‘Rise of the Tigers’ – The early years of the LTTE

A newly published book from the Swiss-based Puradsi Media and ‘Phoenix - the Next Generation’, provides a historical look back through the early years of the armed struggle. ‘Rise of the Tigers’ , the second publication from the organisations, compiles rare photographs, newspaper clippings and in-depth biographies to provide unprecedented details about the founding members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the formation of the leading Tamil armed movement.

Another Tamil father dies searching for missing son

Yet another Tamil father has died after spending over a decade demanding information about the whereabous of his missing son. Santhanam Raghavan, 65, from Talikulam, Vavuniya, joined other Tamil families of the disappeared for over 1,400 days in roadside protests in the district, demanding justice for his son Rajkumar who went missing in 2008. He died without ever knowing what happened to his child or before those responsible were brought to justice. To date, over 80 parents have died while campaigning for justice and accountability for their missing loved ones.

As Sri Lanka cracks down on Muslims, Pakistan hosts Shavendra Silva as ‘Guest of Honour’

Pakistan hosted the head of Sri Lanka’s army, and accused war criminal , Shavendra Silva, during their national military parade despite increasing discrimination against Muslims in Sri Lanka. The visit follows the passage of the UNHRC resolution , which mandates the collection and preservation of evidence that may be used in a war crimes tribunal. During the Human Rights Council session, Pakistan voted against the resolution as the government pursued increasing bilateral trade and investment with Sri Lanka as well as extending a $50 million line of credit for defence purposes. The...

Tamil Nadu records 71.79% turnout in Assembly Elections 

Elections for the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly took place on April 6 with 71.79% of eligible voters casting their ballot in an electorate of over 62 million people. In a multi-pronged contest, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) with support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allied parties, the Tamil Nationalist Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) led by actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan are the major contenders. Kallakurichi district recorded the highest turnout with 78% of voters...

Sri Lanka bans 11 Islamic organisations

Following the sudden and wide-reaching proscription of hundreds of individuals and several Tamil diaspora organisations, Sri Lanka’s Attorney General, Dappula de Livera, has banned 11 Islamic organisations under accusations that they are linked to “extremist activities”. The 11 organisations to be banned are as follows: United Thawheed Jamma 'ath – UTJ Ceylon Thawheed Jamma 'ath – CTJ Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamma 'ath – SLTJ All Ceylon Thawheed Jamma 'ath – ACTJ Ja miyathu I Ansaari Su nnaththul Mohomadiya – JASM Dharul Adhar @ Jamiul Adhar Sri Lanka Islamic Student Movement- SLISM Islamic State...

UNICEF praises Sri Lanka’s COVID response despite human rights concerns

Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Sri Lanka, Emma Brigham, issued a statement with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health praising the current regime’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic despite grave human rights concerns and the imposition of discriminatory legislation. In her statement, she highlighted misinterpretations of maternal mortality in Sri Lanka and claimed that the government took concentrated efforts to mitigate the “consequences of the pandemic on pregnant mothers and children”. Her statement failed to comment on the militarised nature of the government’s response which has been...

Sri Lanka to build 190 new police stations starting in the North-East

Minister of Public Security, Sarath Weerasekara attended the inauguration of a police station in Mullaitivu where he announced that 190 new police stations will be built in Sri Lanka, adding to the existing 494 police stations. Maradankeni and Iyankkankulam located in the North were selected to build the first two police stations under the government programme, with the construction of Iyankankulam police station in Mullaitivu being completed on the 2 April. Weerasekara noted that the construction of the police stations was a measure taken to “create a society free of fear and suspicion for the people of this country”.

German Tamils ‘deeply shocked’ by deportations

Following the deportation of over 30 Tamil asylum seekers by Germany on 30 March, the People’s Council of Eelam Tamils has written to express their deep shock and disappointment at the government’s “incomprehensible decision”. In their statement they highlight Sri Lanka’s “disastrous human rights record” and the threat posed to those deported. The International Truth and Justice Project have highlighted the continued torture by Sri Lanka’s regime, documenting 178 documented credible cases of torture from 2015-2018, excluding 22 individuals abroad who reported torture following the UN special...

‘How can we expect justice from criminals?’ - Tamil families of the disappeared

Tamil families of the disappeared protested in front of the old bus stand in Vavuniya last week, continuing their calls to the international community to implement an accountability mechanism that would get justice for their family members who have been forcibly disappeared by the Sri Lankan state. Speaking to reporters during the protests, a member of Vavuniya's Families of the Disappeared Association asked how they can expect to get justice from criminals, referring to Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who were the main architects of the genocide...

12 years today - Thousands of British Tamils occupy Parliament Square

This week marks 12 years since thousands of British Tamils began a 73 day long continuous protest at Parliament Square in London, as the Sri Lankan government ramped up a military offensive that had already massacred tens of thousands. Following two weeks of protest outside the British parliament, the number of demonstrators escalated to thousands in response to the intensified shelling of Tamil civilians in the North-East of Sri Lanka. Thousands of protestors took to the streets and staged a sit-down demonstration in front of the Houses of Commons. Photographs: Southbanksteve The weeks of...

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