CM Wiggy criticizes Rajitha’s statement

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday (22) said that Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne should have visited the Mullivaikkal ground on 19 May 2018, to listen to the war widows, parents, siblings and children of those who died on 18 May 2009, who would have given him the exact story of what happened on the last days of the war, where he would have learnt from them how the military studiously took charge of the surrendees publicly and later denied taking charge of them. “It is pathetic to hear all persons who were killed on or about that fateful day being referred to as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres. A genuine inquiry would bring the truth out about the […]

Features Opinion Palaka’ni Photo Features TN Transcription Web feeds Feedback About us Genocide Remembrance evolves into logical uprising embracing emotions of people

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Genocide Remembrance evolves into logical uprising embracing emotions of people [Fri, 18 May 2018, 23:09 GMT] Eezham Tamils in the island and the Tamil Diaspora marked 9th Mu’l’livaaykkaal Tamil Genocide Day with an ever-increasing emotional and logical uprising on Friday. While the people on the ground paid tribute, expressed their collective trauma, the younger generation contributed to safeguarding the collective memorialisation from the electoral politics of genocidal Sri Lanka paving the way for logical thinking taking precedence over rhetorics. Justice C. V. Wigneswaran has come with a diplomatically well-crafted speech, raising pertinent questions to the world humanity as well as to the Tamils. His message to the so-called International Community was finding ways without delay for direct engagement with Eezham Tamils cutting the Colombo red […]

Gota should appear in Court, if not guilty – Mangala

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Why is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa spending millions on lawyers to get injunction order to prevent his arrest? asked Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday. “If he is not guilty, he should appear in court,” he added. Responding to remarks made by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that the former was scared of him, Minister Samaraweera said, “Yes I am and it is not only ‘I but many in this country are. I personally know what he is capable of”. Addressing a media briefing at his Ministry yesterday, the minister read the list of cases in court the former Defence Secretary is suspected to have been involved in. He read: According to Police reports, Rajapaksa is suspected to have intervened in: The alleged facilitation of an irregular diplomatic […]

‘Extortion Business’ by Government -Tamil businessmen were victims ! -A former intelligence officer discloses …

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Expose`- Room No. 706 Holiday Inn rented exclusively for Gota , Neth FM Nihal , Gajanayake ‘extortion business’- Tamil businessmen were victims ! -A former intelligence officer discloses … (Lanka-e-News – 20.May.2018, 6.15AM)  It were Donald Perera and Probation officers of Karannagoda who  committed abductions , murders and extortions hiding behind the shadow of Gota. It is a well and widely known fact that Donald Perera was the most incapable incompetent Air Force Commander ever to hold that post in the history of the Air Force. Due  to  the  lascivious involvements  whilst driving his car Jayalath weerakody face accident at the Borella , subsequently  lost his post.    As a result of which Donald Perera could attain that position.  Donald nevertheless  holds the ignominious record in the history of the […]

Files on LTTE and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at UK Foreign Office

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger (LTTE) uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged, The Guardian newspaper reported. The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British Government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war.  The destruction of the files raises fresh concerns about the Foreign Office’s attitude towards handling historic files on sensitive subjects. An official review in 2012 found that the department had destroyed thousands of documents detailing British counter-insurgency operations in Kenya and other colonies as the empire came to an end. Under the Public Records Act 1958 Government […]

Tamil Nadu Police Kill 11 Persons Including “Revolutionary Youth Front”Leader Thamizharasan in Pre-planned Firing at Three Places On Demonstrators Protesting Against Environment Polluting “Sterling”Plant in Thoothukudi.

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavitha Muralidharan Thoothukudi: In an unprecedented turn of events, at least 11 protesters were killed on May 22 in Thoothukudi after police opened fire at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite unit in the town. The protest by the people of Thoothukudi against Sterlite, which they have claimed is polluting the town and resulted in a higher incidence of cancer, had reached its 100th day on May 22. This is the first time the Tamil Nadu government has responded to the protests. Activists allege that three rounds of firing at different places by the police were only an attempt to “dilute the protests”. “There was an even bigger protest on March 24 in Tuticorin against Sterlite. But it was peaceful,” says Henry Tiphagne, […]

British political leaders call for an International Tribunal to investigate Sri Lanka’s genocide

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

British political leaders call for an International Tribunal to investigate Sri Lanka’s genocide   At the Mullivaikal Genocide (Sri Lanka) Remembrance Day 2018 held at the Hyde Park, London on the 18th of May 2018, organised by the British Tamils Forum, several British politicians called for setting up of an international tribunal to investigate the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and imposing economic sanctions against the state. During the war that ended in May 2009, around 430,000 Tamil people had taken refuge in Sri Lankan State declared safe zones in Mullivaikkal a coastal village bordering the Bay of Bengal in the North Eastern part of the island of Sri Lanka.   Having deceived and corralled the people into a narrow slither of land by designating it […]

Labour party would back the right of the Tamil people to self determination – Jeremy Corbyn

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and big beasts of the party threw their weight behind the Tamil community saying that crimes against the Tamils is still going on in Sri Lanka. At a meeting held in the House of Commons, to commemorate a series of events connected with crimes against the Tamils, Corbyn promised to make human rights and international justice the centre piece of foreign policy in any future Labour government, that would help further the Tamil ’cause’. He stressed, the party would back the right of the Tamil people to self determination and agreed with the “Tamils for Labour” agenda, that included an international judicial mechanism to bring to justice those guilty of war crimes and other violations of international law. The much-hyped, new […]

Lord Naseby meets Sinhale Diaspora at House of Lords

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

One of the 1st events representing Sri Lankan Sinhale Diaspora at the House of Lords Last week, the UK Parliament paid tribute to the Sri Lankan Sinhale community living in the United Kingdom with the first-ever meeting pertaining to Sri Lanka, one of the most auspicious days in the British calendar last week. For the first time in history, the Sri Lankan Sinhale community event was held on 16th of May 2018 in the House, of Lords, Palace of Westminster. Mr Ranjiv Goonawardena, organised, chaired and facilitated the meeting, with the collaboration of Right Honourable Lord Naseby, on behalf of the Global Sri Lankan Forum UK (GSLF UK). Mr Goonawardena, in his warm introductory speech, expressed gratitude to the Right Honourable Lord Naseby who hosted […]

Remembering, Nine Years On

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

May 18, 2009 is a day that showcases division. To some, it is a day of mourning. To others, cause for celebration. Families in the North and East who commemorate their family members killed during the final stages of the war on May 18 call this day “Remembrance Day”. Conversely, May 19 is known as “Ranaviru Day” and is meant to remember soldiers whose lives were lost during the war. This year’s Ranaviru Day will be held at Parliament Grounds, and attended by Government representatives. In contrast, the Remembrance Day events have been repeatedly blocked in the past – including as recently as last year, with the police citing national security concerns. One year after the end of the war, Groundviews ran a critically acclaimed acclaimed special edition reflecting on whether the absence of […]

550 held during Eelam War memorial event in Chennai

21st May 2018 // 0 Comments

The participants were holding placards through which they highlighted their demands such as international enquiry into the genocide. By Express News Service CHENNAI: About 550 members of various Tamil outfits including the May 17 Movement, MDMK, Tamilaga Makkal Jananayaka Katchi (TMJK), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and others were arrested on the Marina on Sunday when they defied the ban order and went ahead to stage a candlelight vigil for victims of the last phase of the Eelam War. With an intention of paying homage to the Sri Lankan Tamils killed during the last phase of Eelam War in the island nation in 2009, about 550 members of the Tamil outfits gathered on the Bharathi Salai near the Marina Beach on Sunday evening. They marched […]

Sri Lankan Immigrant Stabbed To Death In South London

21st May 2018 // 0 Comments

South London stabbing victim named – BBC www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44194060 10 hours ago – A man stabbed to death in south London has been named. … The Sri Lankan national, of no fixed address, was found with multiple stab wounds at 03:29 BST. Sunday Times – Sri Lankan man stabbed to death in UK www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1043506/sri-lankan-man-stabbed-to-death-in-uk 17 hours ago – A Sri Lanka man was stabbed to death on a street in south-west London on … Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, was found suffering from stab wounds in Mitcham in the … SL immigrant stabbed to death in UK – Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka Latest … www.dailymirror.lk/150181/SL-immigrant-stabbed-to-death-in-UK 18 hours ago – SL immigrant stabbed to death in UK, A man stabbed to death in south London was identified as a Sri Lankan immigrant who moved to the UK in search of a … London news: Man stabbed to death in Islington as wave of violence … https://www.express.co.uk › News › UK […]

Failed promises by President and PM – Justice delayed is Justice denied.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Mutual respect, the key to equality My friend scorned me, “The ‘horun hoyana’ new court is for the consumption of the Sinhala masses that may be moving to the Mahinda Chinthana fold. We should question why there is no ‘maruwan hoyana’ special judicial process for Tamil victims of war, waiting for nine years. This was promised in 2015. I think this week which marks the ninth year is the best to bring that up. Although the government set up the OMP that started work last weekend, the findings will not be made public and no legal action will be taken against perpetrators. Victims have no faith in the OMP. They made it very clear at the first meeting in Mannar. Please have a look at […]

DIFFERENT RULES FOR TAMILS AND SINHALESE – That is the spirit of non-reconciliation that prevails in Sri Lanka

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Where is the timbre of reconciliation? This is the Day of Peace – when the LTTE was finally defeated, at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaithivu District. The path of peace is that, or should be that, of reconciliation. It is a word we have heard so often, especially in the past three years. President Maithripala Sirisena, who says he will not retire in 2020, when his term as President ends, has stated that reconciliation remains to be achieved. But the President’s Office obviously has more important things than reconciliation today, such as the speedy appointment of that Anuruddha Polgampola as the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation. He was sent to Remand Prison – the second Timber Corporation chairman there. He has been bailed out. There […]

Question Number Two To Gota: Who Delivered Bolt Gun That Killed Lasantha To Colombo?

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Viyathmaga effort of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to position himself as the next candidate to run for Presidency in 2020 needs serious address. Last week we sprung question number one to him. No reply. We ask question number two from him. Question Number two: If you say it was Sarath Fonseka who was responsible for the assault, abduction and torture of Keith Noyahr and the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, why did you not say so when you and your brother were in power and why did you not charge him (Fonseka) for such criminal acts? The Viyathmaga entourage standing proudly behind it must consciously place their hands on their hearts and ask this question from him. Serious.  Do these acolytes know the meaning of AHIMSA? Does Gota know the meaning? Lasantha named his daughter AHIMSA at birth. He was killed violently. A […]

Call to Lankan Tamils to observe May 18 every year as “ Tamil Genocide Day”

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan Tamils should observe May 18 every year as “Tamil Genocide Day”, said the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Friday. He was speaking on the fourth annual remembrance day at Mullivaikkal, the scene of killings in the last stages of the war against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. In his emotionally charged and hard hitting oration, Wigneswaran called upon the International Community to directly intervene to secure justice for the Tamils and restore their “sovereignty”. He endorsed the suggestion of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that ‘Universal Jurisdiction” should be extended to Sri Lanka to force Colombo to carry out its promises to the international community. Thousands Flock to Non-Partisan Event Thousands of Tamils from all parts […]

Moderate Tamil leaders missing as CM Wiggy declares annual ‘Tamil Genocide Day’!

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Another year has passed since the Sri Lankan Government declaring the end of armed conflict between the government forces and the LTTE, a military organization, which by May 2009 had been categorized as one of the most ruthless terrorist entities in the world. Many countries including the USA, UK, Canada and the European Union had banned the organization by calling it a terrorist group. India was the first country to do so in 1992, six years before Sri Lanka proscribed it in 1998. Ever since the military defeat of the LTTE, North and South were divided on who has the right to commemorate the dead. While it was banned to hold commemorative events in the North by displaying Tiger Flag of the LTTE or the […]

Reconciliation should have started nine years ago when the war ended in the battlefield. It did not, and we still see a divided country.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Come May and Sri Lanka is once again divided on the commemoration of the war memories. While the South celebrates, the North remembers those who lost their lives unable to flee the final phase of the war. There also are the families of the cadres who mourn for their children. Children were lost from both sides. The emotions are the same for all, regardless of race, religion, and geographical location. These emotions should be respected and given the space that they deserve. It is high time that we stop looking at the differences, especially when it comes to how each community sees the end of the war. We as a country have lagged behind when countries that were on par with us decades ago have […]

“Victims of enforced disappearances” at the hands of the State.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The first public consultation by the Members of the “Office on Missing Persons” was held in Mannar a week ago, 01 year and 09 months after the law was passed in Parliament. The mood of the participants, the affected mothers, fathers, family members and civil society representatives weren’t in line with the placards that read “Welcome OMP” in Tamil, held outside, for the media. Though there wasn’t much hype over the event, especially in Sinhala mainstream media, the coverage nevertheless said, there was scepticism, frustration, disagreements on powers of the OMP and much grumbling about how far the OMP would actually go with its investigations. There was one simple demand though from the participants. A demand for a fundamental difference in how the OMP would […]

A Brutal Conflict Ended, But Questions Remain

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist insurgency, who was for so long considered invincible. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president at that time, kissing the ground in gratitude for the end of a 27-year-long war that resulted in hundreds of thousands killed, injured, or displaced. On May 19, 2009, there was general elation in Sri Lanka that the fighting was over. The government’s victory, however, had come at the cost of serious violations of the laws of war by both sides. During the conflict the LTTE committed sectarian massacres, political assassinations and suicide bombings, widely deployed child soldiers, and executed detainees. The Sri Lankan military committed countless arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial […]

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