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Right To Mourn Is Universal; Stop Intimidating Tamils – Sooka Tells Government

The International Truth and Justice Project calls upon the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that their police immediately desist from threatening and intimidating Tamil activists and their families, after banning them from commemorating those who died in the civil war by carving their names on stones in Mullivaikkal. On Wednesday, the Mullaitivu court issued an order banning any prayers around the stones for a fortnight on the grounds that such an event might jeopardise national security, peace and integrity. On appeal, the court is reported to have raised concerns that there might be former LTTE cadres among the names carved on the stones.

Yasmin Sooka – Executive Director – International Truth & Justice Project – Sri Lanka

“The right to mourn is universal; you cannot prevent mothers and fathers from mourning their children even if they are LTTE cadres which we don’t know in this case,” said the International Truth and Justice Project’s executive director, Yasmin Sooka. “This is criminalising Tamils even beyond death; it’s utterly absurd and more so in a country that talks all the time about reconciliation.”

Today a Jesuit priest, Father Elil Rajendram, was summonsed and interrogated for the second time this week over the memorialisation stones. The priest, who does not speak Sinhala, was required to sign a statement in that language after being questioned in Vavuniya police station on the orders of the Inspector General of Police. Officers tried to intimidate and interogate Father Elil’s parents in Jaffna over his activities. Father Elil has been repeatedly asked to hand over a list of the names of the dead and questioned about whether he supports terrorism.

“This is clearly not about conducting an impartial investigation but about frightening the complainants,” said Yasmin Sooka. “It is unconscionable that the police have gone so far as to question Father Elil’s parents,” she added, “it’s clear that this reprisal is intended to frighten his family and send ripples of fear among all Tamil activists. Moreover it’s sanctioned by the IGP of police. We call upon the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene in this matter and stop the intimidation and reprisals. After all to mourn the dead is to be human”.

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    These state sponsored racists with the connivance of the Sinhalese armed forces and police are raising the Sinhala flag in the heart of Killinochchi town to show the Tamils that this was a racist war in which the Sinhalese people and state with the support of certain nations including India won and now the Eelam Tamil are conquered subjugated nation. So far no one has been punished. The occupying Sinhalese armed forces and police are decorating all the streets in the major cities in the north and east with Buddhist Vesak pandals and lanterns to forcibly Sinhalise these areas and show the Tamil Hinuds Christians and Muslims in these regions , who is the boss now. They would not have dared to do this nine years ago. No one is stopping them from celebrating Vesak but they can do it privately within their barracks and not forcibly foist it on the 99% non Buddhist Tamil speakers in the north and east. Well said. They can publicly celebrate Vesak that has no significance in the north and east , hoist Sinhalese lion flags in public places and celebrate their racist war criminal armed forces killing more than 143000 Tamils but Tamils are not publicly allowed to mourn their dear or remember them , LTTE or not dead are dead

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      Sarma,

      Please take a couple of Lumotil tablets to cure your diarrhea.

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        Eagle Eye/SL Citizen/Dr Clean ————————–Why haven’t you taken your diphenoxylate today, yesterday, day before yesterday, …………………….? Is it the hot nandu (crab) curry at Jaffna restaurant on marine drive? ————– It is not cool to have a lot of hot Nandu curry. Look you don’t have to keep up with your equally stupid Tamil friends.

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      Dear Yasmin Sooka – Executive Director – International Truth & Justice Project – Sri Lanka,————————– ———————– ————————– ————————- ——————
      //“The right to mourn is universal; you cannot prevent mothers and fathers from mourning their children even if they are LTTE cadres which we don’t know in this case,” said the International Truth and Justice Project’s executive director, Yasmin Sooka. “This is criminalising Tamils even beyond death; it’s utterly absurd and more so in a country that talks all the time about reconciliation.”// Yes, but ……………….

      Why won’t the Para Indian Sinhala “Buddhists” will not allow the Para-Indian-Tamil-“Hindus” to mourn and memorialize their dead? ——————————Because the Para Indian Sinhala “Buddhists” do not follow Buddhism.

      *Para means Parasdeshis, Foreigners.

      *India, because they came from India, (Kalonga, Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu)
      —————————————————- ————-
      This land is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally occupied by the Paras., the Para-Indian-Sinhala , Para-Indian -Tamil and other Paras, foreigners.——————————-Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations———————————-Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.——————————http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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      It is the Same thing with Tamil migrents, from Tamilnadu, in Sri lanka. As they can not live in Tamilnadu, they come to Sinhale and want a piece of the land free.

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      Really Yasmin.. So then during MR time when they mourned the Armed forces dead, you condemned as A triumphalist celebration and does not help in National Unity.

      And today this statement.

      Wonder if she will tell the Governments of London, Paris, Berlin and USA when their citizens murdered their fellow citizens the perpes have a right to their names carved in stone and left near the eiffle tower. After all they were all citizens and there has to be national reconciliation. WHAT BS… we all know u would not or u will loose your funding.

      Ohhh By the way we are still waiting answers of your socalled Flawed Torture report. Remember how you and the rest peddled the so called Ex Ltte fighter as the pin up of sri lankan torture by GOSL.. Later a British Court and Judge Threw out the entire story saying he was not even a LTTE fighter and Paid for his torture procedure in a sanitized procedure. So your report and statements became flawed. You just BS in more straight terms. At least she still has the nerve to comment after all her so called work is now proved FALSE

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        malik—————————————————“So then during MR time when they mourned the Armed forces dead, you condemned as A triumphalist celebration” —————————- Mourning –The expression of sorrow for someone’s death. ——————————————– Triumphalism–excessive exultation over one’s success or achievements (used especially in a political context). What happened during MR time was not mourning of the dead ones but glorification of the clan chief and his sibling Gota. You have just insulted stupid village boys who were lured in to killing business and were indeed killed. Now you are worried that Yasmin did not want the American Dwight Ike Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to contest the next presidential elections. What pleasure do you derive from being a masochist.

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      Cool story, bro :D

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    You are right Madam,… One time Tiger slayer, and now a senior Minister under Dr Ranil also said the same thing… In,fact this 6 star General who looks to me like Herr Commandant of Stalag 13 . went even further, and said that there is no reason to stop the LTTE mourning their dead ,as everything is under control….. I saw Mr Wigneswaran, Mr Sampathar and his apprentice Vellala Kid Abraham lighting candles and burning incense in Nanthikadal…the other day….But I noticed a few dudes who looked like Dalits having a go at Sampathar … But Sampathar told them to read his speech first . in English of course…Never knew the Dalits in Muliwaikal are so proficient in English..Not bad for a displaced nation, whom Ms Sooka and her buddies call deprived, suppressed. exploited and sexually abused . by the soldiers who were under the same Commandant..

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    Tamils of Colombo lived peacefully until the arrogant village tamils arrived for taking up government positions like the arrogant village sinhalese. then all hell broke lose.
    Indian Tamils of Tamil Nadu with its brahmin population salvaged the state by introducing English as the bridging language. But patchwork English is losing its relevance as Latin lost it completely in 1968.
    Ivanka Trump daughter of Czech mum and Scot-German dad married to Jewish is a very smart woman to teach her daughter Mandarin spoken by 1.2 billion people of the world (english less than 0.5 billion and fading)
    If the demalas want to live and prosper then they should seriously consider learning primarily Mandarin and kill the buddha jointly with ease.

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    KASmaalam ——————————“Never knew the Dalits in Muliwaikal are so proficient in English.” ———————————————————Yet the state is unable to find an official residence for the opposition leader, Sampandar. May be he needs to change his name to SampathÂ, Sampath, Senanayake, Siriwardhana, Srimal, …………………………….and convert to Sinhala/Buddhism. Will the state find him a residence that is fit for the opposition leader? ————————-Why do you sound like Ambassador Bandula Jayasekera?

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    This is the same police who shot dead two undergraduates who were peacefully riding a motorcycle – no indictment yet.
    This is the same army which killed its own General Kobbekaduwa by a bomb fitted below the right rear seat of his land rover, and jailed its own General Fonseka for three years.

    Now citizens cannot mourn their own dead, which is a universal right.

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      Justice and Fiar play from Keneda:

      It was the Same two Tamil undergraduates, (during the middle of the night ?) was crashing the police barricade on speeding motor bike. Were they members of the AAVA gang or they were just showing their Tamil arrogance to Police, just the way a few days ago, some one shot at another police barricade in gira-nike aka kilinochchi ?

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        hahahaha………..jimshitty never ceases to amaze me with his stupidity. The aava gang belongs to your card board hero Goat Parayapaksa. I never knew that you hate the Parayapaksas. It is not Keneda monkey, it is Canada. Get your spelling right. This is what happens when you give a monkey a toy to play with. Monkey being you and the toy being your computer.

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          Tamil from the North in Keneda

          How did you get into Keneda, as a refugee. YOu swam to Sinhala from Tamilnadu. but, went to Keneda inside a rusty container,.

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            Idiot jimshitty, once again I have to teach you it is not KENEDA, it is CANADA. Back in the early 80s we applied for a visa to get out of SL as we could not live with scum like you. We felt so disgusted that garbage like you were becoming leaders on both sides. Immediately we got our visas to emigrate and we left to CANADA. Our families have been living here since late 1950s. I know it is difficult for scum like you to understand that, but I do understand that rednecks like you have computers now. I have a fantastic job unlike you a bloody coolie. Also to end this tirade from me to you, we flew Airlanka and then took Canadian Pacific airlines to Toronto, where I live now. I hope this is not too much information for a dumb sub-human like you to understand. Please come back and ask more questions hog, I will be more than happy to help you understand what goes on outside in the world and give you another verbal thrashing.

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    As a person committed to amity, the alleged Police harassment of a priest is disturbing. It is more baffling, to say that this operation took place as a result of a direction of the IGP who is an appointee of the Constitutional Council where Mr Sampanthan too is a member. I was under the impression that facilities are now available in Police Stations for one to communicate in both the languages, namely, Sinhala and Tamil. This allegation brings in doubt to that impression of mine. To say, that this facility of one’s choice of language is not availed in Vavuniya, needs deeper examination.

    This incident cannot be read in isolation. The alleged shooting of a Police vehicle with an automatic assault weapon in the Northern Province indicates that disturbances which prevailed sometime back can erupt. It is interesting to note, that as reported in CT through an article, how a religious minded social worker called Ms. K. Francis has expressed fears that another bout of war can take place.

    I repeat that in war, nobody wins, everybody looses.

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    For Yahapalanaya Appe Aanduwa & Lankawe Rapist army everybody,( not just a Tamil, even anyone who talk about justice in Tamils related issue is a LTTE. They use adjectives to qualify & differentiate as they want(White LTTE, black LTTE, African LTTE, Indian LTTE, Sinhala LTTE)

    That is how Navi Pille, Yasmin Sooka, Marzuki Darusman……all are LTTE for Yahapalanaya Appe Aanduwa. The only non LTTE are the war criminals like New King, Old King, Ponny… those are listed as war criminal in the report of OISL which was withdrawn by the pressure of former American State Secretary, John Kerry.

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    If you are a living human being with a true conscious should not stop people mourning the loved dead lives. This is a great opportunity for heal the wound for those people, do not miss this fortune by stopping or intimidating these affected lives.

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    Tamils don’t have any rights, including right to morn.

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      Heil Adolf Softy!

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    Yasmin Sooka: or the Tamil-christian editor

    YOu should understand how the world’s most democratic country is bombing arab countries to stop terrorism. It is all because of just one incidence that demolished two huge buildings and killed some 3000 people in Sinhale. Recently that same country dropped the Mother of all Bombs (MOAB) to kill some hideout.

    By the way, Tamil who moved to Western Europe since 1983, can speak those languages fluently. Why Tamils who grew up in Sri lanka can not speak Sinhala ?

    where is the birth place of this Jesuit priest ? Tamilnadu.

    Besides, Tamils are conservative people, so are hindus and not jesuits.

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      Great logic. If America bomb other countries, why can’t we too. But when America talks about human rights , why should we. Haha

      Tamils are learning other language in foreign countries, same way fake Sinhala refugees are learning foreign languages foreign country but can’t learn Tamil in Sri Lanka.

      Why is ok for saffron saree wearing skunks to be homosexuals but not rest of the Sinkalar?

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    ……On Wedesday, the Mullaitivu Court issued an order banning any prayers around the stones for a fortnight on the grounds that such a event might jeorpardise national security, peace and integrity. On appeal the court is reported to have raised concerns that there might be former LTTE cadres among the names carved on the stones …..
    The geezer who made this judgement is a member of the Black-courted fraternity eh?
    There is a phenomenon known as Contempt of Court!
    Plato has Contempt FOR Court!

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    “The right to mourn is universal; you cannot prevent mothers and fathers from mourning their children even if they are LTTE cadres which we don’t know in this case,” said the International Truth and Justice Project’s executive director, Yasmin Sooka.

    It’s heartening to know that there are still humans in the world who treat fellow humans as humans and speak against injustice on racial ground. No doubt you can find many in the south of Sri Lanka, who feel the same.

    To the racists the simple question is how can mourning for the dead irrespective of the identity harm or intimidate you? Even animals such as elephant and dogs mourn their dead, why cannot humans supposed to be with 6th sense cannot do the same? Does the physical or numerical strength determine who can and cannot mouth their dead?

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    Sinhala historical literature Mahawamse talk about King Dutta gemunu and King Elara. It tells that after winning the war he went out of his way to ensure the memory of the old king was revered as he cremated Elara and built a tomb for his ashes and made rules for travelers to get off and pay their respects to his tomb. Whether it is enemy or friend, respecting the dead is considered as humanity and those who deny that civilization as uncivilzed. LTTE and Pirabaharan are the sons of this land like Rajapakse, Rohanawijeyaweera, Ranil wickremasinghe. Comparaing Pirabharan and Mahinda Pirabaharan was more civilized than Mahinda. Mahinda stole almost all the wealth of this land. Mahinda was a power greedy whereas Pirabharan was not. Pirabhaharan’s military was desciplined than Mahinda’s military. Pirabaharan loved this land more than Rajapakse family.

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      Ajith

      I do not know you are sinhalese or not but one thing is certain that you have not read Mahawamsa or any other wamsa though quoted them. Elara although occupied king in his 44 years reign ruled the country in righteous way it seems. he did not build any hindu temple as local population sinhalese could not visit them since local population were treated as dalit by kings noble tamil advisers it seems.
      when call for dual elara responded though much older than Gamini respecting Gamini’s thinking and intentions. that was to avoid holocaust. as such elara like king should be honored and revered. but can you tell us any such quality of terrorist piribakeran. do not talk talk nonsense. first learn theoretical history before quoting such literature.

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        ranjith(sprrw) scatter brain historian, ——————————————————————————“he did not build any hindu temple as local population sinhalese could not visit them since local population were treated as dalit by kings noble tamil advisers it seems.” ————— Thanks for quoting Mahawamsa, however my copy does not explicitly or implicitly state your story. Why? Did you wave your magic wand and made it disappear? During Ellala’s time what happened to unorganized religious and spiritual practices? I suggest you stick to your profession, sorcery.

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          kalawedda/kabaragoya

          you mind your own business. I do what I want to do. as I said earlier we have access to base materials of all the wamsas. not only mahawamsa.. as such I quote original saying. you Muslims or Tamils do not know anything about our historical records. get lost man. get lost you all are paracite of this land. came as refugees in 15th century AD like people going to europe now from middle east. your ancestors promised to convert to buddhists. our kings believed them.now trying to teach us our history. [Edited out]

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        Dear ranjith(sprrw),

        Whether I am Sinhalese or Tamil or whether I agree with Mahawamse or not, human values and humanity should be respected whether it is a terrorist or dictator or hero is immaterial. Once you are dead you are not terrorist it is body. You may call Pirabaharan as a terrorist but for most of Tamils Pirabharan was not a terrorist and he was the leader for Tamils for nearly 30 years. For Tamils Mahinda Rajapakse is a terrorist. You may have heard of Nelson Madela, he was a terrorist for USA but he was a liberator for those Black people who suffered continous hardships under brutal governance of the West. I will challenge you if you withdraw the occupation of Sinhalese only military from North East and ensure the governance of North East under a Tamil government and have a referendum on whether Pirabharan is a Terrorist or not to prove your theory.

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          Dear Mr. Ajith

          Yes I know piribakeran is a hero for entire Tamil population live around the globe. that does not mean we should accept him as hero as well. first define meaning of terrorism. right to mourn is universal. no doubt about it. for me piribakeran and his aids are brutal terrorists.
          Yes I have personal experience in apartheid policies of white south African regimes. I spent my childhood in South Africa as my father worked there as mining Engineer for some time for British mining company. Do not compare Mendala and Piribakeran.

          Mahawamsa is a historical record. when you quote it you should not go out of context. it should not be used for political advantages.I do not believe it entirety. but refer it as and when necessary to verify other records available with us.

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        Elala did not build any Hindu temples because he was not a Hindu. He had the Arachchi Mani (Intelligence Bell). That is not original Hindu discipline. It is mainly Buddhist discipline.

        During the war Elala was not Hindu and Dutugemunu was not Buddhist. Probably, completing his offering to Lord Muruga in Kathirkamam was the last main Hindu Activity Dutu Gemunu did. Then Dutu Gemunu changed his religion after the war.

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      LION ————– Brilliant, thanks. ———————–Did you type your comment in Lion language?

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    Is this NGO priest a Sri Lankan? If he is then he must speak Sri Lankan language , Sinhala. Those who are not willing to learn Sinhala and integrate, revoke their Sri Lankan citizenship, send them back to Tamil Nadu. —————————————————————————————————————————————
    Yasmin Sooka is lying about Sri Lanka to the world. If anyone wants to mourn about Eelam terrorist invaders, then do it in Tamil Nadu.

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      Johnny Baby ———————————————-” If he is then he must speak Sri Lankan language , Sinhala. ” It appears that you are not even fluent in lying. By the way where do you want us to send you, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Bengal, ……………… Kerala, ……. Telangana, ……Mars, Black hole?

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        Native, ______________________________________________________________________________________You can be funny and dumb at the same time. Buy a copy of the chronicle- Mahawanshaya, read it again and again. ————————————————–
        Native, tell us about your self, are you a Marxist-Eelamist-Marakkala (the 3 demons) ?Anyway, as long as you are not in Sinhale (Sri Lanka), that’s all, that matters.

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      But this happened in Vavuniya part of Eelam and not in Sinhalese Sri Lanka , therefore the police should have learnt the language of Eelam Tamil. Useless Sinhalese language has no place in Eelam If you want Sinhalese go to Sri Lanka or to the jungles of Odissha or the slums of Tamil Nadu from where most of the ancestors of the present day Sinhalese migrated from. Understood third rate racist bug–r.
      The Island is not Sinhalese land moron, who the hell are you to tell Tamils to return to Tamil Nadu, when it is the ancestors of most of the present day Sinhalese who migrated from the Tamil Nadu slums. Tamils have been in the island for more longer than the Sinhalese. Your Sinhalese language is 40% Tamil in vocabulary and its alphabet and grammar is purely derived from Tamil. GO and get lost racist. Your comments may be appreciated by the patrons of LankaWeb ,.
      The original language of the island was Elu a semi Tamil Dravidian dialect. Therefore the actual language of the country is Tamil and not Sinhalese which developed much later. If you cannot learn Tamil get back to the juggles of Odissha or the slums of Tamil Nadu

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    does Sooka know that Tamil women can hired for mourning ?.

    How does this rights thing work women are hired for photo op ?

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      jimsofty the dimwit ——-“does Sooka know that Tamil women can hired for mourning ?”—— Since you are a loner with whom no one will associate, arrangement should be made with some of the reputed funeral services to under take the necessary services when you kick the bucket. If you need paid Sinhala professional mourners please hire Mrrgamuve Gaenus or Warnakulasooriyas . ——————————————————I do not mind arranging and paying the entire cost if you let me know in good time. Just because it is going to be free it doesn’t mean you have to kick the bucket tonight.

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    Yasmine, Sooka, Does US allow mourning for Bin Laden? As far as I know they do not. If any one does mourn bin Laden in public or organize one, they will be taken in to custody.

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      Edwin,
      The whole world including USA now allow morning of Nelson Mandela who was a terrorist by USA.

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    People can mourn the dead at a temple or their home. Why this need to mourn the dead on Mullivaikkal? Obviously, its done for more sinister purposes. The Tamils had no issue when VP was killing his own. Now, they have a voice. All because terrorism was eradicated from Sri Lanka. Absolutely no gratitude for giving them their freedom back.

    As for Ms. Sooka, the puppet of the EU , funded by the EU to be their mouth piece is pretty silent on the atrocities going on in the Arab world perpetrated by her Western paymasters. She seems obsessed with Sri Lanka, perhaps for obvious reasons. Will the West ever allow a terrorist to be remembered/mourned/commemorated in their land? Think not.

    Ms. Sooka should just go away. She is past her expiry date.

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      Why do you need celebration in hall face to remember armed forces instead of your homes? Rajiv, I understand you now that is why you all kept silence when Sinhalese forces killing Sinhalese youths massacre over 60000 Sinhalese. You know today Tamils face terrorism more than ever. There are over 150,000 armed terrorists are in our soil.

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    The JVP is allowed have massive commemorations. “ill maha viru samaruva” and the “aprail (april) viru samaruva”. Some these JVP “heroes” were some of the most barbaric this country has ever seen. Why can’t the Tamils also remember their dead even if some of them were LTTE cadres? So many conscripted Tamil children died. Don’t their families have a right to mourn them in public?

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    yes right to mourn is universal. no doubt or no question about it. parents and relatives have every rights to mourn dead and remember them as per their traditions and rituals. but what is LTTE still a banned truthless terrorist organization in here and elsewhere.they terrorized entire population of the Island and some neighbouring counties. can the any democratically elected government to allow commemoration of such organization and its members. why did hitler’s dead body can not be found in anywhere in germany. why did osama bin laden dead body was deposited in bottom of deep sea by US .sooka should answer these questions.can any cultured society allow terrorists to be remembered as heroes. why does sooka not ask Germany to allow neo nazis to commemorate hitler and his aids ceremonially as annual event.

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    I thought Tamil is also an official language on par with Sinhalese , so why is business only being conduced in Sinhalese only , especially in Vavuniya a Tamil majority town in the Tamil Northern Province? Police and other public service or government officials should be fluent in both languages to conduct business in the proffered language of the member of public and not force them to sign statements in a language they do not understand.
    In many western countries an official interpreter is provided for the member of public is they cannot understand the official language and they only sign a statement, after the interpreter signs that it has been interpreted to them and they have understood the statement, If an official interpreter ( not your neighbour or member of family or anyone else) is not used and this statement and signature from the interpreter stating it has been interpreted and understood is not there. The document is considered illegal and not valid.
    In Sri Lanka Tamil is an official language and yet Tamil speaking public who are Sri Lankan citizens are denied conducting their business in Tamil by the Government. It is further insulting as this was done in a historic Tamil majority city in the north. If Tamil public servants are forced to be proficient in Sinhalese, Sinhalese public servants also should be proficient in Tamil or should not be permanent and not given increments or promotions.
    Tamils have every right to mourn and commemorate their dead in private and in public whether they are LTTE or not just like the Sinhalese can mourn in public and commemorate their dead even if they raping looting war criminal members of the armed forces. If mourning of LTTE is banned then mourning of Tamil killing members of the Sinhalese armed forces also should be banned

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    Mourning a Leader: Please my fellow Sinhalese, let the Tamils have this last consolation by mourning. Their leader did not die a hero. He died like a chicken. Trembling and begging, Indeed a reason for mourning. He was a hero at the beginning. But when he started eating chicken curry, day in and day out, 3 times a day for the 3 main meals + the chicken sandwiches for the morning and afternoon tiffin, he soon became a chicken in mind and body. His wife did not help. In fact, it was entirely her fault. On seeing her husband becoming rounder and rounder and finally when she found that she cannot find what is what in his body she forced him to a strict diet. But our Prabha, a brilliant tactician, if ever there was one, invented the concept of a ‘last meal’ with the suicide bomber who was going to blow him/herself up the next day.

    Finally, when he was challenged by Army Pvt Nimal Maharage (OL qualified with 2 Credits) while floating in the Nanthikadal, he was already a White Leghorn in mind and if not in body. So he started praying and worshipping Nimal begging for mercy and was shot. That was a pathetic scene.

    That is why I implore you, let the guys have some satisfaction by commemorating his death and crying a lot. No one is going to be inspired by his death to start another freedom fight. The chicken may be inspired but not the modern Tamils.

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    Thank you Sooka for your continuing interest in human rights violations in SL. In civilized countries remembrance days of those who were among mass disappearances is accepted as part of mourning. Pre 2015 this was stopped with white vans – stressed with a few disappearances – usually undergrads. The armed services wish to remind the GoSL that they are a law unto themselves. They are loyal to the inventor of white vans. The other day there was a fake encounter in Vanni to justify their occupation. Every Tamil Diaspora has one or more near and dear among the disappeared. They are able to commemorate. The very same extremists who created the diaspora through pogroms, call the mourners “terrorist rump”.

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    I am trying to find a good Buddhist in Srilanka. We don’t practice what we preach. We are trying to codify that govt. of Srilanka will promote and foster Buddhism but in reality won’t do it. Not only it is anti Buddhist to prevent mourn the war dead in the north it saws seeds of discontent for future disharmony.

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    We urge the Government not to obstruct commemoration of the dead with monuments, Authorities it is time to break silence!!!!

    Remembering our dead is a common practice. It is common knowledge that prayers memorializing the deceased are held based on our religious beliefs. Memorializing is vital for psychological well being. Collective grieving also aids in the lessening the burden of grief. Grieving is also a basic human right.
    Thus, a memorial event to remember all those who were killed during the final phase of the war was organized in Mullivaikkal on May 18th. This memorial gathering was organized to facilitate all those who had lost their kith and kin to grieve privately for their dead and collectively share their grief. The display of grief on that day, despite the prevailing repressive environment, reveals the pain of the Tamil people.
    Remembering the dead by building memorial structures is a worldwide practice. This is by no means a new practice in Sri Lanka. Those who were killed by the tsunami have been memorialized in sacred places and in other places through permanent memorials. The efforts to memorialize those who were killed in the last phase of the war, through rocks carved with their names, in the vicinity St. Paul’s Church, Mullivaikkal East, was prohibited by the Mullaitivu Magistrate via a court order. Fr. Rajendram Elilrajan who was in the forefront of this memorialization effort has been subjected to various investigations. The Police argued in the Mulliaitivu court that this memorial may hamper national security, national unity and peace in the future. The efforts of the State in obtaining this ban calls into question of sincerity, good conscience and the will of this government in facilitating reconciliation and transitional justice as loudly proclaimed.
    The securitizing of this memorial gathering and the carved rocks shows us once more that normal life may never return to the North and East. Thus, the proclamations that civilian administration has returned to this part of the country remains a myth. The Vadamaradchchy Christian Union vehemently condemns the ban on the memorialization gathering and the use of the carved rocks. We stand in solidarity with Rev. Fr. R. Elilrajan who rightfully attempted to facilitate memorialization.
    We insist that the government reverses its stance on obstructing reconciliation and building of trust. We also reiterate that all the responsible stakeholders tip toeing around this issue must act decisively to ensure that all those affected continue to live and work with basic right and dignity.

    Vadamaradchchy Christian Union
    23.05.2017

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      When LTTE was taking civilian hostages, training child soldiers, when killing innocent non-tamil civlians where were these reverends. some were transporting suicide belts.

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    Thank you Rev Fr. Selvan,
    I am surprised the Mullaitivu court issued such a Gag Order. So much for our judicial system. When public community is prevented from mourning their dead they will mourn at home. The families and community as a whole will resent it. Such events will one day explode. I hope such court decisions and political gagging will not happen in 2018.

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    Everybody has the right to mourn. But, pls remember that whoever killed in the battlefront are Terrorist and not civillians at all.

    Therefore, nobody has the right to mourn Terrorists.

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