Eezham Tamils uphold national identity at Glasgow while Rajapaksa evades event

[Wed, 23 Jul 2014, 18:14 GMT]
Eezham Tamils protest in Scotland against ‘Sri Lanka’Over a thousand Tamils from across the UK gathered outside the Celtic Park venue in Glasgow, Scotland, where the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was taking place, to remember the victims of Sri Lanka's genocidal pogrom of Black July 1983 and to condemn participation of Sri Lanka in the event. However, Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa, who was scheduled to be present at the event, evaded it owing to fear of protests reports say. The Tamils, who gathered with the national flag of Tamil Eelam in huge numbers, were treated cordially by the Scottish police, activists present at the demonstration said. Full story >>

British writer blasts UK's unscrupulous arms-deals

[Wed, 23 Jul 2014, 14:19 GMT]
“The killing fields of Sri Lanka have received all too little attention in the British media, with up to 70,000 Tamil civilians massacred at the end of the 2009 civil war: but this does not serve as a deterrent for British arms sellers,” writes Owen Jones, a British columnist and author in an opinion piece in The Guardian on Wednesday. Further providing examples of states that have had a history of persecuting nations or suppressing basic civil rights, he laments that “our arms trade serves as a reminder that Britain's claim to be a promoter of democracy is a myth.” Full story >>

Struggle against genocidal military land-grab intensifies in Jaffna

[Mon, 21 Jul 2014, 16:51 GMT]
Protest against SL military land grab at Achchuveali
Survey department officials who were accompanied by the Sri Lankan police to survey lands of Eezham Tamils for permanent seizure by the occupying SL military at Achchuveali, situated in Valikaamam East of Jaffna district, were forced to withdraw after their vehicle was blockaded by the Tamil land owners with the support of Tamil political and civil activists in a successful protest for second time within a few days on Monday. The SL military, which has occupied the lands belonging to the Multi Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) and 9 families for two decades since the SL military captured Jaffna peninsula from Eezham Tamils in 1995, is now trying to establish a cantonment for the 5th Infantry Regiment on Rasa Road close to Achchuveali town. Full story >>

Sinhala-Buddhist land grab threatens Muslims at Thoappoor in Trincomalee

[Sat, 19 Jul 2014, 23:46 GMT]
The divisional secretary of Serunuwara in Trincomalee district has issued letters to more than 35 Tamil-speaking Muslim families to vacate their lands at Naavatkaadu (Selvanakar) village near Thoappoor. The Muslim families are residing in the lands with necessary papers for decades and they have engaged in agriculture in the lands since 1960. However, Colombo’s officials claim that 85 acres of lands were taken over by the SL State and declared as ‘Arachaeological Reserve’ already in 1962. Now the Muslims have been given instructed to vacate from their lands before August 30. Full story >>

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Citing China, Colombo blackmails USA to continue genocide abetment

[Fri, 18 Jul 2014, 00:15 GMT]
In the global geopolitical situation of today, China is gaining in ‘Sri Lanka’ by recognising its ‘potential’ and by not caring for the human rights yardstick, while the USA is falling behind by not doing so, was the message genocidal Sri Lanka wanted to convey in the USA through its ambassador and through a visiting parliamentarian and coordinating secretary to Mahinda Rajapaksa. If the island is allowed to continue any further under a single State that is congenitally genocidal, there will be no end to its blackmailing humanity indefinitely, through its so-called geopolitical importance by alternately inviting greedy Establishments of the world. If humanity wishes to teach a lesson to geopolitical terrorism, the paradigm-setting target is ‘Sri Lanka’, responded Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>

‘Scotland inviting genocide-accused Rajapaksa is hypocritical’

[Wed, 16 Jul 2014, 20:03 GMT]
TYO: Diaspora student and youth organizations' Letter to Alex Salmond
Condemning the invitation sent to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Scotland later this month, several Tamil diaspora youth and student organizations sent a letter to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond urging him to reconsider this decision. “We believe it is hypocritical of Scotland to advocate the right for independence through a referendum yet invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Commonwealth Games, an alleged war criminal and perpetrator of genocide, who governs a country that denies human rights to the Tamil people and denies the right for the self-determination of the Tamil nation” the letter said. The consternation of the youth in general was that Mr. Salmond, a strong advocate of Scottish independence, had no qualms in hosting the perpetrator of the worst genocide of the 21st century. Full story >>

Tamil civil society urges Pope to call for de-militarisation of Tamil homeland

[Mon, 14 Jul 2014, 15:33 GMT]
The Tamil Civil Society Forum has handed over an appeal to Pope Francis on Sunday through Vatican's diplomatic representative to the island, urging the Pope to openly call upon Colmbo Government to stop militarising and colonizing Tamil lands, to restore the troop presence in the North and East to pre-war levels, end violence against women, honestly address the problems of the disappeared and the abducted including Rev. Fathers T. N. Jim Brown and G. A. Frances Joseph, accelerate the process by which surrendered detainees and all those who are in in communicado detention are released and allow people to remember the dead. The TCSF has also forewarned His Holiness Pope of the possibility that the Government of Sri Lanka may utilize this visit to serve its political purposes and has urged the Pope to visit Mu'l'liavaaykkaal and Madu Church during his visit to the island. Full story >>

Protesting mother exposes occupying SL military’s false propaganda

[Tue, 22 Jul 2014, 17:16 GMT]
“The SL military never bought my lands. They said I need to provide details to obtain land. Then I was forced to sign a paper in Sinhala at the police station. The SL military moved into my land and has now sent notice to seize the lands permanently from me,” said a Tamil mother who protested against the land surveyors who came to her land situated along the A9 Road, at Mirusuvil in Thenmaraadchi of the Jaffna district. While the protest was going on a group of SL military intelligence operatives entered the house of a Tamil councillor, who was supporting the protesting family, threatened his wife at gunpoint and caused damage to his property. Rasiah Theivendrampillai, the councillor from the divisional council in the area, said military personnel who entered his house, while he was at the protest, burnt his bankbooks and land deeds and threatened his family. Full story >>

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Wigneswaran gets ‘UN Lesson’ on Sri Lankan ‘Unitary State’

[Sun, 20 Jul 2014, 23:19 GMT]
The UN Resident Coordinator in the island, who also assumes the role of Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN System, has recently neglected the request by Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to partner with the Northern Provincial Council ‘Government’ to conduct a comprehensive Need Assessment Report on the requirements of the war-affected population in North and instead entered into an agreement with the Colombo Government Ministry to conduct the same project. This was revealed to the public by Mr CV Wigneswaran himself, at a public address delivered by him on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Chavakachcheari Town Hall on Saturday. Full story >>

Genocidal SL military threatens family of child rape victim in Jaffna

[Fri, 18 Jul 2014, 21:46 GMT]
Protest against Kaarai-nakar rape
The family of a 11-year-old child, who was repeatedly raped by Sinhala soldiers of the occupying Sri Lanka Navy in the islet of Kaarai-nakar off Jaffna, has come under severe threat not to identify the soldiers, sources in Kaarai-nakar told TamilNet Friday. On Wednesday, the villagers of Oori, near the main naval base of the Sri Lanka Navy, captured a soldier after being identified by the child. The angered Tamil villagers demanded immediate arrest of the rapist Sinhala solider and handed him over to the SL Police at Oorkaavaththu’rai (Kayts). In the meantime, US-trained commander of the genocidal Sri Lankan military in North has instructed his officers to suppress the identification of the culprit by the child. Full story >>

TID harasses Tamil journalist in Mannaar

[Thu, 17 Jul 2014, 16:25 GMT]
The ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division operated under the direct control of the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has again harassed Tamil journalist S.R. Lambart from Mannaar, media sources in North said. The interrogators of genocidal SL military have been harassing the journalist to disclose his email password for the second time while claiming they had tapped a news story as originated from his email address. Full story >>

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China gets 1200 acres in Trincomalee for ‘defence development’

[Tue, 15 Jul 2014, 19:54 GMT]
Around 1200 acres of land in the Trincomalee Town and Gravets division has recently been given to China on a long-term lease for ‘defence related development’ by genocidal Sri Lanka occupying the country of Eezham Tamils. An ‘agreement’ in this regard has been signed when Rajapaksa visited China, after Modi government coming to power in New Delhi, news sources in Trincomalee said. The stretch of land at the strategic China Bay area includes more than 20 warehouses that are in use since British times, temples, mosques, schools and houses. Meanwhile, TNA leader R. Sampanthan is privately advising Tamil activists not to raise any qualms about India getting the grabbed land at Champoor in Trincomalee, the news sources further said. China Bay and Champoor are located on the opposite sides of the Koddiyaara Bay of Trincomalee. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2013:
2013 Jul 24 23:27      Diaspora Tamils remember Black July
2006:
2006 Jul 24 11:58      Bodies of two Tamil youths recovered in Thirukovil
2006 Jul 24 08:46      Man shot dead in Karainagar
2006 Jul 24 02:47      Senior EPDP member shot dead in Colombo
2004:
2004 Jul 24 15:41      India turns back TNA MP
2004 Jul 24 13:05      Another youth shot dead in east
2004 Jul 24 12:50      "Medical development, key to our success"- Tham...
2004 Jul 24 12:12      USAID Director opens Festival for Disabled in J...
2004 Jul 24 09:43      SLA turns down request to handback homes
2004 Jul 24 00:35      RSF fears for Tamil journalist's safety
2002:
2002 Jul 24 16:36      Legislators trade blows in parliament
2002 Jul 24 16:28      Trial-at-Bar inquiry for Mirusuvil massacre
2002 Jul 24 04:03      Jaffna cricket team in Britain
2002 Jul 24 03:46      LTTE political officials harassed
2002 Jul 24 03:08      Tigers welcomed on Jaffna island
2002 Jul 24 00:17      Tigers’ armed struggle for justice - MP
2001:
2001 Jul 24 22:35      Opposition slams government over attack
2001 Jul 24 08:47      Tension after dawn raid
2001 Jul 24 00:36      Katunayake shut after attack
1999:
1999 Jul 24 19:09      News in Brief:
1999 Jul 24 12:06      Brigadier meets Vadamaradchi fishermen
1998:
1998 Jul 24 23:59      Refugees complain to President
1998 Jul 24 23:59      STF finds body
1998 Jul 24 23:59      Soldiers arrested in Jaffna
1998 Jul 24 23:59      Four students arrested
1998 Jul 24 23:59      Sri Lanka radio allays fears
1997:
1997 Jul 24 23:59      Tamil-Muslim alliance being targeted
1997 Jul 24 23:59      Smear campaign by fax?
I cannot asset to that view, if it be meant that the legislature may impair or abridge the rights of a free press and free speech whenever it thinks that the public welfare required that to be done. The public welfare cannot override constitutional privileges, and if the rights of free speech and a free press are, in their essence, attributes of national citizenship, as I think they are, then neither Congress nor any state, since the adoption of the 14th amendment, can, by legislative enactments or by judicial action, impair or abridge them
-Justice John Marshall Harlan
U.S. Supreme Court
[1833-1911]

 

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[11.03.14]
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[22.01.14]
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[13.01.14]
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Boycott Sri Lanka
[07.01.14]
People’s struggle of Eezham Tamils begins from stopping ‘Sri Lanka’ usage: A people’s struggle in fact begins from their households, first by consciously deleting the words Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan from usage, writes a Tamil activist for alternative politics in the island.
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[04.01.14]
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[02.01.14]
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[10.12.13]
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British Defence interest in Ceylon in 1947
[10.12.13]
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[09.12.13]
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SA-SL TRC
[08.12.13]
CHOGM mooted TRC, ill-fit for Sri Lanka, say ANU fellow, legal scholar: Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) modeled on the South Africa (SA) experience, viewed by Sri Lanka backers as an urgent need to mitigate possible strong actions by the International Community against Sri Lanka over its rights violations, appears as an imminent outcome from the recently concluded Commonwealth Meeting.
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Moothoor massacre
[03.12.13]
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David Cameron
[30.11.13]
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[27.11.13]
Heroes Day remembrance by public gains significance in North: Almost all sections of Eezham Tamils in North on Wednesday remembered the Tamil Heroes Day in North amidst heavy deployment of the armed soldiers of the occupying Sri Lankan military. This year, the public observing remembrance in Jaffna, Vanni, Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu gains importance above all the events in the country of Eezham Tamils. University lectures, students across all the schools and grassroots political activists observed the Day paying tribute inside their houses amidst the gagged condition and attacks launched by the SL military operatives.
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David Cameron meets Diaspora Tamils
[08.11.13]
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British Queen visits Ceylon in 1954
[07.11.13]
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Terracotta found at Jaffna Fort site
[02.11.13]
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[29.10.13]
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SL military issues death threat to NPC members, TNA parliamentarian in Jaffna
[28.10.13]
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