31st May 2015

War Crimes – ‘Govt & LTTE’ courier to expose all

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Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Ampara District Parliamentarian Chandra Nehru Chandrakanthan, who acted as a courier between the then government and the LTTE, is preparing to present evidence regarding human rights violations which were allegedly committed during the closing stages of the war. Although many international and internal investigations were initiated into such allegations, he insists that the grievances of the Tamil people have as yet not been meaningfully addressed. He adds that he will definitely submit evidence at an internal investigation into the events surrounding the last few days of the war. Besides expressing these views to the Tamil media, Chandra Nehru has also made these comments on a popular Tamil Television programme recently, confessing that he acted as a courier between the then […]

GTF ready for direct talks on Tamil issues

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in London, says it is ready for direct talks with anyone to resolve Tamil issues. The GTF was responding to a question posed by The Sunday Leader when asked if it willing to have direct talks with the Government on the Tamil issue. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran said that the GTF has so far not been invited for any talks in Sri Lanka by the Government. “No no invitations were received for direct talks, remember GTF is still a proscribed organisation in Sri Lanka,” he added. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Nomaindiya Mfeketo had a series of meetings with representatives of International Tamil Diaspora organisations from Sri Lanka, including […]

Freedom for 278 political prisoners

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Two hundred and seventy eight political prisoners whose release the Tamil community has been agitating for several years will soon be granted their freedom following talks with the Tamil National Alliance, party frontliner M.A. Sumanthiran MP told the Sunday Observer. The TNA will this week discuss with Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe the procedural methods and the priority categories of prisoners to be released, he said, adding that a meeting scheduled for last week was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Many prisoners have not been served any indictments but arrested on mere suspicion, while many others have been arrested for minor offences, he said.The TNA after compiling the details held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. They are optimistic that the release […]

No nominations for cross-overs

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No politician who changes his party allegiance will be given nominations, according to an agreement reached between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. This decision was arrived at to herald a new political culture in the country, it is reliably understood. The UNP-SLFP Government, a joint political venture could implement a tremendous volume of work, and letting parliamentarians cross-over to political parties of their choice could jettison the joint efforts, spokesmen for the two parties are reported to have said. Speculation is rife that a number of politicians of the two major parties of whom the majority represent the present Parliament, are ready to shift allegiance. Political parties have failed to reach a consensus on the 20th Amendment since the UNP, JVP, NWU, […]

Differences Of Opinion Still In TNA

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By Waruni Karunarathne Tamil National Alliance (TNA) continues to experience differences of opinion within the coalition parties but is making an effort to get together on common matters. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told The Sunday Leader that coalition parties of the TNA are still having differences of opinion but making an effort to work together on common issues such as finding a solution to Tamil political issue. “Right now internally within the coalition parties we are having discussions related to the upcoming parliamentary election and as to what stand we will take. The TNA is also having discussions related to this. Even though more than six years have elapsed since the war ended, Tamil people still have unresolved issues – resettlement is not done to […]

Delimitation Commission unjust – Mano

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha Leader of the Democratic People’s Front, former Parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan, said that they expect President Maithripala Sirisena to provide them with a private pledge tomorrow, Monday, that determining new provincial and other boundary limitations by the Elections Delimitations Commission will be carried out in a reasonable manner. He said they have had serious doubts due to the way in which the Delimitation Commission has acted so far. He added that if the government intends submitting to parliament the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which includes electoral reforms, on Wednesday 3 June, the President’s pledge on this issue should be received prior to that. He said that in the circumstances, they intend meeting the President tomorrow, Monday, to discuss the issue with him. […]

Jaffna rape incident SIU to submit report on police lethargy?

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BY Pranavesh Sivakumar The Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating possible lapses on the part of Police officers in connection with probes into the brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Jaffna a fortnight ago. Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said at a media briefing yesterday that the SIU was trying to ascertain whether there was any negligence on the part of the police in the initial investigations process. “The SIU has not forwarded the report as yet. Hence, after the SIU produces the report relating to the conduct of certain senior police officers, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) will then decide what action should be taken” he added. He explained that disciplinary action by the IGP will depend on the […]

Govt. contemplates special police division To investigate violence against women

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In the wake of the brutal gang rape and murder of an 18-year-old schoolgirl in Pungudutivu, Jaffna and the subsequent public outrage, the government is contemplating setting up a special police division to investigate complaints of violence against women and children. State Minister of Children’s Affairs, Rosy Senanayake, speaking to The Nation, said discussions were being held on establishing such a division, which would be headed by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police and comprising specially trained police personnel. Minister Senanayake also said as part of an ‘anti-rape’ initiative, discussions had also been held on the possibility of establishing a task force to investigate complaints of rape. This unit will be functioning under the special police division mentioned above. It is also due to […]

DS raises alarm over drugs and crimes in Jaffna

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One month before the gruesome rape and murder of a Poonkuduthivu schoolgirl, Jaffna’s District Secretary in a report had urged the police to act fast to check the rising incidence of sexual abuse, exploitation and illicit sale of liquor and drugs in the district. Describing schoolchildren’s new found addiction to drugs and banned substances as a “well-planned strategy” aimed at disrupting the social fabric of the north, the report sent to Jaffna’s Deputy Inspector General highlights the alarming rate at which crime is rising in the peninsula. The report is the outcome of a discussion held by the District Child Development Committee headed by the DS. Drawing the attention of the police to illegal liquor sales that “continue unabated” in many areas in the district, the report notes […]

Island of fear

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The rape and murder of 18-year-old Vidya Sivaloganathan in Pungudutivu has led to many families in her village, Veeramalai, fleeing for safety in other towns. Families with young girls are especially fearful. The victim’s family too is seeking to move away from the island of Pungudutivu. Veeramalai resident Ganesh Vigeswaran, 47, said he had decided to go and live with his in-laws in Batticaloa because of the volatile situation in his village. Mr. Vigneswaran, a father of three girls who, like the murdered Vidya, are students of Pungudutivu Tamil Vidyalam said he could not be certain of his children’s safety any longer. “I have three young girls aged 18, 19 and 21 and I don’t feel safe,” he said. It is learnt that many residents […]

‘Death Sentence to Rapists of Children’ says Londoners – PHOTOS

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A prayer meeting was held at the Trinity Hall in EastHam today at 5.00 pm by London Tamil organisations to remember the rape and death of School girl Vithiya in Sri Lanka. Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam TGTE MP, Mr Nimalan Seevaratnam TGTE MP, Leading Human Rights Solicitor Vasuki Muruhathas and others spoke on what we must do to stop these happening in future. Even during this week two rape incidents were reported in the Northern Province, one in the Kayts and the other in Kilinochchi.  Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera had said at a media briefing yesterday that the SIU was trying to ascertain whether there was any negligence on the part of the police in the initial investigations process. Organiser Mr Murugananthan spoke on behalf […]