Appeals - Articles

January 10, 2001
Place: Kalutara

Source: TamilNet
Tamil detainees appeal for safety guarantees
Tamil Political detainees held at Kalutara prison have appealed to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to take measures to guarantee their security in the prison. The detainees have also complained about quality of food, medical facilities and prolonged detention. [ Full Story ]
January 10, 2001
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Vavuniya students protest against abduction
Students of National College of Education at Poonthoddam in Vavuniya demonstrated in the northern town Wednesday, protesting against the abduction of one of their colleagues by gunmen suspected to be from a militia working with the Sri Lankan army around 9 p.m.Tuesday. Somasundaram Mukunthan, a third-year student of the college, was abducted from his home at Pandaariakulam, a suburb of Vavuniya town, by gunmen men who had come in an auto-rikshaw, student sources said. [ Full Story ]
December 21, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Amnesty fears for safety of Tamil villagers
Amnesty International in a statement published yesterday said that it fears for safety of villagers of Gopalapuram in Trincomalee district from Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) personnel. The statement was issued following the torture and murder, allegedly by the navy, of two young Tamil men, Mahalingam Thamiran and Shanmugarajan Sornahasan, who were previously threatened after the villagers protested against the killing of several villagers by the navy. [ 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 ]
December 4, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
CTTU requests lifting ban on school materials
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) is to ask the new Education Minister Susil Premjayanth to take immediate steps to lift the ban imposed on the transportation of all materials needed for teaching to schools in the uncleared areas in the northeast province. [ Full Story ]
November 14, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Villagers appeal for bombing to stop
An appeal has been made to the President of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to stop the indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombing on Ralkulai and Navaladi villages in the Mutur division, south of eastern Trincomalee town. Hundreds of villagers have signed this memorandum, TamilNet sources in Mutur said. [ Full Story ]
October 27, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Amnesty concerned over new "disappearances"
The Amnesty International Thursday issued a statement expressing its concern for safety of two Tamil youths who were arrested by the Sri Lanka Army soldiers earlier this month in Vavuniya. [ 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 2, 2000
Place: Batticoloa

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 ]
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. 23, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
Attempts to intimidate a WSWS correspondent in Sri Lanka
Disturbing signs have emerged over the last month of an attempt to intimidate a Socialist Equality Party journalist and SEP members in Uddapu—a remote Tamil fishing village on the northwest coast of Sri Lanka—following the publication of a series of articles on the World Socialist Web Site in March. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 11, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: BBC
Jaffna hospital struggles to cope
A hospital director in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula says the ongoing war between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels has led to worsening conditions. [ 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. 6, 2000
Place: Sr Lanka

Source: AFP
Media watchdog slams suspended jail term for Sri Lanka editor
COLOMBO, Sept 6 (AFP) - An international media rights organisation Wednesday slammed the Sri Lankan government for prosecuting an editor on criminal defamation charges for which he was given a two year suspended jail sentence. [ 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 ]
August 31, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AI
"Disappearances" on the rise
In a letter sent to the President of Sri Lanka today, Amnesty International urged investigations into an increasing number of "disappearances" reported over the last two weeks in northern Sri Lanka. [ 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 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 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 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 4, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Student boycott demanding release of arrested schoolboy
Several thousand students studying in over 30 schools in the Muttur electorate in the Trincomalee district have launched a boycott compaign demanding the immediate release of a student, Nagarajah Vamaneswaran who was arrested by the Sri Lank Army (SLA) on 11 June. [ 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 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 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 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: Jaffna

Source: ICRC
Help for the displaced
The current upsurge in the fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan security forces on the Jaffna peninsula has caused large numbers of civilians to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in public buildings and with friends and relatives. [ Full Story ]
May 15, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: ICRC
ICRC urges both parties to respect civilians
Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the consequences in humanitarian terms of the current upsurge in fighting between the Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
May 12, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: IFEX
BBC programmes censored
In a 12 May 2000 letter to the post, telecommunications and media minister, Mangala Samaraweera, RSF protested the censoring of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) programmes by state-owned radio and television stations. The measure follows a government decision to impose new restrictions on press freedom and particularly to extend censorship to news put out by foreign correspondents and international news agencies. [ Full Story ]
April 17, 2000
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
SLA blocking essential medical supplies - MSF
Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), the international aid agency said Monday Sri Lankan security forces were preventing it from taking urgently needed medical supplies into the Vanni region. The shortage of essential drugs in the region had become "critical" MSF said in a statement. [ 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 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 2, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: The Island
Call for humanitarian help for war refugees
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke has called for humanitarian assistance for millions of refugees displaced by the war or neglected by the governments. [ 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 14, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: BBC
UN worry over Sri Lanka rapes
The United Nations rapporteur on violence against women has called on the Sri Lankan government to prosecute soldiers who have been accused of raping and murdering women and girls. [ 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 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 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Hot Spring
The tragic plight of Tamil detainees
More than two thousand Tamils are being detained in Sri Lanka today,most of them in jails and some of them locked up in police stations; for no chargeable offence, except that in the eyes of a cruel law - the Prevention of Terrorism Act - they being Tamils they are suspect of being either “terrorists” or supporters of “terrorism” by Sri Lankan definition. The detainees include men, women and even children, and the old and the sick. The ages vary from five years to seventy one. [ Full Story ]
January 28, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Students protest arrest
Students of Vasavilan Central School and Urumpirai Chandrothaya School today boycotted classes protesting against the arrest two students and their mother by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), parents said. [ 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 11, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Investigate youth's death, urge Periyakulam residents
Residents of Periyakulam in Trincomalee called for a judicial inquiry into the death of a 17-year-old Tamil youth on January 6. The victim, Alagurajah, was shot dead by Sri Lankan Navy personnel on Friday night, villagers 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: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Batticaloa farmers appeal to President
The Batticaloa District Farmers' Association has appealed to the Sri Lankan President to lift the ban preventing implementation of development work in areas of the district not controlled by government security forces. [ Full Story ]
November 23, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
University students appeal to President
Jaffna University Student's Union put forward three demands in an appeal sent today to the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunge. [ Full Story ]
November 22, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Mother's Front Appeal to President
In a message to the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge, the Mothers' Front in Jaffna said they were still waiting for an official statement from her regarding what had happened to their children who have been reported missing after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Army in 1996. The message, that was written in Sinhalese, was faxed to the President today. [ Full Story ]
October 30, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Amnesty seeks safety guarantees
Amnesty International, the London based human rights organisation said today that the Sri Lankan government "must guarantee" the safety of forensic experts to enable international observers to participate in the exhumations of the alleged mass graves at Chemmani. [ Full Story ]
October 6, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Calls to help refugees
The People's Progressive Centre of Jaffna has asked more people in Jaffna to come forward and help more than 30,000 families who are facing starvation in Kilinochchi and Mullaitheevu districts. The families have been affected by the cut the Sri Lanka Government imposed on the dry rations to the refugees living in areas not controlled by it. [ Full Story ]
August 31, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni Cooperative unions appeal for food
The Union of Co-operatives in Kilinochchi and Mullaitheevu districts have issued a statement appealing for help to avert the possibility of large-scale deaths by starvation in the Vanni as a result of the Sri Lankan government's embargo on food into the region. [ Full Story ]
August 25, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Amnesty slams governments over refugees
Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog has criticised the governments of Guinea Conakry, Sri Lanka, Canada and the United States for their roles in the deportation of 192 Tamil refugees seekers whose boat was intercepted by the Senegalese navy on 24 February. The refugees "were all returned to Sri Lanka where they were arrested and held in detention for several weeks" said Amnesty. [ Full Story ]
July 30, 1998
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: TamilNet
Appeal for funds to arrest cholera epidemic
The District Secretary, and the Deputy Provincial Director of Health Services, Kilinochchi District, have made an urgent appeal for rupees five million to construct special wards to arrest an alarming outbreak of cholera in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, said sources in Trincomalee. [ Full Story ]
July 27, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Prayers for peace
Black flags flew in Batticaloa town and suburbs yesterday to commemorate Black July, the anniversary of the anti-Tamil race riots of 1983, said sources in Batticaloa. Though there were a few incidents where irate policemen tore and destroyed the flags, protests were otherwise peaceful. [ 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 ]
May 3, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, May 03, 1998
Army uses civilians as human shields - MP
Joseph Parajasingham MP (Tamil United Liberation Front, Batticaloa District) has written to Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga requesting her to bring to a halt the practice of subjecting youths to hard labour under inhuman conditions by Sri Lankan Army (SLA). [ Full Story ]
March 27, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Tamil people seek UN secretary-general's help to stop genocide
Tamil people from Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Vavuniya districts have forwarded a memorandum to the UN Secretary General seeking his help to stop the Sri Lankan government's ethnic cleansing of Tamils in these districts. [ Full Story ]
March 12, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, March 12, 1998
Protests against vehicle ban
A meeting of the Batticaloa Traders' Association at Lake View Inn in Batticaloa town, drafted a memorandum to be sent to the Government Agent Batticaloa, and the Batticaloa District Civil Co-ordinating Officer of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), protesting against the regulations stopping vehicular traffic from Batticaloa to other parts of the Island at Mannampiddi on the Batticaloa - Polonnaruwa District border, said sources in Batticaloa. [ 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 ]
0, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, January 13, 1998
Parents protest to Human Rights Commision
Parents of 23 persons who disappeared after they were arrested by the army in villages in the Thenmaradchi Division of the Jaffna Peninsula in July last year, lodged their complaints with the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna town yesterday. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1997
Place: Colombo

Source: Human Rights Solidarity
Asian Human Rights Commission reports on protests against disappearances...
"A protest rally and picketing was held in front of the main railway station in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 1997, to bring to the attention of the public and the government the disappearances issue. The fate of about 600 people who disappeared from Jaffna Peninsula in recent times is unknown. The general suspicion is that they were killed after their arrests. The protest was supported by the Nava Lanka Samasamja Party and a government Member of Parliament, Vasudeva Nanayakkara. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1997
Place: Nallur

Source: TamilNet, December 10, 1997
Satyagraha at Nallur temple
The Missing Persons' Guardian Association of Jaffna (MPGA-J)went on its token satyagraha protest at the Nallur Kandasamy temple today. [ Full Story ]
November 27, 1997
Place: Welikada prison

Source: Collection
220 Tamil prisoners protest detention without trial
"Over 220 Tamil prisoners suffering prolonged detention at Colombo’s Magazine prison launched a protest fast unto death on 27 November demanding “trial or immediate release”. Two days later they were transferred to Kalutara prison as parents and relatives wailed outside. [ Full Story ]
October 31, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: (Uniting Church
Uniting Church in Australia condemns genocide
he New South Wales Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia (General Secretary : Rev Norman D McDonald) resolved on 31 October 1997:
THAT THE SYNOD
condemn the genocide attack launched by the Sri Lankan Government on the Tamil people [ Full Story ]
Sept. 3, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
Justice will not be done unless commissions of inquiry into past violations are made public
The Government of Sri Lanka should make public the reports of the three commissions of inquiry into past human rights violations, Amnesty International said as the commissions handed over their final reports to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today. [ 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 22, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Stop bombing exam halls 'A' level students tell Chandrika
'A' level students in Tamil Vanni have written to the Sinhalese president Chandrika Kumaratunga telling her to stop bombing exam halls where she knows Tamil students are sitting for their GCE (A/L) exams. [ Full Story ]
August 8, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source:
Hindu groups appeal to president Chandrika
Hindu societies in Thanneerutu and Mullaiyawallai (Vanni) have written to Sri Lanka's president requesting her to leave Tamil people in peace. As she is a Buddhist, their letter says, she should practice mercy towards unarmed civilians instead of attacking them with weapons of destruction. [ Full Story ]
June 7, 1997
Place: Easterm province

Source: TamilNet
Army atrocites on Tamil women on increase - Women's organizations protest
40 womens organisations from Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts have jointly written to the woman president of Sri Lanka protesting the rise in army atrocities on women in the East. [ Full Story ]
June 1, 1997
Place: Mallavi

Source: TamilNet
Demonstrators demand food and medicine in Mallavi
Many thousands of men, women and hungry children marched to the ICRC's Mallavi office to hand over an urgent memorandum calling for a halt to the government's food and medicine siege of Vanni. [ 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 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 ]
April 20, 1997
Place: Rukam

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty Urgent Action Appeal on continuing "disappearances"
"Kandiah Sivakumar, aged 20 Kanagasabai Ravichandran, aged 20
Kandiah Sivakumar and Kanagasabai Ravichandran, two firewood sellers from Rukam village, have been reported 'disappeared' after they were taken into custody by the army near the Black Bridge, Chenkalady, Batticaloa district on 20 April 1997. [ Full Story ]
January 8, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: News from Tamil Eelam
'March for medicine' - protest rally in Vanni
Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead at least two Tamil civilians during its recently concluded 'Rivijaya' military operation. Victim S. Muthulingam was a 14 year old while Thambirasa Kanthasamy was 32, both from Kithul. Family man Sabapathy Mylvaganam meanwhile disappeared during the operation and is believed by his family to have been murdered by Sinhala armed forces. Operation Rivijaya took place in Batticaloa and, like all other Sri Lankan military operations, showed no regard for the lives and property of the Tamil people. 16 Tamil houses were demolished and 100 Tamil families are reported displaced. Further civilian casualties are coming to light and will be documented when details are known. [ Full Story ]
December 31, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: ICRC
Sri Lanka Red Cross society - Letter to UN
Since the starting of the "Tamil Eelam War" the Normal life of the people in Tamil areas have been affected in various ways, such as Economic embargo, shortage of Medicines and the compact living. Due to the displaced situation, war wrekage and the military operations, the state adminisrative machinery had been stopped at the same time the activities of N.G.O. National and International had been brought to a stand still, which has affected the normal life of the people. The N.G.O could not go ahead due to the Sri Lankan government imposing restrictions. [ 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 ]
Sept. 0, 1996
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty appeals for several rapes
"Amnesty International has documented several cases of rape by members of the security forces. Because many women are reluctant to give testimony about their treatment by the security forces, Amnesty International believes that these testimonies represent only a fraction of a widespread pattern of human rights violations. [ Full Story ]
November 9, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Jaffna University
UNIVERSITY OF JAFFNA APPEAL TO UNITED NATIONS
The following is an appeal from the University of Jaffna to United Nations! [ Full Story ]
July 0, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: (Catholic Herald
Conduct of war by Sri Lanka falls well short of accepted norms says CAFOOD
"In a protest against the recent upsurge in attacks on civilians by the Sri Lanka government forces, Julian Filochowski, CAFOD's director, has written to the new UK Foreign Secretary, Malcolm Rifkind, to express concern about the current violence in the country. [ 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 ]