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Important Incidents

  • 1993 | Vairavar Temple at Varany bombed!
    On the evening of 14 November, the Sri Lanka airforce attacked the Vairavar Temple at Varany. The temple was completely destroyed. Seven persons were injured. A number of houses were also damaged.
  • 1997 | Police patrol ambushed - 3 killed
    The Liberation Tigers ambushed a Sri Lankan police patrol today. Three military policemen were killed in the attack which took place near Thoppur.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1993 | Vairavar Temple at Varany bombed!
    On the evening of 14 November, the Sri Lanka airforce attacked the Vairavar Temple at Varany. The temple was completely destroyed. Seven persons were injured. A number of houses were also damaged.
  • 1997 | protest fast in Jaffna
    A protest fast by the organisation for the arrested and the missing in Jaffna was successfully concluded this evening in the Perumal Kovil grounds. The satyagraha was addressed by Somasundara Paramacharya Swamikal - a Hindu priest. About five hundred people attended the protest fast.
  • 1993 | Vairavar Temple at Varany attacked
    On the evening of 14 November, the Sri Lanka airforce attacked the Vairavar Temple at Varany. The temple was completely destroyed. Seven persons were injured. A number of houses were also damaged."
    Source: Network, published by the International Federation of Tamils, January 1994
  • 2000 | Shelling kills farmer
    soldiers stationed at Monkey Bridge fired shells towards Soodaikudah, a village in the Mutur Division, south of Trincomalee Monday afternoon, said sources.
  • 2000 | Villagers appeal for bombing to stop
    An appeal has been made to the President of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to stop the indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombing on Ralkulai and Navaladi villages in the Mutur division, south of eastern Trincomalee town. Hundreds of villagers have signed this memorandum, TamilNet sources in Mutur said.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 579 | ஒறுத்தாற்றும் பண்பினார் கண்ணுங்கண் ணோடிப்
    பொறுத்தாற்றும் பண்பே தலை.
    To smile on those that vex, with kindly face,
    Enduring long, is most excelling grace.
    - 58 58
  • Nov 14 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Nov 14, 2017 18:56:46 GMT |  + The need to investigate torture allegations - Jehan Perera
    Sri Lanka’s international image has taken a hard hit following the report of continuing torture in the country. The Associated Press has carried a news story that gives a detailed and graphic account of horrendous torture practices in Sri Lanka that allegedly continue to this day. This story has been carried by newspapers and media outlets throughout the world, including the New York Times, which is a prestigious international publication. All the victims in the story are Tamil and the reason why most of them appear to have been tortured is because they were believed to have connections with the LTTE. About 50 asylum seekers in Western countries claim they were subjected particularly vicious acts of torture. more ...
  • 2) Nov 14, 2017 18:30:42 GMT |  + Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal
    “Former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has taken up the position that the Constitutional Assembly process is illegal – I’d like to point out that he is one of the original proposers of the resolution that was placed before the Parliament on January 9, 2016, which proposed the setting up of this Constitutional Assembly,” the TNA parliamentarian said. “He is actually one of the drafters of that resolution having proposed it to the Parliament. He has also been a member of the Steering Committee – which met 73 times and he has attended more than 50 times and participated fully in that process. He has even drafted certain portions of the Interim Report that was tabled before the Constitutional Assembly recently,” Sumanthiran said. more ...
  • 3) Nov 14, 2017 18:23:09 GMT |  + Forgotten people: On Sri Lankan refugees and why Indo- Lanka relations should consider repatriation of Tamil refugees
    Around 62,000 refugees, living in 107 camps across Tamil Nadu, have been receiving various relief measures of the Central and State governments. In addition, in recent years, the Tamil Nadu government has taken steps for scores of young boys and girls of the refugee community to join professional courses, particularly engineering. This has benefitted eligible candidates among 36,800 non-camp refugees in the State too. more ...
  • 4) Nov 14, 2017 18:15:41 GMT |  + More worries for the TNA
    A new political front is likely to be mooted against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province ahead of the elections to the local authorities, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said yesterday. The TNA, made up of four political parties is facing an internal struggle after the Eelam People’s Evolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Mr. Premachandran decided to quit the alliance. Since its inception in 2001, the EPRLF has contested elections under the 'House Symbol' of the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Katchchi (ITAK), which is the TNA's main constituent party. more ...
  • 5) Nov 14, 2017 16:30:01 GMT |  + Lanka detains top Rajapakse aide on fraud allegations
    Sri Lanka Monday detained a senior aide to former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse on allegations of fraud , the second official close to the ex-leader swept up in a blitz on corruption. Gamini Senarath turned himself in to authorities on Monday and will face court over allegations of fraud involving the construction of the Hyatt Hotel in Colombo. Police told a court last month that Senarath was wanted in connection with the disappearance of $27 million in state funds earmarked for the hotel building. "He surrendered to the Colombo Fort magistrate's court and was remanded till Wednesday when another hearing will take place," a court official said. more ...
  • 6) Nov 14, 2017 16:27:49 GMT |  + Immigration officials’ nexus aid human smuggling: Sagala
    Human smugglers were able to send their clients abroad without any restrain because of the nexus between corrupt migration officials in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said today. Addressing the commencement of the the second phase of the Project RELAY facilitated by Interpol, Minister said the need for strengthening the country's legal framework to counter human smuggling. The project was launched by Interpol to deliver training to law enforcement officers, investigators and front-line border units against smuggling. more ...
  • 7) Nov 14, 2017 16:02:23 GMT |  + Harsha to lead Sri Lanka’s delegation to UN Human Rights periodic review
    Sri Lanka’s delegation to the universal periodic review (UPR) of UN Human Rights Council will be led by the Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Harsha de Silva. The delegation will comprise of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department, the President’s Office, and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva.Sri Lanka’s report under this review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR working group on UPR tomorrow, in Geneva and the report covers areas that were part of the recommendations accepted by Sri Lanka following the 2nd UPR in 2012. more ...
  • 8) Nov 14, 2016 11:26:08 GMT |  + Budget ignores ethnic reconciliation: TNA
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which accounts for sixteen of the eighteen Members of Parliament from the Tamil-speaking north and east, said annual budget ignores the pressing issue of ethnic reconciliation. TNA MP and spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express on Saturday, that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have consulted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), but did not consult the TNA. The absence of consultation with the TNA is reflected in the lack of concern for reconciliation in the budget, Sumanthiran added. The island nation's budget was present by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government on November 10. more ...
  • 9) Nov 14, 2016 11:23:23 GMT |  + Remembrance Day helped one Sri Lankan immigrant develop his Canadian identity
    "I remember every November, more specifically around Remembrance Day, the teachers used to assign us the task of creating poppies with construction paper... and we used to cut it out and stick it around the walls," said Jegatheesan, whose family first settled in Toronto's Flemingdon Park neighbourhood when he was 4. Flemingdon Park is a community made up of over 70 per cent new immigrants. Jegatheesan recalled on Remembrance Day 22 years ago, Grenoble Public School asked members of the Canadian Armed Forces to join their assembly at 11 a.m. more ...
  • 10) Nov 14, 2016 11:21:15 GMT |  + UN probe sought on torture by Sri Lankan security forces
    The UN Committee Against Torture should visit Sri Lanka and conduct an independent investigation into the continued abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the security forces, a former member of the UN special panel has said. Indian-origin Yasmin Sooka is a member of a former UN special panel on Sri Lanka’s war with the LTTE. She heads the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP).Her call has come ahead of the UNCAT’s meeting in Geneva this week to examine torture in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 11) Nov 14, 2015 20:51:19 GMT |  + Clarifying Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Commitments
    With the recent passage of yet another UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka -- dealing broadly with human rights, accountability and reconciliation -- now is an opportune time to clarify and explain how Sri Lanka's new government has said it will approach transitional justice. The interpretation of the resolution remains a source of debate. However, it's important to note that the resolution clearly calls for some degree of international involvement and lays out the general framework for the country to deal with its past. Unfortunately, there's seems to be (unnecessary) confusion about these issues too. Let's take part of a recent article in The Caravan as an example. more ...
  • 12) Nov 14, 2014 20:02:51 GMT |  + Schedule released for Pope Francis’s visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines
    The schedule for Pope Francis’s visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015 has been released.The Pope will leave Rome on January 12, returning on January 19, according to Vatican Radio. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said at a press conference in Manila today that Pope Francis is bringing the “joy of Gospel personally, to us, on the five special days in January that we have officially announced.”The Pope will leave Rome on January 12, returning on January 19, according to Vatican Radio. more ...
  • 13) Nov 14, 2014 20:00:01 GMT |  + Lanka minister hails Sri Lanka, India relations - External Affairs Minister GL Peiris
    Amid India's efforts to secure Presidential pardon for five Indian fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka, a minister today told the parliament that both the countries are enjoying excellent bilateral relations. "Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and our President (Mahinda Rajapaksa) spoke on the phone 3 days ago. It was an extremely cordial conversation. The Indian High Commissioner met the President in my presence for a very warm engagement," External Affairs Minister GL Peiris said.
  • 14) Nov 14, 2014 16:33:06 GMT |  + Rohana Wijeweera: The killing of Sri Lanka's Stalinist icon
    Twenty-five years ago, on 13 November 1989, the Sri Lankan government announced that Rohana Wijeweera, an extreme-left Sinhalese nationalist leader of two failed insurrections, had died in police custody - in unclear circumstances. "I heard about the death. Of course it was not unexpected, I knew it was coming," recalls his friend, lawyer and election agent, Prins Gunasekara, speaking to the BBC history programme, Witness. Even as the Tamil conflict flared up in the north the island had been wracked by violence in the south. Wijeweera's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), or People's Liberation Front, killed those who rejected its ideology - and was crushed by the state. more ...
  • 15) Nov 14, 2014 16:31:49 GMT |  + New visa types cannot be used until fresh legislation is passed
    The federal government will need to make more changes to immigration laws before asylum seekers can move from proposed working visas to other visa classes. The migration and maritime powers amendment would make significant changes to the assessment process for asylum seekers to “fast-track” decision making, and would also reintroduce temporary protection visas. Part of the legislation – and critical to gaining the support of the Palmer United party – was the creation of a new type of visa called a safe haven enterprise visa (Shev). more ...
  • 16) Nov 14, 2014 16:29:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s rogue regime under the scanner of Malaysian MPs
    The Malaysian Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights in Sri Lanka, which met at the Malaysian Parliament early this week to take stock of the progress of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and the condition of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Malaysia resolved to meet the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to discuss the Tamil issue and the treatment of Muslims in the country. It may be noted that in 2013 Malaysia abstained from voting at the 22nd UN human rights council as a result of pressure from this caucus. The caucus had also called for a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government held in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 17) Nov 14, 2014 16:28:25 GMT |  + Former Tamil Tiger rebel killed in Lanka
    A former Tamil Tiger rebel has been killed in Sri Lanka's Northern Province by an unidentified person but police on Friday said the murder was a result of personal grudge. Krishnasami Naguleswaran, 40, was shot dead in front of his house in Mannar on Wednesday night. The former cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had undergone the Sri Lankan government's rehabilitation programme. Police claimed to have recovered the gun used in the murder of Naguleswaran, who worked as as a brick-maker.
  • 18) Nov 14, 2013 18:38:43 GMT |  + Harper panders to Tamils by boycotting Commonwealth summit
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper courts Tamil voters by boycotting the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, but his government has not been consistent in its support for Tamil Canadians. One might therefore expect that Mr. Harper’s distaste for human rights abusers would be matched with sympathy and compassion for their victims. The evidence, and in particular the Harper government’s dealings with the Tamil community, victims of human rights abuse in Sri Lanka, would suggest otherwise.So when Tamils walk into the polling booth on election day they might remember Mr. Harper’s grand gesture at the 2013 Commonwealth summit, but they will not forget that when it really mattered, when so many of their family and friends lost their lives at the end of the civil war, he looked the other way. more ...
  • 19) Nov 14, 2013 14:28:44 GMT |  + Post-war, the rule of law does not exist in Sri Lanka
    IT has been four years since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were defeated by Sri Lankan government troops following nearly three decades of civil war. Today, the absence of the rule of law in Sri Lanka has made the holding of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting an exercise in barely concealed cynicism for ordinary Sri Lankans. more ...
  • 20) Nov 14, 2013 14:17:33 GMT |  + Chogm: Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa hits out at critics
    Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hit out at critics amid heightened scrutiny of his government's human rights record on the eve of a Commonwealth summit hosted in Colombo. The president said his government ended killings in the country by defeating Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009. Several leaders are boycotting the event and British PM David Cameron has said he will raise "tough questions". more ...
  • 21) Nov 14, 2013 14:16:17 GMT |  + Who are Sri Lanka's disappeared?
    Sri Lanka's civil war is officially over, but people are still being "disappeared" - vanishing without a trace, often, allegedly, in the state's unmarked "white vans." After Iraq, Sri Lanka has the highest number of enforced disappearances in the world, the United Nations has said. The latest report from the UN's working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, set up in 1980, says that there are 5,676 outstanding cases of enforced disappearances, though the actual number of disappeared could be much higher. more ...
  • 22) Nov 14, 2013 14:12:24 GMT |  + Strip Sri Lanka of Commonwealth chairmanship, Ed Miliband urges
    Labour has called for Sri Lanka's president to be stripped of his chairmanship of the Commonwealth as David Cameron heads to Colombo for a summit overshadowed by the host country's alleged human rights abuses. Before the gathering of 54 world leaders, Ed Miliband said the prime minister must not allow Sri Lanka to take up its two-year leadership role after it hosts the Commonwealth heads of government meeting. more ...
  • 23) Nov 14, 2013 14:12:03 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Climate of Fear
    The British prime minister, David Cameron, on the other hand, rejected calls for a boycott. “I think it’s best to turn up and make your argument,” he said this week, saying the visit would draw attention to human rights issues.Leaders attending the meeting must insist, at the very least, that the Sri Lankan government show meaningful progress in addressing human rights abuses, abiding by international standards and restoring constitutional protection for freedom of expression.
  • 24) Nov 14, 2013 14:08:57 GMT |  + Sri Lankan navy officer accused of being key player in people-smuggling racket
    The alleged linchpin of Sri Lanka's biggest people-smuggling racket is a decorated naval officer who briefed Australia's border protection chief and its high commissioner to Sri Lanka on how to stop human trafficking. But the Australian government has refused to comment on what information it might have shared with the accused officer, Lieutenant-Commander Sanjeewa Annatugoda. Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Colombo on Friday and will meet the head of Sri Lanka's armed forces, President Mahinda Rajapakse. more ...
  • 25) Nov 14, 2013 14:06:18 GMT |  + Cameron shouldn't have gone to Sri Lanka. But here are three things he can salvage from the trip
    Just this week, David Cameron described as “truly shocking” footage in the Channel 4 film No Fire Zone which covers killings and abuses at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. Yet on Friday, he will fly to Colombo, accompanied by William Hague and Prince Charles, he will to take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) under the auspices of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man in charge when those atrocities took place. more ...
  • 26) Nov 14, 2013 14:05:51 GMT |  + Prince Charles Faces Sri Lanka Test On Birthday
    That possibly his biggest stand-in role yet as heir in Sri Lanka goes well? Or that he wishes he'd never been asked to represent the Queen at a Commonwealth meeting fast being overshadowed by issues of human rights? Indeed, shortly after downing his slice of celebratory Victoria sponge, he will go on to shake the hand of his host President Mahinda Rajapaska, whose human rights record is calling into question the credibility of the Commonwealth. more ...
  • 27) Nov 14, 2013 14:03:57 GMT |  + India will stand by Lankan Tamils: Foreign Secretary tells TNA
    This assurance was given by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to a delegation of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that recently came to power in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province of Jaffna.The delegation, led by TNA leader and veteran Tamil politician R Sambanthan, included two party MPs M A Sumanthiran and Suresh Premachandran.The delegation also told the Indian Foreign Secretary of the feeling of insecurity about the missing persons, the concerns about the independence of judiciary and media freedom and sought an acceptable political solution to their problems.
  • 28) Nov 14, 2013 11:26:46 GMT |  + Sri Lankan security forces detain protesters to stifle all dissent during CHOGM
    Sri Lankan security forces have moved to stifle all dissent during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), detaining protesters, restricting journalists from travelling outside Colombo, and shutting down huge swathes of the capital city. On Wednesday, buses carrying the members of the organisation Families of the Disappeared, mainly mothers of men who vanished during the war or who have been abducted by security forces since, were stopped by a police roadblock as they tried to travel to Colombo to hold a demonstration. more ...
  • 29) Nov 14, 2013 11:22:06 GMT |  + Boycott or friendship? A Commonwealth dispute on Sri Lanka
    Mr. Cameron and his allies argue that despite the human rights grievances, it’s better to engage with the Rajapaksa’s government. Without the prime ministers’ attendance, the media would pay far less attention to human rights complaints, they say. "I want to take the press, the cameras with me,” Cameron said Saturday in a broadcast on a UK-based Tamil channel. “I want to shine a light on what has happened in Sri Lanka and put the government under pressure to do the right thing for everyone in Sri Lanka in the future." more ...
  • 30) Nov 14, 2013 11:18:08 GMT |  + Commonwealth: Press Sri Lanka on Rights at Summit
    “The world will be watching to see if Commonwealth leaders speak out for the victims of abuses or stay silent on behalf of the summit’s host,” saidBrad Adams, Asia director. “The Commonwealth risks its credibility as an international forum if it doesn’t publicly press Sri Lanka on its rights record and the lack of accountability for wartime atrocities.” Summit participants should publicly raise the failure of the Sri Lankan government to provide accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war and the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.
  • 31) Nov 14, 2013 11:15:10 GMT |  + Sri Lankan 'war crimes' warning for UK PM Cameron
    David Cameron has been warned by the Sri Lankan government not to quiz them over alleged war crimes in 2009. The prime minister has rejected calls to boycott a Commonwealth summit in the country, saying he would use his visit to raise its human rights record. But the Sri Lankans said he had no right to bring it up as he had not been invited on that basis. more ...
  • 32) Nov 14, 2013 11:12:41 GMT |  + Shadows over Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka
    The streets of Colombo are glistening for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm). But controversy still rages over war crimes allegations, press freedom, judicial independence and the safety of minorities. The Sri Lankan government does get solid support from many other Commonwealth states, especially in Asia and Africa, who do not want the organisation to intervene in human rights. But as the summit gets under way - minus several key leaders - it seems to be less about the actual Chogm agenda than about the host country and whether it lives up to the Commonwealth Charter. more ...
  • 33) Nov 14, 2013 11:10:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Cameron Urged To Raise Atrocities
    Human rights groups have urged David Cameron to take Sri Lanka to task over alleged civil war atrocities as Commonwealth leaders prepare to meet in the country. David Mepham, UK Director of Human Rights Watch, told Sky News that Mr Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague must use the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) to exert pressure on Sri Lanka's government. He said: "What they can do at this late hour to redeem themselves is to really be very public about the ongoing human rights abuses taking place in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 34) Nov 14, 2013 11:08:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka accuses Canadian government of ‘placating’ Tamil Tigers as row over Commonwealth summit grows
    Canada and Sri Lanka traded shots Wednesday in the build-up to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo, which Prime Minister Stephen Harper is boycotting over the island nation’s human rights record. After MP Deepak Obhrai laid a wreath in northern Sri Lanka “in memory of all innocent Sri Lankan victims of violence,” Colombo responded by accusing him of paying tribute to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels. more ...
  • 35) Nov 14, 2013 11:06:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka has 'nothing to hide' over rights, president says
    "We are very open, we have nothing to hide," Rajapakse told reporters on the eve of the 53-member group's summit, which is set to be dominated by allegations of abuses during the final stages of Sri Lanka's 37-year ethnic conflict."I will be meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron and we will see what, I will also have to ask some questions," he said. more ...
  • 36) Nov 14, 2012 21:05:29 GMT |  + UN admits it failed Sri Lankans
    A UN report on its failure to protect civilians in Sri Lanka's civil war will have "profound implications" for the global body, UN chief Ban Ki-moon says. Publishing the damning internal report, which was leaked to the BBC, Mr Ban said lessons had to be learnt. A senior panel will advise him on how to prevent the system breakdowns that led to "grave failure" in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 37) Nov 14, 2012 21:03:44 GMT |  + Following report on Sri Lanka war, Ban determined to strengthen UN responses to crises
    “The United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he released a United Nations report on accountability issues stemming from the final months of the 2009 war in Sri Lanka. Highlighting, in particular, the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights, Mr. Ban voiced his resolve for the world body to learn from its findings in order to better serve humanity, especially people caught in conflict. more ...
  • 38) Nov 14, 2012 21:03:18 GMT |  + UN: Act on Failings in Sri Lanka
    The United Nations secretary-general’s internal review on UN action in Sri Lanka should lead to specific and concrete measures to ensure the UN takes all needed measures to prevent mass atrocities in future conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. The “Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka,” commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and published on November 14, 2012, was a major recommendation of the 2011 UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. The conflict was characterized by deadly abuses against civilians by both sides, Human Rights Watch said.
  • 39) Nov 14, 2012 21:01:15 GMT |  + UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka
    A United Nations independent expert today voiced serious concerns about reported intimidation and attacks against judges and judicial officers in Sri Lanka, and warned that they might form part of a pattern of attacks, threats, reprisals and interference in the independence of the justice system in the Asian country. “I urge the Sri Lanka Government to take immediate and adequate measures to ensure the physical and mental integrity of members of the judiciary and to allow them to perform their professional duties without any restrictions, improper influences, pressures, threats or interferences, in line with the country’s international human rights obligations,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, said in a news release. more ...
  • 40) Nov 14, 2012 21:00:12 GMT |  + As ICP "UNredacts" Report on Sri Lanka, Hiding of Casualties Comes to Light
    Why did the UN black out portions of its report on its actions and inaction in Sri Lanka, and then take the report off-line once asked about the redactions, by Inner City Press? Well, Inner City Press has re-posted the report as it appeared with redactions, and is going behind the redactions. The first one occurs on Page 11 in Paragraph 26. The material the UN blacked out, but is now being "liberated" by Inner City Press, appears in brackets, followed by an explanation.
  • 41) Nov 14, 2012 14:33:50 GMT |  + UN under fire for its failure in Sri Lanka
    THE unwillingness of the United Nations to protect civilians at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009 was a ''grave failure'' that harmed hundreds of thousands of people, a leaked report says. The internal dossier, seen by the BBC, says the UN failed in its mandate to protect Sri Lanka's non-combatants because staff ''did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility''. more ...
  • 42) Nov 14, 2012 14:32:14 GMT |  + With rhetoric on Lanka, Karuna charts poll course
    DMK chief M Karunanidhi has once again hardened his stance on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue — as he has done on many an occasion in the past — insisting that India prevail upon the United Nations to hold a referendum on the right to Tamils' self-determination in the island nation. Though Karunanidhi has made it conditional for his party's continued support to the UPA, political analysts see it as a ploy on his part to get a grip on the Tamil nationalist constituency, at least until the run-up to the next parliamentary elections, when other issues might take precedence. more ...
  • 43) Nov 14, 2012 14:31:08 GMT |  + Sri Lanka denies intimidating UN over Tamil deaths
    The Sri Lankan government has denied allegations that it intimidated UN staff at the end of the civil war. The claims were made in a UN report leaked to the BBC, in which the UN accused itself of failing the civilian Tamil population in the final stages of the conflict in 2009. The Sri Lankan UN ambassador said it was "absolute nonsense" to say a "small country" could intimidate the UN. more ...
  • 44) Nov 14, 2012 14:28:27 GMT |  + Leaked Report on Sri Lanka Critical of U.N.
    An internal review of how the United Nations handled the bloody final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, when as many as 40,000 civilians were killed, has concluded that the response was “a grave failure of the U.N.,” according to a leaked draft of the report. The investigative panel, led by Charles Petrie, a former United Nations official, criticized what it called “a sustained and institutionalized reluctance” by staff members in Sri Lanka at the time “to stand up for the rights of the people they were mandated to assist.”
  • 45) Nov 14, 2012 11:11:44 GMT |  + Sri Lanka visit by World Bank managing director
    "Sri Lanka has made great strides in overcoming poverty as it transitions from a lower income to a middle income country," Indrawati said in a statement. "Sri Lanka is working hard to consolidate social inclusion, peace, and security and we want to help its people build on that success so that everyone has a chance to reach their potential."I am looking forward to visiting Sri Lanka to discuss how we can strengthen our partnership with the government to address national priorities and create opportunities for its people."
  • 46) Nov 14, 2012 10:52:28 GMT |  + Needs outstrip housing construction in north
    Donors and the government have pledged to build or repair a total of around 78,000 homes, of which the Indian government is funding 43,000. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) estimates war returnees need 170,000 homes. But this still leaves tens of thousands in need of housing, said Mahesh Gunasekera, IFRC’s senior programme coordinator for northern Sri Lanka, which is overseeing 20,000 new housing constructions, the most of any group working in the north. “I have not come across a major project with this level of funding difficulties.” more ...
  • 47) Nov 14, 2012 10:49:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka denies intimidating UN workers
    Sri Lanka on Wednesday denied allegations in a leaked United Nations report that it had intimidated UN humanitarian workers during the final stages of the country's Tamil separatist war."There was no intimidation," Plantations Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe, told reporters in Colombo. "No such thing. How can you intimidate them? They don't get intimidated by anyone." Former UN manager in Colombo, Gordon Weiss, told the Radio Australia's Asia Pacific the UN didn't do enough to prevent civilian deaths. "I think that there were people who failed to realise that their primary responsibility was to protect human life," Mr Weiss said. more ...
  • 48) Nov 14, 2012 2:00:48 GMT |  + Commonwealth criticised for holding Sri Lanka meeting
    The Commonwealth’s decision to hold a heads of government meeting in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo was wrong, according to a new report. A foreign affairs committee report today looked at evidence of serious human rights abuses in the country, whose capital is to hold the 2013 Commonwealth heads of government meeting. The committee urged the prime minister to publically refuse to attend the meeting unless he receives “convincing and independently-verified evidence of substantial and sustainable improvements in human and political rights in Sri Lanka”. more ...
  • 49) Nov 14, 2011 20:13:32 GMT |  + Dutch parliament passes genocide bill
    The Netherlands earlier this week passed a bill that allowed them to extend the possibly of detecting and prosecuting genocide suspects. The bill, which now needs to be approved by the Senate, allows prosecutors to consider cases of genocide further retrospectively than currently allowed and also permits greater co-operation with international courts. The move has been welcomed by many groups, including those seeking justice for victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and have urged other European countries to emulate the bill.
  • 50) Nov 14, 2011 14:56:31 GMT |  + Fear and Loathing in Post-War Sri Lanka
    It would be misleading, however, to call Sri Lanka a post-conflict society. There is no question that the underlying tensions of the conflict remain. Today, the Sri Lankan government refuses to mention human rights. As such, the regime sees everything through the prism of “national security.” Talking about minority rights, human rights, documenting human rights violations (both past and present), and educating Sri Lankans about the basic principles of human rights are not priorities for President Rajapaksa and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (U.P.F.A.). more ...
  • 51) Nov 14, 2011 14:50:59 GMT |  + Ensure accountability: US tells Lanka
    The United States says Sri Lanka must ensure accountability for serious violations of human rights during the war. Deputy U.S Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asian Affairs Robert M. Scher told a conference in Galle today that during his visit to the country he will make it clear that the United States needs to see continued progress in promoting the rights of all Sri Lankans."we believe that a serious effort by the Sri Lankan government to ensure accountability for serious violations of human rights during the war is critically important, and the only way to truly solidify the peace you and your people worked so hard to achieve," more ...
  • 52) Nov 14, 2011 12:19:24 GMT |  + Cairn India finds natgas in second Sri Lanka well-govt
    Cairn India has discovered natural gas in a second exploration well in Sri Lanka's offshore Mannar basin, but more drilling will be required to see if the deposit is commercially recoverable, the Sri Lankan president's office said on Monday. The Barracuda 1/G1 well, drilled to a depth of 4,700 metres (15,400 feet), had three petroleum-bearing formations with gas and an indication of liquid hydrocarbons, it said in a statement.
  • 53) Nov 14, 2011 12:18:32 GMT |  + Helping hand for Tamil refugees
    In a spartan basement office in East Kildonan, the phone of the minister for internally displaced persons, refugees and prisoners of war rings constantly. Twice a week, at least, it's the Tamil mom in India calling about her missing son who, out of desperation, got on a boat for Australia months ago and hasn't been heard from since. For Sam Ratna, a civil engineer elected by Winnipeg's Tamils to serve on the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, finding a safe home for 200,000 displaced people is a calling. more ...
  • 54) Nov 14, 2011 12:16:08 GMT |  + Could a Maid on Death Row in Saudi Arabia Soon Be Pardoned?
    "I will get her back," Razeena Nafeek says softly, her eyes staring straight ahead from beneath the faded red scarf that covers her forehead. Her silence after uttering the words conveys her determination, as well as the seeming enormity of the task. Razeena's 23-year-old daughter, Rizana Fathima Nafeek, has spent the past four years of her life on death row in Saudi Arabia, thousands of miles from her home of Sri Lanka. This week Rizana's parents will travel to the Saudi Arabia, accompanied by Sri Lankan government officials, to visit the daughter for the first time since 2007. more ...
  • 55) Nov 14, 2011 12:14:19 GMT |  + International unity on criticism of Sri Lanka’s conduct: Armitage
    Expressing dismay at the “chauvinistic attitude” of the Sri Lankan state, former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Friday the international community was united in its criticism of Sri Lanka’s conduct in the north and east and that SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be welcomed internationally unless conditions there improved. “I don’t think anyone disagrees that the Tamil people have been mistreated and are continuing to lack – across the board – fundamental freedoms, dignity, etc,” Mr. Armitage told the audience.
  • 56) Nov 14, 2011 1:38:00 GMT |  + Lanka in fresh bid to get mercy for Rizana
    A delegation led by Sri Lanka’s Western Province Gov. Alavi Mowlana is to arrive in Riyadh this week to seek clemency for Rizana Nafeek from the parents of the infant who was killed during her care. On June 16, 2007, Nafeek was sentenced to death by a three-member bench at the Dawadmi High Court for killing the baby she was entrusted to look after in the absence of her Saudi employers at home. The accused maintained that the newborn choked during bottle-feeding, and that she tried to seek help. According to sources from the External Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the delegation will comprise top officials from the ministry, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and Rizana’s parents Mohammed and Rifana Nafeek.
  • 57) Nov 14, 2010 14:00:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's 'ignored' non-Tamil Tiger militant groups
    Pro-government Tamil militant leaders in Sri Lanka say the plight of their supporters has been completely ignored since the war came to an end with the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009. While human rights groups are not impressed with the government's rehabilitation programme for ex-Tamil Tiger members, leaders of rival Tamil groups say their followers have also not been accommodated at all in post-war society. Former MP and People's Liberation Organisation for Tamil Ealam (Plote) leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan has warned of "disastrous consequences" if the authorities continue to ignore the plight of his supporters. more ...
  • 58) Nov 14, 2010 13:58:21 GMT |  + The JVP and the student movement
    Whether one likes it or not the simple truth is that the JVP is the only political force that can influence the now highly agitated university student mass. University students positively abhor Mahinda’s national leadership and SB’s baton wielding Ministry. The scrotumless UPFA-Left has debased into a damp squib; students laugh at Tissa, DEW and Vasu. The main opposition party, the UNP, is directionless, without a political programme or identity; therefore it is wracked by internal conflict, not the other way round.
  • 59) Nov 14, 2010 13:56:49 GMT |  + BBC granted access to Sri Lanka war commission
    The Sri Lankan government has told the BBC that it can now have full access to cover the proceedings of a government-appointed war commission. On Wednesday, the defence ministry had prohibited the BBC from travelling to cover the current hearings in northern Sri Lanka's main city, Jaffna. The decades-long civil war, between the government and Tamil separatists, was centred around the north of the island. Refugee camps in the region remain off-limits to media organisations. more ...
  • 60) Nov 14, 2010 13:53:03 GMT |  + Indian help to integrate Sinhala and Tamil
    India has come forward to help Sri Lanka resolve the politically sensitive and festering issue of integrating the two primary languages, Sinhala and Tamil. The Sinhala Only Act of 1956 followed by the – many say deliberate -- failure of successive governments to assimilate the two languages partly contributed to the feeling of discrimination among the ethnic Tamils and the decades-long civil war. Though officially, the two languages are now at par, Tamil remains the primary language in the north and east and Sinhala in the rest of the country.
  • 61) Nov 14, 2010 13:51:25 GMT |  + Tamils in remand for over 15 years
    A group of Tamil Tiger suspects arrested more than a decade ago has written to a pro-government Tamil parliamentarian asking his help to get them released. One suspect who has been held for over a decade without being charged told BBC Sandeshaya that nearly 30 suspects are being held for years in remand prison. The group has earlier approached many other parliamentarians but the inmate who wished to be anonymous said they said received no favourable response from authorities. more ...
  • 62) Nov 14, 2009 20:34:44 GMT |  + Fonseka : political act, or hara-kiri
    The Fonseka saga: A day before he tendered his resignation, Gen. Sarath Fonseka met the president over lunch after the National Security Council meeting, the first meeting between the two after Fonseka returned from the United States. (There had been an invitation from the president for Fonseka on his arrival, but Fonseka could not make it due to ‘jetlag’ as claimed by his confidantes). At the meeting on Wednesday, the president queried Fonseka about his grievances, to which the latter had replied it was too late for these concerns to be remedied. The president was nonplused, but, a Fonseka confidante ruled out rumours that the meeting was tense. In fact, it was cordial, though uneasy, he said.
  • 63) Nov 14, 2009 3:36:28 GMT |  + Sri Lankan probe on war crime allegations to start soon
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed the final member to the six-member committee to investigate the U.S. report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, a senior government minister said on Friday. The sixth member to the committee is senior lawyer Anura Meddagoda, Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters on Friday. Samarasinghe said the report would be submitted to President Mahinda Rajapakse by Dec. 31. The United States said in the report that thousands of Tamil civilians were killed due to being used as human shields or by indiscriminate government shelling.
  • 64) Nov 14, 2009 3:34:01 GMT |  + An interview with Toronto-Tamil Magesh Ananth Special
    205 days have passed since Magesh Ananth first set up camp in front of the United States Consulate in downtown Toronto at University Avenue and Queen Street. Ananth, a 67-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil born in Jaffina, is demonstrating every day because he wants "global murders against humans" to cease. Digital Journal reported that the Coalition to Stop the War in Sri Lanka has carried out several demonstrations in front of the US and Indian Consulates to show their frustration of governments around the world for their apathy and decisions, or lack thereof, against the Sri Lankan government over the internal displacement camps.
  • 65) Nov 14, 2009 3:12:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka protest at Burma visit
    There has been a demonstration in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, against the visit of the Burmese head of state, General Than Shwe. Burmese monks living in Sri Lanka have also protested against the visit. The general is on his first overseas trip for five years, and this is the first visit to the island by a Burmese leader for more than 40 years.
  • 66) Nov 14, 2009 3:10:57 GMT |  + Rudd Says Future of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Lies With UN
    The 22 men received written guarantees from Australian authorities that they will be resettled in Australia within 12 weeks if their claims for refugee status are proven, the newspaper said, citing an official from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. “We will work our way calmly and methodically through all of them,” Rudd told reporters in Singapore, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit. “We have been quite clear about the fact that the resettlement responsibility for the individuals concerned first of all lies with the UNHCR in terms of processing and secondly us working with the UNHCR and the other 15 resettlement countries in terms of where any bona fide refugees should then go,” he said.
  • 67) Nov 14, 2009 3:01:48 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president asks military chief to leave immediately
    Sri Lanka's president has asked his military chief to step down immediately, rejecting his request to serve for another two weeks, an official said Friday. President Mahinda Rajapakse accepted General Sarath Fonseka's resignation, tendered on Thursday, and wanted him to leave immediately, a government official said. "The president asked him to leave with immediate effect. This means he (the general) does not have to stay on till December 1, the date he mentioned that he wanted the resignation to take effect," spokesman Anusha Palpita said.
  • 68) Nov 14, 2009 2:58:57 GMT |  + 'Rajapaksa feared a coup'
    Sri Lanka's former top general Sarath Fonseka has said fears that he could launch a coup led President Mahinda Rajapaksa to sideline him and ask India to put its troops on alert for an intervention. "This action did tarnish the image and reputation gained by the Sri Lankan army as a competent and professional organisation which was capable of defeating a terrorist group," the ex-Chief of Defence Staff said in a letter which could foreshadow an election battle with the President.
  • 69) Nov 14, 2009 2:52:48 GMT |  + UN 'perplexed' by Lanka reluctance
    A top UN envoy says he is "perplexed" by Sri Lankan government's reluctant to allow him for a fact finding mission despite unofficially agreeing for the visit months ago. Frank La Rue, the UN Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression told the BBC that he has been making the request unofficially since March this year and sent an official letter seeking permission to visit Sri Lanka in August or September. more ...
  • 70) Nov 14, 2009 1:34:17 GMT |  + S Lanka army head told to go now
    The Sri Lankan government has granted permission to the country's most senior military officer, Gen Sarath Fonseka, to retire with immediate effect. Presidential Secretary Lalith Weerathunga said the general should leave his post before his preferred departure date of 1 December. An official confirmed to the BBC a letter had been sent to the general. Gen Fonseka quit on Thursday. He has reportedly said he left as he no longer trusted the government. He outlined his reasons in a long resignation letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa that has been published in full in many Sri Lankan newspapers and online publications. more ...
  • 71) Nov 14, 2009 1:30:42 GMT |  + Indian forces were put on high alert on Lanka's fear of army coup
    The Indian armed forces were put on high alert in the middle of October after a worried Colombo fearing a coup by the Sri Lankan army contacted New Delhi and requested the Indian government to prevent a military takeover. On the night of October 15, top Lankan politicians and bureaucrats got in touch with New Delhi through the Indian High Commission in Colombo and conveyed their apprehensions and request for help. Till Thursday, these events were part of political gossip. Now, it’s been put on record by outgoing chief of defence staff, general Sarath Fonseka.
  • 72) Nov 14, 2009 1:29:18 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s President Rajapaksa ‘feared coup’ after defeat of Tamil Tigers
    President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka was so afraid of a military coup after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers that he warned India to place its troops on high alert as recently as last month, according to the former head of the Sri Lankan Army. General Sarath Fonseka, who led the victorious campaign against the Tigers only to be sidelined two months later, made the allegation in a bitter resignation letter, seen by The Times yesterday. General Fonseka, who was switched to the largely ceremonial role of Chief of Defence Staff in July, said the Government alerted India on October 15 that a coup was imminent, “unnecessarily placing Indian troops on high alert”.
  • 73) Nov 14, 2008 23:06:53 GMT |  + Ready to quit for Lanka Tamils: Karuna
    As the Sri Lankan issue continued to crop up in the state assembly, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi said on Friday that he was ready to quit for the welfare of the island’s Tamils. Replying to a call attention motion in the assembly on Friday in the wake of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa ruling out a ceasefire with LTTE, despite PM Manmohan Singh briefing him about the unanimous resolution by the House, Karunanidhi cautioned the Centre against being carried away by Rajapaksa’s ‘‘sweet talk’’ about his concern for Tamil civilians. more ...
  • 74) Nov 14, 2008 12:25:55 GMT |  + Sri Lanka cbank says IMF not in play yet
    Sri Lanka will only agree to an IMF loan if the lender accepts the country's economic plans as is, despite dwindling foreign exchange reserves and a looming balance of payments deficit, the central bank said on Friday. Central Bank Chief Economist Nandalal Weerasinghe said the exact 2008 deficit amount was not yet known, and that there were no discussions with the IMF. The Indian Ocean island nation had a $516 million balance of payments surplus in 2007, after a $500 million debut sovereign bond sale that year.
  • 75) Nov 14, 2008 12:20:13 GMT |  + Pillayan operative Ragu slain in Colombo
    A private secretary of Pillayan and another person were shot dead while they were traveling in former TMVP spokesperson Asad Moulana's car at Oruwala in Athurugiriya in Nugegoda Friday around 11:30 a.m., Police said. The slain key operative, an associate of Pillayan was identified as Kumaraswami Nandagoban alias Ragu. Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna, since his deportation back to Sri Lanka from UK, has been demanding the removal of Ragu from the TMVP. more ...
  • 76) Nov 14, 2008 12:17:34 GMT |  + Experts warn of massive lay-offs if GSP not renewed
    Experts have criticized the decision of the government to back track on the decision to obtain GSP+ status from the European Union. The GSP+ status among other requirements is subject to human rights compliances which will be assessed by UN human rights ambassadors and members of the European Union. The experts predict a massive closure of apparel manufacturing units leading to mass lay-offs and have said that this move on the part of the government would put the women working in garment units at a big disadvantage as they would be the first to feel the heat of a drop in garment exports.
  • 77) Nov 14, 2008 12:13:57 GMT |  + CPI(M) for consensus to resolve Lankan issue
    The CPI(M) leader said it was "absolutely essential" to cease all hostilities and provide "urgently needed" relief to the hapless people caught in the cross-fire. He said it was "important to draw the distinction between the LTTE and the beleaguered Tamil population in these two provinces who are the victims of such hostilities." "Towards this end of finding a lasting political solution to the continuous conflict that has plagued Sri Lanka for many decades, the Indian government and the people must extend support and assistance," he added.
  • 78) Nov 14, 2008 11:55:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: as rains arrive, ICRC steps up help for civilians fleeing conflict in the Vanni
    "Security and stability are a pressing concern for displaced people in the Vanni.Many of them have had to flee several times since hostilities escalated in July", said Hicham Mandoudi, head of ICRC operations in the Vanni. "What these displaced people want is a place where they can stabilize their lives. They’re exhausted after moving from one place to another, each time leaving behind more of their belongings." The ICRC is still the only international humanitarian organization permanently present in the Vanni, where the organization operates with the agreement of both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE.
  • 79) Nov 14, 2008 11:52:55 GMT |  + Karunanidhi seeks Indian intervention in Lanka
    "Neither the DMK nor other parties are heartless enough to ignore the sufferings of Tamils in the neighbourhood and cling to power. To press for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka, our ministers in the central cabinet will quit if needed," Karunanidhi told the state assembly. "The centre should analyse (Sri) Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's attempts to fool India by the bisection of the Tamils' issue in the island as a terrorist problem to be dealt with militarily (on the one hand) and offer to safeguard minority civilians (on the other). We should demand a road map for a political negotiation and its aftermath," he pointed out. more ...
  • 80) Nov 14, 2008 2:57:22 GMT |  + India Tells Sri Lanka to Protect Tamils as War Concern Mounts
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told President Mahinda Rajapaksa to protect ethnic Tamils amid rising concern about the impact on civilians of Sri Lanka’s offensive to capture the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers. Singh focused on “humanitarian” issues during talks with Rajapaksa in New Delhi yesterday and stressed the rights of civilians must be protected even when dealing with terrorism, according to India’s state-run broadcaster Doordarshan.
  • 81) Nov 14, 2007 21:02:12 GMT |  + Shooting mistaken identities
    President Rajapaksa went on record more than once accepting the need to propose a political solution to the problems of Tamil people. While a Presidential candidate in 2005 he promised in his famous “Mahinda Chinthanaya” that he would while initiating a national dialogue to find answers for the North – East conflict “would also go into direct discussions with the LTTE that has not entered democratic politics as yet.” (p/29) And then adds he intends meeting its Leader as well. Why should a prospecting Presidential candidate promise to meet a “terrorist” leader like Prabhakaran ? What is this North – East conflict that he was referring to in his “Mahinda Chinthanaya” booklet ?
  • 82) Nov 14, 2007 19:32:21 GMT |  + The Morning Editor to sue Asian Tribune
    The editor of The Morning Leader Sonali Samarasinghe has in letters of demand to the editor and Publisher of Asian Tribune claimed damages to the tune of Rs 500 million for a defamatory reference to her on its website of Monday, November 12. The defamatory reference to The Morning Leader editor followed an exclusive article published in The Sunday Leader issue of November 11 under her by line where the role of Asian Tribune editor KT Rajasingham in the Karuna issue was exposed with documentary evidence.
  • 83) Nov 14, 2007 19:17:48 GMT |  + Government can agree to JVP demands - Mano Ganesan
    JVP leader has put forwarded four demands to support the government on the budget. Accordingly the government can now abolish the APRC and scrap the remains of CFA. This will help the whole world to know where this government stands in the all important issue of 'peace and political solution'. Tamil speaking people have suffered enough. Nobody can dupe us anymore. Not the so called 'federalists' within the government who speak time to time on power sharing can dupe us. Not even India and other co-chair international community can dupe us by referring to this illusion called APRC.
  • 84) Nov 14, 2007 14:17:27 GMT |  + Sri Lankan govt hit by defection ahead of key budget vote
    Sri Lanka's ruling party suffered a defection to the opposition ahead of a make-or-break vote on the national budget slated for next week, officials said. The defection does not pose an immediate danger to the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. The ruling party still has seven seats more than the combined opposition in the 225-member assembly. Parliament's main whistle-blower, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, crossed the floor of the House and joined the opposition demanding tougher action against corruption by politicians and state officials.
  • 85) Nov 14, 2007 12:46:17 GMT |  + Violence drags on in Sri Lanka
    ONE OF THE world's most vicious and intractable conflicts has produced a spike in violence in recent days. After a bloody clash last week in the north of Sri Lanka between government forces and the rebel fighters known as the Tamil Tigers, the government boasted of killing 60 Tigers, while the Tigers claimed to have repulsed an attack by helicopter gunships, killing more than two dozen Sri Lankan troops. This battle came a week after government forces killed the Tigers' lead peace negotiator and three weeks after the Tigers attacked a government air base and destroyed several military aircraft.
  • 86) Nov 14, 2007 12:45:31 GMT |  + Flying Tigers trigger Sri Lanka alert
    Sri Lanka blacked out its capital early Wednesday and activated air defences over fears Tamil Tiger rebels were flying their light aircraft in for an attack, officials said. The power supply was cut off before dawn for nearly half an hour while anti-aircraft guns opened up further north after ground troops said they had spotted suspected rebel planes, the officials said. "The electricity in Colombo was shut down as part of the air raid alert," a military official said, explaining that potential targets would otherwise have been illuminated for a bombing run. The Sri Lankan air force, however, denied that Tigers had been in the air and said the firing was part of a "rehearsal."
  • 87) Nov 14, 2007 12:44:47 GMT |  + Unicef worried about staff safety in Sri Lanka
    A UN agency operating in Sri Lanka Wednesday expressed concern over the safety of its staff after a Marxist politician accused the organisation of funding Tamil rebels and said such allegations would compromise its ability to serve. The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), which has projects both in government-controlled areas and rebel-controlled areas in the country, has been accused by Wimal Weerawansa, leader of the JVP (People's Liberation Front), of allegedly providing Rs.100 million to LTTE through an organisation known to be closely working with the rebels.
  • 88) Nov 14, 2007 12:42:27 GMT |  + 'India should take initiative to end Lankan problem'
    India should take an initiative to bring the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers to the negotiating table and end the ongoing strife in the island nation, PMK founder S Ramadoss said on Tuesday. At a time when different organisations besides the United Nations and Norwegians are trying to bring peace in Sri Lanka, the Central government should take concrete efforts in this regard, that too within a short time-frame, he told reporters.
  • 89) Nov 14, 2007 12:39:24 GMT |  + Sri Lanka opposition says government carrying out propaganda on non-existing development work
    Publicity hoardings on proposed Matara – Karthivu highway created a warm situation in Sri Lanka parliament yesterday. United National Party (UNP) MP Lakshman Kiriella said the people accused the government of setting up around 150 hoardings on the roadsides without actually starting any development work of the proposed highway. In response, the Minister of Highways and the Government Chief Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said the government set up only six hoardings and the area residents had erected the rest.
  • 90) Nov 14, 2007 12:36:36 GMT |  + Sri Lanka abuse 'rampant' in Gulf
    Gulf states are failing to curb serious abuses of Sri Lankan migrant workers employed as maids in their countries, a Human Rights Watch report has said. The US-based group says abuse of maids is rampant in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon. Employers routinely confiscate domestic workers' passports and confine them to the workplace, the rights group says. The UAE has denied the charges, saying Human Rights Watch has ignored its efforts to improve workers' conditions. more ...
  • 91) Nov 14, 2007 4:07:09 GMT |  + "Disappearances and killings will continue" - Fonseka
    Disappearances and killings of will continue as long as ‘anti-terrorist’ operations are continuing, Sri Lanka’s Army commander, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said this week in a interview to British investigative reporters. Asked about human rights abuses in the newly captured Eastern province, the commander replied: “This area is not a normal area. So people getting killed and some people going missing will happen as far as the anti-terrorist operations are continuing.” more ...
  • 92) Nov 14, 2006 22:02:35 GMT |  + Taming Militants: Lessons from Sri Lanka
    SOME countries learn from their mistakes, some don’t. Sri Lanka belongs to the latter category. The sufferings of the Tamils, a minority, and the privations of the Sinhalese, the majority, should have made the country realise that both have to live together and that violence will not solve any problem. Still, the Sri Lankan government has bombed some areas in the northern parts where the Tamils live. Civilian casualties are natural, although trained Pakistani pilots are reportedly connected with the operation.
  • 93) Nov 14, 2006 21:55:22 GMT |  + Candle in the wind for your birthday
    Your second birthday as the all powerful executive President of Sri Lanka--but the Presidential birthday candle appears to be even dimmer than the dim light of a distant dawn.In his Hero's Day speech last year, Mr. Prabhakaran said he would give you one year to come up with a solution acceptable to the Tamil Speaking people.While you and some senior Ministers seem to be leaning more towards the peace process and a political solution to the ethnic conflict, your brother and Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaka and the Army Commander Sarath Fonseka appear to be pushing for war with a support of the JVP, the JHU and other Sinhala extremists. more ...
  • 94) Nov 14, 2006 22:14:45 GMT |  + Appeal for sailors' release
    Ranjani Swarnalatha Pitiyakumubura, wife of Indika Prasantha Pitiyakumbura who is in LTTE custody says that she came to know about her husband only through media. “There was no response from the government so far but SLMM has told her no harm would be done to the sailors including her husband. Even the Navy has not contacted the family”, she added.The navy said it has sunk 22 rebel boats and lost two of its own in this battle. At least 20 sailors are missing, while the rebels say they lost five of theirs. The rebels said they killed 26 sailors, sank two navy boats and badly damaged another in the sea battle.
  • 95) Nov 14, 2006 21:51:03 GMT |  + Sri lankan Air Force train in Chandigarh
    A group of six Sri Lankan Air Force personnel are currently attending training programme at the Indian Air Force station here.The training programme started from October 14 and would end on January 5, 2007, he and another sergeant Srigunasinghe said adding that theirs was the third batch from Sri Lanka to receive training here. Air Marshal A K Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of western air command, who was on an inspection visit here, also interacted with these personnel and inquired about their training programme more ...
  • 96) Nov 14, 2006 16:44:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Army moves into Tiger territory in fresh offensive
    Sri Lankan troops have moved into Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam controlled Vakarai region, beyond no-go zone, Tuesday morning, amid heavy artillery shelling, according to civil sources in Vakarai. Civilians have fled Maruthankulam and Kirimichchai villages where SLA troops have camped at the schools, according to the sources.LTTE figheters were engaged in a defensive fight throughout the day, the sources added.
  • 97) Nov 14, 2006 14:30:53 GMT |  + 4 youths killed by 'White Van' squads in Jaffna
    dies of four youths, abducted earler by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) trooper and collaborating paramilitaries driving white vans, were found in Jaffna district Tuesday morning, civil society sources in Jaffna said. White van abductions, subsequent killings, and harassment of civilians by SLA soldiers riding in field bikes, have increased at an alarming rate in Jaffna, where amidst prevailing dire economic conditions residents are also gripped with fear from SLAs brutal counter-insurgency campaign, civil society sources and human rights activists in Jaffna said.
  • 98) Nov 14, 2006 14:29:28 GMT |  + 'Eight die' in Sri Lanka violence
    Four Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed by Tamil Tiger rebels in two separate attacks in the north of the island, the military says.Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said three soldiers were killed when an explosive device blew up at a railway station in Vavuniya.He said the other died in a mine blast in the northern Jaffna peninsula.Earlier the army said it had killed fo
  • 99) Nov 14, 2006 14:22:12 GMT |  + Britain to push Sri Lanka peace bid amid child soldier charge
    A British envoy has arrived in Sri Lanka in a bid to salvage a tottering peace process as the former British colony faced UN charges of recruiting child soldiers. British MP Paul Murphy held talks with Sri Lankan officials handling the Norwegian-backed peace process, officials said, adding he planned to meet with Tamil Tiger rebels before departing Thursday."He is also meeting the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM)," a British High Commission (embassy) official said.
  • 100) Nov 14, 2006 11:55:23 GMT |  + Sri Lankans recruit kids?
    UN envoy and former Canadian cabinet minister Allan Rock yesterday accused the Sri Lankan military of helping an armed group to recruit children as fighters against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The charges came after a 10-day observation mission by Rock, an adviser to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict on Sri Lanka. Although child rights groups and the UN have long accused the Tigers of recruiting children during their separatist campaign of more than two decades, it was the first such allegation against the government by a high profile representative.
  • 101) Nov 14, 2006 11:47:35 GMT |  + IMF warns Sri Lanka as fighting escalates
    The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned Sri Lanka that escalating violence in a bitter ethnic conflict could prompt an economic crisis through higher prices and dwindling foreign currency reserves.The IMF statement followed a round of talks with Sri Lanka over an economic stabilisation programme, which includes loans to prop up the budget and currency. The island nation imports all of its oil and gas needs and is heavily dependent on textile exports and tourism, both of which have been hit by an upsurge in violence between Tamil rebels and the military since December.
  • 102) Nov 14, 2006 4:12:36 GMT |  + Indian PM urged to help Jaffna people
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been urged by church leaders in Sri Lanka's north to 'sidetrack the past' and come to the rescue of Tamils in Jaffna peninsula reeling under serious shortages.The Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna has made the written appeal to the prime minister, with copies sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.'We do accept that your country has had sad experiences in respect to her efforts towards our problem,' said a letter from the Diocese to Manmohan Singh that has been made available to IANS.
  • 103) 16:27 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + Halo Trust violates workers rights, striking employees say
    Workers at Halo trust, a British charity engaged in mine clearing work in Jaffna for the past five years, went on strike to protest the dismissal of four workers without warning. More than one hundred workers picketed in front of the Halo trust vehicle park located on Temple road near Nallur, Jaffna, from 9 a.m. Monday sources said.The Workers demanded that their four collegues be immediately reinstated and their employment contract be amended to ensure that basic workers rights are not violated. Halo trust employees also complained that some of the workers injured during demining activities were not medically taken care of and that workers should be provided with insurance to cover medical expenses due to work related injuries. more ...
  • 104) 14:23 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + "The People Do Not See Any Difference Between the Candidates"



    "What Colombo says about a unitary nation is imagination. If Colombo refuses to accept this reality, Colombo has to pay for it and the cost will be terribly high...!"

    We are not at all concerned about the election. Our experience of both parties is that if at all they speak of the Tamil national question, it is only because they want votes. Their performances after the elections are very dismal. A sense of apathy prevails. People are not bothered by the election or the outcome. They do not see any difference between the candidates. We cannot say definitely that the situation will transform into a war. But the people are the judges. It is people's power that dictates to us. Their democratic protests in recent months, their uprisings, have been met with military violence. It makes people think the government is more inclined towards war. And if the people's power is crushed by military oppression, then definitely the people will transform themselves into a force that cannot be controlled in a democratic manner. It is up to the Sri Lankan government as to whether they let this escalation go on. more ...
  • 105) 13:59 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + Expulsion of Jaffna Muslims: The Attributable Motive
    I digress a little from the main theme of this series, to focus attention on the recent news coverage of Tuan Nizam Muthaliff and Tuan Rizli Meedin. But, the activities of Muslims represented by Muthaliff and Meedin (on behalf of the Sri Lankan army) provide a counter-point to the premise of D.B.S.Jeyaraj that the LTTE was unusually harsh on Jaffna Muslims in 1990. It is also not irrelevant to the issue of how the LTTE was forced by the then circumstances to treat the Muslims with a suspicious eye. One of the unmentionables in the commentaries and analyses of anti-LTTE pundits, including Jeyaraj, is the anti-Tamil role of Muslims in the Sri Lankan armed forces - not that a general population should suffer for the acts of individuals.
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  • 106) 13:29 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka tightens security as poll campaign wraps up
    Sri Lanka's police beefed up security on Monday after the bodyguard of a minister opposed to the Tamil Tigers was shot dead and presidential candidates wound up their final day of campaigning ahead of a Nov. 17 vote. Additional security patrols were on standby in Colombo, where the main candidates, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, were to give final campaign speeches behind bullet-proof glass booths after whirlwind tours of the island. "We have intensified security, mostly in urban areas," police spokesman Rienzie Perera told Reuters. "But the violence is very much less (than during previous elections)." more ...
  • 107) 12:24 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan children differ on how to best achieve peace in their homeland
    The vast majority of Sri Lankan children want an end to the war that has long plagued their Indian Ocean nation, but differ on how to achieve peace, according to a survey released Monday. Sri Lankans vote Thursday in an election that is being viewed as a referendum on the peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels, but the survey of children found that only 36 percent support direct talks with the insurgents. About 47 percent would rather see individuals try to build links among each other and maintain peace, the survey found, although it did not detail how such a relatively vague proposal could be carried out. more ...
  • 108) 12:24 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + After tsunami, Sri Lanka gets phone warning system
    Next time a disaster such as a tsunami strikes Sri Lanka, officials say they hope to use text messages and the mobile phone system to give people the crucial few minutes warning they need to seek safety. The Dec. 26 tsunami struck Sri Lanka hours after it hit Thailand, but no warning was issued and even if it had been, many poor villagers would not have heard it. Within weeks, mobile phone operator Dialog Telekom says it was working on ways to solve the problem. "If we go back to Dec. 26, many lessons were learnt," Dialog chief executive Hans Wijayasuriya said at the launch of the mobile phone-based warning system on Monday. "You can convert a mobile phone into a powerful alarm device." more ...
  • 109) 12:23 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + S.Lanka gives sci-fi legend Clarke highest award
    Sri Lanka awarded long-term resident and British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke its highest civilian award on Monday for his contributions to science and technology and his commitment to his adopted country. Born in England in 1917, Clarke first came to the island in the 1950s for diving and said he became a resident after he "fell in love with the place." Presidential aide Eric Fernando said it was very unusual for a foreigner to receive the award. "He is an honorary citizen of Sri Lanka," Fernando said before the ceremony, presided over by outgoing President Chandrika Kumaratunga. "He is receiving it because of what he has achieved globally in the field of science and technology." more ...
  • 110) 19:15 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + UNP accuses SL Government of Jaffna poll sabotage
    The main opposition United National Party (UNP) Monday charged that the Sri Lanka government is trying to disrupt a just and fair presidential poll in the Jaffna district by sending nearly three hundred Sri Lanka Army (SLA) deserters to the district. Brigadier Sarath Munasinghe, former spokesman for the SLA, addressing a press briefing Monday said that the government has obtained the support of a leading activist of the para military Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) to sabotage the poll in Jaffna district. The main contest for the executive presidency is between Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe, UNP and Opposition Leader, and the Prime Minister Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse. more ...
  • 111) 12:21 GMT, Nov. 14, 2005 |  + Sri Lankans rally behind opposing peace plans amid bombing fears on last day of campaign
    Sri Lanka's main presidential candidates Monday offered opposing visions for peace with Tamil Tiger rebels on the last day of campaigning, as security officials braced for a feared repeat of previous election rally suicide bombings. Both hawkish Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and dovish opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe were scheduled to address at least five rallies each, mainly in the Sinhalese-majority south, ahead of their final meetings in the capital Colombo amid tight security. "We have deployed maximum security for both meetings," said police spokesman Rienzie Perera. Election laws stipulate that all campaigning must stop 48 hours ahead of Thursday's poll to elect Sri Lanka's fifth executive president. more ...
  • 112) 23:18 GMT, Nov. 14, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan Navy fire, fisherman hurt
    A teenaged boy was injured and three of his fellow fishermen had a miraculous escape when Sri Lankan Navy personnel opened fire on a mechanised boat in which they were sailing at mid-sea, last night. The four-member fishermen group from coastal village Jagadhapattinam, about 60 km from here, had ventured into the sea for fishing yesterday, police sources said here. A Lankan naval vessel opened fire on their boat, injuring 14-year-old Sivaraj sustained on his right hand. The rest in the boat drove it ashore and reported the matter to Jagadhapattinam police. Sivaraj was admitted to the government hospital at Manamelkudi here. Police suspect darkness as the reason for the fishermen having strayed into Lankan territorial waters. more ...
  • 113) 22:04 GMT, Nov. 14, 2004 |  + Consensus among southern political parties, the need - President

    "Sinhala leaders have no understanding of the Tamil question.Power has been Sinhala. Sri Lankan armed forces are 99 percent Sinhala. Tamil is not implemented as an official language. How can we transform a Sinhala hegemonic state into a federal one? This is the challenge before us" - Mr. Kumar Rupasinghe, a leading peace activist in Sri Lanka.

    Consensus among the southern political parties is a must to continue peace talks with the LTTE and to solve the North East problem through negotiations, President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stressed yesterday. Addressing the ceremony to induct the 24th President of the Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka at the BMICH, she said as the President of the country she committed herself to solve the North East problem and added she would continue her efforts. President Kumaratunga said not only the political parties but also the professionals in the country could contribute towards solving the North East problem through the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation. more ...
  • 114) 21:59 GMT, Nov. 14, 2004 |  + LTTE: Consult us on projects
    The LTTE has said that India should consult it before undertaking strategically important infrastructure projects in the North Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, because these have a bearing on the lives of the Tamil people living there. This was stated by the leader of the LTTE's political wing, S P Tamilselvan, in the Virakesari Illustrated Weekly on Sunday. He was commenting on India's willingness to upgrade the Palaly military airport in Jaffna, and build a highway between Trincomalee and Anuradhapura to be called the "Rajiv Gandhi Highway". Tamilselvan said: "The Palaly airport is in the Tamil Homeland. India's plan to help upgrade it will upset the current peace process in Sri Lanka. The Palaly airport was built by taking over the Tamil peoples' lands. more ...
  • 115) 12:28 GMT, Nov. 14, 2004 |  + Deadlock in peace talks compounds Sri Lanka's economic woes
    The latest failed attempt to revive peace talks is bad news for Sri Lanka's economy, already in trouble from high inflation, a foreign exchange crisis and a falling rupee. Sri Lankans were banking on a fresh initiative by peacebroker Norway to end a 19-month deadlock between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels and bring much-needed foreign aid. But Norway's bid ended without a breakthrough Friday, although the government and rebels promised to maintain their fragile truce."Kickstarting the peace process and bringing back lost confidence is vital for the economy," said Hasitha Premaratne, research head at HNB stockbrokers. International donors have pledged 4.5 billion dollars over four years to rebuild the war-ravaged nation but the talks impasse is delaying release of the promised aid, diplomats said. more ...
  • 116) 12:08 GMT, Nov. 14, 2004 |  + Consensus to change Constitution
    Ketheesh Loganathan, the head of the Peace and Conflict Analysis Unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives said the Executive Presidency should be abolished, but cautioned that the process should not be manipulated. He identified two equally important issues, each should not be compromised for the other. "There are two issues. The peace process and democracy and governance. "There cannot be a sequence in addressing the two issues". Even though it could be ideal to wait for a comprehensive draft of Constitution which empowers minorities, improve human rights, Loganathan suggested that the government could introduce an interim constitution, where by it could abolish the Executive Presidency, or set up an interim administration for the North-East, etc. more ...
  • 117) 11:54 GMT, Nov. 14, 2004 |  + SLA, Police tear gas assault protestors in Jaffna
    Tension prevailed near Kodikamam town in Jaffna Sunday morning as military and Police fired tear gas and assaulted civilians protesting against an accident on the A9 highway in which a Sri Lanka army vehicle knocked down and killed a young Hindu priest. Hundreds of protesting civilians in the area blocked the highway and set fire to the Sri Lanka army vehicle and two military motorbikes. Two journalists who were covering the incident were also assaulted by Police and SLA troopers. Tension prevailed near Kodikamam town in Jaffna Sunday morning as military and Police fired tear gas and assaulted civilians protesting against an accident on the A9 highway in which a Sri Lanka army vehicle knocked down and killed a young Hindu priest. Hundreds of protesting civilians in the area blocked the highway and set fire to the Sri Lanka army vehicle and two military motorbikes. Two journalists who were covering the incident were also assaulted by Police and SLA troopers. more ...
  • 118) 14:24 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + A question of responsibility



    Mr. Vellupillai Pirabakaran has an indomitable will and confidence that anything can be achieved if the mind is applied and focused on the project.

    In the meanwhile it appears there is only one signatory to the ceasefire agreement who is willing to take his responsibilities seriously – Prabhakaran. He told the visiting envoys there would be no return to war, but stability must be created in the south for meaningful negotiations to continue. Once again the LTTE has shown a spirit of understanding and a commitment to peace. Though this might delay the resumption of talks and obtaining the funds pledged in Tokyo for rehabilitation and development, the Tigers know that election or no election, the enemy is divided, a fact the Tigers can put to good political and diplomatic use later. more ...
  • 119) 13:53 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Quiet between troops, Tigers despite Sri Lanka crisis: monitors
    Scandinavian peace monitors reported Friday a dramatic drop in complaints of violations of the truce between Tamil rebel and government troops in an unexpected spin-off of Sri Lanka's power struggle. While Norway said Friday it was suspending mediation due to the feud between the president and prime minister, the Norwegian-led monitors said it was so quiet they were investigating old complaints. "Both sides appear to be holding their horses," said Agnes Bragadottir, the spokeswoman for the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. "We used to get about 10 complaints a day earlier, but nothing now." more ...
  • 120) 13:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka rebel 'capital' revives on death highway
    Father Amrutnathan Devasahayam, the priest at St Theresa's Church in Kilinochchi, said people were also worried about the peace process, stalled by a power struggle between the president and the prime minister in Colombo . ''There was panic here,'' he said after President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacked three ministers and suspended parliament last week. Devasahayam said most people in the area were very poor and did not want the fighting to erupt again. ''I still live in a tent under the mango tree on my field,'' said Srijeeva, who earlier lived in Colombo, but now works 14 hours a day at a Kilinochchi restaurant to earn enough to feed his family of four. more ...
  • 121) 13:01 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Norway Sees No Peace Role Until S.Lanka Crisis Ends
    Norway Friday withdrew as a key mediator in Sri Lanka's peace process, saying it would only return when a power struggle ended between the island's president and prime minister. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen called the feud a serious threat to a peace process that seeks to end one of Asia's bloodiest and longest-running wars, but he added that the government and their Tamil Tiger foes had assured him they were committed to a cease-fire.
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  • 122) 12:57 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka rebel 'capital' revives on death highway
    When Srijeeva returned to the war-scarred northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi last year after 10 years away, there was not much to go back to. "There were no buildings. Everything had been destroyed by the war and there was a horrible smell all around," he said of his arrival on that hot summer day. Srijeeva, a local Tamil who had fled the vicious fighting between Tamil Tiger separatist rebels and government troops, came home after a Norway-brokered ceasefire. He said he was not ready for what he saw. more ...
  • 123) 12:54 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka talks should continue: president
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Friday that peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels should go ahead despite peace broker Norway suspending its role due to her feud with the prime minister. Kumaratunga as the acting defence minister ordered security forces to extend full cooperation to the Scandinavian force monitoring the ceasefire in place since February 2002, the president's spokesman said. "Her Excellency has reiterated that the ceasefire agreement continues to be in place and that negotiations between the government and the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) should continue," her spokesman Mano Tittawella said.
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  • 124) 12:51 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Norway Won't Broker S.Lanka Peace Until Crisis Ends
    Norway pulled out of its role as a peace broker in Sri Lanka's civil war Friday, saying it would return to the process only when a feud between the island's president and prime minister ended. The move puts further pressure on President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to end a political crisis that erupted when the president sacked three cabinet ministers and suspended parliament last week.
    - Norway suspends peace role in Sri Lanka - PTI
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  • 125) 12:48 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Norway suspends Sri Lanka peace drive due to political crisis
    Norway said Friday it would suspend its efforts to end Sri Lanka's three decades of ethnic bloodshed until the president and prime minister resolved their power struggle. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, a frequent critic of Norway's diplomacy who triggered the political crisis last week, immediately insisted that the peace process with Tamil rebels should continue. Norwegian Deputy Prime Minister Vidar Helgesen, who stayed an extra day here for talks with the key players, said Oslo needed "clarity" on which Sri Lankan leader was in charge.
    - Sri Lankan peace talks on hold - BBC
    - Norway Says Political Feud May Impact S.Lanka Truce - Reuters
    - Norway Urges Sri Lanka to Resolve Dispute - AP
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  • 126) 19:10 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Tigers fear for peace mediation
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have expressed concern for the peace process following Norway's decision to suspend its mediation. Rebel spokesperson Daya Master said the group was worried because it was not clear when the mediation would resume. Norway says the crisis between Sri Lanka's president and prime minister must first be resolved. Oslo has played a key part in brokering talks between the government and rebels to end years of bloody civil war. Differences between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on how to conduct those talks have exploded into a full-blown crisis. more ...
  • 127) 18:00 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Will the IC take responsibility for its own actions and behave responsibly?
    Norway is the representative of the IC. The very IC that has repeatedly been preaching to the Tamils that a solution meeting the genuine aspirations of the Tamil Nation can be reached within a unitary SriLanka through peaceful negotiations. Even though, given the history, the Tamils never thought it was possible, the Tamils still gave a chance to Norway and the IC. Things seemed to be going somewhere until the Sinhala politicians of the south staged their political rivalry game, which the Tamils are so familiar with. The Sinhala leaders have played this game at every single point in the past when a solution to the Tamil question looked possible. For the Tamils it is Dejavu all over. However, for the IC, who is only now paying close attention to SriLanka, the current situation in the south is so bad and no peace talks can take place until the situation improves. more ...
  • 128) 12:43 GMT, Nov. 14, 2003 |  + Norway temporarily withdraws from peace process
    "Peace talks could have started tomorrow, provided there were clarity about who is holding political authority and responsibility on behalf of the Government to ensure the continuation of the ceasefire agreement and the resumption of peace negotiations. Until last week there was such clarity. Today there is no such clarity. Until such clarity is re-established, there is no space for further efforts by the Norwegian government to assist the parties.", Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Vidar Helgesen told reporters at a press conference held at Hotel Hilton at 11 a.m today. more ...
  • 129) 15:24 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + Purported bin Laden threat against Canada changes nothing: Foreign Affairs
    A direct threat that Canada faces terrorist repercussions if it allies itself with Washington against Iraq does nothing to change this country's approach to the war on terror, a Foreign Affairs official said Tuesday.The warning, purportedly from Osama bin Laden, was aired across the Arab world Tuesday on the Al-Jezeera television network. The speaker then warned U.S. allies that have joined the war against terrorism, specifically Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Australia: "If you don't like looking at your dead . . . remember our dead, including the children in Iraq." more ...
  • 130) 15:09 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + A long way to go
    Unmindful of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s criticism of the step by painful step approach, neither side is in a hurry to come to grips with the core issues.So what are the tangible results at the end of round two? The slowly evolving road map to peace-with first priority to restoration of normality in the north and east. Since the whole process of reparation of war-torn north and east will require billions of dollars of foreign aid, which donor country is going to commit its money before the two sides agree on at least contours of an interim setup? more ...
  • 131) 14:58 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + A thorny road to peace - J N Dixit
    While India supports the peace process, it has to remain firm about Tamil aspirations being met substantively while insisting that Sri Lanka’s unity should not be affected. India will also have to deal with the legitimisation of the LTTE which is not easy given its separatist ideology and links with political groups in Tamil Nadu. India would like a durable solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic problems from the point of view of regional security and stability. But Indian politics will also have to take note of the enormous complexities affecting the negotiations. more ...
  • 132) 14:30 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + Rallying for peace
    Yamuna Sangarasivam, assistant professor of anthropology, talked about her experiences with prejudice as a Tamil from Sri Lanka, a group typically portrayed as terrorists. She said racial prejudices are influencing world events. “War on Iraq is based on race,” Sangarasivam said. During the rally, the crowd egged on speakers with shouts of “Fight the power” and “No war in our name.” “The war will cost over $100 billion but keeping the peace —priceless,” more ...
  • 133) 14:06 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + MDMK to move SC against Vaiko's arrest
    The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has finally decided to move the Supreme Court in the next couple of days challenging Section 21 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, under which its leader, Vaiko, was arrested on July 11. Disclosing this to The Hindu here today, the MDMK Minister of State for Finance, Gingee Ramachandran, said his party, which had supported the POTA, would not challenge the law in its entirety, but would challenge only Section 21 which had been "misused'' and was liable to be misused for political purposes. more ...
  • 134) 14:04 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + Lanka PM to meet Balasingham in Oslo on November 25
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet the LTTE's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham for the first time on the sidelines of an international donor conference in Oslo later this month to strengthen moves towards a political solution to the Tamil question, the government said today. "It is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to discuss the progress made in Thailand peace talks with the head of the LTTE delegation and some of the political issues we are formulating," Cabinet spokesman G L Peiris told newsmen here. more ...
  • 135) 13:58 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's peace committee works well: Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris
    Three sub-committees set up as a mechanism to address issues concerning peace process in Sri Lanka are working extremely well, Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said on Thursday. The committees were set up in terms of a decision of the second session of Norwegian -brokered peace talks between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, which were held in Bangkok early this month. The next session of the peace talks will be held in December in Oslo, capital of Norway. more ...
  • 136) 13:52 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka President's peace offer gets the cold shoulder
    The Sri Lankan government turned down a proposal by the President for a new peace initiative while a Norwegian-backed peace process to end decades of ethnic bloodshed was underway. Government spokesman G. L. Peiris said there was no scope to involve President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance, which is the main opposition in parliament, in decision making. President Kumaratunga on Tuesday proposed the setting up of a panel, including members of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to address the political issues underling the drawn out ethnic conflict. more ...
  • 137) 05:38 GMT, Nov. 14, 2002 |  + Insurrection fears as JVP commemorates dead
    The Janata Vimukthi Peramuna, the third largest party in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, Wednesday commemorated in Colombo its founder leader Mr. Rohana Wijeweera and party cadres who were killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces during two unsuccessful but bloody insurrections in 1971 and 89 to capture state power. The convention and commemoration was held at the large Sugathadasa indoor stadium near downtown Colombo. More than a thousand full time party cadres took part in the event. more ...
  • 138) 21:47 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + "Colombo's largesse stained with Tamil blood" - Selvam Adaikalanathan
    "Every rupee that the Sri Lankan government gives you through its quisling to buy your vote is stained with the blood of our people who were killed in places of refuge and worship, the tears of our women who were gang raped here in Mannar and in every part of the north and east. The Chandrika regime is liberally spending money through its Tamil lackey to bribe our people, to pacify them and thereby show the world that our struggle for justice is a terrorist problem. The people of Mannar have always been patriotic. You should show them that you will not be bribed or bought over for money," said Selvam Adaikalanathan, the leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation, addressing a campaign meeting of the Tamil National Alliance in Keeri, a village in the island of Mannar Wednesday. more ...
  • 139) 21:20 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + CBK rules out truck with TNA
    President Chan-drika Kumaratunga on Tuesday ruled out any truck with the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and declared that working with the UNP with its present outlook would "be difficult", while implying that the PA would be willing come to an arrangement with the JVP. She was speaking at the presentation of the PA’s manifesto at President’s House. "We are unwilling to betray our country for the sake of power," she said of the former rejecting the TNA’s demands that include lifting the ban on the LTTE and the negotiations with just the LTTE. "We will not lift the ban as a pre-condition," she said. Of the UNP she said that the party was refusing to work in accordance with the distribution of power as contained in the constitution. more ...
  • 140) 19:28 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + 691 incidents of violence so far -Police
    The incidents of election violence since the nominations were filed on October 27 soared to 691 Wednesday morning, Police Election Secretariat said. Deputy Inspector General of Police Mr.Gamini Navaratne, who is in charge of the Secretariat said his office received 70 complaints during the twenty hours that ended at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. more ...
  • 141) 18:21 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + Canadian Justice Minister Anne McLellan prepares for anti-terror changes
    Justice Minister Anne McLellan will outline next week how far she is willing to go in amending a sweeping anti-terrorism bill that has sparked criticism from fellow Liberals as well as the opposition. Sources say McLellan will use an appearance next Tuesday before the Commons justice committee to assure MPs of all political stripes she's been paying attention to their concerns and intends to act. Several sections of the legislation, known as Bill C-36, have come under heavy fire. more ...
  • 142) 16:37 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + IHR exposes ministers using state resources for electioneering
    The Institute for Human Rights (IHR) continued its expose of the use of state resources by PA candidates for electioneering, naming ministers implicated in the abuse of state resources. The IHR in its third report directly named Ministers Anuruddha Ratwatte, Dr. Sarath Amunugama and Mangala Samaraweera and former Minister Shantha Premaratne as using property belonging to either their own ministries or departments and corporations directly under their ministries for campaigning purposes. more ...
  • 143) 16:23 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + Constitutional impasse likely if UNP wins: Chandrika
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has warned the nation of a possible Constitutional deadlock after next month's Parliamentary polls, if her main political rival gets enough numbers to take control of the legislature. "I don't envisage a United National Party victory but, hypothetically, if that happens, it will be very difficult to run the government," said Kumaratunga, whose tenure as executive president will go on till December 2005 and will be unaffected by the outcome of the oncoming election. more ...
  • 144) 12:58 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + EPDP attacks Tamil Alliance in Pottuvil
    Five supporters of the Tamil National Alliance, including a woman were severely assaulted and wounded by armed cadres of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party in Pottuvil, about 116 kilometres south of Batticaloa in the early hours of the morning Wednesday, Police sources in the east said. The TNA’s campaign office was also attacked, alliance spokesman Henry Mahendran said. Following the attack, one of the TNA supporters, Mr. S. Sathasivam, a librarian, had sought protection from the Police in Pottuvil fearing for his life, that the EPDP cadres may kill him. But the EPDP’s chief candidate for the Ampara district, Gunasekeram Shankar, had gone inside the Police station with his handgun and threatened Mr. Sathasivam, according to Mr. Mahendran. more ...
  • 145) 12:02 GMT, Nov. 14, 2001 |  + Mail bomb at home of Sri Lanka's Mrs World
    The residence of a Sri Lanka beauty queen who has been involved in election campaigning for the opposition was bombed Wednesday, officials and family members said. Unidentified attackers threw a bomb through the mail box at the home of Rosy Senanayake, winner of the 1984 Mrs World contest -- a rival to the Miss World contest which features married women -- and a United Nations ambassador, officials said. No one was hurt in the attack, but it highlighted the escalating violence in the run up to the December 5 parliamentary elections. Family friends said the attack appeared to be politically motivated as she was campaigning for the main opposition United National party (UNP). more ...
  • 146) 22:45 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + The deals of war and crisis purchases
    The infamous Mi-24 helicopters, which were proved defective, were supplied by Omarus. The Mi-24 deal was given wide media coverage. In June 1995, then Commander of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Oliver Ranasinghe wrote the Secretary of Defence and proposed the acquisition of 12 numbers Helicopter Gunships and eight numbers Close Support Jet Aircraft. A team was dispatched to examine the lowest offer made by the Ulan State Company of Kazakhstan. This inspection team had met with severe obstacles and finally a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed for six helicopters none of which were received. more ...
  • 147) 13:45 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + Red Cross suspends mercy missions to Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Tuesday announced it was suspending mercy missions to ferry the sick and injured civilians from Sri Lanka's embattled Jaffna peninsula due to monsoon weather. ICRC spokesman Harsha Gunawardena in Colombo said they were stopping the twice weekly passenger ferry and the weekly transport of patients from the Jaffna peninsula with immediate effect. more ...
  • 148) 12:36 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + Pakistan hopes for weapons exports boost
    A major defence exhibition is opening today
    Talking PEACE....Purchasing Arms ???
    Tuesday in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. The show is intended to focus Pakistan's attempts to launch into the arms export market; more than forty foreign delegations are due to attend. Organisers say it will be one of the largest defence shows ever seen in Asia. Most of the armaments factories in Pakistan are state-run and produce weapons for the armed forces, but the BBC Islamabad correspondent says they're seen as under-utilized and a drain on public spending. The authorities say increased arms exports would help the ailing economy, although the income would still only make up a fraction of Pakistan's yearly defence budget. more ...
  • 149) 01:50 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + A Lesson in History
    A Review of the Politics of Duplicity
    Peace might have a chance in Sri Lanka once again. Norway is trying its best to bring the two warring parties-the LTTE and the government-to the negotiating table. The Norwegian chief delegate Eric Solheim has revealed that the LTTE is not really opposed to peace as it has been commonly and viciously portrayed in the international media. The government has been caught unprepared; if does not wave the olive branch at the LTTE, it might alienate the international community. The Norwegian attempt to broke a peace must not be seen in abstraction as countries like India, United States and members of the European Community as clearly in support of this move. more ...
  • 150) 01:25 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + Severm diplomat ties with Norway says Sihala Urumaya
    All diplomatic relations with Norway should be abandoned and Erik Solheim should be arrested the next time he sets foot in Sri Lanka, slammed an angry Sihala Urumaya National Organizer Champika Ranawaka yesterday at a press conference. "Norway should not try to intervene in internal matters of our country", he said. "The Prime Minister should resign from his post. Throughout the election campaign he went around saying that the government will defeat the LTTE militarily and the peace talks with Norway mediation was over", more ...
  • 151) 01:14 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + Talk to LTTE, Not to us-TULF
    It is time that the government spoke to the Tamil Tigers instead of talking to other Tamil political parties to solve the ethnic crisis said a senior Tamil politician today. " The government knows our position; We have had meetings with the government several times earlier and we clearly stressed our demands in those discussions" Senior Vice President of the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V.Anandasangari , said talking to the BBC’s "Sandesaya" and "Thamil Osai". He was rejecting the opposition United National Party’s proposal that the Government of Sri Lanka should talk to Tamil political parties before entering into any negotiations with the Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 152) 01:07 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + 'India and Pakistan hurting regional ties'
    Mr Kadirgamar said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) was "handicapped" as the two South Asian nations had failed to sort out their differences."There is a vast reservoir of goodwill among all the parties of our region which, in time, will propel the member states concerned to get together, to bury their differences and move Saarc along." more ...
  • 153) 01:01 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + Accept LTTE Talks,Labour Leader tells Lankan Government
    Stating that it was not possible to hold negotiations when the war was at its peak, Mr Chellasamy favoured steps to reduce tension. The government could consider a cease-fire and also supply of essentials for the five lakh displaced Tamils, he said. He criticised Army chief Lt Gen. Lionel Balagalle for rejecting the LTTE’s offer and said his " unilateral " statement only proved there was " no co-ordination " between the government and the army. more ...
  • 154) 00:49 GMT, Nov. 14, 2000 |  + WSWS investigates the Bindunewewa massacre in Sri Lanka
    The response of the Peoples Alliance (PA) government and the
    No riot in the centre..A mob gathers..Detainees shot by police
    Colombo media to the massacre has been a mixture of lies and deliberate distortions, aimed at appealing to anti-Tamil chauvinism. The first press reports claimed that a crowd of local Sinhala villagers, incensed at a protest by detainees, had spontaneously invaded the centre and carried out the murders. Further articles and editorials embellished the story with claims that the “hidden hand” of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was involved. Most of the detainees were “LTTE suspects” who had been held for lengthy periods without trial under the country's repressive Prevention of Terrorism Act. more ...
  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Death sentence: Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) has urged the President
    No details available. more ...
  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Where are the declarations of assets?
    No details available. more ...
  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka opposition leader attacked
    No details available. more ...
  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka blast kills 1, injures 35
    No details available. more ...
  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Army asks people to return to Vavuniya, PA's rating high
    No details available. more ...
  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers prove ferocious in battle and balance sheet
    No details available. more ...
  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan opposition leader escapes bomb attack
    No details available. more ...
  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + One killed in grenade attack on S.Lanka opposition
    No details available. more ...
  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Remaining Vavuniya residents asked to leave
    No details available. more ...
  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Girl missing, Youth arrested in Jaffna
    No details available. more ...
  • 165) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Culvert blasted
    No details available. more ...
  • 166) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Humbled Sri Lanka suspends senior military officers
    No details available. more ...
  • 167) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + PMK demands centre's intervention to solve crisis in Sri Lanka
    No details available. more ...
  • 168) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + President says mediation tried
    No details available. more ...
  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + The secret of my success - Fifth Column
    No details available. more ...
  • 170) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka Refugees Live Under Trees, Wait for Food
    No details available. more ...
  • 171) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Colombo slams UK paper's opinion: C'wealth asked to expel Lanka
    No details available. more ...
  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1999 |  + Kicked out of Vavuniya, streets are their home
    No details available. more ...
  • 173) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1998 |  + Poland Deports Tamils Amid Protest
    No details available. more ...
  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1998 |  + Women keep battered Sri Lanka from going down
    No details available. more ...
  • 175) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1998 |  + Hundreds of immigrants fail in bid to slip into Italy via France
    No details available. more ...
  • 176) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1998 |  + French authorities pick up immigrants en route to Italy
    No details available. more ...
  • 177) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 14, 1998 |  + Lankan Army officer appointed Governor of troubled Tamil Province
    No details available. more ...
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