The British leave and Ceylon becomes a self-governing dominion with a government dominated by the Sinhalese elite assuming power. Passage of the Citizenship Act that makes more than a million Tamil plantation workers of Indian..Read More
Prime Minister Bandaranaike and FP leader Chelvanayagam sign a historic agreement (the B-C Pact) on a federal solution, devolving wide-ranging powers to the Tamil-majority North and East Provinces. A major anti-Tamil pogrom breaks out in Sinhala-majority..Read More
Prime Minister Bandaranaike is assassinated by a Buddhist monk.
UNP’s Dudley Senanayake forms a government with the help of FP and other parties. The Dudley-Chelva agreement, which amounts to a diluted version of the B-C pact, is signed. The agreement is abandoned without being..Read More
Ceylon becomes a Republic on May 22 and is officially renamed The Republic of Sri Lanka. The United Front government enacts a Sinhalese-supremacist “Republican Constitution” for the country, which makes Buddhism the de facto state..Read More
TUF is renamed Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and passes the “Vaddukodai resolution” to restore a “free, sovereign, secular, socialist State of Tamil Eelam based on the right to self-determination” to safeguard the very existence..Read More
Death of ailing Thanthai Chelvanayagam. J.R. Jayewardena becomes Prime Minister when UNP routs SLFP in the general elections to come back to power with a thumping five-sixths majority in parliament.
Severe anti-Tamil pogroms occur immediately after elections, killing hundreds of Tamils; tens of thousands of Tamils from Sinhalese-majority areas, flee North to the Tamil regions.
The Jaffna Public Library is burnt down by the Sri Lankan armed forces, under the direction of two government ministers, Gamini Dissanayake and Cyril Mathew.
More than 3,000 Tamils killed and over 150,000 become refugees, many fleeing the country to India and the West. Prison guards allow Sinhalese génocidaires into the wards holding Tamil political prisoners- 53 Tamil political prisoners..Read More
The armed conflict phase of Sri Lanka’s genocide against Tamils begins…
One of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Over 30 000 deaths in Sri Lanka alone.
On January 2, 2008 the Sri Lankan government officially abrogated the ceasefire agreement.
A new ‘safe zone’ is declared along a narrow strip of beach. Over 330,000 people are corralled into an area that is 14 sq. km
“These burial sites contained human remains from hundreds, and in some instances, thousands of men, women and children who died during the conflict…”
Marking the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils at the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in May 2009.
Systemic Sexual Violence and Forced Sterilization
Colonization of Tamil Lands
Sri Lanka held the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. There were significant calls from many bodies not to host the summit in Sri Lanka and to boycott the event due to the country’s poor..Read More
On December 11, 2013 Permanent People’s Tribunal passed a judgement ruling that Sri Lanka had indeed committed the crime of genocide against the minority Tamils.
Rajapaksa lost his presidency to Maithripala Srisena. Srisena served as the active Defence Minister during the civil war.