Monthly Archives: September 2014

CPA: Implementation Statistics & Disappearances

INFOGRAPHIC: LLRC Implementation Statistics 9 September 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, along with the National Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the LLRC (Action Plan), are the two key documents produced by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) outlining its process of reconciliation after three decades of war…. Read more »

Don’t Forget Jeyakumari

by Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice, London, [date unknown] Five months ago, a mother of the disappeared – Jeyakumari Balendran -was arrested and jailed amid a renewed government crackdown on dissent in the run up to Human Rights Council session in March. You may remember our campaign and our director’s recent report. Since then… Read more »

A Reflection on Just Reconciliation

by Bishop Duleep de Chickera, ‘The Island,’ Colombo, September 4, 2014. History concealed An acquaintance returned from a recent visit to Jaffna to announce it as one of the best holidays she had ever had. The hotels were good, the food delicious, there were numerous places to visit and of course the roads were excellent…. Read more »

WTO Expresses its Deep Sympathy on the Passing Away of Mr. A. P. Venkateswaran

World Thamil Organization expresses its deep sympathy on the passing away of Mr. A. P. Venkateswaran World Thamil Organization is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Mr. A. P. Venkateswaran, Former Foreign Secretary of the Indian Government. Mr. Venkateswaran was one of the rare, very few Indian Government officials… Read more »

Amnesty: Ensure Security Detainees are Charged or Released

Mano, a 29-year-old Tamil man, was arrested in March 2007 “on suspicion” of being a member of the opposition Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and held for years without ever facing trial; while in custody he has been tortured. Several years after the end of the war in Sri Lanka, hundreds of people are languishing… Read more »

A Remittance Dependent Import-Export Economy

View(s): The Sri Lankan economy is increasingly becoming a remittance dependent import-export economy. In the first half of this year remittances amounted to US$ 3.36 billion — a 10.6 per cent increase from that of the first half of last year. These remittances in the first half of the year almost wiped out the trade deficit,… Read more »

‘Sinhala Colonisation a Great Worry for Tamils’

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the government to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sambanthan said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, Mr. Sambanthan said the programme was aimed… Read more »

Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Trial

by Sachi Sri Kantha, Sept. 4, 2014 Book Review: Rajiv Gandhi Kolai: Marmangalum Maraikkappadda Unmaikalum [Rajiv Gandhi Assassination: Secrets and Hidden Truths] by S. Doraisamy, Vikatan Publishers, Vikatan Pirasuram 806, Chennai, Dec. 2013, 229 pp, 115 Indian rupees. [in Tamil]   A derisive Tamil idiom used by Jaffna elders is ‘Suttri suttri suppanra kollaikulle’ [i.e.,… Read more »

Witness Testimony to OISL     URGENT Appeal from CTC: Witness Testimony from Tamil Canadians Needed in Support of UN Investigation     Our Dear Community,   As many of you may know, on August 5th, 2014 the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced it will accept submissions pursuant to the mandate… Read more »

CEPA Forum in Colombo Live

Post-War Development in Asia & Africa Previous sessions have been posted on YouTube. TIME SESSIONS 5.00PM – 6.30PM Inaugural session – 31st August 2014 <Main Hall> DAY 1 – 01st September 2014 09.00AM – 10.00 AM Registration and tea 10.00AM – 10.30 AM Welcome and Introduction: <Main Hall > 10.30AM – 12.30 PM Panel 1: Development and… Read more »

Land Use Around Puttalam Lagoon “This project forms a component of the Mangroves for the Future Initiative (MFF), a multicountry, multi-sector programme involving tsunami-affected countries of the Indian Ocean.” vvv