Protests across North-East condemning recent arrests in the South

Protests were held in Batticaloa, Jaffna and Mannar on Friday, condemning the recent flurry of arrests of anti-government protesters in the South. The protests, organised by the North-East Coordinating Committee, called on the Sri Lankan government to stop arresting and assaulting those who had organised and participated in the mass anti-government protests in recent months and release those who have already been detained. Demonstrators held placards that read 'Stop violating human rights' and 'Release peaceful protesters' . In a statement , the organisation said that they "fear that the...

Tensions spark as China plans to dock military ship in Sri Lanka

Chinese plans to dock a military ship in Sri Lanka’s southern port have raised alarm in New Delhi as officials raise concerns that their southern neighbour may act as a military base in their backyard. According to a Sri Lankan consulting firm, the Belt & Road Initiative Sri Lanka, the ship (known as the Yuan Wang 5) would dock in the Hambantota port for a week and "conduct space tracking, satellite control and research tracking in the north-western part of the Indian Ocean region through August and September".

Sri Lankan MP claims Aragalaya is 'funded by LTTE diaspora'

Speaking in Sri Lanka's parliament earlier this week, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Major Sudharshana Denipitiya claimed that the 'Aragalaya' protesters are "funded by the LTTE diaspora with hopes to ruin the country." According to Economy Next , the MP said that "this not the time when we should be taking part in #Aragalaya but a time we should step forth and help the country." For months, protesters have been camped out at Galle Face Green in Colombo demanding the resignation of former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for his role in the island's worst economic crisis since...

Sri Lanka’s Real Reckoning is Yet to Come

Writing in Just Security , Tasha Manoranjan, founder and a director of People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) stresses that “accountability for atrocities against Tamils and curbing Sinhala Buddhist nationalism are key for the island’s future stability and prosperity”. In her article, she takes aim at Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism, which she describes as “the poisonous thread that links the anti-Tamil chauvinism underpinning every Sri Lankan institution” and “is the root cause of Sri Lanka’s present political and economic crises”. It is this nationalism that has “explains why, just...

39th anniversary of Black July marked by TYO Germany

Germany's Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) and the People's Council of Eelam Tamils (VETD) joined Tamils in the homeland and the diaspora to commemorate the 39th anniversary of Black July this week. TYO Germany's coordinator Ancana Pakeerathan lit a fire to commemorate the thousands of Tamils that were murdered, displaced, raped, burnt alive and impacted during Black July. During Black July, Sinhala mobs armed with electoral rolls, targeted Tamil homes and businesses, looting and ransacking property. Driven from their homes, particularly in Colombo, over 3000 Tamils were massacred, whilst...

No new financing plans for Sri Lanka - World Bank

In a recent statement, the World Bank announced that it “does not plan to offer new financing in Sri Lanka” until the crisis-hit island has an “adequate macroeconomic policy framework in place.” According to the lender Sri Lanka requires structural reforms that focus on economic stabilization in order to secure new financing. The economic crisis has disrupted life in the country, creating shortages of essential goods like food, fuel and medicine. The World Bank is planning on repurposing resources under existing loans to “help alleviate severe shortages of essential items such as medicines,...

After a year in jail, Tamil PTA prisoner finally released on bail

A Tamil man who was arrested under the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) last year for allegedly 'promoting Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ideology', has finally been released on bail earlier today. Ganapathipillai Mohan, also known as 'theatre Mohan', was arrested by Sri Lankan police for allegedly sharing a photo of LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran. They also seized a mobile phone and an Apple iPad. He was arrested as part of a spate of detentions across the North-East last year, and has been held in remand ever since. Though he was released on bail, charges against...

Kamal Haasan shakes hands with Sri Lanka’s diplomat in Chennai

Kollywood actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan met with Sri Lankan officials in Chennai last week, as he took photographs shaking hands with Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner. Haasan, who heads the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party, had discussions with officials, with the Deputy High Commission stating he “expressed his interest to ‘Support Sri Lanka’ through his Welfare Association”.

‘Bring full weight of government’ to take Rajapaksa to international court - Pierre Poilievre

The favourite to win Canada’s Conservative Party leadership contest pledged to “bring the full weight of the Government of Canada” to ensure an international tribunal for Sri Lanka’s genocide of Tamils and called for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be arrested in Singapore.

US announces over US$1 million for Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence project

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka announced over US $1 million would be provided to fund a people trafficking prevention project that is being run with the country’s ministry of defence, an institution that is accused of a range of rights abuses and still headed by an accused war criminal. “The US is committed to ending human trafficking in all its forms,” said Julie Chung in a tweet with photographs from her attendance at in Colombo earlier today. Chung added the funds would be used “to protect and support trafficking survivors – and to ensure perpetrators of these terrible crimes are held...

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