14th August 2017

Sri Lanka Born Krish Vignarajah Enters US Maryland State Governor Race saying ” The Best Man For the Job is a Woman”.

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Sri Lankan born Krish Vignarajah, a former Obama official, is entering the race for governor of Maryland. An official campaign kick-off and announcement is scheduled for September 19 About her decision, Ms. Vignarajah said: “I am running for Governor because I am worried my daughter will not have the same opportunities that my mom gave me when she brought our family here when I was a baby girl. I hope Marylanders will agree the best man for the job is a woman.” “It was not long ago that Maryland was a beacon of hope, opportunity, innovation, and courage. We led the nation in school performance, job creation, and conservation. But today too many of the students who can least afford to be left behind have […]

TNA calls on US to ensure GoSL fulfils its Geneva commitments

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The United States has been urged to ensure that Sri Lanka fully implemented the Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Colombo on Oct 1, 2015. The Geneva resolution has proposed setting up of a hybrid war crimes court including foreign judges among other things. A statement issued by the Office of the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan quoted the veteran politician as having told a visiting delegation of US Congressmen accompanied by US Ambassador in Colombo Atul Keshap that their government should hold the Sri Lankan Government responsible the commitments they had made to the international community, particularly with regard to the Geneva Resolution. MP Sampanthan said “Sri Lankan Government cannot shirl its responsibilty for fulfilling its commitment to the international community”. Sampanthan and Jaffna District MP […]

LTTE-regrouping in the North? Why?

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Former combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were linked to recent incidents of unrest in the North, giving rise to fresh speculations of an LTTE-regrouping in the North. Claims that these former cadres, some rehabilitated, are involved raise more questions than concerns over the progress of the government. Eight years have gone since the end of war and promises by the Sri Lankan government run by the Sinhalalese to implement a acceptable political package to solve the discreminations towards the minority cannot be seen. From day one of the post war period, the government initiated a programme to rehabilitate some cadres who were arrested and those some who surrendered to the military during the final phase of fighting. Thousands of the senior LTTE […]

GTF complains of delay in addressing accountability issues by govt

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) expressed dismay Saturday that more than eight years after the end of war, “Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling for comprehensive transitional justice measures, the present coalition government has not lived up to its commitments and yet to take any meaningful steps in this respect.”   In a press statement issued from London it said “The lack of progress to-date in many ways is eerily reminiscent of the past when commitments made on political and governance issues concerning the Tamil people (such as Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam or Dudley-Chelvanayakam pacts) were reneged at the slightest of political opposition. While GTF acknowledges […]