October 2016

Parliament questions alleged statement by Wigneswaran

5th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Parliament today raised questions over a statement allegedly made by Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran. Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena a known sinhala hardliner who had supported the killing of thousands of Tamil civilians said that Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran had made a statement which is a threat to the unity in the country. Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran was reported to have said that Sinhalese communities must not be settled in Tamil dominated areas in the North, nor should Buddhist Temples be created. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement on the controversy which arose over the alleged statement made by Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran at a protest rally in Jaffna recently. However Kiriella […]

No One Should Build Places Of Worship In Anyone’s Private Land With The Help Of Military: Wiggie

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

In an interesting turn of events, Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said that no religious statues or places of worship should be built by force on lands belonging to people and instead it should be constructed after obtaining approval from the local authorities. Speaking in Sinhala at the Sports Festival in Jaffna, Wigneswaran also claimed that his recent speech made at the demonstration in Jaffna was taken out of context. “What I said recently in Tamil has been misinterpreted, hence I decided to speak a few words in Sinhala so everyone will understand what I mean,” he told the event which was also attended by President Maithripala Sirisena. “Wherever anyone is going to construct a Kovil, a temple, a mosque and or a […]

Wigneswaran is not a racist, says Mahinda

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa took a moderate stance on issues pertaining to controversial Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the release of Tamil political prisoners that were at odds with his usual rhetoric, in discussions with journalists from the Tamil media yesterday. Wigneswaran, the former President said, was not a racist. “The Chief Minister I know I don’t believe is a racist. He is a politician. He cannot show results. Just like this Government can’t show results,” the former President told a group of Tamil journalists during a press meeting yesterday. Rajapaksa said that Wigneswaran had been unable to find solutions for youth unemployment in the Northern Province.  “He has no answers. So to make people forget their problems, he […]

‘We ask for federalism, not separation’

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

‘We ask for federalism, not separation’ C.V.Wigneswaran Northern Province Chief Minister retired Justice C.V.Wigneswaran responding to the Sunday Observer on their queries as to why he organised the demonstration in Jaffna, claimed, their action has been given distorted interpretations by vested interests. Q: Why do you believe the federal solution is the only viable solution for issues faced by the North and East Tamils? Response- A federal system divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. When there are ethnic differences among peoples occupying a country and more so when they occupy defined and definite areas of residence, this is the ideal system to preserve the culture and backgrounds of the minorities. Canada and Switzerland are good examples of how the […]

Terrorism: All Sides Must Be Held Accountable!

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas – Pitasanna Shanmugathas This article is an attempt to clarify misunderstandings people have from an earlier article I wrote. I have been vocal in criticizing both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government for committing egregious human rights violations. Both sides must be held accountable. Violence on both sides is unjustifiable. The LTTE has committed egregious human rights abuses such as using civilians as human shields, killing political dissidents (such as Neelan Tiruchelvam and Rajini Thiranagama), forcibly conscripting children to fight, killing leaders of rival factions, the forcible expulsion of Muslims, among other egregious atrocities. As a member of the Tamil community, I am extremely critical of the actions committed by the LTTE because the main victims of their actions have been […]

Tamils Fed Up With TNA Leadership – Suresh Premachandran

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Thushari Nathaniel EPRLF Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member Suresh Premachandran claims that the recent ‘Ezhuga Thamil’ rally that Chief Minister of Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran organised with a march from the opposite of the Nallur Kandasami Hindu Temple as well as from Jaffna University was a rousing success. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that the success of the rally clearly indicates that the Tamil people in the North were fed up with the TNA leadership. He also said that they were disappointed in the TNA because they have failed to raise the Tamil people’s concerns with the central government. The government promised to release lands and resettle the displaced on their own lands, but they are now […]

‘Lack of awareness of peace in Sri Lanka, getting in the way of Norwegian investments’

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Hiran H.Senewiratne Norway’s ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether said that the awareness level of Sri Lanka’s current domestic peace is very minimal among Norwegian and other Scandinavian peoples. This is getting in the way of promoting Sri Lanka as an investment destination in the Nordic region. ‘After three decades of war, Norway and other Scandinavian investors still believe that Sri Lanka has not got out of the war situation, and given the current situation, a lot of image building and publicity are needed to promote the country as a peaceful country,, Gaustadsaether said at the Sri Lanka- Nordic Business Council Annual General Meeting organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at the Ramada, Colombo last Thursday. The ambassador said […]

Sri Lanka PM calls for Commonwealth economic arrangement after Brexit

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickramamsinghe has called for greater economic and trade links among Commonwealth nations after the Britain’s decision to exit the European Union. The time has now come to think of a new arrangement to strengthen economic and trade link among members of the British Commonwealth, Wickremesinghe had told a forum in New Zealand. Wickramasinghe had said the Kotte declaration, made in Sri Lanka following a summit meeting in 2013, can be used as a basis for economic integration. Sri Lanka and New Zealand, are members of the British Commonwealth, made up of former units of the British Empire. Britain exited the European amid a wave of nationalism sweeping western nations, following weak economic performance. Nationalists have targeted free trade, […]

Sinhale lodges police complaint against Wigneswaran

4th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Sinhale National Front lodged a complaint against Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, yesterday, at the Police Head Quarters alleging that his statements are evoking racial tension among communities. The organisation highlighted that his recent remarks regarding the removal of army camps from the Northern Province could be a push towards a separatist agenda. Sinhale President Agulugalle SiriJinananda Thero claimed Wigneswaran is behaving in a manner which may give rise to terrorism and separatism in the country again. “Wigneswaran has demanded that army camps in Northern Province should be removed and that temples should not be built in the North. He has spoken against settling ‘outsiders’ in the North. Already different politicians and religious leaders have spoken against the Chief Ministers comments. However […]

Human rights activist grilled at airport

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

Human rights activist Ruky Fernando on his way for an international seminar in Britain was questioned at the Bandaranaike International Airport by the intelligence service, a civil rights movement said. Mr. Fernando was on his way to attend a human rights session at Britain’s York University when he was questioned for about one and half hours, said Keerthi Tennakoon, Executive Director for the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE). He said Mr. Fernando was released a few minutes before the flight after the intervention of lawyers.  Mr Fernando made representations regarding a human rights campaigner Balendran Jayakumari who was arrested for harbouring an armed man in Kilinochchi in 2014. Mr. Tennakoon said as a civil rights organisation they were condemning the questioning of Mr […]

New Constitution require the support of Sinhalese Buddhists in Parliament.

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Easwaran Rutnam @easwaranrutnam A spate of arrests over the past few weeks of several opposition politicians and those linked to them, has given rise to speculation that the big guns of the former regime will be next. The arrest or summons issued on the likes of Basil Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, etc. is part of the Government’s reported crackdown on corruption allegedly committed by the former regime. However, it is also seen as an attempt to prevent the opposition from regrouping as a new political alliance ahead of the next election. Telephones began ringing in political circles last Friday when Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa appeared in court over the Avant Garde case. The media was abuzz that he would be arrested and […]

SOUNDS OF ANGER OR, PAPER LIONS AND TIGERS?

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

The North of Sri Lanka, or at least Jaffna, last week reverberated to the cries of demonstrating political activists and their followers articulating, firstly, the frustration over the slow progress of post-war recovery and, secondly, the yearning for the presumed dignity of self-rule – of greater autonomy, if not independence. Within days, the South heard angry voices protesting the perceived reawakening of secessionism in the North. The anger was clear in their harsh expressions of hostility to minority ethnicity and minority ethnic politics. The protest in Jaffna was led by politicians, including the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, no less. The protest demonstration initiated in the South – and reaching Vavuniya, but no further – was led by clerics, the most notable being the […]

Racial Reconciliation: Hound The Scoundrels Out!

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

It is over seven years since the horrendous terrorist conflict that went on for a near three decades ended and the Tamil community that faced the ravages of the war – death of those near and dear, destruction of their property including the roofs over their heads and all their possessions – have been remarkably quiescent in their suffering in the post conflict period. Last week they came out en masse under the slogan ‘Eluga Thamil’ in a rally organized by the Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), headed by the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C. V. Wigneswaran, to air their grievances and make demands. The TPC is a splinter group of the main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), led by R. Sampanthan who is […]

NORTHERN AGITATION PROVOKES RACISM IN SOUTH

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

NORTHERN AGITATION PROVOKES RACISM IN SOUTH Radicalisation of Tamil politics is turning out to be a critical problem for the country’s political sphere, as the government has already embarked on a comprehensive mission to bring about reconciliation and accountability. This trend aims to derail the government’s plans for reconciliation, while causing fear and suspicion among Sinhala-Buddhist sections in the South. This may trigger a political resistance in the South against attempts toward reconciliation and accountability, while driving the North in the direction of ‘extremism’. It has now reached a point where the government has to take the bull by the horns and deal with the problem, without trying to find easy escape routes. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran, a former Supreme Court judge, rides […]

For the Northern Tamil people seven years after the war, the wait had been too long and too agonising to waste more time.

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

“Reconciliation” and Government’s “Sinhala Silence” Clearly, the ITAK leadership cannot publicly oppose those demands put forward by the TPC. They are very much rooted in Northern Tamil life. Yet ITAK leadership cannot back them openly too. They don’t want to be seen in public campaigns the government is uncomfortable with. They feel such would threaten their day to day engagement with the government. For the Northern Tamil people seven years after the war, the wait had been too long and too agonising to waste more time. The “Ezhuga Tamil” protest thus turned out as a mass public event, ignoring Sumanthiran’s plea for better timing.Tamil politics took a new turn last Saturday not given much political attention in Colombo. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) called for […]

Serious devolution beyond 13A cannot be smuggled into a new Constitution keeping the Sinhala extremists quiet

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

Serious devolution beyond 13A cannot be smuggled into a new Constitution keeping the Sinhala extremists quiet. That could never happen. This Wickramasinghe government will instead smuggle provisions for centralisation under the PMO. Wickramasinghe is already working on centralising everything under him. TNA perhaps can’t or don’t want to read this political mapping. Far more serious is the fact that this government cannot go through with adopting a new Constitution. Adopting a Constitution needs a 2/3 majority in parliament that now seem difficult and a “referendum” they don’t have the confidence in facing. They would therefore only drag the process the Wickramasinghe way; unending committees and drafts. Yet I wish I would be proved wrong on these for the sake of the 21 million people in […]

Tamils For Clinton: Trump’s presidency will be ceased by Constitutional Crisis, Dictatorship & Hatred.

2nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

Link: http://world.einnews.com/pr_news/347283202/tamils-for-clinton-new-book-reveals-trump-s-presidency-will-be-ceased-by-constitutional-crisis-dictatorship-hatred WASHINGTON DC, USA, September 30, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Member of Tamils for Clinton, Mr. Rajeev S. Sreetharan, a lawyer, writer, and human rights activist, has published a book titled “The Trump Card.” This book discusses how our country will suffer from Trump’s presidency due to his unpredictability, sexism, hatred towards immigrants, blatant lies and, his psychological volatility. Tamil spokesman for Tamils for Clinton stated, “Watching Mr. Trump on his campaign trail, we have witnessed his manipulation of domestic and foreign policies, his lack of knowledge of constitution and his display of unprecedented narcissism which would disqualify him from becoming president of the United States of America.” “This book ‘The Trump Card’ goes into further details, exposing how Trump’s presidency, based on his past […]

Pathetic Plight of People Living in Mullaitheevu District

1st October 2016 // 0 Comments

Pathetic Plight of People Living in Mullaitheevu District By Meera Srinivasan The last time Mary Sabamalai saw her son Mayuran was in 2008, when he came home for his 21st birthday. “Mullaitivu has nearly 6,000 women who are the sole breadwinners in their families.” A file photo of the town in 2013. (Below) Mary Sabamalai, who had to “surrender” one of her sons to the LTTE. He went missing in 2009~pic: courtesy of Getty Images~via The Hindu This was about a year after she “surrendered” him to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), during the final stages of their battle against the Sri Lankan armed forces. Mayuran went missing in 2009. Since then, Mary has been to different government offices in Mullaitivu and outside, carrying […]

Lankan diaspora important for rebuilding democracy

1st October 2016 // 0 Comments

Govt should facilitate better role : Lankan diaspora important for rebuilding democracy By Dr. Lionel Bopage Lankan diaspora is a strategically important human resource that is useful in developing and promoting democratic systems of governance in Sri Lanka. Yet, how can they contribute? Mobilising the Lankan diaspora in the endeavour of developing viable mechanisms to sustain democratic practices and good governance does not appear to have been so successful. Also, the constructive role diasporic communities could play in this field does not appear to have been properly looked into. The Lankan diaspora comprises people who have migrated overseas due to economic, social or political reasons. The factors that unite or disunite them reflect the issues that have affected their ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity in […]

BBS and other radical Sinhalese groups wants Northern Provincial Council dissolved

1st October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Staging a rally in Vavuniya yesterday, radical Sinhala nationalist groups led by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) called on the Government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council and place the Tamil-dominated Province under Governor’s rule. The march led by the BBS, which began at the Mamaduwa Junction in Vavuniya, drew crowds of about 300 people to oppose the racist positions adopted by Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at his Eluga Tamil (Rise Tamil!) rally last Saturday (24). Ravana Balaya and Sihala Ravaya, fellow travellers of the BBS also participated in the protest. Crowds participating in the demonstration hailed from six mostly-Sinhalese villages in Vavuniya. The demonstration in the Northern town was much less strident in its mood and tenor, with […]

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