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Two Tamil journalists attacked in Mullaitivu

Tamil Guardian reports that two of their correspondents were assaulted this morning by four persons in Murippu, Mullaitivu, while reporting on illegal logging and...

TNA leader alleges Presidential Task Force for EP Archaeology member threatened Kuchchaveli area farmers

Alleges Buddhist monk member of Task Force stopping farmers from cultivating on around 1000 acres of land in Thiriyai area Writes to President...

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

Mario Arulthas and Madura Rasaratnam. The Rajapaksa family’s recent resounding electoral successes appear at first sight to mark a decisive break in Sri Lanka’s post-war...

Tamil families of disappeared rally across North-East of Sri Lanka

Tamil families of the disappeared rallied across the North-East today to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Families demonstrated in districts...

Sri Lanka: President’s address: Reading between the lines – Dr. Ameer Ali

Once the 19th Amendment is abolished or seriously revised, and GR acquires dictatorial powers under a new constitution, will he push through draconian measures...

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa restoration is complete. What comes next? – Razeen Sally

Image: Xi Jinping waves next to Mahinda Rajapaksa, pictured in September 2014: there is a real possibility that Sri Lanka will rely on Chinese loans to avert...

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will shape its political future—likely for the worse

Image: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa wearing a protective mask gestures at his party candidates as he arrives at a campaign rally ahead...

Sri Lanka: Identity checks installed at Nallur temple festival

Devotees will be required to present proof of identity to enter the Nallur Kandasamy temple in Jaffna, the Sri Lankan police announced as the...

Sri Lanka: CoA overturns life sentence handed into ex LTTE cadre turned lecturer accused of child conscription

The Court of Appeal today overturned a life sentence handed in to a former LTTE cadre turned university lecturer for his alleged role in...

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...

Perspectives for a Bonapartist Gota regime in Sri Lanka – Kumar David

Image courtesy of NYT: GR surrounded by military & political bodyguards  (Eranga Jayawardena/AFP) Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been winner on four counts out of five in...

Sri Lankan police summon Tamil Guardian’s Mullaitivu correspondent

Image: Shanmugam Thavaseelan. Sri Lankan police have summoned Tamil Guardian’s Mullativiu correspondent Shanmugam Thavaseelan for questioning. The journalist is being summoned with regards to an incident...

Sri Lanka: Navaly Church Bombing – 25 Years On – Ruki Fernando

Image courtesy of Tamil Guardian. In July 1995 the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Navaly, Jaffna, was filled with displaced Tamils seeking refuge...

Sri Lankan police arrest Tamil youth for ‘regrouping the LTTE’

File photo of Sri Lankan military patrol. Sri Lankan security forces have arrested more than a dozen Tamil youth on charges of attempting to “regroup...

Covid-19 and Sri Lanka – Key challenges ahead – Sunil Bastian

When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective was to see...

The Aim of pan Sinhala Task Force is to convert the Eastern Province & as much as possible of the Northern Province into majority...

Image@ At the second meeting of the Buddhist Advisory Council, Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed the Task Force led by Secretary Defense . In a letter to...

Archaeological sites in the Eastern province have a shared heritage of the Sinhala and Tamil speaking people- Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan

The recently established task force, for the survey and preservation of archaeological sites, in the eastern province of Sri Lanka, is a worthwhile endeavour...

Sri Lanka blocks Sankathi24 Tamil news website as press crackdown continues

The Sri Lankan government has blocked access to renowned Tamil news website Sankathi24.com, as the state continued with its tightening of the Tamil press. The...

Military, monks, militant racists – the new trinity? – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: Army Commander visited violently anti-minority monk Amapitiye Suman on his trip to East. “We’ll leave behind an iron scrap And the hollow, mocking laugh of...

Sri Lanka: Eleven Years on, Still No Justice

Image: Memorial stones for the Tamil victims of the war and dead LTTE career. July 2017, Mullivaikal.© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය Today we commemorate all...

Unitedly and strategically working for the betterment of the Tamil people is the need of the hour – GTF

Image courtesy of www.epilepsy.com. (Press release/GTF) The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) joins Tamils worldwide in commemorating the 11th anniversary of the end of civil war in...

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...

As Pandemic Rages, Sri Lanka’s President Pardons a War Criminal

Image: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, second from left, has been accused of war crimes from his time as defense secretary, when he oversaw the last...

Netherlands will be evaluating the policies & the directions of Sri Lanka in relation to the Geneva resolution.

In a meeting with the Netherlands Ambassador Ms. Gonggrijp, Mr. Sampanthan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance has pointed out that “The UNHRC resolution...

There is no space for transitional justice in Sri Lanka – Call of the hour Is remedial justice: TGTE

Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from Resolution 30/1 is a clear rejection of human rights and accountability and displays total disregard for UN Member States Sri...

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...

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...

US assures TNA that it will do all things possible to ensure that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments to the International Community.

In a meeting with the Tamil National Alliance today in Colombo, Rep. Ami Bera assured that the United States will do all things possible...

Sri Lanka: Families of ‘Disappeared’ Threatened

Image:A woman holds a picture of a missing relative at a protest calling for investigations into enforced disappearances, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 14, 2020.  ©...
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