Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Eastern University closed down indefinitely

    While the Tamil Youth Organisation in UK was engaged in an awareness campaign for boycotting genocidal Sri Lanka in international sports, a cricket-related euphoria of the Sinhala students in the Eastern University of Sri Lanka in Batticaloa resulted in attack on Tamil students and indefinite closure of the university. Inebriated by euphoria of Sri Lanka’s […]

  • Thousands of SL troops round up resettled villages in Jaffna, Mullaiththeevu

    Thousands of occupying troops of Sri Lanka Army rounded up the village Uduththu’rai in Vadamaraadchi East and are engaged in search operation since Thursday early morning. A similar operation is simultaneously being undertaken in Mullaiththeevu also. Vanni IDPs were recently resettled in both the places. The operation is said to be following an alleged incident […]

  • Over a million children lack toilet facilities

    By Azra Ameen Around 1,299 schools or nearly one million school children and around 200,000 families in the island do not have access to toilets, Deputy General Manager of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Deepthi Sumanasekera said following a survey conducted by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. Nearly 1,860 schools have […]

  • SRI LANKA: Persecuting of NGOS under the pretext of prosecutions

    These days there is considerable discussion about investigations into some NGOs in Sri Lanka. The president himself is talking in public about this issue and already implying that there is some kind of wrong doing on the part of some NGOs. This has also been followed by several media channels. Therefore some simple reflections on […]

  • Go beyond 13th amendment, India tells TNA

    India has instructed Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to go beyond the 13th Amendment when they hold discussions with the Sri Lanka government on power devolution. Jaffna District TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senadhirajah said however, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has categorically informed that the police powers would not and could not […]

  • SRI LANKA-FORMER FEMALE SOLDIERS FIND BARRIERS TO REINTEGRATION

    KILINOCHCHI, 23 February 2011 (IRIN) – Former female combatants in northern Sri Lanka face a tough time returning to civilian life, with fewer marriage, education and job prospects due to stigma, say aid workers and activists. “Former female child soldiers are just not being perceived positively by society,” said Thaya Thiagarajah, a senior official with […]

  • The Politics of Domestic and International Accountability Options in Sri Lanka

    Alan Keenan   1. The need for an international investigation The International Crisis Group, like others concerned with a sustainable and just peace in Sri Lanka, has been calling for the establishment of an independent and international commission to look into the many credible and well-documented allegations of war crimes in the final months of Sri Lanka’s […]

  • UPFA MP discharged from rape charge

    United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Colombo district Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was discharged by High Court Judge Sunil Rajapakse on March 24, on charges of rape and engaging in sex with an under-age girl. The judge accepted the request made by State Counsel representing the Attorney General that the latter has agreed to withdraw the indictment […]

  • AG’s withdrawal of murder charges illegal says lawyer

    By Manopriya Gunasekara Questioning the Attorney General’s withdrawal of murder charges and acquitting the accused in the Nampamunuwa murder case – former MP Chandana Kathriarachchi and three others – lawyer J.C. Weliamuna, watching the interests of the deceased said that the action was illegal. Former MP Kathriarachchi and three others were charged for murdering a […]

  • Rajapaksa Blitzkrieg; Basil’s Empire

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”— Orwell (In Front Of Your Nose) By Tisaranee Gunasekara As the latest WikiLeaks-cables reveal, lies and deception occupy a position of honour in the Rajapaksa modus operandi. Open defiance is not the Rajapaksa way, when operating in an unfavourable climate of opinion. […]

  • University lecturers harden stance

    President’s intervention sought By Arthur Wamanan University lecturers, threatening to step down from the administrative level if the government fails to increase their salaries are planning to seek President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention for a salary hike. After their attempt to press the government for an increment failed, the irate lecturers last week decided to inform […]

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