Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Japan wants Sri Lanka to publicize its war report

    BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI(AP)Japan wants Sri Lanka to publicize a report on alleged wartime abuses and implement its proposals to end bitterness from a decades-long civil war, an envoy said Wednesday.   Japanese government’s representative Yasushi Akashi said during his talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa he reiterated the need to adopt measures for reconciliation between ethnic communities for […]

  • TNA calls for debate on LLRC report

    TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah called for a debate on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee’s (LLRC) report in Parliament. He questioned what the government is doing about the LLRC report.DM

  • Tear gas & water cannon for SYU ‘march’

    The ‘protest march’ of the Socialist Youth Union’ was subjected to attacks of tear gas and high pressure water canon by the police a little while ago.  Five protest marchers have been injured due to the baton charge carried out by the police say reports.The ‘protest march’ was organized to protest against the budget presented […]

  • Will the judiciary crack under pressure? .

    It is our right to protest that no government or political party can investigate past decisions and actions of the former Chief Justice or else the next victim will be the incumbent chief justice and the government will take steps to appoint a new person. This has become a threat for judges to act independently. […]

  • Colombo plans to annex Tamil border villages in Batticaloa with Ampaa’rai

     [TamilNet] Colombo government has been planning to Sinhalicise about fifteen to twenty thousand acres of lands located along the border Tamil villages in the Batticaloa district from the administration of Batticaloa district to Ampaa’rai district secretariat, according to local district officials in Batticaloa.As a first step in the plan, six villages with vast natural resources […]

  • University student missing in Jaffna

    [TamilNet] A student of the University of Jaffna, 27-year-old Vetharaniyam Latheesh, was missing after he left the gents hostel (Balasingham Hostel) of the University of Jaffna in Thirunelveali by 6:45 pm, Sunday evening. The student, studying at the Siddha Medicine department of the university located at Kaithadi, and used to stay in the hostel there, […]

  • Farmers, teachers see real wages decline this year

    Adjusted for inflation, the real wages of the services and industrial sector have grown substantially this year while real wages in the agriculture sector declined along with public sector wages, with real wages of teachers seeing the biggest dip, the Central Bank said.The wages of public sector employees increased by 6.7 percent in nominal terms […]

  • Questions for Sri Lankan Ambassador of Australia: Dr. Senewiratne

    “Are you aware of the internationally accepted ‘Command Responsibility’, that all those all the way to the top, be they military leaders or civilians (such as your President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Secretary of Defence,. and some of these military men including yourself, could be held […]

  • Tamil prisoners on hunger strike

    Prisoners say they were stripped naked before taken out and assaulted At least 65 Tamil prisoners in Anuradhapura are on a hunger strike seeking proper protection.The prisoners have launched a protest after being assaulted by the prison officials on Sunday, former Jaffna district parliamentarian MK Sivajilingam told BBC Sandeshaya. Most of the prisoners subjected to […]

  • Lawyers prevented from visiting beaten up Tamil prisoners – Udul

    (Srilankamirror) – Lawyers were prevented from meeting the 65 Tamil inmates at Anuradhapura Prison, who were reportedly beaten up yesterday (Nov. 27).  A team of lawyers and representatives of the organization ‘We Are Sri Lankans’ tried to meet them today. The organization’s representative Udul Premaratne said the prisoners were stripped and beaten up, but no one […]

  • Another death in police custody

    Norman PalihawadanaThe police are investigating the death of a suspect taken in for questioning in connection with his alleged involvement in a series of robberies in the Jaffna peninsula.  Responding to a query by The Island, sources said that they were inquiring into the circumstances, under which the suspect, Skandarajah alias Sumanan had died in […]

  • MAJORITY OF WOMEN VICTIMISED IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    According to the prevailing law, the culprits can be punished and jailed for five years, but no one has been jailed up to five years due to practical difficulties. In a stunning revelation it has been found that 70% of females between 15 and 45 have been subjected to sexual harassment in public transport and […]

  • LLRC report:The Need for Transparency

    Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe “Our challenge is strongly to encourage the Sri Lankan government to embrace reconciliation,accountability, and respect for human rights, while trying not to push the country towards Burma-like isolation from the west” Patricia A. Butenis Former US Ambassador in Sri Lanka as revealed in Wikileaks cables. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) […]

  • What Happened To India’s 50,000 Houses?

    Maryam AzwerWhen The Sunday Leader interviewed R. Sampanthan a week ago, the TNA leader claimed that of the 50,000 houses the Government of India had donated to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka, only 50 had been fully completed.“According to our sources, when the Indian Foreign Secretary visited last month, only 50 houses had […]

  • JVP calls for war crimes probe

    JVP leader admitted that Sri Lanka troops committed war crimes An opposition party in Sri Lanka that supported the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers has called for an investigation into alleged war crimes.Somawansa Amerasinghe, the leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it supports the recent statement by the defence secretary that accountability will […]

  • Prageeth’s wife writes to UN-CAT over Mohan Peiris claim

    (Srilankamirror)The wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has written to the UN Committee Against Torture regarding a statement the former attorney general Mohan Peiris had made before the Committee.Sandya Ekneligoda has sent the letter to UN-CAT secretary Joao Nataf over the fate of her husband, who went missing on 24 January last year.Text of the […]

  • Is US threatening action against Lanka at UN in Geneva if presidential pardon is not given to Sarath Fonseka?

    Shamindra Ferdinando The UPFA alleges the US embassy is increasingly interfering in domestic political issues, thereby undermine the government.  The SLFP-led coalition believes that the US is trying to cause a rift in the government over the imprisonment of defeated presidential candidate, former Army Chief, Gen. Sarath Fonseka.The party was responding to US Ambassador Patricia Butenis […]

  • The military is taking over large chunks of land in North-Chandrika Kumaratunga

    Ranga Jayasuriya Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week delivered a scathing attack on the government’s handling of the former IDPs at a discussion held in the South Asia Policy Research Institute in Colombo.“You may be satisfied with it (reconciliation process), but I am not,” she said responding to Professor Rohan Gunaratna, who was the guest speaker.Prof. […]

  • Govt-TNA talks: Where are the Muslim politicians?

    Latheef Farook Where are the Muslim parliamentarians and what about the burning issues facing the Muslim community? This is the question raised in many Muslim circles following reports of talks between the government and the Tamil National Alliance aimed at solving the problems of Tamils. However, Muslim politicians, it appears, have not even woken up […]

  • Mechanism to probe war incidents soon

    (ST)Govt. takes action on LLRC recommendations; report in parliament early next month  The Government will announce details of an investigative mechanism to probe incidents as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission when the report is tabled in Parliament early next month.According to the government’s current thinking, the probes into matters relating to post-war […]

  • Treatment for Fonseka: Anoma seeks court order .

    Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s wife Anoma said yesterday she would need a new court directive to ensure that her husband received medical treatment in hospital after the authorities had not permitted him to get such treatment recently.“We tried to get our lawyers to intervene to get my husband to hospital but the authorities didn’t […]

  • All under control in Jaffna: Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe .

    Security in and around the Jaffna peninsula and the North has been tightened as the military has received information that a group was planning to paste posters in the area to mark  the birthday of Velupillai Prabhakaran.Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurasinghe noted that no celebration or activity will take place in the […]

  • Sri Lanka investigating civilian casualties from civil war

    [JURIST] Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa [official profile] stated on Thursday in a speech [press release and transcript] that the government has begun counting the number of civilian deaths from its 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive]. The counting was initiated to counter several allegations […]

  • UN CAT to GOSL: take immediate measures to investigate all acts of torture and punish;consider an international investigatory body to fellow up LLRC report

    ‘‘Notwithstanding the new circumstances prevailing since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the end of the military conflict that has consumed the country for nearly 30 years, and the State party’s public commitment to the Committee that it has a zero-tolerance policy on torture as a matter of State policy […]

  • Former AG ‘misled UN’ says FMM

    ‘Mr Jayantha had denied that he ever made a statement requesting investigations to be stopped’ A media watchdog in Sri Lanka has accused the government of misleading the United Nations over the plight of missing and tortured media personnel.The Free Media Movement (FMM) says the former attorney general (AG) Mohan Peiris, who represented Sri Lanka […]

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