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Sri Lanka's military general calls on Jaffna Tamils to support army, as occupation expands

Sri Lankan Major General Chandana Wijesundara has called on the people of Jaffna to support the army as they establish more checkpoints under the auspices of preventing drug trafficking. The Sri Lankan military's occupation of the North-East has continued to expand, with the military increasingly encroaching on civil society and taking on roles such as agriculture and managing fisheries. This is often to the detriment of Tamils, who are barred from using land they formerly owned as military land grabs continue. Trust between Tamils and the military has been shattered due to a lack of...

India’s supreme Court releases 6 accused in Rajiv Gandhi case

On Friday, the Supreme Court (SC) of India ordered the release of the six remaining convicts serving life imprisonment for their alleged association in the killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The court applied its May 18 2022 judgement of releasing AG Peraivalan to 6 individuals after the criteria for Periaivalan's release was made for each of their cases. Those who have been granted premature release are Nalini Sriharan; Santhan, alias Raviraj; Murugan; Robert Payas; Jayakumar; and Ravichandran, alias Ravi. They were found to have good conduct in jail and all of them had acquired various degrees during their stay in jail. The court noted that the Tamil Nadu cabinet had recommended their release on September 9, 2018, and this opinion will be binding on the Governor.

Tamil refugees plead with UNHCR not to be taken back to Sri Lanka

Following a rescue by Singaporean authorities, over 300 Tamil refugees residing in Vietnam are pleading with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to not be returned to Sri Lanka and instead resettled to a third country as a refugee. “We are pleading with UNHCR and in this very difficult situation, we request you to take us seriously and help us to resettle in countries with refugee status. We are waiting for your reply and kindly and humbly request you to extend us a helping hand” a statement from the refugees read. 305 Tamil refugees, including an estimated 30 children, are...

North East Coordination Committee meets Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Following a hundred-day protest for a political solution to Tamil demands, the North-East Coordination Committee met with the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Rakesh Natraj Jayabaskaran, to discuss the grievances of Eelam Tamils. Representatives of the North-East Coordination Committee maintained that the discussion was fruitful. The protests attracted a diverse array of demonstrators, including the youth, the elderly and civil society actors, all of whom called for the democratic right to self-governance. Speaking to reporters one protester maintained; "Devolution is a...

Remembering Raviraj 16 years on

Image courtesy of @Tamil Narratives Today marks 16 years since Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and human rights lawyer, Nadarajah Raviraj was assassinated in Colombo. Mr Raviraj was shot in Colombo at close range by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike at around 8:30am on November 10 2006, as he got into his car after giving an interview. The MP died later in hospital. His bodyguard was also killed. Raviraj's vehicle in the aftermath of the killing. A police constable who gave evidence in court, alleged that Sri Lanka's current president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was serving as Defence Secretary...

Sri Lanka hopes economy to enter recovery path by end-2023

Considering the progress made in relation to the IMF- Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programe and debt restructuring negotiations, and the reforms that have already been undertaken and those that are to be implemented in the period ahead, the Sri Lankan economy is expected to transition onto the path to recovery from the latter part of 2023. “This is imperative to prevent any oscillations of national policies in the crucial period ahead, in order to strengthen the economy’s resilience to external shocks, thereby ensuring its unwavering progress over the medium term,” the Central Bank said ...

Over 9,000 complaints lodged by the public against Sri Lankan Police

The National Police Commission (NPC) has received 9,295 complaints about the Sri Lanka Police's functioning during the last five years. Complaints include cases of unlawful arrest, false charges, assault, torture, partiality, abuse of power, as well as police inaction. “From the years starting with 2017 to the second quarter of 2022, the total numbers of unsolved complaints were 5, 21, 96, 276, 1344, and 713, respectively. When asked about the delay, the NPC blamed the Covid-19 pandemic” reports Daily Mirror. “Sri Lanka’s police force is one of the most brutal in the world,” said Kavi, a...

Sanctions, demilitarisation, and ICC referral - British MPs demand action on Sri Lanka

In a wide-ranging debate focused on Sri Lanka, British MPS from across the political aisle unified in their demand for the UK government to act on Sri Lanka in the form of Magnitsky-style sanctions; refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court; urge Sri Lanka to meet its GSP+ commitments; and, dramatically reduce its bloated military spending.

Tamils rally in Australia to demand permanent protection for refugees

All photographs courtesy of the Tamil Refugee Council Tamils in Australia rallied through Sydney over the weekend to demand permanent protection for all refugees, including Eelam Tamils who have fled Sri Lanka. On November 6, Tamil activists and refugees demonstrated outside Sydney Town Hall as refugees continue to be denied permanent protection under the new Labor government. Speaking at the rally, 19 year old Kumaran, who's mother is awaiting permanent protection, said : "After 30 days on the boat, we were taken to a potential home. Everyone was interviewed on their reasons for fleeing the...

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