Jaffna Uni protest arrests of students and tea shop owner

Students at the University of Jaffna protested today against arrest of two student union leaders and a campus hospitality worker under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) earlier this month.

Army says will investigate soldier who failed to act during mob attacks

As increasing eye witness reports and videos emerge of the collusion of Sri Lankan security forces with rioting Sinhala mobs responsible for the widespread anti-Muslim violence, the state's army has said it would be investigating the case of one soldier, accused of standing by whilst the mobs attacked.

Sri Lankan security forces colluded in anti-Muslim riots - JDS video

A video released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka shows military and police personnel joining Sinhala mobs in anti-Muslims riots that have taken place in the island over recent days.

Sri Lanka's transitional justice process has failed say international rights lawyers

Leading international rights lawyers Yasmin Sooka of ITJP and Rupert Skilbeck of REDRESS spoke about the failure of the transitional process and the need for accountability in Sri Lanka, at a panel discussion entitled “Legal tools in the fight against impunity: the case of Sri Lanka” held by SOAS university's Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice last week. Introducing the event, the chair, Professor Mark Laffey, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS university said that May18 marks ten years of "little to no concrete progress” in Sri Lanka, highlighting the...

China grants Rs 2600 million to Sri Lanka's security forces

The Chinese government is to grant Rs 2600 million to Sri Lanka's security forces following the Easter Sunday bombings, at the request of the president, Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently visiting the country. Beijing has also agreed to release 100 jeeps to the police alongside other equipment, the state owned Daily News reported. During a meeting between the two leaders yesterday, China's president, Xi Jingping said they would do everything they could to assist Sri Lanka to strengthen national security. Four Chinese scientists were among those killed during the suicide bombings by...

Delhi extends ban on LTTE by 5 years

India's central government this week extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by another five years, citing continued concerns from the group and the Eelam Tamil diaspora. "Even after its military defeat in May, 2009 in Sri Lanka, LTTE has not abandoned the concept of ‘Eelam’ and has been clandestinely working towards this cause by undertaking fund-raising and propaganda activities, and the remnant LTTE leaders or cadres have also initiated efforts to regroup the scattered activists and resurrect the outfit locally and internationally." "The diaspora continue to spread...

Cross-faith prayers and community clearing at Mullivaikkal

Locals in Mullaitivu came together on Tuesday to clear up the Mullivaikkal memorial grounds in preparation for May 18. Commencing with cross-faith prayers at the memorial stand in the grounds, the works were overseen by Hindu and Christian religious leaders. Thousands are expected to attend commemorations on Saturday to mark ten years since the genocide of Tamils by the Sri Lankan state.

Tamil genocide remembrance week continues

Tamil genocide remembrance week continued across the North-East with vigils today in Chemmani and Chavakachcheri in the Jaffna district.

Sri Lanka moving backwards towards armed inter-ethnic conflict warns UN genocide prevention adviser

The United Nations Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect, Adama Dieng and Karen Smith, released a statement of concern in response to widespread anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka last weekend. The experts warned that the recent violence was pushing Sri Lanka back towards a period of armed inter-ethnic conflict. Noting the recent mob violence that saw one Muslim man die in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, the Advisers called on “all ethnic and religious groups in Sri Lanka, as well as the Government, the opposition, civil society and the security...

Accept a Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka or leave, says chief prelate of Kotte Chapter

People that fail to accept Sri Lanka as a Sinhala Buddhist country should not remain in the country, claimed the Mahanayaka (Chief Prelate) of the Kotte Chapter, one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent Buddhist chapters. In a discussion with MP Dinesh Gunawardena about the upcoming Buddhist celebrations of Vesakh, the senior monk, Dhammalankara, said, “according to the history that I know of, no Buddhist or non- Buddhist has ever said Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country. Even Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith who is not a Buddhist has said this is a Sinhala Buddhist country and that he is fortunate...