October 2014

“Now you understand why we are pushing against Sri Lanka over human rights violations.” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

12th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Washington DC Prasad Kariyawasam says that NO assault took place and High Commissioner Nonis was a liar. “Now you understand why we are pushing against Sri Lanka over human rights violations.” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond asks HC Nonis President going ahead with January poll, questions over Pope’s visit Vatican’s formal response likely when Presidential poll is announced, but preparations continue More details of Sajin Vass’ alleged attack on Nonis; MR dismisses it but British politicians shocked UNP still embroiled in power struggle; seniors worried about role of “outsider” with links to UPFA leaders UPFA parliamentarians caught a glimpse last Friday of how opinions clashed at the highest levels over an unexpected issue that haunts the Government — the alleged assault on […]

Sri Lanka will NOT implement LLRC recommendations

11th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka will NOT implement post war recommendations COLOMBO, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — The Sri Lankan government on Friday said it will not fully implement the recommendations of a post war commission despite calls to do so by the international community. Government Cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that of the 180 recommendations made by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the government will implement 144 recommendations. The minister said the government has already implemented 45 recommendations and is in the process of implementing the others stage by stage. A committee headed by the Secretary to the President is engaged in monitoring the implementation of the 144 recommendations of the LLRC contained in the National Plan of Action, out of which, 45 are deemed […]

I am the common candidate of Sinhala Racists

11th October 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is known to be a man who never keeps his promises and only works towards keeping him and his family members in power. He changed the constitution so that he can contest for the third term as President. Ten years ago he promised to abolish the current Presidential  system, but has never done it and wants to contest for another 5 year term. He is good at creating Commissions but he will never implement the recommendations if it is not beneficiary to his family. He is the most unpopular Sinhala politician among the Tamil community. He is accused of heading the Sinhala forces who killed more than 100,000 Tamil Civilians. He and his brother Gotha and there Sinhala  Army is accused of […]

Clacton by-election: Douglas Carswell becomes Ukip’s first ever elected MP after a sensational victory

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK Independence Party scored a sensational victory early this morning when Douglas Carswell became the first MP ever elected under the party’s colours. He romped home in a by-election in Clacton, in Essex, with 21,113 votes, trouncing his Tory opponent, Giles Watling, who scored 8,709. Labour came third with 3,959, while the Liberal Democrats trailed with a humiliating 483. In his acceptance speech, Mr Carswell said that if Ukip remained true to its principles, “there is nothing that we cannot achieve, in Essex, East Anglia, in England, and in the whole country beyond – and, yes, next in Rochester.” In Rochester, the Tories face another potentially disastrous by-election after its MP Mark Reckless became the second Tory to defect to Ukip. The Clacton result […]

VACATE and implement the provisions of the 13th Amendmen

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar The Northern Provincial Council yesterday introduced a resolution, at a special session, urging the Security Forces to vacate from the private buildings and private lands in all five districts of the Northern Province before 31 December this year. The Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.K. Sivagnanam, who had tabled the resolution at the special session told Ceylon Today that the resolution was passed unanimously. Sivagnanam said the leader of the NPC Opposition S. Thavarasa brought to the notice of the Council, that the Security Forces had vacated from several private buildings in the Northern Province since the war came to an end in 2009 and they have also handed over the private lands in their possession to their legitimate owners in […]

Will the curtains remain lowered for Amma?

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party supporters cry and react following news of party leader and India’s Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, was convicted of corruption at a Bangalore court, in Chennai on September 27, 2014 (AFP) | In this photograph taken on September 27, 2014 India’s Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram sits in the front passenger seat of a government vehicle as she heads to a court in Bangalore. Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram, one of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, held crisis talks inside jail on September 28, 2014 after her conviction in a corruption case, an aide said (AFP) What does Jayalalithaa Jayaram’s arrest mean to Tamil Nadu? She has been found guilty of amassing […]

Robust and Independent Judiciary behind Jayalalithaa conviction…

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

“The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing”. —Caroline Kennedy Extremists of both corners of the political spectrum, in India as well as in Sri Lanka, must still be celebrating the conviction of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. While in power, Jayalalithaa Jeyaram managed to rouse the base instincts of both Tamils in India and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. But moderates in the two neighbouring nations must be equally enamoured by the sheer audacity of a robust, vigorous and independent Judiciary without which no country, especially a democratic republic, could advance the cause of freedom and liberty for all people. […]

TNA complain to US officials President planning to launch campaign in North

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran pointed out that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was planning to kick off his Presidential Election campaign with his tour of Jaffna on 13 October. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Jaffna next week is not focussed on addressing the humanitarian problems of the people, such as resettling the Internally Displaced, in their original places and freeing the region of the military presence. But the arrangements made for the Presidential tour in the region indicate that President Rajapaksa is planning to begin his campaign for the next year’s Presidential polls,” he said. Premachandran made his observation on the President’s visit to Jaffna, during a discussion the TNA Members had with a group of US […]

What of the rational Tamil voice?

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

A development will be meaningful when it is done within a peaceful atmosphere. The previous governments never had an opportunity of initiating massive development drives in a post – war era, because those governments could not end the war. The present government had that opportunity to carry out massive development projects in a real post- war period. The Rajapaksa Government is the one and only Government which saw the post war era of Sri Lanka. This is an historical period in this country. Some revolutions can be justified, but most of the revolutions cannot be. Revolutions will lead to armed conflict. The government in office will have to deal with protesters in different forms. Rulers should know which language to be used when dealing with […]

Why did Mahinda say US had changed?

10th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Diplomatic circles focused attention on President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent view that, following his talks with United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, he (Rajapaksa) felt that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. It is not known that Mahinda took such a view due to the cordiality of Kerry or what was prompted to him by External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP, Sajin Vass Gunawardena, who spearheads the effort to change the US stand on Sri Lanka through a PR firm employed by Colombo at a heavy cost. Chris Nonis controversy Following the Chris Nonis controversy, Sajin who emerged into the limelight again is reported to be carrying his Tab to Temple Trees to show Mahinda that the stand of the West was now […]

GTF News Update – 9th October 2014

9th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Please find below the GTF news update for 8th & 9th October 2014.   –HIGHLIGHTS–   Global Tamil Forum is pleased to announce our newly redesigned and relaunched website is now online. For up-to-date information on our work, please visit: www.globaltamilforum.org.   News reports on 7TH October meeting held between GTF, other Tamil groups, and the UK’s Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rt. Hon Hugo Swire MP: –          Tamil Guardian, ‘UK strongly supports the international inquiry reiterates FCO minister, meeting with Tamil diaspora’ http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=12477 –          Colombo Gazette, ‘UK affirms it backing to OHCHR probe’ http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/07/uk-affirms-its-backing-to-ohchr-probe/   –NEWS–   REUTERS Sri Lankan president considers early election, ally says, amid signs of fading popularity <http://news.yahoo.com/sri-lankan-president-considers-early-election-ally-says-071401517–business.html?soc_src=copy>   GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Judge Sri Lanka in proportion […]

Hindu group turns down deal with BBS

9th October 2014 // 0 Comments

An Indian Hindu nationalist group said Wednesday that it has no intention of forming an alliance with a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka, ucanews.com reported. The radical Sri Lankan Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on Tuesday said it was in “high-level” talks with India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist group linked to India’s ruling party. Both groups are viewed as hostile toward minority Muslims in their respective countries. But RSS Spokesperson Ram Madhav told ucanews.com on Wednesday that he has “no knowledge of any such” initiative to form a partnership with Sri Lanka’s BBS. “It seems to be a mischievous statement,” he said, adding that in general the RSS does not enter into any international partnerships. The BBS has been linked […]

Orchestrating Tamil Hordes

9th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajan Hoole – Border Aggression and Civilian Massacres – Part 4 The declared Government policy on encroachment as contained in a cabinet decision, was to regularise all bona fide encroachments made prior to 31st March 1979, if the land did not fall within reservations, and to debar encroachers after 7th April 1980 from be- ing considered for land. Deserving non-citizens on encroachments prior to 31st March 1979, were to be allowed to remain on their encroachments until their citizenship was decided (see Gamini Dissanayake, referred to below). Following the announcement of JOSSOP’s ‘flushing out’ operation, cabinet minister and Ceylon Workers Congress leader Mr. S. Thondaman made a statement to the Press in India which was carried in the Hindu of 13.10.83. He said: “Instead of implementing the […]

UK group says it has torture evidence

9th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Freedom from Torture, the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of torture, says there is evidence to back allegations of torture in Sri Lanka. Dr Juliet Cohen, Freedom from Torture’s Head of Doctors who addressed the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva today during the review on Sri Lanka, said that Sri Lanka’s continued refusal to seriously engage with the UN Human Rights Committee on the extensive evidence of ongoing torture is both disappointing and frustrating. “The Sri Lankan government’s blithe repetition of its zero tolerance policies, whilst expressing no commitment to the investigation of the reports of ongoing torture and sexual violence, is increasingly untenable in light of the evidence that Freedom from Torture and a number […]

Sri Lankan Tamil activist hospitalized after attack by assailants

9th October 2014 // 0 Comments

A Tamil human rights advocate  was attacked and beaten with iron rods following a meeting with other activists in Vavuniya. Krishnapillai Thevarasa, president of the Vavuniya Citizens Committee, says he was beaten Wednesday evening after planning a demonstration against the government with other rights activists. “On my way home … while I was riding my motorcycle, I was assaulted by four men with iron rods,” Thevarasa said by telephone from a hospital where he is recovering. It is suspected that the attackers are men working for government who wants to coverup  its War Crime. Earlier in the day, Thevarasa had met with activists to plan a peaceful demonstration against the government, scheduled for October 10, to demand the release of prominent Tamil activist Mrs Jeyakumari Belandran. […]

Shivajilingam reiterates majority demand of genocide investigation

9th October 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 October 2014, 15:56 GMT] Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Shivajingam on Tuesday vowed to confront any legal action from the South against the joint appeal sent by the majority NPC and Eastern Provincial Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Councillors to the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in August demanding investigations on genocide against Eezham Tamils. At a press conference held at Jaffna Press Club, the senior political leader of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) also warned those expressing views against the association with former militant groups turned political parties constituting the TNA alliance not to spoil the unity within the Tamil alliance. Mr Shivajilingam reminded NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on the past history and legacy of […]

Shivajilingam reiterates majority demand of genocide investigation

7th October 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 October 2014, 15:56 GMT] Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Shivajingam on Tuesday vowed to confront any legal action from the South against the joint appeal sent by the majority NPC and Eastern Provincial Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Councillors to the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in August demanding investigations on genocide against Eezham Tamils. At a press conference held at Jaffna Press Club, the senior political leader of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) also warned those expressing views against the association with former militant groups turned political parties constituting the TNA alliance not to spoil the unity within the Tamil alliance. ………….  READ ALL

With Jayalalithaa Jailed Narendra Modi led BJP Plans to “Capture”Tamil Nadu Through Super Star Rajnikanth.

7th October 2014 // 0 Comments

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Sensing a political opportunity in Tamil Nadu in the wake of AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa being locked up in jail on September 27, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is smelling power in the southern state. It has intensified its efforts to get Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on board to gain popular support and possibly power too in the state assembly polls 20 months from now. During a Navarathri visit to Rajinikanth’s residence in Chennai last week, the BJP state unit President Tamilisai Soundararajan tossed the idea of the popular actor supporting the party to his wife Lata, party sources said. They said Ms Soundararajan went to the actor’s house on an invitation from Mrs Rajinikanth. However, the actor was away shooting […]

UK affirms its backing to OHCHR probe

7th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The British Government today affirmed its strong commitment to the investigation on Sri Lanka by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, said this after he met a group of Tamil diaspora groups in London today. The UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) together with some other Tamil groups met Swire today to discuss the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. This is not the first time that the British Government has had talks with the GTF, a very influential Tamil organisation led by Father S. J. Emmanuel. In a news report yesterday the GTF had expressed backing for an undivided Sri Lanka while seeking lasting peace based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated […]

Tamil diaspora and Britain to have talks

7th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil diaspora are to have talks with the British Government today regarding issues related to Sri Lanka, a leading diaspora organisation said. The UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said it, together with some other Tamil groups, will be meeting British Foreign Office Minister of State Hugo Swire today (October 7). This is not the first time that the British Government has had talks with the GTF, a very influential Tamil organisation led by Father S. J. Emmanuel. In a news report yesterday the GTF had expressed backing for an undivided Sri Lanka while seeking lasting peace based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement. The GTF said it is committed to non-violence and together with the Tamil National Alliance  (TNA), will work towards Tamil interests. (Colombo Gazette)

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