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December 11, 2012

Why does the world ignore Sri Lanka’s crimes?

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 8:11 pm

 No one knows how many thousands of people died in Sri Lanka in 2009, the year that marked the end of a decades-long struggle between the Sri Lankan government and the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (known more commonly as the Tamil Tigers). Certainly, it was one of the bloodier conflicts that the world has witnessed in recent decades. But no one outside Sri Lanka really seems to care. After years of bitter conflict between the two sides, one that witnessed the inaugural use of the suicide belt in the 1980s, the Sri Lankan government launched a no-holds-barred offensive against the Tigers in the latter years of the last decade, resulting in enormous carnage. [ full story | National Post ][ Dec 11 11:29 GMT ]

Militarisation: srilanka a state of terror

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 8:09 pm

The Sri Lankan state has relentlessly continued to consolidate its militarisation of the North-East since the armed conflict drew to a close in 2009. Regardless of international efforts at closed door diplomacy and the occasional public wrist slapping, the Sri Lankan state has shown no signs of relenting. The burgeoning military budget, the grabbing of civilian lands for military housing and establishments, and the military’s saturating presence within everyday civilian life has continued; not only contrary to well-trodden paths of post-conflict reconciliation, but in brazen defiance of international criticism.

The significance of militarisation of the North-East however, goes beyond these measurable markers and tangible concerns. The end of the armed conflict has not proved to be a window of opportunity, to ensure equal rights for all citizens or create a ‘terrorism’-free liberal democracy. Instead it has been exploited by the Sri Lankan state as an opportunity to orchestrate the unhindered expansion of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony. Delirious with victory, the state, armed with its military, has embarked on an uncompromising goal of asserting a Sinhala Buddhist identity throughout the island and ruthlessly erasing any expression of an Eelam Tamil one.

Militarisation of the Tamil homeland needs to be understood within this context. It is not the physical deployment of Sri Lankan military soldiers in the North-East, but a state of terror imposed on the Tamil nation.

It is not merely a question of numbers, or ratio of soldiers to civilians. The crux of the problem is with the very make-up of the military and the purpose of its deployment in the North-East. Comprised overwhelmingly of the Sinhala Buddhist majority, it is irrefutable that the military stands accused of committing the most grievous crimes against the Tamil population. Whilst those at the top of the chain of command must be answerable to genocide, the Sri Lankan state’s absolute refusal to independently investigate the allegations and bring those individually responsible to account, ensures that to the Tamil nation, each and every Sri Lankan soldier is tainted with guilt. The very same soldiers that they have seen commit horrific acts of violence during the armed conflict, are now responsible for ‘security’ in their towns and villages.

In this setting, to argue that a decreased, more ‘reasonable’ deployment of the military would be acceptable, is to make a mockery of the victims and illustrates an abject failure to grasp the gravity of the crimes. The fact that these crimes continue to take place, only adds to sheer absurdity and thoughtlessness of such an argument. To a Tamil woman in the Vanni now, the presence of just one soldier, who potentially raped and filmed the bodies of mutilated women on his mobile phone, is no more reassuring than five.

The deployment of the military in the rest of the island can never be a justification for ‘reasonable’, ‘pre-war’ deployment in the North-East, even if there was equity in numbers. The Sri Lankan state’s monopoly on violence is not to equally defend and ensure the rights of all citizens. It is to protect the order of Sinhala Buddhist supremacy. The military in the North-East are not stationed to protect the Tamils, quite the reverse, the military is stationed to scrutinise and intimidate them, in order to protect the Sinhalese. The very presence of the military, is designed to serve as a reminder of the chauvinism that now rules over the entire island, and military’s every action, a warning to those who dare defy this status quo.

One need not look any further than the military’s attacks on Tamil students at the University of Jaffna who attempted to mark Maaveerar Naal by laying candles of remembrance for their fallen brothers, sisters and friends. The storming of student dormitories, the violent attacks on peaceful protesters, the arrests of student leaders by the terrorism investigation unit, the listing of ‘wanted’ students and the likely torture of detainees was to paralyse the Tamil nation with fear. The objective of each attack and each arrest was not law enforcement, but to terrorise. The mystery surrounding numbers of arrests and locations of detention further fuels this climate. The presence of Sri Lankan soldiers in the North-East, be it 1000 or 100,000, is to terrorise the Tamil nation into submission and acceptance of Sinhala Buddhist supremacy. Any act of defiance against this, however mundane or however peaceful, is seen as an act that threatens this ideology and one that needs to be quashed. This is why a candle lit behind closed doors by a Tamil remembering fallen LTTE cadres is considered a threat, in a way that public remembrance of the JVP’s dead never will be.

The Sri Lankan state’s response to Maaveerar Naal remembrance, comes as no surprise. The state has long destroyed the homes, memorials, and even cemeteries of fallen LTTE cadres. Dismayingly, the response of the Tamil nation’s political representation comes as little surprise either. The state’s violence against the Tamil population, nce again highlightsthe inadequacy of this representation, and shone a spotlight on the glaring impotency and failings of its leading figures in the Tamil National Alliance. Unity of Tamil political representation cannot be the end in itself, particularly when it is failing so miserably in achieving its raison d’être. As we have previously argued, the dangers of having no representation are greatly surpassed by the consequences of having a passively submissive one. The Jaffna University attacks have created a pertinent example of this – a swell of unrepresented, enraged Tamil youth, simmering under military rule, and lacking effective political advocates.

Editorial Tamil Guardian 11 December 2012

Sri Lanka's ethnic problem

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 8:05 pm

 Prospects to improve relations between Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-dominated government and ethnic Tamils remain grim more than three years after the end of a civil war fought along ethnic lines, according to activists, law makers and the UN. The country’s balance of power and ethnic polarization look increasingly similar to the situation pre-dating Tamil rebels’ protracted separatist struggle, stoking concern about a return to conflict if the country does not manage its ethnic relations differently this time around. As examples of divisive ethnic nationalism, experts point to government efforts to repeal a constitutional amendment that allows power sharing; heavy-handed governance; the lack of widespread recognition of the Tamil language; and a breakdown in rule of law. These were all past triggers for violence. [ full story | IRIN ][ Dec 11 11:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka After Civil War: From a New Dawn to Dictatorship?

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 8:02 pm

 After decades of civil war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government, the country has finally achieved peace and is starting to experience economic prosperity. Though significant problems remain within the small island nation, Westerners should be careful not to impose their ideals onto the population which is trying to navigate life after civil war as best it can. More than three years after the bombs fell silent and the Chinese-made Multi-Launch Rocket systems put into storage, the myriad ‘campaigns for justice’ in Sri Lanka keep multiplying.

[ full story |Fair Observer ]

Sri Lanka intensifies terror campaign against Tamil students

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 7:59 pm

Genocidal Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department has officially informed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna to hand over 10 more students of the university, in addition to the three already in detention. The wanted list includes the leader of the student union, student leaders of the faculties and five students from the Medical Faculty. Meanwhile, following individual threats to the faculty Deans by the occupying SL military, the Dean of the Medical Faculty, along with some lecturers, attempt to take the five Medical Faculty students to the SL police. Colombo’s agents also pressurise the Medical Faculty to abandon the other faculties and to announce cancellation of the student protest through the Sinhala students admitted to the faculty.

The Dean of the Medical Faculty and two lecturers demand the students to abandon their protest, news sources in Jaffna said.

The latest move by the ‘Terrorist Division’ of the SL police comes after the SL military’s search for the student activists in all the districts of the Northern Province, as the students have gone into hiding.

Student activists demand a guarantee from the university administration against the SL military and police subjecting them under ‘terrorism’ charges, for the democratic struggle waged by them.

Once arrested under ‘terrorism’ charges the genocidal government could keep the students indefinitely under detention and intimidate the future generations of Tamil students forever.

The entire viciousness of the genocidal state stems from the policies of the US-led West and India that continue to keep the ‘terrorism’ tag on the righteous struggle of Eezham Tamils, political observers in the island said.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) in its latest report on the island accused TamilNet for frequently criticising the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) “for moderation allegedly imposed by the Indian and US governments.”

The current realities have prompted even the TNA parliamentarians to call for international youth action to the edification of these governments.

Sections of Tamil media in the diaspora that never see dictates that come from the Western establishments, their groups and foundations, but worry only about ‘instructions’ that come from Tamil Nadu politicians say that the TNA is the mandated leadership of Tamils in the island. But after the university incidents, the TNA this week, in a united voice with other political forces and civil groups, have requested the youth of Tamil Nadu to come to help, political observers in the island said.

“The defeated Tamils should settle down with whatever that is given to them by Colombo” was a slogan hatched immediately after the war by the genocidal state and by its abetters. Last week, citing what had happened at the Jaffna University, TNA parliamentarian E. Saravanabhavan said he had no doubt that this is what that would happen even when Tamils accept whatever that is given.

During the last week of October, at the Trincomalee campus of the Eastern University in the country of Eezham Tamils, the Sinhala students admitted there went to the extent of attacking and injuring fellow Tamil students allegedly over a missing Buddha poster pasted on the university bus.

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SL military ‘rehabilitation’ for detained University student leaders

[Tue, 11 Dec 2012, 22:50 GMT]

After releasing 7 of 13 students of the University of Jaffna, the Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Department has handed over detained students, comprising President of the Jaffna University Student Union (JUSU) V Pavaananthan, Secretary of the JUSU P. Tharshananth, President of the Arts Faculty Students Union K. Jenemajeyamenan and S. Solomon of the science faculty, to the headquarters of the SL military in Vanni, which placed the students at the torture chamber of the notorious Joint Services Special Operations (JOSSOP) camp in Vavuniyaa and transferred the students to Sri Lankan military ‘rehabilitation’ detention at Welikanda in Anuradhapura Batticaloa border where ex LTTE cadres and members are detained under a brutal ‘rehabilitation’ programme. In the meantime, SL military has stepped up threats against civil protests in the peninsula. Full story >>

TID interrogators fabricate accusation against 14 students in Jaffna

[Sun, 09 Dec 2012, 01:28 GMT]

The ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Department operated by the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry is engaged in fabricating a false accusation against 13 students of the University of Jaffna and a few other students in the peninsula, informed sources close to paramilitary circles in Vavuniyaa said. The TID interrogators were working on a false accusation that ‘instructions’ and ‘money’ were provided by the Tamil diaspora in the West to observe Heroes Day in the homeland. Already, nine students of the University of Jaffna are illegally detained by TID interrogators at Vavuniyaa. According to news sources in Jaffna, two student leaders chose to seek humanitarian protection with the SL Human Rights Commission office in Jaffna on Friday. Two more students from the ‘wanted list’ of the TID are yet to seek protection, news sources in Jaffna said. Full story >>

Four Jaffna students taken to Welikanda military detention camp[ JDS Lanka ][ Dec 11 11:28 GMT ]

Four Jaffna University students, including its Union leader V. Bavanandan and secretary P. Darshananth, have been taken to the notorious Welikanda military detention camp, where hundreds of former Tamil Tiger rebels are still being detained and interrogated, their parents have been told on Monday (10). 24 year-old Medical Faculty student Darshananth of Kantharmadam, Arts Faculty Union President Kanakasundaraswami Jenamejeyan (24) of Puthukkudiyiruppu, Science Faculty Union member Shamugam Solomon (24) of Jaffna were arrested along with Students’ Union leader V. Bavanandan on December 29 and 30 by the Sri Lankan police in Jaffna and later taken away to Vavuniya by its Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). [ full story |

Shame on Norway for being silent on Sri Lanka: Red party leader backing Jaffna students

[Sat, 08 Dec 2012, 07:31 GMT]

Demonstration in OsloAddressing the youth demonstrators in front of the Norwegian parliament on Tuesday, protesting the SL military atrocities committed on the Jaffna University students, the leader of the Norwegian Red Party and an elected representative of the Norwegian Council of Eezham Tamils (NCET), Bjørnar Moxnes, said: “Norway has had a special role as facilitator of the peace process till 2008. This gives us a special responsibility. Unfortunately, the Red-Green government of Norway has chosen to be very silent against Sri Lanka. This is a shame for Norway.” During this week, demonstrations showing solidarity with the Jaffna University students took place in 7 countries, Canada, Norway, UK, Australia, Switzerland, France and Germany. Full story >>

Canadian youth mobilises global community in showing solidarity with Jaffna students

[Sat, 08 Dec 2012, 06:34 GMT]
Student protests in Canada

The rally organized in Canada showing solidarity with Jaffna University students by the York University Tamil Students Association was participated by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), Middle Eastern Students Association (MESA), Indian Cultural Association (ICA), York University Graduate Students Association (YUGSA) and the York Federation of Students (YFS). “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on our brothers and sisters at Jaffna University. What is necessary in order to ensure the safety and democratic rights of the Tamil people is for the IC to immediately recognize the nation, territoriality and right to self-determination of the Tamils,” said Tanya McFadyen, Vice President of the Graduate Students Association of the York University. Full story >>

Release arrested Tamil students immediately: Paul Murphy, MEP

[Sat, 08 Dec 2012, 09:26 GMT]
Paul Murphy, MEP

Conveying his solidarity with students’ protests in Jaffna, Paul Murphy, MEP, in a statement demanded the immediate release of the arrested Tamil students and political prisoners. In a solidarity message sent to an emergency demonstration organized outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on Friday, Mr. Murphy said “I express my solidarity with the protest taking place against the arrest of Tamil students in Sri Lanka. I demand that the Sri Lankan government release all those arrested immediately. The arrest of these students under the Prevention of Terrorism Act just for participating in a peaceful protest shows the extent of how much the democratic rights are under attack in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government must end this immediately and release all political prisoners.” Full story >>

SL military threatens senior faculty members of Jaffna University

[Mon, 03 Dec 2012, 09:42 GMT]
University of Jaffna

The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka individually approached the Deans and former Deans of all the faculties of the University of Jaffna to threaten them not to take up the issue of the students arrested following the Heroes Day observations, news sources in Jaffna said. Parallely, the military also went in search of a student leader at Thiruvaiyaa’ru in Ki’linochchi last night. The University remains vacated as student leaders are forced into hiding. A protest demonstration by the Medical Faculty of the university scheduled for Monday was cancelled, as the Administration of the university advised against it, citing ‘secret negotiations’ taking place between the university and the occupying military at the Palaali base. However, the University of Jaffna Teachers Association is firm that all the arrested students have to be released without charges, the news sources further said. Full story >>

Suresh calls upon diaspora youth to respond to Jaffna University situation

[Wed, 05 Dec 2012, 20:12 GMT]
Suresh Premachandran

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian and Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) leader Suresh Premachandran in a video interview to TamilNet this week, called upon the diaspora youth studying in the Western World to take up the matter of SL military oppression of Jaffna University students with the Western governments, in order to push them to prevail upon Colombo’s undemocratic activities. Meanwhile, diaspora circles especially in the UK and in Canada now realize how in the last three years Colombo’s agents have succeeded in hijacking, silencing and deviating the diaspora alumni associations of the leading schools of Eezham Tamils. They also cited at the strange silence of an alumni association started in the UK in the name of the Jaffna University. Full story >>

Chronology:

11.12.12  SL military ‘rehabilitation’ for detained Universi..
10.12.12  Colombo hatches new strategies in genocidal war, s..
09.12.12  TID interrogators fabricate accusation against 14 ..
08.12.12  SL “Terrorist” division abducts 18-year-old studen..
08.12.12  Shame on Norway for being silent on Sri Lanka: Red..
08.12.12  Release arrested Tamil students immediately: Paul ..
08.12.12  Canadian youth mobilises global community in showi..
07.12.12  Jaffna University teachers remind SL President abo..
06.12.12  SL police directs Medical Dean to hand over studen..
06.12.12  Sri Lanka intensifies terror campaign against Tami..
05.12.12  Suresh calls upon diaspora youth to respond to Jaf..
04.12.12  Jaffna demonstration backing students demands IC a..
03.12.12  SL military threatens senior faculty members of Ja..
02.12.12  EPC TNA councilor condemns attack on University st..
01.12.12  Paramilitary allegedly backed by India effects arr..
30.11.12  Canadian organizations condemn attack on students ..
29.11.12  SLA attack on Tamil students is ‘additional’ issue..
29.11.12  TNA parliamentarian, university students question ..
28.11.12  Peaceful student protest attacked by SL military i..

28.11.12  Ladies’ hostel lights Common Flame, bells stun SL ..

Jaffna University teachers remind SL President about rule of law

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 7:52 pm

“There is now no anti-state terrorism in Jaffna. An important part of consolidating peace is for the State to conduct itself in a manner that induces respect for the rule of law,” reminded Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association in an appeal sent on Friday to Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapksa on grave and dangerous plight of students at the University of Jaffna. “Your Excellency well knows, having been in politics for several decades and in the center of two Southern insurgencies, that the defeat of an insurgent force does not extinguish the feelings or causes that gave rise to it. Such feelings are not a police matter, but are rather to be handled as part of the political task of reconciliation and rebuilding,” the academics reminded the SL President further.

University teachers protest
University teachers protest
University teachers protest
University teachers protest

The Science Teachers’ Association of the university staged a demonstration in front of the Vice Chancellor’s office on Friday morning, condemning the irresponsible behaviour of the university administration.

The demonstrating science academics accused the university administration for the plight of the detained students. Without the release of the students there could be no talk on dropping the boycott, the demonstrators said.

While the Medical Dean, who on Thursday handed over five students of his faculty to the SL Military Intelligence, accuses the Arts Faculty students for causing trouble in the university, Friday’s demonstration by the Science Teachers’ Association has set a significant trend, observers of the university situation said.

The Medical Dean Prof Balakumaran and academics of the faculty Dr. S. Raviraj and Dr. T. Mukunthan, who handed over ‘wanted’ medical faculty students to SL Military Intelligence, face the brunt of criticism in the university circles.

The Science Teachers’ Association in its letter on Friday said: “The practice of the University authorities ‘handing over’ students gives rise to some questions and we are not sure of the legal situation.”

However, the science academics also implied that the prevailing situation is such that parents of the students wish the university to get involved, for the sake of the safety of the ‘wanted’ students.

Even lawyers are afraid to get involved in representing university students and advise them to go through the university, the science academics said.

“What does concern us however is that, while complying with police requests to hand over students the University authorities fail to question the police as to the reasons and to seek speedy resolution,” the science academics clarified their position on the protest against the university administration.

The appeal of the Science Teachers’ Association was testifying to the legality and innocence of the Jaffna University students.

[..] “Dragging innocent students through police stations and police cells, as happened in the 1970s and 1980s, is frightening at the start and then hardens them and breeds contempt for the law and for the officers entrusted to uphold it. Where there should be trust and co-operation there is fear, resentment, and then defiance. Surely, we do not want the consequences of that again,” the academics said in their appeal.

University teachers protest

Chronology:

11.12.12  SL military ‘rehabilitation’ for detained Universi..
10.12.12  Colombo hatches new strategies in genocidal war, s..
09.12.12  TID interrogators fabricate accusation against 14 ..
08.12.12  SL “Terrorist” division abducts 18-year-old studen..
08.12.12  Shame on Norway for being silent on Sri Lanka: Red..
08.12.12  Release arrested Tamil students immediately: Paul ..
08.12.12  Canadian youth mobilises global community in showi..
07.12.12  Jaffna University teachers remind SL President abo..
06.12.12  SL police directs Medical Dean to hand over studen..
06.12.12  Sri Lanka intensifies terror campaign against Tami..
05.12.12  Suresh calls upon diaspora youth to respond to Jaf..
04.12.12  Jaffna demonstration backing students demands IC a..
03.12.12  SL military threatens senior faculty members of Ja..
02.12.12  EPC TNA councilor condemns attack on University st..
01.12.12  Paramilitary allegedly backed by India effects arr..
30.11.12  Canadian organizations condemn attack on students ..
29.11.12  SLA attack on Tamil students is ‘additional’ issue..
29.11.12  TNA parliamentarian, university students question ..
28.11.12  Peaceful student protest attacked by SL military i..
28.11.12  Ladies’ hostel lights Common Flame, bells stun SL ..

 

December 6, 2012

UN Peacekeeping in Lebanon "Inspected" By Sri Lanka's Silva, Despite Record

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 6:29 pm

The UN is ostensibly taking seriously its admitted failings during the killings in northern Sri Lanka in 2009, with Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson leading a group to review the damning Petrie report released three weeks ago. Click here for Inner City Press story, Lanka pick up. But Sri Lankan General Shavendra Silva, whose division was depicted engaged in war crimes in the UN’s report which estimated 40,000 deaths, is still penetrating the UN, this time visiting and even inspecting the UN Mission in Lebanon UNIFIL from November 28 through December 4, 2012.

[ full story | [ Inner City Press ]

Can the UN Learn From Its Own Grave Failures?

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 6:17 pm

In early November a damning internal United Nations report into the organisation’s actions at the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War was leaked. The document, in uncharacteristically unequivocal terms, stated that the UN had shown “a grave failure” in its mandate to protect the lives of civilians as the conflict trudged towards its appalling climax.

For more than a quarter of a century the island nation found itself crippled by war as the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) fought for independence in the north and east of the country. Over this 25-year period the war is estimated to have claimed far in excess of 100,000 lives and it is widely believed that the final death toll will significantly eclipse this. Some recent estimates suggest that as many as 50,000 people died in the final months of the war before the cessation of hostilities midway through May 2009.

[ full story |eruditiononline.co.uk]

Sri Lanka: Students at risk of torture following march

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 6:12 pm

URGENT ACTION STUDENTS AT RISK OF TORTURE FOLLOWING MARCH Four students were arrested on 1 December in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the police. They are being held in Vavuniya for interrogation and are at risk of torture. P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without warrants in Jaffna. It is not known if they have been formally charged. Sri Lankan media reports that they are being questioned about their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organisation, as well as their involvement in organising demonstrations. There are concerns for their well-being given evidence of the persistent use of torture in TID custody.

Their arrests come after several days of student protests following efforts by the security forces to suppress peaceful commemorations of Maaveerar Naal (Heroes Day), a day of remembrance established by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). On 27 November security forces broke up a lamp lighting ceremony at the women’s hostel at Jaffna University, reportedly breaking lamps, threatening students and pointing weapons at them. The following day students responded with a silent protest and short march and held placards denouncing the restrictions on freedom of expression. At least 20 undergraduates were injured and beaten by riot police and officers in civilian dress, including Sanmugam Solaman. Security forces allege that the students had thrown stones at them, prompting them to react; university staff told local media that the event was peaceful until the authorities attacked the marchers.

Please write immediately in English or your own language: ν Expressing concern for the safety and wellbeing of the four students (naming them); ν Calling on the Sri Lankan authorities to release them from custody or charge them with a recognizeable criminal offense and to try them promptly in a regularly consituted court with all internationally recognized safeguards provided; ν Urging them to ensure that the detainees are treated in accordance with international standards while in police custody, specifically urging that they are not tortured and are given full access to their lawyers, families, food, blankets and medical care where necessary; ν Calling on the Sri Lankan authorities to end restrictions on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; ν Urging them to halt attacks on religious gatherings and other commemorative activities, and bring to justice those who carry out such attacks.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 15 JANUARY 2013 TO: Inspector General of Police N K Illangakoon New Secretariat, Colombo 1 Sri Lanka Fax: +94 11 244 0440 Email: igp@police.lk Salutation: Dear Inspector General

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Ministry of Defence and Urban Development 15/5, Baladaksha Mawatha, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka Fax: +94 11 254 1529 Email: secdef@sltnet.lk Salutation: Dear Defence Secretary

And copies to Secretary Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission: No. 108 Barnes Place Colombo 07, Sri Lanka Fax: +94 11 268 9558 Email: sechrc@sltnet.lk

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

URGENT ACTION STUDENTS AT RISK OF TORTURE FOLLOWING MARCH

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION There have been a series of violent attacks on student activists in Jaffna, as well as efforts to prevent students from organizing. In October 2011 Subramaniam Thavapalasingham, President of the Jaffna University Students’ Union was attacked by unidentified assailants wielding iron bars who accused him of supporting Tamil separatism; he blamed Sri Lankan military intelligence for the attack. In May 2012, P. Tharshananth was attacked in a similar way and was very badly beaten shortly before he was to address a remembrance event commemorating victims of the armed conflict that ended three years earlier.

Since the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE ended in May 2009, the Sri Lankan authorities have placed tight restrictions on events and religious observances held to commemorate and mourn war victims, particularly those held around 27 November, the LTTE’s ‘Heroes Day’ which had been established to commemorate cadres killed during Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and which falls on the day after late LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s birthday. 27 November 2012 also coincided with the Hindu festival Karthikai Deepam, which involves the lighting of oil lamps, and the army reportedly prevented many Jaffna residents from lighting lamps to celebrate the festival.

P. Tharshananth is Secretary of the Jaffna University Students’ Union; Sanmugam Solaman is a Science Faculty Student Union member; Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan is a medical student, and K. Jenemajeyamenan is President of the Arts Faculty Student Union.

Names: P. Tharshananth; Sanmugam Solaman; Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan; K. Jenemajeyamenan. Gender m/f: m

UA: 347/12 Index: ASA 37/014/2012 Issue Date: 4 December 2012

amnesty.org

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Sri Lanka intensifies terror campaign against Tamil students

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 December 2012, 14:20 GMT]
Genocidal Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department has officially informed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna to hand over 10 more students of the university, in addition to the three already in detention. The wanted list includes the leader of the student union, student leaders of the faculties and five students from the Medical Faculty. Meanwhile, following individual threats to the faculty Deans by the occupying SL military, the Dean of the Medical Faculty, along with some lecturers, attempt to take the five Medical Faculty students to the SL police. Colombo’s agents also pressurise the Medical Faculty to abandon the other faculties and to announce cancellation of the student protest through the Sinhala students admitted to the faculty.

The Dean of the Medical Faculty and two lecturers demand the students to abandon their protest, news sources in Jaffna said.

The latest move by the ‘Terrorist Division’ of the SL police comes after the SL military’s search for the student activists in all the districts of the Northern Province, as the students have gone into hiding.

Student activists demand a guarantee from the university administration against the SL military and police subjecting them under ‘terrorism’ charges, for the democratic struggle waged by them.

Once arrested under ‘terrorism’ charges the genocidal government could keep the students indefinitely under detention and intimidate the future generations of Tamil students forever.

The entire viciousness of the genocidal state stems from the policies of the US-led West and India that continue to keep the ‘terrorism’ tag on the righteous struggle of Eezham Tamils, political observers in the island said.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) in its latest report on the island accused TamilNet for frequently criticising the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) “for moderation allegedly imposed by the Indian and US governments.”

The current realities have prompted even the TNA parliamentarians to call for international youth action to the edification of these governments.

Sections of Tamil media in the diaspora that never see dictates that come from the Western establishments, their groups and foundations, but worry only about ‘instructions’ that come from Tamil Nadu politicians say that the TNA is the mandated leadership of Tamils in the island. But after the university incidents, the TNA this week, in a united voice with other political forces and civil groups, have requested the youth of Tamil Nadu to come to help, political observers in the island said.

“The defeated Tamils should settle down with whatever that is given to them by Colombo” was a slogan hatched immediately after the war by the genocidal state and by its abetters. Last week, citing what had happened at the Jaffna University, TNA parliamentarian E. Saravanabhavan said he had no doubt that this is what that would happen even when Tamils accept whatever that is given.

During the last week of October, at the Trincomalee campus of the Eastern University in the country of Eezham Tamils, the Sinhala students admitted there went to the extent of attacking and injuring fellow Tamil students allegedly over a missing Buddha poster pasted on the university bus.

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SL police directs Medical Dean to hand over students to SL military intelligence

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 December 2012, 20:12 GMT]
People of Jaffna were shocked to see Prof Balakumaran, the Medical Faculty Dean of the University of Jaffna under pressure, handing over five students of his faculty directly to Sri Lanka’s military intelligence on Thursday. Another student of the University of Jaffna was handed over by his father. When the students were first taken to the SL police at Koappaay, the police refused to take charge of them saying that they had no ‘instructions’ and directed the university authorities to take the students to Military Intelligence headquarters in Jaffna. The students who were handed over were immediately taken to Vavuniyaa where a notorious unit of Colombo’s White Van defence functions. While escorting the students the Medical Faculty dons scared of even taking the students in their cars asked them to come in motorbikes.

The occupying SL military was individually intimidating the deans and former deans of all the faculties of the university.

The Medical Dean was not acting on his own, but was directed by another faculty member Dr. Raviraj, who was earlier in the EPDP-controlled Council of the University and by one more faculty member, Dr Mukunthan, informed sources said.

Out of the four students detained earlier this week, one has been released, but three are kept in SL military detention in Vavuniyaa.

After handing over six more students, the university authorities under pressure are in a hurry to call off the protest, declare ‘normalcy’ and open the university for classes. But the media and public, aware of the realities, took no notice of their statements.

The Jaffna University is getting into a situation reminding of the Dhaka University under the Pakistani military in 1970-71. Whether the West and India are going to allow another worst to happen as they allowed the genocidal Vanni War, or whether they are going to act accepting their blunders, ask social and humanitarian workers in Jaffna.

The medical faculty students in the universities all over the island are known for their timidity and submissiveness in shunning any protests usually spearheaded by the other faculties. Those who know the history of the medical faculties in the island were surprised to see so many of the ‘wanted’ students coming from the medical faculty of the University of Jaffna. That is the reality of the times and the reality of a genocide-affected society, commented a senior faculty member of the university.

The Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) plans to hold a press meet in Colombo on Friday to protest the occupying military’s brutal crackdown on the democratic expressions of Tamil students.

The so-called international media and its reporting infrastructure still operates and thinks Colombo-centric as it was in the times of the genocidal war, commented a senior Tamil journalist in Colombo.

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December 5, 2012

MP, Patrick Brown expresses concern over the worsening human rights situation in Sri Lanka

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , — vijasan @ 6:19 pm

Patrick Brown, the Member of Parliament for Barrie, expresses serious concern over the recent threats to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka. “We are deeply concerned about the lack of reconciliation and the authoritarian trend we’ve seen in many government actions in recent months,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said last week. Mr. Brown also urges Sri Lanka to remove the military from the Tamil populated area and leave the administration to civilian officials. Also, he said it is time for the International community to play a meaningful role to bring a speedy resolution to the Tamil Grievances in Sri Lanka. [ full story |  TCNR ]

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