“Sri Lanka: New report names torture camps and perpetrators” by Athula Vithanage

“A security force insider has told ITJP researchers that military intelligence officials operating from JOSEF camp ‘were actively looking for any Tamils returning home from abroad in order to interrogate them’, since President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to office in 2015. ITJP has recorded eight accounts of torture and abuse that happened after January 8, 2015, the most recent in July 2015.”

see: http://www.jdslanka.org/index.php/news-features/human-rights/543-sri-lanka-new-report-names-torture-camps-and-perpetrators

“Families of IDPs to receive resettlement allowance” by T. Ramakrishnan

As many as 2,175 internally displaced Tamil families in Jaffna and Trincomalee districts are set to receive a financial assistance of Rs. 38,000 per family for resettlement with the Cabinet of the Sri Lankan government sanctioning Rs. 16 crore Lankan.

via: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/families-of-idps-to-receive-resettlement-allowance/article7272145.ece

“On Illegal Possession Of Land By The Military And Demographic Change In North & East” by Colombo Telegraph

“I would invite the members of the international community to come to Kanniya in Trincomalee and see for themselves what is happening; see for themselves the situation. We do not want these types of things to happen. But, you are compellingus to make such an appeal to the international community. I wrote to the President; I wrote to the Hon. Basil Rajapaksa. I have raised this matter in Parliament. You do not reply. You do not respond. But, you quietly carry on with your programme of work and your programme of work is being completed. Why is all this being done?. All this is being done because you want to change the demographic composition of the North and the East and you want to change the cultural and linguistic identity of the districts in the North and the East.”

via: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-illegal-possession-of-land-by-the-military-and-demographic-change-in-north-east/

“Erasing Identities: Tracing Sri Lanka’s Post-war Journey through the Changing Realities of Trincomalee” by Elijah Hoole

“The experience of minorities in the beautiful eastern district of Trincomalee perfectly encapsulates the dark and depressing reality facing minority communities across Sri Lanka. Trincomalee’s remaking is part of a larger national-level project. The new Trincomalee is a microcosm of the post-war Sri Lanka. At the expense of minorities, the Rajapaksa government is building a Sinhalese-Buddhist nation that is intolerant, illiberal, and regressive.

Five years on, any possibility of national reconciliation seems entirely distant and improbable. In retrospect, it is evident that the war never ended. Only armed fighting did. The government has only exacerbated the root causes that led to the original conflict. The future looks bleak indeed.”

via: http://groundviews.org/2014/05/13/erasing-identities-tracing-sri-lankas-post-war-journey-through-the-changing-realities-of-trincomalee/

source: http://groundviews.org

“Security Forces Involved In High Profile Human Rights Violations – Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission’s Unpublished Report” by Colombo Telegraph

“Colombo Telegraph has obtained an unpublished report commissioned by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission in 2006 which had explicitly concluded that security forces personnel were involved in several high profile human rights violations including the killing of five students in Trincomalee in January 2006 and the abduction on 31 January 2006.”

via: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/security-forces-involved-in-high-profile-human-rights-violations-sri-lanka-human-rights-commissions-unpublished-report/

to download the report: report-by-the-HRC-appointed-Special-Rapporteur

source: www.colombotelegraph.com