Monthly Archives: September 2022

Sri Lanka’s Past and Future with Geneva Resolutions

by Ruki Fernando, The Morning, Colombo, September 20, 2022 “How many more years should we come to Geneva?” – Sandya Ekneligoda, wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, speaking at an informal consultation on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution on Sri Lanka, in Geneva, Switzerland, 16 September 2022. Amongst the many international institutions… Read more »

Ensuring Sri Lanka’s Compliance with UNHRC’ Resolutions

by Thambu Kanagasabai, LLM London, Former Lecturer in Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 22, 2022 Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils all over the world are very deeply concerned in relation to Sri Lanka’s past human rights violations including war crimes and the very minimal steps taken by Sri Lanka so far… Read more »

Child’s Guide To Ranilnomics

Proposed Debt Restructuring Will Pose More Issues Than Answers By W A Wokewardema, Colombo Telegraph, September 26, 2022 Dr. W.A Wijewardena Aseni, whiz kid of economics, and her grandfather Sarath Mahatthaya, ex-official of the Finance Ministry, are continuing their conversation of the economics of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, tagged Ranilnomics. Previously, they discussed the ideological battle… Read more »

1981 Visit of Queen Elizabeth to Sri Lanka

From the Pages of Tribune (Colombo), etc. by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 26, 2022 Front Note Queen Elizabeth (1926-2022) died on September 8, at the age of 96. She had visited Ceylon (later to be renamed Sri Lanka) from April 10-21, 1954 and in 1981. I may note here that the only memory of the… Read more »

A Rebuttal from ‘Tangential Tamil Sniper’

aka Sachi Sri Kantha September 20, 2022 Front Note Prof. Michael Roberts (b. 1938), a Sri Lankan historian cum anthropologist with some name recognition, currently residing in Australia, and is a contributor to the scholarship on V. Prabhakaran, LTTE and Tamil militant movement in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, he has chosen to specialize in negative portrayal… Read more »

Photos of Menik Farm Detainees 2009

From the files of Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam. Ph.D. (Cornell) Do we know where all these detainees are?  Can UNHCR confirm they were all released? Photo_FemaleYouthDetainees_MenikfarmMovie6 Photo_MaleYouth Detainees_Menikfarm_Movie7 Where are the pictures of all the other detainees? From Dr. Ethirveerasingam: These photos were sent to me by a UN Refugee official monitoring the Vavuniya camp. I think… Read more »

Interview with an IDP 2009

by Manisat blogspot posted on YouTube, 2009 Figuratively translated from Tamil to English in 2009 by Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam. Ph.D. (Cornell) The host warned the young people who are not strong enough to see tragic scenes not to watch.  She said that what you are about to see is what the Tamil brothers and sisters suffered…. Read more »

Review of Sharanya Manivannan’s ‘Incantations Over Water’

She sings of love Sharanya Manivannan’s graphic novel propounds and embodies the theme of multiplicity by Sneha Krishnan, The Hindu, Chennai, February 10, 2022 Sharanya Manivannan’s graphic novel, Incantations Over Water, is set near Kallady lagoon in Mattakalappu, Ilankai (Batticaloa, Sri Lanka). But the story stretches beyond the common concepts of place and time. In its structure… Read more »

Without a Tamil Buy-in, Sri Lanka’s Quest for Change will Fail

by JS Tissainayagam, International Policy Digest, June 9, 2022 Tamils in Sri Lanka protesting economic mismanagement, abuse of power, and corruption are demanding structural change. One idea being floated around is changing the country’s constitution. However, the proposals being offered do little for structural change or stability because they disregard Tamil concerns. Tamils must put… Read more »

OCHA Multi-Dimensional Crisis Situation Report

by Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, New York, September 16, 2022 PDF report with map at Sri Lanka Multi-Dimensional Crisis Situation Report No. 5 This report is produced by the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) on behalf of the ISCG. The updates below cover activities carried out between 09… Read more »

The Military Still Runs the Show

In Sri Lanka The international community has a part to play in ending its culture of impunity. by Viruben Nandakuman, Foreign Policy, Washington, DC, August 4, 2022 Viruben Nandakumar is an editor at the Tamil Guardian. In the early hours of Friday, July 22, hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers marched through the country’s capital. They… Read more »

‘The State will Come After the Defenceless’

Shehan Karunatilaka The reason I chose 1989 was because I was a bit of a coward. I wanted to write about 2009 and the end of the war, with the basic premise of what if the dead could speak. But I wasn’t brave enough to engage there. by Pasan Jayasinghe, The Hindu’s Frontline, Chennai, September… Read more »

The UN Human Rights Council Must Strengthen Its Oversight of Sri Lanka

during the crisis triggered by the political and economic collapse by Amnesty International, London, September 9, 2022 Index Number: ASA 37/6022/2022 Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), when it meets for its 51st session (12 September – 7 October 2022), to strengthen the existing Sri Lanka accountability project of the Office… Read more »

Child Soldiers from Ceylon, before Prabhakaran’s Time

by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 6, 2022 One of the chief arrows aimed at Prabhakaran and LTTE by his adversaries (especially by Tamil collaborators of the Sinhalese ruling hierarchy like Lakshman Kadirgamar and the self-serving pretentious clique who tagged themselves as the University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) – Jaffna, led by Rajan Hoole) in… Read more »

Sri Lankan Conflict Map Supports UN Work on Accountability

by Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Sydney, Australia, September 7, 2022 The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has released a landmark interactive conflict map, detailing thousands of reported human rights violations occurring during the civil war in Sri Lanka between 1983 and 2009. This conflict map will provide crucial foundational support for the United Nations’ and Member… Read more »

What do Imaginations of Haunted Landscapes Tell us about Everyday Politics?

by Erol Saglam, Takhayyul, University College London, Sept. 7, 2022 How should we then make sense of this two-dimensional engagement with the past, that is one denying the historicity of the societal violence and its destructive aftermath and the other reminiscing it discreetly and in transfigured ways? I could not help but ask whether, alongside… Read more »

A Poisoned Chalice

How international aid bolstered Sri Lankan despots by Viruben Nandakumar, Tamil Guardian, London, September 7, 2022 “I was born into a debt-free nation”, claimed Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe as he accepted yet another loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on behalf of the island. This will be the seventeenth time since independence that… Read more »

Letter to Core Group at UNHRC

by Tamil politicians and civil society, Sri Lanka, August 28, 2022 August 28, 2022 To: Foreign Ministers of the Sri Lanka Core-Group at the UN Human Rights Council Dear Foreign Ministers, Since you take the lead on Sri Lanka as members of the Sri Lanka Core-Group at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), we from… Read more »

The Politics of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA)

and PTA Reform by Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice, March 2022 Politics of PTA and PTA Reform Mar 2022 Keenan PDF Why does Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) matter? What do we know about how the current Sri Lankan government is using the PTA as a tool to maintain… Read more »

Sri Lanka at Critical Juncture

UN report urges progress on accountability, institutional and security sector reforms by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, September 6, 2022 GENEVA (6 Sept 2022) – Sri Lanka’s new Government should embark on a national dialogue to advance human rights and reconciliation, a UN report urges today, calling for accountability and deeper institutional reforms… Read more »