Day: 3 March 2018

STP and NAFSO said SL Military Threatens Livelihood of Tamils & Al Jazeera Reports on Continuing Torture

A new report launched by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) in Mullaitivu. stated that the Sri Lankan military’s continued occupation of land in the Vanni is threatening traditional livelihoods in local communities. While the people are protesting land-grabs, the military budget is on the rise to finance the militarisation …

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Global Tamil Forum calls on the international community to use all its leverage to ensure accountability and reconciliation has not reached a dead-end in Sri Lanka

PRESS STATEMENT  03 March 2018, London  Global Tamil Forum calls on the international community to use all its leverage to ensure accountability and reconciliation has not reached a dead-end in Sri Lanka  The warning signs are all there.  Almost nine years after the end of the war and two and a half years after co-sponsoring a …

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UK expects adding further input to UN Interim Report on SL

The UK Government said it was anticipating further representations on the UN Interim Report on the implementation of UN Resolution on Sri Lanka, at the ongoing UNHRC Sessions in Geneva. In response to a question by Opposition Whip Vicky Foxcroft in House of Commons on Tuesday, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark …

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Attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed deep concerns at the reports of the heavily tense situation after a mosque, several hotels and vehicles belonging to Muslims in Ampara were attacked by mobs leading to major tensions in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. While expressing its concern, the OIC stresses the need to …

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Torture of Tamils continues in Sri Lanka – Al Jazeera

Sri Lankan security forces have continued to use torture against Tamils on the island, reports Al Jazeera, who has uncovered allegations and evidence of torture. In a piece by Barnaby Phillips, Al Jazeera interviewed Tamils who had been beaten, burnt with cigarettes and raped. A support group in London has helped at least 76 Tamils …

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UK assures trade agreement with SL post-Brexit

The UK Government said it intends to provide continuity and stability to Sri Lanka’s current trade agreements with the EU, even after the Brexit comes into affect. Minister of State for Trade and Investment Greg Hands said Sri Lanka’s exports to the UK are made under the EU’s unilateral trade arrangement, the Generalised Scheme of Preferences …

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Sri Lanka, a cautionary tale about over-reliance on China: OBG

Mar 02, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka, perhaps, provides the most cautionary tale from their Asia-Pacific markets about over-reliance on China-backed infrastructure development, a research firm said. In a blog post about Asia-Pacific’s road to economic prosperity, Asia Regional Editor of Oxford Business Group, Patrick Cooke said Chinese acquisitions from other countries make emerging nations …

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Lasantha case: Ex-OIC, ex-DIG further remanded

Mount Lavinia Magistrate today ordered to re-remanded former Mount Lavinia Crimes OIC Tissa Sugathapala and former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara till March 15, in connection with the killing of Sunday Leader’s former editor Lasantha Wickramatunga and the concealing of evidence. Anil Silva PC appearing for Mr. Nanayakkara requested bail for his client on the basis the …

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Army officer arrested over grenade explosion in Diyatalawa bus

A Sergeant Major of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has been arrested in connection with the recent grenade explosion inside a bus at Diyatalawa. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the army officer was ordered remanded until March 15 after being produced at Bandarawela Magistrate’s Court. The Sergeant Major attached to the Sri Lanka …

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Twists and turns in the Jaliya Wickramasuriya case

Wickramasuriya was arrested for misappropriation of public funds while serving as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the USA from 2008 to 2013 Wickramasuriya was residing in the US and engaging in the business of Tea Export, at the time he was appointed as the Consular General to the Sri Lankan mission in Los Angeles in …

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”70% of Tamil Women don’t know to write or read” says World Bank

Northern Province 70% of women don’t write Lack of reading, writing and numeracy skills affect female employment in N&E BY Paneetha Ameresekere Women in the Northern and Eastern Provinces have poorer self reported writing skills, the World Bank (WB), in a recent report, said. “We see that much more women in the Northern and Eastern Provinces (70 and 65 per cent respectively) report …

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MP Rahuman calls on Govt. to root out extremist elements

UNP Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahuman called on the Yahapalana Government to make good on its promises to root out extremist elements, adding that continuing impunity will pave the way for continued violence. Addressing a press briefing in Colombo, Rahuman added that continuing impunity coupled with the lack of political will serve as incubators for …

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Sri Lanka: The return of Rajapaksa

Among rural Sinhalas, the belief that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was cheated out of a victory in the last presidential election held in January 2015 resonates strongly. Many even believe that Rajapaksa’s defeat was a conspiracy hatched by the western powers. Apparently, these voters were largely responsible for the victory of the political party backed …

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GTF calls on Sri Lanka and the International Community to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner

PRESS STATEMENT  30 March 2017, London  GTF calls on Sri Lanka and the International Community to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (34/L.1) at the UN …

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