Sri Lanka: Sifting the earth of the killing fields

vanni 24 jan 2009Sri Lanka: Sifting the earth of the killing fields[ Economic Times ][ May 29 12:48 GMT ]

India has been heavily invested in Sri Lankan politics, playing a crucial role during many decisive moments in the last three decades. However, after reluctantly pressing the Sri Lankan government for human rights accountability, lately, India seems to have completely withdrawn from its responsibility as a UNHRC member and important south Asian country. The new government in Delhi needs to recognise the fact that there has been no movement on justice delivery in Sri Lanka.As a responsible and emerging global power, India should own up to its responsibility and facilitate a UN-led independent probe into alleged war crimes that would begin to tell us what exactly happened in those horrific last months of the war. [ full story |

UN concern at Malaysia’s expulsion of Tamil Tiger suspects[ BBC ][ May 29 12:51 GMT ]

The UN says it is concerned at Malaysia’s deportation of three men accused of trying to revive the Tamil Tiger rebel group to Sri Lanka. The UN’s refugee agency said two of the men were refugees and another was seeking asylum. It warned that they were now at risk of “serious harm”. [ full story |

Sri Lanka: Cheran, Poetry Postcards[ BBC ][ May 26 20:30 GMT ]

We have raised up our white flags. No sign yet of the promised message for which we wait. Darkness spreads even as the sun rises, slowly, slowly. We look once more at our friends who were denied the peace of a painless death whose blood flows as they breathe their last. Our satellite telephones will go with us to the cremation ground, to the very end. But this is my final call: We must leave now. (Note: this poem refers to a disputed incident that occurred during the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war in May 2009.) [ full story |

Sri Lankan asylum seekers wrongly expelled[ Swiss Info ][ May 26 14:29 GMT ]

The Federal Migration Office has come under fire for wrongly rejecting asylum applications from two Sri Lankans who were arrested on their return to their home country and are still in prison. Following reevaluation, deportations are to resume. A report released on Monday referred to a series of blunders resulting from “systemic conditions”, which led to the wrong decision being made in 2011. [ full story |

Malaysia arrests three Tamil Tiger suspects[ BBC ][ May 26 13:31 GMT ]

Malaysian police say they have arrested three Sri Lankans accused of trying to revive the Tamil Tiger rebel group. They are accused of raising funds and spreading propaganda for the group. A police spokesman was quoted as saying the suspects were senior operatives and had registered with the UN as refugees to “avoid suspicion”. The now defunct Tamil Tigers were crushed when their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed by Sri Lankan forces in 2009 after years of war. [ full story |

Modi’s Rajapakse problem – A humble proposal[ CentreRight ][ May 26 12:43 GMT ]

While one may analyze if the invitation to SAARC heads of government was necessary for the swearing in of an Indian PM, citing pros and cons for the same, let this not be in the cost of misreading ground realities. The present SL government led by Rajapakse is actually guilty of serious war crimes. It cannot be denied. It is realpolitik considerations of India, that the GOI allowed it to happen. As long as Rajapakse government is there, and there is no “nudging” from India, the Tamils of SL will not be served well. This much is very clear. Rajapakse will listen if there is someone in Delhi bold enough to make him listen. [ full story |

Vaiko Detained for Protesting against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Visit [ PTI ][ May 26 13:08 GMT ]

MDMK chief Vaiko was today detained along with 100 of his party cadres for defying prohibitory orders after he led a demonstration in Delhi against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. A section of protestors also set the Sri Lankan national flag on fire, besides burning the portraits of Mr Rajapaksa on Parliament Street in Delhi. [ full story |

Acid test for Eezham Tamil Bishops, TN Archbishop should intervene[TamilNet]

The announcement of Pope Francis to visit Mahinda Rajapaksa’s genocidal Sri Lanka in January 2015 is not a small matter. It is like giving a ‘spiritual finishing touch’ to the temporal conquest achieved through genocide cum agent State paradigm by current imperialism. What is actually meant by the idea, ‘reconciliation’ for a united island after genocide, hatched by the US State Department in 2009, is explicitly evident in the last five years in the form of Sinhala militarisation, colonisation, structural genocide and annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils. The Pope now visiting the island carrying the banner of ‘reconciliation’ is not going to reverse the process, but will only confirm the process. Full story >>