BBC Documentary on the eve of 4th Anniversary of Sri Lanka post war: “Open Wounds”
New BBC Documentary “Open Wounds” – First Aired in the UK on May 5, posted on BBC Sinhala site, however Documentary is in English and its about 30 minutes:
It is four years since Sri Lankan government troops crushed the Tamil Tiger separatist militants, ending the civil war. But 30 years of violence has left a bleak legacy.
Politically motivated ‘disappearances’ continue along with suppression of critical voices. The BBC’s correspondent in Sri Lanka, Charles Haviland, reports for Our World on the lasting trauma for victims of the war who feel their voices are not being heard.
Charles asks whether Sri Lanka can have the bright future its leaders promise if it does not address the darker aspects of the country’s recent past, and its present.
TNA Mounts Legal Challenge for 1474 People of Valigamam North Against State Attempt to Acquire Their Lands Unlawfully
(Full Text of Press Statement Issued by the Tamil National Alliance media office)
15th May 2013: Around 1474 persons owning land in Jaffna filed a writ application today in the Court of Appeal challenging the attempts to illegally and unlawfully acquire their private land. A further 2000 petitioners are to file on the same issue in the near future.
Legal Action at Appeal Court on Behalf of 1474 Land Owners in Valigamam North Against Land Grab by State
(Full list of Petitioners and full text of petition filed at Court of Appeal reproduced below)
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
In the matter of an application under Article 140 of the Constitution for Mandates in the nature of Writs of Certiorari and Prohibition CA (Writ) Application No: 125/2013
5000 Families in North are About to Begin Legal Battle for Their Land Rights in Vali North Pradeshiya Sabha
by Meera Srinivasan
The country’s 30-year ethnic conflict may have ended four years ago, but for Gunaratnam Selvi — who remained displaced for considerable part of the war — the daily battle for food is far from over.
Azath Salley Denies Apologizing to President for his Release and Asks “Why Should I”?
Former Colombo deputy mayor and founder leader of the National Unity front Azath Salley who was released after 8 days of “arrest” under the Prevention of Terrorism Act has denied that he had apologized to President Rajapaksa to secure his freedom as alleged in some sections of the state media. Salley in an interview to the “Ceylon Today”newspaper queried as to why he should apologize to the President and stated that all what he conveyed to the president was included in the affidavit he had submitted.
Rajapaksas are Bad for the Minorities, Worse for the Sinhalese and Worst for the Sinhala Buddhists
by Tisaranee Gunasekara
Had Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga removed Presidential term-limits, Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have become the President. If the Rajapaksa dynasty takes root, every non-Rajapaksa SLFP leader will be condemned to a life of servitude.
Two in One: When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what will I be
A Mother’s Day Celebration:
“Your Thoughts are your Dreams~Joyous is your Future” ~ Pattukoattai Kalyanasundaram
Two songs, one melody by Doris Day in ‘The Man who knew too much’ (1956) by Alfred Hitchcock and in the Lyrics of Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram in Aaravalli (1957):
Feeling of defeat Among the Tamils of Sri Lanka is a moral and Psychological Defeat
by Aatish Taseer
FOUR years ago this week, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam announced that their struggle for an independent homeland in northern Sri Lanka had “reached its bitter end.” The group had been fighting on behalf of the Tamil people for more than a quarter-century, and its defeat was absolute.
“We wish Azath Salley will soon Join the Struggle at the Point where he left”-NSSP
(Text of Statement Issued on behalf of the Nava Sama Samaja party by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne)
Azath Sally was arrested under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and he has been now released due to the campaign for his release by national and international democratic forces.