Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Katunayake EPZ turned into battlefield – Pension act

    Police, workers trade accusations – Katunayake EPZ closed todayMay 30, 2011By Lal Gunasekera and Norman PalihawadanaOver a dozen police personnel, including DIG Ravi Wijegoonewardene and many garment workers were injured in clashes between the police and the Katunayake Export Processing Zone (EPZ) workers  yesterday. The police alleged that they had no option but to use […]

  • Army barges into Noolaham Foundation meeting in Jaffna

    We were allowed to proceed after a Tamil speaking person from the army in civil attire was allowed to sit among us and under the condition that copies of the presentations should be given to him. Soldiers were moving around the hall peeping in on the meeting. As we left, our names, identity card numbers […]

  • Tamil police ‘hurt’ after parade exclusion

    By Charles HavilandAn ethnic Tamil policeman from northern Sri Lanka has said he feels hurt that he and 25 colleagues, also Tamils, were excluded from a big parade by the country’s security forces last week.He said they were pulled out at the very last moment with no reasonable explanation.After decades of ethnic tension and militant […]

  • Jaya & India’s Lanka Policy

    V Suryanarayan /30 May 2011 In her first interaction with the media, soon after unprecedented electoral victory, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa assured the people that she will exercise pressure on the central government to revise its Sri Lanka policy not only to expose the heinous crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during the last […]

  • Key nations skip Sri Lanka’s ‘terrorism’ seminar

    May 30, 2011 Sri Lanka is to hold an international seminar starting Tuesday to share lessons on its bloody defeat of Tamil rebels, but major nations have declined to send delegations amid war crime allegations.The island’s government said the massive military offensive that finally defeated the Tamil Tigers two years ago was a victory over terrorism, […]

  • UN expert: Video proves Sri Lanka war crimes

    By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press A U.N. human rights expert says gruesome new footage from the final days of Sri Lanka’s civil war is authentic and proves war crimes took place there, challenging the government’s claim that videos showing the army executing captured rebels in May 2009 are faked.The U.N.’s independent investigator on extrajudicial killings says […]

  • Unions issue threats

    Trade unions have threatened to go on a general strike at several Free Trade Zones in the country if the police fail to release some garment factory workers arrested today following a protest.Trade union activist and JVP member Wasantha Samarasinghe told reporters that the police will be given a deadline to release all those arrested […]

  • UN urged to probe Lanka war crimes

    Ms Pillai says HRC should reconsider its 2009 May verdict on Sri Lanka in light of “efforts to combat impunity worldwide”Senior UN officials and sections of the international community have called for an international body to investigate alleged rights violations during Sri Lanka’s civil war.Some other countries including China have opposed the call. Speaking at […]

  • The only remaining suspect who was in hiding in the murder case involving accused Chandana Kathriarachi suddenly killed

    30.May.2011It is reported that the only remaining suspect who was in hiding in the murder case involving the accused Chandana Kathriarachchi has suddenly been killed yesterday. This murder has occurred at Pusselawa , district. In the preliminary investigations it has been revealed that the chief suspect Nihal Suresh who was in hiding has died not […]

  • Military training for Unistudents:Hard lessons in roughing it out Read more >

    Military training for Unistudents:Hard lessons in roughing it out

    Outdoor thrills and hazards give edge to pre-campus leadership training at Army camps. Nadia Fazlulhaq reportsWild elephants, snakes and ravenous mosquitoes are some of the natural challenges that university students have had to face in their first week of leadership training at Army camps around the country. Hardly five days into their training and students, followed […]

  • Mahinda Chinthanaya is the Human Rights Charter of the President

    If what the President saying is true, why there is opposition to an independent investigation. Let an independent international investigation tell us, what the President saying is truth and nothing but the truth. Let them assert that the soldiers were holding the Human Rights Charter in one hand and that they did not kill a […]

  • The new Indo-Lanka engagement: Getting the context right

    May 29 / by Rajan PhilipsLast Sunday’s editorials and commentaries were pre-occupied with the Joint Statement from Delhi following delegate-level discussions between External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and his Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna. As a visiting dignitary, Peiris also had an audience with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and met with Foreign Secretary NirupamaRao and National […]

  • “Punishing Sri Lanka” Myth or Reality?

    May 28/ by Austin FernandoProf. Rohan Gunaratne- international terrorism expert- addressing the business community last week convincingly and openly cautioned that “India might ‘punish’ Sri Lanka”, if Sri Lanka leans elsewhere to India’s detriment. This is a very serious statement, especially if Indians do not intend doing so.To prove his point, he quoted a meeting […]

  • Tamil independence, a universal issue going beyond state reformation in Sri Lanka – TamilNet

    29 May 2011India could do much better by acknowledging the right to independence of Eezham Tamils, by working for international consensus towards it, by structuring an IC-facilitated transition arrangement for it, and by creating an environment for the diaspora to freely interact through Palaali and Trincomalee, for India’s own reconciliation with Tamils and for relieving […]

  • Dengue rises again with 6,077 cases, 54 deaths in 2011 so far

    By Mirudhula ThambiahDengue is on the rise again with 6,077 cases and 54 deaths in five months, Health Ministry officials said. Colombo with 1,976 cases was identified as one of the most vulnerable districts followed by Gampaha with 709 cases, Batticaloa with 465 cases, Kalutara with 361 cases, Ratnapura with 289 cases and Kurunegala with […]

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    President didn’t allow Devasiri to talk

    May 28, 2011The agitation by university dons for higher salaries is another issue that threatens to upset the applecart. The president of the Federation of University Teacher’s Associations Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri complains that at the discussion held last week with the president, he was not allowed to express his views freely with the president interjecting […]

  • Why devolution of power is required by the minority communities

    Hegemonic nationalists oppose any devolution. They assert that any relaxation of direct control or authority introduces the possibility of secession. But safeguards can be put in place both constitutionally and administratively. This problem has to be addressed but it is no fundamental ground for rejecting devolution. The removal of the concurrent list is not enough. […]

  • Gang attacks Tamil journalist in Jaffna city

    28 May 2011,32-year-old Staff Correspondent of Uthayan Daily in Jaffna, S. Kavitharan, was attacked Saturday morning around 6:30 by a gang believed to be operated by a paramilitary group, near the Jaffna Hindu College while the journalist was on his way to work, the officials at the paper said. A camouflaged group, of up to […]

  • Jesuit not guilty of Tamil Tiger ties

    Priest and five others acquitted of all charges after court hearingMay 27, 2011A Jesuit priest and five other people who were accused of having links with Tamil Tiger rebels have been acquitted after a court hearing on Tuesday.Father Paul Satkunanayagam and the others, all ethnic Tamils, were arrested in Dambulla on February 9. They were […]

  • Non-academic University Staff gives a 14 day ultimatum to the govt.

    26 May 2011 Despite the ongoing trade union action by university academic staff demanding a pay hike, now thenon-academic staff of universities have threatened to opt for tough trade union action if their ‘longprevailing’ grievances that includes a salary increment were not addressed by the government within 14days.President of the Inter University Trade Union Alliance […]

  • Sri Lankan free trade zone workers demonstrate against pension bill

    By Nihal Geekiyanage/ 28 May 2011About 25,000 workers from Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ)—mostly young female garment workers—walked out and demonstrated against the Rajapakse government’s pension bill on Tuesday. They defied their trade unions, which had called off the walkout, to stage the biggest ever protest held in the cheap labour zone since its inception […]

  • Panadura police found to be in the wrong

    28 May 2011/ By K. S.  Fernando.Panadura Police sought to withdraw charges against eleven suspects including a Panadura Pradeshiya Sabha UNP member following objections raised by the counsel on behalf of the suspects. The request for withdrawal was subject to the right to file a fresh plaint in due course.  The suspects were charged before […]

  • Peace Dividend Skips Remote Villages

    By Amantha PereraUNNICHCHAI, Sri Lanka, May 28, 2011  – The road to Unnichchai in eastern Sri Lanka makes for a nerve-wracking journey trying to avoid large crater-like potholes, squeezing across narrow bridges, and passing by a patchwork landscape of paddy fields – both abandoned and cultivated – with not a building in sight.The road looks […]

  • LTTE denies KP’s allegation on Jaya’s life

    by G SaravananA statement purportedly originating from the defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has rubbished jailed ex-LTTE leader K Padmanathan’s recent claim that the Tamil Tigers had once planned to assassinate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.“KP’s claim in a television interview that LTTE had once planned to assassinate Jayalalithaa was far from […]

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