Posts Categorized: Other

Raghavan Plans to Distribute Uncultivatable Lands to Tamils

To compensate for loss of fertile lands ADB’s 2015 investment program description by TamilNet, October 3, 2019 SL Governor to Northern Province Suren Raghavan has come up with another deceptive offer to the uprooted Eezham Tamil land-owners in Mullaiththeevu. Raghavan is planning to release some plots of saline and brackish soil along the coast as… Read more »

ATC, CTC, BTF & USTAG: Sri Lanka’s Disappeared Must Have Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2019 Sri Lanka’s Disappeared Must Have Justice FINAL Sri Lanka’s Disappeared Must Have Justice Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), British Tamils Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and US Tamil Action Group (USTAG) once again on the International Day of the Disappeared draw attention to the large number of enforced disappearances… Read more »

Funding Varadakumar’s Last Project

Tamils of Sri Lanka – A Timeless Heritage Dear friends, We at TIC have had many requests about how the community can contribute to Varadakumar’s legacy.At the time of his death, Varadakumar was working hard to organise an exhibition to memorialise the end of the war, to be held in Tolworth Recreation Centre on 18-19… Read more »

Push Back: Sri Lanka’s Dance with Global Governance

by Judith Large, Zed Books, 2016 Paper ISBN: 9781783606542 After decades of conflict, the Sri Lankan government in 2009 proclaimed the decisive defeat of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam. Since then, the state has proved resistant to attempts by the UN and other international bodies to promote postwar reconciliation. In this incisive new work, Judith… Read more »

Norway in Sri Lanka

by John Stephen Moolakkattu, ‘Cooperation & Conflict,’ Nordic International Studies Assoc. December 1, 2005 Peace_Facilitation_by_Small_States__Norway_in_Sri_Lanka ABSTRACT It is now four years since Norway formally embarked on the difficult task of facilitating negotiations in the protracted ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. With an international record in peace-making and development assistance, Norway entered the fray with unmatched… Read more »

Colombo Released Only 50% of Allocated 2018 Funds to NPC

by TamilNet, October 25, 2018 The unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka, both under Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithiripala Sirisena, have been waging propaganda that the Northern Provincial Council was ineffective and that it has even returned allocated sums without deploying them for projects. In reality, Colombo was not even allocating the required funds to the… Read more »

ITJP: Is Sri Lanka Undermining the Office of Missing Persons ?

by International Truth and Justice Project, South Africa, September 24, 2018 Press Release Johannesburg The Government of Sri Lanka is undermining the Office of Missing Persons by appointing a politician to implement its recommendations who has denied war crimes, including enforced disappearances, and who allegedly intimidated a victim. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has reportedly been appointed to… Read more »

On Mathangi-MIA

  Her thoughtful discussion at Oxford Union (50 min), UK  [2017]     The following article is about her documentary. I got into a fight with M.I.A. A documentary about the British-Tamil musician’s life is sparking difficult conversations about race and identity – and she isn’t afraid to get heated BY RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI SEPTEMBER 19, 2018… Read more »

Unsilenced: Male Rape by the Sri Lankan Security Forces

A new report documents the widespread use of sexual torture on male Tamil detainees. By Ana Pararajasingham The Diplomat September 19, 2018   The latest report titled Unsilenced, released by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) on September 19, makes for grim reading. The report addresses a form of torture that is rarely spoken about despite… Read more »

China Expands Its Footprint in Sri Lanka

China is moving into new geographical areas of Sri Lanka, where Indian influence has traditionally been strongest. By Sudha Ramachandran The Diplomat September 11, 2018   China’s role in Sri Lanka, which has grown remarkably in recent years, is poised to expand geographically as well. Hitherto, Beijing’s projects were confined to the southern parts of the… Read more »

GIJTR: Sri Lanka Case Study

by Global Initiative for Justice, Truth & Reparations, Global Reparations Summit, Belgrade,  March 25-26, 2018 Case Study by International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, updated May 2018 Case_Study_-_Sri_Lanka Archives of the conference — https://www.globalreparations.com/live-stream/ Bhavani Fonseka on Day One, first segment at 2:15:45. Yasmin Sooka on Day One, second segment Summary of Reparations Efforts and Programs… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s New Right-Wing Politics

by Jayadeva Uyangoda, ‘The Sunday Observer,’ Colombo, July 8, 2018 There are two new developments in Sri Lanka’s contemporary politics which is getting crystalized and clearer these days. They are: (a) the consolidation of a hard right-wing alternative to a weak and shaky democratic regime option, and (b) the projection of an ex-military officer as… Read more »

PT: Missing Accountability for War Crimes

by Pasumai Thaayagam, Chennai, July 2018 PT-MISSING ACCOUNTABILITY-SriLanka-VNR Delivered to UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), 09 to 18 July 2018, New York. SUMMARY The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has submitted the Report of Sri Lanka Voluntary National Review (VNR) on 18 June 2018. The report will be presented at the HLPF… Read more »

ITJP: List of May 18, 2009 Disappeared

by International Truth & Justice Project Sri Lanka, South Africa, accessed May 23, 2018 http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english This website remembers the Disappeared in Sri Lanka.  Initially we are listing those who disappeared in army custody in the final days of the war in May 2009. Please email additional information/corrections to: itjpsl /A_T/ gmail /D_O_T/ com NOTE: There can be… Read more »

MP Sampanthan’s Speech on Local Elections

by MP Sampanthan in Parliament, February 19, 2018 Excerpt: Local election results by district – http://lgelections2018.dailymirror.lk/election/localauthorities/TM/10 ——————————– MP Sampanthan’s Speech on the interim report of the Steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly on 1st November 2017

Discrimination in 2018

by Sanjana Hattotuwa on his blog, January 14, 2018 It’s the little things that matter the most. Google in Sri Lanka now defaults to Sinhala. Whenever you access a Google Form, the interface by default is in Sinhala. Whenever you use Google Maps, road, place and now even names of famous buildings, are rendered in… Read more »

Comments on Articles on New Constitution

by Veluppilai Thangavelu, October 23, 2017 from Thamilvaddam discussion group # 4708 COMMENT on ‘Battling for a New Constitution’ In the first place Jayampathy Wickremaratne is not a Minister. He is an appointed MP. So why quote Jayampathy Wickremaratne and why not quote Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President, has said about the current constitutional process? That… Read more »

[US] Learning to Live With a Changing World Map

By JOSHUA KEATING The NY Times SEPT. 22, 2017 (Print Edition on Sept. 25, 2017 has the title: The U.S. Likes the World Map the Way It Is.)   (Sangam’s Observation: Any reference to Tamil Freedom struggle for Eelam in Sri Lanka is missing. Internationally assisted genocide of more than 140,000 Tamil civilians to suppress independence… Read more »

Amnesty: “Disappearances & Political Killings: Human Rights Crisis of the 1990s’

A MANUAL FOR ACTION by Amnesty International, London, September, 1993 Amnesty 1993 disappearance murder as techniques of counterinsurgency asa370131993en Sri Lanka: “Disappearance” and murder as techniques of counter-insurgency EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 37/13/93 Distr: SC/CO/CC No. of words: 4700 ————————- Amnesty International International Secretariat 1 Easton Street London WC1X 8DJ United Kingdom… Read more »

Violence against Religious Minorities in Sri Lanka

by UCAN (Catholic News Asia) in Vatican Radio, May 26, 2017 http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/05/26/violence_against_religious_minorities_in_sri_lanka/1314905 Human rights groups, religious leaders, lawmakers and the United Nations have all called on the Sri Lankan government to take immediate action against sectarian violence and growing tensions in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.  The groups blame the government for failing to halt… Read more »