26th November 2015

UK to continue monitoring the situation of Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka

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The United Kingdom says that it will continue to monitor the situation of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act closely and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugo Swire responding to a written question presented by MP Joan Ryan, said the UK government raises matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of prisoners without trial. “We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of Tamil political prisoners without trial,” Swire said. Responding to a question on the hunger strike staged by the Tamil detainees in Sri […]

What Comes After Samantha Power’s Sri Lanka Visit?

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In recent days, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has really stirred things up in Sri Lanka. She seems to have met virtually all of the key political players and the optics of her visit to the Northern Province were especially good. From the looks of it, Power left the island looking like a bit of a rock star. While it’s easy to appreciate the fact that her agenda was wide-ranging, it’s important to keep in mind that, in President Barack Obama’s White House, very few people actually have control over foreign policy. This means that, for the duration of Obama’s time in office, the trajectory of U.S.-Sri Lanka ties will probably be determined by a small group of people. In essence, optics matter, […]

TNA NPC members demand Tamil speaking GA

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Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded the appointment of a Tamil speaking Government Agent (GA) for Vavuniya. Health Minister of the Northern Province, TNA member Dr. P. Sathiyalingam said that the TNA had raised the issue with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He says Wickremesinghe had given an assurance that it will address their concerns but they later found out that someone who cannot communicate in Tamil had been appointed to the post. Former Prison Commissioner General Rohana Pushpakumara took over this week as the new district secretary for Vavuniya. Sathiyalingam said that the TNA was calling for a Tamil speaking GA so that he understands the issues faced by the people in the area. He says the Tamils in the […]

‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ posters in Jaffna Uni premises

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Posters have been put up within the Jaffna University premises requesting everyone to remember ‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ called  ‘Hero’s Day’ or in Tamil ‘Mahaveerar Day’ on November 27 world wide, University students claimed. The previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksha since 2009 celebrated the day as ‘Hero’s Day’ of the Sinhala Forces for killing more than 170,000 Tamils and notably more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in month of May 2009 alone. Millions of dollars were spent by the Mahinda government to celebrate the killing of thousands of Tamil’s on this day and in Colombo while the Tamil community was banned from remembering their next of skins killed by the Army at their homes. The Hindu temples are banned from having services on this day. […]

TNA threatens to ditch govt. over broken promises

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By Saman Indrajith The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said that it would withdraw its support for the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government unless the latter addressed grievances of Tamil speaking people. The warning was given by TNA MP and Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikalanathan (former TELO commander) opening the budget debate. The MP reminded the government that those living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces had exercised their franchise in support of Maithripala Sirisena at the January presidential poll as they wanted a change. They hoped that there would be a difference and their grievances would be redressed. They expected at least they would get their lands back. The TNA parliamentary group has 16 members including two appointed via the National List. The MP […]

Rethinking Needed

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By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – Today the world, especially the western, is filled with fear of IS-attacks, and leaders are nervously conferring about further security measures and escalating all forms of attacks against those suspected of terror and suicide attacks. In Sri Lanka we have had our own history of state terrorism vs Tamil terrorism. At present while the Sinhalese are narrating their experience of terrorism, Tamils are remembering on the 27th.Nov. of each year, the victims of the war and honoring those who gave their lives in defense of the land and people. Though with the proclaimed victory of the state forces against the LTTE, the war-memorials have been bulldozed and commemoration of the fallen have been prevented/discouraged, the memory of those who voluntarily […]

Tamils NOT allowed to remember their next of skins killed by Sri Lankan Army.

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The police last night warned that legal action will be taken against anyone who organize public events to celebrate or commemorate Maaveerar Naal (Great Heroes Day) which falls on Friday (November 27). Anyone holding public events in support of the LTTE, will be taken to courts since the LTTE is a banned organization in Sri Lanka police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. Despite the threats by Police, posters appeared in the Jaffna peninsula and parts of the north, calling people to celebrate the Maaveerar day. Posters which said “Let’s commemorate our hero’s”, “Our aim is Tamil Eealam” and others with the late LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s picture and LTTE flag appeared in several places. Several banners and posters calling for the people to commemorate the fallen […]

Thousands Of Missing Tamil’s Could Not Have Vanished Into Thin Air

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By Veluppillai Thangavelu – The former Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda has given a lengthy interview toThe Island newspaper (November 21, 2015) rebutting any claim that there had been a secret detention facility within the Trincomalee naval base during Eelam war IV. The statement that naval facilities within Trincomalee base were used as torture chambers was made by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in Colombo at the end of a 10-day visit to Sri Lanka. Karannagoda asserts “We didn’t operate torture chambers at the Trinco base or any other command. There was no requirement to do so. ” He said that during the war renegade LTTE cadres had been accommodated at the Trinco facility which some interested parties now wanted to portray as a torture chamber. “We didn’t operate torture […]