Dickwella religious representatives exchange numbers – No room for external influences

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

In an exemplary act of solidarity religious leaders, both Muslim and Buddhist, met at the Muhiyibdeen Jumma Mosque at Yonakpura, Dickwella, recently. Chief Incumbent Priests of eight Buddhist temples in Dickwella led by Dickwella Shasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya President Ven Godellewela Rathananda Thera spent close to two hours at the Mosque last Monday night. The decision to visit the mosque was made on the instructions of Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma. The delegation of monks accompanied by members of Dickwella Pradeshiya Sabha led by Chairman Krishali Muthukumarana, Dickwella Police OIC, Lasantha Dadallage and other Government officials were warmly welcomed by the Moulavi of Muhiyideen Jumma Mosque Mohamed Akbar Mohamed Shamil. Speaking to The Nation, Dickwella Pradeshiya Sabha led by Chairman Krishali Muthukumarana […]

The Muslims of Sri Lanka: A community under siege?

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

June 2014 will go down in the annals of Sri Lankan history as a turning point in ethnic relations, with large scale communal violence being unleashed on a most hapless minority. This month saw the worst acts of violence targeted against the country’s second largest minority, the Muslims, since the infamous anti-Tamil pogrom of July 1983. This month has been aptly termed ‘Black June’. In the South-Western coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala, hysterical mobs looted and torched scores of shops and other business establishments. Innocent lives were lost. Mosques were damaged and copies of the Holy Quran destroyed. Homes were broken into and vandalized. Decades of hard work were brought down to zero as the state authorities failed to protect unarmed civilians and their […]

Sinhala Fascism Cannot be Defeated

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” -WB Yeats, The Second Coming The Aluthgama attack on the Muslims was followed by several incidents, the exact nature, causes and perpetrators of which have yet to be ascertained. These are the acid attacks on the Police in Mawanella, the abduction and torture of Ven Watarekke Vijitha thero (a long standing target of the BBS), and the fire that gutted the ‘No Limit’ store in Panadura. To me what […]

UN Assistant secretary general for political affairs meets TNA

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Visiting UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez met TNA Representatives for the second time in Colombo yesterday.Earlier the UN envoy and the TNA had lengthy discussions on the developments of the process for a political solution, Parliament Select Committee and resettlement projects when they met on Saturday in Jaffna.TNA Media Spokesman MP Suresh Premachandran told our news team that further views were exchanged during the meeting between the two parties yesterday.UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez met SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem on an earlier occasion and had discussions.Meanwhile External Affairs Ministry sated the government representatives also expect to exchange views with the UN envoy during his stay in the country.

Sri Lanka: Women’s Insecurity in the North and East

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. Today many still live in fear of violence from various sources. Those who fall victim to it have little means of redress. Women’s economic security is precarious, and their physical mobility is limited. The heavily militarised and centralised control of the north and east – with almost exclusively male, Sinhalese security forces – raises particular problems for women there in terms of their safety, sense of security and ability to access assistance. They have little control over their lives and no reliable institutions to turn to. The government has mostly dismissed women’s security issues and exacerbated fears, […]

90,000 Tamil War Widows Suffer in Sri Lanka: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

On this international widow’s day (June 23); in Sri Lanka over 90,000 Tamil war widows continue to suffer even after the end of the war five years ago in 2009, said Mrs.Balambihai Murugadas, Minister of Homeland Development Affairs, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). According to a May 2012 report by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Human Rights and Democracy; there are up to 90,000 Tamil war widows in the North & East of Sri Lanka. Several reports including by Human Rights watch and Amnesty International reported of several cases of Sri Lankan Security Forces carrying out rape and sexual violence of Tamil women with impunity. Recently there have been discoveries of mass graves throughout the Tamil homeland, including burnt bodies of many women. […]

UN to notify Govt. about two senior experts on probe this week

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Finnish President strongly tipped to join Dame Cartwright in supervising OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka By Dharisha Bastians With Nobel Prize Laureate and former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari strongly tipped to be the second senior expert consulting on the UN investigation into the final stage of the war, the Sri Lankan Government is likely to be notified of the appointments within the course of this week, Daily FT learns.   Ahtisaari who also served as the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his efforts to resolve international conflicts across several continents. Highly placed UN sources said that the Government would likely be informed of the names of the external experts by the end of the coming […]

Jihadists In Sri Lanka? Who is Lying?

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Ministry of Defence says it has no information over the alleged presence of Jihadists in Sri Lanka. Government Minister PataliChampikaRanawaka was quoted in the media yesterday as saying there were Jihadists operating in the country. However when questioned over the claims, Defence Ministry and military spokesman Brigadier RuwanWanigasooriya said that the military had not come across any tangible evidence to support such claims. He said the military intelligence maintains a presence that covers the entire country and it has not found evidence to back claims of such groups operating in the country. “At present what we need to worry more about is the common enemy which is the international pressure brought upon by the separatist elements of the Tamil Diaspora rather than focus on […]

Police Powers And 13-A

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy Independent of claims to the contrary, the events and developments of the past week and beyond would show that Police powers in  the hands of the provinces by itself alone need not be an unsustainable proposition. They have shownthat the Centre too need to exercise precaution and pre-emptive responsibilities in ensuring that the Police powers now exclusively available to it ensure law and order across the country. It is easy to dismiss the riots and communal clashes in Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town as a mere law and order episode, as many others before it. Yet, the events of the past year and half, particularly targeting the nation’s Muslim population, sends out a different message altogether. Even while declining expectations and demands for him and his party to quit the Government, SLMC’s Rauff […]

A dangerously fraught chapter in post-war Sri Lanka

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Stop dark June from becoming Black July Allies abandon Govt. in its Motion against UNHRC intervention Higher FDI imperative for economic development Aluthgama aftermath – the official game of smoke and mirrors Iran oil: Rambukwella, EAM exchange fire over fuel Verbal battle in Cabinet over southwest violence Blood on Bodu Bala robe The atrocity that is Aluthgama 2014 happened at the instigation of outsiders brought into the area. That much is clear. As said by stricken Sinhala and Muslim residents, ‘this had no involvement with our communities, we live next to each other; but when outsiders came and attacked, everyone was attacking each other.’ Carefully planned communal violence Put baldly, a simple altercation between two local groups, a Buddhist monk with his driver and a […]

Allies abandon Govt. in its Motion against UNHRC intervention

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Stop dark June from becoming Black July Higher FDI imperative for economic development Aluthgama aftermath – the official game of smoke and mirrors A dangerously fraught chapter in post-war Sri Lanka Iran oil: Rambukwella, EAM exchange fire over fuel Verbal battle in Cabinet over southwest violence Blood on Bodu Bala robe The Government could not have chosen a worse time to bring a Motion to Parliament with the hope of winning bipartisan support against moves by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) to begin an international investigation against Sri Lanka. Far from winning any new support, the Government, in fact, lost support for the Motion from its own constituent parties, in the wake of the flare up of violence against the Muslim community living in […]

Blood on Bodu Bala robe

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Today the Bodu Bala Sena stands in the dock indicted with the heinous charge of attempting to return this nation to the blood-soaked barbaric age of violence from which it had risen so recently. It stands accused of repeated anti-Muslim attacks that have now resulted in inevitable bloodshed and death; and it stands condemned for outraging the religious sensitivities of the Buddhists by presenting to the world’s reproach and contempt, its distorted, savage and warped version as the sworn practical translation of the Buddha’s noble doctrine of Ahimsa. With the anguish and pain of the harrowing thirty-year-old racial war which wracked the nation apart and left thousands of her citizens dead, still bleeding fresh in the nation’ traumatised memory, the reprehensible actions of the Bodu […]

Will Sri Lanka Become A ”Killing Field Again”?

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

By P. Bertie Ranaweerage – According to Karuna Amman there had been only 80 LTTE  armed cadres byJuly 1983. JR who did almost nothing to protect the Tamils and their properties during the Black July Days in 1983 had no alternative but to send  those who managed to save their lives to the Northern and Eastern provinces. It is in the public domain that a large number of  Tamil youths who were sent to the North and East willingly joined the LTTE either to get revenge on the Sinhalese or on the belief that Eelam was the only remaining panacea  for all the problems  the Tamils. Karuna further said that  the number of  armed cadres of the LTTE had gone up to 40000 by the time he left the LTTE. The […]

Panadura ‘No Limit’ ; Jaffna mosque; Trincomalee hotel attacked

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

 The main attack has been launched on the main showroom building at Panadura of ‘No limit’ a branch of the leading garment marketing and sales chain belonging to a prominent Muslim businessman.( as per Lanka news)  Committing arson in Sri Lanka is now a sport and play under the present regime! To stop this, we have to remove the regime and particularly “Gotabaya”! If this goes on, it is meaningless to have UN and have respect for US,UK and Canada! They have to take  positive action to stop these unwarranted burning of minority owned businesses and killing innocent people!   Point to ponder, is there a ‘international world’ to take action? Is the reluctance due to vested interested or ‘Foreign policy’! Let us pray some […]

Nimalka Fernando only promoting Military widows as rape victims of war?

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Celebrities Join the Fight to Stop Rape as a Weapon of War Angelina Jolie, the famous Hollywood actress, is engaged in a campaign to end sexual violence during conflict. As always when celebrities become involved in such a campaign, they are being exploited by interested Governments and individuals.  Ms. Jolie has recently  attended a 140-nation  conference in London highlighting ” RAPE in conflict zones.  Even though Sri Lanka was not on the official agenda of the Conference, Ms Jolie was eager to meet Sri Lankan victims of rape. Ms. Nimalka Fernando (a Colombo based lawyer) also at the meeting and arranged some victims from Sri Lanka to Ms. Jolie. Nilmaka Fernando ONLY  took Sinhalese military officers widows as victims to meet Ms. Jolie. Nilmaka Fernando did […]

Hated speech by BBS secretary Galabodatthe Nanasara Tero (With English Subtitels)

23rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Hated speech by BBS secretary Galabodatthe Nanasara Tero (With English Subtitels) Cross party young MPs denounce hate speech A group of young parliamentarians from the Government and opposition have, in a joint statement, denounced speeches that instigate hate especially through the use of media and social media, which they say could only lead to irreversible actions that are often guided by rage and anger. The MPs from the ‘Forum’ have urged all citizens to act in restraint and to remain calm and wise despite the recent circumstances. Young Political Leaders’ Forum includes SLFP/UPFA MP Vasantha Senanayake, UNP MP Harin Fernando, ACMC MP Hunais Farook, SLFP MP Shehan Semasinghe, UNP MP Niroshan Perera, and Raghu Balachandran from the TNA. The MPs also raised concerns over the […]

President famous for appointing ”dummy high-level panel” has appointed another one to fool the Muslim world

22nd June 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that he will be appointing a high-level panel to inquire into the recent attacks on Muslims by Buddhist Monks (with the support of the Police and Army) disturbances in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas. “I will be appointing a high-level panel to inquire into recent disturbances,” the President said in his official Twitter and Facebook accounts. At least two persons died and over 40 other were injured following religious clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala last week. The true figures are kept under the carpet as per orders from the governmemnt and the local media have been ‘Ordered’ NOT to report it. The President had visited the area after arriving from Bolivia and assured that the Government will investigate the incidents. “We […]

STF Were Given Orders To “Protect Procession” On Sunday

22nd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Many residents told us on the spot correspondent that the STF colluded with the Buddhist mob and were attacking the Muslims, Military sources confirmed that they had no option and were following orders that they received from the TOP Politician. The Special Task Force who were deployed on Sunday morning in Dharga town and Aluthgama received specific instructions to “protect the BBS procession”, resulting in them adhering to the orders and firing tear gas towards the Muslims. The orders resulting in the Special Task Force officers giving protection to the Buddhist mob and dispersing the Muslims who had gathered or were resisting and fighting the Buddhist mob. Military sources on the ground said that the alleged catalyst to the incident could not be “the stones pelted by the mosque”. […]

The BBS Bid For Power And How To Beat It

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka There are scarier things, worse things, than Black July ’83. Aluthgama signaled the possibility of such things. The sequence of events, the lethal violence, the horror of Aluthgama were reminiscent of July ’83 —and to go by Tarzie Vittachchi’s Emergency ’58, the anti-Tamil riots of that year. That is the element of dark continuity, which we must never forget in our haste to define the present as the worst of times. But there is also the element of discontinuity which makes Aluthgama potentially far more dangerous. If we are to fight this phenomenon successfully, it is necessary to correctly identify the beast. So far it has been misidentified as the scarier mask of the ruling clan, the dark avatar of Sinhala Buddhism […]

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