'Sinhala Only' education documents still in place

Tamil teachers continue to face continued discrimination with documents being provided in Sinhala only, rather than in Tamil, charged the Ceylon Teachers Union. CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin stated , “Most of the teachers are employed in Tamil schools and there isn’t a single form in the Tamil language. All documents and circulars in the Provincial Education Zone are in Sinhala, and this is extremely unfair on the Tamil teachers. Nothing is done to rectify this despite National Languages Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara’s claims that every document will be trilingual". Citing the town of...

India to vote against SL at UNHRC

India will vote against Sri Lanka, in support of a US backed resolution at the UN Human Rights Council Session (UNHRC) in March. The Hindu reports that Minister V Narayanasamy told reporters that PM Manmohan Singh had promised to support the resolution against Sri Lanka. Narayansamy said that he along with Tamil Nadu MPs had "called on the Prime Minister and insisted that he support the resolution against Sri Lanka on war crimes. He promised to do so."

Witnesses confirm SL army shot surrendered LTTE political leaders

In an article published on Sunday in The Independent, former BBC journalist and author of Still Counting The Dead, Frances Harrison, details how two witnesses have come forward to state how they saw slain Tamil political leaders surrender to the Sri Lankan military during the infamous 'white flag incident'. See here for full article, extracts have been published below: 'The two new witnesses in what has become known as “the white flag incident” can testify they independently saw from different vantage points the Tamil Tiger leaders accepted into the custody of the Sri Lankan military and...

Preparing for Geneva...

Speaking at the 5th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Russia, the Russian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alexander Karchava, assured Sri Lanka that Russia will take every possible opportunity to secure the support of the UNHRC member countries against a possible resolution on Sri Lanka, that will likely be tabled at the forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. Although Russia does not hold membership of the council this year, the ambassador affirmed that he had close contact with the nations that had become members of the council this...

Tamil political prisoner starts hunger strike

A Tamil political prisoner in Colombo has undertaken a hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoners. T Prabhakaran, who is being held in the Welikada prison, started a fast unto death on Wednesday. Explaining his protest in an appeal to political leaders, human rights activists and religious leader, Prabhakaran wrote that despite many hunger strikes having taken place in the past and the government offering many promises, none of these have been fulfilled. In the letter, Prabhakran outlined that in June 2012, Special Commissioner Gamini Kulatunge obtained signatures from all the...

Karuna criticises President's comments

DMK president M Karunanadhi, criticised Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's comments in his address to Parliament on engagement with Sri Lanka. Karunanidhi said in a statement: “When the entire world has taken note of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s dictatorial policies and condemned him as an international war criminal, I am not able to understand why the President in his address should talk about improving the country’s relationship with Sri Lanka. When will India understand the man who sports a smiling face but harbours a heart full of poisonous vengeance?” “There are empty words...

Muslim clerics offer in response to Buddhist threats

The main Muslim clergy body in Sri Lanka, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, has asked stores to sell halal products to Muslims only, after Buddhist protests against the sale of halal meat. The AFP reported that the group asked retailers to offer “separate shelves” for Muslims and non-Muslims. "We want to promote peaceful co-existence and harmony," ACJU president Mufti Rizwe told reporters in Colombo. Last week, thousands of Buddhists protested against the sale of halal meat. Monks who were speaking at the rally also attacked Islamic practices, such as clothing, calling them “gorilla” outfits...

British Tamil missing in Colombo

A 37 year old British Tamil man has been reported missing in Colombo, reports Uthayan. The man, Arumugam Yogeswaran, is originally from Karainagar, but is now a British citizen. He is believed to have recently visited his wife and relatives in Jaffna, before travelling to Colombo in order return to London. He has not been seen since the 10th February. His wife reported him missing to Jaffna police, and informed the British embassy in Colombo.

Sri Lankan Navy to 'assist' at Kachchativu festival

The Sri Lankan Navy has confirmed that they will be providing pilgrims with 'assistance' for the upcoming St Anthony's Church annual feast in Kachchativu. Apart from providing 'security', the Navy will be providing jetties for boats, deploying medical teams, building roads and painting the Church, all 'under the instruction of Northern Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral Shirantha Udawatte ', reported ColomboPage . Amongst the many thousands of pilgraims expected to attend is High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha.

Protests cut short UNP MP trip to India

Protests in India against UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya have forced him to return to Sri Lanka, cutting his trip in India short. Protestors from various organisations, including DMK, BJP, MDMK, PMK, VCK, Naam ThamizharIyakkam gathered outside the hotel where Jayasuriya was staying and chanted slogans demanding that he leave India immediately. The MP, who was staying in Thirukkadaiyur in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, was forced to return to Sri Lanka earlier today.

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