Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Lanka paper held back by the Police .

    This week’s Lanka newspaper,  published by the rebel faction of the JVP has been seized by the Mt Lavina police. A spokesman for the group said that the motive appeared to be delaying the distribution of the paper, JVP (DNA) MP Vijitha Herath said that since there was a dispute over the publication they had lodged […]

  • Canada lashes Sri Lanka, summit showdown looms

    Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 29, 2011. Canada publicly criticized Sri Lanka over its human rights record for the first time Thursday, setting the scene for a confrontation at a major international summit next month.   Canada’s Foreign Minister John […]

  • Canada, UK target SL on C’wealth front – Prof. Peiris fumes over proposals targeting govt.

    Shamindra Ferdinando The Sri Lankan government yesterday (29) alleged that a small but influential section of the Commonwealth was carrying out an anti-Sri Lankan campaign ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Western Australia.President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to attend CHOGM 2011 in late October 2011. External Affairs Minister Prof. G. […]

  • Commonwealth could split–sl over the appoinment of HR commissioner

    Dianne Silva The Sri Lankan government which rejected a move by the Commonwealth Ministerial  Action Group to appoint a Commissioner on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law said yesterday the push for a “punitive role” by a few commonwealth countries could cause a split in the organisation. Speaking to the diplomatic community yesterday […]

  • Sri Lanka – Media smear campaign and death threats against human rights defender Sunanda Deshapriya following his participation in the UN Human Rights Council – Front Line

    Front Line Defenders – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights  29 September 2011 Human rights defender Mr Sunanda Deshapriya was the target of a media smear campaign and death threats, following his participation in an event held at the UN headquarters in Geneva on 12 September 2011. State controlled media reportedly published […]

  • UN review on response in Eelam War IV

    Signalling more trouble for Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has initiated a review of the UN’s actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the Eelam War IV and its immediate aftermath, according to an online report of The Hindu on Sept. 27The UN, on September 24, announced the appointment […]

  • GMOA to decide on counter measures against increased threats

    Dasun EdirisingheThe General Committee of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) will meet today (29) to decide on a strategy to counter the stepped-up threats on its President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya for spearheading the ongoing protest campaign targeting the Malabe Private Medical College (PMC).GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Sankalpa Marasinghe told The Island their executive committee, […]

  • Civil Defence Committees to be resurrected

    Lumbini KarandanaDefence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday declared that reactivating Civil Defence Committees (CDC) which had been a great source of help to the country in the final phase of war had become necessary to eradicate crime.“The CDC helped in no small measure to eradicate terrorism from the country two years ago. Now it is needed […]

  • In policy shift, Stephen Harper presses Sri Lanka on human rights

    CAMPBELL CLARK Stephen Harper’s government, which alienated many Tamil-Canadians in the last days of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, is aggressively campaigning to pressure Sri Lanka on human rights and political reconciliation.It’s a dramatic shift in the Conservative approach to Sri Lanka’s fractured politics. For years they vilified the separatist Tamil Tigers as terrorists, […]

  • The victimizers may ‘sleep no more’

    The attempt by a New York court to serve summons on Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Major General Shavendra Silva is short-sightedness at its worst. To begin with, as pointed out by the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry, this is a glaring violation of the laws and conventions governing the treatment of the […]

  • AHRC seeks justice over HR defender’s killing

    The Asian Human Rights Commission is seeking justice over the alleged death after torture by the STF in public of a human rights defender in Puttalam. The AHRC says in a statement that it has received information that human rights defender Perumal Sivakumara (32) of Kalpitiya Road, Norochcholai has died after being tortured in public by […]

  • Last minute court-order halts Sri Lankan Tamil deportation from Brita

     Jonathan MillerA forced removal of failed asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka has been put on hold by a judge after a day of frantic legal appeals. Foreign Affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller reports . Frantic efforts by lawyers in London to prevent an aircraft, chartered by the British government, from forcibly returning failed asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka […]

  • UK not monitoring safety of Tamils deported to Sri Lanka

    Ian CobainThe government has conceded that it is doing nothing to establish what is happening to scores of Tamils who are being forcibly removed from the UK despite concerns for their safety in Sri Lanka.A flight chartered by the UK Border Agency was due to depart on Wednesday with up to 50 failed asylum applicants […]

  • Maldives President thinks Sunanda Deshapriya a Tamil

    Responding to SL government-backing media allegations against exiled, Sinhala media rights activist Mr Sunanda Deshapriya at Geneva, involving the name of the President of Maldives, the President’s Office of the Republic of Maldives came out with a press release on Tuesday that sounded as though the President of Maldives had thought Mr Deshapriya a Tamil. […]

  • Mystery behind the Kelaniya beggar’s death

    Four beggars have been attacked and killed while spending their nights at the pavement in Kelaniya. The beggars have been killed by assaulting their heads with a heavy weapon and the police have said they are yet to determine the cause for their murders. Close to 10 beggars were earlier killed in the Colpetty and […]

  • Regimes in Sri Lanka, Maldives, forge questionable alliance

    Maldivian Vice-President Dr Mohammed Waheed, meeting Mahinda Rajapaksa over the weekend at the UN General Assembly Sessions, assured the latter of the support of Male to Colombo’s stand on its human rights issues, according to Maldivian media Haveeru, Tuesday. “Early this month Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed defended Sri Lanka’s position at the UN Human Rights […]

  • BASL exemplifies Sri Lanka’s legal institutional decay

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) “express[ed] serious concerns as to diabolic overtures by the West to destabilize Sri Lanka on the instigation of the Tamil Diaspora…,” a Sri Lanka weekly said Sunday, and added, BASL is establishing “a high powered” committee to advise the government on matters that should be raised before the […]

  • Sri Lanka export shift to Asia seen difficult

    Sri Lankan exporters face difficulties in trying to shift from traditional markets in the West which are stagnant or growing only slowly to fast-growing emerging markets in Asia, an official said.“It’s not going to be easy,” said Anura Ekanayake, former chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the island’s top business chamber. Exporters’ products, production […]

  • Accountability to whom? Inversing the Order

    there is an issue of accountability and the GoSL and the state security forces are answerable and accountable to what happened. Nonetheless, the second question will naturally arise: accountability to whom? Sumanasiri LiyanageThe term ‘accountability’ is in vogue these days. Advice that comes as a ‘friendly pressure’ as Robert OBlake puts it is that Sri Lanka […]

  • UN: Lanka should exploit it to give real picture – the war crime case

     Sandun A. JayasekeraThe initiative of a public litigation on alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent envoy to the UN, Major General Shavendra Silva can be turned into an opportunity to expose the extended misinformation campaign of the Tamil Diaspora, certain western countries and organizations, the government said yesterday.Maj. Gen.l Silva has been served […]

  • FMM awaits the response of the government of the Maldives

    FMM condemns false allegations against press freedom and human rights activists The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses its serious concern on the false allegations being carried out by the media controlled by and sympathetic to the Sri Lankan government against a former Convener and a present Ex-Co Member of the Free Media Movement. According to […]

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