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In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1997 | 19 Sri Lankan Troops Die In Ltte Attack - East
    15 "elite" troopers and 4 armed homeguards attached to the Sri Lankan army died today in an LTTE attack in Pullumallai (Batticaloa). At 8.25am, LTTE forces intercepted one group of Sri Lankan armed homeguards moving from the Pullumallai STF camp towards Kiddaram Kottam Madhu. 4 guards were killed before a larger group of elite STF commandos was sent in. 15 members of this second group died in the fighting that followed and the rest eventually fled. 3 LTTE soldiers were killed.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Mass demonstration held in Vanni
    Today thousands of Tamil men, women and children participated in a demonstration held in Vanni in protest of Sri Lankan armed forces killing of innocent Tamil civilians. The protest began at 10.30 a.m. in Vallipuram and reached Suthanthirapuram grounds at 1.30 p.m. The recent sinhala army massacre on Suthanthirapuram, Udyarkaddu and Vallipuram in which over 25 persons including women and children were killed and over 50 seriously injured was strongly condemned by the protesters.
  • 1999 | Tamils protest over "humiliation"
    "Tamil passengers on the Kalmunai-Colombo trunk road, are being separated from others at three check points and asked to give their names and addresses to security forces stationed there. This is a humiliating for the Tamil people. This should be stopped forthwith," states a memorandum submitted to the Kalmunai Unit of the government funded Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka by the passengers.
  • 2000 | Hundreds of casualties in "senseless war" on Jaffna peninsula
    A letter sent by Josep Rayeppu, the Catholic bishop of Mannar (an area in northern Sri Lanka), to foreign missions in Colombo has accused the military of causing 500 civilian casualties in fighting with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Chavakachcheri area of the northern Jaffna peninsula. It appealed to the diplomats to “prevail upon the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to rectify the situation.”
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1996 | Mr S Nagenthiram [ 53 M from Thandikulam Check Point, Vavuniya ]
    This Cooperative Society officer disappeared after going into the Army check point. He is feared to have been killed by the Army.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 40 | செயற்பால தோரும் அறனே ஒருவற்கு
    உயற்பால தோரும் பழி.
    'Virtue' sums the things that should be done;
    'Vice' sums the things that man should shun.
    - 4 4
  • Jun 15 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jun 15, 2018 18:55:24 GMT |  + Complaints against war crimes probe: Civil society seeks explanation from UN Colombo
    A delegation led by retired Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday sought an explanation from the UN mission in Colombo as to the status of a petition filed by three organizations on behalf of Sri Lanka in March this year as well as ‘rebuttal’ handed over in the run-up to March 2017 Geneva sessions. Having had handed over copies of those reports to Colombo based Juan Fernandez, senior human rights advisor, Weerasekera, a former UPFA member of parliament told The Island that they inquired about the developments in the absence UN response to their objections to what he called unfair treatment of a member state. more ...
  • 2) Jun 15, 2018 13:53:36 GMT |  + A Tribute to Mom: Don’t cry because it’s over…
    Just as tragically, most people who are mentally ill are far more likely to be ignored by their own family and friends. I encourage you donate to or volunteer with Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) or similar venerable organizations across the world. At the very least show some empathy for their struggle — and take the time to say few kind words to them. Such gestures can be a symbol of a welcome cultural shift in how we as Tamils approach this debilitating health issue that we have for far too long ignored as a community. more ...
  • 3) Jun 15, 2016 9:56:43 GMT |  + International community must be ‘tough and supportive’ on justice in Sri Lanka – Interview with Stephen Rapp
    The international community must be “tough and supportive” towards Sri Lanka whilst the government continues to undermine “trust and confidence” by rejecting foreign participation in an accountability mechanism, said the former US Ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp, in an interview with the Tamil Guardian.“Progress has been slower than it should have been,” said the former ambassador, as he spoke to the Tamil Guardian in London this week and called for the international community to continue foregrounding public calls for accountability. “There are serious allegations supported by evidence that could justify indictments to be frank,” he added. “I’m not saying convictions but indictments for serious international crimes. That’s there and that has to be confronted in a process that will clear the air.” more ...
  • 4) Jun 15, 2016 9:40:10 GMT |  + Former JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe passes away
    Former leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and General Secretary of the People’s Servants Party, Somawansa Amarasinghe has passed away at the age of 73. He had passed away at his residence in Rajagiriya, according to reliable sources. Responsible for rebuilding the JVP after almost all of its top leaders were eliminated in 1989/1990, Somawansa continued to be the leader until his retirement in February 2014. He held the leadership for nearly 20 years. more ...
  • 5) Jun 15, 2016 9:36:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Trends since January 2015: Some Critical Thoughts
    The government’s foreign policy strength perhaps lies in the position of equidistance it is now maintaining with regional, continental and global powers. In a world where (a) there is no bipolarity, and there are old and emerging global powers in rivalry as well as acting in cooperation, and (b) regional centres of power emerging as important players in the global arena, Sri Lanka’s foreign policy can, and should, not be informed by dogmatic adherence to ignorance. This government has taken Sri Lanka’s foreign policy to a post-ideological, post-egoistic, and post-confrontational phase. Some critics may not see the value of it. Yet, the realization of it is no mean achievement for any government. more ...
  • 6) Jun 15, 2015 12:54:15 GMT |  + Can reconciliation heal Sri Lankan war wounds?
    When Parameswari Uthayakumaran saw her house last month for the first time in 25 years, she stood in the rubble and wept. All her belongings, the doors, even the tiled roof had been stripped away. She had last seen the house in November 1990, when her family fled from Sri Lankan gunships bearing down on her neighborhood, firing from the sky and littering the grass with leaflets telling Tamil families to leave the area. She had time to grab only a bit of sugar and tea. more ...
  • 7) Jun 15, 2015 12:52:52 GMT |  + Can music lead to social harmony in Sri Lanka?
    Although Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war ended in 2009, an entire generation remains scarred by the conflict. Many children grew up knowing nothing but the trauma of war, which pitted the majority Sinhalese against the minority Tamil ethnic group. In 2012, as the country was struggling with reconciliation, a privately funded group called the Music Project was launched. It aims to bring together children of different ethnicities through the formation of a youth orchestra. more ...
  • 8) Jun 15, 2015 12:51:00 GMT |  + Political uncertainty continues; UNP for dissolution, Sirisena seeks SLFP backing
    The 156-day old presidency is still not running smoothly in some respects. Last Tuesday morning, President Maithripala Sirisena’s security detail escorted him to the Parliament complex in Sri Jayawardenapura -Kotte. He had been told that the meeting with his MPs was to take place at a Committee Room in the Parliament Complex that sits in the middle of the Diyawanna Oya. There, he found UPFA parliamentarians had not turned up for the scheduled meeting with him. Mobile phones and radio communication sets went busy. more ...
  • 9) Jun 15, 2015 12:49:29 GMT |  + Sri Lankan court grants bail to former minister Basil Rajapaksa
    A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the nation's former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The Colombo High Court also granted bail to two others, and released all three on Rs. 100,000 cash bail each with a surety of Rs. 1 million each, reports the Colombo Page web site. Rajapaksa, former Secretary of the Economic Development Ministry Nihal Jayathilake and former Divineguma Fund Director General R.R.K. Ranawaka were arrested on April 22 by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Police in connection with an alleged financial fraud at the Divi Neguma Department which was under the purview of the former Economic Development Minister.
  • 10) Jun 15, 2015 12:48:54 GMT |  + Mixed Reactions As Diaspora Is Roped In
    The decision by the Government to engage with the Diaspora and get them involved in some of the post war activities in Sri Lanka has drawn mixed reactions. Foreign Minister Mangala Smaraweera’s recent visit to London to meet the Tamil Diaspora groups was debated mainly due to lack of transparency established initially. Even though, the idea was presumably to explore ways in which the Sri Lankan Diaspora could assist Sri Lanka by bringing its exceptional capacity and capabilities to support the reconciliation process, some local Tamil politicians expressed the view that the government should give the primary focus on engaging in a discussion with the local Tamil groups to reach a political settlement rather than trying to satisfy the Diaspora groups. more ...
  • 11) Jun 15, 2015 12:47:51 GMT |  + Crawling Back To Normalcy
    The releasing of land held by the army has been given wide publicity both by the Government and the military in recent times. However, while the process has been welcomed, not everyone is really happy. Some families who have been given their land back have little or nothing to go back to. A group of journalist from Colombo and a few from Jaffna were taken to Palaly last week for a briefing by the military on the land released so far in Jaffna. The journalists were also taken on a guided tour to a few areas in Palaly to see for themselves the land which has been given back to the rightful owners. more ...
  • 12) Jun 15, 2015 12:46:49 GMT |  + A New Sri Lankan Constitution: The Need Of The Hour
    Debates surrounding formulating a new Sri Lankan Constitution have been held for a number of decades. There have been three Constitutions in Sri Lanka in recent history: the 1947 Soulbury Constitution of 1947, the First Republican Constitution 1972, and the Second Republican Constitution 1978; the surprising commonality of all three is that none of them were drafted with any feedback from the citizenry. Therefore, if a new Constitution is to be prepared the importance of including the ideas of the general public is imperative. more ...
  • 13) Jun 15, 2015 12:42:56 GMT |  + An intriguing interview with the author,an old boy of St. John’s College, Mr. Bernard Sinniah.
    Interviewing anyone, especially authors, is a daunting task as many of you would agree. So you wouldn’t be surprised to know that I approached this task with some trepidation. However, I soon found that Mr. Bernard Sinniah who has successfully climbed the corporate ladder at Citi to become the Managing Director – Global Head of FX Sales, is cheerful, relaxed and keen partner in this venture. He was candid to a fault and a prankster at heart, having quick answers to my probing question. Here is that interview for all to enjoy. - See more at: http://www.thetamilmirror.com/the-jaffna-boy-an-interview-with-the-author-by-suba-francis-u-s-a/#sthash.ANwpbtpE.dpuf more ...
  • 14) Jun 15, 2015 12:41:31 GMT |  + 'I am a Tamil-speaking Muslim, I wanted to know my roots'
    Yaadhum is a documentary that talks about how Islam spread in South India through trade. The film recently won the Bronze Remi award at the 48th World Fest in Houston. The maker of Yaadhum, Kombai S Anwar, spoke to Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com on what motivated him to make the film. I belong to the Theni district of Tamil Nadu and am now settled in Chennai. While growing up in India you are confronted with your Muslim identity. When I was studying in Loyola College, Chennai, they talked about the Muslim invasion of India. It was the colonial historians’ version which they were associating with the Muslim community. more ...
  • 15) Jun 15, 2015 12:40:30 GMT |  + Romesh Ranganathan headed for Sri Lanka to discover his roots in new TV show
    Comedian Romesh Ranganathan is being sent packing by his mum – to Sri Lanka, where she wants him to get in touch with his roots. The Mock The Week star was born and bred in Crawley and freely admits to having no idea about his cultural heritage, not being able to speak a word of Tamil, and having no real desire to visit Sri Lanka where his family are from. He says he has been embarrassed about his lack of knowledge but has felt no drive to do anything about it – until now, when his mum has arranged for his cultural education to begin thanks to BBC Three series Romesh’s Return Ticket. more ...
  • 16) Jun 15, 2014 13:19:57 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: After the war is over
    When builders set about restoring the original 150-year-old heritage wing of Colombo's classic Galle Face Hotel they made a fascinating, if not ever so slightly salacious, discovery. On the bottom of a bedside table drawer in one of the suites, an Englishman and a Frenchwoman had penned a message, a titillating time capsule, detailing a torrid four days they had spent in 1944 mainly locked in their room in flagrante. Fast-forward 70 years. I'm booked into a spacious, timbered and marbled spa suite of the Galle Face Hotel, the waves from the Indian Ocean crashing rousingly below me, for a couple of nights. Sadly, perhaps, I'm resolutely alone, with nothing of even a vaguely illicit note to report. more ...
  • 17) Jun 15, 2014 13:17:48 GMT |  + Govt. turns war crimes probe into polls issue
    Though not publicly known, a subject of importance Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, just hours after being sworn-in, was the issue of Pakistani militant groups gathering in Sri Lanka to plan terrorist acts against India. That was during talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on May 27. It came barely a day after Rajapaksa took part in Modi’s swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to a Sri Lankan source present at the talks, the query from Modi citing the alleged involvement of an intelligence agency also in this exercise took Rajapaksa by complete surprise. He undertook to go into the matter when he returned to Colombo. more ...
  • 18) Jun 15, 2014 13:16:45 GMT |  + Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power
    It started on the plane. On the shaky descent into London, his cheery British voice interrupts my movie. "Please do consider supporting our charity, which only supports the most vulnerable, the most needy." (my emphasis not added). Women in the jungles of Sri Lanka often envied those who made it into this category. Their trauma had been not quite terrible enough to make the cut off. It continued on the ground. I sit down on the tube. Across from this girl. A clever double meaning -- the worst period of her life. Even en route to a conference on sexual violations the forced entry into such a private space is disturbing.
  • 19) Jun 15, 2014 13:13:23 GMT |  +  Long arm of the lawless strikes down another innocent life
    Twenty-four-year-old, Subash Indika on Wednesday night was returning home to Mirigama, after collecting the interest on money lent by a businessman. He was accompanied by 17-year-old Samudra Chathuranga. They had travelled up to Warakapola and were riding along the Kandy-Colombo road approaching Pasyala junction. Home was about 15 minutes away in Kithulwala, a village five kilometres off Mirigama town. Traffic was heavy with pilgrims as it was Poson Poya. “It was around 11.30 p.m. We were approaching Pasyala junction. I saw a group of about five policemen waiting by the roadside. As we approached them, one of them signalled us to stop,” Chathuranga related. more ...
  • 20) Jun 15, 2014 13:10:15 GMT |  + Thousands affected in hill country floods, landslides
    Several areas in the upcountry have been hit by floods, a rare occurrence according to the Meteorological Department. More than 2,000 people have been affected, Disaster management Centre officials said yesterday. In total 382 people were relocated in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. Persons in Nuwara Eliya were temporary relocated at Tonbil Tamil Vidyalaya and Christmas Farmwatta while those in Kandy were gived shelter at the Nawalapitiya Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Karahadungala Mosque, Kandapitiya Mosque and Nawalapitiya West Community Center. more ...
  • 21) Jun 15, 2014 12:54:47 GMT |  + UK remains concerned about human rights in North
    The United Kingdom has reiterated concerns over the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, highlighting the North, in a statement in parliament earlier this week. Speaking as the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence was under way, Senior Minister of State Baroness Warsi stated in parliament, “We remain concerned about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka especially in the North. Our concerns include the continued intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders (HRDs) and activists, attacks on religious minorities, and the protection of the right to freedom of expression and opinion.”
  • 22) Jun 15, 2013 20:45:00 GMT |  + Tamil alliance leaders to leave for India
    A six member delegation representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) — an umbrella organisation of various Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka — will leave for India on Sunday, to meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid on the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. The delegation will be led by R. Sampanthan, senior Tamil politician and TNA leader. Mavai Senathiraja, M.A. Sumanthiran, Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Pon Selvarasa are the other members who will be part of it. more ...
  • 23) Jun 15, 2013 20:44:01 GMT |  + Actor-director Manivannan dead
    Popular actor-director Manivannan, who struck a chord with Tamil film audiences over the past two decades as a comedian who excelled in political satire, passed away at his residence in a Chennai suburb on Saturday following a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. Prior to making his mark as an actor, Manivannan was also a highly successful director in the 1980s until the mid-1990s, straddling different genres in Tamil cinema. He started his career as an assistant to veteran director Bharathiraja, writing the story and dialogues for landmark Tamil films as “Nizhalgal” and “Alaigal Oiyvathillai”. more ...
  • 24) Jun 15, 2013 20:42:41 GMT |  + Rajapaksa woos Lankan Tamils ahead of polls in the north
    In a bid to woo Lankan Tamils, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday toured the former LTTE strongholds in the country's north ahead of the planned election in the region. "For 30 years you saw the war, now you have seen 4 years of development", Rajapaksa said in Kilinochchi, the former LTTE administrative capital. Addressing a gathering in Tamil, Rajapaksa heralded many government development projects in the post-conflict phase. "We have given you development never seen before," he said.
  • 25) Jun 15, 2013 20:42:08 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government to limit provincial powers
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has called for significant changes to the country’s constitution that would reduce the powers of provincial councils. The proposal follows the government’s announcement of an election for the Northern Province in September, which remains under effective military control following the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. The US, India, Japan and other powers have called for the election to take place as part of a “political solution” to Sri Lanka’s protracted civil war that would involve a power-sharing arrangement with the island’s Tamil elites. By making constitutional changes, Rajapakse intends to further centralise political power in Colombo and weaken provincial governments, especially those in the North and East.
  • 26) Jun 15, 2013 20:41:37 GMT |  + Karunanidhi soft on UPA due to Kanimozhi, Jayalalithaa says
    DMK president M Karunanidhi does not oppose the training of the Sri Lankan military in India because he wants Congress support to get his daughter Kanimozhi re-elected to the Rajya Sabha, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa said on Saturday. "Despite the DMK exiting the central government, Karunanidhi is not opposing the centre because he needs the support of five Congress legislators for his daughter Kanimozhi's reelection," she said. Kanimozhi is one of the two DMK members in the Rajya Sabha who will retire July 24. A total of six members, including Kanimozhi, would retire next month.
  • 27) Jun 15, 2013 10:22:54 GMT |  + Jaya’s protest may force India to shift Lankan officers out of Military Staff College in TN
    Jayalalithaa expressed shock over the Centre’s "astounding insensitivity" in inviting the two Sri Lankan officers for the course at Wellington despite the "continuing atrocities’’ on civilian Tamils in the island nation.India had even provided some military equipment like 24 L-70 guns, 24 battle-field surveillance radars, 11 USFM radars, four Indra-II radars and 10 mine-protected vehicles to the Sri Lankan forces when they were battling LTTE earlier. The two nations also cooperate in intelligence sharing and undertake `coordinated' naval patrolling.
  • 28) Jun 15, 2012 17:08:27 GMT |  + Gupta Found Guilty of Insider Trading
    A federal jury convicted Rajat Gupta, once an executive and board member at the pinnacle of American business, of insider trading, capping the fall of the most prominent figure caught in the government's drive to stop the leaking of corporate secrets to Wall Street. Mr. Gupta faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the fraud charges and up to five years for the conspiracy charge. But his sentence is likely to be significantly lower under federal guidelines. Sentencing is set for Oct. 18. more ...
  • 29) Jun 15, 2012 16:45:24 GMT |  + Crusader begs his people to beware sea of false hope
    Mr Chandrahasan attributes that partly to the Tamil Nadu government's increased generosity to refugees, but also the Tamil diaspora, which "continues to live in the past" and exaggerate the woes in Sri Lanka. "There are people who feel things are not moving fast enough in Sri Lanka and I agree with that, but lots of efforts are being made. The degree of importance and exaggeration given to incidents which take place slows down the return of refugees." more ...
  • 30) Jun 15, 2012 15:34:06 GMT |  + Canadian home sales down, prices expected to rise
    Housing sales in Canada were down last month but remain higher than they were a year ago and stayed relatively steady in the Toronto area, the country's real estate organization revealed on Friday. Numbers released by the Canadian Real Estate Associate show a steady 3.1 per cent fall in housing sales across Canada in May, compared with April. It is the first decline since January. more ...
  • 31) Jun 15, 2012 15:26:12 GMT |  + Sri Lankan politician asks Pope to protect bishop from government reprisals
    In Sri Lanka, a politician of the opposition party has written to Pope Benedict XVI, asking the Pontiff to protect a local bishop from government reprisals. Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar has been harshly attacked by government officials after the bishop called for investigation of war-crimes accusations in the wake of Sri Lanka's civil war. Jayalath Jayawardena, a member of parliament representing the United National Party, asked the Pope to intervene in order to ensure that the bishop "can continue his mission without threats, intimidation, and false allegations."
  • 32) Jun 15, 2012 15:24:03 GMT |  + Children in former Sri Lankan war zones still traumatised by military
    Children's advocates in Sri Lanka say the heavy military presence in the island's former conflict zones, especially in the north, continue to traumatise children who experienced the civil war. "I think there's still de-mining taking place," Menaca Calyaneratne, director of advocacy for Save The Children in Sri Lanka said, "so there has to be involvement of the military as well." "But for children who have lived in fear of war, seeing the presence of the military could affect them psychologically. On the one hand, that will have an impact on them, that the war is not over for them."
  • 33) Jun 15, 2012 12:14:47 GMT |  + Ottawa loses legal battle over immigration backlog
    Ottawa has suffered a major setback in eliminating its immigration backlog after the federal court ruled the government is obliged to process all applications it accepted into the system. About 900 applicants under the federal skilled workers’ program sued Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for violating the pledge to assess and finalize decisions in a timely fashion.
  • 34) Jun 15, 2012 10:28:09 GMT |  + US music group boycotts Sri Lanka event
    Big Mountain, a US-based reggae music group with origins from San Diego, declined an invitation from Sri Lanka to participate in a reggae festival to be held in Colombo. The band, which was named Big Mountain, in protest to colonization by Europe, said in a statement that they "feel that to play a concert of this type, at this moment in time, would help to gloss over or legitimate conditions of systemic violence that have transpired in that region and towards indigenous populations in particular."
  • 35) Jun 15, 2012 10:14:29 GMT |  + How much can Sri Lanka help itself?
    Indigenous charity and philanthropy could transform development in Sri Lanka – but will it be for better or for worse? ...Our research in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is exploring indigenous forms of charity, philanthropy and development in the country. By scoping patterns of giving within the city and around Sri Lanka's global diaspora, we're building an understanding of the drivers and impacts of charitable and philanthropic activities on poverty alleviation. more ...
  • 36) Jun 15, 2012 10:04:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to go ahead with SLPL with or without Indian players
    The Sri Lanka Premier League would go ahead as planned even without non participation of Indian players, Sri Lankan Cricket secretary said on Friday. "We will go ahead with the tournament with or without Indian players," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told reporters in Colombo On friday. Ranatunga, however, said that SLC had not been officially told that Indian players would not take part in SLPL.
  • 37) Jun 15, 2011 21:40:17 GMT |  + Killing Fields video evidence 'builds case for war crimes'
    Footage of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, with its echoes of Srebrenica, means the international community is more likely to act, a top lawyer tells Channel 4 News. But is prosecution possible? Sri Lanka: war crimes allegations Documenting the final weeks of the bloody civil war when an estimated 40,000 people died, the Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka's Killing Fields reveals shocking new evidence of serious war crimes. more ...
  • 38) Jun 15, 2011 11:39:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: UK urges war crimes probe
    The Foreign Office says Sri Lanka must give a serious response after "horrific scenes" and "convincing evidence of violations of human rights" were aired in the Channel 4 documentary Killing Fields. Channel 4 News' Sri Lankan documentary. Pictured, a Sri Lankan boy (Reuters) The film Sri Lanka's Killing Fields documents the final bloody weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war, in which at least 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed. One hour long, it features new evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity. more ...
  • 39) Jun 15, 2011 11:33:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Confronting the Killing Fields
    Ban Ki-Moon has suggested that he can only establish an international investigation if the Sri Lankan government consents, It would be a sad day for the authority of the Secretary General if he could only authorise investigations approved by the government under scrutiny. Far from the lenses of television cameras and the print of news headlines that typify war reporting today, tens of thousands of civilians – perhaps as many as 40,000 – were killed in the last terrible phase of fighting of Sri Lanka’s civil war between the brutal Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government. more ...
  • 40) Jun 15, 2011 11:30:55 GMT |  + Channel 4 Sri Lanka Killing Fields: Where was the International community?
    Britain has renewed calls for Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes after video footage apparently showing the summary execution of naked and bound prisoners was broadcast on UK television, in the documentary Sri Lanka's Killing Field. The film, shown on Channel 4, reportedly shows "trophy videos" taken on mobile phones by Sri Lankan soldiers taking part in the military operation in 2009 to crush the Tamil Tiger insurgency and end a 25-year civil war. more ...
  • 41) Jun 15, 2011 3:29:56 GMT |  + UK presses Sri Lanka over Channel 4's 'war crimes' film
    The UK Foreign Office has pressed Sri Lanka to investigate alleged atrocities during its civil war after "horrific" footage aired in a TV programme. Britain's Channel 4 showed what it said was previously unseen footage of what purported to be extrajudicial killings of Tamils by the military. Sri Lanka's defence ministry dismissed the videos as fabricated, saying they were intended to discredit the army. more ...
  • 42) Jun 15, 2011 3:25:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Evidence that won't be buried
    The footage screened by Channel 4 last night ranks among the most horrific yet shown on British television. Naked prisoners shot in the head; the dead bodies of women who had been raped, dumped on a truck; the immediate aftermath of a shell landing on a hospital – images caught on mobile phones of the atrocities committed by government soldiers in the final months of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war. The story of what happened two years ago when government forces corralled hundreds of thousands of Tamils in horrific conditions into an ever-shrinking space, as they closed in the defeated Tigers, is well known.
  • 43) Jun 15, 2011 3:23:24 GMT |  + The politics of literary boycotts
    In January, Reporters Without Borders and a network of exiled Sri Lankan journalists, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, issued an appeal signed by a number of prominent figures, including Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Ken Loach, Tariq Ali and me. It called on participants in the Galle Literary Festival to consider the message their attendance sent: We believe this is not the right time for prominent international writers like you to give legitimacy to the Sri Lankan government's suppression of free speech by attending a conference that does not in any way push for greater freedom of expression inside that country… more ...
  • 44) Jun 15, 2011 1:46:52 GMT |  +  Tamil MP wants probe into alleged Sri Lankan war crimes
    independent inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed in her home country. Rathika Sitsabaiesan - the newly elected NDP MP for the riding of Scarborough Rouge River - says the international community needs to support an investigation into claims of human rights violations during the final weeks of Sri Lanka's civil war. Conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the militant Tamil Tiger organization lasted 25 years in the island nation. Clashes stopped in May 2009, when Tamil leadership was squashed by government forces. "Sustainable peace can only be achieved if these allegations are investigated and perpetrators are brought to justice," she said. "It's time to end the culture of impunity ... Canada has always been a champion of human rights and justice. We should speak up." more ...
  • 45) Jun 15, 2010 11:37:32 GMT |  + India faces flak in Sri Lanka; seen as a bully
    Mahinda Rajapaksa recently said India should benignly look out for Sri Lanka like its little sister. But not many here currently seem to share that tender emotion; India is being looked upon more as a big bully. India is currently receiving much flak from political parties and the media here over a bilateral business pact, for planning to talk to minority parties directly and – editorials I’m sure are on way -- for triggering the Sunday earthquake off the Nicobar coast that rattled parts of Sri Lanka. The critics included Weemal Weerawansa of the National Freedom Party, constituent of the Rajapaksa-led ruling coalition and close ally.
  • 46) Jun 15, 2010 9:46:23 GMT |  + Obama’s envoy meets MR
    A special envoy to US President Barack Obama, Samantha Power, met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today to discuss the post war situation in Sri Lanka, sources said. David Pressman, Director for war crimes atrocities and civilian protection of the US National Security Council, Ms. Patricia A Butenis Ambassador of the US Embassy in Sri Lanka Professor G.L. Peiris Minister of External Affairs and Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga also took part in the discussion. more ...
  • 47) Jun 15, 2010 9:42:45 GMT |  + A new (cultural) campaign against Tamils in Vanni
    As Tamil signs disappear in northern Sri Lanka, those in Sinhalese go up. Soldiers are rebuilding Buddhist temples whilst allowing Christian churches and Hindu temples to lay in ruin even though most locals belong to these two religions. Meanwhile, monuments celebrating the Sinhalese victory are ... The provinces of northern Sri Lanka “are undergoing a different kind of attack, not military, but cultural and religious this time. They are faced with the ‘Sinhalisation’ of the area,” Rukshan Fernando told AsiaNews.
  • 48) Jun 15, 2010 9:37:49 GMT |  + Sri Lanka challenges war crimes allegations
    Sri Lanka's top defence official, Gotabhaya Rajapakse challenged international rights groups Tuesday to produce evidence of war crimes allegedly committed in the final months of the country's civil war. "I challenge them to produce evidence (of war crimes). There is no point in giving photographs and videos to the media. We have an established legal system. Use it," Rajapakse added.
  • 49) Jun 15, 2010 9:29:20 GMT |  + Govinda's Sallu love spells trouble for Abhishek-Ash
    The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning that it would boycott the films of all actors and technicians who attended an awards event recently held in Colombo. It was made clear that films of the attendees would not to be allowed to release anywhere in the south. But Govinda, who plays an important role in this Ratnam flick, landed up in Sri Lanka. And now the Tamil protestors are up in arms about letting the film release in their domain. Now it is learnt that the entire cast and crew of Raavan are upset with Govinda for abandoning their cause and flying off to Sri Lanka.
  • 50) Jun 15, 2010 9:25:21 GMT |  + After roaming oceans and continents, Sri Lankan Tamils find home in Oakland
    They were jailed in Indonesia, stranded in Romania and rescued by Australia off the coast of Sumatra, all in the last eight months.They never intended to come to America, but their failed trip to Australia put them on a roundabout path to Oakland. The United States accepted 28 refugees, granting them permanent legal residency in the country. Others were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. Those heading to North America spent several weeks waiting in a refugee camp in Romania, a transit point where international organizations determined their final destination.
  • 51) Jun 15, 2010 9:17:16 GMT |  + Building bridges over bad blood
    A group of young Sri Lankan Canadians, representing the two major ethnic groups of largely Hindu Tamils and mainly Buddhist Sinhalese, have been quietly coming together in recent months to build bridges of understanding after three decades of civil war that left more than 100,000 dead. The ideal of a Tamil-Sinhalese entente in Toronto may be no less quixotic than the doomed idea of a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka. But after all the bad blood over there, and over here, it marks a new direction.
  • 52) Jun 15, 2010 9:13:29 GMT |  + China makes strategic forays into Bangladesh
    In another sign of its growing strategic inroads into South Asia, China has proposed to help Bangladesh build a deep-sea port in Chittagong and agreed to exchange data about the Brahmaputra river that flows from Tibet to Bangladesh through India. China has also promised assistance in installing Bangladesh's first space satellite.
  • 53) Jun 15, 2009 21:52:59 GMT |  + Hambantota & Gwadar -- An Update
    The Government hopes that as a refueling location Hambantota will have many advantages over the Colombo port or ports in South India. The construction has been undertaken by a consortium of Chinese companies headed by the China Harbour Engineering Company and the Sino Hydro Corporation. The present Chinese interest is in the use of the docking and refueling facilities that would come up in Hambantota for their commercial and naval ships. There is no proposal at present for a Chinese naval base at Hambantota.
  • 54) Jun 15, 2009 21:47:01 GMT |  + Youth 'disappear' from IDP camps
    An international award winning human rights activist in Sri Lanka says that nearly 20-30 youth have been disappearing from camps in Vavuniya daily. But Sri Lanka government rejects the accusation. Sunila Abeysekara told BBC Sandeshaya that rights activists have received credible reports of regular abductions in the camps. "We accept that the government has the right to search the camps for security reasons. But our concern is that there is no formal registration process," she said. She says it is reminiscent of the 'era of terror' in late 80s when the state security crushed an armed uprising by the Sinhala youth led by JVP.
  • 55) Jun 15, 2009 16:47:23 GMT |  + Sri Lanka bourse up on IMF loan hopes, central bank buys dlrs
    The central bank on Wednesday said Sri Lanka's request for a $1.9 billion International Monetary Fund loan is expected to be approved by the end of June. The IMF has yet to comment. Nandalal Weerasinghe, chief economist at the central bank, told Reuters the central bank had mopped up $267 million since the end of the war to maintain exchange rate stability. Currency dealers said exporter conversions, inflows from remittances, foreign buying of government securities, and donor funds for war-displaced people were seen in the market. The interbank lending rate or call money rate edged down to 10.085 percent from Thursday's 10.134 percent.
  • 56) Jun 15, 2009 16:02:39 GMT |  + As UN's Georgia Mission Faces Russian Axe, Selective Sovereignty
    Amid dark talk of a Russian veto threat, Monday in the Security Council the UN's Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) faces cancellation or at most a mere two week reprieve... Speaking of nations and wanna-be nations, it is hard not to notice that Russia, which supported Sri Lanka's position that the Tamil "separatists" in northern Sri Lanka could be attacked along with civilians without any formal Security Council meeting, now enforces the separatist rights of Abkhaz and South Ossetians. Russia's argues is that these people were attacked. And the Tamils weren't?
  • 57) Jun 15, 2009 15:58:01 GMT |  + Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, US Permanent Representative, on the UN Security Council and the Responsibility to Protect, at the International Peace Institute
    In recent years, our consciences have been seared by the horrors of Srebrenica, Rwanda, and Darfur. Today, we are challenged again by the desperate plight of civilians in such places as Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sri Lanka, among others. Ever since the Holocaust, the world has often said, “Never again.” In our hearts, I believe we mean it. But the undeniable fact is: we all have much more to do to give those words meaning and strength, to make them real.
  • 58) Jun 15, 2009 15:55:30 GMT |  + South Korean ships arrive in Lanka with arms, computer sets
    Two South Korean ships carrying arms and educational items for Sri Lanka arrived here this morning on a goodwill visit to the island nation, a navy official said. "Some 'integrated arms' were provided by South Korea on its own," the official said adding the ships were given a 21 gun salute on anchoring at the port here. While 'Destroyer', one of the ships of South Korean Navy, brought in 'integrated arms', the other one, a combat logistics ship, contained educational items including 50 computer sets to be donated to institutions in the island nation, he said.
  • 59) Jun 15, 2009 14:18:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Initiative – Applications for Family Class Members and Dependants of in-Canada Permanent Residence Applicants Affected by the Current Humanitarian Situation
    In response to the situation in Sri Lanka, the Case Processing Centres (CPCs) and the Canadian High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will expedite the processing of new and existing applications from: Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who have close family members in Sri Lanka (specifically, spouses, common-law and conjugal partners, dependent children, parents, grandparents and orphaned family members) who identify themselves as being directly and significantly affected by the current humanitarian situation and who notify Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  • 60) Jun 15, 2009 11:12:43 GMT |  + Govt. seeks election deal with EPDP, DTNA
    The government said yesterday it hoped to accommodate the EPDP led by Douglas Devananda and the Democratic Tamil National Alliance (DTNA) led by V. Anandasangaree at the elections to the Jaffna Municipal Council and the Vavuniya Municipal Council under the betel symbol. “No purpose is severed by digging up the past. If we do so, too many skeletons will surface,” he said and added that their mayoral candidate for Jaffna would most likely be V.K.V. Sivagnanam. “There are others too and I won’t rule out the possibility of an MP contesting this election,” Mr. Sri Kantha said.
  • 61) Jun 15, 2009 10:41:40 GMT |  + Shuler demeans Sri Lanka’s victims
    Congressman Shuler’s comments about our protest march on Sri Lanka are demeaning and I categorically reject the implication that we protested because we are tied to the LTTE. I am deeply disturbed that a congressman who promotes reconciliation in Sri Lanka is perpetuating the same stereotypes Sri Lanka uses to delegitimize and dehumanize our community. In the future, we hope he will promote a more constructive and positive discourse which does not demonize our community and hamper meaningful reconciliation.
  • 62) Jun 15, 2009 10:39:08 GMT |  + India, China to explore for oil along SL coast
    India and China will be allowed to explore two of the six blocks identified for oil exploration off the island nation’s northwest coast, the State-run Daily News quoted Petroleum Resources Development Minister A.H.M. Fowzie as saying. “The proposal received Cabinet approval this week. We will shortly call tenders for exploring the four remaining blocks,” Fowzie said. The Gulf of Mannar, between the southern tip of India and the west coast of Sri Lanka, has been identified for the first phase of oil exploration, which is likely to begin in August 2007, the news report said.
  • 63) Jun 15, 2009 10:37:18 GMT |  + What is Sri Lanka hiding?
    What's worrisome, as Rae noted, is that if Sri Lanka is this paranoid about letting in Canadian observers following the end of its 26-year civil war with the now-defeated Tigers, what is it planning for 200,000 Tamil civilians rendered homeless by the war after thousands were killed in the fighting? Sri Lanka has been bizarrely suspicious of Canada, presumably because we've accepted hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians as refugees. With Sri Lanka this paranoid about even an ally in the war on terror, how can it be trusted to respect the rights of Tamil civilians following its military victory? That's why international observers are needed. To see that it does.
  • 64) Jun 15, 2009 10:30:34 GMT |  + Jaffna residents speak out over increasing military repression
    Jaffna residents explained that they had been unable to hold religious ceremonies or publicly mourn their dead relatives because they feared being accused of supporting the LTTE and facing reprisals. All voiced their anger and outrage over the mass detentions. “How long are they going to keep detaining hundreds of thousands of people? The detainees have done nothing but the government and the military treat them as the enemy and part of the LTTE. This is proven by their ongoing detention. The government says it wants to remove mines from the war zone in the Vanni but thousands of people have houses in Jaffna and Vavuniya. Why can’t the government release these people? It is lying,” the person said.
  • 65) Jun 15, 2009 10:23:53 GMT |  + Pakistan gifts ambulances to Sri Lanka
    The Government of Pakistan, through its High Commission in Colombo, gifted three fully equipped and high-roof ambulances to the Health Ministry of the Government of Sri Lanka.The High Commissioner, Shaheen A. Gilani, handed over the keys of the ambulances to the Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister for Healthcare and Nutrition, Government of Sri Lanka. In his brief remarks, Gilani said that the gift of ambulances was only a token of the high esteem and affection of the Government and people of Pakistan for the Government and friendly people of Sri Lanka.
  • 66) Jun 15, 2009 10:22:59 GMT |  + Breaking the deadlock through transnational governance
    The need of the time now is the metamorphosis of the existing infrastructure into a democratic and inclusive transnational government of Eezham Tamils to strengthen the diaspora socially, economically and culturally; to achieve the goal of independence and sovereignty of Eezham Tamils in the home country and to meet the international challenges internationally. Many of our readers confuse between the concepts of transnational government and government in exile. While the government in exile is a conventional phenomenon that needs a host country, the transnational government is a novel experiment that has no precedence.
  • 67) Jun 15, 2009 10:22:12 GMT |  + Malay Indian group calls for trade boycott of Colombo
    The Malaysian Indian Business Association has called for a trade boycott of Sri Lanka in an effort to pressure its government to address humanitarian concerns in the war-torn state. Association president P. Siva ­kumar expressed hope that all Indian-owned businesses in Malaysia would support the call, Malaysian Nanban reported. He said all businesses should make the stand on humanitarian grounds, adding that trade squeeze was the most effective form of pressure. Sivakumar urged the Sri Lanka Government to allow aid groups, media and independent groups to the conflict zone to help out civilians displaced by its war against Tamil Tiger separatists.
  • 68) Jun 15, 2008 18:11:44 GMT |  + Anandasangaree raps Douglas
    I reject your claim that you don't do politics for posts and prominence because I know how you won nine seats to Parliament with the 8600 odd votes all your 13 candidates jointly polled in 1994. What did you do in 2000 and 2001. If the Cabinet had approved your appointment it is a pity that most of its members do not know about your past and the present. If you had informed me of your appointment with a view to invite me to join you to serve the people I would have taken it as the biggest joke because as a Minister I know how you treated me.
  • 69) Jun 15, 2008 18:01:58 GMT |  + Indian schoolboy languishes in Sri Lankan jail
    The longing for a little adventure - a fishing trip with his elder brother - has led to a nightmarish experience for a 16-year-old schoolboy as he was caught by the Sri Lankan Navy and put in prison. Joseph is languishing for over two weeks in a prison in Anuradhapuram, Sri Lanka. He is a Class 11 student in the Muthupet Higher Secondary School in Pamban area. He has not been able to convince his captors that they were not involved in transporting "black powder" in their boat. "My sons have been fishing in these waters since childhood. We are innocent fishing families," Joseph's distraught father, Arul Sahayam, told IANS.
  • 70) Jun 15, 2008 13:43:31 GMT |  + Government lets cat out of the bag in reacting to Mano
    The presidential secretariat last week condemned Mano Ganesan, the Colombo district parliamentarian and convenor of the Civil Monitoring Committee for issuing an “unwarranted” and “irresponsible” statement with regard to the present situation in Colombo. The rejoinder issued by the presidential secretariat, in response to what Mano said, accused the Colombo district MP of ‘misconstruing the reality of the situation and unnecessarily alarming the Tamils from outside Colombo.’ Moreover, the statement reassured the government’s commitment to maintain law and order in the country.
  • 71) Jun 15, 2008 13:37:59 GMT |  + Dangerous venom against journalists over the airwaves
    Five media associations last week charged that the head of the state controlled Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) had called for the death of a senior journalist Poddala Jayantha. The five media associations including Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association, Federation of Media Employees Trade Union, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, Sri Lanka Tamil journalists Alliance and Free Media Movement said, “The language of the Rajapaksa administration and their behaviour reminds us of Radio Mille Collines in Rwanda”. more ...
  • 72) Jun 15, 2008 13:29:23 GMT |  + SLAF airstrike kills 2 Tamil civilians, 11 wounded
    Two civilians were killed on the spot Sunday morning when Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombed a civilian settlement of Internally Displaced Persons in Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaiththteevu district. 11 civilians, including a pregnant mother, were wounded in the air attack, Tamileelam Police said. Puthukkudiyiruppu Central College, located 100 meters away from the IDP settlement, zonal office of education, and temples in the vicinity have sustained damage in the SLAF attack. Tension prevails in the town as shrapnels from the air-blasts of the bombs were spread around the area. more ...
  • 73) Jun 15, 2008 1:53:21 GMT |  +  High CoL and a country on the brink of chaos
    The country has been pushed to the brink of chaos with the working masses agitating for an increase in salaries to meet the skyrocketing cost of living while the farmers have begun agitating against the government's decision to slash the fertiliser subsidy. The protest campaigns calling for wage hikes that commenced early June have now intensified with people from different social strata taking to the streets.
  • 74) Jun 15, 2008 1:50:15 GMT |  +  The war against free expression
    THE variety of tactics known to have been employed in the Rajapakse government's war against the media makes it difficult to believe the poker-faced government spokes- people when they appear on television with their most virtuous and concerned faces and insist: "it wasn't us." The fact is that this government has been using every tool at its disposal to try and dismantle the independent media. In 2006, when an unprecedented seven journalists were killed during the year, the government's stance on media freedom was still hazy, and most organisations both local and international were hesitant to point the finger as openly as they do now.
  • 75) Jun 15, 2008 1:32:55 GMT |  + Tissa: 100 days in TID detention
    Senior journalist and Sunday Times freelance columnist J.S. Tissainayagam goes into his 100th day in detention by the Terrorism Investigations Department today without formal charges being filed against him. On Friday, he was produced before Colombo’s Chief Magistrate N. Hettiarachchi who ordered that he be further detained by the TID. Mr. Tissainayagam’s lawyer M. A Sumanthiran said the journalist was being held in wrongful custody. more ...
  • 76) Jun 15, 2007 20:56:47 GMT |  + New HSZ covering Sampur and Mutur East
    Months after government troops cleared areas South of the Trincomalee Harbour, the government has declared a new High Security Zone covering Sampur and Mutur-East, to set up a Special Economic Zone - the government’s original plan. In an extraordinary Gazette notification, the government named the new zone, as ‘Mutur (East)/Sampur High Security Zone’. Thousands of families in the area coming under the HSZ are to be re-located. However, a senior government official in the area told the Daily Mirror action had already been taken to acquire lands where the families to be relocated were now living.
  • 77) Jun 15, 2007 20:12:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis Deepens the Conflict
    The international community must press the warring sides for urgent action to address wide-spread human rights abuses in Sri Lanka as a first step to restoring a climate in which the long conflict can ultimately be resolved. Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines abuses committed by both the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since they resumed their war in 2006.“If the government fails to address the growing human rights crisis, it will inevitably face international pressure for the introduction of an external monitoring mission, cuts in donor funding and possibly more severe sanctions”says Robert Templer, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director.
  • 78) Jun 15, 2007 20:09:34 GMT |  + Top UN rights official meets with Sri Lankan President
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has held what she termed “very productive” talks with the President of Sri Lanka, where millions of people have been affected by fighting between the Government and rebel forces. Louise Arbour relayed the international community’s concerns about the situation in the South Asian country and explained how her Office could assist in promoting national human rights protection in the South Asian country, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson told reporters today.
  • 79) Jun 15, 2007 16:18:17 GMT |  + Sri Lankan President says own steps under way to probe killings
    President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka and senior Sri Lankan officials said that they were taking their own steps to find the truth behind recent killings of humanitarian workers and alleged rights violations. However, Rajapakse stopped short of responding directly to an appeal Amnesty International made to him Thursday, to invite UN monitors to verify claims of human rights violations by both sides in the country's bitter ethnic civil war. "Unfortunately it is our flexibility and sincerity that seems to encourage the global non-governmental community to demand further involvement," he told the ILO conference.
  • 80) Jun 15, 2007 14:13:43 GMT |  + Akashi’s Abortive Attempt for Peace in Sri-Lanka
    If the Japanese envoy Mr Akashi was as astute as the westerners, for example Allan Rock of the UNHCR, he should have followed suit. But he failed to cut Japan’s aid even when there was grave human rights violation in Sri-Lanka. It would appear that Asians as a race lacked the mettle of the shrewd Westerners. By not doing the right thing at the right time Akashi had aborted an attempt for a potential peace deal in Sri-lanka.
  • 81) Jun 15, 2007 14:10:48 GMT |  + Press conference bussing & Tamil Citizenship - Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne
    Government attitude to the Tamil people made naked by the bussing incident. At the beginning of the Mahinda rule they insisted the military operation will be limited to countering the LTTE actions. It was claimed, against our protest, that the LTTE will be identified with accuracy and they have that ability. But now they say it is not possible to distinguish Tigers, hence operations against the Tamil civilians are justified. The separation of civilians on the basis of home address in NE is unconstitutional and inhuman. Though the scale may be less, the principle used is the Nazi principle of separating citizens on the basis of nationality. This crime cannot be retracted.
  • 82) Jun 15, 2007 13:49:20 GMT |  + It's time for Government of Canada to suspend Aid and Trade with Sri Lanka - Canadian MP
    We learned last week that Tamil civilians had been driven out of the capital at gunpoint. When international groups protested these mass expulsions, the Sri Lankan defence secretary accused the international community, especially the U.K. and European nations, of bullying his country over human rights.Meanwhile, the Government of Canada has remained relatively silent, and has not followed the lead of Great Britain, Germany and the United states by cutting off aid to Sri Lanka. It is time for Canada to finally suspend aid and trade until the Sri Lankan government starts respecting the human rights of Tamil civilians. more ...
  • 83) Jun 15, 2007 11:09:24 GMT |  + Ambitious resettlement programme underway in East Lanka
    The Eastern Sri Lankan Tamil-speaking town of Batticaloa had undergone a sea change in the last three months. In late March, it was swarming with government troops and Tamil para militaries in full battle gear and fingers at the trigger. Only artillery and mortar barrages broke the silence of the dead town. People talked in whispers about extortions and child abductions by the pro-government Tamil militant group led by Karuna.
  • 84) Jun 15, 2007 10:18:15 GMT |  + Heavy fighting continues in the North and East of Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan government still maintains the fiction that it is adhering the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But in the North and East of the island, the security forces are waging a ruthless war of aggression aimed at destroying the separatist guerrilla movement and capturing LTTE territory, with no regard for ceasefire lines. Rajapakse also announced a new recruitment drive for more than 50,000 more soldiers. However, the main purpose of this expansion is to prosecute and extend the communal war that the government has no intention of ending through a negotiated peace.
  • 85) Jun 15, 2007 10:15:53 GMT |  + Sri Lankan religious leaders condemn recent spate of violence
    Leaders of Sri Lanka's four major religions came together Friday to call for the government to accept responsibility for a recent wave of human rights violations as violence between rebel and military forces has worsened. "The government should not only accept total responsibility but also immediately take all measure to identify and punish the perpetrators according to the laws of our country," said a statement signed by the prominent Buddhist monk Wimalarathana and Archbishop Oswald Gomis, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. Hindu and Muslim leaders said they agreed with the statement, which was issued at a joint press conference by the Congress of Religions.
  • 86) Jun 15, 2007 10:09:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka warned probe may fail
    The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) is worried about the involvement of the attorney general's department in the inquiry. It has warned there are conflicts of interest by its participation. The government has come under pressure over human rights as the country had slid back into civil war. The experts said they had "observed examples of a lack of impartiality", with counsel from the department stating "as fact matters which are controversial to the case". The panel said the probe would end in failure unless independent lawyers are brought in.
  • 87) 12:56 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Body of SLA soldier killed in LTTE area handed over to SLA
    The body of the SLA soldier killed in a gun battle in Nedunkerni in the LTTE area in Vavuniya, on 13 June, was handed over to the ICRC in the presence of SLMM at the Puliyankulam-Omanthai border area. ICRC handed the body to SLA. This is the first time GoSL has accepted that its forces are operating in LTTE areas, albeit indirectly by accepting the body. The handing over took place on 15 June at the request of the SLA’s Vanni High Command. The SLA soldier was killed by the LTTE when he and his team attempted to lay claymore mines in the LTTE area. more ...
  • 88) 10:54 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Attack in Kebitigollawe – murdering civilians to blame the LTTE
    The claymore attack on a civilian bus in Kebitigollawe, 23 km from Vavuniya, that has killed more than 40 civilians and injured scores more is a mindless use of civilian life for political end. The GoSL operated forces is continuing to take civilian life with total impunity in the Northeast. Since Geneva talks in February 250 civilians including 24 children have been murdered by GoSL operative forces in the NorthEast. It has now spread its tactic of using civilian life for political end beyond the Northeast. The attack in Kebitigollawe timed to occur immediately after the arrival of the LTTE delegation from Europe is a reprehensible act of murders with the sole aim of blaming the LTTE for the attack. Not only that the SL Air Force bombed the LTTE controlled Mullativu area immediately after the above Claymore attack. Further information about the damages is awaited. The GoSL is going to justify the air attack as retaliation for the claymore attack which was also in fact carried out by them. more ...
  • 89) 10:39 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Panicky Tamils scan skies for air raids in Sri Lanka
    Listening to a radio broadcast of the deadliest suspected Tamil rebel attack on Sri Lankan civilians since a 2002 ceasefire, visibly-shaken housewife Pathmavathy Kandasamy scoured the skies in panic. Last month, air force jets dropped bombs just 2 miles from her home on the outskirts of the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi during a retaliatory strike amid escalating conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). On Thursday, Kandasamy feared a direct hit after 61 civilians were killed when their bus was blown up in an ambush the government blamed squarely on the Tigers.
    - War fears flare after 62 die in Sri Lanka bus bomb - Times Online
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  • 90) 10:35 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Tamils targeted as blast kills 58
    The Sri Lankan air force has launched attacks against Tamil Tiger positions following a deadly landmine attack that killed 58 people on a crowded bus. Twelve children were among those killed in the Thursday morning blast in the northeastern Mullaitivu district, while another 45 were wounded. More than 100 people were traveling to school and work in the village of Kebettigollawa, near the provincial capital of Anuradhapura when the Claymore mine went off. Government officials have blamed the Tamil Tigers for the worst single act of violence since a 2002 cease-fire was signed. more ...
  • 91) 10:28 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan air force bombs rebel areas after blast kills 62
    A powerful land mine ripped through a bus packed with commuters and schoolchildren in northern Sri Lanka today, killing at least 62 people. Sri Lanka’s air force responded by bombing rebel-held areas in the north-east.The army blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for the bus explosion, but the rebels denied responsibility.But a senior rebel leader countered the army accusation by suggesting the attack could be “the work of forces seeking to create ethnic tension between the Sinhalese and the Tamil population”. Two jets bombed areas in the north of the country after the explosion, but it provided no other details. Samarasinghe confirmed the bombings, saying the air force was taking deterrent action, but it will be limited. more ...
  • 92) 06:01 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + 58 killed, 70 wounded in Claymore blast in Kebitigollawe
    58 civilian passengers were killed and around 70 were wounded when a civilian bus hit a Claymore mine near Kebitigollawe, 23 km southeast of Vavuniya, Thursday around 7:50 a.m., Police sources said. Wounded passengers were rushed to Kepitigollawe and Anuradhapura hospitals. Majority of the victims are Sinhalese civilians. The Liberation Tigers condemn the attack on civilians in strongest possible terms, said LTTE's Director of Peace Secretariat, S. Puleedevan, and charged that the ill-timed attack, after the LTTE delegation has returned from Oslo, was a planned act carried out by paramilitary elements. more ...
  • 93) 05:59 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Scores killed in Lanka bus blast
    At least 58 people have been killed after their bus struck a mine in north-eastern Sri Lanka, police say. Another 45 people were wounded in the explosion in Anuradhapura district, 200km (125 miles) north of Colombo. This is the worst single incident involving civilians since the Tamil Tigers and the government agreed a ceasefire in 2002. No group has claimed responsibility, though similar attacks in the past have been blamed on the rebels. Violence has risen in Sri Lanka since early April when talks between the rebels and the government broke down. more ...
  • 94) 20:08 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + A Babaric and Sensless Massacre of Innocent Sinhalese Civilians
    Without a doubt or second thought, all Tamils should condemn this cruel act, and wholeheartedly vow to do whatever within our control to demand the international community to undertake the investigation in this most righteous movement. In a civilised society, nobody should be invested with the power to kill innocent civilians, including children, women, and elderly. The civilians should not shed blood to this unwanted inhuman war engineered by the Sri Lankan government. The civilians should not be the victims for the political ends. Will the international community come froward to undertake an impartial investigation into these civilians’ murders taking place in Sri Lanka?
    - Sri Lanka State Terrorism & Massacres
    - An innocent Tamil family by the Sri Lankan Navy in Kayts
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  • 95) 19:34 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + India prepares for possible Sri Lanka war
    Ruling out the possibility of a military intervention, India has said it is studying a number of scenarios as Sri Lanka inches closer to war. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also been engaged in some of the strategic exercises, and is aware that India would be the country most affected by any escalation of the ethnic conflict in its southern neighbor, the Asian Age newspaper reported Thursday. Analysts assert that a full-fledged war between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil rebels is bound to have far reaching economic, strategic and diplomatic implications on India due to a huge influx of Tamil refugees into southern India. more ...
  • 96) 19:33 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + Bombing Pushes Sri Lanka Closer to War
    A powerful land mine ripped through a packed bus in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, killing at least 64 people in the worst act of violence since a 2002 cease-fire. Sri Lanka's air force responded by bombing rebel-held areas in the northeast. The government blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for blowing up the bus - crowded with commuters and schoolchildren - but the rebels strongly denied responsibility. Thursday's violence came during nearly a year of renewed fighting that began with last summer's assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister. With the cease-fire already shaky, the explosion has brought the fractured country even closer to full-scale war. more ...
  • 97) 19:31 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + I want amicable solution to Lanka issue: Karunanidhi
    Accusing the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam of carrying on a 'mischievous campaign' against him on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday said he wanted an amicable solution to the issue so that violence did not raise its ugly head in that nation and on Indian soil. In a statement in Chennai, Karunanidhi said that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, along with its allies, would prevail upon the Centre to take steps to end the ethnic strife in the island republic amicably. more ...
  • 98) 04:14 GMT, Jun. 15, 2006 |  + At least 25 killed in Sri Lanka mine explosion
    At least 25 passengers were killed and another 20 were wounded when their bus was hit by a mine in Sri Lanka Thursday, military officials said. “More than 25 passengers have been killed,” military spokesman Prasad Samarsinghe told AFP. more ...
  • 99) 19:38 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + Marxist ally quits Sri Lanka ruling coalition
    The Sri Lankan government's Marxist ally said on Thursday it has quit the ruling coalition in protest against plans to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels, leaving the alliance a hamstrung minority. Despite the Marxist People's Liberation Front's (JVP) defection, analysts expect President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government to limp on for now after the main opposition United National Party vowed not to oust it over the aid pact issue. "It is past midnight, we are no longer part of the government," JVP politburo member and MP Nandana Gunatilleke told Reuters as the deadline the hardline party gave Kumaratunga passed. Top government aides say the pact -- under which committees comprising rebels, government officials and Muslims can recommend, prioritise and monitor projects funded by $3.0 billion in pledged aid -- will be formally agreed within days. more ...
  • 100) 19:36 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's governing coalition breaks up over tsunami aid deal with Tamil Tiger rebels
    Sri Lanka's ruling coalition on Thursday suffered a potentially fatal split when its main Marxist ally quit in protest over a plan to share tsunami relief aid with Tamil Tiger rebels. "We will leave the government and function as an independent political party in the opposition," Cultural Affairs Minister Vijitha Herath told the Associated Press.He said the party will relinquish its eight ministries and junior ministries in the government and give a formal notice to the coalition leaders later Thursday. "Now we have a question about the very survival of the government," Herath added. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has promoted a plan to share responsibility for the distribution of foreign aid to tsunami survivors with Tamil Tigers as an opportunity to forge peace and end a war that has killed nearly 65,000 people.
    - JVP to announce future strategy in press meet Thursday
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  • 101) 14:29 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka tsunami ultimatum looms
    A key party in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition is poised to quit shortly if the government proceeds with a tsunami aid deal with the Tamil Tiger rebels. The Sinhala-nationalist People's Liberation Front (JVP) says it will leave the coalition at midnight if the government goes ahead with the plan. The government appears to be pushing ahead with the agreement. Analysts say it will survive without the JVP. The JVP fears the aid agreement could help efforts to set up a Tamil state. Nearly 31,000 people were killed when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka's coast on 26 December. Half a million were made homeless. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has called for support for a planned deal with Tamil rebels over disbursing $2bn in pledged tsunami aid. "It is not likely she will ditch it in the next few hours, so we are definitely leaving the government. We will not be a part of the government after midnight today," Sunil Hadunnetti, deputy minister of small and rural industries and a senior JVP member told Reuters. more ...
  • 102) 14:19 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + Fasting monk removed
    JVP-led monks oppose sharing tsunami relief aid with the LTTE Sri Lanka's security forces have forcefully taken away a Buddhist monk who has been a staging a fast against the proposed deal to share tsunami relief aid with the LTTE. Members of Presidential Security Directorate (PSD) and other security forces have taken Dambara Amila thero into an ambulance and taken away. President of the Jathika Bhikkhu Peramuna (JBF), Amila theor, has been on a fast-to-death since last Saturday in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station. He was forced to take away on Monday as the police fired tear gas to a protest led by studetns and monks linked to government's coalition partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Amila thero has sat again for the fast on Tuesday. His health has been since deteriorating, mainly due to the fire gas attack, a spokesman for the JBF told BBC Sinhala. more ...
  • 103) 09:54 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + Split looms, but Sri Lanka gov't seen limping on for now
    Sri Lanka's government was hours away on Wednesday from a defection by its Marxist ally that would reduce it to a hamstrung minority in parliament, but the coalition was not expected to fall altogether -- for now. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Marxist ally, the People's Liberation Front (JVP), has given her until midnight to abandon plans to share international tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels. Aides say she has no intention of scrapping the plan. That means that come Thursday, the Marxists -- who regard the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorists who do not deserve aid -- will cross over to the opposition benches and the government will have to limp on, unable to pass legislation. more ...
  • 104) 09:52 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + British development minister tours Sri Lanka
    British Development Minister Gareth Thomas began a two-day visit to tsunami-affected areas in Sri Lanka today to assess the progress of British-funded projects, the British High Commission said. The visit is part of a tour of countries affected by the December tsunami. After arriving in Colombo, the British minister headed to eastern Sri Lanka, the area worst affected by the tsunami that killed more than 31,000 people on the tropical island of 19 million people. Mr Thomas will meet Sri Lankan officials to discuss post-tsunami issues during his tour. more ...
  • 105) 09:51 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's JVP refuses to put off deadline for quitting coalition
    The main partner in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition did not give an indication to postpone their deadline for quitting the coalition after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse's appeal, the Daily Mirror reported Wednesday. The prime minister urged the JVP or the People's Liberation Front to reconsider its decision to quit the government immediately after the midnight Wednesday and put off the deadline till June 30, but the JVP leader rejected the appeal. Rajapakse told JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva that the party 's decision to leave the government even before the agreement with the rebels was signed did not make sense. JVP on June 10 vowed to quit the government in protest over Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's attempt to enter a joint deal with the Tamil Tigers. more ...
  • 106) 01:28 GMT, Jun. 15, 2005 |  + The ‘Fast to Death’ Farce and the Self-Immolation Stunt
    there was the freak-show this month in Colombo, of one Kamburupitiya Pannasara Thera, a 26 year old monk, sitting "on an iron barrel with a bottle of gasoline vowing to set himself ablaze if assurances on the deal are not provided." as per Shimali Senanayake’s Associated Press report of June 10th. That this Pannasara Thera was nothing but a publicity seeker was inferred by columnist Rajpal Abeynayake, in his Sunday Times (June 12th) column. That Kampurupitiya Pannasara Thera is a Sri Lankan Buddhist priest and not a Vietnamese Buddhist priest should not be ignored. 42 years ago [on June 11, 1963], in Saigon, a Buddhist priest named Thich Quang Duc, of Linh-Mu Pagoda, burned himself to death at a busy intersection. Whether 26 year old Kampurupitiya Pannasara Thera knew about this particular self-immolation is a moot point. more ...
  • 107) 23:48 GMT, Jun. 15, 2004 |  + Dead dove prompts Sri Lanka probe
    The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered an inquiry after a dove freeing ceremony intended to symbolise peace went disastrously wrong. One bird was dead before take-off and "dropped like a brick" soon after it left the hands of the public security minister at a ceremony last weekend. A BBC cameraman who witnessed the incident said that the dove may have died due to excessive humidity. At this time of the year temperatures can reach 33C.
    - Feathers fly over Sri Lankan official's dead peace dove - AFP
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  • 108) 23:46 GMT, Jun. 15, 2004 |  + USAID supports Sri Lanka's development projects
    A computer training centre for youth implemented by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Sri Lanka's Batticaloa district was launched by a senior official of the US embassy Tuesday, Xinhua reports. Deputy Chief of Mission James Entwistle launched the National Youth Services Council computer training centre in Batticaloa town and made a gift of furniture and equipment to the Batticaloa Chamber of Commerce, said a statement from the US embassy. On Monday, Entwistle met residents of Muwangala, one of four Grama Nildhari divisions in which USAID is rehabilitating nearly two dozen irrigation canal sluice gates to double arable land available for sugarcane and paddy cultivation. more ...
  • 109) 10:24 GMT, Jun. 15, 2004 |  + "The people should be made real stake holders in development"
    In briefing a session of UN and INGO delegates held in Kilinochchi today 15th June 2004 at the Planning and Development Secretariat (PDS) Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Wing said at the outset "The people should be made real stake holders in development". This meeting was organised by the Planning and Development Secretariat of the LTTE to brief the UN agencies and the INGOs who are functioning in the NorthEast carrying out humanitarian services. Mr. Tamilselvan outlined the current political situation and highlighted the importance of co-ordinating and synchronizing the activities of humanitarian agencies in view of the urgent necessity to upgrade the shattered life of the war affected Tamil people. The PDS Mr. Tamilselvan said will function as the pivotal unit that will identify needs of the people and formulate plans to carryout quick implementation with the assistance of experts from the Tamil Diaspora. more ...
  • 110) 10:01 GMT, Jun. 15, 2004 |  + Swelling Unrest in Sri Lankan Provinces Sparks Protest
    As the peace process hangs in the balance, a consortium of civil society groups in Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna district are staging a massive protest Thursday against rising violence and the plight of displaced people in the North and East. The organizers of the demonstration - the Jaffna District Consortium of Civil Organizations (JDCCO) - will focus on four demands - an end to killings in the Eastern province, curbing violence in tea plantations, allowing Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to resettle, and removing impediments to normalization in the North and the East. more ...
  • 111) 13:12 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Renewed violence in Sri Lanka
    International ceasefire monitors in Sri Lanka say a rebel Tamil Tiger boat has been sunk after a confrontation in the high seas with the navy. This is the third rebel ship this year to be sunk as a result of a confrontation with the navy, and it is only going to raise tension at a time when the Tigers have suspended participation in peace talks, which they say have been a waste of time so far. The ceasefire monitors say both sides do agree there was a big explosion that sank the rebel boat. more ...
  • 112) 13:10 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Colombo has failed to bring normalcy to Northeast - FJDMA
    The Federation of the Jaffna District Minibus Association (FJDMA) Sunday told the United National Front (UNF) government that it has failed to create a conducive situation in the northeast province enabling the internally displaced families to return to their villages. "Instead the government is insisting on maintaining the high security zones in residential areas according to the agenda of its military," the Federation said in a statement, Jaffna sources said. more ...
  • 113) 11:46 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka alert as Tigers warn "grave consequences"
    Sri Lankan security forces were on alert across the island as Tamil Tiger rebels warned of "grave consequences" after accusing the navy of sinking one of its merchant vessels with 12 crew on board. Military bases in the embattled northern and eastern regions as well as police in the capital were on stepped up alert as a precautionary measure, officials said, while there was fresh violence in the east of the country. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead a former militant in the Batticaloa district, while in another incident in the same area a grenade attack wounded seven people, local officials said Sunday. more ...
  • 114) 11:45 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka Tightens Security After Clash
    The military stepped up security in the capital and northern Sri Lanka on Sunday, a day after a rebel Tamil Tiger ship exploded and sank after a clash with the navy. The military said Sunday the vessel may have been carrying "arms, ammunition and warlike equipment" and was trying to offload the cargo to smaller boats. Military officials set up checkpoints Sunday to search vehicles in the capital Colombo and in the northern Tamil city of Jaffna, where snipers believed to be Tamil Tiger rebels killed a prominent politician a day earlier. more ...
  • 115) 11:43 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + War fears emerge in Sri Lanka as peace bid remains in limbo
    The sinking of a Tamil rebel ship and a string of political slayings have raised fears that Sri Lanka may be slipping back to war as its peace bid remains deadlocked, analysts and diplomats said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) warned of "grave consequences" following Saturday's sinking of one of their merchant vessels that also left the fate of the 12-member crew in doubt. "...if any harm were to befall the crew of the LTTE vessel then the sole responsibility for the events lie with the Sri Lanka Navy and this incident would have very grave consequences," more ...
  • 116) 11:42 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka rebels warn of consequences over sea clash
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers warned on Sunday of "grave consequences" if 12 rebels missing after a clash with the navy were harmed, adding more strain to the island's already troubled peace process. The fate of the 12 remained unknown following Saturday's clash off the northeastern coast where a rebel boat exploded and sank after the navy stopped it on suspicion of carrying weapons and fired warning shots. more ...
  • 117) 02:59 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Japan awaiting LTTE green light
    The Japanese government is awaiting the green light from the LTTE to confirm dates for high powered meetings both in Sri Lanka and the UK to brief the Tigers on the recently concluded aid donor conference with a view to luring them back to negotiations. Press Secretary, Japanese Embassy in Colombo, Hideaki Matsuo said Ambassador Seiichiro Otsuka has requested a formal appointment with the LTTE in Kilinochchi in order that he may brief them on the results of the donor conference held in Tokyo last week. Matsuo confirmed that Japanese Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi has also requested a closed door meeting with LTTE Chief Negotiator, Anton Balasingham in London. more ...
  • 118) 02:52 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + LS poll will see pro vs. anti-LTTE fight: Swamy
    The next Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu will witness a fight between a ``pro-LTTE combine'' and ``an anti-LTTE front'', the Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, told reporters here today. The ground had been prepared for forging a pro-LTTE alliance. It might comprise the Congress, the DMK, the PMK, the MDMK and the Puthiya Tamizhagam. With the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam reviving its activities in coastal Vedaranyam, it once again became a base of the Tigers, he claimed. Pro-LTTE elements were also frequently visiting Sri Lanka's northeast from Rameswaram, Dr. Swamy alleged. more ...
  • 119) 19:31 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Tamils back LTTE’s call for genuine interim administration
    Tamil approval was on the cards for the Liberation Tigers’ of TaEmil Eelam (LTTE) statement that it would not return to the negotiating table unless there was a firm commitment on the part of the government to set up politico-administrative structures that went beyond what Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged at Tokyo to the donor community. Residents of the northeast also complained that security forces continuing to occupy private property, and public buildings in the more populous parts of the towns continued to cause problems to the public. “The army said it was vacating at least some of the hotels it has been holding. There was a lot of bustle a few weeks ago, but everything has died down again,” a resident of Jaffna said. more ...
  • 120) 19:20 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Second killing hits Sri Lanka
    A second Tamil politician has been killed in Sri Lanka in two days - with suspicion again falling on Tamil Tiger rebels. There has been no official comment on the death of Mr Ramachandran, 42, who was a member of the Eelam People's Democratic Party in eastern Batticaloa. His death came a day after Subathran, a senior Tamil politician opposed to the LTTE, was shot dead. He was targeted by a lone sniper while doing his morning exercises on the balcony of his office in Jaffna. Subathran, 44, was the main organiser for the anti-Tamil Tiger faction of the Eelam People's Liberation Front and had been outspoken in his criticism of the rebels. more ...
  • 121) 16:28 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + LTTE Demands Meaningful Investigations by SLMM Into Latest Naval Incident And Warn of Dire Consequences



    ‘warned of dire consequences ’

    Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan, head of the political wing of the LTTE has written to General Tryggve Tellefsen, Head of the SLMM, requesting urgent information on the whereabouts and safety of its members who were the crew of the oil tanker sunk by the Sri Lanka Navy in international waters yesterday. Whilst asking for a meaningfu investigation into the incident, Mr. Tamilselvan has pointed out to the SLMM that the LTTE holds the SLN responsible for the incident and the capture of its crew and has warned of dire consequences. We are afraid, that SLN is working hard on a sabotage course of the entire peace process and wish to advise you that the SLN will have to bear responsibility for any dire consequences that may arise as a result of their action. Please favour us with an early report, taking into consideration the seriousness of the incident and our concern for the lives of our cadres. more ...
  • 122) 16:17 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Faiths in conflict
    Dr Ramachandra lives in Sri Lanka and thus as a Christian scholar from the East is eminently suited to write on the topic of Faiths in Conflict, as he addresses both Hindu and Muslim issues from a Christian perspective. The topic 'conflict' is particularly relevant today in a world -- certainly in the West-- which is becoming increasingly pluralistic. In addition, many religious conflicts such as Hindus and Muslims in India and Kashmir; Christians and Muslims in Nigeria and the persecution of Christians by Muslims in Indonesia and the Sudan; have had much media coverage. more ...
  • 123) 14:24 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + India helps in tracking escaped LTTE boat
    Indian forces have reportedly joined Sri Lankan Navy in tracking down an LTTE boat laden with arms in the international waters, hours after a merchant vessel belonging to the Tamil rebels was blown up on Saturday, media reports said on Sunday.The ship was towing the boat, the target of the ongoing Indo-Lanka operation, at the time they were detected in the high seas. But the smaller vessel detached itself from the bigger vessel and escaped. more ...
  • 124) 13:32 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Looking behind the 'donor conference' façade
    Anyway, whatever this was, this was not a donor conference, for the simple reason that it was not all about money. There were reams written about the amount of aid received - a record 4.5 billion US dollars, it was said. But why so much money in a country which had utilized only 14 per cent of all the aid that was received in the year before last, for instance? Which is all the more reason the Tigers and the Sri Lankan government should get together and solve this crisis -- on their own terms. more ...
  • 125) 13:23 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + India helps in search for escaped vessel
    Sri Lankan and Indian forces launched a joint operation in Sri Lanka’s exclusive economic zone and international waters to track down the LTTE. The ship was towing the vessel, the target of the ongoing Indo-Lanka operation, at the time they were detected in the high seas. But the smaller vessel detached itself from the bigger vessel and escaped. "We called for India’s assistance to track down the vessel. The boat we're looking for is believed to be a brand new transport vessel acquired by the LTTE and they were bringing it in for the first time," an authoritative source said.
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  • 126) 02:37 GMT, Jun. 15, 2003 |  + Tamil Tiger Rebel Ship Sinks After Blast
    A rebel Tamil Tiger ship exploded and sank Saturday after a clash with the Sri Lankan navy, military and rebel officials said. There were conflicting accounts about the fate of the 12 crew members. Rebels said all the crew members jumped from the ship before it exploded and were captured by the navy. The navy denied arresting them and said it believed those on the vessel were killed. more ...
  • 127) 19:56 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + Peace secretariat official's visit to China deplored
    "It is most disturbing that a member of the Peace Secretariat has gone to China along with the Defence Minister and the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy presumably to procure arms and to modernize the Navy at the expense of the poor people of this country. This has to be viewed in the context that Tamil fishermen in the northeast view the Sri Lanka Navy as an undisciplined force," said Tamil Human Rights lawyer Mr.K.Sivapalan Saturday. Mr. Sivapalan is a member of the Trincomalee Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. more ...
  • 128) 17:06 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + Crucial preliminary talks: Government, LTTE finalise agenda
    The crucial agenda for preliminary talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger rebels in Thailand has been finalised by the Norwegian facilitators, state-run radio said this morning. The radio, quoting the diplomatic sources of the Norwegian embassy in Colombo, said that the agenda was prepared on the basis of the answers given by both the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to the ‘questionnaire’, issued to them by the Norwegian facilitators in the latter part of May. more ...
  • 129) 16:49 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + Israel acquires submarines with nuclear capability
    Israel has acquired three diesel submarines that it is arming with newly designed cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, according to former Pentagon and State Department officials, potentially giving Israel a triad of land-, sea- and air-based nuclear-weapons systems for the first time. The U.S. Navy monitored Israeli testing of a new cruise missile from a submarine two years ago off Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, according to former Pentagon officials. more ...
  • 130) 16:47 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + SLA stops fishing boats coming ashore
    Fishermen in Inparutti near Pt. Pedro in Jaffna blocked the main coastal road Saturday when the Sri Lanka army refused to let more than 24 catamarans and 12 boats come ashore as these had not obtained permits from the military to fish in the sea. Fishermen in Inparutti said that they had set out to sea Friday evening without obtaining permits from the SLA because Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence had promised Thursday to lift draconian controls on fishing following an agitation by the Federation of Fisheries Co-op Societies in Northern Province last week.
  • Navy threatens Kayts businessmen
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  • 131) 01:12 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + 'Missile man' heads for Indian presidency
    Professor APJ Abdul Kalam is set to become the first Indian scientist to head the world's largest democracy. The 77-year-old southern Indian Muslim will face an electoral college made up of federal and state legislators on 15 July after the opposition Congress party announced is backing for his candidature. more ...
  • 132) 01:06 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + The peace process should have a positve impact on human rights-Australian High Commissioner
    David Binns is the new High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka. Australia welcomes the cease-fire and the prospective negotiations between the government and the LTTE. We also welcome Norways efforts to facilitate the peace process. We hope that these effort lead to a lasting peace and we encourage all parties in Sri Lanka to support the peace process. An Australian government statement at the recent UN human rights commission meeting in Geneva expressed our concern and urged all parties in Sri Lanka to support the peace process and avoid human rights abuses, which has the potential to jeopardize that process. more ...
  • 133) 00:51 GMT, Jun. 15, 2002 |  + MP lists occupied temples and schools in Batticaloa
    Thamizh Eelam's schools, places of worship and public buildings occupied by SL Military personnel.
    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Mr.Jospeh Pararajasingham Friday sent a list of places of worship, schools and public buildings now being occupied by the Sri lankan armed forces in the Batticaloa district to the Prime Minister. According to the list, 8 schools, 5 temples and several public buildings in Batticaloa are either occupied by government forces or situated within the perimeter of their camps.
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  • 134) 19:27 GMT, Jun. 15, 2001 |  + IMF Mission In Sri Lanka To Review Econ Data Standards
    A mission from the International Monetary Fund is in Sri Lanka to assess whether economic data reported by state institutions are transparent and conform to international standards, officials said Friday. "At the request of the Sri Lanka authorities, the IMF is conducting a review of Sri Lanka's economic statistics in the context of the fund's Reports on Observance of Standards and Codes," Nadeem Ul Haque, senior resident representative of the IMF in Colombo, said in a statement. more ...
  • 135) 16:19 GMT, Jun. 15, 2001 |  + Door to talks may not always be open: Wickremenayake
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake today warned the LTTE that the door to talks might not be open forever and asked the rebel group to enter negotiations at the earliest even as six persons were killed in skirmishes between the two warring sides. ``The doors for talks are still open, but it may not remain open forever. All parties should take into account the interest of the future generations and enter negotiations,'' he told a function to open a new building for the Ministry for Youth Affairs here. more ...
  • 136) 11:18 GMT, Jun. 15, 2001 |  + Seven killed in Sri Lanka's northeast in sporadic confrontations
    Seven combatants were killed in three incidents in Sri Lanka's northeast as sporadic confrontations continued between government troops and Tamil separatist rebels, the defense ministry said on Friday. Three soldiers and two rebels were killed Friday near Polonnaruwa, about 100 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo, the ministry said. Most of the fighting in the 17-year civil war takes place in the north, but confrontations spill over to the east and northeast, where rebels have infiltrated. On Thursday, the defense ministry said, troops killed a rebel during a routine patrol in Trincomalee, about 140 miles northeast of Colombo. more ...
  • 137) 11:14 GMT, Jun. 15, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka seeks surgeons for war zone
    Sri Lanka's army chief Lionel Balagalle Friday urged civilian doctors to serve in the north-east amid a chronic shortage of surgeons to treat the war-wounded. Lieutenant General Balagalle told a seminar on "war surgery" that he wanted more volunteers for hospitals in the battle zones where victims are many surgeons few in number. "I hope more surgeons will volunteer to do short stints in those areas," Balagalle said opening the seminar organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the military and the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 138) 03:34 GMT, Jun. 15, 2001 |  + De-proscription must be seen in its wider context
    The refusal of the Sri Lankan Government to de-proscribe the Liberation Tigers was a lost opportunity to improve the negotiating atmosphere. Muruges Arumugam argues that it would have been a simple step towards reforming the draconian laws and regulations that remain an impediment to a sustainable solution to Sri Lanka's conflict. The de-proscription of the Liberation Tigers would have been a symbolic and relatively small measure for the Sri Lankan government to agree to, particularly given the primacy accorded to the matter by the movement. However, the effects of the Emergency Regulations (ERs) that proscribe the LTTE are far from symbolic, and considered in the context of the substance of possible future talks, the repeal of these particular ERs is not as unreasonable as the Government would like to make out. more ...
  • 139) 03:33 GMT, Jun. 15, 2001 |  + Here be dragons
    Over the second half of the last century, the movement of people across national borders to both neighbouring and remote countries increased dramatically. Conflict, persecution and adverse economic conditions motivated large-scale migrations. Inevitably, the politically stable and relatively prosperous conditions in Western countries attracted a large proportion of people from countries beset by strife of varying degrees and difficult economic conditions. The phenomenon of the Diaspora in the West thus become commonplace. The definition of when a community constitutes a Diaspora or not continues to be a topic of academic discussion, but broadly speaking, it can be considered a people originating from a country or homeland distinct from the host, but with strong links to people of the same community in the former. more ...
  • 140) 11:58 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Says Refugees Doubled To 16,000 Past 2 Weeks
    The number of refugees in northern Sri Lanka has doubled to more than 16,000 in the past two weeks amid fighting between government forces and Tamil guerrillas, the government said Thursday. International aid workers, however, estimate the war has driven 150,000 people from their homes. more ...
  • 141) 11:57 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka blasts raise fears of more suicide bombing
    Sri Lankan police Thursday began a major probe into the abortive bombing against an air force bus amid fears that there could be more suicide bombings in and around the capital. Foreinsic experts were trying to establish how the bomb was brought to the main highway and detonated near the bus carrying some 50 wounded air force troopers on their way to hospitals in Colombo on Wednesday. more ...
  • 142) 11:51 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + India says credit to Sri Lanka not 'weapons-related'
    India said on Wednesday a $100 million credit to Sri Lanka was not "weapons-related" and was only for buying Indian goods. "This is not a weapons-related credit line. Officials from the finance ministries of the two countries will meet and decide on the modalities of the credit ," a spokesman of India's External Affairs Ministry told reporters. more ...
  • 143) 11:49 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Hundreds of casualties in "senseless war" on Jaffna peninsula
    A letter sent by Josep Rayeppu, the Catholic bishop of Mannar (an area in northern Sri Lanka), to foreign missions in Colombo has accused the military of causing 500 civilian casualties in fighting with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Chavakachcheri area of the northern Jaffna peninsula. It appealed to the diplomats to “prevail upon the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to rectify the situation.” more ...
  • 144) 11:47 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + PA planning for elections
    The ruling People's Alliance (PA) is getting ready to face the forthcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held between August and October this year, political sources said. The President, Ms.Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, alerted the constituent political parties of the PA to be prepared for the general election on Tuesday. She made this announcement when she met the leaders of the ruling PA. more ...
  • 145) 11:46 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Warring forces pause to help elephant
    Deep inside Sri Lanka's eastern forest, where Tamil rebels often clash with government commandos, the plight of a wounded elephant has brought the groups together. Commandos from an elite government antiterrorist unit deployed to fight Tamil Tiger separatists spotted the male elephant limping on his front legs. They informed the government agent in the area, who asked the Red Cross to negotiate a halt to fighting so the elephant could be treated. more ...
  • 146) 01:03 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + CWC wants citizenship rights for Indians born in Sri Lanka after 1964
    Visiting Indian Foreign Minister Jaswanth Singh assured CWC leader and Minister Arumugam Thondaman that he would take up the citizenship matter of about 200,000 persons of Indian origin born after 1964, with the Indian Prime Minister. CWC appealed to him to take the plight of those of Indian origin born after 1964 and who desire to remain in Sri Lanka be accepted as citizens of the country with the promulgation of the new constitution. more ...
  • 147) 20:29 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + "Tamil-Canadians Will not be Silenced"
    The following is actual text of the statement made by the Tamil Community at a press conference organized at Queens Park. The statement was delivered by Harini Sivalingam, Spokesperson for CUTSA (Colleges and Universities Tamil Students Associations). more ...
  • 148) 18:05 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Censorship Not Helping War Effort - Critics
    Encouraged by a partial easing of censorship, Sri Lankan media has stepped up its campaign for freedom to report the Jaffna conflict, warning the government it would otherwise lose out in the propaganda war to Tamil Tiger rebels. The country's highest court Tuesday hears a challenge to the censorship imposed early May by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to check 'irresponsible' media coverage of the ongoing battle between government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the control of the northern Jaffna peninsula. more ...
  • 149) 00:38 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Help for the displaced - Press Release
    The current upsurge in the fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan security forces on the Jaffna peninsula has caused large numbers of civilians to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in public buildings and with friends and relatives. Whenever the security situation permits, ICRC staff go in to assess the needs of the displaced population. With the help of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, the ICRC has registered 3,250 families (some 12,000 persons) and distributed non-food relief at centres in Walikamam West and Point Pedro on the Jaffna peninsula. In the Wanni area, to the south of the peninsula, 241 families (1,035 people) have received similar aid. more ...
  • 150) 17:04 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan attack not suicide bomb
    Sri Lankan police have revised their original suspicion that an attack on Wednesday in Colombo was the work of a suicide bomber. It is now believed that the bomb may have been planted nearby or thrown at a passing military bus and that the attacker escaped. more ...
  • 151) 16:33 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Karunanidhi vies for ethnic equality in Lanka
    Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi today put the Centre in a more embarrassing spot when he reiterated his demand of equal rights for Lankan Tamils. Talking to reporters in Madurai, the chief of DMK, a major partner of ruling National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, said the Sri Lankan government's decision to set up a 15-member panel for devolution of power is a welcome decision. more ...
  • 152) 15:38 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Jaffna refugees on the rise
    The Government said on Thursday the number of refugees has doubled to more than 16,000 in the past two weeks in northern Jaffna But the Government figure is far below 150,000 refugees estimated by international aid workers. The fighting has driven many Jaffna residents to take shelter in temples, mosques and churches. An independent confirmation is impossible because the Government has cut telephone lines to the peninsula and doesn't allow journalists to travel to the battle zone. more ...
  • 153) 15:26 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + 'Rajiv was advised against sending troops'
    ``I had advised Gandhi not to send our troops to Sri Lanka, but he chose to agree with then Sri Lankan president Jayewardene rather than his foreign secretary. This was one of our major points of differences,Over 1,200 of our troops were killed, four to five thousand were crippled for life, about 6,000 Tamils lost their lives and we were ignominiously asked to leave the island,'' - Former foreign secretary A P Venkateswaran , who was unceremoniously removed by the late premier Rajiv Gandhi. more ...
  • 154) 13:34 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Media played up Czech-model suggestion - Karunanidhi
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi on Thursday accused the media of selectively reporting his suggestion for a Czechoslovakia-style solution to the Sri Lankan crisis. He reiterated his suggestion of devolving equal rights to Tamils and Sinhalese to solve the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 155) 13:26 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + No evidence of activity, says Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai
    Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai said there is no evidence to substantiate suspicions the Tamil Tigers use the South as a base to procure provisions, arms and ammunition for the separatist guerrillas in Sri Lanka. He has also rejected press reports that a half-built submersible found at a shipyard on a Phuket island was meant for sabotage activities in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 156) 13:22 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Three refugees swim Palk Straits to reach Dhanushkodi
    In a desperat move to inform about the stranded refugees at the fourth Sand Due, three Sri Lankan Tamils swam almost the entire stretch of eight km long Palk Straits from there and reached Dhanushkodi near early today."Crossing of Palk Straits is very difficult to achieve and one can imagine the desparate situation that forced the refugees to swim the Palk Straits", the sources said. more ...
  • 157) 13:20 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Aid package for Lanka okay with CM
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi today said there was no need to make an issue of India’s aid package to Sri Lanka as Prime Minister A B Vajpayee had assured that the money would be spent only for humanitarian purposes and not for arms. He was replying to newspersons’ queries at the Madurai airport on the opposition of NDA constituents like the PMK and MDMK to the Centre’s Rs 440 crore aid package for Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 158) 13:14 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Was it a suicide bombing?
    A senior police official DIG Daya Jayasundara said forensic examinations had shown the dead suspect to be a member of the island's Sinhala majority, not the Tamil minority from which suicide bombers are normally recruited by the rebel Tamil Tigers. more ...
  • 159) 13:02 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + 'City of Trinco' trip cancelled
    Due to a confrontation between the Sri Lanka Navy and the Liberation Tigers in the seas of Mullaitivu, in the north-east of the island, the naval authorities suspended the sailing of the vessel 'City of Trinco' to Jaffna from Trincomalee Thursday morning. Informed sources said a SLN gunboat was damaged in the confrontation that took place on Wednesday night. more ...
  • 160) 00:27 GMT, Jun. 15, 2000 |  + Kumar Ponnambalam's killers traced
    The Colombo Detective Bureau (CDB) probing the killing of All Ceylon Tamil Congress leader Kumar Ponnambalam yesterday told the Daily News that they have identified the two underworld characters alleged to have killed Mr. Ponnambalam at Ramakrishna Road, Wellawatta on January 5. more ...
  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 15, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka to dig up 'mass graves'
    No details available. more ...
  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 15, 1999 |  + Tamils protest over "humiliation"
    No details available. more ...
  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 15, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka prepares to exhume alleged mass graves
    No details available. more ...
  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 15, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan rebels look for a mediator in London
    No details available. more ...
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