25th June 2015

Sri Lanka’s Punguduthivu: security forces and police of having close connections with some gangs and the paramilitaries.

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Punguduthivu Island, 20 kilometres southwest of Jaffna, was the scene of a gang rape and murder of a teenage student, Vithya Sivalohanathan, on May 13 that triggered mass protests in the war-ravaged north of Sri Lanka. The demonstrations spread to the eastern province as well. The protests reflected widespread anger over the horrific crime, as well as the unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule in the north. This repressive situation has continued since the end of nearly three decades of war by successive governments against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE was militarily defeated in May 2009. On May 25, President Maithripala Sirisena flew to Jaffna and met with the murdered girl’s mother and Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister […]

Opposition must join us to offer an acceptable solution to the Tamil people!

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“I urge the Honourable Leader of Opposition to join us in this journey of confidence building, reconciliation and development. Join us to address the real grievances and concerns of people of all communities, especially the minority communities in the North and the East. This is the surest way to ensure that terrorism will not raise its head in this country again.” Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of External Affairs said today.   Responding to a question raised by the Leader of the Opposition regarding the latest US State Department Report titled ‘Country Reports on Terrorism and Patterns of Global Terrorism’, Samaraweera said;  Following the wide ranging consultations held, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission states very clearly in its Report, and I quote: “The conflict could have been avoided […]