Another Sri Lankan athlete absconds from Commonwealth Games in UK

At least three Sri Lankan athletes who were part of the contingent competing in the Commonwealth Games that is currently taking place in the UK have gone missing, according to team managers, with reports they may look to seek asylum in the country.

No immunity for Rajapaksa confirms Singapore

Singapore’s foreign minister said Sri Lanka’s fleeing former president has not been granted “any privileges, immunity or hospitality” by his government, as calls mount for the accused war criminal to be prosecuted for genocide. Responding to a parliamentary question this week foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the Singaporean government “does not accord privileges, immunity and hospitality to former heads of state or heads of government”. “Consequently, former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not accorded any privileges, immunity or hospitality,” he added. Singapore’s home minister K...

‘India’s My Lai’ – Remembering the 1989 Valvettiturai massacre

On August 2, 1989, up to 64 Tamil civilians were killed by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Valvettithurai in a massacre that was termed “India’s My Lai”. The massacre, which saw dozens killed, came on the background of escalating violence and rights abuses committed by Indian forces across the Tamil homeland. As Tamil militant groups continued hostilities with the IPKF, the Indian forces imposed a curfew on August 2, 1989, following an ambush attack. Indian soldiers then embarked on a systematic killing spree in Valvettithurai. Many in the town were blocked from receiving urgently...

After railing against Wickremesinghe, TNA lines up for all-party government

After railing against the crackdowns of Sri Lanka’s president, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has pledged to support the government’s “national all-party programme”. In a letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi maintained that he provide “our fullest support” to implement “a national all-party programme”. The statement follows a scathing interview by TNA spokesperson, M.A. Sumanthiran, who maintained that there was “no chance” Wickremesinghe could bring stability. Sumanthiran maintained that whilst the TNA would support positive steps taken...

Sri Lanka seizes passport of British national following her reporting of protests

British national, Kayleigh Fraser, has reported being accosted by Sri Lankan immigration officers who have seized her passport following her critical coverage of the “Go Home Gota” protests. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @kayzfraser Fraser reports having received a call from Sri Lankan immigration authorities yesterday demanding that she leave the country immediately. During her interaction with immigration officers, she asks why they are taking her passport. The officers claim that they are questioning whether she has violated her visa. Her statement follows a brutal crackdown...

Nallur temple annual festival underway with flag raising

The annual festival, Thiruvizha, of the iconic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil in Jaffna began today with the ceremony for hoisting of the deity's flag.

Loaded Gun

Writing in the Caravan, Viruben Nandakumar details the worrying militarisation of Sri Lankan society and the influence Sri Lanka’s war crimes accused security forces continue to wield. “While the country’s political establishment and civil government face a crisis of legitimacy, the military seems poised to weather the turmoil with its considerable might intact or even enhanced relative to other centres of power,” he writes. Drawing on the scholarship of Rajesh Venugopal, Nandakumar details how an embrace of market reforms by the Jayawardene administration led to deepening inequality and...

UK using its 'significant voice in international debt fora' to help resolve Sri Lanka's economic crisis

British Minister of State at the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Amanda Milling, said the UK has a "significant voice in international debt fora" and is working with organisations such as the World Banka and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to work on solutions to resolve Sri Lanka's deepening economic crisis. Milling responded to a question posed by David Lammy, the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, who asked what steps the UK was taking with its "international counterparts to resolve the political and economic situation in Sri...

Remembering Nilakshan - The young Tamil journalist who was assassinated

Sahathevan Nilakshan, the up and coming Tamil journalist who was shot and killed by suspected Sri Lankan military intelligence personnel on August 1st, 2007 was remembered today by the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF). At a time when the Jaffna district was on lockdown due to a military-imposed curfew, and the city’s streets were heaving with troops, so-called unidentified gunmen were able to approach Nilakshan’s home in Kokkuvil, a busy suburb less than 5km away from town. The perpetrators forced a friend of the journalist to accompany them to Nilakshan’s home and call him outside,...

Mannar basin raises hopes in fuel-strapped Sri Lanka

Chairman of the Petroleum Development Authority of Sri Lanka, Mr. Saliya Wickramasuriya, has detailed that the prospect of extracting petroleum and natural gas from Mannar basin have significantly improved over the last two years, placing it on the radar of internal oil majors. The statement comes amidst Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis, which has seen severe shortages in basic necessities in essential goods such as food, medicine and fuel. On Monday, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera declared that fuel distribution across the island would be restricted for 12 months because of Sri Lanka’s...

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