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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.
Global News Centre
(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.”
Human Rights Ambassador William Gomes asks for closure of investigation against Balendran Jeyakumari
It is believed that Balendran Jeyakumari was targeted by the authorities in connection to her role leading demonstrations and calling for investigations into war crimes and enforced disappearances during the visit of the United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to Sri Lanka for a meeting of the Commonwealth nations in November 2013.
William Nicholas Gomes, Global News Centre Human Rights Ambassador
On 10 March 2015, human rights defender Ms Balendran Jeyakumari was conditionally released upon payment of a bond of 200,000 Sri Lankan Rupees (approximately €1420) pending completion of the investigation. As part of the conditions imposed by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court for the release, the human rights defender’s passport was confiscated and she is required to report to the police twice a month. Since the enforced disappearance of her husband during the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Balendran Jeyakumari has led a campaign demanding to know the whereabouts of missing persons who had been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka.
must thank the Chief Minister, Hon. Wigneswaran and the NPC Councillors for breaking the bond of servitude and and daring to pass this Genocide Resolution unanimously.
Visvanathan for Global News Centre
(CHENNAI) Ceylon Today has reported that President Sirisena was dismayed by the Resolution on Genocide passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). He claimed that the NPC had exceeded its powers by passing the resolution. The NPC was set up under the 13th Amendment to enslave the Tamils. The so called devolution of powers to the provinces was meant for the Tamils to accept whatever the Sinhalese government gave them without questioning; but the Hon. Chief Minister, Mr. Wigneswaran, has demanded the Internationally Recognised Legitimate Rights of the Tamil Nation, which the duo,Mr. Sambanthan and Mr. Sumanthiran dare not raise and would not allow anyone else to do so.
An anonymous poster found inside the student hall at the University of Jaffna condemns the attendance of the TNA leader, R Sampanthan, and the TNA MP M A Sumanthiran, at the Sri Lankan government’s Independence Day event on February 4.
Intro by Visvanathan for Global News Centre
(CHENNAI) This anonymous poster pasted my Jaffna University students speaks volumes for itself. In the first place, the freedom of speech is such, that no student dares to attach his name to such a poster, damning the two parliamentarians, Sampanthan and Sumanthiran, for attending Sinhalese independence day celebration.
If any of the students had been caught, he would have been arrested and sent for re-education in a military camp..Secondly, it shows how much pain the conduct of the duo had caused the Tamils in their Homeland. They feel humiliated that their leaders had to stoop so low to the Sinhalese leaders to get some benefits for the Tamils.
The US and its allies want to postpone the presentation to September, to give the new democratic and pro-Western government of Sri Lanka sufficient time to put in place a credible domestic mechanism to investigate the alleged war crime charges.
Global News Centre
(COLOMBO) When the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opens its 28th session in Geneva in March this year, a new UN report on Sri Lanka on the US-sponsored UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka is expected to be tabled.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein is scheduled to present the investigative report on the investigation mandated by the UNHRC on allegations of war crimes committed in the last seven years of the war by both the government and the Tamil Tiger terrorists.
“Two different nations, from a very ancient period, have divided between them the possession of the Island: the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior in its Southern and Western parts from the river Wallouwe to Chilaw, and the Malabars (Tamils) who possess the Northern and Eastern Districts. These two nations differ entirely in their religion, language and manners.” – Sir Hugh Cleghorn, British Colonial Secretary, June 1879.
Intro by Visvanathan
(CHENNAI) This Is a well researched article, forwarded by Mrs. Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah, that delves into the past and exposes the the naivety of the Tamils and the shrewdness, cunningness and wickedness of the Sinhalese. The British was responsible for the Tamil downfall. The Tamils took advantage of the education provided by the mission schools and became English literate, and the British converted them into ‘my obedient government servants’. They were not allowed to do any side business or investment in properties in some of the colonial countries.. So they had to buy whatever property they owned, under their housewives’ names. This made the Tamils to live with a shrouded mentality. The Tamils became eminent professionals both in the government and private sector, but they shunned business as a menial and uneducated person’s job. My father was a contractor, but he, though wealthy, was not respected in Sri Lankan Tamil circles, as he wouldn’t get a pension or his wife receive widows and orphan fund pension. When it came to politics, they always looked positively, and swallowed whatever the Sinhalese leaders said without looking at the negative side.
In spite of all these abuses hurled against the Tamils in the manifesto, the Tamils still voted for Maithri. TNA claims the Tamils voted for Maithri according to their advice to them; there can be no greater insult to the Tamil intelligence than that.
Visvanathan for Global News Centre
(CHENNAI) Ms. Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah has brought forth the realities of the situation in Tamil Eelam, where the people are still reeling under the yoke of Sinhalese Military occupation. At the moment the Tamils are at the crossroads in their political struggle. They don’t even know in which direction their political leaders are directing them.
Sirisena can Take the cue from Obama to build Two Nations in Sri Lanka…
Dr. C P Thiagarajah for Colombo Telegraph
(COLOMBO) Mr Barak Obama is an epitome of modern democracy. In would have been a sheer impossibility for a person of a mixed race from African American to become the president of USA about a decade ago. But he did it in 20 January 2009. He won a second time on 20 January 2013 also showing that Americans really are a true democratic nation above race religion and all petty classification and groupings that appear in tick boxes in a census survey form.
The Sri Lankan State and its military intelligence in Batticaloa district continue to harass 1,080 families that survived the genocidal onslaught in Vanni in 2009. The families from Batticaloa returned to their native villages situated in 10 of the 14 Divisional Secretariat divisions in the district. The DS Secretaries in these divisions have also been instructed to refuse assistance to these families by the genocidal military. There is no change in the harassments on the ground despite the ‘changes’ taking place in Colombo, the families said. Even those affected by the recent floods have been neglected in the humanitarian assistance. Women-headed families continue to complain about targeted sexual harassments by the occupying Sinhala military in Batticaloa. Two of the 10 divisions where the families have resettled, Koa’ralaippattu South and Koa’ra’laip-pattu North are worst affected.
Global News Centre
(VAYUNIYAA TamilNet) The DS secretaries have been instructed to maintain so-called lists for ‘excluding’ these families from assistance programmes by the military-run administration of Colombo in the East.
Even though the paramilitary operatives, who have been collaborating with the occupying military are gone fearing repercussions from the people of Batticaloa, the SL military apparatus and the civil servants are still following the instructions by the military intelligence operatives in the same manner as they were doing under the Rajapaksa, civil sources in the district told TamilNet.
Tamil singer laments continuing roles of politicians who have served more than 30 years in office.
Intro by Visvanathan Global News Centre
(COLOMBO) In the link below Maya Arulpragasam, who is affectionately called MIA by her supporters and the Tamil community, gave a frank interview to Channel 4. She, being a victim of the ethnic problem, and pained by the Mullivaaikkal Genocide of May 2009, would like to see Rajapaksa taken to Hague. As she has rightly pointed out that the change of regime is only a change of face.
Although the Tamils, including the Muslims, were mainly responsible in getting President Sirisena elected to the presidency, the 100-day program has hardly anything for the Tamils. if at all the benefits come to the Tamils in anyway, they could expect some by products to fall in their path from the program. Ranil, exposing his former characteristics, has categorically stated the huge Sinhalese army will not be removed from the Tamil Homeland. He has also stated that, as Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, it is not bound by any external trials. They will conduct their own trial and that too, to find to find out whether any crimes had been committed by the Sinhalese leaders and the army.
Former President of Sri Lanka reportedly attempts military and police coup to stay in power, government says his actions warrant a full investigation.
Tim King Global News Centre
(SALEM) Sri Lanka has a new president. Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the country’s new leader Thursday, but his successful bid was nearly overturned when the former President, Majinda Rajapaksa, who was the 6th President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, tried to launch a military and police coup to retain political power. In fact, the plan was exposed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s top aides. They say the former President did his best to remain in office early Friday morning by trying to rally support of both police and the army.