23rd September 2014

SL military squads intensify attacks on Tamil journalists in Vanni

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[TamilNet, Monday, 22 September 2014, 21:19 GMT]Sri Lankan military intelligence operatives have intensified attacks on independent Tamil journalists in Vanni in recent days. A 33-year-old reporter from Paranthan, Sinnarasa Siventhiran, who files news stories at Uthayan’s branch office at Karadippoakku junction had a narrow escape from a squad that intended to kill him by throwing him in front of a vehicle on A9 Road Sunday night. Squads operated by the SL military have also assaulted two other reporters in recent days and threatened them not to complain or publish news on the attack. Two masked men stopped Mr Siventhiran, who was returning home in his bicycle on A9 road after filing stories at the office of the Tamil daily Uthayan. He is a teacher and files […]

Protest against Rajapaksa at New York

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A protest rally is to be held on 24th September 2014 outside the UN headquarters in New York organised by self called Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) during the visit of the Sri Lankan Presidents visit to the UN. Expatriate Tamil from US and Canada are expected to join this rally President Rajapakse is scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly on 24th September 2014. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced today that a rally will be held outside the UN headquarters in New York to protest Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s visit to the UN General Assembly and to highlight Sri Lanka’s refusal to allow UN war crimes investigators access to that country as well as threats against witnesses to that […]

Solving Tamil question the Scottish way!

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By Manekshaw The iconic 007 James Bond actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery, who is a die –hard campaigner for the independence of Scotland, once said that he would not return to his homeland Scotland, until the region gains independence from the United Kingdom.Sean Connery, who had succeeded in campaigning for the creation of a Scottish Parliament in 1999, through his Scottish National Party, now seems to be rejected by Scotland forever with a majority of Scottish people rejecting his call for an Independent Scotland, at a referendum held on 18 September. The entire world was closely monitoring the Scottish referendum and the International political observers even said that if the Yes votes were cast in favor of a separate Scotland State it would be an inspiration […]

ANC formally approves moves in Lanka

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The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally approved efforts of the South African Government to mediate in Sri Lanka, South African media reports said today. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg today that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) agreed to support government initiatives and the special envoys appointed to facilitate peace processes in Lesotho, South Sudan and Sri Lanka. Deputy South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, was in Sri Lanka in July this year and met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa for talks on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Deputy President Ramaphosa visited the country in his capacity as Special Envoy of President Zuma on Sri Lanka. In this regard, South Africa has been invited by the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil National Alliance […]

Biswal and G.L to discuss rights issues

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US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal and External Affairs Minister, Professor GL Peiris will meet in New York today and discuss the Sri Lankan issue, the US State Department said. Minister Peiris is in the US with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Commonwealth meetings. (Colombo Gazette)

CMAG likely to refer to Sri Lankan issue

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The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) is likely to discuss Sri Lanka, outside of its main agenda, when it meets on Friday in New York, for the second time this year. The group, which is comprised of nine Foreign Ministers, is tasked with assessing serious or persistent violations of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values. Fiji, which is currently suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth, will be on the agenda. Under Matters of Interest, the Secretary-General will also brief the Group on issues of concern in member countries under CMAG’s strengthened mandate to protect and promote the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values. Meanwhile, the 13th annual meeting of Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers will take place in New York alongside the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. […]

How then can you be in the panel of experts probing missing persons appointed by the President?

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If the agenda doesn’t suit me, I will quit – Kaushal By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Q:Reading some of your comments in the media, you seemed to be ‘biased’ in your approach towards the Tamils, but highly supportive of the government’s approach. How then can you be in the panel of experts probing missing persons appointed by the President?A: I am not biased. What I say is, please respect a nation’s sovereignty. Mahinda Rajapaksa is a democratically elected President. I say this to all nations. It’s not about whether he is good or bad.Q:However, critics think you are a very good friend of the President and therefore your contribution would be biased. What have you to say?A: I invited the President to lecture at my ‘Khendra’ on […]