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  • Sri Lanka: Powers appeasing SL State risk future instability in the island: Gajendrakumar
    The Tamil people value the sacrifices made by their liberation movement with the highest respect. However, the SL State and its military show relentless intolerance against every attempt by the Tamils in the North-East to honour the sites of their destroyed monuments. The attitude is counter-productive, not only to the SL State but also to the global actors, who continue to appease the SL government, which refuses to reform itself, alluded Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the leader of Tamil National Peoples' Front, in a recent interview to TamilNet. His comments come after witnessing the hostile acts of the SL military and the SL CID during the annual festival of Nalloor temple in Jaffna this month against the move to preserve the sacred nature of the memorial square of Lt. Col. Thileepan, who sacrificed himself in a fast-unto-death campaign in 1987.

  • Sri Lanka: Protest called against SL Police brutality against Tamil family in Vavuniyaa
    A Sinhala Inspector of Police, Saminda Pinthu, in charge of the SL Police stationed at Kanakaayan-ku'lam in Vavuniyaa North went amok on a Tamil family Sunday night, causing severe injuries to a 14-year-old girl. The SL Police Inspector was also attacking her elder brother who intervened to safeguard their mother, whose clothes were being torn by him. The mother was attempting to protect her husband while the police inspector was attacking her husband. Samindu targeted the family for demanding their lands back from a trader who had initially obtained the property of the family on a lease. The trader, a Muslim, is running a restaurant backed by the Sinhala police.

  • Sri Lanka: US oil firm surveys seas off North-East using Chinese vessel
    Coinciding with the naval exercises of USA, Japan and India at Trincomalee with the navy of genocidal Sri Lanka, the U.S. oilfield services firm Schlumberger, has launched seismic oil exploration survey beyond Mannaar and Cauvery-basins in the sea of Tamils located off the eastern coast of occupied Tamil Eelam. BGP Pioneer, the vessel deployed to conduct the study, belongs to the Chinese state oil company China National Petroleum Corporation, and it is sailing under the flag of Panama. The deal of the USD 50-million project, run at free of cost to the occupying Colombo, is set for ten years. The target area is JS5 & JS6 blocks off the eastern coast facing the Bay of Bengal.

  • Sri Lanka: Naval partnerships off Tamil Eelam coast need perusal at backdrop of structural genocide
    Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera visited Colombo from 20th to 22nd August and met high officials of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka, discussing maritime security and development of port facilities. His visits focused on the ports in Colombo, Hambantota and in particular Trincomalee, the capital of the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. The following Week, Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane visited Colombo, amongst others to inaugurate the commissioning ceremony of two state-of-the-art patrol-ships worth around 11 million dollars donated by Japan to the SL Coast Guard. The Japanese collaboration with genocidal Sri Lanka comes as part of a joint U.S., India and Japanese geopolitical move, Tamil political observers in Trincomalee said.

  • Sri Lanka: Eezham Tamils confront SL military-surveying of lands aimed at expanding Buddhist vihara
    Occupying Sinhala Army's 593 Brigade, which is having its headquarters at Naayaa'aru in Mullaith-theevu, silently brought in SL Archaeology Department workers on Friday morning in a move to put up border-stones to permanently grab lands for expanding a controversial, military-established Buddhist temple into a stupa establishment. The project also absorbs a traditional Hindu temple worshipped by Eezham Tamils at the heritage locality of Neeraavi-eattam, which lies sandwiched between Naayaa'ru lagoon and the sea. SL Military-hired land-surveyors also accompanied the group. They were carrying a letter that had been issued by one Kekulawala, a high ranking Survey Department official, three months ago. However, the move was vehemently opposed by the Tamil villagers, who confronted the group, chased it away and uprooted the GPS-fitted stones that were put by the group.

  • Sri Lanka: SL Police instructed to clarify authenticity of letter issued to monks by SL Archaeology Department
    The SL Police in Oddu-chuddaan in Mullaiththeevu didn't act against the intruding group of Sinhala youth, led by two extremist Theravada Buddhist monks from South, who were blocked by the people of Kumuzha-munai on Tuesday. The people of the ancient Tamil village laid siege to the group that came with a Buddha statue and claimed it was authorised to do so by the SL Archaeology Department. How could the erection of a brand new Buddha statue be called conservation work and how come a religious group to engage in such action, was the question raised by the Tamil villagers, who interrupted the group on its way and turned it over to SL Police with demand for legal action against the intruders. However, the SL police released the group on the same day and attempted to file cases against the Tamil youth.

  • Sri Lanka: Sinhala colonists storm into lands south of Kokku'laay lagoon provoking Pulmoaddai Muslims
    Sinhala colonists, backed by the occupying SL military stationed in Pulmoaddai have stormed into 25 acres of lands, located south of Kokku'laay lagoon in the Trincomalee district on Monday night. They have hurriedly put up several huts overnight at Maalanoor. The intruders have plan to put up 30 shelters. SL authorities in Colombo have assured State-sponsored housing scheme to them, informed civil sources said. Most of the encroached lands belong to Tamil-speaking Muslim families. The hostile move comes at a time when Sinhala Buddhist establishment was clashing with Eezham Tamils at Kumuzha-munai and Naayaa'ru in the Mullaiththeevu district to the north of the Kokku'laay lagoon. The time has come for joint action by Eezham Tamils in the North and the Tamil-speaking Muslims in Trincomalee in the East against the cultural and demographic genocide, the activists in Pulmoaddai said.

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil villagers lay siege to intruding monks, expose ethnic bias of SL Archaeology Department
    The villagers of the ancient Tamil village of Kumuzha-munai in Karai-thu'raip-pattu division of Mullaith-theevu district on Tuesday evening laid siege to a 16-member group of Sinhala Theravada Buddhist extremists from the South, who had come with a Buddha statue, which they wanted to erect at Kurunthoor-malai, a place with traces of ancient heritage in the country of Eezham Tamils. The group, led by two young monks, consisted mostly of Sinhala youth. The SL Forest Department guards also assisted them. The villagers alleged SL military intelligence personnel wearing civilian clothes were also in the group. The SL Police, providing escort to the group, had to withdraw from the intruders to the police station.

  • Sri Lanka: NPC CM prepares to face contempt of court case engineered by Sumanthiran et al
    The justice system of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has been deployed against the Northern Provincial Council as the TNA Parliamentarian and President's Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran was making another die-hard move to weaken the position of the NPC Chief Minister and former Supreme Court Justice C.V. Wigneswaran through furnishing new cases. The latest in the series is a contempt of court case, filed against him and two of his ministers, Ananthy Sasitharan and K. Sivanesan. The case comes amidst an appeal filed by NPC Chief Minister against the interim order issued by the SL Court of Appeal, pending a scheduled hearing on Wednesday. However, the NPC CM is fully prepared to address the challenge, informed sources in Jaffna told TamilNet on Monday. It is not the reputation of the NPC CM, but that of the SL Justice System, getting exposed, political observers in Jaffna said.

  • Sri Lanka: UN silence on Mannaar killing fields questioned, legal activists urge Bishops to act
    The victims of Mannaar killing fields could be families that were fleeing from Peasaalai and other places to Tamil Nadu in India during the times of Eezham War II which lasted from 1990 to 1995, legal activists working with the enforced disappeared families told TamilNet on Sunday. Since there is a systematic pattern and the massacres seem to have been deliberately committed against unarmed civilians fleeing from the war zone, these are Crime Against Humanity of the first-degree according to any standard of the International Criminal Law, they said. The UN system, particularly the Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), well aware of Colombo's drive to dodge international forensic analyses of the exhumed human skeletons, also keeps mum, they complained.

  • Sri Lanka: Judicial investigations on Mannaar killing fields marred by Colombo transferring judges
    The all-Sinhala Judicial Service Commission (JSC) of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has been subjected to political influence by the regime of occupying Colombo sabotaging the independent investigations of the mass graves in Mannaar. The judicial investigations on mass graves exhumed four years ago at Thirukkeatheesvaram in Mannaar mainland with 88 human skeletons and the latest excavations at the entrance to Mannaar city at the premises of Cooperative Wholesale Establishment, where traces of 111 slain humans, including children and women, have been marked so far since 28 May, informed sources in Mannaar and in Colombo told TamilNet. The local media is thoroughly avoiding to report the controversy, and the lawyers are avoiding to talk about it fearing charges against them based on Contempt of Courts, the sources further said.

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil fisherman dies in boat explosion in Mannaar
    A 39-year-old fisherman from Pa’l’li-munai in Mannaar, Jesunayakam Jeusuranjith, a father of two, died Friday night when a fishing boat exploded in the seas off Mannaar and two other fishermen from Pa’l’li-munai sustained injuries, according to medical sources at Mannaar hospital. The SL Police didn't reveal the details of the tragic incident and said it was awaiting details from the SL Navy.

  • Sri Lanka: Families of enforced disappeared mark international day in Mannaar, Ampaa'rai
    The families of enforced disappeared, who have been staging continuous protests beyond 500 days in the North-East, marked International Day of Enforced Disappeared in Mannaar and in Ampaa'rai on Thursday. The coordinators of the five districts in North said they decided to hold the protest in Mannaar this time to draw international attention towards the mass grave excavations and said the global community should bring international investigations to establish what had happened to their kith subjected to enforced disappearances during the war and in the final days of the onslaught in Vanni in 2009. The protesters from the three districts in the East, led by Ms Selvarany Thambirasa, asked how the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka, which is the offender, investigate itself and urged the international human rights community to realise the realities on the ground before it is too late.

  • Sri Lanka: NPC Minister wants international excavations of war-time SL military camps in North-East
    Excavations must be carried out at the direct presence of international monitors wherever the SL military was stationed with camps during the times of war in the North-East, said Ananthy Sasitharan, who is the NPC Minister of Women’s Affairs and Rehabilitation. Thousands of Tamils, subjected to forced disappearance and arrests during the times of war, are still unaccounted for and their trauma and dismay has aggravated at the scale of the recent discovery of mass graves in the North, Ms Sasitharan said. The NPC Minister is one of the thousands of survivors, who are yet to receive a clear answer from the SL State on the whereabouts of their loved ones. Furthermore, Ms Sasithran said international mediation was necessary to achieve a political solution to the conflict and blamed the Colombo government for marring the NPC with a hostile attitude.

  • Sri Lanka: Vanni mobilises against structural genocide with anti-Mahaweli rally
    Around 4,000 Tamil-speaking people of all walks of life mobilised on Tuesday in one of the biggest protests to take place after 2009 in Mullaiththeevu. The protesters came with six concrete demands: Mahaweli projects within the limits of the Northern Province should be scrapped; The land permits issued to encroaching fishers from South in Kokku'laay, Kokkuth-thoduvaay and Karunaadduk-kea'ni should be withdrawn; The lands of 2,000 Tamils, who were evicted from their village in 1984 should be handed back to them. The SL Archaeology Department, which is seizing the sites of heritage at wanton from Tamils to distort the history, should be restrained. The Sinhala colonisation, de-linking the territorial contiguity of the North-East, should be stopped forthwith. The ban on livelihood activities in the lagoons that are unilaterally declared as natural-reserves by Colombo, should be lifted.

  • Sri Lanka: SL military incites gang-violence, hate-campaigns in East to divide Tamils and Muslims
    The intelligence wing of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has been inciting violent incidents between Tamils and Tamil-speaking Muslims in Moothoor division of Trincomalee district in the recent days, informed ex-paramilitary. The SL military wants to divert public awareness away from Colombo's massive-scale land-grab of residential and agricultural lands, which is carried out through various departments and authorities operated by the ministries of the occupying unitary State, informed ex-paramilitary sources in Trincomalee said, confirming the involvement of the military-aspect behind the latest trends of violence in the district.

  • U.S. naval partnership with genocidal Sri Lanka escalates with New Delhi's blessings
    U.S. Navy's amphibious transport vessel USS Anchorage (LPD 23) docked at the harbour of Trincomalee, the capital city of occupied Tamil Eelam, on Friday. The “ships visits help demonstrate the value of the growing U.S.-Sri Lanka partnership,” said Capt. Dennis Jacko, commanding officer of Anchorage, according to a news release from the Public Affairs of the naval ship. Around 300 SL naval academy midshipmen and 40 ‘distinguished visitors’, were scheduled to tour Anchorage to learn about the ship’s amphibious capabilities, the news release further said. The latest US naval deployment off Trincomalee is the first one after the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) renamed itself into US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), incorporating India as a “major defence partner” of the USA in the Indian Ocean Region.

  • Sri Lanka: Sajith Premadasa's ministry revives Sinhala colonisation of Kevu'liyaa-madu in Batticaloa
    SL Minister for Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa is creating ethnic disharmony in the district of Batticaloa by launching ‘model villages’ with housing and infrastructure, allege grassroots Tamil activists in Batticaloa. Similar to the controversial projects in Trincomalee district, the SL Minister, the son of the late SL President R. Premadasa, is creating conflicts by scheming one of the four ‘model villages’ in Batticaloa district at Kevu'liyaa-madu. The ‘model village’ projects have become places of ethnic tensions as Tamil-speaking Muslim beneficiaries were brought into traditional Tamil villages and Sinhala settlers into predominant Muslim and Tamil areas, civil sources in Batticaloa said.

  • Sri Lanka: Occupying Sinhala military schemes second Buddhist vihara at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
    The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka is scheming to erect the second Sinhala Theravada Buddhist vihara at Mu'l'livaaykkaal where it concluded its genocidal war with a massive onslaught on Eezham Tamils in May 2009. The Sinhala soldiers are currently deployed to expand the military-installed Buddha temple at Kappaladi, eyewitnesses told TamilNet providing photographic evidence. The first Vihara was put up during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa at Vadduvaakal in May 2012. Vadduvaakal, which is the entrance to the strip of Mu'l'livaaykkaal located 5 km southeast of Kappaladi.

  • Sri Lanka: Wickramasinghe's ‘national policy’ ministry practices Sinhala Only policy
    The SL Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, which is led by SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, has issued appointment letters in the Sinhala language to Eezham Tamil applicants in Batticaloa, who applied to the positions of ‘development officers’ which is offered to unemployed graduates at a district level. The applicants who struggled to find out the details of their appointment letters were shocked to learn that they had been posted to Sinhala areas in Polonnaruwa and other districts. Those who received positions in Polonnaruwa district in the North Central Province said they would have to spend 21,000 rupees a month to commute to work. Wickmrasinghe's ministry has only promised “an all-inclusive monthly allowance of Rs 20,000”.

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