Monthly Archives: March 2017

ITJP Report on Joseph Camp, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka

ITJP_Joseph_camp_report_FINAL also available at in English, Tamil & Sinhalese, with Portugese & Spanish press releases. This is a case study dealing with just one of Sri Lanka’s many known torture sites and is based on 46 detailed testimonies from survivors and a wealth of supporting documentation. The report documents horrifying physical and sexual abuse by the military and interrogation rooms equipped… Read more »

Five Army Top Brass Named as Running Torture and Rape Camp in Sri Lanka

by Athula Vithanage, ‘Journalists for a Democratic Society, Europe, March 16, 2017 An international rights watchdog has called upon the Sri Lankan government to investigate five top generals including its army commander in the aftermath of the war for allegedly running an army camp where “extremely brutal torture was routine”. In a damning report released… Read more »

OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka

Advance edited version February 10, 2017 Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka 10 Feb 2017 Summary    The present report assesses the progress made in the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human… Read more »

Oral Statements at UNHRC

Videos are archived at: March 14, 2017 Item 4 – GD Human Rights Situations Requiring the Council’s Attention Mr. President, Pasumai Thaayagam remains deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. Operative paragraph 6 of Resolution 30/1 embodied a significant acknowledgment by this Council: accountability proceedings involving independent, international experts are imperative in… Read more »

Failing the Victims

An Expert Assessment of the Sri Lankan Government’s Transitional Justice Effort [discussion starts at ~4 minutes]

US State Dept. Human Rights Report 2016

Sri Lanka EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic with a freely elected government. In January 2015, voters elected President Maithripala Sirisena to a five-year term. The Parliament shares power with the president. August 2015 parliamentary elections resulted in a coalition government between the two major political parties. Both elections were free and… Read more »

Saiva Temples in the Jaffna Region

During my last visit to Jaffna in March 2004, I had the good fortune to meet Prof. Arunasalam Sanmugadas and his wife Manonmani Sanmugadas. When both of them were living in Tokyo, 30 years ago (circa late 1980s, while carrying out their collaborative research with Prof. Susumu Ohno, on the linguistic and cultural links between… Read more »