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India should play a significant role

India should play a significant role

Ahead of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections, the Tamil Guardian interviewed leaders from Tamil political parties contesting in the North-East, to discuss the most important issues that the Tamil homeland faces today. In this interview, we speak to the leader of the Thamizh Makkal Thesya Kootanii …

ICC has been giving a  broad interpretation to their mandate

ICC has been giving a broad interpretation to their mandate

Ahead of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections, the Tamil Guardian interviewed leaders from Tamil political parties contesting in the North-East, to discuss the most important issues that the Tamil homeland faces today. Q: Sri Lanka made little to no progress in implementing repeated UN resolutions and …

The Tamil political landscape is changing

The Tamil political landscape is changing

The UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil diaspora group has called on Tamil parties to work together in Parliament in the larger interests of the Tamil people. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) congratulated the election officials, all winning and losing candidates, as …

A foreign-policy balancing act

A foreign-policy balancing act

The Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) won 145 seats in the 5 August parliamentary election, and its allies won five seats, giving the SLPP-led political alliance an unprecedented 150 seats and a two-thirds majority in Sri Lanka’s 225-member parliament. The parliamentary election took place only …

A bigger slice of control

A bigger slice of control

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s governing party won a majority of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary seats, the Election Commission announced Friday, bringing the president a step closer in his quest to amend the Constitution and expand his executive power. The Sri Lanka People’s Front expanded its majority, winning …

Sri Lanka has entered a grave and challenging phase

Sri Lanka has entered a grave and challenging phase

With the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa winning the election in Nov 2019 almost exclusively with the majority Sinhala-Buddhist vote, Tamil peoples struggle for justice and equality in Sri Lanka has undoubtedly entered a grave and challenging phase yet again. For anyone who followed President Rajapaksa’s …

Canadian Tamil Congress: strengthen TNA, vital Tamil votes are not split

Canadian Tamil Congress: strengthen TNA, vital Tamil votes are not split

The Tamil people’s struggle for democratic rights in Sri Lanka has a long history. Since independence the desire of Tamils to live as a free people has not been diminished by the many setbacks and the tests of endurance faced by Tamils in their onward …

TNA faces biggest test in post-war decade?

TNA faces biggest test in post-war decade?

As Sri Lanka gears up for the August 5 parliamentary election, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) — the main grouping representing minority Tamils living in north and east — is facing its biggest test yet in its constituency, since the war ended a decade ago. …

Election will shape Sri Lanka’s political future

Election will shape Sri Lanka’s political future

Sri Lanka’s upcoming parliamentary elections will serve as an indicator of the island’s future political direction, potential executive power buildup, and future geopolitical stance. With complications from the coronavirus pandemic, during which the Sri Lankan election commission has struggled to ensure that voting will be …

The people of Sri Lanka are facing some crucial choices

The people of Sri Lanka are facing some crucial choices

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in a press release has stated that “The people of Sri Lanka are facing some crucial choices. The outcome of the Parliamentary Elections set for August 5, 2020, has the potential to determine the country’s course for decades. Democratic fundamentals …