Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara told the Special Parliamentary Select Committee today of how the president, Maithripala Sirisena, had co-erced him into resigning following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks and even offered him an ambassador position if he did so.
A Tamil National Alliance (TNA) activist was found dead in Neduntheevu (Delft) on Tuesday. The body of 50-year-old Nadesu Ananthakumaran, known as Kannan, was found with stab wounds, leading locals to believe he was murdered. Police sent the body to Jaffna Teaching Hospital for investigation.
A Tamil man has died from the injuries he sustained in the Easter Sunday bombings, 45 days after the attack took place. The victim, 30-year-old S Arunprasath of Iruthayapuram, Batticaloa, was admitted to the district’s Teaching Hospital for his injuries from the bombing at the Zion church on April 21. He was transferred to Kandy by helicopter on April 22. Arunprasath died on June 4, bringing the Batticaloa death toll to 30.
A Buddhist monk led Sinhala protesters at a demonstration today by the Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar temple, calling on the Sri Lankan president to intervene on the long-running dispute.
The United States yesterday expressed concern over what it described as the demonising of Muslims, following the mass resignation of Muslim ministers from the front benches. In a tweet the US House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote: "The demonizing of Muslims by certain religious and political forces in Sri Lanka is a concerning development for the country. Leaders in the country need to calm communal tensions and ensure safety for people of all faiths in the country." The German embassy in Colombo also tweeted on the subject highlighting the importance of freedom of religion and mutual...
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned this week of a resurgence in attacks against Tamil journalists by Sri Lanka's security forces. Highlighting recent cases of attacks against journalists, including two Tamil Guardian correspondents, RSF called on the Sri Lankan authorities to punish those responsible for the acts of violence and to stop police intimidation and harassment of Tamil journalists.
Families of the disappeared in Vavuniya held a protest on Saturday outside the office of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) in Jaffna, demanding action over enforced disappearances.
The Australian government expressed concern over an increase in the number of people fleeing Sri Lanka by boat towards the country in the past month, following a previous lull.
Local residents and politicians gathered in Jaffna on Saturday to remember the burning of the library by Sri Lanka's security forces and state-sponsored mobs 38 years on.