August 2014

Medication is confiscated from newly arrived asylum seekers!

18th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The email below is from Professor Louise Newman AM, via GetUp. Dear …………., Over the past few months we’ve heard the shameful stories coming out of the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in detention. It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in Fitzroy Town Hall, telling the inquiry how infants were failing to thrive in detention. Some of the children’s first words, when learning English, was “guard”. Not “mum”, not “dad’ – but “guard”. Since then we’ve heard reports from doctors who worked inside the Christmas Island detention centre, that medication is often confiscated from newly arrived asylum seekers. Including the case of a three-year-old girl who suffered from epilepsy, and began to have seizures when her medication was taken from her. We heard the story of a young […]

Vadamaraadchi East villagers capture SL Navy trooper for rape attempt

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The villagers of Vinaayakapuram at Vettilaik-kea’ni of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna captured a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) sailor, who had entered into the house of a former LTTE member and attempted to sexually abuse his wife in the early hours of Wednesday. The neighbours, who were alerted by the shouting of the woman around 1:00 a.m. rushed to the spot and captured the Sinhala-speaking man after chasing him for a while. The villages severely assaulted the culprit before handing him over to the SL Police with the demand of immediate remand. The villagers also provided the photograph of the captured SLN soldier to the media as the SL Navy was harassing them to get the man released without going to the courts. The SL Navy […]

Tamil woman under SL military training dies in Jaffna

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

A 26-year-old Tamil woman from Mullaiththeevu, who was conscripted by the occupying SL military was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital this week and died at the hospital on Thursday after a mysterious vaginal illness. The victim, Ajantha Prasath, a mother of a 6-year-old girl was from Chelvapuram in Oddu-chuddaan in Vanni. The lone poverty-stricken mother, living with her parents, was deceived with a ‘job offer’ by the SL military three months ago on 22nd May, was under military training at Palaali base. Ajantha died of ‘vaginal cancer’ according to the controversial director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Mrs Bavany Pasupathirajah, who attended a ‘press conference’ organised by the so-called Civil Military Coordination Office on Saturday. The dead body was burnt at Ponnakar burial grounds on […]

‘Sanction clauses’ for Lanka’s deals with European agencies

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

European export credit agencies have begun imposing “sanction clauses” into draft agreements with Sri Lanka in anticipation of international economic, trade and financial sanctions or embargoes — a move the Government has vigorously opposed. This would mean that if international sanctions or embargoes are imposed on Sri Lanka, the export credit insurance cover would be suspended. This could result in the lending partners demanding a renegotiation of terms with higher interest rates, seeking outright settlement or introducing fresh conditions reflective of the higher risk. Export credit is opened by an importer (in this instance, Sri Lanka) with a bank in an exporter’s country to finance an export operation. The World Bank defines an export credit agency as “a private or quasigovernmental institution that acts as […]

UN committee questions government

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan Government on several issues including on the progress made by the Sri Lankan Army’s Court of Inquiry in investigating allegations of civilian casualties during the war. The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 7 to 31 October with Sri Lanka being discussed on October 7 and 8. The reports to be considered during the 112th session are those of Sri Lanka, Burundi, Haiti, Malta, Montenegro and Israel. The Government has already submitted its fifth periodic report Human Rights Committee for its October session in accordance with article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political […]

Lanka signs US$ 760,000 lobby deal

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan Government has signed a new US$ 760,000 deal with Liberty International Group LLC of the USA to promote the island in the US, including among US Government members. Signed earlier this month between Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Connie Mack, President of Liberty International] Group, the deal, which will be in force from August 1 to July 2015, looks to ensure the US receives “clear and accurate information” about Sri Lanka’s current achievements and future plans. The Sri Lankan Government had earlier signed similar deals with other lobbying firms in the US amidst human rights allegations being raised against the country following the war. The main objectives of the deal, as per the […]

Do or die in the next three years

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nadini Perera Ceylon FT: The country must establish rule of law and create an environment for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in a ‘do or die’ scenario over the next three years, an economist said. “When it comes to FDIs particularly for a developing economy, we need inflow of money. This could come through many mechanisms, such as loans, or investments made by multinational enterprises. The importance of this is; we have currency stability on one side, and long term gains such as employment growth, opportunities, promotion of industries and Sri Lankan products across the world, on the other,” said Siddhartha Nanayakkara who is reading for his Ph.D in Investment Economics, to Ceylon FT. Although a significant gap was seen last year with the set FDI […]

Weary Of Domestic Mechanisms – Rayappu Joseph

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Mannar Bishop, Rayappu Joseph, recently submitting a letter to the Presidential Commission for Missing Persons, said that he was growing weary of the domestic mechanism in resolving the injustices faced by the Tamils. According to him, the domestic processes have not made any progress towards true reconciliation. The Bishop told The Sunday Leader that it is important to accept diversity and create unity by accommodating all the voices of people. – Excerpts of the interview: By Waruni Karunarathne Q: By saying that you don’t accept the local investigation, are you offering to give evidence pertaining to the war to the UN investigations? A: I am not saying that. All I am saying is that the local investigations have led nowhere. They have done local investigations such as Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation […]

India For A Political Solution Within A United Sri Lanka – Y. K. Sinha

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

As India celebrated its independence anniversary last week, the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha noted that India remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its endeavours of rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation. Speaking Exclusively toThe Sunday Leader, Sinha said that the need for national reconciliation through a political settlement has been reiterated by India at the highest levels and India’s consistent position is in favour of a negotiated political settlement, which is acceptable to all communities within the framework of a united Sri Lanka and which is consistent with democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights. By Easwaran Rutnam Q: There was a lot of negative publicity given when Mr. Modi won the elections with many claiming that ties between India and Sri Lanka will […]

On SL soil

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan India has ‘fortified’ its military presence at its High Commission in Colombo by appointing an Army official, Col. Gurinder S. Klaire, to its intelligence wing, ‘on seeing’ the strong ties Sri Lanka has built up with China. The appointment also comes as a response to the Chinese Embassy appointing, for the first time, a Defence Attaché to its Colombo office recently. Col. Klaire will reportedly serve as the Deputy Defence Adviser and will assist Defence Adviser Captain Prakash Gopalan.It is said the Indian High Commission traditionally appoints servicemen from the Navy, However, this is the first time an Army official has been appointed to the defence advisery desk. When Ceylon Today contacted Captain Prakash Gopalan, to verify the new appointment, he said ‘yes’ […]

How Much Does Corruption Cost The Citizen

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – The common refrain of supporters of an all powerful unchallengeableExecutive Presidency (EP) has been: “What does the common man care about abolishing EP; all he/she is concerned about is the cost of living, children’s schooling; decent housing”. Sycophants chant: “SI-CC talk against EP is a game played by the Colombo elite. The farmer, the fisherman and the city worker take no notice”. The truth however is that the EP-perfidy costs Punchi Banda in the village and Sarath Bass in the city a load of money. Secondly, the abuses perpetrated by UPFA politicos, enjoying impunity thanks to EP, despoil the quality of ordinary people’s lives. Corruption at the highest levels and impunity in the abuse of power are hard to separate from the exercise of […]

Testifying on War crimes is not a violation of the Constitution

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance Party has said that there is no charge in witnessing before the United Nation Investigation Team about the war crime real incidents that took place during the time of war. Testifying on War crimes before the International Community is not a violation of the Constitutional law. The Tamil National Alliance Party has also said that the ruling party Government of Srilanka must understand, for the witnessing on the war crimes there is a provision in the Constitution bill. The above Statements were made by the Tamil National Alliance Party Member of the Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran, while answering the question about the Testimony of the people regard to the Srilankan war crimes in front of the U.N. Investigation Team whether it is […]

All of Sri Lanka suffers to serve whims of ruling clan

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The United National Party (UNP) says it is a sad state of affairs that millions of tax rupees are spent by the Rajapaksa administration on extravagant events while over a million people are fighting a battle to obtain their daily drinking water. “In the 21st Century, it is not apt perhaps to blame the current political rulers for the failure of the rains in 14 districts of the island.” “But this much is a fact. Over a million Sri Lankans are suffering, rains are failing and the rulers are so corrupt, their minds are far away from the terrible plight of the people,” the party said, in a statement issued today. The UNP says it is therefore the time to make the same desperate plea […]

The 2006 Senchcholai Massacre: An Ominous Sign Of An Impending Human Catastrophe Engineered By An Evil Regime

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Whilst our eyes and ears are on the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL ) with the deadline for submissions set for October 30th 2014, Sri Lanka continues its game plan of non-cooperation, non-compliance and innuendo. Whatever happens around us, for the Tamils, this is not a time to waste away, for we have things to do, submissions to make – This is a time to remember, remember every detail, to keep in mind that the world itself is pre-occupied, as Edward Mortimer said, “with all the horrors taking place in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, Sri Lanka has understandably fallen off the international radar.” [1] Lest we forget, the 14th of August 2014 marks the 8th anniversary of the Senchcholai Massacre. The 2006 Senchcholai […]

“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Just like in Burma, the recent years have seen the unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority on the upswing in Sri Lanka. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)—Sinhalese for Buddhist Power Force—actually claims to perceive an international Islamic conspiracy that aims at marginalising the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. He believes his organisation can unite all the Buddhists of the island and turn them into a nationalist force, thus countering this ‘foreseen’ Islamic threat. He has been widely accused of being the mastermind of many anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka and gained notoriety for publicly avowing his racist inclinations. He answers a series of questions posed to him by Pranay Sharma. After years of ethnic […]

Remembering Tamil King Rajendra Chola who Promoted Saivism

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Rajendra Chola Promoted Saivism, Buddhism in Lanka … The Cholas gave a boost to Saivism. Siva temples were built at   Mantai (Rajaraja Iswaram), Padaviya (Ravikula Manikeswaram), Atakada (Uttama Chozha Iswaram), Medirigirya (Panditha Chozha Iswaram). The oldest is a Siva temple at Polonnaruwa. Buddhism was not neglected. “Buddhist officials and soldiers in the service of the Cholas contributed to Buddhist institutions,” Pathmanathan said. The Chola dynasty in South India was considered as one of the most powerful dynasties in South Asia as Chola kings had extended their empire up to Indonesia. It was Rajendra Chola, the son of the mighty Raja Raja Chola, who even invaded Sri Lanka and built the ancient Sivan Temple in Polonnaruwa which yet remains a testimony to the Chola regime […]

Sri Lankan Muslims at the crossroads – 12

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Izeth Hussain An article by Ameena Hussein seems to be getting wide currency among Muslims, more than one of whom has sent me copies through the internet. It is a superb example of the New Journalism started by Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe, in which the techniques of creative fiction are used in journalism. The article brings home to the reader what it means to be a Sri Lankan Muslim today with an immediacy and poignancy that would not be possible through straightforward reportage. It is the poignancy of a people cowering in fear, even terror. Ameena H’s article makes several points that are of particular interest to me in connection with the series of articles that I am writing on the Sri Lankan […]

Court orders Sri Lanka govt to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan: Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues; Report Most of the Pakistanis are from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect.   They Ahmadi consider themselves Muslims, but a 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics. Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues in Pakistan with the help of Sri Lanka because Pakistan and Israel helped Sri Lankann government forces to kill more than 40,000 minority Tamil Civilians in May 2009.     The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug 1. The agency, UNHCR, says it has been denied access to another 75 people who are awaiting deportation. A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered authorities to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, following a complaint they were being forcibly sent home without […]

Appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The JVP is planning to expose the academic and professional qualifications of those who have been enrolled to the foreign service, on the basis of cronyism and overlooking merit. These appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation, claimed JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.He noted that appointments made in the foreign service devoid of merit, deprived a fundamental right of the people of this country. Dissanayake said he was discussing the matter with his lawyers to see whether it could be brought before Court. He charged such cronies have been appointed without having to sit any foreign service exam. Dissanayake said after exposing such wrongdoings in the foreign service, in Parliament recently, he had received more information on those appointments made violating procedures. He said only […]

India’s National Security Advisor will be participating in the Lankan Defence Ministry’s meeting in November

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Apparently in view of the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the context of the increasing influence of China on it, and the existence of strong ties with Pakistan, India has beefed up the Defence Ministry’s representation at the Indian High Commission here. Col Gurinder S Klaire has been appointed as Deputy Defence Advisor to assist Defence Advisor Capt Prakash Gopalan. With this, for the first time, there is an army man in the Defence wing of the mission. Traditionally, Defence Advisors in the Colombo mission have been only from the navy. Sri Lanka has lately seen high profile military leaders from China, Pakistan and India visiting it. In May this year came General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of […]

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