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The question remains as to whether Tamils will be brave and prepared to move on from the past violent years of suffering

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Sri Lanka
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Tamil Eelam
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  :: News
Pope Francis in Kenya at start of African tour
[ BBC ] [ 26 Nov 2015 00:02 GMT ]

Pope Francis: ''All men and women of good will are called to work for reconciliation and peace, forgiveness and healing'' [Full Story]

What Comes After Samantha Power's Sri Lanka Visit?
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 25 Nov 2015 14:51 GMT ]

If the Sirisena administration proves unwilling or unable to make tangible progress, then the need to pursue other avenues for justice and lasting peace only becomes more urgent. [Full Story]

US calls for support to Lanka's reconciliation efforts
[ Business Standard ] [ 24 Nov 2015 02:59 GMT ]

Lanka's main Tamil political party has accepted the government efforts to ensure reconciliation after three decades of ethnic war that claimed over 100,000 lives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka scales back list of banned pro-LTTE outfits
[ PTI ] [ 23 Nov 2015 03:41 GMT ]

Samaraweera said the previous government took the measure to “build up the hysteria about the LTTE regrouping” in the run up to the presidential election. [Full Story]

US Ambassador praises resilience of Tamil journalists
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Nov 2015 05:55 GMT ]

Pointing to a media worker who had been assaulted, she acknowledged the threats faced, “as this man’s body attests, because he bears the evidence of the sacrifices you all make for the good of your people”. [Full Story]

Dispatches: Sri Lanka Homecoming
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Nov 2015 04:09 GMT ]

“More than others, the Tamils know the trauma of war,” [Full Story]

Samantha Power Must Recalibrate Washington’s Sri Lanka Rhetoric
[ The Diplomat ] [ 20 Nov 2015 04:58 GMT ]

Power needs to speak clearly about the challenges ahead and the concerns regarding the new government’s performance. [Full Story]

UN experts demand action over suspected secret Sri Lankan prisons
[ The Express Tribune ] [ 19 Nov 2015 00:05 GMT ]

UN group said a local investigation probing allegations of thousands of disappearances at the end of the war was moving too slowly. [Full Story] [OHCHR Report]

Justice for a Sri Lankan Massacre
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 Nov 2015 01:11 GMT ]

The government should recognize that there can only be justice for the ACF killings if all those responsible – not just the low-ranking triggermen – are held to account. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: When loved ones are stolen can poetry repair the wound?
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 Nov 2015 04:09 GMT ]

More than 80,000 people disappeared in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

What's the Deal With Sri Lanka's Tamil Political Prisoners?
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 16 Nov 2015 02:34 GMT ]

Releasing Tamil political prisoners would build trust between the government and the Tamil community. [Full Story]

Samantha Power and US Sri Lanka Policy
[ The Diplomat ] [ 15 Nov 2015 01:15 GMT ]

It’s imperative that the administration make honest, accurate assessments about Sri Lanka’s progress. [Full Story]

Why Asian snack bar Hoppers is London’s best new restaurant
[ The Malay Mail ] [ 14 Nov 2015 03:01 GMT ]

Hoppers is a cramped little Soho café serving Tamil street food. [Full Story]

Life and Tamil despair in Sri Lanka’s refugee camps
[ Asia News ] [ 13 Nov 2015 01:24 GMT ]

All we want is to get out of the camps and go back to our villages. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka mourns activist monk
[ UCA News ] [ 12 Nov 2015 05:05 GMT ]

"The highest tribute we could pay … is to continue with his struggle to ensure that the qualities of honesty, transparency and justice are strongly entrenched in the public life of this country," [Full Story]

SL Govt. has no intention of eradicating the roots of Tamil existence
[ SL Guardian ] [ 11 Nov 2015 00:05 GMT ]

Only by addressing ourselves to the facts of the past, can we avoid a dark future and move towards a better future. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 10 Nov 2015 00:02 GMT ]

This important visit will raise the hopes of thousands of families of the disappeared that with the UN’s help they may finally discover the fates and whereabouts of their missing relatives and have the opportunity to pursue justice and reparation. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka’s Unexpected Political Opening Won’t Last Forever
[ The Diplomat ] [ 09 Nov 2015 05:09 GMT ]

Failing to recognize that transitional justice, including accountability (for wartime abuses), is an essential part of the government’s broader governance and institution-building agenda would be a significant mistake. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka prisoners to go on hunger strike if not freed
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 08 Nov 2015 04:22 GMT ]

More than two hundred Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka are threatening to begin an indefinite hunger strike on Sunday if they are not released. [Full Story]

Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have lost a future
[ The Weekend Leader ] [ 07 Nov 2015 03:33 GMT ]

'It's a bad proposition to urge the refugees to return to Sri Lanka without a political solution,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and the politics of justice
[ Open Democracy ] [ 06 Nov 2015 05:48 GMT ]

There are concrete things the Colombo government can do now. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's icon of colonial rule rises from the rubble
[ AFP ] [ 05 Nov 2015 02:48 GMT ]

When the Dutch and British ruled Sri Lanka in the 1600 and 1700s, the fortress was a sign of European military might in the Indian Ocean region. [Full Story]

Dispatches: Sri Lanka’s Army Plays by the Old Rules
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 04 Nov 2015 04:01 GMT ]

Not everyone has gotten the message that things have changed. The military needs to get the message. [Full Story]

How can Sri Lanka Demonstrate its Commitment to Peace?
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 03 Nov 2015 00:05 GMT ]

Demilitarization, returning more civilian land to its rightful owners and releasing (or at least bringing to trial) political prisoners are fundamental war-related issues and of utmost importance to the Tamil community. [Full Story]

Let's hope Sri Lanka regains its serendipity
[ The Straits Time ] [ 02 Nov 2015 00:25 GMT ]

Now, Sri Lanka has one more chance. Perhaps its last one. [Full Story]

No graves for Sri Lanka's disappeared
[ UCA News ] [ 01 Nov 2015 04:28 GMT ]

About 40,000 civilians died during the final days of that war. It was a period of unlawful killings, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and torture. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: A Ray of Hope for those Looking for War Missing
[ IPS ] [ 31 Oct 2015 02:55 GMT ]

“For a nation to heal we must know the truth, however difficult and uncomfortable it may be,” [Full Story]

REFUGEES - Now here and nowhere
[ Frontline ] [ 30 Oct 2015 05:17 GMT ]

As the debate rages on what constitutes conditions conducive to the return of the refugees, the life of the refugee continues to remain in limbo. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: emerald paradise with a dark interior
[ The Spectator ] [ 29 Oct 2015 03:00 GMT ]

A final reckoning and justice has yet to be delivered. [Full Story]

'The identity of Sri Lanka must be redefined'
[ SL Guardian ] [ 28 Oct 2015 04:15 GMT ]

We Tamils also demand an honest attempt at finding a political solution in addition to the reparations to those affected. Thereafter the reconciliation process can be realised. [Full Story]

Families urge Sri Lanka to release political prisoners
[ UCA News ] [ 27 Oct 2015 00:04 GMT ]

Minority Tamils say injustices continue long after civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka at a Crossroads
[ The Huffington Post UK ] [ 26 Oct 2015 00:47 GMT ]

It's essential that one important group is not forgotten - exiled victims and witnesses. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Is Sirisena Ready to Release Tamil Political Prisoners?
[ The Diplomat ] [ 25 Oct 2015 01:05 GMT ]

Sirisena’s decision on Tamil political prisoners in the weeks ahead is something to watch closely. [Full Story]

PARANAGAMA REPORT - On the Second Mandate Of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Into Complaints of Abductions and Disappearances
[ TWG ] [ 24 Oct 2015 02:57 GMT ]

The principal allegations resulting in civilian deaths in the final phase of the conflict, it recognises that there are a number of individual cases involving the SLA where there is a reasonable belief as to breaches of the laws of war. [Full Story PDF]

‘Credible inquiry into rights violations in Sri Lanka possible’
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Oct 2015 03:03 GMT ]

India’s former Union Finance and Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said “credible inquiry” [into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka] could be achieved in many ways. [Full Story]

To End a Civil War: Norway's Peace Engagement with Sri Lanka
[ Prio ] [ 22 Oct 2015 04:05 GMT ]

In doing so the book fills a critical gap in understanding the Sri Lankan conflict. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka judge says war crimes claims are 'credible'
[ BBC ] [ 21 Oct 2015 10:33 GMT ]

The UN admitted in 2012 that it could and should have done more to protect civilians. [Full Story]

Gary Anandasangaree wins Scarborough-Rouge Park for Liberals in landslide victory
[ Global News ] [ 20 Oct 2015 19:44 GMT ]

Anandasangaree surged ahead of the the other candidates with an overwhelming majority of the vote. [Full Story]

The lives left in ruins by Sri Lanka’s civil war
[ The World Weekly ] [ 20 Oct 2015 04:02 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has not spent a single rupee to build houses for displaced Tamils. [Full Story]

TN Entrepreneurs Add Social Dimension to Investing in North Lanka
[ The New indian Express ] [ 19 Oct 2015 01:22 GMT ]

We were moved by the plight of the 70,000 war widows in the North and East. [Full Story]

Tamil Kids' Mind Badly Hurt by Lankan War
[ New Indian Express ] [ 18 Oct 2015 04:05 GMT ]

The 30 year war in Sri Lanka's Northern Province has had a severe psychological effect on the children. [Full Story]

Translating human experience through literature
[ The Intelligencer ] [ 17 Oct 2015 03:44 GMT ]

Something happened to make them refugees. Nobody leaves your home by choice. [Full Story]

The challenge of doing what is right in Sri Lanka
[ UCA News ] [ 16 Oct 2015 05:37 GMT ]

Church and religious leaders should help their communities face up to the stories of their brothers and sisters crying out through the report. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka promises urgent action on Tamil prisoners
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Oct 2015 03:55 GMT ]

Tamil and human rights group have called for repealing of PTA, introduced in 1979. [Full Story]

Tamil Prisoners in Sri Lanka Have Gone On Hunger Strike to Demand Their Freedom
[ TIME ] [ 14 Oct 2015 01:41 GMT ]

Hundreds of Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka, many of whom have spent nearly two decades in jail without seeing the inside of a courtroom, have initiated a hunger strike to demand their immediate release. [Full Story]

After dodging war crimes probe, Lanka focuses on truth, reconciliation
[ Asia Times ] [ 13 Oct 2015 03:01 GMT ]

It will also be up to the international community and the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that the victims and their families are genuinely consulted at every step of the process to get to truth and justice. [Full Story]

Six years after the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, Tamils in Jaffna still struggling to rebuild their lives
[ ABC ] [ 12 Oct 2015 04:29 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government's promise of a process for transitional justice "provides room for some optimism". [Full Story]

'We have talked so much about it, and it just goes nowhere.'
[ The Washington Post ] [ 11 Oct 2015 02:11 GMT ]

Without accurate translations of testimony that can be shared across communities, the new transitional justice process cannot hope to provide an honest reckoning of the past and contribute to reconciliation. [Full Story]

TNA Hopes UNHRC Resolution Will Mark A New Chapter In Sri Lanka's Quest For Reconciliation
[ CT ] [ 10 Oct 2015 03:15 GMT ]

We urge the government to implement the resolution in a spirit of honesty and cooperation. [Full Story]

Lives Remain In Ruin Six Years After Sri Lanka Civil War
[ Worldcrunch ] [ 09 Oct 2015 02:34 GMT ]

Demilitarization in the north had been one of the key issues of legislative elections. [Full Story]

Great expectations in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Oct 2015 01:03 GMT ]

It opens up yet another opportunity for a political solution. [Full Story]

Cardin Speech on the Importance of Accountability in Sri Lanka
[ U.S Senate Committee on Foreign Relations ] [ 07 Oct 2015 04:14 GMT ]

The goal is to conduct a process where all sides are provided a measure of justice that leads to durable reconciliation and a marked departure from armed conflict. [Full Story]

Treasures of the Indus - Of Gods and Men
[ BBC iPlayer ] [ 06 Oct 2015 01:02 GMT ]

In a journey across India's Tamil Nadu state, Sona Datta traces the development of the Hindu religion from its origins as an amalgamation of local faith traditions. [Full Story] [Video]

Strong calls for Sri Lanka to implement said commitments and deliver justice as OISL discussed at UNHRC
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Oct 2015 02:22 GMT ]

Calling for the root cause of the ethnic conflict and violations in Sri Lanka to be addressed, statements called for a devolution of power to the Tamil community as a measure towards non-recurrence of crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace
[ IRIN News ] [ 04 Oct 2015 01:58 GMT ]

There is no programme to help civilians and former Tamil Tigers who remain permanently affected by injuries during the war. [Full Story]

UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka: PM statement 2 October 2015
[ 10 Downing Street ] [ 03 Oct 2015 03:11 GMT ]

I urge President Sirisena to develop the work he has already started - to build a peaceful, prosperous and united country where every community has a voice. [Full Story]

The UNHRC adopts consensus resolution on Sri Lanka
[ Channel4 ] [ 03 Oct 2015 02:02 GMT ]

An immediate focus of campaigning will be for the establishment of properly staffed and adequately funded regional office of the OHCHR in the Jaffna or Kilinochchi areas of the north. [Full Story]

U.N. rights boss urges Sri Lanka to probe secret jails, missing people
[ Reuters ] [ 02 Oct 2015 05:57 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must investigate reports of secret places of detention and set up a "credible and independent" body to clarify the fate of people missing. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN war crimes resolution marks a turning point for victims
[ Amnesty International ] [ 01 Oct 2015 19:14 GMT ]

A crucial resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today offers the victims of Sri Lanka's armed conflict the prospect of finally getting the truth and justice they deserve, Amnesty International said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war crimes resolution softened before U.N. debate
[ Reuters ] [ 01 Oct 2015 00:05 GMT ]

Some diplomats say that reflects the balancing act needed to keep Sri Lanka's new reformist leadership on board while making a credible attempt to end a culture of impunity. [Full Story]

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