26th June 2015

Army soldier sentenced to death over Mirusuvil massacre

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Army soldier sentenced to death over Mirusuvil massacre A former staff sergeant attached to Sri Lanka Army who was found guilty for the murder of eight Tamil civilians in Mirusuvil, Jaffna in 2000 was today sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court after a 13-year-trial. High Court Judges Lalith Jayasuriya and Preethi Padman Surasena found the first accused, former Staff Sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake of the army Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) guilty of 17 counts including unlawful assembly with common intention to cause injury and murder of eight persons. The Court further imposed a fine of Rs.51,000 on the accused and observed that he would be liable to a seven-month-imprisonment on default of the fine. Four other accused Second Lieutenant R.W. Senaka Munasinghe, […]

The soliders separate the daughters from the surrendered parents: pulithdevan wife tearfull speech

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The soliders separate the daughters from the surrendered parents: pulithdevan wife tearfull speech Pulidevan wife reveal the secret during her exclusive interview to lankasri 24 news that the Srilankan soldiers separate the daughters from the parents who surrendered during the civil war. Tears at the UN ! eyewitnesses : Son of Natesan & Pulidevan’s wife ! The names of several LTTE members who had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war in 2009 were revealed at an event held in Geneva on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council meeting. Their accounts cast fresh doubt on the Sri Lankan government’s claim that the rebels were killed by their own supporters and add to a growing body of evidence of war […]

The srilankan soldiers called the LTTE Leaders by using tamil language – malaravan wife

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The ltte Malaravan’s wife gave a special interview to lankasri. she told that, I personally saw many  ltte leaders  surrender to the army , including Ltte Ezhilan.   some soldiers in the Srilankan army were fluent in tamil and  they call the  name of the ltte leaders in  tamil only. And they slammed  me. We are going to surrender – the last word of my father: Nadesan son Nadesan’s son gave a exclusive interview to lankasri. In that he told  my fathers last word to me is All the arrangements were made. we are going to surrender. �with irrepressible tears

Diaspora group intensifies moves against Lanka

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A diaspora organisation based in the United States has intensified its campaign against Sri Lanka in an attempt to refer the country to the International Criminal Court. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE member V. Rudrakumaran, said that a signature campaign to urge the United Nations to Refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan State, has reached over 200,000 signatures as of June 22nd. It also said that in addition to the on-line signature campaign, numerous events are taking place in different countries around the world to collect signatures. “Volunteers are going house to house to collect signatures. Additionally they collect signatures outside places of worship, in […]

US report slams Lanka’s rights record last year

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Several human rights violations had taken place last year in Sri Lanka , according to the annual human rights report of the US State Department released yesterday (Thursday). The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 noted that the major human rights problems reported over the year were: attacks on, and harassment of, civil society activists, journalists, and persons viewed as sympathizers of the LTTE by individuals allegedly tied to the government; involuntary disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, abuse of detainees, rape, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence committed by police and security forces; and widespread impunity for a broad range of human rights abuses. The report also noted that involuntary disappearances and unlawful killings continued to diminish in comparison with the […]

Names of LTTE cares who surrendered revealed

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The names of several LTTE members who had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war in 2009 were revealed at an event held in Geneva on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council meeting. Relatives of LTTE leaders, including Nadesan and Pulitheven, explained the circumstances that led to their surrender and their subsequent disappearance at the meeting in Geneva. The wife of Malavaran, an LTTE member who was among several who had reportedly surrendered to the army, said that soldiers who could speak in Tamil had mentioned the names of those who had surrendered in May 2009. She mentioned some of the names and the rank they held in the LTTE, adding that since then they have not been heard of. Nadesan’s son […]

Sri Lanka’s concept of accountability not in accordance of international standards – BHRC Chair

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Sri Lanka’s concept of accountability has not been in accordance with international standards, said the Chair of the BAR Human Rights Committee for England and Wales, whilst calling on Sri Lanka to take a “first step by providing a list of names of all those detained.” Speaking to Tamil Guardian at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Kirsty Brimelow QC, said, “So far the Sri Lankan government’s concept of accountability has not been in accordance with international standards. Truth, justice and reparation equals accountability. This means putting victims at the heart of investigations and providing them and witnesses robust protection so that they can give their evidence without fear. If Sri Lanka’s national institutions lack independent functioning so that impunity continues, it […]

Sri Lanka continues to appoint suspected war criminals as diplomats

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The Sri Lankan government has appointed two senior army commanders, who are both suspected of committing mass atrocities, as ambassadors. The Foreign Ministry announced that former army commander Jagath Jayasuriya and former army chief Daya Ratnayake have been nominated as envoys to Brazil and Pakistan respectively. Both held senior positions during the last phase of the armed conflict, which saw grave violations of international humanitarian law. Giving diplomatic posts to army officers is a trend initiated by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, which saw suspected war criminals in the military, including Shavendra Silva and Jagath Dias, given diplomatic posts, which would provide them with diplomatic immunity while travelling. The appointments casts further doubt on how genuine the government’s apparent efforts to engage with Tamils are, with victims of the crimes long demanding […]

Samaraweera defends talks with diaspora groups

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Wednesday defended the Sri Lankan government’s policy of engaging with Tamil diaspora groups. His Ministerial colleague and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka had earlier said the government should engage with only those groups that renounced the demand for separatism. Asked about Ranawaka’s comment, Samaraweera told a press conference that he had been doing the same for the last several months. But “you can’t get them to renounce violence without talking to them. You have to talk to them and discuss with them.” Conceding that there were others who still believed in the cause of separatism, Mr Samaweera said: “We are willing to [talk] them. Finally, if they still persist in pursuing their agenda of separatism, of course, we won’t have anything to do with […]

Diaspora project had the backing of Mahinda – Mangala

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Diaspora project had the backing of MR, MS – Mangala ‘Even Gotabhaya was involved in South African initiative’ By Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday declared that the on-going efforts to reach out to the influential Tamil Diaspora had the backing of the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. Addressing the media at the Information Department,  Samaraweera strongly denied accusations that he had been pursuing a reconciliation project of his own though it being inimical to national interests. “In fact, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had initiated the project meant to win over those who were hostile to Sri Lanka,” FM Samaraweera said, pointing out that the then Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa too was involved in the post-war South African initiative. Senior South African representatives dealt with both […]

Girls surrendered with their parent were taken away separately: Pulithevan’s widow testifies in Geneva |

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Girls surrendered with their parent were taken away separately: Pulithevan’s widow testifies in Geneva | Girls surrendered with their parent were taken away sepa… The Army  asked the girls to surrender with their parents, but after surrendering they were taken away separately by the Army, said the widow of Pulithevan, who off… View on tamildiplomat.com Preview by Yahoo My father told me, “They have asked to surrender to the Army with white flags” : Nadesan’s son in Geneva | My father told me, “They have asked to surrender to the … The Leader of the Political Division of the LTTE, P.Nadesan contacted me over the telephone in the morning of 2009 May 18th, before surrendering to the Army, and to… View on tamildiplomat.com Preview by […]