19th May 2016

UK’s main opposition backs self-determination for Tamils

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Britain’s main opposition Labour Party says it supports the right to self-determination for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed to stand with the Tamil community “in the search for truth, justice, accountability and reconciliation. In a video message and written statement released to coincide with Mullivaikal Remembrance Day, the leader of the Labour Party also reiterated his support for the implementation, in full, of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on Sri Lanka.  Paying tribute to how the wider Tamil community had “shouldered injustice for decades” Corbyn offered his thanks for the “enormous contribution” Tamils have made to life in Britain. Meanwhile Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour, said the Tamil community is deeply grateful for Jeremy’s message of solidarity. […]

Canadian PM notes foreign judges must be involved in Sri Lanka

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau says foreign judges must be involved in the investigations on the war in Sri Lanka. He said this in a statement issued on the seventh anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. “Today, we mark the anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. It is a time to honour, remember, and reflect on the victims of this 26-year war. Over the past seven years, I have met many victims of this war, and have been deeply moved by their heroic stories of trauma and loss. Much work lies ahead to heal the wounds of all those who have suffered, and to achieve long-term peace and reconciliation on the island,” he said. The Prime Minister […]

Seven Years After The End Of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

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By Mahendran Thiruvarangan – Mahendran Thiruvarangan When the civil war came to an end in May 2009 I was still a final year undergraduate at the University of Peradeniya. Peradeniya was miles away from the war zone. The only venues that supplied us with details about the happenings in the war theatre were the television channels stationed in the South, self-censoring the civilian casualties incurred and feeding to the Sinhala nationalist jubilation of the times. And on the other side were websites like Tamilnet and Puthinam run by parties sympathetic to the LTTE releasing carefully filtered out reports singularly focusing on the deaths of civilians caused by the military leaving no trace about how the top leadership of the LTTE was recruiting children and adults, […]

Racist monk says govt. insulted and dishonoured war heroes

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By Harischandra Gunaratna Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera of the Federation of National Organisations (FNO) yesterday said the government had insulted and dishonoured members of the security forces by cancelling the Victory Day celebrations at the behest of the international community and the pro-LTTE groups and by allowing dead terrorists to be commemorated. The Thera addressing journalists at a news conference organised by the FNO said, “Adding insult to injury, the LTTE backers have named the event ‘Commemoration of Genocide’ and the government is giving lame excuses claiming it was a commemoration of the civilians who died during the civil war.” The monk lashed out at the government saying that it didn’t have money to hold the Victory Day Parade. “But, it has money to fund […]

Sri Lanka’s Uneasy Peace

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The island nation’s “democratic transition” leaves plenty to be desired. Sri Lanka’s civil war ended on May 18, 2009 — seven years ago. The country’s government forces defeated the Tamil Tigers, a group that had been fighting for a separate Tamil state in the nation’s northern and eastern provinces. Credible allegations of abuses committed by Sri Lankan military personnel and the Tigers have persisted since the conclusion of war. In the post-war era, longtime president Mahinda Rajapaksa took the country in an increasingly authoritarian direction. Due to widespread corruption, nepotism and the erosion of the rule of law, he was unexpectedly defeated during a presidential election in January 2015. In October 2015, the country’s coalition government co-sponsored a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution pertaining to reconciliation and […]

The Fate Of The Tamil Community, Seven Years Later

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By Raj Subramaniam – Raj Subramaniam Seven years have passed since the Tamil community in Sri Lanka lost everything in their fight to unchain 500 years of slavery under the command of foreigners who ruled over the Tamils and enforced their alien laws upon them. It was only after several non-violent efforts that Tamil turned to a campaign of armed resistance for self-defense. Today, society has awoken to the atrocities carried out by ISIS in the Middle East. If only they had opened their eyes to the crimes of Sri Lanka against the Tamils while they transpired. The cause of the conflict in Sri Lanka was primarily Buddhist chauvinism. Whatever crimes ISIS has perpetrated against the innocent citizenry of Iraq and Syria runs parallel to […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, The “Pithala Handiya” Explosive Attack And Sarath Fonseka

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Sri Lankan army commander Sarath Fonseka came out with a bombshell statement some days ago in Parliament. The ex –army chief now a Cabinet minister in the Sirisena – Wickremesinghe Government accused his erstwhile comrade -at – arms and former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of having “stage managed” an assassination attempt on himself nearly ten years ago in order to win sympathy for his family the Rajapaksas. Fonseka who was serving as army commander at that time was referring to the incident on December 1st 2006 in which a suicide bomber belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) tried to ram an explosive laden three –wheeler into the vehicle in which Defence secretary Rajapaksa was travelling in. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa […]