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Sri Lanka monks vow to resist deal with Tamil minority
Sri Lanka monks vow to resist deal with Tamil minority

Sri Lanka's hardline monks on Monday broadened a growing campaign by the Buddhist clergy against the government, threatening street protests if the island's Tamil minority is granted greater autonomy. Radical monk Maagalkande Sudaththa said hardline Buddhists were mobilising Sri Lankans from the majority Sinhalese ethnic group to resist a new power-sharing…

AFP - Jul 10 10:29 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, BlackJuly ]

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"Militti" Army Camp In Jaffna Should Be Removed – CM Vigneshwaran

C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, making a statement in Vavuniya, said considering the fire and explosions of the ammunition storage at the Kosgama Army Camp, the ammunition storage in the “Militti” army camp in Jaffna should be removed along with the entire camp. He pointed out that maintaining weapons storages in populated…

Hiru - Jun 14 12:50 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Jaffna, BlackJuly, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Black July The absence of the collective guilt

    Black July The absence of the collective guilt

    Among many reasons the one that I hold as the most crucial is the lack of remorse and absence of an apology shown by the Sinhalese Majority to the minority that was victimized in the July pogrom. We have not apologized for the gruesome murders, rape, arson, robbery, torture committed by chauvinistic elements of the majority, abetted by authorities and applauded by…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 24 15:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, SriLanka, BlackJuly ]

  • 60, 40 & 30 Years Ago in July: Triumphs and Bungling by JRJ

    60, 40 & 30 Years Ago in July: Triumphs and Bungling by JRJ

    “It is a lack of courage on my part, a lack of intelligence on my part, a lack of foresight on my part” -J R Jayewardene, Executive President of Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka Sunday Observer of August 16, 1987, reported a distraught Sri Lankan Head of State, who was seated by the side of Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi at the media briefing that followed…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 21 17:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, BlackJuly ]

  • 'Historic opportunity' at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

    \'Historic opportunity\' at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

    “The meetings and talks with the Government of Sri Lanka are so different than they used to be, so that leads us to greater expectations…There was suffering across all Sri Lanka, every community suffered and accountability must address the grievances in the North, but also allow that all [people] in Sri Lanka feel like all their concerns are being addressed,” he…

    UN News Centre - Mar 10 19:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, Geneva III, BlackJuly ]

  • The aftermath: Aluthgama two weeks on

    The aftermath: Aluthgama two weeks on

    Two weeks have passed since violence broke out in Aluthgama and Beruwala on the 15th June- a day that will go down in the history books of Sri Lanka as nothing short of a dark, dark day. These are a few photos I managed to take while carefully stepping through the rubble of the affected houses, and a personal account of conversations with affected residents and…

    GroundViews - Jun 30 13:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, BlackJuly ]

  • Tamils rally at Queen's Park

    Hundreds of Tamil-Canadians gathered at Queen’s Park Sunday afternoon to remember countrymen who were killed 27 years ago during Black July — a time when a wave of violence swept through Sri Lanka. “During the riots that took place in July 1983, nearly 3,000 Tamils lost their lives, hundreds of thousands had to flee the country or became displaced, and millions…

    Toronto Sun - Jul 26 09:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, BlackJuly ]

  • Remembering Black July:Tamils hold vigil at Centrepointe to commemorate 1983 riots

    Remembering Black July:Tamils hold vigil at Centrepointe to commemorate 1983 riots

    Black July refers to the massacre of 3,000 Tamil people and the destruction of 250,000 businesses and homes owned by Tamils that took place in Columbo, Sri Lanka between July 23 and July 26, 1983. Every year, Tamils from across Ottawa gather to hold a vigil remembering the family and friends they lost and those that are still there. The events of Black July may…

    Your Nepean - Jul 29 12:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, BlackJuly ]

  • ‘Neighbours’, but so what?

    One oft-asserted claim in reference to Sri Lanka’s ethnic crisis and especially the Tamil demand for independence on the grounds of persecution by the Sinhala-dominated is that most Tamils live outside the Northeast, i.e. “amongst” the Sinhalese. In short it is implied, Tamils and Sinhalese have basically amicable relations, because, firstly, Tamils are…

    Tamil Guardian - Aug 02 12:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, BlackJuly ]

  • Tamils mark 'Black July'

    Tamils in Montreal will mark the 25th anniversary of ethnic pogroms in Sri Lanka with a vigil in Place d'Armes tonight at 7. Canada and Australia were the first countries to admit Tamil refugees following the violence. The Tamils are a minority in Sri Lanka, the country once known as Ceylon. In the 2001 Canadian census, 92,000 people cited Tamil as their mother…

    Montreal Gazette - Jul 29 12:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, BlackJuly ]

  • That massacre upon massacre

    In July 1983, there were 23 detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). TELO mandarins Kuttimani, Thangathurai, Jegan and three others, who had appealed against their death sentences following the Neervely bank robbery in 1981, were in one cell in B3; 28 Tamils detained under the PTA were in cells at C3; another 29 Tamil youths taken on suspicion and…

    Sunday Times - Jul 27 16:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

  • South African Tamils commemorate Black July

    More than 600 South African Tamils assembled at the Kharwastan Temple Hall in Chatsworth South Africa to observe the 25th anniversary of Black July, Friday. The African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, Sisa Njikelana from Gauteng Province, delivered the key note speech, comparing developing situation in Sri Lanka to those in Rwanda and Brundi. The…

    TamilNet - Jul 26 13:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, South Africa, BlackJuly ]

  • Remembering the riots that triggered 25 years of conflict

    For a quarter of a century, Selvadurai Sornalingam has treasured a faded, yellowing document. "It is a reminder of my honeymoon," he told IRIN, only half-jokingly. He received the document when he registered at a welfare centre established in an airport hanger south of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, during the fourth week of July 1983, when deadly anti-Tamil…

    IRIN - Jul 25 12:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

  • Canada reiterates the need for accountability in Sri Lanka

    Canada reiterates the need for accountability in Sri Lanka

    “Today, we join Canadians of Tamil descent and members of the Tamil community to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the events of Black July,” the Canadian Prime Minister said in a statement. “As we pause to reflect on the dark days of the Sri Lankan Civil War, we must continue to work to heal the wounds of all those who suffered.” “Canada welcomes…

    CDN - Jul 24 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, SriLanka, BlackJuly ]

  • Rights Issues Hinder Lanka Bid For EU Trade Concessions

    Human rights and governance issues appear to hinder Sri Lanka's efforts to regain major trade concessions under the European Union's General System of Preferences Plus (GSP Plus) scheme, which it lost in 2010 on grounds of human rights violations during and after the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV.Although an EU delegation which came to Lanka in March this year was…

    NIE - May 09 13:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, BlackJuly, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: The Tamil Experience of being Alienated at Home

    Tamils were forced to see themselves not as Sri Lankans who by accident of birth were Tamil but as second-class aliens. What mattered was not character and contribution but a Sinhalese identity. Mr. Duleepkumar was one of those who had fondly (“fondly” also in the Shakespearean sense of “foolishly”) believed in a Sri Lanka of inclusion, decency and justice. Mr…

    SAAG - Jul 25 12:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Australia, BlackJuly ]

  • The 'Talibanist Buddhists' attacking Sri Lanka's Muslims

    The \'Talibanist Buddhists\' attacking Sri Lanka\'s Muslims

    Bodu Bala Sena espouse hardline Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and have been accused of inciting religious hatred against Sri Lanka's minorities, including before June's violent assaults on Muslim communities."The greatness of an ethnic group can only be elevated by respecting the other and not by attacking the other,” said Rajapaksa from Mattala, after the clashes.…

    AA - Jun 30 13:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, BlackJuly ]

  • July, a ‘cruel month’ of the year no more?

    July, a ‘cruel month’ of the year no more?

    Has the terrible abomination, which was Black July, now ceased to exist? This is the question which the conscience-stricken among us need to ask ourselves. Whereas in former times, Black July was consistently commemorated every year by the state and progressive, humanistically-oriented sections of the Lankan polity, July 2009 has almost ended with hardly a murmur in…

    The Island - Jul 30 02:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, BlackJuly ]

  • Tamils gather to remember

    Hundreds of Tamil Canadians descended on Queen's Park yesterday to call on the Canadian government to do more to help the estimated 300,000 displaced Tamils living in internment camps in Sri Lanka and to thank Canada for granting them refuge here. About 1,000 observed a moment of silence in memory of the Tamil victims of Black July, considered by many to be the…

    Toronto Sun - Jul 26 12:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, BlackJuly ]

  • Memories of a Black Moon - the 1983 riots in Sri Lanka

    My mind goes back to how thrilled we were when our teachers suddenly told us that school was going to be closed immediately. There was no explanation; we had no understanding of why this might be and no reason to wonder. We were happy that we would not have to wait till August for our holidays. I was even more excited because my father had just given me a fantastic…

    Groundviews - Jul 29 20:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

  • Sri Lanka's July terror

    On July 3 a convicted prisoner, Sainool Miswar, was assaulted and killed at the Negombo Prison in Sri Lanka on the very first day of his sentence. Thereafter an eyewitness, Saiyadu Mohammed Abu Ubaida, who had talked to the prisoner before his death, was also severely assaulted, both in prison and when he returned home, in order to prevent him from giving evidence…

    UPI Asia Online - Jul 29 00:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

  • 25th Years since Black July

    25th Years since Black July

    Newly married Selvadurai Sornalingam travels from Jaffna to Colombo on the eve of the riots with his new bride and mother. They are caught in the middle of an ethic whirlpool. They escape through the sheer courage of a gusty Sinhala landlord who shields them from a mob. Five days after arriving in Colombo, they find themselves in a refugee camp, instead of at their…

    Sunday Leader - Jul 26 23:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

  • All Our Black Julys

    It was 4 a.m. that Monday morning in July 1983 when the telephone call from Ramachandran my old classmate at Royal woke me up. As only those who have grown up together from childhood can be so friendlily rude to each other, I snapped why he was waking me up so early. His answer yanked me out of sleepiness. He said that he was leaving that morning to his adopted…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 25 20:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

  • Reflections on Black July in art, literature and theatre

    Artists and writers in different parts of the world reflect through various ways on Black July 1983, the state-sponsored pogrom against Tamils in Sri Lanka, marking its 25th year. Citing some of the aesthetic expressions, a play in English to be staged in Canada on Saturday is based on the post-pogrom phenomenon of refugee hearing. While an ongoing art exhibition in…

    TamilNet - Jul 24 19:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, BlackJuly ]

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