Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • SL Police registers details of residents in Trincomalee city

     The occupying Sri Lanka Police in Trincomalee has started registering residents in Trincomalee city and its suburbs from Saturday evening. SL Police personnel were seen visiting households in Trincomalee city Sunday handing over printed forms to the chief occupant and asking him or her to write names of persons residing in the house. The forms […]

  • Lankan legislator urges civil society protests over draconian take-over bill .

    A fiery, forthright Sri Lankan opposition legislator on Monday called for civil society protests against a draconian Bill allowing the government to take over a list of specified,  state and private enterprises on the grounds of  ‘under-performing’ or ‘under-utilised’.“The State has crossed the line with this Bill. Who is to say that tomorrow the State […]

  • Amnesty slams ‘disgraceful’ Commonwealth inaction on Sri Lanka

    Amnesty International is outraged that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth has utterly failed to hold Sri Lanka to account over allegations of war crimes and other grave human rights abuses arising from the 2009 conflict.“It is an absolute disgrace that Commonwealth leaders have agreed to hold their next meeting in Sri Lanka […]

  • Sri Lanka and the death of Muammar Gaddafi Read more >

    Sri Lanka and the death of Muammar Gaddafi

    Sunanda Deshapriya Muammar Gaddafi was captured alive and killed thereafter. This is a fact that no one contests today. Even the killer himself accepted the responsibility in front of a mobile camera.  Once any individual is captured, in spite of the crimes allegedly committed by the person, whether victim or perpetrator,  due process and the […]

  • Limited progress made on Commonwealth human rights reforms

    ”A new human rights commissioner — the lynchpin of the reform report — is no longer needed in the form recommended, said Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth’s secretary general.  That’s because a ministerial management group has been given new powers to enforce human rights abuses.” Bruce CheadleCommonwealth leaders have agreed to develop “one clear, powerful statement” […]

  • Canadian PM ‘skeptical’ of Sri Lanka’s president’s promises

    David Akin,  Alone among its Commonwealth peers, Canada is calling out Sri Lanka’s government for failing to investigate war crimes allegedly committed by Sri Lanka’s army in the final months of that country’s bloody civil war. The Commonwealth, on the other hand, rewarded Sri Lanka Sunday by re-affirming its decision to hold its 2013 heads […]

  • CHOGM 2011: Fifteen nations help GoSL defeat Canada’s anti-Lanka move

    Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka had thwarted an attempt by a minute section of the Commonwealth and the LTTE to humiliate Sri Lanka, at the CHOGM 2011, External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said yesterday. Addressing the Sri Lankan media at the conclusion of the three-day biennial in Perth, Prof. Peiris said that Sri Lanka faced […]

  • Vote of Confidence in Sri Lanka

    The triple diplomatic triumph achieved by Sri Lanka at the just concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, is a veritable Vote of Confidence in this country by the majority of Commonwealth countries, and constitutes a high moment in this country’s international relations.External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, who is quoted extensively […]

  • Colombo pushes for 40,000 acres land grab for Sinhalese in Batticaloa

    More than 40,000 acres of fertile lands that are located in border villages that come under the DS division of Koa’ralaippattu North, Vavu’natheevu, Ea’raavoorpattu, Chengkaladi, Koa’ralaippattu South and Paddippazhai in the Batticaloa district belonging to Tamil speaking people are under alienation to Sinhalese without the permission of the District Land Alienation Committee, the District Government […]

  • Britain urges Sri Lanka to make progress on rights by 2013

    British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Sri Lanka on Sunday to make progress on human rights before it hosts the next Commonwealth leaders meeting in 2013 to prevent the likelihood of boycotts. Cameron said he pressed President Mahendra Rajapaske during this year’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Australia to show that Colombo did not […]

  • Sri Lanka’s expropriation law names two listed firms: report

     At least two listed companies in Sri Lanka have been named among several dozen, in a secretly hatched law to expropriate assets of firms deemed by the state as ‘underperforming’ or ‘underutilized’, a media report said.The two listed firm named in the secret law in Hotel Developers (Lanka) Plc, a listed company that owns the […]

  • Our university system cannot make country the ‘Knowledge hub of Asia’ unless we recognize importance of intellectual freedom

    ”Several generations of politicians destroyed much that was valued in the intellectual environment of our universities. Let us hope that politicians of today do not strangle the State university system in pursuit of their distorted vision of a knowledge based society and an Asian knowledge hub in Sri Lanka.”Savitri GoonasekereThe Minister of Higher Education and […]

  • New Govt Policy on Land matters in the North and the East – Friday Forum

    The “Friday Forum” group of concerned citizens has issued a statement as a discussion paper, expressing its concerns over a new government policy on land matters in the North and the East.The document says: “A document signed by the Land Commissioner General (Circular No. 2011/04/ of 22nd July 2011) on “Regulating the Activities Regarding Management […]

  • Confederation of civil groups formed in Jaffna

    A confederation of people’s forums for humanitarian work was formed in Jaffna on Saturday morning, when representatives of various civil groups and civil activists met at the NGO Centre located at the Temple Road in the city. The decision to form the confederation was unanimously resolved at the meeting. President of the NGOs in Jaffna, […]

  • SL Police registering people in Batticaloa causes fear among residents

    Fear and tension prevail among residents of Batticaloa district following the re-introduction of registration of persons by the Sri Lankan Police. The SL police personnel, predominantly Sinhalese, have been collecting the details of residents living permanently and temporarily in Batticaloa. Students and others from remote areas such as Paduvaankarai, staying in Batticaloa for study and […]

  • TNA leaders meet U.S., U.N. officials

    ”According to TNA leader M.A. Sumanthiran, after May 2009, the defence forces have occupied more than 7,000 sq km of land owned by Tamil people. There is one member of the armed forces for approximately every 10 civilians in the Jaffna Peninsula. ”R. K. Radhakrishnan Even as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and its diplomatic […]

  • SLA constructs cantonment in Mannaar causing fear among residents

    The occupying Sri Lanka Army in Maanaar is constructing a cantonment at Chelveari area situated along Mannaar – Thalai Mannaar Road. For the last four days heavy vehicles such as armoured cars and tanks had been seen transporting materials for the construction, thus creating fear and tension among residents. This area is under the control […]

  • Getting to the truth of Nandikadal

    ”Moreover, the capture of state assets by a ruling family exceeds even the excesses of the past, valuable state land is up for grabs by all and sundry and now, bills are not only kept secret but they are apparently not being drafted by the Legal Draftsman’s Department.” Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  In these most heated […]

  • Oppressed North; Lawless South

    Tisaranee Gunasekara  If they harm me, it is the country they harm,” Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – (Daily Mirror – Hard Talk)A despot sees himself not as the First Citizen in a country of peers but as the Patriarch of an infantile-nation. He thereby arrogates unto himself the triple-roles of traditional-fatherhood, becoming, at least in his self-besotted […]

  • Militarising Public Space And Silencing The Vulnerable – State Defence And City Development Ministry

    Jude FernandoAll institutions representing city development are now under the purview of the State Defence and City Development Ministry – the new name of the Ministry of Defence. The Ministry of Defence is a top-down command driven institution, while the development institutions are expected to be democratic. Their respective systems of governance and accountability are […]

  • Editor Threatened

    Indika Sri AravindaThe Editor of The Sunday Leader, Frederica Jansz last Thursday (27) received a death threat via the post to her residence. Frederica lodged a complaint with the Mirihana Police after receiving the threat.This is not the first time and it certainly will not be the last that Editors at this newspaper receive death […]

  • Former CJ On The Mat

    Vimukthi Yapa Seventy six government members of parliament including cabinet ministers and their deputies have signed a motion calling on Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to inquire into and report on the allegations of abuse of power, misconduct and/or misbehavior that have been leveled against Sarath N Silva, former Chief Justice.The […]

  • Turning Former LTTE Personnel into Sri Lankan Citizens? Read more >

    Turning Former LTTE Personnel into Sri Lankan Citizens?

    Michael Roberts Whatever the death toll during the last stages of Eelam War IV in 2009 the official government data in that year acknowledged that 11,696 (9078 male and 2024 female)[i] of those who survived had identified themselves or been identified as members of the LTTE — whether combatants or active functionaries. There were others […]

  • 14 pc of young Lankan girls sexually abused

    Ten to 14 per cent of Sri Lanka’s young girls are sexually abused, said the Family Health Bureau. According to the Bureau’s statistics, seven pc of girls become pregnant at a very young age. Head of the Bureau Dr. Deepthi Perera has told a population workshop in Colombo that unsafe abortions are performed on 11 out of […]

  • Sri Lanka must stop attacks on Indian fishermen: Advani

    Terming repeated attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy as a national issue, BJP leader L K Advani on Friday said the government should firmly ask Colombo to put an end to them. “Sri Lanka must be told firmly that the repeated attacks on Indian fishermen must end,” he toldAdvani also said the victims […]

  • Taking a stand on Sri Lanka Read more >

    Taking a stand on Sri Lanka

    Rajapaksa at the Commonwealth Business Forum Years after Sri Lanka’s bitter civil war ended in a bloodbath, we still don’t know the half of what went on in the final horrific days.According to the United Nations, “tens of thousands” died in 2008-2009 as government forces crushed a Tamil Tiger rebellion. The army “systematically” shelled UN […]

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