» 05/27/2014, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
In the north, Tamils defy government to remember Fr Sara, who died during the Civil War
Despite an official ban, people in Uruthirapuram (Kilinochchi District) celebrated a Mass in remembrance of Fr Mariampillai Sarathjeevan. He was one of eight priests who stayed with northern communities at the end of the ethnic conflict. He died on 18 May 2009, the last day of the war, exhausted by weeks without food or water.
10/07/2009 SRI LANKA
Meeting for Freedom and democracy in Sri Lanka six months after journalist assassinated
Some 300 people gather in Colombo’s New Town Hall to remember Lasantha Wickramathunga and protest against the lack of freedom of expression in the country. Since 2007 10 journalists have been assassinated, 27 assaulted, 11 imprisoned and six abducted.
10/11/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan Catholics remember Civil War dead and missing
At a monument for Civil War dead and missing, Catholic woman remembers her son who was abducted in 1989 by men dressed as soldiers as he was decorating a church. “We believed we were safe because the youth were in the church,” she said. Sri Lanka has the second highest number of disappearances with 5,750 cases.
20/05/2015 SRI LANKA
For the first time, Sri Lanka Tamils can remember civil war victims
This year, the government did not stop ceremonies in the country’s northern and eastern provinces on Remembrance Day, which marks the end of the war against the Tamil Tigers. In Mullivaikkal, an interfaith gathering provided a venue for "consolation and comfort", although "political solution to the Tamil problem" is still needed.
11/08/2006 SRI LANKA
NGO: Open humanitarian corridors in north-east
The Jesuit Refugee Service has joined its voice to other aid agencies that are being prevented by the Sinhalese government from reaching thousands of displaced people who have fled the conflict.
21/01/2005 HONG KONG - CHINA
Candlelight vigil and mass for Zhao Ziyang
At least 20,000 people are expected at a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park. In China, the death of the former leader gives Catholics greater impetus to fight for democracy and human rights.
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