by James Ross
The tribute prefacing a new report by the international aid agency Action Contre la Faim (ACF, Action Against Hunger) is heart-wrenching: 17 black-and-white photos of fresh-faced, mostly 20-something men and women. Most are humanitarian technicians. And all were shot and killed execution-style in Mutur, in northeastern Sri Lanka, on August 4, 2006.
Later that month I visited ACF’s Colombo office, where everyone was in shock. It was unclear who was responsible for the killings: the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who had briefly occupied Mutur, or state security forces who recaptured the town after heavy fighting. We discussed ways of pressing the government to conduct an investigation.
Sri Lankan Government against International probe on possible war crimes
By Siva Sivapragasam
Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was warned of the Ides of March as a bad omen.
Sri Lanka too may face tough times coming March at the UN Human Rights Council with UK having expressed it’s intention to move for an international probe on war crimes against the Sri Lankan Government if an internal investigation is not forthcoming.
The U.S. has warned Sri Lanka that the patience of the international community could wear thin if the Rajapaksa Government does not take steps to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process. [The Hindu]
— TAPi (@tamilamerican) December 4, 2013
Action Against Hunger | ACF International launches report to disclose the role of Sri Lankan security forces in the massacre of its seventeen humanitarian colleagues.* [ACF]
— ActionAgainstHunger (@ACF_UK) December 3, 2013
“That was his dream and hope to his last breath”
Good bye my Gurudewa
By DR THUSHARA RODRIGO
“The light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere”. This is exactly what I felt when I heard the sad news of our beloved Gurudewa’s passing away just within a few hours of my landing in Sri Lanka. [DBSJ]
Now, reacting to the Indian navy’s offer to train its Sri Lankan counterparts, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday termed it insensitive, which “totally ignores the impact it may have upon the feelings of Tamils”. [AJE]
(Review of the Tamil movie of 1951)
by C. Kamalaharan
In Photo: K.R. Ramasamy and Nageswara Rao interrogate Balaiah
Among the movies of the early nineties, Or Iravu was a much spoken one. Produced by AVM studios, it was based on the play of the same title, written by the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, C.N. Annathurai for K.R.Ramasamy’s Krishna Memorial Drama Company. On the request of AVM productions, Annathurai wrote the script and dialogue which ran through 300 pages, in a single night. It is for the writing of it in a single night and for the events that took place in a single night, the title Or Iravu was most apt. [MJ]
Speech by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran, Sri Lanka Parliament – Nov 29, 2013
by B. KOLAPPAN
India will not rest until the 13 amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution to secure Tamils their rights is implemented, and those guilty of war crimes are prosecuted, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Saturday. “I vow in the name of [the former Prime Minister] Rajiv Gandhi that we will ensure this.” [The Hindu]
— TAPi (@tamilamerican) November 30, 2013
"இணைந்த வடகிழக்குடன்" தமிழர்களுக்கு தீர்வு: இந்தியா: இந்திய இலங்கை உடன்பாட்டின் அடிப்படையில் கொண்டுவரப்பட்ட இல… http://t.co/sHuL9fBVAh
— BBC Tamil (@bbctamil) November 30, 2013
Exclusive Interview with Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran
Exclusive Interview by Thambu Kanagasabai (Attorney at Law), a resident of Toronto, Ontario with Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran [MJ]
The interview was conducted at the Chief Minister’s residence in Jaffna
By K. Thirukumaran
Founding principal of D.S. Senanayake College (DSSC), Colombo 7, Sri Lanka R.I.T. Alles passed away on Nov 28.
He was formerly a teacher at Royal College and after DSSC served as the State Secretary for Ministry of Education from 1989 to 1993 and was the Chairman of the Gateway Group.
I consider it to have been a privilege to be schooling at D.S. Senanayake College under him in the class of 1981. [DBSJ]