• The law of the jungle rules in Sri Lanka

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: If you are going to run a successful dictatorship, there is nothing more important than making certain that you nobble the courts and its officers, all the way from the Supreme Court down to the regional magistrates. On this score, few despotic rulers have been more effective than Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa. After coming to […]

    The law of the jungle rules in Sri Lanka
  • Legality and morality no longer matter in Sri Lanka

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:At the same time as the learned members of the UN Human Rights Committee were asking yet more questions in Geneva this week about the brutality of the Sri Lankan government, the answer was there for all to see on a public street in Ratnapura, 100 kilometres south-east of Colombo. There, in broad daylight, a khaki-clad police […]

    Legality and morality no longer matter in Sri Lanka
  • Incoherent high commissioner trapped in a web of deceit

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:If it wasn’t so serious, you might have been reduced to laughter while watching Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia attempt to defend the indefensible yet again this week. After witnessing a documentary on SBS television, detailing yet more credible allegations of torture by the Sri Lankan military, Admiral Thirasa Samarasinghe was asked specific questions about the […]

    Incoherent high commissioner trapped in a web of deceit
  • Sri Lanka: A Dictatorship by any definition

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:As the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa eagerly grabbed a rare chance to address the UN in New York this week, taking the opportunity to attack his hosts, it was legitimate to ask whether he would allow the reverse to happen? Would he allow the UN to come to his neck of the woods and take him […]

    Sri Lanka: A Dictatorship by any definition
  • Fundamental and far-reaching accountability needed in Sri Lanka says UN Human Rights Chief

      The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that fundamental and far-reaching accountability is necessary in Sri Lanka in an oral update delivered to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today on the UN inquiry into mass atrocities in the country. Stating that he “believes that a more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past […]

    Fundamental and far-reaching accountability needed in Sri Lanka says UN Human Rights Chief

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University of Sydney cozies up to accused war criminals

University of Sydney cozies up to accused war criminals

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:The noted University of Sydney academic Danielle Celermajer says she wants to find the best way to spread the message about human rights abuses in this world. As the director of the university’s human rights’ programs, one of her goals, she says, is to ensure universities can help develop more effective strategies for human rights advocacy. “I’m […]

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Educating the masses at the point of a gun

Educating the masses at the point of a gun

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:The news might have been shocking in other places in the world but the dateline of Colombo rendered it unremarkable. The much-feared, and loathed Terrorist Investigation Division last month had raided another university campus, this time arresting a group of Tamil students who dared to complain publicly about the bashing of one of their friends. It’s a […]

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A brutal regime that can’t afford to face the truth

A brutal regime that can’t afford to face the truth

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:When Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his senior government ministers declared at the end of the civil war five years ago that his military had just completed a humanitarian mission with zero casualties, the outside world understandably looked on with bemusement. How then, people asked, can you explain the tens of thousands of bodies that lay […]

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The brutal reality of a military occupation

The brutal reality of a military occupation

The voluminous white gown and blood red scarf worn by the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa are more than a benign statement of traditional Sinhalese values. It’s also about trying to hide the true nature of his despotic rule. However, the disguise fools no-one. The world is wide awake to the reality that it’s the khaki, green and blue uniforms […]

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Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder

Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder

Down through history, the perpetrators of genocide have relied on their propagandists as much as their bombs and torture chambers. As well as their actions to try to destroy a nation’s people, its culture and identity, they must be able to deny they have done so. Thus, during and after the execution of their crimes, it’s imperative for them to […]

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Tamils understand Palestinian pain and suffering

Tamils understand Palestinian pain and suffering

As the shattered Palestinian communities in Gaza once again begin the torturous process of recovery from another criminal bombing campaign by the apartheid government in Israel, the survivors of the murderous military attacks in the Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka five years ago will share their pain. Like the Palestinians, the Tamils know what it is like to be bombed […]

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Orange lifeboat plan for Tamil asylum-seekers

Orange lifeboat plan for Tamil asylum-seekers

Australia was planning to use its controversial orange life-boats to send back to India 157 Tamil asylum-seekers held on the high seas for three weeks, the Tamil Refugee Council has learned. One of the Tamil asylum-seekers taken secretly to Nauru on Friday night told the council today he and eight others had been instructed on how to drive the life-boats […]

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The hidden suffering of Tamils in Indian camps

The hidden suffering of Tamils in Indian camps

When persecuted Tamils in northern and eastern Sri Lanka literally have to run for their lives – as they’ve been doing for more than 30 years — it’s commonly asserted that the safest, most straight-forward destination for them is 30 kilometres across the Palk Strait in India. It’s true on one count. It’s a lot closer than places such as […]

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Images of genocide still haunt the Tamils

Images of genocide still haunt the Tamils

As the commemoration of the 1983 Black July pogrom comes around once again, I return, as usual, to a single image which was long ago seared into my brain. It is of a naked Tamil man, set alight and slowly burning to death in a Colombo street, as his Sinhalese attackers gleefully dance in a circle around him. Like the […]

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Australia rolls out red carpet to extremist monk

Australia rolls out red carpet to extremist monk

As the Australian government happily trashes the country’s international reputation in order to keep asylum-seekers at bay, there is no end to its cynical accommodation of the brutal regime in Sri Lanka. News of Australia’s latest move in support of the Rajapaksa government emerged just a few days after the Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Sri Lanka to […]

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