25th September 2016

Dear Mr. Obama, Please Lift The Ban On The LTTE

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By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah Dear Mr. Obama, The continued, unfair and unjust labelling of the Tamil Tigers cannot stand. Please lift the ban on the LTTE. In the light of the opinion given by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to remove the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) from the European Union’s (EU’s) terror list, I am appealing to you, to give credence to that advice and act – it should now be accepted the continued unfair and unjust labelling of the Tamil Tigers cannot stand. I draw your attention to three media reports – one from The Wall Street Journal, another from Reuters and the 3rd from the BBC that refer to the opinion of the advocate […]

“Ezhuga Tamizh” for greater devolution

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The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Saturday gave a clarion call for a people’s movement to raise issues pertaining to the Tamil people and thereby strengthen the hands of their elected representatives. Speaking at the “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Tamils Arise) rally at Jaffna, Wigneswaran said that the problems of the Tamil people cannot be solved just by getting elected to parliament or the provincial councils. They can be solved only by a people’s movement. Elected representatives cannot deliver the goods unless backed by a peoples’ movement, he said. Wigneswaran said that he agreed to co-chair the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) because he saw the need for a non-partisan peoples’ forum to discuss and highlight the common problems of the Tamils. […]

War crimes: Our ole master speaks in two voices

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Britain is at the forefront of a campaign to have Sri Lanka’s military prosecuted for what it insists were war crimes committed at the end of the war with the terrorist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But when it comes to allegations against its own forces, the British Government is unapologetically defensive. The BBC quotes Prime Minister Theresa May as saying she will not allow an “industry of vexatious allegations” against UK troops over claims of abuse in Iraq. This is in response to an inquiry by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) which is examining serious reports following the 2003 invasion. The BBC says concerns have been raised over the “industrial scale” of claims lodge with IHAT supported by legal aid. “Mrs May said […]

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s visit sparks hope for the Tamils

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that Ms Rita Izsák Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues on problems faced by minorities in various countries, is to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016. Her first three years term as the special Rapporteur started on 1st August 2011. She was given another three years on the same post in 2014. Ms Ndiaye got abundant experience on the plight of ethnic minorities in countries where the regimes are ruthless towards the minorities and care less about their humanitarian aspect of their life. I watched a u-tube presentation of Ms Rita Izsák-Ndiaye on 13 April, 2016 at an event at the UN headquarters in New York hosted by the Permanent Mission of […]

Neervely woman remanded over alleged child torture

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A woman in Neervely, who was allegedly found torturing a six-year-old child in a video clip which was captured by a provincial journalist, was placed under remand custody after being produced before the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court. The woman was arrested after a complaint was lodged to police by the National Child Protection Authority after inspecting a video of the incident that is circulating on social media. Two children, in addition to the child in the video, were taken into police custody and was placed at the SOS Children’s Village in Nayanmarkatta. Meanwhile, an individual was arrested in the Wa Eliya area in Minuwangoda for allegedly assaulting his nine-year-old son. Police stated that the arrest was made based on a call that was received via the police emergency […]

434 new Mahinda scams under probe

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The Anti-Corruption Secretariat (ACS) has received 434 complaints related to misappropriations of public funds amounting to billions of rupees during the tenure of the Mahinda Rajapaksha regime. ACS Director, Ananda Wijepala, said 317 complaints had already been submitted to the FCID for further investigation. He stated that of the remaining complaints, 28 had been submitted to the CID, 85 to the Bribery Commission and another seven to the IGP for further action. The majority of such misappropriations had taken place in institutions and companies attached to the State with several noted politicians of the previous Mahinda Rajapaksha regime being allegedly involved in such scams. Wijepala added that once the complaints are received by the ACS, each Case is examined by an official from the Attorney […]

Return of lands pivotal for resettling IDPs: National Policy

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The Government has adopted a national policy on the war-displaced, which acknowledges that one of the major obstacles to providing them with durable solutions for a return to normal life, is occupation of land by the military and police. The policy calls on the Ministry of Defence to coordinate with the Ministry of Law and Order, to accurately map out all land that is or was owned, claimed or used by civilians, and is currently occupied by any of the three forces or police. These should be returned to civilian use and ownership urgently, unless the State determines that it is required for public purpose, it holds. Such purpose–be it national security or development–should be carefully scrutinised, including to ascertain whether no alternative land could […]

Maithri talks about reconciliation efforts as Wiggy calls Tamils to rise

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York amidst tight security as the city suffered a major security threat with an explosive device going off on the previous day injuring 29 persons, last Sunday (18). He was received at the Loews Regency Hotel by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN, Dr. Rohan Perera, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Washington, Prasad Kariyawasam and other officials. Dr. Rohan Perera, speaking to media few minutes before the President’s arrival said that the visit of President Sirisena is of extreme importance to Sri Lanka as the 71st Session of the UNGA is dedicated to review the progress of the […]

Talented Jaffna Hindu College students at Colombo Ananda College………..

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Old Anandians as authors: From Emergency ’58 to Road to Nandikadal By Manekshaw Chief Justice K. Sripavan graced the annual prize giving of his alma mater, Jaffna Hindu College as the Chief Guest last Monday (19). Sripavan is the second Old Boy of Jaffna Hindu College to become the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka after late S. Sharvananda. Jaffna Hindu College being one of the premier educational institutions in the North, the school celebrated its 125th anniversary last year. Apart from Sripavan and late Sharvananda, Jaffna Hindu College has also produced several legal giants such as late Senator S .Nadesan QC and former Attorney General Siva Pasupathy. Not only in the legal fraternity even in the fields of engineering and medicine several leading figures in the […]