JR Jayewardene Wanted to “Burn Jaffna To The Ground” Twice in 1987 But Lankan Armed Forces Refused to Avoid Unacceptable Casualty Toll.

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By Amit Baruah Sri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to “take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was deployed in the island nation. Jayewardene told visiting American diplomat Peter Galbraith that he had twice ordered his troops to take Jaffna — “burn the place to the ground” — and they had talked him out of it on grounds of unacceptably high casualties. A little over 1,200 Indian soldiers died in IPKF operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in northern and eastern Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990. In May 1991, former Prime Minister Rajiv […]

Will Norway Hand Over Diaspora Tiger Leader “Nediyavan” to Sri Lanka?

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “What was your first military operation”? was a question posed to Veluppillai Prabhakaran in a media interview many years ago. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) Leader replied ” Alfred Durayappah”. Prabhakaran was of course referring to the popular former mayor and ex-MP for Jaffna Alfred Thangarajah Durayappah who was gunned down within the Jaffna peninsula on July 27th 1975. Prabhakaran and three others Kalapathy, Kirubakaran and Satkunam were responsible for the cold blooded murder which took place opposite the Ponnaalai Varadarajapperumaal temple. An assassination of an unarmed civilian holding elected office is generally regarded as an act of terrorism and not as a military operation. But Prabhakaran claiming the murder of Durayappah as his first military operation is indicative of Prabhakaran’s twisted […]

Tamils protest Sri Lanka’s Independence Day

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Jaffna Magistrate’s Court had banned protests obstructing the road, but despite demonstrators confining themselves to the sides, police obstructed the civilians from moving. Family members of the disappeared and of political detainees attended the protests and chanted slogans, demanding the release of detainees, answers for the disappeared and for the removal of the military from Tamil land. Members of the military and the police filmed protestors. Special Task Force personell were also rushed to the scene. The protest came as an unprecedented large military parade was held in Jaffna, causing deep anxiety to locals, still traumatised from decades of military violence. Magistrate’s court order restricting protests Sri Lanka’s military is thought to have committed mass atrocities on a large scale and maintains a heavy presence […]

Maithripala Sirisena And Sri Lanka’s False Dawn

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Taylor Dibbert Mr. Dibbert (@taylordibbert) is a freelance writer and author of “Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth.” Sri Lankan military personnel take part in an Independence Day parade rehearsal in Colombo on February 2, 2017.Sri Lanka is preparing to mark the 69th anniversary of independence from Britain on February 4. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images) During a time when we’ve seen democratic backsliding across the globe, Sri Lanka was a purported political success story. A pair of elections in 2015, including the surprising ascension of Maithripala Sirisena as president, were supposed to put the country on a positive course and roll back a decade of increasingly authoritarian, nepotistic rule by strongman […]

Norway ready to assist in accordance with int’l procedures Tamil diaspora role in assassination bid

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

Norway ready to assist in accordance with int’l procedures Tamil diaspora role in assassination bid by Shamindra Ferdinando The Norwegian embassy has indicated Norwegian readiness to assist an ongoing investigation into the alleged involvement of Norway based Tamil diaspora elements in an attempt to assassinate Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka on behalf of the Government constituent, JHU recently alleged that Norway based eelam activists had been behind the assassination bid. Acting on information provided by an ex-LTTE cadre, the police have so far arrested five members of the LTTE. It is alleged that Norway based LTTE elements had given the contract to a group local Tigers to carry out the assassination using claymore mines. Police investigators have […]

‘Gunning’ for Sumanthiran

5th February 2017 // 0 Comments

‘Gunning’ for Sumanthiran By Manekshaw Plans to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran, who is a confidant of TNA Leader and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, have been unearthed by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) with the arrest of five suspects. The preliminary investigation carried out by the TID has brought to light that the assassination plot was hatched with the involvement of certain pro-LTTE activists abroad. In a vacuum state, where only a handful of intellectually sound politicians remain in the present Tamil political scene following the assassinations of several refined politicians, Sumanthiran’s entry into Tamil political scene was much appreciated with his prominent role played in bringing out the UNHRC resolutions in Geneva against the Lankan Government on alleged […]

Are they alive? – arrested or surrendered and disappeared

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

British Tamil People gathered in front of Downing street on the 29th of January 2017, to protest against inaction by the Sri Lankan government in finding out the whereabouts of those who surrendered to the Sri Lankan government forces soon after the end of the war in 2009.  The event was co-ordinated by British Tamils Forum, as part of their ‘Are they alive?’ campaign and to bring awareness of the plight of relatives whose kith and kin have been disappeared.  The relatives have started a hunger strike demanding to know what has happened to their loved ones, who were taken away by the Sri Lankan state. The Sri Lankan government has so far failed to deliver on the promises they have made to the international community with […]

Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are fear of offending the Sinhalese leaders and their fanatical supporters

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

In a recent article in the Daily mirror of January 5, 2017, titled “Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true, the writer refers to the fact that the Opposition Leader has pinned his hopes for a peaceful and prosperous country in 2017 on a resolution of the National Question. The writer poses the question, ‘What is the National Question’. He takes the view that it boils down to, what the grievances are of the Tamil people, which he says should be spelt out. In this article, I am attempting to list out some of the grievances, and would like to quote from the LLRC report which states as follows. “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict lies in […]

TID arrests another suspect in plot to assassinate Sumanthiran

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Another suspect has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) told a court in Kilinochchi yesterday. V. Vijayan from Mannar is the fifth suspect to be arrested in the case. The interrogation of four ex-LTTE cadres arrested earlier this month in connection with the case and further inquiries had led to Vijayan’s arrest, Daily FT learns. Yesterday, the TID informed the Kilinochchi magistrate court that the five were being held on drug charges and in connection with plotting to assassinate a politician. The TID filed three reports in court yesterday, including a request to have the suspects’ mobile telephones sent for decryption and analysis. The four […]

Britain to take a lead, supporting Sri Lanka at the UNHRC – Govt. to ‘buy time’ at UNHRC in March: FM

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government will go for a “technical rollover resolution” or, a procedural extension that will allow it more time to implement its undertakings– when Sri Lanka is taken up at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month. This was revealed by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera while taking questions at Chatham House earlier this month. “Yes, March is soon approaching,” he said. “As I said, we are rather happy, not sure what the word is, with the progress we have made so far. But, of course, we hope, maybe, to go for a technical rollover, because we need a little more time, especially…to work out the architecture or contours of the judicial mechanism.” The Minister admitted that the subject of a judicial mechanism has become […]

Global Tamil Forum unreservedly condemns the recent alleged attempt to harm Honourable Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran in the North of Sri Lanka

1st February 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 31 January 2017, London   Global Tamil Forum unreservedly condemns the recent alleged attempt to harm Honourable Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran in the North of Sri Lanka   The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is deeply shocked and horrified to hear the news of a plan to assassinate Honourable Member of Parliament Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran in Jaffna. GTF and diaspora Tamils are immensely relieved that the alleged plan failed and are grateful to all whose timely action helped preventing the dastardly act. We condemn those who planned this reprehensible attempt in the strongest possible terms, and call upon the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Mr. Sumanthiran plays a very important role in the post-2009 […]

Pro-Tamil outfits up ante on war crimes probe

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

As a regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is set to meet in Geneva in March, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan on Monday urged the Indian government to sponsor a resolution at the council that would ensure that there is an international investigation led by international judges into the alleged war crimes in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009. He said that VCK, SDPI, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi, Tamil nationalist parties and Periyarite groups will soon protest outside Central government offices to urge the Indian government in this regard. Mr. Thirumavalavan told journalists here that the Maithiripala Sirisena’s regime in Sri Lanka has been consistently misleading the international community on the status of the Tamils and […]

Sri Lanka: “Thirteenth (13th) Amendment no solution to our problem”

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

by our London Correspondent ( January 30, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) JVP MP Vijitha Herath visiting London on invitation for a Workshop of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, also met the Tamil and Muslim diaspora on 27 January 2017 at Trinity Community Hall, East Ham, London E12 6SG. He stated that the 13th Amendment was no solution to the problem in Sri Lanka. Both the Tamils and the Sinhala people should have equal economic rights. Both Languages are state languages, but there is no implementation of the Tamil language in many areas and as seen particularly in Police stations. As far as national unity is concerned, the JVP has always stood for united and not a divided country. Our political stance all long has been […]

Is robbing 48 gold sovereigns, Rs. 600,000 from a Tamil an act of war heroic?

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

A senior Navy officer is being accused of having abducted and detained a Tamil businessman of Colombo during the war and robbing 48 gold sovereigns and Rs. 600,000 in cash from him before making him to disappear. The Colombo magistrate’s court has severely reprimanded the CID for delaying the arrest of the accused and ordered the senior DIG in charge of the CID to appear before the court and explain as to why he was not yet arrested.  Thereafter, the CID has informed the Navy officer in question to report to the CID on February 01. Incumbent Navy commander Ravi Wijegunawardena and ex-commander Wasantha Karannagoda are exerting pressure on the government hierarchy that acting against the war heroes would affect their morale. According to reports […]

Mahinda opposed to Gota, Chamal gaining upper hand

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

Reports say Mahinda Rajapaksa is strongly opposing attempts by the joint opposition to raise the image of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or Chamal Rajapaksa as his political successor. When MP Kumar Welgama made a suggestion in this regard, Mahinda took him to task and expelled him, reports say.    A majority of JO MPs is of the view that they could not go on in this journey by retaining Mahinda as their leader, as he had been rejected at the last presidential election. They want either Gotabhaya or Chamal to take his place.  If such a decision is taken, most SLFP MPs in the government can be lured into their side, they believe.   When Welgama made the suggestion, Mahinda had become very angry, severely reprimanded and […]

Five Suspects Arrested Over Plot To AssassinateTNA MP Sumanthiran Produced At Kilinochchi Court And Remanded Until Feb 13th

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Another suspect has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) told a court in Kilinochchi yesterday. Vijayan from Mannar is the fifth suspect to be arrested in the case. The interrogation of four ex-LTTE cadres arrested earlier this month in connection with the case and further inquiries had led to Vijayan’s arrest, Daily FT learns. Yesterday, the TID informed the Kilinochchi magistrate court that the five were being held on drug charges and in connection with plotting to assassinate a politician. The TID filed three reports in court yesterday, including a request to have the suspects’ mobile telephones sent for decryption and analysis. The four rehabilitated […]

The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

by Rohini Mohan “Gripping and profoundly moving … an astonishing feat of reportage.” – NPR Guide to 2014’s Great Reads For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. More than a million had been displaced by the conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. But the next five years changed everything. Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the heroism of wartime survival to reveal the creeping violence of the everyday. When city-bred Sarva is dragged off the streets by state forces, his middle-aged mother, Indra, […]

Looks who is talking of corruption.

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Borrowing several battle-cries from the opposition campaign that ousted his administration two years ago, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed a massive political rally in Nugegoda yesterday, accusing the national unity Government of corruption and vowing to recover stolen state assets when he regains political power. The Government was guilty of treason, Rajapaksa said, accusing them of selling off state institutions, property and harbours to foreigners. The ex-President turned Member of Parliament for the Kurunegala District also issued a tacit warning to all those looking to invest in state owned assets that a future government he leads would be looking to reclaim them. “When we come back to power, we will reclaim all these state assets,” he warned. President Maithripala accepted that the […]

Overseas LTTE Backed Plot To Assassinate TNA MP Sumanthiran in Jaffna?

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Nallavan” (not his real name) is a Tamil youth living in a Northern village. He was a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization who had surrendered to the armed forces in May 2009. He was incarcerated for a period of time and released after undergoing a process of rehabilitation. Life in a post-war Northern environment was painfully difficult because Nallavan could not get gainful employment anywhere. Neither did he have adequate financial resources to go abroad. Nallavan lived with an aged aunt and engaged occasionally in manual work as a casual worker whenever possible. Nallavan was approached by a former LTTE cadre called “Master” in November last year. Master asked “Nallavan” to hoist the LTTE flag clandestinely at particular […]

Tracing rip-offs during Mahinda regime unlikely – FCID

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) said it has made no substantial breakthrough in any of the 200 plus high profile overseas financial corruption cases they had filed in Court within the last two years. An FCID official told Ceylon Today that they have written to nearly 70 countries including Ukraine, USA, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, ……the Caribbean Islands including Jamaica and Panama, to name a few, but only 10 countries even acknowledged the letters which asked them to furnish details of the individuals who are believed to have stashed ill-gotten money in their countries. FCID teams have gone to Ukraine, Singapore and Hong Kong and held discussion on several cases but have been […]

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