Protest Launched From Pottuvil in East to Poligandy in North

The objective is to protest the various acts of alleged oppression and discrimination being perpetrated against the Tamil and Muslim people of Sri Lanka and draw the attention of the world   As the protest got underway there was a spontaneous upsurge of support by Tamils as well as the Tamil speaking Muslims of the East   The advent of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Government has amounted to a watershed moment for the Country in general and Tamils in particular There has been a lot of political excitement in the Tamil…

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Biden administration throws its weight behind new Geneva resolution

by Shamindra Ferdinando Ahead of the 46th sessions of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled to begin later this month, newly elected US President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party has raised Sri Lanka accountability issues in a recently submitted Resolution, with the focus on appointment of military officials, including that of Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Army. The UNHRC consists of 47 countries divided into five groups. The UK took over Sri Lanka matter in the wake of the US quitting the UNHRC in June…

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Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu For the third day, Tamils and Muslims continued their march for justice from Pottuvil to Polikandi (P2P), commencing with a special prayer at the Trincomalee Shiva Temple on Friday morning. The march, which has been organised by Tamil war victims’ and civil society organisations across the North-East, aims to bring Tamil and Muslim calls for justice and accountability to the attention of the United Nations and international community. The protests started at Batticaloa on the second day of protests, before…

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Killing of TN fishermen in Sri Lanka unacceptable: Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha

ET (New Delhi): India has taken up with Sri Lanka in the strongest terms the killing of Tamil Nadu fishermen in the island nation, and has made it very clear that such incidents are unacceptable, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. “We have taken it up in strongest terms with the Sri Lankan government and this particular incident I think was particularly unacceptable and that has been made very very clear to them,” Jaishankar said. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Tiruchi Siva of…

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Establishing Buddhist temples after destroying Hindu temples.

A collection of organisations, under the banner of ‘North and East Civil Society Organisations’ conducted a three-day walk from 3 to 6 February, from Pottuvil in the Ampara District to Polihandi in the Jaffna District. The objective of the ”Pottuvil (in East )to Poligandy (in North)” was to gather all the Tamil speaking people of the North and the East, including the Muslims, and upcountry Tamils, for the walk, to show that they were united for a cause common to them all.  The list of reasons mentioned in a letter…

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Govt-sponsored rape

Nothing seems to get done in this country without a presidential intervention. A collective of environmental groups has called upon President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to have the ongoing rape of the Dahaiyagala sanctuary stopped immediately. A large number of ruling party politicians and their henchmen are clearing swaths of forest inside the sanctuary purportedly for agricultural purposes, as we have reported. They have already caused irreparable damage to the forest, and at this rate, they are likely to obliterate the sanctuary before long unless they are stopped forthwith. The present dispensation…

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School Girl wins Sri Lankan version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire

By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”   Thomas Alva Edison- US Inventor. Recently, Shukra Munawwar, from Sudharma Vidyalaya in a little village in Katugoda, Galle made history when she won the Two million rupee prize on Sirasa TV’s Lakshapathi programme, Shukra said she had taken part in the programme to secure a laptop computer for her online studies. Viewers were surprised when she demonstrated her depth of knowledge of Sri Lankan…

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