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Making amends: On India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address Tamil aspirations – Editorial, The Hindu

Given Sri Lanka’s majoritarian turn, appeals to address Tamil aspirations may be ineffectual. India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of its Tamil...

How far can India go on the Tamil question? – The Hindu

Image: The 13th amendment was brought up as part of Indo-Sri Lanka accord in 1987 and provincial councils were set up as part of...

JVP leader backs abolition of Sri Lanka’s Provincial Council system

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake reportedly supported the abolition of the Provincial Council system in Sri Lanka in remarks made this...

Whither 13 Amendment and power devolution in Sri Lanka after 20th Amendment?

File photo courtesy of the Toronto Star. Armed with a two-third majority in Parliament, the Rajapaksas may not be content only with bringing in the...

What Gotabaya’s Presidency Will Mean for Tamil Politics and Development in Sri Lanka

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TNA Suffers Electoral Setback In North and East Polls- D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The long awaited 2020 Parliamentary Elections has concluded with a 71% Voter turnout despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID -19 Pandemic threat. Appropriate...

One of the most important priorities is development of the Tamil-dominated Northern Province – Mahinda Rajapaksa

One of the most important priorities of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was sworn in on Sunday morning will be...

GTF backs Sumanthiran’s call for all Tamil parties to work together in the larger interests of Tamil people

Image: Tamils voting in Jaffna, 2013. Issuing a statement the Global Tamil Forum has congratulated newly elected MPs Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Mr C.V. Vigneswaran...

Sri lanka: ‘River of blood will flow in the North and East’ warn Sinhala Buddhist monks

If Tamils demanded devolution then “a river of blood will flow in the North and East,” warned a group of extremist Sinhala Buddhist monks...

TNA backs federal solution through non-violent and peaceful negotiations

TNA releases 12-point election manifesto Says constitutional arrangement on federal model meets legitimate aspirations of Tamil people Advocates power-sharing as they existed earlier...

Sampanthan stands by Sumanthiran & appeals for unity among the Tamils to achieve a political solution.

R.Sampanthan. My attention has been drawn to the interview said to have been given to the media by Mr. M. A. Sumanthiran, President’s Counsel, former...

Sri Lanka Defence Secretary equals call for devolution of power with separatist ideology.

Image: Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne and visiting Zambian Army Chief Lt. Gen. W.M Sikazwe. Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has...

Diplomatic drone strike, Indo-Lanka equation and constitutional change – Dr’Dayan Jayatilleka

Image: The best chance of a political settlement is while Tamil leader R. Sampanthan is alive and active. He is the only one with...

TNA in back to back meetings with Int community emphasises the need ‌for a political solution.

Just two days after the meeting with  Rep. Ami Bera assured that the United States in Colombo, TNA has met with visiting United Kingdom...

Narendra Modi flags Tamil concerns; Mahinda Rajapaksa non-committal

(Suhasini Haidar/The Hindu) Sri Lankan Prime Minister seeks delay in debt payment. Sri Lanka wants India to allow debt repayments by Colombo to be deferred for...

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril – HRW

(New York) – Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president in November 2019, Human Rights...

Sri Lanka: Alienating minorities to hold on to the Sinhala majority – P.K.Balachandran

Why no overtures will be made to Tamils and Muslims by the SLPP until after the parliamentary elections. (Daily Express) The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna...

Commitments made by Rajapaksa on devolution of power to the int. community need to be implemented – R.Sampanthan

Speaking in Parliament yesterday (8th Jan 2020) the TNA leader R. Sampathan insisted that "the commitments on the devolution of power  made to the...

Any deviation from the path towards a political solution will spell doom to all Sri Lankans – M.A. Sumanthiran. MP- TNA

Image: TNA parliamentary group led by its leader R.Sampanthan meeting former president M. Sirisena to discuss issues related to devolution of powers. (file) " The...

NPC lists 3 policy decisions that can potentially impact upon inter-community relations with the state.

Issuing  a statement the National Peace Council has listed three issues that can have  impact upon inter-community relations with the state. The statement says that...

Cannot entertain 2015 UNHRC resolution on war crime in its current form: Lanka Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo, Dec 20 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said he cannot entertain the 2015 UN Human Rights Council resolution co-sponsored by the...

In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka – Ahilan Kadirgamar

Image: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (AP/ File) In Sri Lanka, with the longest history of universal suffrage in Asia, every election excites the nation, and...

The massage of the presidential election, Sri Lanka:Tamil people are firm in achieving their rights, within a united undivided indivisible country – TNA

"Accepting our request and rejecting the call to boycott or to vote for a Tamil candidate and by voting for Mr. Sajith Premadasa the...

Sri Lanka: Listing Rajapaksa era atrocities TNA says no to Gota; calls on Tamils to vote Sajith

Presidential Election – 16th November 2019. An Election for a President to be democratically elected for Sri Lanka is due to be held on 16th...

Presidential Election 2019: Which way will the North swing?

(File photo by AP) The upcoming Presidential Election seems far from the troubled mind of Pari Amma. Living in a partially built home on her land...

Political Buddhism, presidential race and minorities in Sri Lanka – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: Presidential Election meeting in Jaffna ( Lanka Truth photo) Although the origins of political Buddhism in Sri Lanka goes back to the 19th century,...

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and SLPP rejects demands submitted by five major Tamil political parties to presidential candidates

Image courtesy of Tamil Guardian. Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna  and its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa have rejected the demands submitted by five major Tamil...

Sri Lanka: Our people have suffered enough, now we want the international community to act – Sampanthan

The United Kingdom Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict...

Sri Lanka Briefing Note No 16 : Approaching Elections and Implications for the Transitional justice

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka is going into another presidential election in a few weeks with unresolved human rights issues and undelivered promises in hand. The...

Sri Lankan Tamils are disappointed as the government gave hope and then failed to deliver: Jaffna MP Sumanthiran

Meera Srinivasan. Jaffna district MP and Tamil National Alliance spokesman on the national unity government’s performance, the 13th Amendment, and India’s relations with Sri Lanka. In...
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