Monthly Archives: September 2023

RAW: Canada, India & Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pulls down the pants of RAW rascals by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 27, 2023 As a long term observer of the sins of India’s gumshoes, I’d say ‘three cheers’ for Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau for pulling down the pants of RAW rascals on September 18th. He claimed ‘Agents of the… Read more »

Partheeban alias Thileepan’s Death-Fast Weaponised Non-violence

by DBS Jeyaraj, Financial Times, Colombo, September 27, 2023 Rasiah Partheeban alias Thileepan engaged in a fast unto death protest on 15 September 1987. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stalwart died after 12 days of fasting on 26 September without even drinking water. Thileepan’s 36th death anniversary was on 26 September 2023. This… Read more »

IS the TNPF Throwing Rocks at a Wasp Nest?

by A Nillanthan, September 24, 2023 [Translated from the original Tamil by Google Translate with corrections by the Editor. Further corrections welcome.] A vehicle of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) was attacked in Trincomalee. The vehicle carrying Thileepan’s picture had first passed that way last year, but the vehicle was not targeted at that… Read more »

History of Tamils in Sri Lanka

by Laxshen in Reddit’s Eelam thread, late August, 2023 The Kingdom of Jaffna by S. Pathmanathan, Colombo, 1978 on Noolaham Primary sources for History of the Sri Lankan Tamils by Dr. Murugar Gunasingham, Sydney, 2005 on Noolaham Sri Lanka: The National Question and the Tamil Liberation Struggle by Satchi Ponnambalam, UK, 1983 on Noolaham The… Read more »

Congress Wants to Hold Sri Lanka’s Feet to the Fire on Human Rights

by Anusha Rathi & Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy, Washington, DC, September 21, 2023 Congress is calling on the Biden administration to formally hold Sri Lanka responsible for its human rights abuses and violation of international humanitarian law, including decades of torture, military abuse, and other “horrific crimes” carried out against the country’s minority Tamil population…. Read more »

Purse-seiners, Trawlers, and the Epic Fight over Fishing in Tamil Nadu

A ban on purse-seine fishing in Tamil Nadu has threatened thousands of fishers’ livelihoods – and they are refusing to give up without a fight by Jeff Joseph, Himal magazine, Colombo, September 7, 2023 “There were young people with degrees taking to purse seines because of the pay,” Karthi P said. “It was easy work.”… Read more »

40th Anniversary of Black July 1983

Notes on the White Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) Editorials by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 2023 Preamble and Inference Though digital writing has many merits, one of its demerits (i.e., disappearance of past published records into the digital black hole, within few years) is a pain in the neck for me. Originally, I compiled this collection… Read more »

US Congress Letter re Justice in Sri Lanka

NEWS: Congresswoman Summer Lee and Congressman Bill Johnson Lead Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urging State Department to Take Action Towards Justice and Accountability for Sri Lanka’s International Crimes – Summer Lee (    

Joint NGO Statement re Sri Lanka Truth Commission

by Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Franciscans International, Front Line Defenders. Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) International Working Group on Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Campaign, September 4, 2023 Joint Statement re Sri Lanka Truth Commission Sept. 2023 Sri Lanka’s Flawed Plans for… Read more »

ICES: Mass Grave Sites in Sri Lanka

History and Legal Framework by Sophia Bisping, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 2023 ICES Mass Grave Sites in Sri Lanka 2023 Between 1992 and 2022, at least 32 mass grave sites were uncovered in Sri Lanka. Of the few investigations conducted, none were successful in fully identifying victims, establishing stable narratives of events preceding each… Read more »

India Urges Sri Lanka to Keep Its Promises

Citing ‘inadequate progress’ on rights front by Meera Srinivasan, The Hindu, Chennai, September 13, 2023 India on Tuesday said the progress made by Sri Lanka, on its commitment to fulfill the Tamils’ aspirations, was “inadequate” and urged the island nation to “work meaningfully” to keep its promises. “We have taken note of reaffirmation by the… Read more »

UNHRC’s 54th Session

UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, September 11 to October 13, 2023 . Written Report on ‘Situation in Sri Lanka’ by High Commissioner for Human Rights – UNHCHR Situation of human rights in Sri Lanka Report, Advanced unedited . 1st Meeting |UN Web TV Sri Lanka begins at 2hrs.44min.   2nd Meeting | UN Web TV Interactive Dialogue… Read more »

Meet the Sri Lankan Families Still Fighting for Justice

Almost 15 years after end of nation’s bloody civil war, still no answers as to what happened to ‘the disappeared’ by Andrew Bunscombe, NewsReel Substack, July 11, 2023 Sometimes as a journalist you feel you’ve done a pretty good job. You may be covering a murder trial, you may be watching a pet contest. But you… Read more »

G.G. (Kumar) Ponnambalam Jr. (1938-2000) Remembered Again

by Sachi Sri Kantha, September , 2023 Previously I had contributed twice on G.G. (Kumar) Ponnambalam Jr. to this website The first was on the occasion of his 69th birthday in 2007. []. The second was in 2008, regarding his 1982 Presidential candidacy.[] This year, Kumar Ponnambalam’s 85th birthday had passed by on Aug. 12th…. Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Flawed Plans for a ‘Truth Commission’

We, nine international human rights organizations, have grave reservations about the Sri Lankan government’s proposed National Unity and Reconciliation Commission. Our concerns echo many of those already raised by victims of conflict-related abuses and their families. by Amnesty International, London, September 4, 2023 Index Number: ASA 37/7165/2023 Statement signed by • Amnesty International • Asian… Read more »

Decades After Dictatorship, Chile Mounts Search for Hundreds Who Vanished

President Gabriel Boric authorized a new national search plan ahead of the 50th anniversary of the coup that toppled the government and led to the disappearance and killing of thousands. by Pascale Bonnefoy, New York Times, August 30, 2023, updated September 2 A commemoration in Santiago, Chile, in July for Chileans who were detained or… Read more »

Prabakaran’s Suthumalai Speech 1987

Speech by V. Prabakaran at the Suthumalai Amman temple, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, on August 4, 1987. Translation by Anton Balasingham in the second chapter of his book ‘War and Peace.’ ‘My Beloved and Esteemed People of Tamil Eelam, ‘Today, a turning point of immense significance has taken place in the history of our struggle. This… Read more »

MGR Remembered – Part 72

From Cinema Screen to Chief Minister Crown by Sachi Sri Kantha, August 28, 2023 About the contents in Part 71 of this series, I received the following thoughts from pal and fellow MGR biographer R. Kannan on June 5th. “I read part 71 of the MGR series with much interest and, as always, found it… Read more »