13th November 2015

Australia’s ”Political stunt designed to scare off Tamil asylum-seekers”

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‘This is unacceptable’, advocate tells PM Kiwis could boycott Australia over detention: MP Ranjini, the Sri Lankan mother of three who has spent more than three years in detention after being deemed a national security threat by ASIO, has been freed. The Tamil refugee was given no reason why she was considered a security risk when when she was whisked into detention in May 2012  – and was similarly given no explanation for her unannounced release on Thursday. Ganesh and Ranjini with Ranjini’s older two sons at their 2011 wedding. Photo: Supplied “She is very happy and extremely relieved,” her lawyer, David Manne, said on Friday after Ranjini’s first day of freedom included walking her two older boys, aged 9 and 11, to school. Her third […]

Hartal brings North to standstill, no signs of Colombo releasing Tamil POWs

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[TamilNet, Friday, 13 November 2015, 15:58 GMT] The entire Northern province was brought to a standstill on Friday in what was described as a successful boycott as the occupying Colombo and its military were unable to use force or muffle the protest for the first time after 9 years since 2006. The dawn to dusk shutdown, demanding immediate release of all prisoners of war and political prisoners involved in the Tamil war of independence, has sent a strong message to the SL State and to the global community, journalists in Jaffna said. However, informed sources close to Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran were pessimistic in their interpretation of the reports of a possible announcement coming from the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena on the […]

Condition of hunger-striking Political Prisoners held between 8 and 18 years worsens – FULL DETAILS

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[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 November 2015, 16:28 GMT] At least 31 Prisoners of War and political prisoners are either forcefully admitted to prison hospitals or or their health has seriously declined as their fast-unto-death campaign reached the 5th day on Thursday at New Magazine prison in Welikade, Bogambara prision in Kandy and in Anuradhapura prison, former parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran told journalists in Jaffna today. There are Tamils from all the districts, up-country, Muslims and even Sinhalese who are alleged or accused for their involvement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) among the prisoners who are on hunger-strike, informed legal sources in Colombo told TamilNet. A wide-scale shut-down is to take place in the country of Eezham Tamils on Friday demanding release of the POWs […]

Fonseka admits attacking a ‘No Fire Zone’ with heavy weapons (video)

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who led the Army on behalf of the then government, has admitted having launched a heavy weapon attack on a no fire zone, radiogagana.com reports quoting its sister channel IBC Tamil TV In an interview in Colombo, Fonseka said Pudukudirippu Hospital was targeted in a heavy weapons attack, but that it was a mistake. His remark challenges the then government’s continuous claim that it had not carried out such an attack. According to international war conventions, attacking hospitals is a war crime and a crime against humanity. The ex-Army chief said he was prepared to take responsibility if any war crime had been committed. The UN and the Maxwell Paranagama presidential commission have described the killing of LTTE political chief Balasingham […]

150 Tamil Prisoners on Hunger Strike – Hartal in the North & Jaffna paralyzed

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The Jaffna district is paralyzed due to the complete stoppage of work and survey reveals that except for some stray incidents of stone-throwing on the moving vehicles in the roads, it is a spontaneous one without organizers using either any force or compulsion. Demanding the release of the Tamil Poltical Prisoners, a full Hartal is being now on in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Tamil National Alliance and the Jaffna University Teachers & Students associations are behind this call for a complete hartal. Northern Province Traders Association has called their members to close their business establishments & shops. Also the Northern Province Transport Ministry has urged for the stoppage of the bus service. Ceylon Teachers Association, as well as the Ceylon Tamil Teachers […]

Entire city of Batticaloa is a ghost town today so President Cancels Scheduled Batticaloa Visit!

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A planned hartal in the Batticaloa town organized by the Tami National Alliance in protest for not releasing Tamil political prisoners in jail still, has forced President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel his scheduled visit to the East Coast city today. A source close to the Presidential Security Division told Colombo Telegraph that the State Intelligence officials had advised President Sirisena against making his scheduled trip to open the new cancer ward in the Teaching Hospital, ceremonially open the re-furbished court house and his visit to a Buddhist temple. It is reported that state intelligence officials had been scouting the East Coast for the past week to gather information pertaining to the safety and security of the President’s visit. Over 250 law enforcement officers who were […]

President Maithiri’s broken promises and Douglas!

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Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena on the issue of Tamil political prisoners. Some members of the Northern Provincial Council also took part in the discussion with the President. The President had told the Northern Province delegation that he cannot release the prisoners as and when he wants as the due legal process must be followed, but will release them in batches. President Maithri last month promised that all the Tamil political prisoners will be released before the 7th of November 2015. Douglas visits striking prisoners General Secretary of the EPDP and Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda visited the Magazine Prison accompanied by National Dialogue Minister Mano Ganeshan to meet Tamil prisoners who launched a satyagraha campaign in prison […]