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...

Will not hesitate to even open fire says Sri Lanka army commander

Sri Lanka's army commander, Mahesh Senanayake made clear the army would not hesitate to use any level of force, including opening fire in response to the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamist extremists and the recent days of anti-Muslim violence.

UN urges Sri Lanka to ensure violence does not escalate

​ Condemning the anti-Muslim violence taking place over recent days in Sri Lanka, the United Nations called on the government to ensure the situation did not escalate.

Former LTTE cadre cleared of police shootings after 6 months in detention

A former LTTE cadre, known as Ajanthan, who was detained for six months under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in connection with the murder of two police officers in Batticaloa was formally cleared of his charges by Batticaloa Magistrate’s Court.

Gotabaya is real 'master' behind attacks says TNA MP

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, S Sritharan told parliament that the former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the real "master" behind the Easter Sunday bombings. His comments come amid widespread reports of close association between Gotabhaya and the now banned Islamist extremist organisation, National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ), which was one of the groups responsible for the attacks. Pointing to the intense security situation in the North-East with checkpoints and military personnel on the streets, Sritharan said the army was happy about it. "While getting checked like this in so...

Zion church holds first Sunday service since bombing

Batticaloa's Zion church held its first Sunday service under Pastor Roshan Maheshan this weekend following the Easter Sunday bombings. The church, which was one of three churches targetted by Islamist extremist suicide bombers. Twenty-nine people were killed at the church, including 14 children who had gathered with their families to attend the service. The damaged premises were formally handed over to church authorities from the army after an investigation was completed.

Mullaitivu court rules in favour of Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar temple

​ The Mullaitivu Magistrate's Court has ruled in favour of the Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar temple, confirming its longstanding existence in old Semmalai.

Army officer arrested in Mullaitivu with drugs

A Sri Lankan army officer was arrested in Mullaitivu for being in possession of illegal drugs. The officer, who has not been named, is understood to be from the Sri Lankan army's Special Forces Regiment and was on duty in Kompavil, Kokkuthoduvai when he was arrested. When police officers visited the army camp on April 30, they found him to be in possession of 35mg of drugs. The use of illegal drugs including cannabis and heroin has increased significantly in the North-East since the end of the armed conflict. Local residents and Tamil politicians have questioned how those smuggling contraband...

Seabobs discovered in Amparai during raids

Sri Lankan security forces have reported finding high-tech underwater scooters, known as 'seabobs' during a raid on a house in Amparai. The raid, which is part of wider search operations across the island following the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamist extremists, took place on Sunday. Security forces said they would be investigating how such sophisticated equipment was imported into the country. The discovery fuels further questions into how the groups responsible for the bombings were able to operate and even run training camps complete with a watch tower without the knowledge of security...