‘Crackdown begins in Sri Lanka’ - ITJP and JDS

The Sri Lankan government is “unleashing a chilling process of repression targeting critics and human rights defenders,” said a report by the International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), which documented at least 69 recent incidents of intimidation and threats The current regime’s strategy to militarize and securatize Sri Lanka has targeted journalists, human rights defenders, lawyers, plaintiffs, academics and opposition figures, said the two organisations. “In some cases the threats have been so serious the individuals have...

Wigneswaran and Rajinikanth hold talks on Tamil issue

The former Chief Minister of the North held talks with top South Indian actor Rajinikanth on Saturday. C V Wigneswaran paid the Kollywood icon a visit at his home in Chennai to discuss issues facing Tamils in Eelam and in Tamil Nadu. He reportedly extended an invite to Rajinikanth and requested that he meet Eelam Tamils in the homeland.

Sri Lanka to release soldier from prison for massacre of Tamils

The Sri Lankan government is reportedly set to release a soldier who was sentenced to death over the massacre of eight Tamil civilians, according to an opposition parliamentarian who applauded the move. “Now we have got information that the government has taken measures to release 34 members of the intelligence and Sunil Ratnayake, as mentioned during the Gotabaya Rajapaksa election campaign,” said UNP MP Ajith Perera. “That is how a leader who does what they say works,” continued Perera. Therefore I would like to extend my gratitude to president Gotabaya Rajapakse and Minister of Justice...

Rajapaksa appoints commission to investigate previous regime's 'victimisation' of state officials

The Sri Lankan president has appointed a commission to look into the alleged ‘political victimisation’ of public officials during the previous government’s administration. The commission has been empowered by the president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to look into the ‘alleged political revenge’ on members of the armed forces and the police, as well as government officials and employees of state corporations. It will investigate the alleged victimisation carried out by the Bribery or Corruption Commission, Police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) and Police Special Investigation Unit. See...

Sri Lankan navy truck kills Tamil man in collision

A Sri Lankan navy truck has killed one Tamil man and seriously injured another, after a road collision in Mullaitivu earlier this morning. The vehicle, from the Gotabaya Navy Camp in Mullaitivu, was driving near Vadduvakal Bridge on the Mullaitivu - Paranthen main road, when it was involved in a collision.

Tamil protesters demand release of political prisoners after death of Mahendran

A protest in Jaffna called for the release of Tamil political prisoners who have been jailed in prisons across the island, following the death of one Tamil man after 26 years of imprisonment.

Sri Lankan police massacre of Tamils at Jaffna conference remembered

The killing of eleven Tamils by Sri Lankan police officers at the 1974 World Tamil Research Conference in Jaffna was remembered today. Tamil politicians were joined by members of the public at the monument in Jaffna town erected in memory of the victims of the massacre. On January 10, 1974, the final day of the conference, Sri Lankan police officers, led by the Deputy Inspector of Police for Jaffna, Chandrasekara, opened fire at the audience, killing 11 civilians. Chandrasekara was later promoted to the post of Inspector of Police by the then prime minister, Srimavo Bandaranayaka. The...

Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law - HRW

Sri Lanka should replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The call comes after the Sri Lankan president announced last week that his government would scrap plans to replace the law. The previous government’s promise to repeal the PTA playing a significant part in the granting of the European Union trade concession GSP plus in 2015, however the reforms were never implemented. “The EU, which offers Sri Lanka preferential trading terms in return for human rights guarantees,...

'India was assured of solution to Tamil National Question' - Sumanthiran tells Sri Lankan parliament

TNA parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran warned that the island may step “into naked majoritarianism” unless the equal status of all peoples on the island was respected, pointing out that repeated assurances had been made to India to the Tamil people that a political solution would be found to the ethnic conflict. “President Rajapaksa’s government repeatedly assured India and the rest of the international community that the Tamil National Question would be politically resolved after the war by means of greater devolution,” Sumathiran told Sri Lanka’s parliament last week. “The assurance given to...

TNA leader praises Gotabaya in reminder to keep promises to India

Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan has praised Sri Lanka’s war crimes accused president, calling him someone “who is prepared to speak the truth and to do the right thing” in a speech to parliament earlier this week, where he outlined the international community’s role in a military offensive that killed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians. “The international community played a major role in the military defeat of the LTTE,” Sampanthan told parliament. “India played a major role.” He went on to name specifically name “Mr. M.K. Narayanan, the then National Security Adviser of India,...

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