August 2014

Another British Woman Raped But Police States Incident Not Reported

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

A 20 year-old British female touring in Sri Lanka has been raped in the Kuda Kalli area in Arugam Bay, local media has reported. However, the Police Spokesman’s Office states that so far, the incident has not been reported to the Police. According to LankaCNews – a news website run by government MinisterWimal Weerawansa, the woman had been walking along Kuda Kalli beach in Potuwil, Arugam Bay when she had been attacked and raped. She is presently receiving treatments at the Ampara hospital. Although media reports state she has lodged a complaint with the Police and no one has been arrested as of yet, Police Spokesman’s Office stated that no such complaint has been lodged with the Potuwil Police.

Satellite Images Uncover Lies Spewed By SL Military In Jaffna Land Grabs

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Exposing blatant lies spewed to Northern civilians by the military under the blessings of the Rajapaksa-regime in order to support the rampant land grabbing racket following the end of the war, a close analysis of satellite images have disclosed that over 50% of the land acquired by the Army through such means is not being used for its stated purpose. The analysis that had been carried out by the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) upon a request made by Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, has revealed the majority of the 25 sqkm stretch of land in the Jaffna Peninsula that is presently declared out of bounds to anyone except the Army and those they permit to […]

To University on MP’s letter

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday questioned the admission of a student to Ruhunu University on the recommendation UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa.Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake in his response told Parliament that the University Grants Commission had entertained the appeal by this student only because her Z-score was well within the cutoff mark.Mr. Wickremesinghe said this incident had breached the trust placed by students and their parents on the university admission system and referring to relevant newspaper articles, he pointed out that Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri the former chairman of the Federation of University Teachers had sought an inquiry into this admission.The minister said he received a number of letters from politicians including those from the opposition to consider appeals made by some students who sought […]

GTF News Update – 23rd August 2014

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** TNA MPs Meet Sushma Swaraj <http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/32478-tna-mps-meet-sushma-swaraj.html>   NEW INDIA EXPRESS  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Tamils in Sri Lanka Must Get Dignity, Justice: India <http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Tamils-in-Sri-Lanka-Must-Get-Dignity-Justice-India/2014/08/22/article2393017.ece>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Satellite Images Uncover Lies Spewed By SL Military In Jaffna Land Grabs <https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/satellite-images-uncover-lies-spewed-by-sl-military-in-jaffna-land-grabs/>   SRI LANKA MIRROR **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** lslamic terrorism threat to SL : Gotabaya <https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/16639-lslamic-terrorism-threat-to-sl-gotabaya>   TAMIL GUARDIAN Ongoing concern for Tamil workers in Kurdistan, KRG denies forced labour <http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=11942>   ASIA CORRESPONDENT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sri Lanka government trying to hamper UN probe, says activist <http://asiancorrespondent.com/126016/sri-lanka-government-trying-to-hamper-un-probe-says-activist/>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Supporting 18A SlMC’s Blunder  <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-71058-news-detail-supporting-18a-slmcs-blunder.html>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SF tears into Polls Chief <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=108879>   […]

Sri Lanka government upset by good O/L, A/L results of Tamil students in UK.

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government has instructed his diplomats to frame all Tamil schools in European Union countries in which there is a substantial population of Tamils from Sri Lanka, as LTTE supported organisations. This is done to stop the Tamil community educating their children Tamil and religion.  In These Weekend schools Tamil, Hinduism and Christianity  free of charge and all other academic subjects and arts and music from junior to A/L are taught  in these weekend schools which have helped improve their standard at there schools. The children are charged a nominal fee and most of these schools are non profitable run by committees appointed among the parents of children in the school. In UK most of the Tamil students have achieved high level of marks  in […]

TNA to seek Modi’s backing over 13A

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will urge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj to push for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the party will look to several key issues with the Indian Government, including the 13thAmendment to the constitution, during a visit to New Delhi beginning tomorrow. The  Government has refused to fully implement the 13th Amendment especially a clause which calls for police powers to be devolved to the provinces. Sumanthiran reporters at a media briefing today the TNA will urge India to ensure Sri Lanka fully implements the 13thAmendment as the Government had earlier given that assurance to India. The TNA is expected to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra […]

Ranil flays MR’s panel

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday demanded to know from the government the complex issues that had arisen with regard to the proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances and Missing Persons, causing the need to obtain services of a panel of experts. Making a special statement in Parliament, the Opposition Leader said: “In answer to a question asked by me under Standing Order 23(2), G L Peiris, Minister of External Affairs stated that the Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances and Missing Persons had informed the President that in view of the large numbers of representations that had been made to the Commission and the complex legal issues that have arisen as a result, that […]

Lanka concerned over some groups

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Ministry of Defence says since the LTTE’s defeat, some groups have begun to engage in activities that stem far beyond self-protection and there is information that some of these groups have even tried to link up with global Islamic terrorist organizations and so the situation requires careful monitoring. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, writing for the Center for Complex Operations in the US, said that one of the concerns in the post-war environment is the increasing communalism amongst ethnic groups, which, if left unaddressed, could result in the rise of ethnic tensions in the future. He notes that during the period of the war, it was not only the Sinhalese and Tamil communities that were affected by the terrorist separatism of the LTTE, but also […]

Ban tells Lanka to help UN-led probe

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka to assist the investigation on the war led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ban ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the Secretary‑General fully supports the High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends the leadership she’s demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation. “The Secretary‑General encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry led by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, that was established by the Human Rights Council.  He reiterates the importance for the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to constructively engage with the entire UN system as it would help the country make constant progress development, lasting peace and protection of Human […]

Where are the Commission reports?

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has spent as much as Rs.270 million on 17 Presidential Commissions appointed between 2005 and 2013, but the reports of most of them have still not been presented to Parliament, it was revealed yesterday. Government gave these details in response to a question asked by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the number of Presidential Commissions appointed during the period under review, the amount of money spent on each of them and their purpose. These Presidential Commissions were appointed to look into matters such as the assassination of TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham, the alleged frauds in the procurement of military equipment by the Navy, the taxation policy of Sri Lanka and the discovery of a mass grave behind the Matale […]

Israeli soldiers to rape and kill the girls in Gaza?

20th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Israeli media has pointed out that Israel should adopt the Sri Lankan experience to wage war in the Gaza strip and avoid negotiation with whom they term as “terrorists” In an opinion article published in Jerusalam post, Michael Freund said Sri Lanka never considered peace negotiations with the LTTE. “The truth is that there is precedent for the defeat of terrorist organizations through the determined use of military power” Freund says. He seems to justify the killing of the 40,000 Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan forces in May 2009 in Sri Lanka and raping and killing of Tamil girls by the government forces and killing of more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their family members by the forces who surrendered with White flag after […]

Mahinda appoints two more puppets from India and Pakistan to cover up the War Crime

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed two more international experts to the international panel of experts advising the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons in Sri Lanka, the President’s Office said.Accordingly, an Indian human rights activist, Prof. Avdhash Kaushal and Pakistan Law expert Ahmer B.Soofi have been appointed to the panel, the President tweeted. Pakistan and India have helped Mahinda to kill more than 40,000  Tamils in month of May 2009 alone and Sir Desmond de Silva who is a advisor appointed by Mahinda had already said that killing of 40,000 Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces cannot be called a war crime. In July, the President appointed three eminent persons of international repute-British lawyers Desmond de Silva and Geoffrey Nice and U.S. […]

BJP told to explain Mahinda’s pet Swamy in Lanka

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan on Tuesday asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently, the Press Trust of India reported. While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, the TNC chief wondered on what capacity the BJP leader had called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha recently. “The Central government must clarify. On what capacity did Subramanian Swamy go to Sri Lanka ? What is his status?” he said. Mr. Gnanadesikan was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of birth anniversary celebrations of freedom fighter Sathyamurthi and Congress leader GK Moopanar at the party headquarters in Chennai. Referring to the alleged arrest […]

Mahinda Rajapaksha says NO to devolve powers to Tamils.

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Indian Government had over the weekend said it wants to see police powers devolved to the Tamil provinces in Sri Lanka according to the countries constitution. But the President Mahinda had said NO to implement the countries constitution in full which gives some rights to the minority Tamil community. In May 2009 more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces which made Sinhala leader receive more Sinhala votes. He intend to not to give equal rights to the  Tamil community hence receive the Sinhala support. President is closely associated with the Sinhala extremist groups which wants Sri Lanka to be another Burma. India said it has followed a principled approach towards the situation in Sri Lanka, especially in respect of […]

Minister Mervyn Says Monk Gnanasara Thera Wears Saffron Robe To Earn Money

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Mervyn Silva has vehemently criticized the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera saying the latter is wearing the ’Buddha Robe’ only to earn money. The Minister, speaking to reporters,  said people like Gnanasara Thera were nowhere to be seen during the time of war.  He also added that the BBS organization has come out of the shell after the government ended the thirty year long conflict. Mervin Silva accused the BBS monks of chasing after the virtual needs of fame, glory and wealth in the name of Buddhism which encourages people to let go of all worldly needs. Furthermore, the Minister stated that the likes of Gnanasara Thera use the reputation and respect the saffron robe […]

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: United Nations human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” according to press releaseissued by UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. They called on the Government of Sri Lanka to comply with the principle of non-refoulement (no-forced-returns) when there is a credible potential threat against an individual and to stop the deportations immediately in order to allow the completion of […]

TNA asks UN to probe atrocities under SLFP, UNP govts since 1974

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to expand its ongoing inquiry to investigate atrocities committed by successive governments against Tamil speaking people since 1974. The UN recently launched the inquiry under the supervision of British national Sandra Beidas, formerly with the London headquartered Amnesty International. In a letter dated August 17 addressed to outgoing UNHRC Chief Navanethem Pillay 33 members of the TNA-run Northern Provincial Council (NPC) as well as the UPFA controlled Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) have asked the UN agency to ascertain whether Sri Lanka committed genocide. They have requested the UNHRC to set up investigation in Tamil Nadu due to Sri Lanka’s refusal to cooperate with the UN investigation. The […]

Sri Lanka refuses entry to UN war crimes investigators

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

 Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday. Related Stories Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes AFP Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimesAssociated Press Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probeAssociated Press Sri Lanka again delays dig at suspected Muslim mass grave AFP U.N. names panel to investigate war crimes in Gaza; Israel slams it Reuters Sri Lanka has refused to accept the authority of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted in March to investigate allegations that the military killed 40,000 civilians in the final months of the separatist war in 2009. But it is the first time that Rajapakse has said UN investigators will […]

There is no systematic process of consultation in North and East

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Political and Administrative Units An opposition member noted that recently there had been much speculation in the corridors of Parliament about the manner in which funds were being allocated for development. I had realized something unusual was going on, because during Reconciliation meetings in the North I had been told about massive amounts being made available to individual Members of Parliament. I had not received anything myself, and indeed had to ask for the Rs 5 million that has been given each year to all Members of Parliament. I was particularly keen to have this available, because it was only recently that I realized that no one else spent even a modicum of what I did in the […]

BBS raps Mervyn

19th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Mervyn Silva should correct himself first before making allegations against others, the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today.“We would like to invite Minister Silva to set himself right and then to correct his son instead of accusing others,” the Thera told a news conference as a response to a question posed by media.Earlier, during a meeting with the Mahanayakes Minister Silva had criticised the language used by BBS monks in the recent past. The Thera said that they knew how to approach and use language suitable for different factions.“We know which language to use when talking to humans, gods and criminals,” he said. “There have been court jesters like Andere by the side of Kings in history. They […]

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