US helped destroy LTTE and kill Tamil civilians

Ex-Sri Lankan navy chief Colombage narrates how the US helped destroy LTTE floating armories COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan navy chief Adm. Jayanath Colombage has, in his recently published book Asymmetric Warfare At Sea: The Case of Sri Lanka, described how the United States helped the Sri Lankan navy destroy the LTTE’s “floating armories” by supplying vital satellite images of the location of these ship-borne warehouses. The destruction of the floating armories helped the Sri Lankan navy win Eelam War IV in the sea, which in turn helped the Sri Lankan army win the war on…

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Targeting The TNA, Testing The Nation?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Sumanthiran has also emerged as the moderate voice of post-war Tamil polity and society Rehabilitated cadres may have been trained and are skilled in trades, but did not have a job or any other source of income Definitely LTTE re-grouping of the terrorist-kind was/is a real possibility The TNA walked the extra-distance to make the new Constitution happen, first by backing the candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena M. A. Sumanthiran, Mangala Samaraweera, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka Going beyond or, ahead of what the religious-right Jathika Hela…

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CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Judges are notoriously scared and take political decisions, or are corrupt and at times communal Killers need to be punished and not celebrated as heroes Douglas Devananda and EPDP MP Chandrakumar, admitted to the massacres of and use of cluster bombs on civilians during the last phase of the war in Mullivaikal In communalist eyes, the murdering soldiers are heroes. The murdered civilians are nobodies It is reported that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes…

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Army refused to ‘burn down’ northern Jaffna.

The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’ by N. Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that based merely on speculative assessments that India’s ‘Operation Garland’ of air-dropping food and medicines to the civilian population, bilateral relations had been allowed to flounder It needs to be recalled that only a day before ‘Operation Garland’, India had sent in civilian boats filled with food and medicines, for the civilian population of Jaffna peninsula Contemporary military history of India clearly shows as to how prepared or unprepared was the nation’s…

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Lobbying Begins Ahead Of UNHRC 34

Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri Lanka to get UNHRC backing. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is to address the UNHRC during the 34th session An interactive dialogue will be held on Sri Lanka on March 22 during the 34th session. by Easwaran Rutnam Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein Attempts to lobby support against Sri Lanka ahead of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is underway, though the attempt is very likely to prove futile. Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri…

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Sri Lankan war survivors urge U.N. to push for speedy justice for abuses

Government has failed to prosecute alleged war crimes such as torture, unlawful killings and enforced disappearances By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Families whose loved ones disappeared during Sri Lanka’s civil war have called on the United Nations to pressure the government to speed up a war crimes probe after a senior minister said it would take more time to investigate alleged abuses. Almost eight years have passed since the civil war pitting government forces against separatist Tamil rebels ended, but the government has failed to…

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Sri Lanka War Crimes Probe: UN Urged Not To Give Additional Time

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) passed a Resolution in its Sixth Parliamentary sitting in Paris, France, thanking the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for monitoring Sri Lanka’s International Crimes and Human Rights abuses, strongly urging the UNHRC not to give any extension of time beyond the March 2017 deadline to the Sri Lankan Government for it to fulfill its commitment to the unanimously adopted UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, which was voluntarily co-sponsored by Sri Lanka itself on “promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”.…

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Nigerian arrested for cheating SL woman on Fb

A Nigerian National, who had befriended a married woman in Sri Lanka over facebook and later lured her into giving him Rs 4.3 million, was apprehended in Malabe. Sources revealed that the woman, who was from Badulla, had been seduced by the suspect over facebook. He had allegedly promised to give her valuable presents after showing her photos of gold jewellery and other valuables and had won her heart. The suspect had then informed the gullible woman that in order to release the parcels containing these valuables, a customs duty…

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Aussie Lankans reject Opposition call

The attempt by several opposition politicians to hold protests in the cities of Melbourne and Canberra, with the participation of Sri Lankans domiciled in Australia, against Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,…… during his visit to that country, has fizzled out. Sri Lankans, living in Australia, have severely condemned and rejected the request made by the opposition politicians to participate in the protests. The Sri Lankan residents in Australia have said that by holding protests against the Prime Minister of their own country, it would be they who would be…

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Wigneswaran admits ‘unfortunate incidents’ of the past broke Tamil-Muslim unity

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, has admitted that “some unfortunate incidents” of the past had inflicted wounds on the Muslims which are yet to heal. He said this while addressing the Ezhuga Tamil (Arise Tamil) rally at Batticaloa in the Eastern Province on Friday. Batticaloa town and district have a substantial Muslim population. It was in a mosque in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district on August 3, 1990, that the LTTE massacred 143 Muslims while they were bent in prayer. Later in October that year, the…

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Sri Lanka Beware: Trump’s agri-marriage made in hell

The United States’ new President Donald Trump a former reality television star, appears to be getting a reality check on constitutional issues. On Thursday night a three-member US Circuit Court ruled unanimously to uphold the suspension of a travel ban imposed by Mr. Trump on visits to the US by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. During the Circuit Court hearings one of the judges quoted a famous or infamous tweet by Mr. Trump during the election campaign vowing he would ban immigrants from all Muslim countries. The Circuit Court ruled…

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Two foreigners held in bludgeoning death of Sri Lankan man in Kedah

SUNGAI PETANI: Police have detained two foreigners to facilitate investigations into the death of their Sri Lankan friend at an estate off Jalan Sidam Kiri near here on Thursday. The Sri Lankan and Indian nationals, aged 27 and 30, are being investigated for murder. Initial police investigations revealed that the body of the 49-year-old victim, believed to have been bludgeoned with a stone, was found in Padang Buluh Estate at about 10.20pm. In a press statement here yesterday, Kuala Muda police chief ACP Md Zukir Md Isa said police believe…

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