» 10/30/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Fisher families going hungry in Batticaloa because of illegal fishing and drought
Law enforcement is doing nothing to stop illegal fishing methods and punish offenders. Earnings drop from 2,000 to 50 rupees a day.
16/07/2010 SRI LANKA
Eleven People’s Tribunals for Sri Lanka’s landless to move the government
The government is derelict in its duty to help hundreds of thousands of people who are landless and homeless. An NGO, Praja Abhilasha, is setting up people’s tribunals to collect evidence about the abuses inflicted upon civilians. One of the organisers, Herman Kumara, says the goal is to mobilise public opinion, create a movement and rewrite the constitution so that “land is a fundamental right”.
12/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Aid for northern fishermen who fled the war between Tamil Tigers and the army
The National Fisheries Solidarity Movement donates engines, nets and other gear. The distribution was carried out by Fr Seemanpillai Jayabalan, local co-ordinator for an IDP aid organisation in Nanattan, where 102 farming and fishing families of live.
21/07/2009 SRI LANKA
IMF to provide a US$ 2.5 billion loan, but government forgets the poor
The loan is set to finance post-war reconstruction and cushion the impact of the global economic crisis. However, government policies are negatively impacting broad segments of the population through higher taxes and disincentives to production. Women and small scale economic operators like fishermen are the hardest hit.
06/08/2010 SRI LANKA
Villages destroyed, residents driven out to develop tourist sector
On 17 July, masked men wielding weapons destroyed the homes of residents in Panama and Ragamvila, two coastal villages in northeastern Sri Lanka. Police and troops who now occupy the area have prevented residents from coming back. Locals accuse the government of taking their land to promote tourist development.
24/04/2007 SRI LANKA
Thousands of fishermen demand more rights
Various organisations took part in a non violent protest rally in front of Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Ministry in early April demanding protection for fishermen rights and limits on foreign fishing.
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