Canadian school board apologises to Tamil community and pledges to support Tamil Genocide education

The Peel District School Board has apologised to the Tamil community for the “significant hurt” it caused when it issued a clarification on a statement made on May 18 to commemorate the Mullivaikkal Genocide, and has now pledged to support Tamil genocide education efforts.

Amnesty International reports continued 'demonisation' of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Amnesty International has released a report on the continued persecution of Muslims in Sri Lanka in advance of the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on eliminating intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief. The report, issued on 16 June, highlights continued patterns of violence and discrimination towards Muslims; discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic; concerns over the all-Sinhala Presidential task force for the preservation of archaeological sites; and the arrest of prominent Muslim public figures such as Hejaaz Hizbullah. Amnesty International raises specific concerns...

Sri Lankan police assault on Tamils under investigation by Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has launched an inquiry after Sri Lankan police officers assaulted at least three Tamil men in Mullivaikkal last month. The attack, which took place on May 6, saw police officers broke into the houses of each victim and demanded the residents produce a named individual, and then brutally assaulted each householder. Despite all three victims needing hospital treatment, Mullaitivu police has refused to register complaints against the officers. A complaint was lodged at the Vavuniya regional office of the Human Rights Commission on behalf of the victims,...

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank acts after warning from Rajapaksa

After Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa demanded action within 24 hours from the Central Bank, new credit schemes and a reduction of the Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) have been announced in an attempt to halt Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis. “In addition to the already disbursed Rs. 27.5 billion under the refinance scheme introduced on 27 March 2020, the Central Bank will provide funding to Licensed Commercial Banks (LCBs) at the concessionary rate of 1.00 per cent against the pledge of a broad spectrum of collateral, on the condition that LCBs in turn will on-lend to domestic...

Formal complaint filed to prevent Sri Lankan military land grabs in Mullaitivu

Former Tamil National Alliance MP S Sivamohan has issued a complaint letter with the Mullaitivu District’s election office and the Mullaitivu District Secretary, requesting them to take immediate action to stop the Sri Lankan military seizing private land. After issuing the letter, Sivamohan told reporters, “It has come to our attention that attempts are being made by the Sri Lankan Army to take possession of lands which Tamil people have for many years been occupying, and lands which have been requested to be released from the Forest Department.” He said that he has filed a complaint letter...

Rajapaksa lashes out at Sri Lanka’s Central Bank and demands action within 24 hours

Sri Lanka’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa lashed out at the country’s Central Bank as he met with senior officials in Colombo today, demanding action within 24 hours as the economic crisis on the island continues to worsen. In a press release from the President’s Media Division , Rajapaksa slammed the bank, stating it had “not extended its support” and demanded they “explain reasons for their failure” . “The Central Bank of ours has not put forward a single proposal to rebuild the economy,” said Rajapaksa. “The Government will have to take the blame for the economic slowdown due to this...

Sri Lankan CID seizes journalist’s laptop in Colombo raid

Officers from Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided the Colombo residence of journalist Dharisha Bastians and seized her laptop earlier this month, raising concerns over the safety of her sources. Bastians, who is also a correspondent for the New York Times and former chief editor of the Sunday Observer, said the raid happened earlier this month “after two separate attempts to obtain the device without a court order”. “For several months now my name has been linked to an ongoing criminal investigation into an alleged abduction that took place in November 2019,” she said...

TNA will support Rajapaksa regime if Sri Lanka will 'fulfil the political aspirations of Tamils'

M A Sumanthiran, a spokesperson for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said the party is ready to support a government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, providing Sri Lanka is willing to "fulfil the political aspirations of Tamils," in a statement ahead of this year's parliamentary elections. During a media briefing held on the 11th of June, at his Jaffna home, Sumanthiran announced: “If the present Government comes forward to fulfil the political aspirations of Tamils through a new Constitution, the TNA will extend its support to gain a two-thirds majority in Parliament.” This pledge to...

Sri Lankan intelligence chief takes legal action against ITJP over 'defamation' claim

A Sri Lankan Major General Sallay who stands accused of a number of abuses including the reported forced confession and denial of medical treatment of a Tamil doctor has sent a Letter of Demand to Executive director of the International Truth and Justice Project, Yasmin Sooka, claiming that the organisation had made "defamatory remarks". The Letter of Demand details apparent "defamatory statements" made by the ITJP earlier this month. Sallay's letter refers to the information released regarding threats of imprisonment made to Dr Thurairajah Varatharajah and his family forcing them to make...

Tamils protest against illegal Sinhala settlements in Kudaaruppu

Tamil fishermen and members of the Tamil National People's Front protested against illegal state sponsored Sinhala settlements in Kudaaruppu, Vadamarachi East today. Ignoring a court order, the Sinhala fishermen set up huts along the Kudaaruppu coast in order to harvest sea cucumbers. The Sinhala settlers claim that they were given permission to set up the huts from Sri Lanka's Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

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