Kilinochchi remembrance for Thileepan

Thileepan was remembered in Kilinochchi on Tuesday, on the 30th anniversary of the final day of his fast.

Jaffna Uni students mark Thileepan's final day of fast

Hundreds of students and staff at the University of Jaffna gathered to remember Thileepan, marking thirty years since his death.

Thileepan remembered in Mannar

Thileepan was remembered in Mannar on Tuesday on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Sri Lanka looks to sign extradition treaties

The Sri Lankan government is looking to sign extradition treaties with several countries including those in Europe and Asia, the State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said, reported Colombo Gazette . Treaties have already been signed between Sri Lanka and Ukraine, China and Vietnam. "The extradition treaties will help Sri Lanka and foreign countries exchange wanted criminals," Mr Wijewardena was quoted as saying.

Sinhala Buddhist monks storm UN safe house with Rohingya refugees

Thirty-one Rohingya refugees who were inside a UN safe house run by the UNHCR near Sri Lanka's capital city were taken into police custody, after a mob led by Sinhala Buddhist monks stormed the building on Tuesday. According to AFP , the mob "broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms". "We have pushed back the mob and the refugees will be relocated in a safer place," a police official was quoted by the news wire as saying. One of the monks who led the mob posted on his social media page, "these are Rohingya...

I was accosted by former Sri Lankan army personnel in Geneva - Vaiko

The general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Vaiko said he was on Monday accosted by a Sri Lankan woman and former army personnel after concluding his address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “After I completed my speech, a woman approached me and questioned my right to speak against Sri Lanka when I was not a citizen of the country," he told The Hindu by telephone. "I told her that I was from Tamil Nadu, and we had an ‘umbilical cord relationship’ with Sri Lankan Tamils. A few former army personnel surrounded me and accused me of supporting LTTE,...

Tamils gather in Nallur to remember final day of Thileepan's fast

Tamils gathered in Nallur today to remember the 30th anniversary of the final day of Thileepan's fast unto death. Lt. Col. Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE fasted to death on hunger strike, appealing to the Indian government to honour pledges made to the Tamil people. He began his fast on 15th September 1987 and died on the 26th. Commemorative events began at the site of Thileepan's protest at the Nallur temple before moving to his memorial monument. MPs and politicians from the Tamil National Alliance and the Tamil National People's Front were present to remember him. Find our...

UK policy downplays human rights abuses in Sri Lanka – British MP

UK Foreign Office policy “significantly” downplays the scale of human rights abuses and torture in Sri Lanka, said British parliamentarian Joan Ryan at the side-lines of the Labour party conference on Monday.

New batch of Sri Lankan marines pass out in Trinco

A new cohort of Sri Lankan marines participated in a passing out ceremony in Trincomalee earlier this month.

Mannar civil society slam Sri Lankan President's plan to attend opening of illegally constructed Buddhist vihara in Thiruketheeswaram

Members of Mannar civil society have written to the Sri Lankan president, criticising his planned participation in the opening ceremony of a Buddhist vihara constructed illegally in the environs of the historic Thiruketheeswaram Kovil. President Sirisena is due to participate in the opening ceremony of the vihara, constructed illegally in around 10 acres of private Tamil-owned land on September 29. A Buddhist shrine was initially built to serve the Sri Lankan army when it occupied the area in 1991. However since the end of the war, the main army camp has been removed but a smaller one was...