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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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Sri Lanka civil war: Rajapaksa says thousands missing are dead
[ BBC ] [ 20 Jan 2020 23:30 GMT ]

Many have held out hope that their relatives were still alive and in the hands of the security forces. These families meet and hold daily vigils to protest and to keep their relatives' memories alive. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to legalise impunity for intelligence officials
[ JDS ] [ 19 Jan 2020 23:55 GMT ]

Several intelligence officers under investigation for alleged abductions, disappearances and extra judicial killings are currently held in detention. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka calls for sharing of UK military intelligence to tackle Tamil diaspora
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 18 Jan 2020 01:14 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan military is also accused of having deliberately ignored intelligence information with regards to last year’s deadly Easter Sunday bombing attacks. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: ATTACKS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS, MEDIA ORGANISATIONS AND JOURNALISTS IN SRI LANKA
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 Jan 2020 02:25 GMT ]

Such harassment and intimidation has a chilling effect by way of suppressing dissent, creating fear in organizations and individuals defending and promoting human rights. [Full Story]

British Tamil rapper M.I.A receives MBE from Royal Family
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 16 Jan 2020 22:00 GMT ]

Having freedom to speak my truth and to do it through music has helped me speak for those who do not have those privileges. I will continue fight for those who are silenced or persecuted by others.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 15 Jan 2020 00:40 GMT ]

New Administration Poses Threat to Activists, Media, Victims Seeking Justice. [Full Story]

British lawmakers join Tamils in celebration of Pongal in Parliament
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Jan 2020 21:45 GMT ]

Over two days of celebrations, parliamentarians joined local Tamils in traditional celebrations involving musical performances, speeches and generous servings of sweet pongal. [Full Story]

The Hambantota Port Deal: Myths and Realities
[ The Diplomat ] [ 13 Jan 2020 14:10 GMT ]

These facts do not justify the Mahinda Rajapaksa government’s decision to construct the port using foreign loans obtained at higher interest rates. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 Jan 2020 00:01 GMT ]

'The new Rajapaksa government's embrace of this abusive law is just one of many signs that the rights of Sri Lankans are at grave risk.' [Full Story]

Advocacy groups calls for justice for murdered Christian journalist
[ Asia News ] [ 11 Jan 2020 01:10 GMT ]

In 2009 Lasantha Wickrematunge was assassinated in broad daylight on his way to work as editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan president outlines big business, communalist policy to parliament
[ WSWS ] [ 10 Jan 2020 18:00 GMT ]

M.A. Sumanthiran, a leading TNA parliamentarian, appealed to President Rajapakse to consider Sri Lanka a 'pluralistic' society, and voiced his support for a new constitution. [Full Story]

Alienating minorities to hold on to the Sinhala majority
[ News In Asia ] [ 09 Jan 2020 23:50 GMT ]

The party and the Gotabaya regime will have to hold on to their hardline Sinhala majoritarian stance to keep the Sinhala constituency with them in the run up to the parliamentary elections. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Government accused of reneging on pledges to UNHRC, EU
[ Menafn ] [ 08 Jan 2020 23:55 GMT ]

Many of these undertakings were never met, but in early 2019 the government and UNHRC renewed the commitment. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Tamil Progressive Alliance to contest Parliament polls with Sajith
[ Menafn ] [ 07 Jan 2020 09:45 GMT ]

He said that the Tamils have extended their support to Premadasa so every effort must be taken to ensure Premadasa wins the election. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Presidential Election Reopens Old War Wounds For Tamils
[ The National Interest ] [ 06 Jan 2020 23:45 GMT ]

The physical wounds serve as a perfect metaphor and a reminder to the Rajapaksas. That wounds may heal, but the scars linger long after the war has been fought and won. [Full Story]

TNA cautions Gotabaya against 'majoritarianism'
[ The Hindu ] [ 05 Jan 2020 23:58 GMT ]

However, welcoming President Rajapaksa's proposal for a new constitution, Mr. Sumanthiran said considerable drafting work had been done during the predecessor government's time in office. [Full Story]

Ocean 12 asylum seeker cricket team embrace sport in Australia to 'forget past life'
[ ABC News ] [ 04 Jan 2020 14:04 GMT ]

'It's heartbreaking and very detrimental to mental health to have a wife and children in another country that you haven't seen in 10, 12 years,' Ms Nagle said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka president urges limit on minority political power
[ Washington Post ] [ 03 Jan 2020 12:50 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s new president on Friday endorsed amending the constitution to reduce the power of minority political parties. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Tamils fear discrimination under new president
[ Aljazeera ] [ 02 Jan 2020 08:22 GMT ]

The gulf between the majority Sinhalese and Tamil community is still wide. [Full Story]

Making returning citizens feel at home
[ The Hindu ] [ 01 Jan 2020 18:20 GMT ]

They fled a civil war in their homeland - Sri Lanka's north and east - that spanned over 30 years, brutally destroying life and property. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - 'Justice' for Minorities?
[ Menafn ] [ 31 Dec 2019 14:15 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan State structure needs to devise mechanisms and methods to ensure that justice is not only done, but is also seen as being done. [Full Story]

'They did not see us'
[ The Indian Express ] [ 30 Dec 2019 18:00 GMT ]

Camp inmates are not allowed to visit other states, and prior permission is required even if they go out of the district. [Full Story]

The art of darkness
[ India Today ] [ 29 Dec 2019 02:35 GMT ]

We know the Sri Lankan civil war killed over 40,000 and displaced millions. [Full Story]

Success story of a 'victim diaspora'
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Dec 2019 10:47 GMT ]

Traumatised by loss of livelihood and the lives of loved ones, working upwards from an economic zero, Sri Lankan Tamils had struggled to survive. [Full Story]

In Colombo, a nativity play becomes a symbol of inter-ethnic and inter-faith unity
[ AsiaNews ] [ 27 Dec 2019 01:30 GMT ]

'In our society the ethnic and religious harmony of the past no longer exist after the Easter Sunday attacks.' [Full Story]

Sri Lankan crab curry spreads hope and flavor
[ Nikkei Asian Review ] [ 26 Dec 2019 19:55 GMT ]

They are meals that leave a stronger taste of hope than the bland reams of reconciliation policy proposals. [Full Story]

Pope Christmas message urges softening of 'self-centred hearts'
[ BBC ] [ 25 Dec 2019 14:46 GMT ]

For change to happen for the better, he said, people had to be more compassionate [Full Story]

A UN aid worker took the horrors of Sri Lanka's civil war and turned conflict into a graphic novel
[ Scroll.in ] [ 24 Dec 2019 14:32 GMT ]

Through Vanni, we continue to demand justice for the victims and survivors of the Sri Lankan conflict, whose voices are routinely ignored. [Full Story]

Tell Tamil stories to keep culture alive, Toronto author tells students
[ Toronto.com ] [ 23 Dec 2019 20:45 GMT ]

Community is prospering economically, but its stories and culture are fading a little more each day. [Full Story]

With poor conditions in camps, Sri Lankan Tamils remain citizens of no-man's land
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 22 Dec 2019 15:08 GMT ]

The camp conditions are hellish. [Full Story]

India No More A Refuge for The Persecuted
[ IDN ] [ 21 Dec 2019 23:35 GMT ]

Traditionally, Europe was home to those fleeing persecution. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India, the nowhere people
[ Frontline ] [ 20 Dec 2019 01:15 GMT ]

There are practical problems that the Tamil refugees face if they are not citizens. [Full Story]

Prince of Wales condemns 'assault on religious freedom' in service at Tamil church
[ The Catholic Universe ] [ 19 Dec 2019 17:45 GMT ]

The prince has developed a tradition in the run-up to Christmas of visiting persecuted Christian communities, to listen to their experiences, attend services and show solidarity with their plight. [Full Story]

What you should know about India's 'anti-Muslim' citizenship law
[ Aljazeera ] [ 18 Dec 2019 00:22 GMT ]

Ruling Hindu nationalist government pushes for the law, which opposition says violates India's secular constitution. [Full Story]

When Hindus from Pakistan get citizenship, why not Hindus from Sri Lanka? asks Kamal Haasan
[ WIONews ] [ 17 Dec 2019 12:00 GMT ]

The law is being criticized for discriminating on grounds of religion and violating Article 14 of the Constitution. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan worker at Swiss embassy arrested over kidnap claim
[ BBC ] [ 16 Dec 2019 20:35 GMT ]

Opponents fear the return of the dynasty could spark a new crackdown on critics. [Full Story]

Post-elections Sri Lanka trajectory yet to pan out
[ The Asia Times ] [ 15 Dec 2019 20:10 GMT ]

Gotabaya would be acutely aware that the western powers will focus the lens on him and bring into perspective his role during the Eelam War and the alleged atrocities by the military. [Full Story]

'After 30 Years, We're Still Refugees?' Sri Lankan Tamils on CAB
[ The Quint ] [ 14 Dec 2019 22:04 GMT ]

Over one lakh Sri Lankan Tamils live as refugees across Tamil Nadu. Most of them arrived in the 90s, and have remained refugees. [Full Story]

Britain's election - Victory for Boris Johnson's all-new Tories
[ The Economist ] [ 13 Dec 2019 17:45 GMT ]

The Conservatives' capture of the north points to a realignment in British politics. Will it last? [Full Story]

World Tamil Conference in Madurai Beginning Tomorrow: Musicians from 50 Countries Participate
[ OBN ] [ 12 Dec 2019 23:55 GMT ]

The conference is designed to restore Tamilism and spread the goodness and goodwill of Tamils ??worldwide. [Full Story]

UK PM Boris Johnson Appeals To Tamils In Campaign Video, Explains Benefit Of Brexit
[ Republic World ] [ 11 Dec 2019 23:58 GMT ]

Thanking the Tamil community for their contribution to the United Kingdom, he noted their success in areas such as the National Health Service (NHS) and entrepreneurship. [Full Story]

Brexit will ultimately destabilise Europe, historians fear
[ The Independent UK ] [ 10 Dec 2019 01:05 GMT ]

Almost 70 per cent of the period 1500 to 1945 was scarred by major wars in which millions of Britons and continental Europeans died. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country
[ Aljazeera ] [ 09 Dec 2019 00:15 GMT ]

There remains deep distrust among the country's minority groups that voted overwhelmingly against him. [Full Story]

Ten years of tragedy in Sri Lanka
[ Livemint ] [ 08 Dec 2019 00:20 GMT ]

The fractured history of Sri Lanka has been powerfully chronicled by several foreign journalists. [Full Story]

Ethnic reconciliation lies in removing hard-wired attachments and aversions by spiritual means
[ Menafn ] [ 07 Dec 2019 11:23 GMT ]

Ethnically and religiously segregated education systems are the breeding grounds of racism or ethno-centrism. [Full Story]

Who is Sundar Pichai and what does Alphabet do?
[ BBC ] [ 06 Dec 2019 02:48 GMT ]

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has been put in charge of its parent company Alphabet, after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping down. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Families waiting for news from their children
[ BBC ] [ 05 Dec 2019 02:04 GMT ]

About 20,000 people, mostly Tamils, are thought to still be missing. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan court blocks Swiss embassy worker from leaving
[ Swissinfo ] [ 04 Dec 2019 01:45 GMT ]

This comes a day after Sri Lanka's ambassador to Switzerland was summoned to Bern to explain a factual dispute over the incident. [Full Story]

Colombo objects to UK's Tory party manifesto favouring two-state solution for Sri Lanka
[ Outlook ] [ 03 Dec 2019 02:25 GMT ]

Both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party are seeking the support of the large Tamil diaspora in the UK at the election. [Full Story]

The Daily Fix: Why India will find it tough to ensure that Sri Lanka keeps its promises to Tamils
[ Scroll.in ] [ 02 Dec 2019 00:33 GMT ]

In its eagerness to keep the Chinese away from Sri Lanka, the Indian government should not ignore its promises to Tamils across the Palk Straits. [Full Story]

India 'satisfied' with Gotabaya's Lanka assurance
[ The Asian Age ] [ 01 Dec 2019 02:56 GMT ]

PM Modi expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would fulfil the aspirations of Sri Lankan Tamils for 'equality, justice, peace and honour' and take forward the process of 'national reconciliation'. [Full Story]

Is Gotabaya Rajapaksa the president Sri Lankans need?
[ Aljazeera ] [ 30 Nov 2019 01:45 GMT ]

Rajapaksa is sworn into office promising to strenghten security and fix the economy. He's a hero for some, a war criminal to others. [Full Story]

New Head of UNDP in Asia Pacific Region ready to support countries accelerate on their sustainable development pathways
[ United Nations Development Programme ] [ 29 Nov 2019 20:08 GMT ]

Ms. Wignaraja added that innovation will play a key role in addressing both current and emerging development challenges with solutions that learn globally, and are tailored locally. [Full Story]

Swiss condemn 'attack' on Sri Lanka embassy worker
[ BBC ] [ 28 Nov 2019 02:25 GMT ]

An employee of the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka has been 'detained and threatened' in Colombo, sparking anger from Swiss authorities. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: UNSAFE AT HOME, UNSAFE ABROAD: STATE OBLIGATIONS TOWARDS REFUGEES AND ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN SRI LANKA
[ Amnesty International ] [ 27 Nov 2019 01:30 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has a clear responsibility to protect refugees and asylum-seekers in its territory. [Full Report]

Sri Lanka's Presidential Election Brings Back a Polarising Wartime Figure
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 26 Nov 2019 00:44 GMT ]

Many worry that Rajapaksa, a Sinhalese nationalist, will energise anti-Muslim campaigning and further alienate the Tamil community. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamils
[ Aljazeera ] [ 25 Nov 2019 01:00 GMT ]

Winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa's support dips in majority Tamil areas, where people have not forgotten his role in the civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Return of the Rajas
[ The Asian Age ] [ 24 Nov 2019 10:15 GMT ]

If the war-victors in the Rajapaksas cannot deliver a negotiated settlement to the vexatious issue, no other leader and party could be expected to do so - as the past five years have shown, since. [Full Story]

Cautious optimism
[ The Week ] [ 23 Nov 2019 23:40 GMT ]

The reconciliation process should continue so that we can... continue the energetic engagement of pluralism.' [Full Story]

Will It Be A Case Of Here We Go Again?
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 22 Nov 2019 22:22 GMT ]

The perennial problem of the Tamil question cannot be swept under the carpet. [Full Story]

Oh brother - Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past
[ The Econimist ] [ 21 Nov 2019 17:25 GMT ]

If Mr Rajapaksa really wants to demonstrate that he is a changed man, he should start by reassuring minorities. [Full Story]

'The Terminator': how Gotabaya Rajapaksa's ruthless streak led him to power
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 20 Nov 2019 20:00 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's new leader oversaw brutal operation that ended civil war but left 40,000 dead. [Full Story]

BTI 2018 | Sri Lanka Country Report
[ BTI Project ] [ 19 Nov 2019 02:35 GMT ]

Ethnic reconciliation and a political settlement on devolution of power remain key issues. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's New President Has A Tainted Past
[ Madras Courier ] [ 18 Nov 2019 12:55 GMT ]

One can only hope that Gotabaya stands by his rhetoric of inclusiveness and respect the rights and freedoms of minorities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka election: Ex-defence chief Rajapaksa set to win vote
[ BBC ] [ 17 Nov 2019 09:07 GMT ]

In a statement on Twitter, Mr Rajapaksa made a call for national unity saying 'all Sri Lankans are part of this journey'. [Full Story]

Sri Lankans vote in big numbers for a new president to heal divisions after attacks
[ Reuters ] [ 17 Nov 2019 00:50 GMT ]

Security fears are high, with minority Tamils and Muslims concerned the election could see Gotabaya Rajapaksa take power and return to the policies of his brother. [Full Story]

1000 Days of Protest, No Action or New Information on War Disappeared in Sri Lanka
[ BTF ] [ 16 Nov 2019 14:33 GMT ]

We call on the international community to honor the urgent demands by the families of disappeared for justice in the form of a special court, the exercise of universal jurisdiction and the imposition of sanctions. [Full Story]

A Decade of Impunity: unlocking accountability for the victims of Sri Lanka's killing fields
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 15 Nov 2019 02:15 GMT ]

Strikingly absent from the campaign trail has been any meaningful discussion of the enduring legacy of Sri Lanka's bitter civil war in 2009, and the concerns of those most affected by it. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan author attacked ahead of key presidential polls
[ Aljazeera ] [ 14 Nov 2019 22:44 GMT ]

Attack comes a week after Lasantha Wijeratne published a book criticising the main opposition candidate. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka presidential election: With reconciliation relegated to background, pre-poll rhetoric takes country back to turbulent past
[ Firstpost ] [ 13 Nov 2019 23:50 GMT ]

The election results will also determine the result of parliamentary elections as well as the future course of democracy in the country. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, Returned Refugees Can't Find Employment, Blame Bureaucracy, Language Barriers
[ Global Press Journal ] [ 12 Nov 2019 23:58 GMT ]

Without citizenship, Sri Lankan refugees in India struggle to secure professional employment. But after returning, prospects often don't improve. [Full Story]

Little chance of Tamil issue resolution in Lanka, says new book
[ Outlook India ] [ 11 Nov 2019 22:54 GMT ]

The book, 'Annihilating the Demons of Sri Lanka - An Unfinished Story', is a product of closely watching the developments in Sri Lanka over the past three decades. [Full Story]

The filmmaker who's driven by an 'unbearable rage' against injustice
[ The Indian Express ] [ 10 Nov 2019 00:01 GMT ]

My films are my way of showing solidarity to fellow human beings.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: New reality
[ Frontline ] [ 09 Nov 2019 23:50 GMT ]

The only real choice for the minorities appears to be Sajith Premadasa. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka plays its India hand with airport upgrade as poll nears
[ Nikkei Asian Review ] [ 08 Nov 2019 02:25 GMT ]

Jaffna International Airport has been alleged to be just another pork barrel project to buy votes in the run-up to the presidential election. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Uneven Reconstruction
[ The Diplomat ] [ 07 Nov 2019 22:05 GMT ]

Reconciliation will not last without equitable and sustainable economic development in Northern Province. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka presidential election: TNA endorses Sajith Premadasa
[ The Hindu ] [ 06 Nov 2019 23:44 GMT ]

The TNA has urged all people, particularly the Tamil people, to vote for Mr Premadasa. [Full Story]

Rajaraja Chola I: Conqueror, temple builder and one of the greatest emperors of India
[ Opindia ] [ 05 Nov 2019 23:55 GMT ]

On Wednesday, the southern state of Tamil Nadu is celebrating the 1,034th birth anniversary of one of the greatest emperors of the country - King Rajaraja Chola. [Full Story]

India's clever alliances with island states
[ The Interpreter - Lowy Institute ] [ 04 Nov 2019 23:48 GMT ]

It is acknowledged that New Delhi cannot muster or direct the same amount of capital Beijing can deploy. [Full Story]

The Challenge of Securing Tamil Support
[ Asianews Network ] [ 03 Nov 2019 22:58 GMT ]

There is anger within the Tamil community about the lack of progress in finding missing persons, returning civilian land and in moving towards a political solution to the ethnic conflict. [Full Story]

Keeladi: Unearthing the 'Vaigai Valley' Civilisation of Sangam era Tamil Nadu
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 Nov 2019 09:15 GMT ]

An urban civilisation existed in Tamil Nadu in the Sangam era on the banks of the river Vaigai. What links did this civilisation have with the Indus Valley Civilisation? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: No investigations and no accountability in attacks on refugees and asylum-seekers
[ Amnesty International ] [ 01 Nov 2019 20:05 GMT ]

The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions,' said Joshua Castellino. [Full Story]

BOOK REVIEW: Vanni: A family's struggle through the Sri Lankan conflict
[ The Asia Sentinel ] [ 31 Oct 2019 21:22 GMT ]

It was 'a failure of the international system' when he was forced to abandon his job with the United Nations in northern Sri Lanka helping some of the thousands of Tamil people. [Full Story]

The Internal and International Dimensions of Sri Lanka's Presidential Elections
[ The Diplomat ] [ 30 Oct 2019 00:04 GMT ]

The outcome of the election is bound to have consequences for democracy in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Indian grandpa cooks his way to YouTube glory
[ BBC ] [ 29 Oct 2019 14:00 GMT ]

The Tamil Nadu villager has become so popular, he now earns a living from the videos he creates with his son. [Full Story]

Tracing the origin of Tamili, the scripts of the Tamils
[ Times of India ] [ 28 Oct 2019 02:30 GMT ]

Dating of ancient scripts plays a major role when it comes to the history and civilisation of a people. [Full Story]

British MPs push for Tamil genocide recognition in Parliament
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 27 Oct 2019 22:20 GMT ]

The conference was well attended by MPs from all major political parties, including the current leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. [Full Story]

India yoga: Inspirational teacher V Nanammal dies at 99
[ BBC ] [ 26 Oct 2019 17:22 GMT ]

India's oldest exponent and teacher of yoga, V Nanammal, has died at her home near Coimbatore, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Will 'minority votes' still decide the 'majority' ruler?
[ Observer Research Foundation ] [ 25 Oct 2019 23:55 GMT ]

Most minorities are Tamil-speaking, accounting for a substantial 30% of the population. [Full Story]

ASSESSMENT OF OUTCOMES AT THE 42ND SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FOLLOW UP
[ Amnesty International ] [ 24 Oct 2019 00:10 GMT ]

States should work with Sri Lanka towards accountability for enforced disappearances, including by encouraging the implementation of the recommendations of the WGEID. [Full Story]

Will Jaffna International Airport help the Northern economy take-off at last?
[ LBO ] [ 23 Oct 2019 02:05 GMT ]

Ten years after the end of the War the North still stagnates. Ten years after the opening of Jaffna International Airport we need to have done much better. [Full Story]

A film questioning identity politics
[ The Hindu ] [ 22 Oct 2019 00:47 GMT ]

The Tamils are still demanding political rights and the distrust between the two communities or their political leadership hasn't evaporated a decade since. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka bombings: Forgiving and fighting to recover
[ BBC ] [ 21 Oct 2019 19:12 GMT ]

The town of Negombo suffered the deadliest bombing, when 115 people died while attending Mass. [Full Story]

Don't Forget the Tamil Genocide
[ Jacobin ] [ 20 Oct 2019 21:50 GMT ]

The great hope Hillier leaves us with is that of the endurance of struggle, collective action, and commitment. [Full Story]

Scarborough's Tamil community is learning to get mental health help
[ Toronto.com ] [ 19 Oct 2019 22:59 GMT ]

The Tamil community of Sri Lanka has witnessed traumatic events caused by civil war and the subsequent displacement experiences, which often lead to mental illness. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Human rights must be at the heart of next presidency
[ Amnesty International ] [ 18 Oct 2019 23:15 GMT ]

Ahead of next month's presidential election, the human rights organization called on candidates to prioritize key human rights issues, including commitments on transitional justice. [Full Story]

After 50 years, Jaffna airport welcomes first flight from Tamil Nadu
[ The News Minute ] [ 17 Oct 2019 23:58 GMT ]

The services between the south Indian state and Jaffna's Palaly airport were suspended in the late 1970s just before the civil war broke out in the island nation. [Full Story]

Private equity firm CX Partners buys majority in Thalapakkati Biryani for Rs 260 crore
[ Times of India ] [ 16 Oct 2019 23:55 GMT ]

'We are not attracting only Tamil diaspora, but all South Indians'. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Presidential Hopeful Says Won't Honor Deal with UN
[ The Diplomat ] [ 15 Oct 2019 20:33 GMT ]

If Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins the November 16 election and follows through with his comments, it would be a severe setback to Sri Lanka's post-war reconciliation process. [Full Story]

Tamil parties sign memorandum on key demands
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Oct 2019 22:48 GMT ]

Five Tamil political parties signed a memorandum today, highlighting key demands of Tamils. [Full Story]

Modi-Xi meet: For Tamil, with love from China
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 13 Oct 2019 01:43 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu and ancient China have shared several historical and cultural links for the past 2,000 years. [Full Story]

Explained: Going back 1300 years, the story of Mahabalipuram's China connection
[ The Indian Express ] [ 12 Oct 2019 18:30 GMT ]

The name Mamallapuram derives from Mamallan, or 'great warrior', a title by which the Pallava King Narasimhavarman I (630-668 AD) was known. [Full Story]

See All The Pictures From PM Narendra Modi & Xi Jinping's Informal Meet in Mahabalipuram
[ News 18 ] [ 11 Oct 2019 22:55 GMT ]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted Chinese President Xi Jinping a hand-woven portrait in fine red silk of the latter, at the end of their two-day informal summit in Mahabalipuram. [Full Story]

Veshti, nariyal pani, temple hopping: Modi-Xi's first day, many shows
[ India Today ] [ 10 Oct 2019 23:49 GMT ]

The prime minister and the Chinese president then had traditional Tamil Nadu cuisine for dinner. [Full Story]

Tamil family victims of cruel refugee policies
[ The Socialist ] [ 09 Oct 2019 00:10 GMT ]

There can be no end to the world-wide refugee crisis unless this inhumane system is replaced. [Full Story]

India's nine-year-old skateboarding sensation
[ BBC ] [ 08 Oct 2019 22:12 GMT ]

Kamali is starring in a short film about her life, which has been selected for next year's Academy Awards. [Full Story]

Noolaham Foundation digitizing Tamil documents ancient and modern
[ LBO ] [ 07 Oct 2019 00:48 GMT ]

Noolaham foundation preserves the past to enrich the future. [Full Story]

Contradictions of Tamil, 'oldest' living language
[ Asia Times ] [ 06 Oct 2019 14:11 GMT ]

By mentioning Tamil as the world's most ancient (living) language in his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept 28, Indian PM Narendra Modi switched the global spotlight on to my mother tongue. [Full Story]

A bitter brew: For Sri Lanka's tea estate workers, fair wage is still elusive
[ The Hindu ] [ 05 Oct 2019 09:55 GMT ]

A history of exploitation, a futile struggle for better wages, few alternatives and an increasingly indifferent political leadership have demoralised Sri Lanka's estate workers. [Full Story]

UH Receives $2 Million Commitment to Support Study of Tamil Language and Culture
[ Mirage News ] [ 04 Oct 2019 19:45 GMT ]

HTSC takes great pride in leading this initiative to expand awareness of the rich Tamil culture, language and literature within an educational setting,' said Sam Kannappan. [Full Story]

UN asks Australia to release Tamil family
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 03 Oct 2019 00:35 GMT ]

An application was made to the Human Rights Committee on September 27 under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on behalf of Tharunicaa. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka's election, bumps ahead
[ Lowy Institute ] [ 02 Oct 2019 02:26 GMT ]

Sri Lankan voters are looking for stronger and more organized leadership. [Full Story]

Monument to Tamil king in disrepair as Sri Lanka's archaeology department ignores destruction
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 Oct 2019 00:25 GMT ]

'Whilst the Department of Archaeology, encroaches on the ancient temples of the Tamil people by claiming them as Buddhist historical sites, it is ignoring Tamil historical sites. [Full Story]

After Sri Lanka's Easter Bombings: Reducing Risks of Future Violence
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 30 Sep 2019 02:30 GMT ]

Any new government policies need to avoid reinforcing the narrative that Muslims as a whole have become a problem in need of action. [Full Story]

EDITORIAL - Running for President: On Sri Lanka polls
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 Sep 2019 14:55 GMT ]

The UNP may need all the grassroots support that Mr. Premadasa can mobilise to recapture the presidency it lost in 1994. [Full Story]

UN Takes Strong Stand on Sri Lanka's Army Chief
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 28 Sep 2019 12:10 GMT ]

A UN investigation estimated that up to 40,000 civilians were killed in the final stages of the war. [Full Story]

Picturing Sri Lanka's Undead War
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 27 Sep 2019 00:05 GMT ]

The government has done little either to heal the war's wounds or to address the ethno-nationalist dynamics that drove the conflict. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan troops barred from UN peacekeeping over new army chief
[ Aljazeera ] [ 26 Sep 2019 00:09 GMT ]

According to the UN, some 45,000 ethnic Tamil civilians might have been killed in the last months of the war, while other estimates put the number much higher. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu's ancient Kallanai Dam: An engineering marvel
[ Financial Express ] [ 25 Sep 2019 02:50 GMT ]

One such engineering marvel is the Grand Anicut or Kallanai Dam built more than 2,000 years ago by the Chola King Karikalan across the Cauvery River. [Full Story]

Briefing: Sri Lanka after the bombings
[ IPE International ] [ 24 Sep 2019 01:43 GMT ]

Its politicians need to be prepared to embrace a pluralist, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic democracy, rather than the ethnocentrism and majoritarianism that have prevailed since independence. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram prepares to host PM Modi, Xi Jinping in October
[ The Indian Express ] [ 23 Sep 2019 11:05 GMT ]

Mamallapuram, a town classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, is located about 60 kilometers from the heart of Chennai. [Full Story]

DMK questions why Tamil can't be India's global identity
[ The Quint ] [ 22 Sep 2019 02:45 GMT ]

'Unity in diversity is the identity of India which we support. If there needs to be an Indian language for India's global identity, then Tamil is most suited,' Elangovan told IANS. [Full Story]

Indus Valley Civilisation & Tamil Brahmi scripts are linked: Report
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 21 Sep 2019 00:10 GMT ]

Findings show Tamils were literate as early as 6th century BCE. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu: Artefacts dated to 580 BCE hint at script continuity from Indus Valley Civilisation
[ Scroll.in ] [ 20 Sep 2019 00:02 GMT ]

Recent genetic studies published have reiterated the long-held views that the people of the Indus Valley moved east and southwards following the decline of the civilisation from around 2000 BCE. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: ORAL STATEMENT ON THE WGEID FOLLOW-UP REPORT
[ Amnesty International ] [ 19 Sep 2019 01:43 GMT ]

The perpetrators of Prageeth Eknaligoda's enforced disappearance, including those bearing command responsibility, continue to elude accountability. [Full Story]

What do the Tamils want?
[ Colombo Gazette ] [ 18 Sep 2019 00:55 GMT ]

The TNA leadership want the West to ensure that the Tamils are given their due. [Full Story]

India must step up socio-economic collaboration with Lanka
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 17 Sep 2019 15:15 GMT ]

'China, which is an emerging power in the world have their own intentions and ambitions.. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north shuts down to support rally
[ Washington Post ] [ 16 Sep 2019 20:33 GMT ]

A proclamation read out at the rally said Tamil people have faced massive challenges since the end of the war, with U.N. efforts to hold the government accountable for the alleged atrocities proving futile. [Full Story]

BURIED WOUNDS: SRI LANKA'S CLUSTER MUNITION VICTIMS
[ ITJP ] [ 15 Sep 2019 00:45 GMT ]

Successive Sri Lankan governments have consistently denied that there are any such victims - the ultimate violation to those whose bodies still bear the wounds and remnants from the use of such weaponry. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan chefs cook up an international audience
[ Nikkei Asian Review ] [ 14 Sep 2019 00:45 GMT ]

The British writer George Bernard Shaw said that, 'Ceylon is the cradle of civilization, everyone here is an original.' The same could be said of Sri Lankan dishes. [Full Story]

Marriages, Labor, and Odysseys: The South Asian Diaspora Tells Its Own Stories on Instagram
[ Hyperallergic ] [ 13 Sep 2019 14:05 GMT ]

Academia often treats migrants as homogenous. Social media provides a way to present their narratives in an open and empowering manner. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka World Report 2019
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 Sep 2019 00:45 GMT ]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Sri Lanka for speedier and more meaningful implementation of its traditional justice commitments, and underlined the importance of 'more progress in advancing accountability and truth-seeking'. [Full Story]

UN Human Rights Council 42 - UK delivers Core Group Statement on Sri Lanka
[ UK Mission to the United Nations Geneva ] [ 11 Sep 2019 00:22 GMT ]

This work remains incomplete, and requires our ongoing attention. It is vital that this Council and the international community continues to give the necessary attention and support to Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Empowering Mothers in Sri Lanka Through Plant Based Fashion
[ Cause Artist ] [ 10 Sep 2019 02:25 GMT ]

Josie is passionate about finding practical solutions to the world’s big problems. [Full Story]

'Tamils are disappointed as the govt. gave hope and then failed to deliver'
[ The Hindu ] [ 09 Sep 2019 00:33 GMT ]

Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran weighs the options before the Alliance, amid mounting discontent among Tamils over the incumbent government's performance. [Full Story]

Tamils fear ongoing persecution in Sri Lanka as Australia prepares to deport Biloela family
[ ABC ] [ 08 Sep 2019 20:25 GMT ]

The International Truth and Justice Project in Sri Lanka has documented allegations of ongoing torture, taking statements from 76 Tamils who said they were tortured in illegal detention between 2015 and 2017. [Full Story]

Time cannot diminish Sri Lankan's fight for justice
[ UCANews ] [ 07 Sep 2019 09:15 GMT ]

It's 10 years since the island nation's civil war ended but thousands of people refuse to give up on their missing loved ones. [Full Story]

An election campaign in Sri Lanka stirs old ghosts
[ Economist ] [ 06 Sep 2019 11:49 GMT ]

Tamils in the north still lived in fear of the security forces. [Full Story]

Tamil Fest says 2019 attendance makes it Scarborough's largest event
[ Toronto.com ] [ 05 Sep 2019 19:02 GMT ]

Tamil Fest, in its fifth year, is making a stronger claim to be 'Scarborough's pre-eminent outdoor festival.' [Full Story]

Brexit: Boris Johnson defeated as MPs take control
[ BBC ] [ 04 Sep 2019 01:36 GMT ]

The BBC understands the government intends to hold an election on 15 October, two days before a crucial EU summit in Brussels. [Full Story]

How a Sri Lankan family won the hearts of a small country town before being ripped from the community
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 03 Sep 2019 19:57 GMT ]

Only the immigration minister has the power to allow the family to stay in Australia regardless of the court and agency decisions. [Full Story]

Good reasons why Coleman should use 'God powers' to let Tamil family stay
[ The Sydney Morning Herald ] [ 02 Sep 2019 21:02 GMT ]

Accounts of how the family's relocation was carried out are alarming. Journalists have reported the children were separated from their parents and transported in separate vans. [Full Story]

This Is Cruelty: Australians Urge Govt Not to Deport Tamil Family
[ The Quint ] [ 01 Sep 2019 23:17 GMT ]

The Australian government's hardline immigration policies, include turning away refugees arriving by boat and de facto offshore detention, both measures condemned by the United Nations. [Full Story]

Tamil family's deportation from Australia halted mid-air
[ BBC ] [ 31 Aug 2019 00:55 GMT ]

On Friday many Australians, including lawmakers, expressed anger online over the family's treatment and called for the government to show compassion. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Simmering ethno-religious tensions must not be ignored, says UN rights expert
[ UN Human Rights ] [ 30 Aug 2019 02:12 GMT ]

The UN expert said resilience against religious extremism could be built by a range of measures including strengthening the rule of law, addressing root causes, improving education for all and protecting religious diversity. [Full Story]

The True Cost of your Trip to Sri Lanka
[ Pearl ] [ 29 Aug 2019 20:04 GMT ]

Behind Sri Lanka's beaches and tropical climate, lies a government with a long record of human rights violations lasting a 26-year-long civil war which has left the minority Tamil population marginalised and seeking justice. [Full Story]

Tamils protest arrest of doctor with 'expertise to expose war crimes'
[ JDS ] [ 28 Aug 2019 00:26 GMT ]

Hospital workers and residents protested the security forces’ action as a move to dodge accountability for atrocities committed during the war and its aftermath. [Full Story]

DMK's Stalin heads to UN's Human Rights body, we tell you what's his agenda
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 27 Aug 2019 19:55 GMT ]

DMK chief MK Stalin's participation in United Nations Human Rights Council session has been confirmed by the international watchdog. [Full Story]

The Tamil business tycoon behind historic 1985 Live Aid Concerts
[ Thamarai ] [ 26 Aug 2019 00:44 GMT ]

The Live Aid concerts in 1985 would not have been possible without the contribution of Tamil businessman Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan. [Full Story]

At Toronto's Tamil Fest, human rights group seeks data on Sri Lanka's civil war casualties
[ Toronto Star ] [ 25 Aug 2019 22:14 GMT ]

'It's a very tragic and emotional thing for us, but it's work that's nonetheless very, very important to us.' [Full Story]

What Colombo-Beijing axis means to Sri Lanka
[ Asia Times ] [ 24 Aug 2019 00:19 GMT ]

The Colombo-Beijing axis is primarily driven by Sri Lanka's nationalists to counter their real or imagined threat from New Delhi. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power
[ Washington Post ] [ 23 Aug 2019 20:05 GMT ]

Some 45,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the last months of the war alone, according to a U.N. report. [Full Story]

A Rajapaksa for President. For Sri Lanka that has seen so much tragedy, it's time to panic
[ The Print ] [ 22 Aug 2019 01:30 GMT ]

The Rajapaksa political project revolves around corruption and denigration of ethnic and religious minorities. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's new army chief is a general accused of human rights abuses during the civil war
[ South China Morning Post ] [ 21 Aug 2019 00:50 GMT ]

The rights group International Truth and Justice Project said the appointment marks the end of any reconciliation process. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, Victor's Justice Means No Justice at All
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 20 Aug 2019 23:24 GMT ]

For the relatives of victims of abuses committed by Silva's 58th Division - who have long held vigils seeking justice and answers - this appointment negates all the government's pledges toward accountability, reconciliation, and reform. [Full Story]

UN rights chief 'troubled' by new Sri Lanka army chief
[ Arab news ] [ 19 Aug 2019 19:25 GMT ]

A UN report said Silva played a major role in orchestrating war crimes. [Full Story]

Mothers of the disappeared in the civil war: Gotabaya Rajapaksa must not be president
[ Asia News ] [ 18 Aug 2019 09:47 GMT ]

We look at everything that is happening with the agony in our hearts. Even if there is no law to punish these criminals, we continue to keep watch, until nature and karma take their course '. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: WRITER FACES UP TO 10 YEARS JAIL FOR STORY: SHAKTHIKA SATHKUMARA
[ Amnesty International ] [ 17 Aug 2019 02:00 GMT ]

Detained for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, Shakthika Sathkumara is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released and all charges against him dropped. [Full Story]

Emerging Voices: Sri Lanka's Tamils Need Genocide Recognition and Innovative Justice Mechanisms
[ Opinio Juris ] [ 16 Aug 2019 00:05 GMT ]

Since time is the enemy of evidence-gathering, international legal experts and Tamil activists are urgently calling for the establishment of an independent investigative mechanism before physical evidence is destroyed. [Full Story]

Is Sri Lanka on the road to authoritarianism?
[ Asia Times ] [ 15 Aug 2019 19:55 GMT ]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, part of a 'political dynasty' in the country, is to run for president and has some heavyweight backers. [Full Story]

'At Last History Has Meaning': The Poetry of Jean Arasanayagam
[ The Wire ] [ 14 Aug 2019 22:40 GMT ]

A deeply sensitive investigator of identity, Arasanayagam straddled multiple heritages in her poetry and sought to chart a cartographic course that would transcend ethno-nationalist boundaries. [Full Story]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid
[ Aljazeera ] [ 13 Aug 2019 22:40 GMT ]

Gotabaya was also implicated in the killing of rebels and civilians who tried to surrender with white flags under a pre-arranged deal in the final days of the civil war. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: JUSTICE FOR THE TRINCO 5
[ Amnesty International ] [ 12 Aug 2019 20:08 GMT ]

Amnesty International welcomes the decision of the Attorney General of Sri Lanka to recommence investigations into the killing of five Tamil students - known as the 'Trinco 5'. [Full Story]

Resistance to US intervention in Sri Lanka
[ Asia Times ] [ 11 Aug 2019 00:15 GMT ]

We Sri Lankans have to come together at this critical juncture to protect our precious, beautiful island home. [Full Story]

Tamil Writers Guild - CJT Thamotheram Memorial Lecture
[ TWG ] [ 10 Aug 2019 22:40 GMT ]

Guest Speaker, Madurika Rasaratnam appealed to the Tamil Diaspora world over to raise the matter of continued injustice inflicted on the Tamils of North East Sri Lanka to their respective local MP's and seek justice. [Video]

Sri Lankan nun who fought for women's rights dies at 84
[ UCA News ] [ 09 Aug 2019 18:55 GMT ]

'The task now facing the people of the country is immense and requires all hands. Sister Fernando made every effort to begin a process of healing and reconciliation.' [Full Story]

Detroit man who lived his life in the US dies after deportation to Iraq
[ BBC ] [ 08 Aug 2019 21:44 GMT ]

Human Rights Watch called Aldaoud's death a 'shocking but not unpredictable result of cruel US immigration policies'. [Full Story]

Tamil Diaspora Organizations Pay Homage to Smt Sushma Swaraj
[ BTF ] [ 08 Aug 2019 18:35 GMT ]

She was very sympathetic towards the plight of Tamil people in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Religion can bring peace - but introduce politics, and the results can be tragic
[ The Globe and Mail ] [ 07 Aug 2019 23:55 GMT ]

Good religious engagement covers what government cannot. It teaches us how to love, the rationale to forgive, and the ethics required to be simply good people. [Full Story]

Report of Sri Lanka Voluntary National Review
[ Ministry of Sustainable Development ] [ 06 Aug 2019 00:12 GMT ]

There have been occurrences of aggressive situations in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces due to factors including the high presence of the military, poverty, illiteracy, and corruption. [Full Story]

Refugees display diversity in Tamil culture
[ The Hindu ] [ 05 Aug 2019 02:33 GMT ]

A host of foreign diplomats had a glimpse of the varied facets of Tamil art and culture as young refugees living in the State displayed their talent in Bharatanatyam, Silambam and Veena recital at an event. [Full Story]

New book highlights plight of Tamil refugees
[ Green Left ] [ 04 Aug 2019 00:19 GMT ]

Hillier said that Tamil youth felt they had no choice but to take up arms because every political avenue for seeking justice had been closed off. [Full Story]

TASMANZ COMPLETES FIVE YEARS, OFFERS HOST OF EMERGING NEW TALENTS
[ Indian Weekender ] [ 03 Aug 2019 01:30 GMT ]

TASMANZ is a youth-led initiative with a passion for showcasing local cinematography talent amongst the Tamil community in New Zealand. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: No Progress in Prosecuting Aid Worker Massacre
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 02 Aug 2019 00:12 GMT ]

Sri Lankan authorities have failed to bring to justice those responsible for the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers 13 years ago, Human Right Watch said today. [Full Story]

Tamils and Tamizhakam in Chinese eyes
[ The Indian Express ] [ 01 Aug 2019 23:58 GMT ]

The Chinese and Tamil communities have celebrated thousands of years of friendship. [Full Story]

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