Articles by: Kumarathasan Rasingam

Nagarkovil Massacre of School Children

Nagarkovil Massacre of School Children

On September 22, 1995, a SLAF aircraft bombed the Nagarkovil Maha Vidyalayam schoolyard crammed with 750 children on their lunch break, killing more than 30 – of whom 12 were six or seven-year-olds – and injuring 150 others. The overall death toll from the raids reached 71. The bombing occurred just hours after the Sri Lankan government imposed press censor­ship[Read More…]

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Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

The Sri Lankan government’s failure to establish an accountability mechanism for violations of International law means that referral to the International Criminal Court or the creation of another international mechanism “would be fully warranted,” said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council. The primary reason for the call for referral to ICC[Read More…]

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Saththrukondan Massacre of 185 innocent Tamils

Saththrukondan Massacre of 185 innocent Tamils

On September 9, 1990, the men, women and children from Saththurukondan and surrounding villages, on the outskirts of Batticaloa, were taken to an army camp by Sri Lankan soldiers, where 185 Tamil men, women and children from Sathurukondan and surrounding villages were slaughtered by Sri Lankan soldiers. The mass killings, which were carried out during the presidency of the UNP’s[Read More…]

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Entrenched Impunity to military and police in Sri Lanka

Entrenched Impunity to military and police in Sri Lanka

The culture of impunity has matured and has become endemic among the police and the security forces of Sri Lanka. Increasing Militarisation in the North and East of Sri Lanka and A Culture of Impunity in Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan military enjoys total impunity for human rights violations. To this day, almost no one has been held accountable for[Read More…]

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The Global Tamil Community in Collective struggle to Free Tamil Eelam

The Global Tamil Community in Collective struggle to Free Tamil Eelam

Tamil Eelam is the historical homeland of the Tamil nation of the island of Ceylon (today known as Sri Lanka). In ancient Tamil literatures, the island was referred to as Eelam. Tamil Eelam is the modern collective name for the Tamil-speaking territories of the precolonial Tamil kingdoms and principalities that existed in the districts of Jaffna, Killinochi, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Vavuniya,[Read More…]

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UNHRC 51st Session in September 2022 – Sri Lanka

UNHRC 51st Session in September 2022 – Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has to face the UNHRC Session in September 2022 and submit its report on human rights, accountability and justice and other Recommendations mentioned in the UNHRC Resolution 46/1 of March 23, 2021. This 46/1 Resolution, titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights,” was adopted by the UNHRC, in Geneva, on March 23, 2021, during the 46th Sessions. By[Read More…]

by 28/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
May 18th Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

May 18th Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

Genocide is the deliberate and organized killing of a group or groups of people, with the intention of destroying their identity as an ethnic, cultural, or religious group. May 18th- A Day which can never be forgotten for generations to come in the lives of Tamil. This day of Gore at Mullivaikal will reverberate. The Cry of the lost souls[Read More…]

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Black September Massacres in Sri Lanka

Black September Massacres in Sri Lanka

On 5 September 1990. Sri Lanka army units arrested 158 Tamil civilians who sought shelter in the temporary refugee camp inside the premises of the Eastern University during military operations in the area. All of of them were tortured and killed, according to a one man commission that investigated the massacre three years later. Although the commission named several perpetrators[Read More…]

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Sit-in protests by the families of the missing – 2000 days with no response from the Government

Sit-in protests by the families of the missing – 2000 days with no response from the Government

Hundreds of Tamil mothers on August 12 took out a rally in Sri Lanka’s northern Kilinochchi district to mark 2,000 days of their relentless struggle, seeking truth and justice for their loved ones forcibly disappeared during and after the civil war. A whole bunch of Tamil moms rallied in Sri Lanka’s northern Kilinochchi district on Friday to mark a 2,000-day[Read More…]

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Pathetic plight of the Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka

Pathetic plight of the Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka

Today, there are believed to be approximately 200 Tamil political prisoners, some of whom have been detained for over a decade. These arrests were under the widely criticized PTA which facilitates detentions without charge. Sri Lanka had vowed to repeal the draconian legislation as part of the GSP+ agreement and the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. However, the Sri[Read More…]

by 12/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Will Sri Lanka recover from its massive debt crisis?

Will Sri Lanka recover from its massive debt crisis?

The massive debt crisis has affected the lives of nearly all classes in the society, specially the poor and middle, in Sri Lanka is not new. The loans given lead to a debt trap which is the root cause of our situation. Sri Lanka’s foreign debt has reached US$ 52 billion and debt servicing last year was six billion dollars[Read More…]

by 10/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Peaceful Protests for a Revolutionary Change in Sri Lanka

Peaceful Protests for a Revolutionary Change in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans had been protesting for months over the country’s economic crisis that has led to a severe shortage of many essential imported items like medicines, fuel and cooking gas. Wickremesinghe’s predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country after protesters stormed his official residence and occupied many key state buildings including the president’s office and prime minister’s office and official residence.[Read More…]

by 09/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Muttur Massacre – Action Against Hunger Farm Staff

Muttur Massacre – Action Against Hunger Farm Staff

On 4 August 2006 17 Action Against Hunger staff were murdered in Muttur, Sri Lanka. They were assisting communities suffering the impact of the 2004 tsunami, as well as the ravages of war, when they were shot dead. Still now their killers have never been brought to justice. During the three days following the killings, from 4th to 7th August,[Read More…]

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The Cultural Genocide of Tamils in Tamil Eelam – Sri  Lanka

The Cultural Genocide of Tamils in Tamil Eelam – Sri  Lanka

It is a universally accepted principle that people living in a democratic land should be treated as equals, irrespective of language, ethnic or religious differences. But in Sri Lanka democracy  is being crushed by the tyranny of the majority – the Sinhala Buddhist representatives – in Parliament… Sri Lankan military has been building Buddhist statues and temples illegally on private[Read More…]

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Indo/Sri Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 – Still not implemented

Indo/Sri Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 – Still not implemented

The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was an accord signed in Colombo on 29 July 1987, between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene. The accord was expected to resolve the Sri Lankan Civil War by enabling the thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act of 1987. The Peace Accord[Read More…]

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Sri Lankan President – Ranil Wickremasinghe will face people’s anger

Sri Lankan President – Ranil Wickremasinghe will face people’s anger

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe won the presidential elections conducted by the Parliament on Thursday after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled abroad amidst intense agitation over the economic crisis. He will serve the remaining tenure of Gotabaya Rajapaksa till November 2024. Ranil Wickremesinghe is a Sri Lankan Politician who is also currently the 9th President of Sri Lanka since July 21,[Read More…]

by 26/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Sri Lanka will never prosper without addressing the ethnic problem of Eelam Tamils 

Sri Lanka will never prosper without addressing the ethnic problem of Eelam Tamils 

 Sri Lanka’s ethnocratic political structures and history of atrocities, and thereby the root causes that ultimately led to the present crisis. This will only lead to further instability, violence and economic collapse. There have been many moments in Sri Lanka’s history when governments have had the opportunity to change course and address the root causes of the island’s conflict, but[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Military presence in the North and East of Sri Lanka

Military presence in the North and East of Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government may have won the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the north-east of the country, but another protracted struggle is looming on the horizon, that of winning democracy and development back from the clutches of militarisation. In the meantime, for those in the north (and the east) struggling to recover socially, economically and[Read More…]

by 19/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
The rise and fall of Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The rise and fall of Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer who served as the eighth President of Sri Lanka from 2019 until his resignation on 14 July 2022. Gotabaya Rajapakshe  is believed to have directly overseen the country’s police and military, which have been accused by the UN, human rights groups and Sri Lanka’s own investigative agencies of crimes[Read More…]

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This historic moment must be used to confront Sinhala Buddhist nationalism 

This historic moment must be used to confront Sinhala Buddhist nationalism 

Most of the myths regarding the history of Sri Lanka originate from the Mahavamsa. And so, Sinhalese Buddhist nationalists maintain that they are the Buddha’s selected people, and that the island of Sri Lanka is the Buddhist promised land At the opening of the nineteenth century, the existence of an historical record called the Mahavamsa, or Great Dynasty, was known[Read More…]

by 16/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Tamil Nationalism [Eelam Tamils]

Tamil Nationalism [Eelam Tamils]

Tamil nationalism is the ideology which asserts that the Tamil people constitute a nation and promotes the cultural unity of Tamil people. Sri Lankan state violence, persecution, and discrimination from the 1940s to 70s pushed Eelam Tamil leadership to answer the Tamil national question, manoeuvring through a maze of democratic and diplomatic methods in an attempt to achieve only a[Read More…]

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Counting the dead 

Counting the dead 

Most counts estimate that over 100,000 civilians died during the conflict, though accounts of the final stages of the war, when the Sri Lankan government defeated the Tamil Tigers militia in 2009, vary significantly, with the United Nations estimating the total casualties to be somewhere between 40,000 and 70,000 over a five-month period. Apart from that the death toll during[Read More…]

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Navali Church Bombing Killing 147 Refugees inside the Church

Navali Church Bombing Killing 147 Refugees inside the Church

On 9th July 1995, the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed the St Peter’s Church in Navaly and the nearby Sri Kathirgama Murugan Kovil, which were both sheltering displaced Tamils from army bombardment. A total of 13 bombs were dropped on the sheltering shrines, killing 147 on the spot with many more succumbing to injuries later. The victims included men, women[Read More…]

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Chencholai girls complex deliberately bombed by Sri Lankan Air Force

Chencholai girls complex deliberately bombed by Sri Lankan Air Force

On 14th of August 2006, the government forces deliberately bombed a girl’s orphanage killing 60 girls and wounding 120 who were between the ages of 15 and 18 In the Cenchcholai complex in Vallipunam in the Mullaithivu district hundreds of female students in the age group of 17-20 were gathered on 10 August 2006 for a weeklong training in leadership[Read More…]

by 10/07/2022 1 comment South Asia
Massacre Inside High Security Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka

Massacre Inside High Security Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka

The incident occurred in two different series of actions: the first on 25 July 1983 when 35 Tamil prisoners were attacked and killed by Sinhalese inmates. The second massacre was two days later when Sinhalese inmates killed another 18 Tamil detainees and 3 prison deputies. ‘It is the massacres in the Welikade gaol which are attracting the most attention. There[Read More…]

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Black July 83 – A Tamil boy stripped naked and later beaten to death by Sinhala youth in Boralla bustation | Photo – Chandraguptha Amarasingha

Black July 1983 – Premeditated Pogrom Against The Tamils In Sri Lanka

This July marks the 39th anniversary of what became known as Black July. The riots of July 1983 in Sri Lanka would forever alter the course of ethnic tensions in the country, and would lead to the movement of Tamils out of Sri Lanka and into countries like Canada in increasingly dramatic numbers. The riots also marked a decisive shift[Read More…]

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Continuing protest by elderly mothers of the  disappeared

Continuing protest by elderly mothers of the  disappeared

The mothers, fathers, relatives of the missing are on the streets for more than 1950 days in a sit-in protest demanding to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. They are holding EU, US & UN Flags and the pictures of their loved ones missing Since the end of the armed conflict, the families of the disappeared have participated in[Read More…]

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Accelerated Sinhalisation into Tamils traditional homeland

Accelerated Sinhalisation into Tamils traditional homeland

The Tamil homeland has been subjected to decades of Sinhalisation but since the end of the armed conflict, there has been a rise in the establishment of Buddhist temples and Sinhala settlements through the appropriation of Tamil land. The government has used it’s departments such as the archaeological and land survey departments to alter the demographics of the North-East. Rise[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Eelam Tamils Struggle For Self Determination

Eelam Tamils Struggle For Self Determination

The idea of “self-determination” continues its hold on the hearts and minds of peoples yearning to breathe free. Kosovo, for example, established its independence in 2008, making it the world’s second-youngest country (after South Sudan, officially established in 2011). The landslide winner of Kosovo’s parliamentary elections in February 2021 was the Self-Determination Party (Vetëvendosje), which made Kosovo a rare Muslim-majority,[Read More…]

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Ethnic cleansing – Tamils of Eelam in Sri Lanka

Ethnic cleansing – Tamils of Eelam in Sri Lanka

The Tamils are an ancient people. Their history had its beginnings in the rich alluvial plains near the southern extremity of peninsular India which included the land mass known as the island of Sri Lanka today. The island’s plant and animal life (including the presence of elephants) evidence the earlier land connection with the Indian sub continent. So too do[Read More…]

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State Sponsored Sinhalese Colonization Of Tamils’ Traditional Homeland

State Sponsored Sinhalese Colonization Of Tamils’ Traditional Homeland

Since independence in 1948, the GoSL has tried to weaken (or outright deny) the concept of the “Tamil homeland” by engaging in processes of demographic change and repression through the three strategies that advance Sinhalization: land acquisition, militarization, and Buddhisization. Using these methods, the GoSL also seeks to strengthen a Sri Lankan identity, rooted in Sinhala-Buddhism (with a foremost place[Read More…]

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Journalists killed and missing in Sri Lanka

Journalists killed and missing in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka it is a very serious concern that even after the government’s declaration of war victory and end of war, intimidation and harassment of media and journalists continue with increasing ferocity. People of Sri Lanka are deprived of their right to information and media and journalists are forced to practice an unprecedented level of self censorship. 34 Journalists[Read More…]

by 03/06/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Indiscriminate Bombing And Shelling Of Hospitals by Sri Lankan Military

Indiscriminate Bombing And Shelling Of Hospitals by Sri Lankan Military

“Hospitals are supposed to be sanctuaries from shelling, not targets,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “While doctors and nurses struggle to save lives in overcrowded and under equipped facilities, Sri Lankan army attacks have hit one hospital after another.” The Sri Lankan armed forces have repeatedly struck hospitals in the northern Vanni region in indiscriminate artillery[Read More…]

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Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka

Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka

According to Article 7, paragraph 2(i) of the Rome Statute[1], an Enforced disappearance is defined as “…the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons,[Read More…]

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Remembering the burning of Jaffna public library – 41 years on

Remembering the burning of Jaffna public library – 41 years on

On midnight 31st May 1981, the Jaffna Public Library, famous for being the crucible of Tamil literature and heritage, was set ablaze by Sri Lankan security forces and state-sponsored mobs. The burning has since been marked by Eelam Tamils as an act of genocide. This was one of the most heinous ethnic-based book burnings of the twentieth century. The library[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka Spring: Popular and timely uprising

Sri Lanka Spring: Popular and timely uprising

This uprising in Sri Lanka has brought the family rule of Rajapakshas’ to its knees before the angry and hungry crowds who once brought them to power. The unique beauty of this uprising is the participation of people from all walks if life irrespective of their race, religion or region, people from north to south and east to west are[Read More…]

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Remembering the 13th anniversary of Mullivakkal massacre

Remembering the 13th anniversary of Mullivakkal massacre

Genocide of 147,000 Tamils – Tamils demand justice from UN, UNHRC, UN Security Council and the International Community. May 18, 2021, marks the 13-year anniversary of the end of the 26-year armed conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE); Tamils all over the world [more than 82 million] will remember the Mullivakkal[Read More…]

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Ethnic Cleansing – Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Ethnic Cleansing – Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

The Tamils are an ancient people. Their history had its beginnings in the rich alluvial plains near the southern extremity of peninsular India which included the land mass known as the island of Sri Lanka today. The island’s plant and animal life (including the presence of elephants) evidence the earlier land connection with the Indian sub continent. So too do[Read More…]

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The fate of the enforced disappeared and the mass graves in Sri Lanka

The fate of the enforced disappeared and the mass graves in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the issue of people going missing during the country’s long civil war is an open wound as evinced by the struggle of Tamil mothers seeking news about their loved ones. For the past five years Tamil mothers have been protesting in the North and Eastern Provinces in hot sun dust and rain demanding to know what happened[Read More…]

by 10/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Unimplemented undertakings, resolutions and promises of Sri Lanka

Unimplemented undertakings, resolutions and promises of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s defiance and delaying tactics in implementing its own undertakings and several UNHRC Resolutions by demanding extensions and lame excuses to implement these in good faith and in time. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet mentioned some of the incidents under the section on “Impunity in emblematic cases” in her annual report to the UN Human[Read More…]

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Future of Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka

Future of Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, Action Speaks Louder Than Words TO THE ATTENTION OF: UNITED NATIONS, UNHRC, SECURITY COUNCIL AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY It is a high time and urgent need for the United Nations, UNHRC, ICC and the International Community to find remedial justice to the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka. The following facts prove beyond doubt that there[Read More…]

by 14/03/2022 3 comments South Asia
Pathetic plight of the elderly mothers and relatives of missing persons in Sri Lanka

Pathetic plight of the elderly mothers and relatives of missing persons in Sri Lanka

For the past 1390 days, the elderly mothers and relatives have been engaged in a series of struggles, especially amid the great epidemic threat, “78 parents of the missing relatives have lost their lives in the ongoing series of struggles for justice, “The 78 parents who fought for justice with us in past years are not with us today. The[Read More…]

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Time for UNHRC member countries to consider sanctions against Sri Lanka

Time for UNHRC member countries to consider sanctions against Sri Lanka

Whether or not Sri Lanka cooperates with the international investigation, the OHCHR will proceed with its work as mandated and present  its report to the Human Rights Council [HRC] The HRC will discuss the Report  [Sri Lanka will have the right to respond] and decide on whether it will be adopted or not. If the Report is adopted and there[Read More…]

by 28/02/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
UNHRC is duty bound to find justice to the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka

UNHRC is duty bound to find justice to the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka

The United Nations, UN Human Rights Council and the International Community will now understand Sri Lanka’s policy of non-compliance of any recommendations of the UN or UNHRC. The following long standing core issues still to be investigated and perpetrators punished, On the evening of January 02, 2006, amid New Year’s celebrations at Trincomalee beach Sri Lankan security forces shot and[Read More…]

by 20/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Possession and use of chemical weapons by Sri Lankan Army: Massacre of 147,000 Tamils

Possession and use of chemical weapons by Sri Lankan Army: Massacre of 147,000 Tamils

Sri Lanka is a democracy only in its most slovenly application, and even if it is a full, blazing beacon of a democracy, the category offers no protection or excuse for what that “democracy” so gruesomely did to Tamils by using banned cluster bombs and phosphorous to wipe out the Tamils trapped inside the war zone. Most unfortunate for all[Read More…]

by 14/02/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
It  is high time UN to right its wrong in Sri Lanka

It  is high time UN to right its wrong in Sri Lanka

Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. UN Failed to apply R2P and protect the Massacre of 147,000 Tamils It is very sad that United Nations an international institution particularly was initiated to protect the civilians during the conflicts and other matters affecting the civilians failed from in its duty by ignoring the genocide in Sri Lanka. Several UN agencies, along[Read More…]

by 08/02/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
February 4th Independence Day for Sinhalese and Black Day for Tamils in Sri Lanka

February 4th Independence Day for Sinhalese and Black Day for Tamils in Sri Lanka

Postcolonial Sri Lanka has become worse than it was during the colonial period. The sad history of February 4th – the day of independence to the Sinhalese has turned out to be a BLACK DAY to the Tamils. The Citizenship Act of 1948 – 49 and the state sponsored settlements of Sinhala people in the areas where Tamils were dominant[Read More…]

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Eelam struggle for freedom after Vaddukoddai resolution

Eelam struggle for freedom after Vaddukoddai resolution

Throughout the centuries from the dawn of history, the Sinhalese and Tamil nations divided between themselves the possession of Ceylon, the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior of the country in its southern and western parts from the river Walawa to that of Chilaw and the Tamils possessing the Northern and Eastern parts. The Tamil Kingdom was overthrown and conquered by the[Read More…]

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A United Voice For A Referendum For Eelam Tamils

A United Voice For A Referendum For Eelam Tamils

“A people who are subjugated by an alien people have the inherent right to free themselves from such alien subjugation” It is the right which is the right of self determination  – A right which has today become a peremptory norm of general International Law. Eelam Tamils deserve to demand this right due to the following justifiable and reasonable reasons.[Read More…]

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It is high time for the British to recognize Tamil’s self determination

It is high time for the British to recognize Tamil’s self determination

It is high time for the United Kingdom to recognize its failure and realize that the sufferings of the Tamils started immediately after the British left Sri Lanka in 1948 and find justice and freedom to the oppressed Tamils who are now at a great loss of lives, land, resources, human rights etc. United Kingdom knows well that Sri Lanka[Read More…]

by 11/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Tamils all over the world welcome United States action against alleged war criminals

Tamils all over the world welcome United States action against alleged war criminals

Tamils all over the world [85 million] appreciate and thank the US State Department for their sanctions on two Sri Lankan Military Officials. Those military personnel were: Chandana Hettiarachchi, a Sri Lankan naval intelligence officer, for his involvement in gross violations of human rights, namely, the flagrant denial of the right to liberty of at least eight “Trincomalee 11” victims,[Read More…]

by 19/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
United Kingdom Owes Remedial Justice To The Eelam Tamils

United Kingdom Owes Remedial Justice To The Eelam Tamils

 Before the colonial rule by the Portuguese, Dutch and British there were  three sovereign regions in Sri Lanka [Ceylon] The Kingdom of Jaffna in the North [Tamil Kingdom] Kingdom of Kandy in the central highlands and Kotte in the Southwest [Sinhalese Kingdoms.] The Portuguese and Dutch ruled these regions as separate units, the British in 1833 for their easy administration[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: How Rights of Tamils Eroded

Sri Lanka: How Rights of Tamils Eroded

Tamil Nation existed until the British conquered Sri Lanka [then called Ceylon] and amalgamated the Sinhala Nation in the South with the Tamil Nation in the North and East in 1833. Before that Jaffna Kingdom was ruled by Tamil Kings. There are several historical records to prove this fact. The British in 1948 gave independence to Sri Lanka [Ceylon] without[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic nation – Not a Budhist Sinhala nation

Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic nation – Not a Budhist Sinhala nation

North and East Tamils traditional & historical homeland In Sri Lanka for the last 72 years, the intent and goal of all Sri Lankan Governments and Buddhist Clergy [without exception] have been to secure the Island as a SINHALA BUDDHIST STATE. The current Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakshe is latest and very active leader who is determined to achieve this[Read More…]

by 14/11/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Draconian PTA, Presidential Pardon to Criminals and Impunity to Security Forces

Draconian PTA, Presidential Pardon to Criminals and Impunity to Security Forces

President Gotabaya Rajapakshe in his speech in the United Nations General Assembly in his ambitious statement said “Fostering greater accountability, restorative justice and meaningful reconciliation through domestic institutions is essential to achieve lasting peace. So too is ensuring more equitable participation in the fruits of economic development. It is my Government’s firm intention to build a prosperous, stable and secure[Read More…]

by 28/10/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Why A Referendum For The Tamils In Sri Lanka?

Why A Referendum For The Tamils In Sri Lanka?

The last 12 years have affirmed a dark history where Sri Lanka is unlikely to offer a just resolution to the Tamil national question. It continues with its long history [73 years – since independence from the British in 1948] of deception in formulating a just and reasonable solution to the conflict. Since 1948, Tamils underwent continuous genocides involving pogroms, economic[Read More…]

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The UK Must Find Remedial Justice To The Tamils In Sri Lanka

The UK Must Find Remedial Justice To The Tamils In Sri Lanka

DONOUGHMORE REFORMS OF THE BRITISH TO CEYLON – TOOK AWAY THE TAMIL’S NATIONHOOD AND THEIR JAFFNA KINGDOM It took away the Tamils rights and caused for the Pogroms against the Tamils – like BLACK JULY, GENOCIDE and continuing structural genocide. Sri Lanka [then Ceylon] would not have gained independence from the British without the support of the Tamil leaders it[Read More…]

by 07/08/2021 1 comment South Asia
Tamils in Sri Lanka demand the restoration of their lost sovereignty

Tamils in Sri Lanka demand the restoration of their lost sovereignty

The Sinhala/Tamil relations and the ethnic conflict intensified immediately after the independence of the Island on February 04, 1948. The rise of Tamil nationalism is not entirely a new phenomenon but only resurgence. The institutionalization and entrenched structure  of genocide of Tamils since independence is the main cause of the conflict that caused the deaths of 70,000 civilians according to[Read More…]

by 15/07/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Sri Lanka One Island – Two Nations

Sri Lanka One Island – Two Nations

Sri Lanka formerly known as CEYLON is an island country in South Asia.  Sri Lanka was historically comprised of two distinctive nations; the country’s history has been written or represented as if it were one nation. However, the two nations, namely Sinhalese and Tamils, have existed in Sri Lanka continuously from historic times, each with its own distinctive religious, linguistic,[Read More…]

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UN’s Failure To  Protect Tamil Civilians: Tamil War Victims Demand Remedial Justice

UN’s Failure To  Protect Tamil Civilians: Tamil War Victims Demand Remedial Justice

The UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 of 2015 and 40/1 after so much hard work, negotiations and after extension for six years have now produced zero achievement and the endless sufferings of the Tamils and Muslims continues. The Presence of Military at a ratio of one soldier to four civilians [01 :  04 [1 soldier to 4 civilians] Tamils are really under[Read More…]

by 29/12/2020 1 comment Human Rights
United Nations Failure And Sri Lanka’s Defiance

United Nations Failure And Sri Lanka’s Defiance

The fate of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 of 2015 and 40/1 of 2019 Sri Lanka’s democracy completely changed and is now ruled by a dictatorial Sinhala Buddhist President elected by the majority Sinhala Buddhist voters. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution has placed him with absolute powers over judiciary, police, election and other independent Commissions which functioned independently without political[Read More…]

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Tamils of Sri Lanka: Betrayal after Betrayal

Tamils of Sri Lanka: Betrayal after Betrayal

Sinhalese leaders betrayed the Tamil leaders who fought shoulder to shoulder to gain independence from the British. On February 4th 1048 two million Tamils of Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] exchanged their white masters British for the brown master {Sinhalese] it was like jumping from a frying pan into fire. Sri Lanka would not have gained independence from the British without[Read More…]

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Tamils In The North And East Of Sri Lanka – Justification For Self-Determination

Tamils In The North And East Of Sri Lanka – Justification For Self-Determination

When the United Nations was created after the World War II, one of its purposes was spelt out in Article 1 [2] of the UN Charter as:” To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples “ And Article 55 of the UN Charter provides that, “With a view to[Read More…]

by 21/10/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Universal Declaration Of Human Rights And Sri Lanka

Universal Declaration Of Human Rights And Sri Lanka

The Universal Declaration for Human Rights  [UDHR] was adopted on 10th December 1948 by the United Nations at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The UDHR contains thirty Articles. Articles 1 and 2 outline the philosophical claim of the UDHR and emphasise that human beings are born free in equal dignity and are entitled to all rights and freedoms without[Read More…]

by 04/10/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia, Human Rights
State-Sponsored Pogroms Against The Tamils In Sri Lanka And Need For A UN Supervised Referendum In Tamil Homeland

State-Sponsored Pogroms Against The Tamils In Sri Lanka And Need For A UN Supervised Referendum In Tamil Homeland

It is high time and urgent need for the United Nations, UNHRC, ICC and the International Community to find remedial justice to the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka. The following facts prove beyond doubt that there was an institutionalized and systematic genocide of Tamils from independence in 1948. Disfranchisement of plantation workers of Indian origin .Within a year of independence, in[Read More…]

by 23/08/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
COVID-19 And President Gotabaya’s Military Rule In North And East Of Sri Lanka

COVID-19 And President Gotabaya’s Military Rule In North And East Of Sri Lanka

Tamils in Sri Lanka especially in the North and East are now living between the devil and deep sea. Heavy presence of the military [to the ratio of one soldier to every four civilians 1: 4] and on the other side they are scared of the Covid-19. The President is determined to hold the election on August 05, 2020 without taking[Read More…]

by 25/07/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
COVID19: An Opportunity To Gotabaya To Establish His Military Rule

COVID19: An Opportunity To Gotabaya To Establish His Military Rule

  Gotabaya Rajapakshe the first time President, an Army veteran has proved himself as guardian of Sinhala Buddhist heritage and champion of the Armed forces. He openly and loudly said NO to Tamil political party TNA} for devolution or power sharing and the full implementation of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987. In his vocabulary devolution has become a bad[Read More…]

by 06/07/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Uninterrupted And Continuous Human Rights Violations Against The Tamils In Sri Lanka

Uninterrupted And Continuous Human Rights Violations Against The Tamils In Sri Lanka

There is no denying of the fact that Tamils in Sri Lanka have been at the receiving end since 1948, when power was transferred to the majority Sinhala Government. Successive Sinhala Governments continued and still continue the marginalisation of minorities to achieve their goal of a SINHALA-BUDDHIST STATE. A majoritarian mindset that is comfortable with demonising minority communities – or[Read More…]

by 03/06/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Tamils All Over The World To Remember The Genocide Of Thousands On May 18, 2020

Tamils All Over The World To Remember The Genocide Of Thousands On May 18, 2020

Marking 11 years since the Sri Lankan military onslaught that massacred tens of thousands of Tamils, we revisit the final days leading up to the 18th of May 2009 – a date remembered around the world as ‘Tamil Genocide Day’. The total number of Tamil civilians killed during the final months is widely contested. After providing an initial death toll of 40,000, the UN[Read More…]

by 14/05/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Justice To War Victims, COVID-19 And The Presidential Pardon To Convicted Criminal

Justice To War Victims, COVID-19 And The Presidential Pardon To Convicted Criminal

President Gotabaya’s pardon of a convicted criminal and let him loose and prowl free on the streets is only a licence and encouragement for him and other similar minded criminals to embark on a revengeful killing spree emboldened due to the guarantee of state protection and impunity. The prosecution of Sunil Ratnayake managed to miraculously wade through the many pitfalls[Read More…]

by 10/04/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Sri Lanka Is An Island Of Impunity: Protecting Convicted And Alleged War Criminals In The Military

Sri Lanka Is An Island Of Impunity: Protecting Convicted And Alleged War Criminals In The Military

The Sri Lankan state which co-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council Resolutions 30/1 in September 2015 failed to bring transitional justice or progress on substantial issues but bought time and space, now after so many Resolutions and delays unilaterally withdrew from the co-sponsorship. Lack of political will is shown by both the consensus path Wikramasinghe-Sirisena regime and current confrontational path[Read More…]

by 29/03/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Internationalised Mechanism Is The Only Way Forward In Sri Lanka

Internationalised Mechanism Is The Only Way Forward In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from Resolution 30/1 is a clear rejection of human rights and accountability and displays total disregard for UN, UNHRC, UNHRC Core Group, UN Member States and the International Community. UN High Commissioner said: “I move to our update on Sri Lanka,HRC/43/19, assessing the progress made in implementing Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. I regret that the new[Read More…]

by 08/03/2020 Comments are Disabled World
Justice to Tamil of Disappeared, Surrendered And Forcefully Arrested Victims

Justice to Tamil of Disappeared, Surrendered And Forcefully Arrested Victims

For Sri Lanka, after the fallout from the April bombings bred communal violence, endangered minorities and put freedoms in peril. Justice and reparations for the 30 year conflict seem to be increasingly out of reach for the victims, as even the limited but key gains of recent years appeared at risk of rollback given statements by the new government. “For[Read More…]

by 27/02/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Ripe Time For Tamil Voters To Elect Young And Committed Leaders To The Causes Of The Tamils

Ripe Time For Tamil Voters To Elect Young And Committed Leaders To The Causes Of The Tamils

It is election year for Sri Lanka. A general election has to be held before August 5th 2020 for a new Government to rule the polarized and divided country of majority Sinhalese and minorities with Tamils and Sinhalese politically pitted against each other for the last 72 years. This election is unique and historical as the President Gotabaya and his[Read More…]

by 17/02/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Time For UNHRC To Act Firmly On War Crimes Committed In Sri Lanka

Time For UNHRC To Act Firmly On War Crimes Committed In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is fast moving towards a military state and is now promoting alleged war criminals to top posts in Military and Government Departments. The appointment of Lt. General Shavendra Silva.  Lt Gen Shavendra Silva’s name was mentioned in the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2013, alleging rights abuses by the Sri Lankan Army. Defence[Read More…]

by 08/02/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
It Is Time For The United Nations To Initiate A Referendum In The North And East Of Sri Lanka

It Is Time For The United Nations To Initiate A Referendum In The North And East Of Sri Lanka

Taking into consideration the statements by the Sri Lankan President and the top officials regarding justice to the Tamils seems to be a deadlock. The only way out from this is to initiate a UN sponsored referendum in the North and East of Sri Lanka, for which the co-sponsored countries of the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 and other member countries in[Read More…]

by 01/01/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Will The New President of Sri Lanka  Guide The Country in The Correct Path?

Will The New President of Sri Lanka  Guide The Country in The Correct Path?

The Singapore success is attributed to their leader LEE KUAN YEW developing a society where each race appreciate and respect that of others, encouraged to preserve its unique culture and traditions, let alone that of the majority. It’s fostering such an approach for a multi-race society enabled them to go forward. LEE KUAN YEW was the first Prime Minister of[Read More…]

by 15/12/2019 1 comment South Asia
Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election And The True Face of Tamil National Alliance

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election And The True Face of Tamil National Alliance

The cat is finally out of the bag. The secretly well-kept decision of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to back Sajith Premadasa of the United National Party is now disclosed 10 days before the election, after playing the hide and seek and cat and mouse games. TNA leadership particularly Sumanthiran and Sampanthan have been making often confusing and conflicting statements hiding[Read More…]

by 08/11/2019 1 comment South Asia
Sri Lanka’s Defiance And Delaying Tactics In Implementing UNHRC Resolution 40/1

Sri Lanka’s Defiance And Delaying Tactics In Implementing UNHRC Resolution 40/1

Tamils in Sri Lanka have undergone grave injustice, Pogroms, Torture, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Forced Disappearances and Genocide. Tamil mothers in Sri Lanka fight daily to learn what happened to their missing loved ones, even a decade after the conflict and at the risk of rape, Tamil students, journalists and activists continue to speak truth to power despite the[Read More…]

by 26/09/2019 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
UN Must Investigate The Usage of Cluster Bombs in Sri Lanka

UN Must Investigate The Usage of Cluster Bombs in Sri Lanka

It is high time for the United Nations to initiate investigation regarding the usage of banned cluster bombs and weapons of mass destruction [WMD]. Even after emerging of substantial evidences, United Nations is delaying the investigations.  United Nations gravely failed to protect the civilians during the war and knowingly ignored to take any action that caused more than the lives[Read More…]

by 10/09/2019 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Appointing Shavendra Silva As Commander Of The Sri Lankan Army

Appointing Shavendra Silva As Commander Of The Sri Lankan Army

President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday [August 18, 2019] named a General accused of war crimes as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, sparking concern over the appointment that the UN later termed “deeply troubling”. What the United Nations is saying?  “I am deeply troubled by the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, despite the[Read More…]

by 03/09/2019 Comments are Disabled South Asia
The Forthcoming Presidential, Parliamentary Elections: The Urgent Need For The Unity Of All Tamil Political Parties

The Forthcoming Presidential, Parliamentary Elections: The Urgent Need For The Unity Of All Tamil Political Parties

As far as Tamils are concerned the forthcoming elections [Presidential and Parliamentary] is not going to solve any of the burning problems faced by the Tamils since independence, in 1948. Since independence Tamils and Tamil leaders were betrayed, cheated by the two major political parties United National Party UNP and Sri Lanka Freedom Party [SLFP] As far as Tamils are[Read More…]

by 24/08/2019 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Slaughter of Tamil Prisoners Inside High Security Jail And Genocide of Tamils in July 1983

Slaughter of Tamil Prisoners Inside High Security Jail And Genocide of Tamils in July 1983

Post independence Sri Lanka brought in several official dispositions that gave preference to the Sinhalese majority. The Sinhala Only Act introduced by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) government of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike in 1956, for example, recognized Sinhalese as the only official language of the country. The 1950s also saw the launching of several development projects by[Read More…]

by 02/08/2019 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Tamil Leaders Betrayed by Successive Sinhalese Leaders and the genocide of Tamils

Tamil Leaders Betrayed by Successive Sinhalese Leaders and the genocide of Tamils

A NOTE FROM THE NO FIRE ZONE [Book by Kass Ghayouri] Dr. Varatharajan who was on duty inside the ‘NO FIRE ZONE” during the genocidal war laments:                            “That night I cried, Tamil civilians died, Dead bodies I eyed, I did not have pride, There was no war guide, Tamils forced to hide, The Sri Lankan army lied, Took[Read More…]

by 14/07/2019 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Demand for a political solution to the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka

Demand for a political solution to the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka

Tamils have little interest in reconciliation without resolution of the political issues. Proper reconciliation can come only after a political solution is found… With successive Governments refusing to acknowledge, let alone address the political issues that lie at the core of the conflict, the alienation of Tamils will remain high. In the circumstances, reconciliation remains a distant dream. An internationally[Read More…]

by 22/06/2019 Comments are Disabled South Asia
United Nations Must Recognize Tamil’s Right To Self-Determination

United Nations Must Recognize Tamil’s Right To Self-Determination

Tamils demand the Right to Self-Determination as Tamils in Sri Lanka qualify as a People and Nation When the United Nations was created after World War II, one of the main purposes of the United Nations was spelt out in Article 1 [2] of the Charter, which states ‘To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principles[Read More…]

by 29/03/2019 1 comment Human Rights
Justifying The Right of Tamils to Self-Rule

Justifying The Right of Tamils to Self-Rule

History proves Tamils a homeland [North and East of Sri Lanka] The Kingdom of Jaffna had included a vast region. its boundary has said that Jaffna Kingdom was not confined to the Jaffna Peninsula. It had included the following areas namely Valikamam, Vadamarachi, Thenmarachi, Islands and the parts of Vanni from Mannar to Trincomalee(Perera,S.G.trans, 1930, p.51). The Ariyasakkaravatties, had made[Read More…]

by 11/02/2019 1 comment South Asia
Undeliverable Political Settlment For The Tamils And Bankrupt Policies Of Tamil National Alliance

Undeliverable Political Settlment For The Tamils And Bankrupt Policies Of Tamil National Alliance

  The political history of Tamils who inhabited the island before the arrival of Vijaya in 543 BC, a legendary prince, still to be proved by real and documented evidence, has been tarnished with the record of betrayals, pogroms, genocide and massacres in the hands of successive Sri Lankan Governments since 1948.Numerous articles and books have detailed these events locally[Read More…]

by 15/01/2019 1 comment South Asia
Usage of Cluster Munitions In Sri Lanka

Usage of Cluster Munitions In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the 103rd country to join the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Sri Lanka acceded to the Convention on March 01, 2018. Under the Convention, Sri Lanka is required to show transparency and report annually in a public document on use, stockpiling, clearance and destruction. These obligations include issuing an immediate and effective warning to civilians living in[Read More…]

by 18/11/2018 1 comment World
Enforced And Involuntary Disappearances In Sri Lanka

Enforced And Involuntary Disappearances In Sri Lanka

Tamil families of disappeared have been engaged in continuous and indefinite protests in five locations in the North and East for about 550 days. Mothers, wives, sons, daughters and relatives are on the streets in day and night in the hot sun, dust and rain demanding to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. One of their primary demands is[Read More…]

by 13/10/2018 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Plight Of Tamil Civilians Living Under Occupation

Plight Of Tamil Civilians Living Under Occupation

Contrary to promises made in Geneva that in the name of peace and reconciliation the Sri Lanka government would dismantle High Security Zones, close army cantonments and return lands seized from the people, the Northern and the Eastern Provinces, considered the Tamil homeland, continue to be occupied zones even nine + years after the end of the war. There are[Read More…]

by 24/09/2018 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA  –   Justice to Tamils Victims ? 

Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA  –   Justice to Tamils Victims ? 

The culture of impunity to the security forces under the DRACONIAN PREVENTION TERRORISM ACT [PTA] and their licence to kill especially the Tamils caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless[Read More…]

by 26/08/2018 1 comment Human Rights
Black July 1983: Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Black July 1983: Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Tamils all over the world will be commemorating the 35th anniversary of the HOLOCAUST 1983 where theTamils Shops, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets were burnt while the Police looked on, thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside. 25th July was the fateful day for Tamil people in Sri[Read More…]

by 23/07/2018 1 comment South Asia
How Long Can The Sri Lankan Government Hoodwink The UN And The International Community?

How Long Can The Sri Lankan Government Hoodwink The UN And The International Community?

The Sri Lankan State runs on Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, the Maha Sanga and the Buddhist Clergy. The Sri Lankan State has to obtain the blessings of these people to enact any laws regarding devolution of powers to the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka and the participation of foreign judges to investigate the war crimes committed by[Read More…]

by 30/05/2018 1 comment South Asia
UN System Owes Sri Lankan Tamils Remedial Justice

UN System Owes Sri Lankan Tamils Remedial Justice

“In the end, it comes down to values, as was said so many times today. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.”  ANTÓNIO GUTERRES – New UN Secretary General It is very sad that UN an international institution particularly was initiated[Read More…]

by 12/01/2017 1 comment Human Rights