November 2016

War on Tamils still continuing led by Buddhist Monks : MP Sritharan

17th November 2016 // 0 Comments

In the north and eastern regions the war against Tamil people are still continuing by military and establishing Buddha statues by Buddhist communities said the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian S.Sritharan in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday). Citing some of the recent incidents which held in the country and he further said, In the current Constitution, the priority is given to Buddhism. If the same priority given in the new constitution the country will face big Calamity. To avoid this, constitution must change by the Government. Otherwise the establishments of Buddha statues in Tamil areas and threat to the Tamil people cannot be avoid. So the government must consider about this matter very seriously he said. – See more at: http://athavaneng.com/?p=262904#sthash.fkNVsJxg.dpuf

Sri Lanka Government cannot ignore UN resolution – M.A. Sumanthiran

17th November 2016 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka government cannot escape from implementing UN resolution imposed on Sri Lanka even if the Donald Trump’s administration does not support, said TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. Addressing at a book launching ceremony in Kilinochchi on Monday (Nov 14), Mr. Sumanthiran said even if the USA withdraws its support, the SL government has to obey to other 47 member countries of the UN. Commenting on the criticisms on Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan’s statement saying it could be able to solve the problems of Tamil people by the end of 2016, he said the interim report of the new constitution will reveal what steps would be taken through constitution on 19th of November. The second interim report which consists of the matters of devolution and […]

How would Trump presidency affect Sri Lanka

17th November 2016 // 0 Comments

 few months ago, it could have been treated as a cynical joke, but now Donald Trump is the President of the world’s most powerful democracy. His hate-filled and polarizing campaign has left deep scares in America, it would be a long time before they would be healed. Elsewhere, world leaders, still recuperating from the daylight shock of his upset victory are gradually resigning to the disturbing prospect that America would be a less dependable ally in the future. Mr Trump’s foreign policy is as obscure as smoggy air in New Delhi these days. Most of his foreign policy snippets were announced through tweets and off the cuff remarks to the media. He has threatened to disavow collective security responsibility of NATO and pull out troops […]

Basil on American intervention during final phase of war: “We should no longer be subservient to the US”

17th November 2016 // 0 Comments

US tried possible intervention during the final stage of war    US tried to block IMF assistance  Support of India was crucial in ending the war  China always stood by us, came forward in post-war development efforts  In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was actively involved in handling foreign affairs on certain matters during the previous regime, shared his thoughts on the US intervention during the final stage of war, the role of India as well as current politics. Excerpts of the interview:  Q  How do you view the outcome of the US presidential election?  We should look at it in a broad context where internationalism is superseded by nationalism as a global trend. This is seen […]

Concerns raised over use of hate speech by Racist Buddhist Monks

16th November 2016 // 0 Comments

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by a spate of recent events with ominous portents for ethnic and religious harmony and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. These include the murder of two university students in Jaffna, the seeming exploitation by others of the disabled soldiers’ protest outside the Presidential Secretariat, the increasing use of hate speech against minorities by some members of the Buddhist clergy and by other protest groups, and by widespread anti-minority hate speech in social media. “We are extremely concerned at the appearance of signs that, yet again, legal reforms aimed at improving our democracy and governance are being undermined by the forces of chauvinism and intolerance. We find the deplorable language used by some Buddhist monks in particular – underpinned […]

Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Issues One Day Ultimatum, Warns Of Blood Bath

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena’s Galagoda Atte Gnanasara has issued a one day ultimatum on Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to either arrest the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) Abdul Razik within a day or face a blood bath from Maligawatta onwards. Speaking soon after the arrest of Dan Priyasad, who was arrested and remanded on Tuesday evening, Gnanasara said that, Razik must be arrested and also deported. Gnanasara declared that the Sinhalese should not be tested anymore. “The Sinhalese is getting attacked in the North, East and Colombo, while some are being safeguarded. This is not fair,” he said. Video Player 00:00 00:50 Gnanasara said that he will give the authorities one day’s time, and if Razick is not arrested, then his group […]

Buddhist Monk In Batticalao Abusing Officials, I’m Silenced – Minister Mano Ganesan Tells Civil Society

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages and Colombo District Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan called the Sinhala civil society to have a look at the Batticaloa Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanarathana of Mangalarama Temple who abused the Grama Sevaka Niladhari few days ago. The minister in an open letter to the Sadharana Samajayak (National Movement for Social Justice), Professor Sarath Wijesooriya, Sisira Jayamaha, Palitha Lihiniyakumara, R.S.Jayarathna, J.C. Waliamuna Rev.Father Ried Shelton Fernando, Lal Wijenayake, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Saman Rathnapriya, Gamunu Wijerathne, Richard Thanippuliarachchi and Wasantha Kulathunge, urged to have look a at the 2.23 minute video where the monk is abusing the government servant. “What shall we do on this? What is your stand? I am a Cabinet minister in this government. Besides, I am the Minister for […]

36 Tamil Victims Of European Countries Underwent Torture, Detention Under Yahapalanya

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries, who have suffered abduction, illegal detention, torture and/or sexual violence at the hands of intelligence and security officers under the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government, it has been revealed. File photo| Sri Lankan Tamil Torture Victim – Photo by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya In 10 of these cases the victims have already been granted asylum, meaning their cases have already been found credible by foreign governments. This confirms that secret torture sites still operating in Sri Lanka, the International Truth and Justice Projectsaid. They also called upon the UN Committee Against Torture to visit Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into the continued “white van” abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan security forces. The committee meets […]

UN committee told ‘white van’ abductions continue

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

A UN committee has been told that ‘white van’ abductions continued in Sri Lanka even after the new Government took office last year. Felice Gaer, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture said that Non-Governmental organisations had reported to the committee that alleged white van abductions had taken place last year. She also noted that information communicated to the committee states that between 2012 to 2016 October, there have been over 100 complaints filed against the police on alleged torture of detainees while in custody. The Committee against Torture is composed of 10 independent experts who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is currently […]

UN should probe secret torture sites in Sri Lanka: Sooka

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Mounting pressure on the UN ahead of a crucial meeting in Geneva on torture, an international human rights watchdog Monday (Nov 14) said that the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) “should investigate secret torture sites still operating in Sri Lanka”. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) called upon the UNCAT to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into the continued “white van” abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan security forces. Claiming that it has collected testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries, “who have suffered abduction, illegal detention, torture and/or sexual violence at the hands of intelligence and security officers” after the regime change, it said that the government under President Maithripala Sirisena’s […]

Sri Lanka police arrests Sinhalese man threatening to bomb Muslims

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s police arrested a Sinhalese man who threatened to bomb Muslims in Sri Lanka, following intervention from Parliamentarians who called for the arrest of the individual. Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara, ordered for the police to take action against Dan Priyasad after receiving calls from parliamentarians over the lack of police action to address complaints by members of the public, reports Colombo Telegraph.   A spokesman at Sri Lanka’s police media unit confirmed to press that a man has been arrested following a complaint that he has been threatening Muslims. The arrest comes after a protest in Colombo saw a group of protestors, including Dan Priyasad threaten to carry out suicide bombings to eliminate Muslims. ‘Saviour Of The Sinhalese’ Threatened To Bomb Muslims The Fort […]

SLFP split kicked off by GL

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Who would believe that former foreign minister G.L. Peiris would voluntarily form a new political party or take the reins of an existing party to challenge the incumbent government, without the blessings of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa? Peiris who was working with the so-called joint opposition or the Mahinda loyalists in Parliament definitely does not have any reason to form or join a new party abandoning the group loyal to Rajapaksa. However, since November 5, Peiris is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), a name change of an already existing political party recognized by the Elections Commission. When a leading figure in a political party joins another political entity, it would normally lead to frictions between the two groups, sometimes also to […]

Army deserter among ‘Aava’ gang members!

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Notorious ‘Aava’ gang which was working with the Army to terrorise the Tamil civilians were freely going around in North even after the NEW Government under President Maithiri And PM Ranil came to power. The Central government ignored all appeals by Human rights activities to take action against these gangsters who terrorised the Tamil community living in North. The ‘AAVA’ Gangsters had close link with the Army as they were created by the ex Defence secretary and the Army to kill HR activists, politicians and Journalists opposed to Rajapaksha government. ‘AAVA’ Sword group in the North was the brainchild of the former Mahinda regime and its mentors were senior military officials to terrorize the Tamils. As the sword wielding ‘AAVA’ group has become a threat […]

TNA rejects Sri Lankan govt offer of 65K houses

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance rejected the government’s offer to build 65,000 prefabricated houses in the North-East. “We don’t want those steel cages,” TNA MP, MA Sumanthiran told parliament on Friday. “We don’t want prefabricated houses. We want brick-and-mortar houses that we can give to our children and grandchildren, those that can stand the test of time and that will be permanent houses.” “We all want houses,” he added.“But we don’t want those prefabricated houses on which somebody’s making a killing.” “The prefab houses did not have a foundation… You have to fix wheels and drag it around.” “So you can’t give it to your children. Our people have been displaced time and again, but you don’t have to give them houses that can be displayed […]

Sri Lanka’s budget ignores ethnic reconciliation, says Tamil National Alliance

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which accounts for sixteen of the eighteen Members of Parliament from the Tamil-speaking north and east, said Sri Lanka’s annual budget ignores the pressing issue of ethnic reconciliation. TNA MP and spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express on Saturday, that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have consulted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), but did not consult the TNA. The absence of consultation with the TNA is reflected in the lack of concern for reconciliation in the budget, Sumanthiran added. The island nation’s budget was present by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government on November 10. In the war-devasted Northern Province, people are struggling to make ends  meet. But there is nothing in the budget for providing them with livelihoods, he said. […]

The GTF Submission Is An Agenda For Failure

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dinesh Dodamgoda – Dinesh Dodamgoda The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) published its submission for a new constitution last week. The submission contains counterproductive power-sharing suggestions, hypocrite statements, and an agenda for failure. The Submission The submission calls for institutional arrangements of inclusive decision making, partitioned decision making and predetermined decision making. Inclusive decision making mechanisms that the GFT proposes aim to share state power by including the Tamil speaking people’s will in the government by guaranteeing participation of representatives of elites from the Tamil speaking people in the making of governmental decisions. This aim is to be achieved through mandates that guarantee allocated positions in the institutions of governance (legislative, administrative, judicial and armed forces). Partitioned decision making mechanisms demand for mandates to create […]

MGR gave training to Tamil militants in 1983 ignoring New Delhi’s advice

14th November 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka and the influx of Tamil refugees into Tamil Nadu, the training of Tamil militants began in Tamil Nadu with the knowledge  and patronage of the Tamil Nadu government. India’s national intelligence agencies started their training program only in 1984, when New Delhi felt that Tamil Nadu’s initiative in the matter might not be in the overall Indian interest, says Air Marshal (Rtd) Bharat Kumar in his book Operation Pawan: Role of Airpower with IPKF. “The training of Tamil rebels had commenced in Tamil Nadu with full knowledge and in some cases, under the patronage of the state government. New Delhi’s suggestion to rein in these Tamil groups were not acceptable to Tamil Nadu leaders. Since the Central […]

Muslims & Tamils should unite

14th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Our Ampara Correspondent State Minister for Education V. Radhakrishnan said Tamils and Muslims in the Northern and Eastern Provinces should unite before demanding for the merging of the two Provinces. He was speaking at an event where he declared open a laboratory and laid the foundation stone for a three-storeyed building at Pottuvil A.I. Kalam Maha Vidyalaya in the Eastern Province last week. Radhakrishnan, citing the exemplary reconciliation of the two major parties, the UNP and the SLFP, asked why the Muslims and Tamils could not unite and work for the common good before demanding the amalgamation of the North and East. Muslims and Tamils should be determined to unite and work for United Sri Lanka headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, he said. Addressing […]

War widows living below the poverty line, engaging in various anti-social activities.

14th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made an astounding speech in Parliament on Saturday (12) on the pathetic state of war widows in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Since the civil war ended in 2009, the plight of war widows, the majority of whom are sole breadwinners was highlighted with statistics and several civil society organizations also launched campaigns to find solutions to solve their untold grievances. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his budget speech last Saturday, focused on the plight of war widows in the North and the East. A latest survey in the North and the East has revealed that more than eighty-thousand war widows lived in the two provinces without proper livelihood support and the pathetic part of it is that the majority […]

Trump, Dont interfere in the killing Tamils in Sri Lanka – Mahinda Rajapaksa

13th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Regaining Paradise with Donald Trump TISARANEE GUNASEKARA on 11/13/2016 NO COMMENTS. SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE ON TWITTER EMAIL THIS ARTICLE Featured image courtesy Associated Press …the issues you fought the election on resonated far beyond the borders of the USA. With your election…we look forward to a new world order based on the principles of the sovereign equality of all nations and non-interference in the internal affairs of nation states.”  Mahinda Rajapaksa’s message to Donald Trump[i] “Our message is that Americans should draft a policy not to take away the independence and sovereignty of other nations.”  Afghan Taleban’s message to Donald Trump[ii] Donald Trump’s victory is a beacon of hope to extremists of every stripe, from the Ku Klux Klan to Marine Le Pen, from […]

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