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Ensuring Sri Lanka’s Compliance with UNHRC Resolutions

Ensuring Sri Lanka’s Compliance with UNHRC Resolutions

Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils all over the world are very deeply concerned in relation to Sri Lanka’s past human rights violations including war crimes and the very minimal steps taken by Sri Lanka so far to uphold accountability and dispense justice to the victims which is long delayed and has been remaining in cold storage since the[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
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…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 10/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 08/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 04/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
UNHRC Session 51  September 2022: Acid test for Sri Lanka

UNHRC Session 51  September 2022: Acid test for Sri Lanka

At the UNHRC 51st Sessions due to commence on September 12, 2022, the members are expected to debate the final draft Resolution on accountability, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka to be presented by the UNHRC High Commissioner including her oral statement on the first day on 12th September 2022, this being the first item in the agenda. The question[Read More…]

by 29/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 20/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Sri Lanka’s determined Non-Compliance of UNHRC Resolutions in Defiance of UN and UNHRC Charters

Sri Lanka’s determined Non-Compliance of UNHRC Resolutions in Defiance of UN and UNHRC Charters

Sri Lanka’s extent of compliance with the Recommendations of UNHRC Resolutions passed against it since 2012 particularly No. 30/1 of October 01, 2015 to 46/1 of March 23, 2021 raises concerns to the affected Tamils in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has abysmally failed to implement the core Recommendations and has ignored the pivotal Recommendations dealing with accountability, justice, reconciliation and[Read More…]

by 18/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 17/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 13/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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
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…]

by 08/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 05/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 04/08/2022 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
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…]

by 14/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 13/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 11/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 05/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 28/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 26/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Human right council’s resolutions discarded and ignored by defiant Sri Lanka

Human right council’s resolutions discarded and ignored by defiant Sri Lanka

The opening statements of Human Rights Commissioner and Core Members (UK, Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Malawi) sum up Sri Lanka’s hollow and dismal performance and the disappointing compliance of Human Right Council’s Resolutions and Recommendations issued against Sri Lanka since October 2015. The Commissioner of Human Rights “called on Sri Lanka to focus on deeper institutional reforms to[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 1 comment South Asia
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…]

by 13/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
BDS Campaign against Sri Lanka

BDS Campaign against Sri Lanka

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils Presentation at Second International Conference on Tamil Nationhood and Genocide in Sri Lanka. Ottawa, Canada, 5-7 May 2018 The Sinhala-Buddhist Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has inflicted outright genocide against the Eelam Tamils in flagrant violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention to which it is a contracting party. For[Read More…]

by 11/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 11/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 07/06/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 27/05/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 25/05/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
An ignored genocide of Tamils at Mullivaikkal in Sri Lanka on 18th May 2009

An ignored genocide of Tamils at Mullivaikkal in Sri Lanka on 18th May 2009

There cannot be any plausible reasons to deny the fact of a genocidal agenda initiated by the Sri Lankan Governments immediately after the independence in 1948 against the Tamils living in the North and East. Sinhala majoritarianism, communalism and later adding Buddhism  provided the keys to open up and launch several discriminatory measures which commenced from Sinhala Only Act of[Read More…]

by 12/05/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 02/05/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 29/04/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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
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
High time to recognize the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

High time to recognize the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka, including structural genocide, commenced in 1948 soon after the independence. As defined in the United Nations Genocide Convention of 1948, genocide includes “killing members of the group, or causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, with intent to destroy in whole or part of a said national, ethnical, racial or[Read More…]

by 13/02/2022 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
Sri Lankan Tamils Wait For Crucial 49th UNHRC Session For Justice

Sri Lankan Tamils Wait For Crucial 49th UNHRC Session For Justice

   In the March 2022 UNHRC Sessions Human Rights Commissioner Her Excellency Michael Bachelet is expected to present her oral Report on progress made by Sri Lanka in respect of various UNHRC Resolutions passed since 2015 This Session is particularly crucial for the victimized Tamils who have pinned their hopes only on UNHRC and the United Nations to deliver justice[Read More…]

by 07/02/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 29/01/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Providing Facilities To Tamils: Presidents’ new Panacea to solve their 72 years of Ethnic Problems

Providing Facilities To Tamils: Presidents’ new Panacea to solve their 72 years of Ethnic Problems

Sri Lankan President’s opening speech on  January 18, 2022 detailing  his commitments and acceptance of current volatile situations is welcome in paper and words but whether they would be put into practice and make them a reality is far from certain viewing the past track record of most of the Presidents including Prime Ministers . The President’s acceptance of accountability[Read More…]

by 27/01/2022 Comments are Disabled World
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…]

by 21/01/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
It is high time the Indo/Ceylon accord of 1987 is fully implemented

It is high time the Indo/Ceylon accord of 1987 is fully implemented

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Shri V. Muralidharans’s following statement on July 31, 2021 in the Rajya Sabha is timely, fitting and correct which also alludes to the nagging and continuing unsolved problems being faced by the Tamils in Sri Lanka. “India believes that delivering the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil community is in the best interest of[Read More…]

by 17/01/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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
Sri Lanka: Activating the dormant 13th amendment of 1987

Sri Lanka: Activating the dormant 13th amendment of 1987

The 1987 13th Amendment, a conceived and delivered baby of India under the Indo/Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 for adoption by Sri Lanka has been lying in the constitution of Sri Lanka partly implemented and mostly ignored by the Sri Lankan Governments since then. This 13th Amendment is now activated and given new life and blood by the Tamil leaders[Read More…]

by 06/01/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 06/12/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
High Time for USA and UK to live up to their commitments

High Time for USA and UK to live up to their commitments

The recent meeting of Tamil National Alliance {TNA] with the United States “{US] State Departments second rank officials provides a welcome relief and hopes kindling opening and as a light at the end of the tunnels of accountability, justice and reconciliation for the Tamil people. US, as a sponsor of the all important UNHRC Resolution of 30/1 and other Resolutions [Read More…]

by 03/12/2021 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…]

by 17/10/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Illusive unity and eroding the aspirations of the Tamils in Sri Lanka

Illusive unity and eroding the aspirations of the Tamils in Sri Lanka

There is no doubt that unity is the most uttered and much used and abused word by the Tamil politicians and leaders who took control of the political destiny of Tamils since independence in 1948. It is also  a history that Tamil leaders and parties on various occasions moved to form united fronts like the Tamil United Liberation Front [TULF][Read More…]

by 26/08/2021 1 comment South Asia
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
Need of a savior for the desperate Tamil in Sri Lanka

Need of a savior for the desperate Tamil in Sri Lanka

In common parlance Saviour, – [Called as Messiah in the Hebrew Bible]  –  is usually regarded “As a liberator or would be liberator of an oppressed people ”.  Looking back at the crisis ridden political history and turmoil’s of Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1948 and viewing the current predicament of Tamils “It is not unreasonable to call for a[Read More…]

by 06/08/2021 1 comment 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…]

by 10/07/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
US Congress Resolution 413: Option for Sri Lanka to choose either Confrontation or Conciliation

US Congress Resolution 413: Option for Sri Lanka to choose either Confrontation or Conciliation

The recently tabled US 413 Resolution in the US Congress led by Ms. Ross breathes fresh air, confidence and hopes for the Tamils, particularly the victimized Tamils whose grievances which commenced in 1948 reached the climax with the genocidal war crimes committed during the war [2006-2009] However, structural genocide has now taken a strong hold on their lives compounded with[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Paper Value Pledges And Time Passing Tamil Politicians

Paper Value Pledges And Time Passing Tamil Politicians

This article focuses on the performances of Tamil National Alliance [TNA] since its monopoly role in Tamils’ politics and issues from 2010 as endorsed by the late Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supremo Velupillai Prabaharan. This article analyses the past performance of TNA and the present directionless, compliant, complacent and lack lustre leadership  of Tamils who are now left in[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
UNHRC Resolution 46/1 – A Welcome Development

UNHRC Resolution 46/1 – A Welcome Development

A welcome move for the United Nations, Security Council and International Community to uphold accountability and rein in Sri Lanka. At the 46th Session of UNHRC, the final Resolution on Sri Lanka was passed with 22 members voting for it with 11 opposing and 14 abstentions In this article some of the Resolutions’ vital recommendations can be  analyzed in the[Read More…]

by 01/04/2021 1 comment Human Rights
Upholding or Upending Accountability and Justice

Upholding or Upending Accountability and Justice

The 46th Session of UNHRC now in progress has generated heated comments and discussions in Sri Lanka and elsewhere among Tamils as well as the Council is readying to pass a final Resolution against Sri Lanka after five tiring years which witnessed 3 Resolutions earlier.[ 30/1. 34/1, 40/1]. It is a distressing fact to note Sri Lanka’s non-implementation of most[Read More…]

by 04/03/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Elusive Unity And Eroding Expectations Of Tamils In Sri Lanka

Elusive Unity And Eroding Expectations Of Tamils In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Tamils, victims of genocide perpetrated by the majority Sinhala Governments since independence in 1948, appear to be poised to continue to live with miseries also partly contributed by the rivalries and inactions of the leaders of the Tamils who are busy engaged in election and parliamentary politics disregarding the political mess and lingering problems of the Tamils. 17 Tamil[Read More…]

by 07/01/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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
Resettled Indian Origin Srilankan Tamils in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Five Decades of Suffering

Resettled Indian Origin Srilankan Tamils in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Five Decades of Suffering

Indian origin Srilankan Tamil community, who were repatriated and settled in a remote Katchal Island in Andaman and Nicobar, are on relay hunger strike for the past one month, demanding proper resettlement and basic livelihood facilities, which were denied to them for the past five decades. Around 5.25 Lakh Indian-origin Srilankan Tamils, who were repatriated to India based on Srimavo-Shastri[Read More…]

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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…]

by 03/12/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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…]

by 11/11/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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
Crucial Time For Urgent Actions By UNHRC, UN, International Community And Diaspora Tamils

Crucial Time For Urgent Actions By UNHRC, UN, International Community And Diaspora Tamils

An unassailable present Rajapakshas Government could rule for another ten years and possibly more if the 20th Amendment finds its way in the Constitution. An entrenched dynastic rule appears to be looming partly contributed by dishevelled and splintered opposition from UNP and United Peoples Action parties along with contribution from the disunitedly wrangling self-centered Tamil political parties numbering seventeen with seventeen leaders[Read More…]

by 19/10/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Sri Lanka’s Boiling Tamils And Failing Tamil Political Leaders

Sri Lanka’s Boiling Tamils And Failing Tamil Political Leaders

There is no denying of the fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka have been at the receiving end by the successive Governments in power and targeted in the agenda of GENOCIDE including structural GENOCIDE since the time of independence in 1948. Their history since then is dotted with state discrimination and marginalization aided with legislations like the SINHALA ONLY[Read More…]

by 22/09/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
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
A Choice Between Existence And Extinction For The Tamils

A Choice Between Existence And Extinction For The Tamils

The forthcoming general election on August 5th 2020 is crucial for the Tamils for their survival as a race and lives with respect, equal rights and dignity, and as a nation in Sri Lanka as Rajapaksas. Ranil Wickermasinghe. Sajith Premadasa and Buddhist clergy are openly advocating and moving to establish a Sinhala Buddhist unitary state in Sri Lanka. The Tamils[Read More…]

by 22/07/2020 2 comments 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
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
Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that Ms Rita Izsák Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issueson problems faced by minorities in various countries, is to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016. Her first three years term as the special Rapporteur started on 1st August 2011. She was given another three years on the[Read More…]

by 29/09/2016 Comments are Disabled South Asia