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The creation of an independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam remains the only viable option to lead a life with security, dignity and equality, both individually and collectively.

"There are legitimate issues raised by the Tamil community and they have a legitimate desire to control their own lives, to rule their own destinies, and to govern themselves in their homeland.''

U.S. Assistant Secretary of
State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher

Have No Fear !

Those who would deny the Tamils their rights use the language of terrorism to demonise and discredit our legitimate grievances

Sri Lanka
"Indeed, it is an enduring scandal that there have been virtually no convictions of government officials for killing Tamils, and many Tamils doubt that the rule of law will protect their lives."

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Tamil Declaration for Self Determination
Vaddukoddai Resolution-1976

Tamil Eelam
Demand in International Law

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  :: News
Shock and Joy in Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 31 Jan 2015 02:56 GMT ]

The biggest challenge will be reconciliation with the minorities and resolving the Tamil national issue. [Full Story]

A Chance for Justice in Sri Lanka?
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 30 Jan 2015 00:07 GMT ]

Accountability for atrocities committed in Sri Lanka can offer the country a chance to heal. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa Legacy of Abuse
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 29 Jan 2015 04:55 GMT ]

The short-term gains of undermining core values of freedom and non-discrimination are rarely worth the long-term price. [Full Story]

No to Federal System Setback for Tamils
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 28 Jan 2015 03:41 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance has expressed its willingness to negotiate a political settlement, he said. [Full Story]

Canadian Tamil Congress 8th Annual Thai Pongal Dinner
[ CTC ] [ 27 Jan 2015 00:05 GMT ]

The Tamil calendar month of thai, or January, is heralded as the coming of new beginnings. [Video]

USTPAC Urges President Obama to Continue Leadership on Accountability in Sri Lanka
[ PR Newswire ] [ 26 Jan 2015 00:12 GMT ]

US and India must lead mediating power sharing for durable solution to the ethnic conflict. [Full Story]

Consolidating post-election gains in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Jan 2015 03:41 GMT ]

Tamils in the north are saying that they have heard it before and will believe it only when implemented. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's new government and the possibility of justice
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 24 Jan 2015 00:02 GMT ]

The scars from the conflict are still raw, and any attempt by the new government to unreasonably bury the past would not be acceptable. [Full Story]

[ GV ] [ 23 Jan 2015 04:47 GMT ]

The wise thing to do is not scoff and boycott, but to engage and consolidate small gains step by step. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas rainbow revolution
[ The Hindu ] [ 22 Jan 2015 05:01 GMT ]

Our vision for Sri Lanka is one of post-war unity, and this means appealing to the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens in the North and East. [Full Story]

TN parties hail Sri Lanka's announcement on 13th Amendment
[ Zee News ] [ 21 Jan 2015 04:44 GMT ]

DMK and several other parties in Tamil Nadu Wednesday welcomed the announcement. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and the rest of the world - Beyond the rainbow revolution
[ The Economist ] [ 20 Jan 2015 00:15 GMT ]

Its long civil war, which only ended in 2009, drew scrutiny from distant powers, notably from North America and Europe, which are home to large Tamil diaspora. [Full Story]

On train to once-forbidden Jaffna, a wipe, a swipe & the hope of a soldier scarred by war
[ The Telegraph India ] [ 19 Jan 2015 02:01 GMT ]

"I have hope," she said. [Full Story]

Pope in Sri Lanka: Mary forgave her sons killers at the foot of his cross
[ CNS ] [ 18 Jan 2015 02:05 GMT ]

She wants to guide Sri Lankans to greater reconciliation, so that the balm of Gods pardon and mercy may bring true healing to all. [Full Story]

New Crossroad?
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Jan 2015 03:55 GMT ]

The return of normalcy to the Tamil areas and a political solution to the Tamil question, will be determined entirely by international pressure. [Full Story]

A New Era in Sri Lankas Politics?
[ IDSA ] [ 16 Jan 2015 02:27 GMT ]

The unfettering of democracy would work to the advantage of all the stakeholders with an interest in fostering a multi-ethnic and plural polity and maintaining democratic stability. [Full Story]

Can the unknown angel deliver?
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Jan 2015 04:48 GMT ]

The international community will and should continue to pressure for accountability for the unspeakable atrocities during the war: brutal murders, rapes and killing of innocent civilians. [Full Story]

The civil war that 'tore open heart' of Sri Lanka - Pope
[ Channel 4 ] [ 14 Jan 2015 08:55 GMT ]

Pope Francis visits a former war zone in northern Sri Lanka, preaching forgiveness. [Full Story]

Pope Francis lands in Sri Lanka, urges investigation into Tamil war
[ Christian Today ] [ 13 Jan 2015 03:49 GMT ]

"The process of healing also needs to include the pursuit of truth, not for the sake of opening old wounds, but rather as a necessary means of promoting justice, healing and unity," he said. [Full Story]

For Sri Lanka, Pope's visit solidifies peace after brutal civil war
[ CNA ] [ 12 Jan 2015 01:23 GMT ]

Pope Francis has always been a person who represents peace and reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to probe alleged coup attempt by ex-president Rajapaksa
[ The Times of India ] [ 11 Jan 2015 17:55 GMT ]

Rajapaksa had made an attempt to deploy the army and police to stop the counting of votes when initial results showed he was heading for defeat. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas new president promises no more abductions, no more censorship
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 11 Jan 2015 03:25 GMT ]

An adamant refusal to act on reconciliation with the Tamil minority and growing sectarian violence denied Rajapaksa votes among other constituencies. [Full Story]

Tamils booted out Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka
[ Economy Lead ] [ 10 Jan 2015 15:41 GMT ]

The outcome of the presidential election can only reinforce the ethnic differences that still plague Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Inside Story - New era for Sri Lanka?
[ Aljazeera ] [ 10 Jan 2015 00:58 GMT ]

But does this mark the beginning of a new political era for Sri Lanka? Or is the new man too closely associated with the old guard? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's new president - An unknown angel
[ The Economist ] [ 09 Jan 2015 10:01 GMT ]

The victory of Mr Sirisena is also one for democracy. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Test for triumphalism
[ Financial Times UK ] [ 08 Jan 2015 03:34 GMT ]

Tamil parties talk of a post-election civil disobedience campaign. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's election could change everything... and nothing
[ Channel4 ] [ 07 Jan 2015 15:15 GMT ]

Some observers fear that the demise of his regime could also take the pressure off in the international campaign for truth, justice and accountability over the crimes at the end of the war. [Full Story]

Hope and fear battle for supremacy in Sri Lankas presidential election campaign
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 07 Jan 2015 04:58 GMT ]

Whoever wins will face the challenge of mending a polity in urgent need of being brought together. This is true not just of Colombos politics but also with respect to the many legitimate demands of Sri Lankas beleaguered Tamil community that remain to be addressed. [Full Story]

Postwar Sri Lankas Awkward Peace
[ The New York Times ] [ 06 Jan 2015 02:55 GMT ]

Thousands of civilians had died there, trapped between the government and the rebels during the last, flattening assaults of the war, but there is no memorial for them. [Full Story]

Tamils Caught Between The Devil & The Deep Sea
[ SG ] [ 05 Jan 2015 09:59 GMT ]

The Sinhala polity has never treated the Tamils as equals and they need a permanent solution to their post colonial problems. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas Violent Buddhists
[ The New York Times ] [ 04 Jan 2015 00:25 GMT ]

If it continues unchecked, Sri Lanka will face more instability, ethnic polarization and suppression of dissent. [Full Story]

Diaspora split on the Tamil vote
[ CG ] [ 03 Jan 2015 01:11 GMT ]

Changing the nature of the state, not just a change in government, is the viable path to genuine democracy and permanent peace in the island. [Full Story]

Last days of the Raj?
[ The Economist ] [ 02 Jan 2015 02:25 GMT ]

Electing Mr Sirisena may also be the only way of saving Sri Lankan democracy. [Full Story]

Statement by TNA on upcoming Presidential election
[ TNA ] [ 01 Jan 2015 00:01 GMT ]

The experience of our people has been that the struggle for democracy over dictatorship is inextricably linked to the pursuit of our most cherished values: equality, justice, dignity and freedom. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas Electoral Dysfunction
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 31 Dec 2014 00:05 GMT ]

The island nations upcoming election could be a choice between two oppressors. [Full Story]

2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: how Aceh recovered, and Sri Lanka declined
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 30 Dec 2014 00:03 GMT ]

In one, these pressures highlighted differences, drove opposing sides apart and ultimately led to a further human catastrophe; in the other it pushed opposing sides to seek compromise. [Full Story]

China,Sri Lanka to expand investment through 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative
[ Global Post ] [ 29 Dec 2014 01:11 GMT ]

China,Sri Lanka to expand investment through 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative. [Full Story]

The heart of Jaffna Tamil community
[ The Star ] [ 28 Dec 2014 00:25 GMT ]

They sweated blood to build these establishments to preserve their culture and heritage, [Full Story]

Sri Lanka think tank calls for a genuine truth seeking mechanism
[ The Economic Times ] [ 27 Dec 2014 02:28 GMT ]

The Commission while holding public sittings in the former conflict zones have received nearly 20,000 complaints of missing persons. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka, the tsunami and the evolution of disaster response
[ IRIN ] [ 26 Dec 2014 04:59 GMT ]

Within a year of the tsunami, the government and LTTE camps had polarized further, which had a direct impact on how aid was allowed to be distributed. [Full Story]

Economy, tolerance and reconciliation on minds of Sri Lankan voters
[ KSA ] [ 25 Dec 2014 02:27 GMT ]

"The Tamil community has yet to receive what was promised to them," [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 24 Dec 2014 01:58 GMT ]

Sirisena cannot win without substantial Tamil votes. [Full Story]

Will Tamils see any justice from UNHRC in March?
[ PressTV ] [ 23 Dec 2014 02:25 GMT ]

This conflict of war crimes, needs to be viewed for what it is, an attempt by Sri Lanka's top political leaders to eradicate a race of people. [Full Story]

Breaking the Silence Journal: Kings College London
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Dec 2014 03:41 GMT ]

Kings College London held its annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition on the November 20, to raise awareness among fellow students. [Full Story]

Tamil Catholics call for end to 'untouchable' discrimination
[ UCANews ] [ 21 Dec 2014 01:55 GMT ]

A group of Tamil Catholics belonging to several dalit organizations and a Tamil political party called for Vatican intervention. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka think tank calls for a genuine truth seeking mechanism
[ The Economics Times ] [ 20 Dec 2014 02:14 GMT ]

The Commission, operating under the Commissions of Inquiry apparatus, is structurally flawed, given its dependence on the Executive for appointments, financing and follow up action. [Full Story]

How Caste Plays a Role in Indias Biggest Classical Music Festival
[ The Wall Street Journal ] [ 19 Dec 2014 05:07 GMT ]

One of the worlds biggest and longest festivals of classical music and dance begins in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty international ] [ 18 Dec 2014 04:28 GMT ]

Victims of crimes under international law have not received truth, justice and reparation. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan election The tighter the race, the more violent it threatens to be
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 17 Dec 2014 03:57 GMT ]

Tamils have suffered heavily from Sri Lankas excessive concentration of power and lack of independent checks on executive power, and they would benefit from the democratic reforms the opposition is proposing. [Full Story]

A Chance to Close Sri Lankas One-Family Show
[ The Wall Street Journal ] [ 16 Dec 2014 00:02 GMT ]

The military presence remains oppressive, especially in the north. [Full Story]

Tamil man returns home after 25 years in detention
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Dec 2014 01:54 GMT ]

Following his arrest, Vairavanathan was held in a detention camp in Hambantota for 25 years without being charged. [Full Story]

Book review: Sri Lanka's Secrets
[ Brisbane Times ] [ 14 Dec 2014 03:38 GMT ]

Initial discrimination in work and educational environments, following independence from the British in 1948, eventually led to state-sanctioned persecution culminating in violent attacks against Tamils. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 13 Dec 2014 01:50 GMT ]

There is absolutely no trust between the central government and the Tamil community. [Full Story]

Vaiko Calls on EU, Bats for Referendum in Lanka
[ Outlook India ] [ 12 Dec 2014 02:07 GMT ]

"The help and contribution of European Union countries in holding a referendum on the Tamils issue in Sri Lanka is very essential," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Release or Charge Human Rights Activist Balendran Jeyakumary
[ Amnesty International ] [ 11 Dec 2014 03:26 GMT ]

A prominent Sri Lankan human rights activist, has been detained since March 13, 2014 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 10 Dec 2014 02:18 GMT ]

Whoever wins in January, issues of devolution of power, accountability and reconciliation, and of the equal status of Tamils and Muslims in a Sinhala majority state, will remain contentious [Full Story]

Vaiko exit from NDA shows BJP's cultural nationalism a dud in Tamil Nadu
[ First Post ] [ 09 Dec 2014 04:55 GMT ]

If the BJP doesnt devise a unique strategy, that is distinctively different from its policy on Gita, Sanskrit and Sri Lanka, its revival in Tamil Nadu is likely to be a non-starter. [Full Story]

Sizing up the Sri Lankan strife
[ The Express Tribune ] [ 08 Dec 2014 00:01 GMT ]

The face of Sri Lanka, with all its natural beauty and jovial people, seems like the face of Da Vincis Mona Lisa half-smiling, half-troubled. [Full Story]

Tamil issues remain unaddressed in Lanka election: TNA
[ Business Standard ] [ 07 Dec 2014 04:33 GMT ]

"Tamils are facing various issues. There are hundreds of people who still can't go back to their own lands because Army is occupying them". [Full Story]

S African Tamils Slap War Crime Charges Against Lankan General
[ Outlook ] [ 06 Dec 2014 02:02 GMT ]

We are surprised at the ease of allowing a war criminal into the country," the statement said. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas Next Step
[ The Wall Street Journal ] [ 05 Dec 2014 04:52 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has yet to heal from a civil war that cost more than 80,000 lives. [Full Story]

Appeal from a Sri Lankan Catholic to Pope Francis: 'Please dont come'
[ UCANews ] [ 04 Dec 2014 01:41 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is a country where even a Catholic priest can disappear for writing a letter to the pope. [Full Story]

Rights of minorities in South Asia
[ TC ] [ 03 Dec 2014 04:35 GMT ]

Sri Lankan population consists of 72% of Sinhalese, 12%-13% of Tamils, 8% of Muslims and Indian Tamils for plantations around 7%. [Full Story]

A legacy for generations
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 02 Dec 2014 03:57 GMT ]

The Tamil homeland remains under military occupation, Tamils continue to face the threat of rape, disappearance, torture and death by the state and the Tamil nation lacks any meaningful autonomy. [Full Story]

U of T prof was admired for compassion, academic contributions
[ Toronto Star ] [ 01 Dec 2014 02:14 GMT ]

Chelva Kanaganayakam, a Tamil Canadian who taught English at the University of Toronto, leaves a legacy of life-changing courses and important contributions to Tamil poetry translation. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 30 Nov 2014 01:35 GMT ]

The United Nations, including the Human Rights Council, must be attentive to this risk and be prepared to assert its authority to prevent further violence and to respond robustly to violence if it occurs. [Full Story]

A fault in his stars?
[ The Economist ] [ 29 Nov 2014 00:47 GMT ]

Mahinda Rajapaksa expected a coronation. Instead he faces a tricky election. [Full Story]

British lawmakers urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if UN probe not given access
[ Reuters ] [ 28 Nov 2014 02:29 GMT ]

The United Nations has estimated about 40,000 civilians were killed in the final weeks of the 26-year conflict. [Full Story]

Claims that sri lanka tourism covers for military takeover
[ TM ] [ 27 Nov 2014 03:11 GMT ]

Tourism to Sri Lanka is being used as cover for the military's takeover of civilian life in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Pope Francis hits out at 'bureaucratic' Europe
[ BBC ] [ 26 Nov 2014 02:45 GMT ]

He praised the EU for its commitment to human rights. [Full Story]

[ EINNews ] [ 25 Nov 2014 04:38 GMT ]

In short, the Tamils very right to life, and their right to existence, are in danger. [Full Story]

A rough journey for refugees in Malaysia
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 24 Nov 2014 03:09 GMT ]

Refugees are not allowed to attend Malaysian schools - practical advice, and emotional support. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, a priest who protected thousands
[ UCANews ] [ 23 Nov 2014 02:55 GMT ]

Key defender of human rights lauded for work during civil war. [Full Story]

Clinging to power in Sri Lanka?
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 22 Nov 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Opponents accuse him of changing the constitution so he can hang on to power, and creating a family dynasty. [Full Story]

The ghosts of the colonial past
[ The Hindu ] [ 21 Nov 2014 04:42 GMT ]

The plantation Tamils are trapped in a spot where the only reality appears to be consistent exclusion. [Full Story]

U.N. Rights Chief Says Sri Lanka Is Obstructing War Crimes Inquiry
[ The New York Times ] [ 20 Nov 2014 01:05 GMT ]

Why would governments with nothing to hide go to such extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's civil war Giving voice to the voiceless
[ The Economist ] [ 19 Nov 2014 00:02 GMT ]

The accounts of ordinary people caught up in the same horrendous conflict, which killed up to 100,000 people, are not usually heard. [Full Story]

Sri Lankas rogue regime under the scanner of Malaysian MPs
[ The Weekend Leader ] [ 18 Nov 2014 00:47 GMT ]

The MPs expressed concern on the issue of land grab by the Sri Lankan State in Tamil areas. [Full Story]

The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War
[ Amazon ] [ 17 Nov 2014 02:17 GMT ]

More than a million had been displaced by the conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 16 Nov 2014 03:57 GMT ]

Much will depend on how the genuine grievances of the minority Tamil community are addressed, and not swept under the carpet. [Full Story]

[ War on the Rocks ] [ 15 Nov 2014 01:15 GMT ]

If allowed to continue will likely augur a return to more extensive ethnic violence further down the road. [Full Story]

An appeal to Indias conscience
[ The Hindu ] [ 14 Nov 2014 00:29 GMT ]

Mr. Wigneswarans lecture marks the first articulation from a public platform in Chennai on the plight of Tamils by a legitimately elected leader of the community in the last 25 years. [Full Story]

Book reviews: The Best Music Writing Under the Australian Sun, The Coral Battleground, Sri Lanka's Secrets:
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 13 Nov 2014 02:41 GMT ]

As Australians, we are implicated in the ongoing atrocities because our Prime Minister condones the torture of Sri Lankan citizens. [Full Story]

Commonwealth fabricates genocidal history
[ TamilNet ] [ 12 Nov 2014 02:01 GMT ]

The page is a good example for how the Eezham Tamils and their posterity (if it wants to remain as Eezham Tamils) would be looked at and treated under a single State in the island. [Full Story]

UN rights body seeks entry to Sri Lanka despite government's refusal
[ The Economic Times ] [ 11 Nov 2014 03:20 GMT ]

They will help independent verification throughout the investigation to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged violations, abuses and crimes by both parties. [Full Story]

On Safeguarding Security And Sovereignty
[ CT ] [ 10 Nov 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty and in the final analysis, its only keepers are the people. [Full Story]

State violence in Sri Lanka continues: CM Wigneswaran
[ Business Standard ] [ 09 Nov 2014 04:39 GMT ]

Militarisation of North in Lanka took place to "maintain a stranglehold" over Tamils. [Full Story]

UN blasts Sri Lanka for sabotaging war crimes inquiry
[ Reuters ] [ 08 Nov 2014 00:01 GMT ]

A wall of fear has been created that has undoubtedly served to deter people from submitting evidence, Zeid said. [Full Story]

[ Transparency International Secretariat ] [ 07 Nov 2014 00:04 GMT ]

The role of civil society is to hold those in power to account and to do this it must be allowed to function free from intimidation. [Full Story]

Navy to commemorate Tamil King Rajendra Chola's 1000th-year of coronation
[ The Economic Times ] [ 06 Nov 2014 04:28 GMT ]

The achievements of the Chola Navy, whose ships have sailed and conquered lands in South-East Asia, which is present day Java, Sumatra and Malay Peninsula. [Full Story]

Cosmetic Fixes: Sri Lankas Poor Progress on Human Rights
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 05 Nov 2014 00:03 GMT ]

The past five years have proven that Sri Lankas domestic institutions are still not capable of adhering to acceptable standards of governance, accurately accounting for the past or punishing perpetrators for their crimes. [Full Story]

Impeding justice
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 Nov 2014 00:45 GMT ]

Five years ago the government sought to ban international actors from the battlefied as it systematically herded and slaughtered Tamils in their tens of thousands. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Activists petition parliament on Day of the Disappeared
[ Amnesty International ] [ 03 Nov 2014 01:56 GMT ]

The actual number of disappeared is much higher with at least 30,000 cases alleged up to 1994 and many thousands reported after that. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka, "premeditated" death sentence for five Indian fishermen
[ Asia News ] [ 02 Nov 2014 02:33 GMT ]

The ruling "is the result of the ongoing dispute between India and Sri Lanka". [Full Story]

[ EIN News ] [ 01 Nov 2014 00:02 GMT ]

This sorrowful event also demonstrates the urgent need for uplifting of the living conditions of hill country Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN review highlights ongoing human rights abuse and impunity
[ Amnesty International ] [ 31 Oct 2014 05:45 GMT ]

The Committee also expressed concern over Sri Lanka's failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of human rights violations. [Full Story]

Hundreds missing after Sri Lanka mudslides
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 30 Oct 2014 02:30 GMT ]

The victims were tea plantation workers and their families. [Full Story]

Reynaldo Bignone: Argentina ex-ruler gets fresh sentence
[ BBC ] [ 29 Oct 2014 01:14 GMT ]

The 86-year-old is already in jail serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: No.2 in enforced disappearances
[ Pearl ] [ 28 Oct 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka ranks second in the world with the highest number of disappearances, just behind Iraq. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's recovery: Are new roads the way forward?
[ BBC ] [ 27 Oct 2014 01:55 GMT ]

They highlight the people in the former conflict-affected areas still living in temporary housing - and those still waiting for the wounds of war to heal. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka revisited: The whitewashing of a war crime by corporate lobbyists
[ The Independent UK ] [ 26 Oct 2014 02:33 GMT ]

The development comes as Sri Lanka is being investigated by a UN team. [Full Story]

Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture
[ The Age ] [ 25 Oct 2014 01:05 GMT ]

The detail in this book is shocking, the descriptions of torture and casual brutality hellish. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 24 Oct 2014 01:26 GMT ]

No country has a greater stake than India in ending the legal and political discrimination against Tamil-origin Sri Lankans because of the resonance of their concerns, especially in Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

Tamil Canadians Saddened by the Ottawa Attack
[ CTC ] [ 23 Oct 2014 02:01 GMT ]

Tamil Canadians stand in solidarity with all other Canadians as we deal with this despicable act. [Full Story]

Restoring train to Jaffna isn't enough
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 22 Oct 2014 00:05 GMT ]

The Tamil demand for greater devolution of power remains unfulfilled. [Full Story]

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained
[ Reuters ] [ 21 Oct 2014 03:58 GMT ]

Behind the gleaming bridges, roads, schools and hospitals lie allegations of violations against Tamils by government forces, ranging from land grabs and intimidation to abduction and rape. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka calls early presidential elections
[ BBC ] [ 20 Oct 2014 02:28 GMT ]

Sri Lankan MPs voted to approve constitutional amendments allowing Mr Rajapaksa to seek an unlimited number of presidential terms. [Full Story]

Review: 'This Land Belongs to the Army'
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 19 Oct 2014 03:47 GMT ]

The documentary is an important contribution to the documenting of the ongoing violence against the Tamil nation in Sri Lanka, particularly providing photographic evidence of militarisation and land grabs. [Full Story]

Red card to Sri Lanka: European Commission announces severe fishing trade sanctions
[ Greenpeace ] [ 18 Oct 2014 01:34 GMT ]

Greenpeace welcomed today's announcement by the European Commission that it will take a tougher stance against the government of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Death threats en masse for Sri Lankan journalists
[ UCANews ] [ 17 Oct 2014 02:25 GMT ]

According to the Free Media Movement more than 50 journalists have been forced to flee the country during the last 25 years, while more than 80 journalists, staffers or owners of media organizations have been murdered. [Full Story]

EU court overturns Tamil Tiger sanctions but maintains asset freeze
[ Reuters ] [ 16 Oct 2014 04:55 GMT ]

European Union judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions against the Tamil Tigers that were imposed by the EU. [Full Story]

Reconnecting Sri Lanka's north - Slow train through Jaffna
[ The Economist ] [ 15 Oct 2014 02:14 GMT ]

In a strange twist, foreigners were banned from travelling north, on the grounds that they might 'threaten national security'. [Full Story]

Fears for refugees as Sri Lanka rejects bid to halt deportations
[ UCA News ] [ 14 Oct 2014 02:01 GMT ]

UN rights experts criticized Sri Lanka for deporting asylum seekers without properly assessing their claims. [Full Story]

The Scottish independence referendum and its relevance to Sri Lanka
[ The News Hub ] [ 13 Oct 2014 00:55 GMT ]

If a referendum was held in North Sri Lanka in 1955, 99% of Northerners would have voted in favour of separation. [Full Story]

Call for Submissions: OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka
[ United Nations Human Rights Council ] [ 12 Oct 2014 01:01 GMT ]

The OISL will not make final judgments as to criminal guilt; rather, it would make an assessment of possible suspects that may pave the way for future criminal investigations. Submissions must be made by 30 October 2014. [Full Story]

Reynaldo Bignone: Argentina ex-ruler gets fresh sentence
[ BBC ] [ 11 Oct 2014 00:04 GMT ]

The 86-year-old is already in jail serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka before UN Human Rights Committee this week
[ Just Security ] [ 10 Oct 2014 00:09 GMT ]

The issue of accountability, particularly in the context of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's decades-long civil war, has come under continuing international scrutiny. [Full Story]

Buddhist hardliners reject federal solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic issues
[ Shanghai Daily ] [ 09 Oct 2014 02:55 GMT ]

An organization of Buddhist hardliners in Sri Lanka has rejected a federal solution to the country's long running ethnic problems. [Full Story]

[ UN Human Rights ] [ 08 Oct 2014 03:33 GMT ]

The Human Rights Committee will hold its one hundred and twelfth session in Geneva from 7 to 31 October during which it will review the reports of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN review highlights empty rights promises
[ Amnesty International ] [ 07 Oct 2014 04:29 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community. [Full Story]

[ Freedom from Torture ] [ 06 Oct 2014 02:12 GMT ]

Freedom from Torture is calling on Sri Lanka to allow free and unfettered access to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as a matter of urgency. [Full Story]

UK Ministers and MPs rally behind Tamil calls for justice
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Oct 2014 01:45 GMT ]

British government ministers and Members of Parliament voiced their support for the Tamil community in the United Kingdom and backed calls for justice for the Tamil people. [Full Story]

Diaspora backs Jayalalithaa
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 Oct 2014 02:07 GMT ]

The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa might be the victim of a malicious prosecution. [Full Story]

U.S. position on Sri Lanka
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 03 Oct 2014 03:39 GMT ]

The Secretary, in no uncertain terms, made clear to the president that Sri Lanka needed to take meaningful steps to act like a country that is no longer at war and instead is now building a future that includes all of its citizens. [Full Story]

Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister
[ The Huffington Post UK ] [ 02 Oct 2014 03:50 GMT ]

The world failed to act with sufficient speed and seriousness to stop the massacres during the war. Is it about to fail again? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Leading Tamil party gives ultimatum for power-sharing deal
[ WSWS ] [ 01 Oct 2014 01:41 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's Tamil elite, have set a January deadline for the government to offer a power-sharing deal. [Full Story]

News from Jaffna
[ Aljazeera ] [ 30 Sep 2014 03:58 GMT ]

A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists - Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Timing of Jayalalithaa case targets Dravidian polity
[ Tamilnet ] [ 29 Sep 2014 01:23 GMT ]

The recent judicial moves against Dravidian leaders have a larger and more insidious agenda. [Full Story]

UN Human Rights Council: General Debate on Sri Lanka and South Sudan
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Sep 2014 03:14 GMT ]

We urge the government of Sri Lanka to rethink its approach and cooperate fully with the OHCHR investigation, the best hope for justice for Sri Lanka's war victims. [Full Story]

OHCHR wants accountability in Lanka
[ CG ] [ 27 Sep 2014 02:08 GMT ]

The High Commissioner firmly believes that a more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past and ongoing violations. [Full Story]

British Airways to end flights to Sri Lanka
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 26 Sep 2014 03:49 GMT ]

Holiday accommodation built on the site of Sri Lanka's 'killing fields' was last years described as 'tasteless war tourism'. [Full Story]

Recognise Tamil right to self-determination, Tamils tell Labour Party
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Sep 2014 01:55 GMT ]

A host of prominent Labour MPs and local politicians pledged their support to the Tamil cause. [Full Story]

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city - The Lost Hindu Empire of Cambodia
[ BBC ] [ 24 Sep 2014 00:02 GMT ]

The empire was founded in the early 9th Century by a great king, Jayavarman II. [Full Story]
The first inscriptions found on temple walls, dating back to 5th century, resembled the script used by Pallavas of South India. [Related Story I]
Elements of Indian (Tamil) culture was interwoven with Cambodian culture that lasted for over a 1000 years. [Related Story II]

Dealing with devolution
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Sep 2014 03:51 GMT ]

With no usable leverages, India may have to live with 13A minus police powers. [Full Story]

Pope Francis calls on Muslims to condemn extremists who 'pervert' religion to justify violence
[ National Post ] [ 22 Sep 2014 00:02 GMT ]

'Let no one consider themselves to be the 'armor' of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!' Francis said [Full Story]

Global observer needed for talks with Sri Lanka, says Sampanthan
[ Hindu ] [ 21 Sep 2014 03:12 GMT ]

He reiterated his party's position that negotiations should be on the basis of recognition that the Tamils have the right to self determination. [Full Story]

Renewing resolve
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 20 Sep 2014 01:01 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has systematically sought to criminalise NGOs and activists. [Full Story]

Loss of life in Sri Lanka conflict could have been averted: US
[ PTI ] [ 19 Sep 2014 03:41 GMT ]

The US said a delayed response by the international community resulted in decaying human rights situations in those countries. [Full Story]

Follow UK's Example and Hold That Referendum On Independence In The NorthEast
[ CT ] [ 18 Sep 2014 02:55 GMT ]

Why Sri Lanka can't follow UK's example and hold that referendum on independence in the NorthEast and Let the People Decide. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka signs on to China's maritime 'Silk Road'
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 17 Sep 2014 03:05 GMT ]

'The people are clueless. [Full Story]

2009 was a genocide says former UK home secretary
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Sep 2014 02:42 GMT ]

Mr Blunkett said he 'believed genocide had taken place on the island of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 15 Sep 2014 03:35 GMT ]

In the 21st century global and regional contexts, it's too much for India and its southern neighbours to expect the US to stay away from the region, militarily. [Full Story]

[ The United Nations Office at Geneva ] [ 14 Sep 2014 01:49 GMT ]

I attach great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by this Council, on which Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights will report later in the session. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka profile: A chronology of key events
[ BBC ] [ 13 Sep 2014 02:00 GMT ]

Third century BC - Beginning of Tamil migration from India. [Full Story]

Ethnic discrimination in Sri Lanka
[ Khaleej Times ] [ 12 Sep 2014 01:44 GMT ]

It is indeed a tragedy that the entire world has conveniently forgotten about the massacre of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil party threatens agitation
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 Sep 2014 04:54 GMT ]

The announcement was made at the party's recent 15th national convention held in Vavuniya. [Full Story]

Vavuniya: relatives of missing people want the government to stop atrocities
[ Asia News ] [ 10 Sep 2014 03:27 GMT ]

Relatives of people who went missing during and after the civil war want the government of Sri Lanka to stop atrocities against the Tamils and tell the truth about missing people. [Full Story]

Ambassador Keith Harper Press Statement: Opening Day of the 26th Human Rights Council
[ Mission of the USA to the United Nations ] [ 09 Sep 2014 02:59 GMT ]

The Human Rights Council is a critical venue for addressing some of the most persistent threats to human rights around the world. [Full Story]

Geneva human rights meet today
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 08 Sep 2014 03:01 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has announced it would not cooperate. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Ensure security detainees are charged or released
[ Amnesty International USA ] [ 07 Sep 2014 02:55 GMT ]

Several years after the end of the war in Sri Lanka, hundreds of people are languishing in prison without charge or trial under the country's repressive anti-terrorism laws. [Full Story]

U.N. failed to protect civilians during Sri Lanka's bloody war end, says report
[ Reuters ] [ 06 Sep 2014 03:37 GMT ]

The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect Sri Lankan civilians caught up in the final phases. [Full Story]

NATO summit: Pugnacious Putin provides new purpose for alliance
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 05 Sep 2014 02:22 GMT ]

“In some ways, NATO should thank Vladimir Putin because it was really searching for its purpose. [Full Story]

Tamil Solidarity Day - building unity to fight oppression
[ The Socialist ] [ 04 Sep 2014 01:45 GMT ]

Tamil Solidarity Day is a day to build bridges between different communities and their struggles. [Full Story]

Army presence unsettles Tamils
[ The Hindu ] [ 03 Sep 2014 03:51 GMT ]

The Chief Ministers elected by the people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces have no powers now. [Full Story]

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War
[ NPR ] [ 02 Sep 2014 01:07 GMT ]

But what happens post-war. [Full Story]

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
[ UN Human Rights ] [ 01 Sep 2014 02:44 GMT ]

States must urgently address the anguish of the relatives of the disappeared and reinvigorate their investigations into cases of disappearances. [Full Story]

Today's Sangam explores grief, trauma and exile
[ THE TIMES OF INDIA ] [ 31 Aug 2014 01:55 GMT ]

Murder, death and ruins dominate the imagery in most of the works of poets writing in from Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

UN's Navi Pillay: they called me a lunatic - video
[ Channel 4 ] [ 30 Aug 2014 00:55 GMT ]

She tried to ensure the UN did all it could to save lives around the world. [Full Story]

'Soft Stance against SL Not Good for India'
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 29 Aug 2014 01:35 GMT ]

Manmohan Singh government did not respect the sentiments of Tamils and Congress has lost deposits. [Full Story]

Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Aug 2014 04:12 GMT ]

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the government to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas. [Full Story]

Rights groups demand protection for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses
[ AFP ] [ 27 Aug 2014 04:52 GMT ]

Six organisations in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators. [Full Story]

Pope to visit and bless Tamils on Sri Lanka visit
[ UCANews ] [ 26 Aug 2014 04:47 GMT ]

Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu and will thus be the first Pope in history to set foot in a territory where most inhabitants are Tamil. [Full Story]

A Letter to Pope Francis
[ TWG ] [ 25 Aug 2014 01:40 GMT ]

We sincerely hope it will also include an open visit to the war ravaged northern Sri Lanka and one which will be free of any attempt to muzzle the local people's access to you. [Full Story PDF]

Tamils in Sri Lanka Must Get Dignity, Justice: India
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 25 Aug 2014 01:11 GMT ]

The delegation, led by veteran Tamil politician R. Sampanthan, made a detailed presentation on the political situation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Intransigence
[ The New York Times ] [ 24 Aug 2014 03:09 GMT ]

If Mr. Rajapaksa's goal is truly, as he claims, truth, justice and reconciliation, he should cooperate with the investigation. [Full Story]

Human rights chief Pillay criticises UN Security Council
[ BBC ] [ 23 Aug 2014 00:04 GMT ]

She said the Council too often lacked the resolve to end conflicts. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka minorities hit by economic hardship
[ Aljazeera ] [ 22 Aug 2014 00:58 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's sectarian divisions are having an economic impact on its minority citizens. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 21 Aug 2014 03:50 GMT ]

All of them were silent on the subject which had serious implications for Tamil speaking people living outside India. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka visa ban won't stop UN inquiry - Navi Pillay
[ BBC ] [ 20 Aug 2014 00:45 GMT ]

One UN report published three years ago said around 40,000 Tamil civilians died in the final weeks of the conflict, largely as a result of government shelling. [Full Story]

Call for Submissions: OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka
[ United Nations Human Rights Council ] [ 19 Aug 2014 00:01 GMT ]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka. Submissions must be made by 30 October 2014. [Full Story]

India-Sri Lanka Relations And China: Q & A
[ Sri Lanka Guardian ] [ 18 Aug 2014 03:05 GMT ]

It provided a fillip for anti-Sri Lanka lobbies in Tamil Nadu to gain strength. [Full Story]

Spreading an Ancient Palette in Dimensions Seen and Unseen
[ The New York Times ] [ 17 Aug 2014 01:57 GMT ]

It can be a beautiful shock to feel the invigorating intensity with which the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam brings all those dimensions keenly to life. [Full Story]

Book Review: Sri Lanka - Genocide & War Crimes
[ Sri Lanka Guardian ] [ 16 Aug 2014 02:34 GMT ]

State sovereignty implies responsibility to protect, not to kill. [Full Story]

UN says Sri Lanka is violating refugee laws
[ Aljazeera ] [ 15 Aug 2014 00:22 GMT ]

The UN refugee agency has accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to force out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing. [Full Story]

Tribute To Navi Pillay From Sri Lankan Activist
[ Sri Lanka Guardian ] [ 14 Aug 2014 02:07 GMT ]

Navi Pillay is a hero of our times. [Full Story]

The nowhere people
[ The Hindu ] [ 13 Aug 2014 01:25 GMT ]

The refugees have not had access to legal aid,. [Full Story]

Hidden from view, Sri Lanka is trampling over the rights of its Tamil population
[ The Independent UK ] [ 12 Aug 2014 00:11 GMT ]

The government can do what it likes to the Tamil population in the north. [Full Story]

UN rights body seeks entry to Lanka despite Govt's refusal
[ PTI ] [ 11 Aug 2014 00:25 GMT ]

The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was empowered by the UNHRC resolution late March to carry out an independent investigation into alleged rights abuses. [Full Story]

Tamil asylum seekers: 80% reported showing signs of torture and trauma
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 10 Aug 2014 02:25 GMT ]

'It seems more [about] the government finding an excuse to keep politicians, advocates and lawyers out of detention centres than it is about the genuine issues facing people inside,' [Full Story]

Losing Battles but Winning Wars: How the Sri Lankan Government is Crushing Dissent
[ International Policy Digest ] [ 09 Aug 2014 05:40 GMT ]

These actions gained them considerable ground in their long term objectives of pacifying the Tamil majority areas of Sri Lanka by force, silencing internal dissent, and building a lasting regime. [Full Story]

Beaten and spied on, asylum seekers reveal oppression of being returned
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 08 Aug 2014 00:45 GMT ]

The cycle will continue interminably 'criminalised by Sri Lanka for fleeing, and then again by Australia for seeking refuge. [Full Story]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge leaders jailed for life
[ BBC ] [ 07 Aug 2014 07:59 GMT ]

Two top Khmer Rouge leaders have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's accountability crisis
[ Open Democracy ] [ 06 Aug 2014 00:04 GMT ]

It is necessary that all allegations of serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law are credibly investigated, and systematic patterns of abuse exposed. [Full Story]

Michele Sison in New York, Sri Lanka issues get solid grounding in UN
[ AT ] [ 05 Aug 2014 01:08 GMT ]

It is well known that she was heavily influenced by the US non-action during the Rwanda Genocide in 1998. [Full Story]

Turmoil in Parliament over 'derogatory' article against Jayalalithaa
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 Aug 2014 04:55 GMT ]

AIADMK members in both Houses disrupting the proceedings seeking a statement from the Government. [Full Story]

Navi Pillay: Speaking truth to power
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 03 Aug 2014 02:25 GMT ]

From Syria and Iraq, to Sri Lanka, Egypt, Ukraine and Gaza and Israel - accusations abound that human rights are violated. [Full Story]

We can act together to stop the violence in Gaza
[ CAFOD ] [ 02 Aug 2014 03:09 GMT ]

The UK government can and should do more to secure a lasting ceasefire and push for long-term measures to end the suffering of both Palestinians and Israelis. [Full Story]

Conflicted UN struggles in global peace efforts
[ BBC ] [ 01 Aug 2014 03:50 GMT ]

The body designed to resolve and mediate them looked so thoroughly incapable of doing so. [Full Story]

Black July in Sri Lanka, Yesterday and Today
[ Digital Journal ] [ 31 July 2014 02:14 GMT ]

'Tamil lands are expropriated, Tamils are denied the right to mourn their dead. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: International Religious Freedom Report for 2013
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 30 July 2014 01:48 GMT ]

There was an overall decrease in societal respect for religious freedom, as Buddhist nationalist groups led campaigns targeting Muslims and Christians. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: China gets land for 'defence'
[ Green Left ] [ 29 July 2014 02:50 GMT ]

China has an advantage over the US in making agreements with Sri Lanka, as China does not talk about human rights. [Full Story]

Culture causerati forget a 1000yr milestone
[ The Telegraph ] [ 28 July 2014 04:56 GMT ]

Rajendra Chola I, whose empire stretched from Bengal to India's southern tip, covered the whole of Sri Lanka and extended up to Indonesia. [Full Story]

Australia to move detained asylum group onshore
[ BBC ] [ 27 July 2014 03:25 GMT ]

Rights groups say Tamils can still face intimidation and violence in Sri Lanka, five years after the end of the civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's NGO Clampdown
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 26 July 2014 01:54 GMT ]

Talking about what actually happened during the end of the war would be extremely difficult and even dangerous. [Full Story]

Bishop of Mannar: Pope Francis' visit, a consolation for victims of war
[ Asia News ] [ 25 July 2014 02:22 GMT ]

He will also meet the survivors of the civil war, to listen to their painful testimonies and pray with and for them. [Full Story]

Deep scars and delicate prose: Romesh Gunesekera's Sri Lanka
[ The Spectator ] [ 24 July 2014 04:44 GMT ]

Sometimes he encounters signs of hope. [Full Story]

Apart from the Games, what does the Commonwealth do?
[ The Independent UK ] [ 23 July 2014 03:44 GMT ]

The Commonwealth has been accused of failing to see its members uphold its basic principles. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 22 July 2014 01:25 GMT ]

U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright had stated that the least the U.S. could do for the Eelam Tamils was to grant them the right of “remedial sovereignty” [Full Story]

When it comes to persecution, we've given Sri Lanka plenty of help
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 21 July 2014 00:17 GMT ]

At the very least, we should call for rights to be recognised and improved in foreign lands and at home. [Full Story]

This Divided Island; Stories From The Sri Lankan War
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 20 July 2014 02:17 GMT ]

A community that feels insecure about its past and its future in its own country. [Full Story]

Jaffna: government erodes freedom and dignity of Tamil people
[ Asia News ] [ 19 July 2014 04:56 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan army has only 200 thousand soldiers, of which 150 thousand deployed in the north. [Full Story]

World leaders demand answers after airliner downed over Ukraine with 298 dead
[ Reuters ] [ 18 July 2014 12:17 GMT ]

'The external aggression against Ukraine is not just our problem but a threat to European and global security,' he said. [Full Story]

International community must not forget Sri Lanka
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 17 July 2014 03:48 GMT ]

Sustained international engagement is more needed than ever. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Downward Spiral
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 16 July 2014 02:14 GMT ]

The international community's failure to intervene in a host of global hot spots has had devastating consequences. [Full Story]

Australian government blocked over Tamil asylum seekers
[ Channel 4 ] [ 15 July 2014 03:44 GMT ]

The United Nations is currently investigating alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Civil activities and freedoms curbed, five years after Sri Lanka's civil war
[ Radio Australia ] [ 14 July 2014 02:05 GMT ]

This is due to a near collapse of the rule of law and ongoing militarisation in the former war zones. [Full Story]

Hundreds of Tamils Have Simply Vanished on the Perilous Sea Voyage to Australia
[ TIME ] [ 13 July 2014 01:19 GMT ]

800 asylum seekers men, women and children have set off for Australia in the past three years and have simply never been heard from again. [Full Story]

Australian minister whitewashes Sri Lankan repression
[ WSWS ] [ 12 July 2014 05:28 GMT ]

This bipartisan whitewashing of the Sri Lankan government flies in the face of all the evidence that the persecution of Tamils and Muslims is worsening, not lessening. [Full Story]

The Rise of Buddhist Nationalism in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 11 July 2014 00:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka should concentrate on nation-building and reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka tells NGOs to keep quiet
[ Aljazeera ] [ 10 July 2014 03:35 GMT ]

'They need to deal with the investigation by the U.N., deal with the core issues and not come to the NGOs with vengeance,' [Full Story]

Australia: Handover of Sri Lankan asylum seekers a dangerous precedent
[ Amnesty International ] [ 09 July 2014 02:49 GMT ]

'Australia stands alone in failing to recognise the ongoing human rights violations taking place in Sri Lanka,' Graeme McGregor added. [Full Story]

Fear of Sri Lankan security forces still drives Tamils into exile, advocates say
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 08 July 2014 00:51 GMT ]

'There is a lot of fear and uncertainty. [Full Story]

Handing over Tamils to the state they fled breaks international law
[ The Conversation Trust ] [ 07 July 2014 02:07 GMT ]

Given the continuing allegations of the torture of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Australia may be in violation of its obligation to protect at least some of the asylum seekers from torture. [Full Story]

Tamil woman raped by Sri Lankan soldiers to be deported
[ Channel 4 ] [ 06 July 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Weeks after William Hague's summit on sexual violence in conflict, the British government is to deport a Tamil woman back to Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka: Paradise lost
[ The Economist ] [ 05 July 2014 02:14 GMT ]

It would violate international laws and principles that restrain countries from forcibly returning asylum-seekers to places where they could face persecution. [Full Story]

UN: 'profound concern' at Australia's handling of Tamil asylum seekers
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 04 July 2014 03:08 GMT ]

UNHCR says any forced return of asylum seekers would be inconsistent with 'fundamental refugee protection principles'. [Full Story]

Sending asylum seekers to Sri Lanka 'risks flagrant violation of convention'
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 03 July 2014 02:22 GMT ]

'For asylum seekers, this is a matter of life and death, particularly in Sri Lanka which has a long history of political violence on a scale unimaginable to Australians.' [Full Story]

Reconciliation elusive on the ground
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 July 2014 01:41 GMT ]

The war is over, but the conflict is not.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must end media restrictions to facilitate reconciliation
[ Committee to Protect Journalists ] [ 01 July 2014 02:50 GMT ]

It must be a free and safe undertaking for journalists seeking to promote reconciliation. [Full Story]

New UN rights probe intensifies pressure on SLanka
[ AP ] [ 30 June 2014 04:57 GMT ]

Kohona distanced himself from earlier comments, now saying he doesn't personally know what happened. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Refugees returned from Malaysia at grave risk
[ Aliran ] [ 29 June 2014 02:45 GMT ]

The return to Sri Lanka of three at-risk Tamils violates Malaysia's international obligations, says Human Rights Watch. [Full Story]

[ Right Now ] [ 28 June 2014 02:02 GMT ]

War-weary citizens are eager to see some economic benefits and most tourists are oblivious to the history of the war and beaches of Mullaitivu where tens of thousands died. [Full Story]

Amnesty International India welcomes establishment of Sri Lanka war crimes investigation
[ Amnesty International ] [ 27 June 2014 00:54 GMT ]

Victims in Sri Lanka have bravely shared testimony and have high expectations that the inquiry will galvanise the international community to take action. [Full Story]

Three international experts tapped to assist with UN-mandated Sri Lanka conflict probe
[ UN News Centre ] [ 26 June 2014 02:05 GMT ]

'Each of them brings not only great experience and expertise, but the highest standards of integrity, independence, impartiality and objectivity to this task,' she added. [Full Story]

Modi's Sweet and Spicy Sri Lanka Strategy
[ The Diplomat ] [ 25 June 2014 03:41 GMT ]

The AIADMK is the third largest party in the Lok Sabha, the lower house, and its views will need to be taken into account. [Full Story]

On Universal Human Rights: Navi Pillay, Prince Zeid, and Keeping a Strong Voice at the United Nations
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 24 June 2014 02:04 GMT ]

Thank Navi Pillay for her strong voice and support for human rights for all peoples as well as wishing the next High Commissioner the very best. [Full Story]

Who is behind Sri Lanka's religious violence?
[ Aljazeera ] [ 23 June 2014 01:46 GMT ]

So, will further violence be averted? Or could Sri Lanka slip into another civil war? [Full Story]

U.N. Reports Sharp Increase in Refugees as Civil Wars Cripple Nations
[ The New York Times ] [ 22 June 2014 01:36 GMT ]

It is the war in Syria that most dramatically illustrates how quickly a country's fate can be upended by civil war. [Full Story]

Dispatches: 40,000 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Is No Model for Nigeria
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 June 2014 00:28 GMT ]

Replicating Sri Lanka's lawless approach to counterinsurgency would further endanger a civilian population. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Justice Key to End Anti-Muslim Violence
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 20 June 2014 02:47 GMT ]

'The Rajapaksa government has long been ineffectual in holding those responsible for abuses to account,' Adams said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Parliament votes against UN-led probe
[ Global Post ] [ 19 June 2014 00:02 GMT ]

The UN-led investigation into the war in Sri Lanka will begin this month and the investigation team will be operational for a period of 10 months. [Full Story]

General Assembly confirms Jordan's Prince Zeid as new UN human rights chief
[ UN News Centre ] [ 18 June 2014 01:11 GMT ]

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the UN Charter and in international human rights laws and treaties. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka riots: One killed as Buddhists target Muslims
[ BBC ] [ 17 June 2014 11:55 GMT ]

The outbreak of sectarian violence is Sri Lanka's worst in years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Pillay alarmed by intercommunal violence, calls for end to hate speech
[ Office of the HC for Human Rights ] [ 17 June 2014 03:44 GMT ]

The Human Rights Council in March 2014 expressed its alarm at the significant surge in attacks against members of religious minority groups in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Advocating A Different Political Project
[ Asian Human Rights Commission ] [ 16 June 2014 00:08 GMT ]

The exploitation, and ultimate destroying, by the political elite of popular movements formed by survivors of political violence from the North to the South is an important core point of this socio-political exploration. [Full Story]

UN inquiry team on Sri Lanka war crime named
[ Aljazeera ] [ 15 June 2014 01:35 GMT ]

The investigation that is expected to be in operation for a 10-month period, beginning in mid-June 2014 and end in mid-April 2015. [Full Story]

Pope voices fears over Scottish independence
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 14 June 2014 00:27 GMT ]

The break-up of Yugoslavia was justifiable because the cultures that made up that country were so diverse. [Full Story]

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 13 June 2014 02:47 GMT ]

Pledge follows allegations UK is sending back Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been abused by security forces. [Full Story]

One Sri Lankan Tamil's testimony: beaten, branded, suffocated and raped
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 12 June 2014 00:17 GMT ]

A Tamil from Sri Lanka, is facing deportation from the UK for the second time in two years. [Full Story]

Time To Act on Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 11 June 2014 00:55 GMT ]

Why has the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict forgotten the Sri Lankan survivors? [Full Story]

Sexual violence in war: Jolie opens summit in London
[ BBC ] [ 10 June 2014 17:09 GMT ]

Sexual violence was systematically being used as a weapon of war in the 20th and 21st Centuries. [Full Story]

[ Eurasia Review ] [ 09 June 2014 01:19 GMT ]

New Delhi had timidly let Colombo, for instance, wave the Pakistan or the China flag every now and then as a way of 'warning' India. [Full Story]

The perils of peacekeeping
[ UCA News ] [ 08 June 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Making peace is not just a question of political parleying, it's very much a matter of healing souls and bodies. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka again rejects devolving police powers to ease tension with Tamils
[ Reuters ] [ 07 June 2014 00:41 GMT ]

Sri Lanka agreed with India in 1987 to devolve powers. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: The Island of mass graves
[ Asian Human Rights Commission ] [ 06 June 2014 01:50 GMT ]

The country is ignoring calls for an independent and credible investigation into alleged wartime atrocities. [Full Story]

Lord Naseby has misled the Lords over Sri Lanka. He must withdraw his allegations
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 05 June 2014 00:18 GMT ]

Unfortunately Lord Naseby has failed to be accurate in his recent attack on Channel 4's harrowing documentaries. [Full Story]

Jayalalithaa takes firm stand on Sri Lankan Tamil issue
[ Times of India ] [ 04 June 2014 02:14 GMT ]

She said the resolution should demand a referendum among the Tamils in Sri Lanka for the formation of a separate Tamil Eelam. [Full Story]

In the north, Tamils defy government to remember Fr Sara, who died during the Civil War
[ Asia News ] [ 03 June 2014 02:11 GMT ]

Exhausted by weeks without food or water, he died helping his community move away from a no fire zone. [Full Story]

UN drafts probe team for Lanka
[ Daily FT ] [ 02 June 2014 03:39 GMT ]

The UN team probing major human rights abuses by both sides during the last seven years of the Sri Lankan war will comprise at least 13 members. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan film, With You Without You, to open in India
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 01 June 2014 00:44 GMT ]

Easy to label the work political, With You, Without You goes far deeper than the mere repercussions of the war. [Full Story]

Sadness and fear: what the drawings by children in detention showed us
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 31 May 2014 01:52 GMT ]

Detention has been shown to be harmful for children in Australia and in many other countries. [Full Story]

Slice of Lankan life
[ Financial Chronicle ] [ 30 May 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Gives you a insights into the lives of poor Tamil estate workers unceremoniously packed off to India, uprooted from their soil, feeling the ground slip from beneath their feet. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Sifting the earth of the killing fields
[ The Economic Times ] [ 29 May 2014 03:55 GMT ]

As a responsible and emerging global power, India should own up to its responsibility and facilitate a UN-led independent probe into alleged war crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must repeal its dangerous terrorism law
[ UCA news ] [ 28 May 2014 03:47 GMT ]

The PTA is used to crack down on any activities construed to be anti-government. [Full Story]

Exclusive: Sri Lankan President set not to attend Glasgow 2014 after fears presence will overshadow Games
[ Inside the Games ] [ 27 May 2014 00:25 GMT ]

A potentially harmful diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014 is likely to be avoided. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Cheran - Poetry Postcards
[ BBC ] [ 26 May 2014 02:01 GMT ]

We look once more at our friends who were denied the peace of a painless death. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Youth Desperate for Change
[ IPS ] [ 25 May 2014 03:47 GMT ]

Mega development projects have failed to improve the lives of the local population, possibly due to lingering racial discrimination against the Tamil minority. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Judicial mind and judicial matters in Sri Lanka
[ Asian Human Rights Commission ] [ 24 May 2014 01:18 GMT ]

The failure of judicial institutions have enabled the entrenchment of state authoritarianism and the erosion of minority rights. [Full Story]

How young Sri Lankans see peace
[ IRIN ] [ 23 May 2014 02:05 GMT ]

There seems to be little space for opposing stories to be told or be heard.' [Full Story]

US Senate Resolution On Sri Lanka, 19 May 2014
[ Sri Lanka Guardian ] [ 22 May 2014 13:24 GMT ]

Whereas the people of Sri Lanka suffered greatly as a result of this conflict, the impact and aftermath of which has been felt especially by women, children, and families. [Full Story]

Island stories: A 300-mile trip across post-war Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 22 May 2014 02:45 GMT ]

These are the stories of the people he - BBC's Charles Haviland - met on the way. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Comply with Rights Council Investigation
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 May 2014 01:25 GMT ]

'This is the third council resolution on Sri Lanka in three years and reflects the impatience of the international community to see justice done,' Adams said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka 5 Years on: Beyond the Beach
[ Aljazeera ] [ 20 May 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka hovers between war and peace, as a profoundly traumatised population grapples with creeping militarisation, continuing ethnic divisions and a crackdown on dissent. [Full Story]

The Truth About Justice in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 19 May 2014 03:22 GMT ]

To ensure that genuine reconciliation happens in Sri Lanka, accountability, truth and justice are essential. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka blocks Tamil memorials amid war parade
[ BBC ] [ 18 May 2014 18:11 GMT ]

Security forces in the north surrounded party offices and religious sites, blocking memorial ceremonies for Tamils killed in the separatist war. [Full Story]

Five Years On Tamils Still Under Siege
[ CT ] [ 17 May 2014 04:44 GMT ]

Time not Ripe for Truth and Reconciliation, Rather for Justice and A Referendum on Eelam. [Full Story]

Tamils bank on Modi
[ The Hindu ] [ 16 May 2014 21:31 GMT ]

The TNA leadership seemed let down by the fact that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, contrary to speculation, would not be an ally at the Centre. [Full Story]

Live Election Results 2014 - South: Amma wave in Tamil Nadu
[ The Indian Express ] [ 16 May 2014 11:15 GMT ]

J Jayalalithaa's party could even emerge as the third biggest party in the country. [Full Story]

[ Newsweek ] [ 15 May 2014 02:55 GMT ]

It's been five years since the civil war in Sri Lanka was declared over. [Full Story]

Jaffna varsity teachers assert right to mourn
[ The Hindu ] [ 14 May 2014 03:09 GMT ]

'The Tamil people should have the freedom to mourn collectively the untimely death of a large number of members of their community whether or not the dead persons are members of their family,' [Full Story]

Pope to visit Sri Lanka in January, bishops say
[ Vatican Insider ] [ 13 May 2014 01:17 GMT ]

Meanwhile, the Tamil areas north and east of the island are still under military occupation, with over 300 thousand troops concentrated in a small geographical area: [Full Story]

TWG 10th Anniversary CJT Thamotheram Memorial Lecture I : The future of the Tamils
[ TWG ] [ 12 May 2014 03:23 GMT ]

If our future is guaranteed, and we are confident of it, we would not be today having this talk on the 'future of the Tamil people'. [Full Story PDF]

At Election Season's End, Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Forgotten Again
[ The New York Times ] [ 11 May 2014 01:12 GMT ]

Since India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, there is no structured route to citizenship for those who seek asylum. [Full Story]

A Letter to Pope Francis
[ TWG ] [ 10 May 2014 00:02 GMT ]

I wish to bring the fate of the downtrodden Tamils in Sri Lanka to your kind notice. [Full Story PDF]

Australia's asylum seeker obsession puts democracy at risk
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 09 May 2014 04:32 GMT ]

They have primary responsibility for a policy which treats people badly and illegally, both in terms of Australian domestic law and international law. [Full Story]

'Counter diaspora influence with strong domestic process': EU Ambassador
[ Daily FT ] [ 08 May 2014 02:14 GMT ]

The resolution in Geneva is obviously a very serious issue. It is an issue not to be underestimated or downplayed. [Full Story]

Pope reminds Sri Lankan bishops of urgency of reconciliation
[ The Tablet ] [ 07 May 2014 03:29 GMT ]

He warned that ethnic and religious tensions still split the country. [Full Story]

5 years today - IDP death toll rises, call for UN war crimes probe
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 May 2014 03:58 GMT ]

Members of the Tamil diaspora continued to protest and demand their governments to take action to stop further deaths of Tamil civilians. [Full Story]

Lankan Tamils Safer Abroad
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 05 May 2014 03:50 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora numbers more than one million spread across the globe. [Full Story]

TWG 10th Anniversary CJT Thamotheram Memorial Lecture II :
The future of the Tamils & The Challenge for the Tamil Diaspora

[ TWG ] [ 04 May 2014 02:41 GMT ]

An entire ethnic group, the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka are ceasing to exist as a people and are suffering indescribable misery. [Full Story PDF]

Pope: in Sri Lanka, 'much work needs to be done to promote reconciliation, to respect the human rights'
[ Asia News ] [ 03 May 2014 01:35 GMT ]

'Many have lost their employment and so families have been separated as spouses leave their homes to find work'. [Full Story]

Canada Concerned by Sri Lanka's Inclusion of Canadians on Terrorist List
[ Government of Canada ] [ 02 May 2014 00:07 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's action has no legal effect in Canada: it does not constrain the freedom of listed groups and individuals to lawfully express their views in Canada. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Annual Report 2013
[ International Federation of Red Cross ] [ 01 May 2014 03:15 GMT ]

The programme supports a number of community-led initiatives addressing various risks posed by natural and human-made hazards. [Full Story]

Enter South Africa?
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 Apr 2014 02:20 GMT ]

The government of Sri Lanka is not genuine in its attitude to find a political solution, and the talks about talks is just another diversionary tactic,' [Full Story]

Indian Ocean: The story of India's bid for regional leadership
[ Indian Council on Global Relations ] [ 29 Apr 2014 03:56 GMT ]

The following excerpt discusses India's intervention in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

TNA criticises ban on diaspora groups
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Apr 2014 03:41 GMT ]

Reform was needed not only to achieve ethnic peace. [Full Story]

Constitution bench to decide fate of Rajiv killers
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 27 Apr 2014 02:23 GMT ]

Supreme Court has tried to make it clear how both the state and central governments should share powers. [Full Story]

British tourist Naomi Coleman 'treated like a criminal' in Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 26 Apr 2014 02:50 GMT ]

Naomi Coleman said she had been forced to share a room with 60 women. [Full Story]

India elections: Tamil Nadu chief feeds goodwill with five-rupee meals
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 25 Apr 2014 01:38 GMT ]

State officials have described Jayalalithaa as 'incredibly tough' with 'superb political instincts'. [Full Story]

BBC correspondent denied visa and told to leave Sri Lanka
[ The Republic Square ] [ 24 Apr 2014 01:12 GMT ]

The move to deny the BBC correspondent a visa will both increase worries about the freedom of the press. [Full Story]

UN inquiry holds few terrors for a Sri Lanka used to impunity
[ SBS ] [ 23 Apr 2014 03:44 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s dismissive attitude to a long record of war crimes is more than just political arrogance. [Full Story]

Transcending Terror
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Apr 2014 02:27 GMT ]

Any remaining faint hopes of reconciliation, are made even more unlikely. [Full Story]

How strategic is Sri Lanka?
[ CNN ] [ 21 Apr 2014 01:12 GMT ]

In a world of maritime geopolitics, countries such as Oman and Sri Lanka emerge as strategic players. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice
[ The Huffington Post UK ] [ 20 Apr 2014 00:50 GMT ]

Most worrying is the rising frustration on the part of Tamils who can see no solution to the problems in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Reconciliation After War
[ The Platform ] [ 19 Apr 2014 01:12 GMT ]

It is important to uncover what truly occurred in the last days of the war. [Full Story]

Playing with fire
[ The Hindu ] [ 18 Apr 2014 00:55 GMT ]

A section from the Tamil epic 'Manimekhalai' is placed as a parallel of the 'Mullivaikkal' which evokes the actors to speak about the Sri Lanka episode. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Straining the Commonwealth
[ Huntington News ] [ 17 Apr 2014 02:08 GMT ]

This time the Sri Lankan government is refusing to co-operate with a UN-mandated investigation. [Full Story]

Inducing fear
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Apr 2014 01:14 GMT ]

As the international probe begins its work, escalation of state violence, as a means of repressing Tamil engagement with the probe, is inevitable. [Full Story]

Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
[ Government of Canada ] [ 15 Apr 2014 02:06 GMT ]

Canada believes that if the Commonwealth is to remain relevant it must stand in defence of the basic principles of freedom, democracy and respect for human dignity. [Full Story]

An Act to proclaim the month of January Tamil Heritage Month
[ Legislative Assembly of Ontario ] [ 14 Apr 2014 00:15 GMT ]

Tamil Canadians have overcome tremendous obstacles and have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario. [Full Story]

Hearing the silence
[ The Indian Express ] [ 13 Apr 2014 21:48 GMT ]

The Jewish minority was brutally attacked, interned and killed. [Full Story]

Controversial MP trip to Sri Lanka cancelled at 11th hour
[ Channel 4 ] [ 12 Apr 2014 01:28 GMT ]

An all-expenses-paid trip by five UK MPs and their partners, including business-class travel to and from Sri Lanka, is cancelled. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Country of Concern
[ UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office ] [ 11 Apr 2014 03:33 GMT ]

A resolution which establishes an international investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international law on both sides of the conflict, and calls on the Sri Lankan government to make progress on accountability, reconciliation and human rights. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka stance needs urgent rethink
[ The Herald ] [ 10 Apr 2014 00:50 GMT ]

Sri Lankan Tamils have almost universally made it clear that an honest account of what happened to civilians, along with a political solution, is the only way forward. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Displaced
[ The Diplomat ] [ 09 Apr 2014 03:55 GMT ]

Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka place their hopes in a recent UN resolution. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Asset Freeze Threatens Peaceful Dissent
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 Apr 2014 03:45 GMT ]

'The government is putting all Tamil activists at risk by delegitimizing the major Tamil organizations abroad,' Adams said. [Full Story]

Foreign Minister: Sri Lanka Won't Cooperate With UN War Crime Probe
[ Voice of America ] [ 08 Apr 2014 02:34 GMT ]

A U.N. panel has found credible evidence that around 40,000 mainly ethnic minority Tamil civilians were killed. [Full Story]

Still searching for justice: victims in Sri Lanka
[ Open Democracy ] [ 06 Apr 2014 01:25 GMT ]

For the victims and their families in Sri Lanka, the resolution passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council this week in Geneva offers the first glimmer of hope for truth, justice and reparation. [Full Story]

UN vote and reconciliation in Sri Lanka
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 06 Apr 2014 00:05 GMT ]

It will give hope to many who simply want to know the truth and who seek justice as citizens of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Critics question Sri Lanka's ban on Tamil exile groups
[ UCANews ] [ 05 Apr 2014 02:02 GMT ]

The ban may also be designed to make it more difficult for activists within Sri Lanka to gather and disseminate information about alleged war crimes and other human rights violations. [Full Story]

Post-conflict societies: To hell and back
[ The Economist ] [ 04 Apr 2014 04:56 GMT ]

Some societies manage to heal the deepest of wounds. [Full Story]

Groups warn of backlash as U.N. calls for probe into Sri Lanka civil war abuses
[ CNN ] [ 03 Apr 2014 03:55 GMT ]

The diaspora would likely have family members remaining in Sri Lanka who could be vulnerable to potential retribution. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Displaced in north long for home
[ BBC ] [ 02 Apr 2014 00:44 GMT ]

"Our mistake was being born to a Tamil mother." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council - Written statement to Parliament
[ Foreign & Commonwealth Office ] [ 01 Apr 2014 01:51 GMT ]

The United Kingdom will continue to work with the UN HRC and our international partners to ensure proper implementation of this resolution. [Full Story]

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