• 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 […]

    Dancing on Tamil graves
  • Tamil Catholic lands under seige by the Sri Lankan military

    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 is at […]

    Tamil Catholic lands under seige by the Sri Lankan military
  • 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 […]

    No Fire Zone wins Britdoc Impact Award
  • 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. […]

    Sri Lanka tries to block new book on war crimes and genocide
  • 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 […]

    Ananthy Sasitharan: A true woman of the year

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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 […]

Incoherent high commissioner trapped in a web of deceit

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 […]

Sri Lanka: A Dictatorship by any definition

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]