“No Fire Zone,” Wins One of Five BRITDOC Impact Awards


[ From the No Fire Zone} “No Fire Zone,” a Pulitzer Center-supported film wins one of five BRITDOC Impact Awards. “No Fire Zone” reveals the shocking proof of secret war crimes committed during the final bloody months of the Sri

Free Media Expresses Concern; Journalists Question About Blocking of Sirasa’s Satana


Numerous complaints were received from our viewers on Saturday evening, regarding disruptions of Sirasa TV, Shakthi TV and MTV Sports, which come under MTV Channel Private Limited, on PEO TV and Dialog TV. The disruptions were experienced while preparations were

Five Years After The War Land Problems Not Resolved In The East


By Waruni Karunarathne- The country has walked five years down the lane after the end of the war. Muslims in the Eastern Province still complain that resettlement and land issues prevail in the area even though the government claims to

Good Governance Can Oust Nationalism As Central Issue


[Athuraliye Rathana thero in the forefront of JHU Good Governance initiative] By Dr Jehan Perera- The decision of the JHU to oppose President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid to be re-elected for a third term has the potential to be the defining

Lasantha, Sivaram, Nimalarajan: End Impunity for Journalists Killers -FMM


On 23rd November 2014 Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka joined the international  campaign to end impunity for journalists killed all over the world. FMM used social media to launch its campaign. FMM tweets are here. Killed! Mylvaganam Nimalarajan  Jaffna

Amid Polls Fever, Over Hundred Police Officers Transferred


Questions raised as to who gave the orders; opposition sees political motives More than one hundred police officers, including officers in charge of stations, were suddenly moved out ahead of nominations for the January 8 presidential election – while questions

Mathripala Sirisena: A Historical Moment that Galvanised the Opposition


[Special kudos must go to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe] by Rajan Philips- The defection of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Health and the SLFP General Secretary, from the Rajapaksa government is historic and momentous

Chile Colonels Jailed For Torturing President Bachelet’s Father


[Michele Bachelet at the UN Security Council; Pesident Bachelet was arrested and forced into exile after the death of her father] Two retired Chilean colonels have been jailed for repeatedly torturing the father of President Michelle Bachelet in 1973. General

After Unleashing Violence Authorities Censor Opposition TV Programme


After violence directed towards supporters of the Common opposition candidate Maithripala Senanayaka yesterday, authorities blocked TV interview with him on Cable and Pro TV channels this evening.   Lanka Herald site reported that Several channels of a private electronic media

Maithripala Sirisena, an Excellent Choice to Defeat Rajapaksa


by Nilantha Ilangamuwa- “O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe.”( Let America Be America Again –

International Advisory Panel of Expert Says Foul to Rajapaksa


[ The fishermen — P Emerson, 40, P Agustus, 32, R Wilson, 42, K Prasad, 30, and J Langlet, 22 — were arrested on November 28, 2011 on charges of smuggling heroin from India.] A member of the international advisory

Election Violence Against Opposition Unleashed; A Victim’s Condition Critical


[Chamila Ranasinghe lies  in a critical condition] Pro government gangs have unleashed violence against opposition supporters in several areas of Sri Lanka in the wake of opposition common candidate was announced in Colombo yesterday (21 Nov). Colombo Mirror reports that

Sri Lankan Minister Quits, to Challenge Rajapaksa for Presidency


Sri Lankan Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena (C) waves as he arrives at a news conference in Colombo November 21, 2014. REUTERS-Stringer (Reuters) – Sri Lankan Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena resigned on Friday and said he would run as an opposition

Maithripala Common Opposition Candidate, Wows to Abolish Executive Presidency Within 100 Days


[Maithripala and CBK at the press conference today] In an interesting turn of events in Sri Lanka’s politics, former Minister and General Secretary of President Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition, Maithripala Sirisena has been named on Friday as the common opposition candidate

Maithripala Rejects Premiership Offer, Likely to Quit Rajapaksa Government


[Minister Maithripala Sirisena] Amid fears of crossovers, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the major party of the ruling coalition, Minister Maithripala Sirisena last week has declined to accept the premiership offer made by President Mahinda

Harassment of JHU Members Commence With Ven. Rathana Thero


The harassment of senior Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) members by the governing party has commenced with the party’s chairman, MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero. The governing party has commenced harassing the JHU members after the party quit the government and

Amnesty Helps Launch Free Anti-spyware Tool for Activists


by Liat Clark- A security researcher has created a free, downloadable tool that journalists and activists can use to scan their computers and mobile devices for surveillance malware. Detekt was created by Claudio Guarnieri, an analyst who works at nonprofits

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port to Have a Chinese Navel Base: Report


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy is to build 18 naval bases in various regions in the next 10 years including in Sri Lanka, a media report said. The Namibian newspaper quoting Chinese media reports said Hambantota Port is among

Military Shows Its Force In The North; Another Workshop Cancelled


[Sri Lankan army troopers patrol in Jaffna. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP)] TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran states that the army continues to threaten journalists in the Northern Province. He also accuses the army of taking various measures to suppress local journalists.

UN North Korea War Crime Vote: Yes – 111; No -11, Including SriLanka


[North Korea leader Kim Jong-un in the middle] A UN committee has called for the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The human rights committee passed a motion seeking a

How to Transform the Presidential Elections To a ‘Referendum’ on Rajapaksa


by Vishwamithra 1984- “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~Margaret Mead Allow me to say it at the very outset: No campaign run by a group of elite-strategists,

Sri Lanka Commission to Entertain Public Complaints Over War Crimes


[Detained TLLE suspects: all killed?] Sri Lanka’s Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances would entertain public complaints over war crimes and human rights abuses in the country, according to a top official. “The Commission has decided to entertain public complaints

UN to Vote North Korean War Crimes to be Referred to the ICC


[Facing prosecution? North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un (KCNA/Reuters) Photo: KCNA/Reuters] The United Nations will hold a vote on Tuesday over whether Kim Jong-un should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity over North Korea’s appalling human rights record. The UN General

Historical Period for the Creation of a Separate Tamil Nation is Over – Col. R. Hariharan

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[LTTE female fighters, File photo] India and the issue of independent Tamil Eelam: Q & A with Col. R. Hariharan- Q: It is well known that the official position of the government of India never advocated for the separation of

Thousands March in Colombo to Protest Illegal Rajapaksa 3rd Term


The protest march organized by People’s Movement for Democracy (PMD) under the theme “No third term for Mahinda! No illegal presidential eelction” in Colombo today (18th) has been concluded and the rally is being held now at Prise Park at

R.K.W. Goonesekera Report: The Genesis of Media Reform Initiatives in Sri Lanka


[This article is being reproduced  in the memory of the prominent SriLankan  Civil  Rights advocate  and an eminent lawyer R,K.W. Goonesekera, who passed away on 10th Nov 2014] The R.K.W. Goonesekera Committee Report The Report of the Committee to Advise

Sri Lanka President Knew of Payments to Rebels: Solheim


[Erik Solheim} |AFP Norwegian diplomat and peacebroker Erik Solheim addresses Buddhist monks at the Sri Sumanarama Vihara temple in Ambalangoda, some 85kms south of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, on January 26, 2006 Norwegian diplomat and peacebroker Erik Solheim addresses Buddhist

Death of a Legal Legend – R K W Goonasekere


Lawyers Collective – RKW Goonesekere, a great teacher, exemplary lawyer,  teacher of teachers,  courageous defender of civil liberties,  and above all a  great individual who influenced generations  passed away last night peacefully. Remains will be at his residence 304/5, Park

In 12 Months 2 Only Out of 50 CHOGM Projects Attract Investors; That is Chinese!


[Rajapaksa cutout at the CHOGM, Sri Lanka] Though one year has passed since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka, the country’s investment promotion agency has failed to attract investors to 48 out of 50 project proposals

Common Candidate and the Possibility of Constitutional Reform


By INSD - We have had 35 years of the present constitution which has seen an escalation of the ethno-political conflict, the rise and fall of one of the deadliest separatist groups in the world, the evolution of a presidential