28th May 2018

Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Sri Lanka

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Contribution by Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Sri Lanka last week on the House of Commons. Please see Hansard below. “When he was a Minister, the right hon. Gentleman rightly spoke up at a time when the Sri Lankan Government were making international commitments, too many of which had not been fully and properly adhered to. He will recognise that there is also a need and desire at all times to bring countries within the international community so that we can try to work together. Trade and commerce constitute one aspect of that. It must not be an overriding aspect, but it has a part to play in bringing countries back into the international community. These are complex issues, and […]

Brigadier that threatened Tamils no longer Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché confirms UK minister

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The Sri Lankan government formally ended the posting of its former Defence Attaché  Brigadier Priyanka Fernando  last month, confirmed a British minister, after he was caught on video threatening Tamil protestors in London . Mark Field, the current British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific confirmed that “the former Defence Attaché’s posting to London was formally ended by the Government of Sri Lanka on 15 April”. “No successor has yet been appointed,” he added. Mr Field said he had also raised the issue of Brigadier Fernando with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister when they met in London last month. Brigadier Fernando was filmed motioning a death threat to Tamil protestors in London last month, running his finger across his neck. Weeks later he returned […]

Criticisms over Mullivaikkal remembrance event Jaffna:Student leader fires back

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The remembrance event for the war dead held in Mullivaikkal on 18 May this year was attended by an unprecedented number of 5,000 people. The event, mainly organized by the student union of the University of Jaffna, however, received much criticism from various segments in the Tamil political sphere. Most of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members who participated in the event claimed they were sidelined by the students and only Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, was given prominence. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, on the other hand, was in Trincomalee to attend a commemorative event there. A number of youth from the East who came for the event also said they felt that they were terribly let down […]

Open Letter To HNB: Infringement Of Fundamental Rights Of Tamils & Insulting Tamil Culture

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By Murali Vallipuranathan – Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan Mr. Jonathan Alles Chief Executive Officer Hatton National Bank PLC  479, TB Jaya Mawatha, Colombo-10 Infringement of Fundamental Rights of Tamils and Insulting Tamil Culture We are dismayed to learn that your bank had punished two employees of Kilinochchi Branch for commemorating the deaths of their relatives and beloved ones. Anniversary commemoration of the dead has been an important part of the culture of the Tamils and Sinhalese for several centuries. In fact one of the oldest Tamil moral text Thirukural dated 3000 years back in stanzas 42 and 43 stated the importance of humans to perform their duty towards manes. In this context we see your ill-conceived action against your employees who were involved in commemoration of their dead […]

Foreign Office’s action is designed to cover up the involvement of the SAS and MI5 in the training of Sri Lankan security forces

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) side-stepped the query whether documents that had been destroyed as reported in a section of the British and other media included diplomatic cables originating from the British High Commission in Colombo during eelam war IV. Asked whether the FCO consulted British HC in Colombo before the destruction/removal of files/documents and among them were diplomatic cables sent from British HC in Colombo during the eelam war IV (Aug 2006-May 2009), a FCO spokesperson said: “We do not accept any files have been wrongly destroyed. These files have been destroyed in compliance with the Public Records Act. Sri Lanka brought the war to a successful conclusion in May 2009. “The FCO’s recommendations for the preservation or destruction of records take place under […]