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Professor Francis Boyle, an expert in international law, who teaches at University of Illinois, in an interview given to the 3CR radio broadcast in Melbourne Saturday in the “Tamil manifest” program said that he sees the millions of Tamils in Tamil Naadu, its Chief Minister Jayalalitha, a unified Tamil diaspora and the young generation of Tamils as the propelling agents to force the changes necessary to bring justice to the victims of Tamil genocide by taking the Sinhala genocidaires to Court. The horrendous nature of genocide needs an international tribunal to dispense justice, and the United Nations and the U.S have failed in their obligations, Boyle said. Geopolitical compulsions have pulverized U.S. foreign policy to collude with the genocidaires, Boyle told TamilNet.
(TamilNet) Tamils in Tamil Nadu should exert pressure on New Delhi to take the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Professor Boyle said adding that “if the 50 million Tamils living in Tamil Nadu can get Prime Minister Modi to do this, I will be happy to file the charges myself; draft the papers and file the charges. But we will need Prime Minister Modi, and unfortunately he seems to be supporting the process recommended by the Human Rights Council.”
What’s being done to achieve reconciliation after war?
(AL JAZEERA) Between 1972 and 2009, at least 100,000 people were killed in conflicts between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Sri Lankan military. In 1983, clashes between the two groups escalated into war following a period known as Black July. The Tamil fight for a state independent of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese majority fueled a war that lasted nearly three decades.
The haphazard arrests, detentions, killings, disappearances and the impunity that prevailed during the former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government led families of the disappeared to live in ignorance as to whether their loved ones were dead or held incommunicado in Government custody.
By JS Tissainayagam
(ASIAN CORRESPONDENT) New questions about wartime and post-war disappearances in Sri Lanka emerged following a bombshell revelation that the Government hs only 273 political detainees in its custody. Families of the disappeared believed the numbers are much higher. This announcement also hardens doubts if a Sri Lankan-led judicial process into mass atrocities, such as disappearances, will bring justice to the victims.
“It is time for the armed forces to return land.” – US Senator Patrick Leahy
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(CHENNAI) “A domestic mechanism to deal with issues of accountability in Sri Lanka will not be sufficient,” said a US Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, stressing the importance of accountability for potential war crimes. Impunity for serious crimes has been the norm in Sri Lanka.
The TNA MP was speaking at a local civil society event organised by a Jaffna University Student Kokilraj and the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Kilinochchi youth leader Suren.
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(TAMIL GUARDIAN) Tamils are still having to deal with the ‘genocidal agendas’ said the Tamil National Alliance MP R Sritharan at a local civil society event in Kilinochchi last week.
Highlighting a prevalence of drug sales in the region, Mr Sritharan said, “it (the government) has planted poisonous seeds in the community. As a consequence the community is continuing to face cultural calamity.”
Between December 2014 and January 2015 the Oakland institute carried out research and fieldwork to document the state of land conflicts and displacement.
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(Tamil Guardian) Sri Lanka’s government has rejected a recent report by the Oakland Institute, which said a “silent war” through the military occupation of Tamil land in Sri Lanka continues to seek “Sinhalese domination in former Tamil homelands”.
Deputy foreign affairs minister Ajith Perera said to media the government “strongly rejects” the report published last week.
Hear ye, hear ye, the incredible and formidable Jayalalithaa, the relentless defender of Eelam rights is back in the saddle. She will be sworn in again on Sunday May 17 2015 as Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.
By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah Colombo Telegraph
(COLOMBO) We are on course Ladies and Gentlemen, the “Lady’ is back “victorious” and “stronger” than ever.
I wrote about, “Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity“, in an article in the Colombo Telegraph and many relished the thought of me eating humble pie when she was convicted of, what the charge described as amassing “disproportionate assets.”
And later, I didn’t call her “The Formidable Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils“, for nothing!
The latest news report states that Kerry had assured TNA leaders on 3 May that the Tamils will receive justice for the crimes committed against them.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed a public lecture on 2 May 2015 at Colombo’s Taj Samudra Hotel. The lecture was organised by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies.
Kerry was full of praise for the Tamil traitor, Lakshman Kadirgamar, who he claimed had wisely said, “We have to live in Sri Lanka as Sri Lankans, tolerating all races and religions.” No Tamil ever remembered him to be such a tolerant man.
Sinhala officials of Colombo’s ‘National Housing Development Authority’, which comes under UNP Minister Sajith Premadasa attempted on Tuesday to grab lands that belong to uprooted Eezham Tamils at Mukaththuvaaram in Kokku’laay of Mullaiththeevu district.
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(TamilNet) A tense situation prevailed as Sinhala settlers confronted the Tamil landowners. However, the move to survey the lands that belong to Eezham Tamils was halted after Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member Thurairajah Ravikaran documented the land deeds to survey department officers who were brought by the so-called National Housing Development Authority to seize the lands to Sinhala colonisers in the country of Eezham Tamils. The SL State is accelerating Sinhala colonization with the aim of permanently wedging the demographic contiguity of the northern and eastern provinces
The Sri Lankan State-sponsored Sinhala colonisation has been taking place from the times of former SL presidents J.R. Jeyawardene and R. Premadasa, the father of Sajith Premadasa.
The Tamil landowners, chased away from their villages in 1980 are in possession of documents of ownership. A lot of their lands have already been encroached by the Sinhala settlers with the backing of the occupying SL military.
NPC councillor Ravikaran blamed that the Divisional Secretary of Karai-thu’raip-pattu for backing the survey department officials who attempted to survey the lands.
The Tamil landowners had alerted the NPC councillor as soon as they spotted the presence of the surveying department officials in their lands.
A 7-member commission appointed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to investigate the wide scale fraud reported within the last five years, said it has commenced the investigations on Monday. The investigations will target various ministries and departments coming under the purview of the NPC, local government and the public service in the province, according to Deputy Speaker M. Antony Jeganathan, who is the chair of the Commission. There have been widespread allegations of fraud involving the previous SL military governor to the North, who was spearheading the structural genocide through the provincial administration. Some of these fraudulent activities have also involved TNA members including a prominent member in the NPC, the critics in the civil sector in Jaffna said urging the Chief Minister to ensure impartial investigations.
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(TamilNet) The investigations should review the so-called development projects that have been carried out involving large sums of funds. The North East Local Services Improvement Project (NELSIP) alone involves more than 86 million US dollars.
Apart from this large-scale deployment of funds, there have been various complaints of EPDP run administration of the Municipal Council and other public institutions in the Northern Province.
Sinhala settlers are encroaching into the lands used for grazing of livestock owned by the farmers in Batticaloa. The encroachment is increasing unabated month after month during the 100-day programme of the new regime led by SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, Tamil farmers from Periya-maathava’nai in Koa’ra’laip-pattu South (Kiraan) division told TamilNet on Thursday. The Sinhala settlers target the lands surrounding the water tanks and ponds in the demarcated zones of pastureland. The intruders have slain more than 25 cows that belong to Tamil farmers earlier this year. The Sinhala guards from the SL forest department and the occupying SL military and the police keep fining the cattle owners. “We are targeted by the Sinhala intruders, home guards, military and police because of our ethnicity,” a farmer said describing the illegal fining as extortion.
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(TamilNet) The Tamil farmers lodged complaints at all the ruling levels of the SL State, from the divisional secretary to SL ministers in Colombo during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa. They had several meetings with divisional secretaries in Batticaloa to SL ministers in Colombo. There was no change in the situation.