Curbing my enthusiasm over a presidential pardon

Yesterday, on World Press Freedom Day, the Sri Lankan government announced that President Rajapaksa had pardoned J.S. Tissainayagam (often referred to as “Tissa”), a Sri Lankan journalist who had been unjustly convicted under draconian security laws and sentence to 20 years in prison.  His crime?  Writing two articles critical of the government’s war against the Tamil Tiger rebels.  Amnesty International considers Tissa to be a “prisoner of conscience” imprisoned solely for his journalistic activities.  We welcomed his release on bail on Jan. 13 while he was appealing his conviction.  We nonetheless asked the Sri Lankan government to strike down his conviction and free him from all charges against him.

The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders have all publicly welcomed the announced pardon.

So am I jumping for joy over this announcement?  Well, not yet.  For one thing, as the CPJ press release mentions, Tissa’s lawyers were not notified of the pardon prior to the announcement.  There are important details that are still not known.  Will he be able to freely practice his profession and have his freedom of movement restored, including getting his passport back?  Will his safety be assured by the government?  As Amnesty has reported, at least 15 journalists have been killed in Sri Lanka since 2006 without anyone being held accountable for these murders.

A commentator on a Sri Lankan website has pointed out that the announcement of the pardon was made by the new External Affairs Minister.  I checked the recent Sri Lankan presidential announcement allocating duties and functions to the various Cabinet Ministries.  Interestingly, the External Affairs Ministry does not appear to have anything to do with pardons.  That belongs to the Ministry of Justice.

I hope the details of Tissa’s pardon are clarified soon.  Then, perhaps, I may feel like celebrating.

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360 thoughts on “Curbing my enthusiasm over a presidential pardon

  1. If J.S. Tissainayagam is released, it is a good news for journalists!! But if the media minister itself is thug, remaining journalists have to run out of the country. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka

    Main opposition party say "Journalist’s release was just a showpiece"

    For another journalist, it is mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/ne

  2. If J.S. Tissainayagam is released, it is a good news for journalists!! But if the media minister itself is thug, remaining journalists have to run out of the country. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka

    Main opposition party say "Journalist’s release was just a showpiece"

    For another journalist, it is mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/ne

  3. If J.S. Tissainayagam is released, it is a good news for journalists!! But if the media minister itself is thug, remaining journalists have to run out of the country. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka

    Main opposition party say "Journalist’s release was just a showpiece"

    For another journalist, it is mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/ne

  4. There is a long way to go to see Democracy in SRI LANKA

    Tissa's pardons is great and other hand he suffered lots while he was in the prison and his health is not in great shape at all.

    Like Rohan said “it was a showpiece”, make the West to quite about all allegations against this Gov also IMF is looking about the progress of the economy after the war end and EU putting more pressure about the human rights violations.

    Still Sri Lankan Gov. moves doesn’t looks very healthy at all

    President to attend G-15 Summit in Tehran
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/3501-mah

    Lanka barred its cricketers from meeting Dalai Lama http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8028

    Fonseka not allowed to attend parliament, begins hunger strike
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8031

    SLA destroys Liberation Tiger war heroes’ tombs in Uduppiddi

    SAD and SHAME uncivilized act http://tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3

    IDPS are still in camps and under the tents and trees

  5. There is a long way to go to see Democracy in SRI LANKA

    Tissa's pardons is great and other hand he suffered lots while he was in the prison and his health is not in great shape at all.

    Like Rohan said “it was a showpiece”, make the West to quite about all allegations against this Gov also IMF is looking about the progress of the economy after the war end and EU putting more pressure about the human rights violations.

    Still Sri Lankan Gov. moves doesn’t looks very healthy at all

    President to attend G-15 Summit in Tehran
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/3501-mah

    Lanka barred its cricketers from meeting Dalai Lama http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8028

    Fonseka not allowed to attend parliament, begins hunger strike
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8031

    SLA destroys Liberation Tiger war heroes’ tombs in Uduppiddi

    SAD and SHAME uncivilized act http://tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3

    IDPS are still in camps and under the tents and trees

  6. There is a long way to go to see Democracy in SRI LANKA

    Tissa's pardons is great and other hand he suffered lots while he was in the prison and his health is not in great shape at all.

    Like Rohan said “it was a showpiece”, make the West to quite about all allegations against this Gov also IMF is looking about the progress of the economy after the war end and EU putting more pressure about the human rights violations.

    Still Sri Lankan Gov. moves doesn’t looks very healthy at all

    President to attend G-15 Summit in Tehran
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/3501-mah

    Lanka barred its cricketers from meeting Dalai Lama http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8028

    Fonseka not allowed to attend parliament, begins hunger strike
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8031

    SLA destroys Liberation Tiger war heroes’ tombs in Uduppiddi

    SAD and SHAME uncivilized act http://tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3

    IDPS are still in camps and under the tents and trees

  7. Dear Jim,

    This article again showcases your incapability to read situations and peoples behaviours in different countries.

    No. 1 thing you need to understand as a representative of AI in charge of a particular country or part of world is their way of thinking and their way of doing things. I am sorry to say that you fail miserably in this regard on many occasions.

    Sri Lanka could have a constitution derived from the English Westminster system, but, if you had seen in the past, many ministers or government officials would make statements on behalf of the government, and these people, might not exactly be the people who would be entrusted with that responsibility on paper. Now this I agree would not be the ideal way of doing things, but that is how it happens here and you should obviously know it by now. hence, Hon. Prof. G. L . Peiris making the statement on behalf of the president re. Thissa (Which indeed is quite good) needs to be taken in the context of coming from a senior and respected government official cum politician than you wanting it to come from the president or the Justice minister.

    Secondly, When the Hon. Prof. makes such statement on behalf of the president, it stands and Thissa's lawyers are not above the president or Law for them to be informed first. The president gives a public pardon which the whole country / world get's to know and a lawyer could belong to the category of a fellow countryman. Also, a pardon is a pardon partially or not. I am sure that most of the Terrorist Diaspora and organizations must be scratching their buttocks to get Thissa his passport and get him out of the country to get many interviews and views to discredit the government. However, I personally feel that it is a full pardon the president has bestowed on Thissa.

    Also, at the beginning of the article you have denounced the justice system of Sri Lanka – which again is derived from the English Law. He was sentenced to Prison by the Judiciary and not by the president or the government because they had clear evidence of him going against the law practiced in this country. How can you say that it is wrong ???? If it is the law, the citizens are supposed to abide by it and if you need to change it, there are means of doing so without breaking it. Try doing it in your own country, will you ?? Break the law and they will break your neck !!

    One should also realise that the Terrorist issue was quite a sensitive issue during the past few years and the GOSL was under pressure to get rid of this terrorism on behalf of the world. Those who went against this flow obviously was dealt with in a serious manner for the sake of the rest. You see the results now with all citizens having hope in to the future than living in fear or uncertainty. There were those who did support the terrorist group as we all know and they were taken to courts.

    Jim – have you read the articles written by Thissa ?? What do you think ?? It's also better if you publish the articles or a link to the articles for the knowledge of readers. May be they will decide whether it is right for the court to convict Thissa or not. As I have mentioned several times, others might not necessarily share the same thoughts with you and you don't have the right to jump in to conclusions on behalf of them too… So if the articles are not right as per our laws, it is not right and yes it is a crime – you can't question it. Bottoms down to point 1 I mentioned above – learn the laws and way of life here if you want to comment on us !!!

  8. The usual curbing of enthusiasm by AI as it said about all the decisions taken by the SL government. Read a similar article by the same auther about freeing of refugees from the camps. But never heard whether the auther did to his satisfaction leant that the refugees were actually freed or not.

    It is actually sad to see so many people trying to criticise the SL government even when they are taking a decision in the right direction. And articles like this will keep the flame of hatred lighting between the communities in SL. Well that may be what the so called Human Rights Organizations want, if there aren't any conflicts in the world, who's gonna pay attention or donate for these organizations.

  9. Well said, AI USA !!

    Vigilance is a must in Sri Lanka.

    We have to make sure that Tissa can do his work without fear of reprisals.

    His passport should be given back to him so he can travel abroad if he wishes so. Otherwise, the Presidential Pardon will be a glorifying house arrest

  10. “To tell the truth is crime in Sri Lanka” – wife of disappeared Sinhalese journalist

    Sandhya Ekneliyagoda, the wife of Sri Lankan Sinhalese journalist Prageeth Ekneliyagoda, who disappeared 24 January and still missing, distributed an appeal among parliamentarians on the very first day of the new Sri Lankan parliament demanding their intervention to find the fate of her husband which remains unknown even after a hundred days.

    Sandhya who blames the Sri Lankan police for purposely dragging their feet says she is deeply sceptical about the way the investigations are being handled. Having failed to evoke any positive response for her appeals to Sri Lanka government and its parliamentary opposition Sandhya tells the International Community that, “Sri Lanka is a country where grave human rights violations are taking place.

  11. Journalists Against Suppression (JAS) held a protest campaign opposite the Fort Railway Station yesterday to mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protestors carried placards urging the government to stop media suppression and stop hiding frauds by politicians by asking journalists to reveal their assets and liabilities. The protestors also asked the government to release details of the investigations conducted into the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protestors asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is the Minister for Media and Deputy Media Minister Mervyn Silva to provide details as to how Mr. Eknaligoda went missing. JAS convener Chandana Sirimalwatte who’s also the editor of the Lanka Newspaper said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety of journalists.

    “It has been 100 days and the police have not released details of their investigations into his disappearance,” he said. He also said there were rumours that the disappearance of Mr. Eknaligoda was connected to an investigation he was conducting at the time. “He had a driver of a VIP as a source and he was said to have been conducting investigations regarding the elections, and since there was a problem with the election results we can only conclude that the incidents are connected.”

    Mr. Sirimalwatte also said that the media was being suppressed by the government directly as well as indirectly. “Sometimes members of the government are not advertising in other media and that is indirectly affecting the media organization,” he said.

  12. The government is using laws such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which is to be used for other purposes to arrest journalists and the media has no freedom. This also prevents the people of the country from knowing vital information,” he added.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife, Sandhya Eknaligoda who was also present at the protest said the police had promised to give her details about her husband’s disappearance within the first few days but the days had stretched to weeks and she had yet not been given any information.

    She said all she wanted to know was whether her husband was alive or not. “Tissainayagam was released yesterday. He was arrested for writing the truth and that was what my husband was doing,” she said.

    “I have no husband and my children have no father, I plead to everyone that I get my husband back,” said Mrs. Eknaligoda.

    “It has been hundred days since I saw my father and it is not fair,” said Sanjay Eknaligoda, eldest son of Prageeth Eknaligoda.

  13. Tissa’s release was just a showpiece: UNP

    UNP in Parliament yesterday charged that journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has been taken to a camp in the East following an order of a Minister in the area.

    UNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekera who was speaking during the emergency debate in the House yesterday alleged Prageeth had been taken away after he had written a mud-slinging story about another Minister. He said this Minister should have filed a case against the website for which this journalist worked rather than subjecting him to this kind of treatment.

    Mr. Jayasekera called on the government to relase him if he is alive.

    The UNP MP who referred to the release of journalist Tissanayagam, said it was just a showpiece. ‘Why did the government wait till the international media day to release him?” he asked. Mr. Jayasekera questioned as to whether the charges against him would be withdrawn with the release.

    He also charged that the magistrates had been exempted from powers they had to deal with the terrorist suspects with the revision of the emergency regulations.

    Mr. Jayasekera said the magistrates would now have to seek the approval of the Attorney General when dealing with terrorist suspects according to the gazette notification issued to relax the emergency. “They will have to get the approval of the Attorney General before granting bail to terrorist suspects,” he pointed out.

    He said some of the emergency regulations that have been relaxed had been re-introduced through the penal code.

    The UNP MP also charged that relaxation of the emergency laws was a result of government bowing down to the international community particularly to the European Union to get the GSP plus concession. “Government had bowed down to the European Union despite all the boasting that they would not bow down to the international community,” he said.

  14. If J.S. Tissainayagam is released, it is a good news for journalists!! But if the media minister itself is thug, remaining journalists have to run out of the country.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka/Buddha-Lincoln-Marx-and-Silva/Article1-539473.aspx

    Main opposition party say “Journalist’s release was just a showpiece”

    For another journalist, it is mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/news/9774.html

  15. There is a long way to go to see Democracy in SRI LANKA

    Tissa’s pardons is great and other hand he suffered lots while he was in the prison and his health is not in great shape at all.

    Like Rohan said “it was a showpiece”, make the West to quite about all allegations against this Gov also IMF is looking about the progress of the economy after the war end and EU putting more pressure about the human rights violations.

    Still Sri Lankan Gov. moves doesn’t looks very healthy at all

    President to attend G-15 Summit in Tehran

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/3501-mahinda-to-head-g-15.html

    Lanka barred its cricketers from meeting Dalai Lama
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8028

    Fonseka not allowed to attend parliament, begins hunger strike

    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=8031

    SLA destroys Liberation Tiger war heroes’ tombs in Uduppiddi

    SAD and SHAME uncivilized act
    http://tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31670

    IDPS are still in camps and under the tents and trees

  16. Dear Jim,

    This article again showcases your incapability to read situations and peoples behaviours in different countries.

    No. 1 thing you need to understand as a representative of AI in charge of a particular country or part of world is their way of thinking and their way of doing things. I am sorry to say that you fail miserably in this regard on many occasions.

    Sri Lanka could have a constitution derived from the English Westminster system, but, if you had seen in the past, many ministers or government officials would make statements on behalf of the government, and these people, might not exactly be the people who would be entrusted with that responsibility on paper. Now this I agree would not be the ideal way of doing things, but that is how it happens here and you should obviously know it by now. hence, Hon. Prof. G. L . Peiris making the statement on behalf of the president re. Thissa (Which indeed is quite good) needs to be taken in the context of coming from a senior and respected government official cum politician than you wanting it to come from the president or the Justice minister.

    Secondly, When the Hon. Prof. makes such statement on behalf of the president, it stands and Thissa’s lawyers are not above the president or Law for them to be informed first. The president gives a public pardon which the whole country / world get’s to know and a lawyer could belong to the category of a fellow countryman. Also, a pardon is a pardon partially or not. I am sure that most of the Terrorist Diaspora and organizations must be scratching their buttocks to get Thissa his passport and get him out of the country to get many interviews and views to discredit the government. However, I personally feel that it is a full pardon the president has bestowed on Thissa.

    Also, at the beginning of the article you have denounced the justice system of Sri Lanka – which again is derived from the English Law. He was sentenced to Prison by the Judiciary and not by the president or the government because they had clear evidence of him going against the law practiced in this country. How can you say that it is wrong ???? If it is the law, the citizens are supposed to abide by it and if you need to change it, there are means of doing so without breaking it. Try doing it in your own country, will you ?? Break the law and they will break your neck !!

    One should also realise that the Terrorist issue was quite a sensitive issue during the past few years and the GOSL was under pressure to get rid of this terrorism on behalf of the world. Those who went against this flow obviously was dealt with in a serious manner for the sake of the rest. You see the results now with all citizens having hope in to the future than living in fear or uncertainty. There were those who did support the terrorist group as we all know and they were taken to courts.

    Jim – have you read the articles written by Thissa ?? What do you think ?? It’s also better if you publish the articles or a link to the articles for the knowledge of readers. May be they will decide whether it is right for the court to convict Thissa or not. As I have mentioned several times, others might not necessarily share the same thoughts with you and you don’t have the right to jump in to conclusions on behalf of them too… So if the articles are not right as per our laws, it is not right and yes it is a crime – you can’t question it. Bottoms down to point 1 I mentioned above – learn the laws and way of life here if you want to comment on us !!!

  17. The usual curbing of enthusiasm by AI as it said about all the decisions taken by the SL government. Read a similar article by the same auther about freeing of refugees from the camps. But never heard whether the auther did to his satisfaction leant that the refugees were actually freed or not.

    It is actually sad to see so many people trying to criticise the SL government even when they are taking a decision in the right direction. And articles like this will keep the flame of hatred lighting between the communities in SL. Well that may be what the so called Human Rights Organizations want, if there aren’t any conflicts in the world, who’s gonna pay attention or donate for these organizations.

  18. Well said, AI USA !!

    Vigilance is a must in Sri Lanka.

    We have to make sure that Tissa can do his work without fear of reprisals.

    His passport should be given back to him so he can travel abroad if he wishes so. Otherwise, the Presidential Pardon will be a glorifying house arrest

  19. “To tell the truth is crime in Sri Lanka” – wife of disappeared Sinhalese journalist

    Sandhya Ekneliyagoda, the wife of Sri Lankan Sinhalese journalist Prageeth Ekneliyagoda, who disappeared 24 January and still missing, distributed an appeal among parliamentarians on the very first day of the new Sri Lankan parliament demanding their intervention to find the fate of her husband which remains unknown even after a hundred days.

    Sandhya who blames the Sri Lankan police for purposely dragging their feet says she is deeply sceptical about the way the investigations are being handled. Having failed to evoke any positive response for her appeals to Sri Lanka government and its parliamentary opposition Sandhya tells the International Community that, “Sri Lanka is a country where grave human rights violations are taking place.

  20. Journalists Against Suppression (JAS) held a protest campaign opposite the Fort Railway Station yesterday to mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protestors carried placards urging the government to stop media suppression and stop hiding frauds by politicians by asking journalists to reveal their assets and liabilities. The protestors also asked the government to release details of the investigations conducted into the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda.

    The protestors asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is the Minister for Media and Deputy Media Minister Mervyn Silva to provide details as to how Mr. Eknaligoda went missing. JAS convener Chandana Sirimalwatte who’s also the editor of the Lanka Newspaper said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety of journalists.

    “It has been 100 days and the police have not released details of their investigations into his disappearance,” he said. He also said there were rumours that the disappearance of Mr. Eknaligoda was connected to an investigation he was conducting at the time. “He had a driver of a VIP as a source and he was said to have been conducting investigations regarding the elections, and since there was a problem with the election results we can only conclude that the incidents are connected.”

    Mr. Sirimalwatte also said that the media was being suppressed by the government directly as well as indirectly. “Sometimes members of the government are not advertising in other media and that is indirectly affecting the media organization,” he said.

  21. The government is using laws such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which is to be used for other purposes to arrest journalists and the media has no freedom. This also prevents the people of the country from knowing vital information,” he added.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife, Sandhya Eknaligoda who was also present at the protest said the police had promised to give her details about her husband’s disappearance within the first few days but the days had stretched to weeks and she had yet not been given any information.

    She said all she wanted to know was whether her husband was alive or not. “Tissainayagam was released yesterday. He was arrested for writing the truth and that was what my husband was doing,” she said.

    “I have no husband and my children have no father, I plead to everyone that I get my husband back,” said Mrs. Eknaligoda.

    “It has been hundred days since I saw my father and it is not fair,” said Sanjay Eknaligoda, eldest son of Prageeth Eknaligoda.

  22. Tissa’s release was just a showpiece: UNP

    UNP in Parliament yesterday charged that journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has been taken to a camp in the East following an order of a Minister in the area.

    UNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekera who was speaking during the emergency debate in the House yesterday alleged Prageeth had been taken away after he had written a mud-slinging story about another Minister. He said this Minister should have filed a case against the website for which this journalist worked rather than subjecting him to this kind of treatment.

    Mr. Jayasekera called on the government to relase him if he is alive.

    The UNP MP who referred to the release of journalist Tissanayagam, said it was just a showpiece. ‘Why did the government wait till the international media day to release him?” he asked. Mr. Jayasekera questioned as to whether the charges against him would be withdrawn with the release.

    He also charged that the magistrates had been exempted from powers they had to deal with the terrorist suspects with the revision of the emergency regulations.

    Mr. Jayasekera said the magistrates would now have to seek the approval of the Attorney General when dealing with terrorist suspects according to the gazette notification issued to relax the emergency. “They will have to get the approval of the Attorney General before granting bail to terrorist suspects,” he pointed out.

    He said some of the emergency regulations that have been relaxed had been re-introduced through the penal code.

    The UNP MP also charged that relaxation of the emergency laws was a result of government bowing down to the international community particularly to the European Union to get the GSP plus concession. “Government had bowed down to the European Union despite all the boasting that they would not bow down to the international community,” he said.

  23. Armed men keep six girls in unconscious state in Batticaloa.

    A grade 10 student of Ka'luthaava'lai Tamil Maha Viththiyaalayam, who managed to escape from abductors has revealed that she had seen six girl students in unconscious state in the place where she was held captive

    , Police said. The girl, P.Niranjala, was alleged to have been abducted by unidentified persons who arrived in a black coloured van in front of the school escaped from their clutch Wednesday morning,

  24. The fact that Tissanayagam had been convicted, under dubious circumstances (confessions etc) of offences under misguided anti-terrorism legislation is a sad indictment of the state of affairs in Sri Lanka. The classic case of a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

    The Sri Lankan judicial system is overwhelmed by the huge number of manifestly unjust prosecutions that are intended solely as a means of cowing anyone who dares oppose the government. Any impartial judge is rendered impotent in the face of government delaying tactics that are designed to prolong unjust imprisonments under draconian laws.

    Any journalist will no doubt have the honour of entering the government blacklist of “enemies of the state, especially the ones who dare question the regime.

    What is it about repressive regimes that make them so sensitive to contsructive criticism?

    Do the Rajapakse Brothers think that they can continue with this repression and just listen to their lackeys who would not dare draw attention to the Emperor’s new clothes (or glaring lack of them, in this case ) ?

  25. Emergency extended for another month in Sri Lanka

    The State of Emergency is in force since 12th August 2005 and being extended every month

  26. Journalist assaulted in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    dun Jayasekara, a senior journalist of the Daily Mirror, the English daily published from Colombo, is said to have been assaulted Wednesday morning by some security officers who are members of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on security duty at the Maharagama cancer hospital.

    Sandun Jayasekara was ladmitted to Colombo National Hospital,

  27. Armed men keep six girls in unconscious state in Batticaloa.

    A grade 10 student of Ka’luthaava’lai Tamil Maha Viththiyaalayam, who managed to escape from abductors has revealed that she had seen six girl students in unconscious state in the place where she was held captive

    , Police said. The girl, P.Niranjala, was alleged to have been abducted by unidentified persons who arrived in a black coloured van in front of the school escaped from their clutch Wednesday morning,

  28. The fact that Tissanayagam had been convicted, under dubious circumstances (confessions etc) of offences under misguided anti-terrorism legislation is a sad indictment of the state of affairs in Sri Lanka. The classic case of a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

    The Sri Lankan judicial system is overwhelmed by the huge number of manifestly unjust prosecutions that are intended solely as a means of cowing anyone who dares oppose the government. Any impartial judge is rendered impotent in the face of government delaying tactics that are designed to prolong unjust imprisonments under draconian laws.

    Any journalist will no doubt have the honour of entering the government blacklist of “enemies of the state, especially the ones who dare question the regime.

    What is it about repressive regimes that make them so sensitive to contsructive criticism?

    Do the Rajapakse Brothers think that they can continue with this repression and just listen to their lackeys who would not dare draw attention to the Emperor’s new clothes (or glaring lack of them, in this case ) ?

  29. Emergency extended for another month in Sri Lanka

    The State of Emergency is in force since 12th August 2005 and being extended every month

  30. Journalist assaulted in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    dun Jayasekara, a senior journalist of the Daily Mirror, the English daily published from Colombo, is said to have been assaulted Wednesday morning by some security officers who are members of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on security duty at the Maharagama cancer hospital.

    Sandun Jayasekara was ladmitted to Colombo National Hospital,

  31. The eight political prisoners were locked up in a cell and tortured by more than ten Jaffna prison officials and guards.

    One of the relatives of the victims had informed Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna officials of the attack on the political prisoners and they being refused medical treatment by prison authorities. The eight political prisoners suffering with fractured bones and some of them passing blood with urine were admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH)

  32. The eight political prisoners were locked up in a cell and tortured by more than ten Jaffna prison officials and guards.

    One of the relatives of the victims had informed Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna officials of the attack on the political prisoners and they being refused medical treatment by prison authorities. The eight political prisoners suffering with fractured bones and some of them passing blood with urine were admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH)

  33. Two months after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he would form “without delay” a panel of experts to advise him on possible war crimes in Sri Lanka, still no such panel has been named.

    In the interim, the UN has said that Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe will travel to Sri Lanka. But that has not happened or even been nailed down yet.

    A senior UN official told that they think Sri Lanka is putting off the trip so that they can put certain things in place and show “goodies” to the UN. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN Palitha Kohona continues to predict that Ban will never go forward and name the panel. “Ask them why they would name a panel,” Kohona has urged Press, “for anything more than fundraising.”

    Press has put Kohona’s question to the senior UN official, who while not confirming that the panel idea is dead or dying, said the UN is happy to think that improvements are being made under the shadow of a visit. In fact, Media was told that an Austrians national was approached about being on the panel. But two month are two months.

  34. THE IMF HAS DELAYED THE NEXT TRANCHE OF ITS LOAN, AS THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH ON ITS COMMITMENTS.

  35. In Sri Lanka itself, the Red Cross still does not have access to the so-called rehabilitation centers, and there are whispers of a slew of babies being born to women who were in government detention nine months before.

  36. Mala

    You mean that the Tamil woman combatants were raped in the Sri Lanka Army custody ?

    Maybe this is why the Red Cross still does not have access to the so-called rehabilitation centers.

  37. Two months after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he would form “without delay” a panel of experts to advise him on possible war crimes in Sri Lanka, still no such panel has been named.

    In the interim, the UN has said that Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe will travel to Sri Lanka. But that has not happened or even been nailed down yet.

    A senior UN official told that they think Sri Lanka is putting off the trip so that they can put certain things in place and show “goodies” to the UN. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN Palitha Kohona continues to predict that Ban will never go forward and name the panel. “Ask them why they would name a panel,” Kohona has urged Press, “for anything more than fundraising.”

    Press has put Kohona’s question to the senior UN official, who while not confirming that the panel idea is dead or dying, said the UN is happy to think that improvements are being made under the shadow of a visit. In fact, Media was told that an Austrians national was approached about being on the panel. But two month are two months.

  38. THE IMF HAS DELAYED THE NEXT TRANCHE OF ITS LOAN, AS THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH ON ITS COMMITMENTS.

  39. In Sri Lanka itself, the Red Cross still does not have access to the so-called rehabilitation centers, and there are whispers of a slew of babies being born to women who were in government detention nine months before.

  40. Mala

    You mean that the Tamil woman combatants were raped in the Sri Lanka Army custody ?

    Maybe this is why the Red Cross still does not have access to the so-called rehabilitation centers.

  41. On the island of Sri Lanka, an important anniversary will soon be celebrated. 18 May is the day last year on which the war ended in a government "victory" over the Tamil forces of the LTTE. In a token gesture, to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pardoned Tissainayagam, the journalist sentenced unlawfully to 20 years in jail. Although many other journalists languish in prison and 80,000 civilians in camps, the bloody years appear to be a memory – a memory discarded and ignored among the land mines, and the mass graves.

  42. There is another anniversary that occurs this May.

    Unnoticed by the West, it marks a tragedy from almost 30 years ago: an event of such significance that even today, educated Sri Lankan Tamils cannot speak of it without a tremor.

    I am not talking about the violence perpetrated by government and terrorists alike.

    Nor am I talking about those genocidal crimes against tens of thousands of Tamils, the human rights abuses, or even the continued hounding of the press.

    I am talking of something simpler, older, more symbolic: the burning of the public library in Jaffna over a period of three days and nights in 1981.

    Two Singhalese policemen had been killed at a political rally in Jaffna.

    Later that evening, police and government-sponsored paramilitaries set fire to the public library, razing it to the ground.

    Over 97,000 books and scrolls of historical value to the Tamil people were burnt.

    Once scholars came from all over India to study these manuscripts, some the only copies in the world.

    Now the works of philosophers, dramatists and writers, all who had made so significant a contribution to Tamil culture, lay in ashes.

    Sri Lanka has been at war with itself for as long as I can remember.

    My earliest memory was in 1958 when, aged four, I watched a Tamil man being set on fire in Colombo. Self-hatred has ebbed and flowed ever since, penetrating every aspect of life in this small, beautiful island and turning it into a fool's paradise.

  43. On the island of Sri Lanka, an important anniversary will soon be celebrated. 18 May is the day last year on which the war ended in a government “victory” over the Tamil forces of the LTTE. In a token gesture, to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pardoned Tissainayagam, the journalist sentenced unlawfully to 20 years in jail. Although many other journalists languish in prison and 80,000 civilians in camps, the bloody years appear to be a memory – a memory discarded and ignored among the land mines, and the mass graves.

  44. There is another anniversary that occurs this May.

    Unnoticed by the West, it marks a tragedy from almost 30 years ago: an event of such significance that even today, educated Sri Lankan Tamils cannot speak of it without a tremor.

    I am not talking about the violence perpetrated by government and terrorists alike.

    Nor am I talking about those genocidal crimes against tens of thousands of Tamils, the human rights abuses, or even the continued hounding of the press.

    I am talking of something simpler, older, more symbolic: the burning of the public library in Jaffna over a period of three days and nights in 1981.

    Two Singhalese policemen had been killed at a political rally in Jaffna.

    Later that evening, police and government-sponsored paramilitaries set fire to the public library, razing it to the ground.

    Over 97,000 books and scrolls of historical value to the Tamil people were burnt.

    Once scholars came from all over India to study these manuscripts, some the only copies in the world.

    Now the works of philosophers, dramatists and writers, all who had made so significant a contribution to Tamil culture, lay in ashes.

    Sri Lanka has been at war with itself for as long as I can remember.

    My earliest memory was in 1958 when, aged four, I watched a Tamil man being set on fire in Colombo. Self-hatred has ebbed and flowed ever since, penetrating every aspect of life in this small, beautiful island and turning it into a fool’s paradise.

  45. Sri Lankan government extends state of emergency

    The newly-elected Sri Lankan parliament ratified a proclamation by President Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday to extend the present emergency regulations, as is required monthly. The government indicated there would be no end to emergency rule

  46. Sri Lankan government extends state of emergency

    The newly-elected Sri Lankan parliament ratified a proclamation by President Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday to extend the present emergency regulations, as is required monthly. The government indicated there would be no end to emergency rule

  47. SL Defence Ministry blocks international media persons visiting North.

    Sri Lanka Defence Ministry has blocked ‘Life Line’ resident advisor of ‘Internews’ Fiona Partol from coming to Jaffna to participate in a five-day training course for local media persons, media sources in Jaffna said. The Defence Ministry does not allow international media persons who are not supportive of the government to visit Jaffna and other areas in the North, the sources added. Recently a French journalist had been arrested and deported from Sri Lanka on the orders of Defence Ministry.

    The five-day training course had been postponed indefinitely.

    Lifeline resident advisor has informed the organizers of the course that he will try again to get permission from the Defence Ministry and come to Jaffna by air.

    US backed Internews has been working in Sri Lanka since 2005, providing information services to vulnerable communities and delivering training to both established journalists and young trainees. Internews works closely with local organizations and the Government to harness the power of media and information to help people develop a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka.

  48. SL Defence Ministry blocks international media persons visiting North.

    Sri Lanka Defence Ministry has blocked ‘Life Line’ resident advisor of ‘Internews’ Fiona Partol from coming to Jaffna to participate in a five-day training course for local media persons, media sources in Jaffna said. The Defence Ministry does not allow international media persons who are not supportive of the government to visit Jaffna and other areas in the North, the sources added. Recently a French journalist had been arrested and deported from Sri Lanka on the orders of Defence Ministry.

    The five-day training course had been postponed indefinitely.

    Lifeline resident advisor has informed the organizers of the course that he will try again to get permission from the Defence Ministry and come to Jaffna by air.

    US backed Internews has been working in Sri Lanka since 2005, providing information services to vulnerable communities and delivering training to both established journalists and young trainees. Internews works closely with local organizations and the Government to harness the power of media and information to help people develop a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka.

  49. Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing. Ban should put an end to this game of smoke and mirrors and begin a process that would ensure justice for all the victims of Sri Lanka’s war.

    Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/07/sri-lanka-g

    The government is not addressing Tamil grievances that led to war in the first place http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/sri-

    After the Rajapakse regime introduces a new constitution we might have only a line of Sinhala Buddhist Kings, not democratic leaders who believe in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. Forces that support and control the present regime do not believe in a multi ethnic or multi religious Sri Lanka. What they envisage is a unitary Sinhala Buddhist state where the minorities should merge with the majority, forgetting and losing their identity.

  50. Genocide, Rape, Rights…… Bull Shit ???

    What on earth is happening in this forum ??

    Will the removal of emergency Law in Sri Lanka have any effect on such activities of they are occurring in Sri Lanka or any other county for that matter?? What is the co-relation between the emergency law and what most of the (I believe) LTTE supporters have written here???

    I would like to ask, yesterday, a 72 year old grandfather in a makeshift camp was arrested for raping his 13 year old grand daughter – now as per our LTTE supporters, only the SL army is raping ?? What happens when your own grandfathers rape their grand children ??? Is the government of SL and the emergency law to be blamed ???

    What the AI and the others reading these post needs to understand is (I am leaving LTTE out as telling them things of importance will be like holding the glass upside down and trying to pour water) that the very same law has been enforced to safe guard the rights of the civilians from a world renowned terror organization. As you see in this very forum, though the head is dead, the tails are still wagging and we need to wait for the tails to stop wagging to be sure that the rest of the citizens of this once peaceful nation would actually live in peace going to the future. The government is quite positive about taking off the laws and they have had a start by removing / relaxing some of the clauses of the law.

    What AI need to realize is that after the GOSL making such gesture, it's of no use to have this kind of forum or continuance of this forum. You are behaving like kids. You ask for chocolates and toffees and when the parents give it to you one by one as it is not good for health to have all at once, you continue to ask for more without assessing the situation since you are not capable of it and do not posses the knowledge for it (obviously kids do this due to lack of understanding and so does AI)… But, supposing to be a respected international organization, we require AI to act more responsibly. At the moment, we see that you are trying to write articles to please of LTTE supporters – reminds me of a retarded guy who lived down my lane – he used to dance when ever someone played a drum (or knocked on a table) even the drumming is without a tune – Ain't this what AI is doing now ?? A few people posting using different names in this forum are writing all kinds of rubbish off line to topic and AI thinks it's the tune for you to dance. My conclusion is that all of you are retarded… (Sorry – but had to give my honest opinion)

  51. Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing. Ban should put an end to this game of smoke and mirrors and begin a process that would ensure justice for all the victims of Sri Lanka’s war.

    Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/07/sri-lanka-g

    The government is not addressing Tamil grievances that led to war in the first place http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/sri-

    After the Rajapakse regime introduces a new constitution we might have only a line of Sinhala Buddhist Kings, not democratic leaders who believe in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. Forces that support and control the present regime do not believe in a multi ethnic or multi religious Sri Lanka. What they envisage is a unitary Sinhala Buddhist state where the minorities should merge with the majority, forgetting and losing their identity.

  52. Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing. Ban should put an end to this game of smoke and mirrors and begin a process that would ensure justice for all the victims of Sri Lanka’s war.

    Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/07/sri-lanka-g

    The government is not addressing Tamil grievances that led to war in the first place http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/sri-

    After the Rajapakse regime introduces a new constitution we might have only a line of Sinhala Buddhist Kings, not democratic leaders who believe in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. Forces that support and control the present regime do not believe in a multi ethnic or multi religious Sri Lanka. What they envisage is a unitary Sinhala Buddhist state where the minorities should merge with the majority, forgetting and losing their identity.

  53. Rohan, well said !! :)

    Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing.

    _________________

    Sri Lanka is trying to hide a very large pumpkin in a plate of rice !!

  54. Black July

    July 1983 was a paradigm shift in terror. Thirteen soldiers were killed by the LTTE. Anti-Tamil riots ensued and lasted for ten days with property being destroyed and up to 3,000 people being killed and 200,000 displaced.

    From President Jayewardene’s residence, shops could be seen going up in flames but no curfew was called and police disappeared from the streets. Marauding gangs armed with axes and cans of petrol went around Colombo with electoral rolls identifying Tamil homes and businesses. The inhabitants were doused in petrol and set alight.

    A Norwegian woman tourist recalled seeing a mob setting fire to a bus with about 20 Tamils inside it. Those who climbed out the windows were pushed back in and the doors were sealed while they burned alive, screaming horribly. In another incident, a mob chopped two Tamil girls aged 18 and 11 with knives; the younger girl was beheaded with an axe, the older one raped by 20 men and then doused in petrol and burned alive burned alive in front of joyful Sinhalese crowds

  55. Genocide, Rape, Rights…… Bull Shit ???

    What on earth is happening in this forum ??

    Will the removal of emergency Law in Sri Lanka have any effect on such activities of they are occurring in Sri Lanka or any other county for that matter?? What is the co-relation between the emergency law and what most of the (I believe) LTTE supporters have written here???

    I would like to ask, yesterday, a 72 year old grandfather in a makeshift camp was arrested for raping his 13 year old grand daughter – now as per our LTTE supporters, only the SL army is raping ?? What happens when your own grandfathers rape their grand children ??? Is the government of SL and the emergency law to be blamed ???

    What the AI and the others reading these post needs to understand is (I am leaving LTTE out as telling them things of importance will be like holding the glass upside down and trying to pour water) that the very same law has been enforced to safe guard the rights of the civilians from a world renowned terror organization. As you see in this very forum, though the head is dead, the tails are still wagging and we need to wait for the tails to stop wagging to be sure that the rest of the citizens of this once peaceful nation would actually live in peace going to the future. The government is quite positive about taking off the laws and they have had a start by removing / relaxing some of the clauses of the law.

    What AI need to realize is that after the GOSL making such gesture, it’s of no use to have this kind of forum or continuance of this forum. You are behaving like kids. You ask for chocolates and toffees and when the parents give it to you one by one as it is not good for health to have all at once, you continue to ask for more without assessing the situation since you are not capable of it and do not posses the knowledge for it (obviously kids do this due to lack of understanding and so does AI)… But, supposing to be a respected international organization, we require AI to act more responsibly. At the moment, we see that you are trying to write articles to please of LTTE supporters – reminds me of a retarded guy who lived down my lane – he used to dance when ever someone played a drum (or knocked on a table) even the drumming is without a tune – Ain’t this what AI is doing now ?? A few people posting using different names in this forum are writing all kinds of rubbish off line to topic and AI thinks it’s the tune for you to dance. My conclusion is that all of you are retarded… (Sorry – but had to give my honest opinion)

  56. Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing. Ban should put an end to this game of smoke and mirrors and begin a process that would ensure justice for all the victims of Sri Lanka’s war.

    Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes
    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/07/sri-lanka-government-proposal-won-t-address-war-crimes

    The government is not addressing Tamil grievances that led to war in the first place
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/sri-lanka-risks-losing-the-peace/story-e6frg6zo-1225863648502

    After the Rajapakse regime introduces a new constitution we might have only a line of Sinhala Buddhist Kings, not democratic leaders who believe in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. Forces that support and control the present regime do not believe in a multi ethnic or multi religious Sri Lanka. What they envisage is a unitary Sinhala Buddhist state where the minorities should merge with the majority, forgetting and losing their identity.

  57. Rohan, well said !! :)

    Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing.

    _________________

    Sri Lanka is trying to hide a very large pumpkin in a plate of rice !!

  58. Black July

    July 1983 was a paradigm shift in terror. Thirteen soldiers were killed by the LTTE. Anti-Tamil riots ensued and lasted for ten days with property being destroyed and up to 3,000 people being killed and 200,000 displaced.

    From President Jayewardene’s residence, shops could be seen going up in flames but no curfew was called and police disappeared from the streets. Marauding gangs armed with axes and cans of petrol went around Colombo with electoral rolls identifying Tamil homes and businesses. The inhabitants were doused in petrol and set alight.

    A Norwegian woman tourist recalled seeing a mob setting fire to a bus with about 20 Tamils inside it. Those who climbed out the windows were pushed back in and the doors were sealed while they burned alive, screaming horribly. In another incident, a mob chopped two Tamil girls aged 18 and 11 with knives; the younger girl was beheaded with an axe, the older one raped by 20 men and then doused in petrol and burned alive burned alive in front of joyful Sinhalese crowds

  59. Jim,

    I'm also trying to curb my enthusiasm about Amnesty International's activities against SL during and after Eelam War IV.

    I'm still waiting for an apology and an expression of personal regret from you and AI over these incidents:

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its misguided anti-SL cricket team 'Play by the Rules' campaign.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its calls for a ceasefire to halt the offensive against the LTTE, when all evidence proved that a ceasefire would only assist the LTTE to continue its' murderous existence.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people, (especially those Tamil citizens who were unable to leave 'Eelam'), that it failed to support the SL govt in its successful attempt to crush the LTTE.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for having tried to censure SL at the UNHCR on 28th May 2009.

    "It was a deplorable result, a self-congratulatory resolution that Sri Lanka imposed on the council," said Peter ­Splinter, Amnesty International's representative in Geneva.Another self-elected HR God lecturing to SL, literally days after it achieved the impossible and improved the overall HR situation in SL by crushing the LTTE.

    I guess we'll all be Six Feet Under before AI do anything as simple and gracious as issue an apology.

    Jim, has AI ever apologised for any mistakes it may have made? Or does AI never make mistakes?

    If not, why not? Is AI infallible? If AI is infallible, have you discussed this with the Catholic Church?

    It's also worth pointing out that the Sri Lankan government's only responsibility is to its own citizens' safety and security and NOT to seek favour with AI and sundry HR organisations, various loser LTTE diaspora whiners and the flotsam and jetsam of 'concerned' members of the Western Int'l community.

    Finally, to the Eelamists: what are you doing to help these Sri Lankans ethnically cleansed from their homes in Northern Sri Lanka by the LTTE, still languishing in miserable IDP camps?
    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/425/children-o

    Also, dear Eelamists, (.e.g Rohan) you congratulate AI on "..for your continuous writing to save Human lifes [sic]"

    What did you, Rohan, do during Eelam War IV to 'save Human lifes'? I certainly hope you weren't writing cheques to the LTTE!

  60. Jim,

    I'm also trying to curb my enthusiasm about Amnesty International's activities against SL during and after Eelam War IV.

    I'm still waiting for an apology and an expression of personal regret from you and AI over these incidents:

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its misguided anti-SL cricket team 'Play by the Rules' campaign.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its calls for a ceasefire to halt the offensive against the LTTE, when all evidence proved that a ceasefire would only assist the LTTE to continue its' murderous existence.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people, (especially those Tamil citizens who were unable to leave 'Eelam'), that it failed to support the SL govt in its successful attempt to crush the LTTE.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for having tried to censure SL at the UNHCR on 28th May 2009.

    "It was a deplorable result, a self-congratulatory resolution that Sri Lanka imposed on the council," said Peter ­Splinter, Amnesty International's representative in Geneva.Another self-elected HR God lecturing to SL, literally days after it achieved the impossible and improved the overall HR situation in SL by crushing the LTTE.

    I guess we'll all be Six Feet Under before AI do anything as simple and gracious as issue an apology.

    Jim, has AI ever apologised for any mistakes it may have made? Or does AI never make mistakes?

    If not, why not? Is AI infallible? If AI is infallible, have you discussed this with the Catholic Church?

    It's also worth pointing out that the Sri Lankan government's only responsibility is to its own citizens' safety and security and NOT to seek favour with AI and sundry HR organisations, various loser LTTE diaspora whiners and the flotsam and jetsam of 'concerned' members of the Western Int'l community.

    Finally, to the Eelamists: what are you doing to help these Sri Lankans ethnically cleansed from their homes in Northern Sri Lanka by the LTTE, still languishing in miserable IDP camps?
    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/425/children-o

    Also, dear Eelamists, (.e.g Rohan) you congratulate AI on "..for your continuous writing to save Human lifes [sic]"

    What did you, Rohan, do during Eelam War IV to 'save Human lifes'? I certainly hope you weren't writing cheques to the LTTE!

  61. Jim,

    I'm also trying to curb my enthusiasm about Amnesty International's activities against SL during and after Eelam War IV.

    I'm still waiting for an apology and an expression of personal regret from you and AI over these incidents:

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its misguided anti-SL cricket team 'Play by the Rules' campaign.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its calls for a ceasefire to halt the offensive against the LTTE, when all evidence proved that a ceasefire would only assist the LTTE to continue its' murderous existence.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people, (especially those Tamil citizens who were unable to leave 'Eelam'), that it failed to support the SL govt in its successful attempt to crush the LTTE.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for having tried to censure SL at the UNHCR on 28th May 2009.

    "It was a deplorable result, a self-congratulatory resolution that Sri Lanka imposed on the council," said Peter ­Splinter, Amnesty International's representative in Geneva.Another self-elected HR God lecturing to SL, literally days after it achieved the impossible and improved the overall HR situation in SL by crushing the LTTE.

    I guess we'll all be Six Feet Under before AI do anything as simple and gracious as issue an apology.

    Jim, has AI ever apologised for any mistakes it may have made? Or does AI never make mistakes?

    If not, why not? Is AI infallible? If AI is infallible, have you discussed this with the Catholic Church?

    It's also worth pointing out that the Sri Lankan government's only responsibility is to its own citizens' safety and security and NOT to seek favour with AI and sundry HR organisations, various loser LTTE diaspora whiners and the flotsam and jetsam of 'concerned' members of the Western Int'l community.

    Finally, to the Eelamists: what are you doing to help these Sri Lankans ethnically cleansed from their homes in Northern Sri Lanka by the LTTE, still languishing in miserable IDP camps?
    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/425/children-o

    Also, dear Eelamists, (.e.g Rohan) you congratulate AI on "..for your continuous writing to save Human lifes [sic]"

    What did you, Rohan, do during Eelam War IV to 'save Human lifes'? I certainly hope you weren't writing cheques to the LTTE!

  62. May 18 Remembrance Day

    One year ago , as the civil war came to an end, Sri Lankan government troops indiscriminately shelled hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians trapped in a small area. On 18 May, Tamil leaders, seeking to prevent further bloodshed, arranged with international mediators that they would carry white flags and give themselves up. When they did so, they were murdered in cold blood.

    In fact, throughout the war's closing stages, Sri Lankan forces extrajudicially executed many surrendering Tamils. Film showing naked Tamils with their hands and feet bound behind them being shot dead by Sri Lankan troops has been declared genuine by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

  63. Yes, 18 May

    Lest we forget..

    The Government of Sri Lanka was attacking the hapless and defenceless Tamil people assembled in a small area in the Vanni nearly year ago.
    We must tell the world of the sheer criminality of Sinhala politics and why the Tamils cannot hope to get justice from the politics of the abattoir practiced by the ruling elite.

    It is this tendency to political and racial violence that the Sinhala politicians have exploited to keep the Tamils under their heels. The tragic story of a cultured and educated Tamil people desiring to live in peace with the Sinhalese but requesting equality in education, employment and development of their land being massacred and violently thwarted by government thugs and the security services for over 60 years has now been told to a largely sceptical world. The Sinhala government propaganda machine has bought the support of British MPs with all expenses paid junkets to Sri Lanka to sing the praises of the tyrannical government with Tamil blood on its hands and to traduce the claims of the Tamils for self-government as international terrorism.

    So it was that the world conspired by its silence at the mass genocide of the Tamils and looked askance when the elderly Tamils and their children were mown down by artillery shells, cluster bombs and chemical weapons. The leadership of the Tamil resistance was encouraged to surrender carrying white flags to the Sri Lankan army and was shot down in cold blood while doing so.

    Over 100,00 Tamils killed in a racist and genocidal war in the Vanni. The UK Times provided satellite photographs of the evidence of trenches and mounds where more than 20,000 Tamils were killed and buried in the final days of the war last year. Some even say that as much as 48,000 Tamils were killed by the Sinhala armed forces in the last three days of the war. Reliable eye witness accounts have reported that weak, infirm and injured Tamil people were buried half alive in trenches and shot by the Sri Lanka army. There was deliberate and mass starvation and destruction of the few hospitals left standing to cater to the people.

    The souls of these thousands of innocent Tamil victims seek justice and closure and we, the survivors, have to keep their avenging cries in the forefront of our moral crusade and political campaign to bring the war criminals Rajapakse and his blood-letting gang to justice.

  64. Reductio ad Absurdum Says: May 8th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You are talking about "cheques", I know u r getting cheques from your government 4 propaganda.

    Last year, this time 1000's of Tamils were killed by the government on Daily basis, Un or World leaders failed to protect the oppressed and suffering people. We have the only option to Voice for the Voiceless Tamils in Sri lanka. The Tamils in Sri Lanka are afraid to voice their opinion due fear of reprisals and torture.

    ltte was defeated year ago, what happend after this
    instead of promoting peace and reconciliation, your government

    Sinhalisation of Tamil area is happening, budda came to every street in the north & east. Vanni is heavy mined with Budda now.

    Still over 100,000 IDP tamils in the camps. Where the IDPs allowed, army entering every house looking for women. One incident one army dropped his gun & ran out of the house when people got alerted.

    Abducted girl student escapes in Ka’luthaava’lai in Batticaloa, she saw six girl students in a state of unconsciousness at the place she was held captive.

    Why 1803 Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed? This was built by British. The Village name Katchilaimadu came as Memorial evidence of the King.

    Many other memorial monument are dumped & destroyed.

    Your President said in jaffna, “Yes, we are Sinhala. The country is also Sinhala. Therefore, you Demala (Tamils) listen to me. If you cannot listen without trying to be too smart, then leave.”
    It certainly does not promote peace and reconciliation.

    Rajapakse regime introduces a new constitution we might have only a line of Sinhala Buddhist Kings, not democratic leaders who believe in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. Forces that support and control the present regime do not believe in a multi ethnic or multi religious Sri Lanka. What they envisage is a unitary Sinhala Buddhist state where the minorities should merge with the majority, forgetting and losing their identity.

    IDPs in Cettikulam camp were attacked by army for voting Tamil Party. They stopped the water supply to the camp too. They told IDPs to get water from Tamil candiates

    "Let's not forget that the conflict ended a year ago,"
    Unless the root cause is dealt with, Sri Lanka will continue to hear the voice of the oppressed louder and louder.

  65. Jim,

    I’m also trying to curb my enthusiasm about Amnesty International’s activities against SL during and after Eelam War IV.

    I’m still waiting for an apology and an expression of personal regret from you and AI over these incidents:

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its misguided anti-SL cricket team ‘Play by the Rules’ campaign.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for its calls for a ceasefire to halt the offensive against the LTTE, when all evidence proved that a ceasefire would only assist the LTTE to continue its’ murderous existence.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people, (especially those Tamil citizens who were unable to leave ‘Eelam’), that it failed to support the SL govt in its successful attempt to crush the LTTE.

    – AI apologises to the Sri Lankan people for having tried to censure SL at the UNHCR on 28th May 2009.

    “It was a deplorable result, a self-congratulatory resolution that Sri Lanka imposed on the council,” said Peter ­Splinter, Amnesty International’s representative in Geneva.Another self-elected HR God lecturing to SL, literally days after it achieved the impossible and improved the overall HR situation in SL by crushing the LTTE.

    I guess we’ll all be Six Feet Under before AI do anything as simple and gracious as issue an apology.

    Jim, has AI ever apologised for any mistakes it may have made? Or does AI never make mistakes?

    If not, why not? Is AI infallible? If AI is infallible, have you discussed this with the Catholic Church?

    It’s also worth pointing out that the Sri Lankan government’s only responsibility is to its own citizens’ safety and security and NOT to seek favour with AI and sundry HR organisations, various loser LTTE diaspora whiners and the flotsam and jetsam of ‘concerned’ members of the Western Int’l community.

    Finally, to the Eelamists: what are you doing to help these Sri Lankans ethnically cleansed from their homes in Northern Sri Lanka by the LTTE, still languishing in miserable IDP camps?

    http://video.dailymirror.lk/videos/425/children-of-a-lesser-god

    Also, dear Eelamists, (.e.g Rohan) you congratulate AI on “..for your continuous writing to save Human lifes [sic]“

    What did you, Rohan, do during Eelam War IV to ‘save Human lifes’? I certainly hope you weren’t writing cheques to the LTTE!

  66. May 18 Remembrance Day

    One year ago , as the civil war came to an end, Sri Lankan government troops indiscriminately shelled hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians trapped in a small area. On 18 May, Tamil leaders, seeking to prevent further bloodshed, arranged with international mediators that they would carry white flags and give themselves up. When they did so, they were murdered in cold blood.

    In fact, throughout the war’s closing stages, Sri Lankan forces extrajudicially executed many surrendering Tamils. Film showing naked Tamils with their hands and feet bound behind them being shot dead by Sri Lankan troops has been declared genuine by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

  67. Yes, 18 May

    Lest we forget..

    The Government of Sri Lanka was attacking the hapless and defenceless Tamil people assembled in a small area in the Vanni nearly year ago.
    We must tell the world of the sheer criminality of Sinhala politics and why the Tamils cannot hope to get justice from the politics of the abattoir practiced by the ruling elite.

    It is this tendency to political and racial violence that the Sinhala politicians have exploited to keep the Tamils under their heels. The tragic story of a cultured and educated Tamil people desiring to live in peace with the Sinhalese but requesting equality in education, employment and development of their land being massacred and violently thwarted by government thugs and the security services for over 60 years has now been told to a largely sceptical world. The Sinhala government propaganda machine has bought the support of British MPs with all expenses paid junkets to Sri Lanka to sing the praises of the tyrannical government with Tamil blood on its hands and to traduce the claims of the Tamils for self-government as international terrorism.

    So it was that the world conspired by its silence at the mass genocide of the Tamils and looked askance when the elderly Tamils and their children were mown down by artillery shells, cluster bombs and chemical weapons. The leadership of the Tamil resistance was encouraged to surrender carrying white flags to the Sri Lankan army and was shot down in cold blood while doing so.

    Over 100,00 Tamils killed in a racist and genocidal war in the Vanni. The UK Times provided satellite photographs of the evidence of trenches and mounds where more than 20,000 Tamils were killed and buried in the final days of the war last year. Some even say that as much as 48,000 Tamils were killed by the Sinhala armed forces in the last three days of the war. Reliable eye witness accounts have reported that weak, infirm and injured Tamil people were buried half alive in trenches and shot by the Sri Lanka army. There was deliberate and mass starvation and destruction of the few hospitals left standing to cater to the people.

    The souls of these thousands of innocent Tamil victims seek justice and closure and we, the survivors, have to keep their avenging cries in the forefront of our moral crusade and political campaign to bring the war criminals Rajapakse and his blood-letting gang to justice.

  68. Reductio ad Absurdum Says: May 8th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You are talking about “cheques”, I know u r getting cheques from your government 4 propaganda.

    Last year, this time 1000′s of Tamils were killed by the government on Daily basis, Un or World leaders failed to protect the oppressed and suffering people. We have the only option to Voice for the Voiceless Tamils in Sri lanka. The Tamils in Sri Lanka are afraid to voice their opinion due fear of reprisals and torture.

    ltte was defeated year ago, what happend after this
    instead of promoting peace and reconciliation, your government

    Sinhalisation of Tamil area is happening, budda came to every street in the north & east. Vanni is heavy mined with Budda now.

    Still over 100,000 IDP tamils in the camps. Where the IDPs allowed, army entering every house looking for women. One incident one army dropped his gun & ran out of the house when people got alerted.

    Abducted girl student escapes in Ka’luthaava’lai in Batticaloa, she saw six girl students in a state of unconsciousness at the place she was held captive.

    Why 1803 Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed? This was built by British. The Village name Katchilaimadu came as Memorial evidence of the King.

    Many other memorial monument are dumped & destroyed.

    Your President said in jaffna, “Yes, we are Sinhala. The country is also Sinhala. Therefore, you Demala (Tamils) listen to me. If you cannot listen without trying to be too smart, then leave.”
    It certainly does not promote peace and reconciliation.

    Rajapakse regime introduces a new constitution we might have only a line of Sinhala Buddhist Kings, not democratic leaders who believe in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. Forces that support and control the present regime do not believe in a multi ethnic or multi religious Sri Lanka. What they envisage is a unitary Sinhala Buddhist state where the minorities should merge with the majority, forgetting and losing their identity.

    IDPs in Cettikulam camp were attacked by army for voting Tamil Party. They stopped the water supply to the camp too. They told IDPs to get water from Tamil candiates

    “Let’s not forget that the conflict ended a year ago,”
    Unless the root cause is dealt with, Sri Lanka will continue to hear the voice of the oppressed louder and louder.

  69. Sri Lanka Navy attacked the Tamil fishermem again

    Five fishermen from Tamil Nadu were injured when they attacked allegedly by Sri lankan naval personnel while fishing off Dhanushkodi last night.

    The incident occurred between Dhanushkodi and Katchathivu.

    The fishing nets and catch were also taken away by the Lankan naval personnel, they said.

    The injured were part of a group of about 500 fishermen who
    had put out to sea in 300 boats last week, officials said.

    The injured fishermen told officials they were fishing in Indian waters when they were attacked.

  70. Karma works in a mysterious ways !!

    India is paying the price for supporting the Mass Murderer Mahinda

    “India did not use its position effectively to evolve a solution to the Sri Lankan issue.” “India’s strategic advantage in Sri Lanka suffered a huge blow with the end of the Civil War.

    Sri Lanka increasing its troops strength to 200,000, about one fourth of India’s size, there is a strategic threat to the India.

    Consulting editor of Deccan Chronicle Bhagwan Singh said that India has lost Sri Lanka to China with the defeat of LTTE. “With no Tamil resistance, Sri Lanka don’t want India anymore.

    Colombo is awarding all plump contracts to China,” he said.

  71. There is no reconciliation and no reconstruction in Sri Lanka. It is only sharing of spoils by the foreign supporters of war of aggression against the Tamils and the completion of the genocide of Tamils by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), The GOSL which commenced the Genocide soon after its independence in 1948 with the denial of citizenship to one million Tamils in the Hills, has continued that Genocide relenlessly through Peace and through war. For the Tamils PEACE IS THEFT AND WAR IS ROBBERY. Since the Tamils have lost their resisting arm, survival by delaying and stopping the GENOCIDE is the main Goal now. It is up to all those in the world to ensure that the Genocide by GOSL is stopped and the forces of occupation withdrawn. The Tamils can develop themselves without any aid from any quarters. Nobody, whether in the name of Sovereignity or whether in the name of armed Buddhism, has the right to deny the existence of a Nation. One would have thought the United Nations is for all nations but Ban ki Moon has given that as a Dowry to his Indian son in law. It is up to the remnants of Human Civilisation to stop this Genocide

  72. Arumugam Rajeevan interview

    In the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canberra complained to the Australian Federal Police that Tamils in Australia were diverting aid money for the tsunami reconstruction effort to the Tamil Tiger's – Sri Lanka's separatist fighters.

    Australian judge Paul Coghlan found – on the charge of providing material help to the organisation – the three men were motivated to assist the Tamil community in Sri Lanka

    Arumugam Rajeevan said: No, I'm not sure what you mean by the resolution of the conflict. The war has been ended, that's for sure, but the humanitarian situation and the human rights situation has not improved in Sri Lanka. In fact there are still 80,000 odd people living in the military run camps. The so called IDP's – Internally Displace People and they have not been allowed to re-settle in their own villages and there are so called prisoners of war – about 12,000 people who have been kept in secret camps without any access to the ICRC or the international observers. And in terms of the human rights situation, there are reports from Sri Lanka that indicates the persecution of Tamils is still continuing.

    Arumugam Rajeevan: Exactly, and also about the situation in Sri Lanka doesn't allow the expatriate community at this point in time to actively be involved in any humanitarian projects because the Tamil areas has now become under the military control of the Sri Lankan government. And the Sri Lankan government look at any humanitarian projects coming from overseas by the expatriate community and the diaspora very suspiciously.

    Arumugam Rajeevan: I realised after living in Australia for a while, the value of freedom and how much the people back home in Sri Lanka were lacking that. So to be honest that brought a consciousness within myself to get involved in community activism and voluntarism

    Arumugam Rajeevan: Our objective was to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. And in that regard we were seeing a lot of VIP's if I can call that or policy makers and explaining the situation of the Tamils to them

    Arumugam Rajeevan: A lot of damaged happened personally, not only for me but you know for my colleagues and for my community. Because during the trial we believed it's the trial against our community. Because of that there was a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear amongst the community. What is going to be the next action? Who are going to be the next targets? And so on. In addition to this there is continuous threats made from the Sri Lankan Government about Tamil people acting and campaigning for human rights in overseas countries.

  73. I just wish something good would happen for a change for the Tamils, one of the most suppressed, oppressed and terrorized peoples in this sad world.

  74. i am NOT from Sri Lanka, and i do NOT sympathise with the Sinhalese in their disgusting treatment of the Tamil minority of that country…

    in fact i am appalled by the genocide and displacement of so many mostly peaceful folks just for the convenience of the soldiers and police in their attempts to weed out the LTTE members from the ordinary citizens.

    i fervently pray that the world governments will look at what is going on there and intervene to prevent any further abuses of the Tamils.

    i also do not understand, how Buddhists, (like the Sinhalese majority) who are supposedly, nominally, "pacifists" can behave in such a disgusting and immoral way with other people…

  75. Sri Lanka Navy attacked the Tamil fishermem again

    Five fishermen from Tamil Nadu were injured when they attacked allegedly by Sri lankan naval personnel while fishing off Dhanushkodi last night.

    The incident occurred between Dhanushkodi and Katchathivu.

    The fishing nets and catch were also taken away by the Lankan naval personnel, they said.

    The injured were part of a group of about 500 fishermen who
    had put out to sea in 300 boats last week, officials said.

    The injured fishermen told officials they were fishing in Indian waters when they were attacked.

  76. Karma works in a mysterious ways !!

    India is paying the price for supporting the Mass Murderer Mahinda

    “India did not use its position effectively to evolve a solution to the Sri Lankan issue.” “India’s strategic advantage in Sri Lanka suffered a huge blow with the end of the Civil War.

    Sri Lanka increasing its troops strength to 200,000, about one fourth of India’s size, there is a strategic threat to the India.

    Consulting editor of Deccan Chronicle Bhagwan Singh said that India has lost Sri Lanka to China with the defeat of LTTE. “With no Tamil resistance, Sri Lanka don’t want India anymore.

    Colombo is awarding all plump contracts to China,” he said.

  77. There is no reconciliation and no reconstruction in Sri Lanka. It is only sharing of spoils by the foreign supporters of war of aggression against the Tamils and the completion of the genocide of Tamils by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), The GOSL which commenced the Genocide soon after its independence in 1948 with the denial of citizenship to one million Tamils in the Hills, has continued that Genocide relenlessly through Peace and through war. For the Tamils PEACE IS THEFT AND WAR IS ROBBERY. Since the Tamils have lost their resisting arm, survival by delaying and stopping the GENOCIDE is the main Goal now. It is up to all those in the world to ensure that the Genocide by GOSL is stopped and the forces of occupation withdrawn. The Tamils can develop themselves without any aid from any quarters. Nobody, whether in the name of Sovereignity or whether in the name of armed Buddhism, has the right to deny the existence of a Nation. One would have thought the United Nations is for all nations but Ban ki Moon has given that as a Dowry to his Indian son in law. It is up to the remnants of Human Civilisation to stop this Genocide

  78. Arumugam Rajeevan interview

    In the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canberra complained to the Australian Federal Police that Tamils in Australia were diverting aid money for the tsunami reconstruction effort to the Tamil Tiger’s – Sri Lanka’s separatist fighters.

    Australian judge Paul Coghlan found – on the charge of providing material help to the organisation – the three men were motivated to assist the Tamil community in Sri Lanka

    Arumugam Rajeevan said: No, I’m not sure what you mean by the resolution of the conflict. The war has been ended, that’s for sure, but the humanitarian situation and the human rights situation has not improved in Sri Lanka. In fact there are still 80,000 odd people living in the military run camps. The so called IDP’s – Internally Displace People and they have not been allowed to re-settle in their own villages and there are so called prisoners of war – about 12,000 people who have been kept in secret camps without any access to the ICRC or the international observers. And in terms of the human rights situation, there are reports from Sri Lanka that indicates the persecution of Tamils is still continuing.

    Arumugam Rajeevan: Exactly, and also about the situation in Sri Lanka doesn’t allow the expatriate community at this point in time to actively be involved in any humanitarian projects because the Tamil areas has now become under the military control of the Sri Lankan government. And the Sri Lankan government look at any humanitarian projects coming from overseas by the expatriate community and the diaspora very suspiciously.

    Arumugam Rajeevan: I realised after living in Australia for a while, the value of freedom and how much the people back home in Sri Lanka were lacking that. So to be honest that brought a consciousness within myself to get involved in community activism and voluntarism

    Arumugam Rajeevan: Our objective was to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. And in that regard we were seeing a lot of VIP’s if I can call that or policy makers and explaining the situation of the Tamils to them

    Arumugam Rajeevan: A lot of damaged happened personally, not only for me but you know for my colleagues and for my community. Because during the trial we believed it’s the trial against our community. Because of that there was a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear amongst the community. What is going to be the next action? Who are going to be the next targets? And so on. In addition to this there is continuous threats made from the Sri Lankan Government about Tamil people acting and campaigning for human rights in overseas countries.

  79. I just wish something good would happen for a change for the Tamils, one of the most suppressed, oppressed and terrorized peoples in this sad world.

  80. i am NOT from Sri Lanka, and i do NOT sympathise with the Sinhalese in their disgusting treatment of the Tamil minority of that country…

    in fact i am appalled by the genocide and displacement of so many mostly peaceful folks just for the convenience of the soldiers and police in their attempts to weed out the LTTE members from the ordinary citizens.

    i fervently pray that the world governments will look at what is going on there and intervene to prevent any further abuses of the Tamils.

    i also do not understand, how Buddhists, (like the Sinhalese majority) who are supposedly, nominally, “pacifists” can behave in such a disgusting and immoral way with other people…

  81. Tissainayagam pardon yet to be officially granted – Lawyer

    Lawyers of journalist J. S Tissainayagam who was pardoned by the president on May 3 will meet officials of the Attorney General’s (AGs) department within next several days to discuss his pardon, lawyer and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A Sumanthiran said.

    “An announcement in this regard was given by Minister of External Affairs Prof G. L Peiris but the pardon has not been granted so far. I don’t believe that the government will break its promise after making a public announcement,” Sumanthiran said.

    He said that there are still a lot of procedural steps left and they will meet AG department officials to discuss the matter.

    The TNA MP also said that following the government’s announcement, they have withdrawn their appeal seeking the release of Tissainayagam.

    “He is on bail right now pending appeal and we had to withdraw the appeal so that the presidential mercy can be implemented.”

  82. The latest news from here in Sri Lanka is that most of the shanties in Colombo are destroyed, and the people living in those places are kicked out with no place to go.
    —————–

    Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) is doing now what Robert Mugabe (RM) was doing

    MR=RM :) :) :)

  83. The funny part is that people living in big houses close to the beach are celebrating because they can see the beautiful Indian ocean now, since the shanties are gone. These people live in airconditioned luxury houses
    and on the otherside of the road lives those down trodden people who doesn’t know where the next meal coming from. Those middle class meat heads don’t care what happen to these poor souls.

    Have a heart, wicked people.

  84. What's the subject we are suppose to discuss here again…mmmm… I have lost track with the various posts here relating to many issues and I see the repeat of the same old things that are being mentioned by the LTTE supporters on all previous posts. Wonder where the so called moderators, JIM MD and the new found love of Juliette is planning to do regarding such off topic posts. Seriously I need to visit the top of this page to re-cap the subject matter. Oh Yeah – The right royal Thissa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thissa is free as we all know and this blog should stop right here !!

    Before that, I wonder who told Rohan that the president made a comment of "We are Singhalees and if anyone can't live with the fact – get out" ????? I am pretty sure that he is not in SL and either lying about this or been mislead about such a false statement. If the president ever says that, he will have to start from his own house where his cousin is married to a Tamil. In an era where the government is trying its best to build harmony between all parties, it is sick, mentally challenged, not born of a mother inhumane people like Rohan who spread lies and try to create issues in this peaceful land. The sad part is that an internationally recognized organization as AI are supporting such terrorists .

    Also Hans Who ever – stop reading regional news papers ! Very dangerous as they are no longer valuable as in 1930's that you are used to. This is the 21st century – check the Internet or watch news… !!

  85. Impeccable Jim Gons

    "In an era where the( Sri Lankan) government is trying its best to build harmony between all parties "

    Are you sure ???
    ————————

    Why then nearly 100 000 innocent and shell shocked Tamils are still in the abysmal Sri Lankan concentration camps ??

  86. Impeccable Jim Gons

    Well…l it’s true !!
    i m not a spring chicken but your anti-ageism is sad really ..

  87. Tissainayagam pardon yet to be officially granted – Lawyer

    Lawyers of journalist J. S Tissainayagam who was pardoned by the president on May 3 will meet officials of the Attorney General’s (AGs) department within next several days to discuss his pardon, lawyer and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A Sumanthiran said.

    “An announcement in this regard was given by Minister of External Affairs Prof G. L Peiris but the pardon has not been granted so far. I don’t believe that the government will break its promise after making a public announcement,” Sumanthiran said.

    He said that there are still a lot of procedural steps left and they will meet AG department officials to discuss the matter.

    The TNA MP also said that following the government’s announcement, they have withdrawn their appeal seeking the release of Tissainayagam.

    “He is on bail right now pending appeal and we had to withdraw the appeal so that the presidential mercy can be implemented.”

  88. During his Thimpu powwow with the Indian Premier, President Mahinda Rajapakse promised to appoint an experts panel to study the underlying reasons for the Eelam War. Will India take this latest, somewhat nebulous, pledge seriously, despite the many preceding broken promises?

    Post-war, Delhi has little ability to push Sri Lanka towards a devolution-based political solution. That incapacity, coupled with a need to prevent an even closer association between Colombo and Beijing (and Islamabad), may have compelled Delhi to clutch at this latest Rajapakse charade as a welcome face-saver.

    And charade it is. The newest Rajapakse promise was given considerable publicity in the Indian media and hardly any in the Lankan media (including in the state media). That in itself is telling. In any case, appointing commissions, committees and panels is a favourite Rajapakse method of prevarication. For instance, the IIGEP (International Independent Group of Eminent Persons), set up with much fanfare, was but a ploy to evade Indian and international pressure about human rights violations.

  89. Yes, yes i remember IIGEP !!
    Once the pressure subsided, the IIGEP was attacked by Rajapakse proxies; it eventually ceased to exist without achieving any of its stated aims. The Sisyphean labour of the APC is another case in point; whenever a concrete result emerged, the President rejected it and sent the APC back to the drawing board.

    Mahinda Rajapakse is a maestro of evasion. His handling of l’affaire Nawalapitiya starkly illustrates his eel like ability to slither out of a tight corner without conceding any real ground. Election in Nawalapitiya was marred by violence and malpractices; an avid Rajapakse worshipper was believed to be the main culprit. Once the Elections Commissioner annulled polling in the area, denial became impossible.

    Instead a concerted effort was made via well targeted leaks to the media to create the impression that the President deplored the conduct of his henchman. This impression was solidified by the appointment of a panel of lawyers to investigate the issue. The ploy worked; many believed that the Panel will name the culprit and the President will punish him by denying him a portfolio.

    Once public interest subsided, the Panel delivered a report which exonerated the culprit by finding none guilty (Are we to believe that the electoral crimes in Nawalapitiya were committed by a mysterious entity, without name or form?). The culprit was rewarded with a deputy ministership while the district leader who condemned his deeds was punished with a humiliating demotion. The fate of Sarath Amunugama, who publicly criticised the electoral antics of a Presidential pet, is also a warning to those UPFA politicos who try to maintain a vestige of autonomy and self-respect, vis-à-vis the Ruling Family. L’affaire Nawalapitiya is not just a superb exposition of the Rajapakse method and mindset; it also demonstrates that only total non-vertebrates can make it in Rajapakse ruled Sri Lanka.

  90. I’m surprised about the Indian media was sounding optimistic about the latest Rajapakse pledge ( to appoint an experts panel to study the underlying reasons for the Eelam Wars), the well informed Irida Divayina in its May 2nd issue (front page lead) announced that the regime is thinking of setting up a ‘Jana Sabha’ system (village councils) ‘to ensure that the benefits of development accrue to the people’.

    Each Grama Niladari division will have a Jana Sabha consisting of the inhabitants of the area (this would mean 14,800 councils).

    University graduates will be appointed as secretaries of these councils (a clever way of alleviating the problem of graduate unemployment).

    “The government believes that by devolving power this way, the objectives of the Mahinda Chinthana will be brought close to people.

    Once power is devolved up to the Janasabha level, further devolution will be unnecessary and the government hopes to provide the people with adequate resources and economic strength this way”

    So no devolution of powers than?

    All power in Sri Lanka belongs to King Mahinda !!

  91. Even if the President honours his promise to the Indian premier by appointing a ‘Experts Panel’ happens, it too will be nothing more than a politico-diplomatic sleight of hand, a sop to Delhi and a ploy to regain GSP+, without making any real concessions to the Tamils.

    If the President is the appointing authority, the panel can be stocked with ‘ethnic problem deniers’, rendering a concrete result endemically impossible. If it is to be an ‘all party affair’, the Rajapakses will use the UPFA nominees to delay and subvert it. Even if a concrete result does emerge, the President can reject it, as he rejected the sensible and forward looking set of proposals made by the Experts Panel of the APC (many of us, being ‘young and foolish’ – ignorant in the ways of the Rajapakses – believed in the APC then, and welcomed the Majority Report of its Experts Panel enthusiastically).

    It is illogical to expect any real devolution of power to happen under the Rajapakses. There is a symbiotic relationship between the Ruling Family and Sinhala racism .

    Sinhala racism provided the Rajapakses with an attractive mantle for their naked power agenda via patriotism.

    And by attaching themselves to the Rajapakse Juggernaut, Sinhala racists in turn gained more power and influence than they ever had, including in 1956.

  92. Had the Rajapakses tried to impose familial rule without the cover of patriotism, they would have encountered far more dissent in the South. The Rajapakse project would not have been able to achieve hegemonic status without the patriotic mantle and the patriotic mantle was a reward not for fighting the LTTE (Presidents Premadasa and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga did that) but for fighting the LTTE and Tamil nationalism in all its forms (by denying the existence of an ethnic problem and by revoking key concessions made to Tamils under Indian pressure, the Rajapakses proved their ‘patriotic’ bona fides).

    A political solution to the ethnic problem on the basis of enhanced devolution (or even the full implementation of the 13th Amendment let alone 13th Amendment plus) is impossible under Rajapakse Rule (except as a desperate survival tactic in the face of external intervention).

  93. So to summarise: Tissa's already out on bail but unable to leave the country. Hopefully he's visited the liberated North & East to see for himself how the Eelam nightmare ended.

    He should shortly be pardoned and will I hope resume his journalistic career. He won't be short of topics. e.g. the stupidity of the LTTE diaspora, who funded a racist war in SL, but wouldn't actually risk their lives to defend and secure Eelam. No, stuffing your faces with Big Macs isn't as dangerous as front line combat against the SL Army.

    Hans N: It's no use pretending to be a Norwegian White Master (TM). The SL Tamils were indeed one of the most "suppressed, oppressed and terrorized peoples". Why not complete that sentence and say that they were "suppressed, oppressed and terrorized" by the LTTE, their supposed 'sole representatives'.

    You remember the hundreds of Tamil civilians murdered by the LTTE, as they tried to escape? So, something good has happened to the Tamil civilians, only the LTTE-diaspora and their useful idiots are unable to face this fact.

    Hey Rohan and other Eelamists,

    I only wish that the SL govt was paying me! It'd enable me to buy an Elite Cubicle in Colombo 7 and employ some re-habilitated ex-LTTE cadres, who as I see are finally starting to live a life free of terror, in a united Sri Lanka. http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100509_05

    The only booms they'll now hear are of celebratory firecrackers rather than exploding suicide vests.

  94. The latest news from here in Sri Lanka is that most of the shanties in Colombo are destroyed, and the people living in those places are kicked out with no place to go.
    —————–

    Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) is doing now what Robert Mugabe (RM) was doing

    MR=RM :) :) :)

  95. The funny part is that people living in big houses close to the beach are celebrating because they can see the beautiful Indian ocean now, since the shanties are gone. These people live in airconditioned luxury houses
    and on the otherside of the road lives those down trodden people who doesn’t know where the next meal coming from. Those middle class meat heads don’t care what happen to these poor souls.

    Have a heart, wicked people.

  96. So to summarise: Tissa's already out on bail but unable to leave the country. Hopefully he's visited the liberated North & East to see for himself how the Eelam nightmare ended.

    He should shortly be pardoned and will I hope resume his journalistic career. He won't be short of topics. e.g. the stupidity of the LTTE diaspora, who funded a racist war in SL, but wouldn't actually risk their lives to defend and secure Eelam. No, stuffing your faces with Big Macs isn't as dangerous as front line combat against the SL Army.

    Hans N: It's no use pretending to be a Norwegian White Master (TM). The SL Tamils were indeed one of the most "suppressed, oppressed and terrorized peoples". Why not complete that sentence and say that they were "suppressed, oppressed and terrorized" by the LTTE, their supposed 'sole representatives'.

    You remember the hundreds of Tamil civilians murdered by the LTTE, as they tried to escape? So, something good has happened to the Tamil civilians, only the LTTE-diaspora and their useful idiots are unable to face this fact.

    Hey Rohan and other Eelamists,

    I only wish that the SL govt was paying me! It'd enable me to buy an Elite Cubicle in Colombo 7 and employ some re-habilitated ex-LTTE cadres, who as I see are finally starting to live a life free of terror, in a united Sri Lanka. http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100509_05

    The only booms they'll now hear are of celebratory firecrackers rather than exploding suicide vests.

  97. So to summarise: Tissa's already out on bail but unable to leave the country. Hopefully he's visited the liberated North & East to see for himself how the Eelam nightmare ended.

    He should shortly be pardoned and will I hope resume his journalistic career. He won't be short of topics. e.g. the stupidity of the LTTE diaspora, who funded a racist war in SL, but wouldn't actually risk their lives to defend and secure Eelam. No, stuffing your faces with Big Macs isn't as dangerous as front line combat against the SL Army.

    Hans N: It's no use pretending to be a Norwegian White Master (TM). The SL Tamils were indeed one of the most "suppressed, oppressed and terrorized peoples". Why not complete that sentence and say that they were "suppressed, oppressed and terrorized" by the LTTE, their supposed 'sole representatives'.

    You remember the hundreds of Tamil civilians murdered by the LTTE, as they tried to escape? So, something good has happened to the Tamil civilians, only the LTTE-diaspora and their useful idiots are unable to face this fact.

    Hey Rohan and other Eelamists,

    I only wish that the SL govt was paying me! It'd enable me to buy an Elite Cubicle in Colombo 7 and employ some re-habilitated ex-LTTE cadres, who as I see are finally starting to live a life free of terror, in a united Sri Lanka. http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100509_05

    The only booms they'll now hear are of celebratory firecrackers rather than exploding suicide vests.

  98. Reductio ad Absurdum

    Clearly you are utterly confused regarding the intricacies and depth of many comments . Please don’t try to be dishonest, because you have nothing valuable to contribute here. You are crying for the moon, because you know that that is the only way you can cover up your poverty in ideas and the only way to exist in the forum without making any valuable contribution. It is a very smart way of doing things!!!

    You are trying to narrow down the scope of the discussion for your advantage as cunningly as ever. The discussion was never limited or confined to to such a narrow strip, which you are trying to limit as you have already sensed the destiny of your arguments. You are cunningly trying to wash “your hand” from the other perspectives, sending your peers to the guillotine for your “collective sins”

    Anyway why are you deaf and blind to all of the contributions and just clinging in to one to your lies that all of us here… are LTTE diaspora Are you dishonest or too childish to understand what we say?

  99. Rudra,

    That's a brilliant, complex and completely unintelligible reply. I have no idea what you mean. Please don't flatter me with being cunning. It won't get you anywhere :)

    The LTTE diaspora contributions are easy to spot. Concentration Camps, Monsoon Genocides, Silent Genocides, Housing Genocides, Land Genocides and other variations of Genocides, 10 million dead Tamil civilians, Tamil homelands (but never addressing whether Dehiwela & Wellawatte are also Tamil homelands), Buddhist statues being used as landmines (huh?) etc, but never once admitting to the LTTE's own massive culpability in wholesale murder against Tamil civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Oh, and discovering HR as a burning issue during and after the deserved decapitation and crushing of the LTTE. I don't know about the destiny of my arguments, but we can all agree on the destiny of separatist, race-based Tamil politics. It has no destiny and reached a dead-end in May 2009.

    The LTTE diaspora appear still not to understand this. Oh well… In other news, SL govt has blacklisted members of the Transsexual Government of Tamil Eelam from coming to SL. There goes another plan, up in smoke. http://tinyurl.com/39tk2ju

  100. What’s the subject we are suppose to discuss here again…mmmm… I have lost track with the various posts here relating to many issues and I see the repeat of the same old things that are being mentioned by the LTTE supporters on all previous posts. Wonder where the so called moderators, JIM MD and the new found love of Juliette is planning to do regarding such off topic posts. Seriously I need to visit the top of this page to re-cap the subject matter. Oh Yeah – The right royal Thissa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thissa is free as we all know and this blog should stop right here !!

    Before that, I wonder who told Rohan that the president made a comment of “We are Singhalees and if anyone can’t live with the fact – get out” ????? I am pretty sure that he is not in SL and either lying about this or been mislead about such a false statement. If the president ever says that, he will have to start from his own house where his cousin is married to a Tamil. In an era where the government is trying its best to build harmony between all parties, it is sick, mentally challenged, not born of a mother inhumane people like Rohan who spread lies and try to create issues in this peaceful land. The sad part is that an internationally recognized organization as AI are supporting such terrorists .

    Also Hans Who ever – stop reading regional news papers ! Very dangerous as they are no longer valuable as in 1930′s that you are used to. This is the 21st century – check the Internet or watch news… !!

  101. It’s with a heavy heart Tamils observe that, Louise Arbour, who was the U.N. former Human Rights High Commissioner recently commented that, If the Sri Lanka model is now going to become the model for solving internal conflict, it's very troublesome because the model is "keep the world out, keep the U.N. out, keep humanitarian actors out, keep your borders very tight, and do what it takes at any cost." That's not very good. If the civilized world believe in what it profess in the lands of freedom are true, then the same civilized world must do more than enough to serve justice to the long victimized, tormented, most unfortunate, helpless, voiceless, and hapless Tamils in Sri Lanka by holding Sri Lanka accountable for its war crimes and violation of both international humanitarian and human rights laws against it Tamil citizens in Sri Lanka

  102. Impeccable Jim Gons

    “In an era where the( Sri Lankan) government is trying its best to build harmony between all parties ”

    Are you sure ???
    ————————

    Why then nearly 100 000 innocent and shell shocked Tamils are still in the abysmal Sri Lankan concentration camps ??

  103. Impeccable Jim Gons

    Well…l it’s true !!
    i m not a spring chicken but your anti-ageism is sad really ..

  104. Rudra,

    That's a brilliant, complex and completely unintelligible reply. I have no idea what you mean. Please don't flatter me with being cunning. It won't get you anywhere :)

    The LTTE diaspora contributions are easy to spot. Concentration Camps, Monsoon Genocides, Silent Genocides, Housing Genocides, Land Genocides and other variations of Genocides, 10 million dead Tamil civilians, Tamil homelands (but never addressing whether Dehiwela & Wellawatte are also Tamil homelands), Buddhist statues being used as landmines (huh?) etc, but never once admitting to the LTTE's own massive culpability in wholesale murder against Tamil civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Oh, and discovering HR as a burning issue during and after the deserved decapitation and crushing of the LTTE. I don't know about the destiny of my arguments, but we can all agree on the destiny of separatist, race-based Tamil politics. It has no destiny and reached a dead-end in May 2009.

    The LTTE diaspora appear still not to understand this. Oh well… In other news, SL govt has blacklisted members of the Transsexual Government of Tamil Eelam from coming to SL. There goes another plan, up in smoke. http://tinyurl.com/39tk2ju

  105. Rudra,

    That's a brilliant, complex and completely unintelligible reply. I have no idea what you mean. Please don't flatter me with being cunning. It won't get you anywhere :)

    The LTTE diaspora contributions are easy to spot. Concentration Camps, Monsoon Genocides, Silent Genocides, Housing Genocides, Land Genocides and other variations of Genocides, 10 million dead Tamil civilians, Tamil homelands (but never addressing whether Dehiwela & Wellawatte are also Tamil homelands), Buddhist statues being used as landmines (huh?) etc, but never once admitting to the LTTE's own massive culpability in wholesale murder against Tamil civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Oh, and discovering HR as a burning issue during and after the deserved decapitation and crushing of the LTTE. I don't know about the destiny of my arguments, but we can all agree on the destiny of separatist, race-based Tamil politics. It has no destiny and reached a dead-end in May 2009.

    The LTTE diaspora appear still not to understand this. Oh well… In other news, SL govt has blacklisted members of the Transsexual Government of Tamil Eelam from coming to SL. There goes another plan, up in smoke. http://tinyurl.com/39tk2ju

  106. During his Thimpu powwow with the Indian Premier, President Mahinda Rajapakse promised to appoint an experts panel to study the underlying reasons for the Eelam War. Will India take this latest, somewhat nebulous, pledge seriously, despite the many preceding broken promises?

    Post-war, Delhi has little ability to push Sri Lanka towards a devolution-based political solution. That incapacity, coupled with a need to prevent an even closer association between Colombo and Beijing (and Islamabad), may have compelled Delhi to clutch at this latest Rajapakse charade as a welcome face-saver.

    And charade it is. The newest Rajapakse promise was given considerable publicity in the Indian media and hardly any in the Lankan media (including in the state media). That in itself is telling. In any case, appointing commissions, committees and panels is a favourite Rajapakse method of prevarication. For instance, the IIGEP (International Independent Group of Eminent Persons), set up with much fanfare, was but a ploy to evade Indian and international pressure about human rights violations.

  107. Yes, yes i remember IIGEP !!
    Once the pressure subsided, the IIGEP was attacked by Rajapakse proxies; it eventually ceased to exist without achieving any of its stated aims. The Sisyphean labour of the APC is another case in point; whenever a concrete result emerged, the President rejected it and sent the APC back to the drawing board.

    Mahinda Rajapakse is a maestro of evasion. His handling of l’affaire Nawalapitiya starkly illustrates his eel like ability to slither out of a tight corner without conceding any real ground. Election in Nawalapitiya was marred by violence and malpractices; an avid Rajapakse worshipper was believed to be the main culprit. Once the Elections Commissioner annulled polling in the area, denial became impossible.

    Instead a concerted effort was made via well targeted leaks to the media to create the impression that the President deplored the conduct of his henchman. This impression was solidified by the appointment of a panel of lawyers to investigate the issue. The ploy worked; many believed that the Panel will name the culprit and the President will punish him by denying him a portfolio.

    Once public interest subsided, the Panel delivered a report which exonerated the culprit by finding none guilty (Are we to believe that the electoral crimes in Nawalapitiya were committed by a mysterious entity, without name or form?). The culprit was rewarded with a deputy ministership while the district leader who condemned his deeds was punished with a humiliating demotion. The fate of Sarath Amunugama, who publicly criticised the electoral antics of a Presidential pet, is also a warning to those UPFA politicos who try to maintain a vestige of autonomy and self-respect, vis-à-vis the Ruling Family. L’affaire Nawalapitiya is not just a superb exposition of the Rajapakse method and mindset; it also demonstrates that only total non-vertebrates can make it in Rajapakse ruled Sri Lanka.

  108. I’m surprised about the Indian media was sounding optimistic about the latest Rajapakse pledge ( to appoint an experts panel to study the underlying reasons for the Eelam Wars), the well informed Irida Divayina in its May 2nd issue (front page lead) announced that the regime is thinking of setting up a ‘Jana Sabha’ system (village councils) ‘to ensure that the benefits of development accrue to the people’.

    Each Grama Niladari division will have a Jana Sabha consisting of the inhabitants of the area (this would mean 14,800 councils).

    University graduates will be appointed as secretaries of these councils (a clever way of alleviating the problem of graduate unemployment).

    “The government believes that by devolving power this way, the objectives of the Mahinda Chinthana will be brought close to people.

    Once power is devolved up to the Janasabha level, further devolution will be unnecessary and the government hopes to provide the people with adequate resources and economic strength this way”

    So no devolution of powers than?

    All power in Sri Lanka belongs to King Mahinda !!

  109. Yes, we are terrified that Tin Pot Dictatorship- Sri Lanka blacklisted TGTE !!

    Yes, yes we are shaking in our boots….. Not ! ! :)

    Our eyebrows were raised, heads were scratched in consternation and foreheads wrinkled in dismay at this yet another ridiculous, laughable faux-pas by the Mahinda crooked government

    ———————————————————–

    Of course , my reply unintelligible to you .

    You don’t understand the freedom of speech because you don’t have any in Sri Lanka.

    You don’t know what you are doing or uttering.

    You are just a parrot, who don’t know any thing more than what you were taught by your Mahinda Stooges .

    You are challenging, making allegations, repeating and re-repeating and accusing me of something which I haven’t said. Whole your arguments were based on this non existent entity

    ———————————————-

    This discussion degenerated into the conceited claims fest some time ago.
    Clearly, the Sinhalese Racists were not at all used to, or comfortable with my posts , and immediately started reacting defensively. I found the whole reaction extremely revealing of the nature and extent of the prejudice and bigotry within Sri Lankan society, whether it stems from paranoia or whether it stems from just plain childhood brainwashing.

  110. Even if the President honours his promise to the Indian premier by appointing a ‘Experts Panel’ happens, it too will be nothing more than a politico-diplomatic sleight of hand, a sop to Delhi and a ploy to regain GSP+, without making any real concessions to the Tamils.

    If the President is the appointing authority, the panel can be stocked with ‘ethnic problem deniers’, rendering a concrete result endemically impossible. If it is to be an ‘all party affair’, the Rajapakses will use the UPFA nominees to delay and subvert it. Even if a concrete result does emerge, the President can reject it, as he rejected the sensible and forward looking set of proposals made by the Experts Panel of the APC (many of us, being ‘young and foolish’ – ignorant in the ways of the Rajapakses – believed in the APC then, and welcomed the Majority Report of its Experts Panel enthusiastically).

    It is illogical to expect any real devolution of power to happen under the Rajapakses. There is a symbiotic relationship between the Ruling Family and Sinhala racism .

    Sinhala racism provided the Rajapakses with an attractive mantle for their naked power agenda via patriotism.

    And by attaching themselves to the Rajapakse Juggernaut, Sinhala racists in turn gained more power and influence than they ever had, including in 1956.

  111. Had the Rajapakses tried to impose familial rule without the cover of patriotism, they would have encountered far more dissent in the South. The Rajapakse project would not have been able to achieve hegemonic status without the patriotic mantle and the patriotic mantle was a reward not for fighting the LTTE (Presidents Premadasa and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga did that) but for fighting the LTTE and Tamil nationalism in all its forms (by denying the existence of an ethnic problem and by revoking key concessions made to Tamils under Indian pressure, the Rajapakses proved their ‘patriotic’ bona fides).

    A political solution to the ethnic problem on the basis of enhanced devolution (or even the full implementation of the 13th Amendment let alone 13th Amendment plus) is impossible under Rajapakse Rule (except as a desperate survival tactic in the face of external intervention).

  112. So to summarise: Tissa’s already out on bail but unable to leave the country. Hopefully he’s visited the liberated North & East to see for himself how the Eelam nightmare ended.

    He should shortly be pardoned and will I hope resume his journalistic career. He won’t be short of topics. e.g. the stupidity of the LTTE diaspora, who funded a racist war in SL, but wouldn’t actually risk their lives to defend and secure Eelam. No, stuffing your faces with Big Macs isn’t as dangerous as front line combat against the SL Army.

    Hans N: It’s no use pretending to be a Norwegian White Master (TM). The SL Tamils were indeed one of the most “suppressed, oppressed and terrorized peoples”. Why not complete that sentence and say that they were “suppressed, oppressed and terrorized” by the LTTE, their supposed ‘sole representatives’.

    You remember the hundreds of Tamil civilians murdered by the LTTE, as they tried to escape? So, something good has happened to the Tamil civilians, only the LTTE-diaspora and their useful idiots are unable to face this fact.

    Hey Rohan and other Eelamists,

    I only wish that the SL govt was paying me! It’d enable me to buy an Elite Cubicle in Colombo 7 and employ some re-habilitated ex-LTTE cadres, who as I see are finally starting to live a life free of terror, in a united Sri Lanka. http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100509_05

    The only booms they’ll now hear are of celebratory firecrackers rather than exploding suicide vests.

  113. Reductio ad Absurdum

    Clearly you are utterly confused regarding the intricacies and depth of many comments . Please don’t try to be dishonest, because you have nothing valuable to contribute here. You are crying for the moon, because you know that that is the only way you can cover up your poverty in ideas and the only way to exist in the forum without making any valuable contribution. It is a very smart way of doing things!!!

    You are trying to narrow down the scope of the discussion for your advantage as cunningly as ever. The discussion was never limited or confined to to such a narrow strip, which you are trying to limit as you have already sensed the destiny of your arguments. You are cunningly trying to wash “your hand” from the other perspectives, sending your peers to the guillotine for your “collective sins”

    Anyway why are you deaf and blind to all of the contributions and just clinging in to one to your lies that all of us here… are LTTE diaspora Are you dishonest or too childish to understand what we say?

  114. It’s with a heavy heart Tamils observe that, Louise Arbour, who was the U.N. former Human Rights High Commissioner recently commented that, If the Sri Lanka model is now going to become the model for solving internal conflict, it’s very troublesome because the model is “keep the world out, keep the U.N. out, keep humanitarian actors out, keep your borders very tight, and do what it takes at any cost.” That’s not very good. If the civilized world believe in what it profess in the lands of freedom are true, then the same civilized world must do more than enough to serve justice to the long victimized, tormented, most unfortunate, helpless, voiceless, and hapless Tamils in Sri Lanka by holding Sri Lanka accountable for its war crimes and violation of both international humanitarian and human rights laws against it Tamil citizens in Sri Lanka

  115. Rudra,

    That’s a brilliant, complex and completely unintelligible reply. I have no idea what you mean. Please don’t flatter me with being cunning. It won’t get you anywhere :)

    The LTTE diaspora contributions are easy to spot. Concentration Camps, Monsoon Genocides, Silent Genocides, Housing Genocides, Land Genocides and other variations of Genocides, 10 million dead Tamil civilians, Tamil homelands (but never addressing whether Dehiwela & Wellawatte are also Tamil homelands), Buddhist statues being used as landmines (huh?) etc, but never once admitting to the LTTE’s own massive culpability in wholesale murder against Tamil civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Oh, and discovering HR as a burning issue during and after the deserved decapitation and crushing of the LTTE. I don’t know about the destiny of my arguments, but we can all agree on the destiny of separatist, race-based Tamil politics. It has no destiny and reached a dead-end in May 2009.

    The LTTE diaspora appear still not to understand this. Oh well… In other news, SL govt has blacklisted members of the Transsexual Government of Tamil Eelam from coming to SL. There goes another plan, up in smoke. http://tinyurl.com/39tk2ju

  116. Yes, we are terrified that Tin Pot Dictatorship- Sri Lanka blacklisted TGTE !!

    Yes, yes we are shaking in our boots….. Not ! ! :)

    Our eyebrows were raised, heads were scratched in consternation and foreheads wrinkled in dismay at this yet another ridiculous, laughable faux-pas by the Mahinda crooked government

    ———————————————————–

    Of course , my reply unintelligible to you .

    You don’t understand the freedom of speech because you don’t have any in Sri Lanka.

    You don’t know what you are doing or uttering.

    You are just a parrot, who don’t know any thing more than what you were taught by your Mahinda Stooges .

    You are challenging, making allegations, repeating and re-repeating and accusing me of something which I haven’t said. Whole your arguments were based on this non existent entity

    ———————————————-

    This discussion degenerated into the conceited claims fest some time ago.
    Clearly, the Sinhalese Racists were not at all used to, or comfortable with my posts , and immediately started reacting defensively. I found the whole reaction extremely revealing of the nature and extent of the prejudice and bigotry within Sri Lankan society, whether it stems from paranoia or whether it stems from just plain childhood brainwashing.

  117. Rudra,
    Who is this 'we' you talk of? Anyone we know? The 'tinpot dictatorship', unfortunately for you, was elected by a massive majority. Which is more than I can say for the LTTE. I realise that elections are a complicated concept to grasp, given that the LTTE was totally… er.. not elected by anyone.

    Mahinda & Co made many faux pas (and are sometimes crooked, undoubtedly), but not in how they dealt with the LTTE and its diaspora. Eelam Delenda Est and it duly was. Care to prove me wrong?

    These nasty Sinhala racists, what did they say to little old you? Did they hurt your feelings? What are you on about? I've looked at this entire thread about Tissa and can't find anything you've written other than these disjointed ramblings. Very odd. It must be the lingering after effects of losing Eelam, no?

    On a slight digression, you should attend this conference of "Tamil Studies" in Toronto. It is focused on the theme of Constructing Tamil Worlds: Circulation, Marginality and Plurality.

    Never let it be said that the Tamil diaspora lack a sense of humor. What exactly is a 'Tamil World'. Is it different from what the rest of humanity experiences? Is the air more pure? More 'Tamil'? My favourite session's called "The Nation Imagined in Transnational Space."

    This sort of stuff is truly beyond parody. http://tamilstudiesconference.ca/

    Anyway, back to Tissa and apologies. I wait patiently for Jim to explain AI's theology of infallibility and whether we can expect any acts of contrition or apologies from AI for any mistakes that they may have made. Unless of course, AI never make any mistakes. Obviously.

  118. Rudra,
    Who is this 'we' you talk of? Anyone we know? The 'tinpot dictatorship', unfortunately for you, was elected by a massive majority. Which is more than I can say for the LTTE. I realise that elections are a complicated concept to grasp, given that the LTTE was totally… er.. not elected by anyone.

    Mahinda & Co made many faux pas (and are sometimes crooked, undoubtedly), but not in how they dealt with the LTTE and its diaspora. Eelam Delenda Est and it duly was. Care to prove me wrong?

    These nasty Sinhala racists, what did they say to little old you? Did they hurt your feelings? What are you on about? I've looked at this entire thread about Tissa and can't find anything you've written other than these disjointed ramblings. Very odd. It must be the lingering after effects of losing Eelam, no?

    On a slight digression, you should attend this conference of "Tamil Studies" in Toronto. It is focused on the theme of Constructing Tamil Worlds: Circulation, Marginality and Plurality.

    Never let it be said that the Tamil diaspora lack a sense of humor. What exactly is a 'Tamil World'. Is it different from what the rest of humanity experiences? Is the air more pure? More 'Tamil'? My favourite session's called "The Nation Imagined in Transnational Space."

    This sort of stuff is truly beyond parody. http://tamilstudiesconference.ca/

    Anyway, back to Tissa and apologies. I wait patiently for Jim to explain AI's theology of infallibility and whether we can expect any acts of contrition or apologies from AI for any mistakes that they may have made. Unless of course, AI never make any mistakes. Obviously.

  119. Rudra,
    Who is this 'we' you talk of? Anyone we know? The 'tinpot dictatorship', unfortunately for you, was elected by a massive majority. Which is more than I can say for the LTTE. I realise that elections are a complicated concept to grasp, given that the LTTE was totally… er.. not elected by anyone.

    Mahinda & Co made many faux pas (and are sometimes crooked, undoubtedly), but not in how they dealt with the LTTE and its diaspora. Eelam Delenda Est and it duly was. Care to prove me wrong?

    These nasty Sinhala racists, what did they say to little old you? Did they hurt your feelings? What are you on about? I've looked at this entire thread about Tissa and can't find anything you've written other than these disjointed ramblings. Very odd. It must be the lingering after effects of losing Eelam, no?

    On a slight digression, you should attend this conference of "Tamil Studies" in Toronto. It is focused on the theme of Constructing Tamil Worlds: Circulation, Marginality and Plurality.

    Never let it be said that the Tamil diaspora lack a sense of humor. What exactly is a 'Tamil World'. Is it different from what the rest of humanity experiences? Is the air more pure? More 'Tamil'? My favourite session's called "The Nation Imagined in Transnational Space."

    This sort of stuff is truly beyond parody. http://tamilstudiesconference.ca/

    Anyway, back to Tissa and apologies. I wait patiently for Jim to explain AI's theology of infallibility and whether we can expect any acts of contrition or apologies from AI for any mistakes that they may have made. Unless of course, AI never make any mistakes. Obviously.

  120. Impeccable Jim Gons(Jim pappa), 10th, 2010 at 4:40 am
    “Yes, we are Sinhala. The country is also Sinhala. So listen you Demala (Tamil)” President tells the Tamil people in Jaffna http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_04_03_00
    Sri lankan leders continue their atrocities with lies and deceptions with the help of some regional powers. Tamils are treated as infidels by the Sinhala Buddhist extremists.

    Still over 100,000 Tamils in the camps, but Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of Madu http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Many out of 12,000 men & women kept in vavunia, have been taken into jungle to cut trees and clear the forest in vavuniya. They are kept at least 3 miles deep in the jungle. Sinhalicisation of tamil area is the first priority for sri lanka.

    The former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka, says any war crimes committed against Tamils should be exposed and punished.

    Speaking to journalists in the parliament complex former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka said that crimes committed in the battle field or operational area, should be exposed.
    "Hiding war criminals is not patriotism," he said.
    "If anyone has committed war crimes against the Tamil youth they should be definitely punished, regardless of their status," he added.

    J.S.Tissainayagam pardon not legally ratified yet

  121. Rudra,
    Who is this ‘we’ you talk of? Anyone we know? The ‘tinpot dictatorship’, unfortunately for you, was elected by a massive majority. Which is more than I can say for the LTTE. I realise that elections are a complicated concept to grasp, given that the LTTE was totally… er.. not elected by anyone.

    Mahinda & Co made many faux pas (and are sometimes crooked, undoubtedly), but not in how they dealt with the LTTE and its diaspora. Eelam Delenda Est and it duly was. Care to prove me wrong?

    These nasty Sinhala racists, what did they say to little old you? Did they hurt your feelings? What are you on about? I’ve looked at this entire thread about Tissa and can’t find anything you’ve written other than these disjointed ramblings. Very odd. It must be the lingering after effects of losing Eelam, no?

    On a slight digression, you should attend this conference of “Tamil Studies” in Toronto. It is focused on the theme of Constructing Tamil Worlds: Circulation, Marginality and Plurality.

    Never let it be said that the Tamil diaspora lack a sense of humor. What exactly is a ‘Tamil World’. Is it different from what the rest of humanity experiences? Is the air more pure? More ‘Tamil’? My favourite session’s called “The Nation Imagined in Transnational Space.”

    This sort of stuff is truly beyond parody. http://tamilstudiesconference.ca/

    Anyway, back to Tissa and apologies. I wait patiently for Jim to explain AI’s theology of infallibility and whether we can expect any acts of contrition or apologies from AI for any mistakes that they may have made. Unless of course, AI never make any mistakes. Obviously.

  122. Impeccable Jim Gons(Jim pappa), 10th, 2010 at 4:40 am
    “Yes, we are Sinhala. The country is also Sinhala. So listen you Demala (Tamil)” President tells the Tamil people in Jaffna http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_04_03_00
    Sri lankan leders continue their atrocities with lies and deceptions with the help of some regional powers. Tamils are treated as infidels by the Sinhala Buddhist extremists.

    Still over 100,000 Tamils in the camps, but Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of Madu http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Many out of 12,000 men & women kept in vavunia, have been taken into jungle to cut trees and clear the forest in vavuniya. They are kept at least 3 miles deep in the jungle. Sinhalicisation of tamil area is the first priority for sri lanka.

    The former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka, says any war crimes committed against Tamils should be exposed and punished.

    Speaking to journalists in the parliament complex former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka said that crimes committed in the battle field or operational area, should be exposed.
    "Hiding war criminals is not patriotism," he said.
    "If anyone has committed war crimes against the Tamil youth they should be definitely punished, regardless of their status," he added.

    J.S.Tissainayagam pardon not legally ratified yet

  123. Impeccable Jim Gons(Jim pappa), 10th, 2010 at 4:40 am
    “Yes, we are Sinhala. The country is also Sinhala. So listen you Demala (Tamil)” President tells the Tamil people in Jaffna http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_04_03_00
    Sri lankan leders continue their atrocities with lies and deceptions with the help of some regional powers. Tamils are treated as infidels by the Sinhala Buddhist extremists.

    Still over 100,000 Tamils in the camps, but Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of Madu http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Many out of 12,000 men & women kept in vavunia, have been taken into jungle to cut trees and clear the forest in vavuniya. They are kept at least 3 miles deep in the jungle. Sinhalicisation of tamil area is the first priority for sri lanka.

    The former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka, says any war crimes committed against Tamils should be exposed and punished.

    Speaking to journalists in the parliament complex former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka said that crimes committed in the battle field or operational area, should be exposed.
    "Hiding war criminals is not patriotism," he said.
    "If anyone has committed war crimes against the Tamil youth they should be definitely punished, regardless of their status," he added.

    J.S.Tissainayagam pardon not legally ratified yet

  124. Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Intelligence Wing and its soldiers, is carrying out criminal activities such as abduction and killing for ransom, robbery, sexual abuse so as to create a situation where it can justify the presence of its armed forces in Jaffna peninsula to maintain law and order.

  125. 5 Tamils disappeared amid big sharks

    FIVE Tamil asylum-seekers whose boat was being monitored by Australian authorities are missing, presumed drowned, after they left their stricken vessel in the Indian Ocean in an apparent attempt to seek help.

    The men were travelling on an asylum boat carrying more than 60 people, including about 15 children, which was foundering 160 nautical miles west of the Cocos Islands.

  126. The Sri Lanka Air Force is stealing Tamil Homelands natural recourses.

    The Sri Lanka Air Force are carrying out mining and quarrying operations at a site within the High Security Zone (HSZ) in Keerimalai, in Jaffna without permits
    According to Anil Pieris, Deputy Director Mines, GSMB, no one has as yet applied for a mining licence, or requested for a quarry permit for any mining project to be carried out in Keerimalai.

    This was confirmed by GSMB Regional Office in Jaffna.

    “I have requested all parties interested in carrying out quarrying and mining activity in the area to obtain the necessary permits from the GSMB, prior to commencing work, as we need to preserve the environment and our quarries as far as possible,” said District Secretary (GA), Jaffna, K. Ganesh.

  127. SRI LANKA -Genuine or Fake

    SRI LANKA: How genuine will be the proposed Commission for Reconciliation?

    Already comments can be made about some of the names that have been published as possible commissioners in this latest commission. One is a former Attorney General who also has a long record in the Attorney General’s Department. His own past is connected to the exercise of denial on the part of the state. He has represented the Sri Lankan government before UN commissions with the specific purpose of denying everything and as a result there has not been an attempt to deal with the required openness of the issues of such great importance to the country. Also in the case of the killing of the Tamil prisoners in 1983 during the July riots, when the inquiries were undertaken he played a role which came under serious criticism.

  128. What should be looked into seriously is whether in the past they have been employed for the purpose of engaging in the exercise of denial or whether they have the credentials of being able to deal with justice in the manner that is required by the norms and standards on which truth and justice is based.

    Is this a genuine attempt to deal with the conflict and the wrongdoings that have taken place with the intention of learning the lessons and taking steps towards corrective actions? Or, will this be yet another exercise in denial and an attempt to suppress the search for truth and the possibilities of developing initiatives for dealing with the wounds suffered by society.

    One way of looking into the question of credibility would be to go into the past experiences and apply the test of learning from these experiences. It has been pointed out almost universally by local sources as well as by international opinion that the attempts made so far by the Sri Lankan governments under the titles of ‘commissions’ did not have the genuine intention of achieving those aims. In fact, the experience is that these commissions were attempts at evasion and exercises in denial.

  129. Impeccable Jim Gons(Jim pappa), 10th, 2010 at 4:40 am
    “Yes, we are Sinhala. The country is also Sinhala. So listen you Demala (Tamil)” President tells the Tamil people in Jaffna
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_04_03_003.html
    Sri lankan leders continue their atrocities with lies and deceptions with the help of some regional powers. Tamils are treated as infidels by the Sinhala Buddhist extremists.

    Still over 100,000 Tamils in the camps, but Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of Madu
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31726
    Many out of 12,000 men & women kept in vavunia, have been taken into jungle to cut trees and clear the forest in vavuniya. They are kept at least 3 miles deep in the jungle. Sinhalicisation of tamil area is the first priority for sri lanka.

    The former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka, says any war crimes committed against Tamils should be exposed and punished.

    Speaking to journalists in the parliament complex former Sri Lankan military chief, General Sarath Fonseka said that crimes committed in the battle field or operational area, should be exposed.
    “Hiding war criminals is not patriotism,” he said.
    “If anyone has committed war crimes against the Tamil youth they should be definitely punished, regardless of their status,” he added.

    J.S.Tissainayagam pardon not legally ratified yet

  130. Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Intelligence Wing and its soldiers, is carrying out criminal activities such as abduction and killing for ransom, robbery, sexual abuse so as to create a situation where it can justify the presence of its armed forces in Jaffna peninsula to maintain law and order.

  131. A French deminer killed in Sri Lanka
    "Dominique Morine, 55, succumbed to his injuries after an explosive device at Iranaiillupaikulam in the northern district of Vavuniya, said Nigel Robinson, program director of the FSD." http://www.infolanka.com/news/IL/1372.htm

    My sincere condolences to Mr Morine and his family. We are grateful that he risked his life to assist all the peoples of SL, regardless of their so-called ethnicity.

    Which is more than can be said for the delusional dregs of LTTE diaspora still clamouring to re-commence their absurd quest for a separate state.

    Tell us Eelamists, how many of you have volunteered to help the de-mining effort in Northern SL? You claim to care for the displaced and war-ravaged Tamils in SL, yet, do nothing to help them.

  132. Defence Minister, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has said that anyone that would seek to testify about war crimes by the Sri Lankan Government should be put to death. It’s a capital offence and it’s treason.

  133. A French deminer killed in Sri Lanka
    "Dominique Morine, 55, succumbed to his injuries after an explosive device at Iranaiillupaikulam in the northern district of Vavuniya, said Nigel Robinson, program director of the FSD." http://www.infolanka.com/news/IL/1372.htm

    My sincere condolences to Mr Morine and his family. We are grateful that he risked his life to assist all the peoples of SL, regardless of their so-called ethnicity.

    Which is more than can be said for the delusional dregs of LTTE diaspora still clamouring to re-commence their absurd quest for a separate state.

    Tell us Eelamists, how many of you have volunteered to help the de-mining effort in Northern SL? You claim to care for the displaced and war-ravaged Tamils in SL, yet, do nothing to help them.

  134. A French deminer killed in Sri Lanka
    "Dominique Morine, 55, succumbed to his injuries after an explosive device at Iranaiillupaikulam in the northern district of Vavuniya, said Nigel Robinson, program director of the FSD." http://www.infolanka.com/news/IL/1372.htm

    My sincere condolences to Mr Morine and his family. We are grateful that he risked his life to assist all the peoples of SL, regardless of their so-called ethnicity.

    Which is more than can be said for the delusional dregs of LTTE diaspora still clamouring to re-commence their absurd quest for a separate state.

    Tell us Eelamists, how many of you have volunteered to help the de-mining effort in Northern SL? You claim to care for the displaced and war-ravaged Tamils in SL, yet, do nothing to help them.

  135. Reductio ad Absurdum

    Tamils did not choose secessionism as the sole solution to the Sinhala problem which was imposed on them by pogroms 1956,1958.
    Throughout the 1960s, the Tamil nprotests and Sri Lankan state repression against protests. Sinhala Only Act which restricted the fair use of Tamil in the country. In 1971, the policy of standardization that was implemented against theTamil community

  136. Sri Lanka is now internationally recognized as one of the most horrific sites of genocide in human history.

    A former UN official, Gordon Wise who worked in Sri Lanka with detail knowledge says close to 40,000 Tamil civilians have been slaughtered and tens of thousands have been injured including many thousands of children in the final days of the war in May last year

    . The Sri Lankan armed forces widely accused of intentionally killing civilians by targeting religious places, schools and hospitals.

    War crimes, dire violation of humanitarian and human rights laws have systematically taken place against the Tamil minority with the direct and in-direct blessing of the Sri Lankan government.

    Sri Lanka so far not demonstrated it is serious about complying with the international norms on the issues of war crimes, violation of humanitarian and human rights laws.

    Still, 100,000 Tamil civilians including thousands children are being locked up without basic needs with limited access to the aid workers and independent media by the current regime.

  137. 5 Tamils disappeared amid big sharks

    FIVE Tamil asylum-seekers whose boat was being monitored by Australian authorities are missing, presumed drowned, after they left their stricken vessel in the Indian Ocean in an apparent attempt to seek help.

    The men were travelling on an asylum boat carrying more than 60 people, including about 15 children, which was foundering 160 nautical miles west of the Cocos Islands.

  138. The Sri Lanka Air Force is stealing Tamil Homelands natural recourses.

    The Sri Lanka Air Force are carrying out mining and quarrying operations at a site within the High Security Zone (HSZ) in Keerimalai, in Jaffna without permits
    According to Anil Pieris, Deputy Director Mines, GSMB, no one has as yet applied for a mining licence, or requested for a quarry permit for any mining project to be carried out in Keerimalai.

    This was confirmed by GSMB Regional Office in Jaffna.

    “I have requested all parties interested in carrying out quarrying and mining activity in the area to obtain the necessary permits from the GSMB, prior to commencing work, as we need to preserve the environment and our quarries as far as possible,” said District Secretary (GA), Jaffna, K. Ganesh.

  139. Rudra,

    We are now in 2010 and not 1958. If you want to live in the past and keep scratching at those old wounds, you're in for a very miserable existence. Secession, separation and any concept of a separate Tamil state is dead and buried with an axe embedded in its head.

    And yet again you come out with this nonsense about 'Genocide'. Really, really laughable and rather bizarre and deeply delusional, but if it makes you happy…

  140. SRI LANKA -Genuine or Fake

    SRI LANKA: How genuine will be the proposed Commission for Reconciliation?

    Already comments can be made about some of the names that have been published as possible commissioners in this latest commission. One is a former Attorney General who also has a long record in the Attorney General’s Department. His own past is connected to the exercise of denial on the part of the state. He has represented the Sri Lankan government before UN commissions with the specific purpose of denying everything and as a result there has not been an attempt to deal with the required openness of the issues of such great importance to the country. Also in the case of the killing of the Tamil prisoners in 1983 during the July riots, when the inquiries were undertaken he played a role which came under serious criticism.

  141. What should be looked into seriously is whether in the past they have been employed for the purpose of engaging in the exercise of denial or whether they have the credentials of being able to deal with justice in the manner that is required by the norms and standards on which truth and justice is based.

    Is this a genuine attempt to deal with the conflict and the wrongdoings that have taken place with the intention of learning the lessons and taking steps towards corrective actions? Or, will this be yet another exercise in denial and an attempt to suppress the search for truth and the possibilities of developing initiatives for dealing with the wounds suffered by society.

    One way of looking into the question of credibility would be to go into the past experiences and apply the test of learning from these experiences. It has been pointed out almost universally by local sources as well as by international opinion that the attempts made so far by the Sri Lankan governments under the titles of ‘commissions’ did not have the genuine intention of achieving those aims. In fact, the experience is that these commissions were attempts at evasion and exercises in denial.

  142. Reductio ad Absurdum

    Any reconciliation should began with an accountabily.

    However, Sri Lanka’s authorities have failed seriously to investigate the allegations of abuses committed during the first months of 2009 – the endgame of the Civil War.

    The history of efforts to ensure accountability for such violations is not promising. For example, a Sri Lankan presidential commission of inquiry was established in 2006 to investigate sixteen important human-rights cases that implicated both sides); this was supplemented by an oversight body – an “International Independent Group of Eminent Persons”, headed by India’s former chief justice PN Bhagwati and including the leading Japanese professor Yozo Yokota. But the eminent-persons group quit in disappointment in March 2008, after the presidential commission was subjected to government interference; the commission failed to finish its job, and President Rajapaksa has never made public even its limited findings.

    What really laughable… are the Mahinda Rajapaksa promises:
    “strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations”, and promised that “the government will take measures” to address allegations related to violations of international humanitarian and human-rights law.”

    The Sri Lankan president declared victory in the long war on 19 May 2009.

    Almost a year on, Colombo has done nothing to fulfil its promises, and there has still been no accountability for the actions undertaken in the war.

  143. Australia crush Sri Lanka‎ !!!! :) :) :)
    A mammoth 81-run defeat upon Sri Lanka !!!!

  144. Tamils protest outside Bachchan's residence

    Members of the Tamil community staged a protest outside Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan's residence in Mumbai on Tuesday, against his proposed visit to Sri Lanka in June.

    Bachchan is due to attend the 11th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony in Colombo from June 3-5.

    Members of the Naam Tamilar party went on a hunger strike outside Bachchan's residence, and expressed their anger over the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils last year.

  145. Rudra,

    It's not going to happen, for a very simple reason. The people, countries and organisations shouting loudest for investigations are the very same bunch who supported and/or tried to save the LTTE, as it thrashed around in its death throes. Remember that cretin Milliband's trip to Colombo to push for ceasefire, in May 2009?

    Haven't you heard of geo-politics? AI, HRW and the rest of the HR circus are simply pawns. You, the LTTE supporting diaspora took a gamble, supported the LTTE's 'Final War' campaign (recall the 11 LTTE arms ships sunk by the SLN?), lost the war and now come crying for investigations?

    Synonyms for delusion include: false impression, fantasy, figment, fool's paradise, hallucination, head trip, mirage, pipe dream and self-deception.

    Take your pick.

    p.s if you want reconciliation (which is a two-way street), here's a great way to prove your bona-fides to the SL public.

    Arrange to have Adele Balasingham extradited from the UK to SL. You know, 'Aunty Adele' (the female Pied Piper of LTTE child soldiers) last seen garlanding LTTE child combatants with cyanide capsules during their induction ceremonies.

  146. Defence Minister, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has said that anyone that would seek to testify about war crimes by the Sri Lankan Government should be put to death. It’s a capital offence and it’s treason.

  147. Arul,

    That's a fantastic result for Eelam! So, you're left with having to take out your frustrations applauding SL being beaten in a sports match.

    In May 2009, United SL won the only match that counted.

    I can live with beaten at cricket by whinging Aussies.

  148. Reductio ad Absurdum

    See many of us with your mud slinging, unethical behaviour and vile propaganda stood upright with true facts.

    Can you show anything new and valuable you brought into this forum other than just jabbering?

    You filled the forum with semantics and empty words like word factories, and insulted us with jealousy and in fear of breaking down of your egos.

    Come with facts and challenge our views, prove your cases, just don’t try to get popular and cheap advantages.

  149. A French deminer killed in Sri Lanka
    Dominique Morine, 55, succumbed to his injuries after an explosive device at Iranaiillupaikulam in the northern district of Vavuniya, said Nigel Robinson, program director of the FSD.” http://www.infolanka.com/news/IL/1372.htm

    My sincere condolences to Mr Morine and his family. We are grateful that he risked his life to assist all the peoples of SL, regardless of their so-called ethnicity.

    Which is more than can be said for the delusional dregs of LTTE diaspora still clamouring to re-commence their absurd quest for a separate state.

    Tell us Eelamists, how many of you have volunteered to help the de-mining effort in Northern SL? You claim to care for the displaced and war-ravaged Tamils in SL, yet, do nothing to help them.

  150. Reductio ad Absurdum

    Tamils did not choose secessionism as the sole solution to the Sinhala problem which was imposed on them by pogroms 1956,1958.
    Throughout the 1960s, the Tamil nprotests and Sri Lankan state repression against protests. Sinhala Only Act which restricted the fair use of Tamil in the country. In 1971, the policy of standardization that was implemented against theTamil community

  151. Vannakam Arul & other Ladies,

    I didn't realise that true believers in Eelam were so easily dissuaded. I'd be delighted if you showed me any instances of me being insulting or unethical.

    Highlighting the inherent racism of Tamil Eelam is a matter of fact, not opinion. I'm scrupulously against racism in any form, whether from Tamils or Sinhalese or even AI.

    Where and at whom have I flung mud? At your ex-leader, Fat Boy VP? Guilty as charged.

    In other (Eelam) news, "The first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law, Prapaharan Thambithurai, of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C is expected to plead guilty next Tuesday (May 11)." The group raised over $10 million by"terrorizing members of the Tamil community by threatening repercussions for family back in Sri Lanka if money wasn't given."

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2

    It seems that even the soft Canadians are finally getting some courage after the LTTE's demise. What's not to like about that, unless you contributed to the 'struggle'.

    I urge AI to start an immediate campaign to flush out other LTTE fundraising terrorists living in the West. After all, they preyed upon and terrorized members of the Tamil community to gain funds for wholesale murder and mayhem.

    If that isn't a violation of Tamils' Human Rights, I'm Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  152. Sri Lanka is now internationally recognized as one of the most horrific sites of genocide in human history.

    A former UN official, Gordon Wise who worked in Sri Lanka with detail knowledge says close to 40,000 Tamil civilians have been slaughtered and tens of thousands have been injured including many thousands of children in the final days of the war in May last year

    . The Sri Lankan armed forces widely accused of intentionally killing civilians by targeting religious places, schools and hospitals.

    War crimes, dire violation of humanitarian and human rights laws have systematically taken place against the Tamil minority with the direct and in-direct blessing of the Sri Lankan government.

    Sri Lanka so far not demonstrated it is serious about complying with the international norms on the issues of war crimes, violation of humanitarian and human rights laws.

    Still, 100,000 Tamil civilians including thousands children are being locked up without basic needs with limited access to the aid workers and independent media by the current regime.

  153. Vannakam Arul & other Ladies,

    I didn't realise that true believers in Eelam were so easily dissuaded. I'd be delighted if you showed me any instances of me being insulting or unethical.

    Highlighting the inherent racism of Tamil Eelam is a matter of fact, not opinion. I'm scrupulously against racism in any form, whether from Tamils or Sinhalese or even AI.

    Where and at whom have I flung mud? At your ex-leader, Fat Boy VP? Guilty as charged.

    In other (Eelam) news, "The first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law, Prapaharan Thambithurai, of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C is expected to plead guilty next Tuesday (May 11)." The group raised over $10 million by"terrorizing members of the Tamil community by threatening repercussions for family back in Sri Lanka if money wasn't given."

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2

    It seems that even the soft Canadians are finally getting some courage after the LTTE's demise. What's not to like about that, unless you contributed to the 'struggle'.

    I urge AI to start an immediate campaign to flush out other LTTE fundraising terrorists living in the West. After all, they preyed upon and terrorized members of the Tamil community to gain funds for wholesale murder and mayhem.

    If that isn't a violation of Tamils' Human Rights, I'm Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  154. Vannakam Arul & other Ladies,

    I didn't realise that true believers in Eelam were so easily dissuaded. I'd be delighted if you showed me any instances of me being insulting or unethical.

    Highlighting the inherent racism of Tamil Eelam is a matter of fact, not opinion. I'm scrupulously against racism in any form, whether from Tamils or Sinhalese or even AI.

    Where and at whom have I flung mud? At your ex-leader, Fat Boy VP? Guilty as charged.

    In other (Eelam) news, "The first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law, Prapaharan Thambithurai, of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C is expected to plead guilty next Tuesday (May 11)." The group raised over $10 million by"terrorizing members of the Tamil community by threatening repercussions for family back in Sri Lanka if money wasn't given."

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2

    It seems that even the soft Canadians are finally getting some courage after the LTTE's demise. What's not to like about that, unless you contributed to the 'struggle'.

    I urge AI to start an immediate campaign to flush out other LTTE fundraising terrorists living in the West. After all, they preyed upon and terrorized members of the Tamil community to gain funds for wholesale murder and mayhem.

    If that isn't a violation of Tamils' Human Rights, I'm Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  155. Rudra,

    We are now in 2010 and not 1958. If you want to live in the past and keep scratching at those old wounds, you’re in for a very miserable existence. Secession, separation and any concept of a separate Tamil state is dead and buried with an axe embedded in its head.

    And yet again you come out with this nonsense about ‘Genocide’. Really, really laughable and rather bizarre and deeply delusional, but if it makes you happy…

  156. Reductio ad Absurdum

    Any reconciliation should began with an accountabily.

    However, Sri Lanka’s authorities have failed seriously to investigate the allegations of abuses committed during the first months of 2009 – the endgame of the Civil War.

    The history of efforts to ensure accountability for such violations is not promising. For example, a Sri Lankan presidential commission of inquiry was established in 2006 to investigate sixteen important human-rights cases that implicated both sides); this was supplemented by an oversight body – an “International Independent Group of Eminent Persons”, headed by India’s former chief justice PN Bhagwati and including the leading Japanese professor Yozo Yokota. But the eminent-persons group quit in disappointment in March 2008, after the presidential commission was subjected to government interference; the commission failed to finish its job, and President Rajapaksa has never made public even its limited findings.

    What really laughable… are the Mahinda Rajapaksa promises:
    “strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations”, and promised that “the government will take measures” to address allegations related to violations of international humanitarian and human-rights law.”

    The Sri Lankan president declared victory in the long war on 19 May 2009.

    Almost a year on, Colombo has done nothing to fulfil its promises, and there has still been no accountability for the actions undertaken in the war.

  157. Australia crush Sri Lanka‎ !!!! :) :) :)
    A mammoth 81-run defeat upon Sri Lanka !!!!

  158. Tamils protest outside Bachchan’s residence

    Members of the Tamil community staged a protest outside Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s residence in Mumbai on Tuesday, against his proposed visit to Sri Lanka in June.

    Bachchan is due to attend the 11th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony in Colombo from June 3-5.

    Members of the Naam Tamilar party went on a hunger strike outside Bachchan’s residence, and expressed their anger over the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils last year.

  159. Rudra,

    It’s not going to happen, for a very simple reason. The people, countries and organisations shouting loudest for investigations are the very same bunch who supported and/or tried to save the LTTE, as it thrashed around in its death throes. Remember that cretin Milliband’s trip to Colombo to push for ceasefire, in May 2009?

    Haven’t you heard of geo-politics? AI, HRW and the rest of the HR circus are simply pawns. You, the LTTE supporting diaspora took a gamble, supported the LTTE’s ‘Final War’ campaign (recall the 11 LTTE arms ships sunk by the SLN?), lost the war and now come crying for investigations?

    Synonyms for delusion include: false impression, fantasy, figment, fool’s paradise, hallucination, head trip, mirage, pipe dream and self-deception.

    Take your pick.

    p.s if you want reconciliation (which is a two-way street), here’s a great way to prove your bona-fides to the SL public.

    Arrange to have Adele Balasingham extradited from the UK to SL. You know, ‘Aunty Adele’ (the female Pied Piper of LTTE child soldiers) last seen garlanding LTTE child combatants with cyanide capsules during their induction ceremonies.

  160. Arul,

    That’s a fantastic result for Eelam! So, you’re left with having to take out your frustrations applauding SL being beaten in a sports match.

    In May 2009, United SL won the only match that counted.

    I can live with beaten at cricket by whinging Aussies.

  161. Reductio ad Absurdum

    See many of us with your mud slinging, unethical behaviour and vile propaganda stood upright with true facts.

    Can you show anything new and valuable you brought into this forum other than just jabbering?

    You filled the forum with semantics and empty words like word factories, and insulted us with jealousy and in fear of breaking down of your egos.

    Come with facts and challenge our views, prove your cases, just don’t try to get popular and cheap advantages.

  162. Vannakam Arul & other Ladies,

    I didn’t realise that true believers in Eelam were so easily dissuaded. I’d be delighted if you showed me any instances of me being insulting or unethical.

    Highlighting the inherent racism of Tamil Eelam is a matter of fact, not opinion. I’m scrupulously against racism in any form, whether from Tamils or Sinhalese or even AI.

    Where and at whom have I flung mud? At your ex-leader, Fat Boy VP? Guilty as charged.

    In other (Eelam) news, “The first man charged under Canada’s anti-terrorism financing law, Prapaharan Thambithurai, of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C is expected to plead guilty next Tuesday (May 11).” The group raised over $10 million byterrorizing members of the Tamil community by threatening repercussions for family back in Sri Lanka if money wasn’t given.”

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/18/bc-tamil-gets-bail.html#ixzz0ne4UsSKC

    It seems that even the soft Canadians are finally getting some courage after the LTTE’s demise. What’s not to like about that, unless you contributed to the ‘struggle’.

    I urge AI to start an immediate campaign to flush out other LTTE fundraising terrorists living in the West. After all, they preyed upon and terrorized members of the Tamil community to gain funds for wholesale murder and mayhem.

    If that isn’t a violation of Tamils’ Human Rights, I’m Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  163. Arbour for independent war-crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka

    Louise Arbour, president of the NGO International Crisis Group (ICG) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "will examine these allegations [of war crimes in Sri Lanka] and make the case for an independent international inquiry as a necessary step in making Sri Lanka's tenuous and bitter peace more just and sustainable," said a note sent to the invitees for a conference on "War Crimes in Sri Lanka" to be held Monday at the premises of the event's joint sponsor, Chatham House, London.

    17th May falls on the first anniversary of the end of fighting in Sri Lanka when the Liberation Tigers' military leadership fought to death in the battle fields in Mullaitheevu shores.

    Nearly 40,000 civilians were killed during the last 5 months of fighting according a former UN spokesperson.

    Louis Arbour, President of ICG"The Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) repeatedly violated international humanitarian law during the last five months of their 30-year civil war. Although both sides committed atrocities throughout the conflict, there are credible accusations that the scale and nature of violations grew much worse from January 2009 to the government's declaration of victory in May," the note to the invitees further said.

    Arbour is intimately familiar with Sri Lanka's history, war and the human rights situation that has been deteriorating for several years.

    "Weakness of the rule of law and prevalence of impunity is alarming in Sri Lanka where critical elements for the protection of Human Rights have been undermined or compromised despite the existence of much of the necessary human rights institutional infrastructure," Arbour said in concluding her five-day mission to Sri Lanka in October 2007.

    During the same visit, highlighting the reluctance of Sri Lanka in ratifying the Rome Treaty, Arbour said, "[i]n light of the documented violations of international humanitarian law, Sri Lanka should seriously consider joining the 105 countries which have ratified the Rome Treaty creating the International Crime Court."

    A day before the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement in Sri Lanka was terminated by Colombo on the 16th January 2008, Louise Arbour, reminded the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of their obligations under international law to respect human rights. She warned that rights abuses “by any party could entail individual criminal responsibility under international criminal law, including by those in positions of command.”

    Sri Lanka's diplomatic mission to the UN, rejected Arbour’s comments as “pathetically unenforceable threats,” and added that Sri Lanka “will not be deterred by thinly veiled threats attempting to undermine the morale of its military, deter its military campaigns and save separatist terrorism from elimination.”

    Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka's war, and the conclusion of parliamentary elections in Britain, ICG's conference comes in the wake of an announcement in Sri Lanka that Rajapakse is appointing a "Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation," an attempt widely believed to be a ruse to deflect pressure from the international community for an independent investigation.

  164. The US government has welcomed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intention to establish a Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation to examine key aspects of the recently ended conflict in Sri Lanka and added that the findings of the commission should be made public.
    ————————————————————————————————————-
    IC turn a blind eye to the brutal suppression and oppression of defenceless men, women and children in the Tamil Homelands

  165. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation will ultimately report that there are no culprits.
    That's Sri Lanka!!!!! :) :) :)

  166. Unidentified men arriving in a van forcibly took away a family woman Tuesday morning as she was returning along Karaveddi Sampanthar shop area after having taken her son to school, sources in Vadamaraadchi said. The abductors had attacked the woman with the intention of killing her and dumped her among the shrubs in a deserted area in Valvai where Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers are on patrol. Meanwhile, a teenage girl student had managed to escape from abductors with injuries Tuesday in Point Pedro in Vadamaraadchi while some men had tried to abduct a young woman in front of Jaffna Teaching Hospital as she was coming out of the hospital after treatment, sources in Jaffna said.

    Jaffna peninsula people are gripped in shock and fear of continuing abductions, killings and sexual abuse of women alleged to be carried out by paramilitary men collaborating with Sri Lanka Military Intelligence wing, the sources added.

    The woman left among the shrubs in Valvai is identified as S. Lankathevi, 37.

    Point Pedro police recovered her unconscious on being informed by someone who happened to see her dumped among the shrubs. She was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital and her condition is said to be critical.

    The girl student who had escaped in Point Pedro is Shanmgarasa Anushika, 18. She was walking along the street near Vadamaraachchi Hindu Ladies’ College when the abductors forcibly took her in their vehicle.

    Anushika was assaulted but managed to jump off the vehicle with serious injuries and was rescued by public who had gathered at the spot. She is admitted to Manthikai government hospital.

    Jaffna police arrested two suspects who had tried to abduct the young woman coming out of Jaffna Teaching Hospital Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, a boy from Jaffna suspected abducted was rescued by Vavuniyaa police Tuesday while he was wandering in the streets of Vavuniyaa.

    Police brought him to Jaffna Tuesday.

  167. I do vehemently oppose the aggressive nature of the army planting Buddha statues all over the North & East. They are completely unnecessary. Sri Lankan Army is trying to emphasize the victory !!

    The motivation he as being subjugation of our Tamil brothers and sisters , which is a reasonable suspicion from your point of view.

    I think, we are in dire circumstances, both Sinhala and Tamil communities need to take progressive action that will transform us into a society suitable for the 21st century. Unfortunately, the common response from each party is to entrench themselves in reverse racism and vilifying the “other”, which simply will not bring about this transformation. As Einstein said, “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

    I do like the example set by the US. Open racism persisted even into the 70s! But almost 40 years later, they have a black president, which is a tremendous change, whichever way you dice it.

  168. Sri Lankan constitution has a clause relating to Buddhism.

    The point is, that clause should not be given undue emphasis, because it is not a harmful clause and serves to alleviate Buddhist paranoia.

    Trying to overturn that clause will only emphasize Buddhist paranoia. The only thing is, I just can’t fathom how this Buddhist paranoia can be brought back to normalcy. No need to look far to understand this. Just think about what a runaway train the Buddhist paranoia turned out to be. Could anyone contain it once the wheels were set in motion? This Buddhist paranoia thing is similar, it has taken a life of its own.

    Instead, I think we need to pick our battles. The main thing is gradually breaking down this parochial thinking and transforming our country from a superstitious, ultra-religious, feudal society which is an inevitable result of being mired in poverty and lacking access to modern education, and gradually transforming it into a democracy where the already existing good attitudes of the Buddhists etc. are brought out and the militant nonsense phazed out. Education, healthy debate and economic development are the critical factors I believe to breaking down such attitudes.

  169. In Sri Lankan context; Politicised Buddhism, A Common Sri Lankan Identity, and Nation Building are mutually exclusive.

    A common Sri Lankan identity cannot be promoted with Buddhist prominence in Constitution; thus, a nation cannot be built.

  170. Dear Ladies of Eelam,

    I now see what you are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE.

    Nothing better illustrates why Eelam had to be crushed. We're discussing the pardoning of a journalist, press freedom etc.

    The Pro-Eelam posters infesting the AI blog don't wish to have their ideas and crimes exposed to the shining light of free enquiry. Its truly beyond irony and parody.

  171. Australia must ratify Tamil referendum results: Greens MLA

    Citing the overwhelming consensus for independence as expressed by the Australia’s Tamil Diaspora in the recent Tamil Referendum on independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, Greens Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Ms. Amanda Bresnan, who witnessed the referendum as an observer, has urged the Australian government to ratify the results, also citing the overwhelming support in similar referendums held across Europe and Canada. The referendum is “to reaffirm the political aspirations of the Tamils in the isle of Sri Lanka, that the opinion of Tamils living overseas can be used to determine the political solution to ethnic conflict, that the results be taken to governments and international bodies and that this bring about national and global solidarity amongst Tamils and bring consensus on the national question

  172. Amenda Bresnan, Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly said

    I would like to briefly mention that on Sunday, 18 April, I attended, as an observer, the ACT booth for the Tamil referendum, where Tamils living in Australia were asked to vote on whether they aspire for the formation of an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of Sri Lanka. At least 10,000 Tamils turned out for this vote. Dr Sam Pari from the Australian Tamil Congress said that, whilst the result will have little political significance, it will serve as a tool to show the world that Tamils living overseas support the cause of Tamil independence.

    The provisional results from Australia were that 99.4 per cent voted yes to the referendum. The referendum has been held successfully in other countries, including Norway, France, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. Again, in these countries more than 99 per cent voted yes and a further five countries will be conducting a referendum in the next few months. The UK government has formally recognised the result of the referendum for the UK; so it would be good to see the Australian government do the same thing for the Tamil people living in Australia.

    The referendum this year is based on the Vadukkoddai resolution, which was a landmark decision made by Tamil political parties in 1976 to reclaim their traditional homeland and exercise their right to sovereignty. What they hope to achieve through the referendum this year, obviously by showing that there is the vast majority of support amongst Tamils living overseas or independents, is to reaffirm the political aspirations of the Tamils in the isle of Sri Lanka, that the opinion of Tamils living overseas can be used to determine the political solution to ethnic conflict, that the results be taken to governments and international bodies and that this bring about national and global solidarity amongst Tamils and bring consensus on the national question.

    As I noted, I do hope that the Australian government follows in the footsteps of the UK government and officially recognises and supports the results of the referendum in Australia. I wish all the Tamil community success with further referendums that they run across the world.

  173. Dear Devotees of the Vadukkoddai Resolution,

    It appears that you still don't get it. Having referendums in Australia & EU countries about establishing 'Tamil Homelands' is not going to change the lives of Sri Lanka's Tamil citizens. Getting glowing endorsements from Amenda Bresnan, a tame White Madam from the Australian Green Party won't get you Eelam, either.

    There is no Eelam (except on the internet) and there are certainly no 'Tamil Homelands' in Sri Lanka, because the entire island belongs to all Sri Lankans, irrespective of religion, language etc.

    Here's an example: "Sweden wishes to have strong bilateral relations with Lanka – Swedish Prime Minister" http://tinyurl.com/27r68q4

    The Swedish PM does not wish to (and cannot) have strong bilateral relations with Tamil Eelam because no such state exists, other than in the deluded imagination of the LTTE diaspora.

    In other news, Fat Boy VP's ailing mother is returning to live out her days in SL, in peace. I wish her well. She must not be blamed for the bloodbath instigated by her deranged son. LTTE cemeteries and structures glorifying the failed terror movement are slowly being destroyed.

  174. The Indian government has called upon Sri Lanka to ensure effective measures to devolve power to the provinces to contain "fissiparous forces."

    Indian foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said : "Political settlement of course is not a zero-sum game. It need not and should not come at a cost of another."

    She said the 13 amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution was designed to provide considerable devolution of powers to the provinces.

    "The amendment is gained broad acceptance and has become the fulcrum around which the provincial administration revolves. There is consequently need to strengthen and empower these provinces further."

    There are some issues. So that has to be some issues like the police powers, how to implement that, land powers, how to implement that still we are working through that. And you need to have a responsible leadership in the provinces to absorb powers said Sri Lanka's Ambassador to India, Prasad Kariyawasam

  175. Arbour for independent war-crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka

    Louise Arbour, president of the NGO International Crisis Group (ICG) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, “will examine these allegations [of war crimes in Sri Lanka] and make the case for an independent international inquiry as a necessary step in making Sri Lanka’s tenuous and bitter peace more just and sustainable,” said a note sent to the invitees for a conference on “War Crimes in Sri Lanka” to be held Monday at the premises of the event’s joint sponsor, Chatham House, London.

    17th May falls on the first anniversary of the end of fighting in Sri Lanka when the Liberation Tigers’ military leadership fought to death in the battle fields in Mullaitheevu shores.

    Nearly 40,000 civilians were killed during the last 5 months of fighting according a former UN spokesperson.

    Louis Arbour, President of ICG”The Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) repeatedly violated international humanitarian law during the last five months of their 30-year civil war. Although both sides committed atrocities throughout the conflict, there are credible accusations that the scale and nature of violations grew much worse from January 2009 to the government’s declaration of victory in May,” the note to the invitees further said.

    Arbour is intimately familiar with Sri Lanka’s history, war and the human rights situation that has been deteriorating for several years.

    “Weakness of the rule of law and prevalence of impunity is alarming in Sri Lanka where critical elements for the protection of Human Rights have been undermined or compromised despite the existence of much of the necessary human rights institutional infrastructure,” Arbour said in concluding her five-day mission to Sri Lanka in October 2007.

    During the same visit, highlighting the reluctance of Sri Lanka in ratifying the Rome Treaty, Arbour said, “[i]n light of the documented violations of international humanitarian law, Sri Lanka should seriously consider joining the 105 countries which have ratified the Rome Treaty creating the International Crime Court.”

    A day before the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement in Sri Lanka was terminated by Colombo on the 16th January 2008, Louise Arbour, reminded the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of their obligations under international law to respect human rights. She warned that rights abuses “by any party could entail individual criminal responsibility under international criminal law, including by those in positions of command.”

    Sri Lanka’s diplomatic mission to the UN, rejected Arbour’s comments as “pathetically unenforceable threats,” and added that Sri Lanka “will not be deterred by thinly veiled threats attempting to undermine the morale of its military, deter its military campaigns and save separatist terrorism from elimination.”

    Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s war, and the conclusion of parliamentary elections in Britain, ICG’s conference comes in the wake of an announcement in Sri Lanka that Rajapakse is appointing a “Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation,” an attempt widely believed to be a ruse to deflect pressure from the international community for an independent investigation.

  176. Oh My GOD !!! Where do I start ???????????????

    If poor Thissanayagam reads this forum, he will commit suicide – what rubbish is posted on a forum that is meant to discuss about Thissa – but I see that all is fine by the AI, hence, I trust that this forum is also meant for gibberish apart from comments on Thissa.

    Anyways, I saw several comments by Rudra and a few others asking Riductio as to what positive and important arguments or comments he had brought to this forum – I seriously like to tell them to check out their own comments on a web post meant to discuss Thissa. Do you still feel that anyone has discussed rubbish here but you ???

    I also had a few questions asked from me – let me go to them – sorry if I'd miss, ask again and you shall get it left, right and center (though you seem to not have a center, anyways, )

    Velipulli (is it) about 100,000 in IDP camps – re-visit your source of information or change it – it has reduced to 35,000 as at now. If the people do not have houses to return to as they were used by the so called liberators of Tamils for bunkers and in the process destroyed, what do u expect ?? I trust that you were read a lot of fairy tales when you were small to think that Mahinda & Co has a Magic Lamp like Aladdin to create houses with a rub on it over night. can you please tell me of another government anywhere in the world who provides raw material and build houses to innocent civilians who got caught to war ??? I wouldn't know of any other government than the Sri Lankan government – thank them for not telling these innocent people to fetch them selves…. After all, you who cough for money to the LTTE are also responsible for them being in this condition.

    Hans – my lovely Hans – What I meant was that in Sri Lanka, even a 90 year old grandpa would know what's happening around since they get enough and more information flowing from credible sources. Hence, if you do not get proper information, I will have to assume that you are still stuck in the 1930's pre WW2 era. It def. looks so. I am not forgetting the fact that I my self am not the same as I was 10 -20 years ago and also that I would not be the same in another 10-20 years to the future. I also have my beloved grandfather whom I would never joke on for age – the joke is on you – I ridiculed your lack of knowledge and not your age – sorry if you got offended for the latter, but that then again shows your capability to understand, hence level of IQ. Sorry for that too.

    ROHAN – My long lasting friend – it's been more than a year that you have been writing rubbish on this site and me replying to you to go unanswered to the questions I post to you. Anyways, your post on what MR told in Jaffna is absolute Rubbish and you have lost credibility your self for any of us to believe a single word you say. If it had happened, there would have been a huge international cry and our good friend Jim MD and his new found love Juliette will dance naked in the rain and go to town with such comment – so sorry that even they have not found evidence to prove it – so there goes your argument to the dust bin !!!

    It is also funny when a mentally sick person like Arul who has showcased his immaturity by bringing in a cricket match in to this forum say "Mud Slinging and unethical behaviour" – I mean I can laugh so hard I am scared that I would shit in my pants – You mean to say that talking of a cricket match in a forum meant for Thissa is ethical behaviour ??? – LOL As for mud slinging, it is you who do that to the GOSL, not us… we are defending a legitimate democratically elected entity while you try to reincarnate a branded terrorist organization – so go think for your sick self as to what's right !

  177. The US government has welcomed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intention to establish a Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation to examine key aspects of the recently ended conflict in Sri Lanka and added that the findings of the commission should be made public.
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    IC turn a blind eye to the brutal suppression and oppression of defenceless men, women and children in the Tamil Homelands

  178. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation will ultimately report that there are no culprits.
    That’s Sri Lanka!!!!! :) :) :)

  179. Dear Devotees of the Vadukkoddai Resolution,

    It appears that you still don't get it. Having referendums in Australia & EU countries about establishing 'Tamil Homelands' is not going to change the lives of Sri Lanka's Tamil citizens. Getting glowing endorsements from Amenda Bresnan, a tame White Madam from the Australian Green Party won't get you Eelam, either.

    There is no Eelam (except on the internet) and there are certainly no 'Tamil Homelands' in Sri Lanka, because the entire island belongs to all Sri Lankans, irrespective of religion, language etc.

    Here's an example: "Sweden wishes to have strong bilateral relations with Lanka – Swedish Prime Minister" http://tinyurl.com/27r68q4

    The Swedish PM does not wish to (and cannot) have strong bilateral relations with Tamil Eelam because no such state exists, other than in the deluded imagination of the LTTE diaspora.

    In other news, Fat Boy VP's ailing mother is returning to live out her days in SL, in peace. I wish her well. She must not be blamed for the bloodbath instigated by her deranged son. LTTE cemeteries and structures glorifying the failed terror movement are slowly being destroyed.

  180. Dear Devotees of the Vadukkoddai Resolution,

    It appears that you still don't get it. Having referendums in Australia & EU countries about establishing 'Tamil Homelands' is not going to change the lives of Sri Lanka's Tamil citizens. Getting glowing endorsements from Amenda Bresnan, a tame White Madam from the Australian Green Party won't get you Eelam, either.

    There is no Eelam (except on the internet) and there are certainly no 'Tamil Homelands' in Sri Lanka, because the entire island belongs to all Sri Lankans, irrespective of religion, language etc.

    Here's an example: "Sweden wishes to have strong bilateral relations with Lanka – Swedish Prime Minister" http://tinyurl.com/27r68q4

    The Swedish PM does not wish to (and cannot) have strong bilateral relations with Tamil Eelam because no such state exists, other than in the deluded imagination of the LTTE diaspora.

    In other news, Fat Boy VP's ailing mother is returning to live out her days in SL, in peace. I wish her well. She must not be blamed for the bloodbath instigated by her deranged son. LTTE cemeteries and structures glorifying the failed terror movement are slowly being destroyed.

  181. Unidentified men arriving in a van forcibly took away a family woman Tuesday morning as she was returning along Karaveddi Sampanthar shop area after having taken her son to school, sources in Vadamaraadchi said. The abductors had attacked the woman with the intention of killing her and dumped her among the shrubs in a deserted area in Valvai where Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers are on patrol. Meanwhile, a teenage girl student had managed to escape from abductors with injuries Tuesday in Point Pedro in Vadamaraadchi while some men had tried to abduct a young woman in front of Jaffna Teaching Hospital as she was coming out of the hospital after treatment, sources in Jaffna said.

    Jaffna peninsula people are gripped in shock and fear of continuing abductions, killings and sexual abuse of women alleged to be carried out by paramilitary men collaborating with Sri Lanka Military Intelligence wing, the sources added.

    The woman left among the shrubs in Valvai is identified as S. Lankathevi, 37.

    Point Pedro police recovered her unconscious on being informed by someone who happened to see her dumped among the shrubs. She was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital and her condition is said to be critical.

    The girl student who had escaped in Point Pedro is Shanmgarasa Anushika, 18. She was walking along the street near Vadamaraachchi Hindu Ladies’ College when the abductors forcibly took her in their vehicle.

    Anushika was assaulted but managed to jump off the vehicle with serious injuries and was rescued by public who had gathered at the spot. She is admitted to Manthikai government hospital.

    Jaffna police arrested two suspects who had tried to abduct the young woman coming out of Jaffna Teaching Hospital Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, a boy from Jaffna suspected abducted was rescued by Vavuniyaa police Tuesday while he was wandering in the streets of Vavuniyaa.

    Police brought him to Jaffna Tuesday.

  182. Reductio ad Absurdum

    What the LTTE achieved militarily against all odds , and against many states, and backstabbed by India, is something to be remembered.

    VP was a great military strategis and a genius who probably did not use opportunities for negotiation ,even though one can understand his paranoia against treacherous and murderous sinhala chauvinists.

    Rajapaksa and his henchmen still continue their ethnic cleansing, looting and raping like the barbarians that we know them to be.

    Sure, some sinhalese people are probably good people.But to let the atrocities against the tamilians continue unabated even after the LTTE is gone, shows a bloodthirstiness irreconcilable with the Tamil minority.

  183. Veluppilai

    I write to you because i wonder why you waste your time jousting with Reductio ad Absurdum and others who clearly condone the savage hordes in the srilankan army?

    Do you really expect them to understand even basic notions of democracy?

    The Sinhalese need a few centuries to get there.

    There are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number.

    In NONE of those have Tamil minorities resorted to armed struggle.

    They participate fully in the democratic process and have integrated effortlessly in the mainstream.

    It is only in sri lanka, where Tamils have had to deal with an extremely backward sinhala mindset and barbarism, that Tamils had to resort to armed struggle to try to halt their extermination.

  184. I do vehemently oppose the aggressive nature of the army planting Buddha statues all over the North & East. They are completely unnecessary. Sri Lankan Army is trying to emphasize the victory !!

    The motivation he as being subjugation of our Tamil brothers and sisters , which is a reasonable suspicion from your point of view.

    I think, we are in dire circumstances, both Sinhala and Tamil communities need to take progressive action that will transform us into a society suitable for the 21st century. Unfortunately, the common response from each party is to entrench themselves in reverse racism and vilifying the “other”, which simply will not bring about this transformation. As Einstein said, “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

    I do like the example set by the US. Open racism persisted even into the 70s! But almost 40 years later, they have a black president, which is a tremendous change, whichever way you dice it.

  185. I think, Rajapakse is a tyrant and does not have to be careful and the seeds of a future conflict are growing rapidly.

    The Tamils now are leaving in open prisons in subjected daily to numerous road checks, roadblocks, checkpoints, patrols, systematic surveillance, harassment and intimidation by the Sri Lanka Army.

    The Tamils say "We lost everything we had bit by bit in this displacement and at last we became beggars. Now we are beggars."

    Clinton Anandeshan and Vishnunathan, aged sixty and sixty two respectively. They had come to North of Sri Lanka after the 1983 Black July riots from Kandy.

    Clinton has three girls and a boy. Vishnunathan had lost two sons, aged nineteen and twenty two in the final battle of the Civil War. His son in law lost his hand and the old aunt's stomach was ripped open in a shell attack.

    "From Paranthan, as other people were leaving, we too joined. It was terrible as the Sri Lanka Air Force attacks were fierce and the ground attacks were merciless. Some of our relations were killed with their little ones. Attacks were random and haphazard. We collected all our belongings including the asbestos sheets, door frames, furniture and the sacks of paddy, loaded them in a tractor and moved towards Murasumottai. We just settled there for a few months, midst heavy shelling. We put up a small hut for us only to sleep and built a bunker for safety. When it was unbearable we collected all we could take and moved towards Dharmapuram. On this journey we did not have a vehicle, so we had to take all we could on foot. The journey to Udayarakattu was very hard.

    Some of our own people, three of them died due to the tiresome, hard journey and bombardment. A few weeks there and we moved to Suvandirapuram. Every displacement reduced our traveling baggage.

    Then to Vaikkal, Vattuwal and Rettai Vaikkal (Double Canal) were the last places of our displacement. In all these places we suffered.?

    When asked:"Do you enjoy peace now"?

    "There is some kind of normalcy. We lost everything. We want the Sri Lanka government to compensate our loss. At least the Sri Lankan government must help us in self employment by income generating projects. We were not beggars but today we have been made beggars. Recently we had to come to the Catholic convent to beg for some cash to buy some food to survive. We need employment

    We, the Tamils are still struggling to live, to survive now. There are so many of our children in detention camps, some more in the IDP camps. There are armed groups and the Chavekachcheri incident (A seventeen year old boy was murdered by unknown persons) proves the point. There is continuous checkingby the armed Sri Lankan soldiers in our resettled areas day and night . Any time the military can break the door down and the Tamils are taken away, never to return. We treated like criminals. We are afraid and there is no hope for us, no future now. Then do you think we enjoy peace in freedom??

  186. Sri Lankan constitution has a clause relating to Buddhism.

    The point is, that clause should not be given undue emphasis, because it is not a harmful clause and serves to alleviate Buddhist paranoia.

    Trying to overturn that clause will only emphasize Buddhist paranoia. The only thing is, I just can’t fathom how this Buddhist paranoia can be brought back to normalcy. No need to look far to understand this. Just think about what a runaway train the Buddhist paranoia turned out to be. Could anyone contain it once the wheels were set in motion? This Buddhist paranoia thing is similar, it has taken a life of its own.

    Instead, I think we need to pick our battles. The main thing is gradually breaking down this parochial thinking and transforming our country from a superstitious, ultra-religious, feudal society which is an inevitable result of being mired in poverty and lacking access to modern education, and gradually transforming it into a democracy where the already existing good attitudes of the Buddhists etc. are brought out and the militant nonsense phazed out. Education, healthy debate and economic development are the critical factors I believe to breaking down such attitudes.

  187. Latest Wonder of Asia.. NOT :) sorry Lanka!

    Greece, a member of PIIGS and Sri Lanka!

    The budget deficit of Sri Lanka has widened to 9.8 per cent of GDP in 2009 compared to the revised target of 7.0 per cent.

    Greece’s public debt, at 113 percent of G.D.P. and Sri Lanka’s Public Debt: 82.90% of GDP 3.5% 2009 est.
    Some 30% of Greece’s economy is underground, meaning it is not taxed.
    Most of Sri Lanka's economy is underground, starting from the top.

    In a country of 10 million people, Greece, only 6 (!!!!) people filed tax returns showing in excess of 1 million euro in income.
    In Sri Lanka too you not declare tax, if needed, just bribe!

    * Srilankan Air Lines which has incurred a loss of Rs. 12.2 billion for the year 2009
    * The third is Sri Lanka electricity Board with a loss of Rs.7 billion
    * CTB has incurred a loss of Rs.5183 million
    * Sri Lanka Railways incurred a loss of Rs.4768 million in 2009
    * The loss of the Postal Department in 2009 was Rs.2472 million
    * The loss ‘Mihin Air’ incurred in 2009 was Rs.930 million.

  188. In Sri Lankan context; Politicised Buddhism, A Common Sri Lankan Identity, and Nation Building are mutually exclusive.

    A common Sri Lankan identity cannot be promoted with Buddhist prominence in Constitution; thus, a nation cannot be built.

  189. Yes, agreed !!

    Sorry Sri Lanka !!

    In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable. That is where the discussion about Sri Lanka should end, because scourge of nepotism has never left the centre stage of Lankan politics. It’s constant.

    The end result is political parties, while fighting tooth and nail to perpetrate their kinds of rule in their local strongholds, are never interested in spending time and energy to democratise their internal systems. It’s because of the fear that they might lose their grip over the family silver. Most of the political parties are nothing but private limited companies. When starting a political party has become such a profitable venture it is foolhardy on the part of the electorate to expect any kind of self-regulation and internal democracy. Most of our present day leaders are ‘state men’ rather than ‘statesmen’.

    In successful countries, "change is constant" but, of course, we only talked about "a progressive country”. Sadly, Sri Lanka is just an ‘imitation democracy’.

  190. Dear Ladies of Eelam,

    I now see what you are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the ‘Dislike’ button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE.

    Nothing better illustrates why Eelam had to be crushed. We’re discussing the pardoning of a journalist, press freedom etc.

    The Pro-Eelam posters infesting the AI blog don’t wish to have their ideas and crimes exposed to the shining light of free enquiry. Its truly beyond irony and parody.

  191. Australia must ratify Tamil referendum results: Greens MLA

    Citing the overwhelming consensus for independence as expressed by the Australia’s Tamil Diaspora in the recent Tamil Referendum on independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, Greens Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Ms. Amanda Bresnan, who witnessed the referendum as an observer, has urged the Australian government to ratify the results, also citing the overwhelming support in similar referendums held across Europe and Canada. The referendum is “to reaffirm the political aspirations of the Tamils in the isle of Sri Lanka, that the opinion of Tamils living overseas can be used to determine the political solution to ethnic conflict, that the results be taken to governments and international bodies and that this bring about national and global solidarity amongst Tamils and bring consensus on the national question

  192. Amenda Bresnan, Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly said

    I would like to briefly mention that on Sunday, 18 April, I attended, as an observer, the ACT booth for the Tamil referendum, where Tamils living in Australia were asked to vote on whether they aspire for the formation of an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of Sri Lanka. At least 10,000 Tamils turned out for this vote. Dr Sam Pari from the Australian Tamil Congress said that, whilst the result will have little political significance, it will serve as a tool to show the world that Tamils living overseas support the cause of Tamil independence.

    The provisional results from Australia were that 99.4 per cent voted yes to the referendum. The referendum has been held successfully in other countries, including Norway, France, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. Again, in these countries more than 99 per cent voted yes and a further five countries will be conducting a referendum in the next few months. The UK government has formally recognised the result of the referendum for the UK; so it would be good to see the Australian government do the same thing for the Tamil people living in Australia.

    The referendum this year is based on the Vadukkoddai resolution, which was a landmark decision made by Tamil political parties in 1976 to reclaim their traditional homeland and exercise their right to sovereignty. What they hope to achieve through the referendum this year, obviously by showing that there is the vast majority of support amongst Tamils living overseas or independents, is to reaffirm the political aspirations of the Tamils in the isle of Sri Lanka, that the opinion of Tamils living overseas can be used to determine the political solution to ethnic conflict, that the results be taken to governments and international bodies and that this bring about national and global solidarity amongst Tamils and bring consensus on the national question.

    As I noted, I do hope that the Australian government follows in the footsteps of the UK government and officially recognises and supports the results of the referendum in Australia. I wish all the Tamil community success with further referendums that they run across the world.

  193. The Indian government has called upon Sri Lanka to ensure effective measures to devolve power to the provinces to contain “fissiparous forces.”

    Indian foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said : “Political settlement of course is not a zero-sum game. It need not and should not come at a cost of another.”

    She said the 13 amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution was designed to provide considerable devolution of powers to the provinces.

    “The amendment is gained broad acceptance and has become the fulcrum around which the provincial administration revolves. There is consequently need to strengthen and empower these provinces further.”

    There are some issues. So that has to be some issues like the police powers, how to implement that, land powers, how to implement that still we are working through that. And you need to have a responsible leadership in the provinces to absorb powers said Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to India, Prasad Kariyawasam

  194. Sin hella have been killing Tamils over 61 years, now shark also take part of it. Austraulia ignore the Humanity.
    FIVE Sri Lankan asylum seekers who swam for help after their Australia-bound boat ran out of fuel and food hundreds of kilometres off the coast may have been eaten by sharks.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/five-sri-lankans-l

  195. Oh My GOD !!! Where do I start ???????????????

    If poor Thissanayagam reads this forum, he will commit suicide – what rubbish is posted on a forum that is meant to discuss about Thissa – but I see that all is fine by the AI, hence, I trust that this forum is also meant for gibberish apart from comments on Thissa.

    Anyways, I saw several comments by Rudra and a few others asking Riductio as to what positive and important arguments or comments he had brought to this forum – I seriously like to tell them to check out their own comments on a web post meant to discuss Thissa. Do you still feel that anyone has discussed rubbish here but you ???

    I also had a few questions asked from me – let me go to them – sorry if I’d miss, ask again and you shall get it left, right and center (though you seem to not have a center, anyways, )

    Velipulli (is it) about 100,000 in IDP camps – re-visit your source of information or change it – it has reduced to 35,000 as at now. If the people do not have houses to return to as they were used by the so called liberators of Tamils for bunkers and in the process destroyed, what do u expect ?? I trust that you were read a lot of fairy tales when you were small to think that Mahinda & Co has a Magic Lamp like Aladdin to create houses with a rub on it over night. can you please tell me of another government anywhere in the world who provides raw material and build houses to innocent civilians who got caught to war ??? I wouldn’t know of any other government than the Sri Lankan government – thank them for not telling these innocent people to fetch them selves…. After all, you who cough for money to the LTTE are also responsible for them being in this condition.

    Hans – my lovely Hans – What I meant was that in Sri Lanka, even a 90 year old grandpa would know what’s happening around since they get enough and more information flowing from credible sources. Hence, if you do not get proper information, I will have to assume that you are still stuck in the 1930′s pre WW2 era. It def. looks so. I am not forgetting the fact that I my self am not the same as I was 10 -20 years ago and also that I would not be the same in another 10-20 years to the future. I also have my beloved grandfather whom I would never joke on for age – the joke is on you – I ridiculed your lack of knowledge and not your age – sorry if you got offended for the latter, but that then again shows your capability to understand, hence level of IQ. Sorry for that too.

    ROHAN – My long lasting friend – it’s been more than a year that you have been writing rubbish on this site and me replying to you to go unanswered to the questions I post to you. Anyways, your post on what MR told in Jaffna is absolute Rubbish and you have lost credibility your self for any of us to believe a single word you say. If it had happened, there would have been a huge international cry and our good friend Jim MD and his new found love Juliette will dance naked in the rain and go to town with such comment – so sorry that even they have not found evidence to prove it – so there goes your argument to the dust bin !!!

    It is also funny when a mentally sick person like Arul who has showcased his immaturity by bringing in a cricket match in to this forum say “Mud Slinging and unethical behaviour” – I mean I can laugh so hard I am scared that I would shit in my pants – You mean to say that talking of a cricket match in a forum meant for Thissa is ethical behaviour ??? – LOL As for mud slinging, it is you who do that to the GOSL, not us… we are defending a legitimate democratically elected entity while you try to reincarnate a branded terrorist organization – so go think for your sick self as to what’s right !

  196. Dear Devotees of the Vadukkoddai Resolution,

    It appears that you still don’t get it. Having referendums in Australia & EU countries about establishing ‘Tamil Homelands’ is not going to change the lives of Sri Lanka’s Tamil citizens. Getting glowing endorsements from Amenda Bresnan, a tame White Madam from the Australian Green Party won’t get you Eelam, either.

    There is no Eelam (except on the internet) and there are certainly no ‘Tamil Homelands’ in Sri Lanka, because the entire island belongs to all Sri Lankans, irrespective of religion, language etc.

    Here’s an example: “Sweden wishes to have strong bilateral relations with Lanka – Swedish Prime Minister” http://tinyurl.com/27r68q4

    The Swedish PM does not wish to (and cannot) have strong bilateral relations with Tamil Eelam because no such state exists, other than in the deluded imagination of the LTTE diaspora.

    In other news, Fat Boy VP’s ailing mother is returning to live out her days in SL, in peace. I wish her well. She must not be blamed for the bloodbath instigated by her deranged son. LTTE cemeteries and structures glorifying the failed terror movement are slowly being destroyed.

  197. Dear Superior Eelam Warriors, (that includes Vellu & Arul),

    You're still whining about India 'stabbing you in the back'? Huh? What did you expect after your Incredibly Intelligent, if Slightly Overweight Glorious Leader Fat Boy VP murdered Rajiv Gandhi?

    In other Superior Eelam news, Prapaharan Thambithurai of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C, the first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law, pleaded guilty to "providing financial services knowing that they will benefit a terrorist group, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."

    Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=3015259

    Go, Canada! Finally!

    I hope you Eelam Ladies have destroyed your cheque stubs and other evidence of having financed the LTTE.

    Arul proudly reports on this incredible Eelam fact: "there are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number."

    Is that a threat against those countries, Arul?

    I'll bet you an unused Thamilzheezha O'lignaayi'ru Viruthu Medal (The Bright Sun Award of Tamil Eelam) that the intelligence services of those countries are keeping a careful watch on the pro-Eelam sections of these incredibly useful citizens.

  198. Sin hella have been killing Tamils over 61 years, now shark also take part of it. Austraulia ignore the Humanity.
    FIVE Sri Lankan asylum seekers who swam for help after their Australia-bound boat ran out of fuel and food hundreds of kilometres off the coast may have been eaten by sharks.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/five-sri-lankans-l

  199. Sin hella have been killing Tamils over 61 years, now shark also take part of it. Austraulia ignore the Humanity.
    FIVE Sri Lankan asylum seekers who swam for help after their Australia-bound boat ran out of fuel and food hundreds of kilometres off the coast may have been eaten by sharks.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/five-sri-lankans-l

  200. Dear Superior Eelam Warriors, (that includes Vellu & Arul),

    You're still whining about India 'stabbing you in the back'? Huh? What did you expect after your Incredibly Intelligent, if Slightly Overweight Glorious Leader Fat Boy VP murdered Rajiv Gandhi?

    In other Superior Eelam news, Prapaharan Thambithurai of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C, the first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law, pleaded guilty to "providing financial services knowing that they will benefit a terrorist group, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."

    Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=3015259

    Go, Canada! Finally!

    I hope you Eelam Ladies have destroyed your cheque stubs and other evidence of having financed the LTTE.

    Arul proudly reports on this incredible Eelam fact: "there are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number."

    Is that a threat against those countries, Arul?

    I'll bet you an unused Thamilzheezha O'lignaayi'ru Viruthu Medal (The Bright Sun Award of Tamil Eelam) that the intelligence services of those countries are keeping a careful watch on the pro-Eelam sections of these incredibly useful citizens.

  201. Dear Superior Eelam Warriors, (that includes Vellu & Arul),

    You're still whining about India 'stabbing you in the back'? Huh? What did you expect after your Incredibly Intelligent, if Slightly Overweight Glorious Leader Fat Boy VP murdered Rajiv Gandhi?

    In other Superior Eelam news, Prapaharan Thambithurai of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C, the first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law, pleaded guilty to "providing financial services knowing that they will benefit a terrorist group, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."

    Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=3015259

    Go, Canada! Finally!

    I hope you Eelam Ladies have destroyed your cheque stubs and other evidence of having financed the LTTE.

    Arul proudly reports on this incredible Eelam fact: "there are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number."

    Is that a threat against those countries, Arul?

    I'll bet you an unused Thamilzheezha O'lignaayi'ru Viruthu Medal (The Bright Sun Award of Tamil Eelam) that the intelligence services of those countries are keeping a careful watch on the pro-Eelam sections of these incredibly useful citizens.

  202. Reductio ad Absurdum

    What the LTTE achieved militarily against all odds , and against many states, and backstabbed by India, is something to be remembered.

    VP was a great military strategis and a genius who probably did not use opportunities for negotiation ,even though one can understand his paranoia against treacherous and murderous sinhala chauvinists.

    Rajapaksa and his henchmen still continue their ethnic cleansing, looting and raping like the barbarians that we know them to be.

    Sure, some sinhalese people are probably good people.But to let the atrocities against the tamilians continue unabated even after the LTTE is gone, shows a bloodthirstiness irreconcilable with the Tamil minority.

  203. Veluppilai

    I write to you because i wonder why you waste your time jousting with Reductio ad Absurdum and others who clearly condone the savage hordes in the srilankan army?

    Do you really expect them to understand even basic notions of democracy?

    The Sinhalese need a few centuries to get there.

    There are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number.

    In NONE of those have Tamil minorities resorted to armed struggle.

    They participate fully in the democratic process and have integrated effortlessly in the mainstream.

    It is only in sri lanka, where Tamils have had to deal with an extremely backward sinhala mindset and barbarism, that Tamils had to resort to armed struggle to try to halt their extermination.

  204. I think, Rajapakse is a tyrant and does not have to be careful and the seeds of a future conflict are growing rapidly.

    The Tamils now are leaving in open prisons in subjected daily to numerous road checks, roadblocks, checkpoints, patrols, systematic surveillance, harassment and intimidation by the Sri Lanka Army.

    The Tamils say “We lost everything we had bit by bit in this displacement and at last we became beggars. Now we are beggars.”

    Clinton Anandeshan and Vishnunathan, aged sixty and sixty two respectively. They had come to North of Sri Lanka after the 1983 Black July riots from Kandy.

    Clinton has three girls and a boy. Vishnunathan had lost two sons, aged nineteen and twenty two in the final battle of the Civil War. His son in law lost his hand and the old aunt’s stomach was ripped open in a shell attack.

    “From Paranthan, as other people were leaving, we too joined. It was terrible as the Sri Lanka Air Force attacks were fierce and the ground attacks were merciless. Some of our relations were killed with their little ones. Attacks were random and haphazard. We collected all our belongings including the asbestos sheets, door frames, furniture and the sacks of paddy, loaded them in a tractor and moved towards Murasumottai. We just settled there for a few months, midst heavy shelling. We put up a small hut for us only to sleep and built a bunker for safety. When it was unbearable we collected all we could take and moved towards Dharmapuram. On this journey we did not have a vehicle, so we had to take all we could on foot. The journey to Udayarakattu was very hard.

    Some of our own people, three of them died due to the tiresome, hard journey and bombardment. A few weeks there and we moved to Suvandirapuram. Every displacement reduced our traveling baggage.

    Then to Vaikkal, Vattuwal and Rettai Vaikkal (Double Canal) were the last places of our displacement. In all these places we suffered.?

    When asked:”Do you enjoy peace now”?

    “There is some kind of normalcy. We lost everything. We want the Sri Lanka government to compensate our loss. At least the Sri Lankan government must help us in self employment by income generating projects. We were not beggars but today we have been made beggars. Recently we had to come to the Catholic convent to beg for some cash to buy some food to survive. We need employment

    We, the Tamils are still struggling to live, to survive now. There are so many of our children in detention camps, some more in the IDP camps. There are armed groups and the Chavekachcheri incident (A seventeen year old boy was murdered by unknown persons) proves the point. There is continuous checkingby the armed Sri Lankan soldiers in our resettled areas day and night . Any time the military can break the door down and the Tamils are taken away, never to return. We treated like criminals. We are afraid and there is no hope for us, no future now. Then do you think we enjoy peace in freedom??

  205. Latest Wonder of Asia.. NOT :) sorry Lanka!

    Greece, a member of PIIGS and Sri Lanka!

    The budget deficit of Sri Lanka has widened to 9.8 per cent of GDP in 2009 compared to the revised target of 7.0 per cent.

    Greece’s public debt, at 113 percent of G.D.P. and Sri Lanka’s Public Debt: 82.90% of GDP 3.5% 2009 est.
    Some 30% of Greece’s economy is underground, meaning it is not taxed.
    Most of Sri Lanka’s economy is underground, starting from the top.

    In a country of 10 million people, Greece, only 6 (!!!!) people filed tax returns showing in excess of 1 million euro in income.
    In Sri Lanka too you not declare tax, if needed, just bribe!

    * Srilankan Air Lines which has incurred a loss of Rs. 12.2 billion for the year 2009
    * The third is Sri Lanka electricity Board with a loss of Rs.7 billion
    * CTB has incurred a loss of Rs.5183 million
    * Sri Lanka Railways incurred a loss of Rs.4768 million in 2009
    * The loss of the Postal Department in 2009 was Rs.2472 million
    * The loss ‘Mihin Air’ incurred in 2009 was Rs.930 million.

  206. Yes, agreed !!

    Sorry Sri Lanka !!

    In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable. That is where the discussion about Sri Lanka should end, because scourge of nepotism has never left the centre stage of Lankan politics. It’s constant.

    The end result is political parties, while fighting tooth and nail to perpetrate their kinds of rule in their local strongholds, are never interested in spending time and energy to democratise their internal systems. It’s because of the fear that they might lose their grip over the family silver. Most of the political parties are nothing but private limited companies. When starting a political party has become such a profitable venture it is foolhardy on the part of the electorate to expect any kind of self-regulation and internal democracy. Most of our present day leaders are ‘state men’ rather than ‘statesmen’.

    In successful countries, “change is constant” but, of course, we only talked about “a progressive country”. Sadly, Sri Lanka is just an ‘imitation democracy’.

  207. Dear Superior Eelam Warriors, (that includes Vellu & Arul),

    You’re still whining about India ‘stabbing you in the back’? Huh? What did you expect after your Incredibly Intelligent, if Slightly Overweight Glorious Leader Fat Boy VP murdered Rajiv Gandhi?

    In other Superior Eelam news, Prapaharan Thambithurai of the Eelam Tamil Association of B.C, the first man charged under Canada’s anti-terrorism financing law, pleaded guilty to “providing financial services knowing that they will benefit a terrorist group, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”

    Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=3015259#ixzz0njsQiW46

    Go, Canada! Finally!

    I hope you Eelam Ladies have destroyed your cheque stubs and other evidence of having financed the LTTE.

    Arul proudly reports on this incredible Eelam fact: “there are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number.”

    Is that a threat against those countries, Arul?

    I’ll bet you an unused Thamilzheezha O’lignaayi’ru Viruthu Medal (The Bright Sun Award of Tamil Eelam) that the intelligence services of those countries are keeping a careful watch on the pro-Eelam sections of these incredibly useful citizens.

  208. Thanks Canadian to remember the crime against Humanity, victim of War. A year ago over 50,000 Tamils were murdered by the sri lankan Government. UN and other world leaders were watching like a Movie. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=563&amp
    More than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators attended this memorial inside Canadian Parliament.

  209. Thanks Canadian to remember the crime against Humanity, victim of War. A year ago over 50,000 Tamils were murdered by the sri lankan Government. UN and other world leaders were watching like a Movie. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=563&amp
    More than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators attended this memorial inside Canadian Parliament.

  210. Thanks Canadian to remember the crime against Humanity, victim of War. A year ago over 50,000 Tamils were murdered by the sri lankan Government. UN and other world leaders were watching like a Movie. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=563&amp
    More than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators attended this memorial inside Canadian Parliament.

  211. Several Members of Parliament from all political parties attended a memorial inside the Canadian Parliament on May 11th 2010 to remember the tens of thousands of lives lost in Sri Lanka’s war.

    Organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress, the memorial was held to mark the immense bloodshed that occurred in the last stages of the war and featured prayer services by priests of all faiths.

    In total, more than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators attended this memorial inside Canadian Parliament. Dignitaries joined in the Red Ribbon Campaign by wearing red ribbons to remember the bloodshed. Attendees placed flowers by lights in memory of the lives lost.

    At the memorial, the Canadian Tamil Congress requested that the Government of Canada call upon the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who will soon be arriving in Canada, to mandate a Commission of Inquiry into war crimes. “Canada must help ensure that those who violated the gravest of international crimes are held to account for their actions,” said Mr. Kubes Nava from the Canadian Tamil Congress.

  212. The committee of local experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa committee probing war crimes said on Wednesday it does not have the legal power to investigate alleged rights abuses.

    Sri Lanka has a long history of inquiries into rights abuses that have largely failed to hold anyone accountable.

    S.M. Samarakoon, the head of the Sri Lankan committee, said his group did not have the same statutory powers as a commission of inquiry. Analysts say the committee was appointed only as an advisory body and its investigations have not been transparent.

    Samarakoon said the committee had not yet investigated allegations about the killing of captives or combatants who had sought to surrender, or other "disappearances".

  213. Sri Lanka is facing heavy Western pressure over its human rights record

    Analysts have said Sri Lanka's failure to investigate properly such allegations could cost it an annual $150 million worth of trade concessions from the European Union that help its garment industry, Sri Lanka's top exporter.

  214. LOL @ SOME OF THE STUPID COMMENTS !!!!!!!

    velu

    What the LTTE achieved militarily against all odds , and against many states, and backstabbed by India, is something to be remembered.

    Yes indeed the cowardly strategies. to list down a few
    1. brain wash innocent and send as suicide bombers to the public – coward to come face to face.
    2. use peace talks to build bunkers, bring down weapons and recruit carders.
    3. Hide in deep underground bunkers and not even to have a meal
    4. Travel in nights even after the owls go to sleep – LOL
    Throughout you guys have been cowards and clinching on to the western powers misleading them – but now they do understand too.

    VP was a great military strategis and a genius who probably did not use opportunities for negotiation ,even though one can understand his paranoia against treacherous and murderous sinhala chauvinists.

    Killing of great Tamil leaders where you started the whole campaign by killing Alfred Doraiappa, then to Ponnambalam, Lakshman K etc ??? Strategies or cowardliness ? He did not use opportunities to negotiate, but negotiations for opportunities to kill people and build bunkers etc. – Again a Cowardly act.

    Rajapaksa and his henchmen still continue their ethnic cleansing, looting and raping like the barbarians that we know them to be.

    This only happens in your imaginary world and def. not in Sri Lanka. I wonder whether the Grandfather who raped a child of 12 years in vavunia 2 weeks ago was a Rajapakse as you say ???? Is he a Rajapaksam at least ?? presidents nephew is married to a Tamil and I don't see him killing this gal ?

    Again, a cowardly tactic used by the remaining tiger poo of trying to lye of the true situation in Sri Lanka to mislead the international public – Sadly you have succeeded with some of them with organizations having "Excellent Employees" like JIM MD with great knowledge he posses on Sri Lanka.

    Sure, some sinhalese people are probably good people.But to let the atrocities against the tamilians continue unabated even after the LTTE is gone, shows a bloodthirstiness irreconcilable with the Tamil minority.

    I wonder whom you are trying to segregate. All Sri Lankans do have good and bad people – there were a bunch of bad people who destroyed the peace of the country whom we got rid of last May 19th – Now there are only a very few whom we send to Jail as per judiciary in SL.

    Arul

    Do you really expect them to understand even basic notions of democracy?

    The Sinhalese need a few centuries to get there.

    If you are calling what LTTE had in the north Democracy that you know of, I really want you to start from pre-school again. Is killing Tamils who oppose you democracy ? Is Killing state leaders democracy ?? If you closely look at it, you will realize who is millenniums behind not only in their acts, but only in their mental development stages. I clearly see Homo Neanderthal behaviour than homo sapience behaviour – so try get a life at least now – not too late,

    There are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number.

    In NONE of those have Tamil minorities resorted to armed struggle.They participate fully in the democratic process and have integrated effortlessly in the mainstream. It is only in sri lanka, where Tamils have had to deal with an extremely backward sinhala mindset and barbarism, that Tamils had to resort to armed struggle to try to halt their extermination.

    HELLO !!!! I though you were trying to fight for a homeland ?????? This very concept is what triggered the Majority to act violently against you which you have taken on to the main stage as a reversal to show that you want a separate state because of the violence. Anyways, you are still living in the 1950 – 1980 era (though I still feel that you are mentally a Neanderthal)

    Why not try your luck in those countries and ask for a separate land to see whether the Indians, Thai, Malaysians etc that you have listed would tolerate ?? The issue was that the Sri Lankans did give you a bit of a chance to dance around as we are more compassionate people. This is what we say "Sarama issuwahama Puke Arinna enawa" or a similar English term would be "trying to put the whole body in when you allow the foot in" – Bottom line is that this was a peaceful place even up to when the English left in 1948. You messed up – now you have been given a second chance – So shut the hell up and take it – there is plenty of room here for all peace loving people immaterial of religion or race or skin colour.

  215. Arul

    My apologies for you having to bear with responses like those of Reductio ad Absurdum, Impeccable Jim Gons.

    These sinhala apologists on this forum ,are saying 'Whoever talk against Rajapaksa Gov. are terrorists supporter'

    Look beyond this racist statements and appreciate the essence of sinhala style democracy so succinctly described.

    Also please forgive the puerile triumphalism of Reductio ad Absurdum, Impeccable Jim Gons.

    Imagine that the 80% majority had to be humiliated by a rebel outfit for close to 25 years.

    This heavily outnumbered bunch ran a parallel state, with its own money, bank, and rudiments of navy and even planes.

    Now, after substantial help from Iran, India, Pakistan, China, and importantly with the defection of the second-in-command of this same small rebel army, the sinhala people finally managed to overwhelm the isolated unit.

    Arul, Let them enjoy and bask in this amazing victory.

    What undeniable heroism in shooting down even people raising white flags!

    To celebrate this feat, they generously round up civilians, set up concentration camps surrounded by barbed wire, and rape, torture and summarily murder the defenseless.

    Further, in an exemplary demonstration of democracy, the presidential rival is arrested as soon as the election is over and in a zealous anti-nepotism drive, the president limits important ministries and jobs to his siblings.

    Isn’t that sweet? :)

  216. Thanks Canadian to remember the crime against Humanity, victim of War. A year ago over 50,000 Tamils were murdered by the sri lankan Government. UN and other world leaders were watching like a Movie.
    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=563&id=5895
    More than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators attended this memorial inside Canadian Parliament.

  217. The Political Forces including the JVP, NFF JHU and a plethora of pressure groups lead by Safron clad anti people political elements continue to champion for a nation which has already lost its purpose for its existence.

    The country is not fit for purpose as its focus is and purpose is to make itself a Sinhala/Buddhist state and continue to alienate its people including Sinhala Speaking Christians.

    People should be free to live wherever they choose to make their homes.

    The only problem is the states determination to make the whole of the country a monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist state and it continue to do so with a venom since the decimation of LTTE under the guise of development.

    State sponsored colonisation amounts to land grab from the very people the state is supposed to protect.

    There cannot be and will not be a monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist state in Sri Lanka. Globalisation forces ensured the demise of LTTE so will be the monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist state.

    Had the Sinhala/Buddhist and safron clad politicians who held sway of the state realised that the country belongs to all people and the people have a shared 2,500 years history there was no need for the Sinhalese to suffer.

    It was not the Tamil people who elected the government but the Sinhalese who were enticed by the Sinhala/Buddhist politicians.

    When the Sinhala Speaking people express their collective will through ballot box they should think twice before they caste their votes.

    For they are the people who deside which way the country is going to move, forward or backwards.

    Since the, the majority Sinhala Speaking people have been repeatedly hood winked by the crooks by appealing to their cheap, narrow nationalistic senses.

    The people who voted for their leaders -Rajapakse -have never able to see beyond their noses.

  218. Yes !!

    Buddhism, in its pure sense, as practiced in our country, cannot approve this kind of Ahimsa or violence even against a cruel enemy.

    Tamils will always be second class citizens in a Buddhist Sinhalese dominated Sri Lanka.

    The decades of civil war and genocide perpetrated on Tamils by Sinhalese Buddhist Troops brought only untold anguish.

    The GoSL is a brutal regime which survives by the rule of fear – if it effectively terrorizes its own people, what do you think it’d be willing to do to its perceived enemies?

  219. Tamils have suffered in the hands of Sinhala hegemony since 1948 and this is not disputed.

    The only way forward is to ensure that Tamils, inheritors of Sri Lanka as much as the Sinhalese are given their due rights and not be treated as second class civilians as the successive governments have held them.

    The Sri Lankan government has a choice for future prosperity by conceding what is lawfully Tamil rights.

  220. Several Members of Parliament from all political parties attended a memorial inside the Canadian Parliament on May 11th 2010 to remember the tens of thousands of lives lost in Sri Lanka’s war.

    Organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress, the memorial was held to mark the immense bloodshed that occurred in the last stages of the war and featured prayer services by priests of all faiths.

    In total, more than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators attended this memorial inside Canadian Parliament. Dignitaries joined in the Red Ribbon Campaign by wearing red ribbons to remember the bloodshed. Attendees placed flowers by lights in memory of the lives lost.

    At the memorial, the Canadian Tamil Congress requested that the Government of Canada call upon the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who will soon be arriving in Canada, to mandate a Commission of Inquiry into war crimes. “Canada must help ensure that those who violated the gravest of international crimes are held to account for their actions,” said Mr. Kubes Nava from the Canadian Tamil Congress.

  221. The committee of local experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa committee probing war crimes said on Wednesday it does not have the legal power to investigate alleged rights abuses.

    Sri Lanka has a long history of inquiries into rights abuses that have largely failed to hold anyone accountable.

    S.M. Samarakoon, the head of the Sri Lankan committee, said his group did not have the same statutory powers as a commission of inquiry. Analysts say the committee was appointed only as an advisory body and its investigations have not been transparent.

    Samarakoon said the committee had not yet investigated allegations about the killing of captives or combatants who had sought to surrender, or other “disappearances”.

  222. Sri Lanka is facing heavy Western pressure over its human rights record

    Analysts have said Sri Lanka’s failure to investigate properly such allegations could cost it an annual $150 million worth of trade concessions from the European Union that help its garment industry, Sri Lanka’s top exporter.

  223. LOL @ SOME OF THE STUPID COMMENTS !!!!!!!

    velu

    What the LTTE achieved militarily against all odds , and against many states, and backstabbed by India, is something to be remembered.

    Yes indeed the cowardly strategies. to list down a few
    1. brain wash innocent and send as suicide bombers to the public – coward to come face to face.
    2. use peace talks to build bunkers, bring down weapons and recruit carders.
    3. Hide in deep underground bunkers and not even to have a meal
    4. Travel in nights even after the owls go to sleep – LOL
    Throughout you guys have been cowards and clinching on to the western powers misleading them – but now they do understand too.

    VP was a great military strategis and a genius who probably did not use opportunities for negotiation ,even though one can understand his paranoia against treacherous and murderous sinhala chauvinists.

    Killing of great Tamil leaders where you started the whole campaign by killing Alfred Doraiappa, then to Ponnambalam, Lakshman K etc ??? Strategies or cowardliness ? He did not use opportunities to negotiate, but negotiations for opportunities to kill people and build bunkers etc. – Again a Cowardly act.

    Rajapaksa and his henchmen still continue their ethnic cleansing, looting and raping like the barbarians that we know them to be.

    This only happens in your imaginary world and def. not in Sri Lanka. I wonder whether the Grandfather who raped a child of 12 years in vavunia 2 weeks ago was a Rajapakse as you say ???? Is he a Rajapaksam at least ?? presidents nephew is married to a Tamil and I don’t see him killing this gal ?

    Again, a cowardly tactic used by the remaining tiger poo of trying to lye of the true situation in Sri Lanka to mislead the international public – Sadly you have succeeded with some of them with organizations having “Excellent Employees” like JIM MD with great knowledge he posses on Sri Lanka.

    Sure, some sinhalese people are probably good people.But to let the atrocities against the tamilians continue unabated even after the LTTE is gone, shows a bloodthirstiness irreconcilable with the Tamil minority.

    I wonder whom you are trying to segregate. All Sri Lankans do have good and bad people – there were a bunch of bad people who destroyed the peace of the country whom we got rid of last May 19th – Now there are only a very few whom we send to Jail as per judiciary in SL.

    Arul

    Do you really expect them to understand even basic notions of democracy?

    The Sinhalese need a few centuries to get there.

    If you are calling what LTTE had in the north Democracy that you know of, I really want you to start from pre-school again. Is killing Tamils who oppose you democracy ? Is Killing state leaders democracy ?? If you closely look at it, you will realize who is millenniums behind not only in their acts, but only in their mental development stages. I clearly see Homo Neanderthal behaviour than homo sapience behaviour – so try get a life at least now – not too late,

    There are Tamil minorities in many nations including India, Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island, Thailand, Guyana, and South Africa. Some of these minorities are sizeable, both in proportion and in number.

    In NONE of those have Tamil minorities resorted to armed struggle.They participate fully in the democratic process and have integrated effortlessly in the mainstream. It is only in sri lanka, where Tamils have had to deal with an extremely backward sinhala mindset and barbarism, that Tamils had to resort to armed struggle to try to halt their extermination.

    HELLO !!!! I though you were trying to fight for a homeland ?????? This very concept is what triggered the Majority to act violently against you which you have taken on to the main stage as a reversal to show that you want a separate state because of the violence. Anyways, you are still living in the 1950 – 1980 era (though I still feel that you are mentally a Neanderthal)

    Why not try your luck in those countries and ask for a separate land to see whether the Indians, Thai, Malaysians etc that you have listed would tolerate ?? The issue was that the Sri Lankans did give you a bit of a chance to dance around as we are more compassionate people. This is what we say “Sarama issuwahama Puke Arinna enawa” or a similar English term would be “trying to put the whole body in when you allow the foot in” – Bottom line is that this was a peaceful place even up to when the English left in 1948. You messed up – now you have been given a second chance – So shut the hell up and take it – there is plenty of room here for all peace loving people immaterial of religion or race or skin colour.

  224. 'Behind Barbed Wires'

    Tens of thousand souls forever perished in those early months of 2009, not just on that sombre May. Our agonising cries, to the world we appealed. Our kith and kin crushed, scattered like the ash of withered leaves on their native soil. Our ebbing hopes clung to the morality of leaders and nations; we tried in vain to save them from unabated carnage.

    With unforgettable sadness, we grieve for the children of Eezham who died longing for dignity, struggling for justice, and fighting for freedom. We also remember those who languish in open prisons even today. A once self-reliant, self-sufficient and dignified Tamil nation suffers in silence behind Sri Lanka’s barbed wires.

    “Never again”, said the civilised world to genocide. But what we witnessed in Mullivaikal were not only mass atrocities against a distinct ethnic group but also an obituary for the very treaties adopted to protect the rights of all human beings – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  225. The repressive regime of Sri Lanka is using the Emergency Regulations (ER) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) as political tools of suppression for personal gain, and do not infringe upon the rights of the citizenry.

  226. Bold and brave're our people of Eelam

    Fought to be free, they rode fear of death

    Raw guts, did not stand in good stead by them

    Crawl they didn't, though bullets pierced their breath

    Oh! Gods of Mercy, cried angels with pity

    Seeing the carnage on beeches of Vanni

    Seeds of shame spilled all over humanity

    Strewn across Vanni were worlds' morality

    Hearts of steel stood our people against

    Armies of several nations of little dignity

    Blood bath of gory details ensued in silent

    Clouds above shied away on scale of violence

    Once proud people of rigour and valour

    Trounced at battle by world of dishonour

    Today Tamils languish behind barbed wire

    Heydays of Tamil honour in pitiful disarray

    Hands that fed visitors to brims of their bowels

    Hang loose on barbed wires begging for hand outs

    Rancour run deep, pain suffered hard to bear

    Despair in the air, morrows seem bleak and bare

    Land of plentiful stand idle, cracked and barren

    Seasons come and go farms see no plough on

    Ocean farers sit still by beach no fishermen to return

    Soon be straighten, we pray to Gods, this humiliation

    Homes and domes of temples remain bombed

    Humour and piety which filled'em been emptied,

    Huge bulldozers bring to ground what still stand

    Burial grounds that honour sons of soil too're desecrated

    Tamil pride bleeds, watching it hurts our soul

    Mild mannered mandarins of world see no quarrel

    Wild orchids will soon blossom on Eelam soil

    Riled kids too may once again rebel if world today fail

  227. The Tamils, what with the flight of thousands from the Paradise Isle, are now perhaps down to about 15% of the island. The majority of these live in the North and East. Therefore it follows that the number in the "South" is very, very small.

    However, those Sinhalese who are "racist" have the impression that Tamils have "taken over" certain areas in the South, particularly in Colombo, for example, Wellawatte. This is similar to the "racist" in the West who cries that people of colour (or Muslims) are swamping her or his country when, in fact, the percentage is in single figures. It is a reflection of the person's prejudice, and not a statement of fact.

    Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number. (I gather there are now more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans.)

    Secondly, their behaviour is that of conquerors – superior, demanding, arrogant, insulting, indifferent to the feelings of Tamils, contemptuous of their language, religion and way of life. They will not pay their hosts the courtesy and compliment of learning Tamil: indeed, they will not see themselves as guests but as those who now live there by right of conquest, under the protection of "their" government and army.

    Given all this, one is compelled to conclude that those who ask the above rhetorical question are being disingenuous, specious, even cynically deceitful, and contemptuous in their pretended innocence of implication and long-term (destructive) consequence.

  228. Arul

    My apologies for you having to bear with responses like those of Reductio ad Absurdum, Impeccable Jim Gons.

    These sinhala apologists on this forum ,are saying ‘Whoever talk against Rajapaksa Gov. are terrorists supporter’

    Look beyond this racist statements and appreciate the essence of sinhala style democracy so succinctly described.

    Also please forgive the puerile triumphalism of Reductio ad Absurdum, Impeccable Jim Gons.

    Imagine that the 80% majority had to be humiliated by a rebel outfit for close to 25 years.

    This heavily outnumbered bunch ran a parallel state, with its own money, bank, and rudiments of navy and even planes.

    Now, after substantial help from Iran, India, Pakistan, China, and importantly with the defection of the second-in-command of this same small rebel army, the sinhala people finally managed to overwhelm the isolated unit.

    Arul, Let them enjoy and bask in this amazing victory.

    What undeniable heroism in shooting down even people raising white flags!

    To celebrate this feat, they generously round up civilians, set up concentration camps surrounded by barbed wire, and rape, torture and summarily murder the defenseless.

    Further, in an exemplary demonstration of democracy, the presidential rival is arrested as soon as the election is over and in a zealous anti-nepotism drive, the president limits important ministries and jobs to his siblings.

    Isn’t that sweet? :)

  229. The Political Forces including the JVP, NFF JHU and a plethora of pressure groups lead by Safron clad anti people political elements continue to champion for a nation which has already lost its purpose for its existence.

    The country is not fit for purpose as its focus is and purpose is to make itself a Sinhala/Buddhist state and continue to alienate its people including Sinhala Speaking Christians.

    People should be free to live wherever they choose to make their homes.

    The only problem is the states determination to make the whole of the country a monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist state and it continue to do so with a venom since the decimation of LTTE under the guise of development.

    State sponsored colonisation amounts to land grab from the very people the state is supposed to protect.

    There cannot be and will not be a monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist state in Sri Lanka. Globalisation forces ensured the demise of LTTE so will be the monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist state.

    Had the Sinhala/Buddhist and safron clad politicians who held sway of the state realised that the country belongs to all people and the people have a shared 2,500 years history there was no need for the Sinhalese to suffer.

    It was not the Tamil people who elected the government but the Sinhalese who were enticed by the Sinhala/Buddhist politicians.

    When the Sinhala Speaking people express their collective will through ballot box they should think twice before they caste their votes.

    For they are the people who deside which way the country is going to move, forward or backwards.

    Since the, the majority Sinhala Speaking people have been repeatedly hood winked by the crooks by appealing to their cheap, narrow nationalistic senses.

    The people who voted for their leaders -Rajapakse -have never able to see beyond their noses.

  230. Yes !!

    Buddhism, in its pure sense, as practiced in our country, cannot approve this kind of Ahimsa or violence even against a cruel enemy.

    Tamils will always be second class citizens in a Buddhist Sinhalese dominated Sri Lanka.

    The decades of civil war and genocide perpetrated on Tamils by Sinhalese Buddhist Troops brought only untold anguish.

    The GoSL is a brutal regime which survives by the rule of fear – if it effectively terrorizes its own people, what do you think it’d be willing to do to its perceived enemies?

  231. Tamils have suffered in the hands of Sinhala hegemony since 1948 and this is not disputed.

    The only way forward is to ensure that Tamils, inheritors of Sri Lanka as much as the Sinhalese are given their due rights and not be treated as second class civilians as the successive governments have held them.

    The Sri Lankan government has a choice for future prosperity by conceding what is lawfully Tamil rights.

  232. ‘Behind Barbed Wires’

    Tens of thousand souls forever perished in those early months of 2009, not just on that sombre May. Our agonising cries, to the world we appealed. Our kith and kin crushed, scattered like the ash of withered leaves on their native soil. Our ebbing hopes clung to the morality of leaders and nations; we tried in vain to save them from unabated carnage.

    With unforgettable sadness, we grieve for the children of Eezham who died longing for dignity, struggling for justice, and fighting for freedom. We also remember those who languish in open prisons even today. A once self-reliant, self-sufficient and dignified Tamil nation suffers in silence behind Sri Lanka’s barbed wires.

    “Never again”, said the civilised world to genocide. But what we witnessed in Mullivaikal were not only mass atrocities against a distinct ethnic group but also an obituary for the very treaties adopted to protect the rights of all human beings – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  233. The repressive regime of Sri Lanka is using the Emergency Regulations (ER) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) as political tools of suppression for personal gain, and do not infringe upon the rights of the citizenry.

  234. Bold and brave’re our people of Eelam

    Fought to be free, they rode fear of death

    Raw guts, did not stand in good stead by them

    Crawl they didn’t, though bullets pierced their breath

    Oh! Gods of Mercy, cried angels with pity

    Seeing the carnage on beeches of Vanni

    Seeds of shame spilled all over humanity

    Strewn across Vanni were worlds’ morality

    Hearts of steel stood our people against

    Armies of several nations of little dignity

    Blood bath of gory details ensued in silent

    Clouds above shied away on scale of violence

    Once proud people of rigour and valour

    Trounced at battle by world of dishonour

    Today Tamils languish behind barbed wire

    Heydays of Tamil honour in pitiful disarray

    Hands that fed visitors to brims of their bowels

    Hang loose on barbed wires begging for hand outs

    Rancour run deep, pain suffered hard to bear

    Despair in the air, morrows seem bleak and bare

    Land of plentiful stand idle, cracked and barren

    Seasons come and go farms see no plough on

    Ocean farers sit still by beach no fishermen to return

    Soon be straighten, we pray to Gods, this humiliation

    Homes and domes of temples remain bombed

    Humour and piety which filled’em been emptied,

    Huge bulldozers bring to ground what still stand

    Burial grounds that honour sons of soil too’re desecrated

    Tamil pride bleeds, watching it hurts our soul

    Mild mannered mandarins of world see no quarrel

    Wild orchids will soon blossom on Eelam soil

    Riled kids too may once again rebel if world today fail

  235. The Tamils, what with the flight of thousands from the Paradise Isle, are now perhaps down to about 15% of the island. The majority of these live in the North and East. Therefore it follows that the number in the “South” is very, very small.

    However, those Sinhalese who are “racist” have the impression that Tamils have “taken over” certain areas in the South, particularly in Colombo, for example, Wellawatte. This is similar to the “racist” in the West who cries that people of colour (or Muslims) are swamping her or his country when, in fact, the percentage is in single figures. It is a reflection of the person’s prejudice, and not a statement of fact.

    Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number. (I gather there are now more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans.)

    Secondly, their behaviour is that of conquerors – superior, demanding, arrogant, insulting, indifferent to the feelings of Tamils, contemptuous of their language, religion and way of life. They will not pay their hosts the courtesy and compliment of learning Tamil: indeed, they will not see themselves as guests but as those who now live there by right of conquest, under the protection of “their” government and army.

    Given all this, one is compelled to conclude that those who ask the above rhetorical question are being disingenuous, specious, even cynically deceitful, and contemptuous in their pretended innocence of implication and long-term (destructive) consequence.

  236. Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lanka hunts for Tamil Tigers operating overseas Amanda Hodge, South Asia correspondent From: The Australian May 14, 2010 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
    Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these?THE Sri Lankan government has vowed to crush attempts to re-establish an international Tamil independence movement just days before a global vigil to honour those killed in the last months of the civil war.
    Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lankan military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasingha said that despite the declared victory against the Tamil Tigers on May 19 last year, separatist operations continued.

    “We have won the war in Sri Lanka but internationally the second phase of the war has started,” he said.

    The warning comes within weeks of an international poll held throughout Tamil diaspora communities to elect a de facto Tamil government in exile, known as the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

    Polls were conducted in the US, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Britain last month, and are slated to be held in Australia within weeks.

    But the Sri Lankan government has blacklisted all 272 Tamils elected.

    The threats against the Tamil diaspora sparked an appeal yesterday to the host countries of large international Tamil communities not to allow Sri Lankan diplomatic staff to harass their citizens abroad.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/sri-la

  237. Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lanka hunts for Tamil Tigers operating overseas Amanda Hodge, South Asia correspondent From: The Australian May 14, 2010 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
    Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these?THE Sri Lankan government has vowed to crush attempts to re-establish an international Tamil independence movement just days before a global vigil to honour those killed in the last months of the civil war.
    Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lankan military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasingha said that despite the declared victory against the Tamil Tigers on May 19 last year, separatist operations continued.

    “We have won the war in Sri Lanka but internationally the second phase of the war has started,” he said.

    The warning comes within weeks of an international poll held throughout Tamil diaspora communities to elect a de facto Tamil government in exile, known as the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

    Polls were conducted in the US, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Britain last month, and are slated to be held in Australia within weeks.

    But the Sri Lankan government has blacklisted all 272 Tamils elected.

    The threats against the Tamil diaspora sparked an appeal yesterday to the host countries of large international Tamil communities not to allow Sri Lankan diplomatic staff to harass their citizens abroad.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/sri-la

  238. Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lanka hunts for Tamil Tigers operating overseas Amanda Hodge, South Asia correspondent From: The Australian May 14, 2010 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
    Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these?THE Sri Lankan government has vowed to crush attempts to re-establish an international Tamil independence movement just days before a global vigil to honour those killed in the last months of the civil war.
    Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lankan military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasingha said that despite the declared victory against the Tamil Tigers on May 19 last year, separatist operations continued.

    “We have won the war in Sri Lanka but internationally the second phase of the war has started,” he said.

    The warning comes within weeks of an international poll held throughout Tamil diaspora communities to elect a de facto Tamil government in exile, known as the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

    Polls were conducted in the US, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Britain last month, and are slated to be held in Australia within weeks.

    But the Sri Lankan government has blacklisted all 272 Tamils elected.

    The threats against the Tamil diaspora sparked an appeal yesterday to the host countries of large international Tamil communities not to allow Sri Lankan diplomatic staff to harass their citizens abroad.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/sri-la

  239. Formation of a Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

    The report first provides the context in which the endeavour to form the Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam arose. The initiative for Transnational Government is rationalized on the lack of political space for the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka to articulate their political aspirations and realize their right to self-determination and exercise their sovereignty. The theoretical underpinnings of Transnationalism under the proposed Transnational Government are discussed. The task envisioned for the Transnational Government, the procedure for the formation of the Transnational Government, the guiding principles, the shape of the Transnational Assembly and benefits of direct voting are discussed. The report emphasizes the participation of youth and women. In connection with the formation of the TGTE, the report deals with the establishment of election commission, country working groups, voter’s eligibility, candidate’s eligibility and the proposed mode of operation. The report also discusses the potential for the TGTE to emerge as a power centre, its relationship to existing and emerging organizations, and the strategy to engage the international community. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship with Muslim people. The changing dynamics of the geopolitical situation in South Asia is also addressed. The report concludes with a set of guiding principles which the Advisory Committee believes should be included in the Constitution and provide direction to the TGTE.

  240. Objective of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

    (1) The situation of the Tamil people in camps and other forms of detention, and issues such as the killing, torture and rape of Tamil civilians;
    (2) The protection of the lands in the areas the Tamils have traditionally inhabited in the Northern and Eastern parts of the island of Sri Lanka, especially in terms of ownership, colonization, demographic change and militarization. Such issues include the urgent needs to address the ecology, environment and sanitation of Tamil lands;
    (3) The urgent need to protect natural and productive resources such as water resources, agricultural lands, fisheries resources, forestry and mineral deposits;
    (4) Education of Tamil children and youth;
    (5) The protection of Tamil language, culture and identity;
    (6) The urgent need to address war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide to ensure that these gross violations against the individual and community on account of Tamil ethnicity never occur again; laws are respected and the guilty are brought to justice;
    (7) The adoption of basic international documents, treaties and processes relating to human rights and humanitarian law, as well as those concerned with international cooperation as envisioned in the Charter of the United Nations;
    (8) Committing the TGTE to the establishment of a secular and democratic State with full regard to instilling communal harmony.

  241. Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lanka hunts for Tamil Tigers operating overseas Amanda Hodge, South Asia correspondent From: The Australian May 14, 2010 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
    Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these?THE Sri Lankan government has vowed to crush attempts to re-establish an international Tamil independence movement just days before a global vigil to honour those killed in the last months of the civil war.
    Authorities announced yesterday an “operation” to counter Tamil separatist groups and Tamil Tiger propaganda in diaspora communities, prompting fears of a witch-hunt against politically active Tamils abroad.

    Sri Lankan military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasingha said that despite the declared victory against the Tamil Tigers on May 19 last year, separatist operations continued.

    “We have won the war in Sri Lanka but internationally the second phase of the war has started,” he said.

    The warning comes within weeks of an international poll held throughout Tamil diaspora communities to elect a de facto Tamil government in exile, known as the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

    Polls were conducted in the US, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Britain last month, and are slated to be held in Australia within weeks.

    But the Sri Lankan government has blacklisted all 272 Tamils elected.

    The threats against the Tamil diaspora sparked an appeal yesterday to the host countries of large international Tamil communities not to allow Sri Lankan diplomatic staff to harass their citizens abroad.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/sri-lanka-hunts-for-tamil-tigers-operating-overseas/story-e6frg6so-1225866298151

  242. Dear Futile Seekers of Eelam,

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: "Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number."

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into 'their' areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can't really help with your 'Desperately Seeking Eelam' but I can offer you this, as a consolation:
    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for 'The Struggle'.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

  243. Dear Futile Seekers of Eelam,

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: "Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number."

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into 'their' areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can't really help with your 'Desperately Seeking Eelam' but I can offer you this, as a consolation:
    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for 'The Struggle'.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

  244. Dear Futile Seekers of Eelam,

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: "Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number."

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into 'their' areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can't really help with your 'Desperately Seeking Eelam' but I can offer you this, as a consolation:
    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for 'The Struggle'.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

  245. Why Prageeth Ekneliyagoda went missing ?
    He said , he was in charge of the stores where there were weapons.Some bullets which were there for use were removed and were being filled with special chemicals . When ten of these bullets are being fired, 3 or 4 of them are chemical laden bullets, he told. When I inquired from him whether the frontline soldiers are aware of this, he said, those soldiers do not know. Answering my question as to what damage such chemical bullets can cause, he replied, barriers which obstruct advance get destroyed and all those in the area meet with death. http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=953

  246. Formation of a Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

    The report first provides the context in which the endeavour to form the Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam arose. The initiative for Transnational Government is rationalized on the lack of political space for the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka to articulate their political aspirations and realize their right to self-determination and exercise their sovereignty. The theoretical underpinnings of Transnationalism under the proposed Transnational Government are discussed. The task envisioned for the Transnational Government, the procedure for the formation of the Transnational Government, the guiding principles, the shape of the Transnational Assembly and benefits of direct voting are discussed. The report emphasizes the participation of youth and women. In connection with the formation of the TGTE, the report deals with the establishment of election commission, country working groups, voter’s eligibility, candidate’s eligibility and the proposed mode of operation. The report also discusses the potential for the TGTE to emerge as a power centre, its relationship to existing and emerging organizations, and the strategy to engage the international community. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship with Muslim people. The changing dynamics of the geopolitical situation in South Asia is also addressed. The report concludes with a set of guiding principles which the Advisory Committee believes should be included in the Constitution and provide direction to the TGTE.

  247. Objective of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

    (1) The situation of the Tamil people in camps and other forms of detention, and issues such as the killing, torture and rape of Tamil civilians;
    (2) The protection of the lands in the areas the Tamils have traditionally inhabited in the Northern and Eastern parts of the island of Sri Lanka, especially in terms of ownership, colonization, demographic change and militarization. Such issues include the urgent needs to address the ecology, environment and sanitation of Tamil lands;
    (3) The urgent need to protect natural and productive resources such as water resources, agricultural lands, fisheries resources, forestry and mineral deposits;
    (4) Education of Tamil children and youth;
    (5) The protection of Tamil language, culture and identity;
    (6) The urgent need to address war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide to ensure that these gross violations against the individual and community on account of Tamil ethnicity never occur again; laws are respected and the guilty are brought to justice;
    (7) The adoption of basic international documents, treaties and processes relating to human rights and humanitarian law, as well as those concerned with international cooperation as envisioned in the Charter of the United Nations;
    (8) Committing the TGTE to the establishment of a secular and democratic State with full regard to instilling communal harmony.

  248. Why Prageeth Ekneliyagoda went missing ?
    He said , he was in charge of the stores where there were weapons.Some bullets which were there for use were removed and were being filled with special chemicals . When ten of these bullets are being fired, 3 or 4 of them are chemical laden bullets, he told. When I inquired from him whether the frontline soldiers are aware of this, he said, those soldiers do not know. Answering my question as to what damage such chemical bullets can cause, he replied, barriers which obstruct advance get destroyed and all those in the area meet with death. http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=953

  249. Why Prageeth Ekneliyagoda went missing ?
    He said , he was in charge of the stores where there were weapons.Some bullets which were there for use were removed and were being filled with special chemicals . When ten of these bullets are being fired, 3 or 4 of them are chemical laden bullets, he told. When I inquired from him whether the frontline soldiers are aware of this, he said, those soldiers do not know. Answering my question as to what damage such chemical bullets can cause, he replied, barriers which obstruct advance get destroyed and all those in the area meet with death. http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=953

  250. Dear Futile Seekers of Eelam,

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: “Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number.”

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into ‘their’ areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can’t really help with your ‘Desperately Seeking Eelam’ but I can offer you this, as a consolation:

    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_koddai_2009.jpg

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for ‘The Struggle’.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

  251. England crush Sri Lanka !!!!!!!

    In an one sided affair, England demolish Sri Lanka by 7 wickets !! :)

  252. Why Prageeth Ekneliyagoda went missing ?
    He said , he was in charge of the stores where there were weapons.Some bullets which were there for use were removed and were being filled with special chemicals . When ten of these bullets are being fired, 3 or 4 of them are chemical laden bullets, he told. When I inquired from him whether the frontline soldiers are aware of this, he said, those soldiers do not know. Answering my question as to what damage such chemical bullets can cause, he replied, barriers which obstruct advance get destroyed and all those in the area meet with death.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=9530

  253. Dear Brave Ladies of Eelam,

    I now see what you are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE. What are you afraid of? :)

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: "Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number."

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into 'their' areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can't really help with your 'Desperately Seeking Eelam' but I can offer you this, as a consolation:
    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for 'The Struggle'.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

    Arul: still no sign of cricket team from a country called Eelam.

  254. England crush Sri Lanka !!!!!!!

    In an one sided affair, England demolish Sri Lanka by 7 wickets !! :)

  255. The Tamils have been subject to mass murders, pogroms, targeted killings, torture, detention without charge, displacements and random aerial bombing for close to two decades and they have lived through it and seen it more closely than reporters. Most of such violence is unreported in the media.

  256. People who are members of a Diaspora in any particular country maintain relationship among themselves, as well as with people in their land of origin and with parts of the Diaspora in other countries.

    Their lifestyle is not confined to the borders of their host country and, indeed, they establish themselves as a transnational society.

    While complying with the laws of the host country, the transnational social space is the factor that animates their political, social and economic ties and interests.

    In effect, it is not just the Diaspora living overseas who seeks to maintain the relationship with those in the homeland.

    The Tamils remaining in the homeland also actively work to preserve the transnational relationship.

    Thus, the people of Tamil Eelam are also an active part of the transnational social space. In fact, these are two sides of the same coin.

    The Tamils’ own national politics is no longer confined to the NorthEast region, but extends into the transnational social space.

    Hence, contemporary Tamil nationalism is one that encourages multiple and transnational identities, and is diversified, inclusive, socially beneficial and based on democratic principles.

    The integration of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora is a given fact.

    Not only is there social interaction between the various Diaspora communities-–and this arises not only because families have been split- but the interaction at other levels such as the political level has been necessary to meet the continued repression of the Tamils in Sri Lanka as well as the international propaganda by the Sri Lankan state justifying such repression.

  257. Dear Brave Ladies of Eelam,

    I now see what you are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE. What are you afraid of? :)

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: "Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number."

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into 'their' areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can't really help with your 'Desperately Seeking Eelam' but I can offer you this, as a consolation:
    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for 'The Struggle'.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

    Arul: still no sign of cricket team from a country called Eelam.

  258. Dear Brave Ladies of Eelam,

    I now see what you are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE. What are you afraid of? :)

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: "Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number."

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into 'their' areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can't really help with your 'Desperately Seeking Eelam' but I can offer you this, as a consolation:
    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for 'The Struggle'.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

    Arul: still no sign of cricket team from a country called Eelam.

  259. The devolution of power requires four important inputs if it were to be the fulcrum of provincial administration. They are: unabated power for statute making, revenue generation, manpower management and deep commitment to the ‘Principle of Subsidiarity’.

    Under some circumstances the 13th Amendment to become the fulcrum of provincial administration will require many other inputs like resource redistribution, institution building, proper attitudinal enhancement, commitment for devolution etc. These have been slow in the uptake from the beginning.

    Hence I reiterate that legislation alone will not create institutional fulcrums for devolution. Many other factors contribute for success. The provision of resources, relaxations of legal constraints, creation of appropriate institutions, overall change of attitudes with genuine interest for devolution etc may help devolution than rhetoric, which we hear mostly.

    The day these change, Sri Lanka can interpolate the word ‘India’ with ‘Sri Lanka’ in the following quote made at the dialogue by Secretary Rao and be happy.

    “India's own experiment with democracy has taught us that effective devolution of powers, equal status before the constitution, equal access to opportunities and addressing of minority concerns ensure that fissiparous forces are contained and differences are addressed in an open and democratic fashion.”

    I believe these issues and factors would have been discussed at the dialogue and if so solutions too would have been recommended i.e. revisions to laws, statutes, institutions, systems, attitudinal changes etc to suit the exceptional status in the North East. Secretary Nirupama Rao may submit them soon to the government for consideration to serve the Sri Lankan devolution interests comprehensively. Let us look forward for the proposed constitutional amendments in June to understand whether Secretary Rao’s efforts and outcomes are rewarded with equal respect to prove the value for money spent on the dialogue.

  260. Prageeth during the period of the war did search for information on the use of chemical weapons by the Govt. and the LTTE .

    In the world wars ,to what extent are the use of chemical weapons allowed; Has the govt. or the LTTE exceeded its limits in the use of these chemical weapons?

    When and where did that happen?

    Pargeeth was collecting this information. In this connection , Prageeth had delivered a lecture to members of the party of Wickremabahu Karunaratne.

    He had been forwarding to me all the information he had been garnering from time to time.

    Meanwhile , the Defense Secretary had ordered the CID to summon me to the fourth floor to conduct an investigation against me regarding an article which was published in our website.

    There, I was interrogated for over 8 hours.

    When I was leaving the Police Headquarters, a Lawyer and an Army officer known to me were there to meet me.

    We call this Army officer as ‘Major Kumara’. The latter had been in Vauniya for war operations, and has been furnishing information on the war front to me.

    I came to know him through the Lawyer with whom he came to meet me. The Lawyer was appearing for a case of the Major.

    The Major had come to Colombo in connection with the case.

    After the Lawyer’s inquiries , we went to another place where I was startled by what the Major related.

    He said , he was in charge of the stores where there were weapons.

    Some bullets which were there for use were removed and were being filled with special chemicals .

    When ten of these bullets are being fired, 3 or 4 of them are chemical laden bullets, he told.

    When I inquired from him whether the frontline soldiers are aware of this, he said, those soldiers do not know.

    Answering my question as to what damage such chemical bullets can cause, he replied, barriers which obstruct advance get destroyed and all those in the area meet with death.

    I introduced Prageeth who is searching for information on chemical weapons to the Major some days later , because the Major can be useful for Pradeep in his searches

    Prageeth is not the first individual who had disappeared in Colombo.

    But, he is the first journalist of the Sinhala race to have suffered that fate.

    The era of killing journalists must have secretly headed in the direction of abduction era.

    It is this Rajapkse administration which has won a trophy for disappearances of civilians.

    If the numbers of disappearances are known , that alone is proof. In Colombo alone there had been nearly 600 disappearances.

    Then , in the whole Island , how many more could have disappeared ?

    Our Lanka e news website ahs published the names , addresses, the place of abduction etc. in detail from time to time .

    Because the 600 who disappeared are Tamils and Muslims , the Sinhala people have been made to make it a habit to say they are ‘Tigers’ or ‘ it is alright, after all it is they’.

    If there were 600 Tigers in Colombo , there should have been 24 of their platoons .

    What couldn’t they have done in the city of Colombo ?

    These are utter falsehoods.

    Many of those who disappeared are innocent youngsters..

    Where are those groups who abducted them and demanded extortions?

  261. Redcutio – Do not worry about the comments going hidden. People who actually wanna read them click on the link and read it anyway. I guess the Lord Pakir's of AI do not want the comments to be seen either.

    Anyways Reductio, I find this site and and the few jokers here with different names to be absolutely fascinating – I mean we have been writing here for what? the past 1 year or so even after being kicked out from AI for quite unknown reasons. (I say this because compared to the Terrorists comments, we actually do talk sense, we do not post links nor cut and paste and we do debate where our questions go unanswered even from AI) – I am utterly confused about the behavior of AI and saddened about the mental health of the Terrorists – after all, they are Sri Lakans and quite surprised to see that people with such low mental health levels were born in this country :( :( :( – I mean, what has a cricket match got to do with the issue in hand ? Why can't we actually debate it out and talk sense in this forum than do some cut and paste and ass worshiping AI ?? This actually shows the mental ability of the Terrorists.

    I also feel sorry for you and my self too – however much we try to make conversation, we always get stupid questions or posts – LOL. I mean, I haven't seen a single comment that at least would give a platform to start a decent conversation. All can have different opinions, but there def is at least one point we could agree and start building on – as far as Terrorists are concerned – they don't seem to even have such point of discussion – all ad-hock postings.

    This actually has triggered me to realize that the people who post here are not the educated and classy Tamil brotheren you and I know of and are friends with. These probably are the Sakkili / Kade type who would shout out down the streets and rob houses. I wonder whether it is worth talking to them ?? However, I am saddened by the fact that the AI is also silent on questions we post. I thought at least that we could have a decent conversation with a member of a reputed organization – but that thought seems to be down the drain too :( :( :(

  262. Reductio ad Absurdum

    My God!

    What a reply !

    I can’t stop laughing! :)

    Everyone can see here…. how narrow-minded man you are !!!

    What is more salient is …that you are not ashamed to say these in public forums… so much ignorance. !!!

    …… lajja nethnum karanna beri deyak ne….

  263. Impeccable Jim Gons

    I did not mean to hurt or pass judgement on you and whether or not you agree with my views is of little consequence in this forum.

    I was merely stating the fact that your arguments bore little -if any- substance for intellectual reflection and i have not seen anything that made me change my mind about your racist attitude towards Pro-Tamils.

  264. Nayagam

    Very good observations ! I think so too !!

    There is a saying -“You can argue with a thousand wise men, but not with a single fool.”

  265. Nayagam

    It seems to me, that Impeccable Jim Gons is scratching Reductio ad Absurdum’s back.

    They are both blind with prejudice.

    They are also determined not to be convinced by anything and anybody.

  266. Sinhalese military-run internment camps.

    The UN, INGOS and other relief organizations and journalists have been barred from free access to these internment camps.

    These civilians are imprisoned as a collective punishment solely on account of their Tamil nationality.

    The conditions are dire in the camps.

    The UK’s Channel 4 News reported that “shocking claims have emerged, shortages of food and water, dead bodies left where they have fallen, women separated from their families and even sexual abuse.

    Though a substantial number of people were allowed to go ‘free’ from the internment camps in the last wew weeks following internal and external pressures, those released have been living under constant fear and without the basic facilities for human existence.

    They have not been meaningfully resettled or permitted to return to their original homes.

    Those Tamils who live outside the camps hardly fare better in terms of their safety and well-being.

    The NorthEast, the traditional homeland of Tamils, is swarming with military personnel and camps and is effectively an occupied territory.

    The South of the island is under the control of a Sinhalese nationalist government, and the Tamils who live there are viewed as a security threat

  267. Dear Multiple Personality Eealm Warriors,

    This is too easy, like shooting fish in a barrel. Thanks for repeatedly exposing the racist mindset behind the 'We Tamils (or is it We Thamiz?) agenda. Unlike you ladies, I'm most certainly not Pro-Tamil or Sinhala or Muslim or any such thing, only Pro-Sri Lankan.

    There's only one game in town and DBS Jeyaraj is one of the few to recognise it:
    "Whatever you may say the bulk of Sri Lankan Tamil people will live in Sri Lanka in an undivided country. The destiny of Tamils is inextricably inter-twined with that of the Sinhalese.

    The LTTE has caused irredeemable harm to the Tamil people. Now we have to face bitter realities and pick up the pieces and get along with life."

    "..The Tamils need to avoid irrational confrontational politics and adopt a pragmatic approach. If we try to take a hardline we will get decimated further. The Sinhala hawks are itching to demolish us further and the policies of the Diaspora idiots and Tamil nadu jokers are helping them."

    Which category of idiots (as defined by DBS) do you Eelam Ladies belong to? Diaspora Idiots or Tamil Nadu Jokers?
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/05/naked-tru

    The only group benefitting from the insane demands of the LTTE diaspora are the Sinhala nationalist nutters. This is called unintended consequences.

    Any LTTE supporters should by now, very familiar with this concept. It started with murdering Rajiv Gandhi and ended with the moronically stupid decision to start Eelam War IV.

    Impeccable Jim: AI see themselves as Infallible and thus cannot ever admit to mistakes – very similar to LTTE supporters! :) Hell, Jim still hasn't got back to me on the sources of funding for AI, particularly from the EU. Hmmm…

  268. Dear Multiple Personality Eealm Warriors,

    This is too easy, like shooting fish in a barrel. Thanks for repeatedly exposing the racist mindset behind the 'We Tamils (or is it We Thamiz?) agenda. Unlike you ladies, I'm most certainly not Pro-Tamil or Sinhala or Muslim or any such thing, only Pro-Sri Lankan.

    There's only one game in town and DBS Jeyaraj is one of the few to recognise it:
    "Whatever you may say the bulk of Sri Lankan Tamil people will live in Sri Lanka in an undivided country. The destiny of Tamils is inextricably inter-twined with that of the Sinhalese.

    The LTTE has caused irredeemable harm to the Tamil people. Now we have to face bitter realities and pick up the pieces and get along with life."

    "..The Tamils need to avoid irrational confrontational politics and adopt a pragmatic approach. If we try to take a hardline we will get decimated further. The Sinhala hawks are itching to demolish us further and the policies of the Diaspora idiots and Tamil nadu jokers are helping them."

    Which category of idiots (as defined by DBS) do you Eelam Ladies belong to? Diaspora Idiots or Tamil Nadu Jokers?
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/05/naked-tru

    The only group benefitting from the insane demands of the LTTE diaspora are the Sinhala nationalist nutters. This is called unintended consequences.

    Any LTTE supporters should by now, very familiar with this concept. It started with murdering Rajiv Gandhi and ended with the moronically stupid decision to start Eelam War IV.

    Impeccable Jim: AI see themselves as Infallible and thus cannot ever admit to mistakes – very similar to LTTE supporters! :) Hell, Jim still hasn't got back to me on the sources of funding for AI, particularly from the EU. Hmmm…

  269. Dear Multiple Personality Eealm Warriors,

    This is too easy, like shooting fish in a barrel. Thanks for repeatedly exposing the racist mindset behind the 'We Tamils (or is it We Thamiz?) agenda. Unlike you ladies, I'm most certainly not Pro-Tamil or Sinhala or Muslim or any such thing, only Pro-Sri Lankan.

    There's only one game in town and DBS Jeyaraj is one of the few to recognise it:
    "Whatever you may say the bulk of Sri Lankan Tamil people will live in Sri Lanka in an undivided country. The destiny of Tamils is inextricably inter-twined with that of the Sinhalese.

    The LTTE has caused irredeemable harm to the Tamil people. Now we have to face bitter realities and pick up the pieces and get along with life."

    "..The Tamils need to avoid irrational confrontational politics and adopt a pragmatic approach. If we try to take a hardline we will get decimated further. The Sinhala hawks are itching to demolish us further and the policies of the Diaspora idiots and Tamil nadu jokers are helping them."

    Which category of idiots (as defined by DBS) do you Eelam Ladies belong to? Diaspora Idiots or Tamil Nadu Jokers?
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/05/naked-tru

    The only group benefitting from the insane demands of the LTTE diaspora are the Sinhala nationalist nutters. This is called unintended consequences.

    Any LTTE supporters should by now, very familiar with this concept. It started with murdering Rajiv Gandhi and ended with the moronically stupid decision to start Eelam War IV.

    Impeccable Jim: AI see themselves as Infallible and thus cannot ever admit to mistakes – very similar to LTTE supporters! :) Hell, Jim still hasn't got back to me on the sources of funding for AI, particularly from the EU. Hmmm…

  270. The Tamils have been subject to mass murders, pogroms, targeted killings, torture, detention without charge, displacements and random aerial bombing for close to two decades and they have lived through it and seen it more closely than reporters. Most of such violence is unreported in the media.

  271. People who are members of a Diaspora in any particular country maintain relationship among themselves, as well as with people in their land of origin and with parts of the Diaspora in other countries.

    Their lifestyle is not confined to the borders of their host country and, indeed, they establish themselves as a transnational society.

    While complying with the laws of the host country, the transnational social space is the factor that animates their political, social and economic ties and interests.

    In effect, it is not just the Diaspora living overseas who seeks to maintain the relationship with those in the homeland.

    The Tamils remaining in the homeland also actively work to preserve the transnational relationship.

    Thus, the people of Tamil Eelam are also an active part of the transnational social space. In fact, these are two sides of the same coin.

    The Tamils’ own national politics is no longer confined to the NorthEast region, but extends into the transnational social space.

    Hence, contemporary Tamil nationalism is one that encourages multiple and transnational identities, and is diversified, inclusive, socially beneficial and based on democratic principles.

    The integration of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora is a given fact.

    Not only is there social interaction between the various Diaspora communities-–and this arises not only because families have been split- but the interaction at other levels such as the political level has been necessary to meet the continued repression of the Tamils in Sri Lanka as well as the international propaganda by the Sri Lankan state justifying such repression.

  272. Dear Brave Ladies of Eelam,

    I now see what you are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the ‘Dislike’ button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE. What are you afraid of? :)

    Nayagam: thanks for exposing the truly racist nature of the Eelam project: “Sinhalese moving into traditional Tamil areas is quite a different matter, the first of these being number.”

    That is exactly what white racists say when black and brown people move into ‘their’ areas. Thank you so very much for exposing the rotten racism at the core of the Eelam project.

    What are the long-term implications of a policy of free movement of people across Sri Lanka? The end of Eelam, which will only exist on YouTube and strange corners of the Internet.

    I sense a certain delusional despair settling over the diaspora LTTE supporters. I can’t really help with your ‘Desperately Seeking Eelam’ but I can offer you this, as a consolation:

    http://www.infotamil.ch/photos/top/general/eelam_koddai_2009.jpg

    Four LTTE cadres marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean, impotently firing their guns at the sky. A perfect metaphor for ‘The Struggle’.

    Oh. The poetry is really, really terrible. Almost genocidal in its awfulness.

    Arul: still no sign of cricket team from a country called Eelam.

  273. May is the another Black July for Eelam Tamils
    Tamils throughout the world, remember the victims of Black July ’83. Twenty-six years ago, the state-sponsored pogrom against Tamils in Sri Lanka resulted in the deaths of 3000 people, and property damages of over $300 million U.S. The days between July 24 and July 30, 1983, were tragic, and unforgettable, for the Tamils. The May 2009 war, which killed nearly 40,000 Tamil civilians, was record high, beating the July ‘83 holocaust. For the Sri Lankan government, it is victory, but for Tamils, it is the month to reflect and remember. Now May is, to Tamils, like February is to Black people around the world. Tamils the world over observe this occasion with rallies, vigils, and prayers. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&amp

  274. The devolution of power requires four important inputs if it were to be the fulcrum of provincial administration. They are: unabated power for statute making, revenue generation, manpower management and deep commitment to the ‘Principle of Subsidiarity’.

    Under some circumstances the 13th Amendment to become the fulcrum of provincial administration will require many other inputs like resource redistribution, institution building, proper attitudinal enhancement, commitment for devolution etc. These have been slow in the uptake from the beginning.

    Hence I reiterate that legislation alone will not create institutional fulcrums for devolution. Many other factors contribute for success. The provision of resources, relaxations of legal constraints, creation of appropriate institutions, overall change of attitudes with genuine interest for devolution etc may help devolution than rhetoric, which we hear mostly.

    The day these change, Sri Lanka can interpolate the word ‘India’ with ‘Sri Lanka’ in the following quote made at the dialogue by Secretary Rao and be happy.

    “India’s own experiment with democracy has taught us that effective devolution of powers, equal status before the constitution, equal access to opportunities and addressing of minority concerns ensure that fissiparous forces are contained and differences are addressed in an open and democratic fashion.”

    I believe these issues and factors would have been discussed at the dialogue and if so solutions too would have been recommended i.e. revisions to laws, statutes, institutions, systems, attitudinal changes etc to suit the exceptional status in the North East. Secretary Nirupama Rao may submit them soon to the government for consideration to serve the Sri Lankan devolution interests comprehensively. Let us look forward for the proposed constitutional amendments in June to understand whether Secretary Rao’s efforts and outcomes are rewarded with equal respect to prove the value for money spent on the dialogue.

  275. Prageeth during the period of the war did search for information on the use of chemical weapons by the Govt. and the LTTE .

    In the world wars ,to what extent are the use of chemical weapons allowed; Has the govt. or the LTTE exceeded its limits in the use of these chemical weapons?

    When and where did that happen?

    Pargeeth was collecting this information. In this connection , Prageeth had delivered a lecture to members of the party of Wickremabahu Karunaratne.

    He had been forwarding to me all the information he had been garnering from time to time.

    Meanwhile , the Defense Secretary had ordered the CID to summon me to the fourth floor to conduct an investigation against me regarding an article which was published in our website.

    There, I was interrogated for over 8 hours.

    When I was leaving the Police Headquarters, a Lawyer and an Army officer known to me were there to meet me.

    We call this Army officer as ‘Major Kumara’. The latter had been in Vauniya for war operations, and has been furnishing information on the war front to me.

    I came to know him through the Lawyer with whom he came to meet me. The Lawyer was appearing for a case of the Major.

    The Major had come to Colombo in connection with the case.

    After the Lawyer’s inquiries , we went to another place where I was startled by what the Major related.

    He said , he was in charge of the stores where there were weapons.

    Some bullets which were there for use were removed and were being filled with special chemicals .

    When ten of these bullets are being fired, 3 or 4 of them are chemical laden bullets, he told.

    When I inquired from him whether the frontline soldiers are aware of this, he said, those soldiers do not know.

    Answering my question as to what damage such chemical bullets can cause, he replied, barriers which obstruct advance get destroyed and all those in the area meet with death.

    I introduced Prageeth who is searching for information on chemical weapons to the Major some days later , because the Major can be useful for Pradeep in his searches

    Prageeth is not the first individual who had disappeared in Colombo.

    But, he is the first journalist of the Sinhala race to have suffered that fate.

    The era of killing journalists must have secretly headed in the direction of abduction era.

    It is this Rajapkse administration which has won a trophy for disappearances of civilians.

    If the numbers of disappearances are known , that alone is proof. In Colombo alone there had been nearly 600 disappearances.

    Then , in the whole Island , how many more could have disappeared ?

    Our Lanka e news website ahs published the names , addresses, the place of abduction etc. in detail from time to time .

    Because the 600 who disappeared are Tamils and Muslims , the Sinhala people have been made to make it a habit to say they are ‘Tigers’ or ‘ it is alright, after all it is they’.

    If there were 600 Tigers in Colombo , there should have been 24 of their platoons .

    What couldn’t they have done in the city of Colombo ?

    These are utter falsehoods.

    Many of those who disappeared are innocent youngsters..

    Where are those groups who abducted them and demanded extortions?

  276. Redcutio – Do not worry about the comments going hidden. People who actually wanna read them click on the link and read it anyway. I guess the Lord Pakir’s of AI do not want the comments to be seen either.

    Anyways Reductio, I find this site and and the few jokers here with different names to be absolutely fascinating – I mean we have been writing here for what? the past 1 year or so even after being kicked out from AI for quite unknown reasons. (I say this because compared to the Terrorists comments, we actually do talk sense, we do not post links nor cut and paste and we do debate where our questions go unanswered even from AI) – I am utterly confused about the behavior of AI and saddened about the mental health of the Terrorists – after all, they are Sri Lakans and quite surprised to see that people with such low mental health levels were born in this country :( :( :( – I mean, what has a cricket match got to do with the issue in hand ? Why can’t we actually debate it out and talk sense in this forum than do some cut and paste and ass worshiping AI ?? This actually shows the mental ability of the Terrorists.

    I also feel sorry for you and my self too – however much we try to make conversation, we always get stupid questions or posts – LOL. I mean, I haven’t seen a single comment that at least would give a platform to start a decent conversation. All can have different opinions, but there def is at least one point we could agree and start building on – as far as Terrorists are concerned – they don’t seem to even have such point of discussion – all ad-hock postings.

    This actually has triggered me to realize that the people who post here are not the educated and classy Tamil brotheren you and I know of and are friends with. These probably are the Sakkili / Kade type who would shout out down the streets and rob houses. I wonder whether it is worth talking to them ?? However, I am saddened by the fact that the AI is also silent on questions we post. I thought at least that we could have a decent conversation with a member of a reputed organization – but that thought seems to be down the drain too :( :( :(

  277. May is the another Black July for Eelam Tamils
    Tamils throughout the world, remember the victims of Black July ’83. Twenty-six years ago, the state-sponsored pogrom against Tamils in Sri Lanka resulted in the deaths of 3000 people, and property damages of over $300 million U.S. The days between July 24 and July 30, 1983, were tragic, and unforgettable, for the Tamils. The May 2009 war, which killed nearly 40,000 Tamil civilians, was record high, beating the July ‘83 holocaust. For the Sri Lankan government, it is victory, but for Tamils, it is the month to reflect and remember. Now May is, to Tamils, like February is to Black people around the world. Tamils the world over observe this occasion with rallies, vigils, and prayers. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&amp

  278. May is the another Black July for Eelam Tamils
    Tamils throughout the world, remember the victims of Black July ’83. Twenty-six years ago, the state-sponsored pogrom against Tamils in Sri Lanka resulted in the deaths of 3000 people, and property damages of over $300 million U.S. The days between July 24 and July 30, 1983, were tragic, and unforgettable, for the Tamils. The May 2009 war, which killed nearly 40,000 Tamil civilians, was record high, beating the July ‘83 holocaust. For the Sri Lankan government, it is victory, but for Tamils, it is the month to reflect and remember. Now May is, to Tamils, like February is to Black people around the world. Tamils the world over observe this occasion with rallies, vigils, and prayers. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&amp

  279. Reductio ad Absurdum

    My God!

    What a reply !

    I can’t stop laughing! :)

    Everyone can see here…. how narrow-minded man you are !!!

    What is more salient is …that you are not ashamed to say these in public forums… so much ignorance. !!!

    …… lajja nethnum karanna beri deyak ne….

  280. Impeccable Jim Gons

    I did not mean to hurt or pass judgement on you and whether or not you agree with my views is of little consequence in this forum.

    I was merely stating the fact that your arguments bore little -if any- substance for intellectual reflection and i have not seen anything that made me change my mind about your racist attitude towards Pro-Tamils.

  281. Nayagam

    Very good observations ! I think so too !!

    There is a saying -“You can argue with a thousand wise men, but not with a single fool.”

  282. Nayagam

    It seems to me, that Impeccable Jim Gons is scratching Reductio ad Absurdum’s back.

    They are both blind with prejudice.

    They are also determined not to be convinced by anything and anybody.

  283. Sinhalese military-run internment camps.

    The UN, INGOS and other relief organizations and journalists have been barred from free access to these internment camps.

    These civilians are imprisoned as a collective punishment solely on account of their Tamil nationality.

    The conditions are dire in the camps.

    The UK’s Channel 4 News reported that “shocking claims have emerged, shortages of food and water, dead bodies left where they have fallen, women separated from their families and even sexual abuse.

    Though a substantial number of people were allowed to go ‘free’ from the internment camps in the last wew weeks following internal and external pressures, those released have been living under constant fear and without the basic facilities for human existence.

    They have not been meaningfully resettled or permitted to return to their original homes.

    Those Tamils who live outside the camps hardly fare better in terms of their safety and well-being.

    The NorthEast, the traditional homeland of Tamils, is swarming with military personnel and camps and is effectively an occupied territory.

    The South of the island is under the control of a Sinhalese nationalist government, and the Tamils who live there are viewed as a security threat

  284. Dear Multiple Personality Eealm Warriors,

    This is too easy, like shooting fish in a barrel. Thanks for repeatedly exposing the racist mindset behind the ‘We Tamils (or is it We Thamiz?) agenda. Unlike you ladies, I’m most certainly not Pro-Tamil or Sinhala or Muslim or any such thing, only Pro-Sri Lankan.

    There’s only one game in town and DBS Jeyaraj is one of the few to recognise it:
    “Whatever you may say the bulk of Sri Lankan Tamil people will live in Sri Lanka in an undivided country. The destiny of Tamils is inextricably inter-twined with that of the Sinhalese.

    The LTTE has caused irredeemable harm to the Tamil people. Now we have to face bitter realities and pick up the pieces and get along with life.”

    “..The Tamils need to avoid irrational confrontational politics and adopt a pragmatic approach. If we try to take a hardline we will get decimated further. The Sinhala hawks are itching to demolish us further and the policies of the Diaspora idiots and Tamil nadu jokers are helping them.”

    Which category of idiots (as defined by DBS) do you Eelam Ladies belong to? Diaspora Idiots or Tamil Nadu Jokers?

    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/05/naked-truth.html

    The only group benefitting from the insane demands of the LTTE diaspora are the Sinhala nationalist nutters. This is called unintended consequences.

    Any LTTE supporters should by now, very familiar with this concept. It started with murdering Rajiv Gandhi and ended with the moronically stupid decision to start Eelam War IV.

    Impeccable Jim: AI see themselves as Infallible and thus cannot ever admit to mistakes – very similar to LTTE supporters! :) Hell, Jim still hasn’t got back to me on the sources of funding for AI, particularly from the EU. Hmmm…

  285. May is the another Black July for Eelam Tamils
    Tamils throughout the world, remember the victims of Black July ’83. Twenty-six years ago, the state-sponsored pogrom against Tamils in Sri Lanka resulted in the deaths of 3000 people, and property damages of over $300 million U.S. The days between July 24 and July 30, 1983, were tragic, and unforgettable, for the Tamils. The May 2009 war, which killed nearly 40,000 Tamil civilians, was record high, beating the July ‘83 holocaust. For the Sri Lankan government, it is victory, but for Tamils, it is the month to reflect and remember. Now May is, to Tamils, like February is to Black people around the world. Tamils the world over observe this occasion with rallies, vigils, and prayers.
    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&id=5897

  286. Dear Frustrated Warriors of Eelam,

    This is the most terrible video you will see this month. It is really shocking and is a dreadful portent of things to come. It's worse than the fake Channel 4 'atrocity' video.

    It's your worst nightmare, made into reality.

    The Colombo-Jaffna Bus Service
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUPJF4Oloo

    Sri Lankans living in Jaffna are now able to visit Colombo and vice versa in about eight hours for 600 Rupees.

    This is how Eelam will be finally strangled and buried.

  287. Dear Frustrated Warriors of Eelam,

    This is the most terrible video you will see this month. It is really shocking and is a dreadful portent of things to come. It's worse than the fake Channel 4 'atrocity' video.

    It's your worst nightmare, made into reality.

    The Colombo-Jaffna Bus Service
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUPJF4Oloo

    Sri Lankans living in Jaffna are now able to visit Colombo and vice versa in about eight hours for 600 Rupees.

    This is how Eelam will be finally strangled and buried.

  288. Dear Frustrated Warriors of Eelam,

    This is the most terrible video you will see this month. It is really shocking and is a dreadful portent of things to come. It's worse than the fake Channel 4 'atrocity' video.

    It's your worst nightmare, made into reality.

    The Colombo-Jaffna Bus Service
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUPJF4Oloo

    Sri Lankans living in Jaffna are now able to visit Colombo and vice versa in about eight hours for 600 Rupees.

    This is how Eelam will be finally strangled and buried.

  289. “Tissainayagam’s pardon is clearly an act of Sri Lanka’s international diplomacy, an act made possible by the complete absence of the rule of law as an operating principle in its legal system,” writes a columnist in the Tamil Guardian newspaper. “[While] the legal system’s ability to convict Tissainayagam on the basis of a confession obtained under torture on charges that amount to accusations ‘thought crime’ reveal that Sri Lanka has fully departed from the principles of the rule of law […] the Presidential pardon echoes medieval forms of justice dispensed as royal patronage and is in keeping with Sinhala leaders’ proclivity for styling themselves as mythical Sinhala rulers.” http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  290. “Tissainayagam’s pardon is clearly an act of Sri Lanka’s international diplomacy, an act made possible by the complete absence of the rule of law as an operating principle in its legal system,” writes a columnist in the Tamil Guardian newspaper. “[While] the legal system’s ability to convict Tissainayagam on the basis of a confession obtained under torture on charges that amount to accusations ‘thought crime’ reveal that Sri Lanka has fully departed from the principles of the rule of law […] the Presidential pardon echoes medieval forms of justice dispensed as royal patronage and is in keeping with Sinhala leaders’ proclivity for styling themselves as mythical Sinhala rulers.” http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  291. “Tissainayagam’s pardon is clearly an act of Sri Lanka’s international diplomacy, an act made possible by the complete absence of the rule of law as an operating principle in its legal system,” writes a columnist in the Tamil Guardian newspaper. “[While] the legal system’s ability to convict Tissainayagam on the basis of a confession obtained under torture on charges that amount to accusations ‘thought crime’ reveal that Sri Lanka has fully departed from the principles of the rule of law […] the Presidential pardon echoes medieval forms of justice dispensed as royal patronage and is in keeping with Sinhala leaders’ proclivity for styling themselves as mythical Sinhala rulers.” http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  292. Dear Frustrated Warriors of Eelam,

    This is the most terrible video you will see this month. It is really shocking and is a dreadful portent of things to come. It’s worse than the fake Channel 4 ‘atrocity’ video.

    It’s your worst nightmare, made into reality.

    The Colombo-Jaffna Bus Service

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUPJF4Oloo

    Sri Lankans living in Jaffna are now able to visit Colombo and vice versa in about eight hours for 600 Rupees.

    This is how Eelam will be finally strangled and buried.

  293. “Tissainayagam’s pardon is clearly an act of Sri Lanka’s international diplomacy, an act made possible by the complete absence of the rule of law as an operating principle in its legal system,” writes a columnist in the Tamil Guardian newspaper. “[While] the legal system’s ability to convict Tissainayagam on the basis of a confession obtained under torture on charges that amount to accusations ‘thought crime’ reveal that Sri Lanka has fully departed from the principles of the rule of law […] the Presidential pardon echoes medieval forms of justice dispensed as royal patronage and is in keeping with Sinhala leaders’ proclivity for styling themselves as mythical Sinhala rulers.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=31758

  294. Dear Nayagam,
    I did not mean to hurt or pass judgement on you and whether or not you agree with my views is of little consequence in this forum.

    I cannot recall me having any interactions with you prior to this for you to "Hurt" or "Offend" me nor "Pass Judgment" on me !

    May be it is with your other user handle or personality, where again, I would not know which post you are talking of.

    I indeed am not offended by any comments here as I know that you guys are the bunch of loosers. I mean, you ask for some dream state and I who want a peaceful land have got it. You haven't. So Why should I be offended by any means ?

    How can you expect me to agree with your views when they are in line with a mentally challenged world renowned Terrorist organization ???? However much I try, this simple heart of mine does not seem to digest the idea of killing my own kind or any other kind for that matter, recruit children of my own son's age as soldiers and not let him play and study like the others of his age do and most important, retaliate against the very people we live among and love. You may be able to, I just can't. In fact, I feel that no one can, just that you have a mentally sick agenda where you need serious help.

    I was merely stating the fact that your arguments bore little -if any- substance for intellectual reflection and i have not seen anything that made me change my mind about your racist attitude towards Pro-Tamils.

    I cannot fathom where we have had this conversation as your only previous post under the Handle Nayagam (May 13th, 2010 at 6:14 am) states that the Tamil population is 15% and most live in North and only a few live in Colombo and other parts for which I have not replied – I mean it was not worth it for sure as your statistics are way blown off and a mere showcase of your lack of knowledge and stupidity.

    With most of our Tamil Brotheren of Sri Lanka have gone abroad (not forgetting this number is out numbered by the Singhalees who have flown out to find better opportunities) mainly sue to the situation that your Piribaharan created, the Tamil Population has kind of dwindled to around 10% and with the situation we had in the north, only around 50% stayed there and the rest are in other parts and mainly in Colombo (at least 300,000) and they do live happily and mix around with others very well. So you are way off and I am sorry to offend you here, but you really need to be more bright to make arguments using statistics.

    Also you have mentioned something about Secondly, their behaviour is that of conquerors – superior, demanding, arrogant, insulting, indifferent to the feelings of Tamils, contemptuous of their language, religion and way of life.

    Here again, I cannot fathom what rubbish you are talking of. When we speak of Hon. Lakshman K, we talk with so much of respect, When we speak to a great CEO as Ken Balendran, we would say Sir and respect him big time for his abilities. When we call "Amma" to the lady who cleans our office floor, we do it our of respect. So what is this inferiority you talking of ?? Is it something that you have given your self over other Sri Lankans ??? I don't see it happening anywhere for the reason of you being a Tamil.

    Again showcasing your lack of understanding and demeaning your self – traits of a looser ! You can start winning from now – join hands to build a proper nation.

    Also you have mentioned me scratching Reductio's back. I am happy to do so. At least, I scratch His back and not my own back as you seem to be doing by posting under different handles.

  295. Hi Impeccable Jim,

    This is only a reflection of the behaviour that Eelamists engaged in during the war, now showing itself during peace. Their inability to be honest!

    Multiple personalities, never recalling what they said to whom etc. And only ever focussing on the sad deaths of Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war, but never but never once admitting to the LTTE's own massive culpability for the wholesale murder against Tamil (and other) civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Amnesty cosying up with racist terrorists – nothing new :)
    AI are up to their usual tricks, trying hard to get SL indicted on war crimes trials, but not being particularly choosy about their partners in crime being dyed-in-the-wool Eelamist racists including British Tamil Forum (the front group for the LTTE).
    http://tinyurl.com/32bb97t

    An excellent example of AI hypocrisy at work; claim to be against 'discrimination', 'racism' and the rest, yet working with proven racists like Reverend Father S.J. Emmanuel, head of the BTF.

    All Hail The New Dawn in Human Rights!

  296. Dear Nayagam,
    I did not mean to hurt or pass judgement on you and whether or not you agree with my views is of little consequence in this forum.

    I cannot recall me having any interactions with you prior to this for you to “Hurt” or “Offend” me nor “Pass Judgment” on me !

    May be it is with your other user handle or personality, where again, I would not know which post you are talking of.

    I indeed am not offended by any comments here as I know that you guys are the bunch of loosers. I mean, you ask for some dream state and I who want a peaceful land have got it. You haven’t. So Why should I be offended by any means ?

    How can you expect me to agree with your views when they are in line with a mentally challenged world renowned Terrorist organization ???? However much I try, this simple heart of mine does not seem to digest the idea of killing my own kind or any other kind for that matter, recruit children of my own son’s age as soldiers and not let him play and study like the others of his age do and most important, retaliate against the very people we live among and love. You may be able to, I just can’t. In fact, I feel that no one can, just that you have a mentally sick agenda where you need serious help.

    I was merely stating the fact that your arguments bore little -if any- substance for intellectual reflection and i have not seen anything that made me change my mind about your racist attitude towards Pro-Tamils.

    I cannot fathom where we have had this conversation as your only previous post under the Handle Nayagam (May 13th, 2010 at 6:14 am) states that the Tamil population is 15% and most live in North and only a few live in Colombo and other parts for which I have not replied – I mean it was not worth it for sure as your statistics are way blown off and a mere showcase of your lack of knowledge and stupidity.

    With most of our Tamil Brotheren of Sri Lanka have gone abroad (not forgetting this number is out numbered by the Singhalees who have flown out to find better opportunities) mainly sue to the situation that your Piribaharan created, the Tamil Population has kind of dwindled to around 10% and with the situation we had in the north, only around 50% stayed there and the rest are in other parts and mainly in Colombo (at least 300,000) and they do live happily and mix around with others very well. So you are way off and I am sorry to offend you here, but you really need to be more bright to make arguments using statistics.

    Also you have mentioned something about Secondly, their behaviour is that of conquerors – superior, demanding, arrogant, insulting, indifferent to the feelings of Tamils, contemptuous of their language, religion and way of life.

    Here again, I cannot fathom what rubbish you are talking of. When we speak of Hon. Lakshman K, we talk with so much of respect, When we speak to a great CEO as Ken Balendran, we would say Sir and respect him big time for his abilities. When we call “Amma” to the lady who cleans our office floor, we do it our of respect. So what is this inferiority you talking of ?? Is it something that you have given your self over other Sri Lankans ??? I don’t see it happening anywhere for the reason of you being a Tamil.

    Again showcasing your lack of understanding and demeaning your self – traits of a looser ! You can start winning from now – join hands to build a proper nation.

    Also you have mentioned me scratching Reductio’s back. I am happy to do so. At least, I scratch His back and not my own back as you seem to be doing by posting under different handles.

  297. Hi Impeccable Jim,

    This is only a reflection of the behaviour that Eelamists engaged in during the war, now showing itself during peace. Their inability to be honest!

    Multiple personalities, never recalling what they said to whom etc. And only ever focussing on the sad deaths of Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war, but never but never once admitting to the LTTE's own massive culpability for the wholesale murder against Tamil (and other) civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Amnesty cosying up with racist terrorists – nothing new :)
    AI are up to their usual tricks, trying hard to get SL indicted on war crimes trials, but not being particularly choosy about their partners in crime being dyed-in-the-wool Eelamist racists including British Tamil Forum (the front group for the LTTE).
    http://tinyurl.com/32bb97t

    An excellent example of AI hypocrisy at work; claim to be against 'discrimination', 'racism' and the rest, yet working with proven racists like Reverend Father S.J. Emmanuel, head of the BTF.

    All Hail The New Dawn in Human Rights!

  298. Hi Impeccable Jim,

    This is only a reflection of the behaviour that Eelamists engaged in during the war, now showing itself during peace. Their inability to be honest!

    Multiple personalities, never recalling what they said to whom etc. And only ever focussing on the sad deaths of Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war, but never but never once admitting to the LTTE's own massive culpability for the wholesale murder against Tamil (and other) civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Amnesty cosying up with racist terrorists – nothing new :)
    AI are up to their usual tricks, trying hard to get SL indicted on war crimes trials, but not being particularly choosy about their partners in crime being dyed-in-the-wool Eelamist racists including British Tamil Forum (the front group for the LTTE).
    http://tinyurl.com/32bb97t

    An excellent example of AI hypocrisy at work; claim to be against 'discrimination', 'racism' and the rest, yet working with proven racists like Reverend Father S.J. Emmanuel, head of the BTF.

    All Hail The New Dawn in Human Rights!

  299. Hi Impeccable Jim,

    This is only a reflection of the behaviour that Eelamists engaged in during the war, now showing itself during peace. Their inability to be honest!

    Multiple personalities, never recalling what they said to whom etc. And only ever focussing on the sad deaths of Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war, but never but never once admitting to the LTTE’s own massive culpability for the wholesale murder against Tamil (and other) civilians in North & Eastern Sri Lanka. Odd, no?

    Amnesty cosying up with racist terrorists – nothing new :)
    AI are up to their usual tricks, trying hard to get SL indicted on war crimes trials, but not being particularly choosy about their partners in crime being dyed-in-the-wool Eelamist racists including British Tamil Forum (the front group for the LTTE).

    http://tinyurl.com/32bb97t

    An excellent example of AI hypocrisy at work; claim to be against ‘discrimination’, ‘racism’ and the rest, yet working with proven racists like Reverend Father S.J. Emmanuel, head of the BTF.

    All Hail The New Dawn in Human Rights!

  300. Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons
    For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities. They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.

    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.

  301. Why do they persecute the Tamils in Sri Lanka?

    Persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka is more to do with an attempt by the Sinhala Buddhists leaders to fulfil the myths and fantasies written in an ancient book called Mahavamsa.

    Mahavamsa was originally written in Pali language because the Sinhala language was not well developed at that time.

    Mahavamsa is considered as a kind of bible by the Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Although this book has historical records, there are many fabricated stories, myths and fantasies that make this book completely unreliable.

    It talks about a pure Sinhala race that descended from a lion which is obviously a four leg animal. No wonder why the minorities find the Sri Lankan lion flag very offensive.

    great importance is given for flying the Sri Lankan lion flags in Tamil concentration camps , than feeding the hungry or treating the wounded. Even the Nazi regime in Germany was very serious about displaying swastika flags in the Jewish concentration camps.

    Mahavamsa also preaches hatred against the minority Tamils.

    Sinhala Buddhist politicians and military leaders of Sri lanka believe every word in this book and they are on a mission to fulfil the desires of the kings and queens that are portrayed in this book.

    This is a sample text from Mahavamsa which was written in the 6th Century. This verse talks about a desire of a Sinhala queen who wanted drink water, mixed with the blood of a Tamil warrior.

    “Then she longed to drink the water that had served to cleanse the sword with which the head of the first warrior among Tamil king Elära's warriors had been struck off, and she longed to drink it standing on this very head, and moreover she longed to adorn herself with garlands of unfaded lotus-blossoms brought from the lotus marshes of Anuradhapura”

    No wonder why the extremists act like the way they act, when they meditate such verses. Words of many racist politicians and military leaders in Sri Lanka are spoken straight out this book. Even some of the well known former presidents of Sri Lanka are not the exceptions.

    They want to make Sri Lanka as a Sinhala Buddhist nation by wiping out the minority Tamils.

  302. Those who argue that Sri Lanka has finally brought an end to the Asia's longest running conflict, are not only ignorant but making a blunder by indirectly supporting the dangerous regimes in Sri Lanka that are determined to wipe out a race from the face of this earth. Torture, murder and rape against the minority Tamils, abductions, summary executions, forced colonizations of Tamil lands, extension of military bases in Tamil areas even in the absence of war and various human rights abuses, have made this country as an island of hell.

    Sri Lankan rulers use a simple binary logic that their categorise anyone who oppose their extremist policies and human rights violations as terrorists. They are able to see only two types of humans on this planet. Those who are with them or those who are against them. Since they identify the ones who disagree with them as terrorists, Sri Lanka has in many instances blamed Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Red Cross and many other humanitarian organisations as terrorist sympathisers. David Miliband, Hillary Clinton and many other western leaders were blamed as terror supporters. This is exactly like how the Al Qaeda blames the western countries as terror states and their leaders as terrorists.

    Sri Lanka uses the same logic for the innocent Tamils who are fleeing for their lives in boats and ships to foreign shores. They blame the fleeing children and pregnant women as terrorists. Only crime they had committed was that they cried when their fathers and brothers were brutally murdered and they objected when their mothers and sisters were raped.

    What make things worse in Sri Lanka are not just the atrocities carried out by the fascist forces but the compromise made by some international elements, who have decided to support the criminals but turned a blind eye to the victims. They danced when the war criminals sang, and hid their faces in the sand when thousands of innocents were murdered in cold blood. UN, who is supposed to be a guardian for the oppressed and vulnerable in the world, had in fact assisted Sri Lanka in mass murdering innocent Tamils, simply by ignoring the cries of the dying at the crucial hours.

    Sri Lankan Tragedy is also about an unfair world that is letting the murderers and rapists to walk on red carpets but ignoring the plight of the innocents that are languishing in torture camps and prisons.

  303. May 18 Remembrance Day

    The Government of Sri Lanka was attacking the hapless and defenceless Tamil people assembled in a small area in the Vanni nearly year ago.
    We must tell the world of the sheer criminality of Sinhala politics and why the Tamils cannot hope to get justice from the politics of the abattoir practiced by the ruling elite.

    It is this tendency to political and racial violence that the Sinhala politicians have exploited to keep the Tamils under their heels. The tragic story of a cultured and educated Tamil people desiring to live in peace with the Sinhalese but requesting equality in education, employment and development of their land being massacred and violently thwarted by government thugs and the security services for over 60 years has now been told to a largely sceptical world. The Sinhala government propaganda machine has bought the support of British MPs with all expenses paid junkets to Sri Lanka to sing the praises of the tyrannical government with Tamil blood on its hands and to traduce the claims of the Tamils for self-government as international terrorism.

    So it was that the world conspired by its silence at the mass genocide of the Tamils and looked askance when the elderly Tamils and their children were mown down by artillery shells, cluster bombs and chemical weapons. The leadership of the Tamil resistance was encouraged to surrender carrying white flags to the Sri Lankan army and was shot down in cold blood while doing so.

    Over 100,00 Tamils killed in a racist and genocidal war in the Vanni. The UK Times provided satellite photographs of the evidence of trenches and mounds where more than 20,000 Tamils were killed and buried in the final days of the war last year. Some even say that as much as 48,000 Tamils were killed by the Sinhala armed forces in the last three days of the war. Reliable eye witness accounts have reported that weak, infirm and injured Tamil people were buried half alive in trenches and shot by the Sri Lanka army. There was deliberate and mass starvation and destruction of the few hospitals left standing to cater to the people.

    The souls of these thousands of innocent Tamil victims seek justice and closure and we, the survivors, have to keep their avenging cries in the forefront of our moral crusade and political campaign to bring the war criminals Rajapakse and his blood-letting gang to justice.

    We will remember all Tamil victims on this solemn occasion , even the Black July victims

    July 1983 was a paradigm shift in terror. Thirteen soldiers were killed by the LTTE. Anti-Tamil riots ensued and lasted for ten days with property being destroyed and up to 3,000 people being killed and 200,000 displaced.

    From President Jayewardene’s residence, shops could be seen going up in flames but no curfew was called and police disappeared from the streets. Marauding gangs armed with axes and cans of petrol went around Colombo with electoral rolls identifying Tamil homes and businesses. The inhabitants were doused in petrol and set alight.
    A Norwegian woman tourist recalled seeing a mob setting fire to a bus with about 20 Tamils inside it. Those who climbed out the windows were pushed back in and the doors were sealed while they burned alive, screaming horribly. In another incident, a mob chopped two Tamil girls aged 18 and 11 with knives; the younger girl was beheaded with an axe, the older one raped by 20 men and then doused in petrol and burned alive in front of joyful Sinhalese crowds

  304. Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons
    For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities. They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.

    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.

  305. Why do they persecute the Tamils in Sri Lanka?

    Persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka is more to do with an attempt by the Sinhala Buddhists leaders to fulfil the myths and fantasies written in an ancient book called Mahavamsa.

    Mahavamsa was originally written in Pali language because the Sinhala language was not well developed at that time.

    Mahavamsa is considered as a kind of bible by the Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Although this book has historical records, there are many fabricated stories, myths and fantasies that make this book completely unreliable.

    It talks about a pure Sinhala race that descended from a lion which is obviously a four leg animal. No wonder why the minorities find the Sri Lankan lion flag very offensive.

    great importance is given for flying the Sri Lankan lion flags in Tamil concentration camps , than feeding the hungry or treating the wounded. Even the Nazi regime in Germany was very serious about displaying swastika flags in the Jewish concentration camps.

    Mahavamsa also preaches hatred against the minority Tamils.

    Sinhala Buddhist politicians and military leaders of Sri lanka believe every word in this book and they are on a mission to fulfil the desires of the kings and queens that are portrayed in this book.

    This is a sample text from Mahavamsa which was written in the 6th Century. This verse talks about a desire of a Sinhala queen who wanted drink water, mixed with the blood of a Tamil warrior.

    “Then she longed to drink the water that had served to cleanse the sword with which the head of the first warrior among Tamil king Elära’s warriors had been struck off, and she longed to drink it standing on this very head, and moreover she longed to adorn herself with garlands of unfaded lotus-blossoms brought from the lotus marshes of Anuradhapura”

    No wonder why the extremists act like the way they act, when they meditate such verses. Words of many racist politicians and military leaders in Sri Lanka are spoken straight out this book. Even some of the well known former presidents of Sri Lanka are not the exceptions.

    They want to make Sri Lanka as a Sinhala Buddhist nation by wiping out the minority Tamils.

  306. Those who argue that Sri Lanka has finally brought an end to the Asia’s longest running conflict, are not only ignorant but making a blunder by indirectly supporting the dangerous regimes in Sri Lanka that are determined to wipe out a race from the face of this earth. Torture, murder and rape against the minority Tamils, abductions, summary executions, forced colonizations of Tamil lands, extension of military bases in Tamil areas even in the absence of war and various human rights abuses, have made this country as an island of hell.

    Sri Lankan rulers use a simple binary logic that their categorise anyone who oppose their extremist policies and human rights violations as terrorists. They are able to see only two types of humans on this planet. Those who are with them or those who are against them. Since they identify the ones who disagree with them as terrorists, Sri Lanka has in many instances blamed Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Red Cross and many other humanitarian organisations as terrorist sympathisers. David Miliband, Hillary Clinton and many other western leaders were blamed as terror supporters. This is exactly like how the Al Qaeda blames the western countries as terror states and their leaders as terrorists.

    Sri Lanka uses the same logic for the innocent Tamils who are fleeing for their lives in boats and ships to foreign shores. They blame the fleeing children and pregnant women as terrorists. Only crime they had committed was that they cried when their fathers and brothers were brutally murdered and they objected when their mothers and sisters were raped.

    What make things worse in Sri Lanka are not just the atrocities carried out by the fascist forces but the compromise made by some international elements, who have decided to support the criminals but turned a blind eye to the victims. They danced when the war criminals sang, and hid their faces in the sand when thousands of innocents were murdered in cold blood. UN, who is supposed to be a guardian for the oppressed and vulnerable in the world, had in fact assisted Sri Lanka in mass murdering innocent Tamils, simply by ignoring the cries of the dying at the crucial hours.

    Sri Lankan Tragedy is also about an unfair world that is letting the murderers and rapists to walk on red carpets but ignoring the plight of the innocents that are languishing in torture camps and prisons.

  307. May 18 Remembrance Day

    The Government of Sri Lanka was attacking the hapless and defenceless Tamil people assembled in a small area in the Vanni nearly year ago.
    We must tell the world of the sheer criminality of Sinhala politics and why the Tamils cannot hope to get justice from the politics of the abattoir practiced by the ruling elite.

    It is this tendency to political and racial violence that the Sinhala politicians have exploited to keep the Tamils under their heels. The tragic story of a cultured and educated Tamil people desiring to live in peace with the Sinhalese but requesting equality in education, employment and development of their land being massacred and violently thwarted by government thugs and the security services for over 60 years has now been told to a largely sceptical world. The Sinhala government propaganda machine has bought the support of British MPs with all expenses paid junkets to Sri Lanka to sing the praises of the tyrannical government with Tamil blood on its hands and to traduce the claims of the Tamils for self-government as international terrorism.

    So it was that the world conspired by its silence at the mass genocide of the Tamils and looked askance when the elderly Tamils and their children were mown down by artillery shells, cluster bombs and chemical weapons. The leadership of the Tamil resistance was encouraged to surrender carrying white flags to the Sri Lankan army and was shot down in cold blood while doing so.

    Over 100,00 Tamils killed in a racist and genocidal war in the Vanni. The UK Times provided satellite photographs of the evidence of trenches and mounds where more than 20,000 Tamils were killed and buried in the final days of the war last year. Some even say that as much as 48,000 Tamils were killed by the Sinhala armed forces in the last three days of the war. Reliable eye witness accounts have reported that weak, infirm and injured Tamil people were buried half alive in trenches and shot by the Sri Lanka army. There was deliberate and mass starvation and destruction of the few hospitals left standing to cater to the people.

    The souls of these thousands of innocent Tamil victims seek justice and closure and we, the survivors, have to keep their avenging cries in the forefront of our moral crusade and political campaign to bring the war criminals Rajapakse and his blood-letting gang to justice.

    We will remember all Tamil victims on this solemn occasion , even the Black July victims

    July 1983 was a paradigm shift in terror. Thirteen soldiers were killed by the LTTE. Anti-Tamil riots ensued and lasted for ten days with property being destroyed and up to 3,000 people being killed and 200,000 displaced.

    From President Jayewardene’s residence, shops could be seen going up in flames but no curfew was called and police disappeared from the streets. Marauding gangs armed with axes and cans of petrol went around Colombo with electoral rolls identifying Tamil homes and businesses. The inhabitants were doused in petrol and set alight.
    A Norwegian woman tourist recalled seeing a mob setting fire to a bus with about 20 Tamils inside it. Those who climbed out the windows were pushed back in and the doors were sealed while they burned alive, screaming horribly. In another incident, a mob chopped two Tamil girls aged 18 and 11 with knives; the younger girl was beheaded with an axe, the older one raped by 20 men and then doused in petrol and burned alive in front of joyful Sinhalese crowds

  308. Tamil Says "Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons"

    Simple Answer – Please stay out of the Land of demons – stay in the peaceful land of the Angels where you are. As for us Sri Lankans, the known demon is better than your unknown Angel.

    Take an example from what the Aussie Prime Minister Rudd said. In summary "this is our land and we have ways of doing things here. Who ever who wishes to stay here can live with that fact or find another place to live the way they want"

    We Sri Lankans are finally a happy bunch of people and are celebrating with pride the first year anniversary of the death of a mentally sick bastard. You can join us or leave it – no hard feelings.

  309. Tamil Says “Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons”

    Simple Answer – Please stay out of the Land of demons – stay in the peaceful land of the Angels where you are. As for us Sri Lankans, the known demon is better than your unknown Angel.

    Take an example from what the Aussie Prime Minister Rudd said. In summary “this is our land and we have ways of doing things here. Who ever who wishes to stay here can live with that fact or find another place to live the way they want”

    We Sri Lankans are finally a happy bunch of people and are celebrating with pride the first year anniversary of the death of a mentally sick bastard. You can join us or leave it – no hard feelings.

  310. Genocider visit US?
    Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-OH), a senior member of the United States National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, in a letter to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked her to "urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to conduct an investigation into reported human rights violations," in Sri Lanka. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    How long UN will be silent? world remained silent when thousands of women and children experienced painful slow death in the killing fields of Sri Lanka http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt

  311. Genocider visit US?
    Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-OH), a senior member of the United States National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, in a letter to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked her to "urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to conduct an investigation into reported human rights violations," in Sri Lanka. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    How long UN will be silent? world remained silent when thousands of women and children experienced painful slow death in the killing fields of Sri Lanka http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt

  312. Genocider visit US?
    Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-OH), a senior member of the United States National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, in a letter to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked her to "urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to conduct an investigation into reported human rights violations," in Sri Lanka. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    How long UN will be silent? world remained silent when thousands of women and children experienced painful slow death in the killing fields of Sri Lanka http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt

  313. Genocider visit US?
    Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-OH), a senior member of the United States National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, in a letter to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked her to “urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to conduct an investigation into reported human rights violations,” in Sri Lanka.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31806

    How long UN will be silent? world remained silent when thousands of women and children experienced painful slow death in the killing fields of Sri Lanka
    http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=9093&cntnt01origid=52&cntnt01returnid=51

  314. LTTE = Terrorists
    Terrorists = Liars
    Terrorists = Mentally Sick
    Terrorists = killers

    People who support them = LTTE (Mentally Sick killing Liars)

    Whom should the public believe ??

  315. 'Pardoning' Tissainayagam delayed

    This is normal for-Mahinda the Liar !!!!! :) :) :)

    This is a procedural step that has to be attended by his lawyers. But the government has instructed the Attorney General to provide necessary assistance to the aggrieved party to speed up the formalization of the presidential pardon that the government announced on the World Press Freedom Day, Minister Peiris further said.

  316. LTTE = Terrorists
    Terrorists = Liars
    Terrorists = Mentally Sick
    Terrorists = killers

    People who support them = LTTE (Mentally Sick killing Liars)

    Whom should the public believe ??

  317. ‘Pardoning’ Tissainayagam delayed

    This is normal for-Mahinda the Liar !!!!! :) :) :)

    This is a procedural step that has to be attended by his lawyers. But the government has instructed the Attorney General to provide necessary assistance to the aggrieved party to speed up the formalization of the presidential pardon that the government announced on the World Press Freedom Day, Minister Peiris further said.

  318. Vadamaraadchi Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:55 am

    ‘Pardoning’ Tissainayagam delayed

    What none-sense ?? Who said ?? He was pardoned sometime back and it is final !! May be you don't want Thissa to pardoned because you are running out of slogans to hit the GOSL with – U R Pathetic !

  319. Vadamaraadchi Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:55 am

    ‘Pardoning’ Tissainayagam delayed

    What none-sense ?? Who said ?? He was pardoned sometime back and it is final !! May be you don’t want Thissa to pardoned because you are running out of slogans to hit the GOSL with – U R Pathetic !