Nadesan, Pulidevan executed by Sri Lankan Army in ‘White Flag’ incident

Pulidevan and  Nadesan killed**

Nadesan, Pulidevan executed by Sri Lankan Army in ‘White Flag’ incident[ TruthDive ][ Mar 05 14:55 GMT ]

Nadesan and Pulidevan, LTTE’s political wing leaders were executed by the genocidal Sri Lankan Army in cold blood, reveals new evidence provided in the 253-page report titled, ’Island of Impunity’ issued by the Australian-based International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) early February this year. The new evidence of Sri Lanka’s genocidal killings staged during the final months of its bloodied civil war against Tamil tiger rebels, LTTE in May 2009 including eye-witness accounts now surface in the run up to the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. [ full story |

Bring up the bodies[ The Economist ][ Mar 07 03:24 GMT ]

EVIDENCE of past atrocities keeps turning up in Sri Lanka. Last year 154 bodies were unearthed from a mass grave behind a hospital in Matale, in the centre of the island—victims, in all likelihood, of an uprising by Marxist rebels in the 1980s. In February an excavation in Mannar, in the north-west, produced 81 bodies, casualties of a bigger and more recent conflict, the long civil war between Tamil secessionists and the state. The police blame the rebels, a cruel and bloodthirsty movement defeated in 2009, for the deaths. But the army is not above suspicion either. [ full story |

House Of Commons Subcommittee On International Human Rights Calls On The Government Of Sri Lanka To Allow An Independent International Inquiry Into Alleged Human Rights Violations[ Government of Canada ][ Mar 06 20:33 GMT ]

After hearing timely and compelling testimony from witnesses regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and on the issue of accountability and reconciliation in that country since the end of the civil war in 2009, on 27 February 2014, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development adopted the following motion:… [ full story |

India saves Sri Lanka again, but it can’t stop Eelam[ Weekend Leader ][ Mar 06 14:12 GMT ]

Thanks to pussyfooting by India, the US-UK resolution on Sri Lanka at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva gives President Mahinda Rajapaksa impunity for another year. According to last year’s resolution, he was to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law. He has done nothing of that sort as confirmed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, in her advance written report to the Geneva conference. – See more at:,-but-it-can%E2%80%99t-stop-eelam.html#sthash.lNM8jll7.dpuf [ full story |

Tutu to the UN: Sri Lanka needs healing[ Mail & Guardian ][ Mar 05 14:58 GMT ]

We, concerned individuals and organisations from around the world, urge the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to use their March 2014 session to pass a resolution that will include a commitment to an independent international investigation in the form of a commission of inquiry in Sri Lanka. Only this will help put the country on the path to justice and reconciliation. Although the long-running civil war ended in May 2009, a lasting peace is not in sight and we remain gravely concerned for the future of the people of Sri Lanka. [ full story |

TN: Cong isolated as other parties stay away[ PTI ][ Mar 05 15:57 GMT ]

As the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and attack on state fishermen dominated the political scene in Tamil Nadu ahead of the April 24 Lok Sabha polls, Congress finds itself isolated in the electoral race with almost all parties choosing to stay away from it. With former ally DMK virtually shutting the doors and DMDK inching towards BJP; Congress, which used to ride piggyback on either of the two major Dravidian parties, DMK or AIADMK, is starring at a repeat of the 1998 scenario when it was left to fend itself. The party then drew a blank. [ full story |

North Korea, Sri Lanka reports show a UN that’s still relevant[ Globe and Mail ][ Mar 05 17:09 GMT ]

The value of the United Nations is often a topic of debate. This intergovernmental organization established almost 70 years ago comprises 193 countries, but has reached a stage where some question its usefulness in the 21st century. While its primary goal is to maintain international peace and security, promote human rights and provide humanitarian aid, the veto power of the Security Council has sometimes paralyzed the UN’s effectiveness relating to its first core principles of maintaining peace and security. [ full story |

Rajiv case: SC defers Centre’s plea against release of convicts[ PTI ][ Mar 06 14:05 GMT ]

The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred until March 26 the hearing on the Centre’s plea against the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release seven prisoners convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam adjourned the case and posted it for final hearing on March 26 after the Centre sought time to file a rejoinder to state government’s response. Earlier, the apex court had restrained the state government from releasing the prisoners who were undergoing life sentence and directed it to maintain status quo. [ full story |

“Being a chosen shepherd of Christ I am accountable for the lost sheep”[ Weekend Leader ][ Mar 06 14:07 GMT ]

Bishop Rayappu Joseph is called the Oscar Romeiro of Mannar by the Tamils of Sri Lanka. He is known as ‘Kotiya’ or the Tiger Bishop by the Sinhalese. A Doctorate in Canon Law from Rome, he was ordained as the second Bishop of Mannar in 1992. Since then he has become the voice of the voiceless Tamil civilians in the north, and the most hated person in the Sinhalese dominated south. Under his leadership, Mannar diocese is running homes for war orphans, abandoned children and the elderly, health care centers, dispensaries, girls’ hostels, vocational training centers, rehabilitation centers for refugees, centers for fishermen, and conducting human rights training programs for the clergy and civilians. [ full story |

Myanmar’s Tamils seek to protect their identity[ BBC ][ Mar 06 14:08 GMT ]

People of Indian origin make up of roughly 2% of Myanmar’s 55-million population, but the experiences of Tamil people – who comprise the largest group – have veered from one extreme to the other in the past 200 years. After independence in 1948, the introduction of land reforms, the imposition of the Burmese language and the decision to give preferential treatment to the majority Burmese community pushed Tamils down in the social hierarchy. They are now trying to revive their language and culture by opening new schools. Tamils from south India began migrating to Myanmar – also now known as Burma – during the early 19th Century. [ full story |

TN claims right to remit Rajiv killers’ sentence[ Times of India ][ Mar 07 03:01 GMT ]

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it was the ‘appropriate government’ under law to remit the life sentences of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case as a major part of their 23-year incarceration was to serve out sentences for offences under Indian Penal Code. It conceded that the Centre would have been the appropriate government if these prisoners were serving sentences under centrally administered laws like Arms Act, Passport Act, Foreigners Act and Wireless & Telegraph Act. [ full story |

Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle[ Huffington Post ][ Mar 07 03:14 GMT ]

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation. With neither President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime nor the Tamil political parties being able to agree on any productive steps that can be taken to ensure reconciliation, the government is now facing a third U.S.-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. As the country prepares to face this resolution, in what appears to be a losing battle, there seems to be little know-how on the part of the government in solving the issues before them. “Reconciliation” and “accountability” are words being brandished in the direction of the Sri Lankan government, yet neither is appearing on the regime’s to-do list. [ full story |

Calls for independent oversight of border police renewed[ Toronto Star ][ Mar 06 14:12 GMT ]

Advocacy groups are renewing calls for an independent oversight body to investigate complaints against the Canada Border Services Agency, pointing to recent incidents of alleged abuses by enforcement officials. Seven years after a judicial inquiry recommendation to subject the agency to independent review, the call has fallen on deaf ears by the federal government, said Josh Paterson of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association. [ full story |

Australia’s asylum seeker policies under UN scrutiny[ Radio Australia ][ Mar 07 03:11 GMT ]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on Australia to review its offshore processing arrangements for asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Ms Pillay was speaking in an opening address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva .. The singling out of Australia’s offshore detention policy came in a report that also detailed the human rights abuse records of countries like Syria, North Korea and Sri Lanka. [ full story |