A Sri Lankan court today imposed 300 years jail sentence on two Tamils, after finding them guilty of attempting to assassinate the former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
A rally was held today in Vavuniya calling for an end to violence against women and children.
The parliamentary group leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Rajavarothayam Sampanthan has announced that the resolution tabled by the US at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is ‘perhaps the best possible resolution that could have been achieved’ through ‘consensus’.
Children of Tamil political prisoners held a protest for the second day today, urging for their fathers to be released.
Three constituent parties of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and forty civil society groups and trade unions have rejected the US resolution in support of Sri Lanka’s domestic probe mechanism.
The 26th of September 1987 will remain collectively etched in the minds of Eelam Tamils as the day of reckoning for them when they realized, agonisingly, that non- violence didn’t stand a chance in their quest to liberate their homeland: It had already been established that non-violence had no chance 26 years before that on the 17th of April 1961 and ever since that day, when a peaceful civil- disobedience campaign, organised to protest a highly discriminatory law enacted against Eelam Tamils, was crushed, using excessive force in a vicious display of abuse of power.
The US government has reiterated its support for Sri Lanka’s domestic probe mechanism.
The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has pledged more troops for UN’s peacekeeping operations.
Schools in Killinochi distric are struggling to cope with the shortage of teachers, education officials have said.
The Sri Lankan military is engaged in intimidating Tamil political activists and members of public who signed the petition calling for an international judicial probe in Amparai district, Southern Tamil Eelam, locals have alleged.