Resolution passed - 23 Yes, 12 No, 12 abstentions. Photograph Tamil Guardian. (UPDATED 30 March 2014 - remarks, details of three rounds of votes)
Opening of Human Rights Council 25th Session (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe) Calls for an independent investigation into crimes in Sri Lanka featured strongly on the first day of the 25th UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
8 years have passed since 7 TRO workers were abducted by Sri Lankan government-backed paramilitaries in Batticaloa. The kidnappings, which took place on the 29th and 30th of January, has not led to a single arrest. The missing aid workers are presumed dead.
Today marks the 8 years since the murder of five Tamil students, committed by Sri Lanka's Special Task Force, whilst they spent an afternoon on the beach in Trincomalee.
56 Tamil organisations from across the world have rejected a domestic Sri Lankan inquiry into human rights abuses and called for an international investigation into genocide, in a joint New Year message. The signatories to the statement, which span across 10 different countries, jointly noted there was an overwhelming mandate for an international investigation expressed in the recent Northern Provincial Council elections, and fully committed themselves to working towards an independent investigation into the crime of genocide. The statement, signed by many youth organisations and political parties, is released as talk of a South African style ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ have emerged from the island. Notably, organisations from South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, UK, India, Canada, USA, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sweden all jointly signed the statement.
Published 22:39 GMT The Sri Lankan government's heightened repression of any acts of remembrance commemorating fallen LTTE cadre, in the run up to this year's Maaveerar Naal (Heroes' Day) on November 27th, has been met with Tamil defiance. The Sri Lankan government and military's clamp down on remembrance events in the run up to Maaveerar Naal this year has been particularly severe, coming only days after Sri Lanka received a battering in the international spotlight over its treatment of Tamils, and weeks after prolific and undiminished Tamil nationalism was evidenced at the polls. The head...
As part of our series - 'Tamil Nadu activists speak out' - on the growing activism in Tamil Nadu on the Eelam Tamil issue, Tamil Guardian caught up with leading activists across the state. Students from Loyola College started a hunger strike calling for a international independent investigation into genocide in March 2013, in a move that sparked mass student protests across Tamil Nadu. Interview with Loyola College Students (12 November 2013) The Tamil Youth and Student Federation is an organisation that has campaigned against the genocide of Eelam Tamils and also sought to tackle issues...