27 October, 2020

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Sri Lankans Who Left Due To Political Persecution To Receive Passports

The Government today announced that it was ending the restrictive practice of preventing the issuance of passports to Sri Lankan citizens residing abroad who were compelled to leave the country due to political persecution.

Mangala Samaraweera - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs

The government under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in March 2011, issued instruction to all Sri Lankan missions abroad to refrain from issuing passports to those who sought asylum due to political persecution.

A circular was issued today by the Government to the Controller of the Immigration and Emigration ending this restriction.

“This circular constituted a serious violation of our citizen’s rights under the constitution and under the many human rights conventions to which Sri Lanka has become a party over the years. It has also caused immense hardship and difficulty to many Sri Lankans who were forced to leave the country as a result of their struggle against authoritarian rule,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry added that the Government under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has renewed its commitment to upholding citizen’s rights and the rule of law.

“Freedom of movement and impartial treatment of our citizens, irrespective of their political beliefs, will be secured for all our citizens. Furthermore, as a result of the good governance and reconciliation efforts of the current government, many Sri Lankans living abroad have expressed an interest in visiting and investing in Sri Lanka. Ending this restrictive practice will further enable our citizens overseas to visit and return to Sri Lanka and thereby contribute to the country’s development and reconciliation process,” the statement said.

The Ministry added that the Government has directed the Controller-General of the Department of Immigration and Emigration, to issue a circular ending this draconian practice and restore the procedure followed since Independence of enabling every Sri Lankan citizen living abroad to obtain a passport.

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    Good move but the government have to control security people from hijacking people from the Airport as well – should not be like encourage people to come into the trap and take them in white van. Also keeping so much army in North and East after the so called one sided war ended 7 years ago and suffocating ordinary people is bigger violation than this. That should be the first priority than this. How many people are willing to come back from heaven to hell is a different question.

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      Firstly be clear that is more than a war. It is terrorism against democratic government elected and the civilians by extreme racist group.

      I am sure if you are a srilankan but not in SL you must be in heaven.Doing any job to retain and obtain another passport.

      But you must have had all your academic qualification from hell.

      • 7
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        Sanjeev

        Sorry, I am lost.

        Can you type what you want to type in a lucid language so that forum sharers like me can get to the bottom of whatever you are typing?

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        Its terrorism based on who defines it. Even today the military is terrorizing the population of the north after seven years when the guns were supposed to have been silenced.

        Terrorists are subjective based on whether your asking form someone in the N/E or the South. Whether your asking a Sinhalese or a Tamil.

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          You raised a very good point of defining terrorism. One man’s terrorist is another man’s ‘freedom fighter.’ One man’s ‘state terrorist’ is another man’s ‘war hero.’

          Hillary Clinton said in her election campaign that she intends to redefine terrorism based on the ‘objective’ of the group not the ‘means.’ This is a complex topic which requires a rational inductive deconstruction.

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        Sanjeev it seems you are just exhibiting your true colours- ‘outright Racist’ chauvinist. If you are a young man born in the 1970’s or after you will have no Idea what happened few years after independence in 1948, It was the state terrorism which started from June 56,followed for two decades. events that happened in May 58, April 61,January 74, July/August 77,May/June 81, and finally July 83-Pogrom. They were the seed of hatred which was sawn during the election to bring the bill ‘Sinhala only in 24 hours’ as official language bill,then the periodic introduction of various discriminatory legislations in the Parliament. Having the numerical majority position and the power in the Parliament to pass any of these acts, that could marginalise the Tamils were introduced.That did create the Tamil youths militancy in late 1970’s. State then fabricated the Tamil youths activities and slandered the Liberation movement as Terrorism. They even got hold of a Tamil named Foreign Minister to go round the globe to sell these lies as gospel truth. USA was first swallow this in 1997 and to ban this group. It was then the world event that happened on the 11th of September 2001 brought the paranoia into the heads of western leaders. Mr Bush Jr initiated the war on terror. Rajapaske used this ‘slogan’ to wage his dirty war with the help of 20odd countries. That is the victory he claims for himself. Leaving out the General who conducted this war, and took an opportunity to send him to prison . That is the history, that you seem to know. You will gradually come to know more about other faked stories. One of which had been narrated By this General, about the event claimed by Rajapaskes, on the miraculous escape Gotapaya had in 2006 from a terrorist attack. Some one recently queried how the Tamil FM met his assassin yet to be a mystery. No one charged, though two Tamil youth were in Jail for some time but later released as there were no evidence they committed this crime. There would be many more truth that could come to light if only the former regime is thoroughly investigated by an independent or unbiased panel of judges.

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      Well said, they are trying to fool the world, and Tamils in particular:

      People must be careful not to fall for this ruse.

      • 6
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        The crust of it is Salli No, No one know what to do.

        Did not anyone bother reading Ravi K first speech on CT. He was prepared to accept $$$ transactions without investigation and was affording guarantees.

        It took quite a bit of flack at least from the west- drugs, terror.

        Why has not the west given Bohemian Mangala the hidden accounts of the nations swindlers??

        So here we go:
        Bring in FDI and money launder from the ones who fled the island.
        KP is replica of what a man can do.

        Don’t get sold for a useless passport unless you need to run an harem with the muslims and swing with cat_o_lics.

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      @ Senthil,you have got it all wrong here

      i) people dont get picked up at the airport like you say,certainly not under this Govt

      ii) Why are you shouting one side war now,you should have thought of it when that rascal Prabakaran started it,also when IPKF left you claimed we beat the world 4th largest Army didnt you? so how can you now claim its one sided

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        You appear to be blind to the truth. Read the news item on CT which says that on Wednesday, the Colombo Additional Magistrate discharged Bagirathy Murugesu who was arrested in Katunayake Airport in early 2015, when returning from france as a suspected sea tiger cadre. There may be others which will come to light.

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      I agree, every Sri Lankan born must be entitled to get a Sri Lankan passport. Including people who have obtained other countries’ citizenship due to the war. I refused to apply for the Sri Lankan dual citizenship because of the cost. Please explain to me why I should pay 10 times to get Sri Lankan dual citizenship than paying to obtain an Australian citizenship? This is clearly shows you don’t really value us yet.

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        “”Please explain to me why I should pay 10 times to get Sri Lankan dual citizenship than paying to obtain an Australian citizenship? T””

        Because the Australian gives you elephant mouth you never had and involves visa at sight.
        Because the Australian gives you the pin padde dole (housing and welfare and minority rights) and if you don’t vote $50 fine.

        Lanka pp has no value and it would stay this way for the next couple of decades.

  • 7
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    This is really good move because of the following reasons:

    1. The UNP could increase their vote base as they definitely know that they can not get the majority sinhalese vote in future elections.
    2. All “Kallathoniyas” from Tamil Nadu can get Sri Lanka passports and can legally work and settle in Sri Lanka.
    3. All the hard core “LTTE” members who live in overseas countries can come back to Sri Lanka and create the “Tamila Elam” very soon.

    These are the impending burning issues and solutions of the “Yahapalanaya” government.

    • 7
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      @ Sunil,you seem to be an ignorant fool

      if tamil are kallathoonis then what are sinhalese are they outlaws + kallathoonis from north india

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        Peace Lover:
        Don’t waste your time on the Dahanayake’s of this world. Trying to educate these racists is futile and, therefore, a huge waste of time.

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        Peace Lover:
        Don’t waste your time on the Dahanayake’s of this world. Trying to educate these racists is futile and, therefore, a huge waste of time. Just let them continue their idiotic confusion by reading what the Sumaneys of this world have to say. They are simply, IOPs, Idiots on Parade.

    • 5
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      Sunil Dahanayake

      ” All “Kallathoniyas” from Tamil Nadu can get Sri Lanka passports and can legally work and settle in Sri Lanka.”

      Kallathoniyas and hoodlums started coming to this island about 2500 years ago without visa or passport.

      Isn’t ironic that their Kallathonia descendants object to new arrival?

      Seriously, if you are an honourable person you would catch the next kallathoni back to your ancestral home in South India.

      “All the hard core “LTTE” members who live in overseas countries can come back to Sri Lanka and create the “Tamila Elam” very soon.”

      And you would like us to believe Hindia is going sit back and do nothing about the emerging Eelam.

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      1) Which opinion poll are referring to when you UNP definiely know that they cannot get Sinhalase votes. You do not represent ALL the Sinhalese in the country.
      2) Whether somebody is Kallathony or not is irrelevant to obtaining a Sri Lankan passport. Same way every money laundering common opposition members and their supporters are entitled to a Sri Lankan passport. Every Sri Lnkans are eligible to apply for one. That is the law.
      3) You do not need a Sri Lankan passport to return to live in Sri Lanka. Under the Rjapakse government, there existed a category of permanent residency for sri Lankan expats. That category still continue to exist.

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      Sunil Dahanayake,

      “1. The UNP could increase their vote base as they definitely know that they can not get the majority sinhalese vote in future elections.££

      just cut the crap of tamil vote base which can vary from 1-10 % or same with muslim. 80% is a lot to work with- bath gulli, kassipu!
      lankans have insufficiently studied and understood.

      Its just that the left is communist and the right is fascist and you know nothing better in an illiberal democratic world infested with one another.

      Increase vote base is for sure as he used the diaspora of uk to hoodwink the tamil voter at the nth hour.
      Now that game is up so the extended play of same game.

      Diaspora was a term created by the Jewish people who took refuge.
      But even after WW2 many of the diaspora have not returned to their nation and this especially is true at the UK and USA which they apparently control left wing or right wing and more so because they are Europeans.

      The dual ones life would be one of joy/fear if they have to live permanently.
      KP is the net result. The recent tamil/french connection and the previous tamil/canadian murder for land is the other.

      The Jews who have taken dual have used it to commit crime in the west and hide at Israel which has no treaty for prisoner transfer. Owner of Tesco is one such woman.

      There are so many dirty positives for the Matara man with the polla to wield and he is doing just that- Hoodwinking and he learnt it with his walk from St Martins to Soho.

  • 9
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    @ Senthil

    How many Expats will heed to this call to leave Heaven to come to this Hell Hole?
    Would this be a trap to catch innocent people?
    Knowing the past track record of Srilanka’s deception to the minority can anyone trust the present government’s call??

    This is the Latest drama TO DECEIVE THE INTERNATIONAL DONORS , UNHCR, UN, AND THE OTHER NATIONS WHO ARE READY TO HELP S L and build the Bombed out shells in the North and to Devolope.
    Nothing productive has happened since the end of war , AND since THE YAHAPALANAYA ‘S DECEPTIONS in action.

    SL government ‘s promises are always promises to be broken by the Government.
    68 Years of Independence have not made us any wiser or richer.!!
    We are still thriving on CHARITABLE DONATIONS.

    ALL DUE TO DECEPTIONS OF THE RULERS AND THE RACISTS ELEMENTS.

    .

    • 4
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      The Minister can read the Report but implementing the motion will be a different matter.

      Yahapalanaya May have good intentions to prove to the International community that they ‘re ready for reconciliation with the minority. , but the TriForces, the Law enforcers and the Racists do another.

      This is how the past governments failed OUR SRILANKANS with their Racists IDEOLOGY AND FAILED THE NATION FOR 68 Years.

      Will the Yahapalanaya remain strong and Implement what’s been requested by the International Donors to act upon???
      MAKE OUR LAND OF MILK AND HONEY TO BE THE ENVY OF THE NEIGHBOURS.???

      NO!! Not in this century or the next century!!

      ARE WE CURSED WITH PRINCESS KUVENI ‘ S CURSE!! ??

  • 5
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    We must help our Tamils to visit their homeland and enjoy their sacred rights. And the majority Sinhalese community’s responsibility is lookafter the minority. That is the only way to reconciliation. Not even that Sinhalese people should get rid of the conservative mind. If not reconciliation and unity among two nations will become a lie.

  • 5
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    This is an excellent step by the government as part of the reconciliation process it has launched in association with the international community.Needles to say it will bring negative comments ,as seen above, since some people for obvious reasons would like the reconciliation process to fail.Sadly they belong to both the Tamil and Sinhala communities…..in fact more to the Tamil community than the Sinhalese.

    Congratulations President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

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      I have doubts about what the Minister appears to have contradicted, as not factual. The Overseas Embassies continue to provide Passports to all applicants who provide the following basics documents. In Switzerland it is:- Previous Passport and if lost, a Police Report, a SL Birth Certificate, (NIC if available) 3 photos and the Residence Permit. A Marriage Certificate if applicable. Currently the fee levied is Chf. 165.00 (Rs. 24250/=) even if the applicant is one month of age! In Switzerland the Statistics to end 2015 show 25000 Sri Lankans with valid Residence Permits of which only those holding “N” Permits are NOT expected to show a Native Passport and the Consulate is prohibited from issuing one as their Asylum application is under consideration. These number around 1000 at end 2015. The number of Sri Lankans who have obtained Swiss Citizenship to end 2015 stands at 25004 (granted over a period of 34 yrs. commencing with 3 in 1982). The
      No. Passports issued in 2015, via this Embassy is around 1300, going
      by their Reference sequence numbering.

      It is a fact that MR Regime created a Tamil Diaspora, unintentionally and this has worked against their hidden policies? The GG is only
      glossing the Western countries with such announcements from time to
      time. Does one know the no. of Tamils who obtained Dual-citizenship
      compared to Sinhalese, since its revival on 23rd March 2015?

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    Thank you all for your reply which I was expecting. I know we all are good hearted people but hot tempered and without thinking retaliate immediately. Actually you and me are not going to achieve anything by arguing in this platform but if you analyse what I said in a piece full environment without just take the face value you will all understand one day – because of our hot temper we are allowing the government to play dangerous game with powerful countries and moving into a one-way reap. First of all our government allowed IPKF to come into our soil and kill many innocent old and sick Tamils in Jaffna hospital land at their houses etc., what a shame to our defence organisation.

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      “”First of all our government allowed IPKF to come into our soil and kill many innocent old and sick Tamils in Jaffna hospital land at their houses etc., what a shame to our defence organisation. “”

      insufficiently studied and understood.

      As if the injured IPKF have no kith and kin?
      JT’s always bite the hand that feeds them-

      First of all the Jaffna Tamils went to India with standardisation and the story of Pathmanathan cricket with letters from Catholic/Christian priest and told them a crow pecked Vaddukoddai- hydrocele.

      Then you hoodwinked the Indian administration that you can run the island just like the western educated Libyans did recently.

      India has not finished with you now live it- nandikadal.

  • 1
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    As if they are going to abandon the dole to accept Batalalanda and Bodhi Sira’s Yahapalana Passport.

    Unless they are in detention camps..

    They will of course buy a Dual which will allow them to go to Pinnaweala to see Batalandan’s mscot at local rates.

    LKR 100 against LKR 3000 for the rest from the West.

    Also they will come to Trico to vote with their Dual, when Lal’s new Constitution gives the right for Vellalas to have referendums in the North and the East.

    Good on you Mangalan, you are doing a fine job..

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      KASimpleton has gone Bonkers again as soon as he had heard about the Heaven…ers will never go to live with the Hell…ers. Even with the invitation of issuing free Passports and Reconciliation.

      Even the LKR 100 to LKR 3000 will not attract any Heaven..ers!!

      Drama before the UN Session.

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Also they will come to Trico to vote with their Dual, when Lal’s new Constitution gives the right for Vellalas to have referendums in the North and the East.”

      How come you are the only citizen of this island who has advance knowledge of the yet to be drafted constitution while RW and MS are clueless?

      Seriously, do you think this country needs a constitution given that no one cares to read it (including the parliamentarian Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, country Farce, …. Wimal, ), nor do they comply the provisions, ….. ?

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        Dear Native,

        Now you disappoint me man, after the A Plus which I gave for that
        quip, about JVP Hera, when he ran in to a Power Pole, after seeing Some standing nearly by, to catch the Polhengoda bus.

        Right to Referendum for the Vellalas and the new Province for Mano Ganeshan’s tribe, to add to the current Nine, are all in Lal Wijenayaka’s Constitution Model, which was made specifically for Batalanda Ranil.

        The list of eminent persons there is longer than the Index.

        Do you think they are just nincompoops who wasted our Tax Money?.

        Or did you read only the Tamil Translation?.

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          KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

          “Or did you read only the Tamil Translation?.”

          Sorry to bother you, do you believe I can read only one language?

          “Right to Referendum for the Vellalas and the new Province for Mano Ganeshan’s tribe, to add to the current Nine, are all in Lal Wijenayaka’s Constitution Model, which was made specifically for Batalanda Ranil.”

          How come you are the only citizen of this island who has advance knowledge of the yet to be drafted constitution while RW and MS are clueless?

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          “”Now you disappoint me man, after the A Plus which I gave for that quip””

          That is because your game of screwing the higher caste is beyond your scope- get drunk and be happy. their view of the world and lanka are well known.

          Your catholic bishops hoole’s, majority of trolls etc are not high caste.

          Keep to your Dalit SC/ST sinhalese and try to better their lot if you mean it all – i doubt politicians mean it . neither a scotch drinking lokku unna would be interested in dalit well being- regular.

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      You might have lived with dole in one form or other, like the dole from stolen money but for the people who left the Island one of their difficulties in returning is that their children either was born or grew-up in the western society and everything they value is in their adopted country.
      One might get duel citizen to keep an holiday residence there but it would be stupid to give-up everything and move back irrespective of what race or religion you belong to.

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        “”One might get duel citizen to keep an holiday residence there but it would be stupid to give-up everything and move back irrespective of what race or religion you belong to. “”

        nostalgia of a stupid past and nothing like flashing the imported baddu- the Japanese buy Harley Davidson rolls Royce etc to look different. Of course most who returned even on top government job regretted because of the bureaucracy, lethargy, and above all quality of life.

        “difficulties in returning is that their children either was born or grew-up in the western society and everything they value is in their adopted country.”

        even the hardcore born ceylon are passing away and in 20 years it will all fold up. But one thing keeps both sides alive.

        The overseas post and DPL passports to boast about to relatives. That is the goldmine that keeps both sides catholic/muslim crusaders never give up complaining. shinhala tamil must fight to keep the tempo up.that is your tourist destination for working class westerners while there are better places at similar cost elsewhere.

        Lanka is at present under the american jack boot – training of forces and money laundering. India is right behind like a fool because the next bombardment is Bangladesh.

  • 5
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    Very welcome news indeed.

    An elderly Tamil who reached the UK some 20 years ago and who lost his two children in the Ethiopian Airline hijak drama over Comoros Island is without a passport since he surrendered his SL passport to the human smugglers.

    He wants to visit to SL and his attempts to obtain SL passport were not successful so far. I hope the change of heart of the new government will pave the way for issuance of passport for this sincere Sri Lankan.

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      He is entitled to a Passport. Pl.read the SL Immigration website. He
      has to produce a “Lost Report” from the UK Police as supporting
      evidence, as much as you would do if his house burnt, destroying these
      documents. Smugglers hold on to the Passport until the balance dues are paid,is a well known tactic of old.

      The Foreign Ministers statement has noting to do with Passports, as no
      known ban was effected by the Immigration Dept.! Can the Dept. produce
      a “Black list” which if existing, is challengeable under Human Rights
      and the FM must be aware of it?

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        Punchinilame

        It is not straight forward as you state.

        An applicant will have difficulties in going to the police as he has already confirmed to the Immigration that his passport has been taken away by the agent. Therefore, it is not a matter for the police as you state.

        Human smugglers hold on to the passport for various reasons and one of them could be to get the dues on their deal as you state.

        With regard to the person I mentioned, he applied for new passport by attaching his ID and birth certificate two years ago. But it was refused on the grounds that the passport office could not trace the applicant’s details in their data base. His passport was a genuine one and obtained well before the computer system took control of the records, resulting in the inability of the passport office to trace his details.

        Change of heart of the govt to give flexible consideration is indeed welcome news.

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      “An elderly Tamil who reached the UK some 20 years ago “

      The UK is well within the law as applied by all EU nations. He does not submit a SL passport Or a authentic birth certificate to exchange it for a UK refugee passport (which clearly states except sri lanka until nationality is obtained 5 years after receiving refugee status.)
      There are many pakistani, bengali indians with refugee status in the EU with his problem. There are many refugees that cannot be deported because their origin is not known.
      Why did he not spare £50 and obtain his original birth certificate from LTTE those men are never harmed in the UK?

  • 7
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    Sri Lankans specifically the Tamils left in hoards not due to Political Persecution, but simply due to Sinhalese racism. Who created the Tamil diaspora? Diaspora was created by Sinhalese racism of 1915, 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 pogroms where thousands of innocent Tamils fell victim, houses burnt, businesses destroyed all of this done by ordinary Sinhalese. The diaspora are those who managed to flee to secure countries and continue their life. These were all criminal acts committed by ordinary Sinhalese with state sponsorship. State sponsorship bcos absolutely none of the perpetrators in these incidents were identified, arrested and sentenced. In the 1983 riots, even hospitals with pre-dominant Sinhalese health workers refused to treat innocent Tamil injured victims. Police and armed forces who were predominantly Sinhalese refused to stop blatant blood shed, murders and looting that was happening right in front of their eyes. In fact, they tacitly supported by vanishing from such locations. This is the truth and should always be remembered for generations to come.

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    How about those suicide bombers and black tigers ?.

    they say they are also political prisoners.

    these people who got passports only financed suicide bombers and black tigers.

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    I think the Sri Lankans should first see if the Govt. has put in place what it has proclaimed and is sincere.No one wants to come back if security is threatened.
    Why should they leave safety for fear?Sri Lankan Government has to change its mindset,then only can people trust them.

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    Minister,

    Please address the UN HRC resolution, you willingly accepted, co-sponsored and signed on, You are the only country that co sponsored your own resolution.

    The international community is expecting your oral report in Geneva in two weeks time. Please explain why you and your good government are still refusing to accept to implement the resolution in full, and no progress other than the minimum superficial release of land.

    Why is the fear to accept international judges, prosecutors and lawyers to investigate the truth on why and how more than 100 000 were killed during the genocidal Mullivaikkal war.

    Keep your passport, but don’t fool the UN HRC, or should they refer it to the ICC ?

    Manicka Vasagar

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    We do not know, how many Singhalese killed by suicide bombs, were carried out by the government agents – identified one by GR. Still others to be identified. That is also one of the reasons why MR & CO and bad monks doesn’t want international investigation but we will not give-up. The geo-political advantage for srilanka will not work for ever but the karma will chase you for ever. In Hinduism, we can do some good thing or santhi to balance our karma but many Singhalese continue to pile up more and more karma.

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    The government co-sponsored the US resolution adopted at the UNHRC sessions on October 01, 2015 called for a “hybrid special court” including judges, prosecutors and investigators from outside Sri Lanka. The relevant para reads as follows: The resolution — which was proposed by the U.S. and co-sponsored by Sri Lanka — affirms “the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the Special Counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defense lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators.” Now President Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe are saying there will be no hybrid investigation, it will be only a domestic investigation by Sri Lanka judges. This is a clear case of reneging a key provision of the resolution co-sponsored by US and Sri Lanka. The insistent on domestic investigation as opposed to a hybrid will not sit well with USA or other countries like UK, Canada and India, the mover of the resolution. The refusal to establish a hybrid court is confirmation that the armed forces did indeed committed war crimes. If this is not the case what is the reason for the change of mind?

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      “”The insistent on domestic investigation as opposed to a hybrid will not sit well with USA or other countries like UK, Canada and India, the mover of the resolution. “”

      That is exactly where the American Administration is taking Lanka-
      nothing about war and investigations.no mention of “transitional justice.”
      USA will dangle the carrot and make idiots like you look with awe.

      Power talks about the “extraordinary progress” that Sri Lanka has made under Sirisena’s leadership. “Sri Lanka has, since January 2015, emerged as a global champion of human rights and democratic accountability,” she says.

      Need not imagine more of what the west thinks of all your own problems when the problems at home are 10 fold. Election coming in November.
      The Trump an alternative to right wing politics.He cannot be beaten.

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    He He He

    This SL passport is today considered as one of the worst passport ( in the list of 10 such passports)

    Go and see at Middle East airports how they treat SL passport holders including SL Muslims.

    These people who have fled the country carry UN documents which allow them to travel freely.

    Cheers

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    Thanga.

    Your line….

    If this is not the case what is the reason for the change of mind?

    Previous Governments of Srilanka,have ostensibly attempted to resolve the National Question; The B-C Pact,Dudley-Chelva Pact,and even the Indo-Srilanka Pact[13th Amendment]!This has been the Political menu,since 1956!
    With this experience of playing out and buying time, the Govt: may have thought even the UN can be outsmarted!
    There is no change of mind; It is the continuation of the Drama like the TV serial of yesteryear DOODARUWO!

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    “”Sri Lankans Who Left Due To Political Persecution To Receive Passports””

    Enter the Bohemian Dragon the new miracle of Asia where all is fair and obscured.
    When you are nabbed in the land of birth that you rejected in the first instance the western passport does not give you the protection that it gives a native westerner.you may even be born in the west but the background is clear.
    The real world is not the stupid social one that most are trying to promote. The rich always win.

    If you are a Tamil from the north or east you will be shadowed like the former Canadian MP. The diaspora would be right behind you making matters worse.
    If you get killed then only recourse is having connections with Prince Charles but you can never be brought back to life. The issue of the 1% diehards not worth a bone but play tricks with sensational matter.

    There is no compromise on the system or the politics of the state dies.

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    For those of you who are ignorant of the fact that there are more than 200,000 (2-3 generations of) Sri lankans from the North, who have fled over the last 30 years are living in refugee camps and are being exploited by unscrupulous elements in South India with no hope whatsoever; who are in need of an IDENTITY !

    THE MAJORITY OF THEM BELONG TO THE LOWER EBB OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY, WHO COULD NOT AFFORD TO GO TO A WESTERN COUNTRY !

    Hope this arrangement of issuing of passports will restore their dignity and help them return to their homes they deserted years back!

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      “”Hope this arrangement of issuing of passports will restore their dignity and help them return to their homes they deserted years back! “”

      Its the stupidity of Tamils to get back and be reused for protest/terror.
      TN chief minister has promised citizenship.

      They would end up like KP and as it is the Indian passport has better value today. Only a fool would return or someone who want’s to start another war which the government would encourage- they must justify the sustenance of forces and the warlord security. America would be very happy- but no to investigation of the missing or dead- enough on the head in the middle east.

      India does not recognize UN refugee because of problems of partition.However , they have always accepted them eg. when the Russians entered Afghanistan- Brahmins gave board and lodging to Muslim Afghans at New Delhi subsequently they have even married indians and are citizens too- they are the poor not the rich who fled to west.

      “THE MAJORITY OF THEM BELONG TO THE LOWER EBB OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY, WHO COULD NOT AFFORD TO GO TO A WESTERN COUNTRY !””

      that is not entirely true. The fisherman of LTTE were living hand to mouth and today they are millionaires in the west having done various legal illegal business to get here in the first place.(now you see why Mangala is luring them with a SL passport??)

      Socialism ends when others money ends. Majority of Sinhalese and Tamils are socialist/communist and that goes with the poor.25 years of socialist government from the demise of Premadasa.
      Poor Tamils come to the rich nations make their money but are unable to change your genes(the way you study and understand.) There isn’t one Tamil MP in the UK – all loss. While Bengali women contested for first time and won and also Mayor of London.- but they are of left labour party. Tamil diaspora refugee stock cant win because they are SC/ST communist/fascist.

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