Monthly Archives: August 2014

The nowhere people

The nowhere people

On Friday, August 1, the Australian government secretly transferred 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers to the Nauru Detention Centre. While staying in refugee camps in India, they had taken a boat from Puducherry to reach Australia but were intercepted in the middle of the …

We Won’t Be Suppressed For Long — Suresh Premachandran

We Won’t Be Suppressed For Long — Suresh Premachandran

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) warns the Government of a Tamil democratic uprising in the future to win the rights of Tamils in the country if the Government continues to fail addressing the burning issues of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. According to TNA …

Nedumaran wants weapons for fisherman

Nedumaran wants weapons for fisherman

If the Indian Navy “continues to fail to protect” Tamil Nadu fishermen from attacks by the Sri Lankan navy, the State government should then impart weapons training to fishermen to defend themselves from being hunted down on the high seas, Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, Pazha. …

Lawyers for families reqest further excavations of Mannar mass grave

Lawyers for families reqest further excavations of Mannar mass grave

Lawyers representing families of disappeared Tamils have filed an application in court, requesting further excavation of a mass grave that was unearthed in Mannar in December last year, reports BBC Tamil. The remains of at least 80 people were excavated from the mass grave in …

Five Years After the Capture of Ex-LTTE Chief “KP” in Malaysia

Five Years After the Capture of Ex-LTTE Chief “KP” in Malaysia

It was five years ago on August 5th 2009 that Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias “KP” the chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was captured in Malaysia and brought to Colombo in a well-planned operation amounting to an “extraordinary rendition”. KP who had served …

That democratic space has now being sullied

That democratic space has now being sullied

As the Provincial Superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Colombo Province), I wish to express my feelings of deep disappointment and frustration over the deplorable and despicable incident that transpired at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), at 281, Deans Road, Colombo 10, …

LTTE had a ‘mole’ in 10 Janpath: Former home secretary

LTTE had a ‘mole’ in 10 Janpath: Former home secretary

The LTTE had a “mole” in 10 Janpath, and Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was part of a conspiracy “hatched by several influential people in faraway places”, says former India’s home secretary R.D. Pradhan.”Someone inside 10 Janpath provided crucial information to the mole,” says Pradhan in his …

Proper Channels to be Used With Lanka on Sensitive Issues: India

Proper Channels to be Used With Lanka on Sensitive Issues: India

Appropriate channels with Sri Lanka will be used to address issues of sensitive nature, the Ministry of External Affairs said today amid reports of a Pakistani diplomat, posted in Colombo, being involved in a conspiracy to target the US and Israel consulates in south India …

My 157 clients’ ordeal highlights Scott Morrison’s hypocrisy

My 157 clients’ ordeal highlights Scott Morrison’s hypocrisy

In 1976, when I was a young boy, I recall seeing The Voyage of the Damned, a movie about the tragic 1939 voyage of SS St Louis, which carried German Jewish refugees on board. The passengers were denied asylum by Cuba, and sent back to …

UN says right to peaceful assembly needs to be respected

UN says right to peaceful assembly needs to be respected

Addressing the daily press briefing on 06 August 2014, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that the UN office in New York did not have first-hand details about the particular incident in Maradana. This was in answer to a question on Sri Lanka. Question:  I …