Monthly Archives: October 2015

Director of film on Sri Lankan journalist moves High Court

Director of film on Sri Lankan journalist moves High Court

A Bangalore-based film director has moved the Madras High Court, challenging the order of Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, refusing certification to ‘Porkalathil Oru Poo’, a Tamil film based on the life of LTTE journalist Isaipriya. Director K. Ganeshan submitted that he directed the film based …

Communist Party for an Exclusive Domestic Mechanism

Communist Party for an Exclusive Domestic Mechanism

The Communist Party of Sri Lanka issuing a statement says that the government should have expeditiously and effectively implemented the LLRC Report in pursuance of its programme for the post, conflict development rehabilitation – reconciliation Text of the CPSL statement signed by the party General Secretary …

TNA MP pledges to join hunger strike

TNA MP pledges to join hunger strike

Tamil National Alliance MP and spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran called on the Sri Lankan government to release all political prisoners, as he visited hunger strike inmates at the Anuradhapura Prison. Mr Sumanithran, accompanied by Provincial Council members Asmin Yakoob and Sanankiyan Sayandan, demanded the government release …

The challenge of doing what is right

The challenge of doing what is right

After four contentious resolutions on Sri Lanka, the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Oct. 1 adopted a “consensus resolution” for foreign judges and prosecutors to help Sri Lanka try those accused of serious crimes during the decades-long civil war. This resolution came as …

All Ceylon Hindu Congress appeals to President

All Ceylon Hindu Congress appeals to President

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress has appealed to the President to view the pleas of political prisoners in a spirit of compassion and sympathy. The letter bearing the signatures of ACHC President Kandiah Neelakandan and General Secretary Dr.Muthiah Katirkamanatahn states: “We Appeal to Your Excellency …

Environmentalists win ‘landmark’ case against biofuel project

Environmentalists win ‘landmark’ case against biofuel project

Yala National Park, on the southern coastline of Sri Lanka, is one of the nation’s most popular parks, home to dense populations of both Asian elephants and leopards, as well as nearly 100 types of water-birds and thousands of other species. The park, one of …

Minister supporting encroachment of forests and carrying out settlements

Minister supporting encroachment of forests and carrying out settlements

Northern Provincial Councillor Thurairajah Ravikaran  alleged that Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen was aiding the illegal clearance of  forest in the Mullaitivu area, with his supporters using the cleared land to build settlements, . Ravikaran said the occupation of land in the area …

Indict or release the prisoners

Indict or release the prisoners

Issuing a statement on 15 October 2015 the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) called for the release of Political Prisoners and said that it would take part in the token strike and protests being planned to be staged by prisoners’ relatives all across the North-East in …

Urgent action on Tamil prisoners

Urgent action on Tamil prisoners

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday pledged urgent action to address the concerns of Tamil political prisoners languishing in jails for several years on suspicion of links to the now-defeated LTTE as their hunger strike entered fourth day. Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe visited the prisoners …

Since the new Government took office tensions have noticeably eased

Since the new Government took office tensions have noticeably eased

David Saperstein the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom speaking at the release of the latest report on international religious freedom compiled by the State Department said that since the new Government took office some of these tensions have noticeably eased as the new Government has staked …