Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Intelligence expanded into six battalions .

    The Sri Lanka Army has expanded the sole intelligence battalion of the Military Intelligence Corps into six battalions to face future threats and to make sure that a situation similar to what the country underwent in the recent past would not take place again.“If we have a stable and a strong intelligence network facing internal […]

  • Sri Lanka dealing with war allegations: president

    The Sri Lankan president says his government is working to heal the divisions caused by the recent civil war.Mahinda Rajapaksa says many former combatants have been released and reintegrated into the community.But there is growing international pressure on Sri Lanka to thoroughly investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the country’s army.Mr Rajapaksa insists the […]

  • UN SG presses for rights accountability in Sri Lanka

    John Paul Putney [JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] reemphasized Wednesday the importance of accountability issues in Sri Lanka related to conflicts with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive]. The comments came during a meeting with Mahinda Samarasinghe [UN News Centre report], the Special Envoy of the President of […]

  • Fertile Tamil village targeted for Sinhalicisation in Mullaiththeevu

    An ancient Tamil village Tha’n’ni-mu’rippu, well known for its fertile landscape and resources in the Karaithu’raippattu division of the Mullaiththeevu district, has been brought under the newly created Sinhala division Weli-oya, and is targeted for fast Sinhalicisation of its land and water resources, while resettlement of the villagers is blocked. Sinhala and Muslim fishermen have […]

  • Commonwealth values put to test by Sri Lanka

     Salil Shetty Australia takes over leadership of the Commonwealth group of nations at CHOGM this week. But whatever legacy it hopes to leave from its two years at the helm, there is one that can only tarnish its record.After Australia’s term, a Government accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and numerous human rights violations […]

  • Probe ( against former CJ) has no legal grounds says former CJ

    The attempt to investigate the former Chief Justice (CJ) has no legal basis say Sarath N. De Silva, former chief justice. Media reports say, the speaker had decided to appoint a parliamentary select committee to conduct an official investigation in to alleged abuse of power during De Silva’s tenure as Chief Justice. “I have left […]

  • Samarasinghe questions UNHRC transparency .

    The Special Envoy of the President for Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing the Third Committee meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today expressed Sri Lanka’s concerns about the transparency of the UN Human Rights Council.The Minister addressed “the issue of transparency and fair dealing in relation to its support structure and […]

  • TNA parliamentarian Sumanthiran files petition in appeal court against circular concerning lands in North and East

    ”Tamil National Alliance National List Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran in his petition filed through attorney-at-law Mohan Balendra expressed apprehension that the impugned circular was a means to maliciously and illegally circumvent and compromise the rights and protections granted to persons in and from the northern and eastern provinces mandated by the constitution and the law. ”S. […]

  • Some nations may boycott CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka: Rudd

    Natasha Chaku  Disclosing that the next meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) will go ahead in Sri Lanka in 2013, Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd today said some nations may boycott it. “It will be a matter for individual governments how they then view matters unfolding in Sri Lanka between now and when […]

  • Ban stresses importance of accountability as Sri Lanka recovers from civil war

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war. Mr. Ban stressed the point during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights. The meeting […]

  • Priests want monument for the disappeared demolished

    We are writing to bring to your notice an action by some priests, namely, Rev. Father Prasad Perera the Parish priest of of the church at Raddoluwa Junction and Fr. SriLal Manoj Perera, the Bishop’s property caretaker, who were accompanied by a lawyer made a request to the Seeduwa Police to demolish the monument for […]

  • Bharatha killing, drugs and CSE ‘linked’

    There seems to be a link between Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), illegal drugs and the recent murder of a presidential advisor, says the owner of a private media network. Shan Wickramsinghe, the owner of the TNL media network, told BBC Sandeshaya that he received death threats after his network discussed the alleged link in a […]

  • Sri Lanka Team Calls UN Ban “Close,” No “Darusman” Report Action For Year?

    Matthew Russell Lee,  UNITED NATIONS, October 26 — After Sri Lanka’s special envoy Mahinda Samarasinghe met Wednesday morning with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Inner City Press asked him how the meeting had gone. Video here and below.“Constructive,” he called it, saying that the government’s Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission report, due November 15, will […]

  • Sri Lankan rights abuses top the bill as leaders talk

    AUSTRALIA is arguing for the Commonwealth to be given greater powers to stop member nations engaging in military coups and human rights abuses, rather than persist with the present system of suspending nations only once they have transgressed.The Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, made the call yesterday as Australia argued behind closed doors for the Commonwealth […]

  • Billion of rupees wasted from online lottery

    In another glaring instance where public money has been wasted due to corruption, the country has lost a massive Rs.983 million as a result of an investment made in a Norwegian company a few years ago for an online lottery, the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has revealed.The lottery had been introduced during 2002-2004 […]

  • Another Jaffna undergrad assaulted Read more >

    Another Jaffna undergrad assaulted

    Just days after the assault of a student leader in Jaffna, another undergraduate was stoned by unknown persons at Punagari Junction in Paranthan.  Twenty six-year-old R. Kavdas was admitted to Kilinochchi with serious head injuries at 24th October.  He was later transferred to Jaffna Base Hospital. Kavdas has been a participant of agitations against the […]

  • EDITORIAL Sri Lanka Gaurdian: New bill on assets

    Underperforming government brings a bill to acquire underperforming private enterprisesToday’s media, based in Colombo has reported that the government has placed before the Supreme Court a bill for a new law to acquire underperforming enterprises and underutilised assets. The president has placed this bill before the Supreme Court for approval. According to the report this […]

  • ‘I don’t want to be the Prime Minister. I am not interested in that’–Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

    An Interview with Shakuntala Perera for “Hard Talk”. QUESTION: Is there a conspiracy behind Baratha Premachandra’s death? His family alleges against a move to obstruct justice from within the government, with a finger pointed directly at the President? ANSWER: These are political rivalries. I don’t know what this big conspiracy is; they should explain what this is. It’s not […]

  • Post-war relations: MR praises Dutch action against the LTTE

    Shamindra Ferdinando  President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday evening urged the international community to follow the Dutch example in dealing with the LTTE seeking to destabilise Sri Lanka.Addressing a section of the Sri Lankan community based in Australia at the Winthrop Hall in Perth, Western Australia, President Rajapaksa said that there couldn’t be a better recent example […]

  • Australia AG refuses to allow Sri Lanka war crimes case

    Jamie Reese [JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland [official website] refused Tuesday to allow a war crimes case against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website]. McClelland’s announcement was in response to charges filed [JURIST report] by an Australian citizen claiming that during the 2009 Sri Lankan civil war, civilian targets were intentionally bombed by military […]

  • Sri Lanka –  Committee against Torture (CAT);  A glance at the recommendations of the alternative reports Read more >

    Sri Lanka – Committee against Torture (CAT); A glance at the recommendations of the alternative reports

    Recommendations are the most important section of all alternative reports that have been submitted to the CAT.  These recommendations represent a summary the expectations and bench marks for the campaign to stop torture in Sri Lanka. The four reports submitted by following organisations include comprehensive set of recommendations. the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the […]

  • Recommendations of International Disability Alliance (IDA) to CAT re Sri Lanka

    Recommendations from IDA :Closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in national and regional strategies to prevent torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment and treatment in accordance with Articles 4(3) and 15 of the CRPD.Adopt measures to ensure that all health care and services, provided to persons with disabilities, […]

  • Concluding recomendations of REDRESS to CAT re Sri Lanka

    III.CONCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONSThe Panel of Experts’ Report provides evidence that suggest violations both of Sri Lanka’s negative obligation to refrain from committing torture and ill-treatment and its positive obligation to prevent and respond to such violations. Implementation of these positive duties flowing in particular from articles 2, 12, 13, 14 and 16 are still outstanding, namely  […]

  • Tamil Tiger 5 – a case of irony and disappointment

    After four emotional weeks in court and another two weeks of quiet deliberation, the trial against 5 Dutch-Tamil Sri Lankans in The Hague, charged with supporting the Tamil Tigers movement, ended in disappointment for both sides. Richard Walker, The HagueNo one happy The men were convicted of supporting a criminal organisation and sentenced from 2 to 6 […]

  • Govt must ok Sri lankan President’s case – Australian PM

    A war crimes case filed against the Sri Lankan president in an Australian court cannot proceed without the federal government’s consent, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says. Sri Lankan-born Australian citizen Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran has lodged a war crimes indictment against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.The move came as Mr Rajapaksa was due […]

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