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Sri Lanka: The crisis and constitutional violations

Sri Lanka: The crisis and constitutional violations

Sri Lanka was in a deep and complex crisis even before the outbreak of the Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks, the country has plunged into a deeper and bigger crisis, which is more complex than it was before. …

Rwanda and Sri Lanka: A tale of two genocides

Rwanda and Sri Lanka: A tale of two genocides

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the 10th year since the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka. While the 1994 Rwandan genocide has become part of the world’s collective memory, the 2009 Tamil genocide has not. Mullivailkkal Genocide Remembrance Day on …

Responsibility to Protect

Responsibility to Protect

Recalling their recent statements against violent extremism and hate speech, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Karen Smith are alarmed about the growing acts of violence on the basis …

Software engineer, was under Indian surveillance

Software engineer, was under Indian surveillance

A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators said. Four sources in Sri …

India extends ban on LTTE

India extends ban on LTTE

Centre extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Tuesday for violent and disruptive activities that are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India. The Ministry of Home Affairs renewed its 2014 notification to declare LTTE as an “unlawful association” …

A born-again Sri Lanka

A born-again Sri Lanka

As with other occasions in contemporary Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, busy-bodies are already naming names for the nation’s presidency. The latest name to do the rounds is that of Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo the theological leader of the Catholic laity. The last …

When Religious Terrorism Hits

When Religious Terrorism Hits

Sri Lanka, the small island nation of South Asia, faces a new form of terrorism. With an aim to establish relevance, Islamists have chosen the country, which witnessed ethnic terrorism a decade back. The government in Colombo has taken strong measures to counter the terror …

Who Was behind Easter Terrorist Attacks?

Who Was behind Easter Terrorist Attacks?

While the Islamic State has claimed responsibility, the real story is a bit more complicated than that. To millions of Sri Lankans the Easter Sunday tragedy must have seemed a nightmare come true, a frightening déjà vu of the rampant violence this island nation has …

Attacks bring Tamil leadership together

Attacks bring Tamil leadership together

Two prominent political groups representing Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, in the north-east and the hill country, have decided to work together in the wake of the Easter terror attacks. The decision was taken following a meeting between leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and …

Uneasy calm

Uneasy calm

No significant anti-Muslim incidents have taken place since April 21, when two local Islamic State (IS) affiliates, the National Tawheed Jamaath (NRJ) and the Jamaathei Millathu Ibraheemi (JMI), carried out nine suicide attacks killing over 250 people, mostly local Christians and foreigners. Life has returned …