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Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government: Memorials can be destroyed, not memories

Image courtesy heartresearch.com.au. Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government for the continued destruction of the people's fundamental rights and reconciliation process! Memorials can be destroyed,...

Evoking the Undead Tiger, the Eternal Bogeyman: The Consequences of Forgetting the Past -Ambika Sathkunanathn

Image: The day after Sri Lanka police demolished the Jaffna University memorial. (Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter photo) “If only they would respect Tamils as humans.” An alleged...

India insists meaningful devolution must include the 13th Amendment – GTF

File photo: Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is with President Rajapaksa. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the statement by Indian External Affairs...

Sri Lanka should be a United Republic comprising the Centre and of the Regions; Presidency should be ceremonial – TNA Consitutional proposals

Image: TNA discussed its Constitutional reform proposals with the visiting Indian minister for External affairs Dr. Subramaniam Jaishankar this morning at India House, informed...

It is in Sri Lanka”s ”own interest” to meet expectations of Tamils, says Jaishankar

Colombo, Jan 6 (PTI) India on Wednesday called on Sri Lanka to meet the expectations of its minority Tamil community for equality, justice, peace...

“Release Tamil political prisoners”: Families and civil groups launch a campaign in North-East Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations, civilians, clergy, and Tamil politicians today (5th  January 2021) jointly launched a campaign...

Sri Lanka: FEATURESFlashbacks of reinforcing 13A – Austin Fernand

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has recently said that the Provincial Council (PC) elections will be held when the ground situation is conducive. Minister Sarath...

Sri Lanka: Police file PTA case against Uthayan newspaper over LTTE leader photos

Image: The front page of Uthayan on 26 November 2020. Sri Lankan police have filed a case under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against...

Sri Lanka: Police interrogate Tamil journalist for reporting of Sinhala settlements on Tamil cattle farmers’ land

Sri Lankan police officers interrogated Tamil Guardian’s Batticaloa correspondent and Batticaloa Press Club (BPC) Secretary, Selvakumar Nilanthan at his home, for highlighting the military-assisted...

Protests against land grabing in the guise of archaeology in N&E of Sri Lanka

Image courtesy of HRW. In recent times more protests have been reported in the Tamil dominated areas of Sri Lanka against land grabbing attempts by...

‘Ensure our safety!’ – Mannar government officials demand justice for murdered colleague (Update)

55-year-old S.Vijendran a village officer to the Iluppaikadavai area in Mannar, was killed in a mysterious attack by a group of unidentified persons on...

Sri Lanka’s militarisation is destroying Tamil livelihoods – TNPF MP

Image: A file photo of a military checkpoint in Colombo. The proliferation of Sri Lankan military checkpoints, illegal fishing by Sinhala fishermen with the assistance...

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...

[email protected] 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...
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