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Rant Against Rajapaksa For The Sri Lankan Parliamentary Elections

By: on 8 Apr 2010

The Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections are ongoing and if the President's party wins a 2/3 majority, they can change the Constitution.

It's always a conundrum to describe hardline rulers who use brutal tactics.  Who do you compare them to?

Civilian, Military factions of Government of Sri Lanka Fall Out

Apparently the General and the President are squabbling.  The General:

"Your excellency?s government has yet to win the peace in spite of the fact that the army under my leadership won the war," he said.

"There is no clear policy to win the hearts and minds of the Tamil people, which will surely ruin the victory attained, paving the way for yet another uprising in the future."

Evidence of War crimes in Srebenica being repeated in Sri lanka?

Footage released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri lanka

Comparisons are being made of this footage of killings of Tamil men by Sri lankan armed forces to killings of Muslim men in Srebenica by the Serbian forces and similar war crimes documented else where.

Time To Set Gaza Free

By: on 9 Aug 2009

There is a an international solidarity march taking place in Gaza on New Years Day, 2010.  I believe it will be a big part of what sets Gaza free, and in the long run, maybe Israelis, Tamils, Sri Lankans and others.  Be like Chomsky and others: endorse the march here and sign up to join the march here.

280,000 displaced civilians living in detention camps in Sri Lanka

If it were shocking that there was little done to stop the war in Sri Lanka before, it is almost astonishing how quickly the messy realities left over have receded into oblivion.  An excerpt from the CNN article:

Sri Lanka Still Exists

New York Times article on Tamils in refugee camps.  Just a reminder.

 

 

What Next for Sri Lanka's 2.5 Million Tamils?

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

"We do not know what the other Tamil parties are up to, or what they are looking for," says Suresh Premachandran, a senior member of Parliament with the TNA. "However, if they too are looking for a solution that gives greater autonomy to the northeast, then we have no problem in holding discussions with the Tamil parties. There must be a radical change in the constitution. Both the north and east should be merged and should be given a greater autonomy with more powers."

Article Author: 
Amantha Perera
Article Source: 
TIME

Ethnic Tamils in Malaysia protest against Sri Lankan Govt.

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

Hundreds of ethnic Tamil Malaysians, including MPs, gathered at the Batu Caves Hindu temple to protest against the Sri Lankan Government's "war against Tamils" there.

The rally, organised by the World Tamil Relief and several NGOs, condemned the thousands of Tamils lives lost in the war in northern Sri Lanka.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister M Saravanan said the rally was not in support of any militant group but to show concern for the loss of lives of innocent Tamil civilians.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India

EVENT (New York): The Future of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, the South Asia Solidarity Initiative and Lanka Solidarity

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The Future of Sri Lanka: A Discussion on the Diaspora and Political Engagement in the Post-War Era

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