3rd October 2014

SL military enslaves Eezham Tamils along border villages of Batticaloa district

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[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 October 2014, 22:19 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military has effectively enslaved the gagged Eezham Tamil families in the border villages of Paduvaankarai region. Seven years after the end of war in East, the livelihood of the villagers has worsened than during the times of the war. While the resources are being exploited by the intruding Sinhala colonists and fishermen on one hand, the Tamils are being provided only one option of becoming second class citizens serving the interests of the occupying SL military, Tamil activists in Batticaloa said urging immediate focus from the global Tamils on the deteriorating situation of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaankarai. One of the worst exploited villages by the Sinhala militarisation in Paddippazhai division of Paduvaankarai region is […]

Minister calls for probe on Nonis issue

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Government Minister and leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Champika Ranawaka, today called for an impartial investigation on the issue concerning Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to London, Chris Nonis, if there is a formal complaint made at the External Affairs Ministry. Speaking to reporters at a media briefing, Ranawaka said that Nonis played a crucial role for the country during the Commonwealth summit held in Sri Lanka last year where he made statements countering allegations raised against the Government. There have been reports that the High Commissioner had been assaulted by External Affairs Ministry monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena at a function in the US recently. Ranawaka said that if the High Commissioner had formally raised the issue with the External Affairs Ministry then the incident should be investigated. […]

Sri Lanka war probe lost in translation

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Sri Lanka’s domestic probe into the disappearance of thousands of civilians during and after the island’s ethnic war is being undermined by serious translation errors, a group of activists said Thursday. Testimony before the presidential Commission of Inquiry was marred by glaring mistakes in translating questions from English-speaking investigators to ethnic Tamil witnesses, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said. Sittings this week have been affected by errors that could undermine the quality of testimony before the commission, the CPA said, adding that witnesses were photographed by men said to be military intelligence officers. When one witness was asked in English whether he knew where shells were fired from during fighting, the question was translated into Tamil as: “Can you tell us the camps you […]

US denies softening stance on Lanka

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The United States (US) has denied reports it has softened its stand on Sri Lanka with US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki insisting that there has not been a change of US policy on Sri Lanka. Psaki said that US Secretary of State John Kerry had met President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the recent visit to the US by the President for the UN General Assembly. Asked, during the daily press briefing at the US State Department if, at that meeting, the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka as was reported in a local newspaper, Psaki said “absolutely not”. “I saw the same story. The only thing that was right was that the Secretary did speak with the Sri Lankan president on the margins of the […]