Ahead of UNHRC session, Sinhalese protest in Geneva

Ahead of UNHRC session, Sinhalese protest in Geneva 'The appeal from Sri Lanka to UNHRC follows a deeply antagonistic relationship in which the country’s leaders have consistently attacked the institution and alleged a bias' : @sunandadesh https://t.co/DyObc9izSz pic.twitter.com/v5LzfiC51h — Tamil Guardian (@TamilGuardian) August 28, 2022 Ahead of the 51 st session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, Sinhala demonstrators have arrived in Geneva demanding a withdrawal of the emergency act and the dissolution of parliament. The protests follow a heavy crackdown on anti-government...

Outrage as Chinese ambassador publicly attacks India and America

Writing in the Sri Lankan Guardian, Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhon sparked outrage as he publicly attacked India for its attempt to block a Chinese military vessel, “Yuan Wang 5”, from docking at the southern Sri Lankan port of Hambantota and slammed the US House Speaker’s visit to Taiwan.

A desperate smokescreen

As the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council nears, Sri Lanka’s Sinhala leaders scramble to present the country as on the verge of a democratic breakthrough. Plans to reform Sri Lanka’s draconian counter-terrorism legislation, decriminalise same-sex relations, and delist select Tamil diaspora organisations have been met with broad scepticism across the island. An illusion of a liberal bastion is impossible to maintain amidst a brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators. Such gestures are nothing but a desperate smokescreen. In the past, Sri Lanka managed to stave off international...

'The way out of Sri Lanka’s crisis is tied to Tamil freedom'

In early April, hundreds of thousands of primarily Sinhala protestors filled the streets of Colombo, enduring tear gas and water cannons, as they inched closer to the presidential compounds, demanding the resignation of Sri Lanka’s President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka proposes yet another counter-terrorism law to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act

Sri Lankan cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena informed reporters of plans to replace the island’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has been linked to torture and disappearances, with a new National Security Act. The statement comes in advance of the 51 st UN Human Rights Council session and damning international condemnation over the government’s use of the PTA to arrest Sinhala student activists who participated in anti-government demonstrations. In meetings with the Sri Lankan president, the European Union (EU) delegation has emphasised the need for “concrete steps” to...

Thousands attend Nallur's annual chariot festival

Thousands attended Jaffna's iconic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil's annual chariot festival, ther thiruvizha, yesterday. The climax of the temple's annual festival ( thiruvizha ), draws devotees from around the world who gather to see the temple's primary deity Murugan paraded through the town's streets.

Attacks on Buddhism and a conspiracy to murder - What's behind the presidential pardon of Ranjan Ramanayake?

Controversial former MP, Ranjan Ramanayake has received today a conditional pardon from Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe over his conviction for “contempt of court” hower little has been said over his alleged attacks on Buddhism and conspiracy to murder a former government minsiter. Ramanayake, a member of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), was convicted in January 2021 for 'contempt of court' and sentenced to four years in prison. The President’s Media Division has reported that his pardon was conditional to the former MP agreeing not to make any statements against the judiciary in...

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister urges for release of Tamil fishermen from Sri Lankan custody

Writing to India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister M.K. Stalin urged India to demand the release of 10 Tamil Nadu fishermen from Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai who were detained by Sri Lanka’s Navy. “This is the fifth such instance since June and these incidents continue unabated intimidating the fishermen and hampering their livelihoods”, Stalin wrote. In his letter, he further urged for the release of all 94 boats taken into Sri Lanka’s custody. The Tamil fishermen who owned these boats were released on the condition that they should appear before the...

Abandoned ship carrying Tamil refugees to B.C. following Mullivaikkal Massacre broken up for scrap

The ship that arrived in British Columbia 13 years ago carrying Tamil refugees fleeing their genocide-afflicted homeland is being broken up for scrap after being deserted in nearby coastal waters.

‘The geopolitical situation is heating up, but we have kept out of it’ – Sri Lanka’s president pleads for Chinese debt restructuring

Amidst discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has made an urgent request to China to restructure the country’s debt, however, the Chinese government appears hesitant. “We have informed the Chinese government [of] the need to restructure [the debt] and the need for all the creditors to sing from the same hymn sheet,” Wickremesinghe told Nikkei Asia. His interview follows a high-profile meeting with IMF staff in Colombo on Wednesday, where an emphasis was placed on the need for Sri Lanka to pay off its unwieldy debt, which stood at 114...