27th November 2017

”Sri Lanka must commit to a time-bound marked action plan on ensuring full implementation of the UNHR Council resolution 30/1” – Paul Scully MP

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The British All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils called on Sri Lanka’s government to allow Tamils to freely remember their war-dead in the North-East. During the war, the LTTE held week-long celebrations in the last week of November with Prabhakaran making his policy statement. Condemning the destruction of cemeteries in the North-East, the cross-party group of British parliamentarians said they stood with the Tamil community as they ‘rebuild their destroyed cemeteries as part of ongoing remembrance efforts’. In a statement, released for Maaveerar Naal, the Chair of the parliamentary group, Paul Scully MP has said: “Despite ongoing intimidation and rights violations this year, Tamils in the North-East have come out to clean and rebuild their destroyed cemeteries as part of ongoing remembrance efforts. Standing with […]

Sri Lankan minister threatens legal action over Tamils but supports Sinhalese

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Sri Lanka’s minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka on Monday called on the government to take legal action against Tamils commemorating fallen LTTE cadres on Tamil National Remembrance Day  (Maaveerar Naal).  “Anyone commemorating the LTTE must be held responsible for the assassinations committed by the LTTE during the war,” Mr Champika was quoted by the Colombo Gazette as saying. But he is against investigating the assassinations committed by the Sri Lankan forces on Tamil civilians during the war. His comments come as tens of thousands of Tamils across the North-East gathered at Thuyilum Illams and memorial sites to remember their next of skins who were killed by the Sri Lankan forces. In London The Excel hall and the Oxford venue was full […]

An economic migrant won’t attempt suicide – Yasmin Sooka

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), a legal documentation group administered by the Foundation for Human Rights, has gathered testimony from 71 Sri Lankan Tamils across Europe who claim they were tortured between 2015 and 2017. Yasmin Sooka, Director of ITJP, responds to several questions posted to her by email. Excerpts of the interview: Sri Lanka has this notion that many who seek asylum overseas do come out with such claims in order to get asylum in Europe. How authentic are these claims and how do you ensure these incidents occurred between 2015 and 2017? A: At least, 12 of the 71 men and women tortured in the last two years whom the ITJP has interviewed, tried to kill themselves […]

Gearing up for Maveerar Naal

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan in Kilinochchi The commemoration of Maveerar Naal, or the Great Heroes’ Day, for the second time since the LTTE was wiped out in 2009 is set to be held tomorrow (27 Nov) as the clock strikes 6:06 p.m. At various burial sites in the North and East, where LTTE combatants lay buried, thousands of torches will be lit invoking blessings on them. A larger crowd than last year is expected to take part in the rituals with flowers and food offered to the dead. They will also hoist the red and yellow flag that depicts the Tamil identity on the land. The torch (pandam) will be lit precisely at 6:06 p.m. in remembrance of Lt. Shankar Sathiyanathan, who was the first […]