• Sri Lanka: A Dictatorship by any definition – 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 to task, or […]

    Sri Lanka: A Dictatorship by any definition – Trevor Grant
  • 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
  • University of Sydney cozies up to accused war criminals – 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 exploring human rights […]

    University of Sydney cozies up to accused war criminals – Trevor Grant
  • Educating the masses at the point of a gun – 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 murky story that […]

    Educating the masses at the point of a gun – Trevor Grant
  • A brutal regime that can’t afford to face the truth – 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 buried, or strewn, […]

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

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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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‘WHERE IS FEBRINA?’ THE WORLD ASKS A CRUEL AUSTRALIA

‘WHERE IS FEBRINA?’ THE WORLD ASKS A CRUEL AUSTRALIA

This week a gorgeous three-year-old Tamil girl in a fairy costume became the public face of the despair and suffering that is at the core of Australia’s vicious, racist policy on asylum-seekers. Little Febrina’s smiling face beamed out from the front pages of newspapers around the world and brought home to everyone why Australia, once the welcoming ‘lucky country,’ has […]

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TAMIL RELATIVE MAKES PLEA TO MORRISON: ‘DON’T HARM OUR BABY’

TAMIL RELATIVE MAKES PLEA TO MORRISON: ‘DON’T HARM OUR BABY’

A relative of a three-year-old girl missing on the ‘disappeared’ Tamil asylum-seeker boat has made a personal plea to Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, to protect his family from harm. “I am desperate to know where my family is. I can’t function at all not knowing. I know all of them would be in very big trouble if sent back […]

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‘CRIMINAL’ AUSTRALIA VIOLATES TAMIL HUMAN RIGHTS

‘CRIMINAL’ AUSTRALIA VIOLATES TAMIL HUMAN RIGHTS

The Australian government’s reputation as a supposed strong defender of human rights’ has been in free fall for several years but it reached a frightening new low this week. With its’ criminal, secretive abrogation of its responsibilities to a boatload of Tamil asylum-seekers, it has become an unashamed perpetrator of human rights’ abuses. The Australian Government this week achieved new […]

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