29th September 2015

Hundreds of Tamil youths still political prisoners

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Batticaloa District former TNA parliamentarian P. Ariyanethran said at an event held at Kanchirankudah that it is a disgrace for the current government to speak about good governance while hundreds of youth in prisons are detained for several years in the name of political prisoners. The fate of the country solely lies in the hands of the youth. Several hundred youth had lost their lives in the past during the armed struggle; because of their sacrifice, today, the Tamil problem had got the attention of the international community, he added. He further stated that someday their sacrifice would bring a solution to the Tamil problem. That is certain. It is sad to note that under the so called good governance rule hundreds of youths are […]

Everyone agrees that we should find out the truth – Ranil

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the only issue that cropped up during discussions on the UN resolution was whether Sri Lanka’s judiciary is sufficiently strong enough for a domestic mechanism and not about the country’s armed forces. Addressing the National Management Conference in Colombo today, he stated that the issue Sri Lanka has to face most of all is in regard to the judiciary. “Is Sri Lanka’s judiciary sufficiently strong? What is the body blow we suffered when Shirani Bandaranaike was hastily removed as Chief Justice?” “Actually during the discussion on the UN resolution, the only issue that came up and I was surprised was not about the armed forces but about the judiciary. Have you got a sufficiently strong judiciary?” The Prime Minister […]

North East Education Ministry conducts meetings and seminars in Sinhala

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”North East Education Ministry conducts meetings and seminars in Sinhala Only” Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) has expressed deep concern, about the Tamil language not being used and being continuously ignored in the administration of the Education Ministry in the North and East. CTU President Joseph Stalin said in a media release that meetings and seminars are held in the ministry only in Sinhala and not in Tamil. Even Tamil translations are not provided at such meetings and seminars; greatly inconveniencing Tamil officers and heads of schools at such meetings and seminars. He pointed out that a meeting at the ministry, held last week, in connection with the thousand schools project was completely conducted in Sinhala. He added that of the 97 education zones in the […]

British HC announces calling of applications for CHEVENING fellowship programme

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The British High Commission Colombo yesterday announced the calling of applications for this year’s CRISP fellowship programme. The HC spokesperson said: “CRISP is a Chevening Fellowship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Rolls-Royce which provides funding for a three month tailor-made course in the Saïd Business School at Oxford University. The programme is aimed specifically at mid-career professionals working in the fields of science, innovation, and business. Chevening fellowships offer an opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. For more information about the CRISP programme, including details of how to apply, visit: http://www.chevening.org/programme/chevening-rolls-royce Deadline for applications is 19 October 2015. To hear from […]

India should take the lead by by following up on the unanimous resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu

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Sri Lanka to release 16 Indian fishermen to mark PM’s visitSri Lanka PM arrives in India on three-day visitCongress would win next elections, Rahul Gandhi to be PM:AiyarSri Lanka to release 16 Indian fishermen as gesture of friendship India must ensure decentralization in Sri Lanka, Modi told CPI today demanded that India should take the lead in evolving a consensus for a credible international probe into the alleged war crimes during the last phase of Sri Lanka’s war against the LTTE at the UN Human Rights Council meeting tomorrow. Government of India should take the lead by by following up on the unanimous resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly demanding a credible probe involving international judges, CPI MP D Raja said. A US-sponsored resolution on […]

Sri Lanka reiterates continued commitment to UN peacekeeping

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The world today is a safer place because of the brace UN peacekeepers. On this occasion, let us remember and pay tribute to the hundreds of peacekeepers and staff who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty over the years. Let us also recognize and commend their achievements, said President Maithripala Sirisena at the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping at the United Nations, today (28). Current contributions by Sri Lanka to UN Peacekeeping stand at 529 including troops, Military Observers and Civilian Police, he further said. In response to current gaps in UN peacekeeping Missions Sri Lanka pledged Two Combat Transport Companies, two Field Engineering platoons, one infantry battalion, two Special Force Companies, one Combat Engineering Company, three Infantry Battalions, one Explosive Ordinance Disposal […]

US for process in Lanka with UN support

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US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will support a domestic process led and owned by the Sri Lankan people and conducted in cooperation with the UN and with international support. The US Embassy in Colombo said that Kerry had expressed this view when he met President Maithripala Sirisena in New York. The Secretary commended the bold steps taken by the new Sri Lankan government to restore democratic freedoms at home and to renew its engagements with the United Nations and other key partners abroad. He noted the United States’ support for a credible domestic process for justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka — one that is led and owned by the Sri Lankan people and is conducted in cooperation with the UN and […]

Domestic mechanism guarantees Sri Lanka’s sovereignty – PM

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Sri Lanka’s sovereignty is guaranteed again by formulating a domestic mechanism to find out the truth about the war, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Prime Minister said the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran are responsible for this conflict and if they were alive, cases would have be filed against them. He added that most of them are dead. He added that the prime concern should be reconciliation and not filing cases. The Prime Minister added that to bring about unity and reconciliation, the truth should be found first. He also said for this reason, Sri Lanka has introduced the Compassionate Council which other countries had not adopted in similar situations. He added that this Council was […]

UN Resolution Could Advance Justice

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(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lanka’s justice mechanism for abuses during the country’s brutal civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. The resolution, expected to be adopted on October 1, 2015, contains a number of strong provisions but will need to be thoroughly implemented for victims to obtain genuine justice. “This resolution makes it clear the time has come for the Sri Lankan government to act,” said John Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch. “The resolution’s endorsement of a judicial mechanism with international participation is an important recognition of the need for an international role to ensure justice for victims.” The resolution draws on the new report by the UN […]

Hybrid court, the correct mechanism – GTF

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by Dilrukshi Handunnetti A longstanding advocate of Tamil rights who has sought to mainstream human rights issues at international fora, The spokesman of the Global Tamil Forum, Suren Surenthiran believes that the OHCHR- proposed hybrid court would be the correct mechanism to take the process of investigating rights abuses in the island. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, he called upon all Sri Lankans to support the process to ensure a peaceful Sri Lanka for all people. Excerpts : Suren Surenthiran.colombotelegraph Q: The Global Tamil Forum has welcomed the OHCHR report that indicated war crimes committed by both sides to the conflict in Sri Lanka. However, the report has ruled out genocide, a key concern of the Tamil Diaspora. Does GTF accept this position? […]

USA sets new stage for Tamil struggle

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Tamils have to understand that there is a ‘profound’ logic in the US resolution tabled at Geneva on Thursday, ultimately settling for prodding Eezham Tamils into ‘domestic’ investigation of ‘Sri Lanka’, just as the USA had set the stage for the genocidal war and the barbed-wire camps. International investigation for genuine reconciliation comes only when a war is over. But the war on the nation of Eezham Tamils is not yet over. It has only entered into another stage is what the tabled resolution implies. The blessing in disguise is that Tamils all over the world could now clearly identify the main villains and their henchmen. Eezham Tamils were long lacking this perception, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. The final draft […]

Vaiko detained during anti Sri Lanka protest

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India’s MDMK general secretary Vaiko and representatives from 32 organisations were detained in Chennai after they threatened to lay siege to the U.S. Consulate in Chennai following a rally condemning the draft US resolution for a domestic investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported. A large number of supporters belonging to the 32 organisations under the “May Pathinezhu Iyakkam” banner convened at the Rajarathinam Stadium in Egmore in protest against the draft resolution. The protesters demanded an international investigation into the alleged genocide of Tamils, referendum for Tamil Eelam and lifting of the ban on the LTTE by all the countries. “We will mobilise the youth, students in Tamil Nadu and wherever Tamils are living. The Union government has continuously […]

Heinous Crimes of Both Sides Should be Investigated: Global Tamil Forum

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COLOMBO: The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), has said that “heinous crimes of both sides” in the Sri Lankan conflict, should be investigated. In a statement issued on Saturday on the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka and the US draft resolution on the issue which are now before the UN Human Rights Council  (UNHRC), the GTF said it has “always called investigations to be against  allegations on both sides of the conflict.” “Victims of heinous crimes alleged to have been committed by both sides have waited for over six years for this process to reveal the truth and justice to be served. They sincerely hope that all stakeholders of this process, including the […]