Police and military simply stand and watch or escort thugs!

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Conspiracies theories abound; Dead Left Ministers summon small group meetings to warn of impending coup like developments. There is mayhem all round – the UNHRC probe, anti-Muslim pogroms, the Modi–Jayalalithaa twin-landslide nightmare and infighting in the government. The most intense and sharply focussed manic moment is the assault on the Muslim community, its places of worship and Muslim businesses, plotted, programmed and provoked by extremist Buddhist monks. Is the BBS, or more muscular souls in clerical attire, simply doing its ‘thing’ (with help from here and there – and we know where) or is it a façade of a deeper plot? Conspiracy theories multiply when society and polity break down and mayhem widens. There is no shortage of rumour as arsonists ignite, police and military […]

“Gnanasara’s Bravery Comes From Gota”, Ivan Reveals “Gota’s Fascist Story”

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Strong links between Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) that recently instigated anti-Muslim violence in Southern Sri Lanka have been exposed by Ravaya – a mainstream Sinhala weekly newspaper in Sri Lanka. The article written by the paper’s former Editor and its Chairman  – Victor Ivan titled ‘Gotabaya’s shadow’ has revealed the extent to which Gotabaya has been influencing activities of the BBS. The piece discloses that following the deadly attacks in Aluthgama and Beruwala, the BBS had been instructed by Gotabaya to hold a press conference and clear his name off the mounting accusations that held him responsible for the attacks on Muslims. He had asked the BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara – the monk infamous for his racist remarks, to disassociate Gotabaya with the […]

Dhanapala warns against criticizing Prince Hussein

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Senior diplomat Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala warns that it will be an act of spitting at own face if the Sri Lankan government continues to attack Prince Hussein who is to succeed Navi Pillai as the UNHCR chief. The former ambassador in Washington and Geneva has told ‘Sunday Divaina’ that it was very disadvantageous to the country if the persons, not their acts and policies, are criticized. Dr. Dhanapala has said that he has had diplomatic dealings with Prince Hussein in New York, including that both had run for the UN secretary general post, but lost to Ban ki Moon. He is a person who commits himself to human rights of many countries and has impartially carried out his duties in dealing with disciplinary matters of […]

28 villagers arrested for assaulting Buddhist monk

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Police today said that twenty-eight persons including 14 women and a teenager have been arrested after a group of villagers allegedly assaulted the Chief Incumbent of the Sri Munasingharama Buddhist Temple in Hatale, Panwila. The attack had reportedly taken place due to a dispute between the Buddhist monk and the villagers.Twenty-seven suspects have been remanded until July 3 after being produced at the Teldeniya Magistrate’s Court while the other suspect, a 17-year-old youth, has been handed over to the Weragala Children’s Home. The assaulted monk is currently receiving treatment at the Kandy Hospital, police said.

“News blackout” backfired on government – Champika

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka criticized the unofficial “news blackout” imposed by the government on mainstream  media with regard to Aluthgama and Beruwala clashes saying the move completely backfired on the government, causing enormous harm to the country’s image overseas. “This is the age of social media, of citizen journalism. Nearly everyone has a mobile phone. Around 18 million people in the country are on Facebook.  Information gets out fast. By withholding information, the Government opened the door for so many rumors to float around and the truth got suppressed,” Minister Ranawaka told The Nation.  He also added that it was unfortunate that the media, particularly the English language media and citizen journalists on social media, had taken it upon […]

Gota’s Billions represent only a ‘minute fraction’ of his illicit amassment – exposed in Parliament

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News-29.June.2014, 11.30PM) The uncouth uneducated Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapakse who fled to America in fear of the war at a time he should have stuck back and fought for his country, and after over a decade returned to the motherland , has now after taking over the Urban development authority (UDA) had drowned that Institution in a deep sea of irredeemable debt amounting to Rs. 22.68 billion..! as revealed in Parliament . This shocking revelation was made by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in parliament in response to a question raised by UNP M.P. Ravi Karunanayake. It is the consensus, this is a financial debacle that is unsurprising and to be expected when a demented medically condemned individual like Gotabaya is put at the helm of a most important […]

GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a statement, has strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists led by monks on 20 April 2012, calling for its destruction claiming it was constructed illegally. The inaction of law enforcement authorities to stop the attacks and the Prime Minister’s decision to order its removal and relocation highlights the State authorities’ continued infringement on religious freedom and intolerance of non-Buddhist faiths on the island. It is of greater concern that the Prime Minister’s office declared that the decision was taken […]

Violence against Muslims reveals yet another ugly face of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony: TGTE

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) condemns in the strongest terms attacks on Muslims. • “Historically what started as the movement against Indian business people led by Anagarika Tharmapala in the 1880s, then followed in the form of riots against Christian Sinhalese at Kotahena in 1883, the Sinhala- Muslim riots of 1915, the disenfranchisement of Plantation Tamils in 1950, continued on as the anti-Tamil riots at Kelaniya in July 1956 and the pogroms against Tamils in 1958 and 1977, then the genocidal violence unleashed against the Tamils on a larger scale in 1983.” • “The Genocide against the Tamils committed at Mullivaaikkaal in 2009 is nothing but a clear expression of Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, with the present violence against the Muslims a part of […]

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal Following a visit by our Chairman to all our homes and projects in Sri Lanka, we identified that many of our young children are lacking in essential vitamins needed for a healthy diet.With this need in mind we have developed a ‘Milk Aid initiative’ which involves providing fresh milk to children under the age of 12 when a child’s development is most important. Arobanam have started giving milk to 125 children on a daily basis in Mahadeva Asram, Kilinochchi in the North east of Sri Lanka which amounts to a monthly cost of £275. Please click on the link below and take a look at the video capturing the work that is already underway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQAKPAhdDzk We are looking to our patrons and friends to support this […]

Threats to the lives of a minor who was gang raped and her father; a police officer suspended and transferred for taking action against the rapists

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received informationthat a 13 year old girl was brutally gang raped during an entire night, by six infamous criminals who belong to a political party. The station head officer (SHO) has been suspended and thereafter transferred for filing charges of gang rape and assault against the rapists. The rapists have been identified in court by the victim and the court had ordered the arrest of the perpetrators. However, local police have ignored the orders of the court to arrest the suspects due to the nexus between the criminals and police officers. One perpetrator was handed over to police and the criminals are trying to exonerate all other suspects by converting the FIRs into C class reports, a term […]

Next Year Will Mark Sri Lanka’s First Racial Riots Centenary

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan – We, Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR are deeply concerned about and strongly condemn the heinous violence that has been meted out this monthagainst the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Looking at history – ethnic violence, sectarian violence and cultural violence against the Tamils and Muslims in the island are nothing new. Impunity is deeply entrenched and has continued for many decades. The first racial riot in the island was in June 1915. It was between the Sinhala Buddhists and the Muslims – 136 Muslims were killed and 205 injured and raped. Nearly 85 mosques were damaged and more than 4,075 muslim-owned shops were looted by the Sinhala rioters, from Central province to the Western and North Western provinces. In 1974 tension intensified between […]

Witnesses to UN team will be punished in Sri Lanka.

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The government is closely focused on harshly punishing any Sri Lankans who witness before the Navi Pillay-appointed probing committee, the ‘Irida Divaina’ reports. It is said that the witnesses to UN who discloses the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009 and the killing of Tamil Leaders who surrendered with White Flags after UN negotiated the ‘White Flage surrender’ are to be punished under the Terrorism Prevention Act and the Official Secrets Act. It is also said that People who expose the raping of Tamil girls by the Army as seen of Tamil TV News reader Isaipriya to the UN team will be punished. It is believed that if these witnesses are in Sri Lanka they will […]

Gota orders stern action against spread of religious hatred on social media

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said that he has ordered security authorities to take stern action against those who espouse racial and religious hatred using social media. Sri Lanka has seen a recent spike in the spread of religious hatred through social media websites such as Facebook, in the wake of recent clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala. Authorities had stated that various rumors and false information being spread through text messages and certain anti-Muslim and anti-Buddhist Facebook accounts had only worsened the already unstable situation in the country. Meanwhile Buddhist activists accused of alleged involvement in violence against Sri Lanka’s Muslims said on Friday that accounts of their group’s members on social media site Facebook had been blocked. “My account is blocked,” Bodu Bala Sena […]

‘MR doen’t know to govern a land without war’

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not know how to govern a land without a war and is attempting to make his dream of a third term in office, a reality by starting a racist commotion, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera has told a weekend newspaper. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not know how to govern a land without a war or commotion. He ended a war… yes. But looking back at the five years since the end of war, what can be seen? Even if the war against terrorism is over, women are still in battle… In a battle to live… Theft, thuggery… All that is running  rampant,” he has said. He, who dreams of becoming President for the third time, thinks he can only make it happen […]

The ‘Talibanist Buddhists’ attacking Sri Lanka’s Muslims

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena espouse hardline Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and have been accused of inciting religious hatred against Sri Lanka’s minorities, including before June’s violent assaults on Muslim communities. By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai   COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  Post-war Sri Lanka was rocked by the worst violence it has seen two weeks ago. On June 15, communal clashes set the southern resort towns of Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala alight. At least three were killed, 88 injured, 64 houses, 39 shops and a mosque completely destroyed while numerous others were damaged, according to data compiled by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka. Overnight, 2,248 persons were instantly displaced in the worst religious riots in Sri Lanka’s recent history. The group accused of instigating the violence is Bodu Bala Sena, whose name translates […]

The Land Where Hope Was Killed And Despair Was Reborn

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Narendran – HOPE: Hope is a bird  With wonderful feathers Sits on the boughs of the soul And sings the song of how to remain alive It sings when the dream breaks It sings when ships over turn You are at the bottom and Far away is the beach At that time it teaches you How to ride from bottom to top How to swim to reach to the beach How to rebuild the broken wings of your dream Then you get an energy in form of a wind in the tune To be alive strongly better than before And it will continue to sing till you want to listen. (inspired by Dikinson) DESPAIR: Dreams I despair Loss of hopelessness Doubt my hopeless dreams Trapped in this […]

BBS barbarity On Muslims In Aluthgama – All What I Saw And Heard

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Latheef Farook – On seeing the pictures and videos in YouTube of the horrendous crimes committed by the   Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena, on 15 Sunday and 16 Monday June 2014, I decided to visit the affected areas to see the destruction and speak to people there. On Thursday 19 June, I visited these areas together with retired SP Abdulrahman Abedeen. There we met Naim Master, a popular retired principal and a well known activist, who took us around .On the way we saw the scale of the destruction which I never thought could happen especially after the 30 year ethnic war following the July 1983 anti Tamil pogrom. The areas visited include Aluthgama,Beruwala, Dharga Town, Adhikarigoda, Meeraatchikanda, Welipitiya and Seenawatta. I spoke to victims from all walks […]

BBS And Its Religious Fanaticism

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The communal fires that were ignited in Aluthgama over the last week, is what is despicable about the island nation. It is what drove this country towards three decades of bloodshed and economic loss. It saw the fine fabric of society broken to unrecognizable shreds that no one dare desire a return to. Yet the incidents in the sea side town and its environs have the potential to push the country to that bitter history of brutality. If we are to be blinded by the victory of defeat, then there are still lessons from the region that can provide evidence of what must be prevented. Accordingto former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the trauma started in 1979 with the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. […]

Demarcation of the lines of authority essential for peace

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

t appears from the various news reports and electronic media news clips that all is not well in our paradise island.The violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela whether they be referred to as communal, religious or pseudo communal, has raised a hornet’s nests.But the most strange situation that has arisen is that the official spokesmen appearing regarding these incidents are either from the Police or from the armed forces.Politicians have press conferences or refer to this situation at the numerous foundation laying or inaugurations they participate in but appear to fight shy of making any official statement.In those long ago years, when I was in the Information Department, never did law enforcing authorities appear on the media scenario to make clear what had lead to any […]

SL refugee on fast arrested

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan refugee, who was observing a fast unto death demanding the Indian government to hand him and his family to the United Nations instead of deporting them to Sri Lanka, was arrested by the Cheyyar police on Thursday and was shifted to a Prison in Chennai.“A case has been registered against him for attempting to commit suicide. He has been taken to the Magistrate Court,” said a police official.The arrested, Chenthuran had been observing a hunger protest from Tuesday.A case was registered against him to restrict his movement and activities outside the camp. He was lodged in the special camp in Chengalpet. He was later shifted to the special camp in Tiruvannamalai district along with 30 other inmates recently.The State government had written […]

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