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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
Girl was raped by Navy men for 11 days – TNA MP

The 11-year old girl, who was raped by navy personnel, said that the men kidnapped her during the day, raped her and released her in the afternoons for 11 days, TNA MP Saravanabhavan told media, after visiting the victim’s parents in Karainagar.

The MP said that the victim revealed that another 9 year old girl was also raped by the sailors, according to Ceylon Today.

Seven members of the navy were brought back to court on Monday, after being released on bail last week. The girl could not identify the attackers during the ID parade on Friday, as the police had brought in the wrong men to be identified in court, the MP charged.

Navy Media Spokesperson, Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya however rejected all allegations of its personnel being involved in the rape and said it was a ploy brought about by the TNA to dislodge naval presence in the area.
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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
UNP expresses ‘serious concern’ over government u-turn on presidential commission

The UNP has accused the Sri Lankan government of pandering to the international community in performing a u-turn in regards to the domestic commission investigate missing people, and the recent appointment of international experts to provide advice to it.

The opposition party charged that the government previously maintained that the Sri Lankan Army did not commit war crimes and that now the UPFA government seemed to be concurring with the view of the international community that war crimes should be investigated, reported the Colombo Gazette.
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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
Survey of Tamil land for military acquisition stopped after protest

The surveying of 800 acres of land, for acquisition by the army, was stopped after protesters disrupted the process.

The land in Vetrilakeni, Jaffna, was going to be surveyed for the 533 Brigade of the Sri Lankan Army, but the owners of the land, carrying their deeds, and elected representatives protested against it.

TNA MP Sritharan, Northern Provincial Council Minister Ayngaranesan and councillors Pasupathipillai and Paranjothi were present at the protest, alongside locals and journalists.

SL navy continues surveying Tamil land for appropriation despite protests (14 July 2014)

Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
38 Indian fishermen arrested

The Sri Lankan Navy arrested 38 fishermen from Tamil Nadu on Monday evening, according to the government news portal.

The navy said that the fishermen, on 8 fishing trawlers, were poaching “well within Sri Lankan waters”, when they were arrested in the seas off Delft and Thalaimannar.
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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Government to stop NGOs from receiving foreign funding - Divaina
The Sri Lankan government is to stop certain NGOs from receiving foreign funding, the Sinhala daily Divaina newspaper reports, citing a high ranking government source.

The funding is to be stopped for NGOs deemed to be a risk to national security, the paper added, stating that six NGOs had "received funds to launch campaigns to force the withdrawal of military from the North and bring war crime charges against the security forces."


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Civil Defence Force facility opened by Gotabaya in the Vanni

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared open a new facility for the Civil Defence Force in Manal Aaru, in the Mullaitivu district in the North-East of the island.

Rajapaksa unveiled a commemorative plaque in Sinhala and opened a Buddhist shrine, before planting a sapling of the Bhodi tree, a plant holy to Buddhists.

The new facility will also include a new pre-school and the defence secretary ceremoniously registered the first two children at the school.


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Compulsory Sinhala lessons for Tamils in North-East

Tamil civil servants will be required to learn Sinhala through a government sponsored programme, which has also been introduced in pre-schools in the North-East, according to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office.

All newly recruited civil servants and former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who completed the military’s controversial rehabilitation programme, will have to attend a training programme conducted by the Rehabilitation Commissioner General's Office and National Language Training Centre.


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Ban all religious groups ‘not older than 500 years’ – Sri Lankan Minister

Minister of Construction Wimal Weerawansa has called on the government to ban all religious groups which have been in existence for less than 500 years.

Weerawansa, who is the leader of the National Freedom Front, a key partner in President Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition, said that such a ban on "sects and cults" would "end communal, religious and sectarian violence in the future", reported Ceylon Today.

"Until and unless the government takes steps to ban all those groups spreading extremism in the name of protecting the religion, this problem will not end. There are three or four main religions that people of this country have practised for at least 500 years,” Weerawansa said to Ceylon Today.


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Unidentified body found near Trincomalee fort

Photograph Batti News

A body of a male washed up on the bear near Trincomalee fort on Sunday, reports Uthayan and Batti News.


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Tamil Guardian 20 July 2014
Refugee amongst three extradited to Sri Lanka by Malaysia

Three men, including at least one refugee, who were arrested by the Malaysian authorities earlier this month for alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, have been handed over to Sri Lanka and are being interrogated by the notorious Terrorism Investigation Department.

“The three LTTE suspects- Edmond Singharaja alias Seelan, Angurukankanamlage Indika Sanjeewa alias Mohamed Sanjaya Abdul and Abdul Saleem Bin Mohamed- were brought to Sri Lanka last night,” the Police media unit said in a statement, according to the Daily Mirror.
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Editorial Tamil Guardian 08 July 2014
Significance of Aluthgama
  Illustration Keera Ratnam Almost at the centenary of the first anti-Muslim riots by Sinhala mobs in 1915, [more]

Editorial Tamil Guardian 13 May 2014
Silences between the shouts
The idea that Sri Lanka's opposition parties should unite to topple President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government has surfaced yet again, with much discussion of a common Presidential challenger and speculation over likely candidates. [more]

  Opinion
Arani Kumaran Tamil Guardian 28 June 2014
Review: 'This Land Belongs to the Army'
'This Land Belongs to the Army’ is a strong documentary about the manner in which the lands in the traditional Tamil homelands of the North-East of the island of Sri Lanka have been appropriated by the government and the military. Made by Indian journalist and filmmaker Maga Tamizh Prabhagaran, [more]

J. S. Tissainayagam Tamil Guardian 24 June 2014
'Sri Lanka’s Scapegoat for its Own Terror'

Sri Lanka is using the mask of ‘counterterrorism’ to hide its own terror, whilst increasingly becoming a hub for international crime, said award-winning exiled Tamil journalist J. [more]

Tamil Guardian 18 June 2014
‘Australia’s dangerously close relationship with Sri Lanka’

The Australian government’s “dangerously close relationship with Sri Lanka” has put it at odds with its allies and leaves it at risk of violating international human rights obligations, [more]


  Feature
Tamil Guardian 18 July 2014
US should push prosecution of individuals in Sri Lanka - Congressional Caucus hears

The US has the opportunity to prosecute Sri Lankan war criminals and place sanctions on Sri Lanka, [more]

Tamil Guardian 16 June 2014
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict concludes with declaration

 

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict concluded in London last week, [more]

Tamil Guardian 16 June 2014
Human rights lawyer speaks on systemic persecution of Tamils at ESVC Summit
A human rights lawyer representing victims of rape and torture in Sri Lank, Kulasegaram Geetharthanan, outlined the ongoing sexual violence and systemic persecution of Tamils in the North-East of Sri Lanka, [more]


  Culture & Community
Tamil Guardian 07 June 2014
Tamil Eelam defeats Darfur United
In the last game for the team at this tournament, Tamil Eelam defeated a weakened Darfur United by ten goals to nil. [more]

Tamil Guardian 05 June 2014
Sápmi defeats Tamil Eelam in closely contested match
The Tamil Eelam football team managed to net their first goals of the 2014 World Football Cup tournament, but succumbed to a 4-2 defeat to hosts Sápmi. [more]

Tamil Guardian 03 June 2014
Heavy defeat for Tamil Eelam against current world champions Kurdistan
The Tamil Eelam football team suffered a heavy 9-0 defeat today, at the hands of VIVA World Cup holders Kurdistan, at the 2014 World Football Cup in Sweden. [more]



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