Major - Articles

February 26, 2001
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni ban leaves little to take
A note at the bottom of a circular by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence listing the things that are not allowed to the Vanni sent to government officials in Vavuniya, reveals the extensive and arbitrary manner in which Colombo's economic embargo is imposed on the northern region. [ Full Story ]
February 22, 2001
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
Economic Embargo By The (Sri Lankan) Government Against Its Own (Tamil) People
The on-going ethnic conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese derived from the 53 years of denial of the right to self-determination of the Tamil people by the Sri Lanka governments. [ Full Story ]
February 14, 2001
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Over 18,000 arrested under ER, PTA in 2000
More than 18000 persons, mostly Tamils, were arrested under the draconian Emergency Regulations (ER) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) last year said a senior human rights worker in Colombo Wednesday. "The press in Colombo reported 13514 arrests under the ER and PTA from January to November 2000. More than forty percent of the arrests under the ER and PTA are not reported by the press here. [ Full Story ]
February 3, 2001
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
February 4, a day of mourning - student body
Tamil people must observe 4th of February, Sri Lanka's Independence day, as a day of mourning, said Student's Freedom Front, in a leaflet distributed today in Batticaloa. "It is the day when rights were denied to Tamil people, when national aspirations of Tamils were denied and when Tamil people lost their freedom and reduced to slave status," the leaflet further said. [ Full Story ]
January 28, 2001
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Court to hear Mailanthanai massacre case
The Mailanthanai massacre case in which 21 Sri Lanka army soldiers are accused of hacking to death 35 Tamils, including women, in a remote Batticaloa village on 9 August 1992 will be taken up for hearing in Colombo Monday lawyers appearing for the families of the victims said. "Justice delayed is justice denied. As with most cases in which SLA soldiers have been accused of massacring innocent Tamil civilians, a patently deliberate procrastinating strategy drawing on untenable pretexts is causing inordinate delays. This benefits the perpetrators of the murders," Mr.N. Kandasamy, a senior human rights activist in Colombo who has been monitoring the case for nine years told TamilNet Sunday. [ Full Story ]
January 19, 2001
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Embargo said causing malnutrition, deaths
Four patients suffering from severe malnutrition died last month at the Kilinochchi hospital, medical officials in the Vavuniya said Friday. The hospital is unable to treat scores of people in the district bitten by rabid dogs because it has no anti-rabies vaccine in stock, according to them. [ Full Story ]
January 13, 2001
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
Mannar citizens’ committee lists killed, missing
Thirty two civilians were killed due to the actions of the Sri Lankan security forces while twelve were reported missing in Mannar from January to December 2000 according to statistics released Saturday by the Citizens’ Committee for the district. The Committee said that hundred and forty three civilians were arrested by the Sri Lankan security forces in this period and that only 70 of these have been released so far. [ Full Story ]
January 11, 2001
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Will not permit student demo- Jaffna commander
The Sri Lanka army's objective is not recapturing Elephant Pass but ensuring the protection of Jaffna and its people said Major. General Anton Wijendra, the Security Forces Commander for the northern peninsula, addressing a press conference for foreign and local journalists flown in Wednesday by the military at his headquarters in Palali. He charged that students of the Jaffna University are engaging in political agitation with the backing of the Liberation Tigers and vowed to stop demonstration the undergraduates are planning to hold on 17 January. [ Full Story ]
January 10, 2001
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Massive demonstration in Jaffna - 'Pongu Thamil'
More than ten thousand people in Jaffna comprising university students, high-school students, residents and representatives and members of civil organisations demonstrated Wednesday, urging the Sri Lankan government to reciprocate the Liberation Tigers unilateral ceasefire and negotiate with the movement. Thousands more people were turned away by Sri Lankan security forces at check points set up along the major roads leading to the university, residents said. Reporters were not permitted into the university either. [ Full Story ]
December 29, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Jaffna University students, staff protest
Hundreds of students, academic and non-academic staff of the Jaffna University demonstrated inside the campus premises on Friday voicing support to the political demands of the Tamil people, and demanding the Sri Lankan Government to declare cease-fire and to begin negotiations with the Liberation Tigers, sources in the northern town said. [ Full Story ]
December 25, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Bodies of missing civilians found
The bodies of eight Tamil civilians, including a five year old child, who were reported 'missing' after being arrested by Sri Lanka Army soldiers on 19 December were unearthed from a grave in Mirusuvil area in the Thenmaradchi Monday, said police and hospital sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
December 7, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Tamilnet
Police say no to Jaffna Church peace march
The Sri Lankan Police Thursday refused permission to the Catholic church in the north to go on a peace procession in Jaffna town. A Catholic church spokesman said that the Police denied permission for the procession on the grounds that the security situation in the Jaffna town did not permit it. He said the march had been organised as a remembrance of a saint of the church. [ Full Story ]
November 4, 2000
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilGuardian
Embargo foments Vanni health crisis
Sri Lanka's embargo on medical supplies to the Tamil areas leaves hospitals there with acute shortages of drugs, equipment and other necessary supplies. Consequently, many lives are being put at peril, writes Ramani Vinayakapillai. [ Full Story ]
October 25, 2000
Place: Bindunuwewa

Source: TamilNet
25 killed in detention centre massacre
Twenty-five Tamil detainees were massacred and sixteen others were seriously wounded Wednesday when hundreds of villagers attacked the Bindunuwewa detention centre, in the Bandarawela district, about 65 km. south of Kandy, police said. [ Full Story ]
October 19, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Senior Jaffna journalist shot dead
Senior Jaffna journalist, Mylvaganam Nimalrajan, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Sri Lanka Army's high security zone in Jaffna town Thursday night around 10 p.m.. His father Sangarapillai Mylvaganam, 65, his mother, Lilly Mylvaganam, 62, and his nephew, Jegathas Prasanna, 11, were seriously wounded by a grenade lobbed by the gunmen. [ Full Story ]
October 12, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Tamil Tribune
Invaders and Liberators
Whether an army is an invasion army or a liberation army can be easily determined by the way it conducts its military operations. An invasion army will plan and execute its operations with scant regard for the civilian population in the area. In contrast, a liberation army will plan and execute its operations with due care to limit civilian casualties to a minimum. [ Full Story ]
October 4, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Civilians massacre in Trinco
Reports are emerging from Eastern Trincomalee about a massacre of seven Tamil civilians, including a woman by members of Home Guards, a militia group operating with the Sri Lankan security forces, at Poomaraththadichenai, a remote hamlet in Mutur, on Monday evening. [ Full Story ]
October 2, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: WSWS
Protest in eastern Sri Lanka to mark the "disappearance" of army detainees
A hartal—a full-day strike coupled with the closure of shops—took place on September 5 in the Batticaloa district in the east of Sri Lanka to mark the anniversary of the “disappearance” of 174 people seized by armed forces at the Eastern University refugee camp in 1990. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 15, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: BBC
Jaffna children suffer trauma
The most worrying aspect of the fighting for local people in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula is the traumatic effect it has on children. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 14, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: CNN
Human rights group condemns election violence, censorship in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A London-based human rights group on Wednesday condemned the escalation of election-related violence in Sri Lanka and asked the government to lift restrictions on the news media before next month's parliamentary polls. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 13, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: JesRef
‘Humanitarian disaster’ faces civilians in Sri Lanka's Vanni region
More fighting has broken out in Sri Lanka with the launching of an army offensive in the north and fresh rebel attacks in Trincomalee in the east of the country. The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) launched an offensive in early September against the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Jaffna and Chavakachcheri areas in a bid to capture a suburb of Jaffna called Colombuthurai. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 9, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Indian Express
The Sinhalas destroyed Sri Lanka
Whatever the outcome of Sri Lanka's national election, the island's Tamil problem reminds me of the old saying that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Though India views the Tamil Tigers as terrorists, they are worshipped by the island's 2.7 million Tamils as martyrs. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 9, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Batticaloa massacre victims remembered
A day of mourning was observed in three villages near Batticaloa town Saturday for the 184 people, including five infants and forty two children, who were gruesomely murdered in the Sri Lanka army camp here ten years ago on 9 September, 1990. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 8, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: BBC
Concern over Jaffna refugees
Concern is growing over the plight of about 10,000 internally displaced people in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 7, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
SLA humiliates civilians in Batticaloa
A man was forced to climb and sit atop a tree for more than an hour by a Sri Lanka army soldier in the heart of Batticaloa town today while four boys were forced by soldiers in another part of the town centre this noon to carry their bicycles on their shoulders. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 4, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Sunday Leader
Displaced cry as polls campaigning begins in north
As Tamil political parties kicked off their election campaign in Jaffna and addressed gatherings surrounded by battalions of armed youth, some 47,000 families from the Then-amaratchchi area, displaced as a result of the ongoing war, lay hungry and tired, praying for relief measures to be provided. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 3, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: The Island
ICRC says recent Jaffna battle forced over 160,000 out of their homes
Heavy fighting between the armed forces and the LTTE in the Jaffna peninsula in late May, forced approximately 160,000 people out of their homes, the ICRC revealed in its latest newsletter. Of them, some ended up in 136 welfare centres set up in Waligamam and Point Pedro. The rest stayed with their friends and relatives, the ICRC said. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 2, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
IMPLIED BURDEN ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY?
The horrors of government-sponsored violence against Tamil people in Sri Lanka defy the imagination: mass murder, rape, and wanton destruction of houses, places of worship, schools and fishing and farming industries. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 0, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilCanadian
Who killed Lalith Athulathmudali? The great lie!
The Sunday Island (September 3, 2000) wrote an editorial captioned "The great imponderable." As is well known The Island newspaper acts as the mouthpiece of extreme Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinistic forces portraying them as " nationalists" and "patriots" defending Sinhala Buddhism. [ Full Story ]
August 22, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
TRY PEACE IN HEARTS, BEFORE PUBLIC PEACE
It is an election time in Sri Lanka and Tamils are hearing rumblings on the news that the Chandrika may call yet another attempt to rescue the dead devolution package. [ Full Story ]
August 18, 2000
Place: Killinochchi

Source: LacNet
Mass grave at Killinochchi?
Civilians in the Vanni district at Killinochchi claim to have found over 45 bodies within the precincts of the former army camp at Killinochchi. A large number of the bodies they say have been found in pits within the forward defence localities of the armed forces camp. The army camp at Killinochchi fell to the LTTE in September 1998. [ Full Story ]
August 16, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: WSWS
Conditions deteriorate for Tamil masses in Jaffna
The following article is based on reports from Jaffna peninsula, the main war zone in Sri Lanka's northern province. Although there have been no major military clashes recently, there are frequent bombing raids and indiscriminate use of multi-barrel rocket launchers by Peoples Alliance (PA) government forces in areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [ Full Story ]
August 9, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: NGO
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE RIGHTS AND LIBERATION OF PEOPLES
Once again our organization wishes to draw attention to the terrible plight of the Tamil civil population caught up in and around the conflict areas of Sri Lanka where the situation is increasingly deteriorating. [ Full Story ]
August 5, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AFP
Senior police officer arrested over killing-fields murders
COLOMBO, Aug 5 (AFP) - A senior Sri Lankan police officer has been arrested in connection with extra judicial killings carried out during a leftist uprising 12 years ago, state-run media reported Saturday. [ Full Story ]
August 3, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Weekend Express
The naked and the nude
The government is yet to give a convincing answer to this question. With elections round the corner, the public are eagerly waiting for an explanation. Never in our history have we gone to the polls with a censorship in force - war or no war. [ Full Story ]
August 1, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
Try President Chandrika Kumaratunga For War Crimes!
The human rights record of Sri Lanka under President Chandrika Kumaratunga is increasingly coming under international scrutiny. Criticism against President and her government is now swelling in frequency and tempo. [ Full Story ]
July 31, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AFP
Sri Lanka general locked up again over killing-fields murders
COLOMBO, July 31 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered the remand of a retired army general for two more weeks pending police investigations into allegations that he ordered the slaughter of left-wing rebels, officials said. [ Full Story ]
July 30, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AFP
Media group condemns "treason" allegations about Sri Lanka journalists
COLOMBO, July 30 (AFP) - International media rights group, RSF -- reporters without borders -- has expressed concern over allegations of "treason" and "spying" levelled by Sri Lanka's pro-government media against local reporters. [ Full Story ]
July 28, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
WORLD SHOULD NOT IGNORE GENOCIDE OF TAMILS
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing" - A brief Report [ Full Story ]
July 28, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
WORLD SHOULD NOT IGNORE GENOCIDE OF TAMILS
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing" [ Full Story ]
July 24, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: The Morning Star
The Destruction of Chavakacheri - Editorial
"The land of my fathers What a heritage it had? Peace was part of our lives Though divisions we had Intolerance has marred us all There is distress every where Is there hope for my land? Is there hope for my land? [ Full Story ]
July 22, 2000
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Vavuniya HRC records 55 complaints
Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Vavuniya received 55 complaints regarding arrests by the Sri Lanka Army and Police during July. The HRC has not been able to find the whereabouts of three of them. Thirty-three are detained by the security forces, and 19 have been released after being questioned, Mr.Sreetharan, the Chairman of the HRC in Vavuniya said today. [ Full Story ]
July 21, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AFP
Amnesty slams torture under Sri Lanka emergency laws
COLOMBO, July 21 (AFP) - Torture by government forces in Sri Lanka has become more widespread following the introduction of new emergency laws by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Amnesty International said. [ Full Story ]
July 21, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
Sri Lankan general charged
The Sri Lankan Government has defended a decision to bring charges against a retired army general accused of torturing and murdering left-wing rebels. [ Full Story ]
July 19, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Torture, "disappearances" and deaths in custody increase - Amnesty
An increase in torture, "disappearances" and deaths in custody have been reported in Sri Lanka since new emergency regulations were introduced by the President in May 2000 the Amnesty International said in a report on Sri Lanka released Wednesday. [ Full Story ]
July 17, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
Sri Lanka accused of rights abuse
Two British members of the European Parliament have strongly criticised the Sri Lankan Government's human rights record. [ Full Story ]
July 7, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
Sri Lanka NGO concerned about safety
The head of the charity, the Save the Children Fund in Sri Lanka, Pauline Taylor-McKeown, has expressed concern about the safety of her staff. [ Full Story ]
July 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
TIME FOR A WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL FOR SRI LANKA?
The 1949 Geneva Conventions, which codified International Humanitarian Law, consist of lists of grave breaches such as wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, wilfully causing great sufferings or serious injury to body or health, extensive destruction and appropriation of property, compelling civilian to serve in the forces of the hostile power, depriving the rights of civilians, unlawful confinement of civilians, and take hostages. [ Full Story ]
June 28, 2000
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Drug shortage hits Vanni hospital
Hospitals in the Vanni region are experiencing shortage of drugs and other medical equipment as they are yet to receive the entire supply approved by the Defence Ministry, for the first quarter of this year, government officers and medical sources said. They said the remaining supplies for the hospitals are lying in Vavuniya, awaiting approval from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) authorities. [ Full Story ]
June 26, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
UK ' ignoring Sri Lanka torture'
A report by a human rights group based in London accuses the UK of ignoring evidence that many Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka have been tortured. [ Full Story ]
June 25, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AFP
Tamil men reportedly endure rape, torture in Sri Lankan prisons
PARIS (June 25, 2000 10:31 a.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) - Sexual abuse of Tamil men in Sri Lankan jails is rampant, including rape, electric shocks to the genitals and forced sex acts with prison guards, according to a study published in Saturday's issue of The Lancet, the British medical weekly. S [ Full Story ]
June 22, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: India Abroad
Amnesty slams Lanka’s human rights record
Colombo: When Sri Lankan police asked the family members of detainee Ganesh Chandrakanthan to sign a statement saying that he had been a member of the Tamil Tigers rebels, they refused. [ Full Story ]
June 22, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
5000 Jaffna refugees sheltered in Pooneryn
More than five thousand civilians displaced from the Thenmaradchi division of the Jaffna peninsula due to bombing and shelling have been housed in a transit camp in Pooneryn, international aid agency sources said Thursday. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross are providing limited emergency relief to the displaced civilians they said. [ Full Story ]
June 21, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Times of India
Sinhalese resettlement irks Tamils
TRINCOMALLEE: Sociologists call it demographic racial equalisation; the Tamils refer to it as `state aided systemised colonisation.' The process of settling Sinhalese families in large, vacant tracts of land in the eastern provinces, which began soon after Sri Lanka obtained Independence, has changed the demographic nature of what were thought to be Tamil strongholds. [ Full Story ]
June 20, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AI
Sri Lanka: Detrimental effect of emergency regulations on human rights
An increase in torture, "disappearances" and deaths in custody have been reported in Sri Lanka since new emergency regulations were introduced by the President in May 2000. [ Full Story ]
June 15, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: WSWS
Hundreds of casualties in "senseless war" on Jaffna peninsula
A letter sent by Josep Rayeppu, the Catholic bishop of Mannar (an area in northern Sri Lanka), to foreign missions in Colombo has accused the military of causing 500 civilian casualties in fighting with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Chavakachcheri area of the northern Jaffna peninsula. It appealed to the diplomats to “prevail upon the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to rectify the situation.” [ Full Story ]
June 13, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Tamil Information Centre
Tamil people's endless tragedy under news blockade
As the war in Sri Lanka shows no sign of abating, the fighting in Jaffna Sinhala governments attacked THAMILZH from 1958... has resulted in more suffering for the civilians of the north who have endured years of displacement and threatens to bring about a humanitarian crisis. [ Full Story ]
June 12, 2000
Place: Madduvil

Source: TamilNet
Bishop says 500 civilian casualties in Madduvil
The Bishop of the Catholic Church in Mannar Rt.Rev.Dr. Rayappu Joseph said in appeal sent to the heads of foreign missions in Colombo that there were more than five hundred civilian casualties due to bombing and shelling by Sri Lankan security forces in the Madduvil area, close to Chavakachcheri in Jaffna. "I am given to understand that the attitude of the armed forces is that 'it is better to kill the people than allow them to go into the LTTE controlled areas' the Bishop states in the appeal. [ Full Story ]
June 9, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Sunday TImes
Healing hands for torture victims
Torture is a word which sends shivers down our spine and chills our hearts. Most of us don't give much thought to it because it is not part of our lives. But for some it is a reality like sleeping and breathing. A reality they have suffered, which has left them traumatised. [ Full Story ]
June 8, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Independant - UK
Deported Tamils face torture
Yesterday's bomb blast in Colombo will have many other victims in the days to come: the hundreds or thousands of innocent Tamils who are rounded up and detained in the aftermath of all such attacks. [ Full Story ]
June 6, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Hindustan Times
Four Lankan journalists seek protection
FOR SENIOR Sri Lankan journalists have written to President Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga seeking protection against threats to their lives from an organisation which calls itself the Deshabhaktha Madhiya Viyaparaya (DMM). [ Full Story ]
June 6, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Boston Globe
New life for war orphans
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - It was an all-too familiar day in a seemingly endless ethnic war. Last fall, the military shelled Eetamunai, a farming village in the northern jungle area controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels. Whether by accident or design, government soldiers claimed two more civilians - a husband and wife - and made enemies of their three orphaned sons. [ Full Story ]
June 0, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: New Ind Express
Shedding tears for Lankan Tamils not a crime: Ramadoss
ERODE: PMK founder president Dr S Ramadoss has regretted over the attitude of a few that shedding tears for the innocent Lankan Tamils is itself a crime. [ Full Story ]
May 31, 2000
Place: TamilNadu

Source: BBC
Taking refuge in Tamil Nadu
Every morning, scores of women and men huddle near the highway outside the Mandapam transit camp for refugees in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. [ Full Story ]
May 27, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Shelling thwarts civilian evacuation
The evacuation of an estimated 15,000 civilians from the embattled Chavakachcheri sector failed Saturday, as heavy shelling by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) prevented them moving to designated points where UNHCR officials were waiting, following the declaration of a ceasefire by the Liberation Tigers, the LTTE said in a statement. [ Full Story ]
May 24, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Hartal in Batticaloa to protest killings
Shops and schools were closed, few reported for work in government offices and roads were generally deserted Wednesday in Batticaloa, Valaichenai and other towns in the eastern district. This hartal was in response to a call by a student organisation to protest against the indiscriminate shooting by Sri Lankan security forces on May 17 in which scores of civilians were killed and wounded. The Police failed in the morning to compel shops in Batticaloa town to open up for business. [ Full Story ]
May 20, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
SLA shuts down Jaffna paper
The Sri Lanka army sealed the Jaffna daily, Uthayan, yesterday. Soldiers who went to the paper's office in Jaffna town last evening locked the building, cut phone lines and took the keys away said a journalist at the paper. The Sri Lankan government declared draconian laws recently granting sweeping powers to specially appointed officials including the authority to close down news papers and printing presses. [ Full Story ]
May 19, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Shelling kills fifteen at home for aged
Aid agency sources in the north said Sunday that 15 persons were killed and 31 wounded at the home for the aged in Kaithady, east of Jaffna town, when it was hit by artillery shells on Friday May 19. The Sri Lankan army has been shelling the general area of Kaithadi heavily since the Liberation Tigers overran its positions in around this junction town on May 17. [ Full Story ]
May 12, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AI
Sri Lanka: Civilian life must be protected
As fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula escalates, Amnesty International today appealed to the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to respect international humanitarian law. [ Full Story ]
May 12, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
SLA warns Jaffna journalist
The Sri Lanka army in Jaffna reprimanded and warned senior Jaffna journalist Mr.C.N Vithyatharan today for publishing in his paper a story about the Sri Lankan President breaking into tears during her meeting with Indian Air Force chief A.Y Tipnis last week. He was also severely warned that action would be taken against him for publishing in his paper, Uthayan, the names of the five civlians, including two children, who were killed in the Sri Lanka Air Force bombing in Pooneryn on Friday, May 12. [ Full Story ]
May 7, 2000
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Surgery and dispensaries close down in Vanni
The surgery of the Mallavi hospital and two branches of the Mullaithivu hospital were closed down today due to a severe shortage of medical supplies in the Vanni aid agency sources in the north said. One branch of the Mullaithivu district hospital is at Udayarkaddu. The MSF and the ICRC have raised concern over the shortage of medicine in the Vanni due to blocking by the Sri Lanka army. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 2000
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilCanadian
Women and Children - Human Rights Situation in the Tamil Homeland
There are about 19,100 widows in the Jaffna Peninsula and most are distressed by difficulties they face providing for their families. There is no programme to assist them. Recent statistics gathered by a fact finding committee in Trincomalee state that there are 6,000 war widows living in the Trincomalee district alone. In the East there are more than 8,500 widows in total, 70% of whom are between 18 and 21 years old. Their situation is often desperate and if their husbands were the sole breadwinners they are now driven to extreme poverty. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 2000
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilCanadian
Life of Tamil People under Civil Administration and Army
The last five years have witnessed the most cruellest and the worst brutal phase of the conflict. The war was intensified when a huge military offensive was launched against the heartland of the resistance movement in Jaffna. It resulted in one of the enormous displacements of the civilian population seen in South Asia since the partition of India. [ Full Story ]
April 11, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: One World
UN Body Slams Govt' On Missing Persons Issue
COLOMBO, Apr 11 (IPS) - A UN Human Rights group has slammed the Sri Lankan government for slow and ineffective action against perpetrators of past disappearances and urged the creation of an independent body to probe persons missing in recent years. [ Full Story ]
April 8, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Sunday Leader
Jaffna NGOs march for civilian rights
Conceptualising civil society as the counterweight to the state was a set of ideas that became established in western thinking as societies realised that the all-powerful state was not delivering the goods. The proponents who wanted organs in civil society empowered found a voice with the decline of state-led communism. By the early 1990s, the importance of institutions in civil society had infiltrated even third world countries such as ours, and became an established part of the political discourse. [ Full Story ]
April 5, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: LTTE
LTTE DENOUNCES THE SRI LANKAN ARMY
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) denounces the inhuman and cowardly tactics employed by the Sri Lankan army of holding thousands of Tamil civilian refugees as human shields in the battle zones of the southern sector of the Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
April 5, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Civilians being used as human shield -LTTE
The Liberation Tigers said in a press release today that the Sri Lanka Army was holding thousands of civilians as human shields in the northern battle zones. The LTTE said that the ICRC and the UNHCR delegations in Jaffna were failing in their duty protect civilians. [ Full Story ]
April 4, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
'Let us go' say Jaffna refugees
"Do you intend to give us 2000 rupees to buy our coffins?" "Are you going to let us be used as human shields?" asked angry refugees from the war zones in the southern sector of Jaffna when senior government officials went to distribute dry rations among them this morning. [ Full Story ]
April 3, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
Sri Lanka rapped over human rights
The European Union has delivered a strongly-worded letter to Sri Lanka urging an improvement in the country's human rights record. [ Full Story ]
April 1, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Refugee crisis in Jaffna war zones
Local officials and Catholic church sources said today that they are fast running out of rice gruel for more than 7500 persons displaced in the Pallai sector due to the fighting between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka army. They said there aren't funds or supplies to feed the people who fled the shelling in Pallai and Maasar, north of the Elephant Pass garrison, since Monday, March 27 as all civilian transport has come to a halt because of the fighting on the A9 highway and the interior between Pallai and Eluthumadduval. [ Full Story ]
April 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Tamil Research
Education policies and ethnic relations in Sri Lanka
Education in Sri Lanka has been and still is seen as an important key to social mobility. Access to education, especially tertiary education, was crucial for obtaining coveted and prestigious positions in the civil service or the professions. [ Full Story ]
April 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Sunday Leader
Human rights and the NGOs
Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United Nations S. Palihakkara, presented Sri Lanka’s official position on human rights developments in 1999, at the 56th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNCHR) sitting in Geneva. [ Full Story ]
March 31, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: hindustan Times
Angry Tamils seek changes in Lanka’s constitution
THE LEADERS of the Tamils of Indian Origin (TIO) are lobbying for an amendment of Sri Lanka's draft constitution to enable TIOs who were “forced” to take Indian citizenship by bilateral agreements between India and Sri Lanka, to secure Sri Lankan citizenship. [ Full Story ]
March 20, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Tamils protest in eastern town
More than a thousand Tamils began a one day token fast in Kalmunai, forty kilometers south of Batticaloa, this morning around 8.30 a.m. to protest against what one of the organisers described as "ethnically prejudiced denial of a fully fledged Divisional Secretariat to the Tamils" in the Ampara district. [ Full Story ]
March 15, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
A big issue is clean drinking water
Following the death of a Tamil fisherman in a collision with a naval vessel on January 24, World Socialist Web Site reporters went to the fisherman's village of Udappuva and spoke to villagers about the circumstances of the incident, the living conditions they face and the history of repression in the area by the police and military. Part two of the report describes the conditions facing the fishermen and their families. [ Full Story ]
March 14, 2000
Place: Udappuva

Source: WSWS
Fisherman killed in collision with Sri Lankan naval boat
Following the death of a Tamil fisherman in a collision with a naval vessel on January 24, World Socialist Web Site reporters went to the fisherman's village of Udappuva and spoke to villagers about the circumstances of the incident, the living conditions they face and the history of repression in the area by the police and military. [ Full Story ]
March 5, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: The Sunday Leader
The plight of a refugee.
"The current situation in the country is undoubtedly dangerous and thoroughly inhospitable for any returning refugees. No sooner they land and are (sic) questioned on the basis that they have gone out to create trouble. This is because of the presumption of the security forces. [ Full Story ]
February 26, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Villagers protest over SLN retaliation
More than one thousand Tamil people, men, women and children, of Salli in the Trincomalee District are picketing from 7.30 a.m. today, demanding that they should be provided security for their lives and properties from armed forces. The protestors have blocked the Uppuveli-Kuchcheveli road at Pillaikulam bridge. [ Full Story ]
February 25, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Eastern University students protest pass
Hundreds of students from the Eastern University picketed in Vantharumoolai for nearly an hour from 10.30 a.m. today, condemning the Government's proposed travel pass system for the Batticaloa District. [ Full Story ]
February 15, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: WSWS
Sri Lankan security forces continue witchhunt against Tamils
The Sri Lankan government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga has responded to a series of bomb attacks, military reversals and its own deepening political crisis by lashing out at the minority Tamil population with a wave of police harassment and repression. Both the government and the Colombo media base themselves on the racist premise that Tamils as a whole are responsible for the actions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose perspective is a separate Tamil state. [ Full Story ]
February 6, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Jaffna fishermen protest
More than 7000 fishermen today staged a protest march demanding that the ban on fishing in the Jaffna lagoon be lifted. The fishermen began their march from Jaffna St James Church towards the District Secretariat to hand over a memorandum to be sent to the President of the country. [ Full Story ]
February 5, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
No Tamil selected for Administrative Services: Pararajasingham
None of the Tamil Language candidates who sat for the Limited Competitive Examination for the Sri Lanka Administrative Service held in July, 1999 were successful, according to a letter sent to the Sri Lankan President by the TULF Parliamentary Group Leader Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham. [ Full Story ]
February 2, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: Indian Express
Chandrika Govt blamed for death threats to Lanka stars
COLOMBO, FEBRUARY 2: Sri Lanka's top film and drama artists on Tuesday held President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government responsible for a series of attacks and death threats against stars who sang at Opposition rallies. [ Full Story ]
January 23, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Discrimination against northeast doctors: Pararajasingham
The Parliamentary Group Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham has brought to the notice of the Minister of Health the discrimination in paying special incentive allowance to medical officials and specialists working in the war torn northeast province. [ Full Story ]
January 22, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
2000 arrested in Colombo search
More than 2000 Tamils were arrested in a massive cordon and search operation in Kolonnawa, a suburb of Colombo, and in Gampaha district, today. The combined operation by the Sri Lanka Army and Police began in the early hours of the morning after enforcing a ten-hour curfew. [ Full Story ]
January 12, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: WSWS
Hundreds of Tamils rounded up in security dragnet of Sri Lankan capital
Hundreds of Tamils were rounded up last week in a security sweep through the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo last Friday following a suicide bomb attack outside the Prime Minister's office and the assassination of a leading Tamil politician, Kumar Ponnambalam, on January 5. [ Full Story ]
January 7, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
1000 arrests in Colombo
Over one thousand Tamils were arrested during a massive search operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Airforce and Police in Colombo and its suburbs after the enforcing of a curfew from midnight. The curfew was relaxed at 12.30 p.m., one-and-a-half hours earlier than announced. [ Full Story ]
January 6, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Collection
BRUTAL GANG-RAPE AND MURDER OF YOUNG WOMAN BY SRI LANKA NAVY
On the evening of Tuesday 28th December 1999, Sarathambal Saravanbavananthakurukal, of a Hindu Brahmin family, was forcibly dragged from her home, in Pungudutivu, near Jaffna Peninsula, by Sri Lankan Navy soldiers. They then gang-raped and murdered her in cold blood. The body of the 29 year-old mother was found the following morning, under leaves, not far from her home near Kannaki Amman Temple. [ Full Story ]
January 0, 2000
Place: -

Source:
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR G G PONNAMBALAM, WAS ASSASSINATED TODAY
Mr G.G. Ponnambalam Jn. (known to everyone as Kumar Ponnambalam) was involved in human rights for many years. He was a leading lawyer in Colombo. Gunmen assassinated him in cold blood this morning in Wellawatta in Colombo. The post-mortum carried out tonight revealed five revolver shots behind his right eye and one bullet in his shoulder. [ Full Story ]
January 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadian
A Discourse on "Terrorism"
There is little or no discussion on the political and ideological nature of the use and genesis of the word/concept terrorism within the social science literature. The inability on the part of analysts to go beyond the nation-state framework has inclined them to give little importance to non-state actors. [ Full Story ]
January 0, 2000
Place: -

Source:
Kumar Ponnambalam shot dead
Mr.Kumar Ponnambalam, president of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Wellawatte, a Tamil suburb of the capital Colombo around 11.15 a.m. police sources said. [ Full Story ]
December 31, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
Six Sri Lankans held for 19 months without trial plan to go on hunger strike
Six young men from the plantation areas of Sri Lanka, who have been detained for nearly 19 months without trial, have said that they will stage a hunger strike along with two Tamil teachers from January 1 to demand their release. The hunger strike is to publicise their case, which last came before the court on September 27, only to be postponed until next April 26. [ Full Story ]
December 31, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Young mother gang-raped and murdered
A young woman was gang-raped and murdered by unidentified gunmen near Kannakai Amman Temple in Punguduthivu, an islet off Jaffna peninsula, Tuesday night, residents said. Her body, covered with Palmyrah leaves, was found yesterday morning, about 100 metres from her house, they added. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: CJPSA
Sri Lanka: The Most Violent Place - 1999 AHRC Human Rights Message
Sri Lanka is the most violent place in Asia in recent years. The primary reason is the loss of democratic process, due to non-working of the democratic system. [ Full Story ]
December 5, 1999
Place: -

Source: MIRJE
Fact Report on Arrest, Detention& Arbitrary Killings
This is the first of a series of monthly fact reports over the application of the PTA with regard to arrest, detention and arbitrary killings. [ Full Story ]
December 5, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Tamil Sangam
Report of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
STATISTICAL SUMMARY [ Full Story ]
October 10, 1999
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Demonstrations mark Human Rights day
A large number of people took participated in a demonstration march and a public meeting held at Vantharumoolai in the government controlled part of the Batticaloa district this morning to mark the Human Rights Day. [ Full Story ]
June 29, 1999
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
Five civilians killed-VoT
Five civilians were killed and 60 wounded when the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells from Thallaady army camp in Mannar yesterday, the Voice of Tigers (VoT) said in its night news bulletin yesterday. [ Full Story ]
April 21, 1999
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: TamilNet
25 skeletons found in Kilinochchi - VoT
The Voice of Tigers radio (VoT) said in its night news broadcast today that the skeletal parts of 25 persons have so far been recovered from the area in which the Kilinochchi Sri Lanka Army (SLA) base was located before it was overrun by the Tigers last year. [ Full Story ]
March 10, 1999
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilNet
More bodies found in Jaffna and Batticaloa
The skeletal parts and skeletons of twenty three bodies have so far been found in the stadium grave in Jaffna town said investigators. A metal bangle, two knives, one large and one small and three cartridges were recovered from the pit alongside the skeletons by the JMO Dr.Sri Rajeswaran today. [ Full Story ]
July 21, 1998
Place: Mannar

Source: LTTE press release
Thousands march to UNHCR to appeal to International community
Thousands of displaced Tamils on Monday marched to the UNHCR offices in Mannar to handover appeals and petitions for transmission to United Nations, heads of international governments and diplomatic offices located in Colombo. The petitions appealed to the international community to pressure the Sri Lankan government to restore their refugee relief supplies. The marchers denounced the Sinhalese government for cutting refugee relief to Tamils. [ Full Story ]
July 17, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: LTTE press release
Thousands demonstrate to protest at cutting refugee relief to Tamils
Tens of thousands of displaced Tamils together with large numbers of students, teachers, religious dignitaries and members of various welfare organisations, today took part in a protest march, more than a mile long, to denounce the Sinhalese government for cutting refugee relief to Tamils since July 1. [ Full Story ]
July 3, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: Collection
Mass Graves in Jaffna
Revelations by Corporal Rajapakse, the first accused in the rape and murder case of Krishanthi Kumaraswamy, the Jaffna schoolgirl, that there were places in Jaffna where more than 400 dead bodies were buried, have had repercussions in the minds of the Jaffna public, said sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
June 26, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNation
Torture - Sri Lanka's 20 Year Record
26 June 1998 is the International Day against Torture - so declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations. [ Full Story ]
June 10, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilCanadian
Sinhala Armed Forces Bomb Hindu Temple At Suthanthirapuram (Vanni)
The Sri Sithivinayakar Hindu temple for lord Ganesha situated at Suthanthirapuram junction has been damaged by the Sinhala armed forces during their June 10 bombing and shelling of the Suthanthirapuram Tamil refugee settlement. 26 Tamil civilians including women and children lost their lives. More than 50 civilians were injured. The damages to the temple are assessed at Rs. 50,000. The house of the head priest was also hit. The priest, Ramachandra Iyer Ramalinga Sarma, and his wife were injured in the attack. The damages to his house is estimated at Rs. 30,000. The Sinhalese armed forces have destroyed or severely damaged more than 1800 Hindu temples in Tamil Eelam over the past few years. [ Full Story ]
June 0, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
Thousands of Tamil people were arrested, several disappeared - AI
Thousands of Tamil people were arrested, including scores of possible prisoners of conscience. Torture and ill-treatment in army and police custody were widespread. Approximately 80 Tamil civilians were reported to have “disappeared”. There were several reports of alleged extrajudicial executions. Three detainees were killed in prison. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an armed opposition group, was responsible for grave human rights abuses, including the killing of two members of parliament. [ Full Story ]
April 0, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, April 30, 1998
JSDO condemns fraternisation with SLA
The Jaffna District Students Organisation (JDSO) in a statement dated May 1, 1998 has exhorted the students of Jaffna, especially the girls, to preserve their dignity and not co- operate with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
March 26, 1998
Place: Vattakkachchi

Source: Collection
Vattakkachchi & Periyakulam Massacre: 8 killed!
Eight civilians, including a school girl, were killed and many were wounded when Sri Lankan Air Force Kfir jets bombed Vattakkachchi and Periyakulam east of Paranthan on 23 March 1998 around 8.30 a.m. A 50-year old woman identified as Sellammah was blown to smithereens as a 250kg high explosive bomb exploded on her house, according to local residents. Residents said that only a few pieces of the saree she was wearing were found on a nearby tree. [ Full Story ]
March 18, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, March 18, 1998
Kfir bombs force thousands to flee
More than two thousand civilians fled the coastal village of Vaakarai, 85 km. north of Batticaloa, fearing a Sri Lankan army offensive after Israeli Kfir jets of the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed and strafed the area this morning. Four school children, two boys and two girls, were wounded in the bombing. [ Full Story ]
February 7, 1998
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet, February 07, 1998
650 Tamils expelled from Colombo
The Sri Lankan Police closed down three lodging houses in downtown Colombo this morning leaving about 650 Tamils from the north-east stranded on the roads. The Police told them to leave immediately to the north or east. [ Full Story ]
February 2, 1998
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet, February 02, 1998
Protests over police massacre
More than 3500 people demonstrated this morning in the premises of the Puthukkudiyiruppu church against the massacre of fifteen youth yesterday in the village of Pokkuruni near Thambalagamam in the Trincomalee district. The death toll of the massacre was seven according to reports reaching Trincomalee town last morning. [ Full Story ]
February 1, 1998
Place: Tampalakamam

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty deplores killing of 8 Tamil civilians by Government forces
The recent report that eight Tamil civilians, including three teenagers , were deliberately shot at close range by police and home guards at Tampalakamam on 1 February is deplorable, Amnesty International declared. [ Full Story ]
February 1, 1998
Place: London, England

Source:
Large Tamil rally in London
Thousands of Tamil people staged a march and rally in London today, condemning the Sri Lankan government and expressing support for the LTTE. The event was organised by the United Tamils Organisation to "mark fifty years of oppression by Sinhala Sri Lankan governments" according to a press release issued by it earlier today. [ Full Story ]
February 1, 1998
Place: Toronto, Canada

Source: Collection
Massive Canadian rally - more than 25,000 prticipated
More than 25,000 Tamils staged one of the biggest procession and rally ever staged in Canada to condemn the 50th golden anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka's independence and the Genocide against the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. Within the last two and half years this is the biggest rally conducted by any ethnic groups in Canada, The march started from Nathans Square adjoining the Toronto New City Hall in down town at 11.00 a.m on Sunday the 1st February. [ Full Story ]
December 23, 1997
Place: World

Source: Amnesty
Tamils appeal to world leaders to end Sri Lanka torture & murder of detainees
The International Federation of Tamils with headquarters in Switzerland, appealed to world leaders on 23 December 1997 to lend their influential support to end the continuing torture and murder of Tamil prisoners in the custody of the government of Sri Lanka. The appeal said: [ Full Story ]
November 28, 1997
Place: Welikade prison

Source: TamilNet
Protest fast in Welikade prison
Eight Tamil prisoners detained in Colombo's Welikade prison are staging a protest fast, demanding that they are charged and their cases be heard soon. The Tamils claim that their prolonged detention without trial is unfair. [ Full Story ]
November 27, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: Amnesty
Continuing spectre of "disappearances" in Sri Lanka - Amnesty
"An Amnesty International delegation which visited Sri Lanka recently has concluded that of the 600-odd people who have "disappeared" in the last 18 months after their arrest by the security forces, nearly all have died as a result of torture or been deliberately killed in detention.... [ Full Story ]
November 16, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni's food supplies ruined by exposure
Twenty nine lorry loads of food, mostly flour and sugar, sent to the Vanni have been ruined due to delays in cross loading at Parayanalankulam on the Vavuniya Mannar road. [ Full Story ]
November 10, 1997
Place: df

Source: TamilCanadian
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October 31, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Thousands at Jaffna peace rally
The peace rally in the Jaffna town organised by the Jaffna Diocese Committee for Peace and Justice which began around 4.30 p.m. today drew more than seven thousand people. Sources said this was unprecedented since the SLA moved in two years ago. [ Full Story ]
October 25, 1997
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Biggest ever search operation in Colombo
A massive combined security forces operation was launched in the city and suburbs of Colombo in the early hours of the morning today. The Sri Lankan army, Navy, Airforce and Police completely sealed all entrances to the city by 1.00 am. [ Full Story ]
October 25, 1997
Place: Edinburgh, England

Source: TamilNet
Tamils demonstrate at CHOGM
Over a thousand Tamil people demonstrated in Edinburgh on Saturday during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM), which was attended by the Sri Lankan President. Tamil cultural shows were given at a custom built marquee and a vigil was held outside the conference centre. [ Full Story ]
October 18, 1997
Place: Canada

Source: TamilNet
Canada Tamils stage candle light vigil
Thousands of Canadian Tamils attended a candle light vigil on Saturday, demanding the release of Tamil community activist Mr. Manickavasagam Suresh and condemning the Sri Lankan government's war in the Tamil homelands. [ Full Story ]
October 13, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
SL Government forces kill 7 Tamil civilians in aerial raids
Sinhalese forces have killed seven Tamil civilians in aerial raids in Vanni. At midday yesterday, two Kfir warplanes circled the sprawling Vanni looking for likely civilian targets. They dropped six massive bombs on the Tamil civilian habitations of Oddusuddan-Peraru, killing six women and a man. Six died on the spot, reduced instantly to flesh and bones. The seventh person died on the way to hospital. Inspired by its new-found western patron, Sri Lanka is indulging in renewed bouts of state terrorism. [ Full Story ]
October 9, 1997
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: Local Press
More Kilinochchi disappearances
At least twenty two Tamil civilians who returned to inspect their homes which they had fled ahead of a Sri Lankan army offensive disappeared in areas just outside positions held by the army. Their homes were in Santhapuram, Vasanthapuram, Murikandy and Selvapuram. They are believed to have been arrested and disappeared by Sri Lankan troops, as they have never been seen since. Their relatives lodged appeals with the ICRC in Mallavi. [ Full Story ]
October 8, 1997
Place: Jaffna protest

Source: TamilNet
Troops break up Jaffna protest
Last evening (Oct 8) Sri Lankan army troops chased out members of the Jaffna mother's Front and the Organization for the Arrested and Missing in Jaffna when they attempted to stage a Satyagraha in front of the Buddhist temple at the Ariyakulam junction in the Jaffna town. [ Full Story ]
October 6, 1997
Place: Karainagar

Source: TamilNet
13 tamil civilians drowned after Navy open fire on boat
A boatload of Tamil people crossing from coastal Mulankavil (Mannar district) to their former Jaffna homes drowned after their boat sunk in the waters off Karainagar (Jaffna). The cause of the disaster became clear when the Sinhalese military spokesman pretended immediately after the incident that the navy had sunk three LTTE boats in the same region. The inescapable conclusion is that the navy opened fire on this innocent vessel, which was the cause of 13 civilian deaths. The government bans reporters from the north and east to prevent independent verification of its dubious claims. Six of the Tamil civilians who died in the boat were from Eevinai, two were from Kayts and the rest were from Erlalai. Travel by sea from the Vanni mainland to the Jaffna peninsula has come to a standstill after this tragic incident. [ Full Story ]
October 5, 1997
Place: off Karainagar , Jaffna

Source: Local Media
Navy attacks refugee boat: 13 Killed
The Sri Lankan navy attacked a boat load of refugees sailing from Mulankavil, Mannar to the Jaffna peninsula off the Karainagar coast, sinking it and drowning 13 Tamil civilians. Six of the civilians who died in the boat were from Eevinai, two were from Kayts and the rest were from Erlalai. Shortly afterwards, the Sri Lankan military claimed that 3 boats belonging to Tamil guerrillas had been sunk in the region. [ Full Story ]
October 2, 1997
Place: off Mullaitivu coast

Source: Local Media
Navy attacks fishing boats off Mullaitivu coast
Fast Attack Craft (FACs) of the Sri Lankan Navy approached and attacked a group of fishing boats off the Mullaitivu coast, destroying at least five boats and damaging 20 others. At least 8 Tamil fishermen went missing during the attack. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 28, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Relatives of Jaffna's 'disappeared' protest
Parents and relatives of Tamil civilians who have 'disappeared' in Sri Lankan army custody staged a protest on Sunday in the premises of Jaffna's St. James Church, and vowed to continue their struggle for justice. Several hundred Tamils have disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lankan army, which captured the Jaffna peninsula in early 1996. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 28, 1997
Place: East

Source: TamilNet
SL Police massacre of Tamil civilians in East
Sinhalese police of Amparai's Central Camp station together with some muslim homeguards stormed the 4th Colony Tamil village randomly killing Tamil civilians and torching over 45 homes. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 23, 1997
Place: 4th Colony, Amparai

Source:
Massacres in 4th Colony, Amparai
Over 50 Sri Lankan policemen and Home Guards attacked the 4th Colony village in the Amaparai district on 23 September 1997, shooting Tamil civilians and burning houses. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 22, 1997
Place: Canada

Source: TamilNet
Tamils suffer discrimination: Canadian court
Whilst ruling on the case of Mr. Suresh Manickavasagam, the presiding Judge said that in his opinion the Tamil people suffered from discrimination. The Judge did not rule on the LTTE itself, saying he was not in a position to pass judgment on the conflict in Sri Lanka. During the case, the Judge had been presented with evidence of gross human rights violations by successive Sri Lankan governments against the Tamil people. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 9, 1997
Place: Konavil, Killinochchi

Source: Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India
Killing of Rev. Arulpalan
A Tamil Nadu priest, Rev. Arulpalan was arrested by the Sri Lankan Army on 25 August 1997 and murdered when he went to visit the farm run by his church in Konavil, Killinochchi. Two people who accompanied him were also murdered. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 6, 1997
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: TamilCanadian
Military Killed 170 Tamil Civilians In One Village Alone
In the past 7 years the Sinhalese military has killed - by shelling and aerial raids - 170 Tamil civilians living in the village of Karaithuraipattu (in Mullaitivu). Some 192 families in the village have been badly affected by these attacks but only 91 of these families have received any kind of compensation, as is required by law. 101 families here have been totally ignored despite several appeals made to the government. Having lost their main breadwinners in Sri Lankan military strikes, many of these families find it difficult to make ends meet. [ Full Story ]
August 30, 1997
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: Local Media
122 people killed in Kilinochchi in 2 months!
The Confederation of People's Organisations, based in Vanni, compiled a list of 122 Tamil civilians who had been murdered by Sri Lankan troops operating in the vicinity of Kilinochchi town and its surroundings. [ Full Story ]
August 29, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Reuters
Disturbing number of disappearances says UN Special Rapporteur
"A disturbing number of people have disappeared during Sri Lanka's 14-year war against Tamil separatists, a senior United Nations (UN) official said on Friday. ``There is still a very painful and difficult human rights issue in northern Jaffna peninsula,'' said Bacre Waly Ndiaye, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. [ Full Story ]
August 28, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source:
Australian MP condemns Sri Lanka's genocide
Australian Member of Parliament Paul Zammit condemned the genocide of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka in an intervention in the Australian Federal Parliament on 28 August 1997: [ Full Story ]
August 22, 1997
Place: Vavunikulam

Source: TamilNet
Priest protests over bombing
Rev. Father Maulis has written to the United Nations protesting over the bombing of his church by Sri Lankan Air Force jets last Friday. Nine Tamil civilians were killed when the SLAF Kfirs dropped four 250kg bombs onto th e church premises which also serves as a refugee camp. Copies of Father Maulis' letter to the UNHCR were distributed to other international NGOs operating in the Vanni. [ Full Story ]
August 15, 1997
Place: Vavunikulam

Source: TamilNet
9 Tamil Civilians Killed in VavunikulamChurch Bombings
Two Sri Lankan Kfir bombers today at 9 AM bombed a Catholic Church in Vavunikulam (Vanni) killing 9 innocent Tamil civilians and critically wounding 15 more. The victims were among several hundred displaced Tamil refugees taking shelter in the church after being made homeless from government«s 3 month long military operation Jeya Sikuru. Six of the dead have so far been identified but the remaining three bodies« reduced to bones and flesh« were too badly disfigured to recognise. The attack was similar to one carried out by Sri Lankan forces in 1995 when war planes deliberately killed scores of Tamils who the military asked to gather in Navaly church for safety. [ Full Story ]
August 15, 1997
Place: Vavunikulam

Source: TamilCanadian
Sri Lankan War Planes Bomb Church, Killing 9
Two Sri Lankan Kfir bombers today at 9 AM bombed a Catholic Church in Vavunikulam (Vanni) killing 9 innocent Tamil civilians and critically wounding 15 more. The victims were among several hundred displaced Tamil refugees taking shelter in the church after being made homeless from government«s 3 month long military operation Jeya Sikuru. Six of the dead have so far been identified but the remaining three bodies« reduced to bones and flesh« were too badly disfigured to recognise. The attack was similar to one carried out by Sri Lankan forces in 1995 when war planes deliberately killed scores of Tamils who the military asked to gather in Navaly church for safety. [ Full Story ]
August 10, 1997
Place: Murasumoddai

Source: TamilCanadian
5 people disappeared in Murasumoddai
Five Tamil civilians who went to inspect their former homes in Murasumoddai, Kilinochchi (which they had fled when the Sri Lankan army captured the area) disappeared. They had returned to recover their belongings from their homes. Relatives who went in search of them say they found their bicycles and some of their clothing. The five civilians have not been seen since and the families are uncertain if they are prisoners of the Sri Lankan army or dead. [ Full Story ]
August 10, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilCanadian
Many Civilians Killed In "Jaya Sikuru" Says Govt. Agent
Mullaitivuâs government representative (GA) says Tamil civilian casualties so far in Sri Lankaâs Jaya Sikuru offensive are heavy. He says in his latest monthly report to Colombo that 40 innocent Tamils have lost their lives and that 35 Tamil people have been seriously injured between May 13 and June 28. These casualties are the result of army and airforce strikes on populated civilian centres. The GA«s report is currently on the presidential desk. Below is the reportâs breakdown of figures: [ Full Story ]
July 17, 1997
Place: Nedunkerni

Source: Local Media
Worrshippers shelled in Nedunkerni: 4 killed!
At 11.30pm on 17 July 1997, the Sri Lankan army shelled worshippers returning from a religious function at Thatchadampan Ganesha, killing four people instantly and wounding six (including two teenage sisters). The casualties - all teenagers and young adults - included refugees from Jaffna and local residents. [ Full Story ]
July 15, 1997
Place: Akkarayan

Source: British Refugee Council
Akkarayan Hospital shelled: 4 people killed!
The Sri Lankan Army shelled Akkarayan hospital on 15 July 1997, killing four Tamil civilians and seriously wounding six others. Akkarayan was one of the few hospitals available to the hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians displaced by Sri Lankan military operations in the Vanni. [ Full Story ]
July 15, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilCanadian
75,000 Tamils Hand Letter To Un Secretary General
Today's mass protest in Akkarayan (Vanni) attracted no less than 75,000 people in bitter fury against the Sri Lankan government's economic blockade of Vanni. These people face starvation because the government stops them buying food (blocking all imported food at Vavuniya) and denies relief to the thousands of Tamils it has displaced (people unable to produce food after their displacement). [ Full Story ]
July 12, 1997
Place: off Mullaitivu coast

Source: TamilCanadian
Navy attacks fishing boats: 10 Tamils Killed!
Fast Attack Craft (FACs) of the Sri Lankan Navy approached and attacked a group of fishing boats off the Mullaitivu coast. The fishermen abandoned their boats and nets and swam back to the shore. At least 10 Tamil fishermen went missing during the attack. [ Full Story ]
July 12, 1997
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilCanadian
90,000 Houses Destroyed By Military Action In Batticaloa
Over the years an estimated 90,000 Tamil homes have been demolished by Sri Lanka's Sinhala military forces. Of these, some 70,000 home-owners have not been compensated in any way. Since 1995, Batticaloa's Tamil residents have received no state allocations to restore their dwellings. What is more, 620 civilians killed by military assaults in Batticaloa, 300 injured and 18,000 made jobless due to army action have not been compensated. Even bank loans formerly given to people to help rebuild their homes and lives have been ordered by the Chandrika-government to be stopped. [ Full Story ]
July 2, 1997
Place: Mankulam

Source: TamilCanadian
Tamil School Bombed - Two Children Critical
Low-flying Sri Lankan Kfir jets struck at a Tamil school in Munrumurippu Palapani (Mankulam) today. Bombs and rockets blasted the building which was also housing displaced people. The attack which took place at 7.30 am has critically injured two Tamil girls. One girl is Muniandy Nirmalaranee, the other has not yet been identified. The incident resembles one which occurred during the government's recent operation to occupy Jaffna. On that occasion dozens of school children were killed at a place called Nargakoil and foreign aid workers on the ground confirmed the tragedy. Sri Lanka continues such assaults on civilians with impunity. [ Full Story ]
July 0, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: BritishRefugee Council
80% of Houses in Jaffna damaged.
"IN a petition to the visiting Colombo Anglican Bishop Kenneth Fernando in early July, the Jaffna NGO Consortium says that Jaffna people face enormous difficulties in day-to-day life. [ Full Story ]
June 6, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
'Students day' marked by condemnation of Sri Lanka
Tamil Eelam's entire student population today roundly condemned Sri Lanka's "War for Peace" and hostile occupation of their homeland. A detailed statement issued by the Confederation of Tamil Students - on what is this year's 'Students' Day' - says Tamil students' lives have been disrupted beyond imagination by the Sinhala forces occupying parts of the northeast. [ Full Story ]
May 13, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilCanadian
56,000 Tamil Houses Gutted When Jaffna Was Invaded
No less than 56,000 Tamil homes were wrecked by the Sinhala military when it captured Jaffna, according to Sri Lanka's government agent for the region. Combined air, sea and land attacks contributed to the overall damage to property in what was a callous "Broad Front" military assault on areas known in advance to be densely-populated. Aid to repair Jaffna was continually promised to Tamils there but it is now clear this was a tactic to sustain foreign backing. In fact, no relief of any kind has manifested. All money intended for rehabilitation is usurped by the massive Sri Lankan military machine occupying the Tamil homeland. Desperate Tamil civilians living in gutted houses are attempting their own repairs but the exercise is futile - the little cement available in Jaffna sells at extortionate prices. [ Full Story ]
May 9, 1997
Place: Puliyankulam

Source: TamilCanadian
Puliyankulam Hospital Bombed To A Halt
Sri Lankan forces on Sunday morning bombed Puliyankulam hospital and surrounding homes killing at least three Tamil civilians. Two MI24 helicopter gunships arrived in the morning and targeted shops, homes and other residential buildings. The hospital has been badly damaged to the point where it cannot function. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: British Refugee
Fate of 656 Tamils who 'disappeared' in 1996 not yet known but Tamils continue to 'disappear'
"TAMIL MP A Thangathurai told Parliament in early May that disappearances in Jaffna are continuing and called for urgent government action to end growing fear and uncertainty among the peninsula’s population. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: ICRC
300,000 Tamils displaced in the Vanni says International Red Cross
"On 13 May the Sri Lankan armed forces launched a large-scale military operation in the north of the country. Ground troops, armoured vehicles, artillery and air support were employed with the aim of re-opening a supply route to the Jaffna peninsula across the LTTE-controlled Vanni region, as well as recovering some of the rebel-held territories in the area. The ICRC calls for greater respect for international humanitarian law. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 1997
Place: Colombo

Source: (British Refugee Council
Mass arrests & torture of Tamils in Colombo
...In late May the Human Rights Task Force (HRTF) recorded over 810 Tamil detentions in Colombo and Kalutara prisons and at the police headquarters. Colombo human rights agency the Movement for Inter-Racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE) says that cordon and search, random arrests and house-to-house searches take place almost every day. According to MIRJE many more Tamils are currently held in police stations. [ Full Story ]
April 11, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty warns that "disappearances" in Sri Lanka highest since 1990
"The level of "disappearances" in Sri Lanka has hit a new high, Amnesty International warned as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights examined the country's human rights record. [ Full Story ]
April 11, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
HIGHEST NUMBER OF “DISAPPEARANCES” REPORTED SINCE 1990
The level of “disappearances” in Sri Lanka has hit a new high, Amnesty International warned as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights examined the country's human rights record. [ Full Story ]
March 15, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilCanadian
'650 Jaffna Disappearences' - Human Rights Force Admits
An official of the government's own Human Rights Task Force (HRTF), Nalinda Indathissa, has acknowledged the 'disappearance' of at least 650 Tamils from army-controlled Jaffna. While the HRTF remains a token body set up chiefly to assuage the international community, and though it has itself come in for severe criticism from international bodies for its gross ineffectiveness, its admission of so many hundreds of army-related disappearances ought to be an eye-opener about the scale of harassment Tamils are facing in their own land. [ Full Story ]
February 15, 1997
Place: Chavakachcheri

Source: Sunday Leader
Pathmini's agonising ordeal - a 'disappearance' case study
Marwaan Macan-Markar reported in the Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Leader on February 15, 1998: "Pathmini was pregnant at the time with her second son. The nine soldiers who visited her house in Chavakachcheri had come in search of a man named 'Sresberan'. They took her husband 'Sreskeran' for he had a name that sounded close to the one they were looking for..... [ Full Story ]
January 29, 1997
Place: Pannalai

Source: Collection
Pannalai Massacre - Nine Tamil civilians killed
On 29 Jan 1997, nine innocent Tamil civilians were killed in an explosion in the northern town of Pannalai (Karainagar). [ Full Story ]
January 11, 1997
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: South China Morning Post
150 raped by law enforcers last year, say rights groups
Human rights activists claim more than 150 women, mostly minority Tamils, were raped by police and armed forces personnel last year. [ Full Story ]
January 9, 1997
Place: Batticaloa

Source: Collection
Tamil mother and daughter raped and other Tamil civilians killed
"Three Tamil women, including a mother and daughter, were raped at their home by soldiers on 9 January at Thiyavattavan in Batticaloa District. Two soldiers were taken into custody a week later by police. [ Full Story ]
0, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: London Times
Organised pogrom against Tamils in 1977 - more than 300 killed
"A tragedy is taking place in Sri Lanka: the political conflict following upon the recent elections, is turning into a racial massacre. It is estimated by reliable sources that between 250 and 300 Tamil citizens have lost their lives and over 40,000 made homeless...(The Tamils) have now lost confidence in their treatment by the Sinhalese majority and are calling for a restoration of their separate national status... [ Full Story ]
0, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: British Refugee Council
150 Tamils die in refugee camps in the Vanni
"Reports say 150 people died of disease in January and February in 16 refugee camps in the Pooneryn area of Vanni. Around 16,000 refugees from Jaffna live in these camps. Diseases are spreading rapidly as basic water and sanitary problemshave not been solved. [ Full Story ]
0, 1997
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilCanadian
Tamil M.P. Joseph Pararajasingham on Human Rights Violations in Batticaloa
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, Member of Parliament & Leader of the TULF Parliamentary Group in a written appeal to the United States in August 1997 declared: [ Full Story ]
December 16, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: U.S Committee for Refugees
400,000 displaced Tamils in Vanni says US Committee for Refugees
"...There are an estimated 400,000 displaced persons in the Vanni-jungle region in the north of Sri Lanka that is largely under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). According to NGOs and local government officials, many of the displaced possibly as many as half do not receive government assistance, allegedly because the government views the group as possible LTTE supporters. The government also does not assist Kilinochchi residents who fled their district following the Sri Lankan military's July military offensive there. [ Full Story ]
December 0, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: British Refugee Council
110 Tamils die in refugee camps in December 1996
"The death of 110 people admitted to the Mallavi and Puthukudyiruppu hospitals in Kilinochchi District, in December is a grim indication of the deteriorating health facilities for 450,000 refugees in the Vanni. Most of them are from Jaffna, displaced when the Army captured the peninsula in December 1995. The deaths were caused by malaria, septicaemia and typhoid. A senior government officer in the Vanni says that most could have been saved with adequate medicine, medical equipment and hospital space. Despite the Defence Ministry’s assurance to NGOs, restrictions on medicines and food continue. Government officers say medicines for the six months from October 1996 where sent to the Vanni in late January but for many people they may have arrived too late. [ Full Story ]
August 25, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: Local Media
5 Tamil civilians killed, 15 others injured
SLAF aircraft continue to attack refugee columns at Puthumurippu, Kilinochchi, killing at least 5 civilians, and wounding 15 others. SLAF Mi-24s attack Poonaithoduvai, Kilinochchi killing another 5 civilians and seriously wounding 20 others. [ Full Story ]
August 14, 1996
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION AT A CRITICAL JUNCTURE
Two years since it came to power, the People's Alliance government continues to tolerate human rights violations while refusing to take the crucial steps needed to ensure that human rights protection becomes a reality in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said today. [ Full Story ]
July 24, 1996
Place: Mallavi, Vanni

Source: Local Media
7 Tamil civilians killed another 20 injured
At least 7 civilians including a 3 year old child and women were killed and more than 20 people injured when the Sri Lankan Air Force bomebrs bombed the heavily populated Mallavi junction in vanni. [ Full Story ]
April 28, 1996
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source:
"Sri Lanka is trying to kill or terrorise as many Tamil people as possible" -Prof Margaret Trawick
Professor Margaret Trawick comments: "Sri Lanka is trying to kill or terrorise as many Tamil people as possible" and urges: "make the facts of the war public" Margaret Trawick, Professor of Social Anthropology, Massey University Palmerston North, New Zealand was moved to comment on 28 April 1996: [ Full Story ]
April 20, 1996
Place: Kilaly, Jaffna

Source: Local Media
10 people killed and 45 injured.
Sri Lankan government embarks on a military solution, Military offensive code named 'Riviresa Two' launched In an attempt to deny a political solution to the Tamil people and driven by their ambitions to capture Tamil Lands and to subjugate the Tamils, the Sri Lankan Government yesterday launched a new military offensive to capture the Tamil homelands of Thenmaratchi and Vadamaratchi. The Government also gagged the International and Local press by refusing them permission to visit the Tamil areas where the Government has declared a war. [ Full Story ]
March 16, 1996
Place: Nachchikuda

Source: AP
Seventeen Tamil civilians, mostly children killed
Seventeen Tamil civilians, mostly children and the aged were killed by Sri Lanka helicopter gunships on 16 March 1996 in the village of Nachchikuda in the East. About sixty were seriously injured. The affected people had earlier fled Jaffna when their homes came under military attack during the time the Sri Lankan armed forces launched a military offensive to capture Jaffna from October 1995 to December 1995. Particulars of the 16 killed, released by official sources in Nachchikuda were: [ Full Story ]
March 16, 1996
Place: Nachchikkuda

Source: AP
Nachchikkuda Massacre: 17 civilians killed
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lankan helicopters fired on a group of Tamil refugees, killing 16 civilians, Tamil rebels said today. The army put the number of dead at 30, and said they were all rebels. [ Full Story ]
February 11, 1996
Place: Kumarapuram

Source: Collection
Kumarapuram Massacres: 24 civilians killed!
Sri-Lankan troops from the 57th mile post near kilivetti massacred 24 Tamil civilians and severely injured 28 others following the killing of two of their colleagues in combat with the LTTE. Four succumbed to their injuries and later died in hospital. One of those killed was a heavily pregnant woman. 17 year old A. Thanalakshmi was gang raped by soldiers before being killed. Among those killed were seven children under the age of 12, the youngest being 3 years old. Troops had prevented the injured from being taken away for medical treatment until 9.30 the following morning. [ Full Story ]
January 4, 1996
Place: Batticaloa

Source: UTHR
Civilians used as Human Shields : 30 Killed
Eyewitness accounts of the incident indicated that the Sri Lankan security forces forced 100 Tamil civilians to remain inside buses, vans and cars using them as human shields during a battle with Tamil Tiger rebels. The police commandos crouched in the aisle of a bus during the attack. University Teachers for Human Rights said 30 civilians died in the incident, in the eastern district of Batticaloa. [ Full Story ]
0, 1996
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: U.S. Department
More than 300 disappeared in 6 months - U.S. Department
"Disappearance at the hands of the security forces increased alarmingly, especially in the east and north, though some occurred in Colombo. In excess of 300 individuals are believed to have disappeared on the Jaffna Peninsula in the second half of the year, and more than 50 elsewhere in the country throughout the year. As with extrajudicial killings, the exact number was impossible to ascertain due to censorship of news about security force operations, and lack of access to the north and east..." (U.S. Department of State, Sri Lanka Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1996) [ Full Story ]
December 8, 1995
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: India Abroad
US Congressmen Appeal to President Kumaratunga to help Tamil refugees
On 8 December, 28 US Congressmen called upon President Kumaratunga to 'avoid a devastating human tragedy' and urged her ' not stand in the way of providing immediate relief to the thousands of innocent civilians fleeing the civil disorder'. They wrote: [ Full Story ]
November 0, 1995
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: The Toronto Star
Sri Lanka bans international agencies from aiding Tamil refugees
"While Sri Lanka's army fights to crush Tamil rebels, it's battling on another front against foreign relief workers trying to care for 400,000 war refugees. The refugees, including hundreds of wounded civilians, are caught behind the civil war's front line. Western relief agencies accuse the military of blocking desperately needed aid. Tight restrictions are preventing the delivery of drugs, tents and blankets as well as equipment to build latrines, said frustrated aid officials, who spoke on condition they not be named. ... [ Full Story ]
October 30, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Collection
Historic exodus and military occupation of Jaffna!
The night of Monday October 30 , l995 was a black night in the entire history of the age-old city of Jaffna . Never has history witnessed such an exodus of fear and panic stricken people screaming and squeezing themselves out of the narrow roads and lanes of Jaffna. The nearly half a million population in and around the town was literally on the roads in pouring rain inching its way out of the densely populated town into the sparsely populated and ill -equipped suburban villages of Chavakachcheri, Kodikaman and Palai. It was for everyone a flight for survival. [ Full Story ]
October 30, 1995
Place: Jaffna peninsula

Source: Sri-lanka Monitor- Oct. 1995; 93
Mass Exodus from Jaffna: 104 Killed
As a result of military operations against the LTTE in 1990, the Jaffna peninsula had already experienced waves of displacement. Army occupation of the villages of Mathagal, Illvalai, Vasavilan, and the islands of Mandaithivu, Kayts, Delft and Pooneryn had moved to Manipay, Sandilipay, Chunnakan and Killinochchi. They were living in sheds and tents without proper shelter and had lost their means of livlihood (fishing). [ Full Story ]
October 27, 1995
Place: Ariyalai

Source: Local Media
25 Tamil civilians were killed 23 wounded
25 Tamil civilians were killed and another 23 wounded by repeated aerial strikes by Supersonic planes! There were a couple married 3 months were among those killed. [ Full Story ]
October 19, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
54 Tamil civilians killed by Aerial Bombing and artillery
At least 54 Tamil civilians were killed and several others wounded by Aerial Bombing and artillery shells fired by the occupied Sri Lankan forces in the Jaffna district. 20 of these people killed in Valikamam and another 15 in Inuvil! [ Full Story ]
Sept. 22, 1995
Place: Nagerkoil

Source: Collection
Nagerkoil School bombed 25 school going children were among 71 Tamil civilians killed.
On 22 September Nagerkoil Central School in the Jaffna peninsula was bombed. The intensified aerial bombing and shelling by Sri Lankan government forces came about within hours of the government's imposition of Press Censorship midnight September 21. The bombing of the school happened at12.50 p.m. during the school's lunch break when several of the school children were gathered under a shade tree in the school compound. 25 school going children were among 40 Tamil civilians killed on the spot. Twelve were six and seven year olds. Nearly 200 others were injured, most of them students in the same school. Elsewhere in the area, 15 other civilians were also killed in the course of the same bombing raids. The scene of the attack was visited by the International Red Cross. Pieces of human flesh were strewn around the area including the tree branches, making identification impossible. The total death toll later increased to 71. [ Full Story ]
July 15, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Collection
Over 180,000 Tamils displaced and more than 200 civilian dead
This brief report covers a resultant situation for the period commencing with security operations from the early hours of 09.07.95 upto 6p.m. on 13.07.95 having inspected and received all possible reports of displacement, civilians casualties from the concerned areas, deaths and injured from the functioning hospitals inclusive of the Teaching Hospital, Jaffna, unclaimed deaths, missing persons, care and welfare of displaced families and related to the same. [ Full Story ]
July 9, 1995
Place: Navaly

Source: Collection
St.Peters Church in Navaly bombed with refugees inside
Having dropped leaflets asking the people to move to places of worship the Sri Lanka air force there after attacked the places of worship where Tamil civilians had sought refuge. On the day after the attack, 56 bodies were retrieved from the debris, many of whom were women and children. The death toll in this incident later increased to 120. 13 babies died in their mother's arms. Rescue workers reported torn limbs and pieces of human flesh strewn over the area. [ Full Story ]
May 13, 1995
Place: Pottuvil

Source: Virakesari
Thatched huts burnt with Tamil civilians inside
On Saturday 13 May 1995, at about 3.30 p.m. the Pottuvil police entered the Inspector Etram Milakudiyetra village burnt down about 95 huts. The civilians who suffered in this attack complained to me at my home in Batticaloa. [ Full Story ]
November 26, 1993
Place: Kokuvil

Source: Network
Sri Ramakrishna Saratha Ladies College in Kokuvil attacked
On Friday, 26 November Sri Lanka Airforce jet dropped two bombs at Kalasalai Road in Thirunelvely. The houses of Sivapatham and Vijayaratnam were badly damaged. Immediately after this attack the supersonic jet targeted the Sri Ramakrishna Saratha Ladies College in Kokuvil. The Vice Principal of the school , Mrs. T.Sri Pathmanathan, a teacher and some students, six in all, were injured. The Science laboratory was damaged. The Principal of the college told reporters that when the sound of the plane was heard, the teachers and children rushed out of the school building to take shelter underneath nearby trees. The teachers and students who were the last to rush out were injured. [ Full Story ]
November 13, 1993
Place: Jaffna

Source: Network
St.James Church at Gurunagar and Nanthavil AmmanTemple at Kokuvil bombed
On 13 November , Sri Lankan supersonic bombers attacked St.James Church at Gurunagar at about 7.30 a.m. St.James is one of the largest and oldest Roman Catholic churches in Jaffna. The church was completely destroyed. A nursery school nearby, two shops and ten houses in the neighbourhood were also destroyed. Ten persons were killed and over 30 injured. Of the dead three belonged to the same family. The bodies of the dead were torn and charred. The blown up parts of all the bodies were collected and buried together. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 28, 1993
Place: Sangathanai

Source: Tamil Nation- November 1993; p3.
Sangathanai village bombed: 24 killed
The Sri Lankan Air force attacked Sangathanai village on 28 September 1993. Twenty Tamil civilians were killed when their air raid shelter collapsed in the explosions, burying them. 4 others (all aged over 50) were killed when the Nandavil Kovil was bombed. Seventeen children at a play school adjoining the temple were injured. The SLAF was bombing the area ahead of Sri Lankan army operation advancing west, 14 kms away. [ Full Story ]
January 2, 1993
Place: Kilali lagoon

Source: Tamil Nation- 15 Feb. 1992; p3
Attacks on Tamil civilians crossing Kilali lagoon: 65 Killed
Over 50 people were killed and 15 injured on the night of 2nd January 1993 in the latest in a series of attacks by Sri Lankan Naval gunboats on civilians. Passengers traveling in a flotilla of sixteen boats across the Kilali lagoon were fired upon in the glare of a spotlight, by Sri Lankan naval personnel. The attack lasted over half an hour. [ Full Story ]
0, 1993
Place: Jaffna

Source: British Refugee Council
Over 1,000 Tamil civilians killed in the three years bombing of Jaffna
'"Daily life in Jaffna is conditioned by the distant drone of aircraft engines and the run to the bunkers behind almost every house...Over 1,000 civilians have been killed in the three years bombing of Jaffna and almost 1,500 have died from gruesome injuries. Another 1,000 children died needlessly in 1992 because Jaffna hospitals lack basic drugs and medical equipment to save them… [ Full Story ]
August 9, 1992
Place: Mailanthannaii, Batticaloa

Source: Tamil Nation- 15 September 1992; p4.
Mailanthannaii massacre: 32 Tamils Killed!
A group of unidentified, armed men attacked the Tamil village of Mailanthannaii in Batticaloa district in the early hours of 9 August 1992. Twenty one Tamil people were either shot or hacked to death in the village. Nine other civilians bodies were recovered from the jungles around the village later in the day. [ Full Story ]
May 18, 1992
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: Tamil Nation
Vattrapalai Amman Temple shelled: 15 people killed!
The historical Vattrapalai Amman Kovil(temple) was shelled by the Sri Lankan army on 18 May 1992, whilst the coastal temple was packed with pilgrims for the annual Pongal festival. [ Full Story ]
April 29, 1992
Place: Polonnaruwa

Source: Local Media
Eighty Tamil civilians were shot and hacked to death
Eighty Tamil civilians were shot and hacked to death by Muslim Home Guards and other security force personnel on 29 April in Karapola, Polonnaruwa District [ Full Story ]
June 12, 1991
Place: Batticaloa District.

Source:
Kokaddicholai massacre: 82 Tamils were killed
This massacre took place in the villages of Kokaddicholai, Mahiladai Teevu and Muthalai Kuddah in the Batticaloa District. Nearly 450 houses were looted and burnt. Some were burnt alive by the rampaging armed forces of the Sri Lankan Government. Many were barbarously clubbed and hacked to death. [ Full Story ]
0, 1991
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
TAMIL DETAINEES SYSTEMATICALLY TORTURED- AMNESTY 1991
''(During 1991) Hundreds of people were extra judicially executed and several hundred disappeared. Torture of detainees was common... In the east of the country suspected LTTE members were seized, abducted and killed by men in plain clothes who were believed to be connected with the security forces. Victims bodies were left in public places often in a mutiliated state. [ Full Story ]
December 17, 1990
Place: Valaichenai, Batticoloa

Source: Local Media
9 Tamil villagers killed
The Muslim home guards armed by the government forces entered into the houses in Valaichenai, Batticoloa, dragged out 9 Tamil civilians and hacked them to death. Details of 3 persons are, 1.Nallathamby Kanthasamy age 37, Puthukudiyiruppu Valaichenai. 2. Nallathamby Palaiyah age 31 father of 5 children from Puthukudiyiruppu Valaichenai. 3. Arumugam Nadarasa age 27 from Patthanai Valaichenai. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1990
Place: Kovilkulam, vavuniya

Source: Local Media
9 Tamil civilians were killed, peoperties damaged
The Sri Lankan Army rampaged the village, killed nine Tamil villagers, burnt 7 houses and threw the dead bodies into the flames. [ Full Story ]
December 6, 1990
Place: Neelavanni, Batticoloa

Source: Local Media
76 Tamil civilians were killed
The army from Neelavanai army camp along with TELO members, rounded up the people who were going through the Neelavanni village. All of them taken to army camp, tortured and killed. Tires were put over the dead bodies and burnt. Some of them are students going for examination. [ Full Story ]
November 27, 1990
Place: Oddisuddan

Source: Local Media
9 Tamil civilians were killed by bombers
Several bomber planes bombarded the area severely. Nine people were killed. The killed are Mahalingam from Poothavayal Thambirasa from Katsilaimadu Wigneswaran from Puthukkulam Arunasalam from Mankulam Colony. Arunasalam Kavitha from Oddisuddan female Thangarasa Sivananthan from Oddisuddan. Subramaniam from Oddisuddan. Aalavaipillai Mahendran from Oddisuddan. Velupillai Sivaranjany from Oddisuddan female. [ Full Story ]
November 12, 1990
Place: Analaitivu, jaffna

Source: Local Media
6 Tamil refugees were killed
42 refugees fled to India in a boat. The boat was attacked by the navy near Analaitivu. 4 refugees were killed inside the boat. Navy captured the boat and brought to the shore. 2 more persons died among the injured. [ Full Story ]
October 30, 1990
Place: Kallady etal, Batticoloa

Source: Local Media
30 tamil civilians were killed
In the villages, Kallady, Aryampathy, Thalankuda, Kirankulam, Puthikutiyiruppu, Army and Muslim homeguards rounded up the villages and took the Tamil men to Arayampathy army camp. The men were tortured and brutally murdered. Their bodies were burnt with the tires put over them. [ Full Story ]
October 25, 1990
Place: Clappenberg, Trincomalee

Source: Local Media
25 Tamil refugees were brutually killed by army
Sri Lankan army entered into the Clappenberg refugee camp in Trincomalee and brutually killed 25 Tamil refugees. [ Full Story ]
October 9, 1990
Place: Chavakechcheri, Jaffna

Source: Local Media
10 Tamil civilians were killed
At around 2:30 pm one helicopter fired rockets on the Chavakechcheri market. The dead of 4 included 3 women. Another at least 17 civilians have been injured. [ Full Story ]
October 7, 1990
Place: Vantharumulai, Amparai

Source: Local Media
52 Tamil civilians were killed
At least 52 Tamil civilians including several women and children were killed by Sri Lankan military personnel in Vantharumulai, Amparai. 40 dead bodies of men and women were found inside the wells in the area around Vantharumulai University refugee camp. Those who went to their villages from the refugee camp to see their houses and have bath have been killed and thrown into the wells. The bodies had deep wounds inflicted by knives. The bodies of young women bore the marks of been raped. After the refugees evacuated the Vandarumulai University refugee camp, 12 dead bodies of Tamil civilians were found inside the University premises. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 26, 1990
Place: Thambiluvil, Amparai

Source: Local Media
50 Tamil civilians were arrested by SL Army and disappeared
Sri Lankan Army surrounded the village, Thambiluvil in Amparai district and took away the peasants. They had disappeared without any trace. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 24, 1990
Place: Puthukudirupu, Batticoloa

Source: Local Media
16 Tamil civilians were hacked to death
16 Tamil civilians including children and women were hacked to death by STF(Special Task Force) commandoes along with Muslim homeguards in Puthukudirupu, Batticoloa. Another at least 17 people were injured. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 22, 1990
Place: Thallavai, Batticoloa

Source: Local Media
35 Tamil villagers including women and children were hacked to death
35 Tamil villagers including women and children were hacked to death by Sri Lankan Army and Muslim homeguards on the same day in Thallavai, Batticoloa. Their bodies were burnt to ashes. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 21, 1990
Place: Karaitheevu, Batticoloa

Source: Local Media
25 Tamil civilians arrested by special Task Forces disappeared
25 Tamil civilians arrested by special Task Force personnel disappeared without any trace in Karaitheevu [ Full Story ]
Sept. 16, 1990
Place: Jaffna peninsula

Source: Local Media
28 Tamil civilians were killed, over 60 injured
At least 28 Tamil civilians were killed and over 60 injured by continuous night bombardments by Sri Lankan Airforce bombers all over the Jaffna peninsula. Another more than 60 civilians were injured. Several buildings and other properties were badly damaged. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 13, 1990
Place: Jaffna Peninsula

Source: Local Media
28 Tamil civilians killed by bombing
Indiscriminate bombing for the last four days in the residential areas by airforce planes and helicopters. Bombing continued in the night also. Over sixty civilians were seriously injured. Several buildings were destroyed and houses were goted by fire. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 10, 1990
Place: Saththurukondan

Source:
Saththurukondan Massacres: 180 Tamils butchered
On 10 September 1990, over 180 Tamil civilians were butchered by the Sri Lanka army at the Saththurukondan Army Camp in the Batticaloa District. At an inquiry into the massacre, the Officer-in-Charge of the camp, Captain. Gamini Varnakula Sooriya said "On that day no search or arrest was conducted by us". He also reiterated that none of his men even ventured out of the camp on the day of the massacre. The sole survivor of the massacre, Kanthasamy Krishnakumar aged 27, however recounted the chilling facts: [ Full Story ]
Sept. 5, 1990
Place: Kallaru

Source: Local Media
10 tamil civilians were killed
Sri Lankan Army rounded up the village Kallaru and took 10 Tamil refugees from Pandiruppu, to the Neelavanai army camp and shot dead. [ Full Story ]
August 22, 1990
Place: Thambalaakamam

Source: Local Media
10 Tamil refugees killed
10 Tamil refugees from Thambalaakamam went out of refugee camp for their daily purposes were brutually shot dead by the Sri Lankan army. [ Full Story ]
August 21, 1990
Place: Eravur

Source: Local Media
10 Tamil civilians were killed
10 Tamil civilians were killed by Sri Lankan Army and muslim home guards. Some of these people were University students. [ Full Story ]
August 21, 1990
Place: Jaffna peninsula

Source: Local Media
25 Tamil civilians were killed
About 25 Tamil civilians were killed when the Sri Lankan airforce flights bombed the area. Several buildings and other properties were badly damaged. [ Full Story ]
August 18, 1990
Place: Veeramunai

Source: Local Media
91 Tamil civilians were massacred
Sinhala homeguards supported by the Sri lankan soldiers entered into this village and massacred 91 Tamil civilians, which includes several children under the age of 15 and women. More than 125 people were injured in this brutual incident. [ Full Story ]
August 18, 1990
Place: Sorikalmunai

Source: Local Media
20 Tamil civilians were killed
20 Tamil civilians were killed in this village by Muslim home guards. Tem of them were shot and killed. Another ten were children below the age of 5 months killed in a brutal manner. Their heads were smashed to a Temple wall. These killings were carried out by Muslim homeguards. [ Full Story ]
August 17, 1990
Place: Muthur

Source: Local Media
14 Tamil civilians were killed!
In a small village in the area of Muthur, 14 people were shot and killed. 3 women among them were raped by the Sri Lankan soldiers and then killed by the military. [ Full Story ]
August 15, 1990
Place: Senkallady

Source: Local Media
90 Tamil civilians were killed!
More than 90 Tamil civilians were shot and hacked to death by Muslim homeguards supported by Sri Lankan army. The people were at their homes while the muslim thugs went into this village and massacred them. There were several children and women among the dead. [ Full Story ]
August 12, 1990
Place: Amparai

Source: TamilNet
Massacre in eastern Tamil village: 8 killed
Muslim policemen and homeguards have run amok in a Tamil village, killing at least 8 civilians. The surviving residents of the "4th colony" village, Amparai district, have fled the area. The attack is believed to have been carried out in reprisal for the killing of two Muslim homeguards. The 4th Colony has been sealed off by members of the Special Task Force, a police commando unit, which controls the area where the massacre took place. [ Full Story ]
August 12, 1990
Place: Thuraineelavanai

Source: Local Media
95 Tamil civilians were hacked to death
More than 95 Tamil civilians including several children and women were hacked to death and at least another 5 people were burnt alive by Sri lankan soldiers and Muslim homeguards. There were no action taken against this barberic action! [ Full Story ]
August 9, 1990
Place: Kovilkulam

Source: Local Media
16 Tamil civilians were killed!
Sri Lankan army shot and killed at least 16 Tamil civilians at a place called 9th mile post, Mamadu, Kovilkulam.

Another 8 Tamil Civilians killed by aerial bombardment near mainrailway station in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]

August 8, 1990
Place: Trincomalee

Source: Loacl Media
75 Tamil refugees hacked to death!
75 Tamil refugees travelling on three boats were hacked to death by rmy and Muslim homeguards in the Trincomalee district! [ Full Story ]
August 7, 1990
Place: Erakanni

Source: TamilCanadian
47 Tamil civilians were killed!
47 Tamil civilians were hacked to death by govt sponsored Muslims in Erakanni! [ Full Story ]
July 9, 1990
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TRAG
killings of civilians in Batticaloa - 19 killed
The bodies of Tamil civilians were found dumped in public places in Batticaloa. In Batticaloa town, five bodies were recovered on July 6, and ten more on July 14. Four bodies were found in Kaluvanchikudiyiruppu on July 9. [ Full Story ]
July 0, 1990
Place: Amparai

Source: TRAG
Amparai Colony massacres - 38 killed
Thirty eight Tamil civilians were killed in the Fourth Colony and over a hundred others wounded in Sinnawattai Malayarkathu and various colonies in the Amparai district when they were attacked by Sri Lanka Army troops. Source: Tamil Refugee Action Group - Human Rights Update, August 1990 [ Full Story ]
0, 1990
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source:
Hundreds of Tamils 'Disappear' after detention by Sri Lanka
"Hundreds of people in northeastern Sri Lanka have reportedly 'disappeared' after being detained by Sri Lankan security forces since 21 June 1990. Bodies, some of which have been identified as those of prisoners, have been dumped in several places. In Kalmunai, over 70 people were reportedly detained and then 'disappeared' after the soldiers reclaimed the town from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Over 30 bodies were dumped in a burnt out shop in Kalmunai, including the body of 23 year old Chandrikumar, who had been earlier taken by the security forces.. In Vavuniya on the 13th or 14th June, government forces reportedly shot and killed defenceless civilians... about 15 bodies were found on the road... hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes as fighting intensified: in early August there were over 300,000 refugees in Jaffna District alone, and fears of food shortages".

Source: Amnesty International Report, 10 July 1990 [ Full Story ]

August 2, 1989
Place: Valvettiturai

Source:
India's My Lai - the Valvettiturai Massacre
On 2 August 1989, the so called Indian Peace Keeping Force deliberately killed over 50 Tamil civilians in Valvettiturai in the Jaffna Peninsula in a massacre that was later described as India's Mylai. [ Full Story ]
April 19, 1988
Place: Batticaloa

Source:
Annai Poopathy's fast for freedom
Into the history of great feats of courage and determination must go the struggle waged by a 56 year old mother of ten children and grandmother, Mrs Kanapathipillai Poopathy. Mother Poopathy, as this extraordinary woman has come to be affectionately known, went without food and fluids for thirty days before her death on 19th April 1988. [ Full Story ]
October 21, 1987
Place: Jaffna General Hospital

Source:
Diwali Day massacre at Jaffna General Hospital
It was a Diwali day - 21 October 1987. In the history of Tamils it will come to be regarded as a "dark day". Due to the military offensive started by the IPKF on the 10th day of October 87, many hospitals were not functioning, and there were no transport facilities. There was a tense situation prevailing as many innocent civilians had been either killed or wounded. Jaffna General Hospital was still functioning in midst of hardships. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 26, 1987
Place: Nallur, Jaffna

Source:
Thileepan dies and thousands grieve
The Citizen Committees, trade unions, students unions, teachers associations, religious leaders, all held meetings and discussed the issues relating to Thileepan's fast and passed resolutions and submitted memoranda to the overall commander of the IPKF, Lt. General Depinder Singh requesting the Indian representatives to intervene and stop the fast and initiate immediate efforts to set up the interim administration in the North and East. But nothing moved fast enough to stop Thileepan's death. Thileepan died on the 26th of September 1987. There was widespread grief in the North. There can be little doubt that Thileepan's martyrdom had a profound effect on every Tamil soul in Sri Lanka. Thousands of people from the North and East poured into Jaffna as the news of his death spread.

[ Full Story ]
Sept. 15, 1987
Place: Nallur, Jaffna

Source:
Thileepan ommenced a fast unto death campaign
LTTE leader of the political wing in Jaffna, Thileepan, had commenced a fast unto death campaign at 9.30 a.m. in front of the historic Nallur Murugan Temple in protest against

  • the failure to effectively implement the promises in the Accord;
  • the accelerated state aided Sinhala colonisation in the Eastern Province;
  • the continued detention of Tamil prisoners under the Prevention of Terrorism Act;
  • the failure of the Home Guards to surrender their arms;
  • the failure to close army and police camps situated in Tamil areas; and
  • the delay in setting up an interim administration for the North and East.
[ Full Story ]
January 28, 1987
Place: Kokkaddichcholai

Source: Local Media
Kokkaddichcholai massacres: over 150 Tamil civilians killed
On January 28, 1987, over 15 0 Tamil civilians were killed at Kokkaddichcholai during a military operation by members of the Special Task Force who attacked with helicopter gunships and armoured cars. Several houses and other properties belong to the Tamils were also destroyed during this cowardly act. [ Full Story ]
November 11, 1986
Place: Periya Pullumumalai

Source: TIC
Periya Pullumumalai massacre: 23 killed, 21 disappeared
At least 20 Tamil civilians were shot and killed and several houses and shops were set on fire when security forces went on a rampage on 11 November 1986 at Periya Pullumumalai, a village in the eastern Batticaloa district. [ Full Story ]
November 11, 1986
Place: Batticaloa

Source: Local Media
20 tamil civilians were killed
On 11 November, 1986, at least 20 people were killed and a further 21 had gone missing when security forces went on a rampage in a village in the Eastern Batticaloa District, during the course of which three Tamil women were raped and killed. [ Full Story ]
October 12, 1986
Place: Adampan

Source: TIC
Adampan executions: 21 people killed!
On 12 October 1986, several Sri Lankan soldiers on combing operations were killed in an engagement with Tamil guerrillas in Admpan, North West Mannar. Following this incident, the troops launched a retaliatory attack in the area. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 19, 1986
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TIC
Executions in Batticaloa town: 11 people killed
After seven Sri Lankan policemen were wounded on 19 September 1986 in an attack blamed on Tamil guerrillas, Police Commandos of the Special Task Force (STF) went on a rampage in the town in Batticaloa district. [ Full Story ]
July 17, 1986
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: TIC
Gunship attack in Mullaitivu - 10 killed
At least 10 passengers were traveling in a State-Transport Board bus were killed when it was attacked by a Sri Lankan helicopter on 17 July 1986 in Thanduvan village in Mullaitivu district. [ Full Story ]
July 16, 1986
Place: Peruveli, Trincomalee

Source: TIC
Peruveli/Manalchenai refugee camp massacres - 44 killed
At least 44 Tamil civilians, mostly refugees, were deliberately shot and killed when members of the security forces entered the villages of Peruveli and Manalchenai in the Trincomalee district during the early hours of 16 July 1986. [ Full Story ]
July 13, 1986
Place: Adampan, Mannar

Source: TIC
Adampan massacre - 50 killed.
On 13 July 1986, a group of Sri Lankan soldiers launched a cordon and search operation in Adampan, Mannar, in the course of which, many Tamil and (Tamil speaking) Muslim people were killed. [ Full Story ]
June 28, 1986
Place: Thampalakamam

Source: TIC
Thampalakamam massacres - 34 killed
The bodies of thirty four Tamil civilians, including a woman were found in the jungle near Thampalakamam in the Trincomalee district. The victims had apparently been abducted by Home Guards (Sinhalese civilians armed by the Sri Lankan government). [ Full Story ]
June 28, 1986
Place: Paranthan, Kilinochchi

Source: TIC
Paranthan farmers executed - 10 killed
Sri Lankan security forces personnel tied eight Tamil civilians and executed them in the course of a cordon and search operation in Paranthan on 28 June 1986. [ Full Story ]
June 26, 1986
Place: Sambaltivu, Trincomalee

Source: TIC
Sambaltivu massacre - 15 killed
On 26 June 1986, a large number of Sri Lankan soldiers drove into Sambaltivu, a village in Trincomalee, to carry out a ‘search operation’, in the course of which at least fifteen Tamil civilians were killed. [ Full Story ]
June 20, 1986
Place: Nachchikudah, Mannar

Source: TIC
Refugees massacred by Navy - 32 killed
Thirty four Tamil refugees on a boat bound from Gurunagar, Jaffna to India were shot at by Sri Lankan Navy personnel at Nachchikudah, killing 32. Two people survived the massacre to and managed to swim to safety and relate their experience. [ Full Story ]
June 10, 1986
Place: Mandaitivu, Jaffna

Source: TIC
Fishermen massacred by Navy - 31 civilians killed
On 10 June 1986, about 31 Tamil fishermen, aged between 13 and 62 set out from Gurunagar, Jaffna at about 5am in a boat named "Thuya Oli" (Holy Light). [ Full Story ]
May 17, 1986
Place: -

Source: Local Media
18 young Tamils were killed
On 17th May 1986, 18 young men were taken into custody and there was evidence, though denied by the government, that the Special Task Force shot and killed them. [ Full Story ]
March 20, 1986
Place: Nedunkerny

Source: TIC
Nedunkerny massacre - 16 killed
At least 16 Tamil civilians, including women and old-age pensioners were killed by troops in the morning of 20 March 1986 during a cordon and ‘search operation’ carried out by the Sri Lankan army in Eeddimurichchan at Nedunkerny, about 26 miles from Vavuniya. [ Full Story ]
March 20, 1986
Place: Nedunkerni

Source: Local Media
16 Tamil villagers were killed
On 20March 1986, 16 Tamil villagers were killed when troops carried out a cordon and search operation at Nedunkerni in the course of which they burnt houses looted shops and shot at people indiscriminately. [ Full Story ]
February 19, 1986
Place: Akkaraipattu

Source:
Akkaraipattu Massacre: more than 90 Tamil civilians were killed!
"Upto 80 people mainly Tamil farm workers are said to have been killed and their bodies burned in a massacre in eastern Sri Lanka. The killings happened on Wednesday (19 February 1986), but confirmation of the incident was made only yesterday after community leaders had visited the remote spot near the town of Akkaraipattu, where the farm workers were shot. The farmworkers were taken back to the paddy fields and shot. Several empty cases of ammunition have been found in the field. The bodies were piled on top of the dry rice harvest and burned.
Source: Humphrey Hawksley reporting in the Guardian, 22 February 1986 [ Full Story ]
February 19, 1986
Place: Udumpankulam, Amparai

Source: Amnesty
Udumpankulam massacre - 60 innocents killed
On 19 February 1986, Sri Lankan police commandos rounded up as many as 60 Tamil farm workers from a paddy field at Udumpankulam and shot them dead. [ Full Story ]
January 25, 1986
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: TIC
Kilinochchi railway station massacre - 12 killed
At least twelve Tamil civilians were shot and killed and several others injured on 25 January 1986 as Sri Lankan soldiers fired indiscriminately at about 75 passengers waiting to biard a train at Kilinochchi railway station. The dead included four women and two children.

Source: TIC - Extrajudicial and Arbitrary killings, Jan 1987; p33 [ Full Story ]

January 19, 1986
Place: Iruthayapuram

Source:
Iruthayapuram Massacre: 24 Tamil civilians were killed!
More than 24 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan ruthless forces in the little, quite village, Iruthayapuram. This terror incident took in a respond to an attack carried out by Tamil militants to SL forces which killed two policemen! [ Full Story ]
January 4, 1986
Place: Jaffna

Source: TIC
Ceasefire monitors strafed in Jaffna - 14 killed
On 4 January 1986, the Sri Lankan government appointed "Committee for Monitoring Cessation of Hostilities (CMCH) was to visit Jaffna city to hear evidence from Citizens Committees and individuals about alleged excesses by the security forces. The venue was to be Hotel Ashok located in the centre of Jaffna city. [ Full Story ]
November 27, 1985
Place: Mandur, Batticaloa

Source: Citizens Committee
Fishermen massacred by gunships - 24 killed
Sri Lankan security forces cordoned off the coastal village of Mandur in Batticaloa on 27 November 1985. The search operation, in which armour, helicopter gunships and an unspecified number of troops were used, left 24 Tamil fishermen shot dead and many more missing. [ Full Story ]
November 16, 1985
Place: Batticaloa town

Source: Citizens Committee
Bar Road massacre
Sri Lankan police commandos of the Special Task Force arrived at Bar road in Batticaloa, shortly after a Tamil guerrilla attack killed four policemen there. In retaliation, the STF shot dead nine Tamil civilians and then looted and burned 15 shops, including the timber yard and several houses. [ Full Story ]
October 27, 1985
Place: Jaffna

Source: TIC
Sampoor massacre - 22 killed
On 27 November 1985, an unspecified number of Sri Lankan soldiers in the company of Home Guards (Sinhalese civilians armed by the Sri Lankan government) entered four adjoining villages in the Trincomalee district in a "search and destroy" operation and killed 22 Tamil civilians and burnt down 165 homes. [ Full Story ]
October 0, 1985
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
AMNESTY FILE ON SRI LANKA'S TORTURE - OCTOBER 1985
Allegations that torture occurs in Sri Lanka have long been of concern to AI. Over the past five years, however, the organization has received consistent reports, many in the form of sworn affidavits, which lead it to conclude that the practice is widespread and persistent Torture is used particularly against political detainees, some of whom have died as a result, and also against criminal suspects. The following types of torture have been reported to AI: [ Full Story ]
Sept. 18, 1985
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
46 Tamil refugees were killed
On 18 September, 46 Tamil refugees were killed in an operation by the security forces in which 12 armoured vehicles, 6 tanks, 2 helicopters and gunboats took part! [ Full Story ]
August 16, 1985
Place: Vavuniya

Source: Local Media
200 Tamil civilians killed!
On 16th August, an estimated 200 Tamil people were killed when the Army went on the rampage in Vavuniya, looting and shooting indiscriminately. Several houses and shops were also burnt by the forces! [ Full Story ]
May 31, 1985
Place: Trincomalee

Source: Local Media
37 Tamil youths killed
On 31 May, 37 young Tamil men were taken into custody and shot dead after security forces went on a rampage in Thanganagar, Kiliveddy in Trincomalee in the course of which they looted and set fire to all the properties. [ Full Story ]
May 17, 1985
Place: Thambiluvil

Source: Local Media
60 young Tamils were killed in Thambiluvil
On 17th May, an estimated 60 young Tamils were killed in Thambiluvil by members of the Special Task Forces! [ Full Story ]
April 9, 1985
Place: Valvettiturai

Source: Local Media
75 Tamil civilians were shot and blown up in Valvettiturai
On 9th May, 75 Tamil civilians were shot and blown up with explosives after being herded into a building by soldiers in and around the Jaffna coastal town of Valvettitural, apparently in retaliation for the alleged killing of an [Sri Lankan] Army Major by Tamil guerrillas. [ Full Story ]
December 4, 1984
Place: Ootuvayankulum, Mannar

Source:
16 Tamil civilians were killed!
In a respond to an attack by Tamil militants on SLA vehicle, the army killed 16 people working on a Ootuvayankulum farm in Mannar.The army also attacked two state transport buses between Murungan and Vavuniya, killing 37 people. Four people died when the army attacked the Murungan post office and 12 persons died at army hands in Parapandandal. The deaths of at least 90 persons were attributed to the army before its rampage ended. [ Full Story ]
December 2, 1984
Place: Vanni

Source: Local Media
Cheddikulam massacres - 27 Tamils killed
On 2nd December, members of the security forces randomly killed at least 27 Tamils in the area of Cheddikulam and Chemamadu in the Vanni area. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 1, 1984
Place: Point Pedro

Source:
At least 16 Tamil civilians were killed!
In a respond to an attack by Tamil militants on SL security forces, which killed four policemen, Police killed at least 16 civilians in Point Pedro.Police also burned shops and several Hartley College buildings in retaliation for the attack. The National Security Minister stated that 6 to 10 civilians were killed, and a few shops were burned according to government information. The Government ordered a police investigation and promised that disciplinary action would be taken against those responsible. [ Full Story ]
August 11, 1984
Place: -

Source: Local Media
Massacres on coach - 16 Tamils killed
On 11 August, 16 Tamils were killed when six men wearing khaki trousers armed with sub-machine guns stopped a private coach on the route between Colombo and Jaffna, and called out all male passengers, lining them up and shooting them on the spot. [ Full Story ]
April 9, 1984
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
50 Tamil people were killed
The Government Agent for Jaffna estimated that 50 people died between April 9 and 12 and that 'hardly any of those killed by the army were linked with the guerrilla campaign for more Tamil minority autonomy. During this period, emergency regulations, which permitted police to bury casualties without postmortem or inquest were in effect and the identity of those killed was never established. [ Full Story ]
March 20, 1984
Place: Jaffna and Vavuniya

Source: Local Media
7 Tamil civilians killed, 24 injured
On March 20, two air force personnel were shot dead on the Jaffna Peninsula while traveling on a bus. A militant group took credit for these killings. In retaliation, the air force reportedly killed at least 7 civilians and injured 24 others in Jaffna and in Vavuniya, located 90 miles away. [ Full Story ]
0, 1984
Place: Chunnakam

Source:
Chunnakam massacre and extra judicial killings of Tamils - 1984
"Amnesty International was concerned about reports of random killings of non combatant Tamil civilians by members of the security forces. It also remained concerned about the detention of Tamils... it continued to receive reports of widespread torture of detainees. Several reports of deaths in custody, allegedly as a result of torture or shooting were received..."
- Amnesty International Annual Report, 1985 for period January to December 1984 [ Full Story ]
July 25, 1983
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Collection
1983 Riots - more than 3000 Tamil civilians killed
July 23 - 29, 1983 was a worse period for Thamizh in Srilanka! It was fourteen years ago that the Thamizh struggle was propelled to International headlines following riots in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The riots lasted for several days and left over 3,000 Thamizhs dead and millions of dollars worth of their property destroyed. [ Full Story ]
May 18, 1983
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
175 Tamil homes burnt in Jaffna
About 175 Tamil homes burned by the Sri Lankan armed forces and killed a Tamil and wounded others in Thineveley, Jaffna on May 18. [ Full Story ]
0, 1982
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: Saturday Review, March 20, 1982
Anti Tamil, anti Hindu offensive in Mullaitivu - 1982
Kuranthan Malai, a quiet peaceful spot in Tamil-populated Mullaitivu with ruins of both Hindu and Buddhist places of worship, will soon house an exclusive Buddhist vihare and temple and a Sinhala settlement, according to plans drawn up by officials working under the Ministry of Industries and Scientific Affairs. Army personnel, an ex-Director of a Public Corporation under the Ministry who was also a leading member of the UNP Trade Union - the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya- -several Ceramics Corporation vehicles, and employees of the government Tile factory of Oddichuddan 20 miles away- have all been enlisted in the implementation of this project. [ Full Story ]
0, 1982
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Violation of the right to free elections - 1982
The Civil Rights Movement of Sri Lanka has published a critique of the referendum (of the 22nd of December 1982) questioning whether it was in fact fair and free. This analysis, released in January 1983, in summary, alleges that there were serious defects both prior to the poll and on polling day. The Movement also draws attention to some statistical analyses in selected electoral districts that would appear, prima facie, to raise some grave questions as to the accuracy of the count returned from these districts... [ Full Story ]
0, 1981
Place: Jaffna

Source:
Destruction of Jaffna Public Library - 1981
"...a large group of police (estimated variously from 100-200) went on rampage on the nights of May 31-June 1 (1981) and June 1-2 burning the market area of Jaffna, the office of the Tamil Newspaper, the home of the member of Parliament for Jaffna and the Jaffna Public Library... the destruction of the Jaffna Public Library was the incident which appeared to cause the most distress to the people of Jaffna... the 95,000 volumes of the Public Library destroyed by the fire included numerous culturally important and irreplaceable manuscripts... The government should lead a major national and international effort to rebuild and develop the Jaffna Public Library destroyed by arson by police in June 1981. Such an effort would evidence the respect the government for the cultural rights of the Tamils, help to remedy a serious injustice done to the Tamil community and contribute to restoring Tamil confidence in the government." [ Full Story ]
0, 1981
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Continued attacks on Tamil civilians - July/August 1981
"...(The) August (1981) incidents of violence centred on three specific areas: the gem mining area of Ratnapura, Negombo near the capital city of Colombo, and the plantation towns in central Sri Lanka. Before the violence was brought under control... at least 10 Indian Tamils had been killed, numerous Tamil shops and businesses burned, and more than 5000 Indian Tamils had fled to refugee camps... [ Full Story ]
July 14, 1979
Place: Jaffna

Source: Amnesty
Several Tamils were killed after emergency declared in Jaffna
"On the 11th of July 1979.. President Jayawardene appointed his nephew Brigadier Weeratunga, as commander of the security forces in Jaffna... On the same day, a state of emergency was declared in Jaffna, and a Public Security Ordinance gave the police and armed forces the power to dispose of dead bodies without an inquest. [ Full Story ]
0, 1979
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Tamil resistance met with Sri Lankan state terrorism - 1979
On the 11th of July 1979.. President Jayawardene appointed his nephew Brigadier Weeratunga, as commander of the security forces in Jaffna... On the same day, a state of emergency was declared in Jaffna, and a Public Security Ordinance gave the police and armed forces the power to dispose of dead bodies without an inquest. [ Full Story ]
0, 1972
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Tamils squeezed out of Higher Education - 1972
"...Nothing aroused deeper despair among Tamils than the feeling that they are being systematically squeezed out of higher education. They have complained particularly of the system of 'standardisation' in force after 1972, in which marks obtained by candidates for university admission are weighted by giving advantage to certain linguistic groups and/or certain districts..." - Walter Schwarz: Tamils of Sri Lanka - Minority Rights Group Report, 1983 [ Full Story ]
0, 1961
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Sinhala army attacks Tamil Satyagrahis - 1961
The military forces of this country under the able command of Colonel Udugama, surprised the non violent satyagrahis - about 200 in number - at the Jaffna Kacheri by a skilful manoeuvre. Without resorting to any shooting, but by a deft application of belts, batons, rifle-butts and legs, they routed the enemy and covered themselves with glory. .. [ Full Story ]
0, 1956
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Tamil Parliamentarians attacked by Sinhala mobs, 150 Tamils killed - 1956
On 5th June 1956, the date the 'Sinhala Only' Bill was introduced by (Prime Minister) Bandaranaike in the House (of Parliament), as an act of protest, Chelvanayakam, the leader of the Federal Party, led a party of 300 Tamil volunteers and staged a sit down Satyagraha (peaceful protest) of the kind popularised by Mahatma Gandhi in the days of the Indian freedom struggle. [ Full Story ]
0, 1948
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Plantation Tamils deprived of vote and Citizenship - 1948/50
In 1948, at independence, the Tamils had 33% of the voting power in the legislature. Upon the disenfranchisement of the estate Tamils (in 1950), however, this proportion dropped to 20%. The Sinhalese obtained more than a 2/3 majority in the Parliament, making it impossible for the Tamils to exercise an effective opposition to Sinhalese policies affecting them...
By: Virginia Leary: Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Sri Lanka - Report of a Mission to Sri Lanka on behalf of the International Commission of Jurists, July/August 1981 [ Full Story ]