25th November 2015

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

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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”.

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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!

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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 […]