TNA condemns release of soldier imprisoned over massacre of Tamils

The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) has denounced Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to release Staff Sergeant Sunil Rathnayaka, who a Sri Lankan court found guilty of the ‘ Mirusuvil massacre ’.

Over 18,000 tourists stranded in Sri Lanka to be repatriated

Sri Lanka's Tourism Development Authority announced that they have made arrangements to repatriate 18,093 foreign tourists who are currrently stranded on the island due to the coronavirus outbreak, Adaderana reported . In a press release, the authority stated that they are working alongside the Foreign Ministry and respective embassies to arrange the necessary facilities. Tourists will be flown out of Sri Lanka as the airport remains open for outbound journeys. An island-wide curfew was imposed last Friday, following the government's decision on March 22 to ban all incoming passenger flights...

Sri Lanka pardons soldier imprisoned over massacre of Tamils

A Sri Lankan soldier who was sentenced to death over the massacre of eight Tamil civilians, including children, has received a presidential pardon and been released home.

Gotabaya asks for debt moratorium due to coronavirus outbreak

Sri Lanka's President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has requested "international donor agencies to provide a debt moratorium or debt deferment facility to all vulnerable developing nations to the COVID-19 risk," his office said in a statement. Gotabaya asked the Director General of the World Health Organisation to forward his request to multi-lateral and bilateral lending agencies. EconomyNext reported that Sri Lanka has over 4.8 billion US dollars to repay this year but Sri Lanka's economy has been hit by the global pandemic, cripppling it's exports.

Armed Sri Lankan soldiers patrol streets of North-East amidst coronavirus outbreak

Hundreds of armed Sri Lankan soldiers were seen deployed across the North-East this morning as they carried out disinfection regimes on the streets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

'Sri Lanka's Militarised Approach to Quarantine'

As states across the world grapple with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, 47 Roots looked at how the Sri Lankan military has led the regime’s response.

British Tamil community rallies together in wake of coronavirus outbreak

British Tamils across the United Kingdom have rallied together in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, with community organisations putting in place a raft of initiatives to help those most in need as the country goes into lockdown.

Coronavirus cases rise to 101 in Sri Lanka

A total of at least 101 patients have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Sri Lanka, the Director General of Health Services announced today. The Presidential Media Division also declared in a statement, that Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara have been identified as 'high risk zones' and are all under curfew until further notice. Despite this announcement, Sri Lanka continue to set up 'quarantine centres' across the North-East. There have also been reports of increased militarisation in the area, with regular military checks and increased security. Read more here: Sri Lankan army...

Tamil diaspora groups call for international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Tamil diaspora groups have called for an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka, following Sri Lanka's announcement to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions. The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), the Irish Tamils Forum (ITC) and the United States Tamil Action Group (USTAG) "urge action to be taken up by appropriate international jurisdictions such as an ad hoc international criminal tribunal on Sri Lanka," to ensure accountability for violations of international human rights and humanitarian...

TNPF organise initiative to aid Tamils as militarisation escalates in the North-East

(Photo credit: @TnpfOrg - Twitter) The Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) have organised an initiative to aid Tamil people in the North-East as the Sri Lanka government continues to enforce strict curfews and lockdown measures nationwide where many locals' lives have been impacted. Families from low-income households and vulnerable or immunocompromise persons have been greatly affected by the state-sanctioned measures and as of yet there has been no support provided from the government. TNPF have proceeded to support the Tamil community in the North-East and tweeted yesterday; " Our...