Monthly Archives: March 2014

Vaiko calls for ‘United States of India’

Vaiko calls for ‘United States of India’

 MDMK chief Vaiko on Saturday called for revoking the ban on LTTE and strengthening the country’s federal structure on the lines of the USA, a demand which is unlikely to go down well with his national ally, BJP. Releasing his party’s manifesto in Chennai, Vaiko …

Shooting Incident at Tharmapuram: Is There a Real LTTE Resurgence in the North?

Shooting Incident at Tharmapuram: Is There a Real LTTE Resurgence in the North?

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj.      Two pistol shots rang out in the afternoon of Thursday March 13th 2014 at house No. 5 of the Indian Housing scheme in Musalampitty in the Puliyampokkanai area of Tharmapuram region in Kilinochchi district. A fifty year old Police officer …

UN says ‘up to the Member States to determine’

UN says ‘up to the Member States to determine’

   Responding to a question  by Matthew Russell of Inter Press at the daily press briefing at the UN Headquarters on 21 March 2014, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that it is up to the member states of the UN Human Rights Council to decide …

IPKF in Sri Lanka figures in disappearance probe

IPKF in Sri Lanka figures in disappearance probe

  The conduct of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka figured in complaints received by a government commission probing disappearances during the country’s civil war, a senior official said today. The complaints against the IPKF was received during the sitting of a …

Deleting demilitarisation from the draft signals that there will be no serious opposition

Deleting demilitarisation from the draft signals that there will be no serious opposition

  Writing in the Asian Correspondent on the heightened militarisation in the North-East, and the spate of recent arrests of activists, the Tamil journalist in exile J.S. Tissainayagam, warned that the international community’s deletion of ‘demilitarisation’ from the draft UNHRC resolution text “signals to Colombo …

Geneva Press Club event – ‘Is the Sri Lanka resolution at the UNHRC part of the problem?’

Geneva Press Club event – ‘Is the Sri Lanka resolution at the UNHRC part of the problem?’

  A panel discussion took place at the Geneva Press Club on 21 March 2014. The event organised by the ICET, and chaired by Mr. Viraj Mendis, International Human Rights Association Bremen. The speakers were: Prof. R. Sri Ranjan, co-chair, International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) …

Cameron says “we now need an international, independent investigation into alleged war crimes”

Cameron says “we now need an international, independent investigation into alleged war crimes”

  The British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that he had “secured the full backing of all the EU” in favour of an UNHRC resolution calling for accountability in Sri Lanka, due to be voted on next week. Speaking at a press conference following …

United States says it continues to pursue a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC

United States says it continues to pursue a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC

  The Unite Stated said it was “concerned by intensifying pressure on Sri Lankan civil society and human rights activists” and that the “detentions and the continued harassment of those who support the quest for reconciliation and accountability send a chilling effect” across Sri Lanka’s …

A new report released on Sri Lanka

A new report released on Sri Lanka

  A report released today on Sri Lanka  – “An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka, 2009 – 2014” concludes that “abduction, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and sexual violence has increased in the post-war period” against Tamil people by Sri Lankan security forces …

Protests over war crime resolution in UNHRC

Protests over war crime resolution in UNHRC

 A group of pro-government protesters in Sri Lanka on Thursday staged noisy demonstrations outside the U.N. office and the embassies of the U.S. and Britain here to protest a resolution against the country at the UNHRC over its alleged rights abuses during the ethnic war …