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Publication: Sri Lanka-TIC writes to International Labour Organisation-11-05-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
In a letter to Secretary General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia on 11 May 2007, the Tamil Information Centre (TIC) expressed extreme concern over the deterioration in the situation of trade union leaders and other fundamental rights activists in Sri Lanka. The TIC said that trade union representatives increasingly faced threats, intimidation, abduction and disappearance and these indicated the suppression of trade unions, the freedom of expression and the freedom of association. Intimidation, threats, abduction and disappearances have been used to deal with opponents, including political opponents, trade union members and others speaking out justifiably for the rights of the people.
Publication: Sri Lanka-Internally displaced people in the east are not receiving adequate humanitarian aid -06-04-07
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
More than 80,000 people have been displaced in fighting following an offensive launched on 16 January 2007 in the Vaharai area of Batticaloa District by the Sri Lankan government forces against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Parliamentarians say that indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling, including the continuous use of multi-barrel rocket launchers, by the security forces in populated areas of Vaharai as well as Paduvankarai area has resulted in the death of some 300 civilians. Over 1,000 others have sustained serious injuries. Homes, public buildings and temples have been damaged or destroyed.
Publication: Sri Lanka - Human Rights Defenders need stronger international support and protection-25-12-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) is extremely concerned over the plight of human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, who are facing persecution and threats to life from government authorities. In recent years, the number of reported attacks on human rights defenders has increased dramatically in the island, requiring urgent intervention by the international community.
Publication: Sri Lanka - Attack on Human Rights Defenders Reaching Crisis Point-03-02-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
Tamil Information Centre (TIC) strongly condemns the attack on Muddiappa Remedious, the legal officer of the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and the legal advisor of the Jaffna Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SL-HRC) on Friday, 02 February 2007. Mr Remedious was threatened and assaulted by a group of SLA soldiers near Stanley Road in Jaffna town despite him presenting his credentials as the Legal Officer for the SL-HRC.
Publication: Note to UNHRC on HR-The international community must share responsibility in protecting and promoting human rights in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The large-scale killings that are taking place in the north-east and southern parts are of grave concern to the people of Sri Lanka. The main concern here is arbitrary execution of Tamil civilians. It also concerns the execution of individuals without a right to trial, and disappearances. The security forces, Tamil paramilitary groups aligned to the security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are accused of carrying out the attacks on civilians. The Sri Lankan government is using the Tamil paramilitary groups to target Tamil civilians whom the intelligence services believe are supporters of the LTTE or have links to the LTTE ((See Annex 1 for details of some the killings from 1 November to 12 December 2006).
Publication: National Human Rights Commission Downgraded for Failure in Human Rights Responsibilities
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The recent decision by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the International Co-ordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) to downgrade the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) from Status A to Status B is an unequivocal message to Sri Lanka from the international community that its human rights conduct is unacceptable and if it wishes to remain part of the civilized nations, then it must respect the universal issues of human rights and democracy.
Publication: Civil society leaders call for an end to factional fighting-12-07-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The Tamil information Centre (TIC) is pleased that a joint Press Release issued by the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) on 9 July 2007 states that both parties have agreed to bring an end to their rivalry and work towards a meaningful political solution that benefits the Tamil speaking people.
Publication: Appointment of LTTE spokesperson on Human Rights is a Welcome step-18-02-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) welcomes the appointment of Ms Selvy as the spokesperson of the LTTE on humanitarian and human rights issues and the announcement of her contact details. This paves the way for effective and productive engagement with the LTTE on human rights and humanitarian issues and concerns.
Publication: An Appreciation of Para Kumarasamy-19-12-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
We are deeply saddened to report the death of Para Kumarasamy in Germany on Sunday, 16 December 2007. We have known Para as a social and human rights activist and a writer. We take this opportunity to mention how greatly he was appreciated in the exiled writers community as a colleague and friend.
Publication: Abduction of Sinhalese leftist journalists underlines the deepening chaos in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
M. A. Sisira Priyankara, trade union activist and editor of the monthly newspaper Akuna, Nihal Serasinghe, member of the railway trade union Dumriya Kamkaru Ekathuva and Lalith Seneviratne were abducted on 5 February in Colombo, allegedly by the security forces. These abductions have outraged the Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim intellectuals, journalists, community leaders as well as many ordinary citizens of Sri Lanka. The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) is gravely concerned for their safety. So far, no law enforcement authority has claimed responsibility. We deplore these actions which endanger the lives of journalists and call on the government to launch an immediate impartial investigation into abductions by security forces.
Publication: Abduction of Sinhalese Journalists-11-02-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The Sri Lankan government has admitted that the abduction of three Sinhalese journalists was carried out by the army. M. A. Sisira Priyankara, trade union activist and editor of the monthly newspaper Akuna, Nihal Serasinghe, member of the railway trade union Dumriya Kamkaru Ekathuva and Lalith Seneviratne were abducted on 5 February 2007 in Colombo. The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) issued a press release about the abductions on 6 February. We are pleased to hear that they are alive. TIC has repeatedly condemned censorship, and harassment, intimidation, arrest, torture, imprisonment and killing of journalists and writers who had peacefully expressed their views.
Publication: A Tribute to Ketheesh Loganathan - A martyr in the Struggle for Peace-31-03-2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
Ketheesh Loganathan was, in the best and positive sense, an idealist. He believed passionately in justice, equality and solidarity of people promoting peace in Sri Lanka. Ketheesh's assassination on 12 August 2006 shocked us all. The Tamil Information Centre strongly condemned that senseless act of violence and hatred, which deprived all of us a remarkable and a visionary leader who loved his people. He was assassinated for believing in a future without bloodshed, a future of tolerance and coexistence. He pursued the path of peace even when it did not bring him popularity. He paid a very high price for his pursuit of peace for all of us.
Publication: A Note on the arrest of Tamils on LTTE charges in Britain on 21 June 2007
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
On 28 February 2001, the British Home Secretary included the LTTE in the list of proscribed organizations under the Terrorism Act 2000. The ban on the LTTE in Britain came into force on 29 March 2001. A proscribed organization or any person affected by the ban may appeal to the Home Secretary for the removal of the ban. If such an appeal is rejected, an application for review may be made to a tribunal known as the Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission. Appeal on a point of law from the decision of the Commission lies to the Court of Appeal.
Publication: TIC urges the UN Human Rights Council to lend support for an independent Investigation Commission to end climate of impunity in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
The desperate situation in Sri Lanka is on the agenda of the Second Session of the newly formed UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which begins today (18 September 2006). The Council is due to debate the recommendations of the UN Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions.
Events: A Crisis of Legitimacy: The Impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
Committee Room G, House of Lords, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0PW, United Kingdom
Photos: The crisis in our community
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
Publication: Enduring war & health inequality in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2013 (Monday)
This evidence-based report by the Tamil Information Centre (TIC) analyses, from a human rights and public health perspective, the impact of the violent conflict in Sri Lanka on health, the health system, and relief and reconstruction. In particular it examines the deteriorating health of the population in the conflict zones of the northern and eastern Provinces. This report is the fruit of an extensive literature review and discussions with health professionals and health workers in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.
Publication: Allaipiddy Case Report - July 2006
Posted Date: 21/04/2013 (Sunday)
Eight persons including a six-month old infant were killed at Allaipiddy on Kayts Island on 13 May 2006. A short distance away, four other murders were committed on the same night. The Kayts Island is connected to the mainland Jaffna Peninsula by a causeway which is about a quarter mile in length. Kayts and the adjoining islands are controlled by the Sri Lanka Navy which has a heavy presence with a large camp on the beach side of Allaipiddy, several mini camps and sentry points. The interior of the island is a stronghold of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), which works in collaboration with the Sri Lankan security forces.
Publication: TIC Welcomes International Body for Human Rights Investigations
Posted Date: 21/04/2013 (Sunday)
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC), which has been continually calling for and Independent mechanism to investigate human rights violations in Sri Lanka, welcomes the announcement of President Mahinda Rajapakse on 4 September 2006 that the Sri Lankan government will invite an international commission to probe abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings in the island.
Publication: TIC urges the Sri Lankan government to lift restriction on TRO funds
Posted Date: 21/04/2013 (Sunday)
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) is disturbed by the Sri Lankan government decision to freeze the account of Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), from 29 August 2006. The TRO is a registered charity in Sri Lanka.

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