“Sri Lanka Has No Capacity To Hold Any Credible Investigation” by M.A. Sumanthiran (colombotelegraph.com)

The Human Rights situation in the North and the East, and indeed in all parts of the country continues to deteriorate. Not holding anyone accountable for the grave crimes committed during the last stages of the war, has its heavy price. Similar incidents are bound to recur and that is what is happening, particularly in the North and East of the country at present. Recently 109 very young Tamil girls were said to have been recruited to the Army from the Districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. No formal procedures were followed and some of them have managed to escape and return home. 16 others were said to have suddenly gone down with ‘mass hysteria’ and admitted to the Kilinochchi hospital one day and no one was allowed to meet them. All this raises grave suspicions as to the actual status of these girls in the Army. My colleague, Hon. Shritharan raised the matter in Parliament and he was promptly subjected to a Criminal Investigation Department inquiry in breach of Parliamentary privilege. Since he raised the question of privilege, now the Terrorist Investigation Division has raided his office in Kilinochchi, claims to have recovered some explosives and astonishingly, condoms and pornographic material! They have also arrested two of his staff and are holding them under the PTA. Handbills were distributed in Kilinochchi with pictures of the alleged pornography saying ‘This is your MP who speaks about young women being abused by the army’. He was also summoned to the TID office and subjected to a three hour inquiry just last week. Human Rights Watch has released a 141 page report two days ago on the sexual abuse of Tamil detainees. The 150,000 strong army presence in the Northern Province – one soldier to every five civilians – says more of what goes on in the open in the Tamil areas. This sense of impunity has been brought about solely due to the fact that no one has had to answer yet for the serious allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the last stages of the war. The UN Panel of Experts recommended an independent investigation into this with international supervision.

Via http://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-has-no-capacity-to-hold-any-credible-investigation/

source: Groundviews and www.colombotelegraph.com

“Fix accountability for rights violation, India tells Sri Lanka” Sandeep Joshi (The Hindu)

Even as the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) took up for discussion a U.S.-sponsored resolution on issues related to Sri Lanka, New Delhi on Wednesday said Colombo would have to fix accountability for the alleged violation of human rights and torture of Tamils and ensure a sustainable settlement of issues concerning them.

“There is no future [in Sri Lanka] unless there is reconciliation, there is no future unless there is accountability,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, replying to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Via http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/fix-accountability-for-rights-violation-india-tells-sri-lanka/article4459748.ece?homepage=true

source: www.thehindu.com

“Change CHOGM venue – Miliband” by Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

UK MP and former Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, supporting further action on Sri Lanka at the 22nd Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, in a video message, urged the UK and other Common-wealth members to call for a change of venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to be held in Colombo.

Via http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-25494-news-detail-change-chogm-venue-miliband.html

source: www.ceylontoday.lk

CfP(oems): Poems invited for Taj Mahal Review, 19th issue, Jun 2013

Taj Mahal Review is published in June and December annually.

Poems and stories may be submitted by all authors, whether first-time or published writers. The poems (maximum 35 lines), essays, short stories, literary articles and reviews (maximum 2500 words) must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

Haikus may also be submitted. (Maximum 10)

Esperanto Essays and Poems with English translations may also be submitted.

The matter sent for publication must be an original creation of the author. The plagiarised work should not be submitted. Your submission declares that the work is original, and your own.

The contributors are also advised to give their full address, e-mail, and personal profile while submitting their work.

World copyright of each writing published will rest with the authors.

Proudly published by Cyberwit from the finest paper and composing including beautiful cover and design, Taj Mahal Review gives you the finest that the Publishing has to offer. A global feel with poets and writers around the world. An Award and certificate called AZsacra International Poetry Premium For Taj Mahal Review will also be given to selected poets.

The Journal will be in the form of both Paperback & Hardback.

Dr. Santosh Kumar (India)

Editorial Advisor
Mara Cristina Azcona (Argentina)
Ban’ya Natsuishi (Japan)

Managing Editor
Karunesh Kumar Agrawal (India)

How to submit:

A.) By email to


ALLAHABAD – 211011 (U.P.)


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Email: info@tajmahalreview.com
Visit the website at http://www.cyberwit.net/pages/submissions

source: H-Asia

“Former War Zones in Sri Lanka Left Struggling” by Dinouk Colombage (Groundviews)

While road development is continuing, there seems to be little else happening in these areas. Housing schemes are taking off, but the people seem to rely on themselves in this aspect. Schooling, while happening, is under terrible circumstances and jobs are hard to come by.

Via http://groundviews.org/2013/02/27/former-war-zones-in-sri-lanka-left-struggling/

“இலங்கை: தமிழ் கைதிகள் பாலியல் வல்லுறவுக்கு ஆளாதல்” by Human Rights Watch

தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் (எல்ரீரீஈ) என சந்தேகிக்கப்பட்ட உறுப்பினர்களையும் அதன் ஆதரவாளர்களையும் துன்புறுத்துவதற்கு இலங்கையின் ஆயுதப் படைகள் பாலியல் வல்லுறவையும் ஏனைய பாலியல் வன்முறைகளையும் பிரயோகித்து வந்துள்ளதாக மனித உரிமைகள் கண்காணிப்புக் குழு (Human Rights Watch)இன்று வெளியிட்ட ஒரு அறிக்கையில் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளது. 2009 ஆம் ஆண்டு மே மாதம் முடிவடைந்த ஆயுதப் போராட்டத்தின் போது சிறையில் பரந்தளவில் பாலியல் வல்லுறவுகள்  நிகழ்ந்து வந்தன எனவும், அதே வேளையில் அரசியல் நோக்குடனான பாலியல் வன்முறைகள் இராணுவத்தினாலும் போலீஸ் படையினாலும் தொடர்ந்தும் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டு வருகின்றது எனவும் மனித உரிமைகள் கண்காணிப்புக் குழு கண்டறிந்தது.

link to read the article: http://www.hrw.org/si/node/113915

source: www.hrw.org

“දෙමළ රැඳවුම්කරුවන් ලිංගිකව දූෂණය කිරීම: ශ්‍රී ලංකාව” by Human Rights Watch

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආරක්ෂක හමුදා දෙමළ ඊලාම් කොටි සංවිධානයේ (LTTE), සාමාජිකයන් හෝ ආධාරකරුවන් බවට සැක කෙරෙන පිරිස් වද හිංසා කිරීමට ඔවුන්ව ලිංගිකව දූෂණය කරන බවත් වෙනත් ආකාරයේ ලිංගික ප්රචණ්ඩත්වයන් භාවිතා කරන බවත් අද නිකුත් කළ වාර්තාවකින් Human Rights Watchසංවිධානය කියා සිටියේය. 2009මැයි මාසයේදී අවසන් වූ සන්නද්ධ ගැටුම් කාලය තුල අත්අඩංගුවේ සිටියවුන් දූෂණය කිරීම බහුලව සිදු වූ අතර දේශපාලන දිරිගැන්වීම් මත පොලිසිය සහ හමුදාව ප්රචණ්ඩත්වය අද දක්වාම සිදු කරන බව Human Rights Watch ට දැනගන්නට ලැබුණි.

link to read the article: http://www.hrw.org/si/news/2013/02/26-0

source: www.hrw.org

“Sri Lanka : Des détenus tamouls sont victimes de viol” by Human Rights Watch

Les forces de sécurité du Sri Lanka ont eu recours au viol et à d’autres formes de violence sexuelle pour torturer des membres ou des partisans présumés des Tigres de libération de l’Îlam Tamoul (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE), a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui. Suite aux viols généralisés en détention qui ont eu lieu pendant le conflit armé ayant pris fin en mai 2009, Human Rights Watch a constaté que les violences sexuelles à motivation politique commises par l’armée et la police se poursuivent jusqu’à nos jours.

Lien pour lire l’article: http://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2013/02/26/sri-lanka-des-detenus-tamouls-sont-victimes-de-viol

source: www.hrw.org/fr

“Sri Lanka: Rape of Tamil Detainees” by Human Rights Watch

Sri Lankan security forces have been using rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected members or supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While widespread rape in custody occurred during the armed conflict that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch found that politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present.

Click on the link to read the article: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/26/sri-lanka-rape-tamil-detainees

source: www.hrw.org

CFP: ICES conference in Colombo, Ethical Futures: Dialogues on state, society and ethical existence on the 30th, 31st May and 1st June 2013., Colombo

Three years since the end of the war and Sri Lanka still struggles to respond to some of its long standing challenges. While there is an absence of armed conflict, there has been little progress in a realizing a just and equal society where dissent is accepted and diversity celebrated. Civil society and academia on the other hand, continue to imagine and advocate for alternative visions for the country based on an equitable distribution of resources, a respect for diverse identities, and a tolerance of dissent.
The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) has a long commitment to the values of plurality, inclusivity, dissent and critical scholarship. Building on this legacy, the ICES will host a conference that seeks to intellectually seize the current historical juncture and to make it a site for fresh insights into the emerging socio-political and cultural configurations of post-war Sri Lankan society. Regional and international perspectives will be integrated into the discussions, enabling the Sri Lankan experience to be contextualized within larger regional and global trends.
 The conference will bring together local and internationally based scholars and artistes working on Sri Lanka and other post-war societies to create a space for dialogue and engagement. We hope that it will result in a rich body of critical literature and artwork that will contribute to the conceptualization of a more ‘just and equitable future’.
 I am writing to find out if you would be willing to present an academic paper; present an innovative narrative, performance or documentary; or be part of a panel, on any of the following broad thematic areas:
 ·         Aesthetics of dominance and resistance
·         Media, discourse and the construction of reality(ies)
·         Politics of recognition and difference
·         Political economy and distributive justice
·         Narratives of belonging and exclusion
·         Governmentality, welfare and the discourses of development
·         Faith, ideology and secularism
·         Law, legitimacy/ illegitimacy and justice/ injustice
·         Memory, memorialisation, remembering and forgetting
·         Social movements and micro politics
 The ICES is happy to consider contributions outside of these themes so long as they are within the overall framework of the conference. Attached to this mail is a more detailed note that provides the background to the meeting and the conference objectives. I do hope you will consider being part of this initiative and make a strong contribution.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 31st of March 2013. 
If you are interested in participating, please write to ices.ethicalfutures@gmail.com
source: ICES

“Capturing tweets on Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council” by Groundviews

A reminder to include #unlk in your tweets on Sri Lanka during the UN Human Rights Council Sessions over March.

All tweets tagged with #unlk will be archived by Groundviews on the lines of #UPRLKA: Complete tweet archive and related visualisation around Sri Lanka’s UPR review.

siurce: Groundviews

“The Numbers Never Lie: A Quick Look at Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress” By The Social Architects

The administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa won the ethnic war, but Sri Lanka’s protracted conflict is more alive than ever. There is a lot of talk about how the situation in the North and East has improved, but most of these assertions are misleading. The rebuilding of physical infrastructure alone is not a very helpful indicator when it comes to reconciliation. The dearth of psychosocial assistance being provided, the thousands of disappeared who remain missing and the continued erosion of the rule of law contradict the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) assertion that the country has made meaningful progress on the reconciliation front.
At this point, national reconciliation is not just illusory; it is a fantasy and will be as long as the present regime maintains its antipathetic stance towards human rights, devolution and the implementation of the LLRC recommendations.
Click here for full article.
source: Groundviews

“Military teaching in North schools defies LLRC [updated]” by Sunil Jayasekera

According to a letter issued by the Kilinochchi zonal education director on the 03rd of January 2013, hundred and three security personnel have been employed to teach the Sinhalese language in all schools within the Kilinochchi zone.

It is illegal to employ any person for teaching in government schools other than those who have been appointed by the Ministry of Education and who have been properly trained according to the teacher services regulations. This decision also goes against the LLRC Recommendation which urges that security forces personnel should move out of civil administration activities as a vital step towards post war reconciliation. As per Recommendation 9.134 of the LLRC report, “the security forces should dis-engage itself from all civil administration related activities as rapidly as possible.” In addition to this, Recommendations 9.171 calls for “the phasing out of the involvement of the security forces in civilian activities…”

click to read the article: http://vimarsanam-vimansa.org/report/military-teaching-in-north-schools-defies-llrc/

source: vimarsanam-vimansa.org 

“War on Halal-labelled products: The worst economic hit man now in town” by W.A Wijewardena

It is strange that a nation with a majority of Buddhists has not understood properly what the Master has preached. It is stranger when some in that nation commit unwholesome acts in the name of the Buddha for the protection of the esteemed Dharma he has left behind for the posterity to follow for their own good irrespective of whether they are his followers or not. But it is not the strangest thing to observe here in this Buddha’s land. That is the silence of those erudite Buddhists who know of the Master’s Dharma properly and failure to speak up when they see the worst type of economic hit man being armed and released to prowl freely.

Via http://www.ft.lk/2013/02/26/war-on-halal-labelled-products-the-worst-economic-hit-man-now-in-town/

Source: www.ft.lk

“India to vote against Sri Lanka on war crimes in UNHRC” by Bosco Dominique (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

India will vote in support of a US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka proposed to be moved before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva next month, Union minister in the Prime Minister’s Office ( PMO) V Narayansamy said on Sunday.

Via http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-vote-against-Sri-Lanka-in-UNHRC/articleshow/18666273.cms