Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tamil Civil Society wants Hybrid Courts

Tamil Civil Society wants Hybrid Courts

22 Civil Society organizations based in the North and East of Sri Lanka has today said the report should provide to be a key resource for all stakeholders involved in the civil war in Sri Lanka in a much-needed process of introspection and critical reflection. …

Draft Resolution for promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

Draft Resolution for promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

The draft text of the consensual resolution on Sri Lanka which is to be taken up for discussion on 30 September 2015 at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council will be tabled next week in Geneva. The Draft of the resolution states: Draft …

TNA calls for ‘reasonable, durable’ political solution

TNA calls for ‘reasonable, durable’ political solution

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief, R. Sampanthan, has said the Tamil question should be resolved “on the basis of what is happening in Geneva”. In his reaction to the publication of a report by the U.N. on human …

The fine balance of hybrid courts

The fine balance of hybrid courts

The report of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) provides substantial confirmation that grave and horrific crimes were perpetrated in the course of the protracted civil war which ended in 2009. However, its authors take the …

Majority of Judges in Hybrid Court should be non-lankan: Tamil Civil Society

Majority of Judges in Hybrid Court should be non-lankan: Tamil Civil Society

Nine Civil Society organizations from Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces, have demanded that the “hybrid” Special Court recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to go into war crimes charges, should have a majority of non-Sri Lankan judges and that it …

Sri Lanka under the Microscope

Sri Lanka under the Microscope

The U.S. Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka convened on Capitol Hill on September 17. This is a big month for the island nation and with the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) under-way, the timing of this …

The catfight of the century. One charging a fortune. The other for no pay

The catfight of the century. One charging a fortune. The other for no pay

On what was billed as a private holiday to Sri Lanka last month, Cherie Blair couldn’t resist the chance to make some extra cash between relaxing at the pool and doing yoga sessions at her five-star hotel, set in 58 acres of lush gardens, and …

Film on Post-war Tamil’s Woes

Film on Post-war Tamil’s Woes

“Muttrupulliyaa…?”, the first-ever indigenously made Tamil feature film on the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils in the post-war era, was premièred at the Jaffna International Film Festival on Friday. “This is not only the first feature film on the plight of the Tamils to be …

Resette Middle Eastern Refugees in Central Asia

Resette Middle Eastern Refugees in Central Asia

On September 16, Lord Desai stood up in the British House of Lords and proposed what he acknowledged to be a “utopian” solution to a burgeoning crisis that has challenged EU cohesion: Brussels should work via the United Nations to develop and fund a plan …

Canadian Tamil Congress welcomes the OHCHR report

Canadian Tamil Congress welcomes the OHCHR report

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) welcomes the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR”). The long awaited report, which was the result of an independent and credible investigation, finally acknowledges that grave human rights violations committed in Sri Lanka amount …