Monthly Archives: June 2015

British Tamil Forum seeks India’s help in improving Tamil’s lives in Northern Sri Lanka

British Tamil Forum seeks India’s help in improving Tamil’s lives in Northern Sri Lanka

The Britain- based Tamil group, British Tamil Forum has sought India’s help for Tamils based in Northern Sri Lanka in improving their lives through a host of measures, reports Daily Mirror on June 2. Representatives of the British Tamil Forum, which claims to represent nearly …

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. For years, the lack of accountability for the grave human rights abuses committed during the last phase of the war has seemed for many actors to be the sole issue of concern. Powerful states, international human rights …

The blight of militarisation

The blight of militarisation

Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities in the country — the Tamils and Muslims. Clearly, the mandate was not just for a more accountable and democratic government that would …

Prime Minister slams Extremists

Prime Minister slams Extremists

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has slammed Buddhist extremists for distorting Buddhism which he described as a religion of peace, non-violence and inclusive development. In his message for Poson Poya which marks the introduction of Buddhism to the island nation by Emperor Ashoka’s son, …

The threat of Eurasian terrorism

The threat of Eurasian terrorism

Nearly two years after Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev terrorized Boston with a pair of homemade bombs, Dzhokhar has been sentenced to death. Much of the trial focused on his brother’s connections to the Caucasus Emirate (IK), a jihadist organization based in the North Caucasus – …

Elections Stall Giving Back Lands

Elections Stall Giving Back Lands

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government is unlikely to hand back large chunks of land back to the Tamils until after the parliamentary elections in September this year, a highly placed official source said. Land is a sensitive subject in Sri Lanka, which is why power over it …

Democracy is hard

Democracy is hard

U.S. President Barack Obama  hosted 75 people with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at the White House on Monday (June 1). He told young leaders from South Asia at the White House “As I always point out, democracy is hard,” Obama told the town hall …

The rape: We almost forgot

The rape: We almost forgot

By M.A Sumanthiran                                                      “Stones were pelted at police stations and the courts in Jaffna. The LTTE too began in …

Police blamed for rising sexual abuse, drug addiction, crimes in Jaffna

Police blamed for rising sexual abuse, drug addiction, crimes in Jaffna

The Police has been blamed for shocking post-war increase of child abuse, sexual abuse and exploitation, drug addiction and crime rates in the island’s embattled northern Jaffna peninsula. Jaffna District Secretary (Government Agent) N. Vedanayagam has said that the latest incident of gruesome rape and …

Three Tamil parties to decide together

Three Tamil parties to decide together

The Democratic People’s Front (DPF), National Union of Workers (NUW) and the Up-Country People’s Front (UPF) will take a collective decision on the upcoming parliamentary election. Leader of the DPF Mano Ganesan told  media the NUW led by Minister Palani Digambaran and the UPF led …