» 07/28/2008, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Prayer vigil in Colombo to remember the victims of ‘black July’
The civil war that pits government forces against Tamil Tigers has killed 70,000 people in 25 years. The country’s Christians organise a prayer vigil to honour the memory of those who died and to call for peace and prosperity for Sri Lanka as a whole.
06/10/2008 Sri Lanka
UN aid resumes in war-torn northern Sri Lanka
A bomb kills 26 people, including an important opposition leader. UN resumes aid shipment for 1.1 million displaced people, but is concerned about humanitarian workers’ safety.
11/06/2007 SRI LANKA
Colombo regrets evicting Tamils
Government expresses regrets over the forced eviction of almost 400 Tamils from the capital, ostensibly for security reasons, saying police made a mistake. After many protests Supreme Court blocks eviction order and removal to northern native villages.
05/01/2010 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan Christians want to be part of the election process
For Fr Rohan Silva, from the Centre for Society and Religion, Churches should do more. Human rights activists agree. The bishop of Jaffna talks about the Tamil situation.
24/01/2007 SRI LANKA
Protest against press censorship
Eight journalists are killed in 2006; many more, Tamil and Sinhalese alike, are threatened or attacked. Many choose exile.
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”.
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