Published On: Sun, Apr 9th, 2017

Sri Lanka – Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka – Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it, Amnesty International said today in a new report, revealing the enduring scars of a conflict that has been forgotten by the world. Amnesty International’s report,…

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SL military releases 0.6% of occupied Valikaamam lands with big propaganda

There are at least 7,900 private landowners, still uprooted from Valikaamam North in Jaffna division. The extent of private lands occupied by the military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Vali North stands at 4,589 acres, according to the statistics from the District Secretariat. On Friday, the new Jaffna commander of the occupying SL military, Maj. Gen. Darshana Hettiarachchi released 28.81 acres of lands in Oo’ra’ni, a coastal village in Valikaamam North in Thaiyiddi North (J/249) and a section of Mayiliddith-thu’rai North (J/251). The landowners witnessed that all their houses have been completely demolished, except a few houses that have been modified and extended into military-resorts. These houses, except one, were being fenced off. The house owners were told that it would take 8 months or 1 year to release the houses. The entire coastal stretch is also fenced off by the military.

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