Fitch Ratings warns of low economic growth in Sri Lanka

Fitch Ratings warned of increased external financing pressures and lower economic growth in Sri Lanka this year, in a statement released last week. "The tragic Easter bombings in Sri Lanka will result in lower economic growth this year and could increase external financing pressures," the statement said, adding that a 5% reduction in Fitch-estimated GDP was expected with reduced tourism. "These pressures are mitigated by the government's continued adherence to economic policies and targets that have enabled Sri Lanka to get its IMF programme back on track." "These challenges increase the...

Muslim Hansard officer arrested for helping suicide bomber

Sri Lankan police on Saturday arrested a Muslim indexing officer at the parliament's Hansard Department, accusing him of aiding and abetting one of the Easter Sunday suicide bombers, Zahran Hashim. The suspect, Mohamed Naushad Jalaldeen from Kandy, was arrested in Kurunegala following information obtained from an electro-cardiologist at the local teaching hospital, who was also arrested over association to the group Zahran led, National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ). Jalaldeen started working in parliament in 2006, when he joined the Transation Department. According to the police, he was appointed...

Devotees gather at Mullaitivu temple as military looks on

The iconic Vattrapalai Amman temple in Mullaitivu was forced to hold its annual festival amid a heightened security presence.

Sri Lanka's exports to Pakistan plummet after anti-Muslim violence

Exports from Sri Lanka to Pakistan have plummeted, the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Business Forum said this month, after days of anti-Muslim violence attacking Muslim businesses, homes and mosques. "It is the Muslim community in Sri Lanka that imports Pakistani products and sells them there. They are partners of Pakistani exporters,” the Forum's chairperson, Aslam Pakhali told the Express Tribune. "Their shops, super stores and godowns are being targeted. The goods exported from Pakistan have been unloaded at the Sri Lankan port, but the importers are not getting them cleared because of the...

Tamils across the world mark Mullivaikkal genocide

Tamils around the world held vigils, rallies, marches and exhibitions to mark May 18 as Tamil Genocide Day. (above: Paris, France) Sydney, Australia Students at the Macquarie University held a candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of Mullivaikkal. Melbourne, Australia New Jersey, USA Queens - New York, USA Antwerp, Belgium Helsinki, Finland Genoa, Italy Zurich, Switzerland Tamil students in Zurich held a vigil in the city's centre. Bern, Switzerland Swiss Tamils also gathered in the country's capital for a commemoration of Mullivaikkal. Copenhagen, Denmark Almere, Netherlands Dutch...

I watched Mullivaikkal with ‘a sense of quiet joy’ - Gotabaya

Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary, who oversaw the military offensive that killed tens of thousands of Tamils in Mullivaikkal, said he had watched those bloody final weeks “with a sense of quiet joy” in a statement released on Saturday.

Rights of Tamil people must be acknowledged - Jeremy Corbyn

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a war crimes tribunal in Sri Lanka to ensure perpetrators of crimes are punished, in a message released to mark ten years since the end of the armed conflict on Saturday. “On Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day we commemorate the tens of thousand of people who were killed and the widespread human rights abuses in the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War,” said the British opposition leader. “Ten years on there has been virtually no progress in prosecuting those responsible and without justice there can be no sustainable peace.” Corbyn went on to...

Canadian PM commemorates Mullivaikkal with call for ‘meaningful accountability process’

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau released a statement to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mullivaikkal massacre earlier today, calling for a “meaningful accountability process that has the trust and confidence of the survivors”. “Over 26 years of war, including during the last phase of the war in Mullivaikal in 2009, tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more displaced and disappeared, leaving lasting wounds in communities across the country,” said Trudeau. “I reiterate my call to the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its international and domestic...

May 2009 genocide remembered across Tamil homeland a decade on - updated

Alongside the large-scale event in Mullivaikkal itself, remembrance events were held across the Tamil homeland today to mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the armed conflict, when tens of thousands of Tamils were massacred by Sri Lankan armed forces. Tamils gather at Mullivaikkal to remember genocide 10 years on Mullaitivu Commencing the day of remembrance, the former Northern Provincial Councillor, T Ravikaran paid tribute early this morning at Nanthikadal lagoon, where thousands were massacred. Kilinochchi In Kilinochchi, residents, families of the disappeared and local politicians...

Jaffna Uni students defy threats to mark May 18

Students at the University of Jaffna alongside staff defied threats from the Sri Lankan army and police to commemorate May 18 at the Mullivaikkal monument in the campus.

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