Mothers of the disappeared mark three years of protest on International Women's day

Mothers and relatives of the disappeared marked International Women’s Day 2020 (8 th March) with a protest in Mullaitivu, as they reached three years in the struggle for truth and justice for the their loved ones.

Buddhist vihara opened at Jaffna University's Kilinochchi campus

A Buddhist vihara, was opened in Jaffna University’s Killinochchi Campus on Ariviyal Nagar, at 4pm on Saturday, as Sinhalisation efforts continue across the North-East.

Batticaloa private university to be used as coronavirus quarantine centre

Batticaloa Campus Private Limited, a private university, is to be used a quarantine centre for coronavirus. Dr Anil Jasinghe, the Director General of Health Services, issued a notice of acquisition, informing the university that it would be used as a quarantine centre to contain the transmission of coronavirus until further notice.

Toughened security across North East following conspiracy by 'prominent ex-LTTE cadres' to 'assassinate politician'

Security measures have been tightened across the North East since Thursday, following the arrest of ' six prominent former LTTE cadres on charges of planning to assassinate a prominent Tamil politician in the North ,' according to Daily Mirror . Military intelligence and Terrorist Investigations Department raided a safe house, in a joint operation in the North East last week, after they had already arrested a German citizen for supposedly being a former LTTE cadre plotting to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Furthermore, the suspects have allegedly been equipped with "...

German citizen arrested by TID in Batticaloa over alleged plans to revive LTTE

Sri Lankan counter terrorism officers have arrested a man in Batticaloa for allegedly planning on reviving the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The suspect - a German citizen - was arrested by officers from the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID). The TID arrested the man after informing him that he will be arrested for his alleged plot to rebuild and revive the LTTE and suspected to have used 'Hawala' style money systems to transfer money from overseas. Military intelligence and Terrorist Investigations Department conducted a joint raid in a safe house located in North Sri Lanka...

TMK blasts TNA's reluctance to establish an 'international, independent accountability mechanism'

The Thamizh Makkal Kootanii (TMK), has issued a statement calling out the comments regarding the UN reports released by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, saying that Sumanthiran is ' misguiding Tamils ' and claimed that the TNA ' wants Tamils to believe that very little can be done to achieve accountability for Sri Lanka’s crimes .'

Eelam Tamil student from Australia visits Geneva seeking release of detained Tamil asylum seekers

Eelam Tamil student, Renuga Inpakumar, travelled from Australia to Geneva on Tuesday to discuss the release of two asylum seekers who have been detained in an Australia detention centre for over 10 years. She went to the UN conferences in Geneva in hopes of portraying the brutal lives that the two refugees are enduring and relayed the message to ' free the indefinitely detained refugees .'

Another Tamil mother dies searching for missing son

The mother, of a Tamil man who has been missing since the end of the civil war, passed away on Wednesday in Vavuniya after spending over 10 years searching for her son. Mangayarkarasi Balasubramaniam, aged 72, passed away on Wednesday morning (4 th March) at 2:10am. She was originally from Vannarpannai, Jaffna but had temporarily moved to Puliyankulam, Vavuniya as she continued to actively participate in campaigns and protests with families of disappeared in Vavuniya.

British government answers questions on Shavendra Silva, sanctions and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka

The British government has said that it continues to “underline the importance of accountability, justice and reconciliation” in its engagement with the government of Sri Lanka. FCO Minister of State Nigel Adams Provided written answers this week for questions posed by Afzal Khan, the Labour shadow minister for the home office and immigration. Asked whether the Foreign Secretary had made an “assessment of the accuracy of allegations that war crimes were committed during the Sri Lankan civil war by (a) Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and (b) other high-level members of the Sri Lankan...

Sri Lanka plays victim card in rejection of Special Rapporteur report

The Sri Lankan government rejected the claims made by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, including among other things that “significant gaps exist particularly in upholding accountability and access to justice as well as ensuring non-recurrence of human rights violations.” “Sri Lanka received the SR in August 2019, barely 4 months after the country had suffered a series of horrendous terrorist attacks,” the country’s delegation said in Geneva this week, complaining that the government at the time had not been given credit for facilitating the visit or the “positive...