June 26 marks the International Day in support of Victims of Torture. Several recent reports have flagged that torture is a frequent and ongoing phenomenon among the police and military, even today, 7 years after the war has ended. In light of this, Groundviews spoke to local activists and lawyers, to understand why, and how, such incidents continue to occur. ...

Featured image via South China Morning Post I have been accused by many in comments to my articles that I continue to write about the pogrom in Aluthgama and Muslims while the Tamils have had to undergo state terrorism during the 30 year ethnic conflict.  For them, the two deaths and billions of rupees worth of damage is minor compared to ...

Featured image courtesy Tamil Guardian There have been numerous debates along the lines of Sri Lanka’s ability to deliver Transitional Justice (TJ), how the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) should approach the TJ process and the people’s right to know, yet little is known about Sri Lankans’ attitude towards restorative justice. The way Sri Lankans evaluate TJ measures is clearly ...

Mamanithar Late Prof C.J. Eliezer AM Memorial Lecture Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne, 12 June 2016 I am deeply honoured by this invitation to deliver the Maamanithar Prof Christopher Jeyaratnam Eliezer’s memorial lecture for the year 2016. It will be pretentious for me in these preliminary remarks to claim an understanding Prof. Eliezer’s achievements in the field of mathematical physics. ...

Featured image courtesy TamilGuardian The Sampur power plant project has come under further scrutiny, following a project synopsis released by the Public Information Officer of NTPC Ltd, India’s largest energy conglomerate. Among other things, it was revealed that environmental clearance for the project was still awaited as late as February 2015. Clearance has been given to the project to proceed despite ...

Featured image courtesy New York Times If only political leaders knew the horrors of war first hand, they might find other ways to solve differences, to meet threats – perhaps go to the root causes of the conflicts that  stem from crucial conversations about identity, rights and privileges – listen, seek to understand and compromise in the common interest – ...

Information and Power: The Evolution of RTI Inside India’s Central Information Commission, Professor M Sridhar Acharyulu is hearing a case on illegal occupation. The applicant wants to know if the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, (RCS) which deals with housing, has complied with an order to evict an employee from one of its flats. Despite repeated reminders, leading to an order for the employee to vacate, the ...

Photograph courtesy Business Today ‘The sleep of reason produces monsters.’ Goya (The title of the 43rd etching of Los Caprichos) Post-Rajapaksa Sri Lanka is being haunted by the ghost of the Rajapaksa past and the spectre of a Rajapaksa future. The 19th Amendment was a major democratic achievement. It restored presidential term limits, reduced presidential powers and reinstated independent commissions. ...

[Featured image courtesy The New Yorker. Editor’s note: This is a direct translation of chapter 5 of Thamilini Jayakumarans’ book ‘Under the shadow of a sword’. This book is a reflection of real life experience of a female combatant in a brutal war. The launch of the book was wracked with controversy, with local politicians, including the TNA, electing not ...

June 14 marks World Blood Donor Day. Groundviews takes a look inside Sri Lanka’s National Blood Transfusion Service, to better understand the process of blood donation – and how it showcases the best of Sri Lanka’s spirit. View the full story, compiled on Shorthand Social, here, or below:

Featured image courtesy Huffington Post ‘People Will Forget What You Did , But People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel ‘  –Maya Angelou King of the Ring, Muhammed Ali left us to join His Lord. The whole world irrespective of race, colour, geographical location and gender rose up to salute this great man on his finale journey to his ...

Featured image courtesy The Nation Sri Lankans sometimes like to claim perverse records for their country. You will likely have heard the proud assertion that ‘Sri Lanka has the highest suicide rate in the world’. Fortunately, that is not true. But here is a genuine perverse record, of which few people are aware: Sri Lanka holds the world record for ...

Reflections on Ramadan June 6 marked the beginning of the month of Ramadan, a significant time for Muslims. Groundviews spoke to people about their perceptions and beliefs around this time. View the full story, compiled using Adobe Spark, below:

Image courtesy Ceylon News Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed’s recent row with a Navy Officer has now become infamous. In response, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) evidently jumped the gun, ordering (and later withdrawing) a military-wide boycott of the Chief Minister. The incident and its aftermath raise two concerns. It points to the ability of the state security apparatus ...

Featured image courtesy Anushka Wijesinha for 30yearsago.asia To me, the best thing about the Department of Motor Traffic at Werahera is the subsidized maalu paan. However, this article is not intended for street food connoisseurs and it is not about how the recent hike in VAT is going to affect maalu paan consumption patterns. This is about the seemingly minor ...

Featured image courtesy the Star Ven. Ampitiye Sumanaratne Thero of Mangalaramaya temple in Ampara walks in to the residence of the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Nazeer Ahamed and threatens him over the despicable incident at the Sampur school function: Later, the venerable Thero leads a protest in Ampara, shouting Islamophobic slurs. The Editor of Sunday (Irida) Divaina in his ...

Featured image courtesy Quartz By Swastika Arulingam, Marisa de Silva and Gajen Mahendra Rasathurai Jeyanthan, from Nunavil, Jaffna, was abducted in a white van, and was later found to be in custody of the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) last month. He was taken away from his home on 10th April, 2016, by unidentified men in civil clothes claiming to be ...

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