A distant grief: Mourning the dead in exile

They stood mourning their dead in a cold church hall, hands respectfully clasped in front of them, memories wandering back to Sri Lanka, feet in London sneakers. More than thirty Tamil men and women, refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, very privately.......

Can OMP deliver justice when Sri Lanka's President won't?

Confronted by vocal and combative family members of the disappeared – nearly all women – newly-appointed chairman of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), parried, promised and stretched the truth to sell his organisation as.......

The living and the disappeared: the unending battle for justice

The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in February 2002 engineered many prospects, promises and hopes about many burning issues.  Among them, the.........

Governments change, but the torturers stay the same

These are not things you can tell your wife,” said the Tamil man from Sri Lanka, “you do not talk about these things in my culture”. He’s so ashamed about what the soldiers did to him  - and there were many of them - that this is the first time he’s told.........

The drowned and the saved: Mullivaikkal survivors you don’t hear about

He was literally starving in Harrow - the wealthiest Tamil area of London.  A recent torture survivor from Sri Lanka, he had lost ten kilos in two months in the UK. When he called us for help, he was crying........

Justice or Trade Deals: A defining moment for the EU

Between now and January 2017 the European Union will decide whether to restore the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) trade tax concession to Sri Lanka.  This decision will hinge on the Sri.........

Sri Lanka at a crossroads

There's been a seismic shift. The publication of the UN report on Sri Lanka in September put on record indisputably and for posterity the terrible suffering endured by Tamils in the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war. That acknowledgement.......

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