18th August 2018

Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner

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18 Aug 2018, London Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to congratulate former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We also express our appreciation to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in facilitating the appointment of such an eminent person with indisputable record of national and global leadership on human rights. There is no better endorsement than from her predecessor, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who said: “She has all the attributes – courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights – to make her a successful High Commissioner.” GTF would like to take this opportunity […]

NO Political Package?

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DR ARUJUNA SIVANANTHAN This the outcome of ongoing and relentless lobbying by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, Hon Paul Scully, Conservative MP for Sutton, Vice Chairs Rt Hon Theresa Villiers PC and Conservative MP for Barnet, Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the Education Select Committee, Hon Bob Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East, Hon Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, Hon Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond, and other Friends in the Party. It is also a result of the significant interest that successive Conservative Prime Ministers and Ministers at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have taken in the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/family-resettlement-and-peacebuilding-in-sri-lanka-boosted-by-1-million Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million UK funding […]

No need to downsize military Sarath Fonseka

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Military strength should be maintained above 150,000 Country’s military needed to face not only internal threat but also external threat PM should be next candidate There are corrupt Police officers harassing my people No point in complaining to Law and Order Minister Just because these people are doing political work for us, the Police are throwing them behind bars. They are innocent, having families with children. The Police get hold of them, plant some drugs or cartridges and arrest them. If it is more than two grams of drugs, they will end up in jail for life. That is very sad When I undertake visits to the national parks as the Subject Minister, a lot of my constituents seek to come with me to see […]

Rajapaksa shielded the perpetrators. The CID is right in having questioned him.

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The CID has questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the abduction of the then Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper Keith Noyahr, in May 2008. That incident should have been probed and punishment meted out to the perpetrators a long time ago. Strangely, the present government, too, failed to do so in spite of its platform rhetoric. It suddenly wakes up to the delays in probes into the attacks on the media only when it gets into hot water, on the political front. Some Sri Lanka Podujuana Peramuna local government members are reported to have attended a council meeting, wearing black armbands as a mark of protest against the CID questioning Rajapaksa. Such actions are uncalled for. Rajapaksa is in this predicament because he did […]

Sri Lanka Becoming A Regional Hub For The Heroin Trade?

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On July 8, in the most recent instance of a growing number of drug hauls, the police confiscated a cache of heroin worth over 1.2 billion rupees during a raid conducted in Kalubowila and Battaramulla. This is reportedly the largest stock of heroin seized by the authorities on Sri Lankan soil.  Earlier this year, in April, the Sri Lanka Navy and the Police Narcotics Bureau seized over 100 kg of heroin aboard a vessel off the southern coast that was bound for Sri Lanka. These recent hauls come in the wake of several high-value drug seizures over the last few years. According to Dr. Shanaka Jayasekara, Programme Coordinator for the Indian Ocean Region of the Global Maritime Crime Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), […]