Search

Eelamaravar

Eelamaravar

Category

genocide srilanka

Sri Lanka, U.S. Security Cooperation is Not the Cure

For Sri Lanka, U.S. Security Cooperation is Not the Cure [warontherocks]

Sri Lanka is a complicated country. In a recent article, Nilanthi Samaranayake notes that Sri Lanka’s foreign policy has been evolving since the unexpected ascension of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015. Unfortunately, the trends that Samaranayake has succinctly captured — especially a strengthening of security ties between the United States and Sri Lanka — could ultimately prove to be inimical to both America’s long-term interests in the Indo-Pacific and lasting peace in the island nation. The article doesn’t mention that Sri Lanka is still recovering from a brutal civil war. One cannot properly assess the current state of affairs, particularly when it comes to defense relationships, without examining the situation through the prism of the civil war and the root causes of the unresolved ethnic conflict. Full story >>
Taylor Dibbert


People express solidarity with protests, low-key New Year in North-East [Tamilnet]

Eezham Tamils in North and East observed a largely silent Chiththirai New Year this year as the uprooted people in Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu are on the streets waging continuous protests along with the kith and kin of those subjected to enforced disappearances at the hands of the occupying Sinhala military. A protest march was staged in Vavuniyaa in support of the protest of the families of enforced disappeared. People wearing black armbands took part in the protest. In the meantime, occupying SL military personnel wearing traditional Sinhala clothes attempted to ‘celebrate’ New Year with protesting people at Keappaa-pulavu. The protesting people declined the offer and firmly stated that they would only celebrate New Year after getting their village back. Full story >>


UN, Western governments fund genocidal Sinhala militarisation of Vanni  [Tamilnet]

After deceiving Eezham Tamils on international investigations, the UN, its development agencies and the western governments that talk about post-conflict ‘reconciliation’ and ‘development’ without resolving the conflict, have now gone to the extent of deploying their funds to sustain the genocidal Sinhala military occupation of Vanni. Millions of rupees, channelled through the SL Resettlement Ministry in Colombo to the SL Defence Ministry are being deployed by the occupying military to buy out the lands belonging to uprooted Tamils in Keappaa-pulavu in Mullaiththeevu district, where uprooted Tamils have been continuously fighting for more than two months now. It now transpires that a two-storied resort has been built inside the military-seized lands at Keappaa-pulavu. The SL Air Force is constructing a Buddhist vihara to defend the case for continued Sinhala militarisation.  Full story >>

Latest Reports:
Apr 15 11:18   Photo   People express solidarity with protests, low-key N..
Apr 14 19:18   Photo   Swaminathan’s ministry neglects reconstruction of ..
Apr 13 19:51   Photo   Colombo grabs private lands in strategic Vaakarai ..
Apr 12 16:21   Photo   Sophisticated white-van abductions continue unabat..
Apr 11 18:57   Photo   UN, Western governments fund genocidal Sinhala mil..
Apr 10 23:30   Photo   Colombo wants discarded confessions obtained throu..
Apr 09 20:14   Photo   Tamil people in Ampaa’rai prepared for protests, b..
Apr 08 21:13   Photo   Time has come for joint action by protesting masse..
Apr 07 23:14   Photo   SL military releases 0.6% of occupied Valikaamam l..
Apr 06 19:17   Photo   Sinhala police attempts to evict Tamils from fishi..
Apr 05 23:17   Photo   SLAF hurriedly erects Buddhist Vihara in Keappaa-p..
Apr 04 23:33   Photo   Colombo’s ‘resettlement’ assistance traps Champoor..
Apr 03 21:43   Photo   Protesting Musali villagers expose structural geno..
Apr 02 23:28   Photo   From ‘grease devils’ to ‘peace devils’, genocdial ..

 

 

Advertisements

Sri Lanka – Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka – Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it, Amnesty International said today in a new report, revealing the enduring scars of a conflict that has been forgotten by the world. Amnesty International’s report,…

[AI ] – more …


SL military releases 0.6% of occupied Valikaamam lands with big propaganda

There are at least 7,900 private landowners, still uprooted from Valikaamam North in Jaffna division. The extent of private lands occupied by the military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Vali North stands at 4,589 acres, according to the statistics from the District Secretariat. On Friday, the new Jaffna commander of the occupying SL military, Maj. Gen. Darshana Hettiarachchi released 28.81 acres of lands in Oo’ra’ni, a coastal village in Valikaamam North in Thaiyiddi North (J/249) and a section of Mayiliddith-thu’rai North (J/251). The landowners witnessed that all their houses have been completely demolished, except a few houses that have been modified and extended into military-resorts. These houses, except one, were being fenced off. The house owners were told that it would take 8 months or 1 year to release the houses. The entire coastal stretch is also fenced off by the military.

[Tamilnet] Full story >>

Latest Reports:
Apr 07 23:14   Photo   SL military releases 0.6% of occupied Valikaamam l..
Apr 06 19:17   Photo   Sinhala police attempts to evict Tamils from fishi..
Apr 05 23:17   Photo   SLAF hurriedly erects Buddhist Vihara in Keappaa-p..
Apr 04 23:33   Photo   Colombo’s ‘resettlement’ assistance traps Champoor..
Apr 03 21:43   Photo   Protesting Musali villagers expose structural geno..
Apr 02 23:28   Photo   From ‘grease devils’ to ‘peace devils’, genocdial ..
Apr 01 17:12   Photo   Intruding Sinhala fishermen ridicule Tamil officia..
Mar 31 20:17   Photo   Colombo seizes Muslims’ land in Trincomalee for ge..
Mar 30 18:51   Photo   Tamil villagers severely disturbed by Sinhala sold..
Mar 29 22:10   Photo   Genocidal Colombo sentences 60-year-old Tamil acti..
Mar 28 07:02   Photo   Muslims, Tamils protest against Colombo’s land gra..
Mar 27 17:15   Photo   SL military harasses Tamil farmers in Ma’nmunaip-p..
Mar 26 22:14   Photo   62 families in Champoor demand lands back from aba..
Mar 25 23:44   Photo   CBK draws flak in Jaffna


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 ]- more …


The quest for healing and justice in the homeland of Toronto’s Tamil community: Tory

The challenge now becomes one of taking the next, bigger steps. Give those moms the information they so much need and deserve about their missing kids. Return serious quantities of land to rightful owners and at the same time reduce military presence. Establish an accountability process with the involvement of international actors to examine what happened. And develop…

[Toronto Star ] – more …


John Tory signs “good governance” pact between Toronto and Jaffna

Toronto Mayor John Tory is returning from Sri Lanka after a two-day stop on his latest municipal trade mission aimed at learning about the place his city’s large Tamil community is from. At the Jaffna Public Library on March 19, Tory signed a partnership agreement with C.V. Wigneswaran, chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, as well as the Jaffna…

[Inside Toronto ] – more …


Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain unaccounted for

“I STILL believe he’s alive,” says Tharsini Santhirabose with a glazed, fixed smile. She last saw her husband, a fellow guerrilla for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in the final days of the civil war that ended with the Tigers’ obliteration in 2009. Up to 40,000 civilians were killed, according to the UN, along with most of the remnants of the…

[The Economist ] – more …


UN urges Sri Lanka to investigate civil war atrocities

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave an oral report on the situation in Sri Lanka on Wednesday as the global institution weighs whether to extend the deadline for addressing crimes committed during the civil war.“There is clearly a need for unequivocal instructions to all branches of the security forces that any such conduct is…

[CSMonitor ] – more …


Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother ‘led death squad’: court

Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother Gotabhaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a court was told Monday. Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia magistrate’s court that Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during his brother’s rule, directed a secret unit…

[AFP ]- more …


Sri Lanka president honours pledge to military by promoting alleged war criminal

A senior army commander alleged to have committed war crimes have been promoted as the  chief administrative officer of the Sri Lankan military a day after the country’s president vowed to safeguard t…

[JDS ] Read more…


Sri Lanka: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa calls families of missing, liers

Sri Lanka’s once most powerful official who oversaw the security establishment accused of forced disappearances among other international crimes poured scorn on thousands of war affected Tamils search…

[JDS ] Read more…

Ex-leader’s brother Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ‘led death squad’ in Sri Lanka

Ex-leader’s brother ‘led death squad’ in Sri Lanka

A police report has implicated the brother of a former Sri Lankan president saying he directed a top secret death squad that targeted journalists and dissidents. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia magistrate’s court on Monday that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – who was defence minister during the rule of his brother, Mahinda – led a unit…

[Aljazeera ] – more …


Freedom Of Speech And Defamation In Sri Lanka: Where To Draw The Line

Sri Lankans are not entirely unfamiliar with the word “defamation”. You do hear, for instance, news of one politician suing another for millions of rupees over something that was said by the latter politician, which the former found offensive or unpalatable. Most Sri Lankans are therefore aware that “defamation” is some kind of limitation on the freedom of…

[roar ] – more …


Colombo’s structural genocide against Eezham Tamils reaches its peak in Mullaiththeevu[Tamilnet]

The structural genocide being waged by Colombo against the nation of Eezham Tamils has reached its peak in Mullaiththeevu district, particularly in Karai-thur’aip-pattu, says NPC Councillor T. Ravikaran in an interview to TamilNet. Tamil fishermen being systematically deprived of even accessing one of their fishing jetty (vaadi) is the latest contention. All the coastal points with vaadis have been seized from Tamils and given to Sinhalese. Tamil people were able to freely engage in their livelihood during the times of the LTTE. But, now they have fallen victims to the structural genocide although the physical genocide ended in May 2009. The Sinhala fishermen, who have been brought from South are using all possible means of banned forms of fishing destroying the fishing ecosystem, the Tamil fishermen complain. Full story >>

Latest Reports:
Mar 21 22:17   Photo   Asian Development Bank to fund Sinhalicisation por..
Mar 20 18:05   Photo   Colombo deploys Sinhala Military Intelligence pers..
Mar 19 22:48   Photo   Muslims in Mannaar expose systemic inability of SL..
Mar 18 22:41   Photo   Maithiripala’s petition system causes grievances t..
Mar 17 09:26   Photo   Handover investigations to international judicial ..
Mar 16 23:13   Photo   SL Military Intelligence wages shadow war against ..
Mar 15 15:31   Photo   Resettling families in Pulavuk-kudyiruppu complain..
Mar 14 22:38   Photo   Colombo’s structural genocide against Eezham Tamil..
Mar 13 23:47   Photo   Japanese warship to visit genocidal Sri Lanka
Mar 12 22:40   Photo   Colombo-based UN agencies collaborate with SL mili..
Mar 11 22:21   Photo   Uprooted people of 5 coastal villages in Jaffna is..
Mar 10 23:20   Photo   Sinhala homeguards grab lands for colonisation in ..
Mar 09 23:40   Photo   Credibility of UNHRC at stake, say 21 Tamil civil ..
Mar 08 22:04   Photo   Colombo instructs civil administration in East to ..

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]- more …


Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain unaccounted for

“I STILL believe he’s alive,” says Tharsini Santhirabose with a glazed, fixed smile. She last saw her husband, a fellow guerrilla for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in the final days of the civil war that ended with the Tigers’ obliteration in 2009. Up to 40,000 civilians were killed, according to the UN, along with most of the remnants of the…

[The Economist ]- more …


Handover investigations to international judicial mechanism, NPC tells Geneva[Tamilnet]

While the uprooted people and the families of enforced disappeared in Trincomalee, Vavuniyaa, Mullaiththeevu, Ki’linochchi and Jaffna are staging continuous protests demanding the UN human rights regime in Geneva not to provide any more ‘time and space’ for the genocidal SL State and its military to escape accountability on international crimes committed in the land of Eezham Tamils, the elected council of Northern Province passed a resolution echoing the feelings of the people on the ground and urged the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to refer the case to an international judicial mechanism. “[W]ithout truth, justice and an equitable political solution, neither reconciliation nor permanent peace is possible”, the NPC resolution said and said that the international community should initiate a UN-mediated negotiation process to resolve the national question. Full story >>

Latest Reports:
Mar 17 09:26   Photo   Handover investigations to international judicial ..
Mar 16 23:13   Photo   SL Military Intelligence wages shadow war against ..
Mar 15 15:31   Photo   Resettling families in Pulavuk-kudyiruppu complain..
Mar 14 22:38   Photo   Colombo’s structural genocide against Eezham Tamil..
Mar 13 23:47   Photo   Japanese warship to visit genocidal Sri Lanka
Mar 12 22:40   Photo   Colombo-based UN agencies collaborate with SL mili..
Mar 11 22:21   Photo   Uprooted people of 5 coastal villages in Jaffna is..
Mar 10 23:20   Photo   Sinhala homeguards grab lands for colonisation in ..
Mar 09 23:40   Photo   Credibility of UNHRC at stake, say 21 Tamil civil ..
Mar 08 22:04   Photo   Colombo instructs civil administration in East to ..
Mar 07 20:50   Photo   Uprooted Tamils to launch mass struggle against SL..
Mar 06 23:15   Photo   Trevor Grant, veteran Australian friend of Eezham ..
Mar 05 23:22   Photo   Collaborate with Colombo or get lost in Geneva: SL..
Mar 04 20:35   Photo   Wickramasinghe protects unpunished war criminals o..


Films on Lankan war in stormy seas

The civil war in Sri Lanka was a bitterly fought one between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalas. The Tamil-speaking population – which has its sympathisers in the people of Tamil Nadu, bound as the two are by a common language – was demanding a separate homeland in the northern parts of Sri Lanka. For 30 years, the two communities battled, ruining the…

[Gulf Times ]- more …

A Open letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory !

Dear Mayor John Tory,

I heard that you are in Sri Lanka with our Councilor Neethan Shan. Neethan Anna is the best choice in town to take you on a trip to that beautiful Island Nation.
CP24 is saying that you’ll be visiting just Colombo. But.. I wish that you could go visit my people from Northern province as well. If you are end up going to visit my brothers and sisters from Mullaitivu, Kilinotchi and Jaffna, please do let them know that you are our Mayor where we are able to sleep peacefully.

Let them know that you witnessed us fighting long and hard during those horrific times in 2009. Please do mention the inconveniences caused by us to you during that time when we blocked your City Streets and even Highways in our desperate attempt to save innocent Tamils. Tell them.. we still feel guilty about living in a country which turned blind eye when they were being massacred by the Genocidal Government of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Mayor, if you end up walking on those Tar covered streets, please step gently as my brothers and sisters are still sleeping underneath. When talking to my people, please talk loud as they may not hear you well since they heard multi barrels and artilleries bombing them on a daily basis.

Please sit down while talking to them as them may not be able to walk with you while talking as they ran too much for past 69 years.
Don’t feel bad if they invite you to have dinner under the tree since my people lost almost half of their land to the brutal army occupying the Northern province.

Dont hold back to hug one of our mothers as she may be waiting for her beloved son to come back home for past 9 years. If mother calls you son, don’t hesitate to respond to her as she may not even know the difference anymore.

Dont hesitate to tell the government of Sri Lanka that we Tamils are not #terrorists. We have been labeled as such by the Sri Lanka’s authoritarian government which is systematically​ destroying everything that belongs to Tamils.

Don’t be surprised to see the Army conducting civil duties including farming, managing hospitality​ establishments, allocating teachers to schools and even controlling produce Markets.

Lastly, please be very careful with #Whitevans as we don’t want you to disappear just like our brothers and sisters did.

Mr. Mayor, we will see you soon.

Regards,
Ordinary Torontonian

K N Facebook
March 16th 2017.

No, Sri Lanka Isn’t North Korea

No, Sri Lanka Isn’t North Korea

As the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) 34th session continues, debate on Sri Lanka has been heating up. Another HRC resolution will probably be passed on the island nation later this month and the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to cosponsor the resolution.

[By Taylor Dibbert][The Diplomat] More ….


On her own two feet, after Sri Lanka’s crippling war

Few students in Vadamarachchi, part of Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula, had heard of Visual Basic until Sebastian Selvanayagi started offering a course in it at her modest computer centre. “Even basic programming languages haven’t come to our village in a big way,” she said, entering a small room in her home, in Vetrilaikeni in Vadamarachchi East, where five…

[Hindu ] – more …


Sri Lanka risks censure as president falters on war legacy

President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka promising justice for war crimes, breaking from his hawkish predecessor and presenting the island with its first real shot at a lasting peace. But that optimism has been sorely tested as Sirisena, having missed a two-year deadline to investigate war-era abuses, declared he would never prosecute his soldiers,…

[AFP ] more …


TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

All Sri Lanka’s obligations in terms of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of 1st October 2015, co- sponsored by the Sri Lankan Government, must be fully implemented. These obligations must be fulfilled under strict conditions, under the monitoring of an office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, which must be established in Sri Lanka. The UN…

[TNA ] – more …

Defend Activist Lena Hendry !


As some of you may be aware, we have been supporting a campaign in defence of Lena Hendry, a Malaysian Human Rights activist who has been found guilty of screening the documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, allegedly without the permission of the Malaysian Censorship Board. Lena’s arrest and persecution appear to have been a direct result of pressure from government of Sri Lanka officials seeking to suppress the film. She will be sentenced on 22 March, and faces three years in jail and/or a maximum fine of 30,000 Malaysian Ringgit (£5400/$6700). We are calling on the Malaysian authorities to immediately drop the charges against her and overturn the conviction.With Lena’s blessing and support, we are planning a series of pickets at various Malaysian Embassies this coming Thursday 9 March. We would like to invite you to join us for a protest outside the Malaysian High Commission in London (45, Belgrave Square, SW1X 8QT), from 6.00-7.00pm (approx) that day.

Do please let us know by email if you can make it. Email :
director@srilankacampaign.org
Richard (Sri Lanka Campaign)
Callum (No Fire Zone)

Maximum support needed ; please share this..

Uprooted Tamils to launch mass struggle against SL military housing deception

Uprooted Tamils to launch mass struggle against SL military housing deception

The organizations representing the uprooted people from Valikaamam North in Jaffna, who are all fed up by decades of deceptions by the changing regimes in Colombo that refuse to de-militarize and allow the people to resettle in their fertile villages, have resolved this week to step up their struggle by joint action in the future. Only some of the occupied lands were returned at Keappaa-pulavu and at Puthukkudiyiruppu. The occupying military is undeterred in its project of militarization. The human rights politics in Geneva advanced primarily by Obama’s USA bandwagon had completely neglected Tamil demands. While deploying Tamil victims and activists at side-events, the discourse targeting regime change through appeasing the genocidal State of Sri Lanka, has only contributed to accelerated militarization of Tamil homeland.

[Tamilnet] Full story >>


Sri Lanka: UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’

High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein acknowledged certain positive developments, but said that the government failed to adopt a time-bound “comprehensive strategy on transitional justice,” and called on the council to continue monitoring Sri Lankan compliance with resolution 30/1 of October 2015. “The UN high commissioner paints a picture that is in…

[HRW ]- more …


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]  – more …


Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers. “I am not going to allow non-governmental organisations to dictate how to run my government. I will not listen to their calls to prosecute my troops,” the president…

[AFP]  – more .


State reforms as a domestic policy imperative

Earlier this week, Parliament debated, on an adjournment motion by the TNA, the unresolved issues of the North and East, namely dealing with the effects and the causes of the war. The former requiring specific reconciliation measures, and the latter reforms of the Sri Lankan state which enables the state to accommodate the full diversity of society. The attention of…

[Groundviews]- more …


Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu

Sellamma is 83 years old. She has a house in Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) East, Ward no. 7, in the Mullaitivu district in the Northern Province. It’s opposite the PTK Divisional Secretariat (DS). But for more than two weeks, she has been braving the hot sun and cold nights on the street, opposite her house. Because her house and land is occupied by the Army. In fading…

[Groundviews ] – more …


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 ]- more …


Court finds film activist guilty for showing Sri Lanka war documentary without approval

Activist Lena Hendry has been found guilty by the Magistrate Court today for allegedly screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war without the approval of the Censorship Board. Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris found the Pusat Komas programme manager guilty of censorship charges after the defence failed to prove reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case. …

[Malay Mail OnLine ]- more …

Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council

Flavia Pansieri(L), United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein(center), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Joachim Rücker(R), President of the Human Rights Council, during the 29th opening regular session of the Human Right Council. Room XX. 15 June 2015. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy

Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council

However, if another resolution isn’t passed this time around, there are legitimate worries that it’d be that much easier for rights and justice issues in Sri Lanka to fall off the international community’s radar, which would conceivably make continued prevarication from Colombo more likely. One thing to look out for will be to see in what ways a forthcoming…

[Diplomat ] – more …


Activists misled to petition UN to go soft on Sri Lanka

A petition supporting Sri Lanka’s appeal to allow it more time in fulfilling commitments to address serious human rights violations during its bloody war against Tamil rebels has been handed over to the UN by western-funded civil society leaders without the consent of several of its signatories. The petition titled “continued support for Sri Lanka” delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council and its member states, names nearly a hundred individuals and organisations as signatories.

[ JDS]


Tamil protest targets embassies in Colombo, demands ultimatum at Geneva[Tamilnet]

Voice for North-East Enforced Disappeared (VNEED), a recently launched organisaton by the families of persons subjected to enforced disappearance at the hands of the occupying Sinhala military on Monday travelled to Colombo and staged protests outside the embassy of USA, High Commissions of India and the UK, and the UN office in Colombo. Giving more time and space to Sri Lankan State at the Human Rights Council in Geneva will only worsen the structural genocide in the North-East, they said. The international community should realise the futile exercise of expecting results from Colombo through a co-sponsored process, which has gravely failed to de-militarise the North-East since the joint USA-Sri Lanka resolution was passed in September 2015, they said. Full story >>


Keappaa-pulavu struggle continues, only one tenth of lands released

Lands belonging 54 families were released in Pulak-kudiyiruppu of Keappaa-pulavu GS area after 29 days of continuous struggle on Wednesday. The families of Pulak-kudiyiruppu entered their lands in a mood of victory. However, the happiness lasted only a few minutes till they arrived premises of their lands to witness their houses and trees, which were standing there in full shape as late as on 30 January this year, had been completely erased to the grounds by the occupying Sinhala military that had a different plan of permanently seizing their lands. Many of the families were caught in pain and trauma caused by the memories of the loss of their loved ones in the genocidal onslaught. In the meantime, more than 128 families of Keappaa-pulavu and the remaining 30 of 84 families from Pulak-kudiyiruppu vowed to continue to the struggle until their lands completely released. Full story >>


UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka

The United Nations has decried Sri Lanka’s “worryingly slow” progress in addressing wartime crimes, warning that a range of serious abuses, including torture, appear to remain widespread. The world body and rights activists have previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, in the last weeks of a 26-year civil war with…

[Al Jazeera ] – more …


Report of the Special-Rapporteur on minority issues on her mission to Sri Lanka Feb 2017

…Targeted actions needed for Sri Lankan minorities

74.To achieve peaceful coexistence after the long, devastating civil war, a comprehensive, well-planned and well-coordinated truth, reconciliation, healing and accountability process must take place, and it cannot be done overnight. However, almost two years after the change of Government, the Special Rapporteur notes the mounting frustrations with the pace of progress. It is important for the Government to put in place some immediate, important and concrete measures to clearly demonstrate its political will and commitment to better protect the country ’s minorities.

[sangam.org]


 

Up ↑