Blank Banner Dove Square

Children

Sri Lanka's war widows trafficked as slaves to GulfAmantha Perera

According to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, over 1,000 women from the north - many from female headed homes - sought jobs as maids in Gulf nations in 2015 and 2016. Central Bank data shows only 300 went in 2011. Sri Lanka is in its eighth year of peace after a 26-year conflict which ended with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers in 2009. Yet despite…

Reuters - Aug 11 13:58 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Children, Economy, WarCrimes ]

Teaching gender inequality in Sri Lanka
Teaching gender inequality in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has in some circles been considered a model of post-colonial gender equality compared to its South Asian counterparts due to high literacy rates for men and women, 97.7 and 98.6 respectively, universal franchise for both sexes as early as 1931, and two female state leaders. Sri Lanka’s long history of free and compulsory education for boys and girls…

Open Democracy - Nov 08 13:27 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Children, World, SriLanka ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • When a brave few saved hundreds during Lankan war

    When a brave few saved hundreds during Lankan war

    Pugazhendhi says he wanted to make "Avargal" simple. "The reason for choosing Pichivila is simple. The geography of the village looked similar to the ones in Sri Lanka. The palm trees and the mixture of brown and white sands added colour to the site. I used the villagers for casting. All the children who acted in the movie are from the village itself," said…

    TNN - Nov 28 14:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, History, Vanni ]

  • The Forever Victims? Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka

    The Forever Victims? Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka

    The nostalgia for the past, however emotive, must be replaced by a more active engagement of women in the political sphere. Tamils in Sri Lanka have Ananthi Sasitharan, a very articulate and powerful woman, no doubt, but to make real change, voices like hers must be amplified a thousand-fold. Moreover, Sri Lanka’s north is one of the most militarised regions in the…

    TheWeek - Sep 25 15:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Jaffna, World ]

  • Child brides face increased chances of illiteracy, domestic violence, report says

    Child brides face increased chances of illiteracy, domestic violence, report says

    More than 142 million girls from India to Niger will be married before they turn 18 over the next decade, increasing their chances of being illiterate, victims of domestic violence or infected with HIV, a World Bank report shows. The findings will be released today at the Washington-based institution during an event with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary…

    Postmedia News - May 15 02:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, World ]

  • Why Sri Lankan children in north drop out

    Why Sri Lankan children in north drop out

    Sri Lankan authorities have expressed concern over an increasing number of reports that children are dropping out of school in the conflict-affected north, where economic pressure and poor prospects are creating conditions that could have negative consequences for the future development of the region. Most of the dropouts are from poor families who find it…

    IRIN - Feb 07 13:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children ]

  • Protest campaign against monk’s alleged sexual abuse of orphan

    Protest campaign against monk’s alleged sexual abuse of orphan

    Probation officers, along with child rights activists, vow to conduct a protest campaign against the inaction of police and child protection authority officials to arrest a Buddhist monk for allegedly causing sexual harm to a boy under his supervision at an orphanage in Vavuniya. After a Judicial Medical Officer’s (JMO) report revealed that a 10-year-old boy had…

    Sunday Times - Oct 20 13:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • Sri Lanka Struggles to Contain a Growing Epidemic of Child Abuse

    Sri Lanka Struggles to Contain a Growing Epidemic of Child Abuse

    War-scarred Sri Lanka is experiencing an alarming scourge of child abuse and the apparatus for dealing with the problem, UNICEF says, is “grossly inadequate.” Everyday, three to five children are raped in the island nation. Police statistics show the total number of child rapes in 2011 as 1,463; the figure jumped to 1,759 cases in 2012, according to a…

    Time - Aug 13 13:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, WarCrimes ]

  • More evidence of Lankan genocide surfaces from UK

    More evidence of Lankan genocide surfaces from UK

    London-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has released a shocking video, from which this photograph has been extracted, to show that many children had been captured and shot dead towards the end of the Eelam war by the Sri Lankan troops. “They killed in cold blood not just LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son Balachandran but several kids in similar fashion. This…

    Deccan Chronicle - Mar 14 12:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Children, WarCrimes ]

  • Child abuse cases stalled

    Child abuse cases stalled

    In Sri Lanka it is taking as long as six years to prosecute criminals who abuse children, a delay that threatens to further traumatize thousands of children whose cases are stuck in the courts, according to experts. Officials from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka told IRIN as many as 4,000 child abuse cases are before the country’s 34 high courts…

    IRIN - Sep 24 10:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, History, SriLanka ]

  • Over 700 Children Raped

    Last week he revealed shocking statistics on rape for the last six months which has caused fear among families with children. According to him there have been over 900 complaints of rape received during the first half of this year. Of these complaints around 700 involve children.

    Sunday Leader - Jul 08 12:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, SriLanka ]

    Related:
      - Protect Children From Sex Perverts - Sunday Leader
      - Rape And Also Be Damned - Sunday Leader
      - Rapist Released - Sunday Leader
  • Blast kills two boys in Sri Lanka’s former war zone

    Two Sri Lankan boys died when playing with an unexploded mine in the country’s former war zone, the first such deaths since the end of 37 years of ethnic conflict, an official said. The two brothers, aged four and two, were killed when an object with which they were playing exploded in Pallai in the northern Jaffna peninsula on Wednesday evening, military spokesman…

    AFP - Apr 26 15:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Children, SriLanka ]

  • US commends Lanka for tackling child labour

    Visiting United States under Secretary for Civilian Security for Democracy, Human Rights Maria Otera yesterday commended the government on its efforts to curb child labour. It has made great progress, she said. Making the opening remarks at a joint news conference with US Under Secretary for South and Central Asia Robert Blake at the Hilton Colombo yesterday evening…

    Island - Feb 14 14:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, USA ]

  • A long Road ahead for family reunification for Sri Lanka’s Missing Children

    In the final months of 2009, Tamil families found themselves separated from each other in the heat of battle. Two years later, Sri Lanka’s missing children are still struggling to find their families. Another issue facing family reunification was the difficulty of finding official records as many families had fled without their official documentation, some without…

    SOS Children - Dec 03 13:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, WarCrimes ]

  • The Horror of Child Abuse in Sri Lanka

    Vulnerable children face five principal types of risk: sexual abuse, emotional and physical abuse, institutional abuse and non-organic failure to thrive ‘Life’s aspirations come in the guise of children’ Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore This column dedicated to the notion of making Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia today turns the spotlight on the horror of…

    Sunday Leader - Nov 06 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children ]

    Related:
      - 17 Year Old Sexually Molests His Two Sisters - Sunday Leader
  • Sri Lanka children's homes 'should be shut down'

    Sri Lanka children\'s homes \'should be shut down\'

    All children's homes in Sri Lanka should be closed down because of "rampant" abuse, the head of the country's child protection body says. The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) says it is already working to replace children's homes with a foster parenting system. Nearly 20,000 children - orphans or children abused by parents or carers - are housed in 470…

    BBC - Sep 10 20:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • 1000 children 'still missing' since war

    1000 children \'still missing\' since war

    Nearly 1000 children who went missing during the final phase of the war against the Tamil Tigers are still unaccounted for, authorities say. Almost 600 children out of 1800 have been reunited with their families by UNICEF with the coordination of several organizations, Vavuniya Government Agent (GA) PSM Charles told BBC Tamil service. According to UNICEF reports,…

    BBC Sinhala - Aug 29 14:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, WarCrimes ]

  • Teen call-girl racket from North busted

    Teen call-girl racket from North busted

    Trafficking in girls, including underage children from the North, for prostitution, under the guise of employment in Colombo, has been unearthed by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). The breakthrough came when a 16-year-old girl ran away from the National Hospital in Colombo where she had been warded for an operation to prevent pregnancy. “The girl…

    Sunday Times - Jun 26 01:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • Iniya Barathi faction listed

    The United Nations has listed the Iniya Barrathi faction of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) that recruits or uses children, kill or maim children, and/or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in situations of armed conflict on theagenda of the Security Council. Releasing the UN Secretary-General’s Tenth Annual Report on…

    Daily Mirror - May 12 22:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • Sri Lanka's NCPA seeks new homes for war victim children

    A countrywide appeal was issued in Sri Lanka to seek new homes for thousands of children orphaned during the nation's three decade long civil war. Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority has sought help of the public to find new homes for the children, victims of war. Initially the programme was started in Mullativu and Kilinochchi districts where the final…

    PTI - Dec 29 12:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, History ]

  • Sri Lankan activists oppose plan to train boys as monks

    Sri Lankan activists oppose plan to train boys as monks

    Child rights activists in Sri Lanka have criticised a plan by the prime minister to ordain 2,600 boys as Buddhist monks by next May. Prime Minister DM Jayaratne says the move is aimed at boosting Buddhism and lifting young people out of poverty. Next May marks the 2,600th anniversary of Lord Buddha's enlightenment. Activists say the boys are too young to be…

    BBC - Oct 16 04:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • Children of “political prisoners” staged protest in Jaffna

    Children of “political prisoners” staged protest in Jaffna

    Children of Tamil political prisoners who have been languishing in remand for years today staged a protest in Jaffna urging their speedy release. As the World Children day falls today, the children of political prisoners questioned when they are going to be united with their loved ones. They have handed over a memorandum to the Northern Provincial Chief Minister C. V.…

    Sunday Times - Sep 30 16:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, History, SriLanka ]

  • SRI LANKA: Justice denied to two child victims of rape at the hands of the armed forces

    There have been reports of an alleged abduction and rape of an eleven-year-old girl by a group of Navy officers, and of another nine-year-old girl treated in a similar manner. In the first case, the soldiers have been serving at Karainagar Navy base have been deployed to patrol Ureddikulam, Urkatturai, Karainagar city and Kytes. Seven were initially arrested and…

    AHRC - Jul 25 12:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Children, Jaffna ]

  • Sri Lanka Student Wins Asia Pacific Prize for UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition

    A Sri Lanka student’s painting caught the eyes of judges, making it the Asia Pacific winner of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) annual International Children’s Painting Competition. Eight-year old Kandage Kiyara Chenuli Perera’s painting, based on the competition theme, “Food Waste – Save the Planet – Save Food, Wasting…

    UNEP - Apr 23 12:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, SriLanka, UN ]

  • Sri Lankan schoolchildren miss out on sanitation gains

    Sri Lankan schoolchildren miss out on sanitation gains

    Nearly one million schoolchildren - about a third of the school-age population in Sri Lanka - do not have safe sanitation, despite the island’s overall sanitation coverage reaching near 89 percent of the population. Nearly 1,300 out of 9,500 primary and secondary schools surveyed in 2011 (almost one million schoolchildren), and around 180,000 families nationwide,…

    IRIN - Oct 28 14:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, Education ]

  • New Laws May Fail to Protect Children in Sri Lanka

    New Laws May Fail to Protect Children in Sri Lanka

    Stricter laws could curb the rising trend of child abuse in Sri Lanka, experts say. However, recommendations like witness protection, special courts and procedures to hear abuse cases and more legal assistance to victims are unlikely to be included in a new draft Child Protection Policy that is to be presented to parliament before the end of the year. Although…

    IPS - Oct 09 13:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka steps up fight against scourge of child abuse

    Sri Lanka steps up fight against scourge of child abuse

    One of Sri Lanka's top legal officials is calling for moves to strengthen the country's judicial system to deal with an increasing number of child abuse cases. Statistics revealed by the attorney general's office last year showed that in 2007, there were 3,548 serious offences against children. In 2011, there were 4,480 such offences. Deputy Solicitor General…

    BBC - Aug 08 00:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • Who Makes War Against Children?

    Gordon Weiss, the former UN Spokesperson in Colombo, spoke of Dr.Dayan Jayatileke, who defended Sri Lanka at the UN in 2009, now speaking of quasi occupation of the Tamil areas in the north and posed the question of Who is pulling the wool over who’s eyes? Sumanthiran, the TNA Member of Parliament, thanked McRae on behalf of the Tamil people and demanded an…

    Salem News - Mar 05 15:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Child Rape on the Rise in Sri Lanka

    A spate of child rape cases in Sri Lanka has angered child rights activists and moved the government to consider tightening the relevant laws and making the offence punishable with the death sentence. A government statement released in parliament in May said that of the 1,450 female rape cases reported in 2011, child rape accounted for 1,169, alerting authorities…

    IPS - Jul 23 13:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka records rise in rapes of children

    Sri Lanka has seen a rise in the number of underage children being raped or abused this year, the police said Thursday. Over 700 incidents of rape or abuse of children were reported during the first six months of this year, police spokesperson Ajith Rohana told Xinhua. He said this was out of a total of around 900 complaints received by the police this year of…

    IANS - Jul 05 12:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka official held over rape of girl - Khaleej Times
  • FedDev intervention produces some success stories

    FedDev intervention produces some success stories

    Mohan Nadarajah adapted an instruction process originally developed at Stanford University as the basis for PlayLab Inc., after the engineer found his five and 11-year-old children were not getting the training he felt they needed. “I want my kids to develop those critical thinking skills and I don’t see them getting the opportunity at school,” Mr. Nadarajah…

    Financial Post - Mar 27 01:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Canada ]

  • Poorest Still Go Hungry

    Poorest Still Go Hungry

    Experts agree that Sri Lanka's free pre and postnatal clinics across the island nation have helped bring infant mortality down to 15 per 1,000 live births and the under-five mortality rate to 21 per 1,000 live births. But, beneath that general picture of success lie pockets of vulnerability where poverty and lack of awareness are causing high levels of malnutrition…

    IPS - Jan 25 23:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • Tracing Sri Lanka's missing children

    Tracing Sri Lanka\'s missing children

    Officials acknowledge that the actual number of missing children is probably far higher, with most cases not being formally registered. So far 49 children have been traced by the unit and contacts re-established with their parents and relatives. Erashakumar, 19, says the only father figure for most orphans like herself was LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who was…

    AFP - Nov 23 11:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Education - could do better in the east

    Education - could do better in the east

    The decades-long conflict has ended in Sri Lanka, but the damage to the country's educational system lingers, particularly in the disaster-prone east, say families and experts. Home to about 1.5 million people, Eastern Province is one of the hardest-hit areas in Sri Lanka by both natural and manmade disasters. Education advocates say schools lack teachers, funds,…

    IRIN - Nov 03 11:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Batticaloa, Education ]

  • Sri Lanka Unicef expands family reunion programme

    A crucial project to reunite family members separated in the last phase of Sri Lanka's civil war is being expanded, the United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef, says. The programme, run in co-operation with the government, began in late 2009 months after the end of the war. Although progress has been slow, it has succeeded in reuniting a number of children with…

    BBC - Sep 02 12:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, WarCrimes ]

  • 25 years later, Tamil boat people live the dream

    25 years later, Tamil boat people live the dream

    It’s never a good time to be in a lifeboat over the Atlantic. But in August 1986, it was as bad as it could be: cold, windy and foggy. One hundred and fifty-five people sat cheek by jowl in two lifeboats for three days and three nights that month. Some held hands, others prayed, as waves slammed into the sides of the boats. They had no food, little drinking…

    Toronto Star - Aug 12 02:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Refugees ]

    Related:
      - Tamil refugee rescuer honoured after 25 years - CBC News
  • NCPA warns of trafficking threat

    NCPA warns of trafficking threat

    A government-appointed official in Sri Lanka has appealed to families in the north to protect under-age girls from sex traffickers. Anoma Dissanayake of the National Child Protection Authority warned parents to be wary of strangers who offered to find their daughters jobs. Women from the north of Sri Lanka, which is in desperate need of development, were…

    BBC Sinhala - Jun 25 16:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children ]

  • Dream holiday turns to nightmare

    The Posners were hoping to have a relaxing Christmas break in Sri Lanka but instead they got the holiday from hell...And, when they finally got to Sri Lanka, mum, daughter and granny all contracted swine flu. Medical supplies in Sri Lanka were poor - and one doctor told dad James, 2 year old Ava might die: "They took the temperature at 104, they said if it got to…

    96.4 Eagle News - Jan 05 11:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, SriLanka, Genocide ]

  • Sri Lanka child thought killed in 2004 tsunami is found

    Sri Lanka child thought killed in 2004 tsunami is found

    Sri Lankan child protection officials say they have found a six-year-old girl previously believed to have been lost or killed during the 2004 tsunami. The girl was living with a couple who claimed falsely to be her parents, said Anoma Dissanayake of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). "She was not legally adopted and her identification papers were…

    BBC - Dec 10 03:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights, Children ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka authorities appeal for help over 'tsunami baby' - AFP
Blank Banner

CANADIAN NEWS

FOLLOW US ON

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

  • Sed feugiat augue faucibus libero ultricies, eget condimentum nisi pulvinar. Donec pharetra neque et odio tempor mattis.

  • Sed feugiat augue faucibus libero ultricies, eget condimentum nisi pulvinar. Donec pharetra neque et odio tempor mattis.

  • Sed feugiat augue faucibus libero ultricies, eget condimentum nisi pulvinar. Donec pharetra neque et odio tempor mattis.

NEWS ROOM

EVENTS

VIDEO

TAMIL FEST 2017