UK to continue monitoring the situation of Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom says that it will continue to monitor the situation of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act closely and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugo Swire responding to a written question presented by MP Joan Ryan, said the UK government raises matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of prisoners without trial. “We regularly raise matters of concern with the…

Read More

What Comes After Samantha Power’s Sri Lanka Visit?

In recent days, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has really stirred things up in Sri Lanka. She seems to have met virtually all of the key political players and the optics of her visit to the Northern Province were especially good. From the looks of it, Power left the island looking like a bit of a rock star. While it’s easy to appreciate the fact that her agenda was wide-ranging, it’s important to keep in mind that, in President Barack Obama’s White House, very few people actually have…

Read More

TNA NPC members demand Tamil speaking GA

Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded the appointment of a Tamil speaking Government Agent (GA) for Vavuniya. Health Minister of the Northern Province, TNA member Dr. P. Sathiyalingam said that the TNA had raised the issue with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He says Wickremesinghe had given an assurance that it will address their concerns but they later found out that someone who cannot communicate in Tamil had been appointed to the post. Former Prison Commissioner General Rohana Pushpakumara took over this week as the new…

Read More

‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ posters in Jaffna Uni premises

Posters have been put up within the Jaffna University premises requesting everyone to remember ‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ called  ‘Hero’s Day’ or in Tamil ‘Mahaveerar Day’ on November 27 world wide, University students claimed. The previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksha since 2009 celebrated the day as ‘Hero’s Day’ of the Sinhala Forces for killing more than 170,000 Tamils and notably more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in month of May 2009 alone. Millions of dollars were spent by the Mahinda government to celebrate the killing of thousands of Tamil’s on…

Read More

TNA threatens to ditch govt. over broken promises

By Saman Indrajith The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said that it would withdraw its support for the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government unless the latter addressed grievances of Tamil speaking people. The warning was given by TNA MP and Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikalanathan (former TELO commander) opening the budget debate. The MP reminded the government that those living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces had exercised their franchise in support of Maithripala Sirisena at the January presidential poll as they wanted a change. They hoped that there would…

Read More

Rethinking Needed

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – Today the world, especially the western, is filled with fear of IS-attacks, and leaders are nervously conferring about further security measures and escalating all forms of attacks against those suspected of terror and suicide attacks. In Sri Lanka we have had our own history of state terrorism vs Tamil terrorism. At present while the Sinhalese are narrating their experience of terrorism, Tamils are remembering on the 27th.Nov. of each year, the victims of the war and honoring those who gave their lives in defense of…

Read More

Tamils NOT allowed to remember their next of skins killed by Sri Lankan Army.

The police last night warned that legal action will be taken against anyone who organize public events to celebrate or commemorate Maaveerar Naal (Great Heroes Day) which falls on Friday (November 27). Anyone holding public events in support of the LTTE, will be taken to courts since the LTTE is a banned organization in Sri Lanka police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. Despite the threats by Police, posters appeared in the Jaffna peninsula and parts of the north, calling people to celebrate the Maaveerar day. Posters which said “Let’s commemorate our…

Read More

Thousands Of Missing Tamil’s Could Not Have Vanished Into Thin Air

By Veluppillai Thangavelu – The former Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda has given a lengthy interview toThe Island newspaper (November 21, 2015) rebutting any claim that there had been a secret detention facility within the Trincomalee naval base during Eelam war IV. The statement that naval facilities within Trincomalee base were used as torture chambers was made by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in Colombo at the end of a 10-day visit to Sri Lanka. Karannagoda asserts “We didn’t operate torture chambers at the Trinco base or any other command. There was no requirement to…

Read More