23rd September 2016

Uprising in Jaffna gains momentum

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Mobilisation towards ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ uprising in Jaffna gains momentum [Thu, 22 Sep 2016, 22:26 GMT] Grassroots organisations, academics and students of University of Jaffna, business community, religious leaders involved in civil activism and various political parties voicing for the rights of Eezham Tamils are extending their support to the public rally named ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ (Let Tamil rise up) to take place in Jaffna on Saturday. Despite the deviatory sections of the TNA hierarchy, led by M.A. Sumanthiran and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, have been fully busy with causing obstacles to the move taken forward by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), the mobilisation has gained support from the people on the ground, activists close to the organisers said. Full story >> Latest Reports: Sep 22 22:26     […]

Devolution of Political Power Is Essential- Minister Mano Ganeshan

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National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganeshan pointed out that need of devolution of political power in war hit Majority Buddhist Island.  “It is difficult to talk to Sinhalese people about devolution of political power. They have a fear about another ethnic war. But devolution of political power is essential.” Minister Ganeshan said at Symposium on ‘War to Peace.’ The Symposium was organized by People’s Association for Peace and Development (PAPD) held at the auditorium of SEDEC-Sri Lanka on International Peace day of September 21, 2016. He added, “Political power of the country has been limited to the privileged people in Colombo. It should go into village level.” Addressing the eighty participants including civil rights activists, academics, diplomats, war victims and clergy National […]

LTTE and Hamas to be Removed from EU “Terror List”

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ECJ Advocate-General Eleanor Sharpston Citing Procedural Mistakes Wants LTTE and Hamas to be Removed from EU “Terror List” BRUSSELS: A top EU lawyer on Thursday said Islamist movement Hamas and Sri Lankan rebel group LTTE should be taken off the bloc’s terror list because procedural mistakes invalidated the decision to put them on it. The European Union imposed travel bans and asset freezes against Hamas and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam under 2001 rules. The groups subsequently contested being kept on the bloc’s terrorist black list. The General Court, second to the European Court of Justice, found in their favour in 2014 on the grounds the EU had based its decision on publicly available information, not on a finding by a competent authority. The […]

Dayan Jayatilleka misleading The Concepts Of Federalism & Secularism

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By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe – Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe It is simply amazing how the very mention of these concepts in an open discourse on constitutional reform would immediately trigger frenzied, robotic responses from learned professors and self-appointed pundits. The response from Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka to Madam Chandrika’s remarks on the subject is instinctual, political and vituperative, and deliberately distorted and misleading. Federalism His argument has three main points. First, that federalism inherently contains the element of separatism. This is empirically unsupported, as in classic examples such as the US, India, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland etc. Not perfect examples, but where there is some degree of social cohesion, in spite of severe national and ethnic oppression in some cases. The second aspect of the argument that Sri […]

The State Of Reconciliation

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By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan Despite the intensity of the ethnic conflict, reconciliation always remained an attractive scheme or slogan for many civil society actors and political figures in Sri Lanka. With the end of the war in 2009, reconciliation transformed into an integral part of the political discourse. Many believed that the termination of the LTTE, bestowed an opportunity to bring the hitherto divided communities together through political means. The government headed by President Rajapaksa, who defeated the LTTE, was keen on bringing the land together rather than the people. Leaders of the former government chose to intensify security measures and the restrictions on the Tamil people to achieve the goal of territorial integration. The Rajapaksa government also ignored the international […]

ISIS is conspiring to ‘invade’ Sri Lanka’

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Sinhala racist trend has not ceased to exist and continues unabated, Their hate language is more akin to the Trumpian lobby in the US. By Mohamed Harees – Lukman Harees Listening to the video recording of Galagoda Atte Gnanasara (Thero)’s anti Muslim hate speech in South Korea, I began to realize how well he fits into the title of a ‘Modern Devadatta’. Devadatta tried to assassinate his cousin Buddha . However this modern Devadatta version in saffron robes has already killed the spirit of the message of peace enunciated by the Buddha. This racist bigot and lunatic suffers from a delusion of putting an end to the rise of Islam and the Muslims, even by being a Prabakaran and with political support. A wishful thinking indeed! Islam […]

15-year-old Tamil brewing ‘Kasippu’ in Killinochchi

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By Madhawa Kulasuriya – Vavuniya Three persons including a 15-year-old boy were taken into custody Wednesday after they were discovered brewing ‘Goda’ in Periyamkulam, Kattakaadu in Kilinochchi. Acting on a tip-off, Dharmapuram Police raided the illicit brewery in which there were 12 barrels of Goda and 20 bottles of alcoholic spirits. The teenage boy had dropped out of school to take to manufacturing kasippu. Police sources said the hooch manufactured by the suspects had been marketed in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. A probe team including Officer-In-Charge of the Charmapuram Police Station in Kilinochchi is carrying out further investigations under instructions from Assistant Superintendent of Police Roshan Rajapaksa under the supervision of Senior Superintendant of Police-in-charge of the Kilinochchi Division Palitha R. Siriwardena.

Sri Lanka’s Fleeing Tamils

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By Richard Potter In early June of this year, a boat with a failed engine carrying five children, 22 women, and 13 men was found in the water by fishermen off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia. One of the women on board was pregnant and one of the children was an infant. Those on board were all ethnic Tamils who had recently fled from their native Sri Lanka and were now seeking asylum. At the same time, human rights observers documented evidence of increased persecution and horrific torture against Tamils by Sri Lankan authorities. Initially taken in by the fishermen, the group was later returned to sea by Indonesian authorities who claimed that the asylum seekers’ boat had been repaired, that those on board were […]

Wigneswaran urges Tamils to join mass protest in Jaffna tomorrow

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By Dharisha Bastians Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has urged Tamil people to participate in a demonstration scheduled in Jaffna tomorrow, to oppose the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees. “Tamil speaking brothers and sisters, I urge you to participate in the Ezhuga Tamil demonstration,” a letter by Chief Minister Wigneswaran that was published on Wednesday said. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) led by Chief Minister Wigneswaran is leading the ‘Ezhuga Tamil’ (Let Tamils Rise!) demonstration, which has also garnered the support of the EPRLF and PLOTE – both constituent members of the Tamil National Alliance – and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajen […]

Thousands to Rally in Jaffna to Protest Building of Budhist Temples & Call for Int’l War Crime Investigation

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Also calling for Federal Solution in Traditional Tamil Homeland of unified North & East. Security forces are attempting to stop this rally. JAFFNA, SRI LANKA, September 21, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Several main Tamil Political parties, Civil Society orgfanizations, Hindu & Christian religious groups and other organizations have come together to hold a massive rally in the Northern city of Jaffna on 24th to protest Sri Lankan Government and Security forces assisted building of Budhist Temples in Tamil areas where hardly any Sinhalese live. Tamils fear that this is an attempt to increase Sinhalease settlements in Tamil areas to make Tamils minority in their traditional homeland. Already tend of thousands of Sri Lankan Security forces are stationed in Tamil areas, even though that war ended over […]