8th September 2014

Sinhala Colonization In The North Sped Up

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Sri Lanka Army has sped up the Sinhala colonization process that is being carried out pervasively in the Northern province, resulting in major changes to the social landscape and the culture in the areas. One Sri Lankan Defense Ministry website Army.lk has updated a new report on a visit made by the Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake to several areas in the Wanni last Thursday to oversee the operations carried out by Army personnel where vast acres of land that were owned by Tamil families for generations have now been handed over to Sinhala families, forming ‘new’ villages. The housing and other infrastructure facilities in these villages are being provided to the resettled Sinhalese families by the Sri Lanka army. One such area that was formerly a Tamil […]

Audio: This is how plunder of votes is organized

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An audio clip indicating how Minister Siripala Gamlath is organizing state officials for the UPFA election campaign has been released by the media unit of the JVP. The audio clip is how the Minister organizes the Samurdhi Development officers, graduates serving in the Department of ‘Divi Neguma’ attached to the Ministry of Economic Development, Agricultural Research Officers and other government employees who had been forced to gather at Monaragala Pradeshiya Sabha on the 31st at 9.00 a.m. to engage in the election campaign of the UPFA. It has been revealed to the JVP that government officials have been called for the meeting by the Divisional Secretary. Several SLFP activists in the area too have participated in the meeting. Within the first few minutes of the […]

Tamil’s wants to merge

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The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) had passed a resolution for a new Constitution with enhanced power devolution for merged North and East Provinces within a united Sri Lanka.The resolution was passed at the Fifteenth National Convention of the ITAK held in Vavuniya.  Altogether 15 resolutions had been passed at the convention.Mavai S. Senathirajah MP who had been the Genaral Secretary of ITAK been unanimously elected as President of the ITAK.He succeeds R .Sampanthan. However, Mr. Sampanthan would continue to be the leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) an alliance of various Tamil political parties, ITAK sources said.

Navi Pillay Is One Of The Greatest Officials UN Has Ever Had – New UNHRC Chief

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Prince hails Pillay, advises Sri Lanka The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in his opening statement at the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today, hailed the role played by his predecessor Navi Pillay and urged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the investigation being conducted by his office. He said that he will look at following Pillay in his actions but will also, at the same time, be humble. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also slammed Australia’s policy when dealing with asylum seekers, particularly the decision to send them back. Al Hussein noted that he attaches great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by the UN Human Rights Council, on which the […]

INGOs will add pressure on Sri Lanka

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International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) are to add pressure on Sri Lanka during the 27th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which begins in Geneva today. Some INGOs have already submitted documents on Sri Lanka to be read on a day allocated for INGOs and human rights groups. Among the documents submitted is one by the Asian Legal Resource Centre, which notes that as long as the government of Sri Lanka refuses to become a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, it is justifiable to accuse it of being complicit in allowing enforced disappearances. “This refusal to become a party to the convention has arisen from the premise that forbidding enforced disappearances is an undue restriction […]

US, UK urge Lanka to support probe

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The United States and Britain today urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the probe on the war by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper, making a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at its 27th session today, hailed the role played by the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the Sri Lankan issue. “We also extend thanks to outgoing High Commissioner Pillay for her stewardship of OHCHR, especially the leadership she showed in focusing the world’s attention on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and encouraging meaningful accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka,” he said in his statement. […]

Jayalalithaa Files Defamation Case Against BJP’s Subramanian Swamy

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CHENNAI:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today filed a defamation case against the BJP’s Subramanian Swamy in a court in Chennai for alleging that the boats of Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lanka belong to Sasikala, a close aide of the AIADMK chief. Ms Jayalalithaa had on September 2 urged PM Modi to take up the issue of the arrest of Indian fishermen with Sri Lanka’s highest authorities. “The alarmingly increasing frequency of apprehension of our fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy is a matter of utmost concern for my government. An immediate intervention at the highest level is sought to resolve this long-standing issue,” Ms Jayalalithaa had written in a letter to the PM. She had said the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 15 fishermen […]

Minister Wimal thanks Cuba for supporting to kill the Tamil civilians

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A special meeting over signing an MoU over building low cost housing was held between Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa in Colombo today. A letter relating to the signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was handed over to the Cuban Foreign Minister at the meeting. The importance of interchanging knowledge of building strong, creative and low cost houses was discussed at length at the meeting.Minister Weerawansa conveyed his gratitude to Cuba for appearing on behalf of Sri Lanka without any conditions at the UN.  Unlike other leading countries who had ‘Under the table demands’ to support the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 by the Sri Lankan forces in Sri Lanka. Minister  also expressed his support to […]

Vaiko party to stage protest over Lanka issue

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BJP ally MDMK will stage a protest here tomorrow pressing for various demands including asking the Centre to allow a UN team to visit the country for its probe into alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka. Party founder Vaiko will lead the protest here seeking permission for the UN panel hold its probe in the country, a party release said. MDMK will press for demands including not allowing Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to address a meeting of the UN General Assembly later this month, besides holding a referendum for separate Tamil Eelam (homeland) among Tamils in Lanka and those displaced, it said. RELATED NEWS Tamils issue an internal matter of Sri Lanka: Chari BJP slams Chidambaram, Centre over UN resolution against Lanka Swamy lauds govt stand on […]

criticized for not moving forward on political reconciliation

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When he addressed the awards ceremony and dinner yesterday on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce hosted by the outgoing chairperson of the Chamber, the highly perceptive and articulate Suresh Shah, Mahinda Rajapaksa was a man with a message. Cast your mind back or go back to your records of encounters with Sri Lankan leaders and top officials in the ten years before 2005, he said. Your highest priorities were the cessation of terrorism and the provision of infrastructure, and while you were optimistic about what your enterprises could do if these conditions were fulfilled, you were pessimistic about the prospects of their fulfillment. Remember that we, this administration, delivered what was thought to be impossible; so impossible that […]

EPDP Reiterates Call For 13A

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By Camelia Nathaniel The EPDP has reiterated calls for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and also urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the national issue instead of seeking foreign assistance. The leader of the opposition in the Northern Province S. Thavarajah toldThe Sunday Leader that now that the war is over it is time to unite and concentrate on rebuilding the nation. The EPDP said that an international investigation will only create further animosity among the Sinhalese and Tamil people of this country. “We want a national reconciliation process and we need to find answers. We have to deal with the government in power and no matter where we go and shout, at the end we have […]

Dialogue Between Government, TNA And Civil Society Is Necessary For Trust

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By Dr Jehan Perera The Indian government’s invitation to the TNA to meet with its top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has given it renewed importance. Although the TNA won an impressive victory at the Northern Provincial Council election last year,it has been unable to convert this into tangible benefits to the people who elected it or show any progress in terms of an overall political settlement that would address the roots of the war.However, this failure of the TNA is not unique to it.The other opposition parties have not been able to put adequate pressure on the government to meet their demands either.The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proven to be obdurate in pursuing its own […]

No talks with TNA says Mahinda Govt.

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The government completely ruled out the possibility of bilateral talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as requested by the Party, regardless of the recent change in leadership of its main constituent party, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK).  Five years have passed and the President Mahinda a man known for NOT keeping his promises is now refusing to even implement the 13th amendment of the  current constitution of the country as promised by him in May 2009. As usual he is buying time to fool the Tamils and the world saying he has appointed a ‘Parliamentary Select Committee’ to solve the problem. This is NOT his first committee and he has never implemented the recommendations of these committees in the past. The NEW ‘Parliamentary Select Committee’ has […]

Govt. To Hit Back

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Govt. To Hit Back By Easwaran Rutnam The Sri Lankan Government is preparing to counter allegations to be raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during its 27th regular session which begins tomorrow. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha will lead the Sri Lankan delegation to the session and will make a statement on the opening day of the session tomorrow, sources said. During the three-week session the Council will hear the first address from the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein. Focus will be on Sri Lanka on September 24th with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) set to submit an oral update on the investigations into the war in Sri […]

GTF News

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New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, ‘attaches great importance to OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka’: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/i-attach-great-importance-to-ohchr-probe-on-sl-new-un-human-rights-chief/ THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** War Crimes probe: Prince al-Hussein to present oral report on Sept 24 <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=109772>   DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SL ready to talk with new UNHRC Chief-MR <http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/52091-sl-ready-talk-with-new-unhrc-chief-mr.html>   SUNDAY LEADER  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Govt. To Hit Back <http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/09/07/govt-to-hit-back-2/>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** INGOs will add pressure on Sri Lanka <http://colombogazette.com/2014/09/08/ingos-will-add-pressure-on-sri-lanka/>   SRI LANKA MIRROR  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Govt. controlled religious clashes – Keheliya <https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/16859-govt-controlled-religious-clashes-keheliya>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** No separate talks with TNA – Govt.  <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-72447-news-detail-no-separate-talks-with-tna-govt.html>   COLOMBO PAGE Northern Province CM says Sri Lankan government is […]