Govt. & Opposition Agree on 10-member Constitutional Council


( President Sirisena has appointed Champika Ranawaka as his representative to the CC) In spite of heavy ‘confrontations’ both in and outside parliament over allegedly fraudulent Treasury bond issues, the UNP-led government and the Opposition have reached agreement on the

Sri Lanka: Court Bans Protests in Jaffna


( Protest in Jaffna against the gang rape and murder of Vidya) The Jaffna Magistrate has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said. The stay order was issued as

Sri Lanka Probe Finds Evidence of Sex Bribes in Women’s Cricket Team


(The Sri lanka National Women’s Cricket Team at the felicitation ceremony held at Taj Samudra Hotel on Wednesday 2013. Pictures by Sulochana Gamage) Reuters- Sri Lanka Cricket ordered an investigation in November after reports emerged alleging officials had asked female

Jaffna Gang Rape: CM Calls on Protesters to be Peaceful; Senior Police officers Transferred


( Police officer tell Tamil mother ‘ it is up to you to discipline your men’ ) Demonstrations and protests should be peaceful and democratic. Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said some mischief- makers are trying bring the people into conflict

Tamils Brave Harassment, Threats to Mourn Their Dead


By Father Elil Rajendram. Organising a religious service to commemorate 18 May 2009 was like experiencing a horror story, full of fear and suspense, with an uncertain end. Until the last moment I was not sure if anybody would dare

Sri Lanka: Cabinet Approves 30% Quota for Women Candidates at Provincial Elections


Amendment of the Provincial Councils Elections Act no 02 of 1988. The present government has proposed to increase the women’s contribution in political decision making in the “MaithriPalanayak” policy statement. The proposal made by Hon. JanakaBandaraTennakoon, the Minister of Provincial

Sri Lanka: Vasu Calls Ranil a “Pakaya” in Parliament


Parliamentarian and former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a “pakaya” in Parliament today. This was after the Prime Minister attempted to prevent Nanayakkara from raising a point of order during Parliament proceedings today. “Do you think you

Prof. V.T. Tamilmaran Rescued From Angry Mob in Jaffna


Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty V.T. Tamilmaran was surrounded by residents in Punkudutivu accusing him of helping one of the ten suspects involved in the brutal murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya. He was rescued from angry residents by Army and

Police State and Human Rights: Rajapaksa’s Newest Discovery – Sunanda Deshapriya


I swear this is true! Rajapksas have now started to talk about a police state, Hitlerait dictatorship and press freedom and to file fundamental rights petitions at the Supreme Court. Your stomach may churn, but this is true. Forgetting one’s

Tamils in North & East Sri Lanka Remember Those Killed Despite Intimidation and Surveillance

Several remembrances events were held across the North and East in Sri Lanka on 18th May 2015 (the day the war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009) by Tamils to remember those killed during the war[1]. They were organized by

A tale of Two Presidents: Six Years After The War

By Harim Peris. May 19 marked six years since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which at that time had been the world’s second longest running civil conflict, after Lebanon. The end of the war was commemorated in two

Not Even a Hint of Racial Violence;TNA Rejects JHU Claim


Rejecting assertions by the Jathika Hela Urumaya, the Tamil National Alliance said today that the protest in Jaffna was only an ‘expression of anger against the brutal murder’ of an 18 year old student. “There was not even a hint

Sri Lanka: Domestic Mechanism in June; New Parliament by September – President


The domestic mechanism to investigate allegations over the war will be in place by June, President Maithripala Sirisena said. He also said that  a new Parliament will be in place by September this year. Speaking to media heads today, the

Govt. Official Attacked For Allowing National Anthem in Tamil!


A Government official has been attacked for allowing to sing the National Anthem in Tamil at the Eastern University at Vantharumoolai in Batticaloa on Saturday(16). Informed sources said that the official is attached to the Eravur Divisional Secretariat and he

Reconciliation Includes Investigating the Truth, Carrying Out Justice and … – President


President Maithripala Sirisena said though the damaged buildings, destroyed roads and other physical resources were being re-built there was no reconciliation process during the post-war period to rebuild the broken hearts and minds. “Therefore, as the new government we clearly

A new Sri Lanka? – Alan Keenan

Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule of this country of 21 million people by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is closely associated with a

FMM and SLWJA Call for Better Working Conditions for Sri Lanka’s Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Sri Lankan Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) have called for more dialogue and discussion on improving working conditions for journalists in Sri Lanka if the

Sri Lanka: Wigneswaran Takes Part In Remembrance Event In Mullivaikkal


(Wigneswaran in Mullivaikkal;Photo: Tamil Guardian/Twitter) Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran took part an event at Mullivaikkal this morning, to remember those who died during the Eelam War. Others who took part in the event at Mullivaikkal NPC Member

Rajapaksa’s “War Heroes’ Day” to counter Sirisena’s “Remembrance Day”


Former Sri  Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who hopes to romp back to power in the coming parliamentary elections on a Sinhalese-nationalist wave, will be celebrating May 18,  the day on which LTTE Supremo Prabhakaran was killed, as “War Heroes’ Day.”

Sri Lanka: New Army Chief a Blow to Justice’ 6 Years After War, No Accountability for Serious Abuses


( Suspected LTTE carers, who disappeared after detained in the battle field) “Sri Lanka’s new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming the general of an abusive unit the army chief of staff is a slap in

Day of Remembrance: A Step Towards National Reconciliation – NPC


Press Release/ NPC Protect the Space for Reconciliation during May 18 Commemorations The government has declared that May 18, the day the war ended six years ago in 2009, will be commemorated as a Day of Remembrance. This signifies a

Valalai (Jaffna): Re-militarisation of Released Villages with Façade of Resettlement

by Ruki Valalai[1] is a Tamil village of about 233 acres[2] that was occupied by the military for nearly 25 years and before it was handed back to villagers in March 2015 by President Sirisena. Yet, more than 50 days

Swiss Bank Exposé: Names of 40 Lankans Revealed; US$ 50 Million in Secret Accounts


Some 40 Sri Lankans stashed away around US$ 50 million in secret Swiss bank accounts, according to details made available exclusively to the Sunday Times by the US based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The details were obtained by

Sri Lankan Police Bans Tamil Event


Police in northeastern Sri Lanka’s Mullaithivu district has obtained a court order banning an event to be organised by a Tamil group to commemorate the end of the nation’s brutal civil war six years ago. Sri Lankan Tamil politician Gajen

Sri Lanka: Commemorations, President Sirisena and Reconciliation

By Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel. The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The end of the war between the

Why Are Sri Lankans Unhappy ?


Professor Siri Hettige University of Colombo . The first World Happiness Report was published in 2012. The most recent one was published a few weeks ago. In both reports, Sri Lanka was ranked very low, lower than most countries in

Sri Lanka: SC Suspends Release of Sampur Land Belongs to Tamils


President’s Gazette notification rendered inoperative till May 21. The Supreme Court yesterday suspended the gazette notification issued by the President releasing state land to the people in Sampur. Through a gazette notification, the President released the land held by the

Sri Lanka: The Long Road Home for the Exiled – Ruki Fernando


On April 30, 2015, three Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders (HRDs) Shantha, Jayampathi and Kumuduni returned home after several years in exile in Nepal and short periods in India and the Maldives[1]. All three had been recognized as

Much Needs to Be Done to Ensure That The Overall Environment For the Media in Sri Lanka

Joint Statement/ International Media Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka. 14 May 2015. The International Media Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka visited Sri Lanka from 8 to 14 May 2015 to assess the media freedom situation in the country,including Jaffna. The

‘Matale Commission Conclusions, an Insult to Professional Experts’


Conclusions of the presidential commission that inquired into the Matale mass grave are an insult to the professional experts who had carried out the investigation at the grave site, the experts allege. The two judicial and archaeological experts who supervised