Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka’s missing thousands

Can the Office of Missing Persons provide answers in a country with the world’s second highest number of disappearances? https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/abduction-forced-disappearance-sri-lanka-missing-thousands-180513080341106.html by Drew Ambrose & Sarah Yeo Sasikumar Ranginithevi can’t hide her tears as she looks at four faded photographs in her trembling hands. Two brothers, a husband and her brother-in-law. They all fought for the Tamil Tigers. They all surrendered to the army. And they all disappeared. Her hometown, Mullaitivu, is a city of the missing. Nestled on Sri Lanka’s northeast tip, this town was the front line in some of…

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Tamil Nadu reminisces about Sri Lanka’s war

While the Sri Lankan Security Forces, along with the Government, are trying to defend itself against war crimes charges made by the international community, India’s southern state, Tamil Nadu, which has released several movies on Sri Lanka’s ethnic war, is coming up with its latest movie titled, ‘18.05.2009’. The movie is directed by K. Ganeshan and music is composed by legendary musician Ilayarajah, and will be released on 18 May in several theatres across Tamil Nadu, India. Tamil Nadu (TN) has been involved in many ways in the 30+ years…

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Fmr DIG Nanayakkara further remanded

Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Prasanna Nanayakkara and Inspector of Police Thissa Sugathapala arrested in connection to investigations into the murder of veteran journalist Lasantha Wickremethunga have been further remanded till the 25th of May. The order was issued by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohammed Nihar this afternoon. The two suspects are accused of concealing evidence in the murder of Veteran Journalist Lasantha Wickremethunga. The former Chief Editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickremetunga was murdered in Attidiya, Mount Lavinia while on his way to work on the 8th of…

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Govt accused by those charged with fraud

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says certain factions are directing various accusations at the government with the aim of defending fraud and corruption charges levelled against them. Speaking during an event in Nikaweratiya, Minister Kariyawasam said the government has ensured maximum freedom in the country. Minister Kariyawasam stressed regardless of what happens within the present government, it is investigated and looked into adding even the Prime Minister went to the Bond Commission to provide evidence. Meanwhile Minister Kariyawasam also responded to various accusations directed by the Opposition over the recent price…

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s Parliament Meets in Boston, United States – May 18th to 20th .

Several international dignitaries will address the Opening Session of the Parliament. A number of Resolutions are expected to be adopted at this Sitting. BOSTON, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, May 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Ninth Sitting of the 2nd Parliament of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will take place in the city of Boston, USA from 18-20 May, 2018. Several international dignitaries will address the Opening Session of the Parliament. This includes Mr. Ladu Jada Gubek, from South Sudan, who played a major role in South Sudan Referendum…

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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils*

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils*  Francis Anthony Boyle Professor of International Law University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign Second International Conference on Tamil Nationhood and Genocide in Sri Lanka Ottawa, Canada 5-7 May 2018 The Sinhala-Buddhist Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has inflicted outright genocide against the Eelam Tamils in flagrant violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention to which it is a contracting party. For this reason the Eelam Tamils are entitled to an independent state of their own in order to…

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9th Annual Remembrance of the Mullivaikkal Genocide

Demanding Accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide  It has been nine years, since more than 450,000 Tamil people were corralled into a coastal village in the north eastern corner of the island of Sri Lanka, which the Sri Lankan state had designated as “no fire zone” and pounded with heavy artillery from land, sea and air, killing nearly a third of them and maiming tens of thousands more. Since then, the surviving Tamil people and their kith & kin across the globe, have been crying for justice and calling…

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During the time when Gotabaya was the Sec of Defense did he follow the rule of law, fairness and justice, safety and security and a conducive and sustainable environment? Definitely NO.

Over 2,000 professionals and business leaders attend Viyathmaga forum titled ‘An Intellectually Inspired Sri Lanka 2030’ Says faster economic growth hinges on an intellectually and technology competent society Insists right policies not enough but need right people and speedy execution Stresses economic growth with law and order cure for Sri Lanka’s ills; shows way forward for economic transformation via a social open market economic policy Says Sri Lanka needs both local and foreign investors Assures will open up for foreigners and intl. partners whilst safeguarding sovereignty and cultural values of Sri Lanka Warns state…

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British club rugby player dies in Colombo

A member of a rugby team, visiting Sri Lanka from Britain, had died after being admitted to hospital with respiratory difficulties. The deceased is a 26 year old British national was part of a 22 member group of rugby players which arrived in the country last Thursday. According to Police, the team played a friendly rugby match series in Colombo on Saturday. The group is claimed to have attended a night club in Colpetty following the conclusion of the matches. Police said two of the players had suffered from respiratory…

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Mullivaikkal remembrance week commences

The Mullivaikkal remembrance events commenced with the lighting of flames in Chemmani and Mirusuvil in Jaffna, Uyilankulam in Mannar, and Mulankavil, to mark the first day of the remembrance week in the North and East. The commemorations were attended by former Jaffna University Vice Chancellor, Prof. S. Mohanadas, Provincial Councillors, local government and civil society representatives. The commemorative events will take place across the North and East in the run up to 18 May. The Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution last week marking 18 May as a day of…

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Non-starter new constitution,backdoor federalism

BY Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA So the Northern Provincial Council and some civil society activists are reportedly gearing up to mourn May 18-19th and the week leading up to it as Genocide Week. May 18/19th marks the days the Long War ended, and Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims stopped dying in large numbers. It is the moment that ushered in peace, however flawed, after thirty years. Far from being ‘genocidal’, it is also the week that the world saw on TV, hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians being rescued from the LTTE’s…

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Ulterior motive of the 20th Amendment

By Udaya P. Gammanpila We posed five questions to the campaigners for abolition of the Executive Presidency.  Nobody came forward to reply those.   We, ourselves, replied to the question, “Why does anti-Executive Presidency campaign exist only in Sri Lanka?”  It was pointed out with evidence that there was a misjudgement in Sri Lanka by identifying weaknesses of 1978 Constitution as weaknesses of the Executive Presidency.  Although the Executive Presidency is the most popular and modern governing method in the world, the JVP is attempting to abolish it with an…

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PEOPLE IN NORTH LET DOWN – EPRLF LEADER

People of the North are disillusioned and deeply disappointed in the current government, according to Northern politician and leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Suresh Premachandran. “There have been no concrete proposals to resolve the Tamil issue and therefore, the people now feel they have been let down,” he told the Sunday Observer. According to Premachandran, three years on since the current government swept into power, citizens in the North who supported them feel cheated and misled, with the government appearing to treat the Tamil issue as…

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