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  :: News
Refugees don’t need our tears. They need us to stop making them refugees
[ The Guardian UK] [ 24 Apr 2015 01:49 GMT ]

Migration illustrates one of the signal features of modern life, which is malice by proxy. [Full Story]

Federal solution recognising Tamil nation can solve ethnic problem in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 23 Apr 2015 03:27 GMT ]

A federal arrangement that recognises Tamils as a distinct nation would solve the ethnic problem. [Full Story]

How countries cope with migrants seeking asylum by boat
[ CTV ] [ 22 Apr 2015 02:52 GMT ]

Two recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea believed to have taken the lives of as many as 1,300 asylum seekers and migrants has highlighted the escalating flow of people fleeing persecution, war and economic difficulties in their homelands. [Full Story]

Minority Report
[ The Asian Age ] [ 21 Apr 2015 03:18 GMT ]

Any democratic government has to be mindful of the views of small groups that have a significant number of votes. [Full Story]

The Wind Hums A Tamil Air
[ Outlook ] [ 20 Apr 2015 02:04 GMT ]

Ties had been built with Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Indo­nesia, onward to China. Dominating this maritime trade were Tamil merchants. [Full Story]

Lankan Minorities Opposed to Changes in Electoral System
[ Outlook India ] [ 19 Apr 2015 01:09 GMT ]

"It is only under this system that minority parties were able to win representation in elected bodies," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Can Sirisena Deliver on Reforms?
[ The Diplomat ] [ 18 Apr 2015 00:25 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s complex political transition – towards more responsible governance, lasting institutional reform, and healing the wounds of three decades of war – is still in its early stages. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The more things change...
[ Frontline ] [ 17 Apr 2015 01:02 GMT ]

“successive governments asked the Lankan public to tolerate the curtailment of civil liberties under Emergency Regulations…. Over time, these restrictions created an entire generation that does not know what normalcy is.” [Full Story]

Fisherman caught in a struggle for survival
[ UCA News ] [ 16 Apr 2015 04:07 GMT ]

Indian fishing community depends on the waters of the Palk Strait for its livelihood. [Full Story]

Ancient skeletons found in India
[ BBC ] [ 15 Apr 2015 05:11 GMT ]

Mohenjo Daro is the world's oldest surviving city and dates back to the pre-Hindu Indus Valley civilisation. [Full Story]

APPGT chairman prays for ‘new dawn’
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Apr 2015 04:14 GMT ]

“I wish you every success and a brighter future, and may I say Inya Tamizh Puthaandu Nalvaazhthukkal,” [Full Story]

Observations by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
[ UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ] [ 13 Apr 2015 02:57 GMT ]

These obligations include the right to the full truth about the violations that took place during a long swath of its history; to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of those responsible for those violations; to the effective and equitable reparation of the violations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka releases army-controlled land in Northern Province
[ Business Standard ] [ 12 Apr 2015 01:41 GMT ]

Thousands dislocated during Sri Lanka's brutal war still live in camps for internally displaced persons. [Full Story]

The Seasons of Trouble book review: Peace by piece
[ Financial Express ] [ 11 Apr 2015 03:32 GMT ]

This happens in the closing months of 2008 when the Tamil dream of Eelam, an independent homeland in Sri Lanka’s north and east, is crumbling. [Full Story]

Effective War Crimes Inquiry Could Heal Sri Lanka’s Old Wounds
[ Inter Press Service ] [ 10 Apr 2015 00:05 GMT ]

Many feel that the country has a long way to go before the wounds of conflict are healed. [Full Story]

Senior UN official visits war-ravaged north of Sri Lanka
[ Xinhua ] [ 09 Apr 2015 02:29 GMT ]

A senior UN official has visited the war ravaged north to assess the development needs in the area and hold discussions with government officials. [Full Story]

Winning Sri Lanka’s peace
[ Japan Times ] [ 08 Apr 2015 04:55 GMT ]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa made only the most half-hearted of efforts to bring about reconciliation with our Tamil citizens. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Tortuous Path to Reconciliation and Justice
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 07 Apr 2015 03:46 GMT ]

Transitional justice in Sri Lanka is unlikely to happen without sustained international pressure. [Full Story]

Talks held in Singapore on promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Apr 2015 03:08 GMT ]

It was agreed to continue this engagement and dialogue to accelerate the process of achieving meaningful reconciliation. [Full Story]

Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag
[ Asia News ] [ 05 Apr 2015 05:41 GMT ]

Violations of religious freedom and the West's hypocricy surrounding this issue are likely to drag the world into an unprecedented chaos. [Full Story]

'Success depends on accountability and reconciliation' in Sri Lanka says US official
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 Apr 2015 02:34 GMT ]

Experience has taught us that no society can move forward by burying the past. [Full Story]

Chandrika calls for national reconciliation
[ The Hindu ] [ 03 Apr 2015 02:05 GMT ]

The engagement between Colombo and the Tamil National Alliance, the main Tamil party representing Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils, in her view, has been “excellent.” [Full Story]

US says Sri Lanka failed after war
[ CG ] [ 02 Apr 2015 04:41 GMT ]

The United States says the opportunities that existed in 2009 to bring the country together were not seized. [Full Story]

EU reactivates LTTE ban after Sri Lanka protest
[ UCANews ] [ 01 Apr 2015 05:29 GMT ]

“The ban is not the answer; you must look into the root cause of the problem. [Full Story]

PM Invites Indian-origin Tamils to Delhi
[ New Indian Express ] [ 31 Mar 2015 01:24 GMT ]

The Indian leaders told Modi about their demand for 20,000 houses for Indian Origin Tamil estate workers in the Central Province. [Full Story]

A bridge too far: Special report from Sri Lanka
[ CNN-IBN ] [ 30 Mar 2015 03:21 GMT ]

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka and its impact on both the countries. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka plans legislation outlawing racist, religious extremist groups
[ Ecumenical News ] [ 29 Mar 2015 02:53 GMT ]

The proposed law is a step in the right direction considering the growing number of violent incidents against minorities in the country. [Full Story]

A House For Tamils
[ Outlook India ] [ 28 Mar 2015 00:11 GMT ]

We want a political solution first and only then, all this development.’ [Full Story]

ICRC received over 16,000 requests to trace disappeared in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 27 Mar 2015 00:07 GMT ]

"Their priority is the need to know the fate and whereabouts of a missing relative, without which they have no closure. [Full Story]

Chief Minister CV Vigneswaran's speech on IDP's
[ Lankasri ] [ 26 Mar 2015 00:02 GMT ]

The Chief Minister highlighted the plight of IDP's to the President including the necessity to provide compensation for the use of the private land. [Video]

Tamils in Sri Lanka hold demontrations demanding international probe into war crimes
[ First Post ] [ 25 Mar 2015 00:05 GMT ]

They claim to have no faith in the domestic investigation based on past experiences going slow on them and producing nothing meaningful. [Full Story]

‘Lee Kuan Yew, a friend of Tamils’
[ The Hindu ] [ 24 Mar 2015 04:55 GMT ]

The Tamils across the world have lost a good friend. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka planning to lift 'terrorist' ban on Tamils abroad
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 23 Mar 2015 03:09 GMT ]

Most of the groups as well as the individuals designated terrorist had merely been vocal proponents of Tamil rights. [Full Story]

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91
[ BBC ] [ 22 Mar 2015 21:01 GMT ]

Speaking at a press conference after the split in 1965, he pledged to build a meritocratic, multi-racial nation. [Full Story]

Malcolm Fraser: Former Australian PM dies aged 84
[ BBC ] [ 22 Mar 2015 03:41 GMT ]

Many praised Mr Fraser for his efforts to create a home in Australia for refugees and to fight for the rights of those suffering racial discrimination. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: the suffering of war widows, in the midst of pain and social exclusion
[ Asia News ] [ 21 Mar 2015 02:05 GMT ]

If the disappeared people are with us no more, there should be an effective mechanism to strengthen the lives and livelihoods of those family members left behind. They need to return land to dispossessed families. Above all they need to release the political prisoners. [Full Story]

'Tortured' UK asylum seeker gets deportation reprieve
[ Channel4 ] [ 20 Mar 2015 01:55 GMT ]

A spokesman for the Home Office insisted that the UK has a "proud history" of granting asylum to those who need protection. [Full Story]

Tamil Diaspora Is Becoming Part Of Larger Sri Lankan Community
[ CT ] [ 19 Mar 2015 02:22 GMT ]

The Tamil Diaspora is a factor in Sri Lanka’s life that cannot be ignored or marginalized. [Full Story]

International judicial mechanism needed to serve justice for all in Sri Lanka - Callum Macrae
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 18 Mar 2015 01:05 GMT ]

Establish an international judicial mechanism in order to ensure justice is served to all communities, said the director. [Full Story]

Corporate report: Sri Lanka - Country of Concern
[ Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK ] [ 17 Mar 2015 02:17 GMT ]

The UK used its position in the HRC to urge the international community to establish an independent international investigation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Minority Grows Impatient With Just Promises
[ The New York Times ] [ 16 Mar 2015 03:09 GMT ]

Tamil leaders worry that the military will refuse to release more detainees because their stories will provoke outrage. [Full Story]

In Jaffna 'to wipe tears' from those that suffered - Modi
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Mar 2015 02:44 GMT ]

"We need you as a guarantor of our rights," the chief minister said, addressing Prime Minister Modi. [Full Story]

Narendra Modi gives Sri Lanka the India example
[ The Indian Express ] [ 14 Mar 2015 05:47 GMT ]

When we accommodate the aspirations of all sections of our society, the nation gets the strength of every individual.” [Full Story]

Modi Bats for Federalism in Lankan Parliament
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 13 Mar 2015 15:16 GMT ]

"I believe in cooperative federalism," Modi told the 225 member House in a message of great significance to Sri Lankan leaders. [Full Story]

Modi’s Lankan Visit Can be 'Transformational': Tamil Diaspora
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 12 Mar 2015 04:04 GMT ]

The devolution package contained in the 13th Amendment of the Lankan constitution is inadequate and requested Modi to bring about a permanent political solution “jointly facilitated, mediated, and underwritten by India, EU, US, and the UN.” [Full Story]

Is Sri Lanka changing under President Sirisena?
[ Channel4 ] [ 11 Mar 2015 02:42 GMT ]

Mr Cameron said the Sri Lankan government had taken "encouraging steps" but added that he would call on President Sirisena to keep up the pace. [Full Story]

Travels with The Tamils: A Sri Lankan Warzone’s Fragile Peace
[ Daily Beast ] [ 10 Mar 2015 03:05 GMT ]

In Jaffna, that history can’t be avoided. The sad procession of demolished houses see to that. [Full Story]

This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War review – a moving portrayal of the agonies of the conflict
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 09 Mar 2015 04:37 GMT ]

The country’s Tamil population was herded into internment camps accompanied by widespread torture, rape and abuse. [Full Story]

Thanthi TV Exclusive with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
[ Thanthi TV ] [ 08 Mar 2015 01:16 GMT ]

Watch some Straight answers about issues concerned from the Newly elected Sri Lankan PM. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s uneven road to reconciliation and harmony
[ The Australian ] [ 07 Mar 2015 00:07 GMT ]

The issue has highlighted a potential crisis for moderate Tamil politicians. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Unfinished Humanitarian Business
[ Refugees International ] [ 06 Mar 2015 02:28 GMT ]

First, the new administration must address the problem of internal displacement in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Historic Contribution of the Tamils for the Democratic Transition
[ SL Guardian ] [ 05 Mar 2015 04:49 GMT ]

Our struggle for truth and justice has a noble/sacred cause, namely freedom, dignity and equality of a people and their basic human rights as a Tamil nation with their traditional homeland. [Full Story]

Tamil Widows’ Endless Wait in Sri Lanka
[ New Indian Express ] [ 04 Mar 2015 03:57 GMT ]

'My life is terrible without my husband, but I am determined to live for my children. [Full Story]

Top UN political official urges Sri Lanka to seize ‘historic moment’ for reconciliation
[ UN News Centre ] [ 03 Mar 2015 02:09 GMT ]

He underscored the country’s need to develop “a strong framework for accountability that meets international standards and norms and that is seen as credible across Sri Lanka.” [Full Story]

Next Version will Win Sinhala Voice for Tamils, says Macrae
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 02 Mar 2015 05:05 GMT ]

Macrae raises the question whether the change in government will really mark a step forward in the search for justice. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Press Ahead on Rights Reforms
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 01 Mar 2015 02:31 GMT ]

Arbitrary Detention, Torture, Accountability Should Top Agenda. [Full Story]

Australia kept mum on Sri Lanka rights abuses in exchange for asylum deal - report
[ RT ] [ 28 Feb 2015 00:11 GMT ]

Rights groups argue that local Tamils, who have lived on the island since around the 2nd century BC, seek asylum to prevent torture, rape and other violence at the hands of the military. [Full Story]

With UN War Crimes Report Delay, Sri Lanka Must Deliver on Post-War Accountability
[ The Diplomat ] [ 27 Feb 2015 01:09 GMT ]

Hussein notes that the delay in the report will 'allow for a stronger and more comprehensive report.' [Full Story]

Letter: Sri Lanka Publication of UN Investigation into war crimes
[ TWG ] [ 26 Feb 2015 00:05 GMT ]

What is now in question is not only the integrity of the Human Rights Council but your own. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamil ex-stronghold Jaffna on the road to recovery
[ France24 ] [ 25 Feb 2015 01:54 GMT ]

They remained keenly aware of their minority status in a country where the government and the army are controlled by the Buddhist Sinhalese majority. [Full Story]

Australia silent on Sri Lanka rights abuses
[ Arab News ] [ 24 Feb 2015 02:19 GMT ]

Australia stayed silent about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in exchange for its cooperation in cracking down on people-smuggling. [Full Story]

UN deferral must be used to make Sri Lanka war crimes report stronger
[ UCA News ] [ 23 Feb 2015 04:51 GMT ]

Politicians, journalists and civil society activists should take advantage of the less repressive environment to engage. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Promises of a new beginning - international cooperation is essential to ensure justice, accountability and an end to impunity
[ Amnesty International ] [ 22 Feb 2015 04:25 GMT ]

International expertise and technical assistance could help it to fulfil its reform agenda, particularly where truth seeking, reparation and justice are concerned. [Full Story]

2015 No Fire Zone Impact Distribution Project
[ KS ] [ 21 Feb 2015 12:21 GMT ]

Please support us with whatever you can afford. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan minister calls on poets to help unite a divided nation
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 21 Feb 2015 00:05 GMT ]

'The best way to have reconciliation is to meet the grievances that we have laid out explicitly and clearly and for which we are clamouring for 65 years,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Restoring balance
[ The Economist ] [ 20 Feb 2015 03:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's treatment of ethnic Tamils in its north had troubled many in India, especially Tamils. [Full Story]

Movie Review: 'No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka'
[ EOL ] [ 19 Feb 2015 04:50 GMT ]

Macrae told the audience that the situation in Sri Lanka is not over and nowhere near a resolution. [Full Story]

Opening up? Sri Lanka's new government confronts legacy of war
[ IRIN ] [ 18 Feb 2015 02:48 GMT ]

'For victims, civil society in Sri Lanka, and the international community to trust the [new] government it will need to fully cooperate with the UN Office. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party puts conditions to join unity govt
[ Global Times ] [ 17 Feb 2015 03:57 GMT ]

Only if the government can reach a solution to the Tamil issue, will we consider joining the proposed national government," [Full Story]

U.N. rights chief backs delay for Sri Lanka war crimes report
[ Reuters ] [ 16 Feb 2015 14:45 GMT ]

The United Nations estimated in 2011 that about 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final weeks of the civil war, which ended in 2009. [Full Story]

After decades, Sri Lanka war widows demand justice
[ Asia News] [ 16 Feb 2015 02:29 GMT ]

The signatories call on Sri Lankan authorities to set up an independent investigation to find the truth about past human rights violations, discover the fate of the "forgotten" victims of the civil war. [Full Story]

'Delhi must push Colombo on devolution'
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Feb 2015 03:07 GMT ]

There are similar constitutional arrangements in India, he said, adding that the countries needed to engage on the basis of an idea of shared sovereignty. [Full Story]

Sangam IV To Throw 10-day Treat for Tamil Lovers from February 13
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 14 Feb 2015 02:55 GMT ]

Today there is a need for Tamil renaissance that will lead to enlightened thinking which will have its impact among the Tamils across the world. [Full Story]

A time for healing
[ The Indian Express ] [ 13 Feb 2015 00:02 GMT ]

The new government has given indications that it will not be unresponsive to the concerns of the Tamils. [Full Story]

[ AFAR ] [ 12 Feb 2015 01:44 GMT ]

It's impossible to understand what it means to go north in Sri Lanka without a basic map of the fault lines that catalyzed the civil war. [Full Story]

Guns, war and a dove - Sri Lanka looks for a new life
[ Reuters ] [ 11 Feb 2015 02:22 GMT ]

The war, the book points out, was fuelled by a sense of fear among the Sinhalese of being captured by the Tamils one day. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Duty on War Crimes
[ The New York Times ] [ 10 Feb 2015 04:53 GMT ]

However noble its motives, the Sirisena government must deal with the legacy of the past. [Full Story]

Getting Real about Rights and Justice in Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 09 Feb 2015 03:05 GMT ]

Pursuing strategies that downplay Sri Lanka's burning need for justice and accountability are misguided. [Full Story]

Largest Tamil Cultural Festival Sangam-4 Begins on Feb 13 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
[ Sangam4 ] [ 08 Feb 2015 02:35 GMT ]

Sangam-4 is evolving as one of the major Tamil events spanning over ten days in TamilNadu capital Chennai. [Full Story PDF]

Singapore to host annual conference on Tamil language
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 07 Feb 2015 04:32 GMT ]

A three-day conference on Tamil language computing and Tamil internet will be held in Singapore by the end of May. [Full Story]

Time to Heal Tamil Wounds in Sri Lanka
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 06 Feb 2015 03:17 GMT ]

The ethnic divide occurred when the Tamils felt that their language, culture and identity would not survive. [Full Story]

Acts Of Betrayal That Broke The Letter & Spirit Of Independence
[ CT ] [ 05 Feb 2015 02:08 GMT ]

The rich heritage of the Tamils and proof of their origins had to be said to make it absolutely clear they were not minorities but were a Nation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's new president vows reconciliation
[ UCA News ] [ 04 Feb 2015 04:55 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), attended the national day celebrations for the first time in decades. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must address its past before it can move on
[ UCA News ] [ 03 Feb 2015 04:54 GMT ]

If the UN undertakes an inquiry, the ultimate agenda is only to facilitate peace. [Full Story]

16,000 SL refugee kids born in India stateless
[ The Times of India ] [ 02 Feb 2015 02:08 GMT ]

They do not have Sri Lankan citizenship and enjoy a mere refugee status. [Full Story]

Genocide occurs when 'warning signs' ignored - UN
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 Feb 2015 01:01 GMT ]

The killing of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka at the end of the armed conflict in 2009, was the "failure of the international community". [Full Story]

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