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The Orphan-State of TamilEelam

Video: Reaction from South India home to 70m Tamils !
Warning: Disturbing images



"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



The Plight of Eelam Tamils

Video: Genocide No More Prime Minister!


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."


Declaration of Independence


1918 - 2005

'Dedication to
CJT Thamotheram
Late Patron'





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ESPN Cricinfo.com contemplates launching Tamil and Bengali editions
[ Best Media Info ] [ 15 May 2018 01:04 GMT ]

We have got something in Tamil, which is going to have huge interest in diaspora audience in the Middle-East, US, UK and Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

The Insistence of Memory in Sri Lanka
[ SL Guardian ] [ 14 May 2018 02:09 GMT ]

By the time I got there, the bones were gone. [Full Story]

PEARL’s New Report Launched: ‘Delayed or Denied? Sri Lanka’s Failing Transitional Justice Process’
[ Pearl ] [ 13 May 2018 02:18 GMT ]

'It is clear that Sri Lanka needs international pressure to implement a comprehensive transitional justice process,' [Full Story]

Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka's missing thousands
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 12 May 2018 23:58 GMT ]

Can the Office of Missing Persons provide answers in a country with the world's second highest number of disappearances? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's 'disappeared': Torture, assault and still no justice
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 11 May 2018 00:08 GMT ]

More than 60,000 others have gone missing over the last 30 years; the victims largely belong to the minority Sri Lankan Tamil community. [Full Story]

9 years today – Up to 2,000 killed in one day
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 May 2018 03:28 GMT ]

Thousands of Tamils, we revisit the final days leading up to the 18th of May 2009 – a date remembered around the world as ‘Tamil Genocide Day’ [Full Story]

Carnatic journey crosses Palk Strait
[ Times of India ] [ 09 May 2018 01:45 GMT ]

A quiet cultural interaction between Tamils in India and Sri Lanka has been taking place for a long time, but it was only in the beginning of the 19th century that it was documented. [Full Story]

We will be with DMK sans expectation'
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 May 2018 00:44 GMT ]

Few movements can claim to have contributed to the development of Tamil Nadu and Tamil as the Dravidian movement has. [Full Story]

The resounding rebirth of Sri Lanka
[ Honolulu Star-Advertiser ] [ 07 May 2018 03:42 GMT ]

The Portuguese arrived in 1505, followed by the Dutch in 1658, then the British in 1796. Independence came peacefully in 1948 but did not last. [Full Story]

Democracy, Nationalism and the Nation State, with Reference to Sri Lanka
[ Groundviews ] [ 06 May 2018 01:05 GMT ]

This article seeks, from a historical, constitutional and political perspective, to analyse some of the problems that have arisen in doing so. [Full Story]

Old Kachcheri
[ Atlas Obscura ] [ 05 May 2018 02:05 GMT ]

Vines and plants now look like integral parts of this beautiful example of Neo-Renaissance architecture, and moss adorns the Roman arches wrapping around the central yard. [Full Story]

Press Freedom & Enforced Disappearances: Two Sides of the Same Coin in Sri Lanka
[ Inter Press Service ] [ 04 May 2018 03:14 GMT ]

When Sri Lankan journalist Richard de Zoysa was abducted from his home in Colombo on the night of February 18th, 1990, his family knew there would be dark days ahead. [Full Story]

‘War, Denial and Nation-Building in Sri Lanka’ book launched in London
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 May 2018 00:07 GMT ]

'It’s not easy in the wake of a mass atrocity to maintain resilience,' she added, stating that “this is the environment in which the Tamil people pursue accountability.' [Full Story]

Tamil villagers hunger for return of ancestral land
[ UCA News ] [ 02 May 2018 02:26 GMT ]

The community has been displaced since 1992, after which the Navy moved in and barred them from accessing their traditional land. [Full Story]

How A Half-Hour In A U.S. Embassy Changed A Life
[ NPR ] [ 01 May 2018 00:55 GMT ]

Francis grew up Tamil, a persecuted ethnic minority in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Redefining Home: Experiences of the Jaffna Displaced
[ GV ] [ 30 Apr 2018 01:55 GMT ]

This article explores the experiences of the middle-aged Tamils who were displaced to Colombo and share similar experiences at a very young age. [Full Story]

Editorial: Island of impunity
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 Apr 2018 01:04 GMT ]

The details do not make for easy reading. [Full Story]

European Court of Justice: Torture victims have grounds for asylum
[ Deutsche Welle ] [ 28 Apr 2018 02:01 GMT ]

Tortured asylum-seekers can claim subsidiary protection in Europe, if on return to their home countries adequate medical care would be withheld, says the European Court of Justice. [Full Story]

US Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka 2018
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 27 Apr 2018 00:04 GMT ]

Government discrimination toward and security forces harassment of Tamils and nondenominational Christian groups persisted. [Full Story]

Once part of Tamil Nadu's identity, Palmyra in need of saving
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 26 Apr 2018 02:41 GMT ]

Palmyrah (Borassus flabellifer), popularly known as panaimaram in Tamil, has been has been slowly vanishing from the landscape. [Full Story]

The uneasy calm before another storm
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Apr 2018 00:22 GMT ]

Assurances on meaningful ethnic reconciliation through a political solution and constitutional reform have turned faint and distant. [Full Story]

Tamil diaspora cinema: Tales from the global backyard
[ The Hindu ] [ 24 Apr 2018 04:05 GMT ]

Sri Lankan filmmaker King Ratnam was keen to showcase the diversity of the island's Tamil population in his recently-released début feature, Komaali Kings.' [Full Story]

SRI LANKA: PROVIDE TIMELINE FOR FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF RESOLUTION 30/1
[ Amnesty International ] [ 23 Apr 2018 02:01 GMT ]

The establishment of a time-bound action plan is vital for victims, survivors and their families in their quest for truth, justice and accountability. [Full Story]

‘Disappeared persons are in Sri Lankan detention camps’ claims released Tamil man
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Apr 2018 01:44 GMT ]

A Tamil man who spent almost 9 years in a Sri Lankan prison claimed that many Tamil youths who were forcibly disappeared remain in Sri Lankan custody. [Full Story]

In wondrous Lanka
[ The News ] [ 21 Apr 2018 00:04 GMT ]

On a connecting note, I immensely enjoyed the local tracks the buses would be playing. Up-beat, melodious and plain incomprehensible, they added to the experience of the country. [Full Story]

Revisiting northern Sri Lanka’s battlefields
[ The Hindu ] [ 20 Apr 2018 02:25 GMT ]

We saw the sad edifice of the charred and burnt-down Jaffna Library next door, which once housed some of the most ancient history of the South Asian region. [Full Story]

'No second-generation Tamil leaders, Sri Lanka needs some'
[ The Indian Express ] [ 19 Apr 2018 01:45 GMT ]

In the process of reconciliation and bringing harmony, what we needed is powerful Tamil politicians. [Full Story]

Marie Colvin: Syria assassinated reporter, court told
[ BBC ] [ 18 Apr 2018 00:07 GMT ]

Ms Colvin worked for the Sunday Times. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka opens door for return of divisive former president
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 17 Apr 2018 03:55 GMT ]

Should opposition groups find a way to paper over their differences, and unite as they did in 2015, they may still have the numbers to keep the Rajapaksas out. [Full Story]

Former UN official to support calls for referendum in Sri Lanka
[ Menafn ] [ 16 Apr 2018 03:21 GMT ]

Highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils' political destiny - thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in the island. [Full Story]

World Tamil conference on May 19, 20
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Apr 2018 23:06 GMT ]

The Federation of International Tamizh Association (FITA) is organising World Tamizh Conference 2018 at Angkor Wat in Cambodia on May 19 and 20. [Full Story]

Eat, Pray, Love This Tamil New Year
[ India.com ] [ 14 Apr 2018 03:46 GMT ]

Also known as Puthandu, this festival marks the first day of the Tamil New Year. [Full Story]

'Sinhalese still occupying properties of Tamils'
[ The Hindu ] [ 13 Apr 2018 22:17 GMT ]

The Sinhalese had occupied the properties of Tamil diaspora and the government had taken no effort to evict the illegal occupiers. [Full Story]

Tamil refugee speaks out against deportations, abuse
[ Green Left ] [ 12 Apr 2018 03:46 GMT ]

As a child born to refugees I was denied education in Indian government schools, denied the right to work and welfare benefits in India. [Full Story]

Peravai 2018 - 31st Annual Convention - Frisco - Dallas - Texas
[ Market Insider ] [ 11 Apr 2018 01:22 GMT ]

The City of Frisco declared January'2018 as the Tamil Heritage Month. [Full Story]

The 150-year-old story of Sri Lankan tea-making
[ BBC ] [ 10 Apr 2018 03:45 GMT ]

The majority of Sri Lankan tea workers are ethnically Indian Tamils. [Full Story]

Mother seeks justice for slain Sri Lankan journalist
[ UCA News ] [ 09 Apr 2018 01:59 GMT ]

Many Tamil journalists were killed but still there is no justice.' [Full Story]

Early Port Cities in the Malay Peninsula - Joachim Schliesinger
[ Google Books ] [ 08 Apr 2018 02:05 GMT ]

It was not an Indianization but a Tamilization, since the ethnic Tamil people of the southernmost region of India played the active part to transfer their religious and cultural traits from their homeland to Southeast Asia. Refer to page 64. [Full Story]

Why Sri Lanka is the stranger you feel like you've known for years
[ Travel9 ] [ 07 Apr 2018 00:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka looks like a tear drop or pearl towards the bottom right of India. [Full Story]

Toronto Tamils meet Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and part as friends
[ Toronto.com ] [ 06 Apr 2018 01:41 GMT ]

Most Tamils in Greater Toronto arrived in Canada during the last few decades because of ethic violence and war in their homeland, Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Shades of Similarity
[ The Bull and Bear ] [ 05 Apr 2018 02:24 GMT ]

An Evaluation of the Riots in Sri Lanka and the Rohingya Genocide. [Full Story]

Avoiding 'religious' violence in Sri Lanka
[ Asia Times ] [ 04 Apr 2018 01:02 GMT ]

Muslims must eschew extremist Islam and protect their traditional tolerant and gentle Islam. [Full Story]

Call for release of Sri Lankan political prisoners
[ UCA News ] [ 03 Apr 2018 08:55 GMT ]

The government has not fulfilled a promise to replace the security measures with laws more in keeping with domestic and international norms. [Full Story]

ATC, BTF & USTPAC Endorse Human Rights Council's Call for Clear Timeline for Action on Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Commitments
[ USTPAC ] [ 02 Apr 2018 03:16 GMT ]

In the absence of such a mechanism, we call on Member States to exercise universal jurisdiction. [Full Story]

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. New Directors/New Films 2018 Review
[ The Film Stage ] [ 01 Apr 2018 02:06 GMT ]

'Use your voice to speak up against injustice' becomes a leitmotiv that runs through Maya’s transition into M.I.A. [Full Story]

Tamils Understand The Sikh Community's Pain. We've Been There Before
[ Huffington Post ] [ 31 Mar 2018 00:33 GMT ]

From September 2008 to May 2009, more than 70,000 Tamil people were killed by Sri Lankan armed forces. Civil Society sources estimate that more than 146,000 people are unaccounted for after the war. [Full Story]

High-five for Tamil Haiku poetry
[ The Hindu ] [ 30 Mar 2018 01:56 GMT ]

Subramanya Bharati sowed the seeds for the genre. [Full Story]

The Origin of Others
[ Ground Views ] [ 29 Mar 2018 04:39 GMT ]

There is only one race, the human race; there are no foreigners but only different versions of ourselves . [Full Story]

Mothers of Sri Lanka's 100,000 'disappeared' desperately looking for answers
[ ITV News ] [ 28 Mar 2018 03:16 GMT ]

Officially Sri Lanka's long civil war finished nine years ago. But for tens of thousands of Tamils its trauma is never-ending. [Full Story]

SRI LANKA - Split island
[ The Week ] [ 27 Mar 2018 01:08 GMT ]

There are certain entrenched socio-economic, historic and political factors behind the Sinhala-Muslim conflict. [Full Story]

Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: From Denial to Delay
[ The Diplomat ] [ 26 Mar 2018 00:20 GMT ]

The government’s efforts must not aim to appease the international community but to fulfill its promise to its own minority that peace will be based on justice. [Full Story]

Do not wait any longer to deliver transitional justice - Special Rapp tells Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Mar 2018 02:01 GMT ]

Transitional justice can make a significant contribution to the future. Do not wait any longer: own the project forcefully and proudly, and accelerate the pace of its implementation.' [Full Story]

If anyone knows about being 'civilised', it's definitely Peter Dutton
[ The Green Left ] [ 24 Mar 2018 03:51 GMT ]

What nation could be more civilised than the one that tortures innocent children in offshore camps condemned by the United Nations as hellholes? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: continued Human Rights Council scrutiny needed until justice commitments met in full
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 23 Mar 2018 02:46 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government should present a time-bound implementation plan to carry out its pledges to this body, and the Council needs to maintain scrutiny until Sri Lanka’s commitments are met in full. [Full Story]

Across China: B&R Initiative boosts language learning in SW China
[ Xinhua ] [ 22 Mar 2018 22:55 GMT ]

'It has 247 letters, about ten times that of English. It's difficult to learn but very charming,' said Yang. [Full Story]

British Tamil youth bring disappearance struggle to forefront with new documentary
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 21 Mar 2018 02:27 GMT ]

The film by the British Tamil youth-led media platform, ’47 Roots’, centres the voices of the women protesting, who share their hopes and expectations. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 20 Mar 2018 05:15 GMT ]

'The Human Rights Council needs to make it clear to the Sri Lankan government that it expects it to stop playing games and start delivering on its commitments,' said John Fisher, Geneva director. [Full Story]

A scorecard on Sri Lanka’s efforts to deal with the past – as the past repeats itself
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 19 Mar 2018 01:06 GMT ]

Words by member states at the HRC in Geneva must be matched with deeds in both capitals and in Colombo. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Bans Cluster Munitions
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 18 Mar 2018 00:29 GMT ]

Officials have denied the armed forces ever used these weapons, although there were allegations of use during Sri Lanka’s civil war which ended in 2009. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must bring redress to victims of violence on all sides
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 17 Mar 2018 01:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is not a democracy, but an ethnocracy that leaves no room for non-Sinhala Buddhists. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: End impunity for attacks on Muslim minority
[ Amnesty International ] [ 16 Mar 2018 01:15 GMT ]

'The Sri Lankan authorities must put an end to the impunity enjoyed by groups that incite hatred and carry out acts of violence against religious minorities. [Full Story]

Perumal Murugan: India's 'dead' writer returns with searing novel
[ BBC ] [ 15 Mar 2018 04:52 GMT ]

A leading Indian author who writes in Tamil, declared his writing "dead" in 2015 after he was harassed and attacked by right-wing groups. [Full Story]

TWG Chair's Interview with BBC on Current Affairs in Sri Lanka
[ BBC Radio ] [ 14 Mar 2018 00:02 GMT ]

Interviewed live on Ben Jackson programme about the current situation in Sri Lanka - drag your cursor to 1:51:49 for the start. [Full Story]

State of Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 13 Mar 2018 00:09 GMT ]

The government needs to protect the human rights of all ethnic groups to ensure that the ugly communal violence that presaged Sri Lanka’s long civil war does not return. [Full Story]

Locked Up Without Evidence
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 12 Mar 2018 02:55 GMT ]

Abuses under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

Why Sri Lanka’s Government Is Turning a Blind Eye to Anti-Muslim Violence
[ World Politics Review ] [ 11 Mar 2018 02:06 GMT ]

The government has been unable or unwilling to deal forcefully with the hooligans and their patrons. [Full Story]

Editorial: State of Ethnocracy
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 Mar 2018 04:07 GMT ]

An unchecked Sinhala ethnocracy will continue to be the root source of the island’s instability. [Full Story]

Can Sri Lankan Tamils expect India to intervene to help them claim their rights?
[ National Herald India ] [ 09 Mar 2018 00:48 GMT ]

There are also people among us who believe that without India’s support, it will be difficult for the Tamils of North and East to achieve their legitimate political aspirations. [Full Story]

Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights- Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka
[ UN Human Rights Council ] [ 08 Mar 2018 02:03 GMT ]

The fulfilment of the transitional justice commitments made under Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 has been virtually stalled for more than a year. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after communal violence
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 07 Mar 2018 00:15 GMT ]

'Many have argued that it is a product of the search for a new enemy to replace the Tamils, unite the Sinhala and win votes by cultivating a sense of Sinhala Buddhists under siege,' Keenan said. [Full Story]

GTF says international inaction on Sri Lanka not an option
[ Menafn ] [ 06 Mar 2018 00:11 GMT ]

The diaspora group says the stakes are high for the people of Sri Lanka, and indeed for the region, to be conflict-free and remain in sustained peace. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka launches probe into war-era disappearances
[ Channel News Asia ] [ 05 Mar 2018 03:47 GMT ]

The panel has the power to recommend compensation and clear the way for next of kin to take legal action against those responsible for the disappearance of their loved ones. [Full Story]

Lankas NP council seeks intl court to probe war crime allegations
[ India Today ] [ 04 Mar 2018 01:14 GMT ]

It also urged India, US and EU to mediate a political solution in Sri Lanka 'recognising that the Tamil people are a Nation with their traditional homeland in the contiguous North-East of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'The Boat People': A Smart, Complicated Horror Story about Canada and Refugees
[ The Tyee ] [ 03 Mar 2018 00:25 GMT ]

Billed by the Harper government as a mob of potential terrorists, they just got on with their lives, finding jobs, paying taxes and sending their kids to school. [Full Story]

Blooming Errors In Sampanthan’s Eelam-Bud Thesis–A Rejoinder
[ CT ] [ 02 Mar 2018 02:05 GMT ]

It is the Sinhalese people, not the Tamil people who should decide whether they are prepared to share power with the Tamils within and undivided and indivisible country or force the Tamil people to invoke the principle to the right to self-determination. [Full Story]

Exclusive: Evidence of ongoing torture of Sri Lankan Tamils
[ Aljazeera ] [ 01 Mar 2018 04:36 GMT ]

Al Jazeera has seen disturbing evidence of continuing torture. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's political crisis a threat to reconciliation
[ UCA News ] [ 28 Feb 2018 01:24 GMT ]

'Now there is a danger the government will backtrack on the commitments it has made to both the Tamil people and the international community regarding constitutional reform and transitional justice.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Mass graves everywhere, but where are the killers?— Part 04
[ SL Guardian ] [ 27 Feb 2018 02:57 GMT ]

Since 1948, successive regimes have continued to condone and practice torture and killings as a systemic weapon. [Full Story]

Religious leaders voice concern over Sri Lanka crisis
[ UCA News ] [ 26 Feb 2018 00:04 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's political crisis could bring about an economic downturn and halt delicate reconciliation efforts between the Sinhalese and the minority Tamils in the nation's fragile post-war peace. [Full Story]

Sridevi obituary: From Bollywood actress to Indian icon
[ BBC ] [ 25 Feb 2018 03:59 GMT ]

Sridevi's screen career began at the age of four in a 1969 Tamil-language film. [Full Story]

Amnesty International Report - SRI LANKA 2017/2018
[ Amnesty International ] [ 24 Feb 2018 00:49 GMT ]

Sri Lanka continued to pursue its 2015 commitments to deliver justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence for alleged crimes under international law, but progress slowed and there was evidence of backsliding. [Full Story]

Back to The Chess Board
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Feb 2018 01:26 GMT ]

Worse still, the much-valued programme of constitutional and political reform, peace building, inter-ethnic reconciliation and democratic consolidation will enter an extended state of stalemate. [Full Story]

The Banality Of Evil
[ Outlook India ] [ 22 Feb 2018 02:05 GMT ]

The original sin of the Sri Lankan state was its origin itself. A structure that depended on a permanent suspicion of the Tamil Other – all leading to a policy of assimilating or annihilating the Other. [Full Story]

India film star Kamal Haasan launches political party
[ BBC ] [ 21 Feb 2018 01:57 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu has been politically unstable since the death last year of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, also a former film star. [Full Story]

Tales Of Lankan Tamil Diaspora Narrated With Poignancy And Hilarity
[ Outlook India ] [ 20 Feb 2018 00:47 GMT ]

It was on this date nine years ago that immigrant Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada intensified protest against a 'genocide' of their community in the Northern Province of the island-nation. [Full Story]

Editorial: Tamil Spring
[ TWG ] [ 19 Feb 2018 01:57 GMT ]

We must confer to both the UN and its co-sponsors in the strongest possible way that the exercise of getting any Sri Lankan government to grant any meaningful autonomy that will protect Tamils from harm's way or any future repetition of the past is a futile exercise. [Full Story]

70 TOO MANY
[ TSIMT ] [ 18 Feb 2018 00:51 GMT ]

Voices are heard in the North, weeping. A thousand women weeping for their children, refusing to be comforted, for they do not know if they live or have died. [Full Story]

Australia issues deportation order for Tamil asylum seeker despite torture fears
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 17 Feb 2018 03:41 GMT ]

United Nations committee against torture requested Australia not move him while it investigates risk to his safety. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: A family torn apart for nearly three decades is reunited
[ International Committee of the Red Cross ] [ 16 Feb 2018 02:00 GMT ]

I had no means of searching for my family and I lived year upon year with uncertainty and longing for an answer. I feared we might never be reunited before I die. [Full Story]

Editorial: Fault Line
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Feb 2018 00:01 GMT ]

Through Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence Sinhala ethno-nationalist parties have been voted into power whenever any possibility of power sharing with Tamils drew near, and governments who oppressed Tamils have been consistently rewarded by Sinhala voters. [Full Story]

Gus Dalton, 87, was the famous fishing boat captain who saved 155 Tamil refugees off Newfoundland
[ The Globe and Mail ] [ 14 Feb 2018 01:55 GMT ]

Capt. Dalton's rescue was also the inspiration for the 1989 feature film Welcome to Canada. [Full Story]

No justice: Kumarapuram massacre 22 years on
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 13 Feb 2018 01:30 GMT ]

The Kumaprapuram case is an illustrative example of the many problems that make it incapable of credibly prosecuting these crimes. [Full Story]

TNA concedes setbacks, calls on Tamil parties to unite towards federalism
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 12 Feb 2018 00:37 GMT ]

The TNA has called for unity among Tamil parties in the face of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party’s landslide victories in the South. [Full Story]

Google is now supporting Tamil on Adsense
[ PPC Land ] [ 11 Feb 2018 03:05 GMT ]

Publishers can now monetize content in Tamil, and advertisers, using Google, can now targeting the Tamil-speaking audience. [Full Story]

The fear inside us: Confronting Sri Lanka's past
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 10 Feb 2018 00:02 GMT ]

Once political parties dominated by the Sinhalese majority got entrenched, they pushed through certain policies that had an effect on the everyday life of Tamils and made them feel marginalised. [Full Story]

Viewpoint: The Indian state to become a global leader in clean energy
[ BBC ] [ 09 Feb 2018 04:59 GMT ]

India's southern state of Tamil Nadu is poised to become a global leader in wind power. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Mass graves everywhere, but where are the killers? — Part 01
[ SL Guardian ] [ 08 Feb 2018 03:34 GMT ]

Serious human rights abuses and crimes against humanity have occurred in Sri Lanka in the seventies and eighties. [Full Story]

Seventy years after Sri Lankan independence: The record of capitalist decay and the necessity for socialism
[ World Socialist Web Site ] [ 07 Feb 2018 01:07 GMT ]

The SEP calls for a Sri Lankan and Eelam Socialist Republic as part of a federation of South Asian socialist republics. [Full Story]

TNA wants solution on par with Oslo Declaration
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 06 Feb 2018 02:55 GMT ]

The TNA in its manifesto for the forthcoming local government election said that that the solution it seeks with regard to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka was similar to what was in the Oslo Declaration. [Full Story]

Picture the song: ‘Kannum Kannum Kalandhu’ is a dance-off like no other
[ Scroll.in ] [ 05 Feb 2018 00:19 GMT ]

There simply isn’t another more engrossing or energetic dance contest in the history of Indian cinema than the one in the song. [Video]

Sri Lanka: Caged Independence
[ SL Guardian ] [ 04 Feb 2018 03:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka, in its current state, evolved from an aristocratic democracy to a militarised ethnocracy, leaving limited space for minority rights to prosper, let alone integrating all communities to be part of one nation. [Full Story]

Demons in Paradise: Memories of Sri Lanka's Civil War
[ Al Jazeera ] [ 03 Feb 2018 00:33 GMT ]

In 1983, Sri Lanka was torn apart by riots targeting the Tamil minority, sparking a war that lasted almost 30 years and left indelible scars on the country. [Short Film]

Is Sri Lanka on course for a lost decade?
[ East Asia Forum ] [ 02 Feb 2018 02:10 GMT ]

Should the government abandon constitutional reform, the TNA may begin to lose ground to their previously electorally unsuccessful and more strongly Tamil nationalist rivals. [Full Story]

Reality check in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 01 Feb 2018 03:57 GMT ]

In the last three years, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration has left the people of Sri Lanka, including Tamils, with fewer reasons to remain hopeful. [Full Story]

In documentary about the Sri Lankan civil war, remembering and soul-searching go hand in hand
[ Scroll.in ] [ 31 Jan 2018 01:50 GMT ]

Demons in Paradise has been cleared uncut by Sri Lankan censors. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues
[ ABC News ] [ 30 Jan 2018 02:15 GMT ]

During former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure, dozens of journalists were killed, abducted and tortured and some fled the country fearing for their lives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Repeal Draconian Security Law
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 29 Jan 2018 04:51 GMT ]

For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain suspects for months and often years without charge or trial, facilitating torture, and other abuse. [Full Story]

Atrocities against Lankan Tamils amounted to ethnic cleansing
[ India Today ] [ 28 Jan 2018 03:47 GMT ]

Even today a huge drive is underway to change the demography of the Tamil-dominated region, noted photographer and former UN staffer Benjamin Dix said today. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka needs to deliver on important reforms - EU report
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 27 Jan 2018 00:05 GMT ]

Measures taken so far to fulfil Sri Lanka's transitional justice commitments have brought insufficient progress, including bringing perpetrators of war crimes to justice and resolving longstanding 'emblematic cases'. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu collects nearly 40,000 books for Jaffna library
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 26 Jan 2018 02:07 GMT ]

The Jaffna public library which had over 90,000 rare books and palm-leaf manuscripts was burnt by a Sinhalese mob in 1981. [Full Story]

WORLD REPORT 2018 - The Pushback Against the Populist Challenge - Our annual review of human rights around the globe
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 25 Jan 2018 01:01 GMT ]

Action stalled in 2017 on Sri Lanka’s October 2015 pledges to the UN Human Rights Council to address accountability and political reconciliation emerging from the country’s 26-year civil war. [Full Report]

Matangi/Maya/MIA review – combative musician shows she is director of own life
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 24 Jan 2018 04:45 GMT ]

A one-woman awkward squad whose background, both economically and racially, means she’s not allowed to get too popular. [Full Story]

If Harappan civilisation spoke a Dravidian language, how old is this 'spoken' language?
[ Harappa ] [ 23 Jan 2018 02:38 GMT ]

The oldest evidence of Dravidian language in South India is through what is called Sangam literature that cannot be dated to be older than 800 BC. [Full Story]

THE PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF EARLY SRI LANKA
[ Ohm Books ] [ 22 Jan 2018 00:05 GMT ]

In the current social and political climate prevailing in Sri Lanka even the most scientific investigative work is viewed with a sceptical eye. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: One Step Forward, Two Back - Government Delays Implementing Rights Pledges to UN
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 21 Jan 2018 01:22 GMT ]

The government needs to put a timetable in place for meeting its pledges to the world and to the Sri Lankan people.' [Full Story]

An Interview with Sri Lanka's C.V. Wigneswaran
[ Huffington Post ] [ 20 Jan 2018 00:02 GMT ]

Reform in the sense of transitional justice could only be obtained by pressure from the international community. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s president is struggling to keep his promises of reform
[ The Economist ] [ 19 Jan 2018 01:25 GMT ]

A promised new constitution which would strengthen the powers of the regions has never materialised, to the irritation of the Tamil National Alliance, a party that supported Mr Sirisena’s presidential bid. [Full Story]

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau dons south Indian 'veshti', celebrates Pongal
[ Times of India ] [ 18 Jan 2018 01:22 GMT ]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today put on a 'veshti' and celebrated the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal with the Tamil Canadians of his country. [Full Story]

The Indian woman who chose a bull over marriage
[ BBC ] [ 17 Jan 2018 04:11 GMT ]

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

How long does the Tamil festival to the Sun last and what are its origins? All you need to know
[ The Sun ] [ 16 Jan 2018 15:05 GMT ]

With more than 76 million people living around the world, the Tamil community will be celebrating Pongal in a number of countries across the globe including Canada, South Africa, Britain, Singapore, America and Malaysia. [Full Story]

In a first, Central team carries out 'exhaustive' inspection of refugee camps
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Jan 2018 03:04 GMT ]

A meeting convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi a few weeks ago, during which he directed Ministry officials to ensure “good living conditions” for the refugees. [Full Story]

Prime Minister Theresa May's Thai Pongal message
[ 10 Downing Street ] [ 14 Jan 2018 14:31 GMT ]

Theresa May wishes everyone a happy Thai Pongal and an auspicious year ahead. [Full Story]

Know about the Significance and Recipes of the Pongal dish
[ Newsfolo ] [ 13 Jan 2018 02:41 GMT ]

The rituals of this auspicious festival are symbolic of abundance and prosperity. [Full Story]

Event to raise funds for Tamil Professorial Chair at Harvard University
[ Indian Newslink ] [ 12 Jan 2018 00:02 GMT ]

Tamilians worldwide have thus for raised US$5.5 million, against a worldwide target of US$6 million for the Chair at Harvard. [Full Story]

41st BAPASI book fair inaugurated in Chennai
[ News Today ] [ 11 Jan 2018 03:55 GMT ]

Our recent initiative to start a 15-day Tamil language crash course for 60 Canadians here in Chennai is one among such initiatives,' [Full Story]

Banker, tea-boy, librarian, intellectual
[ The Hindu ] [ 10 Jan 2018 01:59 GMT ]

Best known for his political essays and his novel When Memory Dies, Mr. Sivanandan made original contributions to understanding communities of resistance in Britain. [Full Story]

Lots of talk but little progress in Sri Lanka over journalist murders
[ Committee to Protect Journalists ] [ 09 Jan 2018 05:04 GMT ]

Impunity for crimes against journalists remains a front-line issue in Sri Lanka; indeed, ending impunity was a promise of the government. [Full Story]

Interview with T. Shanaathanan: Everyday stories from the war zone
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Jan 2018 02:44 GMT ]

The stories of ordinary people on the ground had not come out. [Full Story]

US ambassador says 'justice delayed is justice denied' for Trinco 5
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 07 Jan 2018 00:57 GMT ]

The case - known as the 'Trinco 5' – remains one of the highest profile killings in Sri Lanka to receive international attention. [Full Story]

Tamil diaspora organisations look to universal jurisdiction to prosecute Sri Lanka's war criminals
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 06 Jan 2018 01:22 GMT ]

'We bring to the attention of the international community that, two years after Resolution 30/1, the Sri Lankan government has failed to implement even a single key mechanism for Transitional Justice,' it said. [Full Story]

Lost my land, sense of belonging: Sri Lankan war photographer exhibits work in Kerala
[ The News Minute ] [ 05 Jan 2018 00:54 GMT ]

The Tamil Sri Lankans across the globe don't have a country to call their own. [Full Story]

We can’t despair, we can’t abandon things, says Sri Lanka’s R. Sampanthan
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 Jan 2018 01:05 GMT ]

I have no regrets about the decision we made, though the Tamil people, and consequently those of us who represent them, expected greater performance from the government. [Full Story]

We're fighting for the right to live and work in Britain
[ The Socialist ] [ 03 Jan 2018 00:17 GMT ]

In Britain a number of Tamil asylum seekers have formed the Refugee Rights Campaign to fight for their rights. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka the latest victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy
[ Asia Times ] [ 02 Jan 2018 01:34 GMT ]

It was a major acquisition for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). [Full Story]

A peek inside the thriving Tamil economy some 800 years ago
[ Quartz ] [ 01 Jan 2018 00:35 GMT ]

The Tamil region had extensive trade links even prior to its recorded history. [Full Story]

Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics
[ BBC ] [ 31 Dec 2017 03:32 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu state plunged into crisis after the death of its former chief minister in December 2016. [Full Story]

JAFFNA FISHERMEN - Sri Lanka
[ Ada Derana ] [ 30 Dec 2017 02:45 GMT ]

At the time of educating the Sinhalese of the truth to establish reconciliation, a false propaganda claims Jaffna Kingdom was ruled by Aryan lords whilst exploiting the fishing crisis. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Malayaha Tamils now feel 'at home'
[ Menafn ] [ 29 Dec 2017 02:09 GMT ]

Housing is only one of the many long-ignored demands of the workers, who face historic neglect and exploitation. [Full Story]

UN condemns Australia's forced return of asylum seeker to Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 28 Dec 2017 00:55 GMT ]

The man had struggled to fill out the 41-page protection application form in English unassisted, and was not able to access legal assistance before the deadline. [Full Story]

Why Is Sri Lanka Defying the United Nations?
[ The Diplomat ] [ 27 Dec 2017 01:22 GMT ]

In February 2009, the Boston Globe compared the ongoing massacre in Sri Lanka to the Bosnian Srebrenica genocide. [Full Story]

Tortured by police, separated from his family for years, but Tamil refugee still says nandri – thank you
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 26 Dec 2017 03:02 GMT ]

Near decade-long search for safety and to be reunited with his wife and child has been marked by trial and tribulation. [Full Story]

Pope Francis pleads for migrants at Christmas Eve Mass
[ BBC ] [ 25 Dec 2017 12:15 GMT ]

'We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones.' [Full Story]

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, Top Human Rights Official, Won’t Seek a Second Term
[ The New York Times ] [ 24 Dec 2017 03:48 GMT ]

In the current geopolitical context, might involve bending a knee in supplication; muting a statement of advocacy; lessening the independence and integrity of my voice — which is your voice.' [Full Story]

Tamil politicians should reject constitution that doesn't recognise Tamil homeland - Tamil Lawyers Forum
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 23 Dec 2017 02:44 GMT ]

The North-East was the inseparable and indisputable homeland of the Tamils. [Full Story]

British MPs call on Sri Lanka to release list of surrendered Tamils
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 22 Dec 2017 01:14 GMT ]

It is also one which reflects the government of Sri Lanka’s frankly shocking indifference to some of its most vulnerable and traumatised citizens.' [Full Story]

How a mother from Sri Lanka is helping Tamil-Canadians cope with disabilities
[ CBC News] [ 21 Dec 2017 01:15 GMT ]

ATI Foundation provides support for Tamil families with members who have disabilities. [Full Story]

Appam, pol sambol, lamprais: Flavours from the delectable Sri Lankan cuisine
[ The News Minute ] [ 20 Dec 2017 04:07 GMT ]

Sri Lankan cuisine is also influenced by the Dutch Burgher community. [Full Story]

UN asks urgent reforms to end arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 19 Dec 2017 02:04 GMT ]

The U.N. Committee against Torture described continuing reports of abductions, deaths in custody, poor conditions of detention and the use of forced confessions in court. [Full Story]

Conviviality vs Censorship: On Media Freedom in Sri Lanka
[ GroundViews ] [ 18 Dec 2017 01:35 GMT ]

Under the Presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa between 2005 and 2015, government brutality and censorship towards the media in Sri Lanka reached new levels. [Full Story]

Reverse Carnatic Currents: From Lankan Tamils To South India
[ Outlook ] [ 17 Dec 2017 00:52 GMT ]

A young nadaswaram maestro from Sri Lanka regales Kerala audiences on the eve of the anniversary of a legend of the wind instrument. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Joins Global Landmine Ban
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 16 Dec 2017 00:03 GMT ]

'After deliberating for almost two decades, Sri Lanka ultimately decided to get on the right side of history by relinquishing antipersonnel mines,' Goose said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 15 Dec 2017 00:12 GMT ]

SRI LANKA’s responses to questions on accountability for rights violations at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were evasive and packed with clichés. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan man 'risks torture and rape' if deported from Australia
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 14 Dec 2017 03:47 GMT ]

UN panel of human rights experts asks for forced return to be halted while asylum seeker’s case is considered. [Full Story]

Lankan human rights activist Shreen Saroor gets Franco-German award
[ Menafn ] [ 13 Dec 2017 00:28 GMT ]

The Franco German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law is granted to persons who show significant engagement in the protection and the promotion of human rights and the rule of law. [Full Story]

Vanakkam Mthwakazi! Hello Mthwakazi! Vanakkam Tamils!
[ Bulawayo24 ] [ 12 Dec 2017 01:52 GMT ]

The Demos will also be used as launch-pad for networking and interworking with stateless Nations that have and continue suffer genocide and gross human rights violations around the world. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka At The Crossroads
[ CT ] [ 11 Dec 2017 00:37 GMT ]

Taking advantage of the Westminster-type constitution, Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists now claim, in the name of the state, to rule the whole country, unilaterally deciding the fate of Tamils and Muslims in the North and East. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan regime backing away from conflict resolution vows
[ Asia Times ] [ 10 Dec 2017 02:08 GMT ]

The situation in late 2017 appears to be no different to what prevailed before the conflict erupted into war in 1983. [Full Story]

Straws in the wind suggest memorialization might facilitate reconciliation
[ Menafn ] [ 09 Dec 2017 04:02 GMT ]

Mass public grieving helps bring out suppressed emotions in a non-violent manner which tend to get expended over a period of time. [Full Story]

Colombia Is the Unexpected Player in Sri Lanka’s Quest for a Better Future
[ World Politics Review ] [ 08 Dec 2017 03:15 GMT ]

It’s crucial to listen to the stories of the victims and recognize their suffering. That, he maintains, is a powerful component of national healing. [Full Story]

History's Lost Transoceanic Voyages: Tamils and Sumerians Among the FIRST to Reach Australia
[ Ancient Origins ] [ 07 Dec 2017 04:44 GMT ]

According to Dr Winters, 'I have looked at the inscriptions from Australia and they appear to be written in TAMIL writing derived from the Indus Valley script, called TAMILI.' [Full Story] [Part II]

INDIA: Why India is buying the world's emptiest airport
[ Lowy Institute ] [ 06 Dec 2017 01:14 GMT ]

Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. [Full Story]

Tamil bishop rebuilds lives of war victims
[ UCA News ] [ 05 Dec 2017 02:02 GMT ]

There are at least 89,000 war widows living in conflict-hit areas in eastern and northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

'TN leaders must see plight of hill country Tamils'
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 Dec 2017 00:52 GMT ]

Let them [State leaders] come and see how the hill country Tamils live. Even today, 40,000 families do not have toilet facilities.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN experts on arbitrary detention launch official visit
[ United Nations Human Rights ] [ 03 Dec 2017 01:27 GMT ]

A three-member delegation from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka to assess the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Failure to Confront Its Past and Present Casts a Shadow on Its Future
[ World Politics Review ] [ 02 Dec 2017 00:07 GMT ]

Eight years after the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka has enormous potential and great ambitions, but the failure to look fearlessly at the past and at the present is casting a shadow on the future. [Full Story]

Looking at Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 01 Dec 2017 04:55 GMT ]

There is agreement that this is the time to address problems that cannot be neglected any longer. [Full Story]

Poetry, best mode to express one's feelings: VC
[ The Hindu ] [ 30 Nov 2017 00:02 GMT ]

About 50 poets from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, 50 poets from Tamil Nadu and a host of Tamil scholars attended the conference. [Full Story]

‘Making Haste Slowly’ is a Tired Refrain in Sri Lanka
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 29 Nov 2017 00:15 GMT ]

The government’s credibility – and that of the Human Rights Council – depends on moving from promises to action. [Full Story]

Thousands of British Tamils commemorate Maaveerar Naal
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 28 Nov 2017 00:05 GMT ]

The British parliamentarian added that the parliamentary group will continue to work to increase international pressure on Sri Lanka to hold them accountable for mass atrocities committed against the Tamil people. [Full Story]

UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED, WE WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN FALLEN!
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 27 Nov 2017 23:24 GMT ]

The playoff between the two Sinhala political parties to deny the Tamils' self-respect and opportunity to develop themselves in their homeland can be detrimental to the future of a United Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

The Constitution conundrum
[ The Hindu ] [ 26 Nov 2017 01:20 GMT ]

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution created a system of diarchy in the structure of government, the two centres of power managed to function in a spirit of cooperation. [Full Story]

Families of disappeared 'deeply frustrated by continued inaction' by Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Nov 2017 00:18 GMT ]

They called on the government to ensure lists of surrendees, detainees under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), and all other indefinite detainees, be released within 20 days. [Full Story]

India’s Regional Power Credentials Under Threat by China
[ The Diplomat ] [ 24 Nov 2017 02:07 GMT ]

India’s loss of leverage with Colombo following China’s intervention in Sri Lanka’s civil war was noted by the International Crisis Group. [Full Story]

In Tamil Nadu, a book donation drive is underway to restock a Sri Lanka library set afire in 1981
[ Scroll.in ] [ 23 Nov 2017 01:12 GMT ]

The state government is collecting books in the Tamil language for the new Jaffna Public Library, a symbol of Sri Lanka’s Tamil cultural identity. [Full Story]

Microsoft Translator Now Gets Tamil Text Translation Support
[ NDTV ] [ 22 Nov 2017 03:57 GMT ]

Tamil is one of the longest-surviving languages in the world and is currently being spoken by over 70 million native speakers within the Indian subcontinent and across the globe. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan civil war novel takes DSC prize for south Asian literature
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 21 Nov 2017 02:07 GMT ]

A novel that condenses the horrors of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war into an intimate love story has won the 2017 DSC prize for south Asian literature, the region’s richest book prize. [Full Story]

Tamil parties in Lanka may split for local elections in North
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 20 Nov 2017 01:52 GMT ]

The moderate and the nationalist factions of the TNA held separate meetings over the weekend. [Full Story]

A Visual Tour Of Bourdain’s Sri Lankan Food-Odyssey On ‘Parts Unknown’
[ Uproxx ] [ 19 Nov 2017 02:00 GMT ]

This week saw Bourdain traipsing into the northern reaches of Sri Lanka to get the Tamil side of the nearly three-decade-long Sri Lankan Civil War. [Full Story]

Debt drives Jaffna mom, children to death
[ The Hindu ] [ 18 Nov 2017 00:33 GMT ]

The interest rates are as high as 70%, and force borrowers to take new loans to service their existing debt, according to officials. [Full Story]

Tamil civil society groups call on international community to 're-prioritise accountability and justice' in Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Nov 2017 01:15 GMT ]

'The de-prioritisation of accountability processes and waning of pressure by the international community has only served to allow the government to place these issues on the backburner. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Timeline for Action
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 16 Nov 2017 00:05 GMT ]

'UN members need to look beyond the increasingly hollow promises of reform, and insist that the government present an action plan and timeline for honoring its commitments.' [Full Story]

The forgotten people
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Nov 2017 02:11 GMT ]

The plight of Sri Lankan refugees, who have been here for nearly 35 years, appears to have gone out of the public consciousness. [Full Story]

Dheepan explores the struggles and atrocities of civil wars
[ The Indian Express ] [ 14 Nov 2017 00:34 GMT ]

The people who are actually part of the crisis, face much worse than we can imagine. To witness war, blood, losing families and friends, leaving the homeland to 'settle' where fate takes them. [Full Story]

Exploring post-tsunami Sri Lanka
[ The Week ] [ 13 Nov 2017 01:50 GMT ]

Twelve years ago, a tsunami devastated the region, claiming more than 40,000 lives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka says it will investigate alleged torture of Tamils
[ WPXI Pittsburgh ] [ 12 Nov 2017 19:10 GMT ]

'We have accepted a transitional justice process ... but that process will take a little bit of time. We have to educate the troops who fought, then the public. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 11 Nov 2017 00:05 GMT ]

More than 100,000 people were estimated to have died in the war, including at least up to 40,000 civilians in its final months, according to U.N. estimates. [Full Story]

Dozens of Tamil Men Seeking Asylum Say Sri Lankan Forces Raped and Tortured Them
[ Washington Post ] [ 10 Nov 2017 00:01 GMT ]

'These survivors are the walking wounded of an invisible war. [Full Story]

China's growing presence ratchets tensions in Sri Lanka
[ Global Risk Insights ] [ 09 Nov 2017 03:27 GMT ]

New Delhi can rely on its geographical proximity and cultural ties to secure a place in Sri Lanka’s development. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace
[ Financial Times UK ] [ 08 Nov 2017 00:25 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka has shown how it’s possible to hoodwink the international community, always asking for space and time — and now Myanmar is following their lead.' [Full Story]

Joint Statement From the U.S. Dept of State and the Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on the 2nd U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 08 Nov 2017 00:05 GMT ]

The U.S. expressed support to Sri Lanka in the implementation of commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution, such as truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's post-war poverty trap
[ The Hindu ] [ 07 Nov 2017 02:05 GMT ]

Eight years after the civil war ended, people in the war-hit north and east are gripped by poverty. [Full Story]

Why this Tamil asylum seeker called an Apollo Bay teacher 'Mum'
[ The Canberra Times ] [ 06 Nov 2017 00:32 GMT ]

Teacher Alison Corke, 62, started writing to Tamil asylum seeker Para Paheer, 39, in 2010, during his detention on Christmas Island. He was eventually released and now lives with her family in Victoria. [Full Story]

Anthony Bourdain Explores Sri Lanka's Newfound Peace In Latest 'Parts Unknown'
[ Food and Wine ] [ 05 Nov 2017 01:10 GMT ]

If the country truly tries to rebuild by investing in the destroyed areas, and letting refugees return to their homes after, in some cases, multiple decades, progress is possible. [Full Story]

The man who 'discovered' 780 Indian languages
[ BBC ] [ 04 Nov 2017 02:01 GMT ]

To keep our democracy alive, we have to keep our languages alive.' [Full Story]

The time when America stopped being great
[ BBC ] [ 03 Nov 2017 00:27 GMT ]

There is an extent to which America is politics-proof and president-proof. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: War victims' families struggle for justice 10 years on
[ Aljazeera ] [ 02 Nov 2017 02:19 GMT ]

Many victims' families are frustrated with long delays. [Full Story]

Contextualizing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners
[ The Diplomat ] [ 01 Nov 2017 01:34 GMT ]

For those who still hold high hopes about Sri Lanka’s current president and the road to deeper reform, now is an opportune time to recalibrate expectations. [Full Story]

'Sri Lanka Tamils agreeing to Constitutional proposals historic'
[ The Indian Express ] [ 31 Oct 2017 00:55 GMT ]

'To erase the bitter past there must be dignity, equality of all in the country'. [Full Story]

Don’t Be Fooled by Sri Lanka’s UN Engagement
[ The Diplomat ] [ 30 Oct 2017 02:07 GMT ]

Colombo remains unserious about transitional justice. [Full Story]

Observations by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
[ UN Human Rights ] [ 29 Oct 2017 02:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka continues to deprive itself of the benefits of Transitional Justice. [Full Story]

Support For 'Mersal' Shows Why Regional Nationalism Makes The South Unscalable For BJP
[ Huffington Post India ] [ 28 Oct 2017 01:05 GMT ]

In this culture of the primacy of Tamil nationalism, where disenchantment to local parties brooks nothing but home-grown resistance. [Full Story]

Braid-chopper and grease devil: Social trauma in times of fear and alienation
[ The Indian Express ] [ 27 Oct 2017 01:55 GMT ]

The grease devil incidents stopped as suddenly and as mysteriously as they had begun. [Full Story]

Selling Transitional Justice to way Sri Lankans
[ MENAFM ] [ 26 Oct 2017 00:58 GMT ]

This according to de Greiff is the most pressing argument for post-conflict justice mechanisms, as one of the key aims of the proposed justice mechanisms is guarantee of non-recurrence. [Full Story]

U.N. says Sri Lanka's delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks
[ Reuters ] [ 25 Oct 2017 00:14 GMT ]

No one should be under the impression that waiting is a costless alternative,' he told reporters in Colombo after concluding his mission. [Full Story]

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 24 Oct 2017 00:05 GMT ]

A United Nations expert warned Monday that Sri Lanka must speed up its own long-stalled investigation into war crimes by troops or risk action by the international community. [Full Story]

Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield
[ BBC ] [ 23 Oct 2017 03:20 GMT ]

In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. [Full Story]

Reid has found a new life
[ Shepparton News ] [ 22 Oct 2017 03:08 GMT ]

His story is filled with fear, discrimination and injustice, but also a desire to represent and create a better life for his people. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Do We Really Need a New Constitution?
[ SL Guardian ] [ 21 Oct 2017 00:45 GMT ]

Any attempt to make Sri Lanka a Sinhala-Buddhist ethnic nation would boost the extreme Tamil nationalist campaign aimed at separation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayapu Joseph — The Prophet of our Time
[ SL Guardian ] [ 20 Oct 2017 01:35 GMT ]

As the war continued Bishop Rayappu agonizingly prayed and meditated deeply. [Full Story]

Conservative MPs urge justice for genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka at party conference
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 19 Oct 2017 00:09 GMT ]

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid recognised the contribution of the Tamil community to British life. [Full Story]

The Constitution should help foster an inclusive and harmonious Sri Lanka!
[ SL Guardian ] [ 18 Oct 2017 01:22 GMT ]

A constructive dialogue within and between the Sri Lankan diaspora communities around the globe can make a vital contribution towards building trust and reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Opportunities to Counter Youth Radicalization
[ The Diplomat ] [ 17 Oct 2017 02:07 GMT ]

Textbooks in Sri Lanka reinforce ethno-religious divides, and could potentially lead youth to adhering to exclusive ethno-centric versions of nationalism. [Full Story]

In fact: On Indian military decisions of today, shadow of a pyrrhic victory yesterday
[ The Indian Express ] [ 16 Oct 2017 01:02 GMT ]

The origins of the Sri Lankan problem lay in the persecution, over years, of the minority Tamils by the state machinery. [Full Story]

Tamils in Jaffna demand release of political prisoners
[ The Hindu ] [ 15 Oct 2017 02:45 GMT ]

'Despite the political prisoners’ repeated struggles and hunger strikes, the government has not paid any attention to their plight,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Students rally for Tamil hunger strikers
[ Greenleft ] [ 14 Oct 2017 03:33 GMT ]

They began a hunger strike on September 25 demanding that their case be heard in a Tamil area. [Full Story]

The thoughts of Chairman Xi
[ BBC ] [ 13 Oct 2017 04:15 GMT ]

Not since Chairman Mao has China’s dream of greatness rested so heavily on one man. [Full Story]

Interview: I was invited by the President — Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel
[ SL Guardian ] [ 12 Oct 2017 07:45 GMT ]

Fr SJ Emmanuel states he came to Sri Lanka on the invitations of the President Maithripala Sirisena and other key members of the current government to enhance the reconciliation process in the country. [Full Story]

Merger of north, east provinces needed: Sri Lanka opposition leader Sampanthan
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 11 Oct 2017 00:40 GMT ]

The proposed new Constitution may be the last chance to achieve reconciliation through an acceptable sharing of power. [Full Story]

Demographic future of Sri Lanka
[ SL Guardian ] [ 10 Oct 2017 02:55 GMT ]

With 89,000 war widows among Tamils, 25,000 of whom are from Batticaloa and 4000 women under the age of 40, there was a marriage squeeze of Tamil women. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka families search for victims eight years after civil war
[ Aljazeera ] [ 09 Oct 2017 01:05 GMT ]

It's been exactly two years since the UN adopted a resolution calling on Sri Lanka to ensure justice for victims of the civil war. [Full Story]

PERIYAR SELF-RESPECT - PHILOSHOPY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT COLOGNE, GERMANY
[ Modern Rationalist ] [ 08 Oct 2017 00:25 GMT ]

We resolve to globalize this philosophy for living with dignity and equality. [Full Story]

UN expert on transitional justice to review progress in Sri Lanka
[ UN Human Rights ] [ 07 Oct 2017 02:52 GMT ]

'My visit aims to review the progress made thus far, to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process. [Full Story]

Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 06 Oct 2017 03:15 GMT ]

Minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. [Full Story]

Respect for pluralism crucial for genuine democracy, says Sri Lankan leader Sampanthan
[ The Hindu ] [ 05 Oct 2017 00:40 GMT ]

'Electoral processes by themselves quite often serve to retain majoritarianism,' [Full Story]

Just Back From...Sri Lanka
[ Harpers BAZAAR ] [ 04 Oct 2017 03:01 GMT ]

Buddhist culture was one of my personal favorite takeaways that it can be broken down into one simple rule of being a good person, and with that in mind, being good to the Earth and the people that inhabit it. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka heads for political stalemate as extremisms come to the fore
[ MENAFN ] [ 03 Oct 2017 00:24 GMT ]

Long standing political, economic and humanitarian demands of the Tamils have remained unmet. [Full Story]

Lanka's Tamil-speaking Northern Province ready to take stranded Rohingyas
[ MENAFN ] [ 02 Oct 2017 02:25 GMT ]

There is overwhelming sympathy for the suffering Rohingyas among the Tamils. [Full Story]

A minority within a minority - A subset of Tamils lags other Sri Lankans by almost every measure
[ The Economist ] [ 01 Oct 2017 02:00 GMT ]

They remain one of the country’s poorest and most neglected groups. [Full Story]

Once the arena of creative ideological battles, the politics of survival now blights Tamil Nadu
[ Scroll.in ] [ 30 Sep 2017 03:35 GMT ]

Kamal Haasan sounds more politically promising. [Full Story]

A thavil virtuoso's cross-border quest for recognition
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 Sep 2017 02:40 GMT ]

He effortlessly achieves perfect synchronisation between valanthalai and thoppi, and during solo performances, he would enthral the audience by producing beats akin to the sound of drums. [Full Story]

Ongoing UNHRC session: What’s in store for Sri Lanka?
[ GV ] [ 28 Sep 2017 00:45 GMT ]

The signs of things to come can already be heard in the corridors of the Palais des Nations. [Full Story]

A book-trip to the middle ages with their teacher
[ The Times of India] [ 27 Sep 2017 02:12 GMT ]

'This pottery (black-and-red-ware) was first used in the Iron Age and continued to be in use in the early centuries of the Christian era. [Full Story]

Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective
[ The Diplomat ] [ 26 Sep 2017 00:05 GMT ]

Time will tell if the operationalization of the OMP augurs a sincere commitment to a credible, comprehensive transitional justice process. [Full Story]

From dissecting 'thali' to sexism in Tamil films, this Facebook page is ruffling feathers
[ The News Minute ] [ 25 Sep 2017 01:52 GMT ]

There are many cultural beliefs and practices that suppress Indian women’s freedom and rights. [Full Story]

Kamal Haasan plays Game of Throne for a lead role
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 24 Sep 2017 04:50 GMT ]

Kamal Haasan’s intention to play the lead role in Tamil Nadu has taken the state politics by storm. [Full Story]

Editorial - Hopes and fears - On Sri Lanka's Constitutional reform
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Sep 2017 01:15 GMT ]

It is time Sri Lanka set itself free from the shackles of divisive notions of nationalism and charted a new path of equality and reconciliation for itself. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s Current Federalism Debate: Cause For Indian Concerns – Analysis
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 22 Sep 2017 03:17 GMT ]

'Federalism is not a call for division of the island. We demand devolution in an undivided country,' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka parties, including TNA agree to accept country as unitary state: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
[ Firstpost ] [ 21 Sep 2017 02:36 GMT ]

'The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has taken the unprecedented position that they would agree to the content. [Full Story]

TNA leader calls for recognition of Tamil identity in undivided Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 20 Sep 2017 01:15 GMT ]

Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan called for Sri Lanka’s new constitution to accept the long standing goal of recognising the identity and dignity of the Tamil speaking people. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu - Book fair from Dec. 22
[ The Hindu ] [ 19 Sep 2017 03:05 GMT ]

The Puducherry Writers’ Book Society is organising its second International Book Fair 2017. [Full Story]

Here is a candidate for the global Sri Lankan novel, and it is only the author’s debut
[ Scroll.in ] [ 18 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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]

Sri Lanka's Questionable Reconciliation Week
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 31 Dec 2016 02:30 GMT ]

A reconciliation week is unlikely to truly help conflict-affected people or to meaningfully promote reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sasikala: The 'new mother' of Tamil Nadu politics
[ BBC ] [ 30 Dec 2016 00:07 GMT ]

Sasikala's political and administrative acumen is still largely unknown. [Full Story]

India: Madras high court questions Jayalalitha death cause
[ BBC ] [ 29 Dec 2016 15:28 GMT ]

She was admitted to a local hospital for more than three months, but little information was given about her health. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka At A Crossroads - A Tamil Perspective
[ CT ] [ 28 Dec 2016 01:02 GMT ]

It is now obvious that Sri Lanka wouldn't have made any significant progress by March 2017 in implementing the UNHRC resolution that it co-sponsored. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Foreign Policy: Diaspora And Lobbying - Analysis
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 27 Dec 2016 03:05 GMT ]

A diaspora has the ability to maneouvre the nation's policy so that it advances their interests. [Full Story]

Christian leaders urge calm and faith in time of 'fear'
[ BBC ] [ 26 Dec 2016 01:46 GMT ]

He quoted Bank of England governor Mark Carney who said globalisation had for many brought "uncertainty" and "low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporation and striking inequalities". [Full Story]

Pope Francis's Christmas message calls for an end to Syrian war
[ BBC ] [ 25 Dec 2016 12:45 GMT ]

Throughout the past year, the Pope has urged compassion towards refugees, reminding Christians that Jesus himself was a migrant. [Queen's Xmas Message]

Sri Lankan court acquits five men in Tamil MP murder trial
[ BBC ] [ 24 Dec 2016 09:41 GMT ]

Nadarajah Raviraj was shot dead in his car in the capital, Colombo, during Sri Lanka's bitter civil war. [Full Story]

Tamil lanka desolate in tragedy but hope remains
[ The Indian Express ] [ 23 Dec 2016 00:35 GMT ]

After J Jayalalithaa's death, Lankan Tamil community that had her support is waiting and watching what would be the next step of her successors. [Full Story]

Had We But World Enough, and Time
[ The Indian Express ] [ 22 Dec 2016 01:15 GMT ]

'When you have the consciousness to understand that you belong to a culture and a history that is being destroyed, you realise it is your duty to be an embodiment of that history and culture. [Full Story]

Everyone accepts need to solve Tamil question, says Ranil
[ The Hindu ] [ 21 Dec 2016 02:58 GMT ]

He said that the project of seeing through major constitutional change would succeed, and that, as part of that process, an enduring devolution-based solution to the Tamil question would be put in place. [Full Story]

UN agency says government torture and abductions continue in Sri Lanka
[ WSWS ] [ 20 Dec 2016 02:58 GMT ]

It is determined to whitewash Colombo's war crimes and other human rights violations. [Full Story]

Wigneswaran says only 5.2% of private lands belonging to Tamils have been returned
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 19 Dec 2016 01:48 GMT ]

Out of the 67,000 acres of private lands of the Tamils seized by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the war, only 3,500 acres have been returned so far. [Full Story]

EU: Don't turn a blind eye to torture in Sri Lanka
[ The Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 18 Dec 2016 02:14 GMT ]

The EU Commission must remain mindful of the role that GSP+ will surely play in the much broader effort, to ensure that Sri Lanka effectively deals with the legacy of the war through a credible justice and reconciliation process. [Full Story]

Nobody's people of Chirala
[ The Hindu ] [ 17 Dec 2016 00:05 GMT ]

They also have no facility to learn their mother tongue in the schools here. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's internal war cost US$ 200 billion
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 16 Dec 2016 02:17 GMT ]

The Tamil sense of grievances unaddressed makes the return of separatism and radicalism in another form a matter of time,' he feels. [Full Story]

When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda: Sri Lanka Edition
[ The Diplomat ] [ 15 Dec 2016 00:02 GMT ]

While it's good that a transitional justice program is in the works, the root causes of the island nation's ethnic conflict remain unresolved. [Full Story]

When a brave few saved hundreds during Lankan war
[ The Times of India ] [ 14 Dec 2016 04:57 GMT ]

The volunteers of TRO saved the children in the bunkers risking their lives during the civil war in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Not without my memories
[ The Indian Express ] [ 13 Dec 2016 00:30 GMT ]

What do people take when conflict pushes them out of their homes? [Full Story]

With civil war and a tsunami behind it, Sri Lanka's east coast is opening up to tourism
[ Washington Post ] [ 12 Dec 2016 01:51 GMT ]

It's hard to tell what the current government, elected on a promise to repudiate the corruption of the old regime, may mean for Passikudah. [Full Story]

Remembering and rebuilding
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 11 Dec 2016 03:39 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's faltering approach over the last year does not bode well for those who wish to see a genuine peace on the island. [Full Story]

North Sri Lankan Chief Minister says Tamils oppose only illegal erection of Buddha statues
[ New Indian Express ] [ 10 Dec 2016 00:36 GMT ]

Statues of the Buddha and the construction of Buddhist temple are being done without consulting the elected Provincial Council. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt
[ Fox News ] [ 09 Dec 2016 01:17 GMT ]

Sirisena's government has yet to fulfill those promises for an investigation, partly for fear of losing support among Sinhalese, analysts say. [Full Story]

UN urges Sri Lanka to probe ongoing torture, war crimes
[ Reuters ] [ 08 Dec 2016 00:36 GMT ]

"We didn't see evidence that the government is moving on the accountability issues either, the truth commission issues that it promised it would institute," she said. [Full Story]

She was a beacon of hope for lankan tamils
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 07 Dec 2016 05:55 GMT ]

Bold and uncompromising actions were much appreciated by Sri Lankan Tamils who had reposed great faith in her. [Full Story]

Grief and mourning for India's 'iron lady'
[ BBC ] [ 06 Dec 2016 09:09 GMT ]

The central government in Delhi has announced that Tuesday will be a national holiday as a mark of respect and that she will be given a funeral with full state honours. [Full Story]

Tamil icon Jayalalitha dies at 68
[ BBC ] [ 05 Dec 2016 18:41 GMT ]

We have lost a great politician, and a great champion of women's rights." [Full Story]

The volunteers who kept Chennai afloat through the floods
[ BBC ] [ 04 Dec 2016 01:29 GMT ]

On 2 December 2015, the south Indian city of Chennai (Madras) witnessed devastating floods, after receiving the heaviest rainfall it had witnessed in a century. [Full Story]

The Constitution, Transitional Justice and the Budget
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 Dec 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Issues such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the provincial councils, a key issue for the Tamil diaspora, would be 'possible' as per the Finance Sub-Committee report he added. [Full Story]

Sirisena: devolution key to Sri Lankan reconciliation
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 Dec 2016 01:20 GMT ]

Mr. Sirisena said he was trying to achieve a solution acceptable to all communities and invited all groups to join hands with him to solve the problem. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: An Ethnocratic State - Preventing Positive Peace
[ Epress ] [ 01 Dec 2016 02:04 GMT ]

If positive peace is to prevail in the island of Sri Lanka, it is crucial to accept and eliminate the ethnocratic policies and practices in Sri Lankan state affairs without further delay. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka: Tamils protest new ethnic cleansing
[ The Greenleft ] [ 30 Nov 2016 00:11 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has long had a policy of establishing Sinhalese settlements in traditionally Tamil areas of the northern and eastern parts of the island. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka says no deadline to address allegations on war
[ Xinhua ] [ 29 Nov 2016 03:31 GMT ]

Sri Lanka was once on the verge of an economic embargo. [Full Story]

Looking at Some Important Issues in Sri Lanka
[ Huffington Post ] [ 28 Nov 2016 03:31 GMT ]

Progress has been slow - particularly in terms of ensuring accountability for international crimes. [Full Story]

Jaffna University marks Maaveerar Naal
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 27 Nov 2016 21:39 GMT ]

Students and staff at the University of Jaffna marked Maaveerar Naal (Tamil national remembrance day) on Friday, lighting candles in memory of those who gave their lives to the Tamil struggle. [Full Story]
[A Maveerar Day Message]

People will get chance to approve Constitution: Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
[ The Indian Express ] [ 26 Nov 2016 02:30 GMT ]

The government expects the new Constitution to address the demand of Tamil minorities for political recognition. [Full Story]

Flavours from an island nation
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 Nov 2016 01:55 GMT ]

Its colonial past and mixed heritage have played a role in shaping it to its current state. [Full Story]

NORTH SOUTH DIALOGUE - Press Conference Of the Tamil People's Council in Colombo
[ SL Guardian ] [ 24 Nov 2016 00:11 GMT ]

Our objective was to convey to our friends and allies, through a mass rally, that the concerns of the Tamil people are yet to be substantially addressed, and that justice continues to be denied to us. [Full Story]

Inaugural Meeting of the Canadian-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group
[ TWG ] [ 23 Nov 2016 04:55 GMT ]

Several items of business were passed at this inaugural meeting, including a Constitution, election of the Executive and consensus to build relations with groups such as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils in the United Kingdom. [Full Story PDF]

Congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump: Tamils for Trump
[ EIN News ] [ 22 Nov 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Tamils need a political solution and justice to live in their homeland with safety and security. [Full Story]

UN Human Rights Committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate Canadian torture victim
[ National Post ] [ 21 Nov 2016 01:24 GMT ]

A Toronto man who was imprisoned and tortured while visiting Sri Lanka must be compensated for the abuses he suffered, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled. [Full Story]

Trump in the U.S., Brexit in UK Worry Sri Lanka
[ The Citizen ] [ 20 Nov 2016 01:05 GMT ]

There is a need for the government to be more transparent with the people, and to consult with them, and explain to them its plans for the future. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's UN Fiasco
[ Huffington Post ] [ 19 Nov 2016 02:44 GMT ]

Sri Lanka was recently under the microscope of the committee and, to put it mildly, things did not go smoothly. [Full Story]

UN probe sought on torture by Sri Lankan security forces
[ The Indian Express ] [ 18 Nov 2016 00:02 GMT ]

'The international community, including the UN is under an obligation to ensure that the Government of Sri Lanka honours its commitments made in the Human Rights Council in regard to the transitional justice programme in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan official dodges UN questions over alleged torture
[ The Washington Post ] [ 17 Nov 2016 03:27 GMT ]

The U.N.'s Human Rights Council last year unanimously approved a resolution to increase post-war accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

A Reflection on conflicts in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian ] [ 16 Nov 2016 02:19 GMT ]

Let us hope that in the land of our heritage, the sounds of guns and bombs will never be heard again. [Full Story]

Under the Radar: Tourism in Sri Lanka at risk from military
[ Global Risk Insights ] [ 15 Nov 2016 01:22 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's military is undercutting local and foreign companies, and sowing the seeds for future violence as the Tamil minority continues to be marginalized. [Full Story]

Age Of Donald Trump Heralds A New World Order Built Around Hard-Edged Nationalism
[ Huffington Post ] [ 14 Nov 2016 00:02 GMT ]

This time what was being heard around the world has finally found its echo in America. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Call for autonomous unit in North-East renewed by GTF
[ SL Guardian ] [ 13 Nov 2016 03:08 GMT ]

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) on behalf of the Sri Lankan Tamils resident overseas has called for the creation of an ‘Autonomous Tamil Region' (ATR) in a re-merged Northern and Eastern Province to address their grievances. [Full Story]

Will Sri Lanka's new constitution retain the mistakes that led to 25 years of civil war?
[ Scroll ] [ 12 Nov 2016 01:18 GMT ]

The armed forces were accused of planting Buddhist symbols in Tamil regions like Jaffna and Trincomalee, leading to protests from the Tamil National Alliance. [Full Story]

Solving problems of Tamils is my obligation: Sirisena
[ The Hindu ] [ 11 Nov 2016 05:01 GMT ]

People of the south are scared of the word ‘federal'. People of the north are scared of the word ‘unitary'. [Full Story]

AUSTRALIA REFUSING TO ACCEPT ASYLUM SEEKERS OR SENDING THEM BACK
[ TWG ] [ 10 Nov 2016 01:21 GMT ]

What is happening to the Tamils and other asylum seekers amounts to refoulement under the UN Refugee Convention. [Full Story PDF]

Consistency Seen in Trump Foreign Policy Positions
[ Voice of America ] [ 09 Nov 2016 21:51 GMT ]

"We will seek common ground, not hostility; relationships, not conflict," he said. [Full Story]

US election result: Clinton says Trump must have chance to lead
[ BBC ] [ 09 Nov 2016 19:55 GMT ]

The president-elect has said his immediate priorities are restoring the country's infrastructure and doubling its economic growth. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Police Shooting of Two Students More of the Same
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 08 Nov 2016 02:05 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is due to appear before the United Nations Committee Against Torture and is expected to make a case about its security sector reforms - something it agreed to take on after a 2015 UN Human Rights Council review. [Full Story]

Review: The Island Nation, The Arcola Theatre
[ A Younger Theatre ] [ 07 Nov 2016 02:24 GMT ]

This sensory overload gives a snapshot of the devastation launching into the political negotiations and the difficulties in achieving peace. [Full Story]

North-East must be recognized as Tamil homeland
[ Daily Mirror ] [ 06 Nov 2016 01:55 GMT ]

The idea of nationhood comes organically. [Full Story]

Erasing The Past: Repression of Memorialization in North-East Sri Lanka
[ Pearl ] [ 05 Nov 2016 01:44 GMT ]

Efforts by victims and survivors to commemorate the past are suppressed by restrictions on freedom of assembly, oppressive state surveillance, and the presence of competing memorialization projects. [Full Story]

EU Delegation Urges Sri Lanka to Improve Human Rights
[ The New York Times ] [ 04 Nov 2016 00:10 GMT ]

The success of Sri Lanka's application to get back the trade concessions depends on meeting human rights requirements set by the EU. [Full Story]

Lanka sacks spy chief after unrest in Tamil north
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 03 Nov 2016 05:14 GMT ]

The move came amid suspicion that the military was backing the terror group named 'Ava Group' operating in the northern Jaffna peninsula. [Full Story]

Emerging Scenarios Of An Independent Thamil Eelam
[ The Sunday Leader ] [ 02 Nov 2016 01:37 GMT ]

No nation would remain politically subjugated, militarily occupied and physically degraded forever! [Full Story]

January is Officially Declared as Tamil Heritage Month in Canada
[ Tamil Culture ] [ 01 Nov 2016 01:01 GMT ]

The motion will 'recognize the contributions that Tamil-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of the Tamil language and culture. [Full Story]

In the wash-up, Sri Lankan asylum loser wins
[ The Australian ] [ 31 Oct 2016 00:03 GMT ]

The Tamils of the north lived in a totalitarian state within Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Public Perceptions on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
[ The Diplomat ] [ 30 Oct 2016 01:05 GMT ]

Colombo's performance thus far leaves a lot to be desired. [Report PDF]

How Sri Lanka Demonstrates the Limits of the UN System
[ The National Interest ] [ 29 Oct 2016 01:05 GMT ]

There are legitimate worries that, if Sri Lanka falls off the council's formal agenda, then Colombo may be even less inclined to follow through on its previous commitments. [Full Story]

The Lankan example
[ Dawn ] [ 28 Oct 2016 00:23 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is realising that ending a war doesn't equal peace. It only represents a window of opportunity. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Separatists or Minorities?
[ The Diplomat ] [ 27 Oct 2016 03:44 GMT ]

The government has done little to credibly identify and address the root causes of the conflict, despite calls by local minority political parties and many foreign governments for a political settlement. [Full Story]

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam review - love and war in Sri Lanka
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 26 Oct 2016 01:26 GMT ]

A debut novel which raises timely questions about how we regard the suffering of others. [Full Story]

Royal Borough of Kingston twins with Jaffna
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 25 Oct 2016 02:05 GMT ]

The move to twin the two regions drew support from all political parties in the UK. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka arrests police over Tamil student deaths
[ Daily Times ] [ 24 Oct 2016 03:15 GMT ]

The latest incident in Jaffna came a day after a UN human rights expert asked Colombo to take urgent measures to 'clearly demonstrate' its commitment to protect minorities. [Full Story]

Meet highlighting Tamil culture and tradition from tomorrow
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Oct 2016 00:03 GMT ]

'As the Tamils have spread over different parts of the world, the conference will deliberate the impact of Tamil tradition and culture on other countries. [Full Story]

Tamils in Sri Lanka feel pessimistic due to lack of reconciliation: UK Global Tamil Forum
[ The Indian Express ] [ 22 Oct 2016 01:42 GMT ]

The group appealed to the Lankan government to embark on focussed and targeted initiatives towards accountability, political resolution and reconciliation. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: UN rights expert urges Government to take concrete steps to protect minorities
[ UN News Centre ] [ 21 Oct 2016 02:02 GMT ]

'In order to achieve peaceful co-existence after the long devastating civil war, a comprehensive, well-planned and well-coordinated truth, reconciliation, healing and accountability process must take place. [Full Story]

UN official urges Sri Lanka to take stronger measures to protect minorities
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 20 Oct 2016 06:11 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's government must "clearly demonstrate" its political will and commitment to better protect the Indian Ocean island's minorities by taking urgent steps to resolve post-war issues. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Too much On The India Plate, But Too Little Take-Away Yet? - Analysis
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 19 Oct 2016 05:42 GMT ]

There was no mention in either Delhi or Goa about any interactions between the two sides on Sri Lanka's ethnic issue, accountability probe', power-devolution and Constitution-making. [Full Story]

Devolving power among other changes in Lanka's new charter:TNA
[ Business Standard ] [ 18 Oct 2016 02:33 GMT ]

The Tamil minority envisages political reform to address their long standing political grievances in the new Constitution. [Full Story]

Swiss an excellent model for Sri Lanka: Sampanthan
[ Ceylon News ] [ 17 Oct 2016 02:27 GMT ]

Sampanthan said that there were many lessons which Sri Lanka could learn from Switzerland in terms of power devolution and peaceful co-existence. [Full Story]

A Tamil Diaspora Perspective on Sri Lanka
[ International Policy Digest ] [ 16 Oct 2016 00:09 GMT ]

The TNA should recognize the power of the people and use that people's power and that of the international community to move forward. [Full Story]

Book on why the British Left Tamil's Stranded
[ TWG ] [ 15 Oct 2016 20:58 GMT ]

The British knew that the Tamils in SL looked upon India as Mother India. [Full Story]

'Hard Brexit' or 'no Brexit' for Britain - Tusk
[ BBC ] [ 14 Oct 2016 00:04 GMT ]

"The brutal truth is that Brexit will be a loss for all of us. There will be no cakes on the table. For anyone. There will be only salt and vinegar." [Full Story]

Portugal's Antonio Guterres elected UN secretary general
[ BBC ] [ 13 Oct 2016 17:51 GMT ]

"He is perhaps best known where it counts most - on the frontlines of armed conflict and humanitarian suffering," Mr Ban said. [Full Story]

Can Sri Lanka Hold On to Its Fragile Peace?
[ National Geographic Society ] [ 12 Oct 2016 01:13 GMT ]

Seven years after a brutal civil war, the South Asian nation faces the aftermath: the tens of thousands homeless or missing. [Full Story]

The fraught road to justice: Sri Lankan victims of sexual violence
[ Open Democracy ] [ 11 Oct 2016 03:31 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan state must begin to engage with the voices of Sri Lanka's women who have been brutalised and left to navigate a fraught system. [Full Story]

Tamil National Alliance fears law to replace anti-terror act may be old wine in a new bottle
[ New Indian Express ] [ 10 Oct 2016 00:55 GMT ]

'It may even be worse than the PTA going by the influence of the Security Establishment on government's thinking on these matters,' TNA's spokesman and MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, told Express. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamils demand return of occupied land
[ Green Left ] [ 09 Oct 2016 02:26 GMT ]

Settlements made up of members of the Sinhalese ethnic majority are being established in Tamil areas. [Full Story]

Tamils resort to nationalism to shore up eroding political base
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 08 Oct 2016 01:01 GMT ]

TNA members in the committees of the constitutional assembly appear to pussyfoot on pushing for a meaningful federal constitution. [Full Story]

Notes on peace from northern Sri Lanka
[ DNA India ] [ 07 Oct 2016 03:11 GMT ]

A peace that does not deliver safety, guarantee justice and build a road to everyday well-being is a peace likely moving in reverse mode. [Full Story]

UN rights expert to visit Sri Lanka to assess current situation of minorities
[ UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ] [ 06 Oct 2016 00:45 GMT ]

'Experience has shown that the recognition and promotion of minority rights are critical, if not requisite, in achieving long-lasting peace and reconciliation. [Full Story]

Protests of Sri Lankan Tamils must not be dismissed as extremism
[ Two Circles ] [ 05 Oct 2016 12:10 GMT ]

It is thus urgent and imperative that the process is made open and transparent to succeed in providing a sustainable political solution that finally gives the Tamil people their political aspirations and rights. [Full Story]

Asylum seekers share stories, food at weekly feasts
[ SBS ] [ 04 Oct 2016 01:50 GMT ]

The cooks at Tamil Feasts have faced discrimination, detention and uncertainty. [Full Story]

India's disturbing Oscar entry takes on police torture
[ BBC ] [ 03 Oct 2016 03:37 GMT ]

A thriller in Tamil language has been chosen as India's official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Oscars. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamils rally in Jaffna against occupation, ethnic cleansing
[ Green Left ] [ 02 Oct 2016 02:08 GMT ]

The declaration called for recognition of Tamils as a distinct nation with the right of self-determination. [Full Story]

Destitution and Desperation in North Eastern Sri Lanka - An Inevitable Road To Women Being Abused!
[ TWG Editorial ] [ 01 Oct 2016 00:25 GMT ]

The issue requires a very urgent united effort from all the local, national and international agencies and governments before the situation gets worse and the sheer frustrations of the young Tamils could lead to a recurrence of old turbulence. [Full Story]

AI: Keep Victims at the Centre of Justice, Truth and Reparation Efforts
[ Amnesty International ] [ 30 Sep 2016 02:03 GMT ]

Public consultations, the bedrock on which Sri Lanka's transitional justice process must be built, are underway. [Full Report PDF]

Political justice is not enough to rebuild Sri Lanka
[ Reuters ] [ 29 Sep 2016 02:14 GMT ]

The politics were rooted in economic and social disenfranchisement of the Tamil minority by the Sinhala majority. [Full Story]

Tamils stage protest to highlight issues in Sri Lanka
[ Deccan Herald ] [ 28 Sep 2016 00:34 GMT ]

"The TNA pledged Tamils a federal solution at the last election. So the Tamils can be only happy with a federal solution by merging the north and east," [Full Story]

Book Review: A Long Watch - War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka
[ DNA ] [ 27 Sep 2016 01:27 GMT ]

It eschews the majoritarian bias that vitiated the island nation's politics, society and vital institutions, the armed forces and media. [Full Story]

No room for another ethnic war: Lanka president tells UNGA
[ Business Standard ] [ 26 Sep 2016 00:41 GMT ]

There will not be a repeat of the ethnic war with Tamils. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's President Misses an Opportunity at the UN
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 25 Sep 2016 19:11 GMT ]

Let's not forget that Colombo continues to drag its feet on a host of war-related issues. [Full Story]

Stateless Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka
[ Governance Now ] [ 24 Sep 2016 02:34 GMT ]

The condition at all the refugee camps is pathetic. [Full Story]

Travails of a war-torn people
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 Sep 2016 02:42 GMT ]

The need of the hour is a movement for social justice combining calls to address the grievances of minorities with demands for decent economic life for the citizenry at large. [Full Story]

EU advised to drop Hamas and Tamil Tigers from terror list
[ BBC ] [ 22 Sep 2016 12:41 GMT ]

She found that the Council incorrectly relied on judgements made by governments without checking that they had the same human rights as the EU. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Fleeing Tamils
[ World Policy ] [ 21 Sep 2016 04:24 GMT ]

Fear or experience of severe persecution, in addition to a de facto military occupation in the northern, predominantly Tamil parts of Sri Lanka, appear to be key push factors in the latest waves of emigration. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Tamil Body Meet with US Bureaucrats
[ SL Guardian ] [ 20 Sep 2016 02:01 GMT ]

Discussions included ground realities today in Sri Lanka, particularly in relation to the North and East. [Full Story]

India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
[ The Diplomat ] [ 19 Sep 2016 02:11 GMT ]

Geographic proximity meant that the histories of India and Sri Lanka were intertwined. [Full Story]

Justice and accountability for war related sexual violence in Sri Lanka
[ Open Democracy ] [ 18 Sep 2016 00:25 GMT ]

Pursuing justice for sexual violence in local contexts such as Sri Lanka is still fraught with challenges. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?
[ The Diplomat ] [ 17 Sep 2016 02:05 GMT ]

For Sri Lanka's transitional justice process, the coming months are crucial. [Full Story]

'The Story of A Brief Marriage' Imagines the Life of Persecuted Tamils in Sri Lanka
[ The Wire ] [ 16 Sep 2016 04:09 GMT ]

The Story of a Brief Marriage asks if life is worth the misery of living. [Full Story]

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE & RECONCILIATION: VOICES OF THE AFFECTED
[ Sri Lanka Briefing Notes ] [ 15 Sep 2016 05:22 GMT ]

Many issues are unresolved and demand the Government's attention. [Full Story]

Mama's Boys: An irreverent take on India's Mahabharat
[ BBC ] [ 14 Sep 2016 03:47 GMT ]

Mahabharat, created more than 2,000 years ago, is a complex story of the mythological Kurukshetra war. [Full Story]

Revealed: Incredible loophole that means 135 war crime suspects are living freely in the UK
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 13 Sep 2016 02:28 GMT ]

‘If there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a person here has been involved in acts of torture, war crimes or even genocide in a foreign country then surely the Home Office must be alerting the police and prosecution authorities who have a duty to act. [Full Story]

Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka: A Road to Nowhere?
[ Lawfare ] [ 12 Sep 2016 00:03 GMT ]

Colombo's failure to act more decisively on political prisoners is unjust, calls into question its commitment to transitional justice, and illustrates that Sri Lanka is far from a clear-cut success story. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan orphans saved by the Missionaries of Charity celebrate the Mother
[ Herald Malaysia ] [ 11 Sep 2016 02:22 GMT ]

The Missionaries of Charity live in the Home of peace', which takes in the sick, the disabled and orphans. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka lacks political will to establish transitional justice'
[ JDS ] [ 10 Sep 2016 00:25 GMT ]

A transitional justice process for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka was adopted by the UN human rights commission in Geneva last year. [Full Story]

"FITTING THE BILL": Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan Law
[ The South Asian Centre for Legal Studies ] [ 09 Sep 2016 03:02 GMT ]

Domestic crimes are fundamentally ill suited to deal with wartime abuses and violations that occurred as a result of the conduct of hostilities. [Full Report PDF]

More Worries Over Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Process
[ The Diplomat ] [ 08 Sep 2016 01:07 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's incipient transitional justice process is deeply flawed. [Full Story]

Tracing War Missing Still a Dangerous Quest in Sri Lanka
[ IPS News ] [ 07 Sep 2016 04:48 GMT ]

Those doing the tracing on the ground say that they still face intimidation and threats while doing their work. [Full Story]

Tamil peoples' council plans mass protest against installation of Buddha statues in Tamil areas
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 06 Sep 2016 02:56 GMT ]

The demonstrations will ask foreign powers, particularly India and the US, to mount pressure on the Sri Lankan government to meet the longstanding demands of the Tamils. [Full Story]

UN chief says Sri Lanka killings prompted self-scrutiny
[ The Boston Herald ] [ 05 Sep 2016 03:18 GMT ]

Since the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, Ban has been proactive in calling for accountability for rights violations. [Full Story]

U.N. chief urges Sri Lanka to redress wrongs of war
[ Reuters ] [ 04 Sep 2016 00:02 GMT ]

"But more can and should be done to address the legacy of the past and acknowledge the voices of the victims," he told a gathering in Colombo. [Full Story]

UN chief Ban Ki-moon asks Sri Lanka to speed up return of land to Tamils
[ First Post ] [ 03 Sep 2016 00:03 GMT ]

There should be more momentum to ensure lasting peace, seven years after the 37-year civil war ended. [Full Story]

A New Truth Commission for Sri Lanka: Lessons from Other Models
[ Diplomatic Courier ] [ 02 Sep 2016 02:06 GMT ]

Providing remedy for infringed-upon human rights has become one of the fundamental means of realizing the massive framework of human rights developed over the past century. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Still Counting the Wounds
[ The Indian Express ] [ 01 Sep 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Scholars argue that the sprouting of Buddhist shrines and icons in the north will inevitably be seen as cultural colonisation and will hamper reconciliation efforts. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's war-battered Tamils pin hopes on UN visit
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 31 Aug 2016 11:10 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's army has occupied thousands of hectares in the Jaffna peninsula - the heartland of the country's Tamil minority. [Full Story]

Tamils want devolution, not separation: Lanka oppostion leader
[ India Today ] [ 30 Aug 2016 03:04 GMT ]

"All political parties have joined in to make a new constitution. We expect the new constitution to give us solutions," Sampanthan said. [Full Story]

Caught by the tiger
[ The Hindu ] [ 29 Aug 2016 02:07 GMT ]

Engaging not only for its thrilling description about war, captivity and freedom, but also for its moral courage in imagining the possible future of a reconciled republic. [Full Story]

Why Sri Lanka Doesn't Trust the UN
[ The Diplomat ] [ 28 Aug 2016 00:15 GMT ]

Supranational bodies shall have the authority to take decisive action on matters of human rights if a state party is either unable or unwilling to promote, protect, incorporate, and disseminate international human rights principles. [Full Story]

Corruption, assassination and war crimes: A dream of reconciliation for Sri Lanka
[ ABC News ] [ 27 Aug 2016 01:17 GMT ]

"Without a foreign presence it's very hard to see how people will feel safe to participate and how the government is going to be able to deliver fair and just outcomes and a just process, given the track record it has. [Full Story]

THE LONG SHADOW OF WAR - The Struggle For Justice In Postwar Sri Lanka
[ The Oakland Institute ] [ 26 Aug 2016 00:44 GMT ]

We want to especially acknowledge people who met with us and shared their tragic experiences despite living in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the politically charged environment. [Full Story PDF]

Lanka opposition leader seeks Tamil prisoners' release
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 25 Aug 2016 03:09 GMT ]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan accused the Maithripala Sirisena-led government of not acting promptly since coming to power. [Full Story]

North Sri Lankan CM Wigneswaran boycotts Investment Forum organized by Governor
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 24 Aug 2016 02:45 GMT ]

He said that the elected representatives of the people of the Northern Province ought to have been consulted on the needs of the province before inviting investors. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan Justice Has No Place for Accountable Amnesties'
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 23 Aug 2016 05:17 GMT ]

The thousands of victims of abuses and their families from all sides in Sri Lanka's war should not be left out of the accountability process. [Full Story]

'Sri Lankan refugees living in inhuman conditions
[ The Times of India ] [ 22 Aug 2016 03:12 GMT ]

It is unfortunate that the country's promise to rehabilitate the Tamil refugee families are yet to be implemented even after three decades. [Full Story]

'Colombo has done nothing to help Tamil war widows'
[ The Times of India ] [ 21 Aug 2016 00:05 GMT ]

The Sangam - 4 founder Jageth Gaspar said, "After the war that ended in May 2009, the livelihood of Tamils, especially women, have become a big question mark. [Full Story]

Diaspora must join reconstruction efforts, say Sri Lankan Tamil MPs
[ The Hindu ] [ 20 Aug 2016 02:14 GMT ]

Tamils living in the North and East of Sri Lanka were not politically empowered now to bring about economic transformation in the war-torn region and look up to Tamils living elsewhere. [Full Story]

Defeat of triumphalism
[ The Hans India ] [ 19 Aug 2016 01:33 GMT ]

The Tamil factor must top the many reasons for Rajapaksa's defeat. [Full Story]

A single that is an ode to Sri Lankan Tamils
[ The Times of India ] [ 18 Aug 2016 04:29 GMT ]

This song is an ode to the Tamil language and has special emphasis on the Sri Lankan Tamil community. [Full Story]

Much to be done says US ambassador after visit to Jaffna
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 17 Aug 2016 02:01 GMT ]

'This will be difficult but it is necessary, and it is for the good of all Sri Lankans and for the happiness of all of her people,' he added.
[US Embassy Report]

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing
[ Reuters ] [ 16 Aug 2016 00:05 GMT ]

"We have brought this to correct the past mistakes in the history," Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera presenting the bill told the parliament. [Full Story]

Impunity Reigns In Sri Lanka's August 14, 2006 Bombing Of Schoolgirls
[ Forbes ] [ 15 Aug 2016 01:01 GMT ]

We are no closer to getting justice for these girls or the other tens of thousands of Tamil war victims. [Full Story]

Sencholai massacre: 10 years on, no justice
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Aug 2016 01:54 GMT ]

Tamils around the world today remember the 10th anniversary of the massacre of 53 school girls. [Full Story]

Political And Legal Confusion Hampers Release Of Tamil Prisoners
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 13 Aug 2016 04:02 GMT ]

The reason for tardiness in the matter of releasing these prisoners appears to be political and legal confusion besides the failure on the part of the government to implement its promise to the UN Human Rights Council. [Full Story]

Accepting Tamils 30 years ago changed Canada
[ Toronto Star ] [ 12 Aug 2016 00:17 GMT ]

Canada must do more to help those in dire need. [Full Story]

Locarno: Sri Lanka's Sivakumaran Pitches House,' Preps Shadows'
[ Yahoo ] [ 11 Aug 2016 00:05 GMT ]

A vision of a post-conflict society in Sri Lanka, the film's major issue, she wrote for the Open Doors brochure, is 'how we deal with memory as a post-conflict society. [Full Story]

Where chef Johnne Phinehas eats Sri Lankan food in the burbs
[ Toronto Life ] [ 10 Aug 2016 05:10 GMT ]

'The war tore apart the province - everyone started to evacuate,' [Full Story]

Christians urge Sri Lanka to adopt a secular constitution
[ UCA News ] [ 09 Aug 2016 02:35 GMT ]

"The constitution should promote harmony and co-existence amongst different religious communities," [Full Story]

Would international community adopt "hands off" policy towards Sri Lanka?
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Aug 2016 02:58 GMT ]

The pressure from outside will only compel the government to move towards issues concerning the ascertainment of truth, accountability and reparations. [Full Story]

Accountability must be addressed before framing new constitution, says Wigneswaran
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 07 Aug 2016 05:05 GMT ]

The constitution planned by the government will not be drafted to the Tamils' satisfaction unless accountability issues were satisfactorily addressed prior to that. [Full Story]

Many in diaspora approve Liberal push for reconciliation in scarred Sri Lanka
[ Metro News ] [ 06 Aug 2016 03:07 GMT ]

"It's very important for Sri Lanka to come to terms with the brutal war that took place and bring accountability. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's missing people - Refusing to give up hope
[ The Economist ] [ 05 Aug 2016 05:32 GMT ]

It urged the government to determine the fate of the disappeared; to punish those responsible; and to guarantee truth and reparation. [Full Story]

Tamils for Clinton Congratulates Hillary Clinton and Urges Everyone to Support Her
[ EIN ] [ 04 Aug 2016 00:02 GMT ]

Tamils for Clinton also fondly remembered her visiting the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in India Ms. Selvi Jeyalalithaa to discuss the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Singapore looks to Jaffna as it signs trade agreements with Colombo
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 Aug 2016 01:37 GMT ]

The country's deep cultural links with the Tamil people have been particularly longstanding. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: 10 Years Since Aid Worker Massacre
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 02 Aug 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Sri Lankan authorities have not brought to justice those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers a decade ago this week. [Full Story]

Sangam IV to feature global Tamil dialogue
[ The Hindu ] [ 01 Aug 2016 00:12 GMT ]

Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj, founder, said that the Sangam 4, in its third edition, would be a 10-day festival, starting from August 12. [Full Story]

July 1983: Betrayal Of The Absolute Right To Justice
[ CT ] [ 31 July 2016 01:22 GMT ]

The crimes committed in 1983 and the denial of justice thereafter goes beyond the limits of common sense. [Full Story]

On Rights and Justice: Some Perspective from Colombo
[ Huffington Post ] [ 30 July 2016 02:18 GMT ]

The positive progress is politically symbolic and matters a lot to ordinary people in their daily lives. But overall, progress has been too little and painfully slow. [Full Story]

Human Rights Priority Country update report: January to June 2016
[ Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK ] [ 29 July 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Much remains to be done for Sri Lanka to fulfil the commitments made in Resolution 30/1 at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in October 2015. [Full Story]

Black July - Setting The Record Straight
[ CT ] [ 28 July 2016 03:59 GMT ]

One that happened in 2009 intended actually to finish off, on a mass scale, the Tamil race in the island. [Full Story]

ICRC presses Sri Lanka on fate of 16,000 war missing
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 27 July 2016 01:15 GMT ]

The Geneva-based organisation released a 14-month survey conducted across Sri Lanka showing thousands of mainly ethnic Tamils were still searching for their loved ones. [Full Story]

What's Touted As Tamil King Elara's Tomb Is A Fable, Says Historian
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 26 July 2016 02:33 GMT ]

Elala ruled the Anuradhapura area in 2nd.Century BC (205 to 161 BC). [Full Story]

Canada, U.K. renew calls for reconciliation in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 25 July 2016 02:01 GMT ]

Canada and the United Kingdom, both known for having a significant number of Tamil diaspora, have renewed their call to Sri Lanka to fulfill commitments on human rights and democracy. [Full Story]

US Commends Sri Lanka's Reconciliation Measures
[ Voice of America ] [ 24 July 2016 01:02 GMT ]

According to U.N. estimates, up to 100,000 people were killed in the 26-year war, but many more are feared dead, including up to 40,000 civilians in the final months of the fighting. [Full Story]

EU links aid to reconciliation in Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 23 July 2016 03:05 GMT ]

The European Union (EU), one of leading trading partners of Sri Lanka, has urged the latter to include reconciliation and good governance under its €210-million development programme. [Full Story]

How Rajinikanth and Kabali mania swept India
[ BBC ] [ 22 July 2016 13:12 GMT ]

A group of Japanese fans have flown all the way to Chennai to catch the "first day first show" of the movie. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Cultural dance ends in uncultured behaviour
[ SL Guardian ] [ 21 July 2016 00:33 GMT ]

The fact that the Science Faculty in its entirety functions in English has made it more conducive for students of all races to fit in. [Full Story]

A Photographic Journey Into The Survival Of The Tamils
[ New Matilda ] [ 20 July 2016 03:01 GMT ]

One day my community will build an Eelam Tamil genocide museum. [Full Story]

Book review: Ruins is a haunting debut about family secrets and Sri Lanka's civil war
[ South China Morning Post ] [ 19 July 2016 01:58 GMT ]

It rolls along effortlessly, pulling together centuries of history, tradition and the residual traumas of war, poverty and loneliness. [Full Story]

95 pc of Lankan Tamils Want Federal Constitution, Says Government Panel Member
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 18 July 2016 02:47 GMT ]

There is a thirst for devolution in all Sri Lankan provinces and not just in the minorities‘ dominated Northern and Eastern Provinces. [Full Story]

US acknowledges complications in Sri Lanka war crimes investigation
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 17 July 2016 05:41 GMT ]

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski said international participation in a special court had been emphasised because of "an erosion in the confidence" in Sri Lanka's courts over the years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamils raise concerns over release of political prisoners
[ The Indian Express ] [ 16 July 2016 04:42 GMT ]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sources said they met Biswal and discussed the issue of political prisoners and release of lands in the Tamil-dominated north. [Full Story]

When Mirrors Are Windows
[ Oxford University Press ] [ 15 July 2016 02:29 GMT ]

Scholarly writings sourced from the A.K. Ramanujan Papers archived at the University of Chicago - are studied to illuminate the influence of classical Tamil, medieval bhakti, and oral folk aesthetics and literature on his work. [Full Story]

Tamil is Classical, Classic and Cool!
[ The Quint ] [ 14 July 2016 00:49 GMT ]

The era of Classical Tamil (300 BC - 300 AD). [Full Story]

Call For Sri Lankan Army To Release Record Of War ‘Surrendees'
[ Eurasia Review ] [ 13 July 2016 04:05 GMT ]

It has been almost 7 years since the conclusion of Sri Lanka's civil war and there are still many questions that remain unanswered. [Full Story]

Marie Colvin's family sues Syria over death in Homs
[ BBC ] [ 12 July 2016 01:28 GMT ]

Relatives say they have evidence that she was murdered as part of a policy of deliberately killing journalists. [Full Story]

Thirteen thousand people attend Tamil pilgrimage at Walsingham
[ Eastern Daily Press ] [ 11 July 2016 07:55 GMT ]

People from Sri Lanka and southern India, living Britain, attended the annual Tamil Two pilgrimage at the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, at Little Walsingham, near Fakenham. [Full Story]

Global Tamil Forum Calls for More Progress in Sri Lanka
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 10 July 2016 04:58 GMT ]

Over the next nine months, Colombo needs to do much more. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka must stay the course
[ The Hindu ] [ 09 July 2016 02:45 GMT ]

Having set in motion the process for a new Constitution and measures for reconciliation and reform, any loss of momentum now on the part of the government will result in a loss of credibility. [Full Story]

Five Outstanding Women Writers from Sri Lanka
[ Desiblitz ] [ 08 July 2016 03:11 GMT ]

The Cry of the Kite is a collection of profound poetic statements of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka which describes the modernisation and the rapid decay of lives. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka says it will create court to probe war abuses
[ Daily Mail UK ] [ 07 July 2016 02:07 GMT ]

Last year, the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a consensus resolution in which Sri Lanka agreed to an investigation with foreign participation. [Full Story]

Is Sri Lanka on the path to reconciliation?
[ Aljazeera ] [ 06 July 2016 04:42 GMT ]

So what's hampering Sri Lanka's efforts to bring reforms and justice? [Full Story]

Report on Public Representations on Constitutional Reform
[ PRC ] [ 05 July 2016 00:02 GMT ]

We were appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers for receiving public representations on constitutional reform to support the constitutional reform process. [Full Story PDF]

More needs to be done, West tells Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 04 July 2016 03:49 GMT ]

The government should "continue taking steps" to build the confidence of communities and normalise life in the Northern and Eastern provinces. [Full Story]

Support our journey with patience says Sri Lanka at UNHRC
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 July 2016 02:44 GMT ]

'What we have achieved so far since January 2015 may seem like baby steps for some, but for us they are giant leaps.' [Full Story]

Sri Lanka government consulted us on OMP bill: TNA
[ The Hindu ] [ 02 July 2016 05:10 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on Friday acknowledged that the Sri Lanka government had consulted the alliance during the preparation of the draft bill on the Office on Missing Persons (OMP). [Full Story]

Human Rights council discusses human rights situation in Sri Lanka and Myanmar
[ OHCHR ] [ 01 July 2016 14:35 GMT ]

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein present an oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

U.N. Urges Sri Lanka to Speed Up War Reconciliation
[ The Wall Street Journal ] [ 30 June 2016 00:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must accelerate a judicial process to assess allegations of war crimes as it seeks reconciliation following its 27-year civil war. [Full Story]

Closing window of opportunity in Sri Lanka warns Pasumai Thaayagam
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 29 June 2016 02:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's window of opportunity for reconciliation will close if it fails to act on accountability and militarisation. [Full Story]

U.N. urges Sri Lanka to rein in military, prosecute war crimes
[ Reuters ] [ 28 June 2016 13:54 GMT ]

"The early momentum established in investigating emblematic cases must be sustained. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don't
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 27 June 2016 07:49 GMT ]

With the Sri Lankan government winding back commitments to reconciliation and justice measures, it's up to the international community to hold them to account. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan families hold out hope against the cruel sea
[ The Australian ] [ 26 June 2016 04:05 GMT ]

The ones who left from India had no real chance of being assessed as refugees. [Full Story]

Trust Takes Years To Build, Seconds To Break, Forever To Repair
[ CT ] [ 25 June 2016 10:42 GMT ]

Tamils believed that the occupied lands will all be released to lawful owners within months, resettlement of internally displaced people would be prioritised, political prisoners will be released. [Full Story]

Brexit: David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU
[ BBC ] [ 24 June 2016 11:51 GMT ]

The EU referendum has revealed an ancient, jagged fault line across the United Kingdom. [Full Story]

Accountability crucial to preventing future crimes against humanity
[ OSCE ] [ 23 June 2016 02:40 GMT ]

We committed ourselves, inter alia, to ensure that armed forces personnel are aware they are individually accountable under national and international law for their actions." [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Broken promises again at the UN?
[ Asian Correspondent ] [ 22 June 2016 00:10 GMT ]

The international community should insist on course correction by Colombo through both a strong oral update by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights later this month and by the co-sponsors of Resolution 30/1. [Full Story]

Cluster bombs used in Sri Lanka's civil war, leaked photos suggest
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 21 June 2016 05:55 GMT ]

Government forces are accused of relentlessly shelling the zones, leading to up to 70,000 deaths. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's 65,000 Disappeared: Will the Latest Missing Persons' Office Bring Answers?
[ The Wire ] [ 20 June 2016 00:03 GMT ]

Successive government have set up many bodies to address disappearances, and families of the disappeared and activists have engaged with them. But truth, justice and reparations have been elusive. [Full Story]

Speech by M.A. Sumanthiran - Congressional caucus briefing 14th June 2015
[ TWG ] [ 19 June 2016 02:28 GMT ]

We are concerned as much as people are, with regard to this particular issue, wondering if the Government is shifting its stance. [Full Story PDF]

Culture of fear lingers in war-traumatized Sri Lanka
[ THE JAPAN TIMES ] [ 18 June 2016 11:07 GMT ]

Under Sri Lanka's Prevention of Terrorism Act, countless more were subjected to lengthy jail time in horrific conditions, often involving torture and sexual abuse by their jailers. [Full Story]

Impunity and Justice: Why the UN Human Rights Council Must Stay Engaged in Sri Lanka
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 17 June 2016 12:01 GMT ]

What all of Sri Lanka's communities need and deserve now are tangible changes in legislation and concrete implementation of its international promises and obligations on the ground. [Full Story]

Indonesia should allow dozens of Tamil asylum-seekers stranded off coast to disembark
[ Amnesty International ] [ 16 June 2016 02:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka had seen a spate of arrests of Tamils under the country's Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

New Report Details Abuses Against Sri Lankan Tamils
[ The Diplomat ] [ 15 June 2016 00:02 GMT ]

The coalition government needs to do much more - and soon. [Full Story]

60 years after June 5, 1956:The making, unmaking and the difficult remaking of a nation
[ SL Guardian ] [ 14 June 2016 06:22 GMT ]

When political problems are not resolved with the promptness they deserve, new symptoms and priorities emerge and require different approaches and treatments. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Enforce Commission Directives on Terror Detainees
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 13 June 2016 05:51 GMT ]

The government has still not put forward a plan to provide redress for those unjustly detained under the PTA, or addressed the issue of detainees charged and prosecuted solely on the basis of coerced confessions obtained during detention. [Full Story]

Keeping the Pressure on Sri Lanka
[ The Wall Street Journal ] [ 12 June 2016 04:05 GMT ]

After a spark of optimism with the new Sirisena government, progress on reforms has stalled. [Full Story]

British Tamil 'tortured and detained' during Sri Lanka wedding trip
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 11 June 2016 02:18 GMT ]

The UK government is not doing enough to confront the Sri Lankan authorities about these claims.' [Full Story]

The ignored plight of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu
[ India Today ] [ 10 June 2016 02:18 GMT ]

Our life here is much worse than that in the war zone that we fled,' [Full Story]

A tale of two languages
[ The Himal Southasia ] [ 09 June 2016 05:29 GMT ]

Will the new Constitution mend the deep scars left behind after the conflict? [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to recognise around 65,000 people missing since civil war as dead
[ The Hindustan Times ] [ 08 June 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Huge numbers of minority Tamils went missing during almost four decades of war after being arrested by security services, while thousands more died in military bombardments. [Full Story]

Fr. Jim Brown and Mr. Vimalathas: Five years after disappearance, where are they and what has happened to the investigation?
[ GV ] [ 07 June 2016 03:47 GMT ]

Can we really have reconciliation without acknowledging what has happened to Fr. Jim Brown and Vimalathas and the thousands like them? [Full Story]

The scars of Sri Lanka's civil war
[ Aljazeera ] [ 06 June 2016 15:01 GMT ]

If we are to succeed, we need to enact a system that is fair and humane." [Full Story]

Seven years after end of civil war, Sri Lanka treads cautiously on path to peace
[ South China Morning Post ] [ 05 June 2016 05:05 GMT ]

For minority Tamils, the government's pledges of post-war truth and reconciliation ring false. [Full Story]

Maithripala Sirisena Could be "Sri Lanka's Mandela" ...Really?
[ Huffington Post ] [ 04 June 2016 04:05 GMT ]

The road to deeper reform has been a rocky one. [Full Story]

Keep the Promise: Monitoring the Government of Sri Lanka's Commitments for Achieving Justice and Reconciliation
[ The Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 03 June 2016 02:14 GMT ]

They suggest that not enough is being done to lay the foundations for a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and avert yet another cycle of conflict. [Full Story]

US accused of turning a blind eye on Sri Lanka's 'back-pedalling'
[ JDS ] [ 02 June 2016 03:50 GMT ]

Its latest report largely illustrating the plight of internally displaced (IDP) tens of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka's war torn north, seven years after the government declared an end to the war. [Full Story]

NPC urges North-East federal state with land and police powers
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 01 June 2016 00:04 GMT ]

The Northern Provincial Council urged a federal state structure of two broad linguistic states, including the Sinhala speaking states of 7 provinces and a Tamil speaking North-Eastern state parliament with full land and police powers. [Full Story]

Tamils remain 'second-class citizens' in Sri Lanka
[ UCA News ] [ 31 May 2016 05:14 GMT ]

"Minorities are victims of this intolerant culture prevailing in Sri Lanka, directly or indirectly," [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Office of Missing Persons seeks 'disappeared'
[ BBC ] [ 30 May 2016 01:34 GMT ]

Relatives of missing persons have the right to know their whereabouts and the "truth about what happened" to their loved ones. [Full Story]

Community Mediated Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka
[ The Asia Foundation ] [ 29 May 2016 01:07 GMT ]

In such a sensitive post-war environment after decades of not being able to trust anyone, identifying trusted options for resolving such disputes is difficult. [Full Story]

Justice and Peace in Sri Lanka: Possibilities and Risks
[ PEARL ] [ 28 May 2016 02:11 GMT ]

The panel discussion will explore the possibilities and difficulties of justice and reform in post-war Sri Lanka and the roles the international community can play in hastening a secure and lasting peace. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Consultations Lacking on Missing Persons' Office
[ Human Rights Watch ] [ 27 May 2016 05:55 GMT ]

'The government should ensure communication, transparency, and dialogue in all its transitional justice mechanisms.' [Full Story]

Time to seize the moment in Sri Lanka
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 26 May 2016 01:50 GMT ]

There is no better place to start than by acknowledging the suffering and injustice experienced by all communities - and the equal right to remember and mourn. [Full Story]

Appraising Sri Lanka's Reform Agenda
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 25 May 2016 03:45 GMT ]

Many promises remain unfulfilled, including contentious issues pertaining to devolution of power and transitional justice. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: Jumpstarting the Reform Process
[ International Crisis Group ] [ 24 May 2016 03:10 GMT ]

To rebuild confidence among Tamil communities in the north and east, the government must quickly release detainees and military-occupied land, begin credible inquiries into the fate of the disappeared, investigate and end abuses and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

Dr Brian Senewiratne honoured - Lifetime Commitment Award
[ TWG ] [ 23 May 2016 04:56 GMT ]

Dr. Senewiratne's international advocacy work and activism illustrates his dedicated and exemplary service to the cause of human rights, human dignity and social justice. [Full Story PDF]

Sri Lanka's bloody civil war finally ended seven years ago. But moving on from the past is not easy
[ The Washington Post ] [ 22 May 2016 00:35 GMT ]

Under international law, the victims of atrocities have a right to truth and a right to justice, [Full Story]

Rebuilding Lives, and Homes, Shattered by Sri Lanka's Civil War
[ The New York Times ] [ 21 May 2016 02:41 GMT ]

The United Nations estimates that around 40,000 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the battles that ended the war. [Full Story]

Beyond reconciliation and accountability: distributive justice and Sri Lanka's transitional agenda
[ Open Democracy ] [ 20 May 2016 01:25 GMT ]

If the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka ignores the indignities of poverty and everyday precariousness, can we really call it 'justice'? [Full Story]

Live: I'm forever indebted to the people of TN, says Jayalalithaa
[ The HIndu ] [ 19 May 2016 14:40 GMT ]

The three-time Chief Minister will be the first person after MGR to be elected to two contiguous terms. [Full Story]

Prospects for reconciliation and development in Sri Lanka
[ UCA ] [ 18 May 2016 11:44 GMT ]

The seventh anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka's civil war falls on May 18, a date that is likely to once again polarize the island's society along ethnic lines. [Full Story]

Healing the wounds of war in Sri Lanka
[ New Straits Times ] [ 17 May 2016 05:55 GMT ]

The Sirisena administration is determined to foster lasting peace. [Full Story]

'Tamil issue pushed to margins as India, Lanka rework ties'
[ Times of India ] [ 16 May 2016 05:40 GMT ]

It had been New Delhi's endeavour to persuade the Sri Lankan government to accommodate Tamil aspirations by moving in the direction of a federal constitutional framework within a united Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka calls on Tamil expatriates to compromise
[ India Today ] [ 15 May 2016 02:33 GMT ]

The Tamils demand for federal system dates back to the days when Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, became independent of the British Rule in 1948. [Full Story]

Preventing Post-LTTE Violence in Sri Lanka
[ Economic and Political Weekly ] [ 14 May 2016 18:11 GMT ]

If political violence is to be averted, the state ought to provide a package of reforms that addresses the core grievances of the Tamil population. [Full Story]

Anti-corruption summit launches global plan to recover stolen assets
[ BBC ] [ 13 May 2016 00:02 GMT ]

The Global Forum for Asset Recovery will bring together governments and law enforcement agencies to discuss returning assets to Nigeria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Tunisia. [Full Story]

Can a New President Lead Sri Lanka Into an Era of Peace?
[ The New York Times ] [ 12 May 2016 03:52 GMT ]

Leaders of Sri Lanka have repeatedly promised a political solution to the ethnic strife that has caused heartache and bloodshed for much of its nearly 70-year history since independence. [Full Story]

Reconciliation still a long way off in Sri lanka
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 11 May 2016 05:55 GMT ]

Political considerations have a way of numbing the most sensitive conscience. [Full Story]

Tamils suffered genocide in Sri Lanka says British MP at parliamentary Mullivaikkal remembrance event
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 10 May 2016 23:56 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will not change without sustained pressure. [Full Story]

Torture Continues in Lanka Due to Weaknesses in Law: UN
[ Outlook ] [ 09 May 2016 04:11 GMT ]

He said the UN was encouraged by the positive steps taken by the government to uphold human rights values. [Full Story]

U.N. urges judiciary reforms in Sri Lanka to avoid delay in justice
[ Reuters ] [ 08 May 2016 01:15 GMT ]

"First scrap the PTA, eliminate prolonged detention without trial in various forms, establish mechanism for real judicial and prosecutorial control over police investigations and things along those lines," he said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's path to peace
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 07 May 2016 02:57 GMT ]

For many in the north and east of Sri Lanka the conflict has not ended and structural violence continues to be a part of their daily lives. [Full Story]

Pope Francis castigates Europe in speech on solidarity
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 06 May 2016 13:17 GMT ]

'What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom?' [Full Story]

The 'promising' world of Tamil Nadu politics: From freebies to bans, here are some pre-poll pledges
[ First Post ] [ 05 May 2016 02:22 GMT ]

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have left no stone unturned in their attempt to please the voters. [Full Story]

Federal system not meant to divide Sri Lanka: Northern CM
[ The Indian Express ] [ 04 May 2016 01:19 GMT ]

The TNA hopes to submit the federal proposal when the draft for a new constitution is discussed in the national parliament. [Full Story]

What is World Press Freedom Day?
[ Voice of America ] [ 03 May 2016 11:58 GMT ]

Freedom of information is a fundamental human right, weighs the state of press freedom around the world. [Full Story]

UN experts on torture and the independence of the justice system in joint visit to Sri Lanka
[ UN Human Rights ] [ 02 May 2016 01:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its history and we hope that our recommendations will contribute to setting out a path for the future. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: A Troubling Spate of Arrests Across the Northern and Eastern Provinces
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 01 May 2016 01:47 GMT ]

These dubious arrests under the guise of 'national security' are eerily reminiscent of Rajapaksa's reign. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of Tamil journalist's killing
[ First Post ] [ 30 Apr 2016 02:11 GMT ]

Dharmeratnam Sivaram was targeted because of uncompromising coverage of political and military matters. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan struggle to recover from the economic and emotional wounds of civil war
[ CNBC ] [ 29 Apr 2016 00:01 GMT ]

They're frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress and it's taken a heavy emotional toll. [Full Story]

TNA demands probe over illegal occupation' by Sri Lankan Army
[ The Hindu ] [ 28 Apr 2016 05:47 GMT ]

The incident comes in the backdrop of last week's resolution in the TNA controlled northern provincial council to set up a federal Tamil government in the north. [Full Story]

Battle scars: Sri Lanka's north counts the cost of a 26-year war
[ CNBC ] [ 27 Apr 2016 10:02 GMT ]

Greater regional autonomy was a key request Tamil rebels made during wartime negotiations with Colombo. [Full Story]

The Inconvenient Truth about Sri Lanka's North and East
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 26 Apr 2016 20:05 GMT ]

Failing to acknowledge the truth about what's currently happening across the Northern and Eastern Provinces makes healing the wounds of war that much more difficult. [Full Story]

Foundation stone laid for the Indian Housing Project in Central and Uva Provinces
[ HCI ] [ 25 Apr 2016 02:55 GMT ]

As part of Government of India's commitment to construct 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka, 4000 houses will be constructed in the Central and Uva Provinces as the third and final phase of the project. [Full Story]

They are asserting their rights in a peaceful and democratic manner'
[ The Times of India ] [ 24 Apr 2016 00:44 GMT ]

He feels that equal rights to Tamils under an autonomous state is the solution to the island nation's problem. [Full Story]

Lanka Tamil council backs federal solution
[ PTI ] [ 23 Apr 2016 02:33 GMT ]

The Tamil leadership has adopted a softer approach to give up on the separatist demand. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka, Lost in Transition
[ Foreign Affairs ] [ 22 Apr 2016 04:14 GMT ]

The country's recent democratic gains are more modest than they might first appear. [Full Story]

Rampant militarisation across the North-East - Report
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 21 Apr 2016 03:02 GMT ]

'Sri Lanka's continuing lack of progress on key issues such as accountability and demilitarization throws into question the government's sincerity and political will to implement the pledges it has made,' [Full Story]

Post-war Sri Lanka
[ RisingKashmir ] [ 20 Apr 2016 01:55 GMT ]

Fundamental issues when left unaddressed can lead to violent uprising at any time. [Full Story]

PROJECT EXILE: CRITICIZING SRI LANKA WAR LEADS TO EXILE
[ Global Journalist ] [ 19 Apr 2016 04:50 GMT ]

There is progress, but there is a lot to be changed before journalists in the north feel they are free. [Full Story]

New government, old story: The ongoing persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka
[ Christian Today ] [ 18 Apr 2016 02:21 GMT ]

Churches and prayer groups have been forced to close. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Tamils Look for Federal Solution
[ The New Indian Express ] [ 17 Apr 2016 03:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA is seeking a federal solution to resolve the long-pending issue of political independence for the counry's minority Tamil community. [Full Story]

Migrant crisis: Pope returns from Greece with 12 migrants
[ BBC ] [ 16 Apr 2016 14:26 GMT ]

He wanted to "draw the attention of the world to this grave humanitarian crisis". [Full Story]

Stand with Survivors
[ Sri Lanka Campaign ] [ 15 Apr 2016 02:17 GMT ]

The survivors of Sri Lanka's civil war have been ignored for too long. [Full Story]

Aluth Avurudda and Puthandu 2016: David Cameron's message
[ 10 Downing Street ] [ 14 Apr 2016 05:02 GMT ]

I hope that this new year will bring communities closer together in helping to heal the wounds of the past. [Full Story]

Sampanthan calls for bonding between Tamil and Sinhala people at New Year's
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 14 Apr 2016 00:02 GMT ]

"My hearty New Year wishes to all the Tamil and Sinhala people living across all parts of the world. [Full Story]

Treasures of the Indus - Of Gods and Men
[ BBC iPlayer ] [ 13 Apr 2016 00:33 GMT ]

In a journey across India's Tamil Nadu state, Sona Datta traces the development of the Hindu religion from its origins as an amalgamation of local faith traditions. [Video] [Full Story]

Better conditions for Sri Lankan tea workers, urges Caritas
[ UCA News ] [ 12 Apr 2016 04:33 GMT ]

A rise in wages and better housing is needed for marginalized workers and their families. [Full Story]

Sinhalese can live happily only if Tamils are happy: Lanka Prez
[ Business Standard ] [ 11 Apr 2016 00:05 GMT ]

Sirisena said the majority community must ensure Tamils and Muslims live in harmony in a way that all communities live happily in the country. [Full Story]

A bridge between TN and Sri Lanka
[ The Hindu ] [ 10 Apr 2016 01:02 GMT ]

He belonged to a period when musicians from India and Sri Lanka regularly played in both the countries. [Full Story]

South and Central Asia: U.S. Policies and Priorities for 2016
[ U.S. State Department ] [ 09 Apr 2016 02:55 GMT ]

Sri Lanka deserves special attention as it continues to consolidate democratic gains in the past two elections and put the country on a path to reconciliation. [Full Story]

A bridge too far?
[ The Asian Age ] [ 08 Apr 2016 02:09 GMT ]

The DMK had pulled out in protest over India's reticence over the wording of a UN resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations during the 30-year long civil war. [Full Story]

Activists in an international system: pushing for change in Sri Lanka
[ Open Democracy ] [ 07 Apr 2016 04:01 GMT ]

It would be a mistake for our international friends to leave us now, especially after the long journey they have undertaken with us. [Full Story]

The thavil that united Tamils
[ The Hindu ] [ 06 Apr 2016 05:49 GMT ]

The first Tamil non-fiction film to win a National Award in 17 years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka starts moves to grant Tamils more autonomy
[ AFP ] [ 05 Apr 2016 05:07 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday launched a process to draw up a new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war. [Full Story]

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE STATEMENT ON THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE FCO'S FUNDING AND ADMINISTRATION OF ITS HUMAN RIGHTS WORK OVERSEAS
[ Freedom from Torture ] [ 04 Apr 2016 07:56 GMT ]

We are increasingly concerned that the UK government puts flying the flag for business over and above human rights. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's Tamil torture victims reiterate call for international judges
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 03 Apr 2016 04:23 GMT ]

"They would like hybrid courts, where international judges and investigators come along with domestic authorities and look into these human rights violations," [Full Story]

Getting US Messaging About Sri Lanka's 'Democratic Transition' Right
[ The Diplomat ] [ 02 Apr 2016 02:45 GMT ]

The U.S. should maintain diplomatic pressure and emphasize that a deepening of bilateral ties will not happen until more progress is made. [Full Story]

Dheepan's Antonythasan Jesuthasan: from Tamil Tiger to star of a Palme d'Or winner
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 01 Apr 2016 05:20 GMT ]

'I didn't know real life in Sri Lanka. Just the war. And it has shaped everything. Still, I am at war. I always will be.' [Full Story]

'Encourage writers to promote Tamil language and literature'
[ The Hindu ] [ 31 Mar 2016 03:40 GMT ]

The authors and scholars should be honoured in their lifetime itself. [Full Story]

RISING FROM THE EMBERS: The Tamils of Sri Lanka are still stuck between a bloody past and hope
[ Quartz India ] [ 30 Mar 2016 00:25 GMT ]

Thousands of traumatised people, forced from their homes, remain in the internal displaced person camps without jobs, running water, or even the hope that they may one day return to their former homes. [Full Story]

Abbott's Sri Lanka comments 'excuse war crimes', Tamil refugee advocates say
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 29 Mar 2016 05:11 GMT ]

Human Rights Watch Australia director, Elaine Pearson, said Abbott's comments were unacceptable and offensive. [Full Story]

Lanka's new Constitution will address the Tamil issue: Minister
[ PTI ] [ 28 Mar 2016 03:01 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government will find a political solution to the Tamil issue in the new Constitution, a senior minister said today. [Full Story]

Pope's Easter message condemns failure to help migrants
[ BBC ] [ 27 Mar 2016 14:51 GMT ]

The Pope said migrants often met "rejection from those who could offer them welcome and assistance". [Full Story]

Political Prisoners and Sri Lanka's Sincerity Crisis
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 26 Mar 2016 02:08 GMT ]

President Maithripala Sirisena had promised progress regarding Tamil political prisoners, although we've seen little of that. [Full Story]

Treasures of the Indus
[ BBC iPlayer ] [ 25 Mar 2016 01:26 GMT ]

This is the story of the Indian subcontinent told through the treasures of three very different people, places and dynasties that have shaped the modern Indian world. [Full Story]

A New Land - Reshaping Sri Lanka's Destiny
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 24 Mar 2016 05:58 GMT ]

Our political leaders have consistently failed to make Sri Lanka the inclusive, peaceful and prosperous country. [Full Story]

Singapore most preferred destination of Tamil diaspora, study finds
[ Times of India ] [ 23 Mar 2016 04:11 GMT ]

Singapore has emerged as the most preferred destination among NRIs from Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

Committed to ensuring credible investigation into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, says UN
[ First Post ] [ 22 Mar 2016 03:55 GMT ]

The UN has said it remains committed to ensuring a credible investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the civil war that ended seven years ago. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's lost generation
[ Daily Times ] [ 21 Mar 2016 04:18 GMT ]

Unmoored from mainstream society, these young men and women are Sri Lanka's lost generation. [Full Story]

Hill-country Tamils don't want to be called 'Indian Tamils'
[ The Hindu ] [ 20 Mar 2016 05:02 GMT ]

Making use of the ongoing process of constitutional reforms, the community wants the issue of identity to be resolved. [Full Story]

Accord citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils living in camps: PUCL
[ The Hindu ] [ 19 Mar 2016 00:17 GMT ]

All political parties in the State were concerned about Tamils living in Sri Lanka and did not look at the pathetic condition of those in refugee camps. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka needs international expertise at all levels - IMADR
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 18 Mar 2016 04:54 GMT ]

'It is in our experience that Sri Lanka needs international expertise at all levels in order to effectively implement the resolution,' [Full Story]

Sri Lankan government refuses to release Tamil political prisoners
[ WSWS] [ 17 Mar 2016 03:25 GMT ]

The continued incarceration without trial of hundreds of Tamils not only exposes the ongoing repression and discrimination against the country's Tamil minority. [Full Story]

Modern Tamils & the Tamil National Question
[ Sangam ] [ 16 Mar 2016 02:18 GMT ]

This book is the third and final in the series on the history of the Sri Lankan Tamils. [Full Story]

UK 'firmly committed to full implementation' of UN resolution on Sri Lanka
[ Tamil Guardian ] [ 15 Mar 2016 05:05 GMT ]

'We remain firmly committed to the full implementation of the resolution adopted in September and stand ready to help Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

The Continuing Need For International Presence
[ CT ] [ 14 Mar 2016 05:44 GMT ]

The issue of international participation should not become or be seen as foreign interference that erodes national sovereignty. On the contrary, it is to strengthen the confidence of the Tamil polity in the transition process. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka needs to move faster on key reconciliation issues: UN
[ PTI ] [ 13 Mar 2016 04:09 GMT ]

The next few months will be important as the Sri Lankan government embarks on national consultations for the design of a comprehensive transitional justice process to implement fully this Council's resolution. [Full Story]

Sampanthan slams Sri Lankan government over continuing detentions
[ The Hindu ] [ 12 Mar 2016 01:12 GMT ]

Their continued detention was 'not compatible with transitional justice. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka PM seeks probe into 'missing' wartime gold
[ Deccan Chronicle ] [ 11 Mar 2016 02:00 GMT ]

The army seized jewellery left behind by some 300,000 minority Tamil citizens who were driven out of their homes in the final stages of Sri Lanka's separatist war, which ended in 2009. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka calls for int'l aid for war-torn regions
[ China Internet Information Center ] [ 10 Mar 2016 00:02 GMT ]

The government would convene a donor conference this year to seek technical and financial assistance for the north and east and had requested Japan to take the lead. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka Should Finally Release Tamil Political Prisoners
[ The Huffington Post ] [ 09 Mar 2016 15:15 GMT ]

Colombo should finally release or bring to trial all Tamil political prisoners. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka ready for peace, says Erik Solheim
[ The Hindu ] [ 08 Mar 2016 04:05 GMT ]

This is the best opportunity to bring about a lasting solution to the country's ethnic question, Norway's former special peace envoy Erik Solheim said on Tuesday. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka brings back war-time measures to fight gangs
[ The Guardian UK ] [ 07 Mar 2016 05:15 GMT ]

At least 100,000 people were killed in the 37-year separatist war. [Full Story]

Need For Both External & Internal Champions Of The Reconciliation Process
[ CT ] [ 06 Mar 2016 02:22 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is today presented with a historic opportunity to deal with its past traumas, human rights violations and war crimes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka bans landmines seven years after civil war
[ SBS ] [ 05 Mar 2016 01:17 GMT ]

Sri Lanka had previously refused to become a signatory to the treaty. [Full Story]

Tamil Chair at Harvard University
[ Generosity ] [ 04 Mar 2016 02:15 GMT ]

The creation of a permanent Tamil Chair at Harvard University is vital for the longevity and health of the Tamil language in the western hemisphere. [Full Story]

In Sri Lanka, Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed
[ The New York Times ] [ 03 Mar 2016 03:45 GMT ]

Seven years after a brutal war, peace and tourism have returned to Sri Lanka's north, but normality remains more elusive. [