Our final post. Thank you. Please be assured our work will continue.

January 28, 2012 Comments Off on Our final post. Thank you. Please be assured our work will continue.

Dear all,

Three years ago, on 27th January 2009, we began Tamil Justice, as the very first bombs of the Sri Lankan Government fell on our homeland – Tamil Eelam.

As the international community silently watched the bloodbath of our loved ones, seven young Australian Tamils began a hunger strike in Sydney to ask the Australian Government to speak out against the massacre unfolding in the island of Sri Lanka.

What began as a way for us to document international reaction, Tamil diaspora activism and reports of the horrific and devastating atrocities taking place against the Tamil people of Sri Lanka, transformed into a platform of information for diaspora Tamils, journalists and politicians.

It also became a way for us to channel our sadness, frustration and anger as we helplessly watched our people get massacred.

Over the 3 years we have made 2895 posts and had 19594 views. We believe It is the most comprehensive archive of the activism that took place in Australia during and after the war.

Today as we end this part of our work, be assured that our efforts will continue through other forms.

We thank all those who have given us words of encouragement and advice to make this blog a success.

There is still so much to do. We have only just started.

For regular updates on news regarding Eelam Tamils you may visit these website: www.tamilnet.com and www.tamilguardian.com.

– Tamil Justice team

2012 Human Rights Watch Report on Sri Lanka

January 24, 2012 Comments Off on 2012 Human Rights Watch Report on Sri Lanka

HRW Sri Lanka – World Report 2012

The aftermath of Sri Lanka’s quarter century-long civil war, which ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), continued to dominate events in 2011. In April United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report by a panel of experts that concluded that both government forces and the LTTE conducted military operations “with flagrant disregard for the protection, rights, welfare and lives of civilians and failed to respect the norms of international law.” The panel recommended the establishment of an international investigative mechanism. Sri Lankan officials responded by vilifying the report and the panel members.

The government has failed to conduct credible investigations into alleged war crimes by security forces, dismissing the overwhelming body of evidence as LTTE propaganda. The government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), characterized as a national accountability mechanism, is deeply flawed, does not meet international standards for such commissions, and has failed to systematically inquire into alleged abuses.

In August the government allowed emergency regulations in place for nearly three decades to lapse, but overbroad detention powers remained in place under other laws and new regulations. Several thousand detainees continue to be held without trial, in violation of international law.

Update on SL News

January 3, 2012 Comments Off on Update on SL News

Global Post – Sri Lanka: new test of India’s global influence

Deccan Chronicle – ‘The Tamil diaspora does not want peace

New York Times (Opinion) – Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Government ready to discuss scopes on Police, land powers with TNA – Govt Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella

The Hindu – ICG wants independent international investigation into Sri Lanka’s civil war

India Ministry of External Affairs – Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka

BBC Sinhala – 26,000 not resettled due to HSZ

BBC Sinhala – India cannot dictate terms says Govt

BBC News – Sri Lanka ‘wheelchair tax’ condemned by UK charity

Sky News Australia – Sri Lankan MP held over Briton’s death

Groundviews – Ending the Exile and Back to Roots: Fears, Challenges and Hopes

Deccan Chronicle – Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa

Deccan Chronicle – ‘For Lanka, India comes first’

Counter Punch – A Brief Assessment – Sri Lanka’s Truth Commission

ColomboPage – Sri Lankan government ready to discuss police and land powers with Tamil party

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Lessons learned?

IEWY News – LLRC recommendations will help accelerate national reconciliation – Russia

The Economic Times – Lankan lessons: War crimes and Rajapaksa regime

The Sunday Leader – Tamils, Indians, The LLRC Report And Rajapaksa Politics

Xinhua News – Sri Lanka’s PM commends China for strong support

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: Extravagance — national pride to continue in 2012 as well?

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: The New Year Wish List- 2012

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