Kilinochchi unions protest against exploitation and violence against workers

A protest calling to protect workers’ rights and end exploitation of workers took place in Kilinochchi on Sunday. The demonstration by labour unions in Kilinochchi called for an end to violence against workers and gendered and sexual violence against female workers.

Kilinochchi unions protest against exploitation and violence against workers

A protest calling to protect workers’ rights and end exploitation of workers took place in Kilinochchi on Sunday. The demonstration by labour unions in Kilinochchi called for an end to violence against workers and gendered and sexual violence against female workers.

Tamils protest against corruption in Sri Lanka transport board

Tamils in Jaffna held a protest today against corruption and administrative mismanagement in Sri Lanka's transport board's Northern province's office. Protesters accused senior staff of making false allegations against employees who whistleblow on corruption in the department. Demanding that such a culture of retribution against whistleblowers must end, protesters called for the regional manager to be replaced.

Transparency International SL calls for bribery allegations to be investigated

Transparency International Sri Lanka called for Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to investigate allegations of bribery made by President Sirisena. In a filmed interview last week Sirisena said the appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has large sums of money had been solicited and offered to MPs. The TISL has passed on a copy of the president's statement to CIABOC, Colombo Page reports. "Whilst the President states that he will never support the bribing of politicians, he acknowledges personal knowledge of bribes being demanded, which is...

Sri Lankan parliament adjourned until Dec 18

Sri Lanka's parliament was adjourned today until December 18 by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The country has been in a state of political turmoil since October when the president sacked the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa. Prior to the adjournament, the UNP member Sajith Premadasa tabled a motion of confidence in the UNP leader, Wickremesinghe. The motion comes amid calls for Sajith to put himself forward as a contender for the leadership of the party.

Mother of disappeared journalist dies still in search of son

The mother of a Tamil journalist disappeared in 2007 died on Sunday, following the death of her husband less than a month earlier. The couple had been actively seeking answers for the disappearance of their son, Subramaniam Ramachandran, until their last days. Ramachandran, a local correspondent for both the Yaal Thinakkural and Valampuri newspapers was disappeared in February 2007 inside a Sri Lankan army camp in Vadamarachchi. His parents had initially thought he was being detained under investigation. Ramachandran’s mobile phone remained connected for several days after his disappearance...

British gun carriages refurbished and back in action for Sri Lankan military

The Sri Lankan army announced that it had modified and refurbished two gun carriages that it had initially bought from the United Kingdom in 1986. An official military website said that the two gun carriages, which were used “in many battles” were imported from Britain “while the war for peace was reaching fierce proportions”. The 25 pounder guns, which were put out of action in 2005, were refurbished by the Sri Lankan military, which it said will use them for military funerals. Although it is unclear when guns were deployed, it is likely that they were used in the massive military operations...

Sri Lanka’s military recruitment continues

The Sri Lankan army announced that 131 new recruits had completed their training last month, as the military continues to expand its numbers despite calls for demilitarisation. An official military website announced that the recruits had completed training at the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment Training School (SLSRTS) at Beragala road Kegalle and will work in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI), Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), Sri Lanka Ordnance Corps (SLAOC) and Sri Lanka Army General Services Corps (SLAGSC). Four months of training was reportedly required to graduate from the program. Though...

Militarisation: More military seminars for Tamil schoolchildren

The Sri Lankan military organised yet another series of seminars for Tamil schoolchildren last month, as it continued with its militarisation of the North-East. Despite opposition to military presence in schools, soldiers have ramped up their activities with Tamil schoolchildren across the North-East. In the latest such exercise, troops from the military’s 68 Division reportedly held a series of seminars on Mathematics, Science, History and English at the Puthukkuddiyirippu Maha Vidyalaya. Puthukkuddiyirippu, located in the Mullaitivu district, remains one of the most heavily militarised...

Case filed against Ranil looking to strip him of seat as MP

A court case has been filed against Ranil WIckremesinghe, accusing him of part ownership in a company that does business with the Sri Lankan government, which could see him potentially lose his seat as a parliamentarian. Wickremesinghe is accused of owning 1.33 percent of equity in Lake House Printers & publishers, a publicly listed company, that reportedly supplies check books to two state-banks. In effect, this means Wickremesinghe’s company engages in business with the government, which would disqualify him from holding a seat as an MP. The case, filed by Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters...

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