14th December 2015

Missing person commission receives 300 more new complaints in Jaffna district

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The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka began its public sittings to hear cases of missing in Jaffna District Friday (11). Secretary of the Commission HW Gunadasa said the Commission has received 100 new complaints during the first two days of sessions in Jaffna today. The Secretary said it has received 1,620 complaints including new complaints to hear during this sitting. This is the second public sitting held in Jaffna to call for evidence regarding missing persons in the district. The Commission held sessions in Nallur on Friday and Jaffna on Saturday. It will continue hearing cases tomorrow in Vadamarachchi South West (Karaveddy) and Vadamarachchi East (Maruthankerny. On Monday, the Commission will have sittings in Vadamarachchi North (Point Pedro) and in […]

EU project to help conflict affected people resettle in N&E

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The European Union has signed an agreement to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugee returnees in nine Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa districts, to build houses and improve community infrastructure facilities.  The scope of the project covers Kilinochchi district including Karachchi and Kadawalai divisions and Mullaitivu district including Maritime Pattu, Puthukudiyiruppu divisions and selected villages in the Welioya division and in Batticaloa Eravur Pattu, Manmunai west, Manmunai south west, Poraithivu Pattu divisions. The financial grant amounts to Euro 14 million. This programme is expected to benefit more than 300,000 people and the activities are to be implemented from 2016 – 2018 (36 months). This  project is to be executed under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners: An Abdication of Presidential Leadership

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Just days ago, a Tamil political prisoner being held in Jaffna Prison commenced a hunger strike. Similar hunger strikes have taken place this year, although this behavior doesn’t appear to have changed the government’s calculus in a significant way. This issue has been a source of ongoing debate and tension. The Sri Lankan government has shown, with great reluctance, that it’s willing to grant bail to some prisoners. On November 11 The Wall Street Journal, reported that “the country’s attorney general gave approvals to allow bail for 63 prisoners.” However, it’s important to keep in mind that these prisoners have been asking to be released and given some semblance of genuine freedom. They’ve not been requesting that they be released on bail, which ensures that […]