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Sri Lankan Govt. Systematically Violating Human Rights Of Tamils & Other Minorities: New Report

A new report on the state of human rights in Sri Lanka finds that a silent war continues in which thousands of Tamils, mostly Hindus and Christians, are still internally displaced and subject to military occupation and fierce discrimination by the predominantly Buddhist Sinhalese majority.

Anuradha Mittal is the founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute

Anuradha Mittal is the founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute

The new report “The Long Shadow of War: Struggle for Justice in Post War Sri Lanka” by the US-based think tank the Oakland Institute finds;

  • 6 years after the end of the war, the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every 6 Tamil civilians.
  • The army has engaged in large-scale property development, running luxury tourist resorts and business ventures on land seized from local populations. Thousands of Tamil families remain displaced on their own land, helpless witnesses of this ‘development’.
  • Tamil culture and history are being systematically suppressed by a government-led effort to construct victory monuments and Buddhist shrines that speak to Sinhalese domination in former Tamil homelands, where even now few Buddhists live.
  • Thousands of people continue to be missing since the war ended in spite of the government’s promise to engage in a process of truth and reconciliation. A 2012 UN report referred to more than 70,000 missing while other estimates are twice that number.

“While much has been made of the peaceful government transition that took place after elections in January of this year, the investigators raise concerns as to whether the new President Sirisena, has the political will or space to deal with these issues.” says the Oakland Institute.

“The recent appointment of Major General Jagath Dias as the Army Chief of Staff, one of the armed forces’ highest post, despite the fact that under his command the 57th division was implicated in serious human rights abuses, rebuffs current government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes through a domestic accountability mechanism,” said an internationally renowned expert on human rights and land issues and executive director of the Oakland Institute, Anuradha Mittal.

“This is a vital moment for the future of Sri Lanka. Until the new government takes decisive action to curtail and reverse the colonization process, truly replacing the culture of impunity with a culture of responsibility and accountability, there is little hope that the Tamils and other minorities will be treated justly. It should be the responsibility of the international community, and not a political dilemma, to ensure the human and land rights of the minorities in Sri Lanka,” she added.

Read the report here

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    This “think Tank” should think and concentrate on Palestinian issues, Iraq, Syria, Oil rich arab countries violating human rights of third world workers etc. than stupid reports on Sri Lanka.

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      Nuisance

      “This “think Tank” should think and concentrate on Palestinian issues,”

      Friend and lifelong supporter of Palestinians, the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Israel on 9 Jan 2014 and was welcomed on his historic first visit to Israel in an official reception by President Shimon Peres.

      It was a good time for him to have had a quiet word with Shimon Peres or threaten to invade and liberate Palestinians. He flunked it.

      Now that Tony Blair has resigned from being the Middle East peace envoy here is the best chance to appoint MR as the new envoy. One has to have experience in committing large scale war crimes. MR fits the bill and fits well.

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        Native Vedda

        Yes But ‘Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’ At least has the Guts to Address the Issue when it came to that Conflict.

        Unlike the Paymasters the USA where this Bogus Institution is based. Do Fools Like U even know what is happening in the Occupied Terrorties?????????????? All payed by the USA. Wonder why the Silent by these Institution on that matter. Maybe the USA might cut the Funding as they withe Certain UN Institution’s Just for accepting the Palis as a Cultural Nation with the CANADIANS. Also DONT GET ME STARTED what they DID to the PEOPLE of ‘diego garcia’ because like the song says ‘ it’s all about the base’ And that other Bogus Group International Crisis Group more war Criminals than justice.

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          janaka

          “At least has the Guts to Address the Issue when it came to that Conflict.”

          It was a Hindian project to finish off the LTTE lock stock and barrel. In early 2005 Hindians persuaded Chandrika to commence preparation for the final showdown, provided everything except lethal weapons.

          It was only a continuation of what Hindians started in 2005. They provided enough funds to MR in order to bribe VP to rig the elections. MR was elected as the president in 2005 and followed Hindians’ strategy supported by USA.

          Had indeed Hindia and USA decided to save LTTE and innocent people they did have appropriate tools in their possession to stop the war and war crimes.

          Please speak to MS Prabha who was the RAW chief in Sri Lanka during the last leg of the war.

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            vedda,
            Again an irrelevant response! With or without the Indian support MR was bold enough to stand up against the west. Which other leader stood that way? India had to support SL to win the war in which ever way they can and also whether they like it or not. Why? MR was getting closer and closer to China. Except for all that corruption of the MR regime I would still give credit for his bold stand on terrorism.

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              Nuisance

              “MR was bold enough to stand up against the west.”

              Shameless MR was conveniently hiding under Muktsari Pajamma and behind Sonia. West had no option but to listen to Narayanan, Ajith, Siva Sankaran Menon, …..

              “MR was getting closer and closer to China.”

              Please note India is 20 miles away from this island whereas China is only 4500 miles closer.

              “I would still give credit for his bold stand on terrorism.”

              Watch this b**less Mahinda:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBHDfrJPrbk

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQhvQ8ypBy0

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                vedda,
                Are you serious???
                What kind of response is this? Stop writing garbage and polluting the cyberspace?

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            You just can’t stomach the fact that it was the Sri Lankan Security forces that wiped out your beloved terrorists as an effective fighting force. The fact remains that there are still LTTE camp followers amongst us who assume different personae to vilify our liberators, however much they attempt to veil their obnoxious activities. Repetition of the absurd claim by YOU will never make it FACT.

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              Ramuuuuuuuuuuuuu

              Another version of your history perhaps.

              “You just can’t stomach the fact that it was the Sri Lankan Security forces that wiped out your beloved terrorists as an effective fighting force.”

              of course they killed innocent civilians in thousands between 1971 and 2009 and claimed victory over Premadasa’s favourite terrorists LTTE and MR’s favourite terrorists JVP.

              Weren’t they hiding behind their women folks and VP’s bum when Hindians invaded this island? Shameless war criminals didn’t have the stomach/b***s to fight an invading army however they would fight only their unarmed civilians and claim great victory over over mass graves.

              Great achievement little islanders.

              ” who assume different personae to vilify our liberators, “

              You mean war criminals.

              “Repetition of the absurd claim by YOU will never make it FACT.”

              Look who is typing!!!!!!!

              If I won’t make it FACT what chance do you have?

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              Come on Ram, tell me why you guys need a seperate state when we are all Sri Lankan??? Stop this LTTE bullshit now and ideas of a separate State – We are all Sri Lankan and have the right to travel anywhere, live anywhere in Lanka… We are a Country, man…. and a Country is made of different eccentricities…

              Some call us a Buddhist Nation… lol… but looking at history, which religion came to Lankan first?? Islam?? Christianity?? Hinduism?? Buddhism???

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                When DID I say we want a separate state, and separate from what ? I am a Sri Lankan quite happy to live alongside others of various ethnicities and faiths as long as they DO NOT demand ‘rights’ and privileges over us.

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                  Ramuuuuuuuuuuuu

                  “I am a Sri Lankan quite happy to live alongside others of various ethnicities and faiths as long as they DO NOT demand ‘rights’ and privileges over us.”

                  Be serious.

                  Whats wrong with demanding what is rightfully theirs?

                  You are not a Sri Lankan, nor a Sinhalese nor a Buddhistsbut you are Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto dweller who is finding ways and means of expanding your ghetto all over the island.

                  Look at the unnecessary prominence given to Sinhala/Buddhism in the constitution.

                  A ghetto dweller cannot see beyond his/her nose. You fit very well.

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                Aku

                “Come on Ram, tell me why you guys need a seperate state when we are all Sri Lankan???”

                Ramuuuuu does not demand separate state but wants the entire island to be turned into a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto.

                He has to get prior permission from Hindians for contemplating the idea of separate Sinhala/Buddhist state within this island. He does not have the b***s to ask them.

                He loves fantasies which later turned into his own version of history.

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            Native Vedda . One word to describe your Ramblings juat like this report WITH NO ACTUAL FACTS. ‘ABSURD’

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              janaka

              “One word to describe your Ramblings juat like this report WITH NO ACTUAL FACTS. ‘ABSURD’”

              Your typing is free but I would like to ascertain truth as facts are sacred.

              Are you for digging out truth or burying it under “Smart Ass Patriotism”?

              “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

              ― Gloria Steinem

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      ‘Palestinian issues’ ISSUES this Brown Monkeys Tink Tank would be shout before the words Freedom are Uttered. And Coming from the same nation where people of different skin colour get killed by the Brutal Police and get away. still its some Brown Coconut Monkey run tink tank not worth the report at all.. BUT Hey Fancy CMB Telegraph as USUAL taking this and decide to High Light This report and also the socalled LTTE Government comments about Fonseka.. Yet how convient it Never showed us the JAFFNA LYnch MOB who took the LAw into their own Hands OR the PRESIDENT visiting Jaffna and Meeting that SLain Girls Family.. DEAR COLOMBO TELEGRAPH what is the FILTER you guys are using?????

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    Anuradha Mittal is the founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute.

    RE: Sri Lankan Govt. Systematically Violating Human Rights Of Tamils & Other Minorities: New Report

    Madam, you hit the nail in the head. Two Words, DOUBLE STANDARDS.

    These Paras, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils, are turning the Land of Native Veddah Aethho int the Land of DOUBLE STANDARDS.

    1.) 6 years after the end of the war, the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every 6 Tamil civilians.

    Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

    Published on Jun 1, 2013 The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

    Why cant thee displaced go home?

    The army has engaged in large-scale property development, running luxury tourist resorts and business ventures on land seized from local populations. Thousands of Tamil families remain displaced on their own land, helpless witnesses of this ‘development’.

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      @ Amarasiri

      When Buddhist Murderpakse butchered Tamils Buddhist Ban-ki-Moon turned other side ,,and allowed killings

      Buddhsit Ban-Ki-Moon even removed UN STAFF from butcher field to avoid eye witness..

      The same Buddhist Ban-Ki-Moon allowed many years to Buddhist Rajapakse to clear all evidences of the massacre of Tamils

      Is this Double Standard or Triple Standrad ?

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        cholan

        “Is this Double Standard or Triple Standrad ?”

        Very Good question, to ask. Please ask them, the UN and the Buddhist Ban-ki-Moon.

        You can also ask Mr. Ban-ki-Moon if he is a Buddhist or a Sinhala-Buddhist and if he has toe or three standards.

        Just Google UN and get the contact information. LTTE and its remnants know, because they appealed to them, ads you well know.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

        Why cant the displaced go home? Double and triple standards?

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    What is meant by “national security” as the main purpose of the army occupation of the north, and its stifling presence in peoples’ lands taken over by force, and its presence in familial occasions and meetings of citizens, and control of citizens’ lives and livelihoods?

    Are northern citizens going to run away with large swathes of land?

    All programs of the military labelled “security” appear to be aimed at activities to deny normal lives and livelihoods of northern citizens, and ensure a climate of fear and insecurity.
    Why build large numbers of Buddhist places of worship, and erect Buddha statues in areas where no Buddhists live – is this not an insult to the Buddha?
    Above report is factual and well researched.

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      ‘Why build large numbers of Buddhist places of worship, and erect Buddha statues in areas where no Buddhists live – is this not an insult to the Buddha?’

      Why plant churches in every Buddhist village? Why are there more mosques than temples in the capital of Buddhist Lanka?

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        paul,

        “Why are there more mosques than temples in the capital of Buddhist Lanka?”

        Correct me if I am wrong: are not most people in Colombo Muslims, Hindus or Christians? Colombo seems to be one of the few places where we all manage to live together without conflicts.

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          in north-east after 2009 May under every BO tree there is a buddha statue closing eyes ..other wise this poor Buddha witness all sins committed by Sinhala forces..and ayatollahs

          This is the way to treat their buddhism

          NAGAVIHARA in Nainatheevu in the Norh was built by Tamils ….

          The details about this Vihara is clearly mentioned in a 2000 years Tamil classic about Buddhist Nun Manimekali …written by Tamil Buddhist Monk ….

          May be after seeing all blood bath Tamils have abandoned this Buddhism …

          Bangaldesh was once Buddhist country (before this they followed HINDISIAM )…they too have changed the religion because of the blood smell in Buddhism

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        Why are there over 200,000 liquor shops in this Buddhist country. Compare this to the number of temples, kovils, churches and mosques.

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          Liquor shops are not spreading political or religious messages. They are allowed because the Government wants the tax revenue.

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            paul

            “They are allowed because the Government wants the tax revenue.”

            Liquor licenses are bought and sold by the cronies. The Tax Revenue is much smaller than the premium they demand and earn.

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            I am saying that there are over 200000 taverns in a BUDDHIST country despite what Buddhism says about alcohol consumption. Do i need to spell out the damages that is done by liquor to the families. One main reason for poverty is the sum spent on alcohol. The violence after liquor is well known. Money spent on liquor and tobacco could serve better if it is spent on welfare of the family.

            As a Buddhist country, we must minimise these habits.

            If you sit in the temple, you will know what they say and and other religious places do not preach bad stuff. But you will know the language by a drunkard. It is some politician and political Bhikkus who launch hate campaigns.

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              Mali,
              Please do not impose Buddhist principles by force,
              They are there for people to follow if they want to!

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        paul

        “Why are there more mosques than temples in the capital of Buddhist Lanka?”

        Could you shed some light on the origin, reason, history, date of this island becoming Buddhist Lanka.

        Please note Buddha renounced his kingsdom.

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        paul
        ‘Why build large numbers of Buddhist places of worship, and erect Buddha statues in areas where no Buddhists live – is this not an insult to the Buddha?’

        Paul it goes wider than that….the “Sri Lanka Buddhism” and Everything they do in the name of Sri Lanka Buddhism is an Insult to Buddhism and Buddha.

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          Aren’t the rapes and caste murders in India an insult to Hinduism? Isn’t the prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence in the West an insult to Christianity and Jesus? Isn’t the evil of IS an insult to the Prophet? Well Sri Lanka, alcohol and Buddhism are no different.

          This is because we are born human beings first. Tamil/Sinhalese, Buddhist/Christian etc come later. Human beings are capable of the greatest corruption and also the greatest compassion.

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            Paul

            “Human beings are capable ………….. and also the greatest compassion.”.

            Are you being serious?

            You only need a few institutionally rotten ones to spoil the barrel. Compassion stands no chance. Mobs carry the day. Rationalism and compassion take leave when motivated by the rotten ones.

            As long as people are motivated by greed, paranoia and stupidity those voices which advocate compassion would drown in the mass hysteria generated by self interests as we have witnessed in the past and continue to see this today.

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            For some unknown reason people like Cholan and Vedda expect Buddhists to follow Buddhism to the letter. The world does not work like that. Nobody expects this of other religions. Hitler and Mussolini were Catholics.

            Buddhists like all others are capable of everything. Need I remind you that Pol Pot too was a ‘Buddhist’?

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              This Philosophy not religion Buddhism preach kindness..tolerance….. peace ..

              Go inside any Buddhist temple you can see paints describing torture..burning a human alive…

              this is exactly what your grandfather..father..cousins..uncles were doing to Tamils since 1956…..

              The truth is buddhism is just a lip service in this country for political benefits…

              Watch and read what are your Buddhists in Mayanmar are doing to Rohingya muslims ???

              Something wrong with this religion….

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            The question is why these buddhist ayatollahs are building buddhist temples user every BO tree in North-East with state funds……??????

            Tamil in SL are Hindus or Christians …..

            This is not Deivanambiya Theesan rule where people follow king when he change his religion …

            Before the arrival of Mahinda people in this country were HINDUS …

            Even many Sinhala Princes have married Tamil royal ladies from South Indian kingdom…..

            and for this reason there are Hindu deities in Buddhist temples in SL this was arranged for the Tamil Hindu Princess to pray when her husband went to Buddhist temple …

            In Thailand even today people pray hindu gods ( popular are Ganesh and Brammha )which are plenty on every street corner…because Thailand also once a Hindu country

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        paul,
        Give up this “Buddhist Lanka” concept of yours. We don’t need religious divide, but we need to separate governance and religion. Religion brings more blood shed and misery to people and take countries backwards than any other entity. Any average person should know that temples, churches and mosques should be built according to the needs based on respective populations. As a Sinhalese I do not approve any religious statues in Airports or in common public places. Can you name a single politician of ours who erect these statues, live and act according to the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity or Islam? Why do you think these politicians erect Buddha statues in Air ports and in towns along highways and roads?

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        Buddhist Lanka ????? really a JOKE

        Even all Sinhalase are not Buddhists

        There is not a single Tamils Buddhist here

        MALAYALI ORIGIN SINHAEASE PRACTICE AND FOLLOW 110% KERALA LIFE STYLE

        but you call this country Buddhist Lanka

        he he he

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          Obviously Cholan you do not realize that ‘Buddhist Lanka’ refers to a culture. I know it is difficult, but try and educate yourself, your IQ need not always be negative.

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            paul

            “Obviously Cholan you do not realize that ‘Buddhist Lanka’ refers to a culture.”

            Splendid explanation.

            In this cultural context would you now explain what Buddhist stand for?

            Did you mean Buddhist Lanka to represent exclusively a section of the population, culturally of course?

            What are the attributes of this culture you refer to Buddhist Lanka? How would one affiliate oneself with this culture?

            My IQ is much much lower than any other person born and bread in this island therefore please educate me.

            PS:

            I do not want to live without learning new concepts that springs here, there and everywhere. I will be grateful for a definition and brief history of “Buddhist Lanka”

            Thanks a lot for educating me.

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              What I mean dear Ayurvedic Doctor (Native Veda) is that the literature, architecture, customs, poetry, language, art etc have all been predominantly influenced by Buddhism.

              France has been predominantly influenced by Christianity and nobody would deny that it is a Christian country, even if no one attended mass. It’s ethos is Christian just as Lanka’s ethos is Buddhist.

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                paul

                “What I mean dear Ayurvedic Doctor (Native Veda) is that the literature, architecture, customs, poetry, language, art etc have all been predominantly influenced by Buddhism.”

                This island has been influenced by its geography, trade, Indian religions, Indian languages, Indian myths, Indian Culture, Indian Cosmology, Indian Architecture, Indian Vellaikkara Padei (Mercenaries), Indian Kinship and caste system, Arts, Music, Dance, Astrology, culinary, Gene pool, ……………. Cinima, fashion, ………. mostly from South India (Amaravathi) etc.

                Buddhism played only a part in the construction of this island. On the other hand Sinhala/Buddhism played a major role in the destruction of this land.

                “It’s ethos is Christian just as Lanka’s ethos is Buddhist.”

                No country in this world can trace the present Ethos to their past religious believes. In this globalised fast moving world nothing is permanent. If Frenchmen or woman tell you they are a Christian country you should ask them why? Renaissance, Science, Technology, Industrialization, Imperialism, Mass Media, Improvement in Communication, Connectivity, improvement in transport, …………. have had cumulative transforming effect on all countries.

                Most laws of the land are standardized to certain extend and comparable with rest of the world.

                If you seriously want to kid yourself please hold on to national ethos (whatever it may be) and let other to move on.

                Do the law of the land reflect Buddhist cannon?
                By the way what do you consider as Lanka’s Buddhist ethos?

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          Chola, Nikkang Palayang Bang! Malayali origin Sinhalese practice 10% Tamil culture in the north and claim Tamil Eelam. That’s the real joke. There are more authentic Tamil cultural roots/elements in the south than in the north. I should know this because I’m a decendent of the Chola dynasty cleaning drains in Badulla. So it’s better you keep mum on things you know nothing about!

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      justice,

      “Above report is factual and well researched.”

      Maybe it is but I doubt it. I will not waste my time reading it. If you find something NEW in it please post it in the comments.

      I have never found any source for the claim of 150000 soldiers that now became 160000. I assume that part of them are in the East where most civilians are not Tamils.

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    Another paid for and delivered report to suit certain agenda’s. All items fed to it by Tiger loving diaspora.
    The double standards are incredible. Is there any traditional homeland in the USA for the blacks? How about how the native Americans are treated?
    The most important question. Is there any part of the country called Tamil land? I do not know of any Sinhala land or Muslim land in this island.

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    This US influenced Think Tank reports are correct and incorrect, favorable and unfavorable depending on which country it is reporting. In Sri Lanka the minorities, specially the Tamils or the Tamil speakers are systematically side lined and denied justice influenced by hardline Buddhist monks who have taken the role of protectors of Buddhism which in fact is fading from the due respect it had in the past mainly due to the radical monks or “monkey” thugs.

    The government, which is mainly Buddhists, turns a blind eye to the issue
    which makes the radical monks feel that it is a green signal from the government to do what ever they can to harm the non Buddhists.

    Currently the Muslim population is targeted whilst the Tamils have remained the perennial foes. The Sri Lankan radical Buddhist monks take their lessons from the infamous Mayanmar Buddhist monk Asin Wirathu whose face appeared on the Newsweek magazine as the “Face of Terror” for leading a group of terror monks in the murder and displacement of the Rohingiya Muslims of Mayanmar.
    Whereas in Sri Lanka the Muslims trace back their history several centuries ago or as long as the Sinhalese themselves who came to the island from India.

    Meanwhile it must be added that the Oakland based Think Tank spend a lot or time, travel, effort and money to look into ethnic and other problems in other countries, I cannot remember them ever reporting on the wrong doings of US
    which involves many countries. US is famed for being two faced two tongued
    and it’s ill advised invasion of IRAQ and the dismemberment of the country will remain as one of the a worst US crimes of humanity in history. Every American connected to this unjustified mayhem will have to live out their lives with blood soaked in their hands.

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    Can Miss Mttal prove that it is traditional homeland of tamils?
    I can prove that majority are internal migrants of estate tamils, and slaves brought by Dutch for coffee plantations.

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      The slaves brought by Portuguese for cinnamon and coconut plantations in the South talking about coffee plantation, LOL.

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        And the slaves settled in South got absorbed to the native culture and native people did not establish alien culture

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      sach

      Nothing is Left in your Right Brain; Nothing is Right in your Left Brain.

      Definitely you are sitting on your brain.

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        Why? Does it hurt you when truth is said? I know racist tamil

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          sach

          “I can prove that majority are internal migrants of estate tamils, and slaves brought by Dutch for coffee plantations.”

          Your self criticism is important only for honest people whereas there is no need for you to go back in time to prove your ancestry.

          Everyone knows you are a descendant of Kallathonie Demela from South Indian whose ancestors had since been converted to Sinhala/Buddhism in order to fit in with the crowd.

          You are going to expose yourself.

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          @Sach, our darling racist has spewed out the garbage in his head again since there is nothing sensible in his head to spew out. Tamils are labourers and slaves? Then you the native of this land is scared of them to sit here time and time again to write stuff? Are you that scared of slaves and labourers? Then you are not fit to be in charge. Let the slaves and labourers run this country.

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    I just skimmed through the Executive Summary.

    Here is a factual error:

    “A new government was elected in early 2015 with the promise that it will engage in a process of truth and reconciliation.”

    A new government has NOT been elected yet. Only a presidential election has taken place and a caretaker government set in place. The new government will be elected in September when parliamentary elections take place.

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    As a Christian I am not discrimminated against. I am grateful that the Armed forces defeated terrorists.

    Perhaps those reading this in foreing countureies are not so happy with that.

    Those violating my human rights are those interfering with free and fair elections, funded from abroad.

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      What about the attack on 100+ churches. I suppose you must be belonging to a different church

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      If you refer to the article most of it revolves around Sampur which is strategically important for safety of Trinco port. This think tank is indian+american. This is done for geo politic reasons.

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    Very little has changed for Tamils in the North and the East, it is the people’s views that matter, not the haters and the critics of this report.

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      It is certainly NOT the ‘people’ who are funding this ‘think tank’, but part of the diaspora. To label it a ‘think tank’ is beyond the pale.

      A LOT has changed for the Tamils in the North and the East even if you are slow to recognize it. They are NOT being murdered everyday and NOT being herded likes cows like it used to happen under the lovable terrorists. They have all of the freedoms available to the REST of Sri Lankans. IT is up to them now to utilize such freedoms for their own emancipation from poverty that resulted from the thirty years of terrorism.

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    Mittal should first focus on discrimination in their own country. When would they allow an untouchable to become the PM, President or the Party Leader of BJP, Congress. Discrimination between their own kith and kin is endemic in Indian society; so start laundering your own DNA before starting across the sea. I am sure SLK will follow when you set the standard. If you are speaking on behalf of US, then tell your paymasters its time to stop applying double standards to the black people in that country.

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    There was a time it was said BBC WORL SERVICE is biased and support Tamils…..

    he he he during JVP time all most all Sinhalese listened BBC for events in the country….
    when they like BBC is not biased…real comedy minds

    News are coming daily from Myanmar about the killings..rape..torture of Rohingya muslims by Buddhists ..

    There is something wrong with this Buddhism wherever they practice this blood is flowing…

    Since 1956 Buddhhist Ayotullahs in SL have contributed much much in attack on Tamils…

    Buddhism prevent monks wearing slippers…using umbrellas…eating dinner ..eating meat …..but our buhhists ayatollahs can not live without the above…even they need mercedes benz chauffered driven transport…

    This country will have to pay for generations for all these SINS

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      cholan,

      Assuming that you are a man and kali is a woman you might be a perfect match. Maybe you can exchange email addresses through CT?

      After taking the plunge please apply for asylum together in a far away country.

      In case cholan and kali are the same person this obviously won’t work:)

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        @ The Matchmaker

        This is not a place for your match making business ..try suitable places and make money

        Sorry I don’t want your service I can find excellent match for me

        by the way KALI is a hindu goddess who route out killers and punish them

        but I don’t know about this Kali write on CT

        Cheers

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          cholan,

          “This is not a place for your match making business ..try suitable places and make money”

          I don’t charge for this service because it is intended to be a humanitarian action. You and kali deserve each other and asylum somewhere far away from us.

          “Sorry I don’t want your service I can find excellent match for me by the way KALI is a hindu goddess who route out killers and punish them”

          Why don’t you give her a try? Having a partner who thinks that she is a Hindu goddess fighting evil might be fun.

          “but I don’t know about this Kali write on CT”

          Be patient and wait. kali will appear and contact you.

          I have a feeling that you already are overseas. Why don’t you call yourself “Swiss cholan”. Full of holes like Swiss cheese.

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            @ Matchmaker

            you all Snhalese worship GODESS PATHTHINI …will you tell someone to marry Godess Paththini ?

            This show your low standard..

            Why should I ask for asylum ?

            …this is my country my ancestors are living here for generations …since historical period

            I heard many SL MILITARY personnel are now in Switzerland with refugee status …why???

            why don’t you join with them ..or if you have no money go to your ancestor land Kerala ..

            By the way SL Tamils are living all over the world not only in your favorite cheese making country

            Cheers

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        The Matchmaker

        “After taking the plunge please apply for asylum together in a far away country.”

        Could you also ask them to take Dayan, Weerawansa, Dinesh, Vasu, MR, and the rest of the 20 million with them.

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          Native Vedda,

          “Could you also ask them to take Dayan, Weerawansa, Dinesh, Vasu, MR, and the rest of the 20 million with them.”

          That is an excellent idea. However we shouldn’t forget the entertainment value that some of them provide.

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      Comment from an ignorant, bigoted, imbecile.

      Cholan if you are Tamil you are a disgrace to the majority of Tamils.
      Why does CT allow such rubbish comments.

      Buddhism is the most tolerant of all major religions which is why through out history aggressive people of other faiths harassed, invaded, converted its people. It is a philosophy and a way of living which is embraced whole heartedly in the west and all intelligent people.

      Many denigrate the entire religion from what they in a few radical monks and politicians.

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        Aravidan

        “Buddhism is the most tolerant of all major religions”

        I beg to differ.

        Buddha’s teaching is one of the tolerant philosophies of this world. However Sinhala/Buddhism is not only not tolerant but also a violent one at its core.

        Hence there is an urgent need to liberate Buddha’s teaching from the bigoted Sinhala/Buddhists.

        “Comment from an ignorant, bigoted, imbecile.”

        Please stop claiming to be an adherent of Buddha’s teaching when you expose your own ignorance and intolerance.

        Political Sinhala/Buddhism has no place in this island therefore there is a need for you to go back to Dhamma Sunday school again and learn what Buddha actually taught to his followers.

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          I have not mentioned Sinhala anywhere but defended Buddhism.
          Please read comment properly before jumping gun and criticizing.

          Still stand by my comments and I did not start the name calling and insulting.

          Also majority of Sinhala Buddhists I have come across are very decent people. Don’t push them until their limits of tolerance is exceeded. Your argument about Sinhala Buddhists is like calling all Tamils Terrorists. Don’t denigrate an entire people for what you see in a few radical monks and politicians.

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        I like many aspects of Buddhism. But what I saw on television with regard to the roping yams of Myanmar, it shook me. Why do they despise the rohigyas? Is religion the main reason or something else? No citizen of this world deserve to be treated that way. Treating humans worse than dogs and proclaim that your religion is great is the limit of hypocrisy.

        Does not matter what race, caste or creed you belong to. And don’t ask what race a person belong to. Everyone has a right to express himself. You don’t like what he or she says, just skip it and move on. Unless you are guilty in some way, there is no reason to get worked up. Patriotism? Just nonsense. Typing patriotic stuff does not make you one.

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        CT pls delete my previous comment. Typos.

        I like many aspects of Buddhism. But what I saw on television with regard to the rohingyas of Myanmar, it shook me. Why do they despise the rohigyas? Is religion the main reason or something else? No citizen of this world deserve to be treated that way. Treating humans worse than dogs and proclaim that your religion is great is the limit of hypocrisy.

        Does not matter what race, caste or creed you belong to. And don’t ask what race a person belong to. Everyone has a right to express himself. You don’t like what he or she says, just skip it and move on. Unless you are guilty in some way, there is no reason to get worked up. Patriotism? Just nonsense. Typing patriotic stuff does not make you one.

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        @ Aravidan

        BUDDHISM is not a religion but a PHILOSOPHY…

        Here these jokers who change Buddhism from Catholic have commercialized this sect for thru own benefits since 1948

        If this sect is so peaceful why there was blood bath in Vietnam..Cambodia..Laos..Thailand and Sri Lanka ????

        Why buddhist monks flame anti-tamil feeling here .this is daily event…

        Look at the face of a Hindu Priest…Muslim and Christian Clergies YOU CAN SEE PEACE AND KINDNESS ..

        look at the face of a Buddhist Ayotullahs here …

        Finally if a Tamil want to save his life he will go to a Church EVEN IF THE CLERGY IS A sINHALESE but never ever go to a Buddhist Vihara …got it

        So something is wrong with this religion

        For your information now at this minute Myanmar Buddhists are butchering Rohingya Muslims …

        If Buddha visit Sri Lanka he will commit suicide by jumping from Mihintale hll ..Emperor Asoka will hang himself for spreading this Buddhist Philosophy here

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    Now we are saved!! The STF has an intelligent unit! IGP please send this unit to Jaffna ASAP and withdraw the other police units!

    http://www.police.lk/index.php/nortable-services/1277-heroin-businessman-taken-into-custody

    “Nortable” services of the SL police??

    Heroin Businessman taken into Custody

    On 25.05.2015, on the receipt of information, the officers of STF intelligent Unit arrested a suspect who possessed and jobbed heroin at Mohideen Masjeed Road in Maradana Police area. The amount of heroin is about 2570 mg. The suspect was handed over to Maradana Police for further investigation.

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    How can there be real reconciliation when in the name of security the military is draining the civilians livelihood of all economic opportunity from farming to tourism, from retail outlets to restaurants. Building large Buddha statues where there are no Buddhists at least from the original population while the Kovils and Churches the govt destroyed are eye sores to the population.

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    sach,

    You have some sort of memory problem or some other problem. Even your history says Indian king loaded thugs in a boat and chased and that boat landed in Ceylon coast, there were Tamils living in Ceylon. Read your history – even your fake Mahavansa says about Tamils. Ask your thudagamuny why he was not sleeping straight. Ceylon is belongs to Tamils, we are happy to live with you together and stop your nonsense.

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    Forget about debating about this report.

    Lock up all the war criminals from top to bottom for life.

    All the other problems in the country will be solved.

    Justice first Reconciliation later.

    The first step in the right direction has already been taken by kicking out the

    Rajapaksa murderers or Thugs whatever you may like to call them.

    Next step should be to lock up the whole lot of them.

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    There is no tamil land in Sri lanka even though there is a superconcentration of tamils in the north. Sri lanka belongs to every body who were born there. I can remember wellawatta was once a sinhalese predominant county. If you look at the statistics now there are more than 70 % tamils live there. Sinhalese people never complained but they welcomed the tamils. And they are well integrated. Army has the right live any where they wish. Simerlerly tamils have the right to live any where they wish to plant their tent, Miss mittal you talk about human rights abuse, it is nothing like that , you are creating a new problem for sri lankan people. Just stop your fruit less arguments. Remember once again THERE IS NO TAMIL LAND IN SRI LANKA. SRI LANKA BELONGS TO ALL RACES BORN THERE. Please dont create a differentation the sri lankan comunity, we are all equal. Get that in to your head, everything will workout smoothly.

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      @ Perera

      01- There was no Ampara in 1960 Shell Map……. till Arugambay it was under Batticaloa ..

      02- There were not even few hundred Sinhalease in Trincomale …during 1948

      Now these areas have become Sinhala colony all these people were colonized with state funds

      Why you talk about Wellawatta …??

      do you think Tamils came here with your state funds…?

      Have you been in Cinnamon Gardens area till few years ago many lands were belong to Tamils ..why

      Once this was a forest and Tamils businessmen bought with their own money …

      they never robbed like Murderpakse & Co.,

      By the way for your information the land today Visaka Vidyalaya stands once belong to Bamabalapitiya Kathiresan Temple do you know this?

      Unfortunately your grand father..father..uncles..cousins never behaved this land is belong to all communities remember what they have done to Tamils since 1956 to 1983 even after …???

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      Perera

      “If you look at the statistics now there are more than 70 % tamils live there. Sinhalese people never complained but they welcomed the tamils.”

      Ask your self some simple questions:

      Why did they move from North to Wellawatte?

      Do these people pay regular rent to the landlords (mostly at premium) or are they living in free government accommodations?

      Are those Tamils who own houses in Colombo guilty of grabbing land from Sinhalese and state? Didn’t they pay the sellers their hard earned money usually at a premium price?

      You can buy land or building at any part of the island as long as you pay the market price.

      “Army has the right live any where they wish.”

      You are right, then why don’t you accommodate all of them in your house? Is it too much to ask. The army would prefer if you have sisters, daughters, mother, grand mother, mother in law, sister in law, or anything that is covered with women clothe.

      ” THERE IS NO TAMIL LAND IN SRI LANKA. SRI LANKA BELONGS TO ALL RACES BORN THERE.”

      However you prefer a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto in this island.

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    I believe large chunk of this report is falls and misleading. Their sources of information are untrustworthy and bias. It is important to note that this is the best and golden era to eradicate ethnic differences in SRi Lanka than ever before. We always welcome anyones views to resolve the issues but not to tangle more with bias accusations.The ethnic issue is not to sell for Dollars. It was a human tragedy and must sort out by the people of our country to go forward. I don’t think this report has anything to share with us.

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    IF we take the army out of Jaffna your Tamils will rape our own girls. What have you to say to this??? it was a crime done to a innocent Tamil girl by our own and you say nothing or do not acknowledge this is a crime. This is the very reason we are unable to remove the army. The LTTE ruined the Tamils and their lives. Learn the lessen and stop passing comments unless you are willing to come down from your safe haven, roll your sleeves and get to work in Jaffna and commence rehabilitating the militant youth who rape young girls. If not the only decent thing as an educated person you could do to help is to shut up!!!

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      @ Donkey

      It is your Army distribute drugs in North-East..it is with your Sinhala Army support these thugs are doing whatever they like

      There was no such incident before MURDERPAKSE liberated N-E because everyone aware of harsh punishments even for making comments on a passing girl…

      Today crime..looting..kidnapping..rape..drugs ..liquor are rampant in N-E any Police and Army are sleeping

      Today law and order has rotten out of repair in N-E….

      Tamils know how to handle this type of problem…they don’t need Police or Army anymore …because they have no confidence with these imported service men

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        “There was no such incident before MURDERPAKSE liberated N-E because everyone aware of harsh punishments even for making comments on a passing girl… Today crime..looting..kidnapping..rape..drugs ..liquor are rampant in N-E any Police and Army are sleeping”

        So what you’re saying is that the fear of harsh punishment is what keeps We Thamizh from engaging in murdering, raping, looting rampages :D Good to know :D It sounds like we need to deploy more security forces and relax their rules of engagement to keep savage, boorish We Thamizh under control :D

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    Appears Mittal or Muttal has takenover Darusman’s role. he has missed the TREES FROM THE woods.
    WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE, HAVE WE BEEN ABLE TO MINIMISE THE “DISTRUST” THAT EXISTS BETWEEN THE COMMUNITIES and not HUMAN RIGHTS WHAT IS IMPORTANT AT THIS JUNCTURE.

    oh !!!!! Janaka, “you call Native Veddah a FOOL”?
    Oh boy, the Wanni Aeththo will be disheartened by this comment.
    Oh !!! now it was the Indian and CBK went to bed with thy enemy.

    200,000 liquor taverns is a HAND OVER from Colonial Rule, promoted by them for rich tax returns. This is just a continuation.

    Priyangika…. Its not the attack on 100 churches that nmatter as those foundations are yet there. JUST THINK OF THE TAMIL YOUTH AND CHILDREN THAT PERISHED BECAUSE OF THE FALSE PRETENCE OF S.J.EMMANUEL?
    THINGS LIKE MARTYRDOM, GOD’S FIGHTERS. All were hood winked and sent to their graves. How many Intellectuals and Professional Sri Lanka may have lost because of the deceit by the Catholic Church.

    human rights activists…. tes. BEGIN WITH BUSH, BLAIR…….

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    Shut your ignorant gob. Living in NZ far better to concentrate on the indigenous Maori peoples’ plight. That is a country taken over by the invading whites who have taken Maori land and displaced them. They are still clamouring for their land. Why not speak up for them? Jaffna ghetto Tamils are similarly trying to take over SL. They have no rights here after the devastation they caused. So just go away, you silly moo.

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      mel

      “That is a country taken over by the invading whites who have taken Maori land and displaced them.”

      So did the Kallathonie Tamils and Sinhalese in my ancestral land.

      “They are still clamouring for their land.”

      So are my people.

      “Why not speak up for them?”

      Why don’t you speak for my people instead of Maori?

      “Jaffna ghetto Tamils are similarly trying to take over SL.”

      So are the Sinhala/Buddhists and building into a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto in this island.

      “They have no rights here after the devastation they caused.”

      Do you have any right here after the devastation you caused over 2500 years?

      “So just go away, you silly moo.”

      So just go back to your mother country South India, you moronic meltdown.

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    ALL THE TAMILS MISSING ARE IN EUROPE SEEKING BOGUS ASYLUM.
    WHAT THE HELL DO THESE AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT OTHER PEOPLES, CULTURE. THEY SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYED THE NATIVE AMERICANS AND THEIR CULTURE. NOW THE POLICE ARE TARGETING THE BLACK PEOPLE OF AMERICA. HOWEVER NOW THE YANKS ARE TRYING TO BE WHITER THAN WHITE.

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      PERERA

      “WHAT THE HELL DO THESE AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT OTHER PEOPLES, CULTURE.”

      Please do tell us what you know about Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim culture as practiced in this island.

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