9th September 2014

SL military floats 5,000 cell phones for surveillance on Tamils in Batticaloa

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The military intelligence of occupying Sri Lanka has distributed more than 5,000 cell phones to selected Tamil civilians in former LTTE administered areas in Vaakarai and Paduvaan-karai regions of Batticaloa district in an attempt to convert the recipients of the SL military ‘gift’ into informants and collaborators. 3,000 of the mobile phones have been provided to women. In the meantime, ex-LTTE members are being harassed to report at the SL military camps and instructed to collaborate with the SL military if they wished to avoid ‘future problems’, civil sources in Vaakarai say. Those who have been utilized with the phones should be reporting if any outsiders visit their village. The details of all the meetings that take place and the names of participants attending these meetings should […]

Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi Thanks the USA and Diaspora for UNHRC Resolution and says it will Assist International Inquiry in all Possible Ways.

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(Press Release issued by the TNA Media office providing text of Fifteen Resolutions passed at the 15th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi held at Vavuniya on 5, 6, 7 September 2014) Resolution 1 The 15th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi which met in Vauniya on 5, 6, 7 September 2014 resolves to thank most sincerely all those who laboured for the Party for over 60 years and our people who accepted our basic policy and consistently voted for that political position and proclaimed to the world in a democratic way that this is in fact the political aspiration of the Tamil People. We assure our people that we will take forward our struggle until we achieve the objective of […]

Tamil Diaspora relations can keep the motherland to live: Sridharan M.P.

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Sridharan M.P. has said in Australia that the Tamil Diaspora relations can keep the motherland to live The Member of the Parliament C. Sridharan made a visit to Australia recently, after receiving the Invitation from the Melbourne Victoria Tamil National Alliance branch in Australia. This meeting was organized by immigrant Australian relations to helping the children who have lost parents during the war. While attending to this gathering Mr. Sridharan was discussing about the topics of the current political & economical life and living conditions of the Srilankan Tamils in the motherland. He has been thanking the Tamil Diaspora, who is living in Australia to support the causes of the needy Srilankan Tamils by working very hard in Australia and also thanked them for helping […]

Military Studying Northern Civilians’ Body Language : Wiggie

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In what seems to be an escalation of the prevalent military reign in the Northern province, fresh allegations have been made against the military on spying and collecting data on the ‘body language’ of the Northern residents. The accusations had been leveled at the military by none other than the Northern Province Chief Minister and former judge CV Wigneswaranduring his address on Sunday at the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) convention. He had remarked that the military is collecting all types of data on the residents of the North including people’s body language, with the help of Israel technology. The Chief Minister while warning the gathering of the dangers that face them at present had stated, “We should be aware that the army here is not eating grass” […]

Gota’s Paranoia, Efficiency And War Crimes

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Paranoia Against Efficiency Recently I took part in a seminar on Rights and Development, arranged by the Law and Society Trust. That organization used to be bitterly critical of government, but under its new Director, Mala Liyanage, it seems to be trying to go back to the more balanced perspective of Neelan Tiruchelvam. He founded it, but after his death LST, like ICES, became tools of those opposed to the SLFP. I remember, while I was at the Peace Secretariat, having to upbraid the then Chair of LST, Raja Goonesekere, who had not known what was going on, and who after our correspondence agreed to look into the matter. Certainly the more vicious attacks stopped after that, and it is […]

MDMK chief Vaiko urges Narendra Modi government to allow UN panel to hold probe in India

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BJP ally mdmk on Tuesday urged the Centre to allow a UN panel probing alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan Army hold its inquiry in India and opposed the scheduled address of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the UN General Assembly later this month. “If Rajapaksa is allowed to address the UNGA, it will be an injustice (to tamils) and demean the status of the UN,” MDMK founder Vaiko told reporters at a demonstration by the party here stressing for various demands. Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including MDMK, have accused Rajapaksa for being responsible for Tamil civilians casualties in armed conflict between Lankan army and rebel LTTE in 2009. The Sri Lankan President is scheduled to address UNGA on September 25. Vaiko said that Centre, in […]

Fast-unto-Death in Sri Lankan Refugee Camp

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TIRUVANNAMALAI : Sri Lankan refugees in the special camp separated from their families have sought to be reunited with their loves ones and are staging a hunger protest to get their demands fulfilled. R Dinakaran, 32, (name changed) and his family abandoned their house that was under construction in the hope of a better future in India. But things have gone awry after he and his family landed on the shores of Rameswaram three months ago. “I last saw my wife, our 13-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son on May 7.  Since I was detained in the special camp, I do not know the whereabouts of my family. I do not know if my  children are going to school or locked up in one of the […]

Destruction of Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka

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SINHALA BUDDHIST ETHNO NATIONALISM – Masquerading as Sri Lankan ‘Civic Nationalism’ Culture plays a crucial role in the life of a community. A community or a people is identified and revered by its flourishing culture. History shows that an oppressor…. aims to erase the identity of the oppressed and this means destroying first the oppressed people’s culture. It is for this reason that the liberation struggle of an oppressed people also assumes the form of cultural resistance. In Tamil Eelam the culture and civilisation of the Tamils, which has a long, rich and valuable history is undergoing destruction on an unprecedented scale. Whilst on the one side, the Tamil national liberation struggle..  strives towards defending and protecting Tamil people’s identity and life, on the other, the Sri Lankan government… […]

‘I will file, i will appear’

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Former CJ ready to battle President BY STANLEY SAMARASINGHE Former Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva, told Ceylon Today he would file a Fundamental Rights Petition, in the Supreme Court, to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from contesting the Presidential Election a third time. He further said he would file the petition as a matter of public litigation and he himself, as a citizen of the country, would appear before Court to argue the case. According to the former CJ, President Rajapaksa is not qualified to contest for the Presidential Election for a third time after completing his second term. Silva added that the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which specifies that the incumbent President is entitled to contest a third time, was not done in good faith. […]

UN Human Rights Chief Urged to Request the UN Security Council to Ensure Witnesses protection to UN War Crimes Investigation on Sri Lanka: TGTE

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1) UN Urged to warn the Sri Lankan government of the consequences for its tactic of “intimidation and persecution of potential witnesses for UN War Crimes Investigation.”2) Non-cooperation by the Sri Lankan government is one thing; but, persecution of potential witnesses is another.3) Applicable International Criminal Law is Crime of Genocide.4) UN Human Rights Chief Urged to Request the UN Security Council to Ensure Witnesses protection to UN War Crimes Investigation on Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran sent a letter congratulating the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein for his new position. Noting his impressive human rights credentials, the letter stated that the TGTE is confident that Prince Al […]