“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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The ‘Talibanist Buddhists’ attacking Sri Lanka’s Muslims

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…

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The Land Where Hope Was Killed And Despair Was Reborn

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…

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

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…

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BBS And Its Religious Fanaticism

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…

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Demarcation of the lines of authority essential for peace

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…

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