No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation

[Tue, 23 Mar 2021, 12:41 GMT]
Eezham Tamils wanted UN-sanctioned criminal investigations to focus on the crime of genocide through ICC and IIIM. But, the UK-led Core Group on Sri Lanka did not deliver it. Instead, the group chose to consolidate the March 2014 mandate-based evidence collection mechanism inside the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) through the UN Human Rights Council's resolution, which passed voting on Tuesday. The move has secured necessary space and time for the US-led Indo-Pacific geopolitical negotiations with the SL State through India and Japan, two of the QUAD countries that abstained from the voting for the same reason. China and Pakistan, which opposed the resolution called for a vote and nine other countries joined them voting against the resolution: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cuba, Eritrea, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Uzbekistan and Venezuela. Full story >>

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Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide

[Sun, 21 Mar 2021, 13:34 GMT]
Dr Navanetham PillayThe manifestation of a “pre-existing strategy” using archaeology and historic preservation as guises for political or religious agendas has been observed by the UN Special Rapporteurs visiting Sri Lanka in recent years. Today’s international law has not provided universal human right to land. However, SL State’s violations of the land rights of “marginalised communities” could be addressed under the normative framework of international law, said Dr Navanetham Pillay. She mentioned the violation of the Right of Self-Determination. Pillay appeared as a keynote speaker at a conference titled “Loss of the Tamil Homeland,” which was convened by Justice C.V. Wigneswaran on Saturday. She was confronting TamilNet’s questions over her failure to call for investigations on Tamil genocide, which includes examining the “pre-existing strategy” for all the crimes committed against Tamils in the past. Full story >>

UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice

[Tue, 09 Mar 2021, 21:34 GMT]
The UK has repeatedly failed to address the root cause of the conflict in its former colony, Ceylon, where its colonial injustice escalated the situation into protracted genocide against Tamils, said 53-year-old Ambihai Selvakumar, who is waging a continuous hunger strike in London demanding the UK government to course-correct its past failures. The UK has continued to betray the Tamils in the constitutional discourses of 1948, 1972 and their aftermath by aiding and abetting the warmongering genocidal state of Sri Lanka during and after the 2009 genocidal war, she said. In 2009 its UN envoy blocked a security council debate. In 2021, as the Core Group’s penholder, the UK has tabled a draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council, totally failing to call for genocide justice. Furthermore, it delays international justice in the already established UN findings on other atrocity crimes. Full story >>

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UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution

[Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 14:02 GMT]
The South Asia Department of the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office of the UK has stated that it still believed that the UNHRC framework is “the best way” to establish the truth and achieve justice and lasting reconciliation for “all communities in Sri Lanka”. The Tamil organisations demanded both ICC referral and investigations on genocide in their letters to the British Foreign Secretary. However, the FCO was dodging any reference to genocide in its reply. On the ICC option, it said: “The ICC could only exercise jurisdiction if the situation is referred to it by a UN Security Council Resolution, or if Sri Lanka accepts the Court’s jurisdiction. Our assessment is that this step would not have the support of the required Security Council members and that it would not advance the cause of accountability for an ICC referral to fail to win Security Council support or to be vetoed.” Full story >>

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Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy

[Fri, 22 Jan 2021, 08:01 GMT]
Adding to the series of deceit by his predecessors and using the same modus operandi, SL President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has now appointed another domestic Commission of Inquiry (COI) on accountability. The three-member COI, announced through an extraordinary Gazette Notification on Thursday is tasked to find out about the preceding domestic COIs and Committees revelations on “any human rights violations, serious violations of the international humanitarian law and other such serious offences”. Further stating in the gazette that even though Colombo has withdrawn from “co-sponsorship policy”, it would continue to “work with the United Nations and its Agencies to achieve accountability and human resource development for achieving sustainable peace and reconciliation”. Full story >>

Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM

[Sat, 16 Jan 2021, 11:03 GMT]
All the three alliances of the Eezham Tamil national political parties in the island have come together demanding the UN Human Rights system and the Member States of the UNHRC to inquire into the crime of genocide and raise unaddressed accountability issues to higher forums. A referral to the International Criminal Court and an evidence-gathering mechanism similar to the International Independent Investigatory Mechanism (IIIM) established by the UN for Syria in 2016, were among the four main demands. The joint letter by the Tamil political parties and the Tamil civil society organisations on the ground including the families of the people subjected to enforced disappearances, also demands the President of the UNHRC to refer the matters on accountability back to the UN Secretary-General for action. They also want the OHCHR to monitor current human rights violations on the ground. Full story >>

Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft

[Mon, 15 Mar 2021, 20:36 GMT]
A newly formed letterhead organisation in London calling itself ‘Movement for Truth and Justice’ has claimed that “substantial changes were made to the resolution text” of the Core Group on Sri Lanka. The outfit has come with deceptive articulations while announcing the end of a 17-days long hunger strike that was waged by a courageous Tamil woman activist, Ambihai K Selvakumar, on Monday. The announcement was citing a letter written by the UK’s Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 March 2021. The letter and the text of the latest update of the draft submitted to the UNHRC on 12 March 2021 expose the claim’s falsehood. The deception comes a day after hundreds of Tamils mobilised in London amidst British police attempting to crack down their protest. Full story >>

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Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other

[Fri, 26 Feb 2021, 11:53 GMT]
SL President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘balancing act’ has tightly pitted the US-UK-India axis of bandwagoning strategic partners against the China-Russia-Pakistan formation at Geneva. US Ambassador Ms Alaina Teplitz in Colombo was making a North trip as Pakistan’s prime minister visited Colombo. Simultaneously, the politics of human rights was unfolding in Geneva at the Interactive Dialogue on Thursday after Ms Michelle Bachelet, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner and the former president of Chile, presented her report on Wednesday. As usual, the UN High Commissioner’s Report was strongly worded than what one could expect from a resolution being tabled by parties with a vested interest. Eelam Tamils, who demand specific referral to the main crime of genocide from the UN High Commissioner and the UNHRC Resolution, have to confront a false dichotomy once again. Full story >>

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Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims

[Sun, 07 Feb 2021, 23:16 GMT]
The Tamil-speaking people in the North-East have waged an unprecedented post-2009 march from Poththuvil in Ampaa’rai in the East to Polika’ndi in Jaffna. Confronting the legal barriers and the roadblocks put up by the SL Police and the notorious Special Task Force (STF) commandos, the people across the eight districts of the North-East mobilised outmanoeuvring the ‘disciplining mechanisms’ of the Sinhala-Buddhist ethnocratic rulers in Colombo. The five-day march, named as “Poththuvil to Polika'ndi” (P2P), was organised ahead of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The rally concluded on Sunday demanding international justice for genocide reiterating the fundamental principles, the Right of Self-Determination and Eezham Tamils’ nationhood. The P2P mobilisation also demanded an immediate end to the discriminatory forced cremation of COVID-19 Muslim victims. Full story >>

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Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC

[Mon, 18 Jan 2021, 23:44 GMT]
Ananthy Sasitharan
The joint demands formulated by the Tamil national political parties towards the United Nations make specific reference to genocide twice. The four-point document gains significance as Parliamentary Group Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Mr R Sampanthan has endorsed it with his signature, said former Northern Provincial Council Minister Ms Ananthy Sasitharan. Mr M A Sumanthiran representing the TNA in the negotiations finally agreed to make the specific reference after TELO Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan seemingly insisted for it, she said. TELO is a party of the TNA with three parliamentary seats. In an explosive and lengthy comment to TamilNet, Sasitharan narrated how the foreign powers and NGO agenda-setters were attempting to influence the process from three fronts. She considered Dr Guruparan Kumaravadivel as the behind-the-scene drafter of the final document. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2003:
2003 Apr 15 15:40      New Year day shooting in SLA camp
2003 Apr 15 15:37      SLA soldier commits suicide in Eluthumadduval
2003 Apr 15 15:35      SLA relocates Sarasalai camp
2003 Apr 15 11:05      Preliminary aid conference held in Washington D.C
2001:
2001 Apr 15 18:52      Sri Lanka Navy bombards Trinco village
2001 Apr 15 18:30      Released prisoners not LTTE members
2001 Apr 15 12:48      Judicial process impaired, scant justice- Bishops
2000:
2000 Apr 15 16:29      Death stalks Mannar fishermen
2000 Apr 15 15:08      Soldier arrested for waylaying women
2000 Apr 15 11:46      Three soldiers missing in Valaichenai
1999:
1999 Apr 15 18:34      Body parts collected for analyses
1999 Apr 15 13:32      Jaffna deaths denied
1999 Apr 15 10:31      Body found in Vavuniya
1999 Apr 15 07:36      Jaffna blast kills Lt. Colonel
1998:
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Girl claims police rape
1998 Apr 15 23:59      5 Naval personnel injured
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Child killed in deadly game
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Travel permit delays to be eased in Jaffna
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Senior US official to visit Sri Lanka
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Sea-going Home Guards?
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Bread banned from Vadamaradchi
1998 Apr 15 23:59      Fr. Weber passes away
It is a newspaper’s duty to print the news, raise hell
-Wilbur Storey
American News Writer
Chicago Times, 1861

 

Know the Etymology: 332
Place Name of the Day:
(332 of 500 revised)

Koyilā-maṉai/ Kōyilā-maṉai
Koyilaa-manai

The temple house; or the house of the temple servants

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