March 2018

Sri Lankan If President, American If Not! – Sinhala Buddhists are dumb?

14th March 2018 // 0 Comments

The Ceylon Today of 11.03.2018 carries an interview of Gotabaya Rajapaksa by journalist Gagani Weerakoon. For the first time Gotabaya Rajapaksa admits that he will run for President in 2020 if he is asked and he would give up his American Citizenship. He also goes on to admit that his sole focus is to safeguard Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, ensure a united country and the safety of war heroes . Huh? Could you believe that ? So Gotabaya Rajapaksa will give up his American citizenship ONLY if he is running for Presidency of Sri Lanka !!!!! Otherwise he will be an American citizen who yet loves the sovereignty and unity of one Sri Lanka. Are we dumb? Read Ceylon Today of 11.03.2018. He goes on to say that he did the “right […]

Let’s not allow extremists to turn us back from our desired goal! — CBK

12th March 2018 // 0 Comments

We deplore the recent incidents of violence in Ampara. We believe that it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that immediate action is instituted against all those who are responsible for the incidents. Our country has gone through much suffering due to provocative actions by some individuals to further their own political interests. We are fully aware of the immense harm caused to our country and its citizens by such acts. We must learn lessons from the past and do all that is required to prevent a recurrence of those tragic times. We have begun to move forward along a new path of national unity and reconciliation, recognizing and celebrating the pluralism of our multi-ethic multi-cultural nation. Let us not allow a small […]

Sri Lankan Muslims in UK stage protest in London

12th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Muslims living in the UK staged a demonstration in London on Saturday at the famous Hyde Park Garden in front of Sri Lanka’s High Commission in the UK and the British Prime Minister’s official residence.  They demanded rightful protection of minority Muslims in Sri Lanka by the Government. They condemned anti-Muslim attacks that took place in the Kandy District last week and Ampara District in the previous week and called for the safety and security of their community in Sri Lanka. http://www.ft.lk/news/Sri-Lankan-Muslims-in-UK-stage-protest-in-London/56-651046

TNA asks govt. to fulfil Geneva commitments

12th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Contrary to pledges given by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government that it has reached some consensus with the UN and it is not under pressure to set up a hybrid war crimes court here, the Tamil Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has reiterated that Sri Lanka should be held accountable for the implementation of its own commitments in line with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted on Oct 1, 2015. The resolution envisages hybrid court comprising local and foreign judges, including those from the Commonwealth. Geneva sessions are currently underway with the Sri Lanka issue to be taken up later this week. TNA leader R. Sampanthan has told visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman that the international community should ensure the full implementation of the […]

Fresh anti-Muslim attack in Sri Lanka

11th March 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – A Muslim-owned restaurant was vandalised in Sri Lanka Sunday despite a nation-wide police alert against hate crimes after last week’s ethnic riots provoked a state of emergency, officials said. Attackers smashed the “Madeena Muslim Hotel” restaurant in the north-western town of Anamaduwa, 130 kilometres (81 miles) north of Colombo in the early hours of Sunday, police said adding that they were treating it as a hate crime. “Police constables had been deployed to guard the area, but it looks like they were not at the location when the attack took place,” a senior police officer said adding that disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible. The attack came as the authorities lifted curfews in the central hill resort of Kandy, about 100 […]

Sinhala MP urged the youths to be prepared to take revenge on Muslims – will he be arrested and charged?

11th March 2018 // 0 Comments

The funeral of the person who died in a bomb blast during the racial clashes in Kandy has taken place. Racists have been saying it was Muslims who had carried out the blast. But, the truth is now coming out, with police investigations revealing that the deceased had the bomb in his possession, which went off accidentally. The funeral was attended by several politicians, where MP Dilum Amunugama made a speech that provoked the Sinhalese. He said the bomb attack was carried out by Muslims and that there was eyewitness evidence. Sinhalese cannot remain like cowards when they are being attacked by the Muslims. Amunugama said that he would be going to Colombo and would be back tomorrow night. He urged the youths to be […]

To present petition with 200,000 signatures Gajendrakumar goes to Geneva Selvaraja to follow with petition

11th March 2018 // 0 Comments

President of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Gajendrakuamar Ponnambalam left for Geneva on Friday (9), to hand over a petition, bearing 200,000 signatures, urging the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to engage in investigating war crimes allegations. The signatures, which are being collected at the moment, will be taken to Geneva by Selvaraja Gajendrakumar, who, together with Ponnabalam, will hand them over to the Council. A lawyer and former Parliamentarian, Ponnambalam whose party secured nearly 80 seats at the recent LG polls in the Jaffna District alone, left for Geneva with the intention of urging the UN member countries to push the Council to get Sri Lanka work on its initial promise, to investigate war crimes with international judges. But the Government had managed […]

Efforts fall short of realization of core terms of the Resolution I had great hopes in the new Govt – Navi Pillay

11th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Renowned international Jurist and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, claimed that the violent attack against Muslims by Sinhala Buddhists in the Kandy administrative District was “not a religious clash, but another expression of brutality pervasive in society, a legacy of the long war and two insurgencies. “I had great hope that the new Government will deliver on the undertakings they gave the HRC. They articulated a strong will to do so, and convinced the member States of their serious intent to implement the Resolution. They were well-positioned to implement the Resolution in full, being a State with democratic institutions and an independent judiciary, but these efforts fall short of realization of the core terms of the […]

Communal Violenc Demonstrates That Country Is Heading For an Uncertain Future

11th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Some months ago, I happened to have a chance conversation with a fellow traveller en route when returning to Sri Lanka. Highly educated in the engineering sciences, he hailed from Mawanella (a town close to Kandy) and after a while, the exchange turned to a discussion on how his village had changed with the passing of time. Coming into being of hostile communities ‘I remember when we were children,’ he said ‘our Muslim neighbours and their children would treat our houses as if it was theirs and we did the same with them. We celebrated during festivals but not only that, the pace of ordinary life was punctuated with constant interactions. But now it has all changed. Everywhere we see people dressing […]

Racists Have Made Sri Lanka A Hell-Hole For The Minorities

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Mohamed Harees – Lukman Harees In 2016, an astrologist named Sameera Chandrasiri from Helabimanewspaper in his column, in a crafty way predicted an impending Sinhala-Muslims conflict soon and attributed cattle slaughter during ‘Ramazan’time (??) as one of the possible causes/sparks. Leave aside the comical aspects of the prediction itself, this has come true not because of the cattle slaughter but as a result of racist mad cows/cattle and dogs who embarked on a well- orchestrated hate campaign based on a Sinhala Buddhist platform ever since independence which has now reached another new peak in the Post War era. With added venom, they set upon a community who always stood by the Sinhalese in sun or rain to protect the territorial integrity of  their motherland- The Muslims of Sri Lanka. In July […]

Majoritarian threat to peace in Sri Lanka

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Ethnic and communal riots in Sri Lanka targeting the country’s Muslims, who account for 7% of the population, threaten post-civil war peace and stability in the country. If the government does not crush the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism that has led to the attacks on Muslims, it will turn against the Tamil minority sooner rather than later, resurrecting ghouls from the civil war. The violence, though concentrated in and around the city of Kandy in the country’s Central Province, is serious enough to warrant the imposition of emergency in Sri Lanka. The government has also suspended social media services, as these have been used as vehicles for propagating hate messages. At 7% of the population, Muslims are the third-largest community in the country. Following the end of […]

That rise was certainly caused by the failure to pursue reconciliation in Sri Lanka

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

The violent clashes in the Kandy District come more than three years after the election of a government that said much about peacebuilding, accountability, and reconciliation. In fact, reconciliation was the keyword in the Yahapalanaya or good governance propaganda. But what do we have of reconciliation today? We are caught in a wave of extremism, largely Sinhala Buddhist, as well as Tamil and Muslim, which contributes to a system of continued confrontation in politics and the wider areas of society. A land that saw the vast tragedy of Black July in 1983, and moved on to a 30-year war against the forces of terror, moved on both sides by the impact of communal differences, is now fooling itself about the myth of reconciliation, which no […]

MAHINDA’s performance sparked new wave of racial violence- Bimal

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s success at the Local Government Elections gave the physical power to the new wave of racial violence in the country, JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake charged. When Parliament took up the Regulations under the Merchant Shipping Act, the MP digressed from the topic to speak on the prevailing communal tensions in the country. He said it was no coincidence that a wave of anti-Muslim sentiments erupted in the country on the Halal issue just after the 2010 Presidential Election results and the same occurred after the recently concluded Local Government elections. “The vote base of former President Rajapaksa is constituted of hard-core racists, religious extremists and those with a deep-seated war mentality. This is the absolute truth. If not, why did the […]

History repeats itself

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw It was 103 years after the first communal riots which took place in Kandy against Muslims in 1915 in the Island a communal upheaval targeting Muslims by hooligans had caused significant damages to Mosques, houses and business establishments in the city a few days ago. The death of a truck driver who was a 43-year-old family man had ignited the unrest which had even led to the death of another person who got caught in the fire at his house set on by the hooligans. It was a few days before the Kandy riots, unrest prevailed in Ampara between Muslims and Sinhalese which had also resulted in extensive damages caused to the assets of Muslims in the region. Leader of the Opposition and […]

Don’t wait for India to intervene again!

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran during a recent event in Jaffna had pointed out that India’s guidance was a must for the aspirations of the Sri Lankan Tamils to be fulfilled. India’s involvement in the country’s 30-year war continues to evoke mixed emotions and responses from the various segments of society. While some are of the view that another country should not interfere in our issues, there is also a view that the problems can only be solved with India’s involvement. There is also the view that it was India’s involvement through the 13th Amendment that had aggravated the situation in Sri Lanka. However, the question that needs to be asked now is whether Sri Lanka really needs the guidance of India to […]

Mahinda playing politics with Islamic countries! will they fall for it?

10th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have met the heads of diplomatic missions of some Islamic countries yesterday and discussed the violence that erupted in the country during the past few days. Interestingly while he was talking his supporters were attacking the poor Muslims. He is believed to be crying crocodile tears to gain Muslim votes  which he lost at the last election due to organised attacks on Muslims by Sinhala Buddhist thugs close to his government when he and his family were ruling the country. However, there was no information immediately made available to the media about what transpired at the meeting conducted at his residence. But most Sinhala Buddhists arrested by the police are strong supporters of his new party SLPP. Earlier […]

Canada demands foreign judges; UK calls for more progress

9th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka came under fire as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)in Geneva began its 37th session last week,with the United Kingdom and Canada among the countries to fire the first salvo. Canada came out strongly,demanding that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process. In a statement to the UNHRC,Canada said it fully supports efforts to bring dignity and justice to all those affected by Human Rights violations and abuses. “The end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war was an important moment, but it was only a first step. Frustrations persist amongst those seeking to heal the wounds of all those who suffered and wish to achieve real […]

Former US War Crimes Amb. Stephen Rapp & Renowned Int’l Lawyer Richard Rogers to Speak at UN in Geneva on Sri Lanka

9th March 2018 // 0 Comments

When: Monday, March 12th. Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Where: Room XXV (UN Human Rights Council). GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes issues Ambassador Stephen Rapp and renowned international Lawyer Richard J. Rogers will be speaking at a UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva on: “How the International System has Failed to Provide Accountability for Mass Atrocities: Ongoing illegal detention, torture and sexual violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka” This event will be facilitated by: Mr. Manicka Vasagar, Minister for International Affairs, TGTE. When: Monday, March 12th. Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Where: Room XXV (UN Human Rights Council). This event will be live broadcast at: https://youtu.be/Pe3LBBUZpQE For information contact: Murugiah Suginthan UN Representative […]

Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening – Suren Surendiran

9th March 2018 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam The recent local government elections and statements made by the government as well as some of their actions have been seen as having a negative impact on the reconciliation process. Tamil diaspora groups like the very influential Global Tamil Forum in London have expressed frustration at how the unity government has progressed since 2015 despite showing a lot of promises. The spokesman of the Global Tamil Forum, Suren Surendiran told The Sunday Leader that if this government does not correct itself, yet another dictatorial and corrupt Rajapaksa backed government will return. Excerpts of the interview:  Q: How do you see the outcome of the recent local government elections? A: Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening! A thumbing protest vote against the President, Prime Minister and the […]

Global Tamil Forum calls for stern action against those responsible for perpetrating anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

9th March 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 09 March 2018, London Global Tamil Forum calls for stern action against those responsible for perpetrating anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that a concerted effort is being made by extremist elements from the Sinhala Buddhist community to spread falsehood and hatred, and to instigate destruction and violence against the Muslim community of Sri Lanka. The violence occurred in the Ampara and Kandy districts during the last two weeks, which involved deaths, and destruction to properties and places of worship of the Muslim community, is a reflection and an outcome of the alarming Islamophobia developing in Sri Lanka over several years now. While expressing our solidarity with the Muslim people of Sri Lanka, we are conscious of […]

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