Land Rights

Injustice against Tamils in Sri Lanka Continues: DMK

Expressing concern over a report on the Sri Lankan army’s “continued occupation” of traditional Tamil homeland, DMK on Saturday said it showed that the scene has not changed despite a change of guard in the island republic.

Party chief M Karunanidhi said President Maithiripala Sirisena had won the elections with the support of ethnic Tamils, who had been promised demilitarisation of Tamil-dominated areas.

Report Says Lanka Violates Rights of Minorities

Sri Lanka continues to violate human rights of its religious and ethnic minorities even six years after the end of civil war in the country that resulted in the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to a new independent report.

The report “The Long Shadow of War: Struggle for Justice in Post War Sri Lanka,” by California-based Oakland Institute states that the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every 6 Tamil civilians, the Press Trust of India reported.

Sri Lanka Violates Human Rights of Minorities: Report

WASHINGTON:  Sri Lanka continues to violate human rights of its religious and ethnic minorities, six years after the end of civil war in the country that resulted in the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to a new independent report.

The report "The Long Shadow of War: Struggle for Justice in Post War Sri Lanka," by California-based Oakland Institute states that the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every six Tamil civilians.

Sri Lanka Accused of a 'Silent War' Against the Tamil Minority

The report said the newly elected government had showed no signs of concrete actions to end the sufferings of the Tamil people.

A “silent war” is being waged against Sri Lanka's minority Tamil by the country's military, almost 6 years after the end of a decades-long civil war between the majority Sinhalese government and the separatists Tamil Tigers, stated a report published Thursday by U.S.-based think tank the Oakland Institute.

Empty Boxes: The West And Ethiopia’s Elections – OpEd

To no one’s surprise, Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Ruling Democratic Front (EPRDF), swept the country’s recent national elections. In the last election, the ruling party collected 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats, while during these elections it has so far won all of the 442 declared seats (with little more than 100 seats yet to be confirmed). To paraphrase U.S. Under-Secretary Wendy Sherman’s widely ridiculed recent comments, Ethiopia’s democracy keeps getting “better and better.”

Think Tank: Not Enough Progress in Reconciliation in S. Lanka

According to a US think tank, there is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation.  President Mathripala Sirisena's government was elected earlier this year with promises of reconciliation, but the California-based Oakland Institute said on Thursday that no progress had been made in resolving pressing human rights issues, including the fate of tens of thousands of people missing since a long civil war ended in 2009, and in investigating and prosecuting war crimes.  It said six years af

Sirisena Govt. Does Not Have Will to Help Tamils, Says Wigneswaran

Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, has accused the country’s Central government of not “having the will” to help Tamils or minorities.

Pointing out that this had been the “characteristic” of what had been taking place in the country, Mr. Wigneswaran told an international tele-press conference on Thursday night that “the Central government in Sri Lanka will not do anything towards the minorities or the Tamils unless they are forced to do something.”  

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Injustice Against Tamils in Sri Lanka Continues: Karunanidhi

Expressing concern over a report on the Sri Lankan army's "continued occupation" of 'traditional Tamil homeland', DMK on Saturday said it showed that the scene has not changed despite a change of guard in the island republic. Party chief M Karunanidhi said PresidentMaithiripala Sirisena had won the elections with the support of ethnic Tamils, who had been promised demilitarisation of Tamil-dominated areas.

Sri Lanka: Ancora Violazioni dei Diritti Umani nel Tamil

Lo Sri Lanka continua a violare i diritti umani delle minoranze religiose ed etniche, anche sei anni dopo la fine della lunga guerra che ha portato alla sconfitta delle Tigri di Liberazione del Tamil Eelam (Ltte). Lo afferma un nuovo rapporto indipendente, pubblicato dal centro studi californiano Oakland Institute.

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