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Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 26 Feb 2017 02:07 GMT ]

Local families which were displaced several times in the course of the 30-year war and which had suffered losses of life and property especially in the last brutal phase of Eelam War IV, should be helped first. [Full Story]

Are Tamil leaders losing patience?
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Feb 2017 01:24 GMT ]

The tone and content of his address, moving an adjournment motion, signalled a possible shift in the Tamil leader's engagement with the government. [Full Story]

A Ramayana told through Ravana's eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka's war-affected women
[ Scroll ] [ 24 Feb 2017 00:08 GMT ]

In Sri Lanka, both during the civil war and thereafter, women have been affected in myriad ways, yet their perspectives, pain and fears find little expression in either the media or the arts. [Full Story]

How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses
[ BBC ] [ 23 Feb 2017 03:25 GMT ]

Dated more than 2000 years ago, it evolved from the devotional canon of hymns and verses set to tune as musical prayer offerings in temples across southern states. [Full Story]

India Could Do More for Sri Lanka's Tamils
[ The Diplomat ] [ 22 Feb 2017 05:37 GMT ]

There are now numerous concerns regarding Sri Lanka's sincerity vis-à-vis its transitional justice commitments. [Full Story]

Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Feb 2017 03:01 GMT ]

International participation is necessary due to lack of faith in the government to ensure accountability. [Full Story]

Foreign judges must oversee treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka: HRW
[ Special Broadcasting Service ] [ 20 Feb 2017 00:05 GMT ]

It's crucial that Sri Lanka employ foreign judges and prosecutors to ensure justice when bringing to trial those responsible for crimes against humanity during the country's civil war. [Full Story]

Tales of the bizarre 'captivity' of 100 Tamil Nadu lawmakers
[ BBC ] [ 19 Feb 2017 02:19 GMT ]

Lawmakers in India have been corralled into hotels and guest houses by their camp leaders to stop them from defecting. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's constitution making process is in the doldrums
[ The New Indian Express] [ 18 Feb 2017 02:44 GMT ]

Samaraweera said that priority will be given to drafting a new constitution because the new constitution will be the ultimate guarantor of equality, justice, and non-recurrences of the ugly inter-ethnic incidents of the past. [Full Story]

Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 17 Feb 2017 04:14 GMT ]

The obligation to prevent torture is that of the state; if they don’t tackle institutional reform and security sector reform seriously then the international community must start to put them on terms.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation: official
[ AFP ] [ 16 Feb 2017 00:08 GMT ]

At least 100,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives during the conflict that saw horrific abuses. [Full Story]

Onus on Turnbull to Remember Sri Lanka’s Victims
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 15 Feb 2017 01:57 GMT ]

Foreign judges and prosecutors can play a significant role in ensuring independence and impartiality in accountability mechanisms for wartime abuses. [Full Story]

A Former President Dismisses Accountability in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 14 Feb 2017 01:59 GMT ]

None of Sri Lanka's four proposed transitional justice mechanisms (a truth commission, a judicial mechanism, and offices to handle reparations and disappearances) are operational. [Full Story]

Treasures of the Indus - Of Gods and Men
[ BBC iPlayer ] [ 13 Feb 2017 01:02 GMT ]

In a journey across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Sona Datta traces the development of the Hindu religion from its origins as an amalgamation of local faith traditions to its dominant position today. [Full Story]

Lankan Tamils want a political settlement
[ Daily News & Analysis ] [ 12 Feb 2017 02:25 GMT ]

Wigneswaran alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena had misled the opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan by not settling the Tamil question as pledged by him in 2016. [Full Story]

No Escape For Traumatized Pakistani Refugees In Sri Lanka
[ Worldcrunch ] [ 11 Feb 2017 04:44 GMT ]

Marginalized and persecuted for their faith, minorities such as Christians, flee to countries like Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan war survivors urge U.N. to push for speedy justice for abuses
[ Thomson Reuters Foundation ] [ 10 Feb 2017 15:15 GMT ]

Giving more time to the government is not necessary... The U.N. should pressurise for an immediate solution to the problem of missing people.' [Full Story]

Broken Promise: An evaluation of the government of Sri Lanka’s commitments for achieving justice and reconciliation
[ The Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 09 Feb 2017 15:06 GMT ]

An overview of progress by the government of Sri Lanka in implementing its commitments for achieving justice and reconciliation under UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. [Full Story PDF]

Zeid expresses concern at Sri Lanka's slow progress on accountability
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 Feb 2017 01:05 GMT ]

An oral update to the Human Rights Council took place in June 2016, while a comprehensive report and discussion is to take place in March 2017. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Uprooted Tamils confront structural genocide
[ The Greenleft ] [ 07 Feb 2017 03:22 GMT ]

“They are asking us to wait. We are not prepared to wait anymore.” [Full Story]

The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet
[ The Age ] [ 06 Feb 2017 05:45 GMT ]

There were strong and sustained calls from the international community for crimes amounting to genocide to be investigated by an international tribunal, preferably the UN. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Transition to Nowhere
[ The Diplomat ] [ 05 Feb 2017 02:12 GMT ]

Time may be running out for meaningful reforms, and transitional justice remains just out of reach. [Full Story]

Maithripala Sirisena And Sri Lanka's False Dawn
[ Forbes ] [ 04 Feb 2017 00:33 GMT ]

The transitional justice process has been marred by opacity, an absence of leadership, a lack of inclusivity and a reneging of previous commitments pertaining to robust international participation. [Full Story]

Tamil Question: No Heroes, No Traitors
[ CT ] [ 03 Feb 2017 02:01 GMT ]

The fact of the matter is that under various guises the Sinhalese elites have refused to share power with the principal ethnic minority, the Tamils. [Full Story]

National Question and grievances faced by a minority
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 02 Feb 2017 03:49 GMT ]

In the aftermath of the armed conflict there are in the Northern Province approximately 50,000 women who have been widowed and who are now the breadwinners of their families. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister says Jaffna will be developed as a 'regional airport'
[ New Indian Express ] [ 01 Feb 2017 02:55 GMT ]

He said that his government believes in developing the country through FDIs and not loans. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 31 Jan 2017 00:03 GMT ]

Until parents, wives, siblings, and children know the truth about the fate of a missing family member, they can find it almost impossible to seek justice and reparation for crimes they have suffered. [Full Report PDF]

Sri Lanka: 'Thirteenth (13th) Amendment no solution to our problem'
[ SL Guardian ] [ 30 Jan 2017 01:39 GMT ]

'We propose the giving of practical self government, give economic and political rights to the individual in the first instance. [Full Story]

Wigneswaran calls on Sri Lanka to de-proscribe Tamil diaspora groups
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 Jan 2017 02:50 GMT ]

The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council called on the Sri Lankan government to lift the ban on all Tamil diaspora groups, in order to 'make use of their talents and wealth for our betterment'. [Full Story]

Switzerland 'wrongly exposed Tamil asylum seeker to torture'
[ Swiss Info ] [ 28 Jan 2017 01:35 GMT ]

Around 50,000 people from Sri Lanka live in Switzerland, mostly Tamils, who fled the island's 30-year civil war [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Justice is paramount
[ SL Guardian ] [ 27 Jan 2017 03:11 GMT ]

With a backlog of over 100,000 alleged enforced disappearances since the late 1980s, there is no shortage of examples of frustrated justice. [Full Story]

Why did no one see the bull hit?
[ The Tribune ] [ 26 Jan 2017 04:28 GMT ]

Many believe that one of the images unearthed during excavations of the Indus Valley civilization is an image of a person fighting a bull during Jallikattu. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Amnesty International hosts 'Memory and Justice' - day of activities and poetry book launch
[ Amnesty International ] [ 25 Jan 2017 05:44 GMT ]

Some estimates have put the total number of people who have been subject to enforced disappearances at up to 100,000 people. [Full Story]

USTPAC Calls for Autonomous NorthEast Region for Tamils Within Sri Lanka
[ PRNewswire ] [ 24 Jan 2017 14:01 GMT ]

The Tamil Diaspora came into existence as a direct result of violence against the Tamils often carried out with the complicity of the Sri Lankan state. [Full Story]

Jallikattu: New Tamil Nadu bill backs India bullfights
[ BBC ] [ 23 Jan 2017 14:45 GMT ]

Demonstrators have been calling for the practice to be fully re-legalised. [Full Story]

The Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka
[ SL Guardian ] [ 22 Jan 2017 00:44 GMT ]

We are convinced and we recognize clearly, that societies that avoid looking at the past, fail to build sustainable peace. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka braces for trouble ahead
[ The Manila Times ] [ 21 Jan 2017 15:02 GMT ]

Signs of growing grassroots opposition to the central government are cropping up in Tamil areas, mostly in response to the enduring presence of Sri Lankan forces there and their continued occupation of land. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: TNA threatens to quit constitution process if terms not met
[ The Indian Express ] [ 20 Jan 2017 02:02 GMT ]

We have a mandate from the people for a federal Constitution with the merger of North and East to resolve the National question. [Full Story]

SLR 300 million Indian Grant to Construct 3000 Rain Water Harvesting Systems
[ HCI ] [ 19 Jan 2017 04:32 GMT ]

The project envisages construction of 3000 rainwater harvesting systems for 3000 households in selected divisions of Jaffna District. [Full Story]

Jallikattu: Thousands protest at India bullfighting ban
[ BBC ] [ 18 Jan 2017 18:12 GMT ]

It is more than 2,000 years old and considered to be one of the oldest sports still practised in the modern era. [Full Story]

Listen To Justin Trudeau Speak Tamil To Celebrate Canada's Diversity
[ Huffington Post ] [ 17 Jan 2017 17:06 GMT ]

Canada's House of Commons voted in 2016 to recognize every January as Tamil Heritage Month. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies
[ LBO ] [ 16 Jan 2017 00:02 GMT ]

Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit. [Full Story]

Challenging Sri Lanka's Sixth Amendment
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 15 Jan 2017 02:42 GMT ]

This campaign can been seen as part of a global effort to strengthen democracy. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice
[ Amnesty International ] [ 14 Jan 2017 02:55 GMT ]

'If the government wants to show its commitment to justice for thousands of families who have seen their loved ones killed or disappeared it needs to pay stronger attention to the CTF's recommendations.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Troubling Quest for Justice
[ The Diplomat ] [ 13 Jan 2017 04:43 GMT ]

If the coalition government is going to reconsider its deeply flawed approach, it would need to move quickly and decisively. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force's Justice Proposals
[ Human Right Watch ] [ 12 Jan 2017 01:55 GMT ]

The government should recognize that its commitments were not only to concerned governments in Geneva, but to its own citizens seeking justice and reconciliation after a terrible war.' [Full Story]

Time for a political solution
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 Jan 2017 01:00 GMT ]

For lakhs of Tamils still struggling to rebuild their lives since the island's brutal war that ended seven years ago, the wait has been long and painful. [Full Story]

TNA to support Sri Lanka's constitution-making despite internal dissent
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 10 Jan 2017 03:09 GMT ]

The TNA leadership believes that the present government will not totally disregard its commitments to the UNHRC. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken
[ Scroll ] [ 09 Jan 2017 20:49 GMT ]

Schedules are impossible to pin down and government commitment is lacking. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, the Wounds of War Are Healing
[ Stratfor ] [ 08 Jan 2017 22:59 GMT ]

The country 'needs to rebuild not only its infrastructure but also people's hearts and minds.' [Full Story]

EU team on fact finding visit
[ CT ] [ 07 Jan 2017 01:22 GMT ]

'Right along the EU had been insisting the Lanka addresses human rights issues. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka divided as panel backs foreign judges to probe war crimes
[ Reuters ] [ 06 Jan 2017 04:18 GMT ]

The Consultation Task Force (CTF)said foreign involvement was needed because of a lack of confidence in the local judiciary, which it said did not have the expertise and capacity to prosecute war crimes. [Full Story]

Canadian Minister praises Tamils in message marking Tamil Heritage Month
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Jan 2017 02:10 GMT ]

'The Tamil language is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and we are enriched by Tamil-Canadian contributions to every aspect of our society-arts and culture in particular.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Make hay while the sun shines
[ SL Guardian ] [ 04 Jan 2017 00:08 GMT ]

Only a fundamental shift in every one's thinking could lead the nation in the right direction. [Full Story]

Federalism addresses minority rights: Prof. R. Sivachandran
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 03 Jan 2017 00:34 GMT ]

The politicians and leading personalities in the civil society should explain to the people how ethnic problems have been solved in developed and under-developed countries after devastating wars. [Full Story]

Raviraj murder: Acquittal raises credibility concerns
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 Jan 2017 01:09 GMT ]

Some see the recent outcome as a reflection of an apparent ethnic bias against the Tamils in the justice system. [Full Story]

Happy New Year, Mr. President Elect Trump, and Help SL Tamils with Two Important Things in 2017, Says Tamils for Trump
[ Tamils for Trump ] [ 01 Jan 2017 00:17 GMT ]

'The New Year is a time of hope and renewal. [Full Story]

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