Diplomats hope that Wickremesinghe’s appointment will bring stability

Following the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe to the post of Sri Lanka’s President, international diplomats have responded by issuing statements welcoming his support and hoping that this signals a move toward political stability. Wickremesinghe’s appointment has been met with fierce opposition from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) , refusing to accept any positions under his leadership as Prime Minister. The US Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Julie Chung, tweeted: Look forward to working w/ @RW_UNP . His appointment as PM, and the quick formation of an inclusive government, are first steps...

‘We do not forget the massacres of May 2009’ – French politician commemorates Tamil Genocide

Jean-Christophe Lagarde, the leader of France’s Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), joined French Tamils in commemorating 13 years since the massacres at Mullivaikkal this week. Lagarde tweeted that he was “very touched to commemorate… the terrible genocide,” this week. “We do not forget the massacres of May 2009 which left thousands of families in mourning and forced into exile,” he added, alongside photographs attending a commemoration event in France. Every May, Tamils around the world commemorate the massacres committed by the Sri Lankan military at Mullivaikkal, where tens of...

The ‘new’ PM will not be a panacea to Sri Lanka’s problems

Writing in response to the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Mario Arulthas, an advisor to People for Equality and Relief in Sri Lanka (PEARL), stresses that "without a fundamental restructuring of the state, Sri Lanka will simply repeat the past mistakes that got it there". Arulthas explains that the current crisis Sri Lanka finds itself in follows an open embrace of "Sinhala-Buddhist supremacy" by the vast majority of Sinhalese voting in the Rajapaksa's during the 2019 Presidential election and granting them a two-thirds majority in the subsequent 2020...

Sri Lanka's PM claims he will repeal orders to shoot on sight 

Newly appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed he would repeal orders for Sri Lanka's security forces to shoot on sight amidst international condemnation. Responding to the issuing of these orders, Amnesty International stated:

In photos - Kanji served on second day of Tamil Genocide Week

Mullivaikkal Kanji was served in places across the North-East today to commemorate the second day of Tamil Genocide Remembrance Week, commemorating the tens of thousands killed by the Sri Lankan state 13 years ago. Kanji - a porridge of rice and water - was the only food available to Tamils trapped in the Sri Lankan government declared 'No Fire Zones' as food, medicines and other necessities were heavily restricted from entering the Vanni during the final phase of the armed conflict. The Sri Lankan government denied the delivery of food into the conflict zones, to use starvation as a weapon...

Debt restructuring talks unimpeded by unrest IMF states

Following an explosion of violence in Sri Lanka's capital city, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) have maintained that discussions over debt restructuring will continue unimpeded. “On our virtual mission during 9-23 May, discussions at the technical level have just started and will continue as planned, so as to be fully prepared for policy discussions once a new government has been formed", a statement from the IMF reads. Yesterday, Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Sri Lanka's Prime Minister provoking fierce opposition from the Sri Lanka Freedom...

‘To Solve Its Economic Crisis, Sri Lanka Must Demilitarize’

Sri Lanka’s violence will not end until “the country ends its war on Tamils and Muslims and drastically scales back its military budget,” writes Tamil Guardian staff writer Ben Andak in Jacobin Magazine this week, as the economic and political crisis on the island continues. “Many are increasingly alarmed by the authoritarian nature of their government and blame President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, taking to the streets and demanding that “Gota Go Home”,” writes Andak. “But the crisis in Sri Lanka cannot be placed solely on one family. Nor will the IMF rescue the island from the root cause of the crisis: the country’s militarized and ethnocratic state.”

‘A license to kill’ – Amnesty International slams Sri Lanka’s shooting orders

In a press release Amnesty International has condemned the recent implementation of emergency regulations and shooting orders in Sri Lanka. The international human rights organization has called on Sri Lankan authorities to “take immediate steps to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of peaceful protesters.”

‘IMF intervention must take heed of past travesties of justice to Tamils’ – Siobhain McDonagh

Protests in #SriLanka have resulted in 9 people killed and 200 injured since Monday following worsening economic and civil rights problems in the country. Here's my call for an urgent debate in @UKParliament pic.twitter.com/yr1kuwt1we — Siobhain McDonagh MP (@Siobhain_Mc) May 12, 2022 Speaking in parliament, Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh called for an urgent debate to discuss the “worsening economic and civil rights crisis in Sri Lanka”. “Protests on Monday saw 9 people killed and 200 injured allegedly by the supporters of the Rajapaksa administration” she noted. She further added that there is...

Jaffna university students mark first day of Mullivaikkal remembrance week

Students and staff at University of Jaffna marked the first day of Mullivaikkal remembrance week by laying flowers and lighting candles at the university's monument. The Mullivaikkal memorial monument at the University of Jaffna was rebulilt in April last year after authorities destroyed it earlier in the year. The monument, which was dedicated to the tens of thousands of Tamils killed in the genocidal offensive at the end of the armed conflict in 2009, was bulldozed by Sri Lankan authorities while Jaffna University students staged a demonstration outside the university entrance. Following...

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