16th November 2015

TNA is accountable for political prisoner’s plight

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Speaking at the Jaffna Press club on Sunday, 15 November 2015, Veerasinham Sulakshan, who was released last week stated that the Tamil National Alliance is accountable for today’s plight of the Tamil political prisoners. He said “For 67 years successive Sri Lanka governments had failed the Tamil people. and called on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to be pro-active in securing the release of political prisoners and not just make media statements. He added that the TNA should also be held responsible if any of the fasting Tamil political prisoners that were fasting died. He went on that the Tamil political prisoners gave up the fast on the last occasion on an assurance given by Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan that President has given a promise […]

Wigneswaran warns Government over Tamil support

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The Government risks losing the goodwill of Tamil minorities after the death of an inmate who was among over 200 Tamil political prisoners observing hunger strike demanding their immediate release, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran warned, according to the Press Trust of India. Tamil prisoners who are in a continuous hunger strike would not stop their action as the government had failed to fulfil a pledge to release them, Wigneswaran said in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena. The death of one of the prisoners on hunger strike would make the Tamils lose faith on the government, he said. Some 32 of them were granted bail this week but the bail conditions imposed on their release have caused disappointment among them. Two of the released […]

Journalist Sampath Lakmal de Silva’s killer revealed! YES IT IS THE GOVERNMENT ARMY.

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Nine years after defence correspondent Sampath Lakmal de Silva was murdered in Dehiwela, on 02 July 2006, the CID has been able to reveal his killer. The killier is Lt. Col. Shammi Kumararatne of the Army intelligence, who is presently in CID custody over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda On the night of 01 July 2006 when he was having his dinner, Lakmal had received a call, and leaving his meal, he had got dressed and left, his mother Rupa de Silva told the CID in a statement. When she asked as to where he was going, Lakmal said, “Kumara Sir asked me to come urgently,” and left, never to be seen alive again. His dead body found on the following day. The person […]

Release All Political Prisoners As Promised: Tamil Lawyers Forum Tells President

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The Tamil Lawyers Forum has today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to give effect to his promise to release all political prisoners forthwith and to act directly without intermediaries in the matter to salvage the goodwill and hope entertained by people who helped elect the President and the new government that promised to usher in a new era and reconciliation. Issuing a statement the Tamil Lawyers Forum said; “It is no complex problem as the President and the Government have only to make a policy decision and communicate with the AG for legal procedures to unfold, resulting in the resolution of this festering problem. What is needed is only the political will devoid of chauvinist blinkers. The AG on previous occasions had exercised his authority to withdraw […]

20 hospitalized 10 serious – Govt. to consider transfer of political prisoners to rehab camp

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BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY The government said that due to the serious nature of the debilitating health conditions of political prisoners currently on a fast unto death, a political decision regarding the transfer of all political prisoners to a rehabilitation camp programme would have to be taken. Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganeshan said that this political decision was presently the only way out, adding that he would be speaking to President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the matter. There are currently two extreme schools of thought in this regard, one, where there is a demand for a total amnesty for all while the other calls the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres to be kept detained as they are, the Government of Sri Lanka has taken neither, […]

What’s the Deal With Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners?

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Due to October, hunger strikes in prisons across the country (with prisoners demanding amnesty), President Maithripala Sirisena had given assurances that he would take a decision on this matter by November 7. Some have suggested that this meant prisoners would be released, but the next steps had always been somewhat unclear. There were subsequent reports that 61 prisoners would be released by November 20. Recently, a hunger strike has commenced anew. More disturbingly, today, 31 Tamil political prisoners were granted bail, though they were not officially released. For the time being, these individuals will be allowed to leave prison, but will still be monitored closely by state security personnel. This is not genuine freedom. Why does this matter? In light of Sri Lanka’s recent transfer […]