November 2015

TNA NPC members demand Tamil speaking GA

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded the appointment of a Tamil speaking Government Agent (GA) for Vavuniya. Health Minister of the Northern Province, TNA member Dr. P. Sathiyalingam said that the TNA had raised the issue with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He says Wickremesinghe had given an assurance that it will address their concerns but they later found out that someone who cannot communicate in Tamil had been appointed to the post. Former Prison Commissioner General Rohana Pushpakumara took over this week as the new district secretary for Vavuniya. Sathiyalingam said that the TNA was calling for a Tamil speaking GA so that he understands the issues faced by the people in the area. He says the Tamils in the […]

‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ posters in Jaffna Uni premises

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Posters have been put up within the Jaffna University premises requesting everyone to remember ‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ called  ‘Hero’s Day’ or in Tamil ‘Mahaveerar Day’ on November 27 world wide, University students claimed. The previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksha since 2009 celebrated the day as ‘Hero’s Day’ of the Sinhala Forces for killing more than 170,000 Tamils and notably more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in month of May 2009 alone. Millions of dollars were spent by the Mahinda government to celebrate the killing of thousands of Tamil’s on this day and in Colombo while the Tamil community was banned from remembering their next of skins killed by the Army at their homes. The Hindu temples are banned from having services on this day. […]

TNA threatens to ditch govt. over broken promises

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said that it would withdraw its support for the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government unless the latter addressed grievances of Tamil speaking people. The warning was given by TNA MP and Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikalanathan (former TELO commander) opening the budget debate. The MP reminded the government that those living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces had exercised their franchise in support of Maithripala Sirisena at the January presidential poll as they wanted a change. They hoped that there would be a difference and their grievances would be redressed. They expected at least they would get their lands back. The TNA parliamentary group has 16 members including two appointed via the National List. The MP […]

Rethinking Needed

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – Today the world, especially the western, is filled with fear of IS-attacks, and leaders are nervously conferring about further security measures and escalating all forms of attacks against those suspected of terror and suicide attacks. In Sri Lanka we have had our own history of state terrorism vs Tamil terrorism. At present while the Sinhalese are narrating their experience of terrorism, Tamils are remembering on the 27th.Nov. of each year, the victims of the war and honoring those who gave their lives in defense of the land and people. Though with the proclaimed victory of the state forces against the LTTE, the war-memorials have been bulldozed and commemoration of the fallen have been prevented/discouraged, the memory of those who voluntarily […]

Tamils NOT allowed to remember their next of skins killed by Sri Lankan Army.

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The police last night warned that legal action will be taken against anyone who organize public events to celebrate or commemorate Maaveerar Naal (Great Heroes Day) which falls on Friday (November 27). Anyone holding public events in support of the LTTE, will be taken to courts since the LTTE is a banned organization in Sri Lanka police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. Despite the threats by Police, posters appeared in the Jaffna peninsula and parts of the north, calling people to celebrate the Maaveerar day. Posters which said “Let’s commemorate our hero’s”, “Our aim is Tamil Eealam” and others with the late LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s picture and LTTE flag appeared in several places. Several banners and posters calling for the people to commemorate the fallen […]

Thousands Of Missing Tamil’s Could Not Have Vanished Into Thin Air

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Veluppillai Thangavelu – The former Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda has given a lengthy interview toThe Island newspaper (November 21, 2015) rebutting any claim that there had been a secret detention facility within the Trincomalee naval base during Eelam war IV. The statement that naval facilities within Trincomalee base were used as torture chambers was made by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in Colombo at the end of a 10-day visit to Sri Lanka. Karannagoda asserts “We didn’t operate torture chambers at the Trinco base or any other command. There was no requirement to do so. ” He said that during the war renegade LTTE cadres had been accommodated at the Trinco facility which some interested parties now wanted to portray as a torture chamber. “We didn’t operate torture […]

TNA calls on Sri Lanka to allow Tamils to remember war dead freely in November

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran called on Sri Lanka’s government allow the memorialisation of Tamil war dead in the North-East. Labelling the desecration of Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cemeteries the “most uncivil” act, Mr Sumanthiran called on the new government to allow Tamils to remember their war dead freely. Speaking in Sri Lankan parliament he said, “Those parents and others must remember their children and family during the month of November. They have done them for years and I plead with the government to commit to allowing them to remember their dead in the month of November. We are at a stage where we are not asking for the division of the country. Our people, those people, relatives of the […]

Sampanthan tells Power that UNHRC resolution needs to be fully implemented

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Meeting with the US ambassador, Samantha Power, who is currently visiting the North-East, the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R Sampanthan urged the US to continue their assistance and ensure the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution was fully implemented. “We have spoken about the all the things we need to [including] the many problems our people face, especially land disputes, political prisoners, militarisation, the resettlement of the people, rehabilitation, housing needs, employment opportunities,” Mr Sampanthan told journalists shortly after the meeting. “We have informed them regarding many difficulties. Above everything else, the UN resolution needs to be implemented fully, but to implement it fully, the UNHRC and America need to carry out their duties fully. We continue to need their help.” “We […]

ON THE NERVE-TINGLING TRINCO TORTURE CHAMBER…

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The secret detention centre at the Naval Base in Trincomalee which was highlighted by the Northerners, NGOs, the Tamil Diaspora and human rights activists way back in 2010, was visited by the UN Working Group last week. Speaking exclusively to Ceylon Today from the US, after returning from the Sri Lanka mission, Prof. Ariel Dulitzky, said “We were not on a mission to investigate but to monitor the policies the government undertook to implement.” He nevertheless described the 12 chambers beneath ground level in the Trincomalee Naval Base as being below standard, and if that was a secret torture chamber, it is a violation of International Human Rights to run such operations. “Even officially a non-transparent camp should not be operating,” […]

US wants ‘swift and credible fulfilment’ of UNHRC resolution

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Ambassador Samantha Power told Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena that the US looks forward to closer relations with Sri Lanka, as reforms progress and urged Sri Lanka to fulfil the terms of the UNHRC resolution swiftly. The ambassador “underscored that the United States looks forward, as reforms progress, to an ever-deepening bilateral relationship, to include stronger trade and investment linkages and enhanced military relations”, a State Department press release said. She also commended Sirisena for Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of the Geneva resolution on justice and reconciliation, and urged the swift and credible fulfilment of its terms. She expressed her strong support for expanding efforts to restore normalcy to former conflict areas, account for missing persons, release political prisoners, and return families to their lands. […]

Spotlight On White Van Abductions

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

A statement made by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the ‘white van’ culture during the former regime, has put the whole issue back in the spotlight. Rajapaksa had claimed that white vans were used to kidnap criminals and his statement came just as the police arrested Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) politburo member Kumar Gunaratnam, who was also abducted when the former Government was in power. Political critics said the statement made by the former defense secretary could be quite harmful to his reputation. These kidnapping are one of the main issues held against Sri Lanka by The UN Human Rights commission, they went on to say that this statement will be used in further investigations. Human rights activist Brito Fernando said that civil society […]

Ex Foreign Minister slams access given to UN group to visit the ”Torture Camp run by Navy”.

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Former Foreign Minister, Professor G L Peiris today raised concerns over the decision taken by the Government to grant access to a UN group to visit the Gotha’s Navy camp in Trincomalee. He says as a result of the exposer of this famous torture camp run by the Navy (with the full backing of Rajapaksha) claims the Government is now preparing to arrest 20 intelligence officers of the Navy under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. It was said that no country will allow a UN group to have access to its ”secret camp where minorities are Kidnapped, tortured and killed” and yet the current Sri Lankan Government allowed the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to inspect the Trincomalee Navy camp. The Former Minister […]

Mahinda plays his Racist Card……….. his only hope!

25th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the police not to allow any Tamil to raise the LTTE flag or let them respect their next of skins killed by the Sri Lankan Army in the North and East this week to mark the LTTE heroes’ week. If the Tamil people are allowed to raise the LTTE flag it will be a case where we Sinhalese are falling on our knees before the Tamils. Rajapaksa said that his Government never allowed Tamil people in the North and East to commemorate LTTE cadres or allow the Tamils to remember their next of skins killed in thousands by his Army. Mahinda and his group frequently played Racist Card to stay in power. Under Mahinda Rajapaksha rule Christians, Hindus and Muslims have been […]

Racists working for Canada Border Services Agency are after Hindu Temple.

24th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Premier of Ontario/FacebookThe Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, right, shown in this photo alongside Nehru Gunaratnam, former spokesman for the World Tamil Movement, left, along with city councillor Michelle Berardinetti and MPP Lorenzo Berardinetti at an event at the Kanthasamy Hindu Temple. TORONTO — The beautifully intricate paintings of Hindu gods inside the Canada Kandasamy Temple are a sacred backdrop for worshippers who come to pray, as well as for the politicians who pass through to have their pictures taken. A garlanded Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was photographed at the temple last year, and then-defence minister Jason Kenney stopped by during the federal election campaign with local Conservative candidate Roshan Nallaratnam. “Pleased to visit new Canada Kanthaswamy Temple in Scarborough,” Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick […]

”NO Political Package” only Economic relief for Tamils.

24th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Says the exercise would go a long way in establishing harmony in Sri Lanka. Bridging the gulf that divides Tamil and Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka is essential for the wellbeing of the country, former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has said. Ms. Kumaratunga, who was on a private visit to Alappuzha, told The Hindu on Monday that she was involved in the national unity and reconciliation initiative being undertaken by the present government as part of confidence-building measures. “There is a huge gulf between Tamils and Sinhalese. There are schools for all communities and there are also schools of different communities. Many Tamils do not speak Sinhalese and vice-versa. Earlier, English was not encouraged or rather downgraded in the country. Unlike India, […]

TNA Demands Answers After Trincomalee Navy Commander Karannagoda’s Admission

24th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday demanded answers from the authorities on the underground secret cells at the Trincomalee Navy Camp, in light of an admission by former Navy Commander, Admiral WasanthaKarannagoda that those cells were used to detain people. In a highly charged speech in Parliament yesterday during the debate on the 2016 budget, Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran questioned as to why people like Karannagoda are not being investigated over the cells. Sumanthiran quoted Karannagoda as telling the media yesterday that the cells were part of the British colonial era and was used when he was the Navy chief to detain suspects, but not torture them. Sumanthiran said that the authorities must investigate where those people who had been detained at the cells are […]

Tamils Back To Mutual Blame-Game(s)!

24th November 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s sad and shocking that at a time when the Sinhala-majority ‘National Government’ is talking about converting the present Parliament into a Constituent Assembly without any specific reference to a political solution to the ethnic strife and the facilitator of a power-devolution package, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is back to the community leadership’s old game of mutual blame. Ultimately, as is already beginning to happen, they would also blame the Sinhala majority for its ‘conspiracies’ to de-stabilise the Tamil leadership, branding some among the latter as ‘traitors’, as again has been the norm. Ironically, at the centre of the current phase of intra-Tamil political rivalry are two leaders, who are post-war finds without any known long association with the ‘Tamil ethnic movement’ of any […]

Temple wants machine that scans menstruating women

24th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Temple wants machine that scans menstruating women Following a controversial statement that women will be allowed to enter the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala only after a machine to “check the purity of women” is invented, outraged women across India have launched a Happy To Bleed “counter campaign” on Facebook to protest against menstrual taboos and sexism of the temple authorities. “Devaswom chief of Sabrimala temple, Kerala has given a sexist statement that once purity checking machines are invented, that check whether it is “right time” or not, (whether women are menstruating or not) are invented, he will think about letting women enter. By this statement, he has reinforced misogyny and strengthened myths that revolve around women,” the statement posted on the Happy To Bleed […]

‘Misappropriation’ of Rs. 240 mn by Mahinda group

24th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Thalatha wants Dilan probed.  ‘Misappropriation’ of Rs. 240 mn: November 23, 2015, 9:59 pm By Saman Indrajith Parliament was told yesterday that a foundation established under the name UPFA MP Dilan Perera, during the previous government, had received funds from the Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB). Perera backed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s candidature at the last general election. He was appointed to Parliament through the National List and made a deputy minister. Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale yesterday informed Parliament that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) had been asked to probe the misappropriation of Foreign FEB funds amounting to Rs. 240 mn. Ratnapura District MP said that the Auditor General, too, had investigated the alleged misappropriation of funds. There had been several instances of misappropriation […]

Maithiri and Gotha discuss ‘War Crime’ investigations.

23rd November 2015 // 0 Comments

The former Defence Secretary accused of War Crime met President Sirisena at the latter’s Paget Road residence, last week and disussed about the promised investigation by the Sri Lankan government on War Crimes commited by the forces and the leaders who gave orders. It was on news that the than defence seccretary in a meeting with the army had said ‘make the river red with the blood of Tamil men and the Tamil girls are  yours’. A soldier a true Buddhist was so upset with these comments by the Rajapaksha had complained to the press but due to fear of Rajapaksha’s retaliation  the news was not taken far by the journalists. The discussion between Maithiri and Gotha took place in the wake of a number of […]

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