Tamil village in Trinco survived pogroms and war, now faces structural genocide

[Tue, 22 Apr 2014, 23:52 GMT]
Akaththiyar Thaapanam temple at KangukvealiA group of Sinhalese led by a Buddhist monk have been blocking Eezham Tamils of Kangkuveali village in Moothoor division of the Trincomalee district to access their ancient temple of Akaththiyar Thaapanam. The temple, which is mentioned in a local mythological literature called Karaisaip-puraa’nam, was destroyed by an external group of Sinhalese on Tamil Heroes Day in November 2009. Since then, more than 120 Tamil families have been robbed of their livelihood as the Sinhala intruders backed by the genocidal SL military have appropriated 293 acres of lands surrounding the temple at Oddu and Padu-kaadu areas. The attack on the temple and the sustained threat against its reconstruction aim at the annihilation of their existence as Tamils of Kanguveali, complain the villagers, who have owned the lands for centuries and possess land deeds from 1970 and 1985 to document their legal ownership. Full story >>

JMC workers protest demanding permanent jobs

[Tue, 22 Apr 2014, 12:45 GMT]
A section of Jaffna Municipality Council (JMC) workers, who have been employed at the JMC for several years, protested on Monday demanding permanent employment as promised by the JMC and the colonial SL governor of North. The protesters gathered in front of the secretariat of the colonial governor Major Genral (retd) GA Chandrasiri as SL minister Douglas Devananda of the EPDP had recently threatened to deploy SL soldiers to take over their work if they continued to protest demanding permanent jobs at the JMC. Full story >>

SLAF steps up militarisation of Ve'l'lai-ma'nal coast in Trincomalee

[Sun, 20 Apr 2014, 19:02 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in Trincomalee city has seized more than 4,000 acres of coastal land in Ve'l'lai-ma'nal, located between Marble Beach and Karumalai-yoottu within the administrative DS division of Trincomalee Town and Gravets. The SL military has completed surveying the public lands and has fenced off the coastal stretch barring the people from accessing the coast, civil sources told TamilNet. After the end of war in the East, the SL military has put up two major camps, one for SLAF and another for Sri Lanka Army (SLA), in the division. The SLAF has also transformed Marble beach into a military-run corporate outfit by launching a tourist resort. Full story >>

CSD operative in Vanni detained for murder of woman from Matale

[Sat, 19 Apr 2014, 09:45 GMT]
A Tamil woman from Matale in the Central Province was knifed to death allegedly by a ‘Civil Security Division’ paramilitary operative of the Sri Lankan military near Punnai-neeraavi in Ki'linochchi a few days ago. The SL police detained the paramilitary operative after securing the murder weapon from the CSD operative on Wednesday. The identity of the CSD operative has not been revealed. The slain woman, a pregnant, had gone seeking the paramilitary operative who had an affair with the woman, legal sources in Ki'linochchi said. Full story >>

SL military assassinated 3 ex-LTTE members after deception, entrapment

[Thu, 17 Apr 2014, 13:26 GMT]
After getting the family members of the three slain ex-LTTE members in Nedungkea'ni to identify the victims, the Sri Lankan authorities have refused to hand over their dead bodies to the families to conduct a decent funeral. The family members who were allowed to identify the said the victims were shot in close range. Meanwhile, reliable sources in Vanni and Jaffna told TamilNet that they were not slain in a clash as the SL military has claimed, but caught in advance. It is believed that a Tamil person, who was working as the SL military intelligence officer at Kokkaavil camp in Vanni, was also slain in the sting operation. His identity is yet to be confirmed. The operation has been headed by an under cover operative now working for Sri Lankan military intelligence. He is known as Kalaiyan, an informed source told TamilNet Thursday. Full story >>

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Genocidal Sri Lanka schemes corporate Sinhalicisation choking Jaffna and Vanni

[Tue, 15 Apr 2014, 23:30 GMT]
Chu'ndik-ku'lam expansion
While the occupying Sri Lankan military has been constructing hotels and resorts along the coastal strips of the occupied country of Eezham Tamils from Ampaa’rai to Puththa’lam for military run affairs, a systematic corporate programme of coastal land grab is being schemed by Colombo’s ministries under the direct supervision by SL presidential sibling Basil Rajapaksa, the minister of ‘Economic Development’ and Namal Rajapaksa, the son of SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The latest design is to choke Jaffna by turning the narrow strip of Chu’ndikku’lam sandbar, which links the peninsula with Vanni mainland, into a Sinhala colony with new resorts, prawn farming industry and state of the art houses to tolerate any disaster with the guarantee from the SL disaster management ministry with the backing of occupying SL military. Full story >>

SL military conceals mass graves at Vara’ni in Thenmaraadchi

[Mon, 21 Apr 2014, 23:21 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military relocating its 522 Brigade Headquarters, which was the artillery and command base at the Northern front during the war, has been removing the skeletons including the sand from an alleged mass grave site at the locality of the old base in recent weeks, reliable sources in Thenmaraadchi told TamilNet on Monday. After removing all the traces, the bunkers have been filled with sand brought from elsewhere. Despite the claim that it had moved the camp to a new locality, at Aasaippi’l’lai-yeattam at Mirusuvil, the SL military was present at the old site for several weeks to ensure that all traces have been removed, the sources further said. Full story >>

SL military attempts to recruit 1,350 Tamils as subservient workers in Jaffna

[Sun, 20 Apr 2014, 13:13 GMT]
Inviting more than 2,100 unemployed Tamil youth through village (GS) officials, the SL military establishment in Palaali staged an interview session on Thursday without revealing the real nature of the recruitment process in advance. The candidates were invited to attend the session with the offer of ‘government jobs’. But, the civil-clad military officers present at the venue came with the description of ‘military jobs’ as nurses, drivers, motor vehicle repairers, farm workers, electrical workers, painters, English teachers, dance teachers, music teachers and singers. Colombo is deceiving the Tamils to become a subservient workforce to serve the occupying Sinhala military through luring unemployed youth as the earlier moves by the SL military to woo Tamils to SL military have miserably failed. Full story >>

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Eezham Tamils in Canada evolve common position on Tamil activism

[Fri, 18 Apr 2014, 21:31 GMT]
Canada Tamil Assembly
In a move interpreted as a sharp response to Sri Lanka's war on Tamil diaspora, more than 80 Tamil community organizations from across Canada have come together in an initiative to create a consensus outlining their collective position and guiding principles on Tamil struggle-centric engagement. The Tamil Assembly rejected the proscription of 16 Tamil diaspora organizations along with 424 individuals by the Government of Sri Lanka and said: The ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation is aided and abetted by institutions, governments, and bodies outside the purview of the Sri Lankan state structure, making them complicit in the ongoing genocide. These external actors have a responsibility to halt the ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation and guarantee the collective rights of the Tamils, the document said. Full story >>

Alarming trend of ‘hostage taking’ by Colombo’s TID investigators: Lawyers

[Wed, 16 Apr 2014, 09:54 GMT]
The military intelligence of occupying Colombo is keeping the family members of alleged suspects as hostages in detention camps irrespective of their age, gender and irrespective of any connection to those the military claims as suspects involved in the revival of the armed struggle, Colombo-based lawyers representing the victims said in a note sent to human rights defenders. The lawyers described the trend as alarming. Not only the freedom of movement, but also the freedom of having visitors in their residences is seriously affected in Mullaiththeevu and Ki’linochchi districts in particular, the lawyers said. Full story >>

Terror squad assaults Tamil journalist in Vadamaraadchi, Jaffna

[Mon, 14 Apr 2014, 23:43 GMT]
Selvasivan Sivagnanam
A squad, believed to be operated by the Sri Lankan military intelligence on Monday evening chased and attacked 29-year-old Sivagnanam Selvatheepan, a leading journalist in Vadamaraadchi. When the journalist attempted to escape from the squad, the attackers chased him on foot and assaulted him causing severe internal injuries to his head. The squad also broke one of his legs. The brutal assault comes just one week after the so-called Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of occupying Colombo had obtained his motorbike registration number, identity card number and cell phone details through Nelliyadi police in Jaffna. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Apr 23 19:18      JVP anti-peace protests kick off
2002 Apr 23 19:03      War not over until normalcy returns - JCC
2001:
2001 Apr 23 20:07      Tamil schools don't get computers
2001 Apr 23 14:03      Tigers say Colombo bent on war, call off ceasefire
2000:
2000 Apr 23 10:13      Tiger flag hoisted over Elephant Pass
1999:
1999 Apr 23 20:58      News in Brief:
1999 Apr 23 12:58      Vanni vaccination programme blocked
1999 Apr 23 11:22      News in Brief
1999 Apr 23 11:06      Concern for Welikade prison detainees
1998:
1998 Apr 23 23:59      Tripartite negotiation needed - TULF
1998 Apr 23 23:59      NGO calls for Peace Task Force
1998 Apr 23 23:59      Villagers protest over forcible eviction
1998 Apr 23 23:59      UNP meets South African peace group
1998 Apr 23 23:59      Daughter witnesses mother's murder
1998 Apr 23 23:59      Decomposed body found
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