Self determination and the question of rights

While Colombo has been increasingly engaged in portraying Tamils’ struggle for self-determination as ‘terrorism’ in international fora taking advantage of the changed political climate following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the consequent war on terrorism, Liberation Tigers have exhibited genuine desire to adhere to the international human rights standards by closely engaging with UN agencies, Human Rights has gained prominence in the last few years as global climate on terror has allowed Nations to advance their own national interests using Human Rights as an instrument. We are...

The first of many hurdles

Optimism stemming from Rajapakse’s reversal on Norway’s role as facilitator is untenable.

A change in tack

The attacks in Jaffna mark a new approach to the ongoing shadow war – and send an unmistakable message to Colombo.

No exceptions to ban on torture

The trend of seeking “diplomatic assurances” allegedly to overcome the risk of torture is very troubling.

The killings must be investigated

‘Many areas of the North and East have become zones of impunity for killers with different motivations and affiliations’

It does not matter a jot to the Tamils

Rajapakse has now won the prize that he has always wanted. It is up to him to abandon his racist allies and pursue peace.

Liberal economics and illiberal politics

Contemporary views tend not to associate ethno-supremacists with pro-globalisation policies.

When can minority votes count?

The furore over the Tamil boycott ignores a central question: under what conditions is the act of voting central to democratic governance?

The paradox of the Tamil vote

There are unassailable limits to the impact the Tamil electorate can have on the island’s political system.

A deficit in Sri Lankan democracy?

The assertion that peace requires the urgent democratisation of the Northeast conceals an unwillingness to confront two unavoidable realities of Sri Lankan politics.