Tuesday 22 May 2018
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Category: Tamil Issues in International Media

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.

Sri Lanka and the rest of the world

A SMALL island-country of 20m people, what significance does Sri Lanka have in international affairs? Oddly, quite a bit.

Helping Sri Lanka’s New Democracy

The Obama administration might even say, in a very public way, that it will decide whether to proceed with its own criminal inquiry after giving Sri Lanka’s new establishment an opportunity to move...

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of brutal civil...

Pope Says Sri Lanka Must Confront Truth About Its War to Heal

Whether Mr. Sirisena will heed Francis’ calls for a robust reconciliation process is uncertain.

Wooing Sri Lanka From China’s Embrace

Is Sri Lanka the next Myanmar? After the stunning ouster of strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in last week’s elections, another small, strategically vital Asian nation would appear to have rejected...

Pope Francis Visits Sri Lanka Amid Hopes for Peace

Many Tamils say they remain forgotten by the central government; they have been barred from publicly mourning their dead relatives while yearly commemorations are held for fallen government soldiers.

Won’t let ISI use Lanka for anti-India operations: Sarath Fonseka


Tipped to be the new defence minister in the Sirisena cabinet, former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka said the new regime will never allow the Pakistani spy agency ISI to use Lankan soil to...

An unknown angel

Coup averted in Sri Lanka: New government

Press new Govt to address Tamil issue : New Indian Express Editorial urges Modi Govt

Maithripala Sirisena

The New Indian Express in its Editorial has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge the government under the new President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena to address the grievances of the Tamil...

Sri Lankan Poll Upset a Blow to China’s Indian Ocean Plans

Sri Lanka votes out Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka election: shock as president Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat

Sri Lanka votes in tight presidential poll

Sri Lanka’s election could change everything… and nothing

Why Sri Lanka’s Election Matters for China

Split in TNA Likely to Affect Sirisena’s Chances in Poll