Journalists protest in North-East against attacks

Journalists in Jaffna and Batticaloa protested on Wednesday against the increasing number of attacks on media workers, including one last week. Journalists criticised the complete lack of action and justice around murdered and attacked Tamil journalists and media workers.

Jaffna Municipal Council passes resolution against military interference within city limits

Sri Lankan military forces should no longer carry out civilian tasks within Jaffna, the Jaffna Municipal Council has said. A resolution, put forward by TNPF councillor V. Manivannan and passed on Wednesday by the council, said there was no need for military forces to carry out civilian tasks within the council’s administrative border. "We are demanding that the military, which is occupying Tamil people's lands in the North, should leave from here,” the Council said. “By using the military for events that take place here, it is like we are permitting their presence here."

Jaffna Library burning commemorated as an act of genocide

The 37 th anniversary of the burning of the Jaffna Public Library was marked at a remembrance event this morning.

Sirisena appreciates US role in training Sri Lankan armed forces

Sri Lanka’s president met with a US Congress delegation from the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, where the growing partnership between the two governments in the security sector was discussed.

37 years on - remembering the burning of the Jaffna Public Library

Cover art by Sagi Thilipkumar On midnight 31 st May 1981, the Jaffna Public Library, famous for being the crucible of Tamil literature and heritage, was set ablaze by Sri Lankan security forces and state-sponsored mobs. Over 95,000 unique and irreplaceable Tamil palm leaves (ola), manuscripts, parchments, books, magazines and newspapers, housed within an impressive building inspired by ancient Dravidian architecture, were destroyed during the burning. Some texts that were kept in the library, such as the Yalpanam Vaipavama (a history of Jaffna), were literally irreplaceable, being the only copies in existence. It was one of the largest libraries in Asia.

Sri Lankan military organises Buddhist Vesak ceremony in Vavuniya

The Sri Lankan army organised a Buddhist ceremony in Vavuniya earlier this month, reportedly marking the first time that Vesak was celebrated in the region in such a large scale.

‘Sri Lanka has been elevated’ claims speaker of parliament after HRCSL rating

The speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament claimed that the “our country has been elevated before the world as a decent and respected nation”, following an “A” status accreditation for the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) earlier this month. "I believe that our country has been elevated before the world as a decent and respected nation," said Karu Jayasuriya, who also serves as chairman of Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council. "Especially it is a confirmation in the country and internationally that Sri Lankans are citizens of a free society with justice and equality,” he added. “This is...

Vadamarachchi fishermen threatened by Sri Lanka Navy intelligence after protest

Fishermen from Vadamarachchi have been threatened by Sri Lankan Navy intelligence officers following a protest against encroachment of their fishing areas by fishermen from other districts. The fishermen of Vadamarachchi East held a protest on Sunday, in opposition to hundreds of structures to farm sea cucumbers put up on the coasts of Thalaiyadi, Maruthankerny, Sembiyanpattru by fishermen from the North Western Province. The protest organisers were then subjected to death threats and threatening telephone calls from navy intelligence officers, Vadamarachchi East fishermen said at the...

Health, environment and economy of North-East devastated by explosive weapons - AOAV

Photograph: AOAV The health, economy and environment of the predominantly Tamil North-East in Sri Lanka have all suffered from the use of explosive weapons, said Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) in a report released this week.

Attacks on religious minorities continue ‘unabated’ in Sri Lanka says US State Department

File photograph: The Sri Lankan military gathered at the foundation laying ceremony of a new Buddhist Vihara in Muthur, Trincomalee last month.