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Vision of Hope

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

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Early Port Cities in the Malay Peninsula
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Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter
The creation of an independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam remains the only viable option to lead a life with security, dignity and equality, both individually and collectively.

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

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

Have No Fear !

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

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

United Nations

Tamil Declaration for Self Determination
Vaddukoddai Resolution-1976

Tamil Eelam
Demand in International Law

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

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CJT Thamotheram
Late Patron'

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Op-ed: A flicker of hope for human rights in South Asia
[ Amnesty International ] [ 16 Dec 2022 19:19 GMT ]

South Asia has a history of strong people�s movements fighting against injustice, so let�s celebrate them and support them in their quest to secure human rights for all. Let�s keep the candle of human rights burning. [Full Story]

Sooka paid a significant sum in legal costs and compensation by pro-government Sinhalese diaspora activist and sets legal precedent in the UK
[ The International Truth and Justice Project ] [ 15 Dec 2022 00:09 GMT ]

Yasmin Sooka is a well known international human rights lawyer and transitional justice expert who ran the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa for nineteen years. [Full Story]

Transitional Justice, Refugees and IDPs in Post War in Sri Lanka
[ Groundviews ] [ 14 Dec 2022 14:19 GMT ]

Transitional justice is built on the pillars of truth, justice, reparations, nonrecurrence and memorialization while its purpose is to provide recognition to victims, encourage civic trust, endorse reconciliation and promote democracy. [Full Story]

Tamils see new beginnings with flight re-inking Jaffna to Chennai
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 13 Dec 2022 18:25 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan war may have crippled Jaffna's economy but locals are pinning their hope on the Indian Government. [Full Story]

Mullaitivu Tamils fight back against land grabs
[ Tamil Guardian] [ 12 Dec 2022 23:45 GMT ]

One protester told reporters; 'I sold everything I had and purchased this land. Now my land has been grabbed by Government. If I had my land, I could survive by cultivating and selling'. [Full Story]

Shanakiyan Rasamanickam | An MP to watch in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 Dec 2022 17:23 GMT ]

The Opposition legislator, who frequently raises local, regional, and national issues, recently made heads turn with his remarks against China. [Full Story]

Minority Tamil Catholics feel shortchanged by Sri Lankan Church
[ UCA News ] [ 10 Dec 2022 17:23 GMT ]

The social discrimination Tamil-speaking people experience in Sinhala-majority Sri Lanka finds expression in the Catholic Church too, almost dividing it into two churches. [Full Story]

US imposes sanctions on Sri Lanka military officer for Int'l Human Rights Day
[ Economy Next ] [ 09 Dec 2022 23:00 GMT ]

Journalist Keith Noyahr was abducted and tortured in May 2008 when war was raging in the country�s north and east between government forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers. [Full Story]

Op-ed: A flicker of hope for human rights in South Asia
[ Amnesty International ] [ 08 Dec 2022 23:30 GMT ]

We must keep hope close to our hearts in terrain that is so hostile to human rights work. [Full Story]

Tamil Genocide Memorial (TGM) Launches a Digital Archiving Social Platform
[ EIN News ] [ 07 Dec 2022 23:55 GMT ]

TGM completed the platform project in 2022 to allow archivists and Tamil activists to share and preserve the digital artifacts of Tamil Eelam &Tamil Genocide. [Full Story]

Ottawa Tamil Association Hosts the Seventh Tamil Heritage Month Gala on January 29, 2023
[ EIN News ] [ 06 Dec 2022 22:47 GMT ]

The Tamil Heritage Month Gala takes place on the last Sunday in January in Ottawa for celebrating the Tamil heritage, arts, and thanksgiving to nature. [Full Story]

Indian model as wayforward
[ The Island ] [ 05 Dec 2022 23:11 GMT ]

Just across the seas from Sri Lanka the world has a good example of a diverse and huge country that has held together as one and is now getting stronger and stronger, both in terms of its economic might, but also its international stature. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu also has many islands like Maldives
[ Newsday Express ] [ 04 Dec 2022 10:35 GMT ]

Be it culturally or geographically, Tamil Nadu never gets bored with its stuff. But unlike the way most tourists come to visit the beautiful temples and hill stations of the state, there are many islands which are probably less known. [Full Story]

Tamil Diaspora Demand Political Solution and a Guarantee of Justice for Crimes of Genocide in Sri Lanka
[ EIN News] [ 03 Dec 2022 23:50 GMT ]

'The Eelam Tamil diaspora is estimated to be more than one-million strong and have been instrumental in seeking credible international independent justice mechanisms to investigate mass atrocities, in particular genocide, committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan State during and after the war. [Full Story]

Desultory search for a solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic issue
[ News In Asia ] [ 02 Dec 2022 19:59 GMT ]

President Wickremesinghe has indicated that he is only willing to consider something less than a federal setup. He has also indicated that he prefers devolution to districts rather than the provinces. [Full Story]

Continued harassment against Sri Lankan human rights defender and journalist Selvakumar
[ Frontline Defenders ] [ 01 Dec 2022 16:45 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has a history of targeting and attacks of peaceful human rights defenders and journalists for their human rights work and advocacy [Full Story]

'Human rights, rule of law & reconciliation are key to a stability and democracy' - US Ambassador meets with TNA MPs
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 30 Nov 2022 17:38 GMT ]

US Ambassodor Chung met with TNA MPs Shanakiya Rasamanickam, Charles Nirmalanathan, Sivagnanam Shritharan and Govinthan Karunakaran. The discussions focused on the concerns of Tamils on the island. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka at Brink of Humanitarian Crisis
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 29 Nov 2022 11:20 GMT ]

It is essential that Sri Lanka�s international partners, including the United States and European Union, press the government to fulfill its human rights obligations as an essential step towards addressing the crisis. [Full Story]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ BTF ] [ 24 Oct 2022 20:45 GMT ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ TWG ] [ 22 July 2022 00:15 GMT ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ IRAP ] [ 01 June 2022 23:00 GMT ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 02 Feb 2022 22:05 GMT ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 - A year of defiance
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 31 Dec 2021 21:10 GMT ]

This year has seen an increase in the number of attacks on Tamil journalists and human rights defenders as well as the number of arrests under Sri Lanka's draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

India has an upper hand over China in jostle for foothold in Sri Lanka. But it can slip away
[ The Print ] [ 30 Dec 2021 23:30 GMT ]

Colombo has been an important destination in Beijing's strategic inroads not only into the Indian Ocean but the entire Indo-Pacific and India's extended neighbourhood. [Full Story]

Is China Fishing in India's Troubled Waters?
[ The Diplomat ] [ 29 Dec 2021 22:45 GMT ]

The Chinese ambassador’s public diplomacy in Sri Lanka's Northern Province would have won the hearts of the local Tamil population. [Full Story]

'A true friend' - Tamils across the globe pay tribute to Desmond Tutu
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Dec 2021 23:55 GMT ]

We take a pledge to use the moral strength and courage that Archbishop Tutu passed on to us, to continue our advocacy for truth and justice for our fellow Tamils in Sri Lanka who needs to be freed from the decades long genocidal oppression with no further delay'. [Full Story]

Desmond Tutu - the staunch and steadfast healer of a nation
[ BBC ] [ 27 Dec 2021 23:00 GMT ]

Desmond Tutu is remembered with so much joy and affection by so many different people around the world today, that it may seem hard to imagine a time or place when he was viewed, not as a courageous moral crusader, but as a devil. [Full Story]

Balances and benefits in Southern South Asia: The Maldives and Sri Lanka in 2021
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 27 Dec 2021 22:52 GMT ]

The changing geopolitics of South Asia and the Indo-Pacific has broadly impacted island states such as the Maldives and Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Jaffna in Sri Lanka is a must on your travel bucket list this season!
[ Indulge Express ] [ 26 Dec 2021 23:58 GMT ]

Once an important trading port, the erstwhile Yalpanam (now Jaffna) was an important kingdom in the history of Sri Lanka for centuries, which was then occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British until the country's independence in 1948. [Full Story]

Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi address: World ignoring huge tragedies
[ BBC ] [ 25 Dec 2021 20:00 GMT ]

Pope Francis has warned that the world is becoming so desensitised to crises and suffering that they are now happening while hardly being noticed. [Full Story]

'One Country, One Law': The Sri Lankan State's Hostility toward Muslims Grows Deeper
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 24 Dec 2021 12:33 GMT ]

The state's transition from being structurally discriminatory to openly hostile toward Tamils – a process fed by Sinhala politicians' warnings about the threat the community allegedly posed - ultimately led to three decades of devastating civil war. [Full Story]

A report condemns discrimination against minority refugees in India
[ Mutiny ] [ 23 Dec 2021 23:49 GMT ]

It condemns India's reluctance to grant asylum to refugees fleeing the war, as happened to the Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan after the capture of Kabul by the Taliban. [Full Story]

Friend or foe? China ventures into the Tamil homeland
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Dec 2021 22:05 GMT ]

For Washington and New Delhi, China's latest advancement demonstrates exactly why engagement with Eelam Tamils remains vital if they want to keep Beijing's influence in check. The Tamils remain crucial partners in the region. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: GTF urges for meaningful course correction
[ SL Guardian ] [ 21 Dec 2021 19:38 GMT ]

It is noteworthy that a joint delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Global Tamil Forum (GTF) recently (w/c 15 November 2021) met with senior US government officials - In Washington. [Full Story]

Human Rights in Sri Lanka in 2021
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 20 Dec 2021 23:25 GMT ]

While this crackdown on dissent in the North and East is neither new nor surprising, throughout the year the government has increased their repression. [Full Story]

UN Experts Urge Reform of Sri Lanka's Counterterrorism Law
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 19 Dec 2021 11:55 GMT ]

The EU should also work with international partners - the United States this month sanctioned two more Sri Lankans linked to grave rights violations - and act to prevent further abuses in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamils Urge US Help to Hold Referendum for Political Solution
[ EIN News ] [ 18 Dec 2021 07:45 GMT ]

Tamils overwhelmingly voted in a Parliamentary election in 1977 to establish an independent and sovereign country called Tamil Eelam. This Parliamentary election was conducted by the Sri Lankan Government. [Full Story]

Renewed U.S. focus on Sri Lanka culminates in Targeted Sanctions for Human Rights Violations
[ Pearl ] [ 17 Dec 2021 00:02 GMT ]

The designations relate to two emblematic cases of human rights violations in Sri Lanka which have long drawn criticism for their lack of redress and accountability. [Full Story]

Chinese envoy's high profile visit to Jaffna
[ NewsIn.Asia ] [ 16 Dec 2021 17:54 GMT ]

The Chinese appear determined to establish their diplomatic right to go anywhere or seek development projects anywhere in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Who are the original inhabitants in Sri Lanka?
[ SL Guardian ] [ 15 Dec 2021 23:55 GMT ]

The Tamils were the Original inhabitants of this Island and there have been several waves of Tamil conquest but they only added to the Original indigenous Tamils who continued to live here from pre historic times. [Full Story]

EDITORIAL - Getting serious on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Dec 2021 23:58 GMT ]

The US and others must enact a coordinated, government-wide policy that is consistent in its approach. [Full Story]

India, Sri Lanka ties complicated from Ramayana times but our tensions are low
[ The Print ] [ 13 Dec 2021 22:47 GMT ]

India has been urging Sri Lanka to implement and enforce the amendment ever since the latter's war with Tamil separatists ended in 2009. [Full Story]

Tamil people welcome the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban on Sri Lankan Military officers and their families for gross violations of human rights
[ BTF ] [ 12 Dec 2021 23:35 GMT ]

We request all other like-minded and democratic countries to take the stand of the U.S. [Full Story]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Its Relevance to Our Lives
[ SL Guardian ] [ 11 Dec 2021 22:08 GMT ]

'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason, and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.' [Full Story]

The United States Promotes Accountability for Human Rights Violations and Abuses
[ U.S. Department of State ] [ 10 Dec 2021 20:20 GMT ]

The designation of these two Sri Lankan individuals is not the only action we are taking in support of accountability for gross violations of human rights in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sumanthiran speaks on genocide, a political solution and broader US involvement in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 09 Dec 2021 23:50 GMT ]

The United States is 'not satisfied' with progress in Sri Lanka and is eyeing up a broader involvement in the island's ethnic turmoil, said Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran. [Full Story]

Testimony of John Sifton on Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 Dec 2021 19:35 GMT ]

The government is, under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 'in a state of denial about the past,' and there are 'warning signals' that grave rights violations may recur. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Malaiyaha Tamils in dire straits: expert
[ The Hindu ] [ 07 Dec 2021 23:12 GMT ]

Modern slavery has ethnic dimension in island nation, UN Special Rapporteur notes during visit. [Full Story]

Testimony of Ambika Satkunanathan on Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Dec 2021 21:58 GMT ]

Support a political solution that addresses the root causes of the ethnic conflict. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka begins trials connected to 2019 Easter Sunday bombings
[ Aljazeera ] [ 05 Dec 2021 07:40 GMT ]

On Sunday, dozens of Catholic community members held protests and laid flowers at multiple events organised to remember those lost in the attacks. [Full Story]

Preserving Sri Lankan Heritage, or Entrenching Buddhist Supremacy?
[ Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice ] [ 04 Dec 2021 14:45 GMT ]

It is very concerning that the government and armed forces are explicitly partisan actors, who intervene on behalf of Buddhism in these conflicts and build their own Buddhist shrines. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN expert calls for 'inclusive society' to end scourge of slavery
[ UN Human Rights Council ] [ 03 Dec 2021 12:15 GMT ]

'I witnessed first-hand that Malayaha Tamils are disproportionally affected by marginalization, discrimination, exploitative working conditions and appalling living conditions,' the expert said. [Full Story]

Assembly supports Tamil Heritage Month
[ Greater London Authority ] [ 02 Dec 2021 18:52 GMT ]

We call on the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to ensure these occasions are marked and that our much-valued Tamil community is supported across the city.' [Full Story]

Nuns help children cope with trauma from Sri Lanka's war
[ Global Sisters Report ] [ 01 Dec 2021 23:15 GMT ]

Sriya lost her parents and sister in Sri Lanka's civil war, but her eyes still reflect the trauma even after 12 years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's 'Reconciliation Army' slams journalists for exposing brutal attack
[ Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka ] [ 30 Nov 2021 22:50 GMT ]

The Sri Lanka army along with the other security forces has continued to attack journalists and activists-in particular the North and East as they continue to speak about reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan soldiers accused of brutally attacking Tamil journalist covering commemoration of civil war dead
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 29 Nov 2021 17:14 GMT ]

The Tamils alleged that thousands were massacred during the final stages of the war that ended in 2009. [Full Story]

Maaveerar Naal observed across the UK
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Nov 2021 21:50 GMT ]

UK Tamils joined the Tamil nation in observing Maaveerar Naal - Great Heroes Day - to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for liberation. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan troops break up Tamil remembrance of civil war dead
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 27 Nov 2021 23:55 GMT ]

Grieving relatives forced out of cemeteries as they attempted to light lamps at graves of loved ones who died in the decades-long conflict. [Full Story]

TNA seeks joint U.S.-India role for Sri Lanka political solution
[ The Hindu ] [ 26 Nov 2021 23:58 GMT ]

'With the U.S. returning to the Human Rights Council, we think it is important that Washington advocates a political solution to the Tamil national question, along with pending issues of accountability and justice,' Mr. Sumanthiran told. [Full Story]

Will 'One Nation, One Law' and the new Constitution meet
[ Colombo Gazette ] [ 25 Nov 2021 19:51 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan State and the majority Sinhala polity are out to destroy the centuries-old ethnic identities of the minorities and their social and cultural practices. [Full Story]

New program in Western Sydney is helping Tamil refugees haunted by Sri Lankan civil war
[ ABC ] [ 24 Nov 2021 23:49 GMT ]

It's been more than a decade since the Sri Lankan civil war but for Kohilla the trauma from the brutal conflict remains vivid. [Full Story]

Unable to access our lands, say Tamils in Jaffna village
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Nov 2021 23:39 GMT ]

His problem is yet another reflection of a widespread concern in Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north and east. [Full Story]

UK says Sri Lanka's human rights situation deteriorated in first half of 2021
[ Foreign, Commonwealth Office UK ] [ 22 Nov 2021 22:45 GMT ]

The UNHRC adopted resolution 46/1 in March, expressing serious concern about these trends, and stressing the importance of a comprehensive accountability process for all human rights violations and abuses committed in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Is Srilanka a Chinese colony?
[ Goa Chronicle ] [ 21 Nov 2021 09:25 GMT ]

The Tamil question is far from resolved, as Colombo is soft-pedalling the devolution of power. [Full Story]

Wartime organic farming lessons for peacetime
[ LBO ] [ 20 Nov 2021 23:45 GMT ]

Wartime solutions are rarely peacetime answers. But the need for high efficiency and high impact during the terrible times of conflict can provide some guidance for the easier times of peace. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan president's 'One Country, One Law' taskforce will provoke racial tensions
[ World Socialist Web Site ] [ 19 Nov 2021 20:33 GMT ]

Rajapakse;s claim that the aim is to eliminate discrimination and treat all citizens equally is a gross lie. [Full Story]

Tamil Rights Group takes Fight for Justice to the International Criminal Court
[ Toronto Star ] [ 18 Nov 2021 11:06 GMT ]

Many Eelam Tamil refugees have fled to Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada, which are all countries that are party to the Rome Statue. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka in crisis: Repression, protests and geopolitical tensions
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 17 Nov 2021 00:05 GMT ]

Overall the policy prescription of the regime are all signs towards anarchy and a crisis worsening by the day. [Full Story]

Don't Let China Dictate US and Indian Policy on Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 16 Nov 2021 23:55 GMT ]

The principal obstacle to this is not China but the dominance of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism and the economic and political outcomes it seeks. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamil resistance continues despite repression
[ Green Left ] [ 15 Nov 2021 16:08 GMT ]

'Despite more than 12 years since the end of the armed conflict, in which tens of thousands of Tamils were killed, the Sri Lankan military continues to occupy vast swathes of land across the North-East.' [Full Story]

'I can do that if I want to' - Rajapaksa warns of military rule
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Nov 2021 01:44 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's war crimes accused president Gotabaya Rajapaksa warned that he had the ability to enforce 'a military system' on the island if he wanted to. [Full Story]

Catholic Bishops condemn state sponsored demographic changes in Tamil regions
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 13 Nov 2021 22:32 GMT ]

'Seized land has not been returned to Tamils. Meanwhile it is bringing Sinhalese from outside to annihilate another nationality,' said the lawmaker from Jaffna. [Full Story]

Reel Asian film Tigress depicts a personal conflict within the Tamil conflict
[ NOW Magazine ] [ 12 Nov 2021 19:09 GMT ]

The film is about a Tamil father and his daughter being re-traumatized during the Canadian National Exhibition, when roaring war planes fly above and trigger memories of genocide in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamil National Alliance to hold talks with US State Department
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 11 Nov 2021 11:42 GMT ]

It is expected that the TNA delegation would advocate for more expansive provisions for autonomy than the present constitution allows. [Full Story]

Why The Tamils Should Stay Away From Sri Lanka's New Constitution
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 10 Nov 2021 23:51 GMT ]

The TNA should form a grand alliance of Tamil or minority political parties to ward off a new constitution. [Full Story]

International Community Should Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC
[ International Policy Digest ] [ 09 Nov 2021 23:45 GMT ]

They should help families of the disappeared and other victims of atrocity crimes by referring Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court. [Full Story]

Remembering Raviraj - 15 years on and still no justice
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 Nov 2021 23:58 GMT ]

Despite 15 years passing since his assassination, no one has been held accountable for the murder. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must be held accountable for war crimes
[ Courier-Journal ] [ 07 Nov 2021 18:20 GMT ]

The only way for this issue to be solved is for the UN to impose sanctions on Sri Lanka, give Tamil Eelam people right to live in their country as a citizen without any laws that discriminate against them. [Full Story]

Torture victim accuses Police Scotland training unit of bolstering brutal Sri Lankan regime
[ Sunday Post ] [ 06 Nov 2021 00:29 GMT ]

A torture victim who claims to have been savagely beaten and had a petrol-dowsed bag tied around his head by Sri Lankan police says Scotland’s national force is being used to whitewash the country's brutal regime. [Full Story]

Submission filed with International Criminal Court to investigate Sri Lanka
[ Global Rights Compliance ] [ 05 Nov 2021 07:00 GMT ]

A landmark legal submission has been filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling on the Chief Prosecutor to 'nvestigate and in due course arrest' several senior Sri Lankan officials for crimes against humanity. [Full Report PDF]

What Sri Lanka did may qualify as war crime: Norwegian diplomat Erik Solheim
[ The Week ] [ 04 Nov 2021 09:25 GMT ]

Solheim was in Chennai recently on WRI business. [Full Story]

'Police Scotland should not train human rights abusers but investigate them'
[ The Herald ] [ 03 Nov 2021 00:05 GMT ]

A number of Tamil nationals of Sri Lanka have alleged they were abducted and tortured by the Sri Lankan Police and the Sri Lankan Army. [Full Story]

As Impressive As Angkor Wat: Brihadisvara Temple Is UNSECO-Listed And A Jaw-Dropping Experience
[ The Travel ] [ 02 Nov 2021 00:54 GMT ]

Raja Raja Chola was a Chola emperor who ruled over ancient Tamil Nadu as well as parts of what is today Sri Lanka and Malaya from 985 to 1014. [Full Story]

Stalin greets Anita Anand, a person of Tamil origin, appointed as Canada Minister
[ UNITED NEWS OF INDIA ] [ 01 Nov 2021 12:15 GMT ]

Ms Anita Anand, a person of Tamil origin, who was appointed as Canada Minister of National Defence. [Full Story]

What Sri Lanka can learn from India
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 31 Oct 2021 02:33 GMT ]

Federalism would not lead to disintegration of existing states; it would pave the way for the establishment of a state where multiple identities can coexist harmoniously. [Full Story]

Hardline monk to head legal reforms panel in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 30 Oct 2021 14:00 GMT ]

Sri Lanka also has the Kandyan Law and Thesawalamai Law, pertaining respectively to the Sinhalese and Tamil community. [Full Story]

Submission filed with International Criminal Court to investigate Sri Lanka | Tamil Guardian
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 Oct 2021 07:00 GMT ]

'This new initiative shows that there are some viable options to get international justice outside multilateral bodies such as UN Human Rights Council,' said one lawyer [Full Story]

2nd International Symposium on Tamil Arts and Culture Studies in FRANCE - Theme: Mental and bodily health
[ Kalpana ] [ 28 Oct 2021 00:54 GMT ]

'What are the literary and scientific bibliographic resources and research on this subject in Tamil culture? [Full Story]

Controversial Sri Lankan monk heads legal reforms panel
[ France24 ] [ 27 Oct 2021 02:25 GMT ]

Successive governments have promised but largely failed to deliver accountability for wartime atrocities and ethnic reconciliation on the island of 21 million people. [Full Story]

Requiem for a remembrance
[ Himal Southasian ] [ 26 Oct 2021 18:02 GMT ]

'Time never seemed to be heading anywhere but was always circling, returning, and repeating, bringing the self back to itself.' [Full Story]

A festering crisis in the Palk Strait
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Oct 2021 14:00 GMT ]

India and Sri Lanka must urgently refocus their energies to address this crisis. As the first step, Tamil Nadu must consider a moratorium on bottom trawling in the Palk Strait. [Full Story]

'There is no middle ground' - Sumanthiran speaks on devolution, development and police brutality in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 24 Oct 2021 23:55 GMT ]

The attitude of the Government towards those who live in the North and East must change first. There must be a recognition that they too are equal stakeholders in the country. [Full Story]

Shrinking Space for Religious Minorities in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 23 Oct 2021 23:59 GMT ]

'If the government chooses to implement measures that further limit religious minorities’ enjoyment of religious freedom, the road to reconciliation will be even longer than before.' [Full Story]

OHCHR Sri Lanka accountability project (2021)
[ UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ] [ 22 Oct 2021 07:33 GMT ]

In accordance with this mandate, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights established the OHCHR Sri Lanka accountability project. The team is based in Geneva. [Full Story]

When Impunity Becomes the Norm
[ Ground Views ] [ 21 Oct 2021 23:10 GMT ]

There is new vigour towards international justice with several processes underway including the evidence-gathering mechanism established via the UNHRC, attempts at universal jurisdiction, and other initiatives where the wheels of justice are starting to turn. [Full Story]

Impunity for All: Sri Lankan Courts Drop Charges Against Admiral Accused of War Crimes
[ The Organization for World Peace ] [ 20 Oct 2021 22:15 GMT ]

There will be no sustainable peace in Sri Lanka until justice is served. [Full Story]

Reading Sri Lanka's separatist war
[ News In Asia ] [ 19 Oct 2021 22:45 GMT ]

But that had the leaders decided differently, it would never have produced a situation which required military intervention. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: From burning houses to burning bodies: Anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and harassment in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 18 Oct 2021 20:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s Muslim community have faced incidents of violence, discrimination and harassment for decades. [Full Report]

Gotabaya declares 'new constitution and electoral system' for Sri Lanka in military speech
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Oct 2021 23:45 GMT ]

It remains to be seen what Sri Lanka's newly proposed constitution will entail. [Full Story]

India Competes for Sri Lanka's Affections
[ The Diplomat ] [ 16 Oct 2021 21:30 GMT ]

In February, Sri Lanka scrapped a 2019 trilateral agreement with India and Japan to develop the Eastern Container Terminal of the Port of Colombo. [Full Story]

UN human rights chief highlights work on Sri Lanka in report to General Assembly
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Oct 2021 19:55 GMT ]

The UNHRC highlighted her office's work on transitional justice and enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka as part of an update delivered to the UN General Assembly earlier this week. [Full Story]

University of Jaffna's new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine talks about international engagement
[ LBO ] [ 14 Oct 2021 01:15 GMT ]

The Diaspora can do more to create opportunities for the people to become self reliant. Good training, good jobs, good opportunities are more valuable than free money deepening the sense of passive de-energising helplessness. [Full Story]

UK and Sri Lanka discuss bilateral relations and human rights
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 13 Oct 2021 00:30 GMT ]

The meeting with the British authorities comes as senior MPs across the isle have urged the British government to impose bilateral pressure on Sri Lanka to ensure 'accountability for mass atrocities, and a political solution that meets the aspirations of the Tamil people'. [Full Story]

White vans and war crimes - Yohani's Sri Lankan military connection
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 12 Oct 2021 22:45 GMT ]

'Instead of Sri Lankan artists using music to whitewash the horrors of the crimes committed, more in the South should be exploring art as a way to confront the truth of the genocide,' [Full Story]

Sri Lankan government rules out early Provincial Council polls
[ The Week ] [ 11 Oct 2021 18:06 GMT ]

In March, India at the UNHRC in Geneva stressed that there is a need for Sri Lanka to hold provincial elections as soon as possible. [Full Story]

Online rally calls for refugees to be given safe haven
[ Green Left ] [ 10 Oct 2021 02:51 GMT ]

More than 300 people took part in an online rally organised by the Tamil Refugee Council (TRC) on October 2 to demand protections for refugees and ensure they are not deported to danger. [Full Story]

Issues in Sri Lankan education
[ News In Asia ] [ 09 Oct 2021 00:40 GMT ]

The progress and security of any nation depends upon national unity and emotional integration of its people. [Full Story]

Tamil activists speak out for rights here and in Sri Lanka
[ Green Left ] [ 08 Oct 2021 10:22 GMT ]

The best way is to listen to our stories. Hear our explanations of what has occurred and what still continues to occur. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka agrees to change its terrorism law in order to keep its EU trade deal
[ The Washington Today ] [ 07 Oct 2021 13:50 GMT ]

After accusing Colombo of failing to secure justice for alleged war crimes and to protect human rights, the EU withdrew GSP Plus in 2010. After pledges of improvements, the concessions were reinstated in 2017. [Full Story]

Foreign Secy Shringla, Sri Lankan Prez Discuss Tourism & Post-COVID Economic Revival
[ Republic World ] [ 06 Oct 2021 16:05 GMT ]

'Foreign Secretary reiterated India's longstanding support for the reconciliation that addresses aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, justice, peace and dignity within the united Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'Hold Provincial Elections at the Earliest': India Tells Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa
[ The Wire ] [ 05 Oct 2021 20:07 GMT ]

There had been perception in New Delhi that the Rajapaksa administration was stalling the implementation of India-sponsored development projects. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan power couple piled up luxury homes, artworks and cash offshore as ruling family rose and rose
[ Intl Consortium of Investigative Journalists ] [ 04 Oct 2021 23:19 GMT ]

They were able to amass and hide their fortune in secrecy jurisdictions with the assistance of financial services providers. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka needs to walk the talk to make peace with Tamils
[ The Times of India ] [ 30 Sep 2021 22:01 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will have to tone down its majoritarian Sinhala Buddhist narrative, ease militarisation of the administration, and ensure visible progress is made in delivering transitional justice to the affected and resume ethnic reconciliation process. [Full Story]

After Returning Home, War Refugees Face Thorny Obstacle
[ Global Press Journal ] [ 29 Sep 2021 21:09 GMT ]

More than 1.5 million Sri Lankans were uprooted by fighting that killed more than 70,000 people and left 20,000 missing. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rights Abuses Jeopardize EU Trade Benefits
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Sep 2021 01:33 GMT ]

In June 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for Sri Lanka to comply with its human rights obligations if it is to continue enjoying European Union trading preferences. [Full Story]

Five different language versions of viral Sri Lankan song 'Manike Mage Hithe' which will blow your mind
[ Jagran English ] [ 27 Sep 2021 10:25 GMT ]

She did a Tamil cover for the fans too which garnered good number of views on YouTube. [Full Story]

Tamil family given 12-month visas but no reunion in Biloela
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 26 Sep 2021 17:50 GMT ]

But the family are still stuck in Perth, where they live in detention in the community. [Full Story]

Tamil relatives of disappeared reject Sri Lanka president's 'death certificate' offer
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 25 Sep 2021 12:45 GMT ]

Coming under intense international pressure the President in yet another act of placating the international community and the families of the war affected has told the UNSG that he would address their issues. [Full Story]

Tamil Diaspora ready to engage with President
[ MenaFn ] [ 24 Sep 2021 00:30 GMT ]

'We are ready to talk to anybody if grievances of our people, in fact, grievances of all peoples of Sri Lanka can be resolved,' [Full Story]

Fifteen Countries Ask UN Human Rights Chief To Leave Sri Lanka Alone - OpEd
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 23 Sep 2021 09:55 GMT ]

UNHRC chief commented on many internal governance issues and made a vain attempt to link them to the so-called human rights violations... [Full Story]

A significant omission in Lanka envoy's document
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 22 Sep 2021 10:34 GMT ]

Unless the Sinhalese start speaking of democracy with respect for diversity and power-sharing, India-Lanka relations would be subjected to severe stresses and strains. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan President discusses reconciliation with UN chief Antonio Guterres
[ The Hindu ] [ 21 Sep 2021 15:15 GMT ]

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

Sri Lanka's political detainees tortured in custody: Rights group
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 20 Sep 2021 18:35 GMT ]

The UN has given its human rights boss, Michelle Bachelet, a mandate to collect evidence of crimes against humanity committed during the civil war. [Full Story]

UN Human Rights Council 48: Core Group statement on Sri Lanka
[ Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ] [ 19 Sep 2021 12:45 GMT ]

UK Ambassador to the UN and WTO Simon Manley gave a statement on behalf of the Core Group of Sri Lanka about issues including reconciliation and accountability. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan born Kamzy Gunaratnam elected to Norway Parliament
[ CG ] [ 18 Sep 2021 00:15 GMT ]

Jonas Gahr Støre's Labour Party won the Norwegian parliamentary election. Gunaratnam was elected to Parliament through the Labour Party. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees continue to demand Indian citizenship
[ India Today ] [ 17 Sep 2021 10:50 GMT ]

What is the point of living a life of a refugee till the end? [Full Story]

Will TN host Tamil conference again?
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 16 Sep 2021 08:00 GMT ]

The preliminary work in organising the 11th World Tamil Conference (WTC), that has been on informally for the past several months. [Full Story]

UN rights chief puts Sri Lanka abuses in spotlight
[ UCAN ] [ 15 Sep 2021 02:15 GMT ]

The UN rights chief has urged member states to pay close attention to human rights developments in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Oral Update on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka
[ UN Human Rights Council ] [ 14 Sep 2021 13:25 GMT ]

My Office's work to implement the accountability-related aspects of Resolution 46/1 has begun, pending recruitment of a start-up team. We have developed an information and evidence repository with nearly 120,000 individual items already held by the UN. [Full Story]

China in Palk Strait
[ The Statesman ] [ 13 Sep 2021 17:25 GMT ]

China's interest in spreading its wings in the Indian Ocean Region is well known. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Council Scrutiny Crucial | Human Rights Watch
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 Sep 2021 23:50 GMT ]

'No one should be in any doubt that Sri Lanka's human rights situation is deeply alarming and getting worse,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Chinese expansion plans on Sri Lankan islands off Tamil Nadu
[ Times Now ] [ 12 Sep 2021 23:45 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Cabinet has given a go-ahead to Chinese companies to install three hybrid renewable projects. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamil parties discuss backing the US sponsored UNHRC resolution
[ WSWS ] [ 11 Sep 2021 23:49 GMT ]

Widespread anger is brewing among the Tamil masses over these repressive actions by the military which has occupied the North and East for decades. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan detainees tortured while in custody, rights group alleges
[ CNN ] [ 10 Sep 2021 22:59 GMT ]

The United Nations has given its human rights boss, Michelle Bachelet, a mandate to collect evidence of crimes against humanity committed during the civil war. [Full Story]

[ Black Star News ] [ 09 Sep 2021 23:10 GMT ]

The government’s activities align with the characteristics of an ethnocratic state aiming to eradicate the history and culture of the Tamil people and maintain the supremacy of the Sinhalese nation across Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees | Rehabilitation welcome but citizenship elusive
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Sep 2021 23:50 GMT ]

The only reason Mr.Pathinathan returned home was that he could no longer bear the tag of refugee. Such a feeling is there even among many living in the camps and outside, while some others are longing for Indian citizenship. [Full Story]

'Mete out justice before we die' - Families of disappeared Tamils to UN High Commissioner
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 07 Sep 2021 19:10 GMT ]

It expressed the Association's disappointment at the High Commissioner's 'praise (of) the incompetent OMP which we had already rejected. [Full Story]

New ITJP report documents ongoing abduction, torture and rape of Tamils in the North-East
[ International Truth and Justice Project ] [ 06 Sep 2021 22:45 GMT ]

Young Sri Lankan Tamil torture victims are enduring extraordinary journeys to reach safety in the UK. [Full Story]

Proof of civilisation 3,200 years ago in Tamil Nadu: Stalin
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 05 Sep 2021 19:10 GMT ]

State chief minister MK Stalin said on Thursday, citing scientific evidence for the same - a finding that means a thriving city-based river valley civilisation existed in the state, coinciding with the latter half of the Indus Valley civilisation. [Full Story]

SL Catholic Church to take Easter Sunday blasts to UNHRC in Geneva
[ The Statesman ] [ 04 Sep 2021 22:09 GMT ]

The Sri Lanka Catholic Church has vowed to complain to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva against the government's failure to carry out justice for the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings. [Full Story]

State govts must play a role in India's foreign policy
[ The News Minute ] [ 03 Sep 2021 19:10 GMT ]

Federalism can also inform the way the Union government seeks to achieve its foreign policy goals in the larger interest of the nation. [Full Story]

Families of Sri Lanka's Forcibly Disappeared Denied Justice
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 02 Sep 2021 19:10 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government needs to reverse course and allow justice to be done. [Full Story]

China expands its activities to Sri Lanka's north; India worried
[ Times of India ] [ 01 Sep 2021 18:20 GMT ]

China's fresh attempts to expand its footprint in northern Sri Lanka in the garb of infrastructure projects, with Beijing even making efforts to woo the ethnic Tamil community there. [Full Story]

International day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
[ BTF ] [ 31 Aug 2021 20:02 GMT ]

On the International Day of the Disappeared we remember and mourn all those who have intentionally and deliberately made to disappear in the island of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Statement on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2021
[ United Nations in Sri Lanka ] [ 30 Aug 2021 17:15 GMT ]

The United Nations stands in solidarity with the victims of enforced disappearances, their families and communities, here in Sri Lanka and across the world. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA Tamil mothers protest over missing loved ones
[ Asia News ] [ 29 Aug 2021 23:42 GMT ]

In Sri Lanka, the missing remain an open wound years after the civil war. [Full Story]

Separate & unequal: Malaysian Indian Tamil proletariat
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 28 Aug 2021 21:21 GMT ]

The Tamils try to retain their traditions while at the same time adjusting to the life of the host countries. [Full Story]

This Sri Lankan spot serves fresh, fantastic hoppers - sweet and savoury
[ CBC ] [ 27 Aug 2021 23:58 GMT ]

This a Tamil delicacy, also known as Appam. It's common in parts of South Indian and especially Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'They are not orphaned: MK Stalin renames 'Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Camp' to 'Rehabilitation Camp'
[ Times Now ] [ 26 Aug 2021 23:59 GMT ]

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had on Friday declared schemes worth Rs 317.4 crore for the welfare of the Lankan Tamil refugees in the state. [Full Story]

Obituary - Mangala Samaraweera | Tamil Guardian
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Aug 2021 23:55 GMT ]

Whilst the Tamil National Alliance also paid tribute to his active efforts 'for a political solution to the Tamil national question', other Tamil reactions have been more muted. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka former finance minister Mangala Samaraweera passes away
[ Economy Next ] [ 24 Aug 2021 21:21 GMT ]

'A free thinker in politics, he stayed true to his principles even when doing so would be politically disadvantageous to him,' [Full Story]

Worldwide Tamil Diaspora Organizations Call for International Arbitration in Negotiations with Sri Lanka for a Political Solution
[ BTF ] [ 23 Aug 2021 22:00 GMT ]

And on any outcome, we once again reiterate the rights and responsibilities of the global Tamil diaspora as appropriate stakeholders. [Full Story]

'We had to speak up for our friends': the little town that roared for a desperate family
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 22 Aug 2021 02:51 GMT ]

What we're actually fighting for are Australia's values, too, and it took this for the rest of the nation to remember that.' [Full Story]

The faceless and forgotten Indian Origin Tamils of the Wanni
[ NewsIn Asia ] [ 21 Aug 2021 11:47 GMT ]

Few in Sri Lanka are aware that a substantial part of the population of the Wanni region in North Sri Lanka, comprising the districts of Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar, are Indian Origin Tamils. [Full Story]

UK: Police Scotland Reviews Sri Lankan Police Training
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 20 Aug 2021 01:45 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan police have also targeted ethnic and religious minorities for abuse, suppressed dissent, and narrowed the space for civil society organizations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Polarizing Centre - An Indian View
[ SL Guardian ] [ 19 Aug 2021 08:10 GMT ]

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who returned to power in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks, is rapidly tightening the Rajapaksa family's grip on power in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Dragonboats come to Jaffna
[ LBO ] [ 18 Aug 2021 21:45 GMT ]

They came together to kick-off dragonboat racing, canoeing, and the Swim for Safety programmes in Jaffna. [Full Story]

August 18, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Lanka violence
[ The Indian Express ] [ 17 Aug 2021 23:15 GMT ]

The incidents have been reported from parts of the country with Tamils being the worst affected. [Full Story]

British Tamils and MPs welcome suspension of Sri Lankan police training
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Aug 2021 00:30 GMT ]

Responding to Police Scotland's decision to suspend training for Sri Lankan officers due to human rights concerns, British Tamils activist groups and MPs welcomed the decision but also demanded further action. [Full Story]

Britain issues ultimatum as trade spat erupts
[ The Express UK ] [ 15 Aug 2021 22:21 GMT ]

It comes after a report released by NGO Human Rights Watch highlighted increasing police brutality, detentions, and extra-judicial killings being undertaken by the Sri Lankan law enforcement. [Full Story]

British Foreign Secretary ensures funding to investigate Sri Lankan war crimes
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Aug 2021 18:45 GMT ]

'We will continue to monitor the implementation of this mechanism closely, and engage as appropriate, including in budget negotiations in the autumn'. [Full Story]

World on the city's plate
[ The Hindu ] [ 13 Aug 2021 23:45 GMT ]

Chennai's cuisine is influenced by communities from the around the world that call it home. [Full Story]

Why aspirations of ethnic minorities matter
[ SL Guardian ] [ 12 Aug 2021 23:44 GMT ]

In a perfect world, and in Sri Lanka, one could have learnt lessons from history. It does not appear that lessons have been learnt. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Police Abuses Surge Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 11 Aug 2021 11:50 GMT ]

Suspend International Assistance to Abusive Law Enforcement Agencies. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka has world's 2nd-highest number of enforced disappearances: Rights group
[ ANI News ] [ 10 Aug 2021 08:30 GMT ]

Today's decision pushes justice further out of reach for the families of the victims. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Bridging the 'growing trust-deficit' with the Indian neighbour
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 09 Aug 2021 20:10 GMT ]

'In recent years, the Indo-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship has been increasingly dominated by a transactional approach.' [Full Story]

Intimidation of Tamil Journalists continues unabated in Sri Lanka
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 08 Aug 2021 00:10 GMT ]

Those who dare to report are exposed to two dangers. [Full Story]

[ Asia Media International ] [ 07 Aug 2021 01:09 GMT ]

And all will recognize that universal, timeworn, tragic truth: Wars don't end when troops leave. Body counts are just a fraction of the sum total costs of war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Authorities falter on accountability in 'Navy 11' case
[ Amnesty International ] [ 06 Aug 2021 11:25 GMT ]

The 'Navy 11' case refers to the enforced disappearance of 11 Tamil youth in 2008-2009, allegedly in an abduction racket spearheaded by members of the Sri Lankan Navy. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Into the Abyss
[ SL Guardian ] [ 05 Aug 2021 17:29 GMT ]

So perhaps preparation is already afoot to make us a distant province of China in anticipation of where we are heading! [Full Story]

[ Action contre La Faim ] [ 04 Aug 2021 21:14 GMT ]

These men and women, identified as humanitarian workers, were murdered in their offices while working to help the victims of the tsunami. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Not Safe for Tamils - National Online Rally
[ Honi Soit ] [ 03 Aug 2021 01:40 GMT ]

The protest targeted issues about the mistreatment of Asylum seekers. [Full Story]

A medai for musical musings
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 02 Aug 2021 15:05 GMT ]

The Madras Medai Podcast brings Indian and UK musicians on one platform to help artistes explore the music ecosystem. [Full Story]

From refugee to Oslo's deputy mayor: Kamzy's inspiring journey
[ Aliran ] [ 01 Aug 2021 14:00 GMT ]

Refugees and immigrants in most countries often show grit and persistence, contributing enormously to their adopted countries. [Full Story]

'India wants Sri Lanka to deliver on legitimate aspirations of Tamils'
[ The Hindu ] [ 31 Jul 2021 20:45 GMT ]

It reiterated its stand that 'respecting the rights of the Tamil community, including through meaningful devolution, contributes to the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka'. [Full Story]

Tides urges state to hold World Tamil Conference in Trichy
[ Times of India ] [ 30 Jul 2021 10:41 GMT ]

This time, Trichy should host the conference as recognition of the history of the city, which dates back to 2nd century BC. [Full Story]

Inglorious war, fought gloriously in Lanka
[ The Tribune ] [ 29 Jul 2021 19:05 GMT ]

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was lucky to have escaped a major head injury when a Sri Lanka soldier swung a rifle at him during a guard of honour. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, teachers resist Bill 'militarising' education
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Jul 2021 23:10 GMT ]

'The proposed KDU Bill offers a privatised, military model of higher education, which will take Sri Lanka on a trajectory towards militarisation of society as a whole.' [Full Story]

When a Tamil army once invaded Kedah's waters
[ Free Malaysia Today ] [ 27 Jul 2021 07:30 GMT ]

Granted natural access to the Indian Ocean, the Cholas gradually carved out a strong maritime and mercantile empire, leveraging their position as a midpoint between China and Rome. [Full Story]

Statement by the Prime Minister on the 38th anniversary of Black July
[ Canada NewsWire ] [ 26 Jul 2021 17:25 GMT ]

'Today, we join Tamil Canadians and members of the Tamil community around the world to remember the victims of the horrific events of Black July in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Remembering Black July, 38 Years On
[ Pearl Action ] [ 25 Jul 2021 10:20 GMT ]

The international failure to secure criminal or state accountability for historical and recent mass atrocities has reinforced the impunity of the Sri Lankan state for atrocity crimes against Tamils. [Full Story]

'Neeye Oli' rapper Shan Vincent De Paul wants to bring the Tamil diaspora closer to the motherland
[ The Hindu ] [ 24 Jul 2021 19:11 GMT ]

Shan's music now is often about bridging cultural worlds with Tamil identity at its core. [Full Story]

Black July weighs heavily on post-conflict Sri Lanka
[ UCAN ] [ 23 Jul 2021 23:50 GMT ]

Reconciliation remains a distant hope 38 years after Sinhala mobs massacred Tamils [Full Story]

FPJ Anniversary: Nine communities that made Mumbai the jewel it is today
[ Free Press Journal ] [ 22 Jul 2021 22:53 GMT ]

Tamils, with a population of around 76 million and with a documented history stretching back over 2,000 years, are one of the largest and oldest extant ethnolinguistic groups in the world. [Full Story]

Tamil rights: reconciliation still far away
[ Asia News ] [ 21 Jul 2021 22:49 GMT ]

At present, 'There are still 107 refugee camps in various parts of India and 58,000 people who are not recognized as citizens in either country. This is the legacy of Black July 1983.' [Full Story]

Vavuniya Families of the Disappeared mark 1,616 days of protest
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 20 Jul 2021 20:45 GMT ]

Disappeared condemned China's growing influence across the Tamil homeland and its obstruction of justice in holding Sri Lanka accountable for war crimes at the United Nations Security Council. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Protect Garment Workers' Rights During Pandemic
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 19 Jul 2021 14:08 GMT ]

The government and factory owners should take effective steps to isolate workers who test positive, and ensure that those receiving treatment or in isolation or quarantine receive full pay, Human Rights Watch said. [Full Story]

China boosts position in Sri Lanka with Colombo Port City, dealing India major blow
[ THE WEEK ] [ 18 Jul 2021 21:35 GMT ]

China's increasing influence in India's backyard is turning out to be a nightmare, strategically and economically. [Full Story]

Activists could be targeted by Switzerland�s new anti-terrorism law
[ ] [ 17 Jul 2021 09:45 GMT ]

'People risk being apprehended based on certain discriminatory criteria,' says Amnesty International's Swiss spokesperson Nadia Boehlen. [Full Story]

Canadian government grants $26.3 million for Tamil Community Centre in Toronto
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Jul 2021 18:05 GMT ]

This is a result of all governments working to together, and lead by the Tamil community. [Full Story]

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam review - a journey into the trauma of war
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 15 Jul 2021 12:18 GMT ]

Among people who have experienced so much struggle and trauma, Krishan seems drifting, inconsequential and oddly self-important. [Full Story]

A tale of revival and returns of Sri Lankan Tamils
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 14 Jul 2021 23:50 GMT ]

While the war raged on and politics stood watch, 'hundreds of thousands of Tamils fled the country and left to other parts of the world. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka in Superpowers' battle
[ Sri Lanka Guardian ] [ 13 Jul 2021 20:49 GMT ]

As long as Sri Lanka fails to address domestic issues, foreign powers will have an opportunity to intervene. [Full Story]

LISTEN: Kartik Amarnath on community empowerment
[ Environmental Health News ] [ 12 Jul 2021 23:49 GMT ]

Kartik Amarnath joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss his work and advocacy in community self-determination and empowerment, and energy justice. [Full Story]

How India Lost Sri Lanka to China-Starting with Strategic Blunders during Indira Gandhi Regime
[ News18 ] [ 11 Jul 2021 22:48 GMT ]

India was in firm control over the affairs of Sri Lanka till about the end of its bloody civil war in 2009. [Full Story]

[ TWG Editorial ] [ 10 Jul 2021 22:55 GMT ]

This is the least we can do for the over 200,000 people who have sacrificed their lives for freedom during the last forty years. [Full Story PDF]

Rajapaksas Tighten Stronghold In Sri Lanka As Fourth Brother Basil Joins Cabinet As FM
[ Republic World ] [ 09 Jul 2021 23:58 GMT ]

With the inclusion of Basil, who holds a dual US-Sri Lankan citizenship, there is a Rajapaksa at all the top posts in the island nation. [Full Story]

News Analysis | A perception shift in relations between Sri Lanka and China?
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Jul 2021 23:35 GMT ]

'No matter how many problems we face, Tamils will always stand with India, with whom we have an organic link,' he said. [Full Story]

Thanjavur: Treasure trove of Tamil heritage - Cultural circuit in Chola capital
[ Media India Group ] [ 07 Jul 2021 23:59 GMT ]

'The temples testify to the brilliant achievements of the Chola in architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting,' says UNESCO. [Full Story]

Stan Swamy: Killed by callousness
[ Media India Group ] [ 06 Jul 2021 19:42 GMT ]

Will activist's death shake judiciary out of its slumber? [Full Story]

Stan Swamy: Jailed activist dies at 84
[ BBC ] [ 05 Jul 2021 16:30 GMT ]

The son of a farmer father and homemaker mother from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Swamy led a school for training leaders of marginalised communities in Bangalore for more than a decade. [Full Story]

Indian dowry payments remarkably stable, study says
[ BBC ] [ 04 Jul 2021 17:47 GMT ]

They found that dowry was paid in 95% of the marriages even though it's been illegal in India since 1961. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Historical Connection With South Indian State Of Kerala - OpEd
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 03 Jul 2021 08:30 GMT ]

While Sri Lanka's connection with the Tamil country in South India is repeatedly mentioned in the island nation's ancient chronicles, its connection with Kerala finds no mention in either. [Full Story]

A plea for justice for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 02 Jul 2021 14:45 GMT ]

The Indian government should pay attention to the tragic plight of the nearly 100,000 refugees, both living in camps and outside. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 01 Jul 2021 08:30 GMT ]

It is time the international community steps in and raises its voice to protect the rights of the numerous minorities of the country. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Pardons a Meager Response to Abusive Law
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 30 Jun 2021 02:10 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka's international partners need to keep up the pressure until there is genuine reform to end systemic abuses, and not allow themselves to be deflected with unreliable promises or empty gestures.' [Full Story]

Systemic Torture - The Dark Stain on Sri Lanka
[ Ground Views ] [ 29 Jun 2021 01:19 GMT ]

Torture survivors have depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, nightmares and difficulties in concentration. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder where they revisit their torture again and again. [Full Story]

What is happening in India and South Asia in 200BCE
[ Time Maps ] [ 28 Jun 2021 00:55 GMT ]

The past centuries have seen the first attempt in history at the conquest of India by a western power, when Alexander the Great briefly led his army into the Indus Valley, in 327 BCE. [Full Story]

A Human Rights Concern: Shrinking Minority Rights in Sri Lanka
[ The Leaflet ] [ 27 Jun 2021 08:30 GMT ]

It is time the international community steps in and raises its voice to protect the rights of the numerous minorities of the country. [Full Story]

Duminda Silva: Anger as Sri Lanka frees politician sentenced for murder
[ BBC ] [ 26 Jun 2021 18:15 GMT ]

With the West toughening its stance on Sri Lanka over its rights violations over the years, Colombo has firmly moved into the Chinese sphere of influence. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan activists seek release of political detainees
[ UCAN ] [ 25 Jun 2021 21:52 GMT ]

Critics say the Prevention of Terrorism Act has permitted a system of abuse to grow with impunity. [Full Story]

Our Campaign Against the Web Series Family Man 2
[ BTF ] [ 24 Jun 2021 09:45 GMT ]

We, as victims of the biggest genocide in this century, note with concern the falsification of the just struggle of Eelam Tamils against the state oppression in the above web series and strongly condemn it. [Full Story]

UNHRC core group concerned over Sri Lanka�s lack of progress on human rights
[ Economy Next ] [ 23 Jun 2021 23:55 GMT ]

In a statement issued on June 22, the group of countries recalled that UNHRC resolution 46/1 had called on the government of Sri Lanka to address the harmful legacies of war and to protect human rights. [Full Story]

UN Human Rights Council 47: Core Group statement on Sri Lanka
[ UK Mission to the UN - Geneva ] [ 22 Jun 2021 17:08 GMT ]

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the recent intention to introduce a rehabilitation process lacking adequate judicial oversight. [Full Story]

Tamil & Tamils: TN makes crucial demands to Centre
[ News Today ] [ 21 Jun 2021 22:55 GMT ]

The Tamilnadu government has urged the Centre to declare Tamil as one of the official languages, besides granting Indian citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to probe viral social media image showing row of men kneeling in front of soldiers
[ The Independent UK ] [ 20 Jun 2021 23:58 GMT ]

Article 11 of Sri Lanka�s constitution prohibits cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. [Full Story]

She was born in Australia, but the country wants to send her back to alleged war criminals
[ CNN ] [ 19 Jun 2021 10:25 GMT ]

This weekend, rallies are being held around Australia calling for the family to be allowed to return 'home to Bilo.' [Full Story]

India ramps up engagement for Tamil rights in Sri Lanka
[ India Today ] [ 18 Jun 2021 21:00 GMT ]

'Various aspects of devolution and developmental aspirations of the people from the North and East were also discussed. [Full Story]

'Support Tamils to check China's move in Sri Lanka'
[ The Hindu ] [ 17 Jun 2021 09:50 GMT ]

The Union Government under, the observation of the UN, should take efforts to conduct a referendum among the Tamils for creation of Tamil Eelam. [Full Story]

Human Right Commission welcomes release of Tamil family
[ Australian Times ] [ 16 Jun 2021 14:33 GMT ]

Rights groups welcome the decision to temporarily release the Murugappan family from detention on Christmas Island. [Full Story]

Why do Tamil asylum seekers need protection - and why does the Australian government say they don't?
[ The Conversation ] [ 15 Jun 2021 20:25 GMT ]

Australia has also opposed international investigations into war crimes in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Chinese Admiral Zheng He and the Tamils of Sri Lanka
[ NewsIn Asia ] [ 14 Jun 2021 22:39 GMT ]

It remains to be seen whether the Tamil language once again regains its lost position and the respect that entails. [Full Story]

European Parliament Alarmed over Sri Lanka's Rights Situation
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 13 Jun 2021 17:43 GMT ]

The European Parliament today sent a powerful message to Sri Lanka's government that its growing human rights violations will no longer be tolerated. [Full Story]

Amnesty International slams Sri Lanka's discriminatory COVID-19 response
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 12 Jun 2021 02:27 GMT ]

Despite promises to release Tamil political prisoners, the government has failed to do so and the detainees are continuing to die without reprieve. [Full Story]

Fascism, Australian style
[ Red Flag ] [ 11 Jun 2021 00:05 GMT ]

And no way can we continue to tolerate the normalisation of policies that German neo-Nazis seek to emulate. [Full Story]

Deliberate cruelty to punish parents: Former High Court chief justice slams Tamil treatment
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 10 Jun 2021 22:09 GMT ]

A former High Court chief justice has slammed the 'deliberate cruelty' inflicted on the children of a Tamil family detained on Christmas Island in a warning that Australia must not harm the two young girls. [Full Story]

The situation in Sri Lanka - in particular the arrests under the Prevention of Terrorism Act
[ European Parliament ] [ 10 Jun 2021 18:29 GMT ]

Whereas nearly 12 years on from the end of the war, domestic initiatives for accountability and reconciliation have repeatedly failed to produce results. [Full Story]

Biloela: Australia pressured to free refugee family detained on Christmas Island
[ BBC ] [ 09 Jun 2021 17:01 GMT ]

'This family should not be in detention - they should be in their community in Biloela,' said Labor's home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally. [Full Story]

One Night In Sri Lanka
[ Madras Courier ] [ 08 Jun 2021 23:55 GMT ]

'What are you Indians doing here? Leave as soon as possible. This is not where you ought to be!'. [Full Story]

Twelve years since the end of Sri Lanka's communal war
[ WSWS ] [ 07 Jun 2021 18:59 GMT ]

The working class cannot defend any of its democratic and social rights without rejecting all forms of nationalism and chauvinism. [Full Story]

How a landmark British ruling may save Tamil activists from deportation to Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Jun 2021 18:59 GMT ]

'This judgment is a landmark, in that it recognises the paranoia of the Sinhala state such that those who hold a belief in Tamil independence qualify as refugees'. [Full Story]

Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka, implications for India
[ Ummid ] [ 05 Jun 2021 12:15 GMT ]

New Delhi cannot afford to antagonize its own Tamil population in Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

The Precarious Politics and Tamil Eelam in The Family Man 2
[ The Quint ] [ 04 Jun 2021 23:55 GMT ]

The Family Man too is a prolific producer of corpses on all sides, but it always allows some time for an important conversation about family, a dusk time digression on the fight for a homeland and an undead separatist movement, a companionship found under shards of genocide. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka calls on US House Foreign Affairs Committee not to proceed with resolution
[ Menafn ] [ 03 Jun 2021 22:20 GMT ]

Calling for an 'international mechanism' at this juncture is sinister, at a time the present Government has provided a credible transparent domestic process to address the concerns raised, by instituting a Presidential Commission of Inquiry... [Full Story]

1st International Symposium on Tamil Arts and Culture Studies in PARIS - FRANCE on 27 June 2021
[ Kalpana ] [ 02 Jun 2021 14:45 GMT ]

Your contribution and participation will be important for the success of this day. [Full Details]

Rising from the Ashes - Tragic Episode of the Jaffna Library
[ Thesam Publications ] [ 01 Jun 2021 02:10 GMT ]

'Jaffna library, was one of the largest libraries in South Asia. [Full Report PDF]

DFAT urged to retract 'inaccurate' report saying Sri Lankans face low torture risk, following UK court finding
[ SBS ] [ 31 May 2021 22:40 GMT ]

'Successive Australian governments have used DFAT reports to justify deportation of Tamils back to danger,' [Full Story]

Thinking about investing in the Northern Province?
[ LBO ] [ 30 May 2021 23:29 GMT ]

Those who want to invest or donate must take care and put thought into their intentions, to place their generosity where it will be carefully received and achieves the intended results. [Full Story]

India must change its foreign policy over Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 May 2021 23:54 GMT ]

Despite the Indian government supporting the Sinhalese against the Tamils, the Sinhalese rulers have sided with China. [Full Story]

US Congress moves ahead with resolution to recognize 'traditional Tamil homeland'
[ Sri Lanka Guardian ] [ 28 May 2021 22:00 GMT ]

The resolution refers to the north east of Sri Lanka as the “traditional Tamil homeland.' [Full Story]

History of Sri Lanka
[ Encyclopedia Britannica ] [ 27 May 2021 10:11 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has had a continuous record of human settlement for more than two millennia, and its civilization has been shaped largely by that of the Indian subcontinent. [Full Story]

Comparing Zionism and Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism
[ Red Flag ] [ 26 May 2021 19:30 GMT ]

The results are the same: the national oppression of one group at the hands of a supremacist state run by increasingly radicalised far-right politicians who often justify their abhorrent actions in religious terms. [Full Story]

Mouse plague deals fresh blow to Australian farmers
[ BBC ] [ 25 May 2021 18:00 GMT ]

Rural Australia has taken a battering over the last few years, with drought, fires and floods. [Full Story]

Twelve years since the end of Sri Lanka's communal war
[ WSWS ] [ 24 May 2021 14:41 GMT ]

With many still living in abject poverty in huts with elementary facilities, around 90,000 war widows in the island's North and East are struggling to survive. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Taste of Home to NYC's Staten Island
[ Entrepreneur ] [ 23 May 2021 22:15 GMT ]

Taste of home: It was in 2009 that Vijayakumari Devadas, or Viji,decided to open a restaurant. [Full Story]

US Congress introduces resolution calling for international mechanism for crimes committed in Sri Lanka
[ THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - USA ] [ 22 May 2021 12:32 GMT ]

Recognizing 12 years since the end of the war in Sri Lanka on May 18, 2009, honoring the lives lost, and expressing support for justice, accountability, reconciliation, reconstruction, reparation, and reform in Sri Lanka to ensure a lasting peaceful political solution. [Full Report]

SRI LANKA: Cardinal warns of 'Chinese colony' emerging in Sri Lanka
[ UCAN ] [ 21 May 2021 02:17 GMT ]

'At present there are many geopolitical issues in the country. China is on one side, India and the United States on the other side.' [Full Story]

Distrust remains as Sri Lanka's Tamils try to honor their dead
[ UCA News ] [ 20 May 2021 01:45 GMT ]

National Peace Council says the civil war continues in the minds of people 12 years after the conflict ended. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Joint Statement Calls for Immediate Release of Poet Detained for a Year Without Charge
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 19 May 2021 21:20 GMT ]

Authorities continue to use the PTA against some of Sri Lanka's most vulnerable populations. [Full Story]

Film: No Fire Zone - Killing Fields of Sri Lanka
[ NO FIRE ZONE ] [ 18 May 2021 18:00 GMT ]

This film depicts the true story of last few months of Sri Lanka's civil war in May 2009 - Warning: Contains some graphic images. [Full Story]

The Mulliwaikkal divergence
[ The Daily Express ] [ 17 May 2021 23:23 GMT ]

How ceremonies marking the end of the war on May 18 and 19 are keeping up an entrenched conflict between Sinhala and Tamil nationalisms. [Full Story]

Tamils' war memorial in Sri Lanka's Mullaitivu found vandalised
[ The Hindu ] [ 16 May 2021 22:10 GMT ]

Every year, Tamils remember their loved ones on May 18, a day that brings back distressing memories to scores of affected families. [Full Story]

Australia Is Supporting the Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka
[ Jacobin magazine ] [ 15 May 2021 14:55 GMT ]

Tamil refugees also remain imprisoned in Australian-run onshore and offshore detention centers. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 14 May 2021 19:33 GMT ]

Ahnaf Jazeem must be immediately released, or promptly charged with internationally recognizable crime using fair trial standards. [Full Story]

India Covid: How law stops NGOs distributing essential aid
[ BBC ] [ 13 May 2021 11:56 GMT ]

NGOs warn an increase in bureaucracy is adding to delays the country cannot afford at this critical time. [Full Story]

Coronavirus in India: 'My city is under siege from Covid-19'
[ BBC ] [ 12 May 2021 00:14 GMT ]

A journey through the city, and the daily struggle of finding medical care, oxygen cylinders and even a space at a crematorium. [Full Story]

[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 11 May 2021 01:30 GMT ]

This report, the last of our Keep the Promise series, assesses where limited progress made against the 25 commitments in Resolutions 30/1, 34/1, and 40/1 has been reversed since Sri Lanka's withdrawal. [Full Story]

Genocide Bill against Sri Lanka passed in Canada
[ The Island ] [ 10 May 2021 11:30 GMT ]

The Influential Ontario Legislative Assembly has resolved that Sri Lanka subjected the Tamil community to genocide during the armed conflict. [Full Story]

'Allow suffering to speak:' Treating the oppressive roots of illness
[ Environmental Health News ] [ 09 May 2021 23:54 GMT ]

Sri Lankan Tamil community has endured one of the longest civil wars in modern history, culminating in the indiscriminate massacre of tens of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians. [Full Story]

Biloela family: Locked up by Australia for three years
[ BBC ] [ 08 May 2021 23:49 GMT ]

The years in detention have left Priya numb. She has developed a deep depression and has very little energy. [Full Story]

Ontario pass Tamil Genocide Education Week bill
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 07 May 2021 22:00 GMT ]

Ontario has passed Bill 104, the Tamil Genocide Education Week Act, recognising the genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

This Mother's Day, pay attention to racialized women leading resistance movements, like Tamil mothers
[ The Conversation ] [ 06 May 2021 21:45 GMT ]

These protests were in response to an atrocity that took place near the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, a war that lasted 26 years and ended with genocide. [Full Story]

Mullivaikkal Genocide remembrance event - 18 May 2021
[ BTF ] [ 05 May 2021 23:50 GMT ]

It is common knowledge that the Tamil community in Sri Lanka has suffered repeated 'cycles of violence' at the hands of the Sri Lankan State since independence. [Full Story]

Seeman's aggressive Tamil nationalism strikes a chord, winning more votes than Kamal Haasan and AMMK
[ ] [ 04 May 2021 14:04 GMT ]

From polling about 1% of the vote in 2016, the party has increased its numbers to 6.7% in the 2021 Assembly elections. [Full Story]

A step towards justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka?
[ Open Global Rights ] [ 03 May 2021 19:10 GMT ]

The UNHRC should explore and employ a wide range of tools and mechanisms to address human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Why Stalin won | India Today Insight
[ India Today ] [ 02 May 2021 23:45 GMT ]

The DMK chief finally gets his place in the sun after spending nearly half a century in his father's shadow [Full Story]

From the archives: Why is 1980 Tamil Nadu Assembly election worthy of note?
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 01 May 2021 10:41 GMT ]

Following the infamous 1983 carnage of Tamils in Colombo by Singhalese mobs, thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils sought asylum in Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Reject 'Political Victimization' Findings
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 30 Apr 2021 21:47 GMT ]

Government Seeks to Absolve Allies for Abuses, Prosecute Officials Pursuing Justice. [Full Story]

Rights bodies urge Sri Lankan govt to set up truth commission
[ UCA News ] [ 29 Apr 2021 23:32 GMT ]

'The commission can find the truth and seek justice for the victims to discover and reveal all these past wrongdoings and to respect the rights of all citizens,' [Full Story]

South Asia: COVID-19 hits marginalized hardest as pandemic used to escalate repression
[ Amnesty International ] [ 28 Apr 2021 17:14 GMT ]

In Sri Lanka, the police warned that legal action would be taken against people publishing posts on social media that were critical of the government's COVID-19 response. [Full Story]

The vice tightens
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 27 Apr 2021 00:07 GMT ]

The placing of sanctions on Sri Lankan officials, the suspending of favourable trade concessions, and the prosecution of war criminals through universal jurisdiction are all tangible and immediate steps that the international community can take in response to Sri Lanka's deterioration. [Full Story]

Joe Biden first US president to formally recognise Armenian genocide
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 26 Apr 2021 02:09 GMT ]

Biden fulfilled his pledge as a candidate to recognise the Armenian genocide. [Full Story]

Issues in India-Sri Lanka Ties
[ Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses ] [ 25 Apr 2021 12:05 GMT ]

Due to the geographic proximity and people-to-people connect, Sri Lanka's political and security stability is in India's interests. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka remains in 'state of denial' over alleged war crimes
[ Nikkei Asia ] [ 24 Apr 2021 08:22 GMT ]

An attempted cover-up that banned journalists and nongovernmental organizations failed to keep news of the incident from leaking out. [Full Story]

'Britain has a duty to protect the people of Sri Lanka'
[ Eastern Eye ] [ 23 Apr 2021 14:55 GMT ]

NEARLY 12 years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, almost no one has been held accountable for international crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Catholics slam govt over Easter attacks probe
[ France24 ] [ 22 Apr 2021 22:45 GMT ]

The head of Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday accused the government of stalling investigations into Easter Sunday bombings two years ago that killed 279 people. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Let the world understand……
[ MENAFN ] [ 21 Apr 2021 01:41 GMT ]

Since Gotabaya became President, he has been determined to dismantle the Tamil hereditary land in the North and East. [Full Story]

Continuing tragedy of war widows in Sri Lanka
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 20 Apr 2021 23:25 GMT ]

“So I say to leaders of this world, this nightmare should be gone, please realise once and for all, that a war is never won”. [Full Story]

Our lands are under threat, say Tamils in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province
[ The Hindu ] [ 19 Apr 2021 21:50 GMT ]

Systematic effort to change Tamil areas' demographics, alleges Batticaloa MP. [Full Story]

Book Review: The Orders Were To Rape You
[ Feminism in India ] [ 18 Apr 2021 11:47 GMT ]

Even though the war ended in 2009 officially, the infliction of trauma and violence on the Tamil population in Sri Lanka continues to this day. [Full Story]

Prince Philip funeral: Duke of Edinburgh laid to rest
[ BBC ] [ 17 Apr 2021 17:00 GMT ]

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Queen was seated alone and only 30 people were able to attend. [Full Story]

A Step Towards Justice For The 26 Year Civil War In Sri Lanka?
[ Forbes ] [ 16 Apr 2021 01:41 GMT ]

The deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka is an early warning for all other post-conflict situations where the issue of justice is neglected. Impunity will beget further crimes. [Full Story]

Submit or suffer: P2P and muzzling peaceful protest
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 15 Apr 2021 00:25 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's constitution guarantees the right to the freedom of speech, association and assembly. [Full Story]

Happy Puthandu 2021: Tamil New Year Images, Quotes, Wishes, Messages, Cards, Greetings ...
[ Times of India ] [ 14 Apr 2021 07:00 GMT ]

Puthandu Vazthukal. God bless you and keep you safe always. May the coming year be the best ever for your. Happy New Year to you. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka looks to block universal jurisdiction prosecutions for war crimes
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 13 Apr 2021 20:33 GMT ]

The announcement comes as pressure grows on governments around the world to hold Sri Lanka officials accountable for mass atrocities. [Full Story]

The Facts - 23rd March 2021 Resolution No 46/L.1 Rev.1 of UNHRC The way forward
[ BTF ] [ 12 Apr 2021 20:02 GMT ]

The international community will, no doubt, become alive to the true nature of the political road map of the GOSL. [Full Story]

India: How eating online is bringing women money - and freedom
[ BBC ] [ 11 Apr 2021 09:30 GMT ]

But for a growing number of women in India, they've become a route to financial independence, as well as a way to challenge the country's social conventions around women's behaviour. [Full Story]

Tamil Freedom and Continuing Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 10 Apr 2021 21:35 GMT ]

The appointment of an Independent International Inquiry on human rights violation in Sri Lanka is urgently needed. This should be followed by a referendum to implement the self-determination to restore of the nationhood of Tamils in North east of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka terror police arresting Jaffna mayor 'nothing but Fascism'
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 09 Apr 2021 23:57 GMT ]

Though the 13th amendment to the constitution provides devolution of police powers to the elected provincial councils, Colombo has not devolved such powers to them. [Full Story]

Prince Philip: Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99
[ BBC ] [ 09 Apr 2021 19:19 GMT ]

From midday on Saturday, a 41-gun salute will take place for Prince Philip in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as in Gibraltar and at sea from Royal Navy warships, the Ministry of Defence said. [Full Story]

'We will continue' - British Tamil organisations speak out against Sri Lanka's ban
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 Apr 2021 14:10 GMT ]

British Tamil diaspora organisations have vowed to continue their struggle for justice and self-determination, despite the Sri Lankan government's proscription of hundreds of Tamils and several diaspora organisations. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 07 Apr 2021 18:32 GMT ]

There was continued impunity for violations committed during the internal armed conflict, and the government failed to uphold commitments to the UN Human Rights Council around justice and reconciliation. [Full Report]

Tamil, Sanskrit, Hebrew: THESE are the top 5 oldest languages in the world
[ Pinkvilla ] [ 06 Apr 2021 15:35 GMT ]

According to research, approximately 8,000 languages are spoken today across the globe by various communities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka mourns a fearless defender of Tamil rights
[ UCA News ] [ 05 Apr 2021 20:20 GMT ]

Bishop Rayappu Joseph risked his life by standing up for the rights of his oppressed people. [Full Story]

Meena Kandasamy's documentary on Sri Lanka's women Tamil warriors is now her latest book
[ ] [ 04 Apr 2021 09:45 GMT ]

The book is a meaningful attempt to communicate the collective experience of trauma and enrich it with posterity, significance and dignity. [Full Story]

WATCH: Hit song 'Enjoy Enjaami' with 100m views is about exploitation of Tamil labour
[ Indian Spice ] [ 03 Apr 2021 23:40 GMT ]

'Enjoy Enjaami' tells the story of exploited tea plantation labour and was an immediate hit, with cross-cultural appeal in India and the diaspora. [Full Story]

Tamil Bishop who exposed the human cost of Sri Lanka's bloody war, no more
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 02 Apr 2021 07:10 GMT ]

He was more than a Bishop. A human rights crusader to the core and a saviour of Tamil people, and above all a down to earth human being. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: 'No one cares more about human rights than us'
[ DW Conflict Zone ] [ 01 Apr 2021 22:10 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's civil war ended 12 years ago, but its sectarian tensions remain. [Full Story]

Human rights in Sri Lanka - Why no moral stance on the question of genocide?
[ Prothom Alo English ] [ 31 Mar 2021 11:58 GMT ]

As a nation that has undergone genocide to achieve independence, why cannot we adopt a moral stand on the question of genocide? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Landmark UN Resolution Promotes Justice
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 30 Mar 2021 09:45 GMT ]

Resolution 46/1, adopted on March 23, 2021, establishes a powerful new accountability process to collect, analyze, and preserve evidence of international crimes committed in Sri Lanka for use in future prosecutions. [Full Story]

Wrong signal
[ The Statesman ] [ 29 Mar 2021 23:50 GMT ]

Crucial issues like the plight of Tamil prisoners of war and the families of Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance are ignored. [Full Story]

Letter from Human Rights Watch to Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Mar 2021 00:48 GMT ]

Security forces have unnecessarily used rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons, and live ammunition against peaceful protesters, engaged in extrajudicial executions, and brutally beaten many of those they have detained. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: 'Religious Disharmony' Order Threatens Minorities
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Mar 2021 00:25 GMT ]

Withdraw Expansion of Notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

Centre betrayed Tamils, says Kamal Haasan on India abstaining from voting on UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka
[ India Today ] [ 26 Mar 2021 02:27 GMT ]

'This is a complete betrayal by the Indian government of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Only because of elections in Tamil Nadu, the Indian government walked out of the voting... [Full Story]

The Geneva 2021 defeat, global polarisation and regime prospects
[ FT ] [ 25 Mar 2021 15:25 GMT ]

Over the past 10 years, all Sri Lankan leaders and administrations actively lied to, and/or hid the truth from both the Sri Lankan citizens and the UN Human Rights Council. [Full Story]

UN to collect evidence of alleged Sri Lanka war crimes
[ BBC ] [ 24 Mar 2021 08:22 GMT ]

Tamil community leaders believe that the UN resolution did not go far enough to impose tougher sanctions on Sri Lanka. For them, their wait to find answers about their relatives missing in the war continues. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Landmark UN resolution marks crucial turning point on justice and accountability
[ Amnesty International ] [ 23 Mar 2021 12:55 GMT ]

'This is a significant move by the Human Rights Council, which signals a shift in approach by the international community' [Full Story]

India should back UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka: CPI
[ The Hindu ] [ 22 Mar 2021 12:44 GMT ]

Appealing to Mr. Modi, Mr. Raja said it was a known fact that in 2009, the civil war in Sri Lanka turned into a full-fledged war by the state against Tamils.' [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu Political Parties Urge PM Modi to Take Stand Against Sri Lanka in UNHRC Session
[ The Wire ] [ 21 Mar 2021 19:25 GMT ]

DMK president M.K. Stalin said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'silence' over it has caused a big 'shock' among the Tamil diaspora. [Full Story]

MIA, Elsz, Navz, Pritt and other Sri Lankan Tamil indie artists you need to listen now
[ The News Minute ] [ 20 Mar 2021 23:58 GMT ]

She's also an activist who has been drawing the world's attention to Sri Lanka, her homeland. [Full Story]

Politics of Ethnicity: Sri Lankan Case Study
[ Modern Diplomacy ] [ 19 Mar 2021 22:50 GMT ]

Tamils found themselves in a precarious position because the majority group sought to receive political and economic power. [Full Story]

'Loss of the Tamil homeland' - Conference highlights land grabs in North-East
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 18 Mar 2021 18:30 GMT ]

'There are approximately 100,000, refugees in India who are Tamils from Sri Lanka without access either to an Indian, or a UNHCR refugee determination'. [Full Story]

Eight myths about Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 Mar 2021 11:09 GMT ]

There has been a lot of anxiety and misinformation among the public around what the outcome of the UNHRC sessions would mean for Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

International Conference to discuss Land Grabbing in Tamil Homeland: Navi Pillay and many others
MARCH 20, 12:30-5:30PM(UK Time) 6:00-11:00PM(Colombo)

[ Tamil Diplomat ] [ 16 Mar 2021 16:04 GMT ]

All Tamil National Parties have been invited to participate in the conference. [Full Story]

British Tamil woman concludes hunger strike after 17 days
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Mar 2021 00:34 GMT ]

Britain's parliament is to hold a debate on the 'UK's Commitment to Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka,' as a resolution on the issue is due to be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this month. [Full Story]

Highlighting Sri Lanka's Abuses to the UN in Reviews and Strategic Litigation
[ Just Security ] [ 14 Mar 2021 12:09 GMT ]

The Human Rights Council should seize the opportunity to respond to ongoing incidents of torture and impunity with concrete proposals, consolidating the remedies and recommendations promulgated by the UNHRC. [Full Story]

Of Home, History, and Mermaids: A Conversation with Sharanya Manivannan
[ L A Review of Books ] [ 13 Mar 2021 20:10 GMT ]

This pandemic has only underscored what was already wrong in our countries, societies, corporations, and households. [Full Story]

'My writing is informed by personal, collective resistance:' Meena Kandasamy on genocidal violence against Tamils, poetry as resistance
[ Two Circles ] [ 12 Mar 2021 18:23 GMT ]

As Indians, we have to hold India accountable, make India support and protect the Tamil people on a global stage. [Full Story]

Young disadvantaged people can find a great career in Tourism and Hospitality
[ LBO ] [ 11 Mar 2021 22:45 GMT ]

From humble beginnings can come great things. [Full Story]

Enforced Disappearances - the 'White Flag Surrenders'
[ Independent Online ] [ 10 Mar 2021 23:27 GMT ]

The UN Human Rights Council, reformed to amplify the voices of victims, is now the terrain of powerful member states who oppose the cries of victims for justice and accountability, making a mockery of human rights. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, India Must Do More Than Pay Lip Service to Tamil Concerns
[ The Wire ] [ 09 Mar 2021 14:15 GMT ]

The Modi government must stop appeasing the Rajapaksas and demonstrate to the international community that India is an assertive regional power. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Land grab designed to break up traditional Tamil land, says new report
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 08 Mar 2021 14:55 GMT ]

'Under the guise of 'development projects,' government driven Sinhalese colonization is growing within Tamil areas with the intent to change demographics and deny Tamil communities access to their land,'. [Full Story]

Hub of ancient East-West trade
[ NewsIn.Asia ] [ 07 Mar 2021 01:50 GMT ]

Tamil king, Ellalan (Elara), ruled Sri Lanka from 145 to 101 BC. [Full Story]

[ The Oakland Institute ] [ 06 Mar 2021 21:52 GMT ]

The conflict killed over 200,000 people, displaced more than a million, destroyed infrastructure, and left behind wanton destruction of lives and property of the population of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka's Evasion of Accountability Tests the Limits of the International Human Rights System
[ Just Security ] [ 05 Mar 2021 00:30 GMT ]

The issue of accountability and post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka has been on the agenda of the UNHRC for the past 12 years, with 7 resolutions having been passed to date. And yet the record is one of failure. [Full Story]

Open Wounds and Mounting Dangers - Blocking Accountability for Grave Abuses in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 05 Mar 2021 00:01 GMT ]

Sri Lanka now presents an acute challenge to the United Nations' commitment to upholding international human rights and humanitarian law in the face of grave crimes. [Full Report]

Rights and freedom - Sri Lanka: For Sri Lankan reporters, the ghosts of violence and intimidation loom again
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 04 Mar 2021 18:15 GMT ]

In Sri Lanka the history of critical journalism is written in blood and bruises. [Full Story]

Heeding Victims' Voices: The Struggle of Tamil Families of the Disappeared in Sri Lanka
[ Just Security ] [ 03 Mar 2021 19:11 GMT ]

As the experiences of Tamil families of the disappeared have shown, there is no hope for truth and justice domestically in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'The Deaths Can't Be Erased': Tamils and the Fight for Justice in Sri Lanka
[ World Politics Review ] [ 02 Mar 2021 12:41 GMT ]

'There were many memorials and cemeteries, but they have all been demolished and we have nothing now,' he said. So now where will people cry? Where will they express their pain?' [Full Story]

Rights of Sri Lankan Muslims Need International Protection
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 01 Mar 2021 21:50 GMT ]

The ratcheting-up of abuses against Sri Lanka's minorities make it vital that the UN Human Rights Council adopt a strong resolution at its current session. [Full Story]

Tens of thousands of Lankan Tamils rally demanding justice and federalism
[ Newsin.Asia ] [ 28 Feb 2021 23:02 GMT ]

We, with the clear understanding and historical knowledge that successive Sinhalese-Buddhist Governments have pursued as a State policy to destroy Tamil's identity and survival by employing actions amounting to Genocide. [Full Story]

Sri Lankans Are Still Waiting for Justice on Wartime Abuse
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Feb 2021 23:48 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government's abuses during its civil war more than a decade ago may seem like a distant memory, but for the families of the victims they remain a continuing source of pain. [Full Story]

A new chapter: How self-publishing is gaining ground among Tamil authors
[ The Hindu ] [ 26 Feb 2021 23:55 GMT ]

The Tamil diaspora is the audience for authors taking this route. Oman-based Senthilbalan Manickam, who describes himself as a 'doctor by profession, a writer by heart', knows that quite well. [Full Story]

Impunity for Civil War Crimes in Sri Lanka Risks Future Offenses, UN Says
[ Voice of America ] [ 25 Feb 2021 22:01 GMT ]

A report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council warns of future violations and instability in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Prevention Should Be at Heart of New Human Rights Council Resolution
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 24 Feb 2021 23:57 GMT ]

The Council should demand accountability for past crimes but stress that Colombo's present policies may spark further deadly conflict. [Full Report]

Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu: The nowhere people
[ India Today ] [ 23 Feb 2021 16:50 GMT ]

India, which promised to help them create their homeland, necessarily has to be a disinterested observer. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka human rights: UK seeks new UN resolution on abuses
[ BBC ] [ 22 Feb 2021 22:30 GMT ]

'The UN should not give any more time to the Sri Lankan government,' Ms Nagendran said. 'A body set up by international representatives should investigate and address our plight.' [Full Story]

British MPs urge Britain's Foreign Secretary to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 21 Feb 2021 22:15 GMT ]

A number of British MPs led by the chair of the APPGT have called on British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to go beyond the current resolution and consider referring Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court. [Full Story]

Tamil is 'Amma' of all languages: Rajnath Singh
[ News Today ] [ 20 Feb 2021 23:58 GMT ]

Praising the culture, tradition, poets and history of Tamilnadu, he stated that Tamil language is not only beautiful and ancient but ‘Amma' of all the Indian languages. [Full Story]

The State of Washington proclaims 9th March as Tamil Heritage Day
[ State of Washington-USA ] [ 19 Feb 2021 16:00 GMT ]

The Tamil language, as the oldest and the longest-surviving language in the world, it is worthy of recognition and support. [Full Story]

Tamils - and Justice - Can't Wait: The Need for Decisive UN Action on Sri Lanka
[ Justice Security ] [ 18 Feb 2021 23:45 GMT ]

Decisive international interventions on Sri Lanka's mass atrocities are necessary at the Human Rights Council and elsewhere, to protect and promote international human rights and humanitarian law. [Full Story]

A Growing Rights Crisis in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 17 Feb 2021 23:55 GMT ]

Indian leaders have committed to supporting the rights of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka to 'live with equity, equality, justice, peace and dignity'. The Indian government has also vowed to uphold global human rights. [Full Story]

Reversing Progress: Threats to Human Rights and Reinforced Impunity in Sri Lanka
[ Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice ] [ 16 Feb 2021 23:57 GMT ]

Far from making progress on a domestic accountability process, the government of Sri Lanka has wound back the clock on the limited progress made by the previous administration. [Full Story]

Tamil family to stay on Christmas Island after Federal Court upholds previous ruling over youngest child's immigration status
[ ABC ] [ 15 Feb 2021 22:55 GMT ]

Lawyers for the family are now calling on the Federal Government to immediately release the family from detention. [Full Story]

Film: No Fire Zone - Killing Fields of Sri Lanka - Sinhala 2015
[ NO FIRE ZONE ] [ 14 Feb 2021 00:21 GMT ]

This film depicts the true story of last few months of Sri Lanka's civil war in May 2009 - Warning: Contains some graphic images. [Full Story]

PM Modi Inaugurates Discovery Campus Of IIT-Madras To Meet Research Infrastructure Demands
[ Republic World ] [ 13 Feb 2021 23:20 GMT ]

The campus will see a steady stream of international scientists and students. [Full Story]

A Catalogue of Suffering Behind the Calls for Action on Sri Lanka's War Crimes
[ Just Security ] [ 12 Feb 2021 23:37 GMT ]

The Tides of Violence report is a starting point to demonstrate the extent, range and widespread impact of the conflict on Sri Lankan society. [Full Story]

Human Rights Council organisational meeting: UK statement on resolutions and events for the 46th session
[ Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK ] [ 11 Feb 2021 09:45 GMT ]

The Core Group on Sri Lanka comprising Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom will present a further resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Analysis | A long march in Sri Lanka - to register protest, forge a new alliance
[ The Hindu ] [ 10 Feb 2021 02:33 GMT ]

'It is 12 years since the war ended and the Tamil people's problems remain unaddressed. [Full Story]

Thousands March for Justice in Sri Lanka, Despite Ban
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 09 Feb 2021 21:29 GMT ]

Protesters Call for UN Action on Accountability. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan minorities march against oppression, injustice
[ UCANews ] [ 08 Feb 2021 23:55 GMT ]

Activists demanded the release of Tamil political prisoners who have been jailed for more than 25 years under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the emergency. [Full Story]

Europe's Roma: 'Even dogs can't live like this' under Covid
[ BBC ] [ 07 Feb 2021 00:35 GMT ]

Roma communities are some of the most marginalised in Europe. [Full Story]

Canada's Leadership on Sri Lanka Urgently Needed Once Again at the UN
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 06 Feb 2021 21:04 GMT ]

Steps to advance accountability for international crimes will reduce the growing risk of further horrors. The Canadian government should ensure that that the warning signs are headed, by taking action now. [Full Story]

Srebrenica Film Tells a Mother's Story about Surviving Genocide
[ Balkan Insight ] [ 05 Feb 2021 01:09 GMT ]

This is not a typical war movie, however, but a personal drama about a mother who tries to save her children. [Full Story]

Tamils Globally boycott Sri Lanka's Independence Day on 4 February - Stage peaceful protests
[ British Tamil Forum ] [ 04 Feb 2021 19:25 GMT ]

The Tamil speaking people and the Tamil diaspora call on the 47 member UNHRC to adopt a new resolution at its 46th sessions in Feb-March 2021. [Full Story]

A New Beginning for USA - A New Hope for Tamils?
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 03 Feb 2021 00:05 GMT ]

What is needed is a major and concerted international intervention to bring about peace between the Sinhalese and Tamils, who have not enjoyed peaceful co-existence since their independence in 1948. [Full Story]

Erasing Tamil Legacy in Sri Lanka
[ Jurist ] [ 02 Feb 2021 21:45 GMT ]

The crimes committed against the Tamil community were so heinous that they have been labeled as genocide and ethnic cleansing, with former President Barack Obama recently describing it as an 'ethnic slaughter'. [Full Story]

Hold referendum in Sri Lanka under UN supervision, Vaiko says
[ The Hindu ] [ 01 Feb 2021 23:56 GMT ]

Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko has written to the EU, calling upon the members of the UNHRC and member States to accept the right to self-determination of the Eelam Tamils and organise a referendum in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka on alarming path towards recurrence of grave human rights violations – UN report
[ UN Human Rights Office ] [ 31 Jan 2021 01:15 GMT ]

The report notes that Sri Lanka's armed conflict emerged against the backdrop of progressively deepening discrimination and marginalization of the country's minorities, particularly the Tamils. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Chief Decries Mounting Abuses
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 30 Jan 2021 18:15 GMT ]

The United Nations Human Rights Council, at its upcoming session, should act on the recommendations of the UN high commissioner for human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. [Full Story]

Impunity for Past Crimes in Sri Lanka Could Trigger Renewed Conflict
[ VOICE OF AMERICA ] [ 29 Jan 2021 15:49 GMT ]

She is urging governments to investigate and prosecute alleged perpetrators of crimes in their national courts under an accepted system of international justice. [Full Story]

UN accuses Sri Lanka of reversing course on war crimes
[ The Australian ] [ 28 Jan 2021 21:22 GMT ]

The UN human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions against generals and others accused of war crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Damning UN report stresses need for urgent international action on accountability
[ Amnesty International ] [ 27 Jan 2021 22:32 GMT ]

All eyes will be on Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the UK, who are expected to present a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN session starting next month. [Full Story]

UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals
[ France24 ] [ 26 Jan 2021 23:55 GMT ]

UN reports have accused Sri Lankan troops of shelling hospitals and indiscriminate aerial bombardments, executing surrendering rebels and causing the disappearance of thousands of minority Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Seeks Diversion, Not Justice, Over Wartime Abuses
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 Jan 2021 18:01 GMT ]

Rajapaska's government has persecuted vulnerable minorities, and this month it demolished a monument to Tamil civilian victims of the war. [Full Story]

Shyamala Gopalan: The woman who inspired Kamala Harris
[ BBC ] [ 24 Jan 2021 22:44 GMT ]

Shyamala Gopalan was a pioneering woman of colour in America, a scientist and an activist. She was also Vice-President Kamala Harris's mother and her 'greatest influence'. [Full Story]

Memorial statue of community activist Fr James Pathinanthan unveiled in Mullaitivu
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 23 Jan 2021 23:55 GMT ]

Fr Pathinanthan was a survivor of the Mullivaikal massacre in 2009 and was a source of support and comfort for the Tamils who were being subjected to genocide by the Sri Lankan government. [Full Story]

Conflict, Stability and Security Fund
[ Government of United Kingdom ] [ 22 Jan 2021 10:40 GMT ]

The CSSF works to build peace and stability in countries at risk of instability as well as in regions suffering from long running conflicts. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Collapse of Joseph Pararajasingham murder case a failure of justice
[ Amnesty International ] [ 21 Jan 2021 15:05 GMT ]

The international community must step up to end the cycle of impunity and advance accountability for human rights violations in Sri Lanka.' [Full Story]

Kamala Harris becomes first female, first black and first Asian-American VP
[ BBC ] [ 20 Jan 2021 18:00 GMT ]

Mr Biden won the race and chose Ms Harris as his running mate, describing her as 'a fearless fighter for the little guy'. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 19 Jan 2021 18:10 GMT ]

AI urges the UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and to collect, preserve and assess evidence of gross human rights violations. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka: Covid-19 Forced Cremation of Muslims Discriminatory
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 Jan 2021 22:00 GMT ]

'Denying Sri Lankan Muslims the right to bury their dead is causing intense distress, stoking communal hatred, and is without any scientific basis,' Ganguly said. [Full Story]

Colombo unfazed by possible Western hostility at UNHRC session
[ NewsIn Asia ] [ 17 Jan 2021 23:50 GMT ]

The Tamil parties' have proposed that the UN Security Council refer the matter to the International Criminal Court to inquire into allegations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Tamil parties seek international mechanism to probe 'war crimes'
[ The Hindu ] [ 16 Jan 2021 12:48 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil political parties have sought an international probe, including at the International Criminal Court (ICC), deeming there is 'no scope' for a domestic process that can 'genuinely' deal with accountability. [Full Story]

Ties with Sri Lanka: A fine balancing act
[ India Legal ] [ 15 Jan 2021 09:55 GMT ]

India had been keenly following the issue in the UNHRC as it is intimately linked to the ethnic reconciliation process, underwritten in the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement in 1987. [Full Story]

Pongalo Pongal! Tamil harvest festival marked around the world
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Jan 2021 14:14 GMT ]

UK PM Boris Johnson paid tribute to the British Tamil community and thanked them for their contribution towards the coronavirus pandemic response in the country, in a message to mark Thai Pongal. [Full Story]

The Many Facets of Thai Pongal
[ The Citizen ] [ 14 Jan 2021 07:07 GMT ]

There is a saying that with the birth of Thai, the way forward will open (Thai pirandhaal Vazhi pirakkum). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: A Return to Threats, Fear - World Report 2021
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 13 Jan 2021 20:15 GMT ]

The EU, like other foreign partners, has been muted in its response to Sri Lankan rights abuses. [World Report]

Razing of war monument in Jaffna an act of oppression: SL Tamils continue to condemn act
[ The News Minute ] [ 12 Jan 2021 16:41 GMT ]

'Tamils have united again, unable to forget the past incidents. [Full Story]

Its Time India Makes It's Mark in Asian Geo Politics as SuperPower
[ WND ] [ 11 Jan 2021 21:35 GMT ]

The contention between Sinhala greater part and Tamil minority in Sri Lanka produces Chennai's political tension on Delhi to intercede in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

3 youngsters & professor comes together to find collective solution for Sri Lanka refugee crisis
[ The Asian Age ] [ 10 Jan 2021 02:02 GMT ]

The book will definitely be very insightful and useful for the Governments of India and Tamil Nadu to formulate a policy based on the political context of Tamil Nadu, and the Indo-Sri Lankan foreign policy. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Students Protest After Memorial for 100K Tamil People Killed in Civil War is Destroyed
[ Yahoo News ] [ 09 Jan 2021 23:47 GMT ]

A war memorial dedicated to the Tamil people was destroyed over the weekend. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka warned 'not to play with the lives of Tamil political prisoners'
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 08 Jan 2021 02:02 GMT ]

Some Tamil Political prisoners are in various jails for the past 10-25 years. Many of these prisoners are yet to be charged and are incarcerated without a trial. [Full Story]

India Seeks to Counter China in Sri Lanka
[ The Citizen ] [ 07 Jan 2021 23:10 GMT ]

Anxious to be relevant for Sri Lanka's security, Jaishankar said: 'As maritime countries in the Indian Ocean, India and Sri Lanka have a shared interest in ensuring maritime security and safety. [Full Story]

S Jaishankar bats for dignity, equality to Sri Lankan Tamils
[ New Indian Express ] [ 06 Jan 2021 02:20 GMT ]

New Delhi had urged Colombo for the full implementation of the 13th amendment, an outcome of the 1987 India-Sri Lanka peace accord aimed at devolving more powers to the Tamils. [Full Story]

Tamil priest and rights activist Reverend Father Mary Bastian commemorated in Mannar
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Jan 2021 23:55 GMT ]

The 36th anniversary of the assassination of Tamil human rights activist and local Catholic parish priest Reverend Father Mary Bastian was commemorated. [Full Story]

What is the 13th Amendment? Why is Sri Lanka dragging its feet on the issue?
[ Times Now News ] [ 04 Jan 2021 12:08 GMT ]

Alleging discrimination and persecution at the hands of the nation's majority Buddhists, Tamil-speaking Sri Lankans in the northern region of Sri Lanka launched a struggle for self-determination and pressed for a separate state. [Full Story]

Pradeepan Raveendran's Soundless Dance dives into the war-torn mind of a Sri Lankan Tamil in Paris
[ First Post ] [ 03 Jan 2021 23:49 GMT ]

The director asks: Isn't the pain of a torn country, the pain of separation from family enough? Does one need to manufacture more 'drama'? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Conflict-Affected Women: Dealing with the Legacy of War
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 02 Jan 2021 18:30 GMT ]

The government and international actors must include their voices and address their injustices and difficult economic situation to ensure lasting peace. [Full Story]

Suffering, Protest, and Belonging in Sri Lanka's Tamil Diaspora
[ Sangam ] [ 01 Jan 2021 16:00 GMT ]

My dissertation project explores how Sri Lankan Tamils, displaced and dispersed by over thirty years of political violence and war, form moral and political communities as they remake their lives across the globe. [Full Story]

A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 31 Dec 2020 09:05 GMT ]

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka over the last 12 months. [Full Story]

Murder in the Cathedral: Christmas killing of Joseph Pararajasingham
[ ] [ 30 Dec 2020 14:33 GMT ]

An elected Member of Parliament bearing the name of Jesus's father Joseph was brutally gunned down in full sight of the congregation after receiving Communion from the Catholic Bishop. [Full Story]

Rohingya refugees' perilous journey in search of safety
[ BBC ] [ 29 Dec 2020 20:01 GMT ]

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says more than a third of those who made the perilous journeys from refugee camps in Bangladesh to Malaysia and Indonesia were children. [Full Story]

The Tamil Proscriptions: Identities, Legitimacies, and Situated Practices
[ Taylor & Francis Online ] [ 28 Dec 2020 01:18 GMT ]

Western pressure led in 2015 to a new Sri Lankan government de-proscribing eight Tamil diaspora organisations. [Full Story]

What the Diaspora can do for Sri Lanka: Chris Ponnadurai, Jetwing Jaffna's founding General Manager
[ LBO ] [ 27 Dec 2020 20:04 GMT ]

A man who fled Sri Lanka's communal riots in 1984 to settle in Australia, and returned three decades later in 2015 to setup Jaffna's first luxury hotel. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka stokes Muslim and Christian ire with COVID burial rules
[ Nikkei Asia ] [ 26 Dec 2020 22:45 GMT ]

The international scrutiny Sri Lanka is now under adds to the diplomatic pressure it is expected to face in early 2021, when its postwar record will be in the spotlight at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. [Full Story]

Pope urges coronavirus vaccine access for all
[ BBC ] [ 25 Dec 2020 15:00 GMT ]

'May the Son of God renew in political and government leaders a spirit of international cooperation, starting with health care, so that all will be ensured access to vaccines and treatment,' he said. [Full Story]

Karima Baloch: Activist's family mourns a 'mountain of courage'
[ BBC ] [ 24 Dec 2020 09:50 GMT ]

'She turned the movement into something not only for Balochistan, but she wanted equality for the women,' Sameer said. [Full Story]

The pioneering lawyer who fought for women's suffrage in India
[ BBC ] [ 23 Dec 2020 09:41 GMT ]

Tata and Lam's evidence highlighted the impossibility of meaningful political reform if half of India was excluded on the grounds of sex. [Full Story]

What Makes Tamil Nadu a Top Foreign Investment Destination in India?
[ India Briefing ] [ 22 Dec 2020 22:43 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu is a top investment destination in India for foreign investors due to the state's advanced infrastructure and network capacity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka remains a human rights priority for the UK
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 21 Dec 2020 23:50 GMT ]

This statement comes in advance of the 46th UN Human Rights Council session set for March. Tamil parliamentarians are calling not just for a renewal of the UN human rights resolution, which Sri Lanka has abandoned. [Full Story]

Covid: Vaccine should stop new variant, says WHO
[ BBC ] [ 20 Dec 2020 20:25 GMT ]

The World Health Organization's chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, says it is 'very unlikely' the latest mutation of the coronavirus will cause the current vaccines not to work. [Full Story]

Mannar Island is a bird paradise that survived Sri Lanka's civil war. Now an Australian mining company wants its sand
[ ABC News ] [ 19 Dec 2020 21:36 GMT ]

Up to a million birds stop at Mannar Island, off the north-west coast of Sri Lanka, to feed during the winter. [Full Story]

Native Tamil game Pallankuzhi may be losing to the modernities of life
[ New Indian Express ] [ 18 Dec 2020 21:55 GMT ]

The game broadly comes under 'mancala', a generic name for a family of two-player, turn-based, strategy board games. [Full Story]

Do Tamils want to fight, and for what?
[ Colombo Gazette ] [ 17 Dec 2020 22:59 GMT ]

After three decades and more, the community is where it began, minus a decent and dignified living, minus the political strength and mental stamina to fight the Sri Lankan State. [Full Story]

South Asia: Justice, Services Can Curb Sexual Violence
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 16 Dec 2020 23:44 GMT ]

“Women and girls across South Asia are fed up with their governments' failure to tackle sexual violence,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director. [Full Story]

Forced cremations in Sri Lanka
[ Amnesty International ] [ 15 Dec 2020 01:09 GMT ]

In a country where minorities are marginalized and discriminated against, Muslims who fall victim to COVID-19 are unjustly prevented from being laid to rest in accordance with their religious beliefs. [Full Story]

[ Amnesty International ] [ 14 Dec 2020 00:30 GMT ]

His family believes that he is being targeted for exposing human rights abuses implicating top politicians. [Full Story]

Human Shields and Proportionality: How Legal Experts Defended War Crimes in Sri Lanka
[ Just Security ] [ 13 Dec 2020 01:15 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan civil war was subjected to international legal scrutiny. [Full Story]

Waldemar Haffkine: The vaccine pioneer the world forgot
[ BBC ] [ 12 Dec 2020 02:00 GMT ]

Working in Paris and India at the turn of the last century, Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine created the world's first vaccines for cholera and plague. [Full Story]

Tyranny of the majority in Sri Lanka
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 11 Dec 2020 15:00 GMT ]

The international community will definitely wake up and start exerting pressure on Sri Lanka to change its course. [Full Story]

Tamil Resistance Lives on Despite Sri Lanka's Ban on Maaveerar Naal
[ International Policy Digest ] [ 10 Dec 2020 17:44 GMT ]

In today's context, Maaveerar Naal symbolises resistance to a sham reconciliation process proffered by the Sri Lankan state instead of power-sharing and accountability. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka asked to support families of disappeared people
[ UCA News ] [ 09 Dec 2020 09:45 GMT ]

Some 20,000 people were reportedly disappeared in the aftermath of Sri Lanka's civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Speaking for the Dead
[ MenaFn ] [ 08 Dec 2020 11:20 GMT ]

Cut short to Shanakiyan, the Batticaloa TNA parliamentarian's name seems to be in the mouth of every Sinhala politician and possibly media-watchers, too, after his powerful speech in the House, the other day. [Full Story]

Righting wrongs
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 07 Dec 2020 02:31 GMT ]

Indeed, it is the Tamil mothers on the roadsides of the North-East who have been most unrelenting in their calls for justice. [Full Story]

The dangers facing Tamils in Sri Lanka can be overcome!
[ Lanka eNews ] [ 06 Dec 2020 21:02 GMT ]

We must plan and take our work forward with maturity and diplomacy. [Full Story]

UN failed to prevent 'ethnic slaughter in Sri Lanka' - Barack Obama
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Dec 2020 01:25 GMT ]

The United Nations failed to 'prevent ethnic slaughter in places like Sri Lanka' said former US president Barack Obama in his memoir, 'A Promised Land', reflecting on his time at the White House. [Full Story]

November 26: Forbidden grief and a story of resistance
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 04 Dec 2020 01:04 GMT ]

He hoisted four flags displaying the red and yellow colours of the Tamil nation on the dull parapet wall in front of his modest house. [Full Story]

With the Rajapaksas at the Helm, Press Freedom in Sri Lanka Takes a Hit
[ The Diplomat ] [ 03 Dec 2020 00:10 GMT ]

As President Gotabaya Rajapaksa continues amassing power, the future for the country's media looks bleak. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Need to keep fishing out of shared 'securitisation'
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 02 Dec 2020 17:18 GMT ]

There are concerns that India's unfriendly neighbours in China and Pakistan may seek to exploit the ground situation. [Full Story]

'Our youth took up arms for self defence' - Tamil parliamentarian
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 Dec 2020 01:25 GMT ]

Responding to a question on Maaveerar Naal, Jaffna MP C V Wigneswaran accused Sri Lanka of committing 'state terrorism' and maintained that 'our youth were compelled to take up arms for the self-defense of our people'. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan priest arrested over civil war event
[ UCAN ] [ 30 Nov 2020 17:25 GMT ]

Father Bhaskaran released on bail after organizing event to commemorate Tamil fighters killed during civil war. [Full Story]

British mercenaries investigated over Sri Lanka war crimes
[ BBC ] [ 29 Nov 2020 14:22 GMT ]

British mercenaries who were involved in the Sri Lankan civil war are being investigated for war crimes by the Metropolitan Police. [Full Story]

NSA Ajit Doval meets Sri Lankan Tamil leader Sampanthan
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Nov 2020 23:57 GMT ]

It remains unclear if a political solution to Sri Lanka's long-pending Tamil question or the prospect of a constitutional settlement was discussed. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka bans Tamil remembrance of war dead
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 27 Nov 2020 20:02 GMT ]

"Even in the remembrance of the dead there is discrimination against the Tamils in Sri Lanka," TNA legislator Abraham Sumanthiran said on Twitter. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Deliver justice, truth and reparation to families of the disappeared
[ Amnesty International ] [ 26 Nov 2020 23:58 GMT ]

'Where justice is denied and impunity is guaranteed, recurrence is almost inevitable. It is only through justice, truth, and reparation that the wounds suffered by these families can begin to heal.' said David Griffiths. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka digs trench to keep elephants away from rubbish dump
[ BBC ] [ 25 Nov 2020 22:12 GMT ]

Along with food scraps, they consume plastic, which slowly kills them, officials say. [Full Story]

The war within - Sri Lanka's Tamil minority has become more politically fractured
[ The Economist ] [ 24 Nov 2020 20:02 GMT ]

Anxieties about majority rule have swelled since the election last year as president of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. [Full Story]

BW Foreign Affairs - Indo-Sri Lanka Relations, Mission SAGAR and Tamil Reconciliation
[ Business World ] [ 23 Nov 2020 23:59 GMT ]

He speaks on 'India First' Policy; Indo Pacific & QUAD in the Indian Ocean Region; Indian Ocean maritime strategy and Tamil reconciliation. [Full Story]

US resolution calls for an end to enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka
[ United States Government ] [ 22 Nov 2020 01:41 GMT ]

Whereas according to Amnesty International, Sri Lanka is home to one of the world's highest number of enforced disappearances, with somewhere between 60,000 to 100,000 people allegedly disappeared since the late 1980s. [Full Story]

Human rights priority countries: ministerial statement, January to June 2020
[ Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK ] [ 21 Nov 2020 20:44 GMT ]

There was a deterioration in the overall human rights situation in Sri Lanka in 2019, with increased intercommunal tensions, violence against minority groups, and intimidation of human rights defenders. [Full Report PDF]

Rediscovering Sri Lanka through a travel memoir
[ Nikkei Asia ] [ 20 Nov 2020 00:06 GMT ]

Island paradise mixes beguiling charm with an astonishing record of violence. [Full Story]

Mounting harassment of journalists poses threat to media freedom in eastern Sri Lanka
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 19 Nov 2020 22:51 GMT ]

Batticaloa Press Club (BPC) was interrogated by police about coverage of the rising concerns of Tamil dairy farmers following the recent handing over of traditional grazing lands to Sinhala cultivators. [Full Story]

Joint Statement - The Delegation of the European Union (EU)
[ Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka ] [ 18 Nov 2020 23:57 GMT ]

The Government has stated its continuing commitment, including to the EU, to fostering reconciliation, justice and peaceful coexistence among Sri Lanka's diverse communities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Gotabaya says has reassembled nation's intelligence network
[ Reuters India ] [ 17 Nov 2020 23:54 GMT ]

'We have already appointed a committee to seek public opinion to draft a new constitution,' he said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Commit funds to support transitional justice process for victims of conflict
[ Amnesty International ] [ 16 Nov 2020 19:02 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government must remain committed to delivering truth, justice and reparations to thousands of victims of the country's civil war, said Amnesty International. [Full Story]

Scotland Yard investigates mercenaries over war crimes in Sri Lanka
[ The Times UK ] [ 15 Nov 2020 12:21 GMT ]

British mercenaries who helped the Sri Lankan military in the 1980s during the country's civil war are being investigated for war crimes by the Metropolitan police. [Full Story]

Hindu workers discriminated against: no Deepavali for them
[ Asia News ] [ 14 Nov 2020 14:23 GMT ]

Tamil workers in the Northern Province are victims of discrimination. Unlike Buddhist and Muslim workers who can celebrate their holy days, Hindu Tamils have not been given a single day off for Deepavali (Diwali). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's former minister eats raw fish
[ One Newspage ] [ 13 Nov 2020 22:15 GMT ]

Former Sri Lankan fisheries minister bit into a raw fish at a news conference to boost fish sales following a slump during the coronavirus pandemic. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Under Rajapaksas' Watch, Rule of Law Suffers the Onslaught of Politics
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 12 Nov 2020 23:54 GMT ]

The politically-motivated Presidential Commission of Enquiry has been distorting politically-connected criminal suspects into victims, and investigators and legal reformers into criminals. [Full Story]

From empathy to regret: M Karunanidhi's uneasy involvement with Sri Lanka's Tamil Eelam problem
[ ] [ 11 Nov 2020 01:21 GMT ]

Excerpts from a new biography of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. [Full Story]

Where are the young Northern entrepreneurs? If you know how to look, right in front of you!
[ LBO ] [ 10 Nov 2020 02:14 GMT ]

No shortage of mentors, angels and coffee shops in Colombo. But what about the neglected North? In this province, still lagging a decade after the end of the war, there are stars to be found. [Full Story]

What does a Biden-Harris victory mean for Sri Lanka?
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 09 Nov 2020 22:04 GMT ]

Tamils are counting on Biden and Harris for leadership. They must now deliver. [Full Story]

US Election 2020: Time for US to unite, President-elect Biden says
[ BBC ] [ 08 Nov 2020 02:10 GMT ]

'With the campaign over, it's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,' he said. [Full Story]

The unstoppable rise of Kamala Harris
[ BBC ] [ 07 Nov 2020 21:40 GMT ]

The California senator will make history as the first female, black and Asian American vice-president. [Full Story]

How stolen Hindu idols were discovered in UK
[ BBC ] [ 06 Nov 2020 22:08 GMT ]

They belong to a 15th Century temple built during the Vijayanagara empire, located in Anandamangalam village in Tamil Nadu state. Vijayanagara was once one of the most important trading centres in the world. [Full Story]

'Rajapaksas must honour their past commitments to India and the world'
[ The Hindu ] [ 05 Nov 2020 10:05 GMT ]

India's continuing good offices will be necessary and will be appreciated by all parties in finally resolving this conflict. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka assured of China's help in burying post-war obligations
[ Nikkei Asia ] [ 04 Nov 2020 02:32 GMT ]

With UNHRC seat, Beijing expected to shield Rajapaksa from human rights scrutiny. [Full Story]

Indians crack coconuts and pray for Kamala Harris in US election
[ The Financial Times UK ] [ 03 Nov 2020 19:15 GMT ]

Ms Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother with roots in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, locals are taking no chances when it comes to the gods. [Full Story]

WHAT IS THE RISE PURPOSE? Empowering Tamil Entrepreneurship
[ Tamil Rise USA ] [ 03 Nov 2020 07:00 GMT ]

Empower Tamils from job seeking community to a job generating community through a culture of collaboration, and by providing critical enablers like, knowledge, competencies, and funding. [Full Story]

Editorial - Missed opportunities
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 02 Nov 2020 23:55 GMT ]

For the Tamil people, from the families of the disappeared to those still struggling for their land and those still under military occupation, Pompeo could have, and should have, shed light on their suffering. [Full Story]

The Absent Moral Dimension in Sri Lanka's Constitution
[ The Wire ] [ 01 Nov 2020 23:49 GMT ]

By the civil war's end in 2009, the UN estimated that 40,000 minority Tamils had disappeared. [Full Story]

India's Prime Minister Urges Constitutional Amendment in Sri Lanka to Safeguard Tamils
[ The Florida Star ] [ 31 Oct 2020 10:00 GMT ]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is backing the full implementation of the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution that would allow power-sharing for the Tamil minorities of the island state. [Full Story]

Suspected Architect of Sri Lanka War Crimes is UN's 'Chief Guest'
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 30 Oct 2020 21:45 GMT ]

UN Shouldn't Help Repressive Government Launder Image. [Full Story]

Sinhalization of the North-East
[ Pearl Action ] [ 29 Oct 2020 11:41 GMT ]

A crucial element to the Sinhalization of the North-East is the increase of Sinhala Buddhist religious symbols in predominately Muslim & Tamil areas. [Full Story]

Muttiah Muralitharan on the 'challenge' of his disputed biopic
[ BBC ] [ 28 Oct 2020 17:33 GMT ]

'Muralitharan's words - when he said 2009 was the happiest time of his life - have affected Tamil people all over the world. [Full Story]

Pompeo's Sri Lanka visit underscores brewing US-China battle in Indo-Pacific
[ South China Morning Post ] [ 27 Oct 2020 20:01 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka is a neutral, non-aligned country committed to peace,' he said. 'We hope to continue in our relations with the United States and with other parties.' [Full Story]

After Harvard, the University of Toronto to institute a Tamil Chair
[ The News Minute ] [ 26 Oct 2020 23:55 GMT ]

Now a group of Tamils living in Canada are working to institute a similar Tamil chair at University of Toronto, Canada. [Full Story]

Causes and dynamics of violence in Sri Lanka's civil war
[ The Academia ] [ 25 Oct 2020 12:15 GMT ]

The continued commitment of the UN, the Human Rights Council, and the USG to investigate and account for the war's large-scale violence may help create a political and social environment in which recurrence is unthinkable. [Full Report PDF]

UK tribunal removes LTTE from terror list, Sri Lanka protests
[ WION ] [ 24 Oct 2020 14:00 GMT ]

The LTTE ran a military campaign for a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces of the island nation for nearly 30 years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Urgent Issues for its Post Parliamentary Election Agenda
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 23 Oct 2020 15:25 GMT ]

Sri Lanka unilaterally became a Republic, without the consent of all its citizens i.e. no referendum. The Sri Lankan Sinhala majority cannot ride roughshod forever over Tamils and other minorities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka president tightens grip with constitutional changes
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 23 Oct 2020 15:25 GMT ]

'The Sri Lankan government needs to hear that other countries are watching and will respond to renewed abuses.' [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Parliament passes 20A: Here's why Tamils are worried
[ The News Minute ] [ 22 Oct 2020 23:55 GMT ]

20A, by giving unprecedented powers to the President, takes away redressal forums from those who are fighting for justice. [Full Story]

Muthtamil Sangam promises a bright evening at Kodai Vizha
[ Indian News Link ] [ 21 Oct 2020 23:58 GMT ]

Written by Thiruvalluvar more than 1700 years ago, the 1330 couplets cover every aspect of every living being, nature, and the ways and means of maintaining a healthy environment. [Full Story]

'Why Can't We Go Home?' Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 20 Oct 2020 11:33 GMT ]

Military occupation of public and private property is a cruel legacy of the nearly three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka that ended in May 2009. [Full Story]

Tamil-Swiss Artist Priya Ragu Signs to Warner Music U.K., Drops 'Good Love 2.0' Video
[ Rolling Stone India ] [ 19 Oct 2020 14:20 GMT ]

When the civil wars in Sri Lanka meant that Priya Ragu and her family could no longer visit their country of origin. [Full Story]

Efforts on to bring back Chola royal charter
[ The Hindu ] [ 18 Oct 2020 22:41 GMT ]

A royal charter or a sasana of the Chola kings, lost 300 years ago from Tamil Nadu, is now being preserved in the Leiden University in the Netherlands. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Prominent human rights lawyer arbitrarily detained for six months must be released
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 Oct 2020 16:49 GMT ]

'The Sri Lankan authorities must repeal the PTA and provide people who have suffered because of it the justice they are owed, in the form of remedies and reparations.' [Full Story]

North and East of Sri Lanka paralysed by mass anti-government protest
[ World Socialist Web Site ] [ 16 Oct 2020 00:15 GMT ]

Mass participation in the protest, however, reflected broader opposition to police-state measures and determination to defend the democratic right to conduct commemorations and legitimate struggles. [Full Story]

Stan Swamy: The oldest person to be accused of terrorism in India
[ BBC ] [ 15 Oct 2020 21:09 GMT ]

'This is absolutely appalling. The repression on human rights defenders has never been more extreme in India,' said Sangeeta Kamat. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: 45th session of the Human Rights Council - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
[ Amnesty International ] [ 14 Oct 2020 18:14 GMT ]

We thank the Special Rapporteur for presenting the much-awaited report on Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Dalit women are among the most oppressed in the world
[ BBC ] [ 13 Oct 2020 00:05 GMT ]

Dalit women are fighting back. [Full Story]

Row over 'insult' to Indian dish Kamala Harris likes
[ BBC ] [ 12 Oct 2020 16:00 GMT ]

It is regarded as a gut friendly staple breakfast and comfort food, popular with south Indians, living in India and abroad. [Full Story]

British Tamils Forum (BTF) and Hindu Council United Kingdom (HC UK) met with High Commission of India
[ British Tamils Forum ] [ 11 Oct 2020 09:45 GMT ]

The BTF has long recognised the emergence of India as a global power and the role it plays in fulfilling the aspirations of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka for equality, justice, peace and respect. [Full Story]

Toronto councillors back deal for Tamil centre in northeast Scarborough
[ ] [ 10 Oct 2020 07:30 GMT ]

A City of Toronto committee approved a lease this week for a $30-million Tamil Community Centre in northeastern Scarborough. [Full Story]

To be or not to be on 13-A, India's Sri Lanka moment again?
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 09 Oct 2020 22:02 GMT ]

'Prime Minister Modi called on the new Government in Sri Lanka to work towards realising the expectations of Tamils for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka by achieving reconciliation.' [Full Story]

A firebrand Hindi speaker who touched Tamils: Ram Vilas Paswan's lesser-known TN bond
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 08 Oct 2020 20:15 GMT ]

In their condolence messages, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and DMK president M K Stalin spoke about his ardent support for social justice. [Full Story]

Proposed Sri Lankan charter change raises rights concerns
[ Yahoo Eurosport UK ] [ 07 Oct 2020 19:44 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's Tamil community, concentrated mostly in the north and east, consider themselves a distinct nation, entitled to rule a traditional homeland. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Ceylon tea workers live under a legacy of exploitation
[ Deutsche Welle ] [ 06 Oct 2020 22:25 GMT ]

The descendants of Indian Tamil tea plantation workers remain stuck at the bottom of Sri Lankan society. Many of them continue to work under harsh conditions for a meager daily wage. [Full Story]

Police obstruct Tamil journalists carrying out their duty in northern Sri Lanka
[ JDS Lanka ] [ 05 Oct 2020 11:20 GMT ]

Police spies in the war affected Northern Sri Lanka have obstructed journalists carrying out their duty and intimidated Tamils remembering the dead. [Full Story]

No Accountability for War Crimes in Sri Lanka
[ Foreign Affairs ] [ 04 Oct 2020 00:03 GMT ]

According to credible allegations, the Sri Lankan military intentionally shelled hospitals as well as areas it had designated safe 'No Fire Zones.' [Full Story]