12th September 2018

Mass Graves, Disappearances, OMP, PTA – Justice for Tamil Victims?

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By Kumarathasan Rasingam The culture of impunity to the security forces under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] and their licence to kill, especially the Tamils, caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless in powers and the clauses in this Act seem to be protecting the criminals and denying justice to the victims. The victims have no confidence in this Office and are reluctant to give evidence due to this flaw. It is strongly suspected that the Government and the Security forces are afraid of releasing the lands occupied by them and to release the […]

Powers appeasing SL State risk future instability in the island: Gajendrakumar

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 22:12 GMT] The Tamil people value the sacrifices made by their liberation movement with the highest respect. However, the SL State and its military show relentless intolerance against every attempt by the Tamils in the North-East to honour the sites of their destroyed monuments. The attitude is counter-productive, not only to the SL State but also to the global actors, who continue to appease the SL government, which refuses to reform itself, alluded Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the leader of Tamil National Peoples’ Front, in a recent interview to TamilNet. His comments come after witnessing the hostile acts of the SL military and the SL CID during the annual festival of Nalloor temple in Jaffna this month against the move to preserve the […]

CID wants to question Gota and Fonseka again

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By Kavindya Perera The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (10), informed Additional Magistrate Mount Lavinia (MTL), Lochana Abeywickrema that they will need to once again record statements from former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Army Commander Field Marshal and Minister Sarath Fonseka in connection with the journalist Keith Noyahr, abduction and assault case. The CID informed the Court that they will need to record the statements from Rajapaksa and Fonseka in relation to statements obtained from the eighth suspect in the case,former Army Intelligence Director Major General Amal Karunasekera, as per Court orders. The Magistrate also ordered the remanded eighth suspect in the case, Karunasekera to be released on bail in three sureties of Rs 100,000 each. The Magistrate also ordered the suspect’s passport […]

Six who masterminded the killing of thousands of Tamils in 2009 to work for Mahinda

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Release of Rajiv Gandhi convicts: We would’ve had different line, says Mahinda Rajapaksa The former Sri Lankan President says he is ready to put past ‘misunderstandings’ with India behind him, and could lead his party in the 2019 elections   The decision on whether to release those convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE is an “internal matter” for India to decide, said former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, he indicated that he might have taken a “different line” from the Tamil Nadu government’s resolution that recommended their release to the Governor.   “I have no view on this. It is up to the government; it is an internal matter for India,” said Mr. Rajapaksa in an interview […]

How can such a Racist police force offer Tamils protection?

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A father, mother and two of their three children were mercilessly attacked by police who went to inquire about a Muslim man’s land lease and the dispute arising with a Tamil man named Vasanthakumar over that. The two children, Vasanthakumar Kirubaharan aged 16 years and Vasanthakumar Kiriya aged 13 years have been admitted to the Mankulam hospital this evening (9 Sept.). The mother, Vasanthakumar Sharmila, stated that “the land in Kanakarayankulam where the Dhas hotel stands belongs to us. And of the two acres we gave only an acre on lease for two years in 2010 to a Muslim man. The lease has been renewed again and came to an end in August 2017. Even though we have given in writing for lessee to leave […]