2nd October 2016

Human rights activist grilled at airport

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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

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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.

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“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

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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.

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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 […]