Sri Lankan minister leads Buddhist land grab of Tamil Hindu Temple

While Tamils have been resisting several attempts at landgrabs and Sinhalisation across the North-East, and particularly in Mullaitivu, fronted by state agencies such as the archaeology department and forest department, the minister’s presence in Monday’s landgrab represents the first time the Sri Lankan government has openly demonstrated its involvement in the colonisation. The event was held despite police using coronavirus restrictions to prevent public gatherings in the North. Tamil journalists in Mullaitivu were banned from the event by police and continue to be threatened by the Sri Lankan military. https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/sri-lankan-minister-leads-buddhist-landgrab-tamil-temple

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Colombo unfazed by possible Western hostility at UNHRC session

The Gotabaya administration has already declared that it will not co-sponsor any resolution against itself. And therefore, any resolution will have to be re-worded, incorporating new content. The contents of the new resolution will have to take into account, the Tamils’ new and radical demands, new issues like the burial of Muslims who had died of COVID, and of course Colombo’s contention that the Tamil or the Muslim issue is a domestic issue to be solved internally in Sri Lanka without outside interference. Colombo’s argument is that a lasting solution…

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Sri Lanka Tamil parties want UN action against the government for HR violations

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Tamil political parties, Civil Society organisations and Victims’ Organisations have written to the 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) demanding action against what they call is a deteriorating Human Rights situation in this country. The letter signed by all the political parties representing voters in the Tamil majority areas in the North and East points out that all the major political parties in the country “have categorically and without exception stated that they will protect the Sri Lankan armed force from prosecutions”…

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Devolution of power to the Sri Lankan provinces remains a ticklish bilateral issue

Devolution of Power  However, devolution of power to the Sri Lankan provinces remains a ticklish bilateral issue. There is a demand from Sinhala nationalists to abrogate the 13th  Amendment (13A) which set up elected Provincial Councils. But even here, a tacit Indo-Lankan understanding can be discerned. Jaishankar raised the issue with President Gotabaya because the devolution package is embedded in the 1987 India-Lanka Accord and elections in Tamil Nadu are due in April in which Lankan Tamil rights will be an issue. He told the Lankan President that it would…

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New Constitution to protect the Buddhist heritage.

Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris revealed on Saturday at Getambe Rajopawanaramaya that a draft of the new Constitution would be presented to Parliament before the end of 2021.  During a conversation with Venerable Keppetiyagoda Siriwimala Nayaka Thera, the Chief Incumbent of Rajaopwanaramaya on Saturday afternoon, Prof. Peiris said that adequate time would be given the stakeholders to discuss, comment and make suggestions to the draft of the Constitution.          https://island.lk/new-constitution-to-parliament-before-end-of-2021-prof-peiris/

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