'15 years of Official Peace' but still no justice

An event was held in Berlin last month to mark the launch of the latest UN report in Sri Lanka, highlighting the lack of justice and accountability for mass atrocities committed more than 15 years ago. The event, which was titled ’15 years of Official Peace’, was held in Berlin at the Senate Hall of Humboldt University and was co-hosted by Medico International, ECCHR, and Sri Lanka Advocacy. During the event, Annemarie Devereux, head of the UN Sri Lanka Accountability Project (SLAP) at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), presented the investigative report that...

Rajapaksa-ally set to lead Sri Lankan cricket tour of England

The former cricketer and ex-parliamentarian with the Rajapaksa clan, Sanath Jayasuriya, has been appointed as the interim coach of Sri Lanka's national team, as they prepare to tour England later this year. Jayasuriya is a controversial figure, having aligned himself with war criminals and himself served a two-year ban from cricket-related activity by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit, after he failed to co-operate in a corruption investigation. He was also previously a member of parliament representing the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), under then-...

Hindu extremist groups step up activities in Tamil Eelam

Hindu nationalist organisations have increased their presence and activities in Tamil Eelam over recent months, including by supporting the release of a racist Sinhala Buddhist monk. Earlier this year, the ‘Hindu Federation of Sri Lanka’ wrote to Sri Lanka’s president Ranil Wickremesinghe, calling on him to pardon Sinhala Buddhist extremist monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara. The monk, a notorious racist, was sentence to four years of imprisonment for defamatory remarks he made against the Muslim community, during a 2016 press conference. He was released on bail this week. The organisation...

India eyes abandoned Oddusuddan brick and tile factory

The Indian High Commission Head of Chancery, and Commercial Representative Shri V Ram Mahesh made a visit to the long-abandoned Oddusuddan Brick and Tile Factory signifying an interest in the Indian government's attempt to revive the debilitated factory. Consecutive governments, private companies, and even the military which occupies a significant part of real estate in the North-East that houses military camps have attempted to revive the factory, with little fruition. The factory was last reported about in the local press in 2021, when the Secretary to the Ministry of Industries V.P.K...

Despite years of failure, another 'task force' reported for Sri Lanka's OMP

A special task force led by the Sri Lankan President’s Secretary has been formed to accelerate the operations of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), according to a report in Virakesari, despite the failure of the office to have any tangible process on the issue and years of Tamil protests against it.

Human Rights Watch says PTA detentions have continued under Ranil Wickremesinghe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) have stated that Sri Lanka has continued to use the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to "target perceived opponents and minority communities without credible evidence" despite repeated promises to repeal the legislation and a moratorium on its use. The PTA allows Sri Lankan authorities to detain individuals without charge and denies due process rights. The draconian legislation has been used for decades against Tamils and Muslims. “Sri Lanka’s extensive domestic security apparatus routinely uses baseless accusations of terrorism to target innocent people,...

‘A proud moment for French Tamils’ – Baker carries Olympic Torch ahead of Paris Games

Tamils lined the streets of Paris with flags and flowers to celebrate as Tamil baker Tharshan Selvarajah became the first Eelam Tamil to carry the Olympic torch ahead of the Paris Games. Selvarajah was cheered on by friends and members of the French Tamil diaspora as he carried the torch through the streets of Paris last week.

Wickremesinghe says guidance of Sinhala Buddhist monks 'crucial' for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s president Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed the “guidance and advice of the Maha Sangha are crucial in leading the country,” as he addressed the Sinhala Buddhist clergy on the topic of “establishing a new economic and political system” on the island. Wickremesinghe compared Sri Lanka to “other Theravada Buddhist countries,” stating that Sri Lanka’s reliance on imports “has led to financial instability”. He emphasized that the “guidance and advice” of the Maha Sangha—the senior Buddhist clergy—was needed “to establish both a new economic system and a new political system in the country...

Sajith Premadasa reiterates 'full implementation' of 13th Amendment

Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, reiterated his pledge to implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution 'in full' during another recent visit to the North-East this week, despite outrage from across the Sinhala south. During a meeting in Mannar, he made this announcement adding that he would not be deterred from carrying out a full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution. Premadasa emphasized that the 13th Amendment Act would find a place in Sri Lanka's legal framework, during a meeting with Member of Parliament Selvam Adaikalanathan. This amendment...

'We struggled a lot to make this film' - Tamil Guardian speaks with Oozhi director Ranjith Joseph

Following the global release of the 'Oozhi: A Dark Age', the Tamil Guardian interviewed its director Ranjith Jospeh to discuss the creative process behind making the film and why the film is important in educating the younger generation about the Tamil struggle.

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