March 2017

UN condemns Sri Lanka over war probe

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

UN rights chief suggests Colombo’s persistent failure to investigate atrocities stems from fear of punishing soldiers. According to the UN, as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians may have died in the last few months of the fighting [AP: File] The United Nations has condemned Sri Lanka’s government for failing to investigate civil war-era atrocities, suggesting the government was afraid of punishing soldiers who committed abuses during the conflict. The world body had previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils, in the last weeks of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. Scars of Sri Lanka Government troops were accused of deliberately shelling civilians, hospitals, and blocking food and medical aid to hundreds of thousands of people boxed […]

General who encouraged LTTE to think politically

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw It was in the mid-eighties that several interesting developments took place in Jaffna between the Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the surprise of the people of Jaffna and the country at large. At the early stages of the Tamil militancy apart from its original presence in Palaly, the Army gradually began to increase its strength by putting up its barracks in Jaffna’s coastal area of Gurunagar. However, with the escalation of attacks carried out by the Tamil militants in Jaffna, the Army decided to move into the Dutch built ‘star shaped’ fort in Jaffna when former Army Chief General Hamilton Wanasinghe functioned as Jaffna area commander in the rank of Brigadier. Army would have thought that the well […]

Forefathers of Tamils of SL were original inhabitants of this Country

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The following response was sent by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara, Chairman of a Registered Political party called ‘Sinhaladipa Jathika Peramuna’ who called the CM for a debate on the issues discussed in his interview, which was published on 19 February 2017 in Ceylon Today. Dr. Gunasekara, who is a retired civil servant, requested the CM to come for a debate on the topic where the CM mentioned, “I am always available for talks. In fact, I like to talk to the most diehard Sinhala chauvinists.” Dr. Gunasekara sent a mail to the CM through Ceylon Today Journalist Sulochana Ramiah Mohan stating that he would like to have either face to face talks or written conversation on print media with […]

London Attack: ‘Heroic’ British politician attempted to save cop

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND A British foreign minister bloodied his hands attempting to save the life of a police officer who was stabbed on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament in what was described Wednesday as a “terrorist incident.” After an individual drove a 4×4 through a crowd outside the Palace of Westminster, shots were fired and a police officer was stabbed. Tobias Ellwood, a conservative member of Parliament and former soldier who was close to the incident, rushed to the officer’s side. Play London Terror Attack: At Least 5 Killed, 40 Injured Outside Parliament 2:36 The officer, later identified as Keith Palmer, later died of his wounds. Palmer, 48, was on the force for 15 years and was a husband and father, police said. Photos of […]

Two years or twenty years make no difference to Sri Lanka! Tamil Victims have no choice but keep fighting for justice!

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s(TGTE) Response to UN Human Rights Council Granting Two Year Extension to Sri Lanka Our immediate concern about the two years extension is it would embolden and encourage Sri Lankan security forces to commit further abuses against Tamils. Urge to send UN Human Rights Monitors” — TGTE COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Once again, the Tamil victims of crimes are forgotten in the complacency of the international community with respect to justice for the victims of the crimes of the Sri Lankan State during the armed conflict on the island. Despite the earnest and fervent call by the Tamil victims to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly with recommendation to establish a special tribunal under Article […]

Stunt man Wimal’s NEXT ”Hunger Strike” continues

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

Sinhala extremist NFF Leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa is known for going on ”Fast to death” hunger strike as he and the rest of the world knows that he will not die by the hunger strike. He is known for making stunts and gaining cheap publicity and he is on another  ”Fast to death” hunger strike again for few days. With the blessing of ex President Mahinda Weerawansa went on a ”Fast to death” hunger strike in July 2010 outside the UN headquarters in Colombo but decided to eat after three days, having earlier threatened to starve himself to death.  Wimal Weerawansa was trying to force UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to halt a human rights panel on Sri Lanka. He was trying to stop the world knowing the […]

Speech by Dr. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS MP at the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council – March 22, 2017, Geneva

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

Speech by Dr. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS MP at the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council – March 22, 2017, Geneva http://tubestream.tv/view/3AOzikJISNs Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka Mr.President, I’m Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss, Member of Parliament and former Indian Health Minister. I come here on behalf of 78 million Tamil people in India. The Tamils in Sri Lanka has been subjected to constant racial abuses, ethnic cleansing and structural genocide since its independence, which culminated in the killings of more than 1,00,000 Tamils in 2009 by the Sri Lankan Government forces. Even after 8 years Justice has not yet reached the victims. The report of the High Commissioner on Sri Lanka assesses the progress the Government of Sri Lanka […]

Switzerland Urged to Exercise Universal Jurissdiction to Arrest Visiting Ex Sri Lankan Admiral for War Crimes: TGTE

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

In his report to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka, UN Rights Chief Urged Countries to Exercise Universal Jurisdiction to Prosecute War Crimes. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), have urged the Government of Switzerland to exercise Universal Jurisdiction to arrest visiting Sri Lanka’s retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed against Tamils during his time as Rear Admiral of the Sri Lankan Navy. It is not clear whether Sri Lankan Government will step in to protect retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara under diplomatic cover, since he belongs to the opposition political party led by former President Mahinda Rajapakse. In his report to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri […]

Statement on Sri Lanka by: Hon Mr Steven J Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes

23rd March 2017 // 0 Comments

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transcript of an oral statement made by Hon Mr Steven J Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large and currently Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in conversation with Hon K Manikcka Vasagar, Minister for International Affairs with the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) in Geneva on 15 March 2017. Hello and Good Day! I am here in Geneva and one of the issues upon which I am engaging is something that I worked very hard on when I was US Ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice visiting Sri Lanka twice in 2012 and 2014. I believe very strongly in there being transitional justice and accountability for the crimes committed in 2009 in particular, and the truth being […]

Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother ‘led death squad’: court

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother Gotabhaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a court was told Monday. Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia magistrate’s court that Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during his brother’s rule, directed a secret unit which is accused of assassinating a newspaper editor in January 2009. The CID said it found evidence that the death squad was controlled by Gotabhaya Rajapakse who has already publicly denied involvement in the killing of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga. “Testimony from the former army commander (Sarath Fonseka) shows that there was a special secret unit outside his authority and controlled by Gotabhaya Rajapakse through the then chief of national intelligence Kapila Hendawitharana,” […]

‘SL needs to implement 27 conventions for GSP+’

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka needs to ensure that there is no serious failure on its part to implement the 27 international conventions at the desired level to be qualified for the GSP plus concession, Commerce Director General Sonali Wijeratne said. “Looking at the regulations which are applicable to the European Parliament and Council, the facts of the case and the experience of others countries that have also thought of applying under various conditions, Sri Lanka has an excellent case.” According to Wijeratne, Sri Lanka has to look at a compendium of other issues as to how long Sri Lanka can actually keep GSP plus concession going on by ensuring that there is no serious failure on the part of Sri Lanka to implement the conventions at the […]

South supports Tamil demands

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Panchamee Hewavissenti Several progressive organizations and individuals in the South have extended their support to the demands of the people in the North and East, such as to release their lands from the possession of the security forces, providing information on the missing people and the abrogation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The protest which commenced outside Fort Railway Station last week included several progressive organizations and university students. “The government has pledged these affected people in the North and East that they would solve their problems. It is unfortunate, however that this government operates in the same manner as the former regime. They have been unable to give a satisfactory solution to these war affected people. We came here in support […]

Exporters to EU must be educated on Brexit – GM ECCSL Srinath

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Umesh Moramudali Europe has been one of our biggest export markets for decades, and it still is, even after the loss of the GSP + concession in 2010. Ceylon Today spoke to Srinath Fernando, General Manager of European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) to discuss the current situation of the EU market, the issues faced by our exporters and what the government should do to take advantage of the probable resumption of the GSP + concession. ?: First of all tell us what the ECCSL does? A: ECCSL was established in 1996 and its mandate is to promote trade between the European Union and Sri Lanka. There are 28 EU countries and only five have embassies in Colombo. The majority […]

Mahinda is confident that US President Trump will help him cover up the war crimes.

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

BY SHIVANTHI RANASINGHE Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera crossed swords with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over his recent statement. The latter called for politicians in Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party in government to protect our country from dangerous amendments to the Constitution. Samaraweera disagrees. Ex-President’s statement titled, ‘Constitutional and Legal Reforms to Destroy the Nation’ cautions these proposed amendments as, “firstly, punishing the armed forces for winning the war, secondly devolving more and more power to the provinces until the Central Government ceases to be relevant, thirdly, destroying the ability of the Sri Lankan State to respond adequately to a breakdown in law and order, fourthly, demoralizing and breaking the will of the majority of the population and the armed forces, and fifthly, […]

M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Diplomat‘s Taylor Dibbert speaks to noted Sri Lankan parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. By Taylor Dibbert March 20, 2017 M.A. Sumanthiran is a Sri Lankan lawyer, parliamentarian and member of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), a Tamil political party. The Diplomat‘s Taylor Dibbert spoke with Sumanthiran about Sri Lankan politics, Tamil affairs, and India-Sri Lanka ties. The Diplomat: Sustained militarization and land issues pose significant challenges for civilians residing in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces. How much progress has been made in these areas since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency in January 2015?  M.A. Sumanthiran: Not much. There was significant movement initially, with about 400 acres being released in Palaly [in the North] immediately and the whole of Sampur in the East. Thereafter it has come […]

UN Human Rights Council Urged to Debate a Special Sri Lanka ad hoc Tribunal, as Recomended by UN Rights Chief: TGTE

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

“TGTE submitted a proposed draft Resolution for promoting Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in the island of Sri Lanka” GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 20, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) sent to all Member States at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a proposed draft Resolution for promoting Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in the island of Sri Lanka, along with a letter calling for their support and careful consideration of the proposal. The letter signed by TGTE’s UN Representative, Suginthan Murugaiah, stated that while the TGTE was cognizant of the fact that it did not enjoy the standing of a member state to the UNHRC, the proposal for an alternative draft Resolution was being made from the victims’ perspective, urging […]

Our people and our nation deserve genuine #Accountability & #Justice.

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Our people and our nation deserve genuine #Accountability & #Justice. Don’t forget our courageous brothers and sisters who gave their life for our motherland. If we are sincere, sacrifice our sleep, sacrifice our comforts, sacrifice our enjoyment, at least sacrifice small things, don’t put the blame conveniently on others, don’t try to find fault in other organisations, don’t point our fingers on anyone and say traitors, because none of us qualify to do that. We are fighting against a state which is protected by powerful states and institutions. Genuine commitment is required from every Tamil. Without contributing time and energy you can’t expect others to accomplish difficult tasks. All are volunteers, all activists have the same problem as you. Let’s unite and dedicate our time more on winning friends […]

Sri Lanka Echocardiogram project – 5th to 9th July 2017

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Dear Friend, Areas affected by the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka are still recovering from the three decade long civil war that ceased in 2009. Local health care provision, whilst making tremendous achievements against all the odds, is still sub-optimal. In particular, the whole of Northern Province, with a population of over 1,000,000 is served by only 3 cardiologists – 2 in Jaffna district and 1 in Vavuniya district. However, there is no cardiology or echocardiogram (echo/ ultrasound scan of the heart) service in the other three districts of the Northern Province (Mannar, Killinochi and Mullaitivu). The Health Ministry of Northern Province has requested Assist RR  to help reduce the work load on the three cardiologists by providing free echocardiogram clinics in the […]

Colombo Press Conference: Tamil Victim’s Appeal to UN Human Rights Council

16th March 2017 // 0 Comments

When: March 14th (Tuesday) • Time: 3:00 pm • Where: Center for Society & Religion (CSR) COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 13, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Colombo Press Conference: Tamil Victim’s Appeal to UN Human Rights Council • When: March 14th (Tuesday) • Time: 3:00 pm • Where: Center for Society & Religion (CSR) Address: Deans Road, Maradana, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka. Contact: K.S.RATNAVALE & S. Mahendran Phone: +94-77-729-8300 • NOTE: Tamil victims will visit Embassies of: United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and France about their appeal. TAMIL VICTIMS APPEAL to UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL We, whose daughters, sons and husbands were killed, disappeared, sexually assaulted or raped by Sri Lankan Security Forces are appealing to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) not to give any extension […]

Annual World Bank report 2017 Inbox x

16th March 2017 // 0 Comments

‘’ The report identifies high levels of poverty in key districts in the north and east of the country, including Mullaitivu (28.8 percent), Mannar (20.1 percent) and Batticaloa district (19.4 percent). At 20.8 percent, the data from Monaragala district in Uva province also offers cause for concern. Within Batticaloa, estimated poverty rates run as high as 45 percent in Manmunai West and 38 percent in Karalai Pattu South. Across the board, poverty rates are disproportionately high for vulnerable groups such as youth and ethnic minorities; and unemployment is high for youth and women …. Social assistance programs need attention and important knowledge gaps remain. ’’ – Sri Lanka Poverty and Welfare: Recent Progress and Remaining Challenges, 31 January 2017, http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/01/31/srilanka-poverty-welfare-recent-progress-remaining-challenges   ‘’The research finds that […]

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