Tamil cricketers seek asylum in Australia

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11 June 2014 Last updated at 00:34 BST Padded up and steeled for action in a suburban league in Sydney, Ocean 12 are a sporting team like no other. The team is made up of Tamil asylum seekers, released from immigration detention on temporary visas and competing for a place in the finals of a global cricket competition. But ultimate victory lies beyond the game of cricket, and in the hands of the immigration authorities who will decide if they can stay permanently and build a new life in Australia. Phil Mercer reports. Read more Australia asylum seekers find refuge in cricket

Video: Voices Against Sri Lankan Rape – Last Night At Canadian High Commissioner’s Residence

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A number of human rights activist have joined together at an event at the Canadian High Commissioner’s Landon residence last night to give their voices to Sri Lankan rape victims. The event was organised by the The International Truth and Justice Project. This is a project led by the human rights activist and former UN expert panel member on Sri Lanka Yasmin Sooka. They are the authors of the report “Stop Torture“ which documents the case that sexual violence continues to be used systematically in Sri Lanka as a tool of oppression. It documented the cases of 40 Tamil men and women who had been raped by Sri Lankan security forces between 2010 and 2014. Watch the videos; Jenni Murray – Opening https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/video-voices-against-sri-lankan-rape-last-night-at-canadian-high-commissioners-residence/

Sri Lankan student wins award

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The Saudi Arabian Toastmasters Annual Conference (SATAC) 2014 was held in Riyadh recently. The event also featured the Gaveliers’ International Speech Contest in which Adnan Niyas, a 10th grader at Jeddah’s Sri Lankan International School bagged the first prize. “The main objective of including a Gaveliers’ competition at SATAC 2014 was to enhance and promote the public speaking talents of youngsters for school gavel clubs,” said Mohan Kumar, a toastmaster and a member of SATAC.  “It was a fantastic presentation,” said Kumar, commenting on Adnan’s achievement. “Starting from club level, he managed to pass through division level and successfully reached district level-which is the final stage in the Kingdom and I congratulate him on his success.” “SATAC 2014 has been nothing short of an opportune […]

Military presence in Sri Lanka’s north is worrisome: Wigneswaran

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The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council tells The Hindu that he has not been able to do much even after six months after the historic elections More than six months after the historic elections to Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council, its first Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran says he has not been able to do much, for his hands are tied. From a reluctant entrant to Sri Lankan politics to Chief Minister who won a massive mandate in the elections, it has been quite a journey for the former judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. Reflecting on developments post elections, he says heavy militarisation across the province has made even basic administration a daunting task in the region that continues to […]

. There is a price still on the heads of human rights activists Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan.

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With less than a month before the UN investigation is officially launched, the Government is still grappling with how to respond to one of its most existential crises After months of stony silence on the subject, President Mahinda Rajapaksa finally addressed the question of a controversial UN investigation his Government will be facing during a function in Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa on Tuesday. And he passed the buck. It will be Parliament that will be the final decider on Sri Lanka’s cooperation with the UN investigators, President Rajapaksa said, since it was in the Legislature that the people’s will resided. “They want to come here and investigate things. They want to dig this and dig that. They want to go everywhere. To find out if we have […]

Sri Lanka says humanitarian crises can be overcome with political commitment

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The hatred has been growing since 1948, the longer Sri Lankan Government ignore the real issues; but play the race and religion cards to win elections the harder to solve the country’s problem. We don’t see any political commitment forthcoming instead we see looming large another ethnical conflict that could even disastrous than LTTE. President Rajapaksa regime should implement the 13th amendment ASAP. If that doesn’t work, let the Tamils go in their own separate way as Malaysia did to Singapore in 1965. I rather see Tamils and Sinhalese moving forward as Malaysians and Singaporeans; instead of fighting and destroying each others. Sri Lanka says humanitarian crises can be overcome with political commitment  By Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva  June 13, 2014 […]

“Beyond 13” cordially invites the IPKF to Sri Lanka

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By S. V. Kirubaharan, Paris First of all let me congratulate India’s 16th Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram for their parties’ landslide victories in last month’s election. This has given a strong mandate for many matters, including India’s commitment to the Indo- Lanka accord.  I wrote an “Open Letter to Indian Decision Makers in January 2013”. Whoever would like to read this article can find it through Google search. In this letter I clearly mentioned that, “I am one of thousands who, whatever their personal circumstances, believe, that only India can save the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. Also India has a legal obligation”.  As I mentioned in a few recent articles, both parties (Indian Congress and the […]

The Ease Of Negotiating With Sympathy

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By Rajiva Wijesinha –  Prof Laksiri Fernando, in responding to my account of discussions about a Senate, has reminded me about publishing the proposals, as I had mentioned, and I will send them in as soon as I am back in Colombo. However, while I do not recall promising to publish my correspondence with Mr Sumanthiran – which is not in fact of any great significance – perhaps it would be useful, given current controversies, to publish the draft he and I prepared about land matters. What we realized, which is why I proposed that we look at the matter quietly, was that the issue was causing much controversy based on dogma. TheTNA insisted that the 13th Amendment conferred land powers on the Provincial Councils, the government relied on the Constitutional provision that land grants […]

Government missed the chances to strike a deal with the moderate Tamil nationalists by implementing the 13th amendment.

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International Inquiry: Putting The Cartwright Before The Horse By Dayan Jayatilleka – In her farewell address to the UNHRC, Madam Navi Pillay drew attention to the need for healing the wounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which she rightly noted, had yet to be done. To this intent and purpose she commended cooperation by the Government of Sri Lanka with the comprehensive international inquiry that her office has undertaken. What is bitterly ironic is that the healing of wounds cannot take place by means of a lacerating external inquiry or even an overly extensive and premature internal one. The international inquiry will do just the opposite of assisting any process of healing. It will generate resentment and hatred among the overwhelming majority of the people of Sri Lanka. The appointment of […]

Sri Lanka takes on Beyani’s report

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The Government has raised objections to some comments made by Dr. Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during his visit to Sri Lanka last year. A Government report noted that no person who met Dr. Beyani, during his visit to Sri Lanka were threatened or intimidated at any point, and there have been no reports or complaints to that effect. In a report to the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Sri Lankan Government said that the Special Rapporteur had even acknowledged that IDPs had shared their experiences with him during his visit even in the presence of security and other officials. “Hence the comment contained in the Report that the Special […]

Government Braces For Pillay’s Parting Shot

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Pillay to seek cooperation By Easwaran Rutnam The month of June is set to be a crucial time for the Government as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launches the much anticipated investigation into the war in Sri Lanka. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is expected to refer to the investigations when she makes her opening speech at the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. The focus will be on the composition of the Commission with several names already being mooted including that of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has begun holding public meetings to gather support for the international investigation and one […]

Suspected War Criminal Appointed To Eastern Provincial Council

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K. Pushpakumar alias Iniyapaarathi took oath in front of Governor, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama as a new Member of Eastern Provincial Council on June 11, 2014 at the Governor’s Secretariat in Trincomalee. He is a man who has been accused of war crimes by the United Nations for forced arms training to children. And also accused by the public for playing a key role in the abductions and disappearances of several people in Poththuvil, Akkaraippattu, Thirukkovil and Vinaayakapuram in the Ampara district of the Eastern Province.  Iniyapaarathi is a lead operative of the paramilitary group led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias Karuna who currently holds a Ministerial post in the Rajapaksa government. He is also the Ampara District Coordinator for President Rajapaksa. Related posts; Exclusive: Photographic Evidence Of SL Government […]

“Student – People standing” called by the IUSF fails to take up the repression of minorities at all

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UNP leader Ranil is campaigning against intervention of the IMF in Lanka to cut down social warfare including in education , health , pensions, provident fund etc. In addition he defends 13th amendment and insists LLRC recommendations should be implemented. In this scenario any left oriented mass movement has to stand more consistently and clearly for this anti- global capitalist and democratic position. Unfortunately the “Student – People standing” called by the IUSF fails to take up the repression of minorities at all. No one called to the stage to represent the democratic struggle on minority issues. Those TU leaders participating in the movement should raise this issue immediately with the IUSF www.nssp.info tp 0777875758 contributions: NAVA SAMA SAMAJA PARTY, 17BARRACKS LANE, COLOMBO 2A/C NO: 8004893301, […]

SRI LANKA: What is the future of a country with zero respect for law enforcement?

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FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ART-044-2014 June 11, 2014 An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission SRI LANKA: What is the future of a country with zero respect for law enforcement? by Basil Fernando The major problem affecting all Sri Lankans now, and which is likely to affect future generations, is the complete failure of law enforcement and resulting lawlessness. While virtually everyone is aware of this problem, it is not subject to conversation. For the few who are vocal on matters of public interest, the sole concern seems to be regime change. This is, of course, something any reasonable person would agree with. However, the survival of the regime itself rests on the breakdown of law enforcement in every area of life and on the regime’s […]

Can Prince Zeid be labelled a Tiger?

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Jordan on a special official tour early this year. He was not seeking the support of Jordan to vote in favour of Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), where a resolution was passed against Sri Lanka in March as Jordan was not among the voting States of the UNHRC this year. However, now we have an inkling about the President’s sudden tour. It is revealed that the reason may be the President wanted to meet Prince Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, who is to replace Navanethem Pillay as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, after the latter’s retirement. President Rajapaksa was using his Medamulana diplomacy to build up a connection with Al-Hussein through his Jordan tour. In 2012, […]

Sexual violence against Tamils ‘systematic’, ‘part of policy framework’ – Yasmin Sooka

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Yasmin Sooka, co-author of the UN Panel of Experts report into mass atrocities in Sri Lanka and the ‘An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka 2009—2014‘report, called on Tuesday for international action to stop ongoing sexual violence by the security security forces against Tamils, which she stressed was “not random” but “systematic”. In an interview with the Tamil Guardian during the global summit on ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ taking place in London this week, Ms Sooka stressed that five years after the war, sexual violence “is still happening in Sri Lanka and we have to draw attention to it so we can put a stop to it”. “I was shocked by the witness statements and the testimonies, because the kind of things that were done, were so depraved,” […]

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported

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Pledge follows allegations UK is sending back Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been abused by security forces. William Hague has said the government will investigate claims that Tamil asylum seekers are being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka despite evidence they have been subjected to rape and sexual abuse by the country’s security forces. Link to video: Angelina Jolie: prosecutions can prevent future sexual violence in conflict Refugees, their lawyers and advocacy groups made the allegations on Tuesday on the opening day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by the UK, which has faced accusations of hypocrisy over the issue. Lawyers even reported an acceleration of deportations of Tamils in recent weeks, which they believed has been triggered […]

Wings of Security forces in secret camps for torture and sexual violence on Tamil Girls – Time To Act on Sri Lanka

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Why has the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict forgotten the Sri Lankan survivors?  But regrettably, Foreign Secretary Hague has forgotten about the courageous survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. Yet Sri Lanka, where rape has been used as a weapon of war for many years of brutal civil conflict, is not being examined. Refugees are being deported from the UK back to Sri Lanka to face further torture or even death. Horrific crimes are being committed with total impunity by police and armed forces. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict begins today, June 10-13, 2014, on the banks of the Thames here in London. The Summit is organized by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for […]

PSC, an utter waste of time; stop fooling the Tamils and implement 13A

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Will respond only to govt.’s written solution to ethnic issue -Kiriella by Zacki Jabbar Following President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent assurance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was willing to implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution with the exception of police powers, the UNP yesterday urged the government to match words with action without wasting more time on yet another Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) process. UNP Lakshman Kiriella MP told The Island: “We have lost count of the number of All Party Conferences and PSCs established to discuss the ethnic issue which led to a three-decade-long war. It has been debated for decades and the answers have been staring us in the face. It’s the time for implementation and not further endless talks which […]

Jaffna Press Club Condemns Govt. Suppression; Three Tamil Journos Fled The Country In Last Two Months

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The Jaffna Press Club strongly condemns attempts by the State to prevent the knowledge -based development workshops for Tamil speaking journalists tarnishing them with a racist brush in circumstances where the threats against journalists and media organisations from the North of Sri Lanka are already at a very high level. An investigative journalism training workshop organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) for journalists from the North-East was once again disrupted by state assisted goons. The workshop was disrupted by a group of more than hundred persons who carried out a protest against it.  On the 22nd of May, 2014, the same workshop organised by TISL at Girithale, in Polonnaruwa, for journalists of the North-East was suspended after the direct intervention of the security forces.  […]

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