Thursday, 31 July 2014
Home Tamil Affairs International Affairs Editorial Opinion Feature Culture & Community Interviews
Latest Entries:
Sinhala nationalists unite against 13th Amendment
Tamil Guardian 07 November 2012 Print ArticleE-mail ArticleFeedback On Article
   
Ruling collation parties, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the National Freedom Front (NFF), have rallied together in their call against the 13th amendment, making a joint statement calling for its abolition.

At a joint press conference held in Colombo, NFF leader and government Minister Wimal Weerawamsa reportedly said,
"The 13th amendment to the constitution, which introduced the Provincial Councils to the country is not a suitable system for Sri Lanka. It was a system forced on us by coercion and PCs were set up in an undemocratic manner".
"The 13th amendment to the constitution and the establishment of the Provincial Council system were done under pressure from India following the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement to establish peace and normality in Sri Lanka. But that purpose has not been fulfilled".
The Minister had previously called the amendment a “time bomb” and has continuosly campaigned against its implementation.

He was joined by JHU Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who added,
"The international community cannot take decisions on behalf of the people of this country. The Tamil National Alliance is refusing to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee proposed by the government to devolve power. They are taking the problem before the international community without holding discussions with the country's leaders".
Also see our earlier post:

Professionals body reiterate call for 13A repeal (02 November 2012)
 
Share on Facebook Print ArticlePrint Article E-mail ArticleE-mail Article Feedback On ArticleFeedback On Article
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
Sinhala settlements continue in North says TNA MP
The Sri Lankan government is attempting to build Sinhala settlements in land that was appropriated supposedly for army camps, forcing Tamils into refugee camps, [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
MoD rejects US concerns, accuses embassy being led by 'pro-LTTE diaspora'
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence rejected concerns expressed by the US embassy this week, accusing embassy officials of fashioning their perceptions on Sri Lanka "primarily on the interests of pro-LTTE diaspora and likeminded elements within the country." "The government of Sri Lanka rejects unreservedly these baseless and uncorroborated statements and repeated attempts by the US Embassy in Colombo to malign the conduct of Sri Lanka’s security forces, [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
Violence against Tamils continues in occupied North-East says USTPAC
Marking the 31st anniversary of Black July, an anti-Tamil pogram that saw over 3000 Tamils killed by state-sponsored Sinhala mobs, the US based advocacy group, [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
British tourist sexually harassed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police have arrested a person on suspicion of sexually harassing a 20 year old British woman, in Arugam Bay, according to Sri Lanka Mirror. [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
Sri Lankan Army ‘permits’ church festival in High Security Zone

A celebration at a church in the High Security Zone in Palali has been facilitated by the Sri Lankan Army, after a request by a priest, reported the army’s Jaffna command website. [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
Vatican confirms Pope visit to Sri Lanka
The Vatican confirmed on Tuesday that Pope Francis would be visiting Sri Lanka in January along side a visit to the Philippines. He will be in Sri Lanka from January 12th till the 15th, [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 July 2014
Tamil Nadu to issue biometric ID cards to Eelam refugees
Tamil Nadu state government is to issue biometric identity cards to Eelam Tamil refugees living within camps, the Hindu reports. According to officials the new system, [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2014
Buddhist monks 'operate under protection of government' in Sri Lanka – US
Sri Lankan authorities have allowed Buddhists monks to operate with impunity in attacking places of worship across the island and continued to build Buddhist shrines in the Tamil North-East, said the United States in a report released this week. [more]


Print Editions

 
 

Contact Tamil Guardian
www.tamilguardian.com