A Brief Colonial History Of Ceylon(SriLanka)
Jack Layton’s open letter
Systematic Genocide of Tamils
Friday, September 30, 2011
Nearly thousand people in Dompe, Gampaha have thrown stones and set fire to a police station and police vehicles after a young man arrested by the police was found dead on Friday morning.
Six policemen have sustained injuries in the attack.
GA Gayan, 27, a father-of-one, was arrested by Dompe police on suspicion of a robbery on Thursday.
Parents and relatives of the victim accuse the police of beating him to death in custody.
Rejecting the accusation, the police say the suspect fell off the jeep while he was taken to a place where he has hidden stolen goods. He died as a result of the injuries sustained as a result of jumping off the moving vehicle, they say.
Having heard the death of his young son, the father of the victim has suffered a heart attack and died in Gampaha hospital on Friday.
This is not unusual. This is only another such incident
Police spokesman, SSP Maxi Proctor
Police spokesman, SSP Maxi Proctor told BBC Sandeshaya that it is a normal occurance during a routine police investigation, "this type of incident can happen anywhere in the world."
Police Special Task Force, together with the army, have been deployed to establish law and order in the area, he added.
"This is not unusual. This is only another such incident".
Police Criminal Investigation Division is continuing investigations under the instructions of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
In recent months, there have been many similar incidents in which suspects have died in police custody.
The previous IGP, Mahinda Balasuriya, resigned after a worker at Katunayake Free Trade Zone died as a result of police shooting on protesting workers.
30 September, 2011
Summary executions, bodies of raped women, and families hiding from bombs in hastily dug trenches. The images shown in a recent Channel Four documentary bring back memories of tragedies such as the killing fields in Cambodia and the genocide in former Yugoslavia. But these massacres occurred just two years ago in Sri Lanka, at the bloody end of a conflict that had been going on for more than twenty-five years. Despite suggestions from the United Nations, the Red Cross and Amnesty International that war crimes and crimes against humanity had possibly been committed, there has not been an international inquiry. Why is it that Sri Lanka does not seem to be able to keep the international community’s attention? Full story>>>
30 Sep 2011
30 Sep 2011 13:33
Source: Member // MAG (Mines Advisory Group)
Suresh lost his right arm during the civil war. Both his parents and his sister were killed. But, despite his tragic misfortunes, the 12-year-old has an incredibly positive outlook.
Suresh was one of 2,140 internally displaced people (IDPs) who returned to Suthanthipuram village in June, after MAG released previously inaccessible land that had been contaminated with 69 anti-personnel landmines and 15 items ofunexploded ordnance (UXO). He told us he now hopes to study hard and get a good job to support his grandmother when he gets older.
“I am very happy to leave the IDP camp and go back home with my grandmother,” he said. “I can’t wait to go back to school and help my grandmother to rebuild our house.”
Suthanthipuram is located in the north-eastern corner of Mullaitivu District, in Puthukudiyiruppu Division – the final stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and where the last stages of the conflict took place in May 2009.
Many of the 638 families who fled the fighting had been living in camps for two years and were coming back home for the first time.
As well as enabling a safe return to their houses, our work also meant that 600 wells, two schools, a hospital, five water tanks for irrigation purposes, five square kilometres of agricultural land and 20 small business premises were all available for the community.
One shop that is fully stocked and operational is the local co-operative. Run by the Government, these co-operatives play a crucial role in the immediate stages after resettlement, with community members given stamps to collect essential food items.
“We have now opened up our co-operative after MAG cleared the area,” said Sales Manager Jusuthas Jude. “And 170 families will benefit from this shop, so we are very thankful to MAG.”
A further 3,693 IDPs were able to resettle in Thevipuram and Vallipunam – two other towns in Puthukudiyiruppu – during the month of June.
Our Community Liaison staff provided safety briefings to all three returning communities, informing returnees of the location of hazardous areas, and what steps to take if they uncover landmines or UXO.
MAG thanks the following donors to its Sri Lanka programme: AusAID; Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); The Kirby Laing Foundation; NVESD; Stichting Vluchteling; US Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.
September 29, 2011
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By Shamindra Ferdinando
The Sri Lankan government yesterday (29) alleged that a small but influential section of the Commonwealth was carrying out an anti-Sri Lankan campaign ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Western Australia.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to attend CHOGM 2011 in late October 2011.External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, while expressing serious concern over the move, stated that a disgraceful attempt was being made to manipulate the Commonwealth to undermine a member state. Prof. Peiris criticised two sets of proposals prepared by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on the revamping of the association. Prof. Peiris was flanked by MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena and Foreign Secretary Karunathilake Amunugama.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Thu Sep 29, 2011
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada publicly criticized Sri Lanka over its human rights record for the first time on Thursday, setting the scene for a confrontation at a major international summit next month.
Sri Lanka is under increasing Western pressure to probe allegations of war crimes and humanitarian law violations at the end of its war with Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said he had told his Sri Lankan counterpart of Ottawa's "concerns on the lack of accountability for the serious allegations of war crimes, the lack of reconciliation with the Tamil community and with events that have taken place since the end of the civil war".
A diplomatic clash looks likely when Canada and Sri Lanka come face to face in late October at a summit of the 54-member Commonwealth of former British colonies in the Australian city of Perth. Sri Lanka is due to host the summit in 2013.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking to ethnic media earlier this month, said he would boycott the 2013 event unless Sri Lanka improved its human rights record and would encourage other Commonwealth leaders to do the same.
"Canada will continue to speak loudly and clearly on behalf of human rights around the world, especially in Sri Lanka," Baird told the House of Commons.
Opposition legislator Jim Karygiannis went even further, asking Harper "to urge the Commonwealth to revoke Sri Lanka's membership until it holds the perpetrators to account and they are judged in international courts".
Sri Lanka's government says it is working hard on reconciliation and is waiting for a report by a national commission of inquiry on the war, due on November 15.
Amnesty International, which dismisses the commission as "fatally flawed", says between 10,000 and 20,000 civilians died in the final months of the 25-year civil war.
Sri Lanka says its troops used only necessary and lawful force and complains that the allegations of war crimes are biased and exaggerated.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)
[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 September 2011, 21:14 GMT]
Part of a landmark heritage complex at the Old Park in Jaffna, the residency buildings of the British Government Agents, dating back to the beginnings of British rule, was demolished overnight on Wednesday at the orders of the occupying Sri Lanka governor in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. G.A. Chandrasri, despite the SL Archaeology Department declaring it a heritage site, preventing any demolitions. The SL governor is already building a mansion for the occupying governors in that location at a cost of 100 million Rs, news sources in Jaffna said. Both SL President Rajapaksa and his governor give utmost importance to the symbolism in showing who are colonial masters now, by building a mansion for the SL president at the ‘King’s House’ inside the Dutch Fort and by building a governor’s mansion at the complex of the former British Residence.
On 2 September the SL Archaeology Department through a Gazette Notification has declared the location a heritage site and has ordered against any demolitions.
When demolition workers came to the site, the Sri Lanka Government Agent of Jaffna Ms. Imelda Sugumar informed relevant ministries and stopped the demolition for a while.
But during the night, the demolition squad of the Jaffna Municipality came again and razed down the structures to the foundation, leaving only a bathing tank called ‘Queen’s Bath’ that was part of the British residency.
The demolition work continued for the second day on Thursday and the tractors of the Municipality were engaged in removing the old building stones, Imelda Sugumar said.
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29 September, 2011
Police at Colombo airport had detained fifty deportees flown back to the country on Thursday after being expelled from Britain.
United Kingdom Border Agency chartered a flight to repatriate eight women and forty two men to Sri Lanka.
Most of them are ethnic Tamil asylum seekers.
Fear of detention
Colombo airport officials say the returnees were held by police for questioning.
In June, a group of twenty Sri Lankans were sent back from Britain in an earlier chartered flight. Full Story>>>
September 24, 2011, 5:26 pm
By Kumar David
There was anticipation, and on the side of the government trepidation, that the Human Rights Council gathering in Geneva in mid-September would produce some fireworks. The outcome so far has been tame (writing on 20 September) though not without moments of theatre – for example HRC Commissioner Navi Pillay’s opening remarks that, "For three decades, not only has that country (Sri Lanka) suffered the brutal effects of terrorist acts, but the response of successive governments over the years has undermined independent institutions, human rights and the rule of law". However, the event that will have longer term significance is UNSG Ban Ki Moon forwarding the Darusman Report to the HR Commission, which means that every country on the Council is now formally in possession of the report. Of course the report is widely available on the Web and probably sits on the desk of the foreign service of every country, but Ban’s action has formalised the matter. This could facilitate the intentions of those interested in bringing it to the Security Council, the General Assembly, or a war crimes investigation, at a later date.
Sri Lanka – Media smear campaign and death threats against human rights defender Sunanda Deshapriya following his participation in the UN Human Rights Council
Posted on 2011/09/29
Human rights defender Mr Sunanda Deshapriya was the target of a media smear campaign and death threats, following his participation in an event held at the UN headquarters in Geneva on 12 September 2011. State controlled media reportedly published an inaccurate account of the event following which calls were made to have Sunanda Deshapriya killed for betraying the Sri Lankan State.
Toronto - Canadian Tamils in the province of Ontario have been quite involved in the political process both at home and abroad. Tamils in Ontario have taken their voice to Queen's Park on many occasions. Now they weigh in on the provincial election.
Tamils have had their voices heard on the federal level and on the international stage. With one week to go until voters select the next government of Ontario, Tamils want to be listened to in the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park.
Emotions were high at the conclusion of the screening of Channel 4 documentary "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" in Canadian Parliament today. Approximately 20 MP's along with their staff were present for the screening. The attendees who watched the Channel 4 documentary were all shocked at what they had just witnessed and had never imagined such horrendous events would take place on the tiny island of Sri Lanka. From the many conversations that were taking place afterwards, it was clear that perpetrators had to be held accountable and Canada indeed has to take a leadership role.