Canadian Conservatives demand an international investigation into genocide in Sri Lanka

Canadian Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Michael Chong, and Shadow Minister for International Development for Human Rights, Garnett Genius, have issued a statement demanding that the Canadian government impose Magnitsky sanction on Sri Lankan officials implicated in gross human rights violations and launch an “independent international investigation into allegations of genocide”.

UN Human Rights Council Outlines Sri Lanka Abuses, But Demurs on Action

Writing in Just Security, Professor Kate Cronin-Furman details how the recently passed UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution displays the inability and unwillingness of the UNHRC to impose an accountability model on Sri Lanka but also highlights “a genuine desire to grapple with persistent impunity and the worsening human rights situation”. She notes that whilst the “anaemic actions it proposes, highlights the profound limitations on the Human Rights Council”; “read optimistically, the new resolution opens the possibility that the mandated 18 months of enhanced scrutiny and evidence-...

‘Sri Lanka is now supported by a handful of failed countries’ – Mangala Samaraweera, Former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister

In response to the passage of the UN Human Rights Council's resolution on Sri Lanka, which mandates that the collection and preservation of evidence that may be used in future war crimes trials, Sri Lankan former Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, criticised the dramatic loss of international support Sri Lanka had. In his statement, he claimed that “Sri Lanka got the friendship and the support of the whole world” during the previous administration which co-sponsored the UN resolution 30/1. “We had the support of the USA, the European Union, the UK, Japan, India and most of all China and...

UK Shadow Minister raises concerns over Sri Lanka’s torture of Tamils

UK Shadow Minister for International Trade, Gareth Thomas raises concerns over the Home Office’s Country Policy and Information Note (CPIN) on Sri Lanka and its failure to recognise continued torture after 2015. Drawing on the Freedom from Torture report , he highlights the cases of 33 people tortured between 2015 and 2018, verified by independent and specialist doctors. Individuals were targeted for real or perceived ties with the LTTE. This follows over 300 cases of torture by the state between 2009 and 2015. The report goes on to state that “people of Tamil ethnicity were overwhelmingly...

Former Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph passes away

The former Catholic Bishop of Mannar and lifelong Tamil rights activist, Right Reverend Dr Rayappu Joseph has passed away, aged 80. Notably, Rt. Rev. Joseph used information from local government offices in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts to pinpoint that 146,679 people were unaccounted for following the final stages of the armed conflict in May 2009. Born in Neduntheevu (Delft) on April 16, 1940, to a practitioner of indigenous medicine, Rayappu Joseph studied at Jaffna St Patrick’s College, after an early childhood spent in Cheddikulam and in Mannar. He began his priesthood in 1967...

Tamil deportees to be handed to CID after 'quarantine process'

Tamil asylum seekers who were deported from Germany and Switzerland on Tuesday night will be handed to Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Daily Mirror reported . The failed asylum seekers who arrived in Colombo yesterday were handed to the Sri Lankan army by the Immigration and Emmigration department at Bandaranaike International Airport to controversial army run quarantine centres. An airport official told the Daily Mirror that the Tamil deportees will be then handed to the CID and the National Intelligence Unit for legal action. Large protests at Düsseldorf airport...

Tamil asylum seekers deported to Sri Lanka at risk of 'surveillance, arbitrary detention and torture' says Wigneswaran

Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kootani leader, C.V. Wigneswaran said that Tamil asylum seekers who were deported to Sri Lanka earlier this week were at the risk of "surveillance, torture and arbitary detention." Despite our calls to stop the mass deportations of #Tamils from Germany to Sri Lanka, I am dismayed to hear that a significant number of Tamils were indeed deported and being now at risk of surveillance, arbitrary detention and torture. #Germany has failed to uphold #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/mvQFJOAddo — CV Wigneswaran (@CWigneswaran) March 30, 2021 On Tuesday, 31 Tamil asylum seekers were...

Rohingya Action Ireland urges Germany to 'immediately halt deportation of Tamil asylum seekers' 

Ireland-based human rights organisation, Rohingya Action Ireland (RAI) called on Germany to “immediately halt the deportation of Tamil asylum seekers” and grant a place in the country where Tamils can “rebuild their lives away from fear”, in a letter addressed to the German Ambassador to the UK. The letter, published on Monday, comes after Germany’s detention of over 100 Tamils on March 26 which sparked protests amongst the German Tamil community. Despite ongoing reports of torture by Sri Lanka’s security forces, 31 Tamil asylum seekers were deported yesterday from Düsseldorf airport to...

Sri Lankan TID arrest two Tamil YouTubers for 'promoting terrorism'

The Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) arrested two Tamils in Jaffna on Monday for allegedly “promoting terrorism” and promoting "terrorism-related activities" on their YouTube channel. The TID arrested a 36-year-old Tamil man and a 35-year old Tamil woman who managed the YouTube channel and a related website (TubeTamil). Police spokesman, DIG Ajit Rohana said that "those channels had promoted LTTE ideology in the cyberspace." “The YouTube channel and the website had created disharmony among the ethnic groups of Sri Lanka,” he added. Rohana insisted that the website and the...

Protests against deportation of Tamil asylum seekers in Düsseldorf airport

Large protests at Düsseldorf airport were carried out as crowds demanded that the estimated 100 Tamil asylum seekers who were detained by German authorities be released. Four detained Tamil asylum seekers from Baden Württemberg, South Germany were released last minute at Düsseldorf airport and sent home by train. Despite ongoing reports of torture by Sri Lanka’s security forces, 31 Tamil asylum seekers were deported today.

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