January 28, 2012 Comments Off on Our final post. Thank you. Please be assured our work will continue.
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.
– Tamil Justice team
January 24, 2012 Comments Off on 2012 Human Rights Watch Report on Sri Lanka
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.
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
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
Sky News Australia – Sri Lankan MP held over Briton’s death
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
Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Lessons learned?
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