Monthly Archives: February 2015

Tamil diaspora organisations call on the UN to release OISL report in March

Tamil diaspora organisations call on the UN to release OISL report in March

Fifteen Tamil Diaspora organisation worldwide have  urged in a joint letter written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 15 February, to release the OISL report in March 2015 as originally mandated in a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights …

Firm Up Ties, But With Caution

Firm Up Ties, But With Caution

As Sri Lankan President M Sirisena prepares to have talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, opinion makers here have urged him to be cautious in his bid to improve ties with India, even as they endorsed his policy of recognising …

Prabhakaran Still Inspires Tamils: MP

Prabhakaran Still Inspires Tamils: MP

Hailing the late LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran as a wonderful symbol of the freedom struggle of Eelam Tamils, Sri Lankan Tamil MP Sridharan on Sunday said as long as Tamils live, the Tamil Tiger leader will inspire Tamils in their fight for justice. “We have …

India must support post war democratic Sri Lanka

India must support post war democratic Sri Lanka

By: Ahilan Kadirgamar.     Sri Lanka’s tragic postcolonial history is marked by lost opportunities. Regimes in Colombo were unable to forge a political settlement for six decades and after 1987, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) unilaterally returned to war closing every opening …

President Maithripala Sirisena begins India visit today

President Maithripala Sirisena begins India visit today

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for India today on his first foreign trip after assuming charge during which he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss key issues including peace, and reconciliation process in his country. The 63-year-old leader, who will arrive …

Movement to bring former rebels into the political mainstream

Movement to bring former rebels into the political mainstream

A former editor of popular pro-LTTE publications has started a movement to bring into the political mainstream former rebels and their supporters, who were outrightly rejected or discriminated against by the post-war Tamil polity in Sri Lanka. N Vithyatharan, ex-editor of Tamil dailies Sudar Oli …

Muslims want probe to hate campaign

Muslims want probe to hate campaign

Faiszer Musthapha, MP of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Azath Sally, Member of the Central Provincial Council, has asked President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint a commission to inquire into the “hate campaign and violence” against Muslims in the last four years and take …

Resolution tabled and adopted at a correct time

Resolution tabled and adopted at a correct time

The Genocide resolution adopted in the Northern Provincial council is giving complete satisfaction and pleasure to me, said Sivajilingam, a former TNA MP and current Provincial Council Member and the person who tabled a similar resolution last year in the Provincial Council. He said that …

US wants Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein to decide on the investigation report

US wants Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein to decide on the investigation report

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki answering questions at the daily press briefing held on 13 February 2015 said that Secretary Kerry reiterated our commitment to the people of Sri Lanka after the historic January 8th elections and for the ongoing effort to strengthen democratic institutions …

Genocide resolution was an “expression of the emotions and feelings of the Tamil people

Genocide resolution was an “expression of the emotions and feelings of the Tamil people

Northern Chief Minister Vigneswaran at the meeting on 12 February, had explained to President Maithripala Sirisena the circumstances under which the NPC resolution was drafted and presented. He said that the resolution was an “expression of the emotions and feelings of the Tamil people” and …