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Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
'Is this right of the 'good governance' government' asks wife of arrested LTTE member
Recalling the protracted process of her husband's release from the Sri Lankan government's 'rehabilitation' programme, the wife of Krishnapillai Kalainesan, the former head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) intelligence wing in Batticaloa who was arrested on Monday, wiped away tears, asking if it was right of the government of 'good governance' to do such a thing.



"On the 14th August 2013, they gave us the letter granting us rehabilitation - look here it is. They took our signatures however, they did not give him to us. They did not hand over my husband to us," Mr Kalainesan's wife, Kayalvili told LankaSri.

"Meanwhile, those known as the Batticaloa [Sri Lankan military] intelligence officers held him in custody for one month here.So they only handed over my husband to us after one month."

"At that time, when we were really struggling without any employment, they [the military] were the ones who taught the job of how to weave palm leaves. Doing this is how we were living. Then only after 3 months did we get this canteen job."

"When we are doing this canteen job, what is this [arrest]? Is this right of the 'good governance' government to do this?"

"If they will do this, then what of my two children? If this happens to children who are in education, what will I do?"

"I have two children, and because of this I ask that my husband is quickly brought back to me."

Mr Kalainesan, known as Lt. Col. Prabha was arrested from his home at 6.30am on Monday morning. His was the latest in a series of arrests of former LTTE members.

The former head of the LTTE's Trincomalee intelligence wing Thalaiarasan was taken into custody on April 27th, in relation to the alleged find of a suicide vest in Chavakachcheri.

The former LTTE commander, Kanathippillai Sivamoorthy, known as Nagulan, was abducted in Jaffna on Tuesday and was found later in custody. His detention came shortly after the arrest of the LTTE cadre Damotharan Jayakanth by the TID as well as the former LTTE commander, Ram, who was earlier reported as abducted in the Eastern province but found to have been detained by the TID.
Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
TNA urges Sri Lanka to ensure justice for murdered journalists
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, R Sampanthan, marked World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, calling on the present Sri Lankan government to protect press freedom immediately and investigate the killing of murdered journalists.

"At a time when the freedom of press is being subjected to oppression worldwide, I request the Sri Lankan government to take all necessary steps to ensure the freedom and protection of press immediately in Sri Lanka," Mr Sampanthan said in a statement on Wednesday.

"It is a matter of concern that Sri Lanka ranks 141st place among the list of press freedom of 180 countries."

"It is is no secret that the previous governments turned a blind eye to many incidents of ill treatment, violence and murders that took place against journalists."

"I urge the current government to conduct proper investigations of these incidents and bring the perpetrators before justice."


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Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
Thousands attend May Day rallies across North-East

Thousands of Tamils took part in rallies in Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Sunday, as part of events across the world to mark May Day.

In Jaffna TNA leader R Sampanthan was joined by ITAK president Mavai Senathirajah and other parliamentarians at a rally that started in Inuvil with red and yellow flag waving participants.

Meanwhile another rally took place in Kilinochchi, which saw thousands of attendees and dozens of vehicles participate.


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Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
Tamils across Europe mark May Day with rallies for justice

Tamils living in cities across Europe took part in May Day rallies on Sunday, calling for justice for the Tamil people.

As part of demonstrations in Britain, Germany, France, Norway and Switzerland, Tamils marched in rallies denouncing massacres committed by the Sri Lankan state and called for justice and accountability.

See photos from the various rallies below.

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Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
Sri Lanka police media unit suspended over suicide vest coverage
The Sri Lankan police media unit was suspended by the ministry of law and order on Tuesday over its coverage of the apparent finding of a suicide vest in Chavakachcheri.

The Daily Mirror cited sources in the ministry as saying the media unit had been ordered by the IGP Pujith Jayasundara to only issue written statements on the issue.

However, the unit had defied such orders, issuing a verbal statement over the incident.

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Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
Sri Lanka denies discussions over sea bridge
Sri Lanka has again denied holding discussions with India regarding the proposed sea bridge between Tamil Nadu and the Tamil North-East. Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne told Xinhua that despite media reports saying that discussions between the two countries were ongoing, there had been no talks. "Formally and informally, no talks have been held. We have not entered into any talks with India on this subject," he said. In April, Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said that discussions were held. "The project is under consideration, it is under discussion. But nothing has been finalised," he said.
Tamil Guardian 03 May 2016
TNA against VAT rises
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) requested the government not to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) on food items consumed by the general public and education services, according to a May Day resolution..
The government decided to remove the VAT exemptions on private health services, education and the telecommunications in its budget but TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that his party would adopt a resolution calling on the government not to impose taxes on the education sector and essential food items..
He said there would be also be two other resolutions calling for the development of the war affected areas and a political solution based on power sharing among the communities in the country, he said to the paper.
Tamil Guardian 02 May 2016
Former LTTE Batticaloa intelligence head arrested
The former head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) intelligence wing in Batticaloa was arrested by Sri Lankan police officers on Monday in Eravur.

Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) told the family of Krishnapillai Kalainesan, known as Lt. Col. Prabha that he was arrested in relation to an investigation of the alleged regrouping of the LTTE.

Mr Kalainesan was arrested at his home on Monday at 6.30am and has now been taken to Kalmunai for further interrogation, his wife, Kayalvili told reporters.

Following the end of the armed conflict in 2009, he was initially registered as disappeared, before reports emerged that he was in fact being held by the Sri Lankan military.

In 2013 Mr Kalainesan was released after completing the government's 'rehabilitation' programme. 


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Tamil Guardian 02 May 2016
Sri Lanka military enrol pre-school Tamil children in Vanni


The Sri Lankan military's civil security division enrolled pre-school children in Vanni, forcing children to wear uniforms bearing the Sri Lankan military emblem.

Parents have been instructed they must send their children to school in that uniform, whilst being asked to pay 600 rupees towards the cost of it.


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Tamil Guardian 01 May 2016
Tamil school children excel in Britain

British Tamil school children are outperforming their peers who have registered English as their first language in reading, writing and mathematics, reports The Express.

Looking at exam results from the previous year for children aged 10 and 11, the Express reported that children who reported Chinese and Tamil as their mother tongue outperformed children whose first language is English in all tests.

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Tamil Guardian 01 May 2016
Sri Lankan prime minister lashes out at the media

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lashed out at the island’s media institutions on Saturday, accusing them of attempting to revive the LTTE.

Addressing the 20th anniversary of the Muslim Media Forum, ColomboPage reported Mr Wickremesinghe as stating the “biggest threat to media freedom in Sri Lanka is media itself” during a speech in which he pulled out copies of Sri Lankan newspapers The Island and Divayina to criticise them.

Mr Wickremesinghe went on to criticise reports of the LTTE regrouping by referencing the ancient Sinhalese ruler Dutugemunu who defeated the Tamil king Ellalan in battle, telling the audience,

“I myself wondered if we are going to face the LTTE again and if King Dutugemunu will be needed”.

He also “asserted that there was no room for terrorism to raise its head again in Sri Lanka,” according to Colombo Gazette.

However, Mr Wickremesinghe added a caveat, stating that if such a revival did take place “then former President Mahinda Rajapaksa must be blamed for not completely eradicating terrorism”.

Tamil Guardian 01 May 2016
Journalists in Colombo demand justice for Sivaram

Over a hundred journalists and media workers based in Colombo staged a demonstration on Friday, calling for justice for murdered Tamil journalist Dharmeratnam Sivaram.

Members of the Working Journalists Association, Tamil Media Alliance, Free Media Movement, Muslim Media Forum and the Federation of Media Employees Trade Union took part in the protest alongside other trade unions.

Speaking to AP Media rights activist Lasantha Ruhunage said the Sri Lankan government must do more to punish those responsible for attacks on journalists.

“More than compensation, the attacks on journalists, media workers and media institutions should be properly investigated and those responsible for the attacks should be punished, in order to ensure justice to the media community," he said.

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Tamil Guardian 01 May 2016
Supreme Court orders Wigneswaran to appear over NPC resolution

Updated 2300 GMT

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ordered Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran and other Tamil politicians to appear before it with regards to the resolution calling for a federal solution in a merged North-East passed by the NPC last week.

The chief minister, NPC Chairman CVK Sivagnanam, Chief Secretary A. Paththinathan, and President of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) and MP Maavai Senathiraja were asked to submit explanations.

Officials must appear before the court after the 12th of May, according to Mr Sivagnanam.

TNA MP M A Sumanthiran tweeted that the court had not issued a summons or notice as earlier reported, but that it was a "voluntary act of noticing before supporting in court for Leave to Proceed".

Advocate Aruna Laksiri had filed a petition against the proposal by the NPC in the court last Tuesday, which said that the proposal made by the Northern Provincial Council seeking a individual government within the country in contradiction to the article 152 part IV of the Constitution.

Tamil Guardian 01 May 2016
Husband was stripped by Sri Lankan army after his surrender - relatives testify in Kilinochchi

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Commission on disappearances made its final sitting in Kilinochchi last week, calling over a thousand witnesses to testify about their missing relatives.

The wife of former LTTE member Kannan, alias Gnanaselvan Uthayarasa, testified after seeing a photo of her husband with other captive LTTE cadres stripped naked and alive at the hands of the Sri Lankan military.


“My husband is an LTTE member that surrendered to the army on May 18, 2009.

I and my two children witnessed it in person. Thereafter there is no information about my husband

Under these circumstances I got photo evidences of war crimes telecast by Channel 4. There were photos of my husband taken while he was taken by the army in stripped condition, and was seen sitting near a ditch.”


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Tamil Guardian 01 May 2016
Federalism will not cause secession says Wigneswaran
The chief minister of the Northern Province rejected assertions that the call for federalism was racist and aimed at secession, stating that it was "madness" to suggest so.

In an interview with the Tamil newspaper, Virakesari this week, Mr Wigneswaran said,

"For many years politicians have been ceaselessly saying federalism would secede the nation. That makes you also believe in those lines. You have become accustomed to such remarks. Read newspapers and books to understand about federalism. Federalism is in vogue in India. It is followed in Canada and Switzerland also. A country will never be divided because of federalism."


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Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
Cannabis smuggling operations increase across North-East

Sri Lankan police have intercepted at least two attempts to smuggle cannabis across the Tamil North-East in the last week, as drug dealing continues to rise across the former conflict area.

Tamil Diplomat reports that over 200 kilograms of cannabis was seized by Sri Lankan police after they searched two vehicles travelling from Mannar last week. Meanwhile another smaller seizure of 8kg was also made in the district, in the Talaimannar islet.

The coastal town has become an increasingly popular route for drug smugglers to deliver packages of narcotics which are thought to be produced across the Palk Strait in Southern India.

Smugglers have also looked to smuggle drugs to Jaffna, with Sri Lankan police stopping a fishing boat which was returning to Point Pedro on Sunday. A M Jaffar, Assistant Superintendent of Police for the Kankesanthurai region, though confirmed no drugs were found on the boat.  Acting on a tip off, Sri Lankan police raided the vessel but only found a sack of tamarind and a motorcycle. All 4 men aboard the boat have since been arrested.

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Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
Sampanthan calls for referendum on power sharing in North-East

Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan challenged the Sri Lanka state to hold a referendum in the North-East to decide on whether the Tamil people wanted a power sharing mechanism on the island.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror in a wide ranging interview, the TNA leader was questioned on whether proposals for federalism had the backing of the Tamil people of the North-East.

“People want genuine power sharing,” said Mr Sampanthan. “Have a referendum in the North and the East and decide.”

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Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
Vavuniya citizens committee calls for May 18 remembrance event at Mullivaikkal
The Vavuniya Citizens Committee, together with the Mullaitivu Citizens Committee and the Forum for Searching, Handed, Kidnapped and Forcibly Disappeared Relatives - Tamil Homeland), called for a public remembrance event on May 18th to mark the genocide of the Tamil people in 2009.

Reiterating the need for justice, the three groups urged people to come to Mullivaikkal to make their demand for justice heard.


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 International Affairs
Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
Syrian army bombards Aleppo despite declaring 'region of calm'

Approximately 30 air strikes hit rebel held areas in Aleppo despite Syria’s military declaring a temporary period of ‘calm’ on Saturday.

 The Syrian army announced a 24 hour period of calm in the capital of Damascus late on Friday, and a further 72 hour ‘regime of calm’ in rural areas.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least five people were killed in Aleppo in the early hours of Saturday, reports Reuters.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to fly to Geneva later this week in hopes to reignite the Geneva peace talk process, which faltered as all parties of conflict in Syria violated the terms of the designated ceasefire.
Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
Serbian opposition parties demand election re-run
Hundreds of Serbian opposition supporters rallied in Belgrade with demands for a recount of last weekend’s parliamentary election ballots.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucnic, who wants to see Serbia join the EU, won last weeks election with 48.24 percent of the vote.

In response both left-wing and ultra-nationalist opposition parties took to the straits demanding a recount and calling for the resignation of the current election commission.

Alleging fraud, the opposition parties called for a re-run of the vote, reports Reuters.
Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
More targeted sanctions needed in Burundi - Economist

The killing of rebels in Burundi has “ominous echoes” of the Rwandan genocide said the Economist in an editorial this week.

“In recent months repression has gathered steam” in Burundi said the editorial, noting President Pierre Nkurunziza’s “youth militia terrorises his opponents, many of whom are Tutsis” and that “hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people, mostly young men, have been “disappeared””.

“More targeted sanctions, which hurt the president’s cronies personally, are needed,” it said.

“If things get worse, outsiders should be ready to send in troops, under the aegis of the African Union or the UN. There are 19,000 UN blue helmets just across the border in Congo. They should be prepared to step in, and the great powers should make sure that Mr Nkurunziza knows it.”

See the full text of the editorial here.

Tamil Guardian 30 April 2016
Attack on MSF hospital in Kunduz not war crime - Pentagon

The Pentagon says the US air strike which hit a hospital run by Medecins sans Frontieres and killed 42 people was not a war crime.

General Joseph Votel said that the "tragic strike" was due to human and technical error and confirmed that disciplinary charges are being brought against US personnel.

US forces thought the hospital building had been seized by the Taliban however as the mistaken strike was "unintentional", no war crime had been committed.

"The investigation found that the incident resulted from a combination of human errors, process errors and equipment failures and that none of the personnel knew they were striking a hospital," he said.
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Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
'Catastrophic deterioration' in Aleppo says UN
The United Nations on Thursday warned of what it called the "catastrophic deterioration" in the Syrian rebel held city of Aleppo after air strikes by the government destroyed another hospital, killing several doctors.

"I could not in any way express how high the stakes are for the next hours and days," the chair of the UN humanitarian task force, Jan Egeland said.

The UN envoy Staffan de Mistura meanwhile urged Washington and Moscow to help revitalise the ceasefire that was now "barely alive".

The hospital targetted in the air strike was supported by Medecins San Frontieres.

At least three doctors, including one of the last paediatricians, was killed in the strike, said MSF.

Condemning the air strike on the hospital as "reprehensible", the US State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, said, "once again we call on the regime to cease these absolutely senseless attacks, which are of course violations of the cessation of hostilities."

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Tamil Guardian 27 April 2016
Detention centre illegal says Papua New Guinea's supreme court
Australia's off shore detention centre on Manus Island is illegal, ruled Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court on Tuesday, stating the detention on the island was "contrary to their constitutional right of personal liberty".

Responding to the court's ruling, the Papua New Guinea prime minister ordered the camp to close.

"Respecting this ruling, Papua New Guinea will immediately ask the Australian government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum-seekers currently held at the Regional Processing Centre," the prime minister, Peter O'Neill was quoted by AFP as saying on Wednesday.


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Tamil Guardian 26 April 2016
North Korean FM subjected to travel restrictions while in New York

The US placed travel restrictions on North Korea's foreign minister while he was in New York for the meetings at the UN, according to the Department of State.

Ri Su-Yong was only able to travel between his hotel, the UN, the North Korean mission and the airport, according to spokesperson John Kirby.

The move came after North Korea launched missile tests over the weekend.

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Tamil Guardian 26 April 2016
Bangladeshi LGBTI editor killed

A US embassy worker, who was also the editor of Bangladesh's only LGBTI magazine was hacked to death on Monday in Dhaka.

A statement from the U.S. Embassy said Xulhaz Mannan was a "dear friend."

"We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders," Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, said in the statement.

Mr Mannan and a friend were killed when five or six young men posing as couriers arrived at Mannan's building under the guise of delivering a package and hacked them to death with machetes.

US Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned the "barbaric murder".

"We offer our full support to the government of Bangladesh as they investigate these murders and bring the perpetrators to justice. We remain committed to the principles that were so important to Xulhaz, and we promise to support all those who work on behalf of tolerance and human rights in Bangladesh and around the world," Secretary Kerry said.

Tamil Guardian 25 April 2016
ICC to investigate Burundi violence
The International Criminal Court (ICC) will investigate the violence that has taken place in Burundi over the past year, killing over 400 people.

Announcing the investigation, the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda said the preliminary examination had found reports of rape, torture, disappearances and killings.

"All these acts appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC," Ms Bensouda was quoted by Reuters as saying.

"At least 3,400 people have been arrested and over 230,000 Burundians forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries."


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Tamil Guardian 25 April 2016
Obama announces increased special forces in Syria
The US president Barack Obama on Monday announced there would be upto 250 more special forces deployed in Syria.

The increase is intended to help militia fighters gain territory from Islamic State.

"A small number of special operation forces are already on the ground in Syria and their expertise have been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas,"  Mr Obama said whilst speaking in Germany.

"Given their success I have approved the deployment of upto 250 additional US personnel in Syria, including special forces to keep up this momentum."

"They're not going to be leading the fight on the ground, but they will be essential in providing the training and assisting local forces as they continue to drive ISIL back."
Tamil Guardian 22 April 2016
US president intervenes in UK EU referendum debate
US President warned that Britain could be placed to the back of the trade queue, if it votes to leave the European Union in it’s in out referendum.

Speaking at the start of a three day visit to the UK, he said,

“Let me be clear: ultimately this is something the British voters have to decide for themselves.”

"As part of our special relationship, part of being friends is to be honest and to let you know what I think, and speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision is a matter of deep interest to the US, because it affects our prosperity as well."

“The UK is at its best when it's helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages UK power to be part of the EU. I don't think the EU moderates British influence in the world, it magnifies it. America wants Britain's influence to grow, including within Europe."
Tamil Guardian 22 April 2016
UK MPs declare Islamic State is committing genocide
British MPs on Wednesday unanimously declared that Islamic State is committing a genocide against the Yazidi and Christian people in Syria and Iraq, during a vote at the House of Commons.

The motion, which was passed by 278 votes to zero, also called on the British government to urge the UN Security Council to place the issue before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"It is about doing justice and about seeing justice being done," said MP Fiona Bruce, who tabled the motion.
Tamil Guardian 20 April 2016
ICC officially opens permanent HQ in The Hague
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday opened its official headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

The event was attended by politicians, diplomats and lawyers from around the world, as well as the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Writing in Ahram Online, the ICC's president, Judge Silvia Fernandez, said "the message of today’s ceremony is clear: the International Criminal Court is here to stay."

"The ICC’s mandate is relevant everywhere. Where massive atrocities have occurred, international justice helps ensure that such crimes are addressed, that the perpetrators are held responsible and that victims receive justice."


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Tamil Guardian 20 April 2016
South Sudan peace deal threatened say monitors
Monitors of South Sudan's peace deal said it was at risk of collapse this week after Riek Machar failed to return to the capital.

Mr Machar was due to take up post of vice-president within a unity government as part of the deal. His team have said he was delayed by logistical issues.

"The agreement is at risk. Having come so close to the formation of the transitional government of national unity, all parties must ensure that the spirit of reconciliation, compromise and dialogue embodied by the agreement should be protected," said Festus Mogae, chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).

The US expressed disappointment at what it described as his "wilful decision" not to follow through on the agreed delay.


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Tamil Guardian 18 April 2016
US sends troops to Iraq, pledges $415 million aid to Kurdish Peshmerga
The United States will send more troops to Iraq and will position them closer to the frontlines of battle against Islamic State militants, reports Reuters.

US defence officials said on Monday that they will deploy a further 200 troops as advisers for Iraqi troops as they advance towards Mosul, and provide up to $415 million to Kurdish Peshmerga military units.

The US also authorised Apache attack helicopters to help the advance.

The US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, said,

“This will put Americans closer to the action. Their whole purpose is to be able to help those forces respond in a more agile way.”

The US Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland added that the Pentagon would provide up to $415 million to Kurdish militants, stating,

“Right now the Peshmerga are not getting enough calories to keep them in the field.”

The Peshmerga, known for their devout commitment to the Kurdish nationalist cause and regarded as well-trained, well-armed and capable, are the Iraqi Kurdish military force of the Kurdish struggle for self-determination. The term Peshmerga translates to ‘those who follow death.’

Kurdish leader discusses self-determination and arms deliveries during White House visit (11 May 2015)

 

 

Tamil Guardian 18 April 2016
UK defence firm hired former child soldiers as mercenaries in Iraq

A former senior director at a British firm said that it employed mercenaries from Sierra Leanne to work in Iraq due as they were cheaper than Europeans, reports the Guardian.

The Aegis Defence Services, between 2005 and 2015 recruited from countries such as Sierra Leone, “where there’s high unemployment and a decent workforce” to reduce costs for the US presence in Iraq.

The defence company, which is chaired by conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames, had a series of contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to provide guards to protect US military base sin Iraq from 2004.

A new documentary, called ‘The Child New Job’ to be broadcast in Denmark alleges that 2,500 Sierra Leonean personnel were recruited to work in Iraq, many of which were child soldiers.

Commenting on his film, the director Mads Ellesøe, said,

“When war gets outsourced, then the companies tries to find the cheapest soldiers globally. Turns out that that is former child soldiers from Sierra Leone. I think it is important that we in the west are aware of the consequences of the privatisation of war,”

Tamil Guardian 16 April 2016
Former Rwandan politician jailed for life for hate speech

Former Rwandan politician Leon Mugesera, who was extradited from Canada in 2012, has been jailed for life over his role in the 2004 genocide.

The former official with the then-ruling Hutu party described Tutsis as "cockroaches" and called for their extermination, during a speech in 1992.

Mr Mugesera worked as a lecturer in Quebec province and lost a 12-year legal battle to avoid extradition from Canada.

Over 800,000 Tutsis were killed in the genocide by Hutu militias.

Tamil Guardian 15 April 2016
OIC calls on India to support Kashmiri right to self-determination

 The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation reaffirmed its support to the peoples of Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir for the realisation of their right to self-determination.

In a joint communique issued on Friday, the OIC called on India to implement the UN resolutions on Kashmir, adding that the disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir must be made in accordance of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

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No turning back
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'Where else should I die but here?'
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  Culture & Community
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