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In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind
In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind

More than 300 days ago, a group of Sri Lankan people began protesting across the north (in places like Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu) demanding the release of lists of secret detention camps, lists of the detained, or simply information on what had happened to their loved ones. Though the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena promised to release this…

GlobalVoice - Jan 09 15:44 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

Killing of 5 youth in Trinco: Case now progressing with Skype evidence
Killing of 5 youth in Trinco: Case now progressing with Skype evidence

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said today the case involving the 2006 killing of five Tamil students in Trincomalee was now progressing as new reforms have allowed the use of Skype evidence. In a tweet, Minister Ratnayaka said, “We could not proceed with the case as the main witness was overseas and was not in a position to support proceedings. The case…

Daily Mirror - Jan 04 20:50 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Ex-Navy Spokesman, five others released on bail

    Ex-Navy Spokesman, five others released on bail

    Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today released former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayaka and five others on bail. The six suspects had been in remand custody for almost six months over the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths during 2008 and 2009. The Colombo High Court had earlier ordered that the suspects be released on a cash…

    Sunday Times - Jan 12 20:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • IAI in-talks to upgrade SriLankan Kfir fighter jets

    IAI in-talks to upgrade SriLankan Kfir fighter jets

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in talks to upgrade the Kfir fighter aircrafts of the Sri Lankan air force, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Sri Lanka purchased a total of 16 Kfir jets from Israel between 1995 and 2005; at least seven were lost during the 26-year-long Sri Lankan civil war and IAI is in talks with Colombo to upgrade and return to service its…

    JPost - Dec 18 18:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Will OMP ensure justice ?

    Will OMP ensure justice ?

    comes to a close families of the disappeared still linger in hope that their loved ones would return. Some have been missing for decades and yet their loved ones express hope of their return. In the Budget 2018 speech Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the Office of Missing Persons(OMP) will commence operations from 2018. However the debates on the…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 12 16:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Should Tackle Sexuality, Gender Identity Bias

    Sri Lanka Should Tackle Sexuality, Gender Identity Bias

    In November 2015, I sat in a small circle of plastic chairs outside a rustic hotel in Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Ambalangoda. Against a backdrop of fruit trees and waves lapping the shore I listened to horrific stories from six gay, bisexual, and transgender people whom a Sri Lankan gay activist had convened to meet with Human Rights Watch. “Abeeth” (all…

    HRW - Dec 05 16:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Tropical storm kills at least seven in Sri Lanka

    A tropical storm has killed at least seven people and left five fishermen missing in Sri Lanka, bringing down trees across main roads and on houses, officials said on Thursday, warning of landslides and flooding in severely hit areas. Heavy winds hit the island’s southern, western and south-central areas. “At the moment, there are reports of seven deaths,…

    Reuters - Dec 05 16:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • RSF urges UN committee to question Sri Lanka’s intelligence chief

    RSF urges UN committee to question Sri Lanka’s intelligence chief

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) are dismayed to learn that Sri Lanka’s national intelligence chief, Sisira Mendis, who is accused of serious crimes against journalists during the final stages of its civil war, is on the Sri Lankan delegation that is meeting with the United Nations Committee against Torture (UNCAT) in…

    RSF - Dec 04 20:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • ‘Making Haste Slowly’ is a Tired Refrain in Sri Lanka

    ‘Making Haste Slowly’ is a Tired Refrain in Sri Lanka

    While the government has made some progress, most of the promises remain unfulfilled. Just ahead of the UPR, the government announced that it was operationalizing the much-delayed Office of Missing Persons, one of four key transitional justice mechanisms, and funds had been budgeted. Tellingly, there was no budgetary allowance for the other three. And, while the UPR…

    HRW - Nov 29 18:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Fear grips Muslims in Sri Lanka's Ginthota after attack

    Fear grips Muslims in Sri Lanka\'s Ginthota after attack

    Muhammad Abrar is still in shock, nearly a week after his house in Ampitiya village in the southern Sri Lankan town of Ginthota came under attack from a Sinhalese-Buddhist mob. On November 17, he had returned from the mosque after evening prayers and was about to retire for the night, when he heard his neighbours' home being attacked. "The first attack on our…

    Al Jazeera - Nov 24 15:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka deploys troops to prevent communal riots

    Sri Lanka deploys troops to prevent communal riots

    Sri Lanka deployed troops and ordered a night-time curfew in a southern town to end violent clashes between two ethnic communities, the government said Saturday. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the situation in Gintota in Galle province was under control, two days after a brawl degenerated into street violence between two groups -- one Sinhalese, the…

    AFP - Nov 18 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, Muslims ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka arrest 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured - Reuters
  • Are Sri Lankan officers ordering soldiers to sexually assault Tamil detainees?

    Are Sri Lankan officers ordering soldiers to sexually assault Tamil detainees?

    While the Sri Lankan civil war is often cited as having had a relatively low incidence of sexual violence, that’s because, unusually, such violence was committed primarily by one side only. The LTTE vigorously enforced a strict policy against sexual abuse of civilians and controlled territory for long periods of time, limiting the military’s access to Tamil…

    Washington Post - Nov 16 17:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • UN must investigate reports of ongoing torture

    UN must investigate reports of ongoing torture

    For a number of years, Freedom from Torture has been highlighting the problem of ongoing torture in Sri Lanka and welcomed the press coverage of terrible abuses earlier this week. This week, ahead of a UN review of Sri Lanka’s human rights performance, we have also written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to call for the UN…

    FFT - Nov 15 11:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations - AP
  • Harsha to lead Sri Lanka’s delegation to UN Human Rights periodic review

    Harsha to lead Sri Lanka’s delegation to UN Human Rights periodic review

    Sri Lanka’s delegation to the universal periodic review (UPR) of UN Human Rights Council will be led by the Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Harsha de Silva. The delegation will comprise of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department, the President’s Office, and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka…

    LBO - Nov 14 16:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers

    Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers

    The recent appointment of Robert Mugabe as the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador sent shock waves across the globe. The Zimbabwean dictator oppressed his people while dismantling his country’s health care system. The outrage was near universal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wondered if this was a “bad April Fool’s joke.” The British called…

    Toronto Star - Nov 03 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, WarCrimes ]

  • U.N. says Sri Lanka's delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks

    U.N. says Sri Lanka\'s delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks

    Long delays in Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation is not without cost, and its government should implement measures to resolve outstanding issues, the United Nations said on Monday. President Maithripala Sirisena’s government in 2015 agreed with the U.N. to investigate alleged war crimes in the final phase of a 26-year civil war. It then requested a two-year…

    Reuters - Oct 24 10:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention…

    Sunday Times - Oct 19 13:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, TNA ]

  • EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

    EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

    Fashion giants like H&M and Zara stand to save millions on tariff-free exports from Sri Lanka. The EU has again granted the country a ‘preferential’ trade concession earlier withdrawn in response to human rights abuses of Tamils in the final stages of the civil war. In response to an outcry from civil society and unions, a delegation from the EU is now in Sri…

    openDemocracy - Oct 16 14:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World ]

  • Media Freedom: Perspective from Jaffna

    Media Freedom: Perspective from Jaffna

    We call him Prem. The editor of the largest selling Jaffna daily, Thevanayagam Premanath, is sitting at a large table with his usual smile. The wall behind him has three bullet marks. Two photographs of slain media workers, probably killed by the same machine gun, are hung on the wall above the round bullet marks. ‘Compared to the Rahapaksa era we have media…

    Groundviews - Oct 06 15:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Media, WarCrimes ]

  • The Reality of Suicide in Sri Lanka: Need for Data-driven analysis

    The Reality of Suicide in Sri Lanka: Need for Data-driven analysis

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that close to 800,000 people die by suicide each year, with the majority of deaths occurring in low-income and middle-income countries. Many more attempt suicide. Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 17th leading cause of death in 2015. While this makes grim news, WHO also says that effective…

    Groundviews - Oct 06 15:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lankan families demand answers on missing relatives

    Sri Lankan families demand answers on missing relatives

    For the last decade, Arulanadam Pushparani has not seen her son, who she says disappeared after being rounded up by security forces during Sri Lanka's civil war. During the final phases of that conflict, which stretched from 1983 until 2009, Pushparani was separated from her youngest son as they fled from shelling. He later called her to inform her he had been…

    Al Jazeera - Oct 02 13:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

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