M.I.A gives her support to 'Mercy Mission to Vanni'

March 31, 2009 § 2 Comments

Please see below a statement from M.I.A. (Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam), a British-Tamil songwriter, record producer, singer, fashion designer and artist supporting the “Mercy Mission to Vanni” (www.vannimission.org)

I just had a baby last month, that’s why I can’t be there today, but I want to give my support and thanks to the launch of the chartered humanitarian ship Mercy Mission launching March 31, 2009.

I made it out in the late 80’s and so my baby is going to grow up with hospitals, healthcare, food, free education, freedom of speech and religion, a life expectancy of 80-90 years and many of the liberties that we in democratic world take for granted.

A baby born in the Vanni Region today is getting no access to hospitals (they bombed the last one and it’s run out of supplies.) There is limited food because the government banned the aid agencies and there is no education because the trapped civilians only have one option and that is to make it to the government-run internment camps where they only enforce the language and ideas of the government. The Tamils have less rights then the animals in Sri Lanka.

The Mercy Mission will carry dry food and medicines for Tamil civilians in Vanni within the Sri Lankan Government’s “safe zone.” Many have already perished from starvation and preventable disease. We can not ignore these genocidal conditions, and if the aim of the SL Government is to protect the lives of the civilians, then this ship will reach its destination and lives will be saved.

Thank you very much,
Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.)

SL Navy threatens to shoot UK aid ship

March 31, 2009 § 1 Comment

Navy to shoot ship carrying food for Tigers

The Navy said yesterday that it had been alerted about a ship carrying the International Red Cross emblem about to sail to Sri Lanka from Britain carrying 2,000 tons of food for the beleagured LTTE in the guise of food aid to the people trapped in the Mullaitivu district.

Sources said this was a Tiger ruse to rouse international opinion against the Sri Lanka government.

Naval sources said that the Sri Lanka Navy would open fire on the vessel named ‘Vananga Man’ if she enters Lankan territorial waters. She is scheduled to leave Britain on March 26.

According to the Navy, the vessel is carrying the International Red Cross emblem. An organization named British Tamil Forum had said the ship would enter Sri Lankan waters despite the Navy’s protest.

The Navy has inquired from British authorities about the ownership of the vessel.

Launch Event of Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka

March 30, 2009 § 1 Comment

Five Hundred Tons of Food and Medical Aid to be sent to Northern Sri Lanka – British celebrities, MPs and Health professionals will gather for the launch and signing ceremony in Central London, Tuesday 31 March, 2009 between 13.00 – 16.00

A number of charities have come together to assist the “Mercy Mission to Vanni”

Click to see rest of Press Release

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer is expected to attend.

Arundhati Roy : The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka

March 30, 2009 § 1 Comment

Times of India : The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka

The horror that is unfolding in Sri Lanka becomes possible because of the silence that surrounds it. There is almost no reporting in the mainstream Indian media — or indeed in the international press — about what is happening there. Why this should be so is a matter of serious concern.

From the little information that is filtering through it looks as though the Sri Lankan government is using the propaganda of the ‘war on terror’ as a fig leaf to dismantle any semblance of democracy in the country, and commit unspeakable crimes against the Tamil people. Working on the principle that every Tamil is a terrorist unless he or she can prove otherwise, civilian areas, hospitals and shelters are being bombed and turned into a war zone. Reliable estimates put the number of civilians trapped at over 200,000. The Sri Lankan Army is advancing, armed with tanks and aircraft. Read more.

International Tamil Diaspora Conference calls for Independent Tamil State

March 30, 2009 § 1 Comment

World Tamils Forum London Conference - Jesse Jackson

World Tamils Forum London Conference - Participants

45 Tamil dignitaries from 21 countries gathered in London on Wednesday and Thursday to resolve that an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka was essential and that humanitarian access to the Vanni should be permitted immediately. The delegates also said that the Eezham Tamils should determine their own destiny and emphasized that the people of the traditional Tamil homeland had not only given their democratic mandate to the homeland concept, but they also have reiterated that mandate at every juncture of their political discourse.

Read full report and World Tamils Forum: London Conference, 26 March 2009 Conference Resolution here.

British Tamils Forum, assisted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG-T), hosted an international conference, titled “World Tamils Forum”, on Thursday, 26 March 2009 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in London. Rev Jesse Jackson from the USA was the key-note speaker. The 45 delegates gathered over two days to discuss and draw up a declaration addressing the humanitarian tragedy facing Tamils in Sri Lanka, exposing the Genocidal War, reinforcing the need for a political process and the role that international actors would need to play. The Former Defence Secretary and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka Rt. Hon. Des Browne, Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) Member Mr Mike Griffiths, Entertainer and Charity Worker Sir Jimmy Savile, Members of Parliament from the UK and Sri Lanka, Dignitaries and Civil Servants also attended the conference.

Read full British Tamils Forum press release here.

Watch GTV video coverage (in Tamil) here.

Al Jazeera interviews LTTE

March 30, 2009 § 1 Comment

Al Jazeera: Tamil Tigers reject ‘human shield’ accusations

Tamil Tigers rebels in Sri Lanka have denied accusations that they are using civilians as human shields.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, smuggled out of the country, a senior Tiger commander rejected claims that civilians are being kept hostage in the combat zone.
Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley reports.
Watch article from source.

Testimony of civilian in Vanni
A Tamil civilian explains how he wishes to return to his native land than enter Vavuniya and risk being detained in SL Gov. concentration camps.

Prabaharan Leading the War – Political chief Mr.B.Nadesan to CNN

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