Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:18
BBC, 5 February 2013 - A 38-year-old woman in a remote part of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, Selvanayaky, uses a building donated by the local fishermen's society to train people in computing and IT. There would be nothing remarkable in that, but Selvanayaky has a severe disability dating from when the area was fought over by the government and the Tamil Tigers more than 20 years ago. She spoke to the BBC at her workplace in the village of Thalayady.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 22:25
The Hindu, 9 February 2013 - The house of an Indian Consulate official in Jaffna was ransacked on Friday, a day after miscreants stormed the Bank of Ceylon building in Chennai. Officials confirmed the attack and told The Hindu that a formal protest has been lodged. Ironically, Indian High Commission here lodged the protest soon after the Sri Lankan Demarche over the attack on the Bank of Ceylon. The Jaffna Consulate officials are under the close watch of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, and there have been instances of intimidation in the past.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:23
Commission for Justice & Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna, 10 01 2013 - "Three and a half years have passed since the 30 year war ended. As the people in the North who had to bear the brunt of the war especially during the final stages of the war we hoped that the situation would improve and in fact we were promised that a solution would he found for the ethnic problem and that there would be a peaceful future. Unfortunately the Government is paying more attention to the annual 'Victory Day' celebrations and ignoring a genuine pursuit for peace and reconciliation. The developments during these three and a half years indicate that no serious effort is made to bring about peace with justice. The actions of the Govemment and the Security Forces so far are only alienating the people and making them lose confidence in a peaceful and just Sri Lanka."
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:14
UK Parliament - Commons debates - Tuesday 22 January 2013 -- Minister Alistair Burt: "We are concerned about the attacks on students at Jaffna university in November last year. Our high commissioner has expressed those concerns to the authorities in Sri Lanka, and we continue to monitor the detention of those students. We take every opportunity to raise human rights concerns with the Government of Sri Lanka, and I will raise those concerns, including this case, when I visit Sri Lanka fairly shortly. I expect to have straightforward private conversations with the Sri Lankan authorities. I will make the point that if reconciliation is to mean anything, a straightforward gesture such as converting the current triumphal expressions following the end of the war into a day of national reconciliation, as recommended by the lessons learned and reconciliation committee, would be a good step forward and perhaps start to defuse the tension, an increase of which would be very unwelcome."
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 01:00
Online Uthayan, 10 Jan 2012 - “Udayan” newspaper delivery employee was attacked by unidentified persons today morning at 5.30 a.m at Maalu junction locality and his motorbike along with the newspapers was scorched. The incident occurred while he took the newspapers from the “Udayan” print media office today morning was assaulted at Maalu junction by four unidentified persons riding in two motorbikes. They had severely beaten him with poles
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 03:17
Uthayan, 29 Dec 2012 - A four year old girl had been raped, strangled and killed. Her body was found yesterday, from a well located in a garden was stated by police. This gruesome incident had occurred at Mandatheevu, 2nd division area. The area was severely tensed after this incident. Some persons had gone to clean the tobacco garden well located at Mandatheevu 2nd division and found a body and had informed to the Kayts police. Police had brought this to the attention of Kayts Magistrate R.S.M.Mahendrarasa. Medical officer reported that the girl after rape had been strangled to death.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 00:52
HRW, December 20, 2012 - (New York) – The Sri Lankan authorities should immediately release or credibly charge four ethnic Tamil students from Jaffna University who have been detained since early December 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) arrested the students amid unrest in the northern city of Jaffna following a security crackdown in late November against attempts to commemorate dead leaders of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “The Sri Lankan government needs to recognize that engaging in peaceful activities that conflict with the government’s views is an exercise of basic rights, not a criminal offense,” Adams said. “The four students should be promptly released unless the government has evidence they violated the law and charges them.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 02:08
Groundviews,14th December, 2012 - Nadarajah Kijani, a 21 year old first year student of the Ramanathan Fine Arts Department of the University of Jaffna, was found dead in her home in Kantharodai Jaffna, yesterday. Her father had said that she was at home studying when they left the house yesterday, and dead upon their return home. Students have been at home since the 29th of November, due to the ongoing University boycott in protest of the arrest and detention of four student union members. Her sudden death has raised a lot of suspicion and fear among students and parents.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 01:40
The Liberal Party of Canada, December 13, 2012, TORONTO- Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the situation in Jaffna, Sri Lanka: “News is slowly emerging of an attack on the men’s and women’s dormitories at Jaffna University, with some fifty students being sent to hospital, and many arrested without warrants. Sri Lanka’s civil peace is still under threat from its own government. The United States government has issued a call for a respect for civil liberties and pluralism. Canadians can hardly do less in the face of continuing attacks on journalists and others expressing their opinions. Canada’s vigilance in defence of free speech and an open society must continue. The government of Sri Lanka must be held accountable for these violations of human rights.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 01:29
NDP, 2012 12 1- The Official Opposition calls on the government of Canada to work with the international community to pressure the government of Sri Lanka to promptly release the students recently arrested in Jaffna. P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without warrants, and in the absence of clear evidence linking them to any alleged crime.