» 04/21/2008, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Tamil and army blame each in the murder of another priest
Father Karunaratnam was killed yesterday right after midday. He was driving home in his well-known car after celebrating Mass. Sri Lanka’s army and Tamil Tiger rebels blame each other. Everyone remembers him as a tireless defender of human rights and as a real bridge between Tamils and Sinhalese.
23/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Dead or alive, Tamil Tiger leader’s fate sealed
Sri Lanka’s army says it knows where LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is in hiding. Sri Lankans wonder about Tiger leader’s future with most hoping he gets killed. Political analyst Sarath Fernando says rebels must surrender but Tamil must continue the struggle for their rights.
27/10/2008 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka unaware of the fate of the population in war-torn areas
Much of the country does not know the real conditions in which northerners live. The Christian Solidarity Movement is trying to raise funds and awareness despite politicians’ intimidation. Ordinary people pay closer attention to the movement’s campaigns. Its coordinator, Father Iddamalgoda, complains about the “lack of democracy”.
14/04/2008 SRI LANKA
Bishops’ Conference calls for an end to violence around the Madhu Shrine
In a press release sent to government and Tamil Tigers, the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka calls for an end to military operations around the sacred site. It wants the Marian shrine, a pilgrimage destination for the entire population, to be protected. Bishops back the decision to move the statue of Our lady of Madhu, dismissing claims it was under duress by the rebels.
21/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Army issues ultimatum to Tamil Tigers
Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry says rebels have been checkmated, announces final assault. Army issues warning, calling on rebel forces to give up their weapons. Tens of thousands of civilians are in flight.
05/11/2007 SRI LANKA
Thamilselvan buried today, people fear retaliation
Civil groups and the Catholic community condemn the killing of the rebel political leader by government forces. It will not bring peace but only generate further hatred. Tigers’ leader reiterates his group’s “renewed determination” to fight for independence.
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