Monthly Archives: October 2017

On Sri Lanka’s National Question

by P. Sivakumar, October 20, 2017   One of the tragedies of Sri Lanka is that the Sinhalese have never understood the meaning of federalism or they pretend not to understand. Most of them think a federal state means a separate country where the Sinhalese will be sent out. Federalism is not separation and it is… Read more »

Battling for a New Constitution

And dashing the hopes of the Tamils by Thambu Kanagasabai, LLM [Lond.], Former Lecturer in Law , University of Colombo, President, Tamil Canadian Elders for Human Rights Organization The Steering Committee consisting of twenty members of Parliament chaired by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has finally submitted its report for consideration by the Constituent Assembly on… Read more »

The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth

‘The Daily Mirror,’ Colombo, October 16, 2017 Not long ago, soon after the war, a common refrain about the Jaffna society was how hard working, thrifty and prudent its people were. But today, one often hears people decrying Jaffna society as having become lazy and spendthrift, landing itself in debt. It is true that Jaffna… Read more »

Joint Civil Society Submission to the UN UPR

by Joint Civil Society, posted on Centre for Policy Analysis, March 2017 Final-Sri-Lanka-JCS-UPR-submission-March-2017 Introduction …The years 2012-2014 witnessed continued authoritarianism, weakening of the rule of law, shrinking of space for human rights and dissent and the exacerbation of the culture of impunity. With the regime change of January 2015 and the formation of a government… Read more »

Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party Selling Out the Tamil People?

By JS Tissainayagam, ‘Asian Correspondent,’ UK, Malaysia, Australia, October 4, 2017 SRI LANKA’s government since 2015 was elected on a promise of a new constitution that would find a solution to the country’s national problems. On Sept 21, 2017, the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly presented its reporton the new constitution to Parliament proposing the devolution… Read more »

On Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform

Hopes and fears ‘The Hindu’ editorial, September 23, 2017 The interim report on a new constitution should set off an informed debate in Sri Lanka It is only with a great degree of caution and circumspection that the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka can be welcomed. The… Read more »

The Militarisation of Mullaitivu District

Normalising the Abnormal by Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), October 4, 2017 Clicking on each pin will open up more information about the structure in question. Locations of structures were determined based on six months of desk research and field research, and only pins that were… Read more »

S.P. Amarasingam on the 1977 Anti-Tamil Pogrom

by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 23, 2017 Front Note by Sachi Available literature on the 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka is vast, compared to the 1977 anti-Tamil pogrom. Thus, I present below two observations made by Mr. S.P. Amarasingam, one of the respected journalists and attorney, of those days. Both appeared in the September… Read more »

The Legacy of Indian Migration to European Colonies

[Note that Indian Tamils brought by the British to work in the coffee, rubber & tea estates of Sri Lanka are not included in the discussion below.  This community joined the indigenous Tamils already on the island for milennia. /Ed.] http://indianexpress.com/article/research/indian-tamils-and-sri-lankan-tamils-here-is-the-difference-4654435/ One hundred years since servitude by ‘The Economist,’ London, September 2, 2017 A century after India… Read more »