Don't Forget the Disappeared in Sri Lanka

Today is August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared, observed by Amnesty International and other human rights groups to remember victims of “enforced disappearance“  around the world and to press for justice for them and their families.  An “enforced disappearance”  occurs when agents of the state detain someone and the state then denies any knowledge of the person’s status or whereabouts.   Over the past several decades, Sri Lanka has experienced tens of thousands of enforced disappearances, the vast majority of which remain unresolved.  One recent example is that of the journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, who went missing shortly after leaving work on Jan. 24.  Please write the Sri Lankan government and ask them to conduct an effective investigation into Mr. Eknaligoda’s disappearance and make the results public.  Please also work to get the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance adopted.  Thanks.

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665 thoughts on “Don't Forget the Disappeared in Sri Lanka

  1. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:.. disappearances in Sri Lanka, truely terrifying !!

    Cautioning that "the international response to Sri Lanka’s worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability as a ‘deafening global silence’ that may encourage other states to act in a similar way," Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, said Tuesday that "Sri Lankan government’s domestic conduct, as well as its recent unacceptable treatment of the United Nations in Sri Lanka warrants a firm, public response from its most influential friends – particularly China, India, Japan and the United States as well as the non-aligned group of countries."'

    Noting the following recent events in Sri Lanka as most concerning:
    •The persecution, intimidation, assassination and disappearance of government critics, political opponents, journalists and human rights defenders.
    •Ongoing detention of an estimated 8,000 suspected ex-combatants without charge or access to legal representation, their families or independent monitors.
    •The government’s failure to withdraw wartime emergency laws more than a year after the end of the conflict with the LTTE.
    •Lack of action by the government to address the political marginalisation of ethnic minorities that was at the root of Sri Lanka’s thirty years of war.

  2. Tamils mourn disappearance of 48 Tamils

    Tamils of several villages in Batticaloa district Friday observed the twenty years’ death anniversary of 48 Tamil people who were reported disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA)

    SLA had cordoned off Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple on that day and took forty-eight Tamils including women and children who had been called to the temple for interrogation.

    Thereafter they were reported disappeared when relatives inquired from the army authorities.

    The disappeared Tamils were from the villages, Ka'ruvaakkea'ni, Kiraan, Kumpurumoolai, Chanthive'li, Murakkoddanchchenai, Vanthaa'rumoolai, and Maavadiveampu.

    They fled from their houses and sought refuge in the temple to save their lives from the army.

  3. 4763 complaints ,mostly about disappeared family members , to the Human Rights Commission since the end of the Tamil War

    4763 complaints have been received by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) from the districts of Jaffna, Mannaar and Vavuniyaa in Northern Province from May last year. Of these more than three thousand complaints are regarding the disappearances of persons from May 2009 till now, according to an official of the HRCSL.

    These complaints have been made to the HRCSL offices located in Vavuniyaa, Mannaar and Jaffna.

  4. Journalist disappearances: Lanka 'among worst' http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/0
    “Whether carried out by agents of the state or local criminals bent on settling scores, the many disappearances of journalists highlights the fact that the enemies of press freedom have no hesitation in using the most cowardly and despicable methods to gag journalists,” the RSF statement said.

    The disappearances of Jaffna journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran, who was arrested by the military in 2007, and that of Vadivel Nimalarajah are highlighted in the report.

  5. Journalist disappearances: Lanka 'among worst' http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/0
    “Whether carried out by agents of the state or local criminals bent on settling scores, the many disappearances of journalists highlights the fact that the enemies of press freedom have no hesitation in using the most cowardly and despicable methods to gag journalists,” the RSF statement said.

    The disappearances of Jaffna journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran, who was arrested by the military in 2007, and that of Vadivel Nimalarajah are highlighted in the report.

  6. Journalist disappearances: Lanka 'among worst' http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/0
    “Whether carried out by agents of the state or local criminals bent on settling scores, the many disappearances of journalists highlights the fact that the enemies of press freedom have no hesitation in using the most cowardly and despicable methods to gag journalists,” the RSF statement said.

    The disappearances of Jaffna journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran, who was arrested by the military in 2007, and that of Vadivel Nimalarajah are highlighted in the report.

  7. The ‘national reconciliation’ in Sri Lanka was ‘totally unrealistic’, after witnessing the major human rights violations inflicted upon the Tamil people, what has made the reconciliation really ‘impossible’ was the most serious recent slaughter of Tamils with features of genocide.

    The divisions between the Sinhala majority and the brutalized Tamil minority is deepening. So are the divisions between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in the Sinhala South. This division is set to get worse as a totally corrupt, ruthless and despotic regime will rule forever.

    The less fortunate Sinhalese are certainly 'spiraling downwards into crime and chaos'. Unfortunately, they do not have a powerful vocal expatriate community to jump up and down for them. That is the problem of being poor which I have seen, and sympathized with, for years.

    The role of the expatriate Tamil community, now more than a million, is to get the facts across to the international community that the Sri Lankan government is lying and has no intention of national reconciliation.

  8. There is much talk of ‘National Reconciliation’ in Sri Lanka – essentially between the Sinhalese-dominated Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Tamil people. I support the struggle of the Tamil people to live with equality, dignity and without discrimination in the country of their birth, I simply do not think that ‘national reconciliation’ is possible.

    I have been closely involved with the problems faced by the Tamil people since 1948. This was when a million Plantation ‘Indian’ Tamils, (one seventh of the total population of Ceylon at that time), were disenfranchised and decitizenised in one of the most outrageous acts of political barbarism anywhere in the world. It was followed by a series of highly discriminatory measures adopted since 1956 by a succession of Sinhalese governments against the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils. These included numerous Government organized pogroms of the Tamils. Having been a witness to all these and other major human rights violations of the Tamil people, I am convinced that ‘national reconciliation’ is totally unrealistic.

    The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 – May 2009), with features of Genocide, and done under the guise of “wiping out ‘Tamil terrorism’”, has made national reconciliation impossible.

  9. For national reconciliation to occur there are some fundamental requirements.

    1.There must be a genuine intention to do so.
    2.There must be regret for all that has happened to make national reconciliation necessary.
    3.The fundamental problems that caused the rift must be addressed.
    4.There must be a determination to wipe out all the obstructions to this process.

    Since none of these are present in Sri Lanka, national reconciliation is not possible. It is as simple as that.

    The pretence of ‘national reconciliation’ is nothing but a myth propagated by the GoSL with the sole intention of obtaining international support to keep a totalitarian regime going.

  10. In Sri Lanka there has been a complete dismantling of Democracy.

    There is a clearly stated aim to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation.

    Until the above is reversed, there will be no prosperity, peace or reconciliation.

  11. Just as oil is the problem in the Middle East, the geographical position astride

    the Indian Ocean is the ‘problem’ in Sri Lanka. Just 36 km (20 miles) from India,

    it is in India’s backyard. The Indian Ocean is not the largest ocean in the world

    but by far the busiest. 40% of the world’s oil production occurs in countries which

    share India’s Ocean. It carries 70% of the world’s oil shipments and 50% of the

    container cargo. US Admiral Alfred Mahan said a hundred years ago, “Whoever

    controls the Indian Ocean, dominates Asia”

    Trincomalee, in the Tamil North East, is the world’s 4h largest natural harbour,

    and has attracted foreign powers for centuries. It continues to do so.

    Sri Lanka is one of China’s “String of Pearls”, the chain of military bases to

    guard its oil supply from the Middle East and its exports to Europe. Rather than

    fight (India) to get a foothold in Trincomalee, China chose a small fishing port in

    Hambantota (in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s home area) in the deep South, to set up a

    major harbour (for China’s use) and an international airport.

    A delighted Rajapaksa used this as a bargaining chip to build his massive military

    machine to crush the Tamils. The violation of human rights has never been a

    problem for China which supplied all the military hardware requested by the

    ruthless Sinhala military.

  12. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:.. disappearances in Sri Lanka, truely terrifying !!

    Cautioning that “the international response to Sri Lanka’s worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability as a ‘deafening global silence’ that may encourage other states to act in a similar way,” Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, said Tuesday that “Sri Lankan government’s domestic conduct, as well as its recent unacceptable treatment of the United Nations in Sri Lanka warrants a firm, public response from its most influential friends – particularly China, India, Japan and the United States as well as the non-aligned group of countries.”‘

    Noting the following recent events in Sri Lanka as most concerning:
    •The persecution, intimidation, assassination and disappearance of government critics, political opponents, journalists and human rights defenders.
    •Ongoing detention of an estimated 8,000 suspected ex-combatants without charge or access to legal representation, their families or independent monitors.
    •The government’s failure to withdraw wartime emergency laws more than a year after the end of the conflict with the LTTE.
    •Lack of action by the government to address the political marginalisation of ethnic minorities that was at the root of Sri Lanka’s thirty years of war.

  13. Tamils mourn disappearance of 48 Tamils

    Tamils of several villages in Batticaloa district Friday observed the twenty years’ death anniversary of 48 Tamil people who were reported disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA)

    SLA had cordoned off Siththaa’ndi Murukan Temple on that day and took forty-eight Tamils including women and children who had been called to the temple for interrogation.

    Thereafter they were reported disappeared when relatives inquired from the army authorities.

    The disappeared Tamils were from the villages, Ka’ruvaakkea’ni, Kiraan, Kumpurumoolai, Chanthive’li, Murakkoddanchchenai, Vanthaa’rumoolai, and Maavadiveampu.

    They fled from their houses and sought refuge in the temple to save their lives from the army.

  14. 4763 complaints ,mostly about disappeared family members , to the Human Rights Commission since the end of the Tamil War

    4763 complaints have been received by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) from the districts of Jaffna, Mannaar and Vavuniyaa in Northern Province from May last year. Of these more than three thousand complaints are regarding the disappearances of persons from May 2009 till now, according to an official of the HRCSL.

    These complaints have been made to the HRCSL offices located in Vavuniyaa, Mannaar and Jaffna.

  15. Journalist disappearances: Lanka ‘among worst’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/090830_rsf_disappearances.shtml
    “Whether carried out by agents of the state or local criminals bent on settling scores, the many disappearances of journalists highlights the fact that the enemies of press freedom have no hesitation in using the most cowardly and despicable methods to gag journalists,” the RSF statement said.

    The disappearances of Jaffna journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran, who was arrested by the military in 2007, and that of Vadivel Nimalarajah are highlighted in the report.

  16. The ‘national reconciliation’ in Sri Lanka was ‘totally unrealistic’, after witnessing the major human rights violations inflicted upon the Tamil people, what has made the reconciliation really ‘impossible’ was the most serious recent slaughter of Tamils with features of genocide.

    The divisions between the Sinhala majority and the brutalized Tamil minority is deepening. So are the divisions between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in the Sinhala South. This division is set to get worse as a totally corrupt, ruthless and despotic regime will rule forever.

    The less fortunate Sinhalese are certainly ‘spiraling downwards into crime and chaos’. Unfortunately, they do not have a powerful vocal expatriate community to jump up and down for them. That is the problem of being poor which I have seen, and sympathized with, for years.

    The role of the expatriate Tamil community, now more than a million, is to get the facts across to the international community that the Sri Lankan government is lying and has no intention of national reconciliation.

  17. There is much talk of ‘National Reconciliation’ in Sri Lanka – essentially between the Sinhalese-dominated Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Tamil people. I support the struggle of the Tamil people to live with equality, dignity and without discrimination in the country of their birth, I simply do not think that ‘national reconciliation’ is possible.

    I have been closely involved with the problems faced by the Tamil people since 1948. This was when a million Plantation ‘Indian’ Tamils, (one seventh of the total population of Ceylon at that time), were disenfranchised and decitizenised in one of the most outrageous acts of political barbarism anywhere in the world. It was followed by a series of highly discriminatory measures adopted since 1956 by a succession of Sinhalese governments against the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils. These included numerous Government organized pogroms of the Tamils. Having been a witness to all these and other major human rights violations of the Tamil people, I am convinced that ‘national reconciliation’ is totally unrealistic.

    The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 – May 2009), with features of Genocide, and done under the guise of “wiping out ‘Tamil terrorism’”, has made national reconciliation impossible.

  18. For national reconciliation to occur there are some fundamental requirements.

    1.There must be a genuine intention to do so.
    2.There must be regret for all that has happened to make national reconciliation necessary.
    3.The fundamental problems that caused the rift must be addressed.
    4.There must be a determination to wipe out all the obstructions to this process.

    Since none of these are present in Sri Lanka, national reconciliation is not possible. It is as simple as that.

    The pretence of ‘national reconciliation’ is nothing but a myth propagated by the GoSL with the sole intention of obtaining international support to keep a totalitarian regime going.

  19. In Sri Lanka there has been a complete dismantling of Democracy.

    There is a clearly stated aim to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation.

    Until the above is reversed, there will be no prosperity, peace or reconciliation.

  20. Just as oil is the problem in the Middle East, the geographical position astride

    the Indian Ocean is the ‘problem’ in Sri Lanka. Just 36 km (20 miles) from India,

    it is in India’s backyard. The Indian Ocean is not the largest ocean in the world

    but by far the busiest. 40% of the world’s oil production occurs in countries which

    share India’s Ocean. It carries 70% of the world’s oil shipments and 50% of the

    container cargo. US Admiral Alfred Mahan said a hundred years ago, “Whoever

    controls the Indian Ocean, dominates Asia”

    Trincomalee, in the Tamil North East, is the world’s 4h largest natural harbour,

    and has attracted foreign powers for centuries. It continues to do so.

    Sri Lanka is one of China’s “String of Pearls”, the chain of military bases to

    guard its oil supply from the Middle East and its exports to Europe. Rather than

    fight (India) to get a foothold in Trincomalee, China chose a small fishing port in

    Hambantota (in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s home area) in the deep South, to set up a

    major harbour (for China’s use) and an international airport.

    A delighted Rajapaksa used this as a bargaining chip to build his massive military

    machine to crush the Tamils. The violation of human rights has never been a

    problem for China which supplied all the military hardware requested by the

    ruthless Sinhala military.

  21. In a Bangkok apartment, Tamils wait for a ship to Canada

    The four men, Sri Lankan Tamils, say they are in Thailand on vacation, though they rarely venture outside their one-room apartment on the outskirts of the Thai capital. They sit together on the bed, endlessly watching old movies in English and Thai that they barely understand.

    They have a standard answer when asked why they have come to Thailand. “Tourists. Arrived last week. Leaving next week,” said a 25-year-old man named Baksubramaniam, who then claimed to speak no more English, though he seemed to understand the language well. In the same five-floor building on Bangkok’s northern outskirts – far from the city’s usual attractions – are two more rooms occupied by Tamils who call themselves tourists. One is a family of four, the other another group of men.

    Those familiar with the workings of an alleged Tamil Tiger human-smuggling ring say the Tamils are in fact in transit. They are waiting for the next boat to take them to Canada, as the MV Sun Sea did for 492 Tamil asylum seekers who arrived in British Columbia via Thailand this month. And there are at least several dozen more Tamils waiting at other addresses visited by The Globe and Mail in and around Bangkok.

    Contd. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pa

    BTW, 740 comments in 20 hours!

  22. In a Bangkok apartment, Tamils wait for a ship to Canada

    The four men, Sri Lankan Tamils, say they are in Thailand on vacation, though they rarely venture outside their one-room apartment on the outskirts of the Thai capital. They sit together on the bed, endlessly watching old movies in English and Thai that they barely understand.

    They have a standard answer when asked why they have come to Thailand. “Tourists. Arrived last week. Leaving next week,” said a 25-year-old man named Baksubramaniam, who then claimed to speak no more English, though he seemed to understand the language well. In the same five-floor building on Bangkok’s northern outskirts – far from the city’s usual attractions – are two more rooms occupied by Tamils who call themselves tourists. One is a family of four, the other another group of men.

    Those familiar with the workings of an alleged Tamil Tiger human-smuggling ring say the Tamils are in fact in transit. They are waiting for the next boat to take them to Canada, as the MV Sun Sea did for 492 Tamil asylum seekers who arrived in British Columbia via Thailand this month. And there are at least several dozen more Tamils waiting at other addresses visited by The Globe and Mail in and around Bangkok.

    Contd. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pa

    BTW, 740 comments in 20 hours!

  23. In a Bangkok apartment, Tamils wait for a ship to Canada

    The four men, Sri Lankan Tamils, say they are in Thailand on vacation, though they rarely venture outside their one-room apartment on the outskirts of the Thai capital. They sit together on the bed, endlessly watching old movies in English and Thai that they barely understand.

    They have a standard answer when asked why they have come to Thailand. “Tourists. Arrived last week. Leaving next week,” said a 25-year-old man named Baksubramaniam, who then claimed to speak no more English, though he seemed to understand the language well. In the same five-floor building on Bangkok’s northern outskirts – far from the city’s usual attractions – are two more rooms occupied by Tamils who call themselves tourists. One is a family of four, the other another group of men.

    Those familiar with the workings of an alleged Tamil Tiger human-smuggling ring say the Tamils are in fact in transit. They are waiting for the next boat to take them to Canada, as the MV Sun Sea did for 492 Tamil asylum seekers who arrived in British Columbia via Thailand this month. And there are at least several dozen more Tamils waiting at other addresses visited by The Globe and Mail in and around Bangkok.

    Contd. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pa

    BTW, 740 comments in 20 hours!

  24. Niranjan, & Kanagarathnam —

    2 voices with indispensable messages.

    Niranjan make the connection between the suppressed Tamils & the oppressed Sinhalese.

    Equal — yet ( racially & historically ) unequal — victims of lanka's throne of blood.

    This spiritual kinship with the poorest classes of both peoples is essential to working towards the future of Tamil national selfdetermination.

    Kanagarathnam connects the "chain of pearls" of our own understanding — the connection between lanka's strategic location in global geopolitics, & the crushing of the Tamil nation & nationalism on the island.

  25. white van, Unmarked vans
    Sri Lankan reporter ‘kidnapped’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8119854.stm

    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    In peace, Sri Lankans still disappear http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/090430/pe

  26. A journalist union leader who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  27. In a Bangkok apartment, Tamils wait for a ship to Canada

    The four men, Sri Lankan Tamils, say they are in Thailand on vacation, though they rarely venture outside their one-room apartment on the outskirts of the Thai capital. They sit together on the bed, endlessly watching old movies in English and Thai that they barely understand.

    They have a standard answer when asked why they have come to Thailand. “Tourists. Arrived last week. Leaving next week,” said a 25-year-old man named Baksubramaniam, who then claimed to speak no more English, though he seemed to understand the language well. In the same five-floor building on Bangkok’s northern outskirts – far from the city’s usual attractions – are two more rooms occupied by Tamils who call themselves tourists. One is a family of four, the other another group of men.

    Those familiar with the workings of an alleged Tamil Tiger human-smuggling ring say the Tamils are in fact in transit. They are waiting for the next boat to take them to Canada, as the MV Sun Sea did for 492 Tamil asylum seekers who arrived in British Columbia via Thailand this month. And there are at least several dozen more Tamils waiting at other addresses visited by The Globe and Mail in and around Bangkok.

    Contd.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/in-a-bangkok-apartment-tamils-wait-for-a-ship-to-canada/article1689499/

    BTW, 740 comments in 20 hours!

  28. The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 – May 2009), with features of Genocide, and done under the guise of “wiping out ‘Tamil terrorism’”, has made national reconciliation impossible.

    For national reconciliation to occur there are some fundamental requirements.

    1.There must be a genuine intention to do so.
    2.There must be regret for all that has happened to make national reconciliation necessary.
    3.The fundamental problems that caused the rift must be addressed.
    4.There must be a determination to wipe out all the obstructions to this process.

    Since none of these are present in Sri Lanka, national reconciliation is not possible. It is as simple as that.

    The pretence of ‘national reconciliation’ is nothing but a myth propagated by the GoSL with the sole intention of obtaining international support to keep a totalitarian regime going.

    Before these fundamental requirements are discussed in detail, four crucial points must be appreciated.

    1.There has been a complete dismantling of Democracy.
    2.There is a clearly stated aim to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation.
    3.There is an international dimension with foreign governments getting involved for their own geopolitical and economic gains.
    4.Sri Lanka is a British colonial construct, which has failed. Until this is reversed, there will be no prosperity, peace or reconciliation.

    'Anti-Tamil ideology, international meddling make reconciliation impossible' http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  29. white van, Unmarked vans
    Sri Lankan reporter ‘kidnapped’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8119854.stm

    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    In peace, Sri Lankans still disappear http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/090430/pe

  30. white van, Unmarked vans
    Sri Lankan reporter ‘kidnapped’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8119854.stm

    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    In peace, Sri Lankans still disappear http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/090430/pe

  31. A journalist union leader who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  32. A journalist union leader who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  33. The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 – May 2009), with features of Genocide, and done under the guise of “wiping out ‘Tamil terrorism’”, has made national reconciliation impossible.

    For national reconciliation to occur there are some fundamental requirements.

    1.There must be a genuine intention to do so.
    2.There must be regret for all that has happened to make national reconciliation necessary.
    3.The fundamental problems that caused the rift must be addressed.
    4.There must be a determination to wipe out all the obstructions to this process.

    Since none of these are present in Sri Lanka, national reconciliation is not possible. It is as simple as that.

    The pretence of ‘national reconciliation’ is nothing but a myth propagated by the GoSL with the sole intention of obtaining international support to keep a totalitarian regime going.

    Before these fundamental requirements are discussed in detail, four crucial points must be appreciated.

    1.There has been a complete dismantling of Democracy.
    2.There is a clearly stated aim to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation.
    3.There is an international dimension with foreign governments getting involved for their own geopolitical and economic gains.
    4.Sri Lanka is a British colonial construct, which has failed. Until this is reversed, there will be no prosperity, peace or reconciliation.

    'Anti-Tamil ideology, international meddling make reconciliation impossible' http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  34. The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 – May 2009), with features of Genocide, and done under the guise of “wiping out ‘Tamil terrorism’”, has made national reconciliation impossible.

    For national reconciliation to occur there are some fundamental requirements.

    1.There must be a genuine intention to do so.
    2.There must be regret for all that has happened to make national reconciliation necessary.
    3.The fundamental problems that caused the rift must be addressed.
    4.There must be a determination to wipe out all the obstructions to this process.

    Since none of these are present in Sri Lanka, national reconciliation is not possible. It is as simple as that.

    The pretence of ‘national reconciliation’ is nothing but a myth propagated by the GoSL with the sole intention of obtaining international support to keep a totalitarian regime going.

    Before these fundamental requirements are discussed in detail, four crucial points must be appreciated.

    1.There has been a complete dismantling of Democracy.
    2.There is a clearly stated aim to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation.
    3.There is an international dimension with foreign governments getting involved for their own geopolitical and economic gains.
    4.Sri Lanka is a British colonial construct, which has failed. Until this is reversed, there will be no prosperity, peace or reconciliation.

    'Anti-Tamil ideology, international meddling make reconciliation impossible' http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  35. Niranjan, & Kanagarathnam —

    2 voices with indispensable messages.

    Niranjan make the connection between the suppressed Tamils & the oppressed Sinhalese.

    Equal — yet ( racially & historically ) unequal — victims of lanka’s throne of blood.

    This spiritual kinship with the poorest classes of both peoples is essential to working towards the future of Tamil national selfdetermination.

    Kanagarathnam connects the “chain of pearls” of our own understanding — the connection between lanka’s strategic location in global geopolitics, & the crushing of the Tamil nation & nationalism on the island.

  36. A. Savage

    Thank you for your insightful comment.

    ndia is paying for supporting the Sri Lanka Mass Murderers who slaughter 40 000 innocent women and children in the Tamil War.

    The Chinese pearl necklace is becoming a Hangman noose for India

    BTW I’ve read your poetry . Those lovely verses touched me. Thank you

  37. Not a single IDP registered (because they do NOT want to vote for the Rajapaksa government!)

    Nearly 14,000 IDP families will lose their voting rights in the coming local council elections. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) claim that not a single IDP has been registered three months after the Department of Elections commenced its 2010 voter registry revision and that 14,184 IDP families will lose their chance to vote in the coming local council elections if immediate action is not taken. After three months the officials have made dismal progress in the North and the East

  38. The Alleged War Crimes Criminals are invading the Western countries with diplomatic portfolios

    Are they exporting the “ death squads in white vans “ culture ?

    Military Men To Head Key SL Missions in UK

    * Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK,

    * Major General Prasanna Silva as the defence attaché to the High Commission in the UK,

    * Major General G.A. Chandrasiri as the Permanent Representative to the Sri Lankan Mission to the UN in New York,

    * Major General Shavendra Silva as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

  39. Where is this 'disappeared' woman?

    I urge all Amnesty International supporters to start looking for Aunty Adele Adele Balasingham, a horrendous serial abuser of child and human rights living in the cosy gentility of a New Malden, (a south London suburb) or the Bahamas.

    She's publicly admitted to her crimes. Here's Aunty Adele distributing cyande capsules to Tamil child soldiers: http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    AI Head office appear to be oddly hesitant in starting a letter writing campaign to find Aunty Adele. It's now up to you, loyal AI members. Think of it as a more useful game of 'Where's Wally'?

    @. Gunalan & a.savage: will you two just get a room? :) Its been lovely to see a.savage declare his/her affection for Guanalan with poems, looking for voices in the wind etc. A more perfect union is hard to imagine!

  40. As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get's good marks for his Performance Review by end of December.
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread347164/

    Please check this link too…

    Try to find people who disappeared in your own back yard before trying to see what's happening 180 degrees away !!!

    Red on, but this is an exert !!

    In the U.S. alone there are reports of over 10,000,000 people going missing per year. Out of this figure 500,000 are never found. Some of these people are victims of crimes but some are just gone.

    It is also good if AI can have a program to find these people !!

    Another example of trying to wash other people's back sides when you are in the shit pit !!

  41. Where is this 'disappeared' woman?

    I urge all Amnesty International supporters to start looking for Aunty Adele Adele Balasingham, a horrendous serial abuser of child and human rights living in the cosy gentility of a New Malden, (a south London suburb) or the Bahamas.

    She's publicly admitted to her crimes. Here's Aunty Adele distributing cyande capsules to Tamil child soldiers: http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    AI Head office appear to be oddly hesitant in starting a letter writing campaign to find Aunty Adele. It's now up to you, loyal AI members. Think of it as a more useful game of 'Where's Wally'?

    @. Gunalan & a.savage: will you two just get a room? :) Its been lovely to see a.savage declare his/her affection for Guanalan with poems, looking for voices in the wind etc. A more perfect union is hard to imagine!

  42. Where is this 'disappeared' woman?

    I urge all Amnesty International supporters to start looking for Aunty Adele Adele Balasingham, a horrendous serial abuser of child and human rights living in the cosy gentility of a New Malden, (a south London suburb) or the Bahamas.

    She's publicly admitted to her crimes. Here's Aunty Adele distributing cyande capsules to Tamil child soldiers: http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    AI Head office appear to be oddly hesitant in starting a letter writing campaign to find Aunty Adele. It's now up to you, loyal AI members. Think of it as a more useful game of 'Where's Wally'?

    @. Gunalan & a.savage: will you two just get a room? :) Its been lovely to see a.savage declare his/her affection for Guanalan with poems, looking for voices in the wind etc. A more perfect union is hard to imagine!

  43. As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get's good marks for his Performance Review by end of December.
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread347164/

    Please check this link too…

    Try to find people who disappeared in your own back yard before trying to see what's happening 180 degrees away !!!

    Red on, but this is an exert !!

    In the U.S. alone there are reports of over 10,000,000 people going missing per year. Out of this figure 500,000 are never found. Some of these people are victims of crimes but some are just gone.

    It is also good if AI can have a program to find these people !!

    Another example of trying to wash other people's back sides when you are in the shit pit !!

  44. As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get's good marks for his Performance Review by end of December.
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread347164/

    Please check this link too…

    Try to find people who disappeared in your own back yard before trying to see what's happening 180 degrees away !!!

    Red on, but this is an exert !!

    In the U.S. alone there are reports of over 10,000,000 people going missing per year. Out of this figure 500,000 are never found. Some of these people are victims of crimes but some are just gone.

    It is also good if AI can have a program to find these people !!

    Another example of trying to wash other people's back sides when you are in the shit pit !!

  45. Dear Jim,

    Where's your appreciation for what Sri Lanka has achieved?

    Through the single-minded crushing of the LTTE and it's military capability, this SL govt has made possible the prospect of 'normal' SL. Granted, it has a long, long way to go and there are issues of governance etc. But I see no love from AI for SL having proved that crushing terrorists causes a huge improvement in human rights.

    p.s. can you do something about these 'cut'n'paste suicide attacks by disgruntled pro-LTTErs? Its ruining the blog and any meaningful debate/conversation.

    p.p.s. hint to pro-LTTE groupies: no-one reads your tedious, long-winded articles copied from Tamilnut.

  46. @ Kanagarathnam:

    Rip

    EDE
    "You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!"

    Au contraire, my Eelamish friend :)

    Aunty Adele Balasingham, procuring children for the LTTE and distributing cyanide capsules to Tamil child soldiers.

    True or False? True.
    http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    Next, lie, please!

    We don't need to create propaganda when truth of the LTTE's crimes are on videotape. You might fool these suddhas, but we all know the truth, right? :)

  47. The Sri Lanka’s debt was the second highest in South Asia, increasing from 81% of GDP in 2008 to 86% in 2009.

    The country’s public debt rose to 86% of GDP last year – the second highest in any Asian country. Debt repayments is 44% of overall expenditure. The largest budget allocation is, and has been for years, for debt service repayments. In 2010, interest payments alone account for Rs 337 billion, 26% of total expenditure. In addition, the government has to find Rs 565 billion for debt repayments this year, raising its gross borrowings to Rs 980 billion ($US 8.5 billion).

    Unable to implement the IMF austerity measures without facing a massive anti-government backlash from voters, Rajapaksa repeatedly delayed the budget for 2010 (due in November 2009) till he was safely re-installed as President (January 2010), and his government re-elected (April 2010).

    In May 2010, Sri Lanka gave an undertaking to the IMF that it would considerably reduce recurrent spending by cutting government subsidies to the Ceylon Electricity Board, Petroleum Corporation, Central Transport Board, Railways, and Postal services. This can be achieved only by axing jobs, cutting wage and increasing prices.

  48. Rohan

    August 31st, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Thank you Rohan for this link.

    When i read it the below

    "Despite the civil population being Tamil the sign boards to the road are in Sinhala"

    It remains me of the incident in the 80ties when I was insulted and severely beaten for not answering a soldier in Sinhala at a check point in Batticaloa.

    I could have spoken with the Sri Lanka Army soldier in English.

    But the soldier did not speak either Tamil or English so was got angry with a crazed look in his eyes full of hatred and disgust started to scream.

    He very close and shouted so loudly that my ears were hurt.

    I felt his saliva on face. Then he grab me viciously and punch me in my face, stomach and rib cage.

    Two of my ribs were broken and I end up in hospital.

    Sri Lanka Army soldier felt that he is superior to me and this kind treatment is OK.

    This is the Sinhalese domination and never ending slavery for Tamils.

  49. When 'disappearances' help improve Human Rights.

    In August 2000, the British Army finally brought peace to Sierra Leone by destroying (i.e. crushing) the arm-chopping, child-massacaring rabble called "the West Side Boys".

    The British Army were.. (uh.. how shall I put this politely so that 'Human Rights activists' won't faint?)… ruthless in their crushing of the 'West Side Boys'.
    http://tinyurl.com/2f5nwnz

    "…… the complete destruction of the West Side Boys as a fighting force…. British forces stayed on the ground around Gberi Bana for four more hours, hunting down and engaging the rebels. No quarter was given.

    At least 200 enemy combatants were killed during and after the rescue, including several women and children."

    And then the 'disappearances':

    "…Faced with many bodies, the decision was taken to conceal the number of enemy fatalities by dis­posing of some of them."

    The result of this 'crushing'?

    "Within days.. the West Side Boys had been wound up, its commanders in custody, its surviving foot soldiers limping out of the jungle to take part in a national ­disarmament programme."

    Nice work, no?

    Even more amazingly, the resulting peace (brought by the Brits by the barrels of their guns) allowed AI's then chief Irene Khan to visit Sierra Leone to be crowned Paramount Chief of Bombali District. http://tinyurl.com/yzd5z32

    How lovely, inclusive and peaceful.

    Disclaimer: Crushing & disappearances are not always guaranteed to produce positive Human Rights outcomes. Your mileage may vary. Please seek advice from qualified military practitioners in Sri Lanka before embarking on your own crushing & disappearances program.

  50. Rip
    EDE

    You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!

    You are basically, trying to monopolize the AI audience with your version of the events,

  51. white van, Unmarked vans
    Sri Lankan reporter ‘kidnapped’
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8119854.stm

    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    In peace, Sri Lankans still disappear
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/090430/peace-does-not-stop-sri-lanka-disappearances

  52. The economic crisis in Sri Lanka and its flow through have a critical effect on ‘National Reconciliation’ – be it reconciliation between the Sinhalese and Tamils, or the reconciliation between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ among the Sinhala people. It therefore merits careful scrutiny.

    The country has been heavily in debt for years, with more problems to follow. The Rajapaksa government (elected November 2005) went on a spending spree to finance the war on the LTTE, crushing it, and also slaughtering upward of 40,000 Tamil and Muslim civilians – a massacre that ended in May 2009, with the President announcing “victory” and the end of the war.

    Despite this, a year later, (June 2010), as has been mentioned, the Armed Forces have gone from 175,000, to 230,000 with a declared intention of getting this up to 300,000. The question is why the military should be substantially increased when there is no war. The answer is that it is ‘necessary’ to crush Sinhalese if they protest at the escalating cost of living. That is what fascist dictatorships and totalitarian regimes have done over the ages. The Rajapaksa regime is no exception.

    The Defence budget in 2010, a year after the end of the armed conflict, to ‘defend’ the country from a non-existent enemy, is Rs 202 billion ($US 1.8 billion), 21 % of the total expenditure of Rs 974 billion to government ministries.

    Last year (2009), government debt reached an incredible Rs 4.1 trillion, of which Rs 1.8 trillion was foreign debt, a 22% rise. Sri Lanka’s Central Bank annual report stated: “The ratio of debt service to government revenue increased further to 117.5% from 90.5%”. Total debt servicing rose by 39% to Rs 825.7 billion in 2009, including a massive interest payment of Rs 309.7 billon which comprised 26% of total expenditure.

    There has been a marked increase in public debt with repayments in 2010 of Rs 767 billion, 44 % of the total budget expenditure of Rs 1,780 billion.

    In July 2009, with the government facing bankruptcy, Sri Lanka was forced to beg for an IMF loan of $US 2.6 billion, to ward off a balance of payments crisis, having earlier boasted that it never will! The IMF released two installments but withheld the third in February 2010 because the government failed to indicate how it would rein in the budget deficit, which reached 9.7% of GDP in 2009. The IMF demanded a reduction to 7% in 2009, 6% in 2010, and 5% in 2011.

  53. @ Gunalan:

    We've both been very critical of the SL govt when they do or allow stupid things to be done. That's called the ability to think for ourselves.

    And then you ruin your own argument with this: "Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression."

    Ha ha ahh ha ha ! Thanks for my morning laugh! :)

    Who can forget Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Tamilnut. Truly, the gift that keeps giving.

    "beating their keyboards in impotent rage" Hmmm… that sounds like day in the life of a disappointed Eelam supporter. We who support a united, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual SL are the ones looking forward instead of lamenting the destruction of our cause.

  54. The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 – May 2009), with features of Genocide, and done under the guise of “wiping out ‘Tamil terrorism’”, has made national reconciliation impossible.

    For national reconciliation to occur there are some fundamental requirements.

    1.There must be a genuine intention to do so.
    2.There must be regret for all that has happened to make national reconciliation necessary.
    3.The fundamental problems that caused the rift must be addressed.
    4.There must be a determination to wipe out all the obstructions to this process.

    Since none of these are present in Sri Lanka, national reconciliation is not possible. It is as simple as that.

    The pretence of ‘national reconciliation’ is nothing but a myth propagated by the GoSL with the sole intention of obtaining international support to keep a totalitarian regime going.

    Before these fundamental requirements are discussed in detail, four crucial points must be appreciated.

    1.There has been a complete dismantling of Democracy.
    2.There is a clearly stated aim to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation.
    3.There is an international dimension with foreign governments getting involved for their own geopolitical and economic gains.
    4.Sri Lanka is a British colonial construct, which has failed. Until this is reversed, there will be no prosperity, peace or reconciliation.

    ‘Anti-Tamil ideology, international meddling make reconciliation impossible’
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=32514

  55. Military Men To Head Key Sri Lanka Missions

    •Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK,
    •Major General Prasanna Silva as the defence attaché to the High Commission in the UK,
    •Major General G.A. Chandrasiri as the Permanent Representative to the Sri Lankan Mission to the UN in New York,
    •Major General Shavendra Silva as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

    ————————–
    The Western Governments couldn't possibly have shook their hands.

    Their hands are drenched in blood of the innocent women and children !!!

    It would have been repulsive !!

  56. Finally some good news for Eelam!

    The LTTE isn't banned in New Zealand and its judiciary seem to love the LTTE. So, you can all migrate to New Zealand and establish it there. I'd be careful of the Maoris, though. They're a tough bunch and may not take kindly to an influx of Eelamish hordes. :)
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    "The Supreme Court of New Zealand in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka. The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change."

    The SL govt regretfully declined to "concede" to the LTTE's demands. How sad for the LTTE.

    I'm sure that ordinary Kiwis desperately want the multicultural enrichment and new skills that the Eelamists will bring to New Zealand, including credit card fraud, fake ID documents, 'non-violent' youth gangs, drug and people smuggling etc.

  57. @ Kanagarathnam:

    Rip

    EDE
    "You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!"

    Au contraire, my Eelamish friend :)

    Aunty Adele Balasingham, procuring children for the LTTE and distributing cyanide capsules to Tamil child soldiers.

    True or False? True.
    http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    Next, lie, please!

    We don't need to create propaganda when truth of the LTTE's crimes are on videotape. You might fool these suddhas, but we all know the truth, right? :)

  58. @ Kanagarathnam:

    Rip

    EDE
    "You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!"

    Au contraire, my Eelamish friend :)

    Aunty Adele Balasingham, procuring children for the LTTE and distributing cyanide capsules to Tamil child soldiers.

    True or False? True.
    http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    Next, lie, please!

    We don't need to create propaganda when truth of the LTTE's crimes are on videotape. You might fool these suddhas, but we all know the truth, right? :)

  59. It comes as no suprise that "patriots" like Rip, EDE blindly advocate everything done by a the Sri Lanka government right or wrong.

    The dangerous trend of this government and (many so called "patriots" in here) where the “Ape” label is thrown out so freely to all those who disagree and the people are expected to cow down to unscrupulous characters.

    Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.

    Unlike the despicable one sided ones – most of the Sri Lankan Media outlets

    If there is anything sadder than a cause so intellectually and morally bankrupt that it can only be supported by attacking its critics instead of their arguments.

    Rip, EDE are beating their keyboards in impotent rage.

  60. When 'disappearances' help improve Human Rights.

    In August 2000, the British Army finally brought peace to Sierra Leone by destroying (i.e. crushing) the arm-chopping, child-massacaring rabble called "the West Side Boys".

    The British Army were.. (uh.. how shall I put this politely so that 'Human Rights activists' won't faint?)… ruthless in their crushing of the 'West Side Boys'.
    http://tinyurl.com/2f5nwnz

    "…… the complete destruction of the West Side Boys as a fighting force…. British forces stayed on the ground around Gberi Bana for four more hours, hunting down and engaging the rebels. No quarter was given.

    At least 200 enemy combatants were killed during and after the rescue, including several women and children."

    And then the 'disappearances':

    "…Faced with many bodies, the decision was taken to conceal the number of enemy fatalities by dis­posing of some of them."

    The result of this 'crushing'?

    "Within days.. the West Side Boys had been wound up, its commanders in custody, its surviving foot soldiers limping out of the jungle to take part in a national ­disarmament programme."

    Nice work, no?

    Even more amazingly, the resulting peace (brought by the Brits by the barrels of their guns) allowed AI's then chief Irene Khan to visit Sierra Leone to be crowned Paramount Chief of Bombali District. http://tinyurl.com/yzd5z32

    How lovely, inclusive and peaceful.

    Disclaimer: Crushing & disappearances are not always guaranteed to produce positive Human Rights outcomes. Your mileage may vary. Please seek advice from qualified military practitioners in Sri Lanka before embarking on your own crushing & disappearances program.

  61. When 'disappearances' help improve Human Rights.

    In August 2000, the British Army finally brought peace to Sierra Leone by destroying (i.e. crushing) the arm-chopping, child-massacaring rabble called "the West Side Boys".

    The British Army were.. (uh.. how shall I put this politely so that 'Human Rights activists' won't faint?)… ruthless in their crushing of the 'West Side Boys'.
    http://tinyurl.com/2f5nwnz

    "…… the complete destruction of the West Side Boys as a fighting force…. British forces stayed on the ground around Gberi Bana for four more hours, hunting down and engaging the rebels. No quarter was given.

    At least 200 enemy combatants were killed during and after the rescue, including several women and children."

    And then the 'disappearances':

    "…Faced with many bodies, the decision was taken to conceal the number of enemy fatalities by dis­posing of some of them."

    The result of this 'crushing'?

    "Within days.. the West Side Boys had been wound up, its commanders in custody, its surviving foot soldiers limping out of the jungle to take part in a national ­disarmament programme."

    Nice work, no?

    Even more amazingly, the resulting peace (brought by the Brits by the barrels of their guns) allowed AI's then chief Irene Khan to visit Sierra Leone to be crowned Paramount Chief of Bombali District. http://tinyurl.com/yzd5z32

    How lovely, inclusive and peaceful.

    Disclaimer: Crushing & disappearances are not always guaranteed to produce positive Human Rights outcomes. Your mileage may vary. Please seek advice from qualified military practitioners in Sri Lanka before embarking on your own crushing & disappearances program.

  62. Gunalan and others here …… can see malevolent comments by Rip and EDE intoxicated with venom, vengeance, and vile hatred against anyone who disagrees or critical of Sri Lanka ,typifies the emotional nature of most Sinhalese, a quality that seems to be the key driving force in them – one that seems rooted in deeply seeded insecurities.

  63. Kanagarathnam Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:24 am

    You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!You are basically, trying to monopolize the AI audience with your version of the events

    If you have a little bit of brain to read and understand what's posted above, please check what your fellow Apes and Worms of Peelam has posted – let me remind you that the AI thread is about disappearance in Sri Lanka. Check out your posts – Some name boards in Singhala, People from forces being appointed to diplomatic missions, Sri Lanka's Economics, Oil distribution, national reconciliation, Gay sounding poetry from Savage to Guanalan etc..So, with that tiny winy brain you have you decide who is posting rubbish here. At least i have a new found respect to Cut and paste Rohan who would paste articles that are related to the topic.

    Then you decide how many such posts are made under different names / handles and also from what source they come from. Then you will realize who actually is trying to monopolize this blog as well as spam this blog.

    If you still fail to figure that out, go show the blog to one of your white masters with more brains and tell him to explain it for you – if still you don't understand, better to hang your self than being a burden to the world.

    Gunalan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Hello there Guna who conveniently forgets the questions posted at him – still you think killing Lakshman K and other Tamils by LTTE is a good thing to happen ?? Check out the above link on crimes posted by Kapanna Alawanna – it will show the damage your Apes of Peelam have done to the good Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    It comes as no suprise that “patriots” like Rip, EDE blindly advocate everything done by a the Sri Lanka government right or wrong.

    It's unfortunate you did not see our comments criticizing the GOSL on many counts including 83 riots – if you did not see them, that is your own fault or your inability to read and understand stuff. It is your problem and not ours. But, we would like to see you say what LTTE did was wrong in killing all our good Tamil leaders. But, I do not expect such straight forwardness from an impotent Ape like you !!

    Also, please bare in mind that the Ape and Worm label is thrown at mentally under developed Terrorists immaterial of ethnicity – Ex. Adela who is Australian = Ape. Bin Laden who is Arab = Ape.

    Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.

    I wonder what the BBC, CNN and other "Most Watched" news sources would think when you call the Tamil.net to be unbiased…

    Let me give you an insight of Tamilnut

    Tamil.Net's three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 114,141. It has been online for at least fourteen years. It is based in Australia. While Tamil.Net is ranked #12,156 in India, where roughly 82% of its visitors are located, it is also popular in Sri Lanka, where it is ranked #7,220, and this site has a relatively good traffic rank in the cities of Madras (#1,729) and Madurai (#1,758).

    So most visitors are from Madras and Marai – compare that with any other news site !! Follow the link and you will get a good analysis of the site that you feel is credible !!!
    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/2010/08/tami

    Once you check the link out and see to your self where your nut site that is run by fellow impotent apes stands – let's discuss the meaning of the word credibility !!! BTW, don't use the words I use on you on me – be creative and find your own words (not similar words)

    Until then, try tell me whether you appreciate the LTTE killing Lakshman K and other great tamil leaders of Sri Lanka !!

  64. In early June 2010, the Sri Lanka government presented to Parliament the expenditure estimates as part of an Appropriation Bill for 2010. The two largest budget items were Defence and Debt repayment. The necessary cuts will be made elsewhere, in particular, a freeze on wages, cuts in pensions and welfare benefits, and a slashing of funds for health and education.

    The budget was finally brought down on 29 June, 2010. The day before, a copy of the budget was sent to the IMF to show the massive assault on the working people that the government was going to unleash. The IMF was ‘impressed’ and released the third (suspended) installment of the $US 2.6 billion loan.

    The allocation for the Rehabilitation Ministry was slashed from Rs 4 billion to Rs 2 billion. The result will be that thousands of refugees in the North and East will continue to lack homes and essential services. As is obvious, national reconciliation with the Tamils in the North and East is simply impossible if they lack homes and essential services.

    Allocations for Health and Education were Rs 52 and 46 billion respectively, a total of Rs 10 billion less than for 2009. (The allocation for 2009 was itself Rs 12 billion less than for 2008).

    Well aware that such measures will provoke massive opposition and even strikes by working people, Rajapaksa has retained the huge Police State apparatus to crush any form of opposition. This is what a Police State does to its people irrespective of ethnicity.

  65. @ Gunalan:

    We've both been very critical of the SL govt when they do or allow stupid things to be done. That's called the ability to think for ourselves.

    And then you ruin your own argument with this: "Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression."

    Ha ha ahh ha ha ! Thanks for my morning laugh! :)

    Who can forget Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Tamilnut. Truly, the gift that keeps giving.

    "beating their keyboards in impotent rage" Hmmm… that sounds like day in the life of a disappointed Eelam supporter. We who support a united, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual SL are the ones looking forward instead of lamenting the destruction of our cause.

  66. @ Gunalan:

    We've both been very critical of the SL govt when they do or allow stupid things to be done. That's called the ability to think for ourselves.

    And then you ruin your own argument with this: "Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression."

    Ha ha ahh ha ha ! Thanks for my morning laugh! :)

    Who can forget Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Tamilnut. Truly, the gift that keeps giving.

    "beating their keyboards in impotent rage" Hmmm… that sounds like day in the life of a disappointed Eelam supporter. We who support a united, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual SL are the ones looking forward instead of lamenting the destruction of our cause.

  67. Finally some good news for Eelam!

    The LTTE isn't banned in New Zealand and its judiciary seem to love the LTTE. So, you can all migrate to New Zealand and establish it there. I'd be careful of the Maoris, though. They're a tough bunch and may not take kindly to an influx of Eelamish hordes. :)
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    "The Supreme Court of New Zealand in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka. The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change."

    The SL govt regretfully declined to "concede" to the LTTE's demands. How sad for the LTTE.

    I'm sure that ordinary Kiwis desperately want the multicultural enrichment and new skills that the Eelamists will bring to New Zealand, including credit card fraud, fake ID documents, 'non-violent' youth gangs, drug and people smuggling etc.

  68. Finally some good news for Eelam!

    The LTTE isn't banned in New Zealand and its judiciary seem to love the LTTE. So, you can all migrate to New Zealand and establish it there. I'd be careful of the Maoris, though. They're a tough bunch and may not take kindly to an influx of Eelamish hordes. :)
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    "The Supreme Court of New Zealand in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka. The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change."

    The SL govt regretfully declined to "concede" to the LTTE's demands. How sad for the LTTE.

    I'm sure that ordinary Kiwis desperately want the multicultural enrichment and new skills that the Eelamists will bring to New Zealand, including credit card fraud, fake ID documents, 'non-violent' youth gangs, drug and people smuggling etc.

  69. Mahinda Rajapakse means to be President for life

    The charade is finally over. President Rajapakse has informed Sri Lanka’s Micawberian Opposition that he intends to remove presidential term-limits and run for a third (and, the Grim Reaper permitting, a fourth and a fifth…) term. Clearly Rajapakse père means to be President for life, and be succeeded by Rajapakse fils. The UNP has been deluded, yet again, and (wittingly or unwittingly) made to serve the dynastic ambitions of the Ruling Family.

    Now that the truth is out, the UNP cannot continue to cling to the mirage of consensual politics. Here is an issue which must be fought and can be won. If the Rajapakse plan to remove presidential term-limits is successful, Sri Lanka will succumb to Dynastic Rule. But, if the proposed amendment is defeated, there is a fighting chance for a non-Rajapakse to succeed Mahinda Rajapakse, six years from now. This is a battle which cannot be evaded by any who abhors the thought of Sri Lanka in the grip of a tyrannous and rapacious Family Oligarchy.

    Removing presidential term limits while preserving the powers of executive presidency is incompatible with democracy. Consequently this is not a partisan issue but a straightforward battle for democracy in which all opposition parties (from the UNP to the JVP and the DNA, from the SLMC to the TNA and the TULF) can join, without reservations about political principles or electoral spoils. Since, in the final analysis, the only real beneficiaries of the proposed amendment are some members of the Rajapakse Family and their hangers-on, this issue can be used to drive a wedge not only between the Ruling Family and the Ruling Party but also within the Ruling Family, causing the isolation of Rajapakse père and fils, (Would Basil Rajapakse, for instance, be elated at the thought of a President Namal?) The Rajapakses, in their unctuous greed, have presented the opposition with the ideal single-issue campaign which can ‘unite the many to defeat the few’. Will the opposition grab this opportunity or miss it to the detriment of our common future?

  70. A. Savage

    Thank you for your insightful comment.

    ndia is paying for supporting the Sri Lanka Mass Murderers who slaughter 40 000 innocent women and children in the Tamil War.

    The Chinese pearl necklace is becoming a Hangman noose for India

    BTW I’ve read your poetry . Those lovely verses touched me. Thank you

  71. Not a single IDP registered (because they do NOT want to vote for the Rajapaksa government!)

    Nearly 14,000 IDP families will lose their voting rights in the coming local council elections. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) claim that not a single IDP has been registered three months after the Department of Elections commenced its 2010 voter registry revision and that 14,184 IDP families will lose their chance to vote in the coming local council elections if immediate action is not taken. After three months the officials have made dismal progress in the North and the East

  72. Sri Lanka journalist who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010.

    The former President of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Mr. Jayantha has since left the country on security grounds.

    Police have recently informed the court that the investigation is no longer active as no suspects have been found.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  73. Kanagarathnam Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:24 am

    You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!You are basically, trying to monopolize the AI audience with your version of the events

    If you have a little bit of brain to read and understand what's posted above, please check what your fellow Apes and Worms of Peelam has posted – let me remind you that the AI thread is about disappearance in Sri Lanka. Check out your posts – Some name boards in Singhala, People from forces being appointed to diplomatic missions, Sri Lanka's Economics, Oil distribution, national reconciliation, Gay sounding poetry from Savage to Guanalan etc..So, with that tiny winy brain you have you decide who is posting rubbish here. At least i have a new found respect to Cut and paste Rohan who would paste articles that are related to the topic.

    Then you decide how many such posts are made under different names / handles and also from what source they come from. Then you will realize who actually is trying to monopolize this blog as well as spam this blog.

    If you still fail to figure that out, go show the blog to one of your white masters with more brains and tell him to explain it for you – if still you don't understand, better to hang your self than being a burden to the world.

    Gunalan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Hello there Guna who conveniently forgets the questions posted at him – still you think killing Lakshman K and other Tamils by LTTE is a good thing to happen ?? Check out the above link on crimes posted by Kapanna Alawanna – it will show the damage your Apes of Peelam have done to the good Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    It comes as no suprise that “patriots” like Rip, EDE blindly advocate everything done by a the Sri Lanka government right or wrong.

    It's unfortunate you did not see our comments criticizing the GOSL on many counts including 83 riots – if you did not see them, that is your own fault or your inability to read and understand stuff. It is your problem and not ours. But, we would like to see you say what LTTE did was wrong in killing all our good Tamil leaders. But, I do not expect such straight forwardness from an impotent Ape like you !!

    Also, please bare in mind that the Ape and Worm label is thrown at mentally under developed Terrorists immaterial of ethnicity – Ex. Adela who is Australian = Ape. Bin Laden who is Arab = Ape.

    Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.

    I wonder what the BBC, CNN and other "Most Watched" news sources would think when you call the Tamil.net to be unbiased…

    Let me give you an insight of Tamilnut

    Tamil.Net's three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 114,141. It has been online for at least fourteen years. It is based in Australia. While Tamil.Net is ranked #12,156 in India, where roughly 82% of its visitors are located, it is also popular in Sri Lanka, where it is ranked #7,220, and this site has a relatively good traffic rank in the cities of Madras (#1,729) and Madurai (#1,758).

    So most visitors are from Madras and Marai – compare that with any other news site !! Follow the link and you will get a good analysis of the site that you feel is credible !!!
    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/2010/08/tami

    Once you check the link out and see to your self where your nut site that is run by fellow impotent apes stands – let's discuss the meaning of the word credibility !!! BTW, don't use the words I use on you on me – be creative and find your own words (not similar words)

    Until then, try tell me whether you appreciate the LTTE killing Lakshman K and other great tamil leaders of Sri Lanka !!

  74. Kanagarathnam Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:24 am

    You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!You are basically, trying to monopolize the AI audience with your version of the events

    If you have a little bit of brain to read and understand what's posted above, please check what your fellow Apes and Worms of Peelam has posted – let me remind you that the AI thread is about disappearance in Sri Lanka. Check out your posts – Some name boards in Singhala, People from forces being appointed to diplomatic missions, Sri Lanka's Economics, Oil distribution, national reconciliation, Gay sounding poetry from Savage to Guanalan etc..So, with that tiny winy brain you have you decide who is posting rubbish here. At least i have a new found respect to Cut and paste Rohan who would paste articles that are related to the topic.

    Then you decide how many such posts are made under different names / handles and also from what source they come from. Then you will realize who actually is trying to monopolize this blog as well as spam this blog.

    If you still fail to figure that out, go show the blog to one of your white masters with more brains and tell him to explain it for you – if still you don't understand, better to hang your self than being a burden to the world.

    Gunalan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Hello there Guna who conveniently forgets the questions posted at him – still you think killing Lakshman K and other Tamils by LTTE is a good thing to happen ?? Check out the above link on crimes posted by Kapanna Alawanna – it will show the damage your Apes of Peelam have done to the good Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    It comes as no suprise that “patriots” like Rip, EDE blindly advocate everything done by a the Sri Lanka government right or wrong.

    It's unfortunate you did not see our comments criticizing the GOSL on many counts including 83 riots – if you did not see them, that is your own fault or your inability to read and understand stuff. It is your problem and not ours. But, we would like to see you say what LTTE did was wrong in killing all our good Tamil leaders. But, I do not expect such straight forwardness from an impotent Ape like you !!

    Also, please bare in mind that the Ape and Worm label is thrown at mentally under developed Terrorists immaterial of ethnicity – Ex. Adela who is Australian = Ape. Bin Laden who is Arab = Ape.

    Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.

    I wonder what the BBC, CNN and other "Most Watched" news sources would think when you call the Tamil.net to be unbiased…

    Let me give you an insight of Tamilnut

    Tamil.Net's three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 114,141. It has been online for at least fourteen years. It is based in Australia. While Tamil.Net is ranked #12,156 in India, where roughly 82% of its visitors are located, it is also popular in Sri Lanka, where it is ranked #7,220, and this site has a relatively good traffic rank in the cities of Madras (#1,729) and Madurai (#1,758).

    So most visitors are from Madras and Marai – compare that with any other news site !! Follow the link and you will get a good analysis of the site that you feel is credible !!!
    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/2010/08/tami

    Once you check the link out and see to your self where your nut site that is run by fellow impotent apes stands – let's discuss the meaning of the word credibility !!! BTW, don't use the words I use on you on me – be creative and find your own words (not similar words)

    Until then, try tell me whether you appreciate the LTTE killing Lakshman K and other great tamil leaders of Sri Lanka !!

  75. The Alleged War Crimes Criminals are invading the Western countries with diplomatic portfolios

    Are they exporting the “ death squads in white vans “ culture ?

    Military Men To Head Key SL Missions in UK

    * Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK,

    * Major General Prasanna Silva as the defence attaché to the High Commission in the UK,

    * Major General G.A. Chandrasiri as the Permanent Representative to the Sri Lankan Mission to the UN in New York,

    * Major General Shavendra Silva as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

  76. Tamils for Obama to Supreme Court: Can the U.S. Arrest Rajapaksa?

    Tamils for Obama, a political group of American Tamils, wrote to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts asking for his opinion on whether Mahinda Rajapaksa (president of Sri Lanka and possible author of crimes committed during the recent Sri Lankan civil war) can be arrested as he travels through the U.S. this fall.

    Tamils for Obama asked that question in a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

    “The United States has arrested and deported accused war criminals in the past,” explained a spokesman for the Tamil American group.

    “Our country arrested accused Nazis decades after the crimes they were supposed to have committed took place, so this is not unprecedented.

    “We guess that this is different because the accusations come from international civilian organizations–the International Human Rights Groups, and so forth–rather than courts of law.

    They say that there is plenty of evidence that Sri Lankan government forces, which were ultimately commanded by President Rajapaksa, committed what would probably be considered war crimes…

  77. Supreme Court decides ‘LTTE a Political organisation’

    The Supreme Court of New Zealand Friday dismissed the appeal of the government seeking rejection of the refugee status of an Eezham Tamil who was captaining a ship carrying arms to the LTTE.

    The court in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka.

    The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change.

  78. Sri Lanka journalist who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010.

    The former President of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Mr. Jayantha has since left the country on security grounds.

    Police have recently informed the court that the investigation is no longer active as no suspects have been found.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  79. Sri Lanka journalist who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010.

    The former President of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Mr. Jayantha has since left the country on security grounds.

    Police have recently informed the court that the investigation is no longer active as no suspects have been found.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  80. Unlimited power coupled with an unlimited term for the executive office is a certain recipe for dictatorship.

    It seems that the majority has chosen this path and so be it.

    Thanks to fools like Ranil W this spells the end to democratic opposition and dissent in Sri Lanka.

    Already the signs are evident, with the eviction of the poor in Colombo to the acquisition of privatly owned lands in the North and East.

    Is this the development we want where the rich get richer and the poor poorer?

    Grandiose schemes of carpeting roads and building airports while the poor stagnate in dire want and poverty.

    It seems that the Sri Lanka Govt is running short of options and legalized dictatorship at the point of the gun, once turned at the Tamils, now to intimidate its own people is imminent.

    The opposition seems to have thrown in the towel with impotent leaders like the caliber of RW.

  81. Kanagarathnam Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Dear Impotent Ape worm !!

    Check the previous post where we condemn the 83 attacks on Tamils !!

    If that's not being critical, you need to go find a dictionary to figure out the meaning of the word criticizing !! We are not here to give our rear ends to the GOSL, but save Sri Lanka from Terrorists like you !!

    Now, let's see, can you call your selves unbiased and critical when required ?? Let's see your comments on killing of Lakshman Kadiragamar and other Tamil politicians by the LTTE -Try tell me whether you are for it or against it you impotent spineless chicken head !!

  82. Where is this ‘disappeared’ woman?

    I urge all Amnesty International supporters to start looking for Aunty Adele Adele Balasingham, a horrendous serial abuser of child and human rights living in the cosy gentility of a New Malden, (a south London suburb) or the Bahamas.

    She’s publicly admitted to her crimes. Here’s Aunty Adele distributing cyande capsules to Tamil child soldiers: http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    AI Head office appear to be oddly hesitant in starting a letter writing campaign to find Aunty Adele. It’s now up to you, loyal AI members. Think of it as a more useful game of ‘Where’s Wally’?

    @. Gunalan & a.savage: will you two just get a room? :) Its been lovely to see a.savage declare his/her affection for Guanalan with poems, looking for voices in the wind etc. A more perfect union is hard to imagine!

  83. As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get’s good marks for his Performance Review by end of December.

    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread347164/pg1

    Please check this link too…

    Try to find people who disappeared in your own back yard before trying to see what’s happening 180 degrees away !!!

    Red on, but this is an exert !!

    In the U.S. alone there are reports of over 10,000,000 people going missing per year. Out of this figure 500,000 are never found. Some of these people are victims of crimes but some are just gone.

    It is also good if AI can have a program to find these people !!

    Another example of trying to wash other people’s back sides when you are in the shit pit !!

  84. Dear Jim,

    Where’s your appreciation for what Sri Lanka has achieved?

    Through the single-minded crushing of the LTTE and it’s military capability, this SL govt has made possible the prospect of ‘normal’ SL. Granted, it has a long, long way to go and there are issues of governance etc. But I see no love from AI for SL having proved that crushing terrorists causes a huge improvement in human rights.

    p.s. can you do something about these ‘cut’n'paste suicide attacks by disgruntled pro-LTTErs? Its ruining the blog and any meaningful debate/conversation.

    p.p.s. hint to pro-LTTE groupies: no-one reads your tedious, long-winded articles copied from Tamilnut.

  85. Rohan

    August 31st, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Thank you Rohan for this link.

    When i read it the below

    “Despite the civil population being Tamil the sign boards to the road are in Sinhala”

    It remains me of the incident in the 80ties when I was insulted and severely beaten for not answering a soldier in Sinhala at a check point in Batticaloa.

    I could have spoken with the Sri Lanka Army soldier in English.

    But the soldier did not speak either Tamil or English so was got angry with a crazed look in his eyes full of hatred and disgust started to scream.

    He very close and shouted so loudly that my ears were hurt.

    I felt his saliva on face. Then he grab me viciously and punch me in my face, stomach and rib cage.

    Two of my ribs were broken and I end up in hospital.

    Sri Lanka Army soldier felt that he is superior to me and this kind treatment is OK.

    This is the Sinhalese domination and never ending slavery for Tamils.

  86. Garment factories exploiting Northern girls

    A garment sector trade union leader charged yesterday that some garment manufacturers were seeking cheap female labour from the one time battle areas of the north.“Factory workers were leaving due to poor wages, work and living conditions.

    Most in the north are ignorant of the labour laws and are falling prey,” Anton Marcus, President of the Progressive Free Trade Zone and Apparel Union told the Sunday Times.

    “After many years of war, the people in these areas are ignorant of workers rights, wages and so on and are easy prey for the apparel operators. Most of the big names currently touring the north and east are known to be serious violators of labour laws,” Mr. Fernando charged.

    He said there was a huge dearth of factory hands at the moment because many were leaving owing to poor wages and working and living conditions.

    “Therefore the apparel bosses have switched to the north and east where there is widespread unemployment. These people are willing to work for any wage and they care less about the working or living conditions. At the end of the day, these workers will be exploited,” he said.

    Meanwhile politicians in the north and east have also begun to frown on the ad-hoc system of recruiting workers from the area. In one case a local MP stopped a group of Kilinochchi girls from being loaded into a bus before they were taken to a factory in Kandy.

    TNA politician S. Sritharan said they had no objection to the recruitment but it should be done in a proper manner. “These girls are just loaded on to buses. No one knows where they are heading for. There should be some transparency in the whole issue.

    I have taken the matter up with the authorities,” he said.He said that even some security forces personnel were openly assisting in the apparel operators’ campaign to recruit unsuspecting girls.

    Lasantha De Silva with Timex Garments admitted they were involved in a recruitment drive in the north and east but said there was no illegality in it
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/garment_facto

  87. Rip
    EDE

    You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!

    You are basically, trying to monopolize the AI audience with your version of the events,

  88. The economic crisis in Sri Lanka and its flow through have a critical effect on ‘National Reconciliation’ – be it reconciliation between the Sinhalese and Tamils, or the reconciliation between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ among the Sinhala people. It therefore merits careful scrutiny.

    The country has been heavily in debt for years, with more problems to follow. The Rajapaksa government (elected November 2005) went on a spending spree to finance the war on the LTTE, crushing it, and also slaughtering upward of 40,000 Tamil and Muslim civilians – a massacre that ended in May 2009, with the President announcing “victory” and the end of the war.

    Despite this, a year later, (June 2010), as has been mentioned, the Armed Forces have gone from 175,000, to 230,000 with a declared intention of getting this up to 300,000. The question is why the military should be substantially increased when there is no war. The answer is that it is ‘necessary’ to crush Sinhalese if they protest at the escalating cost of living. That is what fascist dictatorships and totalitarian regimes have done over the ages. The Rajapaksa regime is no exception.

    The Defence budget in 2010, a year after the end of the armed conflict, to ‘defend’ the country from a non-existent enemy, is Rs 202 billion ($US 1.8 billion), 21 % of the total expenditure of Rs 974 billion to government ministries.

    Last year (2009), government debt reached an incredible Rs 4.1 trillion, of which Rs 1.8 trillion was foreign debt, a 22% rise. Sri Lanka’s Central Bank annual report stated: “The ratio of debt service to government revenue increased further to 117.5% from 90.5%”. Total debt servicing rose by 39% to Rs 825.7 billion in 2009, including a massive interest payment of Rs 309.7 billon which comprised 26% of total expenditure.

    There has been a marked increase in public debt with repayments in 2010 of Rs 767 billion, 44 % of the total budget expenditure of Rs 1,780 billion.

    In July 2009, with the government facing bankruptcy, Sri Lanka was forced to beg for an IMF loan of $US 2.6 billion, to ward off a balance of payments crisis, having earlier boasted that it never will! The IMF released two installments but withheld the third in February 2010 because the government failed to indicate how it would rein in the budget deficit, which reached 9.7% of GDP in 2009. The IMF demanded a reduction to 7% in 2009, 6% in 2010, and 5% in 2011.

  89. More than settlements, government working hard for splits states, Mano Ganeshan http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bIAQUe0dRlm

    Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said, the Sri Lankan government does not have any concern to find a settlement to the crisis faced by the Sri lankan Tamils.
    The government without finding a settlement to the crisis, is more concern to originate splits was pointed out by him. The war has come to an end, and one year and more has elapsed, but the Tamils issues are still the same. The political parties without giving importance to the people’s aspirations are functioning in the aim of political gains which he mentioned. In this situation the government is working hard to bring split among the north, east and upcountry Tamils which he alleged.

    Expectations that UN will originate a Commission to investigate missing persons in Sri Lanka http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bbnVBYYyddc

  90. Reports states, 35 Tamil political prisoners detained at the Anuradhapura Prison from the year 2005, had made an urgency appeal from the Sri Lankan Government. Their appeal is to release them or to bail them out.
    The prisoners are natives of Vavuniya, Anurahdapura, Mannar, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitheevu and Batticaloa districts. They informed at many times they were produced in courts, but necessary inquires were not held. They pointed out charges are not filed against them. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bb445JB32ee

  91. Don’t Forget 40,000 Tamils Disappeared in Sri Lanka last year.

    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians – former UN official http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009, according to a former United Nations official with detailed knowledge of events, press reports said. The former United Nations’ spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has resigned from the UN after 14 years and returned home to Australia, where he was interviewed by ABC News. “He’s now free to speak openly about the situation in Sri Lanka, for the first time and does so candidly and unflinchingly,” the media agency said.

    A survivor of the slaughter in Vanni, who escaped from Muliyavaikkal on May 18 last year, shared his experiences of losing his father and cousins, of seeing people blown up in front of his eyes.

    “We took the injured to hospitals, and they [the Sri Lankan government] targeted the hospitals,” he said. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  92. Military Men To Head Key Sri Lanka Missions

    •Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK,
    •Major General Prasanna Silva as the defence attaché to the High Commission in the UK,
    •Major General G.A. Chandrasiri as the Permanent Representative to the Sri Lankan Mission to the UN in New York,
    •Major General Shavendra Silva as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

    ————————–
    The Western Governments couldn’t possibly have shook their hands.

    Their hands are drenched in blood of the innocent women and children !!!

    It would have been repulsive !!

  93. The 11-member IIGEP said: "Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions."

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP's decision to terminate the mission "with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.":
    A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    Lack of financial independence of the Commission http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  94. @ Kanagarathnam:

    Rip

    EDE
    “You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!”

    Au contraire, my Eelamish friend :)

    Aunty Adele Balasingham, procuring children for the LTTE and distributing cyanide capsules to Tamil child soldiers.

    True or False? True.

    http://tinyurl.com/3457232

    Next, lie, please!

    We don’t need to create propaganda when truth of the LTTE’s crimes are on videotape. You might fool these suddhas, but we all know the truth, right? :)

  95. The Sri Lanka’s debt was the second highest in South Asia, increasing from 81% of GDP in 2008 to 86% in 2009.

    The country’s public debt rose to 86% of GDP last year – the second highest in any Asian country. Debt repayments is 44% of overall expenditure. The largest budget allocation is, and has been for years, for debt service repayments. In 2010, interest payments alone account for Rs 337 billion, 26% of total expenditure. In addition, the government has to find Rs 565 billion for debt repayments this year, raising its gross borrowings to Rs 980 billion ($US 8.5 billion).

    Unable to implement the IMF austerity measures without facing a massive anti-government backlash from voters, Rajapaksa repeatedly delayed the budget for 2010 (due in November 2009) till he was safely re-installed as President (January 2010), and his government re-elected (April 2010).

    In May 2010, Sri Lanka gave an undertaking to the IMF that it would considerably reduce recurrent spending by cutting government subsidies to the Ceylon Electricity Board, Petroleum Corporation, Central Transport Board, Railways, and Postal services. This can be achieved only by axing jobs, cutting wage and increasing prices.

  96. Garment factories exploiting Northern girls

    A garment sector trade union leader charged yesterday that some garment manufacturers were seeking cheap female labour from the one time battle areas of the north.“Factory workers were leaving due to poor wages, work and living conditions.

    Most in the north are ignorant of the labour laws and are falling prey,” Anton Marcus, President of the Progressive Free Trade Zone and Apparel Union told the Sunday Times.

    “After many years of war, the people in these areas are ignorant of workers rights, wages and so on and are easy prey for the apparel operators. Most of the big names currently touring the north and east are known to be serious violators of labour laws,” Mr. Fernando charged.

    He said there was a huge dearth of factory hands at the moment because many were leaving owing to poor wages and working and living conditions.

    “Therefore the apparel bosses have switched to the north and east where there is widespread unemployment. These people are willing to work for any wage and they care less about the working or living conditions. At the end of the day, these workers will be exploited,” he said.

    Meanwhile politicians in the north and east have also begun to frown on the ad-hoc system of recruiting workers from the area. In one case a local MP stopped a group of Kilinochchi girls from being loaded into a bus before they were taken to a factory in Kandy.

    TNA politician S. Sritharan said they had no objection to the recruitment but it should be done in a proper manner. “These girls are just loaded on to buses. No one knows where they are heading for. There should be some transparency in the whole issue.

    I have taken the matter up with the authorities,” he said.He said that even some security forces personnel were openly assisting in the apparel operators’ campaign to recruit unsuspecting girls.

    Lasantha De Silva with Timex Garments admitted they were involved in a recruitment drive in the north and east but said there was no illegality in it
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/garment_facto

  97. Garment factories exploiting Northern girls

    A garment sector trade union leader charged yesterday that some garment manufacturers were seeking cheap female labour from the one time battle areas of the north.“Factory workers were leaving due to poor wages, work and living conditions.

    Most in the north are ignorant of the labour laws and are falling prey,” Anton Marcus, President of the Progressive Free Trade Zone and Apparel Union told the Sunday Times.

    “After many years of war, the people in these areas are ignorant of workers rights, wages and so on and are easy prey for the apparel operators. Most of the big names currently touring the north and east are known to be serious violators of labour laws,” Mr. Fernando charged.

    He said there was a huge dearth of factory hands at the moment because many were leaving owing to poor wages and working and living conditions.

    “Therefore the apparel bosses have switched to the north and east where there is widespread unemployment. These people are willing to work for any wage and they care less about the working or living conditions. At the end of the day, these workers will be exploited,” he said.

    Meanwhile politicians in the north and east have also begun to frown on the ad-hoc system of recruiting workers from the area. In one case a local MP stopped a group of Kilinochchi girls from being loaded into a bus before they were taken to a factory in Kandy.

    TNA politician S. Sritharan said they had no objection to the recruitment but it should be done in a proper manner. “These girls are just loaded on to buses. No one knows where they are heading for. There should be some transparency in the whole issue.

    I have taken the matter up with the authorities,” he said.He said that even some security forces personnel were openly assisting in the apparel operators’ campaign to recruit unsuspecting girls.

    Lasantha De Silva with Timex Garments admitted they were involved in a recruitment drive in the north and east but said there was no illegality in it
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/garment_facto

  98. It comes as no suprise that “patriots” like Rip, EDE blindly advocate everything done by a the Sri Lanka government right or wrong.

    The dangerous trend of this government and (many so called “patriots” in here) where the “Ape” label is thrown out so freely to all those who disagree and the people are expected to cow down to unscrupulous characters.

    Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.

    Unlike the despicable one sided ones – most of the Sri Lankan Media outlets

    If there is anything sadder than a cause so intellectually and morally bankrupt that it can only be supported by attacking its critics instead of their arguments.

    Rip, EDE are beating their keyboards in impotent rage.

  99. When ‘disappearances’ help improve Human Rights.

    In August 2000, the British Army finally brought peace to Sierra Leone by destroying (i.e. crushing) the arm-chopping, child-massacaring rabble called “the West Side Boys”.

    The British Army were.. (uh.. how shall I put this politely so that ‘Human Rights activists’ won’t faint?)… ruthless in their crushing of the ‘West Side Boys’.

    http://tinyurl.com/2f5nwnz

    “…… the complete destruction of the West Side Boys as a fighting force…. British forces stayed on the ground around Gberi Bana for four more hours, hunting down and engaging the rebels. No quarter was given.

    At least 200 enemy combatants were killed during and after the rescue, including several women and children.”

    And then the ‘disappearances’:

    “…Faced with many bodies, the decision was taken to conceal the number of enemy fatalities by dis­posing of some of them.”

    The result of this ‘crushing’?

    “Within days.. the West Side Boys had been wound up, its commanders in custody, its surviving foot soldiers limping out of the jungle to take part in a national ­disarmament programme.”

    Nice work, no?

    Even more amazingly, the resulting peace (brought by the Brits by the barrels of their guns) allowed AI’s then chief Irene Khan to visit Sierra Leone to be crowned Paramount Chief of Bombali District. http://tinyurl.com/yzd5z32

    How lovely, inclusive and peaceful.

    Disclaimer: Crushing & disappearances are not always guaranteed to produce positive Human Rights outcomes. Your mileage may vary. Please seek advice from qualified military practitioners in Sri Lanka before embarking on your own crushing & disappearances program.

  100. Canadian bishop calls for compassion to Tamils

    Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller has called for compassion for Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers who have landed in British Columbia.

    Archbishop Miller says now is the time to remember the fundamental dignity of each human person, News 1130 reports.

    He stresses the men, women and children must not become “scapegoats” in immigration debates.

    He says while responsible governments need to find out the identities of newcomers so as not to open a door to a potential security risk, the Catholic Church maintains people who are victims of armed conflicts must be recognized as refugees and offered international protection.

    The archbishop says Canada has a solid reputation as a nation of immigrants and refugees and a long of history of welcoming people seeking a haven from injustice

  101. Gunalan and others here …… can see malevolent comments by Rip and EDE intoxicated with venom, vengeance, and vile hatred against anyone who disagrees or critical of Sri Lanka ,typifies the emotional nature of most Sinhalese, a quality that seems to be the key driving force in them – one that seems rooted in deeply seeded insecurities.

  102. In early June 2010, the Sri Lanka government presented to Parliament the expenditure estimates as part of an Appropriation Bill for 2010. The two largest budget items were Defence and Debt repayment. The necessary cuts will be made elsewhere, in particular, a freeze on wages, cuts in pensions and welfare benefits, and a slashing of funds for health and education.

    The budget was finally brought down on 29 June, 2010. The day before, a copy of the budget was sent to the IMF to show the massive assault on the working people that the government was going to unleash. The IMF was ‘impressed’ and released the third (suspended) installment of the $US 2.6 billion loan.

    The allocation for the Rehabilitation Ministry was slashed from Rs 4 billion to Rs 2 billion. The result will be that thousands of refugees in the North and East will continue to lack homes and essential services. As is obvious, national reconciliation with the Tamils in the North and East is simply impossible if they lack homes and essential services.

    Allocations for Health and Education were Rs 52 and 46 billion respectively, a total of Rs 10 billion less than for 2009. (The allocation for 2009 was itself Rs 12 billion less than for 2008).

    Well aware that such measures will provoke massive opposition and even strikes by working people, Rajapaksa has retained the huge Police State apparatus to crush any form of opposition. This is what a Police State does to its people irrespective of ethnicity.

  103. More than settlements, government working hard for splits states, Mano Ganeshan http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bIAQUe0dRlm

    Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said, the Sri Lankan government does not have any concern to find a settlement to the crisis faced by the Sri lankan Tamils.
    The government without finding a settlement to the crisis, is more concern to originate splits was pointed out by him. The war has come to an end, and one year and more has elapsed, but the Tamils issues are still the same. The political parties without giving importance to the people’s aspirations are functioning in the aim of political gains which he mentioned. In this situation the government is working hard to bring split among the north, east and upcountry Tamils which he alleged.

    Expectations that UN will originate a Commission to investigate missing persons in Sri Lanka http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bbnVBYYyddc

  104. More than settlements, government working hard for splits states, Mano Ganeshan http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bIAQUe0dRlm

    Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said, the Sri Lankan government does not have any concern to find a settlement to the crisis faced by the Sri lankan Tamils.
    The government without finding a settlement to the crisis, is more concern to originate splits was pointed out by him. The war has come to an end, and one year and more has elapsed, but the Tamils issues are still the same. The political parties without giving importance to the people’s aspirations are functioning in the aim of political gains which he mentioned. In this situation the government is working hard to bring split among the north, east and upcountry Tamils which he alleged.

    Expectations that UN will originate a Commission to investigate missing persons in Sri Lanka http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bbnVBYYyddc

  105. Reports states, 35 Tamil political prisoners detained at the Anuradhapura Prison from the year 2005, had made an urgency appeal from the Sri Lankan Government. Their appeal is to release them or to bail them out.
    The prisoners are natives of Vavuniya, Anurahdapura, Mannar, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitheevu and Batticaloa districts. They informed at many times they were produced in courts, but necessary inquires were not held. They pointed out charges are not filed against them. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bb445JB32ee

  106. Reports states, 35 Tamil political prisoners detained at the Anuradhapura Prison from the year 2005, had made an urgency appeal from the Sri Lankan Government. Their appeal is to release them or to bail them out.
    The prisoners are natives of Vavuniya, Anurahdapura, Mannar, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitheevu and Batticaloa districts. They informed at many times they were produced in courts, but necessary inquires were not held. They pointed out charges are not filed against them. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bb445JB32ee

  107. @ Gunalan:

    We’ve both been very critical of the SL govt when they do or allow stupid things to be done. That’s called the ability to think for ourselves.

    And then you ruin your own argument with this: “Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.”

    Ha ha ahh ha ha ! Thanks for my morning laugh! :)

    Who can forget Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32363

    Tamilnut. Truly, the gift that keeps giving.

    “beating their keyboards in impotent rage” Hmmm… that sounds like day in the life of a disappointed Eelam supporter. We who support a united, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual SL are the ones looking forward instead of lamenting the destruction of our cause.

  108. Unfortunately ,Sri Lanka is heading towards Dictatorship.

    Mahinda Rajapaske lacks the vision to solve the ethnic problems facing Sri Lanka.

    True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

  109. Don’t Forget 40,000 Tamils Disappeared in Sri Lanka last year.

    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians – former UN official http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009, according to a former United Nations official with detailed knowledge of events, press reports said. The former United Nations’ spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has resigned from the UN after 14 years and returned home to Australia, where he was interviewed by ABC News. “He’s now free to speak openly about the situation in Sri Lanka, for the first time and does so candidly and unflinchingly,” the media agency said.

    A survivor of the slaughter in Vanni, who escaped from Muliyavaikkal on May 18 last year, shared his experiences of losing his father and cousins, of seeing people blown up in front of his eyes.

    “We took the injured to hospitals, and they [the Sri Lankan government] targeted the hospitals,” he said. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  110. Don’t Forget 40,000 Tamils Disappeared in Sri Lanka last year.

    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians – former UN official http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009, according to a former United Nations official with detailed knowledge of events, press reports said. The former United Nations’ spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has resigned from the UN after 14 years and returned home to Australia, where he was interviewed by ABC News. “He’s now free to speak openly about the situation in Sri Lanka, for the first time and does so candidly and unflinchingly,” the media agency said.

    A survivor of the slaughter in Vanni, who escaped from Muliyavaikkal on May 18 last year, shared his experiences of losing his father and cousins, of seeing people blown up in front of his eyes.

    “We took the injured to hospitals, and they [the Sri Lankan government] targeted the hospitals,” he said. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  111. In Sri Lanka there are the ongoing atrocities and land grabbing in the Tamil areas. A large population still behind bars.

    There has been not a single word about political rights to the minorities.

    Sri Lankan regime continue to shamelessly play the “terrorist” card on the innocent Tamil refugees.

    I feel like living in Hitlers era when the atrocities on Jews were all justified and considered “just” by most part of the world due to Hitlers preachings about how Jews deserved the ill treatment.

    The West is watching silently the brutal murders of theTamil civilianswhile Sri Lanka Mass Murderers are playing the ”war on terror” card and hoodwink the whole world.

  112. The 11-member IIGEP said: "Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions."

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP's decision to terminate the mission "with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.":
    A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    Lack of financial independence of the Commission http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  113. The 11-member IIGEP said: "Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions."

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP's decision to terminate the mission "with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.":
    A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    Lack of financial independence of the Commission http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  114. Finally some good news for Eelam!

    The LTTE isn’t banned in New Zealand and its judiciary seem to love the LTTE. So, you can all migrate to New Zealand and establish it there. I’d be careful of the Maoris, though. They’re a tough bunch and may not take kindly to an influx of Eelamish hordes. :)

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32503

    “The Supreme Court of New Zealand in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka. The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change.”

    The SL govt regretfully declined to “concede” to the LTTE’s demands. How sad for the LTTE.

    I’m sure that ordinary Kiwis desperately want the multicultural enrichment and new skills that the Eelamists will bring to New Zealand, including credit card fraud, fake ID documents, ‘non-violent’ youth gangs, drug and people smuggling etc.

  115. Mahinda Rajapakse means to be President for life

    The charade is finally over. President Rajapakse has informed Sri Lanka’s Micawberian Opposition that he intends to remove presidential term-limits and run for a third (and, the Grim Reaper permitting, a fourth and a fifth…) term. Clearly Rajapakse père means to be President for life, and be succeeded by Rajapakse fils. The UNP has been deluded, yet again, and (wittingly or unwittingly) made to serve the dynastic ambitions of the Ruling Family.

    Now that the truth is out, the UNP cannot continue to cling to the mirage of consensual politics. Here is an issue which must be fought and can be won. If the Rajapakse plan to remove presidential term-limits is successful, Sri Lanka will succumb to Dynastic Rule. But, if the proposed amendment is defeated, there is a fighting chance for a non-Rajapakse to succeed Mahinda Rajapakse, six years from now. This is a battle which cannot be evaded by any who abhors the thought of Sri Lanka in the grip of a tyrannous and rapacious Family Oligarchy.

    Removing presidential term limits while preserving the powers of executive presidency is incompatible with democracy. Consequently this is not a partisan issue but a straightforward battle for democracy in which all opposition parties (from the UNP to the JVP and the DNA, from the SLMC to the TNA and the TULF) can join, without reservations about political principles or electoral spoils. Since, in the final analysis, the only real beneficiaries of the proposed amendment are some members of the Rajapakse Family and their hangers-on, this issue can be used to drive a wedge not only between the Ruling Family and the Ruling Party but also within the Ruling Family, causing the isolation of Rajapakse père and fils, (Would Basil Rajapakse, for instance, be elated at the thought of a President Namal?) The Rajapakses, in their unctuous greed, have presented the opposition with the ideal single-issue campaign which can ‘unite the many to defeat the few’. Will the opposition grab this opportunity or miss it to the detriment of our common future?

  116. Sri Lanka with its adaptation (or rather manipulation I should say) of George W Bush’s famous “war of terror” strategy has created, what I would like to call the perfect “Genocide for Dummies” handbook – that is being seriously considered by several oppressive genocide seeking regimes.

    The only problem is for the dictators who want to use the Sri Lank Final Solution that a bunch of brave Human Rights activists and some members of the UN who are trying to get Sri Lanka punished for its war crimes.

  117. Kanagarathnam Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:24 am

    You are spewing forth vile, false propaganda hitherto via the printed media !!You are basically, trying to monopolize the AI audience with your version of the events

    If you have a little bit of brain to read and understand what’s posted above, please check what your fellow Apes and Worms of Peelam has posted – let me remind you that the AI thread is about disappearance in Sri Lanka. Check out your posts – Some name boards in Singhala, People from forces being appointed to diplomatic missions, Sri Lanka’s Economics, Oil distribution, national reconciliation, Gay sounding poetry from Savage to Guanalan etc..So, with that tiny winy brain you have you decide who is posting rubbish here. At least i have a new found respect to Cut and paste Rohan who would paste articles that are related to the topic.

    Then you decide how many such posts are made under different names / handles and also from what source they come from. Then you will realize who actually is trying to monopolize this blog as well as spam this blog.

    If you still fail to figure that out, go show the blog to one of your white masters with more brains and tell him to explain it for you – if still you don’t understand, better to hang your self than being a burden to the world.

    Gunalan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Hello there Guna who conveniently forgets the questions posted at him – still you think killing Lakshman K and other Tamils by LTTE is a good thing to happen ?? Check out the above link on crimes posted by Kapanna Alawanna – it will show the damage your Apes of Peelam have done to the good Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    It comes as no suprise that “patriots” like Rip, EDE blindly advocate everything done by a the Sri Lanka government right or wrong.

    It’s unfortunate you did not see our comments criticizing the GOSL on many counts including 83 riots – if you did not see them, that is your own fault or your inability to read and understand stuff. It is your problem and not ours. But, we would like to see you say what LTTE did was wrong in killing all our good Tamil leaders. But, I do not expect such straight forwardness from an impotent Ape like you !!

    Also, please bare in mind that the Ape and Worm label is thrown at mentally under developed Terrorists immaterial of ethnicity – Ex. Adela who is Australian = Ape. Bin Laden who is Arab = Ape.

    Tamilnet, in my opinion is the only unbaised news site who share and advocate the freedom of expression.

    I wonder what the BBC, CNN and other “Most Watched” news sources would think when you call the Tamil.net to be unbiased…

    Let me give you an insight of Tamilnut

    Tamil.Net’s three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 114,141. It has been online for at least fourteen years. It is based in Australia. While Tamil.Net is ranked #12,156 in India, where roughly 82% of its visitors are located, it is also popular in Sri Lanka, where it is ranked #7,220, and this site has a relatively good traffic rank in the cities of Madras (#1,729) and Madurai (#1,758).

    So most visitors are from Madras and Marai – compare that with any other news site !! Follow the link and you will get a good analysis of the site that you feel is credible !!!

    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/2010/08/tamilnet-is-driving-good-tamils-nuts.html

    Once you check the link out and see to your self where your nut site that is run by fellow impotent apes stands – let’s discuss the meaning of the word credibility !!! BTW, don’t use the words I use on you on me – be creative and find your own words (not similar words)

    Until then, try tell me whether you appreciate the LTTE killing Lakshman K and other great tamil leaders of Sri Lanka !!

  118. Brave Tamil men of Jaffna asked Nirupama Rao

    “India provided arms and logistical support to Colombo in the Vanni war. It didn’t take any effort to stop the war. Even after one year of the war, India didn’t act on rehabilitating the incarcerated people,”

    After the meeting the Sri Lanka Army (SLA ) soldiers harassed the civil society representatives who spoke on the occasion.

    So much for Freedom of Speech in Sri Lanka !

  119. Tamils for Obama to Supreme Court: Can the U.S. Arrest Rajapaksa?

    Tamils for Obama, a political group of American Tamils, wrote to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts asking for his opinion on whether Mahinda Rajapaksa (president of Sri Lanka and possible author of crimes committed during the recent Sri Lankan civil war) can be arrested as he travels through the U.S. this fall.

    Tamils for Obama asked that question in a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

    “The United States has arrested and deported accused war criminals in the past,” explained a spokesman for the Tamil American group.

    “Our country arrested accused Nazis decades after the crimes they were supposed to have committed took place, so this is not unprecedented.

    “We guess that this is different because the accusations come from international civilian organizations–the International Human Rights Groups, and so forth–rather than courts of law.

    They say that there is plenty of evidence that Sri Lankan government forces, which were ultimately commanded by President Rajapaksa, committed what would probably be considered war crimes…

  120. Supreme Court decides ‘LTTE a Political organisation’

    The Supreme Court of New Zealand Friday dismissed the appeal of the government seeking rejection of the refugee status of an Eezham Tamil who was captaining a ship carrying arms to the LTTE.

    The court in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka.

    The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change.

  121. Sri Lanka journalist who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle on 01 June 2010.

    The former President of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Mr. Jayantha has since left the country on security grounds.

    Police have recently informed the court that the investigation is no longer active as no suspects have been found.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/100830_poddala_attack.shtml

  122. Unlimited power coupled with an unlimited term for the executive office is a certain recipe for dictatorship.

    It seems that the majority has chosen this path and so be it.

    Thanks to fools like Ranil W this spells the end to democratic opposition and dissent in Sri Lanka.

    Already the signs are evident, with the eviction of the poor in Colombo to the acquisition of privatly owned lands in the North and East.

    Is this the development we want where the rich get richer and the poor poorer?

    Grandiose schemes of carpeting roads and building airports while the poor stagnate in dire want and poverty.

    It seems that the Sri Lanka Govt is running short of options and legalized dictatorship at the point of the gun, once turned at the Tamils, now to intimidate its own people is imminent.

    The opposition seems to have thrown in the towel with impotent leaders like the caliber of RW.

  123. The maid with nails inside her body is lying.

    Her injuries are self-inflicted .

    She did like her Sri Lankan President does-shamelessly lying !! :(

    We all remember – ZERO civilian casualties in the Tamil War

    Saudi Embassy expresses doubts
    August 31, 2010, 9:49 pm

    The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo, responding to newspaper reports on a Sri Lankan Housemaid who had been tortured by her employer who had driven nails and needles into her body, issued a statement expressing doubts over the allegation.

    The statement said the most important of doubts were that how she managed to pass through check points and sophisticated machines at airports in Riyadh and Colombo with those solid things inside her body.
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-d

  124. Kanagarathnam Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Dear Impotent Ape worm !!

    Check the previous post where we condemn the 83 attacks on Tamils !!

    If that’s not being critical, you need to go find a dictionary to figure out the meaning of the word criticizing !! We are not here to give our rear ends to the GOSL, but save Sri Lanka from Terrorists like you !!

    Now, let’s see, can you call your selves unbiased and critical when required ?? Let’s see your comments on killing of Lakshman Kadiragamar and other Tamil politicians by the LTTE -Try tell me whether you are for it or against it you impotent spineless chicken head !!

  125. The maid with nails inside her body is lying.

    Her injuries are self-inflicted .

    She did like her Sri Lankan President does-shamelessly lying !! :(

    We all remember – ZERO civilian casualties in the Tamil War

    Saudi Embassy expresses doubts
    August 31, 2010, 9:49 pm

    The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo, responding to newspaper reports on a Sri Lankan Housemaid who had been tortured by her employer who had driven nails and needles into her body, issued a statement expressing doubts over the allegation.

    The statement said the most important of doubts were that how she managed to pass through check points and sophisticated machines at airports in Riyadh and Colombo with those solid things inside her body.
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-d

  126. The maid with nails inside her body is lying.

    Her injuries are self-inflicted .

    She did like her Sri Lankan President does-shamelessly lying !! :(

    We all remember – ZERO civilian casualties in the Tamil War

    Saudi Embassy expresses doubts
    August 31, 2010, 9:49 pm

    The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo, responding to newspaper reports on a Sri Lankan Housemaid who had been tortured by her employer who had driven nails and needles into her body, issued a statement expressing doubts over the allegation.

    The statement said the most important of doubts were that how she managed to pass through check points and sophisticated machines at airports in Riyadh and Colombo with those solid things inside her body.
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-d

  127. Garment factories exploiting Northern girls

    A garment sector trade union leader charged yesterday that some garment manufacturers were seeking cheap female labour from the one time battle areas of the north.“Factory workers were leaving due to poor wages, work and living conditions.

    Most in the north are ignorant of the labour laws and are falling prey,” Anton Marcus, President of the Progressive Free Trade Zone and Apparel Union told the Sunday Times.

    “After many years of war, the people in these areas are ignorant of workers rights, wages and so on and are easy prey for the apparel operators. Most of the big names currently touring the north and east are known to be serious violators of labour laws,” Mr. Fernando charged.

    He said there was a huge dearth of factory hands at the moment because many were leaving owing to poor wages and working and living conditions.

    “Therefore the apparel bosses have switched to the north and east where there is widespread unemployment. These people are willing to work for any wage and they care less about the working or living conditions. At the end of the day, these workers will be exploited,” he said.

    Meanwhile politicians in the north and east have also begun to frown on the ad-hoc system of recruiting workers from the area. In one case a local MP stopped a group of Kilinochchi girls from being loaded into a bus before they were taken to a factory in Kandy.

    TNA politician S. Sritharan said they had no objection to the recruitment but it should be done in a proper manner. “These girls are just loaded on to buses. No one knows where they are heading for. There should be some transparency in the whole issue.

    I have taken the matter up with the authorities,” he said.He said that even some security forces personnel were openly assisting in the apparel operators’ campaign to recruit unsuspecting girls.

    Lasantha De Silva with Timex Garments admitted they were involved in a recruitment drive in the north and east but said there was no illegality in it

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/garment_factories_exploiting_n.html#more

  128. Canadian bishop calls for compassion to Tamils

    Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller has called for compassion for Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers who have landed in British Columbia.

    Archbishop Miller says now is the time to remember the fundamental dignity of each human person, News 1130 reports.

    He stresses the men, women and children must not become “scapegoats” in immigration debates.

    He says while responsible governments need to find out the identities of newcomers so as not to open a door to a potential security risk, the Catholic Church maintains people who are victims of armed conflicts must be recognized as refugees and offered international protection.

    The archbishop says Canada has a solid reputation as a nation of immigrants and refugees and a long of history of welcoming people seeking a haven from injustice

  129. More than settlements, government working hard for splits states, Mano Ganeshan
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bIAQUe0dRlmS0ecLBYy4a4J54ycd3cYB3dc2Amd3a434OX3e230Mm30

    Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said, the Sri Lankan government does not have any concern to find a settlement to the crisis faced by the Sri lankan Tamils.
    The government without finding a settlement to the crisis, is more concern to originate splits was pointed out by him. The war has come to an end, and one year and more has elapsed, but the Tamils issues are still the same. The political parties without giving importance to the people’s aspirations are functioning in the aim of political gains which he mentioned. In this situation the government is working hard to bring split among the north, east and upcountry Tamils which he alleged.

    Expectations that UN will originate a Commission to investigate missing persons in Sri Lanka
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bbnVBYYyddc2e00Mmmb24aa3445JPdd0ee7Jlmmcccd3044OXXd32ee4BBYcccce004SAQQC44a44AAmddc00

  130. Reports states, 35 Tamil political prisoners detained at the Anuradhapura Prison from the year 2005, had made an urgency appeal from the Sri Lankan Government. Their appeal is to release them or to bail them out.
    The prisoners are natives of Vavuniya, Anurahdapura, Mannar, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitheevu and Batticaloa districts. They informed at many times they were produced in courts, but necessary inquires were not held. They pointed out charges are not filed against them.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2bb445JB32eeAAmdd00eccmmlJ22cdd00Mmmccd32SAQQ44a44XXO44aa42BVBYYdd0eeBBYcc00

  131. Unfortunately ,Sri Lanka is heading towards Dictatorship.

    Mahinda Rajapaske lacks the vision to solve the ethnic problems facing Sri Lanka.

    True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

  132. Don’t Forget 40,000 Tamils Disappeared in Sri Lanka last year.

    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians – former UN official
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31186
    Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009, according to a former United Nations official with detailed knowledge of events, press reports said. The former United Nations’ spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has resigned from the UN after 14 years and returned home to Australia, where he was interviewed by ABC News. “He’s now free to speak openly about the situation in Sri Lanka, for the first time and does so candidly and unflinchingly,” the media agency said.

    A survivor of the slaughter in Vanni, who escaped from Muliyavaikkal on May 18 last year, shared his experiences of losing his father and cousins, of seeing people blown up in front of his eyes.

    “We took the injured to hospitals, and they [the Sri Lankan government] targeted the hospitals,” he said.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31788

  133. In Sri Lanka there are the ongoing atrocities and land grabbing in the Tamil areas. A large population still behind bars.

    There has been not a single word about political rights to the minorities.

    Sri Lankan regime continue to shamelessly play the “terrorist” card on the innocent Tamil refugees.

    I feel like living in Hitlers era when the atrocities on Jews were all justified and considered “just” by most part of the world due to Hitlers preachings about how Jews deserved the ill treatment.

    The West is watching silently the brutal murders of theTamil civilianswhile Sri Lanka Mass Murderers are playing the ”war on terror” card and hoodwink the whole world.

  134. The 11-member IIGEP said: “Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions.”

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP’s decision to terminate the mission “with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.”:
    A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    Lack of financial independence of the Commission
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25308

  135. A new low even for an Eelamist

    @Perumal Kayalvili:

    Congratulations for proving how Eelamists have sunk even lower than even I imagined possible. You've decided, before all the facts about her story are proven, that the maid who allegedly had nails hammered into her body, is lying.

    "The maid with nails inside her body is lying. Her injuries are self-inflicted. She did like her Sri Lankan President does-shamelessly lying !! We all remember – ZERO civilian casualties in the Tamil War"

    Rajapakse lied because he's a politician. That's what we expected. For you to conflate his lie with the veracity (or otherwise) of a poor, ordinary woman from SL is truly… indicative of why the Eelam virus had to be totally and utterly wiped off the face of Sri Lanka.

    The Eelamists' worst previous lie was pretending to be Prageeth Eknaligoda and create a fake posting on this blog. This is far worse (or better) depending on your point of view.

    Your post must never be deleted.

  136. Sri Lanka with its adaptation (or rather manipulation I should say) of George W Bush’s famous “war of terror” strategy has created, what I would like to call the perfect “Genocide for Dummies” handbook – that is being seriously considered by several oppressive genocide seeking regimes.

    The only problem is for the dictators who want to use the Sri Lank Final Solution that a bunch of brave Human Rights activists and some members of the UN who are trying to get Sri Lanka punished for its war crimes.

  137. Rip Van Winkle – August 31st, 2010 at 4:45 am said:
    ”As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get’s good marks for his Performance Review by end of December”

    I hope he’s not on performance related pay. Check the two links at the start of the article (from the AI’s main site). They don’t have a single reference to Sri Lanka, Tamil or Sinhalese!

    International Day of the Disappeared http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/r

    Enforced disappearance http://www.amnesty.org/en/enforced-disappearances

    Has he declared UDI from AI?

  138. Brave Tamil men of Jaffna asked Nirupama Rao

    “India provided arms and logistical support to Colombo in the Vanni war. It didn’t take any effort to stop the war. Even after one year of the war, India didn’t act on rehabilitating the incarcerated people,”

    After the meeting the Sri Lanka Army (SLA ) soldiers harassed the civil society representatives who spoke on the occasion.

    So much for Freedom of Speech in Sri Lanka !

  139. Rip Van Winkle – August 31st, 2010 at 4:45 am said:
    ”As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get’s good marks for his Performance Review by end of December”

    I hope he’s not on performance related pay. Check the two links at the start of the article (from the AI’s main site). They don’t have a single reference to Sri Lanka, Tamil or Sinhalese!

    International Day of the Disappeared http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/r

    Enforced disappearance http://www.amnesty.org/en/enforced-disappearances

    Has he declared UDI from AI?

  140. Rip Van Winkle – August 31st, 2010 at 4:45 am said:
    ”As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get’s good marks for his Performance Review by end of December”

    I hope he’s not on performance related pay. Check the two links at the start of the article (from the AI’s main site). They don’t have a single reference to Sri Lanka, Tamil or Sinhalese!

    International Day of the Disappeared http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/r

    Enforced disappearance http://www.amnesty.org/en/enforced-disappearances

    Has he declared UDI from AI?

  141. The maid with nails inside her body is lying.

    Her injuries are self-inflicted .

    She did like her Sri Lankan President does-shamelessly lying !! :(

    We all remember – ZERO civilian casualties in the Tamil War

    Saudi Embassy expresses doubts
    August 31, 2010, 9:49 pm

    The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo, responding to newspaper reports on a Sri Lankan Housemaid who had been tortured by her employer who had driven nails and needles into her body, issued a statement expressing doubts over the allegation.

    The statement said the most important of doubts were that how she managed to pass through check points and sophisticated machines at airports in Riyadh and Colombo with those solid things inside her body.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=5659

  142. A new low even for an Eelamist

    @Perumal Kayalvili:

    Congratulations for proving how Eelamists have sunk even lower than even I imagined possible. You’ve decided, before all the facts about her story are proven, that the maid who allegedly had nails hammered into her body, is lying.

    “The maid with nails inside her body is lying. Her injuries are self-inflicted. She did like her Sri Lankan President does-shamelessly lying !! We all remember – ZERO civilian casualties in the Tamil War”

    Rajapakse lied because he’s a politician. That’s what we expected. For you to conflate his lie with the veracity (or otherwise) of a poor, ordinary woman from SL is truly… indicative of why the Eelam virus had to be totally and utterly wiped off the face of Sri Lanka.

    The Eelamists’ worst previous lie was pretending to be Prageeth Eknaligoda and create a fake posting on this blog. This is far worse (or better) depending on your point of view.

    Your post must never be deleted.

  143. Rip Van Winkle – August 31st, 2010 at 4:45 am said:
    ”As usual, Jim MD has sat in front of the computer to ensure that he get’s good marks for his Performance Review by end of December”

    I hope he’s not on performance related pay. Check the two links at the start of the article (from the AI’s main site). They don’t have a single reference to Sri Lanka, Tamil or Sinhalese!

    International Day of the Disappeared
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/remembering-the-world-disappeared-in-2009-20090828

    Enforced disappearance
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/enforced-disappearances

    Has he declared UDI from AI?

  144. Resettled people in the North affected by rains – TNA MP Sumanthiran

    TNA parliamentarian M. Sumanthiran has told the media that the resettled people in the North have been affected by the heavy rains experienced in the area and that his party has not been permitted to visit the people to look into their needs and help them.

    He said that people resettled in Ramavil in Jaffna District and Shanthipuram, Mailmanapuram and Kumarasamypuram in the Kilinochchi District have been displaced by the heavy rains and the government has not focused on the matter. About 270 families living in temporary shelters in the North have been badly affected by the rains and the Kilinochchi District Secretary has taken steps to find shelter for them in the Kilinochchi Hospital.

    However, the parliamentarian observed the people lacked food, drinking water, other necessities and sanitary facilities.

    According to Sumanthiran, the floods would result in the spread of diseases and the matter needed to be addressed.

  145. Do you remember how 500 Jewish refugees on the ship St Louis were turned away from Canada and the U.S. in 1939?

    It was made into a film, “Voyage of the Damned.”

    Tamils are the Jews of Sri Lanka. Thousands have been killed in numerous pogroms since the mid-1950s. Their safety is always uncertain.

    If a boatload of Jews from Germany sought refuge in the 1920s, fearing the Nazis, should they have been turned away?

    The situation is similar for Tamils. They fear the constant presence of Sinhala. They can visit their relatives in Sri Lanka, but can only stay there at their peril. They may be safe today, dead tomorrow.

  146. Batticaloa Tamils mourn disappearance of 48 Tamils two decades ago http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Tamils of several villages in Batticaloa district Friday observed the twenty years’ death anniversary of 48 Tamil people who were reported disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on 27th August 1990, with silent procession from Siththaa'ndi Kaa'li Koayil to Siththaa'ndi Murukan Koayil from 9:00 a.m till 11:00 a.m. Relatives of the disappeared participated in the procession with tears. Special prayer was also held in Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple in remembrance of those “disappeared”.

    SLA had cordoned off Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple on that day and took forty-eight Tamils including women and children who had been called to the temple for interrogation.

    Thereafter they were reported disappeared when relatives inquired from the army authorities.

    The disappeared Tamils were from the villages, Ka'ruvaakkea'ni, Kiraan, Kumpurumoolai, Chanthive'li, Murakkoddanchchenai, Vanthaa'rumoolai, and Maavadiveampu.

    They fled from their houses and sought refuge in the temple to save their lives from the army.

  147. HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The family members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eezham (LTTE) key persons gone missing after arrest by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) or surrender at the end of the war on Vanni are to file Habeas Corpus (HC) applications next week, sources Jaffna said. According to Sri Lanka minister D. Gunasekara the wives of LTTE senior key persons Balakumaran and Yogi are now widows. Some sources say that both had been killed after surrendering to SLA and some that they are held in special SLA detention centres. The contradicting and confusing information have led their family members to file HC applications, the sources added.

    Around 1200 to 2000 youths had disappeared after being arrested by Sri Lanka Armed Forces in 1997, 98 and after 2006 and the complaints made to humanitarian institutions have not produced any results at all, the representatives pointed out. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  148. Records of persons fleeing Vanni destroyed by Special Action Committee of Basil Rajapakse http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The Special Action Committee (SAC) of Basil Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the present Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister and the former senior advisor to the President during the war on Vanni, had ordered the records of all persons who fled Vanni at the end of the war to be destroyed so as to conceal the recorded particulars of more than 17,000 persons who were suspected as Liberation Tigers and who had later disappeared without any trace, an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Resettlement (MDMRS) said. Rizard Badudin who was then the minister of the above ministry is alleged to have functioned as a puppet in the hands of Basil Rajapakse in destroying the records, sources close to MDMRS officials who had recorded the details of persons fleeing Vanni said.

    “To tell the truth is crime in Sri Lanka” – wife of disappeared Sinhalese journalist http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  149. Rights group appeals for accountability for victims of disappearances, detainees http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The Civil Monitoring Mission in an appeal made after convening a conference on the "Disappeared and the Detained" said Wednesday, "[t]he end of war has not brought any end to our agonies and miseries. We feel more vulnerable today than in the past. National reconciliation and national unity have been reduced to mere rhetoric statements. Instead of bringing change towards constructive hope, the ending of war has brought new miseries to our people. We are today witnessing over two hundred and fifty thousand of our people languishing in military guarded camps…," and appealed to the Sri Lanka Government to account of all detainees in prison, and to "[p]rovide democratic space with legal assurance to human rights organizations tomonitor and evaluate the violations and represent the victims."

    SLA massacred civilians in bunkers – medical worker http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  150. Victims Without Voices

    Like the last cries of a herd of sheep,
    Facing cruel cull amidst baying wolves,
    Stood thousands Tamils facing slaughter
    Among murderous army with cynical laughter;
    Gleeful of ensuing massacre of innocent lives.
    Skyward, echoed around walls of power, yells
    Of protest and plea for mercy of thousands.
    No power on earth moved-so perished thousands.
    Silenced by the very silence of flawed conscience
    Of moral high landers and so born us –
    The Victims without voices.

    Beyond massacre, mass graves and genocide,
    Beneath false surface of normalcy, besides ecocide,
    Wombs of yesterday walk in search of off springs,
    Mums-to-be reach post to post in search of husbands.
    Barbed wires weep at those detained behind them.
    Curbed villagers scorn at schemes which deny their homes.
    Kids many that defied death in the murderous onslaught,
    Sit in orphanages, a lot in shock, rest in mental drought.
    Sky much our agony, so little known of this tragedy
    Because, we are the – The Victims without voices.

    A nation being decimated and destroyed,
    While nations of goodwill seem to need steroid
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims.
    A community of people pushed to extinction
    While people of conscience lack moral conviction
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims
    In these civil and morally defunct valleys perish we –
    The Victims without voices.
    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12

  151. Kapanna Alawanna Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Indeed !!

    It sounds to me like Jim MD is getting an additional pay-pack courtesy – Apes and Worms of Peelam Die Ass pora !!

    U should have Kapanna Alawanna the following few interesting statements from Jim's Bosses.

    Enforced disappearances persist in many countries all over the world, having been a continuing feature of the second half of the twentieth century since they were committed on a gross scale in Nazi-occupied Europe.

    In recent years, in the course of the "war on terror", the USA, sometimes with the complicity of other governments, has acrried out enforced disappearances of terror suspects. Amnesty International has campaigned to demand that the USA and all states reveal the whereabouts and fate of disappeared persons, and if they are not to be released that they are charged with a recognizably criminal offence and given a fair trial in accordance with international standards.

    As I mentioned in my above post you quoted, USA has the highest number of disappearance and in Sri Lanka, it is next to nothing and reduced drastically since end of Peelam Apes. It's true that Jim has been assigned to look in to affairs of Sri Lanka, but Sad that we never heard of him when the LTTE was involved in HR violations. He has come in to the scene majorly only after the LTTE was crushed and still do not take action against any HR violations by LTTE – If he is so unbiased and want to do a good job to be happy about the pay-pack he get's only from AI, he can do a simple thing by getting west to arrest Adela B – a proven HR violator.

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Dear Goopathytic !

    Tamils are the Jews of Sri Lanka. Thousands have been killed in numerous pogroms since the mid-1950s. Their safety is always uncertain.

    I always ask this question for those who try to compare Tamils to Jews. Answer me if you have at least a little bit of spine and little bit of potency !!

    1. How many Jews were in the Cabinet and held ministerial portfolio's in Hitler's government
    2. What was the Jewish move to out run Hitler and ask for a separate state in Germany ?
    3. How many Jews did the Jews kill because these Jews did not agree with the separatist Jews ?
    4. How Many Jews in this movement left the movement and joined Hitler because they thought that the Jewish leader was an Ape and had his private agendas?
    5. Did Hitler select and kill Jews or did he kill all the Jews in sight ??

    If a boatload of Jews from Germany sought refuge in the 1920s, fearing the Nazis, should they have been turned away?

    Def. not !!!!! I don't think you even have to ask this question, but then again – U sound a dud !!

    If not, you will not even your wildest dreams would compare the Goof Tamil People to your Peelam Ape movement + the innocent Jews who got hammered by a lunatic !!

    Now, if by chance the Ape leader Piribaharan came in to power, we would have seen the following !!

    1. All Singhala and Muslim people killed, their houses burned and them chased out of their homelands in the north (Oh – did he already do that when he was around ??)
    2. Try attacking the neighbouring countries (Oh – If I remember, this Baboon did try to attack Maldives sometime back and got hammered by the Indian Army who went to the rescue)
    3. Try to have a partnership with other dictators around the world (Oh – He did do this too – Ties with Eritrea, Al Quaida, Taliban)
    4. Wanted his Image to be highlighted and worshiped by his own people he is suppose to server (OMG – even this happened and those who had different ideas – he killed)

    Oh – Now we see where the Terrorist low mental psychopath Hitler was reborn – In Sri Lanka in the form of Piribaharan !!!!

    Worship Mahinda Rajapaske you fools for getting rid of this low mental ape – Mahinda Saved you guys from this lunatic – try to understand it – You would have been slaves forever to a lunatic if not for MR !!

  152. Batticaloa Tamils mourn disappearance of 48 Tamils two decades ago http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Tamils of several villages in Batticaloa district Friday observed the twenty years’ death anniversary of 48 Tamil people who were reported disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on 27th August 1990, with silent procession from Siththaa'ndi Kaa'li Koayil to Siththaa'ndi Murukan Koayil from 9:00 a.m till 11:00 a.m. Relatives of the disappeared participated in the procession with tears. Special prayer was also held in Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple in remembrance of those “disappeared”.

    SLA had cordoned off Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple on that day and took forty-eight Tamils including women and children who had been called to the temple for interrogation.

    Thereafter they were reported disappeared when relatives inquired from the army authorities.

    The disappeared Tamils were from the villages, Ka'ruvaakkea'ni, Kiraan, Kumpurumoolai, Chanthive'li, Murakkoddanchchenai, Vanthaa'rumoolai, and Maavadiveampu.

    They fled from their houses and sought refuge in the temple to save their lives from the army.

  153. Batticaloa Tamils mourn disappearance of 48 Tamils two decades ago http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Tamils of several villages in Batticaloa district Friday observed the twenty years’ death anniversary of 48 Tamil people who were reported disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on 27th August 1990, with silent procession from Siththaa'ndi Kaa'li Koayil to Siththaa'ndi Murukan Koayil from 9:00 a.m till 11:00 a.m. Relatives of the disappeared participated in the procession with tears. Special prayer was also held in Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple in remembrance of those “disappeared”.

    SLA had cordoned off Siththaa'ndi Murukan Temple on that day and took forty-eight Tamils including women and children who had been called to the temple for interrogation.

    Thereafter they were reported disappeared when relatives inquired from the army authorities.

    The disappeared Tamils were from the villages, Ka'ruvaakkea'ni, Kiraan, Kumpurumoolai, Chanthive'li, Murakkoddanchchenai, Vanthaa'rumoolai, and Maavadiveampu.

    They fled from their houses and sought refuge in the temple to save their lives from the army.

  154. HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The family members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eezham (LTTE) key persons gone missing after arrest by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) or surrender at the end of the war on Vanni are to file Habeas Corpus (HC) applications next week, sources Jaffna said. According to Sri Lanka minister D. Gunasekara the wives of LTTE senior key persons Balakumaran and Yogi are now widows. Some sources say that both had been killed after surrendering to SLA and some that they are held in special SLA detention centres. The contradicting and confusing information have led their family members to file HC applications, the sources added.

    Around 1200 to 2000 youths had disappeared after being arrested by Sri Lanka Armed Forces in 1997, 98 and after 2006 and the complaints made to humanitarian institutions have not produced any results at all, the representatives pointed out. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  155. HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The family members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eezham (LTTE) key persons gone missing after arrest by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) or surrender at the end of the war on Vanni are to file Habeas Corpus (HC) applications next week, sources Jaffna said. According to Sri Lanka minister D. Gunasekara the wives of LTTE senior key persons Balakumaran and Yogi are now widows. Some sources say that both had been killed after surrendering to SLA and some that they are held in special SLA detention centres. The contradicting and confusing information have led their family members to file HC applications, the sources added.

    Around 1200 to 2000 youths had disappeared after being arrested by Sri Lanka Armed Forces in 1997, 98 and after 2006 and the complaints made to humanitarian institutions have not produced any results at all, the representatives pointed out. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  156. Records of persons fleeing Vanni destroyed by Special Action Committee of Basil Rajapakse http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The Special Action Committee (SAC) of Basil Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the present Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister and the former senior advisor to the President during the war on Vanni, had ordered the records of all persons who fled Vanni at the end of the war to be destroyed so as to conceal the recorded particulars of more than 17,000 persons who were suspected as Liberation Tigers and who had later disappeared without any trace, an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Resettlement (MDMRS) said. Rizard Badudin who was then the minister of the above ministry is alleged to have functioned as a puppet in the hands of Basil Rajapakse in destroying the records, sources close to MDMRS officials who had recorded the details of persons fleeing Vanni said.

    “To tell the truth is crime in Sri Lanka” – wife of disappeared Sinhalese journalist http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  157. Records of persons fleeing Vanni destroyed by Special Action Committee of Basil Rajapakse http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The Special Action Committee (SAC) of Basil Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the present Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister and the former senior advisor to the President during the war on Vanni, had ordered the records of all persons who fled Vanni at the end of the war to be destroyed so as to conceal the recorded particulars of more than 17,000 persons who were suspected as Liberation Tigers and who had later disappeared without any trace, an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Resettlement (MDMRS) said. Rizard Badudin who was then the minister of the above ministry is alleged to have functioned as a puppet in the hands of Basil Rajapakse in destroying the records, sources close to MDMRS officials who had recorded the details of persons fleeing Vanni said.

    “To tell the truth is crime in Sri Lanka” – wife of disappeared Sinhalese journalist http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  158. Rights group appeals for accountability for victims of disappearances, detainees http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The Civil Monitoring Mission in an appeal made after convening a conference on the "Disappeared and the Detained" said Wednesday, "[t]he end of war has not brought any end to our agonies and miseries. We feel more vulnerable today than in the past. National reconciliation and national unity have been reduced to mere rhetoric statements. Instead of bringing change towards constructive hope, the ending of war has brought new miseries to our people. We are today witnessing over two hundred and fifty thousand of our people languishing in military guarded camps…," and appealed to the Sri Lanka Government to account of all detainees in prison, and to "[p]rovide democratic space with legal assurance to human rights organizations tomonitor and evaluate the violations and represent the victims."

    SLA massacred civilians in bunkers – medical worker http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  159. Rights group appeals for accountability for victims of disappearances, detainees http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    The Civil Monitoring Mission in an appeal made after convening a conference on the "Disappeared and the Detained" said Wednesday, "[t]he end of war has not brought any end to our agonies and miseries. We feel more vulnerable today than in the past. National reconciliation and national unity have been reduced to mere rhetoric statements. Instead of bringing change towards constructive hope, the ending of war has brought new miseries to our people. We are today witnessing over two hundred and fifty thousand of our people languishing in military guarded camps…," and appealed to the Sri Lanka Government to account of all detainees in prison, and to "[p]rovide democratic space with legal assurance to human rights organizations tomonitor and evaluate the violations and represent the victims."

    SLA massacred civilians in bunkers – medical worker http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  160. Victims Without Voices

    Like the last cries of a herd of sheep,
    Facing cruel cull amidst baying wolves,
    Stood thousands Tamils facing slaughter
    Among murderous army with cynical laughter;
    Gleeful of ensuing massacre of innocent lives.
    Skyward, echoed around walls of power, yells
    Of protest and plea for mercy of thousands.
    No power on earth moved-so perished thousands.
    Silenced by the very silence of flawed conscience
    Of moral high landers and so born us –
    The Victims without voices.

    Beyond massacre, mass graves and genocide,
    Beneath false surface of normalcy, besides ecocide,
    Wombs of yesterday walk in search of off springs,
    Mums-to-be reach post to post in search of husbands.
    Barbed wires weep at those detained behind them.
    Curbed villagers scorn at schemes which deny their homes.
    Kids many that defied death in the murderous onslaught,
    Sit in orphanages, a lot in shock, rest in mental drought.
    Sky much our agony, so little known of this tragedy
    Because, we are the – The Victims without voices.

    A nation being decimated and destroyed,
    While nations of goodwill seem to need steroid
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims.
    A community of people pushed to extinction
    While people of conscience lack moral conviction
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims
    In these civil and morally defunct valleys perish we –
    The Victims without voices.
    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12

  161. Victims Without Voices

    Like the last cries of a herd of sheep,
    Facing cruel cull amidst baying wolves,
    Stood thousands Tamils facing slaughter
    Among murderous army with cynical laughter;
    Gleeful of ensuing massacre of innocent lives.
    Skyward, echoed around walls of power, yells
    Of protest and plea for mercy of thousands.
    No power on earth moved-so perished thousands.
    Silenced by the very silence of flawed conscience
    Of moral high landers and so born us –
    The Victims without voices.

    Beyond massacre, mass graves and genocide,
    Beneath false surface of normalcy, besides ecocide,
    Wombs of yesterday walk in search of off springs,
    Mums-to-be reach post to post in search of husbands.
    Barbed wires weep at those detained behind them.
    Curbed villagers scorn at schemes which deny their homes.
    Kids many that defied death in the murderous onslaught,
    Sit in orphanages, a lot in shock, rest in mental drought.
    Sky much our agony, so little known of this tragedy
    Because, we are the – The Victims without voices.

    A nation being decimated and destroyed,
    While nations of goodwill seem to need steroid
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims.
    A community of people pushed to extinction
    While people of conscience lack moral conviction
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims
    In these civil and morally defunct valleys perish we –
    The Victims without voices.
    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12

  162. Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Good to know that you copy and paste poems too !! Only issue is the source of the post is not credible ! Tamileelamnews.com – Ha Ha Ha !!! Would love to see you create a poem using your imagination – oops, but then again, your whole existence in this site (which is only to Copy and Paste) becomes useless !!
    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12

    Many creative people can write fairy tales, fictions, stories and poems – but, it is those who make these creations real that get in to trouble. I hope you gave up believing in Santa Clause, Snow White and wicked which babayaga as you grew up !

  163. Resettled people in the North affected by rains – TNA MP Sumanthiran

    TNA parliamentarian M. Sumanthiran has told the media that the resettled people in the North have been affected by the heavy rains experienced in the area and that his party has not been permitted to visit the people to look into their needs and help them.

    He said that people resettled in Ramavil in Jaffna District and Shanthipuram, Mailmanapuram and Kumarasamypuram in the Kilinochchi District have been displaced by the heavy rains and the government has not focused on the matter. About 270 families living in temporary shelters in the North have been badly affected by the rains and the Kilinochchi District Secretary has taken steps to find shelter for them in the Kilinochchi Hospital.

    However, the parliamentarian observed the people lacked food, drinking water, other necessities and sanitary facilities.

    According to Sumanthiran, the floods would result in the spread of diseases and the matter needed to be addressed.

  164. Do you remember how 500 Jewish refugees on the ship St Louis were turned away from Canada and the U.S. in 1939?

    It was made into a film, “Voyage of the Damned.”

    Tamils are the Jews of Sri Lanka. Thousands have been killed in numerous pogroms since the mid-1950s. Their safety is always uncertain.

    If a boatload of Jews from Germany sought refuge in the 1920s, fearing the Nazis, should they have been turned away?

    The situation is similar for Tamils. They fear the constant presence of Sinhala. They can visit their relatives in Sri Lanka, but can only stay there at their peril. They may be safe today, dead tomorrow.

  165. Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Good to know that you copy and paste poems too !! Only issue is the source of the post is not credible ! Tamileelamnews.com – Ha Ha Ha !!! Would love to see you create a poem using your imagination – oops, but then again, your whole existence in this site (which is only to Copy and Paste) becomes useless !!
    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12

    Many creative people can write fairy tales, fictions, stories and poems – but, it is those who make these creations real that get in to trouble. I hope you gave up believing in Santa Clause, Snow White and wicked which babayaga as you grew up !

  166. Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Good to know that you copy and paste poems too !! Only issue is the source of the post is not credible ! Tamileelamnews.com – Ha Ha Ha !!! Would love to see you create a poem using your imagination – oops, but then again, your whole existence in this site (which is only to Copy and Paste) becomes useless !!
    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12

    Many creative people can write fairy tales, fictions, stories and poems – but, it is those who make these creations real that get in to trouble. I hope you gave up believing in Santa Clause, Snow White and wicked which babayaga as you grew up !

  167. Kapanna Alawanna Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Indeed !!

    It sounds to me like Jim MD is getting an additional pay-pack courtesy – Apes and Worms of Peelam Die Ass pora !!

    U should have Kapanna Alawanna the following few interesting statements from Jim’s Bosses.

    Enforced disappearances persist in many countries all over the world, having been a continuing feature of the second half of the twentieth century since they were committed on a gross scale in Nazi-occupied Europe.

    In recent years, in the course of the “war on terror”, the USA, sometimes with the complicity of other governments, has acrried out enforced disappearances of terror suspects. Amnesty International has campaigned to demand that the USA and all states reveal the whereabouts and fate of disappeared persons, and if they are not to be released that they are charged with a recognizably criminal offence and given a fair trial in accordance with international standards.

    As I mentioned in my above post you quoted, USA has the highest number of disappearance and in Sri Lanka, it is next to nothing and reduced drastically since end of Peelam Apes. It’s true that Jim has been assigned to look in to affairs of Sri Lanka, but Sad that we never heard of him when the LTTE was involved in HR violations. He has come in to the scene majorly only after the LTTE was crushed and still do not take action against any HR violations by LTTE – If he is so unbiased and want to do a good job to be happy about the pay-pack he get’s only from AI, he can do a simple thing by getting west to arrest Adela B – a proven HR violator.

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Dear Goopathytic !

    Tamils are the Jews of Sri Lanka. Thousands have been killed in numerous pogroms since the mid-1950s. Their safety is always uncertain.

    I always ask this question for those who try to compare Tamils to Jews. Answer me if you have at least a little bit of spine and little bit of potency !!

    1. How many Jews were in the Cabinet and held ministerial portfolio’s in Hitler’s government
    2. What was the Jewish move to out run Hitler and ask for a separate state in Germany ?
    3. How many Jews did the Jews kill because these Jews did not agree with the separatist Jews ?
    4. How Many Jews in this movement left the movement and joined Hitler because they thought that the Jewish leader was an Ape and had his private agendas?
    5. Did Hitler select and kill Jews or did he kill all the Jews in sight ??

    If a boatload of Jews from Germany sought refuge in the 1920s, fearing the Nazis, should they have been turned away?

    Def. not !!!!! I don’t think you even have to ask this question, but then again – U sound a dud !!

    If not, you will not even your wildest dreams would compare the Goof Tamil People to your Peelam Ape movement + the innocent Jews who got hammered by a lunatic !!

    Now, if by chance the Ape leader Piribaharan came in to power, we would have seen the following !!

    1. All Singhala and Muslim people killed, their houses burned and them chased out of their homelands in the north (Oh – did he already do that when he was around ??)
    2. Try attacking the neighbouring countries (Oh – If I remember, this Baboon did try to attack Maldives sometime back and got hammered by the Indian Army who went to the rescue)
    3. Try to have a partnership with other dictators around the world (Oh – He did do this too – Ties with Eritrea, Al Quaida, Taliban)
    4. Wanted his Image to be highlighted and worshiped by his own people he is suppose to server (OMG – even this happened and those who had different ideas – he killed)

    Oh – Now we see where the Terrorist low mental psychopath Hitler was reborn – In Sri Lanka in the form of Piribaharan !!!!

    Worship Mahinda Rajapaske you fools for getting rid of this low mental ape – Mahinda Saved you guys from this lunatic – try to understand it – You would have been slaves forever to a lunatic if not for MR !!

  168. Batticaloa Tamils mourn disappearance of 48 Tamils two decades ago
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32506

    Tamils of several villages in Batticaloa district Friday observed the twenty years’ death anniversary of 48 Tamil people who were reported disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on 27th August 1990, with silent procession from Siththaa’ndi Kaa’li Koayil to Siththaa’ndi Murukan Koayil from 9:00 a.m till 11:00 a.m. Relatives of the disappeared participated in the procession with tears. Special prayer was also held in Siththaa’ndi Murukan Temple in remembrance of those “disappeared”.

    SLA had cordoned off Siththaa’ndi Murukan Temple on that day and took forty-eight Tamils including women and children who had been called to the temple for interrogation.

    Thereafter they were reported disappeared when relatives inquired from the army authorities.

    The disappeared Tamils were from the villages, Ka’ruvaakkea’ni, Kiraan, Kumpurumoolai, Chanthive’li, Murakkoddanchchenai, Vanthaa’rumoolai, and Maavadiveampu.

    They fled from their houses and sought refuge in the temple to save their lives from the army.

  169. HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32372
    The family members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eezham (LTTE) key persons gone missing after arrest by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) or surrender at the end of the war on Vanni are to file Habeas Corpus (HC) applications next week, sources Jaffna said. According to Sri Lanka minister D. Gunasekara the wives of LTTE senior key persons Balakumaran and Yogi are now widows. Some sources say that both had been killed after surrendering to SLA and some that they are held in special SLA detention centres. The contradicting and confusing information have led their family members to file HC applications, the sources added.

    Around 1200 to 2000 youths had disappeared after being arrested by Sri Lanka Armed Forces in 1997, 98 and after 2006 and the complaints made to humanitarian institutions have not produced any results at all, the representatives pointed out.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32282

  170. Records of persons fleeing Vanni destroyed by Special Action Committee of Basil Rajapakse
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31862
    The Special Action Committee (SAC) of Basil Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the present Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister and the former senior advisor to the President during the war on Vanni, had ordered the records of all persons who fled Vanni at the end of the war to be destroyed so as to conceal the recorded particulars of more than 17,000 persons who were suspected as Liberation Tigers and who had later disappeared without any trace, an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Resettlement (MDMRS) said. Rizard Badudin who was then the minister of the above ministry is alleged to have functioned as a puppet in the hands of Basil Rajapakse in destroying the records, sources close to MDMRS officials who had recorded the details of persons fleeing Vanni said.

    “To tell the truth is crime in Sri Lanka” – wife of disappeared Sinhalese journalist
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31681

  171. Rights group appeals for accountability for victims of disappearances, detainees
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30245
    The Civil Monitoring Mission in an appeal made after convening a conference on the “Disappeared and the Detained” said Wednesday, “[t]he end of war has not brought any end to our agonies and miseries. We feel more vulnerable today than in the past. National reconciliation and national unity have been reduced to mere rhetoric statements. Instead of bringing change towards constructive hope, the ending of war has brought new miseries to our people. We are today witnessing over two hundred and fifty thousand of our people languishing in military guarded camps…,” and appealed to the Sri Lanka Government to account of all detainees in prison, and to “[p]rovide democratic space with legal assurance to human rights organizations tomonitor and evaluate the violations and represent the victims.”

    SLA massacred civilians in bunkers – medical worker
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=30180

  172. Victims Without Voices

    Like the last cries of a herd of sheep,
    Facing cruel cull amidst baying wolves,
    Stood thousands Tamils facing slaughter
    Among murderous army with cynical laughter;
    Gleeful of ensuing massacre of innocent lives.
    Skyward, echoed around walls of power, yells
    Of protest and plea for mercy of thousands.
    No power on earth moved-so perished thousands.
    Silenced by the very silence of flawed conscience
    Of moral high landers and so born us -
    The Victims without voices.

    Beyond massacre, mass graves and genocide,
    Beneath false surface of normalcy, besides ecocide,
    Wombs of yesterday walk in search of off springs,
    Mums-to-be reach post to post in search of husbands.
    Barbed wires weep at those detained behind them.
    Curbed villagers scorn at schemes which deny their homes.
    Kids many that defied death in the murderous onslaught,
    Sit in orphanages, a lot in shock, rest in mental drought.
    Sky much our agony, so little known of this tragedy
    Because, we are the – The Victims without voices.

    A nation being decimated and destroyed,
    While nations of goodwill seem to need steroid
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims.
    A community of people pushed to extinction
    While people of conscience lack moral conviction
    To break their silence and speak for us – silent victims
    In these civil and morally defunct valleys perish we -
    The Victims without voices.

    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12933.shtml

  173. @ Kappana:

    Very funny comment about Jim declaring UDI from AI! :) Perhaps he's on a plausible deniability mission?

    Anyway, I hope Jim can reply to us so that at the very least we can invite him to visit SL and see that the reality of the SL is different to that being painted by the Donkey Diaspora.

    Destroying another Eelam Lie about the 20,000 or 40,000 or 40,000,000 dead civilians

    A whole bunch of Eelam Lies & ultra-tasty Eelam Punnaku destroyed.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/

    p.s. for non-Sri Lankans, 'Punnakku' is the residue from coconut oil production and is typically fed to cattle, donkeys and pro-LTTE diaspora, who are now the world's largest consumers of Punnakku.

    The chief on-line producer of 'punnaky' is Tamilnut.com

  174. @ Kappana:

    Very funny comment about Jim declaring UDI from AI! :) Perhaps he's on a plausible deniability mission?

    Anyway, I hope Jim can reply to us so that at the very least we can invite him to visit SL and see that the reality of the SL is different to that being painted by the Donkey Diaspora.

    Destroying another Eelam Lie about the 20,000 or 40,000 or 40,000,000 dead civilians

    A whole bunch of Eelam Lies & ultra-tasty Eelam Punnaku destroyed.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/

    p.s. for non-Sri Lankans, 'Punnakku' is the residue from coconut oil production and is typically fed to cattle, donkeys and pro-LTTE diaspora, who are now the world's largest consumers of Punnakku.

    The chief on-line producer of 'punnaky' is Tamilnut.com

  175. @ Kappana:

    Very funny comment about Jim declaring UDI from AI! :) Perhaps he's on a plausible deniability mission?

    Anyway, I hope Jim can reply to us so that at the very least we can invite him to visit SL and see that the reality of the SL is different to that being painted by the Donkey Diaspora.

    Destroying another Eelam Lie about the 20,000 or 40,000 or 40,000,000 dead civilians

    A whole bunch of Eelam Lies & ultra-tasty Eelam Punnaku destroyed.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/

    p.s. for non-Sri Lankans, 'Punnakku' is the residue from coconut oil production and is typically fed to cattle, donkeys and pro-LTTE diaspora, who are now the world's largest consumers of Punnakku.

    The chief on-line producer of 'punnaky' is Tamilnut.com

  176. Who else has 'disappeared' in Sri Lanka?

    • 'Experts' from the international NGO circus fond of pontificating to Sri Lanka that the the LTTE were invincible and could not be beaten.

    • INGOs who helped the LTTE acquire hi-tech equipment and weapons.

    • Pro-LTTE Norwegian diplomats & Generals.

    • pro-LTTE Fluffers from the UK Labour Party on lecture tours to browbeat the SL govt

    Who has miraculously re-appeared in Sri Lanka?

    • Random death now involves motor vehicles and bad roads rather than suicide bombs or artillery strikes

    • KP, the last leader of the LTTE

    • pro-LTTE diaspora supporters who've faced reality

    • fake refugees from Canada visiting friends & relatives, unmolested.

    p.s. @ Gunalan:

    Here's a great job opportunity for you, in SL; with the salary they're offering, you can live like a king in SL.

    "Seeking Sri Lanka Country Representative"

    "Nonviolent Peaceforce is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath."
    http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/seeking-sri-l

    You can take a.savage with you to watch whales off the East coast and sing to each other. Listen to the voices in the wind… :) :)

  177. Who else has 'disappeared' in Sri Lanka?

    • 'Experts' from the international NGO circus fond of pontificating to Sri Lanka that the the LTTE were invincible and could not be beaten.

    • INGOs who helped the LTTE acquire hi-tech equipment and weapons.

    • Pro-LTTE Norwegian diplomats & Generals.

    • pro-LTTE Fluffers from the UK Labour Party on lecture tours to browbeat the SL govt

    Who has miraculously re-appeared in Sri Lanka?

    • Random death now involves motor vehicles and bad roads rather than suicide bombs or artillery strikes

    • KP, the last leader of the LTTE

    • pro-LTTE diaspora supporters who've faced reality

    • fake refugees from Canada visiting friends & relatives, unmolested.

    p.s. @ Gunalan:

    Here's a great job opportunity for you, in SL; with the salary they're offering, you can live like a king in SL.

    "Seeking Sri Lanka Country Representative"

    "Nonviolent Peaceforce is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath."
    http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/seeking-sri-l

    You can take a.savage with you to watch whales off the East coast and sing to each other. Listen to the voices in the wind… :) :)

  178. Who else has 'disappeared' in Sri Lanka?

    • 'Experts' from the international NGO circus fond of pontificating to Sri Lanka that the the LTTE were invincible and could not be beaten.

    • INGOs who helped the LTTE acquire hi-tech equipment and weapons.

    • Pro-LTTE Norwegian diplomats & Generals.

    • pro-LTTE Fluffers from the UK Labour Party on lecture tours to browbeat the SL govt

    Who has miraculously re-appeared in Sri Lanka?

    • Random death now involves motor vehicles and bad roads rather than suicide bombs or artillery strikes

    • KP, the last leader of the LTTE

    • pro-LTTE diaspora supporters who've faced reality

    • fake refugees from Canada visiting friends & relatives, unmolested.

    p.s. @ Gunalan:

    Here's a great job opportunity for you, in SL; with the salary they're offering, you can live like a king in SL.

    "Seeking Sri Lanka Country Representative"

    "Nonviolent Peaceforce is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath."
    http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/seeking-sri-l

    You can take a.savage with you to watch whales off the East coast and sing to each other. Listen to the voices in the wind… :) :)

  179. Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Good to know that you copy and paste poems too !! Only issue is the source of the post is not credible ! Tamileelamnews.com – Ha Ha Ha !!! Would love to see you create a poem using your imagination – oops, but then again, your whole existence in this site (which is only to Copy and Paste) becomes useless !!

    http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_12933.shtml

    Many creative people can write fairy tales, fictions, stories and poems – but, it is those who make these creations real that get in to trouble. I hope you gave up believing in Santa Clause, Snow White and wicked which babayaga as you grew up !

  180. In the early 19 50s the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) launched the first and only non-violent movement to date to achieve internal de-colonisation through devolution of power. The party sought to mimic the essentials of the Indian model of linguistic states that contributed to partial democratisation; so it proposed similar devolution to future Tamil and Sinhalese linguistic states to introduce a democratic federal system of government in Sri Lanka. Their overriding aim was to modernise the bankrupt unitary State, which British colonialists had originally imposed in 1832 and monopolised power through it to dominate and plunder the island. Tamil civil society solidly backed federalism and, by extension, agreed to internal de-colonisation. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=5&i

    Pro-war ideologues and intelligentsia had bayed for Tamil blood; one had hysterically urged the marauding Sinhalese army in Vanni to decimate the LTTE, to ‘cut it and kill it’; another blood-thirstily re-cast Tamil civilians – men, women and children, both aged and infirm – as ‘auxiliaries’ of the LTTE’s fighting formations and, therefore, military targets to be legitimately slaughtered at will.

  181. SRI LANKA: Special Task Force illegally arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/3533/

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

  182. Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s0
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  183. In the early 19 50s the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) launched the first and only non-violent movement to date to achieve internal de-colonisation through devolution of power. The party sought to mimic the essentials of the Indian model of linguistic states that contributed to partial democratisation; so it proposed similar devolution to future Tamil and Sinhalese linguistic states to introduce a democratic federal system of government in Sri Lanka. Their overriding aim was to modernise the bankrupt unitary State, which British colonialists had originally imposed in 1832 and monopolised power through it to dominate and plunder the island. Tamil civil society solidly backed federalism and, by extension, agreed to internal de-colonisation. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=5&i

    Pro-war ideologues and intelligentsia had bayed for Tamil blood; one had hysterically urged the marauding Sinhalese army in Vanni to decimate the LTTE, to ‘cut it and kill it’; another blood-thirstily re-cast Tamil civilians – men, women and children, both aged and infirm – as ‘auxiliaries’ of the LTTE’s fighting formations and, therefore, military targets to be legitimately slaughtered at will.

  184. In the early 19 50s the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) launched the first and only non-violent movement to date to achieve internal de-colonisation through devolution of power. The party sought to mimic the essentials of the Indian model of linguistic states that contributed to partial democratisation; so it proposed similar devolution to future Tamil and Sinhalese linguistic states to introduce a democratic federal system of government in Sri Lanka. Their overriding aim was to modernise the bankrupt unitary State, which British colonialists had originally imposed in 1832 and monopolised power through it to dominate and plunder the island. Tamil civil society solidly backed federalism and, by extension, agreed to internal de-colonisation. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=5&i

    Pro-war ideologues and intelligentsia had bayed for Tamil blood; one had hysterically urged the marauding Sinhalese army in Vanni to decimate the LTTE, to ‘cut it and kill it’; another blood-thirstily re-cast Tamil civilians – men, women and children, both aged and infirm – as ‘auxiliaries’ of the LTTE’s fighting formations and, therefore, military targets to be legitimately slaughtered at will.

  185. SRI LANKA: Special Task Force illegally arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/3533/

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

  186. SRI LANKA: Special Task Force illegally arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/3533/

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

  187. Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s0
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  188. Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s0
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  189. @ Kappana:

    Very funny comment about Jim declaring UDI from AI! :) Perhaps he’s on a plausible deniability mission?

    Anyway, I hope Jim can reply to us so that at the very least we can invite him to visit SL and see that the reality of the SL is different to that being painted by the Donkey Diaspora.

    Destroying another Eelam Lie about the 20,000 or 40,000 or 40,000,000 dead civilians

    A whole bunch of Eelam Lies & ultra-tasty Eelam Punnaku destroyed.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/28/sri-lanka-human-rights-watch

    p.s. for non-Sri Lankans, ‘Punnakku’ is the residue from coconut oil production and is typically fed to cattle, donkeys and pro-LTTE diaspora, who are now the world’s largest consumers of Punnakku.

    The chief on-line producer of ‘punnaky’ is Tamilnut.com

  190. Who else has ‘disappeared’ in Sri Lanka?

    • ’Experts’ from the international NGO circus fond of pontificating to Sri Lanka that the the LTTE were invincible and could not be beaten.

    • INGOs who helped the LTTE acquire hi-tech equipment and weapons.

    • Pro-LTTE Norwegian diplomats & Generals.

    • pro-LTTE Fluffers from the UK Labour Party on lecture tours to browbeat the SL govt

    Who has miraculously re-appeared in Sri Lanka?

    • Random death now involves motor vehicles and bad roads rather than suicide bombs or artillery strikes

    • KP, the last leader of the LTTE

    • pro-LTTE diaspora supporters who’ve faced reality

    • fake refugees from Canada visiting friends & relatives, unmolested.

    p.s. @ Gunalan:

    Here’s a great job opportunity for you, in SL; with the salary they’re offering, you can live like a king in SL.

    “Seeking Sri Lanka Country Representative”

    “Nonviolent Peaceforce is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath.”

    http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/seeking-sri-lanka-country-representative

    You can take a.savage with you to watch whales off the East coast and sing to each other. Listen to the voices in the wind… :) :)

  191. In the early 19 50s the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) launched the first and only non-violent movement to date to achieve internal de-colonisation through devolution of power. The party sought to mimic the essentials of the Indian model of linguistic states that contributed to partial democratisation; so it proposed similar devolution to future Tamil and Sinhalese linguistic states to introduce a democratic federal system of government in Sri Lanka. Their overriding aim was to modernise the bankrupt unitary State, which British colonialists had originally imposed in 1832 and monopolised power through it to dominate and plunder the island. Tamil civil society solidly backed federalism and, by extension, agreed to internal de-colonisation.
    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=5&id=5950

    Pro-war ideologues and intelligentsia had bayed for Tamil blood; one had hysterically urged the marauding Sinhalese army in Vanni to decimate the LTTE, to ‘cut it and kill it’; another blood-thirstily re-cast Tamil civilians – men, women and children, both aged and infirm – as ‘auxiliaries’ of the LTTE’s fighting formations and, therefore, military targets to be legitimately slaughtered at will.

  192. SRI LANKA: Special Task Force illegally arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka
    http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/3533/

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

  193. Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s01.shtml
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  194. Kanagarathnam & Gnanendramohan,

    Thus the results of State wars & genocides transform into the opposite of those intended !

    How well Kanagarathnam puts it …..

    the Chinese pearl necklace is becoming a hangman's noose for india !

    Well put indeed … & for genocide's facilitators, well served !

    ********

    And Gnanendramohan makes the vital economic connection ….

    how lanka's surrender to the IMF's austerity demands dismantles ( irrespective of race ? ) the people's jobs, livelihood & wellbeing.

    The Rajapakses' Sinhalese base will now perforce have to drink the cup of poison he smilingly hands out to them.

    All the way to the bottom.

    And they may not even know what killed them !

  195. Where are those Child rights’ activists?
    How long can Sri Lanka fool the international community?

    During the peak days of the war, a few local and international NGOs championed the Child soldier issue in Sri Lanka. Obviously, the target was the LTTE – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation. At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South. But this was overlooked by zealous government lobbyists and some NGO activists known among Civil Society as GONGOs – GOvernment Non-Governmental Organisations.

    Anyway, since May 2009 – no more war, no more LTTE, no more child soldiers, but there are thousands of children from war-torn areas in and out of internment camps – whose basic needs are not being met. Daily many children are dying, disappearing, abducted, sexually assaulted, tortured, etc. Vulnerable children including orphans are undergoing severe trauma and difficulties. All this continues.

    So far, how many Child rights’ champions locally and internationally have raised their voice about the suffering of these children? These NGOs had a hidden agenda and shed ‘crocodile tears’ about Child soldiers. There is obviously valid reason in raising one’s voice about Child soldiers, but it is not the only issue of concern to the Children. These politically-motivated NGOs never bothered about the massive range of Child rights violated in the North and East. One UN Civil servant talked about ‘five pillars’, but failed to raise concern about the sufferings of the children in the internment camps. It is interesting to learn new phenomena from these people.

    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=211&amp

  196. It’s been one year since the war was declared over, and do any of you feel better at what is happening in Sri Lanka? So many big names from across the world are silent on the ongoing atrocities and land grabbing in the Tamil areas of this nation. A large population still behind bars. There has been not a single word about political rights to the minorities.

    The worse part is countries like Canada and Australia still traumatizing those who arrive as refugees with no shame and concern for human dignity and equality. While these nations fail to call out the war crimes of the Sri Lankan regime they continue to shamelessly play the “terrorist” card on innocent refugees. I feel like living in Hitlers era when the atrocities on Jews were all justified and considered “just” by most part of the world due to Hitlers preachings about how Jews deserved the ill treatment.
    http://truthdive.com/2010/08/29/prabhakaran-a-zor

  197. Where are those Child rights’ activists?
    How long can Sri Lanka fool the international community?

    During the peak days of the war, a few local and international NGOs championed the Child soldier issue in Sri Lanka. Obviously, the target was the LTTE – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation. At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South. But this was overlooked by zealous government lobbyists and some NGO activists known among Civil Society as GONGOs – GOvernment Non-Governmental Organisations.

    Anyway, since May 2009 – no more war, no more LTTE, no more child soldiers, but there are thousands of children from war-torn areas in and out of internment camps – whose basic needs are not being met. Daily many children are dying, disappearing, abducted, sexually assaulted, tortured, etc. Vulnerable children including orphans are undergoing severe trauma and difficulties. All this continues.

    So far, how many Child rights’ champions locally and internationally have raised their voice about the suffering of these children? These NGOs had a hidden agenda and shed ‘crocodile tears’ about Child soldiers. There is obviously valid reason in raising one’s voice about Child soldiers, but it is not the only issue of concern to the Children. These politically-motivated NGOs never bothered about the massive range of Child rights violated in the North and East. One UN Civil servant talked about ‘five pillars’, but failed to raise concern about the sufferings of the children in the internment camps. It is interesting to learn new phenomena from these people.

    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=211&amp

  198. Where are those Child rights’ activists?
    How long can Sri Lanka fool the international community?

    During the peak days of the war, a few local and international NGOs championed the Child soldier issue in Sri Lanka. Obviously, the target was the LTTE – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation. At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South. But this was overlooked by zealous government lobbyists and some NGO activists known among Civil Society as GONGOs – GOvernment Non-Governmental Organisations.

    Anyway, since May 2009 – no more war, no more LTTE, no more child soldiers, but there are thousands of children from war-torn areas in and out of internment camps – whose basic needs are not being met. Daily many children are dying, disappearing, abducted, sexually assaulted, tortured, etc. Vulnerable children including orphans are undergoing severe trauma and difficulties. All this continues.

    So far, how many Child rights’ champions locally and internationally have raised their voice about the suffering of these children? These NGOs had a hidden agenda and shed ‘crocodile tears’ about Child soldiers. There is obviously valid reason in raising one’s voice about Child soldiers, but it is not the only issue of concern to the Children. These politically-motivated NGOs never bothered about the massive range of Child rights violated in the North and East. One UN Civil servant talked about ‘five pillars’, but failed to raise concern about the sufferings of the children in the internment camps. It is interesting to learn new phenomena from these people.

    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=211&amp

  199. It’s been one year since the war was declared over, and do any of you feel better at what is happening in Sri Lanka? So many big names from across the world are silent on the ongoing atrocities and land grabbing in the Tamil areas of this nation. A large population still behind bars. There has been not a single word about political rights to the minorities.

    The worse part is countries like Canada and Australia still traumatizing those who arrive as refugees with no shame and concern for human dignity and equality. While these nations fail to call out the war crimes of the Sri Lankan regime they continue to shamelessly play the “terrorist” card on innocent refugees. I feel like living in Hitlers era when the atrocities on Jews were all justified and considered “just” by most part of the world due to Hitlers preachings about how Jews deserved the ill treatment.
    http://truthdive.com/2010/08/29/prabhakaran-a-zor

  200. It’s been one year since the war was declared over, and do any of you feel better at what is happening in Sri Lanka? So many big names from across the world are silent on the ongoing atrocities and land grabbing in the Tamil areas of this nation. A large population still behind bars. There has been not a single word about political rights to the minorities.

    The worse part is countries like Canada and Australia still traumatizing those who arrive as refugees with no shame and concern for human dignity and equality. While these nations fail to call out the war crimes of the Sri Lankan regime they continue to shamelessly play the “terrorist” card on innocent refugees. I feel like living in Hitlers era when the atrocities on Jews were all justified and considered “just” by most part of the world due to Hitlers preachings about how Jews deserved the ill treatment.
    http://truthdive.com/2010/08/29/prabhakaran-a-zor

  201. a.savage Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So suddenly A(ss) Savage has become the poet and the critique of the blog site… !! Without making his own comments, he has decided to harp on what others post here. But, then again, it is sad to see him applauding copy paste posts which are totally irrelevant to the subject matter that is supposed to be discussed here. But, then again, you cannot expect Gold from a coal mine !

    Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Looks like you have found another website to support the Tamilnut which is so credible as per the blinded Gunalan. I hope you already saw these statistics of the most credible news site in the world !
    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/

    Let's look at the snapshot of site visitors !!

    No children – Impotent
    No education – Stupid fools
    24-34 – Easily Mislead
    Access from home – Jobless and living on dole !
    Where are those Child rights’ activists?

    Anyways thanks for this sentence !!

    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation.

    But the following made me laugh !!

    At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South.

    Now the writer of this post really thinks from his rectum and have no clue what brains are – LOL !! Minimum O/L qualifications were required to get employed in the army and also there was a minimum height requirement which a child could never have achieved. I know of several adults who were turned down because they did not have the required height. You think that fooling the International community is easy because you have mislead a few International organisations ? LOL !!

    Children immaterial of their ethnicity are experiencing a childhood that we were unfortunate not to experience. Our childhood was deprived by the LTTE – we never got a chance to feel free or go out and play because our parents were scared of bombs and other atrocities carried out by the LTTE. But, our children are out there, living happy and getting themselves educated without fear. So goes to the Children in the north – they hold books instead of guns and have "Panchayuda's" around their necks instead of cyanide capsules.

    The happiness of people and development in the north and the Tamils living peacefully and happily with the rest of Sri Lanka must surely be hurting the Peelamists who had their own agenda to divide the country and rule these people with terror….. Sorry – Era of the Apes is over – it is time for the humans !

  202. a.savage Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So suddenly A(ss) Savage has become the poet and the critique of the blog site… !! Without making his own comments, he has decided to harp on what others post here. But, then again, it is sad to see him applauding copy paste posts which are totally irrelevant to the subject matter that is supposed to be discussed here. But, then again, you cannot expect Gold from a coal mine !

    Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Looks like you have found another website to support the Tamilnut which is so credible as per the blinded Gunalan. I hope you already saw these statistics of the most credible news site in the world !
    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/

    Let's look at the snapshot of site visitors !!

    No children – Impotent
    No education – Stupid fools
    24-34 – Easily Mislead
    Access from home – Jobless and living on dole !
    Where are those Child rights’ activists?

    Anyways thanks for this sentence !!

    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation.

    But the following made me laugh !!

    At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South.

    Now the writer of this post really thinks from his rectum and have no clue what brains are – LOL !! Minimum O/L qualifications were required to get employed in the army and also there was a minimum height requirement which a child could never have achieved. I know of several adults who were turned down because they did not have the required height. You think that fooling the International community is easy because you have mislead a few International organisations ? LOL !!

    Children immaterial of their ethnicity are experiencing a childhood that we were unfortunate not to experience. Our childhood was deprived by the LTTE – we never got a chance to feel free or go out and play because our parents were scared of bombs and other atrocities carried out by the LTTE. But, our children are out there, living happy and getting themselves educated without fear. So goes to the Children in the north – they hold books instead of guns and have "Panchayuda's" around their necks instead of cyanide capsules.

    The happiness of people and development in the north and the Tamils living peacefully and happily with the rest of Sri Lanka must surely be hurting the Peelamists who had their own agenda to divide the country and rule these people with terror….. Sorry – Era of the Apes is over – it is time for the humans !

  203. a.savage Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So suddenly A(ss) Savage has become the poet and the critique of the blog site… !! Without making his own comments, he has decided to harp on what others post here. But, then again, it is sad to see him applauding copy paste posts which are totally irrelevant to the subject matter that is supposed to be discussed here. But, then again, you cannot expect Gold from a coal mine !

    Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Looks like you have found another website to support the Tamilnut which is so credible as per the blinded Gunalan. I hope you already saw these statistics of the most credible news site in the world !
    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/

    Let's look at the snapshot of site visitors !!

    No children – Impotent
    No education – Stupid fools
    24-34 – Easily Mislead
    Access from home – Jobless and living on dole !
    Where are those Child rights’ activists?

    Anyways thanks for this sentence !!

    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation.

    But the following made me laugh !!

    At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South.

    Now the writer of this post really thinks from his rectum and have no clue what brains are – LOL !! Minimum O/L qualifications were required to get employed in the army and also there was a minimum height requirement which a child could never have achieved. I know of several adults who were turned down because they did not have the required height. You think that fooling the International community is easy because you have mislead a few International organisations ? LOL !!

    Children immaterial of their ethnicity are experiencing a childhood that we were unfortunate not to experience. Our childhood was deprived by the LTTE – we never got a chance to feel free or go out and play because our parents were scared of bombs and other atrocities carried out by the LTTE. But, our children are out there, living happy and getting themselves educated without fear. So goes to the Children in the north – they hold books instead of guns and have "Panchayuda's" around their necks instead of cyanide capsules.

    The happiness of people and development in the north and the Tamils living peacefully and happily with the rest of Sri Lanka must surely be hurting the Peelamists who had their own agenda to divide the country and rule these people with terror….. Sorry – Era of the Apes is over – it is time for the humans !

  204. Is this human or not ???

    An armed man, who held three hostages in the Discovery Communications building in the US state of Maryland, was shot dead, police said. Meanwhile, Maryland's Montgomery County police chief J. Thomas Manger added that all the three hostages are safe.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-hostage-crisis-a

    Isn't this the news we hear when terrorism prevail ? How do we get rid of these inhumane acts ?? Is it by listening to AI or is it by crushing terrorism like GOSL ??

    The US has warned its citizens travelling to or residing in India during the upcoming Commonwealth Games of a threat of "terrorist action and violence" and asked them to "take care when travelling within Delhi".
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-warns-citizens-o

    Also,
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/6255-pla

    The Army has recovered several torched LTTE light aircraft parts that had been kept hidden inside a container in Vellamullivaikkal and Ampalawanpokkanai during the peak of the battles in Wanni.

    Most importantly, the tip was given by LTTE carders who are being rehabilitated. Rehabilitation is not a bad idea noh ?

    Watch this too !!
    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/638/gota-testi

    This is what we call inquiry !! – When was the last time an LTTE guy went through an inquiry ? Have you heard of that word ??

  205. Kanagarathnam & Gnanendramohan,

    Thus the results of State wars & genocides transform into the opposite of those intended !

    How well Kanagarathnam puts it …..

    the Chinese pearl necklace is becoming a hangman’s noose for india !

    Well put indeed … & for genocide’s facilitators, well served !

    ********

    And Gnanendramohan makes the vital economic connection ….

    how lanka’s surrender to the IMF’s austerity demands dismantles ( irrespective of race ? ) the people’s jobs, livelihood & wellbeing.

    The Rajapakses’ Sinhalese base will now perforce have to drink the cup of poison he smilingly hands out to them.

    All the way to the bottom.

    And they may not even know what killed them !

  206. Is this human or not ???

    An armed man, who held three hostages in the Discovery Communications building in the US state of Maryland, was shot dead, police said. Meanwhile, Maryland's Montgomery County police chief J. Thomas Manger added that all the three hostages are safe.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-hostage-crisis-a

    Isn't this the news we hear when terrorism prevail ? How do we get rid of these inhumane acts ?? Is it by listening to AI or is it by crushing terrorism like GOSL ??

    The US has warned its citizens travelling to or residing in India during the upcoming Commonwealth Games of a threat of "terrorist action and violence" and asked them to "take care when travelling within Delhi".
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-warns-citizens-o

    Also,
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/6255-pla

    The Army has recovered several torched LTTE light aircraft parts that had been kept hidden inside a container in Vellamullivaikkal and Ampalawanpokkanai during the peak of the battles in Wanni.

    Most importantly, the tip was given by LTTE carders who are being rehabilitated. Rehabilitation is not a bad idea noh ?

    Watch this too !!
    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/638/gota-testi

    This is what we call inquiry !! – When was the last time an LTTE guy went through an inquiry ? Have you heard of that word ??

  207. Is this human or not ???

    An armed man, who held three hostages in the Discovery Communications building in the US state of Maryland, was shot dead, police said. Meanwhile, Maryland's Montgomery County police chief J. Thomas Manger added that all the three hostages are safe.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-hostage-crisis-a

    Isn't this the news we hear when terrorism prevail ? How do we get rid of these inhumane acts ?? Is it by listening to AI or is it by crushing terrorism like GOSL ??

    The US has warned its citizens travelling to or residing in India during the upcoming Commonwealth Games of a threat of "terrorist action and violence" and asked them to "take care when travelling within Delhi".
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-warns-citizens-o

    Also,
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/6255-pla

    The Army has recovered several torched LTTE light aircraft parts that had been kept hidden inside a container in Vellamullivaikkal and Ampalawanpokkanai during the peak of the battles in Wanni.

    Most importantly, the tip was given by LTTE carders who are being rehabilitated. Rehabilitation is not a bad idea noh ?

    Watch this too !!
    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/638/gota-testi

    This is what we call inquiry !! – When was the last time an LTTE guy went through an inquiry ? Have you heard of that word ??

  208. When racist idiots work together….

    @ a. savage: if you're hoping for a general economic collapse in SL, you're an even bigger idiot than I imagined.

    Who will be most damaged by this scenario?

    It will be the poorest and most disadvantaged in SL, and that'll be the people in the war-ravaged and now slowly recovering, North & East (and of course the plantation workers). The overwhelming majority of whom are Tamil.

    The Donkey Diaspora and Eelam Fluffers like you and are the best allies that extreme Sinhala racists could hope for, to ensure that the poorer Tamils (and the others) remain in a permanent state of poverty and misery.

    What does the IMF say about the current and projected economic performance indicators for SL? Eelamists and their Fluffers of a sensitive disposition are urged NOT to read any further.

    "The International Monetary Fund has projected "strong growth this year" for Sri Lanka's economy, noting that the island nation's "fiscal performance so far remains consistent with achieving the government's full-year deficit target of 8 percent of GDP." http://tinyurl.com/2wwrpma

    You'd better start singing your lonely laments to Gunalan ….

  209. Where are those Child rights’ activists?
    How long can Sri Lanka fool the international community?

    During the peak days of the war, a few local and international NGOs championed the Child soldier issue in Sri Lanka. Obviously, the target was the LTTE – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation. At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South. But this was overlooked by zealous government lobbyists and some NGO activists known among Civil Society as GONGOs – GOvernment Non-Governmental Organisations.

    Anyway, since May 2009 – no more war, no more LTTE, no more child soldiers, but there are thousands of children from war-torn areas in and out of internment camps – whose basic needs are not being met. Daily many children are dying, disappearing, abducted, sexually assaulted, tortured, etc. Vulnerable children including orphans are undergoing severe trauma and difficulties. All this continues.

    So far, how many Child rights’ champions locally and internationally have raised their voice about the suffering of these children? These NGOs had a hidden agenda and shed ‘crocodile tears’ about Child soldiers. There is obviously valid reason in raising one’s voice about Child soldiers, but it is not the only issue of concern to the Children. These politically-motivated NGOs never bothered about the massive range of Child rights violated in the North and East. One UN Civil servant talked about ‘five pillars’, but failed to raise concern about the sufferings of the children in the internment camps. It is interesting to learn new phenomena from these people.

    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=211&id=5951

  210. It’s been one year since the war was declared over, and do any of you feel better at what is happening in Sri Lanka? So many big names from across the world are silent on the ongoing atrocities and land grabbing in the Tamil areas of this nation. A large population still behind bars. There has been not a single word about political rights to the minorities.

    The worse part is countries like Canada and Australia still traumatizing those who arrive as refugees with no shame and concern for human dignity and equality. While these nations fail to call out the war crimes of the Sri Lankan regime they continue to shamelessly play the “terrorist” card on innocent refugees. I feel like living in Hitlers era when the atrocities on Jews were all justified and considered “just” by most part of the world due to Hitlers preachings about how Jews deserved the ill treatment.

    http://truthdive.com/2010/08/29/prabhakaran-a-zorro.html

  211. When racist idiots work together….

    @ a. savage: if you're hoping for a general economic collapse in SL, you're an even bigger idiot than I imagined.

    Who will be most damaged by this scenario?

    It will be the poorest and most disadvantaged in SL, and that'll be the people in the war-ravaged and now slowly recovering, North & East (and of course the plantation workers). The overwhelming majority of whom are Tamil.

    The Donkey Diaspora and Eelam Fluffers like you and are the best allies that extreme Sinhala racists could hope for, to ensure that the poorer Tamils (and the others) remain in a permanent state of poverty and misery.

    What does the IMF say about the current and projected economic performance indicators for SL? Eelamists and their Fluffers of a sensitive disposition are urged NOT to read any further.

    "The International Monetary Fund has projected "strong growth this year" for Sri Lanka's economy, noting that the island nation's "fiscal performance so far remains consistent with achieving the government's full-year deficit target of 8 percent of GDP." http://tinyurl.com/2wwrpma

    You'd better start singing your lonely laments to Gunalan ….

  212. When racist idiots work together….

    @ a. savage: if you're hoping for a general economic collapse in SL, you're an even bigger idiot than I imagined.

    Who will be most damaged by this scenario?

    It will be the poorest and most disadvantaged in SL, and that'll be the people in the war-ravaged and now slowly recovering, North & East (and of course the plantation workers). The overwhelming majority of whom are Tamil.

    The Donkey Diaspora and Eelam Fluffers like you and are the best allies that extreme Sinhala racists could hope for, to ensure that the poorer Tamils (and the others) remain in a permanent state of poverty and misery.

    What does the IMF say about the current and projected economic performance indicators for SL? Eelamists and their Fluffers of a sensitive disposition are urged NOT to read any further.

    "The International Monetary Fund has projected "strong growth this year" for Sri Lanka's economy, noting that the island nation's "fiscal performance so far remains consistent with achieving the government's full-year deficit target of 8 percent of GDP." http://tinyurl.com/2wwrpma

    You'd better start singing your lonely laments to Gunalan ….

  213. a.savage Says:

    September 1st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Great observations !! :)

    China will become a superpower and you know, China is not fussy about the human rights abuse ….

    300 000 darker Sudanese killed in Darfur – no problems for China

    40 000 darker Sri Lankans – the Tamils butchered – it’s all OK for China

  214. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    Day One

    6.00am

    One the morning of the 1st July 1981 I woke up early and got ready to attend an accountancy class scheduled for 6 am. It was conducted by a person we referred to as 'Ghanam Master' at his residence on Temple road in Jaffna. I was in time for the class despite the early hour but found on my arrival, scenes of some confusion. I was told that the class had been cancelled because Sinhala policemen, both in and out of uniform, had ransacked and set fire to the home of the Member of Parliament for Jaffna Mr V Yogeswaran.

    Together with my friend Rajkumar we proceeded on our bicycles to Mr Yogeswaran's house that we reached in about ten minutes. The scene before us took us a back. We saw the destruction of the MP's house which had been set alight and was still smouldering. The MP's car which was parked within the compound beside the house had also been damaged and set alight. It was still smouldering when we arrived.

    I saw the MP Mr Yogeswaran at the gate to his house. He was wearing a pair of Khaki shorts and appeared very shaky. In answer to my question, he told me that there had been in all, around 10 to 15 persons in the house at the time of the incident. He said that on the previous night around 10 pm, a group of persons had come to his house and called out to him by name. He went out up to the gate at the top of the garden which had been shut and padlocked for the night. One of the persons in the crowd asked in Sinhala 'Yogeswaran mahataya innavatha '(Is Mr Yogeswaran in?). Mr Yogeswaran said that he realised that something was up. It was very unusual to have a group of Sinhala men call this late at night and ask if the owner was in, in a very intimidating tone. He therefore told them that the MP was not at home. The men apparently believed him and took him to be the night watchman because of his khaki shorts. They however grabbed his hands through the metal bars of the locked gate. He was able to pull his hands back and his hands were still bleeding when we met him. He said he had run towards the house screaming to his wife to get out of the house. They were both able to make their way through the rear fence of the house into their neighbour's property before the group of men forced their way in.

    Mr Yogeswaran asked my friend and me if we could help him look for his wife's 'thali kodi'. This is a necklace of ceremonial and religious significance that a Tamil bride wears from the day she marries till the day her husband dies, if he predeceases her. It is made of solid gold and is often worth a considerable sum of money. Sadly, the house was a mass of smouldering timber and other material and we looked without any success. I do not know if the 'Thali' was ever recovered. We told him, both I and the few people who had come, to go away from the vicinity of his house to his father's house and not remain around here any longer. His father Dr Vettivelu was a well known GP in the town and lived not far from his house.

  215. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    Day One

    6.20 am

    My friend Rajkumar and I got on to our bicycles and cycled towards the Jaffna library. What we saw was almost unbelievable. This beautiful building with its wealth of rare and irreplaceable first editions and manuscripts, some of them on 'ola leaves' was covered in dense smoke. We could not enter the library for the smoke. There were about 10 or 15 persons on the premises. There was only one tap outside the building and this was beside the statue of Saraswathi the Goddess of Learning, facing the building as one approached it. But there was nothing we could do. Apart from the distance from the tap to the smouldering library and the books, we did not have sufficient implements or manpower.

    Yet, only 2 minutes walking distance from the library, was the Jaffna Municipality building and offices and the Municipal fire station with its fire trucks manpower and implements. It was of no use, the firemen were too scared to try to put out a fire that had been started by the policemen quite a few of whom were still around with their guns.

    While I was still at the library, I saw a police jeep drive slowly around the library in a wide arc. They drove along the Kandy Road in front of the Municipality then turned left in front of the Rest House proceeding along the road by Jaffna Central College and then turning left on to Clock Tower Road. They were clearly making a 'show' of their presence. It was generally understood that two government ministers and their deputies and principal henchmen were still in residence at the Rest House.

  216. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    Day One

    7.15 am

    As we crossed from the library on to Muniyappar Road we heard loud jeering from the direction of the Duriappah Stadium where some of the police officers were apparently taking a nap after having worked so hard through the night wrecking and burning buildings and houses! There were a large number of police officers standing on the tiers of the stadium while yet others, were standing near the fence facing the road that surrounded the stadium. At first, we thought that the loud jeering was directed at us, but then we noticed that a passing motor scooter had been hit by a rock thrown at it by policemen from the stadium and that the scooter and rider had both gone sprawling on to the road. This was what provided 'entertainment' and merriment to these mindless semiliterate Sinhala police morons. I was a 19 year old student and had been brought up to believe in the rule of law. I thought that the police were there to enforce the law not to break it! I am certain that these policemen had been brought from outside Jaffna for a specific purpose. They were clean shaven and had close cropped hair and well built bodies. They appeared to be police trainees or policemen from outside the regular Jaffna police force.

    8 am

    I am still within the library premises but the others are gradually beginning to leave. There is a general belief that there is an unannounced curfew and that there was the possibility that the police would start taking pot shots at persons seen in the vicinity of the library. My friend Rajkumar and I decided to leave by the Muniyappar Road though it meant having to go past the stadium with its unruly policemen. We heard the policemen jeering at us but kept on going and did not look back.

    8.15 am

    As we rode past the Regal Cinema we made a left turn at the Shanthi Cinema and took a little known lane behind the Subas Café and through the Haron Cinema. I saw as many as 50 Jaffna people gathered along the route I took. They told me that the New Market was burning. My friend and I went through the Kottadi Road and saw that the heads of the statues of the great Tamil poetess and poet Ouvaiyar and Thiruvalluvar that had occupied a prime location in Grand Bazaar at the New Market and at the junction of KKS Road had been knocked off. A statue to Mahatma Gandhi head also been destroyed. The Old Market had been ransacked and looted by the police and I saw dried red chillies from the shops scattered on the ground as well as rice, kithul, dry fish and various other condiments. The Old Market that lay beside the New Market had been ransacked and looted.

    10 am

    My friend Rajkiumar told me that he was going back home as he was too scared. Jaffna Town looked like a ghost town. I continued on my own towards Kasturiyar Road and saw that the Bata shop on the corner of the New Market store and the Arrack Tavern on Kasturiyar Road had been looted by the police. I am pretty certain that they had used a heavy truck or an armoured car to get at these shops since I saw that the iron gates of these shops had been smashed and were lying on the road with a chain hanging from one of the gates.

    11.30 am

    I heard from passers by that the EelaNadu Press had been ransacked and burnt I proceeded towards KKS Road where the offices of the EelaNadu were and saw that the print works had been completely burnt. I was told that Mr Sivanathan, a director of EelaNadu, had suffered severe burns and had been taken to the Aanaipanthi Hospital. Mr Sivanathan is the father of a friend so I decided to go to the hospital and seen him.

    4 pm

    I went to the hospital and found that my friend's father had been badly burnt. All his hair had been burnt and he was practically bald. My friend Balakanna told me that his father had fainted due to inhaling excess smoke and that a co worker had bravely carried him to safety from the second floor to the ground floor, using a single drainpipe. Mr Sivanathan is today, a resident of Canada.

    Note

    It had been a very long and traumatic day and I was mentally and physically, exhausted. Up to this point I have been able to recollect in great detail not only the incidents but also their exact nature. I have also been able to give the exact times. From here on, even though I have described the incidents exactly as they occurred, I cannot vouch for the exact times.

  217. STF arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist
    http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/35...

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

    CASE NARRATIVE:

    Mr. Michael Kreitmeir is a German philanthropist living in Nikapotha, Koslanda in Sri Lanka. He has been helping the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, especially the children and mothers in need though building schools, houses and orphanages in the eastern and southern part of the country. The main project is a children's village at Koslanda in the hill country where around 90 orphans are being taken care of. Mr. Kreitmeir is in his mid-50s, a professional journalist and film director.

    On the afternoon of 17 August at 5pm, Michael, his son, Emmanuel, the chief matron of the children's village Bavani and her daughter Divia and her friend Shipani were on their way back to Little Smile in Koslanda after visiting a hospital project in Kalmunai in the district of Ampara and another children's home for 80 girls in Batticaloa which is funded by Michael Kreitmeir. They were stopped by officers of Special Team Force (STF) an elite anti-terrorism unit for a check at Siyambalanduwa near the city of Monaragala. They searched the car for more than 30 minutes. Even before the check started everybody had to hand over their mobile phones. When the check was coming to an end and the STF members were reloading the bags, suddenly one member appeared and showed a red plastic bag. It was not clear and visible to Mr. Kreitmeir or anybody from his group where it came from. Without even really looking at it the Superintendent of Police (SP) the highest ranking officer in that group was announced that it was an illegal drug. Mr. Kreitmeir and his son Emmanuel were at once separated and brought to the police station of Siyambalanduwa. Bawani and the children were also kept separately.

    Until 2am the 14 year old Diviah, the daughter of Bawani, and her friend, 14 year old Shipani were questioned. Mrs. Bawani was also questioned and kept separately until that time. She was threatened with life imprisonment, but promised with release if she would make a statement against Mr. Kreitmeir. The police also tried to get a statement against Michael from the two children.

    Emmanuel was separately brought to the police station and kept in a dark house there. He was not told anything about the whereabouts of his father or Bawani and the children. He was guarded always with heavy weapons and STF personal. He was not asked any question on the incident and nobody told him anything about any charges against him. He asked several times to call a lawyer or the German embassy and a STF personal started shouting and threatening him. When he was asked to see his father they assured him that he would be allowed to do so but he was kept separately without any information and without any questioning from 6pm to about 10.30pm. Eventually he was allowed to see his father and was questioned with him until 4am.

    Michael and his son Emmanuel were also forced to sign a statement in Sinhala, a language they cannot read.

  218. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    2nd Day

    I got home late on the first night unhappy and dejected. What I had seen that day was to remain with me for a very long time. Today, 27 years after the incidents, as I write these notes they remain vivid in my mind as if they took place yesterday. I had fitful sleep that night a sleep that was interrupted by terrible nightmares.

    My parents were working outside Jaffna where, my father was a Conservator of Forests and my mother, a sister of Charles Somasundrum who writes on matters concerning the Tamil nation, was a teacher. There was no older person to restrict my movements or advise me to remain at home and not get out. I took my bike and went to Jaffna town on the morning of the 2nd July 1981.

    I saw more destruction. The historic and well known Poobalasingham Book Depot that stood near the bus stand had been burnt. This was a shop that not only dealt in books but also dealt in school stationary like exercise books, paints and painting paraphernalia, school text books, instrument boxes and the like. All this had been burnt or destroyed. It then struck me. These police morons were only carrying out the instructions of the two ministers, who were at that moment hiding at the Rest House, and big man at the top in Colombo, who were pulling their strings. These senseless politicians were clearly under the impression that the Tamil people could be stopped from advancing if their access to books or the means of bettering themselves were taken away.

    Little did these small minded Sinhala politicians and their semi literate, mindless uniformed goons realise, that the Tamil people were at the top of the field in whichever discipline they had chosen, because they had the will and the determination. Given the opportunity, there was nothing to stop the average Tamil person excelling in their chosen field as they have shown today, in the various countries to which they have been compelled to emigrate.

    These silly Sinhalas and their equally mindless masters thought that by burning books and destroying their schools they could keep the Tamil nation at the bottom of the pyramid. It shows that however important or powerful a Sinhala person may be that person will never 'learn' or have the capacity to learn.

    While I was at the Poobalasingham Book Depot looking at the damage, I saw a dead body in front of the Book Depot. One of the people there carried the body to the Out Patients Department of the Jaffna Hospital, which is only a few minutes away. Perhaps the body should have been taken to the mortuary but the person probably thought that the hospital authorities would know what to do next.

    There were very few people in the town. There would have been, in all, around 200 to 300 heads. Yet, when a military vehicle passed by with soldiers pointing their guns, their fingers on the trigger, there was general panic. Barely 10 to 15 persons stood their ground. The others bolted with cries of 'odathai' 'odathai' (don't run, don't run) from those who stood their ground, ringing in their ears.

    The military started to bring in small Baval armoured vehicles and some new attack vehicles I have not seen in Jaffna before, all this, to 'attack' unarmed civilians who took flight at the sight of any army vehicle carrying soldiers!

    I visited the Dr Gobalapillai Flats to visit a friend, Chitragangani, to find, that she was preparing to leave the premises. She is currently resident in the UK.

    I was very scared, having seen the dead body at the Book Depot that I returned home

  219. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    3rd Day

    This was the 3rd day after the people of Jaffna had been subjected to terror and murderous assault. The Town appeared calm though most of the residents kept to their homes. I thought to myself, why are all these people so sacred? Why don't they all walk together in a simple non violent protest group and show their solidarity. After all, their own MP's house was ransacked and burnt and the MP himself escaped with his life by pure chance. I was ashamed that the people were so scared and frightened. Leading Tamils like Anandasangari and Amithalingam were nowhere to be seen or heard. There was no one to speak up for the Tamil nation in this time of their need. True, the two individuals mentioned above, made passionate speeches, but long after these incidents when they felt it was safe to come out into the open. Things have changed since. The Tamils are prepared to stand up for their rights and fight for them. There are many young men and women who would today have been brilliant professionals or academics but have sacrificed all to fight for a 'free' homeland for the next generation of Tamils. Though Tamils like me are outside our mother country we have not forgotten her. We will continue to extend her all the help and assistance to ensure a free and viable Eelam.

    I continued on my journey towards Kasthooriyar Road and saw just empty space in the middle of the Jaffna bus stand. On normal days, this bus stand would have been a hive of activity with buses and vehicles constantly entering and leaving. All I saw today was a few policemen sitting in front of the Sunlight Laundry – of course they were armed. I needed to cross into Hospital Road and it was very easy crossing through the bus stand. On other days I would have had to take the long route through Stanley Road where the Windsor Cinema is. As I approached the bus stand I saw around 20 policemen in white T shirts and police uniform trousers. They stopped me and told me to get into the drain and stand there. One of then said to me 'sinna podiyan paakirathu enna kaurtha kodi kaatu kiratha?' meaning, 'you look a small boy but you are the ones showing the black flags'. I told them that I had nothing to do with black flags. One of the policemen asked his boss to let me go as I was only a little boy. Meanwhile, the group had detained another person so they let me go. I was by now soaked with the smelly drain water. Perhaps they thought it was sufficient punishment.

    As I cycled further, behind Hospital Road I passed the BMICH building and saw Tamil people looting building material from the shop. I thought to myself that only 200 meters away were policemen harassing innocent Tamil people while here were Tamil people, who lacked the guts to protest about what had happened, looting this shop. There was no law and order when the policemen themselves were themselves guilty of breaking the law.

    I went on to MP Yogeswaran's house and found that around 200 to 300 persons had gathered there, but none of the self titled 'leaders' of the Tamil people. As a military vehicle passed by they jeered at the soldiers. The vehicle stopped and the soldiers fired in the air. All the people promptly ran away. I watched the scene from the front of Subbas Hotel behind Hospital Road.

    I heard that some persons had been killed in front of the Naga Vihare at Aariya Kulam Junction. The Vihare was well protected by the military. I heard that a young graduate of the Jaffna University had been piling bodies in front of the Vihare when he was apprehended by the army.

    They had forced him to throw the bodies into a fire they had started. I later heard that the young man was himself thrown, alive, into the same flames!

    I dedicate this article to the many Tamil men, women and children who lost their lives to the Sinhala policemen whose 'strings' were pulled by the hidden ministers in Jaffna and the big man in Colombo. I particularly remember the young graduate of the Jaffna University who demonstrated his personal protest by piling up some of the dead bodies in front of the Naga Vihare and lost his own life in the process.

    Now dear world tell us who are the terrorists?

  220. a.savage Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So suddenly A(ss) Savage has become the poet and the critique of the blog site… !! Without making his own comments, he has decided to harp on what others post here. But, then again, it is sad to see him applauding copy paste posts which are totally irrelevant to the subject matter that is supposed to be discussed here. But, then again, you cannot expect Gold from a coal mine !

    Rohan Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Looks like you have found another website to support the Tamilnut which is so credible as per the blinded Gunalan. I hope you already saw these statistics of the most credible news site in the world !

    http://windsthatchanged.blogspot.com/

    Let’s look at the snapshot of site visitors !!

    No children – Impotent
    No education – Stupid fools
    24-34 – Easily Mislead
    Access from home – Jobless and living on dole !
    Where are those Child rights’ activists?

    Anyways thanks for this sentence !!

    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which latterly admitted that there were child soldiers in their organisation.

    But the following made me laugh !!

    At the same time, the Sri Lankan security forces were also recruiting child soldiers from schools and poor families in the South.

    Now the writer of this post really thinks from his rectum and have no clue what brains are – LOL !! Minimum O/L qualifications were required to get employed in the army and also there was a minimum height requirement which a child could never have achieved. I know of several adults who were turned down because they did not have the required height. You think that fooling the International community is easy because you have mislead a few International organisations ? LOL !!

    Children immaterial of their ethnicity are experiencing a childhood that we were unfortunate not to experience. Our childhood was deprived by the LTTE – we never got a chance to feel free or go out and play because our parents were scared of bombs and other atrocities carried out by the LTTE. But, our children are out there, living happy and getting themselves educated without fear. So goes to the Children in the north – they hold books instead of guns and have “Panchayuda’s” around their necks instead of cyanide capsules.

    The happiness of people and development in the north and the Tamils living peacefully and happily with the rest of Sri Lanka must surely be hurting the Peelamists who had their own agenda to divide the country and rule these people with terror….. Sorry – Era of the Apes is over – it is time for the humans !

  221. Canadian parliamentarian expresses concern over human rights of 492 Tamil asylum-seekers

    SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    NDP MP VISITS TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN B.C.

    Peter Julian concerned over human rights, access to services, support and translators

    BURNABY – New Democrat MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) is concerned about the human rights situation of the recent 492 Tamil asylum-seekers currently detained in British Columbia.

    “I had an opportunity to meet with the refugees in two of the three detention centres and it is clear that they have inadequate access to support and services, such as translators,” said Julian. “Canadians of Tamil origin have contributed greatly to Canada, and the Tamil community in Canada has offered to provide a full range of professional support services free of charge to the refugees. Why hasn't the government allowed them to provide this support?” asked Julian.

    Since the arrival of the Tamil refugees earlier this month, Julian has met with the leadership of the Canadian Tamil Congress and lawyers from the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has also participated in meetings (including a town hall) with the community and activists.

    “During my visit to the detention centre, I learned that the refugees have not yet had access to religious services or spiritual guidance. Even convicted prisoners have an opportunity to meet with spiritual leaders – why haven't these Tamils been provided that right? I am growing more and more concerned about their treatment, as are many Canadians.”

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP’s candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River, stressed that the Conservative government must treat asylum-seekers as asylum-seekers and not criminals.

    “Canada has an obligation to treat these Tamils with compassion and fairness,” said Sitsabaiesan. “We must uphold their human rights and provide safe, humanitarian conditions. We must also place the women and children into the supportive Tamil-Canadian community to provide them with security and a safe environment, instead of waiting and languishing in the detention centres.”
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/canadian_parl

  222. Nirumpama visit to Lanka will be of no use: Vaiko

    MDMK general secretary Vaiko today said Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's visit to Sri Lanka as special envoy would not help mitigate the miserable conditions of Sri Lankan Tamils.

    Talking to newspersons here, he said there was an initiative at international level to declare Sri Lankan President Raja Pakse, ''a war criminal''.
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  223. Sri Lanka: India stood with SL in responding to post-conflict challenges – Rao

    NOT A WORD ABOUT THE PROMISSED POLITICAL PACKAGE

    Despite India’s “new” found goodwill and cloak of compassion, the truth is that 40,000 innocent Tamils were killed by Rajapakse’s genocidal war on Tamils with the support of Indian Government and thousands more are still living a life of misery.

    They continue to live without neither peace or justice, because they’re victims without voices!!!
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  224. STF arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist
    http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/35...

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

    CASE NARRATIVE:

    Mr. Michael Kreitmeir is a German philanthropist living in Nikapotha, Koslanda in Sri Lanka. He has been helping the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, especially the children and mothers in need though building schools, houses and orphanages in the eastern and southern part of the country. The main project is a children's village at Koslanda in the hill country where around 90 orphans are being taken care of. Mr. Kreitmeir is in his mid-50s, a professional journalist and film director.

    On the afternoon of 17 August at 5pm, Michael, his son, Emmanuel, the chief matron of the children's village Bavani and her daughter Divia and her friend Shipani were on their way back to Little Smile in Koslanda after visiting a hospital project in Kalmunai in the district of Ampara and another children's home for 80 girls in Batticaloa which is funded by Michael Kreitmeir. They were stopped by officers of Special Team Force (STF) an elite anti-terrorism unit for a check at Siyambalanduwa near the city of Monaragala. They searched the car for more than 30 minutes. Even before the check started everybody had to hand over their mobile phones. When the check was coming to an end and the STF members were reloading the bags, suddenly one member appeared and showed a red plastic bag. It was not clear and visible to Mr. Kreitmeir or anybody from his group where it came from. Without even really looking at it the Superintendent of Police (SP) the highest ranking officer in that group was announced that it was an illegal drug. Mr. Kreitmeir and his son Emmanuel were at once separated and brought to the police station of Siyambalanduwa. Bawani and the children were also kept separately.

    Until 2am the 14 year old Diviah, the daughter of Bawani, and her friend, 14 year old Shipani were questioned. Mrs. Bawani was also questioned and kept separately until that time. She was threatened with life imprisonment, but promised with release if she would make a statement against Mr. Kreitmeir. The police also tried to get a statement against Michael from the two children.

    Emmanuel was separately brought to the police station and kept in a dark house there. He was not told anything about the whereabouts of his father or Bawani and the children. He was guarded always with heavy weapons and STF personal. He was not asked any question on the incident and nobody told him anything about any charges against him. He asked several times to call a lawyer or the German embassy and a STF personal started shouting and threatening him. When he was asked to see his father they assured him that he would be allowed to do so but he was kept separately without any information and without any questioning from 6pm to about 10.30pm. Eventually he was allowed to see his father and was questioned with him until 4am.

    Michael and his son Emmanuel were also forced to sign a statement in Sinhala, a language they cannot read.

  225. STF arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist
    http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/35...

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

    CASE NARRATIVE:

    Mr. Michael Kreitmeir is a German philanthropist living in Nikapotha, Koslanda in Sri Lanka. He has been helping the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, especially the children and mothers in need though building schools, houses and orphanages in the eastern and southern part of the country. The main project is a children's village at Koslanda in the hill country where around 90 orphans are being taken care of. Mr. Kreitmeir is in his mid-50s, a professional journalist and film director.

    On the afternoon of 17 August at 5pm, Michael, his son, Emmanuel, the chief matron of the children's village Bavani and her daughter Divia and her friend Shipani were on their way back to Little Smile in Koslanda after visiting a hospital project in Kalmunai in the district of Ampara and another children's home for 80 girls in Batticaloa which is funded by Michael Kreitmeir. They were stopped by officers of Special Team Force (STF) an elite anti-terrorism unit for a check at Siyambalanduwa near the city of Monaragala. They searched the car for more than 30 minutes. Even before the check started everybody had to hand over their mobile phones. When the check was coming to an end and the STF members were reloading the bags, suddenly one member appeared and showed a red plastic bag. It was not clear and visible to Mr. Kreitmeir or anybody from his group where it came from. Without even really looking at it the Superintendent of Police (SP) the highest ranking officer in that group was announced that it was an illegal drug. Mr. Kreitmeir and his son Emmanuel were at once separated and brought to the police station of Siyambalanduwa. Bawani and the children were also kept separately.

    Until 2am the 14 year old Diviah, the daughter of Bawani, and her friend, 14 year old Shipani were questioned. Mrs. Bawani was also questioned and kept separately until that time. She was threatened with life imprisonment, but promised with release if she would make a statement against Mr. Kreitmeir. The police also tried to get a statement against Michael from the two children.

    Emmanuel was separately brought to the police station and kept in a dark house there. He was not told anything about the whereabouts of his father or Bawani and the children. He was guarded always with heavy weapons and STF personal. He was not asked any question on the incident and nobody told him anything about any charges against him. He asked several times to call a lawyer or the German embassy and a STF personal started shouting and threatening him. When he was asked to see his father they assured him that he would be allowed to do so but he was kept separately without any information and without any questioning from 6pm to about 10.30pm. Eventually he was allowed to see his father and was questioned with him until 4am.

    Michael and his son Emmanuel were also forced to sign a statement in Sinhala, a language they cannot read.

  226. Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:01 am

    China will become a superpower and you know…..

    Indeed a good observation – and as per you, China becomes a super power = Dooms Day for Peelam – Not that Dooms day has not come already – it came on the 19th of May 2009, but, this would be dooms day for the Peelam Die Ass Pora !!

    May be china is not fussy because there is nothing to fuss about it – You move on – may be the reason they are turning in to a Super Power – Also, see all the developed countries and people who are status symbols – they move on – Now you Die Ass Pora understand why you never develop nor evolve – because you live in the past !! You see things with a crooked eye… You support Terrorists and not legal entities… China is one of the very few countries that was never conquered by another party. Also, one of the most advanced civilizations from thousands of years back – May be, they know what's best – May be you should learn from them !!

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:03 am

    An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    I don't know what relation the Burning of the library has to do with disappearances in Sri Lanka, However, I noted down the following fascinating points just running through your spam article. Please do not think that I admire or support the dirty act which reminds me what the world lost when the Library of Alexandria was burnt. Literature in what ever form is most valuable !!

    Day One

    6.20 am

    My friend Rajkumar and I got on to our bicycles and cycled towards the Jaffna library. What we saw was almost unbelievable. This beautiful building with its wealth of rare and irreplaceable first editions and manuscripts, some of them on ‘ola leaves’ was covered in dense smoke.

    So he actually did not see who burnt it, but it was on fire !

    hey drove along the Kandy Road in front of the Municipality then turned left in front of the Rest House proceeding along the road by Jaffna Central College and then turning left on to Clock Tower Road.

    Now, the guy who explains is inside the library and had a bicycle – How did he see the jeep drive around the library as it is a large building and he could not see anything going "around" ? Was he not reading anything at the library to note this or was his job to spy on anything that goes around the library ?

    Also, The Central Collage, the Library, Clock tower and the collage are quite far apart, in fact parted by the Subramaniam park, meaning there is no way you could see through the park – So, if he was inside the library, how could he see the jeep approaching all the way from one end of Kandy road near school to the library ? Was he trying to follow the jeep on his bicycle which is quite a feat ? – we could have sent him to Olympics if he is that fast !!

    Then, Day 1 7.15 he was leaving the library down Muniyapar Road and 8.00 he says he is still inside the library premises ??? Heads or tails ? Decide please ?

    Seriously, what was this guys profession is other than riding his cycle – he has covered the peninsula that day !! Also wonder why he took all these small roads than take the main roads like the Vembadi road and hospital street ??

    Also, I saw you have mentioned Anandasangari and Amirtalingam's names – But, Both were not involved in your violent movement where Amirtalingam was killed by you ???? Is it because they wanted to sort out issues differently ?

    Well, can't be bothered reading all, but, I saw the post say bodies burning in front of Naga vihara and a man thrown alive – well, if you say that these people who did it were Singhala Buddhist, you are terribly mistaken – they would never do that in front of a historic temple as Naga Vihara – may be somewhere else. Very hard to believe…

    Anyways, forgetting this story, we know what happened and the politics behind it – it indeed was dirty and a sick thing to do and curse the loonetics who did that to disgrace this land – I know that lot of Sri Lankans will join me to denounce what happened to the library that day – Very bad..

    To date, we will condemn what happened to the Jaffna Library !!!

  227. Sri Lanka journalist who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle.

    Sri Lanka Police have recently informed the court that the investigation is no longer active as no suspects have been found.

  228. Is this human or not ???

    An armed man, who held three hostages in the Discovery Communications building in the US state of Maryland, was shot dead, police said. Meanwhile, Maryland’s Montgomery County police chief J. Thomas Manger added that all the three hostages are safe.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-hostage-crisis-at-Discovery-channel-HQ-ends-gunman-shot-dead/H1-Article1-595031.aspx

    Isn’t this the news we hear when terrorism prevail ? How do we get rid of these inhumane acts ?? Is it by listening to AI or is it by crushing terrorism like GOSL ??

    The US has warned its citizens travelling to or residing in India during the upcoming Commonwealth Games of a threat of “terrorist action and violence” and asked them to “take care when travelling within Delhi”.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-warns-citizens-of-terror-strike-during-Commonwealth-Games/H1-Article1-595037.aspx

    Also,

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/6255-plane-parts-found.html

    The Army has recovered several torched LTTE light aircraft parts that had been kept hidden inside a container in Vellamullivaikkal and Ampalawanpokkanai during the peak of the battles in Wanni.

    Most importantly, the tip was given by LTTE carders who are being rehabilitated. Rehabilitation is not a bad idea noh ?

    Watch this too !!

    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/638/gota-testifies

    This is what we call inquiry !! – When was the last time an LTTE guy went through an inquiry ? Have you heard of that word ??

  229. Canadian parliamentarian expresses concern over human rights of 492 Tamil asylum-seekers

    SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    NDP MP VISITS TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN B.C.

    Peter Julian concerned over human rights, access to services, support and translators

    BURNABY – New Democrat MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) is concerned about the human rights situation of the recent 492 Tamil asylum-seekers currently detained in British Columbia.

    “I had an opportunity to meet with the refugees in two of the three detention centres and it is clear that they have inadequate access to support and services, such as translators,” said Julian. “Canadians of Tamil origin have contributed greatly to Canada, and the Tamil community in Canada has offered to provide a full range of professional support services free of charge to the refugees. Why hasn't the government allowed them to provide this support?” asked Julian.

    Since the arrival of the Tamil refugees earlier this month, Julian has met with the leadership of the Canadian Tamil Congress and lawyers from the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has also participated in meetings (including a town hall) with the community and activists.

    “During my visit to the detention centre, I learned that the refugees have not yet had access to religious services or spiritual guidance. Even convicted prisoners have an opportunity to meet with spiritual leaders – why haven't these Tamils been provided that right? I am growing more and more concerned about their treatment, as are many Canadians.”

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP’s candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River, stressed that the Conservative government must treat asylum-seekers as asylum-seekers and not criminals.

    “Canada has an obligation to treat these Tamils with compassion and fairness,” said Sitsabaiesan. “We must uphold their human rights and provide safe, humanitarian conditions. We must also place the women and children into the supportive Tamil-Canadian community to provide them with security and a safe environment, instead of waiting and languishing in the detention centres.”
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/canadian_parl

  230. Canadian parliamentarian expresses concern over human rights of 492 Tamil asylum-seekers

    SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    NDP MP VISITS TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN B.C.

    Peter Julian concerned over human rights, access to services, support and translators

    BURNABY – New Democrat MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) is concerned about the human rights situation of the recent 492 Tamil asylum-seekers currently detained in British Columbia.

    “I had an opportunity to meet with the refugees in two of the three detention centres and it is clear that they have inadequate access to support and services, such as translators,” said Julian. “Canadians of Tamil origin have contributed greatly to Canada, and the Tamil community in Canada has offered to provide a full range of professional support services free of charge to the refugees. Why hasn't the government allowed them to provide this support?” asked Julian.

    Since the arrival of the Tamil refugees earlier this month, Julian has met with the leadership of the Canadian Tamil Congress and lawyers from the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has also participated in meetings (including a town hall) with the community and activists.

    “During my visit to the detention centre, I learned that the refugees have not yet had access to religious services or spiritual guidance. Even convicted prisoners have an opportunity to meet with spiritual leaders – why haven't these Tamils been provided that right? I am growing more and more concerned about their treatment, as are many Canadians.”

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP’s candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River, stressed that the Conservative government must treat asylum-seekers as asylum-seekers and not criminals.

    “Canada has an obligation to treat these Tamils with compassion and fairness,” said Sitsabaiesan. “We must uphold their human rights and provide safe, humanitarian conditions. We must also place the women and children into the supportive Tamil-Canadian community to provide them with security and a safe environment, instead of waiting and languishing in the detention centres.”
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/canadian_parl

  231. Nirumpama visit to Lanka will be of no use: Vaiko

    MDMK general secretary Vaiko today said Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's visit to Sri Lanka as special envoy would not help mitigate the miserable conditions of Sri Lankan Tamils.

    Talking to newspersons here, he said there was an initiative at international level to declare Sri Lankan President Raja Pakse, ''a war criminal''.
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  232. Nirumpama visit to Lanka will be of no use: Vaiko

    MDMK general secretary Vaiko today said Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's visit to Sri Lanka as special envoy would not help mitigate the miserable conditions of Sri Lankan Tamils.

    Talking to newspersons here, he said there was an initiative at international level to declare Sri Lankan President Raja Pakse, ''a war criminal''.
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  233. Sri Lanka: India stood with SL in responding to post-conflict challenges – Rao

    NOT A WORD ABOUT THE PROMISSED POLITICAL PACKAGE

    Despite India’s “new” found goodwill and cloak of compassion, the truth is that 40,000 innocent Tamils were killed by Rajapakse’s genocidal war on Tamils with the support of Indian Government and thousands more are still living a life of misery.

    They continue to live without neither peace or justice, because they’re victims without voices!!!
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  234. Sri Lanka: India stood with SL in responding to post-conflict challenges – Rao

    NOT A WORD ABOUT THE PROMISSED POLITICAL PACKAGE

    Despite India’s “new” found goodwill and cloak of compassion, the truth is that 40,000 innocent Tamils were killed by Rajapakse’s genocidal war on Tamils with the support of Indian Government and thousands more are still living a life of misery.

    They continue to live without neither peace or justice, because they’re victims without voices!!!
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  235. When racist idiots work together….

    @ a. savage: if you’re hoping for a general economic collapse in SL, you’re an even bigger idiot than I imagined.

    Who will be most damaged by this scenario?

    It will be the poorest and most disadvantaged in SL, and that’ll be the people in the war-ravaged and now slowly recovering, North & East (and of course the plantation workers). The overwhelming majority of whom are Tamil.

    The Donkey Diaspora and Eelam Fluffers like you and are the best allies that extreme Sinhala racists could hope for, to ensure that the poorer Tamils (and the others) remain in a permanent state of poverty and misery.

    What does the IMF say about the current and projected economic performance indicators for SL? Eelamists and their Fluffers of a sensitive disposition are urged NOT to read any further.

    “The International Monetary Fund has projected “strong growth this year” for Sri Lanka’s economy, noting that the island nation’s “fiscal performance so far remains consistent with achieving the government’s full-year deficit target of 8 percent of GDP.” http://tinyurl.com/2wwrpma

    You’d better start singing your lonely laments to Gunalan ….

  236. Why Sri Lanka must learn from the West about Human Rights and War Crimes

    Jim,
    I see that St. Obama's declared the Iraqi disaster to be over. Hmmmm…

    Benefits to Iraq from Western bloc aggression
    •  Iraqis marginally freer than in 2003, and considerably less secure.
    • 100,000+ civilians murdered due to occupation-related violence.
    • 2 million Iraqis remain exiles/refugees abroad from seven years of anarchy,
    • 2 million internally displaced peoples. (What! 2 millions IDPs? Unbelievable!)
    • Almost all Iraqi Christians have fled.
    • Under western rule, production of oil – Iraq's staple product – is still below its pre-invasion level
    • The typical Iraqi household enjoys fewer hours of electricity than under Saddam. (Utterly incredible)
    • No stable government
    • Minimal reconstruction
    • Daily deaths and kidnappings
    • Endemic corruption is fuelled by unaudited Western taxpayer-funded aid
    • Increasing Islamist rule leaves most Iraqi women less, not more, liberated

    An excellent summary here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/

    Now, what were you saying about the West & Western-backed HR groups holding SL to account for HR abuses and 'war crimes'?

    Sorry, Jim, I can't hear you.

  237. a.savage Says:

    September 1st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Great observations !! :)

    China will become a superpower and you know, China is not fussy about the human rights abuse ….

    300 000 darker Sudanese killed in Darfur – no problems for China

    40 000 darker Sri Lankans – the Tamils butchered – it’s all OK for China

  238. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    Day One

    6.00am

    One the morning of the 1st July 1981 I woke up early and got ready to attend an accountancy class scheduled for 6 am. It was conducted by a person we referred to as ‘Ghanam Master’ at his residence on Temple road in Jaffna. I was in time for the class despite the early hour but found on my arrival, scenes of some confusion. I was told that the class had been cancelled because Sinhala policemen, both in and out of uniform, had ransacked and set fire to the home of the Member of Parliament for Jaffna Mr V Yogeswaran.

    Together with my friend Rajkumar we proceeded on our bicycles to Mr Yogeswaran’s house that we reached in about ten minutes. The scene before us took us a back. We saw the destruction of the MP’s house which had been set alight and was still smouldering. The MP’s car which was parked within the compound beside the house had also been damaged and set alight. It was still smouldering when we arrived.

    I saw the MP Mr Yogeswaran at the gate to his house. He was wearing a pair of Khaki shorts and appeared very shaky. In answer to my question, he told me that there had been in all, around 10 to 15 persons in the house at the time of the incident. He said that on the previous night around 10 pm, a group of persons had come to his house and called out to him by name. He went out up to the gate at the top of the garden which had been shut and padlocked for the night. One of the persons in the crowd asked in Sinhala ‘Yogeswaran mahataya innavatha ‘(Is Mr Yogeswaran in?). Mr Yogeswaran said that he realised that something was up. It was very unusual to have a group of Sinhala men call this late at night and ask if the owner was in, in a very intimidating tone. He therefore told them that the MP was not at home. The men apparently believed him and took him to be the night watchman because of his khaki shorts. They however grabbed his hands through the metal bars of the locked gate. He was able to pull his hands back and his hands were still bleeding when we met him. He said he had run towards the house screaming to his wife to get out of the house. They were both able to make their way through the rear fence of the house into their neighbour’s property before the group of men forced their way in.

    Mr Yogeswaran asked my friend and me if we could help him look for his wife’s ‘thali kodi’. This is a necklace of ceremonial and religious significance that a Tamil bride wears from the day she marries till the day her husband dies, if he predeceases her. It is made of solid gold and is often worth a considerable sum of money. Sadly, the house was a mass of smouldering timber and other material and we looked without any success. I do not know if the ‘Thali’ was ever recovered. We told him, both I and the few people who had come, to go away from the vicinity of his house to his father’s house and not remain around here any longer. His father Dr Vettivelu was a well known GP in the town and lived not far from his house.

  239. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    Day One

    6.20 am

    My friend Rajkumar and I got on to our bicycles and cycled towards the Jaffna library. What we saw was almost unbelievable. This beautiful building with its wealth of rare and irreplaceable first editions and manuscripts, some of them on ‘ola leaves’ was covered in dense smoke. We could not enter the library for the smoke. There were about 10 or 15 persons on the premises. There was only one tap outside the building and this was beside the statue of Saraswathi the Goddess of Learning, facing the building as one approached it. But there was nothing we could do. Apart from the distance from the tap to the smouldering library and the books, we did not have sufficient implements or manpower.

    Yet, only 2 minutes walking distance from the library, was the Jaffna Municipality building and offices and the Municipal fire station with its fire trucks manpower and implements. It was of no use, the firemen were too scared to try to put out a fire that had been started by the policemen quite a few of whom were still around with their guns.

    While I was still at the library, I saw a police jeep drive slowly around the library in a wide arc. They drove along the Kandy Road in front of the Municipality then turned left in front of the Rest House proceeding along the road by Jaffna Central College and then turning left on to Clock Tower Road. They were clearly making a ‘show’ of their presence. It was generally understood that two government ministers and their deputies and principal henchmen were still in residence at the Rest House.

  240. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    Day One

    7.15 am

    As we crossed from the library on to Muniyappar Road we heard loud jeering from the direction of the Duriappah Stadium where some of the police officers were apparently taking a nap after having worked so hard through the night wrecking and burning buildings and houses! There were a large number of police officers standing on the tiers of the stadium while yet others, were standing near the fence facing the road that surrounded the stadium. At first, we thought that the loud jeering was directed at us, but then we noticed that a passing motor scooter had been hit by a rock thrown at it by policemen from the stadium and that the scooter and rider had both gone sprawling on to the road. This was what provided ‘entertainment’ and merriment to these mindless semiliterate Sinhala police morons. I was a 19 year old student and had been brought up to believe in the rule of law. I thought that the police were there to enforce the law not to break it! I am certain that these policemen had been brought from outside Jaffna for a specific purpose. They were clean shaven and had close cropped hair and well built bodies. They appeared to be police trainees or policemen from outside the regular Jaffna police force.

    8 am

    I am still within the library premises but the others are gradually beginning to leave. There is a general belief that there is an unannounced curfew and that there was the possibility that the police would start taking pot shots at persons seen in the vicinity of the library. My friend Rajkumar and I decided to leave by the Muniyappar Road though it meant having to go past the stadium with its unruly policemen. We heard the policemen jeering at us but kept on going and did not look back.

    8.15 am

    As we rode past the Regal Cinema we made a left turn at the Shanthi Cinema and took a little known lane behind the Subas Café and through the Haron Cinema. I saw as many as 50 Jaffna people gathered along the route I took. They told me that the New Market was burning. My friend and I went through the Kottadi Road and saw that the heads of the statues of the great Tamil poetess and poet Ouvaiyar and Thiruvalluvar that had occupied a prime location in Grand Bazaar at the New Market and at the junction of KKS Road had been knocked off. A statue to Mahatma Gandhi head also been destroyed. The Old Market had been ransacked and looted by the police and I saw dried red chillies from the shops scattered on the ground as well as rice, kithul, dry fish and various other condiments. The Old Market that lay beside the New Market had been ransacked and looted.

    10 am

    My friend Rajkiumar told me that he was going back home as he was too scared. Jaffna Town looked like a ghost town. I continued on my own towards Kasturiyar Road and saw that the Bata shop on the corner of the New Market store and the Arrack Tavern on Kasturiyar Road had been looted by the police. I am pretty certain that they had used a heavy truck or an armoured car to get at these shops since I saw that the iron gates of these shops had been smashed and were lying on the road with a chain hanging from one of the gates.

    11.30 am

    I heard from passers by that the EelaNadu Press had been ransacked and burnt I proceeded towards KKS Road where the offices of the EelaNadu were and saw that the print works had been completely burnt. I was told that Mr Sivanathan, a director of EelaNadu, had suffered severe burns and had been taken to the Aanaipanthi Hospital. Mr Sivanathan is the father of a friend so I decided to go to the hospital and seen him.

    4 pm

    I went to the hospital and found that my friend’s father had been badly burnt. All his hair had been burnt and he was practically bald. My friend Balakanna told me that his father had fainted due to inhaling excess smoke and that a co worker had bravely carried him to safety from the second floor to the ground floor, using a single drainpipe. Mr Sivanathan is today, a resident of Canada.

    Note

    It had been a very long and traumatic day and I was mentally and physically, exhausted. Up to this point I have been able to recollect in great detail not only the incidents but also their exact nature. I have also been able to give the exact times. From here on, even though I have described the incidents exactly as they occurred, I cannot vouch for the exact times.

  241. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    2nd Day

    I got home late on the first night unhappy and dejected. What I had seen that day was to remain with me for a very long time. Today, 27 years after the incidents, as I write these notes they remain vivid in my mind as if they took place yesterday. I had fitful sleep that night a sleep that was interrupted by terrible nightmares.

    My parents were working outside Jaffna where, my father was a Conservator of Forests and my mother, a sister of Charles Somasundrum who writes on matters concerning the Tamil nation, was a teacher. There was no older person to restrict my movements or advise me to remain at home and not get out. I took my bike and went to Jaffna town on the morning of the 2nd July 1981.

    I saw more destruction. The historic and well known Poobalasingham Book Depot that stood near the bus stand had been burnt. This was a shop that not only dealt in books but also dealt in school stationary like exercise books, paints and painting paraphernalia, school text books, instrument boxes and the like. All this had been burnt or destroyed. It then struck me. These police morons were only carrying out the instructions of the two ministers, who were at that moment hiding at the Rest House, and big man at the top in Colombo, who were pulling their strings. These senseless politicians were clearly under the impression that the Tamil people could be stopped from advancing if their access to books or the means of bettering themselves were taken away.

    Little did these small minded Sinhala politicians and their semi literate, mindless uniformed goons realise, that the Tamil people were at the top of the field in whichever discipline they had chosen, because they had the will and the determination. Given the opportunity, there was nothing to stop the average Tamil person excelling in their chosen field as they have shown today, in the various countries to which they have been compelled to emigrate.

    These silly Sinhalas and their equally mindless masters thought that by burning books and destroying their schools they could keep the Tamil nation at the bottom of the pyramid. It shows that however important or powerful a Sinhala person may be that person will never ‘learn’ or have the capacity to learn.

    While I was at the Poobalasingham Book Depot looking at the damage, I saw a dead body in front of the Book Depot. One of the people there carried the body to the Out Patients Department of the Jaffna Hospital, which is only a few minutes away. Perhaps the body should have been taken to the mortuary but the person probably thought that the hospital authorities would know what to do next.

    There were very few people in the town. There would have been, in all, around 200 to 300 heads. Yet, when a military vehicle passed by with soldiers pointing their guns, their fingers on the trigger, there was general panic. Barely 10 to 15 persons stood their ground. The others bolted with cries of ‘odathai’ ‘odathai’ (don’t run, don’t run) from those who stood their ground, ringing in their ears.

    The military started to bring in small Baval armoured vehicles and some new attack vehicles I have not seen in Jaffna before, all this, to ‘attack’ unarmed civilians who took flight at the sight of any army vehicle carrying soldiers!

    I visited the Dr Gobalapillai Flats to visit a friend, Chitragangani, to find, that she was preparing to leave the premises. She is currently resident in the UK.

    I was very scared, having seen the dead body at the Book Depot that I returned home

  242. An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    3rd Day

    This was the 3rd day after the people of Jaffna had been subjected to terror and murderous assault. The Town appeared calm though most of the residents kept to their homes. I thought to myself, why are all these people so sacred? Why don’t they all walk together in a simple non violent protest group and show their solidarity. After all, their own MP’s house was ransacked and burnt and the MP himself escaped with his life by pure chance. I was ashamed that the people were so scared and frightened. Leading Tamils like Anandasangari and Amithalingam were nowhere to be seen or heard. There was no one to speak up for the Tamil nation in this time of their need. True, the two individuals mentioned above, made passionate speeches, but long after these incidents when they felt it was safe to come out into the open. Things have changed since. The Tamils are prepared to stand up for their rights and fight for them. There are many young men and women who would today have been brilliant professionals or academics but have sacrificed all to fight for a ‘free’ homeland for the next generation of Tamils. Though Tamils like me are outside our mother country we have not forgotten her. We will continue to extend her all the help and assistance to ensure a free and viable Eelam.

    I continued on my journey towards Kasthooriyar Road and saw just empty space in the middle of the Jaffna bus stand. On normal days, this bus stand would have been a hive of activity with buses and vehicles constantly entering and leaving. All I saw today was a few policemen sitting in front of the Sunlight Laundry – of course they were armed. I needed to cross into Hospital Road and it was very easy crossing through the bus stand. On other days I would have had to take the long route through Stanley Road where the Windsor Cinema is. As I approached the bus stand I saw around 20 policemen in white T shirts and police uniform trousers. They stopped me and told me to get into the drain and stand there. One of then said to me ‘sinna podiyan paakirathu enna kaurtha kodi kaatu kiratha?’ meaning, ‘you look a small boy but you are the ones showing the black flags’. I told them that I had nothing to do with black flags. One of the policemen asked his boss to let me go as I was only a little boy. Meanwhile, the group had detained another person so they let me go. I was by now soaked with the smelly drain water. Perhaps they thought it was sufficient punishment.

    As I cycled further, behind Hospital Road I passed the BMICH building and saw Tamil people looting building material from the shop. I thought to myself that only 200 meters away were policemen harassing innocent Tamil people while here were Tamil people, who lacked the guts to protest about what had happened, looting this shop. There was no law and order when the policemen themselves were themselves guilty of breaking the law.

    I went on to MP Yogeswaran’s house and found that around 200 to 300 persons had gathered there, but none of the self titled ‘leaders’ of the Tamil people. As a military vehicle passed by they jeered at the soldiers. The vehicle stopped and the soldiers fired in the air. All the people promptly ran away. I watched the scene from the front of Subbas Hotel behind Hospital Road.

    I heard that some persons had been killed in front of the Naga Vihare at Aariya Kulam Junction. The Vihare was well protected by the military. I heard that a young graduate of the Jaffna University had been piling bodies in front of the Vihare when he was apprehended by the army.

    They had forced him to throw the bodies into a fire they had started. I later heard that the young man was himself thrown, alive, into the same flames!

    I dedicate this article to the many Tamil men, women and children who lost their lives to the Sinhala policemen whose ‘strings’ were pulled by the hidden ministers in Jaffna and the big man in Colombo. I particularly remember the young graduate of the Jaffna University who demonstrated his personal protest by piling up some of the dead bodies in front of the Naga Vihare and lost his own life in the process.

    Now dear world tell us who are the terrorists?

  243. SRI LANKA: The 18th Amendment destroying democracy by manipulation of the democratic process itself http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

    A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms. This is an absolute limit. Suppose this limit was removed and a US president could contest the election and remain in power for an indefinite period of time. What difference would that make to the entire system of governance in the country; to understand that we have to go into the principle of this absolute limitation.

    The principle is that any person who is vested with extraordinary powers should be subjected to limitations and the principle behind that is that no human being is worthy of absolute trust. No one will be trusted with power absolutely. Entrusting power must be accompanied with the placing of limitations to that power. The limitation of two terms was made on that basis. Behind this is the whole notion of binding power. Power should be bound otherwise power can destroy the very things it is supposed to protect.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

  244. 492 Tamil migrants arrived by boat to Canada , so why so much speculating and sensationalization ?

    What have become of the 21st century of media reporting ? :)

    Let the system work and let's await the results …

  245. Why Sri Lanka must learn from the West about Human Rights and War Crimes

    Jim,
    I see that St. Obama's declared the Iraqi disaster to be over. Hmmmm…

    Benefits to Iraq from Western bloc aggression
    •  Iraqis marginally freer than in 2003, and considerably less secure.
    • 100,000+ civilians murdered due to occupation-related violence.
    • 2 million Iraqis remain exiles/refugees abroad from seven years of anarchy,
    • 2 million internally displaced peoples. (What! 2 millions IDPs? Unbelievable!)
    • Almost all Iraqi Christians have fled.
    • Under western rule, production of oil – Iraq's staple product – is still below its pre-invasion level
    • The typical Iraqi household enjoys fewer hours of electricity than under Saddam. (Utterly incredible)
    • No stable government
    • Minimal reconstruction
    • Daily deaths and kidnappings
    • Endemic corruption is fuelled by unaudited Western taxpayer-funded aid
    • Increasing Islamist rule leaves most Iraqi women less, not more, liberated

    An excellent summary here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/

    Now, what were you saying about the West & Western-backed HR groups holding SL to account for HR abuses and 'war crimes'?

    Sorry, Jim, I can't hear you.

  246. Why Sri Lanka must learn from the West about Human Rights and War Crimes

    Jim,
    I see that St. Obama's declared the Iraqi disaster to be over. Hmmmm…

    Benefits to Iraq from Western bloc aggression
    •  Iraqis marginally freer than in 2003, and considerably less secure.
    • 100,000+ civilians murdered due to occupation-related violence.
    • 2 million Iraqis remain exiles/refugees abroad from seven years of anarchy,
    • 2 million internally displaced peoples. (What! 2 millions IDPs? Unbelievable!)
    • Almost all Iraqi Christians have fled.
    • Under western rule, production of oil – Iraq's staple product – is still below its pre-invasion level
    • The typical Iraqi household enjoys fewer hours of electricity than under Saddam. (Utterly incredible)
    • No stable government
    • Minimal reconstruction
    • Daily deaths and kidnappings
    • Endemic corruption is fuelled by unaudited Western taxpayer-funded aid
    • Increasing Islamist rule leaves most Iraqi women less, not more, liberated

    An excellent summary here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/

    Now, what were you saying about the West & Western-backed HR groups holding SL to account for HR abuses and 'war crimes'?

    Sorry, Jim, I can't hear you.

  247. The enlightened and civilized West now better informed on the brutality of SL’s human rights/war crimes support the Tamil cause with initiatives to pursue the war crimes perpetrators. The successful SL genocide is attributable to the extra-ordinary story telling capacity of Sinhala/Buddhists who fatally mislead the international community into not acting to censure with stern sanctions or war crimes when the naked brutality of SL’s state terrorism became evident in the May massacre of the resistance the world witnessed. The international community is now at pains to redress the consequences of hastily lumping the Tamil resistance (with Jihardi terrorism; the scourge of the world) to deprive the Tamils of the protection they had against SL’s brutal atrocities for over thirty years.

  248. STF arrest, detain and file fabricated charges against a German philanthropist

    http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/35

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a German philanthropist staying in Sri Lanka has been illegally arrested and detained by the officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lanka police on 17th August, 2010 at Siyambalanduwa. He was travelling with his son and his companions in the district of Monaragala. He was detained in the Siyambalanduwa Police Station where fabricated charges of illegal drug trafficking were filed against him. A few months before this incident a powerful Minister of the present Sri Lankan government illegally requested Mr. Michael Kreitmeir to give him Rs. 30 million towards his election campaign and when Mr. Kreitmeir refused he was threatened by the Minister. A report on this specific incident was sent to the German Embassy on 13 March 2010 by the victim.

    CASE NARRATIVE:

    Mr. Michael Kreitmeir is a German philanthropist living in Nikapotha, Koslanda in Sri Lanka. He has been helping the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, especially the children and mothers in need though building schools, houses and orphanages in the eastern and southern part of the country. The main project is a children’s village at Koslanda in the hill country where around 90 orphans are being taken care of. Mr. Kreitmeir is in his mid-50s, a professional journalist and film director.

    On the afternoon of 17 August at 5pm, Michael, his son, Emmanuel, the chief matron of the children’s village Bavani and her daughter Divia and her friend Shipani were on their way back to Little Smile in Koslanda after visiting a hospital project in Kalmunai in the district of Ampara and another children’s home for 80 girls in Batticaloa which is funded by Michael Kreitmeir. They were stopped by officers of Special Team Force (STF) an elite anti-terrorism unit for a check at Siyambalanduwa near the city of Monaragala. They searched the car for more than 30 minutes. Even before the check started everybody had to hand over their mobile phones. When the check was coming to an end and the STF members were reloading the bags, suddenly one member appeared and showed a red plastic bag. It was not clear and visible to Mr. Kreitmeir or anybody from his group where it came from. Without even really looking at it the Superintendent of Police (SP) the highest ranking officer in that group was announced that it was an illegal drug. Mr. Kreitmeir and his son Emmanuel were at once separated and brought to the police station of Siyambalanduwa. Bawani and the children were also kept separately.

    Until 2am the 14 year old Diviah, the daughter of Bawani, and her friend, 14 year old Shipani were questioned. Mrs. Bawani was also questioned and kept separately until that time. She was threatened with life imprisonment, but promised with release if she would make a statement against Mr. Kreitmeir. The police also tried to get a statement against Michael from the two children.

    Emmanuel was separately brought to the police station and kept in a dark house there. He was not told anything about the whereabouts of his father or Bawani and the children. He was guarded always with heavy weapons and STF personal. He was not asked any question on the incident and nobody told him anything about any charges against him. He asked several times to call a lawyer or the German embassy and a STF personal started shouting and threatening him. When he was asked to see his father they assured him that he would be allowed to do so but he was kept separately without any information and without any questioning from 6pm to about 10.30pm. Eventually he was allowed to see his father and was questioned with him until 4am.

    Michael and his son Emmanuel were also forced to sign a statement in Sinhala, a language they cannot read.

  249. Vivekananthan

    Exactly !!!
    Sri Lanka Mass Murderers, the perpetrators of genocide and ethnic cleansing are now behaving like the victims? Strange, no?

  250. Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the Tamil war

    President Mahinda Rajapakse established the commission to fend off international pressure for a war crimes inquiry. In the final months leading up to the LTTE’s defeat in May 2009, the Sri Lankan military killed thousands of Tamil civilians. The LLRC’s first sittings confirm that its purpose is to whitewash the role of the government and cover up their crimes.

    The commission is anything but independent. C.R de Silva, who heads the eight-member body, is a former attorney general with a record of defending the government against human rights violations. For instance, De Silva opposed a group of international experts set up to oversee a government Commission of Inquiry (CoI), when they questioned the inquiry’s independence and credibility.

    The CoI was appointed in November 2006 to examine 16 incidents involving allegations against the Sri Lankan security forces of murdering civilians. One particularly notorious case was the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers employed by Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in 2006 August. Rajapakse dissolved the CoI last year without it producing any public report or findings.

  251. Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:01 am

    China will become a superpower and you know…..

    Indeed a good observation – and as per you, China becomes a super power = Dooms Day for Peelam – Not that Dooms day has not come already – it came on the 19th of May 2009, but, this would be dooms day for the Peelam Die Ass Pora !!

    May be china is not fussy because there is nothing to fuss about it – You move on – may be the reason they are turning in to a Super Power – Also, see all the developed countries and people who are status symbols – they move on – Now you Die Ass Pora understand why you never develop nor evolve – because you live in the past !! You see things with a crooked eye… You support Terrorists and not legal entities… China is one of the very few countries that was never conquered by another party. Also, one of the most advanced civilizations from thousands of years back – May be, they know what’s best – May be you should learn from them !!

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:03 am

    An eye witness account when Sri Lankan armed forces burnt the Jaffna Tamil library

    I don’t know what relation the Burning of the library has to do with disappearances in Sri Lanka, However, I noted down the following fascinating points just running through your spam article. Please do not think that I admire or support the dirty act which reminds me what the world lost when the Library of Alexandria was burnt. Literature in what ever form is most valuable !!

    Day One

    6.20 am

    My friend Rajkumar and I got on to our bicycles and cycled towards the Jaffna library. What we saw was almost unbelievable. This beautiful building with its wealth of rare and irreplaceable first editions and manuscripts, some of them on ‘ola leaves’ was covered in dense smoke.

    So he actually did not see who burnt it, but it was on fire !

    hey drove along the Kandy Road in front of the Municipality then turned left in front of the Rest House proceeding along the road by Jaffna Central College and then turning left on to Clock Tower Road.

    Now, the guy who explains is inside the library and had a bicycle – How did he see the jeep drive around the library as it is a large building and he could not see anything going “around” ? Was he not reading anything at the library to note this or was his job to spy on anything that goes around the library ?

    Also, The Central Collage, the Library, Clock tower and the collage are quite far apart, in fact parted by the Subramaniam park, meaning there is no way you could see through the park – So, if he was inside the library, how could he see the jeep approaching all the way from one end of Kandy road near school to the library ? Was he trying to follow the jeep on his bicycle which is quite a feat ? – we could have sent him to Olympics if he is that fast !!

    Then, Day 1 7.15 he was leaving the library down Muniyapar Road and 8.00 he says he is still inside the library premises ??? Heads or tails ? Decide please ?

    Seriously, what was this guys profession is other than riding his cycle – he has covered the peninsula that day !! Also wonder why he took all these small roads than take the main roads like the Vembadi road and hospital street ??

    Also, I saw you have mentioned Anandasangari and Amirtalingam’s names – But, Both were not involved in your violent movement where Amirtalingam was killed by you ???? Is it because they wanted to sort out issues differently ?

    Well, can’t be bothered reading all, but, I saw the post say bodies burning in front of Naga vihara and a man thrown alive – well, if you say that these people who did it were Singhala Buddhist, you are terribly mistaken – they would never do that in front of a historic temple as Naga Vihara – may be somewhere else. Very hard to believe…

    Anyways, forgetting this story, we know what happened and the politics behind it – it indeed was dirty and a sick thing to do and curse the loonetics who did that to disgrace this land – I know that lot of Sri Lankans will join me to denounce what happened to the library that day – Very bad..

    To date, we will condemn what happened to the Jaffna Library !!!

  252. Sri Lanka journalist who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books. Poddala Jayantha was one of the remaining journalist leaders in Sri Lanka when he was abducted, beaten and alter thrown away from a vehicle.

    Sri Lanka Police have recently informed the court that the investigation is no longer active as no suspects have been found.

  253. SRI LANKA: The 18th Amendment destroying democracy by manipulation of the democratic process itself http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

    A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms. This is an absolute limit. Suppose this limit was removed and a US president could contest the election and remain in power for an indefinite period of time. What difference would that make to the entire system of governance in the country; to understand that we have to go into the principle of this absolute limitation.

    The principle is that any person who is vested with extraordinary powers should be subjected to limitations and the principle behind that is that no human being is worthy of absolute trust. No one will be trusted with power absolutely. Entrusting power must be accompanied with the placing of limitations to that power. The limitation of two terms was made on that basis. Behind this is the whole notion of binding power. Power should be bound otherwise power can destroy the very things it is supposed to protect.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

  254. SRI LANKA: The 18th Amendment destroying democracy by manipulation of the democratic process itself http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

    A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms. This is an absolute limit. Suppose this limit was removed and a US president could contest the election and remain in power for an indefinite period of time. What difference would that make to the entire system of governance in the country; to understand that we have to go into the principle of this absolute limitation.

    The principle is that any person who is vested with extraordinary powers should be subjected to limitations and the principle behind that is that no human being is worthy of absolute trust. No one will be trusted with power absolutely. Entrusting power must be accompanied with the placing of limitations to that power. The limitation of two terms was made on that basis. Behind this is the whole notion of binding power. Power should be bound otherwise power can destroy the very things it is supposed to protect.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

  255. Canadian parliamentarian expresses concern over human rights of 492 Tamil asylum-seekers

    SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    NDP MP VISITS TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN B.C.

    Peter Julian concerned over human rights, access to services, support and translators

    BURNABY – New Democrat MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) is concerned about the human rights situation of the recent 492 Tamil asylum-seekers currently detained in British Columbia.

    “I had an opportunity to meet with the refugees in two of the three detention centres and it is clear that they have inadequate access to support and services, such as translators,” said Julian. “Canadians of Tamil origin have contributed greatly to Canada, and the Tamil community in Canada has offered to provide a full range of professional support services free of charge to the refugees. Why hasn’t the government allowed them to provide this support?” asked Julian.

    Since the arrival of the Tamil refugees earlier this month, Julian has met with the leadership of the Canadian Tamil Congress and lawyers from the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has also participated in meetings (including a town hall) with the community and activists.

    “During my visit to the detention centre, I learned that the refugees have not yet had access to religious services or spiritual guidance. Even convicted prisoners have an opportunity to meet with spiritual leaders – why haven’t these Tamils been provided that right? I am growing more and more concerned about their treatment, as are many Canadians.”

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP’s candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River, stressed that the Conservative government must treat asylum-seekers as asylum-seekers and not criminals.

    “Canada has an obligation to treat these Tamils with compassion and fairness,” said Sitsabaiesan. “We must uphold their human rights and provide safe, humanitarian conditions. We must also place the women and children into the supportive Tamil-Canadian community to provide them with security and a safe environment, instead of waiting and languishing in the detention centres.”

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/canadian_parliamentarian_expre.html#more

  256. Nirumpama visit to Lanka will be of no use: Vaiko

    MDMK general secretary Vaiko today said Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao’s visit to Sri Lanka as special envoy would not help mitigate the miserable conditions of Sri Lankan Tamils.

    Talking to newspersons here, he said there was an initiative at international level to declare Sri Lankan President Raja Pakse, ”a war criminal”.

    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  257. Sri Lanka: India stood with SL in responding to post-conflict challenges – Rao

    NOT A WORD ABOUT THE PROMISSED POLITICAL PACKAGE

    Despite India’s “new” found goodwill and cloak of compassion, the truth is that 40,000 innocent Tamils were killed by Rajapakse’s genocidal war on Tamils with the support of Indian Government and thousands more are still living a life of misery.

    They continue to live without neither peace or justice, because they’re victims without voices!!!

    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  258. India asks Sri Lanka to find political solution for minorities.

    India asked Sri Lanka to look beyond the resettlement of war-displaced Tamils and start a political process that would meet the needs and aspirations of the country's minorities.

    'The focus on development and rehabilitation is welcomed but a long-term perspective that also includes the issues relating to the political settlement that would meet some of the needs of the minorities should also be kept in mind,' Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said while wrapping her four-day visit to Sri Lanka.

    Rao stressed that she articulated this viewpoint in all her discussions and interactions in India. 'One of the points I sought to articulate in my meetings with the various representatives of the government and the people I met on my visit was that apart from pursuing the rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs, we would also have to move beyond to the political processes involved,' she said.

    Rao also raised the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen and suggested regular meetings between the joint working group to address their alleged harassment.

    With the plight of war-displaced Tamils a source of continuing concern for India, Rao's visit will be followed by that of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in October. India's army chief, General V.K. Singh, is expected to arrive in Colombo on Sunday.

    During her visit, Rao visited camps of internally displaced persons in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts worst affected by the war.
    http://story.indiagazette.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/

  259. India asks Sri Lanka to find political solution for minorities.

    India asked Sri Lanka to look beyond the resettlement of war-displaced Tamils and start a political process that would meet the needs and aspirations of the country's minorities.

    'The focus on development and rehabilitation is welcomed but a long-term perspective that also includes the issues relating to the political settlement that would meet some of the needs of the minorities should also be kept in mind,' Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said while wrapping her four-day visit to Sri Lanka.

    Rao stressed that she articulated this viewpoint in all her discussions and interactions in India. 'One of the points I sought to articulate in my meetings with the various representatives of the government and the people I met on my visit was that apart from pursuing the rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs, we would also have to move beyond to the political processes involved,' she said.

    Rao also raised the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen and suggested regular meetings between the joint working group to address their alleged harassment.

    With the plight of war-displaced Tamils a source of continuing concern for India, Rao's visit will be followed by that of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in October. India's army chief, General V.K. Singh, is expected to arrive in Colombo on Sunday.

    During her visit, Rao visited camps of internally displaced persons in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts worst affected by the war.
    http://story.indiagazette.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/

  260. India asks Sri Lanka to find political solution for minorities.

    India asked Sri Lanka to look beyond the resettlement of war-displaced Tamils and start a political process that would meet the needs and aspirations of the country's minorities.

    'The focus on development and rehabilitation is welcomed but a long-term perspective that also includes the issues relating to the political settlement that would meet some of the needs of the minorities should also be kept in mind,' Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said while wrapping her four-day visit to Sri Lanka.

    Rao stressed that she articulated this viewpoint in all her discussions and interactions in India. 'One of the points I sought to articulate in my meetings with the various representatives of the government and the people I met on my visit was that apart from pursuing the rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs, we would also have to move beyond to the political processes involved,' she said.

    Rao also raised the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen and suggested regular meetings between the joint working group to address their alleged harassment.

    With the plight of war-displaced Tamils a source of continuing concern for India, Rao's visit will be followed by that of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in October. India's army chief, General V.K. Singh, is expected to arrive in Colombo on Sunday.

    During her visit, Rao visited camps of internally displaced persons in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts worst affected by the war.
    http://story.indiagazette.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/

  261. Still the Rajapakse government inprisons thousands of Tamils in secret camps and hundreds of Tamil women with children are being kept in prisons for many years without any indictment.

    How long will the Sinhalese government keep all these Tamils in camps and prisons?

    For what reason?

  262. I think to prevent the island nation Sri Lanka from slipping further into the abysmal political inferno, western democratic nations should adopt a policy to either groom the belligerent nation Sri Lanka to reinstate a policy of resettling the war displaced Tamils and other minorities soon, integrating them into the social and economic strata and withdrawing the military from the North and East provinces or implementing a collective policy to free the citizens of Sri Lanka from the regime to pave way for the independent homeland to the Sri Lankan Tamil minority as was the case in Kosovo.

  263. I’m touched by Boycott sri lanka’s concern re 18th Amendment and the well being for all things Sri Lankan.

    You said “A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.”

    So let’s take a look at the last 16 presidential terms since the 2nd world war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_o

    Term /Party
    41 / Democratic
    42 / Republican
    43 / Republican
    44 / Democratic
    45 / Democratic
    46 / Republican
    47 / Republican
    48 / Democratic
    49 / Republican
    50 / Republican
    51 / Republican
    52 / Democratic
    53 / Democratic
    54 / Republican
    55 / Republican
    56 / Democratic
    What do you see? Other than on the 51st term, the ruling party got kicked out after two terms.

    MR is not proposing life presidency, you can vote for him or kick him out at the next election.

    BTW – From the 48th to 56th terms, that’s approximately 32 years: one fat slob ruled the Kingdom of Eelam unopposed.

    So instead of Boycotting Eelam, we decided to destroy it once and for all to save you!

  264. Many of us Tamils were simply upset with what you people in Sri Lanka have done to the Tamils over the years.

    This War against Tamils and the massacre of 40,000 Tamil Civilians was totally unnecessary.

    These Rajapakses have no shame ….. Their day will come !!!

  265. I’m touched by Boycott sri lanka’s concern re 18th Amendment and the well being for all things Sri Lankan.

    You said “A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.”

    So let’s take a look at the last 16 presidential terms since the 2nd world war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_o

    Term /Party
    41 / Democratic
    42 / Republican
    43 / Republican
    44 / Democratic
    45 / Democratic
    46 / Republican
    47 / Republican
    48 / Democratic
    49 / Republican
    50 / Republican
    51 / Republican
    52 / Democratic
    53 / Democratic
    54 / Republican
    55 / Republican
    56 / Democratic
    What do you see? Other than on the 51st term, the ruling party got kicked out after two terms.

    MR is not proposing life presidency, you can vote for him or kick him out at the next election.

    BTW – From the 48th to 56th terms, that’s approximately 32 years: one fat slob ruled the Kingdom of Eelam unopposed.

    So instead of Boycotting Eelam, we decided to destroy it once and for all to save you!

  266. I’m touched by Boycott sri lanka’s concern re 18th Amendment and the well being for all things Sri Lankan.

    You said “A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.”

    So let’s take a look at the last 16 presidential terms since the 2nd world war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_o

    Term /Party
    41 / Democratic
    42 / Republican
    43 / Republican
    44 / Democratic
    45 / Democratic
    46 / Republican
    47 / Republican
    48 / Democratic
    49 / Republican
    50 / Republican
    51 / Republican
    52 / Democratic
    53 / Democratic
    54 / Republican
    55 / Republican
    56 / Democratic
    What do you see? Other than on the 51st term, the ruling party got kicked out after two terms.

    MR is not proposing life presidency, you can vote for him or kick him out at the next election.

    BTW – From the 48th to 56th terms, that’s approximately 32 years: one fat slob ruled the Kingdom of Eelam unopposed.

    So instead of Boycotting Eelam, we decided to destroy it once and for all to save you!

  267. You know who sets the US and the West as the benchmark?

    Guys like you who are desperately trying to justify GOSL behaviour.

    The only argument you have is this: If the West can do it, so can we!

    Actually the West CAN’T do it—it has never been able to evade scrutiny like Sri Lanka has, to escape all accountability for itself as Sri Lanka has managed to do so far.

  268. 492 Tamil migrants arrived by boat to Canada , so why so much speculating and sensationalization ?

    What have become of the 21st century of media reporting ? :)

    Let the system work and let’s await the results …

  269. We are talking about Sri Lanka’s civil war, alleged killings of innocent citizens.

    For me, that doesn’t compare with international wars.

    The latter are open to international scrutiny.

    Due to issues of sovereignty, countries can legally keep out international and any kind of public scrutiny in a civil war.

    Which is what Sri Lanka did?

    We know about US’ behaviour in Iraq, Afghanistan.

    That is the reason why you guys are even able to make such comparisons.

    Except there is absolutely no information on Sri Lanka government’s behaviour in the war theatre.

    Given the lack of knowledge with regard to GOSL and SLA behaviour, you have no justification in pointing fingers at US as a bigger infringer of human rights because you only know the figures on one side of the picture.

    What is wrong with applying international norms to judging Sri Lanka ?

    Isn’t it a signatory of the Geneva Convention and a member of the UN?

  270. Why Sri Lanka must learn from the West about Human Rights and War Crimes

    Jim,
    I see that St. Obama’s declared the Iraqi disaster to be over. Hmmmm…

    Benefits to Iraq from Western bloc aggression
    •  Iraqis marginally freer than in 2003, and considerably less secure.
    • 100,000+ civilians murdered due to occupation-related violence.
    • 2 million Iraqis remain exiles/refugees abroad from seven years of anarchy,
    • 2 million internally displaced peoples. (What! 2 millions IDPs? Unbelievable!)
    • Almost all Iraqi Christians have fled.
    • Under western rule, production of oil – Iraq’s staple product – is still below its pre-invasion level
    • The typical Iraqi household enjoys fewer hours of electricity than under Saddam. (Utterly incredible)
    • No stable government
    • Minimal reconstruction
    • Daily deaths and kidnappings
    • Endemic corruption is fuelled by unaudited Western taxpayer-funded aid
    • Increasing Islamist rule leaves most Iraqi women less, not more, liberated

    An excellent summary here:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/31/trillion-dollar-catastrophe-iraq-war

    Now, what were you saying about the West & Western-backed HR groups holding SL to account for HR abuses and ‘war crimes’?

    Sorry, Jim, I can’t hear you.

  271. The enlightened and civilized West now better informed on the brutality of SL’s human rights/war crimes support the Tamil cause with initiatives to pursue the war crimes perpetrators. The successful SL genocide is attributable to the extra-ordinary story telling capacity of Sinhala/Buddhists who fatally mislead the international community into not acting to censure with stern sanctions or war crimes when the naked brutality of SL’s state terrorism became evident in the May massacre of the resistance the world witnessed. The international community is now at pains to redress the consequences of hastily lumping the Tamil resistance (with Jihardi terrorism; the scourge of the world) to deprive the Tamils of the protection they had against SL’s brutal atrocities for over thirty years.

  272. Sahadevan

    Why should anyone have to examine the nauseating number of times that Rip and EDE here bring up America (in Iraq, in Afghanistan, whatever) whenever GOSL behaviour is queried?

    It seems that’s the only way they know to defend GOSL actions and policies.

    It becomes impossible not to respond to this and bring in the West/America if you want to continue the debate.

    After a while of this, you even start to anticipate their anti-Western diatribes and twaddle ….

  273. Vivekananthan

    Exactly !!!
    Sri Lanka Mass Murderers, the perpetrators of genocide and ethnic cleansing are now behaving like the victims? Strange, no?

  274. Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the Tamil war

    President Mahinda Rajapakse established the commission to fend off international pressure for a war crimes inquiry. In the final months leading up to the LTTE’s defeat in May 2009, the Sri Lankan military killed thousands of Tamil civilians. The LLRC’s first sittings confirm that its purpose is to whitewash the role of the government and cover up their crimes.

    The commission is anything but independent. C.R de Silva, who heads the eight-member body, is a former attorney general with a record of defending the government against human rights violations. For instance, De Silva opposed a group of international experts set up to oversee a government Commission of Inquiry (CoI), when they questioned the inquiry’s independence and credibility.

    The CoI was appointed in November 2006 to examine 16 incidents involving allegations against the Sri Lankan security forces of murdering civilians. One particularly notorious case was the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers employed by Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in 2006 August. Rajapakse dissolved the CoI last year without it producing any public report or findings.

  275. SRI LANKA: The 18th Amendment destroying democracy by manipulation of the democratic process itself
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/2800/

    A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms. This is an absolute limit. Suppose this limit was removed and a US president could contest the election and remain in power for an indefinite period of time. What difference would that make to the entire system of governance in the country; to understand that we have to go into the principle of this absolute limitation.

    The principle is that any person who is vested with extraordinary powers should be subjected to limitations and the principle behind that is that no human being is worthy of absolute trust. No one will be trusted with power absolutely. Entrusting power must be accompanied with the placing of limitations to that power. The limitation of two terms was made on that basis. Behind this is the whole notion of binding power. Power should be bound otherwise power can destroy the very things it is supposed to protect.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka’s descent into dictatorship?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/jul/12/sri-lanka-journalists-threatened

  276. Dear Distraught Friends of Eelam (yes, that's you Sahadevan & Sivayogapoopathy)

    Do your IQs drop when you cheer for Eelam?

    The only reason I bring up the West's immeasurably worse HR rights record is that these countries see fit to judge SL. Basic logic demands that the person or entities doing the judging should themselves be blameless (or almost blameless).

    A war is a war regardless of internal (e.g. SL) or external aggression (e.g. UK, US etc). Let me put it really terms that even simpleton Eelamists can understand.

    I fully support AI's campaign to investigate Sri Lanka for war crimes and other abuses in its war against the LTTE, subject to the 'Human Rights Violations Speed Trap'concept in War Crimes.

    The Human Rights Violations 'speed limit' has been set to 70 mph. These Western countries have been caught, exceeding the HR speed limit.
    USA = 155 mph
    UK = 100 mph
    EU/NATO = 90 mph
    Sri Lanka = 72 mph

    Yet, only SL is being pursued for its alleged war crimes. The most fervent advocates of investigating and punishing SL are themselves the worst violators of 'Human Rights'.
    Clear?

    Even more absurd is to be lectured about HR by whiny LTTE supporters like you, who gleefully fundraised and cheered (away from danger) Fatty Prahba's 'Final War' and in the final months blamed everybody else other than the LTTE for the mass hostage taking of Vanni civilians to prevent their organisation being ground into the dust.

    The war's over. Your racist struggle and organisation within SL is dead. Finished. Your inability to accept that and pretend that the LTTE were camouflaged charity workers might fool the odd suddha, but we all know the truth.

    Where were the pro-LTTE diaspora's demonstrations in May 2009 asking the LTTE to let the hostage civilians escape? It didn't happen because you couldn't face the truth.

  277. India asks Sri Lanka to find political solution for minorities.

    India asked Sri Lanka to look beyond the resettlement of war-displaced Tamils and start a political process that would meet the needs and aspirations of the country’s minorities.

    ‘The focus on development and rehabilitation is welcomed but a long-term perspective that also includes the issues relating to the political settlement that would meet some of the needs of the minorities should also be kept in mind,’ Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said while wrapping her four-day visit to Sri Lanka.

    Rao stressed that she articulated this viewpoint in all her discussions and interactions in India. ‘One of the points I sought to articulate in my meetings with the various representatives of the government and the people I met on my visit was that apart from pursuing the rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs, we would also have to move beyond to the political processes involved,’ she said.

    Rao also raised the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen and suggested regular meetings between the joint working group to address their alleged harassment.

    With the plight of war-displaced Tamils a source of continuing concern for India, Rao’s visit will be followed by that of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in October. India’s army chief, General V.K. Singh, is expected to arrive in Colombo on Sunday.

    During her visit, Rao visited camps of internally displaced persons in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts worst affected by the war.

    http://story.indiagazette.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/701ee96610c884a6/id/680143/cs/1/

  278. Still the Rajapakse government inprisons thousands of Tamils in secret camps and hundreds of Tamil women with children are being kept in prisons for many years without any indictment.

    How long will the Sinhalese government keep all these Tamils in camps and prisons?

    For what reason?

  279. I think to prevent the island nation Sri Lanka from slipping further into the abysmal political inferno, western democratic nations should adopt a policy to either groom the belligerent nation Sri Lanka to reinstate a policy of resettling the war displaced Tamils and other minorities soon, integrating them into the social and economic strata and withdrawing the military from the North and East provinces or implementing a collective policy to free the citizens of Sri Lanka from the regime to pave way for the independent homeland to the Sri Lankan Tamil minority as was the case in Kosovo.

  280. New Zealand Supreme Court decides LTTE a political organisation
    [TamilNet, Sunday, 29 August 2010, 00:40 GMT]
    The Supreme Court of New Zealand Friday dismissed the appeal of the government seeking rejection of the refugee status of an Eezham Tamil who was captaining a ship carrying arms to the LTTE. The court in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka. The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change. These characteristics made the Tamil Tigers a political organisation notwithstanding its use, at times, of proscribed methods of advancing its cause. That much is not in dispute”.

  281. The Human Rights Violations ’speed limit’ has been set to 70 mph. These Western countries have been caught, exceeding the HR speed limit.
    USA = 155 mph
    UK = 100 mph
    EU/NATO = 90 mph
    War Ceimes and Genocide Tamils by Sri Lanka = 72 mph

  282. Dear Sivayogapoopathy,

    The blow by blow account of the razing of the Jaffna Library & the antiTamil pogrom across 3 days & nights ….

    utterly rivetting …

    & revelatory…

    A sinhalese commented about the account that he "couldn't be bothered reading all the details"…

    something like that …

    But i read every bit …

    every question asked by the executioners in their own language …

    & i could hear them snarling those questions at me …

    i could see myself in the middle of the sinhalese night mob ….

    It reminded me of Kristallnacht…

    the night of the mass purge of the Jews by the Nazi storm troopers…

    A sinhalese ( may be the same person ) asks, What has the burning of the library got to do with the disappearances in lanka ?

    It is the same as asking, What has Kristallnacht got to do with the Holocaust ?

  283. Many of us Tamils were simply upset with what you people in Sri Lanka have done to the Tamils over the years.

    This War against Tamils and the massacre of 40,000 Tamil Civilians was totally unnecessary.

    These Rajapakses have no shame ….. Their day will come !!!

  284. I’m touched by Boycott sri lanka’s concern re 18th Amendment and the well being for all things Sri Lankan.

    You said “A simple way of understanding the 18th Amendment is to compare it to the situation in the United States of America. The president of the United States is elected for a term of four years and is entitled to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.”

    So let’s take a look at the last 16 presidential terms since the 2nd world war:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States#cite_note-num-1

    Term /Party
    41 / Democratic
    42 / Republican
    43 / Republican
    44 / Democratic
    45 / Democratic
    46 / Republican
    47 / Republican
    48 / Democratic
    49 / Republican
    50 / Republican
    51 / Republican
    52 / Democratic
    53 / Democratic
    54 / Republican
    55 / Republican
    56 / Democratic
    What do you see? Other than on the 51st term, the ruling party got kicked out after two terms.

    MR is not proposing life presidency, you can vote for him or kick him out at the next election.

    BTW – From the 48th to 56th terms, that’s approximately 32 years: one fat slob ruled the Kingdom of Eelam unopposed.

    So instead of Boycotting Eelam, we decided to destroy it once and for all to save you!

  285. You know who sets the US and the West as the benchmark?

    Guys like you who are desperately trying to justify GOSL behaviour.

    The only argument you have is this: If the West can do it, so can we!

    Actually the West CAN’T do it—it has never been able to evade scrutiny like Sri Lanka has, to escape all accountability for itself as Sri Lanka has managed to do so far.

  286. We are talking about Sri Lanka’s civil war, alleged killings of innocent citizens.

    For me, that doesn’t compare with international wars.

    The latter are open to international scrutiny.

    Due to issues of sovereignty, countries can legally keep out international and any kind of public scrutiny in a civil war.

    Which is what Sri Lanka did?

    We know about US’ behaviour in Iraq, Afghanistan.

    That is the reason why you guys are even able to make such comparisons.

    Except there is absolutely no information on Sri Lanka government’s behaviour in the war theatre.

    Given the lack of knowledge with regard to GOSL and SLA behaviour, you have no justification in pointing fingers at US as a bigger infringer of human rights because you only know the figures on one side of the picture.

    What is wrong with applying international norms to judging Sri Lanka ?

    Isn’t it a signatory of the Geneva Convention and a member of the UN?

  287. Sahadevan

    Why should anyone have to examine the nauseating number of times that Rip and EDE here bring up America (in Iraq, in Afghanistan, whatever) whenever GOSL behaviour is queried?

    It seems that’s the only way they know to defend GOSL actions and policies.

    It becomes impossible not to respond to this and bring in the West/America if you want to continue the debate.

    After a while of this, you even start to anticipate their anti-Western diatribes and twaddle ….

  288. Dear Distraught Friends of Eelam (yes, that’s you Sahadevan & Sivayogapoopathy)

    Do your IQs drop when you cheer for Eelam?

    The only reason I bring up the West’s immeasurably worse HR rights record is that these countries see fit to judge SL. Basic logic demands that the person or entities doing the judging should themselves be blameless (or almost blameless).

    A war is a war regardless of internal (e.g. SL) or external aggression (e.g. UK, US etc). Let me put it really terms that even simpleton Eelamists can understand.

    I fully support AI’s campaign to investigate Sri Lanka for war crimes and other abuses in its war against the LTTE, subject to the ‘Human Rights Violations Speed Trap’concept in War Crimes.

    The Human Rights Violations ‘speed limit’ has been set to 70 mph. These Western countries have been caught, exceeding the HR speed limit.
    USA = 155 mph
    UK = 100 mph
    EU/NATO = 90 mph
    Sri Lanka = 72 mph

    Yet, only SL is being pursued for its alleged war crimes. The most fervent advocates of investigating and punishing SL are themselves the worst violators of ‘Human Rights’.
    Clear?

    Even more absurd is to be lectured about HR by whiny LTTE supporters like you, who gleefully fundraised and cheered (away from danger) Fatty Prahba’s ‘Final War’ and in the final months blamed everybody else other than the LTTE for the mass hostage taking of Vanni civilians to prevent their organisation being ground into the dust.

    The war’s over. Your racist struggle and organisation within SL is dead. Finished. Your inability to accept that and pretend that the LTTE were camouflaged charity workers might fool the odd suddha, but we all know the truth.

    Where were the pro-LTTE diaspora’s demonstrations in May 2009 asking the LTTE to let the hostage civilians escape? It didn’t happen because you couldn’t face the truth.

  289. New Zealand Supreme Court decides LTTE a political organisation
    [TamilNet, Sunday, 29 August 2010, 00:40 GMT]
    The Supreme Court of New Zealand Friday dismissed the appeal of the government seeking rejection of the refugee status of an Eezham Tamil who was captaining a ship carrying arms to the LTTE. The court in its judgement said: “At all relevant times the Tamil Tigers was an organisation having the goals of self-determination for Tamils and securing an independent Tamil state in northeast Sri Lanka. The principal objective was to induce the government of Sri Lanka to concede such political change. These characteristics made the Tamil Tigers a political organisation notwithstanding its use, at times, of proscribed methods of advancing its cause. That much is not in dispute”.

  290. Don't forget over 25,000 Tamil family men disappeared in batticaloa alone.

    “Estimates reveal that there are more than 89,000 war widows in the North and Eastern provinces and more than 25,000 of these widows are in Batticaloa district in the Eastern province,” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa district parliamentarian P. Selvarasa said in a meeting of the War Victimized Women Association in Batticaloa. “Women have been victimized by war even more than by natural disasters and Sri Lanka government has failed to do anything constructive to improve their miserable living conditions though thirteen months have passed since the end of the cruel war,” Selvarasa said.

    “Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is mainly to be blamed for the victimization of these women. Their husbands had been killed, disappeared without trace and imprisoned. Young women have been sexually violated and many women arrested on suspicion are still languishing in prisons,” the MP further said.

    “Even mothers detained with their children have not been released or any legal actions taken against them by Sri Lanka government so far,” he said.

    More than 25,000 war widows in Batticaloa district alone http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    The State sponsored violence against the Tamil people in the island of SriLanka has a very long history. A startling aspect of this State violence isthe large scale massacres of Tamils. Some of them are so spectacular that they are etched in the Tamil

  291. The Human Rights Violations ’speed limit’ has been set to 70 mph. These Western countries have been caught, exceeding the HR speed limit.
    USA = 155 mph
    UK = 100 mph
    EU/NATO = 90 mph
    War Ceimes and Genocide Tamils by Sri Lanka = 72 mph

  292. Dear Sivayogapoopathy,

    The blow by blow account of the razing of the Jaffna Library & the antiTamil pogrom across 3 days & nights ….

    utterly rivetting …

    & revelatory…

    A sinhalese commented about the account that he “couldn’t be bothered reading all the details”…

    something like that …

    But i read every bit …

    every question asked by the executioners in their own language …

    & i could hear them snarling those questions at me …

    i could see myself in the middle of the sinhalese night mob ….

    It reminded me of Kristallnacht…

    the night of the mass purge of the Jews by the Nazi storm troopers…

    A sinhalese ( may be the same person ) asks, What has the burning of the library got to do with the disappearances in lanka ?

    It is the same as asking, What has Kristallnacht got to do with the Holocaust ?

  293. Don't forget over 25,000 Tamil family men disappeared in batticaloa alone.

    “Estimates reveal that there are more than 89,000 war widows in the North and Eastern provinces and more than 25,000 of these widows are in Batticaloa district in the Eastern province,” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa district parliamentarian P. Selvarasa said in a meeting of the War Victimized Women Association in Batticaloa. “Women have been victimized by war even more than by natural disasters and Sri Lanka government has failed to do anything constructive to improve their miserable living conditions though thirteen months have passed since the end of the cruel war,” Selvarasa said.

    “Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is mainly to be blamed for the victimization of these women. Their husbands had been killed, disappeared without trace and imprisoned. Young women have been sexually violated and many women arrested on suspicion are still languishing in prisons,” the MP further said.

    “Even mothers detained with their children have not been released or any legal actions taken against them by Sri Lanka government so far,” he said.

    More than 25,000 war widows in Batticaloa district alone http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    The State sponsored violence against the Tamil people in the island of SriLanka has a very long history. A startling aspect of this State violence isthe large scale massacres of Tamils. Some of them are so spectacular that they are etched in the Tamil

  294. Don't forget over 25,000 Tamil family men disappeared in batticaloa alone.

    “Estimates reveal that there are more than 89,000 war widows in the North and Eastern provinces and more than 25,000 of these widows are in Batticaloa district in the Eastern province,” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa district parliamentarian P. Selvarasa said in a meeting of the War Victimized Women Association in Batticaloa. “Women have been victimized by war even more than by natural disasters and Sri Lanka government has failed to do anything constructive to improve their miserable living conditions though thirteen months have passed since the end of the cruel war,” Selvarasa said.

    “Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is mainly to be blamed for the victimization of these women. Their husbands had been killed, disappeared without trace and imprisoned. Young women have been sexually violated and many women arrested on suspicion are still languishing in prisons,” the MP further said.

    “Even mothers detained with their children have not been released or any legal actions taken against them by Sri Lanka government so far,” he said.

    More than 25,000 war widows in Batticaloa district alone http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    The State sponsored violence against the Tamil people in the island of SriLanka has a very long history. A startling aspect of this State violence isthe large scale massacres of Tamils. Some of them are so spectacular that they are etched in the Tamil

  295. Tamil research conference massacre 10.01.1974
    Tamils were preparing on a grand scale to hold a Tamil Research conference in Jaffna during 3-10 January in 1974. The government of Sri Lanka at that time did not like holding this Tamil research conference in Jaffna. The government continued to place hurdles to the organizers in Colombo and also in Jaffna through the Mayor of Jaffna. Permission to construct the open air platforms for the conference was held back until the very last minute. Many researchers who wanted to travel to Jaffna for the conference from other countries were refused visa.
    In spite of these hurdles, the conference organizers and the Tamil people were determined to persist with the arrangements. Seeing the support of the Tamil people for holding the conference the
    government came down a little and issued visas to a limited number of researchers. The President of the conference organizing committee, Thambaih, did not like holding the conference in Jaffna. He, therefore, resigned from his post. Prof Vidhyanandan took over the responsibility of the President. The conference started on 3 January. Hundreds of thousands of people from different parts of Jaffna came into town to attend the conference. Conference proceeded on a grand scale. No conferences of the past were conducted in such a scale and with such enthusiasm. The entire Jaffna town was in festival mood. 10 January was being celebrated as the final day of the conference. The last item was speeches made by experts in Tamil language about the greatness of the language and the culture based on it. Prof Naina Mohammad from Tamilnadu in India was delivering the final speech. At that instant, the police lead by the Deputy Inspector of Police for Jaffna, Chandrasekara, started to attack the people at the conference. The police also opened fire. Nine civilians were killed, the stages were destroyed. The same Inspector of Police Chandrasekara was later promoted to the post of Inspector of Police by the then Prime Minister Srimavo Bandaranayaka

  296. Sri Lankan Navymen snatch Rameswaram fishermen''s fish

    Rameswaram (TN), Sept 2 (PTI) A group of fishermen from this island were relieved of their fish catch and mobile phones allegedly by Sri Lankan Naval personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The affected fishermen numbering around 20 told reporters here that when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India, the Lankan Navalmen entered their five boats and took away their fish catch and mobile phones. Tension prevailed among the fishermen community here as the fishermen, who had put out to sea yesterday, returned to the shores empty handed this morning
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  297. 89,000 Tamil war widows in the Sri Lankan North and Eastern so it means that 89 000 Tamil men were butchered.

    When we add to this mass murder women and children……..

    it will be about 150 000

  298. Sri Lankan Navymen snatch Rameswaram fishermen''s fish

    Rameswaram (TN), Sept 2 (PTI) A group of fishermen from this island were relieved of their fish catch and mobile phones allegedly by Sri Lankan Naval personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The affected fishermen numbering around 20 told reporters here that when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India, the Lankan Navalmen entered their five boats and took away their fish catch and mobile phones. Tension prevailed among the fishermen community here as the fishermen, who had put out to sea yesterday, returned to the shores empty handed this morning
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  299. Sri Lankan Navymen snatch Rameswaram fishermen''s fish

    Rameswaram (TN), Sept 2 (PTI) A group of fishermen from this island were relieved of their fish catch and mobile phones allegedly by Sri Lankan Naval personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The affected fishermen numbering around 20 told reporters here that when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India, the Lankan Navalmen entered their five boats and took away their fish catch and mobile phones. Tension prevailed among the fishermen community here as the fishermen, who had put out to sea yesterday, returned to the shores empty handed this morning
    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  300. a.savage Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I assume you called me "A Singhalees" !!

    So unfortunately, I can't call my self a Singhalees because I have mixed blood and I am what one could call a pure Sri Lankan. So, let me let you hear from a Sri Lankan…. !!

    It is the same as asking, What has Kristallnacht got to do with the Holocaust ?

    Let's see !!

    Kristallnacht - (Crystal Night) or The Night of Broken Glass was an anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany (including Austria and Sudetenland) from the 9th until the 10th of November 1938.

    The Kristallnacht was triggered by the assassination in Paris of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew. In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 91 Jews were killed and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps.

    The Holocaust – (hólos, "whole" and kaustós, "burnt"), was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, a programme of systematic state-sponsored extermination by Nazi Germany. The genocide of these six million people was a genocide of two-thirds of the population of nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust.

    Now let's see !

    Jaffna Library Burning -On Sunday May 31, 1981, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), held a rally in which three Sinhalese policeman were shot and two killed.

    That night police and paramilitaries began a pogrom that lasted for three days. The head office of TULF party was destroyed. The office of the Eelanaadu, a local newspaper, was also destroyed. Statues of Tamil cultural and religious figures were destroyed or defaced. On the night of May 31, according to many eyewitnesses, police and government-sponsored paramilitias set fire to the Jaffna public library and destroyed it completely.

    A forced disappearance (or enforced disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly imprisoned or killed by agents or other organization, but the organization does not admit that they have carried out this act, thereby placing the victim outside the protection of law.

    Now – I see a connection between the Kristallnacht and the burning of Jaffna Library as on how the whole thing began – but, I can assure that no 97,000 Tamils were killed in Sri Lanka. I also see a connection between Kristallnacht and Holocaust – many Jews were killed and their European population was reduced to 1/3rds. Many Jews were purposefully killed, but, cannot relate to Sri Lanka as it was only the LTTE that was purposefully killed by the state – in fact, LTTE went on to kill all the Tamils who opposed them and all the Singhalees and Muslims that lived in the north – So may be that's the link Ass wanted us to see….

    But, This post is about "Disappearance" and I don't see any link between Dissapearance and the other 3 topics – Am I dumb or is A(ss) Savage dumb ?? can someone please elucidate me ??? I also don't see any thing that happened in Sri Lanka

    And of course, I do not waste time reading copy paste articles… !! Also, I would have liked to see some answers to the questions than someone trying to compare the sun and the moon !!!

  301. Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Sri Lankan Navymen snatch Rameswaram fishermen’’s fish

    LOL – may be they had a BBQ at Navy HQ in Jaffna. Anyways, much better solution to the Indian Fishermen who cross boarders than taking them to custody. May be the Indian Navy should do the same to the Sri Lankan fishermen who cross the borders. There are 500 + Sri Lankan fishermen under the custody of the Indian Navy for crossing the borders – Not much Indian fishermen under SL navy custody though !!

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 2:49 am

    89,000 Tamil war widows in the Sri Lankan North and Eastern

    Actually this 89,000 includes Muslims and Singhalees widows who's Hubbies were killed by the LTTE too…… It also includes widows of the Tamils who were killed by the LTTE…. !! See, LTTE killed more Tamils than any other put together !!

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Why should anyone have to examine the nauseating number of times that Rip and EDE here bring up America (in Iraq, in Afghanistan, whatever) whenever GOSL behaviour is queried?

    Though EDE has explained this crystal clear, let me also mention that is is you loonies who run to the west for help – You are running to the Gangster leader to complain about the little Gangster..

    It seems that’s the only way they know to defend GOSL actions and policies.

    Oh no – we have brought forward many more cases, just that you are running away from all of them without answering… Tell me if you want me to repeat my self….

    Also, we are not anti-western – we are very much for the west !! We are only playing "Follow me Leader"

    Sahadevan Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    You know who sets the US and the West as the benchmark?

    Well, You Apes do – Let me remind you – Some of the stuff you mentioned before are "HR should be like in USA and Canada" "England has the best HR record" "Thanks to HR in USA and Canada we are Free"

    Guys like you who are desperately trying to justify GOSL behaviour.

    Like you trying to Desperately justify the behaviour of the LTTE Terrorists… At least we have succeeded – what have you achieved ??

    The only argument you have is this: If the West can do it, so can we!

    Well, not exactly – We did it and the west are still struggling to do it… We finished Terrorism and USA is not backing off.. We tell them to take a cue from us.. Also, if no one compares any one to another – Please let Sri Lanka be – this is how we do things – No need to compare !!!

    Sahadevan Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Except there is absolutely no information on Sri Lanka government’s behaviour in the war theatre.

    Who said ??? Everything is out there in public and those who knows know exactly what happened !!

    Given the lack of knowledge with regard to GOSL and SLA behavior, you have no justification in pointing fingers at US as a bigger infringer of human rights because you only know the figures on one side of the picture.

    Dude – If there is evidence against USA, that means we definitely can point fingers at them – If there is no evidence against SL, please do not point any finger unless you come up with the evidence – You are only shouting on speculations !! So, let's argue on the figures that are available – will that solve your issue ?

    Also, EDE / mango explained how SL was well within the Geneve code of conduct before !!

  302. @ a.savage
    Congratulations on winning this thread's 'Godwin's Law' award. [Godwin's Law '"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." The term Godwin's law can also refer to the tradition that whoever makes such a comparison is said to "lose" the debate."]

    Your attempt at conflating the Jaffna Library arson attack with the Kristallnacht is indicative of your general ignorance and is an insult to the victims of a genuine Holocaust whose suffering's been cheapened and is being used to defend and promote a demonstrably racist, supremacist ideology of Tamil Eelam.

    The Kristallnacht foreshadowed the complete destruction and real genocide of German Jews. Nothing comparable has happened or will happen in Sri Lanka. The comparisons you make thankfully only damage the racist cause of Eelam even further.

    Neither myself or any other pro-SL commenters have reacted with anything other than anger, sorrow and disgust at the Library burning or the '83 riots. Both these terrible events did untold damage to SL and all its' peoples and gave a massive boost to the LTTE's cause.

    Here's a SL MP apologising for the Library arson.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    And here's KP apologising for the damage caused by the LTTE to all Sri Lankans.

    "Yes I have two messages. The first is to my fellow Tamils. This is what I say. The war is over. Prabhakaran and other senior commanders are no more. Tamil Eelam is a lost cause. Please dont be deceived by irresponsible people into thinking that the armed struggle is not over. Please give up the confrontational attitude and help our broken people to re-build their lives. I appeal to members of the Tamil Diaspra and Tamil Nadu politicians to refrain from idle rhetoric and instead help Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in harmony and prosperity with others. We need reconciliation and co-operation not confrontation and friction.

    The second is to all my fellow Sri Lankans. We of the LTTE and other militant groups commenced an armed struggle to win back our lost rights. We thought Tamil Eelam was the answer and that the end will justify the means. In the course of our armed struggle we have caused much harm and misery to the people of Sri Lanka. We have violated all norms of civilized conduct at times. When I reflect on the past I am appalled by what has happened. As a senior leader or ex –leader of the LTTE I sincerely beg the forgiveness of all Sri Lankans for this. Please pardon us and help us to forge a bright future for all Sri Lankans." http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/1670

    That just leaves the doomed and impotent pro-LTTE diaspora on their lonely path to irrelevance, accompanied by your poems, laments and love letters to Gunalan.

  303. Sri Lankan returnees tortured: Amnesty
    Three asylum seekers forcibly removed to Sri Lanka in 2009 have been tortured and jailed after they tried to return to Australia, Amnesty International says.

    The human rights group said it held grave fears for the men, saying they are now at risk of further torture and abuse from guards and other prisoners.

    The two returnees, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were taken to hospital on Wednesday with injuries from being beaten and tortured .

    It was not clear if they were still in hospital or had been returned to prison, where a third man, Indika Mendis, was being held
    http://www.sheppnews.com.au/aapArticle.aspx?aapID

  304. @ a.savage
    Congratulations on winning this thread's 'Godwin's Law' award. [Godwin's Law '"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." The term Godwin's law can also refer to the tradition that whoever makes such a comparison is said to "lose" the debate."]

    Your attempt at conflating the Jaffna Library arson attack with the Kristallnacht is indicative of your general ignorance and is an insult to the victims of a genuine Holocaust whose suffering's been cheapened and is being used to defend and promote a demonstrably racist, supremacist ideology of Tamil Eelam.

    The Kristallnacht foreshadowed the complete destruction and real genocide of German Jews. Nothing comparable has happened or will happen in Sri Lanka. The comparisons you make thankfully only damage the racist cause of Eelam even further.

    Neither myself or any other pro-SL commenters have reacted with anything other than anger, sorrow and disgust at the Library burning or the '83 riots. Both these terrible events did untold damage to SL and all its' peoples and gave a massive boost to the LTTE's cause.

    Here's a SL MP apologising for the Library arson.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    And here's KP apologising for the damage caused by the LTTE to all Sri Lankans.

    "Yes I have two messages. The first is to my fellow Tamils. This is what I say. The war is over. Prabhakaran and other senior commanders are no more. Tamil Eelam is a lost cause. Please dont be deceived by irresponsible people into thinking that the armed struggle is not over. Please give up the confrontational attitude and help our broken people to re-build their lives. I appeal to members of the Tamil Diaspra and Tamil Nadu politicians to refrain from idle rhetoric and instead help Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in harmony and prosperity with others. We need reconciliation and co-operation not confrontation and friction.

    The second is to all my fellow Sri Lankans. We of the LTTE and other militant groups commenced an armed struggle to win back our lost rights. We thought Tamil Eelam was the answer and that the end will justify the means. In the course of our armed struggle we have caused much harm and misery to the people of Sri Lanka. We have violated all norms of civilized conduct at times. When I reflect on the past I am appalled by what has happened. As a senior leader or ex –leader of the LTTE I sincerely beg the forgiveness of all Sri Lankans for this. Please pardon us and help us to forge a bright future for all Sri Lankans." http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/1670

    That just leaves the doomed and impotent pro-LTTE diaspora on their lonely path to irrelevance, accompanied by your poems, laments and love letters to Gunalan.

  305. @ a.savage
    Congratulations on winning this thread's 'Godwin's Law' award. [Godwin's Law '"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." The term Godwin's law can also refer to the tradition that whoever makes such a comparison is said to "lose" the debate."]

    Your attempt at conflating the Jaffna Library arson attack with the Kristallnacht is indicative of your general ignorance and is an insult to the victims of a genuine Holocaust whose suffering's been cheapened and is being used to defend and promote a demonstrably racist, supremacist ideology of Tamil Eelam.

    The Kristallnacht foreshadowed the complete destruction and real genocide of German Jews. Nothing comparable has happened or will happen in Sri Lanka. The comparisons you make thankfully only damage the racist cause of Eelam even further.

    Neither myself or any other pro-SL commenters have reacted with anything other than anger, sorrow and disgust at the Library burning or the '83 riots. Both these terrible events did untold damage to SL and all its' peoples and gave a massive boost to the LTTE's cause.

    Here's a SL MP apologising for the Library arson.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    And here's KP apologising for the damage caused by the LTTE to all Sri Lankans.

    "Yes I have two messages. The first is to my fellow Tamils. This is what I say. The war is over. Prabhakaran and other senior commanders are no more. Tamil Eelam is a lost cause. Please dont be deceived by irresponsible people into thinking that the armed struggle is not over. Please give up the confrontational attitude and help our broken people to re-build their lives. I appeal to members of the Tamil Diaspra and Tamil Nadu politicians to refrain from idle rhetoric and instead help Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in harmony and prosperity with others. We need reconciliation and co-operation not confrontation and friction.

    The second is to all my fellow Sri Lankans. We of the LTTE and other militant groups commenced an armed struggle to win back our lost rights. We thought Tamil Eelam was the answer and that the end will justify the means. In the course of our armed struggle we have caused much harm and misery to the people of Sri Lanka. We have violated all norms of civilized conduct at times. When I reflect on the past I am appalled by what has happened. As a senior leader or ex –leader of the LTTE I sincerely beg the forgiveness of all Sri Lankans for this. Please pardon us and help us to forge a bright future for all Sri Lankans." http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/1670

    That just leaves the doomed and impotent pro-LTTE diaspora on their lonely path to irrelevance, accompanied by your poems, laments and love letters to Gunalan.

  306. Sri Lankan returnees tortured: Amnesty
    Three asylum seekers forcibly removed to Sri Lanka in 2009 have been tortured and jailed after they tried to return to Australia, Amnesty International says.

    The human rights group said it held grave fears for the men, saying they are now at risk of further torture and abuse from guards and other prisoners.

    The two returnees, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were taken to hospital on Wednesday with injuries from being beaten and tortured .

    It was not clear if they were still in hospital or had been returned to prison, where a third man, Indika Mendis, was being held
    http://www.sheppnews.com.au/aapArticle.aspx?aapID

  307. Sri Lankan returnees tortured: Amnesty
    Three asylum seekers forcibly removed to Sri Lanka in 2009 have been tortured and jailed after they tried to return to Australia, Amnesty International says.

    The human rights group said it held grave fears for the men, saying they are now at risk of further torture and abuse from guards and other prisoners.

    The two returnees, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were taken to hospital on Wednesday with injuries from being beaten and tortured .

    It was not clear if they were still in hospital or had been returned to prison, where a third man, Indika Mendis, was being held
    http://www.sheppnews.com.au/aapArticle.aspx?aapID

  308. Nadarsa Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I think the following sentence itself is a good reason for Canada to turn back the false asylum seekers !!

    This is what you call "kicking the ladder that helped you climb".

    The low mental goons entered Canada under False claims seeking asylum and now after getting their citizenship, are forcing the peaceful Canadians legalize human trafficking ??

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP’s candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River, stressed that the Conservative government must treat asylum-seekers as asylum-seekers and not criminals.

    Canada – this is where we say "You sleep with Dogs, be prepared to get up with Flees" – It's not too late to apply shampoo – get rid of these dogs, apes and worms for Canada to be prosperous in future – The Peelamists will ruin your country !

  309. Don’t forget over 25,000 Tamil family men disappeared in batticaloa alone.

    “Estimates reveal that there are more than 89,000 war widows in the North and Eastern provinces and more than 25,000 of these widows are in Batticaloa district in the Eastern province,” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa district parliamentarian P. Selvarasa said in a meeting of the War Victimized Women Association in Batticaloa. “Women have been victimized by war even more than by natural disasters and Sri Lanka government has failed to do anything constructive to improve their miserable living conditions though thirteen months have passed since the end of the cruel war,” Selvarasa said.

    “Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is mainly to be blamed for the victimization of these women. Their husbands had been killed, disappeared without trace and imprisoned. Young women have been sexually violated and many women arrested on suspicion are still languishing in prisons,” the MP further said.

    “Even mothers detained with their children have not been released or any legal actions taken against them by Sri Lanka government so far,” he said.

    More than 25,000 war widows in Batticaloa district alone
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32527

    The State sponsored violence against the Tamil people in the island of SriLanka has a very long history. A startling aspect of this State violence isthe large scale massacres of Tamils. Some of them are so spectacular that they are etched in the Tamil

  310. Tamil research conference massacre 10.01.1974
    Tamils were preparing on a grand scale to hold a Tamil Research conference in Jaffna during 3-10 January in 1974. The government of Sri Lanka at that time did not like holding this Tamil research conference in Jaffna. The government continued to place hurdles to the organizers in Colombo and also in Jaffna through the Mayor of Jaffna. Permission to construct the open air platforms for the conference was held back until the very last minute. Many researchers who wanted to travel to Jaffna for the conference from other countries were refused visa.
    In spite of these hurdles, the conference organizers and the Tamil people were determined to persist with the arrangements. Seeing the support of the Tamil people for holding the conference the
    government came down a little and issued visas to a limited number of researchers. The President of the conference organizing committee, Thambaih, did not like holding the conference in Jaffna. He, therefore, resigned from his post. Prof Vidhyanandan took over the responsibility of the President. The conference started on 3 January. Hundreds of thousands of people from different parts of Jaffna came into town to attend the conference. Conference proceeded on a grand scale. No conferences of the past were conducted in such a scale and with such enthusiasm. The entire Jaffna town was in festival mood. 10 January was being celebrated as the final day of the conference. The last item was speeches made by experts in Tamil language about the greatness of the language and the culture based on it. Prof Naina Mohammad from Tamilnadu in India was delivering the final speech. At that instant, the police lead by the Deputy Inspector of Police for Jaffna, Chandrasekara, started to attack the people at the conference. The police also opened fire. Nine civilians were killed, the stages were destroyed. The same Inspector of Police Chandrasekara was later promoted to the post of Inspector of Police by the then Prime Minister Srimavo Bandaranayaka

  311. 89,000 Tamil war widows in the Sri Lankan North and Eastern so it means that 89 000 Tamil men were butchered.

    When we add to this mass murder women and children……..

    it will be about 150 000

  312. Sri Lankan Navymen snatch Rameswaram fishermen”s fish

    Rameswaram (TN), Sept 2 (PTI) A group of fishermen from this island were relieved of their fish catch and mobile phones allegedly by Sri Lankan Naval personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The affected fishermen numbering around 20 told reporters here that when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India, the Lankan Navalmen entered their five boats and took away their fish catch and mobile phones. Tension prevailed among the fishermen community here as the fishermen, who had put out to sea yesterday, returned to the shores empty handed this morning

    http://www.uktamilnews.com/

  313. a.savage Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I assume you called me “A Singhalees” !!

    So unfortunately, I can’t call my self a Singhalees because I have mixed blood and I am what one could call a pure Sri Lankan. So, let me let you hear from a Sri Lankan…. !!

    It is the same as asking, What has Kristallnacht got to do with the Holocaust ?

    Let’s see !!

    Kristallnacht - (Crystal Night) or The Night of Broken Glass was an anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany (including Austria and Sudetenland) from the 9th until the 10th of November 1938.

    The Kristallnacht was triggered by the assassination in Paris of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew. In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 91 Jews were killed and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps.

    The Holocaust – (hólos, “whole” and kaustós, “burnt”), was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, a programme of systematic state-sponsored extermination by Nazi Germany. The genocide of these six million people was a genocide of two-thirds of the population of nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust.

    Now let’s see !

    Jaffna Library Burning -On Sunday May 31, 1981, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), held a rally in which three Sinhalese policeman were shot and two killed.

    That night police and paramilitaries began a pogrom that lasted for three days. The head office of TULF party was destroyed. The office of the Eelanaadu, a local newspaper, was also destroyed. Statues of Tamil cultural and religious figures were destroyed or defaced. On the night of May 31, according to many eyewitnesses, police and government-sponsored paramilitias set fire to the Jaffna public library and destroyed it completely.

    A forced disappearance (or enforced disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly imprisoned or killed by agents or other organization, but the organization does not admit that they have carried out this act, thereby placing the victim outside the protection of law.

    Now – I see a connection between the Kristallnacht and the burning of Jaffna Library as on how the whole thing began – but, I can assure that no 97,000 Tamils were killed in Sri Lanka. I also see a connection between Kristallnacht and Holocaust – many Jews were killed and their European population was reduced to 1/3rds. Many Jews were purposefully killed, but, cannot relate to Sri Lanka as it was only the LTTE that was purposefully killed by the state – in fact, LTTE went on to kill all the Tamils who opposed them and all the Singhalees and Muslims that lived in the north – So may be that’s the link Ass wanted us to see….

    But, This post is about “Disappearance” and I don’t see any link between Dissapearance and the other 3 topics – Am I dumb or is A(ss) Savage dumb ?? can someone please elucidate me ??? I also don’t see any thing that happened in Sri Lanka

    And of course, I do not waste time reading copy paste articles… !! Also, I would have liked to see some answers to the questions than someone trying to compare the sun and the moon !!!

  314. Unless and until the root causes of the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils are addressed, the doors to the exploitation of human tragedy for personal enrichment will remain open to anybody, whether private or corporate personality, to cash in.

    What happens in Sri Lanka is, in a nutshell, the transference of human tragedy into profitable market enterprise. Though sad and despicable, it is the simple fact to grapple with.

    With connivance of corrupted and lawless Sri Lankan ‘thug cartel’ called Sri Lankan government, the governments India, Russia, China, and other minor states have found Sri Lankan Tamils’ human plight as the promising market enterprise.

    Human pain and suffering of the innocent and helpless are traded and cashed in.

    Is it the modern definition of ‘democracy’ ?

  315. It has been noted in elite political group, comprising former heads of states and religious preachers across the world, that the Western governments are the hidden organs behind the Sri Lankan Tamils’ tragedy today.

    Their tacit approval or tolerance of Sri Lankan massacre of more than 40,000 innocent Tamils and other minorities during the war on terrorism in 2009 has disgorged the horrendous situation unprecedented ever before.

    Unable to assimilate the folly in their estimation of Sri Lankan state terrorism, the western governments hide behind each other playing ‘hide and seek’ game.

  316. The only solution to the plight Sri Lankan Tamils face today is UN involvement in a strategic appropriation in deference to the UN Human Rights Convention and its enforcement without prejudice to initiate the UN independent inquiry into the nature of Sri Lankan war crimes that precipitated a situation in the death of more than 40,000 innocent minority lives.

    A crime that constitutes culpability with intent to inflict damage on a fellow human being or property demands punishment no matter who the person is.

    Politics is not a sacrosanct sphere nor is it a misguided religion to fool people just as the present Sri Lankan government does in Sri Lanka. One of the six holy religions of the world, Buddhism is synchronous with the idea of enlightenment but, definitely, not with violence. In today’s annals of Sri Lankan politics, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, unlike anywhere else, is practiced with a vehemence of hate and distrust towards the minorities, especially Tamils.

    The idea of religion flourishes in the sphere of life where it belongs giving meaning and direction to life path, but definitely not in a section of society where it does not belong.

    The key to the solution of the plight Sri Lankan Tamils is the closure of all the doors to the profitable human tragedy enterprise that is rampant today.

  317. With the UN involvement in the independent inquiry into Sri Lankan war crime parties, whether government or any organization or group, there is a promising veritable chance for the world citizens to know what really happened during the final stages of war in 2009 and reach a verdict on the war crimes. The sooner it happens, the better for those trapped in the human tragedy in Sri Lanka.

    Until and unless this happens, anything the world power body tries or is trying to do is only an ‘eye wash’.

    To do something meaningful and worthwhile, one needs not only a smart brain but the guts too.

    Does justice speak through one’s conscience or the conscience of an international power body like the UN?

  318. Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Sri Lankan Navymen snatch Rameswaram fishermen’’s fish

    LOL – may be they had a BBQ at Navy HQ in Jaffna. Anyways, much better solution to the Indian Fishermen who cross boarders than taking them to custody. May be the Indian Navy should do the same to the Sri Lankan fishermen who cross the borders. There are 500 + Sri Lankan fishermen under the custody of the Indian Navy for crossing the borders – Not much Indian fishermen under SL navy custody though !!

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 2:49 am

    89,000 Tamil war widows in the Sri Lankan North and Eastern

    Actually this 89,000 includes Muslims and Singhalees widows who’s Hubbies were killed by the LTTE too…… It also includes widows of the Tamils who were killed by the LTTE…. !! See, LTTE killed more Tamils than any other put together !!

    Sivayogapoopathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Why should anyone have to examine the nauseating number of times that Rip and EDE here bring up America (in Iraq, in Afghanistan, whatever) whenever GOSL behaviour is queried?

    Though EDE has explained this crystal clear, let me also mention that is is you loonies who run to the west for help – You are running to the Gangster leader to complain about the little Gangster..

    It seems that’s the only way they know to defend GOSL actions and policies.

    Oh no – we have brought forward many more cases, just that you are running away from all of them without answering… Tell me if you want me to repeat my self….

    Also, we are not anti-western – we are very much for the west !! We are only playing “Follow me Leader”

    Sahadevan Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    You know who sets the US and the West as the benchmark?

    Well, You Apes do – Let me remind you – Some of the stuff you mentioned before are “HR should be like in USA and Canada” “England has the best HR record” “Thanks to HR in USA and Canada we are Free”

    Guys like you who are desperately trying to justify GOSL behaviour.

    Like you trying to Desperately justify the behaviour of the LTTE Terrorists… At least we have succeeded – what have you achieved ??

    The only argument you have is this: If the West can do it, so can we!

    Well, not exactly – We did it and the west are still struggling to do it… We finished Terrorism and USA is not backing off.. We tell them to take a cue from us.. Also, if no one compares any one to another – Please let Sri Lanka be – this is how we do things – No need to compare !!!

    Sahadevan Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Except there is absolutely no information on Sri Lanka government’s behaviour in the war theatre.

    Who said ??? Everything is out there in public and those who knows know exactly what happened !!

    Given the lack of knowledge with regard to GOSL and SLA behavior, you have no justification in pointing fingers at US as a bigger infringer of human rights because you only know the figures on one side of the picture.

    Dude – If there is evidence against USA, that means we definitely can point fingers at them – If there is no evidence against SL, please do not point any finger unless you come up with the evidence – You are only shouting on speculations !! So, let’s argue on the figures that are available – will that solve your issue ?

    Also, EDE / mango explained how SL was well within the Geneve code of conduct before !!

  319. Sri Lanka staged a Brutal Racist War under the pretext of ‘fighting the war on terror’.

    The “mind frame of the West” was suitable and they were gullible enough to believe the srilankan’s false propaganda.

    Tamils became the unfortunate victims.

    Between 2006-May 2009 over a million displaced from their homes and were in the concentration camps as IDPs, more than 150,000 death and maimed.

    A UK based Journalist who flew with Ban-Ki Moon in June 2009 in the Srilankan Air force helicopter reported the devastation and said she was able to see the multiple graves into which the Army was bulldozing and burning the bodies.

    By the end of the war there were 300,000 placed behind barbed wire internment camps.

    Still the Srilankan government cares less for the Tamils.

    Many were removed from the main camps in Vanni to their home towns and villages and left to fend for themselves.

    Sri Lanka Army continue with their harassments.

    Tamil peoples belongings are plundered, their cattle, farming equipments, vehicles are all being stolen and moved to south.

    ‘White-van’ kidnapping ,extra judicial killings, ransom demands, rape are continuing unabatedly.

    No law and order only open prisons for Tamils.

  320. World Citizen: Sri Lanka, China Form Strategic Shield against the West http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/6315/

    China's interest has been warmly reciprocated by Sri Lankan authorities, who see Beijing's embrace as the key to prosperity at a time when the West demands pesky human rights standards in exchange for its largesse.

    While the West today is removing preferential trade treatment from Sri Lanka, citing its failure to cooperate with human rights investigations, Beijing is happily expanding its presence. Last year China became the country's biggest financial investor, and the level of cooperation is increasing by the day. Chinese businessmen and technical experts are a regular presence in Colombo's hotels, and government delegations make frequent visits. China is allowing Sri Lanka to develop its economy, while Sri Lanka is providing China with a key strategic position in the Indian Ocean — one that could evolve into a political and even a quasi-military alliance.

    Sri Lanka has become one of the beads in China's so-called "String of Pearls," a series of ports between the Persian Gulf and China that protect Chinese trade routes and create the foundation for what could become a series of bases for China's fast-growing navy.

    Sri Lankan asylum seekers tortured after being forcibly returned from Australia http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/23625/

  321. Following decision to support the government UNP MP Cader to be freed from Samurdhi fraud http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_01

    The President has informed the Attorney General’s Department to take the necessary steps to release UNP MP Abdual Cader from charges of misappropriating Rs. 100 million belonging to the Samurdhi Fund, sources from the Attorney General’s Department said.

    The Attorney General’s Department had filed a case against Cader for presenting forged letters to the Secretary of the Samurdhi Trust Fund, Priyantha Pathirana Abeysekera around November 17, 2003 claiming to be from Taj Mahal Stores in Gampola and New Ratnasiri Stores and misappropriating funds received.

    The case was taken up on August 31 before Colombo High Court judge Kumudhini Wickremasinghe. Senior State Counsel Dlieep Peiris who appeared fro the Attorney General’s Department told courts that the Department was planning on re-studying the evidence and documents related to the case.

    The state counsel had made this statement when defence counsel, President’s Counsel M.L.M. Ameen told courts that the case could not proceed without the initial documents related to the incident.

    The judge postponed the case till October 6.

  322. @ a.savage
    Congratulations on winning this thread’s ‘Godwin’s Law’ award. [Godwin's Law '"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." The term Godwin's law can also refer to the tradition that whoever makes such a comparison is said to "lose" the debate."]

    Your attempt at conflating the Jaffna Library arson attack with the Kristallnacht is indicative of your general ignorance and is an insult to the victims of a genuine Holocaust whose suffering’s been cheapened and is being used to defend and promote a demonstrably racist, supremacist ideology of Tamil Eelam.

    The Kristallnacht foreshadowed the complete destruction and real genocide of German Jews. Nothing comparable has happened or will happen in Sri Lanka. The comparisons you make thankfully only damage the racist cause of Eelam even further.

    Neither myself or any other pro-SL commenters have reacted with anything other than anger, sorrow and disgust at the Library burning or the ’83 riots. Both these terrible events did untold damage to SL and all its’ peoples and gave a massive boost to the LTTE’s cause.

    Here’s a SL MP apologising for the Library arson.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32027

    And here’s KP apologising for the damage caused by the LTTE to all Sri Lankans.

    “Yes I have two messages. The first is to my fellow Tamils. This is what I say. The war is over. Prabhakaran and other senior commanders are no more. Tamil Eelam is a lost cause. Please dont be deceived by irresponsible people into thinking that the armed struggle is not over. Please give up the confrontational attitude and help our broken people to re-build their lives. I appeal to members of the Tamil Diaspra and Tamil Nadu politicians to refrain from idle rhetoric and instead help Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in harmony and prosperity with others. We need reconciliation and co-operation not confrontation and friction.

    The second is to all my fellow Sri Lankans. We of the LTTE and other militant groups commenced an armed struggle to win back our lost rights. We thought Tamil Eelam was the answer and that the end will justify the means. In the course of our armed struggle we have caused much harm and misery to the people of Sri Lanka. We have violated all norms of civilized conduct at times. When I reflect on the past I am appalled by what has happened. As a senior leader or ex –leader of the LTTE I sincerely beg the forgiveness of all Sri Lankans for this. Please pardon us and help us to forge a bright future for all Sri Lankans.” http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/1670

    That just leaves the doomed and impotent pro-LTTE diaspora on their lonely path to irrelevance, accompanied by your poems, laments and love letters to Gunalan.

  323. Media Organizations' Oppose 18th Amendment to the Constitution as an Emergency Bill http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_01
    The Alliance of Media expressed its deep concern over the changes that are to be made to the Constitution as the 18th Amendments to the Constitution, violating the freedom of express on the part of the people and disregarding all the democratic norms.
    The accepted norm of bringing up amendments to the Constitution is to make such amendments after being discussed among the masses and arrived at consensus on them. But it is a dangerous trend to make such amendments in the form of an Emergency Bill violating that cardinal principle.

    When the country requires a new Constitution to address the challenges faces the nation, the amendments which further

    concentrate power seriously around one person and dismantling checks and balances on that rule taking an individual nature, would further establish this dangerous trend.

    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_00
    In fact while the 1978 Constitution was condemned for placing the President of the country beyond the reach of the law, the proposed amendment has gone beyond that and has made him an absolute despot. The citizens of the country would in future have no protection from the framework of the laws of the land.

  324. It's is Proofed by GoSL's War crime and Genocides Tamils

    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Minister-

    September 1, 2010
    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada
    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 1, 2010) – Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today met with community groups to encourage them to consider sponsoring refugees to come to Canada.

    "Canada has a long history of helping those most in need," said Minister Kenney. "I'm encouraging the groups I've been meeting with, and others across the country who are interested, to be part of this history in a very personal and direct way."

    To promote the program to a diversity of groups, Minister Kenney has travelled to Vancouver, Kitchener and Toronto so far this summer to meet with community groups. He is encouraging them to become private sponsors and to help resettle people who are in desperate need of Canada's protection.

    Groups who sponsor refugees commit to providing financial assistance for one year or until the refugees can support themselves financially, whichever comes first. This assistance includes accommodation, clothing and food. Beyond providing for their physical needs, sponsors also offer emotional support and friendship to the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship period, and often well beyond.

    "I am proud that Canada has one of the world's largest refugee resettlement programs. It reflects Canadians' long-standing humanitarian tradition of offering protection to the displaced and persecuted," said Minister Kenney.

    Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, Canada has welcomed more than 200,000 refugees from all over the world, over and above the number of refugees resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugees Program.

    As part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, which was passed into law earlier this summer, the Government of Canada will increase the number of resettled refugees per year by 20 percent. This includes 2,000 more spots in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

    Since 2007, Canada has doubled refugee targets in the Middle East to allow for more resettlement of Iraqi refugees. Canada's commitment to the protection of Iraqi refugees is ongoing and, since 2002, over 11,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled in Canada.

    In 2008, the latest date for which data are available, Canada was second only to the United States among all industrialized countries for providing protection to refugees from abroad and at home.

    For more information on Canada's resettlement program, visit CIC's website.

    Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CitImmCanada

  325. Sri Lankan returnees tortured: Amnesty
    Three asylum seekers forcibly removed to Sri Lanka in 2009 have been tortured and jailed after they tried to return to Australia, Amnesty International says.

    The human rights group said it held grave fears for the men, saying they are now at risk of further torture and abuse from guards and other prisoners.

    The two returnees, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were taken to hospital on Wednesday with injuries from being beaten and tortured .

    It was not clear if they were still in hospital or had been returned to prison, where a third man, Indika Mendis, was being held

    http://www.sheppnews.com.au/aapArticle.aspx?aapID=10941

  326. Sri Lanka war crimes panel gets lost in translation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-111806

    Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s0
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  327. World Citizen: Sri Lanka, China Form Strategic Shield against the West http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/6315/

    China's interest has been warmly reciprocated by Sri Lankan authorities, who see Beijing's embrace as the key to prosperity at a time when the West demands pesky human rights standards in exchange for its largesse.

    While the West today is removing preferential trade treatment from Sri Lanka, citing its failure to cooperate with human rights investigations, Beijing is happily expanding its presence. Last year China became the country's biggest financial investor, and the level of cooperation is increasing by the day. Chinese businessmen and technical experts are a regular presence in Colombo's hotels, and government delegations make frequent visits. China is allowing Sri Lanka to develop its economy, while Sri Lanka is providing China with a key strategic position in the Indian Ocean — one that could evolve into a political and even a quasi-military alliance.

    Sri Lanka has become one of the beads in China's so-called "String of Pearls," a series of ports between the Persian Gulf and China that protect Chinese trade routes and create the foundation for what could become a series of bases for China's fast-growing navy.

    Sri Lankan asylum seekers tortured after being forcibly returned from Australia http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/23625/

  328. World Citizen: Sri Lanka, China Form Strategic Shield against the West http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/6315/

    China's interest has been warmly reciprocated by Sri Lankan authorities, who see Beijing's embrace as the key to prosperity at a time when the West demands pesky human rights standards in exchange for its largesse.

    While the West today is removing preferential trade treatment from Sri Lanka, citing its failure to cooperate with human rights investigations, Beijing is happily expanding its presence. Last year China became the country's biggest financial investor, and the level of cooperation is increasing by the day. Chinese businessmen and technical experts are a regular presence in Colombo's hotels, and government delegations make frequent visits. China is allowing Sri Lanka to develop its economy, while Sri Lanka is providing China with a key strategic position in the Indian Ocean — one that could evolve into a political and even a quasi-military alliance.

    Sri Lanka has become one of the beads in China's so-called "String of Pearls," a series of ports between the Persian Gulf and China that protect Chinese trade routes and create the foundation for what could become a series of bases for China's fast-growing navy.

    Sri Lankan asylum seekers tortured after being forcibly returned from Australia http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/23625/

  329. Following decision to support the government UNP MP Cader to be freed from Samurdhi fraud http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_01

    The President has informed the Attorney General’s Department to take the necessary steps to release UNP MP Abdual Cader from charges of misappropriating Rs. 100 million belonging to the Samurdhi Fund, sources from the Attorney General’s Department said.

    The Attorney General’s Department had filed a case against Cader for presenting forged letters to the Secretary of the Samurdhi Trust Fund, Priyantha Pathirana Abeysekera around November 17, 2003 claiming to be from Taj Mahal Stores in Gampola and New Ratnasiri Stores and misappropriating funds received.

    The case was taken up on August 31 before Colombo High Court judge Kumudhini Wickremasinghe. Senior State Counsel Dlieep Peiris who appeared fro the Attorney General’s Department told courts that the Department was planning on re-studying the evidence and documents related to the case.

    The state counsel had made this statement when defence counsel, President’s Counsel M.L.M. Ameen told courts that the case could not proceed without the initial documents related to the incident.

    The judge postponed the case till October 6.

  330. Following decision to support the government UNP MP Cader to be freed from Samurdhi fraud http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_01

    The President has informed the Attorney General’s Department to take the necessary steps to release UNP MP Abdual Cader from charges of misappropriating Rs. 100 million belonging to the Samurdhi Fund, sources from the Attorney General’s Department said.

    The Attorney General’s Department had filed a case against Cader for presenting forged letters to the Secretary of the Samurdhi Trust Fund, Priyantha Pathirana Abeysekera around November 17, 2003 claiming to be from Taj Mahal Stores in Gampola and New Ratnasiri Stores and misappropriating funds received.

    The case was taken up on August 31 before Colombo High Court judge Kumudhini Wickremasinghe. Senior State Counsel Dlieep Peiris who appeared fro the Attorney General’s Department told courts that the Department was planning on re-studying the evidence and documents related to the case.

    The state counsel had made this statement when defence counsel, President’s Counsel M.L.M. Ameen told courts that the case could not proceed without the initial documents related to the incident.

    The judge postponed the case till October 6.

  331. Media Organizations' Oppose 18th Amendment to the Constitution as an Emergency Bill http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_01
    The Alliance of Media expressed its deep concern over the changes that are to be made to the Constitution as the 18th Amendments to the Constitution, violating the freedom of express on the part of the people and disregarding all the democratic norms.
    The accepted norm of bringing up amendments to the Constitution is to make such amendments after being discussed among the masses and arrived at consensus on them. But it is a dangerous trend to make such amendments in the form of an Emergency Bill violating that cardinal principle.

    When the country requires a new Constitution to address the challenges faces the nation, the amendments which further

    concentrate power seriously around one person and dismantling checks and balances on that rule taking an individual nature, would further establish this dangerous trend.

    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_00
    In fact while the 1978 Constitution was condemned for placing the President of the country beyond the reach of the law, the proposed amendment has gone beyond that and has made him an absolute despot. The citizens of the country would in future have no protection from the framework of the laws of the land.

  332. Media Organizations' Oppose 18th Amendment to the Constitution as an Emergency Bill http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_01
    The Alliance of Media expressed its deep concern over the changes that are to be made to the Constitution as the 18th Amendments to the Constitution, violating the freedom of express on the part of the people and disregarding all the democratic norms.
    The accepted norm of bringing up amendments to the Constitution is to make such amendments after being discussed among the masses and arrived at consensus on them. But it is a dangerous trend to make such amendments in the form of an Emergency Bill violating that cardinal principle.

    When the country requires a new Constitution to address the challenges faces the nation, the amendments which further

    concentrate power seriously around one person and dismantling checks and balances on that rule taking an individual nature, would further establish this dangerous trend.

    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_00
    In fact while the 1978 Constitution was condemned for placing the President of the country beyond the reach of the law, the proposed amendment has gone beyond that and has made him an absolute despot. The citizens of the country would in future have no protection from the framework of the laws of the land.

  333. It's is Proofed by GoSL's War crime and Genocides Tamils

    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Minister-

    September 1, 2010
    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada
    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 1, 2010) – Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today met with community groups to encourage them to consider sponsoring refugees to come to Canada.

    "Canada has a long history of helping those most in need," said Minister Kenney. "I'm encouraging the groups I've been meeting with, and others across the country who are interested, to be part of this history in a very personal and direct way."

    To promote the program to a diversity of groups, Minister Kenney has travelled to Vancouver, Kitchener and Toronto so far this summer to meet with community groups. He is encouraging them to become private sponsors and to help resettle people who are in desperate need of Canada's protection.

    Groups who sponsor refugees commit to providing financial assistance for one year or until the refugees can support themselves financially, whichever comes first. This assistance includes accommodation, clothing and food. Beyond providing for their physical needs, sponsors also offer emotional support and friendship to the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship period, and often well beyond.

    "I am proud that Canada has one of the world's largest refugee resettlement programs. It reflects Canadians' long-standing humanitarian tradition of offering protection to the displaced and persecuted," said Minister Kenney.

    Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, Canada has welcomed more than 200,000 refugees from all over the world, over and above the number of refugees resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugees Program.

    As part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, which was passed into law earlier this summer, the Government of Canada will increase the number of resettled refugees per year by 20 percent. This includes 2,000 more spots in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

    Since 2007, Canada has doubled refugee targets in the Middle East to allow for more resettlement of Iraqi refugees. Canada's commitment to the protection of Iraqi refugees is ongoing and, since 2002, over 11,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled in Canada.

    In 2008, the latest date for which data are available, Canada was second only to the United States among all industrialized countries for providing protection to refugees from abroad and at home.

    For more information on Canada's resettlement program, visit CIC's website.

    Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CitImmCanada

  334. It's is Proofed by GoSL's War crime and Genocides Tamils

    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Minister-

    September 1, 2010
    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada
    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 1, 2010) – Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today met with community groups to encourage them to consider sponsoring refugees to come to Canada.

    "Canada has a long history of helping those most in need," said Minister Kenney. "I'm encouraging the groups I've been meeting with, and others across the country who are interested, to be part of this history in a very personal and direct way."

    To promote the program to a diversity of groups, Minister Kenney has travelled to Vancouver, Kitchener and Toronto so far this summer to meet with community groups. He is encouraging them to become private sponsors and to help resettle people who are in desperate need of Canada's protection.

    Groups who sponsor refugees commit to providing financial assistance for one year or until the refugees can support themselves financially, whichever comes first. This assistance includes accommodation, clothing and food. Beyond providing for their physical needs, sponsors also offer emotional support and friendship to the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship period, and often well beyond.

    "I am proud that Canada has one of the world's largest refugee resettlement programs. It reflects Canadians' long-standing humanitarian tradition of offering protection to the displaced and persecuted," said Minister Kenney.

    Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, Canada has welcomed more than 200,000 refugees from all over the world, over and above the number of refugees resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugees Program.

    As part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, which was passed into law earlier this summer, the Government of Canada will increase the number of resettled refugees per year by 20 percent. This includes 2,000 more spots in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

    Since 2007, Canada has doubled refugee targets in the Middle East to allow for more resettlement of Iraqi refugees. Canada's commitment to the protection of Iraqi refugees is ongoing and, since 2002, over 11,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled in Canada.

    In 2008, the latest date for which data are available, Canada was second only to the United States among all industrialized countries for providing protection to refugees from abroad and at home.

    For more information on Canada's resettlement program, visit CIC's website.

    Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CitImmCanada

  335. Nadarsa Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I think the following sentence itself is a good reason for Canada to turn back the false asylum seekers !!

    This is what you call “kicking the ladder that helped you climb”.

    The low mental goons entered Canada under False claims seeking asylum and now after getting their citizenship, are forcing the peaceful Canadians legalize human trafficking ??

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP’s candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River, stressed that the Conservative government must treat asylum-seekers as asylum-seekers and not criminals.

    Canada – this is where we say “You sleep with Dogs, be prepared to get up with Flees” – It’s not too late to apply shampoo – get rid of these dogs, apes and worms for Canada to be prosperous in future – The Peelamists will ruin your country !

  336. Sri Lanka war crimes panel gets lost in translation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-111806

    Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s0
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  337. Sri Lanka war crimes panel gets lost in translation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-111806

    Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s0
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  338. Unless and until the root causes of the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils are addressed, the doors to the exploitation of human tragedy for personal enrichment will remain open to anybody, whether private or corporate personality, to cash in.

    What happens in Sri Lanka is, in a nutshell, the transference of human tragedy into profitable market enterprise. Though sad and despicable, it is the simple fact to grapple with.

    With connivance of corrupted and lawless Sri Lankan ‘thug cartel’ called Sri Lankan government, the governments India, Russia, China, and other minor states have found Sri Lankan Tamils’ human plight as the promising market enterprise.

    Human pain and suffering of the innocent and helpless are traded and cashed in.

    Is it the modern definition of ‘democracy’ ?

  339. It has been noted in elite political group, comprising former heads of states and religious preachers across the world, that the Western governments are the hidden organs behind the Sri Lankan Tamils’ tragedy today.

    Their tacit approval or tolerance of Sri Lankan massacre of more than 40,000 innocent Tamils and other minorities during the war on terrorism in 2009 has disgorged the horrendous situation unprecedented ever before.

    Unable to assimilate the folly in their estimation of Sri Lankan state terrorism, the western governments hide behind each other playing ‘hide and seek’ game.

  340. The only solution to the plight Sri Lankan Tamils face today is UN involvement in a strategic appropriation in deference to the UN Human Rights Convention and its enforcement without prejudice to initiate the UN independent inquiry into the nature of Sri Lankan war crimes that precipitated a situation in the death of more than 40,000 innocent minority lives.

    A crime that constitutes culpability with intent to inflict damage on a fellow human being or property demands punishment no matter who the person is.

    Politics is not a sacrosanct sphere nor is it a misguided religion to fool people just as the present Sri Lankan government does in Sri Lanka. One of the six holy religions of the world, Buddhism is synchronous with the idea of enlightenment but, definitely, not with violence. In today’s annals of Sri Lankan politics, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, unlike anywhere else, is practiced with a vehemence of hate and distrust towards the minorities, especially Tamils.

    The idea of religion flourishes in the sphere of life where it belongs giving meaning and direction to life path, but definitely not in a section of society where it does not belong.

    The key to the solution of the plight Sri Lankan Tamils is the closure of all the doors to the profitable human tragedy enterprise that is rampant today.

  341. With the UN involvement in the independent inquiry into Sri Lankan war crime parties, whether government or any organization or group, there is a promising veritable chance for the world citizens to know what really happened during the final stages of war in 2009 and reach a verdict on the war crimes. The sooner it happens, the better for those trapped in the human tragedy in Sri Lanka.

    Until and unless this happens, anything the world power body tries or is trying to do is only an ‘eye wash’.

    To do something meaningful and worthwhile, one needs not only a smart brain but the guts too.

    Does justice speak through one’s conscience or the conscience of an international power body like the UN?

  342. Sri Lanka staged a Brutal Racist War under the pretext of ‘fighting the war on terror’.

    The “mind frame of the West” was suitable and they were gullible enough to believe the srilankan’s false propaganda.

    Tamils became the unfortunate victims.

    Between 2006-May 2009 over a million displaced from their homes and were in the concentration camps as IDPs, more than 150,000 death and maimed.

    A UK based Journalist who flew with Ban-Ki Moon in June 2009 in the Srilankan Air force helicopter reported the devastation and said she was able to see the multiple graves into which the Army was bulldozing and burning the bodies.

    By the end of the war there were 300,000 placed behind barbed wire internment camps.

    Still the Srilankan government cares less for the Tamils.

    Many were removed from the main camps in Vanni to their home towns and villages and left to fend for themselves.

    Sri Lanka Army continue with their harassments.

    Tamil peoples belongings are plundered, their cattle, farming equipments, vehicles are all being stolen and moved to south.

    ‘White-van’ kidnapping ,extra judicial killings, ransom demands, rape are continuing unabatedly.

    No law and order only open prisons for Tamils.

  343. World Citizen: Sri Lanka, China Form Strategic Shield against the West
    http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/6315/world-citizen-sri-lanka-china-form-strategic-shield-against-the-west

    China’s interest has been warmly reciprocated by Sri Lankan authorities, who see Beijing’s embrace as the key to prosperity at a time when the West demands pesky human rights standards in exchange for its largesse.

    While the West today is removing preferential trade treatment from Sri Lanka, citing its failure to cooperate with human rights investigations, Beijing is happily expanding its presence. Last year China became the country’s biggest financial investor, and the level of cooperation is increasing by the day. Chinese businessmen and technical experts are a regular presence in Colombo’s hotels, and government delegations make frequent visits. China is allowing Sri Lanka to develop its economy, while Sri Lanka is providing China with a key strategic position in the Indian Ocean — one that could evolve into a political and even a quasi-military alliance.

    Sri Lanka has become one of the beads in China’s so-called “String of Pearls,” a series of ports between the Persian Gulf and China that protect Chinese trade routes and create the foundation for what could become a series of bases for China’s fast-growing navy.

    Sri Lankan asylum seekers tortured after being forcibly returned from Australia
    http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/23625/

  344. Following decision to support the government UNP MP Cader to be freed from Samurdhi fraud
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_010.html

    The President has informed the Attorney General’s Department to take the necessary steps to release UNP MP Abdual Cader from charges of misappropriating Rs. 100 million belonging to the Samurdhi Fund, sources from the Attorney General’s Department said.

    The Attorney General’s Department had filed a case against Cader for presenting forged letters to the Secretary of the Samurdhi Trust Fund, Priyantha Pathirana Abeysekera around November 17, 2003 claiming to be from Taj Mahal Stores in Gampola and New Ratnasiri Stores and misappropriating funds received.

    The case was taken up on August 31 before Colombo High Court judge Kumudhini Wickremasinghe. Senior State Counsel Dlieep Peiris who appeared fro the Attorney General’s Department told courts that the Department was planning on re-studying the evidence and documents related to the case.

    The state counsel had made this statement when defence counsel, President’s Counsel M.L.M. Ameen told courts that the case could not proceed without the initial documents related to the incident.

    The judge postponed the case till October 6.

  345. Media Organizations’ Oppose 18th Amendment to the Constitution as an Emergency Bill
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_013.html
    The Alliance of Media expressed its deep concern over the changes that are to be made to the Constitution as the 18th Amendments to the Constitution, violating the freedom of express on the part of the people and disregarding all the democratic norms.
    The accepted norm of bringing up amendments to the Constitution is to make such amendments after being discussed among the masses and arrived at consensus on them. But it is a dangerous trend to make such amendments in the form of an Emergency Bill violating that cardinal principle.

    When the country requires a new Constitution to address the challenges faces the nation, the amendments which further

    concentrate power seriously around one person and dismantling checks and balances on that rule taking an individual nature, would further establish this dangerous trend.

    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_03_003.html
    In fact while the 1978 Constitution was condemned for placing the President of the country beyond the reach of the law, the proposed amendment has gone beyond that and has made him an absolute despot. The citizens of the country would in future have no protection from the framework of the laws of the land.

  346. It’s is Proofed by GoSL’s War crime and Genocides Tamils

    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada
    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Minister-Kenney-Encourages-Groups-to-Sponsor-Refugees-to-Come-to-Canada-1313005.htm

    September 1, 2010
    Minister Kenney Encourages Groups to Sponsor Refugees to Come to Canada
    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 1, 2010) – Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today met with community groups to encourage them to consider sponsoring refugees to come to Canada.

    “Canada has a long history of helping those most in need,” said Minister Kenney. “I’m encouraging the groups I’ve been meeting with, and others across the country who are interested, to be part of this history in a very personal and direct way.”

    To promote the program to a diversity of groups, Minister Kenney has travelled to Vancouver, Kitchener and Toronto so far this summer to meet with community groups. He is encouraging them to become private sponsors and to help resettle people who are in desperate need of Canada’s protection.

    Groups who sponsor refugees commit to providing financial assistance for one year or until the refugees can support themselves financially, whichever comes first. This assistance includes accommodation, clothing and food. Beyond providing for their physical needs, sponsors also offer emotional support and friendship to the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship period, and often well beyond.

    “I am proud that Canada has one of the world’s largest refugee resettlement programs. It reflects Canadians’ long-standing humanitarian tradition of offering protection to the displaced and persecuted,” said Minister Kenney.

    Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, Canada has welcomed more than 200,000 refugees from all over the world, over and above the number of refugees resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugees Program.

    As part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, which was passed into law earlier this summer, the Government of Canada will increase the number of resettled refugees per year by 20 percent. This includes 2,000 more spots in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

    Since 2007, Canada has doubled refugee targets in the Middle East to allow for more resettlement of Iraqi refugees. Canada’s commitment to the protection of Iraqi refugees is ongoing and, since 2002, over 11,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled in Canada.

    In 2008, the latest date for which data are available, Canada was second only to the United States among all industrialized countries for providing protection to refugees from abroad and at home.

    For more information on Canada’s resettlement program, visit CIC’s website.

    Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CitImmCanada

  347. Sri Lanka war crimes panel gets lost in translation
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11180688

    Sri Lankan government’s bogus inquiry into the civil war
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/sril-s01.shtml
    The proceedings of the commission do not in any way constitute an investigation of alleged war crimes, but are aimed at covering them up. In the final months of the war between January and May 2009, the UN estimated that 7,000 Tamil civilians were killed as the army pounded the shrinking patch of LTTE-held territory. A report by the International Crisis Group this year put the death toll between 30,000 and 75,000 and accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately bombarding hospitals and aid centres.
    In line with the Sri Lankan government’s flat denials that the military killed any civilians, the commission is yet to ask witnesses about any of these atrocities

  348. Even singhalase are tortured in sri lanka, If there are tamils, definetly Disappear from the planet.

    Re-examine claimed safety of refugee returnees, AI appeals to Australia http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    “The Australian government must re-examine its claims that asylum seekers returned to countries they are fleeing from are not subjected to torture and mistreatment,” Madhu Malhorta, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Asia said in an appeal to Sri Lanka government Friday calling on it to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia where they had sought asylum in 2009. Three Sinhala men, two of them brothers, seeking asylum in Austarlia had been forcibly sent back to Sri Lanka by the Australian government.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures,” he added.

    Brothers Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 in Christmas Island on seeking asylum after their boat was intercepted and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    Deported to Sri Lanka they were arrested and handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers who had tortured Indika Mendis.

    Sumith Mendis had been released on arrest but Indika was held in the notorious Negombo prison for eight months.

    On 14 August 2010, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to seek asylum in Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On 22 August, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, examined by a judicial medical officer, were transferred to the hospital.

    “They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    In occupied Tamil land, every day Colombo is nakedly engaged in genocidal activities. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&art

  349. Even singhalase are tortured in sri lanka, If there are tamils, definetly Disappear from the planet.

    Re-examine claimed safety of refugee returnees, AI appeals to Australia http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    “The Australian government must re-examine its claims that asylum seekers returned to countries they are fleeing from are not subjected to torture and mistreatment,” Madhu Malhorta, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Asia said in an appeal to Sri Lanka government Friday calling on it to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia where they had sought asylum in 2009. Three Sinhala men, two of them brothers, seeking asylum in Austarlia had been forcibly sent back to Sri Lanka by the Australian government.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures,” he added.

    Brothers Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 in Christmas Island on seeking asylum after their boat was intercepted and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    Deported to Sri Lanka they were arrested and handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers who had tortured Indika Mendis.

    Sumith Mendis had been released on arrest but Indika was held in the notorious Negombo prison for eight months.

    On 14 August 2010, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to seek asylum in Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On 22 August, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, examined by a judicial medical officer, were transferred to the hospital.

    “They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    In occupied Tamil land, every day Colombo is nakedly engaged in genocidal activities. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&art

  350. Even singhalase are tortured in sri lanka, If there are tamils, definetly Disappear from the planet.

    Re-examine claimed safety of refugee returnees, AI appeals to Australia http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    “The Australian government must re-examine its claims that asylum seekers returned to countries they are fleeing from are not subjected to torture and mistreatment,” Madhu Malhorta, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Asia said in an appeal to Sri Lanka government Friday calling on it to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia where they had sought asylum in 2009. Three Sinhala men, two of them brothers, seeking asylum in Austarlia had been forcibly sent back to Sri Lanka by the Australian government.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures,” he added.

    Brothers Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 in Christmas Island on seeking asylum after their boat was intercepted and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    Deported to Sri Lanka they were arrested and handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers who had tortured Indika Mendis.

    Sumith Mendis had been released on arrest but Indika was held in the notorious Negombo prison for eight months.

    On 14 August 2010, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to seek asylum in Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On 22 August, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, examined by a judicial medical officer, were transferred to the hospital.

    “They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    In occupied Tamil land, every day Colombo is nakedly engaged in genocidal activities. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&art

  351. Nirubama Rao’s fake visit

    More than One Year passed since India helped Sri Lankan Army Kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians but NO sign of the Promissed ”Political Package

  352. Tamils want Ottawa to stop making unproven accusations

    Ottawa must stop making allegations that some illegal Tamil immigrants may have terrorist links and instead produce evidence, the Canadian Tamil Congress said Wednesday.

    Authorities need to "get down to the bottom" of who was really among the almost 500 Tamils who arrived in British Columbia by boat last month, said spokesman David Poopalapillai.

    "If they have enough evidence against anybody involved in illegal activities, let's go after them, and work with our law enforcement officials and put them in front of our laws," he said.

    "That's all we want, but… there's an allegation, a suspicion. It doesn't sit well with the community."

    "It hurts the community down the road when you say there's a suspicion, there's an allegation," he said, adding Canadian Tamils are particularly concerned with the earlier comments of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

  353. Even singhalase are tortured in sri lanka, If there are tamils, definetly Disappear from the planet.

    Re-examine claimed safety of refugee returnees, AI appeals to Australia
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32541
    “The Australian government must re-examine its claims that asylum seekers returned to countries they are fleeing from are not subjected to torture and mistreatment,” Madhu Malhorta, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Asia said in an appeal to Sri Lanka government Friday calling on it to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia where they had sought asylum in 2009. Three Sinhala men, two of them brothers, seeking asylum in Austarlia had been forcibly sent back to Sri Lanka by the Australian government.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures,” he added.

    Brothers Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 in Christmas Island on seeking asylum after their boat was intercepted and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    Deported to Sri Lanka they were arrested and handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers who had tortured Indika Mendis.

    Sumith Mendis had been released on arrest but Indika was held in the notorious Negombo prison for eight months.

    On 14 August 2010, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to seek asylum in Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On 22 August, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, examined by a judicial medical officer, were transferred to the hospital.

    “They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety,” Madhu Malhotra said.

    In occupied Tamil land, every day Colombo is nakedly engaged in genocidal activities.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&artid=32185

  354. Tamils want people smuggler to stop making unproven accusations.

    A self-confessed people smuggler who helped asylum seekers get on boats to Australia has told a court of bribes paid in Indonesia. Sri Lankan-born Tamil Pathmendra Pulendren, 36, from Pendle Hill in Sydney’s west, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge of facilitating the arrival of unlawful people to Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    Giving evidence at his sentencing submissions before Judge Robyn Tupman in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, the Toongabbie spice shop operator said he arranged for 20 people to join a boat that departed Indonesia bound for Australia on June 10, 2009.
    The boat, carrying 196 people, was intercepted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service near Christmas Island. Pulendren said through an interpreter he was contacted by a man, known to the court as "male B", with information about people wanting to travel to Australia.
    "At some time did you agree to help male B with people smuggling, is that correct?" Pulendren’s lawyer Mitchell Cavanagh asked.

    "Yes," Pulendren replied, adding that the approach came in December 2008.

    Male B set the price of passage, which Pulendren said he would pass on to relatives in Australia.

    He agreed with Mr Cavanagh’s proposition that his "job was to communicate with people in Australia on behalf of male B", who was a Sri Lankan man living somewhere in Indonesia.

    Some of the 20 people began their trip to Australia from Sri Lanka while others started in Malaysia, making their way to Indonesia for the boat voyage, Pulendren said.

    "(Male B) would bring those selected to Malaysia," he said.

    "He would pay a bribe to the Malaysian (high) commission in Indonesia and bring them over from Malaysia."

    He said that Tamil-speaking people had trouble getting visas for entry to Malaysia.

    Before getting on the boat in Indonesia, Pulendren said $US500 ($A550) had to be paid and that some of that money came from Australia.

    "That payment is for the food and the lifejackets on the boat," he said.

    At first, Pulendren said during his evidence that he never handled any money as part of his role in the scheme but later admitted he collected up to $US4000 ($A4396) from the Australian-based relatives of refugees.

    "Some people couldn’t send the money direct and they gave me the money," he said.

    Pulendren owed male B money for his own passage to Australia and said he feared his debtors who had made threats to his family.

  355. Douglas Devananda is lying like as the Sri Lanka President :)

    He said that other claims, for instance of kidnappings and murders by his paramilitary group, were largely "rumours" based on "LTTE [Tamil Tiger] propaganda".

    Last month in the northern town of Vavuniya, some civilians told the commission that their husbands or sons had been abducted more than a year ago by the Douglas Devananda group and never seen again.

    On many other uncomfortable questions he pretended that the English Translation not correct or has failed to speak fully into the microphone or he appeared to be unable to hear witnesses.

    The bogus Rajapakse reconciliation is descending into farcical comedy of errors

  356. Anglican Bishop: 18th Amendment will lead to destructive erosion of democracy

    The 18th Amendment, proposed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, if passed by the SL Parliament, will lead to destructive erosion of already fragile democratic culture said Rt. Revd Duleep de Chickera, the Anglican Bishop of Colombo

    A Plea to Withdraw the Eighteenth Amendment
    A Statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo

    Many sections of the population are deeply alarmed at the possible repercussions the proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution will have on our system of democratic governance.

    If passed by Parliament, the constitutional changes will remove the restriction on the two terms a person can serve as President, which all democratic countries with an Executive Presidency subscribe to. In addition, it will much more than before empower the Government and President to select and appoint persons to serve on the crucial commissions that are meant to safeguard the democratic rights of the people, such as the Elections Commission, Public Services Commission, Judicial Services Commission, National Police Commission, Bribery Commission and so on.

    The nature of partisan politics is such that this will no doubt be a step backwards. It will inevitably lead to a further, dangerous politicisation of our national institutions and a speedier, destructive erosion of our already fragile democratic culture.

    It is therefore imperative that Parliament rejects this Bill, and that all who value democratic freedom in the country voice their objection to it.

    Along with this, Parliament and the people should call for the full activation of the 17th Amendment (passed by consensus between the Government and Opposition Members of Parliament), which ensures the independence of the Commissions referred to. It is only after this amendment is given a chance to impact on our shared national life that we will be able to assess the need for any further democratic constitutional amendments.

    If and when such a stage is reached there must be no haste to rush Bills of such serious implications through Parliament, as is being done with the 18th Amendment; and adequate space must be provided for public debate. It is when the people are properly informed of the pros and cons of constitutional change, and given a chance to participate in this process and make informed decisions, that democracy prevails and our legislators fulfil their obligations. The political freedom that our legislators are endowed with is determined by the democratic rights and aspirations of the people. To disregard these obligations amounts to a misappropriation of the peoples’ trust.

    May the God of peace and justice hear our cry and bless and nourish our beloved nation.

    With peace and blessings to all

    The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
    Bishop of Colombo

  357. 80% of resettled families in Batticaloa not paid livelihood assistance

    Where is the money gone ?? To the Rajapaksa and his thugs ??

    Around eighty percent of resettled people in Batticaloa district have not been paid their livelihood assistance of twenty-five thousand rupees. Others were not paid a single cent as livelihood assistance they are entitled at the time of resettlement, according to Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Pon. Selvarajah.

    Thirty six thousand one hundred and eighty one (36,181) families had been resettled in the district. Only 7267 families have received the livelihood assistance. The rest are undergoing untold hardships in running their day to day live, he added.

    Not a single resettled family in the villages that comes under the administration of Ki'raan, Kokkaddichcholai, Vavu'natheevu and Chengkaladi divisional offices has been paid livelihood assistance, he pointed out.

    He further said 1066 uprooted families from Vanni and resettled in Batticaloa district also have not been paid any livelihood assistance.

  358. Properties of uprooted in Vanni plundered with SLA assistance

    Muslim and Sinhala traders from Southern Sri Lanka are actively plundering the properties abandoned when the people of Vanni were forced to leave them during war, with the assistance of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers occupying Vanni. The traders make huge profits transporting them in vehicles to Vavuniyaa, Anurdapura and Puththa’lam for sale. The plundered goods include iron objects, spare parts dismantled from abandoned vehicles, house fittings and other valuable things. SLA soldiers are given a percentage of the profits made by the traders for allowing them to plunder and transport the goods of the people in Vanni to the South, sources in Vanni said.

    SLA authorities in Vanni, in response to the complaints of the resettled civilians, have stopped with putting up notices of warning against thefts in their area.

    The plunder and transport of the goods of Vanni people take place most where there are SLA camps close by, the sources said.

    Just after the war, the traders from South made a lucrative business in plundering the spare parts dismantled from motor cycles, tractors, trucks abandoned by their owners in Vanni.

    The stolen spares are now being sold in the open markets in Vavuniyaa, Anuradapura and Puththa’lam.

  359. Nirubama Rao’s fake visit

    More than One Year passed since India helped Sri Lankan Army Kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians but NO sign of the Promissed ”Political Package

  360. Tamils want Ottawa to stop making unproven accusations

    Ottawa must stop making allegations that some illegal Tamil immigrants may have terrorist links and instead produce evidence, the Canadian Tamil Congress said Wednesday.

    Authorities need to “get down to the bottom” of who was really among the almost 500 Tamils who arrived in British Columbia by boat last month, said spokesman David Poopalapillai.

    “If they have enough evidence against anybody involved in illegal activities, let’s go after them, and work with our law enforcement officials and put them in front of our laws,” he said.

    “That’s all we want, but… there’s an allegation, a suspicion. It doesn’t sit well with the community.”

    “It hurts the community down the road when you say there’s a suspicion, there’s an allegation,” he said, adding Canadian Tamils are particularly concerned with the earlier comments of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

  361. Tamils want people smuggler to stop making unproven accusations.

    A self-confessed people smuggler who helped asylum seekers get on boats to Australia has told a court of bribes paid in Indonesia. Sri Lankan-born Tamil Pathmendra Pulendren, 36, from Pendle Hill in Sydney’s west, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge of facilitating the arrival of unlawful people to Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    Giving evidence at his sentencing submissions before Judge Robyn Tupman in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, the Toongabbie spice shop operator said he arranged for 20 people to join a boat that departed Indonesia bound for Australia on June 10, 2009.
    The boat, carrying 196 people, was intercepted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service near Christmas Island. Pulendren said through an interpreter he was contacted by a man, known to the court as “male B”, with information about people wanting to travel to Australia.
    “At some time did you agree to help male B with people smuggling, is that correct?” Pulendren’s lawyer Mitchell Cavanagh asked.

    “Yes,” Pulendren replied, adding that the approach came in December 2008.

    Male B set the price of passage, which Pulendren said he would pass on to relatives in Australia.

    He agreed with Mr Cavanagh’s proposition that his “job was to communicate with people in Australia on behalf of male B”, who was a Sri Lankan man living somewhere in Indonesia.

    Some of the 20 people began their trip to Australia from Sri Lanka while others started in Malaysia, making their way to Indonesia for the boat voyage, Pulendren said.

    “(Male B) would bring those selected to Malaysia,” he said.

    “He would pay a bribe to the Malaysian (high) commission in Indonesia and bring them over from Malaysia.”

    He said that Tamil-speaking people had trouble getting visas for entry to Malaysia.

    Before getting on the boat in Indonesia, Pulendren said $US500 ($A550) had to be paid and that some of that money came from Australia.

    “That payment is for the food and the lifejackets on the boat,” he said.

    At first, Pulendren said during his evidence that he never handled any money as part of his role in the scheme but later admitted he collected up to $US4000 ($A4396) from the Australian-based relatives of refugees.

    “Some people couldn’t send the money direct and they gave me the money,” he said.

    Pulendren owed male B money for his own passage to Australia and said he feared his debtors who had made threats to his family.

  362. Douglas Devananda is lying like as the Sri Lanka President :)

    He said that other claims, for instance of kidnappings and murders by his paramilitary group, were largely “rumours” based on “LTTE [Tamil Tiger] propaganda”.

    Last month in the northern town of Vavuniya, some civilians told the commission that their husbands or sons had been abducted more than a year ago by the Douglas Devananda group and never seen again.

    On many other uncomfortable questions he pretended that the English Translation not correct or has failed to speak fully into the microphone or he appeared to be unable to hear witnesses.

    The bogus Rajapakse reconciliation is descending into farcical comedy of errors

  363. Anglican Bishop: 18th Amendment will lead to destructive erosion of democracy

    The 18th Amendment, proposed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, if passed by the SL Parliament, will lead to destructive erosion of already fragile democratic culture said Rt. Revd Duleep de Chickera, the Anglican Bishop of Colombo

    A Plea to Withdraw the Eighteenth Amendment
    A Statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo

    Many sections of the population are deeply alarmed at the possible repercussions the proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution will have on our system of democratic governance.

    If passed by Parliament, the constitutional changes will remove the restriction on the two terms a person can serve as President, which all democratic countries with an Executive Presidency subscribe to. In addition, it will much more than before empower the Government and President to select and appoint persons to serve on the crucial commissions that are meant to safeguard the democratic rights of the people, such as the Elections Commission, Public Services Commission, Judicial Services Commission, National Police Commission, Bribery Commission and so on.

    The nature of partisan politics is such that this will no doubt be a step backwards. It will inevitably lead to a further, dangerous politicisation of our national institutions and a speedier, destructive erosion of our already fragile democratic culture.

    It is therefore imperative that Parliament rejects this Bill, and that all who value democratic freedom in the country voice their objection to it.

    Along with this, Parliament and the people should call for the full activation of the 17th Amendment (passed by consensus between the Government and Opposition Members of Parliament), which ensures the independence of the Commissions referred to. It is only after this amendment is given a chance to impact on our shared national life that we will be able to assess the need for any further democratic constitutional amendments.

    If and when such a stage is reached there must be no haste to rush Bills of such serious implications through Parliament, as is being done with the 18th Amendment; and adequate space must be provided for public debate. It is when the people are properly informed of the pros and cons of constitutional change, and given a chance to participate in this process and make informed decisions, that democracy prevails and our legislators fulfil their obligations. The political freedom that our legislators are endowed with is determined by the democratic rights and aspirations of the people. To disregard these obligations amounts to a misappropriation of the peoples’ trust.

    May the God of peace and justice hear our cry and bless and nourish our beloved nation.

    With peace and blessings to all

    The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
    Bishop of Colombo

  364. 80% of resettled families in Batticaloa not paid livelihood assistance

    Where is the money gone ?? To the Rajapaksa and his thugs ??

    Around eighty percent of resettled people in Batticaloa district have not been paid their livelihood assistance of twenty-five thousand rupees. Others were not paid a single cent as livelihood assistance they are entitled at the time of resettlement, according to Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Pon. Selvarajah.

    Thirty six thousand one hundred and eighty one (36,181) families had been resettled in the district. Only 7267 families have received the livelihood assistance. The rest are undergoing untold hardships in running their day to day live, he added.

    Not a single resettled family in the villages that comes under the administration of Ki’raan, Kokkaddichcholai, Vavu’natheevu and Chengkaladi divisional offices has been paid livelihood assistance, he pointed out.

    He further said 1066 uprooted families from Vanni and resettled in Batticaloa district also have not been paid any livelihood assistance.

  365. Properties of uprooted in Vanni plundered with SLA assistance

    Muslim and Sinhala traders from Southern Sri Lanka are actively plundering the properties abandoned when the people of Vanni were forced to leave them during war, with the assistance of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers occupying Vanni. The traders make huge profits transporting them in vehicles to Vavuniyaa, Anurdapura and Puththa’lam for sale. The plundered goods include iron objects, spare parts dismantled from abandoned vehicles, house fittings and other valuable things. SLA soldiers are given a percentage of the profits made by the traders for allowing them to plunder and transport the goods of the people in Vanni to the South, sources in Vanni said.

    SLA authorities in Vanni, in response to the complaints of the resettled civilians, have stopped with putting up notices of warning against thefts in their area.

    The plunder and transport of the goods of Vanni people take place most where there are SLA camps close by, the sources said.

    Just after the war, the traders from South made a lucrative business in plundering the spare parts dismantled from motor cycles, tractors, trucks abandoned by their owners in Vanni.

    The stolen spares are now being sold in the open markets in Vavuniyaa, Anuradapura and Puththa’lam.

  366. Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Ensure Safety of the Detained Former Asylum Seekers

    Amnesty International is today calling on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia in 2009.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” said Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Asia.

    Two of the men, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were transferred to a hospital to be examined by a judicial medical officer on September 1 amid claims that they were beaten and tortured following an alleged new attempt to migrate to Australia. It is not clear if they are still in hospital or have returned to prison. All three are at risk of further abuse from guards and prisoners when they are returned to prison where Sumith’s brother, Indika, is already being held.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures," said Malhotra.

    Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 at the Christmas Island detention center after the boat they were crew members on was stopped by Australian authorities and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    They were deported to Sri Lanka and promptly arrested and handed over to the Central Investigative Department (CID). Sumith Mendis was released, but Indika Mendis was tortured in CID custody, sustaining severe ear injuries before being transferred to the notorious Negombo prison where he was held for eight months.

    On August 14, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to migrate to Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On August 22, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Following examination by a judicial medical officer, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne were transferred to the hospital.

    They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA2

  367. Deceptive Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    Reconciliation is not political surrender to the oppressor.

    It should instead restore the lost dignity of the oppressed.

    Reconciliation is not employing mean, manipulative and destructive methods, covertly, to destroy the rights, freedoms, vision and aspirations of the Tamil people.

    Deceptive acts by the GOSL, branded falsely as "reconciliatory acts", should be strongly condemned by all.

  368. Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has attracted enough support from lawmakers to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament, enabling him to change the constitution

    Sri Lanka's budget deficit target of 8 percent this year is more than the 7 percent the IMF wants. So the country is under pressure to deliver on plans to boost revenue, rationalise a byzantine, costly tax code and above all, tighten fiscal discipline.

    Rajapaksa has yet to make good on a promised pay hike for Sri Lanka's state employees.

    He kept the pressure off since his election in 2005. The trade unions have been demanding he deliver. The government says the rise will come in 2011 but impatience is growing.

    Already, university students have held strikes, which traditionally presage labour union unrest. The state workers in the last month have held token strikes.

    Union members in Sri Lanka have traditionally been quick to lose fealty to leaders they view as doing too little for them.

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    COLOMBO, Sept 4 | Sat Sep 4, 2010 7:39am EDT

    COLOMBO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has attracted enough support from lawmakers to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament, enabling him to change the constitution. He has also embarked on ambitious plans to transform the nation's economy following the end of a quarter-century civil war in May 2009.

    Following is a summary of key risks to watch in Sri Lanka:

    * FISCAL REFORM

    An International Monetary Fund review in August said Sri Lanka's progress on key economic policy reforms was on track and it would recommend the payment of the fourth tranche of a $2.6 billion loan. It was a key vote of confidence in the country's economic policies, following a six-month delay in releasing the third tranche of the loan because Sri Lanka's budget deficit last year was well above the IMF target.

    Although the IMF has released the latest loan tranche, Sri Lanka's budget deficit target of 8 percent this year is more than the 7 percent the IMF wants. So the country is under pressure to deliver on plans to boost revenue, rationalise a byzantine, costly tax code and above all, tighten fiscal discipline.

    What to watch:

    – Whether Rajapaksa's administration gives into the classic temptation of all Sri Lankan leaders: dipping into public coffers to boost subsidies or dole out state jobs.

    – Whether the government takes concrete steps to make state-run entities revenue earners. Most of the deficit reduction plan hinges on completely turning around loss-making state ventures hampered by subsidy schemes or mismanagement.

    – The recommendations of a presidential tax reform commission.

    * STATE SECTOR LABOUR UNREST

    Rajapaksa has yet to make good on a promised pay hike for Sri Lanka's state employees. He kept the pressure off since his election in 2005 by appealing to workers to wait so he could pay for the war against the Tamil Tiger separatists.

    But since the war ended in May 2009, public sector trade unions have been demanding he deliver. The government says the rise will come in 2011 but impatience is growing.

    Already, university students have held strikes, which traditionally presage labour union unrest. A handful of state workers in the last month have held token strikes.

    What to watch:

    – The tenor and frequency of student and labour strikes. If they rise above token acts, that's a clear sign of more to come.

    – Whether trade unions drop their support for Rajapaksa and drift back toward the now-rudderless opposition. Union members in Sri Lanka have traditionally been quick to lose fealty to leaders they view as doing too little for them.

    * THE RAJAPAKSA FACTOR

    The president and his family together have direct control of nearly 70 percent of this year's budget through the portfolios they hold. Three brothers occupy key positions.

    One is the parliament speaker and another runs the state security apparatus with a special brief to develop prime state-owned property in Colombo.

    A third runs a new ministry overseeing tourism, nation building and investment promotion, which encompasses just about all the lucrative post-war investment and development areas.

    The president is also the finance minister, so in short, any big investment decision needs a Rajapaksa blessing because Rajapaksa is a King . :)

  369. Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has attracted enough support from lawmakers to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament, enabling him to change the constitution. He has also embarked on ambitious plans to transform the nation’s economy following the end of a quarter-century civil war in May 2009.

    Following is a summary of key risks to watch in Sri Lanka:

    * FISCAL REFORM

    An International Monetary Fund review in August said Sri Lanka’s progress on key economic policy reforms was on track and it would recommend the payment of the fourth tranche of a $2.6 billion loan. It was a key vote of confidence in the country’s economic policies, following a six-month delay in releasing the third tranche of the loan because Sri Lanka’s budget deficit last year was well above the IMF target.

    Although the IMF has released the latest loan tranche, Sri Lanka’s budget deficit target of 8 percent this year is more than the 7 percent the IMF wants. So the country is under pressure to deliver on plans to boost revenue, rationalise a byzantine, costly tax code and above all, tighten fiscal discipline.

    What to watch:

    – Whether Rajapaksa’s administration gives into the classic temptation of all Sri Lankan leaders: dipping into public coffers to boost subsidies or dole out state jobs.

    – Whether the government takes concrete steps to make state-run entities revenue earners. Most of the deficit reduction plan hinges on completely turning around loss-making state ventures hampered by subsidy schemes or mismanagement.

    – The recommendations of a presidential tax reform commission.

    * STATE SECTOR LABOUR UNREST

    Rajapaksa has yet to make good on a promised pay hike for Sri Lanka’s state employees. He kept the pressure off since his election in 2005 by appealing to workers to wait so he could pay for the war against the Tamil Tiger separatists.

    But since the war ended in May 2009, public sector trade unions have been demanding he deliver. The government says the rise will come in 2011 but impatience is growing.

    Already, university students have held strikes, which traditionally presage labour union unrest. A handful of state workers in the last month have held token strikes.

    What to watch:

    – The tenor and frequency of student and labour strikes. If they rise above token acts, that’s a clear sign of more to come.

    – Whether trade unions drop their support for Rajapaksa and drift back toward the now-rudderless opposition. Union members in Sri Lanka have traditionally been quick to lose fealty to leaders they view as doing too little for them.

    * THE RAJAPAKSA FACTOR

    The president and his family together have direct control of nearly 70 percent of this year’s budget through the portfolios they hold. Three brothers occupy key positions.

    One is the parliament speaker and another runs the state security apparatus with a special brief to develop prime state-owned property in Colombo.

    A third runs a new ministry overseeing tourism, nation building and investment promotion, which encompasses just about all the lucrative post-war investment and development areas.

    The president is also the finance minister, so in short, any big investment decision needs a Rajapaksa blessing because Rajapaksa is a King .

  370. The ‘Boatophobia’ debate: Dehumanising asylum seekers and refugees

    Counter terror experts and security analysts are back in action and what do they fear this time? Not bombs, IEDs, nor suicide bombers but the ‘boatpeople’! I have gained sufficient insight into the issue, having camped in Australia for the last two months, to comment on what I call a new form of racism called ‘boatophobia’.

    At stake are the lives of faceless, nameless (not the men in the Australian Labour Party who ordered the political assassination of former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd!), men, women and children from war hit countries of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The two major Australian political parties, in their election campaign, made sure that the ‘boat peoples’ issue was projected as a national security issue.

    The Australian Labour Party leader and current PM, Julia Gillard, promised a detention centre in East Timor and a ‘small and sustainable Australia’; the Liberal National Party promised the reopening of the detention centre in Nauru and their leader, Tony Abbot, went around repeating as a mantra; “we will stop the boats.” The election has resulted in no clear mandate for either party, and a hung parliament, but the ‘boatophobia’ is here to stay as Australians continue to debate the threats from the faceless, nameless ‘boat people’.

    The identity-less’ boat people’ are also back in news, ever since the Thai cargo ship, MV Sun Sea landed at the Canadian coast of British Columbia last week, with 495 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers. I haven’t seen any of these ‘boat people’ myself, but security experts, who are yet to visit the detention centres in Canada, have wasted no opportunity in declaring the Tamil ‘boat people’ as LTTE terrorists and potential threats to the ‘host countries’.

    The ‘boatophobes’ appear particularly concerned about the security of the host country, Canada, in this case and have accused the Canadian authorities of being slipshod on terrorism laws and granting asylum to terrorists and of endangering people’s lives. ‘boatophobes’ aka xenophobes from Canada would still have some legitimate concerns, because it is their country that is ‘under threat’ from foreigners descending on their soil to avail of their hospitality. Of grave concern is that ‘boatophobic’ experts in South and South East Asia are defining the ‘security’ requirements of the Western nations. Their arguments are not only patronising and racist but also dehumanise and demonise the Sri Lankan Tamil community, who have more than one reason to escape the brutalities of life in a country that they cannot even call ‘home’.

  371. Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Ensure Safety of the Detained Former Asylum Seekers

    Amnesty International is today calling on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia in 2009.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” said Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Asia.

    Two of the men, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were transferred to a hospital to be examined by a judicial medical officer on September 1 amid claims that they were beaten and tortured following an alleged new attempt to migrate to Australia. It is not clear if they are still in hospital or have returned to prison. All three are at risk of further abuse from guards and prisoners when they are returned to prison where Sumith’s brother, Indika, is already being held.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures," said Malhotra.

    Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 at the Christmas Island detention center after the boat they were crew members on was stopped by Australian authorities and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    They were deported to Sri Lanka and promptly arrested and handed over to the Central Investigative Department (CID). Sumith Mendis was released, but Indika Mendis was tortured in CID custody, sustaining severe ear injuries before being transferred to the notorious Negombo prison where he was held for eight months.

    On August 14, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to migrate to Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On August 22, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Following examination by a judicial medical officer, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne were transferred to the hospital.

    They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA2

  372. Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Ensure Safety of the Detained Former Asylum Seekers

    Amnesty International is today calling on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia in 2009.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” said Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Asia.

    Two of the men, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were transferred to a hospital to be examined by a judicial medical officer on September 1 amid claims that they were beaten and tortured following an alleged new attempt to migrate to Australia. It is not clear if they are still in hospital or have returned to prison. All three are at risk of further abuse from guards and prisoners when they are returned to prison where Sumith’s brother, Indika, is already being held.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures," said Malhotra.

    Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 at the Christmas Island detention center after the boat they were crew members on was stopped by Australian authorities and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    They were deported to Sri Lanka and promptly arrested and handed over to the Central Investigative Department (CID). Sumith Mendis was released, but Indika Mendis was tortured in CID custody, sustaining severe ear injuries before being transferred to the notorious Negombo prison where he was held for eight months.

    On August 14, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to migrate to Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On August 22, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Following examination by a judicial medical officer, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne were transferred to the hospital.

    They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA2

  373. The federal form of government is what the Sri Lanka need not adopt.
    Switzerland and Austria have adopted it and are doing very well from it. In fact they have a higher per capita income than the larger nations of europe. The United Arab Emirates is also another small country that has adopted it.If these countries had not adopted a federal constitution they would have probably broken up into even smaller countries as what has happened to the former yugoslavia which is now about 10 countries. Milosevic tried to dismantle what Josep Broz Tito had done and the consequences were that he got a bucket load of manure on his head.This is what will happen to Srilanka too It is heading towards Kosovo.

  374. Tamils are fleeing in large numbers from Sri Lanka to escape the violations of international human rights, including widespread abductions, disappearances, harassment and killings of Tamils still taking place with impunity.

    Even after the war ended almost two years ago, tens of thousands of poorly fed Tamils are still living in inadequate, government-run internment camps. During the last year, 40,000 Tamils were killed and 50,000 more maimed during state-sponsored violence. But the Sri Lankan president adamantly opposed the UN war crimes advisory panel, which wanted to find the truth about crimes and serve some justice to the victims.

    The Sri Lankan President claimed in his victory speech in Colombo in June that his troops carried a gun in one hand and a copy of the human rights charter in the other, and that their guns did not fire at a single civilian.

    If so, why is he is preventing the UN from doing its job?

  375. St. Catherine's Anglican and Trinity United churches in Canada are helping a Tamil family settle in the city by paying one month's rent and linking them to local social services.

    The desperate Tamils are most definitely thankful to both St. Catherine's Anglican and Trinity United churches for showing them compassion, kindness and understanding, which are part of the country's legacy.

  376. In Sri Lanka need more checks and balances on the raw political power given to the President by the 1978 Constitution.

    Instead, they are removing even the existing flimsy safeguards.

    Perhaps this is what we deserve.

    The Ven Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero was reported as saying that what this country needs is a benevolent dictator.

    This is not a minority view.

    But we have to accept the full package, not just the parts we like.

    There no guarantees that all dictators are benevolent; even dictators who start out benevolent can change their stripes.

    And one cannot get rid of dictators at elections, by definition.

    Coups and people-power rebellions are integral elements of the benevolent-dictator package.

    Those who sit on their hands

  377. Sinhala Supremacist Ideology and abuse of International Law

    The strength of a nation depends on its ability to speak the truth about its actions and be transparent and respectful of the law in its dealings. The contrary often signals that the nation blunders on by continual evasion and major violations of human rights. Symptomatic of the state of affairs here is the alacrity with which some leading sections of the state and private media rushed to misquote Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala’s presentation before the LLRC as justifying blanket exemption from humanitarian law in fighting terrorism.

  378. An earnest investigation would show that the Sri Lanka Military used excessive force in ‘liberating’ Sampoor during the night of 27th August 2006. Moreover, subsequent policies of the Government towards the Sampoor population were meant to further its agenda, with scant regard for rights of the civilians. Humanitarian law now or in the future would never countenance excessive force or displacement that was avoidable or permanent.

    Once Sampoor was captured, there was no further threat to security. President Rajapakse said on 4th September 2006 that they recaptured Sampoor ‘purely for the benefit of the people’. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the Daily Mirror categorically (5th September 2006) that ‘ no threat to the Trincomalee harbour and the adjoining naval base was no more following the successful operation involving the three forces.’ He added that once the area was cleared the civilians could be resettled in the next few days. This was never done.

  379. Who, and by what right, decides that Tamil people should be deprived of their homes in several parts of the North-East? It is a structure in which almost unlimited power is held by military and ex-military men who had previously, along with the LTTE, violated international human rights and humanitarian laws by which these same people were protected. Other areas facing expropriation for new military establishments are Mullikulam, 28 miles south of Mannar and Channar east of Vidatthaltivu, which supplies its water and agricultural produce. The pattern is the same. Reasonably prosperous people who farmed from a few to 40 acres of rich agricultural land are to be given 20 perches of land in some barren backwater. This is just the thin end of the wedge.

    Depriving Tamils of their habitations on security grounds carries the general presumption that Tamils are collectively a security risk. Whence, they must be corralled and checked by repressive means. In 1984, the UNP government started with Weli Oya and the present one wants to go to the logical extreme. It gives the world the message that a façade of a single nation could only be sustained by systematic ethnic oppression. This is a logical consequence of state ideology. Policies inspired by Sinhalese supremacist ideology create conflicts where none existed.

  380. For a Sri Lanka military and Sri Lanka extremists behind the Sri Lanka present government, depriving minorities of their habitations is also based on the ideological presumption that Tamils and Muslims are usurpers who robbed land that belongs to Sinhalese Buddhists. Thus coveting land anywhere in the North-East to build a Buddhist temple or to create conditions for Sinhalese settlement becomes a birthright. The Hindus have no such rights, not even to keep a temple they have possessed for centuries.

    But Sampoor also has traditions old as any in that region, as old as Koneswaram and the economic and cultural links centred on it covering the villages of Trincomalee District. Pathirakaali Amman temple in Sampoor, which forms part of the tradition, is destined to decay without devotees. The houses of those devotees that were largely intact in early 2007 were destroyed after the Government arbitrarily changed its mind and decided that there would be a harbour, an Indian coal power plant and no people; at least not Tamil.

    Narrow nationalists pervert and mangle historical reality to make their claims. The rule of the kings of Kotte and Kandy in the region is cited to assert Sinhalese claims to the East. These kings however respected and fostered local traditions. The last rites of Bhuvaneka Bahu VII were performed at Koneswaram. They did not build a Buddhist temple in the precincts of Koneswaram citing some dubious history, as modern narrow nationalists have done. With regard to Sampoor, the respect Kandyan kings accorded local traditions is evident in the extract from the diary of Jacques Fabrice Van Senden, administrator of the province of Trincomalee, Wednesday 7th, 1776:

    “Visited the Temple at Tamblegam. Shown images rescued from Koneswaram – King Koneesar and Queen Isowerie in well lit temple – Presented by King Kollekote, founder of the tank at Kandelay. Representation by priest: While Tamblegamme was under the King of Kandy, a tenth of the produce was collected as tribute by the prince, who remitted half in favour of the Pagoda (Temple); that since the Company had taken the entire tax, death had entered the country and the harvest was diminishing yearly, that before the death of Commandant Shorer, they had obtained a promise from him that he would request permission to assign at least 600 parrahs of paddy yearly for the maintenance of the temple.”

    Unlike today’s narrow Sri Lanka nationalists, the kings of Kandy and Kotte were often cosmopolitan in outlook, whose culture was sensitive to local traditions and customary law. Today’s politics of narrow Sri Lanka nationalism is about creating discord, and its ideas of development, vandalism – vandalising the rich tapestry of Lankan heritage.

  381. Deceptive Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    Reconciliation is not political surrender to the oppressor.

    It should instead restore the lost dignity of the oppressed.

    Reconciliation is not employing mean, manipulative and destructive methods, covertly, to destroy the rights, freedoms, vision and aspirations of the Tamil people.

    Deceptive acts by the GOSL, branded falsely as “reconciliatory acts”, should be strongly condemned by all.

  382. Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has attracted enough support from lawmakers to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament, enabling him to change the constitution

    Sri Lanka’s budget deficit target of 8 percent this year is more than the 7 percent the IMF wants. So the country is under pressure to deliver on plans to boost revenue, rationalise a byzantine, costly tax code and above all, tighten fiscal discipline.

    Rajapaksa has yet to make good on a promised pay hike for Sri Lanka’s state employees.

    He kept the pressure off since his election in 2005. The trade unions have been demanding he deliver. The government says the rise will come in 2011 but impatience is growing.

    Already, university students have held strikes, which traditionally presage labour union unrest. The state workers in the last month have held token strikes.

    Union members in Sri Lanka have traditionally been quick to lose fealty to leaders they view as doing too little for them.

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    COLOMBO, Sept 4 | Sat Sep 4, 2010 7:39am EDT

    COLOMBO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has attracted enough support from lawmakers to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament, enabling him to change the constitution. He has also embarked on ambitious plans to transform the nation’s economy following the end of a quarter-century civil war in May 2009.

    Following is a summary of key risks to watch in Sri Lanka:

    * FISCAL REFORM

    An International Monetary Fund review in August said Sri Lanka’s progress on key economic policy reforms was on track and it would recommend the payment of the fourth tranche of a $2.6 billion loan. It was a key vote of confidence in the country’s economic policies, following a six-month delay in releasing the third tranche of the loan because Sri Lanka’s budget deficit last year was well above the IMF target.

    Although the IMF has released the latest loan tranche, Sri Lanka’s budget deficit target of 8 percent this year is more than the 7 percent the IMF wants. So the country is under pressure to deliver on plans to boost revenue, rationalise a byzantine, costly tax code and above all, tighten fiscal discipline.

    What to watch:

    – Whether Rajapaksa’s administration gives into the classic temptation of all Sri Lankan leaders: dipping into public coffers to boost subsidies or dole out state jobs.

    – Whether the government takes concrete steps to make state-run entities revenue earners. Most of the deficit reduction plan hinges on completely turning around loss-making state ventures hampered by subsidy schemes or mismanagement.

    – The recommendations of a presidential tax reform commission.

    * STATE SECTOR LABOUR UNREST

    Rajapaksa has yet to make good on a promised pay hike for Sri Lanka’s state employees. He kept the pressure off since his election in 2005 by appealing to workers to wait so he could pay for the war against the Tamil Tiger separatists.

    But since the war ended in May 2009, public sector trade unions have been demanding he deliver. The government says the rise will come in 2011 but impatience is growing.

    Already, university students have held strikes, which traditionally presage labour union unrest. A handful of state workers in the last month have held token strikes.

    What to watch:

    – The tenor and frequency of student and labour strikes. If they rise above token acts, that’s a clear sign of more to come.

    – Whether trade unions drop their support for Rajapaksa and drift back toward the now-rudderless opposition. Union members in Sri Lanka have traditionally been quick to lose fealty to leaders they view as doing too little for them.

    * THE RAJAPAKSA FACTOR

    The president and his family together have direct control of nearly 70 percent of this year’s budget through the portfolios they hold. Three brothers occupy key positions.

    One is the parliament speaker and another runs the state security apparatus with a special brief to develop prime state-owned property in Colombo.

    A third runs a new ministry overseeing tourism, nation building and investment promotion, which encompasses just about all the lucrative post-war investment and development areas.

    The president is also the finance minister, so in short, any big investment decision needs a Rajapaksa blessing because Rajapaksa is a King . :)

  383. Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has attracted enough support from lawmakers to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament, enabling him to change the constitution. He has also embarked on ambitious plans to transform the nation’s economy following the end of a quarter-century civil war in May 2009.

    Following is a summary of key risks to watch in Sri Lanka:

    * FISCAL REFORM

    An International Monetary Fund review in August said Sri Lanka’s progress on key economic policy reforms was on track and it would recommend the payment of the fourth tranche of a $2.6 billion loan. It was a key vote of confidence in the country’s economic policies, following a six-month delay in releasing the third tranche of the loan because Sri Lanka’s budget deficit last year was well above the IMF target.

    Although the IMF has released the latest loan tranche, Sri Lanka’s budget deficit target of 8 percent this year is more than the 7 percent the IMF wants. So the country is under pressure to deliver on plans to boost revenue, rationalise a byzantine, costly tax code and above all, tighten fiscal discipline.

    What to watch:

    – Whether Rajapaksa’s administration gives into the classic temptation of all Sri Lankan leaders: dipping into public coffers to boost subsidies or dole out state jobs.

    – Whether the government takes concrete steps to make state-run entities revenue earners. Most of the deficit reduction plan hinges on completely turning around loss-making state ventures hampered by subsidy schemes or mismanagement.

    – The recommendations of a presidential tax reform commission.

    * STATE SECTOR LABOUR UNREST

    Rajapaksa has yet to make good on a promised pay hike for Sri Lanka’s state employees. He kept the pressure off since his election in 2005 by appealing to workers to wait so he could pay for the war against the Tamil Tiger separatists.

    But since the war ended in May 2009, public sector trade unions have been demanding he deliver. The government says the rise will come in 2011 but impatience is growing.

    Already, university students have held strikes, which traditionally presage labour union unrest. A handful of state workers in the last month have held token strikes.

    What to watch:

    – The tenor and frequency of student and labour strikes. If they rise above token acts, that’s a clear sign of more to come.

    – Whether trade unions drop their support for Rajapaksa and drift back toward the now-rudderless opposition. Union members in Sri Lanka have traditionally been quick to lose fealty to leaders they view as doing too little for them.

    * THE RAJAPAKSA FACTOR

    The president and his family together have direct control of nearly 70 percent of this year’s budget through the portfolios they hold. Three brothers occupy key positions.

    One is the parliament speaker and another runs the state security apparatus with a special brief to develop prime state-owned property in Colombo.

    A third runs a new ministry overseeing tourism, nation building and investment promotion, which encompasses just about all the lucrative post-war investment and development areas.

    The president is also the finance minister, so in short, any big investment decision needs a Rajapaksa blessing because Rajapaksa is a King .

  384. The ‘Boatophobia’ debate: Dehumanising asylum seekers and refugees

    Counter terror experts and security analysts are back in action and what do they fear this time? Not bombs, IEDs, nor suicide bombers but the ‘boatpeople’! I have gained sufficient insight into the issue, having camped in Australia for the last two months, to comment on what I call a new form of racism called ‘boatophobia’.

    At stake are the lives of faceless, nameless (not the men in the Australian Labour Party who ordered the political assassination of former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd!), men, women and children from war hit countries of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The two major Australian political parties, in their election campaign, made sure that the ‘boat peoples’ issue was projected as a national security issue.

    The Australian Labour Party leader and current PM, Julia Gillard, promised a detention centre in East Timor and a ‘small and sustainable Australia’; the Liberal National Party promised the reopening of the detention centre in Nauru and their leader, Tony Abbot, went around repeating as a mantra; “we will stop the boats.” The election has resulted in no clear mandate for either party, and a hung parliament, but the ‘boatophobia’ is here to stay as Australians continue to debate the threats from the faceless, nameless ‘boat people’.

    The identity-less’ boat people’ are also back in news, ever since the Thai cargo ship, MV Sun Sea landed at the Canadian coast of British Columbia last week, with 495 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers. I haven’t seen any of these ‘boat people’ myself, but security experts, who are yet to visit the detention centres in Canada, have wasted no opportunity in declaring the Tamil ‘boat people’ as LTTE terrorists and potential threats to the ‘host countries’.

    The ‘boatophobes’ appear particularly concerned about the security of the host country, Canada, in this case and have accused the Canadian authorities of being slipshod on terrorism laws and granting asylum to terrorists and of endangering people’s lives. ‘boatophobes’ aka xenophobes from Canada would still have some legitimate concerns, because it is their country that is ‘under threat’ from foreigners descending on their soil to avail of their hospitality. Of grave concern is that ‘boatophobic’ experts in South and South East Asia are defining the ‘security’ requirements of the Western nations. Their arguments are not only patronising and racist but also dehumanise and demonise the Sri Lankan Tamil community, who have more than one reason to escape the brutalities of life in a country that they cannot even call ‘home’.

  385. Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Ensure Safety of the Detained Former Asylum Seekers

    Amnesty International is today calling on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the safety of three men who have been tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia in 2009.

    “This is an appalling situation that calls into question the actions of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments,” said Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Asia.

    Two of the men, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were transferred to a hospital to be examined by a judicial medical officer on September 1 amid claims that they were beaten and tortured following an alleged new attempt to migrate to Australia. It is not clear if they are still in hospital or have returned to prison. All three are at risk of further abuse from guards and prisoners when they are returned to prison where Sumith’s brother, Indika, is already being held.

    “Both governments are culpable in the forced return and mistreatment these men have endured, and both must bear responsibility for the results of their policies and procedures,” said Malhotra.

    Sumith Mendis and Indika Mendis were detained in 2009 at the Christmas Island detention center after the boat they were crew members on was stopped by Australian authorities and found to be carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    They were deported to Sri Lanka and promptly arrested and handed over to the Central Investigative Department (CID). Sumith Mendis was released, but Indika Mendis was tortured in CID custody, sustaining severe ear injuries before being transferred to the notorious Negombo prison where he was held for eight months.

    On August 14, the brothers were arrested again, apparently on suspicion that they were again planning to migrate to Australia. Sumith Mendis was then tortured by the CID for six days, experiencing beatings and psychological abuse.

    On August 22, the brothers were taken to Negombo prison, along with Lasantha Wijeratne, another Sri Lankan who had also been deported from Australia and tortured in custody.

    Following examination by a judicial medical officer, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne were transferred to the hospital.

    They now face the risk of abuse by both prisoners and guards when they are again taken to Negombo prison unless authorities take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA20100903002

  386. The federal form of government is what the Sri Lanka need not adopt.
    Switzerland and Austria have adopted it and are doing very well from it. In fact they have a higher per capita income than the larger nations of europe. The United Arab Emirates is also another small country that has adopted it.If these countries had not adopted a federal constitution they would have probably broken up into even smaller countries as what has happened to the former yugoslavia which is now about 10 countries. Milosevic tried to dismantle what Josep Broz Tito had done and the consequences were that he got a bucket load of manure on his head.This is what will happen to Srilanka too It is heading towards Kosovo.

  387. Tamils are fleeing in large numbers from Sri Lanka to escape the violations of international human rights, including widespread abductions, disappearances, harassment and killings of Tamils still taking place with impunity.

    Even after the war ended almost two years ago, tens of thousands of poorly fed Tamils are still living in inadequate, government-run internment camps. During the last year, 40,000 Tamils were killed and 50,000 more maimed during state-sponsored violence. But the Sri Lankan president adamantly opposed the UN war crimes advisory panel, which wanted to find the truth about crimes and serve some justice to the victims.

    The Sri Lankan President claimed in his victory speech in Colombo in June that his troops carried a gun in one hand and a copy of the human rights charter in the other, and that their guns did not fire at a single civilian.

    If so, why is he is preventing the UN from doing its job?

  388. St. Catherine’s Anglican and Trinity United churches in Canada are helping a Tamil family settle in the city by paying one month’s rent and linking them to local social services.

    The desperate Tamils are most definitely thankful to both St. Catherine’s Anglican and Trinity United churches for showing them compassion, kindness and understanding, which are part of the country’s legacy.

  389. In Sri Lanka need more checks and balances on the raw political power given to the President by the 1978 Constitution.

    Instead, they are removing even the existing flimsy safeguards.

    Perhaps this is what we deserve.

    The Ven Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero was reported as saying that what this country needs is a benevolent dictator.

    This is not a minority view.

    But we have to accept the full package, not just the parts we like.

    There no guarantees that all dictators are benevolent; even dictators who start out benevolent can change their stripes.

    And one cannot get rid of dictators at elections, by definition.

    Coups and people-power rebellions are integral elements of the benevolent-dictator package.

    Those who sit on their hands

  390. Sinhala Supremacist Ideology and abuse of International Law

    The strength of a nation depends on its ability to speak the truth about its actions and be transparent and respectful of the law in its dealings. The contrary often signals that the nation blunders on by continual evasion and major violations of human rights. Symptomatic of the state of affairs here is the alacrity with which some leading sections of the state and private media rushed to misquote Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala’s presentation before the LLRC as justifying blanket exemption from humanitarian law in fighting terrorism.

  391. An earnest investigation would show that the Sri Lanka Military used excessive force in ‘liberating’ Sampoor during the night of 27th August 2006. Moreover, subsequent policies of the Government towards the Sampoor population were meant to further its agenda, with scant regard for rights of the civilians. Humanitarian law now or in the future would never countenance excessive force or displacement that was avoidable or permanent.

    Once Sampoor was captured, there was no further threat to security. President Rajapakse said on 4th September 2006 that they recaptured Sampoor ‘purely for the benefit of the people’. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the Daily Mirror categorically (5th September 2006) that ‘ no threat to the Trincomalee harbour and the adjoining naval base was no more following the successful operation involving the three forces.’ He added that once the area was cleared the civilians could be resettled in the next few days. This was never done.

  392. Who, and by what right, decides that Tamil people should be deprived of their homes in several parts of the North-East? It is a structure in which almost unlimited power is held by military and ex-military men who had previously, along with the LTTE, violated international human rights and humanitarian laws by which these same people were protected. Other areas facing expropriation for new military establishments are Mullikulam, 28 miles south of Mannar and Channar east of Vidatthaltivu, which supplies its water and agricultural produce. The pattern is the same. Reasonably prosperous people who farmed from a few to 40 acres of rich agricultural land are to be given 20 perches of land in some barren backwater. This is just the thin end of the wedge.

    Depriving Tamils of their habitations on security grounds carries the general presumption that Tamils are collectively a security risk. Whence, they must be corralled and checked by repressive means. In 1984, the UNP government started with Weli Oya and the present one wants to go to the logical extreme. It gives the world the message that a façade of a single nation could only be sustained by systematic ethnic oppression. This is a logical consequence of state ideology. Policies inspired by Sinhalese supremacist ideology create conflicts where none existed.

  393. For a Sri Lanka military and Sri Lanka extremists behind the Sri Lanka present government, depriving minorities of their habitations is also based on the ideological presumption that Tamils and Muslims are usurpers who robbed land that belongs to Sinhalese Buddhists. Thus coveting land anywhere in the North-East to build a Buddhist temple or to create conditions for Sinhalese settlement becomes a birthright. The Hindus have no such rights, not even to keep a temple they have possessed for centuries.

    But Sampoor also has traditions old as any in that region, as old as Koneswaram and the economic and cultural links centred on it covering the villages of Trincomalee District. Pathirakaali Amman temple in Sampoor, which forms part of the tradition, is destined to decay without devotees. The houses of those devotees that were largely intact in early 2007 were destroyed after the Government arbitrarily changed its mind and decided that there would be a harbour, an Indian coal power plant and no people; at least not Tamil.

    Narrow nationalists pervert and mangle historical reality to make their claims. The rule of the kings of Kotte and Kandy in the region is cited to assert Sinhalese claims to the East. These kings however respected and fostered local traditions. The last rites of Bhuvaneka Bahu VII were performed at Koneswaram. They did not build a Buddhist temple in the precincts of Koneswaram citing some dubious history, as modern narrow nationalists have done. With regard to Sampoor, the respect Kandyan kings accorded local traditions is evident in the extract from the diary of Jacques Fabrice Van Senden, administrator of the province of Trincomalee, Wednesday 7th, 1776:

    “Visited the Temple at Tamblegam. Shown images rescued from Koneswaram – King Koneesar and Queen Isowerie in well lit temple – Presented by King Kollekote, founder of the tank at Kandelay. Representation by priest: While Tamblegamme was under the King of Kandy, a tenth of the produce was collected as tribute by the prince, who remitted half in favour of the Pagoda (Temple); that since the Company had taken the entire tax, death had entered the country and the harvest was diminishing yearly, that before the de