Army tell Tamils in Jaffna - 'beware the Tamil diaspora'

The Sri Lankan military's army commander in Jaffna, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe warned Tamils in the North-East to be wary of the Tamil diaspora. Hathurusinghe said , "Various groups in Tamil Diaspora are now in the process of undermining the hard-earned peace in the country. Instead of disturbing peace now being enjoyed by people of Sri Lanka, those groups must come forward to help destitute people to make their life better using money being wasted on creating dissension among communities in Sri Lanka" The Sri Lankan government has previously dismissed human rights concerns as "...

London Mayor wishes British Tamils in New Year message

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, extended his wishes to the British Tamil community celebrating Chithirai Tirunaal and Tamil New Year. In his message Mr Johnson highlighted the significant contributions British Tamils make to the city. Full message : "I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the British Tamil community on this day of celebrating Chithirai Tiru-naal." "This important occasion provides us with the opportunity to renew the ties that bring us all together in building a prosperous community based on the bonds of family and social responsibility." "It is these strong values...

Sri Lanka seeks further trade links with Palestine

Hoping to capitalise on Palestine's $4.02 billion economy, Sri Lanka seeks further trade links and tourism investment with Palestine. Sri Lanka's minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen, and his Palestinian counterpart, Khuloud Daibes, discussed ways of increasing trade between the two country's during a recent trade show. Addressing delegates at the show last month, Daibes said, "While offering greetings from our President and the Prime Minister, I should stress that Palestine can almost feel the great potential Sri Lanka has. We are glad that we have been able to arrive for...

US extends New Years wishes to Tamils and Singhalese

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Sri Lanka to respect human rights in a statement marking Tamil and Singhalese New Year. “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Sri Lankans around the world as you celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year. “This celebration brings people together to renew bonds of friendship and family. “It also gives Sri Lankans of all backgrounds, living inside and outside the country, an opportunity to help build a prosperous, democratic nation defined by tolerance and respect for human rights...

JVP to launch patriotic movement against 'imperialist interventions'

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) announced it will be launching a new 'patriotic movement' early next month. The leader of the JVP, Somawansa Amarasinghe said the country was in need of a true patriotic force that campaigns against 'imperialist interventions into the country'. The party will hold seminars in the upcoming weeks to create awareness on how to defeat such 'imperialist intervention'.

Coalition of Tamil diaspora youth organisations pledges to continue struggle against genocide

Delegates represent their country organisations at T-League's second annual general meeting A worldwide coalition of Tamil youth organisations, Global Tamil Youth League (T-League), pledged to continue the struggle against the genocide faced by the Tamil nation and work towards a political solution that was based on the Tamil nation's right to self-determination, at its second annual conference held on the 7th - 8th April. In a resolution unanimously adopted by all of the coalition's member organisations, T-League called for 'the establishment of an independent, international mechanism to ensure truth, accountability and justice ', and pledged to work 'to achieve a political solution that recognises the uncompromising, fundamental principles of the Tamil freedom struggle ', 'to raise awareness about the ongoing multi-faceted genocide unleashed on the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan state' and 'to promote the identity of the Tamil nation '.

Tamil Nadu chief Minister withdraws representative from Sri Lankan visit

Criticising Sri Lanka's "anti-Tamil" approach, Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, announced her decision to withdraw her party's (AIADMK) only representative to an all-party Indian delegation to Sri Lanka next week. Stating that she did not want this visit to be a " mere eye-wash like the previous one ", Jayalalithaa expressed concern at the lack of opportunities to engage directly with victims and those affected. Jayalalithaa said, "According to itinerary sent by External Affairs Ministry, there are no opportunities to interact with war-affected persons and know about their...

Leftist says tortured in Sri Lankan custody

One of the two activists of a newly formed Leftist party abducted by Sri Lankan security forces and later released after Australia’s intervention says he was tortured in custody. Speaking on his return to Australia after being deported, Kumar Gunaratnam told ABC : “I confirm I was abducted by the Sri Lankan government forces [who] blind-folded me and tortured [me]. “This includes, I'm embarrassed to say, sexual torture. I was handcuffed and my ankles were bound during the whole period.” “I have no doubt that if I didn't have the Australian Government's support, I would have been killed just...

Bilateral relations?

Sri Lankan immigration officials have been busy trying to spot and deport Indian Tamil traders who have been selling their wares in the north-eastern Tamil speaking areas of the island, the Sunday Times reported . Over 2,000 south Indian Tamils have been deported from Sri Lanka over the past six months alone, the report said. Most recently a Tamil trader was deported after being caught at Vavuniya station carrying textiles to sell during the coming New Year festivities. The hostility to Indian traders reflects Sri Lanka’s wider attempts to block Indian commercial access to the island. Colombo...

Sri Lankan Minister criticises India's 'killer blow'

Writing in The Nation newspaper, Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka, warned India that it had "dealt a killer blow to India-Sri Lanka relations", whilst attempting to protect "Tamil fascism and Western imperialism". Ranawaka wrote, "By voting against Sri Lanka, India has not only dealt a killer blow to India-Sri Lanka relations, but also to reconciliation efforts between Sinhalese and Tamils. This in turn is akin to committing an act of diplomatic hara-kiri, as both Tamil fascism and Western imperialism — which India is attempting to protect through its actions —...

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