24th September 2014

Jayalalithaa files two more cases against Stupid Swamy

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Chief Minister Jayalalithaa filed two more defamation cases against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in a city court on Tuesday for his alleged remarks against her on a social media platform. The City Public Prosecutor filed the cases in the Principal Sessions Court for Dr. Swamy’s “defamatory and baseless” comments on Twitter on September 17 and 20. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday filed two more defamation cases against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his comments on Twitter. City Public Prosecutor (CPP) ML Jegan filed the cases on behalf of Jayalalithaa before the Principal Sessions Court. Swamy’s comments in Twitter on September 20 allegedly ridiculed her, the CPP contended. He submitted that Jayalalithaa was respected and supported in high esteem by the people of […]

GTF News Update – 24th September 2014

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Freedom from Torture – the UK based medical foundation for the care of victims of torture – documents 40 new cases of post war torture from Sri Lanka – mostly Tamils – in the last 8 months: http://www.freedomfromtorture.org/news-blogs/8068   –NEWS–   THE GUARDIAN Tamil asylum-seekers being deported from UK despite evidence of torture <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/23/tamil-asylum-seekers-sri-lanka-torture>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Implementing 13 A as important as defeating terrorism – BJP tells SLMC <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=110840>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** BBS meets BJP <http://www.nation.lk/edition/latest-top-stories/item/33559-bbs-meets-bjp.html>   THE HINDU  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Jayalalithaa files two more cases against Swamy <http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/jayalalithaa-files-two-more-cases-against-swamy/article6438513.ece>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** India confirms Modi, Mahinda US meet <http://colombogazette.com/2014/09/23/india-confirms-modi-mahinda-meeting/>   COLOMBO PAGE Sri Lankan President to address the UN General Assembly […]

Sri Lankan President Mobbed in New York / UN by Tamil Demonstrators Shouting “Your Next Stop is Int’l Criminal Court”

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Sri Lankan President Mobbed in New York / UN by Tamil Demonstrators Shouting “Your Next Stop is Int’l Criminal Court”   Due to this rally, Sri Lankan President avoided using the main entrance of the UN UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK:  September 24, 2014: As Sri Lankan President was speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, thousands of Tamils rallied outside the building protesting his troops killing of tens of thousands of Tamils and sexually assaulting and raping Tamil women. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) organized this rally, which attracted people across United States and Canada. Demonstrators also raised the issue of Sri Lanka’s denial of UN war crimes investigators visa to that country and threats to potential witness to the UN probe. […]

Implementing 13 A as important as defeating terrorism

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BJP tells SLMC By Shamindra Ferdinando The Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) has reiterated India’s longstanding call for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution. The BJP’s General Secretary, Muralidhar Rao has strongly emphasized the importance of having the 13th Amendment implemented when he met SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem at SLMC headquarters, Dharussalam on Sunday evening. Rao was accompanied by BJP Overseas Affairs and Global Convener Vijay Jolly. The BJP delegation met Minister Hakeem on the sidelines of the 8th general assembly of International Conference of Asian Political Parties held in Colombo. SLMC General Secretary M.T. Hassen Ali, Deputy Leader and the Eastern Provincial Council Minister, Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed and Director of International Affairs, A. M. Faiz were also […]

Enemies Of The President’s Promise

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – In May 2009, Sri Lanka seemed on top of the world. Under PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan government and forces had defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which had dominated Tamil politics in Sri Lanka. It had survived conflict with not just successive Sri Lankan governments, but even the might of India. Though the Tigers had been banned by several countries, there was some sympathy for them in many Western nations who could not distinguish between them and the Tamils of Sri Lanka, who they felt had been badly treated by successive Sri Lankan governments. Fuelled by a powerful diaspora that sympathized with and even supported the Tigers, several Western nations had tried to stop the war being fought to a conclusion. When this […]

Dear Mr. President, I Will Not Vote For You In The Next Election, I Am Sorry!

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By Hema Senanayake –  “The military is being used to spy, tap phone lines and even hack email accounts…My friends are questioned by the CID the very next day, if they happen to visit me. This is not a harassment that I alone go through, but by anyone who bears views opposing to that of the present governing parties.” If this was told before the UNHRC by the person who told this recently, the UNHRC would admit it as a truthful testimony. This has been said by former president Chandrika Kumaratunge in a recent interview with the weekend edition of the Aththa newspaper. Not only the UNHRC, the people in the Uva province is increasingly believing it. Repression is what Sri Lankan people hate the most. The Minister Vasudeva […]

Tamil asylum-seekers being deported from UK despite evidence of torture

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Report submitted to UN suggests there has been no let-up in mistreatment of those linked with Sri Lanka rebel group Tamils during a rally denouncing genocide in Sri Lanka at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this month. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP The UK continues to deport Tamils seeking political asylum to Sri Lanka, despite strong evidence that the security forces systematically use torture against those suspected of dissident activity five years after the end of the country’s civil war. A new report by the Freedom From Torture advocacy group, based on medical evaluations of victims, found that many were subjected to branding and two thirds of those examined suffered rape or other sexual torture. The report, which has been submitted […]

Lanka oral update moved to tomorrow

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The oral update on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which was scheduled to take place today, has been postponed to tomorrow, the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva said. The text of the oral update is already on the website of the UN Human Rights Council, and it notes that a fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past and ongoing violations, is absolutely necessary for Sri Lankans. In the oral update, which will be formally communicated to the UN Human Rights Council at its ongoing regular session tomorrow, OHCHR says, notwithstanding the commendable progress the Sri Lankan Government has made in resettlement and reconstruction, a far-reaching accountability […]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets his stooge Sharma

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had talks with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma (who is suspected of helping the Sri Lankan government to cover up the War crimes committed by its leaders) ahead of a Commonwealth meeting in New York later this week. The President’s office said that Sharma discussed ongoing Commonwealth matters with the President, including the meetings in the US later this week to discuss reforms pertaining to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and British Prime Minister David Cameron, to foreign leaders who have been critical of the human rights situation involving Sri Lanka, will also attend the Commonwealth meeting in New York. Canada’s special envoy to the Commonwealth, Hugh Segal, has accused Commonwealth secretary […]