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Sri Lankan Tamils keep caste oppression under wraps for the sake of a political need to exhibit Tamil unity

Sri Lankan Tamils keep caste oppression under wraps for the sake of a political need to exhibit Tamil unity

Colombo, October 22 (The New Indian Express): Despite the existence of a unified “Tamil” identity, Sri Lankan Tamil society is rent by caste inequalities and is dived into “Oppressing and Oppressed Castes.” But issues thrown up caste inequalities do not find expression in the public domain for a variety of reasons, campaigners for social justice and researchers say. Basically, there...

Jaffna in the grip of tension as President Sirisena orders probe into killing two Jaffna Varsity students

Jaffna in the grip of tension as President Sirisena orders probe into killing two Jaffna Varsity students

Colombo, October 22 (NIA): With the Tamil-majority North Sri Lanka in the grip of tension over the killing of two Jaffna University students by police at a checkpoint on October 20, the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has ordered an impartial investigation, and the five policemen involved have been arrested and remanded. But the radical Tamil Peoples‘ Council, led by...

Sri Lankan court allows screening of film on a judge’s sexual misconduct

Sri Lankan court allows screening of film on a judge’s sexual misconduct

  Colombo, October 21 (NIA): The Colombo District Court on Friday lifted a temporary injunction against the release of noted Sri Lankan film maker Prasanna Vithanage’s film Usaviya Nisandai (Silence in the Courts). The controversial “docu-film” based on the sexual misconduct of a real-life District Judge, Lenin Ratnayake, will be released at major theaters in Colombo and elsewhere on Saturday, Vithanage told...

EU hinges restoration of trade concession to Sri Lanka to satisfactory progress in human rights situation

EU hinges restoration of trade concession to Sri Lanka to satisfactory progress in human rights situation

Colombo, October 21 (NIA): The European Union (EU) has said that it will restore the General System of Preferences Plus (GSP Plus) trade concession to Sri Lanka if it sees satisfactory progress in the field of human rights and ethnic reconciliation. That essentially means that the Sri Lankan government must implement the October 1, 2015 resolution of the UN human...

UN Special Rapporteur On Minority Issues calls for Independent Minorities’ Commission in Sri Lanka

UN Special Rapporteur On Minority Issues calls for Independent Minorities’ Commission in Sri Lanka

Colombo, October 20 (NIA): The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsak-Ndiaye, has recommended to Sri Lanka, the establishment of a fully-empowered Minority Rights Commission under the constitution which is to be drafted. Briefing the media after her nine day tour of the island, Izsak-Ndiaye said that in the short term, government should set up a “dedicated minority rights...

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