Army atrocities in Tamil areas, Wigneswaran speaks out

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Army atrocities in Tamil areas, Wigneswaran speaks out[ Weekend Leader ][ Feb 14 14:22 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil population in the North continues to live in an environment of fear and oppression in spite of claims that the situation has improved after the formation of the TNA-led government in the Northern Province. Going by the Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran’s speech at a conference in Colombo Thursday the army still holds complete control of the region and the elected government has little powers. [ full story |


Relatives search for Sri Lanka’s missing[ BBC ][ Feb 15 14:58 GMT ]

Relatives of missing people in Sri Lanka have flocked to testify at a new commission set up to examine the issue of the missing. The island has thousands of outstanding unsolved cases of disappearance, many, though not all, of people suspected of involvement with the Tamil Tigers. Charles Haviland reports from the commission in Jaffna. [ full story |


Known until now as B-189, the last of 492 MV Sun Sea migrants in custody faces an uncertain fate: this is his story[ National Post ][ Feb 14 16:27 GMT ]

On the slim strip of grass outside the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre, a totem pole thunderbird shows its cedar wings to the river plain that meanders out to the Strait of Georgia and the Pacific. When the human smuggling ship MV Sun Sea appeared on those rainy waters more than three years ago, overwhelmed immigration officials bused the Sri Lankans on board to this prison, but they have since been released. [ full story |


Journey of love: Refugees who fled Sri Lanka amid civil war reflect on their new life together in Queens[ New York Daily News ][ Feb 14 18:13 GMT ]

Sri Lankan couple Shamini and Sathiyaruban Ramasamy have a cozy life in Richmond Hills, Queens — sharing home-cooked meals of crab curry and watching Tamil-language comedies. But as they celebrate five years of being together in New York each Valentines Day, exchanging cards and gifts, Shamini likes to look back on their extraordinary journey. “Our love is a different love,” said Shamini, 29, who, following tradition, now uses her husband’s first name as her last name. “We feel like it’s just you and me, nobody else.” [ full story |


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