USTPAC mourns the passing of Mr. JM Rajaratnam

A dedicated Humanitarian USTPAC mourns the passing of Mr. JM Rajaratnam. Mr. Rajaratnam has been a fearless advocate for Tamil rights, and provided leadership for decades in the US on Tamil affairs. A well accomplished global figure, strategist and thinker, he dedicated his talent and resources for the emancipation and welfare of Tamils in the …

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USTPAC Strongly Condemns Violence Against Muslims in Sri Lanka

Full Text of Press Release Stronger international oversight urged to ensure accountability and protection of ethnic and religious groups Washington, DC: The United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) strongly condemns the attack on the Muslims in the town of Aluthgama in Sri Lanka on Sunday and calls on the international community to address the …

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MA Sumanthiran MP: “We expect the joint effort of the Indian Central Government and the Tamil Nadu State Government in finding a political solution for our crisis”

BY ANANTH PALAKIDNAR In an interview with Ceylon Today, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran, said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not an Appendix. “The government should abide by the Constitution and ensure the full implementation of the Amendment before thinking of revisiting it to consider devolving police powers to the provinces. …

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Sri Lanka will find it cannot take ‘Prime Minister’ Narendra Modi for granted

First take on Foreign Policy and Power Projection under Modi by Col R Hariharan [This article includes points made by Col Hariharan at a panel discussion on the Door Darshan TV on May 16, 2014.] Narendra Modi being blessed by his Mother-pic via: facebook.com/narendramodi Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, has been given massive …

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Former LTTE cadres prefer to use India as a refuge for their families

Comments on Tamils seeking refuge in Tamil Nadu by Col R Hariharan Ten Sri Lankan Tamils, including two women and five children, from Sri Lanka who landed Aricha Munai off the Dhanushkodi coast (Tamil Nadu) on May 5 2014, have been arrested by police for entering the country without passports. Related News on The Hindu: …

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Who planted the bombs in Chennai train?

by Col R Hariharan Two low-intensity improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded in two adjacent sleeper coaches of the Bangalore – Guwahati tri-weekly super fast express just as the train streamed into the Chennai Central station around 7.15 AM on May 1. One young woman was killed and 14 others were wounded in the explosions. The …

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Life of a Flower ♫ Tribute to Paaventhar Bharathidasan

April 29th is Birth Anniversary of Paaventhar Bharathidasan Paaventhar Bharathithaasan’s poetic works dealt with socio-political issues that are true and relevant to this day. In one of his songs of nature, “Kulingidum Poovil Ellam” Poet Bharathidasan brings upon the lyrics of blossoming honey in swinging flowers and the bees sucking on them for nectar – …

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Unless Sri Lanka is ready to accept South African model conditions, TRC cannot become a reality

Comments on South African mediation in Sri Lanka by Col R Hariharan [This is the text of answers to a set of questions raised by the Editor, Political & Defence Journal, a diplomatic journal through e-mail.] 1. What are your views on the South African initiative to mediate between Sri Lankan government and the Tamil …

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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross

(This article was compiled from the message given by Mr. Thava Chelvam at the Good Friday service at the Tamil Christian Congregation of Western Australia 2014) A closer-to-heart hymnal “The old rugged cross” is sung during the Holy week in many churches across the world. The hymn was written more than a century ago (1912) …

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US Introductory Statement on the Resolution “Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka”

Statement of Introduction by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by Paula Schriefer | Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs | Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 25th Human Rights Council Human Rights Council 25th Session Geneva, March 27, 2014 Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the …

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USTPAC Welcomes UNHRC led Investigation in Sri Lanka

USTPAC Welcomes UN Human Rights Council-led Investigation: A Long-Awaited International Inquiry into Grave Crimes in Sri Lanka WASHINGTON, March 28 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Thursday, March 27, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka, A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1, which creates an international investigation into widespread human rights violations committed during the war …

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‘UNHRC has an opportunity to establish an international mechanism in the 25th session’ – USTPAC

United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) urges UN member states to establish an international commission of inquiry on Sri Lanka to investigate international crimes, including that of genocide 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva March 7, 2014 Item 3 – Interactive Dialogue with SASG on Prevention of Genocide Organization: Pasumai …

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UN Draft Resolution on Sri Lanka takes a more comprehensive approach

Full Text of Media Release – by National Peace Council The draft resolution on Sri Lanka to be taken for vote at the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is now in circulation. It proposes an international monitoring of Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process and calls on the UN Human Rights …

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Many facets of Thai Pongal: Pongal as Tamils’ Passover

by K. Thirukumaran Many facets of Thai Pongal: Thai Pongal is marked with cultural festivities to uphold tradition and heritage (1) Among other things, Thai pongal has long become a festival marking or taking gauge of prosperous sentiments in the lands of our roots, as one aspiring to be a farmer declined over a generation …

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Appeal in the name of Nelson Mandela to all the peoples of Sri Lanka

Tribute to Nelson Mandela Text of Speech by M.A. Sumanthiran-Delivered at the Sri Lanka Parliament on Dec 7, 2013: We convene today as the world mourns the death of that outstanding human being Nelson Mandela. He passed away two days ago, aged 95. I wish to place on record our deepest condolences to his family, …

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