October 2017

Kurdish Referendum inspires hope among Eelam Tamils: TGTE

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) congratulates the people of Kurdistan on their recent success in conducting a referendum in their homeland and among the Kurdish diaspora. The Kurdistan people were subjected to genocide under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Notably, during Saddam’s genocidal Anfel campaign between 1986 and 1989, tens of thousands of Kurds were killed. The Kurds’ claim for an independent state intensified as a result of the above and as a form of seeking remedial justice. The Kurds did not give up their claim for an independent state as a form of remedial justice after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. They neither relied on the goodwill and/or the “good governance” of the new regime after Saddam Hussein, nor they modified their […]

Democracy forever – Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Foremost among the key objectives of the present Constitution making process is the abolition of the executive presidency, it was the demand of every body. Many explained the corruption and fascistic terror as a result of executive presidency. Finding a durable political solution as an answer to the long-standing Tamil question was rejected by the Sinhala racists, but almost all agreed that executive presidency is very dangerous as it may result in a dictatorship. While the resolution of other issues do not seem to pose a problem at this juncture, the serious  issue namely a political settlement to the tamil national problem, could prove to be a challenge coming out side of Yahapalanaya. However SLFP has created a fresh problem by demanding not to abolish […]

Ex-President’s Son Namal Rajapaksa Leads Anti-India Protest

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Ex-President’s Son Namal Rajapaksa Leads Anti-India Protest in Hambantota Shouting Over Hailer ” Indo Colony Apita Epa”(We Dont Want Indian Colony) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s legislator son Namal beat a hasty retreat yesterday after leading an anti-India protest outside the Indian Consulate and clashing with police at Hambantota. The young Member of Parliament used a loud hailer to work the crowd to a frenzy as the Joint Opposition rally marched from the Hambantota beach to the Consulate. “Indo (Indian) colony apita epa, Indo colony apita epa, (we don’t want Indian colonies, we don’t want Indian colonies),” Namal repeated at the top of his voice, while his chorus shouted “Epa, epa (don’t want, don’t want).” He then switched to China drumming up anti-Chinese slogans on the […]

Can Sri Lanka Take That Giant Step Forward?

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Despite a multiplicity of contentious proposals some with obviously malicious objectives, crass political opportunism and other negative features evident in the process of making a new constitution, the realization by three main political parties to overcome the bogey of racism that has been holding us back is a giant step forward for Sri Lanka. The UNP and a faction of the SLFP coming together with the backing of the TULF on many issues, despite the incendiary cry that stalled this country’s progress: ‘Menna rata bedanna hadanawo’ (They are trying to divide the country) has isolated the alarmists still riding the hobby horse of communalism. There is still a long way to go for the three main Sri Lankan parties to reach consensus on a new constitution […]

Tamil Diaspora Must Seriously Contribute To Rebuild The Country

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

– Father S. J. Emmanuel The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done.He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. by  Easwaran Rutnam Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years? A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to […]

Basil drops a bombshell as Mahinda ‘holidays’ in Japan

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon Following repeated assurance by President Maithripala Sirisena, the perspective of Mahanayake Theras’- at least, that of Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter- on the proposed constitutional reforms seems to have changed drastically. This was evident, when Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna and Joint Opposition Dinesh Gunawardena – who his colleagues identify as de facto Opposition Leader of the country – called on Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Mahanayake Thera earlier this week. In keeping with the practice of ancient kings, politicians and rulers of the country go seeking blessings, advice and backing of the Maha Sangha, especially of Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters, at crucial times. Few months ago the chief prelates expressed their concerns about the process of […]

India has always stood for a united and sovereign Sri Lanka

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

India has always stood for a united and sovereign Sri Lanka, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Friday, as her counterpart from the island nation’s parliament assured her that the proposed new constitution would take care of all ethnic groups. After the conclusion of the 8th Conference of the Association of Saarc Speakers and Parliamentarians, the Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by Mahajan met the Sri Lankan delegation led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and told him of India’s stand, an official statement said. In response, Jayasuriya informed Mahajan that the proposed new constitution of Sri Lanka would take care of all ethnic groups and other stakeholders. To achieve this goal, the draft of the new constitution would be widely debated, he said. Sri Lanka has […]

Aus Govt. to shut Manus Island detention centre Sri Lankan asylum seekers in doldrums

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Australian and Papua New Guinea (PNG) Governments have decided to shut down the only detention centre on Manus Island of the Manus Province of PNG, on 31 October 2017 in an attempt to seek ‘closure’ on 750 odd asylum seekers of which 21 are Sri Lankan Tamils. The centre, which has four compounds, has gradually had its water supply cut off as well as a reduction of other facilities, encouraging inmates to relocate to transit camps based in the capital of Manus Island, Lorengau. Speaking exclusively to Ceylon Today, an Australian immigration expert and community educator, Rebecca Lim who works with asylum seekers in Manus Island, said that some have moved to the new centre in fear that Australia will […]

Sri Lanka prohibited from engaging in any activity with North Korea

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka adopts Security Council resolution on DPRK SL prohibited from engaging in any activity with NK The Government on Friday issued a Gazette notification based on the 2017 Regulation of the United Nations’ Sanctions, on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), citing that Sri Lankans are prohibited from engaging in any activities with the DPRK. The regulations were framed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs under Section 2 of the United Nations Act No. 45 of 1968. The Foreign Ministry said, that all Security Council member countries are bound to implement the SC’s resolutions and so, Sri Lanka made it effective locally to implement the UN sanctions on the DPRK as per the resolution. The UN Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006), and the […]

Rajitha hails Basil’s Jaffna speech: Roadblock to returning occupied land removed

6th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne yesterday announced that a major obstacle to reconciliation had been removed with a nationalist party making a U-turn to support the government’s return of occupied land in Jaffna. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he welcomed former strongman Minister Basil Rajapaksa who leads the new nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) declaring his full support to end military occupation of privately-owned land. “His statement means that there is no one else who is objecting to the return of land,” Minister Senaratne told reporters at the weekly Cabinet press briefing. “We should complete the return of land because the last obstacle has now been removed.” While announcing the major policy shift for the fledgling SLPP, Basil Rajapaksa claimed in Jaffna on Sunday that […]

Sri Lanka gets fillip from Basil’s Jaffna visit

6th October 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has received an unexpected boost to its ethnic reconciliation efforts from former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political strategist brother Basil. Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne announced at the weekly cabinet press briefing that Basil Rajapaksa had travelled to Jaffna at the weekend and made sweeping statements supporting his brother’s successor Maithripala Sirisena. Basil Rajapaksa, the chief political ideologue of the former regime, announced the support of his new party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP), to ending military occupation of privately-owned land in the former war zone. Basil’s went beyond the current government’s campaign to free up military occupied private land and said the government must give away state-owned land in Jaffna to people who did not own any property. His call […]

‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu’

6th October 2017 // 0 Comments

REPORT: ‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu’  The full report can be read here.  Executive Summary Two years after the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 30/1 and six months after it renewed its commitments in HRC Resolution 34/1, the Sri Lankan government has continued to fail to fulfil its pledges to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. A key commitment made in the HRC resolutions and a critical component of the conversation around transitional justice is meaningful security sector reform. Despite calls by numerous international bodies and repeated calls by Tamil politicians and communities, the Sri Lankan government has yet to undertake a comprehensive process to demilitarise areas in the North-East. As a result, the North-East remains under a military […]

British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1

6th October 2017 // 0 Comments

http://tamilguardian.com/content/british-mps-call-speedier-implementation-unhrc-resolution-301 British MPs call for speedier implementation of UNHRC … tamilguardian.com British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments … British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1  British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments set out in the council resolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka two years ago. Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said she was attending the council on behalf of her constituents and wanted to see resolution 30/1 implemented. “That would mean the repeal […]

Political Solution may NOT come

4th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Leader of the TNA and the Leader of the Opposition, Era Sampanthan said that the solution may come, may not come, but we must act with composure. ThePresident and the Prime Minister should guide their party members in an orderly manner. Important moment are to come now. He spoke to Tamil News Paper Editors at his official residence . We expressed our dissatisfaction on conducting all PC elections on the same day and the Government accepted our amendment. In the ruling on the 20th, the Supreme Court has not given clarification why referendum should be held. However now Supreme Court is acting independently. It was not so in the past. Several difference of opinions and criticism may exist within a Democratic party. But we […]

No such Federalism characteristics are incorporated into the interim report proposals

4th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee member MP Dr. Jayampathi Wickremeratne yesterday, assured that there are no Federalism features in the interim report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms which was submitted recently to the Constitutional Assembly.    He was briefing the media on the interim report at the Department of Government Information, to raise public awareness of the proposals included in the report and what follows the submission. He said President Maithripala Sirisena extensively questioned on the same matter and said that he can rest assure no such federalism characteristics are incorporated into the interim report proposals. “The Constitutional Assembly(CA) will commence and continue discussions on the interim report submitted by the steering committee on October 30, 31 and November 1, 2017,” Dr. Wickremeratne also said. From […]

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