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.....

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......

Detention of Balenderan Jeyakumari: Why it is so sinister

Just over 200 days ago the Sri Lankan authorities arrested a Tamil mother, Balenderan Jeyakumari, and her teenage daughter. Mrs Jeyakumari had been campaigning to find out what had happened to her 15-year-old son,...

From Tiananmen to Jaffna: Banning community commemoration

The parallels are stark. As the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre approaches, Chinese police have begun detaining activists who might be planning to stage protests against the government for the bloody killings........

Getting the Truth Out: Creating a Sinhala version of 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields'

Sri Lanka is preparing for an election which could change the political landscape of the country  - yet fail to confront the most central issue the island faces. Now it is more.....

No greater sorrow than the loss of one's native land

It was the poetic genius of Euripides who first recognised and recorded one of the most powerful sources of misery in the human condition. “There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land,” wrote one...

UN inquiry just the start of a long road to justice

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did....

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