Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Basil Rajapaksa on TNA and political solution

    ”I think a political solution means you have to do a lot of things. We are doing a lot of things. This Constitution of Sri Lanka is far more advanced than any other Constitution in the world. TNA is  trying to bring back the same environment, the same fear psychosis.”Will your government ever produce a […]

  • Holding back popular rebellion

    ”This is a warning that it will do well to take heed of. Post elections, political analysts have dwelt on the polarization of political opinion between the north and the east and the rest of the country. There may be some truth in this.  Yet the perception that the electorate outside the north and east […]

  • Ranil links Lanka’s demand with South Sudan’s C’wealth entry

    Opposition UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked Britain to ensure that South Sudan recognise the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka before it is given full membership of the Commonwealth, a statement issued by the Opposition leader’s office states.According to the statement, Mr. Wickremesinghe had met British Deputy Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Alistair Burt […]

  • US delivers demarche: Refer LLRC report to UNHRC

    The United States has delivered a demarche to Sri Lanka that it wants the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) discussed at the 19th sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March next year.A demarche is a formal diplomatic stand of one government’s official position, views and wishes […]

  • An interview with TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Read more >

    An interview with TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan

    by Chandani KirindeTamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan spoke to the Sunday Times after his Party secured a landslide victory in the local government elections in the North, despite widespread use of state power by the ruling party that pulled out all stops to secure a win there.Mr. Sampanthan said the Government […]

  • Economic development alone will not satisfy minority grievances

    We are facing perhaps one of the gravest challenges since the Indian challenge to us which culminated in the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka Accord. There has been the cumulative impact of the panel of experts’ report of the UN secretary general, the Channel 4 documentary and The Cage by Gordon Weiss.An Interview with Jayantha Dhanapala by […]

  • Grievances of people in North:Sangaree volunteers to help govt find solution

    By Manjula FERNANDOA fearless critic of LTTE atrocities, the leader of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Veerasingham Anandasangaree has spent most of his days, during the LTTE’s bloody years, behind closed doors of his tightly secured house in Colombo.A veteran Tamil politician who took to politics in 1950s and entered Parliament contesting Kilinochchi district in […]

  • Suspected EPDP goons assault 59 year old news editor of Jaffna newspaper

    by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, News Editor of Tamil Daily”Uthayan” was attacked with iron rods in Jaffna by 2 thugs suspected to be from the EPDP59 year old Kuhanathan was admitted to the Jaffna hospital&is undergoing intensive treatment for serious head injuries caused by the assaultThe attack occurred around 7.30 pm on July 28th near […]

  • Lanka needs to look into war crimes allegations carefully – Rao

    Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said Sri Lanka has to look into war crimes allegations carefully.In an interview with Headlines Today, on her last day in office, the United States ambassador designate was queried on allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka and the controversial Channel 4 video amongst other topics.Asked about a Channel […]

  • Sri Lankan journalist attacked ‘with iron bars’

    By Mel Gunasekera  An ethnic Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka’s formerly embattled north was brutally attacked with iron bars, police said on Saturday, the latest in a string of assaults on the nation’s media.Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, was attacked by a gang of men wielding iron bars on Friday near […]

  • Rise up for media freedom & democracy – JVP Read more >

    Rise up for media freedom & democracy – JVP

    The attack on the editor of ‘Udayan’ newspaper is not only an issue regarding media freedom. It is an issue regarding national unity; an issue regarding the right to live freely; an issue regarding the freedom of expression and it is also an issue regarding democracy states a communiqué issued by the Political Bureau of […]

  • Colombo targeting Tamil civil service is more than revenge

    Orders have been issued by Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa and by his sibling Basil Rajapaksa to colonial governor Maj. Gen. Chandrasri for immediate and full-swing replacement of Tamil civil service in the north. The act may superficially look as a revenge for the defeat in the civic elections, but it is actually aimed to […]

  • Stop aid to Sri Lanka, says D. Raja

     CPI secretary and Rajya Sabha member D. Raja has asked the Central government to stop financial aid to Sri Lanka and demand inquiry in International Court of Justice against the atrocities committed on Sri Lankan Tamils by that government.Addressing a meeting here on Friday as part of a nationwide campaign by CPI to express solidarity […]

  • Sri Lanka’s deaf march for equal rights, jobs

    APBy BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI  About 1,000 deaf Sri Lankans took to the streets of capital Colombo on Friday to demand equal rights, social recognition and more sign language translators, with an official saying only about four are currently qualified.The protesters from the Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf held a rally opposite Colombo’s main railroad […]

  • Release all Tamil political prisoners Read more >

    Release all Tamil political prisoners

    An agitation demanding the government to release Tamil political prisoners was held opposite the Fort Railway altStation yesterday (28th). The agitation had been organized by the Socialist Youth Union (SYU).SYU organized several programmes on behalf of national unity to celebrate the ‘Fraternal Day’ that falls on 23rd July, every year. The agitation demanding the release […]

  • Disappered human rights activist’s body exhumed Read more >

    Disappered human rights activist’s body exhumed

    This morning,(28, July) the police exhumed the remains of the body suspected to be of disappeared human rights activist , Pattani Razeek, who was the Managing Trustee of Community Trust Fund (CTF) and Executive Committee member of FORUM-ASIA, and disappeared on 11th February 2011.Based on information provided by one of the arrested suspects, Mr. Ismail […]

  • Local Elections in the North and East: Rebuking the Regime

    Dr.P.SravanamuttuThe results of the second phase of the 2011 local government elections reveal a north/ south divide with the ruling UPFA winning comfortably outside of the north and east and the TNA capturing the overwhelming majority of local bodies in those areas.  These results need serious analysis by all political parties as an indication of […]

  • North education director sent on compulsory leave

    Northern province director of education Vigneswaran has been sent on compulsory leave.He has been told by the provincial education secretary Ilangovan yesterday (July 27) that he was to be sent on compulsory leave by the province’s governor.Meanwhile, state officials over 60 years of age are to be removed from service in the North, reports said. […]

  • Sri Lanka To Abolish Emergency Laws By Year End: Minister

    Sri Lanka is to remove controversial emergency laws by the end of this year, Xinhua news agency reported quoting a minister as saying Thursday.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that several clauses of the emergency laws have already been removed.“President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not want the emergency laws. We have already removed several clauses and my […]

  • Decision to reduce Jaffna parliamentary seats is unfair – TNA

    The decision taken to reduce the number of parliamentary seats allocated to the Jaffna electorate from ten to six is an unfair one, Spokesman for the Tamil National Alliance Suresh Premachandra stated. The Elections Department earlier today stated that it may reduce the number of allocated seats for the Jaffna electorate to six in view […]

  • The courage to condeem Sri Lanka war crimes

    Last Sunday evening, something remarkable happened in Colombo. One of the luminaries of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese political elite broke ranks and presented to an invited audience a bold critique of the failure of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to resolve the treatment of the island’s Tamil minority.The dissident in question? None other than Sri […]

  • CSN transmitters fixed on Navy’s tower at Piduruthalagala

     Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s Carlton Sports Network (CSN) is fixing transmitters on the Sri Lanka Navy’s transmission tower at Piduruthalagala inorder to broadcast the matches between Sri Lanka and Australia to be played next month, an official from Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) said.It has been decided to fix transmitters on the Navy tower after the media […]

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