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August 29, 2009

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Upali Cooray: the Unrepentant Marxist

by P Rajanayagam

Text of the tribute by, P. Rajanayagam, Editor of ‘Tamil Times’, on behalf of Upali’s friends and comrades at his funeral on 3 September 2009. [TC]

Losing touch with old friends

by The Economist

A report for the European Union into Sri Lanka’s fitness for preferential tariff treatment is unfavourable [TE]

U.S. voices "grave concern" about Sri Lanka video [TC]

Tradition bound Udappu, the charm of a Tamil village

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“Udappu” is situated between the Dutch Canal in the East, Indian Ocean in the West, Poonaipitty village in the North and Pinkatti village in the South. According to some reports, that there was a flood in this area earlier, and it was called “Udaippu” afterwards. Another report says that people were looking for pure water and sea side, while searching for such place they found “Udaippankarai”. Later, the name derived from “Udaippu” to “Udaippankarai” to “Udappu”, which is currently being called. [HA]

Submit channel 4 tape to forensic expert

By Mangala Samaraweera

The battered international image of our country has been dealt another severe blow with the airing by Channel 4 in the UK of a video clip implicating the Sri Lankan government of extra judicial executions.

Channel 4: UN probing Sri Lanka 'executions'

By Nick Paton Walsh

The UN says it is viewing with 'utmost concern' a video broadcast on Channel 4 News which allegedly shows Sri Lankan troops executing prisoners. [TC]

CPJ award goes to jailed Sri Lankan journalist

Statement by CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists announced today that it will honor imprisoned Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam with a 2009 International Press Freedom Award. [TC

Sentenced Journalist Tissainayagam is Prisoner of Conscience says Amnesty International

The full text of a statement issued on 1 September 2009 by Amnesty International

A High Court in Sri Lanka sentenced journalist Jayaprakash Sittampalam (JS) Tissainayagam to 20 years rigorous imprisonment on Monday, for writing and publishing articles that criticized the government's treatment of Sri Lankan Tamil civilians affected by the war.

Ban says his "Asian diplomatic approach" is misunderstood in the West

"We need to be able to respect the culture, tradition and leadership style of each and every leader," UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, told reporters in a visit to Oslo on Monday, Aug 31st. [TC]

No amount of international pressure can change government's core position

by Jehan Perera

There are many reasons that may be given for Sri Lanka having historically received a significantly higher level of international assistance in relation to its population than other similarly situated countries. [TC]

Government Should Drop Politically Motivated Case-HRW

On August 31, 2009, the High Court in Colombo convicted journalist J.S. Tissainayagam under Sri Lanka’s anti-terror law and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. [TC]

Tamil journalist gets “shameful” 20-year sentence on terrorism charges-RSF

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the “shameful” 20-year jail sentence which a Colombo high court passed today on journalist J.S. Tissainayagam on charges of supporting terrorism and inciting racial hatred in his articles. [TC]

J.S. Tisssainayagam sentenced to 20 years and justice is dead in Sri Lanka

Statement by Asian Human Rights Commission:

The Asian Human Rights Commission is saddened, disappointed and shocked but not surprised at the judgment of the High Court of Colombo in sentencing J.S. Tisssainayagam to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment for a simple piece of writing which he had done and which was interpreted as aiding and abetting terrorism. [TC]

Internally displaced persons: The new front of an old war in Sri Lanka

By: Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

Since the defeat of the LTTE on 18th May'2009 at Nandikadal, the issue of the 300,000 ' Internally Displaced persons (IDPs)' has become the new front to fight an old war. [TC]

My friend Shanthi: A Personal tribute

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me”.

It is with a deep feeling of sadness that I write about my classmate and friend Shanthi who passed away peacefully on July 28th at her residence in Nallur,Jaffna. [dbsj]

Lankan conflict: Has not ceased with elimination of the LTTE

by Lynn Ockersz

The relative silence in some Lankan circles, which not so long ago championed the cause of ethnic peace, gives rise to the impression that all discourse on the National Question is considered inappropriate, superfluous and unnecessary, in these post-LTTE times. [TC]

Lankan rhapsody at Galle [TC]

Shame: A disturbing inability to treat Tamils as fellow human beings

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

"You who live safe,
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man…" - Primo Levi (If this is a Man)

The next cycle of the ‘Tamil problem’ has commenced unseen and unheeded, in the rain clogged internment camps up North. [TC]

Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he is not a failaure in politics

By Frederica Jansz

"I never ridiculed the war. What I said was that while you fight the LTTE, you have to put forward a political solution as well. If the solution was in place, the government could have easily solved other issues that came after the war. There are resettlement and IDP issues. There is confusion if there will be a political solution. Meanwhile, Channel 4 in UK has shown Tamil youths being executed. If the main issues were addressed none of this would have happened. If a political solution were put forward then the LTTE and Prabhakaran would have had a problem." [TC]

Mahinda military model: Eight fundamentals in victory over LTTE

by V.K. Shahikumar

The news about the killing of Prabhakaran sparked mass celebrations around the country, and people poured into the streets of Colombo, dancing and singing. [TC]

Remembering Upali Cooray: From what might have been … to the hell we are in

by Rajan Philips

On Tuesday, August 25, I saw the email subject in the inbox: Upali Cooray – Funeral Arrangements. There is no dearth of death news in a given week, but this one – I was not expecting. [TC]

Amnesty wants urgent action over detained Tamil Doctor

Four doctors released, one still in danger

Four of the five doctors held under emergency regulations by the Sri Lankan government for providing "false information" to foreign journalists have been released on bail. However, Dr S. Sivapalan is still detained without charge, and is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. [TC]

Sri Lankan government to impose onerous restrictions on political parties

By Nanda Wickremasinghe

The Sri Lankan government announced a Parliamentary Elections Amendments Bill on August 6 that will impose tough new restrictions on existing political parties and the formation of new ones [TC]

Implement the 13th Amendment, abolish the presidency

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has taken the campaign to abolish the executive presidency as the most important political task of today

Video evidence of Sri Lankan government war crimes

By Sarath Kumara

A video, broadcast on the British-based “Channel 4 News” this week, has provided further first-hand evidence of the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and its military forces during the final stages of its crushing of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [TC]

August 22, 2009

Aug 23-29:

Erik Solheim to discuss Channel 4 video with with Ban Ki-moon

The following is an English version of a news report appearing in Aftenposten.no., translated using Goolge Translation tool:

by Christopher Rønneberg [TC]

Upali Cooray: A Tribute From Canadians for Peace

by Ratnam Ganesh

Mr. Upali Cooray – Comrade Upali Cooray to the many who worked with him from the left of the political spectrum – relentlessly campaigned against all oppressions and abuse of power in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Statement Condemning Death Threat against Dr. P. Saravanamuttu [TC]

Col R Hariharan: Some Comments on ‘Execution Video’

by Col R Hariharan

A highly disturbing video showing the mafia style execution of a naked man said to be a Tamil prisoner, with his hands tied behind his back, by a soldier was shown on Headlines Today TV today [TC]

Execution Video Shows Need for International Inquiry-HRW

A disturbing video recently provided to the media showing the apparent summary execution of prisoners by Sri Lankan soldiers underscores the need for an international commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by both sides during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

"People in Sri Lanka expected more from the UN"- Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press, the New York City based public interest organization has published a report on the press conference held by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu of Colombo-based Center for Policy Alternatives on Tuesday Aug 25th at the UN building in NYC: [TC]

Conditions not perfect but we saw remarkable improvement in IDP camps

Recent visit to sri lanka: summary report by Tamil expats

Our recent visit to Sri Lanka (July’2009) was intended to see the developments in the IDP camps subsequent to our last visit (March’2009) and evaluate the situation in the country following the defeat of the LTTE. [TC]

Comrade Upali Cooray dedicated his life to protection of human rights

by Lionel Bopage

I join with many comrades and friends, who are saddened by the passing away of Comrade Upali Cooray. [TC]

Comrade Pathmanathan: Well-known figure of the Wanni

(Text of Memorial Lecture in honour of Late Comrade K. Pathmanathan by cabinet minister and Communist party leader Dew Gunasekara) [TC]

Confined Sri Lankan Doctors Acted in Accordance with Medical Ethics

Statement by Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the conditional release from custody yesterday of four physicians, whom the Sri Lankan government has detained since May 16, 2009. [TC]

Time is ripe for urgent reform of the Thesawalamai law

Women’s Education and Research Centre

Thesawalamai is a territorial customary law of Sri Lanka, apart from the General Law of Sri Lanka there are three personal customary laws – Kandyan law, Muslim law and Thesawalamai law – and they all operate strictly within limited parameters. [TC]

Majula Singapura:Are we ready for a Singapore story in Sri Lanka?

by Shyamalee Mahibalan Murugesu

I noticed that among many Sri Lankan’s the euphoria of post war has created once again a heady elation that we are headed towards becoming another Singapore. [TC]

IDP's are not Strangers but our own People -Karu Jayasuriya

When I talk about IDPs, I can speak only as an ordinary citizen of this country and not as a parliamentarian of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. [TC]

UK TV footage claims to show Sri Lankan forces executing Tamils earlier this year [TC]

Pictorial: Warning over Sphere standards in IDP camps as monsoon looms

 

Sphere standards at internally displaced persons (IDO) camps in northern Sri Lanka are being undermined due to overcrowding, say aid workers. [TC]

What is required now is full implementation of 13th amendment

by Lynn Ockersz

US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake could be ‘way off the mark’ when he questions Sri Lanka’s progress in resettling and rehabilitating the IDPs of the North but has given the country and its political leadership something to deeply ponder over and be concerned about when he says that they are very wanting on the question of bringing reconciliation to Sri Lanka. [TC]

Sarath Fonseka speaks about how he won the war

By Deepal V. Perera

The Sri Lanka Army’s strategy of acting like guerrilla organisation, the restructuring of the Army, ending corruption, increasing its strength, firepower and a direct chain of command that went from the top to grass root levels, forced the end of terrorism in the country. [TC]

Canada missed opportunity to right Sri Lanka's wrongs

by Jo Becker

In voting last month to approve a $2.6 billion (U.S.) IMF loan to Sri Lanka, the government of Canada squandered an opportunity to press the government of Sri Lanka on its treatment of war-affected civilians following its military victory over the rebel Tamil Tigers in May. [TC]

Peace Frame-Poongkothai Chandrahasan in conversation

Peace is the dividend Harvard-trained filmmaker Poongkothai Chandrahasan, 28, seeks after 25 years of the conflict between the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government which recently came to a gory end in her homeland. Poongkothai, who hails from an illustrious family of lawyers and peace activists, is a woman with a vision for her war-torn nation. [TC]

August 15, 2009

Aug 16-22:

Recent revelations of serious Police abuses and their impact on the Rule of Law

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply perturbed by the recent events involving shocking acts of abuse of authority by officers of the Sri Lankan Police. [TC]

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka leaves Geneva this weekend [TC]

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, CPA Executive Director, receives death threat [TC]

IDP Situation: In this 'noblest' of all countries 'who cares for whom?'

by Kusal Perera

The IDP's and the war affected have once again been through another agonising and stinking phase in their recently mauled life. This time, much before the monsoon rains, but due to heavy rains and floods. [TC]

Two major events have put the five-decade old Tamil struggle at cross roads

by Col R Hariharan 

Two major events –the arrest of Selvarasah Pathmanathan, better known by his acronym ‘KP’ alias Kumaran Pathmanathan and the union council elections in Jaffna and Vavuniuya in the first ten days of August – have put the five-decade old Tamil struggle at cross roads. [TC]

VOA Editorial: 'Sri Lanka IDPs Are Waiting' [TC]

Government’s Failure to Free Displaced Civilians Worsens Situation-HRW

Floods caused by heavy rains unnecessarily threaten more than 260,000 displaced Tamil civilians whom the Sri Lankan government has unlawfully detained in camps in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

Monsoon Miseries of  Manik Farm Complex IDPs

by Col.R.Hariharan

The Menik Farm complex and its temporary shelters, showcased last month as model for camps for people displaced due to the war, has become camps of misery for the residents as monsoon rains are lashing the area. [TC]

In Pictures: Heavy rains compound IDP woes

Heavy rains exacerbated poor conditions for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Sri Lanka over the weekend. [TC]

lf Political Vacuum Continues T.N.A Will Overtake EPDP and PLOTE - Dayan Jayatilleka [TC]

Legitimacy of peace and reconciliation depends greatly on democratic accountability

by Vasuki Nesiah

In recent weeks there has been some talk about a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) as something that will allow Sri Lanka to come to terms with its troubled past and move forward into the promise of its ‘post-war’ future. [TC]

Flooding of Vavuniya IDP Camps-Possible outbreak of Epidemics: PUCL demands immediate intervention of Gov.of India and International Community

PUCL expresses concern about reports from the IDP (Internally Displaced People) Camps in Vavuniya area housing Sri Lankan Tamil about severe flooding of the camps following heavy rains for the last 2 days. PUCL apprehends that the IDP camps will turn into `death traps’ unless urgent measures are taken to safeguard lives of the 300,000 inmates. [TC]

In Pictures: Annual fire walking of Rukmani Sathyapama Sametha Sri Paarthasaarathy Thiraupathathevi Devasthanam, Udappu

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasbapathipillai

 

Much awaited annual fire walking of Rukmani Sathyapama Sametha Sri Paarthasaarathy Thiraupathathevi Devasthanam’s was held on 5th of August 2009 at night. It was a windy day in Udappu throughout the day. [HA]

Attacks on free media put displaced civilians at risk - Amnesty International

Attacks on journalists, relentless intimidation, and government-imposed restrictions on reporting threaten freedom of expression in Sri Lanka and jeopardize the safety and dignity of civilians displaced by war. [TC]

View from behind the barbed wire-by a UNHCR Canada legal officer

Interview with Denise Otis, a UNHCR Canada legal officer who just returned from serving on UNHCR's Emergency Response Team in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Police Violence – “What goes around comes around”

A statement by the Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo

The recent spate of violence perpetrated by certain Officers of the Police Force against civilians is cause for grave public concern.

India Must Facilitate not Force Durable Political Solution in Sri Lanka

by Col. R.Hariharan

The Sri Lanka’s security forces’ remarkable success in inflicting a crushing defeat on the Tamil separatist insurgents of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in the Eelam War IV in May 2009 has wide implications not only for the struggle of minority Tamil population for autonomy but also in the context of India – Sri Lanka relations. [TC]

Northern Tamils have conveyed their message through polls

by M.S.M. Ayub

After having lost more than 60,000 citizens of all three communities in the country in a three- decade-long bloody civil war that has just ended, a party heavily lenient to the rebels defeated in that very war has displayed that it is a formidable force among Tamils. [TC]

August 09, 2009

Aug 9-15:

Tamils in Sri Lanka: Time to dream anew

By: Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

Dreams are a prelude to progress. Dreams lay the framework for achievement. Dreams must precede groundwork and realization. [TC]

Buddha’s Savage Peace'

by Robert D. Kaplan

I had always wanted to go to Kandy, for no other reason than that I was in love with the name: so airy, fanciful, and obviously suggestive of sweet things. [TC]

A roadmap for relief'-Concerned Citizens Forum of South Asia

A delegation of eminent citizens and representatives of civil rights organisations met Mr. S.M. Krishna, Union Minister of External Affairs here today, and urged the Government of India to ensure speedy rehabilitation of internally displaced people (IDPs) and other war-affected people in Sri Lanka.[TC]

"Let our People go Home"

English translation script of the Sinhala interview appeared in Ravaya weekly on 9th August, 2009 [TC]

‘Sri Lankan government has an obligation to release civilians and provide adequate assistance'

Hans van de Weerd, General Director of MSF Holland, has recently returned from Sri Lanka. Here we ask him about the situation in the northern district of Vavuniya, where there are over 260,000 displaced people as a result of the now ended war between the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [TC]

SLMC, TNA move SC against Elections Amendment Bill

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Tamil National Alliance yesterday petitioned the Supreme Court against the Bill Titled ‘Parliamentary Elections (Amendment)’, gazetted on July 20, 2009. [TC]

Banning ethnic and religious parties: Putting the cart before the horse

by Lynn Ockersz

On the face of it, a reported decision by the government to bring in the relevant legislation to ban what are considered religious and ethnic parties, could be just what this country needs, but would not it be a case of the state merely papering the cracks in our divided polity, or another instance of the state putting the clichetic cart before the horse? [TC]

Mahinda and Praba have kept Tamil society out of Sinhala politics

By Kusal Perera

The most ignored of all elections in the North came to a close with different view points and the EPDP boss accepting he has not fared as well as he should have. [TC]

The UNP will never let go off its dream for Sri Lanka

by Karu Jayasuriya

The following is the full text of a statement issued by UNP deputy leader Mr.Karu Jayasuriya following the results of elections to the UVa Provincial Council , Jaffna Municipal council and Vavuniya urban council: [TC]

Mahinda cannot afford to waver like Arjuna in the Kurushetra battlefield

by Somapala Gunadheera

The results of the Northern local government elections appear to be an eye-opener. It was the general impression before the elections that the TNA was defunct with the end of the war. [TC]

Lakshman Kadirgamar’s statue and Rohitha Bogollagama’s pettiness

August 12th is the fourth death anniversary of former Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)in Colombo. [TC]

The 1953 "left" hartal that resulted in Dudley's resignation as Premier

by Walter Wijenayaka [TC]

Future of Tamil Militancy in the Aftermath of LTTE Military Defeat

by Col. R.Hariharan

The death of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the charismatic founder-leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), along with almost the entire first and second line leadership in the last lap of the Eelam War IV in May 2009 represents a milestone in the history of Tamil militancy in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Video: Safety and dignity for the displaced people now

Watch the video and take action on Facebook, via the AICrisisApp. Add it to your profile. [TC]

Northern: TNA does well on platform of Tamil identity, rights and autonomy

by Jehan Perera

The just completed local government elections in Jaffna and Vavuniya were the first in a long while to take place in those northern towns. [TC]

Sri Lanka under pressure to clarify circumstances of Tamil Tiger leader capture

The Sri Lankan government was facing calls to explain how it captured and extradited the new Tamil Tiger leader 'KP' Selvarasa Pathmanathan last week. [Daily Telegraph]

Amnesty International Launches special campaign over plight of Wanni IDP's

Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the recent war in North East Sri Lanka and living in camps are being denied basic human rights including freedom of movement, said Amnesty International as Secretary General Irene Khan today launched the Unlock the Camps campaign at the start the organization's International Council Meeting, a gathering of international delegates in Turkey. [TC]

UN worker ‘bites’ man and lands diplomat in middle of nepotism row [TC]

Ajith Samaranayake’s 55th Birth Anniversary: The incomparable writer

by Wijitha Nakkawita

Among those who traversed the halls of fame was Ajith Samaranayake whose memories go down over three decades since we became acquainted in the corridors of Lake House as young men starting a career in journalism [TC]

Election Day Report: Uva Provincial Council Elections,Jaffna MC & Vavuniya UC Elections-2009

By The Centre For Policy Alternatives

8th August 07:00pm, Polling in the elections to the Jaffna Municipality, Vavuniya Urban Council and Uva Provincial Council was relatively incident free with voter turnout figures of 20%, 49% and 62% in the three areas respectively. [TC]

Jaffna, Vavuniya results show that govt. has long way to go in winning over Tamils

By: Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

I had serious reservations about the decision to hold local government elections in Jaffna and Vavuniya cities, within months of the LTTE being defeated and before the tragedy involving 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) was resolved. [TC]

Jaffna and Vavuniya poll results open new chapter in history of Tamil politics

by Dayan Jayatilleka

The history of Tamil politics is the history of a struggle between two tendencies. This was so well before Prabhakaran and continued during the Tamil Eelam wars in the form of the Tigers. [TC]

Blow To Attempts To Form Neo-LTTE

by B. Raman

The post-Prabakaran attempts by some never-say-die sections of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora across the world to resurrect the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suffered a blow on August 6, 2009, when the Malaysian security agencies handed over to their Sri Lankan counterparts Kumaran Pathmanathan (known as KP), whom they had reportedly picked up from a hotel a few hours earlier. [TC]

The Illegal Abduction of Selvarasa Pathmanathan in Malaysia

Full Text of Press Release by Committee for the formation of a Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam: [TC]

'Operation KP’: the dramatic capture and after

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesperson on defence affairs, Keheliya Rambukwella, announced at a special press conference on Friday that Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias “KP” was in military custody. [Hindu]

Video: "Wherever you are, come home to me"

Thousands who fled their homes during the fighting will not be able to cast their ballot because they are still living in government-run camps. [TC]

Behind the Rajapaksa brothers' smiles

AFTER human excrement was dumped outside his house two years ago, M.A. Sumanthiran, a Sri Lankan human-rights lawyer, put up security cameras. He had won a ruling to stop the eviction of hundreds of Tamil migrants from Colombo and the enemies he made then have not gone away. [TC]

MSF Ready to Help Fill Huge Gaps in Medical Services

Any health system would have difficulties responding to the needs of over 260,000 people who recently came out of a war zone. [TC]

"Operation KP": Extraordinary rendition of New Tiger Chief

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias “KP” a.k.a. Kumaran Pathmanathan is currently in the custody of Sri Lankan officials at a secret location. A team of terrorism investigators is interrogating the man who was designated last month as head of the re-structured Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [dbsj]

August 02, 2009

Aug 2 - 8:

New Tiger Chief “KP” arrested and brought to Sri Lanka

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias “KP” a.k.a Kumaran Pathmanathan was arrested by the Police in Thailand on Wednesday August 5th and brought to Sri Lanka on Thursday August 6th. [TC]

Media banned from covering local elections in two northern cities [TC]

Time to stand up against state terror and militarisation of society

by Kusal Perera

“Irom Sharmila” a young ordinary woman from Manipur came to my ambit of reading while I was in the company of a pioneering social activist from India, who has very many contacts in the troubled Indian North - East provinces. [TC]

Sangaree protests to Mahinda about arrest of Kilinochchi G.A.

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) President Veerasingham Anandasangaree has strongly protested over the arrest,detention and interrogation of Kilinochchi Government Agent Mr. Nagalingam Vethanayagan. [TC]

Sri Lankan government launches “war on the underworld”

By Sarath Kumara

The increasingly militaristic character of the Sri Lankan government has been underscored by its declaration of a “war on the underworld”.[TC]

Former LTTE Child Combatants:The long road home

By Uditha Jayasinghe

Long winding roads are known to lead to unusual places and the one we travelled on was no different. [TC]

Sri Lankan government stalls on release of Tamil detainees

By Sarath Kumara

The Sri Lankan government continues to detain nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians despite growing anger inside the country, particularly among the Tamil minority. [TC]

Adopt International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings-HRW

Third Anniversary of ACF Murders Marked by Government Inaction, Intimidation

The Sri Lankan government's gross mishandling of the investigation into the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers in the northeastern town of Mutur three years ago demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. [HRW]

Visiting the I.D.P. camps: A subjective experience

dbsjeyaraj blog

It was on July 22nd that I posted an article by Lilani Jayatilaka on this blog with my heading “A Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Sri Lanka”?. [dbsj]

Prospect for peace and progress in post-war Sri Lanka

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

Since the end of the damaging and futile war and the annihilation of the LTTE leadership mid-May this year, many Sri Lankans have expressed conflicting views on the way forward towards lasting peace and development. [TC]

In Pictures: Kannagipura/ Kannagipuram Radio Drama inaugural

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Kannagipura/ Kannagipuram Radio Drama was launched on July 28th 2009 at Young Asia Television. The drama is produced by Young Asia Television. It is the first time such a drama series are produced in both languages- Sinhala and Tamil. [TC]