7th November 2015

First batch of Tamil prisoners to be released Monday – Opposition Leader

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Opposition Leader R Sampanthan has said that releasing Tamil prisoners from remand will commence from Monday (November 9) with the release of the first group of 32 prisoners. Speaking to the BBC Sandeshaya Sampanthan said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had conveyed these sentiments. Following the initial release on the 9th, another 30 inmates will be released in the second batch, he said. The Opposition Leader said he had a discussion on the prisoners release with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday. Mr. Sampanthan has also discussed the issue with the President Maithripala Sirisena and during the discussions he has asked the President to grant a general amnesty to all LTTE inmates lodged in prisons. The President has assured to look into the matter promptly. […]

Sri Lankan military is still camped in the Tamil homeland and rehabilitation is slow, reluctant and half-hearted.

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Six years have passed since the violent end to Sri Lanka’s civil war, but the central issue – the plight of Tamils – is no nearer solution than it was in 1983 when the resistance really began. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who won the war, was sensationally defeated in the elections last year that saw a new president, Maithripala Sirisena, a Rajapaksa acolyte who turned against his chief at the last moment, come to power. The Tamils supported Sirisena in his campaign, but their ability to influence him is limited, given that the Sri Lankan military is still camped in the Tamil homeland and rehabilitation is slow, reluctant and half-hearted. It is perhaps against this backdrop that former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan suggested […]

TNA Trying To Resolve All Issues Amicably

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and its coalition partners including the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Suresh wing) and the Democratic People’s Liberation Front which is the political wing of the PLOTE, have been in disagreement recently over difference of opinions. The clash could escalate if the Central Committee of the moderate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) entertains a discussion on the recent anti-party activities of the increasingly radical Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran, It was reported that during the August 17 parliamentary elections, Wigneswaran had indirectly asked Tamils to vote for the radical Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF), instead of his own party, the TNA. However, political observers are surprised that the TNA is facing such a challenge […]