TNA MP arrested for Black July remembrance

TNA MP and TELO political coordinator, Sivajalingam, was arrested and detained by the Sri Lankan Army on Thursday for remembering the massacre of political prisoners at Welikade prison during the 1983 pogrom , reported TamilNet. Posters had been put up remembering the 54 Tamil prisoners that were killed by their Sinhala inmates, including TELO leaders, Kuddimani and Thangathurai. According to TamilNet Sivajalingam was later released at Nelliyadi but warned 'not ‘antagonize’ the military officers of the SL military'. See here for full story on TamilNet.

Navy intelligence calls for asylum seekers to be sent back

The Sri Lankan Navy has called on Australia to deport asylum seekers back to the island, following the deportation of Dayan Anthony, the first Tamil asylum seeker to be sent back to Sri Lanka since the end of 2009 massacre. Speaking to The Australian, head of Sri Lankan Naval intelligence Nishantha Ulugetenne said , "When you start deporting, then this problem will ease for us," "Sending just one man back from Australia will not help. More than 1500 Sri Lankans have landed in Australia in the last six months. What are you going to do with them? Screen them one by one?" Ulugetenne’s comments...

Solheim details 'assassination attempt'

Erik Solheim has discussed planned assassinations and attacks on him during his visit to Sri Lanka in May 2000, with Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten . He confirmed with Aftenposten that intelligence police had briefed him about assassination plans, with the tip coming from Norwegians with access to information on radical groups in Sri Lanka. Solheim told the newspaper, “We assumed that the threat came from Sinhalese extremists.” “We were at different times made aware of the threats, and also had access to highly classified information on the situation in Sri Lanka.” “Throughout the whole time...

Paramilitary terrorise and intimidate Batticaloa voters

Paramilitary operatives are reportedly intimidating and threatening voters in the district of Batticaloa, TamilNet reported. Voters have been threatened that they will be driven out of the area if they are found to be voting for the TNA (Tamil National Alliance) party at the forthcoming election to the eastern provincial council. The armed men under the direction Pillayan’s TMVP, a constituent of the ruling party, UPFA (United People’s Freedom Alliance), have been roaming the village of Vaakarai, where over 7,500 Tamils are eligible to vote in the elections. Paramilitaries have been using...

Torture claims withdrawn by deported Tamil Asylum seeker after 16 hours of Sri Lankan Police custody ‘interrogation’

The first Tamil asylum seeker to be deported from Australia since the end of the 2009 massacre, Dayan Anthony, has withdrawn all claims of torture and mistreatment by Sri Lankan authorities , immediately after being released from 16 hours of interrogation in Sri Lankan police custody. Mr Anthony was released from Sri Lankan police custody and was presented at a media conference, warning of the ‘dangers’ of getting involved with people smugglers. Despite being made to attend a media conference immediately after 16 hours of interrogation, Mr Anthony insisted that he had been ‘well-treated’ by...

Tamils gather to protest against Rajapaksa invite to Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Sri Lankan state-owned oil firm appeal fails in London

Ceylon Petroleum Corp, the Sri Lankan state-owned oil company, failed in its appeal to have a London court ruling over turned. The ruling last year ordered the company to pay $162 million plus interest for non-payment of dues to Standard Chartered Bank. The company appealed against the ruling; however government officials announced on Friday that this had failed. "It has been reported that the order is against us," the island nation's Attorney General Palitha Fernando told Reuters . "First of all we have to see what the order was, then we are looking at (the) possibilities of appealing in the...

Defence Ministry may take control over prisons

The ever-growing Sri Lankan Defence Ministry may now also be taking over the Prisons Department, annulling the already existing Ministry according to reports. According to ColomboPage , sources stated that the move is being considered “due to the deterioration of discipline in prisons”. Just last week, a branch of the Ministry of Defence also announced their latest “commercial venture” – catering services. See our earlier post: Gota’s catering services (21 July 2012)

'Five years' to investigate killings

Investigations into the Sri Lankan Army’s killing of Tamil civilians in the run up to and during May 2009 could take up to 5 years according to Sri Lanka. The Associated Press reports that the government recommended for inquiries into alleged killings to be concluded within a year and for court proceedings to start up to four years after that. Although Presidential spokesman Lalith Weeratunga has claimed that the plan is part of the government’s keen intention to move forward, TNA lawmaker Suresh Premachandran dismissed the plan as one designed for “international consumption” . Premachandran...

Jaffna University opposes private universities

Academics at the University of Jaffna have accused the government of trying to destroy the country’s free education system. The Jaffna University Academics (JUA) said at a press conference about their industrial action, "Unbeknownst to the public, this government is going to change the face of free education. There will come a day when education in schools as well as at university will have to be paid for. It is with the purpose off deterring this that university lecturers continue to strike. By allowing the establishment of private universities, the government is aiming to reduce the quality...

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