“The Forever Victims? Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka”

Abstract of the report, full report attached below. In this report we document the negative impacts of 6 years of militarization on Tamil women’s lives in Sri Lanka. Based on over fifty interviews in the former conflict zone, we uncovered a very disturbing dynamic, in which efforts to protect women from sexual violence end up undermining their political and economic agency, making them even more vulnerable to victimization. Tamil women in Northern Sri Lanka still face the risk of rape and harassment by the security forces present throughout the region,…

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Press release – TNA Parliamentary Group meeting

Press release The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group convened today (1st Sep 2015). Hon. R. Sampanthan was elected as the TNA’s Parliamentary Group Leader at this meeting. It was also decided that Hon. Sampanthan should be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. On this basis, TNA MP Hon. Selvam Adaikalanathan accepted appointment to the post of Deputy Chairman of Committees. The following appointments were also made at the meeting today: Party whip – Hon. Dharmalingam Siddharthan, MP Secretary, Parliamentary Group – Hon. Sivagnanam Sritharan, MP TNA…

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Will UN report bring justice for Sri Lanka war victims?

UNNICHCHI, Sri Lanka, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) – Thavarasa Utharai says she isn’t exactly sure where Geneva is, but she is anxiously awaiting a report soon to be made public in the Swiss city that is expected to expose war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war. After acceding to the Sri Lankan government’s request to delay the report by six months, the Geneva-based United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to finally release the results of its investigation within the next two weeks. Victims…

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Is the US backtracking on Sri Lanka’s post-war accountability process?

Has the US actually changed its commitment to see international involvement in the post-war reconciliation process? Maybe. But many in the minority communities hope not, and they might just be right Things are moving fast in Sri Lanka since the election. 10 days ago, straight after the Sri Lankan election, Erik Solheim and I wrote of the hopes and challenges ahead. Already now,  there have been important developments  – notably with regard to the upcoming 14 September – 2 October UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. In particular indications…

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National organisations see govt doing dirty work of US

By Harischandra Gunaratna The national government of a UNP-SLFP nexus would do the dirty work in the US agenda to prosecute the country’s military personnel and political leaders on trumped up charges of human rights violations and war crimes and it was the price they had to pay for liberating the country from terrorists, Chairman of Federation of National Organisations (FNO) Dr Gunadasa Amarasekera said yesterday He said all those who were hell bent on prosecuting our soldiers and political leadership were mum about the atrocities committed by the LTTE.…

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Vaiko Seeks International Probe into Lankan Genocide

Chennai US Consulate refuses to meet Vaiko on Lanka Former Indian MP and MDMK general secretary Vaiko charged that the US Consulate in Chennai had “disrespected” Tamils by not allowing him to meet the Consul General and present a memorandum on the stand the country had taken on international Vaiko Seeks International Probe into Lankan Genocide CHENNAI: MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Tuesday submitted a memorandum at the US Consulate General in Chennai urging the US government to reconsider its decision to support a domestic probe into the genocide of…

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Mano wants Sambandan as opposition leader

Sampanthan faces resistance for opposition post The post of Leader of the Opposition should be given to TNA leader R. Sambandan, Tamil Progressive Alliance leader Mano Ganesan says. “It will definitely bode well for the country’s political atmosphere,” Ganesan added. He said that the TNA would also get an opportunity to be a part of national politics with R. Sambandan be elected as the Opposition leader. Earlier, the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) in a statement said “It has been announced that a National Government has been formed and that…

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Stop witch-hunt against army intelligence personnel: BBS

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera called on authorities to stop hunting army intelligence personnel for the benefit of foreign parties, and protect law abiding Sri Lankan army personnel instead. “It has come to our notice that international conspirators and those working for many Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) want to portray the law abiding Sri Lankan army as being atrocious killers. Several army intelligence personnel had been arrested without any investigation. All those who were deported and groups who acted against the country in the past are now…

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War crimes probe: Canada won’t reveal its stand till text of new resolution is ready

By Shamindra Ferdinando Canada has reiterated that Sri Lanka should cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in fulfilling its human rights obligations. Having acknowledged the decision to request a one-time extension of the OHCHR probe into human rights violations in Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Geneva-based UNHRC, a Canadian government spokesperson yesterday told The Island that Canada would examine OHCHR report carefully. The UNHRC comprises 47 countries divided into five groupings. However, Canada is not a voting member of the UNHRC. The report…

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Push Sri Lanka Not to Arrest Fisherfolk

CHENNAI: Bringing to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Lankan Navy, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday urged him to take immediate steps to release the 16 fishermen and their boats.  She also urged the PM to initiate proactive measures that would bring about a permanent solution to the sensitive issue affecting the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in Tamil Nadu. “Till a comprehensive solution to this vexatious issue is found, I request you to appropriately convey to…

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Sri Lanka offered legal services of high profile British firm run by Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair, wife of the former British Prime Minister, has offered the services of her London-based international legal consultancy firm to the Sri Lanka Government while on a private holiday this week.  Omnia Strategy LLP “provides strategic counsel to governments, corporates and private clients”, according to its website. It was established by Ms. Blair only four years ago. She told Business Times in an exclusive interview this week that the firm does work in Africa, training lawyers and building capacity to handle new investment challenges. “I would always be delighted…

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How India killed two birds with one stone in the region

How India killed two birds with one stone in the region When fools look to the future, wise men play it by the day. Wise men take the extra mile in one stride. And, that is how they meet two goals in one strategy to find one solution to two problems. That was how India put out two fires by a single shower in her region. Deep rooted Indian strategies surface when the final phase of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency is recalled with regard to the developments in the Indian Ocean.…

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How safe is our drinking water? Environmentalists demand answer

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO) yesterday asked the government to reveal to the public whether the water supplied to Colombo was safe to drink owing to the contamination of part of the Kelani Ganga. FEO’s Prof. Praveen Abhayaratne told The Island that the public was still receiving conflicting information about the safety of drinking water. The public had a right to know if the issue had been sorted out and the government had taken all necessary measures to address the consequences of pollution, Prof. Abhayaratne added.…

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Gnanam Foundation as a Flame of Hope in People’s Minds

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is to help the people who are living in Vavuniya Poonthoattam refugee camp through fulfilling their need for houses. These people are struggling in this camp for 25 years without a permanent residence. Accordingly, Lyca housing scheme is to be established in Vavuniya North Chinnadamban Rasapuram area to fulfill the need for a house of 150 including the 104 Poonthoattam camp dwellers. This particular area is named as “Lyca Village” and each family is given with 80 perches land and with a farming land. Lycamobile Chairman Allirajah Subaskaran…

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Students’ hostels for Mullai Vidhyanandha College by Gnanam Foundation

Two students’ hostels constructed in Mullaitivu district Mulliyavalai Vidhyananhda College, under the fund allocation from Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, have been handed over for the use of students. A girls’ hostel and a boys’ hostel under Rs. 30 million fund allocation, have been built in Mulliyavalai Vidhyananhda College. And the hostels were ceremonially opened by Lycamobile Chairman Allirajah Subaskaran, Mrs. Subaskaran Allirajah  and by Gnanam Foundation Co-chairman Gnanambikai Allirajah. The deputy chairman of Lyca Prem Sivasamy, Lyca Group Chief Investment and Business Planning Officer Balasingham Rajshankar, Lyca’s Chief Executive Officer Jeyaseelan,…

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Sri Lanka War Crimes Probe: NPC Rejects Domestic Mechanism

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil-controlled Northern Provincial Council today demanded an international probe into the alleged war crimes committed towards the end of civil war with the LTTE, while dismissing the domestic mechanism backed by the US and the international community. In a resolution passed today, the NPC questioned the legal possibilities of conducting a credible domestic investigation in preference to an international mechanism. “…the Council calls upon the international community to set up an international tribunal to try those alleged to have committed international crimes against the Tamil People in…

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Election is over and the Tamil plantation workers are ignored again.

Sri Lanka’s Planters Association says higher wage demand issue of the tea planation workers is still dragging. “Status remains as it is, since no one came for a final solution,” Roshan Rajadurai, president of Planter’s Association of Ceylon, told Lanka Business Online. “We could not afford the almost 50 percent wage hike that workers demand as the industry is losing profits due to lower demand from Russian and Middle East markets and fall in tea prices,” he said. The Planters Association has offered a productivity-based wage model, rather than just…

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