6th February 2016

Top UN human rights official begins talks in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The top U.N. human rights official began discussions with the Sri Lankan government Saturday on the measures taken by the island nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during its long civil war, as hundreds of protesters marched against the world body’s involvement. The visit by Zeid Raad al-Hussein follows last year’s resolution at the U.N. human rights body that required foreign judges to assist Sri Lanka in the investigation. Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009, after the government forces crushed the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. Both sides were accused of committing grave human rights abuses such as killing civilians and recruiting child soldiers. Since the end of the war, Sri Lanka has faced heavy criticism for failing to properly investigate […]

India Needs to Urgently Engage With Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora Groups: Global Tamil Forum

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http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/India-Needs-to-Urgently-Engage-With-Sri-Lankan-Tamil-Diaspora-Groups-Global-Tamil-Forum/2016/02/06/article3263073.ece India Needs to Urgently Engage With Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora Groups: Global Tamil Forum By Devirupa Mitra Last Updated: 06th February 2016 12:46 AM             NEW DELHI: India has so far, kept powerful Diaspora groups at an arms length, preferring to deal with the main Tamil political party Tamil National Alliance for engagement with the community. In an interview with The New Indian Express, spokesperson of the London-based Global Tamil Forum, Suren Surendiran said that India should urgently open a formal dialogue with Lankan Tamil diaspora groups to strengthen moderate voices at this critical juncture in the reconciliation process. Full transcript of interview with Suren Surendiran, Spokesperson and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Global Tamil Forum, London Q: What are your views about […]

President Maithiri frightened or getting cold-feet before extremism

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By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel.                                                       As we commemorate our Independence Day in 2016, I like to make a humble appeal to all the religious leaders of the island to help the political leaders and the people to make their best decisions for the good of all in the island. We are at a decisive phase in our history to move courageously away from the evils of the past and make a reasonable and common sense change for the better. During the last decades we all have gone through bitter experiences of life and death, of conflicts and confrontations and […]