15th September 2014

Non-violent Campaign To Merge North & East – M. A. Sumanthiran

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According to Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in the democratic aspirations of Tamil people, they have come to a point to find a legitimate solution within a united, undivided country – which will enable Tamils to live with self-respect and dignity while being part of political decision making and enjoying other rights as much as the majority community. For this process, the ITAK, one of the alliance members of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) brought up several resolutions during the recent Convention of the party. Speaking toThe Sunday Leader TNA MP and ITAK Member M. A. Sumanthiran said the need to merge North and East is recognised in Indo-Lanka Accord and they would launch a non-violent campaign if the Sri Lankan government is unable to address the issues raised by […]

Human rights lawyers threatened in Sri Lanka – at serious risk

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ttp://blog.srilankacampaign.org/2014/09/human-rights-lawyers-threatened-in-sri.htmlhttp://srilankabrief.org/2014/09/two-hr-lawyers-namal-rajapakshe-and-manjula-pathiraja-threatened-with-deaath/ Two human rights lawyers Manjula Pathiraja and Namal Rajapakse (a namesake but no relation of the President’s notorious son) have received credible death threats from individuals and groups linked to the Government-backed Buddhist extremist group the BBS.According to one early report Namal Rajapakse was followed on Saturday the 13th of September by a man wearing a helmet which covered his face. The man the approached him and said “you and Manjula (Pathiraja) are too much and they are noted for various activities against the Monk”. The Lawyers Collective subsequently released a statement in which they clarified the nature of the incident and added further details:“Around 6.20pm on 13th September 2014, two unidentified men with full faced covering helmets and jackets, had rushed to the legal office of Mr. […]

‘Assured and re-assured’ on 13A says India

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The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly re-assured India of its commitment to implement the 13th Amendment, stated a spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)today. Responding to a question on India’s stand on the 13th Amendment at a media briefing on Monday, spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Our stand is that any decision that has been taken by the Sri Lankan people and which their leaders have assured to us on repeated occasions (that it) should be implemented.” “And we have been assured and re-assured by the leaders of Sri Lanka that they are committed to full implementation of the 13th Amendment and we will go by what they have told us.” See from 42:30 onwards below. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling […]

2009 was a genocide says former UK home secretary

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The former British home secretary, David Blunkett described what took place during the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009 as a “genocide” and called for it to be “properly investigated”, meeting with members of the Tamil community at an Advice Surgery last Saturday. Mr Blunkett said he “believed genocide had taken place on the island of Sri Lanka and that evidence that human rights violations had occurred during the armed conflict in 2009 must be properly investigated.” He went on to express “disappointment at Sri Lanka’s obstruction of the currently ongoing UN Human Rights Council mandated investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka” and adding his support “to the need for an independent international investigation on abuses that […]

Army builds mythical Sinhala statue in Tamil village

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The Sri Lankan army unveiled a new archway in Anuradhapura on Saturday, depicting the historic battles between the Sinhala King Dutu Gemunu and the Chola King Ellalan (or ‘Elara’).  Publicising the opening on its website, the Sri Lankan army said, ‘6 Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment (6 SLLI) Headquarters at Mahakandarawa, Mihintale, Anuradhapura on Saturday (23) opened its new colossal archway, in bringing historical characters to life through mural statues that depict the famous Vijithapura battles, waged between Kings Dutu Gemunu and Elara, the South Indian invader during 161 -162 B.C.            Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest at the invitation of SLLI Colonel of the Regiment and 6 SLLI Commanding Officer, unveiled a plaque and declared opened the new archway, guarded by […]

All Party Parliamentary Group For Tamils Urges UK Govt To Consider Sanctions Against Sri Lanka

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The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamils) has requested the UK government to consider all actions including sanctions against Sri Lanka, until the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) agrees to cooperate with the investigation led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the war crimes allegations. The APPG for Tamils in a statement has called upon the UK Government to condemn the GoSL for rejecting the probe led by the OHCHR (OISL) and for refusing to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The group’s Chair Lee Scott and Vice ChairSiobhain McDonagh in the statement have remarked that it is completely unacceptable for the GoSL to declare non-participation in the investigation and its continuation to find […]

Did Tamils Always Paint Themselves Into A Corner?

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By S. Sivathasan – A Harmful Outgrowth If the answer is yes, for how long have we done so? For as long as eight decades and more, some would say. When did the painting start? With elections to the State Council in 1931 and the Jaffna Boycott. The initiative and organization were by the Youth Congress of Jaffna. The mindset which originated then evolved subsequently and has permeated Tamil consciousness ever since. Deriving greater strength   through surgical intervention to remove this malignant growth is good for future wellbeing. It did not fail to raise its plaintive head even as late as September 2013, at the Provincial Council Elections. We Tamils require a great deal of introspection to identify our repetitive ways and to wrest ourselves from the boycott mindset. Dispassionate […]

Muslims of Sri Lanka – Under Siege

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This book is about the never ending ‘Hate- Muslim’ campaign unleashed by a small group of Sinhala racists who fortunately do not enjoy the support of the vast majority of Sinhalese in the country. The writer is concerned that this campaign, unless brought to a halt, is likely to lead to a total breakdown in communal harmony to the detriment of the country which has just emerged from a devastating ethnic war. This campaign began around four years ago, coincidentally or otherwise, with the ever increasing Israeli presence in the island. Today the Muslim community has become the victim of not merely highly offensive hate speeches but also subjected to attacks on mosques, religious schools, halal food, women’s dress code, slaughtered pigs thrown into mosque, burning and urinating on Holy […]

Asking Tamil victims and witnesses to give evidence without the provision of protection

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Hopeful Lanka Will Get A Fair Chance – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Asking victims and witnesses to give evidence without the provision of protection may indeed be irresponsible in cases where they face the possibility of being re-victimised or becoming victims in their own right for living up to their duty to give evidence. For this reason, the Bill for the Assistance and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses (the “Draft Bill”) 2 by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka is a welcome development in the sphere of rule of law in Sri Lanka. Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena addressed the issues raised by some parties pertaining to this bill. Excerpts of the interview: By Camelia Nathaniel Q. How effective will the witness protection bill […]

Madras miscellany: Oxford professor without a degree

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Tiruvadi Sambasiva Venkatraman Oxford professor without a degree Two of today’s items may have only tenuous connections with Madras, but I’m writing about them as they do have intriguing links with the city. My first tale is about a person whose linguistic bonds should make him known at least to the world of Tamil Studies, but I wonder how many in that world here recognise the name of Don Martino De Zilva Wickremasinghe (1865-1937). Certainly, despite all my years in Ceylon and my peripheral contact there with education, archaeology and epigraphy — that an all-round journalist and a dabbler in history must have — I had never heard of him till another history hobbyist, Thiru Arumugam, sent me some material the other day from Australia. […]

Jaya Attacks BJP on Fishermen Issue

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THOOTHUKUDI: In a scathing attack on the BJP-led Central government, AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday accused the saffron party of resorting to double standards on issues concerning the State’s fishermen whose livelihood has been affected due to the frequent arrests and seizure of their boats by the Sri Lankan Navy across the Palk Strait. Hitting the mayoral by-poll campaign trail in Thoothukudi, where she has fielded Anthony Gracy, Jayalalithaa on Sunday said the BJP did not have a clear stand on the fishermen issue. In an indirect reference to maverick Subramanian Swamy, she said a senior BJP leader in the State has been claiming that the boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen were being seized by the Lankan Navy only on […]

Pakistan hiring Sri Lankan Muslims as spies spooks intelligence agencies

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NEW DELHI: The arrest of a third Sri Lankan spying on India on behalf of Pakistan in less than 10 months has got intelligence agencies to train their focus back on growing radicalization among Tamil-speaking Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka where Pakistan has been fishing for a long time. Although the latest Pakistani spy in the Indian net, Arun Selvarajan, is a Colombo-based Tamil Hindu, two others arrested since April are Tamil-speaking Muslims belonging to eastern Sri Lanka.READ ALSO: NIA arrests Lankan for spying on behalf of ISI In April, Intelligence Bureau arrested Sri Lankan national Sakir Hussain in Chennai who revealed a Pakistani conspiracy to attack US and Israeli consulates in Chennai with help from two Maldivian nationals. A month later, his associate Mohammed Sulaiman, another […]