Mannar mass grave bones date to 1499-1719 AD

Carbon dating of bone fragments taken from Mannar mass graves date back to 1499 - 1719 AD, the United States based Beta Analytic Institute of Florida has concluded in its report.

Sri Lankan president withdraws support for UN resolution

Less than a day after Sri Lanka's ministry of foreign affairs agreed to the co-sponsoring of a roll-over UN resolution, the president Maithripala Sirisena said he wanted it stopped.

Sri Lanka admits strategy to 'prevent international war crimes allegations being continuously leveled'

In an alarmingly candid statement published today the Sri Lankan government admitted it would be co-sponsoring a roll over resolution at the UN Human Rights Council as "this strategy will prevent international war crimes allegations being continuously leveled against Sri Lankans through strengthened ownership of the implementation process."

Rights groups warn UNHRC of ongoing militarisation of Tamil homeland

Human rights organisations highlighted the ongoing militarisation of the Tamil homeland at a side event at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

Sri Lanka circumvents findings of UN expert

The Sri Lankan government skirted past key concerns raised by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, arguing instead that progress was being made.

2 Tamil activists arrested by counter-terrorism police at Heathrow

Two Tamil activists were arrested by counter-terrorism police at Heathrow airport yesterday morning as they were about to travel to Geneva to participate in a demonstration at the UN Human Rights Council, calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Tamils demand justice for genocide at UNHRC

Hundreds of Tamils from across Europe gathered in front of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday to demand justice for the genocide committed by the Sri Lankan state.

Sinhala traders arrested in Jaffna

Two Sinhala traders were arrested in Jaffna yesterday for illegally harvesting aloe vera from a plantation in Jaffna.

Former OIC arrested over businessmen murder

A former Officer In Charge (OIC) with South Provincial Special CID was arrested today over the abduction and murder of two businessmen in Rathgama last month.

Sri Lanka's notorious STF to be more heavily armed

Citing the threat of drug cartels the Sri Lankan government has authorised the use of further arms by Sri Lanka's notorious Special Task Force (STF) officers.

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