9th November 2015

Sri Lanka prisoners to go on hunger strike if not freed – Video

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More than two hundred Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka are threatening to begin an indefinite hunger strike on Sunday if they are not released. AL JAZEERA Sri Lanka prisoners to go on hunger strike if not freed – Video < http://video.aljazeera.com/channels/eng/videos/sri-lanka-prisoners-to-go-on-hunger-strike-if-not-freed/4601884130001;jsessionid=B44B83FE1448ACB4D38F808B646720DE   > HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Sri Lanka Homecoming < https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/11/08/dispatches-sri-lanka-homecoming  > GROUND VIEWS **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** PTA detainees in Sri Lanka: Prospects for justice < http://groundviews.org/2015/11/06/pta-detainees-in-sri-lanka-prospects-for-justice/  > THE SUNDAY LEADER **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Political Prisoner Issue Threatens To Get Ugly < http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2015/11/08/political-prisoner-issue-threatens-to-get-ugly/  > CEYLON TODAY Sampanthan’s statesmanship < http://www.ceylontoday.lk/69-108648-news-detail-sampanthans-statesmanship.html  > THE ISLAND Human Rights Watch Double Talk < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=134893  > THE SUNDAY LEADER **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** 13A To Be Amended? < http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2015/11/08/13a-to-be-amended/  > THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Slipper Attack Won’t Help Lankan Tamils < http://www.newindianexpress.com/editorials/Slipper-Attack-Wont-Help-Lankan-Tamils/2015/11/07/article3116870.ece  > THE SUNDAY […]

Govt. has no intention of eradicating the roots of Tamil existence – Fr. Emmanuel

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November 8, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Following interview with Fr. SJ. Emmanuel, President of the Global Tamil Forum was originally published by the Suder Oli, a Colombo based newspaper published in Tamil language. Q. Could you briefly tell us about your activism these days? A. After my 80th Birthday in Jan 2014, I have retired from active church work in the diocese of Münster/Germany. I was by invitation a guest professor at the University of Muenster in 1983/4. Since 1997 in self/exile, I was Pastor in Horneburg for 10 years and then as assistant here in Darfeld for the last 8 years. 1999 I was again guest-Professor for one semester at the University of Frankfurt. Besides church-work, I am regularly in touch through […]

”I abducted Frontline Socialist Party leader Kumar Gunaratnam in April 2012” says Rajapaksha

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Giving an interview to today’s (08) issue of ‘Sathhanda’, former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that he had abducted Frontline Socialist Party leader Kumar Gunaratnam in April 2012 at the request of JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Commenting on this, several criminal lawyers told ‘Lanka News Web’ that this was yet another foolish remark by Gota. That is because – if people are abducted merely because told to do so, that happens only in countries where there is lawlessness and the law of the jungle prevails. Doing it and accepted to having done so is a foolish act by the ex-defence secretary. In criminal law, this is an adverse admission and gives the inference that many similar instances had taken place. Legal experts say […]

Tamil political prisoners resume fast

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Tamil political prisoners resumed their fast today in protest over the failure by the Government to keep its promise and release all of them. At least 29 Tamil detainees at the Anuradhapura prison were among those who resumed the fast today. The Government was to release 30 Tamil detainees today and another 32 by next week but the detainees wanted all those arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to be set free. Nearly 200 Tamil detainees had launched a hunger strike recently demanding their release and the fast was suspended following an assurance given by the Government that they will be freed. However subsequently the Government said that only a few will be released while the rest will have their cases expedited. (Colombo Gazette)

UN group on missing begins meetings

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The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances began meetings in Colombo yesterday as part of its official visit to Sri Lanka which will conclude on 18 November, the Foreign Ministry said. During its mission, the UN experts will study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances. They will also gather information on cases of enforced disappearances, including those pending before the Working Group. The Working Group will start and end the visit in Colombo and will travel to Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Matale, Trincomalee, Ampara and Galle. They will meet government officials from the Ministry of Law and Order, the Attorney General […]

There were forced disappearances and many others just went missing

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“More than others, the Tamils know the trauma of war,” Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, told those gathered at a resettlement ceremony in August in Sampur, in the country’s northeast. In 2006 more than 800 ethnic Tamil families here were forced to flee fighting between the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and government forces. Although the war ended in 2009, the creation of naval bases on previously inhabited land had prevented those displaced from returning to their homes. Makeshift home of a displaced family in Sampur, Sri Lanka. October 2015. Some 200 families quickly took up Sirisena’s offer to return and by the time I visited Sampur in October, many others had joined them. Humanitarian agencies were helping to build homes and other infrastructure […]

TULF wants 200 suspects released unconditionally

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By Mohamed Haniff The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to unconditionally release more than 200 LTTE suspects in custody before Deepavali, a festival which would be celebrated by more than two and a half million Hindus throughout the country tomorrow (Tuesday). According to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Opposition leader R. Sampanthan’s announcement on Friday “32 inmates with suspected LTTE links may get their release through the Courts next Monday and another group before Nov 20.” “Sampanthan agreeing to the government’s stand that they will be released in batches is a ploy to further its political interests. He has not clearly mentioned what is going to happen to nearly 200 others,” TULF leader Veerasingham Anandasangaree told The Island. “The just before […]

Tilak Marapana tenders resignation to President

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Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana has tendered his resignation as a Cabinet Minister to President Maithripala Sirisena, a source confirmed. The Law and Order Minister has also called an urgent press conference at his home at 10 a.m. to reveal his stance about his decision. This came after several Cabinet Ministers and civil society leaders expressed their concern on Marapana’s recent statement regarding the Avant Garde armoury at the Parliament. “Since an investigation is underway about the Avant Garde issue, I have decided to tender my resignation,” Marapana who was the former Legal Advisor to the Avant Garde Security Service said. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) also asserted it is preparing to table a motion of no-confidence against Tilak Marapana over the Avant-Garde […]