Sinhala Army Remembered in Jaffna but Tamils are NOT allowed to remember their next of skin.

ONE RULE FOR THE SINHALESE Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to Buddhists Monks, transferred merits to armed force members who were killed in the war against the Tamil minority who fought for a separate state due to discrimination by successive Sinhala governments of Sri Lanka. The Budddhists Monks invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday (27) morning.  The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security…

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New UN rights probe intensifies pressure on SLanka

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.N. investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka will intensify international pressure on its government and could probe the purported responsibility of senior Sri Lankan officials with U.S. ties. As many as 40,000 civilians may have died amid government shelling in the final five months of the conflict in 2009, according to a previous U.N. report. Government forces have also been accused of executing ethnic Tamil rebel leaders who tried to surrender. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Wednesday a…

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Sri Lanka wants killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as war victory recognition

Sri Lanka Buddhist leader warned of ‘end’ to all Muslims Sri Lankan Buddhist leader Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara threatened to destroy Muslim businesses and asked his audience to fight against the minorities. Part of the audience shouted back saying yes, they will do it. The defeat of terrorism and the advent of peace and stability have brought about significant benefits not only for the people of Sri Lanka but for the whole South Asian region, and it is only right and proper that the magnitude of these benefits should receive recognition,…

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The Mystery Of The Second Wave Of Sinhala Ethnic Nationalism

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – The first wave of Sinhala ethnic nationalism emerged in the Bandaranaike era during the mid- fifties and rather gradually morphed into a 26 year-old civil war that was brought to an end only a few years ago. Although the guns are down the embers of that bloody conflict are still burning; waiting to flare up again, given foolish handling by the government and Sinhala nationalists. As one observes in the world of today, ethno-nationalism is a most intractable area of collective human relationships. It is a serious challenge to countries with…

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Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US!

BBS concerned over US visa cancellation Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US! The Bodu Bala Sena alleges that the US State Department has taken measures to cancel its General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s visa to the United States. Speaking to Asian Mirror, BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage said an official of the US Embassy had contacted Gnanasara Thera and informed him of the decision made by the US State Department. The United States had granted Visa to Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera before he formed the Bodu Bala Sena Organization in…

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Modi to meet TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would hold talks with newly elected Indian Prime Minister   Narendra Modi in New Delhi next month, party officials said yesterday.The Indian government has agreed to afford an opportunity for the TNA to meet with the Prime Minister and the other leaders by the middle of July. However, the exact dates have not yet been confirmed.Shortly after Mr. Modi and his Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in, TNA leader R. Sampanthan sought a meeting with the new leadership of India to raise issues concerning the Tamil…

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Police and military simply stand and watch or escort thugs!

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…

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

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…

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Dhanapala warns against criticizing Prince Hussein

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…

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28 villagers arrested for assaulting Buddhist monk

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…

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“News blackout” backfired on government – Champika

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…

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

(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…

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GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

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…

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

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…

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Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal

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…

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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

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…

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

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…

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Witnesses to UN team will be punished in Sri Lanka.

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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