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Tamil NGO delegates intimidated at UN Human Rights Council
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Tamil NGO delegates were subject to intimidation tactics by members of the Sri Lankan delegation reported the news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), on Thursday.

Delegates were targeted with photography and video inside the main plenary room at the UN, and during side line event hosted by Sri Lanka. A formal complaint has been lodged with security officers, AFP reported.

A Tamil delegation, including members of the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO UK) and US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) were attending the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
ITAK youth leader released on bail


The leader of ITAK's youth wing, Subramaniyam Sivakaran, has been released on bail after being arrested by the Sri Lankan government’s Terrorism Investigation Department (TID). Mr Sivakaran was released from custody on Thursday morning after putting up 1 lakh rupees for bail alongside 2 sureties. As part of his bail conditions Mr Sivakaran has been banned from leaving the country and must report back to authorities.

Sri Lankan police confirmed that the arrest was made as part of an investigation into the discovery of a cache of explosives, [more]

Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
Swedish FM and Chief Minister discuss federalism for Tamil North-East


The Chief Minister of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran discussed Tamil calls for federalism with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, [more]

Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
Two more white van abductions

Another two Tamils in the North-East were abducted in a white van on Tuesday.

George Rajanayakam, 42, and V Michael, 45 were taken near Kattaikadu, [more]

Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
Sri Lanka Campaign criticises the return of the white vans in Sri Lanka
The rights group, Sri Lanka Campaign, on Thursday criticised the return of enforced disappearances via white vans in Sri Lanka. "The “white van” occupies a particular place in the Sri Lankan psyche. [more]

Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
US and Sri Lanka to adopt "ambitious plan" to promote trade and investment

The US and Sri Lanka will adopt an ambitious joint action plan to promote greater trade and investment and major reforms in Sri Lanka in Washington DC later today. [more]

Tamil Guardian 28 April 2016
Special Rapporteurs must hold Sri Lanka to its commitments - Freedom from Torture

UK-based Freedom from Torture has hailed the forthcoming "historic visit" of the UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and Independence of Judges and Lawyers to Sri Lanka. [more]

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2016
Sri Lanka must immediately release Sivakaran and other Tamils held under the PTA - PEARL
People for Equality and Relief in Lanka PEARL, expressed deep concern at Sri Lanka’s latest set of arrests and detentions under its draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). [more]

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2016
Former Sri Lankan policemen admits organised sexual assault whilst facing trial in UK
A former Sri Lankan police officer who migrated to London and worked as a masseuse was jailed after sexually assaulting a female client. The former Sri Lankan police officer's defence lawyer, [more]

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