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Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
UK country guidance on ‘Tamil separatism’ highlights human rights violations by Sri Lanka

The UK Home Office issued a new asylum country guidance report on ‘Tamil Separatism’ on Thursday, drawing on several reports detailing human rights violations by Sri Lanka against Tamil separatists and people that are perceived to be.

The report provides “guidance to Home Office decision makers on handling [asylum] claims made by nationals/residents of - as well as country of origin information (COI) about – Sri Lanka”.

In its summary, the Home Office says that “being of Tamil ethnicity would not in itself warrant international protection”, even if the person proves “past membership or connection to the LTTE”.

However someone “perceived to be a threat to the State”, by having or perceived to be having a “significant role in relation to post-conflict Tamil separatism within the diaspora and/or a renewal of hostilities within Sri Lanka” are considered at risk and asylum will normally be appropriate.

The summary further held that participating in Diaspora activities such as attending protests “in itself is not considered evidence that a person is a committed Tamil activist seeking to promote Tamil separatism”, and that cases should be considered on the available evidence.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Minister Bernier celebrates Tamil business success in Canada


Canada's Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Maxime Bernier, celebrated the success and entrepreneurial spirit of the Tamil community in Canada, highlighting their contributions to the Canadian economy.

As part of the Canadian federal government’s pre-budgetary consultations Minister Bernier met with representatives of the Canadian Tamils' Chamber of Commerce (CTCC) in Toronto on Wednesday.

“I can see they have a huge impact, like other small business owners, they’re the true Canadians," Minister Bernier told the Tamil Guardian following the meeting.

“They’re very good entrepreneurs, it’s a plus for us as Canadians to have these entrepreneurs with us,” said the minister, who was
Canada's foreign affairs minister during the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. 


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Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Dead body recovered from lagoon in Eastern Province
The body of a 66-year old man was recovered from Santhiveli Lagoon in Eravoor this week, reports Eastern Province-based website Batti news.

Arumugam Sithamparampillai had left his home in Santhiveli on Tuesday to attend to his livestock in a neighbouring village. His body was discovered later that evening floating in the lagoon by his son, who had gone out to fish.

The police, lead by officer M.S.M Nazeer, are currently investigating the death.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Sri Lanka looks to make political solution for Tamils irrelevant - TNA tells India
Sri Lanka is working to make a political solution for Tamils irrelevant by breaking the linguistic and cultural contiguity in the North-East by militarisation and resettlement of Sinhalese families, the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told Indian press on Wednesday.

Their objective is also to change the composition and change the cultural and linguistic identity of Tamil regions. The most urgent need is that this should end. It is their hope that if they continue with this, a political solution for Tamils will be irrelevant, a solution would become redundant and they can have their own way,” said R Sampanthan.

Sampanthan’s comments come after the TNA delegation travelled to India to hold talks with Prime Minister Modi regarding the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Navi Pillay 'not disturbed' by Sri Lankan criticism

UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, has said that she remains unfazed by derogatory remarks and accusations made against her by Sri Lankan officials.

Speaking to CNN just days before the end of her term, Ms Pillay said that she was not disturbed by criticism from Sri Lanka, calling her a "Tamil Tigress", nor from other countries such as Israel which has attacked her for her stance on Gaza.

"I am supremely confident that I speak with moral authority," the High Commissioner told CNN's Christiane Amanpour when asked about such remarks.


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
India funds development projects worth Rs. 365 million for Jaffna
The Indian government has announced the funding of two major development projects in Jaffna, worth a total of Rs. 365 million.

A grant of Rs. 145 million has been allocated towards renovation of the Duraiappah Stadium, with another Rs. 220 million granted to set up the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate.

Indian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha said the Industrial Estate “is expected to attract potential investors, from within and outside Sri Lanka” with access to the area increased once the Northern Railway Project, also financed by India, is completed. The rail project is scheduled to be completed in September 2015.


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Police station opened to 'establish law and order' in North-East
The Sri Lankan government announced the opening of a new police station in Nilaveli, Trincomalee this week, reports ColomboPage.

The 436 Police station was built on two acres of land in the Eastern Province at a cost of  Rs. 12.1 million.

Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana commented,
“This Police Station was built to start a civil control through establishing law and order that was disrupted in the North and East area, while specially providing facilities needed by the people of the North and East."

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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
2 Indians arrested in Sri Lanka over video footage of parliament
Sri Lankan police arrested two Indian citizens Tuesday for allegedly recording and  possessing photographs and video footage of Parliament and the Prime Minister's residence, reports PTI

The men, who have not been identified, were arrested on a tipoff whilst travelling in a three wheeler taxi in Colombo, the police spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

According to the Sri Lankan paper, News First, Rohana added that the two men were from Chennai.

Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
SL missions in Europe discuss how to counter human rights campaigns
Sri Lanka's missions in Europe met with the External Affairs Minister GL Peiris this week, to review progress and discuss "initiatives to counter campaigns against the country, using human rights and other issues as political tools", Colombo Page reports.

The meeting included Sri Lanka's ambassadors in France, Germany and Italy, as well as the country's Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha.

Making suggestions regarding a "coordinated strategy", the envoys reportedly gave "perspectives of special relevance to the countries in which they are serving".


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Locals clash with police over government land surveying in Trinco
Locals in Trincomalee district clashed with police after government officials attempted to survey land in Trincomalee, Pulmoddai and Arisimalai.

A 54 year old local man, Abookkar, was admitted to Pulmoddai hospital with injuries.

Locals rushed to the scene in protest, when s
urveyors arrived Tuesday morning at 8.30am escorted by armed police, Batticaloa News reports.

The locals, who said they were displaced from their homes and currently staying at relatives' houses in Pulmoddai, demanded that the land surveying be halted, stating that it was being done to divide the villages of Ponmalaikuda, Veerantheevu and Theththavadi.



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Silences between the shouts
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  Opinion
Tamil Guardian 02 August 2014
‘Legal Avenues to Prosecute a US Citizen for War Crimes—The Case of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’

Ryan Goodman, Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law has called on the United States to prosecute Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for war crimes, [more]

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]


  Feature
Tamil Guardian 14 August 2014
14 Aug 2006: 53 Tamil school girls killed by Sri Lankan air strike on children's home
On 14th August 2006, four Sri Lankan Air Force jets dropped sixteen bombs over the Sencholai children's home in Vallipunam for orphaned girls. Fifty-three Tamil school girls and 3 staff members were killed, and over 150 injured. [more]

Tamil Guardian 05 August 2014
Call for submissions as 'OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka' begins
The terms of reference for the UN inquiry on mass atrocities in Sri Lanka - 'OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL)', which begins work this week, were published on Tuesday, [more]

Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Black July 1983 remembered
Today Eelam Tamils around the world mark thirty-one years from the horrors of the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, [more]


  Culture & Community
Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Tamil Eelam U14 reach quarterfinals in Denmark football cup

An Under-14 Tamil Eelam football selection reached fourth place in the Vildbjerg Cup in Denmark earlier this month. [more]

Tamil Guardian 26 July 2014
Tamil youth mark Black July raising awareness of ongoing genocide
Piccadilly Circus, London. Photograph TYOUK Tamil youth commemorated the 31st anniversary of the anti-Tamil pogrom of Black July, [more]

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]



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