May 2018

Files on LTTE and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at UK Foreign Office

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger (LTTE) uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged, The Guardian newspaper reported. The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British Government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war.  The destruction of the files raises fresh concerns about the Foreign Office’s attitude towards handling historic files on sensitive subjects. An official review in 2012 found that the department had destroyed thousands of documents detailing British counter-insurgency operations in Kenya and other colonies as the empire came to an end. Under the Public Records Act 1958 Government […]

Tamil Nadu Police Kill 11 Persons Including “Revolutionary Youth Front”Leader Thamizharasan in Pre-planned Firing at Three Places On Demonstrators Protesting Against Environment Polluting “Sterling”Plant in Thoothukudi.

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavitha Muralidharan Thoothukudi: In an unprecedented turn of events, at least 11 protesters were killed on May 22 in Thoothukudi after police opened fire at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite unit in the town. The protest by the people of Thoothukudi against Sterlite, which they have claimed is polluting the town and resulted in a higher incidence of cancer, had reached its 100th day on May 22. This is the first time the Tamil Nadu government has responded to the protests. Activists allege that three rounds of firing at different places by the police were only an attempt to “dilute the protests”. “There was an even bigger protest on March 24 in Tuticorin against Sterlite. But it was peaceful,” says Henry Tiphagne, […]

British political leaders call for an International Tribunal to investigate Sri Lanka’s genocide

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

British political leaders call for an International Tribunal to investigate Sri Lanka’s genocide   At the Mullivaikal Genocide (Sri Lanka) Remembrance Day 2018 held at the Hyde Park, London on the 18th of May 2018, organised by the British Tamils Forum, several British politicians called for setting up of an international tribunal to investigate the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and imposing economic sanctions against the state. During the war that ended in May 2009, around 430,000 Tamil people had taken refuge in Sri Lankan State declared safe zones in Mullivaikkal a coastal village bordering the Bay of Bengal in the North Eastern part of the island of Sri Lanka.   Having deceived and corralled the people into a narrow slither of land by designating it […]

Labour party would back the right of the Tamil people to self determination – Jeremy Corbyn

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and big beasts of the party threw their weight behind the Tamil community saying that crimes against the Tamils is still going on in Sri Lanka. At a meeting held in the House of Commons, to commemorate a series of events connected with crimes against the Tamils, Corbyn promised to make human rights and international justice the centre piece of foreign policy in any future Labour government, that would help further the Tamil ’cause’. He stressed, the party would back the right of the Tamil people to self determination and agreed with the “Tamils for Labour” agenda, that included an international judicial mechanism to bring to justice those guilty of war crimes and other violations of international law. The much-hyped, new […]

Lord Naseby meets Sinhale Diaspora at House of Lords

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

One of the 1st events representing Sri Lankan Sinhale Diaspora at the House of Lords Last week, the UK Parliament paid tribute to the Sri Lankan Sinhale community living in the United Kingdom with the first-ever meeting pertaining to Sri Lanka, one of the most auspicious days in the British calendar last week. For the first time in history, the Sri Lankan Sinhale community event was held on 16th of May 2018 in the House, of Lords, Palace of Westminster. Mr Ranjiv Goonawardena, organised, chaired and facilitated the meeting, with the collaboration of Right Honourable Lord Naseby, on behalf of the Global Sri Lankan Forum UK (GSLF UK). Mr Goonawardena, in his warm introductory speech, expressed gratitude to the Right Honourable Lord Naseby who hosted […]

Remembering, Nine Years On

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

May 18, 2009 is a day that showcases division. To some, it is a day of mourning. To others, cause for celebration. Families in the North and East who commemorate their family members killed during the final stages of the war on May 18 call this day “Remembrance Day”. Conversely, May 19 is known as “Ranaviru Day” and is meant to remember soldiers whose lives were lost during the war. This year’s Ranaviru Day will be held at Parliament Grounds, and attended by Government representatives. In contrast, the Remembrance Day events have been repeatedly blocked in the past – including as recently as last year, with the police citing national security concerns. One year after the end of the war, Groundviews ran a critically acclaimed acclaimed special edition reflecting on whether the absence of […]

550 held during Eelam War memorial event in Chennai

21st May 2018 // 0 Comments

The participants were holding placards through which they highlighted their demands such as international enquiry into the genocide. By Express News Service CHENNAI: About 550 members of various Tamil outfits including the May 17 Movement, MDMK, Tamilaga Makkal Jananayaka Katchi (TMJK), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and others were arrested on the Marina on Sunday when they defied the ban order and went ahead to stage a candlelight vigil for victims of the last phase of the Eelam War. With an intention of paying homage to the Sri Lankan Tamils killed during the last phase of Eelam War in the island nation in 2009, about 550 members of the Tamil outfits gathered on the Bharathi Salai near the Marina Beach on Sunday evening. They marched […]

Sri Lankan Immigrant Stabbed To Death In South London

21st May 2018 // 0 Comments

South London stabbing victim named – BBC www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44194060 10 hours ago – A man stabbed to death in south London has been named. … The Sri Lankan national, of no fixed address, was found with multiple stab wounds at 03:29 BST. Sunday Times – Sri Lankan man stabbed to death in UK www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1043506/sri-lankan-man-stabbed-to-death-in-uk 17 hours ago – A Sri Lanka man was stabbed to death on a street in south-west London on … Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, was found suffering from stab wounds in Mitcham in the … SL immigrant stabbed to death in UK – Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka Latest … www.dailymirror.lk/150181/SL-immigrant-stabbed-to-death-in-UK 18 hours ago – SL immigrant stabbed to death in UK, A man stabbed to death in south London was identified as a Sri Lankan immigrant who moved to the UK in search of a … London news: Man stabbed to death in Islington as wave of violence … https://www.express.co.uk › News › UK […]

Failed promises by President and PM – Justice delayed is Justice denied.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Mutual respect, the key to equality My friend scorned me, “The ‘horun hoyana’ new court is for the consumption of the Sinhala masses that may be moving to the Mahinda Chinthana fold. We should question why there is no ‘maruwan hoyana’ special judicial process for Tamil victims of war, waiting for nine years. This was promised in 2015. I think this week which marks the ninth year is the best to bring that up. Although the government set up the OMP that started work last weekend, the findings will not be made public and no legal action will be taken against perpetrators. Victims have no faith in the OMP. They made it very clear at the first meeting in Mannar. Please have a look at […]

DIFFERENT RULES FOR TAMILS AND SINHALESE – That is the spirit of non-reconciliation that prevails in Sri Lanka

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Where is the timbre of reconciliation? This is the Day of Peace – when the LTTE was finally defeated, at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaithivu District. The path of peace is that, or should be that, of reconciliation. It is a word we have heard so often, especially in the past three years. President Maithripala Sirisena, who says he will not retire in 2020, when his term as President ends, has stated that reconciliation remains to be achieved. But the President’s Office obviously has more important things than reconciliation today, such as the speedy appointment of that Anuruddha Polgampola as the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation. He was sent to Remand Prison – the second Timber Corporation chairman there. He has been bailed out. There […]

Question Number Two To Gota: Who Delivered Bolt Gun That Killed Lasantha To Colombo?

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Viyathmaga effort of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to position himself as the next candidate to run for Presidency in 2020 needs serious address. Last week we sprung question number one to him. No reply. We ask question number two from him. Question Number two: If you say it was Sarath Fonseka who was responsible for the assault, abduction and torture of Keith Noyahr and the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, why did you not say so when you and your brother were in power and why did you not charge him (Fonseka) for such criminal acts? The Viyathmaga entourage standing proudly behind it must consciously place their hands on their hearts and ask this question from him. Serious.  Do these acolytes know the meaning of AHIMSA? Does Gota know the meaning? Lasantha named his daughter AHIMSA at birth. He was killed violently. A […]

Call to Lankan Tamils to observe May 18 every year as “ Tamil Genocide Day”

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan Tamils should observe May 18 every year as “Tamil Genocide Day”, said the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Friday. He was speaking on the fourth annual remembrance day at Mullivaikkal, the scene of killings in the last stages of the war against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. In his emotionally charged and hard hitting oration, Wigneswaran called upon the International Community to directly intervene to secure justice for the Tamils and restore their “sovereignty”. He endorsed the suggestion of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that ‘Universal Jurisdiction” should be extended to Sri Lanka to force Colombo to carry out its promises to the international community. Thousands Flock to Non-Partisan Event Thousands of Tamils from all parts […]

Moderate Tamil leaders missing as CM Wiggy declares annual ‘Tamil Genocide Day’!

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Another year has passed since the Sri Lankan Government declaring the end of armed conflict between the government forces and the LTTE, a military organization, which by May 2009 had been categorized as one of the most ruthless terrorist entities in the world. Many countries including the USA, UK, Canada and the European Union had banned the organization by calling it a terrorist group. India was the first country to do so in 1992, six years before Sri Lanka proscribed it in 1998. Ever since the military defeat of the LTTE, North and South were divided on who has the right to commemorate the dead. While it was banned to hold commemorative events in the North by displaying Tiger Flag of the LTTE or the […]

Reconciliation should have started nine years ago when the war ended in the battlefield. It did not, and we still see a divided country.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Come May and Sri Lanka is once again divided on the commemoration of the war memories. While the South celebrates, the North remembers those who lost their lives unable to flee the final phase of the war. There also are the families of the cadres who mourn for their children. Children were lost from both sides. The emotions are the same for all, regardless of race, religion, and geographical location. These emotions should be respected and given the space that they deserve. It is high time that we stop looking at the differences, especially when it comes to how each community sees the end of the war. We as a country have lagged behind when countries that were on par with us decades ago have […]

“Victims of enforced disappearances” at the hands of the State.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The first public consultation by the Members of the “Office on Missing Persons” was held in Mannar a week ago, 01 year and 09 months after the law was passed in Parliament. The mood of the participants, the affected mothers, fathers, family members and civil society representatives weren’t in line with the placards that read “Welcome OMP” in Tamil, held outside, for the media. Though there wasn’t much hype over the event, especially in Sinhala mainstream media, the coverage nevertheless said, there was scepticism, frustration, disagreements on powers of the OMP and much grumbling about how far the OMP would actually go with its investigations. There was one simple demand though from the participants. A demand for a fundamental difference in how the OMP would […]

A Brutal Conflict Ended, But Questions Remain

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist insurgency, who was for so long considered invincible. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president at that time, kissing the ground in gratitude for the end of a 27-year-long war that resulted in hundreds of thousands killed, injured, or displaced. On May 19, 2009, there was general elation in Sri Lanka that the fighting was over. The government’s victory, however, had come at the cost of serious violations of the laws of war by both sides. During the conflict the LTTE committed sectarian massacres, political assassinations and suicide bombings, widely deployed child soldiers, and executed detainees. The Sri Lankan military committed countless arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial […]

Day of mourning in North: Tamil victims remembered in Mullivaikkal

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff The commemoration ceremony organized in remembrance of the Tamil civilians that died in the Wellamulliwaikkal area in Mullaitivu during the war, commenced today with the lighting of the commemorative lamp by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran. Meanwhile all shops and places of business remained closed in the Mullaitivu town today (May 18) as a Harthal was observed in memory of the Tamil people who died during the war. A resolution was recently passed at the Northern Provincial Council declaring the 18th of May as a day of mourning. In the meantime the Education Minister of the Northern Province Kandiah Sarveswaran has instructed all schools in the province to fly the NPC flag at half-mast today. Meanwhile the students of the Jaffna University […]

“While JVP remembrance is accepted, what irks the Sinhalese about Mullivaikal remembrance?”

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The commemoration of those killed in the north during the war has by now been a matter generally accepted, formalized with all northern Tamil political parties except the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Northern Provincial Council organizing commemorative events. The main events are to be held today at Mullivaikkal in Mullaithivu District, where the final battle between the Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fought. In the first few years after the end of the war, the commemoration of the people killed in the north was not openly held. Only small groups led by politicians such as Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam travelled all the way to Mullivaikkal for such events. However, now the main Tamil political coalition, the Tamil […]

Mullivaikal Commemoration: “Let Us Move Forward Together To Reach Our Political Objectives” – Chief Minister Wigneswaran

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Let us not continue to be pawns in the hands of scheming individuals or institutions. Let us agitate in a systematic, organized way for Justice for our affected people. Let us move forward together to reach our political objectives. I make this request of you on this emotive day.  C.V. Wigneswaran Let us identify ourselves as a determinable group of people, the Tamil People, who were subjected to genocide in this 21st century where human civilization has reached great heights. By C.V. Wigneswaran – Mullivaikal Commemorative Programme 18.05.2009 – 18.05.2018 – Remembering the dead during the conclusion of the war at Mullivaikal, Meeting at 11am at Mullivaikal on 18.05.2018 My beloved people! This is the fourth Mullivaikal Commemoration organized by us.  Even though we have not been able to seek justice for […]

Tamils to remember the dead in Mullivaikkal

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran urges them to unite on the ‘tragic’ Remembrance Day Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of Mullaitivu district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, this tiny village bears the scar of the brutal finish to the island’s three-decade-long-civil war that left scores of Tamil survivors with rather disturbing memories. The UN estimated nearly 40,000 deaths during the final phase. On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces declared an end to the bloodshed after killing LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the […]

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