Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:26
10 February 2013 - Frances Harrison has updated collection of Mullivaikkal photos showing war destruction. Photographs of abandoned belongings in the war zone. https://francesharrison.jux.com/
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 22:57
Aljazeera, 9 February 2013 -Four years later, evidence of Sri Lanka's civil war starts to emerge. In mid-January, The Times of India reported that flooding had caused human remains and abandoned belongings to come to the surface in what have been deemed 'Sri Lanka's killing fields'. The UN estimates that nearly 40,000 Sri Lankan lives were taken in 2009 when the Tamil opposition forces took their last stand against government forces. On February 6, the Sri Lanka Campaign released photographs of the fields.
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Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 22:18
HRW, February 6, 2013 - (New York) – The Commonwealth should shift the venue of its November 2013 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka unless its government makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to Commonwealth Heads of Government. Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on February 10, 2013 to discuss the upcoming meeting. The Sri Lankan government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken no meaningful steps to address serious abuses by government forces in the final months of the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009, during which the United Nations has estimated that up to 40,000 civilians died. Since 2009 the government has been responsible for a worsening human rights situation that includes clampdowns on basic freedoms, attacks and threats against civil society, and actions against the judiciary and other institutions, imperiling Sri Lanka’s democracy.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:58
By Gibson Bateman, 03 February 2013 - So it looks like the US will bring another resolution on Sri Lanka at the next session of the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva this March. Quite frankly – I am shocked. US foreign policy as it relates to Sri Lanka has been confusing and is replete with complications and contradictions. One can’t help but wonder: Where is all of this heading? Is this a road to nowhere? I’m really tired of reading about how the United States government is concerned about developments in Sri Lanka. If Washington really is concerned, Obama should prove it by making diplomatic isolation a reality for the regime in Colombo. To put it more bluntly, when it comes to human rights in Sri Lanka, Washington should “go big or go home.” Things are bad here and getting worse. Sri Lankans who are not happy with recent governance trends have a right to know who their friends really are.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:28
03 February 2013 - “We are acutely aware that the GOSL will seek to show the world that some progress has been made, by pointing to the current visit by the TNA to South Africa. Therefore we wish to make it clear that our engagement with the South African initiative is NOT a process that we have commenced with the GOSL and that appropriate action at the UNHRC is absolutely necessary to persuade the GOSL to comply with the said resolution and to discontinue with its harmful agenda against the Tamil People of Sri Lanka”, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today in a statement. A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is presently in South Africa. This is consequent to an initiative by the Government of South Africa and the African National Congress to share their own experiences in Conflict Resolution and Truth and Reconciliation.The TNA delegation to South Africa was headed by party leader R. Sampanthan and comprised Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Mavai Senathirajah, MPs M.A. Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Suresh Premachandran.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 00:03
HRC World Report 2013: Srilanka, 01 Feb 2013 - The Sri Lankan government in 2012 continued its assault on democratic space and failed to take any meaningful steps towards providing accountability for war crimes committed by either side during the internal armed conflict that ended in 2009. The government targeted civil society through threats, surveillance, and clampdowns on activities and free speech. Statements by government officials and government-controlled media named and threatened human rights defenders who called for accountability for wartime abuses or criticized other government policies. Local activists expressed deep concern about the security of their staff and the people they assist. Overly broad detention powers remained in place under various laws and regulations. Several thousand people continued to be detained without charge or trial. State security forcescommitted arbitrary arrests and torture against ethnic minority Tamils, including repatriated Sri Lankan nationals allegedly linked to the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Tamil population in the north benefitted from humanitarian groups having greater access tothe area, but the government did not take adequate steps to normalize their living conditions. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers continued to accumulate power at the expense of democratic institutions. Calls to restore the independence of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other government commissions that Rajapaksa marginalized via the Eighteenth Amendment to the constitution, which passed in 2010, went unheeded.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 01:56
TAPI, 31 January 2013 - Tamil political and civil society representatives, and Diaspora groups have convened in Berlin on the 26th & 27th January 2013 for progressive discussions on how to end the Sri Lankan State's continued agenda of destruction of Tamil people’s identity (genocidal), the heightened oppressive conditions, the threat to Tamil's claim of the North and East of the island being their area of historic habitation (homeland) and to achieve consensus on addressing the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 01:25
London, 31 January 2013 - Last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel London, the winners of the 2013 Broadcast Awards were announced. Channel 4's "Sri Lanka Killing Fields 2 - War Crimes Unpunished" broadcast won the Best News/Current Affairs Programme Award.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:28
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 30, 2013 - Tamils for Obama, a group of politically active Tamils in the US, wrote to the president citing a number of ways that the government of Sri Lanka is committing genocide against its Tamil population. They asked the president to meet with them to discuss the future of Tamils in Sri Lanka. “Whether the president considers this a worthwhile use of his energy,” said the Tamils for Obama press spokesman, “is an open question. We hope to convince him that it is."