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June 25, 2011

Jun 26 - Jul 2:

Gandhi, The leader

by Pearl S. Buck

Inevitably, leaders appear in our violent modern world, leaders self-appointed or chosen. With the need for leadership, a leader always appears, and in his person he epitomizes the struggle of his people.

Inevitably, leaders appear in our violent modern world, leaders self-appointed or chosen. With the need for leadership, a leader always appears, and in his person he epitomizes the struggle of his people. He becomes a symbol and by the power of his influence he shapes the struggle into revolution, violent or nonviolent. He could not become a leader, did not the people ask for leadership.

Yet, conversely, were he not a born leader, the need of the people, could not make him one. A strange powerful instinct works between leader and people. I have seen this happen again and again in my lifetime, living as I did through decades of revolution in china- leadership on a local scale or on a national scale. [TC]

Tamil destiny is inextricably intertwined with that of the Sinhalese

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Recently I responded somewhat passionately and emotionally to a comment posed by a reader on my blog. My response had something to with my worry and concern about the tragic plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. [dbsj]

For provincial councils to work effectively distribution of powers must be explicit and devoid of ambiguity

by Nirmala Chandrahasan LL.B, LL.M, Ph.d, Attorney –at -Law

The on-going debate as to whether it should be 13th Amendment ,13 Amendment plus or no 13th Amendment, seems misplaced considering that it has been a part of the Constitution since 1987 and that under the 13th Amendment together with the Provincial Councils Act no 42 of 1987, Provincial Councils have been established since 1988 and are operating in all the provinces of Sri Lanka bar the northern province. [TC]

Academicians in making and unmaking of a nation: relevance to Sri Lanka

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Naro Udeshi Commemoration Lecture, Delivered at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Colombo, June 30, 2011 [TC]

Probe by Sri Lanka should not be an open-ended process

The UN's human rights chief Thursday warned Sri Lanka not to take too long in probing war crimes allegations, saying failure to carry out a credible inquiry could lead to international action. [TC]

'Sinhala chauvinism is a reality but we have to find a difficult balance'

Within Sri Lanka's population, there are hotheads, the Sinhala chauvinism is a reality. But we have to find a difficult balance because what happens in Sri Lanka has a domestic dimension also. [TC]

‘Sri Lanka’s decision to allow renminbi highlights its strengthening relationship with China’

The renminbi is allowed in international transactions by several countries, including the US and the UK, however Sri Lanka’s decision to allow the currency highlights its strengthening relationship with China, The Financial Times of London said in a news report today. [TC]

UK concern based on desire to see reconciliation genuinely effected for the good of all Sri Lankans

 by Alistair Burt MP

Let there be no doubt that for the UK the end of the military conflict, and the removal of terrorism as a daily threat to the lives of the Sri Lankan people is without question a good thing. [TC]

US State Dept urges Sri Lanka govt to quickly demonstrate its willingness to investigate allegations

As we have stated before, the United States supports a full, credible, and independent investigation of alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and accountability for such violations. [TC]

Tamil Nadu film artistes get Jayalalithaa approval to demonstrate against Sri Lanka

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Artistes from Tamil film industry in India will conduct campaign soon demanding economic sanctions on Sri Lanka & retrieval of Kachchatheevu. [dbsj]

Watching 'Killing Fields' was 'most painful fifty minutes I have ever spent watching anything on a screen'

by Preeta Samarasan

Among some of my oldest relatives, there’s a custom of recording weddings gifts given and received in order to ensure that no family is left feeling cheated. [TC]

500 Days since the Disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek! Still No Police Investigation

Statement by Sri Lankan Civil Society Activists  27th June 2011

On 25th June 2011 we marked 500 days since the disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek, a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender, Managing Trustee of the Community Trust Fund (CTF) in Puttalam and Executive Committee Member of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). [TC]

Death Eaters and the Return of the Dark Lords of Terror

by Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P

Once one realized how similar the LTTE was to Voldemort, the parallels flowed thick and fast. [TC] 

Out of the mouths of babes...

by Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka

The military plane flew at speed, soaring over the afternoon traffic and suddenly came down in a thrillingly impressive vertical drop to disappear behind the high-rise buildings glistening in the sun. [TC]

Thousands attend June 26 candle light vigil at Chennai Marina Beach for Lankan Tamil war victims

 by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

 

The commemorative event was held on Sunday as June 26th has been declared by the UN as “International day in support of victims of torture”. [dbsj]

Attack on TNA meeting in Jaffna signifies Govt not ready for post-war changes

by Sumanasiri Liyanage

Both print and electronic media in Sri Lanka and abroad have reported that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party meeting held in Jaffna was attacked by an armed group in uniforms on Thursday 16 June. [TC]

An inquisition into Sri Lankan armed forces will wreck rather than assist reconciliation

 by Dayan Jayatilleka

What does a state do when the strategy of the cornered terrorist army is to catalyse an externally induced ceasefire and live to fight another day? [TC]

China,Russia,Sri Lanka: A New Axis Seems to be Forming

by Satarupa Bhattacharjya

Are you still afraid to kill a terrorist?” asks a man, most likely a soldier, in Sinhala to the one standing next to him, with his gun pointed at three blindfolded people, their hands bound, naked and kneeling on the ground. Gunshots are heard, the three prisoners flop to the ground, their heads drenched in blood. [TC]

Commonwealth welcomes 'full, credible, and thorough investigation' of the contents detailed in 'Killing Fields'

The Commonwealth membership is united in its longstanding commitment to human dignity, equality, human rights, and the rule of law – to which access to justice and an independent judiciary are fundamental. [TC]

Ex-LTTE Chief ‘KP’ opens ‘Abode of Love’ Through NERDO at Muthaiyankaddu in North

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Ex-LTTE Chief Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias “KP” gets home for Orphans named “Anbu Illam” (Abode of Love) opened at Muthaiyankattu through NERDO. [dbsj]

Sinhala heroes on the run because India has turned against them

by Dr Vikramabahu Karunaratne

Sinhala heroes are on the run. The Goliath who protected them from the international enemies has turned against them. Delhi leaders, who gave orders to annihilate the Tamil insurrection and to bring the head of Prabhakaran to their feet, now want to pacify the Tamil bourgeoisie. [TC]

Torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment and punishment, wherever they occur and whatever the circumstances, can never be justified

by Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General’s Message for 2011, On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26 [TC]

Rajapaksa regime has embraces majoritarian – supremacism as the path to absolute long term power

BY Tisaranee Gunasekara

Bucket-lavatories are unheard of today. Yet even in the early 1980’s they were a norm in the poorer areas of Colombo (5,000 in Colombo North alone). Each morning labourers emptied the (often overflowing) buckets into open lorries [TC]

India’s cultural, people-to-people and historical links vs. China’s deep pockets and perceived lack of interest in Sri Lanka’ domestic issues and controversies

by Sutirtho Patranobis

No one can blame Rajapaksa for feeling a little hot lately under the collar of his starched white shirt and customary red stole. [TC]

Freedom of association is a right in the North as elsewhere

by National Peace Council

The physical attack of those attending a TNA election meeting in Jaffna ahead of local government elections to be held on July 23 has attracted considerable criticism and condemnation. [TC]

‘Of Tamils and Tigers’:The Diaries of Ben Bavinck

by Shanie

This is a time of reflection for the Tamil community; a time for refashioning its politics. Even though the Tamil nationalist vision for a separate state met with a decisive military defeat in 2009, the politico-military decline of the LTTE had begun far earlier, with the convergence of multifarious set of political developments, both local and international, that began the downward spiral at a time when seemingly the LTTE was at its strongest. [TC]

Memorandum by Malaysian Politicians on Sri Lanka Situation

The Sri Lankan government has vehemently denied any civilians were ever killed during its final offensive against the Tigers. [TC]

June 19, 2011

Jun 19 - Jun 25:

Refuting 'Killing Fields': Sri Lanka needs effective diplomats to fight its corner

By Dushy Ranetunge in London

Although the Sri Lankans often use the word “human shields” in respect of the LTTE, the UNSG’s panel has rejected this assertion

The screening of the Ch4 documentary Sri Lanka’s killing fields In NY has given the opportunity for Sri Lanka’s permanent Representative to the UN, Dr Palitha Kohona and his Deputy, General Shavendra Silva to respond to some of the allegations presented in the programme. [TC]

165 Sinhala families settled in Tamil village Kokkachchaankulam in Vavuniya North

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Sinhalaisation” of North continues. Tamil village in Vavuniya district re-settled with Sinhalese without knowledge of district administration half. [DBSJ]

Indian policy towards Sri Lanka does not seem to be working

By International Crisis Group

India has long been the country with the greatest influence over Sri Lanka but its policies to encourage the government there towards a sustainable peace are not working. Despite India’s active engagement and unprecedented financial assistance, the Sri Lankan government has failed to make progress on pressing post-war challenges. [TC]

Policemen who defended TNA MPs in Alaveddy attack may be penalized for doing duty

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

Plans are afoot to “scapegoat” & penalise the Police Bodyguards who defended Tamil National Alliance MP’s in the June 16 Alaveddy army attack. [DBSJ]

Human rights are heart and soul of the famously disciplined Sri Lanka Army

by Sutirtho Patranobis

We know about the seminar that the army proudly held on how to tackle terrorism without getting their soft, saintly hands bloodied. Three days of lessons and lectures to fellow army men from other countries about smoothly carrying out humanitarian operations, hostage rescue missions and all that. [TC]

Sri Lankan Leaders insist they should be congratulated and not pursued for war crimes

by Eric Ellis

WHEN governments kill the people they are mandated to protect and help prosper, what is the world's tipping point for outrage? [TC]

'Killing Fields': If Politicians are unable to see the dangers staring at them?

By Kalana Senaratne

Killing fields’ can be a phrase used to describe a most mundane fact known to humanity, or it could be a most provocative phrase to an ethnic majority or minority group. [TC]

Sri Lanka and Libya situations could not be compared - Minister G.L. Peiris

by R.K. Radhakrishnan

Despite a sustained campaign against Sri Lanka aided and abetted by some nations, the country did not stand isolated — this was the message sent out from the St. Petersberg Economic Forum, said Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris here on Tuesday. [TC]

Channel 4 video might change the view that ‘so-called refugees are not victims’

by J.C. (Jim) Kennedy, Kingston

Last Tuesday, Channel 4 TV (Britain) aired a documentary entitled “The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.” This morning I ran a Google search on that title and found approximately 908,000 hits. I strongly suggest caution in viewing this material. [TC]

England playing with a Sri Lankan team that includes Sanath Jayasuriya is a disgrace

by Andy Bull

Disgrace. What a tediously familiar word; stripped of significance by its overuse, shorn of force by its frequent repetition. Read it again. [TC]

Mervyn De Silva's progressive realism in world affairs

by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

In his controversial book ‘The Cage’, the best known anti-Sri Lanka publicist, former UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss, had this, among other things to say: “Dayan Jayatilleka, one of the most capable diplomats appointed by the Rajapakse regime, had outmanoeuvred Western diplomats to help Sri Lanka escape censure from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. [TC]

Amnesty hopeful that Ban-Ki-moon will stop sitting on report drafted by experts

By José Luis Díaz, Head of Amnesty International’s United Nations Office

As we prepared for the screening today of the Channel 4 film, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” at Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York, our main worry was the size of the turnout. [TC]

Government needs to take cognizance of heightening international pressure in conducting investigations into channel 4 film and UN panel report

By National Peace Council

The recent video clip released by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom titled "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" alleges video evidence of civilian casualties and battlefield executions during the final phase of the military conflict which came to a conclusion in 2009. [TC]

Sonia Gandhi or her children Rahul and Priyanka can never become Prime Ministers of India in a legal way

By Dr. Subramanian Swamy

It is now clear that the corrupt cotarie that operates out of 10, Janpath, New Delhi has lost all hope on Dr. Manmohan Singh performing for them in the coming months as the 2G Spectrum Scam unravels and the list of accused lengthens with additions from the Congress Party. [TC]

Serious cultural - behavioral issues prevalent in Sri Lanka and not a conspiracy against it

by Dushy Ranetunge

In the West, when a mistake is made, one is expected to investigate, apologize, and take corrective action to prevent it from being repeated. This behavior is perceived as being responsible and progressive. [TC]

If there is to be reconciliation, there must be rethinking of the concept itself

by Amarnath Amarasingam

As my doctoral dissertation deals with Sri Lankan Tamil activism in Canada, I was asked by a few people why I had not yet weighed in on the recent Channel 4 documentary, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, which in conjunction with the United Nations Report released in March, provides a devastating account of war crimes committed by both Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [TC]

USA and France must set deadline soon for satisfactory response by Sri Lanka

by David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner

In April 2009, we travelled together as foreign ministers to Sri Lanka, as 25 years of fighting between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers neared its end. [TC]

People of righteousness ‘pursue campaign against Sri Lanka with missionary zeal’

by Prof. Michael Roberts

The war crimes accusations levelled against the Sri Lankan government at the moment are driven by a complex coalition of forces. Though the principal engines are Tamil migrants in the Western world bent on vengeance, there are Western people of righteousness in the vanguard as well. [TC]

Resolution passed on Sri Lanka by New Democratic Party at Vancouver convention

At the conclusion of their three-day policy convention in Vancouver British Columbia, the New Democratic Party passed a resolution calling on the United Nations to establish a independent, international and impartial mechanism to ensure truth, accountability and justice in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Sinhala-Tamil strife: We are only small step ahead of Neanderthals now

by Kirillapone Anandasivam

The global exposure of war crimes committed is an ongoing sicking and depressing saga. It is now difficult to call yourself Sri Lankan. [TC]

What is there to restrain the state from persecuting Tamils all over again?

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

Last week, the Rajapaksa regime took one more giant leap back into the past. A peaceful pre-election meeting organised by the TNA in Jaffna was attacked by the army. [TC]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa met TNA leader Sampanthan at India House on June 8th

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa alleges that a section of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is all out to sabotage an effort by TNA leader MP R. Sampanthan to normalise relations between his party and the government. [TC]

Jayalalithaa in new avatar champions Tamil cause

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Actress turned politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram’s triumphant return to the seat of power in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has added a vibrant dimension to the “Intermestic” relationship between India and Sri Lanka.

Jayalalithaa elected as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time has in her current “avatar” seemingly transfigured into an ardent champion of the Tamil cause both in India and Sri Lanka. [click to read in full, on dbsjeyaraj.com]

Killing Fields: 'Recognition that Tamil Tigers were prepared to use as pawns the civilians they claimed to represent is commendable'

In Sri Lanka, Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere, human rights abuses are being recorded and the evidence is on the internet

Guardian / Observer UK Editorial, Jun 19, 2011 [TC]

Killing Fields and the memory of that old barbarity in Anuradhapura

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

On 22nd October 2007, a group of Black Tigers launched a devastating attack on the Saliyapura air force camp. Prior to setting off on their fatal mission, the attackers participated in the usual Black Tiger rituals with Vellupillai Pirapaharan. [TC]

Mahinda will have to explain to his loyal supporters why he has to drop his so called patriotic mission

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Those political writers who believed that Mahinda is independent of the global capitalist system are now crying and wailing. Suddenly the Sinhala giant, the modern Vijaya Bahu has become a boot licker of western powers. [TC]

Channel 4 documentary provides unwarranted distraction from main issues

By Amjad Mohamed Saleem

The recently telecast Channel 4 documentary on ‘Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ sheds no new light (despite claims to the contrary), in terms of groundbreaking evidence, regarding the incidents related to the end of the war in Sri Lanka. If anything, it will seek to entrench already hardened attitudes and decrease the ever reducing space for dialogue and reconciliation. [TC]

India uses UN report on Sri Lanka to assert its interests

By Sarath Kumara

A visit by a high-level Indian delegation to Sri Lanka last week underscored the tense relations between the two neighbours. New Delhi is particularly concerned about Sri Lanka’s deepening relations with India’s rival, China, and is exploiting a UN report on Sri Lankan war crimes to put pressure on Colombo. [TC]

Inept Rajapaksa regime is increasingly isolating Sri Lanka internationally

by Mangala Samaraweera

The ineptitude of the present regime in the face of intensifying and relentless international pressure is driving Sri Lanka further and further into isolation and is likely to have devastating effects for this country’s prospects for rebuilding and reconciliation in the post-conflict phase. [TC]

June 12, 2011

June 12 - 18:

Killing, blood, and justice

by Dr. A. R.M. Imtiyaz

They [Sri Lanka Sinhala forces] killed
Tamil women
children
older Tamils
and [TC]

Graphic footage of the murder of Tamil civilians in a powerful documentary should move the world to seek justice

by Chris Cobb

There is none of the familiar TV editing when the image stops a split second before the final act. What viewers see during the 60-minute Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields are likely the most horrific scenes ever shown on a mainstream television documentary. [TC]

Ambassador Jayatilleka compares Channel 4 claims to earlier claims about WMDs in Iraq

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, in comments to Radio France International (rfi), pointed out that the campaign in sections of the western media were similar to the claims once made regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. [TC]

The Sri Lankan army is essentially Sinhalese and it has an inherent hatred for Tamils

By P C Vinoj Kumar

Not all Sinhalese are evil. Neither is every Tamil a saint. But the fact remains that every soldier in the Sri Lankan army who fought the war against the LTTE during 2008-2009 was a Sinhalese. [TC]

‘India should not use Killing Fields as a stick to beat the SL government with’

by B. Raman

My attention has been drawn to a disturbing documentary titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” produced by Mr.Jon Snow of the Channel4 TV channel of the UK. [TC]

UN country rapporteur must be appointed for human rights issues in Sri Lanka

by Nimalka Fernando

Further, we recommend that GOSL creates national mechanisms which are credible, transparent and representative in character. In order to assure such, reports released by all Commissions appointed in the past should be made public. The people of Sri Lanka have been denied the right to receive information by the non publication of the earlier reports [TC]

Vicious attack by Army in Alaveddy on TNA meeting with MPs present

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

When the army thugs tried to assault Saravanabavan his bodyguards intervened &blocked it.Then the army attacked the bodyguards of TNA MP’s [DBSJ]

Tamils' plight must prick English consciences: Is Cricket tour in balance?

by Mike Atherton

Throughout Sri Lanka’s tour to England, a small and dedicated band of Tamil protesters have done their best to raise awareness of the persecution that members of this minority have suffered and continue to suffer in their homeland [TC]

Why does the Darusman panel report ignore evidence of war crimes?

by David Blacker

In June 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a panel to investigate and and advise him on the possibility of large scale human rights violations in the closing stages of the war in Sri Lanka, primarily in the first quarter of 2009. [TC]

Sri Lanka offers combat equipment to help protect civilians in Congo and Sudan by UN

By Colum Lynch

Sri Lanka has offered to supply the U.N. with three Mi-24 attack helicopters and a pair of fix wing aircraft, a pledge that would help the U.N. meet a severe a shortfall in lethal combat equipment in places like Congo and Sudan and help protect civilians, U.N. based officials told Turtle Bay. [TC]

Memorandum submitted by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J. Jayalalithaa to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [TC]

Both parties to the conflict need to come to terms with the atrocities committed

Denying the truth will not bury it

By Yolanda Foster

Tonight Channel 4 screens its harrowing new documentary, “Sri Lanka, The Killing Fields”. The film highlights massive human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war by both parties to the conflict. [TC]

'The Sri Lankan governments apologists have argued that civilian deaths were a necessary price to pay for the defeat of the Tamil Tigers'

Confronting the Killing Fields

By Sam Zarifi, Director, Asia-Pacific, Amnesty International

Ban Ki-Moon has suggested that he can only establish an international investigation if the Sri Lankan government consents, It would be a sad day for the authority of the Secretary General if he could only authorise investigations approved by the government under scrutiny. [TC]

Those who had no qualms about LTTE war crimes are now claiming Sri Lankan Army is guilty of war crimes

by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP

Now that Channel 4 had produced yet another video which it claims provides unquestionable evidence that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes, it is perhaps worth just recording a few of the facts that have been established in this regard. [TC]

Govt of Sri Lanka categorically denies allegations in Channel 4 film ‘Sri Lanka Killing Fields’ – SL High Commission in London [TC]

'The ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo will augment people-to-people contact'

By Vibhuti Agarwal

A boat service between India and Sri Lanka resumed after a hiatus of about three decades, a development that may help strengthen shaky ties between the two countries. [TC]

Video: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

A hard-hitting investigation into the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war, featuring devastating video evidence of horrific war crimes [TC]

'Sri Lanka trying to pretend events of summarily executed prisoners are history, as the economy and tourism pick up. They are not'

Guardian UK Editorial, Jun 15, 2011

Evidence that won’t be buried: On this occasion there are reasons why it was right to dispense with the responsibility broadcasters have to avoid causing distress [TC]

Channel 4 Video is Fake, Edited and Video taken by Video Camera

BY: Siri Hewawitharana 

It seems new Channel 4 video at UN is worse than the previous one even though new video supposed to show old video clip with added drama and whole video is fake with a date indicating UTC 2009-07-15 13 :17:23 and taken by a Video Camera and Not by a mobile phone as indicated. [TC]

'Time to end culture of impunity and build sustainable peace based on justice for the victims' - NDP Parliamentarian Rathika Sitsabaiesan

The time to build peace in Sri Lanka is now – NDP

At a press conference today, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough-Rouge River) called on all parliamentarians, including the Government of Sri Lanka, to give its full cooperation to the United Nations’ independent inquiry to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. [TC]

Sri Lanka is either not sensitive to the changing dynamics of New Delhi's coalition politics, or it could not care less

By Col R Hariharan

Recently there had been a series of seemingly disconnected events in India, UK and the UN that have a common thread: Sri Lankas conduct in the post war period. [TC]

'I was prepared to Sacrifice power if it could lead to the birth of Tamil eelam'- Karunanidhi

Former Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi has appealed to his political adversaries to stop targeting him on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue while enthusiastically welcoming the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly calling for economic sanctions on the island nation and declaration of those who committed crimes during the war as war criminals. [TC]

Imposition of 'leadership training' deserves to be resisted

 by Nirmalan Dhas

The education system has been a law unto itself in this respect, deciding what mental content and value systems the human species would be permitted to internalize, integrate and live by. [TC]

'My film exposes atrocities committed against civilian Tamils that the UN must not ignore'

by Callum Macrae

It is a moment that speaks volumes. While the Kfir combat jets of the Sri Lankan airforce scream overhead and the heavy artillery of the Sri Lankan army maintains a remorseless barrage on the ground below, a family of terrified Tamil civilians huddle in a shallow trench. [TC]

'Jaffna's pole vault queen' Thanuja sets new record

Jaffna’s pole vault queen S. Thanuja established a new meet record on the first day of the 53rd Junior National Championship that began at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Athletic Stadium in Diyagama on Thursday, June 9. [TC]

Killing Fields: As individual soldiers left with trophy mobile phone videos, ‘war crimes’ was the last thing in the minds of Sri Lankan authorities

by Dushy Ranetunge in London

The long awaited Channel 4 programme titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” will be screened at 11pm next Tuesday night. The late evening timing of the screening is attributed to the gruesome nature of the video, perhaps the most disturbing programme to be aired by a British TV channel. [TC]

Economic sanctions on Sri Lanka damaging for India’s national interest’

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Saturday described as “not only ridiculous but also highly damaging for India’s national interest,” the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution asking the Centre to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. [TC]

“We have not dealt with issues raised by one state or a few Individuals “- Shivshankar Menon

by R.K.Radhakrishnan

The quicker Sri Lanka can come to a political arrangement “in which all communities are comfortable…the better,” National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said here after a series of meetings with Sri Lankan officials, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “We will do whatever we can to arrive at it.” [TC]

Jayalalithaa resolution on Sri Lanka indicates that the Rajapaksas cannot be persuaded or cajoled but must be forced

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

First came the words, tough, unequivocal and uncompromising, the new chief minister keeping a promise to her electorate. Jayalalitha Jeyaram piloted a needle-sharp resolution through the Tamil Nadu regional assembly demanding that the Centre impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. [TC]

Forensic video experts confirm authenticity of Channel 4 Video

By Janith Aranze

Since the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) viewed Channel 4’s startling documentary Killing Fields, depicting Tamil prisoners being summarily executed by Sri Lankan soldiers, the government refuses to acknowledge the documentary as a credible source. [TC]

Mahinda Samarasinghe submits confusing and contradictory statements to UN Human Rights Councils – TCHR

Excerpt of the letter handed over to the UN High Commission for Human Rights – Ms. Navaneetham Pillai.

As an organization which consistently pays careful attention to realities in Sri Lanka, we would like to present our observations below for your kind consideration. [TC]

Kandasamy (1947) Somapala (1980) and Roshen Rathnasekera (2011) are the ‘June Heroes’ of working class struggle

By Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Many decades ago in1947 June 5, comrade Velupillai Kandasamy a young member of the GCSU, was killed while participating in a demonstration. He was a clerical officer of the department of health and sanitary services and was killed by police firing ordered by the British police superintendent Robins. [TC]

Investigators may soon ‘discover’ ‘links’ between the JVP and/or FTZ trade unions and the LTTE

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

It was the time of the month to conjure the Tiger from the dead, retell terrifying stories about its evil deeds and issue dark warnings about its ominous intents. [TC]

Caste based occupational structure hinders establishment of competitive labour market in Jaffna

By Dr.Muttukrishna Sarvananthan

When a private light engineering firm in Jaffna called for applications to fill a few vacancies no applications were received. On the other hand, according to the District Secretary Ms. Imelda Sukumar, when the local agriculture department called for applications to fill one hundred (100) vacancies it received nearly eleven thousand (11,000) applications. [TC]

June 05, 2011

Jun 5 - 11:

Rathika Sitsabaiesan makes maiden address in three languages in Canadian Parliament

Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP for Scarborough–Rouge River addresses the House Of Commons for the first time since her election win in 2011, in English, French and Tamil. [TC]

Tamil women in North-East Sri Lanka being abused by military as in the case of Bosnia

by Paul Newman
Bangalore10 Jun 2011

During the war in Bosnia, the world was horrified by stories of war babies as women were the prime target of marauding soldiers who were out to change the demography of the land. A similar undercurrent with the aid of the Sri Lankan State is happening in northern Sri Lanka. [TC]

Voice of Jayalalithaa a dawn of new hope for Sri Lankan Tamils

by Sam Rajappa

When the British retreated from Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka, in 1948, it comprised two nation states – the Northern and the Eastern Provinces constituting the Tamil state and the rest of the country constituting the Sinhala state with a central government based in Colombo. [TC]

Conflicting signals about role of private sector in economic development could deter investment in Sri Lanka – IMF

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) took the decision in April to shift from quarterly to semi-annual reviews under the US$2.5 billion Stand-By Arrangement with Sri Lanka, which was approved on July 24, 2009. [TC]

Channel 4 tests boundaries of broadcasting with Sri Lanka war documentary

by Ian Burrell

Channel 4 has sanctioned the broadcast of the most graphic and disturbing images that the network has ever screened, showing summary executions and the corpses of women who appear to have been sexually abused, to highlight evidence of alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan soldiers. [TC]

Why Channel 4 decided to show horrific footage on Sri Lanka war

by Dorothy Byrne

The bodies of naked women are thrown and dragged on to the back of a truck. As each woman is pulled aboard, soldiers make crude remarks and laugh. [TC]

Friday Forum deeply concerned about leadership training outside university system

by Jayantha Dhanapala and Professor Savitri Goonesekere

The Friday Forum makes this statement in a spirit of democratic dialogue on the above issue, which we believe is of concern to all citizens. [TC]

Interpol notice issued against Karuna loyalist ‘Santhiveli Maamaa’ for offences in Switzerland

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

An INTERPOL wanted notice has been issued against a Sri Lankan Tamil named Vadivel Mahendran at the behest of Switzerland Police authorities [TC]

2G Scam Part 2: Was Sri Lanka Telecom's stake holder favoured?

By Chackravarthy 

” I did not favour any company over others and no company was allowed to jump the queue. I was totally impartial. There was no loss to the government during my tenure as Union telecom minister. I was not even a minister when Astro invested in Sun TV Network. I own no shares or interest in Sun TV Network”. [TC]

Checkmate, Rajapakse! The UN report, militarism and public religion in Sri  Lanka

 By Darini Rajasingham Senanayake

Many things in the international arena came together to cast a shadow on the second anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Government’s victory over the LTTE, after three decades of war on May 19, 2011. [TC]

Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution is devoid of substance – High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam

“..Very unfortunate; because Sri Lankan state and Sri Lankan people only have very goodwill towards Tamil Nadu people and Tamil Nadu government. [TC]

Tamil Nadu assembly wants those behind civilian deaths declared as ‘war criminals’

The Assembly on Wednesday, Jun 8th passed a special resolution demanding that the Centre take action to get all those responsible for large-scale civilian deaths, during the Sri Lankan civil war, declared as ‘war criminals’ by the United Nations. [TC]

Patent double standards in Christof Heyns report on Channel 4 Video

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

The double standards that are patent in the report of Christof Heyns on the Channel 4 video almost defy belief. [TC] 

Memorial monument for Tamils killed at Mullivaaikkal being constructed in Thanjaavoor

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj 

An elaborate structure called”Mullivaaikkaal Martyrs Memorial”is to be constructed in the Thanjaavoor district of Tamil Nadu state in India. [DBSJ]

Govt trying to entice 3 MPs from the Tamil National Alliance

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

 The United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA)Govt is trying to get 3 MP’s from the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)to cross over to the govt side. [DBSJ]

Unsolved murder of Journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga: Murdered with impunity

by Committee to Protect Journalists 

In “Murdered With Impunity,” Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe describes the unsolved murder of her husband, the editor Lasantha Wickramatunga. Although Wickramatunga was beaten to death on a busy street in broad daylight, the government has failed to apprehend his attackers. [TC]

Some of the pressure on Ban Ki moon to appoint the Darusman Panel came from Louise Arbour

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P 

I have long had a soft spot for Mr Ban Ki-moon. I realize this might make me unpopular with Sri Lankans who see the UN as a monolith, but I believe that analysis of his statements over the years suggests that he does his best to uphold basic principles, both those of moral decency as well as those on which the UN was founded. [TC]

Armed forces should play a leading role in responding to allegations against them

By Kalana Senaratne 

Two years after the end of the armed conflict, Sri Lanka is in search of yet another diplomatic victory, yet again at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. Reason? [TC]

UN screens channel 4 film featuring 'damning new evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity'

A special investigation by Channel 4 featuring devastating new evidence of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka is screened at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, as pressure mounts for action. [TC]

Mahinda woos Jayalalithaa through Milinda Moragoda and Chandrababu Naidu

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka is trying to establish cordial relations with Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa Jayaram through Andhra Pradesh ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu. [DBSJ]

Sinhalaisation of the Tamil North amidst increased militarisation

by Ranga Jayasuriya

Omanthai, the former entry point to the then Tiger controlled areas of the Wanni has now been given new Sinhala terminology. [TC]

Sycophantic gibberish of saying Rajapaksas are descendants of Dutu Gemunu and relatives of Lord Buddha

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“People prefer not to know and not to understand that something terrible is happening….” – From ‘Occupation of the Territories: Israel Soldiers Testimonies 2000-2010’

Roshain Shanaka died not because FTZ workers demonstrated against the private sector pension plan. Roshain Shanaka died because the police used live-bullets against unarmed (sticks and stones do not count as arms) demonstrators. [TC]

Historic display of public accountability by the Rajapaksa regime

by Namini Wijedasa

If there was ever an instance of a government putting the cart before the horse, this has got to be it. And what a spectacular putting of the cart before the horse it was! [TC]

Those who instructed Mahinda to follow a genocidal war policy are threatening him with war crimes

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The leadership training programme of the government for the fresh under graduates exposes the problem faced by the government. Clearly, the excuses given by the regime to justify the use of military for this purpose, were lame; to tell the least. [TC]

Chief Justice or her husband must resign to Avoid Conflict of Interest Situation

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Sri Lanka on 18 May 2011. While some remained silent most local media outlets published news items and features supporting her appointment. [TC]