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January 19, 2001
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Embargo crippling life in Vanni-Bishop
"The people in the Vanni expressed disappointment that the Sri Lankan government talks about peace only when it has to face an election and that once in power it seeks to solve the problem only by military means" said the Bishop of the Mannar diocese of the Catholic Church, Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph, on returning from a five day visit to the northern region controlled by the Liberation Tigers. The displaced civilians of the Vanni receive only 25 percent of the relief due to them from the government and most people there are unable to make a living or ply their trade because of the continuing economic embargo on the region, according to the Bishop. [ 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 ]
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 ]
July 7, 2000
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: BBC
Sri Lankan teachers on strike
More than 20,000 Tamil and Muslim teachers in the north and east of Sri Lanka have gone on a one-day strike. [ Full Story ]
May 28, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Police arrest Tamil journalist
The Sri Lankan Police today arrested a senior journalist of the state run Tamil daily, Thinakaran. The Tamil journalist, Arul Sathiyanathan, was arrested in his home at Talawakella in the hill country district of Nuwara Eliya. His colleagues at Lake House, the Sri Lankan government's news paper organisation, said that Mr.Sathiyanathan was taken into custody by the Police although he had shown them proof that he was a senior accredited journalist at Thinakaran. [ Full Story ]
May 14, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Sunday Times
Against whom are the draconian laws?
The government has declared a military rule while the parliamentary election is due to be held before the end of August. The conditions in the coming period might be more serious than those prevailing now, but the government cannot, under any circumstances, refrain from holding the elections. [ Full Story ]
May 5, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
Sri Lanka's tough laws condemned
Sri Lanka's opposition politicians have criticised the government for assuming sweeping new powers after heavy losses inflicted on the army by the rebel Tamil Tigers. [ 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 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 ]
March 29, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
Inquests fail to charge jailers responsible for the killing of two Tamil detainees
Sri Lankan inquests into the deaths of two Tamil detainees, who were killed during a clash with prison guards in January, have failed to issue a finding of homicide or identify those responsible. Although the police were requested to investigate both cases further, inquiries have dragged out for weeks and no one has been charged or arrested. [ Full Story ]
March 17, 2000
Place: Colombo

Source: WSWS
Sri Lankan police order female "LTTE suspect" to strip publicly at gunpoint
A particularly outrageous incident in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo last Saturday gives a glimpse of the humiliation, harassment and persecution routinely directed by the security forces against anyone thought to be a member of the country's Tamil minority. [ Full Story ]
March 16, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
A long history of state intimidation and repression
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. In the final part of the report, they detail the lengthy history of harassment, intimidation and repression that Tamils in particular are subject to at the hands of the police and military. [ 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 ]
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 19, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Teachers urge action on Tamil text books
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has requested the Minister of Education and Higher Education to take stern disciplinary action against the Department of Educational Publications for failing to print and distribute text books to Tamil medium schools in the northern province in time. [ 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: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Opposition slams President's "racist" speech
Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunge's marathon television speech on January 3 was an attempt to kindle racist feelings in the country, said the leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe when briefing the press Thursday morning. [ Full Story ]
October 12, 1999
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Mass arrests of Tamils in Colombo
Over one hundred Tamils were arrested by the Sri Lanka Police during a cordon and search operation in Wellawatta, Bambalapitiya and Dematagoda, suburbs of Colombo last night said sources. [ Full Story ]
October 6, 1999
Place: Ceylon

Source: TamilNet
Teachers protest "systematic racism"
The 20,000 member-strong Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union has announced today that a nation-wide trade union action would be launched in November this year, against the actions of "Sinhala chauvinist elements" in the National Institute of Education and the Educational Publication Department. [ Full Story ]
October 4, 1999
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Rights violated, court rules
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court declared today that the fundamental rights of Varithamby Tharmakulaseelan Raja had been violated by the Police when they conducted a search at his house at Wellawatte in Colombo on November 21, 1997 in which no explosives were subsequently found. [ Full Story ]
July 23, 1999
Place: North-East

Source: TamilNet
Teachers fury over discrimination
The Governor of the North East Province (NEPC), Major General (retd) Asoka Jayawardana, today prevented provincial officials from banking a treasury cheque for 150 million rupees, when several teacher-trade unions protested to decision of Education Ministry to first pay risk allowance and arrears in full to Sinhala teachers in the Amparai area and then share the remainder amongst Tamil and Muslim teachers in other districts, NEPC sources said. [ Full Story ]
June 29, 1999
Place: Vadamaradchi

Source: TamilNet
New travel restrictions
Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), people living in areas it does not control, such as Chempianpattu, Thanippanai, Nelliyan and Maamunai are unable to go to hospital, Divisional Secretariat and other government institutions in the SLA-controlled areas in Vadamaradchi East, residents said. [ Full Story ]
May 27, 1999
Place: Ceylon

Source: TamilNet
Tamils denied justice in Sri Lanka - JVP
"We accept that Tamils face problems in Sri Lanka. Tamils have received unequal treatment from successive Sri Lankan Governments. They have been denied social justice. Due to these injustices Tamils are undergoing immense hardships now," said Tilvin de Silva, the General Secretary of Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP), while addressing the foreign correspondents at the Galle Face Green Hotel yesterday. [ Full Story ]
May 27, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
MP criticises discriminatory salary scales
The Ministry of Cultural and Religious Affairs has a different salary scale for its Sinhala and Tamil medium cultural officers, said Mr. Sambanthan, member of Parliament for the Trincomalee district and General Secretary for the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in a letter sent to the Minister of Cultural and Religious Affairs, Mr Lakshman Jeyakody. [ Full Story ]
May 23, 1999
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Batticaloa farmers protest against discrimination
Farmers in the eastern district of Batticaloa will stage a demonstration on Thursday, May 27, protesting at discrimination in the implementation of development projects under the DERBA scheme (Development and Rehabilitation of Batticaloa). [ Full Story ]
May 16, 1999
Place: Amparai

Source: TamilNet
Eastern Villagers face terror again
One hundred and fifty Tamil families at Thiraikerni, a village in the Amparai district, are being terrorised once again by groups of armed masked men who come to the village at night, said sources from the area. [ Full Story ]
March 12, 1999
Place: Valaichenai

Source: TamilNet
Civilians assaulted in retaliation
Twenty five civilians, all youth, including two girls, were admitted to the Valaichenai hospital today for treatment from injuries caused by a group of Sri Lankan Army (SLA) soldiers who roamed the villages of Kannankiramam, Kannakipuram, Puthukkudiyiruppu, Vinayakapuram this morning from about 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., intimidating and assaulting young people in the area. [ Full Story ]
March 1, 1999
Place: Ceylon

Source: TamilNet
Education ministry charged with discrimination
The Ceylon Tamils Teacher's Union (CTTU) has brought to the notice of the President, Chandrika Bandaranayake, and the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Richard Pathirana, the discrimination shown by the authorities in distributing Tamil text books to Tamil medium schools in the country. [ Full Story ]
February 26, 1999
Place: Vaakarai

Source: TamilNet
Vaakarai suffers under SLA restrictions
More than eight thousand Tamils who eke out a living on incomes less than 14.50 US dollars a month in the northern corner of the Batticaloa district may soon face semi famine conditions say aid workers in the east. [ Full Story ]
February 10, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Worsening Law and Order situation in Jaffna - report
The Jaffna District Consortium of Human Agencies in its latest situation report, has stated that the law and order in the Jaffna peninsula have deteriorated to a great extent and the law enforcement authorities are not concerned of the present deplorable status in law and order. [ Full Story ]
May 31, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
SL Army steps up harrasment in Jaffna
The Sinhalese armed forces who occupied major parts of Jaffna peninsula in 1996, have recently stepped up harassment of Tamil civilian population under their control. [ Full Story ]
March 16, 1998
Place: Eastern province

Source:
Eastern province facing isolation
The Sri Lankan government has decided to stop the movement of vehicles out of the eastern province from March. 27. No vehicles from the Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts will be allowed to proceed beyond specified points on the access roads to the province which are currently in use from this date. [ Full Story ]
February 26, 1998
Place: Mulankavil

Source: TamilNet
Tamil Eelam hospital facing medical blokade is unable to cope
The long-standing medical embargo enforced on Tamil Eelam by the Sri Lankan government has meant that Mulankavil co-operative hospital (in Vanni) is unable to treat its patients. The medical blockade resulted last year in 46 patient deaths, including two newly-born Tamil babies. 75,000 Tamils visited the hospital for treatment and 454 babies were born, including two sets of twins. For the last 7 years the Sri Lankan government has banned food and medicine to parts of Tamil Eelam which its Sinhalese armed forces have been unable to capture. [ Full Story ]
February 25, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, February 25, 1998
Fishing ban affects more families
Over 200 families from Killali and Pulopalai, two Grama Seveka areas coming under the Palai Divisional Secretariat, which have traditionally relied on lagoon fishing to make a living, are severely affected by the Sri Lankan Army ban on fishing in the lagoon, said sources in Palai. [ 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 16, 1997
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Food items to Tamils destroyed by Army callousness
29 lorry loads of food stuff going to Tamil people in Mullaitivu was destroyed in the rain last Monday as the Sinhalese army insisted on unloading it in the open ground to examine it. The food stuff composed of 18 lorry loads of flour, 10 lorry loads of sugar and one lorry load of rice had been purchased in Vavuniya by the Mullaitivu secretariat when heavy rain fell. The army manning the check point at Parayanalamkulam - the present entry point to Vanni - ordered the goods to be unloaded in the open grounds exposing it to the elements. The Sinhalese government has for the last 6 years imposed restrictions on food stuff to Tamil areas that are not under its control. [ Full Story ]
October 1, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni denied chlorine
The Sinhalese government has blocked much-needed Chlorine from Vanni since 1995. As a result, drinking water here has become germ-ridden and crops have been ruined by pests. The government's denial of proper food, medicines and essential supplies to Vanni's Tamil civilians is part of its military strategy to try and weaken the LTTE. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 25, 1997
Place: Batticoloa

Source: TamilNet
SL Government orders 38 NGOs out of Batticoloa
No less than 38 NGOs serving in army-controlled Tamil parts of Batticaloa district have been ordered by the Chandrika government to cease all humanitarian operations. [ 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. 6, 1997
Place: Karaithuraipattu

Source: TamilNet
SL 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 10, 1997
Place: Puthukkudiyiruppu

Source: TamilNet
Tamil students protest over attacks
The Tamil Students Union of the Puthukkudiyiruppu education division (Mullaitivu district) has written to the Sri Lankan President on the 10th of August 1997, protesting over the systematic shelling of their exam halls and the general disruption to their education. To date, no response has been forthcoming and it seems unlikely that the students will be able to obtain any qualifications this year. [ Full Story ]
June 26, 1997
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: TamilNet
School books denied to Tamil children
Sri Lanka's education department has kept back 60% of the school books it is obliged to give to Tamil school children in Mullaitivu. Even the small amount that has arrived has come half a year too late, rendering the scheme virtually meaningless. Headmasters and teachers are in a quandary about how to distribute the meagre supply among the hard-done children. The Sri Lankan government, while professing to be ethnically-neutral, routinely withholds items - even those donated by international agencies - from the Tamil people. [ Full Story ]
May 25, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source:
Tamils' hunger intensifies as govt sharpens food weapon
Ignoring the ICRC's appeals Sri Lanka's Sinhala-dominated government has strengthened its food siege of the Vanni region. [ Full Story ]
May 10, 1997
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
"Police made me drink my own blood" - Torture victim
A Tamil man presently in a Colombo jail is filing for wrongful arrest after undergoing excessive torture at various Sinhala police stations. He was arrested in November while staying at a Vavuniya hotel. [ Full Story ]
March 22, 1997
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Sri Lanka contravenes humanitarian law of armed conflict
370,000 Tamil people in Batticaloa's twelve divisions are now facing starvation. Since January 1997 no amount of food relief has reached them because Sri Lankan military officials have blocked all access routes to the area. [ Full Story ]
February 17, 1997
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Sinhala doctor refuses to treat Tamil woman
A female Sinhalese medical officer at a prominent Colombo maternity clinic has told a pregnant Tamil woman that she is not welcome at the clinic should she get pregnant in the future. The doctor elaborated, in front of witnesses, that Tamils should limit the number of children they have as Sri Lanka is hardly a big enough place for the Sinhalese. She even went as far as to tell the woman's husband (a prominent Tamil) to make sure his wife does not get pregnant again. The doctor responsible for the statements will face no penalties. Discrimination of this sort is simply what Tamils in Sri Lanka are expected to put up with. [ 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 ]
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: 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 ]
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 ]