11th November 2015

TNA join hands with Tamil political Prisoners

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Tamil political prisoners detained at various prisons in Sri Lanka continued their hunger strike demanding their release from  prison. Tamil National Alliance members also participated in a hunger strike commenced by the Youth of North province at  8.00 am in front of the Nallur Kovil premises in the Jaffna district, in support these prisoners Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam, NPC members Gajadeepan, Sugirthan, Paranjothi, NPC opposition leader Thavarajah  and Members of the Northern Provincial Council , Parliamentarians and former Chairman Pradeshiya Sabaha members were also present at this protest. However, the participation of the general public in this protest was in a very small numbers. The hunger strike by the Tamil political prisoners continued for the 2nd day. There are about 201 so called political […]

No instructions from RACIST Attorney General, Tamil detainees remanded but finds NO Fault on Gotha who admitted abduction.

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The first batch of Tamil detainees who were to be set free today were further remanded by Court as the Attorney General had no informed Court about the bail. The Court remanded 32 Tamil prisoners till November 24 when they were produced in Court today. The Prisons Department said yesterday that the Attorney General had informed the Department that 31 Tamil detainees will be given bail and can be freed today. The Prisons Department said that more Tamil detainees arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are expected to be given bail over the next few days. Tamil political prisoners resumed their fast on Monday in protest over the failure by the Government to keep its promise and release all of them. At least 29 Tamil detainees at […]

Government today failed to honour its assurance to release the first batch of Tamil political prisoners.

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The government today failed to honour its assurance to release the first batch of Tamil political prisoners. Tamil political prisoners numbering 32 who were to be released today was further remanded by court as the Attorney General’s department had not made applications to court seeking bail for the suspects. The Court remanded 32 Tamil prisoners till November 24 when they were produced in courts anticipating bail by prisons officials. Commissioner General of Prisons Rohana Pushpakumara in a statement yesterday said, the Attorney General’s Department will make applications to court today seeking the release of 31 suspects who have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Pushpakumara said only those with bailable offenses will be released and they will be produced before the respective courts […]

Release of Tamil Political Prisoners and the History of Discriminatory Behaviour Towards Tamils by the Attorney – Generals Dept

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By Taylor Dibbert What’s the deal with Sri Lanka’s Tamil political prisoners? Due to October hunger strikes in prisons across the country (with prisoners demanding amnesty), President Maithripala Sirisena had given assurances that he would take a decision on this matter by November 7. Some have suggested that this meant prisoners would be released, but the next steps had always been somewhat unclear. There were subsequent reports that 61 prisoners would be released by November 20. Recently, a hunger strike has commenced anew. More disturbingly, today, bail for 31 Tamil political prisoners was denied. This problem lies with the Attorney General’s department, which has a longstanding history of discriminatory behavior towards Tamils. Why does this matter? In light of Sri Lanka’s recent transfer of power, the […]