Britain express repeated concern over Sri Lanka's forced cremations

Responding to a question posed by UK Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ruth Jones, about Sri Lankan forced, Minister for Asia at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development, Nigel Adams, expressed the UK's repeated concern over minority rights in Sri Lanka. Nigel maintained that the "UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka has also raised concerns about mandatory cremations several times with the Sri Lankan Government, most recently on 8 January". This includes a direct conversation between The Minister of State for South Asia and the...

PEARL urges international community heed Tamil demands

The Washington-based advocacy organisation People For Equality And Relief in Lanka (PEARL) has called on the international community to consider demands made by Tamil people in the North-East after a coalition of elected representatives of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, members of the Tamil victim communities, and Tamil civil society organizations united behind calls for Sri Lanka to face international accountability. Criticising the UNHRC's failure to investigate alleged crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and major Sinhala political parties, including genocide, crimes against...

Another Tamil refugee to stand trial in Germany

A Tamil refugee is to stand trial at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, for alleged involvement in an attack on a Sri Lankan army convoy 12 years ago. The Public Prosecutor’s office claims that the defendant incriminated himself in his 2018 asylum application. The attack, which is alleged to have taken place when the refugee was 15 years old, is reported to have resulted in the deaths of six people, though it is unclear whether any civilians were injured or if all were Sri Lankan military personnel. He faces a maximum youth sentence of ten years in prison. The case is earmarked...

Indian intervention and Gotabaya’s isolation over Mullivaikkal monument

Reports have emerged over how India’s ambassador to Sri Lanka rushed to meet Sri Lanka’s prime minister last week, in an attempt to contain the fallout just hours after authorities destroyed a monument at the University of Jaffna, whilst Sri Lanka’s president was left in the dark over the meeting and decisions made in Colombo.

Sri Lankan foreign secretary slams UN Human Rights Council and claims disappeared Tamils are 'abroad'

Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary said his regime was firm on withdrawing from a UN resolution on accountability, as he slammed the global body, claimed there was an “ulterior motive” behind calls for a justice mechanism and claimed that thousands of forcibly disappeared Tamils are abroad “living somewhere” Speaking to the Sunday Times, Admiral Jayanath Colombage who himself stands accused of being complicit in torture , denied reports that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed by a Sri Lankan military offensive in 2009. “If we were really as accused, we could have killed them all,”...

LTTE retained on US Foreign Terrorist Organisations list

The US State Department has retained the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on its Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO) list, despite almost 12 years since the Sri Lankan government claimed to have eradicated the organisation, in a military offensive that killed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians. In a statement released on January 14 2021, the Department of State announced it had amended the designations of Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ) and ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) to include additional aliases on the list, stating “These aliases have been added to LJ and ISIL-SP’s designations as...

Sri Lanka arrests Muslim businessman over Facebook post

Sri Lankan authorities have detained a Muslim businessman, Fawaz Mohamad Nisar, for allegedly posting hate speech on his personal Facebook account, as authorities continue to crackdown on social media posts. Nisar was detained in prison from January 13, until later today. Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) claim Nasir’s Facebook posts included content that was demeaning to Buddhist monks, thereby committing an offence under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act (ICCPR) for inciting racial tensions. CID officials also claim Nisar’s higher socioeconomic...

Over 28,000 sign petition made by Tamil youth to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC

An online petition created by Tamil youth , calling for the United Nations and its Member States to ensure justice for Tamils in Eelam, has gained over 28,000 signatures in under one week. The petition, under the larger #JusticeforEelam campaign , aims “to create international consensus around the Sri Lankan genocide of Tamils and attain justice through getting the UN to conduct an international, impartial and independent investigation and to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC).” The petition addressed to the UN, and its member states has three requests; "Firmly and...

Coronavirus took my Appa from my life

Dr Suthan Ulakanathan tells the story of how his family has dealt with grief in a time of chaos. It’s Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020, and my mobile phone rings at 11:55 PM. It is the hospital's intensive care doctor who tells me my father has deteriorated in the last few hours. He asks if I want to come and see him should he get worse. I immediately say yes as I hadn’t seen him in person for several weeks and I missed him a lot. I get my clothes ready and sit in bed with my wife, tears running down my cheeks, as I am expecting the worst news I would ever receive in my life. At 1:30 AM I get the phone call I’ve been dreading. Appa had passed away.

A familiar face tipped for US Deputy Secretary of State 

Wendy Sherman, a former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and a lead negotiator on the US-Iran nuclear deal, has been widely reported to have been appointed as the next United States Deputy Secretary of State. The situation in Sri Lanka and Tamil politics will not be entirely unfamiliar to Sherman, as she looks to take up the role later this month. In 2011, Sherman met with a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation made up of R Sampanthan, Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran and M A Sumanthiran, as it visited Washington on the invitation of the US State Department.

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