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Photos: Sri Lanka's war widows seek return of land
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
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News: PM calls for progress reports on major crimes during Rajapakse time
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka's Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called on officials to provide progress reports on the investigations on several high profile murders and disappearances that were committed during the previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure. The Prime Minister has asked for reports on the progress of cases including the murders of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, former Tamil MP Nadarajah Raviraj, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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News: TNA will not attend Geneva UNHRC session
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson and MP M.A. Sumanthiran said today that TNA had not decided to send a party delegation to attend the forth coming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. However, he said some members might go in their individual capacities. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, was in Geneva lobbying at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for release of the UN’s investigative report on allegations of war crimes committed in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV in North Sri Lanka.
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News: Vanni 2002 – 2006; What I Owe the People of the Vanni
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
It was February 2002 when I returned to Sri Lanka from the US, scarcely a month after the announcement of the Ceasefire Agreement that ended hostilities, following the 20 year old civil war. Now, for the first time the marvel of peace among our people was a real possibility. Like many other Tamils of my generation who were nurtured on the premise of achieving our rights via peaceful and non-violent means, I was able to leave the country at the onset of the civil war when it became evident that violent means had hijacked all peaceful methods of non-violent agitation and activism for our rights.
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Events: சமூக அரசியல் சந்திப்பும் விரிவான கலந்துரையாடலும்
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
The Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, Norbiton, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7AZ
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Photos: TNA Wants International Court, Not International Probe: Senathirajah
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
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News: Prabhakaran's reluctance to embrace federalism and lack of bipartisan spirit of SLFP and UNP: Two difficulties encountered by Norway - Erik Solheim
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Erik Solheim was the Chief Negotiator for the peace process between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and now-defunct militant organisation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This peace process led to the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) in February 2002 which continued with six rounds of direct peace talks during 2002 to 2003, and what is known as the Oslo Declaration on a Federal State in Sri Lanka.
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Events: TGTE - கோடைகால விளையாட்டு விழா - 2015
Posted Date: 06/09/2015 (Sunday)
Mordan Park, London Road, SM4 5HE
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Photos: Chinese influence wanes on Sri Lanka’s shifting sands
Posted Date: 06/09/2015 (Sunday)
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News: The Left takes a back seat in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 05/09/2015 (Saturday)
The first sitting of Sri Lanka’s new parliament took place this week amidst some uncertainty. Following the United National Party (UNP) election victory, negotiations continue on the formation of a national government, with a number of MPs from the opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) expected to be given ministerial portfolios. The new cabinet is yet to be announced. One thing that’s clear is that the Left will no longer wield much clout. Earlier, though few in number the leftist MPs held important positions.
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News: Why small states matter in international politics: The case of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
Sri Lanka occupied little thought throughout the West for much of the period since independence in 1948. In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka began to feature as a country of strategic relevance to great powers, particularly China and the United States. Sitting at the center of the Indian Ocean, halfway between China and the key energy resources in the Middle East, Beijing has sought to influence politics on the island. But it has suffered blows this year, with Mahinda Rajapaksa (friendly to Chinese interests) losing the presidency in January and his party losing in recent parliamentary elections to the center-right United National Party. Now, pro-Western Ranil Wickramasinghe holds the position of prime minister.
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News: TNA agrees to give post of Chief Opposition Whip to JVP
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
It was reported that the TNA has agreed to give the post of Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament to JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. When the post of the Opposition Leader was obtained by a party usually the post of Chief Opposition Whip, too, went to the same party. Yet, the TNA had decided to hand that opportunity over to the JVP, TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said.
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News: India’s Stand on Death Penalty and Torture is a Self-goal in Fighting Terror
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
The Law Commission’s recent report recommending the abolition of the death penalty except for cases related to terror and ‘waging war’ ignores a critical fact – that to fight terror, it might be more practical to do away with the death penalty. The Law Commission was responding to a Supreme Court suggestion in the case of Santosh Kumar Satishbhushan Bariyar vs Maharashtra and Shankar Kisanrao Khade vs Maharashtra, that it revisit the issue of death penalty in India to “allow for an up-to-date and informed discussion and debate on the subject.”
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News: Syrian Children … The Drowned Dream Syrian Children’s Death Toll during 2015
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
Syrian Network for Human Rights has documented the killing of 2236 children by the main conflict parties in Syria since 1 January 2015 and up till 31 August 2015.
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Photos: Video: Gota, Duminda grilled for 3 hrs; asked to appear tomorrow too
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: Leader of Opposition Sampanthan Moots New Scheme for Devolution of Power
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: India attaches highest importance to ties with Sri Lanka: Narendra Modi
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: Sri Lanka names first Tamil opposition chief in decades
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: No previous govt had such overwhelming two-thirds majority-retired armed forces rep War veteran reminds opposition of its responsibility
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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News: Vantharumoolai Refugee Camp Disappearances: 20 years of waiting
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
Many may not know that, when 5th September 2015 dawns, it will be 25 years of waiting for 158 families, who ‘lost’ a member or two on that day of 5th September 1990 from the VANTHARUMOOLAI REFUGEE CAMP at EASTERN UNIVERSITY. They did not go missing as usual, where no one knew where they went. In this case these 158 were ‘handed over’/ ‘taken over’ by the Sri Lankan Military in front of a population of nearly 40,000 people. They were forced into buses and were driven away in the direction of Valaichenai. This was the last time anyone saw any of them, to date.
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