Two Days Left to Contact Your Representative on Sri Lanka War Crimes

As we reported last week, there’s a Congressional letter being circulated around the U.S. House of Representatives calling for the U.S. to support an international investigation into alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka.  We still have two more days to get additional Representatives to co-sign the letter, as the deadline for co-signers has been extended to Thursday, Aug. 5. Thanks a lot to those who’ve already contacted their Representatives.

We need all the support we can get for this letter, so the victims and their families in Sri Lanka can receive justice.  Here’s how you can help:

1. Take action online, urging your Representative to co-sign the letter.

2. Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative (if you don’t know who your Representative is, visit the House of Representatives website to find out).  Tell your Representative about the Congressional letter and ask him/her to co-sign it.

3. If your Representative is on Facebook or Twitter, use those media to encourage him/her to co-sign the letter.  For an example on Twitter, follow Christoph’s lead.

Thanks to everyone who can help with this effort.  We’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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310 thoughts on “Two Days Left to Contact Your Representative on Sri Lanka War Crimes

  1. In July 1983, in Sri Lanka- Tamil Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside.

    Sinhala Death squads battering Tamil passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets!

    Tamil prisoners and political detainees in the Sri Lanka’s top prison being massacred.

    The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities.

    The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!

    The evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance

    Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

    The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

    The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

  2. I have travelled from Colombo to Jaffna by ship three times in my life, losing everything to Sinhala mobs.

    In 1958 as a four months old, travelled to KKS in a French Passenger ship.

    1977 as a teenager in Lanka Ranee Cargo ship.

    1983, Indian passenger ship.

    My mother thought I may not have a fourth chance and pleaded me to go abroad.

    She is correct, If 1983 repeated again, there is no safe place for Tamils to go.

  3. I was 17 years old and about to sit my A’Levels when the mayhem started. Together with my mother and a few ladies in the neighborhood (all the men were at work) we formed a vigilante group to protect the 3 Tamil homes down our street. We were successful at first and turned away two mobs of about 20-30 people, however were overpowered by the third mob which numbered about a 100. I tried my best to reason with the “leader” and remember well his arguments. He was a racist and he told it was his patriotic duty to kill Tamils and burn their homes. The sheer helplessness watching him vaulting over the gate, pushing the car out and burning it on the street. The sound of the furniture and windows being smashed. The elderly Tamil couple was burned alive in their home that day… I still hear them screaming… I had total loss of appetite and inability to face a plate of rice for a weeks after that.

  4. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved "to the extent that one would have hoped".

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed "proper media reporting".

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government's "clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response".

    "Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed," it says.

    It said there was a "deafening global silence" to Sri Lanka's "worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability", which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government's persecution of its critics was "terrifying".

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were "simplifying and preaching" instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    'Violations'

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don't think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari "If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical," he said.

    "Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired."

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about "alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country".
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-108511

  5. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved "to the extent that one would have hoped".

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed "proper media reporting".

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government's "clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response".

    "Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed," it says.

    It said there was a "deafening global silence" to Sri Lanka's "worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability", which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government's persecution of its critics was "terrifying".

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were "simplifying and preaching" instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    'Violations'

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don't think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari "If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical," he said.

    "Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired."

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about "alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country".
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-108511

  6. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved "to the extent that one would have hoped".

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed "proper media reporting".

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government's "clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response".

    "Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed," it says.

    It said there was a "deafening global silence" to Sri Lanka's "worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability", which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government's persecution of its critics was "terrifying".

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were "simplifying and preaching" instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    'Violations'

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don't think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari "If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical," he said.

    "Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired."

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about "alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country".
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-108511

  7. Lands in the North and East of Sri Lanka to be auctioned

    Executive Director of Land Reclamation Corporation, Hariguptha Rohanadheera said the Commission was looking at the possibility of selling its lands in the North and East provinces or lend them out on long term leases. He made this comment when we inquired about it from him and said the Commission had approximately 35,000 acres in the two provinces.

    Rohanadheera said the lands would be given out for agriculture, business and housing purposes. However, he said conditions would be laid down if the lands are to be used for housing purposes. The Commission’s lands in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Jaffna districts are to be sold or leased out in this manner.

  8. A group of global statesmen, founded by Nelson Mandela, Tuesday criticised the Sri Lankan government for failing to build on peace brought to the island by the end of the civil war last year.

    Sri Lankan troops defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a massive military offensive that ended decades of bloody ethnic conflict.

    But the "Elders" — who include former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, ex US president Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu — said the government's post-war conduct warranted international concern.

    "The ongoing persecution and disappearances of human rights activists, journalists and government opponents is truly terrifying," said Tutu, calling for a "much greater commitment to achieving meaningful reconciliation."

    The Elders said 8,000 suspected ex-combatants were still detained without charge, and that the government was still using wartime emergency laws to control public debate.

    They also said the marginalisation of ethnic minority Tamils that was at the root of the war was not being addressed.

    Sri Lanka has recently opposed a UN panel of experts appointed to investigate "accountability" during the last months of fighting, when thousands of civilians were killed.

    The Elders urged the government to co-operate with the panel, and expressed their anger at a siege of UN offices in Colombo last month by demonstrators led by a cabinet minister.

    The group, which was formed in 2007, said the Sri Lankan government was guilty of a "clampdown on domestic critics" and "disdain for human rights."

    Annan said there had been "a deafening global silence in response to Sri Lanka?s actions, especially from its most influential friends," namely China, India, Japan and the United States.

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has dismissed calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes committed against the Tamil Tigers, and said he seeks ethnic reconciliation in the country.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeq

  9. Lands of the Tamil of North plundered ruthlessly without any control: families of Sri Lankan Forces settle down forcibly in the Tamil Homelands.

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alleges that the settling of families of the Sri Lankan Forces in Mannar and Kilinochchi and the denial of ancestral lands of the displaced Tamil refugees in the North and East as a most cruel injustice perpetrated on the Tamils.

    Suresh Premachandran and M T Suvendiran pointed out this grave injustice.
    There is information that 400 000 soldiers and their families are being settled in the Tamil areas.

    These ancestral lands are not being restored to the Tamil people and the Govt. has appropriated those lands and is demarcating them as High security zones.

    When the President Rajapaksa came to Kilinochchi to hold a meeting, he was questioned about the restoration of the ancestral lands to the Tamil people, he then assured that they will be given back to them for re settlement.

    Yet, the Sri Lankan Army Commander when he met the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters Ven. Theros, said, for the Sri Lankan security of the North and East, families of the Army will be settled there.

    Meanwhile the media Minister disclosed that the ancestral lands in the high security zones will not be given back to the owners.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=982

  10. Minister ties official to tree ???

    Administrative officials in Sri Lanka have condemned a minister for tying an official to a tree accusing him of failing to attend a meeting.
    Deputy highways minister Mervyn Silva has tied the Hunupitiya Samurdhi officer accusing the officer of not attending the meetings on controlling the dengue epidemic that has already caused over a hundred deaths during this year alone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  11. Only Two Days Left for AI & Jim McDonald to explain their failure to press for War Crimes trials – against Western Representatives

    I've found something extremely odd about AI's laudable pursuit of 'war crimes' investigations against nations engaged in wars of choice (the US, UK) and wars of survival (SL).

    A Google search with the key words "amnesty international" "sri lanka" "war crimes" "investigation", produces hundreds of links to stories to actions instigated by AI against alleged SL 'war crimes'. http://tinyurl.com/3y5tx3y

    Yet, a Google search with the key words "amnesty international" "united states" "war crimes" "iraq" "investigations", produces nothing at all about calls by AI to investigate the US's alleged 'war crimes'. http://tinyurl.com/33rxsuf

    A's done fantastic work at uncovering individual instances of torture, disappearances in Iraq etc but seem unable to follow these to their logical conclusion. i.e. the people and governments who decided to initiate the conflict and thus cause these unimaginable numbers of civilian casualties.

    Where is AI's campaign to investigate and prosecute US Representatives responsible for the Iraq bloodbath?

    AI shows no fear or hesitation in leading the cry of 'war crimes' against SL. Yet AI is almost Victorian in its prudish determination not to hold the US and UK to the same standard.

    What's there to be afraid of? Surely not the beacons and fountain-heads of Human Rights, the Western powers?

    Odd, no? Over to you, Jim & Christopher.

  12. Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship?Local journalists who speak out against human rights http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

    war crime or rape crime?
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art
    03.07.09 Kohona: ‘Victorious soldiers could have raped every single w..
    18.04.09 'Regular rapes, killings, degrading interrogations in intern..
    07.03.09 SLA shoots dead Tamil woman in Batticaloa
    14.02.09 Grand scale murder, rape of screened civilians feared, TNA M..
    28.01.09 Colombo's war crimes turn to rape of the fleeing – Jaffna MP
    25.09.08 Batticaloa woman molested in Trincomalee, 4 SL policemen rem..
    13.08.08 STF, police harass women in Ampaa’rai, says MP
    03.07.08 SLA, STF, police accused of sexual harassment in Aaraiyampat..
    28.12.07 Woman gang raped in Vadamaraadchi
    25.12.07 Woman raped, killed, 3 men slain in Vavuniyaa
    04.11.07 Rape by Sri Lankan troops resurfaces – in Haiti
    16.10.07 Girl student disappears in Pungkudutheevu
    05.07.06 Uduvil woman raped, murdered
    01.02.06 Sexual assault at Kopay SLA camp suspected, says TNA MP
    03.01.06 Free Tamil women from fear of rape- Sithamparanathan
    20.12.05 Tharsini raped before murder- Medical Report
    28.10.05 Villagers foil SLA rape attempt, Puthur tense, protesters be..
    05.08.05 Batticaloa woman raped before murder – JMO
    14.03.05 Woman identifies SLA soldier in attempted rape case
    10.03.05 Sri Lanka army camp pelted over rape attempt
    22.10.04 Ex Policeman charged for raping fourteen year old girl
    24.08.04 Paramilitary cadre arrested for rape, murder of girl
    06.05.04 Thavadi residents foil attempted rape by SLA soldier
    20.12.03 Police suspects in Mannar torture, rape to be indicted
    27.10.03 Big demo in Mannar against Police rape
    19.04.03 Poverty, oblivion dog rape victim
    01.10.02 Rape case reported to UN official
    23.09.02 PTA suspect raped and tortured -JMO
    21.04.98 Rape witness said burned alive
    15.04.98 Girl claims police rape
    18.03.98 Krishanthi case accused escape police custody
    18.03.98 Coverup of rape underway?
    17.03.98 Young woman raped in Jaffna
    31.10.97 Girl attempts suicide after rape

  13. Information for US citizens on their way to to Demand Accountability for Sri Lanka Crimes with your 'Representatives'.

    Tell your Representatives about the Sri Lanka's LTTE's Child Soldier REHABILITATION Policy and the LTTE's Child Abuse policy.

    Here's first-hand testimony from BBC HARDtalk's Sri Lanka – Former LTTE Child Soldiers Rebuilding Their Lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46u2G6PsVRg

    Who was aiding and abetting this child abuse? The US-resident supporters of 'Eelam' now hypocritically crying about 'war crimes' and similar nonsense. They want your support.

    Do not support them in their perverted desire to keep alive the SL conflict and increase the probability of more child abuse occurring amongst SL's Tamil children.

    And who was hindering Sri Lanka's fightagainst the child-abusing LTTE? Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the usual cabal of 'human rights' advocacy groups.

  14. Def. sec. Gotabhaya interview to BBC given only option to UN to have the investigation. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Today, the upsurge of Sinhalese chauvinism flows from the fact that the Sri Lankan military accomplished a task whose pursuit forced the mightier Indian army to make an ignominious exit 19 years ago. Consequently, Colombo is going to be even less inclined than before to listen to New Delhi/UN/US. Indeed, the manner in which Colombo played the China and Pakistan cards in recent years to outsmart India is likely to remain an enduring feature of Sri Lankan diplomacy, making Sri Lanka a potential springboard for anti-India/US/UN maneuvers.

    Govt. 'trying to change' demography http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  15. A group of global statesmen, founded by Nelson Mandela, Tuesday criticised the Sri Lankan government for failing to build on peace brought to the island by the end of the civil war last year.

    Sri Lankan troops defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a massive military offensive that ended decades of bloody ethnic conflict.

    But the "Elders" — who include former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, ex US president Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu — said the government's post-war conduct warranted international concern.

    "The ongoing persecution and disappearances of human rights activists, journalists and government opponents is truly terrifying," said Tutu, calling for a "much greater commitment to achieving meaningful reconciliation."

    The Elders said 8,000 suspected ex-combatants were still detained without charge, and that the government was still using wartime emergency laws to control public debate.

    They also said the marginalisation of ethnic minority Tamils that was at the root of the war was not being addressed.

    Sri Lanka has recently opposed a UN panel of experts appointed to investigate "accountability" during the last months of fighting, when thousands of civilians were killed.

    The Elders urged the government to co-operate with the panel, and expressed their anger at a siege of UN offices in Colombo last month by demonstrators led by a cabinet minister.

    The group, which was formed in 2007, said the Sri Lankan government was guilty of a "clampdown on domestic critics" and "disdain for human rights."

    Annan said there had been "a deafening global silence in response to Sri Lanka?s actions, especially from its most influential friends," namely China, India, Japan and the United States.

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has dismissed calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes committed against the Tamil Tigers, and said he seeks ethnic reconciliation in the country.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeq

  16. A group of global statesmen, founded by Nelson Mandela, Tuesday criticised the Sri Lankan government for failing to build on peace brought to the island by the end of the civil war last year.

    Sri Lankan troops defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a massive military offensive that ended decades of bloody ethnic conflict.

    But the "Elders" — who include former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, ex US president Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu — said the government's post-war conduct warranted international concern.

    "The ongoing persecution and disappearances of human rights activists, journalists and government opponents is truly terrifying," said Tutu, calling for a "much greater commitment to achieving meaningful reconciliation."

    The Elders said 8,000 suspected ex-combatants were still detained without charge, and that the government was still using wartime emergency laws to control public debate.

    They also said the marginalisation of ethnic minority Tamils that was at the root of the war was not being addressed.

    Sri Lanka has recently opposed a UN panel of experts appointed to investigate "accountability" during the last months of fighting, when thousands of civilians were killed.

    The Elders urged the government to co-operate with the panel, and expressed their anger at a siege of UN offices in Colombo last month by demonstrators led by a cabinet minister.

    The group, which was formed in 2007, said the Sri Lankan government was guilty of a "clampdown on domestic critics" and "disdain for human rights."

    Annan said there had been "a deafening global silence in response to Sri Lanka?s actions, especially from its most influential friends," namely China, India, Japan and the United States.

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has dismissed calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes committed against the Tamil Tigers, and said he seeks ethnic reconciliation in the country.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeq

  17. Lands of the Tamil of North plundered ruthlessly without any control: families of Sri Lankan Forces settle down forcibly in the Tamil Homelands.

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alleges that the settling of families of the Sri Lankan Forces in Mannar and Kilinochchi and the denial of ancestral lands of the displaced Tamil refugees in the North and East as a most cruel injustice perpetrated on the Tamils.

    Suresh Premachandran and M T Suvendiran pointed out this grave injustice.
    There is information that 400 000 soldiers and their families are being settled in the Tamil areas.

    These ancestral lands are not being restored to the Tamil people and the Govt. has appropriated those lands and is demarcating them as High security zones.

    When the President Rajapaksa came to Kilinochchi to hold a meeting, he was questioned about the restoration of the ancestral lands to the Tamil people, he then assured that they will be given back to them for re settlement.

    Yet, the Sri Lankan Army Commander when he met the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters Ven. Theros, said, for the Sri Lankan security of the North and East, families of the Army will be settled there.

    Meanwhile the media Minister disclosed that the ancestral lands in the high security zones will not be given back to the owners.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=982

  18. Lands of the Tamil of North plundered ruthlessly without any control: families of Sri Lankan Forces settle down forcibly in the Tamil Homelands.

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alleges that the settling of families of the Sri Lankan Forces in Mannar and Kilinochchi and the denial of ancestral lands of the displaced Tamil refugees in the North and East as a most cruel injustice perpetrated on the Tamils.

    Suresh Premachandran and M T Suvendiran pointed out this grave injustice.
    There is information that 400 000 soldiers and their families are being settled in the Tamil areas.

    These ancestral lands are not being restored to the Tamil people and the Govt. has appropriated those lands and is demarcating them as High security zones.

    When the President Rajapaksa came to Kilinochchi to hold a meeting, he was questioned about the restoration of the ancestral lands to the Tamil people, he then assured that they will be given back to them for re settlement.

    Yet, the Sri Lankan Army Commander when he met the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters Ven. Theros, said, for the Sri Lankan security of the North and East, families of the Army will be settled there.

    Meanwhile the media Minister disclosed that the ancestral lands in the high security zones will not be given back to the owners.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=982

  19. Minister ties official to tree ???

    Administrative officials in Sri Lanka have condemned a minister for tying an official to a tree accusing him of failing to attend a meeting.
    Deputy highways minister Mervyn Silva has tied the Hunupitiya Samurdhi officer accusing the officer of not attending the meetings on controlling the dengue epidemic that has already caused over a hundred deaths during this year alone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  20. Minister ties official to tree ???

    Administrative officials in Sri Lanka have condemned a minister for tying an official to a tree accusing him of failing to attend a meeting.
    Deputy highways minister Mervyn Silva has tied the Hunupitiya Samurdhi officer accusing the officer of not attending the meetings on controlling the dengue epidemic that has already caused over a hundred deaths during this year alone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  21. Only Two Days Left for AI & Jim McDonald to explain their failure to press for War Crimes trials – against Western Representatives

    I've found something extremely odd about AI's laudable pursuit of 'war crimes' investigations against nations engaged in wars of choice (the US, UK) and wars of survival (SL).

    A Google search with the key words "amnesty international" "sri lanka" "war crimes" "investigation", produces hundreds of links to stories to actions instigated by AI against alleged SL 'war crimes'. http://tinyurl.com/3y5tx3y

    Yet, a Google search with the key words "amnesty international" "united states" "war crimes" "iraq" "investigations", produces nothing at all about calls by AI to investigate the US's alleged 'war crimes'. http://tinyurl.com/33rxsuf

    A's done fantastic work at uncovering individual instances of torture, disappearances in Iraq etc but seem unable to follow these to their logical conclusion. i.e. the people and governments who decided to initiate the conflict and thus cause these unimaginable numbers of civilian casualties.

    Where is AI's campaign to investigate and prosecute US Representatives responsible for the Iraq bloodbath?

    AI shows no fear or hesitation in leading the cry of 'war crimes' against SL. Yet AI is almost Victorian in its prudish determination not to hold the US and UK to the same standard.

    What's there to be afraid of? Surely not the beacons and fountain-heads of Human Rights, the Western powers?

    Odd, no? Over to you, Jim & Christopher.

  22. Only Two Days Left for AI & Jim McDonald to explain their failure to press for War Crimes trials – against Western Representatives

    I've found something extremely odd about AI's laudable pursuit of 'war crimes' investigations against nations engaged in wars of choice (the US, UK) and wars of survival (SL).

    A Google search with the key words "amnesty international" "sri lanka" "war crimes" "investigation", produces hundreds of links to stories to actions instigated by AI against alleged SL 'war crimes'. http://tinyurl.com/3y5tx3y

    Yet, a Google search with the key words "amnesty international" "united states" "war crimes" "iraq" "investigations", produces nothing at all about calls by AI to investigate the US's alleged 'war crimes'. http://tinyurl.com/33rxsuf

    A's done fantastic work at uncovering individual instances of torture, disappearances in Iraq etc but seem unable to follow these to their logical conclusion. i.e. the people and governments who decided to initiate the conflict and thus cause these unimaginable numbers of civilian casualties.

    Where is AI's campaign to investigate and prosecute US Representatives responsible for the Iraq bloodbath?

    AI shows no fear or hesitation in leading the cry of 'war crimes' against SL. Yet AI is almost Victorian in its prudish determination not to hold the US and UK to the same standard.

    What's there to be afraid of? Surely not the beacons and fountain-heads of Human Rights, the Western powers?

    Odd, no? Over to you, Jim & Christopher.

  23. Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship?Local journalists who speak out against human rights http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

    war crime or rape crime?
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art
    03.07.09 Kohona: ‘Victorious soldiers could have raped every single w..
    18.04.09 'Regular rapes, killings, degrading interrogations in intern..
    07.03.09 SLA shoots dead Tamil woman in Batticaloa
    14.02.09 Grand scale murder, rape of screened civilians feared, TNA M..
    28.01.09 Colombo's war crimes turn to rape of the fleeing – Jaffna MP
    25.09.08 Batticaloa woman molested in Trincomalee, 4 SL policemen rem..
    13.08.08 STF, police harass women in Ampaa’rai, says MP
    03.07.08 SLA, STF, police accused of sexual harassment in Aaraiyampat..
    28.12.07 Woman gang raped in Vadamaraadchi
    25.12.07 Woman raped, killed, 3 men slain in Vavuniyaa
    04.11.07 Rape by Sri Lankan troops resurfaces – in Haiti
    16.10.07 Girl student disappears in Pungkudutheevu
    05.07.06 Uduvil woman raped, murdered
    01.02.06 Sexual assault at Kopay SLA camp suspected, says TNA MP
    03.01.06 Free Tamil women from fear of rape- Sithamparanathan
    20.12.05 Tharsini raped before murder- Medical Report
    28.10.05 Villagers foil SLA rape attempt, Puthur tense, protesters be..
    05.08.05 Batticaloa woman raped before murder – JMO
    14.03.05 Woman identifies SLA soldier in attempted rape case
    10.03.05 Sri Lanka army camp pelted over rape attempt
    22.10.04 Ex Policeman charged for raping fourteen year old girl
    24.08.04 Paramilitary cadre arrested for rape, murder of girl
    06.05.04 Thavadi residents foil attempted rape by SLA soldier
    20.12.03 Police suspects in Mannar torture, rape to be indicted
    27.10.03 Big demo in Mannar against Police rape
    19.04.03 Poverty, oblivion dog rape victim
    01.10.02 Rape case reported to UN official
    23.09.02 PTA suspect raped and tortured -JMO
    21.04.98 Rape witness said burned alive
    15.04.98 Girl claims police rape
    18.03.98 Krishanthi case accused escape police custody
    18.03.98 Coverup of rape underway?
    17.03.98 Young woman raped in Jaffna
    31.10.97 Girl attempts suicide after rape

  24. Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship?Local journalists who speak out against human rights http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

    war crime or rape crime?
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art
    03.07.09 Kohona: ‘Victorious soldiers could have raped every single w..
    18.04.09 'Regular rapes, killings, degrading interrogations in intern..
    07.03.09 SLA shoots dead Tamil woman in Batticaloa
    14.02.09 Grand scale murder, rape of screened civilians feared, TNA M..
    28.01.09 Colombo's war crimes turn to rape of the fleeing – Jaffna MP
    25.09.08 Batticaloa woman molested in Trincomalee, 4 SL policemen rem..
    13.08.08 STF, police harass women in Ampaa’rai, says MP
    03.07.08 SLA, STF, police accused of sexual harassment in Aaraiyampat..
    28.12.07 Woman gang raped in Vadamaraadchi
    25.12.07 Woman raped, killed, 3 men slain in Vavuniyaa
    04.11.07 Rape by Sri Lankan troops resurfaces – in Haiti
    16.10.07 Girl student disappears in Pungkudutheevu
    05.07.06 Uduvil woman raped, murdered
    01.02.06 Sexual assault at Kopay SLA camp suspected, says TNA MP
    03.01.06 Free Tamil women from fear of rape- Sithamparanathan
    20.12.05 Tharsini raped before murder- Medical Report
    28.10.05 Villagers foil SLA rape attempt, Puthur tense, protesters be..
    05.08.05 Batticaloa woman raped before murder – JMO
    14.03.05 Woman identifies SLA soldier in attempted rape case
    10.03.05 Sri Lanka army camp pelted over rape attempt
    22.10.04 Ex Policeman charged for raping fourteen year old girl
    24.08.04 Paramilitary cadre arrested for rape, murder of girl
    06.05.04 Thavadi residents foil attempted rape by SLA soldier
    20.12.03 Police suspects in Mannar torture, rape to be indicted
    27.10.03 Big demo in Mannar against Police rape
    19.04.03 Poverty, oblivion dog rape victim
    01.10.02 Rape case reported to UN official
    23.09.02 PTA suspect raped and tortured -JMO
    21.04.98 Rape witness said burned alive
    15.04.98 Girl claims police rape
    18.03.98 Krishanthi case accused escape police custody
    18.03.98 Coverup of rape underway?
    17.03.98 Young woman raped in Jaffna
    31.10.97 Girl attempts suicide after rape

  25. Information for US citizens on their way to to Demand Accountability for Sri Lanka Crimes with your 'Representatives'.

    Tell your Representatives about the Sri Lanka's LTTE's Child Soldier REHABILITATION Policy and the LTTE's Child Abuse policy.

    Here's first-hand testimony from BBC HARDtalk's Sri Lanka – Former LTTE Child Soldiers Rebuilding Their Lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46u2G6PsVRg

    Who was aiding and abetting this child abuse? The US-resident supporters of 'Eelam' now hypocritically crying about 'war crimes' and similar nonsense. They want your support.

    Do not support them in their perverted desire to keep alive the SL conflict and increase the probability of more child abuse occurring amongst SL's Tamil children.

    And who was hindering Sri Lanka's fightagainst the child-abusing LTTE? Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the usual cabal of 'human rights' advocacy groups.

  26. Information for US citizens on their way to to Demand Accountability for Sri Lanka Crimes with your 'Representatives'.

    Tell your Representatives about the Sri Lanka's LTTE's Child Soldier REHABILITATION Policy and the LTTE's Child Abuse policy.

    Here's first-hand testimony from BBC HARDtalk's Sri Lanka – Former LTTE Child Soldiers Rebuilding Their Lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46u2G6PsVRg

    Who was aiding and abetting this child abuse? The US-resident supporters of 'Eelam' now hypocritically crying about 'war crimes' and similar nonsense. They want your support.

    Do not support them in their perverted desire to keep alive the SL conflict and increase the probability of more child abuse occurring amongst SL's Tamil children.

    And who was hindering Sri Lanka's fightagainst the child-abusing LTTE? Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the usual cabal of 'human rights' advocacy groups.

  27. Def. sec. Gotabhaya interview to BBC given only option to UN to have the investigation. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Today, the upsurge of Sinhalese chauvinism flows from the fact that the Sri Lankan military accomplished a task whose pursuit forced the mightier Indian army to make an ignominious exit 19 years ago. Consequently, Colombo is going to be even less inclined than before to listen to New Delhi/UN/US. Indeed, the manner in which Colombo played the China and Pakistan cards in recent years to outsmart India is likely to remain an enduring feature of Sri Lankan diplomacy, making Sri Lanka a potential springboard for anti-India/US/UN maneuvers.

    Govt. 'trying to change' demography http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  28. Def. sec. Gotabhaya interview to BBC given only option to UN to have the investigation. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Today, the upsurge of Sinhalese chauvinism flows from the fact that the Sri Lankan military accomplished a task whose pursuit forced the mightier Indian army to make an ignominious exit 19 years ago. Consequently, Colombo is going to be even less inclined than before to listen to New Delhi/UN/US. Indeed, the manner in which Colombo played the China and Pakistan cards in recent years to outsmart India is likely to remain an enduring feature of Sri Lankan diplomacy, making Sri Lanka a potential springboard for anti-India/US/UN maneuvers.

    Govt. 'trying to change' demography http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/1

  29. Editors

    Eelam delenda est
    August 3rd, 2010 at 11:34 am
    ——————————————-
    He is closing down all opposing to him bloggers by abusing low comment rating button

    I have noticed that after his visit to the forum – low comment rating button increasing by 10 -12 clicks.each and every time

    He is using it unfairly.

  30. To the Eelam Whiners:

    I wish technically adept as you claim to do what you say happens with the low comments! Oddly my comments (and those of anyone opposing the LTTE) were always the first to be 'suppressed' by annoyed Eelamists. So, for you to complain now is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

    Do tell us all how you managed to suppress comments on previous AI blog postings.

  31. In July 1983, in Sri Lanka- Tamil Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside.

    Sinhala Death squads battering Tamil passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets!

    Tamil prisoners and political detainees in the Sri Lanka’s top prison being massacred.

    The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities.

    The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!

    The evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance

    Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

    The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

    The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

  32. Sudharshana Rajasingham said:

    Before the 1983 July riots, I was teaching at Methodist College in Colombo and I was eight months pregnant. My husband was working abroad. On the 25th of July, I got a phone call from a colleague telling me not to come to school because of “troubles.” The word trouble was not new to us – it meant racially motivated riots. It happened in 1971 and again 1977.

    Amah, my younger sister and myself were home alone with the door locked as we waited till everything settled down. Around three in the afternoon, we heard loud banging on the door. We saw 35-40 people armed with sticks, and hatchets – shouting at us to come out. Surprisingly, we also saw Buddhist monks among the rioters.

  33. Black July illustrates the Sri Lankan Government’s undeniable involvement in the genocidal acts against Tamils.

    July 25 : After the midnight lull, Sinhala mobs were led by people with voter registration lists in hand torched Tamil homes, looted and destroyed Tamil businesses. All traffic was searched, and any Tamils found were killed, maimed, or burned alive. Cyril Matthew, Minister of Industries, was witnessed directly pinpointing shops to be burned down.

    Many policemen were deployed throughout the city; however, they tacitly stood and watched on. Witnesses recall lorry loads of armed troops leisurely waving to looters who waved greetings back. Curfew was only declared by the Sri Lankan President late in afternoon after the worst was over. However, the violence continued unabated

    In Welikade prison, 35 Tamil political prisoners who were awaiting trail under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, were massacred by Sinhalese prisoners with the complicity of jail guards using spikes, clubs and iron rods.

    The violence spread rapidly throughout the country, engulfing towns like Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya and Trincomalee. One town was completely wiped out – the Indian Tamil town of Kandapola, near Nuwara Eliya.

    July 26 : Government imposed a strict censorship of media reporting on the anti-Tamil violence. Word spread of Sri Lanka’s state of disorder as eye witness accounts and photographs taken by returning tourists illustrated the scale of violence. They described how Tamil motorists were dragged out of their vehicles and hacked to pieces while others were drenched with petrol and set alight in full view of the security forces.

    July 27 : 17 more prisoners at Welikade Prison were hacked to death just two days after the prison massacre. The surviving 36 prisoners are transferred to other prisons. Witnesses of the violence reported that charred corpses of Tamil victims lined the streets of Colombo, some mutilated with X’s.

    July 28 (Day 5): President J.R. Jayewardene addressed the nation for the first time since the anti-Tamil pogroms, only to fan the flames of anti-Tamil sentiments by stating that anyone who advocated for separatism would lose all their “civic rights”. He states, “….the time has now come to accede to the clamour and natural request of the Sinhala people to prevent the country from being divided.” Vigilantes set up make-shift roadblocks in villages across the island, searched cars and buses for Tamil passengers. In one incident, a Sinhalese mob burnt to death about 20 Tamils on a minibus as European tourists look on in horror.

  34. In July 1983, in Sri Lanka- Tamil Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside.

    Sinhala Death squads battering Tamil passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets!

    Tamil prisoners and political detainees in the Sri Lanka’s top prison being massacred.

    The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities.

    The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!

    The evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance

    Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

    The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

    The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

  35. I have travelled from Colombo to Jaffna by ship three times in my life, losing everything to Sinhala mobs.

    In 1958 as a four months old, travelled to KKS in a French Passenger ship.

    1977 as a teenager in Lanka Ranee Cargo ship.

    1983, Indian passenger ship.

    My mother thought I may not have a fourth chance and pleaded me to go abroad.

    She is correct, If 1983 repeated again, there is no safe place for Tamils to go.

  36. I was 17 years old and about to sit my A’Levels when the mayhem started. Together with my mother and a few ladies in the neighborhood (all the men were at work) we formed a vigilante group to protect the 3 Tamil homes down our street. We were successful at first and turned away two mobs of about 20-30 people, however were overpowered by the third mob which numbered about a 100. I tried my best to reason with the “leader” and remember well his arguments. He was a racist and he told it was his patriotic duty to kill Tamils and burn their homes. The sheer helplessness watching him vaulting over the gate, pushing the car out and burning it on the street. The sound of the furniture and windows being smashed. The elderly Tamil couple was burned alive in their home that day… I still hear them screaming… I had total loss of appetite and inability to face a plate of rice for a weeks after that.

  37. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved “to the extent that one would have hoped”.

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed “proper media reporting”.

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government’s “clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response”.

    “Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed,” it says.

    It said there was a “deafening global silence” to Sri Lanka’s “worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability”, which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government’s persecution of its critics was “terrifying”.

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were “simplifying and preaching” instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    ‘Violations’

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don’t think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari “If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical,” he said.

    “Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired.”

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about “alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10851163

  38. Lands in the North and East of Sri Lanka to be auctioned

    Executive Director of Land Reclamation Corporation, Hariguptha Rohanadheera said the Commission was looking at the possibility of selling its lands in the North and East provinces or lend them out on long term leases. He made this comment when we inquired about it from him and said the Commission had approximately 35,000 acres in the two provinces.

    Rohanadheera said the lands would be given out for agriculture, business and housing purposes. However, he said conditions would be laid down if the lands are to be used for housing purposes. The Commission’s lands in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Jaffna districts are to be sold or leased out in this manner.

  39. A group of global statesmen, founded by Nelson Mandela, Tuesday criticised the Sri Lankan government for failing to build on peace brought to the island by the end of the civil war last year.

    Sri Lankan troops defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a massive military offensive that ended decades of bloody ethnic conflict.

    But the “Elders” — who include former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, ex US president Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu — said the government’s post-war conduct warranted international concern.

    “The ongoing persecution and disappearances of human rights activists, journalists and government opponents is truly terrifying,” said Tutu, calling for a “much greater commitment to achieving meaningful reconciliation.”

    The Elders said 8,000 suspected ex-combatants were still detained without charge, and that the government was still using wartime emergency laws to control public debate.

    They also said the marginalisation of ethnic minority Tamils that was at the root of the war was not being addressed.

    Sri Lanka has recently opposed a UN panel of experts appointed to investigate “accountability” during the last months of fighting, when thousands of civilians were killed.

    The Elders urged the government to co-operate with the panel, and expressed their anger at a siege of UN offices in Colombo last month by demonstrators led by a cabinet minister.

    The group, which was formed in 2007, said the Sri Lankan government was guilty of a “clampdown on domestic critics” and “disdain for human rights.”

    Annan said there had been “a deafening global silence in response to Sri Lanka?s actions, especially from its most influential friends,” namely China, India, Japan and the United States.

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has dismissed calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes committed against the Tamil Tigers, and said he seeks ethnic reconciliation in the country.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jDAHPE4TEcDMjUmvxrYhSegR7qkg

  40. Lands of the Tamil of North plundered ruthlessly without any control: families of Sri Lankan Forces settle down forcibly in the Tamil Homelands.

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alleges that the settling of families of the Sri Lankan Forces in Mannar and Kilinochchi and the denial of ancestral lands of the displaced Tamil refugees in the North and East as a most cruel injustice perpetrated on the Tamils.

    Suresh Premachandran and M T Suvendiran pointed out this grave injustice.
    There is information that 400 000 soldiers and their families are being settled in the Tamil areas.

    These ancestral lands are not being restored to the Tamil people and the Govt. has appropriated those lands and is demarcating them as High security zones.

    When the President Rajapaksa came to Kilinochchi to hold a meeting, he was questioned about the restoration of the ancestral lands to the Tamil people, he then assured that they will be given back to them for re settlement.

    Yet, the Sri Lankan Army Commander when he met the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters Ven. Theros, said, for the Sri Lankan security of the North and East, families of the Army will be settled there.

    Meanwhile the media Minister disclosed that the ancestral lands in the high security zones will not be given back to the owners.

    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=9829

  41. Minister ties official to tree ???

    Administrative officials in Sri Lanka have condemned a minister for tying an official to a tree accusing him of failing to attend a meeting.
    Deputy highways minister Mervyn Silva has tied the Hunupitiya Samurdhi officer accusing the officer of not attending the meetings on controlling the dengue epidemic that has already caused over a hundred deaths during this year alone.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/100803_mervyn_silva.shtml

  42. Only Two Days Left for AI & Jim McDonald to explain their failure to press for War Crimes trials – against Western Representatives

    I’ve found something extremely odd about AI’s laudable pursuit of ‘war crimes’ investigations against nations engaged in wars of choice (the US, UK) and wars of survival (SL).

    A Google search with the key words “amnesty international” “sri lanka” “war crimes” “investigation”, produces hundreds of links to stories to actions instigated by AI against alleged SL ‘war crimes’.
    http://tinyurl.com/3y5tx3y

    Yet, a Google search with the key words “amnesty international” “united states” “war crimes” “iraq” “investigations”, produces nothing at all about calls by AI to investigate the US’s alleged ‘war crimes’.
    http://tinyurl.com/33rxsuf

    A’s done fantastic work at uncovering individual instances of torture, disappearances in Iraq etc but seem unable to follow these to their logical conclusion. i.e. the people and governments who decided to initiate the conflict and thus cause these unimaginable numbers of civilian casualties.

    Where is AI’s campaign to investigate and prosecute US Representatives responsible for the Iraq bloodbath?

    AI shows no fear or hesitation in leading the cry of ‘war crimes’ against SL. Yet AI is almost Victorian in its prudish determination not to hold the US and UK to the same standard.

    What’s there to be afraid of? Surely not the beacons and fountain-heads of Human Rights, the Western powers?

    Odd, no? Over to you, Jim & Christopher.

  43. Why the media silence on Sri Lanka’s descent into dictatorship?Local journalists who speak out against human rights
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/jul/12/sri-lanka-journalists-threatened

    war crime or rape crime?

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=30363
    03.07.09 Kohona: ‘Victorious soldiers could have raped every single w..
    18.04.09 ‘Regular rapes, killings, degrading interrogations in intern..
    07.03.09 SLA shoots dead Tamil woman in Batticaloa
    14.02.09 Grand scale murder, rape of screened civilians feared, TNA M..
    28.01.09 Colombo’s war crimes turn to rape of the fleeing – Jaffna MP
    25.09.08 Batticaloa woman molested in Trincomalee, 4 SL policemen rem..
    13.08.08 STF, police harass women in Ampaa’rai, says MP
    03.07.08 SLA, STF, police accused of sexual harassment in Aaraiyampat..
    28.12.07 Woman gang raped in Vadamaraadchi
    25.12.07 Woman raped, killed, 3 men slain in Vavuniyaa
    04.11.07 Rape by Sri Lankan troops resurfaces – in Haiti
    16.10.07 Girl student disappears in Pungkudutheevu
    05.07.06 Uduvil woman raped, murdered
    01.02.06 Sexual assault at Kopay SLA camp suspected, says TNA MP
    03.01.06 Free Tamil women from fear of rape- Sithamparanathan
    20.12.05 Tharsini raped before murder- Medical Report
    28.10.05 Villagers foil SLA rape attempt, Puthur tense, protesters be..
    05.08.05 Batticaloa woman raped before murder – JMO
    14.03.05 Woman identifies SLA soldier in attempted rape case
    10.03.05 Sri Lanka army camp pelted over rape attempt
    22.10.04 Ex Policeman charged for raping fourteen year old girl
    24.08.04 Paramilitary cadre arrested for rape, murder of girl
    06.05.04 Thavadi residents foil attempted rape by SLA soldier
    20.12.03 Police suspects in Mannar torture, rape to be indicted
    27.10.03 Big demo in Mannar against Police rape
    19.04.03 Poverty, oblivion dog rape victim
    01.10.02 Rape case reported to UN official
    23.09.02 PTA suspect raped and tortured -JMO
    21.04.98 Rape witness said burned alive
    15.04.98 Girl claims police rape
    18.03.98 Krishanthi case accused escape police custody
    18.03.98 Coverup of rape underway?
    17.03.98 Young woman raped in Jaffna
    31.10.97 Girl attempts suicide after rape

  44. Information for US citizens on their way to to Demand Accountability for Sri Lanka Crimes with your ‘Representatives’.

    Tell your Representatives about the Sri Lanka’s LTTE’s Child Soldier REHABILITATION Policy and the LTTE’s Child Abuse policy.

    Here’s first-hand testimony from BBC HARDtalk’s Sri Lanka – Former LTTE Child Soldiers Rebuilding Their Lives
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46u2G6PsVRg

    Who was aiding and abetting this child abuse? The US-resident supporters of ‘Eelam’ now hypocritically crying about ‘war crimes’ and similar nonsense. They want your support.

    Do not support them in their perverted desire to keep alive the SL conflict and increase the probability of more child abuse occurring amongst SL’s Tamil children.

    And who was hindering Sri Lanka’s fightagainst the child-abusing LTTE? Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the usual cabal of ‘human rights’ advocacy groups.

  45. Def. sec. Gotabhaya interview to BBC given only option to UN to have the investigation.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31144

    Today, the upsurge of Sinhalese chauvinism flows from the fact that the Sri Lankan military accomplished a task whose pursuit forced the mightier Indian army to make an ignominious exit 19 years ago. Consequently, Colombo is going to be even less inclined than before to listen to New Delhi/UN/US. Indeed, the manner in which Colombo played the China and Pakistan cards in recent years to outsmart India is likely to remain an enduring feature of Sri Lankan diplomacy, making Sri Lanka a potential springboard for anti-India/US/UN maneuvers.

    Govt. ‘trying to change’ demography
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/08/100802_north_resettlement.shtml

  46. Editors

    Eelam delenda est
    August 3rd, 2010 at 11:34 am
    ——————————————-
    He is closing down all opposing to him bloggers by abusing low comment rating button

    I have noticed that after his visit to the forum – low comment rating button increasing by 10 -12 clicks.each and every time

    He is using it unfairly.

  47. To the Eelam Whiners:

    I wish technically adept as you claim to do what you say happens with the low comments! Oddly my comments (and those of anyone opposing the LTTE) were always the first to be ‘suppressed’ by annoyed Eelamists. So, for you to complain now is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

    Do tell us all how you managed to suppress comments on previous AI blog postings.

  48. In July 1983, in Sri Lanka- Tamil Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside.

    Sinhala Death squads battering Tamil passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets!

    Tamil prisoners and political detainees in the Sri Lanka’s top prison being massacred.

    The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities.

    The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!

    The evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance

    Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

    The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

    The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

  49. Sudharshana Rajasingham said:

    Before the 1983 July riots, I was teaching at Methodist College in Colombo and I was eight months pregnant. My husband was working abroad. On the 25th of July, I got a phone call from a colleague telling me not to come to school because of “troubles.” The word trouble was not new to us – it meant racially motivated riots. It happened in 1971 and again 1977.

    Amah, my younger sister and myself were home alone with the door locked as we waited till everything settled down. Around three in the afternoon, we heard loud banging on the door. We saw 35-40 people armed with sticks, and hatchets – shouting at us to come out. Surprisingly, we also saw Buddhist monks among the rioters.

  50. Black July illustrates the Sri Lankan Government’s undeniable involvement in the genocidal acts against Tamils.

    July 25 : After the midnight lull, Sinhala mobs were led by people with voter registration lists in hand torched Tamil homes, looted and destroyed Tamil businesses. All traffic was searched, and any Tamils found were killed, maimed, or burned alive. Cyril Matthew, Minister of Industries, was witnessed directly pinpointing shops to be burned down.

    Many policemen were deployed throughout the city; however, they tacitly stood and watched on. Witnesses recall lorry loads of armed troops leisurely waving to looters who waved greetings back. Curfew was only declared by the Sri Lankan President late in afternoon after the worst was over. However, the violence continued unabated

    In Welikade prison, 35 Tamil political prisoners who were awaiting trail under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, were massacred by Sinhalese prisoners with the complicity of jail guards using spikes, clubs and iron rods.

    The violence spread rapidly throughout the country, engulfing towns like Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya and Trincomalee. One town was completely wiped out – the Indian Tamil town of Kandapola, near Nuwara Eliya.

    July 26 : Government imposed a strict censorship of media reporting on the anti-Tamil violence. Word spread of Sri Lanka’s state of disorder as eye witness accounts and photographs taken by returning tourists illustrated the scale of violence. They described how Tamil motorists were dragged out of their vehicles and hacked to pieces while others were drenched with petrol and set alight in full view of the security forces.

    July 27 : 17 more prisoners at Welikade Prison were hacked to death just two days after the prison massacre. The surviving 36 prisoners are transferred to other prisons. Witnesses of the violence reported that charred corpses of Tamil victims lined the streets of Colombo, some mutilated with X’s.

    July 28 (Day 5): President J.R. Jayewardene addressed the nation for the first time since the anti-Tamil pogroms, only to fan the flames of anti-Tamil sentiments by stating that anyone who advocated for separatism would lose all their “civic rights”. He states, “….the time has now come to accede to the clamour and natural request of the Sinhala people to prevent the country from being divided.” Vigilantes set up make-shift roadblocks in villages across the island, searched cars and buses for Tamil passengers. In one incident, a Sinhalese mob burnt to death about 20 Tamils on a minibus as European tourists look on in horror.

  51. To EDE and Moderators and the LTTE Whiner !

    I have mentioned on several posts before that this voting system is rubbish and should be removed. I have informed the moderators of who was misusing it and how it's been misused.

    The number 1 culprit was the Ape Rohan who also uses many other names / handles to post on these blogs. I personally have experienced him doing it over and over again – the best example was Last Friday night (for USA) where he kept on copying and pasting items and each time an item was pasted, votes increased on each and every post. The system only tracks the IP number and not the MAC number – hence, a person who uses a network with any NAT IP feature (as Wi-Fi) could vote repeatedly, just by re-log-in and refreshing the site.

    Take this post as an example – Only 1 or 2 people have made comments (I would say cut and paste) supporting the Terrorist acts, but under several names – the reason for 2 thumbs up votes. But, now, we see more prominent gentleman and ladies of Sri Lanka also visiting these Rubbish blogs and making comments – which means, there is a better following from Anti-terrorist groups here. Hence, obvious increase in clicks for those comments against terrorists.

    Well, If you go to previous posts on SL, it was EDE, Jim Gona AKS Rip V W, and all other Anti Terrorists comments were suppressed. It's good to see you whiners feel it when people actually click right !!

  52. Coming back to the subject, We see that the Apes as usual are still living in the 1980's where what happened has already been sorted among all communities and taken necessary preventive actions.

    By trying to rewind the memories back to 1983, I trust the LTTE Apes are trying to deviate attention to current situation as they are running out of slogans.

    What happened to your slogans of Mass Graves, Carpet cluster bombing, IDP camps, Rape, Murder etc ????? You are running out of them because the time you lied about these false claims are over – There are no more IDP camps, No Mass graves as you claimed, No Rape, No Murder, not a sight of cluster bombing or any country or person who sold / provided such bombs to Sri Lanks etc…

    This shows that you are kind of dying to find some fault with the GOSL to pin point that the GOSL are mistreating Tamils – LOL !! Sorry my dear Apes, Tamils are living the time of their lives and may be haven't been this happy for a long time. You were the Curse that God set up on them for some small mistake they have done I guess. Anyways, God was good enough to take you Apes away from them for good – Only a few Apes like you (who post here) remain.

  53. To AI,

    Keep in mind that we will also inform these 'representatives' of all the mishaps that you did, how you got paid from a Terrorist group and also what the Terrorists did to innocent people for the past 30 years.

    Remember that it is always a two (2) way process – we can tell them too !!!

    As I mentioned in one of my posts yesterday, Don't try to wash other peoples backsides when you already are in a Drainage Pit !!

    Clean your side and be True representatives of Humanity. What you are doing now is disgracing humanity.

    As I have always mentioned, Try to earn your bread and butter in a decent manner – Blood money would not take you anywhere – at least it will be short lived.

    Take lessons from the History ! What ever bad that happened in the past thousands of years, though at that time was not known, did come to the knowledge of the people – we still see people apologizing for what their ancestors did (including the good Pope for the killings that were done in the name of Jesus)

    So, try to at least think of this and be remembered as True humanitarians than a Spineless Pussy Group who depended on Blood Money and Drug money to earn your livings !!

  54. Dear Day dreamers of Tamil Eelam and AI!!
    http://www.sinhaya.com/Sinhaya.com/Massacres_by_Lhttp://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/shrilanka

    Please take the time to read the details in the above links!!! These are the stories of innocent civilians who were attacked by the LTTE!! if AI is an unbiased humanitarian organization, I am sure they will talk about this in their blog too!! Since the shattered dreamers of Eelam and AI talk so much about the issues which took place so many years ago!!!

    Who represents and speaks of the rights of these innocent people massacred by the LTTE. What crime did they commit to die this way? Was it because they were the Sinhalese and the Muslims who were living in the land LTTE claimed to be theirs?? Cannot a multiethnic, multicultural set of people live in harmony in one country in one piece of land??

    Face the facts and stop dwelling along the past memories!! Ending the brutal war had given a chance to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their political beliefs, cast or creed to turn a new chapter and move on!! AI the people in Afghanistan and Iraq would need your help more at this moment of time!! But please do this with good faith!! Support the innocent and not the separatist or the terrorists!!

  55. Dear Day dreamers of Tamil Eelam and AI!!
    http://www.sinhaya.com/Sinhaya.com/Massacres_by_Lhttp://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/shrilanka

    Please take the time to read the details in the above links!!! These are the stories of innocent civilians who were attacked by the LTTE!! if AI is an unbiased humanitarian organization, I am sure they will talk about this in their blog too!! Since the shattered dreamers of Eelam and AI talk so much about the issues which took place so many years ago!!!

    Who represents and speaks of the rights of these innocent people massacred by the LTTE. What crime did they commit to die this way? Was it because they were the Sinhalese and the Muslims who were living in the land LTTE claimed to be theirs?? Cannot a multiethnic, multicultural set of people live in harmony in one country in one piece of land??

    Face the facts and stop dwelling along the past memories!! Ending the brutal war had given a chance to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their political beliefs, cast or creed to turn a new chapter and move on!! AI the people in Afghanistan and Iraq would need your help more at this moment of time!! But please do this with good faith!! Support the innocent and not the separatist or the terrorists!!

  56. Dear Day dreamers of Tamil Eelam and AI!!
    http://www.sinhaya.com/Sinhaya.com/Massacres_by_Lhttp://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/shrilanka

    Please take the time to read the details in the above links!!! These are the stories of innocent civilians who were attacked by the LTTE!! if AI is an unbiased humanitarian organization, I am sure they will talk about this in their blog too!! Since the shattered dreamers of Eelam and AI talk so much about the issues which took place so many years ago!!!

    Who represents and speaks of the rights of these innocent people massacred by the LTTE. What crime did they commit to die this way? Was it because they were the Sinhalese and the Muslims who were living in the land LTTE claimed to be theirs?? Cannot a multiethnic, multicultural set of people live in harmony in one country in one piece of land??

    Face the facts and stop dwelling along the past memories!! Ending the brutal war had given a chance to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their political beliefs, cast or creed to turn a new chapter and move on!! AI the people in Afghanistan and Iraq would need your help more at this moment of time!! But please do this with good faith!! Support the innocent and not the separatist or the terrorists!!

  57. To EDE and Moderators and the LTTE Whiner !

    I have mentioned on several posts before that this voting system is rubbish and should be removed. I have informed the moderators of who was misusing it and how it’s been misused.

    The number 1 culprit was the Ape Rohan who also uses many other names / handles to post on these blogs. I personally have experienced him doing it over and over again – the best example was Last Friday night (for USA) where he kept on copying and pasting items and each time an item was pasted, votes increased on each and every post. The system only tracks the IP number and not the MAC number – hence, a person who uses a network with any NAT IP feature (as Wi-Fi) could vote repeatedly, just by re-log-in and refreshing the site.

    Take this post as an example – Only 1 or 2 people have made comments (I would say cut and paste) supporting the Terrorist acts, but under several names – the reason for 2 thumbs up votes. But, now, we see more prominent gentleman and ladies of Sri Lanka also visiting these Rubbish blogs and making comments – which means, there is a better following from Anti-terrorist groups here. Hence, obvious increase in clicks for those comments against terrorists.

    Well, If you go to previous posts on SL, it was EDE, Jim Gona AKS Rip V W, and all other Anti Terrorists comments were suppressed. It’s good to see you whiners feel it when people actually click right !!

  58. Coming back to the subject, We see that the Apes as usual are still living in the 1980′s where what happened has already been sorted among all communities and taken necessary preventive actions.

    By trying to rewind the memories back to 1983, I trust the LTTE Apes are trying to deviate attention to current situation as they are running out of slogans.

    What happened to your slogans of Mass Graves, Carpet cluster bombing, IDP camps, Rape, Murder etc ????? You are running out of them because the time you lied about these false claims are over – There are no more IDP camps, No Mass graves as you claimed, No Rape, No Murder, not a sight of cluster bombing or any country or person who sold / provided such bombs to Sri Lanks etc…

    This shows that you are kind of dying to find some fault with the GOSL to pin point that the GOSL are mistreating Tamils – LOL !! Sorry my dear Apes, Tamils are living the time of their lives and may be haven’t been this happy for a long time. You were the Curse that God set up on them for some small mistake they have done I guess. Anyways, God was good enough to take you Apes away from them for good – Only a few Apes like you (who post here) remain.

  59. To AI,

    Keep in mind that we will also inform these ‘representatives’ of all the mishaps that you did, how you got paid from a Terrorist group and also what the Terrorists did to innocent people for the past 30 years.

    Remember that it is always a two (2) way process – we can tell them too !!!

    As I mentioned in one of my posts yesterday, Don’t try to wash other peoples backsides when you already are in a Drainage Pit !!

    Clean your side and be True representatives of Humanity. What you are doing now is disgracing humanity.

    As I have always mentioned, Try to earn your bread and butter in a decent manner – Blood money would not take you anywhere – at least it will be short lived.

    Take lessons from the History ! What ever bad that happened in the past thousands of years, though at that time was not known, did come to the knowledge of the people – we still see people apologizing for what their ancestors did (including the good Pope for the killings that were done in the name of Jesus)

    So, try to at least think of this and be remembered as True humanitarians than a Spineless Pussy Group who depended on Blood Money and Drug money to earn your livings !!

  60. Rip,
    Thanks for explaining how they manage to rig the votes. The best way to have any sort of meaningful & intelligent conversation on these blogs would be to simply prevent cut'n'paste of long articles that no-one reads, anyway!

    The biggest abusers of the 'ranking' button were and remain the pro-Eelam crowd. The same old thing repeated ad-nauseum, rendering a constructive dialogue all but impossible.

  61. Dear Day dreamers of Tamil Eelam and AI!!

    http://www.sinhaya.com/Sinhaya.com/Massacres_by_LTTE.html
    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/shrilanka/database/data_suicide_killings.htm

    Please take the time to read the details in the above links!!! These are the stories of innocent civilians who were attacked by the LTTE!! if AI is an unbiased humanitarian organization, I am sure they will talk about this in their blog too!! Since the shattered dreamers of Eelam and AI talk so much about the issues which took place so many years ago!!!

    Who represents and speaks of the rights of these innocent people massacred by the LTTE. What crime did they commit to die this way? Was it because they were the Sinhalese and the Muslims who were living in the land LTTE claimed to be theirs?? Cannot a multiethnic, multicultural set of people live in harmony in one country in one piece of land??

    Face the facts and stop dwelling along the past memories!! Ending the brutal war had given a chance to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their political beliefs, cast or creed to turn a new chapter and move on!! AI the people in Afghanistan and Iraq would need your help more at this moment of time!! But please do this with good faith!! Support the innocent and not the separatist or the terrorists!!

  62. Peoples Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.
    There are 4 findings:

    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of war crimes
    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of crimes against humanity
    •That the charge of genocide requires further investigation
    •That the International Community, particularly the UK and USA, share responsibility for the breakdown of the peace process.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  63. Desmond Tutu Rebukes Sri Lanka http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/desmo

    Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,” during the civil war that ended last year. He added, “It is doubtful that the President’s ‘Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’ will help Sri Lankans to work towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”

    The group called on international governments to end their “deafening silence” in response to a list of recent actions by Sri Lanka, including:

    •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 L.T.T.E. [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam].

    •Lack of action by the government to address the political marginalization of ethnic minorities that was at the root of Sri Lanka’s 30 years of war.

    •Unacceptable behavior towards the United Nations — including a siege by demonstrators of U.N. offices in Colombo, led by a cabinet minister — following the U.N. secretary-general’s appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by both sides during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

  64. 2 persons abducted in white van in Borella http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Two persons including a woman were abducted in Colombo Tuesday night around 10.30 p.m. by unidentified persons arrived in white van. The couple were walking along the road between Borella and Fort when the van stopped and forcibly took them and fled, according to complaints lodged with the Borella Police.

    Whereabouts of both persons were still not known according to preliminary inquiry by the police.

    The victims identities also were not revealed by the police.

  65. Peoples Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.
    There are 4 findings:

    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of war crimes
    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of crimes against humanity
    •That the charge of genocide requires further investigation
    •That the International Community, particularly the UK and USA, share responsibility for the breakdown of the peace process.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  66. Peoples Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.
    There are 4 findings:

    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of war crimes
    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of crimes against humanity
    •That the charge of genocide requires further investigation
    •That the International Community, particularly the UK and USA, share responsibility for the breakdown of the peace process.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  67. Desmond Tutu Rebukes Sri Lanka http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/desmo

    Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,” during the civil war that ended last year. He added, “It is doubtful that the President’s ‘Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’ will help Sri Lankans to work towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”

    The group called on international governments to end their “deafening silence” in response to a list of recent actions by Sri Lanka, including:

    •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 L.T.T.E. [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam].

    •Lack of action by the government to address the political marginalization of ethnic minorities that was at the root of Sri Lanka’s 30 years of war.

    •Unacceptable behavior towards the United Nations — including a siege by demonstrators of U.N. offices in Colombo, led by a cabinet minister — following the U.N. secretary-general’s appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by both sides during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

  68. Desmond Tutu Rebukes Sri Lanka http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/desmo

    Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,” during the civil war that ended last year. He added, “It is doubtful that the President’s ‘Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’ will help Sri Lankans to work towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”

    The group called on international governments to end their “deafening silence” in response to a list of recent actions by Sri Lanka, including:

    •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 L.T.T.E. [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam].

    •Lack of action by the government to address the political marginalization of ethnic minorities that was at the root of Sri Lanka’s 30 years of war.

    •Unacceptable behavior towards the United Nations — including a siege by demonstrators of U.N. offices in Colombo, led by a cabinet minister — following the U.N. secretary-general’s appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by both sides during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

  69. 2 persons abducted in white van in Borella http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Two persons including a woman were abducted in Colombo Tuesday night around 10.30 p.m. by unidentified persons arrived in white van. The couple were walking along the road between Borella and Fort when the van stopped and forcibly took them and fled, according to complaints lodged with the Borella Police.

    Whereabouts of both persons were still not known according to preliminary inquiry by the police.

    The victims identities also were not revealed by the police.

  70. 2 persons abducted in white van in Borella http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Two persons including a woman were abducted in Colombo Tuesday night around 10.30 p.m. by unidentified persons arrived in white van. The couple were walking along the road between Borella and Fort when the van stopped and forcibly took them and fled, according to complaints lodged with the Borella Police.

    Whereabouts of both persons were still not known according to preliminary inquiry by the police.

    The victims identities also were not revealed by the police.

  71. Rip,
    Thanks for explaining how they manage to rig the votes. The best way to have any sort of meaningful & intelligent conversation on these blogs would be to simply prevent cut’n’paste of long articles that no-one reads, anyway!

    The biggest abusers of the ‘ranking’ button were and remain the pro-Eelam crowd. The same old thing repeated ad-nauseum, rendering a constructive dialogue all but impossible.

  72. Peoples Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.
    There are 4 findings:

    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of war crimes
    •That the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of crimes against humanity
    •That the charge of genocide requires further investigation
    •That the International Community, particularly the UK and USA, share responsibility for the breakdown of the peace process.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31009

  73. Desmond Tutu Rebukes Sri Lanka
    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/desmond-tutu-rebukes-sri-lanka/

    Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,” during the civil war that ended last year. He added, “It is doubtful that the President’s ‘Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’ will help Sri Lankans to work towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”

    The group called on international governments to end their “deafening silence” in response to a list of recent actions by Sri Lanka, including:

    •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 L.T.T.E. [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam].

    •Lack of action by the government to address the political marginalization of ethnic minorities that was at the root of Sri Lanka’s 30 years of war.

    •Unacceptable behavior towards the United Nations — including a siege by demonstrators of U.N. offices in Colombo, led by a cabinet minister — following the U.N. secretary-general’s appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by both sides during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

  74. 2 persons abducted in white van in Borella
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32345

    Two persons including a woman were abducted in Colombo Tuesday night around 10.30 p.m. by unidentified persons arrived in white van. The couple were walking along the road between Borella and Fort when the van stopped and forcibly took them and fled, according to complaints lodged with the Borella Police.

    Whereabouts of both persons were still not known according to preliminary inquiry by the police.

    The victims identities also were not revealed by the police.

  75. It is true, by gar !!

    When "Delenda est" comes, all contrary blogs are covered up !!

    But scholars present & future will rejoice !!

    They will mine the treasure troves of the sewer – mouthed Sinhalese bloggers left uncovered here in all their gutter – gutted glory by their own blind stupidity, the like of which is not to be found on any other issue site covered by Amnesty.

    i don't see any Sinhalese "ladies" & "gentlemen" here, but the apparent cultural dregs of Sinhalese society ( don't tell me most Sinhalese talk like them !! ) who by their language are clearly loyal lanka citizens taking their leisure from night jobs in ….. torture chambers ? goon squads? Where else do they internalize such language ?

    But don't mind me, please, dear Sinhalese friends, just carry on with your compulsive abusing, so the whole world can see beyond a reasonable doubt how you REALLY think & feel, at the very depths ( literally ) of your culture, your subconscious !!

    Go on, express yourselves MORE CREATIVELY !!! i think you can do even better !!

    Why don't you, since you are at it so deeply, invent some new choice terms & phrases, & branch out into entire new underworlds of unsanitized linguistics, new genres of unrefined verbal excreta we can call "Colombo noir" ??

    If, however, you want to upgrade abuse, how about some animal names & slime casting in choice Latin ?

    That could show the world your classicist erudition & classist mindsets.

    Any way, keep at it, & stop not til the goal ( our own ) is reached.

    Now, quickly cover up my comment with a "low comment rating" !!!

    There, that'll teach me !!

  76. Dear brothers,

    The truth can't be covered so easily !

    BE GLAD if they cover up your words, for you are in the highest company — the struggling Peoples' voices are all covered up as well.

    But speak on, & i'll uncover you all, & find your words.

    Your truths.

  77. The Muttur slaughter can't be considered only as a "collateral damage" during the Muttur battle: our team has been specifically and deliberately targeted, their death has been organised execution style with bullets shot in their head. Everything was consciously and brutally planned: the victims were kneeling, unarmed and defenceless. The culprits of this massacre are the ones who were carrying the arms. We can assert that this massacre is a war crime in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

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    19.10.06 Muttur aid workers' bodies exhumed
    15.10.06 Post-mortem on aid workers' bodies to be held this..
    08.10.06 Muttur aid workers massacre inquiry put off
    23.09.06 Anuradhapura Magistrate to hold Muthur massacre in..
    16.09.06 Bodies of two slain aid workers exhumed
    06.09.06 Colombo transfers NGO massacre investigation to An..
    30.08.06 SLMM blames Sri Lanka military for aid workers’ ma..
    12.08.06 Sri Lanka ‘blocking massacre probe’ – SLMM
    10.08.06 Vavuniya Hospital staff protest over Claymore atta..
    09.08.06 Aid massacre ‘result of impunity’ – TRO
    09.08.06 5 killed in DPU Claymore attack on Ambulance
    08.08.06 Relatives blame SLA for aid workers’ executions
    08.08.06 Bodies of 17 NGO workers brought to Trincomalee
    08.08.06 ACF workers, 14 Tamils and a Muslim, lined up and ..
    07.08.06 ICRC condemns killing of aid workers
    07.08.06 ACF workers demand handover of massacred NGO worke..
    05.08.06 Sri Lanka Army massacres 15 NGO workers http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  78. Was quite astonished to see the following post. And most important coming from rev. Desmond Tutu – shows the extent of lies that a Brutal bunch of Terrorists and support groups who survives on their Pay Packs have spread world over.

    Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,”

    The truth is that all GOSL during past 30 years had repeatedly informed the UN, HR orgs about the brutality of Terrorists and what they have been up to. It is unfortunate for the entire human race to realize that the very people who are suppose to support legal governments to eradicate terrorism, get they pay checks thanks to these Terrorist organizations and subdue their terror acts, but, try to suffocate entire nations for their benefits – Now that is a crime against Human Race !!

    Unacceptable behaviour against UN ??? It is these Ape Die Ass Pora who shit in their back yards and hold placards and disobey law. When LTTE Apes protest in the western backyards, it is fine ?? But, when we protest in our own land it is unacceptable behaviour ?? In her majesty the Queen's language, people engaging in these kind of acts are called Hypocrites !!

  79. LOL !

    I fully agree when A(ss) Savage above say

    i don’t see any Sinhalese “ladies” & “gentlemen” here, but the apparent cultural dregs of Sinhalese society ( don’t tell me most Sinhalese talk like them !! )

    How true !!

    The ladies and Gentleman who write against the Ape group and AI are Either British, American, Australian (Mainly Sri Lankan Origin) or Sri Lankan.

    However, I do not expect the un-evolved Ape brain of A(ss) Savage to see anything beyond unpeeled Bananas. This Racist A(ss) who always try to separate "Singhalees" from "Tamils" lives in his own Jungle world without realizing that Sri Lanka as a whole is rising as a Single Nations of Sri Lankans. This A(ss) also follows the LTTE Apes agenda of Separatism and Racism. Tamil brotheren of Sri Lanka has denounced you Apes – that is enough evidence for all humans in the world to denounce you LTTE Ape group. What ever lie you intend to spread in this blog or any other blog has been, are been and will be suppressed and the truth obviously will survive as it had been, as it is now and also in to the future.

    Not most, All "Sri Lankans" share our thoughts – not only Singhalees. Try coming down to Sri Lanka and talk to a few Tamils and Muslims – we all stand as Sri Lankans to get rid of you Apes and 90% of it is already done – only a few of you are left and I trust that it will be our Tamil Sri Lankan brotheren who will get rid of the rest of you Apes. You know who will start it? He is Kumaran Padmanadan – Wait till the day he kickes all your sorry A(ss)es – the day is not too far – LOL !!

    Quite fascinating that these Sri Lankans sound abusive !! Again, though it is hard for your Ape brains to understand, we actually put our thoughts together – hence abusive – when you Apes copy and paste from other articles which are not part of any conversation or Subject matter, how can you sound abusive or even sensible for that matter ??? Go eat a few Banana's figure out – oh – peel them before consumption !!

  80. The Muttur slaughter can't be considered only as a "collateral damage" during the Muttur battle: our team has been specifically and deliberately targeted, their death has been organised execution style with bullets shot in their head. Everything was consciously and brutally planned: the victims were kneeling, unarmed and defenceless. The culprits of this massacre are the ones who were carrying the arms. We can assert that this massacre is a war crime in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    04.08.09 HRW calls for international inquiry into ACF-17 ma..
    18.07.09 ACF calls for international inquiry into Moothoor ..
    17.06.08 ACF quits, says no confidence in SL's investigatio..
    18.04.08 ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime
    02.12.07 Moothoor aid workers massacre inquiry put off for ..
    19.09.07 SL President's Commission of Inquiry fails – IIGEP
    23.06.07 ACF questions Sri Lankan investigations on the mas..
    07.06.07 Slain Red Cross staffers laid to rest in Batticalo..
    07.06.07 Batticaloa SLRC pays respect to slain staffers
    04.06.07 ICRC pays homage to slain employees
    04.06.07 Red Cross condemns murder of staff
    03.06.07 Two Tamil Red Cross workers abducted, killed
    10.03.07 Aid workers massacre probe flawed- ICJ
    01.11.06 Exhumed Muthur aid workers' bodies buried again
    29.10.06 Second post-mortems on Muttur aid workers' bodies ..
    22.10.06 Aid workers' postmortem scheduled to begin this we..
    19.10.06 Muttur aid workers' bodies exhumed
    15.10.06 Post-mortem on aid workers' bodies to be held this..
    08.10.06 Muttur aid workers massacre inquiry put off
    23.09.06 Anuradhapura Magistrate to hold Muthur massacre in..
    16.09.06 Bodies of two slain aid workers exhumed
    06.09.06 Colombo transfers NGO massacre investigation to An..
    30.08.06 SLMM blames Sri Lanka military for aid workers’ ma..
    12.08.06 Sri Lanka ‘blocking massacre probe’ – SLMM
    10.08.06 Vavuniya Hospital staff protest over Claymore atta..
    09.08.06 Aid massacre ‘result of impunity’ – TRO
    09.08.06 5 killed in DPU Claymore attack on Ambulance
    08.08.06 Relatives blame SLA for aid workers’ executions
    08.08.06 Bodies of 17 NGO workers brought to Trincomalee
    08.08.06 ACF workers, 14 Tamils and a Muslim, lined up and ..
    07.08.06 ICRC condemns killing of aid workers
    07.08.06 ACF workers demand handover of massacred NGO worke..
    05.08.06 Sri Lanka Army massacres 15 NGO workers http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  81. The Muttur slaughter can't be considered only as a "collateral damage" during the Muttur battle: our team has been specifically and deliberately targeted, their death has been organised execution style with bullets shot in their head. Everything was consciously and brutally planned: the victims were kneeling, unarmed and defenceless. The culprits of this massacre are the ones who were carrying the arms. We can assert that this massacre is a war crime in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    04.08.09 HRW calls for international inquiry into ACF-17 ma..
    18.07.09 ACF calls for international inquiry into Moothoor ..
    17.06.08 ACF quits, says no confidence in SL's investigatio..
    18.04.08 ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime
    02.12.07 Moothoor aid workers massacre inquiry put off for ..
    19.09.07 SL President's Commission of Inquiry fails – IIGEP
    23.06.07 ACF questions Sri Lankan investigations on the mas..
    07.06.07 Slain Red Cross staffers laid to rest in Batticalo..
    07.06.07 Batticaloa SLRC pays respect to slain staffers
    04.06.07 ICRC pays homage to slain employees
    04.06.07 Red Cross condemns murder of staff
    03.06.07 Two Tamil Red Cross workers abducted, killed
    10.03.07 Aid workers massacre probe flawed- ICJ
    01.11.06 Exhumed Muthur aid workers' bodies buried again
    29.10.06 Second post-mortems on Muttur aid workers' bodies ..
    22.10.06 Aid workers' postmortem scheduled to begin this we..
    19.10.06 Muttur aid workers' bodies exhumed
    15.10.06 Post-mortem on aid workers' bodies to be held this..
    08.10.06 Muttur aid workers massacre inquiry put off
    23.09.06 Anuradhapura Magistrate to hold Muthur massacre in..
    16.09.06 Bodies of two slain aid workers exhumed
    06.09.06 Colombo transfers NGO massacre investigation to An..
    30.08.06 SLMM blames Sri Lanka military for aid workers’ ma..
    12.08.06 Sri Lanka ‘blocking massacre probe’ – SLMM
    10.08.06 Vavuniya Hospital staff protest over Claymore atta..
    09.08.06 Aid massacre ‘result of impunity’ – TRO
    09.08.06 5 killed in DPU Claymore attack on Ambulance
    08.08.06 Relatives blame SLA for aid workers’ executions
    08.08.06 Bodies of 17 NGO workers brought to Trincomalee
    08.08.06 ACF workers, 14 Tamils and a Muslim, lined up and ..
    07.08.06 ICRC condemns killing of aid workers
    07.08.06 ACF workers demand handover of massacred NGO worke..
    05.08.06 Sri Lanka Army massacres 15 NGO workers http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  82. It is true, by gar !!

    When “Delenda est” comes, all contrary blogs are covered up !!

    But scholars present & future will rejoice !!

    They will mine the treasure troves of the sewer – mouthed Sinhalese bloggers left uncovered here in all their gutter – gutted glory by their own blind stupidity, the like of which is not to be found on any other issue site covered by Amnesty.

    i don’t see any Sinhalese “ladies” & “gentlemen” here, but the apparent cultural dregs of Sinhalese society ( don’t tell me most Sinhalese talk like them !! ) who by their language are clearly loyal lanka citizens taking their leisure from night jobs in ….. torture chambers ? goon squads? Where else do they internalize such language ?

    But don’t mind me, please, dear Sinhalese friends, just carry on with your compulsive abusing, so the whole world can see beyond a reasonable doubt how you REALLY think & feel, at the very depths ( literally ) of your culture, your subconscious !!

    Go on, express yourselves MORE CREATIVELY !!! i think you can do even better !!

    Why don’t you, since you are at it so deeply, invent some new choice terms & phrases, & branch out into entire new underworlds of unsanitized linguistics, new genres of unrefined verbal excreta we can call “Colombo noir” ??

    If, however, you want to upgrade abuse, how about some animal names & slime casting in choice Latin ?

    That could show the world your classicist erudition & classist mindsets.

    Any way, keep at it, & stop not til the goal ( our own ) is reached.

    Now, quickly cover up my comment with a “low comment rating” !!!

    There, that’ll teach me !!

  83. Dear brothers,

    The truth can’t be covered so easily !

    BE GLAD if they cover up your words, for you are in the highest company — the struggling Peoples’ voices are all covered up as well.

    But speak on, & i’ll uncover you all, & find your words.

    Your truths.

  84. Was quite astonished to see the following post. And most important coming from rev. Desmond Tutu – shows the extent of lies that a Brutal bunch of Terrorists and support groups who survives on their Pay Packs have spread world over.

    Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,”

    The truth is that all GOSL during past 30 years had repeatedly informed the UN, HR orgs about the brutality of Terrorists and what they have been up to. It is unfortunate for the entire human race to realize that the very people who are suppose to support legal governments to eradicate terrorism, get they pay checks thanks to these Terrorist organizations and subdue their terror acts, but, try to suffocate entire nations for their benefits – Now that is a crime against Human Race !!

    Unacceptable behaviour against UN ??? It is these Ape Die Ass Pora who shit in their back yards and hold placards and disobey law. When LTTE Apes protest in the western backyards, it is fine ?? But, when we protest in our own land it is unacceptable behaviour ?? In her majesty the Queen’s language, people engaging in these kind of acts are called Hypocrites !!

  85. Dear Ape Rohan !!

    Regarding your previous post, The URL would have been sufficient – You did not have to copy and paste the article as well as mention the URL. However, the only issue is with the Source you shared. It's more or less in line with the saying "Asking the Thief's mother where her Son is"

    I will show you an Example – See I want to share with the world the Brutality of the LTTE Apes.

    So, I paste the following links so that decent Human beings can click on them and visit them – Very easy – Short post and no waste of time for any !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    Hope you have evolved to some stage after reading our posts for so so long to understand the importance of posting only the link !!!

  86. LOL !

    I fully agree when A(ss) Savage above say

    i don’t see any Sinhalese “ladies” & “gentlemen” here, but the apparent cultural dregs of Sinhalese society ( don’t tell me most Sinhalese talk like them !! )

    How true !!

    The ladies and Gentleman who write against the Ape group and AI are Either British, American, Australian (Mainly Sri Lankan Origin) or Sri Lankan.

    However, I do not expect the un-evolved Ape brain of A(ss) Savage to see anything beyond unpeeled Bananas. This Racist A(ss) who always try to separate “Singhalees” from “Tamils” lives in his own Jungle world without realizing that Sri Lanka as a whole is rising as a Single Nations of Sri Lankans. This A(ss) also follows the LTTE Apes agenda of Separatism and Racism. Tamil brotheren of Sri Lanka has denounced you Apes – that is enough evidence for all humans in the world to denounce you LTTE Ape group. What ever lie you intend to spread in this blog or any other blog has been, are been and will be suppressed and the truth obviously will survive as it had been, as it is now and also in to the future.

    Not most, All “Sri Lankans” share our thoughts – not only Singhalees. Try coming down to Sri Lanka and talk to a few Tamils and Muslims – we all stand as Sri Lankans to get rid of you Apes and 90% of it is already done – only a few of you are left and I trust that it will be our Tamil Sri Lankan brotheren who will get rid of the rest of you Apes. You know who will start it? He is Kumaran Padmanadan – Wait till the day he kickes all your sorry A(ss)es – the day is not too far – LOL !!

    Quite fascinating that these Sri Lankans sound abusive !! Again, though it is hard for your Ape brains to understand, we actually put our thoughts together – hence abusive – when you Apes copy and paste from other articles which are not part of any conversation or Subject matter, how can you sound abusive or even sensible for that matter ??? Go eat a few Banana’s figure out – oh – peel them before consumption !!

  87. The Muttur slaughter can’t be considered only as a “collateral damage” during the Muttur battle: our team has been specifically and deliberately targeted, their death has been organised execution style with bullets shot in their head. Everything was consciously and brutally planned: the victims were kneeling, unarmed and defenceless. The culprits of this massacre are the ones who were carrying the arms. We can assert that this massacre is a war crime in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    04.08.09 HRW calls for international inquiry into ACF-17 ma..
    18.07.09 ACF calls for international inquiry into Moothoor ..
    17.06.08 ACF quits, says no confidence in SL’s investigatio..
    18.04.08 ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime
    02.12.07 Moothoor aid workers massacre inquiry put off for ..
    19.09.07 SL President’s Commission of Inquiry fails – IIGEP
    23.06.07 ACF questions Sri Lankan investigations on the mas..
    07.06.07 Slain Red Cross staffers laid to rest in Batticalo..
    07.06.07 Batticaloa SLRC pays respect to slain staffers
    04.06.07 ICRC pays homage to slain employees
    04.06.07 Red Cross condemns murder of staff
    03.06.07 Two Tamil Red Cross workers abducted, killed
    10.03.07 Aid workers massacre probe flawed- ICJ
    01.11.06 Exhumed Muthur aid workers’ bodies buried again
    29.10.06 Second post-mortems on Muttur aid workers’ bodies ..
    22.10.06 Aid workers’ postmortem scheduled to begin this we..
    19.10.06 Muttur aid workers’ bodies exhumed
    15.10.06 Post-mortem on aid workers’ bodies to be held this..
    08.10.06 Muttur aid workers massacre inquiry put off
    23.09.06 Anuradhapura Magistrate to hold Muthur massacre in..
    16.09.06 Bodies of two slain aid workers exhumed
    06.09.06 Colombo transfers NGO massacre investigation to An..
    30.08.06 SLMM blames Sri Lanka military for aid workers’ ma..
    12.08.06 Sri Lanka ‘blocking massacre probe’ – SLMM
    10.08.06 Vavuniya Hospital staff protest over Claymore atta..
    09.08.06 Aid massacre ‘result of impunity’ – TRO
    09.08.06 5 killed in DPU Claymore attack on Ambulance
    08.08.06 Relatives blame SLA for aid workers’ executions
    08.08.06 Bodies of 17 NGO workers brought to Trincomalee
    08.08.06 ACF workers, 14 Tamils and a Muslim, lined up and ..
    07.08.06 ICRC condemns killing of aid workers
    07.08.06 ACF workers demand handover of massacred NGO worke..
    05.08.06 Sri Lanka Army massacres 15 NGO workers
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25337

  88. Dear Ape Rohan !!

    Regarding your previous post, The URL would have been sufficient – You did not have to copy and paste the article as well as mention the URL. However, the only issue is with the Source you shared. It's more or less in line with the saying "Asking the Thief's mother where her Son is"

    I will show you an Example – See I want to share with the world the Brutality of the LTTE Apes.

    So, I paste the following links so that decent Human beings can click on them and visit them – Very easy – Short post and no waste of time for any !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    Hope you have evolved to some stage after reading our posts for so so long to understand the importance of posting only the link !!!

  89. Dear Ape Rohan !!

    Regarding your previous post, The URL would have been sufficient – You did not have to copy and paste the article as well as mention the URL. However, the only issue is with the Source you shared. It's more or less in line with the saying "Asking the Thief's mother where her Son is"

    I will show you an Example – See I want to share with the world the Brutality of the LTTE Apes.

    So, I paste the following links so that decent Human beings can click on them and visit them – Very easy – Short post and no waste of time for any !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    Hope you have evolved to some stage after reading our posts for so so long to understand the importance of posting only the link !!!

  90. @ a. savage:
    Your boundless concern for civilians murdered in the SL conflict is well known.

    Tell us, Sage of Eelam, which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the "Broken Palmyrah" (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    A little factoid for our US citizens who were contacting their Pepresentatives.

    The LTTE is responsible for killing more Tamil MPs ex – MPs and other major Tamil political leaders than any other Tamil organization. http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/581

    Further comment is unnecessary, no?

  91. @ a. savage:
    Now I have another epithet to add to my long list of names given by distraught Eelamists and their White Master supporters. I'm honoured to be called "cultural dregs of Sinhalese society".

    It seems that us 'cultural dregs' have utterly vanquished the military arm of the superior Eelamish warriors. Odd, no? No-one expected such a performance by these 'dregs'. :)

    Interesting that you immediately use the 'Sinhalese' tag. My alleged ethnicity has nothing to do with support for a unified SL free of the LTTE terrorists. That you seize upon it only highlights your own predilections.

    You claim to be 'anti-racist' but your support of a racist terrorist movement proves the opposite.

    For examples of 'verbal excreta' here are some supreme examples by the masters of the genre, the pro-Eelam crowd.

    How about 'Tamil Oil', or 'Tamil homelands' or 'Transsexual Government of Tamil Eelam' even better, the LTTE, the 'sole representatives' of the Tamil peoples. I'm but a mere neophyte when compared to these race-obssesed geniuses.

    As you appear to be such an expert, please point out examples of my 'abuse'.

  92. Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International investigations http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

    Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who is widely believed to be the key Sri Lanka official responsible for instituting procedures and issuing commands that allegedly violated international norms in the conduct of war, has provided enlightening clues to inner workings of his mind in several interviews recorded on film by reputable international media.

    Massacres of Tamils by Sri lanka State Terror from 1956 http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TPHS2B

  93. @ a. savage:
    Your boundless concern for civilians murdered in the SL conflict is well known.

    Tell us, Sage of Eelam, which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the "Broken Palmyrah" (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    A little factoid for our US citizens who were contacting their Pepresentatives.

    The LTTE is responsible for killing more Tamil MPs ex – MPs and other major Tamil political leaders than any other Tamil organization. http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/581

    Further comment is unnecessary, no?

  94. @ a. savage:
    Your boundless concern for civilians murdered in the SL conflict is well known.

    Tell us, Sage of Eelam, which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the "Broken Palmyrah" (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    A little factoid for our US citizens who were contacting their Pepresentatives.

    The LTTE is responsible for killing more Tamil MPs ex – MPs and other major Tamil political leaders than any other Tamil organization. http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/581

    Further comment is unnecessary, no?

  95. Dear Ape Rohan !!

    Regarding your previous post, The URL would have been sufficient – You did not have to copy and paste the article as well as mention the URL. However, the only issue is with the Source you shared. It’s more or less in line with the saying “Asking the Thief’s mother where her Son is”

    I will show you an Example – See I want to share with the world the Brutality of the LTTE Apes.

    So, I paste the following links so that decent Human beings can click on them and visit them – Very easy – Short post and no waste of time for any !!

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    Hope you have evolved to some stage after reading our posts for so so long to understand the importance of posting only the link !!!

  96. Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International investigations http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

    Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who is widely believed to be the key Sri Lanka official responsible for instituting procedures and issuing commands that allegedly violated international norms in the conduct of war, has provided enlightening clues to inner workings of his mind in several interviews recorded on film by reputable international media.

    Massacres of Tamils by Sri lanka State Terror from 1956 http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TPHS2B

  97. Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International investigations http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

    Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who is widely believed to be the key Sri Lanka official responsible for instituting procedures and issuing commands that allegedly violated international norms in the conduct of war, has provided enlightening clues to inner workings of his mind in several interviews recorded on film by reputable international media.

    Massacres of Tamils by Sri lanka State Terror from 1956 http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TPHS2B

  98. @ a. savage:
    Now I have another epithet to add to my long list of names given by distraught Eelamists and their White Master supporters. I’m honoured to be called “cultural dregs of Sinhalese society”.

    It seems that us ‘cultural dregs’ have utterly vanquished the military arm of the superior Eelamish warriors. Odd, no? No-one expected such a performance by these ‘dregs’. :)

    Interesting that you immediately use the ‘Sinhalese’ tag. My alleged ethnicity has nothing to do with support for a unified SL free of the LTTE terrorists. That you seize upon it only highlights your own predilections.

    You claim to be ‘anti-racist’ but your support of a racist terrorist movement proves the opposite.

    For examples of ‘verbal excreta’ here are some supreme examples by the masters of the genre, the pro-Eelam crowd.

    How about ‘Tamil Oil’, or ‘Tamil homelands’ or ‘Transsexual Government of Tamil Eelam’ even better, the LTTE, the ‘sole representatives’ of the Tamil peoples. I’m but a mere neophyte when compared to these race-obssesed geniuses.

    As you appear to be such an expert, please point out examples of my ‘abuse’.

  99. @ a. savage:
    Your boundless concern for civilians murdered in the SL conflict is well known.

    Tell us, Sage of Eelam, which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the “Broken Palmyrah” (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    A little factoid for our US citizens who were contacting their Pepresentatives.

    The LTTE is responsible for killing more Tamil MPs ex – MPs and other major Tamil political leaders than any other Tamil organization.
    http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/581

    Further comment is unnecessary, no?

  100. Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International investigations
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=31142

    Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who is widely believed to be the key Sri Lanka official responsible for instituting procedures and issuing commands that allegedly violated international norms in the conduct of war, has provided enlightening clues to inner workings of his mind in several interviews recorded on film by reputable international media.

    Massacres of Tamils by Sri lanka State Terror from 1956
    http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TPHS2BRT61CRONBGP

  101. Dear Sinhala delenda est,

    Civilians killed by the Tigers ?

    Then why not let an international investigation come to lanka to uncover that as well ?

    You call the term "Tamil homeland" an example of "verbal excreta" ?? After the language YOU use ?

    "Tamil homeland" is not an abuse nor a vulgarity nor a condemnation of other peoples — it's the name of a people's dream.

    "Homeland" is a just dream for ALL peoples — as long as they don't claim someone else's.

    Nor is a people's struggle for sovereignty "racism". It's a struggle against racism.

    When YOUR people one day rise for their sovereignty i'll support them, & so will the Tamil nation — for we don't confuse your people's sovereignty with their apartheid system's claims over Tamil sovereignty.

    Both the sovereignties are sacred, & can coexist.

    Today the Tamils are struggling for theirs, tomorrow your people will rise for their own as well, when they awaken from the drugs of racism.

    You ask why i call you the "cultural dregs" of Sinhalese society ?

    Because i believe there must be Sinhalese who show a culture far higher than yours.

    It's they whom i have faith in.

    You ask how, if you are just "cultural dregs", you could have destroyed the Tamil resistance ?

    You never have.

    All you've accomplished — & only with the help of a protracted siege & the active collaboration of the OTHER Asiatic despotisms — is to poison your own future with the charnel stench of genocide from which the Sinhalese people can never recover.

    Which is why it is imperative they come to terms with it now — by locating its sources, not aligning with them — & begin to move away from the future it portends.

  102. For several decades now the Sri Lankan people have been exposed to extraordinary acts of separation, large scale forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, illegal arrest and detention. This and large scale displacement of people from their homes by way of internal displacement or by leaving the country altogether and the disappearance of even elementary forms of protection available to people within the legal and social sphere are among the many issues that have caused massive forms of trauma in the population as a whole.

    The response of the state to such problems has been one of denial. It denies that there were large scale disappearances; it denies the attacks on the civil and political rights of people at every possible level.

    It denies the large scale dislocations which have displaced people from their places where they have been living all their lives and many other forms of suffering that has caused trauma to the people. GOSL denies the need for investigations into any of these problems and any need to find the truth about what has taken place. In essence it denies the need to grieve and mourn over the losses that have been caused to the people. In doing so the GOSL denies that the people live in a state of trauma and psychological distress.

    To carry out this denial process massive propaganda machinery has been put in place. This propaganda machinery constantly constructs various activities in order to create an appearance of normalcy and even triumphalism. To people suffering from trauma the GOSL offers a message of triumphalism and wants them to believe that they are not a traumatised people but a victorious people. This massive contrast from the reality and the false situation that is being constructed by propaganda is crisis in which the people are caught up all the time.
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

  103. Two key officers of China military paid a sudden and secret visit to Vanni where they met the occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) top officers in the important bases in Vanni, sources in Vanni said. Even the key SLA officers based in Vanni had not been informed of the sudden visit of the Chinese military officials who arrived in a convoy of vehicles heavily guarded by Sri Lanka President's Special Security Force, the sources added.

    The two top Chinese military officers' visit to Vanni coincides with Sri Lanka government's hasty construction of prefabricated semi permanent houses for SLA personnel and Sinhalese families in Vanni with Chinese aid. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    British public relations firm Bell Pottinger Sans Frontiers is working for the Sri Lankan government to improve Colombo’s international image, in the wake of its mass killings of Tamil civilians last year and ongoing rights abuses, The Guardian newspaper said this week in an investigative report into UK firms’ role in ‘reputation laundering’ for unsavoury regimes and leaders. "An investigation by the Guardian has revealed that [London’s] public relations firms are earning millions of pounds a year promoting foreign regimes with some of the world's worst human rights records, including Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  104. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Padmanathan (KP) who is now working with the government, has been shown in a rare video reportedly taken in late June this year at a program in Vavuniya which was also attended by actress Anoja Weerasingha.

    The video here ..
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9255

  105. For several decades now the Sri Lankan people have been exposed to extraordinary acts of separation, large scale forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, illegal arrest and detention. This and large scale displacement of people from their homes by way of internal displacement or by leaving the country altogether and the disappearance of even elementary forms of protection available to people within the legal and social sphere are among the many issues that have caused massive forms of trauma in the population as a whole.

    The response of the state to such problems has been one of denial. It denies that there were large scale disappearances; it denies the attacks on the civil and political rights of people at every possible level.

    It denies the large scale dislocations which have displaced people from their places where they have been living all their lives and many other forms of suffering that has caused trauma to the people. GOSL denies the need for investigations into any of these problems and any need to find the truth about what has taken place. In essence it denies the need to grieve and mourn over the losses that have been caused to the people. In doing so the GOSL denies that the people live in a state of trauma and psychological distress.

    To carry out this denial process massive propaganda machinery has been put in place. This propaganda machinery constantly constructs various activities in order to create an appearance of normalcy and even triumphalism. To people suffering from trauma the GOSL offers a message of triumphalism and wants them to believe that they are not a traumatised people but a victorious people. This massive contrast from the reality and the false situation that is being constructed by propaganda is crisis in which the people are caught up all the time.
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

  106. For several decades now the Sri Lankan people have been exposed to extraordinary acts of separation, large scale forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, illegal arrest and detention. This and large scale displacement of people from their homes by way of internal displacement or by leaving the country altogether and the disappearance of even elementary forms of protection available to people within the legal and social sphere are among the many issues that have caused massive forms of trauma in the population as a whole.

    The response of the state to such problems has been one of denial. It denies that there were large scale disappearances; it denies the attacks on the civil and political rights of people at every possible level.

    It denies the large scale dislocations which have displaced people from their places where they have been living all their lives and many other forms of suffering that has caused trauma to the people. GOSL denies the need for investigations into any of these problems and any need to find the truth about what has taken place. In essence it denies the need to grieve and mourn over the losses that have been caused to the people. In doing so the GOSL denies that the people live in a state of trauma and psychological distress.

    To carry out this denial process massive propaganda machinery has been put in place. This propaganda machinery constantly constructs various activities in order to create an appearance of normalcy and even triumphalism. To people suffering from trauma the GOSL offers a message of triumphalism and wants them to believe that they are not a traumatised people but a victorious people. This massive contrast from the reality and the false situation that is being constructed by propaganda is crisis in which the people are caught up all the time.
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

  107. Two key officers of China military paid a sudden and secret visit to Vanni where they met the occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) top officers in the important bases in Vanni, sources in Vanni said. Even the key SLA officers based in Vanni had not been informed of the sudden visit of the Chinese military officials who arrived in a convoy of vehicles heavily guarded by Sri Lanka President's Special Security Force, the sources added.

    The two top Chinese military officers' visit to Vanni coincides with Sri Lanka government's hasty construction of prefabricated semi permanent houses for SLA personnel and Sinhalese families in Vanni with Chinese aid. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    British public relations firm Bell Pottinger Sans Frontiers is working for the Sri Lankan government to improve Colombo’s international image, in the wake of its mass killings of Tamil civilians last year and ongoing rights abuses, The Guardian newspaper said this week in an investigative report into UK firms’ role in ‘reputation laundering’ for unsavoury regimes and leaders. "An investigation by the Guardian has revealed that [London’s] public relations firms are earning millions of pounds a year promoting foreign regimes with some of the world's worst human rights records, including Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  108. Two key officers of China military paid a sudden and secret visit to Vanni where they met the occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) top officers in the important bases in Vanni, sources in Vanni said. Even the key SLA officers based in Vanni had not been informed of the sudden visit of the Chinese military officials who arrived in a convoy of vehicles heavily guarded by Sri Lanka President's Special Security Force, the sources added.

    The two top Chinese military officers' visit to Vanni coincides with Sri Lanka government's hasty construction of prefabricated semi permanent houses for SLA personnel and Sinhalese families in Vanni with Chinese aid. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    British public relations firm Bell Pottinger Sans Frontiers is working for the Sri Lankan government to improve Colombo’s international image, in the wake of its mass killings of Tamil civilians last year and ongoing rights abuses, The Guardian newspaper said this week in an investigative report into UK firms’ role in ‘reputation laundering’ for unsavoury regimes and leaders. "An investigation by the Guardian has revealed that [London’s] public relations firms are earning millions of pounds a year promoting foreign regimes with some of the world's worst human rights records, including Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  109. a.savage Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Though this post was not meant for me, I have this bad habit of jumping in to the middle of other peoples conversations – specially, when it is spicy – LOL !!

    I found the following set of comments pretty interesting !!!

    “Tamil homeland” is not an abuse nor a vulgarity nor a condemnation of other peoples — it’s the name of a people’s dream.“Homeland” is a just dream for ALL peoples — as long as they don’t claim someone else’s.

    It would be ideal if it was called the dram of a certain set of people. The sentence sounds as if all Tamils want such thing, which actually is not the situation – Yesterday 2 Tamil MP's from UNP joined the government as parliamentarians. This would not happen if people share the same thought as A(ss) Savage does. Most Tamils that I know of a peaceful Sri Lanka – not a Tamil Homeland.

    There is a land called Sri Lanka that we all could call Homeland and we are happy with it !

    Nor is a people’s struggle for sovereignty “racism”. It’s a struggle against racism.

    People struggling for sovereignty is definitely not racism, Racism comes when they kill all other races in this so called homeland and only dedicate it to a certain set of people. – This is what happened in Sri Lanka – the LTTE killed all Singhalees and Muslims in their demarcated land called Eelam. Now this is racism.

    When YOUR people one day rise for their sovereignty i’ll support them, & so will the Tamil nation — for we don’t confuse your people’s sovereignty with their apartheid system’s claims over Tamil sovereignty.

    We do live in a sovereign land – so why struggle for one ???? Tamils are all over the world – the majority in Southern India – So why single out Sri Lanka where the Tamils are only 12% of the total population ??? Even Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand has more Tamils than in Sri Lanka.

    Anyways, Check this link
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9256

    Explains why 2 stalwarts of Tamil Politics joined the present government of Mahinda Rajapakse. Which means that there is national reconciliation and we are raising as a united single nation of Sri Lankans in this homeland Sri Lanka.

    Also, why should Sri Lanka need any out side party to come and investigate any Singhalees or Tamils killed by any party ??? We can do it on our own – For a team who captured Kumaran Padmanadan within 3 months of his appointment as LTTE leader, Brought him down the Sri Lanka and managed to get him to realize the truth and support the government, it would not be a tough task to reconcile or figure out and investigate who killed who or what happened here. Why do you always have to give your rear ends to the western blocs to do so ?? Even if so, would you Apes of Peelam agree if we get India or China to carry out the investigations ?? Why only USA or West ???? Hidden agenda ?? Also after us knowing that Spineless Groups as AI are basically living on Blood Money, why should we get organizations as AI to get involved ???

  110. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Padmanathan (KP) who is now working with the government, has been shown in a rare video reportedly taken in late June this year at a program in Vavuniya which was also attended by actress Anoja Weerasingha.

    The video here ..
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9255

  111. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Padmanathan (KP) who is now working with the government, has been shown in a rare video reportedly taken in late June this year at a program in Vavuniya which was also attended by actress Anoja Weerasingha.

    The video here ..
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9255

  112. a.savage Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Though this post was not meant for me, I have this bad habit of jumping in to the middle of other peoples conversations – specially, when it is spicy – LOL !!

    I found the following set of comments pretty interesting !!!

    “Tamil homeland” is not an abuse nor a vulgarity nor a condemnation of other peoples — it’s the name of a people’s dream.“Homeland” is a just dream for ALL peoples — as long as they don’t claim someone else’s.

    It would be ideal if it was called the dram of a certain set of people. The sentence sounds as if all Tamils want such thing, which actually is not the situation – Yesterday 2 Tamil MP's from UNP joined the government as parliamentarians. This would not happen if people share the same thought as A(ss) Savage does. Most Tamils that I know of a peaceful Sri Lanka – not a Tamil Homeland.

    There is a land called Sri Lanka that we all could call Homeland and we are happy with it !

    Nor is a people’s struggle for sovereignty “racism”. It’s a struggle against racism.

    People struggling for sovereignty is definitely not racism, Racism comes when they kill all other races in this so called homeland and only dedicate it to a certain set of people. – This is what happened in Sri Lanka – the LTTE killed all Singhalees and Muslims in their demarcated land called Eelam. Now this is racism.

    When YOUR people one day rise for their sovereignty i’ll support them, & so will the Tamil nation — for we don’t confuse your people’s sovereignty with their apartheid system’s claims over Tamil sovereignty.

    We do live in a sovereign land – so why struggle for one ???? Tamils are all over the world – the majority in Southern India – So why single out Sri Lanka where the Tamils are only 12% of the total population ??? Even Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand has more Tamils than in Sri Lanka.

    Anyways, Check this link
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9256

    Explains why 2 stalwarts of Tamil Politics joined the present government of Mahinda Rajapakse. Which means that there is national reconciliation and we are raising as a united single nation of Sri Lankans in this homeland Sri Lanka.

    Also, why should Sri Lanka need any out side party to come and investigate any Singhalees or Tamils killed by any party ??? We can do it on our own – For a team who captured Kumaran Padmanadan within 3 months of his appointment as LTTE leader, Brought him down the Sri Lanka and managed to get him to realize the truth and support the government, it would not be a tough task to reconcile or figure out and investigate who killed who or what happened here. Why do you always have to give your rear ends to the western blocs to do so ?? Even if so, would you Apes of Peelam agree if we get India or China to carry out the investigations ?? Why only USA or West ???? Hidden agenda ?? Also after us knowing that Spineless Groups as AI are basically living on Blood Money, why should we get organizations as AI to get involved ???

  113. a.savage Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Though this post was not meant for me, I have this bad habit of jumping in to the middle of other peoples conversations – specially, when it is spicy – LOL !!

    I found the following set of comments pretty interesting !!!

    “Tamil homeland” is not an abuse nor a vulgarity nor a condemnation of other peoples — it’s the name of a people’s dream.“Homeland” is a just dream for ALL peoples — as long as they don’t claim someone else’s.

    It would be ideal if it was called the dram of a certain set of people. The sentence sounds as if all Tamils want such thing, which actually is not the situation – Yesterday 2 Tamil MP's from UNP joined the government as parliamentarians. This would not happen if people share the same thought as A(ss) Savage does. Most Tamils that I know of a peaceful Sri Lanka – not a Tamil Homeland.

    There is a land called Sri Lanka that we all could call Homeland and we are happy with it !

    Nor is a people’s struggle for sovereignty “racism”. It’s a struggle against racism.

    People struggling for sovereignty is definitely not racism, Racism comes when they kill all other races in this so called homeland and only dedicate it to a certain set of people. – This is what happened in Sri Lanka – the LTTE killed all Singhalees and Muslims in their demarcated land called Eelam. Now this is racism.

    When YOUR people one day rise for their sovereignty i’ll support them, & so will the Tamil nation — for we don’t confuse your people’s sovereignty with their apartheid system’s claims over Tamil sovereignty.

    We do live in a sovereign land – so why struggle for one ???? Tamils are all over the world – the majority in Southern India – So why single out Sri Lanka where the Tamils are only 12% of the total population ??? Even Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand has more Tamils than in Sri Lanka.

    Anyways, Check this link
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9256

    Explains why 2 stalwarts of Tamil Politics joined the present government of Mahinda Rajapakse. Which means that there is national reconciliation and we are raising as a united single nation of Sri Lankans in this homeland Sri Lanka.

    Also, why should Sri Lanka need any out side party to come and investigate any Singhalees or Tamils killed by any party ??? We can do it on our own – For a team who captured Kumaran Padmanadan within 3 months of his appointment as LTTE leader, Brought him down the Sri Lanka and managed to get him to realize the truth and support the government, it would not be a tough task to reconcile or figure out and investigate who killed who or what happened here. Why do you always have to give your rear ends to the western blocs to do so ?? Even if so, would you Apes of Peelam agree if we get India or China to carry out the investigations ?? Why only USA or West ???? Hidden agenda ?? Also after us knowing that Spineless Groups as AI are basically living on Blood Money, why should we get organizations as AI to get involved ???

  114. Dear Sinhala delenda est,

    Civilians killed by the Tigers ?

    Then why not let an international investigation come to lanka to uncover that as well ?

    You call the term “Tamil homeland” an example of “verbal excreta” ?? After the language YOU use ?

    “Tamil homeland” is not an abuse nor a vulgarity nor a condemnation of other peoples — it’s the name of a people’s dream.

    “Homeland” is a just dream for ALL peoples — as long as they don’t claim someone else’s.

    Nor is a people’s struggle for sovereignty “racism”. It’s a struggle against racism.

    When YOUR people one day rise for their sovereignty i’ll support them, & so will the Tamil nation — for we don’t confuse your people’s sovereignty with their apartheid system’s claims over Tamil sovereignty.

    Both the sovereignties are sacred, & can coexist.

    Today the Tamils are struggling for theirs, tomorrow your people will rise for their own as well, when they awaken from the drugs of racism.

    You ask why i call you the “cultural dregs” of Sinhalese society ?

    Because i believe there must be Sinhalese who show a culture far higher than yours.

    It’s they whom i have faith in.

    You ask how, if you are just “cultural dregs”, you could have destroyed the Tamil resistance ?

    You never have.

    All you’ve accomplished — & only with the help of a protracted siege & the active collaboration of the OTHER Asiatic despotisms — is to poison your own future with the charnel stench of genocide from which the Sinhalese people can never recover.

    Which is why it is imperative they come to terms with it now — by locating its sources, not aligning with them — & begin to move away from the future it portends.

  115. For several decades now the Sri Lankan people have been exposed to extraordinary acts of separation, large scale forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, illegal arrest and detention. This and large scale displacement of people from their homes by way of internal displacement or by leaving the country altogether and the disappearance of even elementary forms of protection available to people within the legal and social sphere are among the many issues that have caused massive forms of trauma in the population as a whole.

    The response of the state to such problems has been one of denial. It denies that there were large scale disappearances; it denies the attacks on the civil and political rights of people at every possible level.

    It denies the large scale dislocations which have displaced people from their places where they have been living all their lives and many other forms of suffering that has caused trauma to the people. GOSL denies the need for investigations into any of these problems and any need to find the truth about what has taken place. In essence it denies the need to grieve and mourn over the losses that have been caused to the people. In doing so the GOSL denies that the people live in a state of trauma and psychological distress.

    To carry out this denial process massive propaganda machinery has been put in place. This propaganda machinery constantly constructs various activities in order to create an appearance of normalcy and even triumphalism. To people suffering from trauma the GOSL offers a message of triumphalism and wants them to believe that they are not a traumatised people but a victorious people. This massive contrast from the reality and the false situation that is being constructed by propaganda is crisis in which the people are caught up all the time.

    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/2722/

  116. Two key officers of China military paid a sudden and secret visit to Vanni where they met the occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) top officers in the important bases in Vanni, sources in Vanni said. Even the key SLA officers based in Vanni had not been informed of the sudden visit of the Chinese military officials who arrived in a convoy of vehicles heavily guarded by Sri Lanka President’s Special Security Force, the sources added.

    The two top Chinese military officers’ visit to Vanni coincides with Sri Lanka government’s hasty construction of prefabricated semi permanent houses for SLA personnel and Sinhalese families in Vanni with Chinese aid.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32350

    British public relations firm Bell Pottinger Sans Frontiers is working for the Sri Lankan government to improve Colombo’s international image, in the wake of its mass killings of Tamil civilians last year and ongoing rights abuses, The Guardian newspaper said this week in an investigative report into UK firms’ role in ‘reputation laundering’ for unsavoury regimes and leaders. “An investigation by the Guardian has revealed that [London’s] public relations firms are earning millions of pounds a year promoting foreign regimes with some of the world’s worst human rights records, including Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32346

  117. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Padmanathan (KP) who is now working with the government, has been shown in a rare video reportedly taken in late June this year at a program in Vavuniya which was also attended by actress Anoja Weerasingha.

    The video here ..

    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9255

  118. a.savage Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Though this post was not meant for me, I have this bad habit of jumping in to the middle of other peoples conversations – specially, when it is spicy – LOL !!

    I found the following set of comments pretty interesting !!!

    “Tamil homeland” is not an abuse nor a vulgarity nor a condemnation of other peoples — it’s the name of a people’s dream.“Homeland” is a just dream for ALL peoples — as long as they don’t claim someone else’s.

    It would be ideal if it was called the dram of a certain set of people. The sentence sounds as if all Tamils want such thing, which actually is not the situation – Yesterday 2 Tamil MP’s from UNP joined the government as parliamentarians. This would not happen if people share the same thought as A(ss) Savage does. Most Tamils that I know of a peaceful Sri Lanka – not a Tamil Homeland.

    There is a land called Sri Lanka that we all could call Homeland and we are happy with it !

    Nor is a people’s struggle for sovereignty “racism”. It’s a struggle against racism.

    People struggling for sovereignty is definitely not racism, Racism comes when they kill all other races in this so called homeland and only dedicate it to a certain set of people. – This is what happened in Sri Lanka – the LTTE killed all Singhalees and Muslims in their demarcated land called Eelam. Now this is racism.

    When YOUR people one day rise for their sovereignty i’ll support them, & so will the Tamil nation — for we don’t confuse your people’s sovereignty with their apartheid system’s claims over Tamil sovereignty.

    We do live in a sovereign land – so why struggle for one ???? Tamils are all over the world – the majority in Southern India – So why single out Sri Lanka where the Tamils are only 12% of the total population ??? Even Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand has more Tamils than in Sri Lanka.

    Anyways, Check this link

    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=9256

    Explains why 2 stalwarts of Tamil Politics joined the present government of Mahinda Rajapakse. Which means that there is national reconciliation and we are raising as a united single nation of Sri Lankans in this homeland Sri Lanka.

    Also, why should Sri Lanka need any out side party to come and investigate any Singhalees or Tamils killed by any party ??? We can do it on our own – For a team who captured Kumaran Padmanadan within 3 months of his appointment as LTTE leader, Brought him down the Sri Lanka and managed to get him to realize the truth and support the government, it would not be a tough task to reconcile or figure out and investigate who killed who or what happened here. Why do you always have to give your rear ends to the western blocs to do so ?? Even if so, would you Apes of Peelam agree if we get India or China to carry out the investigations ?? Why only USA or West ???? Hidden agenda ?? Also after us knowing that Spineless Groups as AI are basically living on Blood Money, why should we get organizations as AI to get involved ???

  119. @ a. savage:

    Oh dear.. you really don't know much about SL or the 30-year war, do you? Proof that 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.'

    I asked you a simple question which you're unable to reply to without referring to 'international observers'. If you doubt that these two civilian politicians were not murdered by the LTTE, I can't really help with your ignorant delusions.

    So I ask you again, 'Supremely Wise All-Knowing Sage of Eelam', which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the "Broken Palmyrah" (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    I'm still waiting to be provided proof of my 'abuse'. If you're going to make allegations, you need to provide proof. Otherwise people may think you a fool.

    'My people' are all peoples of Sri Lanka. I don't discriminate on the basis of language, skin colour shading or so-called ethnicity. The Sri Lankan people have regained sovereignty over the entire island.

    We've conclusively proved that there cannot be two competing claims for sovereignty for the same islands. Didn't you notice that one of the competing parties had their de-facto state totally dismantled?

    '(Ethnically pure) Tamil Homelands' may be a dream for some people. It is now destined to remain just that, a dream. The LTTE fought for over 30 years to try to make that happen. They lost. The war is over and the dream remains.

    But you're correct in saying that the idea of 'Eelam' within Sri Lanka will never die. That's fine by me. There are plenty of other ideas/ideologies which have been crushed, (e.g. Nazism, Fascism, Communism, White supremacism etc) yet remain active in some people's hearts and minds.

    You can now add 'Eelam' to that long list of blood-drenched lost causes.
    You support the Tamil people's right to have an ethnically pure 'homeland' cleansed of non-Tamils.

    Explain please the difference between the 'White Homelands' sought by white racists like the BNP (British National Party), the Aryan Nations and the Orania Movement and 'Tamil Homelands' sought by the LTTE and its diaspora supporters.

    One more thing. I'm surprised that an intelligent commenter like you still spouts the 'genocide' drivel. If there really was a genocide in SL, there wouldn't be any Tamil civilians or ex-LTTE cadres left alive.

    Contrary to your 'genocide' delusions, the ex-LTTE cadres are now being re-habilitated and even having useful discussions with the last leader of the LTTE (KP) and the more intelligent pro-Eelam diaspora supporters.

    "The video .. shows Padmanathan, in the presence of troops and other officials and Tamil Diaspora visitors, speaking to Tamil youth including former LTTE cadres asking if they can identify him and urging them to have hope for a better future." http://tinyurl.com/26n94o6

    I'm even more honoured to be called the 'dregs of Sri Lankan society'. :)

    p.s. Like Carthage, Eelam is most definitely 'delenda est'. I'm glad you appreciate the allusion.

  120. @ a. savage:

    Oh dear.. you really don't know much about SL or the 30-year war, do you? Proof that 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.'

    I asked you a simple question which you're unable to reply to without referring to 'international observers'. If you doubt that these two civilian politicians were not murdered by the LTTE, I can't really help with your ignorant delusions.

    So I ask you again, 'Supremely Wise All-Knowing Sage of Eelam', which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the "Broken Palmyrah" (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    I'm still waiting to be provided proof of my 'abuse'. If you're going to make allegations, you need to provide proof. Otherwise people may think you a fool.

    'My people' are all peoples of Sri Lanka. I don't discriminate on the basis of language, skin colour shading or so-called ethnicity. The Sri Lankan people have regained sovereignty over the entire island.

    We've conclusively proved that there cannot be two competing claims for sovereignty for the same islands. Didn't you notice that one of the competing parties had their de-facto state totally dismantled?

    '(Ethnically pure) Tamil Homelands' may be a dream for some people. It is now destined to remain just that, a dream. The LTTE fought for over 30 years to try to make that happen. They lost. The war is over and the dream remains.

    But you're correct in saying that the idea of 'Eelam' within Sri Lanka will never die. That's fine by me. There are plenty of other ideas/ideologies which have been crushed, (e.g. Nazism, Fascism, Communism, White supremacism etc) yet remain active in some people's hearts and minds.

    You can now add 'Eelam' to that long list of blood-drenched lost causes.
    You support the Tamil people's right to have an ethnically pure 'homeland' cleansed of non-Tamils.

    Explain please the difference between the 'White Homelands' sought by white racists like the BNP (British National Party), the Aryan Nations and the Orania Movement and 'Tamil Homelands' sought by the LTTE and its diaspora supporters.

    One more thing. I'm surprised that an intelligent commenter like you still spouts the 'genocide' drivel. If there really was a genocide in SL, there wouldn't be any Tamil civilians or ex-LTTE cadres left alive.

    Contrary to your 'genocide' delusions, the ex-LTTE cadres are now being re-habilitated and even having useful discussions with the last leader of the LTTE (KP) and the more intelligent pro-Eelam diaspora supporters.

    "The video .. shows Padmanathan, in the presence of troops and other officials and Tamil Diaspora visitors, speaking to Tamil youth including former LTTE cadres asking if they can identify him and urging them to have hope for a better future." http://tinyurl.com/26n94o6

    I'm even more honoured to be called the 'dregs of Sri Lankan society'. :)

    p.s. Like Carthage, Eelam is most definitely 'delenda est'. I'm glad you appreciate the allusion.

  121. @ a. savage:

    Oh dear.. you really don't know much about SL or the 30-year war, do you? Proof that 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.'

    I asked you a simple question which you're unable to reply to without referring to 'international observers'. If you doubt that these two civilian politicians were not murdered by the LTTE, I can't really help with your ignorant delusions.

    So I ask you again, 'Supremely Wise All-Knowing Sage of Eelam', which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the "Broken Palmyrah" (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    I'm still waiting to be provided proof of my 'abuse'. If you're going to make allegations, you need to provide proof. Otherwise people may think you a fool.

    'My people' are all peoples of Sri Lanka. I don't discriminate on the basis of language, skin colour shading or so-called ethnicity. The Sri Lankan people have regained sovereignty over the entire island.

    We've conclusively proved that there cannot be two competing claims for sovereignty for the same islands. Didn't you notice that one of the competing parties had their de-facto state totally dismantled?

    '(Ethnically pure) Tamil Homelands' may be a dream for some people. It is now destined to remain just that, a dream. The LTTE fought for over 30 years to try to make that happen. They lost. The war is over and the dream remains.

    But you're correct in saying that the idea of 'Eelam' within Sri Lanka will never die. That's fine by me. There are plenty of other ideas/ideologies which have been crushed, (e.g. Nazism, Fascism, Communism, White supremacism etc) yet remain active in some people's hearts and minds.

    You can now add 'Eelam' to that long list of blood-drenched lost causes.
    You support the Tamil people's right to have an ethnically pure 'homeland' cleansed of non-Tamils.

    Explain please the difference between the 'White Homelands' sought by white racists like the BNP (British National Party), the Aryan Nations and the Orania Movement and 'Tamil Homelands' sought by the LTTE and its diaspora supporters.

    One more thing. I'm surprised that an intelligent commenter like you still spouts the 'genocide' drivel. If there really was a genocide in SL, there wouldn't be any Tamil civilians or ex-LTTE cadres left alive.

    Contrary to your 'genocide' delusions, the ex-LTTE cadres are now being re-habilitated and even having useful discussions with the last leader of the LTTE (KP) and the more intelligent pro-Eelam diaspora supporters.

    "The video .. shows Padmanathan, in the presence of troops and other officials and Tamil Diaspora visitors, speaking to Tamil youth including former LTTE cadres asking if they can identify him and urging them to have hope for a better future." http://tinyurl.com/26n94o6

    I'm even more honoured to be called the 'dregs of Sri Lankan society'. :)

    p.s. Like Carthage, Eelam is most definitely 'delenda est'. I'm glad you appreciate the allusion.

  122. Sri Lankan minister confirms killing of top rebel leaders while in military custody? http://www.jdslanka.org/2010/07/sri-lankan-minist

    A top Sri Lankan minister wittingly or otherwise has confirmed that some of the top Tamil Tiger leaders, including V. Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi, who had surrendered to the government troops during the final days of the war in May 2009, have been killed while in protected military custody.

    Minister of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms, Dew Gunasekera who undertook a visit to the north and met groups of war widows last week has told a Colombo-based newspaper on record that among the ‘widows’ whom he had met in Jaffna were wives of Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi.

    The Minister’s statement indirectly confirms that some of the top leaders of the Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed while in military custody by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is already facing international war crime charges for allegedly executing top unarmed Tiger leaders when surrendering with white flags.

  123. Bravo EDE !!!

    Could not ask for a better reply.

    I trust that Mr. Savage will understand the content of your post the day he stops thinking from his first name A(ss) – LOL !!

    I would bet on you that he will not answer you on the killings of the wonderful Human Dr. Neelan T (knew him personally, just like Hon. Lakshman K) – I will never forgive these apes for killing such wonderful human beings. I curse them and all those who support them !! – They indeed are inhuman, who were not born of a human mother – we call them those who fell off when some woman farted after she got pregnant when her man farted !!

    I don't know how these shameless Apes face the public – pitiful Murderers !!

  124. Amnesty !!

    I trust that today is the 6th of August 2010 (Friday)!!

    I also trust that the content of this Rubbish post matters only till the 5th of August 2010 (Thursday) !!

    Do we stop this nonsense today on pls ????

  125. @ a. savage:

    Oh dear.. you really don’t know much about SL or the 30-year war, do you? Proof that ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.’

    I asked you a simple question which you’re unable to reply to without referring to ‘international observers’. If you doubt that these two civilian politicians were not murdered by the LTTE, I can’t really help with your ignorant delusions.

    So I ask you again, ‘Supremely Wise All-Knowing Sage of Eelam’, which of these civilians murdered by the LTTE most deserved to die?

    Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the “Broken Palmyrah” (21 September 1989)

    or

    Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)

    I’m still waiting to be provided proof of my ‘abuse’. If you’re going to make allegations, you need to provide proof. Otherwise people may think you a fool.

    ‘My people’ are all peoples of Sri Lanka. I don’t discriminate on the basis of language, skin colour shading or so-called ethnicity. The Sri Lankan people have regained sovereignty over the entire island.

    We’ve conclusively proved that there cannot be two competing claims for sovereignty for the same islands. Didn’t you notice that one of the competing parties had their de-facto state totally dismantled?

    ‘(Ethnically pure) Tamil Homelands’ may be a dream for some people. It is now destined to remain just that, a dream. The LTTE fought for over 30 years to try to make that happen. They lost. The war is over and the dream remains.

    But you’re correct in saying that the idea of ‘Eelam’ within Sri Lanka will never die. That’s fine by me. There are plenty of other ideas/ideologies which have been crushed, (e.g. Nazism, Fascism, Communism, White supremacism etc) yet remain active in some people’s hearts and minds.

    You can now add ‘Eelam’ to that long list of blood-drenched lost causes.
    You support the Tamil people’s right to have an ethnically pure ‘homeland’ cleansed of non-Tamils.

    Explain please the difference between the ‘White Homelands’ sought by white racists like the BNP (British National Party), the Aryan Nations and the Orania Movement and ‘Tamil Homelands’ sought by the LTTE and its diaspora supporters.

    One more thing. I’m surprised that an intelligent commenter like you still spouts the ‘genocide’ drivel. If there really was a genocide in SL, there wouldn’t be any Tamil civilians or ex-LTTE cadres left alive.

    Contrary to your ‘genocide’ delusions, the ex-LTTE cadres are now being re-habilitated and even having useful discussions with the last leader of the LTTE (KP) and the more intelligent pro-Eelam diaspora supporters.

    “The video .. shows Padmanathan, in the presence of troops and other officials and Tamil Diaspora visitors, speaking to Tamil youth including former LTTE cadres asking if they can identify him and urging them to have hope for a better future. http://tinyurl.com/26n94o6

    I’m even more honoured to be called the ‘dregs of Sri Lankan society’. :)

    p.s. Like Carthage, Eelam is most definitely ‘delenda est’. I’m glad you appreciate the allusion.

  126. Sri Lankan minister confirms killing of top rebel leaders while in military custody? http://www.jdslanka.org/2010/07/sri-lankan-minist

    A top Sri Lankan minister wittingly or otherwise has confirmed that some of the top Tamil Tiger leaders, including V. Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi, who had surrendered to the government troops during the final days of the war in May 2009, have been killed while in protected military custody.

    Minister of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms, Dew Gunasekera who undertook a visit to the north and met groups of war widows last week has told a Colombo-based newspaper on record that among the ‘widows’ whom he had met in Jaffna were wives of Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi.

    The Minister’s statement indirectly confirms that some of the top leaders of the Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed while in military custody by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is already facing international war crime charges for allegedly executing top unarmed Tiger leaders when surrendering with white flags.

  127. Sri Lankan minister confirms killing of top rebel leaders while in military custody? http://www.jdslanka.org/2010/07/sri-lankan-minist

    A top Sri Lankan minister wittingly or otherwise has confirmed that some of the top Tamil Tiger leaders, including V. Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi, who had surrendered to the government troops during the final days of the war in May 2009, have been killed while in protected military custody.

    Minister of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms, Dew Gunasekera who undertook a visit to the north and met groups of war widows last week has told a Colombo-based newspaper on record that among the ‘widows’ whom he had met in Jaffna were wives of Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi.

    The Minister’s statement indirectly confirms that some of the top leaders of the Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed while in military custody by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is already facing international war crime charges for allegedly executing top unarmed Tiger leaders when surrendering with white flags.

  128. Bravo EDE !!!

    Could not ask for a better reply.

    I trust that Mr. Savage will understand the content of your post the day he stops thinking from his first name A(ss) – LOL !!

    I would bet on you that he will not answer you on the killings of the wonderful Human Dr. Neelan T (knew him personally, just like Hon. Lakshman K) – I will never forgive these apes for killing such wonderful human beings. I curse them and all those who support them !! – They indeed are inhuman, who were not born of a human mother – we call them those who fell off when some woman farted after she got pregnant when her man farted !!

    I don’t know how these shameless Apes face the public – pitiful Murderers !!

  129. Amnesty !!

    I trust that today is the 6th of August 2010 (Friday)!!

    I also trust that the content of this Rubbish post matters only till the 5th of August 2010 (Thursday) !!

    Do we stop this nonsense today on pls ????

  130. Sri Lankan minister confirms killing of top rebel leaders while in military custody?
    http://www.jdslanka.org/2010/07/sri-lankan-minister-confirms-killing-of.html

    A top Sri Lankan minister wittingly or otherwise has confirmed that some of the top Tamil Tiger leaders, including V. Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi, who had surrendered to the government troops during the final days of the war in May 2009, have been killed while in protected military custody.

    Minister of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms, Dew Gunasekera who undertook a visit to the north and met groups of war widows last week has told a Colombo-based newspaper on record that among the ‘widows’ whom he had met in Jaffna were wives of Balakumaran and Yogaratnam Yogi.

    The Minister’s statement indirectly confirms that some of the top leaders of the Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed while in military custody by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is already facing international war crime charges for allegedly executing top unarmed Tiger leaders when surrendering with white flags.

  131. Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni

    Ok, I exaggerate a little. :)

    The full unedited story from Tamilnut is given below. As is usual with Tamilnut & Eelam whiners, everything is the fault of the racist, genocidal Sinhala regime. Even land-mines (laid by the LTTE and paid for by the overseas LTTE diaspora) and monkey attacks.

    – unedited story from Tamilnut. —–

    Hordes of monkeys plague resettled families in Vanni
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 07 August 2010, 05:19 GMT]

    Monkeys in Vanni having multiplied in numbers after the war on Vanni invade into the temporary sheds of uprooted families hastily resettled by Sri Lanka government without clearing the area of the overgrown shrubs and jungle, sources in Vanni said. The resettled uprooted families in Vanni left to fend on their own without the needed assistance and subjected to occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) harassment are further assailed with the problem and danger of monkeys, the sources added.

    The resettled families already restricted of their movement due to the danger of landmines yet to be cleared now have to keep vigil to drive the monkeys invading into their dwellings to steal their meagre belongings.

    The vegetable cultivation and other such initial ventures by the resettled families are devoured by the monkeys which are difficult to chase out.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  132. Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni

    Ok, I exaggerate a little. :)

    The full unedited story from Tamilnut is given below. As is usual with Tamilnut & Eelam whiners, everything is the fault of the racist, genocidal Sinhala regime. Even land-mines (laid by the LTTE and paid for by the overseas LTTE diaspora) and monkey attacks.

    – unedited story from Tamilnut. —–

    Hordes of monkeys plague resettled families in Vanni
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 07 August 2010, 05:19 GMT]

    Monkeys in Vanni having multiplied in numbers after the war on Vanni invade into the temporary sheds of uprooted families hastily resettled by Sri Lanka government without clearing the area of the overgrown shrubs and jungle, sources in Vanni said. The resettled uprooted families in Vanni left to fend on their own without the needed assistance and subjected to occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) harassment are further assailed with the problem and danger of monkeys, the sources added.

    The resettled families already restricted of their movement due to the danger of landmines yet to be cleared now have to keep vigil to drive the monkeys invading into their dwellings to steal their meagre belongings.

    The vegetable cultivation and other such initial ventures by the resettled families are devoured by the monkeys which are difficult to chase out.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  133. Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni

    Ok, I exaggerate a little. :)

    The full unedited story from Tamilnut is given below. As is usual with Tamilnut & Eelam whiners, everything is the fault of the racist, genocidal Sinhala regime. Even land-mines (laid by the LTTE and paid for by the overseas LTTE diaspora) and monkey attacks.

    – unedited story from Tamilnut. —–

    Hordes of monkeys plague resettled families in Vanni
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 07 August 2010, 05:19 GMT]

    Monkeys in Vanni having multiplied in numbers after the war on Vanni invade into the temporary sheds of uprooted families hastily resettled by Sri Lanka government without clearing the area of the overgrown shrubs and jungle, sources in Vanni said. The resettled uprooted families in Vanni left to fend on their own without the needed assistance and subjected to occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) harassment are further assailed with the problem and danger of monkeys, the sources added.

    The resettled families already restricted of their movement due to the danger of landmines yet to be cleared now have to keep vigil to drive the monkeys invading into their dwellings to steal their meagre belongings.

    The vegetable cultivation and other such initial ventures by the resettled families are devoured by the monkeys which are difficult to chase out.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  134. LOL- EDE !!

    How True !!!

    Even if these Apes Fart, it would be due to the "Terror Acts" of the GOSL !!

    How Lame – as I said before, these Apes of Peelam are running out of slogans and excuses to disgrace the GOSL. These Apes them selves should see the amount of Monkeys that run riot in Anuradhapura area – we don't see any person living in that area complaining ha ? – LOL !!

    In fact, no person in Vanni complains either – Only the Apes have the issue about Monkeys – LOL !!

  135. Hordes of Genocidal Sinhala Monkeys Plague Resettled Eelam Families in Vanni

    Ok, I exaggerate a little. :)

    The full unedited story from Tamilnut is given below. As is usual with Tamilnut & Eelam whiners, everything is the fault of the racist, genocidal Sinhala regime. Even land-mines (laid by the LTTE and paid for by the overseas LTTE diaspora) and monkey attacks.

    – unedited story from Tamilnut. —–

    Hordes of monkeys plague resettled families in Vanni
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 07 August 2010, 05:19 GMT]

    Monkeys in Vanni having multiplied in numbers after the war on Vanni invade into the temporary sheds of uprooted families hastily resettled by Sri Lanka government without clearing the area of the overgrown shrubs and jungle, sources in Vanni said. The resettled uprooted families in Vanni left to fend on their own without the needed assistance and subjected to occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) harassment are further assailed with the problem and danger of monkeys, the sources added.

    The resettled families already restricted of their movement due to the danger of landmines yet to be cleared now have to keep vigil to drive the monkeys invading into their dwellings to steal their meagre belongings.

    The vegetable cultivation and other such initial ventures by the resettled families are devoured by the monkeys which are difficult to chase out.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32363

  136. EDE
    1) Monkeys in Vanni have multiplied in numbers after the war.
    2)The resettled families already restricted of their movement due to the danger of landmines yet to be cleared……

    Why don’t you use the monkeys to clear the landmines?
    As long as they are Sinhala Monkeys AI will turn a blind eye.

  137. LOL- EDE !!

    How True !!!

    Even if these Apes Fart, it would be due to the “Terror Acts” of the GOSL !!

    How Lame – as I said before, these Apes of Peelam are running out of slogans and excuses to disgrace the GOSL. These Apes them selves should see the amount of Monkeys that run riot in Anuradhapura area – we don’t see any person living in that area complaining ha ? – LOL !!

    In fact, no person in Vanni complains either – Only the Apes have the issue about Monkeys – LOL !!

  138. EDE
    1) Monkeys in Vanni have multiplied in numbers after the war.
    2)The resettled families already restricted of their movement due to the danger of landmines yet to be cleared……

    Why don’t you use the monkeys to clear the landmines?
    As long as they are Sinhala Monkeys AI will turn a blind eye.

  139. Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/08/08/re-settl
    IDPs from the Santhapuram area in the Kilinochchi District who were asked to return home say they were not allowed to resettle in their previous homes, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran. Premachandran claims they were sent back to their transit camps by the army instead. IDPs in Santhapuram told the TNA that they were ordered to return to their home by “the army commander in Mankulam.” Accordingly, they returned and set up temporary shelters.

    15000 N.E kids study under trees http://www.lakbimanews.lk/archvi/lakbimanews_10_0

    Fifteen thousand school children in the North and East are compelled to study under trees since schools have been converted into IDP and transit camps and detention centres, while the government spends millions on military bases, education department sources said. The situation is grave in Vavuniya, Omanthai, Maithadi and Kilinochchi where the majority of schools function in temporary shelters with minimal facilities.
    “Omanthai Maha Vidyalayam is used as a transit camp for people who are returning to their villages from IDP camps. Although a year has passed after the civil war ended, no steps have been taken by the government to either build new shelters for IDPs, or to rebuild schools in another location,” said an education ministry official.

  140. Rajapaksa dynasty doing as they please in Sri Lanka http://www.groundviews.org/2010/08/05/rajapaksa-d

    Consider if you will, the following:

    1.Former Army Commander and current MP Sarath Fonseka is charged with engaging in politics while in the Army; the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse who campaigned openly during the Presidential and General elections, goes on international television saying that Sarath Fonseka will be ‘hung’ for his crimes. (This is of course just one of the charges being trumped up against Sarath Fonseka but in order to keep this article to a reasonable length let’s just stick with this one).
    2.KP, the leader of the LTTE’s international network, who raised funds and procured arms for the organisation is allowed to meet representatives of the Tamil diaspora, travel to the North and East, speak on the telephone, conduct news conferences and has other special privileges. He was smart enough apparently to admire a Buddha statue in the Defence Secretary’s office. In the meantime, thousands of young women and men who are suspected of being linked to the LTTE (including those who were forcibly recruited) and who have no opportunity to charm the Defence Secretary, are detained with no notification to their families, proper charges or access from independent observers.
    3.The same KP is allowed (no, escorted) on a tour of detention centres and refugee camps in the North while elected members of parliament from the JVP are refused entry and are obstructed while on a fact finding tour of war affected areas in the North.
    4.Journalists critical of the government and the Rajapakse dynasty are constantly threatened, intimidated and harassed while those who are willing to lie and sing paeans of praise of the dynasty and its doings are feted as ethical journalists.
    5.Students , trade unions and civil society members exercising their right to express opinions and protest are beaten, tear gassed and arrested; MP Wimal Weerawansa who makes Sri Lanka the laughing stock of the world and leads a riot against the UN staff in Sri Lanka is tenderly resurrected by the President after a three day ‘fast’. And the police who were on the scene trying to maintain law and order are peremptorily ordered to back off by the Defence Secretary.
    6.Duminda de Silva, who has been accused of rape, sexual harassment and drug dealing among many other things, campaigned with no restrictions during the provincial council and general elections recently while UNP Colombo district candidate Susil Kindelpitiya was arrested for sexual harassment and refused bail for the duration of the general election campaign.

    Underage tourist in sri lanka http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TO2KQ8

  141. Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/08/08/re-settl
    IDPs from the Santhapuram area in the Kilinochchi District who were asked to return home say they were not allowed to resettle in their previous homes, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran. Premachandran claims they were sent back to their transit camps by the army instead. IDPs in Santhapuram told the TNA that they were ordered to return to their home by “the army commander in Mankulam.” Accordingly, they returned and set up temporary shelters.

    15000 N.E kids study under trees http://www.lakbimanews.lk/archvi/lakbimanews_10_0

    Fifteen thousand school children in the North and East are compelled to study under trees since schools have been converted into IDP and transit camps and detention centres, while the government spends millions on military bases, education department sources said. The situation is grave in Vavuniya, Omanthai, Maithadi and Kilinochchi where the majority of schools function in temporary shelters with minimal facilities.
    “Omanthai Maha Vidyalayam is used as a transit camp for people who are returning to their villages from IDP camps. Although a year has passed after the civil war ended, no steps have been taken by the government to either build new shelters for IDPs, or to rebuild schools in another location,” said an education ministry official.

  142. Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/08/08/re-settl
    IDPs from the Santhapuram area in the Kilinochchi District who were asked to return home say they were not allowed to resettle in their previous homes, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran. Premachandran claims they were sent back to their transit camps by the army instead. IDPs in Santhapuram told the TNA that they were ordered to return to their home by “the army commander in Mankulam.” Accordingly, they returned and set up temporary shelters.

    15000 N.E kids study under trees http://www.lakbimanews.lk/archvi/lakbimanews_10_0

    Fifteen thousand school children in the North and East are compelled to study under trees since schools have been converted into IDP and transit camps and detention centres, while the government spends millions on military bases, education department sources said. The situation is grave in Vavuniya, Omanthai, Maithadi and Kilinochchi where the majority of schools function in temporary shelters with minimal facilities.
    “Omanthai Maha Vidyalayam is used as a transit camp for people who are returning to their villages from IDP camps. Although a year has passed after the civil war ended, no steps have been taken by the government to either build new shelters for IDPs, or to rebuild schools in another location,” said an education ministry official.

  143. Rajapaksa dynasty doing as they please in Sri Lanka http://www.groundviews.org/2010/08/05/rajapaksa-d

    Consider if you will, the following:

    1.Former Army Commander and current MP Sarath Fonseka is charged with engaging in politics while in the Army; the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse who campaigned openly during the Presidential and General elections, goes on international television saying that Sarath Fonseka will be ‘hung’ for his crimes. (This is of course just one of the charges being trumped up against Sarath Fonseka but in order to keep this article to a reasonable length let’s just stick with this one).
    2.KP, the leader of the LTTE’s international network, who raised funds and procured arms for the organisation is allowed to meet representatives of the Tamil diaspora, travel to the North and East, speak on the telephone, conduct news conferences and has other special privileges. He was smart enough apparently to admire a Buddha statue in the Defence Secretary’s office. In the meantime, thousands of young women and men who are suspected of being linked to the LTTE (including those who were forcibly recruited) and who have no opportunity to charm the Defence Secretary, are detained with no notification to their families, proper charges or access from independent observers.
    3.The same KP is allowed (no, escorted) on a tour of detention centres and refugee camps in the North while elected members of parliament from the JVP are refused entry and are obstructed while on a fact finding tour of war affected areas in the North.
    4.Journalists critical of the government and the Rajapakse dynasty are constantly threatened, intimidated and harassed while those who are willing to lie and sing paeans of praise of the dynasty and its doings are feted as ethical journalists.
    5.Students , trade unions and civil society members exercising their right to express opinions and protest are beaten, tear gassed and arrested; MP Wimal Weerawansa who makes Sri Lanka the laughing stock of the world and leads a riot against the UN staff in Sri Lanka is tenderly resurrected by the President after a three day ‘fast’. And the police who were on the scene trying to maintain law and order are peremptorily ordered to back off by the Defence Secretary.
    6.Duminda de Silva, who has been accused of rape, sexual harassment and drug dealing among many other things, campaigned with no restrictions during the provincial council and general elections recently while UNP Colombo district candidate Susil Kindelpitiya was arrested for sexual harassment and refused bail for the duration of the general election campaign.

    Underage tourist in sri lanka http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TO2KQ8

  144. Rajapaksa dynasty doing as they please in Sri Lanka http://www.groundviews.org/2010/08/05/rajapaksa-d

    Consider if you will, the following:

    1.Former Army Commander and current MP Sarath Fonseka is charged with engaging in politics while in the Army; the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse who campaigned openly during the Presidential and General elections, goes on international television saying that Sarath Fonseka will be ‘hung’ for his crimes. (This is of course just one of the charges being trumped up against Sarath Fonseka but in order to keep this article to a reasonable length let’s just stick with this one).
    2.KP, the leader of the LTTE’s international network, who raised funds and procured arms for the organisation is allowed to meet representatives of the Tamil diaspora, travel to the North and East, speak on the telephone, conduct news conferences and has other special privileges. He was smart enough apparently to admire a Buddha statue in the Defence Secretary’s office. In the meantime, thousands of young women and men who are suspected of being linked to the LTTE (including those who were forcibly recruited) and who have no opportunity to charm the Defence Secretary, are detained with no notification to their families, proper charges or access from independent observers.
    3.The same KP is allowed (no, escorted) on a tour of detention centres and refugee camps in the North while elected members of parliament from the JVP are refused entry and are obstructed while on a fact finding tour of war affected areas in the North.
    4.Journalists critical of the government and the Rajapakse dynasty are constantly threatened, intimidated and harassed while those who are willing to lie and sing paeans of praise of the dynasty and its doings are feted as ethical journalists.
    5.Students , trade unions and civil society members exercising their right to express opinions and protest are beaten, tear gassed and arrested; MP Wimal Weerawansa who makes Sri Lanka the laughing stock of the world and leads a riot against the UN staff in Sri Lanka is tenderly resurrected by the President after a three day ‘fast’. And the police who were on the scene trying to maintain law and order are peremptorily ordered to back off by the Defence Secretary.
    6.Duminda de Silva, who has been accused of rape, sexual harassment and drug dealing among many other things, campaigned with no restrictions during the provincial council and general elections recently while UNP Colombo district candidate Susil Kindelpitiya was arrested for sexual harassment and refused bail for the duration of the general election campaign.

    Underage tourist in sri lanka http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TO2KQ8

  145. Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/08/08/re-settled-people-in-santhapuram-sent-back-to-camps/
    IDPs from the Santhapuram area in the Kilinochchi District who were asked to return home say they were not allowed to resettle in their previous homes, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran. Premachandran claims they were sent back to their transit camps by the army instead. IDPs in Santhapuram told the TNA that they were ordered to return to their home by “the army commander in Mankulam.” Accordingly, they returned and set up temporary shelters.

    15000 N.E kids study under trees
    http://www.lakbimanews.lk/archvi/lakbimanews_10_08_08/news/laknew1.htm

    Fifteen thousand school children in the North and East are compelled to study under trees since schools have been converted into IDP and transit camps and detention centres, while the government spends millions on military bases, education department sources said. The situation is grave in Vavuniya, Omanthai, Maithadi and Kilinochchi where the majority of schools function in temporary shelters with minimal facilities.
    “Omanthai Maha Vidyalayam is used as a transit camp for people who are returning to their villages from IDP camps. Although a year has passed after the civil war ended, no steps have been taken by the government to either build new shelters for IDPs, or to rebuild schools in another location,” said an education ministry official.

  146. Rajapaksa dynasty doing as they please in Sri Lanka
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/08/05/rajapaksa-dynasty-doing-as-they-please-in-sri-lanka/

    Consider if you will, the following:

    1.Former Army Commander and current MP Sarath Fonseka is charged with engaging in politics while in the Army; the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse who campaigned openly during the Presidential and General elections, goes on international television saying that Sarath Fonseka will be ‘hung’ for his crimes. (This is of course just one of the charges being trumped up against Sarath Fonseka but in order to keep this article to a reasonable length let’s just stick with this one).
    2.KP, the leader of the LTTE’s international network, who raised funds and procured arms for the organisation is allowed to meet representatives of the Tamil diaspora, travel to the North and East, speak on the telephone, conduct news conferences and has other special privileges. He was smart enough apparently to admire a Buddha statue in the Defence Secretary’s office. In the meantime, thousands of young women and men who are suspected of being linked to the LTTE (including those who were forcibly recruited) and who have no opportunity to charm the Defence Secretary, are detained with no notification to their families, proper charges or access from independent observers.
    3.The same KP is allowed (no, escorted) on a tour of detention centres and refugee camps in the North while elected members of parliament from the JVP are refused entry and are obstructed while on a fact finding tour of war affected areas in the North.
    4.Journalists critical of the government and the Rajapakse dynasty are constantly threatened, intimidated and harassed while those who are willing to lie and sing paeans of praise of the dynasty and its doings are feted as ethical journalists.
    5.Students , trade unions and civil society members exercising their right to express opinions and protest are beaten, tear gassed and arrested; MP Wimal Weerawansa who makes Sri Lanka the laughing stock of the world and leads a riot against the UN staff in Sri Lanka is tenderly resurrected by the President after a three day ‘fast’. And the police who were on the scene trying to maintain law and order are peremptorily ordered to back off by the Defence Secretary.
    6.Duminda de Silva, who has been accused of rape, sexual harassment and drug dealing among many other things, campaigned with no restrictions during the provincial council and general elections recently while UNP Colombo district candidate Susil Kindelpitiya was arrested for sexual harassment and refused bail for the duration of the general election campaign.

    Underage tourist in sri lanka
    http://www.topix.com/forum/world/sri-lanka/TO2KQ82MPHR9RM8CQ

  147. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved “to the extent that one would have hoped”.

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed “proper media reporting”.

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government’s “clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response”.

    “Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed,” it says.

    It said there was a “deafening global silence” to Sri Lanka’s “worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability”, which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government’s persecution of its critics was “terrifying”.

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were “simplifying and preaching” instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    ‘Violations’

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don’t think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari “If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical,” he said.

    “Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired.”

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about “alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country”.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-108511

  148. This is a Sri Lankan govt of the Rajapaksa, for the Rajapaksas, by the Rajapaksas

    This comment by Rajapaksa ruthless regime thug is very, very funny

    “We need to maintain "emergency laws " to ensure the "safety and security " :) of the nation,” the Sri Lankans thug informed parliament, days after the slash and burn attack on the Media outlet – Siyatha office, located in a downtown Colombo high security zone

    Sri Lankan police claimed to be ‘clueless’ about the identity of the Siyatha attackers.

    I think, this media office in close proximity to the presidential abode is attacked, only one of two explanations are possible: either the
    authorities are criminally incompetent or they are criminally complicit…

    Post-war, Sri Lanka’s defence expenditure remains stratospherical; a host of repressive legislations are still in place and the humiliatingly discriminatory practice of registering Tamils has resumed – in the name of security. And yet, deputy ministers tie public officials to trees in the West; mysterious attackers bulldoze temples and dispossess Sinhala villagers in the East, to make way for tourist hotels and displaced Northern Tamils returning to their ancestral lands are expelled, to build cantonments.

    Behind a façade of democracy, impunity is ravaging post-war Sri Lanka.

  149. In July 1983, in Sri Lanka- Tamil Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside.

    Sinhala Death squads battering Tamil passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets!

    Tamil prisoners and political detainees in the Sri Lanka’s top prison being massacred.

    The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities.

    The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!

    The evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance

    Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

    The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

    The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

  150. I have travelled from Colombo to Jaffna by ship three times in my life, losing everything to Sinhala mobs.

    In 1958 as a four months old, travelled to KKS in a French Passenger ship.

    1977 as a teenager in Lanka Ranee Cargo ship.

    1983, Indian passenger ship.

    My mother thought I could be killed and I may not have a fourth chance and pleaded me to go abroad.

    She is correct, If 1983 repeated again, there is no safe place for Tamils to go

  151. I was 17 years old and about to sit my A’Levels when the mayhem started. Together with my mother and a few ladies in the neighborhood (all the men were at work) we formed a vigilante group to protect the 3 Tamil homes down our street. We were successful at first and turned away two mobs of about 20-30 people, however were overpowered by the third mob which numbered about a 100. I tried my best to reason with the “leader” and remember well his arguments. He was a racist and he told it was his patriotic duty to kill Tamils and burn their homes. The sheer helplessness watching him vaulting over the gate, pushing the car out and burning it on the street. The sound of the furniture and windows being smashed. The elderly Tamil couple was burned alive in their home that day… I still hear them screaming… I had total loss of appetite and inability to face a plate of rice for a weeks after that.

  152. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved “to the extent that one would have hoped”.

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed “proper media reporting”.

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government’s “clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response”.

    “Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed,” it says.

    It said there was a “deafening global silence” to Sri Lanka’s “worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability”, which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government’s persecution of its critics was “terrifying”.

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were “simplifying and preaching” instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    ‘Violations’

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don’t think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari “If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical,” he said.

    “Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired.”

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about “alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country”.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-108511

  153. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved “to the extent that one would have hoped”.

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed “proper media reporting”.

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government’s “clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response”.

    “Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed,” it says.

    It said there was a “deafening global silence” to Sri Lanka’s “worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability”, which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government’s persecution of its critics was “terrifying”.

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were “simplifying and preaching” instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    ‘Violations’

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don’t think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari “If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical,” he said.

    “Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired.”

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about “alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country”.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-108511

  154. DAP Deputy Secretary-General and Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) Prof Dr P. Ramasamy is spearheading the formation of an international committee to take up the issue of the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka last year.

    The group, comprising NGOs, activists and politicians, is expected to be operational within a few months, and would collect evidences of the genocide with the aim of presenting a case to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Panel, Ramasamy said.

    Ramasamy said that those involved, including leaders in the Sri Lankan and Indian governments who were responsible for the genocide, should be brought to book.

    "The group will also fight for human rights anywhere, in places where people are deprived of their rights and privileges," said the Batu Kawan MP who is a long-time human right activist.

    He said this after receiving a courtesy call from Indian environmentalists T. Sriniviasa Rao and R. Gnanasekaran at his office in Komtar here recently.

    The duo, who have travelled some 600,000km around the world since 1986 in the name of bringing awareness of global warming and human rights violations, were in Penang last week before heading for Buenos Aires in South America.

  155. This is a Sri Lankan govt of the Rajapaksa, for the Rajapaksas, by the Rajapaksas

    This comment by Rajapaksa ruthless regime thug is very, very funny

    “We need to maintain “emergency laws ” to ensure the “safety and security ” :) of the nation,” the Sri Lankans thug informed parliament, days after the slash and burn attack on the Media outlet – Siyatha office, located in a downtown Colombo high security zone

    Sri Lankan police claimed to be ‘clueless’ about the identity of the Siyatha attackers.

    I think, this media office in close proximity to the presidential abode is attacked, only one of two explanations are possible: either the
    authorities are criminally incompetent or they are criminally complicit…

    Post-war, Sri Lanka’s defence expenditure remains stratospherical; a host of repressive legislations are still in place and the humiliatingly discriminatory practice of registering Tamils has resumed – in the name of security. And yet, deputy ministers tie public officials to trees in the West; mysterious attackers bulldoze temples and dispossess Sinhala villagers in the East, to make way for tourist hotels and displaced Northern Tamils returning to their ancestral lands are expelled, to build cantonments.

    Behind a façade of democracy, impunity is ravaging post-war Sri Lanka.

  156. In July 1983, in Sri Lanka- Tamil Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside.

    Sinhala Death squads battering Tamil passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets!

    Tamil prisoners and political detainees in the Sri Lanka’s top prison being massacred.

    The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities.

    The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!

    The evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance

    Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

    The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

    The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

  157. I have travelled from Colombo to Jaffna by ship three times in my life, losing everything to Sinhala mobs.

    In 1958 as a four months old, travelled to KKS in a French Passenger ship.

    1977 as a teenager in Lanka Ranee Cargo ship.

    1983, Indian passenger ship.

    My mother thought I could be killed and I may not have a fourth chance and pleaded me to go abroad.

    She is correct, If 1983 repeated again, there is no safe place for Tamils to go

  158. I was 17 years old and about to sit my A’Levels when the mayhem started. Together with my mother and a few ladies in the neighborhood (all the men were at work) we formed a vigilante group to protect the 3 Tamil homes down our street. We were successful at first and turned away two mobs of about 20-30 people, however were overpowered by the third mob which numbered about a 100. I tried my best to reason with the “leader” and remember well his arguments. He was a racist and he told it was his patriotic duty to kill Tamils and burn their homes. The sheer helplessness watching him vaulting over the gate, pushing the car out and burning it on the street. The sound of the furniture and windows being smashed. The elderly Tamil couple was burned alive in their home that day… I still hear them screaming… I had total loss of appetite and inability to face a plate of rice for a weeks after that.

  159. Sri Lanka lacking reconciliation, say global leaders

    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved “to the extent that one would have hoped”.

    In an interview with BBC Sinhala, he said there should be more transparency and a climate which allowed “proper media reporting”.

    He was speaking just before the launch of a report on Sri Lanka by The Elders, an influential group of global leaders.

    The report says there has been little progress on post-war reconciliation.

    The report by The Elders – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering – is sharply critical of the Sri Lankan government.

    It says that the government’s “clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights deserves a far tougher response”.

    “Meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka is still desperately needed,” it says.

    It said there was a “deafening global silence” to Sri Lanka’s “worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability”, which may encourage other states to act in a similar way.

    The report said that the government’s persecution of its critics was “terrifying”.

    An MP from the governing coalition, Rajiva Wijesinha, said that retired elders were “simplifying and preaching” instead of making recommendations to build on the positive change.

    He said there was no lack of dissent and criticism – and this was seen daily in newspapers and the parliament.

    ‘Violations’

    Mr Ahtisaari said the announcement by the government that it was setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into alleged human rights abuses at the end of the war in May 2009 – rather than work with a UN panel looking into the same issues – was not satisfactory.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    If transparency is not there, then I don’t think the government gains much credibility outside Sri Lanka”
    End Quote
    Martti Ahtisaari “If you look at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka, one has to be sceptical,” he said.

    “Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired.”

    The Elders group is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has former Irish President Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter among its members, in addition to Mr Ahtisaari.

    They have contacted the government of Sri Lanka and officials around the world to express their concerns about “alleged violations of international humanitarian law and the need for actions that promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10851163

  160. 45,000 Tamils are contining to live in the well guarded prison-centres scattered throughout the country’s north after they were "freed" the IDP camps

    After UnitingWorld’s the Rev. John Barr returned from visiting the war-torn north of Sri Lanka in June, he described his journey as one of the most challenging and confronting trips he has ever experienced. Here is his reflection.

    The island of Sri Lanka is likened to a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. This is, perhaps, a most apt image given the country’s tumultuous history. In 2009, we all cried and opened our hearts to over 280,000 Tamil civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent

    civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent.

    My recent journey to the north of the island gave a chilling insight into the issues that thousands of Tamils continue to face. While much of the conflict is over, it is clear that many people have been unable to access their most basic needs. My experience left me questioning whether Tamils are truly safe from harm today.

    During the one week trip to assess the situation, I visited several holding centres for Tamils who have been released from IDP camps and await permission from Sri Lankan to return to their homes.

    These holding centres are extremely dire places. Food is scarce and access to basic health care is minimal.

    One of my strongest memories is my visit to a centre located in the grounds of the former Killinochchi Central College, where some 335 families reside today.

    The top floors of the main building have been blasted by artillery and mortars during the war. The people who live there receive food from the United Nations World Food Programme, but access to basic health care remains extremely limited.

    A doctor from the Jaffna Diocese Green Memorial Hospital in Jaffna visits the centre for a few hours whenever possible to perform medical checkups. During this visit I met Annamma, a young mother of three children. One of her legs had been blown off during the recent war. Her husband was incapacitated due to a bullet lodged in his spine.

    Annamma’s family were Tamils that had fled Jaffna in 1995 to rebuild their lives in Vanni, an autonomous Tamil region. Their future now remains in serious jeopardy.

    Annamma told me she is “sick of being here”. She is “sick of waiting… all we do is line up and wait… for food, for water, for a shower…”. Thousands of others are in this same situation. There was a depressing sense of hopelessness in this holding centre.

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/tamils_in_sri

  161. 45,000 Tamils are contining to live in the well guarded prison-centres scattered throughout the country’s north after they were "freed" the IDP camps

    After UnitingWorld’s the Rev. John Barr returned from visiting the war-torn north of Sri Lanka in June, he described his journey as one of the most challenging and confronting trips he has ever experienced. Here is his reflection.

    The island of Sri Lanka is likened to a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. This is, perhaps, a most apt image given the country’s tumultuous history. In 2009, we all cried and opened our hearts to over 280,000 Tamil civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent

    civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent.

    My recent journey to the north of the island gave a chilling insight into the issues that thousands of Tamils continue to face. While much of the conflict is over, it is clear that many people have been unable to access their most basic needs. My experience left me questioning whether Tamils are truly safe from harm today.

    During the one week trip to assess the situation, I visited several holding centres for Tamils who have been released from IDP camps and await permission from Sri Lankan to return to their homes.

    These holding centres are extremely dire places. Food is scarce and access to basic health care is minimal.

    One of my strongest memories is my visit to a centre located in the grounds of the former Killinochchi Central College, where some 335 families reside today.

    The top floors of the main building have been blasted by artillery and mortars during the war. The people who live there receive food from the United Nations World Food Programme, but access to basic health care remains extremely limited.

    A doctor from the Jaffna Diocese Green Memorial Hospital in Jaffna visits the centre for a few hours whenever possible to perform medical checkups. During this visit I met Annamma, a young mother of three children. One of her legs had been blown off during the recent war. Her husband was incapacitated due to a bullet lodged in his spine.

    Annamma’s family were Tamils that had fled Jaffna in 1995 to rebuild their lives in Vanni, an autonomous Tamil region. Their future now remains in serious jeopardy.

    Annamma told me she is “sick of being here”. She is “sick of waiting… all we do is line up and wait… for food, for water, for a shower…”. Thousands of others are in this same situation. There was a depressing sense of hopelessness in this holding centre.

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/tamils_in_sri

  162. 45,000 Tamils are contining to live in the well guarded prison-centres scattered throughout the country’s north after they were "freed" the IDP camps

    After UnitingWorld’s the Rev. John Barr returned from visiting the war-torn north of Sri Lanka in June, he described his journey as one of the most challenging and confronting trips he has ever experienced. Here is his reflection.

    The island of Sri Lanka is likened to a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. This is, perhaps, a most apt image given the country’s tumultuous history. In 2009, we all cried and opened our hearts to over 280,000 Tamil civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent

    civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent.

    My recent journey to the north of the island gave a chilling insight into the issues that thousands of Tamils continue to face. While much of the conflict is over, it is clear that many people have been unable to access their most basic needs. My experience left me questioning whether Tamils are truly safe from harm today.

    During the one week trip to assess the situation, I visited several holding centres for Tamils who have been released from IDP camps and await permission from Sri Lankan to return to their homes.

    These holding centres are extremely dire places. Food is scarce and access to basic health care is minimal.

    One of my strongest memories is my visit to a centre located in the grounds of the former Killinochchi Central College, where some 335 families reside today.

    The top floors of the main building have been blasted by artillery and mortars during the war. The people who live there receive food from the United Nations World Food Programme, but access to basic health care remains extremely limited.

    A doctor from the Jaffna Diocese Green Memorial Hospital in Jaffna visits the centre for a few hours whenever possible to perform medical checkups. During this visit I met Annamma, a young mother of three children. One of her legs had been blown off during the recent war. Her husband was incapacitated due to a bullet lodged in his spine.

    Annamma’s family were Tamils that had fled Jaffna in 1995 to rebuild their lives in Vanni, an autonomous Tamil region. Their future now remains in serious jeopardy.

    Annamma told me she is “sick of being here”. She is “sick of waiting… all we do is line up and wait… for food, for water, for a shower…”. Thousands of others are in this same situation. There was a depressing sense of hopelessness in this holding centre.

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/tamils_in_sri

  163. DAP Deputy Secretary-General and Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) Prof Dr P. Ramasamy is spearheading the formation of an international committee to take up the issue of the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka last year.

    The group, comprising NGOs, activists and politicians, is expected to be operational within a few months, and would collect evidences of the genocide with the aim of presenting a case to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Panel, Ramasamy said.

    Ramasamy said that those involved, including leaders in the Sri Lankan and Indian governments who were responsible for the genocide, should be brought to book.

    “The group will also fight for human rights anywhere, in places where people are deprived of their rights and privileges,” said the Batu Kawan MP who is a long-time human right activist.

    He said this after receiving a courtesy call from Indian environmentalists T. Sriniviasa Rao and R. Gnanasekaran at his office in Komtar here recently.

    The duo, who have travelled some 600,000km around the world since 1986 in the name of bringing awareness of global warming and human rights violations, were in Penang last week before heading for Buenos Aires in South America.

  164. Rip Van Winkle

    Ayo the Repo-man !

    You are a vociferous racist who don’t see anything beyond the tip of your nose.

    You spin only hatred and have no feeling for your fellow citizens !! :(

  165. Rohan-Sri lanka State Terror Victim

    Dear Rohan – Vallavanukku pullum Ayutham !! :) :) :)

  166. 45,000 Tamils are contining to live in the well guarded prison-centres scattered throughout the country’s north after they were “freed” the IDP camps

    After UnitingWorld’s the Rev. John Barr returned from visiting the war-torn north of Sri Lanka in June, he described his journey as one of the most challenging and confronting trips he has ever experienced. Here is his reflection.

    The island of Sri Lanka is likened to a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. This is, perhaps, a most apt image given the country’s tumultuous history. In 2009, we all cried and opened our hearts to over 280,000 Tamil civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent

    civilians that were interned in detention centres run by Sri Lankan security forces. Humanitarian aid was severely restricted and ‘unexplainable disappearances’ were frequent.

    My recent journey to the north of the island gave a chilling insight into the issues that thousands of Tamils continue to face. While much of the conflict is over, it is clear that many people have been unable to access their most basic needs. My experience left me questioning whether Tamils are truly safe from harm today.

    During the one week trip to assess the situation, I visited several holding centres for Tamils who have been released from IDP camps and await permission from Sri Lankan to return to their homes.

    These holding centres are extremely dire places. Food is scarce and access to basic health care is minimal.

    One of my strongest memories is my visit to a centre located in the grounds of the former Killinochchi Central College, where some 335 families reside today.

    The top floors of the main building have been blasted by artillery and mortars during the war. The people who live there receive food from the United Nations World Food Programme, but access to basic health care remains extremely limited.

    A doctor from the Jaffna Diocese Green Memorial Hospital in Jaffna visits the centre for a few hours whenever possible to perform medical checkups. During this visit I met Annamma, a young mother of three children. One of her legs had been blown off during the recent war. Her husband was incapacitated due to a bullet lodged in his spine.

    Annamma’s family were Tamils that had fled Jaffna in 1995 to rebuild their lives in Vanni, an autonomous Tamil region. Their future now remains in serious jeopardy.

    Annamma told me she is “sick of being here”. She is “sick of waiting… all we do is line up and wait… for food, for water, for a shower…”. Thousands of others are in this same situation. There was a depressing sense of hopelessness in this holding centre.

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

  167. Rip Van Winkle

    Ayo the Repo-man !

    You are a vociferous racist who don’t see anything beyond the tip of your nose.

    You spin only hatred and have no feeling for your fellow citizens !! :(

  168. Rohan-Sri lanka State Terror Victim

    Dear Rohan – Vallavanukku pullum Ayutham !! :) :) :)

  169. Nantri Anandarajah, Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka , a.savage 4 your voice of Voiceless Tamils in Sri lanka.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

    The situation has been deteriorating for some time. According to Amnesty International at least 14 media workers have been killed in the country since 2006 and more than 20 are thought to have fled – more per capita than have left Iran. Arbitrary arrests, abductions and assassinations have been documented for over three decades. No one has ever been prosecuted for these attacks on the media.

    In January last year, as the Sri Lankan army closed in on the last remaining pockets of resistance held by the LTTE, the government imposed a media blackout on the war zone. (It also denied humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the fighting and, like the rebels, displayed callous contempt for civilian life.)

    Away from the killing fields, the local media suffered a sharp spike in attacks. Just days after independent broadcaster MTV was raided by gunmen, Lasantha Wickrematunge – editor of the Sunday Leader and prominent government critic – was assassinated in broad daylight in a high-security zone regularly patrolled by the army.

    The end of the war has changed nothing. Phones are tapped. Emails hacked. Media outlets harassed and journalists threatened. One – Prageeth Eknaligoda – has been missing since January's presidential election. Small wonder that so many journalists say they now resort to self-censorship.

  170. Sri Lanka has reacted with characteristic hostility to the most recent international efforts to compel its Sinhala nationalist government to conduct itself in accordance with accepted international norms. Colombo’s vehement and vitriolic response to both the appointment of a UN advisory panel on the horrific war crimes in Sri Lanka and the EU’s offer to extend the GSP+ subsidy conditional on specified actions on human rights and political freedoms was, of course, utterly predictable.

    However, this is not merely a peculiarity of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, but a consequence of the Sinhala supremacist logic embedded in the very fabric of this post-colonial state. It is clear, after all, that the international community is, through its myriad actions, seeking to create the space for the peaceful and secure flourishing of the island’s long-suffering non-Sinhala communities. As such, the world is now gradually discovering what the Tamils have been experiencing for six decades: that Sinhala supremacy, not equitable governance, is the central register for Sri Lanka’s strategic decisions.

    At the same time, for all the bluster and histrionics from Colombo, some international levers are discernibly disciplining the Sinhala state. For all the talk of sovereignty (and the hype of competing external donors), the IMF is slowly but steadily effecting the restructuring of the state required of economic globalization. The state has also had to accede to important, if very basic and preliminary, international steps to connect the Tamil homeland with the rest of the world. There is no doubt that the Sinhala state will vehemently resist, actively subvert and seek to rollback such changes – the defiant nationalization detailed by the island’s Sunday Times this week makes that quite clear.

    What is at stake here is the very nature of the future Sri Lankan state. As several scholars have detailed over the decades – in arguments largely ignored amid the ideological blindness that infused international efforts since the mid-nineties to produce liberal democracy and market economics in Sri Lanka and elsewhere – the post-independence state has entrenched, fostered and defended a Sinhala ethnocracy. It has done so before and after the Cold War, during both war and peace. During the war, however, Sri Lanka was able to adopt the rhetoric of market democracy, without actually having to adopt it. The lack of progress could be blamed on ‘the war’ and, by extension, the Tamil armed struggle, and in this way, the active support of the international community could be secured to destroy the most potent resistance to Sinhala hegemony: the Liberation Tigers.

    This Sinhala-Buddhist utopia, pursued through genocidal military violence and racist persecution, is not merely about the Sinhalese people building a bastion for Buddhism (in keeping with a self-claimed divine mandate), but the construction of a specific form of state, one dedicated primarily to fostering the wellbeing of the Sinhalese and Buddhism, at the deliberate expense of the non-Sinhala – who in this logic pose the greatest threat to this vision. http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articlei

  171. Nantri Anandarajah, Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka , a.savage 4 your voice of Voiceless Tamils in Sri lanka.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

    The situation has been deteriorating for some time. According to Amnesty International at least 14 media workers have been killed in the country since 2006 and more than 20 are thought to have fled – more per capita than have left Iran. Arbitrary arrests, abductions and assassinations have been documented for over three decades. No one has ever been prosecuted for these attacks on the media.

    In January last year, as the Sri Lankan army closed in on the last remaining pockets of resistance held by the LTTE, the government imposed a media blackout on the war zone. (It also denied humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the fighting and, like the rebels, displayed callous contempt for civilian life.)

    Away from the killing fields, the local media suffered a sharp spike in attacks. Just days after independent broadcaster MTV was raided by gunmen, Lasantha Wickrematunge – editor of the Sunday Leader and prominent government critic – was assassinated in broad daylight in a high-security zone regularly patrolled by the army.

    The end of the war has changed nothing. Phones are tapped. Emails hacked. Media outlets harassed and journalists threatened. One – Prageeth Eknaligoda – has been missing since January's presidential election. Small wonder that so many journalists say they now resort to self-censorship.

  172. Nantri Anandarajah, Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka , a.savage 4 your voice of Voiceless Tamils in Sri lanka.

    Why the media silence on Sri Lanka's descent into dictatorship? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertyce

    The situation has been deteriorating for some time. According to Amnesty International at least 14 media workers have been killed in the country since 2006 and more than 20 are thought to have fled – more per capita than have left Iran. Arbitrary arrests, abductions and assassinations have been documented for over three decades. No one has ever been prosecuted for these attacks on the media.

    In January last year, as the Sri Lankan army closed in on the last remaining pockets of resistance held by the LTTE, the government imposed a media blackout on the war zone. (It also denied humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the fighting and, like the rebels, displayed callous contempt for civilian life.)

    Away from the killing fields, the local media suffered a sharp spike in attacks. Just days after independent broadcaster MTV was raided by gunmen, Lasantha Wickrematunge – editor of the Sunday Leader and prominent government critic – was assassinated in broad daylight in a high-security zone regularly patrolled by the army.

    The end of the war has changed nothing. Phones are tapped. Emails hacked. Media outlets harassed and journalists threatened. One – Prageeth Eknaligoda – has been missing since January's presidential election. Small wonder that so many journalists say they now resort to self-censorship.

  173. Sri Lanka has reacted with characteristic hostility to the most recent international efforts to compel its Sinhala nationalist government to conduct itself in accordance with accepted international norms. Colombo’s vehement and vitriolic response to both the appointment of a UN advisory panel on the horrific war crimes in Sri Lanka and the EU’s offer to extend the GSP+ subsidy conditional on specified actions on human rights and political freedoms was, of course, utterly predictable.

    However, this is not merely a peculiarity of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, but a consequence of the Sinhala supremacist logic embedded in the very fabric of this post-colonial state. It is clear, after all, that the international community is, through its myriad actions, seeking to create the space for the peaceful and secure flourishing of the island’s long-suffering non-Sinhala communities. As such, the world is now gradually discovering what the Tamils have been experiencing for six decades: that Sinhala supremacy, not equitable governance, is the central register for Sri Lanka’s strategic decisions.

    At the same time, for all the bluster and histrionics from Colombo, some international levers are discernibly disciplining the Sinhala state. For all the talk of sovereignty (and the hype of competing external donors), the IMF is slowly but steadily effecting the restructuring of the state required of economic globalization. The state has also had to accede to important, if very basic and preliminary, international steps to connect the Tamil homeland with the rest of the world. There is no doubt that the Sinhala state will vehemently resist, actively subvert and seek to rollback such changes – the defiant nationalization detailed by the island’s Sunday Times this week makes that quite clear.

    What is at stake here is the very nature of the future Sri Lankan state. As several scholars have detailed over the decades – in arguments largely ignored amid the ideological blindness that infused international efforts since the mid-nineties to produce liberal democracy and market economics in Sri Lanka and elsewhere – the post-independence state has entrenched, fostered and defended a Sinhala ethnocracy. It has done so before and after the Cold War, during both war and peace. During the war, however, Sri Lanka was able to adopt the rhetoric of market democracy, without actually having to adopt it. The lack of progress could be blamed on ‘the war’ and, by extension, the Tamil armed struggle, and in this way, the active support of the international community could be secured to destroy the most potent resistance to Sinhala hegemony: the Liberation Tigers.

    This Sinhala-Buddhist utopia, pursued through genocidal military violence and racist persecution, is not merely about the Sinhalese people building a bastion for Buddhism (in keeping with a self-claimed divine mandate), but the construction of a specific form of state, one dedicated primarily to fostering the wellbeing of the Sinhalese and Buddhism, at the deliberate expense of the non-Sinhala – who in this logic pose the greatest threat to this vision. http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articlei

  174. Sri Lanka has reacted with characteristic hostility to the most recent international efforts to compel its Sinhala nationalist government to conduct itself in accordance with accepted international norms. Colombo’s vehement and vitriolic response to both the appointment of a UN advisory panel on the horrific war crimes in Sri Lanka and the EU’s offer to extend the GSP+ subsidy conditional on specified actions on human rights and political freedoms was, of course, utterly predictable.

    However, this is not merely a peculiarity of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, but a consequence of the Sinhala supremacist logic embedded in the very fabric of this post-colonial state. It is clear, after all, that the international community is, through its myriad actions, seeking to create the space for the peaceful and secure flourishing of the island’s long-suffering non-Sinhala communities. As such, the world is now gradually discovering what the Tamils have been experiencing for six decades: that Sinhala supremacy, not equitable governance, is the central register for Sri Lanka’s strategic decisions.

    At the same time, for all the bluster and histrionics from Colombo, some international levers are discernibly disciplining the Sinhala state. For all the talk of sovereignty (and the hype of competing external donors), the IMF is slowly but steadily effecting the restructuring of the state required of economic globalization. The state has also had to accede to important, if very basic and preliminary, international steps to connect the Tamil homeland with the rest of the world. There is no doubt that the Sinhala state will vehemently resist, actively subvert and seek to rollback such changes – the defiant nationalization detailed by the island’s Sunday Times this week makes that quite clear.

    What is at stake here is the very nature of the future Sri Lankan state. As several scholars have detailed over the decades – in arguments largely ignored amid the ideological blindness that infused international efforts since the mid-nineties to produce liberal democracy and market economics in Sri Lanka and elsewhere – the post-independence state has entrenched, fostered and defended a Sinhala ethnocracy. It has done so before and after the Cold War, during both war and peace. During the war, however, Sri Lanka was able to adopt the rhetoric of market democracy, without actually having to adopt it. The lack of progress could be blamed on ‘the war’ and, by extension, the Tamil armed struggle, and in this way, the active support of the international community could be secured to destroy the most potent resistance to Sinhala hegemony: the Liberation Tigers.

    This Sinhala-Buddhist utopia, pursued through genocidal military violence and racist persecution, is not merely about the Sinhalese people building a bastion for Buddhism (in keeping with a self-claimed divine mandate), but the construction of a specific form of state, one dedicated primarily to fostering the wellbeing of the Sinhalese and Buddhism, at the deliberate expense of the non-Sinhala – who in this logic pose the greatest threat to this vision. http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articlei

  175. Anandarajah Says:
    August 8th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    You Say !!

    Rip Van Winkle

    You are a vociferous racist who don’t see anything beyond the tip of your nose.

    You spin only hatred and have no feeling for your fellow citizens !! :(

    Please point out a single Racist comment I have made and I will stop posting here for ever – under any handle – not like you Apes !!

  176. Global Action on Missing Sri Lankan Journalist

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends its support to the protest planned for August 10 by the Alliance of Media Organisations in Sri Lanka, to mark 200 days since the disappearance of cartoonist and columnist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protest (or satyagraha) and a seminar will be held in Colombo to urge the authorities fully investigate the whereabouts of Eknaligoda.

    The IFJ calls upon its affiliates worldwide to show solidarity by contacting their local Sri Lankan missions to express their concerns at the police and security agencies’ failure to trace the missing journalist.

    “The IFJ calls upon authorities in Sri Lanka to show a greater sense of purpose over this case,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

    “Statements from official agencies, including the police and the Ministry for Information, have been far from reassuring, since they have invariably failed to deliver on promises that information about Eknaligoda’s whereabouts would be made available.

    “Further, there have been suggestions from official agencies dismissing Eknaligoda’s disappearance as possibly self-staged.”

    A habeas corpus petition filed by Eknaligoda’s family is pending in the Colombo High Court. Six hearings have been held, most recently on July 21. Early hearings were adjourned because the bench was purportedly not up to full strength to hear a case of this nature. It was only after the third hearing that the bench of two judges began to deal substantively with the case.

    At the fifth hearing, police assured the court that they would have some information available by the sixth hearing. But the police failed to turn up at the hearing on July 21. The judge ordered that notice be sent to them again. The next hearing is scheduled for September.

    Reportedly, Eknaligoda was last seen by the staff of Lanka-e-News (www.lankaenews.com), the news portal where he worked on a freelance basis, as he left the office about 8.30 pm on January 24.

    Polls were scheduled to open in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections less than 36 hours later.

    As he left, Eknaligoda reportedly had phone contact with a friend. He expressed his inability to meet the friend since he had already taken a three-wheeler taxi towards meeting another friend. The identity of the person he was going to meet remains unknown.

    The police have not revealed the call records from Eknaligoda’s phone or managed to trace his cell phone.

    Eknaligoda was a cartoonist with the state-owned Lake House group of newspapers for long and resigned in 1996, reportedly because he came under pressure after defying a request from the then President to do a cartoon ridiculing the leader of the opposition.

    In recent times, he has been a contributor to the Lanka-e-News portal and a Sinhala language paper, Colombo.

    He has been involved in left-wing politics since the 1970s and in November 2009 took up an active role in the presidential election campaign for the former Sri Lankan army commander, Sarath Fonseka. He addressed a number of public meetings in support of Fonseka in Colombo and elsewhere.

    Sandhya Eknaligoda, his wife, has since been battling alone and against great odds. Their two sons aged 16 and 13 are suffering psychological stress and have barely been able to attend regular school.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda is an insulin-dependent diabetic who underwent open-heart surgery in 2005.

    In August 2009, Eknaligoda was abducted late one evening while on his way home and held till the early hours next morning. He was reportedly kept blindfolded and heard nothing from his captors to reveal their motives. All the currency that he carried was taken away, as too was an ATM cash card. The family however did not detect any illicit withdrawals from Eknaligoda’s bank accounts after this episode.

    As part of an international coalition working for press freedom and journalists’ rights in Sri Lanka, the IFJ commits itself to supporting Eknaligoda’s family through this moment of trial.

    The August 10 protest in Colombo will be held at 3pm in Viharamahadevi Park, followed by a seminar at the Public Library.
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1008/S00139/glob

  177. Global Action on Missing Sri Lankan Journalist

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends its support to the protest planned for August 10 by the Alliance of Media Organisations in Sri Lanka, to mark 200 days since the disappearance of cartoonist and columnist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protest (or satyagraha) and a seminar will be held in Colombo to urge the authorities fully investigate the whereabouts of Eknaligoda.

    The IFJ calls upon its affiliates worldwide to show solidarity by contacting their local Sri Lankan missions to express their concerns at the police and security agencies’ failure to trace the missing journalist.

    “The IFJ calls upon authorities in Sri Lanka to show a greater sense of purpose over this case,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

    “Statements from official agencies, including the police and the Ministry for Information, have been far from reassuring, since they have invariably failed to deliver on promises that information about Eknaligoda’s whereabouts would be made available.

    “Further, there have been suggestions from official agencies dismissing Eknaligoda’s disappearance as possibly self-staged.”

    A habeas corpus petition filed by Eknaligoda’s family is pending in the Colombo High Court. Six hearings have been held, most recently on July 21. Early hearings were adjourned because the bench was purportedly not up to full strength to hear a case of this nature. It was only after the third hearing that the bench of two judges began to deal substantively with the case.

    At the fifth hearing, police assured the court that they would have some information available by the sixth hearing. But the police failed to turn up at the hearing on July 21. The judge ordered that notice be sent to them again. The next hearing is scheduled for September.

    Reportedly, Eknaligoda was last seen by the staff of Lanka-e-News (www.lankaenews.com), the news portal where he worked on a freelance basis, as he left the office about 8.30 pm on January 24.

    Polls were scheduled to open in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections less than 36 hours later.

    As he left, Eknaligoda reportedly had phone contact with a friend. He expressed his inability to meet the friend since he had already taken a three-wheeler taxi towards meeting another friend. The identity of the person he was going to meet remains unknown.

    The police have not revealed the call records from Eknaligoda’s phone or managed to trace his cell phone.

    Eknaligoda was a cartoonist with the state-owned Lake House group of newspapers for long and resigned in 1996, reportedly because he came under pressure after defying a request from the then President to do a cartoon ridiculing the leader of the opposition.

    In recent times, he has been a contributor to the Lanka-e-News portal and a Sinhala language paper, Colombo.

    He has been involved in left-wing politics since the 1970s and in November 2009 took up an active role in the presidential election campaign for the former Sri Lankan army commander, Sarath Fonseka. He addressed a number of public meetings in support of Fonseka in Colombo and elsewhere.

    Sandhya Eknaligoda, his wife, has since been battling alone and against great odds. Their two sons aged 16 and 13 are suffering psychological stress and have barely been able to attend regular school.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda is an insulin-dependent diabetic who underwent open-heart surgery in 2005.

    In August 2009, Eknaligoda was abducted late one evening while on his way home and held till the early hours next morning. He was reportedly kept blindfolded and heard nothing from his captors to reveal their motives. All the currency that he carried was taken away, as too was an ATM cash card. The family however did not detect any illicit withdrawals from Eknaligoda’s bank accounts after this episode.

    As part of an international coalition working for press freedom and journalists’ rights in Sri Lanka, the IFJ commits itself to supporting Eknaligoda’s family through this moment of trial.

    The August 10 protest in Colombo will be held at 3pm in Viharamahadevi Park, followed by a seminar at the Public Library.
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1008/S00139/glob

  178. Global Action on Missing Sri Lankan Journalist

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends its support to the protest planned for August 10 by the Alliance of Media Organisations in Sri Lanka, to mark 200 days since the disappearance of cartoonist and columnist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protest (or satyagraha) and a seminar will be held in Colombo to urge the authorities fully investigate the whereabouts of Eknaligoda.

    The IFJ calls upon its affiliates worldwide to show solidarity by contacting their local Sri Lankan missions to express their concerns at the police and security agencies’ failure to trace the missing journalist.

    “The IFJ calls upon authorities in Sri Lanka to show a greater sense of purpose over this case,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

    “Statements from official agencies, including the police and the Ministry for Information, have been far from reassuring, since they have invariably failed to deliver on promises that information about Eknaligoda’s whereabouts would be made available.

    “Further, there have been suggestions from official agencies dismissing Eknaligoda’s disappearance as possibly self-staged.”

    A habeas corpus petition filed by Eknaligoda’s family is pending in the Colombo High Court. Six hearings have been held, most recently on July 21. Early hearings were adjourned because the bench was purportedly not up to full strength to hear a case of this nature. It was only after the third hearing that the bench of two judges began to deal substantively with the case.

    At the fifth hearing, police assured the court that they would have some information available by the sixth hearing. But the police failed to turn up at the hearing on July 21. The judge ordered that notice be sent to them again. The next hearing is scheduled for September.

    Reportedly, Eknaligoda was last seen by the staff of Lanka-e-News (www.lankaenews.com), the news portal where he worked on a freelance basis, as he left the office about 8.30 pm on January 24.

    Polls were scheduled to open in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections less than 36 hours later.

    As he left, Eknaligoda reportedly had phone contact with a friend. He expressed his inability to meet the friend since he had already taken a three-wheeler taxi towards meeting another friend. The identity of the person he was going to meet remains unknown.

    The police have not revealed the call records from Eknaligoda’s phone or managed to trace his cell phone.

    Eknaligoda was a cartoonist with the state-owned Lake House group of newspapers for long and resigned in 1996, reportedly because he came under pressure after defying a request from the then President to do a cartoon ridiculing the leader of the opposition.

    In recent times, he has been a contributor to the Lanka-e-News portal and a Sinhala language paper, Colombo.

    He has been involved in left-wing politics since the 1970s and in November 2009 took up an active role in the presidential election campaign for the former Sri Lankan army commander, Sarath Fonseka. He addressed a number of public meetings in support of Fonseka in Colombo and elsewhere.

    Sandhya Eknaligoda, his wife, has since been battling alone and against great odds. Their two sons aged 16 and 13 are suffering psychological stress and have barely been able to attend regular school.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda is an insulin-dependent diabetic who underwent open-heart surgery in 2005.

    In August 2009, Eknaligoda was abducted late one evening while on his way home and held till the early hours next morning. He was reportedly kept blindfolded and heard nothing from his captors to reveal their motives. All the currency that he carried was taken away, as too was an ATM cash card. The family however did not detect any illicit withdrawals from Eknaligoda’s bank accounts after this episode.

    As part of an international coalition working for press freedom and journalists’ rights in Sri Lanka, the IFJ commits itself to supporting Eknaligoda’s family through this moment of trial.

    The August 10 protest in Colombo will be held at 3pm in Viharamahadevi Park, followed by a seminar at the Public Library.
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1008/S00139/glob

  179. Nantri Anandarajah, Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka , a.savage 4 your voice of Voiceless Tamils in Sri lanka.

    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

    The situation has been deteriorating for some time. According to Amnesty International at least 14 media workers have been killed in the country since 2006 and more than 20 are thought to have fled – more per capita than have left Iran. Arbitrary arrests, abductions and assassinations have been documented for over three decades. No one has ever been prosecuted for these attacks on the media.

    In January last year, as the Sri Lankan army closed in on the last remaining pockets of resistance held by the LTTE, the government imposed a media blackout on the war zone. (It also denied humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the fighting and, like the rebels, displayed callous contempt for civilian life.)

    Away from the killing fields, the local media suffered a sharp spike in attacks. Just days after independent broadcaster MTV was raided by gunmen, Lasantha Wickrematunge – editor of the Sunday Leader and prominent government critic – was assassinated in broad daylight in a high-security zone regularly patrolled by the army.

    The end of the war has changed nothing. Phones are tapped. Emails hacked. Media outlets harassed and journalists threatened. One – Prageeth Eknaligoda – has been missing since January’s presidential election. Small wonder that so many journalists say they now resort to self-censorship.

  180. Sri Lanka has reacted with characteristic hostility to the most recent international efforts to compel its Sinhala nationalist government to conduct itself in accordance with accepted international norms. Colombo’s vehement and vitriolic response to both the appointment of a UN advisory panel on the horrific war crimes in Sri Lanka and the EU’s offer to extend the GSP+ subsidy conditional on specified actions on human rights and political freedoms was, of course, utterly predictable.

    However, this is not merely a peculiarity of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, but a consequence of the Sinhala supremacist logic embedded in the very fabric of this post-colonial state. It is clear, after all, that the international community is, through its myriad actions, seeking to create the space for the peaceful and secure flourishing of the island’s long-suffering non-Sinhala communities. As such, the world is now gradually discovering what the Tamils have been experiencing for six decades: that Sinhala supremacy, not equitable governance, is the central register for Sri Lanka’s strategic decisions.

    At the same time, for all the bluster and histrionics from Colombo, some international levers are discernibly disciplining the Sinhala state. For all the talk of sovereignty (and the hype of competing external donors), the IMF is slowly but steadily effecting the restructuring of the state required of economic globalization. The state has also had to accede to important, if very basic and preliminary, international steps to connect the Tamil homeland with the rest of the world. There is no doubt that the Sinhala state will vehemently resist, actively subvert and seek to rollback such changes – the defiant nationalization detailed by the island’s Sunday Times this week makes that quite clear.

    What is at stake here is the very nature of the future Sri Lankan state. As several scholars have detailed over the decades – in arguments largely ignored amid the ideological blindness that infused international efforts since the mid-nineties to produce liberal democracy and market economics in Sri Lanka and elsewhere – the post-independence state has entrenched, fostered and defended a Sinhala ethnocracy. It has done so before and after the Cold War, during both war and peace. During the war, however, Sri Lanka was able to adopt the rhetoric of market democracy, without actually having to adopt it. The lack of progress could be blamed on ‘the war’ and, by extension, the Tamil armed struggle, and in this way, the active support of the international community could be secured to destroy the most potent resistance to Sinhala hegemony: the Liberation Tigers.

    This Sinhala-Buddhist utopia, pursued through genocidal military violence and racist persecution, is not merely about the Sinhalese people building a bastion for Buddhism (in keeping with a self-claimed divine mandate), but the construction of a specific form of state, one dedicated primarily to fostering the wellbeing of the Sinhalese and Buddhism, at the deliberate expense of the non-Sinhala – who in this logic pose the greatest threat to this vision.
    http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=2785

  181. Velu Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Velu !

    You have forgotten to mention the number of Tamil Leaders that were killed by the LTTE. I don't know where you got your source of information as we have not heard of the killings that you have mentioned, but I can give you the list of Prominent, Well respected Tamil Gentlemen we loved who were murdered by the Apes of LTTE…
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    See, this is a public forum. So when you are putting down stuff, ensure that you put down proper details so that you won't get hammered by others using your own data – LOL !!

  182. Anandarajah Says:
    August 8th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    You Say !!

    Rip Van Winkle

    You are a vociferous racist who don’t see anything beyond the tip of your nose.

    You spin only hatred and have no feeling for your fellow citizens !! :(

    Please point out a single Racist comment I have made and I will stop posting here for ever – under any handle – not like you Apes !!

  183. Eyes 'gouged out' in Sri Lankan jail

    In the massacres in the Welikade jail, the prisoners' eyes 'gouged out' in Sri Lankan jail.

    Fifty three Tamil prisoners were murdered whilst in Sri Lanka government custody. Thirty five Tamil political prisoners (held in custody under the infamous Sri Lanka Prevention of Terrorism Act, which was described by the International Commission of Jurists as 'an ugly blot on the statute book of any civilised country') were killed within the walls of the high security Welikade prison, in Colombo, on 25 July. Two days later, on 27 July, 18 more Tamil political prisoners were killed within the confines of the same Welikade prison.

    The Tamil prisoners who were massacred in Welikade in July 1983 were :

    25th July 1983

    1. Kuttimani Yogachandran 2. N. Thangathurai 3. Nadesathasan 4. Jegan 5. Alias Sivarasa 6. Sivan Anpalagan 7. A. Balasubramaniam 8. Surash Kumar 9. Arunthavarajah 10. Thanapalasingham 11. Arafat 30. Anpalagan Sunduran 12. P. Mahendran 31. Ramalingam Balachandran 13. K. Thillainathan 32. K. Thavarajasingham 1420. S. Subramaniam 21. Mylvaganam Sinnaiah 22. G. Mylvaganam 23. Ch. Sivanantharajah 24. T. Kandiah 25. S. Sathiyaseelan 26. Kathiravelpillai 27. Easvaranathan 28. K. Nagarajah 29. Gunapalan Ganeshalingam . S. Kularajasekaram 33. K. Krishnakumar 15. K. Uthaya Kumar 34. R. Yoganathan 16. S. Sivakumar 35. A. Uthayakumar 17. A. Rajan 36. G. Amirthalingam 18. S. Balachandran 37. V. Chandrakumar 19. Yogachandran Killi 38. Sittampalam Chandrakulam 39. Navaratnam Sivapatham (Master)

    27th July 1983

    1. Muthukumar Srikumar 10. Gnanamuthu Naveratnasingham 2. Philip Amirthanayagam 11. Kandiah Rajendran (Robert) 3. Kulasingam Kumar 12. Dr. Somasunderam Rajasunderam 4. Selachami Kumar 13. Somasunderam Manoranjan 5. Kandasamy Sarveswaran 14. Arumugam Seyan (Appu) 6. A. Marianpillai 15. Thamotharampillai Jegemogenandan 7. Sivapathan Neethirajah 16. Sinnathambi Sivasubramaniam 8. Devanayagam Paskaran 17. Sellay Rajeratnam 9. Ponnaiya Thurairajah 18. Kumarasamy Ganeshalingam 19. Ponnampalam Devakumar

    The International Commission of Jurists commented:

    "It is not clear how it was possible for the killings to take place without the connivance of prison officials, and how the assassinations could have been repeated after an interval of two days, since Welikade prison is a high security prison and the Tamil prisoners were kept in separate cells…" (Ethnic Violence in Sri Lanka: Staff Report of the International Commission of Jurists, ICJ Review)

    "… it is relevant to mention the gruesome massacre of 53 Tamil prisoners in the Welikade jail in Colombo on July 25 and 27 last year. Many of them were only detainees on suspicion and not convicted prisoners. After they were brutally murdered, their wives, sisters, children and parents came to know about their death only through the radio. Much more terrible was the fact that the bodies of these detainees were buried or cremated without any member of the families knowing or being present. They were not even given the chance of having a last look at the body.

    No amount of sanctimonious expressions of sorrow or statements made before the Commission that the Sri Lankan Government was not proud of what happened at the Colombo jail would be acceptable to the civilised world, when up to date, the government has failed or neglected or refused to order an independent judicial inquiry into this unprecedented slaughter of those who were in the custody of the Government. (Statement by All India Womens Conference at UN Sub Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities)

    "The most brutal and obviously well organised massacres took place within the confines of a prison located in the capital city. A prison is by definition a high security establishment, this is particularly so of the Welikade Prison which even by official terminology of the Sri Lankan government, is a 'maximum security' establishment. Yet not one but two gruesome massacres occur within its walls in the space of a week!..'' (R.K. Karanjia in The Blitz)

  184. Velu Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Velu !

    You have forgotten to mention the number of Tamil Leaders that were killed by the LTTE. I don't know where you got your source of information as we have not heard of the killings that you have mentioned, but I can give you the list of Prominent, Well respected Tamil Gentlemen we loved who were murdered by the Apes of LTTE…
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    See, this is a public forum. So when you are putting down stuff, ensure that you put down proper details so that you won't get hammered by others using your own data – LOL !!

  185. Velu Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Velu !

    You have forgotten to mention the number of Tamil Leaders that were killed by the LTTE. I don't know where you got your source of information as we have not heard of the killings that you have mentioned, but I can give you the list of Prominent, Well respected Tamil Gentlemen we loved who were murdered by the Apes of LTTE…
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    See, this is a public forum. So when you are putting down stuff, ensure that you put down proper details so that you won't get hammered by others using your own data – LOL !!

  186. Global Action on Missing Sri Lankan Journalist

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends its support to the protest planned for August 10 by the Alliance of Media Organisations in Sri Lanka, to mark 200 days since the disappearance of cartoonist and columnist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protest (or satyagraha) and a seminar will be held in Colombo to urge the authorities fully investigate the whereabouts of Eknaligoda.

    The IFJ calls upon its affiliates worldwide to show solidarity by contacting their local Sri Lankan missions to express their concerns at the police and security agencies’ failure to trace the missing journalist.

    “The IFJ calls upon authorities in Sri Lanka to show a greater sense of purpose over this case,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

    “Statements from official agencies, including the police and the Ministry for Information, have been far from reassuring, since they have invariably failed to deliver on promises that information about Eknaligoda’s whereabouts would be made available.

    “Further, there have been suggestions from official agencies dismissing Eknaligoda’s disappearance as possibly self-staged.”

    A habeas corpus petition filed by Eknaligoda’s family is pending in the Colombo High Court. Six hearings have been held, most recently on July 21. Early hearings were adjourned because the bench was purportedly not up to full strength to hear a case of this nature. It was only after the third hearing that the bench of two judges began to deal substantively with the case.

    At the fifth hearing, police assured the court that they would have some information available by the sixth hearing. But the police failed to turn up at the hearing on July 21. The judge ordered that notice be sent to them again. The next hearing is scheduled for September.

    Reportedly, Eknaligoda was last seen by the staff of Lanka-e-News (www.lankaenews.com), the news portal where he worked on a freelance basis, as he left the office about 8.30 pm on January 24.

    Polls were scheduled to open in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections less than 36 hours later.

    As he left, Eknaligoda reportedly had phone contact with a friend. He expressed his inability to meet the friend since he had already taken a three-wheeler taxi towards meeting another friend. The identity of the person he was going to meet remains unknown.

    The police have not revealed the call records from Eknaligoda’s phone or managed to trace his cell phone.

    Eknaligoda was a cartoonist with the state-owned Lake House group of newspapers for long and resigned in 1996, reportedly because he came under pressure after defying a request from the then President to do a cartoon ridiculing the leader of the opposition.

    In recent times, he has been a contributor to the Lanka-e-News portal and a Sinhala language paper, Colombo.

    He has been involved in left-wing politics since the 1970s and in November 2009 took up an active role in the presidential election campaign for the former Sri Lankan army commander, Sarath Fonseka. He addressed a number of public meetings in support of Fonseka in Colombo and elsewhere.

    Sandhya Eknaligoda, his wife, has since been battling alone and against great odds. Their two sons aged 16 and 13 are suffering psychological stress and have barely been able to attend regular school.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda is an insulin-dependent diabetic who underwent open-heart surgery in 2005.

    In August 2009, Eknaligoda was abducted late one evening while on his way home and held till the early hours next morning. He was reportedly kept blindfolded and heard nothing from his captors to reveal their motives. All the currency that he carried was taken away, as too was an ATM cash card. The family however did not detect any illicit withdrawals from Eknaligoda’s bank accounts after this episode.

    As part of an international coalition working for press freedom and journalists’ rights in Sri Lanka, the IFJ commits itself to supporting Eknaligoda’s family through this moment of trial.

    The August 10 protest in Colombo will be held at 3pm in Viharamahadevi Park, followed by a seminar at the Public Library.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1008/S00139/global-action-on-missing-sri-lankan-journalist.htm

  187. 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.

    The HC applications are to be filed next week either in Jaffna or Vavuniyaa High Court.

    Some humanitarian organizations are assisting the family members to file the HC applications.

    Meanwhile, thousands of HC applications filed by family members of persons gone missing after arrest by SLA during 1996 and 1997 and after 2002 in the High Courts of Jaffna and Vavuniyaa remain attended.

    HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Apparently, the main reason adduced to the Foreign Office decision to curtail Kohona’s assignment, is his alleged failure to put Sri Lanka’s position in the correct perspective, when UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon appointed a committee to advise him on Sri Lanka

    Kohona to be recalled? http://www.nation.lk/2010/08/08/news3.htm

  188. Eyes ‘gouged out’ in Sri Lankan jail

    In the massacres in the Welikade jail, the prisoners’ eyes ‘gouged out’ in Sri Lankan jail.

    Fifty three Tamil prisoners were murdered whilst in Sri Lanka government custody. Thirty five Tamil political prisoners (held in custody under the infamous Sri Lanka Prevention of Terrorism Act, which was described by the International Commission of Jurists as ‘an ugly blot on the statute book of any civilised country’) were killed within the walls of the high security Welikade prison, in Colombo, on 25 July. Two days later, on 27 July, 18 more Tamil political prisoners were killed within the confines of the same Welikade prison.

    The Tamil prisoners who were massacred in Welikade in July 1983 were :

    25th July 1983

    1. Kuttimani Yogachandran 2. N. Thangathurai 3. Nadesathasan 4. Jegan 5. Alias Sivarasa 6. Sivan Anpalagan 7. A. Balasubramaniam 8. Surash Kumar 9. Arunthavarajah 10. Thanapalasingham 11. Arafat 30. Anpalagan Sunduran 12. P. Mahendran 31. Ramalingam Balachandran 13. K. Thillainathan 32. K. Thavarajasingham 1420. S. Subramaniam 21. Mylvaganam Sinnaiah 22. G. Mylvaganam 23. Ch. Sivanantharajah 24. T. Kandiah 25. S. Sathiyaseelan 26. Kathiravelpillai 27. Easvaranathan 28. K. Nagarajah 29. Gunapalan Ganeshalingam . S. Kularajasekaram 33. K. Krishnakumar 15. K. Uthaya Kumar 34. R. Yoganathan 16. S. Sivakumar 35. A. Uthayakumar 17. A. Rajan 36. G. Amirthalingam 18. S. Balachandran 37. V. Chandrakumar 19. Yogachandran Killi 38. Sittampalam Chandrakulam 39. Navaratnam Sivapatham (Master)

    27th July 1983

    1. Muthukumar Srikumar 10. Gnanamuthu Naveratnasingham 2. Philip Amirthanayagam 11. Kandiah Rajendran (Robert) 3. Kulasingam Kumar 12. Dr. Somasunderam Rajasunderam 4. Selachami Kumar 13. Somasunderam Manoranjan 5. Kandasamy Sarveswaran 14. Arumugam Seyan (Appu) 6. A. Marianpillai 15. Thamotharampillai Jegemogenandan 7. Sivapathan Neethirajah 16. Sinnathambi Sivasubramaniam 8. Devanayagam Paskaran 17. Sellay Rajeratnam 9. Ponnaiya Thurairajah 18. Kumarasamy Ganeshalingam 19. Ponnampalam Devakumar

    The International Commission of Jurists commented:

    “It is not clear how it was possible for the killings to take place without the connivance of prison officials, and how the assassinations could have been repeated after an interval of two days, since Welikade prison is a high security prison and the Tamil prisoners were kept in separate cells…” (Ethnic Violence in Sri Lanka: Staff Report of the International Commission of Jurists, ICJ Review)

    “… it is relevant to mention the gruesome massacre of 53 Tamil prisoners in the Welikade jail in Colombo on July 25 and 27 last year. Many of them were only detainees on suspicion and not convicted prisoners. After they were brutally murdered, their wives, sisters, children and parents came to know about their death only through the radio. Much more terrible was the fact that the bodies of these detainees were buried or cremated without any member of the families knowing or being present. They were not even given the chance of having a last look at the body.

    No amount of sanctimonious expressions of sorrow or statements made before the Commission that the Sri Lankan Government was not proud of what happened at the Colombo jail would be acceptable to the civilised world, when up to date, the government has failed or neglected or refused to order an independent judicial inquiry into this unprecedented slaughter of those who were in the custody of the Government. (Statement by All India Womens Conference at UN Sub Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities)

    “The most brutal and obviously well organised massacres took place within the confines of a prison located in the capital city. A prison is by definition a high security establishment, this is particularly so of the Welikade Prison which even by official terminology of the Sri Lankan government, is a ‘maximum security’ establishment. Yet not one but two gruesome massacres occur within its walls in the space of a week!..” (R.K. Karanjia in The Blitz)

  189. 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.

    The HC applications are to be filed next week either in Jaffna or Vavuniyaa High Court.

    Some humanitarian organizations are assisting the family members to file the HC applications.

    Meanwhile, thousands of HC applications filed by family members of persons gone missing after arrest by SLA during 1996 and 1997 and after 2002 in the High Courts of Jaffna and Vavuniyaa remain attended.

    HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Apparently, the main reason adduced to the Foreign Office decision to curtail Kohona’s assignment, is his alleged failure to put Sri Lanka’s position in the correct perspective, when UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon appointed a committee to advise him on Sri Lanka

    Kohona to be recalled? http://www.nation.lk/2010/08/08/news3.htm

  190. 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.

    The HC applications are to be filed next week either in Jaffna or Vavuniyaa High Court.

    Some humanitarian organizations are assisting the family members to file the HC applications.

    Meanwhile, thousands of HC applications filed by family members of persons gone missing after arrest by SLA during 1996 and 1997 and after 2002 in the High Courts of Jaffna and Vavuniyaa remain attended.

    HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Apparently, the main reason adduced to the Foreign Office decision to curtail Kohona’s assignment, is his alleged failure to put Sri Lanka’s position in the correct perspective, when UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon appointed a committee to advise him on Sri Lanka

    Kohona to be recalled? http://www.nation.lk/2010/08/08/news3.htm

  191. Velu Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Velu !

    You have forgotten to mention the number of Tamil Leaders that were killed by the LTTE. I don’t know where you got your source of information as we have not heard of the killings that you have mentioned, but I can give you the list of Prominent, Well respected Tamil Gentlemen we loved who were murdered by the Apes of LTTE…

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    See, this is a public forum. So when you are putting down stuff, ensure that you put down proper details so that you won’t get hammered by others using your own data – LOL !!

  192. 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.

    The HC applications are to be filed next week either in Jaffna or Vavuniyaa High Court.

    Some humanitarian organizations are assisting the family members to file the HC applications.

    Meanwhile, thousands of HC applications filed by family members of persons gone missing after arrest by SLA during 1996 and 1997 and after 2002 in the High Courts of Jaffna and Vavuniyaa remain attended.

    HC applications to be filed by familes of disappeared LTTE key persons
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32372

    Apparently, the main reason adduced to the Foreign Office decision to curtail Kohona’s assignment, is his alleged failure to put Sri Lanka’s position in the correct perspective, when UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon appointed a committee to advise him on Sri Lanka

    Kohona to be recalled?
    http://www.nation.lk/2010/08/08/news3.htm

  193. Blood on our hands, but this too shall pass http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=59&…

    The Sinhalese will never allow the world to dictate to them a political solution. More so, they will promptly and conclusively rebuff any attempt by us to seek a role in what they will now onward insist as strictly their internal affair.

    Always remember that Sri Lanka is the last bastion of Theravada Buddhism and preserving that legacy is the Sinhalese people's precious tryst with destiny. At least, that is how they feel. We have to accept the weight of their cultural nationalism.

    They see Sri Lanka as the land of the Sinhalese. How would they allow us Indians who wiped out Buddhism with such ferocity from the subcontinent interfere with their keen sense of destiny as the custodians of that very same great religion? Never, never.

    If we try to pressure the Sinhalese, they will approach the Chinese or the Pakistanis to balance our pressure. They are capable of doing that.

    The Sinhalese are a gifted people. We all know few can never match their terrific skills in media management. They have always lived by their wits.

    Equally, they are fantastic practitioners of diplomacy. We suspect that they may in fact have an edge over us on this front, for unlike us who are dissimulating from day to day as if we're a responsible regional power and dissipating our energies in pastimes such as hunting down Somalian pirates in distant seas, they are a highly focused lot.

    They have the grit because they are fighting for the preservation of their country's future identity as a Buddhist nation.

    Only last week, they showed their diplomatic skill by getting the Russians and the Chinese to stall a move in the United Nations Security Council to pressure them.

    The Europeans fancy they can try the Sinhalese for war crimes. What naivety!

    We asked the Sinhalese in private many a time how they proposed to navigate their way in the coming period. They wouldn't divulge.

    But we know that it is not as if they have no solution of their own to the Tamil problem, either. We know they already have a blueprint.

    See, they have already solved the Tamil problem in the eastern provinces of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. The Tamils are no more the majority community in those provinces.

    Similarly, from tomorrow, they will commence a concerted, steady colonisation programme of the northern provinces where Prabhakaran reigned supreme for two decades. They will ensure incrementally that the northern regions no more remain as Tamil provinces.

    The Tamils will be made into a minority community in their own northern homelands. They will have to live among the newly created Sinhalese settlements in those regions to the north of Elephant Pass.

    As for the blood on our hands, true, it is a nuisance. But this is not the first time in our history that we're having blood on our hands.

    Trust our words. No lasting harm will be done. Blood doesn't leave stains.

  194. Blood on our hands, but this too shall pass http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=59&…

    The Sinhalese will never allow the world to dictate to them a political solution. More so, they will promptly and conclusively rebuff any attempt by us to seek a role in what they will now onward insist as strictly their internal affair.

    Always remember that Sri Lanka is the last bastion of Theravada Buddhism and preserving that legacy is the Sinhalese people's precious tryst with destiny. At least, that is how they feel. We have to accept the weight of their cultural nationalism.

    They see Sri Lanka as the land of the Sinhalese. How would they allow us Indians who wiped out Buddhism with such ferocity from the subcontinent interfere with their keen sense of destiny as the custodians of that very same great religion? Never, never.

    If we try to pressure the Sinhalese, they will approach the Chinese or the Pakistanis to balance our pressure. They are capable of doing that.

    The Sinhalese are a gifted people. We all know few can never match their terrific skills in media management. They have always lived by their wits.

    Equally, they are fantastic practitioners of diplomacy. We suspect that they may in fact have an edge over us on this front, for unlike us who are dissimulating from day to day as if we're a responsible regional power and dissipating our energies in pastimes such as hunting down Somalian pirates in distant seas, they are a highly focused lot.

    They have the grit because they are fighting for the preservation of their country's future identity as a Buddhist nation.

    Only last week, they showed their diplomatic skill by getting the Russians and the Chinese to stall a move in the United Nations Security Council to pressure them.

    The Europeans fancy they can try the Sinhalese for war crimes. What naivety!

    We asked the Sinhalese in private many a time how they proposed to navigate their way in the coming period. They wouldn't divulge.

    But we know that it is not as if they have no solution of their own to the Tamil problem, either. We know they already have a blueprint.

    See, they have already solved the Tamil problem in the eastern provinces of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. The Tamils are no more the majority community in those provinces.

    Similarly, from tomorrow, they will commence a concerted, steady colonisation programme of the northern provinces where Prabhakaran reigned supreme for two decades. They will ensure incrementally that the northern regions no more remain as Tamil provinces.

    The Tamils will be made into a minority community in their own northern homelands. They will have to live among the newly created Sinhalese settlements in those regions to the north of Elephant Pass.

    As for the blood on our hands, true, it is a nuisance. But this is not the first time in our history that we're having blood on our hands.

    Trust our words. No lasting harm will be done. Blood doesn't leave stains.

  195. Blood on our hands, but this too shall pass http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=59&…

    The Sinhalese will never allow the world to dictate to them a political solution. More so, they will promptly and conclusively rebuff any attempt by us to seek a role in what they will now onward insist as strictly their internal affair.

    Always remember that Sri Lanka is the last bastion of Theravada Buddhism and preserving that legacy is the Sinhalese people's precious tryst with destiny. At least, that is how they feel. We have to accept the weight of their cultural nationalism.

    They see Sri Lanka as the land of the Sinhalese. How would they allow us Indians who wiped out Buddhism with such ferocity from the subcontinent interfere with their keen sense of destiny as the custodians of that very same great religion? Never, never.

    If we try to pressure the Sinhalese, they will approach the Chinese or the Pakistanis to balance our pressure. They are capable of doing that.

    The Sinhalese are a gifted people. We all know few can never match their terrific skills in media management. They have always lived by their wits.

    Equally, they are fantastic practitioners of diplomacy. We suspect that they may in fact have an edge over us on this front, for unlike us who are dissimulating from day to day as if we're a responsible regional power and dissipating our energies in pastimes such as hunting down Somalian pirates in distant seas, they are a highly focused lot.

    They have the grit because they are fighting for the preservation of their country's future identity as a Buddhist nation.

    Only last week, they showed their diplomatic skill by getting the Russians and the Chinese to stall a move in the United Nations Security Council to pressure them.

    The Europeans fancy they can try the Sinhalese for war crimes. What naivety!

    We asked the Sinhalese in private many a time how they proposed to navigate their way in the coming period. They wouldn't divulge.

    But we know that it is not as if they have no solution of their own to the Tamil problem, either. We know they already have a blueprint.

    See, they have already solved the Tamil problem in the eastern provinces of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. The Tamils are no more the majority community in those provinces.

    Similarly, from tomorrow, they will commence a concerted, steady colonisation programme of the northern provinces where Prabhakaran reigned supreme for two decades. They will ensure incrementally that the northern regions no more remain as Tamil provinces.

    The Tamils will be made into a minority community in their own northern homelands. They will have to live among the newly created Sinhalese settlements in those regions to the north of Elephant Pass.

    As for the blood on our hands, true, it is a nuisance. But this is not the first time in our history that we're having blood on our hands.

    Trust our words. No lasting harm will be done. Blood doesn't leave stains.

  196. Blood on our hands, but this too shall pass
    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=59&id=5934

    The Sinhalese will never allow the world to dictate to them a political solution. More so, they will promptly and conclusively rebuff any attempt by us to seek a role in what they will now onward insist as strictly their internal affair.

    Always remember that Sri Lanka is the last bastion of Theravada Buddhism and preserving that legacy is the Sinhalese people’s precious tryst with destiny. At least, that is how they feel. We have to accept the weight of their cultural nationalism.

    They see Sri Lanka as the land of the Sinhalese. How would they allow us Indians who wiped out Buddhism with such ferocity from the subcontinent interfere with their keen sense of destiny as the custodians of that very same great religion? Never, never.

    If we try to pressure the Sinhalese, they will approach the Chinese or the Pakistanis to balance our pressure. They are capable of doing that.

    The Sinhalese are a gifted people. We all know few can never match their terrific skills in media management. They have always lived by their wits.

    Equally, they are fantastic practitioners of diplomacy. We suspect that they may in fact have an edge over us on this front, for unlike us who are dissimulating from day to day as if we’re a responsible regional power and dissipating our energies in pastimes such as hunting down Somalian pirates in distant seas, they are a highly focused lot.

    They have the grit because they are fighting for the preservation of their country’s future identity as a Buddhist nation.

    Only last week, they showed their diplomatic skill by getting the Russians and the Chinese to stall a move in the United Nations Security Council to pressure them.

    The Europeans fancy they can try the Sinhalese for war crimes. What naivety!

    We asked the Sinhalese in private many a time how they proposed to navigate their way in the coming period. They wouldn’t divulge.

    But we know that it is not as if they have no solution of their own to the Tamil problem, either. We know they already have a blueprint.

    See, they have already solved the Tamil problem in the eastern provinces of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. The Tamils are no more the majority community in those provinces.

    Similarly, from tomorrow, they will commence a concerted, steady colonisation programme of the northern provinces where Prabhakaran reigned supreme for two decades. They will ensure incrementally that the northern regions no more remain as Tamil provinces.

    The Tamils will be made into a minority community in their own northern homelands. They will have to live among the newly created Sinhalese settlements in those regions to the north of Elephant Pass.

    As for the blood on our hands, true, it is a nuisance. But this is not the first time in our history that we’re having blood on our hands.

    Trust our words. No lasting harm will be done. Blood doesn’t leave stains.

  197. Sri Lankan Army forbids for Hindu devotees to continue the religious rituals to their ancestors in the historically famous Keerimalai Nakuleasvaram temple located in the in Valikaamam North, sources in Jaffna said. The Hindu residents of this area have not been permitted to resettle in their own properties which are under Sri Lankan Army (SLA) occupation. Earlier in April, SLA had put up notices that no one should not perform the religious rituals in the temple pond and the seas around the temple as the area has been declared as a tourist spot. This infringement on religious rights had angered the devotees who gather to perform rites which had been observed by Hindus through ages.

  198. 10th of August 2010 has dawned for the rest of the world and it looks like Amnesty is Still waiting for the 5th of August to dawn !! Chris seems to still be stuck inside the kettle and don't see his Calender right !!

    Or

    The other probability is that AI enjoys keeping these silly blogs opened for their pay masters to copy and paste irrelevant articles from the most credible Tamil.net !!

    I am also still waiting for some Ape Idiot who called me a racist to prove me one !!

    Sad these Apes seem to run away half way through conversations and stick to copy and paste games !!!

    Spineless Jokers !!

  199. Repo man !!

    Who is the Spineless Jokers ????

    You and EDE ?? :( :( :(

    You humiliate Tamil people to amuse yourself and I think, this is just sick !!!

  200. Rip Van Winkle !!

    Your every post is full of racists innuendoes.

    By posting here you seem to try very hard …..to attach yourself to the Mahinda camp or at least to his wife’s saree’s potha or munthanai .

    However given your age ,height and weight it would have required an acrobatic miracle to hold on to it .

    BTW if you had attempted it Pajapaksa’s wife saree would have got torn and I you may have been arrested for molesting a woman.

    Also the way you are ranting and raving about – Apes… I think animal rights activists may take deep offence …

  201. Journalists protested and demanded Sri Lanka's government disclose information Tuesday on the disappearance of a journalist who supported the challenger in this year's presidential election.

    Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political columnist and cartoonist with Lankaenews.com, is believed to have been abducted while on his way home from work on Jan. 24 — two days before the vote.

    "Now 200 days have passed since his abduction, but there is no any information about him. We urge the government to release the reports on this investigation," said Gnanasiri Kottigoda, president of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists' Association.

    He said the government should make public about what happened to Ekneligoda — "whether he is alive or not."

    Nearly 150 journalists, rights activists and opposition lawmakers staged a sit-in and a protest march in the capital, Colombo, urging the government to expedite investigations into his whereabouts.

    Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigations were still continuing and no one has been arrested.

    Opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka lost to the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January vote and afterward was arrested on accusations he planned his political career while still in the army — a crime in Sri Lanka.

    Lankaenews.com has said Ekneligoda's criticism of Rajapaksa may have been the reason for his alleged abduction. Some government officials have claimed the journalist staged his disappearance to embarrass the government before the election.

    Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is among the most dangerous places for journalists. Amnesty International says at least 14 Sri Lankan media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2006. They blame the government for failing to properly investigate several other attacks on media and arrest the culprits.

    Last month, a dozen men armed with assault rifles and petrol bombs launched a pre-dawn attack on the offices of privately owned Voice of Asia Network.

    The television management said the assailants assaulted security guards before setting fire to the building that houses the TV station, destroying its studios, control room and library. One guard and another employee were injured. No arrest has been made so far.
    http://www.neepawapress.com/article/20100810/CP01

  202. Sri Lankan Army forbids for Hindu devotees to continue the religious rituals to their ancestors in the historically famous Keerimalai Nakuleasvaram temple located in the in Valikaamam North, sources in Jaffna said. The Hindu residents of this area have not been permitted to resettle in their own properties which are under Sri Lankan Army (SLA) occupation. Earlier in April, SLA had put up notices that no one should not perform the religious rituals in the temple pond and the seas around the temple as the area has been declared as a tourist spot. This infringement on religious rights had angered the devotees who gather to perform rites which had been observed by Hindus through ages.

  203. Journalists protested and demanded Sri Lanka's government disclose information Tuesday on the disappearance of a journalist who supported the challenger in this year's presidential election.

    Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political columnist and cartoonist with Lankaenews.com, is believed to have been abducted while on his way home from work on Jan. 24 — two days before the vote.

    "Now 200 days have passed since his abduction, but there is no any information about him. We urge the government to release the reports on this investigation," said Gnanasiri Kottigoda, president of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists' Association.

    He said the government should make public about what happened to Ekneligoda — "whether he is alive or not."

    Nearly 150 journalists, rights activists and opposition lawmakers staged a sit-in and a protest march in the capital, Colombo, urging the government to expedite investigations into his whereabouts.

    Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigations were still continuing and no one has been arrested.

    Opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka lost to the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January vote and afterward was arrested on accusations he planned his political career while still in the army — a crime in Sri Lanka.

    Lankaenews.com has said Ekneligoda's criticism of Rajapaksa may have been the reason for his alleged abduction. Some government officials have claimed the journalist staged his disappearance to embarrass the government before the election.

    Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is among the most dangerous places for journalists. Amnesty International says at least 14 Sri Lankan media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2006. They blame the government for failing to properly investigate several other attacks on media and arrest the culprits.

    Last month, a dozen men armed with assault rifles and petrol bombs launched a pre-dawn attack on the offices of privately owned Voice of Asia Network.

    The television management said the assailants assaulted security guards before setting fire to the building that houses the TV station, destroying its studios, control room and library. One guard and another employee were injured. No arrest has been made so far.
    http://www.neepawapress.com/article/20100810/CP01

  204. Journalists protested and demanded Sri Lanka's government disclose information Tuesday on the disappearance of a journalist who supported the challenger in this year's presidential election.

    Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political columnist and cartoonist with Lankaenews.com, is believed to have been abducted while on his way home from work on Jan. 24 — two days before the vote.

    "Now 200 days have passed since his abduction, but there is no any information about him. We urge the government to release the reports on this investigation," said Gnanasiri Kottigoda, president of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists' Association.

    He said the government should make public about what happened to Ekneligoda — "whether he is alive or not."

    Nearly 150 journalists, rights activists and opposition lawmakers staged a sit-in and a protest march in the capital, Colombo, urging the government to expedite investigations into his whereabouts.

    Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigations were still continuing and no one has been arrested.

    Opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka lost to the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January vote and afterward was arrested on accusations he planned his political career while still in the army — a crime in Sri Lanka.

    Lankaenews.com has said Ekneligoda's criticism of Rajapaksa may have been the reason for his alleged abduction. Some government officials have claimed the journalist staged his disappearance to embarrass the government before the election.

    Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is among the most dangerous places for journalists. Amnesty International says at least 14 Sri Lankan media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2006. They blame the government for failing to properly investigate several other attacks on media and arrest the culprits.

    Last month, a dozen men armed with assault rifles and petrol bombs launched a pre-dawn attack on the offices of privately owned Voice of Asia Network.

    The television management said the assailants assaulted security guards before setting fire to the building that houses the TV station, destroying its studios, control room and library. One guard and another employee were injured. No arrest has been made so far.
    http://www.neepawapress.com/article/20100810/CP01

  205. The island nation Sri Lanka portrays an icon of horrendous war crime atrocities and an unbridled ruling of the masses by a dictator government in power today.

    As is globally known after its atrocity of massacring more than 40,000 innocent Tamils in the last phase of Sri Lankan military war in 2009, the island nation Sri Lanka has resorted to all sorts of ‘huddle and hug’ political gambit with the help of other war collusion nations to wipe its blood of conscience from the national politics.

    Orchestrating hunger strike by a racist politician for the sole purpose of political gains, hiding behind other war collusion nations to gain patronage, dissemination of propaganda to mislead the western democratic nations and even its own citizens, enlistment of NAM countries to put pressure on the UN to drop the independent inquiry into the nature of the last phase of war on terrorism in 2009, instigation of Buddhist monks to churn out ripples of discordance and social unrest, suppression of freedom of speech and abduction of those dissidents to eliminate, raping of young and middle-aged Tamil women by the Sinhalese military and gangs are some of the deterrent techniques the Sri Lankan government use to both muffle the rebellious voice of its citizens and, pitifully, its own revolting conscience in national politics.

  206. 10th of August 2010 has dawned for the rest of the world and it looks like Amnesty is Still waiting for the 5th of August to dawn !! Chris seems to still be stuck inside the kettle and don’t see his Calender right !!

    Or

    The other probability is that AI enjoys keeping these silly blogs opened for their pay masters to copy and paste irrelevant articles from the most credible Tamil.net !!

    I am also still waiting for some Ape Idiot who called me a racist to prove me one !!

    Sad these Apes seem to run away half way through conversations and stick to copy and paste games !!!

    Spineless Jokers !!

  207. Repo man !!

    Who is the Spineless Jokers ????

    You and EDE ?? :( :( :(

    You humiliate Tamil people to amuse yourself and I think, this is just sick !!!

  208. Rip Van Winkle !!

    Your every post is full of racists innuendoes.

    By posting here you seem to try very hard …..to attach yourself to the Mahinda camp or at least to his wife’s saree’s potha or munthanai .

    However given your age ,height and weight it would have required an acrobatic miracle to hold on to it .

    BTW if you had attempted it Pajapaksa’s wife saree would have got torn and I you may have been arrested for molesting a woman.

    Also the way you are ranting and raving about – Apes… I think animal rights activists may take deep offence …

  209. Journalists protested and demanded Sri Lanka’s government disclose information Tuesday on the disappearance of a journalist who supported the challenger in this year’s presidential election.

    Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political columnist and cartoonist with Lankaenews.com, is believed to have been abducted while on his way home from work on Jan. 24 — two days before the vote.

    “Now 200 days have passed since his abduction, but there is no any information about him. We urge the government to release the reports on this investigation,” said Gnanasiri Kottigoda, president of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association.

    He said the government should make public about what happened to Ekneligoda — “whether he is alive or not.”

    Nearly 150 journalists, rights activists and opposition lawmakers staged a sit-in and a protest march in the capital, Colombo, urging the government to expedite investigations into his whereabouts.

    Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigations were still continuing and no one has been arrested.

    Opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka lost to the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January vote and afterward was arrested on accusations he planned his political career while still in the army — a crime in Sri Lanka.

    Lankaenews.com has said Ekneligoda’s criticism of Rajapaksa may have been the reason for his alleged abduction. Some government officials have claimed the journalist staged his disappearance to embarrass the government before the election.

    Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is among the most dangerous places for journalists. Amnesty International says at least 14 Sri Lankan media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2006. They blame the government for failing to properly investigate several other attacks on media and arrest the culprits.

    Last month, a dozen men armed with assault rifles and petrol bombs launched a pre-dawn attack on the offices of privately owned Voice of Asia Network.

    The television management said the assailants assaulted security guards before setting fire to the building that houses the TV station, destroying its studios, control room and library. One guard and another employee were injured. No arrest has been made so far.

    http://www.neepawapress.com/article/20100810/CP01/308109931/-1/neepawa/sri-lankan-journalists-demand-information-on-colleague-said-missing&template=cpArt

  210. The island nation Sri Lanka portrays an icon of horrendous war crime atrocities and an unbridled ruling of the masses by a dictator government in power today.

    As is globally known after its atrocity of massacring more than 40,000 innocent Tamils in the last phase of Sri Lankan military war in 2009, the island nation Sri Lanka has resorted to all sorts of ‘huddle and hug’ political gambit with the help of other war collusion nations to wipe its blood of conscience from the national politics.

    Orchestrating hunger strike by a racist politician for the sole purpose of political gains, hiding behind other war collusion nations to gain patronage, dissemination of propaganda to mislead the western democratic nations and even its own citizens, enlistment of NAM countries to put pressure on the UN to drop the independent inquiry into the nature of the last phase of war on terrorism in 2009, instigation of Buddhist monks to churn out ripples of discordance and social unrest, suppression of freedom of speech and abduction of those dissidents to eliminate, raping of young and middle-aged Tamil women by the Sinhalese military and gangs are some of the deterrent techniques the Sri Lankan government use to both muffle the rebellious voice of its citizens and, pitifully, its own revolting conscience in national politics.

  211. Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your 'Representatives', NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your 'Representatives' that these people will bring much-needed 'cultural enrichment' to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent 'genocide'), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card's cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that "…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka."

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

  212. Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your 'Representatives', NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your 'Representatives' that these people will bring much-needed 'cultural enrichment' to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent 'genocide'), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card's cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that "…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka."

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

  213. Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your 'Representatives', NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your 'Representatives' that these people will bring much-needed 'cultural enrichment' to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent 'genocide'), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card's cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that "…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka."

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

  214. US urged to press for international probe of Sri Lanka war http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100810/pl_afp/srila

    A group of US lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka's civil war.

    In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the members of Congress called for such a probe saying panels set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the allegations "lacked the needed credibility."

    President removes Mervyn on the promise of giving him a Cabinet portfolio in November
    The removal of Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva from his portfolio and the temporary suspension of his post as SLFP Kelaniya electoral organizer and SLFP membership have been made following an agreement between the President and Mervyn

    Where is Prageeth? 200 days now http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_08_10_00

  215. US urged to press for international probe of Sri Lanka war http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100810/pl_afp/srila

    A group of US lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka's civil war.

    In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the members of Congress called for such a probe saying panels set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the allegations "lacked the needed credibility."

    President removes Mervyn on the promise of giving him a Cabinet portfolio in November
    The removal of Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva from his portfolio and the temporary suspension of his post as SLFP Kelaniya electoral organizer and SLFP membership have been made following an agreement between the President and Mervyn

    Where is Prageeth? 200 days now http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_08_10_00

  216. US urged to press for international probe of Sri Lanka war http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100810/pl_afp/srila

    A group of US lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka's civil war.

    In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the members of Congress called for such a probe saying panels set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the allegations "lacked the needed credibility."

    President removes Mervyn on the promise of giving him a Cabinet portfolio in November
    The removal of Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva from his portfolio and the temporary suspension of his post as SLFP Kelaniya electoral organizer and SLFP membership have been made following an agreement between the President and Mervyn

    Where is Prageeth? 200 days now http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_08_10_00

  217. 1) Sri Lanka is a democratic country, but run by a four brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORNtf6sNynY&fe
    2)Sri Lanka has well disciplined military but, the military was charged for child/sexual abuse while on a UN peace keeping mission in Haiti. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqPmFSCapC0
    3)Sri Lanka had nothing to hide, but did not allow Journalists, NGO's, UN members inside the war zone.
    4)Journalist in Sri Lanka has press freedom, but he news should go through sensor board and if any real news reported the journalist will be either killed
    or deported.
    5)President Rajapakse was a Human Rights Lawyer, but he is an accuse for war criminal

  218. 1) Sri Lanka is a democratic country, but run by a four brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORNtf6sNynY&fe
    2)Sri Lanka has well disciplined military but, the military was charged for child/sexual abuse while on a UN peace keeping mission in Haiti. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqPmFSCapC0
    3)Sri Lanka had nothing to hide, but did not allow Journalists, NGO's, UN members inside the war zone.
    4)Journalist in Sri Lanka has press freedom, but he news should go through sensor board and if any real news reported the journalist will be either killed
    or deported.
    5)President Rajapakse was a Human Rights Lawyer, but he is an accuse for war criminal

  219. 1) Sri Lanka is a democratic country, but run by a four brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORNtf6sNynY&fe
    2)Sri Lanka has well disciplined military but, the military was charged for child/sexual abuse while on a UN peace keeping mission in Haiti. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqPmFSCapC0
    3)Sri Lanka had nothing to hide, but did not allow Journalists, NGO's, UN members inside the war zone.
    4)Journalist in Sri Lanka has press freedom, but he news should go through sensor board and if any real news reported the journalist will be either killed
    or deported.
    5)President Rajapakse was a Human Rights Lawyer, but he is an accuse for war criminal

  220. Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your ‘Representatives’, NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your ‘Representatives’ that these people will bring much-needed ‘cultural enrichment’ to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent ‘genocide’), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card’s cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that “…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka.”

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

  221. I'm very happy to report that 57 Representatives signed the letter! This is a terrific result! Thank you very much to everyone who contacted your Representative and asked him/her to sign; we couldn't have accomplished this without your help.

  222. US urged to press for international probe of Sri Lanka war
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100810/pl_afp/srilankaunrestwarcrimesusdiplomacy_20100810201329

    A group of US lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka’s civil war.

    In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the members of Congress called for such a probe saying panels set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the allegations “lacked the needed credibility.”

    President removes Mervyn on the promise of giving him a Cabinet portfolio in November
    The removal of Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva from his portfolio and the temporary suspension of his post as SLFP Kelaniya electoral organizer and SLFP membership have been made following an agreement between the President and Mervyn

    Where is Prageeth? 200 days now
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_08_10_005.html

  223. Eelam delenda est

    You wrote

    ————-

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your ‘Representatives’, NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your ‘Representatives’ that these people will bring much-needed ‘cultural enrichment’ to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent ‘genocide’), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card’s cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that “…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka.”

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

    _______

    You seem to me are laughing at desperate Tamil asylum-seekers who go on perilous journey in the leaky boats to save their lives !!

    I think Tamil asylum-seekers on the boats deserve hearings !!

    And I agree with Jim McDonald when he wrote :

    " The Aug. 4 news story “U.S. monitoring Sri Lankans aiming for North America, asylum” quoted a former Pentagon official who advocated summarily sending approximately 200 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers, now on a boat heading toward North America, back to Sri Lanka. This is a dangerous, ill-considered position.

    The Tamail asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka. Thousands of Tamils suspected of being members of the Tigers are being detained there without charge; some have reportedly been tortured or have died in custody.

    People seeking asylum have the right to a fair hearing on the merits of their individual cases. Treating them all like war criminals without giving them hearings is simply unjust. "
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/not_every_tig

  224. Eelam delenda est

    You wrote

    ————-

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your ‘Representatives’, NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your ‘Representatives’ that these people will bring much-needed ‘cultural enrichment’ to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent ‘genocide’), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card’s cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that “…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka.”

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

    _______

    You seem to me are laughing at desperate Tamil asylum-seekers who go on perilous journey in the leaky boats to save their lives !!

    I think Tamil asylum-seekers on the boats deserve hearings !!

    And I agree with Jim McDonald when he wrote :

    " The Aug. 4 news story “U.S. monitoring Sri Lankans aiming for North America, asylum” quoted a former Pentagon official who advocated summarily sending approximately 200 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers, now on a boat heading toward North America, back to Sri Lanka. This is a dangerous, ill-considered position.

    The Tamail asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka. Thousands of Tamils suspected of being members of the Tigers are being detained there without charge; some have reportedly been tortured or have died in custody.

    People seeking asylum have the right to a fair hearing on the merits of their individual cases. Treating them all like war criminals without giving them hearings is simply unjust. "
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/not_every_tig

  225. Eelam delenda est

    You wrote

    ————-

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your ‘Representatives’, NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your ‘Representatives’ that these people will bring much-needed ‘cultural enrichment’ to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent ‘genocide’), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card’s cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that “…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka.”

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

    _______

    You seem to me are laughing at desperate Tamil asylum-seekers who go on perilous journey in the leaky boats to save their lives !!

    I think Tamil asylum-seekers on the boats deserve hearings !!

    And I agree with Jim McDonald when he wrote :

    " The Aug. 4 news story “U.S. monitoring Sri Lankans aiming for North America, asylum” quoted a former Pentagon official who advocated summarily sending approximately 200 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers, now on a boat heading toward North America, back to Sri Lanka. This is a dangerous, ill-considered position.

    The Tamail asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka. Thousands of Tamils suspected of being members of the Tigers are being detained there without charge; some have reportedly been tortured or have died in custody.

    People seeking asylum have the right to a fair hearing on the merits of their individual cases. Treating them all like war criminals without giving them hearings is simply unjust. "
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/not_every_tig

  226. 1) Sri Lanka is a democratic country, but run by a four brothers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORNtf6sNynY&feature=related
    2)Sri Lanka has well disciplined military but, the military was charged for child/sexual abuse while on a UN peace keeping mission in Haiti.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqPmFSCapC0
    3)Sri Lanka had nothing to hide, but did not allow Journalists, NGO’s, UN members inside the war zone.
    4)Journalist in Sri Lanka has press freedom, but he news should go through sensor board and if any real news reported the journalist will be either killed
    or deported.
    5)President Rajapakse was a Human Rights Lawyer, but he is an accuse for war criminal

  227. @ Somasunderam
    Racism against Tamils in SL is not in doubt. There's also been torture and various other HR abuses.

    The SL govt didn't need to torture KP. What for? If KP works for the good of all Sri Lankans and especially the war-ravaged Tamils in the North & East (despite his past actions), why torture KP?

    KP doesn't deny his past or his loyalty to Fat Boy and Eelam.
    'There was also no estrangement like that with Prabhakaran. I can never be estranged from him.My loyalty and respect to him never changed. He was my leader and friend and like an elder brother to me."

    Here's KP interacting with ex-LTTE cadres undergoing rehabilitation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7EfFhze14

    Yes, really, really badly tortured! :)

  228. We demand more War Crimes investigations!

    I congratulate these brave US Representatives who've taken such a principled stand on uncovering (alleged) abuses committed by both sides in the recently concluded Sri Lanka war. They're worthy successors to the ancient lawgivers like Moses, Hammurabi and Capilya.

    I also congratulate Amnesty International and Jim McDonald in particular, for having worked tirelessly to keep Sri Lanka's many sins in front of the 'international community'.

    I further congratulate those US citizens who exhibited their 'Metta' (loving kindness for all beings) by continuing to pursue Sri Lanka's government and people to account for their actions in the war against the LTTE terrorists.

    I'm however extremely puzzled and concerned that Amnesty International, US Representatives and US citizens supporting this international investigation have created two kinds of civilian victims.

    'Worthy Victims' from Sri Lanka and 'Unworthy Victims' from Iraq & Afghanistan.

    Worthy Victims = 5,000 dead civilians in the last year of Sri Lanka's war.

    Unworthy Victims = 110,000 dead civilians in USA's wars (and sanctions) against Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It's gratifying to see that the life of a Sri Lankan war victim is worth 22 times more than the life of an Iraqi or Afghani.

    I look forward to congratulating Amnesty International when they initiate a successful campaign to pursue war crimes investigations against the US, overseen by impartial bodies like the UN.

    I further look forward to offering even more congratulations when US Representatives initiate international investigations into war crimes acquiesced to by their fellow US Representatives.

    Jim, Christopher and the rest of the fearless defenders of Human Rights; don't fail us!

    Where to I sign the call to action?

  229. I’m very happy to report that 57 Representatives signed the letter! This is a terrific result! Thank you very much to everyone who contacted your Representative and asked him/her to sign; we couldn’t have accomplished this without your help.

  230. @ Navaratnam:
    By your own admission, these Angels from Sri Lanka are making a perilous journey on 'leaky boats'.

    Obvious question 1:
    If the boat's so leaky and journey so perilous, you'd think they'd reduce their time at sea and sail to India,which is only two hours from Sri Lanka. Why make a "perilous journey in the leaky boats" to Canada or Australia?

    Obvious question 2:
    How many returned Angels from Sri Lanka (since the war ended) have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

    Again my thanks to Canada and USA for absorbing an unknown number of battle-hardned ex-LTTE cadres. Good Luck!

  231. Velu Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    You humiliate Tamil people to amuse yourself and I think, this is just sick !!

    Again proves that you are a dumb ass idiot !

    Point out a single phrase where my self or EDE has humiliated our good Tamil brotheren ??

    We humiliate you Apes of Peelam who are dumb as dumb could be and who basically post stupid out of context posts in here – who live a low life with a sick mentality – Terrorits – Spineless chicken shit !

    Get your brains checked you dumbo !!

  232. Eelam delenda est

    In civilized society torture is not allowed.

    Sri Lanka is brutal, uncivilized and racist towards the Tamils !!

    KP is the latest victim who was given a “royal treatment” in Sri Lanka – torture by electric shocks in exchange for information.

    This is another reason why the Tamils are fleeing Sri Lanka

  233. Eelam delenda est

    OK then why are still in London , UK ?

    Pack your bags and go back to the Free and Fair Sri Lanka !

    I know that some who were forcefully returned were tortured.

    Many Tamils, right throughout the island nation are still being arrested and detained day after day.

    Sri Lanka, by its own actions has proven to the world that they are a racist regime and walking over mercilessly all over the minority.

    Even in the field of sports for example-in the game of cricket two members of the team who were born into the Muslim community had to adopt Sinhalese names to cement their places in the team.

    How sad …… but it is a fact. :(

  234. @ Somasunderam
    Racism against Tamils in SL is not in doubt. There's also been torture and various other HR abuses.

    The SL govt didn't need to torture KP. What for? If KP works for the good of all Sri Lankans and especially the war-ravaged Tamils in the North & East (despite his past actions), why torture KP?

    KP doesn't deny his past or his loyalty to Fat Boy and Eelam.
    'There was also no estrangement like that with Prabhakaran. I can never be estranged from him.My loyalty and respect to him never changed. He was my leader and friend and like an elder brother to me."

    Here's KP interacting with ex-LTTE cadres undergoing rehabilitation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7EfFhze14

    Yes, really, really badly tortured! :)

  235. @ Somasunderam
    Racism against Tamils in SL is not in doubt. There's also been torture and various other HR abuses.

    The SL govt didn't need to torture KP. What for? If KP works for the good of all Sri Lankans and especially the war-ravaged Tamils in the North & East (despite his past actions), why torture KP?

    KP doesn't deny his past or his loyalty to Fat Boy and Eelam.
    'There was also no estrangement like that with Prabhakaran. I can never be estranged from him.My loyalty and respect to him never changed. He was my leader and friend and like an elder brother to me."

    Here's KP interacting with ex-LTTE cadres undergoing rehabilitation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7EfFhze14

    Yes, really, really badly tortured! :)

  236. When there is no international effort to stop the ongoing multi-faceted genocide in the island, no international responsibility in rehabilitating the nation of Eezham Tamils, no signs of the delivery of political justice, ‘counterinsurgency’ writers of Sri Lanka and India, and some international media thinking only of corporate colonialism, have started blaring in an orchestrated way on the blessings of extremism of defeatism to Tamils.

    The short-sighted strategy of the promoters of this new brand of extremism, aimed at justifying the worst barbaric war of the century they waged on a people, aimed at blunting or hoodwinking the war crimes investigation and aimed at shielding their impotency to come out with solutions, but at the same time brimming with greed for the spoils, will sure backfire on all of them just like the war backfired on their credibility.

    While Tamils asking for their land, sovereignty and political justice sounds extremism, the total surrender of some extreme defeatist individuals of vested interests sounds ‘moderate and pragmatic’ for them. Extremism breeds in extremism. That is neither good for the Tamils nor good for the Sinhalese, and nor good for the powers that are extreme in their approach to the righteous national question of Eezham Tamils.

  237. @ Somasunderam

    Hell! Loads of Lankan expats are returning!

    You should check out the load factors on Sri Lankan Airlines flights on LHR-CMB route. Over 80% full and mainly SL expats.

    Boycott? What boycott?

    Have you been around Dehiwela recently? Have you seen the house & rental prices? Incredible.

    And you're expecting SL to turn into a land of milk & honey, one year after your precious 'sole liberators' were routed?

    You can look back or go forward. Most Lankans are going forward.

    The embittered LTTE exiles are still stuck in the past, although many are beginning to slowly change their thinking.

  238. Eelam delenda est

    You wrote

    ————-

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Angels sailing for the US and Canada. Alert your ‘Representatives’, NOW!

    Amnesty International and Jim (Cluster Bomb) McDonald are urging US and Canadian citizens to accept an inflow of Angels from the previously-war-torn, but now-finally-at-peace, Sri Lanka. http://tinyurl.com/36k93a7

    A ship carrying 200+ Sri Lankan Angels (possible economic migrants and/or LTTE terrorists) is on its way to North America.

    Be sure to tell your ‘Representatives’ that these people will bring much-needed ‘cultural enrichment’ to your countries.

    Some may even add to your already diverse multi-cultural societies with their unique displays of street theatre (e.g. traffic-blocking demonstrations to stop a non-existent ‘genocide’), retail magic tricks (watch in amazement as your credit card’s cloned in LTTE scams) and the emergence of exciting new brands of non-violent youth gangs.

    Canada very graciously accepted a boat-load of Angels from Sri Lanka in October 2009. There are more ex-LTTE cadres on their way. Thank you Canada.

    Two things puzzle me.
    1. If they wanted to escape the dreadful conditions in Sri Lanka (a poor country) why not take a boat to India, which is only 20 miles from Sri Lanka?

    2. Jim says that “…the asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka.”

    Many uncaring Western countries have returned failed asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka. How many of these returned Angels have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

    _______

    You seem to me are laughing at desperate Tamil asylum-seekers who go on perilous journey in the leaky boats to save their lives !!

    I think Tamil asylum-seekers on the boats deserve hearings !!

    And I agree with Jim McDonald when he wrote :

    ” The Aug. 4 news story “U.S. monitoring Sri Lankans aiming for North America, asylum” quoted a former Pentagon official who advocated summarily sending approximately 200 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers, now on a boat heading toward North America, back to Sri Lanka. This is a dangerous, ill-considered position.

    The Tamail asylum-seekers could be at risk of harm if returned to Sri Lanka. Thousands of Tamils suspected of being members of the Tigers are being detained there without charge; some have reportedly been tortured or have died in custody.

    People seeking asylum have the right to a fair hearing on the merits of their individual cases. Treating them all like war criminals without giving them hearings is simply unjust. ”

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/not_every_tiger_is_necessarily.html

  239. EDE

    Rubbish !!

    The initial euphoria will evaporate between the clouds of mosquitoes , infected with a deadly diseases ( Dengue Fever). Many are dying from it.

    Anyone who is critical of the government and the Rajapakse dynasty are constantly threatened, intimidated and harassed while those who are willing to lie and sing paeans of praise of the dynasty and its doings are feted.

  240. We demand more War Crimes investigations!

    I congratulate these brave US Representatives who’ve taken such a principled stand on uncovering (alleged) abuses committed by both sides in the recently concluded Sri Lanka war. They’re worthy successors to the ancient lawgivers like Moses, Hammurabi and Capilya.

    I also congratulate Amnesty International and Jim McDonald in particular, for having worked tirelessly to keep Sri Lanka’s many sins in front of the ‘international community’.

    I further congratulate those US citizens who exhibited their ‘Metta’ (loving kindness for all beings) by continuing to pursue Sri Lanka’s government and people to account for their actions in the war against the LTTE terrorists.

    I’m however extremely puzzled and concerned that Amnesty International, US Representatives and US citizens supporting this international investigation have created two kinds of civilian victims.

    ‘Worthy Victims’ from Sri Lanka and ‘Unworthy Victims’ from Iraq & Afghanistan.

    Worthy Victims = 5,000 dead civilians in the last year of Sri Lanka’s war.

    Unworthy Victims = 110,000 dead civilians in USA’s wars (and sanctions) against Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It’s gratifying to see that the life of a Sri Lankan war victim is worth 22 times more than the life of an Iraqi or Afghani.

    I look forward to congratulating Amnesty International when they initiate a successful campaign to pursue war crimes investigations against the US, overseen by impartial bodies like the UN.

    I further look forward to offering even more congratulations when US Representatives initiate international investigations into war crimes acquiesced to by their fellow US Representatives.

    Jim, Christopher and the rest of the fearless defenders of Human Rights; don’t fail us!

    Where to I sign the call to action?

  241. @ Navaratnam:
    By your own admission, these Angels from Sri Lanka are making a perilous journey on ‘leaky boats’.

    Obvious question 1:
    If the boat’s so leaky and journey so perilous, you’d think they’d reduce their time at sea and sail to India,which is only two hours from Sri Lanka. Why make a “perilous journey in the leaky boats” to Canada or Australia?

    Obvious question 2:
    How many returned Angels from Sri Lanka (since the war ended) have come to harm, in Sri Lanka?

    Again my thanks to Canada and USA for absorbing an unknown number of battle-hardned ex-LTTE cadres. Good Luck!

  242. Velu Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    You humiliate Tamil people to amuse yourself and I think, this is just sick !!

    Again proves that you are a dumb ass idiot !

    Point out a single phrase where my self or EDE has humiliated our good Tamil brotheren ??

    We humiliate you Apes of Peelam who are dumb as dumb could be and who basically post stupid out of context posts in here – who live a low life with a sick mentality – Terrorits – Spineless chicken shit !

    Get your brains checked you dumbo !!

  243. Eelam delenda est

    In civilized society torture is not allowed.

    Sri Lanka is brutal, uncivilized and racist towards the Tamils !!

    KP is the latest victim who was given a “royal treatment” in Sri Lanka – torture by electric shocks in exchange for information.

    This is another reason why the Tamils are fleeing Sri Lanka

  244. Eelam delenda est

    OK then why are still in London , UK ?

    Pack your bags and go back to the Free and Fair Sri Lanka !

    I know that some who were forcefully returned were tortured.

    Many Tamils, right throughout the island nation are still being arrested and detained day after day.

    Sri Lanka, by its own actions has proven to the world that they are a racist regime and walking over mercilessly all over the minority.

    Even in the field of sports for example-in the game of cricket two members of the team who were born into the Muslim community had to adopt Sinhalese names to cement their places in the team.

    How sad …… but it is a fact. :(

  245. @ Somasunderam
    Racism against Tamils in SL is not in doubt. There’s also been torture and various other HR abuses.

    The SL govt didn’t need to torture KP. What for? If KP works for the good of all Sri Lankans and especially the war-ravaged Tamils in the North & East (despite his past actions), why torture KP?

    KP doesn’t deny his past or his loyalty to Fat Boy and Eelam.
    ‘There was also no estrangement like that with Prabhakaran. I can never be estranged from him.My loyalty and respect to him never changed. He was my leader and friend and like an elder brother to me.”

    Here’s KP interacting with ex-LTTE cadres undergoing rehabilitation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7EfFhze14

    Yes, really, really badly tortured! :)

  246. When there is no international effort to stop the ongoing multi-faceted genocide in the island, no international responsibility in rehabilitating the nation of Eezham Tamils, no signs of the delivery of political justice, ‘counterinsurgency’ writers of Sri Lanka and India, and some international media thinking only of corporate colonialism, have started blaring in an orchestrated way on the blessings of extremism of defeatism to Tamils.

    The short-sighted strategy of the promoters of this new brand of extremism, aimed at justifying the worst barbaric war of the century they waged on a people, aimed at blunting or hoodwinking the war crimes investigation and aimed at shielding their impotency to come out with solutions, but at the same time brimming with greed for the spoils, will sure backfire on all of them just like the war backfired on their credibility.

    While Tamils asking for their land, sovereignty and political justice sounds extremism, the total surrender of some extreme defeatist individuals of vested interests sounds ‘moderate and pragmatic’ for them. Extremism breeds in extremism. That is neither good for the Tamils nor good for the Sinhalese, and nor good for the powers that are extreme in their approach to the righteous national question of Eezham Tamils.

  247. @ Somasunderam

    Hell! Loads of Lankan expats are returning!

    You should check out the load factors on Sri Lankan Airlines flights on LHR-CMB route. Over 80% full and mainly SL expats.

    Boycott? What boycott?

    Have you been around Dehiwela recently? Have you seen the house & rental prices? Incredible.

    And you’re expecting SL to turn into a land of milk & honey, one year after your precious ‘sole liberators’ were routed?

    You can look back or go forward. Most Lankans are going forward.

    The embittered LTTE exiles are still stuck in the past, although many are beginning to slowly change their thinking.

  248. EDE

    Rubbish !!

    The initial euphoria will evaporate between the clouds of mosquitoes , infected with a deadly diseases ( Dengue Fever). Many are dying from it.

    Anyone who is critical of the government and the Rajapakse dynasty are constantly threatened, intimidated and harassed while those who are willing to lie and sing paeans of praise of the dynasty and its doings are feted.