Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict – Why Sri Lanka was not included?

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 Great public events in London at Global Summit 10-12 June! Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict!! Very Important Tamils attend this free 3 day events & give Voice for the Voiceless victim of our Tamil women in Tamileelam! Sexual …violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are co-chairing the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. This is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. 3 days of free […]

Political solution acceptable to Tamils needed to stop genocide agree Conservative MPs

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

British Conservative MPs condemned the genocide faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka, pledging to work towards a political solution that would end the oppression, at the first Conservative Party community event of the 2015 election campaign. Speaking at a summer fundraising event held by the British Tamil Conservatives on Friday, the MPs addressed several Tamil supporters, as well as professionals and entrepreneurs, over a light dinner. Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow, said Tamils continued to face genocide at the hands of the Sri Lankan state, a view that was endorsed by the other MPs present. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and MP for Barnet, Theresa Villiers, stressed that a ‘political solution acceptable to Tamils,’ would be required to address the ongoing rights […]

Solheim Speaks on White Flag Killings, Kohona, UN Theater

10th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Matthew Russell LeeUNITED NATIONS, June 9 — On Sri Lanka, the UN has entirely stonewalled Press questions about the new White Flag killings report and the light it sheds on current UN official Vijay Nambiar and former UN official, now Sri Lankan Ambassador Palitha Kohona. Now Erik Solheim of Norway has given an interview and said:Solheim: On 17 May, 2009, the Norwegians and others received calls by Pulidevan and Nadesan who wanted to surrender. We told them it was too late for us to arrange anything and advised them to hoist a white flag. On 18 May, we were informed they were killed. Q: However, Dr. Palitha Kohona declared, after the war, that the LTTE senior militants shot and killed Prabhakran and his immediate […]

Mahinda’s Appeal To The World Must Be Understood!

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Mahinda’s Appeal To The World Must Be Understood! Assertive Indian foreign policy needed!   | by Rajasingham Jayadevan   ( June 9, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) A fine toothcomb is not needed to understand President Mahinda Rajapakse’s psyche on the resolution to the historical conflict with the Tamils. His two prong strategy to the issue gives a very clear message. Some say it is his split approach to respond to the two distinct audiences dissimilarly. The first is his belligerent portrayal to the local audience and then the much desperate appeal to the outside world. The million dollar question is, is it really a cat and mouse game or a genuine offer to the world to help him overcome his own difficulties at home? If the […]

India’s call for ‘full implementation’ of 13-A

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 Dear Chief Minister (NPC) Please see article written by Neville Laduwahetty who is a lawyer profession.This is the type of Goebbelsian propaganda carried out by Sinhalese racists like this writer is meant to hoodwink India and the international community. There is no comparison with powers enjoyed by the states of India with powers enjoyed by the Provincial Councils. Under 13 A which created the provincial Councils all powers are vested in the non-elected Governor and not in the elected Chief Minister and the Council. There is a long list of subjects under the concurrence list which allows the centre to act roughshod over the Council. It is not Police powers alone, what about land powers? Does the PC enjoy power over land? If so how come the Sinhala army is grabbing land – both private […]

Hakeem slams ex-military Governors

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 President Gives Green Light To Wimal – 12 Proposals To Be Discussed At Length Wimal keen to push the Government like dog’s owner Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem today slammed the appointment of military Governors to the Northern and Eastern provinces. Speaking at an event in Yatinuwara in the Kandy District today, Hakeem said he fails to understand why retired military officers have been appointed as Governors to the North and East while in the South the Governors are civil officials. “What I feel is happening is that while on one hand we allow the minorities to enjoy their powers in the provinces on the other hand we are taking that away,” he said. Hakeem noted that having former […]

GTF news update for 7th to 9th June 2014

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

  In an interview with The Island newspaper, GTF Spokesperson, Suren Surendiran, calls on the of Government of Sri Lanka to engage with the impending OHCHR investigation: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=104644 DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Govt. was notified about UN team: OHCHR <http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/48168-govt-was-notified-about-un-team-ohchr-.html>   DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Preparations for UN inquiry gather steam <http://www.ft.lk/2014/06/09/preparations-for-un-inquiry-gather-steam/>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** New UN Human Rights High Commissioner expected to be tougher than Pillay <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=104727>   COLOMBO PAGE Norwegian peace envoy says ready to testify at any international tribunal on Sri Lanka <http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14A/Jun08_1402237959CH.php>   AL JAZEERA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Crime among Sri Lanka soldiers on rise <http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/06/crime-among-sri-lanka-soldiers-rise-2014636328915708.html>   THE HINDU  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** 17,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugee children left in limbo <http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/17000-sri-lankan-tamil-refugee-children-left-in-limbo/article6090441.ece> […]

Norwegian peace envoy says ready to testify at any international tribunal on Sri Lanka

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

June 08, Colombo: Former Norwegian minister and peace envoy Erik Solheim, once a key negotiator in Sri Lanka’s Oslo-mediated peace process, said he is willing to be a witness at any recognized international tribunal on alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lanka during the war. “I will be a witness before any recognized international tribunal if I am asked to do so,” Solheim told Ceylon Today in an exclusive interview. He added that he has been asked by the UN, USA and others on different occasions to be a witness in an inquiry on alleged human rights violations. Pointing out that during the war, tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and hospitals were shelled, the former peace envoy said such atrocities cannot be […]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa – War Criminal, Coward Or A President-In-Waiting?

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Muhammed Fazl – With international pressure building up and a successful prosecution taking shape against him, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa cashing in on the wave of success of his brother PresidentMahinda rajapaksa in local elections, is rushing to seek legitimacy and public support for a top job that could fall vacant in the near future. The sudden decision would have risen either from insecure complexities or as a precautionary measure of having immunity usually granted to serving heads and deputy heads of States against possible convictions in an International War Crimes Tribunal. It is also no secret that Mr. Gotabaya harbors great ambitions to fill the shoes of the President in the event the position becomes vacant, either due to an unexpected death […]

Challenging Modi In Colombo

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “I know what to give and what not to give.” – Mahinda Rajapaksa (The Hindu – 5.7.2009) During an extensive interview with ‘The Hindu’, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was asked about his oft-repeated ‘13th Amendment plus’ promise. “Even tomorrow I can give that…”[i] he replied promptly. That was July 2009. During the next five years, President Rajapaksa promised 13+ and denied promising 13+, again and again. The Rajapaksas and their acolytes (including theBBS) were elated when Narendra Modi won. They seemed to have believed that Mr. Modi’s Hindu supremacism would make him bond with his ideological blood-brothers in Colombo. Mr. Modi’s non-dependence on Tamilnadu increased Colombo’s elation. The invitation to attend his swearing-in seemed the definitive vindication of this optimistic outlook. “We are at ease. Now Mr. Modi can take […]

Peace would have been won without bloodshed

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Norwegian politician, Erik Solheim, who became a household name in Sri Lanka as a peace envoy who tried and failed to make peace between the Tamil Tigers and the government, in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today, said the war was won at a tremendous cost and that he would stand as witness before any recognized international tribunal, if asked to do so, on war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan Government.  Solheim, who is now the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee in the USA, is planning to launch a book, early next year, on his mission as a peace envoy during the bloody civil war, highlighting the ‘actions’ of the politicians and the Tamil Tigers involved in the process.  Excerpts of the interview:By […]

13A is not an Appendix – M.A. Sumanthiran

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

BY ANANTH PALAKIDNAR  In an interview with Ceylon Today, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran, said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not an Appendix. “The government should abide by the Constitution and ensure the full implementation of the Amendment before thinking of revisiting it to consider devolving police powers to the provinces. Following are excerpts:Q:What is your take on the recent views expressed by the government and several other political parties and individuals on the 13th Amendment?A: First of all, I would like to emphasize that the 13th Amendment to the Lankan Constitution was mainly introduced to devolve powers, in order to reach a political solution to the Tamil question in the North and East. It is not an Appendix. Therefore, the 13th Amendment, […]

A do and don’t do list for the new High Commissioner

9th June 2014 // 0 Comments

David Petrasek is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. The Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein (“Prince Zeid”), has just been nominated as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The outgoing High Commissioner – Navi Pillay of South Africa – served for six years. The High Commissioner is expected to take the UN lead in protecting human rights worldwide, even as he must also support the work and respond to the demands of the politically driven UN Human Rights Council. Reporting to the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner is also expected to act as an independent voice, able to speak out even (perhaps especially) when it’s inconvenient […]

13th Amendment, UNHRC and India.

8th June 2014 // 0 Comments

highly placed UPFA sources say they do not expect an Uva poll to take place until August. As for a presidential poll, these sources said, it would be in February next year. This is after the visit of Pope Francis to Colombo in January. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to attend the 69th UN General Assembly sessions which begin in September. Thereafter, the senior member said, he would have to present the Government’s budget. Immediately thereafter he would have to take part in the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, in November. In terms of the SAARC Charter, that absence of any head of any one state of a member country makes a summit invalid. Yet, the broader backdrop in […]

Is Sushma’s Appointment a Bonus for Sri Lanka?

8th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Then comes another clown from India. Subramaniam Swamy advises the BJP Government not to unilaterally have direct dealings with the Sri Lankan Tamils, but to deal with them through SL. Swamy, who had always been a die-hard fan of President Mahinda Rajapaksa said: “Without the willing support of Sri Lanka, India cannot solve any Tamil problem.” What a great advice he could given BJP! Though he is a Tamil, but also a Brahmin, he was not bothered about the 100,000 plus Tamils, who were butchered raped and murdered by the Sri Lankan Army. He aspires to be a minister in the BJP Government.    So stated by Visvanathna Sivam in his write up; in his article given below! Swamy cannot claim to be brahmin as the vedas state […]

Sri Lanka’s curse is rulers

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

There hasn’t been any country in the world other than Sri Lanka that has belittled Visual & Performing Arts. A politician in Sri Lanka had asked what can a person do with Visual & Performing Arts and had said it cannot even be eaten. This is how they see it. Children do not have a world of their own. What exists for them is a world of robots and their lives are ruled by such robots. Bridges and Expressways could be constructed in this country but a man who can travel on them cannot be built. Look at Nelum Pokuna Theater. It has been constructed with the highest technology. But where is aesthetic value? Aesthetic value comes with human feelings. There are actors and technicians but […]

GTF challenges GoSL to face UN probe

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said yesterday that the proposed UN probe would give an opportunity to establish the circumstances under which the war was brought to an end on the Vanni east front five years ago. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran told The Island that the government shouldn’t shun the investigation. Instead, the government should participate and facilitate the process. In an exclusive statement, Surendiran said that as President Rajapaksa always maintained that his government had nothing to hide, there was no reason for the GoSL not to cooperate with the UN. In fact, the UN-led process would help the GoSL to address the accountability issues for once and for all. Recalling statements attributed to President Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as well […]

Government tells different stories to different Parties including to India and the Sri Lankan public. PSC is only a waste of time.

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Communist Party Leader, D.E.W. Gunasekera, said he has decided not to participate in future proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed by the government to find a solution to the ethnic problem, as there was nothing more to discuss among ministers.  However, he said he would participate only if the TNA and SLMC became involved in the discussions. Gunasekera also invited all Opposition political parties to participate in the discussions. They are duty bound to find a solution to this cancer, which has caused immense damage to this country during the last 30 years, he said.Gunasekera also reiterated that the SLFP and UNP, even at this late stage, should make a genuine, concerted effort without any pre-conditions to find an acceptable solution to the national […]

13A and separation of Temple from State

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The sacred constitutional principle of the separation between the Church and the State (or the Temple and the State to that effect) refers to the distance in the relationship between the State and the organized religion. The wall of separation between the Church and the State, as Thomas Jefferson called it, evolved after centuries of temporal intervention into the affairs of the State and vice versa in Ancient Greece, Medieval Europe and pre-revolutionary France. Such a relationship resulted in the Church wielding enormous power over the State and indulging in the persecution of ‘infidels.’  After the Reformation, Renaissance and a spree of revolutions, Western Europe and the United States struck a demarcation between the Church and the State, thereby limiting the influence of organized religion in […]

Cracks within UPFA widen as Pillay finalises probe team

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Our Political Editor President tells SLFP ministers to consult him before attending functions after Ven. Rathana Thera launches movement for Pure Tomorrow A mixed bag of political developments this week forced the UPFA leadership to go into high gear. After the weekly ministerial meeting last Thursday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa asked members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to stay behind. He had some strong words of caution. He said Ministers in the SLFP should first check for themselves before taking part in events organised by other partners of the alliance. If there was anything controversial, they should check with the leadership. This was the way to maintain unity within the alliance, he said. Though Rajapaksa did not explain why he was declaring some events […]

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