• 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
  • 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 […]

    How corruption became the norm for Rajapaksa
  • 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 […]

    An election with no choice for Tamils
  • 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 […]

    Australia deports more Sri Lankans to danger

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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 […]

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

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

‘Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder‘ by Trevor Grant, is a powerful book, containing many details that will inform, energise and enrage even those who are familiar with Sri Lanka, let alone those who are new to understanding the issues that continue to fester on this island. Trevor Grant’s contribution to the literature on Sri […]

The law of the jungle rules in Sri Lanka

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 […]

Legality and morality no longer matter 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 […]