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Tamil Guardian 28 April 2015
Jaffna University students protest against attacks and detention

Jaffna University students, on Monday, protested against violent crackdowns on Tamil students in recent weeks. 

On Saturday, 9 students were attacked by a group of people wielding swards in Jaffna, resulting in 3 students being submitted to hospital. One students hand was amputated as a result of the attack.

The three students, Muralitharan, Rajeepan and Jepradharshan were all submitted to hospital with severe injuries.

In a separate incident last week, students and a journalist were arrested outside Jaffna university by Sri Lanka’s police for an unrelated issue.

The protests called for the people involved in the attacks to be arrested, on the police to guarantee the safety of students at Jaffna University and for detained students and journalists to be released.

Journalist and two students detained by Sri Lankan police in Jaffna (23 Apr 2015)

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
Tamil man granted asylum in Switzerland after being deported, detained and abused in Sri Lanka
A Tamil asylum seeker who was sent back to Sir Lanka in 2013, arrested in Colombo on arrival and subsequently tortured, returned to Switzerland on Monday.

The man was released from a Sri Lankan detention centre a few weeks ago after being incarcerated for over a year and a group of NGOs organised his return to Switzerland, reports Swissinfo.ch.

An inquiry by the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights and the United Nations Refugee Agency found that the Swiss government’s assessment of the Tamil man’s asylum application had not been adequate enough, consequentially resulting in his immediate detention when deported back to Sri Lanka in 2013.

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
Tamil journalists summoned by Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department
Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) summoned four Tamil journalists in Vavuniya and Mannar to present themselves at the CID office in Colombo.

The journalists, Mr Manickavasangar, Mr Lambert, Mr Ananth and Mr Pachchek, have not been told the reason for their summoning to the CID offices, reports Tamilnet.

See also:

Journalist and two students detained by Sri Lankan police in Jaffna (23 Apr 2015)

Intimidation of Tamil journalists continues under new Sri Lankan govt says TNA MP (16 Apr 2015)

IFJ condemns intimidation of Tamil journalists by Sri Lankan police (13 Apr 2015) 

Uthayan journalists do not feel free – Editor (10 Apr 2015) 

Jaffna journalist detained after investigating assault by Sri Lankan police (08 Apr 2015)

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
Mosque to be demolished after protests

The Kuragala mosque will be demolished and rebuilt at another location, after long-running protests by Sinhala-Buddhist groups.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Arts and Culture Nandimitra Ekanayake said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed a committee to investigate the location, which then established that the mosque sat on a Buddhist archaeological site.

“The committee has assembled on April 21 and discussed with the Muslims of the mosque to relocate the mosque in another place since the report produced by the committee has proved that the mosque had been built in an ancient Buddhist Archaeological site,” the minister said.

The government will provide Rs1mn (£5,000) to rebuild the mosque in another location.

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
Sri Lankan navy accused of trafficking Tamil asylum seekers
The trafficking of Tamil asylum seekers attempting to flee Sri Lanka occurs with the help of the Sri Lankan navy, said a recently returned Tamil asylum seeker.

Vaithilingam Linagaraja, who was smuggled off the island in 2013, told the Sunday Times that people smugglers worked with the Sri Lankan navy to allow asylum seekers to flee Sri Lanka.

Whilst fleeing off the coast of Hambantota, Mr Lingaraja said he and other asylum seekers argued with the traffickers about the danger of getting caught by the navy.

“We had a heated argument with the crew about the danger of sailing while Navy patrols were standing by a couple of kilometers away,” said Mr Linagaraja. “They told us that this ‘business’ is happening with their help. One said, ‘They are helping us with a Navy torch that shows our route clearly’.”


Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
Sri Lankan minister calls for laws to restrict protests
Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Justice called for stronger laws to be put in place to restrict protests on the island.

Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said laws must be introduced to ensure protests are confined to certain areas so that “demonstrations do not disturb the public and their day to day activities.”

Mr Senasinghe claimed the enforcement of such laws would “protect the rights of both workers and public”.

See more from the Sunday Leader here.
Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
BBS leader to be charged with “defamation”

The general secretary of the Bodu bala Sena, Galagodatte Gnanasara will be charged with trespassing and making defamatory remarks, the Daily Mirror reports.

Colombo Fort magistrates ordered the police to file the charges against Gnanasara and several other monks, who will be required to attend court on June 16.

One of the cases was filed for making defamatory remarks about the Quran during a protest outside Slave Island police station, while the other case was related to trespassing and obstructing a media briefing of the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS).

Mosque to be demolished after protests (27 Apr 2015)

Tamil Guardian 27 April 2015
Chinese banks “demotivated” by Sri Lankan criticism of loans

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (CCCSL) said that Chinese banks were feeling demotivated to extend loans to Sri Lanka, amidst criticism of Chinese funded loans by Sri Lankan officials.

CCCSL spokesperson Chen Chuan stressed to Xinhua “that it is the Sri Lankan government that submitted applications for loans from Chinese banks and no one forced the Sri Lankan side to apply for loans”.

“Some high ranking official's wrong allegations on interest rates of Chinese loans have damaged the images of Chinese banks in Sri Lanka and demotivated their enthusiasm of offering preferential loans to the country,” added the spokesperson. "We hope that Sri Lankan official concerned will make remarks based on the facts, take the people's well-being as first priority and make joint efforts with the Chinese side to maintain the good environment of China-Sri Lanka pragmatic cooperation."


Tamil Guardian 26 April 2015
Government ministries refuse to release list of detainees

The justice and defence ministries have failed to comply with requests by the controversial Presidential Commission on Disappearances to release a list of detainees in the custody of the government, the DailyFT reported.

In a press statement regarding an interim report it submitted to President Sirisena earlier this month, the commission said it made written requests to the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice to release to the commission "names of persons who were in custody of prisons, detention camps, refugee camps, and rehabilitation centres".

“While noting with regret that such requests had not been complied with, the Commission decided to notice the respective officers to appear before the Commission in terms of the powers vested in the Commission by the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry Act,” the report said.

Tamil Guardian 26 April 2015
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