Sri Lanka arrests Tamil youth for Tik Tok posts after ‘cyber patrol unit’ monitoring

File photo: Sri Lankan soldiers listen to an address by Shavendra Silva on cyber warfare Sri Lanka’s Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) arrested a Tamil youth in Wattala last week claiming that he had posted content about the LTTE on Tik Tok, which was being monitored by the authorities ‘cyber patrol unit’. The 25-year-old Tamil youth, who was born in Mullaitivu and living in Hatton, has since been detained by counter terror police under the widely criticised Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Sri Lanka’s DIG Ajith Rohana confirmed the arrest and said the Terrorism Investigation Division...

Tamils resist Sri Lankan navy efforts to occupy private land in Jaffna

The Sri Lankan navy’s efforts to occupy private land in Karainagar, Jaffna was thwarted by the protests of Tamil locals and politicians, last Friday (19 th Feb). A sit-in protest to block the Land Survey Department from entering the privately owned land in the Nilankadu area of Karainagar, Jaffna was carried out by the local Tamil landowners and politicians. The Sri Lankan navy identified 50 acres of land belonging to 67 separate landowners to be seized for their own use. Demonstrators mobilised in the streets and expressed their strong objection against the private lands being seized and...

‘Tamil lives depend on it’ – NGOs call for international action on Sri Lanka

Following the presentation of the damning report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet’s damning on report on Sri Lanka, several NGO’s highlighted the prevailing impunity and lack of accountability for human rights violations in Sri Lanka and the failed domestic mechanisms; urging the council to take steps to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and impose sanctions on known perpetrators. Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Ms Harini Sivalingam speaking on behalf of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, highlighted the “deliberate failures” of the...

Weerasekara attempting to ‘eliminate Tamils’ warns TNA MP

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan warned last week that Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara “is acting towards eliminating Tamil people in the North-East”, after the minister threatened to arrest Tamil protestors and said Tamil lawmakers should have been teargassed. Adaikalanathan, an MP of the Vanni constituency, was speaking to the press at his office in Mannar. The briefing came just after Mankulam and Vavuniya police recorded a deposition from him over his participation in the Pottuvil to Polikandi (P2P) march. “People...

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations but proposes face veil ban

Sri Lanka has finally ended it's forced cremation policy but has proposed to introduce laws to ban wearing face veils in public, continuing the ongoing discrimination faced by Muslims on the island. Following numerous domestic and international calls for the end to forced cremations, a gazette notification was issued yesterday stating that the burials would now be permitted. As the gazette was issued, Justice Minister, Ali Sabry reportedly said that a proposal was made to Sri Lanka's Cabinet to introduce laws to ban wearing face veils in public, claiming that it poses a threat to national...

Sri Lankan TID investigate Vavuniya Families of the Disappeared Association secretary and president

File photo : Gopalakrishnan Rajkumar at a protest last year. The Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) summoned the secretary of the Vavuniya Families of the Disappeared Association for investigation on Monday. Gopalakrishnan Rajkumar, was investigated by TID officers near the Department of Agrarian Development in Vavuniya, for his involvement in the hunger strike and protests earlier this month. The president of the association, Kasipillai Jayavanitha was also questioned by TID officers. “Two officials of the TID initiated an investigation with me today. They inquired about the...

Core Group reiterates calls for accountability whilst Sri Lanka's allies allege political bias

Responding to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet’s, damning report on Sri Lanka, members of the Core Group (UK, Canada, Germany, Montenegro, and North Macedonia) expressed alarm over the deteriorating human rights conditions in Sri Lanka whilst Sri Lanka allies accuse the UNHRC of political bias. Alongside the Core Group, the EU, Australia, and Switzerland alongside a number of other countries voiced concern over the worsening human rights situation in Sri Lanka. Russia, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and China, among others, alleged faith in Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanisms and accused the UN report baseless allegations.

‘UNHRC is a tool used by certain global powers instigated by the Tamil diaspora to vilify and harass Sri Lanka’ - Sarath Weerasekara

Sri Lanka's Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara criticised the UNHRC sessions and the institution itself as being a weapon used by the Tamil diaspora and the Western world to weaken Sri Lanka, in an interview conducted by the Daily Mirror this week. When asked about the government’s preparation to face the ongoing 46 th session at the UNHRC, he “rejected all charges” alleged against the state by UN High Commissioner of human rights Michelle Bachelet and requested the UNHRC “not to interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs”. “It is absurd that the UNHRC and our detractors put the...

Imran Khan discusses Buddhism and trade in Sri Lanka but stays silent on forced cremation of Muslims

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan concluded a visit to Sri Lanka today, where he met with both Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister to “explore new avenues of enhancing bilateral trade and investment between the two countries”, and held a last minute meeting with Muslim lawmakers on the island. However, the issue of Sri Lanka’s forcible cremation of Muslims – a topic that has generated international outrage and led to protests as Khan visited – was seemingly not discussed at all. Rajapaksa regime courts Khan Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Imran Khan held a formal meeting together where the...

Canada’s Foreign Minister expressed 'deep concern' over Sri Lanka and calls for accountability

Speaking at the 46 th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Canada’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr Marc Garneau, expressed “deep concern” about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka and emphasised the need to hold Sri Lanka accountable for crimes committed. “Canada is deeply concerned at the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka, which include threats to human rights defenders and civil society organizations, suppression of memorialization, forced cremations of religious minorities and the deterioration of the rule of law” Garneau stated. He further added that: “The...

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