Tamil Eelam http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29639/all en Sri Lanka rescues 138 stranded on sinking boat: navy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/sri-lanka-rescues-138-stranded-sinking-boat-navy-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's navy on Sunday rescued 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals from a sinking fishing vessel off the island's eastern coast, officials said.</p> <p>One passenger was found dead while many of the 138 plucked from the boat were dehydrated, navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said, adding that the vessel had been adrift for 10 days before it sank on Sunday.</p> <p>"We sent three ships for the rescue at a location 50 miles (80 kilometres) off the eastern coast of Akkaraipattu," Warnakulasuriya told AFP. "Some have been admitted to a local hospital."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/sri-lanka-rescues-138-stranded-sinking-boat-navy-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law Social Issues Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:15:41 +0000 5744371 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain shocked by shooting of journalist in Sri Lanka http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/britain-shocked-shooting-journalist-sri-lanka <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Foreign Office voiced its shock and serious concern Saturday over the shooting of a British-Sri Lankan journalist in a Colombo suburb.</p> <p>Britain's South Asia minister Alistair Burt urged the Sri Lankan authorities to identify those behind the attack, which the United Nations' human rights chief called an assassination attempt.</p> <p>Faraz Shauketaly, 54 -- a reporter with the privately owned Sunday Leader, whose editor was shot dead in 2009 -- was rushed to hospital for surgery on Saturday following the midnight assault at his home, according to colleagues.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/britain-shocked-shooting-journalist-sri-lanka" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 23:00:38 +0000 5757867 at http://www.globalpost.com Photos show Sri Lanka executed militant's child: director http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/photos-show-sri-lanka-executed-militants-child-director <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photos released on Tuesday to publicise a new documentary on Sri Lanka show that government soldiers executed the 12-year-old son of separatist chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2009, its director claimed.</p> <p>The photos, part of a documentary for Britain's Channel 4, prove the Sri Lankan army's involvement in war crimes including summary execution and torture during the island's 37-year-long civil war, according to director Callum Macrae.</p> <p>The pictures "tell a chilling story", Macrae wrote in an article published in Indian newspaper The Hindu.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/photos-show-sri-lanka-executed-militants-child-director" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:30:46 +0000 5759733 at http://www.globalpost.com Photos show Sri Lankan forces killed rebel chief's son-director http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/photos-show-sri-lankan-forces-killed-rebel-chiefs-son-director <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Prabakaran's son captured, given snacks before killed</p> <p>* Sri Lanka faces rights abuses allegations</p> <p>* U.S. to sponsor new resolution at March UNHRC meeting</p> <p>* Army say allegations are to tarnish Sri Lanka's image</p> <p>By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/photos-show-sri-lankan-forces-killed-rebel-chiefs-son-director" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam Velupillai Prabhakaran Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:47:14 +0000 5760319 at http://www.globalpost.com Photos show Sri Lanka executed militant's child: director http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/photos-show-sri-lanka-executed-militants-child-director-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photos released on Tuesday to publicise a new documentary on Sri Lanka show that government soldiers executed the 12-year-old son of separatist chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2009, its director claimed.</p> <p>The photos, part of a documentary for Britain's Channel 4, prove the Sri Lankan army's involvement in war crimes including summary execution and torture during the island's 37-year-long civil war, according to director Callum Macrae.</p> <p>The pictures "tell a chilling story", Macrae wrote in an article published in Indian newspaper The Hindu.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/photos-show-sri-lanka-executed-militants-child-director-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:31:05 +0000 5760469 at http://www.globalpost.com Athletics-Asian meet runs into trouble over Sri Lanka protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/athletics-asian-meet-runs-trouble-over-sri-lanka-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CHENNAI, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The Chennai local government is refusing to host the Asian Athletics Championships in July in protest against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes that targeted Tamil Tiger rebels.</p> <p>Sri Lanka's government has faced heavy criticism after photographs obtained by Britain's Channel 4 suggested that 12-year-old Balachandran, son of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran, was murdered and not killed in crossfire during the chaotic end of the island's three-decade war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/athletics-asian-meet-runs-trouble-over-sri-lanka-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:45:13 +0000 5761917 at http://www.globalpost.com Athletics: Indian city refuses to host key Asian event http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/athletics-indian-city-refuses-host-key-asian-event <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India's southern Tamil Nadu state refused on Thursday to host the Asian Athletics Championships because of the participation of Sri Lanka which it accuses of war crimes.</p> <p>Chennai, the state capital, was due to host the event in July, but Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said Sri Lanka must not be allowed to take part.</p> <p>Jayalalithaa, whose state has a large Tamil population, accuses the Indian Ocean island nation of committing "genocide" against its Tamil minority.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/athletics-indian-city-refuses-host-key-asian-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Social Issues Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:01:08 +0000 5761948 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka hits UN rights chief Pillay on abuse reports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/sri-lanka-hits-un-rights-chief-pillay-abuse-reports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rights council hears country's presidential envoy</p> <p>* Critics said falling for Tamil Tiger lies</p> <p>* Pillay "used unsubstantiated evidence"</p> <p>By Robert Evans</p> <p>GENEVA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka accused the U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday of being biased against it for criticising alleged killings of former Tamil Tiger independence fighters and political dissenters and journalists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/sri-lanka-hits-un-rights-chief-pillay-abuse-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Navi Pillay Sinhalese people Social Issues Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:45:40 +0000 5768650 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka film on war crimes makes debut at U.N. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/sri-lanka-film-war-crimes-makes-debut-at-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Documentary has first public viewing in Geneva</p> <p>* Sri Lanka government sought to halt screening</p> <p>* Film depicts horrific scenes from 'No Fire Zone'</p> <p>* Filmmaker Macrae says it is a "call to action"</p> <p>By Stephanie Nebehay</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/sri-lanka-film-war-crimes-makes-debut-at-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Civil War Tamil Eelam Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:16:26 +0000 5771212 at http://www.globalpost.com Chilling documentary accuses Sri Lanka of war crimes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/chilling-documentary-accuses-sri-lanka-war-crimes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Sri Lankan military committed numerous war crimes during the final months of the country's 26-year civil war, according to a documentary aired for the first time Friday, amid vigorous protests from Colombo.</p> <p>Using graphic video and pictures taken both by retreating Tamil Tiger rebels, civilians and victorious Sri Lankan troops, "No Fire Zone -- The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" presents a chilling picture of the final 138 days of the conflict that ended in May 2009.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/chilling-documentary-accuses-sri-lanka-war-crimes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Government Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam War AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 02:30:22 +0000 5771509 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka leader denies army killed militant's child http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/sri-lanka-leader-denies-army-killed-militants-child-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's president in an interview published Saturday firmly denied that government troops executed the 12-year-old son of separatist chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2009.</p> <p>Britain's Channel 4 released photos last week to publicise their new documentary, "No Fire Zone -- The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" alleging that soldiers had killed the slain Tamil Tiger chief's youngest son Balachandran.</p> <p>But President Mahinda Rajapakse strongly rejected the allegation made in the documentary, which was shown at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/sri-lanka-leader-denies-army-killed-militants-child-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:00:36 +0000 5771612 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka military blocks protest over missing relatives http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/sri-lanka-military-blocks-protest-over-missing-relatives <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Military says action was for protesters' own safety</p> <p>* U.S. urges Sri Lanka to allow free movement of people</p> <p>By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez</p> <p>COLOMBO, March 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's security forces blocked hundreds of mostly ethnic Tamils from travelling to Colombo for a protest on Wednesday to demand justice for relatives missing after the island's war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/sri-lanka-military-blocks-protest-over-missing-relatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:31:36 +0000 5775228 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka should seek talks with Tamils: India http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130309/sri-lanka-should-seek-talks-tamils-india <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India has called for "reconciliation" talks between Sri Lanka and its Tamil minority as it faces pressure to back a US motion at the UN demanding Colombo probe alleged army atrocities during the island's civil war.</p> <p>The United States has said it will place a motion before the UN Human Rights Council this month demanding an account of the final days in 2009 of the bloody conflict and pressing for all Sri Lankans to enjoy full human rights.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130309/sri-lanka-should-seek-talks-tamils-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam Technology War AFP Sat, 09 Mar 2013 13:00:54 +0000 5778039 at http://www.globalpost.com India toughens stand on Sri Lanka war crimes probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/india-toughens-stand-sri-lanka-war-crimes-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India pledged Wednesday to push for a "strong" resolution against Sri Lanka in the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council that would demand its neighbour investigate alleged war crimes. </p> <p>The issue split the ruling coalition and heightened the risk of early elections on Tuesday when a regional ally quit the government after demanding that India condemn "genocide" against minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's civil war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/india-toughens-stand-sri-lanka-war-crimes-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:15:36 +0000 5788455 at http://www.globalpost.com India toughens stand on Sri Lanka war crimes probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/india-toughens-stand-sri-lanka-war-crimes-probe-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India promised Wednesday to push for a "strong" resolution against Sri Lanka in the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council that would demand its neighbour investigate alleged war crimes. </p> <p>The issue split India's ruling coalition and heightened the risk of early elections on Tuesday, when a regional ally quit the government after demanding that India condemn "genocide" against minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's civil war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/india-toughens-stand-sri-lanka-war-crimes-probe-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:15:21 +0000 5788525 at http://www.globalpost.com