7th October 2014

Shivajilingam reiterates majority demand of genocide investigation

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[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.

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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

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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

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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)

Buddhist hardliners reject federal solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic issues

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COLOMBO, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — An organization of Buddhist hardliners in Sri Lanka has rejected a federal solution to the country’s long running ethnic problems, insisting it is ” unsuitable,” an official said Tuesday. The Bodu Bala Sena or Buddhist Task Force dismissed the 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution that India along with the Tamil minority in the county believe is the starting point of devolving power to minorities. The 13th Amendment was introduced by India in 1989 but has never been fully implemented in the north and east parts of the country where the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) waged a brutal three decade war to carve out a separate homeland for Tamils. The LTTE was militarily defeated by the Sri Lankan […]

UN Rights Committee reviews Sri Lanka

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The UN Human Rights Committee, which began reviewing Sri Lanka’s respect for rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), questioned the Government on the steps it has taken to address several concerns. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha, in his opening statement said that Sri Lanka has utmost respect for human rights. He said that terrorism remains a major concern in Sri Lanka and so there was a need to continue with the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Committee member Yuji Iwasawa expressed disappointment with the Sri Lankan Government’s lack of cooperation on individual communications procedures, particularly follow-up action. He also noted that the Sri Lanka national action plan promised action on right to privacy and right to information and so […]

SL must stop making empty promises-AI

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Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community and the Sri Lankan people on improving the country’s still desperate human rights situation, Amnesty International said, ahead of a UN review of the country’s rights record. The UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, will on 7 and 8 October, be reviewing Sri Lanka’s respect for rights enshrined in the key human rights treaty: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This is the first such assessment since 2003. “More than a decade since the last Committee review of Sri Lanka’s record in 2002, it’s disturbing to see how many rights issues raised then still persist in the country – and how the government has ignored promises to address them,” […]

BBS wants Sri Lanka named ‘Sinhale’

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), revealing details of its policy framework, said today the name Sri Lanka should be changed to ‘Sinhale’ and the state flag should be the one used prior to 1815. It also proposes that the executive presidency and the provincial council system be abolished; the name of the parliament changed and the number of parliamentarians reduced to 100. “The country should have a post of ‘Sangaraja’ as the spiritual leader and he should also be the leader of the state. All the decisions with regard to Buddhism should be taken by him. However, the religious freedom should be secured. There will be no discrimination,” BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage said. He said the BBS would discuss these matters with political […]

What Is Legal And Illegal Does Not Matter In SL Anymore: AHRC

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The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has in a statement issued regarding the brutal assault of a sex worker by a Policeman attached to the Rathnapura Police, has stated that the responsibility of such appalling behavior by the Police should be borne by the government. In the statement that was issued today, the AHRC has pointed out that by dismantling the 17 Amendment; this government destroyed the only serious attempt made to restore discipline in the public service, particularly the Police service and therefore, the government should bear the blame for the shocking behavior displayed by certain police officials. They have gone on to point out that the 17th Amendment was annulled in order to ensure the prevention of free and fair elections and have […]