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Category: Tamil Issues in International Media

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...

Sri Lanka: A Troubling Spate of Arrests Across the Northern and Eastern Provinces

A recent spate of arrests across Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern and Eastern Provinces is cause for serious concern. It’s been more than fifteen months since Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out...

Battle scars: Sri Lanka’s north counts the cost of a 26-year war

Seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, Sri Lanka’s northern province lags behind the rest of the country on economic development, and the catch-up process is proving long and...

Sri Lankan Christians blocked from using public cemeteries

Sri Lankan Christians cannot bury their dead in public cemeteries because Buddhist monks are stopping them from doing so, charity group Release International says. The persecution of Sri Lankan...

Lasting Peace – Reconciliation“Withering Hopes” – New Report Raises Concern Sri Lanka’s Window for Reconciliation is Closing

A new report by People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) provides details of ongoing militarization and harassment amongst the Tamil population of the North-East of Sri Lanka, over one year...

When will the UN be held to account for failing to protect civilians?

This month, the UN office of the high commissioner for human rightsrevealed the massive scale of abuse against civilians in South Sudan last year. Its report is unflinching in describing rape,...

Political Prisoners and Sri Lanka’s Sincerity Crisis

In Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena had promised progress regarding Tamil political prisoners, although we’ve seen little of that. Unfortunately, the president’s dithering project has...

Sri Lanka Should Finally Release Tamil Political Prisoners

In Sri Lanka, a group of Tamil political prisoners are again conducting a hunger strike. The strike began in late February and it’s unclear what will happen next. The 14 prisoners are demanding...

Sri Lanka’s ‘Accountability’ Dilemma

With the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 30th session just days away, many Sri Lanka watchers are waiting to see how Colombo deals with the release of a major U.N. report focused on...

Wickremesinghe’s Delhi visit likely to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to visit India between 14 and 16 September.

Amb. Stephen Rapp on Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Investigation

At the end of August, the United States announced that it would support Sri Lanka’s plan for investigating alleged war crimes that occurred during the final years of the country’s long-running...

Hopes rise for closure over Sri Lanka’s wartime ‘disappeared’

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. Tears well up in Murugathas Gajenthini’s eyes as...

Sri Lanka’s war widows seek return of land

Lakshmanan Dharmarajini recalled a time when she and her husband could eke out a living on their small plot of land in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka.

Custodial death of Sri Lankan refugee: NHRC issues notice to Tamil Nadu govt

Justice in Sri Lanka: With just 273 political prisoners in custody, how many have disappeared?

New questions about wartime and post-war disappearances in Sri Lanka emerged following a bombshell revelation that the Government hs only 273 political detainees in its custody. Families of the...

Can reconciliation heal Sri Lankan war wounds?

When Parameswari Uthayakumaran saw her house last month for the first time in 25 years, she stood in the rubble and wept.

Keen to work with Tamil diaspora for reconciliation, says Sri Lanka foreign minister

Sri Lanka is keen to engage all diaspora groups including Tamils in reconciliation efforts, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera has said stressing the new government does not want the country to...

Karunanidhi seeks Centre’s help to end Sri Lankan Army presence in Tamil areas

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Saturday demanded the Centre’s intervention to secure justice for the Sri Lankan Tamils, alleging that the Army continued to occupy the Tamil areas and utilising their...

Sri Lanka Accused of a ‘Silent War’ Against the Tamil Minority

A “silent war” is being waged against Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil by the country’s military, almost 6 years after the end of a decades-long civil war between the majority Sinhalese...

Sri Lanka accused of waging ‘silent war’ as Tamil land is appropriated by army

Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long and bloody civil war, a “silent” conflict is being waged across the island, with tens of thousands of government troops continuing to occupy the...

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Minority Grows Impatient With Just Promises

There may be no place more beautiful on the breathtaking tropical island of Sri Lanka than the white sand beaches along the Palka Strait, which is why building a luxury resort here made sense.

In Sri Lanka, underworked army runs resorts, shops, salons and travel agencies

A pristine white building with a classy brown wooden finish overlooks the blue Indian Ocean at Kankensanthurai, about 19 km from Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. It’s a luxury resort, and on Sunday...

Sri Lanka’s Leader Grapples With Release of Political Prisoners

The new government has promised to scrutinize these projects, and Eran Wickramaratne, the deputy minister of highways and investment promotion, said in an interview at his stately home here that his...

Sri Lanka abuse silence ‘price of boats deal’

SRI Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, claims the Australian government’s silence on alleged human rights abuses was the price it paid to secure co-operation from the former...

Moment of Truth: Sri Lanka’s Chance for Reconciliation

The rapidity with which outside powers re-engage with Sri Lanka rests to a large degree on how the government implements its promised program of reform and delivers parliamentary elections, which are...

Thousands rally for ex-Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa

Tens of thousands of supporters of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have staged a rally in Colombo, urging him to return to politics a month after he was defeated by his one-time ally...

India’s sordid record

The Indian government had its own reasons for training the Tamils. Sources in all Tamil groups now assert that India was never serious about Eelam and gave them training and arms only to teach...

With UN War Crimes Report Delay, Sri Lanka Must Deliver on Post-War Accountability

Now the onus is on his government to use this time to deliver a realistic path toward justice with the cooperation of the international community.

Developments in U.N. Inquiry Into Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, recommended that the Human Rights Council defer the release of a landmark inquiry into possible war crimes...

Sri Lanka wins delay over U.N. war crimes report

“I am acutely aware that many victims … might see this is as the first step towards shelving, or diluting, a report they have long feared they would never see,” he said.

Sri Lanka Is Ready to Take Center Stage

Sri Lanka has rarely, if ever, topped any U.S. foreign-policy agenda. But after the surprising outcome of its presidential election earlier this month, it should get higher billing.

The Lanka question

Colombo’s own inquiry was eyewash, exonerating the army and heaping the blame on the Tamils who wanted an equal say in the affairs of Sri Lanka. Will they get it under the new regime is a test for...

Cairn Lanka and the corporate takeover of the Tamil seas

Just five days before January’s Sri Lankan Presidential elections former Minister of Power and Energy Champika Ranawaka dropped a bombshell, accusing Mahinda Rajapaska’s government of failing to...

India won, China nil as Sri Lanka turfs out Rajapaksa

The Indian government denies any of its officers were expelled. But Mr Sumanthiran said Mr Modi had encouraged the Tamil alliance to join forces with others in politics. “The Indians realised...

Sri Lanka’s Surprising Election Victor

Sirisena stated publicly several times that he was against a federal system of devolution of power for Tamils and that the army’s presence in the north should be maintained. He also said he would...

Sri Lanka’s New Gov’t to Investigate High-Profile Killings

The lawmakers were critics of then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s conduct in the military campaign against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.