State complicit in attacks against TNA - Sampanthan

TNA leader Sampanthan made a special statement in Parliament about attacks targeting TNA members and meetings, and the complicity of the Sri Lankan security forces in violence in the North. Sampanthan asked the Speaker to observe that: "the common feature of all these attacks is that they have been carried out by or with the connivance of the security forces and the police and even though the assailants were identifiable, no arrests have been made. These are also carried out under the watchful eyes of the police. This is clearly indicative of the complicity of the authorities."

Army report is a 'joke' - TNA MP

The Sri Lankan army's report absolving themselves of any crime is a "joke" said the TNA MP Suresh Premachandran on Wednesday. Premachandran went onto to dismiss the government's claims that India was responsible for the protracted war as "absurd". "It's absurd to blame India. All the mistakes are those made by the successive governments in Sri Lankam," said Premachandran.

Tamils in Mullaitheevu protest against land grab

Photograph Uthayan Residents protested in Mullaitheevu on Tuesday against land grab and Sinhala colonisation by the Sri Lankan state.

Sri Lankan artists hold pooja against Indian protests

In an apparent response to protests by the Tamil Nadu film industry against the genocide of Eelam Tamils, dozens of Sri Lankan held a 'Adhisthana Pooja' in Colombo on Thursday. The Buddhist pooja was held in response to the Tamil Nadu artists protesting, reported the Daily Mirror . Held outside 'Independence Square' in Colombo, hundreds gathered to hold the pooja, with Sri Lankan flags flying. An 'Adhisthana Pooja' was also held in March of this year with the participation of Defence Secreary Gotabaya Rajapaksa against a resolution that was passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council...

SL blames India for duration of armed conflict

Sri Lanka blamed India today for the 30 years of armed conflict, reports NDTV. The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told local media that India 'could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka', and asserted that the international community should begin any investigation into the conflict with the role India played and its intervention. Drawing attention to a recent op-ed by India's former permanent representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that Puri should 'realize that India's intervention in Sri Lanka had...

UAE urged not to deport Tamil journalist

Human rights groups are urging the UAE not to deport Tamil journalist Rathimohan Lokini to Sri Lanka. The former presenter for the National Television of Tamileelam (NTT) , a channel which broadcasted nationally and internationally from the Vanni before 2009, left the island in 2008. Lokini, who has UN refugee status, would be at “grave risk of torture” if returned, says Human Rights Watch. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) also expressed concern about the fate of Lokini and 18 other refugees who are due to be deported to Sri Lanka. “In the light...

It wasn't the army, says the army - volume II

The report by the Sri Lankan Army Court of Inquiry, which was appointed by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, was handed over to the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday. Here is a summary of the report's findings on the Defence Ministry's website, apparently courtesy of the "Army Media Unit"... Some extracts of the report: "Evidence before the Court has conclusively established that the Humanitarian Operation was conducted strictly in accordance with the "Zero Civilian Casualty" directive made by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and...

JHU tells India to look at Kashmir crimes first

The Sinhala nationalist JHU (Jathika Hela Urumaya) said that India should look at its own human rights violations, including those in Kashmir. Science and technology Minister and Gen Secretary of the JHU Patali Champika Ranawake said the recent Indian delegation visit was part of a campaign to distort the image of Sri Lanka. Ranawake said that India should look at its own record of human rights violations. “Look at the issues instead of covering them up. This will not end up being a fight against Sri Lanka but a fight against India since the country has faced turmoil of its own and has failed...

India’s former ambassador to UN on Sri Lanka’s war crimes, country-specific resolutions and China

Updated 13:45 Hardeep S Puri retired last month from the Indian Foreign Service. In an op-ed in The Hindu , India’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Hardeep S. Puri, calls for a “full and final” investigation of allegations of Sri Lankan war crimes in 2009. Arguing that “ sovereignty has never succeeded in providing a cover against genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity ,” Amb Puri asks: “ Why should Sri Lanka not be held to account for not respecting understandings given bilaterally to India, such as those of April-May 2009?”...

Asylum seeker boat arrives at Australian port

A boat carrying 66 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has arrived at the busy Western Australian port of Geraldton, completely undetected until its arrival. The boat arrived at the port, one of Australia’s busiest, around noon on Tuesday reportedly flying a New Zealand flag and a makeshift sign being held up by the asylum seekers stating “We want to go to New Zealand. Please help us”. The 66 asylum seekers, which include pregnant women and children, are to be transferred to Christmas Island, reported Australian authorities. However, David Manne from the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, stated...

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