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.........

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.......

In Defence of Diaspora: Sri Lanka's invisible victims

There's typically a sense that once people have fled their country they no longer deserve a full stake in its future. Perhaps the assumption is exiles have assimilated elsewhere, their children no longer speak 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.........

Shattered, but Unbroken: Survivors of torture in Sri Lanka

Perhaps it would have been better to have died that day,” she said, “and yet I have a desire to live”. Surprisingly perhaps, this comes from a woman whose struggle is by no means over. Any day now she could be rounded up in the country where she lives....

With just 273 political prisoners in custody, how many have disappeared?

New questions about wartime and post-war disappearances in Sri Lanka emerged following a bombshell revelation that the Government hs only 273 political detainees in its......

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Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

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