Email By Clara Tran Updated October 12, 2015 12:30:49 Photo: The end of the civil war has brought little peace for many minority Tamils in Sri Lanka, despite visible economic development. (Reuters: Nita Bhalla ) Related Story: War crimes 'most likely' committed in Sri Lankan civil war: UN Map: Sri Lanka As Sri Lanka's government begins a path towards reconciliation and addressing the atrocities of the past, Tamils in the war-torn Jaffna province are still struggling to rebuild their lives.The predominantly-Hindu region was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a rebel group commonly known as the Tamil Tigers.Up to 100,000 people died in the country's decades-long civil war, which ended with the Tamil Tigers' defeat in May 2009.Residents say while reconstruction has advanced in parts of Jaffna, the majority of Tamils in surrounding villages remain in poverty after losing their land and … [Read more...] about Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Tamils in Jaffna still struggling to rebuild their lives
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Email Updated April 22, 2019 07:51:28 Video: A string of bomb blasts went off across Colombo and in the east of the country. (ABC News) Related Story: How the bombings at luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lanka unfolded Related Story: Assassination and war crimes: A dream of reconciliation for Sri Lanka Related Story: War crime victims fearful of providing testimony to Sri Lanka court Related Story: Sri Lanka reconciliation efforts slammed on civil war anniversary Map: Sri Lanka The Easter Sunday bomb blasts at Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels have killed at least 207 people and injured more than 450. Key points: A total of eight sites have been targeted, including Christian churches and luxury hotels There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks on a day of violence not seen since Sri Lanka's civil war ended 10 years agoSri Lankan Prime Minister declares a curfew with immediate effect, and shuts down social media sites and messaging services So … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka bombings leave more than 200 dead, hundreds injured after explosions at churches and hotels
Email Posted November 17, 2019 19:16:23 Photo: Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been declared the winner in the country's presidential election. (AP: Eranga Jayawardena) Related Story: Worried Sri Lankans could turn to alleged war criminal for presidency Related Story: The search for religious harmony in Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday attacks Related Story: Unrestrained grief as Australian dad buries wife and daughter killed in Sri Lanka church bombing Related Story: Both these men claim to be Sri Lanka's Prime Minister. So who's the real PM? Related Story: Who are the National Tawheed Jamaath and how are they involved in the Easter Sunday bombings? Related Story: 'She was already dead': Australian tells of losing family in Sri Lanka blast Map: Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of the Tamil Tigers 10 years ago, has stormed to victory in Sri Lanka's presidential elections — … [Read more...] about Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes Sri Lanka’s new ‘Terminator’ president after rival concedes defeat in election
As the outcome of Saturday’s presidential polls in Sri Lanka became clear, some voters’ message to the winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa was even clearer.The island’s minority Tamils and Muslims, most of whom live in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, had voted decisively for ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa, giving him over a million votes — about 80% of the vote share in the regions. In effect, they had rejected Mr. Rajapaksa, a powerful former defence secretary accused of war-crimes — which he has denied — and linked to reactionary anti-Muslim groups.“We respect the mandate of the people of the country and congratulate Mr. Rajapaksa, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that he polled so low in the two provinces. This is an issue we must address, and he must engage with elected representatives of the minorities,” Jaffna legislator and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran said.According to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka polls: How did the minorities vote, and why?
Email PM By the National Reporting Team's Natasha Robinson Updated August 25, 2016 20:08:57 Photo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena recently backed away from a pledge to involve international judges and prosecutors in the country's judicial process. Related Story: Assassination and war crimes: A dream of reconciliation for Sri Lanka Related Story: War crimes 'most likely' committed in Sri Lankan civil war: UN Map: Australia Civilians who fled to Australia during the Sri Lankan civil war may never have their crucial testimonies heard in a war crimes court. Key points:Under a resolution co-signed by Sri Lanka the nation initially agreed to a judicial process Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently backed away from that pledgePresident under pressure to guarantee war crimes court will be domestically-controlled Audio: Listen to Natasha Robinson's full report. (PM) Australia is home to thousands of Sri Lankan refugees who were victims of, or … [Read more...] about Victims of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war unwilling to provide crucial testimony to war crimes court