Another 4 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy

The Sri Lankan navy on Sunday arrested another four Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing into Sri Lankan waters, reported TNN and The Hindu . The men and their fishing boats were taken to Sri Lanka's navy station, Elara. The arrest is the latest in a series of arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. In total 81 men are currently detained.

Singapore and Sri Lanka commit to FTA by end of 2017

Singapore and Sri Lanka committed to arriving at a free trade agreement by the end of this year, Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan said following his meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart in Colombo on Monday. "It will be a modern, comprehensive, high-quality, ambitious free trade agreement. It will demonstrate to the world that both of us are open for business and we encourage all investments," he was quoted by Straits Times as saying. Describing both countries as hubs of their respective regions for economic ties and shipments, Mr Balakrishnan said, "the bigger the...

Sri Lanka detained Indian citizen for wearing dress with Buddha image

Sri Lankan police detained an Indian citizen from Tamil Nadu who was on a family holiday in the island for wearing a dress with the image of Buddha on it, The Hindu reported. She was only released after she signed a statement and apologised. “Just as we were about to make the payment at the counter, three cops came up to us and said they needed to arrest and take my niece. We were terrified,” aunt of the woman who was detained told the paper. “One of my nephews rushed to the store next door and bought a T-shirt, so my niece could wear it over the dress. But the police did not allow her to do...

Sri Lankan police visit IBC Colombo office twice in 4 days

Sri Lankan police officers visited the Colombo office of the Tamil diaspora TV station, IBC Tamil two times over a four day period and sought the personal details of staff members. "The visit was on the same day a news item published in a Sinhala ultra-nationalist daily carrying accusations against an unnamed "Tamil Tiger diaspora TV" that provides information to London on "protests against government, security forces activities in the north and allegations against the government by visiting UN officials", JDS reported. See here for full article. Extract published below: "On Monday (17 July)...

IMF approves US $167 million tranche after Sri Lanka review process

A US $167.2 million disbursement has been approved by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after completing the second review of Sri Lanka’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The IMF Executive board completed the review on Monday, allowing for the release of US $167.2 million which forms part of a 3 year arrangement to provide up to US $1.45 billion of assistance during Sri Lanka’s monetary reform process. To date a total of approximately US $501.5 million has been released to Sri Lanka, reports adaderena.lk. Following the Executive Boards review, the Acting Chair and...

Sri Lanka's president questions cabinet on decision to allow UN rapporteur to meet detained LTTE suspects

Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena reportedly questioned his cabinet on how the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson was allowed to meet Tamils detained as alleged Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters. The Daily Mirror reported the meeting request was sanctioned by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. Mr Emmerson who concluded his visit to Sri Lanka with a damning statement on Friday said Sri Lanka had done “almost nothing” to hold human rights violators in the military to account adding that “the use of torture has been and...

Tamil journalist harassed by Sri Lankan soldiers en route to disappearances protest

A Tamil journalist was harassed by Sri Lankan soldiers in Vadamaradchi while on the way to report on the protest of the families of the disappeared in Maruthankerny. Jaffna-based journalist Uthayarasa Shalin was stopped by two soldiers on a motorcycle on Monday afternoon on the route to Maruthankerny. Having questioned Mr Shalin about his destination, the soldiers told him he could not go on as the mentioned protest had finished. Mr Shalin denied that the protest had ended and insisted that he had to continue, identifying himself with his media accreditation. After checking his media ID, the...

Tamil journalist interrogated for 3 hours by CID and pressured to sign statement in Sinhalese

A Tamil journalist who was summoned to Colombo by the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department was today interrogated for three hours in Jaffna and made to sign a statement written in Sinhalese, despite not being able to understand the contents. Jaffna-based broadcast and print journalist T. Pratheepan faced investigation at Achuveli police station this morning over the broadcast of a politician’s press conference. The press conference in question took place at the Jaffna Press Club in May, in which Northern Provincial Councillor M. K. Sivajilingam made brief remarks in Sinhalese about...

Sri Lankan Army and Canadian charity hand out ‘gifts’ to children in Batticaloa and Amparai

The Sri Lankan Army partnered with Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) of Canada to hand out “gifts” to schoolchildren in Batticaloa and Amparai last week, declared an official military website.

UK and EU must help dismantle torture in Sri Lanka - FFT

Freedom From Torture said members of the international community, particularly the United Kingdom and European Union, must do more to dismantle the structures that allow torture to continue in Sri Lanka. Responding to a report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson, FFT said his findings corroborated many of their own reports. Ann Hannah, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture said “Sri Lanka has continued to be the top country of origin for referrals to Freedom from Torture, despite repeated claims from the Sri Lankan...

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