Jaffna Teaching Hospital runs out of beds in isolation ward 

Amidst a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka, the bed capacity in the isolation ward of Jaffna Teaching Hospital is reported to have been exhausted. All four emergency beds and 11 beds for other COVID-19 patients available in the ward were occupied by Wednesday. All patients currently receiving treatment at the hospital are under 50 years of age. This development follows a few days after Jaffna police were seen dragging Tamils in the district and forcing them into quarantine for allegedly not wearing face masks. The government’s militarised response to containing the spread of...

Sri Lanka decries Ontario’s “Tamil Genocide Education Week”

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning the passage of Bill 104 in Ontario, also known as the “Tamil Genocide Education Week” bill, claiming it was based on a flawed premise, unfounded assumptions and blatant lies. The passage of the bill recognises Sri Lanka’s genocide against Tamils and establishes May 11 to 18 as a week in which Ontarians “are encouraged to educate themselves about, and to maintain their awareness of, the Tamil genocide and other genocides that have occurred in world history.” Read more here: Ontario pass Tamil Genocide Education Week bill May 18...

Ontario pass Tamil Genocide Education Week bill

Photo of Scarborough-Rouge Park MPP Vijay Thanigasalam Ontario has passed Bill 104, the Tamil Genocide Education Week Act, recognising the genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka and establishing May 11 to 18 as a week in which Ontarians “are encouraged to educate themselves about, and to maintain their awareness of, the Tamil genocide and other genocides that have occurred in world history.” Scarborough-Rouge Park MPP Vijay Thanigasalam responded to the passage of the bill stating on Twitter: (2/2) This is a historic event for Tamil people in Ontario & across the world. Today, we are...

As COVID cases soar, Sri Lanka closes tourist attraction

Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Conservation Department has announced that all tourist attractions that it operates, including parks, campsites, and tourist bungalows, will be closed as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with its rapidly rising COVID infection rate. The Colombo Gazette has reported that Sri Lanka has a higher rate of covid-19 infections compared to India on the basis of the country population. Sri Lanka reports an average of 1,900 positive cases per day in Sri Lanka since Tamil New year whilst across the whole of India, there was a reported 200,000 to 300,000 cases per day. According to...

TNA MP calls on Sri Lankan government to allow Mullivaikkal remembrance events

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Sivagnanam Shritharan has demanded that the Sri Lankan government grant permission for the Tamils to commemorate those who perished in the Mullivaikkal genocide. Speaking to the press last Friday, Shritharan said, “The government must grant permission to commemorate May 18, the Mullivaikal massacre day, a day in which Tamil people remember by shedding tears those who lived amongst us and died.” “If permission is denied, it would be a great injustice to the Tamil people. They (the Sri Lankan government) can identify themselves as human beings only...

Sri Lanka’s COVID infection rate is higher than India’s

Silva at a Sri Lankan military-run quarantine centre last year. Public Health Inspectors (PHS) have reported that Sri Lanka has a higher rate of covid-19 infections compared to India on the basis of the country population. The Colombo Gazette reports an average of 1900 positive cases per day in Sri Lanka since Tamil New year whilst across the whole of India, there was a reported 200,000 to 300,000 cases per day. PHI association secretary, M. Baalasooriya, highlighted Sri Lanka is struggling with bed capacity in hospitals. “Health authorities are unable to bridge the gap between newly detected...

45 years since the birth of the LTTE

On this day 45 years ago, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was founded.

Sri Lanka police shown dragging Tamils in Jaffna

Viral footage has shown Sri Lanka police dragging Jaffna Tamils away and forcing them to quarantine. In a special operation carried out today by Jaffna police under the instruction of Chief Inspector, Prasad Fernando, at least 20 Tamils in Jaffna were arrested for allegedly not wearing masks or following social distancing measures. This footage comes as the Sri Lanka military has intensified its crackdown on the North-East with a series of arrests under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act. There have been a number of Tamils and Muslims arrested under the PTA including high profile...

Rajapaksa ally appointed as rehabilitation facilitator for North-East of Sri Lanka

Coordinating Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Geethanath Kassilingham, has been appointed as the state’s "special Rehabilitation Facilitation Officer" for the North-East as a military crackdown on the North-East intensifies. Earlier this year Sri Lanka expanded upon its draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has predominately used against Tamils and allows for arbitrary detention of practices, under the guise of "deradicalisation" and to allegedly rehabilitate" individuals who hold "violent extremist ideology”. The measure broadened the state’s powers to use the...

Former Scottish Justice Minister admits to ‘turning a blind eye’ to the training of Sri Lankan forces

Speaking to investigative journalist, Phil Miller, former Justice Minister for Scottish Parliament, Kenny Macaskill, admits to turning a ‘blind eye’ to Police Scotland’s training of Sri Lanka’s forces, despite concern over human rights violations. Turning a blind eye “You’re right, it’s something we need to take action upon […] It’s something that’s slipped by in Scotland […] it occasionally appeared in the papers. I have to say, as a former justice secretary, I was oblivious to it”, he told Miller. He further expressed regret for not stopping the scheme whilst he was Minister and added: “I...

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