July 2018

Rising from the July embers

25th July 2018 // 0 Comments

I can still remember vividly that fateful day in July 1983 when a Nation’s hopes for peace literally went up in smoke. My schoolmates and I were halfway to school when we saw buildings burning in Colombo and the driver of the school bus turned back because it was not possible to continue the journey. On the way home, we saw mobs armed with knives, swords, clubs and machetes going from house to house. Some of them were carrying petrol cans. The destruction was incomprehensible to my young mind. I asked my mother and father what it was all about and with tears in her eyes, mother told me that some bad people were attacking Tamil people. By then I was well aware that there […]

Canadian PM remembers victims of ‘Black July’

25th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he joined with the Tamil-Canadians and members of the Tamil community around the world to mourn families and friends lost during Black July in 1983, in Sri Lanka. “On this day, we remember the victims of the 1983 anti-Tamil pogroms in Sri Lanka that took thousands of lives and displaced so many from their homes. We join Tamil-Canadians and members of the Tamil community around the world to mourn families and friends lost during Black July, and to reflect on the enduring human cost of the conflict in Sri Lanka, Prime Minster Trudeau said in a statement on the 35th anniversary of Black July “Black July was a week of destruction and horrific violence that followed decades of […]

Latest news and articles

24th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan reform has ‘ground to a halt’ with torture used freely – UN https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/sri-lankan-reform-has-ground-to-a-halt-with-torture-used-freely-un   Black July 1983: Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka https://countercurrents.org/2018/07/23/black-july-1983-genocide-of-tamils-in-sri-lanka/ Delayed or Denied? Sri Lanka’s Failing Transitional Justice Process by the Numbers http://pearlaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PEARL-TJ-Report-Final.pdf We though these British MPs in tie and coat were honest respectable people, but they are worse – Bribes to British MPs Bribes to British MPs: Probe calls in Sri Lanka parliament  http://english.athirady.com/tamil-news/51697.html Buddhist Monk strangled a police sergeant to death – Resurgent of LTTE, Islamic terrorists or Christian conspirators.  http://english.athirady.com/tamil-news/51665.html UK MP wrote to David Cameron on 19 March 2014 to lobby AGAINST supporting a UN resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, after receiving FREE holidays from Sri Lanka Government http://english.athirady.com/tamil-news/51682.html British MP Ian […]

“Black July”: Thirty-fifth Anniversary of 1983 Anti-Tamil Pogrom.

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

“Black July”: Thirty-fifth Anniversary of 1983 Anti-Tamil Pogrom. By D.B.S.Jeyaraj One of the darkest chapters in the sphere of Sri Lankan ethnic relations was the widespread anti-Tamil violence that occurred thirty – five years ago during the fourth week of July in 1983. Although the tragic history of post – independence Sri Lanka records that the Tamils of Sri Lanka were subjected to mass –scale mob violence in the years 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983, the anti-Tamil violence of July 1983 was the most horrible of them all. It remains etched in memory even after 35 years as “Black July 1983”. I have written about the dark happenings of July 1983 extensively in the past. However I intend re-visiting the events of “Black July” briefly […]

UN has Deployed Alleged War Criminals from Sri Lanka as Peace Keepers.

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

41 Page Confidential Report Compiled by South Africa Based International Truth and Justice Project Claims UN has Deployed Alleged War Criminals from Sri Lanka as Peace Keepers. By Mark Townsend The UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential report claims. The document, seen by the Observer, and sent to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations last month, claims that senior Sri Lankan officers accused of war crimes have been deployed to UN operations in Mali, Lebanon, Darfur and South Sudan. Drawn up by the South-Africa based International Truth and Justice Project, the 41-page document, marked confidential, claims a cohort of senior Sri Lankan commanders who have been deployed to UN operations were involved in alleged abuses during […]

Subrahmanyam Swamy and Mahinda in Delhi

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN     Our Special Correspondent NEW DELHI, July 21: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit New Delhi in September to speak on India-Sri Lanka relations, the Sunday Island has learnt. Disclosing this, Dr Subrahmanyam Swamy, a member of the Rajya Sabha and a senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), told this correspondent: “I have invited him to visit New Delhi to speak on relations between our two countries on September 12.” Rajapaksa will speak on peace and security in South Asia and bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India with special emphasis on terrorism, Dr Swamy said. Dr Swamy will send a team to Colombo shortly to finalize Rajapaksa’s programme in the Indian capital. This will be Rajapaksa’s first […]

PM encourages entrepreneurs in North with tax concessions to uplift local economy but NO POLITICAL PACKAGE AS PROMISED.

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Government has offered tax relief for 300% of the income from capital investment to entrepreneurs who start business enterprises in the Northern Province to boost the local economic growth. The Premier said the Government’s aim is to restore the lucrative commercial economy the North had before the war, and the Government is committed to assisting the local entrepreneurs to invest in the region. “We want local entrepreneurs investing as well as bringing enterprises to the region from outside,” he said. Speaking at an event held at the Jaffna Municipal Grounds, distributing investment kits to new entrepreneurs under the Enterprise Sri Lanka program today, the Premier said the Government is engaged in several projects to develop the economy of […]

Tamil Nadu irrelevant in SL issue – Wigneswaran

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said it was difficult for him to gauge the role of India in resolving the ‘Tamil National Question’ in Sri Lanka because that country seemed to be adopting a non-interference attitude. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the Chief Minister said Sri Lanka would have to submit its report on the progress made in this regard to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in March 2019. Asked about the kind of influence of South Indian parties, he said Tamil Nadu factor was irrelevant. He said there was a lot of infighting among the parties there. “Tamil Nadu is irrelevant now. They have their own problems. This is not a matter to be worried about,” […]

“IN 1983, AS OUR SHIP LEFT COLOMBO PORT, I SAW PETTAH BURNING”

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

TNA Legislator M.A. Sumanthiran, recalls being 19 years old when communal violence rocked the capital city in July 1983. Packed off to Jaffna where the Government thought Tamil families residing in Colombo and other parts of the south would be safer, he recalls an arduous four-day journey in a small cargo ship, with no food provisions on board. The memory of the communal riots has left a lasting legacy – the feeling that such attacks could happen at any time, because they were Tamils. Sumanthiran explains in a poignant interview with the Sunday Observer this week, as the country marks 35 years since horrendous violence was unleashed against people of his community On the Morning of July 25, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran, […]

We though these British MPs in tie and coat were honest respectable people, but they are worse – Bribes to British MPs

23rd July 2018 // 0 Comments

Bribes to British MPs: Probe calls in Sri Lanka parliament ECONOMYNEXT – Disciplinary action against a British MP who admitted accepting luxury holidays from Sri Lanka has triggered an investigation into five other UK legislators who were allegedly bribed by the former regime. Government MPs told the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday that an admission by Ian Paisley, who faces suspension from the House of Commons for 30 sittings, has opened a can of worms at the foreign ministry. “There are at least five other British MP’s who similarly were bribed by the Rajapaksa regime to make statements supportive of it,” UNP MP Mujibar Rahuman told parliament. He did not name the five. He said Sri Lanka’s then High Commissioner to London, Chris Nonis should […]

British MP Ian Paisley who Received Two Family Holidays Funded by Sri Lanka

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

British MP Ian Paisley who Received Two Family Holidays Funded by Sri Lanka Under Pressure to do the “Honourable Thing” and Resign from Parliament. One of the Northern Irish MPs propping up the Government is facing a parliamentary inquiry after a Telegraph investigation revealed how he accepted holidays worth £100,000 from a state he is now helping to secure a post-Brexit trade deal. Ian Paisley Jr said he had referred himself to Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, following this newspaper’s disclosure that he accepted two all-expenses-paid trips to Sri Lanka. The announcement followed concern raised by MPs that the DUP parliamentarian might be helping to broker a “back-door trade agreement” with the country. Transparency International, the campaign group, said Mrs Hudson should investigate the […]

Mahinda & Gotabaya Should Be Held In Contempt Of Court but will not because President and PM will not allow.

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Suranimala Umagiliya – With 2020 looming the Yahapalanaya government is striving to kick start investigations into the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime’s scandals, bring to Court some cases and simultaneously grant publicity to the development efforts in the pipeline. A welcome move but is it too late? The Rajapaksa camp is full of hope nay already feeling that 2020 is only a foregone conclusion. But is it? If readers would recall, Mahinda Rajapaksa was smug with the thought that the opposition could not even name a contender to pitch against him, leading up to the 2015 Presidential election. The role is reversed. It has to be another Rajapaksa yet again. But which one? Mahinda is debarred, Gotabaya has the Hitler tag and a dual citizenship, Basil is considered corrupt by 10% and Namal is a young […]

Malaka’s alleged assault on Scottish couple

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

A case involving an incident where former Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva had allegedly assaulted a Scottish couple at a nightclub in Colombo, had been referred to the Attorney-General (AG) for advice, police informed court. The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) currently conducting investigations into the incident, had informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that they had sought the Attorney-General’s advice regarding two counter cases. On a previous occasion, court had decided to name Scottish national James Francis Casserly as a suspect in a case where he had allegedly attacked Malaka Silva during a scuffle at a nightclub in Colombo 3, in 2014. When the cases came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Isuru Nettikumara, the magisterial inquiry into two counter cases were fixed for November […]

UK MP wrote to David Cameron on 19 March 2014 to lobby AGAINST supporting a UN resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, after receiving FREE holidays from Sri Lanka Government

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

In her report, the standards commissioner, Kathryn Stone, found that Paisley breached the rules on paid advocacy – lobbying in return for reward or consideration – by writing to David Cameron on 19 March 2014 to lobby against supporting a UN resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, after receiving holidays from the South Asian country’s government. The paper claimed Mr Paisley and his family enjoyed two holidays in Sri Lanka in 2013 paid for by the Sri Lankan government. The claims first appeared in the Daily Telegraph in September 2017. Ian Paisley could face by election after breaking Commons rules Likely 30-day suspension of DUP MP over holidays worth £50,000 could lead to recall The Democratic Unionist party MP Ian Paisley could be forced to […]

Sri Lanka charges Tamil man deported from Australia

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

AFP – A Sri Lankan deported by Australia even though his partner had refugee status there was charged upon his return with illegally leaving his home country. Thileepan Gnaneswaran, who was separated from his wife and 11-month-old daughter, arrived in Colombo Tuesday along with another 17 who had also their asylum applications rejected by Australia. “They were taken before a magistrate and released on personal bail,” a senior police official told AFP. “They were charged under the immigration law for leaving the country from a place other than an approved port.” Sri Lankans are known to travel illegally by boat to Australia and other countries, in violation of immigration laws. The offence carries a fine of 200,000 rupees ($1,250) and a maximum prison term of […]

Rajapakse’s party Chairmen were on a spree of raping and killing women, now call for action against underworld says PM

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that it was paradoxical to see the MPs of a party who could not punish their own Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen who raped and killed innocent women on their watch sometimes back, demanding action against underworld members. “When the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen of your party were on a spree of raping and killing women you were in the government but did nothing. You didn’t do anything to prevent that. You protected thieves and maintained underworld members. Now you are questioning. What right do you have to talk against underworld today? The PM asked the protesting MPs. The Prime Minister said so in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition’s Moneragala District MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekera. The MP demanded […]

Questionable Donation from CICT

19th July 2018 // 0 Comments

This issue has raised many questions like why CICT generously ‘donated’ such a huge amount of money to a ‘charity’ The ‘donation’ had been remitted to Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation by CICT through The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (cheque No. 594691) to the Foundation’s account (No. 204-1-001-5-0003290) maintained at Peoples Bank As the money for this donation too had been documented as construction costs, the taxpayers are forced to bear a certain percentage of this amount But nowhere in the world is a donation that was made considered as a construction cost According to the view of the Auditor General, this accounting treatment is not acceptable and this has been mentioned in the audit query that we have sent to you on November 27, 2016 […]

Damning US report reveals Lankans in NZ subjected to forced labour

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The foreign employment services sector yesterday distanced itself from a damning US report that Sri Lankan women and children were dumped into forced labour in New Zealand (NZ), Egypt, Pakistan and elsewhere. The relevant State officials could not be reached for comment yesterday. “When there are such international reports that are adverse to the sector in general and the country in particular, the entire garbage is dumped on the legitimate foreign employment service providers  although this should never be the case”, President of the Association for Foreign Employment Agencies (ALFEA) A. L. A. Azzam told Ceylon Today. He added that State agencies such as the Immigration Department, in particular, should remain more alert at the country’s sole exit port, the airport at Katunayake, to stop […]

ARMY MOVES TO RELOCATE TROOPS INTO JAFFNA FORT MEETS STIFF RESISTANCE

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The historic Dutch Fort of Jaffna, recently restored at a cost of Rs 104 million is emerging as a bone of contention, with the military trying to relocate troops to the archaeological site, in order to release occupied private lands back to their rightful owners. Regional politicians and civil activists are strongly opposing the move saying it would increase the military footprint in the formerly embattled town and hamper tourism activity Its recent request to relocate several small camps in the Jaffna peninsula into the historic Jaffna Fort, is threatening to set off a new wave of protests against the heavy presence of armed forces personnel in the formerly embattled region. The controversial relocation plans have re-energised residents strongly opposed to continuing militarisation of the […]

Flexibility and understanding – need of the hour Political confrontation will not solve humanitarian issues – GTF Chairman, Rev Fr S. J. Emmanuel

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar Chairperson of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Rev Fr. S.J. Emmanuel in a candid interview with Ceylon Today spelt out the shortcomings affecting the people in the North and East. He said as far as strengthening peace and reconciliation, apart from depending on politicians all right-thinking people must engage themselves in the peace building process. Religious leaders and intellectuals should not  leave room for extremist ideologies and must play their role with farsightedness to face the challenges in creating peace in the Island. Despite the Government taking the initiative to deal with land issues and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), humanitarian issues still remain on a large scale to be resolved. All efforts should be put in place to put the […]

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