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UK minister cites ‘other stakeholders’ in furthering Geneva investigations

[Thu, 29 Jan 2015, 20:35 GMT]
British FM visits JaffnaThe visiting British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire in Jaffna said that there was no change in British position on proceeding with Geneva-based war crimes investigations. But, there are also other stakeholders behind the Geneva discourse, the visiting British minister told the Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran. In the meantime, Conservative and Labour MPs who debated the developments in the island of Sri Lanka on Wednesday that took place in British parliament have recognised the crime against Tamil civilians as genocide and have called for continuation of Geneva-based investigations as a necessary step for reconciliation. Yet, the British politicians' framework continues to harp on ‘unitary Sri Lanka’ and ‘minority Tamils’, British Tamil activists lamented. Full story >>

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Sinhala occupation continues at gunpoint in East despite ‘regime change’ in Colombo

[Wed, 28 Jan 2015, 19:39 GMT]
A Sinhala squad claiming as ‘forest guard’ raided the huts of Tamil cattle herders in their grazing lands situated in Koa'ra'laippattu-South (Kiraan) division of Batticaloa district Tuesday around 5:00 a.m. The squad assaulted the dairy farmers, burned down their huts, robbed off their belongings at gunpoint and separated the cattle herders from the cattle numbering around 1,000. “Although Maithiripala came to power securing Tamil votes, there is no change on the ground for the Tamil dairy farmers who are undergoing untold hardship caused by the occupying Sinhala settlers, who have encroached into the grazing lands that has been ours for years and years,” Nimalan Chelliah, the president of farm owners association, told TamilNet. Full story >>

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Mothers of forcibly disappeared persons demand action from SL State, TNA, IC

[Mon, 26 Jan 2015, 23:41 GMT]
The mothers of forcibly disappeared persons in Mannaar staged a silent protest on Monday demanding immediate attention from the Tamil National Alliance, the new Sri Lankan regime and the international community to establish the truth on the whereabouts of the persons who were made forcibly-disappeared by the occupying Sri Lankan military; to release the Tamil political prisoners from Sri Lankan jails; to continue the excavation of mass grave of Mannaar killing field and to continue the international investigations on Sri Lanka. The protesting mothers, who were talking to journalists said they were yet to see any constructive step from the new regime or the TNA. They also questioned why the new regime is asking for a ‘list’ of missing persons from the TNA instead of checking their own lists and coming with answers, the protesting mothers asked. Full story >>

Resettling Tamils silently expelled from Champoor in Trincomalee

[Sat, 24 Jan 2015, 23:43 GMT]
SL military at Champoor expels resettling Tamils
Following the election of Maithiripala Sirisena as new Sri Lankan President, the uprooted families from a section of the 5th Division and 7th Division of Champoor situated along both the sides of Champoor main road, started to clear their lands for resettlement. Their lands, seized by Colombo under the so-called ‘Special Economic Zone’ (SEZ) were to be handed over to a Chinese-owned corporate. The occupying Sri Lanka Navy was blocking the uprooted Tamils from resettling in their lands. Despite the ‘regime change’, the Sri Lanka Navy occupying Champoor and the Sri Lankan Police have chased away the 162 families, who were clearing their plots to prepare for resettlement in the 1,430 acres of lands appropriated by Colombo under the so-called SEZ. Full story >>

Feature Article

Singapore Principles of 2013: Tamil polity taken for ride from Oslo to Singapore

[Thu, 22 Jan 2015, 07:19 GMT]
Right from the Indo-Lanka agreement of 1987 to Oslo Declaration of 2002 and to hitherto unrevealed Singapore Principles of 2013 that brought the Sampanthan polity into a conceptual framework for the recent regime change in Colombo, the external forces seeking to influence the affairs of the island have taken the Eezham Tamils for a ride to confine the Tamil polity into the unitary State of genocidal Sri Lanka without securing any concrete and descriptive guarantee from the Sinhala polity. By its latest move, the ITAK has pushed the Tamils back into the past, Tamil political observers in Jaffna said citing the so-called Singapore Principles from 2013. TamilNet brings out the text of the so-called Singapore Principles for the edification of global Tamils. Full story >>

SL military in Batticaloa continues to exploit families returned from Vanni

[Tue, 20 Jan 2015, 22:15 GMT]
The Sri Lankan State and its military intelligence in Batticaloa district continue to harass 1,080 families that survived the genocidal onslaught in Vanni in 2009. The families from Batticaloa returned to their native villages situated in 10 of the 14 Divisional Secretariat divisions in the district. The DS Secretaries in these divisions have also been instructed to refuse assistance to these families by the genocidal military. There is no change in the harassments on the ground despite the ‘changes’ taking place in Colombo, the families said. Even those affected by the recent floods have been neglected in the humanitarian assistance. Women-headed families continue to complain about targeted sexual harassments by the occupying Sinhala military in Batticaloa. Two of the 10 divisions where the families have resettled, Koa'ralaippattu South and Koa'ra'laip-pattu North are worst affected. Full story >>

Documentary on Tamil Muslims inspires approach to Tamil national struggle

[Tue, 27 Jan 2015, 23:39 GMT]
Keezhakkarai Mosque
While global and regional powers engineering new world order of corporate imperialist designs try to play the card of religion to deviate the question of oppressed nations without State all over the world, and try to confine the ideological questions of humanity in the post cold war era within the ambit of ‘Clash of Civilizations’ coloured by religions, Tamils who have evolved their identity and civilization in a different way over millennia due to their location have to be extra- cautious in facing the paradigm. The Tamil struggle that has seen the injustice of all the Establishments will be lost if it doesn’t come out with its own model, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics appreciating a documentary film on Tamil Muslims in Tamil Nadu, produced by Mr. S. Anwar. Full story >>

SL military assaults family man after playground dispute in Jaffna

[Sun, 25 Jan 2015, 23:28 GMT]
Selvaratnam JehanThe occupying Sinhala soldiers at Ellaang-ku'lam camp in Uduppiddi in Vadamaraadchi brutally assaulted a 29-year-old father of three from the same village Saturday evening around 5:15 p.m. The victim, Selvaratnam Jegan, was admitted to the Valveddiththu'rai (VVT) Hospital with serious injuries. The SL military on Sunday threatened the family not to reveal the news to media and exerted pressure on the hospital administration to send the injured patient home, news sources in VVT told TamilNet. The SL military camp at Ellang-ku'lam has been a notorious place for torture. Full story >>

Feature Article

Investigating ‘root cause’ of injustice to Eezham Tamils

[Fri, 23 Jan 2015, 23:25 GMT]
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG) in the UK and the British Tamil Forum (BTF), jointly host an annual dinner on 29th January, this time with the theme “Tamil People’s Right to Democracy and Justice in Sri Lanka.” The highlights of the dinner hosts’ requests to British government are: Justice for the war crimes and crimes against humanity (including the ‘intent of genocide’); Political solution to address the root cause to the conflict and that the UK government should put pressure on the Sri Lankan regime. What actually needed is an international investigation on the root cause of Britain forging and enforcing a single State of genocidal dimensions in the island and Washington and New Delhi following the footsteps, resulting the genocide and on-going genocide, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. Full story >>

Protests erupt in Jaffna against continued militarisation, unemployment

[Wed, 21 Jan 2015, 23:44 GMT]
The owners of five houses and lands that have been illegally seized by the Sri Lankan military for more than two decades at Koozhaavadi, situated on Maanippaay Road at Aanaik-koaddai in Jaffna protested on Wednesday against the attempt by Colombo to transform their lands into State property with the motive of permanently sustaining a war-time military camp, which was notorious for extra-judicial interrogations, abductions and disappearances since 1996. At the same time, unemployed graduates staged a protest in front of Jaffna District Secretariat demanding jobs. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2009:
2009 Jan 30 23:51      LTTE appoints Pathmanathan as head of internati...
2009 Jan 30 23:20      Train service to Vavuniyaa suspended until furt...
2009 Jan 30 23:19      Trincomalee Tamil civilian arrested in Peradeniya
2009 Jan 30 19:56      SLA separates relatives of seriously wounded, s...
2009 Jan 30 17:07      Shut down observed in East despite SLA threats
2009 Jan 30 16:23      Tamils held in prisonlike SLA detention centres...
2009 Jan 30 13:22      'Vision' of a Sinhala sociologist
2009 Jan 30 13:02      TNA salutes Muthukumar’s sacrifice of life to t...
2009 Jan 30 13:00      Maya tells of Sri Lanka Genocide to U.S., world...
2009 Jan 30 12:56      South Africa calls for permanent ceasefire in S...
2009 Jan 30 12:54      Nadesan regrets misinformation of Colombo UN of...
2009 Jan 30 12:17      ‘Allow food, medicine, international mercy miss...
2009 Jan 30 11:49      UN spokesperson ducks, Ban Ki Moon meets Basil
2009 Jan 30 10:18      LTTE salutes sacrifice of Tamil Nadu Journalist...
2009 Jan 30 09:14      Only international-sponsored ceasefire can lead...
2009 Jan 30 07:47      Batticaloa district Tamils condemn killing of T...
2009 Jan 30 07:01      4 Indian military experts wounded in Vanni
2009 Jan 30 06:58      Tamil family man reported missing in Colombo
2009 Jan 30 06:41      4 SLA soldiers killed in Trincomalee
2009 Jan 30 06:39      Advocates in Tamil Nadu announce indefinite cou...
2001:
2001 Jan 30 18:40      Heads shaved to tighten Vanni embargo
2001 Jan 30 16:49      PM invokes Ruhuna ethos for SLA recruiting
2000:
2000 Jan 30 17:32      Stop transfer of detainees to Anuradhapura - MP
2000 Jan 30 16:45      Resettlement, a distant dream to refugees
2000 Jan 30 16:44      Welikade Tamil detainees assaulted
2000 Jan 30 16:38      Security for EPDP MP withdrawn
2000 Jan 30 13:08      Bomb explodes in bus
2000 Jan 30 08:34      Claymore blast kills two
1999:
1999 Jan 30 20:19      Census planned for Vanni region
1999 Jan 30 20:17      Three Sea Tigers killed - radio
1999 Jan 30 20:13      Clashes kill 4
1999 Jan 30 11:04      SLA ambush kills 7
1999 Jan 30 11:01      SLMC calls for urgent electoral reforms
1999 Jan 30 03:03      Two Tigers killed - VoT
1998:
1998 Jan 30 23:59      TULF to run council alone
1998 Jan 30 23:59      Kattankudy youth shot by police
1998 Jan 30 23:59      PLOTE driven out of Kayts office
1998 Jan 30 23:59      Malaria compounded by drug shortage
1998 Jan 30 23:59      Election commissioner releases results
1998 Jan 30 23:59      Grenade thrown at SLA patrol
1998 Jan 30 23:59      TULF leads council by narrow margin
1998 Jan 30 23:59      SLA denies arresting youths
1998 Jan 30 23:59      Four Tigers killed in Jaffna - SLA
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[22.01.15]
Singapore Principles of 2013: Tamil polity taken for ride from Oslo to Singapore: Right from the Indo-Lanka agreement of 1987 to Oslo Declaration of 2002 and to hitherto unrevealed Singapore Principles of 2013 that brought the Sampanthan polity into a conceptual framework for the recent regime change in Colombo, the external forces seeking to influence the affairs of the island have taken the Eezham Tamils for a ride to confine the Tamil polity into the unitary State of genocidal Sri Lanka without securing any concrete and descriptive guarantee from the Sinhala polity.
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[14.01.15]
Pope Francis at Madu: ‘Our Lady remained always with you’ Pope Francis on Wednesday paid a pilgrimage to Madu shrine, which is the famous pilgrim centre of Tamil Catholics, where even the Sinhalese Catholics of the western coast, who were Tamils a century ago, flock in for festivals. Tamils who came in large numbers from all parts of the island appreciated his call for wartime ‘truth’ in future peace making.
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[07.01.15]
Tamil will expressed only by distancing from racist election: Jude Lal Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithiripala Sirisena cannot be seen as the greater evil and the lesser evil respectively, says Professor Jude Lal of Trinity College, Dublin, in an interview to TamilNet on Wednesday.
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[03.01.15]
Tamils of struggle polity need not worry who becomes SL president: While SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa is almost open in telling that electing the next president is choosing between China and the USA, senior Tamil grassroot leaders and activists in the island are of the opinion that Eezham Tamils put in a situation of struggle polity need not worry who succeeds as president.
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Fr Elil and K Guruparan of TCSF
[23.12.14]
Tamils can't endorse Sinhala-centric presidential election: TCSF: As long as Sri Lanka’s democratic practice and culture is driven by chauvinist Sinhala Buddhist politics no change of form of Government is going to benefit the Tamil people,” the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
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[18.12.14]
Tamil people should reject both Mahinda and Maithiripala: Gajendrakumar: Declaring that there is no use for Tamil people by going behind any of the two mainstream candidates of the South in the upcoming Sri Lankan presidential election, the former Tamil parliamentarian and the leader of TNPF, urged the Tamil people to refrain from backing any of the two candidates. The TNPF leader blamed the TNA for betraying the Tamil people for the second time as it did by backing Sarath Fonseka in 2010.
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[26.11.14]
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Es Po
[26.11.14]
Es Po passes away: Veteran Eezham Tamil creative writer, author, translator, columnist, literary critic and publisher S. Ponnuthurai passed away at the age of 82 in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. He was popularly known as Es Po. Writing nearly for six decades, Es Po was a school by himself in contemporary Tamil literature. His demise creates an irreplaceable vacuum in the literary world of Eezham Tamils.
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[23.11.14]
Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam passes away: Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, an Eezham Tamil academic who held the rare distinction of being the professor of English in a reputed university of a native English-speaking country, Canada, passed away in Montreal on Sunday. He was Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Recently he has been awarded the highest literary recognition of the country, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Rev Fr S Guy de Fontgalland
[22.11.14]
Landslide exposes land-related deprivation of Up-Country Tamils: The SL military is interfering in the assistance and resettlement of the Up-Country Tamil landslide victims in Meeriya-bedda in the same manner it interferes in the resettlement of Tamils in the North and East. The military is everywhere monitoring everyone visiting the affected. The military and language are used as means of oppression. A Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist approach is oppressing minorities in the Up-Country, said Rev Fr Fontgallan of the Leo Marga Ashram in Bandarawela.
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[21.11.14]
Recent books on regions of Tamil Eelam: Four voluminous books have recently been published on the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vanni and Jaffna regions of the country of Eezham Tamils. The publications, resulting from the efforts and contributions of Eezham Tamils in the island and in the diaspora, show the rise of a new generation as well as the conviction of the old generation in documenting the history and culture of the regions and people of Tamil Eelam with a geographical sense of attachment.
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Nakuleswaran
[16.11.14]
Interest in resettlement cost life to Nakuleswaran: Funeral of assassinated Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran was held on Sunday at his village, Eekam-kudiyiruppu (settlement of sacrifice), at Ve’l’laang-ku’lam in Mannaar. The residents of the village were of the opinion that Nakuleswaran’s interest in working for the proper resettlement of his people had cost him his life.
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MSS Pandian
[10.11.14]
MSS Pandian passes away: Professor MSS Pandian, a renowned historian of the Dravidian movement and Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi passed away on Monday at the age of 57. Known by friends and colleagues to be a supporter of movements for social justice, he was also a long-standing supporter of the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle.
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Professor Sivasamy passes away
[08.11.14]
Professor V. Sivasamy passes away: Professor V. Sivasamy, retired professor of Sanskrit of the University of Jaffna and was teaching until recently at the university, passed away in Jaffna on Saturday at the age of 81. As a multifaceted scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Hindu Civilization and Fine Arts, and as a profound writer in Tamil and English, he was a silent legend in shaping the contemporary academic history of Eezham Tamils.
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Gajen Ponnambalam
[24.08.14]
TNPF leader speaks on independent, concerted, Tamil foreign policy: Realising that our struggle has long been used by powers in their engagements with the island, we as a nation must work towards a concerted foreign policy, although we don’t have State, said Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday.
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N Malathy
[26.06.14]
Eezham Tamils and duplicity of West’s human rights campaigns: The progress in women security achieved through liberation movements in Asia are more substantive than any that was achieved or could be achieved by the campaigns of the West-activists. Yet, why do they ignore the former and focus only on the latter? Is it because it gives the West-activists and by implication those in the West in general the moral high ground to look down upon the “others”, asks Dr. N. Malathy, in an article sent to TamilNet.
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[29.04.14]
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Higginbottom
[24.03.14]
UK long blighted cause of Eezham Tamils, contributed to genocide: “The UK’s permanent representative at the United Nations, a man called Sir John Sawers, who was at that time the permanent representative to the UN, stopped any Security Council discussion about the crisis in Sri Lanka in February 2009. This was the exact point, as we know very well from the Petrie Report that the UN officers were raising massive alerts inside the organisation about the impending massacre,” said British criminology academic Dr Andy Higginbottom, addressing a media meet in Geneva.
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