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Thursday 23 November 2017
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Category: Tamil Issues in International Media

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...

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...