Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Sri Lanka’s war against Tamil heroes continues for the third year

     [TamilNet] Genocidal Sri Lanka occupying the country of Eezham Tamils continued for the third year in militarily preventing people observing the Heroes Day week ending on Sunday. SL military’s paranoia or arrogance of oppression has gone to the extent of ordering temples not to toll bells or light lamps during the week. Military is also […]

  • Ceylon Teachers Union condemns Tamil teacher killing in Moothoor

     [TamilNet,] The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) Friday demanded that culprits behind the brutal murder of a young Tamil teacher Miss Kurukulasingham Srivathani should be arrested without delay and be brought before court of law and to ensure the security of the teaching community.The Trincomalee district branch of the CTU has issued a press release on […]

  • External solutions not for Sri Lanka – Defence Secretary

    Ishara MUDUGAMUWA Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation with a rich culture and a proud heritage does not need external guidance to achieve post conflict reconciliation. This will be achieved through an organic, local effort consistent with our culture and our values, and not based on external ideals imposed by others, Defence and Urban Development […]

  • Sri Lanka Mirror website to take legal action

    OLINDHI JAYASUNDERE The Sri Lanka Mirror news website said yesterday that it was on the verge of shutting down as it was incurring losses after the government arbitrarily blocked the website along with four others and said it had filed a fundamental rights case regarding the matter.The website’s Editor Kelum Shivantha said that the website […]

  • Uthayan News Editor goes overseas seeking protection

    The News Editor of the Uthayan newspaper published in Jaffna, Gunasundaram Kuganadan has traveled overseas for protection, it is learnt. Fifty seven year old Kuganadan was subjected to an inhumane assault on July 29th when he was on his way home after work. He was treated in hospital following the severe injuries sustained during the […]

  • International day against impunity – NfR calls on Government of Sri Lanka to investigate crimes against media and journalists

    ”This is a concern for us, but our greater worry is the failure of the GoSL to bring to account those responsible for the murder of a number of journalists, as also brutal attacks with murderous intent that have left a number of journalists seriously disabled.” H.E. Ambassador Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam,Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri […]

  • UK wants LLRC report public

    Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to release publicly the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee’s report on post conflict issues in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee presented their report to President Rakapaksa on 20 November. ”Many hope this report will mark a significant […]

  • Rudd promises comment on Sri Lanka report

    Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to comment on a Sri Lankan government report into the civil war when it is made public. The probe into the civil war against Tamil rebels has called for further investigations of alleged war crimes committed in the final stages of fighting in 2009, media reports say.The Lessons Learnt […]

  • Abducted fish trader returns home

    The police are probing to track down the person who was behind the abduction of the prominent fish trader in Dematagoda and Peliyagoda, allegedly by two men in camouflage military uniforms. He returned home on Wednesday night. Lalith Kumara was assaulted by the unidentified masked men and they robbed cash and jewellery he possessed at […]

  • The age of the thug, the vagabond and the sycophant

    S. L. Gunasekara(Sri Lanka Guardian) Unruly scenes and episodes of thuggery in what is, for some quaint ‘reason’, termed the “August Assembly”, namely Parliament, are regrettably, nothing new. Perhaps a new “low” was established by the scenes of rampant thuggery in the presence of the President of the Republic and the leader of the UPFA/SLFP […]

  • The civilian death toll in early 2009: A flawed estimate from Gunaratna

    ”Let me present their summary estimates as a preliminary to elaborations that underline the difficulty of reaching an exact figure.= “My estimate is that the deaths — cadres, forced labour and civilians — were very likely around 10,000 and did not exceed 15,000 at most” — RajasinghamNarendran.ii= [approximately] 12,000[without counting armed Tiger personnel]– Dr. MuttukrishnaSarvananthan.iii= […]

  • Samurdhi officers lose confidence in govt.

    (Srilankamirror) – Samurdhi officers have lost their confidence in the government following the presentation of budget 2012, says the Samurdhi Development Officers’ Association. It alleges the government is plotting to curtail privileges of Samurdhi officers by integrating them into a department. This proposal approved by the cabinet in August has been included in the budget, […]

  • Abductors wore military type uniforms

    Norman PalihawadanaChairman of the Dematagoda Traders’ Union, Lalith Gunaratne yesterday said that his abductors had seized Rs. 60,000 he had in his possession along with two gold rings.  Gunaratne said, “The gang comprised four persons. They wore military-type uniforms. They dragged me into freezer truck, tied my hands and blindfolded me.They interrogated me regarding my […]

  • Sri Lanka declares 2012 as Year for a Trilingual Sri Lanka

    The Sri Lankan Government has decided to declare year 2012 as the Year for a Trilingual Sri Lanka aimed at motivating the people to acquire trilingual skills.A paper presented by president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Cabinet suggests that far-seeing initiatives are  needed  to be taken to prevent the resurgence of terrorism which ravaged the country […]

  • MR warns of post-war threats to national security

    Shamindra FerdinandoPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday (22) said that some of the self-styled human rights champions had the audacity to call the killing of hardcore LTTE terrorist Thamilselvan in a SriLanka Air Force raid an attack on the peace process.Such criticism was part of their strategy to force Sri Lanka to call off its battle […]

  • Sri Lanka takes first count of civilian war deaths

    KRISHAN FRANCIS (AP) Sri Lanka said Thursday it was counting on its own how many civilians were slain at the end of its bloody civil war to counter claims that tens of thousands were killed and fend off international calls for a war crimes probe. Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also acknowledged for the first time […]

  • Sri Lanka rupee flat; T-bills hit 16-mo high

    * Cenbank says no more depreciation sets rupee at 113.50/90, from early trade 110.80/114.20    * Cenbank spends at least $60 mln to defend rupee-dealers    * T-bills at 16 month high; bond investors struggle to exit  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s rupee  ended flat on Wednesday after the central bank reimposed a trading band of 113.50/90, 30 […]

  • US Senators urge Secretary of State to take lead in establishing independent international commission if LLRC fails to meet standards

    Letter from US Senators dated Nov 4th, 2011 to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging The United States to “take the lead in pressing for the establishment of an independent international commission, either by the UN Human Rights Council or under the Secretary-General’s own authority”, was released to the media today.Full text of […]

  • Lawyers express concern over PSC ( on former CJ)

    A group of well-known lawyers have expressed concerns about the government’s move to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to probe the conduct of former Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva.  The signatories to the letter include Attorneys Saliya Peiris, J. C. Weliamuna, Upul Jayasuriya, J. C. Boange, U. R. Wijetunga, Jayantha Dias and K. A. […]

  • Sri Lanka approves committee on postwar reforms

     BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of a multiparty committee to recommend constitutional changes for ethnic reconciliation two years after a devastating civil war. However, a lawmaker from the largest party representing ethnic minority Tamils said it would not participate in the committee at this time because the recommendations […]

  • The Sri Lankan editor trapped in his office for the last five years

    New freedoms promised by the end of 25-year civil war are still being denied journalists in Sri Lanka, where many who have taken an unbiased stance have paid with their lives.It is not simply dedication to his job that has led newspaper editor MV Kaanamyl-nathan to not leave his office for five-and-a-half years.In the spring […]

  • Tracing Sri Lanka’s missing children Read more >

    Tracing Sri Lanka’s missing children

     Devi Selvaratnam holds up a photograph of her son Sivakajan Mel Gunasekera | AFP Two and a half years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody ethnic conflict, hundreds of families displaced by the war are still engaged in a fraught, exhausting search for missing children.  Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians were caught […]

  • Sri Lankan Opposition Attacked in Parliament

     AP / BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Lawmakers from Sri Lanka’s ruling party attacked opposition members who were protesting inside Parliament on Monday as President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented next year’s budget. Opposition United National Party legislators tried to hold up placards protesting the proposed budget, which they said did not contain enough measures to ease the economic burden […]

  • Assault of UNP MPs inside parliament proof of Rajapaksa dictatorship – John

    Zacki JabbarThe assault of UNP MPs, inside the parliamentary chamber, by some government MPs yesterday, reflected the dictatorship that had been foisted on the people by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, John Ameratunga MP said.Addressing a news conference in Colombo, Ameratunga said that he, Karu Jayasuriya, Anoma Gamage, Harin Fernando and several other opposition legislators had […]

  • Govt. ready to acquire 37,000 hectares

    KELUM BANDARA AND YOHAN PERERA President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his budget speech, announced yesterday that 37,000 hectares of land belonging to the plantation sector would be acquired in the similar manner the government took over underperforming and underutilised assets of 37 companies through the Act enacted in the House on November 9, 2011. The President also […]

  • Some observations on the Final Report of the Commission on the Expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province by the LTTE in October 1990

    This report provides what will be the definitive account of the story of the Northern Muslims following on their expulsion from the Northern Province by the LTTE in October 1990. Faithful throughout to the narrative of the affected, and respectful in its well- nuanced references to earlier writings- Hasbullah, Thiranagama and others- its approach earns […]

  • Rs. 100,000 for the third child in police/armed force families

    Srilankamirror – Each parent of war heroes would be made a monthly payment of Rs. 750 from the 2012 budget that is being presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that Rs. 1,700 million has been allocated to commence the Rana Viru Divi Neguma programme. The programme is aimed at benefiting the disabled soldiers. The monies are […]

  • President deceived us – university lecturers

    (Srilankamirror) – University lecturers have alleged the president has deceived them without giving a pay hike through the budget, as promised. President of the University Teachers Association Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri said they had abandoned union action a few months back on the basis of the promise given by the president. The president had promised to implement […]

  • Rajapakse’s media fears spread from TamilNet to Sinhala opponents

     [TamilNet] “The ban on TamilNet is the first instance of what the Free Media Movement believes may soon be a slippery slope of web and internet censorship in Sri Lanka,” BBC reported on 20th June 2007 when local reports indicated that access to TamilNet was blocked by unannounced directives to service providers from officials in […]

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