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Justice Delayed; Justice Denied!

Center for Prevention and Prosecution of Genocide



"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."

United Nations



The Plight of Eelam Tamils

Video: Genocide No More Prime Minister!


Tamil Declaration for Self Determination
Vaddukoddai Resolution-1976


Tamil Eelam
Demand in International Law

The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (G.A Resolution 2200 of 1966) in Article 1 states: "All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development."


Declaration of Independence


1918 - 2005

'Dedication to
CJT Thamotheram
Late Patron'





  :: News
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]

SRI LANKA: WAS IT A GENOCIDE? – ANALYSIS
[ 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]

SRI LANKA, HUMAN RIGHTS AND ETHICAL TOURISM
[ 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]

MAKING INDIA A GLOBAL PLAYER: IT WILL HAVE TO COME FROM WITHIN – ANALYSIS
[ 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]

THE WAR THAT WASN’T LIVE
[ 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]

India’s 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]

Finally, the UN Exercises Moral Authority
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 31 Mar 2014 02:15 GMT ]

The United Nations has acted in ways its founding fathers would have hoped for when it wrote the UN Charter. [Full Story]

British Tamil Conservatives thank Cameron for fulfilling promise to Tamil people
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 Mar 2014 02:15 GMT ]

"The BTC is thankful to the Prime Minister, everyone in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. [Full Story]

The Forever War?: Military Control in Sri Lanka’s North
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 29 Mar 2014 03:51 GMT ]

The social and political consequences of the sheer number of boots on the ground are themselves disturbing. [Full Story]

'Victory for Sri Lankan people': UN to probe 'war crimes'
[ Channel 4 ] [ 28 Mar 2014 00:02 GMT ]

A turning point for the battle for the human rights of the Tamil people. [Full Story]

UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 27 Mar 2014 20:39 GMT ]

“This resolution is important for those human rights defenders who have risked their lives and freedom to seek the truth. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka 'war crimes': the evidence
[ Channel 4 ] [ 27 Mar 2014 20:20 GMT ]

Channel 4 News presents the evidence collected by this programme over the past five years. [Full Story]

U.N. launches investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 27 Mar 2014 12:59 GMT ]

By a vote of 23 states in favor, 12 against (including China and Pakistan) and 12 abstentions (including India), the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution presented by the United States on behalf of countries including Britain. [Full Story]

Facing a War Crimes Inquiry, Sri Lanka Continues to Vex the U.N.
[ The New York Times ] [ 27 Mar 2014 02:04 GMT ]

The United Nations described its silence as “a grave failure,” taking to task officials who “did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility.” [Full Story]

Why a UN probe of Sri Lanka would spark new hope for reconciliation
[ The Globe and Mail ] [ 26 Mar 2014 00:28 GMT ]

A UN inquiry will ascertain the facts without prejudice. [Full Story]

Time to Act
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Mar 2014 01:11 GMT ]

What is in the balance are both the possibility of stability and peace in the island, on the one hand, and, the relevance of international humanitarian and human rights law, on the other. [Full Story]

Why the Commonwealth must regain its ethical zeal
[ The Age ] [ 24 Mar 2014 03:50 GMT ]

The organisation can be a force for good again, but only if it stands by its principles. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and human rights - Never a good time
[ The Economist ] [ 23 Mar 2014 02:05 GMT ]

The world would do Sri Lankan democracy a great favour on March 26th if the UN were to push ahead and call for an international inquiry into both war crimes and ongoing repression. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamils subjected to horrific abuse after 2009 civil war, says report
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 22 Mar 2014 01:45 GMT ]

Claims of abuse of Tamils have continued since the end of the war. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamils Fear 'Culture Cleansing'
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 21 Mar 2014 00:44 GMT ]

The ancient and medieval history of Tamils is not included in the syllabus, citing the absence of archaeological evidence for our history,” [Full Story]

Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session
[ Amnesty International ] [ 20 Mar 2014 01:12 GMT ]

The Council is due to vote next week on a resolution calling for an international investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

The international community must shine a light on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, past and present
[ Thomson Reuters Foundation ] [ 19 Mar 2014 02:05 GMT ]

I am astonished by the power of many individuals’ resilience and courage. [Full Story]

3 Activists Held in Sri Lanka, Raising Fears of Crackdown
[ The New York Times ] [ 18 Mar 2014 03:45 GMT ]

Fears of a broad crackdown against rights activists in Sri Lanka have been heightened. [Full Story]

Healing the wounds of a bitter war
[ The Hindu ] [ 17 Mar 2014 03:34 GMT ]

It will be highly difficult for Sri Lanka to establish long-term peace. [Full Story]

4,000 Tamils protest in Geneva for Sri Lanka war crimes probe
[ Japan Today ] [ 16 Mar 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Thousands of Tamils demonstrated in Geneva on Monday to protest Sri Lanka’s rejection of calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes at the end of its civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka arrest for missing son's campaigning mother
[ Channel4 ] [ 15 Mar 2014 01:24 GMT ]

The problem is that in Sri Lanka, under the prevetion of terrorism act, "judicial scrutiny" can be an indefinite process. [Full Story]

Growing China ties let Sri Lanka rebuff US war inquiry push
[ Helsinki Times ] [ 14 Mar 2014 02:47 GMT ]

China has an "all-weather partnership" with Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, signs of war slowly being erased, but not the scars
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 13 Mar 2014 00:16 GMT ]

There is “a basic denial that there really is any ethnic conflict or ethnic problem or problem of how power is shared between different communities,” said Alan Keenan. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rape of Tamil women, men and children
[ TWG ] [ 12 Mar 2014 03:07 GMT ]

International intervention is mandatory and urgent. [Full Story PDF]

Accountability in focus
[ The Hindu ] [ 12 Mar 2014 01:08 GMT ]

The question of the political rights of Tamils remains to be addressed with a measure of seriousness and urgency. [Full Story]

Britain joins call for UN to investigate alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 11 Mar 2014 01:25 GMT ]

David Cameron's office says decision taken after Sri Lanka failed to conduct its own inquiry into civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka inquiry: genuine progress or diplomatic fudge?
[ Channel4 ] [ 10 Mar 2014 02:35 GMT ]

The main city in the traditionally Tamil north of Sri Lanka, crowds of people came onto the streets to ask for help in locating their missing sons, husbands and fathers. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: new video evidence of grotesque violations
[ Channel4 ] [ 09 Mar 2014 19:09 GMT ]

Despite David Cameron's deadline, the resolution does not call - in so many words - for the setting up of an international Commission of Inquiry from this meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. [Full Story]

New Resolution on Sri Lanka Falls Short: Time for UNHRC to Take Decisive Action
[ CTC ] [ 08 Mar 2014 03:03 GMT ]

The overwhelming calls for an independent, international investigation in Sri Lanka can no longer be ignored. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Bring up the bodies
[ The Economist ] [ 07 Mar 2014 01:42 GMT ]

Evidence of past atrocities keeps turning up in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Myanmar's Tamils seek to protect their identity
[ BBC ] [ 06 Mar 2014 02:55 GMT ]

The decision to give preferential treatment to the majority Burmese community pushed Tamils down in the social hierarchy. [Full Story]

Tutu to the UN: Sri Lanka needs healing
[ Mail & Guardian ] [ 05 Mar 2014 03:08 GMT ]

Nearly five years after the war ended, the situation appears to be getting worse, not better. [Full Story]

Our new report points to ongoing crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka's north
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 04 Mar 2014 05:51 GMT ]

This provides further proof of the pressing need for an independent international investigation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Briefing Note: Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka: UNHRC action remains crucial
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 03 Mar 2014 02:05 GMT ]

No progress on accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka turns killing fields into tourist attraction
[ Toronto Star ] [ 02 Mar 2014 00:07 GMT ]

“The government is building victory monuments, but the people are unable even to cry for the dead,” [Full Story]

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 - Sri Lanka
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 01 Mar 2014 03:14 GMT ]

The president’s family dominates government. [Full Story]

Channel 4 refutes “Sri Lankan propaganda offensive"
[ Channel4 ] [ 01 Mar 2014 02:45 GMT ]

Channel 4 has today taken the unprecedented step of publishing a detailed refutation. [Full Story]

Foreign Office responds to UN report on Sri Lanka
[ Foreign & Commonwealth Office ] [ 28 Feb 2014 09:25 GMT ]

The British Government attaches great importance to lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Chief Backs International Inquiry
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Feb 2014 00:25 GMT ]

It will be up to members of the UN Human Rights Council to take decisive action at the coming March session,” Adams said. [Full Story]

Peer suggests government has broken promise on Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 27 Feb 2014 03:53 GMT ]

Lord Bach confirmed the opposition's support for the government's approach and urged the prime minister to be "true to his word on this" and work closely with allies to secure an inquiry at the "earliest possible time". [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Briefing exposes how activists brave retaliation before UN human rights session
[ Amnesty International ] [ 26 Feb 2014 02:20 GMT ]

Authorities have deported several foreigners participating in human rights-related meetings. [Full Story]

UK citizen Visvalingam Gobithas dies in Sri Lanka jail
[ BBC ] [ 26 Feb 2014 01:52 GMT ]

Tamil politician Mano Ganesan described the death as "political murder". [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN report must be call to action on international war crimes investigation
[ Amnesty International ] [ 25 Feb 2014 04:55 GMT ]

“Sri Lanka has so far done all it can to throw sand in the eyes of the international community and to block attempts to bring genuine accountability for past human rights violations. [Full Story]

Festering wounds of Sri Lanka's war
[ Aljazeera ] [ 24 Feb 2014 03:41 GMT ]

Tamils in the war-affected areas of the North, are growing disillusioned with the slow machinery of the international community. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan conflict gets the attention of Kollywood directors
[ The Times of India ] [ 23 Feb 2014 03:58 GMT ]

The Tamil film industry is also currently churning out films on the Sri Lankan issue. [Full Story]

US v China: is this the new cold war?
[ The Financial Times UK ] [ 22 Feb 2014 01:11 GMT ]

The US and China are doomed to repeat the intense security competition of the cold war. [Full Story]

'We're not terrorists'
[ BBC ] [ 21 Feb 2014 00:02 GMT ]

The central government should stop viewing the north as a "terrorist area". [Full Story]

Ontario court rules against terror expert for defamation of Tamil group
[ The Vancouver Sun ] [ 20 Feb 2014 01:45 GMT ]

Gunaratna was part of the Sri Lankan government’s “smear campaign prior to the final military onslaught of May 2009 in northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

European Parliament resolution of 12 December 2013 on the situation in Sri Lanka
[ European Parliament ] [ 19 Feb 2014 00:17 GMT ]

Calls on the UN and its member states to analyse carefully the failures of the international community in Sri Lanka and to take adequate measures. [Full Story]

UN calls for Sri Lankan war crimes inquiry
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 18 Feb 2014 02:01 GMT ]

Spokeswoman for Human Rights Watch welcomed the development. [Full Story]

Relatives search for Sri Lanka's missing
[ BBC ] [ 17 Feb 2014 03:55 GMT ]

The island has thousands of outstanding unsolved cases of disappearance. [Full Story]

UN call for Sri Lanka war crime inquiry
[ The Australian ] [ 16 Feb 2014 15:59 GMT ]

“National mechanisms have consistently failed to establish the truth and achieve justice (in Sri Lanka),” [Full Story]

Master craftsman who was also a great teacher
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Feb 2014 01:44 GMT ]

“This film is my contribution to my future generations. One should never forget one’s ancestors.” [Full Story]

Suspected foreign war criminals 'able to stay in UK'
[ BBC ] [ 14 Feb 2014 01:18 GMT ]

Human rights groups say too few suspected war criminals in Britain are being investigated by police. [Full Story]

'UN Ignored Plight of Lankan Tamils'
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 13 Feb 2014 05:55 GMT ]

The proposed international independent investigation recommended by the UNHRC was ignored by Ban Ki-moon, denying justice to Tamils. [Full Story]

A traumatic past and a stifling present
[ The Hindu ] [ 12 Feb 2014 02:21 GMT ]

It is important to fix accountability for the atrocities committed during the war, it is equally crucial to see if the end of the war has actually translated to peace. [Full Story]

US senators call for Sri Lanka war crimes probe
[ The New Zealand Herald ] [ 11 Feb 2014 03:55 GMT ]

Momentum is building for such a step because of dissatisfaction over Sri Lanka's own efforts to account for ethnic Tamil civilians killed. [Full Story]

Is Sri Lanka turning into a rogue state?
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 10 Feb 2014 00:50 GMT ]

The Tamils' suffering goes deep and continues despite the government's welfare and reconciliatory measures. [Full Story]

Appeasement is no answer to war crimes
[ The Age Editorial ] [ 09 Feb 2014 00:04 GMT ]

We have an abiding moral duty to do all we can to ensure justice is done. [Full Story]

Why Sri Lankan children in north drop out
[ IRIN ] [ 08 Feb 2014 02:54 GMT ]

The conflict-affected north, where economic pressure and poor prospects are creating conditions that could have negative consequences for the future development of the region. [Full Story]

Report makes legal case for war crimes charges against Sri Lanka
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 07 Feb 2014 01:04 GMT ]

The only way to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka is for these credible allegations to be subjected to a formal international commission of inquiry," [Full Story]

Rule of law in armed conflict: Investigating the Sri Lankan civil war: International Crimes Evidence Project
[ ICEP ] [ 06 Feb 2014 01:04 GMT ]

ICEP aims to contribute to accountability for violations of international law and achieving justice for victims of alleged crimes committed during the civil war. [Full Story]

Dispatches: Film Censorship Case Puts Malaysia’s Rights Record in the Dock
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 05 Feb 2014 00:21 GMT ]

Malaysia is pursuing a case that has all the earmarks of a politically motivated vendetta against Lena Hendry. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan tourism - Post Tiger economy
[ The Economist ] [ 04 Feb 2014 00:08 GMT ]

It highlighted the disgust of many at unresolved allegations of war crimes. [Full Story]

Holding Sri Lanka to Account
[ The New York Times ] [ 03 Feb 2014 05:58 GMT ]

It is important that the world stand with those Sri Lankans who have demanded a full accounting of what happened during the war. [Full Story]

“Tamil People Are Gravely Harmed”
[ Sangam ] [ 02 Feb 2014 03:44 GMT ]

The Government is engaged in implementing a programme, the objective of which is to further alter the demographic composition of and alter the linguistic and cultural identity of the Northern and Eastern provinces. [Full Story]

Land grabs constitute genocide of Tamil nation
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 Feb 2014 01:29 GMT ]

The conference, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils alongside the British Tamils Forum, was inaugurated on Friday in the Houses of Parliament. [Full Story]

U.S. Envoy to Visit Sri Lanka as Pressure Builds for War Crimes Inquiry
[ The New York Times ] [ 31 Jan 2014 01:29 GMT ]

“The U.S., Britain and others have come to a conclusion that for the truth to be established, it needs to be done by an outside body,” Mr. Keenan said. [Full Story]

Press Colombo to allow war crimes probe: Amnesty to India
[ IANS ] [ 30 Jan 2014 02:57 GMT ]

"India must keep the pressure on Sri Lanka to do the right thing, accept an international investigation and cooperate with it,". [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamil leaders vow to prove ‘genocide’ in civil war
[ AP ] [ 29 Jan 2014 01:45 GMT ]

It wants to prove that the central government carried out an operation “akin to genocide”. [Full Story]

US to press SLanka again at UN rights council
[ The Washington Post ] [ 28 Jan 2014 02:37 GMT ]

A top aide to Sri Lanka’s powerful president is in Washington this week, hoping to head off that threat. [Full Story]

Lanka’s northern council backs international probe into war crimes
[ The Hindu ] [ 27 Jan 2014 11:55 GMT ]

A three-point resolution has been passed to bring to international attention Sri Lanka’s lack of action to resolve Tamils’ problems. [Full Story]

UK readying necessary support for potential resolution on international war crimes investigation in SL
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 26 Jan 2014 03:40 GMT ]

FCO human rights report saw further questions regarding the UK stance on ongoing human rights abuses and torture of asylum seekers deported by the UK in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - WORLD REPORT 2014
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 Jan 2014 02:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s failure over several years to address war crimes allegations prompted the HRC in March to issue a resolution calling on Sri Lanka to independently and credibly investigate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. [Full Story]

Vying for Freedom in Sri Lanka: Young Author Malavi Sivakanesan Finds Her Voice
[ Digital Journal ] [ 24 Jan 2014 01:44 GMT ]

A student and passionate activist, hopes to shed light on the issues facing her homeland and inspire readers to join in the fight for justice. [Full Story]

Why international pressure has become necessary for Sri Lanka
[ Dawn ] [ 23 Jan 2014 02:10 GMT ]

The government’s policy of formulating and promising policies of economic development as an alternative to political reform have been repeatedly rebuffed. [Full Story]

Country updates: Sri Lanka
[ Foreign and Commonwealth Office ] [ 22 Jan 2014 00:25 GMT ]

The human rights situation in Sri Lanka did not improve during the last three months. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Little Progress on Rights
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Jan 2014 05:55 GMT ]

“The Sri Lankan government makes a lot of claims about pursuing accountability for wartime abuses, but the world is still waiting to see some results,” said Brad Adams. [Full Story]

The Risk of Mass Atrocities in Sri Lanka
[ THE SENTINEL PROJECT ] [ 20 Jan 2014 01:44 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Tamil community has also repeatedly been denied minority recognition and rights as a national group. [Full Story]

Cambridge University crowned 'Kings Of Gaana'
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 19 Jan 2014 00:55 GMT ]

The inter-university competition ‘Kings of Gaana’, hosted by King’s College London Tamil Society, provided an explosive finale for the UK Tamil student calendar. [Full Story]

Tamil writers across globe to meet in Coimbatore
[ The Hindu ] [ 18 Jan 2014 03:49 GMT ]

The Center for Tamil Culture will organise a three-day meeting of eminent Tamil writers and scholars across the globe. [Full Story]

Mass grave fuels fear of thousands buried in Sri Lanka war zone
[ Reuters ] [ 17 Jan 2014 12:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is already under international pressure to address alleged wartime human rights violations. [Full Story]

Four steps to secure lasting peace in Sri Lanka
[ CNN ] [ 16 Jan 2014 03:09 GMT ]

It’s no secret that politics is a Sinhalese-dominated and family business in Sri Lanka. Nothing can be done about that in the near-term. [Full Story]

Scars of Sri Lanka
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 15 Jan 2014 02:55 GMT ]

Thousands of Tamils, including many who surrendered or were arrested at the end of the war, are still unaccounted for. [Full Story]

MGR: A legend lives on
[ Business Standard ] [ 14 Jan 2014 05:39 GMT ]

A legendary hero who went on to act in over 130 movies - and also rule Tamil Nadu for 10 long years. [Full Story]

Death brings perils of immigrant workers into view
[ Boston Globe ] [ 13 Jan 2014 03:38 GMT ]

She donated money to war orphans in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

U.S. Urges Sri Lanka to Probe War Crimes, 'Seek Truth'
[ AFP ] [ 12 Jan 2014 03:55 GMT ]

"During ambassador Rapp's discussions, he listened to eyewitness accounts about serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including those that occurred at the end of the war,". [Full Story]

US releases pics of civilian deaths during Lankan civil war
[ PTI ] [ 11 Jan 2014 01:14 GMT ]

Colombo has resisted calls to probe claims that over 40,000 ethnic minority Tamils were killed by the military during the final phase of the civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Genocidaires Exchange Honors with Victim of Genocide, Palestine
[ Dissident Voice ] [ 10 Jan 2014 00:03 GMT ]

No government supported the liberation of Tamils from well documented repression and oppression. [Full Story]

Genocide in Sri Lanka Continues
[ CCN ] [ 09 Jan 2014 00:45 GMT ]

Forced sterilizations of Sri Lankan Tamil women are common. [Full Story]

UN resolution on Lanka will seek fresh international probe: US
[ Business Standard ] [ 08 Jan 2014 12:58 GMT ]

According to a UN report, 40,000 civilians may have died in the last few months of the fighting. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Found Guilty of Genocide against Tamils
[ Havana Times ] [ 07 Jan 2014 01:17 GMT ]

The killings are being transformed into other forms of conduct, but the intention to destroy the group and its identity remains and continues. [Full Story]

US sends envoy to Sri Lanka to discuss war crimes claims
[ Radio Australia ] [ 06 Jan 2014 00:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has resisted calls to investigate allegations that up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed by the security forces during the final push. [Full Story]

New Year Message from Global Tamil Forum
[ GTF ] [ 05 Jan 2014 00:05 GMT ]

The deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka must change and change now! [Full Story]

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 04 Jan 2014 01:38 GMT ]

For the past two years, the council has pressured Sri Lanka to honor its pledge to investigate war crimes. [Full Story]

Happy New Years
[ Khaleej Times ] [ 03 Jan 2014 00:41 GMT ]

It’s also a time to remember your roots, indeed the roots of civilisation. [Full Story]

Who are Sri Lanka's disappeared?
[ Channel4 ] [ 02 Jan 2014 02:28 GMT ]

The families of the disappeared face the torture of "not knowing" what has happened to their loved ones. [Full Story]

Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year
[ USA Today ] [ 01 Jan 2014 09:55 GMT ]

Hearing "the cry of peace from peoples who are oppressed by war and by violence," Francis prayed that "the courage of dialogue and reconciliation prevail over the temptation for vendetta, arrogance, corruption." [Full Story]

Tamil National Alliance to push for international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes
[ PTI ] [ 31 Dec 2013 02:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has been censured by two successive UNHRC resolutions which demanded speedier action to achieve reconciliation with the island's Tamil minority. [Full Story]

Tamils for Obama Congratulates TGTE Prime Minister Rudrakumaran for Election to his Second Term
[ Tamils for Obama ] [ 30 Dec 2013 01:49 GMT ]

TGTE promulgated a Freedom Charter on May 18, 2013 (this was inspired by the African National Congress's Freedom Charter in South Africa). [Full Story]

BTF calls on the international community to denounce Sri Lanka's “reconciliation” deception
[ BTF ] [ 29 Dec 2013 00:33 GMT ]

Mounting evidence points to a need for an international independent investigation. [Full Story]

Ancient History of Tamils in Central Asia
[ CS ] [ 28 Dec 2013 02:40 GMT ]

Tamil speaking Dravidians formerly settled and developed numerous civilizations in ancient Central Asia. [Full Story]

Tamil council to count Sri Lanka war casualties
[ Arab News ] [ 27 Dec 2013 00:35 GMT ]

“For planning purposes of the council, we want the actual numbers, not watered down figures,” he added. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party
[ PTI ] [ 26 Dec 2013 02:25 GMT ]

The government has faced accusations from international rights groups that some 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final phase of the military campaign. [Full Story]

Scars of Sri Lanka
[ Aljazeera ] [ 25 Dec 2013 03:47 GMT ]

Tamil groups also claim thousands of Tamils, including many who surrendered or were arrested at the end of the war, are still unaccounted for. [Full Story]

Mandela as example: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
[ MYSA ] [ 24 Dec 2013 03:14 GMT ]

“A need for understanding but not for vengeance, a need for reparation but not for retaliation.” [Full Story]

New mass grave found in Sri Lanka four years after war
[ NDTV ] [ 23 Dec 2013 00:22 GMT ]

The UN has estimated that at least 100,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist war. [Full Story]

Lanka in talks to take back oil tanks leased to India
[ Business Standard ] [ 22 Dec 2013 01:25 GMT ]

The move was seen as an immediate fall out from India voting against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council on rights accountability. [Full Story]

Chennai Express unveiled: Jaya pitches for PM
[ India Today ] [ 21 Dec 2013 03:01 GMT ]

There is a need a strong leadership to handle economic and other crises. [Full Story]

Chennai Express unveiled: Jaya pitches for PM
[ India Today ] [ 20 Dec 2013 03:01 GMT ]

There is a need a strong leadership to handle economic and other crises. [Full Story]

Report: Land Acquisition North and East Nov 2013
[ Centre for Policy Alternatives ] [ 19 Dec 2013 04:24 GMT ]

Politics, policies and practices with land acquisitions and related issues in the North and East of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Modi Triggers Hopes and Fears in Lanka
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 18 Dec 2013 03:58 GMT ]

The Tamil media here noted with satisfaction Modi's remark in Chennai that States should be given a role in shaping foreign policy vis-a-vis neighbours. [Full Story]

Erasing the dead
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Dec 2013 02:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's intention is not to establish an accurate count of civilian casualties. [Full Story]

A film on faceless plantation workers
[ The Hindu ] [ 16 Dec 2013 03:49 GMT ]

The film touches upon a host of issues facing the community, from wage struggles to gender inequality at work and home. [Full Story]

Tamil Eelam is not far away
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 15 Dec 2013 01:45 GMT ]

The former foreign minister insisted that the position now was different. [Full Story]

Four years after war, Sri Lanka's widows fear rape, abuse
[ The Times of India ] [ 14 Dec 2013 00:32 GMT ]

There is no justice in the former conflict areas. [Full Story]

EU piles pressure on Sri Lanka over human rights record
[ Zee News ] [ 13 Dec 2013 00:15 GMT ]

The European Union (EU) has asked Sri Lanka to allow free access to UN officials investigating the allegations of human rights violations in the country. [Full Story]

Church warns of 'foreign intervention' in Sri Lanka
[ The Daily Star ] [ 11 Dec 2013 01:12 GMT ]

The church warned that failure on the part of Colombo to ensure accountability for alleged war crimes could trigger international investigations. [Full Story]

Dodgy regime? Unruly protesters? Bell Pottinger can help
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 10 Dec 2013 00:59 GMT ]

The PR firm Bell Pottinger represents some of the world's most notorious clients. [Full Story]

Hijacked justice? Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka
[ Open Democracy ] [ 09 Dec 2013 00:56 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan effort to mimic the SA TRC process will merely represent the government's unilateral attempt to manage its international pressures. [Full Story]

'Recognition of and justice for genocide vital for lasting peace'
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 Dec 2013 02:34 GMT ]

If a lasting peace is desired on the island, then it is vital that the international community accept that what is taking place here is a genocide. [Full Story]

Mandela death: How a prisoner became a legend
[ BBC ] [ 07 Dec 2013 02:11 GMT ]

Mandela had entered Robben Island a good leader, and returned a great leader. [Full Story]

Dispatches: Sri Lanka's 17 Murdered Aid Workers, Unforgotten
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 06 Dec 2013 03:09 GMT ]

Only an independent international investigation can effectively lead to prosecution of the killers.' [Full Story]

The Truth about the Assassination of 17 Humanitarian Aid Workers in Sri Lanka
[ ACF International ] [ 05 Dec 2013 03:09 GMT ]

'It is paramount that those who do not respect humanitarian aid workers are brought to justice and that these crimes do not go unpunished.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's forces accused of massacring aid workers
[ BBC ] [ 05 Dec 2013 03:03 GMT ]

ACF said its workers had been lined up, forced to kneel and each shot in the head. [Full Story]

US: Patience With Sri Lanka Could 'Wear Thin'
[ ABC News ] [ 04 Dec 2013 03:42 GMT ]

Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal stopped short of endorsing a deadline set last month by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would call for a U.N.-backed inquiry into allegations of war crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamil Struggle Continues
[ The Diplomat ] [ 03 Dec 2013 02:07 GMT ]

With luck and a great deal of international support, this third way seems to offer Sri Lanka's beleaguered minorities their best chance. [Full Story]

Panelists discuss 'Sri Lanka's unfinished war' at FrontLine Club
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 02 Dec 2013 03:55 GMT ]

'The continued failure of the international community to provide justice for the Tamils could result in another armed conflict.' [Full Story]

Probe war crimes against Tamils
[ Arab News ] [ 01 Dec 2013 00:05 GMT ]

If Sri Lanka takes the opportunity to heal these old wounds then there is the prospect of a much brighter future for all its people. [Full Story]

The shadow of war
[ The News International ] [ 30 Nov 2013 03:42 GMT ]

The dead, the disappeared and the displaced call for justice. [Full Story]

Britain firm on Lanka probe into war crimes
[ Business Standard ] [ 29 Nov 2013 03:03 GMT ]

British Prime Minister David Cameron has reiterated his demand for an independent inquiry into the alleged mass killing of Sri Lankan Tamils. [Full Story]

Nearly 250,000 of you stood up against human rights abuses in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 28 Nov 2013 03:41 GMT ]

Thanks to Amnesty members around the world, Sri Lanka's next steps as Commonwealth chair will be watched not just by the body it leads, but by witnesses around the world. [Full Story]

Dispatches: Rights Issues Trump All at CHOGM in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Nov 2013 02:55 GMT ]

It was a summit hijacked - rightly - by the poor record of its host. [Full Story]

India in Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa's regional ally or aspirant global power?
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 26 Nov 2013 02:29 GMT ]

Sri Lanka simply plays on India's paranoia. [Full Story]

He who convinced the world that Tamil is classical language
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Nov 2013 00:55 GMT ]

Rev. Prof. Xavier S. Thaninayagam Adigalar, whose birth centenary is being celebrated in Tiruchi on Sunday, is a renowned Tamil scholar who worked for promoting Tamil language and literature throughout the world. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: World must not abandon Sri Lanka's victims after CHOGM
[ Amnesty International ] [ 24 Nov 2013 00:25 GMT ]

The upcoming UN Human Rights Council session in March can and must establish the international inquiry that is long overdue,' said Crawshaw. [Full Story]

LONDON'S TAMILS WANT TO SHARE THEIR HORROR STORIES
[ VICE ] [ 23 Nov 2013 01:18 GMT ]

If you've heard anything about the persecution of Tamil people in Sri Lanka, it's likely you've only been exposed to the tip of a very large, very depressing iceberg. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The time for an international investigation is now
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 22 Nov 2013 00:40 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's total lack of accountability was unacceptable. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Engaging the Diaspora
[ The Diplomat ] [ 21 Nov 2013 00:12 GMT ]

Effecting a strong and credible visibility strategy of national progress, plans and challenges is critical to perception management. [Full Story]

After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 20 Nov 2013 02:55 GMT ]

After Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch. It could start by finding a new secretary general. [Full Story]

Canada says Sri Lankan Tamils remain fearful
[ The Canadian Press ] [ 20 Nov 2013 02:35 GMT ]

The country's government won't allow an independent investigation into the atrocities committed in May 2009. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: trouble in paradise
[ Channel4 ] [ 19 Nov 2013 02:51 GMT ]

To host the first summit after the signing of the charter was bound to leave a strong stench of hypocrisy hanging over the affair. [Full Story]

Rajapaksa's Rule
[ LRB ] [ 19 Nov 2013 02:02 GMT ]

There is compelling evidence that tens of thousands of civilians died. [Full Story]

Cameron stole India's show
[ The Asian Age ] [ 18 Nov 2013 02:58 GMT ]

Mr Cameron has definitely won space in the hearts of over 150,000 disaffected Sri Lankan Tamils who live in the UK. [Full Story]

'Ensure financial aid fully reaches Lankan Tamils'
[ The Hindu ] [ 18 Nov 2013 01:09 GMT ]

The TESO meeting asked the Central government to inquire into the allegations and make sure that the welfare schemes reached the Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and the politics of war crimes
[ ABC ] [ 17 Nov 2013 00:55 GMT ]

The US, it seems, is determined to bring Sri Lanka to book. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka rejects Cameron call for human rights inquiry
[ BBC ] [ 16 Nov 2013 10:06 GMT ]

The prime ministers of Canada, India and Mauritius are staying away from the summit in protest over the allegations. [Full Story]

Tamils hail David Cameron as 'god' but Sri Lankan president is not a believer
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 16 Nov 2013 00:24 GMT ]

The prime minister left a meeting with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa no closer to securing an investigation into alleged war crimes, or an admission that many Tamils continue to be persecuted. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Cameron mixes diplomacy and strong-arm politics
[ Channel4 ] [ 16 Nov 2013 00:07 GMT ]

Channel 4 News has been met by both hostility and praise in Sri Lanka, due to revelations of war crimes allegations since the end of the civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Cameron meets Tamil leaders during symbolic visit
[ BBC ] [ 15 Nov 2013 12:25 GMT ]

David Cameron has become the first foreign leader to visit northern Sri Lanka since 1948. [Full Story]

Commonwealth: Press Sri Lanka on Rights at Summit
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 15 Nov 2013 00:35 GMT ]

'It's a chance to show the victims of abuses in Sri Lanka that other countries want to see justice done. And it could set the stage for adoption of an international inquiry at the upcoming council session.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: would you holiday at a mass grave?
[ Channel4 ] [ 14 Nov 2013 02:56 GMT ]

With Sri Lanka named as British Airways' top destination for 2013, and the publicity from the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, President Rajapaksa's dynasty may well achieve the growth in tourism they desire. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's ghosts haunt the summit it's about to host
[ ITV ] [ 13 Nov 2013 03:03 GMT ]

The inconvenient truths of the deadly end to the war will echo at the Commonwealth summit. [Full Story]

'A Perfect Storm'
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 12 Nov 2013 03:03 GMT ]

The Commonwealth gives the notion of backing such blatant disregard of its basic human rights tenets by choosing Sri Lanka to host the Commonwealth Heads' meeting this month. [Full Story]

'India's presence in CHOGM, insult to Tamils'
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 11 Nov 2013 03:55 GMT ]

New Delhi's participation means a lot for the regime in Colombo and it helps the Lankan premier to erase the blood stains of war crimes and genocide of Tamils,' . [Full Story]

India PM 'to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit'
[ BBC ] [ 10 Nov 2013 03:44 GMT ]

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said Mr Rajapaksa has "serious questions" to answer about alleged war crimes. [Full Story]

Tamils 'raped and tortured' by Sri Lankan security forces
[ BBC ] [ 09 Nov 2013 00:55 GMT ]

Allegations of rape and torture by the country's security forces have emerged - some of which date from earlier this year. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - the Kings of Spin
[ Amnesty International UK ] [ 08 Nov 2013 03:08 GMT ]

Why has UK been quiet on calls for an independent, international investigation into alleged war crimes? [Full Story]

How the United Nations failed Sri Lanka:
[ The Toronto Star ] [ 07 Nov 2013 03:05 GMT ]

'The UN almost completely omitted to explicitly mention government responsibility for violations of international law.' [Full Story]

Don't shelve human rights
[ Times of India ] [ 06 Nov 2013 03:41 GMT ]

India has to confront the crimes and push for truth and justice - the preconditions for peace, reconciliation and political solutions to long-standing injustices. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's hidden genocide
[ The Toronto Star ] [ 05 Nov 2013 00:07 GMT ]

The United Nations, which has acknowledged its calamitous failures under the Responsibility to Protect - R2P. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka should be condemned, not acclaimed
[ The Independent UK ] [ 04 Nov 2013 02:33 GMT ]

The government has consequently managed to deflect investigations of its own alleged war crimes. [Full Story]

No fire zone: Commonwealth rehabilitating Sri Lankan regime
[ Channel4 ] [ 03 Nov 2013 15:55 GMT ]

According to the United Nations, forces under his command oversaw the indiscriminate killing of between 40,000 and 70,000 ethnic Tamil civilians during the final few months of the 28-year-long conflict. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's tragedy
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 02 Nov 2013 00:02 GMT ]

The relatives of the missing deserve an independent and international inquiry, empowered to discover the fate of each outstanding case. [Full Story]

Credible Sri Lankan War Crimes Investigation on the Horizon
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 01 Nov 2013 02:01 GMT ]

The High Commissioner's statement, and in particular, her fixed timeline, represent an important step in the right direction. [Full Story]

Remarks by Ambassador Sison at meeting with Chief Minister Vigneswaran
[ US Embassy ] [ 31 Oct 2013 03:44 GMT ]

We are also focusing especially on women-headed households, and will increase our efforts in this regard. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan sailor who attacked Rajiv Gandhi sells Hindi music cassettes
[ DB ] [ 30 Oct 2013 00:22 GMT ]

He struck a heavy blow on Gandhi injuring his shoulder, as the Indian premier inspected a guard of honour in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. [Full Story]

Turning to sex work in Sri Lanka's north
[ IRIN ] [ 29 Oct 2013 01:55 GMT ]

They are under immense pressure to provide for families in homes where men are either dead or reported missing. [Full Story]

Tamil diaspora thanks Jaya
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 28 Oct 2013 03:29 GMT ]

The support shown by you and the Assembly for truth, accountability, justice and human rights in Sri Lanka is most welcome. [Full Story]

Four Years after a Tamil Defeat, the Diaspora Regroups
[ IPS ] [ 27 Oct 2013 00:57 GMT ]

The council election 'a vote for liberation' and sought to 'dispel the often propagated notion of a dichotomy existing between the political aspirations of Tamils in the homeland versus those in the diaspora.' [Full Story]

'Sri Lanka violating Commonwealth values'
[ The Hindu ] [ 26 Oct 2013 01:55 GMT ]

Sri Lankan government had completely violated the core values of the Commonwealth. [Full Story]

BBC investigates Sri Lanka disappearances
[ BBC ] [ 25 Oct 2013 02:09 GMT ]

Journalists and activists in Sri Lanka have accused the government of threats, intimidation, and violence against those who criticise the authorities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's unanswered questions over human rights
[ BBC ] [ 24 Oct 2013 01:36 GMT ]

The group Human Rights Watch says rape and sexual violence are widely used against detainees. [Full Story]

David Cameron should boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 23 Oct 2013 01:25 GMT ]

Send a clear signal that the Commonwealth is no hiding place for countries that are unwilling to uphold the human rights of their citizens. [Full Story]

Abuse, marginalization of war-affected women in Sri Lanka's north
[ IRIN ] [ 22 Oct 2013 02:17 GMT ]

After the conflict the situation has got a lot worse. [Full Story]

Documenting stories of forced disappearances in Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 21 Oct 2013 03:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has a long history of unexplained disappearances. [Full Story]

'It will be defeat of democracy'
[ THE TIMES OF INDIA ] [ 20 Oct 2013 02:33 GMT ]

Tamils in Tamil Nadu are agitating and students and lawyers are mobilizing movements. [Full Story]

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