Families decry surveillance as Sri Lankan intel out in force at disappeared protest

Families of the disappeared decried the surveillance and intimidation they endure at the hands of Sri Lankan security and intelligence forces, while Sri Lankan intelligence officers came out in force to photograph and carry out surveillance of a mass rally in Mullaitivu on Tuesday. “We the mothers participating in the struggle are also panicked that we may also go missing after realizing past incidents. As a proof to our dangerous situation, the military interference and surveillance have now increased,” the families said in a letter to the United Nations. “The military intelligence personnel...

‘Trouble brews in post-election Sri Lanka’

The election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka “sent shockwaves across the Tamil-dominated northeast - where memories of his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa's brutal presidency, marked by mass atrocities and enforced disappearances, remain fresh,” writes Mario Arulthas, Advocacy Director at People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), in a piece for Al Jazeera this week. “Tamils and Tamil-speaking Muslims went to the polls in large numbers, with the vast majority of the northeastern vote going to Premadasa. But it was not enough for his victory. His opponent, Gota, swept the...

Tamil youth hospitalised in Mullaitivu shooting

A Tamil youth was hospitalised from a shooting incident in Mullaitivu. Mallavi police said the incident took place around 4am on Tuesday but did not identify those involved. A 25-year-old was admitted to Kilinochchi hospital. Police said investigations were ongoing and claimed the incident was related to 'personal' issues.

Brigadier linked to Jaffna gangs appointed head of Sri Lanka's intelligence

A Sri Lankan brigadier who had been previously removed from a posting due to links with military-backed gangs causing unrest in Jaffna, has been appointed the head of State Intelligence Service (SIS) by Sri Lanka’s new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Brigadier Suresh Salley was Sri Lanka’s former Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) when a wave of unrest swept through the Jaffna peninsula in 2016, which authorities blamed on the ‘Aava gang’ . Sri Lankan police had also shot dead two Tamil teenagers. Then Sri Lankan health minister Rajiva Senaratne said the military formed the ‘Aava gang’...

Swiss embassy employee to appear before court tomorrow

The Swiss embassy employee who was abducted and assaulted is to appear before before the Fort Magistrate's Court tomorrow. The victim has given statements over the course of three days to Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department. She has also been produced before Colombo's Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) on two occasions. Both the CID and JMO will submit their reports to the court tomorrow. A travel ban was imposed on the victim, barring her from leaving the country until December 12. The victim was abducted, assaulted and then released on November 25 by unidentified men forced her to...

Sri Lanka’s Navy uncovers dead bodies of three missing fishermen in the East

Sri Lanka’s Navy has uncovered the dead bodies of three fishermen from Kinniya in Eastern Sri Lanka who were reported missing. The boat that these men were on had capsized and only two members on board were able to survive and swim to the shore. The boat had capsized near Upparu Bridge in Kinniya. The bodies of the two men are still to be found. Kinniya Police has agreed to further pursue the matter. for onward investigation. Read the Colombo Page's reporting here .

Indian parliament passes controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill despite uproar

The lower house of the Indian parliament, Lok Sabha, passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on Monday which lets India grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities fleeing persecution in neighbouring Muslim countries. After 12 hours of deliberations, the bill was approved 311 to 80 votes by the Lok Sabha and moves onto the upper house, the Rajya Sabha, where a favourable vote will ratify the CAB to be recognised as law. The heavily disputed bill will be established to give citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and...

Floods devastate North-East with deaths and displacement reported

Tens of thousands of people have been affected by heavy floods that have struck this North-east this month, leaving homes devastated, and several dead or missing. Official Sri Lankan government figures state that 42,782 have been affected by the floods in the Northern Province, and 88,011 in the Eastern Province, making it the hardest hit across the whole island.

Swiss embassy employee arrives at CID for third consecutive day

The Swiss embassy employee arrived at Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for the third time to record her statement regarding her abduction and assault on November 25. The victim was also produced before the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) for the second time. Earlier today, Switzerland's government released a statement criticising Sri Lanka’s media, warning that the “current media coverage in Colombo might harm the relationship between the two countries." A spokesperson from the Swiss Foreign foreign affairs department added that media coverage around the case may...

UNP joins Sri Lankan outrage over Conservative Party manifesto

Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP) joined other senior Sri Lankan politicians in condemning the Conservative Party manifesto in Britain, calling for it to be amended just days before the UK’s general election. UNP National Organiser and Member of Parliament Navin Dissanayake claimed that the “Conservative party should understand that Sri Lanka was one of the few countries which backed the UK in its war against Argentina in the 1980s”. “Therefore we request the Conservative Party to remove the pledge to work on a two-state solution in Sri Lanka,” he added. Sri Lankan politicians have been...

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