Tamil mother of political prisoner intimidated and threatened

A Tamil mother has submitted a complaint at the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission in Jaffna, after being bombarded with threatening calls for advocating the release of Tamil political prisoners. Thevarasa Devarani, the mother of a Tamil political prisoner from East Kondavil, Jaffna has been continuously fighting for the release of Tamil political prisoners and has notably been in attendance at multiple demonstrations urging for the release of political prisoners where she has relentlessly voiced her demands. She also submitted a complaint at Kopay police station yesterday, stating that she...

'The international community must send an unequivocal message' - Tamil diaspora groups condemn the arrest of Jaffna's Mayor

Tamil diaspora institutions, including United States Tamil Action Group (USTAG) and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) have condemned the arrest of Jaffna's Mayor and called for an "unequivocal message" from the international community to signal that his arrest is "an unacceptable abuse of power". Viswalingam Manivannan was arrested by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on Friday morning on charges of attempting to resurrect the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and was taken to Vavuniya for 'further investigation'. Sri Lankan police alleged that the...

UNP condemn arrest of Jaffna Mayor

Responding to the arrest of Jaffna Mayor, Viswalingam Manivannan, under charges of “attempting to resurrect the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the United National Party have issued a statement condemning the arrest under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and stating that “an inquiry into any alleged wrongdoing […] must be carried out by the relevant Ministry prior to any police action”. The statement further questions the charges noting that the Jaffna Task Force which wore a blue uniform, allegedly bearing resemblance to the uniform the police force of the LTTE, is also similar...

'A threat to democracy' - Canadian politicians condemn arrest of Jaffna Mayor

Canadian politicians have condemned the arrest of the Mayor of Jaffna V. Manivannan by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) and demanded his immediate release. V. Manivannan was arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at around 2 am on Friday, on charges of attempting to reconstruct and support the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).The arrest followed an investigation into the uniforms of a Jaffna Municipal Council task force which was launched this week to enforce penalties against environmental infractions such as littering and spitting. Sri Lankan...

'This is fascism' - Tamil political leaders condemn Mayor of Jaffna's arrest

Following Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID)'s arrest of Jaffna Mayor Viswalingam Manivannan, Tamil political leaders have issued stern condemnations of the police and TID’s actions. Manivannan was arrested under charges of attempting to resurrect the Liberational Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) following allegations that the uniform worn by the Jaffna Municipal Council task force resembled those worn by the LTTE’s police. The task force was established to enforce penalties against environmental infractions such as littering and spitting

Mayor of Jaffna released on bail after arrest by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division

UPDATED 1730 GMT The Mayor of Jaffna, Viswalingam Manivannan, who was arrested by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at around 2.30am on Friday morning, was released on bail. Manivannan, was issued bail at the Jaffna Magistrates Court on Friday evening after paying a Rs. 2 Lakh payment. The Magistrates Court has filed the case under the Penal Code and not under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), despite being arrested and investigated by TID officers. Former Senior Lecturer in Law at University of Jaffna, Dr Kumaravadivel Guruparan questioned the validity of the reasoning...

Bangladesh’s defends UNHRC vote and lashes out at the West

Addressing a virtual press conference on 5 April, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, AK Abdul Momen, defended their vote against the UN Human Rights Council resolution by claiming that it was “politically motivated” and stating that “Sri Lanka has done its own investigation”.

‘No one should ever have to face this kind of injustice’ - Tamil man trampled by Sri Lankan police officer

A Tamil lorry driver who was brutally attacked in public by a Sri Lankan police officer and had his shirt ripped, insisted that he “wants justice” and that “no one should ever have to face this kind of injustice”. Kalaimakan Praveen, a Tamil lorry driver working in Pannipitiya, was thrown to the ground by a Sri Lankan constable who then proceeded to jump on his body.

British MP calls out Tories’ ‘shameful silence’ on Sri Lanka

Writing for ‘Left Foot Forward’, British MP for Leicester East, Claudia Webbe, condemned Britain’s silence on Sri Lanka’s alarming human rights record and calls on the government to impose sanctions on Sri Lanka’s regime. In her article, she highlights that the UN resolution “is far too weak” and fails to act upon the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner. She maintains the need for the UK to “work with its international partners to strengthen the resolution and apply diplomatic pressure on the Sri Lankan government to abide by its human rights responsibilities”. Instead of acting upon...

Sri Lanka looks to learn from China’s authoritarian governance

Last week Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had a phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping during which he lavished praise for the Communist Party of China (CPC) on its 100th anniversary since its founding and the “strong leadership” of President Xi Jinping. During the call, he further expressed interest in expanding “expand cooperation in fields like infrastructure and tourism, and smoothly advance major projects such as the Colombo Port City”. Denial of Human Rights The call follows the passage of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, which mandates the...

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