Tears and flowers at commemoration of 1999 Mullaitivu airstrike

A remembrance event was held in Mullaitivu yesterday to mark 23 years since a Sri Lankan military airstrike killed at least 24 Tamil civilians in Manthuvil. To date, no one has been held accountable for the killings. Family members, friends and neighbours of the victims as well as local politicians gathered in Manthuvil to pay tribute.

Demilitarisation and devolution are key for economic prosperity – Gary Anandasangaree speaks with Tamil Guardian

During the 51 st session of the UN Human Rights Council session, Gary Anandasangaree, a Canadian MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park, spoke with Tamil Guardian about the need for demilitarisation, devolution, Sri Lanka’s economic woes and how Canada was pushing for accountability. Demilitarisation Speaking to our journalists, Anandasangaree noted that in the Spring, he had written to the International Monetary Fund expressing concern over Sri Lanka’s outsized military, an issue highlighted in the latest UN report. “Sri Lanka has an oversized military which is double the size of Ukraine’s military,...

SLFP MP pays tribute to LTTE’s Lt Col Thileepan

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarian Angajan Ramanathan paid tribute to Lt. Col. Thileepan this week, as he shared a video to mark 35 years since the LTTE political leader began his hunger strike. In a post on Facebook, Ramanathan shared an artist’s sketch of Thileepan, as Tamils across the North-East held events to commemorate Thilpeean’s fast. Ramanathan has spent several years with the SLFP and is a well-known Rajapaksa ally. For years, the SLFP forbid commemoration events across the North-East, as Tamils attempted to mourn those killed by the Sri Lankan state. In the last year...

Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu: Gautham Menon’s finest work to date

I have always considered Gautham Vasudev Menon a vastly overrated director. Other than ‘Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu’ , his films seemed cold and ultimately hollow. His most recent feature film ‘Enai Noki Paayum Thota’ continued this trend of stylish metropolitan storytelling, despite some interesting visual choices. For Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu , Menon collaborates with Silambarasan TR and AR Rahman for the third time following 2010’s ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’ and 2016’s ‘Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada’ . Third time might indeed be the charm, because VTK is mostly a success.

ICC referral, Sri Lanka’s economic crisis & 13th Amendment - TG speaks with TELO spokesperson

Speaking to the Tamil Guardian this week at the 51st session of UNHRC, Koorrusuwaahmy Sorrenthiran, the spokesperson for the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), reiterates calls for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal court (ICC) as well as emphasising the need for self-determination for Tamils. Tamils have been calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but “that portion is missing” from the draft resolution that was made public earlier this week. Sorrenthiran noted that the draft resolution talks about Sri Lanka’s financial...

Events across North-East commemorate Lt Col Thileepan

Tamils across the North-East held various events in the homeland to mark the 35 th anniversary since Lt Col. Thileepan’s began his hunger strike in Jaffna, demanding the Indian government honour the pledges made to the Tamil people. Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE, began his fast on September 15, 1987, with 100,000 people gathered around the historic Nallur Kandwaswamy Temple in Jaffna.

Colombo pursues a strategy of intimidation amidst UNHRC session

Amidst the 51 st session of the UNHRC, a former Tamil MP and a former deputy chairman of the Eastern Provincial Council, have written an urgent appeal for UN Human Rights Council President Federico Villegas to take action to end the continued harassment of activists by Sri Lanka’s Terrorist Intelligence Department (TID). This week has seen Tamil both in Sri Lanka and in Geneva reporting that they are continuously monitored and harassed by Sri Lanka’s security forces. In Batticaloa and Jaffna, demonstrations were held calling on the Sri Lankan government to end its harassment of journalists...

35 years since Thileepan began fast unto death

Today marks 35 years since Lt Col. Thileepan began his hunger strike at Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in protest against the failure of the Indian government to honour the pledges made to the Tamil people. Thileepan began his fast on 15 th September 1987, surrounded by over 100,000 supporters, and died 11 days later, on the 26 th September 1987.

6.3 million in Sri Lanka facing food insecurity according to FAO and WFP

In a new report, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that 30 percent of the population in Sri Lanka is “experiencing acute food insecurity” and need urgent assistance. According to the report, there is an immediate need for food assistance and livelihood programs to ensure households have access to nutritious food. FAO and WFP warn that without such assistance “the food security situation is expected to deteriorate further, particularly during the October 2022 to February 2023 lean season.” Food insecurity...

'Protect our human rights!' - Tamils demonstrate in the North-East

Tamils in Batticaloa and Jaffna held demonstrations today calling on the Sri Lankan government to protect the human rights of civil society organisations and human rights defenders. In Batticaloa , protesters called for the protection of journalists and civil society organisations, as they face increasing levels of intimidation and harassment from Sri Lanka's state forces. Offices of civil society organisations in Batticaloa have been broken into and important documentation stolen from the premises as a part of Sri Lanka's ongoing campaign to crack down on those highlighting the island's...