Tamil Tigers

Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister

Callum Macrae | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Callum Macrae

Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British prime minister David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year. Three months later Mrs Jeyakumari sent me a video address in which she warned that she was being followed and harassed as a result of her campaign.

UN: 'The Scene at First Light Was Devastating'

Frances Harrison | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

New photographs have emerged five years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka showing the aftermath of government attacks on a United Nations food distribution centre inside the war zone.

David Cameron 'Mobbed' By Tamil Protestors In Northern Sri Lanka

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's motorcade was 'mobbed' by protestors as he travelled through northern Sri Lanka. Uniformed police fought with a crowd of up to 200 ...

Why Do We Call Chemical Weapons "Weapons of Mass Destruction"? They're Nothing Of The Sort

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

All of us have a visceral, emotional reaction to the use of chemical weapons. It repulses us... Yet there's a question that must be asked: why are we more offended by the killing of civilians with chemical weapons than we are by the slaughter of far greater numbers of civilians with conventional weapons?

Sri Lanka's 'Three Brothers' Pass Up the Chance of Lasting Peace

Paul Reynolds | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK
Paul Reynolds

Why has the international community - especially former colonial power Britain, key stakeholder India, and major investor China - failed to create a framework of incentives for peace ?

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields Tourism

Frances Harrison | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK
Frances Harrison

The Sri Lankan military is advertising a newly constructed hotel in the heart of the killing fields in the north of the island, where tens of thousands of minority Tamils were killed in 2009. Right in the heart of what was rebel territory, the hotel overlooks the stretch of water that became the frontline during the final bloody months of the conflict.

One Hundred Thousand Tamils Missing After Sri Lanka War

Frances Harrison | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK
Frances Harrison

In March in a small coastal village called Puttumattalan where a hundred thousand people had taken shelter, Murugan says he was ordered to bury 700 people who died trying to cross over the lagoon to the army side at night.

What If the UN Had Spoken Out on Sri Lanka?

Frances Harrison | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK
Frances Harrison

If today the United Nations announced that it had received unconfirmed reports of 50,000 casualties in a war off limits to journalists - wouldn't the world take notice and try and stop the killings? We now know the UN system had this information in 2009 about Sri Lanka and suppressed it. We know this because of an internal review, commissioned by the UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon. It's a report that concludes that the UN's conduct at the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka marked a "grave failure" that "should not happen again".

New Book Details Sri Lanka's 'Habit of Denial'

Helena Williams | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home
Helena Williams

It saw one of the bloodiest conflicts of this century, and yet many still only see it as a tropical paradise. While the south boasted palm-fringed beaches - a picture-perfect destination for cocktail-sipping tourists - northern Sri Lanka was a hell on earth for the Tamil minority as government troops clashed with Tiger insurgents.

Sri Lankan President Cancels Jubilee Speech As Protesters Gather On Pall Mall

Posted 06.06.2012 | UK

Hundreds of Tamil activists have gathered on Pall Mall in protest against the Sri Lankan president as he attends a lunch for Commonwealth leaders with...

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields

Callum Macrae | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK
Callum Macrae

In the north east of Sri Lanka just now there is a brutal and repressive clamp-down on the Tamil population. Thousands are still homeless while the military has seized land and homes. Around the world a generation of Tamil youth are burning with anger. If the world does not take action to find the truth and make the perpetrators face justice, that anger may find its expression in a tragic, awful, repetition of history. WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES

Royal Mail Accidentally Prints Stamps Of Slain Tamil Tiger Leader

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.01.2012 | UK

Royal Mail has apologised for any distress caused after some of its stamps were combined with a photograph of the late founder and leader of the Tamil...