Failed promises by President and PM – Justice delayed is Justice denied.

Mutual respect, the key to equality My friend scorned me, “The ‘horun hoyana’ new court is for the consumption of the Sinhala masses that may be moving to the Mahinda Chinthana fold. We should question why there is no ‘maruwan hoyana’ special judicial process for Tamil victims of war, waiting for nine years. This was promised in 2015. I think this week which marks the ninth year is the best to bring that up. Although the government set up the OMP that started work last weekend, the findings will not…

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DIFFERENT RULES FOR TAMILS AND SINHALESE – That is the spirit of non-reconciliation that prevails in Sri Lanka

Where is the timbre of reconciliation? This is the Day of Peace – when the LTTE was finally defeated, at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaithivu District. The path of peace is that, or should be that, of reconciliation. It is a word we have heard so often, especially in the past three years. President Maithripala Sirisena, who says he will not retire in 2020, when his term as President ends, has stated that reconciliation remains to be achieved. But the President’s Office obviously has more important things than reconciliation today, such…

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Question Number Two To Gota: Who Delivered Bolt Gun That Killed Lasantha To Colombo?

The Viyathmaga effort of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to position himself as the next candidate to run for Presidency in 2020 needs serious address. Last week we sprung question number one to him. No reply. We ask question number two from him. Question Number two: If you say it was Sarath Fonseka who was responsible for the assault, abduction and torture of Keith Noyahr and the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, why did you not say so when you and your brother were in power and why did you not charge him (Fonseka) for such criminal acts? The Viyathmaga entourage standing proudly behind it must consciously place…

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Call to Lankan Tamils to observe May 18 every year as “ Tamil Genocide Day”

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan Tamils should observe May 18 every year as “Tamil Genocide Day”, said the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Friday. He was speaking on the fourth annual remembrance day at Mullivaikkal, the scene of killings in the last stages of the war against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. In his emotionally charged and hard hitting oration, Wigneswaran called upon the International Community to directly intervene to secure justice for the Tamils and restore their “sovereignty”. He endorsed the suggestion of the UN High Commissioner…

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Moderate Tamil leaders missing as CM Wiggy declares annual ‘Tamil Genocide Day’!

Another year has passed since the Sri Lankan Government declaring the end of armed conflict between the government forces and the LTTE, a military organization, which by May 2009 had been categorized as one of the most ruthless terrorist entities in the world. Many countries including the USA, UK, Canada and the European Union had banned the organization by calling it a terrorist group. India was the first country to do so in 1992, six years before Sri Lanka proscribed it in 1998. Ever since the military defeat of the…

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Reconciliation should have started nine years ago when the war ended in the battlefield. It did not, and we still see a divided country.

Come May and Sri Lanka is once again divided on the commemoration of the war memories. While the South celebrates, the North remembers those who lost their lives unable to flee the final phase of the war. There also are the families of the cadres who mourn for their children. Children were lost from both sides. The emotions are the same for all, regardless of race, religion, and geographical location. These emotions should be respected and given the space that they deserve. It is high time that we stop looking…

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“Victims of enforced disappearances” at the hands of the State.

The first public consultation by the Members of the “Office on Missing Persons” was held in Mannar a week ago, 01 year and 09 months after the law was passed in Parliament. The mood of the participants, the affected mothers, fathers, family members and civil society representatives weren’t in line with the placards that read “Welcome OMP” in Tamil, held outside, for the media. Though there wasn’t much hype over the event, especially in Sinhala mainstream media, the coverage nevertheless said, there was scepticism, frustration, disagreements on powers of the…

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A Brutal Conflict Ended, But Questions Remain

The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist insurgency, who was for so long considered invincible. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president at that time, kissing the ground in gratitude for the end of a 27-year-long war that resulted in hundreds of thousands killed, injured, or displaced. On May 19, 2009, there was general elation in Sri Lanka that the fighting was over. The government’s victory, however, had come at the cost of serious violations of the…

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Day of mourning in North: Tamil victims remembered in Mullivaikkal

By Yusuf Ariff The commemoration ceremony organized in remembrance of the Tamil civilians that died in the Wellamulliwaikkal area in Mullaitivu during the war, commenced today with the lighting of the commemorative lamp by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran. Meanwhile all shops and places of business remained closed in the Mullaitivu town today (May 18) as a Harthal was observed in memory of the Tamil people who died during the war. A resolution was recently passed at the Northern Provincial Council declaring the 18th of May as a day of…

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“While JVP remembrance is accepted, what irks the Sinhalese about Mullivaikal remembrance?”

The commemoration of those killed in the north during the war has by now been a matter generally accepted, formalized with all northern Tamil political parties except the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Northern Provincial Council organizing commemorative events. The main events are to be held today at Mullivaikkal in Mullaithivu District, where the final battle between the Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fought. In the first few years after the end of the war, the commemoration of the people killed in…

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