Stranded in Dubai: Tamil refugees live in ‘constant fear’

After surviving the brutality of the Sri Lankan civil war and its aftermath, 15 refugees face an uncertain future. So desperate for clothing, they fashioned dresses from bed sheets, pulling out individual threads to use as cotton and improvising....

Remembering Fr.Kili: A walk down memory lane

‘Kili’ Father as he was known affectionately was assassinated on 20th April, 2008 by a deep penetration unit of the  Sri Lanka Army. We lost two other members of NESOHR previously. Chandra Nehru  Ariyanayagam....................

In Retrospect: Death of a human rights defender

At around 2.30 am on the 25th of December 2005 , I received a text message from a friend of mine who worked for an international news agency. Since the beginning of “another phase” of extra-judicial killings....

Missing and forgotten: The disappearance of an academic

Six years ago, on the 15th of December, the Vice Chancellor of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka was abducted within a high security zone in Colombo 7. Prof. Sivasubramaniam Raveendranath was on his way to attend.....

The other half of murder: The killing of a child

Could death be a half-truth? This question is obviously a killer’s last hope and best alibi. There is enough truth in that great genre of mystery fiction to suggest that murder can often be an open debate. This does not help the dead.....

One hundred thousand Tamils missing after Sri Lanka War

World Bank population data from Sri Lanka indicates up to a hundred thousand Tamils are unaccounted for after the final war against the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, raising questions about whether they could be dead.....

Petrie Report: What if the UN had spoken out on Sri Lanka?

If today the United Nations announced that it had received unconfirmed reports of 50,000 casualties in a war off limits to journalists - wouldn't the world take notice and try and stop the killings? We now know the UN system.......

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