Government so insecure with its isolationist policy that it wishes to share the blame with Parliament

By R. Sampanthan – I wish to make a statement to place on record the position of the Tamil National Alliance regarding the Motion that has been put forward for debate and related matters of public importance. It is indeed ironic that the government now at this late stage seeks the imprimatur of Parliament for its own dire failings. This government, which has so brazenly turned Parliament into an object of ridicule – by enticing unscrupulous members of the opposition to cross over for personal gain and by providing executive posts to…

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Police officer in Sri Lanka lodges a complaint against Deputy Minister over obstructing duty

A Sri Lankan traffic policeman who works on the Southern Expressway today lodged a complaint in the Human Rights Commission against a Deputy Minister for obstructing his duty at the Kottawa interchange of the Southern Expressway. Police constable Suminda Saman last month issued a spot fine to the driver of the Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Hemal Gunasekara for speeding on the expressway. A heated argument has ensued after issuing the spot fine and both the Deputy Minister and the police officer complained to the authorities against each…

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The Canadian Tamil Congress Strongly Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

For Immediate Release  June 16, 2014  The Canadian Tamil Congress Strongly Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka June 16 2014 – (TORONTO) The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) condemns in the strongest manner possible attacks on Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Several people have been killed and more than 78 people injured after the most recent horrendous attack near Aluthgama and Beruwala in Sri Lanka yesterday. These targeted attacks by Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist groups have grown in numbers in the past few years, and as is habitual in Sri Lanka, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice. “The lukewarm and…

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GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka

PRESS STATEMENT 17 June 2014  GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka lobal Tamil Forum joins the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, and many others in condemning the communal violence targeting the Muslim community in south-western Sri Lanka over the past couple of days. More than 78 people have been seriously injured and at least three have been confirmed dead following violence predominantly aimed at the Muslim population in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.  On Sunday 15th June, a rally by the extremist,…

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TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka

TIC PRESS RELEASE  – DATE: 16 June 2014  TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) condemns the continuing attacks on the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Today’s attack against Muslims  in the south-western coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela, by a Buddhist mob is the worst anti-Muslim violence in decades, and fears are growing that the situation could become worse. The latest reports indicate that at least 7 persons were killed and over 50 injured. Three mosques were attacked and set on…

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What is there to promise afresh to PM Modi? The President must implement the 13th amendment of the Constitution in full but will NOT do it so he can stay in power.

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Leader of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and Minister of Human Resources, D.E.W. Gunasekera, believes differences between the political cultures of India and Sri Lanka are crucial when it comes to resolving the country’s ethnic problem. He pointed out that the Indian political culture is symbolized by the act of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the former Premier Manmohan Singh with a bouquet of flowers, immediately after being sworn-in as Prime Minister of India. “Will our President ever go to Ranil Wickremesinghe like that?” Minister Gunasekera inquired,…

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crimes of bigoted Buddhists against Burma’s Muslim minority and a rising tide of violence against the Muslims of Sri Lanka

As usual President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is famous for ‘Promising to investigations’ which will never bring any outcome, has expected ”Promised an investigation into the violence”.  The culprits in the BBS are of course well known to the President and a close associates of his Brother Gotha who is feared more powerful than Mahinda locally in Aluthgama, hence Muslim community leaders are not hopeful that any criminal charges will be laid against them. Interestingly there are Muslim leaders who are Ministers in the Mahinda Government, They are known to be…

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Buddhist radicalism has been increasing in Sri Lanka just as it has in Myanmar

 Buddhist-Muslim Unrest Boils Over in Sri Lanka ALUTHGAMA, Sri Lanka — In some of the worst religious violence in Sri Lanka in decades, three people have been killed and 78 injured in riots between Buddhists and Muslims in this southwestern coastal town after months of rising tensions, officials said Monday. The riots on Sunday followed a protest march by a hard-line Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena, which is led in part by monks. Its name roughly translates as Buddhist Power Force. Shops and homes in the area, many of them…

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Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots

Widespread condemnation as religious tensions kill three; injure over 70 Police curfew in force since Sunday; uneasy calm in Aluthgama and Berwela Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots Police forensic teams deployed amidst tight security in the area By Dharisha Bastians Police curfew remains in force in Aluthgama and Beruwala as sporadic incidents continued in the area throughout Monday and Police and religious leaders appealed for restraint from all sides. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds about 300 strong in Welipanna late last night, reports from the area said. Religious…

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Refusing to Allow UN team to visit Sri Lanka – Cheating the World again!

War Criminals Rajapaksha’s who ordered the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians have 2/3 Majority in the Parliament. Playing Politics against the UN with the support of China and Russia. The government wants Parliament to oppose a UNHRC war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. What it really seeks is parliamentary endorsement for a fait accompli in the form of a resolution. Opposition parliment parties UNP and JVP are highlighting the human rights violations by the Government during the last few years and calling upon the government to investigate them…

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