29th May 2015

Sri Lanka: The Years of Blood

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The following article with images, was originally published by a blogger who blogs at thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com, in last year. CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE WITH PHOTOS     In late 2012, workers digging foundations for a new wing in Matale Hospital unearthed partial skeletons of more than 150 people. Of the various theories that sought to explain how this mass grave came to be, the one that most people instinctively thought might be true was that this was the final resting place of victims of death squads from 2nd JVP insurgency, which from 1987 to 1989 almost brought the Sri Lankan State to total collapse. The counter-insurgency (COIN) campaign, which in turn destroyed the JVP had few equals (except perhaps the1990s Algerian counter-insurgency campaign and the India’s […]

We need a Federal system in a united Sri Lanka

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By Mirudhula Thambiah Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) leader parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said, people of the North and East fought for their rights. Although the LTTE is no more that does not mean the conflict is over. “We welcome the stand of the government on appointing a Presidential Task Force for Reconciliation under the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and we feel it may be a new step but they are yet to begin the task,” he said. Following are excerpts: ? What is your opinion about changing the victory day to Ranawiru parade day A: I don’t see any change! Ministers are expressing various views about changing the name. One says it should be celebrated as the Security Forces Day since they kept the […]

Colombo reluctant to demilitarise

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Study by U.S.-based institute criticises the government for operating with an ‘old mindset’. Notwithstanding the four-month-old Sirisena government’s repeated assertions of attaching priority to ethnic reconciliation in the country, the regime has been found to be “reluctant” in demilitiarising the Northern and Eastern Provinces, where Tamils live in large numbers, according to a study of Oakland Institute, a U.S.-based policy think tank. As part of the study, the organisation has prepared two reports, which were made public on Thursday. The Hindu was the only newspaper in Asia to have been provided exclusives of the reports.Govt. informedThe Institute made it clear that its study (January 2014-April 2015) was carried out “with the knowledge but not the cooperation of the Sri Lankan government.” One of the reports, […]

Northern PC Mulls desalination project

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The Northern Provincial Council is actively examining the prospects of implementing a sizable desalination project aimed at a permanent solution to the recurring crisis of drinking water in the province. A special meeting at which this issue was discussed at length, chaired by Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, was held at the Jaffna Public Library Auditorium last Wednesday with participants including Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians Mavai S Senathiraja, S. Sritharan, Northern Provincial Council Ministers, Councilors, Northern Provincial Council Opposition Leader S.Thavarasa and many others contributing actively to the discussion. An American expert Nicolai who was at the meeting expressed his views on converting the sea water into drinking water. According to sources, the Maruthankerni sea area in the North was suggested as the ideal location for the […]

‘silent war’ as Tamil land is appropriated by army

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Sri Lanka accused of waging ‘silent war’ as Tamil land is appropriated by army US thinktank claims post-conflict harmony undermined by military occupation in north and east, combined with land grabs that have marginalised Tamil people Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long and bloody civil war, a “silent” conflict is being waged across the island, with tens of thousands of government troops continuing to occupy the north and east and the army expanding its property developments on land belonging to displaced Tamils, a new report claims. Although the 26-year-long conflict between the majority Sinhalese government and Tamil separatists finally ended in 2009 with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the study by the US-based thinktank the Oakland Institute […]

This Divided Island: Stories From The Sri Lankan War

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By Charles Sarvan – Tolerance is not a human characteristic. A small difference in skin-colour, language or religion has been enough to prompt one group of Sapiens to set about attacking and exterminating another group. – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari, Professor of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Act 2 of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard the Second’ contains an eulogy on England marked by rhetorical repetition: this “sceptred” isle, this other Eden, this fortress against the hand of war, this happy breed of men, this blessed plot, this earth, this England. Subramanian employs the same deictic term with reference to Sri Lanka in his book’s title but with irony; not to laud but to lament. South Indian Subramanian paid visits to Sri Lanka […]

TGTE Welcomes Fonseka’s Willingness To Face War Crime Trials: Urges Him To Avail To UN’s OISL

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is pleased to hear of former Army Commander Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka’s interview to the Guardian newspaper that he would welcome war crimes investigation to prove his innocence for the mass killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Security Forces. “There were no rapes, no torture during my command during the war,” Fonseka said in the interview. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is to submit his report to the UN Human Rights Council in September about his findings regarding these killings and recommendations for justice. “We are pleased about Sarath Fonseka’s commitment to answer to these mass killings and rape,” said TGTE’s Minister for International Affairs Mr. […]

Sri Lankan Govt. Systematically Violating Human Rights Of Tamils & Other Minorities: New Report

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A new report on the state of human rights in Sri Lanka finds that a silent war continues in which thousands of Tamils, mostly Hindus and Christians, are still internally displaced and subject to military occupation and fierce discrimination by the predominantly Buddhist Sinhalese majority. The new report “The Long Shadow of War: Struggle for Justice in Post War Sri Lanka” by the US-based think tank the Oakland Institute finds; 6 years after the end of the war, the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every 6 Tamil civilians. The army has engaged in large-scale property development, running luxury tourist resorts and business ventures on land seized from local populations. Thousands of Tamil families […]

Institutions For Administration Of Justice Are Far More Important Than The Military

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By Basil Fernando – The rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl two weeks ago, has given rise to the biggest protest seen in North in recent times. The police have announced that 9 persons have been arrested and are been investigated. DNA samples have been taken and sent for examination. Meanwhile, the President of Sri Lanka publicly stated that the case would be tried in a special court to avoid the usual delay and to ensure justice speedily. This promise by the President is quite welcome. We hope that the investigations will be completed soon and the Attorney General will also file the indictments soon and the trial will commence. While this move is being appreciated, it needs to be emphasized that a speedy […]

LTTE WILL NOT RiSE AGAIN

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BY W. K. PRASAD MANJU Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran says that certain people are spreading rumours that she helped the main suspect in Vithya’s rape and murder case get released from police custody.”I strongly reject that accusation. The people of Jaffna know that I will never do such a thing,” she said in an interview. Following are some excerpts of it: ?: How is the situation in Jaffna at present. A: There was a tense situation recently. This situation arose due to the murder of Vithya and the protests that were launched against it. Now the people have calmed down. ?: If the Police had acted to take into custody the suspects connected with this murder, why did people take to the […]

Tsunami reconstruction in the LTTE held areas – Three key officers of RADA to be arrested shortly

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Three key officers of RADA to be arrested shortly by Manjula Fernando The Police Special Investigations Unit probing alleged shady transactions of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) where Rs.124 to Rs.169 million of State assets believed to have been stolen or transferred to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other parties, is expected to arrest three key suspects shortly, authoritative sources said. Last week, the SIU was on the verge of arresting businessman, parliamentarian and former chairman of RADA, Tiran Alles, when he moved the Supreme Court to obtain a stay order on May 18, preventing imminent arrest. The sources said the suspects to be arrested shortly, were closely associated with the RADA transactions, either in transferring or receiving the funds. “They […]