Monthly Archives: March 2020

Justice in the Time of a Pandemic

by Ambika Satkunanathan, Groundviews, Colombo, March 29, 2020 ‘What physicians say about consumptive illness is applicable here: that at the beginning, such an illness is easy to cure but difficult to diagnose; but as time passes, not having been recognised or treated at the outset, it becomes easy to diagnose but difficult to cure.’ The… Read more »

Arbitrary Release of a Convicted Military Officer Calls for a Rethink

On international strategies on Sri Lanka by Global Tamil Forum, March 28, 2020 PRESS STATEMENT 28 March 2020, London  Arbitrary release of a convicted military officer calls for a rethink on international strategies on Sri Lanka The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly condemns Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s decision to pardon and release Sunil Ratnayake, an… Read more »

TGTE: Sri Lanka Pardons a Soldier Sentenced to Death for Killing Tamil Civilians

by Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, New York, March 27, 2020 Sri Lanka is the first country to take advantage of Coronavirus crisis to persecute a community.” — Visivanathan Rudrakumaran NEW YORK, USA, March 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — While the World Reels from the Coronavirus, Sri Lankan President Instead Focuses on Perpetuating Immunity for Int’l… Read more »

OHCHR Press Briefing Note on Sri Lanka

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Date: 27 March 2020 Subject:  Sri Lanka We are troubled by reports that the convicted perpetrator of the Mirusuvil massacre, in Sri Lanka, has received a Presidential Pardon and was released from jail this week. Former Army sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was sentenced in 2015… Read more »

Sri Lankan Leader Frees Soldier Convicted in Civilian Deaths

by Associated Press in The New York Times, March 26, 2020 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president on Thursday freed a soldier who was sentenced to death for killing eight civilians during the country’s civil war. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said he pardoned Sunil Ratnayake and ordered the justice ministry to release him. Ratnayake… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

A military mindset by Thusiyan Nandakumar, The Polis Project, London, March 2020 This is part of a series of conversations interrogating militarization of medicine and public health and its adverse effects as various communities deal with COVID19. You can watch the video of this conversation with Dr Thusiyan Nandakumar on our Instagram handle  In the… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Sixth Amendment

a Violation of UN Charter and Fundamental Human Rights by Thambu Kanagasabai, PRESIDENT, The Tamil Canadian Elders for Human Rights Organization Late President JR Jayewardene of Sri Lanka after allowing and being complicit in the massacres of Tamils in the 1977, 1983 pogroms and justifying them as a normal reaction of Sinhalese to take revenge… Read more »

OEF: Bay of Bengal Study

Notes development disparity between North-East and South by TamilNet, March 19, 2020 https://stableseas.org/publications/stable-seas-bay-bengal-maritime-security All the successive regimes in Colombo have focused on improving the economy of the Sinhala South after the onslaught on Eezham Tamils in 2009. The Sri Lankan State, which deploys ‘development’ coupled with geopolitics to sustain the protracted genocide against the nation… Read more »

The Securitization of Fear in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

[This article is very relevant to the current crisis. – Ed] The production of crises, including the fear and xenophobia they instill, remains a pressing concern because they legitimate grounds for exceptional interventions (Agamben 1998; Mountz 2004). States produce crisis and fear to obtain consent for securitization measures. Probing the ways in which fear is… Read more »

Islam, Politics and Violence in Eastern Sri Lanka

by Bart Klem, Journal of Asian Studies, August 16, 2011 Islam Politics and Violence in Eastern Sri Lanka Abstract This article bridges Sri Lankan studies and the academic debate on the relation between contemporary Islam and politics. It constitutes a case study of the Muslim community in Akkaraipattu on Sri Lanka’s war-ridden east coast. Over… Read more »

MGR Remembered – Part 55

Ulagam Suttru Vaaliban [The Globe Trotting Youth] by Sachi Sri Kantha Part 54 [Front Note: For continuity with the previous chapter, I omit the political events, including the Bharat award (July 1972) to MGR and his expulsion from the DMK in October 1972 that preceded the release of Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban movie in May 1973,… Read more »

A Qualitative Analysis on Historicizing Nationalist Discourse

of the Origins of the Communities of Sri Lanka among the Contemporary Sinhalese by Jeyaseelan Gnanaseelan, University of Vavuniya, Melbourne Australia Nov 29-30, 2017, 19 (11) Part XIV A_Qualitative_Analysis_on_Historicizing Abstract— In the post-war reconciliation context, the Sri Lankans need to develop constructive discourse on political harmony, cohesion and co-habitation to make a positive impact on… Read more »

2003 Key Concerns in the Educational Sector of the North East Province

by Education Council of Tamil Eelam, Kilinochchi, December 11, 2003 A paper presented to the Workshop on Educational Development, Stakeholder Concerns in Trincomalee on behalf of V. Ilankumaran, Esq., Director General, Education Council of Tamil Eelam Key Concerns in Educational Sector of NEP 2003 Education Workshop Materials 2003 TamilNet: LTTE Education Council spotlights NE shortcomings

Building the Tamil Eelam State

Emerging State Institutions and Forms of Governance in LTTE-controlled Areas in Sri Lanka by Kristian Stokke, Third World Quarterly, Vol.27, No.6, pages 1021-1040, 2006 Abstract Sri Lanka’s civil war has created a political–territorial division between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), where LTTE is engaged in a process… Read more »

Resettlement of Conflict-induced IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka

Political economy of state policy and practice by Chamindry Saparamadu and Aftab Lall, Centre for Poverty Analysis, January 2014 Resettlement of conflict-induced IDPs in northern Sri Lanka Executive summary Nearly three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka between the armed forces of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil… Read more »

The Sri Lankan Peace Process at a Crossroads

Lessons, Opportunities and Ideas for Principled Negotiations and Conflict Transformation by Tyrol Ferdinands, Kumar Rupesinghe, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Jayadeva Uyangoda, Norbert Ropers, January 2004 The_Sri_Lankan_Peace_Process_at_a_Crossroads__Lessons_Opportunities_and_Ideas_for_Principled_Negotiations_and_Conflict_Transformation Executive Summary and Recommendations The Sri Lankan peace process is at a crossroads.  Seven months after it withdrew from the talks, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) presented their proposal… Read more »

‘Amnesty’ by Aravind Adiga

by Kirkus Review, New York, November 19, 2019 Pub Date: Feb. 18, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9821-2724-4 Page Count: 272 Publisher: Scribner Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019 An undocumented immigrant from Sri Lanka tries to elude the forces, legal and otherwise, working to push him out of Australia. Dhananjaya Rajaratnam, the hero of this taut, thrillerlike novel by… Read more »