Posts Categorized: Other

Sri Lanka’s Possible Post-Election Scenario

By: M. K. Eelaventhan – Former Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka, July 28, 2020 Sri Lanka’s General election which is due on August 5th 2020 is pitting four main parties, UNP, SLPP, NPF, JVP led by Sinhalese leaders Ranil Wickremasinghe, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sajit Premadasa and Anurakumara Dissanayaka along with several other independent groups including… Read more »

Vital Statistics

  2019 estimates for all provinces

Touring “Terrorism”: Landscapes of Memory in Post-War Sri Lanka

by Jennifer Hyndman & Amarnath Amarasingam, Geography Compass 8/8 (2014): 560–575, 10.1111/gec3.12149 Touring_Terrorism The Sri Lankan state’s power to narrate the war and characterize the enemy is an expression of “triumphalist nationalism” and is a selective remembering of war. Based on photographs taken during several field visits to these sites by both authors between December 2012 and… 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

Little Jaffna in Paris

by Tatiana Medvedeva, Leiden University, May 2013 Abstract World’s cultural centre, Paris has been a transnational global village since centuries. In recent two decades, a new space of confrontation of global and local appeared on the capital’s landscape. The so‐called “quartier indien ” also known as “Little Jaffna”, situated in between the Gare du Nord… Read more »

From SAS to Merciless Mercenaries

A new book tells the story of an elite band of ex-special forces who wreaked havoc around the world. Their calling card? A live grenade in a wine glass by Neil Tweedie, Daily Mail, UK, February 1, 2020 Private military company KMS operated behind the scenes in the 1970s and 80s  It did jobs that would… Read more »

The Lesser Evil?

by Viruben Nandakumar, Tamil Guardian, London, November 11, 2019 In the lead up to the Sri Lankan Presidential election 16 November, both Sinhala and Tamil political commentators have quipped that this election is a clear cut choice between “two evils” and have insisted on drawing parallels to the 2015 and 2005 elections. These commentators have… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election & the True Face of the TNA

by Kumarathasan Rasingam, November 7, 2019 The cat is finally out of the bag. The secretly well-kept decision of TNA to back Sajith Premadasa of the United National Party is now disclosed 10 days before the election, after playing the hide and seek and cat and mouse games. TNA leadership particularly Sumanthiran and Sampanthan have… Read more »

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 — 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 »