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Sri Lanka: Land releases until end of 2018 with a Positive Light

By Sanjeewa Wimalagunrathne and Tharaka Hettiarachchi. It has been a decade in to their displacement and hundreds of families are still awaiting the dawn of...

1099 acres of state land in the Northern Province, used as Army farms to be released

In addition to the ongoing process of releasing private and state lands in the North and East, hitherto being used by the Army with...

Army Returns 454 Acres More In The North; Wants To Keep 1000 Out Of 4000

Going a step further on the promise given to the northern people, President Maithripala Sirisena will announce the release of the another 454 acres...

TNA Demands Probe over ‘Illegal occupation’ by Sri Lankan Army In Kilinochchi

Senior TNA leader R. Sampanthan had forcibly entered a military installation at Paravipanjan area in the northern Kilinochchi district. File Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has...

12,751 Acres of State and Private Land ( 52 km²) Continues to be Occupied in the North

"Although these are welcome statements by the GOSL, land occupation continues to be a problem for returns, durable solutions and reparations. A  total of...

Sri Lanka: Committee Appointed to Speed Release of Lands in North

( President with Jaffna IDPs) President Maithripala Sirisena this week appointed a committee headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi to...

PTA is Now an Expired Act; Decision Soon on Remaining Tamil Prisoners – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that his British counterpart David Cameron visited Sri Lanka during a “dark period” and that the government is inviting...

Army Has Dumped Garbage in Wells in the Occupied Lands

A large amount of garbage has been dumped in the wells of the Valikamam north and east areas that were recently released for resettlement...

More Land Released for Resettlement in Jaffna

( A film poster) President Maithripala Sirisena has directed the Sri Lanka Army to release 701.5 acres of land in two DS Divisions in the...

Over 7,000 Acres of Tamil Land Occupied by Sri Lanka’s Military Finds Jaffna Secretariat

Statistics produced by the Jaffna District Secretariat found that at least 7393 acres of land Tamil in Jaffna was under occupation of Sri Lanka’s...

President Sirisena Launches Another Land Return Drive

( An advertisement for a film on IDPs) President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday launched another round of returning lands held by the military in the...

After 25 Years was Navy Handed Over Land in Jaffna to the Owners

The land that had been being as a naval camp for 25 years was handed over to the respective owners The land that had been...

Sri Lanka Returns Land Confiscated by Military During Decades-Long War

By Amantha Perera. TELLIPALLAI, 19 June 2015 (IRIN) - As a young girl, Kasthuri Udayakumaran’s grandmother would tell her of a house where birds chirped...

Sri Lanka: 18,000 Acres for Resettlement in North

(IDPs in Jaffna - File photo) The Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs is holding talks for the release of 18,000 acres of...

Sri Lanka: SC Suspends Release of Sampur Land Belongs to Tamils

President's Gazette notification rendered inoperative till May 21. The Supreme Court yesterday suspended the gazette notification issued by the President releasing state land to the...

Fresh Gazette Notifications Needed for Resettlement – Retired Land Commissioner, East

It's not merely enough to allow the people to resettle in the lands that were seized from them by the previous regime, which applied...

President Sirisena Defends Return of Land to Minorities

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday night defended the new government’s policy of returning private land, once used by the security forces, to...

Sri Lanka: Release of 1000 Acres From HSZ Completed

An extent of 570 more acres of land in Valali and Kankasanthurai South in the Grama Seva Division, Valikamam sector in the Jaffna peninsula...

Lands Have Caused Public Uprisings and Revolutions – President

“Every measure will be taken to resolve issues faced by people irrespective of their race or religion under my rule,” President Maithripala Sirisena said. The...

Govt to Appoint Committee to Inquire land issue in North

A committee is to be appointed on a directive of the President in order to commence a programme to release lands in the...

Govt. To Return Private Lands In Civil War Areas

(AP) COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan minister says the country’s new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country’s war-ravaged north and...

Land Grab and Militarisation Destroying Tamil Life – Chief Minister

Addressing the youth conference “Journey for the freedom of Youth in Northern Province”on 10 December at Weerasingham hall Jaffna,  conducted by the ‘Association of...

Five Years After The War Land Problems Not Resolved In The East

By Waruni Karunarathne- The country has walked five years down the lane after the end of the war. Muslims in the Eastern Province still complain...

Monk Grabs Tamil Pre-school Land and Archaeology Dept. Grabs Sivan Kovil Land

Buddhist monk appropriates Kalladi Tamil Pre-school building, land in Moothoor¨- Buildings and the land used by Tamil villagers of Kalladi in Verukal division in...

Details of land grabbing by Military in Mullaitivu

Northern Provincial Council member Ravikaran said Tamils in Mullaitivu have lost their livelihoods without access to their land, which remains under Sri Lankan military...

Sri Lanka: EPDP backs TNA resolution opposing land acquisition

Protest against land grab in Jaffna ( Tamilnet photo)A resolution demanding an immediate end to the Sri Lankan government’s forcible acquisition of private lands...

Sri Lanka: The state is being over-represented by its security arm

Jehan PereraThe sudden deterioration in the climate in the north is unfortunate.  When I visited North last week it seemed that the sense of...

Sri Lanka govt asks more time: to alter the demographic composition and the linguistic and cultural identity of the North a and East...

TNA leader R.Sampanthan'The I.T.A.K. states that the Government is engaged in implementing a programme, the objective of which is to further alter the...

A development based strategy for durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka is essential – Beyani

"Constructing a development based strategy for durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of conflict is now essential,"...

Sri Lanka: Rajapksha takes steps to implement more LLRC recommendations ahead of UNHRC sessions in Geneva

From  The Sunday Times political column Meanwhile, among the preparations that have got under way for the UNHRC sessions are moves to implement more recommendations...
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