SL police warns of more arrests

More arrests of Jaffna University students are feared, as Sri Lankan security forces claim those arrested had previous LTTE links. The police's media spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody said , “All those arrested were involved with LTTE activities in the past and we are arresting them,” “It is a long process and we have been gathering intelligence on these people and the training they have undergone during the war for a long time, “We have identified the people already and they will be arrested from their homes or places of residence,”

Canadian MP condemns Jaffna student arrests

The Canadian NDP MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, condemned the arrests and attacks on Jaffna university students by Sri Lankan security forces as a " clear assault on freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and breach of human rights " and asserted it was " completely unacceptable ". In a statement published on Friday in English and Tamil, Sitsabaiesan called on the Canadian government to make clear to Sri Lanka that the international community " will not tolerate these oppressive measures ". "In Canada, our government must work with our partners in the international...

EU to fund 4,000 homes in North-East

The European Union has announced it will assist 4,000 families to build permanent homes in their "villages of origin" in the North-East of Sri Lanka. EU Ambassador H.E. Bernard Savage said: "I am extremely pleased with the signature of this new agreement which constitutes the fourth major housing reconstruction programme funded by the EU since 2006. By 2015, the EU will have financially assisted 20,000 families in North and East Sri Lanka to rebuild their houses, many of whom have endured displacement for over a decade. "The EU's total contribution to housing will amount to approximately LKR...

Sri Lanka ‘concerned’ at North Korean rocket launch

The Sri Lankan have expressed concern at the launch of a rocket by North Korea earlier this week, in a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs. The full statement says , "Sri Lanka is concerned at the launch of a rocket using ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874. Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue and cooperation between the relevant stakeholders at this juncture, Sri Lanka urges the concerned parties to work in close coordination within the existing UN...

Gasoline prices raised to record levels

Sri lanka's state run Ceylon Petroleum Company has increased fuel prices by 6.7% to help stem further losses, an official announced on Saturday. The announcement was quickly followed by the country's only private sector fuel retailer, Lanka Indian Oil Company, deciding that it would also raise prices in line with the CPC. Managing director of CPC Susantha Silva stated that by the end of October, the state run firm had run up losses of 75 billion rupees. HE further said that despite the hike in prices, the company would still be losing 5 rupees per litre. Similiar prices hikes occured in...

Sri Lanka must be held accountable – Bob Rae

The leader of Canada’s Liberal Party, Bob Rae, has issued a statement expressing concern about the student unrest in Jaffna and called for Sri Lanka to be held accountable for human rights violations. See statement below: “News is slowly emerging of an attack on the men’s and women’s dormitories at Jaffna University, with some fifty students being sent to hospital, and many arrested without warrants. “Sri Lanka’s civil peace is still under threat from its own government. The United States government has issued a call for a respect for civil liberties and pluralism. Canadians can hardly do...

Refugee advocates slam "terrorist" slurring

In a statement released on Friday, the Tamil Refugee Council have strongly rejected comments made by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia that groups calling for a boycott of Sri Lanka’s cricket tour have “terrorist” connections. TRC spokesman, Mal Bala said, “The Admiral’s comments are not just laughable. It is insulting to these people to be told they are connected to terrorism”. Responding to comments by the High Commissioner that he has brought up the planned leafleting campaigns and protests against the cricket tour with “relevant authorities”, Bala responded, “Thanks to freedom of speech here we can do it. But if you did it in Sri Lanka you would quickly be disappeared into the bowels of a torture centre.” See the full text of the statement below.

Student found strangled, 3 more female students summoned by TID

A 21-year-old student from Jaffna University, Nadarasa Kiyani, has been found strangled to death in her house in Chunnakam, reports JDS. The body of Kiyani, a student of the Fine Arts Faculty, was found by her parents, with a bed sheet wrapped tightly around her neck. According to initial reports, the post-mortem has deemed the cause of death to be a heart attack. Meanwhile, the Terrorism Investigation Divison, have ordered three more female students, including the president of the Girls Hostel Students' Union, to report to the Jaffna police station immediately. JDS quoted one 'academic...

Protest in Vavuniya against Jaffna Uni arrests

Photographs Uthayan Tamils in Vavuniya continued the protests against the attacks, intimidation and arrests of students at the University of Jaffna today . Holding placards condemning the actions by Sri Lanka's security forces, the protesters demanded that all arrested students be released immediately.

Sri Lankan Army coerces Tamil women into joining

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), on Tuesday, forwarded a statement from the Women’s Action Network, expressing concern on the plight of Tamil women coerced into joining the Sri Lankan military, reported the BBC . Latest reports have also indicated that at least 20 of these women have now been admitted into Kilinochchi district hospital, with many unconscious. The statement outlines how the women were deceived and transported to military camps by the Sri Lankan army and forced by intimidation to stay. According to TamilNet the women were signed up under the pretence that they would be...

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