June 2015

Alleged Acts of Sexual Violence Against Tamil Women by Members of the Armed Forces During the War

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (The brutal gang rape and murder of 18 year old schoolgirl Vidya Sivaloganathan in the Northern Island of Pungudutheevu has resulted in widespread revulsion and condemnations. It has drawn attention to the burning issue of sexual violence against women in general and Tamil women in particular. This is a recurring phenomenon with different dimensions. There was a time during the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) where many instances of sexual violence against Tamil women were allegedly committed by members of the armed forces. In most instances the alleged perpetrators got away with impunity. It is in that context that I am re-posting an article I wrote fourteen years ago for “The Sunday Leader”. It was […]

Rapist has been working in support of the Army and the (former) Government.

2nd June 2015 // 0 Comments

by Manjula Fernando Punkudutivu is a small island of about 6000 people, located off Jaffna, in close proximity to Nagadeepa. It has no jungles or dense forest cover for outsiders to hold up in after committing gruesome acts of crime. Yet, Vidhya, a 17- year-old school girl, was subjected to the most horrifying acts of violence, by nine men who gang-raped her and then brutally squashed her life. This happen in Pungudutivu. Her rapists/murderers were not outsiders. They were fellow villagers albeit after liquor. Brutal rape and murder shocked a whole nation. Some vented out their anger by blaming the police, the lawyers and State authorities in violent protests. Others expressed alarm at the level of social erosion witnessed in a once highly conservative society. […]

The blight of militarisation of Minority

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Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities in the country — the Tamils and Muslims. Clearly, the mandate was not just for a more accountable and democratic government that would reverse the creeping authoritarianism and family rule heralded by Mr. Rajapaksa, but also for addressing systemic issues that had gripped, and continues to nettle, Sri Lankan society. Chief among them is the issue of militarisation. Following the triumph against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the military has taken a preponderant role in Sri Lankan society, particularly in the north. In the Tamil-majority provinces, the large-scale presence of the military has been sought to be justified as a security […]

Little School girl rescued from abductor

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The Puttalam police, with the help of residents rescued a schoolgirl who was forcibly taken into a jungle by a man for immoral purposes. The girl, a first-year student of Anagarika Dharmapala Vidyalaya in Puttalama was rescued after about an hour. The person who is alleged to have abducted the child was also arrested by the people. The schoolgirl was in the habit of returning home after school with her brother in a three-wheeler. However, this man had lured the child to go into the jungle in Thiladiya. People who noticed the child being taken by an unknown person had raised the alarm and alerted the police and together started searching for the little girl. The child’s screams led the rescuers to the frightened child. […]

Karu met Ranil in London

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Minister of Public Administration and Local Governemnt Karu Jayasuriya became the first Sri Lankan Minister to meet Mr. Ranil Jayawardena, the newly elected Conservative Party MP for North East Hampshire, when Mr. Jayawardena, his family and Mr & Mrs. Jayasuriya were hosted to lunch by the Acting High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa recently. Mr. Jayawarderna became the only Sri Lankan origin person to be elected to the British Parliament at this years Parliamentary election.

Genocide: Justice for minority Tamils over war crimes in Sri Lanka!

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by Dr. Abdul Ruff Views expressed in this article are author own ( May 27, 2015, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) At the outset it must be put on record that Tamils were initially brought to Lankan island by the British empire to work in tea plantations, railways, and business establishments, big and small and the contributions of Tamils to the overall development of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has been as significant as the majority Singhalese. It is only when the post colonial Lankan rulers denied Tamils fundamental rights and refused to treat them as humans that Tamils protested which led to the crisis situation with Tamils adopting a confrontational approach, seeking an independent Elem state for Tamils and the rest is already contemporary history as […]

10 Schoolgirls Sexual abused during the last 14 days

1st June 2015 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah Making a comment recently about an increase in rape incidents in the Northern Province, State Minister of Education Velusamy Radhakrishnan, said it hurts to hear that around 10 schoolgirls have been subjected to sexual abuse during the last two weeks in the Northern Province. He further said that although most of the sexual abuse was committed by outsiders, there are cases where even schoolteachers have committed such acts. “We feel thoroughly hurt to hear that around 10 schoolgirls have faced sexual abuse during the last 14 days. It is very disappointing to hear that even school teachers are involved in such acts,” he said. He added that investigations are being carried out with regard to the above 10 cases and immediate action […]

Politics of Rape and Disgrace…

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Politics & Society by Prasad Gunewardene Hailing from the Southern city of Matara, I recognize and hail the Tamil Race as a proud and respectable community. Having studied at the school by the sea in Mt. Lavinia with many Tamil classmates like R. Renganathan, Rajaseelan Gnanam, late Frankin R. Sathyapalan, late Kula Indrakumar, Rohan Mather, Rohan Nagarajah and P. Manotharan to name a few, we knew no racial differences from our childhood as we were together like brothers of one family, and still we are. I continue to associate more Tamil friends than those of my own community for the deep respect, trust, confidence and love I have for the Tamil community. Many extreme minded Sinhalese opposed my views when I expressed sincere sentiments on […]

Three Tamil Parties to Form New Political Front in Lanka

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Three political parties representing Tamils have decided to join hands to form a new political front in Sri Lanka, saying the main Tamil National Alliance only represent community members from the northern and eastern part of the country. Mano Ganesan, the leader of the Democratic Peoples Front, a minority party for the Western province Tamils said two other political parties representing Tamils in the central hill plantations are to join his party to form the new political front. “Tamils live not only in the north and east. There are Tamils who live in the western, northwestern, central and southwestern provinces,” Ganesan said. He said the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) represents the north and eastern Tamils. There are 3.2 million Tamils out of […]

‘Mahinda should declare his assets’

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Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ajith P. Perera today asked Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to make a public declaration on his assets and financial records. He inquired that if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not committed any frauds, he should make a public announcement on his bank details and properties. “The people can provide a judgment on him and his assets after this declaration,” the deputy minister told a news conference held at the Ministry. He stated that former President Rajapaksa was attempting to make temples as political institutes and trying to use them to accomplish his political gains. “We humbly request the former president not to use religious places for his political gains. We request him not to take away the culture and religion from […]

TNA prepared to shake hands with Maithri, if …

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By S. Gurunathan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is prepared to shake hands with President Maithiripala Sirisena, if he comes to an understanding to provide a sustainable permanent political solution to the ethnic issue, said Govindan Karunakaran, TNA Eastern Provincial Councillor, at a meeting held at Manchanthoduwai in Batticaloa District, recently. He said that they were able to send the former regime out of power and that the people suffered a lot under it. “Under the present regime we were able to see some hope for the Tamil speaking people. But we do not know what would take place in the political arena next,” he said “If a sustainable political solution could be found, then the TNA could offer its support to the present government. Under […]

President Considers Possibility Of Imposing Death Penalty For Drug Smuggling

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday (01) stated that he was expecting to discuss the possibility of giving death sentence to those who are guilty of drug smuggling. Participating in an event organized to mark World No Tobacco Day, the president said that his intention was to establish a serious discussion in the country on this matter. “Some people are so poor that they cannot afford three meals a day. But those people always have money for cigarettes, alcohol and other kind of drugs. This is a social disaster which should be stopped at any cost,” Sirisena stressed. There will be various protests against this proposed death sentence, the president acknowledged. However, he said that he will not hesitate to take a firm decision after discussions […]

Jaffna Rape And Murder Suspects Remanded Further

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The nine individuals suspected of the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Punguditivu, were further remanded till June 15 by Kayts Magistrate Courts earlier today. Meanwhile, the Jaffna Magistrate further remanded a group of protesters arrested on May 20 for attacking the Jaffna Courts during a protest demanding death penalty to the suspected criminals. Two minors in this group were released on bail. Police arrested 130 persons for the attack on the Jaffna courts on May 20. They were remanded until early June by the Jaffna Magistrate. The rest of the arrested individuals will be once again produced before the courts in the coming days. Meanwhile, a protest was held in a number of towns in the north and elsewhere, demanding justice for the […]

Reveal the truth

1st June 2015 // 0 Comments

The recent rape and murder of a Jaffna schoolgirl have seemingly taken a new twist. It revolves round the main suspect of this case having had been released by the Police upon influence, political or otherwise. The suspect, a Sri Lankan Tamil resident in Switzerland, was subsequently arrested at Wellawatte. He had apparently first been taken in to custody by the Police in the North where the crime had taken place, at Pungudutivu, a suburb in Jaffna, but had subsequently been released, due to influence. The name of an academic has figured, in the securing of that alleged release from the North. The chief suspect was apparently very lavish in his spending. Persons of authority and a political party have been associated, as having had […]

Another missing in Kilinochchi – Mysterious disappearance of schoolgirl

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah In a turn of events towards the worse, regarding the security and safety of schoolgirls in the North, Maniyam Vithusha, a 16 year old schoolgirl is reported missing over the past five days in Kilinochchi, Police said. She had gone to visit her mother who works at an orphanage in Kilinochchi on Thursday (28) afternoon but had failed to return home. Sixteen year old Maniyam Vithusha is studying at Ootrupulam school in Kilinochchi. Her parents, who are frantically searching their missing daughter, lodged a complaint with the Kilinochchi Police. Kilinochchi Police said they were conducting investigations. A few days ago, 17 year old schoolgirl, Vithya Sivaloganathan was abducted by a gang of men, brutally raped and murdered. Her body was later found, […]

NPC calls for national policy on resettlement of war-displaced

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The non-partisan National Peace Council (NPC) has called for a national policy on resettlement of the war-displaced on 30 May. In its press release, NPC also said that Muslim resettlement is one of the tragic problems, stressing the need for an ‘administrative mechanism to ensure resettlement in a fair and transparent manner’. Following is the statement: “One of the unresolved and tragic problems of Sri Lanka’s war is the return and resettlement of the Muslim people who were expelled from the north by the LTTE in 1990. An estimated 80% of them continue to live outside their original places of residence. Recently the issue of resettlement of displaced Muslims took on controversial proportions and was linked to the alleged encroachment of the Wilpattu National Park. […]

Gota’s MiG Deal: Investigation Finds Secret Bank Account In British Virgin Islands

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Wikileaks: Athas Fears Retaliation For Critical Articles On Gota’s MiG Deal “Defense Correspondent Iqbal Athas is preparing to temporarily leave Sri Lanka with his family following a barrage of threats and intimidation apparently orchestrated by the Government of Sri… June 1, 20159 CommentsRead More Gota’s MiG Deal: Investigation Finds Secret Bank Account In British Virgin Islands A secret bank account in the name of Bellimissa has been opened in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) just prior to the MiG deal. According to the Financial Crimes Investigations Division…

Enough Is Enough!

1st June 2015 // 0 Comments

The entire country last week continued to mourn the death of  Vithya Sivaloganathan who was allegedly gang raped and then brutally murdered in Kayts in the Jaffna Peninsula. This incident shook the country and with that came the wake where protests emerged in many parts of the North breaking the silence. In solidarity with Vithya’s family and the North, a vigil was held last Tuesday at the Kanatta Roundabout in Borella with the participation of many individuals, university students, academia and members of civil society organizations.  Speaking to The Sunday Leader, some individuals, civil society members and ministers who took part in the vigil expressed their deepest sympathies and condolences to Vithya’s family, condemned the crime and reiterated the need to bring law reforms to expedite […]

Vithya’s final 24 hours – Mother reveals

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BY W. K. PRASAD MANJU Sivaloganathan Vithya’s mother Saraswathie says that out of the nine suspects who had raped Vithya, three are brothers and involved in illegal activities in the area. People are well aware that this group was involved in drugs and other narcotic rackets. It is possible that some Police officers also had connections with them. Following are some excerpts of this interview: Q : Mother, I am not sure whether you are in a position to engage in a discussion. We would like to know a little about your memories of Vithya. If it is upsetting for you, you need not discuss her with us. We wish to share your grief with you A: Even if I cry for the rest of my […]

UPFA provincial minister threatens to stone Police FCID officers to death

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UPFA Southern Provincial Council Minister D.V. Upul, addressing a public meeting, threatened to stone the officers attached to the Police FCID to death. He vowed to do so when Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes the Prime Minister again. The Provincial Council Minister made this remark in the presence of UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and several other local politicians representing the Hambantota district. “Collect the name-list of those who are attached to the FCID from the Constable to the DIG. They should be stoned to death when Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes the Prime Minister of this country. We are waiting till that day arrives. If someone in the government opposes that, we will take to the streets against the government,” Upul said addressing a meeting in his hometown. The […]

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