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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."

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Tamil Declaration for Self Determination
Vaddukoddai Resolution-1976


Tamil Eelam
Demand in International Law

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  :: News
Here is a candidate for the global Sri Lankan novel, and it is only the author’s debut
[ Scroll.in ] [ 18 Aug 2017 00:57 GMT ]

This is the truth of being Sri Lankan Tamil in the last century: no one, no family, has gone unscathed. [Full Story]

The federal manoeuvre: on the Dravidian movement
[ The Hindu ] [ 17 Aug 2017 00:22 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu’s history suggests a difference between loving your identity and nurturing your country. [Full Story]

U.S. Congress Tightens War Crimes Noose on Sri Lanka
[ AT ] [ 16 Aug 2017 01:45 GMT ]

The United States, in collaboration with other western nations, initiated resolutions scrutinizing Sri Lanka in 2012 onwards culminating both US and Sri Lanka jointly agreeing to the resolution (30/1). [Full Story]

Challenges in changed times of Lanka
[ The Tribune India ] [ 15 Aug 2017 00:11 GMT ]

In India’s interest, the longevity of Lanka’s present ruling coalition is vital. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: 2 Years On, Scant Progress on UN Resolution
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 14 Aug 2017 02:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka should put forward a time-bound and specific implementation plan on the four transitional justice mechanisms it agreed to establish as pledged in the resolution. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s OMP welcomed by foreign missions with call for ‘credible commissioners’
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 13 Aug 2017 04:55 GMT ]

The signing of a gazette to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has been welcomed by the US, EU and Canada on Wednesday, with calls for 'credible commissioners' to be swiftly appointed. [Full Story]

UN human rights chief calls for exercise of universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 12 Aug 2017 02:01 GMT ]

The human rights chief called on Sri Lanka to live up to commitments it had made to the international community. [Full Story]

Tamils seek federalism, not Sri Lanka's division: Wigneswaran
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 Aug 2017 00:25 GMT ]

The Tamils want their distinct identity recognised by the majority Sinhalese. [Full Story]

The war is history: Michael Buerk returns to Sri Lanka
[ The Telegraph UK ] [ 10 Aug 2017 01:05 GMT ]

It’s thought 100,000 people died over the next 26 years, and up to a million were displaced. [Full Story]

Short Film - MAAVEERAN PANDAARA VANNIYAN
[ Appakutty Foundation ] [ 09 Aug 2017 03:33 GMT ]

The history of the last king of Vanni. [Full Story]

How this artiste survived a civil war to hit the high note
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Aug 2017 01:17 GMT ]

Expatriate Tamils settled in various part of the world had ensured that nagaswaram players were in demand across the world. [Full Story]

Jaffna yet to over come trauma of war
[ Millinium Post ] [ 07 Aug 2017 00:57 GMT ]

Kumaratunga believes this is a 'golden opportunity' for Sri Lanka to address the Tamil question, for both the major parties of the country are in government together. [Full Story]

Merged North-East in federal and secular system could be solution says Tamil People's Council
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Aug 2017 05:02 GMT ]

The declaration released at Veerasingam Hall, Jaffna on 5th September 2017 at the conclusion of the political discussion participated by public, political leaders and experts. [Full Story]

'Fearless' Indian journalist shot dead
[ BBC ] [ 05 Aug 2017 23:45 GMT ]

The Editors Guild of India released a statement calling her murder an 'ominous portent for dissent in democracy and a brutal assault on the freedom of the press'. [Full Story]

Making Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi relevant to changing times
[ MENAFN ] [ 04 Aug 2017 00:12 GMT ]

The ITAK hopes to be a party propagating and implementing economic development while fighting for the political rights of the Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2016/17
[ Amnesty International ] [ 03 Aug 2017 03:11 GMT ]

Sri Lanka continued to pursue commitments to deliver accountability for alleged crimes under international law, although the process was slow. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka running out of time for new constitution; containing extreme forces
[ Economy Next ] [ 02 Aug 2017 00:55 GMT ]

A failure by the two main parties to reach an agreement will fuel extremists from both the North and the South again. [Full Story]

Federalism is not Separatism Rules Supreme Court
[ DM ] [ 01 Aug 2017 01:22 GMT ]

A landmark ruling gave a clean chit to the federal form of governance and the chief Tamil political party espousing federalism in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

In Postwar Sri Lanka, Hope Fades for Families of the Disappeared
[ World Politics Review ] [ 31 Aug 2017 00:05 GMT ]

The country still has an opportunity to deal with its past and create a state that is responsive to all ethnic communities, but space for reform is quickly vanishing. [Full Story]

A Sri Lankan Ambassador in Latin America Is to Face War Crimes Suits
[ TIME ] [ 30 Aug 2017 00:02 GMT ]

They allege Jayasuriya oversaw military units that attacked hospitals and killed, disappeared and tortured thousands of people. [Full Story]

UK Anthropologist Presents Workshop in War-torn Sri Lanka
[ University of Kentucky ] [ 29 Aug 2017 02:12 GMT ]

Whitaker’s research looks at the connection between religion, politics, communication technology, journalism, nationalism and the state, and focuses on the Tamil speaking people of Eastern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'Vanakkam!' Tweets Justin Trudeau After Attending A Tamil Street Fest In Canada
[ NDTV ] [ 28 Aug 2017 22:10 GMT ]

Trudeau said Canada consistently raised its voice in support of Tamils during the ethnic war in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Northern Sri Lanka’s hidden treasures – a beautiful land scarred by war and untouched by tourists
[ South China Morning Post ] [ 27 Aug 2017 02:30 GMT ]

A vibrant and cultural town, Jaffna used to house the largest library of Tamil culture. In 1981 it was razed by rioting mobs, sparking the beginning of the civil war and the formation of the LTTE. [Full Story]

Disappointed by Sri Lanka's lack of progress on UNHRC resolution says EU Chargé d'affaires
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 26 Aug 2017 23:57 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka has been given time till March 2019 to fulfil its commitments. [Full Story]

Vintage car a cherished link to the past for Sri Lankan immigrant
[ CBC News ] [ 25 Aug 2017 05:24 GMT ]

The elegant car, produced in the early 1950s for Britain's Austin Motor Company, was a common sight in the Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Debt and China’s Money
[ The Diplomat ] [ 24 Aug 2017 01:33 GMT ]

Debt obtained without farsightedness has put Sri Lanka smack in the middle of the devil and the deep blue sea. [Full Story]

Jon Snow: reporting on Grenfell made me feel on wrong side of social divide
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 23 Aug 2017 19:26 GMT ]

'For us at Channel 4 News it has been invaluable in helping us to deliver our remit – to reach young viewers, to innovate and to get attention for some of the world’s most important stories. [Full Story]

Fundamental issue of Tamil status in Sri Lanka remains unresolved - Former peace mediator Eric Solheim
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Aug 2017 00:50 GMT ]

The status of Tamils, and the influence of Tamils within the state of Sri Lanka are not resolved.' [Full Story]

Killing The Thirteenth Amendment: Redesigning Racism?
[ CT ] [ 21 Aug 2017 02:52 GMT ]

It is said that one can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time. [Full Story]

TNA calls for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka's stalling reconciliation process
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 20 Aug 2017 00:14 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process in a letter to diplomatic missions and the UN. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 19 Aug 2017 02:33 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's separatist war claimed the lives of at least 100,000 people between 1972 and 2009, according to UN estimates. [Full Story]

Will you stand with Sri Lanka’s families of the disappeared by asking Sirisena to #ReleaseTheList?
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 18 Aug 2017 01:30 GMT ]

The protestors are seeking answers as to the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones, many of whom were disappeared during the war. [Full Story]

International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 - Sri Lanka
[ US State Dept ] [ 17 Aug 2017 02:05 GMT ]

The construction of Buddhist shrines by Buddhist groups or the military in parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces became contentious symbols of perceived Buddhist Sinhalese religious and cultural imperialism. [Full Story]

Montreal's most linguistically diverse area speaks 46 non-official languages at home
[ CBC ] [ 16 Aug 2017 00:05 GMT ]

With only 6,600 people, 46 non-official languages are spoken in the home - making it a hotbed of cultural crossovers and the most linguistically diverse area of Montreal. [Full Story]

Google adds voice recognition for Sinhala and Tamil
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 15 Aug 2017 03:49 GMT ]

Aiming to make its voice typing technology more inclusive, Google has added 30 new languages to voice search including Sinhala and Tamil. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan government 'has not lived up to its commitments'-GTF
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Aug 2017 03:17 GMT ]

The Tamils are seeing the same old political dynamics that has plagued Sri Lanka since Independence and are understandably becoming cynical of the Government. [Full Story]

This short film on Sri Lankan Tamils highlights their everyday struggles and discrimination
[ The News Minute ] [ 13 Aug 2017 01:14 GMT ]

The words are steeped in the longing this man feels to return to his homeland, and his resignation at a life of discrimination which awaits him in India. [Full Story]

The Killing Fields
[ Modern Farmer ] [ 12 Aug 2017 00:09 GMT ]

A mysterious kidney disease afflicts an estimated 400,000 people in the province, representing about a third of its population. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's war widows trafficked as slaves to Gulf
[ Thomson Reuters Foundation ] [ 11 Aug 2017 02:59 GMT ]

Lack of opportunities for thousands of war widows is making them easy prey for traffickers who sell them as slaves overseas. [Full Story]

India Is an Overwhelming Presence in South Asia, and Must Do More to Build Trust
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 10 Aug 2017 02:02 GMT ]

Modi now needs to turn that sentiment into action by promoting respect for human rights abroad. [Full Story]

‘We cannot indefinitely wait’ - TNA tells senior UN official
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 09 Aug 2017 00:40 GMT ]

'credible, tangible progress' in reconciliation, accountability and human rights is a "prerequisite to the achievement of sustainable peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka". [Full Story]

Voluntary, Safe and Sustainable Return: Support Needed for Sri Lankan Refugees
[ GV ] [ 08 Aug 2017 1:20 GMT ]

Provisions ensuring the inalienable right of refugees to return to their country and guaranteeing a life in safety and dignity, should be enshrined. [Full Story]

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation
[ Asia Times ] [ 07 Aug 2017 02:06 GMT ]

Land, missing persons and monuments are important examples of reconciliation-related issues. [Full Story]

Pandalur-Devala’s Accidental Gold Rush – and How It Went Bust
[ The Wire ] [ 06 Aug 2017 00:56 GMT ]

Deep in the Pandalur-Devala region of the Nilgiri Mountain range in South India, people dig into solid rock for a small piece of it. [Full Story]

11 years no justice for massacred ACF aid workers
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Aug 2017 01:27 GMT ]

'The Sri Lankan government has failed in its duty to uphold international humanitarian law and to protect civilians and aid workers' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to host conference on Tamil culture
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 Aug 2017 00:14 GMT ]

The International Movement of Tamil Culture (Sri Lanka chapter) in association with the University of Jaffna will be holding a two-day special conference. [Full Story]

What is behind China's purchase of a port in Sri Lanka?
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 03 Aug 2017 02:05 GMT ]

Can Sri Lanka keep its worried neighbours on its side, while trying to play a bigger role in China's ambitious trade plans? [Full Story]

A little piece of Sri Lanka in Paris
[ iOL ] [ 02 Aug 2017 02:19 GMT ]

The vast cultural landscape was due to the 1980s when many Sri Lankans fled the civil war, landing in France. [Full Story]

Black July: Recalling the Riot That Started Sri Lankan Civil War
[ The Quint ] [ 01 Aug 2017 00:49 GMT ]

Every year, Sri Lankan Tamils and many Sinhalese across the world commemorate Black July. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Conflict-Affected Women: Dealing with the Legacy of War
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 31 July 2017 01:25 GMT ]

Bold promises by the government to UN Human Rights Council in 2015 including a truth commission, a special court and offices to investigate missing persons and provide reparations have failed to materialise. [Full Report]

VANAKKAM TAMIZHA - A RADIO SHOW CONNECTING THE SOUTH ISLAND TAMIL COMMUNITY
[ Indian Weekender ] [ 30 July 2017 02:52 GMT ]

'Going by the success we have achieved in bringing the community together. [Full Story]

TNA's Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 July 2017 04:11 GMT ]

'The Tamils' struggle for self rule had been in the political arena shortly after Independence. [Full Story]

Japanese, Sri Lankan among 2017 winners of Magsaysay awards
[ ABC News ] [ 28 July 2017 02:01 GMT ]

The winners were unafraid to take on large causes and 'refused to give up, despite meager resources, daunting adversity and strong opposition,'. [Full Story]

EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers
[ Reuters ] [ 27 July 2017 01:25 GMT ]

The EU terrorism list, created after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and last updated in January. [Full Story]

Tamils in Sri Lanka demand govt to disclose whereabouts of missing relatives
[ Firstpost ] [ 26 July 2017 02:51 GMT ]

The issue of missing persons was a 'serious issue' and relatives of the disappeared persons in the north and east had called for revealing the names of all those held in custody. [Full Story]

The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 July 2017 01:05 GMT ]

The Tamil leaders’ patience is evidently waning. [Full Story]

Accidental Anarchist: Life Without Government
[ BBC iPlayer ] [ 24 July 2017 00:17 GMT ]

This film traces Carne's worldwide quest to find a better way of doing things - from a farming collective in Spain, to Occupy Wall Street to Rojava in war-torn Syria. [Full Story]

Make A Start With Reparations To Deal With The Past
[ CT ] [ 23 July 2017 01:25 GMT ]

Even though the government has failed to keep its promises to the UN and to the Tamil people, it is important not to lose sight of the policy shift that has taken place. [Full Story]

Top UN official visits Sri Lanka for talks on peace building process
[ Xinhua ] [ 22 July 2017 00:01 GMT ]

Feltman arrived in Sri Lanka to take stock of the peace progress in the country. [Full Story]

Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 21 July 2017 05:05 GMT ]

Many in the international community convinced themselves that Sri Lanka in 2015 offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for historical change. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan President signs Office on Missing Persons Act
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 20 July 2017 03:41 GMT ]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today signed the Office on Missing Persons Act, paving the way to set up an office to trace around 20,000 people still missing. [Full Story]

Tales from the new Silk Road
[ BBC ] [ 19 July 2017 00:04 GMT ]

'Ethnic harmony and economic development' - important buzzwords, as one purpose of the new Silk Road. [Full Story]

Imperial to help develop blast injury hub for conflict survivors in Sri Lanka
[ Imperial College London ] [ 18 July 2017 00:55 GMT ]

During, and in the aftermath of, the Sri Lankan civil war, many civilians were injured by bombs, artillery fire, shelling, land mines, improvised explosive devices, anti-personal mines.. [Full Story]

GATHERING EVIDENCE - UNSTOPPED
[ ITJP ] [ 17 July 2017 03:32 GMT ]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has made it clear another domestic mechanism will not have the trust of victims after so many have failed to deliver justice. [Full Report]

UN committee asks Sri Lanka to end military involvement in commercial, civilian activities
[ FirstPost ] [ 16 July 2017 02:45 GMT ]

UNCESCR has asked the Sri Lankan government to 'take measures' to map private and public land under the control of the military and ensure its restitution. [Full Story]

Keeping International Pressure on Sri Lanka
[ Huffington Post ] [ 15 July 2017 00:15 GMT ]

The Tamil call is justice for the genocide committed against the Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Difficulty With Truth
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 14 July 2017 03:05 GMT ]

Foreign governments watching Sri Lanka’s progress on the resolution need to ask tough questions about why yet another Sri Lankan Government report is banished into silence. [Full Story]

UN special rapporteur visits Sri Lanka's Tamil political detainees for first time
[ First Post ] [ 13 July 2017 03:32 GMT ]

He met Tamil political prisoners arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Vavuniya in the Northern Province. [Full Story]

Building solidarity beyond borders
[ The Hindu ] [ 12 July 2017 01:41 GMT ]

The need for progressive voices to consolidate their disparate struggles is clear and urgent. [Full Story]

The Mystique of MGR – A Legend Who Lives On
[ The Wire ] [ 11 July 2017 01:17 GMT ]

A Life is deceptively simple for a narrative that tries to unravel the complexities of a man who was a legend during his lifetime. [Full Story]

Thousands attend Tamil pilgrimage in Norfolk
[ ITV News ] [ 10 July 2017 02:30 GMT ]

The shrine is known as England's Nazareth and has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times attracting 150,000 worshippers every year. [Full Story]

National Unity Essential for Sri Lankan Government's Survival
[ The Citizen ] [ 09 July 2017 00:09 GMT ]

The indications are that the Government of National Unity is on course to regain its sense of mission to achieve national unity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka vows Tamil autonomy despite Buddhist resistance
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 July 2017 02:01 GMT ]

He has said he wants to prevent a repeat of a bloody separatist conflict that claimed 100,000 lives. [Full Story]

TNA urges Sri Lanka to publish interim constitutional amendment reports
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 07 July 2017 01:05 GMT ]

The TNA had held discussions with the SLFP and the JVP regarding the new constitution. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka ends decades-long occupation of Tamil port
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 06 July 2017 02:49 GMT ]

Maithripala Sirisena, came to power after promising reconciliation and accountability for war-time atrocities, but rights groups say progress on both fronts has been slow. [Full Story]

Mounting Religious Violence in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 05 July 2017 01:41 GMT ]

Now's the time for Colombo to act swiftly and decisively – before things get any worse. [Full Story]

How the Tamil Muslims were Infulential
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 July 2017 03:14 GMT ]

'Tamil culture is naturalistic, secular and humanistic. It professes universal brotherhood,' concludes Zubair, quoting a classical Tamil poet. [Full Story]

Mangala Samaraweera omitted from Sri Lanka's committee to coordinate UN resolution
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 July 2017 02:24 GMT ]

Apart from Harsha de Silva, everyone else in the committee named by the Prime Minister are against the implantation of the UNHRC recommendations.' [Full Story]

Time to go home, maybe, but is home Lanka or T.N.?
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 July 2017 03:14 GMT ]

Eight years after the end of the war, Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who have been in the State for decades, are still stateless persons. [Full Story]

Dissecting the British Tamil vote - UK General Election 2017
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 July 2017 00:52 GMT ]

Number 10’s muted reactions to developments on the island have allowed Sri Lanka to regress on its commitments towards reconciliation. [Full Story]

Religious leaders seek justice for suspected Tamil rebels
[ UCA News ] [ 30 Jun 2017 00:02 GMT ]

More than 80 suspected Tamil rebels have been detained for 22 years under the terrorism law without trial. [Full Story]

Dance School extols Tamil language and culture
[ Indian Newslink ] [ 29 Jun 2017 02:07 GMT ]

Tamil is one of the longest-surviving classical languages in the world. [Full Story]

Tamil group calls for international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice system
[ The Indian Express ] [ 28 Jun 2017 01:05 GMT ]

The UN report was highly critical of the Sri Lankan justice system. It described the judiciary as partial and politicised. [Full Story]

Is International Human Rights Law Under Threat? Grotius Lecture at the Law Society, London
[ OHCHR ] [ 27 Jun 2017 00:44 GMT ]

Our world is dangerously close to unmooring itself from a sense of compassion, slowly becoming not only a post-truth but also a post-empathetic world. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Establish Office on Missing Persons immediately
[ Amnesty International ] [ 26 Jun 2017 00:55 GMT ]

Amnesty International calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately implement the much delayed Office on Missing Persons. [Full Story]

Changing perceptions in South Asia
[ The Kathmandu Post ] [ 25 Jun 2017 02:27 GMT ]

Countries in South Asia seem to be embroiled in a never-ending display of confusion, suspicion, misconception and a lack of understanding about each other. [Full Story]

Reporter seeks justice for 'white van' torture in Sri Lanka
[ Fox News ] [ 24 Jun 2017 22:10 GMT ]

Advocating accountability, transparency and human rights meant taking a personal risk. [Full Story]

Limits of exclusivism
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Jun 2017 03:05 GMT ]

The Centre also aggravates the dire state of the Tamil community with a terribly flawed reconstruction programme, with no meaningful investment in the local economy or job creation. [Full Story]

Yoga: How did it conquer the world and what's changed?
[ BBC ] [ 22 Jun 2017 02:00 GMT ]

'Integration of personality is the prime aim of yoga.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Minister Threatens Defender of Minority Rights
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Jun 2017 00:10 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka’s friends should be clear they are watching the government’s response closely.' [Full Story]

Retrieved lifeboat tells stories of Tamil refugees
[ Toronto Star ] [ 20 Jun 2017 02:45 GMT ]

After 13 days on the ship, he and the 154 others were abandoned in the two lifeboats in the Atlantic Ocean, without food or water. [Full Story]

Uncertainty ends in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province
[ The Hindu ] [ 19 Jun 2017 17:49 GMT ]

It reflected the simmering disgruntlement within a section of the Council. [Full Story]

Scarborough sports field to see 1,100 Tamils dance love for Canada
[ Inside Toronto ] [ 18 Jun 2017 00:25 GMT ]

'The fact that Canada opened their arms and welcomed us to their home is really big for us,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s elusive housing logic
[ The Hindu ] [ 17 Jun 2017 01:25 GMT ]

Activists and a section of northern residents are worried that the proposal to build steel homes will neither regenerate local economy nor employ local labour in the war-torn areas. [Full Story]

The cost of a cup of tea
[ Church Times ] [ 16 Jun 2017 03:55 GMT ]

'Tea-pickers are considered the lowest of the low, despite being the backbone of the Sri Lankan econ­omy,' [Full Story]

Reconciliation Requires Actions Not Only Processes
[ CT ] [ 15 Jun 2017 01:05 GMT ]

It is necessary that the willingness to consult and to speak in terms of international standards are reflected in actual changes on the ground. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's justice system not accessible to Tamil community notes UN Rapporteur
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Jun 2017 05:03 GMT ]

Diego Garcia-Sayan, expressed concern that over the lack of equal representation of minority groups in prosecution services and the police force. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan President reportedly pledges to look for missing persons from civil war, release list
[ ABC News ] [ 13 Jun 2017 05:55 GMT ]

Some Tamils remain deeply suspicious that secret Government detention camps still exist. [Full Story]

Protect rights of Sri Lankan Tamils: Stalin to UN HRC
[ The Hindu ] [ 12 Jun 2017 04:07 GMT ]

He said they also required a 'meaningful political solution,' which was long 'overdue.' [Full Story]

Uncovering a story of ill-fated romance and tragic death
[ BBC ] [ 11 Jun 2017 05:52 GMT ]

In the southern Indian port city of Chennai - Madras, as it once was - Andrew Whitehead came across a last remnant of the Jewish presence there. [Full Story]

Why India Needs To Re-Calibrate Relations With Sri Lanka – Analysis
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 10 Jun 2017 19:10 GMT ]

While the SL Tamil community has all along been fighting for their rights, the Upcountry Tamils have been struggling for a livelihood. [Full Story]

May to form 'government of certainty' with DUP backing
[ BBC ] [ 09 Jun 2017 19:10 GMT ]

She said she intended to form a government which could "provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country". [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Genocidal War as Seen by the World
[ Tamil Sangam ] [ 08 Jun 2017 02:41 GMT ]

Switch to the pragmatic policy of true reconciliation towards building a united Sri Lanka under a two nations federal system. [Full Story]

Seven oldest languages in the world that are still in use
[ India Today ] [ 07 Jun 2017 00:56 GMT ]

Its origin is believed to be during 2500 BC or so. In today's world, around 78 million people in the world speak Tamil. It is this fact of contemporary utility that makes Tamil the longest surviving language in the world. [Full Story]

Ministry of Utmost Happiness: Arundhati Roy's much-awaited second coming
[ BBC ] [ 06 Jun 2017 01:10 GMT ]

'It is our constant anxiety about that violence, our memory of its past labours and our dread of its future manifestations, that lays down the rules of how a people as complex, as diverse as we are continue to coexist. [Full Story]

Eight years after end of war, Tamil refugees divided over returning to Sri Lanka
[ Livemint ] [ 05 Jun 2017 02:02 GMT ]

Today they live on in the knowledge that their sheltering camps can never be home, while returning means having to rebuild life from the scratch. [Full Story]

Book: Government and Politics in Sri Lanka
[ Routledge ] [ 04 Jun 2017 00:45 GMT ]

The author provides fresh insights into Sri Lanka’s postcolonial policies and the system of government that it has in place. [Full Story]

Where to eat in Sydney's Little Sri Lanka
[ Goodfood ] [ 03 Jun 2017 03:25 GMT ]

Tamil food is by far the most heavily represented. [Full Story]

India: Human rights activists jailed for commemorating 2009 massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka
[ Green Left ] [ 02 Jun 2017 04:59 GMT ]

This year, the police violently dispersed the crowd and arrested several leading Tamil human rights activists. [Full Story]

Protest seeking info on Sri Lanka's missing people enters 100 day
[ The Indian Express ] [ 01 Jun 2017 01:30 GMT ]

Tamil rights groups want the government to probe the cases of all those disappeared and hold the culprits accountable. [Full Story]

Australia working with India and Sri Lanka to resettle refugees
[ The Hindu ] [ 31 May 2017 02:14 GMT ]

'There are about 1,00,000 Sri Lankan people who fled to Tamil Nadu in the past. [Full Story]

Violence against religious minorities in Sri Lanka
[ Vatican Radio ] [ 30 May 2017 00:03 GMT ]

'None of our fellow citizens should have to live in fear or be subjected to abuse and violence on religious grounds,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka floods: Residents afraid as more rain forecast
[ BBC ] [ 29 May 2017 01:05 GMT ]

At least 164 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in the flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Friday. [Full Story]

UN to check human rights record for Sri Lankan peacekeepers
[ India.com ] [ 28 May 2017 02:49 GMT ]

The UN will require Sri Lankan troops to undergo 'enhanced screening' for human rights violations going back to the final years of the civil war. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s missing people
[ The Daily Star ] [ 27 May 2017 04:44 GMT ]

As many as 65,000 people, mostly from the ethnic Tamil minority, are still missing in the country. [Full Story]

URGENT ACTION: PRIEST HARASSED OVER MEMORIAL TO DEAD WAR VICTIMS
[ Amnesty International ] [ 26 May 2017 03:51 GMT ]

Sri Lankan priest is being harassed by the police over his efforts to help families memorialize their loved ones lost during the armed conflict. [Full Story]

Will Indian superstar Rajinikanth go into politics?
[ BBC ] [ 25 May 2017 04:10 GMT ]

He says he's a 'pure Tamil' whose heart beats for the Tamils who have welcomed him and given him 'fame, fortune and love'. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA - Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers
[ Asia News ] [ 24 May 2017 02:56 GMT ]

For Sri Lankan Tamils, 18 May is the Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day; for the Sri Lankan military, it is the War Heroes Day. [Full Story]

India-Lanka Ties - NATIONAL, NOT STATE SUBJECT
[ The Shillong Times ] [ 23 May 2017 00:05 GMT ]

Sri Lankan Tamils comprising descendants of Tamils of the old Jaffna Kingdom and the other is Indian Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's president pledges investigation into disappeared
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 May 2017 02:30 GMT ]

The North-East has seen intensifying protests related to the plight of the disappeared. [Full Story]

Tamils in Derry mark anniversary of Sri Lanka’s massacre of up to 70,000 people
[ An Phoblacht ] [ 21 May 2017 01:50 GMT ]

'The international community have forgotten the Tamil people and it is vital that we bring their story to a wider audience' [Full Story]

The Sexual Exploitation of Sri Lanka's War Widows
[ US News ] [ 20 May 2017 00:12 GMT ]

'It's hard to fight for justice when you're starving.' [Full Story]

Facing Sri Lanka’s Ghosts
[ US News ] [ 19 May 2017 02:02 GMT ]

With thousands still missing, Sri Lanka’s postwar progress comes to a halt. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The conflict’s legacy of impunity endures
[ Amnesty International ] [ 18 May 2017 22:05 GMT ]

'It is appalling that nearly a decade after the conflict ended, people are still being prevented from remembering the dead. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Anti-Terror Bill Revives Concerns of Abuse
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 May 2017 21:55 GMT ]

'UN member countries and the EU need to be pressing Colombo to fully abide by its pledges to the Human Rights Council.' [Full Story]

Mark May 18 as 'day of grief', Tamils told
[ The Hindu ] [ 18 May 2017 03:55 GMT ]

He asks Tamils to observe three minutes silence on the day Sri Lanka's civil war ended. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Transition to Nowhere
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 17 May 2017 01:25 GMT ]

If current dynamics continue, the country will likely lose a real opportunity to address the roots of its decades of political turmoil. The chances of an eventual return to violence would then grow considerably. [Full Report]

Reconciliation In A Country Entrenched With Multiple Discriminations
[ CT ] [ 16 May 2017 02:09 GMT ]

Any serious discussion on the reconciliation processes must deal with how the rule of law has been undermined in Sri Lanka, and the state of the judicial institutions within the country. [Full Story]

Modi in Sri Lanka, stresses on peace & harmony in a multi-lingual society
[ The Sentinel ] [ 15 May 2017 00:24 GMT ]

He also announced India’s assistance in the construction of 10,000 additional houses in upcountry areas, where 4,000 have already been built. [Full Story]

True to form, Sri Lanka ditches international pledges on anti-terrorism laws
[ JDS ] [ 14 May 2017 03:14 GMT ]

'We are shocked by the extent of which the draft framework curtails civil liberties. [Full Story]

Peopling an Island - the Case of Sri Lanka
[ TVSUR ] [ 13 May 2017 02:05 GMT ]

Tamil people have been continuously protesting this land encroachment and their protests are intensifying in recent times. [Full Story]

The damage done by the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Tamils in North-East Sri Lanka
[ TWG ] [ 12 May 2017 00:01 GMT ]

If a State fails to protect its citizens from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, then the international community has to intervene diplomatically, and if this fails, then 'as a last resort', with military force. [Full Story]

Upcountry Tamils set to welcome Modi
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 May 2017 01:02 GMT ]

Senior upcountry leaders deemed the Prime Minister's visit 'historic', after Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru's visits in the pre-Independence era. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party 'perturbed' by proposed anti-terror law
[ Firstpost ] [ 10 May 2017 02:48 GMT ]

They were 'shocked' by the extent to which the draft framework 'curtails civil liberties, erodes judicial control over the state security apparatus and the staggering potential for abuse and torture.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Prevention Of Terrorism Act And Revision
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 09 May 2017 01:44 GMT ]

The PTA was used against all communities in Sri Lanka, its main target was Tamil people. [Full Story]

Desperate lives inside camps:Tales of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees
[ Sunday Times ] [ 08 May 2017 00:22 GMT ]

Sri Lankan people as refugees are living in camps in India with no solution to their plight. [Full Story]

Border Girls: Women in Sri Lanka take on male roles to help recovery from brutal civil war
[ ABC News ] [ 07 May 2017 01:32 GMT ]

The study said the women struggled to find work and to be accepted as the heads of their households by their communities, and had poor access to basic services. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamil and Muslim protests intensify
[ Green Left ] [ 06 May 2017 01:50 GMT ]

They are demanding the return of their land, which was taken over by the Sri Lankan armed forces. [Full Story]

Repeated invasions ravage Sri Lanka
[ Numismatic News ] [ 05 May 2017 00:21 GMT ]

Harder to see how the Tamils dominated, even for short periods, any part of the rest of the island, but they did. [Full Story]

No media freedom without prosecutions for past crimes against Tamil journalists
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 04 May 2017 05:41 GMT ]

We stress again that there must be investigations into all the murders, abductions and disappearances of journalists and that their perpetrators must be prosecuted. [Full Story]

After Sri Lanka's civil war, Toronto Tamils want to restore homeland
[ Inside Toronto ] [ 03 May 2017 03:58 GMT ]

Sri Lankan leaders who, the investors say, admit the government was partly responsibility for the war and the suffering it caused. [Full Story]

Years after war trials of resettlement in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 May 2017 02:08 GMT ]

It is time for the Sri Lankan government to get its act together on the ground. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka faces trade, human rights link
[ Nikkei ] [ 01 May 2017 03:33 GMT ]

The government has dragged its feet on converting assurances into action, and patience among the international community is wearing thin. [Full Story]

After a run of 76 years, BBC Tamil Radio to go off air
[ The Hindu ] [ 30 Apr 2017 21:10 GMT ]

The broadcast proved to be a major source of information during the war in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Building holistic India-Sri Lanka ties
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 Apr 2017 23:14 GMT ]

Several factories in the north, destroyed or defunct during the war, await attention and investment. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka makes a mockery of the UN Human Rights Council
[ Washington Examiner ] [ 28 Apr 2017 05:40 GMT ]

Transitional justice is in deep trouble and additional scrutiny via the Geneva-based body is unlikely to change that very much. [Full Story]

Feasting on Tamil performing arts
[ The Jakarta Post ] [ 27 Apr 2017 02:45 GMT ]

The event is an annual signature event organized by ITS to showcase cuisine, traditional games and performing arts from the Tamil-speaking community. [Full Story]

Bend It Like Granny
[ BBC ] [ 26 Apr 2017 00:10 GMT ]

Nanammal is 98 years old and an expert yoga instructor from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

New Silk Road Or New Great Game? India Developing New Sri Lanka Port To Combat China
[ Forbes ] [ 25 Apr 2017 00:05 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government was called up before the UN Human Rights council in 2009, and the EU and US subsequently shut down most economic concessions and sources of aid to demonstrated their disapproval for the alleged abuses. [Full Story]

EU Parliamentary group opposed to Lanka tariff concession
[ India Today ] [ 24 Apr 2017 03:42 GMT ]

According to the UN figures, up to 40,000 civilians were killed by the security forces during former president Mahinda Rajapaksas regime. [Full Story]

S. Lanka's Tamil Catholics demand their village back from navy
[ Vatican Radio ] [ 23 Apr 2017 01:15 GMT ]

'Many priests, nuns and human rights activists show their solidarity with these people and the villagers will carry on their protest until they get back their lands,' [Full Story]

British parliamentary group for Tamils will continue to demand Sri Lanka fulfils obligations says chair
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Apr 2017 03:05 GMT ]

'The APPG for Tamils will continue to keep human rights on the agenda in the UK and abroad,' [Full Story]

What I Talk About When I Talk About Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 21 Apr 2017 02:51 GMT ]

These quiet heroes are the main reason why I’m still interested in human rights. [Full Story]

US must not ignore Sri Lanka's human rights violations
[ The Hill ] [ 20 Apr 2017 00:02 GMT ]

The reality is that the country has not really made any progress on reconciliation and justice. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: 'ONLY JUSTICE CAN HEAL OUR WOUNDS'
[ Amnesty International ] [ 19 Apr 2017 01:05 GMT ]

Amnesty International urges Sri Lanka to seek and accept international assistance where it is needed to ensure the most effective and rigorous process possible, so that all Sri Lankans can finally learn the truth. [Full Story PDF]

Healing through harmonies in post-conflict Sri Lanka
[ Irish Times ] [ 18 Apr 2017 04:38 GMT ]

It works on the premise that music is an ideal tool for unifying people and challenging stereotypes. [Full Story]

Constitutional Reform and Political Diversions
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 17 Apr 2017 05:04 GMT ]

A government that engages the people on its political and economic programme can carry them through tumultuous times. [Full Story]

Community Action To Mitigate Ethnic and Religious Tensions
[ National Peace Council ] [ 16 Apr 2017 00:59 GMT ]

Opponents of the government and extremist groups carry on their campaign against the implementation of resolution, adding to the polarization of the communities. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka’s slow dance on transitional justice
[ Lowy Institute for International Policy ] [ 15 Apr 2017 01:53 GMT ]

The suppression of Tamil rights in a range of areas – including language, education, employment and land – led to the rise of Tamil militancy in the 1970s. [Full Story]

'The Tamil Nadu factor': demanding justice for genocide in Sri Lanka
[ Open Democracy ] [ 14 Apr 2017 02:02 GMT ]

From politicians to protestors, the people of Tamil Nadu are making waves in Indian politics, rallying around the need for justice for the war crimes committed against Sri Lanka’s Tamils. [Full Story]

Lankan Tamils issues need quick solutions: Opposition leader
[ India Today ] [ 13 Apr 2017 03:34 GMT ]

The northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka are the traditional homeland of the ethnic Tamil people. [Full Story]

The journey home: Sri Lanka's displaced try to rebuild their lives
[ The National ] [ 12 Apr 2017 04:17 GMT ]

One million Tamils fled abroad, 65,000 people are still missing, with 90,000 women widowed, 137,000 homes still need to be rebuilt. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Ramya's story of return
[ JRS ] [ 11 Apr 2017 03:09 GMT ]

We want our children to live as free citizens in their own land. [Full Story]

New UK Home Office guidance on Sri Lanka significantly downplays ongoing human rights violations
[ Freedom from Torture ] [ 10 Apr 2017 02:50 GMT ]

Freedom from Torture is calling for an urgent review of the guidance to avoid individuals being wrongly returned to face torture or ill-treatment. [Full Story]

Why Sri Lanka's past refuses to be forgotten
[ Amnesty International ] [ 09 Apr 2017 03:02 GMT ]

They must commit to a public timeline in order to restore the people’s confidence that justice is on track and assure them that they are serious about taking action. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan battlefield moves to Geneva UN HRC!
[ SL Guardian ] [ 08 Apr 2017 01:34 GMT ]

The idea of a counter-lobby and cover-up of genocide is believed to be the brain-child of two failed Sri Lankan diplomats to Geneva. [Full Story]

It’s time to act in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 07 Apr 2017 02:29 GMT ]

Amnesty urges govt. to repeal Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

FOR SRI LANKA, U.S. SECURITY COOPERATION IS NOT THE CURE
[ War on the Rocks ] [ 06 Apr 2017 00:04 GMT ]

A return to violent internecine conflict would be neither stabilizing for the region nor strategically beneficial for the United States. [Full Story]

The quest for healing and justice in the homeland of Toronto’s Tamil community: Tory
[ Toronto Star ] [ 05 Apr 2017 03:47 GMT ]

The challenge now becomes one of taking the next, bigger steps. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice
[ Amnesty International ] [ 04 Apr 2017 02:30 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Has There Been Genuine National Reconciliation? - Analysis
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 03 Apr 2017 05:14 GMT ]

There is a nagging fear that the two-year extension is nothing more than extending a process that has not even been firmly established. [Full Story]

Genocides of Tamils and Indo-Sri Lanka relations
[ Modern Diplomacy ] [ 02 Apr 2017 00:02 GMT ]

The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is more than 2,500 years old with both countries having a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic interaction. [Full Story]

Tamils want Sri Lanka to fulfill promises to UN rights body
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 01 Apr 2017 00:03 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka has not accomplished even one of those obligations,' Sumanthiran said. [Full Story]

Is BJP wooing Rajinikanth the real reason behind Tamil groups opposing Sri Lanka trip?
[ The News Minute ] [ 31 Mar 2017 00:05 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu is a complex state and here, personality matters more than politics or ideology. [Full Story]

Saint Joseph Vaz, a pioneer in interfaith dialogue and a promoter of the laity in Sri Lanka
[ Herald Malaysia ] [ 30 Mar 2017 01:45 GMT ]

He worked for the poor and the sick, for dialogue with other religions, and for the development of lay leaders. [Full Story]

War crime probes will hinder Sri Lanka's reconciliation: ex-defense secretary
[ Reuters ] [ 29 Mar 2017 05:05 GMT ]

A U.N. panel has said around 40,000 people, mostly ethnic minority Tamils, were killed in the war's final phase. [Full Story]

Whither human rights in Sri Lanka?
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Mar 2017 20:17 GMT ]

The state is at the core of the historical problems, whether it is repressive militarisation, the reinforcement of majoritarian interests or the centralisation of state power in Colombo. [Full Story]

Still riven - Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling
[ The Economist ] [ 27 Mar 2017 02:16 GMT ]

The ruling coalition includes chauvinist Sinhalese with scant interest in moving forward. [Full Story]

What does Modi's constituency have in common with Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka?
[ Scroll ] [ 26 Mar 2017 02:14 GMT ]

Because of the militarisation, the complexities in the social structure today and because things are getting very political, these people are living in an atmosphere of fear.' [Full Story]

UNHRC adopts Sri Lanka resolution: fully implement 30/1 resolution by 2019
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Mar 2017 00:05 GMT ]

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka without a vote, granting the country two more years to implement the actions set out in resolution 30/1. [Full Resolution]

Martin McGuinness 'was freedom fighter, not terrorist'
[ BBC ] [ 24 Mar 2017 00:05 GMT ]

'We spent a lot of time together when I was President and I wanted to honour him for what he did, for changing from war to peace and to emphasise that, its' one thing to make a peace, another thing to make it work and that's an endless process' - President Clinton. [Full Story]

UN criticises Sri Lanka for failing to investigate human rights atrocities during the civil war
[ International Business Times UK ] [ 23 Mar 2017 07:49 GMT ]

A report claims party politics is responsible for reluctance to reveal those accountable for the crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Should Develop Timetable for Full Implementation of its UN Commitments
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 22 Mar 2017 20:25 GMT ]

We call on UN member states to remain engaged until all commitments in the resolution are met in full. [Full Story]

M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties
[ The Diplomat ] [ 21 Mar 2017 04:46 GMT ]

The Indo-Lanka Accord is still a valid bilateral international agreement, which India will insist on implementing fully. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Ballot Vs Bullet
[ SL Guardian ] [ 20 Mar 2017 05:11 GMT ]

It is the mode and the manner of Governance that decides the Choice between the Ballot and the Bullet. [Full Story]

Leena Manimekalai’s rebellious spirit pushes her into dangerous waters
[ Hindustan Times ] [ 19 Mar 2017 00:09 GMT ]

A million of them were displaced during the war, and there are so many stories to be told about them. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's war survivors hope new law will unlock state land holdings
[ Reuters ] [ 18 Mar 2017 01:35 GMT ]

Almost eight years after the war ended, hundreds of smallholders are pinning their hopes on the newly-minted Right to Information (RTI) Act to unearth details of who owns the land on which they live and work. [Full Story]

No closure - Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka's civil war remain unaccounted for
[ The Economist ] [ 17 Mar 2017 04:28 GMT ]

'Does the world think it is right for the Tamils to be treated as slaves?'. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Many misunderstood our advocacy
[ SL Guardian ] [ 16 Mar 2017 05:47 GMT ]

Former President Chandrika, whom I earlier criticised for her 'War for Peace' as now having the potential to become the mother of a united rainbow nation of three ethnic groups and four religions. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Poverty and Welfare: Recent Progress and Remaining Challenges
[ The World Bank ] [ 15 Mar 2017 02:05 GMT ]

Overall, Sri Lanka’s record of poverty reduction has been encouraging. Excluding the Northern and Eastern provinces. [Full Story]

Return land, restore dignity
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Mar 2017 06:22 GMT ]

Forcible appropriation of land not only attacks the socio-economic well-being and livelihoods of the people to whom it belongs. [Full Story]

Revitalising a war battered economy
[ The Hindu ] [ 13 Mar 2017 01:35 GMT ]

With incomes dropping in the country, the northern economy showed few signs of revival. [Full Story]

Lack of progress conveys Sri Lanka's lack of will - TAG
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 12 Mar 2017 00:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's new government made commitments of reform to the UN Human Rights Council. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 11 Mar 2017 00:17 GMT ]

Impunity for crimes committed during and following the armed conflict continued, particularly in cases of killings, torture, sexual violence, corruption, and other human rights abuses. [Full Story]

Tamil civil society calls for robust UN resolution and strong follow-up to put pressure on Sri Lanka to deliver on promises
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 Mar 2017 02:50 GMT ]

It is our assessment that the Government has taken steps so far only to delay and detract the international community and not to bring redress to the victims. [Full Story]

Speaking Frankly About Sri Lanka and Accountability
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 09 Mar 2017 01:30 GMT ]

Tamil community deserve answers and deserve justice. [Full Story]

Editorial: Elusive reconciliation
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Mar 2017 02:02 GMT ]

The Sirisena-Wikremesinghe government should seize the moment and start addressing the core issues, keeping reconciliation and the future of Sri Lanka in mind. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 07 Mar 2017 01:44 GMT ]

Human Rights Council Should Monitor Undertakings, Justice Efforts. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Slow progress on crucial justice and reconciliation - UN report
[ UN Human Rights Office ] [ 06 Mar 2017 00:25 GMT ]

The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Tamil party asks for U.N. pressure over alleged war crimes
[ Reuters ] [ 05 Mar 2017 03:11 GMT ]

The government agreed in 2015 to act on the reports of human rights abuses but has done nothing since. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council
[ The Diplomat ] [ 04 Mar 2017 00:50 GMT ]

Colombo's performance comes under heightened scrutiny. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council
[ UK PARLIAMENT ] [ 03 Mar 2017 02:07 GMT ]

Many of the key promises made by the Government of Sri Lanka in 2015 - justice, accountability, human rights protections, reconciliation - have not been fulfilled. [Full Story]

Crossed in translation - Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka
[ The Economist ] [ 02 Mar 2017 03:35 GMT ]

Implementing the language policy properly, he says, “will be the prelude to a political solution” to the Tamil grievances that stoked the civil war. [Full Story]

Tamils want Sri Lanka to fulfill promises to UN rights body
[ ABC News ] [ 01 Mar 2017 04:57 GMT ]

The U.N. human rights chief has called for a hybrid court with local and international judges. [Full Story]

The continued plight of the Missing Tamils in Sri Lanka
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 28 Feb 2017 09:55 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government should address this issue with both urgency and sincerity. [Full Story]

Key elements for a follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 Feb 2017 05:17 GMT ]

Anything less would fall substantially short of the expectations of victims, and risk undermining faith in the process long before the promises of reconciliation, justice and reform have been translated into reality. [Full Story]

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 26 Feb 2017 02:07 GMT ]

Local families which were displaced several times in the course of the 30-year war and which had suffered losses of life and property especially in the last brutal phase of Eelam War IV, should be helped first. [Full Story]

Are Tamil leaders losing patience?
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Feb 2017 01:24 GMT ]

The tone and content of his address, moving an adjournment motion, signalled a possible shift in the Tamil leader's engagement with the government. [Full Story]

A Ramayana told through Ravana's eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka's war-affected women
[ Scroll ] [ 24 Feb 2017 00:08 GMT ]

In Sri Lanka, both during the civil war and thereafter, women have been affected in myriad ways, yet their perspectives, pain and fears find little expression in either the media or the arts. [Full Story]

How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses
[ BBC ] [ 23 Feb 2017 03:25 GMT ]

Dated more than 2000 years ago, it evolved from the devotional canon of hymns and verses set to tune as musical prayer offerings in temples across southern states. [Full Story]

India Could Do More for Sri Lanka's Tamils
[ The Diplomat ] [ 22 Feb 2017 05:37 GMT ]

There are now numerous concerns regarding Sri Lanka's sincerity vis-à-vis its transitional justice commitments. [Full Story]

Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Feb 2017 03:01 GMT ]

International participation is necessary due to lack of faith in the government to ensure accountability. [Full Story]

Foreign judges must oversee treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka: HRW
[ Special Broadcasting Service ] [ 20 Feb 2017 00:05 GMT ]

It's crucial that Sri Lanka employ foreign judges and prosecutors to ensure justice when bringing to trial those responsible for crimes against humanity during the country's civil war. [Full Story]

Tales of the bizarre 'captivity' of 100 Tamil Nadu lawmakers
[ BBC ] [ 19 Feb 2017 02:19 GMT ]

Lawmakers in India have been corralled into hotels and guest houses by their camp leaders to stop them from defecting. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's constitution making process is in the doldrums
[ The New Indian Express] [ 18 Feb 2017 02:44 GMT ]

Samaraweera said that priority will be given to drafting a new constitution because the new constitution will be the ultimate guarantor of equality, justice, and non-recurrences of the ugly inter-ethnic incidents of the past. [Full Story]

Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 17 Feb 2017 04:14 GMT ]

The obligation to prevent torture is that of the state; if they don’t tackle institutional reform and security sector reform seriously then the international community must start to put them on terms.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation: official
[ AFP ] [ 16 Feb 2017 00:08 GMT ]

At least 100,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives during the conflict that saw horrific abuses. [Full Story]

Onus on Turnbull to Remember Sri Lanka’s Victims
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 15 Feb 2017 01:57 GMT ]

Foreign judges and prosecutors can play a significant role in ensuring independence and impartiality in accountability mechanisms for wartime abuses. [Full Story]

A Former President Dismisses Accountability in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 14 Feb 2017 01:59 GMT ]

None of Sri Lanka's four proposed transitional justice mechanisms (a truth commission, a judicial mechanism, and offices to handle reparations and disappearances) are operational. [Full Story]

Treasures of the Indus - Of Gods and Men
[ BBC iPlayer ] [ 13 Feb 2017 01:02 GMT ]

In a journey across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Sona Datta traces the development of the Hindu religion from its origins as an amalgamation of local faith traditions to its dominant position today. [Full Story]

Lankan Tamils want a political settlement
[ Daily News & Analysis ] [ 12 Feb 2017 02:25 GMT ]

Wigneswaran alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena had misled the opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan by not settling the Tamil question as pledged by him in 2016. [Full Story]

No Escape For Traumatized Pakistani Refugees In Sri Lanka
[ Worldcrunch ] [ 11 Feb 2017 04:44 GMT ]

Marginalized and persecuted for their faith, minorities such as Christians, flee to countries like Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan war survivors urge U.N. to push for speedy justice for abuses
[ Thomson Reuters Foundation ] [ 10 Feb 2017 15:15 GMT ]

Giving more time to the government is not necessary... The U.N. should pressurise for an immediate solution to the problem of missing people.' [Full Story]

Broken Promise: An evaluation of the government of Sri Lanka’s commitments for achieving justice and reconciliation
[ The Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 09 Feb 2017 15:06 GMT ]

An overview of progress by the government of Sri Lanka in implementing its commitments for achieving justice and reconciliation under UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. [Full Story PDF]

Zeid expresses concern at Sri Lanka's slow progress on accountability
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 08 Feb 2017 01:05 GMT ]

An oral update to the Human Rights Council took place in June 2016, while a comprehensive report and discussion is to take place in March 2017. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Uprooted Tamils confront structural genocide
[ The Greenleft ] [ 07 Feb 2017 03:22 GMT ]

“They are asking us to wait. We are not prepared to wait anymore.” [Full Story]

The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet
[ The Age ] [ 06 Feb 2017 05:45 GMT ]

There were strong and sustained calls from the international community for crimes amounting to genocide to be investigated by an international tribunal, preferably the UN. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Transition to Nowhere
[ The Diplomat ] [ 05 Feb 2017 02:12 GMT ]

Time may be running out for meaningful reforms, and transitional justice remains just out of reach. [Full Story]

Maithripala Sirisena And Sri Lanka's False Dawn
[ Forbes ] [ 04 Feb 2017 00:33 GMT ]

The transitional justice process has been marred by opacity, an absence of leadership, a lack of inclusivity and a reneging of previous commitments pertaining to robust international participation. [Full Story]

Tamil Question: No Heroes, No Traitors
[ CT ] [ 03 Feb 2017 02:01 GMT ]

The fact of the matter is that under various guises the Sinhalese elites have refused to share power with the principal ethnic minority, the Tamils. [Full Story]

National Question and grievances faced by a minority
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 02 Feb 2017 03:49 GMT ]

In the aftermath of the armed conflict there are in the Northern Province approximately 50,000 women who have been widowed and who are now the breadwinners of their families. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister says Jaffna will be developed as a 'regional airport'
[ New Indian Express ] [ 01 Feb 2017 02:55 GMT ]

He said that his government believes in developing the country through FDIs and not loans. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: REFUSING TO DISAPPEAR
[ Amnesty International ] [ 31 Jan 2017 00:03 GMT ]

Until parents, wives, siblings, and children know the truth about the fate of a missing family member, they can find it almost impossible to seek justice and reparation for crimes they have suffered. [Full Report PDF]

Sri Lanka: 'Thirteenth (13th) Amendment no solution to our problem'
[ SL Guardian ] [ 30 Jan 2017 01:39 GMT ]

'We propose the giving of practical self government, give economic and political rights to the individual in the first instance. [Full Story]

Wigneswaran calls on Sri Lanka to de-proscribe Tamil diaspora groups
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 Jan 2017 02:50 GMT ]

The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council called on the Sri Lankan government to lift the ban on all Tamil diaspora groups, in order to 'make use of their talents and wealth for our betterment'. [Full Story]

Switzerland 'wrongly exposed Tamil asylum seeker to torture'
[ Swiss Info ] [ 28 Jan 2017 01:35 GMT ]

Around 50,000 people from Sri Lanka live in Switzerland, mostly Tamils, who fled the island's 30-year civil war [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Justice is paramount
[ SL Guardian ] [ 27 Jan 2017 03:11 GMT ]

With a backlog of over 100,000 alleged enforced disappearances since the late 1980s, there is no shortage of examples of frustrated justice. [Full Story]

Why did no one see the bull hit?
[ The Tribune ] [ 26 Jan 2017 04:28 GMT ]

Many believe that one of the images unearthed during excavations of the Indus Valley civilization is an image of a person fighting a bull during Jallikattu. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Amnesty International hosts 'Memory and Justice' - day of activities and poetry book launch
[ Amnesty International ] [ 25 Jan 2017 05:44 GMT ]

Some estimates have put the total number of people who have been subject to enforced disappearances at up to 100,000 people. [Full Story]

USTPAC Calls for Autonomous NorthEast Region for Tamils Within Sri Lanka
[ PRNewswire ] [ 24 Jan 2017 14:01 GMT ]

The Tamil Diaspora came into existence as a direct result of violence against the Tamils often carried out with the complicity of the Sri Lankan state. [Full Story]

Jallikattu: New Tamil Nadu bill backs India bullfights
[ BBC ] [ 23 Jan 2017 14:45 GMT ]

Demonstrators have been calling for the practice to be fully re-legalised. [Full Story]

The Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka
[ SL Guardian ] [ 22 Jan 2017 00:44 GMT ]

We are convinced and we recognize clearly, that societies that avoid looking at the past, fail to build sustainable peace. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka braces for trouble ahead
[ The Manila Times ] [ 21 Jan 2017 15:02 GMT ]

Signs of growing grassroots opposition to the central government are cropping up in Tamil areas, mostly in response to the enduring presence of Sri Lankan forces there and their continued occupation of land. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: TNA threatens to quit constitution process if terms not met
[ The Indian Express ] [ 20 Jan 2017 02:02 GMT ]

We have a mandate from the people for a federal Constitution with the merger of North and East to resolve the National question. [Full Story]

SLR 300 million Indian Grant to Construct 3000 Rain Water Harvesting Systems
[ HCI ] [ 19 Jan 2017 04:32 GMT ]

The project envisages construction of 3000 rainwater harvesting systems for 3000 households in selected divisions of Jaffna District. [Full Story]

Jallikattu: Thousands protest at India bullfighting ban
[ BBC ] [ 18 Jan 2017 18:12 GMT ]

It is more than 2,000 years old and considered to be one of the oldest sports still practised in the modern era. [Full Story]

Listen To Justin Trudeau Speak Tamil To Celebrate Canada's Diversity
[ Huffington Post ] [ 17 Jan 2017 17:06 GMT ]

Canada's House of Commons voted in 2016 to recognize every January as Tamil Heritage Month. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies
[ LBO ] [ 16 Jan 2017 00:02 GMT ]

Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit. [Full Story]

Challenging Sri Lanka's Sixth Amendment
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 15 Jan 2017 02:42 GMT ]

This campaign can been seen as part of a global effort to strengthen democracy. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice
[ Amnesty International ] [ 14 Jan 2017 02:55 GMT ]

'If the government wants to show its commitment to justice for thousands of families who have seen their loved ones killed or disappeared it needs to pay stronger attention to the CTF's recommendations.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Troubling Quest for Justice
[ The Diplomat ] [ 13 Jan 2017 04:43 GMT ]

If the coalition government is going to reconsider its deeply flawed approach, it would need to move quickly and decisively. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force's Justice Proposals
[ Human Right Watch ] [ 12 Jan 2017 01:55 GMT ]

The government should recognize that its commitments were not only to concerned governments in Geneva, but to its own citizens seeking justice and reconciliation after a terrible war.' [Full Story]

Time for a political solution
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 Jan 2017 01:00 GMT ]

For lakhs of Tamils still struggling to rebuild their lives since the island's brutal war that ended seven years ago, the wait has been long and painful. [Full Story]

TNA to support Sri Lanka's constitution-making despite internal dissent
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 10 Jan 2017 03:09 GMT ]

The TNA leadership believes that the present government will not totally disregard its commitments to the UNHRC. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken
[ Scroll ] [ 09 Jan 2017 20:49 GMT ]

Schedules are impossible to pin down and government commitment is lacking. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, the Wounds of War Are Healing
[ Stratfor ] [ 08 Jan 2017 22:59 GMT ]

The country 'needs to rebuild not only its infrastructure but also people's hearts and minds.' [Full Story]

EU team on fact finding visit
[ CT ] [ 07 Jan 2017 01:22 GMT ]

'Right along the EU had been insisting the Lanka addresses human rights issues. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka divided as panel backs foreign judges to probe war crimes
[ Reuters ] [ 06 Jan 2017 04:18 GMT ]

The Consultation Task Force (CTF)said foreign involvement was needed because of a lack of confidence in the local judiciary, which it said did not have the expertise and capacity to prosecute war crimes. [Full Story]

Canadian Minister praises Tamils in message marking Tamil Heritage Month
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 05 Jan 2017 02:10 GMT ]

'The Tamil language is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and we are enriched by Tamil-Canadian contributions to every aspect of our society-arts and culture in particular.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Make hay while the sun shines
[ SL Guardian ] [ 04 Jan 2017 00:08 GMT ]

Only a fundamental shift in every one's thinking could lead the nation in the right direction. [Full Story]

Federalism addresses minority rights: Prof. R. Sivachandran
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 03 Jan 2017 00:34 GMT ]

The politicians and leading personalities in the civil society should explain to the people how ethnic problems have been solved in developed and under-developed countries after devastating wars. [Full Story]

Raviraj murder: Acquittal raises credibility concerns
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 Jan 2017 01:09 GMT ]

Some see the recent outcome as a reflection of an apparent ethnic bias against the Tamils in the justice system. [Full Story]

Happy New Year, Mr. President Elect Trump, and Help SL Tamils with Two Important Things in 2017, Says Tamils for Trump
[ Tamils for Trump ] [ 01 Jan 2017 00:17 GMT ]

'The New Year is a time of hope and renewal. [Full Story]

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