‘Where are our children?’ – Families of the Disappeared continue protests

In Vavuniya, Tamil Families of the Disappeared are continuing their protests on the roadside to demand to know what happened to their loved ones. Tomorrow marks 2,000 days since these demonstrations began and still, there has been no answers for the thousands of disappeared Tamils. Despite facing constant harassment from the security forces, these families continue to demonstrate against the government and to demand international action. “Where are our children?” they chant. During the final phase of the armed conflict, thousands of Tamils disappeared, with many last seen in military custody...

UNFPA appeals for USD 10.7 million to aid women and girls in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has appealed for USD 10.7 million to aid the 2 million women and girls in Sri Lanka that have been affected by the country's economic crisis. 2 million women and girls are currently affected by the economic crisis in #SriLanka . Their health, rights and dignity are under threat. @UNFPA appeals for $10.7 million to meet their urgent needs: https://t.co/fxMC64ZnIn #EconomicCrisisLK pic.twitter.com/aXEV8UyfVo — UNFPA (@UNFPA) August 8, 2022 Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has left the island with shortages of food, medicine, fuel and power. It has had a...

Last Chance – Why Singapore owes it to the Tamil people to arrest Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a war criminal accused of overseeing some of the most heinous atrocities of the 21 st century. Under his command Sri Lankan troops unleashed an offensive that saw widespread violations of international law and left as many as 169,796 Tamils unaccounted for. Out of all the countries in the world, Singapore has a particular duty to hold him to account. It must do so before he flees.

Soldiers first in Sri Lanka as secret Australian fuel deal keeps navy afloat

Whilst millions across the island are forced to queue hours in the face of crippling fuel shortages, Sri Lanka’s navy has been getting a steady supply of fuel through a secret deal forged with Australia. According to a report in The Australian , Sri Lankan navy patrol boats are regularly being refuelled in India at Canberra’s expense. “Due to the secrecy of Operation Sovereign Borders activities, the minister’s office has declined to comment on the agreement, which was put into action about a fortnight ago,” said The Australian. The report states that the deal was made during Australian Home...

UN experts condemn Sri Lanka's 'extensive, prolonged and repeated' use of emergency laws to crackdown on protesters

United Nations (UN) human rights experts have condemned Sri Lanka's "extensive, prolonged and repeated use of state of emergency measures" to repress the voices of peaceful protesters. In a statement, the experts highlighted that Sri Lankan authorities have clamped down on activists and protesters in recent weeks in response to the ongoing political and social unrest on the island.

The growing demand to arrest Gotabaya Rajapksa

In Jaffna, walls are papered with posters calling for the arrest of exiled Sri Lankan president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for the crime of genocide. Men and women line up to sign petitions calling on Singapore to deliver justice for the atrocities they suffered and in remembrance of those they lost. Across the globe, they are joined in unison by a diaspora who refuse to forget the thousands of Tamils slaughtered under the command of the former president. Outside Singapore’s embassies Tamils cry out to Singapore to deliver them justice. For as long as Rajapaksa remains on the island without...

He left for a ‘medical appointment’ – Continued denials that Sri Lanka’s President fled the island

Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has insisted that his brother, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, did not flee the island but instead left for a medical appointment. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s strenuous denials follow similar claims by cabinet spokesman, Bandula Gunawardena , who insisted that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was “not in hiding”. Following continued civil unrest, the former president fled the island through a Sri Lankan Air Force carrier on 13 July as protesters stormed his residence. Mahinda Rajapaksa has rejected these claims and is unable to detail when his brother will...

‘Even the US couldn’t prevent 9/11’ – Sri Lanka’s former president excuses his failure to prevent Easter Sunday bombings

Sri Lanka’s former President and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Maithripala Sirisena defended his record claiming that if he had prior warnings of the Easter Sunday bombings he “would not let the attacks happen”. “These terrorists have launched attacks in more than 50 countries. Even USA could not prevent the attacks in 2001” he told an assembly organised by member of the Colombo Municipal Council, M.N. Manzil. “I was attacked by many over social media during my tenure as President of this country. However, people had no issues during my time” he further claimed. The Easter...

Another activist abducted as crackdown continues in the South

Image courtesy of JDS Mangala Maddumage, a national organiser of the Revolutionary Students Union was reportedly abducted by unidentified men in a three wheeler in Colombo, as the crackdown on anti-government protesters continues across the South. According to Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) , Sri Lankan police have confirmed that Maddumage is now being held at Colombo Crime Division in Bamabalapitiya. This is the latest in a series of arrests that have taken place across the South. The abduction took place just hours after Ceylon Teachers' Union General Secretary Joseph Stalin...

Australia forcibly sends back at least 46 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka

An Australian vessel docked in Colombo last week, as it forcibly sent back 46 asylum seekers who were looking to flee Sri Lanka after it intercepted their vessel on 21 July 2022 at the Australia’s maritime border. The move reportedly marks the first time that asylum seekers fleeing Sri Lanka are forcibly brought to the island on board an Australian Border Force ship.

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