• AUSTRALIA EXPOSED AS RAJAPAKSA CRIMES REVEALED

      OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT* The sinister workings of the defeated Rajapaksa regime are being laid before the people of Sri Lanka for the first time in a post-election public purge designed to reinforce the status of the new president, Maithripala Sirisena, and allow him and his backers to claim a new era has dawned for the country. At the […]

    AUSTRALIA EXPOSED AS RAJAPAKSA CRIMES REVEALED
  • A cell in The Hague, the nightmare for Colombo’s rulers

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: The transformation of Maithripala Sirisena in the past two months ranks among the most successful election make-overs in modern history. By the time Sri Lanka went to the polls this week, Sirisena had undergone a change that would have been envied by the most skilled Hollywood make-up artist. The face of complicity in a brutal, corrupt, […]

    A cell in The Hague, the nightmare for Colombo’s rulers
  • Australia urged to push for new way in Sri Lanka

    The Tamil Refugee Council urges the Australian government to use the change of leadership in Sri Lanka to push for a resolution to the country’s most pressing issue – the long-standing oppression and persecution of Tamils. Mahinda Rajapaksa, president since 2005, conceded defeat in the election today, allowing his former ally, Maithripala Sirisena, to take over the leadership of the […]

    Australia urged to push for new way in Sri Lanka
  • The targeting of Tamil women through militarization : A lesson in history

    By Cressida: The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) captured the Jaffna peninsula from the LTTE in December 1995.  The SLA’s premeditated coldblooded murder of thousands of civilians during this so-called ‘Battle of Jaffna’ much before the genocidal attacks of 2009 has been well documented. As a consequence of this occupation by the SLA of Jaffna the whole peninsula was militarized which […]

    The targeting of Tamil women through militarization : A lesson in history
  • Torture is okay by Australia: Just ask Abbott

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: While it created the predictable media waves for a few days, it was hardly a shock to learn from a US Senate report this week that the CIA used torture as standard practice in the so-called war on terror. The world was also remarkably unsurprised to learn that US allies, such as Australia, were in on […]

    Torture is okay by Australia: Just ask Abbott

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How corruption became the norm for Rajapaksa

How corruption became the norm for Rajapaksa

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: Absolute entitlement, above all else, is the driving force behind the Sinhalese chauvinists who control the political and economic machinery of Sri Lanka. Ever since the British departed in 1947 and left a constitution that allowed the majority Sinhalese to begin its brutal, unrelenting oppression of the Tamils, the belief that the island, and all its […]

An election with no choice for Tamils

An election with no choice for Tamils

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa siphons millions of dollars from the public purse every year to employ international propagandists to try to launder his image and somehow make people forget he’s currently being investigated for war crimes. Yet the foul odour of brazen corruption, illegality and brutality never leaves him. It’s ingrained in his Sinhalese […]

Australia deports more Sri Lankans to danger

Australia deports more Sri Lankans to danger

Tamil Refugee Council: The Australian government has almost certainly condemned another group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers to persecution, including torture, by returning them to their homeland, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. The Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, announced today that a boat containing 38 people from Sri Lanka had been intercepted by an Australian customs vessel near the Cocos […]

Losing Territory: Land grabs in Tamil Eelam

Losing Territory: Land grabs in Tamil Eelam

By Cressida: The claim to the right of self-determination by the Tamils in Tamil Eelam from early days has been based on their identifying themselves as a separate Nation. Traditional understandings of the concept of nationhood have focused on the said People sharing a common language, ethnic identity, history, culture and more relevantly be in occupation of a definite territory. […]

Dancing on Tamil graves

Dancing on Tamil graves

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: As the Tamil people in their homelands in Sri Lanka prepare to commemorate their war dead this week, they must, as usual, close the blinds in their homes and look guardedly over their shoulders as they light their candles or offer their simple prayers for their fallen heroes. It is illegal for Tamils to remember their […]

Tamil Catholic lands under seige by the Sri Lankan military

Tamil Catholic lands under seige by the Sri Lankan military

By Cressida: People of predominantly Tamil Catholic fishing village of Maathahal in Northern Sri Lanka have been internally displaced for more than two decades. They had to leave their village to escape the heavy shelling and gunfights in the early 1990s. The village comprising all their private lands was declared part of a High Security Zone (HSZ) in 1992 and […]

No Fire Zone wins Britdoc Impact Award

No Fire Zone wins Britdoc Impact Award

No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka was one of 5 documentaries to win Britdoc Impact award on Friday. As a consequence  of winning this award, No Fire Zone has been nominated for “Netflix High 5” award which would be worth $5000 for the campaign. You have to be on twitter to vote. Go to: http://www.britdocimpactaward.org/films/nofirezone and hit […]

Sri Lanka tries to block new book on war crimes and genocide

Sri Lanka tries to block new book on war crimes and genocide

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia has privately tried to get Melbourne’s Monash University to withdraw its support for a new book about Sri Lankan Government war crimes, the Tamil Refugee Council has learned. The book, “Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How The Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away With Murder”, by experienced Australian journalist, Trevor Grant, is published by Monash University Publishing. […]

Ananthy Sasitharan: A true woman of the year

Ananthy Sasitharan: A true woman of the year

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: They emerge out of the pitch darkness of the night or the enveloping mist of the dawn, or even under a cloudless sky at high noon, the buzz of their motor-cycles, or screech of the tyres on their vans, announcing their menacing presence. Anywhere, anytime in the Tamil homelands, where the M16 rifle and jackboot rules […]

Travel ban adds to Tamil repression

Travel ban adds to Tamil repression

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: As the Sri Lankan government pursues its long-held objective to obliterate Tamil identity and culture, the charade of democratic rule  in the country is exposed by the day. The repression that is at the heart of this genocidal ambition reveals itself in so many ways that it becomes impossible to pretend any more that there is […]