British-trained STF brings night terror back to Jaffna streets

[Wed, 30 Jul 2014, 20:42 GMT]
The STF, trained by the British, which is a full-fledged military outfit under the SL Police and was directly engaged in acts of genocide in the East as well as in Vanni during the war, has started arbitrary arrests in Jaffna peninsula during the night time. Tamil youths are being detained for being spotted on the streets without identity papers in their own villages and towns. The civilian freedom of movement has been severely restricted and the people are again afraid to move around after 8:00 p.m. A so-called ‘Zonal Commander’ of the STF has been appointed for Jaffna peninsula, receiving direct instructions from the SL Military Establishment, informed sources said. Full story >>

Vaiko condemns BJP’s ‘poisonous’ nexus with genocidal Sri Lanka

[Tue, 29 Jul 2014, 18:01 GMT]
The General Secretary of MDMK, Mr Vaiko, on Tuesday condemned Indian participation at an annual military conference organized by genocidal Sri Lanka in August. The annual 'Defence Seminar' is conceived by the SL State as a gimmick venue to market its military corporatism project to the external forces under the banner of geo-strategic location of the island. Mr Vaiko has described Indian participation as ‘unpardonable‘, according to a news report by the Press Trust of India (PTI). The BJP government's move to participate in the seminar comes after it rejected entry to the members of the UN panel appointed by UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) head Navanethem Pillay to conduct an inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations by the SL government and its military forces. Full story >>

SL Navy refuses to release Hindu cremation ground in Trincomalee

[Sun, 27 Jul 2014, 22:39 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Navy has been refusing to release the Hindu cremation ground at Kadatkaraich-cheanai in Moothoor East of Trincomalee district since it occupied the area in 2006. Despite a section of the people were allowed to resettle in Moothoor East, the SL Navy is still holding the cremation grounds causing difficulties for the resettled people to cremate their dead and conduct the funeral rituals, says Eastern Provincial Council opposition member Kumarasamy Nageswaran. Full story >>

Women groups protest against SL Navy rape of Tamil children at Kaarainakar

[Fri, 25 Jul 2014, 23:22 GMT]
Protest in Jaffna against child rape by SL military
A group of people representing the women groups in Jaffna staged a protest in front of the High Court in Jaffna on Friday demanding the legal system to punish the culprits behind the brutal rape of children in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. The protestors had sealed their mouths with black bands to register the gagged condition under SL military occupation. In the meantime, SL navy and army intelligence operatives harassed two female reporters who went to Juvenile Magistrate’s Court at Kurunakar to report the news of another identification parade where two alleged culprits of the SL Navy from Kaarainakar base were supposed to be present. Full story >>

Eezham Tamils uphold national identity at Glasgow while Rajapaksa evades event

[Wed, 23 Jul 2014, 18:14 GMT]
Eezham Tamils protest in Scotland against ‘Sri Lanka’
Over a thousand Tamils from across the UK gathered outside the Celtic Park venue in Glasgow, Scotland, where the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was taking place, to remember the victims of Sri Lanka's genocidal pogrom of Black July 1983 and to condemn participation of Sri Lanka in the event. However, Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa, who was scheduled to be present at the event, evaded it owing to fear of protests reports say. The Tamils, who gathered with the national flag of Tamil Eelam in huge numbers, were treated cordially by the Scottish police, activists present at the demonstration said. Full story >>

Protesting mother exposes occupying SL military’s false propaganda

[Tue, 22 Jul 2014, 17:16 GMT]
“The SL military never bought my lands. They said I need to provide details to obtain land. Then I was forced to sign a paper in Sinhala at the police station. The SL military moved into my land and has now sent notice to seize the lands permanently from me,” said a Tamil mother who protested against the land surveyors who came to her land situated along the A9 Road, at Mirusuvil in Thenmaraadchi of the Jaffna district. While the protest was going on a group of SL military intelligence operatives entered the house of a Tamil councillor, who was supporting the protesting family, threatened his wife at gunpoint and caused damage to his property. Rasiah Theivendrampillai, the councillor from the divisional council in the area, said military personnel who entered his house, while he was at the protest, burnt his bankbooks and land deeds and threatened his family. Full story >>

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Wigneswaran gets ‘UN Lesson’ on Sri Lankan ‘Unitary State’

[Sun, 20 Jul 2014, 23:19 GMT]
The UN Resident Coordinator in the island, who also assumes the role of Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN System, has recently neglected the request by Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to partner with the Northern Provincial Council ‘Government’ to conduct a comprehensive Need Assessment Report on the requirements of the war-affected population in North and instead entered into an agreement with the Colombo Government Ministry to conduct the same project. This was revealed to the public by Mr CV Wigneswaran himself, at a public address delivered by him on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Chavakachcheari Town Hall on Saturday. Full story >>

6,000 families in Poaratheevup-pattu, Batticaloa, suffer without potable water

[Mon, 28 Jul 2014, 22:33 GMT]
2,219 Tamil civilians are still residing in temporary huts and 747 families lack permanent housing in 43 Village (GS) Divisions of Poaratheevup-pattu Divisional Secretariat (DS) division in Batticaloa district, according to Divisional Secretary N. Vilvaratnam. The families have suffered not only from the genocidal onslaught, but also from the seasonal flooding and draught. 5,602 families have no access to toilets, according to the statistics from the divisional secretary. “This is the development brought to Batticaloa by the genocidal State and its Mahinda Chinthana,” a Tamil official who didn’t wish to be named commented providing the figures to TamilNet on Monday. Full story >>

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SL military steps up harassment on Tamil journalists

[Sat, 26 Jul 2014, 13:31 GMT]
After harassing a group of 15 journalists who were heading to Colombo to take part in a meeting with the journalists in South, the SL military has instigated a hate campaign in South organising a protest against the meeting at Sri Lanka Press Institute in Colombo on Saturday. The harassment follows after the recent warning to aid groups to not providing funding to journalist workshops and SL military interference in the training sessions to Tamil journalists on investigative journalism. Full story >>

JMO report reveals child gang rape by Sinhala navy in Jaffna islet

[Thu, 24 Jul 2014, 23:18 GMT]
The brutal gang rape of 13-year-old girl and severe sexual abuse of 9-year-old girl have been medically established by the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) attached to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, informed legal sources in Jaffna told TamilNet Thursday. The girls have also stated that they were abused by Sinhala-speaking blue-uniformed men who took them to an abandoned building and subjected to the cruelty, the legal sources further said adding that the Sri Lankan judicial system was under heavy pressure from the SL military and the sources close to the SL Defence Secretary and SL presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa not to indict the SL Navy personnel who were involved in the heinous crime. Full story >>

British writer blasts UK's unscrupulous arms-deals

[Wed, 23 Jul 2014, 14:19 GMT]
“The killing fields of Sri Lanka have received all too little attention in the British media, with up to 70,000 Tamil civilians massacred at the end of the 2009 civil war: but this does not serve as a deterrent for British arms sellers,” writes Owen Jones, a British columnist and author in an opinion piece in The Guardian on Wednesday. Further providing examples of states that have had a history of persecuting nations or suppressing basic civil rights, he laments that “our arms trade serves as a reminder that Britain's claim to be a promoter of democracy is a myth.” Full story >>

Struggle against genocidal military land-grab intensifies in Jaffna

[Mon, 21 Jul 2014, 16:51 GMT]
Protest against SL military land grab at Achchuveali
Survey department officials who were accompanied by the Sri Lankan police to survey lands of Eezham Tamils for permanent seizure by the occupying SL military at Achchuveali, situated in Valikaamam East of Jaffna district, were forced to withdraw after their vehicle was blockaded by the Tamil land owners with the support of Tamil political and civil activists in a successful protest for second time within a few days on Monday. The SL military, which has occupied the lands belonging to the Multi Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) and 9 families for two decades since the SL military captured Jaffna peninsula from Eezham Tamils in 1995, is now trying to establish a cantonment for the 5th Infantry Regiment on Rasa Road close to Achchuveali town. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2001:
2001 Jul 30 20:50      Tamil Congress to oppose Chandrika, TULF divided
2001 Jul 30 20:18      S.L President briefs diplomats
1999:
1999 Jul 30 19:27      Vavuniya students protest
1999 Jul 30 18:59      News in brief
1999 Jul 30 12:11      Colombo students demonstrate
1998:
1998 Jul 30 23:59      DS transferred amid allegations of corruption
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Informal meetings at India House
1998 Jul 30 23:59      SLA bodies returned - LTTE
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Watchman shot dead
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Policemen killed in Amparai
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Police bans prayer meetings
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Appeal for funds to arrest cholera epidemic
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Body washed ashore
1998 Jul 30 23:59      LTTE member killed
1997:
1997 Jul 30 23:59      Colombo plays down Indian deaths
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
-John Adams (1735-1826)
2nd President of the United States (1797-1801)
Thoughts on Government
1776

 

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[11.03.14]
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[22.01.14]
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[13.01.14]
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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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[04.01.14]
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Fr Elil Rajan
[02.01.14]
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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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[09.12.13]
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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]
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[30.11.13]
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[27.11.13]
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David Cameron meets Diaspora Tamils
[08.11.13]
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British Queen visits Ceylon in 1954
[07.11.13]
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Terracotta found at Jaffna Fort site
[02.11.13]
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[29.10.13]
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SL military issues death threat to NPC members, TNA parliamentarian in Jaffna
[28.10.13]
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