October 2018

TNA must strengthen Govt. to serve the interests of Tamil people

19th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena’s absolute commitment to solve the major problems faced by the people in the North and the East and bring the hitherto undeveloped districts in the country to be on par with the developed districts is evident from the various steps taken by the government during the last three and a half years. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, he made a firm commitment that the government would continue to implement the UNHRC proposals that could be done within the constitutional framework. In these circumstances it is unfortunate that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson, M. A. Sumanthiran, who was considered as a moderate by the progressive political forces in the country, come up with undue criticism over the President’s UN speech and describe […]

Empowering Jaffna women ‘Thesawalami’ law lacks teeth – WB

19th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The Jaffna Peninsula’s Thesawalami law, which governs the inheritance of property along matrilineal lines, and grants women the right to own property; nonetheless has certain contradictions which prevents women from optimizing the exercise of such rights, a recent World Bank (WB) report said. Elaborating on the contradictory features of the ‘Thesawalami,’ it said that the control of property however is in the hands of a male guardian which translates to the fact that a woman cannot invest in the property which she owns, nor mortgage, lease, or sell it without the prior permission of her husband or guardian. Gender inequities in customary land laws have increased vulnerabilities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces where women have the sole or primary responsibility for income generation through […]

High Commission in London Vs Tamil activists move to involve Sri Lanka in London arrests

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

UK’s Terrorism Law Sections 11 and 13 which states that: A person commits an offence if he belongs to a prohibited group.   An offence is committed if a person wears an item of clothing or, carries and displays items that arouse suspicion that they are part of a forbidden organisation. British MPs of a pro-Tamil lobby and Tamil activists are trying to drag the Sri Lanka Government and its High Commission in London into the arrests last Monday of four Tamils demonstrating against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s presence at the Oxford Union. Tamil groups claim they were detained and released the next day following complaints by Sri Lankan officials. The British MPs, in a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid and copied to the British […]

Sinhalese dominated state is seeking to diminish the rights of Tamil’s through continued militarisation and territorial aggrandisement

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A latest report issued by an international organization reveals that the government security forces are making profits in occupied areas in the North and East with commercial ventures. Human Rights Watch (HRW), headquartered in US, through one of its latest reports alleges that the government has failed to keep the promise of returning the lands in the North and East to their original owners. HRW states that the aforementioned report, titled ‘Why Can’t We Go Home? – Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka’, has been drafted after discussions with more than one hundred people between June 2017 and August 2018, and the Tamils constitute the majority of people who have lost their lands. According to the report, even though all three major ethnic communities […]

TNA expects Prez to solve Tamil detainee issue by tomorrow

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Dinasena Rathugamage TNA and Opposition leader R Sampanthan has requested the Tamil prisoners detained under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to abandon their hunger strike, demanding their release, as President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to give them a solution. Sampanthan told The Island that President Sirisena had spoken to him and promised that he would give a solution to the problem of Tamil prisoners on Oct. 17. Sampanthan said that he had discussed the problem with the President when he met the latter in Parliament last Friday. The President had promised to take up the issue with Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale and to provide a solution on Wednesday. He said that the President had an agreement with the […]

Reginald Cooray bares myths of the North

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has focussed on developing the North on par with the rest of the country and resolving the social issues that plague the region. Recently, he visited London to meet the Sri Lankan community and convince them to invest in the region. He believes that there are a lot of opportunities for investment in the fields of solar power, wind power, fishing, salt manufacturing, milk processing, agriculture and tourism. He believes that the diaspora should be encouraged to invest in the province. Dispelling the notion that the North is plagued with violence and sword gangs, he said on the contrary, the situation in the North is far less serious than that of the South. He blamed the Tamil politicians for creating […]

Name boards in Jaffna causing confusion

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Now the Sinhala People in Colombo have complained that name boards on roads and several state departments in the Jaffna district had been wrongly translated into Sinhala and urged the authorities to rectify them immediately. After 70 years the Sinhala people are realising what the Tamils in the North were going through by the successive Sinhala Government since independence. For so many years the Tamil names were translated wrongly by Sinhala government employees and these name boards were a insult to Tamil and a  joke and complaints by Tamils were totally ignored by Colombo authorities. Last month the Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is reported to have instructed the authorities to change the names of villages and other places giving priority to Tamil with Sinhala and English hence some […]

Catholic Priests And Activists Urge Racist Cardinal To Refrain From Using His Office To Undermine Human Rights!

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A group of Catholic priests and activists have written a letter to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith urging him to refrain from using his position to bring the Catholic faith into disrepute, to mislead Catholic faithful and to undermine the human rights framework and discourses which have universal applicability, including to Sri Lanka, and which have been welcomed by successive Popes. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith “Instead, please support, encourage and lead the faithful, including the clergy, religious and laity, to become more aware of human rights and get involved in struggles for human rights, in line with the 2013 pastoral letter’s call to “collaborate with God in preserving the dignity and the rights of all,” not to say all the broader Catholic teachings related to human rights,” the letter says. […]

Aava sword supplier arrested

16th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A person who had supplied swords and daggers to the controversial Aava group was arrested by the Police Special Task Force yesterday (14). The suspect was arrested in Jaffna yesterday morning on a tip-off received by the Chunnakam Police. Police said that the suspect was in possession of a sword at the time of his arrest. The Police had also been able to detect the telephone call exchanges he has had with Aava group regarding supply of weapons. It was also noted that the suspect had been previously arrested on various charges including riotous behaviour. The suspect had been handed over to Chunnakam Police for further investigations. Subsequent investigations are to be conducted under senior DIG M.R. Latheef the Commanding Officer of the STF and […]

Armed Forces Occupy Civilian Owned Lands In North and East For Commercial Exploitation Rather Than National Security States Human Rights Watch in New Report.

16th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Armed Forces Occupy Civilian Owned Lands In North and East For Commercial Exploitation Rather Than National Security States Human Rights Watch in New Report. (Summary of Report Released by Human Rights Watch About Occupation of Civilian Owned Lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka by the Armed Services titled “Why Can’t We Go Home?”) On April 29, 2017, the Sri Lankan navy high command announced it would release 100 acres of land that security forces had been occupying in the Mullikulam area since 2007 to the original owners. For the displaced residents of this coastal village in Mannar on Sri Lanka’s northwest coast, the news came as a huge relief. More than one year later, however, as of August 2018, no land […]

Nine years since the end of the war – Reconciliation or the Political solution to the Tamils has not moved even an inch!

16th October 2018 // 0 Comments

India may regret sooner or later!  By S. V. KIRUPAharan, France  “It’s not a mistake to make a mistake, but it is a mistake to repeat the mistake.”  During the 39th session of the Human Rights Council – HRC, on 14 September 2018, I listened to the right to reply by UN member States. In the HRC, the right to reply means a verbal attack either on a State or an NGO.  On 14th September it was between India and Pakistan. During the decades of my participation in the UN Human Rights Forums, I have heard hundreds of ‘wars of words’ between states. But what I heard on 14th September 2018 is very damaging to India.  An Indian rep said the following: “…What is portrayed by Pakistan as self-determination is actually […]

British MPs Concerned About Tamil Activist’s Arrest Write To Home Secretary

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By DR ARUJUNA SIVANANTHAN Relieved for Yogalingam and his family that he was released within 24 hours of his arrest. Though it must be harrowing experience. While our community has an excellent relationship with the Metropolitan Police, it shows that the Sri Lankan mission, its operatives are willing to exploit the lack of knowledge and history of other UK police forces to harass, and file false and vexatious complaints against Tamil activists. The intervention by the APPG was both timely and informs the FCO, Home Office and Police Forces of the still malevolent intent that its foreign missions bear against Tamils. Its also tells the Sri Lankan government that we will use all levers to protect the community from its attempts to once again criminalise […]

British Police release TGTE members arrested during protest against SL PM’s visit

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sockalingam Yogalingam is a Human Rights Activists and a politician, who is a member of the Transnational Government for Tamil Eelam in the United Kingdom. Yogalingam is the Deputy Minister of Sports and Community Health.[1] [2]He also contested the seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in UK general elections in 2015, represented the National Liberal Party.[3][4][5][6] He is the Assistant Director of the Human Rights group Act Now.[7][8] He studied his advanced level at Jaffna Central College[9] before leaving the country in 1985 due to Killing of thousands of Tamils by the SL Government supported violence on Tamil minority. He  completed HND in computer diploma in the 1998-2000 in UK and started helping the Tamil refugees in UK. TGTE MP Sockalingam Yogalingam, who was arrested by the British police for demonstrating against the visit of Sri Lankan […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Says he will Topple the Present Govt by 24th October 2018.

12th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Will Namal Rajapaksa take membership of the SLPP, despite the ant-defection law that will automatically unseat him if they quit the SLFP? or follow his father of being a liar! Will Mahinda Rajapaksa take membership of the SLPP  Section of the SLPP was keen to attempt a caretaker government because they felt it was the only way they could overcome the court cases they were currently facing.  22 Million US Dollars found in an account of Hong Kong and Shanghai bank in the name of Rajapakshe. Mahinda Rajapaksa Says The Present Govt Will Be Toppled Before the Next Poya Day (Oct 24) But Party Re-un ification Bid Faces Snags. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced he will topple the government before the “next poya day,” but […]

Rajapakshe’s 22 Million US Dollars found in an account of Hong Kong and Shanghai bank

12th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Voice Against Corruption Questions Rajapakshe’s 22 Million Dollars from Hong Kong The Voice Against Corruption yesterday (11) questioned about the future actions taken by the FCID in regard to the 22 Million US Dollars found in an account of Hong Kong and Shanghai bank. Convener of the organization Mr. Wasantha Samarasinghe has held a media briefing in Colombo stating that the details related to the case had been requested under the Information Act, but has not been received so far. He reminded that the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division went to Hong Kong to obtain details of the relevant bank account in December 2016, and nearly two years have been passed since. Mr. Wasantha Samarasinghe, who emphasized that these currency were commissions retrieved by the […]

Minister Rajapakshe claims plot hatched by elements in South to trigger racial and religious tensions

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament yesterday that a well-organised plan was underway to instigate racial and religious tensions by certain unscrupulous elements publicising false reports to the effect that heritage monuments of the country were being destroyed by minorities. Making a ministerial statement, the Minister said that there were serious allegations and news reports regarding the destruction of archaeological sites in the country. “In response to these allegations I made several inquiries and found that reality was different from what is being described in media and social media,” he said. The Minister presenting the data pertaining to the destruction of archaeological sites, under the Antiquities Ordinance from January 01, 2016 to July 2018, said during that two-and-a-half […]

Subramaniyam Swamy wants formation of provincial councils and adoption of a unitary Constitution with subsidiary federal principals like in India must be followed in Sri Lanka

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

When it comes to Indo-Lankan ties, a political solution to the problem in the north and the east takes the centre-stage. Subramaniyam Suwamy feels formation of provincial councils and adoption of a unitary Constitution with subsidiary federal principals like in India must be followed in Sri Lanka. But his close associate Mahinda Rajapaksha is known for his racist political views in Sri Lanka and is known as liar who promised the western leaders in May 2009 that if he is allowed to kill the LTTE he will implement a political package to solve the Minority Tamil problem which has been existing since independence from British for 70 years. The Western leaders turned a blind eye to the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians with more than […]

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, decided to purchase a rustic hotel after drinking rum on the beach while on holiday – and have renamed it ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’ A pair of newlyweds got so drunk on their honeymoon they bought their own hotel. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, wed in June 2017 and went on a three week backpacking honeymoon to Sri Lanka in December. During their trip, the London-based couple checked into a rustic hotel on the beach and immediately hit it off with some of the staff members there. On their first night, they took to the beach with several bottles […]

A constitutional settlement relating to inter- nationality power sharing is missing – Rajapaksa too gave false promises, to mobilize Sinhala racist votes

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the return of all land in the Northern and Eastern provinces that are owned by the people of those areas, soon after his return from New York where he made the notorious speech to the UN General Assembly.  He issued these instructions during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force overlooking the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The President eagerly, has instructed the Presidential Task Force to plan out a speedy time frame and a proper structure in order to implement the project. He expected to present its progress at the next meeting.  This certainly, is in keeping with the letter and spirit of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of October 2015. When the president announced that he […]

Namal ready to obtain SLPP membership

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday said that he would take the membership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted the leadership of that party at its convention later this year. The MP said that not only him but the entire group loyal to the former President would take up membership of the SLPP Rajapaksa said so in response to The Island query whether he would take up the SLPP leadership at the party convention. The issue was raised yesterday in the wake of 41 SLFP MPs elected on the UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary election in August 2015 meeting at the residence of SLPP Chairman and former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris to charter a future course […]

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