Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • A/L exams lost its credibility: FUTA

    (Lakna Paranamanna) The 2011 A/L results fiasco has violated the credibility and high standards maintained during the examination throughout the years, university academics said expressing their grave concern over the controversy. Expressing their concern over the complications and errors reported concerning the A/L results, Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) President Dr. Ranjith Nirmal Dewasiri […]

  • SLA assaults, threatens activists who protest against sand mining in Batticaloa

    [TamilNet] The occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers at Mu’rakkoddaagn-cheanai camp in Batticaloa district have summoned civil activists from Chantha’na-madu river basin to their camp, intimidating them and issuing death threats to some of the activists for having protested against illegal sand mining carried out by TMVP paramilitary operated by the SLA. The villagers, intimidated […]

  • LLRC Report: JHU to act strongly against recommendations

    Continuing its strong line against the LLRC report, the JHU warns of a strong political decision if the government goes ahead with implementing the commission recommendations.JHU spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said they have already made their strong objections known to the LLRC report.He was responding to a question by ‘Srilankamirror’ over a remark by UNP’s […]

  • More information unearthed in investigations into the murder of the Britisher

    The police officers carrying out investigations regarding the murder of the British national committed at a tourist resort at Tangalle have come across details regarding a ransom clique that has close connections with the government.A heap of information has been unearthed regarding many individuals connected with the government who have food and liquor from hotels […]

  • LLRC: Another Nail in the Coffin of Justice, Democracy and Freedom

    (Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe )The entire value of the LLRC report rests upon two conditions: First, whether it addresses the core issues raised by allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including war crimes and crimes against nature and humanity. The core issues include targeting civilians, shelling of No-Fire Zones and hospitals, atrocities […]

  • TNA calls for an international mechanism for accountability in SL

     The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the international community to establish a “mechanism for accountability” to bring to book the perpetrators of war crimes during the last stages of the Eelam War that ended in May 2009.The party has said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, “categorically fails to effectively and […]

  • If GCE (AL) results fiasco occurred in another democratic country the responsible ministers and officials would have resigned voluntarily

    (Sumanasiri Liyanage) Is the GCE Advanced Level results fiasco the latest of the government’s spiraling mismanagement of education? I received an official text message on Sunday afternoon informing that the GCE A/L results were available on the web. Although I do not have anyone known to me who sat for the GCE A/L examination this […]

  • LTTE Human Right Violations and War Crimes against North East Muslims, Before the Ceasefire Agreement of 22nd February 2002

     (M.I.M. Mohideen)With the increased activities of the Tamil militants in the early part of 1985, the animosity and resentment of the Tamils towards the North East Muslims took a more acrimonious turn. Consequent to it, numerous incidents of extortions of money, robbing jewellry and other valuables at gun point, and threat to co-operate with the […]

  • Political thuggery, murder, mayhem should end

    (Harischandra Gunaratna)The main suspect responsible for the killing of the British tourist Kuram Shaika at the Nature Resort t at Medilla in Tangalle using a T 56 assault rifle, Sampath Chandrapushpa Dissanayaka, Chairman, Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha has been arrested with three others.The British tourist met with his death at the hands of a set of […]

  • 1,637 rape cases reported in 2011: Police

    An increase in statutory rape cases have been reported in the country, the police said yesterday. Police spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that they have detected an increase in statutory rape cases this year when compared with previous years.Statutory rape is when a person engages in sex with consent or without consent of an underage […]

  • Attempts to undermine investigation of Britisher’s murder

    A group of persons identifying themselves as law abiding citizens of Tangalle, have complained to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in writing that there are attempts by some elements with vested interests to undermine investigations into the killing of  a British national at a hotel in Tangalle  recently.The letter has been copied to the […]

  • ‘The Tamil diaspora does not want peace’

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending the 30-year-old ethnic war. But a political settlement eludes the country. In this interview with R. Bhagwan Singh at his Temple Tree residence in Colombo, the President spoke about relations with India and China, and the difficulties in relation to the […]

  • MPS demands compensation for affected students

    GCE Advanced Level examination results bungling should not be allowed to go off easily but the government must consider paying compensation for the affected candidates, demand the Movement for People’s Struggle.Operational Coordinator of the MPS, Duminda Nagamuwa addressing a media conference held at Hotel Nippon in Colombo yesterday said that the government must cancel the […]

  • ‘GMOA to strike if SAITM report un-released’

    The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) yesterday threatened to go on an all-island strike if the Health Ministry does not release an inquiry report on the controversial South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) by the end of the month.Addressing a press conference today GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Sankalpa Marasinghe said the union had […]

  • ‘Please Stop Saying you Unified Country Because Sri Lanka was Never Divided to be Unified’-Sangaree Writes to Mahinda

    Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF) Secretary – General and former Parliamentarian Veerasingham Anandasangaree has in a letter written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that a solution to the Ethnic problem is needed immediatelyHere is the text of the TULF leader’s letter: 2011.12.26 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa,President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,Temple Trees,Colombo – 03 […]

  • LLRC report: Right to Information revisited

    “The Commission was deeply disturbed by persistent reports concerning attacks and obstacles placed on journalists and media institutions including news websites and killing of journalists and the fact that these incidents remain to be conclusively investigated and perpetrators brought to justice. The Commission was also alarmed by the deplorable attack on the Editor of the […]

  • Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa

    Brushing aside the criticism that he is nowhere near delivering a political solution even 30 months after ending the Eelam war, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has blamed Tamils, within the country and outside, for the delay by refusing to participate in the consultative process authored by him.“The parliamentary select committee [PSC] is a good […]

  • Sri Lankan ambassador promises accountability from war-crimes defendants

    (Ashish Kumar Sen) Sri Lanka will hold accountable every person accused of war crimes during its decades-long civil conflict, the island nation’s ambassador to the U.S. says. The Obama administration and human-rights groups have questioned Sri Lanka’s commitment to accountability after its government released a 387-page report on the conflict that does not identify any […]

  • Protestors force SL military to open cremation ground in HSZ

    [TamilNet] Resettled Tamils in the eastern part of Kaangkeasanthu’rai (KKS) on Tuesday staged a spontaneous protest against the Sri Lanka military demanding the right of the dead to be cremated in their own cremation ground. The protestors threatening to carry the casket of one of their relatives to the cremation ground blocked the main access […]

  • TNA & LLRC report

    (Dayan Jayatilleka)  Whatever one may think of the LLRC and NORAD reports, it is incontrovertible that two of the three major players in the last stage of the Sri Lankan conflict have undertaken and undergone a preliminary audit of sorts—the Sri Lankan state and the Norwegians– while the third (and the second in importance) has […]

  • Implementing LLRC report in New Year will be the challenge

     Jehan Perera – The 388-page report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission appears to be earning more bouquets than brickbats. Even one of the government’s foremost critics, the International Crisis Group, has noted its positive contribution to affirming principles of good governance and a political solution to the ethnic conflict. However, it has expressed […]

  • LLRC report has forgotten the Sinhalese – Champika

    The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report has crossed its limits, but its biggest blunder is making no mention about the Sinhalese people, alleges JHU secretary and minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.Speaking to the media in Colombo today (Dec. 27), he said the LLRC has completely forgotten the around 21,000 Sinhalese, who, according to credible evidence, […]

  • LLRC:AN INEVITABLE REMINDER OF APRC

    Whatever the wordings in the title of the Commission may be, the real motive of the government behind the appointment of it is somewhat confusing when considering its terms and the title together. Also when the UPFA government’s stand with respect to the 2002 ceasefire agreement and the terms of the commission are taken together, […]

  • LLRC Report: The Rock And The Hard Place

    The government has a problem acknowledging reality, but so do its critics. The war was not all good and the Rajapaksas are not all bad. That is the middle ground. With the LLRC report, the government has admitted that civilians were killed, that hospitals were shelled and that people were detained and at times disappeared. […]

  • Towards a Desperados’ Paradise, Editorial, The Island

    ”The main suspect, at large at the time of writing this comment, will give himself up to the police through a lawyer and a farcical probe will be conducted into the incident. Nothing will come of the investigation to be conducted, if any, as the government does not want to open up a can of […]

  • Indian aid to war-affected Tamils diverted to Sinhala colonisers

    [TamilNet] Sri Lankan Colonial Governor of the Northern Province, Major General (retired ) G.A.Chandrasiri, has diverted a portion of India-donated aid, meant for ‘resettled’ Tamil civilians in the five districts of North, once again as in the case of the India-donated tractors. This time, 2,000 bicycles were donated to each district. G.A. Chandrasiri has diverted […]

  • LLRC criticisms escalate as Colombo threatens legal action

    [TamilNet] Questioning the need for “a seven-man presidential Commission costing millions of rupees for platitudinous recommendations that the government will ignore,” Prof. Kumar David, in an opinion column in Lakbima says, “[t]his game [LLRC] is not being played for reconciliation with the Tamils; it is being played to get the human rights and international agencies […]

  • Rajapaksa strengthens blueprint of Sinhalicisation in East

    [TamilNet]Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has re-appointed former Sri Lanka Navy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Mohan Wijewickrama as the Governor of Eastern Province for the second term on December 22. Wijewickrama’s re-appointment is considered as a move by Mr. Rajapaksa to keep the civil administration of the Eastern Provincial Council under the control […]

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