Analysis - Articles

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 13, 2001
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Administrative devices said undermining Tamil areas
Eechchilampattu, an agricultural region in the southern interior of the Trincomalee district, remains acutely underdeveloped because discriminatory administrative policies aimed at keeping it under the Seruvila local government body, local civil society activists said. [ Full Story ]
January 30, 2001
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Heads shaved to tighten Vanni embargo
Four fishermen complained to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mannar Tuesday that the Sri Lanka Navy shaved their heads and assaulted them severely on trumped up charges that they were defying the Vanni embargo. Fishermen in Mannar complain that the SLN arrests and beats them up regularly, accusing them of smuggling essential commodities banned under Colombo's decade long economic embargo on the Vanni region. Meanwhile the SLN’s intelligence wing began deployment in the northern coastal parts of the Mannar island Tuesday. The deployment is aimed at monitoring and curbing sea borne infiltration by the Liberation Tigers from the mainland SLN, sources 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 ]
December 2, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
SLA accused of using civilians as human shields
Residents of Jaffna accused Sri Lankan Army (SLA) of transporting civilians with SLA troops, after 750 of 1250 people scheduled to travel on the MV Lanka Muditha, a government run passenger service from Jaffna to Trincomalee, were replaced by armed soldiers. [ 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. 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. 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 30, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: Chennai Online
Lankan refugees end fast
Kancheepuram, Sept 2: Sri Lankan refugees lodged in the refugee camp at Chengalpattu, on a hunger strike for the past four days to press their demands, ended their stir yesterday following an assurance from the Collector and deputy superintendent of police that action would be taken on their demands within a week. [ 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 ]
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 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 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 ]
June 29, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: WSWS
Tamil doctor describes suffering in Jaffna
“I hate this war. Like everybody I would like to live in peace. If peace is achieved I will remain in this country. Otherwise what is the use of staying?” [ Full Story ]
June 13, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TIC
Tamil people's endless tragedy under news blockade
As the war in Sri Lanka shows no sign of abating, the fighting in Jaffna 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 2, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Asia Week
The Forgotten
Left behind from years of civil strife in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's president, Chandrika Kumaratunga, issued a Churchillian call on national television as rebel troops closed in on Jaffna: [ Full Story ]
May 30, 2000
Place: Sri lanka

Source: TCHR
Killing of Civilians and Ethnic Cleansing
Despite our Urgent Appeal of 04/05/2000 (Ref. No. AC/07/05 - Imminent danger in the Island of Sri Lanka), some countries have supplied large quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunition to the Sri Lanka government. [ Full Story ]
May 15, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Washington Post
Tamils Wait and Worry
NEW DELHI, May 14 –– In a sparse, dollar-a-night rooming house in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo last week, a dozen Tamil refugees waited anxiously for word from their families stranded in the northern city of Jaffna. Fighting between Tamil rebels and army troops has been escalating near the city for days, but all telephone lines have been cut and virtually all news blacked out by the government. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 2000
Place: Tmil Eelam

Source: TamilCanadian
Mass Graves in the Tamil Homeland
If it is determined that the bodies of Tamil civilians who disappeared in 1996 in the custody of security forces lie in a mass grave at Chemmani, the centres of power in Sri Lanka will be implicated. The very army officers who had direct responsibility for the Chemmani checkpoint at the time of the burials, Brig. Sri Lal Weerasooriya, and under him, Brig. Janaka Perera (1a), have been promoted this year to Commander of the Army and Deputy Chief of Staff, respectively. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 2000
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilCanadian
Through the Eyes of an American Student: An Impression of the Life of Young People in the NorthEast Province
For six months in 1998 my father and I travelled throughout the North and East of the Island of Sri Lanka. From the Government occupied areas of Jaffna and the East to the LTTE controlled areas of the Vanni we travelled and lived with the people. [ Full Story ]
April 27, 2000
Place: Sri lanka

Source: WSWS
'Whoever wins this war, the poor people stand to lose'
A correspondent currently visiting the country sent the following interviews with the families of Sri Lankan soldiers to the World Socialist Web Site. No names have been published in order to protect those interviewed from prosecution under Sri Lanka's stringent new censorship regulations. [ 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 ]
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 ]
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 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 ]
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 10, 1999
Place: UK

Source: TCHR
International Huamn Rights Dat and 10th Anniversary of TCHR
International Human Rights Day, December 10th, is a day to reflect collectively on human rights violations all around the world, and to continue to seek new ways to expose them. TCHR holds an event annually on this day, and this year it is particularly significant since it is also the 10th anniversary of TCHR. During the last ten years TCHR has been working hard to expose human rights violations, by organising events, seminars, interventions in human rights conferences and other activities and by disseminating information widely through monthly bulletins. Last year TCHR along with human rights organisations round the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, as we approach the end of this millennium, acutely aware that the gravest violations of fundamental human rights are still occurring, we held two events, one in France and one in the United Kingdom. [ Full Story ]
December 9, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TCNR
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 ]
October 25, 1999
Place: central Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
Sri Lankan police step up harassment of estate workers after bomb explosion
By Ruwan Peris and Vijitha Silva
25 October 1999

Following a bomb explosion on a railway track in the estate area of central Sri Lanka, the security forces have intensified their intimidation of Tamil-speaking plantation workers. The blast occurred in the evening of October 2 near Nanu-oya railway station, about 300 kilometres from the capital of Colombo. [ Full Story ]

December 29, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Citizen's committee condemns attacks on civilian
The Citizens Committee in the Vanni has urged the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take steps to prevent Sri Lankan Army (SLA) attacks on innocent civilians. [ Full Story ]
December 17, 1998
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
"Human rights cases denied adequate aid"
The Director of the Trincomalee Legal Aid Centre, Mr. Sivapalan, said that the Sri Lankan Government does not give adequate help to those who file human rights cases. Mr Sivapalan, who is also a lawyer, made these comments while speaking at a seminar to mark Human Rights Day. [ Full Story ]
December 12, 1998
Place: USA

Source: TamilNet
Congressional discussion focuses on Rights violations
A five member panel of experts on Human Rights violations in Sri Lanka, speaking at Congressional Human Rights Caucus staff round table discussions, were unanimous in their call to the Sri Lankan Government to expedite the investigations into the alleged mass graves at Chemmani, Jaffna where up to 400 bodies of Tamils disappeared in 1996 and 1997 may be buried. [ Full Story ]
December 5, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Black day for human rights
The Consortium of the Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Jaffna will mark International Human Rights Day as a "Black Day". This will be done as a protest against the Sri Lankan government's attitude towards human rights violations. [ 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 28, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AGOTIC
Tamil National Movement in Sri Lanka: The Next Decade
From armed resistance to national liberation
The year 1998 marks the 40th anniversary of the anti-Tamil pogrom in 1958. The past four decades has witnessed a tectonic shift in the political milieu of Sri Lanka. During this period the Sri Lankan regime under the control of the Sinhalese nation heaped national oppression upon the Ceylon Tamil nation in myriad forms, which scarred the lives of Tamils within the country and induced the Tamil diaspora. [ 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 20, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TCHR
Internally Displaced People One million in the island of Sri Lanka
The Tamil Centre for Human Rights welcomes the Guiding Principles for Internally Displaced People that the Special Representative of the Secretary General Mr Francis M. Deng is introducing. In his report in February of this year it was recognised that internal displacement is one of the most tragic phenomena of the contemporary world, affecting some 25 million people worldwide. It also stated: [ Full Story ]
May 10, 1998
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
NGOs tell UN envoy that govt is delebrately blocking its works
NGOs in Madhu last Wednesday told visiting UN special envoy Olara Otunnu that the Sri Lankan military was deliberately obstructing their assistance programmes, resulting in widespread malnutrition and slow deaths among people. [ Full Story ]
May 8, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet, May 08, 1998
SLA recruiting children - Opposition leader
"The security forces are campaigning in schools, to encourage 15 year old school children to join the army. When I comment on this, they call me a traitor. If it is so, is Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar also a traitor, who is campaigning in foreign countries saying that LTTE is recruiting children to their forces?", asked Opposition Leader Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe in the parliament yesterday. [ Full Story ]
May 1, 1998
Place: Welikada jail

Source: TamilNet
One woman's agony
Mrs.Shyamalawathie Wijesundaram,25, was arrested on 31 October 1997 by the Vavuniya Police. At the time of her arrest she was two months pregnant. Currently she is being held in the Welikada jail in Colombo. She is in cell no.4530 of the female ward of the prison. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: American Law Journal
Sri Lankas war crimes - An American Law Journal
"The most egregious violations include denials of food and medicine or medical supplies, especially for children," states Prof. Jordan J. Paust in an essay published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (May ’98). [ Full Story ]
April 2, 1998
Place: Eastern Province

Source: TamilNet
13,000 disappearances in 7 years: MP
"Thirteen thousand people have disappeared in the Eastern Province since 1990. There are 8,500 widows in the East of whom 70% are between 18 and 21 years [old]. There are 6000 orphans," said Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP Joseph Pararajasingham at a meeting held this week at the Ramakrishna Mission in Colombo organised by the Past Pupils of Northeast District Schools Organisation. [ Full Story ]
March 31, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: NewsNewsNews
Some 1560 Hindu temples destroyed
About 1560 Hindu temples have been damaged and rendered useless while 240 Hindu temples have been totally destroyed due to ongoing war in the North and east. According to the memorandum forwarded to the director general of the UNESCO by the Hindu Religious Priest Organisation of the North East Province. [ Full Story ]
February 10, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: THE INDEPENDENT
Forgotten victims of war in Sri Lanka
Peter Popham reports from Sri Lanka on the desperate plight of the hundreds of thousands of ordinary Tamils affected by the war in the north. [ Full Story ]
February 4, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadain
FIFTY YEARS OF NATIONAL DISASTER
Fifty Disastrous Years: Let me straightway tell you that the title of my talk today does not in any way seek to narrate to you the half century of hell, death, doom and disaster through which our brothers and sisters in Jaffna and Batticaloa have gone. [ Full Story ]
February 4, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadain
The 50 Footsteps - Let Us Look Back
Now that we are approaching the 4th of February 1998 let us look back at the 50 foot steps we Sri Lankans took from the date of independence and pause the following questions. [ Full Story ]
February 4, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilCanadain
50th Year of Serfdom
February 4, 1948 will go down in the history of the Thamil People of Thamil Eelam as a BLACK DAY. On this fateful day, the 3 million Thamils of Ceylon exchanged their white masters (British) for the brown sahibs the Sinhalese. [ Full Story ]
February 4, 1998
Place: England

Source: The Times - UK
Broken dreams overshadow Sri Lanka jubilee
SRI LANKA coasted to independence 50 years ago today on the back of India's freedom struggle. The island state is straining to mark the event with a sense of celebration, when the underlying mood is one of self-inflicted failure. The wreckage of Colombo city centre, smashed by two bomb blasts last year, is a reminder of broken dreams. [ Full Story ]
December 2, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni situation deteriorating: UNP
The UNP today called for an adjournment debate in the Sri Lankan Parliament on what it described as the deteriorating food and medical situation in the Vanni. The UNP had discussions with the Tamil parties in Parliament this afternoon on the matter. [ Full Story ]
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 ]
Sept. 26, 1997
Place: Ottawa, Canada

Source: TamilNet
Canadian Tamils protest outside Parliament
Over 850 Canadian Tamils staged a symbolic fast in Ottawa on Friday, protesting against the planned deportation of Tamil community activist Mr. Manickavasagam Suresh. The demonstrators stood outside the Canadian Parliament, holding placards denouncing the planned deportation. The protest was organized by the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT). [ 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 ]
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 11, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
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:

ODDUSUDDAN 18 civilians killed 15 civilians wounded
NEDUNKERNI 13 civilians killed 16 civilians wounded
MANKULAM 9 civilians killed 4 civilians wounded
Source: TamilNet, Aug 11, 1997 [ 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 ]
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 ]
April 2, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source:
THE WAR IN SRI LANKA - An Analysis
The April 2nd (1997) accord between two Sinhala parties, brokered by Britain, has received widespread publicity, critique, and above all, much hope. In the context of the past history, of these two electoral parties having played 'political football' with the Tamil rights, this should be seen as a positive move. It is so, despite reservations one might have about some aspects of this agreement, especially the meaning of the word ‘concurrence’ on which, in fact, the entire accord seems to hinge. [ 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 ]
0, 1997
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: Liberation
Over 150 Tamil women were raped in a year - NGO
There have been over 150 cases of reported rape and sexual assault by Sri Lanka army during the past year. [ Full Story ]
December 1, 1996
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Sunday Leader
Justice has fled the entire system says Sinhala paper Sunday Leader - December 1996
"The country looked forward to an end to the anarchy and state sponsored counter-anarchy that came to be the hallmark of Lankan politics and society in the late 198Os and early 1990s... But most politicians seem not to have learned a lesson from the collective national trauma. Perhaps they alone have been left unscathed. Else, how come they remain utterly insensitive to the continuing rape, murder and political assassinations which continue to receive political patronage? [ Full Story ]
December 1, 1996
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Sunday Leader
"Justice has fled the entire system"
The country looked forward to an end to the anarchy and state sponsored counter- anarchy that came to be the hallmark of Lankan politics and society in the late 1980s and early 1990s... [ Full Story ]
November 0, 1996
Place: -

Source: TamilNet
Gang Rapes by Sinhala Occupying Army Multiply
"A young Tamil woman detained along with thousands of other Tamils in Vavuniya has died after being violently gang-raped by eight Sinhala soldiers guarding the camp. [ Full Story ]
October 0, 1996
Place: Jaffna

Source:
Rapes and Murders in Occupied Jaffna
"Allegations of ill-treatment of women and extra-judicial executions are also being made against the security forces. Reports say that three women were raped by soldiers at their home in Manthuvil on 1 August." British Refugee Council Publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, August 1996 [ 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 ]
0, 1996
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: US report
Torture remained a serious problem
"Torture remained a serious problem.. Members of the security forces continued to torture and mistreat detainees and other prisoners, both male and female, particularly during interrogation. [ Full Story ]
0, 1996
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: Collection
The Silent War - Press Censorship
"Undoubtedly the greatest threat to freedom of expression was the censorship imposed under the emergencyregulations in September 1995 to restrict reporting of the major military offensive to seize back control of the LTTE stronghold of Jaffna, together with the milirary's refusal to allow journalists to travel both to the zones of actual conflict, and to the areas of the north remaining under LTTE control, where many of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the offensive now reside. [ Full Story ]
August 6, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
Jaffna Citizens Committee appeals to President Kumaratunga to end military terror
The Jaffna Citizens Committee appealed to President Kumaratunga to end the military terror. The following is full text of the letter dated 6 August 1995, sent to President Kumaratunga by the President of the Jaffna Citizens Committee, Professor K. Kunaratnam (Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University) and the secretary Mr.R. Mahendran (Principal, Kokkuvil Hindu College): [ Full Story ]
August 6, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
Jaffna University Teachers Association appeals
In a letter addressed to the Colombo diplomatic community, on 6 August 1995, the University of Jaffna Teachers Association accused the Government of Sri Lanka of committing genocide of the Tamils in the name of liberating the civilians. The letter signed by R. Sivachandran Vice President and Professor K. Kandasamy, Secretary, was sent to Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing foreign missions in Colombo. The letter said: [ Full Story ]
0, 1995
Place: Batticaloa

Source: Sunday Leader
Sinhala Army compels Tamil civilians to act as human mine detectors
"The Batticaloa (Tamil) civilians are being used as Claymore mine detectors by the (Sri Lanka) forces. The farmers in the Vantharamulla area are being forced to walk ahead of the soldiers and sometimes even asked to dig with bare hands for buried mines, the Batticaloa TULF M.P. K.Thuraisingham told the 'Sunday Leader'. [ Full Story ]
February 0, 1993
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: NGO
"Tamils are a people with the right to self determination"
"We are of the view that any meaningful attempt to resolve the contlict should address its underlying causes and to recognise that the armed struggle of the Tamil people for self determination, arose as a response to decades ofan ever widening and deepening oppression by a permanent Sinhala majority, within the confines of an unitary Sri Lankan state. [ Full Story ]
February 0, 1993
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: NGOs
Oppressive Sinhala Rule and Genocidal Attacks
15 Non Government Organisations rightly declared in a Joint Statement at the 49th Sessions of the UN Commission on Human Rights in February 1993, SriLanka's oppressive rule included the disenfranchisement of the plantation Tamils, systematic state aided Sinhala colonisation of the Tamil homeland, the enactment of the Sinhala Only law, discriminatory employment policies, inequitable allocation of resources to Tamil areas , exclusion of eligible Tamil students from Universities and higher education, and a refusal to share power within the frame of a federal constitution'. [ 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 ]
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. 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.

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Sept. 15, 1987
Place: Nallur, Jaffna

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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.
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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 ]
0, 1984
Place: Chunnakam

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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 ]
0, 1981
Place: Ceylon

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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 ]
0, 1958
Place: Ceylon

Source:
Genocide '58
On the night of May 25, 1958, one of the most heinous crimes in the history of Ceylon was carried out. Almost simultaneously, on the Government farms at Polonnaruwa and Hingurakgoda, the thugs struck remorselessly. The Tamil labourers In the Polonnaruwa sugar-cane plantation fled when they saw the enemy approaching and hid In the sugar-cane bushes. The goondas wasted no time. They set the sugar cane alight and flushed out the Tamils. As they came out screaming, men, women and children were cut down with home-made swards, grass cutting knives and katties, or pulped under heavy clubs [ Full Story ]
0, 1956
Place: Ceylon

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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, 1956
Place: Ceylon

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Enactment of Sinhala Only Law - 1956
The first Constitution of Ceylon was drafted by an Englishman, Lord Soulbury and adopted by an Order in Council rather than by a constituent assembly. It remained in force until 1972. [ Full Story ]
0, 1948
Place: Ceylon

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Sinhala LION flag imposed by Sinhala Majority- 1948
The first House of Representatives of Ceylon (as it was then known) under the new Soulbury Constitution was elected in August 1947. The first Prime Minister was D.S.Senanayake who headed the Sinhala dominated United National Party. In anticipation of independence which was to be declared on 4 February 1948, a motion was tabled in January 1948 calling for the adoption of Lion Flag of the last Sinhala King of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe as the National Flag. [ Full Story ]