Sri Lanka

The rage of the refugee Matthew Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:25

In the opening scene of Dheepan, beaten soldiers of the Tamil Tigers are burning their war dead. They have been brutally defeated by state forces in the Sri Lankan civil war. As the funeral pyre burns in the jungle clearing, one man quietly changes out of his uniform and into tattered civilian clothes. He has had enough of the killing; it’s time to get out.

Sri Lanka: witness to atrocity

Submitted by Matthew on 9 May, 2012 - 10:04

Film maker Callum Macrae has made two influential films about Sri Lanka.

He has been nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. He spoke to Solidarity.

Under the guise of rehabilitation and reconstruction the Sri Lankan government is attempting a Sinhalisation of the north of the country — an attempt to destroy the Tamil community.

Thousands of Tamils remain displaced while Tamil property is taken over and given to the military.

Sri Lanka: why war crimes went unchecked

Submitted by Matthew on 28 March, 2012 - 12:49

This film is the follow-up to Channel 4’s 2011 documentary cataloguing the final year of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

This latest documentary recaps the investigations and describes the world’s response — or lack of it. Macrae interviewed David Miliband, then UK Foreign Secretary, and John Holmes, a British diplomat who was UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

Exposing the "Sri Lankan option"

Submitted by Matthew on 27 May, 2010 - 1:47 Author: Rosalind Robson

A recent report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) documents the appalling brutality of the Sinahala-nationalist Sri Lankan government when, in 2009, it carried out a “military solution” to a 26-year conflict with the Tamil population.

As it attemped to wipe out the Tamil nationalist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) it killed tens of thousands of Tamil people caught up in the conflict. Internationally, governments either supported this regional “war on terror”, or stood by while the Sri Lankan army shelled the general population.

Sri Lanka: Left must stand firm for consistent democracy: self-determination for the Tamils! AWL Thu, 05/14/2009 - 11:18

The civil war that has raged, on and off, for over 25 years in Sri Lanka seems to be approaching a horrible endgame, with the remaining fighters of the Tamil minority cornered into a small area by the Sri Lankan army.

Our immediate priority is solidarity with the Tamils against the army slaughter. The history of the conflict also raises broader issues:

• The need for socialists, in situations of communal conflict, to fight for consistent democracy as the only basis for working-class unity.

Stop the war on the Tamil people!

Submitted by martin on 22 April, 2009 - 11:32 Author: Bob Sutton

The war in Sri Lanka has reached a grim new intensity. The Sinhala (Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority) chauvinist Government has set about the final stages of what they call the elimination of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), the group who have waged an armed struggle for Tamil independence for three decades.

What this amounts to is a near total war against the entire Tamil population.

Solidarity! This week. With the Tamils, with Visteon.

Submitted by martin on 7 April, 2009 - 2:48 Author: Robin Sivapalan

Tuesday, 7 April, morning: Hi campers: It's all going on from where i'm standing, my head can barely take it, people on such a scale, from all different struggles, are taking action these days.

I hope the news is spreading today, 7 April, that hundreds of Tamils have been occupying Westminster Bridge since last night, blocking traffic and holding back the police, putting out the call that people must continue to gather outside parliament until the genocide in Sri Lanka stops.

Solidarity with the Tamil people

Submitted by martin on 27 March, 2009 - 10:53 Author: Robin Sivapalan

Earlier this month a meeting in Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, sponsored by the United Socialist Party (sister party of the Socialist Party in the UK), launched an international Sri Lanka solidarity campaign.

The early evening launch in the UK, on Saturday 21 March, was a low-key affair in a small room in Conway Hall run by a few members of the SP.

Sri Lanka: thousands of Tamils face death

Submitted by martin on 11 March, 2009 - 10:59 Author: Robin Sivapalan

The Sri Lankan Army onslaught against the Tamils continues unabated with the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, including in the government declared safe zones.

Human Rights Watch, in a report released on 20 February, estimated that 2,000 civilians had been killed and 5,000 injured since the rapid escalation of the war from the 10 December last year.