Britain's duty

“The British government’s delay in seeking international justice for victims of genocide must be a matter of continuing shame for our country. “We as British citizens demand that the British government lives up to its international obligations, that it recognizes formally that genocide has occurred in Sri Lanka and it moves the UN Security Council, the Human Rights Council and General Assembly for an international investigation. “I know that the entire British people stand with us in this demand. Because it is consistent with fairness and the rule of law, both of which are deeply held British...

Time and resolve

"Today, two years on, our nation once again stands united to remember. Not just amongst us here in London, but we stand united with Eelam Tamils in every major city, throughout the world, and with every mind of every Tamil who continues to live oppressed in our homeland. We will never forget those horrors that passed. "So on this day every year, we recall that at our nation’s bleakest moment, we came together. In the face of unimaginable destruction, we stood united. " Time may have numbed the raw pain, but it has only strengthened our resolve. Today, we renew that resolve. We renew our...

Why an international independent investigation

"The UN Panel of experts has reported that there is credible evidence to institute an inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the conduct of the war in Sri Lanka. However, the UN continues with its inaction by calling on the very same murderous Sri Lankan regime to investigate its own murder. "The Tamil people have no faith in the Sri Lankan judiciary or any other Sri Lankan state appointed mechanism to conduct an independent investigation to bring the war criminals to account. We demand an International Independent Investigation into the crimes committed against our...

India urges Sri Lankan rights probe

India on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to probe human rights abuses, implicitly endorsing the UN expert panel’s report, which made allegations of war crimes committed in the last stages of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers. In a break with tradition, and despite refraining from joining international endorsements of the UN report, India "urged the expeditious implementation of measures by the government of Sri Lanka, including... investigations into allegations of human rights violations," a statement said.

Iran, Sri Lanka strengthen trade ties

Sri Lanka and Iran are finalising plans to expand trade ties between the two countries. Currently there is about $120 million worth of annual trade between the two countries, but the Iranian Foreign Minister expressed hopes that it would reach $400 million. The announcement came during a visit to Iran by a Sri Lankan delegation, seeing to promote industrial and commercial ties. Commenting on the ‘already existing favorable ties’ between the two countries, the Iranian Foreign Minister noted that Islamic Republic is ready to expand relations with Sri Lanka in the industrial area, construction...

Still seeking normalcy

In the last days of Sri Lanka ’s war in mid-May 2009, over 300,000 Tamil civilians fled from the war zone and were housed in internment camps in sub-standard conditions. Gradually they have been released from the camps, and the Sri Lankan government has tried to claim credit for a ‘return to normalcy’ or improving conditions. But a recent report from the OCHA paints a different picture and gives more accurate figures. Over 373,000 civilians have been released from the Menik Farm detention centres as of mid May 2011, but more than 16,000 , mainly from Mullaitivu, still remain in the Vavuniya...

Remember the May Massacre

“During this month, we all must not be guilty of forgetting our history. We must instead actively remember the sufferings of our people, and educate our peers about their plight. We can all bear witness to the truth of what happened , and we must educate our friends, peers, coworkers, and neighbors.” - Mathusan Mahalingam , Canadian Tamil activist. See his comment here

Let ’em have it!

“President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited four selected editors to a meal last Friday, to seek their views and advice as to how the government should react to the panel report. “Though all four were not from national newspapers two of them said that the government should consider even sending troops to New York to assault Ban Ki-moon if the need arises. “ The third was more moderate. He said that reality had to be faced. He proceeded to ask several questions as to what plans the government had to handle the panel report. “ The two editors who spoke earlier butted in at this stage before Rajapaksa...

Acknowledging the obvious

“ It is completely obvious Sri Lanka is a country where people are subjected to various forms of persecution. We are reasonably sure there were liquidations during the last stage of the civil war. ” - Erik Solheim , Norwegian Minister of International Development, when asked about allegations that Norwegian embassy officials have helped people to flee Sri Lanka. See his comments here .

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