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Canada urged to probe Sri Lankan war crimes
[ The Globe and Mail ] [ 18 May 2010 08:14 GMT ]

Canada should mount a domestic search for Sri Lankan war criminals. [Full Story]

War Crimes in Sri Lanka
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 17 May 2010 15:35 GMT ]

A UN-mandated international inquiry should be the priority, and those countries that have jurisdiction over alleged crimes – including countries such as the U.S. where dual nationals or residents may be suspected – should vigorously pursue investigations. [Full Report PDF]

Sri Lanka: UN must investigate human rights violations
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 May 2010 07:55 GMT ]

Amnesty International today called on the United Nations to set up an immediate and independent investigation into the massive human rights violations. [Full Story]

"Full Confidence" in Cameron and Clegg's New Government
[ PRWeb ] [ 15 May 2010 11:32 GMT ]

We are sure that they know of the human rights implications of the UK's policies toward Sri Lanka, and know of Tamils' aspirations for a safe national homeland. We believe they will take appropriate actions." [Full Story]

UN elects rights violators to Human Rights Council
[ AP ] [ 14 May 2010 08:55 GMT ]

"By electing serial human rights violators, the U.N. violates its own criteria as well as common sense." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must respect memory of war
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 13 May 2010 09:22 GMT ]

Bulldozing LTTE cemeteries and urging people to forget the war will only further alienate the Tamils and stall reconciliation. [Full Story]

In cynical gesture, Sri Lankan president pardons journalist
[ WSWS ] [ 12 May 2010 09:55 GMT ]

The EU has resolved to stop GSP+ tariff concessions for Sri Lankan exports from August over the issue. [Full Story]

World Leaders: Remember the May 2009 Massacre of Tamils
[ PRWeb ] [ 11 May 2010 08:21 GMT ]

Where is the horror and disgust at the deliberate butchery of 30,000 to 40,000 ethnically distinct Sri Lankan Tamil civilians by armed forces carrying out what was clearly a state policy? [Full Story]

Impossible Dream - Sri Lanka’s elections repeat the lessons of 1956
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 May 2010 09:17 GMT ]

The core driver of Sri Lankan politics is Sinhala nationalism, a mass ideology that predates independence, and which has since been entrenched in the state. It is the central obstacle to the constitutional recognition of the Tamils, and other Tamil speaking peoples, as having a rightful place, equal to the Sinhalese, on the island. [Full Story]

'Sri Lanka's writers must remember and speak out'
[ The Independent UK] [ 09 May 2010 15:33 GMT ]

So far the government of Sri Lanka has lacked the courage to deal with issues of truth and reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 May 2010 15:21 GMT ]

"Secretary-General Ban should not let Sri Lanka bully and manipulate him into abandoning justice for Sri Lanka's war victims," Adams said.
[Full Story]

Response to “The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE” - An International Crisis Group report
[ Sangam ] [ 07 May 2010 10:12 GMT ]

“The only way to reach a lasting peace is for the government to address the longstanding sense of marginalization, disrespect and insecurity that gave rise to the LTTE and other militant groups in the first place, while reforming the state to better respect the democratic rights of all its citizens.” [Full Story]

Lessons To Be Learned From Nelson Mandela
[ SL ] [ 06 May 2010 09:33 GMT ]

“You can’t build a united nation on the basis of revenge.” [Full Story]

General election 2010: Why British foreign policy will not change
[ Financial Times UK ] [ 05 May 2010 10:11 GMT ]

It (UN) overwhelmingly endorsed the principle of Res­pon­sibility to Protect (to prevent atrocities) in 2005 but has been paralysed when political and diplomatic intervention has been required, for example to protect Tamil civilians in the Sri Lankan government campaign. [Full Story]

Long struggle for displaced Sri Lankan Tamils
[ BBC ] [ 05 May 2010 08:57 GMT ]

Critics of the government accuse them of excessively militarising post-war northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamils’ cause finds support amongst candidates from all three British parties
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 May 2010 09:43 GMT ]

As Britain goes to the polls on Thursday, a key issue for many British Tamil voters is UK policy on Sri Lanka and the Tamil question there. [Full Story]

Sivaram showed how Sri Lankan state was dependent on oppression of Tamils
[ TamilNet ] [ 04 May 2010 08:55 GMT ]

Although Sivaram was killed five years ago, no one has been brought before justice to-date. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka one year on: Has peace brought happiness to this island nation?
[ The Independent ] [ 03 May 2010 14:12 GMT ]

And today? "The same thing goes on,". "They don't talk about it but they are still trying to move Sinhalese people from the south to the north and east so in future we Tamils can never say: this is a Tamil area. [Full Story]

Nearly 50,000 widows in the east
[ BBC ] [ 02 May 2010 19:42 GMT ]

War widows in thousands are also living in other parts of Sri Lanka as well. [Full Story]

Privilege, Human Spirit and TGTE
[ TWG ] [ 01 May 2010 09:41 GMT ]

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation from extinction. [Full Story PDF]

The Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan State
[ SAAG ] [ 30 April 2010 07:49 GMT ]

“It’s a sin to be a born as a Tamil in Sri Lanka” [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's war: time for accountability
[ Open Democracy ] [ 29 April 2010 08:16 GMT ]

The end of Sri Lanka’s post-war electoral cycle makes it even more important for the world to stand for justice over the country’s human-rights abuses. [Full Story]

Australian lawyers gather evidence on possible Sri Lanka war crimes
[ ABC ] [ 28 April 2010 08:14 GMT ]

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to appoint a panel of experts to look into a tribunal. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Beyond Triumphalism
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 27 April 2010 06:10 GMT ]

Both Colombo and the international communities must be conscious of the promises of the present moment and the unacceptable costs of undermining the opportunity to resolve, fully and finally, one of South Asia's longest and fiercest conflicts. [Full Story]

Tamils have no voice in Sri Lanka
[ National Times ] [ 26 April 2010 07:42 GMT ]

The view of the Tamil diaspora is that they need to press for and represent Tamil claims, because Tamils in Sri Lanka have lost their voice. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka in need of statesmanship
[ The Asian Age ] [ 24 April 2010 11:19 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan leader has the unique opportunity to bring much-needed normality and stability to his country, which will continue to elude Sri Lanka if the ethnic Tamil issue is not brought to a satisfactory close. [Full Story]

Tamils seek political solution
[ Gulf Times ] [ 23 April 2010 10:22 GMT ]

“To work towards a just, reasonable and durable political arrangement within the framework of a united country that would address the legitimate political aspirations of our people”. [Full Story]

Canada: a case study on attitudes towards Middle East issues
[ Jewish Tribune ] [ 22 April 2010 09:46 GMT ]

With a political culture somewhere between Europe and the United States, this is a country that can tell us a lot regarding governmental policy, public opinion, media, and both pro- and anti-Israel activism. [Full Story]

[ TWG ] [ 21 April 2010 10:17 GMT ]

We sincerely hope you will support this event, preferably by your attendance but a donation/contribution will also help. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s New Parliament Must Drop Emergency Laws, Says Amnesty International
[ Amnesty International ] [ 21 April 2010 09:51 GMT ]

In the last thirty years, thousands of Sri Lankans have spent years in detention without trial. [Full Story]

Bombing your own people: the use of air power in South Asia
[ Reuters ] [ 20 April 2010 09:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka conducted nearly daily air strikes and artillery barrages to crush the Tamil Tigers last summer at great cost to civilian lives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: No end to human rights abuses
[ Green Left ] [ 19 April 2010 08:22 GMT ]

Attempts to bring international trade back to the island have been delayed by pressure over its severe human rights abuse record. [Full Story]

[ TWG ] [ 18 April 2010 17:58 GMT ]

This article is not an attempt to influence the reader into supporting any particular political party in the forth coming general elections in Britain. [Full Story PDF]

US urges respect for human rights in Sri Lanka
[ AFP ] [ 17 April 2010 00:55 GMT ]

The United States has withheld military training for Sri Lankan security personnel since accusing Colombo of rights abuses. [Full Story]

Thousands of Displaced Sri Lankans Need Help to Rebuild Lives
[ Voice of America ] [ 16 April 2010 08:27 GMT ]

Many of these people are victims of a long civil war and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. [Full Story]

Letter to Australian Minister of Immigration on Processing New Asylum Claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 15 April 2010 10:19 GMT ]

Australia's asylum processing system announced on April 8, 2010 violate Australia's obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol not to discriminate in the treatment of refugees. [Full Story]

Chinese Inroads Into Sri Lanka
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 14 April 2010 09:14 GMT ]

The Chinese have agreed to consider project proposals from the Tamil areas in future. [Full Story]

Refugee suspensions turns victims into criminals
[ The Age ] [ 13 April 2010 08:39 GMT ]

Australia has effectively sided with the Sri Lankan government, now universally known for its closure of a free media, curbing the judiciary and jailing its opposition leader. [Full Story]

The boats will keep coming, say traumatised Tamils
[ The Australian ] [ 12 April 2010 08:11 GMT ]

"There are young Tamils still being kidnapped and killed, people are scared and they have no access to medicine or education." [Full Story]

The Proposed Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam - We have one dream, let’s work as one to achieve it!
[ TM ] [ 11 April 2010 14:19 GMT ]

We have an opportunity to turn tragedy into positive action to resurrect the Tamil nation and give it new life and set it on a winning path. [Full Story]

Low turnout reflects Tamils losing faith in political system
[ TamilNet ] [ 10 April 2010 09:31 GMT ]

Three of its sitting MPs, Joseph Pararajasingham, N. Raviraj and K. Sivanesan have been assassinated since 2006 allegedly by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) or SLA operated paramilitary operatives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamils: imperfect post-war freedom to vote
[ Reuters ] [ 09 April 2010 08:33 GMT ]

Minister's supporters blocked buses meant to carry Tamil war refugees from their camps to polling stations. [Full Story]

Representing Tamils - What use are Tamil MPs in a Sinhala ethnocracy?
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 April 2010 09:21 GMT ]

Even after sixty years, intensified Sinhala repression has only led to intensified Tamil resistance. [Full Story]

[ TWG ] [ 07 April 2010 10:14 GMT ]

Not only the rulers of all the Sinhalas but also of all the Tamils in the island, would need to pay greater attention to the lessons of history! [Full Story PDF]

South Indians in Roman Egypt?
[ Frontline ] [ 07 April 2010 09:58 GMT ]

Evidence that “inhabitants from Tamil South India were living in Berenike, at least in the early Roman period”. [Full Story]

Archaeology sparks new conflict between Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese
[ The Times UK ] [ 06 April 2010 09:26 GMT ]

“The Government is putting up new Buddhist shrines and building permanent housing for soldiers,”. [Full Story]

India: Caught Between China And The Deep Sea
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 06 April 2010 00:11 GMT ]

Just as New Delhi woke up late to the likely threats by land from the North, one realizes belatedly that the threats are from the South, East and West as well. [Full Story]

Diaspora Tamils to support parties supporting Tamil nationhood
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 April 2010 09:08 GMT ]

we urge and exhort them not to support pseudo political leaders who betray our Tamil cause for liberation but to support candidates or parties who are loyal to the fundamental aspirations of all the Tamils within and without Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Classical Tamil Award for Asko Parpola
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 April 2010 15:51 GMT ]

He was selected for his work on the Dravidian hypothesis in interpreting the Indus script because the Dravidian, as described by him, was very close to Old Tamil. [Full Story]

Tamils want an end to Sri Lanka discrimination after election
[ The Observer UK ] [ 04 April 2010 15:22 GMT ]

"We must have our rights. In whatever system, our rights must be safeguarded." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's traitorous politics
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 03 April 2010 13:34 GMT ]

The end of the civil war has seen an authoritarian culture take hold in which the term 'traitor' is flung about with wild abandon. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka elections: Will Tamil rights be upheld?
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 02 April 2010 12:12 GMT ]

Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka April 8 could mark progress for the whole country – if the government ends discrimination and embraces the rights of war-weary Tamils. [Full Story]

Banking on solutions - A real-time evaluation of UNHCR’s shelter grant programme for returning displaced people in northern Sri Lanka
[ UNHCR ] [ 01 April 2010 14:41 GMT ]

The shelter grant was not conceived under optimal conditions: limitations on access to return areas ruled out a comprehensive assessment of reintegration needs, there was no accurate profile of the camp population, the exclusion of NGOs limited programming options, and the accelerated return process was initiated rapidly and with little advance warning.
[Full Story]

Tormenting the Tamils with our terror laws
[ ABC ] [ 31 March 2010 09:37 GMT ]

In the end, the anti-terrorism laws that we have passed, and the large agencies which have been staffed to enforce them, have resulted in Australia taking sides with war criminals and adding to the misery of a terrible humanitarian crisis. [Full Story]

UK regrets exporting arms to Sri Lanka during ceasefire
[ CP ] [ 30 March 2010 13:58 GMT ]

The British House of Commons says in retrospect it regrets UK arms exports to Sri Lanka during the fragile ceasefire period. [Full Story]

'Engaging' Tamil diaspora to elude the cause
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 March 2010 11:14 GMT ]

Engaging sections of vested interests in the diaspora to elude righteous causes of struggling people, in order to achieve imperialist goals in war and peace, is a long time strategy of powers. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Permanent military occupation of the North and East
[ WSWS ] [ 28 March 2010 10:35 GMT ]

The SEP demands the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all security forces from the North and East, the freeing of political prisoners, the dismantling of detention camps and the repeal of all repressive laws. [Full Story]

Cluster bombs banned by the UK
[ FCO ] [ 27 March 2010 09:01 GMT ]

Passing this law sends a strong signal of the UK's determination to protect civilians from the effects of conflict. [Full Story]

Setting Of Expert Panel On Sri Lanka Underway: U.N. Chief
[ RTT ] [ 26 March 2010 00:09 GMT ]

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he was "identifying persons" for the committee of experts that would probe allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil forum calls for boycott of Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 25 March 2010 08:14 GMT ]

It is hoped that all donors including China, Japan and India will follow precedence set by Britain and the U.S. in persuading Sri Lanka to address its human rights record. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamil wins foreign journalist of year award
[ BBC ] [ 24 March 2010 15:59 GMT ]

Official figures show that nine journalists have been killed and more than 25 assaulted in the past four years in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

MPs 'breaking foreign trips rules'
[ BE ] [ 23 March 2010 09:41 GMT ]

Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox has admitted breaching rules twice in asking parliamentary questions after visiting Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Britain names Sri Lanka as a country of concern
[ WNW ] [ 22 March 2010 10:33 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is the only country added on the annual human rights report by Britain this year as a country of concern by the Foreign Affairs Committee. [Full Story]

Real war is just beginning, get involved
[ TamilNet ] [ 21 March 2010 17:52 GMT ]

Loss of hope has achieved nothing and the ray of hope is the Tamil youth. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's forgotten Tamils
[ The Morung Express ] [ 20 March 2010 09:33 GMT ]

Tea workers who migrated from Tamil Nadu centuries ago are exploited in the plantations of the Sri Lankan highlands. [Full Story]

United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office Annual Report on Human Rights 2009
[ Foreign and Commonwealth Office ] [ 19 March 2010 08:17 GMT ]

The Radovan Karadžic´ trial sends out a powerful global message – the international courts are here to stay, and now there is no escape from international justice. [Full Report]

Free the Tamil refugees
[ The Socialist Party ] [ 18 March 2010 10:49 GMT ]

'WE WILL not remain silent while Tamil refugees suffer out of the sight of the world's media'. [Full Story]

EU: Sri Lanka could avoid trade rights loss
[ AP ] [ 17 March 2010 09:22 GMT ]

An EU report last year says Sri Lanka is breaching United Nations commitments to respect civil and political rights and violating a convention against torture and a charter on children's rights. [Full Story]

The forgotten refugees of Lanka
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 16 March 2010 09:51 GMT ]

Since 1990 — the year he was displaced by the government when it set up high security zones. [Full Story]

The Diaspora - Expatriate Tamils will not be excluded from the Tamil question in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 March 2010 16:39 GMT ]

Unlike at any time before, we are now equipped, politically, socially and economically, to resist this and pursue the Tamil nation’s legitimate and long-denied aspirations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war survivor: The future holds 'nothing' - Witness to Survival
[ CNN ] [ 14 March 2010 13:48 GMT ]

"But yet after going through so much, after the fighting for so many years, and after destroying so many things, what use was it? What was it all for? We are back to square one." [Video]

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success
[ GTF ] [ 13 March 2010 12:24 GMT ]

We will mobilise the Tamil Diaspora to contribute effectively, country wise and at the international level to further the cause of humanitarian and political aspirations of the Tamils surviving in Sri Lanka. [Full Story PDF]

2009 Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 12 March 2010 11:07 GMT ]

Commercial sexual exploitation of children remained a problem in coastal resort areas. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Garners Support Against U.N. Probe
[ IPS ] [ 12 March 2010 10:58 GMT ]

U.N. spokesman told IPS: "We are considering responding by letter. I cannot confirm it yet, but I hope that by tomorrow, we'll have something specific to say." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End Witch Hunt Against the Media and NGOs
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 11 March 2010 08:55 GMT ]

Government Intensifies Campaign to Discredit Civil Society. [Full Story]

Moon and Nambiar families’ allegiance to India and war crimes
[ DM ] [ 10 March 2010 09:27 GMT ]

Western countries are questioning his role in this game plan. [Full Story]

Ban voices concern about lack of progress on key issues in Sri Lanka
[ UN ] [ 09 March 2010 08:49 GMT ]

“I made clear to President Rajapaksa that I intend to move forward on a group of experts which will advise me on setting the broad parameters and standards on the way ahead on establishing accountability concerning Sri Lanka,” Mr. Ban said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End Indefinite Detention of Tamil Tiger Suspects
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 March 2010 10:59 GMT ]

Incommunicado ‘Rehabilitation’ Raises Fears of Torture and Enforced Disappearances. [Full Story]

Rights experts to advise UN's Ban on Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 07 March 2010 17:38 GMT ]

"I am convinced that Sri Lanka should undertake a full reckoning of the grave violations committed by all sides during the war, and that the international community can be helpful in this regard," [Full Story]

A New Sri Lanka?
[ AT ] [ 06 March 2010 00:16 GMT ]

The new Sri Lanka is likely to be a more unjust and less democratic place than the old one. [Full Story]

U.N. rights chief slams abuses in Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 05 March 2010 09:57 GMT ]

Critics of the council who argue that the 47-member body often fails to deal with human rights violations as countries unite in regional alliances to shield each other from scrutiny. [Full Story]

Shaping Western policy on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 March 2010 09:39 GMT ]

From Palestine to Iran, from Ireland to Argentina, an oppressed people will always resist by whatever means are available to them. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka faces sanctions
[ The Catholic Leader ] [ 03 March 2010 10:55 GMT ]

"Despite claims of freedom of movement for those in camps, the truth is that people cannot leave without gaining approval and they must report regularly to police. [Full Story]

War Stories - Were they starving the people out? Was that what was going on?
[ SBS ] [ 02 March 2010 08:49 GMT ]

GORDON WEISS: Yes. That's what happens in sieges. [Video]

No signs of reconciliation
[ Gulf News ] [ 01 March 2010 09:57 GMT ]

This amounts to yet more bad news for the Tamil minority, which has already grown weary of repressive measures on civil society. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's dissenting voices 'silenced'
[ BBC ] [ 28 February 2010 20:11 GMT ]

"There is a fear that we are going back to the dark ages," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's human-rights and free-speech problems need international attention
[ The Seattle Times ] [ 27 February 2010 11:48 GMT ]

Since the Sri Lankan press can't speak up for itself, it's the duty of the international press to speak on its behalf. [Full Story]

Where is the Anger Over Sri Lanka (and Somalia, and Kashmir)?
[ Huffington Post ] [ 26 February 2010 12:15 GMT ]

Sympathy for the Palestinians is not accompanied by similar concern for other victims of conflict. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka crackdown shreds hopes of reconciliation
[ AFP ] [ 25 February 2010 09:51 GMT ]

"He is quite prepared to address Western human rights criticisms with utter contempt," [Full Story]

Future of Sri Lanka
[ Foreign & Commonwealth Office ] [ 24 February 2010 17:41 GMT ]

The struggle for equality and democracy is one that should unite all Sri Lankans and all Governments around the world. [Full Story]

Recent developments in the political and humanitarian situations in Sri Lanka - The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
[ House of Commons ] [ 24 February 2010 09:56 GMT ]

I will be addressing the forthcoming London conference of the global Tamil Forum to encourage a forward-looking, constructive approach.
[Full Story]

The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE
[ The International Crisis Group ] [ 23 February 2010 19:02 GMT ]

The Tigers’ humiliating defeat, the enormous death toll in the final months of the war and the internment of more than a quarter million Tamils left the diaspora feeling powerless, betrayed by the West, demanding justice and, in some cases, wanting revenge. [Full Story]

Terrorism and Free Speech
[ The New York Times ] [ 23 February 2010 09:33 GMT ]

Americans should be able to make arguments to a court on the behalf of terrorist groups. That is crucial for the legal system to work and for the constitutionality of laws of this kind to be tested. [Full Story]

Tamil Grievances –Untouched & Unattended
[ DM ] [ 22 February 2010 11:42 GMT ]

The government must create a climate that the Tamils are confident they can live with dignity and comfort. [Full Story]

[ Forbes ] [ 21 February 2010 18:07 GMT ]

With Tamils in Sri Lanka beaten on all fronts, the time has come for India to intervene decisively. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Aftershocks of a civil war
[ CBC ] [ 20 February 2010 00:03 GMT ]

Tamils are still, literally, picking up the pieces. [Full Story]

“Deeply Divided”: Sri Lanka through the Eyes of Adele Barker
[ Thewip ] [ 19 February 2010 10:53 GMT ]

Given the actions of the current government in Sri Lanka, one of the few things I feel I can do is write about the situation and bring attention to issues that are under-reported, or not reported at all. [Full Story] [Book]

Freedom under threat in Sri Lanka
[ The Financial Times UK ] [ 18 February 2010 10:10 GMT ]

The island needs to get its political house in order. Otherwise the Jaffna Peninsula may one day again hear the sound of gunfire. [Full Story]

China's Sri Lanka port raises concern
[ UPI ] [ 18 February 2010 09:55 GMT ]

A Chinese admiral's suggestion Beijing build a naval base in the Gulf of Aden has raised fears in the Middle East that a confrontation between China and India is looming along vital energy export routes. [Full Story]

Crackdown Provokes Fears for Sri Lanka’s Democracy
[ The New York Times ] [ 17 February 2010 10:33 GMT ]

“Sri Lanka has been on a clear path towards the consolidation of power in the hands of very few people, many of them related to each other,”
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Hell or High Water
[ ABC News ] [ 16 February 2010 12:08 GMT ]

Between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians died during the final, desperate battles last year. [Video]

The international significance of Sri Lanka’s emerging police state
[ WSWS ] [ 16 February 2010 11:28 GMT ]

Amid heightened economic and social tensions, the ruling elites around the world are being driven to defend their privileged position by adopting Sri Lankan methods. [Full Story]

EU suspends Sri Lanka trade preferences
[ European Voice ] [ 15 February 2010 15:43 GMT ]

The member states of the European Union decided today to suspend trade preferences for Sri Lanka because of violations of human-rights agreements. [Full Story]

[ UNN ] [ 13 February 2010 09:25 GMT ]

The most crucial reason for breakdown of ceasefire was the attitude of US Government which insisted on excluding LTTE from advanced talks in Washington. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka, acid test for International Law
[ TamilNet ] [ 12 February 2010 00:09 GMT ]

Indifference exhibited by the international community, including the United Nations, led to the deaths of more than 30,000 Tamils. [Full Story]

What is their assessment of the treatment of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka
[ House of Lords ] [ 11 February 2010 08:35 GMT ]

We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to address the underlying causes of conflict. [Full Story]

Development and Context of Eelam National Liberation
[ Sangam ] [ 10 February 2010 09:42 GMT ]

Now that the sharing of spoils of war has been decided locally, the international powers will be concerned with their shares and not the well being of Eelam Tamils. [Full Story]

Rajapaksa’s political rival humiliated, but at what cost?
[ The Times UK ] [ 09 February 2010 08:11 GMT ]

It would push Sri Lanka even farther away from the democratic world, and into the embrace of its new allies: China, Iran and Russia. [Full Story]

A watchdog exploited - The way Sri Lanka used Ofcom to curb Channel 4 reports of its atrocities has chilling implications
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 08 February 2010 10:01 GMT ]

Ofcom needs to ensure that Sri Lanka is the last country to be allowed to attempt to ­pervert the regulator's domestic complaints procedure for its own needs. [Full Story]

Cry for Self-Rule by Tamils Is Muffled by Reality
[ The New York Times ] [ 08 February 2010 08:54 GMT ]

“It is not that the desire for a political solution is gone; it just needs to take account for the ground realities of today.” [Full Story]

International community should up the pressure on Sri Lanka, experts say
[ Deutsche Welle ] [ 07 February 2010 00:07 GMT ]

"This is the moment where the government should be saying, we're embracing human rights, and instead, Rajapaksa is entrenching his authority even more. It's quite alarming." [Full Story]

Call for strong global organisation to take up cause of Tamils
[ DNA ] [ 06 February 2010 13:39 GMT ]

The need of the hour was a strong organisation at world level to raise the voice of Tamils and to protect them. [Full Story]

International Protest of 'Made in Sri Lanka' Products on Feb. 6, 2010
[ PR Web ] [ 05 February 2010 12:55 GMT ]

In 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces killed 25,000 Tamil civilians with indiscriminate bombing and forced starvation. [Full Story]

Commonwealth takes centre stage in Colombo
[ The Times UK ] [ 04 February 2010 09:07 GMT ]

If it pulls its punches, however, it risks undermining the Commonwealth’s core principles, and setting a poor precedent for other members. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's chance to start again
[ The Japan Times - Editorial ] [ 03 February 2010 10:28 GMT ]

It is not yet clear if the Tamil minority will escape their status as second-class citizens. [Full Story]

Rights group: Rights of Tamil suspects violated
[ The Washington Post ] [ 02 February 2010 08:55 GMT ]

A report by New-York based Human Rights Watch said the government should identify which detainees with suspected rebel links present a genuine threat and release the rest. [HRW Report]

British-based Tamils vote for independent state in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 01 February 2010 10:31 GMT ]

Poll of Tamil diaspora shows 99% support for 1976 resolution calling for Tamil state in northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Largest possible turnout, 99.33 percent British Tamils aspire Tamil Eelam
[ TamilNet ] [ 01 February 2010 10:11 GMT ]

Professor Bryan Woodriff, chairman of the referendum monitoring committee, announced the overall results to the enthusiastic audience. [Full Story]

Indian composer Rahman wins two Grammy Awards
[ BBC ] [ 01 February 2010 08:12 GMT ]

Rahman was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination for his Tamil song NaNa from the Hollywood film, Couples Retreat. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka president must heal ethnic rift
[ AFP ] [ 31 January 2010 15:54 GMT ]

Analysts say the results underscored simmering ethnic tensions that could once again tear the country apart. [Full Story]

Poll result shows up Sri Lanka's deep ethnic divide
[ Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 30 January 2010 00:15 GMT ]

Rajapaksa's victory was a reminder of the weak political position of Tamils now that the Tigers have been destroyed. [Full Story]

Has Sri Lanka stumbled on path to democracy?
[ Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 29 January 2010 09:51 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's Tamils will continue to feel outcasts in their own land, and will continue to try to flee, or perhaps again to fight. [Full Story]

They needed a fresh start. This is more of the same
[ The Independent UK ] [ 28 January 2010 10:02 GMT ]

A large number of Tamils in the north east could not vote as they were coerced to abstain, unable to register, or had no transport to reach polling stations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: President’s New Term Time for Accountability
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 January 2010 00:08 GMT ]

UN Secretary-General Should Work for Independent International Investigation. [Full Story]

Observers fear serious retaliation by the government against the opposition
[ SG ] [ 27 January 2010 10:11 GMT ]

In the north where there were bomb blasts during the voting hours which is said to have intimidated many persons from participating. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka presidential challenger says fears arrest
[ Reuters ] [ 27 January 2010 00:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's top opposition candidate said troops had surrounded his hotel on Wednesday. [Full Story]

Tamils to decide Sri Lanka election result
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 26 January 2010 10:26 GMT ]

"The Fonseka factor is secondary. This is about people wanting to get rid of Rajapaksa." [Full Story]

The 2010 Sri Lankan Presidential Election and Beyond
[ TC ] [ 26 January 2010 10:03 GMT ]

A good example is the promise to end the Executive Presidency and return political power to Parliament. This was promised by both Mahinda Rajapaksa and his predecessor, Chandrika Kumaratunga. Once in power, they exploited it to the full. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka elections: Former partners in war now battle in politics
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 26 January 2010 08:35 GMT ]
The positioning of five Army battalions in the seaside capital was an “indication of a military coup” in the event of an election defeat. [Full Story]

War crimes pressure on new S.Lanka chief: analysts
[ AFP ] [ 25 January 2010 10:52 GMT ]

The minority Tamil community in the north, on whose behalf the Tigers waged their war for independence, must be integrated economically and politically to prevent the re-emergence of a popular armed resistance movement, analysts say. [Full Story]

[ TWG ] [ 24 January 2010 19:05 GMT ]

As somebody who is concerned about the interests of the oppressed and degraded Tamils of the North-East, please make that URGENT call to your relatives and friends to vote for Sarath Fonseka, as recommended by the TNA in order to bring about a positive change to the suffering of Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must halt pre-election attacks on political activists
[ Amnesty International ] [ 23 January 2010 14:44 GMT ]

“Attacks by paramilitary groups or thugs attached to politicians jeopardize prospects for a free and fair election.” [Full Story]

Uncovering Sri Lanka's war crimes
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 22 January 2010 00:08 GMT ]

The ball is now in Ban Ki-moon's court: he should establish an independent international investigation to establish the truth of what happened in Sri Lanka, an essential step toward accountability for the serious crimes committed there. [Full Story]

Swords crossed in Sri Lanka
[ The Japan Times ] [ 21 January 2010 10:21 GMT ]

Whichever "hero" wins, however, building enduring peace and stability in war-scarred Sri Lanka requires a genuine process of national reconciliation and healing. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA - Still no justice for fallen martyrs
[ UCAN ] [ 21 January 2010 08:49 GMT ]

“It is a long cry for justice,” [Full Story]

Tamil vote crucial in Sri Lanka election
[ UPI ] [ 20 January 2010 16:34 GMT ]

Patten wrote, warning if the Tamil issue is not addressed after the election, "Tamil humiliation and frustration could well lead to militancy again." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka vote raises hopes in Washington
[ AFP ] [ 19 January 2010 09:57 GMT ]

"The Tamil diaspora wants Mahinda to be defeated," [Full Story]

This is a Setback Only - Tamil struggle hasn’t been crushed
[ Sangam ] [ 18 January 2010 10:41 GMT ]

It will revive in its own ways in due course unless the root causes of the issues are addressed. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka 'guilty' of war crimes
[ BBC ] [ 17 January 2010 16:55 GMT ]

In its preliminary findings, the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka (PTSL) that conducted hearings from 14 to 16 January in Dublin has also concluded that the Sri Lanka government is also guilty of crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan elections and the British Tamil Diaspora
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 January 2010 12:55 GMT ]

Only sustained international pressure will force the Sinhala polity to accept that oppressing Tamils is unacceptable and incompatible with the long term peace and stability of the island. [Full Story]

Formation of a Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
[ TGTE ] [ 15 January 2010 11:19 GMT ]

The Advisory Committee will consider the suggestions and recommendation and finalize the report by 10 February, 2010. [Full Report PDF]

Refugees Are Not Bargaining Chips
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 14 January 2010 09:11 GMT ]

Almost three months later, one of the boats, holding more than 250 Sri Lankans, remains moored in the West Javan port of Merak. [Full Story]

Jailed Sri Lankan journalist released on bail
[ Amnesty International USA ] [ 13 January 2010 10:32 GMT ]

"Tissainayagam was arrested and sentenced solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and for his legitimate activities as a journalist. His conviction should be struck down and he should be released unconditionally," said Yolanda Foster. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Choice, and the World's Responsibility
[ The New York Times ] [ 12 January 2010 13:47 GMT ]

Now, put yourself in a Tamil’s shoes, and decide whom to vote for in the presidential election: Choose either the head of the government that ordered the attacks against you and your family, or the head of the army that carried it all out. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: A Bitter Peace
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 12 January 2010 08:01 GMT ]

No matter which of the two main Sinhalese candidates wins Sri Lanka's 26 January presidential election, the international community must take steps to ensure he addresses the marginalisation of Tamils and other minorities in the interest of peace and stability. [Full Report PDF]

TAK passes 25 resolutions in its 60th anniversary meeting
[ TamilNet ] [ 11 January 2010 09:02 GMT ]

TAK said that it continues to stand firm that the Tamil ethnic issue should be resolved on the principles based on Tamil traditional homeland, Tamil Nation and self-rule based on the right to self-determination. [Full Story]

Thousands pay last respects to Pirapaharan’s father
[ TamilNet ] [ 10 January 2010 13:55 GMT ]

Despite the intimidating presence of Sri Lanka intelligence personnel, people poured in their thousands from all parts of the peninsula to pay their last respects to the remains of late Tiruvengadam Vellupillai. [Full Story]

TNA Statement on Presidential Elections
[ TNA ] [ 09 January 2010 11:55 GMT ]

In view of the unanimous opposition of the TNA to President Mahinda Rajapaksa securing fresh term, the members of the Parliament of the TNA appeal to the Tamil Speaking People to vote for the Common Opposition Candidate General Sarath Fonseka. [Full Story]

Deeming Sri Lanka execution video authentic, UN expert calls for war crimes probe
[ UN News Centre ] [ 08 January 2010 00:09 GMT ]

“The conclusion clearly is that the video is authentic,” he told a news conference in New York. “I have therefore called on the Government of Sri Lanka to respond to these allegations.” [Full Story] [Channel4 Report]

On board the Tamil asylum boat
[ CNN ] [ 07 January 2010 11:17 GMT ]

"What people should understand is that the situation in Sri Lanka is riskier than going to hell itself," [Full Story]

Human Rights Group Challenges Terrorism Law
[ AHN ] [ 07 January 2010 10:15 GMT ]

"Cutting off aid to terrorism is undoubtedly an important government interest, but criminalizing legitimate peace building and humanitarian work including advocacy to end terrorism and violence does nothing to further that interest and actually makes it more difficult to achieve." [Full Story]

Self Determination: Principle & The Law
[ Tamil Nation ] [ 06 January 2010 09:51 GMT ]

'The inviolability of a country's borders against invasion from the outside must be clearly separated from the right to statehood of any people within a state's borders.' [Full Story]

S.Lanka's main Tamil party backs ex-general
[ AFP ] [ 05 January 2010 08:17 GMT ]

"Full restoration of all institutions of civil administration from the office of village headman upwards will be free from military, police and political interference," the letter to the TNA said. [Full Story]

Cultural Genocide
[ Sangam ] [ 04 January 2010 11:32 GMT ]

Establishing these colonies will go hand in hand with ‘development’ projects aiming to open the conquered territory to the conquerors and eventually to change of demography so that Tamils can never fight for their national rights on the island. [Full Story]

Key factors in Sri Lanka's presidential poll
[ Reuters ] [ 03 January 2010 18:11 GMT ]

Fonseka is more comfortable in this respect as most of his allies have achieved broad agreement on a political solution. [Full Story]

Former mayor of Kingston made MBE in New Year's Honours
[ Kingston Guardian ] [ 02 January 2010 09:29 GMT ]

A delighted Coun Yoganathan said receiving the MBE was a “great shock”. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's displaced Tamils - A market-based solution
[ The Economist ] [ 01 January 2010 00:47 GMT ]

It is the only way to earn money to pay for other needs. [Full Story]

Govt. 'misled' world powers
[ BBC ] [ 31 December 2009 08:33 GMT ]

"This government will never offer a political solution for the Tamil people in the north and east. Although the war is over, there will never be a political solution for the national question," [Full Story]

'Sri Lanka cannot escape war crime charges'
[ EB ] [ 30 December 2009 10:01 GMT ]

A Spanish court heard a case against Israeli Generals under the “universal jurisdiction theory under a private plaint by relatives of the affected parties (Geneva Convention).” [Full Story]

Tamil music launched in UK
[ BBC ] [ 30 December 2009 08:15 GMT ]

The London music launch is billed as an attempt to take this movie beyond this group. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Victims still live in misery five years after tsunami
[ WSWS ] [ 29 December 2009 11:22 GMT ]

"Over the past five years we have faced the war, which was another tsunami.” [Full Story]

Tsunami's appalling aftermath
[ The Australian ] [ 28 December 2009 09:51 GMT ]

It would be a tragedy if the whiff of corruption deterred individuals, organisations and governments from responding generously to natural disasters in the future. [Full Story]

Statement on Issues and Principles Concerning Reconstruction and Development in the Post-War North-East
[ Sangam ] [ 27 December 2009 17:01 GMT ]

The efforts of the Tamils from within Sri Lanka and the Diaspora to fulfill their needs fully, and secure the full Human Rights of the Tamil people, should be based on clear principles, namely those which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which include the inherent right of the Tamils, as a distinct people and inhabiting a historical homeland, to the right of self-determination. [Full Story]

Sri Lankans want to know where tsunami aid has gone
[ The National ] [ 26 December 2009 13:51 GMT ]

“There were serious issues about how the money was being spent and by whom,” [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war-displaced struggle to resume lives
[ Reuters ] [ 24 December 2009 10:47 GMT ]

Various foreign aid and human rights groups, as well as U.N. officials, have criticized conditions in the camps and have urged the government to resettle the Tamils quickly. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's tsunami recovery dogged by graft, delays
[ AFP ] [ 23 December 2009 08:29 GMT ]

While there is an excess of supply in the island's Sinhalese-majority south, some Tamils in the conflict-hit north and east remain inside plastic shelters in open ground. [Full Story]

The Terrorists: International support for Sri Lanka racist discrimination
[ Socialist Resistance ] [ 22 December 2009 09:39 GMT ]

“Terror, whether perpetrated by terrorists or the state, has become the order of the day. Indeed, murder has become the primary tool whereby the state seeks to control the organs of liberty…. [Full Story]

Minister's Sri Lanka holiday outrages rights campaigners
[ The Independent UK ] [ 21 December 2009 08:55 GMT ]

Human Rights Watch called on him to make a public statement disapproving of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's clampdown on Tamils. [Full Story]

Tamils in Canada vote for independent homeland in Sri Lanka
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 20 December 2009 20:35 GMT ]

Tamils of Sri Lankan origin across Canada overwhelmingly voted “yes” on a referendum held Saturday calling for an independent homeland in the island nation. [Full Story]

‘Tamil girls in camps abused by troops’
[ The Times of India ] [ 20 December 2009 19:22 GMT ]

Not only military guards traded sex for food with Tamil women but prisoners were also being made to kneel for hours in the sun, the Observer reported. [Full Story]

The road ahead for Sri Lanka
[ MeriNews ] [ 19 December 2009 13:49 GMT ]

There are the women and children being victimised because of barbaric acts of military committed under government directives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Makes Journalism an Act of Terrorism
[ Public Broadcasting Service ] [ 18 December 2009 08:02 GMT ]

Inside of Sri Lanka, state media are providing biased accounts of the situation. [Full Story]

Detention conditions inappropriate and out of step with Government’s stated values
[ Amnesty International Australia ] [ 17 December 2009 08:47 GMT ]

Immigration detention on Christmas Island should be stopped.
[Full Story]

Humanitarian and political situation in Sri Lanka
[ FCO ] [ 16 December 2009 08:09 GMT ]

The Foreign Secretary also confirmed that UK will continue to work directly with the Government of Sri Lanka and with international partners for an inclusive political process that addresses legitimate grievances and aspirations of all communities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksha trying to con India again
[ SAAG ] [ 15 December 2009 07:31 GMT ]

No right thinking people will support Mahinda Rajapakse as he is the man of the ruffians, opportunists, crooks and the sadists who merry make in the sufferings of the people. [Full Story]

FT: Fight for Eelam far from over, say young activists
[ TamilNet ] [ 14 December 2009 08:07 GMT ]

"clued-up second-generation migrants were turning to political lobbying," and that, "[t]hese young activists said the fight for Eelam, an independent Tamil homeland, was far from over." [Full Story]

'Defence secretary ordered war crimes' say Fonseka
[ BBC ] [ 13 December 2009 17:12 GMT ]

General Sarath Fonseka alleges that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who’s Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, ordered that all the Tamil Tiger rebel leaders be killed and not allowed to surrender at the time the civl war ended in May. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s war on journalists
[ CPJ ] [ 12 December 2009 14:36 GMT ]

On World Press Freedom Day in May, President Barack Obama cited the prosecution of J.S. Tissainayagam as “emblamatic” of press freedom abuses worldwide. [Full Story]

Power and Accountability in Sri Lanka
[ Center for Security Studies ] [ 11 December 2009 00:14 GMT ]

The degrading aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war demands international action. [Full Story]

Unending search for dissapeared
[ BBC ] [ 10 December 2009 15:45 GMT ]

We do not know the whereabouts of our children who were abducted and disappeared since 2006. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war crime allegations surface
[ ABC ] [ 09 December 2009 00:09 GMT ]

The AFP says it has not received any referral to investigate Dr Kohona for alleged war crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The Case for Suspension from the Commonwealth
[ Sangam ] [ 08 December 2009 11:18 GMT ]

The seemingly interminable litany of human rights violations that have been highlighted all lead to one unavoidable conclusion; Sri Lanka is a rogue state. [Full Story]

Holding transnational government above collaboration politics
[ TamilNet ] [ 07 December 2009 08:15 GMT ]

Diaspora should seriously think of fielding and choosing right candidates to make the experiment successful and beneficial to the cause. [Full Story]

"Never Again? What the Holocaust can't teach us about modern-day genocide"
[ The International Crisis Group ] [ 06 December 2009 00:12 GMT ]

In recent years, governments have not necessarily been exterminating entire subgroups en masse with crystal-clear intent. Yet some governments show no qualms about shelling huge numbers of ethnic minority civilians trapped in confined war zones, as we saw in Sri Lanka earlier this year. [Full Story]

People’s Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath in Dublin in January 2010
[ LNW ] [ 05 December 2009 11:56 GMT ]

People’s Tribunal will investigate the allegations that the Government of Sri Lanka and its armed forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Under Global Pressure, Sri Lanka Opens Camps
[ TIME ] [ 04 December 2009 00:37 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has severely restricted movement out of the camps and strictly controlled access to outsiders. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Must Aid Refugees Leaving Camps, UN Says
[ Bloomberg ] [ 03 December 2009 09:32 GMT ]

The confinement of the civilians breaches international law and deprives them of basic human rights, the group said. [Full Story]

Amnesty International Calls on Sri Lankan Government to Permanently Release All Civilians
[ Amnesty International ] [ 02 December 2009 10:51 GMT ]

Authorities Must Protect Displaced Families and Provide Information for Informed and Voluntary Resettling Decisions. [Full Story]

An essay on abysmal lawlessness the zero status of Sri Lankans
[ ALRC ] [ 01 December 2009 11:23 GMT ]

Any person whose rights or freedoms are violated shall have an effective remedy determined by competent judicial, administrative or legislative authorities. [Full Story PDF]

Historical Constant - Why the outcome of Sri Lanka’s elections is irrelevant
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 November 2009 09:45 GMT ]

In short, elections will, at most, merely rearrange the faces of power, nothing more. [Full Story]

Commonwealth vetoes Sri Lanka bid to hold 2011 gathering
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 29 November 2009 19:57 GMT ]

A Downing Street source said on Thursday: "We simply cannot be in a position where Sri Lanka – whose actions earlier this year had a huge impact on civilians, leading to thousands of displaced people without proper humanitarian access – is seen to be rewarded for its actions."
[Full Story]

Book: THE TAMIL GENOCIDE BY SRI LANKA - The Global Failure to Protect Tamil Rights Under International Law
[ Clarity Press ] [ 29 November 2009 18:29 GMT ]

This is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law. [Full Story]

Heroes’ Day address highlights political formation for liberation
[ TamilNet ] [ 28 November 2009 11:55 GMT ]

Today, ‘Sinhala chauvinism’ is intolerant even to democratic expressions and actions of Tamils. [Full Story]

The Elders call on Sri Lankan government to protect rights of civilians displaced by conflict
[ The Elders ] [ 28 November 2009 10:51 GMT ]

Chair of The Elders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, signed the letter on behalf of his fellow Elders, Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson. [Full Story]

Commonwealth leaders must focus on Sri Lanka crisis
[ Amnesty International ] [ 27 November 2009 22:07 GMT ]

The organization has called on the Sri Lankan authorities to abide by the principles of international humanitarian law and ensure that displaced people are supported to make voluntary and informed decisions about their future. [Full Story]

Press Release: Campaign calls on new EU Foreign Minister to demonstrate EU leadership over humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 27 November 2009 09:48 GMT ]

The Government of Sri Lanka continues to mete out unjust treatment to those who have suffered huge trauma and are now stricken by poverty and trapped in overflowing and inadequate detention centres.
[Press Release PDF] [Full Statement]

U.N.: 150,000 still in Sri Lankan camps
[ CNN ] [ 27 November 2009 09:39 GMT ]

"What we need to keep focusing on is accountability for violations for international human rights law for both sides during the conflict,"
[Full Story]

A peace dividend Sri Lanka cannot squander
[ Financial Times UK ] [ 26 November 2009 00:11 GMT ]

“If we don’t solve these problems, the war will come again.” [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's promise to free displaced must be followed by concrete action
[ Amnesty International ] [ 25 November 2009 08:59 GMT ]

"Humanitarian and human rights organizations should be given unimpeded access to displaced people and those attempting to resettle to monitor their safety and wellbeing and ensure their needs are being met, including that they are protected against further human rights violations," said Madhu Malhotra. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Free All Unlawfully Detained
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 November 2009 08:57 GMT ]

"By denying access of international aid organizations to those returning home, the government is putting the health and well-being of these people at additional risk," said Adams. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Agencies raise concerns over IDP care once resettled
[ IRIN ] [ 24 November 2009 09:41 GMT ]

"People need to be consulted as much as possible on where they are going, the status of their homes, their livelihoods," [Full Story]

Tamils risk all to flee Sri Lanka
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 23 November 2009 09:37 GMT ]

"These people are in search of protection, the international community is doing very little," [Full Story]

Remembering for the future:
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 November 2009 14:14 GMT ]

If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. [Full Story]

Welcoming progress, UN official urges more support for Sri Lanka’s displaced
[ UN News ] [ 21 November 2009 09:55 GMT ]

Mr. Holmes reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to working with the Government to improve the returns process, and to ensure satisfactory conditions in areas of return, especially in the fields of shelter, basic services and livelihoods. [Full Story]

Let's Have a Conference to Talk About Our Tamil Transnational Government
[ Earth Times ] [ 20 November 2009 11:11 GMT ]

"The response to our poll showed that Tamils overwhelmingly approve of the idea of a transnational government that can speak for all Eelam Tamils." [Full Story]

The plight of Sri Lanka’s Tamil widows
[ CathNews ] [ 19 November 2009 10:11 GMT ]

“Today we are also deprived of hope,” says a widow in tears. “We struggle just to find something to eat.” [Full Story]

Reconciliation cannot come without parity and dignity
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 19 November 2009 09:05 GMT ]

Present day International Community will register a point of progress in the polity of human civilization by collectively eradicating baneful states like Sri Lanka that habitually blackmails, using the card of geopolitics, to resist restructure. [Full Story]

Tamil Eelam: Historical Right to Nationhood
[ Dissident Voice ] [ 18 November 2009 00:09 GMT ]

The percentage of Tamils in Sri Lanka has been reduced from 30% to 12.6%. Tens of thousands have been murdered before and during the recent war, and as many as one million have fled the country, part of a massive Diaspora, like the Jews. [Full Story]

Amnesty International takes action for Sri Lanka displaced
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 November 2009 09:31 GMT ]

Displaced people have been given no voice in decisions regarding their release, return or resettlement. [Full Story]

Denial is not effective
[ Online ] [ 16 November 2009 10:53 GMT ]

Denial is no solution to the repression of people, sooner or later the boil will burst and the consequences will have to be dealt with. [Full Story]

Sampanthan slams resettlement ‘sham’
[ SL ] [ 15 November 2009 14:41 GMT ]

In the name of settlement, the government simply takes the people out of the camps and abandons them without providing proper infrastructure facilities. [Full Story]

UN Chief - Sri Lanka "resisting" investigations
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 November 2009 11:44 GMT ]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, criticized the Sri Lankan Government on the issue of "accountability" and for refusing to co-operate “to our many requests for an international investigation of what we say is widespread acts of killing of civilians." [Full Story]

Coup fears led to crisis: Sri Lanka's top general
[ AFP ] [ 13 November 2009 09:33 GMT ]

"There is no clear policy to win the hearts and minds of the Tamil people, which will surely ruin the victory attained, paving the way for yet another uprising in the future." [Full Story]

Myanmar dissidents condemn S.Lanka over junta visit
[ AFP ] [ 12 November 2009 09:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's increasingly close relations with Myanmar's military regime would further raise international concern over the island's human rights record. [Full Story]

Group Urges Diaspora Tamils Not to Invest in Sri Lanka
[ PRWeb ] [ 11 November 2009 10:17 GMT ]

“Any money that we put into the Sri Lankan economy will eventually make its way to the Sri Lankan military and be used to oppress and uproot the Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Trouble at the top in Sri Lanka?
[ BBC ] [ 11 November 2009 08:12 GMT ]

Military rule in Pakistan (a close friend of Sri Lanka) had left that country "in a total mess". [Full Story]

Book: "Sri Lanka, Where was the World"
[ TWG ] [ 10 November 2009 08:35 GMT ]

The World turned the other way while the Sri Lankan Government and its armed forces bombarded the Tamil Civilians. [Full Story]

Tamils herded into disease-ridden camps seek any escape
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 09 November 2009 08:58 GMT ]

"The US, Britain, Australia, they talk about democracy and human rights. Well, they cannot keep their eyes closed to these things." [Full Story]

India: Prosecute Those Responsible for 1984 Massacre of Sikhs
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 November 2009 19:57 GMT ]

"India needs to change its enduring culture of impunity before its citizens will place trust in the rule of law in other conflict areas,.” [Full Story]

Situation in Sri Lanka Absolutely Grim
[ Tamil Sangam ] [ 07 November 2009 10:41 GMT ]

Speaking about war in Sri Lanka which has ended last May, Ms. Roy suggested, “I believe that the Government of Sri Lanka should be investigated for committing war crimes.” [Full Story]

EU and India must work together at UN to protect human rights
[ Amnesty International ] [ 06 November 2009 00:14 GMT ]

There were "few signs of co-operation between the European Union and India to address the human rights situation in Sri Lanka at the UN."
[Full Story]

No Answers - The logic of ‘dialogue amongst moderates’ amid genocide
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 November 2009 14:07 GMT ]

The coming period will thus be one of rising Sinhala triumphalism, intransigence and oppression, on the one hand, and deepening Tamil suffering and defiance, on the other. [Full Story]

War crimes: As India is also guilty can it save SL?
[ DM ] [ 04 November 2009 08:29 GMT ]

These war crime charges cannot be divested of by India, as the war operations in Sri Lanka were conducted by Indian Congress Govt. from behind the scene. [Full Story]

United States leads initiative to investigate alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka
[ APPG-T ] [ 04 November 2009 08:21 GMT ]

This is an important first step in bringing the perpetrators of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka to justice and also begin the process of a true reconciliation between ethnic communities in the island. [Full Story PDF]

Tamil Eelam not a lost cause
[ TamilNet ] [ 03 November 2009 08:55 GMT ]

Tamils all over the world are more determined than ever. [Full Story]

How the great have fallen - A Response to The Washington Times Editorial
[ TWG ] [ 02 November 2009 10:07 GMT ]

We have been persecuted, tortured, and killed for over 60 years - but our international solidarity is stronger than ever and we will work for as long as needed to make sure your genocidal fantasies and that of the Sri Lankan government fail as they surely deserve to do. [Full Story PDF]

US wants Fonseka 'to testify against Gotabhaya'
[ BBC ] [ 01 November 2009 15:15 GMT ]

The possibility of the US government questioning the Chief of the Sri Lankan Defence Staff comes 10 days after the State Department produced a report outlining what it said was credible evidence of possible war crimes committed by government forces . [Full Story]

Commission of the European Communities Report on the findings of the investigation with respect to the effective implementation of certain human rights conventions in Sri Lanka
[ EU ] [ 31 October 2009 10:20 GMT ]

The Commission examined this information and found that it constituted sufficient grounds for the opening of an investigation. [Full Story - PDF]

Q&A: EU to Sri Lanka on GSP Plus Probe: ‘No Tit for Tat’
[ IPS ] [ 30 October 2009 08:41 GMT ]

"Sri Lanka has failed to implement its obligation to prevent disappearances by State agents and other forces for which it is responsible." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka (IDP Camps) - Life in the camps is worse than ever
[ House of Commons Hansard UK ] [ 29 October 2009 09:24 GMT ]

The conduct of that war - the use of heavy artillery, multi-barrel rocket launchers and white phosphorus in densely populated civilian areas - was brutal, inhumane and almost certainly illegal. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Domestic Inquiry into Abuses a Smokescreen
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 October 2009 09:59 GMT ]

UN Secretary-General Should Establish International Investigation.
[Full Story]

Report to Congress on Incidents During the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka
[ U.S. Department of State ] [ 27 October 2009 11:23 GMT ]

This report is submitted pursuant to the Joint Explanatory Statement accompanying the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 (P.L. 111-32), which directed the Secretary of State to submit a report detailing incidents during the recent conflict in Sri Lanka that may constitute violations of international humanitarian law or crimes against humanity, and, to the extent practicable, identifying the parties responsible. [Full Story - PDF]

Press Release: Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 27 October 2009 08:57 GMT ]

Three leading US human rights advocates have joined forces to urge UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President Obama and other world leaders to put an immediate end to an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Sri Lanka. [Full Story - PDF]

Sri Lanka has flagrantly ignored international agreements
[ The Financial Times ] [ 26 October 2009 10:52 GMT ]

If the EU does not resist this repressive contagion, who will? [Full Story]

Gaza-style inquiry needed - UN
[ BBC ] [ 25 October 2009 13:22 GMT ]

The allegations were so serious that the fighting in Sri Lanka required an inquiry similar to that recently carried out into the Gaza conflict.
[Full Story]

Japan: Break Silence on Sri Lanka Rights Abuses
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 24 October 2009 09:58 GMT ]

"There will be no reprieve and there will be no accountability unless Japan and others within the international community persistently demand it" [Full Story]

Report on Sri Lanka to US congress
[ BBC News ] [ 23 October 2009 08:51 GMT ]

The information contains "first-hand accounts communicated by persons from within the government-declared No Fire Zones and locations close to the fighting". [Full Story]

Natural Order - Why Sri Lanka ignores international outrage over the camps
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 October 2009 08:07 GMT ]

Merely tinkering with it – “engagement” – will change absolutely nothing. [Full Story]

Unlock the Camps in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 21 October 2009 09:22 GMT ]

A quarter of a million displaced Sri Lankans who are being held in de facto detention camps are facing a humanitarian disaster as monsoon rains threaten to flood camps. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Government Breaks Promises That Displaced Can Go Home
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 20 October 2009 11:32 GMT ]

"The Sri Lankan government is playing games with the lives and hopes of those displaced by the country's armed conflict," said Adams. [Full Story]

[ NE ] [ 19 October 2009 09:41 GMT ]

If India is not prepared to positively respond to the reality, someone else is going to do that. Even China may do it, making further inroads into India’s own people in the South,. [Full Story]

UK Lanka deportations 'under review'
[ BBC ] [ 18 October 2009 15:39 GMT ]

A British court has called upon the authorities to consider accusations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka while reviewing deportation of failed asylum seekers to the island. [Full Story]

Young Tamils swap bombs for BlackBerrys
[ The Financial Times ] [ 17 October 2009 09:07 GMT ]

“The young ones are passionate about the struggle in a way that has surprised their parents,” [Full Story]

Legacy of Abuse in Sri Lanka
[ Foreign Policy In Focus ] [ 17 October 2009 00:09 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's nervousness about its international standing has not yet triggered any significant improvement on human rights matters, and there is no indication that the government is genuinely rethinking its policies. [Full Story]

A Precarious Peace
[ The Journal ] [ 16 October 2009 08:39 GMT ]

If the fragile situation isn't handled carefully, Sri Lanka might very well see a greatly feared return to terrorist insurgencies and sectarian violence. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's interned Tamils - Winners and losers
[ The Economist ] [ 16 October 2009 08:01 GMT ]

The government’s treatment of those displaced by the war is both wrong and politically short-sighted. [Full Story]

EU peace support work 'failing'
[ BBC ] [ 15 October 2009 07:56 GMT ]

Dealing with failed or failing states - identifying their problems early on and applying appropriate remedies - will be crucial. [Full Story]

Foreign Secretary David Miliband's Statement
[ House of Commons ] [ 14 October 2009 09:29 GMT ]

We encourage urgent action on setting out a political process to address the grievances of minorities. [Full Story]

Great Expectations
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 13 October 2009 08:23 GMT ]

However, the tipping point will come - again - when Tamil hopelessness replaces expectations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tensions Mount as Camp Conditions Deteriorate
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 October 2009 00:07 GMT ]

"It's time for international donors to send a clear message to Colombo that continued and blatant disregard for international standards will come at a price." [Full Story]

[ Ground Report ] [ 11 October 2009 19:38 GMT ]

To Sri Lanka and Delhi the May resolution was a license to commit more heinous crimes, namely to intern civilians in massive numbers in sub human conditions to induce their death through hunger, disease and disappearances. These events spread a sense of doom and gloom amongst the Tamils worldwide. [Full Story]

[ TWG ] [ 11 October 2009 00:03 GMT ]

But the long suffering Tamils, both in Sri Lanka and abroad do know that it's not all over for them yet and ultimately, their lost freedom will be restored! Whether their freedom and dignity will be brought about by an internal or external power is the question that time will answer.
[Full Story]

Behind The Sri Lankan Bloodbath
[ Forbes ] [ 10 October 2009 09:38 GMT ]

The manner in which Colombo played the China and Pakistan cards in recent years to outsmart India is likely to remain an enduring feature of Sri Lankan diplomacy, making Sri Lanka a potential springboard for anti-India maneuvers. [Full Story]

Mass graves fear prevents Colombo from seeking demining help
[ TamilNet ] [ 09 October 2009 08:54 GMT ]

"The Sri Lanka government fears that, if the international community gets involved in the de-mining, they may stumble on to mass graves of Tamil victims killed during the last stages of fighting," [Full Story]

Neither Sri Lanka nor Israel should have impunity in their 'wars on terror'
[ Daily Star ] [ 08 October 2009 08:18 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government will need to be convinced that normal relations with the world will not be possible until its crimes against the Tamils are acknowledged. [Full Story]

Why is the Vatican silent on SL Tamils’ plight ?
[ DM ] [ 07 October 2009 10:55 GMT ]

The present Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Malcolm Ranjith who was serving in the Vatican at that time intervened and secured the opportunity for the President to meet the Pope. Since , then the Pope made no mention of the SL war in his subsequent announcements. [Full Story]

Britain demands freedom for Sri Lanka war victims
[ AFP ] [ 07 October 2009 08:51 GMT ]

Britain will also talk to other foreign donors to see if they would agree to withhold aid after the rains cease in a bid to force Colombo to dismantle the camps and free people. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's religious to President: Free the Tamil refugees
[ Asia News ] [ 06 October 2009 07:58 GMT ]

"the long wait to return to their homes and loved ones is the heavy price paid by these tormented people”. [Full Story]

Tamils in Sri Lanka - A Comprehensive History (C.300 B.C. - 2000 A.D.)
[ Sangam ] [ 05 October 2009 08:22 GMT ]

This book presents a comprehensive history of the Sri Lankan Tamils covering the entire Traditional Tamil Homeland of the north and east and north-western parts of the country. [Full Story]

EU Should Stop Subsidizing Lankan Abuses
[ PRWeb ] [ 04 October 2009 16:41 GMT ]

The letter urges the EU not to renew Sri Lanka's generous tax concession because it makes the EU a participant in Sri Lanka's policy. [Full Story]

The Situation in Sri Lanka
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 03 October 2009 10:14 GMT ]

The EU and its member states should speak publicly, clearly and often about the need for the displaced to have freedom of movement immediately. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's internally displaced - A view framed by barbed wire
[ The Economist ] [ 02 October 2009 08:07 GMT ]

So long as Tamils feel abused by a racist Sinhalese state, the conflict may resume. [Full Story]

Justices to review Patriot Act provision
[ CNN ] [ 01 October 2009 07:11 GMT ]

"Congress has banned a broad range of material support -- regardless of whether the terrorist group claims to engage in otherwise lawful activities, and regardless of whether the support is ostensibly given to assist those supposedly lawful activities," [Full Story]

UN in Tamil 'bitterness' warning
[ BBC ] [ 30 September 2009 08:02 GMT ]

Mr Ban said further suffering under harsh conditions in the camps could lead to growing discontent in the government-run camps in the north. [Full Story]

The government of Tamil Nadu to offer citizenship to 100,000 Tamil refugees
[ Asia News ] [ 29 September 2009 07:58 GMT ]

News coming out of the island nation on a daily basis indicates that the situation in the camps is becoming unbearable. [Full Story]

Aiding Repression - Sanctions compel people to change their government's conduct
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 September 2009 07:37 GMT ]

The international community can thus support the Sinhala state and hope for lasting peace or it can act to constrain Sinhala chauvinism and bring about one. [Full Story]

Indian Christians urge help for Sri Lankan refugees
[ Christian Today ] [ 26 September 2009 22:04 GMT ]

Many Christian schools in the state of Tamil Nadu in India closed earlier in the month to protest what they called “the inhumane treatment of the Tamil in Sri Lanka”. [Full Story]

Life as a Sri Lankan war refugee
[ BBC ] [ 25 September 2009 01:05 GMT ]

Life in the zone of hostilities was a nightmare. [Full Story]

Colombo risks squandering Sri Lanka's hard-won peace
[ Japan Times ] [ 24 September 2009 13:11 GMT ]

Any government move to return to the old policy of settling Sinhalese in Tamil areas is certain to stir up fresh problems. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: World Leaders Should Demand End to Detention Camps
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 23 September 2009 07:15 GMT ]

"Sadly, the Sri Lankan government has a track record of lying, deceiving and breaking promises to civilians displaced by the conflict," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka under fire for lack of Tamil reconciliation
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 22 September 2009 00:09 GMT ]

It is not surprising that Rajapaksa feels no sense of urgency. [Full Story]

Colombo's Rough Justice for Tamils
[ Far Eastern Economic Review ] [ 21 September 2009 10:16 GMT ]

"They cannot expect justice from the law of the country," [Full Story]

Propaganda war: Truth is first casualty
[ Jewish Tribune ] [ 19 September 2009 08:12 GMT ]

When Sri Lanka killed about 20,000 Tamil civilians in the brutal end game to its civil war, the UNHRC did not see fit to condemn the Sinhalese regime. [Full Story]

Lawmaker: Sri Lanka re-detains released refugees
[ AP ] [ 18 September 2009 00:05 GMT ]

"There is no resettlement. This is like being sent from one prison to another prison," [Full Story]

Tamil exiles to form 'government'
[ BBC ] [ 17 September 2009 08:18 GMT ]

They plan to hold elections across the Tamil diaspora within six months to form an international government. [Full Story]

Fears for human rights in Sri Lanka
[ The Financial Times ] [ 16 September 2009 13:31 GMT ]

The UN sent a senior envoy to Sri Lanka on Tuesday amid international concern over alleged human rights violations on the island in spite of the end of its 26-year civil war. [Full Story]

Tamils rail under Sri Lanka's heel
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 15 September 2009 00:04 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government's ruthless repression of the Tamil people is sowing the seeds of future rebellion. [Full Story]

Harrassed Tamils languish in prison-like camps in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 14 September 2009 08:18 GMT ]

"For now we have to live under the occupation of the army in our historic homeland. An uprising failed, that is all." [Full Story]

The Tamils of Sri Lanka
[ The Daily Star ] [ 13 September 2009 00:08 GMT ]

Treating Tamils badly, as in the matter of those in the camps, can only keep alive the very reasons for which Prabhakaran went to war.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka's displaced face uncertain future as government begins to unlock the camps
[ Amnesty International ] [ 12 September 2009 20:55 GMT ]

The government’s ban on most international protection activities remains in place. Humanitarian workers are not allowed to talk to camp inmates or to enter tents in the camps. [Full Story]

UN patience wears thin in S Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 11 September 2009 14:59 GMT ]

The UN says it cannot continue indefinitely to fund the main refugee camp in Sri Lanka where the government is keeping nearly 300,000 people.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Survivors must be allowed home
[ CAFOD ] [ 10 September 2009 09:17 GMT ]

We are calling on the government of Sri Lanka to end the forced confinement of hundreds of thousands of survivors of the country’s long and bloody conflict and allow them to go home. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Access denied
[ The Guardian UK - Editorial ] [ 09 September 2009 09:32 GMT ]

It is time that the donor nations and the agencies formed a united front to resist this unreasonable and ungrateful attitude. [Full Story]

Footage reveals Sri Lanka camp conditions
[ Channel4 ] [ 08 September 2009 08:41 GMT ]

The plight of Tamil children was raised by Unicef spokesman James Elder, who has just been expelled from the country after being accused by the government of spreading Tamil Tiger propaganda. [Full Story]

Tamils convene in Paris for Global mobilisation
[ GTF ] [ 07 September 2009 09:58 GMT ]

Global Tamil Forum exists with the aim of alleviating the sufferings of the Tamil community in the Island of Sri Lanka and to further their right to self determination within a democratic frame work under pinned by international law, its covenants and conventions. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka expels Unicef official
[ BBC ] [ 06 September 2009 14:55 GMT ]

Mr Elder had raised UN concerns over the fate of children and civilians regularly during the final stages of the government assault in northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamils fear UK deportation
[ BBC ] [ 06 September 2009 13:41 GMT ]

Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers in the UK have accused the British government of double standards - trying to send them back to Sri Lanka on the one hand while accusing the island's authorities of human rights violations on the other. [Full Story]

Harper government's silence on Sri Lanka unacceptable
[ The Liberal ] [ 05 September 2009 08:14 GMT ]

"Our foreign policy has to be based on a principled engagement with our partners and friends in attempting to deal with a government like Sri Lanka, which is ignoring humanitarian law and the rights of its citizens".
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka and the EU - Losing touch with old friends
[ The Economist ] [ 04 September 2009 08:41 GMT ]

Perhaps this does not bother Mr Rajapaksa: defying the West is part of his appeal. [Full Story]

Living Horror - Sri Lanka’s concentration camps exemplify ethnic relations there
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 September 2009 09:17 GMT ]

If the international community is going to stand by its humanitarian and human rights norms, then it is going to have to confront the Sinhala state head on. [Full Story]

U.N. investigator wants Sri Lanka executions probe
[ Reuters ] [ 02 September 2009 08:55 GMT ]

His comments came in reaction to video footage aired last week by Britain's Channel 4 television, which it said showed Sri Lankan forces executing a group of unarmed, naked, bound and blindfolded Tamils during the army's final assault. [Full Story]

Politics of "Terrorism"
[ The Palestine Telegraph ] [ 01 September 2009 09:14 GMT ]

Dealing with poverty, racism, the dis-proportionate distribution of power, abuse of power and the debilitating effect of corruption would enable the causes of terrorism to be addressed before violence is embraced as a course of action against injustice. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan court jails Tamil journalist who criticised war
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 31 August 2009 11:57 GMT ]

JS Tissanayagam sentenced to 20 years' hard labour under anti-terrorism laws. [Full Story]

State Terrorism and Absolute Animalism
[ Sangam ] [ 30 August 2009 19:11 GMT ]

The international community has plainly failed its obligations to protect the Tamils from severe human catastrophe when the war hit its zenith, and through inaction let the government achieve its desired outcome, no matter how unjust. [Full Story]

Tamils for Obama: Keep the Sri Lankan War Criminals Out of the U.S.
[ PRWeb ] [ 29 August 2009 09:27 GMT ]

We have heard that thousands of crippled Tamil civilians were buried alive by the Sri Lankan armed forces on May 18, 2009. [Full Story]

"We Don't Want Development, We Want Our Rights!"
[ Huffington Post ] [ 28 August 2009 00:08 GMT ]

It seems that only when the international community recognizes the limits of "development" will Tamil civilians, inadvertently, be granted the most basic of rights- the right of return. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Execution Video Shows Need for International Inquiry
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 August 2009 09:47 GMT ]

"Ban should stop relying on the president's promises of domestic action and make it clear that an international commission is needed if the victims of Sri Lanka's bloody war are to find justice." [Full Story]

Boyle: India a moral failure, Colombo's monstrosity matched only by Nazis
[ TamilNet ] [ 26 August 2009 08:43 GMT ]

Failure to ensure safety to Sri Lanka Tamils is a moral disgrace to India and a stain in India's illustrious history. [Full Story]

Is this evidence of Sri Lankan 'war crimes'?
[ Channel4 ] [ 26 August 2009 07:51 GMT ]

Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, which obtained the material, said it was filmed in January - when the international media were prevented by the Sri Lankan government from covering the conflict zone. [Video]

Sri Lanka remembers Fr. Brown and aid workers disappeared into thin air during the war
[ Asia News ] [ 25 August 2009 08:57 GMT ]

Total silence surrounds their fate. "The authorities have not made any investigation, and no committee of inquiry has been set up". [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's suffering Tamils
[ CNN ] [ 24 August 2009 09:18 GMT ]

International actions required - Special report. [Video]

Fostering Hatred - Sri Lanka is laying the foundations for renewed war
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 23 August 2009 18:07 GMT ]

International aspirations for a united, peaceful Sri Lanka are doomed without decisive action to make it possible. [Full Story]

Monsoon Floods and IDP Camps
[ ST ] [ 22 August 2009 00:05 GMT ]

Monsoon Floods and Resettlement Issues in IDP Camps. [Video]

SRI LANKA UK agency adds to calls for Tamil resettlement
[ UCAN ] [ 21 August 2009 12:25 GMT ]

"Nothing has changed over the past three months for the people in the camps," [Full Story]

Leaked Document Says Ban Ki-Moon Lacks Leadership Skills
[ SPIEGEL ONLINE ] [ 20 August 2009 13:16 GMT ]

The South Korean secretary-general has failed the UN in many respects. [Full Story]

US warns of conditions in Sri Lanka camps
[ AFP ] [ 20 August 2009 08:28 GMT ]

The United States on Wednesday renewed its call for Sri Lanka to release more than 250,000 Tamil war refugees from their camps. [Full Story]

Concern over UK arms to Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 19 August 2009 08:21 GMT ]

There are fears arms exported from the UK have been used against civilians in Sri Lanka's civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Floods Threaten Camp Detainees
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 August 2009 10:07 GMT ]

"Locking families up in squalid conditions and then blaming aid agencies for their plight is downright shameful." [Full Story]

US warns of Sri Lankan violence
[ BBC ] [ 18 August 2009 08:27 GMT ]

The warning by the US assistant secretary of state is a clear sign that Western nations are getting increasingly frustrated with the delay in the political reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Heavy rains compound IDP woes
[ IRIN ] [ 17 August 2009 11:01 GMT ]

“From an epidemiological point of view, this is a public health disaster waiting to happen.” [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: attacks on free media put displaced civilians at risk
[ Amnesty International ] [ 16 August 2009 13:47 GMT ]

Attacks on journalists, relentless intimidation, and government-imposed restrictions on reporting threaten freedom of expression in Sri Lanka and jeopardize the safety and dignity of civilians displaced by war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka call to free refugees
[ BBC ] [ 16 August 2009 13:04 GMT ]

"When our brothers and sisters are now in the camp we just cannot come and celebrate the feast here." [Full Story]

The urgency of bearing witness
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 August 2009 09:21 GMT ]

It is now more important than ever that the outside world demands to be allowed in, to provide help that is so obviously needed and to see the uncensored reality. [Full Story]

AAAS Satellite Image Analysis Points to New Graves, Shelling, and Human Displacement in Sri Lanka
[ AAAS ] [ 13 August 2009 08:04 GMT ]

"Overall, the area appears to have been swept relatively clean."
[Full Story]

Chinese identify Tamils conducive in breaking up India
[ TamilNet ] [ 12 August 2009 09:09 GMT ]

“[i]f China takes a little action, the so-called Great Indian Federation can be broken up,” [Full Story]

Dark triumphalism clouds Sri Lanka
[ The Financial Times ] [ 12 August 2009 00:09 GMT ]

Unless the Sinhala majority shows magnanimity and gives the Tamils control over their lives, their cause will surely reignite from the embers of this war. [Full Story]

War crime trials 'impunity gap'
[ BBC ] [ 11 August 2009 10:06 GMT ]

In its report, the human rights committee says that international conventions meant the UK's courts should help to bring war criminals and others to justice. [Full Story]

In Sri Lankan polls, Tamils affirm desire for self-rule
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 11 August 2009 09:31 GMT ]

"The vote in the north was very clearly for Tamil rights and autonomy," [Full Story]

Unlock the camps in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 11 August 2009 00:24 GMT ]

The organization's Secretary General, Irene Khan, launched the Unlock the Camps campaign at the start the organization's International Council Meeting, a gathering of international delegates in Turkey. [Full Story]

The Way Ahead
[ Sangam ] [ 10 August 2009 09:12 GMT ]

If it is possible to convince the oppressor to give the oppressed their dues peacefully, then there is no room for violence. [Full Story]

Upset in Sri Lanka post-war polls
[ BBC ] [ 09 August 2009 00:07 GMT ]

Turnout was only 20%. [Full Story]

Policy on Tamils haunts India
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 August 2009 11:52 GMT ]

A policy against Eelam Tamil liberation is a policy against India’s national interests. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka after the war - Behind the Rajapaksa brothers' smiles
[ Economist ] [ 07 August 2009 00:21 GMT ]

Now, he is in yet more trouble. [Full Story]

Tamils Seek Link and Common Cause with Jews
[ PRWeb ] [ 06 August 2009 08:41 GMT ]

"The most important point: Jews were the victims of a recent attempt, the holocaust, to exterminate them. Sri Lankan Tamils have been the victims of a similar attempt that began in 1948 and is still going on. We hope that this painful connection gives us enough common experience that we Tamils may call on Jews for help." [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamils angry with China, India
[ IANS ] [ 06 August 2009 07:46 GMT ]

"India has done an extreme form of treachery to the Tamils," [Full Story]

Picking up the pieces in Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 05 August 2009 08:04 GMT ]

"The demand of a separate [Tamil] state was created because of the discrimination," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Adopt International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 04 August 2009 08:19 GMT ]

Third Anniversary of ACF Murders Marked by Government Inaction, Intimidation [Full Story]

Pope calls for prayers for refugees and persecuted Christians
[ Asia News ] [ 04 August 2009 07:41 GMT ]

Benedict XVI invites the faithful to invoke the Lord "so that public opinion may be more aware of the problem of millions of displaced persons and refugees and find solutions to their often tragic situation." [Full Story]

Congressman urges Holder to review Gotabaya, Fonseka genocide indictment
[ TamilNet ] [ 03 August 2009 08:07 GMT ]

The model indictment details the allegations of the efforts to destroy the Tamil people of northern Sri Lanka through atrocities and genocide.
[Full Story]

Extortion Economy - Sri Lanka’s crisis was made possible by international engagement
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 02 August 2009 19:14 GMT ]

Unless donors are prepared to exploit Sri Lanka's vulnerability and deploy sanctions and conditionalities - rather than the ineffective incentives for reform as in the past - neither peace nor stability will emerge in the coming years, but the reverse. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The Urgency of Bearing Witness
[ Medical Foundation ] [ 01 August 2009 10:19 GMT ]

With the people of Sri Lanka increasingly cut off from the outside world, it is now more important than ever that the outside world demands to be allowed in, to provide help that is so obviously needed and to see the uncensored reality. [Full Story]

Indian government assists disintegration of Tamil homeland
[ TamilNet ] [ 31 July 2009 09:07 GMT ]

The Indian plan is to help Colombo running rail-buses between the cities through the colonial cum Sinhala state railway track that goes in a circular way through the Sinhala districts outside of Eastern Province. [Full Story]

Holding grounds is fundamental to everything
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 July 2009 08:17 GMT ]

Professing defeatism or surrendering basic grounds are not the ways to begin or to sustain the struggle. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End of conflict brings no respite to children from human rights abuses
[ RW ] [ 29 July 2009 09:14 GMT ]

Given the background of large-scale disappearances in Sri Lanka, there are grave fears that some of the reported incidents of children and adults being removed from IDP camps may represent enforced disappearances.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Free Civilians From Detention Camps
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 29 July 2009 09:01 GMT ]

The government has effectively sealed off the detention camps from outside scrutiny. [Full Story]

US concerned over Sri Lankan camps
[ AP ] [ 28 July 2009 08:21 GMT ]

Foreign diplomats and aid workers fear that the camps are actually internment camps where the displaced people are being held indefinitely. [Full Story]

TNA MP hits out at opportunistic leaders
[ Express News Service ] [ 27 July 2009 08:41 GMT ]

“Though we urged foreign countries to impress on Sri Lanka to stop the war, they still continued their silence, leading to loss of thousands of lives,” [Full Story]

U.S. and Others Abstain From I.M.F. Vote on Sri Lanka
[ The New York Times ] [ 26 July 2009 18:58 GMT ]

“It is a simple matter of the government thumbing its nose at the international community and then coming to the international community for relief,” [Full Story]

IMF to agree £1.5bn loan to Sri Lanka despite alleged mistreatment of Tamils
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 25 July 2009 11:07 GMT ]

"To approve a loan, especially $600m more than the government even asked for, while they have hundreds of thousands of people penned up in these camps is a reward for bad behaviour, not an incentive to improve," [Full Story]

Tamil Diaspora Unites - Global Tamil Forum (GTF)
[ GTF ] [ 24 July 2009 08:41 GMT ]

The Forum will also explore avenues to bring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice. [Full Story PDF]

[ TCHR/CTDH ] [ 23 July 2009 08:27 GMT ]

We seek the truth and will endure the consequences. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka: IMF Should Not Condone Abuses
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 23 July 2009 08:18 GMT ]

"Allowing people to choose for themselves whether to stay in the camps and full access for independent monitors should be minimum benchmarks." [Full Story]

34 journalists killed, says JDS
[ BBC ] [ 23 July 2009 08:12 GMT ]

It has resulted in more than 50 journalists leaving the country due to fear of persecution. [Full Story]

AP writer leaves Sri Lanka after visa not renewed
[ AP ] [ 22 July 2009 08:51 GMT ]

"We find this failure to renew Ravi's visa disturbing," [Full Story]

"War Without End"
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 22 July 2009 08:18 GMT ]

Many of the restrictions appear designed to prevent the disclosure of conditions in the camps or the situation that civilians faced during the final months of the war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's dangerous silence
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 21 July 2009 11:49 GMT ]

The best way to help the Tamils is by demanding their freedom and an end to their long ordeal". [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Defeated, friendless Tamils face annihilation
[ News Weekly ] [ 20 July 2009 08:17 GMT ]

The conclusion by the UN Human Rights Council utterly ignores the legitimate rights of the Tamil population and is a disgrace. [Full Story]

War refugees interned in camps built by donors
[ The Washington Post ] [ 19 July 2009 17:04 GMT ]

"Every time I go to the camps more people ask me, 'When are we going to be let out?'" [Full Story]

The silent suffering of Sri Lanka's Tamils
[ National Post ] [ 18 July 2009 19:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must be called to account for its actions. [Full Story]

Editorial: Tamil Camps
[ The New York Times ] [ 16 July 2009 09:31 GMT ]

The time for silence is over. The best way to help the Tamils is by demanding their freedom and an end to their long ordeal. [Full Story]

Anger brews among Tamil civilians held 'like animals' in Sri Lanka
[ Toronto Star ] [ 15 July 2009 08:09 GMT ]

Hundreds of thousands of Tamils remain locked in camps almost entirely off-limits to journalists, human-rights investigators and political leaders. [Full Story]

Power before peace in Sri Lanka
[ Asia Times ] [ 15 July 2009 08:02 GMT ]

Rights activists have accused the government of keeping Tamils as "prisoners behind barbed wire in camps where conditions are in many cases abysmal". [Full Story]

Living Horror - Sri Lanka’s concentration camps exemplify ethnic relations there
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 July 2009 08:38 GMT ]

The Diaspora must ensure that the West-led international community makes good on its claim to defend human rights and other liberal values. [Full Story]

The Time of Judgement has arrived to the Land of Terror
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 13 July 2009 08:26 GMT ]

Destroying individuals, families and communities will eventually lead to the destruction of the whole Nation of Sri Lanka by its own masters.
[Full Story]

Ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka
[ Institute of Race Relations ] [ 11 July 2009 08:17 GMT ]

A nation bound together by the effete ties of language, race and religion has arrived at the cross-roads between parliamentary dictatorship and fascism. [Full Story]

Doctors’ orders - The world must boycott Sri Lanka until it starts releasing detainees
[ The Times UK ] [ 10 July 2009 07:57 GMT ]

Senior international aid figures said yesterday that about 1,400 people a week are dying at one of the big internment camps. [Full Story]

Emerging Powers turning into blood sucking leeches
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 09 July 2009 11:41 GMT ]

UN who is supposed to be a guardian of the oppressed and vulnerable, remained as a silent spectator while thousands were perishing in the sandy beaches of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

No welfare for Sri Lanka's Tamils
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 09 July 2009 08:09 GMT ]

Governments and aid organisations have remained silent for a variety of reasons and the people living in the squalid camps of Sri Lanka have paid the price for that silence. [Full Story]

Time for diaspora to stand up for homeland Tamils
[ TamilNet ] [ 09 July 2009 08:05 GMT ]

Our foremost priority is to help our brethren in pain. [Full Story]

Video: War refugees kept in Sri Lanka "welfare camps"
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 08 July 2009 09:17 GMT ]

Aid workers who have remained silent until now, revealing testimonies that call into question the version of events Sri Lanka's government wants the world to believe. [Full Story]

President Obama Urged to Act on Sri Lanka by Six Rights Groups
[ Amnesty International ] [ 08 July 2009 09:11 GMT ]

The failure of the international community to take concrete action to protect civilians in Sri Lanka has given the green light to regimes around the world and has signaled that there is nothing that the international community will do when a government kills its own people under the cover of sovereignty. [Full Story]

War crime suspects may see UK immunity loophole closed
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 07 July 2009 08:08 GMT ]

The news comes days after a report by the Aegis Trust anti-genocide group revealed that 18 suspected war criminals from countries including Sri Lanka, Iraq and Sierra Leone were living with impunity in the UK.
[Full Story]

Sinister thinking behind Tamil incarceration
[ TamilNet ] [ 06 July 2009 08:38 GMT ]

"The concept that you can indefinitely incarcerate a population to change their thinking is frightening," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka has always been suspicious of foreign aid groups
[ The Times UK ] [ 06 July 2009 08:17 GMT ]

Now it is trying to tax their funding too. [Full Story]

Tamils' transit to Australia, 'land of freedom'
[ The Sunday Morning Herald ] [ 05 July 2009 18:11 GMT ]

Asylum seekers, including those registered as refugees, have been thrown into prison or detention camps. [Full Story]

'Catastrophy for Sri Lanka to take triumphant position'
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 July 2009 08:32 GMT ]

"in northern Sri Lanka, apart from rigging the elections, there was discrimination on the basis of language and religion". [Full Story]

Tamil refugees may end up in permanent camps, say aid workers
[ The Times UK ] [ 03 July 2009 09:01 GMT ]

UN sources also said that the Government had been using refugees to build the permanent structures without paying them — a possible violation of UN guiding principles on internal displacement. [Full Story]

‘Camp system is all too clearly the latest stage of genocide’
[ TC ] [ 02 July 2009 08:49 GMT ]

Martin Shaw explores the difficult terrain where war, atrocity and genocide meet. [Full Story]

Tamil refugees forced into sex rackets
[ The Australian ] [ 02 July 2009 08:42 GMT ]

You can imagine the military coming in and asking for something in return for more space or more favours. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary: Politicised Courts, Compromised Rights
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 01 July 2009 08:32 GMT ]

Court also intervened at crucial moments in the political process to strike down negotiated agreements designed to address Tamil concerns, thereby strengthening political hardliners among Sinhala nationalist parties and deepening the ethnic divide. [Full Story]

War's End Hasn't Stilled the World's Young Tamil Voices
[ TIME ] [ 01 July 2009 08:02 GMT ]

While many youth would still like to see the eventual creation of an independent Tamil homeland, their short-term grass-roots lobbying is intended to get Western governments to influence Sri Lanka into resettling the internally displaced Tamils today. [Full Story]

Hostages - Sri Lanka is again trying to make money through Tamil suffering
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 June 2009 10:16 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan state is institutionally racist and corrupt. [Full Story]

US warns travellers of S.Lanka terror attack risk
[ AFP ] [ 29 June 2009 08:12 GMT ]

It also noted that Sri Lanka itself was maintaining a heightened state of security despite claiming it had ended the conflict. [Full Story]

[ NLP ] [ 28 June 2009 10:25 GMT ]

If an indigenous people are being discriminated against and are unable to preserve their differences e.g. language or worship then the creation of a nation-state within ancient territories is a logical answer. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - The World Has Moved On
[ Scoop ] [ 27 June 2009 11:59 GMT ]

The world must not turn away from these innocent victims of war who now reside in the internment camps in northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka arrests astrologer for gloomy predictions
[ Asia One ] [ 26 June 2009 11:28 GMT ]

The opposition United National Party condemned Bandara's arrest and accused the government of heading towards a dictatorship. [Full Story]

Six priests held prisoner and in solitary confinement in refugee camps
[ Asia News ] [ 25 June 2009 11:34 GMT ]

The world is silent before this tragedy. No journalist, no agency, no human rights activist, and even relatives of the IDPs are allowed visit the camps. [Full Story]

Nowhere Man - Why Ban Ki-moon is the world's most dangerous Korean
[ Foreign Policy ] [ 24 June 2009 08:58 GMT ]

As tens of thousands of Tamil refugees lingered under fire on a narrow strip of beach in Sri Lanka, Ban and his advisors did little more than huddle in New York and wring their hands, only making a trip to the war zone after hostilities ended. [Full Story]

Task of legal war vested with diaspora
[ TamilNet ] [ 24 June 2009 08:58 GMT ]

India’s role in the war crimes and its responsibility to the victims may be provable but not indictable in the Indian legal system. [Full Story]

Setting the hands of the clock right
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 23 June 2009 09:41 GMT ]

The Tamil request to the civilised world at this juncture is to support their democratic experiment and to listen to their democratic voices.
[Full Story]

100,000 Tamils march in London over Sri Lanka’s concentration camps
[ TamilNet ] [ 22 June 2009 18:12 GMT ]

“The protests we have been doing, at last has opened the conscience of the Western world,” a BTF spokesman said. [Full Story]

Human Rights body finds itself on shaky ground
[ Swiss Info ] [ 22 June 2009 08:24 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government was able to impose the principle of non-interference in order to refuse an on-the-spot independent investigation. [Full Story]

The making of a liberal quagmire
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 21 June 2009 15:02 GMT ]

The fiction the Sri Lankan state wanted meaningful political engagement with the Tamils has been destroyed, along with 20,000 more Tamil bodies. [Full Story]

The tragedy of refugees in Sri Lanka, hidden from the eyes of the world
[ Asia News ] [ 20 June 2009 10:21 GMT ]

“The Colombo government is only concerned with one thing: finding remaining members of the LTTE and killing them”. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka 'will face UN inquiry'
[ BBC ] [ 20 June 2009 09:31 GMT ]

Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC discusses on the Today programme whether the UN should hold an investigation to find out what really happened. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s war is not an ‘internal matter’
[ The Ottawa Citizen ] [ 19 June 2009 16:04 GMT ]

The world cannot stand by and do nothing. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: International Investigation Needed
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 June 2009 09:44 GMT ]

"It's now up to concerned governments to step in and ensure that justice is done for the victims of abuses in Sri Lanka's long war." [Full Story]

Fresh claims over Tamil casualties
[ Channel4 ] [ 18 June 2009 07:52 GMT ]

"There is no one to represent the aspirations of the Tamil community," [Full Story]

Letter: Meeting with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
[ TWG ] [ 17 June 2009 08:25 GMT ]

British Tamils support for the current government cannot always be taken for granted. [Full Story PDF]

Erik Solheim is one of the world's most experienced practitioners of conflict resolution
[ BBC Hardtalk] [ 16 June 2009 09:34 GMT ]

From Zimbabwe to Burma he advocates engagement, not isolation.
[Full Story]

Tamils languishing in Sri Lankan Death Camps
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 15 June 2009 08:31 GMT ]

If ,what we believe and what we profess in the lands of freedom are true,we would do something to save the dying Tamils from the Death Camps of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

The disappeared
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 14 June 2009 16:58 GMT ]

At the head of the most recent document from Eaton House Immigration Service in London the words "Liability to Detention" glare out bleakly from the page. [Full Story]

Humanity failed in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 13 June 2009 09:27 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has carried out atrocities with impunity – and is now allowed to investigate itself for war crimes [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End Illegal Detention of Displaced Population
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 June 2009 08:07 GMT ]

"Holding civilians who wish to move in with relatives and friends is irresponsible as well as unlawful." [Full Story]

UN concern over Sri Lanka camps
[ BBC ] [ 11 June 2009 12:11 GMT ]

Bulldozers were working constantly to clear jungle and that phone lines, schools, banks and even a cash machine had been built. He said this was "phenomenal" but described government plans to replace tents with more permanent structures as a "big worry". [Full Story]

Injustice fuels Sri Lanka's cycle of abuse and impunity
[ Amnesty International ] [ 11 June 2009 08:51 GMT ]

Amnesty International has accused the Sri Lankan government of trapping the country in a vicious cycle of abuse and impunity. [Full Story]

[ TCHR ] [ 11 June 2009 07:57 GMT ]

It is surprising that the people who speak one of the oldest languages in the World, which ranks in fifteenth position as most spoken language, do not even have any fundamental political rights in the Island of Sri Lanka.
[Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka deports Canadian MP: Officials
[ Ottawa Citizen ] [ 10 June 2009 10:18 GMT ]

Canada gave asylum to more than 300,000 ethnic Tamils who left Sri Lanka in the 1980s, and members of the diaspora have held angry anti-Sri Lankan rallies there in recent months. [Full Story]

Tamil campaigner Euro vote boost
[ BBC ] [ 09 June 2009 18:21 GMT ]

A Tamil rights campaigner won more than 50,000 votes in the European elections - making her one of the most successful independent candidates ever. [Full Story]

Up to 30,000 'disabled' by Sri Lankan shells
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 09 June 2009 09:32 GMT ]

The scale of civilian casualties who have been maimed in the war was disclosed by the award-winning French charity Handicap International.
[Full Story]

S Lanka turns away Tamil aid ship
[ BBC ] [ 08 June 2009 18:24 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has turned away a ship which came from Europe carrying aid for Tamil civilians displaced in the final months of the civil war [Full Story]

What price victory?
[ Japan Times ] [ 08 June 2009 10:42 GMT ]

The laws of war and the notion of crimes against humanity are premised on the belief that there are limits to how combatants conduct themselves in conflict. [Full Story]

UN chief urges Sri Lanka inquiry
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 06 June 2009 11:11 GMT ]

"Whenever and wherever there are credible allegations for the violations of international humanitarian law there should be a proper investigation," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka doctors 'to be tried'
[ BBC ] [ 05 June 2009 10:43 GMT ]

Two of them were senior local health directors and the United States has said they "helped save many lives" while the UN called them "heroic".
[Full Story]

'IDPs not protected by law' - CJ
[ BBC ] [ 05 June 2009 10:38 GMT ]

Over two hundred thousand people in refugee camps are not treated according to the law of the land, says the Chief Justice (CJ) of Sri Lanka [Full Story]

U.N. is Hopeless and Useless, Should be Dismissed After Recent U.N. Human Rights Council Event
[ PR Web ] [ 04 June 2009 09:27 GMT ]

'It has been largely impotent on the major issues of our time," said Anne Bayevsky, a UN expert at the Hudson Institute. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Puppets in the Hands of Emerging Superpowers
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 03 June 2009 08:56 GMT ]

Now it is time for the civilized to world to decide whether to allow the Sri Lankan government and its friends who had caused so many thousands of deaths, to run these controversial Nazi style concentration camps.
[Full Story]

In Sri Lanka 13,130 Missing IDPs Reported But Downplayed By UN
[ Inner City Press ] [ 02 June 2009 08:11 GMT ]

Between the May 27 and May 30 reports of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 13,000 IDPs simply disappeared from the camps. [Full Story]

Defeat of Tamil Tigers not the end of the struggle
[ The New Vision ] [ 01 June 2009 08:56 GMT ]

The Tamil diaspora, like the millions of Irish who emigrated to the US in the famine of the 1840s, will become the base for a permanent war against the oppressor back home. [Full Story]

India accused of complicity in deaths of Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers
[ The Times ] [ 01 June 2009 08:22 GMT ]

India was accused yesterday of complicity in the killing of an estimated 20,000 civilians in the last stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year war against the Tamil Tigers. [Full Story]

Tamils fear bout of ethnic cleansing
[ THE AUSTRALIAN ] [ 31 May 2009 20:02 GMT ]

Mr Keenan warns the international community should be careful that none of its funding helps precipitate government land grabs. [Full Story]

Fresh Reports, Imagery Contradict Sri Lanka on Civilian No-Fire Zone
[ The Washington Post ] [ 30 May 2009 11:43 GMT ]

In Washington, officials in the Justice Department are considering whether to seek criminal charges against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's defense secretary and a U.S. citizen; and Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka's army commander. [Full Story]

The United Nations response is shameful
[ The Times UK ] [ 30 May 2009 11:26 GMT ]

No one would be happier if the West walked away from the council than those states that perpetrate human rights abuses. [Full Story]

Times photographs expose Sri Lanka’s lie on civilian deaths at beach
[ The Times UK ] [ 29 May 2009 10:21 GMT ]

Figure is based on the growth in the intensity of shelling in May, resulting in an average of 1,000 civilian deaths every day. [Full Story]

Slaughter in Sri Lanka
[ The Times UK ] [ 29 May 2009 00:04 GMT ]

The UN has no right to collude in suppressing the appalling evidence of the cost. The truth must be told. [Full Story]

Video: What now for Sri Lanka's Tamils?
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 28 May 2009 09:42 GMT ]

Epidemics of chicken pox and skin diseases are sweeping through the government-run camps and hepatitis is a growing problem, according to Oxfam. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka forces West to retreat over ‘war crimes’ with victory at UN
[ The Times UK ] [ 28 May 2009 08:44 GMT ]

Western diplomats and human rights officials were shocked by the outcome at the end of an acrimonious two-day special session to examine the humanitarian and human rights situation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Council Fails Victims
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 May 2009 08:19 GMT ]

Member States Ignore Need for Inquiry Into Wartime Violations.
[Full Story]

Hidden from the world.. innocent captives of terror
[ The News of the World ] [ 27 May 2009 11:47 GMT ]

Now, as our pictures show, the Tamil women and children they fought for are left to carry on the suffering as virtual prisoners of the government forces who defeated them. [Full Story]

UN faces fierce clash over call for Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry
[ The Times UK ] [ 26 May 2009 08:54 GMT ]

Mr Ban said that the sight was the most appalling scene he had come across in his long international career. [Full Story]

U.N. urged to press rights of Sri Lanka war survivors
[ Reuters ] [ 25 May 2009 12:00 GMT ]

Amnestry also said the government needed to be held accountable for abuses committed by state forces, who have been accused of killing and mistreating civilians in their quest to destroy LTTE separatists over a long time period. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka seeks to deflect U.N. rights scrutiny
[ Reuters ] [ 24 May 2009 20:57 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has marshalled its allies to try to quash Western censure of alleged human rights abuses committed during its final phase of war.
[Full Story]

Freedom denied: The crushing of Sri Lanka's Tamils
[ Straight ] [ 24 May 2009 17:52 GMT ]

For anyone who believes in justice and self-determination, this is a truly sad outcome indeed. [Full Story]

‘We are the Tigers,’ roars despairing Tamil diaspora
[ The Times of India ] [ 24 May 2009 15:21 GMT ]

You buried me in my land. O’ Enemy! Where will you bury my land?’
[Full Story]

Banned arms' use caused high casualties in Sri Lanka, says aid worker
[ CNS ] [ 23 May 2009 08:32 GMT ]

Sri Lankan government forces killed or injured 25,000-30,000 civilians in the span of just a few days during its final offensive against Tamil militants. [Full Story]

Tamils in Britain and Canada vow to sustain Sri Lanka struggle
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 22 May 2009 09:35 GMT ]

"Second generation Tamils who were born overseas have now become separatists in a way that they were probably not before," [Full Story]

Why the West ignored the Tamils' pleas
[ CBC ] [ 22 May 2009 09:14 GMT ]

Diplomats may have seemed deaf to humanitarian calculations, but they had their own numbers in mind. [Full Story]

The end of Sri Lanka's war - Tainted triumph
[ The Economist ] [ 22 May 2009 08:51 GMT ]

Hiding behind the diplomatic support of Russia and, especially, China, it has been able to do that. [Full Story]

Tamils Allege Rapes In Government Camps
[ Sky News ] [ 21 May 2009 08:02 GMT ]

Tamils who have fled the fighting in Sri lanka have given Sky News first-hand accounts of allegations rapes and kidnappings in Government refugee camps. [Full Story]

We should boycott the callous Sri Lanka regime
[ The Times UK ] [ 21 May 2009 08:02 GMT ]

Those who buy clothes made there, or who go on holiday there, must show their anger at the way the Tamils have been treated. [Full Story]

Will the Tamil Tigers rise from defeat?
[ NST ] [ 20 May 2009 08:57 GMT ]

Rajapakse's government should not be so confident that it has won.
[Full Story]

UN to hold Human Rights Council session on Sri Lanka
[ AFP ] [ 20 May 2009 00:09 GMT ]

"The Human Rights Council cannot be silent when innocent civilians are caught up in armed conflicts," he said. [Full Story]

EU states sell arms to Sri Lanka while condemning violence
[ EU Observer ] [ 20 May 2009 00:05 GMT ]

A number of EU member states - including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the UK, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland - have however continuined to arm the Sri Lankan government since the election of hardline president Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005. [Full Story]

Official: Sri Lankan war zone doctors detained
[ AFP ] [ 19 May 2009 17:01 GMT ]

Holmes said, "These are people who performed absolutely heroically in the last few weeks and months and deserve every praise and care — not anything else. [Full Story]

Final Appeal to bury the dead and save the injured numbering over 25,000 - PLEASE ACT!
[ TWG ] [ 18 May 2009 09:15 GMT ]

In the absence of any substantial action by the civilised world against Sri Lanka and for the protection of the Tamil Homeland and its people, sadly it will not be an end to the war. [Full Story PDF]

EU to demand Sri Lanka war probe
[ BBC ] [ 18 May 2009 08:02 GMT ]

At a meeting in Brussels, they are also due to demand an urgent session of the UN Human Rights Council on the issue. [Full Story]

Brown warns Sri Lanka over conflict
[ AFP ] [ 17 May 2009 17:09 GMT ]

"Sri Lanka stands on the brink," Brown said in a statement. "We have called repeatedly for the violence to cease. [Full Story]

25,000 civilians injured to death while IC watches: Soosai
[ TamilNet ] [ 17 May 2009 16:39 GMT ]

The IC has not cared for what is happening. [Full Story]

United Nations urges 'essential' war crimes probe
[ Reuters ] [ 16 May 2009 10:34 GMT ]

Britain, France and other EU states are pushing for the UN Human Rights Council to convene a special session on the conflict, as it has done in the past to examine the occupied Palestinian territories, Burma and Sudan's Darfur region. [Full Story]

Bloody Sri Lanka
[ Financial Times UK ] [ 15 May 2009 09:32 GMT ]

The Tamil cause will reignite from the embers of this war. [Full Story]

Britain warns Sri Lankan government
[ BBC ] [ 14 May 2009 21:21 GMT ]

Politicians from all parties urged for harsher measures against Sri Lanka including suspension from the Commonwealth, the withdrawal of the diplomats, direct peace-keeping intervention, a boycott of Sri Lankan made goods and a travel ban on government members and their relatives. [Full Story]

UN 'grave concern' over Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 14 May 2009 09:16 GMT ]

The United Nations Security Council has asked the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to ensure the safety of civilians trapped in the conflict. [Full Story]

Amnesty International Calls on Obama Administration, U.N. Security Council to Act Now to Save Sri Lankan Civilians
[ Amnesty International ] [ 14 May 2009 08:57 GMT ]

"The Council must recall, in unambiguous terms, that alleged perpetrators of grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including war crimes, must be held individually responsible under international law. [Full Story]

Eyewitness Sri Lanka: 'This is too much to take. Why is the world not helping?'
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 13 May 2009 08:59 GMT ]

I'm talking to you now, but maybe tomorrow I'll be dead. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Puts Obama to the Test — and He's Failing
[ TIME ] [ 13 May 2009 08:51 GMT ]

By intervening on behalf of Sri Lanka's civilians, Obama would do more than just save lives — he could help to save the doctrine of liberal interventionism before it ends up in history's warehouse of good intentions. [Full Story]

UN: British Foreign Secretary David Miliband's Statement
[ UN Webcast ] [ 12 May 2009 00:17 GMT ]

“I am appalled by the reports that have come out of Sri Lanka over the weekend of mass civilian casualties. The UN Spokesman said that there had been a "blood bath" in the North East of Sri Lanka on Saturday and Sunday,”. [Video]

Indian election: Tamil leader calls for invasion of Sri Lanka
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 12 May 2009 00:02 GMT ]

Jayalalithaa, has called for Indian troops to invade Sri Lanka to stop the "atrocities" on the island and help create a Tamil state. [Full Story]

War crime in Sri Lanka: Civilians slaughtered by army shelling
[ RINF ] [ 11 May 2009 09:32 GMT ]

In what constitutes a blatant war crime by the Sri Lankan government, the army’s merciless bombardment of a so-called no-fire zone [Full Story]

1200 bodies counted, hundreds seriously injured, aerial bombing continues
[ TamilNet ] [ 10 May 2009 21:52 GMT ]

The large scale slaughter is believed to be a result of India prodding Colombo to finish the war before the change of government, political circles in Colombo said. [Full Story]

Crossing the line in Sri Lanka
[ Channel4 ] [ 10 May 2009 20:29 GMT ]

The government is intolerant of a critical press. Journalists get killed, most notoriously Lasantha Wickrematunge, an editor assassinated in January. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka arrests 3 UK television journalists
[ AP ] [ 09 May 2009 18:24 GMT ]

"The report contained claims that dead bodies were left where they fell, shortages of food and water, and sexual abuse." ITN said it would seek an explanation from the Sri Lankan government for the decision to expel the journalists. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Repeated Shelling of Hospitals Evidence of War Crimes
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 09 May 2009 07:24 GMT ]

Human Rights Watch reiterated its call for the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka to be urgently taken up by a formal meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York and by a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Women and girls suffer due to lack of sanitation, water
[ Christian Today ] [ 08 May 2009 11:39 GMT ]

"One of the harshest realities for women fleeing the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka is that when they finally reach a safe haven, it has no adequate toilet facilities for them," says CARE [Full Story]

The plight of Sri Lankan refugees
[ BBC ] [ 08 May 2009 11:21 GMT ]

Tamil Tiger rebels holding out in a tiny sliver of north-east Sri Lanka have accused the government of stepping up heavy weapons attacks on them. [Full Story]

Refugees in nine-day voyage of despair to escape Tamil battles
[ The Times UK ] [ 07 May 2009 09:05 GMT ]

Their eight-month-old son survived, having suckled at his mother’s breast until she died. [Full Story]

An Urgent Need for UN Action on Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 07 May 2009 08:58 GMT ]

The failures of the past few months are clear, including the naive or cynical ability of politicians to boast of Sri Lankan "reassurances" that all will now be well. [Full Story]

Response to Mr. Dayan Jayatilleka - Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva
[ TWG ] [ 06 May 2009 20:51 GMT ]

Many pictures are flashing across the globe of civilians including children being kept behind barbed wire in Concentration Camps. [Full Story]

Grim scenes at Sri Lankan camps
[ Channel4 ] [ 06 May 2009 09:36 GMT ]

Shocking claims have emerged of shortages of food and water, dead bodies left where they have fallen, women separated from their families, and even sexual abuse. [Full Story ]

Devastated lives - The plight of the internally displaced people in northern Sri Lanka is unimaginable.
[ Frontline ] [ 06 May 2009 09:27 GMT ]

It would be no exaggeration to suggest that this proud community had not faced such a prolonged period of agony, trauma and humiliation in their 2,000-odd-year history. [Full Story ]

Sri Lanka: ‘Boat People’ Recount Horrors of No-Fire Zone
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 06 May 2009 09:21 GMT ]

UN Security Council and Human Rights Council Need to Take Urgent Action. [Full Story ]

Sri Lanka : A Paradise turned into Kingdom of Vultures!
[ Live Journal ] [ 05 May 2009 00:11 GMT ]

Dead bodies of of the innocent Tamils are dragged away by stray dogs and wild beasts while the survivors hide inside the bunkers. [Full Story ]

Indian Elections: Tamil Nadu parties posture over plight of Sri Lankan Tamils
[ WSWS ] [ 05 May 2009 00:07 GMT ]

Colombo’s cavalier refusal to make any meaningful accommodation to the Tamil elite in the form of a “political solution” will perpetuate political instability in Sri Lanka and southern India for years to come. [Full Story ]

Tigers End Game in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 04 May 2009 16:11 GMT ]

The bloody fighting on the sandy strip will not be marking the end of the current war, but sowing the seeds of the next one. [Full Story ]

Des Browne makes first visit to Sri Lanka since dispute with leaders
[ The Times ] [ 04 May 2009 11:25 GMT ]

Relations between Britain and Sri Lanka have soured dramatically since Downing Street appointed Mr Browne and began to express concerns in public about civilians stuck on, or fleeing, the front line. [Full Story ]

SLA massacres patients with targeted shelling, 64 killed in hospital
[ TamilNet ] [ 02 May 2009 15:11 GMT ]

Targeted attacks on hospital happens every time when the government wants to relocate the civilians, the rescue worker added. [Full Story ]

Chinese billions in Sri Lanka fund battle against Tamil Tigers
[ The Times UK ] [ 02 May 2009 00:09 GMT ]

The sudden spurt of construction helps, however, to explain why the army is poised to defeat the Tigers and why Western governments are so powerless to negotiate a ceasefire to help civilians trapped on the front line. [Full Story ]

House of Commons Statement on Sri Lanka
[ FCO ] [ 01 May 2009 22:52 GMT ]

The fog of war makes it difficult to be certain of the facts of the present situation. [Full Story ]

Images show Sri Lankan forces bombing civilian safehaven
[ The Times UK ] [ 01 May 2009 00:28 GMT ]

“This is incontrovertible evidence that the Government has been lying for months,” Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch. [Full Story ]

Analysis Report: Satellite-Detected Damages and IDP Shelter Movement in CSZ, Mullattivu District, Sri Lanka
[ UNOSTAT ] [ 30 Apr 2009 10:19 GMT ]

Within the northern and southern sections of the Civilian Safe Zone (CSZ), there are new indications of building destruction and damages resulting from shelling and possible air strikes. [Full Story PDF]

300 feared killed, worst spurt of massacre imminent as UK, France fail
[ TamilNet ] [ 30 Apr 2009 10:09 GMT ]

The latest phase of Colombo's spree of carnage escalated after discussions with two Indian bureaucrats last Friday. [Full Story]

West may hold up $1.9bn loan to get help for civilians
[ The Times UK ] [ 30 Apr 2009 08:41 GMT ]

In Britain, a group called Public Interest Lawyers has urged the Government to vote against the loan. A similar US group is seeking a court order saying that approval of the loan would violate US law.
[Full Story]

Britain, France fail to secure S. Lanka truce
[ AFP ] [ 29 Apr 2009 09:54 GMT ]

Miliband also signalled the talks had ended in failure, reminding the Sri Lankan government that calls for a ceasefire were "only to save civilians" and not the Tamil Tigers. [Full Story]

The world must respond to Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 29 Apr 2009 09:41 GMT ]

The lack of an international response has emboldened Sri Lanka to continue killing Tamil civilians. Britain must act to change this.
[Full Story]

New Delhi’s indifference towards Lanka
[ EB ] [ 29 Apr 2009 09:32 GMT ]

Only a dead soul can remain unaffected as a monumental human tragedy unfolds around it. [Full Story]

Q & A on Accountability for Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Apr 2009 10:14 GMT ]

This Q & A addresses various issues relating to accountability for crimes in violation of international law. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Government Admission Shows Need for UN Inquiry
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Apr 2009 10:13 GMT ]

"By finally admitting it has been using heavy weapons all along, the Sri Lanka government has shed light onto its official deception as well as its brutal military tactics," said Brad Adams. [Full Story]

We cannot Ignore Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Apr 2009 09:11 GMT ]

Instead of applying pressure, the international community has dithered over Sri Lanka. As a result, civilians continue to die. [Full Story]

British aid for war refugees may be used to fund 'concentration camps'
[ The Times UK ] [ 28 Apr 2009 09:07 GMT ]

Mr Holmes pledged $10 million in aid, but the President turned down his appeals for a ceasefire and access to civilians outside the camps.
[Full Story]

A day at the front line in Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 27 Apr 2009 10:10 GMT ]

I could see what he had meant a little more clearly now – just the craziness of it all. [Full Story]

British, French, Swedish FMs to visit Sri Lanka: Miliband
[ FCO ] [ 27 Apr 2009 01:14 GMT ]

My priority will be to address the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka and the continuing grave risk to civilians in the conflict zone.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka - the only possible action
[ TWG ] [ 26 Apr 2009 20:23 GMT ]

As the entire civilized world, with the exception of 'patriotic' Sinhalese, is aghast at the mass murder of Tamil civilians in Northern Sri Lanka, by the politico-military junta the 'Sri Lankan Government'. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka rebels call ceasefire
[ BBC ] [ 26 Apr 2009 17:26 GMT ]

The rebels said they were responding to calls made by the UN, EU, the governments of India and others. [Full Story]

Jayalalitha's separate Eelam call welcomed by PMK, Nedumaran
[ India Today ] [ 26 Apr 2009 17:15 GMT ]

She was moved by the plight of Lankan Tamils forced to exist in concentration camps like slaves and that a separate Tamil Eelam was the solution to the ethnic tangle. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s anti-Tamil genocide escelates
[ Green Left ] [ 26 Apr 2009 17:02 GMT ]

“A liberation movement that is founded from the inner well springs of the people and grounded on the aspirations of the people can't be destroyed.” [Full Story]

Tamil civilians died like flies, say survivors
[ IANS ] [ 25 Apr 2009 15:42 GMT ]

The mass of Tamil women and children struggling to walk out of Sri Lanka's war zone were so emaciated that an aid worker thought he was seeing a horror movie. [Full Story]

Crouching Tiger
[ The Week ] [ 25 Apr 2009 15:38 GMT ]

But the wheels of fortune are not static. [Full Story]

Whose Responsibility is it to protect?
[ World Sikh News ] [ 25 Apr 2009 12:17 GMT ]

“no one gives you freedom on a platter; those who have it, get it by the sheer grit of their own determination and strength.” [Full Story]

UN says nearly 6,500 civilians dead in Sri Lanka
[ AP ] [ 24 Apr 2009 12:11 GMT ]

An average of 33 civilians were killed each day at the end of January, a number that jumped to 116 by April, the document reported. [Full Story]

Lies and Deceptions! Comical Alis of Sri Lanka
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 24 Apr 2009 12:10 GMT ]

It is time we should stop listening to the Comical Alis of Sri Lanka and to start listening to the ordinary Tamils to find out what is really going on in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Britain and France consider direct action to save Sri Lankan refugees
[ The Scotsman ] [ 24 Apr 2009 00:06 GMT ]

"The Tamils are continuing to die, to commit suicide," Mr Kouchner told France Culture radio. [Full Story]

UN's Ban sends mission to Sri Lanka
[ Associated Press ] [ 23 Apr 2009 19:03 GMT ]

"So many lives have been sacrificed, there is no time to lose."
[Full Story]

This Time We Can't Say "We Didn't Know": The Deadly Cost of International Inaction in Sri Lanka
[ Huffington Post ] [ 23 Apr 2009 09:27 GMT ]

When approximately 1,000 civilians die in one day of shelling, are Special Representatives appointed and condemning statements made our only option? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Statement
[ The Parliament UK ] [ 23 Apr 2009 09:20 GMT ]

The fate of the civilians in the conflict area is our most pressing concern. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Suffering "Unbearable"
[ Caritas Internationalis ] [ 22 Apr 2009 09:47 GMT ]

"The international community must wake up to the suffering we're witnessing in Sri Lanka. We call on the U.N. to put Sri Lanka on top of its agenda and to use every means to press the warring parties to seek an end to the fighting through negotiation." [Full Story]

Media: If you are not covering Sri Lanka right now, why not?
[ Reuters ] [ 22 Apr 2009 09:34 GMT ]

I urge you to ask relevant officials of your government and of the EU and the UN, what they are doing about it. And ask yourself as a journalist: "If you are not covering Sri Lanka right now, why not?" [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Protect Civilians in ‘Final’ Attack - UN Security Council Should Initiate Commission of Inquiry
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Apr 2009 09:33 GMT ]

"It is high time for the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka to be officially taken up on the Security Council's agenda." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka army accused of carnage
[ BBC ] [ 21 Apr 2009 09:07 GMT ]

The government is not giving the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to the landward side of the zone. [Full Story]

Casualties cross 1000 in SLA's attempt to capture civilians
[ TamilNet ] [ 20 Apr 2009 21:02 GMT ]

Hundreds of dead bodies and wounded civilians were still lying in Maaththa'lan and Pokka'nai. [Full Story]

Tamil demonstrators block streets
[ BBC ] [ 20 Apr 2009 12:32 GMT ]

"The prime minister is deeply concerned by the current conflict and there should be an immediate ceasefire," he added. [Full Story]

UK envoy in Sri Lanka peace talks
[ BBC ] [ 19 Apr 2009 19:02 GMT ]

Gordon Brown has sent a special envoy to the United Nations in New York for "urgent" talks on the war in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil civilians slaughtered as army shells 'no-fire zone'
[ The Observer ] [ 19 Apr 2009 19:02 GMT ]

Determined to resist international pressure to stop the fighting before it has finished off the hardcore rump of the Tamil Tigers cornered by the military, the Sri Lankan government has kept casualties away from the eyes of the world. [Full Story]

Is the World Ignoring Sri Lanka’s Srebrenica?
[ The New York Times ] [ 18 Apr 2009 09:10 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has “rebuffed international appeals to protect civilians trapped in a war zone in its northeast.” Now some visual evidence of the damage that fighting has caused is coming to light. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka rejects UN truce appeal
[ BBC ] [ 18 Apr 2009 07:29 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has rejected a fresh appeal by the UN to give civilians more time to leave a safe zone in the north-east. [Full Story]

Immediate humanitarian truce needed in Sri Lanka to help trapped civilians
[ Amnesty International ] [ 18 Apr 2009 07:04 GMT ]

"The human misery and desperation is rising and has now reached alarming proportion," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia Pacific Director. [Full Story]

Lankan echo at AIADMK front rally
[ EB ] [ 17 Apr 2009 09:39 GMT ]

“When we come to power, we will take up the Lankan issue as the primary issue and provide immediate relief to Lankan Tamils. It is a key issue in this election,” [Full Story]

London hunger striker 'prepared to die'
[ AFP ] [ 17 Apr 2009 08:04 GMT ]

"I don't have tears for crying and I won't cry," [Full Story]

Call for an End to Hostilities in Sri Lanka
[ US State Department ] [ 16 Apr 2009 21:24 GMT ]

The United States government is deeply concerned about the current danger to civilian lives and the dire humanitarian situation created by the fighting in the Mullaittivu area in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Presentation on media freedom and the humanitarian crisis
[ SDB ] [ 16 Apr 2009 08:59 GMT ]

The Centre for International Media Assistance (CIMA) hosted a discussion of press freedom in Sri Lanka on 17th March 2009. [Video ]

Silence on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Week ] [ 16 Apr 2009 08:58 GMT ]

The very least that Britain can do is halt tourism and any strategic weapons supplies to Sri Lanka and assist in promoting talks and recognition of the Tamil people. [Full Story ]

Unprecedented carnage, Sri Lanka turns firepower on civilian zone
[ TamilNet ] [ 15 Apr 2009 12:45 GMT ]

"There are no words to describe the plight of the children," [Full Story ]

Britain urges against offensive after Sri Lanka ceasefire
[ AFP ] [ 14 Apr 2009 10:43 GMT ]

“He (Miliband) said that the ceasefire could be an important first step towards the end of conflict without further civilian casualties,” a Foreign Office spokesman said. [Full Story ]

Genocide and the Use of Chemical weapons by Sri Lankan armed forces against Tamil civilians
[ TWG ] [ 13 Apr 2009 07:48 GMT ]

I ask you in the name of the dead and the dying not to allow this criminal genocide of the Tamils to continue under your watch in a vicious war lasting over 25 years waged by a modern and rapacious Sri Lankan war machine. [Full Story ]

It will be nonsense to think of eradicating the LTTE
[ TC ] [ 12 Apr 2009 17:29 GMT ]

Taking the rule of Freud seriously one could say that the sacrifice made by the Tamils today is for the victory that will come in the future against neo Aryan Brahmanism. [Full Story ]

Thousands on Tamil protest march
[ BBC ] [ 12 Apr 2009 17:22 GMT ]

"I feel my homeland is even more important than my mum." [Full Story ]

Sri Lanka: Crushing victory
[ Editorial The Guardian UK ] [ 11 Apr 2009 09:01 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government should be held to account by the international community. [Full Story ]

Tamil political leader in India warns of violence if LTTE leader hurt
[ Xinhua ] [ 09 Apr 2009 09:11 GMT ]

The mind of the people of Tamil Nadu had reached the point of "volcano" and the Tamil youth in India could join their brothers Sri Lanka to fight government forces. [Full Story ]

Sri Lankan hospital shelled in Tamil no-fire zone
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 09 Apr 2009 09:05 GMT ]

"The civilians don't have the facility to take them to hospitals so whenever that happens they are burying them by the site or near places,"
[Full Story ]

Tamil protesters on hunger strike at the Houses of Parliament
[ The Times UK ] [ 08 Apr 2009 19:14 GMT ]

"Suddenly the Sri Lankan government is killing all Tamil people in what they call the 'safe zone'. They started using banned bombs and chemical weapons. [Full Story ]

Colombo uses chemical weapons: LTTE
[ TamilNet ] [ 08 Apr 2009 09:06 GMT ]

Diaspora observers believe that by setting an agenda to finish the war before mid-April to suit its electoral ambitions, the Indian Establishment and a biased few behind it, are largely responsible for Colombo adopting such foul means to win the war. [Full Story ]

UN urged to use the R2P doctrine against Sri Lanka
[ NP ] [ 07 Apr 2009 08:17 GMT ]

One of our demands to the Indian government is to stop aiding and abetting the war in Sri Lanka. [Full Story ]

Tamils rally outside Parliament
[ BBC ] [ 07 Apr 2009 08:08 GMT ]

The United Nations says more than 2,800 civilians may have been killed and 7,000 others injured in the fighting in the north-east in the last two months. [Full Story ]

Futile Wait - Sri Lanka’s slaughter reveals the fiction of international liberalism
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Apr 2009 09:26 GMT ]

Tamils realized this thirty years ago; state terror cannot be stopped by strengthening the state, but by confronting and coercing it. [Full Story ]

Traumatised Tamils live in fear of new crackdown in Sri Lanka
[ The Observer UK ] [ 05 Apr 2009 21:21 GMT ]

The prognosis is likely to be bleak. Charu Hogg, associate director at the international thinktank Chatham House, believes that the destruction of the Tigers as a fighting force will only mark the beginning of a new and ugly phase of civil repression. [Full Story ]

Recognize our freedom: Vanni civilian leader
[ TamilNet ] [ 05 Apr 2009 00:51 GMT ]

Nearly a 100,000 Tamils have been killed already. Isn’t it enough to call it genocide? [Full Story ]

UN appoints Gaza war-crimes team
[ BBC ] [ 04 Apr 2009 16:54 GMT ]

Mr Goldstone is a former UN chief prosecutor for war crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He is also a former judge at the South African constitutional court. [Full Story ]

Poll Shows that Tamils, Feeling Alone in the World, Embrace the Tigers
[ PRWeb ] [ 04 Apr 2009 16:12 GMT ]

The poll also suggested that with Tamils expecting no help from the outside world, they are holding more tightly than ever to the Tamil Tigers. [Full Story ]

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband's statement
[ Parliament UK ] [ 03 Apr 2009 10:52 GMT ]

This involvement by the UN means that the Government of Sri Lanka can be in no doubt about the concerns felt by the international community over the humanitarian situation. [Full Story ]

Forum to brief Pope on Tamils’ plight
[ ENS ] [ 03 Apr 2009 10:48 GMT ]

“The international community should intervene and stop the inhuman rape of women and young girls. They should not be silent anymore. They should immediately act and stop this torture of Tamils.” [Full Story ]

Sri Lanka says British aid destined for Tamil civilians could be cover for weapons
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 02 Apr 2009 10:28 GMT ]

A coalition of charities, celebrities and politicians gathered in central London yesterday to publicise the voyage of the Vananga Man, the ship that will set out with the humanitarian supplies early next week.
[Full Story ]

Press Release: 'Global Appeal' Launch Event for the 'Mercy Mission to Vanni'
[ Vanni Mission ] [ 02 Apr 2009 10:22 GMT ]

"The figures in Sri Lanka are not so different to the Congo which captures the international media's attention and yet with Sri Lanka the world is not acting." [Full Story PDF]

Stop the War on Civilians in Sri Lanka: A Briefing on the Humanitarian Crisis and Lack of Human Rights Protection
[ Amnesty International ] [ 01 Apr 2009 00:02 GMT ]

The UN and Sri Lanka's international donors should ensure that their assistance is used in compliance with international human rights law and standards, and does not support abusive government policies.
[Full Story ]

Case filed to block US vote on IMF loan to Sri Lanka
[ TamilNet ] [ 31 Mar 2009 10:27 GMT ]

The Complaint details Sri Lanka's pattern of gross violation of internationally recognized human rights. [Full Story ]

Sri Lanka: New report documents civilian massacres
[ Green Left ] [ 30 Mar 2009 09:52 GMT ]

Photographic and video evidences of the indiscriminate bombardment on the safe zone by the Sri Lankan Army are documented by www.
[Full Story ]

The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka
[ The Times of India ] [ 29 Mar 2009 21:22 GMT ]

There are disturbing but unconfirmed reports that the Indian government is lending material and logistical support to the Sri Lankan government in these crimes against humanity. [Full Story ]

Jesse Jackson calls for ceasefire
[ TamilNet ] [ 28 Mar 2009 15:31 GMT ]

When we fight these battles, there are some rules of the game, he said. “We must affirm international law, human rights, self-determination and economic justice.” [Full Story ]

Carnage continues, 131 civilians including 32 children killed Wednesday
[ TamilNet ] [ 27 Mar 2009 11:02 GMT ]

SLA fired RPG shells, deployed long-range gunfire and mortar shells targeting the 4 km stretch of safe Zone. [Full Story ]

UN in call for Sri Lanka 'pause'
[ BBC ] [ 27 Mar 2009 10:21 GMT ]

The UN, backed by the US and Britain, has urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to back a "humanitarian pause" in fighting. [Full Story ]

Without medicine or sanitation, situation in Vanni, Sri Lanka, deteriorates as heavy rains fall
[ MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES ] [ 26 Mar 2009 11:06 GMT ]

People have been lacking drinking water, medicines and a sanitation system for weeks. Aid agencies have thus far been denied access to the people. [Full Story ]

'Parliament proposes, Rammell dismisses'
[ TamilNet ] [ 25 Mar 2009 14:35 GMT ]

Many members demanded UN action, suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth and pressure on India to act in stopping the war.
[Full Story ]

Sri Lanka: No Let-Up in Army Shelling of Civilians
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 Mar 2009 14:32 GMT ]

Human Rights Watch called on the UN Security Council to put Sri Lanka on its agenda and to address urgently the deteriorating situation.
[Full Story ]

Sri Lankans face humanitarian crisis trapped in 'no fire zone', warns UN
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 24 Mar 2009 11:33 GMT ]

Witnesses report dozens dying in daily shelling. [Full Story ]

Artillery pounds wounded Tamils trapped on beach
[ The Times UK ] [ 23 Mar 2009 16:01 GMT ]

“If the Sri Lankan government does not respond to this call for a ceasefire within 24 hours, Gordon Brown should call for the suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth.” [Full Story ]

Jaffna Bishops
[ TWG ] [ 22 Mar 2009 18:00 GMT ]

First of all, the Bishop should have asked the Government (GoSL) to halt the attacks on innocent civilians including children, whom the GoSL treat as combatants, in order to allow much needed humanitarian aid into Vanni. [Full Story ]

State Security
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 20 Mar 2009 08:07 GMT ]

The Tamils’ security depends on their own efforts and nothing else.
[Full Story ]

[ CanadianHART ] [ 19 Mar 2009 09:47 GMT ]

Background to Humanitarian Issues in Sri Lanka: The Government of Sri Lanka has implemented a genocidal strategy. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka: dispute over how to help civilians in war zone
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 18 Mar 2009 21:18 GMT ]

Far from pressing hard for action, some United Nations officials have muffled internal reporting from the war zone, to the frustration of aid workers and human rights activists who accuse the UN of cowardice in the face of a belligerent government. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka children 'being killed'
[ BBC ] [ 18 Mar 2009 08:59 GMT ]

The conflict in Sri Lanka has killed hundreds of children and left many more injured, United Nations' children's agency, Unicef, has said.
[Full Story]

'500 killed' due to medicine shortage
[ BBC ] [ 18 Mar 2009 08:48 GMT ]

"Thousands of civilian deaths could have gone unrecorded as they were not brought to hospitals," [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Clinton raises security fears for IDPs in north
[ IRIN ] [ 17 Mar 2009 09:58 GMT ]

“Both US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed strong concern for the safety of civilians in the combat zones.” [Full Story]

Colombo's Secret War on Terror
[ Far Eastern Economic Review ] [ 17 Mar 2009 09:42 GMT ]

“It has never been a defense to genocide that you are fighting terror,” [Full Story]

Thousands of Tamils decry Sri Lankan 'genocide'
[ AFP ] [ 16 Mar 2009 21:08 GMT ]

"What we want is for the European Union to send people into the 'safe zone' and see what is really happening there. [Full Story]

Operation Vananga-Man Inaugurated in Britain
[ Vanni Mission ] [ 16 Mar 2009 10:31 GMT ]

To send food, medical supplies, other relief items, doctors & humanitarian professionals to Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Video: Hunting the Tigers
[ SBS ] [ 16 Mar 2009 08:57 GMT ]

"In the name of patriotism you have trampled on human rights..."
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka- An Island of Fear
[ TWG ] [ 15 Mar 2009 20:09 GMT ]

The International Community, particularly Japan, US, EU and India, has watched while the Tamils are slaughtered, kidnapped, raped and bled to death due to lack of medical care, like Nero watching from the Tower of Maecenas on the Esquiline Hill singing and playing the lyre while Rome burnt. [Full Story PDF]

The Diaspora as genocide resistors
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Mar 2009 18:02 GMT ]

But it is the International community’s wilful refusal to prevent genocide, their obstruction of Tamil efforts to resist genocide, their willingness to benefit from the proceeds and even active collusion in it, that remains the real crime. [Full Story]

UN fears Sri Lanka 'war crimes'
[ BBC ] [ 13 Mar 2009 13:39 GMT ]

She warned the current level of civilian deaths was shocking and warned it could reach catastrophic levels. [Full Story]

VERY URGENT APPEAL: Voice of the voiceless and the helpless people of Vanni
[ TWG ] [ 13 Mar 2009 11:43 GMT ]

The final dying cry from Vanni in their own words before the bunkers they dug become their own grave requesting food, hospital and no cluster bombs! PLEASE SEND THIS DOCUMENT BY FAX TO YOUR HEAD OF GOVERNMENT AND HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES! [Full Story PDF]

EU calls for immediate ceasefire
[ BBC ] [ 13 Mar 2009 09:32 GMT ]

The parliamentarians request that international and national humanitarian organisations, as well as journalists, be granted full and unhindered access to the combat zone and to refugee camps. [Full Story ]

US Legislators point out Sri Lanka's "Red Alert" genocide ranking to Secretary Clinton
[ TamilNet ] [ 12 Mar 2009 09:05 GMT ]

“We urge continued efforts to press other UN Security Council members to bring Sri Lanka’s crisis to the agenda of the Security Council.”
[Full Story ]

Sri Lanka dusts off the begging bowl
[ Asia Times ] [ 12 Mar 2009 00:09 GMT ]

''We are down to our lowest levels. Diaspora funds have not come as expected. [Full Story ]

SLA shelling kills 133 civilians including 49 children on Tuesday
[ TamilNet ] [ 12 Mar 2009 00:02 GMT ]

More than 49 of 133 civilians killed inside 'safe zone' in SLA shelling on Tuesday were children and 16 of them were children below 3 years of age. [Full Story ]

Get tough on Sri Lanka
[ The Ottawa Citizen ] [ 11 Mar 2009 09:59 GMT ]

Canada needs to tell one of its major aid recipients that dispatching thugs to take care of media critics is unacceptable. [Full Story ]

In Sri Lanka, UN Still Withholds Casualty Numbers, Funds Detention Camps
[ ICP ] [ 11 Mar 2009 09:42 GMT ]

The UN and Holmes are in the midst of protesting the expulsion and lay-off of half of the humanitarian workers in Darfur. But there is no humanitarian or media access at all to the conflict zone in Sri Lanka. [Full Story ]

Further information on the current situation in Sri Lanka: State Terrorism
[ TWG ] [ 10 Mar 2009 00:07 GMT ]

Stop the genocide and all other forms of crimes against Tamils. Warning: Contains distressing images. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka: "Don’t Abuse the Displaced"
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 10 Mar 2009 00:03 GMT ]

This scene of death and destruction is replaying like an unending nightmare in the lives of ordinary Tamil people [Full Story]

Conflict Risk Alert: Sri Lanka
[ Crisis Group ] [ 09 Mar 2009 17:05 GMT ]

Unable to fire their weapons in a manner that respects the distinction between combatant and non-combatant, most government attacks at this point are by their very nature indiscriminate. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s war on Tamils: the unknown genocide
[ Green Left ] [ 09 Mar 2009 12:52 GMT ]

Illegal weapons such as cluster munitions and white phosphorus have been used. [Full Story]

China fuels Sri Lankan war
[ The Japan Times ] [ 08 Mar 2009 14:14 GMT ]

The United Nations estimates that some 1,200 noncombatants are getting killed each month in a civil war that continues to evoke a muted international response even as hundreds of thousands of minority Tamils have fled their homes or remain trapped behind the front line.
[Full Story]

Thousands call for international help to end 'genocide' in Sri Lanka
[ Harrow Times ] [ 07 Mar 2009 18:21 GMT ]

“100 people are getting killed in Sri Lanka every day and nobody wants to do anything about it.” [Full Story]

Worsening Sri Lanka violence shakes British Tamils
[ AP ] [ 07 Mar 2009 08:55 GMT ]

Many Tamils feel their plight is being ignored. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan conflict due to 'repressive' govts: Canada
[ AFP ] [ 06 Mar 2009 14:12 GMT ]

The 37-year conflict raging in Sri Lanka was borne out of "repressive" governments in Colombo, Canadian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said Thursday. [Full Story]

Warrant issued for Sudan's leader
[ BBC ] [ 05 Mar 2009 12:58 GMT ]

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. [Full Story]

Stop Sri Lanka's bloody civil war
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 05 Mar 2009 12:41 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's government has turned a blind eye to the mass killing of Tamils. The Commonwealth should threaten expulsion. [Full Story]

UN: Sri Lanka war causing civilian 'catastrophe'
[ AP ] [ 04 Mar 2009 16:05 GMT ]

Civilians trapped in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka are dying of hunger and are desperately in need of medicine in what the United Nations described Wednesday as an "unfolding humanitarian catastrophe."
[Full Story]

US plans for military intervention in Sri Lanka
[ WSWS ] [ 04 Mar 2009 11:50 GMT ]

The last consideration of any US military operation in Sri Lanka will be the plight of Tamil civilians trapped in the North. [Full Story]

Unitary Ceylon was an error: British Politician
[ TamilNet ] [ 03 Mar 2009 10:31 GMT ]

Dr. Rachel Joyce, apologised Sunday for the error of Colonial Britain in making a unitary Ceylon out of two nations, the Tamils and the Sinhalese. [Full Story]

US troops planning evacuation in Sri Lanka
[ PTI ] [ 03 Mar 2009 09:51 GMT ]

These people have been bombed for months by this genocidal government; evacuating them from Vanni and delivering them to the Sri Lankan government is equivalent to being an accomplice to genocide," PEARL representative Rosha Hebsur charged. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka in new truce rejection
[ BBC ] [ 02 Mar 2009 10:45 GMT ]

Reports of growing civilian casualties have prompted the UN, European Union and India to urge a ceasefire. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's war zone - an insider's testimony
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 02 Mar 2009 10:01 GMT ]

Foreign eyes are not supposed to say anything about what is seen in the battlefield. [Full Story]

Video: Dining With Terrorists
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 01 Mar 2009 17:52 GMT ]

How war on terror label contributed to genocide of Tamils. [Video]

Sri Lanka says Tamils will be locked up in concentration camps for years
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Feb 2009 14:18 GMT ]

Tamil political activists both in Sri Lanka and India reacted with outrage at the proposal that remind of concentration camps in World War 2 Germany. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka special report: Failure to investigate
[ CPJ ] [ 27 Feb 2009 10:37 GMT ]

There is concern that Sri Lanka is heading in the direction of becoming another Zimbabwe or Burma, countries run by governments resistant to pressure to live up to global norms of human rights. [Full Story]

Nations have failed to hear the voice of the dying Tamils!
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 27 Feb 2009 10:26 GMT ]

Many journalists have been abducted and killed in the last few years for telling the truth to the world. [Full Story]

Revise policies on Tamil struggle: Karen Parker tells U.S. Senate
[ TamilNet ] [ 26 Feb 2009 09:25 GMT ]

Many of Tamil civilians in the LTTE-controlled areas would be hesitant to turn themselves over to what they consider an enemy government, as many of those in the Vanni had come there the past few years after abuses in the government-controlled areas. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan refugees face open-ended detention in camps
[ The Christian Science Monitor ] [ 25 Feb 2009 15:48 GMT ]

But there is some trepidation over a repeat of the tactics of the 1990s, when Tamil men taken out of military-run camps joined the ranks of Sri Lanka's disappeared. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Land deliveries still suspended
[ IRIN ] [ 24 Feb 2009 10:52 GMT ]

Food convoys for thousands of displaced in Sri Lanka’s north remain suspended after more than a month, despite rising concerns over a growing food crisis. [Full Story]

EU urges humanitarian truce in Sri Lanka
[ EU Business ] [ 23 Feb 2009 21:41 GMT ]

European Union foreign ministers issued a joint call Monday for an immediate ceasefire between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels to allow aid in and civilians out of the conflict zone. [Full Story]

The Will to Resist
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 23 Feb 2009 11:48 GMT ]

Despite the massacres, the Tamils will not submit to Sinhala rule.
[Full Story]

AR Rahman: Global tunesmith
[ BBC ] [ 23 Feb 2009 09:59 GMT ]

No wonder he discovered the music of MIA, aka Maya Arulpragasam, the war child turned feisty alternative rapper, who very few people in India had heard before Slumdog. [Full Story]

Tamils are being wiped out from Sri Lanka while the Nations are watching!
[ IM ] [ 22 Feb 2009 00:10 GMT ]

Hundreds of innocent Tamil civilians are bleeding to death on the streets while the Sri Lankan government is involved in false propaganda to justify it's war agenda. [Full Story]

India’s connivance in Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
[ TWG ] [ 22 Feb 2009 00:05 GMT ]

India plays petty politics in the lives of nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians who have been caught in the middle of fighting between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE in Vanni of northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil dream will not die
[ The Times UK ] [ 21 Feb 2009 15:07 GMT ]

Down but not out. [Full Story]

Tamil killed himself 'to guide others to liberation'
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 20 Feb 2009 12:50 GMT ]

"We Tamils, displaced and all over the world, loudly raised our problems and asked for help before [the] international community in your own language for three decades. But nothing happened ... [Full Story]

Civilian 'slaughter' in Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 20 Feb 2009 11:11 GMT ]

The campaign group, Human Rights Watch, has accused the Sri Lankan military of "slaughtering" civilians with artillery fire in the north-east.
[Full Story]

Do you hear the cry of these innocents?
[ Indians Against Genocide ] [ 20 Feb 2009 10:25 GMT ]

Then speak up before the genocide is complete. Its a war without witness! [Full Story]

UN chief in S Lanka civilian plea
[ BBC ] [ 19 Feb 2009 14:02 GMT ]

The UN and aid groups have expressed deep concern that there is not enough food and medicine reaching the civilians. [Full Story]

SLA artillery fire hits new 'safety zone', 108 killed, 200 wounded
[ TamilNet ] [ 18 Feb 2009 10:11 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) launched indiscriminate artillery barrage into the newly announced 'safety zone' killing at least 108 civilians and causing injuries to more than 200, according to initial details from the medical sources in the area. [Full Story]

Killing Fields to Creative Solution
[ Sangam ] [ 17 Feb 2009 11:51 GMT ]

The Tamil homelands have been turned into killing fields as the armed forces of Sri Lanka rampage through them in a monstrous conspiracy to suppress the Tamils' aspirations. [Full Story]

The cost of war and the price of victory in Sri Lanka
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 16 Feb 2009 07:02 GMT ]

Even if Prabhakaran is eliminated , many more Prabhakarans may have been created by now to continue Sri Lankas tragedy to another generation. [Full Story]

India in duplicitous, murderous collaboration with genocidal regime - SA Post
[ SA Post ] [ 15 Feb 2009 19:59 GMT ]

Sadly, though, a country forever boasting it gave the world Gandhi, bears little resemblance in its deeds to the vision of the great humanist. [Full Story]

Genocide in Sri Lanka
[ Boston Globe ] [ 15 Feb 2009 19:51 GMT ]

The United States should be no less scrupulous in prosecuting suspected genocide by its own citizens or permanent residents.
[Full Story]

Robert Evans MEP: Who can protect Tamil civilians caught in the conflict?
[ The Independent ] [ 14 Feb 2009 11:56 GMT ]

And for how much longer should we allow British holidaymakers and cricket teams to go to an island waging a vicious civil war against its own people? [Full Story]

British envoy banned in war without witnesses
[ The Independent ] [ 14 Feb 2009 11:38 GMT ]

President Rajapaksa is an arch Sinhalese nationalist who talks about the "final elimination of terror" from the northeast but appears to be bent on crushing the Tamil community as a whole. [Full Story]

Herding people by terror: Intense shelling, dead bodies on roadside in Vanni
[ AP ] [ 13 Feb 2009 14:04 GMT ]

The SLA was deliberately shelling the fleeing civilians as Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) surveillance aircraft was circling over the region, providing coordinates for the SLA to direct artillery shelling on the fleeing civilians [Full Story]

Official: 40 civilians die daily in Sri Lanka war
[ AP ] [ 13 Feb 2009 13:28 GMT ]

The staff, with the help of the Red Cross, set up a makeshift hospital in Putumattalan. However, that area came under shelling this week as well. [Full Story]

Des Browne - special envoy to Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 12 Feb 2009 14:10 GMT ]

British Prime Minister Gordon Browne has announced the appointment of Des Brown, MP as his Special Envoy for Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil diaspora united in anger
[ BBC ] [ 11 Feb 2009 00:35 GMT ]

The bloody progress of the conflict in Sri Lanka has united many diaspora Tamils across the political spectrum. [Full Story]

UN Demands Truce in Sri Lanka, Says Civilian Deaths an Outrage
[ Bloomberg ] [ 11 Feb 2009 00:08 GMT ]

“We are outraged by the unnecessary loss of hundreds of lives and the continued suffering of innocent people inside the LTTE-controlled areas,” Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said yesterday. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka risks becoming next Zimbabwe, widow warns
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 10 Feb 2009 17:14 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is on the road to a "Zimbabwe-style dictatorship or rule by a military junta like that of Burma" [Full Story]

[ The Telegraph ] [ 10 Feb 2009 11:55 GMT ]

As the country turns into a police State to quell the threat perception, each citizen will become suspect in the eyes of the administration and of his neighbour unless he can prove his nationalist credentials. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka crisis reveals India not ready for global security role
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 09 Feb 2009 11:59 GMT ]

As the ‘Global’ ‘War on Terror’ disintegrates and ceases to be the cornerstone for global security, Delhi’s inability to uphold International Humanitarian Law in the region, impose peace and security and, above all, ensure the protection of populations, minorities and peoples is being exposed. [Full Story]

Russia, UK protect Colombo's international impunity
[ TamilNet ] [ 08 Feb 2009 18:39 GMT ]

“What is taking place in the island of Sri Lanka for decades is a clear case of a liberation war of the Tamil ethnicity, responded with genocide by the Sinhala government. Reducing it as something between a ‘proscribed’ organization and a government ‘blighted’ by it, doesn’t make any difference in outlook between Colombo and Britain” [Full Story]

Sri Lanka : Letter to Eric Solheim, Norway
[ TWG ] [ 07 Feb 2009 20:30 GMT ]

War on terror indeed! What about the terror by the state? This government is worse than the Nazis! Sri Lanka is fast becoming a police state, if it is not one already. [Full Story]

SLAF bombs Ponnampalam hospital, 61 patients killed
[ TamilNet ] [ 07 Feb 2009 17:34 GMT ]

"Fixed establishments and mobile medical units of the Medical Service may in no circumstances be attacked, but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict," states the First Geneva Convention. [Full Story]

Fonseka, Gotabaya Genocide charges filed with US Justice Dept
[ TAG ] [ 07 Feb 2009 16:28 GMT ]

The Counsel urged the Department to open a grand jury investigation into the crimes, based evidence amassed in the three volume 1000-page document which the Counsel said "amply satisfies the Department?s threshold for commencing a criminal investigation."
[Full Story]

Britain says Sri Lanka hospital attack 'unacceptable'
[ IANS ] [ 06 Feb 2009 18:59 GMT ]

'To put it bluntly, the situation in Sri Lanka is nothing short of shocking,' Foreign Affairs Minister. [Full Story]

Pope calls for protection of civilians amid fighting in Sri Lanka
[ CNS ] [ 05 Feb 2009 00:21 GMT ]

Church sources estimated that 490,000 people were trapped and hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured by the intensified fighting.
[Full Story]

The anguish of Sri Lanka
[ Boston Globe editorial ] [ 04 Feb 2009 23:19 GMT ]

The Obama administration ought to ask for a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire, and the Asian powers providing military assistance to Sri Lanka - China, India, and Pakistan - should exert their influence on the government to halt the shooting. [Full Story]

Co-Chairs' call for Tigers' surrender is an act of perfidy, hard on the heels of their callous disregard for equality and justice
[ TWG Press Release ] [ 04 Feb 2009 21:35 GMT ]

What is needed now is for a major and concerted international political intervention, backed by an international peace keeping force.
[Full Story PDF]

Hillary Clinton and David Miliband call for Sri Lanka ceasefire with Tamils
[ The Times UK ] [ 04 Feb 2009 12:06 GMT ]

With international concern mounting over civilian casualties, the United Nations said that cluster bombs had been used to hit the last functioning hospital in the Tigers' territory. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka 'callous' over trapped civilians: rights body
[ UN ] [ 04 Feb 2009 11:51 GMT ]

"The government shows callous indifference by saying civilians should not expect the government to consider their safety and security." [Full Story]

UN: Cluster bombs hit hospital in Sri Lanka
[ AFP ] [ 04 Feb 2009 10:59 GMT ]

"The last remaining medical facility inside the Vanni pocket has been effectively closed," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN official concerned over shelling of hospital, worsening civilian plight
[ UN ] [ 03 Feb 2009 10:53 GMT ]

Primarily, this is a question of preserving life [Full Story]

The duplicitous APRSL - A wolf in sheep's clothing
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 02 Feb 2009 19:24 GMT ]

The whole world cries genocide but this puppet group licks the nether sides of its despicable masters, the perpetrators of these most reprehensible crimes of massacre and genocide. [Full Story]

Thousands of Sri Lankan soldiers perish in northern offensive
[ WSWS ] [ 02 Feb 2009 11:38 GMT ]

Despite the escalating toll among soldiers, as well as civilians, the government has declared there will be no let up in the military offensive. [Full Story]

Nine dead in attack on hospital in Sri Lanka
[ The Times UK ] [ 02 Feb 2009 09:17 GMT ]

"We're shocked that the hospital was hit, and this for the second time in recent weeks," Paul Castella [Full Story]

British Tamils stage largest ever march protesting genocide, mandating Tamil Eelam
[ TamilNet ] [ 01 Feb 2009 21:32 GMT ]

“The brutality of the Sri Lankan state is plain to see now, as well as the ruthlessness of those states supporting it,. [Full Story]

Tamil refugees shelled as army closes in
[ The Sunday Times UK ] [ 01 Feb 2009 19:58 GMT ]

“The army have asked people to go to specific areas and then they fire on them.” [Full Story]

Tamils In Lanka Jews Under Nazis?
[ Tehelka ] [ 31 Jan 2009 00:08 GMT ]

A former US diplomat makes serious charges of genocide against Lankan officials, which could go all the way to US courts. [Full Story]

Tigers say civilians will remain
[ BBC ] [ 30 Jan 2009 21:12 GMT ]

The people did not wish to end up in the hands of "their killers".
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Civilian Deaths
[ Human Rights Watch] [ 29 Jan 2009 22:17 GMT ]

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara told the media that "There were no civilians killed," and added: "We are targeting the LTTE.
[Full Story]

Hundreds of dead civilians piling up in Sri Lanka war
[ IANS ] [ 29 Jan 2009 22:10 GMT ]

Heavy fighting and artillery shelling had led to over 300 deaths and 1,000 injuries. [Full Story]

[ TWG ] [ 29 Jan 2009 00:18 GMT ]

A Genocide Unseen on Distant Shores - Sri Lanka's War on Tamils - A hidden fact of Paradise Island! [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lankan officials in the firing line
[ Asia Times ] [ 28 Jan 2009 11:41 GMT ]

The US criminal code punishes genocide, torture, or war crimes perpetrated by United States nationals and non-nationals. Extra-judicial killings may also be sanctioned in US courts under the Torture Victims Protection Act. [Full Story]

Massacre in the Sri Lanka 'safe zone'
[ The Independent UK ] [ 28 Jan 2009 11:05 GMT ]

Journalists have been blocked from entering much of the conflict zone and media organisations questioning the military's tactics have been intimidated and even killed, meaning that the government's efforts to crush the Tigers is a largely hidden conflict. [Full Story]

URGENT APPEAL: Tamil Freedom Struggle Oppressed by Military Might and the Civilian Carnage
[ TWG ] [ 27 Jan 2009 02:38 GMT ]

"It is not merely a humanitarian crisis, but a shame on human civilization. What a world, watching and abetting the whole thing, having no conscience" said K. Kamalanthan, a social activist while fleeing. IF YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING, THEN PLEASE PRINT, SIGN AND FAX THIS LETTER TO THE HEAD OF YOUR GOVERNMENT! [Appeal Letter]

More than 300 civilians feared killed, people bleed to death on streets
[ TamilNet ] [ 26 Jan 2009 18:06 GMT ]

In a scene of carnage of untold proportion on civilian targets hit by hundreds of Sri Lanka Army fired artillery shells, more than 300 people have died and several hundreds are bleeding to death within the last 24 hours, amidst pouring rain inside the 'saftey zone' declared by the Colombo government. [Full Story]

EU says agrees to take Iran group off terror list
[ Reuters ] [ 26 Jan 2009 13:01 GMT ]

The official confirmed that EU foreign ministers approved a decision to take it off a list that includes Palestinian Hamas and Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers. [Full Story]

Former UN diplomat urges global attention on Sri Lanka
[ TamilNet ] [ 26 Jan 2009 09:57 GMT ]

"Any rocket explosion in the sand of Israel or a building in Gaza becomes international news, while the entire townships that fall after heavy and bloody fighting in Sri Lanka don't get mentioned [in the news]."
[Full Story]

The response to the Ministerial Statement of Mr David Miliband -21 Jan 2009
[ TWG ] [ 25 Jan 2009 19:51 GMT ]

A large number of Sri Lankan Tamils would have been very disappointed like myself to read your Ministerial Statement on Sri Lankan conflict.
[Full Story PDF]

US lawyer wants Lankan leaders tried for genocide
[ Times of India ] [ 24 Jan 2009 16:59 GMT ]

Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa could go down in history as the first United States citizen to be tried for genocide.
[Full Story]

Britain endorses war on LTTE while emphasizing human rights and political solution
[ TC ] [ 23 Jan 2009 08:58 GMT ]

The full text of the written Ministerial Statement by the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs on Sri Lanka, [Full Story]

Sri Lankan troops shell "safe zone" for civilians
[ AP ] [ 23 Jan 2009 08:51 GMT ]

Health officials said that at least 67 civilians have been killed in shelling since Tuesday. [Full Story]

Germany Calls for Aid to Refugees Caught in Sri Lankan Conflict
[ DW-World ] [ 23 Jan 2009 08:28 GMT ]

"The most important thing now is to negotiate a ceasefire, to enable aid deliveries and medical care for the civilians in the disputed areas," he added. [Full Story]

Compliance Issues with HR 2764 of the 110th US Congress – the Case against US Embassy in Colombo and the US State Department.
[ TCNR ] [ 23 Jan 2009 08:23 GMT ]

Tamil Diaspora just watches helplessly as the Tamil genocide in the North of Sri Lanka continues unabatedly. [Full Story]

Global media rights groups condemn "culture of impunity and indifference" in Sri Lanka
[ RSF ] [ 22 Jan 2009 12:45 GMT ]

The International Mission is shocked at the repeated instances of elected representatives and Government Ministers using violent and inflammatory language against media workers and institutions. [Full Story]

Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th US president - his inauguration speech in full
[ BBC ] [ 21 Jan 2009 16:54 GMT ]

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; [Full Story]

Unprecedented civilian carnage in Vanni
[ TamilNet ] [ 21 Jan 2009 14:52 GMT ]

Fifteen civilians including 5 children were killed and 29 seriously injured in the relentless artillery barrage that Sri Lanka Amy (SLA) kept pounding the internally displaced persons (IDPs) [Full Story]

At the Start of New Presidency, Tamils for Obama Hope for New Policy Toward Tamil Eelam
[ PRWeb ] [ 20 Jan 2009 00:04 GMT ]

With the inauguration of the new presidential administration, Tamils in the U.S. hope to see refinements of policies that affect Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Civilians 'killed' in Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 19 Jan 2009 12:57 GMT ]

Medical staff in Sri Lanka say at least 18 civilians have been killed as the military continues its offensive on the northern bases of Tamil Tiger rebels. [Full Story]

Humanitarian tragedy in Vanni enters deadlier phase
[ TamilNet ] [ 17 Jan 2009 11:59 GMT ]

Medical authorities said the situation was beyond control Friday noon and the hospitals have come under attack and ambulances were not operating. [Full Story]

The Agonising Cry of the People of Wanni, Sri-Lanka
[ TWG ] [ 16 Jan 2009 14:06 GMT ]

We earnestly urge your Excellency to take immediate action to stop this senseless war and put an end to the untold sufferings of the innocent civilians in Wanni whose life has become a real struggle for survival.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka: massive displacement of civilians amid escalating conflict
[ ICRC ] [ 16 Jan 2009 09:57 GMT ]

"Civilians in the Vanni are weary from the conflict. Repeated displacements, often involving the loss of their personal belongings, have taken a toll on them. [Full Story]

Lies, Damn Lies and Ministerial Protestations
[ TWG ] [ 15 Jan 2009 13:27 GMT ]

Either you or your officials have not researched this conflict sufficiently or you have readily fallen for the GOSL's obfuscations. In 1976, all Tamil parties joined together and passed a resolution asking their Parliamentarians to seek the formation of a separate Tamil state in the homelands of the earlier Tamil Kingdoms. [Full Story PDF]

Miliband regrets 'war on terror'
[ BBC ] [ 15 Jan 2009 09:59 GMT ]

Mr Miliband said it was time to ensure human rights and civil liberties were upheld. [Full Story]

A tale of two distant war zones
[ The Star ] [ 14 Jan 2009 09:59 GMT ]

During four years in the Middle East, I also covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on my doorstep. And there are eerie similarities between the two conflict zones, despite the unequal attention they command. [Full Story]

The slow genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka
[ Tamils for Obama ] [ 14 Jan 2009 00:08 GMT ]

By year's end extra-judicial killings occurred in Jaffna nearly on a daily basis and were allegedly perpetrated by military intelligence units or associated paramilitaries.” [Full Story]

Where is this so-called democratic government heading for?
[ TCHR ] [ 13 Jan 2009 10:41 GMT ]

The solution for the 60 years of bloody ethnic conflict; for the humanitarian crisis - is military. [Full Story]

Washington’s criminal role in the Sri Lankan state’s anti-Tamil war
[ WSWS ] [ 12 Jan 2009 18:28 GMT ]

Washington encouraged Colombo to resume the civil war in 2006 and has aided and abetted every step of the Sri Lankan military's bloody advance. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: a voice cries freedom from beyond the grave
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 12 Jan 2009 07:21 GMT ]

These are the words of a truly wise and brave man and they deserve the widest possible audience. [Full Story]

Tamils Petitioning White House to Act on Sri Lanka, Hope to Collect 100,000 Signatures
[ PRWeb ] [ 11 Jan 2009 17:28 GMT ]

The war that has been initiated by Sri Lanka on the Tamils in its territory is a genocidal war. Its purpose is to uproot all the Tamils from the northeast of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Caught in Sri Lanka's war zone
[ The Guardian ] [ 10 Jan 2009 11:01 GMT ]

Refugees face so many difficulties. [Full Story]

Sunday Leader Editor assassinated
[ TamilNet ] [ 09 Jan 2009 16:02 GMT ]

Harassments and attacks on media has been stepped up after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has brought the Media Ministry under him on the New Year Day. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse cannot evade culpability for the slaying of Lasantha Wickramatunge of the Sunday Leader
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 09 Jan 2009 08:57 GMT ]

This is one of the most cowardly acts of the opprobrious Rajapakse regime of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Fall of Killinochchi
[ WSN ] [ 08 Jan 2009 09:22 GMT ]

Today, many world countries practice double standards. While Israel is bombarding Gaza and killing hundreds, a section of the world community has formed a chorus of protest. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka needs political solution
[ Business Line ] [ 07 Jan 2009 09:39 GMT ]

He believes it is wishful thinking to surmise that the LTTE will simply vanish. [Full Story]

Police: Private TV channel in Sri Lanka attacked
[ International Herald Tribune ] [ 06 Jan 2009 07:48 GMT ]

"The U.S. deplores this latest in a series of criminal attacks on the independent media in Sri Lanka," the U.S. embassy said in a statement. [Full Story]

Opinion: LTTE-China or LTTE-Pakistan Partnership Possible?
[ Desicritics ] [ 05 Jan 2009 17:31 GMT ]

Your enemy's enemy is your friend is a popular saying. [Full Story]

A protest to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Colombo
[ The Nation ] [ 05 Jan 2009 07:59 GMT ]

The disinformation that you have contributed in your broadcast, makes a bad situation worse, infinitely worse, because when an Archbishop talks, one expects the truth. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and the dark side of democracy
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 Jan 2009 17:01 GMT ]

The island’s conflict is one of the last race wars of the 21st century, a violent manifestation of the “problem of the other” as President-Elect Barak Obama has described it. Until this is accepted, there will be no solution, only bloodshed and suffering. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka faces a grim new year
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 03 Jan 2009 13:31 GMT ]

Sinhalese politicians will be in no mood for concessions for many months to come. [Full Story]

The end of Prabhakaran?
[ Rediff ] [ 03 Jan 2009 11:12 GMT ]

Turning points in unconventional warfare are brought about not through the force of arms, but through the force of wisdom. [Full Story]

Opinion Poll: Tamils want Separation, urge new U.S. administration to send peace envoy to Sri Lanka immediately
[ PRWEB ] [ 02 Jan 2009 11:09 GMT ]

Poll shows Tamils internationally favor separation from Sri Lanka as solution to the genocidal civil war, and want quick U.S. support.
[Full Story]

Video: The Tamil King of South India
[ TWG ] [ 01 Jan 2009 19:07 GMT ]

Rajaraja the Great, the great hindu king ever ruled and historical Temples that he built in Tamil Nadu. [Video]

Ideological Blindness - Western dogma ensures support for Sri Lanka against the Tamils
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 31 Dec 2008 11:09 GMT ]

This is not merely a matter of international actors being ill informed or unaware as to the ground situation. Rather, it is a question of ideological blinkers, of a specific interpretation of the situation. [Full Story]

The high price of Sri Lanka’s war
[ Sunday Leader ] [ 30 Dec 2008 10:55 GMT ]

As the government's war against the LTTE enters the bloodiest phase in the country's history, our research has found that the costly war of attrition is irreparably scarring an entire generation of Sri Lanka's youth. [Full Story]

Vanishing men - Living in constant fear, the Tamils are fugitives in their own land
[ The Week ] [ 29 Dec 2008 13:01 GMT ]

The Tamils live in constant fear of being abducted or shot. They suffer the ignominy of having to register themselves in their own places, and live as a displaced people in their own country. [Full Story]

GSP plus extended amidst spiraling rights violations
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Dec 2008 18:02 GMT ]

Despite Sri Lanka refusing to cooperate with European Union’s (EU) investigations into human rights violations, it was announced that a European trade concession scheme for the garments industry in Sri Lanka would be extended for a year whilst the probe take place. [Full Story]

RIGHTS-SRI LANKA: 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
[ IPS ] [ 27 Dec 2008 11:51 GMT ]

"There were no prayers or mention of hundreds of thousands of displaced men, women and children, with inadequate shelter, food, medicine, education, water and sanitation," [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Christmas message sent with cluster bombs
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 25 Dec 2008 11:11 GMT ]

Our message on this Christmas to all our Christian readers is one of invoking the blessings of the infant Jesus and wishing a very happy Christmas and a joyous and peaceful New Year to everyone. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Air Force attacks convent in Vanni, deploys cluster bombs
[ TamilNet ] [ 25 Dec 2008 10:11 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombed a convent named Holy Cross Convent. [Full Story]

A MEMORANDUM - On the tragic situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka and on India's role
[ TWG ] [ 24 Dec 2008 11:09 GMT ]

On behalf of the Sri Lankan Tamils, I respectfully request you to use your good offices to present our case to the Indian government and to urge them to intervene without further delay. [Full Story PDF]

Top 10 Underreported News Stories
[ TIME ] [ 23 Dec 2008 10:01 GMT ]

Sri Lankan conflict deadlier this year than Afghanistan. [Full Story]

Besieged, displaced, and detained, the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka's Vanni region
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 22 Dec 2008 11:31 GMT ]

This report details the Sri Lankan government's responsibility for the plight of displaced civilians in the Vanni, focusing on the humanitarian crisis created by sweeping government restrictions on humanitarian access and the government's policy of indefinitely detaining virtually all civilians fleeing from LTTE-controlled areas in military-guarded camps.
[Full Story]

Human rights and state power
[ The Boston Globe ] [ 22 Dec 2008 10:58 GMT ]

It is about how willing the governments of the world are to protect vulnerable populations from their own governments. [Full Story]

Genocide Prevention Task Force Releases Report
[ United States Institute of Peace ] [ 21 Dec 2008 00:27 GMT ]

“The world agrees that genocide is unacceptable and yet genocide and mass killings continue,” said Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State and Co-Chair of the Genocide Prevention Task Force. [Full Report]

Sri Lankan government declines Catholic-Anglican call for Christmas ceasefire
[ CNA ] [ 21 Dec 2008 00:02 GMT ]

The peace would bring "immense relief" to civilians in LTTE controlled areas, the bishops said. [Full Story]

Plight of Sri Lanka's war widows
[ BBC ] [ 20 Dec 2008 12:17 GMT ]

Ms Puwanendran is among an estimated 33,000 women who have been widowed in Eastern Province during nearly three decades of war between the government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - House of Commons - 18 Dec 2008
[ Parliament Publications ] [ 19 Dec 2008 09:01 GMT ]

I deplore the attacks made on the hon. Gentleman and other hon. Members just because they raised that matter in the House. Is there not now a case for considering the proscription issue and doing what has happened with the People's Mujahedeen: raising partially the ban in this country, not to stop condemnation of terrorism-we all condemn terrorism-but for the British Tamil citizens who wish to raise humanitarian and social concerns? They face a lot of harassment. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Air Force bombs Tamil refugee camp
[ iReport ] [ 18 Dec 2008 00:17 GMT ]

As with all other genocides, in twenty years, when the ethnic Tamil population has been fully wiped out, international media like CNN will make documentaries on what went wrong. [Full Story]

The state of human rights in Sri Lanka - 2008: THE LOSS OF THE SUPREMACY OF THE LAW
[ AHRC ] [ 18 Dec 2008 00:04 GMT ]

The most significant paradigm shift in the Sri Lankan political situation is the emergence of the military as the arbiter on all important issues in the country. [Full Story]

The Tamil people’s right to self-determination
[ Cambridge Review of International Affairs ] [ 17 Dec 2008 11:18 GMT ]

This article provides an overview of the crisis in Sri Lanka and states why an armed conflict has developed in the northern and eastern parts (north-east) of the country. [Full Story PDF]

On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
[ IFT ] [ 16 Dec 2008 12:18 GMT ]

'If man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law'. [Full Story]

Growing Compulsions - India can decisively end the now naked Sinhala oppression
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Dec 2008 09:17 GMT ]

The myth that Eelam’s independence will spark separatism is Tamil Nadu, meanwhile, is a bogus claim trotted out by opponents of the Tamil struggle: few states are as securely and happily ensconced in the Indian federation as Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

[ TCHR ] [ 14 Dec 2008 18:02 GMT ]

Considering the emphasis of articles in the UDHR, it is important to analyse how far the UDHR has been respected by the governments of Sri Lanka regarding the human rights of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka.
[Full Story]

Audio slideshow: Tamil dance in the UK
[ BBC ] [ 13 Dec 2008 12:21 GMT ]

For Tamils in the diaspora, keeping alive cultural and artistic practices is of immense importance. [Full Story]

BBC World Service and Sunday Leader newspaper censored
[ RSF ] [ 13 Dec 2008 12:17 GMT ]

Reporters Without Borders deplores the latest cases of government censorship of international and local news media. [Full Story]

Where is the world today?
[ ML ] [ 12 Dec 2008 08:05 GMT ]

With all these hurdles, the NGOs have been successful to a certain extent in their human rights advocacy, "naming and shaming" the states which are violating human rights. [Full Story]

Conditions in Sri Lanka's north 'like Somalia'
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 11 Dec 2008 10:42 GMT ]

The trouble is, if the agencies speak out, they risk losing the scant amount of co-operation they do receive from the Sri Lankan authorities and on which those 230,000 people depend for their the food convoys.
[Full Story]

UN Must Focus on Genocide Prevention, Group Says
[ International Herald Tribune ] [ 11 Dec 2008 10:38 GMT ]

The United Nations must put more effort into prevention of genocide through diplomacy and must also be prepared to defend civilians from mass killings when necessary, an anti-genocide group advised Tuesday. [Full Story]

S Lanka's 'Somalia conditions'
[ BBC ] [ 10 Dec 2008 09:21 GMT ]

Mr Campbell said that many of internally displaced people in Dharmapuram were living in flimsy shelters soaked by recent heavy rainfall. [Full Story]

33 countries face possible genocide, says report
[ CNS ] [ 09 Dec 2008 08:08 GMT ]

"Red alert" countries include Afghanistan and Iraq alongside commonly known regions currently experiencing genocidal conflict such as Sudan's Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These and Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka all made the list's top eight because they appear in each of the five "expert" indexes. [Full Story]

Response to Dayan Jayatilleke's article - Daily Mirror 02.12.08
[ TWG ] [ 09 Dec 2008 00:07 GMT ]

Many fears are born out of a febrile imagination. [Full Story]

UK Tamils polarised but powerful
[ BBC ] [ 08 Dec 2008 09:59 GMT ]

For many Tamils settled in Britain, the only feasible solution to the war is a separate state - a land they call Eelam. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: No Calm After the Storm
[ IPS ] [ 06 Dec 2008 11:29 GMT ]

According to the Disaster Management Centre, over 370,000 persons were affected by gale force winds and rains, and more than 50,000 houses were damaged -- 11,000 of them completely destroyed -- in nine districts in the country between Nov. 22 - 30 when Nisha struck. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Army Is Pushing for End to 25-Year War Against the Tamil Rebels
[ New York Times ] [ 06 Dec 2008 09:26 GMT ]

Extortion, abductions and extrajudicial killings continue in government-held areas, and pro-government militias are usually blamed. [Full Story]

EU announces more flood relief aid for Sri Lanka
[ DPA ] [ 05 Dec 2008 13:49 GMT ]

In a statement, Michel also condemned the recent killing of a 28-year-old aid staffer, who worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on a shelter project financed by Belgium. [Full Story]

Behind the muzzled: voices from a troubed Sri Lanka
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 04 Dec 2008 10:36 GMT ]

The poison, bitterness and division of the last 25 years is now being rekindled for a new generation. [Full Story]

Lanka not among cluster bomb signatories
[ BBC ] [ 04 Dec 2008 07:02 GMT ]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian S. Gajendran reportedly, urged the International community to condemn the Sri Lankan government for deploying cluster bombs against civilians in Vanni.
[Full Story]

AFTA condemns Sri Lanka’s Cluster Bomb Attack on Tamil Civilians
[ TS ] [ 03 Dec 2008 11:14 GMT ]

Colombo's use of cluster bombs comes as more than 100 countries are scheduled to meet in Oslo on Wednesday to sign a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs. [Full Story]

Flood-hit Sri Lankans 'need help'
[ BBC ] [ 02 Dec 2008 12:55 GMT ]

Tens of thousands of people in flooded areas of northern Sri Lanka are without adequate shelter and need help now, the Human Rights Watch campaign group says. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's 'white van syndrome'
[ BBC ] [ 01 Dec 2008 09:52 GMT ]

The government's human rights record during the war, and TMVP's unsavoury activities in the east, will not have helped build much needed trust among the Tamil minority. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Allow Aid Groups to Help Cyclone Victims
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 30 Nov 2008 19:01 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government should stop playing games with aid organizations and let them get on with their life-saving work. Tens of thousands of people in flooded areas of the Vanni are without adequate shelter and need help now. [Full Story]

Crossing Continents
[ BBC Radio 4 ] [ 29 Nov 2008 00:12 GMT ]

Roland Buerk investigates the lengths to which the Sri Lankan army and its proxies have gone to ensure victory in their war against the Tamil Tigers. With victory now in sight, Roland uncovers a trail of civilian massacres and abductions. [Full Story]

India is our friend, we are not against any country, remove the hindrance of ban: Pirapaharan
[ TamilNet ] [ 27 Nov 2008 20:02 GMT ]

The Sinhala state shut tight the gates to peace and waged its war again on the Tamil nation. The cease-fire agreement facilitated by the international community was abrogated unilaterally by Sinhala Sri Lanka. Strangely no voice of protest was registered by any peace sponsor. Not even as a formality. Nor was any concern expressed. In contrast, some countries from the international community are providing an abundant supply of war materials, military training and expert advice, all for free. This has encouraged the Sinhala state to aggravate its genocidal war against the Tamils with a terrorist audacity [Full Story]

Vaiko urges British Parliament to restore Eezham Tamil sovereignty
[ TamilNet ] [ 27 Nov 2008 10:14 GMT ]

When the Jews were subjected to discrimination and genocide, the United Kingdom contributed to the creation of the Israel, Vaiko said. Having a peace loving and resourceful Tamil diaspora, which struggles for the freedom of its homeland, the UK has a moral obligation to see that Tamil Eelam is established. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Floods, Fighting, Food Shortages Hit Trapped Tamils
[ IPS ] [ 27 Nov 2008 07:28 GMT ]

‘’more than 300,000 people face the next few months crowded together in temporary shelters, surrounded by mud, with no promise of regular access to food or adequate sanitation.’’ [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu leaders to meet Manmohan Singh to discuss Sri Lankan issue
[ ANI ] [ 26 Nov 2008 01:11 GMT ]

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been reiterating their demand for ceasefire between the Sri Lankan forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Situation Deteriorating in the East
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 Nov 2008 07:09 GMT ]

“Instead of holding the group accountable, the Rajapakse government has provided unqualified support. The government needs to open independent investigations into all serious human rights violations and hold perpetrators accountable.” [Full Story]

Indian aid 'still in storage'
[ BBC ] [ 25 Nov 2008 00:06 GMT ]

The International committee of Red Cross (ICRC) says that the humanitarian aid consignment donated by the Indian government is yet to be delivered to the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the Wanni region. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Oil Futures Gamble Burns 300 Million Dollar Hole
[ IPS ] [ 24 Nov 2008 22:45 GMT ]

The government has resorted to large scale borrowings in the international market over the past two years to fund state spending, including for costly war against separatist Tamil rebels in the island nation’s north.
[Full Story]

"Running with the Hare and Hunting with the hounds"
[ Tamil Canadian ] [ 24 Nov 2008 10:52 GMT ]

A classic analogy to the current International Diplomacy on the National Struggle of Eelam Tamils [Full Story]

Writers observe fast for Lankan Tamils
[ Express Buzz ] [ 23 Nov 2008 18:23 GMT ]

Tamil enthusiasts including writers, poets, publishers and lawyers came down heavily on the Sri Lankan government for its lackadaisical attitude in ending the killings. [Full Story]

If peace comes to Darfur, thank the International Criminal Court
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 22 Nov 2008 00:02 GMT ]

In July, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, asked for Sudan's leader to be formally charged with three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of war crimes. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: There is nothing funny about lawyers being named as traitors for doing their jobs as lawyers; getting closer to cannibalism?
[ AHRC ] [ 21 Nov 2008 00:22 GMT ]

The target is society as a whole. Today, more than at any other time in Sri Lanka’s history, terrorizing the middle class has become a function that the state is pursuing through various publicity stunts. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan government must act now to protect 300,000 displaced
[ Amnesty International ] [ 20 Nov 2008 07:25 GMT ]

Amnesty International is calling upon the Sri Lankan government to give assurances of unimpeded humanitarian access to provide for the immediate material needs of the displaced and assure their safety.
[Full Story]

Amnesty in urgent Sri Lanka plea
[ BBC ] [ 19 Nov 2008 19:52 GMT ]

Amnesty International has appealed to Sri Lanka's government to allow aid to reach more than 300,000 people displaced by fighting in the north. [Full Story]

We are India's true friends
[ The Week ] [ 19 Nov 2008 07:59 GMT ]

The oppressive action of the government has enraged not only the people of Tamil Nadu but also the Tamil diaspora. [Full Story]

18 kilotonnes of TNT on the Vanni - equivalent to that dropped on Hiroshima
[ Tamil Nation ] [ 18 Nov 2008 11:52 GMT ]

We are the only country to drop enough bombs over an area to equate a nuclear yield, on our own soil over the homes of our own people.
[Full Story]

Plight of persecuted Tamils worsens
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Nov 2008 00:04 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Government's economic embargo, involving the closure of roads and ports of access for food, medicines, and fuel for an already destitute population, has been compounded by its eviction of aid agencies from the north-east as it has increased the tempo of war in an apparent attempt to put a military end to Tamil aspirations for some kind of self-government. [Full Story]

Changing Climate - Global developments augur well for the Tamil liberation struggle
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Nov 2008 19:01 GMT ]

The neoliberal model rejected by US voters has underpinned the ruthless and violent Western project to impose a specific order on the rest of the world. [Full Story]

'Solution from outside is Sri Lankan reality'
[ TamilNet ] [ 14 Nov 2008 09:12 GMT ]

Sri Lanka no longer is an exceptional ‘third world democracy’. It is now a full-blown ‘national security state’. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to tackle Indian anger at rebel war
[ Financial Times UK ] [ 13 Nov 2008 10:35 GMT ]

If Delhi was seen to be ignoring the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, it could excite independence sentiments in Tamil Nadu, which are "always lurking just below the surface" [Full Story]

LTTE Survival is Indian Insurance Policy against Sri Lanka
[ TC ] [ 13 Nov 2008 08:47 GMT ]

India should intervene, as it did in East Pakistan, if Colombo does not show any sincerity in addressing the problem of Tamils and continues its deception. [Full Story]

Obama pledges 'close' India ties
[ BBC ] [ 12 Nov 2008 10:32 GMT ]

Mr Singh congratulated Mr Obama on his victory and said it would inspire "oppressed people" all over the world. [Full Story]

United House against Lanka
[ News Today ] [ 12 Nov 2008 09:59 GMT ]

The State Assembly also urged the Centre to take efforts to ensure that peace prevails in places where Tamils resided and address their grievances through a dialogue process. [Full Story]

Obama Wins and Tamils are Hopeful for Their Future
[ Sangam ] [ 11 Nov 2008 11:27 GMT ]

The Tamil State is in a strategic position, and that it would be friendly toward both India and the U.S., and it becomes clear that the U.S. has good reasons to help the Tamils. [Full Story]

Displaced Tamils in dire straits
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 Nov 2008 14:06 GMT ]

"At least 30,000 people have been displaced on average five times,"
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka urged to probe death threats against lawyers defending terror suspects
[ Jurist ] [ 09 Nov 2008 16:57 GMT ]

HRW accused the Sri Lankan government of being responsible for a dramatic increase in unlawful killings and other human rights violations. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: Plight of persecuted Tamils worsens
[ News Weekly ] [ 08 Nov 2008 00:09 GMT ]

The silence of Western media and government has emboldened the majority Sinhalese to embark on a renewed campaign to dispossess and kill the Tamil people. [Full Story]

Will Obama's America stop exporting fear?
[ UPI ] [ 07 Nov 2008 13:02 GMT ]

“Anti-terrorism” initiatives from the world’s most powerful country were exploited to the maximum by cynical leaders in other countries, mainly to deprive their own populations of basic freedoms and democracy.
[Full Story]

It’s the Tamil Economy, Stupid
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Nov 2008 10:38 GMT ]

If the Tamil industrial base took generations to build before it was destroyed by a 1-week pogrom, then the 25 years or more to be spent building the pre-requisite state, that will lay the foundation for the next generation of industrial base is not unacceptable. [Full Story]

World leaders hail Obama triumph
[ BBC ] [ 05 Nov 2008 19:47 GMT ]

Americans have made two fundamental statements about themselves - that they are profoundly unhappy with the status quo, and that they are slamming the door on the country's racial past. [Full Story]

Will Sri Lanka’s war scenario change if Obama wins ?
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 05 Nov 2008 00:10 GMT ]

Obama spoke on the SL Tamils’ issue in one of his Presidential campaigns to gratify the desires of the Senate members. [Full Story]

Gathering Storm: Collateral Damages
[ SriLanka Watch ] [ 04 Nov 2008 22:08 GMT ]

Sinhalese were fooled again and again, and this time won’t be the last time, by their own government. [Full Story]

13th Amendment: arousing a zombie
[ TamilNet ] [ 04 Nov 2008 12:19 GMT ]

The Sinhalese leadership chose to exploit the Indian concerns for blackmailing India and to achieve their chauvinistic goals in Sri Lanka, which has now reached the stage of systematic genocide. [Full Story]

‘Impose economic sanctions on Lanka’
[ ENS ] [ 03 Nov 2008 07:12 GMT ]

India could exert pressure for a ceasefire in there by threatening to cancel the trade agreements with that country and imposing economic sanctions, Vaiko said. [Full Story]

Wrong Premise - The International Community thinks there’s still a single Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 02 Nov 2008 21:32 GMT ]

The ‘with us or against us’ gauntlet of the Global War on Terror has fed neatly into the Sinhala hegemonic project, but now has produced a specific irrevocable dynamic of racial polarisation in Sri Lanka. Tamils and Sinhalese can no more be expected to live peaceably together than the various peoples of the Balkans. [Full Story]

Film actors fast on Sri Lankan Tamils issue
[ PTI ] [ 01 Nov 2008 16:52 GMT ]

Almost the entire Tamil cinema actors on Saturday turned up for the day-long fast to express their solidarity with the "affected Tamils" in the ongoing offensive in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Enough is Enough
[ Sangam ] [ 31 Oct 2008 00:09 GMT ]

It is about time that the carnage and destruction taking place in the island, now called Sri Lanka, is stopped. [Full Story]

Donations for Sri Lankan Tamils cross Rs.1-cr. mark
[ The Hindu ] [ 30 Oct 2008 00:03 GMT ]

"Asked as to how long the drive would continue, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi quipped on Tuesday: “As long as the war [in Sri Lanka] is on.” [Full Story]

Tamils getting isolated from Sri Lankan state: report
[ IANS ] [ 29 Oct 2008 09:53 GMT ]

"The government's 'war on terrorism' quickly took on the character of an ideological crusade against the minorities in general," it said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka unaware of the fate of the population in war-torn areas
[ Asia News ] [ 28 Oct 2008 06:31 GMT ]

Much of the country does not know the real conditions in which northerners live. [Full Story]

India to send supplies to Vanni
[ BBC ] [ 27 Oct 2008 06:01 GMT ]

As a gesture of goodwill, India has decided to send around 800 tons of relief material to Sri Lanka for the affected civilians in the North.
[Full Story]

Improving the Tamils
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 26 Oct 2008 15:53 GMT ]

Our demand for an independent Tamil Eelam is based on two distinct aspects: firstly that the Tamils are being violently oppressed by a chauvinistic Sinhala state and have been since 1948 and, secondly, that we are a people versed in the philosophical, conceptual and practical dimensions of modern governance and are thus inferior to none.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Displaced but not forgotten
[ ACN ] [ 25 Oct 2008 10:05 GMT ]

"Let us pray for the safety of the displaced people.” [Full Story]

Indian Tamils in human chain protest over Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 25 Oct 2008 06:59 GMT ]

"Save the Tamils, stop the battle," they shouted. [Full Story]

India: Time for Multilateralism in Sri Lanka
[ ACHR ] [ 24 Oct 2008 00:18 GMT ]

India’s foreign policy requires overhauling. [Full Story]

Vaiko arrested, Indian Tamils besiege Sri Lanka diplomatic office
[ Reuters ] [ 23 Oct 2008 19:07 GMT ]

"We are second to none in supporting India's sovereignty but if India gives arms to Sri Lanka in name of safeguarding its sovereignty we cant keep quiet," Vaiko [Full Story]

SUBVERSE: Change course in Lanka
[ The Times of India ] [ 23 Oct 2008 08:58 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu had a history of demanding secession from the Indian Union. Yet, over time, it has chosen to integrate itself fully with the national mainstream. If New Delhi does not change course in its Sri Lankan policy, it may plant the seeds towards a reversal of such history. That will be India's misfortune. [Full Story]

How India can resolve the Sri Lankan crisis
[ IANS ] [ 22 Oct 2008 19:07 GMT ]

Given the close links and relation between the peoples of the countries, India must intervene as a regional power, which could take shape in the enforcing a no-fly zone and similar restrictions. [Full Story]

EU 'to continue' GSP+ probe
[ BBC ] [ 21 Oct 2008 06:02 GMT ]

“During the investigation the Commission invites all interested parties to make their views known in writing and provides the country under investigation with every opportunity to cooperate in the investigation,” a Commission official told BBC [Full Story]

Sri Lanka says no to EU rights probe for trade deal
[ Reuters ] [ 20 Oct 2008 09:09 GMT ]

The European Union had asked to send an investigating team to ensure Sri Lanka was complying with human rights standards. [Full Story]

Video: Scenes of daily air attack on Tamil civilians in the North of Sri Lanka
[ TW ] [ 20 Oct 2008 00:07 GMT ]

This video clip provides scenes of suffering Tamils rarely seen by the world due to media black out by the Sri Lanka government. Commentary is in Tamil. [Video]

I can't sleep when I think of Lankan Tamils, says TN CM
[ PTI ] [ 19 Oct 2008 15:55 GMT ]

"The future of Tamil race has become a question mark. I am unable to sleep, whenever I think of it. Let us save the Tamil race and its honour. Let us avoid the racial genocide in Sri Lanka at whatever price."
[Full Story]

Letters: Tamil Writers Guild UK Salutes You!
[ TWG ] [ 18 Oct 2008 12:00 GMT ]

We look to the leadership of Tamil Nadu to prevent the imminent and genocidal consequences of the Sri Lankan government's unbridled thirst for the wholesale massacre of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.
[Full Story PDF]

West urged not to ignore Sri Lanka
[ BBC ] [ 18 Oct 2008 11:10 GMT ]

"We have one of the biggest humanitarian problems emerging in the north at the moment. Unfortunately it's not attracting enough international attention," the diplomat, who's familiar with the Sri Lankan situation, told the BBC. [Full Story]

'The intolerable noise of shells'
[ BBC ] [ 17 Oct 2008 00:32 GMT ]

And people are scared. When the foreigners went, people were worried about a really heavy attack on civilian areas. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu being forced to go the Eelam way? -- III
[ MeriNews ] [ 17 Oct 2008 00:09 GMT ]

Ignoring Nov 1 'ultimatum' by TN politicos to stop ‘atrocities’ by Colombo or face en-masse resignation will force important Union ministers, including P Chidambaram, and all MPs from the state to quit. If it happens, UPA government might fall. [Full Story]

Tamils of Tamil Nadu - We salute you for your support in our worst peril
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 16 Oct 2008 20:21 GMT ]

The good people of Tamil Nadu and their leaders have seen the death and destruction wrought on the Tamils of Eelam by the blood-thirsty Sinhalese and their armed forces. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamils 'being arrested'
[ BBC ] [ 16 Oct 2008 00:23 GMT ]

"Being Tamils is the only reason for these arrests," [Full Story]

Kanimozhi quits Rajya Sabha over Lankan crisis
[ PTI ] [ 15 Oct 2008 21:43 GMT ]

Her resignation comes a day after the all-party meeting on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils passed its resolution that all members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu would quit within a fortnight to press the demand. [Full Story]

Indian Tamil MPs pressure govt over Sri Lanka 'atrocities'
[ AFP ] [ 15 Oct 2008 21:02 GMT ]

The chief minister of the state, M.Karunanidhi, said Indian Tamils could not be "silent spectators of the present atrocities in Sri Lanka". [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - House of Commons - 14 Oct 2008
[ Hansard ] [ 15 Oct 2008 06:14 GMT ]

There is increasing recognition of the urgency of the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka, so I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the subject at this crucial time. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu Forced to Go the Eelam Way?
[ MeriNews ] [ 14 Oct 2008 00:03 GMT ]

Yet, if the fictitious concept of placing “country’s interests above human rights, ethnic pride and identity” continues to be promoted for long, it will be a matter of time for India too to meet the fate of USSR or Yugoslavia or now Sri Lanka. [Part I] [Part II] [Part III]

Tamil film industry joins protests on Lanka
[ The Statesman ] [ 13 Oct 2008 06:17 GMT ]

Tamil film industry joined the protests on the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue and announced that all the film stars and technicians would wear black badges “condemning the genocide of island Tamils”. [Full Story]

Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka
[ FI ] [ 12 Oct 2008 19:01 GMT ]

The reason for this is the utter failure of ‘majority rule’ because of the misconception that in democracy minorities must accept the agreed majority decisions. [Full Story]

'Civilians killed' in air raids
[ BBC ] [ 11 Oct 2008 13:12 GMT ]

“The whole country is making sacrifices to defeat terrorism therefore those Tamil people will also have to make some sacrifices,” [Full Story]

INSIDE STORY: Sri Lanka's civil strife
[ AlJazeera ] [ 10 Oct 2008 02:10 GMT ]

Inside Story, with presenter Nick Clark, discusses the chances of the Sri Lankan army achieving this objective and asks whether there should be peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers. [Video]

Kilinochchi doctors call on GMOA
[ BBC ] [ 09 Oct 2008 00:59 GMT ]

The doctors say that the Kilinochchi General Hospital premises are hit by the shrapnel of aerial bombs and Glass windows of the intensive care unit smashed by the blast wave. [Full Story]

U.K. Tamils protest against bombing
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Oct 2008 07:53 GMT ]

We wanted to draw attention of the general British public who are largely unaware of the state terrorism that has been unleashed against the Tamil civilian population back in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

India criticises Sri Lanka's Tamil offensive
[ AFP ] [ 07 Oct 2008 06:45 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must "act with greater restraint and address the growing feeling of insecurity among the minority community," it said. [Full Story]

Karunanidhi wants Sri Lanka censured for 'genocide'
[ eNews ] [ 06 Oct 2008 20:08 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to condemn Sri Lanka's 'genocide' of the island's Tamil minority. [Full Story]

“Stop genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils”
[ The Hindu ] [ 06 Oct 2008 06:32 GMT ]

The DMK has organised a public meeting to condemn the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Send telegrams to Delhi -CM
[ BBC ] [ 05 Oct 2008 19:59 GMT ]

In a statement, Karunanidhi charged it was a genocidal war that was going on in the island nation and that only cease-fire could bring some relief to the the Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

[ TC ] [ 04 Oct 2008 11:42 GMT ]

Its use in the Vanni is the clearest demonstration of the Sinhalese regime’s genocidal intent. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's social fabric in shreds
[ UPI ] [ 03 Oct 2008 13:38 GMT ]

Under the pretext of struggling for development and against an insurgency, the government has destroyed the fabric of Sri Lankan society. [Full Story]

UN food convoy reaches civilians displaced by fighting in northern Sri Lanka
[ UN News Centre ] [ 03 Oct 2008 00:21 GMT ]

Today’s statement from the Coordinator reiterated that humanitarian convoys are protected from attacks under international humanitarian law, and condemned the attempt this week to disrupt the aid convoy by placing the explosives on the trucks. [Full Story]

Perpetual War - International policies strengthen the polarization underpinning Sri Lanka’s ethnic war.
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 02 Oct 2008 01:14 GMT ]

In short, at no time before has the Tamils’ uniting sense of perilous isolation been more clearly delineated. [Full Story]

Britain to aid displaced through functioning NGOs in Vanni
[ TamilNet ] [ 01 Oct 2008 00:39 GMT ]

Minister agreed that one of the fundamental reasons for such large scale internal displacement is due to the indiscriminate aerial bombardment of the Tamil areas. [Full Story]

Failures of International Law and The Security Council´s Tyranny
[ American Chronicle ] [ 01 Oct 2008 00:04 GMT ]

We have not seen the Security Council referring to the court regarding genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, except in situations such as Darfur, and non-state country Cote d´Ivoire. [Full Story]

Tamils Against Genocide: Protest Rally at UN against Sri Lanka's Genocide Draws Thousands of Activists
[ eMediaWire ] [ 30 Sep 2008 13:14 GMT ]

The crowd protested the ongoing genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. They also denounced the visit to the UN by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [Full Story]

Help For Embattled Civilians Missing
[ IPS ] [ 28 Sep 2008 21:39 GMT ]

An estimated 230,000 people are in dire need of assistance in the northern areas of Sri Lanka that remain under the control of Tamil separatist rebels, according to international humanitarian agencies. [Full Story]

'Pain' of Sri Lanka aid pullout
[ BBC ] [ 27 Sep 2008 10:17 GMT ]

A week ago the UN and other agencies pulled out of the area, where more than 200,000 people are displaced by fighting. Here one aid worker describes how hard it was to leave. [Full Story]

The Tamil Community's fervent prayer for deliverance in their darkest hour
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 26 Sep 2008 03:10 GMT ]

The spirit of the Tamils is oft conjoined in prayer to God to ward off evil and to thank him for his blessings. Spirituality is a part of our culture and tradition and one might even say is programmed into our DNA. Whether Hindu or Christian, the Tamil is imbued with this spiritual act of communing with his Creator and Benefactor as witnessed by the devotion expressed in mass pilgrimages in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam to the shrines of our God and saints. [Full Story]

Book: “Tamils in Sri Lanka - A Comprehensive History (C.300 B.C. - 2000 A.D.)”
[ Tamil Insight ] [ 24 Sep 2008 00:10 GMT ]

The time has come for this generation to rise and show what they are capable of. The history has shown what the Tamils are capable of.
[Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Time for International public protests
[ TC ] [ 23 Sep 2008 00:08 GMT ]

Protest now, or watch the Genocide of the Tamil people. The choice is yours. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka is losing its soul to war
[ Telegraph UK ] [ 22 Sep 2008 13:39 GMT ]

Along with truth, the traditional ‘first casualty' of conflict, you can add justice, freedom of speech and any hope of an equitable and peaceful settlement of Sri Lanka's ethnic problem for years to come. [Full Story]

Inside Sri Lanka: 'There is no freedom' in Jaffna
[ National Post ] [ 22 Sep 2008 13:11 GMT ]

City an open prison where fear, bloodshed reign [Full Story]