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North ‘not just for Tamils’- Gota – DM

  Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said it is not appropriate to view the north of the country, over which a separatist war was fought, as a predominantly Tamil area. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who many credit with defeating Tamil rebels, also told the BBC there were few civilian casualties in the war's closing phase. Human rights groups say tens of thousands ... Read More »

Sri Lanka – the “beach-head” for A Tamil Homeland – Ven. Walpola Piyananda, Chief Sangha Nayake of America

  There are over 100 million ethnic Tamils scattered throughout the world without a “motherland” they can call their own. This has instilled in the Tamil consciousness an unfounded sense of low self-esteem. Tamil academics decided the way to remedy this situation was to establish a “beach-head” for a national ethnic identity; their own country. Ven. Walpola Piyananda in his ... Read More »

LLRC submission: The Citizens’ Commission on the Expulsion of Muslims from the North by the LTTE in October 1990

  [Editors' note: Submission to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, 4th of November, 2010.] Northern Muslims in Post Conflict Sri Lanka The entire Muslim community of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province – numbering approximately  75,000 persons, were expelled by the LTTE in a systematic and organized manner during a two week period in October 1990. Northern Muslims were 5% of the Population ... Read More »

Resettle Displaced Muslims in Jaffna, By Sumaiya Rizvi

Iran to help An Iranian delegation was scheduled to arrive in the island today to visit Muslim Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka, who marked 20 years since their eviction from the Jaffna Peninsula recently, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Iran M.M Zuhair said yesterday “The delegates would be visiting IDP’s to assess their situation and find ways to help them,” ... Read More »

Sri Lankan Muslims returning home

  The end of the civil war in Sri Lanka last year has given hope to thousands of Muslims exiled from the north of the country by the Tamils. In October 1990, the Tamil Tigers accused the Muslim minority of collaborating with the mainly Sinhalese government and expelled them from the region. Some were given only hours to leave, but ... Read More »

Children of a lesser God, By Jamila Najmuddin

Source from – Daily   The forced eviction which took place in Killinochchi and Jaffna in 1990, snatched away the livelihoods of many Muslim civilians who were forced to leave the north by the LTTE, and the scars of having being thrown out of their homes in the dark by the terrorists, remain to this day. It was late one ... Read More »

Puttalam Refugees

Twenty years on and hundreds of Muslim IDPs who were forcefully evicted by the LTTE from the north, continue to languish in Puttalam. Still living in temporary shelters, they speak of their plight, fears and the hope for a better future.   Source from Read More »

இலங்கை வடக்கு முஸ்லிம்களின் பத்தொன்பது ஆண்டுகால அவல வாழ்க்கை, எம்.ஏ.ஹபீழ் இலங்கை.

இலங்கையின் வட புலத்திலிருந்து 85000 க்கும் மேற்பட்ட முஸ்லிம்கள் – தமிழ் பேசும் முஸ்லிம்கள் – ஆயுத முனையில் பலவந்தமாக 24 மணி நேர அவகாசத்தில வெளியேற்றப்பட்டு 2009 அக்டோபர் திங்களுடன் 19 ஆண்டுகள் பூர்த்தியடைகின்றன. ஒரு தாய் வயிற்று மக்களாக தனித்துவமான பாரம்பரியங்களுடன் – ஆயிரம் ஆண்டுகளுக்கு மேற்பட்ட வரலாற்றுப் பாரம்பரியங்களுடன் – வாழ்ந்து வந்த முஸ்லிம்கள் ஒரு சில மணி நேரத்தில் மனிதாபிமானமற்ற முறையில் எல்.டி.டி.ஈ. பயங்கரவாத இயக்கத்தினரால் விரட்டியடிக்கப்பட்டனர். இந்த நிகழ்வு இலங்கை வரலாற்றில் குறிப்பாக தமிழ் மக்களது வரலாற்றில் ... Read More »

Difficult homecoming for Muslim IDPs

PUTTALAM, 22 March 2010 (IRIN) – Resettlement efforts are under way for thousands of displaced Muslims from Sri Lanka’s north who have been languishing in refugee camps for nearly two decades, officials say. The internally displaced people (IDPs) were forcibly evicted in October 1990 from the northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and some parts of Vavuniya by the ... Read More »