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1937 - 2020
'A Tribute to
Mr Ivan Pedropillai
Late Patron/Former Chairman'


Tamil Heritage

Vision of Hope

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

..... Ancient Indus Civilisation

Early Port Cities in the Malay Peninsula
The ethnic Tamil people of the southernmost region of India played the active part to transfer their religious and cultural traits from their homeland to Southeast Asia. >> More

Call for Submissions
OHCHR Investigation on
Sri Lanka

Individuals, organisations and governments are invited to submit information
Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter
The creation of an independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam remains the only viable option to lead a life with security, dignity and equality, both individually and collectively.



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

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



Have No Fear !

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


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

United Nations


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."




1918 - 2005
'Dedication to
CJT Thamotheram
Late Patron'





  :: News
Thematic Report for the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council (March 2023)
[ OHCHR ] [ 28 Nov 2022 17:23 GMT ]

Its purpose will be to analyse the trends or obstacles that minorities have faced in the mainstreaming of their rights in the work of the UN since the adoption of the Declaration and the call in 2013. [Full Story]

'A powerful display of Tamil nationhood and collective defiance'
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 27 Nov 2022 23:47 GMT ]

Given 'the consistent failure and incompetence of Sinhala-Buddhist decision-making, it is more than timely to let Tamils decide their own economical and political future,'. [Full Story]

On the Ponniyin Trail: Here are the five places that tread the path of the Cholas in Sri Lanka
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 26 Nov 2022 23:50 GMT ]

The Chola dynasty - one of the longest-ruling dynasties in world history - has once again caught the public imagination. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamil parties to push for autonomy in a new Constitution
[ Wion ] [ 25 Nov 2022 22:34 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's minority Tamil parties held an internal meeting and decided to present a three-point plan, including their drive for federalism. [Full Story]

Ramadoss urges Centre to work on forming separate state for Tamils in Sri Lanka
[ Times of India ] [ 24 Nov 2022 22:15 GMT ]

S Ramadoss has urged the Union government to initiate legal measures to form a separate state for the Sri Lankan Tamil people in the island nation. [Full Story]

An uphill struggle in Sri Lanka's tea country
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Nov 2022 22:55 GMT ]

The World Bank noted in October that 'more than half the population living in estate areas is now below the poverty line' in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

2022 Asia-Pacific Regional Forum Recommendations
[ UN Human Rights ] [ 22 Nov 2022 11:18 GMT ]

The minority question in Asia is intrinsically connected to the decolonisation process and the creation of new, post-colonial states. [Full Story]

Tamils have a legitimate right to sovereignty in three ways
[ EIN News ] [ 21 Nov 2022 21:50 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will never reach a political solution or to create a constitutional amendment regarding a peaceful political resolution that would benefit Tamils. [Full Story]

The Never Ending Search for Sri Lanka's Forcibly Disappeared
[ GroundViews ] [ 20 Nov 2022 19:22 GMT ]

Ambiguous loss is the most stressful type of loss because there is no proof to bring about closure - a story with no ending where they cannot mourn, honour the lost person or have funeral rites. [Full Story]

Keen to solve Tamil community problems in Sri Lanka by next year: President Wickremesinghe
[ The Indian Express ] [ 19 Nov 2022 18:45 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's efforts to solve the Tamil minority issue through negotiations had historically failed due to political opposition from the majority Sinhala community parties. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Should Free Detained Students
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 Nov 2022 12:00 GMT ]

The government should introduce a genuine moratorium on the PTA, and ensure that any counterterrorism legislation that replaces it complies with the five 'prerequisites' set out by UN experts to meet international human rights standards. [Full Story]

UK agrees to negotiate with Mauritius over handover of Chagos Island
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Nov 2022 09:15 GMT ]

Earlier this year As many as 42 Eelam Tamil asylum-seekers launched a hunger strike after eight months of being detained on a military base 3,000 miles south of India, as a plea to the UK government to allow them to seek asylum in another country. [Full Story]

Tamil refugees plead with UNHCR not to be taken back to Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Nov 2022 07:00 GMT ]

Following a rescue by Singaporean authorities, over 300 Tamil refugees residing in Vietnam are pleading with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to not be returned to Sri Lanka and instead resettled to a third country as a refugee. [Full Story]

Can There Be a Rights Reckoning for Nations That Don't Want to Do It?
[ The New York Times ] [ 15 Nov 2022 22:30 GMT ]

Women who accuse the Sri Lankan security forces of disappearing their sons have been the driving force of protests in the country. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's President invites Tamil parties to resolve minority issues internally
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 14 Nov 2022 20:50 GMT ]

International rights groups claim at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed in the final stages of the war. [Full Story]

Sanctions, demilitarisation, and ICC referral - British MPs demand action on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 13 Nov 2022 08:05 GMT ]

In a wide-ranging debate focused on Sri Lanka, British MPS from across the political aisle unified in their demand for the UK government to act on Sri Lanka in the form of Magnitsky-style sanctions; refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court. [Full Story]

An Artist's High-Tech Dream of a World With No Nations
[ The New York Times ] [ 12 Nov 2022 18:15 GMT ]

In a retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in London, Christopher Kulendran Thomas wonders if network technology can create a real utopia. [Full Story]

Tamil Catholics celebrate three events
[ NZ Catholic Newspaper ] [ 11 Nov 2022 18:00 GMT ]

The association decided to hold the celebration for the feast of Our Lady of Velankanni as well as the canonisation this year of the first Tamil saint, St Devasagayem Pillai, with the anniversary. [Full Story]

Remembering Raviraj 16 years on
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 Nov 2022 23:20 GMT ]

Mr Raviraj was shot in Colombo at close range by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike at around 8:30am on November 10 2006, as he got into his car after giving an interview. The MP died later in hospital. His bodyguard was also killed. [Full Story]

Toronto Tamil Excellence Night Energizes Tamil Diaspora
[ EIN News ] [ 09 Nov 2022 23:35 GMT ]

The lack of UN and INGO evidence collection regarding the Tamil genocide in Tamil Eelam has undermined Tamil justice efforts in a systematic manner' [Full Story]

UN ramps up its urgent humanitarian appeal to bring life-saving assistance to 3.4 million Sri Lankans
[ Reliefweb ] [ 08 Nov 2022 07:15 GMT ]

It will enable protection services to continue for vulnerable women and children at risk of violence. [Full Story]

With people rushing for Sri Lanka's exit, is anyone coming back?
[ LBO ] [ 07 Nov 2022 19:07 GMT ]

Neelesh's advice to young people: Don't just wait in one spot. Get up and go out and look around to see what opportunities are out there in the World. [Full Story]

Support workers' struggle in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Solidarity ] [ 06 Nov 2022 23:55 GMT ]

The climate of fear created by the government has restricted the political activities of Tamils, Muslims and hill country workers. [Full Story]

From army visits to star accolades, never a dull moment for a broadcaster
[ Indian Newslink ] [ 05 Nov 2022 23:20 GMT ]

'The Tamil Conference 2022 brings together scholars, motivational speakers, opinion-makers and community leaders from various parts of the world as well as about 250 Tamil-speaking community members of Aotearoa New Zealand,' [Full Story]

'Be more humane towards our fishermen': India tells Sri Lanka
[ Wion ] [ 04 Nov 2022 22:05 GMT ]

The meeting provided a forum for the Navies and Coast Guards from both sides to further enhance mutual cooperation and synergy in operations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council resolution upholds the need to maintain international scrutiny and seek justice and accountability
[ Amnesty International ] [ 02 Nov 2022 09:52 GMT ]

'The adoption of the UN Human Rights Council's resolution reflects the need for continuing international scrutiny on Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'Why is there an OMP office?' - Tamil Families of the Disappeared protest in Mannar
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 Nov 2022 18:28 GMT ]

These protests are the latest in a series of demonstrations that have lasted over 2,000 days. [Full Story]

What's on the other side of Ram Setu in Sri Lanka?
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 31 Oct 2022 22:11 GMT ]

An arid, wild west landscape with isolated patches of sandy shoreline dotted with palmyra trees and empty fishing boats at Mannar in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan parliament passes constitutional amendment on executive presidency
[ WSWS ] [ 30 Oct 2022 16:25 GMT ]

This amendment does not limit the sweeping powers of the executive president but makes only cosmetic changes. [Full Story]

'Olai Puttu', eatery for authentic Sri Lankan food comes-up in Thoothukudi
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 Oct 2022 00:45 GMT ]

This Sri Lankan Tamil traditional restaurant is supported as part of a project promoting self-reliance of Sri Lankan Tamil women living in the rehabilitation camps. [Full Story]

US stands with Tamil Families of the Disappeared
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Oct 2022 12:17 GMT ]

Tamil politicians have called on the United States to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court. [Full Story]

Families of those missing in Sri Lankan civil war continue to demand justice
[ La Prensa Latina ] [ 27 Oct 2022 10:44 GMT ]

'For years we are living in extreme sorrow. We are also living in poverty. If we are not going to see our loved ones again, then at least the government must give us compensation to help us,' [Full Story]

Sri Lankans yearn for answers on relatives who disappeared in civil war
[ Reuters ] [ 26 Oct 2022 16:25 GMT ]

The instances of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka rank among the world's highest, with human rights group Amnesty International estimating them to number between 60,000 and 100,000 since the late 1980s. [Full Story]

Justice eludes Sri Lanka's Tamils
[ The Statesman ] [ 25 Oct 2022 23:57 GMT ]

It is only through international pressure that the Sri Lankan state will deliver equality to its Tamil citizens. [Full Story]

51st SESSION UNHRC RESOLUTION ON SRI LANKA AND WAY FORWARD
[ BTF ] [ 24 Oct 2022 20:45 GMT ]

We request the International Community to work towards a negotiated political solution for the Tamil people through international arbitration and to undertake to implement it in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil History and Heritage workshop series 19 October to 23 November 2022
[ Tamil Institute ] [ 23 Oct 2022 09:00 GMT ]

Tamil History and Heritage workshop series that starts on Wednesday 19 October 2022 to any young people aged 16-30 years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Political Prescription to 22A
[ SL Guardian ] [ 22 Oct 2022 23:10 GMT ]

Any attempt at the arbitrary replacement of the present Constitution with a new Constitution could deprive the Tamils of even the limited powers granted under the Unitary Constitution by the Thirteenth Amendment. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka passes Constitutional amendment curtailing President's powers
[ Business Standard ] [ 21 Oct 2022 14:24 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Parliament on Friday passed, with over 2/3 majority, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution curtailing certain powers of the President. [Full Story]

Another Beginning
[ Frontline ] [ 20 Oct 2022 10:09 GMT ]

The story is set in the turbulence of an anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka 45 years ago. [Full Story]

A Booker Prize-Winning Novel Offering A Searing Satire Of The Sri Lankan Civil War
[ Homegrown ] [ 19 Oct 2022 19:35 GMT ]

Karunatilaka takes into consideration the real faces of war and through the use of intentional themes of sarcasm and parody, commends the resilient spirit of his people. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Draft 'Rehabilitation' Law Would Spur Abuse
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 Oct 2022 21:45 GMT ]

'Foreign governments should make clear that they will support the urgent needs of the Sri Lankan people, but they will also take action through targeted sanctions and other measures against those committing serious human rights violations.' [Full Story]

Shehan Karunatilaka wins Booker prize for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 17 Oct 2022 15:00 GMT ]

Chair of the judges for this year's prize, said the novel was chosen because 'it's a book that takes the reader on a rollercoaster journey through life and death right to what the author describes as the dark heart of the world'. [Full Story]

'Persecuted Hindu Tamils from Sri Lanka can obtain Indian citizenship under the CAA': Madras HC
[ Opindia ] [ 16 Oct 2022 23:54 GMT ]

The Center for Democracy Pluralism and Human Rights report has also raised concerns over the status of human rights and religious minorities in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

UK accused of putting Tamil refugees at risk in Indian Ocean
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 15 Oct 2022 22:34 GMT ]

The first boat of Tamil refugees, including alleged torture victims, arrived just over a year ago on Diego Garcia, part of the Chagos Islands. [Full Story]

Protesting relatives of forcibly disappeared persons in Sri Lanka seek international probe
[ Peoples Dispatch ] [ 14 Oct 2022 22:44 GMT ]

The mothers, who are affected by the brutal war and genocide, never got the details of their relatives. Instead of letting us know what happened to our relatives, they asked us if we needed a hen or goat?' Yogarasa lamented. [Full Story]

Sea trade led to economic growth of ancient Tamils
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 13 Oct 2022 22:34 GMT ]

The ancient ports on the Red Sea coast of Egypt; at Khor Rori-Sumharam in Oman and other places attest to the early maritime activity of Tamilagam with far off countries. [Full Story]

The top 6 road trips in Sri Lanka for island adventures
[ Lonely Planet ] [ 12 Oct 2022 19:01 GMT ]

In Sri Lanka's northern capital, richly spiced Tamil food is the order of the day. Feast on crab curry and tour the Dutch-era fort and the pilgrim-thronged courtyards of the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Keeping the Storm at Bay
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 11 Oct 2022 02:04 GMT ]

In this excerpt from the Watch List 2022 - Autumn Update, Crisis Group lays out what the EU and its member states can do to mitigate the risks of needed reforms. [Full Story]

Erasing Tamil Eelam: De/Re Territorialisation in the Global War on Terror
[ Academia ] [ 10 Oct 2022 11:25 GMT ]

The spatial aspect of Tamil ethno-nationalism has not changed with the GSL's defeat of the LTTE and there is little reason to believe the new strategy of ensuring ethnic heterogeneity and military outposts in the northeast will address the causes underlying the movement for Eelam in the first place. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka: 'We are near total breakdown': Protecting the rights to health, food and social security in Sri Lanka's economic crisis
[ Amnesty International ] [ 09 Oct 2022 10:03 GMT ]

It focusses on the experiences of people who have precarious jobs and rely on daily wages as their only source of income, and on people from the Malaiyaha Tamil community. [Full Report]

The Geopolitics Of Voting At UNHRC On Resolution Against Sri Lanka - Analysis
[ Eurasia View ] [ 08 Oct 2022 17:15 GMT ]

The stance on human rights appears to have been determined by the member's geopolitical predilections and national interest. [Full Story]

UN extends Sri Lanka war-time violations monitoring, China opposes
[ Reuters ] [ 07 Oct 2022 07:00 GMT ]

The resolution renews the mandate of the OHCHR to observe Sri Lanka's progress towards establishing a credible investigation into alleged war crimes during the civil war that ended in 2009 and promote demilitarisation of its north and eastern regions. [Full Story]

A/HRC/51/5: Situation of human rights in Sri Lanka - Comprehensive report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
[ UN Human Rights Council ] [ 06 Oct 2022 20:25 GMT ]

By pursuing a number of options to advance accountability at the international level, Member States can help Sri Lankans seek justice, reconciliation and human rights. [Full Report]

If India wants to support Sri Lankans, it must back extension of UN panel probing rights violations
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 05 Oct 2022 12:04 GMT ]

To support Sri Lankans who are calling for change and accountability, it is essential for India and other members of the Council to support the resolution. [Full Story]

Ponniyin Selvan: Mani Ratnam's epic drama fires up India box office
[ BBC ] [ 04 Oct 2022 15:05 GMT ]

Ponniyin Selvan, based on one of India's greatest emperors, is widely considered by many to be the finest novel ever written in Tamil. [Full Story]

Vaiko reiterates call for referendum on Tamil Eelam
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 Oct 2022 07:30 GMT ]

He urged the Indian government to change its foreign policy towards Sri Lanka and called for support on a referendum to establish an independent Tamil Eelam. [Full Story]

The idyllic beach resort run by Sri Lanka�s bloated military
[ The Irish Times ] [ 02 Oct 2022 11:08 GMT ]

In northern and eastern Tamil regions, the military retains an outsized role in everything from security to business, a system critics said perpetuated abuses and prevented reconciliation. [Full Story]

UN Human Rights Council Sri Lanka Resolution is Disappointing - Will Encourage Atrocity Crimes Against Tamils: Victims
[ Presswire ] [ 01 Oct 2022 10:25 GMT ]

'Instead of Holding Perpetrators to Account, the Resolution White Washes Their Atrocity Crimes and Bail Them Out' [Full Story]

Sangam Period: Literature, dynasties, and other details you need to know
[ News9 Live ] [ 30 Sep 2022 23:02 GMT ]

The Sangam period is dated broadly between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE [Full Story]

US Congress members demand State Department use sanctions on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian] [ 29 Sep 2022 23:45 GMT ]

'Only by bringing justice and redress to victims of past human rights violations during the decades-long civil war will Sri Lanka be able to fully address its current economic crisis and political situation.' [Full Story]

A journey into Sri Lanka's despair
[ Nikkei Asia ] [ 28 Sep 2022 12:35 GMT ]

Economic collapse deepens but calls for systemic change go unheard. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Revoke Sweeping New Order to Restrict Protest
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Sep 2022 21:07 GMT ]

'Sri Lankans peacefully calling for reforms and government accountability for the economic crisis now face even greater risks of violence, arrest and prolonged detention,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Objective Political Climate and Human Rights
[ BTF ] [ 26 Sep 2022 23:55 GMT ]

We request the International Community to work towards a negotiated political solution for the Tamil people through international arbitration and to undertake to implement it in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Ensuring Sri Lanka's Compliance with UNHRC Resolutions
[ Countercurrents ] [ 25 Sep 2022 17:03 GMT ]

Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils all over the world are very deeply concerned in relation to Sri Lanka�s past human rights violations including war crimes and the very minimal steps taken to uphold accountability and dispense justice to the victims. [Full Story]

Archaeological Survey of India finds 12,000-year-old artefacts near Chennai
[ The Times of India ] [ 24 Sep 2022 10:11 GMT ]

As per typological study, the tools may have been made roughly 12,000 years ago. [Full Story]

Me and my mother tongue
[ The Michigan Daily ] [ 23 Sep 2022 22:27 GMT ]

As a member of the Tamil diaspora that was forced out of Sri Lanka, the Tamil language is central to our identity. [Full Story]

The Tamil Prince, London N1: 'In short, it's just plain great'
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 22 Sep 2022 23:51 GMT ]

The Tamil Prince is firing out a menu of a similar standard to the likes of Gymkhana in Mayfair. [Full Story]

Sri Lankans freed from Russian brutality in Ukraine
[ BBC ] [ 21 Sep 2022 12:15 GMT ]

'We thought we would never get out alive,' says Dilujan Paththinajakan. [Full Story]

Meena Kandasamy awarded the PEN Germany Hermann Kesten Prize
[ The News Minute ] [ 20 Sep 2022 01:25 GMT ]

The award recognises public figures who take a stand against the persecution of writers and journalists. [Full Story]

Oldest Languages In The World: Top 10
[ Bscholarly ] [ 19 Sep 2022 22:40 GMT ]

Tamil, also known as Dravidian, has been spoken for 5,000 years and is the world�s oldest living language. [Full Story]

Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka: An Inside Perspective of War Affected Women
[ Academia ] [ 18 Sep 2022 19:41 GMT ]

The war affected women in Sri Lanka, can and should find a way to push their demands forward throughout the process of post-conflict reconciliation. [Full Story]

'Sri Lankan Tamils will be entitled to external self-determination on account of your default.'
[ Sri Lanka Brief ] [ 17 Sep 2022 00:15 GMT ]

If you do not do it and abstain from doing the right thing, I do not think the Tamil people will take it lying down for too long,' [Full Story]

'We shall be worthy of our duty': the Queen's most memorable speeches
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 16 Sep 2022 09:25 GMT ]

We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again. [Full Story]

Transforming Sri Lanka
[ Policy Forum ] [ 15 Sep 2022 16:11 GMT ]

The mostly Tamil-populated north of the country has been living in continuous protest of land-grabbing, deforestation, and socio-ethnic destabilisation in their traditional homeland for many years. [Full Story]

Are They Alive?
[ BTF ] [ 14 Sep 2022 10:15 GMT ]

The protests of the mothers and family members are unceasingly continuing in Sri Lanka demanding for the release and/or justice for their loss. [Full Story]

Obituary: Queen Elizabeth II
[ BBC ] [ 13 Sep 2022 22:00 GMT ]

The long reign of Queen Elizabeth II was marked by her strong sense of duty and her determination to dedicate her life to her throne and to her people. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rights Groups Urge Strong UN Resolution
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 13 Sep 2022 19:00 GMT ]

The UN Human Rights Council should adopt a strong resolution on Sri Lanka that strengthens current UN mandates on accountability for crimes under international law and monitors the country�s deteriorating human rights situation. [Full Story]

Viruben Nandakumar struggles for Tamil self-determination in Sri Lanka
[ Medya News ] [ 12 Sep 2022 17:02 GMT ]

The Tamils are a nation of some 85 million people, which makes them the largest nation on earth without their own country. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The UN Human Rights Council must strengthen its oversight of Sri Lanka during the crisis triggered by the political and economic collapse
[ Amnesty International ] [ 11 Sep 2022 10:45 GMT ]

Amnesty International urges the UNHRC to strengthen the existing Sri Lanka accountability project of OHCHR, that was established to collect, consolidate, analyse and preserve information and evidence for future; and to set up an expert mechanism on Sri Lanka to monitor, report, provide recommendations on human rights concerns that are at the core of the current crisis. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Government Appoints Alleged Rights Abusers
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 10 Sep 2022 23:09 GMT ]

The government's egregious appointments this week and its heavy-handed response to peaceful protests should make it clear to UN member countries that Sri Lanka's rights situation is declining rapidly. [Full Story]

The Emergence of New Tamil Identity
[ Goa Chronicle ] [ 09 Sep 2022 20:25 GMT ]

Tamil language and culture is one of the oldest thriving tradition in the world, as far as oral tradition it dates it back to 6000BCE and archeological evidence has touched 1200BCE so far. [Full Story]

Death of Queen Elizabeth II: The moment history stops
[ BBC ] [ 08 Sep 2022 19:00 GMT ]

It was her life and her work to be the best of Britain. This was the service she gave. [Full Story]

Tainted Tea: Ensure Welfare of Estate Workers
[ Daily News ] [ 08 Sep 2022 18:02 GMT ]

What about the welfare and rights of thousands of hard-working resilient plantation workers who work in the mist-laden hills? These women and men also have needs, emotions and aspirations like all humans. [Full Story]

'The way out of Sri Lanka's crisis is tied to Tamil freedom'
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 07 Sep 2022 12:51 GMT ]

The freedom of the Sinhala people is interconnected with the national liberation struggle of the Tamil people. [Full Story]

Tamils will only invest in SL if Govt. provides political solution
[ Daily FT ] [ 06 Sep 2022 14:27 GMT ]

Tamils will only invest in Sri Lanka with confidence if the Government of President Ranil Wickremesinghe is able to provide an acceptable political solution to the ethic problem relating to the country's Tamil people. [Full Story]

Tamil political prisoners still languish in jail, whilst Sri Lanka lifts ban on some diaspora groups
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Sep 2022 00:09 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government's move to lift a ban on a handful of Tamil diaspora organisations whilst hundreds of political prisoners remain imprisoned is a 'deceitful drama'. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Ramifications of Nation Rebuilding
[ SL Guardian ] [ 04 Sep 2022 22:30 GMT ]

Compromise will pave the way for a sustainable solution. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: No Recovery without Accountability
[ Geopolitical Monitor ] [ 03 Sep 2022 10:55 GMT ]

The biggest challenge for truth and reconciliation will be gaining, and holding, support from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka to investigate and prosecute atrocities committed against the Tamils during the civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End Use of Terrorism Law Against Protesters
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 02 Sep 2022 20:28 GMT ]

'President Wickremesinghe seems intent on disregarding calls by Sri Lankans for political reform and accountability, and those by his allies abroad to improve respect for human rights,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Remembering the Sencholai massacre 16 years on
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 Sep 2022 22:05 GMT ]

On August 14 2006, four Sri Lankan air force jets flew over the Vanni and dropped sixteen bombs over the Sencholai children's home for orphans, killing 53 school girls and 3 teachers. [Full Story]

Tamil Party Leaders Letter to UNHRC
[ TNA ] [ 31 Aug 2022 12:00 GMT ]

We submit these facts for your kind attention, consideration, and necessary action and to support your commitment and untiring efforts to ensure justice to the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, Tamil mothers of disappeared mark 2,000 days of struggle
[ The Hindu ] [ 30 Aug 2022 00:40 GMT ]

The global human rights organisation urged Sri Lankan government to 'urgently and genuinely' take account of the demands of families of the disappeared, 'prioritise, respect and facilitate' the families� rights to truth, justice and reparations. [Full Story]

Pathetic plight of the Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka
[ Counter Currents ] [ 29 Aug 2022 07:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka wants the world to believe that things are really changing. And yet the dubious detention of Tamils continues. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Introduces Reform Bill to Clip Presidential Powers
[ ABC News ] [ 28 Aug 2022 19:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's civil war resulted in the deaths of 100,000 people, according to conservative United Nations estimates. The actual number is believed to be much higher. [Full Story]

Chinese ship at Lankan port: More to it than meets the eye
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 27 Aug 2022 10:10 GMT ]

Equipping them, instead, to defend themselves against an unkind State back home was tantamount to India invoking the �Responsibility to Protect� (R2P) doctrine, which the UN waited to adopt in 2005, after atrocities in the Balkans and Rwanda, a decade earlier. [Full Story]

Will Ranil's tokenism work with the 51st session of UNHRC?
[ The Morning ] [ 26 Aug 2022 17:15 GMT ]

Since 1948, every Government in power in Sri Lanka has managed accountability and reconciliation purely through empty words, as the verbal and written promises have never been implemented. [Full Story]

Retracing historical and cultural links between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Aug 2022 17:00 GMT ]

Relations can be traced to proto-.historic times. Marks, similar to graffiti-inscribed potsherds found in Tamil Nadu, were unearthed in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'We must not lose hope': Activists, victims seek war crimes charges against ex-Sri Lankan president
[ CBC ] [ 24 Aug 2022 16:48 GMT ]

Human rights groups say now is the time to fight for accountability. [Full Story]

The Rajapaksas have been unseated but Sri Lanka should remember past lessons on majoritarianism
[ Scroll.in ] [ 23 Aug 2022 10:45 GMT ]

For the state to come out with strength and stability, it must frame policies favouring the fair inclusion and representation of the minorities, who have long been ignored. [Full Story]

Perak ruler pays tribute to Jaffna Tamil community
[ FMT ] [ 21 Aug 2022 00:05 GMT ]

Launching a book titled 'They Came from Jaffna', he said the Jaffna Tamil community has contributed to Malaysian culture and heritage through music, dance, movies and culinary arts. [Full Story]

'The right way to end your summer': Tamil Fest returns to Scarborough's Markham Road this weekend
[ Toronto Star ] [ 20 Aug 2022 23:55 GMT ]

Largest Tamil event outside South Asia is on Aug. 27 and 28. [Full Story]

It is time to act
[ BTF ] [ 19 Aug 2022 20:52 GMT ]

The recent events in Sri Lanka have given us a window of opportunity to ensure that the momentum of this process is hastened. [Full Story]

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March 2021 - Evidence Collection Mechanism
[ Human Rights Council ] [ 18 Aug 2022 12:12 GMT ]

Operative Paragraph 6. Recognizes the importance of preserving and analysing evidence relating to violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Roots of the Sri Lankan Crisis and its implications for Australia
[ Australian Institute of International Affairs ] [ 17 Aug 2022 23:29 GMT ]

Positive change could occur in two ways: 1) a Federal restructuring; or 2) a return to the historical structure of the country: Sri Lanka had never been a unified state and perhaps this was at the root of many political and social issues facing the country. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Economic Crisis Puts Rights in Peril
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 16 Aug 2022 19:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's deepening economic crisis highlights the need for the government to give priority to the rights of the people,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's determined Non-Compliance of UNHRC Resolutions in Defiance of UN and UNHRC Charters
[ Counter Currents ] [ 15 Aug 2022 01:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's extent of compliance with the Recommendations of UNHRC Resolutions passed against it since 2012 particularly No. 30/1 of October 01, 2015 to 46/1 of March 23, 2021 raises concerns to the affected Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil mothers of disappeared fear the worst as bodies wash ashore in Colombo
[ Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka ] [ 14 Aug 2022 22:22 GMT ]

Families searching for their enforced disappeared relatives fear that the bodies washed ashore within last few weeks along the Colombo coast could be that of their beloved ones. [Full Story]

Promises not kept
[ Frontline - The Hindu ] [ 13 Aug 2022 22:45 GMT ]

People of Indian origin in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Fiji, for example, are descendants of these labourers. [Full Story]

Counting and Cracking review - an absorbing Sri Lankan family odyssey
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 12 Aug 2022 07:05 GMT ]

Siddharatha also has half an idea to discover his Sri Lankan origins, a culture he knows little about despite his Tamil heritage and Sinhala name. [Full Story]

A perfect storm in Sri Lanka: Governance lessons for the region and beyond
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 11 Aug 2022 12:00 GMT ]

If sustained and translated into a new social contract for the nation, this unity in adversity may well be the most important positive lesson of the Sri Lankan meltdown for the region and the world. [Full Story]

'The Canary in the Coal Mine': Sri Lanka's Crisis is a Chronicle Foretold
[ International Viewpoint ] [ 10 Aug 2022 00:10 GMT ]

It is undoubtedly the most uplifting and hopeful social struggle in Sri Lanka of the 21st century. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: New President Should Chart Path Upholding Rights
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 09 Aug 2022 16:00 GMT ]

'In recent months many Sri Lankans have bravely taken to the streets to call for reform, accountability for corruption, and the protection of fundamental rights,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End government crackdown on peaceful protesters
[ Amnesty International ] [ 08 Aug 2022 18:49 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan authorities must ensure that security forces do not use excessive force and will respect the rights of peaceful protesters. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Economic Crisis and the IMF
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 07 Aug 2022 09:00 GMT ]

It should also allow credible and independent investigations into corruption and support foreign governments to investigate, and if appropriate, return stolen assets hidden abroad. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Family Wins a Long Battle to Stay in Australia
[ The New York Times ] [ 06 Aug 2022 09:00 GMT ]

Rights groups say they do not expect Australian immigration policy to change significantly with its new government, but the decision raised hopes for a more tolerant approach. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End Government Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 05 Aug 2022 10:20 GMT ]

The undersigned organizations are especially concerned about incidents of arrest, intimidation, raids and disinformation against protesters, including those perceived as leading the protests. [Full Story]

Gotabaya's ouster and Ranil Wickremesinghe's arrival - Challenges before the people of Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 Aug 2022 23:45 GMT ]

Whether one likes it or not, this will be recorded in history as one of the popular uprisings that have taken place in many countries against authoritarian regimes and corruption. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka & Democracy
[ Colombo Telegraph ] [ 03 Aug 2022 20:44 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must wait for an 'educated' and 'decent' electorate to create a true democracy. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's new president: Can 'the fox' defy skeptics?
[ Nikkei Asia ] [ 02 Aug 2022 01:11 GMT ]

Wickremesinghe has outmaneuvered rivals - now comes the hard part. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Heightened Crackdown on Dissent
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 01 Aug 2022 23:55 GMT ]

'The people of Sri Lanka are reeling under an economic crisis that has plunged millions into food insecurity, the closure of schools, and shortages of medicine, fuel, and other necessities,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Impunity entrenched: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: 42nd session of the UPR Working Group, 23 Jan�3 Feb 2023
[ Amnesty International ] [ 31 July 2022 23:45 GMT ]

It also assesses the national human rights framework regarding independent institutions, the Office on Missing Persons and the Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full report PDF]

'A moment of opportunity': fall of Sri Lankan president raises victims' hopes
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 30 Jul 2022 09:40 GMT ]

Rights groups say they have a dossier of evidence against Gotabaya Rajapaksa - and a renewed appetite to bring him to account. [Full Story]

For Lanka, A Long Road to Democratic Reform Awaits
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 29 July 2022 19:30 GMT ]

Wickremesinghe's use of the army and police commandos and his appointment of several Rajapaksa loyalists to the cabinet have confirmed those doubts, raised tensions and appear to have quashed hopes of political reforms and accountability. [Full Story]

The Cultural Genocide of Tamils in Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka
[ Counter Currents ] [ 28 Jul 2022 01:11 GMT ]

It is a universally accepted principle that people living in a democratic land should be treated as equals, irrespective of language, ethnic or religious differences. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Security Forces Assault Peaceful Protesters
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 July 2022 20:33 GMT ]

International partners should promote upholding rights with economic recovery aid. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Shameful, brutal assault on peaceful protestors must immediately stop
[ Amnesty International ] [ 26 July 2022 01:05 GMT ]

'Justice and accountability from the Sri Lankan authorities is the need of the hour as Sri Lanka looks towards stability ahead of an IMF bailout to address the economic crisis. [Full Story]

Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 July 2022 02:01 GMT ]

Human Rights Watch submits the following information regarding Sri Lanka�s implementation of recommendations accepted through its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2017, and information about additional international obligations. [Full Story]

The Hope and Fear of the Sri Lankan Protest Movement
[ The New Yorker ] [ 24 July 2022 00:01 GMT ]

It could go in a progressive direction, of addressing the concerns of the people, further democratization, equality, and freedom in terms of inter-ethnic relations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's multiple crises just came to a head
[ The Washington Post ] [ 23 July 2022 18:53 GMT ]

Can Wickremesinghe broker a bottom-up process of reconciliation and power-sharing between the country's various ethnic communities - as well as restructure the country's external debts and jump-start the economy? [Full Story]

The Lost REVOLUTION
[ TWG ] [ 22 July 2022 00:15 GMT ]

The current parliamentarians have no clue as to what is on the table with the IMF negotiations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's former president must be investigated for war crimes
[ The Washington Post ] [ 21 July 2022 23:58 GMT ]

Over several decades, successive Sri Lankan governments have not provided victims of grave abuses with genuine avenues for justice. [Full Story]

Golden or Black July? - the Month of Destiny
[ Ground View ] [ 20 July 2022 21:00 GMT ]

The moment has come for not only one people but all peoples to challenge, resist and overcome the hegemony of a corrupt Third World elite who never served the people but only themselves, pitting the people against each other. [Full Story]

Bankrupt Sri Lanka begs diaspora to send cash
[ Arab News ] [ 19 July 2022 19:50 GMT ]

Economists say the crisis has been made worse by government mismanagement, years of accumulated borrowing and ill-advised tax cuts. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka presidential elections: Why India matters to the island nation's political future
[ BBC ] [ 18 July 2022 23:05 GMT ]

The island nation's minority Tamil population shares close cultural and ethnic links with people in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Uprising Forces Out a President but Leaves System in Crisis
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 17 July 2022 23:55 GMT ]

Should a future Sri Lankan government emerge that is committed to tackling impunity, pursuing the recovery of stolen assets and supporting a restructured state with more inclusive governance, the UN and foreign governments should offer targeted forms of support. [Full Story]

Deep reflection on Sri Lanka's tragic past is vital at this opportune moment of history in the making
[ GTF ] [ 16 July 2022 11:40 GMT ]

It is equally important that these reforms comprehensively address the long standing Tamil National Question through meaningful power devolution to the regions, so that no community would feel second class or threatened in their own country. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Authorities must refrain from use of military to police protests
[ Amnesty International ] [ 15 July 2022 10:11 GMT ]

Amnesty calls upon law enforcement agencies to act with restraint to avoid further serious injury and loss of life. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Protect Rights During Political Turmoil
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 14 July 2022 17:25 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka's political leaders should use the transfer of power to address the acute economic, political, and human rights problems that have been the focus of months of peaceful protest,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees the country on military jet
[ BBC ] [ 13 July 2022 13:55 GMT ]

He is accused of human rights abuses during the war and also targeting those who dissented. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Why is the country in an economic crisis?
[ BBC ] [ 13 July 2022 12:02 GMT ]

As well as not being able to buy goods it needs from abroad, in May Sri Lanka failed to make an interest payment on its foreign debt for the first time in its history. [Full Story]

End of the line for Sri Lanka's 'Terminator' president
[ France24 ] [ 12 July 2022 23:55 GMT ]

He denied allegations that at least 40,000 minority Tamil civilians were killed by troops under his command during the closing months of the war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Opposition leader ready to run for presidency
[ BBC ] [ 11 July 2022 23:15 GMT ]

This comes after his Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) party held talks with allies to get support for the move. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa faces 'terrible, massive protests' unless he quits
[ BBC ] [ 10 July 2022 22:58 GMT ]

'With people power, it's possible,' said Father Jeevantha. 'The international community and the Sri Lanka diaspora, they are ready to help. People are united and ready to make sacrifices. [Full Story]

Explained: Who are the Tamils of Moreh in Manipur?
[ The Indian Express ] [ 09 July 2022 19:45 GMT ]

Over the years, the Tamil community became one of the most influential communities in this border town, 110 km from the capital city of Imphal. [Full Story]

Lankan crisis a chance to ensure Tamils of due rights
[ DTNext ] [ 08 July 2022 23:44 GMT ]

The governments should work on the fact that help sent from India to the island was used not only for Tamils but also for Lankans. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: 'The family took over': how a feuding ruling dynasty drove Sri Lanka to ruin
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 07 July 2022 21:50 GMT ]

The inside story of Rajapaksa family infighting that toppled a country into violence and bankruptcy. [Full Story]

Proposal for Regional Governance in Sri Lanka
[ TWG ] [ 05 July 2022 12:22 GMT ]

China selectively devolved administrative responsibilities to Hong Kong and Macau while remaining as a unitary country. [Full Story]

Will an IMF package ease the pain for ordinary Lankans or make it worse?
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 July 2022 23:55 GMT ]

Help from the IMF comes with conditions attached, and they are not always what the recipient likes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka scrambles for aid - but Australia still seems preoccupied by boats
[ The Conversation ] [ 03 July 2022 14:05 GMT ]

These are some of the poorest and most persecuted people in the country, fleeing from Tamil-majority areas ravaged by the civil war. [Full Story]

Cynthia Shanmugalingam's 'Rambutan' is a deeply personal tribute to Sri Lanka
[ The Independent ] [ 02 July 2022 22:38 GMT ]

Heavily inspired by her Tamil roots and summers spent exploring markets, milling spices and cooking over fire in her mother�s north Sri Lankan village. [Full Story]

No Tigers, Just Lions? The Evolution of Ethnic Democracy in Sri Lanka and Contemporary Challenges
[ Pakistan Christian Post ] [ 01 July 2022 22:10 GMT ]

This growing focus on ethnic difference over cultural similarity threatens the political and cultural diversity that has long characterized South Asia. [Full Story]

TNA leader says diaspora will only assist in Sri Lanka if Tamil question is solved
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 June 2022 11:25 GMT ]

R Sampanthan said that although the worldwide Tamil diaspora could contribute economically to alleviate the crisis in Sri Lanka, they would not do so unless the ethnic issue on the island is resolved once and for all. [Full Story]

Ontario court upholds Tamil Genocide Education Week proclamation
[ Toronto Star ] [ 29 June 2022 09:30 GMT ]

In quashing the claim by the Sinhalese applicants, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice said the 26-year-old civil war ravaged Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

South Asia Diary | Why are Lankan Tamils wary of protesting?
[ WION ] [ 28 June 2022 17:54 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's anti-government protests have paralysed most of the country. But in the Tamil-dominated north, the streets are relatively calm. [Full Story]

In Frames | Troubled waters
[ The Hindu ] [ 27 June 2022 15:21 GMT ]

From 2012, India has not granted the status of refugee to those arriving from Sri Lanka. As a result, these illegal migrants are now housed in 113 refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

The heart of Sri Lankan cuisine at Serendib
[ New Straits Times ] [ 26 June 2022 18:15 GMT ]

The country was an important stop for foreign traders from Asia, Arabia, Africa and Europe because of her deep harbours and strategic location in the midst of the ancient Silk Road. [Full Story]

'I must stay strong': hardship for workers fleeing Sri Lanka's broken economy
[ The Guardian ] [ 25 June 2022 19:09 GMT ]

For many, leaving their country and their family behind to earn money overseas is the only option. [Full Story]

Discarded & Ignored Human Rights Council�s Resolutions By Defiant Sri Lanka
[ Colombo Telegraph ] [ 24 June 2022 11:07 GMT ]

The Commissioner of Human Rights 'called on Sri Lanka to focus on deeper institutional reforms to ensure greater transparency and accountability in governance, reduce inequalities and advance reconciliation and justice for all communities'. [Full Story]

Life after this Death?
[ Ground Views ] [ 23 June 2022 22:45 GMT ]

Acolyte monks and acolyte businessmen are key props of Rajapaksa power. [Full Story]

The Meltdown of Divided Sri Lanka and the Urgent Need of Solving Tamil Question
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 22 June 2022 14:05 GMT ]

The way forward to break free from this quagmire is to deliver the final political solutions to Tamils with a federal state in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Then, the Tamils will invest billions of dollars not only to pay its huge debt, but also invest to bring prosperity for all in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: 'We want justice, not fuel': Sri Lanka�s Tamils on north-south divide
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 22 June 2022 09:10 GMT ]

In a protest that has gone on for more than 3,000 days, dozens of wives and mothers have sat in a camp outside the local administrative offices, demanding the return of their loved ones or answers as to where they are. [Full Story]

Who caused today's crisis in Sri Lanka?
[ SL Guardian ] [ 21 June 2022 23:45 GMT ]

The protracted war resulted in so many human losses and so much economic damage to individuals in the island. [Full Story]

Unresolved national question impaired Sri Lanka's economic progress: Sampanthan
[ The Hindu ] [ 20 June 2022 07:12 GMT ]

Addressing Sri Lanka�s Tamil national question is imperative for the island nation's recovery from the crushing economic crisis it is facing. The unresolved issue had proved a major impediment for the country's economic progress since Independence. [Full Story]

As global food crisis looms, Sri Lanka offers a cautionary tale
[ France24 ] [ 19 June 2022 22:59 GMT ]

The Rajapaksas cast themselves as legendary heroes pitted against 'terrorists' and 'extremists' from minority groups, including the Hindu Tamils and a minority Muslim community. [Full Story]

In pictures: At the edge of India in Dhanuskodi
[ Telegraph India ] [ 18 June 2022 00:45 GMT ]

This popular ghost town with ruins, adventurous roadways and scenic waterfronts in Pamban Island has a captivating and catastrophic history. [Full Story]

Tamil Eelam - Tamil Nadu links draw closer as flight and ferries set to resume
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 June 2022 00:05 GMT ]

'Better connectivity and improved travel facilities could help remove the remaining layers of mistrust that has constrained the India-Sri Lanka partnership from realising its full potential.' [Full Story]

Sri Lankan govt targets families of victims of 'enforced disappearance'
[ The Week ] [ 16 June 2022 19:30 GMT ]

Amnesty International said families of those who participated in demonstrations seeking justice for their loved ones were facing harassment, torture and repeated interrogation. [Full Story]

Book: The Unspeakable Truth - the poignant history of Tamils in Sri Lanka after independence
[ BTF ] [ 15 June 2022 12:44 GMT ]

It catalogues the Sri Lankan Tamils� descent from a once thriving vibrant Nation to one that is today fighting for its very survival. [Book PDF]

Tamil Diaspora says will help SL pay off foreign debt of $52b, if SL agrees to amicable separation
[ Daily FT ] [ 08 June 2022 00:05 GMT ]

There are two million Tamils from Sri Lanka who proudly call them Eelam Tamils and live in foreign countries. Most of them are financially well-off, highly educated, and well trained and experienced in various fields. [Full Story]

Moving Towards True Reconciliation
[ Ground Views ] [ 07 June 2022 18:45 GMT ]

The civil war, its antecedent events and its aftermath have robbed us of much as a nation: life, limb, blood, innocence, trust ... the list goes on. Let it not also rob us of our humanity. [Full Story]

Many nations vie for a piece of Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port project. Here's why
[ India Today ] [ 06 June 2022 23:55 GMT ]

Trincomalee is a region in Sri Lanka that is heavily influenced by the Tamil culture and the name itself is the anglicised form of the Tamil word. [Full Story]

We expect justice from the international community - Tamil families of the disappeared
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 June 2022 22:49 GMT ]

Tamil families of the disappeared criticised the international community's response to their struggle to find justice for their loved ones. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Rebel Wife: A woman's search for her missing husband
[ Aljazeera ] [ 04 June 2022 23:39 GMT ]

Ananthy searches for answers about the disappearance of her Tamil Tiger husband after the Sri Lankan civil war. [Full Story]

How populism led to the crisis in Sri Lanka - and why the youth movement gives reason to hope
[ Toronto Star ] [ 03 June 2022 23:10 GMT ]

If there is one silver lining from this crisis, it is that both Tamil and Sinhalese youth are working together to eject their corrupt leaders. [Full Story]

PM Modi visits Tamil Nadu, BJP eyes building trust with Tamils
[ New Delhi Times ] [ 02 June 2022 10:14 GMT ]

PM Modi has successfully offset the past baggage to build a large bank of goodwill and allay the misgivings of Tamilians at large. [Full Story]

IRAP LAWSUIT CALLS ON U.S. GOVERNMENT TO REUNITE SRI LANKAN REFUGEE FAMILY
[ IRAP ] [ 01 June 2022 23:00 GMT ]

Mr. Kulas fled his home in Sri Lanka to escape multiple attempts by the Sri Lankan army to kidnap, torture, and murder him, and was safely resettled as a refugee in the United States in 2018. [Full Story]

House of Commons passes Scarborough MP's resolution, recognizing genocide
[ Toronto Star ] [ 31 May 2022 19:18 GMT ]

May 18 marked in Canada as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day. The war sent thousands of Tamils from Sri Lanka to Canada as refugees. [Full Story]

Sinhalisation continues as Sri Lankan army helps construct Buddhist shrine in Tamil area of Muttur
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 May 2022 19:30 GMT ]

A new Buddhist vihara is being constructed in Muttur, a majority Tamil speaking area, with the aid of Sri Lanka's army. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Austerity for the masses, impunity for the robbers
[ Greenleft ] [ 29 May 2022 17:42 GMT ]

The loan-seeking PM is avoiding the issue of the president�s resignation, and the retrieval of all the public money stolen under the Rajapaksa regime, which the protesters are demanding. [Full Story]

1,906 days of struggle and still no justice
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 May 2022 23:55 GMT ]

'The culture of impunity continues in Sri Lanka'. 'We only expect international accountability and justice, justice for genocide is necessary'. [Full Story]

Revisiting the Jaffna Public Library
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 27 May 2022 22:58 GMT ]

The Jaffna Municipal Council-operated Jaffna Public Library was built in 1933 and burned down in 1981. It was one of Asia's most important libraries, with over 97,000 books and manuscripts. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The stranded state
[ Frontline ] [ 26 May 2022 17:15 GMT ]

The island has faced a series of misfortunes - the wrath of a 26-year-long civil war, a devastating tsunami, the Easter bombings of 2018, the spread of COVID-19, and now the economic crisis. [Full Story]

13 years too late: As ethnic fault lines blur, what it means for Sri Lankan Tamils
[ The Federal ] [ 25 May 2022 15:09 GMT ]

Already scarred by the ravages of the war, she grew up waiting for 'some sort of closure' for her community - the Sri Lankan Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka defaults on debt for first time in its history
[ BBC ] [ 24 May 2022 11:45 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is seeking to restructure debts of more than $50bn it owes to foreign creditors, to make it more manageable to repay. [Full Story]

TAMIL NADU - Sri Lankan PM thanks Stalin for sending aid
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 May 2022 16:22 GMT ]

The consignment was flagged off from Chennai port by Mr. Stalin recently. 'This is also the first consignment under a larger $16 million commitment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by Government of Tamil Nadu,' the release said. [Full Story]

Biloela family to return to central Queensland, Tamil Refugee Council calls for Labor to do more
[ ABC ] [ 22 May 2022 19:44 GMT ]

The family's legal battle for protection has dominated headlines and polarised the public and politicians for four years. [Full Story]

Tamil family sheds 'happy tears' as Labor win paves path home to Biloela
[ Brisbane Times ] [ 21 May 2022 23:05 GMT ]

The Tamil asylum seekers at the centre of a years-long grassroots campaign to save them from deportation to Sri Lanka will be going home to the small central Queensland town of Biloela. [Full Story]

Poor families in northern Sri Lanka flee to India to avoid hunger
[ WSWS ] [ 20 May 2022 11:25 GMT ]

Residents of Sri Lanka's North and East, who are still struggling with devastation of the 26-year bloody communal war that ended in May 2009, have been hard hit by the unprecedented economic crisis sweeping the country. [Full Story]

Cannes Film Festival: India-Australia joint venture, The Laugh of Lakshmi, announced
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 19 May 2022 23:55 GMT ]

The Laugh of Lakshmi is a story of a mother and son separated by war in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

As Sri Lanka's Tamils Remember War Dead, Justice Remains Elusive
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 May 2022 21:15 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's foreign partners, who are working to address the economic crisis, need to remember that steps towards lasting stability won't succeed without protecting rights and addressing past abuses. [Full Story]

Asylum seekers stuck on Diego Garcia start hunger strike
[ Aljazeera ] [ 17 May 2022 22:59 GMT ]

Most of the group are seeking guarantees from the UK government that they will not be repatriated to Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, new prime minister says
[ BBC ] [ 16 May 2022 14:05 GMT ]

Mr Wickremesinghe, who was appointed prime minister last Thursday, said the country's central bank would have to print money to help meet the government's wage bill and other commitments. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rights under attack during economic crisis
[ Amnesty International ] [ 15 May 2022 01:25 GMT ]

The authorities must uphold human rights to freedom of movement, liberty and security of person. [Full Story]

How the Rajapaksa family wrecked Sri Lanka
[ The Washington Post ] [ 14 May 2022 02:03 GMT ]

It's people demanding accountability for corruption, demanding basic rights to dignity,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: New Emergency regulations and shooting orders threaten human rights
[ Amnesty International ] [ 13 May 2022 15:05 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has a history of human rights violations implicating the Military, including custodial torture under consecutive emergency situations in the past. This pattern of violations of human rights must end. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Government Backers Attack Peaceful Protesters
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 May 2022 10:35 GMT ]

'In recent weeks, thousands of Sri Lankans have peacefully protested against corruption and called for accountable governance and respect for human rights,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

How Sri Lanka spiralled into crisis and what happens next
[ Aljazeera ] [ 11 May 2022 14:05 GMT ]

The South Asian island nation is experiencing an unprecedented economic collapse that has pushed the government into a deep crisis. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka protests: Leaders under pressure as anger at economic crisis boils over
[ BBC ] [ 11 May 2022 14:01 GMT ]

How the family, who have dominated Sri Lankan politics for years, overcome this crisis is now an open question. [Full Story]

Why are Sri Lankans protesting in the streets?
[ BBC ] [ 10 May 2022 16:00 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's government has racked up $51bn (�39bn) in foreign debt. This year, it will be required to pay $7bn (�5.4bn) to service these debts, with similar amounts for years to come. [Full Story]

Ukraine war: The stolen faces used to promote Vladimir Putin
[ BBC ] [ 09 May 2022 23:25 GMT ]

Twitter removed 11 out of 12 accounts specifically flagged by the BBC for using other people's pictures, including this one of Indian actress. [Full Story]

The rise and fall of a political dynasty that brought Sri Lanka to its knees
[ France24 ] [ 08 May 2022 23:55 GMT ]

Their successors will inherit the mess, leaving space for the Rajapaksas to remain politically relevant." [Full Story]

Adoration turns to anger towards crisis-hit Sri Lanka's ruling clan
[ France24 ] [ 07 May 2022 22:35 GMT ]

Thousands of protestors have been camped outside the president's office in Colombo for weeks demanding his resignation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka President declares a state of emergency
[ The Hindu ] [ 06 May 2022 19:38 GMT ]

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared a state of emergency giving security forces sweeping powers for the second time in five weeks to deal with escalating anti-government protests. [Full Story]

Pfizer opens global drug development centre on IIT-M Research Park campus
[ The Hindu ] [ 05 May 2022 11:20 GMT ]

This is the company's first such facility in Asia. [Full Story]

'Our protest is not similar to yours' - Tamil families of the disappeared want justice, not food
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 May 2022 18:05 GMT ]

'We have been struggling for the enforced disappearances for the last 13 years,' she continued, referring to the massacres that took place at the end of the armed conflict in 2009. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Police Fire on Protesters
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 03 May 2022 12:10 GMT ]

Use of Lethal Force Results in at Least 1 Dead, More Than a Dozen Wounded. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka profile - Timeline
[ BBC ] [ 02 May 2022 19:22 GMT ]

1972 - Ceylon becomes a republic and changes its name to Sri Lanka. Buddhism is given primary place as the country's religion, further antagonising Tamil minority. [Full Story]

Global Summit of Tamil entrepreneurs and professionals in London, UK: 5th to 7th May 2022
[ Tamil Rise ] [ 01 May 2022 14:00 GMT ]

Tamil entrepreneurs and professionals from seventy plus countries are gathering in London for shared prosperity between 5th & 7th May 2022. Tickets at the entrance of Hotel Grand Sapphire, 45 Imperial Way, Croydon, Greater London CR0 4RR. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka crisis: One killed after police fire live bullets at protesters
[ BBC ] [ 20 Apr 2022 13:27 GMT ]

It comes as the nation is grappling with its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948. [Full Story]

Lankans are making history by bloodlessly bringing an autocracy to its knees
[ FT Lanka ] [ 19 Apr 2022 23:55 GMT ]

It is now evident that they never even had a plan to effectively govern this country. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Economic Meltdown Triggers Popular Uprising and Political Turmoil
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 18 Apr 2022 19:15 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is embroiled in nationwide protests amid deepening economic woes and increasing political volatility. [Full Story]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Beleaguered Sri Lanka leader appoints new cabinet
[ BBC ] [ 17 Apr 2022 21:05 GMT ]

He had called on the opposition to join a unity government but they refused. [Full Story]

Global Summit of Tamil entrepreneurs and professionals
[ Tamil Rise ] [ 16 Apr 2022 07:00 GMT ]

Tamil entrepreneurs and professionals from seventy plus countries are gathering in London for shared prosperity between 5th & 7th May 2022. [Full Report PDF]

What's happening in Sri Lanka and how did the economic crisis start?
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 15 Apr 2022 20:25 GMT ]

Many believe Sri Lanka's economic relations with China are a main driver behind the crisis. The United States has called this phenomenon 'debt-trap diplomacy'. [Full Story]

New Year dawns at protest site for many Sri Lankans
[ The Hindu ] [ 14 Apr 2022 09:00 GMT ]

Scores of Sri Lankans on Thursday marked Sinhala and Tamil New Year at their agitation site in Colombo, as they relentlessly protest the Rajapaksa government�s 'failed response' to the country's crushing economic depression. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Authorities must respect peoples� right to protest
[ Amnesty International ] [ 13 Apr 2022 22:30 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan authorities must not use unnecessary or excessive force to disperse protesters who are suffering the consequences of an economic crisis that is spiraling out of control. [Full Story]

Why are Sri Lankans protesting in the streets?
[ BBC ] [ 12 Apr 2022 19:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's central bank has announced it will have to stop making payments on its huge foreign debt burden because it is so short of foreign currency. [Full Story]

IMF/Sri Lanka: Address Economic Rights, Corruption in Loans
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 11 Apr 2022 10:28 GMT ]

Any future International Monetary Fund (IMF) program in Sri Lanka should protect the human rights of low-income people, and address corruption and entrenched obstacles to the rule of law, Human Rights Watch said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka softens 'terror' law after EU trade pressure
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 29 Mar 2022 19:15 GMT ]

The EU last year warned that the island nation could again lose its generalised system of preferences (GSP Plus) designation if Colombo did not improve its rights record. [Full Story]

Apple CEO Tim Cook lauds 40 students for displaying Tamil Nadu's culture using iPhone 13 mini
[ You Tube ] [ 28 Mar 2022 15:45 GMT ]

Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised 40 Tamil Nadu students. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Changes to Abusive Security Law Superficial
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Mar 2022 10:20 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has attempted to dodge growing international pressure to end abuses under its notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) by rushing cosmetic amendments through parliament this week. [Full Story]

Tamils fear prison and torture in Sri Lanka, 13 years after civil war ended
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 26 Mar 2022 11:55 GMT ]

'Under the present government the situation for Tamils is getting much worse,' [Full Story]

Know how Chinese dragon swallowed Sri Lanka?
[ India Herald ] [ 25 Mar 2022 23:10 GMT ]

Recently some Sri Lankan tamil citizens have come to india leaving their country by boat, risking their lives. Protests against the government are increasing in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu govt will handle Sri Lankan Tamils' return legally, says CM Stalin
[ The Indian Express ] [ 24 Mar 2022 23:52 GMT ]

'The Tamil Nadu government will strive to ensure a new dawn to the Lankan Tamils,' he assured. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa seeks cooperation from Tamil leaders to 'rebuild the country'
[ The Print ] [ 23 Mar 2022 19:00 GMT ]

The TNA wants full devolution under the 13th Amendment as the central governments have over the years shown reluctance to meet the demand for police and land powers to the provinces. [Full Story]

Refugee calls for improved visa support after incredible journey from war-torn Sri Lanka to central west NSW
[ ABC ] [ 22 Mar 2022 22:49 GMT ]

Ten years after arriving in Australia from war-torn Sri Lanka, Tamil refugee Jaganthan Thankavel says the visa process means he and his family still can't properly settle. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu government in touch with Centre to legally handle influx of Sri Lankan refugees, says CM
[ Scroll.in ] [ 21 Mar 2022 23:48 GMT ]

'I have been closely working with Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees, who fled the ethnic conflict in the 1990s,' Tiphagne said. [Full Story]

Fleeing genocide, torture and now an economic crisis - Tamil refugees arrive in India
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 20 Mar 2022 23:57 GMT ]

For decades Eelam Tamils have fled Sri Lanka, amidst years of human rights abuses, violence from the security forces and impunity for crimes. However, the current economic crisis has now added to the burden. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Commentary on the Prevention of Terrorism Act Amendment Bill
[ Amnesty International ] [ 19 Mar 2022 19:55 GMT ]

The bill requires substantial amendment beyond what has already been determined by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court as going against the Sri Lankan Constitution, to bring it in line with international law and standards. [Full Report]

Sri Lankan Tamils flee to India as economic crisis engulfs island nation
[ The Federal News ] [ 18 Mar 2022 22:51 GMT ]

Authorities in India expect more Sri Lankan Tamils to arrive, with one report quoting intelligence sources as saying �around 2,000 refugees' are likely to come in the coming weeks. [Full Story]

Negombo Fishermen's Tamil: A unique Tamil dialect survived among a fishing community
[ Scroll.in ] [ 17 Mar 2022 21:35 GMT ]

Wherever you go in Sri Lanka, you will find Tamil. Its status as one of the official languages means it is on the currency, official signage and ... [Full Story]

Tied with ropes, slept in toilet: Tamil fishermen recall Lankan prison horrors
[ The Federal News ] [ 16 Mar 2022 14:30 GMT ]

A group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were released from the jails of Sri Lanka recently relived the horrors of prison life and inhuman treatment meted out to them by Lankan prison officials. [Full Story]

Vaiko wants Sri Lanka to pay compensation to kin of 800 Tamil Nadu fishermen killed by Sri Lanka Navy
[ Times of India ] [ 15 Mar 2022 23:25 GMT ]

Around 800 Tamil Nadu fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan navy over the last four decades. [Full Story]

United Nations accuses Sri Lanka of war crimes
[ Asia News ] [ 14 Mar 2022 19:20 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government fears that the arrest of a suspect near London could lead to the detention of current military officers and government officials. [Full Story]

A taste of Yalpanam
[ New Indian Express ] [ 13 Mar 2022 23:40 GMT ]

A group of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee women offer an authentic experience of Eelam cuisine through Yalpanam by Serendip [Full Story]

Wounds of Sri Lanka's civil war remain impossible to heal
[ France24 ] [ 12 Mar 2022 11:28 GMT ]

In the former war zone in the northeast, tens of thousands of women have lost their husbands in the conflict - many confirmed dead, many others still missing. [Full Story]

Targeted Sanctions Against Credibly Alleged Perpetrators Of Grave Human Rights Violations and Abuses
[ BTF ] [ 11 Mar 2022 12:00 GMT ]

We would appreciate and extend our sincere support to minimise the suffering of the Ukrainian people on humanitarian grounds. [Full Story]

Rising Tensions in Palk Bay Over Fishing Rights
[ The Diplomat ] [ 10 Mar 2022 17:58 GMT ]

Hundreds of Indian fishermen have been arrested, tortured and even killed in the India-Sri Lanka conflict over fishing grounds in the past decade. [Full Story]

Mothers of Missing Tamils in Sri Lanka Wish Good Luck to the Ukrainian People, Especially to the Ukraine Mothers
[ Tamil Diaspora News ] [ 09 Mar 2022 16:05 GMT ]

Since the international community ignored the injustices that happened to Tamils in Sri Lanka and did not hold the Sri Lankan government or military accountable, it gave all other oppressors and aggressors a green light to do what they want to do. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan government tables sham amendments to draconian anti-terrorism law
[ WSWS ] [ 08 Mar 2022 18:45 GMT ]

Colombo systematically employed it in its anti-Tamil provocations that preceded the nearly 30-year brutal war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka cardinal seeks UN probe into Easter massacre
[ France24 ] [ 07 Mar 2022 16:20 GMT ]

'However, subsequent investigations indicate that this massacre was part of a grand political plot.' [Full Story]

Everything you need to know about Sri Lanka before you come
[ Lonely Planet ] [ 06 Mar 2022 19:18 GMT ]

Tourists are less common in Jaffna and the north where a distinct Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu culture predominates. [Full Story]

At UNHRC, India urges Sri Lanka for steps to address legitimate aspirations of Tamil community
[ The Print ] [ 05 Mar 2022 10:01 GMT ]

'India believes that it is in Sri Lanka�s own interest that the expectations of Tamils in Sri Lanka for equality, justice, peace and dignity, within a united Sri Lanka, are fulfilled. [Full Story]

Tamil Political Parties in Sri Lanka Jointly Call for Referendum for Permanent Political Solution to the Ethnic Conflict
[ Tamil Political Parties ] [ 04 Mar 2022 11:45 GMT ]

Repeated mass killings of Tamils amounting to genocide is due to lack of permanent political solution to the protracted ethic conflict" [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Report Describes Alarming Rights Situation
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 03 Mar 2022 17:00 GMT ]

'The Sri Lankan government has responded to international scrutiny of its rights record with a false and misleading public relations offensive,' said Meenakshi Ganguly. [Full Story]

'No one's coming to save us': Indian students in Kharkiv
[ BBC ] [ 02 Mar 2022 12:36 GMT ]

'It's been six days since we have slept or ate properly. There is the sound of explosions piercing our ears... my friend is wheezing and even the pharmacy hasn't opened to give her medicine.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Still no answers: An update on the rights of victims of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 01 Mar 2022 19:45 GMT ]

'Wrongdoers have to be punished. There is no accountability for them locally. Therefore bringing us justice falls on the international community.' [Full Report]

Britain presses Sri Lanka on 'truth, justice and reconciliation'
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Feb 2022 20:15 GMT ]

His meeting follows a damning report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which raised alarm over the 'lack of accountability for past human rights violations and recognition of victims' rights in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Cleansing Sri Lanka of ethnonationalism
[ Daily FT ] [ 27 Feb 2022 23:50 GMT ]

A new foundation of civic nationalism with liberal democracy in which every Sri Lankan, be she/he Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher or whatever group or religion must have the same rights and obligations expected of any citizen. [Full Story]

Met Police war crimes detectives arrest man in UK over 2000 murder of journalist in Sri Lanka
[ The Independent UK ] [ 26 Feb 2022 17:30 GMT ]

War crimes detectives from the Metropolitan Police have arrested a man in the UK in connection with the murder of one of the most esteemed journalists in Sri Lanka during its decades-long civil conflict. [Police Report]

Troubled waters: On India-Sri Lanka fishing conflict
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Feb 2022 23:45 GMT ]

They should also facilitate the resumption of talks at the level of fisherfolk, especially from Tamil Nadu and the Northern Province. [Full Story]

UN for foreign prosecutions for Sri Lanka
[ New Age ] [ 24 Feb 2022 22:55 GMT ]

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made the comments a day after British police announced the first overseas arrest over war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Tamil legislators protest government's 'land grabbing' in Northern Province
[ The Week ] [ 23 Feb 2022 23:44 GMT ]

They argue that the Sri Lankan government, which is predominantly Sinhalese majority, is attempting to marginalise the country�s Tamils. [Full Story]

Diaspora investment in Mullaitivu, Mullai Milk Processing Industries
[ LBO ] [ 22 Feb 2022 12:50 GMT ]

Advise on who wants what, how to gain market access and help build channels. Help make connections between suppliers in the North and customers overseas. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Joint NGO Statement in Solidarity with Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Ambika Satkunanathan
[ Amnesty International ] [ 21 Feb 2022 00:15 GMT ]

Instead of trying to silence those who seek to defend human rights, the government should give serious consideration to their input and contributions, and take urgent action to ensure that they can work in a safe environment without fear of reprisals. [Full Story]

Lankan Tamil organizations hail Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin
[ News In Asia ] [ 20 Feb 2022 09:00 GMT ]

It has not even been a year since Hon. M. K. Stalin became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, yet the mark that the DMK leader has made in his state and among Tamils worldwide is unmistakable. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End the use of and repeal the draconian PTA
[ Amnesty International ] [ 19 Feb 2022 17:05 GMT ]

43 years since it was first passed as a temporary measure, the draconian PTA continues to be used by the Government of Sri Lanka to target, and harass minorities, activists, journalists and critical voices. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka's archbishop speaks out against activist's arrest
[ ABC News ] [ 18 Feb 2022 07:55 GMT ]

Activist Gamage was forcibly taken away from his home by plain clothed men, who were later identified as police, on Monday evening. [Full Story]

Armed attack on well-known Sri Lankan TV journalist's home
[ Reporters Without Borders ] [ 17 Feb 2022 18:22 GMT ]

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent investigation into an attack by armed men on the home of well-known Sri Lankan TV journalist Chamuditha Samarawickrama. [Full Story]

HRW: EU must step up pressure on Sri Lanka to reform its controversial counter-terrorism laws
[ Jurist ] [ 16 Feb 2022 11:08 GMT ]

HRW hopes that the EU can leverage the benefits offered by its trading scheme to pressure the Sri Lankan government into finally fulfilling that promise. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan govt misusing Prevention of Terrorism Act against Tamil, Muslim communities: Rights group
[ ANI News ] [ 15 Feb 2022 07:55 GMT ]

The rights group said the European Union, other trading partners, and donors, should press for time-bound action to repeal the abusive law and reject the government's proposed amendments, which would not end widespread abuses. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Support for Rights Defender
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 14 Feb 2022 20:45 GMT ]

Instead of trying to silence those who seek to defend human rights, the government should give serious consideration to their input and contributions, and take urgent action to ensure that they can work in a safe environment without fear of reprisals. [Full Story]

The death of a book
[ Mid-Day ] [ 13 Feb 2022 15:55 GMT ]

Westland's closure will be both, a 'creative and personal tragedy' for her. [Full Story]

Tamil Solidarity protest against repressive Sri Lankan regime
[ Socialist Party ] [ 12 Feb 2022 01:35 GMT ]

Tamil Solidarity stands for the full right to self-determination, including separation. [Full Story]

Indo-Lankan relations begin to be grounded in realities
[ News In Asia ] [ 11 Feb 2022 02:20 GMT ]

From 1983, for about 30 years, the question of the political rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils bedevilled India-Lanka relations. [Full Story]

The same old act
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 Feb 2022 19:14 GMT ]

The wanton use of the act - including its targeting of Tamils and Muslims, the arbitrary nature of detention, the almost routine reports of torture and the drawn out judicial process - is a marker of the problems inherent within the Sri Lankan state. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Interests Best Served By Peace for Tamils: S Jaishankar
[ HW News ] [ 09 Feb 2022 17:45 GMT ]

The ministers agreed on early finalisation of several agreements and MoUs in areas of defence, culture and education, which are pending between the two countries. [Full Story]

'In a Legal Black Hole' - Sri Lanka's Failure to Reform the Prevention of Terrorism Act
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 Feb 2022 10:00 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has been used for over 40 years to enable prolonged arbitrary detention, to extract false confessions through torture, and to target minority communities and civil society groups. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Grave Abuses Under Discredited Law
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 07 Feb 2022 17:10 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government is using the discredited Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to commit prolonged arbitrary detention and torture, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka court orders release of lawyer held for two years
[ Aljazeera ] [ 06 Feb 2022 22:04 GMT ]

Monday's decision comes just weeks before his case was due to be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, according to diplomats. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka needs to save its economy from China's debt-trap policy: Report
[ DT Next ] [ 05 Feb 2022 23:58 GMT ]

In an analytical piece, Global Strat View on Sunday said Sri Lanka's financial crisis is leading to a humanitarian crisis that could ultimately push the country into bankruptcy. [Full Story]

Online rally demands Tamil self-determination
[ Green Left ] [ 04 Feb 2022 23:49 GMT ]

He called on the international community to: refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court, to be tried for the crime of genocide; to recognise the north and east of Sri Lanka as the Tamil homeland and the right of the Tamil nation to self-determination. [Full Story]

Advocacy group calls on Sri Lanka to repeal 'anti-terror' law
[ Aljazeera ] [ 03 Feb 2022 19:55 GMT ]

The International Commission of Jurists said the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act were 'woefully inadequate'. [Full Story]

JAILING ACTIVISTS AND PARDONING MURDERERS: MONITORING TEN ISSUES OF CONCERN IN SRI LANKA IN 2021
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 02 Feb 2022 22:05 GMT ]

An overview of the reconciliation, human rights, and accountability situation in Sri Lanka in 2021, in relation to the ten issues of concern raised by UN Human Rights Council Resolution 46/1. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka: The Prevention of Terrorism Act cannot be reformed; it must be repealed
[ International Commission of Jurists ] [ 01 Feb 2022 18:45 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Government must repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act, as a new set of proposed reforms are woefully inadequate and overlook the most egregious provisions of the legislation, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. [Full Story]

Commemorating Tamil Oppression Day
[ Red Flag ] [ 31 Jan 2022 17:10 GMT ]

Merging the Tamil and Sinhalese homelands together in 1883, the British imposed a unitary state over the entire territory, consolidating historically distinct ethnic and cultural kingdoms into one. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamil Party Letter To Modi: Anomalies And Absurdities � OpEd
[ Eurasia View ] [ 30 Jan 2022 21:25 GMT ]

Although the letter stated that the signatories are committed to a solution based on federal principles, it imparts the impression that they have accepted the provincial councils as the solution. [Full Story]

We will continue fighting for truth, justice and accountability - All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils annual report
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 Jan 2022 12:58 GMT ]

British ministers and MPs renewed their commitment to 'fighting for truth, justice and accountability for Tamils' whilst highlighting the ongoing abuses suffered by those in Sri Lanka. [Full Report]

Lanka's frantic efforts to please the West ahead of the UNHRC session
[ News In Asia ] [ 28 Jan 2022 20:50 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has been making frantic efforts to meet the expectations of the Western countries on the human rights issue in the country, ahead of the February-March session of the UNHRC in Geneva. [Full Story]

Human Rights Watch - World Report 2022 - Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Jan 2022 10:45 GMT ]

In March 2021, the UN Human Rights Council, responding to continuing abuses and the failure of accountability in Sri Lanka, mandated the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to collect and prepare evidence of grave crimes for use in future prosecutions. [Full Story]

China's bare-chested turn to Sri Lankan Tamils is India's new headache
[ The Print ] [ 26 Jan 2022 18:15 GMT ]

The attempts to escalate the bilateral dispute with India have followed China's unprecedented outreach among the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil family receive a lifeline in their fight to remain in Australia - but they could still be deported back to Sri Lanka later this year
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 25 Jan 2022 22:02 GMT ]

Ms Cameron cited an International Truth and Justice Project 2021 report that said Tamil people are 'still being abducted and tortured' by Sri Lankan security forces. [Full Story]

Posturing in Sri Lanka for the March UNHRC session
[ News In Asia ] [ 24 Jan 2022 12:35 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government is expecting censure following the report of Human Rights Watch for 2021. And the Tamil side is worried as the international community may, as in the past, not walk the talk. [Full Story]

Light at the end of tunnel for Sri Lankan refugees
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 23 Jan 2022 08:55 GMT ]

The need of the hour is a humane approach. [Full Story]

Beyond the Accord and beyond India's reach
[ News In Asia ] [ 22 Jan 2022 17:02 GMT ]

New Delhi cannot brush aside the Tamil Nadu factor. In the months and years to come, New Delhi will have to walk the tight rope on the Lankan Tamil issue. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan army 'restores' another stupa as Sinhalisation in East intensifies |
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 21 Jan 2022 09:50 GMT ]

The project is the latest in a series of Sinhalisation projects that have targeted the East of the Tamil homeland. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's leader vows rights reforms as debt crisis looms
[ Toronto Star ] [ 20 Jan 2022 08:34 GMT ]

According to initial U.N. estimates, about 100,000 people were killed in the quarter-century civil war. Another U.N. expert panel later said about 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians may have been killed in just the last few months of fighting. [Full Story]

Visiting UK minister gets wakeup call from Tamil mothers
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 19 Jan 2022 18:15 GMT ]

'Do you really think this government is going to engage seriously with the past through the Geneva process? We want the UK government to help us achieve justice using universal jurisdiction cases as Germany did for the Syrians'. [Full Story]

India builds a thousand houses for Tamil farmworkers
[ Asia News ] [ 18 Jan 2022 20:14 GMT ]

More than a thousand houses were donated to Tamil farmworkers of Indian descent who work on plantations in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Colombo Port City: A new Dubai or a Chinese enclave?
[ BBC ] [ 17 Jan 2022 18:00 GMT ]

Only China has long-term ambitions - and deep pockets. [Full Story]

British lawmakers and Tamils celebrate Pongal in Westminster
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Jan 2022 20:52 GMT ]

'We will always stand by you in your pursuit of justice!' said Siobhain McDonaugh, MP for Mitcham and Morden. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Minorities, Activists Targeted
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 15 Jan 2022 12:50 GMT ]

In June the European Parliament passed a resolution deploring the Sri Lankan government's intensifying repression. [Full Story]

Pongal 2022 message from the Prime Minister Rt Hon Boris Johnson PC MP
[ 10 Downing Street ] [ 14 Jan 2022 09:19 GMT ]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wishes the UK Tamil community, and Tamils around the world a happy Thai Pongal. [Full Story]

Human Rights Watch sees all-round deterioration in Sri Lanka
[ News In Asia ] [ 13 Jan 2022 23:39 GMT ]

The Human Rights Watch's latest report on Sri Lanka comes down heavily on the rights record of the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It observes serious deficiencies in every sphere. [Full Story]

Discrimination and harassment haunt Sri Lanka's Muslims
[ BBC ] [ 12 Jan 2022 23:11 GMT ]

They say further trouble can be prevented only when Buddhist nationalism is reined in. [Full Story]

Sudha Bharadwaj: The prison life of India's best-known woman activist
[ BBC ] [ 11 Jan 2022 19:52 GMT ]

But it was her three-decade-long work providing legal aid to the poor that made her a shining beacon of hope for many in the fight for justice. [Full Story]

Religious Revival In China: Ups And Downs - Analysis
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 10 Jan 2022 19:10 GMT ]

Though religions have huge and growing followings in China now, they are not allowed to dictate policies to the government. [Full Story]

Indian Christians fear attacks or jail over conversions
[ BBC ] [ 09 Jan 2022 11:35 GMT ]

Archbishop Machado says that the attacks and the discourse around the bill are clearly aimed at Christians. [Full Story]

TWG Editorial: Calling All Tamil Youth to Embrace Tamil Belongingness as a Distinct Community
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 08 Jan 2022 14:30 GMT ]

In our diverse society, we must keep our identity with pride. We don't have to move heaven and earth to safeguard our cultural identity - There is a saying, 'Be a Roman when in Rome.' Let's be British or Canadian or American or European whilst being a Tamil at home! [Full Story]

HISTORY | The Ceylon Tamils connection
[ Malaysiakini ] [ 07 Jan 2022 23:50 GMT ]

Each ethnic group has made its own contribution towards nation-building, and consequently, our young must be provided with an inclusive and truthful narrative of our nation�s multicultural heritage. [Full Story]

Indian Origin Tamils and Muslims refused to ink Tamils' joint letter to Indian PM
[ News In Asia ] [ 06 Jan 2022 22:49 GMT ]

The IOT parties also have a tradition of becoming part of the government of the day and, therefore, they cannot take very antagonistic positions. [Full Story]

Decades-old amendment to Sri Lanka's Constitution still straining ties with India. Here's why
[ The Print ] [ 05 Jan 2022 17:30 GMT ]

The amendment has never been implemented because of the overriding powers given to the President. [Full Story]

China's Two-Ocean Strategy Puts India in a Pincer
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 04 Jan 2022 20:45 GMT ]

Beijing is now reaching out to the Tamil elites it long neglected. [Full Story]

The Beggar and the Royals
[ FT ] [ 03 Jan 2022 22:25 GMT ]

Just two years into Gotabaya-Mahinda-Basil rule, there appears a greater disconnect between the ruling family and ordinary Sri Lankans. [Full Story]

A look at the oldest languages in the world and their place of origin
[ Times of India ] [ 02 Jan 2022 07:07 GMT ]

Tamil is the Oldest Living Language of the World. It is a language spoken by nearly 78 million people! [Full Story]

UN Members Should Stand Strong on Human Rights Funding
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 01 Jan 2022 12:00 GMT ]

Governments should continue to counter the Russian and Chinese push to defund human rights work and ensure all rights activities are fully funded. [Full Story]

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