Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • HRCSL refuses to register complaints against ‘grease devil’ attacks

    The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) refuses to entertain complaints against the harassment by alleged Sri Lankan armed forces personnel posing as “greased devils” in Batticaloa district. Instead the HRCSL asks the complainants to lodge same with the emergency service unit of the Sri Lanka Police, according to affected persons in the district. […]

  • JVP calls for the abolition of PTA

    JVP says many more needed to be done to re-establish democracy in Sri Lanka An opposition party in Sri Lanka has called on the government to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in addition to the emergency regulations.President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday announced the imminent withdrawal of the emergency regulations. “I am satisfied that […]

  • Govt, Opposition must get together to minimize external influences – Ranil

    Sandasen MARASINGHE and Irangika RANGE External influences can be minimized if the Opposition and the government get-together, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Addressing Parliament, the Opposition Leader thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for moving the motion to lift the state of Emergency. He said that the Opposition does not stand against that motion but supports […]

  • Katunayake EPZ employees move court against police

    Chitra WeerarathneTwo employees of Nortel Lanka Private Limited, Katunayake, had filed a fundamental rights violation application, in the Supreme Court, alleging assault, illegal arrest, illegal detention and denial of their freedom of expression by officers of the Seeduwa and Katunayake police.They had alleged that they, along with their colleagues, protested against the intention of the […]

  • Chinese pay bribes to win Hambantota contracts: Wikileaks cable .

    A US embassy cable just leaked by whistleblower Wikileaks has revealed that the US believed Chinese were bribing Sri Lanka officials to win contracts, especially those related to mega development projects in Hambantota.“It is likely that corruption and political patronage are significant factors playing into the focus on Hambantota.  Often when Chinese companies win contracts, […]

  • Tamil youth tortured by security forces in Jaffna Read more >

    Tamil youth tortured by security forces in Jaffna

    Those who were taken into Army custody from their homes in Navathurai mercilessly assaulted: limbs brokenThe residents of Navathurai district Jaffna who were involved in a conflict with the Army over the grease devil menace , and were later taken into custody by the Army from their homes on the 22nd night had been assaulted […]

  • Sri Lanka scraps emergency laws

    Amal Jayasinghe (AFP) Sri Lanka’s president announced on Thursday that he was scrapping draconian emergency laws imposed nearly 30 years ago to deal with the armed Tamil separatist movement.The move, which was welcomed by the United States, comes as Sri Lanka faces growing pressure — led by Washington — over its human rights record, particularly […]

  • Parliamentary team from India may visit Lanka

     A team of parliament members from India may soon visit Sri Lanka to see the condition of Tamil-speaking people there, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna informed the Rajya Sabha Thursday. ‘During a recent meeting with Tamil Nadu chief minister in Chennai, the Sri Lankan high commissioner to New Delhi has conveyed the Sri Lankan president’s […]

  • Book festival interview: Gordon Weiss on Sri Lanka’s civil war

    Margaret NeighbourUN spokesman during the bloody end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Gordon Weiss says the organisation ‘should have pushed harder’ to save lives, especially those of trapped civilians…GORDON Weiss is driving across Sydney when I call. “Don’t worry, I’ve got a hands-free doo-da,” he says. “The police here will arrest me and do terrible […]

  • President proposes lifting of emergency regulations .

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced in Parliament   that he was proposing the lifiting of emergency regulations. “I am proposing to the House that Emergency Regulations should be lifted as I am statisifed that there is no necessity for the regulations”, he told Parliament. “Therefore we have decided not to extend the state of  emergency”, he said. […]

  • Is an “opposition” with no political alternative a democratic necessity ? Read more >

    Is an “opposition” with no political alternative a democratic necessity ?

    logo-PoliticsGover-300x82 Street fights for the UNP leadership ended with the “Reformist” leader Sajith Premadasa once again compromising with party leader Wickramasinghe, despite public statements to the contrary. The media had plenty of “bites” to go round the whole week, with accusations and counter accusations thrown from both sides to the conflict. There were “sathyagrahas”, court […]

  • int’l pressure on sl unreasonable: Govt

    Dianne Silva The government said yesterday it was “unreasonable” for the international community to expect it to complete processes in a post-conflict situation, which have taken other countries in similar situations, many years to accomplish.“For example Spain, Cambodia and Bangladesh took many years and in some cases almost half a century to achieve standards that […]

  • 36,000 families ‘resettled in HSZs’

    GA says further 42,000 people will soon be resettled in former HSZs The government of Sri Lanka has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that nearly 36,000 families earlier removed from high security zones (HSZ) in Jaffna have been recently resettled.The Jaffna Government Agent Emelda Sukumar has submitted the details to the SC in response to […]

  • Maximum penalty for peace violators – Defence Secretary

    Govt will ensure security of everyone: Law and order will be maintained: Chaminda PERERA The government yesterday stressed that it will deal firmly with terrorist elements who were responsible for recent incidents in several parts of the country. According to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the maximum punishment will be meted out to the criminals who […]

  • Civil Security Committees to be re-activated – MOD

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Inspector General of Police Illangakoon have instructed for the reorganization and restoration of the inactive Civil Security Committees on or before August 30. The Civil Defence Committees were the best civil organizations which played a vital role to do away with the insurgency in Sri Lanka. During the time of […]

  • Subramanian Swamy willing to visit Lanka to ensure solution

    India’s Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has said that he was willing to visit Sri Lanka to ensure a solution for the Tamils if MDMK general secretary Vaiko and Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam leader Seeman admitted that their efforts had failed.“I would have met the Sri Lankan President and demanded a few changes to the Constitution,” […]

  • 2 held over JVP’s ‘false smiles’ poster Read more >

    2 held over JVP’s ‘false smiles’ poster

    The JVP claims that two of its activists have been arrested while they were pasting a poster to target the local government polls. They were arrested by police at Attidiya in Dehiwala in the early hours of this morning (Aug. 24) accusing them of pasting anti-government posters, said its propaganda secretary Vijitha Herath. The poster in question […]

  • Sri Lanka Asylum seekers: New challenges

    ”Since the end of the military conflict in Sri Lanka in May 2009, the situation with regard to asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has become even more of a challenge than before. Thousands of Tamils fled the island as the final military operations jeopardized civilians lives with impunity. Two years after, there are still many […]

  • ‘Nothing short of equitable rights to Tamils will do’

    Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and veteran MP R. Sampanthan expresses his concerns on devolution, emergency laws and the Indian role, maintaining that no ultimatum was issued to the government on the ongoing talks or a decision to terminate talks taken. ‘All we ask is that before the next round of talks, there be […]

  • IUSF to take legal action against illegal arrests by police

    A fundamental rights case would be filed against the arrest of the former convener of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) Udul Premaratne and another, remanding them for two weeks on false charges and harassing them for 1 ½ years claiming legal actions were being taken against them states IUSF.   This was revealed yesterday (22nd) by […]

  • Soldiers deployed to quell unrest sparked ‘Grease Devils’

    Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal Sri Lanka on Monday deployed soldiers to quell unrest sparked by a fear of nighttime prowlers known as “Grease Devils”, after at least five died over the past two weeks in a wave of vigilantism and clashes with police across the island nation.Sri Lanka’s army also set up a new brigade […]

  • SLA terror unleashed in Jaffna after public unmasks ‘grease devils’

    Occupying Sri Lanka Army entered into houses at Naavaan-thu’rai in Jaffna city Monday night, dragged out hundreds of youth and children and tortured them in their camps during the night, following public in Naavanthu’rai on Monday identifying the ‘grease devils’ as SLA soldiers. Many houses were destroyed and plundered by the SL soldiers. On Monday […]

  • US firm clearing virgin forests to grow banana, CEA in the dark

    Hiran H. SenewiratneThe Central Environmental Authority (CEA), which issues the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on any development project in the country, is unaware that more than 60,000 acres of virgin forest land have been cleared by a US based multi- national company for banana cultivation in SriLanka.A group of environmental activists including Piyal Parakrama […]

  • Army sets up brigade in Kinniya

    Supun DiasThe Army has established the 224th Brigade in Kinniya to maintain law and order in the area and assist the police following the tense situation that prevailed after the clashes which took place recently.  “We sent two battalions to assist the police and bring back law and order to the area following these incidents. […]

  • Tissa, Dew, Vasu for devolution

    The combined Socialist Alliance (SA) yesterday strongly supported the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) as a means of finding a lasting solution to the North-East conflict and said the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) report could be used as a launching pad to start talks.Lanka Sama Samasamaja Party leader and Senior Minister Tissa […]

  • Sri Lanka Ducks International Probe

    Amantha Perera Although the Sri Lankan government has evaded calls for an international probe into alleged excesses while militarily defeating Tamil separatism in 2009, it may yet be called to account at the September session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).The United States has asked Sri Lanka to place its own internal investigation under […]

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