Tamils in Batticaloa staged a protest yesterday demanding the removal of Murakkoddansenai army camp. Residents gathered in front of the camp yesterday, demanding the withdrawal of the army from the school building and residents' lands, as well as the re-opening of the road for civilian use. Murakkoddansenai army camp has been present since 1990 occupying Murakkoddansenai Ramakrishna School and the lands of 52 residents.
Skeletal remains were found in Saththukkondan, Batticaloa on Wednesday as villagers sought to dig a well. Police officers were called and collected the bone fragments, which have been sent to Colombo for further investigation. The well was being dug on land which has been earmarked for a housing project by the National Housing Association.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) honoured female LTTE fighters and activists at events marking International Women's Day.
Families of the disappeared in Mullaitivu marked International Women's Day with a demonstration calling for accountability and justice for their disappeared loved ones.
Marking International Women's Day by visiting families of the disappeared in the North-East, the United States ambassador Alaina B Teplitz highlighted the lack of progress in Sri Lanka over enforced disappearances.
In a landmark decision, the UK Supreme Court overturned a previous rejection of a Tamil asylum seeker whom, the Home Office claimed had organised his own torture.
The International Truth and Justice Project, and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka yesterday criticised Sri Lanka's decision to send the former minister Mahinda Samarasinghe as part of a delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Sri Lanka's former defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who was implicated in the use of white vans to carry out enforced disappearances and killings with impunity, rejected the allegations at a conference in Kandy on Saturday.