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Detaining Jeyakumari Is A Govt Attempt To Intimidate Those Who Wish To Speak Out Before UN Inquiry: NPC

The arbitrary arrest and detention of Jeyakumari Balendran in April this year, can be perceived as an attempt to cause fear among victims of the war who have not had any relief from the State and may wish to take their cause before the UN Inquiry, the National Peace Council (NPC) said today.

Jeyakumari

Jeyakumari

Pointing out her arrest has intimidated local Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) due to the chilling message it has sent across – that their activism may be punished, the NPC in a statement issued to mark the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances that fell on August 30, the NPC has shed light on Jeyakumari – a campaigner for those who went missing during the war-  who is yet detained, separated from her 13 year-old daughter.

The NPC notes that her arrest has also raised concerns over manipulating the PTA to target and take arbitrary punitive action against those who speak out on behalf of those who went missing during the war.

While recalling the Army Spokesperson’s statement where he claimed that Jeyakumari was arrested for habouring an armed criminal wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation, the NPC states that to their knowledge, no credible evidence has been produced by the government to substantiate the allegations against her to determine that she was in any way involved in aiding and abetting the LTTE revivalists.

The organisation has pointed out that indefinite detention without charges gives rise to the reasonable suspicion that Jeyakumari is being penalised, deprived of her fundamental rights for speaking out on behalf of families who are seeking whereabouts of their loved ones who are missing.

They have also expressed concern for Jeyakumari’s mental wellbeing and physical safety against the backdrop of mounting allegations of torture that are being made against law enforcement officials.

Furthermore in the statement the NPC has called upon the National Human Rights Commission to probe into Jeyakumari’s case and other similar cases where persons have been detained under the PTA without being brought to trial.

“We also believe that the abuse of the PTA to detain persons to intimidate and silence them highlights the need for its repeal and re-affirms the citizen’s right to speak out and campaign for human rights and justice,” it adds.

Previously this year in March, several other HRDs were arrested and some of them were released following unrelenting international and local protests calling for their release.

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    Banda, Mechanic, Dawn Dale, Trish, sach, Tresa, Jimmy, Thonda, I am no Human, Nuisance ……………. ella, ….Abhaya, Dayan,

    It looks like Gota and his goons want the entire country to be an open prison.

    Is there a cost effective way of running the Gulag (Ministry of Defence)?

    Every little helps.

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        ela kolla

        Brilliant comment.

        Did Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon teach you how to write comments in beautiful poetry?

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          vedda, shut up

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        Typical CT. Is this the free media?

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        ela kolla aKA government paid commenter;

        Still You did not meet the Local BORIA THE HOTHMBAYA??.
        Whe you meet him one day you will vomit and tell him that You are the KING OF Sri Lanka.

        Wait that time comes.
        Locale Boriya The Hothambaya will never Spare his Own goons also, because He is a maniac, physicopath and suffering from inferiority complex.

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          Julampitiye amare is a officially paid goon by tamils/muslims to insult sinhalese buddhists

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      .
      She is being brain washed….when (if?)she comes out, she will be speaking against LTTE!

      :-)

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        Why all these attempts to hush up those who want to speak about war disappearances and crimes against humanity if they didn’t commit any?

        It’s obvious that they committed all the heinous crimes on earth on innocent civilians during the war.

        The more they try to muffle, the more it becomes convincing that they committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of Tamils barring outside witnesses.

        March them to the Hague starting with Mahinda, Gota, Sarath and the whole lot of military fellows responsible.

        THat’s the only way to stop them repeating these crimes.

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          Always amusing when We Thamizh whip ourselves into a frenzy over tales we dream up ourselves :D

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            Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

            Discerning

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            actually whats more amusing is when people try and masquerade as Tamils, which is hilarious !

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            SSSM/David,

            `over tales we dream up ourselves :D”

            David ,the desire for revenge:because pop said no further discussion and the bad moon rose in you.

            Tattoo to Tooth – mini cooper,
            the bird with `gentile mutilation expertise`
            has really done a close to perfect genital-o-cide.

            What dreams you are having- euphoria.!

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          Here is the reason why Rajapakse wants to muffle people talking about disappearances:

          Lee: Rajapakse a Sinhalese extremist
          August 13, 2013

          The former Singapore prime minister also described the actions taken in 2009 by the Sri Lankan government against the Tamil minority as ‘ethnic cleansing’.
          COLOMBO: Former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has described Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse as a Sinhalese extremist.
          He also described what happened in Sri Lanka in 2009, during the end of the civil war, as ethnic cleansing.
          The father of modern day Singapore made this statement during a conversation with author Thomas Plate, who wrote the book ‘Citizen Singapore: How to Build a Nation – Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew.
          Lee described Sri Lanka as an “unhappy country” as it was disunited between the Sinhalese and Jaffna Tamils for decades.
          “Yes, they have beaten the Tamil Tigers this time, but the Sinhalese who are less capable are putting down a minority of Jaffna Tamils who are more capable. They were squeezing them out.
          “That’s why the Tamils rebelled. But I do not see them getting rid of all two million-plus Jaffna Tamils. The Jaffna Tamils have been in Sri Lanka as long as the Sinhalese.” he said.
          Here are some excerpts of the interview with Lee:
          Plate: So what Asia saw was ethnic cleansing?
          Lee: That’s right.
          Plate: They [the Tigers] will come back, you think?
          Lee: I don’t think they are going to be submissive or go away. The present president of Sri Lanka believes he has settled the problem; Tamil Tigers are killed and that is that.
          Plate: See, that’s really a fascinating point, because to the extent that we have any sense of who you are at all, we think of you as this hard-boiled force first guy. But in fact your system of government is much softer, consensual and intelligent, whereas what the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka are doing is a caricature of a Lee who never existed.
          Lee: I’ve read his speeches (Rajapakse) and I knew he was a Sinhalese extremist. I cannot change his mind.
          In 2009, the Sri Lankan government crushed the Tamil Tigers, ending decades of civil war that tore the country apart between the Sinhalese majority and its Tamil minority.
          However, many nations have condemned the Sri Lankan troops of breaching human rights during the war, claiming civilians were also killed during the military attack.

          -Agencies

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            Lee was a fascist!

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              But he was not a racist, which is worse thing to be.

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            `as it was disunited between the Sinhalese and Jaffna Tamils for decades.`

            Off the beaten track. from a man who carried the Classic Chinese hatchet.
            If only he understood the JT’s who stayed back after WW2 not the JT’s or sihalese in Malaysia of WW1 or 2 who are intermarried among themselves and to Chinese too.

            When have all the tamils of lanka ever got together for a few JT’s trying to climb the caste ladder to mudaliar?

            The man every student of art and culture in the west knows- Ananda Kentish Commarswamy was very Anglo Saxon from birth to death like his mum.
            You also have others with the same suffix (in saree) but never a match or related running behind ambulances like DJ.

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            Thiru,

            As I mentioned to you before If only we could set all free it would be a blessing in disguise- and one day soon they would be and we got to be wise not giving into wealth or intimidation by the gun for the gun. So many lies have accumulated from both sides in particular…the truth is slipping away like a sail into the seabed.

            It’s a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while so let’s pull out our brain (if only we could) and use only our eyes.

            Lee wanted special super children so he gave lump sums to graduates to get married. Today because of stress and needs to socialise the Chinese of Singapore like the western counterparts have less children. Therefore mainland Chinese women with Japanese features are encouraged (their demands are less than the classic Singapore girl) to marry to keep the Chinese majority and rule (of-course they can do better than Indians). If the balance shifts Singapore the miracle would be a past dream.

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      RE: Detaining Jeyakumari Is A Govt Attempt To Intimidate Those Who Wish To Speak Out Before UN Inquiry: NPC.

      MaRa wants to move up the scale.

      Medamulana MaRa placed in inglorious 11th, Gota in 17th slots among the ‘worst people in world history’-Reaches another ignominious landmark

      http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14421

      (Lanka-e-News- 24.Aug.2014, 9.30PM) Medamulana Rajapakse who is ruling Sri Lanka while having his people trampled under his dictatorial boot has been placed in the inglorious 11 th slot among the most wicked men in the world in its whole history counted until today.

      The World Organization ‘The Ranker ’ which bases its rankings on the people’s preferences in various fields has placed Mahinda Rajapakse in the 11 th rank among the ‘worst men in the world history.’ It is significant to note these rankings are decided on the votes of the people of the world and none other!

      Among these cruelest men in world history to date include the worst murderers , Dictators who committed genocide , criminal religious leaders and followers , and demented politicians.

      In the first place in this world ranking is Joseph Stalin , the ex dictator of Russia who planned to kill millions of his people of a region because they opposed him ,by depriving supplies of food to them , and also murdered his own ally by the name of Trotsky with an ice breaking axe since the latter did not fall in line with his socialist ideologies.

      The second ignominious place has been awarded to Germany’s notorious dictator Adolf Hitler groomed by Joseph Stalin who committed ruthless genocides by killing Jews , and was finally defeated by the Red Army.

      Others among the first 10 in the ranking are : Polpot, Idi Amin, Mao Tse Tung, Osama Bin Laden, Kim John Ill, Henrich Himler, Saddam Hussein ,Benito Mussolini in that order.

      When it is the consensus among the civilized population that murderer and most ruthless Medamulana Rajapakse ought to be awarded the first position in this ignominious ranking , they are surprised ,how he managed to slip down to the 11 th slot vis a vis the most vicious ,cruel and wicked record of his detailed as follows :

      Murdering media editors brutally and openly on the streets; causing disappearances of thousands of media personnel and civilians using the demonic white Van; committing arson on countless media Institutions; killing those who came to surrender during the war after requesting them to do so and giving an assurance they won’t be killed; murdering his own advisor by arranging an infamous M.P. a notorious drug dealer to shoot him down in broad daylight in the middle of the road; murdering fishermen who wanted fuel subsidy , laborers who demanded their due pensions and school students who wanted drinking water ; robbing that little gold belonging to the citizens of his own country; hunting for national treasure on the sly; robbing the valuable artifacts in the Museum including the most ancient sword of great historic value; importing explosive devices aimed at killing people with the co ordination and co operation of terrorist leaders jointly; cruelly and ruthlessly ruling the country since 2005 keeping the people of his own country trampled under his dictatorial boots.

      Their argument is , other ‘worst’ people have only committed one kind of crimes , whereas Mahinda Rajapakse had earned the inglorious and ignominious reputation of committing several categories of crimes. In addition another heinous crime has also been begun by him lately – plundering religious sites .

      By browsing , ‘theranker.com’ website under ‘ the all time worst people in history’ heading , all these particulars can be accessed. Even you can cast your vote, if you wish to.

      Please click this link : http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history?format=GRID&page=1

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        The list of evil people in history as viewed by an Internet audience merely reflects the power and influence of propaganda. It is no surprise to find a list of the traditional demon figures of the West from the Second World War and Cold War. Not surprisingly there was no mention of Winston Churchill, who would have made it onto my list, given his active role in the racist eugenics movement and his sanitization of the Boer War when he was the war correspondent for the British.

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          stale news is no news.
          Winston and Premadasa were never peace time rulers- like most speakers hitler included had a gift of verbal virtuosity that they used to divide and conquer.
          Bounty hunter sleep fox and hunt with the hounds.

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        Abhaya

        Thanks for your beautiful poetry.

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          NP NV , a symphony from heaven .

          Cheers

          Abhaya

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            Abhaya

            “NP NV , a symphony from heaven.”

            Are you in the bathroom?

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              Did you drop the soap ? , Bubba has been looking for you

              Cheers

              Abhaya

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      Native, You don’t understand. This is serious issue related to National Security. Jeyakumari and her 13 Year Old Daughter must be very very dangerous terrorists. Otherwise our Jathiye Aadambarakara Thatha, Jathiye Aadambarakara Pin-Piya will never take 13 Year old Jayakumary’s Daughter in to the Govt. Custody.

      Another thing is Native now a days our Right defenders are busy with “Wariyapola Thilini Amalka and Gutukaa Selva’s” case as Thilini Amalka must be a Pure Sinhala Buddhist. They don’t have time to look in to the Jayakumary’s case as she is Tamil. According to Wimal Weerawansas “Lanka C News” there is another burning problem that Blue Film Industry in America Going to stop making Blue Films as they found some Actresses with AIDS.

      Don’t Worry Native when our Right Defenders got free time they will organize some protests.

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        Lapatiya

        “Wimal Weerawansas “Lanka C News” there is another burning problem that Blue Film Industry in America Going to stop making Blue Films as they found some Actresses with AIDS.”

        Please bear with me, let me get this right. Was/is Wimal a Porn actor specialising in American Blue movies? Then his wife should be worrying.

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          Native,

          You have put Wimal’s wife in deep trouble. next time our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi visits Seychelles he will not ask Wimal’s wife to join with him because of your revelation.

          There was a Girl in Lake House, Colombo, and later she was transferred to another area as she refused to act in a live porn movie with Wimal and that was well known story. Now he is shopping for Saddarmadveepa Chakwarthi without Cloths and acting in a Porn Movie is a simple thing for him Native.

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      ‘Child Victim of Crime’
      “Pungi Bajao, Lungi Bhagao” (“Blow the flute, and drive the lungis or South Indians away”)
      Rajafucksa and Vaiko LTTE.

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      Entire country is a prison for Gota and his goons even now that is why they
      leave the country secretly

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    NV,

    I am really disturbed by your list of names. You have missed out on two prominent names. TAMODAYA and SUMANASEKERA.

    Why do you do injustice to such prominent characters? Please include,will you….

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      Ansar

      “Why do you do injustice to such prominent characters? Please include,will you….”

      Please do feel free to fill in the dotted lines.

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    If these Tamils do what they did and what they were doing in a so called western democratic country they would have been arrested, prosecuted just because of threatening the country’s security.

    Sinhale is too lenient on these people.

    If they don’t like Sinhale they should move out.

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      Jim softy

      “If they don’t like Sinhale they should move out.”

      Where?

      Venga in Lala Land, Bihar, Bangladesh, ….. ?

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      Jimmy boy,

      Sinhale is too lenient on these people?

      What a statement dear boy. Just look at our track record from the time SWRD came to power and up to the recent Aluthgama incidents and also presently the violence unleashed by our President’s agents against the practice of democracy in Uva.

      Lenient dear boy???? Tunnel vision my boy????

      We Sri Lankans are a most barbaric people. Some of our violence will make genocide committed by the Hutus, the Serbs and the Jews in Israel an embarrassment in comparison.

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      Jim softy. Sinhalese can take turn to Saqmadique

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    We Tamils are above the law!

    You can’t catch us even if we do terrorism.

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      .
      ?
      :-)

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    Why don’t the NPC hire BASL Boss to move the SC to release the Lady on a LKR 100,000 bond to stay at Dr Jehan’s Perera’s house and get Dr Jehan Perera as the guarantor…

    Then she wouldn’t get involved with the other two NPC dudes who got her in to trouble in the first place,,,,

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      Sumane,
      great idea and its a small sum (US$) to pay for a proper bath at leisure.
      A five star charges more than that for a night.
      Where are those gun trotting fishermen JT’s??

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    Everyone has forgotten about this poor lady and her daughter. Even the human rights defenders Mr Fernando and that Christian Father/Brother who went to help them were both harassed, incarcerated and we don’t know what they are doing now ! The lady is kept in detention in Boossa,the notorious torture facility in the middle of a down South, Sinhala only area, far away from her Northern native town, as usual on trumped up charges and the whole world knows how they are being kept illegally without framing any charges.

    Who could help this politically punished victim ? Either she has to suffer and wait until this regime is gone, or suffer until her death due to her mental and physical torture.

    UN, Ban-ki-moon, and no one is unable to do anything…howathetic it is ?

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