Mannar lawyers urge caution over mass grave report

Lawyers representing Tamil families of the disappeared in Mannar have called for “caution in place of plain speculation”, after a report dated bone fragments from a mass grave unearthed in the town.

‘Our lives are in your hands’ - families of disappeared tell UN

Families of the disappeared appealed to members of the United Nations not to grant Sri Lanka any extension on implementing a resolution it had agreed to in 2015 and instead called for an international accountability mechanism, telling member states that “our lives are in your hands”.

Sirisena's 5 member delegation to head to Geneva

​ A five member delegation of the Sri Lankan president is to head to Geneva in order to seek a withdrawal from the co-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council, the country's foreign affairs ministry said today.

Vavuniya disappearance campaign reaches 100,000 signatures

Families of the disappeared in Vavuniya, who launched a signature campaign calling for international intervention in Sri Lanka to ensure justice for Tamils, reached 100,000 signatures this week.

Batticaloa residents criticise government failure to provide water

Residents in Unnichchai and surronding villages protested on Monday, accusing the government of failing to provide an adequate supply of clean drinking water.

Jaffna uni students demand justice for genocide

Students at the University of Jaffna launched an awareness rally yesterday, demanding justice for the genocide of Tamils.

STF officers assault 2 Tamil youths in Batticaloa

Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) officers assaulted two Tamil youths in Karadiyanaru, Batticaloa yesterday.

Tamil diaspora groups welcome OHCHR report on Sri Lanka

Tamil diaspora organisations yesterday welcomed the report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka, which concluded that there had been "virtually no progress" on the investigations of war crimes as detailed in the co-sponsored resolution 30/1.

PEARL launches Sinhalization of the North-East info series

The US-based advocacy group PEARL (People for Equality and Relief in Lanka) have launched “Sinhalization of the North-East”, a series on demographic changes in the Tamil homeland. Presenting and analysing data gathered by PEARL researchers, the series examines how Sinhalisation and militarisation is used to deliberately shift the demographics of Tamil and Muslim areas. The first report in the series focuses on Pulmoaddai, the Trincomalee town which borders Mullaitivu, and the extent to which military infrastructure, Buddhist instalments and Sinhala settlements have altered the town. See full...

Ex-navy chief arrives at CID over abduction of 11 youths

Sri Lanka's former navy commander, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) this morning to make a statement over the abduction of 11 youths in 2008 - 2009.