Monthly Archives: June 2016

State Structure in Sri Lanka 2007

by Claus Kruse, Centre for International Migration & Development/Northern & Eastern Provincial Councils, 2007 CIM-Overview-State-Structure 2007 5.7.6 Conclusions Owing to the prevalent administrative circumstances, the government-controlled line of command is the preeminent planning authority at district and local level. This situation appears prevalent in most districts, and usually these entities are viewed as the… Read more »

UNHRC: Pasumai Thaayagam Oral Statement

UN Web TV link:  No. 58, Time: 2:06:00  Oral Statement by Pasumai Thaayagam on Accountability, Justice and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 32nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, June 14, 2016  Geneva Pasumai Thaayagam congratulates and appreciates the UNHRC for a decade of upholding human rights within its member states. We, on behalf… Read more »

NECC: Obligations of the GoSL & UN

by North East Coordinating Committee, June 13, 2016.  Courtesy of We call upon His Excellency High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Representatives of the Member States of the Human Rights Council, 32nd Session, June, 2016 OBLIGATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA AND THE UNITED NATIONS IN SRI LANKA’S TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE PROCESS. 1…. Read more »

Testing Time for United Nations and Sri Lanka

by Thambu Kanagasabai, June 10 The armed struggle by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which commenced in 1976 with the failure of peaceful struggles initiated in 1956 by the past Tamil political leaders, reached its climax in the Eelam war IV from 2006 – 2009. The war ended with a victory for Sri Lankan Government… Read more »

ITJP-SL: Forgotten

by International Truth & Justice Project: Sri Lanka, South Africa, June 10, 2016 Exiled Tamil victims of war crimes and torture say they would testify by video to a special court in Sri Lanka only if international judges were involved and their identities protected, says a new study. ITJP Forgotten press release ITJP Forgotten report… Read more »

House Subcommittee Hearing on Sri Lanka

by US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia & the Pacific, June 9, 2016 Video of Hearing Subcommittee Hearing Lisa Curtis testimony Subcommittee Hearing Karen Bue testimony Subcommittee Hearing Nimmi Gowrinathan testimony

Colombo Beefs Up Naval Installations along Eastern Coast

by TamilNet, June 3, 2016 Emboldened with the blessings coming from the diplomatic US Establishment and its increased ‘military-to-military’ rapport with the Sinhala navy in the island, the military Establishment of genocidal Sri Lanka has stepped up its programme of militarisation and Sinhaliciation of the strategic belt in the three coastal directions of the country… Read more »

Amnesty: Right to Truth; the Right to Justice, Reparation and Non-Recurrence

by Amnesty International, London, May 30, 2016 Amnesty Right to Truth June 2016 ASA 37/4146/2016 The Government must not squander the good will of Sri Lankans who have waited decades for their human rights demands to be addressed. It must increase the pace, transparency and visibility of reform efforts ensuring these are undertaken with genuine… Read more »

US Country Reports on Terrorism 2015

by US. Department of State, June 2016 SRI LANKA Overview: The Sri Lankan government maintained a strong military presence in post-conflict areas and continued to voice concern about the possible reemergence of pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sympathizers, but the new, democratically-elected government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized its… Read more »

Tamils’ Land Occupied by Sri Lankan Security Forces

by British Tamil Forum, April 18, 2016 Nearly seven years after the end of the war, the Sri Lankan military is still occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people who were driven off their own lands, in the pretext of “national security”. Field data obtained by British Tamils Forum (BTF),… Read more »

60 Years after June 5, 1956

What was common to both agreements was the recognition of regional autonomy and power sharing as a means of addressing Tamil concerns.

Waiting to Return Home

by Oakland Institute, California, May 31, 2016 Press release Introduction Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war officially ended in 2009 with the defeat of Tamil separatists, led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), through a bloody military offensive that led to widespread destruction, the killing of tens of thousands of civilians by government… Read more »

Official Language Act, No. 33 of 1956

Official Language Act Certified on 7 July 1956 AN ACT TO PRESCRIBE THE SINHALA LANGUAGE AS THE ONE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF CEYLON AND TO ENABLE CERTAIN TRANSITORY PROVISIONS TO BE MADE 1.This Act may be cited as the Official Language Act, No. 33 of 1956 2.The Sinhala language shall be the one official Language of… Read more »

Quo Vadis Karunanidhi?

by Sachi Sri Kantha, May 28, 2016 In the recently concluded 2016 general election to the Tamil Nadu State Assembly, the DMK party leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi (b. 1924) lost his chance to topple Jayalalitha (the AIADMK leader), his bete noire for the past quarter century. He will reach 92 in June 3rd. When 2021 comes… Read more »