Army soldier sentenced to death over Mirusuvil massacre

Army soldier sentenced to death over Mirusuvil massacre A former staff sergeant attached to Sri Lanka Army who was found guilty for the murder of eight Tamil civilians in Mirusuvil, Jaffna in 2000 was today sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court after a 13-year-trial. High Court Judges Lalith Jayasuriya and Preethi Padman Surasena found the first accused, former Staff Sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake of the army Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) guilty of 17 counts including unlawful assembly with common intention to cause injury and murder of eight…

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The soliders separate the daughters from the surrendered parents: pulithdevan wife tearfull speech

The soliders separate the daughters from the surrendered parents: pulithdevan wife tearfull speech Pulidevan wife reveal the secret during her exclusive interview to lankasri 24 news that the Srilankan soldiers separate the daughters from the parents who surrendered during the civil war. Tears at the UN ! eyewitnesses : Son of Natesan & Pulidevan’s wife ! The names of several LTTE members who had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war in 2009 were revealed at an event held in Geneva on the sidelines of the…

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The srilankan soldiers called the LTTE Leaders by using tamil language – malaravan wife

The ltte Malaravan’s wife gave a special interview to lankasri. she told that, I personally saw many  ltte leaders  surrender to the army , including Ltte Ezhilan.   some soldiers in the Srilankan army were fluent in tamil and  they call the  name of the ltte leaders in  tamil only. And they slammed  me. We are going to surrender – the last word of my father: Nadesan son Nadesan’s son gave a exclusive interview to lankasri. In that he told  my fathers last word to me is All the arrangements were…

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Diaspora group intensifies moves against Lanka

A diaspora organisation based in the United States has intensified its campaign against Sri Lanka in an attempt to refer the country to the International Criminal Court. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE member V. Rudrakumaran, said that a signature campaign to urge the United Nations to Refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan State, has reached over 200,000 signatures as of June 22nd. It also said that in addition to the…

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US report slams Lanka’s rights record last year

Several human rights violations had taken place last year in Sri Lanka , according to the annual human rights report of the US State Department released yesterday (Thursday). The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 noted that the major human rights problems reported over the year were: attacks on, and harassment of, civil society activists, journalists, and persons viewed as sympathizers of the LTTE by individuals allegedly tied to the government; involuntary disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, abuse of detainees, rape, and other forms of sexual and gender-based…

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Names of LTTE cares who surrendered revealed

The names of several LTTE members who had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war in 2009 were revealed at an event held in Geneva on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council meeting. Relatives of LTTE leaders, including Nadesan and Pulitheven, explained the circumstances that led to their surrender and their subsequent disappearance at the meeting in Geneva. The wife of Malavaran, an LTTE member who was among several who had reportedly surrendered to the army, said that soldiers who could speak in Tamil had mentioned the…

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Sri Lanka’s concept of accountability not in accordance of international standards – BHRC Chair

Sri Lanka’s concept of accountability has not been in accordance with international standards, said the Chair of the BAR Human Rights Committee for England and Wales, whilst calling on Sri Lanka to take a “first step by providing a list of names of all those detained.” Speaking to Tamil Guardian at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Kirsty Brimelow QC, said, “So far the Sri Lankan government’s concept of accountability has not been in accordance with international standards. Truth, justice and reparation equals accountability. This means putting…

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Sri Lanka continues to appoint suspected war criminals as diplomats

The Sri Lankan government has appointed two senior army commanders, who are both suspected of committing mass atrocities, as ambassadors. The Foreign Ministry announced that former army commander Jagath Jayasuriya and former army chief Daya Ratnayake have been nominated as envoys to Brazil and Pakistan respectively. Both held senior positions during the last phase of the armed conflict, which saw grave violations of international humanitarian law. Giving diplomatic posts to army officers is a trend initiated by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, which saw suspected war criminals in the military, including Shavendra Silva and…

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Samaraweera defends talks with diaspora groups

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Wednesday defended the Sri Lankan government’s policy of engaging with Tamil diaspora groups. His Ministerial colleague and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka had earlier said the government should engage with only those groups that renounced the demand for separatism. Asked about Ranawaka’s comment, Samaraweera told a press conference that he had been doing the same for the last several months. But “you can’t get them to renounce violence without talking to them. You have to talk to them and discuss with them.” Conceding that there were others who…

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Diaspora project had the backing of Mahinda – Mangala

Diaspora project had the backing of MR, MS – Mangala ‘Even Gotabhaya was involved in South African initiative’ By Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday declared that the on-going efforts to reach out to the influential Tamil Diaspora had the backing of the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. Addressing the media at the Information Department,  Samaraweera strongly denied accusations that he had been pursuing a reconciliation project of his own though it being inimical to national interests. “In fact, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had initiated the project meant to win over…

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Girls surrendered with their parent were taken away separately: Pulithevan’s widow testifies in Geneva |

Girls surrendered with their parent were taken away separately: Pulithevan’s widow testifies in Geneva | Girls surrendered with their parent were taken away sepa… The Army  asked the girls to surrender with their parents, but after surrendering they were taken away separately by the Army, said the widow of Pulithevan, who off… View on tamildiplomat.com Preview by Yahoo My father told me, “They have asked to surrender to the Army with white flags” : Nadesan’s son in Geneva | My father told me, “They have asked to surrender to the…

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