3rd March 2016

Protest urging release of detainees

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BY S.S. Sakthi A protest was held in Jaffna yesterday urging the release of Tamil political prisoners. Murugaiah Komahan, former Jaffna Municipal Council member, who was detained for the past six years and was released on Monday, also participated in the protest. An organization that continuously urged for the release of Komahan arranged the protest which was held in front of the Jaffna Central Bus Depot. Relatives of political detainees also participated in this protest.

Tamil Tiger Detainees Ready for Rehab if That Will Lead To Release

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COLOMBO: B Deniswaran, Minister of Fisheries in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province , says that former cadres of the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), now lodged in prisons at Anuradhpura and Colombo, are ready to go for rehabilitation if, at the end of rehab, they will be released. The Lankan government had earlier rehabilitated and released 12,000 LTTE cadres who had surrendered at the end of Eelam War IV in May 2009. Speaking to newspersons at the end of a visit to the prisons on Wednesday, Deniswaran said that some politicians and ministers had given Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena the wrong impression that the prisoners were against being sent for rehabilitation, and that they were insisting on an unconditional release. The prisoners said […]

TNA yet to achieve political target

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By S. Gurunathan “We have not achieved our target yet. Our political journey will continue until we achieve our political ambition of self-determination within a merged North and East under a federal form of Constitution in a united Sri Lanka. Until then our political activities will continue. We hope a reasonable political solution could be found through talks,” declared Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) while addressing a meeting of members of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) and members of public on Monday (29) evening held at his Trincomalee residence. He said the TNA has not achieved its political target. “Our journey is to achieve a permanent political solution to six decade old Tamil problem. Having […]

Media Minister to visit journalists in Northern province

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Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake will visit Northern province on 26th March to meet the provincial journalists to discuss their problems. Both state and private media representatives will also take part in this three-day visit with Minister who is scheduled to meet the family members of disappeared journalists. According to the minister, new 3 residents will be built for the families of 3 late journalists with the contribution of the three state media. The private media institutions also have expressed their willingness to extend the support in different ways. Minister was addressing the “Digital Media and Technology Enabled Society” workshop for Parliamentary journalists organized by the Sri Lanka Parliamentary Journalists Association (SLPJA) in co-operation with the Department of Government Information today […]

Casualty Figures

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by Rajiva Wijesinha In addition to straightforward rebuttals of the allegations in the Darusman Report, government should also have taken steps to refute what was the mainspring of criticism, namely the number of civilians who it was claimed had been killed. The figure grew exponentially during 2009, with even 140,000 being alleged by the most extreme critics. When the game started, with the Times in London alleging 20,000 in May 2009, I had dealt with the reasoning they gave. They seemed to respond to this by changing the rationale, ending up by claiming that they based the figure on the increase in the number of graves. I believe some of those who made these claims were sincere, for a couple of years later they made much […]