28th September 2016

Uncovering the Mystery of a Sri Lankan Journalist’s Death

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Lasantha Wickrematunge’s body will be exhumed years after he wrote a column saying the government would kill him. Before they came to kill him, Lasantha Wickrematunge wrote a 2,500-word story about how he was glad to be labeled a traitor, and happy to join the ranks of Sri Lanka’s dead journalists. Wickrematunge was killed as the country’s decades-long civil war neared its final months. For much of the 25-year fight between the government and Tamil Tiger separatists, Wickrematunge criticized the government for killing its own citizens, and he founded the country’s most anti-establishment newspaper, The Sunday Leader (It’s tagline:“unbowed and unafraid”). In 2009, gunmen on a motorcycle killed Wickrematunge on his way to work. In a column published three days after his death, Wickrematunge spoke […]

Govt. to present evidence against LTTE being removed from terrorist list

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The government will present evidence to thwart attempts being made to get the LTTE removed from the European Union’s list of terrorist organisations. “We will tell the EU why it should keep the LTTE on the list of terrorist organisations. We will advance reasons to justify the decision to maintain the LTTE on the terrorist list,” Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in New York last week on the sidelines of a media briefing by President Maithripala Sirisena at the auditorium of the Loews Regency. The Minister said so when asked to comment on Lankan government’s plans against a top EU lawyer last Thursday arguing that the LTTE should be removed from the EU’s list of terrorist organizations because procedural mistakes invalidated the decision to include […]

Failure Of The NPC Would Spell Medium & Long-Term Disaster

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By Vishwamithra1984 – “I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise, Regardless of others, ever regardful of others, Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man, Stuffed with the stuff that is course, and stuffed with the stuff that is fine, one of the nation, of many nations, the smallest the same and the largest” ~ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself ‘It has merely been a talk shop with resolutions and statements. Its notorious genocide resolution a month after regime change in Colombo last year, apparently passed to mobilize international actors, in effect polarized the country and undermined the new political space for reconciliation. The sad reality is that the NPC has lost its credibility with […]

CID identifies Dharmaratnam Sivaram’s killers

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The CID has now received strong leads to identify the killers of Tamil journalist, ‘Tamilnet’ editor Dharmaratnam Sivaram alias Taraki, who was abducted by four persons in a white van near Bambalapitiya police station on 28 April 2005 and whose dead body was found from Kimbula Ela near parliament on the following day, say police headquarters sources. White Van abduction was commonly done with the fullest support of Rajapaksha government to silence any one who opposes the government. The White Van abduction was used to kill leading Tamil politicians and Human rights workers. Millions of dollers were taken as ransoms on abducting Tamil and Muslim businessmen specially from diaspora visiting Sri Lanka, Gotha Rajapaksha was accused as the ring leader who made millions from White […]

Ezhuka Thamizh has sent sharp message to all corners: Fr Ravichandran

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQicuaAMNmg [Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 18:36 GMT] The main message coming from the ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ uprising, especially from the people, who participated in their thousands, was that Tamils on the ground were not prepared to compromise their collective demand for self-rule in a merged North-East, said Jaffna-based human rights and civil activist Rev. Fr. M.V.E. Ravichandran in a video interview to TamilNet on Monday. Tamils reject the unitary system and the message has now been conveyed clearly to all the corners, he said. “Tamils want to live as a People and they don’t want their cultural and national identity erased in any way. They are opposed to structural genocide,” the director of Jaffna Diocesan Catholic Youth Federation further said. Tamils should be given the right […]