Wanted Sri Lankan navy commander arrested over abduction and murder of Tamils

Former Sri Lankan Navy Lieutenant Commander Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi, alias 'Navy Sampath', has been arrested by Sri Lankan authorities after skipping bail earlier this year. Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi is the main suspect in the case of the Sri Lankan navy abducting and murdering 11 Tamil youths from 2008 to 2009. He had been evading authorities ever since he was released on bail earlier this year. He was reportedly arrested at Lotus Road in Colombo with a false identity card. He is due to be produced in Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court Wednesday. A former Naval...

TNPF remembers Sencholai massacre in Batticaloa

The Tamil National People’s Front held an event to mark 12 years since the Sencholai massacre, at their Batticaloa office earlier today.

Massacre of 53 school girls remembered at site of Sencholai

The massacre of 53 schoolgirls in Mullaitivu on August 14, 2006 by the Sri Lankan airforce was remembered today at the site of the bombed Sencholai school in Vallipunam. Local residents gathered at the site 12 years on and lit a lamp in memory of the girls and their three teachers who were also killed in the attack. The children's home had been designated a humanitarian zone and its GPS coordinates had been passed to the Sri Lankan military via the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). Read more here .

£1m UK funding for families resettling after military occupation in North-East

The UK will provide £1 million in funding for families resettling back into their lands following the release of land from military occupation in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa. "The funding will help those returning to their homes in the Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Batticaloa districts by contributing towards roads, wells and sanitary services, and help re-establish access to local government services as well as local civil society organisations," the UK government said in a statement released today. "It will also help families rebuild their lives by supporting...

Family members pay tribute to massacred Tamil schoolgirls

Families of the 53 massacred schoolgirls, who were killed in a Sri Lankan air force bombing raid 12 years ago, gathered in Mullaitivu today, where a community event was held to mark the anniversary of the Sencholai massacre.

Remembering The Sencholai Massacre — A Gendered Attack on Tamil Women

- Brannavy Jeyasundaram It was August 14, 2006; two years after the earth-shattering tsunami had ravaged Sri Lanka, leaving its people in destitute. The North-East was particularly vulnerable, with limited access to resources and deprivation of aid by the Sri Lankan government — despite being the worst-affected region . In this aftermath stood the Sencholai children’s home for orphans in Mullaitivu. In an effort to shift the dependence on state-sponsored relief, a ten-day workshop on first aid and disaster management was organized by the Mullaithivu and Kandavalai Principals Association. Over 400 young women between the ages of 17 and 20 years old were gathered at the home to learn how to provide for the suffering. At the beginning of day four, shortly after sunrise, four Sri Lankan air force jets dropped sixteen bombs over the home, killing 53 school girls and 3 teachers. Over 150 girls were seriously injured, suffering deep wounds, lost limbs, and severe burns. In a devastating irony, they had become the subject of their study.

Sencholai massacre remembered in Mullaitivu

The massacre of 53 Sencholai schoolgirls by the Sri Lankan air force on August 14, 2006, was remembered today in Mullaitivu. The Northern Provincial Council member T Ravikaran led a remembrance event, where a lamp was lit and flowers laid in memory of the girls.

Jaffna Uni remembers Sencholai massacre

Students and staff at the University of Jaffna today remembered the massacre of 53 schoolgirls in Mullaitivu on August 14, 2006, when the Sri Lankan air force bombed their Sencholai school. Three teachers were also killed in the bombing. To date, no-one has been held to account for the deaths. The children's home had been designated a humanitarian zone and its GPS coordinates had been passed to the Sri Lankan military via the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). Read more here .

Sencholai massacre - Searching for justice after 12 years

Tamils around the world today remember the 12th anniversary of the massacre of 53 school girls by the Sri Lankan air force. On August 14th, 2006 four Sri Lankan air force jets flew over the Vanni and dropped sixteen bombs were dropped over the Sencholai children's home for orphans, killing 53 school girls and 3 teachers. To date, no-one has been held to account for the deaths.

Sri Lankan Army to discuss diaspora at Defence Seminar

The Sri Lankan Army is to discuss diaspora at its upcoming Defence Seminar in Colombo, in a topic titled “Diaspora Communities amidst Peace and Conflict.” The two keynote speakers of the topic will be the Sri Lankan security forces’ Mullaitivu Commander, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, former United Nations Under-Secretay-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. The topic will not just be about Sri Lanka, Daily News reports Sri Lanka’s Army Commander as saying, although he added that “diaspora communities of other countries too have their conflicts. They have their pros and...

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