwritten theme being the need to put the country first above all else. The government claims there is a major conspiracy to remove the ruling party and President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power. Two top ministers had last […]

SL- Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties

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Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed ways to strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.  During the meeting, a cordial discussion was held between Secretary Defence and Air Chief Marshal Butt on matters of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said.Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal KolithaGunathilake, Air Commodore Hamid Rashid Randhawa and DefenceAttache of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Col Muhammad RajilIrshad Khan were also present at the occasion.The Air Chief, who is on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, also met his Sri Lankan counterpart, Air Marshal KA Gunatilleke.  During the meeting it was agreed to enhance the cooperation between […]

Sri Lanka Tamil party ready to talk with the government

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the party was ready to resume discussions with the government to reach a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka. TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told a news conference in Colombo Thursday that the party does not have a hidden agenda and the party is strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question. “We have no intention of dividing Sri Lanka. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” Sumanthiran said. He said that the allegation leveled by the government against them that they were cronies of the Tamil rebel […]

Government evading talks says TNA

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the Sri Lankan government was evading the political question by stating false claims of LTTE links. “The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE. The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims,” he told a press conference on Thursday. “We do not have any hidden agenda. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” Sumanthiran said. “Minister Susil Premajayantha had said recently the government is ready to resume talks if TNA makes a request. Why should we make a request? It was the government that backed away from talks,” […]

Pakistan cricketers prevented from entering the Dambulla mosque

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Members of the Pakistani cricket team, who were in Dambulla today, were prevented from entering the Masjidul Khaira mosque in Dambulla for their Friday evening prayers The decision, which earned the ire of the Pakistani cricket team and its management, was taken by authorities who overlooked the security of the team. The team arrived at Dambulla today for the third and final ODI with Sri Lanka which would take place at the international cricket stadium in Dambulla tomorrow. Some players of the team were of the view that the incident amounted to an insult to the cricket team of Pakistan. Following the incident, the Pakistan players had gone to the mosque in Galewela for their evening prayers. A controversy occurred two years ago surrounding the […]

NO Political solution to Tamils for now (since 4th February 1948), We will only give Money to them – Minister Basil

30th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister claims NPC has ‘other priorities’ TNA must work with powers they have before asking for more devolution: Basil Says NPC can do much more with funds allocated Calls for NPC to cooperate with Economic Development Ministry Blames PC for railway link delays to Jaffna By Dharisha Bastians Observing what he called a ‘slowdown’ of development activities in the north, powerful Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday called on the Northern Provincial Council to cooperate with his Ministry to push the process forward. Minister Rajapaksa said that his understanding was that the Northern Provincial Council was not very interested in development, because they had more important priorities. “But my own view is that people’s needs are more important than politicians’ needs. We need to attend […]

Sri Lanka exports jump on EU, US demand for garments

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COLOMBO, (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s trade deficit narrowed substantially this year thanks to increased demand for clothing exports to the United States and Europe, the island’s central bank said Thursday. Exports jumped 16.8 percent to $5.44 billion in the first six months of calendar 2014 compared to the same period last year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said. Imports meanwhile declined 1.2 percent to $8.99 billion compared to the same period last year, the bank said. Overall, the trade gap reduced from $4.44 billion in the first six months of last year to $3.55 billion in the same period this year, the bank said. Sri Lanka’s exports in mainly garments to the EU jumped 34.6 percent while those to the US increased 12.1 percent, […]

Lankan incidents draws UN attention

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CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO : https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1722935254001/?bctid=3755084005001&autoStart=false&secureConnections=true&width=480&height=270 A UN official today noted that incidents in some countries, including Sri Lanka, clearly demonstrate that societies are grappling with identity based tensions. The UN official highlighted the important role played by the initiative known as the Alliance of Civilizations in building bridges to peace, especially amid the current instability in many parts of the world, as he kicked off a global forum in Bali, Indonesia. “The Alliance is here for you to serve as a soft power tool for conflict prevention, reconciliation, and to advance sustainable development,” said the High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser. Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance seeks to promote […]

Work with existing powers, NO devolution!

29th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) should work with existing powers before demanding further devolution, Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday. The Provincial Council system was established in Sri Lanka in the year 1988 under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.  and to date the Sri Lankan government have not implemented the constitution in full as it gives some rights to the minorities, although the minorities are demanding equal rights to all. “They have not done anything yet, (or we have not allowed them to do anything)” he said, speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a press conference to announce a new bank loan scheme launched by his ministry. His comments come less […]

UN Investigators for Sri Lanka, Show Your Work!

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

If the U.N. wants to promote reconciliation in Sri Lanka, it has to show its work.  U.N. investigators should use tools and methods that are transparent, replicable, and open to scrutiny by all.  Every Sri Lankan, both inside and outside the country, deserves the chance to question the methods behind U.N. findings. Last week, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced that he would not grant entry visas to U.N. human rights investigators looking into allegations of mass killings.  Since investigators won’t be able to collect evidence on the ground, they will have to rely more on digital evidence, like photographs, videos, and satellite images, which can be transmitted out of Sri Lanka and Mr. Rajapaksa’s control.  As U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navy Pillay […]

Who is Mahinda afraid of?

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Upul Joseph fernando Political analysts are intrigued by what Mahinda is studying with much interest these days. It is, without a doubt, reports submitted to him by his political intelligence sources, in particular about the political leaders who attended Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera’s latest and much publicized meetings. He must be wondering who, among them will come to challenge him for the Presidency. A close study of his probable thought process on this matter will yield interesting results. Chandrika – A dangerous customer, she will try to rope in as many ministers as possible. After all, most of them held cabinet portfolios because of her. Maithri, Susil, Nimal Siripala and the lot; they are unreliable and could easily gang up with Chandrika. They could rest assured […]

13-A hoodwink continues under BJP New Delhi

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

 Tamil National Alliance leader and Sri Lankan MP R Sampanthan today alleged that the island nation government was not interested in implementing the 13th Amendment and was only impeding the functioning of the Northern Provincial Council. “The government is not interested in implementing the 13th Amendment and is interested in blocking, impeding and restraining the functioning of the NPC,” Sampanthan, the veteran Lankan Tamil leader told reporters here. The 27 year-old treacherous deceit of the New Delhi Establishment, committed on the nation of Eezham Tamils in the name of implementing the 13 Amendment of the unitary constitution of genocidal Sri Lanka, continues under Narendra Modi’s regime, with an ultimate aim of completing the genocide and structural genocide in the island, commented Tamil activists for alternative […]

UK Tamils remember Chenchoalai massacre by Rajapaksha, condemn genocidal sex abuse

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamils from UK gathered at Downing Street, London on Saturday to remember the Chegn-choalai (Sencholai) massacre and to condemn the ongoing genocidal sex abuse of Eezham Tamil women in the Tamil homeland by the occupying Sinhala forces. The protesters, most of whom were youth activists, held placards and banners stating that “Sri Lanka’s LLRC report is a blueprint for genocide of Eelam Tamil nation” and demanding the UN to investigate genocide and conduct referendum for Tamil Eelam. Chegn-choalai massacre of 61 Eezham Tamil schoolgirls happened on 14 August, 2006 when Sri Lankan Kfir jets bombed a children’s home compound in Mullaiththeevu district.Four Kfir jet bombers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) dropped 16 bombs on the premises of the Chegn-choalai children’s home in Vallipunam […]

TNA ready to resume talks with Govt.

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it was ready to resume talks with the Government in search of a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.TNA parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran told a news conference that it did not have a hidden agenda and said it was strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question.“The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE. The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims. We do not have any hidden agenda. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” he said.Mr. Sumanthiran […]

‘Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils’

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the government to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sambanthan said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, Mr. Sambanthan said the programme was aimed at drastically changing the demography of the Tamil-dominated areas and rendering the demand for devolution of powers redundant. “If there is no intervention, the damage… will be irreversible and irreparable,” he said. Mr. Sambanthan termed fruitful his meetings over the week with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. He said Mr. Modi underscored the need for finding a lasting political solution within a […]

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