The TNA Has Failed In Its Duty To The Tamils

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By V. Anandasangaree – V. Anandasangaree The time has now come for the Tamils of Sri Lanka including those living abroad to wake up from their deep slumber to safeguard their rights and privileges that are eroding fast, due to mishandling and wrong approach of those who had undertaken to do so. It has lasted several years now with hardly any progress made. The curse of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka is that we have too many leaders who champion the cause of the Tamils but have no courage to check their members, making damaging statements detrimental to the Tamil cause. The number of such leaders keep on increasing, under the pretext of giving better leadership than those who are already in the field […]

No need for federal system- TNA

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance says it is ready to abandon the proposal on the formation of a federal system when formulating a new Constitution. Speaking to the BBC World Service, Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said, the TNA is ready to provide the necessary support for a meaningful distribution of power which can be accepted by all, without focusing on a federal system. The MP said the public has misunderstood the meaning of distributing power through the federal system. MP Sumanthiran said the distribution of power through the federal system, was initially introduced by SWRD Bandaranayake. Accordingly the TNA believes the Sinhala community will approve a meaningful distribution of power. The MP stressed the importance of approving a new Constitution through a people’s mandate. MP Sumanthiran said […]

Britain to sponsor resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its upcoming session in Geneva. The decision was communicated to the Council at the organisational meeting for the 34th session of the UNHRC held in Geneva yesterday.  The resolution will look to give Sri Lanka time to address the accountability issue on the war. Ahead of the resolution being tabled, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will address the UNHRC during 34th session. Samaraweera is to brief the council on the latest developments in Sri Lanka during the high level segment of the session on Tuesday February 28. The 34th session of the UNHRC takes place in Geneva from 27th February to 24th March. During the session an interactive dialogue […]

Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samaraweera is a Scammer

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samaraweera is a Scammer. The UNHRC and High Commissioner Hussein Should Not Trust Him. “The world is watching the credibility of the UNHRC. If the UNHRC fails to give justice, everyone in the grieved world, search for justice by taking arms” NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 14, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Current Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera plays the role of the good cop with a big smile who travels everywhere throughout the world. His intention is to dismiss Sri Lanka from the international war crimes that were committed in May 2009 by the Sri Lankan Sinhalese army in the “No Fire Zone” that resulted in the death of over 145,000 innocent Tamils. Mr. Samaraweera also served as foreign minister […]

US helped destroy LTTE and kill Tamil civilians

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Ex-Sri Lankan navy chief Colombage narrates how the US helped destroy LTTE floating armories COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan navy chief Adm. Jayanath Colombage has, in his recently published book Asymmetric Warfare At Sea: The Case of Sri Lanka, described how the United States helped the Sri Lankan navy destroy the LTTE’s “floating armories” by supplying vital satellite images of the location of these ship-borne warehouses. The destruction of the floating armories helped the Sri Lankan navy win Eelam War IV in the sea, which in turn helped the Sri Lankan army win the war on land and the Air Force take on ground targets without fear of being shot down. Based on his doctoral dissertation submitted to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University here, the book helps debunk the general […]

Targeting The TNA, Testing The Nation?

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Sumanthiran has also emerged as the moderate voice of post-war Tamil polity and society Rehabilitated cadres may have been trained and are skilled in trades, but did not have a job or any other source of income Definitely LTTE re-grouping of the terrorist-kind was/is a real possibility The TNA walked the extra-distance to make the new Constitution happen, first by backing the candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena M. A. Sumanthiran, Mangala Samaraweera, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka Going beyond or, ahead of what the religious-right Jathika Hela Uramaya (JHU) may have to say on the subject, the reported arrest of four ex-LTTErs for allegedly conspiring to target Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran, needs to be squarely condemned. If it’s […]

CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Judges are notoriously scared and take political decisions, or are corrupt and at times communal Killers need to be punished and not celebrated as heroes Douglas Devananda and EPDP MP Chandrakumar, admitted to the massacres of and use of cluster bombs on civilians during the last phase of the war in Mullivaikal In communalist eyes, the murdering soldiers are heroes. The murdered civilians are nobodies It is reported that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes probe and that the need is for a new constitution. It is a major flip-flop for someone who publicly cried at the Justice K. Palakidnar Memorial Oration on 24.07.2011 over her son’s and daughter’s comments […]

Army refused to ‘burn down’ northern Jaffna.

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’ by N. Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that based merely on speculative assessments that India’s ‘Operation Garland’ of air-dropping food and medicines to the civilian population, bilateral relations had been allowed to flounder It needs to be recalled that only a day before ‘Operation Garland’, India had sent in civilian boats filled with food and medicines, for the civilian population of Jaffna peninsula Contemporary military history of India clearly shows as to how prepared or unprepared was the nation’s military for the IPKF operations J. R. Jayewardene The routinely declassified documents of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), dating back to the Eighties, have shown that it was the Sri Lankan armed forces, and […]

Lobbying Begins Ahead Of UNHRC 34

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri Lanka to get UNHRC backing. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is to address the UNHRC during the 34th session An interactive dialogue will be held on Sri Lanka on March 22 during the 34th session. by Easwaran Rutnam Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein Attempts to lobby support against Sri Lanka ahead of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is underway, though the attempt is very likely to prove futile. Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri Lanka to get UNHRC backing for more time to show progress on the accountability issue related to the war. S. V. Kirubaharan, General Secretary of the Tamil Centre for Human Rights told The Sunday Leader that some […]

Sri Lankan war survivors urge U.N. to push for speedy justice for abuses

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Government has failed to prosecute alleged war crimes such as torture, unlawful killings and enforced disappearances By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Families whose loved ones disappeared during Sri Lanka’s civil war have called on the United Nations to pressure the government to speed up a war crimes probe after a senior minister said it would take more time to investigate alleged abuses. Almost eight years have passed since the civil war pitting government forces against separatist Tamil rebels ended, but the government has failed to prosecute alleged war crimes such as torture, unlawful killings and enforced disappearances. More than 100,000 are estimated to have died some 65,000 went missing during the 26-year conflict, which ended in May 2009 with the […]

Sri Lanka War Crimes Probe: UN Urged Not To Give Additional Time

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) passed a Resolution in its Sixth Parliamentary sitting in Paris, France, thanking the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for monitoring Sri Lanka’s International Crimes and Human Rights abuses, strongly urging the UNHRC not to give any extension of time beyond the March 2017 deadline to the Sri Lankan Government for it to fulfill its commitment to the unanimously adopted UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, which was voluntarily co-sponsored by Sri Lanka itself on “promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran – PM – TGTE The TGTE Resolution while encouraging the UNHRC to remain seized with accountability and transitional justice in Sri Lanka, requests it to refer the matter to the UN General Assembly […]

Nigerian arrested for cheating SL woman on Fb

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

A Nigerian National, who had befriended a married woman in Sri Lanka over facebook and later lured her into giving him Rs 4.3 million, was apprehended in Malabe. Sources revealed that the woman, who was from Badulla, had been seduced by the suspect over facebook. He had allegedly promised to give her valuable presents after showing her photos of gold jewellery and other valuables and had won her heart. The suspect had then informed the gullible woman that in order to release the parcels containing these valuables, a customs duty amounting to Rs4,360, 000 needed to be deposited to three accounts. The woman had readily agreed and deposited the money. The suspect identified as Benson David (22) is a student at a reputed private institute […]

Aussie Lankans reject Opposition call

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

The attempt by several opposition politicians to hold protests in the cities of Melbourne and Canberra, with the participation of Sri Lankans domiciled in Australia, against Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,…… during his visit to that country, has fizzled out. Sri Lankans, living in Australia, have severely condemned and rejected the request made by the opposition politicians to participate in the protests. The Sri Lankan residents in Australia have said that by holding protests against the Prime Minister of their own country, it would be they who would be disgraced and they were not prepared to look up and spit. Meanwhile, it is reported that this plan, by opposition politicians, has been relayed to the Prime Minister by some Sri Lankans living in Australia. […]

Wigneswaran admits ‘unfortunate incidents’ of the past broke Tamil-Muslim unity

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, has admitted that “some unfortunate incidents” of the past had inflicted wounds on the Muslims which are yet to heal. He said this while addressing the Ezhuga Tamil (Arise Tamil) rally at Batticaloa in the Eastern Province on Friday. Batticaloa town and district have a substantial Muslim population. It was in a mosque in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district on August 3, 1990, that the LTTE massacred 143 Muslims while they were bent in prayer. Later in October that year, the LTTE expelled 75,000 to 90,000 Muslims from the Northern Province with jut 24-hour notice. These two incidents totally alienated the Tamil-speaking Muslims from the Tamils, weakening the latter’s movement to secure political rights of the […]

Sri Lanka Beware: Trump’s agri-marriage made in hell

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

The United States’ new President Donald Trump a former reality television star, appears to be getting a reality check on constitutional issues. On Thursday night a three-member US Circuit Court ruled unanimously to uphold the suspension of a travel ban imposed by Mr. Trump on visits to the US by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. During the Circuit Court hearings one of the judges quoted a famous or infamous tweet by Mr. Trump during the election campaign vowing he would ban immigrants from all Muslim countries. The Circuit Court ruled that such religious discrimination was a violation of the hallowed US Constitution which was based on the principle of unity in diversity. Legal experts say the bluster and bluff of campaign rhetoric is now running […]

Two foreigners held in bludgeoning death of Sri Lankan man in Kedah

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

SUNGAI PETANI: Police have detained two foreigners to facilitate investigations into the death of their Sri Lankan friend at an estate off Jalan Sidam Kiri near here on Thursday. The Sri Lankan and Indian nationals, aged 27 and 30, are being investigated for murder. Initial police investigations revealed that the body of the 49-year-old victim, believed to have been bludgeoned with a stone, was found in Padang Buluh Estate at about 10.20pm. In a press statement here yesterday, Kuala Muda police chief ACP Md Zukir Md Isa said police believe there was an argument between the victim and the two alleged assailants, a day before the body was found. He said that at about 9pm on Thursday, the victim was contacted by his wife in […]

North Sri Lankan CM Wigneswaran boycotts Independence Day function

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, boycotted the 69 th. Sri Lankan Independence Day function here on Saturday, and instead attended protest meetings held at Keppapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district. The Governor of the Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, hoisted the national flag, but the Chief Minister chose not to be present. A small section of radical Tamil nationalists led by Northern Provincial Council members M.K.Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan, observed the day as a “Black Day” for the Tamils. Wearing black bands and scarves and covering their mouths with black cloth, they held a demonstration in front of the District Secretariat putting forth five demands. Chief Minister Wigneswaran drove to Keppapilavu to join the protest against the military’s refusal to […]

Tamil protests in North strengthen on February 04 Black Day

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 February 2017, 18:36 GMT] The occupying Colombo was staging a parade for the first time in front of Jaffna District Secretariat to mark the so-called independence day of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna this year. NPC Councillors M.K. Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan organised a protest with the participation of fellow struggle-centric NPC councillors, civic members and families of enforced-disappeared after 18 May 2009. The SL Police came with a stay order from Jaffna Magistrate S. Satheestharan, who had written in Tamil that the stay order was about a protest disturbing the public on A9 Road. However, the protest went ahead as planned, 300 meters away from the District Secretariat. The Tamil public in North and East refused to celebrate the so-called Independence […]

President Sirisena Condemns “Opportunistic Forces” Campaigning Against Reconciliation as “Enemies of the Country”.

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dubbed those “opportunistic forces” which are campaigning against the on-going ethnic and religious reconciliation process as enemies of the country. “The government’s endeavor for reconciliation and communal harmony has been praised locally as well as internationally. The opportunistic forces that are against the on-going reconciliation process are against the country,” the President said in his address to the nation at the 69 th.Independence Day military parade here on Saturday. “We are a nation that deserves to live a prosperous life in a country where peace and justice and equality prevail,” he added. “There is a new meaning in today’s freedom as we are talking about a freedom that blows freely across the skies. This is an era […]

CV Wigneswaran Boycotts Independence Day Event In Jaffna Town and Participates in Protest Meetings in Mullaitheevu District

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, boycotted the 69 th. Sri Lankan Independence Day function here on Saturday, and instead attended protest meetings held at Keppapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district. The Governor of the Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, hoisted the national flag, but the Chief Minister chose not to be present. A small section of radical Tamil nationalists led by Northern Provincial Council members M.K.Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan, observed the day as a “Black Day” for the Tamils. Wearing black bands and scarves and covering their mouths with black cloth, they held a demonstration in front of the District Secretariat putting forth five demands. Chief Minister Wigneswaran drove to Keppapilavu to join the protest against the military’s refusal […]

1 2 3 4 5 333