18th May 2015

Relatives Have An Imprescriptible Right To The Truth About The Fate: ITJP

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The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Sri Lanka, headed by South African rights activist Yasmin Sooka, has urged the government of Sri Lanka to undertake credible investigations into the forced disappearance of the more than a hundred people who disappeared while surrendering to the military on 18th May 2009 and to indict, prosecute and convict those responsible. “Families are entitled to the truth about the fate and whereabouts of loved ones.” ITJP said in statement. Issuing a statement last night the ITJP also called upon the government of Sri Lanka to become a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. “We welcome the news that the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is to be allowed to […]

Racist Rajapaksa’s War Heroes’ Day to Counter Sirisena’s Remembrance Day

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Mahinda Rajapaksha wants to celebrate the killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by his Army as War Heroes Day. Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who hopes to romp back to power in the coming parliamentary elections on a Sinhalese-nationalist wave, will be celebrating May 18, the day on which LTTE Supremo Prabhakaran was killed, as “War Heroes’ Day.” Rajapaksa’s rally to be held at Colombo’s Viharamahadevi Park is noteworthy in the context of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to observe May 19 as “Remembrance Day” to honor all Lankans, soldiers and civilians, irrespective of ethnicity, who had sacrificed their life or limb for the sake of the unity and integrity of the country. During the Rajapaksa regime, May 19 was celebrated as “Victory Day” marked […]

Wigneswaran seeks maximum devolution for Tamils

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Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today called for maximum devolution for the Tamil speaking people and warned that further delay to do so would change the dimensions of the problem further. Wigneswaran said that the Government together with the International Community must come to a decision regarding the political aspirations of the Tamil speaking people. Wigneswaran said this while speaking at an event held in Mullivaikal in the north to commemorate the victims of the final stages of the war. “The Mullivaikal incident left indelible marks on the collective human conscience of our people. Human rights’ denied, media intervention refused, it was a war without witnesses. International organizations at that time seriously alleged the use of prohibited lethal weapons in the said war. International aid […]

Tamils in Lanka openly mark anniversary of war’s end

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Hundreds of Tamils in Sri Lanka’s former war zones today for the first time openly commemorated their loved ones killed during the civil war as they marked the 6th anniversary of the end of the conflict. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran chaired the main commemoration event held at Vellamullivaikkal in the northeastern Mullaithivu district. He and joined hundreds of Tamil people as they lit lamps in the honour of their war dead. The commemoration was held even after the police obtained a magisterial order to prevent remembrance events from taking place. Wigneswaran, however, said the court order was limited only to prevent holding of processions. Vellamullivaikkal was the scene of the final battle on May 18, 2009. Feared Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam […]

Tamil leaders honor dead from Sri Lankan war at battle zone

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MULLIVAIKKAL, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil politicians, religious leaders and civilians gathered Monday under heavy surveillance at memorial ceremonies on the battleground where thousands died in the final days of the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. Lawmakers and local leaders lit earthen lamps and offered flowers at a makeshift memorial in Mullivaikkal village in northeastern Sri Lanka where thousands of people were killed in fierce fighting between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels. Civilians largely kept away at this event as several Sri Lankan intelligence agents and police were watching those attending the ceremony. Even journalists covering the ceremony were followed and Sri Lankan security agents listened in as they interviewed civilians and politicians. Police had obtained a court order […]

‘Fish rain’ in Nallur

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah People from Nallur were surprised to experience fish rain in the area. There have been downpours in the Jaffna District during the past several days and on Thursday morning people living near the Veerama Kaali Amman Temple on the Point-Pedro road experienced a heavy downpour. According to residents a significant number of fish fell from the skies with the heavy downpour and they collected the fish in huge buckets. In recent days Jaffna is experiencing a heavy rain fall in several areas. The people in the islets of Mandaitivu had experienced a drought and they even walked several miles to fetch water. However, the rain in Jaffna for the past several days has brought an end to the drought in several areas […]

World Watchdog Seeks Whereabouts Of 110 LTTE Surrendees

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Report reveals names of 110 missing ADMIN, MAY 18, 2015 A report compiled by Yasmin Sooka, a former member of the UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka appointed by UN Secretary General Ban k.. COLOMBO: The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Sri Lanka, headed by South African rights activist Yasmin Sooka, has asked the Lankan government to give information about the whereabouts of 110 LTTE  leaders who had surrendered to the Lankan military in full public view on May 18, 2009. “Those who surrendered on 18 May 2009 were screened and put in a barbed wire holding area just south of the Wadduvakkal Bridge, which was in the control of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Many surrendered with an elderly Catholic Priest, Father […]

Father Emmanuel gives Maithri the thumbs up – Global Tamil Forum

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Emmanuel gives Maithri the thumbs up – Global Tamil Forum Commenting on the Sri Lankan government’s decision to tone down the Victory Day celebrations,Leader of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), Father S.J.Emmanuel states that President Maithripala Sirisena is showing signs of an emerging patriot and statesman. “The present government appears to have realized the folly of denying the right of remembrance to the Tamils, and has prudently decided to tone down the one-sided victory parade of the government and allow a commemoration of all the fallen in the war. It is a welcome move, a distant silver-line at the end of the tunnel, or at least as a first step, on the long road to achieving a peaceful future,” he said issuing a press release. […]

India ‘complicit’ in killing of 20,000 civilians in Sri Lanka

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India has been accused of complicity in the deaths of 20,000 civilians in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil Tigers –  01 Jun 2009 Human rights groups have claimed India did not do enough to protect civilians in the war zone and a former commander on Indian peacekeeping forces in Sri Lanka has said India’s role in the conflict was “distressing and disturbing”. “We were complicit in this last phase of the offensive when a great number of civilians were killed,” Major General Ashok Mehta, who is now retired, told The Times. “Having taken a decision to go along with the campaign, we went along with it all the way and ignored what was happening on the ground.” India, a close […]

Protect The Space For Reconciliation During May 18 Commemorations: NPC

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The government has declared that May 18, the day the war ended six years ago in 2009, will be commemorated as a Day of Remembrance. This signifies a departure from the practice of the past five years when it was considered a Day of Victory, and is recognition that the people who fought against the government were part of the same national community and constituted members of the same State. The government will be conducting its own military parade on this day, but unlike in the past it will also remember all who died in the three decade long conflict. It has also expressed its opposition to the occasion being used to pay tribute to the LTTE as an organisation and has taken legal injunctions […]

SRI LANKA: Disappearances in Custody Six Years Ago Today

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On the 18 May 2009, a large number of witnesses saw more than a hundred LTTE military and civilian administration leaders surrender to the Sri Lankan army close to the Wadduvakkal Bridge. The vast majority of these people have subsequently disappeared and, according to eyewitnesses, were last seen in in the custody of the Sri Lankan military. Those who surrendered on 18 May 2009 were screened and mostly put in a barbed wire holding area just south of the Wadduvakkal Bridge, which was in the control of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Many surrendered with an elderly Catholic Priest, Father Francis Joseph, who recorded the names of surrendees in a list for the military. Many eyewitnesses saw these prisoners, and in some cases their family members, […]

Racist Nimal’s Party NFF asks govt. to get tough with Chief Minister Wigneswaran

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The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by a well known racist Nimal has called upon the government to institute legal action against Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran for allegedly abusing CM’s office, the Northern Provincial Council and government resources for promoting separatism in the North. Addressing a press conference held at the NFF Headquarters at Battramulla yesterday, NFF Spokesman Mohamed Muzammil said that CM Wigneswaran had invited Tamil political parties and civil organisations to attend an LTTE commemoration ceremony to be held at the Government Mixed School in Mullivaikkal today (18). “This invitation has been sent out in violation of a court order against LTTE commemorations. The agents of Tamil separatism had been lying low before Jan. 08 because the government and Northern Province Governor […]

According to the UN internal review report on Sri Lanka, over 70,000 Tamils were killed

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FORMER US ATTORNEY GENERAL RAMSEY CLARK  FORMER US ATTORNEY GENERAL RAMSEY CLARK TO DELIVER MULLIVAAIKAL MEMORIAL LECTURE IN NEW YORK – MAY 18 – TGTE TAMIL NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING: MAY 18 (Monday) – Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) NEW YORK, USA, May 18, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ — MULLIVAAIKAL MEMORIAL LECTURE It is our honor to announce that: Mr. Ramsey Clark, Former Attorney General of the US will deliver the Inaugural Lecture Where: New York County Lawyer’s Association 14 Vasey Street New York, NY Date: May 18 (Monday). Time: 6:30 pm For information contact: Shan Sundaram: (267) 229 – 9211 TAMIL NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING: MAY 18 (Monday) On this Day of Mourning of the Tamil nation, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is […]

Promoting Maj.Gen.Dias, a blow to justice-HRW

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today that promotion of a senior officer as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses, casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes. Maj. Gen. Jagath Dias, who led the Army’s 57th Division during the last two years of the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was appointed army chief of staff, one of the armed forces’ highest post. Although effective May 7, 2015, the appointment was only made public on May 15. “Sri Lanka’s new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming the general of an abusive unit the army chief of staff is a slap in the […]

‘I am eager to meet MR in Court: Mangala

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Claiming that he has received the letter of demand sent by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over his statement about the former first family’s asset, foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he was ready to meet former President Rajapaksa at the Court. “The letter of demand with three pages sent by my former friend Mahinda Rajapakse requesting one billion rupees was received. I am eagerly waiting to meet him in Court and I have so many things to tell him,” he said addressing a meeting in Matara on Saturday. He also said that the assistance was sought from four countries to find out the robbed money by Rajapakse family members. These were no money deposited in Sri Lanka. They have swindled billions of money with the name […]

London Mayor Promotes Economic Ties With Lanka

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The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow, is to lead a business delegation to Sri Lanka starting from today (17-19 May) as part of efforts to make sure London and the UK remain the regional partner of choice when it comes to financial and professional services. The Lord Mayor, acting as ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services, will be meeting with senior members of the government, investment authorities, regulators and business leaders. The Lord Mayor will also visit HSBC and will recognise staff members who have completed the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) examinations and those who have been recently awarded membership of the CISI. He will then go on to visit Millennium […]

TNA to intervene in Sampur matter

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The TNA(Tamil National Alliance) will file an intervening application against the suspension of the Gazette notification issued by the President releasing land to the people of Sampur. A three judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Friday rendered the Gazette notofication inoperative until May 21. The court suspended then gazette following a petition filed by Sri Lanka Gateway Industries. The petitioner said the land was leased to them by the Board of Investment. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily News yesterday that they have decided to intervene in the matter as the rights of the people who were living in these lands had been affected by the stay order given by the Supreme Court. Sumanthiran observed that 825 families are affected by the stay […]

‘Still Don’t Know If Mom, Brother Survived Attack’

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MADURAI:Even six years after the Mullivaikkal massacre, I still cannot come out of the shock of losing my entire family,” says emotional S Suresh, a Sri Lankan refugee living in the State. The massacre witnessed the alleged killings of thousands of Tamils. Only a small number of people could escape during the war from Sri Lanka to India because the army had already blocked the escape routes. “When the war intensified in 2009, me and mother, father, sister, and two brothers went to stay at a nearby school at our native place near Mullivaikal after LTTE informed us that the UN rescue team would reach the school and save us,” recalls Suresh. “About 1,000 people along with us took shelter hoping that there would not […]

Foreign affairs management and professional diplomacy

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The total absence of proper foreign affairs management and professional diplomacy during the past ten years has resulted in our country having to pay a huge price on the world stage. Our non management of the ‘Northern Issue’ also contributed to this situation. For the Tamil Diaspora born out of the program of ’83, spared no pain to malign our country and bring us down. Let us now together work to protect our multi ethnic, multi religious, multi religious nation. It is only through proper diplomacy that this can be achieved. Professional diplomacy along with foreign affairs management is an extremely specialized field. The authorities have only to note the quality of the diplomats serving in Sri Lanka, which is after all is not an […]