2nd March 2015

Author Trevor Grant on How The Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away With Murder

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Author Trevor Grant on How The Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away With Murder An interview with author Trevor Grant, he recently wrote an insightful book pertaining to the ongoing human rights violations in Sri Lanka- the book is entitled, “Sri Lanka’s Secrets How The Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away With Murder”. The book can be purchased via. Amazon or directly on the book’s publishing website. Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Sri-Lankas-Secre… Monash Publishing: http://www.publishing.monash.edu/book… Visit our Facebook social group for more updates on the ongoing human rights violations in Sri Lanka:https://www.facebook.com/groups/34462…

If they don’t take me seriously, why do they come to me? – ‘Most respected Tamil living in Sri Lanka’ Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The most outspoken Bishop in Sri Lanka, Dr Rayappu Joseph of Mannar says a purely domestic inquiry will not be perceived by Tamils as impartial, at least at this stage. Also, what should be done now as first step is to cooperate with the UN investigation and discuss next steps after that report is published. Following are excerpts: Q Where have the Tamils gone wrong in resolving the national issue? A: Tamils have historically asked for recognition of their identity as a community, equality with all other Sri Lankans, asked for federal or such system of power-sharing and engaged in democratic and peaceful struggles. It is only when these were not being realized, and their efforts met with violence and armed […]

Tamil Kings Cut out, History Rewritten, Claim Lankan Tamil Students

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KATCHATHEEVU: Five years after the end of the ethnic war in Sri Lanka, Tamil minority students are still unable to acquire knowledge about the legacy of Tamil kings of yore through their History textbooks in schools. Instead, they get to learn only about the glory of the Sinhala kings and their contribution to the growth of Buddhism in the island nation. “Our History textbooks up to Class X emphasise that the Sinhala kings alone are the legitimate rulers of Sri Lanka and only their clan has the ability to govern the country. If Tamil-speaking students requested their teachers to enlighten them on the Tamil kings and their contribution, the fellow Sinhala classmates mock them,” rued a student, who came with his family to the St […]

Sirisena Govt Must Sensibly Engage With Non-Resident Tamils

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By Rajasingham Jayadevan – The new government of President Maithiripala Sirisena has taken heartening steps to deal with serious issues such as good governance, accountability and to bring an end to the autocratic governance of familial rules embodied in deep rooted hate feelings. This encouraging process must be strengthened to deal with wider issues and the government that is in the transitional process with the 100 day good governance programme must transit into a much more stable government after the parliamentary elections soon to deal with further fundamental issues. The government needs to undertake positive and serious steps to engage with the Non Resident Tamils (NRT) with the sincere intention to deal with the issues affecting them and Sri Lanka. Instead of taking the hostile […]

Probe will not end by September

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The domestic investigation into some of the allegations over the war will not be completed by September and only the structure and laws will be in place before that, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said. Perera said that it will be difficult to complete the legal process before the September session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had earlier agreed to defer a report on Sri Lanka which was to be submitted to the Council during its 28th session next month, to September. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the team appointed to compile the report after investigating the war in Sri Lanka, had recommended that the report be delayed. The High Commissioner stressed […]

Lanka seeks UK help

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The Government has sought assistance from India, the United States and Britain to investigate large scale financial fraud committed by the former Government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksa have visited these countries to seek assistance from institutions there for the investigation. “We have sought assistance from the World Bank, the US Justice Department, the major fraud investigations unit in London and the Indian Central Bank,” he said. The Prime Minister said that the Government is being accused of failing to arrest top members of the former Government over corruption. However he says no one can be arrested without enough evidence at hand and so a system has been put in place to first investigate the […]

WikiLeaks: JVP, Sirisena And Sampanthan On Trinco Buddha Statue

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“Religious and ethnic tensions continue to percolate in Trincomalee over the May 16 erection of a large Buddha statue on public land in the city center. A May 18 decision by a local judge ordering the removal of the statue has not yet been implemented, and the statue remains, behind barbed wire and guarded by local police, in its controversial location. A Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) front organization, which launched a four-day strike that crippled businesses and transportation in the city from May 17-2005, has decided to give authorities until June 2 to remove the statue before contemplating resumed strikes. The ethnically polarizing machinations by government coalition partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which instigated the placement of the statue, and the LTTE, which […]