14th August 2015

Thajudeen – Not The First & Not The Last

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By V.Kanthaiya – “He chained my handcuffs to a chair so I couldn’t move. Tried to remove my shalwar, I kept shouting and crying, but he was stronger than me. When he finished he went outside. A second official came to the room. He raped me too. Second official smoked cigarettes and then with that burned my breasts, my inner thighs and legs. Both men beat me. They bit my breast and my thighs. It was still dark when I was brought back to the police station the next day. The official who raped me first warned me not to tell anybody about this. They told me they would kill my husband. I started bleeding very heavily. I think I was pregnant prior to the […]

3000 Youth Gathered In Kilinochchi And Passed Resolution With 25 Demands

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Around 3000 Youth of nine districts who journeyed from the North, East and Hill Country to Kilinochchi put forward a resolution containing 25 demands, following which they returned home determined to vote only for those who accept and implement their demands. The group is called “the Youth in search of a zip code for democracy” On Saturday 8 August 2015 more than 2750 youth gathered in Kilinochchi, in militarized post-war North. The event titled, “The Power of Youth is the Zip Code of Democracy”, organized by Home for Human Rights was held at Kanakapuram Sports Ground, Kilinochchi. Youth from the districts of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Mannar Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Nuwara Eliya, from the North, East and Hill country participated in the event. Discussions […]

Will Sri Lanka chose a return to corruption, misrule, and near-authoritarianism?

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Sri Lanka’s Political Future Arrives at a Crossroads Will Sri Lanka chose a return to corruption, misrule, and near-authoritarianism? On Monday, Sri Lankans will vote in parliamentary elections, ten months ahead of schedule. The election comes nearly 8 months after Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly beat Mahinda Rajapaksa in early presidential elections. The election will pit the  Sri Lanka Freedom Party-led (SLFP) United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) group of parties against the more right-leaning United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), a new grouping of political parties led by the right-wing United National Party (UNP), including parties representing Muslim and Tamil interests. Broadly, this parliamentary election may mark a crossroads for Sri Lanka between a return to the heavy-handed authoritarian-leaning governance style espoused by Rajapaksa, or the […]

Former Tamil Tigers set to contest upcoming Sri Lankan election

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Former terror group, the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka, was notorious for its past atrocities that together with the government’s retaliation led to at least 80,000 casualties in less than three decades. Six years after their defeat, ten former members will contest the country’s upcoming election. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: Sivanathan Navindra was once known as Venthan, a former bodyguard of the slain Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisation at the time, the Tamil Tigers. When Sri Lanka goes to the polls on Aug 17, Mr Sivanathan will be a candidate, hoping to be elected as a member of parliament. Despite the scars and lingering legacy of the bloody, three-decade-long conflict, he said the war was a closed chapter in the country’s history […]

Sri Lanka’s Minority Outreach Holds Risks Before Vote

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By  UDITHA JAYASINGHE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka’s government has been reaching out to the country’s influential Tamil diaspora with the aim of building minority support and boosting its international standing. But the contentious strategy holds risks for the government’s survival ahead of parliamentary elections next week. The ruling coalition led by President Maithripala Sirisena—which took office after his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was voted out of office in January—is in the difficult position of trying to promote reconciliation with the country’s’ Tamils and other minorities without alienating so many Sinhalese Buddhists that it loses the election. If Colombo doesn’t go far enough to show it is inclusive, it could lose minority votes and support from Tamils abroad, whose support is crucial for any government that wants to […]