28th February 2015

Tamil “Extremists” target Sampanthan and Sumanthiran of the TNA as “Traitors”

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By D.B.S.JeyarajTamil National Alliance(TNA) leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan MP and TNA National list Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran  won many hearts and minds by participating in the  official Independence day ceremony  held in Battaramulla on February 4th. The diplomatic community in Colombo   hailed it as a commendable  symbolic gesture towards ethnic reconciliation in a land torn asunder by decades of communal strife and bloodshed. The small step taken by Sampanthan and Sumanthiran was praised as a giant leap for national unity by all progressive sections of Sri Lankan society desiring justice, equality,harmony and amity. Sadly what was regarded as a  great leap forward three weeks ago appears to be regressing into a great leap backwards in political terms  now. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran who were toasted for their praiseworthy […]

Doctor found not guilty of FGM on patient at London hospital

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Jury acquits Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena of subjecting a mother to female genital mutilation after he delivered her baby at Whittington hospital in 2012 A hospital doctor has been acquitted of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on a patient, in the first prosecution since the practice was outlawed in England and Wales 29 years ago. A jury took less than 30 minutes to find Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, not guilty of subjecting a mother to FGM after he delivered her baby. A second man, Hasan Mohamed, 41, was also found not guilty of aiding and abetting the doctor. First FGM prosecution: how the case came to court Read more Dharmasena was charged with committing FGM by stitching up the mother following the birth of her […]

British Tamil Forum unhappy

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By Manjula Fernando The decision to defer the human rights report on Sri Lanka by six months by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, received mixed reactions from different stake holders here in the domestic front as well as elsewhere. UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad The Government immediately welcomed the reciprocation while two key sponsors of the March 2014 resolution which mandated the investigation and report, the US and the UK, aligned with High Commissioner Prince Zeid’s decision on the basis of giving time to a new government in office. However, diaspora groups like the British Tamil Forum have expressed disappointment. The Tamil National Alliance, too responded in a similar tone initially, with the party’s hardliner and member […]

Tamils show displeasure to TNA & Govt

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By J. Yogaraj The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says passing the resolution has nothing to do with the TNA having a smooth relationship with the Central Government. This cannot be accepted. You show one face to the Northern Province and a different face to the Central Government. Already the TNA has got a strained relationship with Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts. When Mavai Senathiraja went to those places on routine political work, people had shown their displeasure and anger. Posters were put up by Jaffna University students to show their agitation against R. Sampanthan and M. Sumanthiran on the matter where these parliamentarians have attended the 67th Independence Day celebrations without getting the permission of the TNA Executive Committee. Moderate Tamils fear that at any stage […]

Thirteen Things That Will be Said and Left Unsaid by Mangala Samaraweera at the UN Human Rights Council

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By S. V. Kirubaharan – The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera, is scheduled to speak on the opening day of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council – UN HRC, in Geneva, on 02 March 2015. With my experience of Sri Lanka and the UN Human Rights forums, I predict that the following will be said. Many facts and realities will not be disclosed to this august forum. 1 –       Mangala Samaraweera will inform the UN HRC that a new President has been elected by all communities – Singhalese, Tamil and Muslims. He will also say that the Tamils’ leading political party, the Tamil National Alliance – TNA, fully supported the new President. But he will not mention that the new […]

Jaffna’s Water Contamination: Is the Chunnakam Power Plant Responsible?

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Protests were held in Jaffna last week against alleged crude oil leakage by Chunnakam power plant. The protests which included students of schools, as well as hunger strikers demanded that action be taken to resolve the issue of leakage of crude oil by the Thermal power plant, which is alleged to be the cause of water contamination in wells in Jaffna. The protesters say that almost 400,000 litres of crude oil has been leaking from the Chunnakam thermal power station and seeping into local water supplies. They also demand the power station be closed based on these allegations; an immediate visit by the Minister of Energy and Power in order to resolve the situation; and a permanent solution to prevent contamination of water. Allegations Denied […]

Karuna Says 1990 Massacre Of Policemen Was War Crime

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Member of Parliament Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman stated that the massacre of more than 600 unarmed policemen after they had surrendered to the LTTE can be considered as a war crime. Taking part in the live political talk show ‘Sathyagaraya’ on ITN, he said that while massacres that took place under Pol Pot in Cambodia and using chemical weapons against the Kurdish people in Iraq could be considered war crimes, the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka did not see war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Forces. LTTE could not be considered as a liberation movement as it had kept thousands of civilians as hostages at gunpoint in the last stages of the war. However, the Sri Lanka Forces rescued them and […]

Truth and justice are un-deferrable

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The news that the Human Rights Council has agreed to a request made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to postpone publication of the report of a UN investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka was cheered by some in Sri Lanka.  Elsewhere there was chagrin, for example an outfit calling itself Sri Lanka Campaign has expressed disappointment. Let’s begin with the disappointment. Well, let’s begin with the disappointed.  It is no secret that the Sri Lanka Campaign is a misnamed outfit. From its inception they have been anti-Sri Lanka.  The bleeding hearts they bare their breasts to show the world about victims of conflict steer do not shed even a shade of red about LTTE atrocities apart from the by now par […]