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Category: Tamil Issues in International Media

Sri Lankan reform has ‘ground to a halt’ with torture used freely – UN

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Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The...

Sri Lankan ‘war criminals’ deployed as UN peacekeepers

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The UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential report claims. The document, seen by the Observer, and sent to the UN’s Department of...

UN Rues Sri Lanka’s Slow Progress In Setting Up Justice Mechanism

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The UN Human Rights Council has expressed doubt that whether Sri Lanka would be able to fully implement the United Nation’s prescribed transitional justice agenda before March 2019. The UNHRC...

Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Violence

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Over the past fortnight, Sri Lanka has witnessed a surge in violence targeting Muslims, their properties, and places of worship. It prompted President Maithripala Sirisena to declare an...

Sri Lanka violence: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres concerned, UN official to visit Kandy

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UN Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman is to visit the Sri Lankan city of Kandy, at the centre of incidents of communal violence. He will meet religious leaders in Kandy this week, a UN...

Sri Lanka blocks social media as deadly violence continues

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At least two people have been killed and eight others injured in anti-Muslim riots in a popular tourist district in central Sri Lanka as the government blocked Facebook and other social media...

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

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A state of emergency has been imposed in Sri Lanka for the first time since the civil war following days of communal violence between the island’s Sinhalese and Muslim communities. The special...

Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency After Mob Attacks on Muslims

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Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday after mob attacks against the minority Muslim population in a central district, violence that has highlighted the...

Fresh Violence Threatens Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Process

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On Monday, the Sri Lankan government declared a 10-day state of emergency—the first since the civil war ended in 2009—following clashes between Muslims and Buddhists on Sunday. This latest...

Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children

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SRI LANKA’s responses to questions on accountability for rights violations at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were evasive and packed with clichés. This should spur the...

Are Sri Lankan officers ordering soldiers to sexually assault Tamil detainees?

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Last week, the Associated Press published an explosive report documenting more than 50 Tamil men’s allegations that Sri Lanka’s security forces sexually assaulted and tortured them. Their...

‘I want the world to know’: Tamil men accuse Sri Lanka of rape and torture

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Tamil men seeking asylum in Europe claim they were abducted, raped and tortured by government forces in Sri Lanka. Details of the abuse of more than 50 men, which one human rights expert has...

Sri Lankan men come forward to report rapes, abductions and torture carried out during bloody civil war

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He was barely a teenager when Sri Lanka’s civil war ended, spared by youth from witnessing its horrors. But last year, the brutal conflict caught up with Witness #205. Raped, branded and...

Sri Lanka’s Proposed Constitution Comes Under Attack

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The interim report on Sri Lanka’s proposed constitution released on September 21 has come under a spate of attacks. On October 24, a retired Sri Lankan army officer, Major General Kamal...

Sri Lanka: War victims’ families struggle for justice 10 years on

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The United Nations says a great deal of work remains to be done in order to bring stability to Sri Lanka, nearly a decade after its 26-year civil war. It is conducting a review to find out what is...

Sri Lanka leader to shield general from war crimes case

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Sri Lanka’s president has vowed to protect a former army chief accused of crimes committed in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war. “I state very clearly that I will...

Why a Sri Lankan leader might be tried for war crimes in Brazil

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Early Tuesday morning, news broke that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil had fled the country. Sri Lanka’s government later announced that his departure was planned, and it was simply the end of...

Brazil lawsuit accuses Jagath Jayasuriya of war crimes

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Human rights groups in South America have filed war crimes lawsuits against a former Sri Lankan general who is now his country’s ambassador to Brazil. The lawsuits against Jagath Jayasuriya...

Sri Lanka’s Jagath Jayasuriya wanted for war crimes

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Human rights groups have filed lawsuits in Brazil and Colombia against Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Latin America, accusing him of war crimes. Former general Jagath Jayasuriya was a commander in...

Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka

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Frances Harrison is the program coordinator of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and author of a book on the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war. She discussed a new ITJP report...

Links to Sri Lanka’s separatist Tigers cloud Tamils’ US resettlement

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Up to 240 Tamil asylum-seekers on Nauru and Manus Island could be excluded from Australia’s refugee deal with the US because of their links to Tamil Tiger rebels. Human rights advocates,...

UN envoy flays continued rights violations in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A visiting United Nations envoy said that torture remains “endemic and routine” in Sri Lanka’s counterterrorism methods and a number of persons being detained without...

U.N. raps Sri Lanka’s slow progress on tackling war crimes

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – The United Nations criticized Sri Lanka on Friday for slow progress in addressing war crimes and past human rights abuses and said the international community was running...

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

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The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country. The four-day visit by Ben Emmerson QC was conducted...

UN committee asks Sri Lanka to end military involvement in commercial, civilian activities

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A United Nations (UN) committee has recommended to the Sri Lankan government that the military end its involvement in commercial and civilian activities and provide legal protection against forced...

Sri Lanka’s Difficulty With Truth

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War is messy, leaving in its wake, not just death, injuries and destruction, but persistent distrust. To heal, there needs to be communication, understanding, and above all a sense of righting...

Sri Lanka: Buddhism to remain paramount in new charter

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Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday that Buddhism will remain paramount on the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against...

Sri Lanka: Navy officer arrested in case of 11 missing youth

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Sri Lanka police on Wednesday arrested a senior navy officer in connection with the abductionand disappearance of 11 youth, including ethnic minority Tamils, during the country’s civil war...

Buddhism’s foremost place won’t be changed in Sri Lankan Constitution: PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured Sri Lankan’s Buddhist monks that the government will not change the foremost place accorded to Buddhism in the proposed new Constitution amid...

Sri Lanka leader pledges to consult Buddhist leaders over new constitution

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday pledged to consult the country’s Buddhist leaders over his plans for constitutional reform, which he promised in his 2015 election campaign...

The First Tamil Suicide Bombing

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In July 1987 separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka attacked an army camp. It was the first of hundreds of suicide attacks carried by the group known as the “Black Tigers” against...

Buddhist monks decide against new Sri Lankan constitution

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Senior Buddhist monks have unanimously decided against a new constitution or amending the existing Sri Lankan constitution that recognizes Buddhism as the foremost religion. The high-ranking Buddhist...

Sri Lanka ends decades-long occupation of Tamil port

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Sri Lanka’s military said Tuesday it has ended its occupation of a major fishing harbour after 27 years and allowed Tamil civilians in the former war zone to take back their land. Security...

Sri Lankan President reportedly pledges to look for missing persons from civil war, release list

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Sri Lankan Tamils have welcomed an apparent presidential commitment to release a list of wartime ‘disappeared’ and detained persons, but have condemned the overall lack of reconciliation...

Statement by the Prime Minister on the Eighth Anniversary of the End of the War in Sri Lanka

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the eighth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka: “Today, we mark the eighth anniversary of the end of the...

Sri Lanka’s men face rape in custody decade after civil war: study

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Men in Sri Lanka are being raped in custody nearly a decade after the civil war, when sexual assault was routinely used to torture detained Tamils, a report said Wednesday. The rape of men and boys...

The long journey of a forgotten people

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rally on May 12 with Sri Lanka’s hill-country Tamils, on the second day of his two-day visit to the country, was a success, if you went by conventional...

Sri Lanka drags feet on reconciliation, risks peace: ICG

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Sri Lanka’s failure to address its wartime past nearly a decade after its bloody conflict jeopardises any hope of a lasting peace in the ethnically-divided island, a global rights group warned...

‘Indian Tamils’ of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Tamils: Here is the difference

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During his recent visit to Sri Lanka for UN Vesak Day celebrations, PM Narendra Modi made a stop at Dickoya in the central hills, home to many Tamil people of Indian origin, known as the ‘Indian...

India re-orients its policy on the Sri Lankan ethnic question

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Modi found time for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a group of Sri Lankan Tamil parties, only at the fag end of his visit. The appointment was given only at the eleventh hour, and the meeting...

Decoding PM Modi’s Speech In Sri Lanka: Seeking A Radically Positive Engagement

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Going through the speech Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered in Sri Lanka to the large mass of Tamils assembled there, thrills me as a Tamil and as an Indian. At last we have a Prime Minister who...

Sri Lanka faces trade, human rights link

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The pain of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which ended in May 2009, continues to haunt residents in the eastern coastal town of Batticaloa and its surrounding villages. Punyamurthi Jeyatheepa, a...

Border Girls: Women in Sri Lanka take on male roles to help recovery from brutal civil war

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Women and girls whose male relatives were killed in Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war are now helping the country recover, taking on roles formerly reserved for men and heading to schools and...

Sri Lanka makes a mockery of the UN Human Rights Council

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The UN Human Rights Council’s 34th session ended on March 24. Ostensibly, the session was an important moment for Sri Lanka’s coalition government, which is led by President Maithripala...

Years after war, trials of resettlement in Sri Lanka

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After 20 years in India, wearing a “refugee” tag that led her from one camp to another, it was only in December 2016 that Edward Selyn, 55, returned home. Until a few days ago, she was among a...

‘The Tamil Nadu factor’: demanding justice for genocide in Sri Lanka

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From politicians to protestors, the people of Tamil Nadu are making waves in Indian politics, rallying around the need for justice for the war crimes committed against Sri Lanka’s Tamils.

People on hunger strike demand info on Sri Lanka’s missing persons

The hunger strike by the relatives of people who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s two-and-a-half- decade-long separatist war, entered its fourth day today, with condition of at least four women fast...

‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers in Sri Lanka Demand Answers

Seated on a platform outside a regional post office in Sri Lanka’s former war zone, about 150 miles north of the capital, Colombo, a mother whose son has been missing for seven years sobbed as she...

Challenging Sri Lanka’s Sixth Amendment

Would you talk a bit about the motion that you and some colleagues will be filing with the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC)? The Sixth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution criminalizes peaceful...

UN System Owes Sri Lankan Tamils Remedial Justice

It is very sad that UN an international institution particularly was initiated to protect the civilians during conflicts and other matters affecting the civilians failing from its duty by ignoring...