September 2018

Catholic Archbishop of Colombo ,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is Criticised by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris Over “Populist”Remarks About Human Rights and Religion.

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has come under fire for the stand he has taken on human rights. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the need for human rights was an outcome of the marauding religious zealots of the inquisition and the crusades, where non believers were massacred “En-Bloc”. “Pity, the Cardinal always seems to get things wrong in trying to be a populist,” he said on his twitter account. Continue reading ‘Catholic Archbishop of Colombo ,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is Criticised by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris Over “Populist”Remarks About Human Rights and Religion.’ »

‘DMK, Congress responsible for genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils and should be booked for War Crimes’

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Palaniswami trains guns on former CM Karunanidhi; says both Opposition parties should be booked for war crimes The DMK and the Congress were fully responsible for the genocide of a large number of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam war in Sri Lanka, and should be booked for war crimes, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said here on Tuesday. Speaking at a protest meeting organised by the AIADMK to highlight what the party alleged was the role played by the DMK and the Congress in the massacre of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, Mr. Palaniswami said the tragedy occurred only after Karunanidhi, who was then the Chief Minister, ended his fast within three hours, claiming that a ceasefire had been declared in the […]

Mahinda was bluffing to return to power. – When the question was posed, Mahinda’s face went into a pale blank.

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “Stamp your foot and tell Mr Rupee: “No. You shall not go down!” Or, Like Jesus Christ addressing Lazarus, the dead man: ‘Rise and come forth.” Ehi Passiko “Ehi Passiko,” is a methodological statement in expressed in Pali and attributed to the Buddha. The sage asserted that his Dhamma must be experienced to to be proven. “Come and experience”(ehi passiko)! Former Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the same about his solution to the currency crisis. Hand over back to me and you will experience the solution like seeing something currently unseeable, in broad daylight.  Seen the Video?  https://www.facebook.com/1804654542891239/videos/942697795936389/ I am thoroughly amused watching a video doing the rounds on Facebook. It is issued with a caption in small lettering: “Sinha Lokaye Sinhaya” […]

Man Who Derailed Investigations Into War Crimes Allegations Wants The World To Look At Sri Lanka With Fresh Pair Of Eyes

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

While derailing investigations into all war crimes and human rights abuses during the final phase of war, President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the 73th session of the UNHRC, urged the world to look at Sri Lanka ‘with a fresh pair of eyes’. President Sirisena has openly ordered the Police to refrain from arresting top ranking military officers over killings and abductions that took place under the previous government. Just two weeks before he addressed the UN General Assembly, Sirisena berated IGP Pujith Jayasundara and top officers of the CID for attempting to arrest Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne over killings and abductions of 11 youth. He called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka from a fresh perspective and consider the “tremendous progress” made by […]

“Don’t Ask Me: Ask Gota” – Fonseka Tells CID About Keith Noyahr Abduction

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who was questioned by CID today over the abduction of Keith Noyahr said all attacks on media and white van abductions in Colombo were handled by a special group operated under Maj. Gen. (rtd) Kapila Hendawitharana and former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Fonseka Fonseka, in his four hour statement to the CID today, had said, at the time Noyahr was abducted his sole focus was on military operations in conflict areas, and intelligence operations and surveillance in other parts of the country were conducted under the direct supervision of Rajapaksa. Such activities, Fonseka had said, had no direct connection with developments in the war zone. The former Army Commander had said him and Rajapaksa handled two different aspects of the defence machinery […]

Plight Of Civilians Living Under An Army Of Occupation [Alien Hostile Military]

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kumarathasan Rasingam – Kumarathasan Rasingam Contrary to promises made in Geneva that in the name of peace and reconciliation the Sri Lanka government would dismantle High Security Zones, close army cantonments and return lands seized from the people, the Northern and the Eastern Provinces, considered the Tamil homeland, continue to be occupied zones even nine + years after the end of the war.  There are 14 Divisions station in the Northern Province:- Jaffna District: SFHQ-Jaffna- 51, 52 & 55 Divisions Vavuniya District:- SFHQ-W – 56, 61, 21, 54 & 62 Divisions Kilinochichi District: SFHQ – KLN – 57. 66 & 68 Divisons Mullaitivu District:- SFHQ – MLT –  59, 64 & 68 Divisons. The total population of the Northern Province is 1,058,762 14 Divisions of Army =  14 […]

Indian Joker and the Sri Lankan Liar.

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy By visiting neighbouring India’s capital of New Delhi with politician-son Namal Rajapaksa and his SLPP party chief and ex-ministerial colleague G. L. Peiris, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa may have sought to send out a message of sorts, back home. The message was clear: India is no more an adversary. Nor possibly was India adversarial to his return to power, as Mahinda R. in particular had averred after his historic electoral defeat in January 2015. In a way, the timing of the visit was as much crucial as it was not. ‘Crucial’ because, Sri Lanka for months now has been on election-mode. The reference is to the presidential polls that are not due before January 2020 but about which speculation is rife […]

Sri Lankan Governments must stop playing Racist card for power

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

For many years Prof. Rohan Gunaratna has been advising and informing consecutive Sri Lankan governments on counter terrorism measures and existing terrorist threats in the country. The Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University (NTU), Singapore, has been a controversial figure over the years, both lauded and criticised for his claims in the field. However, the 57 year old has been successful in weaving a web of information around him, as he sits comfortably in his position as the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in the city state. Having worked for years understanding, studying and speaking of the LTTE in Sri Lanka, Prof. Gunaratna today is concerned with another extremist group. […]

Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

GTF Press Release – Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka and a dangerous precedent the UN should not allow to be set  PRESS STATEMENT  23 September 2018, London Abandoning commitment to address wartime accountability issues will have serious consequences for Sri Lanka and a dangerous precedent the UN should not allow to be set The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed at the Sri Lankan Government’s initiatives to abandon its repeated commitments to address accountability issues related to war crimes. President Sirisena’s recent public statement that he will make a special request to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to drop war crimes charges against his troops to ‘settle’ the issue of […]

US Tamils Urge UN to Ask Visiting Sri Lankan President What He Did to the Abducted Tamil Children Who were Seen with Him in a Photo in 2010

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

US Tamils Urge UN to Ask Visiting Sri Lankan President What He Did to the Abducted Tamil Children Who were Seen with Him in a Photo in 2010 A spokesman for Tamils for Trump said that “We the U.S. Tamils wanted to know the fate of the Tamil children who were with the current Sri Lankan President Sirisena about eight years ago. Now these Tamil children are adults in their twenties and still parents are looking for them and they were listed as missing.” Mr. Sirisena was a health minister under Rajapaksa’s administration in 2010. During his health ministry, Mr. Sirisena visited an orphanage and its school in the Sinhala South. Mr. Sirisena took a photograph standing among a few orphan children in school uniform. […]

Lt. Commander Krishan Welagedara Faces Continuous Persecution Within Navy For Telling The Truth To Police About the Abduction of Tamil Youths For Ransom Racket Operated by Senior Naval Officers.

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Maneshka Borham On a small hill inside the Trincomalee Eastern Naval Command is known among local residents as ‘Gun Site’ because of a mounted weapon at its summit. A soundtrack of crashing waves, stunning views of the ocean side city of Trincomalee and the choppy blue waters of the Bay, would make ‘Gun Site’ a picturesque little hillock at the Naval Base if not for the eerie colonial era buildings that stand near the summit. The subterranean parts of the building get no sunlight and the darkness at night is only dispelled when the naval guards decide to switch on electrical lighting. These underground detention cells are believed to be the place 11 young men, allegedly abducted by Sri Lanka Navy personnel for ransom, were […]

Keeping Promises – Fooling The UN Is A Lot Tougher Than Fooling Sri Lankans

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Commitment to the People After the war and the massacres of civilians by the army, promises were made to the world, including to the Tamil people at the UNHRC. While some seem to think that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP sealed the deal by themselves, diplomatic circles are very clear that President Maithripala Sirisena was fully briefed and agreed to cosponsoring Resolution 30/1 at UNHRC. However, President Sirisena is, according reports, going to Geneva seeking to renegotiate Resolution 30/1. The expectation, says Jehan Perera, is that he will fail. The world will not brook heads of state playing games with them, promising one thing one day and asking to be excused the next. Review of […]

This is Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan Navy abducted hundreds with the blessing of Rajapaksha.

24th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake and Commander Sumith Ranasinghe, both suspects in the abduction racket case, currently out on bail, were granted promotions.  Trincomalee Eastern Naval Command underground detention cells are believed to be the place 11 young men, allegedly abducted by Sri Lanka Navy personnel for ransom, were last seen alive. Victims held at Gun Site after being brought there by various intelligence units of the Navy by his superior officer, Admiral Guruge.  First held at the naval prison known as ‘pittu bambuwa’ in Colombo Fort, the five boys abducted in September 2008 and several others taken between August-October 2008, were transferred a few months later to the Sri Lanka Navy’s ‘Gun Site’ holding cells. Welagedara told the CID he had seen at Sri Lanka Navy’s […]

Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

[On Sept 21, 2017, the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly presented its report on the new constitution to Parliament proposing the devolution of power within a unitary state. This proposal is far short of what the Tamils have asked for. The question is: will the proposals be a step towards resolving the national question, or simply be an enabler to repeat the grievances which led the country to 30 years of civil war?] Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?] – By JS Tissainayagam | 4th October 2017 through Asian Correspondent. Following is part of the presentation by Wikipedia about Mr Tissainayagam who was detained by the detained by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan Police in 2008 and […]

GTF had lost confidence in Mr. Sirisena for reneging on the assurances he had given it.

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena’s left yesterday for New York to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a move which has become the focal point of attention for Colombo-based diplomats, Tamil diaspora and even larger sections of the Government. Unlike his previous visits every year, it comes in the backdrop of moves by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The President, who thwarted the arrest on the grounds that senior military officers were being held for long periods in remand prisons without charges, declared he would make proposals in this regard to the UN. He, however, did not elaborate. Now, Admiral Wijegunaratne who returned to Sri Lanka from Mexico on Wednesday will only make a statement […]

Racism continued on Tamils from Mahinda to Maithiri.

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

* Up to 7 year’s detention without charge being filed * Up to 13 years detention without completion of trials * 46 against whom charges have been framed without their cases being concluded – with 16 of them being in detention for 10-13 years * Another 13 have not even been charged – with 6 being in detention for 5-7 years On 14th September, eight Tamil detainees in the Anuradhapura prison, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) since around 2009 commenced a fast. Their cases are yet to be concluded, with a major reason for delays being the non-attendance of officials from the Attorney General’s department who are prosecuting the cases. One of the cases has not had a hearing for about 5 […]

NO Political Solution as promised by Government, but we’re patient – Sampanthan

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan says that the government is still in a neutral position with regard to giving a political solution to the problems of the people in the north and east. He further says that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is waiting patiently, although there seems to be no political solution. He had made the above statement at a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Keinchi Suganuma at the Opposition Leader’s Office During the meeting, the Opposition Leader had said that he is willing to discuss with the government in order to get the Tamil political prisoners released. He had said that he is expecting to hold a special discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe after the Human Rights […]

It’s successive government policies and those who crave power that ruin Sri Lanka

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

The book ‘Tamil Tigress’ authored by a former woman cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam under the pen name Niromi De Soyza was published in Australia. The former child soldier is a University teacher in Australia and joined the LTTE as a girl of 17 just as it started recruiting women. The following interview first appeared in our sister paper the Mawbima. The Sinhala readers of the Tamil Tigress would love to get to know things regarding your current life. A: I live a pretty normal life. I work as an educator, as I love learning and I believe that one is never too old to keep learning. After all that I have been through, I appreciate all those who are in my […]

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Institute which regulates physicians, had declared that SAITM degrees are invalid

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

On Friday, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment, possibly leading to the sanctioning of private local degrees in general, by affirming the validity of medical degrees awarded by the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM), a local, private, medical degree awarding institution. SAITM degrees are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the regulator of the country’s tertiary education system. Nonetheless, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Institute which regulates physicians, had declared that SAITM degrees are invalid, on unfounded grounds that such degrees are of an inferior quality. This led to a SAITM graduate to challenge this directive, in Court, which upheld that the complainant’s plea was justified and ordered the SLMC to register her as a medical practitioner and […]

MP Weerawansa was suspended from sittings in parliament for two weeks

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 22.Sep.2018, 11.30PM) Two notorious rowdies Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranaweera who call themselves as Honorable members of parliament shamelessly , but best known for their worst hooliganism within parliament were suspended by the Parliament privileges committee over their disgraceful conduct in parliament on July 3 rd. These are the hoodlums who make the August assembly a bedlam . Hoodlum Weerawansa was suspended from sittings for two weeks while the other hoodlum Prasanna Ranaweera was suspended for four weeks. The resolution of the privileges committee to punish them was tabled in parliament by the leader of the house….. Hon. Speaker , in accordance with the recommendations made in the first report of the select committee on code of ethics and privileges tabled […]

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