Monthly Archives: September 2021

Memoriam: Poet Pulamaipithan

A die-hard Eelam supporter dies at 86 by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 12, 2021 Renowned die-hard Eelam supporters in Tamilnadu, who could courageously express their views in public platforms, are not that many now. In these days of political sycophancy to rulers in power at the New Delhi for personal gains, it is not so… Read more »

Genocide Designations Aren’t Enough to Stop Mass Atrocities

by Kate Ferguson, World Policy Review, New York, September 7, 2021 There is extensive evidence that the Chinese government is violating the human rights of ethnic Uyghurs, and that these violations include crimes against humanity and genocide. Satellite imagery, testimonials, demographic data and photographs substantiate the extensive allegations against China, which include the use of mass surveillance… Read more »

Notes on Four pre-1950 Ph.D Recipients among Eelam Tamils

by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 7, 2021 University of Vavuniya was the 17th public university to be established in Sri Lanka in Aug 1, 2021. With a total of 17 universities in Sri Lanka now, an earned Ph.D degree is now dime a dozen (figuratively at least) among Sri Lankans. But 70 years ago (in… Read more »

Sangam Global Program Sept. 4

Saturday, September 4, 2021 * 11:0am EDT (US & Canada) 4:00pm BST (UK) 8:30pm IST (India & Sri Lanka) * Live links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYDdrJ-GlUY https://www.facebook.com/sangamglobal.live * Sangam Global-Program-Flyer-with live links * * Last month’s program Sangam Global Program August 7 * More at www.Sangam.Global

SR TJ: Follow-up on 2017 visit to Sri Lanka

by UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice, Geneva, September 2021 Follow-up on the visits to Burundi, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabián Salvioli Summary The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth,… Read more »

Counterterrorism Legislation in Sri Lanka 2006

Evaluating Efficacy by N. Manoharan, East West Center, Hawaii, 2006 N. Manoharan Counterterrorism Legislation in Sri Lanka 2006 The study advances two arguments. First, it posits that the process of enactment and enforcement undermined the legitimacy and effectiveness of counterterrorism legislation. Second, it argues that the insurgency rooted in the discriminated minority community was able… Read more »

Book Review: ‘Wanderers, Kings, Merchants’

Peggy Mohan’s ‘Wanderers, Kings, Merchants’ is about language, land & the people by Pushpinder Syal, The Tribune, Chandigarh, India, June 13, 2021 Peggy Mohan’s book tells a story of language, which is that of a fascinating process of mixing and adaptation through time. Language, in its very existence and evolution, resists the notion of purity,… Read more »

PEARL Stands with Victims’ Families

on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka by People for Equality & Relief in Lanka, Washington, DC, August 30, 2021 Today, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) stands in solidarity with the Tamil families of the disappeared in Sri Lanka to mark the International Day of the Victims… Read more »

HRW: Families of Sri Lanka’s Forcibly Disappeared Denied Justice

Campaign of Intimidation, Blocking Legal Remedies by Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch, New York, August 25, 2021 As the world prepares to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, justice is further away than ever in Sri Lanka. Despite calls for answers over many years, the government has prevented families of the… Read more »

Amnesty: Listening to the Demands of Families of the Disappeared in Sri Lanka

“Only Justice Can Heal Our Wounds” Amnesty International, London, May 7, 2017 Index Number: ASA 37/5853/2017 SRI LANKA DISAPPEARANCES In Sri Lanka, Enforced Disappearance has touched every community – spanning time, geography, ethnicity, religion, and class. There has been virtually no accountability for these grievous crimes. Despite daunting obstacles, family members of the disappeared have… Read more »