Day of mourning in North: Tamil victims remembered in Mullivaikkal

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff The commemoration ceremony organized in remembrance of the Tamil civilians that died in the Wellamulliwaikkal area in Mullaitivu during the war, commenced today with the lighting of the commemorative lamp by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran. Meanwhile all shops and places of business remained closed in the Mullaitivu town today (May 18) as a Harthal was observed in memory of the Tamil people who died during the war. A resolution was recently passed at the Northern Provincial Council declaring the 18th of May as a day of mourning. In the meantime the Education Minister of the Northern Province Kandiah Sarveswaran has instructed all schools in the province to fly the NPC flag at half-mast today. Meanwhile the students of the Jaffna University […]

“While JVP remembrance is accepted, what irks the Sinhalese about Mullivaikal remembrance?”

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The commemoration of those killed in the north during the war has by now been a matter generally accepted, formalized with all northern Tamil political parties except the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Northern Provincial Council organizing commemorative events. The main events are to be held today at Mullivaikkal in Mullaithivu District, where the final battle between the Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fought. In the first few years after the end of the war, the commemoration of the people killed in the north was not openly held. Only small groups led by politicians such as Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam travelled all the way to Mullivaikkal for such events. However, now the main Tamil political coalition, the Tamil […]

Mullivaikal Commemoration: “Let Us Move Forward Together To Reach Our Political Objectives” – Chief Minister Wigneswaran

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Let us not continue to be pawns in the hands of scheming individuals or institutions. Let us agitate in a systematic, organized way for Justice for our affected people. Let us move forward together to reach our political objectives. I make this request of you on this emotive day.  C.V. Wigneswaran Let us identify ourselves as a determinable group of people, the Tamil People, who were subjected to genocide in this 21st century where human civilization has reached great heights. By C.V. Wigneswaran – Mullivaikal Commemorative Programme 18.05.2009 – 18.05.2018 – Remembering the dead during the conclusion of the war at Mullivaikal, Meeting at 11am at Mullivaikal on 18.05.2018 My beloved people! This is the fourth Mullivaikal Commemoration organized by us.  Even though we have not been able to seek justice for […]

Tamils to remember the dead in Mullivaikkal

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran urges them to unite on the ‘tragic’ Remembrance Day Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of Mullaitivu district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, this tiny village bears the scar of the brutal finish to the island’s three-decade-long-civil war that left scores of Tamil survivors with rather disturbing memories. The UN estimated nearly 40,000 deaths during the final phase. On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces declared an end to the bloodshed after killing LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the […]

British MPs release messages to commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide – Tamil community who keep the flame of the Tamils alive.

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Several British MPs and other politicians have released messages of solidarity as the Tamil nation around the world marks Tamil Genocide Remembrance day today. See some of their messages of support below. Robert Halfon, Member of Parliament for Harlow said, “On this very important day of remembrance, we should give our thanks to every member of the Tamil community who keep the flame of the Tamils alive. And we remember all the tragic victims of the genocide of the Tamils. We remember all the awful treatment of the Tamils by the Sri Lankan regime. The Tamils deserve their autonomy. The Tamils deserve equality of opportunity. The Tamils deserve equality. One must never forget.” CLICK TO VIEW ALL VIDEOS.  

Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms the UK Labour Party’s strong support for Tamil self-determination and peace and justice in Sri Lanka

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

17 May 2018 Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms the UK Labour Party’s strong support for Tamil self-determination and peace and justice in Sri Lanka The leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, has said that “the rights of Tamils to decide their own future is central” to resolving many of the post armed conflict issues in Sri Lanka. Addressing more than 150 guests at a packed event in Parliament, on Wednesday 16 May, to mark the 9th anniversary of Mullivaikal, Mr Corbyn said that a future Labour Government will be committed to“international justice” and that the Labour Party, now and in the future, supports “serious action to bring about peace and justice” in Sri Lanka. Referring to Tamils for Labour’s four key objectives, Jeremy Corbyn gave his full backing to the […]

JO MP Dilum Amunugama before TID

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Skandha Gunasekara Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Dilum Amunagma is to appear before the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) today for questioning. Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara told the Daily FT that the Parliamentarian had been summoned by the TID to be questioned with regard to the communal violence that took place in the Kandy district in March. “He has been summoned by the TID for questioning on Tuesday morning,” he said, adding that the Parliamentarian would be interrogated at TID headquarters in Colombo.  Meanwhile, the leader of the Sinhala extremist group Mahason Balakaya, Amith Weerasinghe, has been further remanded till 28 May along with others who were remanded in connection with the communal riots in Digana, Theldeniya and other parts of the Kandy district. Over […]

Army to release another 522 acres of private lands in North and East after 10 years.

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Army has agreed to further release 522 acres of private lands in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, to resettle the displaced community presently living in the welfare centres or in the residences of their friends and relatives, amidst much difficulty. The Government has already released 4,992.84 acres of private and Government lands in the Northern and Eastern Provinces used by the three forces during the conflict situation. The lands that are not further needed have already been released to their original owners with the consent of the Ministry of Defence. Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development & Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan have jointly proposed allocating Rs. 866.71 million to the Sri Lanka Army to […]

Mahinda says Gotha may NOT be the JO candidate at Next Presidential poll

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

It was too early to reveal the name of the Joint Opposition’s presidential candidate, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. ‘People are talking about former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a popular presidential candidate, but he has not yet discussed the matter with me,” the ex-President said. It is not a secret that Mahinda wants his son Namal Rajapakse to be the next Presidential candidate. Basil Rajapaksha is preferred by some JO MP’s to be the next Presidential candidate than Gotha. Gotha is known for terrorising the public and accused of man behind the White Van culture when he was the Defence Minister. Most of the Joint Opposition MP’s do not want a Rajapaksha family member to be the next Presidential candidate. Rajapaksha family members were living […]

Gota and Fonseka trade charges on who attacked Lasantha and Keith

15th May 2018 // 0 Comments

“Although military intelligence came directly under the army commander, the Defence Secretary handled the Colombo intelligence operations unofficially from the Defence Ministry. They were involved in various unscrupulous activities including the white van culture,” Fonseka said. The key technical evidence presented by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court in connection with the investigations into the 2008 abduction and assault on Senior Journalist, former Deputy Editor The Nation newspaper Keith Noyahr and the 2009 murder of Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Leader newspaper LasanthaWickrematunge was originally gathered prior to the 2015 change in Government, according to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.  Speaking to the DailyMirror last week, Rajapaksa recalled that the records of telephone conversations and other evidence were unearthed during their time (Government). […]

Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka’s missing thousands

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Can the Office of Missing Persons provide answers in a country with the world’s second highest number of disappearances? https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/abduction-forced-disappearance-sri-lanka-missing-thousands-180513080341106.html by Drew Ambrose & Sarah Yeo Sasikumar Ranginithevi can’t hide her tears as she looks at four faded photographs in her trembling hands. Two brothers, a husband and her brother-in-law. They all fought for the Tamil Tigers. They all surrendered to the army. And they all disappeared. Her hometown, Mullaitivu, is a city of the missing. Nestled on Sri Lanka’s northeast tip, this town was the front line in some of the bloodiest final battles of a 26-year civil war between the armed group, the Tamil Tigers, and government forces. Sasikumar and hundreds of other Tamil families claim they handed over their loved ones – former […]

Tamil Nadu reminisces about Sri Lanka’s war

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

While the Sri Lankan Security Forces, along with the Government, are trying to defend itself against war crimes charges made by the international community, India’s southern state, Tamil Nadu, which has released several movies on Sri Lanka’s ethnic war, is coming up with its latest movie titled, ‘18.05.2009’. The movie is directed by K. Ganeshan and music is composed by legendary musician Ilayarajah, and will be released on 18 May in several theatres across Tamil Nadu, India. Tamil Nadu (TN) has been involved in many ways in the 30+ years of war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Governments that were elected from time to time. The presence of the people of TN was felt during the war in the form of protest, […]

Fmr DIG Nanayakkara further remanded

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Prasanna Nanayakkara and Inspector of Police Thissa Sugathapala arrested in connection to investigations into the murder of veteran journalist Lasantha Wickremethunga have been further remanded till the 25th of May. The order was issued by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohammed Nihar this afternoon. The two suspects are accused of concealing evidence in the murder of Veteran Journalist Lasantha Wickremethunga. The former Chief Editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickremetunga was murdered in Attidiya, Mount Lavinia while on his way to work on the 8th of January 2009.

Govt accused by those charged with fraud

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says certain factions are directing various accusations at the government with the aim of defending fraud and corruption charges levelled against them. Speaking during an event in Nikaweratiya, Minister Kariyawasam said the government has ensured maximum freedom in the country. Minister Kariyawasam stressed regardless of what happens within the present government, it is investigated and looked into adding even the Prime Minister went to the Bond Commission to provide evidence. Meanwhile Minister Kariyawasam also responded to various accusations directed by the Opposition over the recent price hike in fuel. The Minister said certain politicians recently stated that those in the Opposition are travelling by bullock cart because of the increased prices of petrol. Minister Kariyawasam stressed however, these same politicians have […]

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s Parliament Meets in Boston, United States – May 18th to 20th .

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Several international dignitaries will address the Opening Session of the Parliament. A number of Resolutions are expected to be adopted at this Sitting. BOSTON, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, May 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Ninth Sitting of the 2nd Parliament of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will take place in the city of Boston, USA from 18-20 May, 2018. Several international dignitaries will address the Opening Session of the Parliament. This includes Mr. Ladu Jada Gubek, from South Sudan, who played a major role in South Sudan Referendum that eventually led to independence, Professor Heather Ryan a renowned legal expert on International Justice, and Kate Cronin-Furman from Harvard Unitersity’’s Kennedy Center…Read more https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/446604666/transnational-government-of-tamil-eelam-s-parliament-meets-in-boston-united-states-may-18th-to-20th

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils*

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils*  Francis Anthony Boyle Professor of International Law University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign Second International Conference on Tamil Nationhood and Genocide in Sri Lanka Ottawa, Canada 5-7 May 2018 The Sinhala-Buddhist Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has inflicted outright genocide against the Eelam Tamils in flagrant violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention to which it is a contracting party. For this reason the Eelam Tamils are entitled to an independent state of their own in order to protect themselves from annihilation by and as reparation for the genocide that has been inflicted upon them by the GOSL. Article I of the Genocide Convention requires all contracting parties “to prevent and to punish […]

9th Annual Remembrance of the Mullivaikkal Genocide

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Demanding Accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide  It has been nine years, since more than 450,000 Tamil people were corralled into a coastal village in the north eastern corner of the island of Sri Lanka, which the Sri Lankan state had designated as “no fire zone” and pounded with heavy artillery from land, sea and air, killing nearly a third of them and maiming tens of thousands more. Since then, the surviving Tamil people and their kith & kin across the globe, have been crying for justice and calling for an international investigation into this genocidal onslaught.   At the first anniversary of the massacre The British Tamils Forum organised a mass commemoration and named the genocide event “Mullivaikkal” after the coastal village in which those innocent men, […]

During the time when Gotabaya was the Sec of Defense did he follow the rule of law, fairness and justice, safety and security and a conducive and sustainable environment? Definitely NO.

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Over 2,000 professionals and business leaders attend Viyathmaga forum titled ‘An Intellectually Inspired Sri Lanka 2030’ Says faster economic growth hinges on an intellectually and technology competent society Insists right policies not enough but need right people and speedy execution Stresses economic growth with law and order cure for Sri Lanka’s ills; shows way forward for economic transformation via a social open market economic policy Says Sri Lanka needs both local and foreign investors Assures will open up for foreigners and intl. partners whilst safeguarding sovereignty and cultural values of Sri Lanka Warns state sector corruption is a hindrance for economic growth  Emphasises time to embrace nationalism, love your country; Sri Lankans have to move beyond divisions of race and religion By Nisthar Cassim and Shanika Sriyananda Former Defence Secretary […]

British club rugby player dies in Colombo

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

A member of a rugby team, visiting Sri Lanka from Britain, had died after being admitted to hospital with respiratory difficulties. The deceased is a 26 year old British national was part of a 22 member group of rugby players which arrived in the country last Thursday. According to Police, the team played a friendly rugby match series in Colombo on Saturday. The group is claimed to have attended a night club in Colpetty following the conclusion of the matches. Police said two of the players had suffered from respiratory difficulties after returning to the team hotel around 4 am last night. The hotel management had taken measures to admit the two players to hospital following which one of the British national was pronounced dead. […]

Mullivaikkal remembrance week commences

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mullivaikkal remembrance events commenced with the lighting of flames in Chemmani and Mirusuvil in Jaffna, Uyilankulam in Mannar, and Mulankavil, to mark the first day of the remembrance week in the North and East. The commemorations were attended by former Jaffna University Vice Chancellor, Prof. S. Mohanadas, Provincial Councillors, local government and civil society representatives. The commemorative events will take place across the North and East in the run up to 18 May. The Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution last week marking 18 May as a day of mourning for Tamils, in memory of those killed during the final phase of the separatist war. The resolution was brought by NPC member Ananthi Sasitharan, during the NPC’s 122nd session last Wednesday, and was seconded […]

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