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Archive for September 1st, 2009

Video Evidence Of Extra-Judicial Killings In Sri Lanka

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2009


By Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

26 August, 2009
Countercurrents.org

A video clip released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) has revealed extra-judicial killings being conducted in Sri Lanka. Although You Tube subsequently removed the video for violating terms of use, you can View the video here . You need a quicktime player to view the video

The Statement by Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

We, ‘Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka’, wish to bring to your attention this disturbing video clip. We are not in a position to disclose the way we received it, but we can say that the video was captured during the month of January in 2009.

The Sri Lankan government justifies the internment of approximately 280,000 Tamil people, for over three months now, on the basis that they are ‘screening’ for LTTE cadres. These camps still remain out of bounds for independent media and human rights observers. Apart from these known camps, it is widely believed that there are over 10,000 Tamils are held in undisclosed locations. Further, as a recent BBC report reveals the interned Tamils have to regularly experience the trauma of the appearance of the ‘dolphin vans’ in the camps – as these whisk away people – who then disappear.

The video-clip was taken during the period of the war, when international and independent local media were prevented by the Sri Lankan government from covering the conflict zone. This videoclip shows the reality of the behaviour of the government forces during the war which the government called a ‘humanitarian operation’ to rescue the Tamils. All reports, like that of the BBC above, indicate that there is no reason to believe that there is a change in the behaviour of the armed forces.

For the benefit of those who cannot understand Sinhala – we offer you some of our initial observations. From the casual nature of the conversations and from the fact that it is taking place in an open area and in broad daylight – it can be surmised that these are not extraordinary acts by rogue elements carried out without the permission from the top leadership. The soldiers egging each other on, the insulting jokes and the laughter show that there is a consensus that these cold blooded killings should take place.

Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) is an action group of journalists, writers, artists and human rights defenders in exile who are campaigning for democracy, human rights and media freedom in Sri Lanka.

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Tamil journalist sentenced to 20 years in jail for Criticizing Military

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2009


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A prominent Tamil reporter, whose detention in Sri Lanka was described by US President Barack Obama as an “emblematic example” of threats to media freedom, was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in prison for having links with the LTTE and for writing against the government.

Jayaprakash Sittampalam Tissainayagam, 45, who contributed to the Sunday Times and also ran a website that focused on the country’s Tamil population, was found guilty of spreading ‘racial hatred’ and ‘supporting terrorism’, a Colombo High Court official said.

The journalist, detained for over 400 days now, was charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for an article he had written in the pro-LTTE magazine North Eastern Herald, that has since been closed.

Tissainayagam was arrested on March 7, 2008 and later charged under the anti-terrorism legislation. His family has decided to appeal against the ruling.

The state-owned Daily News claimed in May this year that Tissanayagam in an admissible confession had admitted his links with the LTTE. “The confession was admitted in evidence at the court trial. There was material that showed his close links to Sivaram alias Tharaki one time editor of the pro-LTTE website TamilNet,” the newspaper said.

“Tissanayagam was associated with several opinion making publications of the LTTE organisation and was part of their propaganda outfit and was instrumental in securing funding for LTTE publication. He has also links with prominent personalities of the LTTE,” the paper claimed.

Tissanayagam was indicted by the Attorney General on August 11, 2008 and the High Court trial commenced on September 9, 2008. The court said it found that he had received money from the LTTE to fund his website Outreach.com.

A political science graduate with a post-graduate degree in International Relations, Tissainayagam had worked as a columnist for The Sunday Times since 2007. In May 2007, he developed his website.

Obama had said in May this year that he was concerned over threats to media the world over and mentioned Tissainayagam, who has been detained for over a year. PTI

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Nepal’s Maoist CC Member Binod: We Have to Accomplish Insurrection

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2009


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Members of World People’s Resistance Movement from Britain and Ireland conducted this interview in Nepal.

At this moment when there is no experience of revolution in the 21st century, when there is no advanced proletarian revolutionary movement in the world, when this country is encircled and governed by Indian expansionism, at this moment against imperialism and expansionism, we have come to the decision that we have to accomplish insurrection. This is the important outcome of this meeting.”

WPRM: Can you introduce yourself please?

Com. Binod: My name is Comrade Binod. I am a Central Committee member and secretary of the state council for Mahakali state, which comprises seven districts in the far west of Nepal.

WPRM: Can you tell us about the recent Central Committee meeting and its implications for the coming weeks and months?

Com. Binod: In the life of the party, this Central Committee meeting has been unusual from the point of view of ideology and debate. We have received an opportunity, and we are proud that this meeting has been very unusual because it has taken place amid the deep curiosity of the proletariat in Nepal as well as the world over. This curiosity is positive. At the same time, the imperialists and reactionaries also have an expectation. Amid this we have carried out a great meeting, and made decisions which have made us proud to talk about this meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: PCPA to relax bandh for a week

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2009


19june27r copy LalgarhKOLKATA: The bandh called by Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) is going to be relaxed from Tuesday.

"We still demand the withdrawal of joint forces. The government should also fulfil our 23 demands. But considering the problems of the common people, we have decided to relax the bandh from September1 to 7. If the government doesn’t pay heed to our demands, the bandh will continue," said PCPA spokesperson Chhatradhar Mahato.

PCPA had launched the bandh call to pressure the state government to withdraw the joint force which is combing the forests of Jangalmahal.

PCPA will, however, continue with its police boycott strategy. From Tuesday, they will gherao police camps.

Home secretary Ardhendu Sen said "The Maoists who had been operating in the belt had pressurised the PCPA to continue with the bandh. Now, due to pressure from the local people, they had to withdraw it."

Sen said that the villagers were not helping police because of Maoist terror, due to which police operation was being affected. He said that police camps which had been set up in local schools would soon be withdrawn.

On Sunday evening, a CPM leader who had been on the Maoist hit list for the past year was shot at in Lalgarh’s Papuria village. Ujjwal Kundu, a CPM Lalgarh local committee member, has been admitted to Bankura district hospital with two bullet injuries. Another CPM worker was abducted the same day.

According to local residents, Kundu had been undercover for the past year and had returned home just two days ago.

Police said Maoists got information about Kundu’s return from their local network. TOI

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Security success: 15km trek to cover 2.5km Hot pursuit but Bikash escapes

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2009


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Security forces in Lalgarh during the anti-Maoist operation. File picture

Sujan Dutta, who covered the Lalgarh operation for The Telegraph, returns to the zone after two months

Lalgarh, Aug. 31: A central police officer here says the most successful offensive against the Maoists in the two months since the “combined forces” entered Lalgarh took place on July 20 at a village named Tetultala.

It is a success story in the lab called Lalgarh — as the Centre describes the zone. This is how the police define success:

A contingent of the police, acting on intelligence from mobile phone intercepts, began advancing off-the-road towards Tetultala, a hamlet near Kadashole, north from the Lalgarh police station. The distance from the starting point to the target area was 2.5km. Read the rest of this entry »

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700 CPI ML (Liberation) activists court arrest, demand forces withdrawal from Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2009


25MAY62USiliguri: Nearly 700 activists of the Naxalite faction CPI-ML (Liberation) courted arrest here on Monday demanding immediate withdrawal of forces from Lalgarh.

Charu Mazumder, Darjeeling district secretary of the faction, led the activists in courting arrest as they scuffled through three security rings in the Siliguri court compound.

All the arrested were later released on personal bonds, Inspector-in-charge Prabhat Chakraborty told reporters.

Alleging that the presence of joint forces was creating trouble for locals in Lalgarh, Charu’s father and founder of Naxalite movement Abhijit Majumder told news agencies that people are “struggling for existence following an unprecedented price hike of essential commodities”.

Besides demanding withdrawal of joint forces from Lalgarh, the group also demanded that the state government should supply essentials like food grains at subsidised rates to poor families.

Bureau Report

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