Wednesday, October 26, 2011
TNA National List M.P., M.A. Sumanthiran today (24th October 2011) filed a petition in the Court of Appeal through his Attorney-at-Law, Moahan Balendra seeking an interim order restraining certain respondents including the Land Commissioner General from acting upon the Land Circular No. 2011/04...(Read More)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Honourable Deputy chairman of Committees, the lawmakers of this country today are debating this Bill on the National Police Academy in the midst of a crisis of lawlessness that has plagued the administration of the police, and as I begin, Hon. Minster of Justice looks in my direction. He the one who, at the time he spoke from his conscience, stated very clearly that everyday the Rule of Law is broken in this country. On Monday the 4th of October - just two days ago - we heard of the drowning - I repeat, drowning - of a suspect in the Bolgoda lake while he was in police custody during what the police called a ‘scuffle’ between them and the suspect. How many times must such tragedies be endured? ... (Read more)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR. R.SAMPANTHAN LEADER TAMIL NATIONAL ALLIANCE / ILLANKAI TAMIL ARASU KADCHI ON ELECTIONS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON 8TH OCTOBER 2011 TO THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL KALMUNAI
The Tamil National Alliance ----Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi is contesting the elections being held to the Kalmunai Municipal council. Even though our strength within the Area may not enable us to capture power we have the capacity to perform well and make a useful contribution to the well being of all people in the said area. Moreover it is absolutely essential that the Tamil Voters remain united and clearly demonstrate their unequivocal support for the policies of the Tamil National Alliance / Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi.
After the conclusion of the war and the devastating consequences thereof, the need for an acceptable negotiated political solution to the National Question has assumed an unprecedented importance in all relevant places. Other issues vital to the country’s future well-being are linked to an acceptable resolution of the National Question.
This is achievable only on the basis of the acceptance of Democracy, Fundamental Human Rights, Inclusiveness, Equality and Justice. When the Tamil people exercise their franchise they must vote strongly in support of the above tenets as being the basis upon which there can be an acceptable resolution of the National Question, and confer on them the status of equal citizens.
The Government is engaged in talks with the Tamil National Alliance, to evolve an acceptable solution to the National Question. The Tamil people at all recent elections both to Parliament and Local Authorities in the North and East have strongly supported the policies of the Tamil National Alliance and given the Tamil National Alliance, a clear democratic mandate to negotiate an acceptable solution on their behalf. The Tamil National Alliance is unreservedly committed to this task. It is absolutely fundamental that the Tamil Voter should demonstrate his renewed commitment to this position, and thus strengthen the Tamil National Alliance in the fulfillment of this task.
We are committed to evolving an acceptable solution that will be just and equitable to all the peoples who live in the North and East. We are particularly conscious of the concerns of our Muslim brethren. It would be our Endeavour to ensure that any solution would also be as acceptable to our Muslim brethren as it would be to the Tamil people. We reiterate without prejudice to the legitimate rights of our Sinhalese brethren that as Tamil speaking people who have historically inhabited the North and East, we have common concerns in regard to our identity, our Security, resources in these areas, and our economic, social and cultural well- being. Our non violent struggle to achieve the above rights has been for the well-being of all our people .We need to work together to achieve the above goals. There must come a day ere long when this truth must and will be recognized.
We appeal to the People to extend to the Tamil National Alliance, the strongest support in the forthcoming Kalmunai Municipality elections.
LEADER TAMIL NATIONAL ALLIANCE
LEADER ILLANKAI TAMIL ARASU KADCHI
TNA Press Release on filing of SC FR case on PTA Regulations
The TNA filed a fundamental rights case SC FR 449/2011 in the public interest in the Supreme Court this week challenging a number of Regulations - including those enabling the government to continue to keep detainees and surrendees in custody - that were promulgated by the President last month. The General Secretary of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi, Mavai Senathirajah filed the petition through his Attorney-at-Law Moahan Balendra, seeking an interim suspension of the Regulations, and declarations that the Regulations were violative of the fundamental rights of the People and were illegal and invalid.
In a statement issued earlier this month, the TNA condemned the Regulations and stated that they would “ensure the seamless continuation of emergency rule, replete with the grant of extraordinary powers to the executive over the liberty of subjects, despite the termination of the state of emergency.”