“Generating Calamity, 2008-2014: An Overview of Tamil Nationalist Operations and Their Marvels” by Michael Roberts

In sum, the propaganda drive initiated by the LTTE and sustained by an ever-growing body of Tamil and other supporters from late 2008 to the present day has secured astonishing success. It is a monument that exemplifies the methods an organisation can use to fool a wide spectrum of intelligent people all over the world, besides drawing support from powerful agencies in powerful state capitals. This success, no doubt, was aided by arcane forces hidden within such state agencies, but I am no Snowden and cannot dwell on these factors in any useful or intelligent way.

via: http://groundviews.org/2014/04/10/generating-calamity-2008-2014-an-overview-of-tamil-nationalist-operations-and-their-marvels/

source: groundviews.org

“The arrest, detention and torture of Tamils in post-war Sri Lanka” by Arthur

There is an alarming trend in the Sri Lankan security forces operation, of arresting the family members of suspects and keeping them as hostages in detention camps. Irrespective of their age, gender and connection to those suspects, the family members are kept under arrest/ detention most notably in the infamous 4th/ 2nd floors in Fort and in Boosa Detention camp under the control of TID.

via: http://groundviews.org/2014/04/11/the-arrest-detention-and-torture-of-tamils-in-post-war-sri-lanka/

source: groundviews.org

“Police in Sri Lanka show their true saffron colours” by Groundviews

One year ago to date, we said “Lest we forget, the Sri Lankan police, who act under the orders and protection of the Ministry of Defence, are far from doyens of impartiality” when they violently broke up a peaceful vigil in Colombo. (http://groundviews.org/2013/04/13/police-in-sri-lanka-show-their-true-saffron-colours/)

A year hence, things have only got worse –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdjdYVXgpqk andhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1CBsyRjDk0.

Does anyone really believe in the Rule of Law and the impartiality of the Police in Sri Lanka anymore?

“Continuing Detention of Tamil Women and a Girl Child under the Prevention of Terrorism Act” by Womens Action Network

In 2009 the government announced that the LTTE has been wiped out from the country with the end of the armed conflict. However, in the past few weeks there have been a number of arrests, including of women under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) supposedly to investigate and counter a renaissance of the LTTE. Most of these arrests were in connection to the search for a man called Gopi who according to media reports quoting military and police spokespersons was killed along with his two associates on 11 April 2014 and that they been buried at state expenses on 12 April in Anuradhapura. Those arrested in connection to these men are still being kept at Boosa camp, in Colombo’s the 2nd and 4th floor of the Terrorism Investigation branch, and in the Vavuniya Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). In these TID and military joint operations men, women, the elderly and children have been arrested.

Via http://groundviews.org/2014/04/13/continuing-detention-of-tamil-women-and-a-girl-child-under-the-prevention-of-terrorism-act/

“Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds” by international.gc.ca

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will suspend its voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat and reallocate the funds for the next two years.

“As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues,” said Baird. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada took a strong and principled stand in not attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, and today’s announcement is an extension of that leadership.

Via http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2014/04/14c.aspx

“The ‘Mad Monk’ Phenomenon: BBS as the underside of Sinhala-Buddhism” by Kalana Senaratne

In the short term, BBS will perish only if it decides to clash head-on with the most powerful in the country, President Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The chances of that happening are slim. But for a phenomenon like the BBS to be rooted out, what is needed is a radical rethinking and re-articulation of what it means to be a ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’. It is only such a re-thinking and re-branding of the Sinhala-Buddhist identity which would make groups like the BBS redundant, unnecessary, deplorable.

Via http://groundviews.org/2014/04/15/the-mad-monk-phenomenon-bbs-as-the-underside-of-sinhala-buddhism/

source: groundviews.org

“Getting Away With Murder” by CPJ

Though Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly five years ago, the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown no political will to address its record of perfect impunity in the nine murders of journalists that have taken place under his leadership, first as prime minister and then as president. Government and military officials are suspected to be behind several of the murders, including the 2009 assassination of prominent editor Lasantha Wikramatunga, known for his critical reporting, and the nearly 10-year-old shooting of Aiyathurai Nadesan, penname Nellai G. Nadesan, an award-winning journalist who was threatened before his death in response to his reporting about the army. Impunity in Sri Lanka is a major factor behind high numbers of journalists going into exile, according to CPJ research.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.443 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants

Last year: Ranked 4th with a rating of 0.431

Via http://www.cpj.org/reports/2014/04/impunity-index-getting-away-with-murder.php


“Forced evictions in Colombo: The ugly price of beautification” by CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES

9 April 2014: The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ latest report “Forced Evictions in Colombo – The Ugly Price of Beautification” raises serious concerns with regard to the displacement of citizens in the city of Colombo due to the Urban Regeneration Project of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. It questions both the ostensible goals and purpose underlying the Urban Regeneration Project as well as the means and processes employed by the UDA and the Government of Sri Lanka to realise them, in particular those pertaining to land acquisition and involuntary resettlement.

Drawing from interviews with affected citizens from across different parts of the city and short case studies of the experience of three different communities – Java Lane and Mews Street in Slave Island and Castle Street in Borella, the report outlines the major issues and concerns with respect to the forced evictions in Colombo.

Of particular concern are the involvement of the military controlled UDA in forced evictions, the modalities of which are similar to those employed in the North and East of Sri Lanka, and the scale which, according to some estimates, could even dwarf displacement in Northern Sri Lanka during the final two years of the war. The report also argues that viewing the forced evictions in Colombo as part of a development project only serves to hide the enormous social, public and human costs.

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) believes that in the process, a range of existing domestic legal and policy safeguards and standards are being flouted with impunity. The report underlines that respect for domestic and internationally recognised standards is crucial to both prevent and minimise forced evictions and ensure that any resettlement results in a significant accretion rather than erosion of civil, economic, political and social rights.

“This report is about yet another key contemporary issue that goes to the very heart of democratic governance in our country – transparency, the rule of law and equality before it. It deserves our critical attention. It cannot and should not be ignored”, says Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director, CPA.

Download the report in full here, or read it online here.

source: CPA

“« Dayana Mini Market », un air de Bollywood dans la vie d’une famille immigrée” par médiapart

Dayana Mini Market suit une famille tamoule originaire du Sri Lanka, installée en France depuis près de 30 ans qui, peu après avoir été expulsée de son logement, doit affronter la méfiance de la société française, les questions d’intégration et les conflits entre générations. La fragilité de leur vie, la force de leur désir, la tendresse qui les unit et les rêves qui les portent font toute la merveille de ce documentaire signé Floriane Devigne. Réalisé dans le cadre de la série documentaire d’Arte « Une place au soleil », Dayana Mini Market a été diffusé à la télévision en janvier 2013.

Lire sur le site d’Arte un entretien avec Floriane Devigne, la réalisatrice. Elle raconte comment lui est venue l’idée de filmer ses voisins ; comment après avoir été actrice, elle en est venue au documentaire ; comment le réel tragique s’est invité dans le tournage ; comment les clins d’œil à Bollywood sont « une sorte de ruse pour pouvoir raconter certains éléments de l’histoire sans faire des interviews face caméra »…

Médiapart offre la possibilité à ses abonnés de visionner ce documentaire sur son site: http://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/040414/dayana-mini-market-un-air-de-bollywood-dans-la-vie-dune-famille-immigree

source: Médiapart

Tamil Documentation Conference April 2013-Sri Lanka

Tamil Documentation Conference – தமிழ் ஆவண மாநாடு

27-28 of April 2013- Colombo, Sri Lanka

Organised by Noolaham Foundation

This conference aims at identifying and discussing the goals that have been achieved so far and the goals that need to be achieved in the future in the areas of documentation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge. Educationists and researchers across Sri Lanka and from other countries will submit their research papers on the following themes at this conference:

  1. History, archaeological documents related to the heritages
  2. Audio, visual and photographic documents
  3. Individual personalities and institutions
  4. Documenting society
  5. Linguistic and literary documentation
  6. Knowledge sharing and education
  7. The role and uses of technology in documentation
  8. Digital libraries, websites and databases
  9. Cataloging and library science
  10. Art, cultural memory and documentation

பல்வேறுபட்ட துறைசார்ந்த விடயங்களையும் ஆவணப்படுத்தல், பேணிப்பாதுகாத்தல் மற்றும் அறிவைப்பகிர்தல் ஆகிய பணிகளில், இதுவரைகாலமும் அடையப்பட்ட இலக்குகளையும் அடையத் தவறவிடப்பட்ட இலக்குகளையும் அடையாளம் கண்டு, வெளிப்படுத்துதலை இம் மாநாடு நோக்கமாக கொண்டுள்ளது. இலங்கை மற்றும் பிற நாடுகளில் இருந்தும் பல கல்வியாளர்கள், ஆய்வாளர்கள் பங்குபற்றும் இம் மாநாட்டில் ஆய்வுக் கட்டுரை சமர்ப்பிக்க விரும்புவோரிடமிருந்து கீழ்வரும் விடயப்பரப்புகளுக்கு அமைவான ஆய்வுக்கட்டுரைகள் எதிர்பார்க்கப் படுகின்றன. இக்கட்டுரைகள் தமிழ் அல்லது ஆங்கில மொழியில் இருத்தல் வேண்டும். ஆய்வுக்கட்டுரைகளுக்கான விடயப்பரப்புகள்

  1. வரலாறு, தொல்லியல் ஆவணங்களும் மரபறிவுப் பதிவுகளும்
  2. ஒலி, ஓளி, புகைப்பட ஆவணங்கள்
  3. தனிமனித ஆளுமைகள், நிறுவனங்கள்
  4. சமூகத்தை ஆவணப்படுத்தல்
  5. மொழி இலக்கியப் பதிவுகள்
  6. அறிவுப்பகிர்வும் கல்வியும்
  7. ஆவணப்படுத்தலில் தொழினுட்பப் பயன்பாடுகள்
  8. எண்ணிம நூலகங்கள் [Digital Libraries], இணையத் தளங்கள், தரவுத் தளங்கள்
  9. நூல் விபரப்பட்டியலும் நூலகவியலும்
  10. கலை பண்பாடு நினைவுகளும் ஆவணப்படுத்தலும்


Noolaham Foundation
No 7, 57th Lane, (Colombo Tamil Sangam)
Colombo-06, Sri Lanka
Phone (Land): 0094 112363261

source:  http://clac.hypotheses.org/882 (Carnets Hypothese Caste, Land and Custom)

“Sri Lanka, retour sur un massacre oublié” par Mark Bradley

“La semaine dernière à Genève, le Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations unies a adopté une résolution visant à faire la lumière sur des crimes de guerre commis entre 2002 et 2009 au Sri Lanka. Entre autres, l’extermination de 40 000 à 70 000 civils, selon les estimations de l’ONU, très majoritairement des Tamouls, par l’armée gouvernementale durant les derniers mois d’une guerre qui a ensanglanté ce pays de l’océan Indien durant plus de vingt-cinq ans, un massacre que le gouvernement de Colombo a toujours nié.”

via: http://www.ledevoir.com/international/actualites-internationales/404152/sri-lanka-retour-sur-un-massacre-oublie

source: www.ledevoir.com