31st December 2015

Colombo finds new ways to extend detention of Tamil political prisoners

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[TamilNet, Thursday, 31 December 2015, 20:39 GMT] The Tamil prisoners, who are being indefinitely detained for several years in the prisons of occupying Colombo, are going to be subjected for prolonged proceedings once more under a new Colombo-based ‘special court’, legal sources in Jaffna said. There are cases where false confessions obtained under torture by the Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) have been already rejected by the district courts in the North and East. These prisoners were awaiting their cases to be dismissed. But, the judiciary of occupying Sri Lanka wants their cases to be addressed again in Colombo. TMVP paramilitary group, operated by the SL military, abducted 44-year-old Jeevaratnam Kanagaratnam from Jaffna at Moraweva in Trincomalee in 2007. He was later handed over […]

TNA happy with move to free some part of lands occupied by army and wants more released

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today expressed satisfaction with the decision taken by the Government to free some  of the land of Tamil community occupied by the military in parts of the North. The TNA also urged the President to release the remaining lands of Tamil Civilians occupied by the Army and release the political prisoners at the beginning of the New Year. A TNA statement welcomed the release of 701 acres of land occupied by the military in Valikamam North and East. The TNA said that the land was released after TNA leader R. Sampanthan made a request to the President when the President visited the North recently. Following that meeting the President had promised that the request would be considered and as a first step civilians would now be permitted to resettle […]

White-van abductions continue in North with ‘UNP sophistication’

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[TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 21:42 GMT] Sri Lankan military intelligence is operating white-van abductions through diaspora and homeland based intermediaries, a well-informed right activists in Jaffna told TamilNet on Wednesday. There have been at least three cases in the recent weeks where abductions were carried out in the Northern Province. The affected parties were given death threats if they chose to go public through other channels than the intermediaries through whom they were released after abductions. The targeted people were Tamil journalists, family members of diaspora activists and traders. None of the affected people were prepared to come open. If they went open, their kith and kin were at the risk of losing their lives in ‘accidents’ or through ‘engineered’ gang violence, they were […]