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Why only for Tamils
Why only for Tamils

“We must ask, why Federalism to Tamils? Why not to the Sinhalese in the South? We need Federalism for South because centralised power from 1947 Parliament to 2017, for 70 years, have failed to develop the rural Sinhala society” said Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of this “Unity Government” delivering the keynote…

DM - Apr 29 21:54 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

Voices from Musali: The real story behind the ‘Save Wilpattu’ Campaign
Voices from Musali: The real story behind the ‘Save Wilpattu’ Campaign

Much of the discourse around Wilpattu has centred around the need for removal of people illegally encroaching on forest land. There have been large-scale campaigns, often including social media, exhorting people to ‘protect Wilpattu’. This narrative is what has dominated the discourse on Wilpattu in English mainstream media – with the only counter-narrative…

GV - Apr 27 23:39 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Court dismisses bid to transfer Sri Lankan envoy's assault case

    Court dismisses bid to transfer Sri Lankan envoy\'s assault case

    The prosecution's application to transfer a case involving Sri Lanka's High Commissioner from the Sepang Sessions Court to Kuala Lumpur was dismissed by the High Court here Thursday. The application was reportedly made because High Commissioner Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, one of the prosecution witnesses, feared for his safety if he had to testify in Sepang. Three men…

    Star - Apr 20 15:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Malaysia, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Prosecution fails to transfer case involving Sri Lanka High Commissioner to KL court - Bernama
  • The Cancer Within Sri Lanka’s Military

    The Cancer Within Sri Lanka’s Military

    Recent reporting suggests that 200 members of the Sri Lanka Army will join a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali imminently. Troublingly, there is no reason to believe that Sri Lanka is contemplating security sector reform. Let’s not forget that – in addition to the latest news about peacekeepers in Haiti – Sri Lanka’s military has been plagued by (among other…

    Diplomat - Apr 18 14:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Life and times of Sri Lanka's oldest leprosy hospital

    Life and times of Sri Lanka\'s oldest leprosy hospital

    Edward de Alwis was born in 1928, the youngest of nine siblings. He was only 14 years old when a public health inspector on a school visit noticed the patches on his face. It was leprosy. It meant the end of the life de Alwis had known. He was taken from his family and quarantined at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital. "There were five checkpoints, and 12 policemen who…

    Al Jazeera - Apr 09 14:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History ]

  • UN Silent As Sri Lanka Gives Army Promotion to Shavendra Silva, Lack of Vetting Continues

    UN Silent As Sri Lanka Gives Army Promotion to Shavendra Silva, Lack of Vetting Continues

    The UN did little during the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka in 2009. Then under Ban Ki-moon, the UN even accepted a military leader implicated in the mass killing, Shavendra Silva, as a Senior UN Adviser on Peacekeeping. Now on March 30, laundered by Ban Ki-moon and the UN, Shavendra Silva has been named Adjutant General of the Sri Lankan Army. Not only does the UN…

    ICP - Apr 04 13:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling

    Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling

    “WE ARE like dogs in the street, while your men occupy our homes,” read one of the banners strung up by Tamil protesters, mostly women in saris and ragged children. They had been camping for more than a month in a jumble of makeshift tents on a baking, dusty roadside near a Sri Lankan air-force base in the country’s remote north-east. They said that the armed…

    The Economist - Mar 17 13:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Where Has All the Water Gone?

    Where Has All the Water Gone?

    We live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid pastureland, and policymakers fret over empty reservoirs, dry rivers, and thirsty cities. And that only scratches the surface – literally – of the world’s water problem. Subterranean aquifers, which amount to the world’s reserve water tank, are also running dry. If this continues, the consequences could be dire,…

    Groundviews - Mar 17 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • UN urges Sri Lanka not to miss chance to advance justice, reconciliation

    UN urges Sri Lanka not to miss chance to advance justice, reconciliation

    The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, a United Nations report said today. “Seventeen months ago, when we published a detailed report on the grave human rights violations committed during…

    UN - Mar 03 15:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - U.N. says Sri Lankan security, police reportedly still committing rape, torture - Reuters
  • Sri Lanka to co-sponsor UN resolution

    Sri Lanka to co-sponsor UN resolution

    Even as Sri Lanka prepares to co-sponsor a UN resolution at the ongoing Human Rights Council session, seeking more time to fulfil its obligations, the country’s Tamil leadership has called for a time-table and strict monitoring of government initiatives. Currently working on a draft with the U.S., the U.K. and Montenegro, Sri Lanka will soon submit a resolution…

    The Hindu - Mar 03 15:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

    Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

    FROM its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s 532 police officers are Sinhalese; only 43 are Tamil, and very few of the…

    The Economist - Mar 02 21:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka

    Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka

    “When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been taking turns and fasting at the entrance of the government’s administrative unit in the…

    The Hindu - Mar 02 12:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mullaitivu, Vanni ]

  • Sri Lanka and its cheap labor pool

    Sri Lanka and its cheap labor pool

    When it comes to labor costs, Sri Lanka is a bargain, considering the size of its economy, according to statistics from the Japanese trade promotion organization known as JETRO. Since the island's civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka's economy has been expanding. Its per-capita gross domestic product for 2015, as reported by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, was $3,924…

    Nikkei - Mar 02 12:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, Economy ]

  • Questions remain over Sri Lanka editor’s death despite new arrests

    Questions remain over Sri Lanka editor’s death despite new arrests

    Five officers in Sri Lanka’s military intelligence apparatus have been arrested on suspicion of assassinating a newspaper editor eight years ago — in a murder with a dramatic aftermath, and one that became an example of the previous government’s attacks on dissidents. Lasantha Wickrematunge, the editor of the Sunday Leader, was killed in 2009 while on his way…

    The National - Feb 23 08:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Media, WarCrimes ]

  • Don’t Backtrack on Justice for Sri Lanka’s Victims

    Don’t Backtrack on Justice for Sri Lanka’s Victims

    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told journalists recently that while his government was committed to justice, it was in no great hurry to begin the process to ensure accountability for abuses during the country’s long civil war. ‘Justice delayed, is justice denied,’ goes the old adage, and one can imagine wartime commanders and officials who…

    HRW - Feb 23 08:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • On Keppapulavu

    On Keppapulavu

    February 9 marks the tenth day of protests in Keppapulavu, a village in Mullaitivu, where residents are demanding the return of their land. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is meeting with representatives of the Keppapulavu protests – but the struggle for the return of their land has been ongoing for years. Groundviews compiled the reportage on the issue, in…

    Groundviews - Feb 10 15:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mullaitivu ]

  • Sri Lanka to Ask UN for More Time to Probe War Crimes

    Sri Lanka says it needs more time to fulfill promises given to the U.N. human rights body to investigate war crime allegations from the nation's long civil war, which ended nearly eight years ago. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents late Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N. human rights session, starting Feb.…

    AP - Feb 08 14:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

    The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

    Mr Mendez acknowledges strides taken by the National Human Rights Commission but makes the pertinent point that this has left untouched the task of remedying impunity for past and present abuses through effective prosecution. He passes down graver strictures on reliance of the National Police Commission on police investigations and the ‘worrying lack of will’ on…

    Sunday Times - Feb 07 14:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet

     The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet

    According to successive Sri Lankan governments the only war crimes committed during the country's long civil war, from July 1983 to May 2009, were those perpetrated by the Tamils; aggressive denial has defined their response. The alienation of the minority Tamil population from the majority Sinhalese began in colonial times, when Britain sought to accentuate…

    The Age - Feb 07 11:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka

    Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka

    Torture remains a major problem in Sri Lanka. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment has reminded us of that. The report presents a grim picture of systematic torture and the concomitant impunity which continue to plague the island nation. The report also lays out a number of thoughtful…

    Diplomat - Jan 29 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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