Tamil journalists in Jaffna expose SL military denial of confronting media coverage

[Thu, 14 Dec 2017, 23:09 GMT]
Eight journalists from Jaffna, who went to Tha'n'ni-mu'rippu tank last Saturday in Karaithu'raip-pattu in Mullaiththeevu to witness and report on the alleged role of the occupying Army and Police of genocidal Sri Lanka in promoting Sinhala intruders to engage in fishing in the reservoir, said the SL military command and the SL Police were now lying on their involvement in the threat against the journalists. SL military and Police blocked the journalists and forced the journalists to delete the photos and video evidences citing ‘national security’. A civil military officer of the SLA was also trying to confiscate their media equipment, one of the journalists K. Hamsan, told TamilNet. The journalists also blamed foreign diplomats, particularly Colombo-based defence attaché of the British High Commission, who has given diplomatic recognition to the occupying military at the locality. Full story >>
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Mystification of post-war U.S strategic engagement with SL unitary state

[Wed, 13 Dec 2017, 21:14 GMT]
Following the 2015 regime change, U.S strategic interests in the island have advanced to unprecedented heights. Such structural development is obfuscated through the opinions engendered by the Geneva-UNHRC based Human Rights discourse as well as the ‘reconciliation, transitional justice and development’ discourses. The highly distorted discourse that is disseminated from established international systems pivoting the U.S and their allies, paints a picture of U.S axis of powers and U.N as being saviors of a ‘victimized’ Tamil ‘minority’ sans self-determination. Tacitly this discourse attempts to purge the national character of the aspirations and grievances of Eezham Tamils and brackets their political struggle into a ‘minority issue’. It bereaves the Tamils of their democratic will, national existence and sovereignty. Full story >>

Colombo Establishment accelerates multi-frontal cultural assault on Mannaar

[Fri, 15 Dec 2017, 22:29 GMT]
The people of the island of Mannaar and the mainland constituting a fine balance of Tamil Catholics, Tamil-speaking Muslims and Tamil Saivites, have been living in harmony with each other. They have been more or less oriented towards an inclusive and secular Tamil nationalism. But, all sections of them are now sensing a systematic and multi-frontal assault coming from the Colombo-centric Sinhala establishment on their culture and collective Tamil orientation, activists across various communities in Mannaar say. The recent trend is witnessed in the attitudinal change among the Sinhala tourists being witness in the recent weeks. The visitors from South, unlike earlier are pre-occupied with renovating the Buddhist statues that have been left behind by the Sinhala military and in promoting the Buddhist temples in the Tamil-speaking district. Full story >>

Truth, justice can only come through international intervention, say protesters in North-East

[Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 17:45 GMT]
Enforced disappeared protest on HR Day in Jaffna and Batticaloa
“As the world prepares to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the most meaningful action that the UN and the international community can take vis a vis Sri Lanka is to apply concrete pressure on the Government to take concrete steps to trace the fate of our loved ones and hold those responsible for their forced disappearance. Otherwise Human Rights will remain for us an unrealized value, full of rhetoric and of no practical relevance to our plight,” said the appeal from the families of enforced disappeared in Batticaloa district on Sunday. The appeal was addressed to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Protests were staged in Jaffna in the North and in Batticaloa in the East by the families of enforced disappeared from all the 8 districts of the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. Full story >>

SL Intelligence harasses ex LTTE members, warns against contact with UN rapporteurs

[Sat, 09 Dec 2017, 22:38 GMT]
Three different intelligence agencies of occupying Colombo are simultaneously harassing former LTTE members in Vanni on contacts they were having or expected to have in the nearest future with thematic special procedure mandate holders of the United Nations Human Rights Council, ex-LTTE members who have been grilled by the SL intelligence agencies in Ki'linochchi told TamilNet this week. The notorious ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ (TID) investigators, SL State Intelligence Service (SIS) which is the official intelligence agency of the SL State and the intelligence wing of the occupying SL military have been contacting the ex-LTTE members in recent days inviting them for ‘conversations’. The intelligence officers have issued veiled threats claiming that they were aware of those getting in touch with the UN Human Rights system. Full story >>

US Pacific Command complicit in Colombo’s structural genocide against Champoor Tamils

[Thu, 07 Dec 2017, 21:36 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala navy’s Vidura training base is situated in Champoor in the Trincomalee district of the Eastern Province. The Sinhala navy has seized 3,200 acres of lands for the naval training base. The US Pacific Command is directly involved in upgrading the SL Navy with a marine force through its training sessions in Trincomalee. SL President Maithiripala Sirisena has upgraded the Sinhala militarisation through upgrading the 178 acres of SL Naval base into 3,200 acres of modern training base of the occupying SL Navy which is being groomed by the US Pacific Command through military-to-military training in Trincomalee. Now, the Sinhala navy is chasing for more lands in Champoor, the Rural Development Society representatives in Champoor said vowing to protest against the US Embassy in Colombo unless their demands were met by the Colombo government. Full story >>

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North-East under Sinhala colonial rule: NPC Minister Sarweswaran

[Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 17:35 GMT]
Instead of respecting the feelings of Tamils and looking at ways to resolve the national conflict, which also includes the introduction of a new flag that doesn't offend the feelings of the Tamil people, the Sinhala establishment of southern politicians and their ethno-religious leaders remain trapped in a colonial mind-set, says K. Sarsweswaran, the minister of Education, Youth affairs and Sport at the Northern Provincial Council. In a recent video interview to TamilNet on the reactions coming from the Sinhala politicians from South and the Sinhala colonial Governor to North regarding the NPC Minister’s avoidance of hoisting the offending Lion flag at a school event in Vavuniyaa, Sarawesaran said he was baffled at the reactions coming from the Sinhala politicians in South as if the denouncement of Lion flag was a latest discovery of Tamils. Full story >>

Colombo’s deceptions on Tamil political prisoners continue unabated

[Sun, 03 Dec 2017, 15:18 GMT]
Reginald Cooray, the SL Governor to North and the officials of the SL Presidential Secretariat in Colombo have systematically misled the families of the three Tamil political prisoners along with NPC Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam, who was negotiating with the SL President on their behalf, legal sources in Jaffna said. The prisoners were on a fast-unto-death for 38 days objecting their case being transferred to Anuradhapura court, where it was to be addressed by a Sinhala judge. The SL Governor and the officials of the SL Presidential Secretariat had ‘advised’ Mr Shivajilingam and the families of the prisoners to lodge an appeal against the transfer of the case to Anuradhapura in the Appeal Court of Colombo and had promised that the SL Attorney General would be cooperating with transferring their case back to Vavuniyaa by not attending the hearings at the Appeal Court in Colombo. Full story >>

25 acres of coastal stretch in Vaakarai seized for Sinhala colonization in Batticaloa

[Sat, 16 Dec 2017, 23:43 GMT]
A coastal stretch running parallel to A15 Trincomalee highway in Vaakarai region, which was controlled by the LTTE before 2007, has been secretly transferred to a Sinhala business woman at the instruction of the occupying Sinhala Navy and Sinhala politicians from South, grassroots organisations in Vaakarai complain. The area, known as Noolam-paadi and as Club area, has been under the illegal custody of the occupying Sri Lanka Navy since 2007. The SL Navy is stationed in 15 acres of lands, which belongs to private owners. But, resettlement of civilians has been ‘prohibited’ in the area, according to the occupying SL Navy. Full story >>

Colombo Appeal Court deliberately delays appeal case of Tamil political prisoners

[Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 22:57 GMT]
The appeal case filed on behalf of the three Tamil political prisoners, who waged a 38-day long fast unto death in Anuradhapura prison recently, is being deliberately postponed each time as the SL Attorney General Department has been dragging its feet citing delays of locating a witness, who has in fact sought political asylum in a West European country, the families deceived by the Colombo establishment told TamilNet on Tuesday. The Appeal Court in Colombo has postponed the hearing to 02 February, 2018 on Tuesday. Full story >>

Sinhala policemen force Tamil journalists to delete evidence of Sinhalicisation in Mullaiththeevu

[Sun, 10 Dec 2017, 21:44 GMT]
Eight Tamil journalists who went from Jaffna to Tha'n'ni-mu'rippu reservoir in the south of Mullaiththeevu district on Saturday to witness the Sinhalicisation, which is stepped up there through the militarization of occupying Sinhala Army, were subjected to severe harassment. The journalists, who were documenting the scale of Sinhalicisaton and militarisation of the irrigation tank of Tamils were stopped by the ‘Sri Lanka’ Army soldiers, who brought a higher-ranking officer from the nearby military camp. The SLA officer was attempting to confiscate the cameras of the Tamil journalists claiming that he wanted to inspect the equipment citing ‘national security’ concerns. The journalists refused to hand over their equipment. In the meantime, Sinhala policemen who arrived from Mullaiththeevu intervened deleting the photos and videos recorded by the journalists at the spot. Full story >>

Families of enforced disappeared, uprooted people to boycott elections

[Fri, 08 Dec 2017, 22:23 GMT]
The families of enforced disappeared who have been waging a continuous protest for 292 days in front of Kanthasamy temple in Ki'linochchi on Friday announced that they are going to boycott all the elections in the future as the electoral politicians have completely failed to address their demands. The uprooted people of Keappaa-pulavu in Mullaiththeevu, who have been waging a continuous protest for the last 283 days, said they were also going to boycott the elections. A spokeswoman for the protesting families at Ki'linochchi said their meetings with SL President Maithiripala Sirisena in the past, facilitated by the electoral politicians, were of no use. Full story >>

Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of pubic sector in North

[Wed, 06 Dec 2017, 15:55 GMT]
108 of 110 nurses, who were appointed on Tuesday to the government vacancies at teaching hospitals and medical institutions that come under the administrative control of Colombo's central Ministry of Health in the Jaffna district were Sinhalese, civil sources in Jaffna said. While there are 45,000 unemployed young graduates in the Northern province demanding job opportunities from the government, almost all the appointments in the health sector as well as at the administrative sector at the district and divisional secretariats are being allocated to Sinhalese from South, civil sources at the District Secretariat of Jaffna said. At the current rate of Sinhalicisation taking place at the University of Jaffna, the significance of the University as a centre of Tamil culture and education will be gone within the next 5 years, academic circles have commented. Full story >>

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Sinhala colonists resume violece against Tamil farmers in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa

[Mon, 04 Dec 2017, 13:40 GMT]
Mahaweli System B
Sinhala colonists who have encroached into traditional Tamil areas in Batticaloa have again started to shoot and kill the cattle belonging to Tamil dairy farmers in Paduvaankarai region. Dairy farmers in Ko'ra'lai-pattu South blame three Sinhala encroachers as culprits after one of their cows was shot and killed on Thursday night. The farmers said they have recovered three of their cattle with gunshot injuries. Between 2013 and 2016, more than 1,000 cows, owned by Tamil dairy farmers were shot and killed. The process was accelerated after Sirisena coming to power. However, due to relentless protests and complaints, the menace was temporarily halted from the end of 2016. Now, it resumes again, Tamil farmers said. Paduvaan-karai was protected by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) before the end of war in the East in 2007. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2001:
2001 Dec 18 14:49      Tamil Parties Alliance reiterates its commitment
2001 Dec 18 14:43      Two SLA soldiers killed
2000:
2000 Dec 18 15:43      SLA asked to assist murder investigation
1999:
1999 Dec 18 18:11      Troops, curfew in Colombo
1999 Dec 18 17:30      10 killed at PA rally
1999 Dec 18 17:18      Blast kills 15 at UNP rally
1999 Dec 18 16:29      President wounded in Colombo blast
1999 Dec 18 15:41      Bomb explodes at final PA meeting
1999 Dec 18 13:13      Rights cases increase during PA's tenure
1999 Dec 18 11:04      Tigers release two more POWs
1999 Dec 18 11:00      Explosion wounds three
1999 Dec 18 09:45      Tigers advance on complex - radio
1999 Dec 18 07:59      Government doctors call off strike
1999 Dec 18 07:44      Jaffna election booths relocated
1998:
1998 Dec 18 13:54      Protest over Iraq attack
1998 Dec 18 12:09      Sri Lanka buying missiles - report
1998 Dec 18 10:09      Frustrated troops destroy property
1997:
1997 Dec 18 23:59      Razeek group displays two bodies
1997 Dec 18 23:59      Post office staff cancel night shifts
1997 Dec 18 23:59      1 killed, six injured in blast
1997 Dec 18 23:59      Monsoon lashes Vanni
1997 Dec 18 23:59      Tigers, SLA clash at Alwai
1997 Dec 18 23:59      Transformers blasted
1997 Dec 18 23:59      PLOTE, EPRLF leaders in Jaffna over elections
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
-5th Amendment of Constitution
Incorporation:
Right to indictment by a grand jury
...This right has been held not to be incorporated
...Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516 (1884)
Protection against double jeopardy
...Benton v. Maryland, 395 U.S. 784 (1969).
Constitutional privilege against self-incrimination
...Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1 (1964).
Miranda warnings:
...While text does not directly say, Miranda warnings are a
...necessary prophylactic device, and thus required by the Fifth
...Amendment by police who interrogate any criminal suspect
...in custody, regardless of whether he or she is ultimately
...prosecuted in state or federal court.
Protection against taking of private property without compensation
...Quincy Railroad Co. v. City of Chicago, 166 U.S. 226 (1897).

 

Know the Etymology: 86
Place Name of the Day:
(86 of 500 revised)

Kokku-maṭu, Kok-maḍuva, Kevuḷiyā-maṭu, Keruṭā-maṭu, Koṇṭai-maṭu, Kaccilai-maṭu, Koṭuvā-maṭu, Virāl-maṭu, Keḷutti-maṭu, Kaḷi-maṭu, Pāvaṭṭā-maḍuva
Kokkumadu

The pond seen with cranes

The pond seen with cranes

The fishermen's pond

The pond seen with vultures

The pond by the side of Koṉṟai/ Koṇṭai trees

The pond in the locality of Kaccilai shrubs or the pond found with Kaccili fish

The pond found with Koṭuvā fish

The pond found with Virāl fish

The pond found with Keḷutti fish

The clayey pond or the pond to get clay

The pond in the locality of Pāvaṭṭai shrubs

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[20.02.16]
The Tamil Genocide by Sri LankaThe second edition with over 150 new pages traces the ongoing engagement in the Sri Lankan conflict of Professor Francis A. Boyle, an eminent American expert in international law, from the conflict’s last years to the present pursuit of UN recognition of the Tamil genocide and call for reparations. It is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law. The book is available from Clarity Press, Amazon in soft cover or in Kindle version.
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[11.11.15]
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[04.11.15]
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[06.05.15]
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[05.05.15]
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[02.05.15]
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[02.05.15]
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[02.05.15]
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[29.04.15]
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[24.04.15]
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[13.03.15]
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[14.02.15]
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[12.02.15]
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[11.02.15]
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[10.02.15]
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