4th March 2018

Statement by eyewitness of final battle to be sent to UNHRC

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A statement made by a Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member, who was an eyewitness to the final stages of the war, is to be sent to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). NPC member S. Kugadas had made his maiden speech at the Northern Provincial Council last week. In his speech he made references to the final stages of the war. Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran had then requested that the speech be sent to the UNHRC which is currently meeting in Geneva. The Northern Provincial Council agreed to the request. The NPC member said that he had witnessed firsthand the brutal effects of the final stages of the war. He alleged that hundreds of civilians were killed during the battle, including those […]

Lankan Tamil film finally gets good screens

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Due to the non-availability of theatres for small films, Anand could release it only in a solitary screen a couple of months back. M.S. Anand, a filmmaker from Australia who has also won few awards for his shorts, tried his hand in making a commercial Tamil cinema and debuted with the movie Yazh, which is an ancient musical instrument. Yazh-Paanam in Sri Lanka acquired its name for the same root as it is where the Tamil art and culture flourished during those times. Talking to DC, Anand says, “The film narrates in real time in a non-linear fashion three interwoven stories of six main characters who are torn apart by the looming Lankan war. The plight and struggle with the choices of these interconnected characters […]

Sri Lanka’s unsettled land question

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One year is a long time to sustain a street protest. Taking turns, a group of people from Keppapilavu in Sri Lanka’s northern Mullaitivu district has stayed put under a roadside tent, asking the government to return their land which is under military occupation. “We are determined to continue our struggle until there is justice,” said S. Chandraleela, one of the protesters, at a recent meeting held on the 365th day of their agitation. To them, a year is no more than a marker of time. Getting back to their land is the only milestone that matters. Mostly women, the protesters spend hours together on the site, cooking for the entire group there, managing their toddlers in the sweltering heat and waiting with hope. The […]

Office on Missing Persons Provides ‘Audacity Of Hope’ to Sri Lanka

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2018-03-03  – http://www.dailymirror.lk/ article/Office-on-Missing- Persons-Provides-Audacity-Of- Hope-to-Sri-Lanka-146720.html By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Extract from the article – Four Main Functions Of OMP In a public statement issued earlier in August, the Foreign Minister explained basic details about the envisaged Office of Missing Persons Bill. In that statement he said: “The Bill outlines four main functions for the OMP — (i) Searching and tracing of missing persons; (ii) Clarifying the circumstances in which such persons went missing and their fate; (iii) Making recommendations to relevant authorities to reduce such incidents of missing and disappeared persons and (iv) Identifying proper avenues of redress. As such, it is not a law-enforcement or judicial agency but a truth-seeking investigative agency..” Mangala Samaraweera went on to say: “The Office on Missing Persons is a […]