Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever

[International Crisis Group] Two years since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka is further from reconciliation than ever. Triumphalist in its successful “war on terror”, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has refused to acknowledge, let alone address, the Tamil minority’s legitimate grievances against the state. The regime destroyed […]

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields continues to make waves

[Channel 4 News] One week after broadcast, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields has been watched by over a million viewers in the UK* and over 270,000 views worldwide on VoD. The film has been viewed on 4oD in over 30 countries. On Tuesday, the film was screened to diplomats and US media in New York. United Nations missions from […]

Sri Lanka: Fears for Tamils deported from UK

[BBC] A BBC reporter said that the deportees were questioned and later released and that they appeared to be a mixture of failed asylum seekers and overstayers. Human rights groups have criticised Britain, saying the mainly Tamil asylum seekers may not be safe. The UK government dismissed the fears. [Full Story]

Call to delay UK Tamil deportations to Sri Lanka

[BBC] Amnesty International says that at least one of the failed asylum seekers tried to commit suicide on Wednesday night at an airport detention facility. The fate of the Tamils is currently unclear. Some are reported to have had their deportations deferred. Others, however, are reported to be heading to the airport for departure. Amnesty argues […]