Sri Lanka goes noose shopping

The Sri Lankan government announced it was looking to purchase a new hangman’s noose, after the president declared he would reinstate capital punishment on the island. Though Sri Lanka has not executed the death penalty since 1976, Maithripala Sirisena has re-affirmed his commitment to bringing back hanging criminals - despite outcry from human rights organisations and governments from around the world. After posting advertisements for hangmen last week, calling for men with “very good mind and mental strength”, Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) Director General Siddhika Senaratne told the...

TELO leader draws on LTTE legacy and claims TNA cannot be ‘broken’

Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan spoke on the LTTE’s participation in forming the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) during a speech in Mannar last week, stating the alliance “was formed for the purpose of liberation of our people”.

Sri Lankan navy arrests 13 Tamil Nadu fishermen

The Sri Lankan navy overnight arrested 13 Tamil Nadu fishermen on board three separate fishing boats.

Officer released on bail over journalist attack in Kokkuvil

The acting Officer in Charge of Koppay police was arrested and shortly afterwards released over the assault of a Tamil journalist in Kokkuvil on Tuesday. Gunaratne was released on a surety bail of Rs. 50,000 after being produced in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court. A hearing date was set for March 26. The assault took place after the victim, Nadarajah Kugaraj had travelled to Kokkuvil to report on an attack on a house in the area, which reportedly had petrol bombs thrown at it overnight. Whilst at the scene, Sri Lankan police officers from Koppay assaulted the journalist, who is also a former...

Udumpankulam massacre in Amparai commemorated 33 years on

Tamil villagers in Amparai marked 33 years since the Udumpankulam massacre this week, where commandos from Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force killed as many as 130 farmers. Village residents held a special ceremony at the Thangavelauthapuram temple in remembrance of their loved ones on Tuesday, lighting lamps and holding prayers. The massacre, on February 19, 1986, saw troops from the STF beat, hack and shoot to death farmers who were working in the Tamil hamlet. Speaking to TamilNet in 2003, Nakamany Kandasamy, a survivor of the massacre, said, “The threshing floor was full of burnt and half...

Muslims protest Sri Lanka navy occupation in Mannar

Muslims in Mannar protested for the release of their lands from Sri Lankan navy occupation.

Sri Lankan military expands occupying holiday resort

The Sri Lankan army announced that if had expanded its military-run holiday resort in Jaffna this week, as it continues to consolidate its presence in the Tamil homeland.

Police block families of disappeared protesting in front of Ranil

Tamil families of the disappeared were blocked from protesting in front of the Sri Lankan prime minister in Mullaitivu by police.

TNA leader - war crimes committed can never be forgotten

The leader of the Tamil National Alliance this week rejected the Sri Lankan prime minister's call to 'forgive and forget' the past, demanding justice through an international mechanism and stressing that offenders should be punished.

Sri Lankan govt has to face accountability for atrocities - Crusaders for Democracy

The Crusaders for Democracy party of former LTTE cadres has slammed the Sri Lankan prime minister’s remarks in Kilinochchi calling for Tamils to “forgive and forget”, saying the Sri Lankan government will have to face accountability for atrocities committed against the Tamil people. In a statement, the party said Sinhalese politicians “would not dare come down even a little from the Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist mentality which they have adopted at their core.” “As J. R. Jayewardene said ”I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna people now” in the eighties, the present leader of the...