1st February 2017

Are they alive? – arrested or surrendered and disappeared

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]