Apr 142014
 
SL military threatens former LTTE members, civilians from Batticaloa
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[TamilNet, Monday, 14 April 2014 12:04 No Comment]

The occupying Sri Lankan military intelligence operatives have detained 3 Eezham Tamils from Batticaloa district in recent days. A couple and their kids living in Vavuniyaa were detained by the so-called Terrorist Investigation Division, interrogated at Vavuniyaa TID office and later transferred to Boossa detention in Colombo. The arrest was made in Vavuniyaa on 06 April. Both, the husband and wife were former LTTE members in Batticaloa who had left the movement before the defection of Karuna. They were arrested in Vavuniyaa where they were employed. Their three children have been handed over to the grand parents in Aayithiya-malai, news sources in Batticaloa said.

Those who detained in Vavuniyaa were identified as 41-year-old Loganathan Veerakuddi from Aayiththiya-malai and 30-year-old Maheswari Krishnapillai from Chanthi-ve’li.

A 36-year-old civilian, Ravichandran Krishnapillai, who was earlier arrested by the Sri Lankan military in 2001 and released in 2004 was again arrested in Chanthi-ve’li on 06 April.

All former LTTE members living in Kokkaddichchoalai were forced to attend a meeting by the SL military on 08 April.

“Do not accept the opinion of the Tamil Diaspora. The white people are trying to arm you through the Tamil diaspora to wage another war. Don’t succumb to their agenda,” was a message repeatedly delivered at the meeting by the paramilitary and military intelligence operatives, according to those who were forced to attend the meeting.

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Apr 142014
 
Colombo stages smokescreen operations to divert global focus on crimes: TNA councillor

The so-called revival or regrouping of the LTTE and the arrests made during the sessions in Geneva, targeting of rights activists, and now claiming the episode over by killing three alleged ex LTTE members under suspicious circumstances, looks like a political smokescreen operation carefully managed by the Sri Lankan military intelligence, blames TNA councillor and former parliamentarian M.K. Shivajilingam. The reaction comes after the Sri Lankan military claimed that it had slain three LTTE members who were re-organising the movement. The killings seem to have taken place in Nedungkea’ni in Mulaiththeevu district. But, the dead bodies were taken to Sinhala colony Padaviya division in Anuradhapura district. No independent journalists have been allowed to witness the episode or those slain at the claimed site where the cordon and search operation had taken place, he said.

Colombo was claiming that it was about to reduce the military presence in North and East just ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session. Then, a Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) operation was clamped down on Tamils who were active in voicing for their missing family members. Search operations, threats of abductions, forced recruitment of Tamil women to SL military training and proscription of democratic organisations and activists in the Tamil diaspora were staged in an aggressive and pre-planned order, Mr Shivajilingam said.

“Now, the SL militarisation has been stepped up all over the Northern and Eastern provinces. While we are told certain stories through media, the SL military is constructing a new camp here,” he told TamilNet from the coastal village of Valveddiththu’rai (VVT) Friday evening.

The SL military claimed it had slain three former LTTE members at a hideout in Nedungkea’ni in the early hours of Friday. The SL military spokesman in Colombo was telling media in Colombo that a Sri Lankan soldier was also killed in the clash. Later, he changed the version stating that the soldier was killed on a separate incident. In the SL Defence ministry write-up there was no mention at all of any SLA casualty, Tamil journalists in the North observed.

They also said that journalists of a popular Jaffna daily were told two days ago by the SL military that it had arrested one of the ‘wanted’ men it now claims as slain today.

Also, just one day before the alleged encounter, Colombo government claimed that 65 people detained in the past five weeks, including 10 women and children, as ‘LTTE suspects’.

The dead bodies of the former LTTE members are to be inspected by Judicial Medical Officers who are not Tamils, news sources in Vavuniyaa said alluding that the SL military was trying to cover up something.

The SL military said it had identified two of the killed as Sundaralingam Kajeepan and as Selvanayagam Kajeepan.

There was no independent verification to assert what really had transpired behind the scenes of the alleged encounter in the early hours of Friday, Tamil sources in Vavuniyaa and Mullaiththeevu told TamilNet.

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Apr 022014
 
Sri Lanka bans LTTE, 15 other Tamil diaspora groups

Sri Lanka today banned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and 15 other Tamil diaspora groups for their alleged terror links and involvement in reviving the Tamil rebel movement.

Defence Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said Sri Lanka has banned 16 organisations, including the LTTE, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 1373.

These organisations have been classified as “terrorist” under the new government proclamation, he said.

From now on it will be illegal to have any contact with these organisations, Wanigasooriya said.

He said among the organisations proscribed are the LTTE’s Trans National Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which is active in Europe, and the UK—based British Tamil Forum (BTF).

Wanigasooriya said all these groups are being led by four different individuals.

The announcement came as the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week adopted a resolution calling for an international investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lankan troops during the final battle with the LTTE that ended in 2009.

Sri Lanka had accused the LTTE front organisations of moving the resolution against the country as means to take revenge from Colombo for militarily crushing the LTTE, which had fought for nearly 30 years for a separate Tamil homeland under Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed at the end of the separatist war, rights groups and UN experts have said.

Sri Lankan officials claim that proscription of organisations such as GTF and BTF are particularly aimed at educating the Western nations on the presence of the LTTE members among the front organisations that operate in various Western capitals, Wanigasooriya said.

The government will urge for an investigation into these organisations and their funding of terrorism, he said.

Sri Lanka will also request the governments to classify LTTE front members as offenders and name them as wanted by the Interpol for terrorist activity.

Sri Lankan nationals and political parties will be forbidden from making contact with such organisations.

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Mar 192014
 
Sri Lankan TID releases Fr. Praveen, Ruki Fernando

While the Sri Lankan Government delegation in Geneva responded Tuesday evening defending the claims of the Sri Lankan Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) to the concerns raised by several NGOs against the TID detention of the Human Rights defenders Rev Fr Praveen and Mr Ruki Fernando, both the human rights activists were released a few hours later by the TID due to mounting pressure abroad and in the island. The SL delegation in Geneva came with a ‘point of order’ statement saying that both the activists were linked to someone named K.P Selvanayagam alias Gobi, who had been overseas and was ‘reviving the LTTE’ through ‘regrouping unemployed local youth’. Tamil activist Jeyakumari was in detention for harbouring Gobi, the SL delegation said.

Fr Praveen and Fernando have been released without any charges, news sources in Colombo told TamilNet Wednesday morning.

The Sri Lankan delegation in Geneva stated the following on the detention of Fr Praveen and Ruki Fernando:

Investigations revealed that K.P. Selvanayagam a.k.a. Gobi who had been overseas and returned to Sri Lanka was actively involved in reviving the LTTE through regrouping LTTE cadres and recruiting unemployed local youth with the intention of using them for acts of terrorism.

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At this residence, the landlady Balendran Jeyakumari and her 13 year old daughter Vibooshika were present. Since suspect Gobi while being armed escaped, a search was carried out on the said residence. A Menelab F-3 type mine detector was recovered. Therefore, Ms. Jeyakumari was placed under arrest on suspicion of aiding and abetting Gobi in his activities.

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“The detention on 16th March of Mr. Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen under the PTA were in connection with the aforesaid investigation into attempts to revive the LTTE by operatives, including the recovery of the arms caché at Vishwamadu and the shooting incident in Dharmapuram involving Gobi.

“Investigations have revealed that Mr. Fernando and Father Praveen had been in Killinochchi engaging with persons connected to Gobi. Their questioning is continuing at present to ascertain the whereabouts of Gobi and other related operatives.”

“The above actions taken by the Law Enforcement Authorities of Sri Lanka are well within the existing legal framework and following due process.”

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Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members on Tuesday took to the streets taking a break from their 5th sittings at Kaithadi.

The protest, led by NPC Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran, demanded immediate release of prominent human rights activists Rev Fr Praveen and Mr Ruki Fernando.

The NPC councilors also called for immediate release of Tamil activist Ms Jeyakumari.

The NPC councilors further condemned the terror let loose by the Sri Lankan military. They condemned the military establishment for staging scenes to trap rights activists in the Tamil homeland.

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Mar 192014
 
Journalists in North receive death threats over phone
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[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:12 No Comment]

A section of Tamil journalists in North, who have been subjected to investigations and harassment by the Sri Lankan military intelligence in the recent past on Tuesday said they were receiving phone calls with death threats this week. The Sri Lankan military was using a projected image of ‘LTTE regrouping’ to silence the journalists and civil activists, especially during the 25th session of the human rights council in Geneva. In the meantime a top commander of the Sri Lanka Army has told a rights activist in Colombo that the whole Geneva discourse would end as the talk of USA sending ship to evacuate LTTE political leaders while brokering a surrender-deal at the end of Vanni war in 2009.

“Like Pulidevan and Nadesan were talking to foreign journalists, Elilan’s wife Ananthi is now talking at Geneva. At the end of the day, everything would end like the US ship affair,” the SL commander was quoted as saying.

The threats issued to journalists in Jaffna should also be interpreted with the attempt by the Sri Lankan military operatives to organise a protest in support of Mahinda Rajapaksa through paramilitary operatives. The attempt has been unsuccessful, Tamil activists in Jaffna said.

In Ampaa’rai and in Mannaar, the occupying SL military has waylaid Tamil people to rally in support of the president and commander-in-chief of the genocidal Sri Lanka.

“The worsening situation is caused by the watered-down resolution being framed by the USA, UK and others,” an activist in Jaffna said.

“This year many rights activists and journalists have been effectively silenced by the occupying Sri Lankan military,” the activist said as mobile phones of almost every activist in Vanni remained switched off on Tuesday following the terror actions by the SL military under the TID tag.

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Feb 282014
 
PTI twists report on Mannaar killing field
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[TamilNet, Friday, 28 February 2014 11:29 No Comment]

Projecting Sri Lankan Government’s defensive cover-up statement on the exhumation of human skeletal remains from the killing field of Mannaar at Maanthai without any journalistic scrutiny, the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Wednesday published a news report titled ‘mass grave in former LTTE stronghold’. The report featured an open lie by the Sri Lankan state that the killing field was under LTTE control for 30 years. The mass grave site, situated near Maanthai junction, has been under the control of the occupying Sri Lankan military and was also used as a rear site of the SL military that uprooted the Tamil people from the area. So far, 81 human skeletons have been exhumed from the killing fields. The exhumation is scheduled to continue for the 32nd time on 03 March.

The area was used as a rear site of the SL military and the Tamil families were all uprooted from the area in 1990 and resettled back after the end of Vanni war.

“With regard to the recovery of skeletal remains in Mannar it has been revealed that the area had been occupied by the LTTE for 30 years except during the period 1988/89 when it was occupied by the Indian Peace Keeping Force. Till the area was liberated in 2008 it was not under the control of the government of Sri Lanka,” the PTI report quoted attributing the statement to ‘an official statement’.

Mannaar Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr Rayappu Joseph has gone on record several times that he has no faith in Sri Lankan government investigation on the mass grave.

The government can’t go on with producing lies. We have lost faith in any local mechanism that investigates the killings. Instead, we need independent international investigation that has no political affiliation, and we should witness the investigation, the Bishop demanded at a special mass and prayer service held near the site on 12 February.

Both the Tamil political alliances, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF), have also voiced for international investigations.

“Tamil leaders have said the victims could be members of the local Tamil community,” was the only sentence in the entire story that featured Sri Lankan government version without any scrutiny.

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