Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • UNITE TO DEFEAT IMPERIALIST CONSPIRACY – LSSP

    The LSSP calls upon the government to respond effectively and with dignity on the lines outlined here so that we can effectively defeat the machinations of the imperialist countries. We give our fullest support to the government in this endeavor. 28 April 2011 Following is the statement sent by the Lanka Sama Samaja Party on […]

  • CPI (M): probe war crimes by Sri Lankan armed forces

    Demonstrations in first week of May demanding detailed enquiryThe Communist Party of India (Marxist) will organise demonstrations in major cities of the State, demanding an enquiry into “war crimes” committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the final phase of the civil war. In a statement, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said the […]

  • UN report: Lanka officials ‘can be arrested’ –

    Senior Sri Lanka officials may be arrested and tried abroad as a result of the UN expert panel report on Sri Lanka, a legal expert said. Wijedasa Rajapakshe, an opposition MP, said it is possible for interested parties abroad to seek a warrant to arrest visiting dignitaries as a result of the UN report. Amnesty […]

  • Diplomats, NGO talk on report

    30 April 2011 Diplomats, representatives of diplomatic missions and Non-Governmental Organization representatives in Colombo met at the United States Ambassador’s residence to discuss the United Nations Secretary General’s Panel Report. The meeting was reported to have been held at the invitation of US Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis on Thursday but the US Embassy refused to […]

  • China Urges International Community Not to Complicate Sri Lanka Issue

       2011-04-30 17:33:42 China said Saturday that it believes the Sri Lankan government and people will handle properly problems conerning its civil war and urged the international community not to complicate the issue. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks when asked to comment on a panel report on armed conflicts in Sri Lanka […]

  • Erik Solheim speaks on the panel report

    ‘Solheim transforms from peace facilitator to facilitator of war crimes indictment escape’ – Tamil Net  Friday, 29 April 2011,Norway’s former peace facilitator to the island of Sri Lanka, Mr. Erik Solheim, speaking to Norwegian state owned media NRK (Dagsnytt 18) on Wednesday, argued against any immediate international investigation on the war crimes in the island […]

  • WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY PANEL OF THE UNITED NATIONS?

    In the wake of grossly misleading reports in the national media as to who the members of the Advisory Panel of the United Nations, appointed by United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon are, based on their uncritical acceptance of abuse by government politicians, the Sri Lanka Guardian publishes an authoritative sketch of their […]

  • War Crimes Accountability In Sri Lanka: Is There A Liberal Democratic Alternative To International Action?

    “It seems therefore that sound strategy would oblige the democratic opposition, Tamil political parties and civil society in Sri Lanka to regain lost legitimacy among the populace by drawing the line at international intervention as well as immediate criminal accountability. This entails neither an abdication of Sri Lanka’s international obligations nor a renunciation of the […]

  • Accountability needed before lasting reconciliation possible – UK

    28 April 2011.Britain Wednesday welcomed the UN Panel of Experts report on the war crimes in Sri Lanka’s war and expressed support for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s decision to commission the study. Calling on Sri Lanka to respond positively to the expert panel’s report, the UK said accountability for war crimes must be resolved […]

  • Colombo’s crimes grotesque – The Times

    28 April 2011.The Times newspaper (London) said Wednesday that the UN expert panel’s report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes confirms the newspaper’s reporting in May 2009 that the “Sri Lankan Government was party to the mass murder of civilians.” Referring especially to mass bombardment of civilians in so-called no-fire zones, the paper demanded that “perpetrators […]

  • New evidence leads to war crime committed on LTTE’s Col Ramesh

    TamilNet,27 April 2011, The wife of slain Batticaloa Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Thursday verified that the dead body shown in the photo released on Wednesday was that of her husband, Col. Ramesh. On Wednesday, a former member of the LTTE identified a photo leaked in recent days by the […]

  • A Second Chance to Confront War Crimes in Sri Lanka

    By Armin RosenApr 28 2011, The world failed to stop the government’s killing of thousands of civilians in the civil war that ended in 2009, but a new UN report could finally bring a reckoning. In early 2009, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa faced an opportunity, and possibly a moral quandary. Since 1976, the country’s […]

  • G.L says no protests

    28 April 2011 The Government’s has no intention to create any “mass protests” and agitation relating to the Darusman Report, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris told the diplomatic community in Colombo today. “ We are not instigating hysteria nor violence or embarrassment to the UN community and to foreign Missions.  Such allegations have […]

  • UN report:India should exert diplomatic pressure on Lanka:CPIM

    ‘The Indian government must act. It should exert diplomatic pressure on the Sri Lankan government and ensure action in this matter, PTI | ,Apr 28,2011 Chennai, Apr 28 (PTI): The CPI(M) state unit today urged the Indian government to exert ‘diplomatic pressure’ on Sri Lanka to ensure punishment for those responsible for alleged war crimes, […]

  • Those responsible for Lanka war crimes must face action: DMK

    The DMK, a key ally of Congress-led UPA at the Centre, on Wednesday appealed to the Union government to make all efforts to ensure that those responsible for alleged warcrimes in Sri Lanka faced action. Referring to a UN report on ‘tens of thousands’ civilian casualties in the final stages of war between Lankan armed […]

  • GOSL response to panel report

    PRESS RELEASE The Government of Sri Lanka refers to the release by the UN Secretary-General of the “Darusman Report” on accountability in Sri Lanka.  The Government of Sri Lanka reiterates its position that the “Darusman Report” is fundamentally flawed in many respects and that among other deficiencies, the Report is based on biased material, which […]

  • Confront UN panel by implementing 17th amendment – Former CJ

    27 April 2011 The report presented by Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Panel of Experts’ could be answered by implementing the 17th amendment says former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva. Speaking at the inaugural convention of the Colombo District branch of the National Intellectuals and Professionals Organization (NIPO) held yesterday (26th) the former Chief Justice said, “Had the […]

  • A lasting political solution through power sharing

    by M A Sumanthiran(text of SJV Chelvanayakam Memorial lecture 2011) I consider it a great honour to have been asked to deliver the Thanthai Chelva memorial oration this year. Last year too I had the honour of delivering the key-note address at the annual commemoration ceremony held in Jaffna on the 26th of April. Today, […]

  • India ready to engage Lanka on UN report

    Apr 27, 2011, NEW DELHI: Reacting to the report by a UNSG-appointed panel of experts, which has accused Colombo of committing war crimes, India said it was willing to engage Sri Lanka on the contents of the report. India is having to walk a tightrope over the issue because of its concerns over the still […]

  • UN feared for staff amid Sri Lanka conflict: Ban

    Tue Apr 26, UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The United Nations feared for its staff in Sri Lanka as government troops crushed a Tamil separatist uprising in 2009, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said defending the actions of UN agencies. As pressure grew for an international investigation into the killing of “tens of thousands” in the […]

  • Sri Lanka: No-inquiry zone

    Truth and accountability are not divisible, and a single failure of international justice is also a collective one When Richard Goldstone, the judge who headed a UN fact-finding mission to Gaza, partially recanted last month – an act that was disowned by fellow members of the mission – the saga was used as Exhibit A […]

  • UN human rights chief welcomes Sri Lanka report, urges further investigation into conduct of final stages of the war

    “The eyewitness accounts and credible information contained in this report demand a full, impartial, independent and transparent investigation,” the High Commissioner said. “Unless there is a sea-change in the Government’s response, which has so far been one of total denial and blanket impunity, a full-fledged international inquiry will clearly be needed.” GENEVA (26 April 2011) […]

  • Law Student Goes Underground

    By Raisa Wickrematunge Law student Thushara Jayaratne fears for his life. In order to contact him, The Sunday Leader was required to create a special Skype account. Speaking from an undisclosed location, Jayaratne said that though he had asked numerous people for help, no one had assisted him. Jayaratne’s story was splashed all over the […]

  • V. Anandasangaree on penal report

     No one can deny that there were several thousands of causalities during the war. Very many factors contributed for this situation. How or why did this happen?. All these must come to light. You are aware that I am neither a flatterer nor a stooge of the Government or of the LTTE His Excellency Mahinda […]

  • UN panel report oversteps by rejecting homeland of Eezham Tamils

    Rather than coming out with such an unqualified statement, why can’t the panel recommend a Sudan-model referendum among Eezham Tamils in the island, to see whether they are divided or united on the question of independence? TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 April 2011. Eezham Tamils hoodwinked by war crimes indictments that are doubtful of materialising into actions, […]

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