India will grill Sri Lankan over Pakistan terror links

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by the Indian National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE, India Today reported. The specialised wing of the CBI, the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency, has filed a petition in the special court in Poonamallee. Selvarajan had been arrested in Chennai by the NIA on charges of espionage at the instigation of Pakistan. On Tuesday, when Selvarajan, who had been produced in the special court at Poonamallee amid tight police security, was asked if he was willing to be taken into custody by the NIA for interrogation, he […]

France happy over continuation of RSF case

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor.These aid workers attached to the French organisation called ‘Action Contre la Faim (ACF)’ were killed in August, 2006.The embassy said this case remained of utmost importance to the French Embassy in Sri Lanka.“The Embassy will continue to pay close attention to developments in this case to ensure justice is served. We like to clarify that, although we do believe that every possible means of finding the culprits should be explored, the proposition to facilitate the obtaining of statements from witnesses living in France or in Sri Lanka was not made […]

Follow UK’s Example – Hold That Referendum On Independence In The NorthEast

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Follow UK’s example – Hold That Referendum on Independence in the NorthEast – Like the Scots, Let the People Decide Either Way Part  1 The world’s oldest democracy has proven it’s also the world’s  foremost  and robust democracy – that Scotland will decide its fate, whether it becomes an “independent country” in a referendum on 18th, September 2014 is in itself a triumph for democracy, whatever the outcome – that the United Kingdom (UK) government (and the Westminster Parliament),  despite campaigning hard for a “NO” vote, did not place obstacles but bowed to the Scottish people’s aspirations articulated in the 2011 General Election win for theScottish National Party (SNP), and cooperated to holding a referendum, to leave it to the people’s will, speaks volumes for […]

NO VOTE FOR 50,000 TAMILS

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA Over 50,000 Tamil youth from the Uva Province, employed in other parts of the country, have not been granted leave, to return to their hometowns or villages, to cast their vote at the 20 September provincial elections, ‘Saumaya Sarana Sansadaya’ (SSS) a Human Rights Organization alleged. The SSS said most of these youth were employed in the Kandy, Jaffna, Colombo and Nuwara Eliya Districts. H.P. Anthonymuttu, President of the SSS, speaking to Ceylon Today, said nearly 50,000 registered voters work in shops and hotels in districts outside the province. Anthonymuttu added, he would talk to the Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya today (17) over this issue.“Workers in the public service are entitled to cast their vote by post. But, private sector workers are not […]

Kaththi producers deny links with Rajapaksa family

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The producers of actor Vijay’s soon-to-be-released film Kaththi issued a clarification about what they termed a misinformation campaign by some vested interests against the production company. There had been allegations that the company had business links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. At a packed press conference held in the city on Tuesday, Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman, Lyca Group of Companies, citing a few incidents where the group was portrayed wrongly in a section of the media, denied he had any business links with the Rajapaksa family. Regarding an image of the logo of Lycamobiles appearing in the background at the Sri Lanka-sponsored Commonwealth Business forum, Mr. Subaskaran alleged that the image was ‘morphed’ and the company has lodged a complaint with the cyber crime division of the […]

USA Led West Must Realise that Powerful Nations such as China,Russia,India,Japan and Australia are Against UNHRC Probe on Sri Lanka.

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy The joint statement issued at the end of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, praises internal mechanisms in Sri Lanka, in terms of ethnic reconciliation and accountability issues. PM Abe in particular underscored the need for continuing the dialogue among political stake-holders in Sri Lanka, and for the host-Government to address the concerns of the international community on accountability issues, as expressed in the US-sponsored UNHRC resolution. It is incidental yet significant that on both issues, Japan holds similar views as Sri Lanka’s northern neighbour, India. It’s but a coincidence that Abe should be visiting Colombo within days after India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan. Independent of the leadership-change in India, both […]

Mosque Attacked: Take Immediate Action To Prevent Unwanted Tension In Dambulla: Salley Writes To IGP

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

National Unity Front Leader Azath Salley has written to the IGP urging him to take immediate action to prevent any unwanted tension in Dambulla following an attack on a mosque in the area early Monday morning, while also requesting immediate legal action against the culprits responsible for the attack. Salley in a letter to the IGP yesterday has pointed out that the CCTV camera installed in the Khairiya mosque premises clearly shows two individuals armed with petrol, petrol bombs, tires and carbide arriving at the mosque at around 12.45 pm and carrying out the attack. “The CCTV camera clearly reveals the two culprits and what they have done,” he has written while requesting the law enforcement authorities to take immediate action against them and take them into custody and […]

Sri Lanka Fact Sheet: Violations of the Right to Freedom of Religion and Attacks on Religious Minorities: March -August 2014

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 15.Sep.2014, 6.00PM) Notwithstanding the local and international pressure, violations of the right to freedom of religion and attacks on religious minorities continued unabated in Sri Lanka. In the month of June, Sri Lanka witnessed the largest anti-Muslim riots seen in the country after 1914. Led by the Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), mobs rioted in the Southern costal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala. The riot was pre- planned…(Read Full Story click here) 

Police hunt Sri Lankan men after Mitcham man stabbed in head

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

UK Police are hunting four Sri Lankan men for allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man in the head in Mitcham last morning.He suffered stab wounds to his head during the attack in Cedars Avenue at about 2am.Police said he was now in a stable condition. No arrests have been made so far, but police say they believe four Sri Lankan men were involved.One of the men is described as 5ft 7ins, of athletic build, with spikey hair and wearing a blue jumper. Police closed off the whole of Cedars Avenue while they investigated yesterday. (This is local London) Police are hunting four Sri Lankan men after a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the head in Mitcham yesterday morning. He suffered stab wounds to his head during the attack in Cedars […]

Non-violent Campaign To Merge North & East – M. A. Sumanthiran

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

According to Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in the democratic aspirations of Tamil people, they have come to a point to find a legitimate solution within a united, undivided country – which will enable Tamils to live with self-respect and dignity while being part of political decision making and enjoying other rights as much as the majority community. For this process, the ITAK, one of the alliance members of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) brought up several resolutions during the recent Convention of the party. Speaking toThe Sunday Leader TNA MP and ITAK Member M. A. Sumanthiran said the need to merge North and East is recognised in Indo-Lanka Accord and they would launch a non-violent campaign if the Sri Lankan government is unable to address the issues raised by […]

Human rights lawyers threatened in Sri Lanka – at serious risk

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

ttp://blog.srilankacampaign.org/2014/09/human-rights-lawyers-threatened-in-sri.htmlhttp://srilankabrief.org/2014/09/two-hr-lawyers-namal-rajapakshe-and-manjula-pathiraja-threatened-with-deaath/ Two human rights lawyers Manjula Pathiraja and Namal Rajapakse (a namesake but no relation of the President’s notorious son) have received credible death threats from individuals and groups linked to the Government-backed Buddhist extremist group the BBS.According to one early report Namal Rajapakse was followed on Saturday the 13th of September by a man wearing a helmet which covered his face. The man the approached him and said “you and Manjula (Pathiraja) are too much and they are noted for various activities against the Monk”. The Lawyers Collective subsequently released a statement in which they clarified the nature of the incident and added further details:“Around 6.20pm on 13th September 2014, two unidentified men with full faced covering helmets and jackets, had rushed to the legal office of Mr. […]

‘Assured and re-assured’ on 13A says India

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly re-assured India of its commitment to implement the 13th Amendment, stated a spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)today. Responding to a question on India’s stand on the 13th Amendment at a media briefing on Monday, spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Our stand is that any decision that has been taken by the Sri Lankan people and which their leaders have assured to us on repeated occasions (that it) should be implemented.” “And we have been assured and re-assured by the leaders of Sri Lanka that they are committed to full implementation of the 13th Amendment and we will go by what they have told us.” See from 42:30 onwards below. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling […]

2009 was a genocide says former UK home secretary

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The former British home secretary, David Blunkett described what took place during the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009 as a “genocide” and called for it to be “properly investigated”, meeting with members of the Tamil community at an Advice Surgery last Saturday. Mr Blunkett said he “believed genocide had taken place on the island of Sri Lanka and that evidence that human rights violations had occurred during the armed conflict in 2009 must be properly investigated.” He went on to express “disappointment at Sri Lanka’s obstruction of the currently ongoing UN Human Rights Council mandated investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka” and adding his support “to the need for an independent international investigation on abuses that […]

Army builds mythical Sinhala statue in Tamil village

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan army unveiled a new archway in Anuradhapura on Saturday, depicting the historic battles between the Sinhala King Dutu Gemunu and the Chola King Ellalan (or ‘Elara’).  Publicising the opening on its website, the Sri Lankan army said, ‘6 Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment (6 SLLI) Headquarters at Mahakandarawa, Mihintale, Anuradhapura on Saturday (23) opened its new colossal archway, in bringing historical characters to life through mural statues that depict the famous Vijithapura battles, waged between Kings Dutu Gemunu and Elara, the South Indian invader during 161 -162 B.C.            Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest at the invitation of SLLI Colonel of the Regiment and 6 SLLI Commanding Officer, unveiled a plaque and declared opened the new archway, guarded by […]

All Party Parliamentary Group For Tamils Urges UK Govt To Consider Sanctions Against Sri Lanka

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamils) has requested the UK government to consider all actions including sanctions against Sri Lanka, until the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) agrees to cooperate with the investigation led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the war crimes allegations. The APPG for Tamils in a statement has called upon the UK Government to condemn the GoSL for rejecting the probe led by the OHCHR (OISL) and for refusing to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The group’s Chair Lee Scott and Vice ChairSiobhain McDonagh in the statement have remarked that it is completely unacceptable for the GoSL to declare non-participation in the investigation and its continuation to find […]

Did Tamils Always Paint Themselves Into A Corner?

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. Sivathasan – A Harmful Outgrowth If the answer is yes, for how long have we done so? For as long as eight decades and more, some would say. When did the painting start? With elections to the State Council in 1931 and the Jaffna Boycott. The initiative and organization were by the Youth Congress of Jaffna. The mindset which originated then evolved subsequently and has permeated Tamil consciousness ever since. Deriving greater strength   through surgical intervention to remove this malignant growth is good for future wellbeing. It did not fail to raise its plaintive head even as late as September 2013, at the Provincial Council Elections. We Tamils require a great deal of introspection to identify our repetitive ways and to wrest ourselves from the boycott mindset. Dispassionate […]

Muslims of Sri Lanka – Under Siege

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

This book is about the never ending ‘Hate- Muslim’ campaign unleashed by a small group of Sinhala racists who fortunately do not enjoy the support of the vast majority of Sinhalese in the country. The writer is concerned that this campaign, unless brought to a halt, is likely to lead to a total breakdown in communal harmony to the detriment of the country which has just emerged from a devastating ethnic war. This campaign began around four years ago, coincidentally or otherwise, with the ever increasing Israeli presence in the island. Today the Muslim community has become the victim of not merely highly offensive hate speeches but also subjected to attacks on mosques, religious schools, halal food, women’s dress code, slaughtered pigs thrown into mosque, burning and urinating on Holy […]

Asking Tamil victims and witnesses to give evidence without the provision of protection

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Hopeful Lanka Will Get A Fair Chance – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Asking victims and witnesses to give evidence without the provision of protection may indeed be irresponsible in cases where they face the possibility of being re-victimised or becoming victims in their own right for living up to their duty to give evidence. For this reason, the Bill for the Assistance and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses (the “Draft Bill”) 2 by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka is a welcome development in the sphere of rule of law in Sri Lanka. Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena addressed the issues raised by some parties pertaining to this bill. Excerpts of the interview: By Camelia Nathaniel Q. How effective will the witness protection bill […]

Madras miscellany: Oxford professor without a degree

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Tiruvadi Sambasiva Venkatraman Oxford professor without a degree Two of today’s items may have only tenuous connections with Madras, but I’m writing about them as they do have intriguing links with the city. My first tale is about a person whose linguistic bonds should make him known at least to the world of Tamil Studies, but I wonder how many in that world here recognise the name of Don Martino De Zilva Wickremasinghe (1865-1937). Certainly, despite all my years in Ceylon and my peripheral contact there with education, archaeology and epigraphy — that an all-round journalist and a dabbler in history must have — I had never heard of him till another history hobbyist, Thiru Arumugam, sent me some material the other day from Australia. […]

Jaya Attacks BJP on Fishermen Issue

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

THOOTHUKUDI: In a scathing attack on the BJP-led Central government, AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday accused the saffron party of resorting to double standards on issues concerning the State’s fishermen whose livelihood has been affected due to the frequent arrests and seizure of their boats by the Sri Lankan Navy across the Palk Strait. Hitting the mayoral by-poll campaign trail in Thoothukudi, where she has fielded Anthony Gracy, Jayalalithaa on Sunday said the BJP did not have a clear stand on the fishermen issue. In an indirect reference to maverick Subramanian Swamy, she said a senior BJP leader in the State has been claiming that the boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen were being seized by the Lankan Navy only on […]

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