Report

Sri Lanka’s North: The Denial of Minority Rights

 16 March 2012: Deepening militarisation and the lack of accountable governance in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province are preventing a return to normal life and threaten future violence. Scene of the most bitter fighting in the civil war, the Tamil-majority north remains under de facto military occupation, with all important policies set by Sinhala officials in Colombo. [...]

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Can Sri Lanka achieve reconciliation?

ALJAZEERA: We ask if the government is committed to harmony as alleged evidence of war crimes against Tamils airs on British TV. It was a civil war that ravaged Sri Lanka for almost 30 years. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed, many of them civilians. And now damning evidence in a documentary aired in Britain [...]

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Sri Lanka’s shameful record on detention without trial

“The security regime that was a hallmark of war continues after the LTTE’s defeat – little has changed” - Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director. Hundreds of people languish in arbitrary, illegal and often incommunicado detention in Sri Lanka, vulnerable to torture and extrajudicial execution, despite the end of the country’s long conflict, Amnesty International said [...]

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STOLEN: He kept looking behind and cried “amma, amma”

Footprints in Sand  is a report of children missing from the North and East of Sri Lanka. It is called the MAM report an acronym  for the three villages from which these children were taken - Mandaitivu-Allapiddy-Mankumban (M-A-M). The disappearances occurred between 25-08-90 & 23-09-90. The report was published fifteen years after the disappearances in 2005 [...]

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TCHR appeals to the the International community and files report in Geneva

The Tamil Centre for Human Rights which was established in 1990 and has branches in Switzerland and the United Kingdom has appealed to the international community to take a stand on Sri Lanka and has tabled a report at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to the TCHR it [...]

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REPORT on HRC SESSIONS: “I am telling the Truth, and nothing but the Truth”

REPORT FROM UNHRC IN GENEVA SEPTEMBER 2011 SESSIONS: As far as the UN Human Rights Council-HRC and Sri Lanka are concerned, the 18th session is historic. The President of this session is the Ambassador of Uruguay, Ms Laura Dupuy Lasserre. Same speech each time Since the HRC was established in 2006, the Minister of Plantations [...]

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JAFFNA: BRUTAL ASSAULT OF CIVILIANS IN NAVANTHURAI

25 Aug, 2011 WATCHDOG:Around 100 young men from Navanthurai, a village in the Jaffna District, were detained in an operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Army around 1.15am on 23rd August 2011. The villagers were severely beaten by the army and dragged to the main road near the Navanthurai Army Detachment located around 300 meters [...]

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Democracy in post-war Sri Lanka – A nation divided in opinion

According to a new survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lankans are divided in opinion on the topic of reconciliation – about whether the government has done enough with regard to addressing the root causes of the conflict. The topline survey report is available for [...]

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The Displaced Northern Muslims of Sri Lanka: Special Problems and the Future

ABSTRACT: It has been widely established as fact that ethno-political conflict and civil war between the Tamils and the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka have generated immense sufferings among the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups at the level of the masses. However, very little has been discussed about the plights of the Muslims of the North and East, particularly [...]

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Some Critical Notes on the Non-Tamil Identity of the Muslims of Sri Lanka, and on Tamil–Muslim Relations

Abstract: The ethnic civil war between the Tamil and Sinhalese communities that ravaged Sri Lanka inthe late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and which ended in May 2009 has attracted great interest from scholars of ethnic identity. Both the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups employ language—Tamil and Sinhalese—as their primary ethnic marker to support their distinct ethnic formations. As for the [...]

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Human Rights

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Sri Lanka’s North: The Denial of Minority Rights

 16 March 2012: Deepening militarisation and the lack of accountable governance in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province are preventing a return to normal life and threaten future ...

Human Rights

Rajiva Wijesinha

Can Sri Lanka achieve reconciliation?

ALJAZEERA: We ask if the government is committed to harmony as alleged evidence of war crimes against Tamils airs on British TV. It was a civil ...

Human Rights

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Sri Lanka’s shameful record on detention without trial

“The security regime that was a hallmark of war continues after the LTTE’s defeat – little has changed” - Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director. Prisoners have ...

Human Rights

Douglas Devananda

STOLEN: He kept looking behind and cried “amma, amma”

Footprints in Sand  is a report of children missing from the North and East of Sri Lanka. It is called the MAM report an acronym ...

Report

19th session of the UNHRC

TCHR appeals to the the International community and files report in Geneva

The Tamil Centre for Human Rights which was established in 1990 and has branches in Switzerland and the United Kingdom has appealed to the international ...

Issues

Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam presented her credentials to Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva on the 9th of August 2011, accrediting her as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland.

REPORT on HRC SESSIONS: “I am telling the Truth, and nothing but the Truth”

REPORT FROM UNHRC IN GENEVA SEPTEMBER 2011 SESSIONS: As far as the UN Human Rights Council-HRC and Sri Lanka are concerned, the 18th session is ...

Issues

gotabhaya

JAFFNA: BRUTAL ASSAULT OF CIVILIANS IN NAVANTHURAI

25 Aug, 2011 WATCHDOG:Around 100 young men from Navanthurai, a village in the Jaffna District, were detained in an operation conducted by the Sri Lanka ...

Report

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Democracy in post-war Sri Lanka – A nation divided in opinion

According to a new survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lankans are divided in opinion ...

Report

The news of terrorist leader Pirapaharan's death gave immense relief to the Muslims of Sri Lanka, particularly the Muslims of the North and East

The Displaced Northern Muslims of Sri Lanka: Special Problems and the Future

ABSTRACT: It has been widely established as fact that ethno-political conflict and civil war between the Tamils and the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka have generated immense ...

Report

This image made from video shows an explosion from a suspected Tamil Tiger bomb as it happened among a group of Sri Lankan Muslim men during a religious procession

Some Critical Notes on the Non-Tamil Identity of the Muslims of Sri Lanka, and on Tamil–Muslim Relations

Abstract: The ethnic civil war between the Tamil and Sinhalese communities that ravaged Sri Lanka inthe late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and which ended in May 2009 ...