Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • US endorses immunity to Shavendra

    Exclusive The United States will endorse claims for diplomatic immunity by a Sri Lankan diplomat facing charges of alleged war crimes in a New York Court.A State Department document certifying immunity for Major General Shavendra de Silva, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), will […]

  • Bharatha killed, Duminda wounded in poll-day gun battle

    Dusk-to-dawn curfew clamped in Mulleriyawa; army called in  Leon Berenger A presidential advisor was killed and a ruling party strongman parliamentarian was among those seriously injured when violent intra party clashes broke out yesterday during elections for the Kolonnawa Urban Council. A police curfew was imposed in Mulleriyawa area till 6 a.m. today to curb the […]

  • Three killed in Sri Lanka election violence

    Charles Haviland At least three people have been killed and dozens wounded in an outbreak of political violence in Sri Lanka.In clashes within the governing party, an adviser to the president, a bodyguard and another person were shot dead. Another politician was injured.The violence was connected to local elections taking place in 23 local authorities […]

  • TNA to discuss party concerns with India

    Kelum Bandara Amid charges that the government is not genuinely interested in evolving a political solution to the Tamil question, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it would discuss its political concerns with India’s Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai tomorrow. Mr. Mathai will arrive in the country today, and visit the North tomorrow to monitor […]

  • Lankan attacks on Indian fishermen act of aggression: Jayalalithaa

    CHENNAI: Voicing her serious concern over increasing attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy, chief minister Jayalalithaa today said such assaults on Indian citizens should be viewed as “an act of provocation and aggression against India.”Jayalalithaa conveyed her strong sentiments to foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai, who called on her here ahead […]

  • Petitions against Army, Police pile up in Jaffna – Grease Yaka Phenomenon

    S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court was inundated with another set of 30 rights violation petitions in addition to the earlier 22 petitions in respect of the alleged ensuing reprisals on the residents by military and police at Navanthurai, Jaffna in the aftermath of the ‘Grease Devil’ phenomenon.When these petitions filed through Attorney-at-Law S.M.M. Samsudeen were […]

  • Assault Dr. N. J. Nonis, Registrar of the Sri Lanka Medical Council condemed

    Medical Specialists condemn assaultThe Councils and the membership of the Sri Lanka Colleges of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Paediatricians and Surgeons and the Ceylon College of Physicians yesterday expressed their deep concern and noted with chagrin the deliberately planned assault on Dr. N. J. Nonis, Registrar of the Sri Lanka Medical Council by unknown persons near […]

  • Need for Television Regulatory Commission Read more >

    Need for Television Regulatory Commission

     Lt Col Chandana Weerakoon MScThe main objective of a Television Regulatory Commission is to regulate the telecasts and related activities in order to achieve the national interest before discussing the objectives and conduct of the organisation where the basic principles of the media is concerned. Television is the most powerful media presently the world is […]

  • Sri Lanka unveils 5-year action plan to protect human rights

     The Sri Lankan Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, announced on Thursday the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The five-year plan fulfills Sri Lanka’s pledge [BBC report] made in 2008 as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official […]

  • Attempt to create unrest in Lanka: Rajapaksa

     Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned of an attempt to create religious and ethnic unrest in the country.Rajapaksa warned his cabinet of the “plot” to create unrest in the country, which ended a three-decade ethnic conflict in May 2009 with the defeat of the separatist LTTE“President shared this intelligence information with his cabinet to […]

  • Karu warns of social explosion due to lack of faith in police

    Saman Indrajith UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya yesterday warned, in Parliament, that there was room for a social explosion as the public trust in law and order had eroded due to the heavy politicization of the police service.Addressing Parliament during the debate on establishment of a National Police Academy, Jayasuriya said that if there occurred such […]

  • Resolution of the national question achievable only on the basis of the acceptance of democracy, fundamental human rights, inclusiveness, equality and justice: R. Sampanthan

    Statement issued by Mr. R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance /Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi on elections scheduled to be held on 8th October 2011 to the Municipal Council, KalmunaiThe Tamil National Alliance-Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi is contesting the elections being held to the Kalmunai Municipal council. Even though our strength within the Area may […]

  • Three Possible Scenarios After Release of LLRC Report

    Kalana SenaratneAnother session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has come to an end.Sri Lanka has emerged unscathed, even though considerable pressure is being exerted on the Sri Lankan Government, from different actors in different quarters of the world: one, regarding a political solution to the conflict; two, regarding the issue of […]

  • Suspend illegal transfer, promotion of cops, UNP tells EC Loss of confidence in judicial system reason for killings inside police stations – Ranil

     Zacki JabbarPromotions and transfers of policemen, to or from areas where tomorrow’s local government elections are to be held, since the campaign begun, are illegal and should be suspended immediately, the UNP said yesterday.Informed sources told The Island that UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, in a written communication to Polls Chief Mahinda Deshapriya, has referred […]

  • Western powers, LTTE and NGOs targeting MR – Minister

    “The challenges that President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces come from the external forces and not from internal ones. A few powerful countries in the West are determined to punish the Sri Lankan President for eradicating LTTE terrorism despite the pressure applied by them to halt the fighting in the final episode of the battle,” said Minister […]

  • SLMA sends letter to MR

       The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA), the apex body of doctors in Sri Lanka yesterday urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take necessary action to preserve the integrity of the Sri Lanka Medical Council for the maintenance of discipline and smooth functioning of its regulatory and academic activities in the face of verbal attacks by […]

  • BRIEFING NOTE ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA – Oct 2011 Read more >

    BRIEFING NOTE ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA – Oct 2011

    1.       Situation in North and East – absolute militarization ·         Governors for both North and East appointed by the President are former senior military officials ·         Military restricts freedom of association, assembly and movement ·         Military occupies land preventing people from resettling ·         Displaced people whose land is occupied by military are forcibly resettled in […]

  • The Observatory expresses its deep concern about those false allegations and threats against Mr. Sunanda Deshapriya,

    URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORYSri Lanka/October 6, 2011The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation.Brief description of the situation:The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the […]

  • SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated Read more >

    SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated

    SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated October 6, 2011 ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-194-20116 October 2011 —————————————————— SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; impunity; rule […]

  • SL sends report to unhrc chief Friday,

    Dianne Silva Sri Lanka, which came under immense pressure over its human rights record at the recently concluded United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, will send its newly formulated National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay. According to the President’s Human Rights […]

  • SL military collects details on ex-LTTE members in Jaffna, Vanni

    Occupying Sri Lanka Army soldiers in Jaffna and Vanni have again started collecting details of former LTTE members. The SLA, using new forms from Colombo, is registering details of ex-Tiger members who had left the movement several years ago and of those who were detained and released by the SLA after the genocidal onslaught on […]

  • Sinhala encroachment of grazing lands continues unabated in Batticaloa

    Under the direction of SL authorities in Colombo, the Ampaa’rai District Agrarians Services Department has begun issuing permits to Sinhala encroachers on grazing lands in the Batticaloa district giving permanent status. Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Mr.P.Selvarasa addressing a meeting of the farmers at Vavu’natheevu DS secretariat last week requested the Sri Lanka Government […]

  • Ravaya journalist challenges Gotabaya’s politics

    .Ravaya journalist and media activist Lasantha Ruhunage has complained to the elections commissioner on campaigning activities of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.The journalist has told BBC Sandeshaya that he informed the polls chief against Mr. Rajapaksa who visited Slave Island to support UPFA mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda on 3rd October. “Defence Secretary requested the people to […]

  • Sri Lanka denies visa to European Parliament group

    Paul Murphy I was meant to travel to Sri Lanka this week as part of an official delegation from the GUE/NGL (Left group in European Parliament). The idea to travel to Sri Lanka came from the meeting I hosted in the Parliament a few months ago about the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka. My wish […]

  • IFJ writes to President Nasheed on False allegations and attacks on Sri Lankan Journalist Sunanda Deshapriya

    ” I am writing to you today on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents more than 600,000 journalists and media workers in 131 countries, to express our concerns about comments attributed to you in a number of media reports in Sri Lanka’s media. ”Mohamed NasheedPresident of the MaldivesThe President’s OfficeBoduthakurufaanu Magu,Male’ […]

  • “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” to be screened at EU Parliament

    Three international Human Rights watchdogs, Amnesty International, International Crisis Group (ICG), and Human Rights Watch (HRW) are jointly organizing the screening of Channel-4 documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields,” at the European Union Parliament Wednesday (12th), invitation sent to decision makers said. The documentary has been shown at the legislative bodies of western capitals including Washington, […]

  • SLA encroaches 100 acres of farmland in Ki’linochchi

    The occupying Sri Lanka Army in Vanni has forcibly taken over about one hundred acres of farmland situated between the villages Shanthapuram and Kanakaampikaik-ku’lam 5 km southeast of Ki’linochchi town. Earlier, the farmland was the livelihood of hundreds of people under a poverty alleviation scheme under the civil administration of the LTTE.A church and a […]

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