February 2017

Two foreigners held in bludgeoning death of Sri Lankan man in Kedah

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

SUNGAI PETANI: Police have detained two foreigners to facilitate investigations into the death of their Sri Lankan friend at an estate off Jalan Sidam Kiri near here on Thursday. The Sri Lankan and Indian nationals, aged 27 and 30, are being investigated for murder. Initial police investigations revealed that the body of the 49-year-old victim, believed to have been bludgeoned with a stone, was found in Padang Buluh Estate at about 10.20pm. In a press statement here yesterday, Kuala Muda police chief ACP Md Zukir Md Isa said police believe there was an argument between the victim and the two alleged assailants, a day before the body was found. He said that at about 9pm on Thursday, the victim was contacted by his wife in […]

North Sri Lankan CM Wigneswaran boycotts Independence Day function

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, boycotted the 69 th. Sri Lankan Independence Day function here on Saturday, and instead attended protest meetings held at Keppapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district. The Governor of the Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, hoisted the national flag, but the Chief Minister chose not to be present. A small section of radical Tamil nationalists led by Northern Provincial Council members M.K.Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan, observed the day as a “Black Day” for the Tamils. Wearing black bands and scarves and covering their mouths with black cloth, they held a demonstration in front of the District Secretariat putting forth five demands. Chief Minister Wigneswaran drove to Keppapilavu to join the protest against the military’s refusal to […]

Tamil protests in North strengthen on February 04 Black Day

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 February 2017, 18:36 GMT] The occupying Colombo was staging a parade for the first time in front of Jaffna District Secretariat to mark the so-called independence day of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna this year. NPC Councillors M.K. Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan organised a protest with the participation of fellow struggle-centric NPC councillors, civic members and families of enforced-disappeared after 18 May 2009. The SL Police came with a stay order from Jaffna Magistrate S. Satheestharan, who had written in Tamil that the stay order was about a protest disturbing the public on A9 Road. However, the protest went ahead as planned, 300 meters away from the District Secretariat. The Tamil public in North and East refused to celebrate the so-called Independence […]

President Sirisena Condemns “Opportunistic Forces” Campaigning Against Reconciliation as “Enemies of the Country”.

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dubbed those “opportunistic forces” which are campaigning against the on-going ethnic and religious reconciliation process as enemies of the country. “The government’s endeavor for reconciliation and communal harmony has been praised locally as well as internationally. The opportunistic forces that are against the on-going reconciliation process are against the country,” the President said in his address to the nation at the 69 th.Independence Day military parade here on Saturday. “We are a nation that deserves to live a prosperous life in a country where peace and justice and equality prevail,” he added. “There is a new meaning in today’s freedom as we are talking about a freedom that blows freely across the skies. This is an era […]

CV Wigneswaran Boycotts Independence Day Event In Jaffna Town and Participates in Protest Meetings in Mullaitheevu District

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, boycotted the 69 th. Sri Lankan Independence Day function here on Saturday, and instead attended protest meetings held at Keppapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district. The Governor of the Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, hoisted the national flag, but the Chief Minister chose not to be present. A small section of radical Tamil nationalists led by Northern Provincial Council members M.K.Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan, observed the day as a “Black Day” for the Tamils. Wearing black bands and scarves and covering their mouths with black cloth, they held a demonstration in front of the District Secretariat putting forth five demands. Chief Minister Wigneswaran drove to Keppapilavu to join the protest against the military’s refusal […]

JR Jayewardene Wanted to “Burn Jaffna To The Ground” Twice in 1987 But Lankan Armed Forces Refused to Avoid Unacceptable Casualty Toll.

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By Amit Baruah Sri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to “take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was deployed in the island nation. Jayewardene told visiting American diplomat Peter Galbraith that he had twice ordered his troops to take Jaffna — “burn the place to the ground” — and they had talked him out of it on grounds of unacceptably high casualties. A little over 1,200 Indian soldiers died in IPKF operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in northern and eastern Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990. In May 1991, former Prime Minister Rajiv […]

Will Norway Hand Over Diaspora Tiger Leader “Nediyavan” to Sri Lanka?

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “What was your first military operation”? was a question posed to Veluppillai Prabhakaran in a media interview many years ago. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) Leader replied ” Alfred Durayappah”. Prabhakaran was of course referring to the popular former mayor and ex-MP for Jaffna Alfred Thangarajah Durayappah who was gunned down within the Jaffna peninsula on July 27th 1975. Prabhakaran and three others Kalapathy, Kirubakaran and Satkunam were responsible for the cold blooded murder which took place opposite the Ponnaalai Varadarajapperumaal temple. An assassination of an unarmed civilian holding elected office is generally regarded as an act of terrorism and not as a military operation. But Prabhakaran claiming the murder of Durayappah as his first military operation is indicative of Prabhakaran’s twisted […]

Tamils protest Sri Lanka’s Independence Day

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Jaffna Magistrate’s Court had banned protests obstructing the road, but despite demonstrators confining themselves to the sides, police obstructed the civilians from moving. Family members of the disappeared and of political detainees attended the protests and chanted slogans, demanding the release of detainees, answers for the disappeared and for the removal of the military from Tamil land. Members of the military and the police filmed protestors. Special Task Force personell were also rushed to the scene. The protest came as an unprecedented large military parade was held in Jaffna, causing deep anxiety to locals, still traumatised from decades of military violence. Magistrate’s court order restricting protests Sri Lanka’s military is thought to have committed mass atrocities on a large scale and maintains a heavy presence […]

Maithripala Sirisena And Sri Lanka’s False Dawn

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Taylor Dibbert Mr. Dibbert (@taylordibbert) is a freelance writer and author of “Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth.” Sri Lankan military personnel take part in an Independence Day parade rehearsal in Colombo on February 2, 2017.Sri Lanka is preparing to mark the 69th anniversary of independence from Britain on February 4. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images) During a time when we’ve seen democratic backsliding across the globe, Sri Lanka was a purported political success story. A pair of elections in 2015, including the surprising ascension of Maithripala Sirisena as president, were supposed to put the country on a positive course and roll back a decade of increasingly authoritarian, nepotistic rule by strongman […]

Norway ready to assist in accordance with int’l procedures Tamil diaspora role in assassination bid

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Norway ready to assist in accordance with int’l procedures Tamil diaspora role in assassination bid by Shamindra Ferdinando The Norwegian embassy has indicated Norwegian readiness to assist an ongoing investigation into the alleged involvement of Norway based Tamil diaspora elements in an attempt to assassinate Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka on behalf of the Government constituent, JHU recently alleged that Norway based eelam activists had been behind the assassination bid. Acting on information provided by an ex-LTTE cadre, the police have so far arrested five members of the LTTE. It is alleged that Norway based LTTE elements had given the contract to a group local Tigers to carry out the assassination using claymore mines. Police investigators have […]

‘Gunning’ for Sumanthiran

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

‘Gunning’ for Sumanthiran By Manekshaw Plans to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran, who is a confidant of TNA Leader and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, have been unearthed by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) with the arrest of five suspects. The preliminary investigation carried out by the TID has brought to light that the assassination plot was hatched with the involvement of certain pro-LTTE activists abroad. In a vacuum state, where only a handful of intellectually sound politicians remain in the present Tamil political scene following the assassinations of several refined politicians, Sumanthiran’s entry into Tamil political scene was much appreciated with his prominent role played in bringing out the UNHRC resolutions in Geneva against the Lankan Government on alleged […]

Are they alive? – arrested or surrendered and disappeared

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

British Tamil People gathered in front of Downing street on the 29th of January 2017, to protest against inaction by the Sri Lankan government in finding out the whereabouts of those who surrendered to the Sri Lankan government forces soon after the end of the war in 2009.  The event was co-ordinated by British Tamils Forum, as part of their ‘Are they alive?’ campaign and to bring awareness of the plight of relatives whose kith and kin have been disappeared.  The relatives have started a hunger strike demanding to know what has happened to their loved ones, who were taken away by the Sri Lankan state. The Sri Lankan government has so far failed to deliver on the promises they have made to the international community with […]

Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are fear of offending the Sinhalese leaders and their fanatical supporters

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

In a recent article in the Daily mirror of January 5, 2017, titled “Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true, the writer refers to the fact that the Opposition Leader has pinned his hopes for a peaceful and prosperous country in 2017 on a resolution of the National Question. The writer poses the question, ‘What is the National Question’. He takes the view that it boils down to, what the grievances are of the Tamil people, which he says should be spelt out. In this article, I am attempting to list out some of the grievances, and would like to quote from the LLRC report which states as follows. “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict lies in […]

TID arrests another suspect in plot to assassinate Sumanthiran

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Another suspect has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) told a court in Kilinochchi yesterday. V. Vijayan from Mannar is the fifth suspect to be arrested in the case. The interrogation of four ex-LTTE cadres arrested earlier this month in connection with the case and further inquiries had led to Vijayan’s arrest, Daily FT learns. Yesterday, the TID informed the Kilinochchi magistrate court that the five were being held on drug charges and in connection with plotting to assassinate a politician. The TID filed three reports in court yesterday, including a request to have the suspects’ mobile telephones sent for decryption and analysis. The four […]

Britain to take a lead, supporting Sri Lanka at the UNHRC – Govt. to ‘buy time’ at UNHRC in March: FM

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government will go for a “technical rollover resolution” or, a procedural extension that will allow it more time to implement its undertakings– when Sri Lanka is taken up at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month. This was revealed by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera while taking questions at Chatham House earlier this month. “Yes, March is soon approaching,” he said. “As I said, we are rather happy, not sure what the word is, with the progress we have made so far. But, of course, we hope, maybe, to go for a technical rollover, because we need a little more time, especially…to work out the architecture or contours of the judicial mechanism.” The Minister admitted that the subject of a judicial mechanism has become […]

Global Tamil Forum unreservedly condemns the recent alleged attempt to harm Honourable Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran in the North of Sri Lanka

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 31 January 2017, London   Global Tamil Forum unreservedly condemns the recent alleged attempt to harm Honourable Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran in the North of Sri Lanka   The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is deeply shocked and horrified to hear the news of a plan to assassinate Honourable Member of Parliament Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran in Jaffna. GTF and diaspora Tamils are immensely relieved that the alleged plan failed and are grateful to all whose timely action helped preventing the dastardly act. We condemn those who planned this reprehensible attempt in the strongest possible terms, and call upon the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Mr. Sumanthiran plays a very important role in the post-2009 […]

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