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Questions and Answers: Sri Lankan Youth Engage with the Constitutional Reform Process
Questions and Answers: Sri Lankan Youth Engage with the Constitutional Reform Process

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2017, over 300 Sri Lankan youth from across the country gathered in Vavuniya, Northern Province, to ask questions – lots of questions – about constitutional reform. In a forum organised by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) in cooperation with partner organisation the AFRIEL Youth Network,…

D-R - Dec 19 17:07 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Vavuniya, History, SriLanka ]

Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows
Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

Almost six years after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict came to an end, an underreported legacy of the fighting is finally being acknowledged: the extraordinarily high number of war widows struggling to make ends meet. Sri Lanka’s new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, estimated last month that Northern Province, which bore the brunt of the…

IRIN - May 13 14:37 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Northern Expressway suspended

    Northern Expressway suspended

    The government has decided to suspend the execution of the northern expressway project initiated by the previous regime, till its cost effectiveness is fully checked, a minister said yesterday. Before the presidential election, then President Mahinda Rajapaksa ceremonially launched the project which was to be carried out under a loan agreement with China. The…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 19 10:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, SriLanka ]

  • Land seizure in Vavuniya, says BBS

    The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that politicians were attempting to alter the diversity of population in Sri Lanka by backing the resettlement of one ethnic group in a specific area ignoring others. “Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was also involved in forest annihilation in Willpattu National Park. It seems he is not giving up. We can prove…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 27 16:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, History, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka braces for more flooding

    Sri Lanka braces for more flooding

    At least 42 people have been killed and nine are reported missing as heavy rains continue to hit various parts of Sri Lanka after more than a week. The Disaster Management Centre says flooding in central, north central and eastern Sri Lanka has displaced thousands, and more than 17,000 people have been housed in 100 relief camps. The Meteorological department…

    Reuters - Dec 24 00:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, History, SriLanka ]

  • Infant buried alive and rescued

    A five day old infant who was buried alive by his own mother was rescued in Vavuniya, the police said. The mother of the infant had lost her husband during the war and she has a seven year old daughter from that marriage according to reports . The vigilant parents of the mother and neighbors who had seen something suspicious were able to rescue the infant the…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 20 14:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Archaeological evidence to prove ‘Tamil Buddhists’

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said in Parliament today that there is archaeological evidence to prove that ‘Tamil Buddhists’ lived in certain areas of the northern province. TNA MP S.Sritharan said that Buddhist archaeological sites had been discovered in the North after archaeological excavations. “Some elements try to prove that these were the…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 12 13:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, History, TNA ]

  • Thirteen dead in fresh Sri Lanka floods

    Thirteen dead in fresh Sri Lanka floods

    Renewed rains in Sri Lanka have flooded a large number of towns and villages and killed at least 13 people, officials said Saturday. Heavy monsoon downpours have driven some 800,000 people out of their flooded homes and into state-run welfare centres or to stay with friends and relatives on higher ground, officials said. "The situation in the Eastern, North and…

    AFP - Feb 05 12:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, Vavuniya, History ]

  • Former Tamil Tiger rebels taste freedom after 16 months

    Former Tamil Tiger rebels taste freedom after 16 months

    In a rare interview, a former member of Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels has been speaking to the BBC about his feelings on being released from 16 months of government detention and rehabilitation programmes. Human rights campaigners condemn the mass detention as an illegal form of collective punishment, and are outraged that the International Committee…

    BBC - Oct 05 11:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Vavuniya, SriLanka ]

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Tamils

    Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and it holds special significance for Tamils because of the genocidal onslaught on our community by the mono-ethnic Sinhala armed forces of Sri Lanka over the past few years. "As there are fewer survivors to tell their stories today, it is of primary importance that these universal lessons be shared with all fellow…

    PR Web - Jan 29 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya ]

  • Containers filled with much needed IDP aid finally headed to Vauniya

    Containers filled with much needed IDP aid finally headed to Vauniya

    After going through much red tape and delays the 884 tons of aid sent through the Captain Ali vessel almost five months ago, finally set off to Vauniya today evening. This was after the goods were cleared off from the port by the relevant authorities and the convey of 27 containers filled with the good were flagged off by the Disaster Relief Service Minister M.…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 23 16:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, ICRC, IDPs ]

  • Mixed results in Sri Lanka polls

    In the first elections in northern Sri Lanka since the end of the country's civil war, the governing coalition has had mixed results. It suffered a surprise defeat in Vavuniya, but initial results suggest it won in the region's biggest city Jaffna. BBC correspondent Charles Haviland was forbidden to travel north for the elections but sent this report from…

    BBC - Aug 09 03:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, Elections ]

    Related:
      - Post-war election sees mixed results and low turnout - AFP
      - UPFA takes Jaffna in 20% voter turnout, ITAK wins Vavuniyaa - TamilNet
      - Elections jeopardize democracy - TamilNet
  • Will Sri Lankan voters choose stability?

    Elections to the Jaffna and Vavuniya town councils in Sri Lanka will be held on Saturday. Although local, and limited to a small population, the elections are important from a larger political perspective, as they will enable the government to respond to international pressures to follow up its military victory with a political solution to the ethnic situation. The…

    UPI - Aug 05 11:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, Elections ]

  • Justifying a Costly War in Sri Lanka

    Justifying a Costly War in Sri Lanka

    More than 2,000 years ago, a Sinhalese king named Dutugemunu saddled up his elephant and headed north to fight and kill Elara, an invading Tamil king from India. The battle between the men is one of the most celebrated moments in Sri Lankan history, and the last time, until two months ago, that a Sri Lankan ruler won such a decisive victory over a mortal threat.…

    New York Times - Jul 19 04:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka keeps refugees in camp that aid built - AP
  • Editorial: Tamil Camps

    More than two months after declaring victory over Tamil Tiger guerillas, Sri Lanka’s government is continuing to hold hundreds of thousands of displaced Tamil civilians in what it calls “welfare villages,” but what increasingly look like military internment camps. The civilians, many of whom were held hostage by the guerrillas in the bloody last stage…

    New York Times - Jul 15 13:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • Facilities inadequate in Lankan IDP camps: Doctors

    Doctors treating displaced Tamils in the government-run welfare camps in Sri Lanka's north have written a letter to Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa complaining about the inadequate facilities and shortage of medical staff. "It is difficult to stay in these shelters. The doctors examine patients from 7 o'clock in the morning to 7 o'clock in the night (in the…

    PTI - Jul 13 12:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lankan political parties set up offices in north

    Signifying the return to normalcy in Sri Lanka's second largest northern town of Vavuniya, five political parties have set up offices there, party officials said in Colombo Tuesday. The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance, the main opposition United National Party, as well as three Tamil parties, including Eelam People's Democratic Party, Tamil Eleam…

    Xinhua - Jul 07 10:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Vavuniya, SriLanka ]

  • IDPs 'suffering from eye diseases'

    IDPs \'suffering from eye diseases\'

    The health ministry in Sri Lanka says that over 4000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Vavuniya camps are suffering from eye diseases. Deputy Director of Public Health Dr. Palitha Maheepala told BBC Sandeshaya that there seems to be an increase in eye diseases among the Internally displaced in camps. "We have found that IDPs are suffering from bad eye sight,…

    BBC Sinhala - Jun 22 23:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lankan Tamil detainees still held in terrible conditions

    Despite legal challenges by detainees and expressions of concern by UN and international aid agencies, the Sri Lankan government is continuing to hold nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians indefinitely in huge internment camps. Not only are the detainees denied their basic legal and democratic rights, but now face growing dangers of disease. Only a handful of elderly…

    WSWS - Jun 20 11:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • Fire in Lanka military camp triggers blasts

    A fire broke out at a military ammunitions dump in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, triggering a string of explosions, police said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The explosions reverberated around the town of Vavuniya, 260km (160 miles) north of Colombo, a local police official said by telephone. He said they suspected an accidental fire at the…

    AFP - Jun 09 21:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Jaffna, Vavuniya ]

    Related:
      - Largest ammunition dump explodes in SLA Vavuniyaa camp - TamilNet
  • Sarath Nanda Silva condemns 'internment' of Sri Lankan Tamils

    Sarath Nanda Silva condemns \'internment\' of Sri Lankan Tamils

    Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice has lambasted the Government publicly for holding more than 280,000 Tamil civilians against their will in military-run camps, questioning the legality of their detention. Sarath Nanda Silva, who retires at the end of the month, chose the opening of a new court complex for his attack on the policy of interning Tamil civilians. “They…

    The Times - Jun 05 23:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • USAID and Northern Farms Providing Employment and Creating Markets in Vavuniya

    USAID and Northern Farms Providing Employment and Creating Markets in Vavuniya

    Manpreet Anand, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), opened a new agricultural processing factory in Marukarampalai, Vavuniya yesterday, October 11. This project was established through a public-private partnership between USAID, the development agency of the United States government, and Northern Farms, a…

    US Embassy, Colombo - Oct 12 10:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, USA, History ]

  • For Rural Sri Lanka, Ancient Technology Eases Water Woes

    For Rural Sri Lanka, Ancient Technology Eases Water Woes

    It is not for nothing that people from rural, drought-prone villages in Sri Lanka’s northern Vavuniya district, a former war zone, say that water is more precious than gold. Less than 5 percent of the district’s residents have running water in their homes. For the rest, fetching water from the closest wells or reservoirs is a back-breaking daily endeavor. Vavuniya…

    USAID - Mar 13 12:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, USA, SriLanka ]

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      - Bringing Hope to Women in Sri Lanka’s Former Conflict - USAID
  • Drought hits northern rice farmers

    Drought hits northern rice farmers

    fficials in northern Sri Lanka’s Vavuniya District say 60 percent of the rice harvest could be lost if the dry weather continues. “In Mannar District [in the north] we have records indicating that between 5,000 to 6,000 paddy hectares of the cultivated 10,000 are lost,” Ravi Vinanithambi, an environment officer for the North East Reawakening Programme (NERP -…

    IRIN - Oct 18 10:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya ]

  • Yayasan Sakti to send humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka

    Yayasan Sakti, with the cooperation of the Prime Minister's Department, will be sending humanitarian assistance to victims of Sri Lanka's 30-year civil war which ended two years ago. Its director and Makkal Sakthi Malaysia president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran said 30 people comprising engineers, doctors and volunteers were undergoing training on the standard operating…

    Bernama - Dec 13 16:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Malaysia ]

  • Calzedonia invests $20 million in new Sri Lankan factory

    Italian hosiery, swimwear and underwear manufacturing retailer Calzedonia is investing US$20m in a brand new garment factory in Sri Lanka's northern province of Vavuniya. The new factory will produce garments for the Intimissimi, Tezenis and Calzedonia brands for export to Europe abd is said to be due to begin operations in October 2012. It will employ up to 1500…

    Knitting Industry - Aug 09 18:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, WarCrimes ]

  • 31st night of horror for group of Vavuniya bus depot employees

    31st night of horror for group of Vavuniya bus depot employees

    The night of December 31st – traditionally a time of good cheer and celebrations – turned into a hideous nightmare for a group of 29 persons travelling from Kataragama to Vavuniya when they were threatened, abused and assaulted by a couple of drunks and their friends. The party – all employees attached to the Vavuniya bus depot – had gone to Kataragama to…

    Sunday Times - Jan 01 22:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya ]

  • Hartal in Vavuniya

    Hartal in Vavuniya

    Traders staged a hartal in Vavuniya this morning against the alleged inaction of the police to conduct an inquiry into the abduction and later release of a businessman in the area for a Rs.600,000 ransom. The Vavuniya traders closed shop during the hartal demanding the police to probe the abduction and arrest those responsible.

    Daily Mirror - Jul 27 09:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Vavuniya ]

  • Sri Lanka's Tamils trudge to polls in first post-war election

    "We walked to vote because we felt it was important after the war," he said. "I was keen to have a say in who should be our next president... We've not had free food and rations for two months and depend on odd jobs to survive." He, like many other Tamils in the highly militarised Tamil-dominated town of Vavuniya, 160 miles north of the capital Colombo, said he would…

    Telegraph - Jan 26 11:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, Elections, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka: Health situation in Vavuniya district.

    As of today, 246’000 people who fled from the Vanni remain inside camps in the Vavuniya district and there are concerns about the future situation in the coming monsoon despite the ongoing effort mobilized. Regarding health care provision, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health have mobilized significant resources from all over the country to provide health care in…

    MSF - Sep 25 01:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, World ]

  • Campaigns end ahead of Sri Lanka's first post-war polls

    Campaigning for Sri Lanka's first post-war polls ended Thursday, and the government resettled more than 3,000 who people who fled the final offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Sri Lanka Saturday will hold a vote in Uva province, and two polls in the towns of Jaffna and Vavuniya to elect local councilors. The latter are the first in 11 years in the towns on the…

    Reuters - Aug 06 21:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, Elections ]

  • Reporters barred from Jaffna, Vavuniyaa during elections

    Sri Lanka will not allow reporters into Vavuniyaa and Jaffna to cover the local government elections to be held there on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. “The government did not give a reason for banning reporters, but it cites security reasons for denying entry to any outsider,” AP reported. The towns are accessible with Defence ministry permission and…

    TamilNet - Aug 04 11:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, Elections ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka bars media from covering local elections - AP
      - Government undecided on media coverage for polls - Daily Mirror
  • ADRA Commences Water Operations in Sri Lanka

    In northern Sri Lanka, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) recently initiated emergency water trucking operations to provide water for personal hygiene use for up to 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps in the town of Vavuniya. ADRA is the only humanitarian agency in Sri Lanka that owns and operates a drilling rig for borehole…

    Reuters - Jul 15 16:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vavuniya, NGOs, IDPs ]

  • After influx of wounded, Sri Lanka's hospitals are overflowing with patients

    Seven weeks after fighting ended between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tiger rebels, fewer patients are arriving at the hospitals, but their numbers still exceed bed capacity. .Working in conjunction with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, Médecins Sans Frontières medical teams in Vavuniya district have performed more than 5,000 surgeries over five months, most…

    MSF - Jul 15 12:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • Tamils Now Languish in Sri Lanka Camps

    Tamils Now Languish in Sri Lanka Camps

    When the piercing whistle and sharp thuds of artillery shells grew faint, S. Theventhran dashed to safety. After days of cowering in a narrow, open trench on a strip of beach in the northeastern corner of Sri Lanka, he was cheered by the sight of Sri Lankan Army soldiers helping wounded and terrified survivors of the last stand of the Tamil Tiger rebels, who had held…

    New York Times - Jul 13 03:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka sets date for first post-war polls

    Sri Lanka on Aug. 8 will hold elections for the first time since declaring victory over the Tamil Tigers last month, the government said on Thursday. The local government polls will take place in Jaffna and Vavuniya, two cities that were at the periphery of the territory controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for most of the 25-year separatist…

    Reuters - Jun 25 10:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, Elections ]

  • UN says two staff members arrested in Sri Lanka

    UN says two staff members arrested in Sri Lanka

    The United Nations said on Sunday that two of its employees working among tens of thousands of war-displaced civilians had been arrested by Sri Lankan authorities. The two men, both ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils, were reported missing eight days ago and were subsequently discovered to have been taken into custody by Sri Lankan officials, the UN office in Colombo said…

    AFP - Jun 20 11:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, UN ]

  • Govt. seeks election deal with EPDP, DTNA

    The government said yesterday it hoped to accommodate the EPDP led by Douglas Devananda and the Democratic Tamil National Alliance (DTNA) led by V. Anandasangaree at the elections to the Jaffna Municipal Council and the Vavuniya Municipal Council under the betel symbol. “No purpose is severed by digging up the past. If we do so, too many skeletons will surface,”…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 15 11:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vavuniya, TNA ]

  • Inside the Manik Farm detention centre

    Manik Farm is about 30 kilometres from the northern town of Vavuniya. It is the biggest camp established by the army, housing more than 160,000 Tamil refugees. They fled from the last strip of territory held by the LTTE after facing constant shelling by the military. One reaches Manik Farm only after the harrowing process of passing through several army…

    WSWS - Jun 09 01:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vavuniya, IDPs ]

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