Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • No more faith in Colombo’s peace and reconciliation: Indian women

    Prominent women’s rights activists in India in a statement this week said that they had stopped believing in Colombo’s periodic pledges to bring about reconciliation in the country, reports Indian Express. “We no longer believe the empty promises of the Sri Lankan government to bring peace and reconciliation, and strongly demand immediate action that will […]

  • What South Africa can do to help with reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    Louise Arbour,As South Africa knows better than most, a country cannot begin to overcome decades of internal conflict without a sustained effort at revealing the truth of the past and a committed push for reconciliation. If only Sri Lanka could learn that lesson.It has been more than two years since the Sri Lankan military defeated […]

  • President has a bigger mandate against devolution

    The TNA demands Q:    The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) which secured 18 local councils yesterday insists on the devolution of police and land powers without which they claim a political solution could not be reached, emphasizing that ‘lasting peace, justice and democracy’ in the North depends on such devolution. Then the President has a bigger mandate […]

  • Punish Lankan war criminals, TNCC chief appeals to PM

    NCC president K V Thangkabalu today appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that those responsible for alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka against Tamil civilians during the last phase of the offensive against the LTTE in Sri Lanka faced action. Calling on the Prime Minister at his residence in Delhi, Thangkabalu referred to […]

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil hopes and national unity

    R. K. RadhakrishnanSri Lankan voters walk to polling stations as a policeman stands guard in Jaffna on July 23, 2011. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the umbrella organisation of Tamil political parties, recorded convincing victories in local body elections in Sri Lanka’s north and east.AP Sri Lankan voters walk to polling stations as a policeman […]

  • Lankan soldiers ‘whose hearts turned to stone’

    This report contains details some readers may find distressing.Over the last two years Channel 4 News has broadcast footage that the UN says constitutes “credible evidence of war crimes” in Sri Lanka.In the final stages of 26 years of civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, and […]

  • Wildlife director sacked over Govt.’s loss of votes in Wayamba

    By Ifham NizamWildlife Conservation Director General Dr. Chandrawansa Pathiraja was removed from his post yesterday by Wildlife and Agrarian Services Minister S. M. Chandrasena.The Island learns that among the causes for the removal of Dr. Pathiraja were elephant drives and relocation, particularly in the Wayamba area.Dr. Pathiraja took the initiative to relocate wild elephants which […]

  • Use prime time TV for studies- MR

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting that all the TV channels should be requested not to telecast teledramas between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm so that schoolchildren could devote their time to studying.The president said that the Cabinet should make a collective request to the TV channels operating in the country. At this […]

  • Local polls show TNA is the pre-eminent entity among the Tamil people

    by Dayan JayatillekaThe TNA’s Northern success, running against the ruling coalition in an area with a heavy military ‘footprint’ means one thing above all else: Sri Lanka remains a functioning, competitive, multiparty democracy.All thinking and policy within Sri Lanka and about Sri Lanka must stem from recognition of that basic fact. Yet, will the critics […]

  • WHAT THE local council ELECTION RESULTS FORETELL Read more >

    WHAT THE local council ELECTION RESULTS FORETELL

    The 65 results disclosed in the mini election reveals a one party domination in the South (UPFA) and the North (ITAK). The call is close only in the constituencies that do not have a Tamil domination where a keen contest was seen between the UPFA and the ITAK. It is not the defeat that should disturb […]

  • Magistrate does not see Manel, a six-yeared remanded

    by Harshi C. PereraAll Magistrates in Sri Lanka are legally empowered to visit and inspect the conditions of pretrial detainees in prisons. This measure is introduced to stop torturing and inhumanly treating pretrial detainees in prisons.Detaining a suspect in remand prison for over six years is a blatant form of torture.Suspect number 760, W. Manel […]

  • Govt.-TNA talks on Monday

    By Kelum BandaraFollowing the local government elections which ensured a victory for the TNA in the North and East, the government will have its next round of talks with the TNA next Monday as part of its plan to evolve a political solution, the party said yesterdayTNA MP Suresh Premachandran told the Daily Mirror that […]

  • Accountability issues and post-war stability

    By Shamindra FerdinandoDefence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the government will not tolerate any party other than the police and armed forces carrying weapons. The Defence Secretary insists any party, including those who once supported Sri Lanka’s war against the LTTE will not be allowed retain weapons under any circumstances.  In an interview with The Island […]

  • TNA insists on police, land powers

    By Sandun A. JayasekeraThe Tamil National Alliance(TNA) which swept the board in Saturday’s local council elections in the North said yesterday it would be impossible to reach a political solution and bring about lasting peace, justice and democracy in the North without the devolution of police and land powers.Jaffna district parliamentarian and TNA spokesman Suresh […]

  • Economistic Thesis invalidated at northern elections

    By Jehan Perera Defeats suffered by the ruling alliance at the local authority elections in the North would have come as a disappointment to the government, which registered its accustomed victories elsewhere in the country. For the past month a formidable array of government ministers, said to be as many as 40, are reported to have […]

  • Deeds Not Words – re right to information bill

    ”The founder Editor of this newspaper was brutally killed by hired goons over two and a half years ago. The resultant investigation has been played out like a soap opera. The Cabinet spokesperson ventured as far as to give definite dates when the culprits would be brought to book”. The recent defeat of the Right […]

  • Election commissioner’s Powers Slashed

    By Indika Sri Aravinda The powers vested with the Elections Commissioner have been slashed by the 18th Amendment and powers to issue directives have been limited, Executive Director of the Peoples’ Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), Rohana Hettiararchchi said.He said that the Elections Commissioner could only address requests made by an individual or a […]

  • Media director Hulugalle Owes Rs. 900,000 to CEB

    By Indika Sri Aravinda A private radio station registered under the name of the wife of the Director General of the Media Center for National Security Lakshman Hulugalle, owes the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) over Rs. 900,000 on electricity bills.The Matale transmission station of Sath FM had not paid its electricity bills for a period of […]

  • Hard times in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north Read more >

    Hard times in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north

    By Charles Haviland/BBC News, KilinochchiThe dirt road leading south-west from Kilinochchi town is pale red, the colour of the soil of the Vanni, the northerly extreme of the Sri Lankan mainland. It is a land that lost all its people. They retreated with the Tamil Tigers as the civil war swept through Kilinochchi more than […]

  • The day I realised I was poor

    ”Their fears are real and almost paranoid. They are not dissimilar to the fear of the so-called high castes in Jaffna including Tamil politicians of yesterday that only they could realise Tamil dreams and not the majority of those perceived to belong to the lower strata of Tamil society.” by Pearl ThevanayagamWhen school boys from Royal, […]

  • Northern Elections falls short of meeting International Standards -CaFFE Report

     Elections in the Northern Peninsula did not meet the international standards due to certain disturbing malpractices and intimidations that took place in the Killinochchi District. The dominant presence of the military and the lack of civil administration did not aid the transparency and accountability of the first post-war local authority election.During the election day CaFFE […]

  • Tamils sceptical of future in Sri Lanka’s north

    By Shihar AneezJAFFNA: Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils say President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s post-war development and infrastructure projects in the former war zone in the island’s north have yet to address their real concerns and have not excluded their participation.Sri Lanka’s northern cities held local polls for the first time in many years on Saturday amid opposition […]

  • Sri Lanka a divided nation, under authoritarian rule- Chandrika

    Former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Sunday that she still ‘agonizes’ over not using full presidential powers or authoritarian rule to implement the then draft constitution that would have ended dictatorial presidential rule.“I still agonize over this, over and over again as to whether I should have used full presidential powers or authoritarian […]

  • UPFA wins in South, TNA sweeps North

    By Kelum BandaraSaturday’s local council elections saw the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) winning the local councils in the south while the main Tamil party the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won nearly all the local councils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.With the conclusion of Saturday’s election the local councils in the North can […]

  • Tamils voted for dignified political settlement-TNA

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which won nearly all the local councils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces at the yesterday’s LG election, said that the Tamil people had voted for a dignified political settlement at this election despite intimidations and threats by the ruling UPFA.TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said “we campaigned for a dignified political […]

  • An election that challenged democracy – JV

    At the second phase of the local government election that was concluded yesterday the government, as in all other elections held so far, obtained its results not by allowing masses to express their  wish independently within a democratic or fair and free election process states the JVP.Issuing a communiqué regarding the concluded local government elections […]

  • Bring to justice those behind Lanka war crimes: DMK

    DMK, a key ally of UPA on Sunday said India and other “human rights respecting nations,” should make efforts to bring to justice those who committed ‘war crimes’ against Tamils in Sri Lanka and called for a plebiscite for a political solution to the ethnic issue in the island.“Human rights respecting nations including India and […]

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