Demerger: lessons for the future

The Supreme Court ruling demonstrates is the fragility of constitutional changes, even when underwritten by powerful international actors such as India.

Why Tamils say genocide

It does not take mass deaths to destroy a nation.

‘A humanitarian catastrophe due to the economic embargo’

The full statement by the TNA before its protest, delivered by Mavai Senathirajah MP

History of Intransigence

Why has devolution of any form not happened already, almost sixty years since independence and thirty years since Sri Lanka’s war began?

Blackouts and blockades

Sri Lanka is humanitarian services as a weapon of war.

A new period of terror

In Sri Lanka a white van without a number plate is a symbol of terror and the disappearances that occurred in all parts of the country. Commissions on Disappearances in the South during the last few years of the 1980s have documented at some length how armed men, travelling in white vans without number plates abducted thousands of people who were never seen again. These reports are available at Now such vans have reappeared and do so frequently in the Jaffna peninsular. A report from one family states "the fear of the white van in the day and specially in the night is...

No end in sight

The co-chairs’ resolve is doubtful.

On Sri Lanka

This is the statement issued by Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference - Norway, the European Union, the USA and Japan – following their meeting in Brussels on September 12, 2006.

Just not good enough

So much for international standards.

Watching the watchdog: the politics of extrajudicial killings

The UN could have prevented the deterioration in human rights security in Sri Lanka this year. But it had another political priority.