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Climbing Up that Hill: The Tamil Genocide and the Long Path to Recognition and Justice
Climbing Up that Hill: The Tamil Genocide and the Long Path to Recognition and Justice
Climbing Up that Hill: The Tamil Genocide and the Long Path to Recognition and Justice

Sri Lanka’s victory monuments in the heart of the Tamil North-East, where mass graves are still being unearthed, echo Spain’s controversial Valley of the Fallen, which contains both mass graves from Franco’s regime and, up until June 2019, will contain a tomb for Franco himself; its large cross cuts into the skyline as a reminder of deep division and the…

Medium - May 24 16:15 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lanka Tourism Suffers After Deadly Bombings
Sri Lanka Tourism Suffers After Deadly Bombings

Sri Lankan travel officials say many foreigners who were planning to visit the country over the next few months have canceled their plans. Officials reported that, overall, visitor arrivals to Sri Lanka have dropped about 80 percent since the bombings. The tourism industry makes up about 4.9 percent of Sri Lanka’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In 2018, 2.3…

VoA - May 24 16:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

    Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

    How can the country prevent the rise of homegrown Islamic terrorism? How can it stop the expansion of ultra-orthodox Islamic ideology among young Muslims? How can it stop communal division not only between Muslims and Sinhalese or Tamils, but also Muslims and Christians? So far, the government has banned the niqab, expelled 200 Islamic preachers from the country,…

    FairObserver - May 24 16:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • CPA Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero

    CPA Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero

    The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses its deep shock and concern over the Presidential pardon of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was released from prison on 23rd May 2019. The pardon raises a number of pressing questions which the President and the government are obliged to answer. Gnanasara Thero was convicted of four contempt of court charges by…

    CPA Lanka - May 24 16:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka Was One of the World’s Hottest Destinations. Now It’s Eerily Empty.

    Sri Lanka Was One of the World’s Hottest Destinations. Now It’s Eerily Empty.

    In one moment—or a simultaneous string of them, really—everything changed on this island nation. A decade after concluding a 30-year civil conflict, Sri Lanka had, until a couple weeks ago, enjoyed unprecedented peace and surging prosperity. But on Easter Sunday, a series of targeted blasts across the island shattered all that, tearing open old wounds and…

    Daily Beast - May 24 15:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, SriLanka ]

  • A State of Disorientation: Dispatch from Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings

    A State of Disorientation: Dispatch from Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings

    In Colombo, as though there is war once more, the ominous presence of heavily armed soldiers is everywhere. Ever since the Easter Sunday bombings, checkpoints have been posted on all the main roads, as well as outside churches and mosques. There are rumors every day of further possible bombings, of newly discovered perpetrators and accomplices still on the run, and a…

    Time - May 22 14:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Muslims ]

  • Interfaith ‘ring of peace’ formed around Tamil church

    Interfaith ‘ring of peace’ formed around Tamil church

    On April 28, around 60 people formed a “ring of peace” outside of the Our Lady of Good Health Tamil Parish in Toronto, one week after co-ordinated terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels killed an estimated 253 people. “It just seemed to be the appropriate thing to do once this terrorist activity happened in Sri Lanka,” said Rabbi Michal Shekel,…

    Canadian Jewish News - May 21 20:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, Canada ]

  • Law regarding gender parity in Sri Lanka

    Law regarding gender parity in Sri Lanka

    “A woman shall not be disqualified by reason only of her sex: (a) from being admitted and enrolled, or from practising, as an attorney at law; (b) from being authorized to practise as a notary by a warrant issued under the provisions of the Notaries Ordinance, or from practising or functioning as a notary under the provisions of that ordinance or of any other…

    VantageAsia - May 21 20:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka

    Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka

    Collective punishment and blame are far too common in the immediate aftermath of ethnically and religiously motivated violence. The ideology of ‘bin Ladenism’ is fueled in large part by a persecution narrative, which reprisal attacks and draconian legislation targeting a religion only serve to reinforce. Groups like the Islamic State are transparent in their…

    CipherBrief - May 21 19:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, SriLanka ]

  • Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

    Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

    The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka last month were a massive human tragedy for a country that has already experienced too much violence. Prior to the attacks on Christian churches and luxury hotels, Sri Lanka was already a deeply divided nation. The bombings and their aftermath have worsened long-standing problems and may lead to a bleak future of communal clashes,…

    Foreign Policy - May 21 15:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

  • 'Distasteful alliances': The secret story of Canada's fight against migrants

    \'Distasteful alliances\': The secret story of Canada\'s fight against migrants

    In 2009 and 2010, two boats carrying hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka — the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea — reached Canadian shores. Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to do everything in his power to prevent the arrival of other ships carrying what he called "illegal" migrants. This Migrant Smuggling Prevention Strategy Harper created was…

    CBC News - May 21 15:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, Canada ]

  • One Month Since Easter Sunday, A Pledge From Us To You

    One Month Since Easter Sunday, A Pledge From Us To You

    We will shine the spotlight on as many stories as our resources will permit — from the children whose worlds were thrown off axis by the blasts to the small-time candle vendors outside Kochchikade Church who struggle to rebuild their businesses. We will continue to pass on the mic to those whose narratives need amplification, because we would have failed otherwise.

    Roar - May 21 15:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Artificial intelligence has been weaponized in China. That should be a wake-up call for the world

    Artificial intelligence has been weaponized in China. That should be a wake-up call for the world

    At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, the philanthropist George Soros caught everyone's attention when he warned that the Chinese government's use of artificial intelligence (AI) presents an "unprecedented danger" to its citizens and to all open societies. His reading of the situation was prophetic. Last month, The New York Times confirmed Soros' fears when…

    CBC - May 21 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, China ]

  • Sri Lanka: Alleged war criminals appointed to lead post Easter Sunday crackdown

    Sri Lanka: Alleged war criminals appointed to lead post Easter Sunday crackdown

    Military commanders appointed to lead a highly sensitive operation in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings are alleged war criminals and those who oversaw troops found by the UN to have abused children. In the second week following a series of coordinated bomb blasts, which struck churches and hotes in Sri Lanka killing more than 250 people, the Army…

    JDS - May 21 15:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Ten years on: on end of Sri Lanka civil war

    Sri Lanka has not done enough to usher in reform and reconciliation since 2009 Is one decade of peace enough to undo the devastating effects of a civil war that lasted nearly three decades? As Sri Lanka completes 10 years since the brutal and decisive war against Tamil militants came to an end, it must be acknowledged that the country has not achieved much tangible…

    The Hindu - May 21 15:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • After Sri Lanka attacks, anti-Muslim backlash points to new divisions

    After Sri Lanka attacks, anti-Muslim backlash points to new divisions

    Rights groups are warning of an escalation in inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka as Muslim minorities – and hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers perceived to be Muslims – face a growing backlash following April’s Easter Sunday suicide blasts that killed more than 250 people. Sri Lanka’s government declared successive days of overnight curfews this week…

    NewHumanitarian - May 21 15:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • China trip and son's wedding: Sri Lanka leader denounced after Easter bombings

    China trip and son\'s wedding: Sri Lanka leader denounced after Easter bombings

    After coming under fire for not acting on warnings about Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is now facing criticism over his leadership in the aftermath of the Islamist attacks. On Monday last week, just as anti-Muslim riots were spreading in apparent reprisal for the attacks, Sirisena embarked on a three-day…

    Reuters - May 21 15:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • 'It’s getting ridiculous:' Displaced 650 Parliament tenants on move-in date delays

    \'It’s getting ridiculous:\' Displaced 650 Parliament tenants on move-in date delays

    Tenants displaced from a St. James Town highrise after a fire nine months ago are expressing their frustration after their move-in dates have been pushed back yet again. On Wednesday, building management for 650 Parliament Street issued a notice to residents saying that the fire caused “unprecedented damage” and that they would be unable to provide a timeline…

    CTV Toronto - May 17 21:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • WAR ON CIVILIANS EXHIBITION

    WAR ON CIVILIANS EXHIBITION

    This is a photo exhibition the ITJP and TEMPLO put together for the tenth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. It was exhibited in May 2019 in the Wolfson Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and will tour thereafter. Included are many photographs not seen before, collected from survivors of the 2009 war. These are mixed…

    ITJPSL - May 17 19:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka is burning — again

    Sri Lanka is burning — again

    The government then failed to effectively stop the mob attacks. Local residents reported that the mobs roamed freely for hours without an apparent response from government forces. Residents of some towns said some police officers genuinely tried to control the mobs, but were grossly outnumbered: For example, a resident of the town of Kobeigane said that residents…

    Washington Post - May 17 18:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan software engineer, under Indian surveillance, key in Easter attack

    Sri Lankan software engineer, under Indian surveillance, key in Easter attack

    Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators said. Four sources in Sri Lankan investigating agencies said they believed Aadhil Ameez, a…

    Reuters - May 14 19:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

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