24 Reports

Sumanan tortured, killed by Chunnakam police, eye-witness testifies

[TamilNet, Sunday, 31 July 2016, 19:23 GMT]
Defence attorney for the five suspects who were charged in an alleged case of theft around November 2011, Visuvalingam Manivannan told TamilNet that one of the first three suspects in the above case had said in his testimony when the case was taken for hearing in Mallaakam courts this week, that the 5th accused, Sumanan Sriskandarajah, was hung upside down, tortured and killed in front of him at the Chunnakam police station. The 4th suspect told the Court during his testimony that he was tortured and severely beaten by the Chunnakam police, but he didn't personally witness any torture administered to the 5th suspect, the attorney further added.
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Murder coverup of Tamil youth by SL Police OIC alleged

[TamilNet, Saturday, 30 July 2016, 21:39 GMT]
A Sinhala Police Officer-in-Charge, Chintaka Bandara, who is currently the head of SL Police at Chavakachcheari, was responsible for targeting a 26-year-old Tamil youth, who was later subjected to torture and murder in his custody in 2011, after two SL military intelligence officers took photos and video of an event during the Tamil Heroes Remembrance week in 2011. A white van squad abducted two young activists after the Tamil Heroes Day related event attended by two TNA parliamentarians S Sritharan, E. Saravanapavan and Emmanual Arnold (who later became NPC councillor). The two youths were handed over to the OIC at Chunnaakam. A few days later, the body of one of the victims, Sumanan Sriskandarajah, was recovered from Ira'nai-madu tank in Ki'linochchi district. SL police explained that the victim had drowned while escaping from custody during a field investigation.
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SLMC for North-East merger, NPC should do more for Tamil-Muslim unity: SLMC Vanni Wing

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:39 GMT]
Muthalip Bawa Farook, a former parliamentarian representing Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) from Vanni electoral district, SM Sagee and Noor Mohammed Alam from Mannaar, who also represent the executive committee of the SLMC in North on Thursday said that their party, which has been struggling to maintain its integrity amidst the dividing politics of Colombo, has never been against the Tamil demand for a unified North-East. In fact, the SLMC’s stated party position was that there should be a distinct mechanism to ensure the rights of the Muslims in a unified North-East, the SLMC Vanni district representatives said. At the same time, the SLMC’s northern wing was seeking Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the NPC to do more in order to establish Tamil-Muslim unity at the provincial level.
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Colombo continues to dilly-dally on processing political prisoners‘ cases

[TamilNet, Thursday, 28 July 2016, 23:42 GMT]
SL Attorney General's Department is trying to transfer the cases of Tamil political prisoners to the courts in Colombo where it expects the judges not to dismiss the confessions obtained under torture from the Tamil prisoners, said the family of a 32-year-old Tamil political prisoner, Sulaxan Mathiyarasan. The Tamil political prisoner, detained since 18 May 2009, called off his hunger strike in February this year after SL Attorney General's Department promised action within 14 days. But, the Attorney General's Department has not only failed to live up to the promise, but it has also been trying to postpone and transfer the case away from Vavuniyaa High Court, Sulaxan's mother has complained to media.
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JUSU opposes police cases against Tamil students, SL military steps up surveillance

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 23:38 GMT]
One of the Sinhala students, who has been admitted for ‘prolonged’ medical treatment in South following the recent violent clash between the Sinhala and Tamil students at the University of Jaffna, has reportedly named 4 Tamil students as the attackers and the SL police has been trying to get the SL Judiciary to issue arrest warrants against them, informed sources at the University of Jaffna told TamilNet on Tuesday. In the meantime, leftist Sinhala circles in Colombo have blamed the SL regime for trying to charge Tamil students under the provisions of ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’. Jaffna University Students Union (JUSU) leaders told TamilNet that the Military Intelligence of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has stepped up surveillance against Tamil student activists in Jaffna.
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Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 July 2016, 23:00 GMT]
While keeping 70% of the lands seized from the people of Valikaamam North, the occupying Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka is trying to deceive a section of uprooted Tamils from Mayiliddi with a fishing jetty at Keerimalai, considered as a sacred site by all the Saivites in the country of Eezham Tamils. Saiva priests from Keerimalai and Thellippazhai, former divisional councillors from Valikaamam North and TNA Parliamentarian Tharmalingam Siththarthan joined the protesters extending their political support.
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Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 July 2016, 19:47 GMT]
Reacting strongly against Colombo’s Governor to North Mr Reginald Cooray, who went on record in Colombo on Thursday claiming that the SL police in Jaffna was searching for an ‘absconding’ [Tamil] student, the Student Union leaders at the University of Jaffna told TamilNet Friday evening that they would launch a long-term boycott bringing the education activities to a standstill if Colombo regime was backing the controversial claim of Mr Cooray. In the meantime, the University administration in Jaffna and the University Grants Commission jointly invited all students to the University promising conducive environment at the Faculty of Science and that education activities have resumed in several other faculties.
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Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism

[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 July 2016, 00:21 GMT]
It was a section of Sinhala students who went against the decision taken by the Jaffna University administration to allow Kandyan dance as a stage-event inside the venue hall and traditional Tamil music in the welcome procession outside the hall on Saturday. It was the SL military intelligence that enticed the Sinhala students to act in contrary to the decision, said Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the leader of Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF). The SL Police on Wednesday arrested a Jaffna University student leader merely on a complaint made to them. The SL police has acted without conducting an initial investigation, he said. In the meantime, EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran said there was no point in punishing Sinhala or Tamil students. Instead, the investigations should focus on how these students were manipulated by the external forces to indulge in violence, the former MP said.
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Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 16:39 GMT]
Tension prevailed at Pa'l'li-munai, a coastal village of Eezham Tamils located within the urban limits of Mannaar city Wednesday morning around 10:00 a.m., when the occupying Sinhala Navy was using the SL Survey Department officials to measure lands for permanent military seizure while a case against the SL Navy is still pending at the District Court of Mannaar. SL Survey Department officials were blocked from surveying the lands of fishing market and 21 houses that have been occupied by the SL Navy since 1990. Eezham Tamil fishermen families spontaneously gathered at the site, shouted slogans against the SL Navy and demanded access to all their properties that have not been released to public since 1990.
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NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 15:21 GMT]
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and NPC's Opposition Leader S. Thavarajah, issued a statement on Wednesday demanding a Commission of Inquiry with a broader mandate to investigate and report on the circumstances that led to the violent clash at the University of Jaffna on Saturday. Such incidents should not be viewed from a purely criminal law standpoint, the carefully worded statement by Justice Wigneswaran said adding that “when University Students have decided to resort to violence it is our responsibility to determine the underlying causes that had led to their behaviour.” The statement further said: “Merely condemning such incidents or punishing certain students after an inquiry would not be able to bring about understanding and unity.”
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Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 23:15 GMT]
Ethnic tension has been escalating over a period of time at the University of Jaffna recently and it culminated into the violent clash on Saturday, says Srinadaraj Kalaraj, the deputy secretary of non-academic staff at the University. He was blaming the military intelligence having allegiance towards different sections of politicians in the South as the main culprit for creating the violent tendency. Instead of investigating individual students, a proper investigation should focus on finding out the real reasons behind this tendency, he said. In the meantime, Human Rights Activist Rev Fr M Sakthivel told TamilNet that the SL military has not only occupied the lands of Tamils, but also the Universities in the North and East. They were also citing the trend of ethnic motivated violence in the Eastern University and at Badulla in the recent past.
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‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’

[TamilNet, Monday, 18 July 2016, 18:01 GMT]
Latest photographs from Nayinaa-theevu islet off Jaffna reveal that the occupying Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka being deployed in the construction of controversial 67-feet Buddha statue disregarding the sentiments of the gagged Eezham Tamil population in the islet under military occupation. “Eezham Tamils have clearly articulated their objection to the controversial move. If the new regime, which has came to power using Tamils‘ votes, didn’t want to respect the sentiments of Eezham Tamils, and if the SL President has sanctioned this illegitimate project, he has just invoked an act of aggression, not only against the Eezham Tamils, but also against the 70-million Tamils of Tamil Nadu,” NPC Councillor Vinthan Kanagaratnam told TamilNet on Monday. The public in Jaffna will raise against this move, he said.
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Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo

[TamilNet, Sunday, 17 July 2016, 23:46 GMT]
The Welfare branch of the Eastern University has instructed a Tamil student from Batticaloa, L. Sumeskanth, who was brutally assaulted by Sinhalese students on 24 May 2016 to appear for disciplinary investigations in Colombo to be held next week, informed student union sources at the main campus of the Eastern University in Vanthaa'rum-moolai in Batticaloa told TamilNet on Sunday. Sumeskanth was given very short notice to prepare his witnesses to attend for Colombo-based investigations and he has registered his objection to the Welfare branch, student leaders said questioning the motive behind conducting investigations in Colombo. The Sinhala students had attacked Mr Sumeskanth for posting and sharing a photo on Facebook from Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day.
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Encouraged by US appeasement, SL military strengthens genocidal grip on North

[TamilNet, Friday, 15 July 2016, 23:51 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka has put up new fences to consolidate the military-seized lands of Eezham Tamils in Valikaamam North in Jaffna within the last three days while the visiting US State Secretary for South Asia Ms Nisha Biswal was trading off international justice and human rights with ‘security’ and maritime military-to-military cooperation with the unitary ‘Sri Lanka’ during her visit to Colombo this week. The SL military consolidation in the lands seized from Eezham Tamils in Valikaamam North reminds Tamils how Israel fenced off Palestinian territories in the Middle East, commented Tamil rights activists in North. The latest move, accompanied with tricky deceptions, have dashed all hopes for proper resettlement in the villages of uprooted Eezham Tamils, said Subramaniyam Nagendraseelan, the secretary of Valikaamam North Rehabilitation Society.
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SL Commander of 58 Division twists lists at Mullaiththeevu Magistrates’ Court

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 July 2016, 23:52 GMT]
Major General Kavinda Chanakya Gunawardena (K.C. Gunawardena) of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (58 Division), which committed heinous genocidal crimes during the onslaught against Eezham Tamils had revealed to Mullaiththeevu Magistrates' Court on 17 February 2016 that there was a military document containing the names of all surrendered LTTE members in the final days of the Vanni war. He initially revealed the existence of the list thinking it was in defence of his argument that the names mentioned in a writ of habeas corpus case under hearing were not found in that list. But, on Thursday Gunawarena came up with two lists of LTTE members who have been subjected to military ‘rehabilitation’ and released.
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SL military deployed to rob material remains of houses in Valikaamam North ‘HSZ’ 

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 23:31 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Army has been systematically deployed in recent days to dismantle and rob roof tiles, wooden window and door frames off of the remaining houses that are situated inside the areas, which the uprooted people have been demanding the SL authorities to release for their resettlement in Valilkaamam North in Jaffna district. Journalists in Jaffna have managed this week to photograph stolen material temporarily stored within the military fenced-off area in Kurumpasiddi along Eezhakeasari Ponniah Road. In the meantime, Tamil journalists have also photographed some of the private properties situated within the military-seized deployed for military use to be in good condition. The President of Valikaamam North Rehabilitation Society Mr A Gunabalasingam, said he has received several complaints from the people who have seen the organised robbery by the SL military.
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Colombo demonstrates military diktats over resettlement in Jaffna after Geneva ‘update’

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 13:10 GMT]
The commander of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna has re-iterated the military diktat on Monday by going on record that there was no reduction in the camps or number of military troops in Jaffna. Claiming that there would be no such consideration of reducing the troops in 10 years in the future, Major General Mahesh Senanayake was also demonstrating that any resettlement of uprooted Eezham Tamils in the former ‘High Security Zone’ in Valikaamam North could only take place at the mercy of the Sinhala military. A few uprooted Tamil women and the Additional Government Agent of Jaffna were asked to be present in the ‘inauguration’ ceremony of the military-conceived, SL government-funded housing scheme for 100 families at a limestone quarry land near Maavidda-puram. The quarry lands belong to KKS Cement factory.
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Sinhala goons, monk erect Buddha statue by force at coastal Tamil village in East

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 July 2016, 23:03 GMT]
Tension prevailed at Chaampal-theevu junction, situated 7 km north of Trincomalee city, as Sinhala goons assaulted Eezham Tamil travellers on the coastal road after putting up a Buddha statue where a Hindu Pillayar statue was situated for decades. SL Police was giving protection to the goons who were led by a Buddhist monk. The violent episode took place Monday morning after the villagers had removed a Buddha statue planted by someone a few days ago at the locality after removing Pillayar statue, news sources in Trincomalee said. The villagers had also removed a Bodhi tree that had been planted by the occupying Sinhala navy at the locality. On Monday, SL police was deploying Sinhala goons to ‘demonstrate’ to Eezham Tamils how it was implementing the ‘foremost place to Buddhism’ paragraph of the unitary constitution of genocidal Sri Lanka, commented Tamil activists in Trincomalee.
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SL Police, DS, Forest Department continue to block Champoor Tamils from regaining agricultural lands

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 July 2016, 23:26 GMT]
The occupying Colombo has instructed the Divisional Secretary of Moothoor and the Officer in Charge of Police at Champoor to collaborate with the SL Department of Forest Conservation in blocking the uprooted Champoor Tamils from entering Kokkaddi, a coastal village with fertile upper lands suitable for agriculture and farming in Moothoor East, informed civil officials in Trincomalee said. The area of Kokkaddi, also known as Vaddavan, has been an agricultural area where Eezham Tamils were engaged for decades in fishing, agriculture and animal farming. The structural genocide against Eezham Tamils will not stop until Eezham Tamils regain their sovereign rights over their land and sea, Tamil civil officials in Trincomalee commented.
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Amaithipuram exposes disparity in ‘development’ motives of Colombo, external powers

[TamilNet, Friday, 08 July 2016, 15:37 GMT]
The entire village of Amaithi-puram (peace-town), created in 2012 as a settlement for war-affected, women-headed and uprooted families from Periya-pa’ndi-virichchaan in Mannaar district during the regime of Rajapaksa, is still languishing without proper livelihood support. 250 Eezham Tamils belonging to 47 families are struggling without access to potable water and they lack much-needed road infrastructure. In contrast, Sinhala colonization settlements being created in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils by the genocidal unitary State in South are fully utilized with sustainable and modern solutions in all areas, be it housing, livelihood, education arrangements and state-of-the art road infrastructure. But, in Amaithi-puram, like in several other villages of ‘resettled’ Tamils, even the houses built under the Indian housing assistance have become rotten to the core within 5 years.
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Colombo wants Sinhala Buddhist temple at former military base in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 July 2016, 23:51 GMT]
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka and the colonial governor of Eastern Province, who is a former defence secretary and currently an ‘advisor’ to the SL President on so-called ‘reconciliation’ have brought two Sinhala Buddhist monks from Trincomalee to Kaayangkea’ni, a Tamil village situated 115 km north of Batticaloa city. The monks have put up their huts besides an abandoned Buddha statue, which was erected inside a former military base. In 2013, the SL military relocated the base. But, in 2016, the intruding monks demand to transform the locality into a Sinhala Buddhist temple. Kaayang-kea’ni is located in Koa’ra’laip-pattu North (Vaakarai) Division in Batticaloa district.
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Colombo’s ministries continue to deploy genocidal policies in employment

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 06 July 2016, 14:31 GMT]
Among 130 appointments to non-medical support staff positions recently made to the Teaching Hospital in Batticaloa, which is a predominantly Tamil-speaking district, 127 were Sinhalese, 2 Muslims and only 1 person was Tamil, medical sources at the hospital told TamilNet blaming Colombo’s Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine and its minister Rajitha Senaratne for deploying high level of discrimination in employment in the health sector. Former SL President Mahinda Rajpakasa named the 2009 genocidal onslaught as ‘Humanitarian Operation’. After the end of war, Colombo brought genocidal military rule to carry out the structural genocide. As far as the Eezham Tamils are concerned, the current regime has brought ‘Genocidal Governance’ through the so-called label of ‘Good Governance’, commented a Tamil doctor at Batticaloa Teaching hospital.
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Naayaa’ru village in Mullaiththeevu fully Sinhalicised

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 July 2016, 15:54 GMT]
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of genocidal Colombo and the occupying Sinhala military in Karai-thu’raip-pattu division of Mullaiththeevu district have completely transformed the ancient coastal Tamil village of Naayaa’ru, situated in Chemmalai-East GS division, civil sources in Mullaiththeevu said. The Sinhala colonisation of Naayaa’ru has taken place after seizing the strategic Mukaththuvaaram from Tamils. More than one-thousand Sinhalese belonging to 299 Sinhala families have now fully occupied the coastal stretch. The area is maintained as a military zone. Tamils and their GS officials are completely barred from entering this zone, Tamil fishermen in Karai-thu’raip-pattu say.
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SL Navy proceeds with controversial Buddha statue in Nayinaa-theevu

[TamilNet, Sunday, 03 July 2016, 20:13 GMT]
Disobeying the interim order from the SL Government Agent of Jaffna district not to commence the construction of a controversial 61-feet Buddha statue at Nayinaa-theevu, the occupying Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka and the chief monk of ‘Nagadeepa Rajamaha Vihara’ at Nayinaa-theevu, have started the construction work on Sunday morning, the Tamil villagers at the islet complained. The monk, Ven Navadagala Paduma Kiththi Tissa Thero, treated by the SL Navy as a leader who stands above the executive SL President on Sinhala-Buddhist affairs of the entire island of Lanka, has fixed the timing for the commencement of construction work. SL Navy personnel were deployed in large numbers to suppress any protest from Tamil villagers at the islet located south west of Ooraath-thu'rai (Kayts) harbour.
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