Monthly Archives: July 2014

Coalition for change of Constitution

Coalition for change of Constitution

The civil society movement leading the charge on axing the presidency yesterday unveiled a six month post-electoral roadmap for constitutional change by a common candidate, creating momentum for broad opposition consensus on the issue. Marking a major milestone in the movement to field a single-issue, …

For West, Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka’s Modi

For West, Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka’s Modi

It is a measure of Sri Lanka’s return to “normal” democratic politics that conspiracy theories are once again resonating in Colombo. Compared to the situation just three years ago when “politics” continued to centre on the 30-year-long bloody civil war that mercifully came to an …

Tamil asylum seekers will be taken to camp on Australian mainland

Tamil asylum seekers will be taken to camp on Australian mainland

The Australian border protection vessel carrying 157 Tamil asylum seekers is on its way to the Australian territory of the Cocos Islands, from where the department of immigration plans to transfer the asylum seekers to immigration detention on the Australian mainland, Guardian Australia can reveal. …

Ed Miliband – Important we never forget’ Black July

Ed Miliband – Important we never forget’ Black July

The leader of the British opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband has stressed the importance of not forgetting the lives lost during Black July, in a statement to commemorate the pogroms in 1983. “This month, in remembrance of Black July, we commemorate the lives of Tamil …

Will go to Sri Lanka and surrender to survive: Rameswaram fishermen

Will go to Sri Lanka and surrender to survive: Rameswaram fishermen

Fed up with frequent arrests and ‘harassment’ by Sri Lankan naval personnel, fishermen from this coastal town today said they would proceed to the island nation with their families on August 2 and surrender to officials there “to at least survive and earn their livelihood …

Jayalalithaa urges Narendra Modi to give visa to UN team

Jayalalithaa urges Narendra Modi to give visa to UN team

Expressing surprise over reports indicating denial of visa by the Centre to a United Nations team probing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant them visa to enable them to hold a fair probe. …

Swamy’s Sri Lanka visit fuels criticism

Swamy’s Sri Lanka visit fuels criticism

Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi president T. Velmurugan has questioned the locus standi of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramaniam Swamy visiting Sri Lanka and having discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on strategic issues. In a statement released here, he said that Dr. Swamy had led a five-member …

India to upgrade creche facilities on estates

India to upgrade creche facilities on estates

India has agreed to upgrade facilities at 70 child development centers in Sri Lanka’s estate regions, where a sizeable number of Tamils of Indian origin work. Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha signed an agreement with a private company on Tuesday, for the project that will …

EU concerned about efforts to restrict activities of civil society

EU concerned about efforts to restrict activities of civil society

Colombo, 23 July 2014 Joint local statement on Restrictions on Non-Governmental Organisations and on Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka. The European Union Delegation in agreement with the Embassies of EU Member States in Sri Lanka, as well as the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland issue the following …

Parents of Missing Tamil Children demand answers from Ananthi Sasitharan

Parents of Missing Tamil Children demand answers from Ananthi Sasitharan

Ananthi Sasitharan TNA member of the Northern Provincial Council was in for a surprise when she arrived at the Mullaitivu Magistrates courts on 21st July 2014 for the continuation of the case filed by her. She never expected hundreds of Tamils to brave the scorching …