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Sri Lanka: Despite police intimidation prayer weak for the release of Tamil political prisoners held successfully

Families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations and civilians of North East Sri-Lanka launched a weeklong prayer campaign from 7th to 14th January...

PTA Detainees : ‘Tamil politicians must pressurise government for solution’

Image: Political prisoner Thevathasan Kanagasabai . Early this week, Tamil political prisoner Thevathasan Kanagasabai (62) alias Nadan incarcerated in the high-security Welikada Prison agreed to...

Sri Lanka:Political prisoners and counter terror laws – Ruki Fernando

 On 14th September, eight Tamil detainees in the Anuradhapura prison, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) since around 2009 commenced a fast....

War time cases should be prosecuted without ethnic bias

Public protests have been continuing in the North against a decision by the Attorney General’s department to transfer three Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) cases...

Meeting with Pablo DE GREIFF: TNA highlights issues of lands, missing persons and the political prisoners

Image: Sampanthan meets  Pablo DE GREIFF  in Colombo. ( TNA photo) A meeting was held today between the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of...

President Sirisena meets representatives & promises to look in to demands of Jaffna black flag protest

Image: The black flag protest was held on 14th Oct calling for the release of Tamil political prisoners. ( Tamil Diplomat) (PMD 19 Oct)A group...

Tamil political prisoners in Sri Lanka: Sampanthan sets the record straight

In a way of adjournment motion which will be presented tomorrow in Parliament, TNA leader R. Sampanthan  has responded to the state minister of defense Ruwan ...

Sri Lanka’s state Minister for defence attacks TNA; Says PTA detainees will not be released

Image: Campaign for the release of political prisoners are gathering momentum. ©s .deshapriya. Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene has reiterated that the remanded LTTE suspects, who...

Release Tamil political prisoners without any further delay – Sampanthan tells Sirisena

Sending a strongly worded letter  President Sirisena the leader of the TNA and paliamentry opposition R. Sampanthan says that " issues of political prisoners cases...

An Open Appeal to UN & IC to Assist SriLanka to rapidly implement Resolution 30/1

By North East Coordinating Committee. Sri Lanka moved from a post war suppressive political period to a new political transit period under a new government which...

TNA Welcomes Govt Decision To Rehabilitate & Release 23 Political Prisoners

( Fr. Sathiveil, leading the campaign for the release of political prisoners, Aug 2016 Colombo ©s.deshapriya) The Tamil National Alliance welcomes the announcement by the...

Suspects Arrested Under PTA To Be Offered Rehabilitation

( Activists protest in Colombo, Aug 2016; ©s.deshapriya) The Government has decided to offer rehabilitation to some suspects arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act...

Sri Lanka: How PTA Violates The Rights Of Political Prisoners

( National Movement for the Release of Political Prisoners continues to campaign for the release of political prisoners ©s.deshapriya) A memorandum showing how the Prevention...

Sampanthan Tells Govt To Walk The Talk re PTA and Political Prisoners

"Government has consistently undertaken to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act in view of the several obnoxious provisions contained in the said Act. Several Tamil...

Political Prisoners To Go Ahead With Fast

( File photo: Repeal PTA; release political prisoners) Tamil political prisoners have decided to go ahead with a protest fast today despite a meeting held...

Slow Progress of Reconciliation Process Worrying – IMDAR

( Dr Nimalka Fernando  who heads IMDAR ©sunanda deshapriya) In a oral statement made after the High Commissioner Zeid's report on progress made by Sri...

Report:What is Happening with the PTA Detainees in Sri Lanka Now?

Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) Sri Lanka has unveiled its comprehensive report on the Prevention of Terrorism act (PTA) 'What is happening...

Issues of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Respond Quickly, Sampanthan Tells Govt

( Image: A Tamil woman worshiping- AP Photo -Eranga Jayawardena) “Seven years have elapsed since the end of the armed conflict in the country. Several hundred...

Clearly Outline US Support to Sri Lanka to Implement UN Recommendations – Congress Committee

"I ask you to clearly outline the steps that the US government will take to support reform , including efforts to implement recommendations from...

Tamil Prisoners End Hunger Strike in Sri Lanka

(Students at the University of Jaffna on 10th  launched a one day hunger strike to protest the imprisonment of Tamil political prisoners) Tamil political prisoners,...

Rajapaksa Released 12,000 LTTE Carders, Why Are You Afraid Sampanthan Asks Govt.

( R.Sampanthan) ( Excerpts of the speech by the leader of the opposition during the parliamentary discussion on  PLAN OF ACTION REGARDING VICTIMS OF ENFORCED...

Sampanthan Slams Sri Lankan Govt Over Continuing Detentions; Govt Says PTA will be Repealed

( Protest in Jaffna; Image Tamil Guardian) T. Ramakrishnan. The TNA leader also urged the government not to let itself dictated by "slogans" from certain "parochial"...

Families of Tamil Political Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike in Jaffna

Families of Tamil political prisoners detained by the Sri Lankan security services held a hunger strike on Monday by the Muniyappar temple in Jaffna,...

Sri Lanka Tamil prisoners Reject Parole Terms

( Activists call for the release  of Tamil Political prisoners) The release of Tamil prisoners in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) hit...

Sri Lanka Political Prisoners: Zeid Refrains Calling for General Amnesty

( In Jaffna ) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday said advocating for a common amnesty for political prisoners would...

Sri Lanka needs to Tackle Issues of Re-settlement, Political Prisoners & Missing Persons – NPC

The singing of the national anthem in Tamil that marked the end of the Independence Day celebration was a strong gesture of reconciliation by...

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...

The Issue of Political Prisoners is Clearly Not a Legal But a Political Issue – R. Sampanthan

I want to raise the question of the persons in custody - detainees. I was extremely happy to listen to the Statement of the...

Tamil Political Detainee on Day Release Robbed by Police

( Subramaniam Nidikesan; Image - Radio Gagana) A Tamil political detainee, held in a rehabilitation camp under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, was robbed by...

HRC SL Calls for Release of PTA Detainees In Custody for Long Years

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has called for the immediate release of those held in detention or remand for a long period of...
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