High Commission in London Vs Tamil activists move to involve Sri Lanka in London arrests

UK’s Terrorism Law Sections 11 and 13 which states that: A person commits an offence if he belongs to a prohibited group.   An offence is committed if a person wears an item of clothing or, carries and displays items that arouse suspicion that they are part of a forbidden organisation. British MPs of a pro-Tamil lobby and Tamil activists are trying to drag the Sri Lanka Government and its High Commission in London into the arrests last Monday of four Tamils demonstrating against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s presence at the…

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Sinhalese dominated state is seeking to diminish the rights of Tamil’s through continued militarisation and territorial aggrandisement

A latest report issued by an international organization reveals that the government security forces are making profits in occupied areas in the North and East with commercial ventures. Human Rights Watch (HRW), headquartered in US, through one of its latest reports alleges that the government has failed to keep the promise of returning the lands in the North and East to their original owners. HRW states that the aforementioned report, titled ‘Why Can’t We Go Home? – Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka’, has been drafted after discussions with…

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TNA expects Prez to solve Tamil detainee issue by tomorrow

By Dinasena Rathugamage TNA and Opposition leader R Sampanthan has requested the Tamil prisoners detained under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to abandon their hunger strike, demanding their release, as President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to give them a solution. Sampanthan told The Island that President Sirisena had spoken to him and promised that he would give a solution to the problem of Tamil prisoners on Oct. 17. Sampanthan said that he had discussed the problem with the President when he met the latter in Parliament last…

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Reginald Cooray bares myths of the North

Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has focussed on developing the North on par with the rest of the country and resolving the social issues that plague the region. Recently, he visited London to meet the Sri Lankan community and convince them to invest in the region. He believes that there are a lot of opportunities for investment in the fields of solar power, wind power, fishing, salt manufacturing, milk processing, agriculture and tourism. He believes that the diaspora should be encouraged to invest in the province. Dispelling the notion that…

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Name boards in Jaffna causing confusion

Now the Sinhala People in Colombo have complained that name boards on roads and several state departments in the Jaffna district had been wrongly translated into Sinhala and urged the authorities to rectify them immediately. After 70 years the Sinhala people are realising what the Tamils in the North were going through by the successive Sinhala Government since independence. For so many years the Tamil names were translated wrongly by Sinhala government employees and these name boards were a insult to Tamil and a  joke and complaints by Tamils were totally ignored by Colombo…

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Catholic Priests And Activists Urge Racist Cardinal To Refrain From Using His Office To Undermine Human Rights!

A group of Catholic priests and activists have written a letter to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith urging him to refrain from using his position to bring the Catholic faith into disrepute, to mislead Catholic faithful and to undermine the human rights framework and discourses which have universal applicability, including to Sri Lanka, and which have been welcomed by successive Popes. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith “Instead, please support, encourage and lead the faithful, including the clergy, religious and laity, to become more aware of human rights and get involved in struggles for human rights, in…

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