Sri Lankan Sinhala war anniversary celebration of killing more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009 reopens trauma

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mullivaikkal – Sri Lanka’s government plans military parades this weekend to celebrate five years since its civil war victory. But the anniversary will go largely unmarked in Mullivaikkal village, where many are too scared to speak of what happened.The northern village was where Tamil Tiger rebels fought their last stand after 37 years of war, and residents live in fear of the hundreds of soldiers still stationed in the district.“This is the area where the most number of people were killed,” said fisherman Anthony Nirmalakanthan, aged 31, who returned two years ago to the hamlet on a narrow strip of sand which was shelled in 2009 as government forces moved in.“The war has ended, but we don’t have peace of mind… the talk of the […]

Election Results 2014: Jayalalithaa Has a Whopping 37 of 39 Seats That Narendra Modi Does Not Need

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: Tamil Nadu has been an absolute walk-over for Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister.  Leads show her party, the AIADMK, will get 36 of the state’s 39 parliamentary seats, giving her the biggest chunk of the Lok Sabha after the BJP and the Congress.Jayalalithaa had said yesterday that she “will wait for the results” to decide whether to ally with the BJP, which is headed for a decisive majority with its existing partners in the National Democratic Alliance. (BJP+ Set for More Than 300 Seats, Congress Admits Defeat)Today, she said, “I wish the new Prime Minister well” and stressed  that her own party’s result is  “historic, unparalleled in history” because it has swept the state without an ally.With the BJP’s national coalition poised to cross the 300-seat mark […]

Rajapaksa Congratulates Modi, Invites Him on State Visit

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Khurshid says ties with Lanka solid Outgoing Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says India’s relations with Sri Lanka have not been affected under the Congress Government (which helped the Sri Lankan government kill the more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians). Speaking to the Indo Asian News Service (IANS) before the opposition BJP won the elections today, Khurshid said that while the issue of accountability on the war in Sri Lanka remains to be addressed, it will take time. Rajapaksa Congratulates Modi, Invites Him on State Visit COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today congratulated Narendra Modi on his party’s massive victory in the Indian general election and invited him on a state visit. Rajapaksa telephoned Modi to congratulate him on his resounding victory and extended an invitation to […]

Sri Lankan Muslim terrorist arrested in Malaysia

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Malaysian Bukit Aman Special Branch counter-terrorism division has helped thwart a planned attack on foreign consulates in India with the arrest of four suspected terrorists including a Sri Lankan Muslim man. The Sri Lankan Muslim was detained at a house in Kepong at about 11.15am on Wednesday, the Star newspaper reported today. The other three suspects were arrested in Chennai by Indian authorities based on information supplied by the counter-terrorism division. The Sri Lankan Muslim, who has been indirectly linked to al-Qaeda, is on the wanted list for alleged terror activities in Sri Lanka and other countries. Police believe that he had a terrorist network in Malaysia involving foreigners, a source said.The source said the man had been hiding in Malaysia since 2011. Police began […]

The Future Of The Tamils And The Challenge For The Tamil Diaspora

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By Brian Senewiratne –   This dual title has a reason. When I was first asked (3 April 2014) by theTamil Writers Guild (of which I was a member) whether I would come and deliver the 2014 C.J.T. Thamoderam Memorial Lecture, I was asked to speak on the first of these. When I found that it was physically unsafe for me to do so because of the long reach of the murderous Rajapaksa regime, I was asked to send a 12 minute recording on the second of these titles. I will try and deal with both. Let me sum up each one in a sentence. The Tamils have no future under the Totalitarian virulently chauvinistic regime that now runs Sri Lanka. Those who think otherwise are not on the […]

Post Colonial Era And Bifurcations Of Countries, Is Sri Lanka An Exception?

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By G K Nathan – The fifth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s military victory against Tamil Tigers on 18 May 2009 will be celebrated by Sinhala Nation, but the Tamil Nation worldwide will commemorate the loss of loved ones and demanding equal rights between Nations, which demonstrates the country remains divided and Sinhala-Tamil conflict remains unresolved. At the end of military conflict, there was a golden opportunity to resolve the long standing conflict by establishing accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity and to bring reconciliation between the divided peoples. Sri Lanka, has failed to pay heed to the international call for accountability and reconciliation, which would have brought peoples together, but continuing to have grand plans to celebrate the military victory, at the same time, rights to […]

Canada to boycott Victory Day parade – ‘Such events won’t help post-war reconciliation’

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Canadian High Commissioner Shelley Whiting yesterday said that her country wouldn’t be represented at the Victory Day parade in Matara on Sunday (May 18). The Canadian envoy said that the annual military parade wouldn’t help post-war national reconciliation, therefore she wouldn’t accept the government invitation. The following is the text of a statement issued by High Commissioner Whiting toThe Island yesterday: “As in past years, heads of mission resident in Sri Lanka have recently received invitations to participate in this year’s Victory Parade scheduled to be held in Matara on May 18. As Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, part of my role includes celebrating the successes of the country alongside the Sri Lankan people. However, I will not be attending the Victory Day Parade on […]

90,000 Tamil’s still internally displaced

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Five years after the war, Sri Lanka’s level of internal displacement is estimated to be around 90,000 persons, according to the Annual Global Review of the Norway based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).  Based on data gathered from January to December 2013, the IDMC’s latest assessment has recorded up to 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka by end 2013. It also records that over 480,000 IDPs have returned to the Northern and Eastern Provinces – after the war end– though specific measures were considered necessary to facilitate the returnees.  The report released on 14 May, further records that the State occupation of land prevented the return of at least 30,000 IDPs living in protracted displacement during the assessment year (2013). It noted that out… …of […]

Immigrants more likely to fail citizenship test the longer they’re here

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Government study said those in Canada less than 5 years have a much higher pass rate on the citizenship test. By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Thu May 15 2014 The longer an immigrant is in Canada, the more likely they are to fail their citizenship test, a government report says. According to the internal Immigration Department report, applicants who have been in Canada fewer than five years consistently have the highest success rates on the mandatory knowledge test, compared to counterparts who have been here much longer. The findings fly in the face of the Conservative government, which in February tabled a series of sweeping citizenship changes, including raising the required length of residency to four out of six years from the current three out of four. […]

When duplicity nourishes evil

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The abduction by Boko Haram terrorists of about 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria has jolted the world into action. All leading nations have sunk differences, in a spirit of harambee, to help Abuja secure the release of the victims the terrorists are threatening to sell unless their fellow combatants in prison are released. The Nigerian government yesterday rejected the proposed swap.   The Boko Haram terrorists must be made to realise that the civilized world cannot be frightened into submission. But, the problem is that the world powers do not go flat out to send terrorists out of business unless such action helps advance their hidden agendas.   The Sudan People’s Liberation Army, it may be recalled, used child combatants in its violent campaign to carve […]

Never Glad Confident Morning Again? The Decline Of The Last Five Years

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – Five years ago, I spent the week of my 55th birthday in Geneva. I had been summoned there urgently, because some Western nations had been trying to get sufficient signatures to hold a Special Session of the Human Rights Council in an attempt to stop our imminent conquest of the Tigers. By the time I got to Geneva though, the danger was over, and there was much to celebrate. The superb diplomacy of Dayan Jayatilleka, our Representative in Geneva, supported admirably by the international coalition he had built up, had ensured that the West did not get the required number of signatures, and the danger passed. By the time I got back to Colombo, we had registered an even more remarkable victory, in that the […]

Sri Lanka: Torn between yesterday and tomorrow

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The civil war in Sri Lanka, which lasted for more than 25 years and claimed over 100,000 lives, ended in 2009. But as things stand today, the country is still bitterly divided and the reconciliation efforts falter. In May 2009, the Sri Lankan army captured the last of the areas controlled by the militant separatist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. On May 18, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared that the civil war, which claimed the lives of some 100,000 people, had finally ended. According to the United Nations, some 40,000 people died in the last months of the war. International aid agencies reported that around 280,000 people – mostly belonging to the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern regions – […]

Colombo ‘failing to engage’ with Tamil minority

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Five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, there are few signs of a government-led reconciliation, MP Rajiva Wjesinha tells DW, arguing that mistrust and suspicion have only grown stronger. Shortly after the Sri Lankan army defeated the separatist “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” in May 2009, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared an end to the country’s bloody civil war which had lasted more than 25 years during that period claimed the lives of at least 100,000 people. Five years after the end of the separatist conflict, Sri Lanka is still struggling with reconciliation between the majority Sinhala community and the Tamil minority. International human rights organizations hold the army as well as the LTTE-separatists responsible for crimes committed during the civil war. […]

Attitudinal change necessary to give momentum to the Provincial councils

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Sri Lanka on the threshold of change needs an overhaul of the entire democratic process and good governance. The three decade old war is over and expectations have been raised for a more tranquil future. People are looking forward to a life enriched by greater equity in society, guided by enlightened leadership, with emphasis on fairness in governance, quality education, health and reasonably habitable housing along with accelerated progress in arts and culture and sports. The South has effectively put to rest the crisis filled years of the Southern Youth challenge to the State. Since then the movement has embraced ( been permitted to) democracy with a healthy respect for parliamentary traditions and human rights. At this moment in history the country needs enlightened leadership, […]

Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa

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Question by Shadow Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140513/text/140513w0001.htm#14051391000018> Commonwealth Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will convene a special session of Commonwealth representatives to discuss the suitability of President Rajapaksa as Chairperson in Office. [197767] Mr Hague: Any decision on the Chair-in-Office role is for all Commonwealth Heads of Government to take by consensus, and we have no plans to convene a session on this. On 27 March 2014, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution which establishes an international investigation, and calls on the Sri Lankan Government to make progress on human rights and reconciliation. We encourage the Sri Lankan Government to co-operate with the resolution […]

More UK support for UN peacekeeping – do you agree?

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Call for more UK support for UN peacekeeping I am writing as Executive Director of UNA-UK to ask you to join us in calling for greater UK engagement with UN peacekeeping. Click here to show your support UN peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools at the international community’s disposal. For over six decades, UN peacekeepers have supported peace processes, protected civilians and helped people around the world to rebuild their lives. The UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy acknowledges the important role of UN peacekeeping operations in stabilising fragile situations, at a lower cost than coalition missions and without the need for direct UK military intervention. But while the UK continues to support UN peacekeeping financially and through its Security Council seat, it has significantly reduced […]

SAY NO TO SRI LANKA: LONDON CONFERENCE ON BOYCOTT

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SAY NO TO SRI LANKA: LONDON CONFERENCE ON BOYCOTT, DIVEST & SANCTION AGAINST SRI LANKA : TGTE  Joined by Several International Scholars & Activists: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 14, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is organizing an International conference in London on May 17th, to plan strategy to boycott, divest and sanction against Sri Lanka’s political & military leaders and against Sri Lanka itself. This conference is taking place during TGTE’s week of mourning to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the mass killings in the final months of the war in 2009, which resulted in tens of thousands of innocent Tamils killed and Tamil women raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. What: Say No […]

Between Modi and MoD: Mahinda’s choice

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Between Modi and MoD: Mahinda’s choice by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Mahinda Rajapaksa has just won the Sri Lankan Presidential election of 2015. The Modi mood sweeping India has given a second wind and a fresh momentum to the Mahinda incumbency. However, the dramatic new chapter in the Indian epic, if misunderstood and underutilized by President Rajapaksa, can enhance rather than decrease the pressures on Sri Lanka. Given that he is named after the son of a great leader of India —Ashoka—who bore the message of the greatest son of the Indian subcontinent— Gautama, the Buddha— there’s a question, more geopolitical than metaphysical, that Mahinda Rajapaksa must ask himself: what if King Devanampiyatissa had declined to convert or delayed in converting to the doctrine of the […]

Sri Lankan President set NOT to attend Glasgow 2014 after fears of Protest by Tamils

14th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A potentially harmful diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014 is likely to be avoided due to the fact Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not planning to attend the Commonwealth Games this summer, insidethegames has learned.  This comes after two letters were sent to British Foreign Secretary William Hague voicing concerns the presence of the controversial leader would mean the Games are overshadowed by questions relating to genocide and human rights abuse.  The first was sent by Hague’s opposition counterpart in the Labour Party, shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander last Friday (May 9), demanding to know exactly how the Government plans to ensure the event is not hit by controversy. It cites how police have already warned there could be protests on the streets of Glasgow if he does attend, before […]

TGTE to go ahead with events in UK

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Britain has not imposed any ban on events organized by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) over the weekend despite the Government claiming it had sent evidence against organizations proscribed recently under a UN Security council resolution, including the TGTE. The TGTE, in a press statement today, reconfirmed that it will be hosting the “Say No to Sri Lanka” international Conference on May 17th in London, to formulate innovative political and legal strategies for boycott, divestment, and targeted sanctions against Sri Lankan political and military leaders and sanction against Sri Lanka itself. TGTE said it will also be hosting a special exhibition from May 12-16 in front of the British Parliament in London to highlight mass killings and Genocide of Tamils. TGTE leader V. […]

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