NPC resolution calls for Mullivaikkaal memorial

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has passed a resolution calling for a monument to be built to commemorate those killed in Mullivaikkaal earlier this week. The resolution, which was passed unanimously, was proposed by the councillor for Mullaitivu, T Raviharan. Noting that thousands had died, he told Ceylon Today, "A monument has not been built to pay respect to the civilians in the Mullaitivu District. Therefore, I decided to bring in a resolution to build a monument remembering all the civilians, who died during the final stages of the war.”

International investigation necessary resolves Northern Province

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) passed several resolutions on Monday stating that an international investigation was need to investigate the Sri Lankan state's actions against the Tamils which amounted to genocide. Rejecting the government's apparent efforts to date, such as the 'war census', the NPC declared an international investigation was needed to uncover the war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out against the Tamil people. The Council, which was elected with a thundering mandate of the Tamil people in the North, asserted that the Tamil people do not have faith in any...

Body of missing 10 year old Tamil boy found in Naanu Oya

The body of a 10 year old Tamil boy, who went missing yesterday, was found today in a pond in Naanu Oya, reports Tamilwin . The body was identified as Anthony Robert, who was reported missing by his father yesterday, after he went out to play in the evening after school and never returned.

Tamil council member found dead in Nuwareliya

The body of a 26 year old Tamil man, D. Sasikumar, who worked for the Nuwareliya Council, was found this week reported the Virakesari on Monday. One person, who has not been identified, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

More skeletons found, total rises to 53 - Uthayan

A further five human remains were found on Tuesday morning, reported the Uthayan , bringing the total number of remains found at the mass grave in Mannar to 53. As excavations continue, on Monday the Northern Provincial Council, called for an internationally run investigation into the mass grave in Mannar. Earlier this month the Bishop of Mannar, who has called for an international investigation into the mass grave due to the lack of credibility associated with any internal process, said that the holes in many of the skulls were believed to be from gunshot wounds.

Sri Lanka's LLRC does not meet international standards - FCO

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, today outlined that Sri Lanka’s domestic Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed to address accountability issues did not meet international standards. Responding to questions raised on Sri Lanka, the British Minister of State at the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), Hugo Swire, said , “We have also highlighted that any domestic process should be credible independent and transparent to be accepted by the international community. We do not believe that any of the processes established to date by the Sri Lankan Government – such as the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission – meet these standards .”

Canada deports Tamil mother, leaving family behind

Canadian authorities have deported a Tamil mother to Sri Lanka earlier this week, forcing her to leave her family behind in Canada.

US envoy to visit NE and London before discussing SL resolution

The Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, will visit Sri Lanka between January 31 and February 2 to discuss issues including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues, the US Department of State announced today. Biswal’s visit will also include a trip to the North-East to meet Northern Provincial Council officials and civil society leaders. The US envoy will also travel to London to speak to British officials, before finally heading to Geneva for meetings regarding a US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka scrambles against UN resolution

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga held over 90 meetings in the past week in Geneva, reported the Daily Mirror, as he led attempts to try and thwart a resolution at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council Session in March. Weeratunga, who will be leading the Sri Lankan delegation this March, reportedly met with at least 90 permanent country representatives based in Geneva, before flying off to Washington to meet with the US State Department.

Sitsabaiesan ‘right to be concerned’ says NDP Leader

The head of the Canadian NDP Party has said MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan was “right to be concerned” after she reported facing political intimidation on a private visit to her place of birth, in the the North-East of Sri Lanka. Responding to accusations by Canada’s Sri Lankan High Commissioner that Sitsabaiesan had tried to embarrass Sri Lanka, NDP leader Tom Mulcair defended the Tamil Canadian MP, adding that Sri Lanka's "human rights record continues to cause significant concern around the world". Sitsabaiesan’s visit at the end of last year saw concern for her safety after media reports emerged...