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Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?
Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

At the same meeting where he advised Tamils not to hang on to words like federalism, Sampanthan said, “We (TNA) won’t sell out the Tamil people. We will not pawn our people’s rights…” If the TNA is sincere about not selling out Tamil interests it needs to renegotiate the constitutional proposals with the other parties. Otherwise, it will be a betrayal of…

Asian Correspondent - Oct 04 22:13 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

Constitutional choices and Tamil politics – Part 1
Constitutional choices and Tamil politics – Part 1

To the best of my knowledge, even the most ardent federalist within the Tamil political leadership never favored secession, nor insisted on the degree of devolution that exists in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, and many other countries. The Vaddukoddai revolution must be seen as largely an expression of despair on the part of the political leadership and of its…

GV - Sep 28 13:58 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, World, TNA ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention…

    Sunday Times - Oct 19 13:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, TNA ]

  • All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All political groups in Sri Lanka, including the main Tamil party, have agreed to accept the country as an indivisible state in the new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Mr. Wickremesinghe’s remarks came as he presented a report of the all party steering committee on formulating the Constitution in Parliament. The new…

    PTI - Sep 21 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict

    Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka\'s ethnic conflict

    "The Tamils struggle for self rule had been in the political arena shortly after Independence. When the accord was signed in 1987, it was almost 40 years. The accord itself was preceded by various rounds of negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil side under the auspices of the Indian government after the riots that took place in 1983," says Mr.…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 30 11:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, TNA ]

  • TNA delegation to meet Mahanayakes

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan is to lead a delegation to meet prelates of leading Buddhist chapters. They will meet the Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters. The move follows a call by the Mahanayakes urging President Maithripala Sirisena not to go ahead with a new Constitution. President Sirisena who met a delegation of…

    Sunday Times - Jul 10 10:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Govt. agrees to release more military-occupied land: TNA

    Govt. agrees to release more military-occupied land: TNA

    “People in the North and East are protesting against the delay in releasing their lands which are still being occupied by the security forces even though the war ended nearly eight years ago. The Army Commander told us they were acting on the instructions of the President and the Defense Secretary with regard to the need to early release of the lands. He said…

    DM - Apr 18 14:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

    TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

    All Sri Lanka’s obligations in terms of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of 1st October 2015, co- sponsored by the Sri Lankan Government, must be fully implemented. These obligations must be fulfilled under strict conditions, under the monitoring of an office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, which must be established in Sri Lanka. The UN…

    TNA - Mar 11 20:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

    Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

    TNA leader says he’s ‘extremely unhappy’ with the way Tamils are treated by govt. After two years of engaging the Sri Lankan government on reconciliation and constitutional reform, the country’s Tamil polity seems to be losing patience, if Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan’s address in Parliament is any indication. On Wednesday, the veteran Tamil…

    The Hindu - Feb 23 08:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Northern Politicos Not Happy

    Northern Politicos Not Happy

    The Tamils in the North played a pivotal role in the change of regime and they expected their burning issues, mainly the resettlement, releasing of political prisoners and reduction of the military presence in the North to be fulfilled. Some election promises have been partially activated but according to the Northern people the majority of their expectations have not…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 09 18:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • TNA not for division, says Sampanthan

    TNA not for division, says Sampanthan

    No one should entertain any fears about the Tamil National Alliance because it is not a party striving to divide the country, said TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in Jaffna on Sunday.Sampanthan said even though certain people in the south were somewhat reluctant to visit the north fearing a tense situation, they should visit the North without fear as there is…

    CDN - Nov 08 13:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka opposition leader seeks Tamil prisoners’ release

    Sri Lanka opposition leader seeks Tamil prisoners’ release

    The leader of Sri Lanka’s main opposition, also the country’s main Tamil party, has asked the government to immediately release all Tamil political prisoners besides repealing an “obnoxious” anti-terrorism law. “How can anyone be held legally in custody under that law? How can anyone be charged under that law? How can anyone be convicted under that law? It…

    IE - Aug 25 20:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Justice for crimes committed by both sides vital for reconciliation: TNA

    Justice for crimes committed by both sides vital for reconciliation: TNA

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today reiterated that justice for crimes committed in the past by both the Sri Lanka military forces and the LTTE is a necessary precondition to achieve meaningful reconciliation.Commenting on the oral update of the High Commissioner, it said the update captures accurately the opportunities and challenges for reconciliation and…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 02 10:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • At Geneva, TNA Will Ask Lanka To Implement Co-Sponsored UNHRC Resolution

    At Geneva, TNA Will Ask Lanka To Implement Co-Sponsored UNHRC Resolution

    At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will ask the Sri Lankan government to implement the UNHRC resolution which it co-sponsored along with the United States in September-October 2015. “The Sri Lankan government co-sponsored a resolution at the UNHRC which required it to take a number of…

    NIE - Jun 16 13:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, TNA, WarCrimes ]

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      - Tamil patience running out amidst militarisation and colonisation of North-East says TNA - Tamil Guardian
  • Wigneswaran seeks India’s help on new Constitution

    Wigneswaran seeks India’s help on new Constitution

    India could function as the guarantor of Sri Lankan Tamil interests through the 13th Amendment. Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran on Monday called upon India to ensure that the spirit behind the 13th Constitutional Amendment be retained in the new Constitution. “When I say the spirit of the 13th Amendment, it means ‘federal…

    The Hindu - Mar 01 18:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, TNA ]

  • Tamils seek power devolution in Lanka's new Constitution

    Tamils seek power devolution in Lanka\'s new Constitution

    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party on Tuesday demanded devolution of powers in the new Constitution to resolve ethnic issues. "The only solution to the national problem could be the devolution of power. We hope the new Constitution will address this issue," Tamil National Alliance (TNA) front line parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran told reporters on Tuesday. The need for…

    PTI - Jan 27 04:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, TNA ]

  • Wigneswaran Faces The Axe

    Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran will face pressure to resign or a no-confidence motion will be brought against him at the Northern Provincial Council if he fails to tow the line of the Tamil National Alliance. TNA Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members will meet Wigneswaran today for key talks after having similar talks last week. TNA Northern…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 18 14:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, TNA ]

  • Opposition leader meets Tony Blair

    Opposition leader meets Tony Blair

    Opposition Leader and leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R.Sampanthan today met with the former Prime Minister of England Tony Blair and discussed various things including the implementation of the UN resolution which was co- sponsered by the government last year. According to the Party's official twitter handle, it said "their discussion included…

    Sunday Times - Jan 04 16:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Tamil Politics, Sumanthiran And Wigneswaran – OpEd

    Sri Lankan Tamil Politics, Sumanthiran And Wigneswaran – OpEd

    Adding to the Tamil frustration, Sumanthiran recently demanded that the NPC pass a resolution calling the Muslim expulsion from the North by the LTTE an act of “ethnic cleansing.” Remarkably, Sumanthiran claimed that if the NPC does not pass such a resolution, the world will not take their claims of genocide, seriously. There are two important factors here. One,…

    EuraAsia - Dec 01 18:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • “I am not a Member of TNA. I Can be Neutral,” Says Wigneswaran

    The Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran says that he has the right to be “neutral” vis-à-vis political parties because he is not a member of any political party. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), whose administration he heads in the Northern Province, is not a registered political party for him to be a “member” of, Wigneswaran said in a…

    Indian Express - Nov 17 22:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, TNA ]

  • Jana rejects Sumanthiran’s claim on demo in Paris

    Jana rejects Sumanthiran’s claim on demo in Paris

    Eastern Provincial Councillor Govindan Karunakaran (Jana) of TELO today rejected the claim of TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran that those who protested in France and disrupted a TNA meeting were people who had been victims of TELO. A meeting attended by TNA MPs Selvam Adaikalanathan, A. K. Kodiswaran, Northern Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam and Councillor…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 19 15:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, France ]

  • Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill

    Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill

    The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament yesterday. “This is a very important issue that we…

    CDN - Sep 25 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sumanthiran withdraws FR petition challenging 65,000 house contract in North, East

    Sumanthiran withdraws FR petition challenging 65,000 house contract in North, East

    A fundamental rights petition filed by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces was yesterday…

    CDN - Sep 04 10:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Tamils in Sri Lanka demand govt to disclose whereabouts of missing relatives

    Tamils in Sri Lanka demand govt to disclose whereabouts of missing relatives

    The OMP was set up as a response to UN Human Rights Council's resolution which called for credible international mechanism to probe the alleged war crimes committed during the last phase of the civil war. The UN has lauded Sri Lanka for setting up the OMP, terming it a "significant milestone" for all searching for their loved ones. The government now faces pressure…

    PTI - Jul 24 14:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, TNA, WarCrimes ]

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      - No need of divisive constitution: Sampanthan - CDN
  • Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

    Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

    It has stated that “The Constitution should specifically state that the Sri Lankan State is “undivided and indivisible.” It should specify that “No Provincial Council or other authority may declare any part of the territory of Sri Lanka to be a separate State or advocate or take steps towards the secession of Province or part thereof, from Sri Lanka.” …

    Sunday Times - Jun 12 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • TNA welcomes UNHRC resolution

    TNA welcomes UNHRC resolution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today welcomed the adoption of UNHRC resolution 34/L 1 which reaffirms the full implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.“We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to honour its commitment with regard to these resolutions and implement the same in letter and spirit…

    DM - Mar 25 00:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’

    Sri Lanka: UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’

    High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein acknowledged certain positive developments, but said that the government failed to adopt a time-bound “comprehensive strategy on transitional justice,” and called on the council to continue monitoring Sri Lankan compliance with resolution 30/1 of October 2015. “The UN high commissioner paints a picture that is in…

    HRW - Mar 04 13:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, TNA, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - TNA Statement On Report Of The UN High Commissioner For Human Rights - TNA
  • TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

    TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it was ‘fairly positive’ in the overall context about the reports submitted by the six subcommittees with proposals for making the new Constitution.Party’s Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that his party would await the interim report by the Steering Committee so that all the matters could…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 09 18:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

    TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

    The Tamil National alliance (TNA), which is the official Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and the ruling party in the Northern Provincial Council, will continue to support the ongoing process to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka despite internal dissensions. The TNA, which met twice last week, decided to accept leader R.Sampanthan’s advice that…

    NIE - Jan 09 18:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Triangle of conflicts in Tamil Politics

    Triangle of conflicts in Tamil Politics

    PM Wickremesinghe and his government work directly in the North-East and Chandrika Kumaratunge’s ONUR funded by foreign donors go about spending money on unsolicited livelihood projects, further centralising and controlling Northern life from Colombo, when more devolved power for the North-East is what has to be worked out. For the N-E, the purpose of voting…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 29 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Jaffna, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka government consulted us on OMP bill: TNA

    Sri Lanka government consulted us on OMP bill: TNA

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of four Tamil parties, on Friday acknowledged that the Sri Lanka government had consulted the alliance during the preparation of the draft bill on the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), which had been tabled in Parliament. Lauding the government’s “constructive engagement” on the bill, the alliance said in a…

    Hindu - Jul 04 11:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka Sumanthiran meets Zeid, discusses concerns raised by Tamils

    Sri Lanka Sumanthiran meets Zeid, discusses concerns raised by Tamils

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member of Parliament M A Sumanthiran met the UN High Commissioner for Human Right Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein and discussed concerns raised by Tamils. Earlier this week Sumanthiran also had talks with US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal during a visit to the US. The meeting comes as Zeid prepares to make an oral update on Sri…

    myInforms - Jun 16 18:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: TNA, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • First stage of Sampur (Sri Lanka) Housing Project completed with the support of Tamil Canadians.

    First stage of Sampur (Sri Lanka) Housing Project completed with the support of Tamil Canadians.

    In 2006, thousands of Tamils were forced to flee their homes in Sampur village due to the war. In August 2015, the new Sri Lankan government released 818 acres of land in Sampur to its original owners. Though 367 families got their land back, their houses were completely destroyed during the war. Out of these 367 families, 41 families were women headed families. …

    CTC - Apr 06 04:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Trincomalee, Canada, TNA ]

  • Government Rules Out General Amnesty

    Government Rules Out General Amnesty

    The Government has ruled out a general amnesty to address the political prisoner issue which looks like erupting once again anytime soon. Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganesan told The Sunday Leader that the Government is seriously looking at the political prisoner issue but the idea of giving the prisoners a general amnesty is out of the question. The…

    Sunday Leader - Feb 14 11:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, TNA ]

  • TNA, Wigneswaran Rift Deepens

    TNA, Wigneswaran Rift Deepens

    The rift between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran deepened last week after Wigneswaran refused to resign as chairman of the newly formed Tamil People’s Council (TPC). TNA Northern Provincial Council members had urged Wigneswaran to step down as chairman of the TPC as there is a conflict of interest between…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 24 15:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, TNA ]

  • TMP Watchdog of Lanka Tamil Politics

    TMP Watchdog of Lanka Tamil Politics

    The TMP, he said, is only meant to give the present Tamil leaders (including those of the TNA) the necessary broad-based backing so that governments are forced to turn their attention from trying to satisfy the needs of individual leaders to meeting the demands of the Tamils as a whole. The CM said that there is concentration of power in the hands of a few Tamil…

    NIE - Jan 11 17:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • What’s missing out there? People or Politics?

    What’s missing out there? People or Politics?

    “Thamil Makkal Peravai” (TMP) prompted this essay on Christmas Day. I checked up on the English translation of the Tamil word “Peravai” with a few Tamil friends and there were at least 03 suggestions. One said it’s a “Council”. Another said it’s a “Front” while the third suggested the word “Platform”. A council, front or platform, this new…

    Groundviews - Dec 25 14:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, TNA ]

  • Wigneswaran, TNA to iron out strains

    Wigneswaran, TNA to iron out strains

    Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran will soon hold a meeting with the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to sort out differences on key issues. Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran will soon hold a meeting with the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to sort out differences on key issues. Tamil National…

    The Hindu - Nov 20 01:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, TNA ]

  • We will be forced to form a separate state- Mavai

    We will be forced to form a separate state- Mavai

    TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah said today that his party would be compelled to form a separate Tamil State with the help of the international community if any party resolved to form a Sinhala dominated state. He said so in Parliament in response to a comment by MP Wimal Weerawansa that people should come together to safeguard the Sinhala identity and the sovereignty of the…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 22 19:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, TNA ]

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