The Return Of India: New Realities For The Govt & The TNA

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Something happened. Things just changed. Unnoticed by the Sri Lanka’s cosmopolitan civil society intelligentsia which was engaged in “much wailing and gnashing of teeth” (as the Bible has it), and “how many angels can dance on a pinhead” type disputations (convoluted and obfuscatory, with much lost in translation), the tectonic plates just shifted. The five post-war years were largely wasted because the South and North, the Sinhalese and Tamil political elites represented by the Government and the TNA adopted political postures that were exceedingly unrealistic but did not appear to be so. The mutual and shared unrealism was possible because of one factor and that factor has just changed; it no longer exists. Thus in an overarching,  parabolic, strategic sense the worst may be over, though in […]

Media Not Allowed To Cover Sumanthiran Cross-Examining Gotabaya

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Tuesday prevented media from covering the court proceedings when the President’s brother, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapakasa was cross-examined by Lawyer MA Sumanthiran. Yesterday, the defamation case filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa against Lasantha Wickrematunge and the Sunday Leader on its reporting on MiG 27 purchase by the Defence Ministry was taken up at the District Court of Mt. Lavinia before Judge Gihan Ranawaka. Earlier Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave evidence-in-chief on the 22nd of May. The Cross Examination was started on the 27th May by Lawyer MA Sumanthiren. In a strange twist the Police debarred media personnel from entering the Courts to cover the proceedings. On earlier occasions it was evident that an entire media entourage was encouraged and prosecution Counsel Ali Sabri PC was seen and quite openly giving […]

‘Lands in Killinochchi was captured by the Army from the LTTE’ so the Army refuses to give it to the Tamil owners.

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A group of people who had come from Chavakachcheri held a protest in Kilinochchi demanding a land which had been used by the Army after it was captured from the LTTE, the army said.  “A group of 40 people arrived in Chavakachcheri staged a protest in Kilinochchi asking for the land. The land was captured by the Army from the LTTE. None of the protesters had legal deeds for the land although they claimed it was theirs,” Defence Ministry spokesman, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said. He said the land was adjacent to the land where the slain LTTE Leader used to commemorate Martyrs’ Day. A Tamil civilian asked if the Army claims the lands in Tamil area are theirs now than did we have TWO countries before […]

Sri Lanka confident it can fool Sushma Swaraj.

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan government Ministers have welcomed the appointment of Sushma Swaraj as India’s External Affairs Minister. Swaraj had called upon the Lankan government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC); go beyond the 13 Amendment in devolving power to the provinces; and remove the army from civilian duties in Tamil areas in April 2012. To date none had been done by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamils who had been cheated by sucesive governments believe that they will never do it. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera, said that having interacted with Swaraj when she came to Sri Lanka in April  2012 as head of an all-party parliamentary delegation, he could say that she has a “vast knowledge” of international relations and […]

Minister Wimal Weerawansa is the Winner.

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Clown in the govt. circus If ever there was a contest to determine the best comedian amongst the members of the Cabinet, the accolade would undoubtedly be conferred on Wimal Weerawansa.Even though many of the Cabinet members are all comedians, Weerawansa is a clear cut winner in comic acting; so much so that he can be placed on par with veteran comedians such as Rowan Atkinson and Robin Williams. While he is notorious for spending twenty to thirty thousand rupees each month for the maintenance of his hair, he was also publicly shamed for having toured Disneyland and living a royal lifestyle. His comedy is so supreme that local veterans like Freddie Silva and Eddie Jayamanne would have been out of job had they still been around.Weerawansa has displayed […]

The rise and fall of Tamil Leader Prabhakaran

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Bhadrakumar could foresee what is in store for the Tamils. By M K Bhadrakumar The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran’s death circa May 19, 2009, in circumstances we will never quite get to know, concludes a morality play. As the curtain comes down and we leave the theatre, the spectacle continues to haunt us. We feel a deep unease and can’t quite figure out the reason. Something rankles somewhere. And then we realize we have blood on our hands. Not only our hands, but our whole body and deeper down, our conscience – what remains of it after the mundane battles of our day-to-day life – are also dripping with blood. Prabhakaran’s blood. No, it is not only Prabhakaran’s, but also of  70,000 Sri Lankan Tamils […]

TEN Sri Lankans Elected as Councillors in London

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

  1. Selvanayagam Michael, Labour Party: 2609     Croydon (Broad Green) 2. Sasikala Suresh, Labour Party, 1458,  Harrow  (Headstone South) 3. Krishna Suresh Labour Party, 1448, Harrow  (Rayners Lane) 4. Paul Sathianesan  Labour      East Ham (North) 5. Thavathurai Jayachandran Labour Redbridge 6, Yogan Yoganathan – Liberal Democrat – 1111 – Kingston (ST MARK’S) 7. Thay Thayalan – Liberal Democrat – 836 – Kingston  (TOLWORTH AND HOOK RISE)  8, Eliza Packiadevi Mann –  Liberal Democrat  1465  Southwark (Riverside) 9. Kairul Kareema Marikar  Labour 1392 – Harrow (West Harrow) 10. Councillor Kana Naheerathan Labour 1981 – Brent (Queensbury)  

Malaysian police just act when they receive information from Sri Lanka

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Penang Deputy CM Ii Challenges Igp To Proof Arrested Foreigners ‘Tamil Tigers’ GEORGE TOWN, May 27 (Bernama) — Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy today challenged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to show proof that the three Sri Lankan nationals arrested recently were Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants.He said the LTTE had long been disbanded and the arrested Sri Lankan nationals held cards issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to stay in this country without action being taken against them by the authorities.“How can he (Khalid) say that the LTTE exists? The Malaysian police do not conduct any study. They just act when they receive information from Sri Lanka … these people […]

Wife of a Sri Lankan elected 2nd time to European parliament

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Wife of a Sri Lankan elected 2nd time to European parliament Wife of a Sri Lankan has reelected for the next five years  to the European Parliament yesterday (25). She is Babara Lochbielar and wife of the well-known writer Ranjith Henayakaarchchi. Babara contested form the Green party and elected for the second time to the European parliament.  She has a wide experience as a senior officer with more than 10 years experience in Human Rights field works for Amnestey internation in Germany. During her last 5 years as the chief of human Rights unit in the European parliament safeguard human rights in the large number of countries including Myanmar and Arab. We congratulate Babara to strengthen and uplift Human Rights in suppressed countries.

Winning And Losing The Cold War

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – “…And mine is the sling of David” – Jose Marti (The ‘Apostle’ of Cuban Independence) The international press called it ‘victory’ and even ‘triumph’. Exactly five years ago, on 28th May 2009, The Times (London) headlined a report as follows:“Sri Lanka forces West to retreat over ‘war crimes’ with victory at UN”.Concluding our Thirty Years War in May 2009 we had victories on two fronts, or our victory had two dimensions: military and diplomatic. We won the hot war and the first battle of the Cold War. Then, we won more votes (29) than the world’s sole superpower the USA has been able to obtain for its adversarial resolutions on Sri Lanka three years running. That was then, this is now. Navi Pillay is about to unleash […]

Sri Lankan asylum seekers wrongly expelled

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Federal Migration Office has come under fire for wrongly rejecting asylum applications from two Sri Lankans who were arrested on their return to their home country and are still in prison. Following reevaluation, deportations are to resume. A report released on Monday referred to a series of blunders resulting from “systemic conditions”, which led to the wrong decision being made in 2011. An external investigation into the matter was ordered after the Federal Administrative Court found the asylum applications to be valid, but only after the two men had been deported. The Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights and the United Nations Refugee Agency, which conducted the investigation, found that the asylum application assessments had not been thorough enough. The errors were exacerbated […]

GTF explores legal options on banned organizations and people by SL government

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GTF has been exploring its legal options and will be taking the necessary steps in the coming weeks.  Many countries have come out publicly through formal statements, through formal meetings and some even in their respective parliaments have stated that they do not recognise this ban. A letter received by a member organisation ATC from Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Canadian Government Press Release http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2014/04/30a.aspx The UK Government Minister with responsibility for Sri Lanka, Rt. Hon Mr Hugo Swire MP, states that the proscription of Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals by the Sri Lankan authorities is “not conducive to a successful reconciliation process” and, once again, raises “serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka”. The Minister’s answers to questions posed by Mr […]

Resolution in US Congress to punish Lanka’s war criminals

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A resolution received by the Congress in Washington DC last Monday calls upon the Obama administration to “place restrictions on the entry to the United States for anyone it identified as responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Sri Lanka. The timing of this strongly worded resolution is significant. Firstly, it comes with barely a week to go for UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s announcement on who will serve in an international investigation of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. She will also spell out the terms of reference of the process that will be backed by a team of advisors and experts. Second is that the resolution has also been referred to the two important arms of the US Congress […]

Modi wants more devolution in Sri Lanka?

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions in May 2009 before his Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hard, asking for him to deliver on his promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions — a formula called ‘Thirteen-Plus’ that was promised during diplomatic negotiations with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in April/May 2009 which gave Rajapaksha a free pass to kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 alone. The Rajapaksha’s army killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flags […]

Modi, Mahinda, And More…

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, has set a healthy precedent for all of South Asia to follow by inviting all neighbourhood leaders for his inauguration, including Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka’s President should be more than willing to accept the invitation. In doing so, President Rajapaksa could be expected to wave away reservations, if any, from within, citing Modi’s outgoing Congress predecessor, Manmohan Singh, boycotting CHOGM last year, after raising hopes and controversies through the long run-up. If it came to that, he can be expected to silence those critics by pointing to the unprecedented new regional initiative, which the Sri Lankan Government has been pressing even for addressing domestic concerns like the ‘ethnic issue’ in the country. In […]

Losing The Peace: Why The LLRC Report Is Not Implemented

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Five years after the thirty years war we are in a time of transition to a termination. It can go either way: tenuous equilibrium and a modus vivendi or a bloody tragedy as finale. The foreseeable future of Sri Lanka will depend on the Mahinda-Modi equation. There are at least two broad scenarios. Scenario I: Soft Landing The Sinhala/Southern Establishment seizes the opening provided by an incoming Modi administration with a shared or compatible ideological morphology, comprehends that a strategic rapprochement with Delhi represents the last chance of stopping an externally driven or backed separation of the North and East, and pays the minimum price for such a rapprochement in the form of the full implementation of the 13th amendment within […]

‘BJP leaders have hurt Tamils’

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to protect the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils, Union minister Pon. Radhakrishnan today said. “Modi is committed to save the life and rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka,” Radhakrishnan, who was inducted as a Minister of State in the new government said.  Replying to a query on the opposition of Tamil parties to the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, he said the government is concerned about the problems of Tamils and there is no need to fear. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/modi-committed-to-protect-rights-of-sri-lankan-tamils-114052700300_1.html The police removed 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi members and 13 members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi for staging protests against the visit of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The police said that the Naam Tamilar Katchi cadre protested in front […]

South Asian leaders at Indian high table

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

As eight leaders from SAARC and beyond took the front row at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday, there was a rare feel-good atmosphere in a tense region that is home to one-fourth of the world’s people. Apart from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and other SAARC leaders and representatives, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius was present. The new Indian Prime Minister’s speed diplomacy, and the readiness with which his invitation was accepted,, has boosted India’s centrality to the region. Despite the known unknowns about his foreign policy, it has also given rise to huge expectations across South Asia — the enchanting mood at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening belied the troubled relations that India has with most of its neighbours. Less […]

BJP has stood its ground and welcomed President Rajapaksa.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister. He who began life as a humble tea vendor has secured the topmost elected position in the world’s largest democracy. His stellar rise in the world of politics red in tooth and claw is truly remarkable and inspiring. His task now is to live up to people’s expectations. Meanwhile, a noticeable absentee at Modi’s oath taking ceremony on Monday was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha, who kept away in protest against the BJP’s invitation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa she is all out to demonise. The BJP has stood its ground and welcomed President Rajapaksa. This is in sharp contrast to how PM Modi’s immediate predecessor handled Jayalalitha; […]

Meeting India’s concerns to sustain new relationship

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera The Sri Lankan government sees in the Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi a new opportunity to win India over to its side. President Rajapaksa has made sure that he will be off to a flying start with his decision to be present at the swearing in of the new Indian Prime Minister, who had tweeted that it was a great pleasure to talk to the Sri Lankan President when he made his congratulatory call.  It is clear that the Sri Lankan government leadership senses, or believes there is, a resonance with the new Indian leadership.  Indeed, the change of government in India has opened up the possibility of a new dimension of personal warmth to enter into the relationship between the two leaders of […]

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