Coalition of Muslims and Tamils for Peace and Coexistence (CMTPC)

The coalition of Muslims and Tamils is a Sri Lanka based organization-comprising Muslim and Tamil identified persons who as a general principle are committed to pluralism and social justice in all its forms. Specifically, we are committed to the peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Tamils in the country, particularly in the north and east, and to a just and equitable solution to the ethnic conflict. We can be contacted at:

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sri Lanka Democracy Forum

invites you to a meeting
commemorate the life and memory of

Kethesh Loganathan,
who was brutally gunned down at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 12 August 2006,
Saturday, 31 March 2007
from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

the Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, London WC1
(nearest tube: Holborn

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Bob Rae
(former Prime Minister of Ontario, Canada),
speakers from Sri Lanka and the Diaspora…

"A former militant, academic, journalist, and tireless advocate of human rights and a return to democratic values in Tamil politics, Kethesh was one of the leading activists of the dissenting Tamil community who firmly believed in a negotiated democratic political solution to the ethnic conflict as opposed to the bleakness of a maudlin Tamil nationalism"
-Sri Lanka Democracy Forum


Appeal to the Commission on Investigation to probe the rape and murder of a young mother in Mannar

30th January 2007

Attn: Mr. S.D Piyadasa - Secretary to the Commission on Investigation (appointed to probe the incidents of grave human rights violations)

Appeal to the Commission on Investigation
to probe the rape and murder of a young mother in Mannar

On June 08th 2006, Mary Madeleine (age 27), her husband Moorthy Martin (age 38), son Dilakshan (age 7) and daughter Lakshika (age 9) were brutally tortured and murdered in their home in Vankalai- Mannar. Mary Madeleine and her daughter were raped and stabbed in their chests and vaginal area. Madeleine and her family had fled Sri Lanka and lived as refugees in India for many years. They returned in 2004 when there was some hope for peace and settled down in Vankalai only to be killed in this despicable manner.

Neighbors saw three Sri Lanka military personnel near their house around the time of murder but, while the soldiers have acknowledged that they were there carrying out a routine check up, the then Mannar army commanding officer ruled out any possibility of his men being involved in these murders. The family members of Mary Madeleine who came forward to testify at the court were summoned often to the police station and retained for long hours without any explanation. Journalists and civilians who took photographs of the scene have been arrested and detained till they produced the film rolls. Military also continuously visited Vankalai village after this incident and humiliated Mary Madeleine’s neighbours and relatives and inquired about witnesses’ whereabouts and details. At the end, when an identification parade was held on 23rd of June 2006 none of the witnesses who previously testified were present at the court hearing (ref: Case no. MC Mannar 203/06).

In this context, we would like to highlight similar previous incidents in Mannar, including the rapes of Ehambaram Nanthakumar Wijakala and Sinnathamby Sivamani, by members of the Mannar police’s Counter-Subversive Unit, on 19th March 2001. Wijakala was pregnant at the time of the rape and Sivamani, mother of three children, had her younger son witnessing the cruel sexual assault committed on her while she was under police custody. Despite threats to their lives, both these courageous women filed fundamental rights cases for unlawful arrest and detention and custodial rape. They identified three police officers and nine navy personnel as the perpetrators of these crimes. The accused, who were transferred from Mannar after the incidents, filed a petition requesting the transfer of their cases to Anuradhapura due to alleged threats against their lives. Since then both victims and their family members underwent continuous harassment at the hand of the military and repeatedly received death threats. The case dragged on for over four years, in the course of which Wijakala has gone missing and Sivamani received many threats to the effect that she will be killed if she comes to Anuradhapura for the court hearings. The case was listed to be heard in Anuradhapura High Court on September 21, 2005 but both the victims did not turn up.

We, the Mannar women, are calling on the newly appointed Commission of Investigation to include the Mary Madeleine family rape and murder case, which falls within the stipulated period (June 8th 2006), in their investigation.

We believe that a fair hearing and proficient judgment on this case will break the silence of many women who have suffered and borne the scars of brutal crimes of the war in the last two decades. We firmly believe that the proceeding of this case can bring about much needed witnesses and a victims protection mechanism that will open space for victims to access the judicial system locally and internationally.

Mannar Women for Human Rights and Democracy


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Kethesh Loganathan : His life and death shall not be in vain

We remember Kethesh Loganathan today, with great sadness, perhaps with even greater sadness than that sad day of 12th, August, 2006. Kethesh had fought hard for decades for a life free of violence, a land free of discrimination for the minorities, of inter-ethnic harmony and coexistence. .

He worked hard toward this, where ever he was, in whatever position, whether it be as a founder member of the EPRLF, as co-Director of Centre for Policy Alternatives, or as the secretary of the Peace Secretariat. He worked hard for a negotiated settlement, against child conscription, against military excesses and against the myopic and fanatical nationalism of the LTTE. He longed for peace and he died dreaming of it.

His life and death shall not be in vain. As the coalition of Muslims and Tamils, we hope that all of us who long for peace and democracy can come together to make that dream come true.

We will remember Kethesh again and again and in remembering renew our pledge for solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka who long for peace, who have lost dear ones, the youth, Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala, who are being forced into fighting a meaningless war against one another, the displaced in their abject state of homelessness and all the people who have stood together in the darkest moments of our country’s history of loss and hoplessness. We remember Kethesh so that we may raise our collective voice against the violence permeating our lives, that his memory may give us the courage to struggle on for peace in this country.

Coalition of Muslims and Tamils for Peace and Coexistence in the East