Colombo sniffs at emails being sent to OISL from the island

[Thu, 30 Oct 2014, 15:04 GMT]
Intelligence officers attached to the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry have given secret instructions to Internet providers in Colombo to covertly scan the emails addressed to OHCHR Investigations on Sri Lanka (OISL), a reliable source in Colombo told TamilNet on Thursday. The intelligence officers have deployed simple network packet sniffing techniques to make copies of the messages that are addressed to the OISL. A lot of messages are also being discarded, while some are allowed to proceed in order to avoid provocation, the source further said. To ensure that their messages have reached the intended destination, the people who have made submissions should request acknowledgement from the OISL, an activist who got a bounced message told TamilNet. Full story >>

More than 300 missing after massive landslide in Up-Country

[Wed, 29 Oct 2014, 23:14 GMT]
In one of the biggest landslide in the island, more than 66 Up-Country Tamil families are feared dead on Wednesday in Meeriyabedda in Badulla District in the Up Country. While official reports said 14 dead bodies were recovered, unconfirmed reports put the figure at 30. Tamil relief workers in the Up Country said more than 300 people are feared missing and there is no hope for survivors. While a section of the people have got assistance, people who have sought security at Poonagala Tamil School are yet to receive proper assistance, reports reaching Colombo said Wednesday night. Full story >>

UN urged to secure release of arrested eyewitness in Ki'linochchi

[Mon, 27 Oct 2014, 23:35 GMT]
57-year-old Sinnathamby Krishnarajah, who was detained by the Sri Lankan CID in Ki’linochchi on Saturday and taken to Vavuniyaa and from there to Colombo by the Sri Lankan Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) was arrested while he was copying forms from the Internet for producing affidavit about his daughter who was reported missing at the final stage, according his family. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman Suresh Premachandran and the Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) General Secretary Selvarajah Kajendren have urged the UN to ensure the release of the father of six from the Sri Lankan TID. Full story >>

SL military steps up threats against OISL submissions

[Sun, 26 Oct 2014, 09:48 GMT]
The SL military has arrested a Tamil man in Ki’linochchi, allegedly in possession of forms to be sent to the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) in Geneva on Saturday, according to reports from Vanni on Sunday. The SL Police has informed the family of Sinnathamby Krishnaraja from Ira’nai-maa-nakar in Muzhangkaavil that Mr Krisnarajah was being taken to Colombo for interrogations. As the deadline for submissions to OISL in nearing, the SL military has instructed the Internet café owners to alert them on people scanning documents for submission, a net-café owner in Ki’linochchi told TamilNet. Full story >>

TCSF defends majority councillors position on Tamil genocide

[Fri, 24 Oct 2014, 12:44 GMT]
Requesting an investigation into genocide serves to ensure that all possible violations of international law are appropriately identified and explored. Needless to say such a request does not prejudice OISL's investigation into other crimes including war crimes and crimes against humanity, said a statement from Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) issued on Friday. "Tamils and their representatives also have a concomitant right to seek the intervention of the International Community to prevent and protect them from the commission of Genocide. The right to state and claim the above stems from their right to freedom of speech and expression enshrined in international human rights law," the TCSF statement further said. Full story >>

Feature Article

Colombo-New Delhi fundamentalism and US twist of national question

[Thu, 23 Oct 2014, 23:37 GMT]
Genocidal Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), a Sinhala-Buddhist fundamentalist organisation, has been received by India’s RSS, a partner in the ‘Hindutva’ Establishment in New Delhi, for ‘high level’ discussions to create a ‘Buddhist-Hindu’ alliance in South Asia, media reports said earlier this month. Obviously, the prime target of this move is the nation of Tamil-speaking people in the island, who are Saiva-Hindu, Christian and Muslim. While eyebrows are raised in several quarters over the unholy alliance, which is imperialist on one hand and genocidal on the other, many fail to see that the unfolding scenario is also effected by the USA twisting the Tamil national question in the island into a question of ‘religious minorities’, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>

Land Commissioner in East threatens Tamil farmers of Thennai-maravadi

[Tue, 21 Oct 2014, 22:33 GMT]
The Provincial Land Commissioner (PLC) of Eastern Province, Sirimewan Dharmasena, a Sinhalese, has been threatening the Tamil farmers of the ancient Tamil village of Thennai-maravadi in Kuchchcave’li division of Trincomalee district to share their lands with Sinhalese colonisers or face security threats at the hands of the Sinhala ‘home guards’ paramilitary. The threat comes after a series of meetings with the PLC on 12th, 24th and 30th of September 2014, the Tamil farmers from Kuchchave’li said. Thennai-maravadi is situated on the border of Trincomalee district and Mullaith-theevu district. Full story >>

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2ND LEAD

Waging struggle with self-respect amidst Delhi-Colombo engineering

[Tue, 28 Oct 2014, 21:00 GMT]
Earlier this month, re-inaugurating Colombo’s railway line to the occupied North, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the genocide line’s mastermind New Delhi, staged a ‘development’ show in Jaffna. On the same occasion, Rajapaksa also unveiled Colombo’s plans on converting the Nedun-theevu (Delft) Island off Jaffna and close to Tamil Nadu in the Palk Bay, into a Sinhala-Buddhist colony and military-commercial centre. While a leaked letter of the NPC chief minister Wigneswaran was harping on the functional unworkability of the NPC and the question of funds as well as the right over land in the province, more importance should be given to directly addressing and openly denouncing the fundamental policy line and master strategies of New Delhi, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>

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Tamil Nadu CM urged to form foreign policy on Eelam Tamils

[Sun, 26 Oct 2014, 17:16 GMT]
Ananthy Sasitharan
The Government of Tamil Nadu should come forward to take a lead in the future in representing the aspirations of Eelam Tamils in the world arena in demanding justice for the genocide committed against the Eelam Tamils, Ananthy Sasitharan, a councillor from the Northern Provincial Council, has said in an interview to TamilNet Palaka’ni during her visit to Europe in September, when she made a submission in person to the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka. “We urge the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to have a foreign policy with regards to Eelam Tamils,” the councillor from the Northern Provincial Council said. Full story >>

SL military attempts to curb Nam-Theasam Tamil monthly in North

[Sat, 25 Oct 2014, 23:28 GMT]
The occupying military in Jaffna and Vanni has been harassing the distributors of Ithu-Nam-Theasam monthly in recent days. Last week, a distributor of the paper was attacked at Uruththirapuram in Ki’linochchi district. The assault has come right after the distributor was interrogated at the military camp in Uruththirapuram, media sources in Jaffna said. A squad that followed him from the SL military camp assaulted him and dumped the papers into a reservoir. A systematic harassment of the distributors of the paper, which stands for the rights of Eezham Tamils, is reported also at several other locations in North. Full story >>

Citing systematic SL intimidation, Ananthy urges more time from OISL

[Fri, 24 Oct 2014, 06:53 GMT]
Ananthi Sasitharan
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) councillor and a direct eyewitness to the genocidal onslaught on Eezham Tamils in Vanni in 2009, Ms Ananthy Sasitharan, on Thursday urged the OHRC Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to give more time for the people on the ground to send their submissions to the OISL. Ms Ananthy has requested to extend the time for submissions by one month or at least to the extent possible, citing the intense atmosphere of intimidation, threats and attacks against potential witnesses in the North and East. There is also a serious lack of communication on the process of submitting evidences, the councillor further said. Meanwhile, a planted section in the TNA that argues against Tamils demanding genocide investigation came out with a last minute statement this week, as eyewash, asking people to give evidence to the OISL. Full story >>

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Planted section in TNA detract genocide question of Eezham Tamils

[Wed, 22 Oct 2014, 21:15 GMT]
When the majority of TNA members in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) wanted the council to tell the world on the planned genocide and on-going genocide conducted by ‘Sri Lanka’ in the homeland of Eezham Tamils, a section planted in the TNA leadership to look after the interests of imperialisms, try to detract the whole genocidal dimensions of the plight of the nation of Eezham Tamils, said informed circles citing a 11-point explanation internally circulated by the so-called TNA leadership. The planted leadership claimed that it had consulted ‘legal experts’ and the NPC demanding genocide investigation or talking of genocide is not only inappropriate but also would affect the ‘credibility’ and independent function of the current international investigations. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Oct 31 20:35      Alleged abductors in Akkaraipattu allowed bail
2002 Oct 31 18:12      Curfew re-imposed in Colombo
2002 Oct 31 16:32      Protesters demand removal of SLA camps
2001:
2001 Oct 31 17:21      EPDP preparing to rig Jaffna poll -Maheswaran
2000:
2000 Oct 31 17:14      Hills said quiet, tense
2000 Oct 31 13:32      Four more bodies identified
2000 Oct 31 13:30      Trouble flares at Batticaloa protest
2000 Oct 31 01:44      US Congressmen condemn prison massacre
1999:
1999 Oct 31 11:26      Fighting in Ampakamam continues
1999 Oct 31 11:21      SLA camps shelled
1999 Oct 31 11:18      Elections forced by IMF: Pararajasingham
1999 Oct 31 06:47      Schools should be peace zones
1998:
1998 Oct 31 19:45      President solicits Tamil MP's Support
1998 Oct 31 19:26      Civilians caught in mine blast
1998 Oct 31 04:47      Protest marches in Jaffna
1998 Oct 31 04:42      News in Brief:
1997:
1997 Oct 31 23:59      Thousands at Jaffna peace rally
1997 Oct 31 23:59      Girl attempts suicide after rape
1997 Oct 31 23:59      Sinhala Budhists launch ultra-nationalist weekly
1997 Oct 31 23:59      Empty schools in Sinhala colonies to close
NEWS is that which comes from the North, East, West, and South, and if it comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication and not news
-Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
[1804 – 1881]

 

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Gajen Ponnambalam
[24.08.14]
TNPF leader speaks on independent, concerted, Tamil foreign policy: Realising that our struggle has long been used by powers in their engagements with the island, we as a nation must work towards a concerted foreign policy, although we don’t have State, said Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday.
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N Malathy
[26.06.14]
Eezham Tamils and duplicity of West’s human rights campaigns: The progress in women security achieved through liberation movements in Asia are more substantive than any that was achieved or could be achieved by the campaigns of the West-activists. Yet, why do they ignore the former and focus only on the latter? Is it because it gives the West-activists and by implication those in the West in general the moral high ground to look down upon the “others”, asks Dr. N. Malathy, in an article sent to TamilNet.
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Udaya Perera
[29.04.14]
Sinhala military operates US-trained ‘counterinsurgency’ in Jaffna: The commander of the genocidal Sri Lankan military in the Jaffna peninsula, Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role as director of SL Army operations in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service targeting Tamil diaspora from Malaysia, is deploying new tactics for furthering the structural genocide against Eezham Tamils in his position as the commander of SL military occupying the peninsula.
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Higginbottom
[24.03.14]
UK long blighted cause of Eezham Tamils, contributed to genocide: “The UK’s permanent representative at the United Nations, a man called Sir John Sawers, who was at that time the permanent representative to the UN, stopped any Security Council discussion about the crisis in Sri Lanka in February 2009. This was the exact point, as we know very well from the Petrie Report that the UN officers were raising massive alerts inside the organisation about the impending massacre,” said British criminology academic Dr Andy Higginbottom, addressing a media meet in Geneva.
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Learning lessons
[11.03.14]
US draft ‘positive’ on many counts in making Tamils ‘learn lesson’: The US draft tabled at the UNHRC has to be recognized for its positive aspects in disguise that make Tamils learn historic lessons, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.
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PPT releases final verdict at Geneva
[22.01.14]
PPT judgement upholds Eelam Tamil identity and nomenclature: The full report of the judgement of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session), released on Wednesday, came out with a discussion on the choice of nomenclature to identify the victims of genocide and has decided on the use of the term “Eelam Tamils as a national group.”
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Tamil Nadu
[13.01.14]
Opinion: Tamil Nadu needs to initiate Vietnam-like international struggle: The PPT indicting Sri Lanka for the genocide and continued genocide committed with the complicity of the USA, UK and India, against Eelam Tamils as a national group, and the TN Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Jayalalithaa passing unanimous resolutions on international investigations and referendum among Eezham Tamils, are no small steps. But, how to translate them into political action, before it is too late, is the question.
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Boycott Sri Lanka
[07.01.14]
People’s struggle of Eezham Tamils begins from stopping ‘Sri Lanka’ usage: A people’s struggle in fact begins from their households, first by consciously deleting the words Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan from usage, writes a Tamil activist for alternative politics in the island.
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Sinhala nameboard of Mullatithteevu stupa
[04.01.14]
Opinion: Theravada Sinhala Buddhism needs further understanding in Tamil Nadu: People of Tamil Nadu especially, and India in general, have to carefully and subtly understand the difference between Mahayana Buddhism advised for Dalits in India by Ambedkar and the Theravada Sinhala-Buddhism of the island of Lanka.
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Fr Elil Rajan
[02.01.14]
Transcend SA model, SL State and West’s mechanisms in seeking justice: Fr Rajan: The South African model that betrayed its people is now taken up by Colombo just to save war criminals. It is futile for Tamils to expect justice from any future government of SL State. Tamils also have to reconsider approaching their struggle once again through West’s mechanisms of justice, said Fr Elil Rajan, delivering the 2013 Memorial Address remembering Maamanithar Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham.
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PPT Session II on Sri Lanka at Bremen, Germany
[10.12.13]
Sri Lanka guilty of genocide: PPT verdict: After an assessment of evidences presented by eyewitnesses and experts, judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Eezham Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE.
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British Defence interest in Ceylon in 1947
[10.12.13]
Reminding Britain of its geostrategic injustice against Eezham Tamils: The British cabinet in 1947 decided to short-circuit the discourse of an evolutionary constitutional approach with an accelerated process of handing over of power to Sinhalese, an exercise it carried out on the basis of its own geostrategic considerations, top secret documents from 1947 reveal. Today, the British Prime Minister David Cameron seeking ‘engagement’ with Tamils needs to be reminded of the root injustice the imperial Britain had committed against Eezham Tamils by making them prone to more than 60 years of genocide in the hands of the unitary Sri Lankan State.
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Nelson Mandela
[09.12.13]
Mandela and the other Prisoners of War: As South Africa prepares for the funeral of iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, leaders of the world have paid their tributes to the man who was incarcerated as a political prisoner under the apartheid regime for 27 years. Powerful countries in the West, including the USA and UK, which had once denounced Mandela as a ‘terrorist’, are now in the forefront paying homage. However, these establishments still continue to support countries that practice illegal detention and brutal treatment of prisoners-of-war (PoW).
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SA-SL TRC
[08.12.13]
CHOGM mooted TRC, ill-fit for Sri Lanka, say ANU fellow, legal scholar: Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) modeled on the South Africa (SA) experience, viewed by Sri Lanka backers as an urgent need to mitigate possible strong actions by the International Community against Sri Lanka over its rights violations, appears as an imminent outcome from the recently concluded Commonwealth Meeting.
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Moothoor massacre
[03.12.13]
SL Justice System incapable of investigating Moothoor massacre: ACF Deliberate subversion of the investigative process over the past 7 years and continuous harassment of witnesses and journalists who have raised the case have demonstrated that no effective legal action can be taken in today’s Sri Lanka, said France-based NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF), whose 17 humanitarian workers were shot and killed at point blank range by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers in Moothoor, Trincomalee, in August 2006.
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David Cameron
[30.11.13]
Cameron reneges on Sri Lanka war-crimes investigations: In Colombo, Cameron said, "Let me be very clear, if that investigation is not completed by March then I will use our position on the UN human rights council to work with the UN Human Rights commission and call for a full, credible and independent international inquiry." However, in the Arab News, likely issued to blunt expectations of March completion of investigations, Cameron said, "if those investigations were not begun properly by next March, we would call for an international inquiry through the United Nations."
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Heroes Day in North, 2013
[27.11.13]
Heroes Day remembrance by public gains significance in North: Almost all sections of Eezham Tamils in North on Wednesday remembered the Tamil Heroes Day in North amidst heavy deployment of the armed soldiers of the occupying Sri Lankan military. This year, the public observing remembrance in Jaffna, Vanni, Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu gains importance above all the events in the country of Eezham Tamils. University lectures, students across all the schools and grassroots political activists observed the Day paying tribute inside their houses amidst the gagged condition and attacks launched by the SL military operatives.
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David Cameron meets Diaspora Tamils
[08.11.13]
UK-PM buttressing SL-CHOGM seeks ‘legitimacy’ from London Tamils: British Establishment’s Prime Minister David Cameron hurriedly convened a meeting of handpicked Tamil articulators in London on Thursday evening to showcase that the diaspora has compromised with his participation at the Sri Lanka-CHOGM. The British effort seeking ‘Wigneswarans’ in London to ‘legitimise’ the CHOGM participation was also aiming at relieving the New Delhi Establishment from the mounting pressure in Tamil Nadu, Tamil political observers in London said.
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