‘No place for soldiers: the militarisation of Sri Lanka’s schools’ – Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice

Graphic by Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice The militarisation of the education sector in the North-East “raises important questions about the risks posed to child welfare” and wider implications for economic development says the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. “Drawing on insights from Tamil activists working in the North and East, we find evidence that this engagement is perceived as a means of social control and surveillance by war affected communities, with the focus on children seemingly designed to help entrench and normalise wider patterns of militarisation,” they...

Sri Lanka PM holds talks with tourism industry

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has held talks with representatives of Sri Lanka’s tourism and hotel sectors, as he promises to reopen tourism in August. Sri Lanka’s economy has significantly shrunk as a result of the coronavirus and has declined by 1.5% in 2020. Since 18 March, Sri Lanka has not seen any new tourists. Mahinda Rajapaksa was quoted saying: “The Government has decided to take steps to reinstate the tourism industry and agreed to provide grants. I also focused on issues such as the VISA cost, facilities for the tourists in the country, and guidelines to follow when...

Swiss Tamils show solidarity at Black Lives Matter protests

Tamils joined thousands of protesters in solidarity at Black Lives Matter protests across Switzerland.

Sri Lankan police tear down 'illegal election propaganda'

Sri Lankan police have commended a special operation to remove posters, banners and advertisements relating to the upcoming general election as part of an island-wide project to curb “illegal election propaganda”. SP Jaliya Senaratne, a spokesman for Sri Lanka’s police, has stated that active measures will be taken to stop all illegal propaganda activities and those engaging in such activities will face legal action. Opposition politician, Shiral Lakthilaka, has warned that government is increasing surveillance of civil society actors and want to post intelligence officers in every polling...

Sajith Premadasa prepared to work with Rajapaksa for a 'disciplined society'

Sajith Premadasa, the leader of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and former Presidential candidate, has pledged that he will work with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to bring about a “disciplined society” if Rajapaksa wins the upcoming parliamentary elections. SJB member and former Minister Harin Fernando has reported this and further warned that “certain elements” in Rajapaksa’s current administration are posing a barrier to his agenda. Fernando further called for Rajapaksa to “put his foot down” and to carry out his agenda. This statement follows an international outcry over the establishment of...

Germany grants Sri Lanka €11 million despite human rights concerns

Germany has agreed to grant Sri Lanka €11 million in technical assistance through 3 development cooperation projects, despite concerns of Sri Lanka’s human rights record. According to an official press release , the funds €7 million will be spent on improving vocational training in the country; whilst €3.5 million will be invested in improving the global competitiveness of Sri Lanka’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Sector. A further €0.5 million will be invested in the “Study and Expert Fund”, which is dedicated to financing professional, organizational and process development through...

'I am Tamil and genocide is a part of my identity' - Instagram campaign goes viral

Responding to " clarifications " made by Peel School in Canada, which withdraw a statement recognising Tamil genocide, Tamil activists launched the viral "I am Tamil" campaign which garnered hundreds of posts from around the work this week and raised awareness of the genocide whilst also supporting Bill 104, which will enable a Tamil Genocide Education week.

Australian State MP thanks Tamil Nadu politician for support over Tamil genocide comments

Australian State MP Hugh McDermott thanked Tamil Nadu politician, Thol. Thirumaavalan for support following calls for international recognition of the Tamil genocide. "I appreciate the kind words and encouragement. The acts of the Sri Lankan Government were genocide. It is important for governments around the world to recognise this and bring justice to the Tamil people," he wrote in his letter to the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) president. See full text of the letter below: In his reply, Thirumaavalan wrote: "I appreciate your determination in fighting for the implementation of the...

Tamils and Muslims must recognise 'we are in this fight together' - Kumaravadivel Guruparan

Speaking to Tamil Net, Jaffna-based Attorney, academic and civil society activist, Kumaravadivel Guruparan, warned that the appointment of two Presidential task forces further emboldened the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist project and threatens to silence to internal dissent. The two task forces set up by Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa are tasked with the archaeological management of the eastern province as well as creating a “secure country and a disciplined, virtuous, and lawful society”. These tasks forces have been widely condemned by the international community due to issues of...

Sri Lanka in ‘firm protest’ against Canadian Bill advocating for Tamil Genocide Education Week

Sri Lanka is in ‘firm protest’ against Bill 104 which advocates for Tamil Genocide Education Week in Ontario, Canada. In a statement , the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Ottawa said: “Sri Lanka’s firm protest against the blatantly false claims being made in the Bill including the grossly exaggerated number of casualties at the conclusion of the conflict in Sri Lanka and allegations of ‘genocide’ have been conveyed.” Bill 104, introduced in 2019, proclaims the seven-day period in each year ending on May 18 as Tamil Genocide Week. During that period, all Ontarians are encouraged to educate...

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