Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • ‘Farewell my dear Father’: A tribute by a daughter to a fine human being

    Ruwandi Silva Death,deprivation,loss and suffering is not necessarily the monopoly of Tamils in Sri Lanka alone. Other ethnicities have also suffered , many at the hands of those belonging to the Tamil ethnicity. As for the majority community there was a particular brand of violence which victimized them greatly.I am talking of the two insurrections in […]

  • Sri Lanka media group challenges websites blocking

    BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI A media rights group has filed a court challenge over the Sri Lankan government’s blocking of five news websites for content that was deemed insulting, a spokesman said Tuesday. The local Free Media Movement filed a fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court on Monday on the basis that the blockade breaches the people’s […]

  • We wrote Sri Lankan President’s civil war speech, say lobbyists

    Exposed: Public relations firm’s dealings with some of the world’s most controversial regimesSenior executives at Bell Pottinger told undercover reporters that they were so influential that they had written a key speech given by the Sri Lankan President to the United Nations.During the address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last year, which the company said was […]

  • High profile money lender abducted .

    A 55 year old businessman who was known to be a high profile money lender in Kotahena had been abducted this morning resulting in protests in the area, the police said. The incident had taken place in the Jampatah Lane when the victim known as ‘Christopher’ was abducted by an unidentified gang who came in […]

  • Free media seeks SC order to lift ban on websites

    Sarath Dharmasena  The Free Media Movement yesterday filed a fundamental rights violation petition in the Supreme Court seeking the lifting of the ban on five websites in Sri Lanka.  The websites named were Sri Lanka Mirror, Lanka Guardian, Lanka E-News, Lanka News Web and Papparazi news.comIt was cited in the petition that the Director of […]

  • Strategic Batticaloa borderland appropriated for colonisation

    [TamilNet] 2,500 acres of lands in Mangka’la Aaru, located along Chengkaladi-Badulla A-5 road, a border village of Batticaloa district, are to be sold to Sinhala businessmen and to foreign investors, informed sources in Paduvaankarai told TamilNet. SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Colombo government has recently taken steps to survey the lands through its deputy minister and […]

  • Latest abduction suspicion on Govt

    Ruwan Chandimal Depp was abducted by a group claimed to be policemen, says his wife Police in Sri Lanka said that the family of an alleged underworld figure lodged a complaint over his abduction. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana told BBC Sandeshaya that police in Warakapola has received the complaint of the abduction of Ruwan Chandimal […]

  • Canadian FM Baird talks tough on SL .

    Sri Lanka needs to take accountability for serious allegations of war crimes committed during its 25-year civil war, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Thursday.  Baird’s comments to MPs at the Commons foreign affairs committee come after Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly criticized Sri Lanka over its human rights record during the Commonwealth meeting in […]

  • The Metamorphosis Of A “Corrupt” Regime

    “The Committee (COPE) reports to the Parliament and the recommendations contained in their reports are deemed to be directives to the respective Corporations or Statutory Boards for due compliance.”(Official web site of parliament) In Sri Lanka, where politicians are the most stupidly superstitious, number “13”, which is not used in any hotel for any room or […]

  • NZ assures support for IC justice and accountability to war victims

     [TamilNet] “New Zealand remains willing to co-operate with the international community in considering appropriate investigative mechanisms to bring justice and accountability to the victims of the Sri Lankan war,” said New Zealand’s foreign minister Murray McCully, on Thursday, in a letter addressed to Tamil Forum in New Zealand. The UNSG panel report is likely to […]

  • TNA asks government not to place new impediments in talks

    (The Hindu) Reiterating the commitment of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to continue the talks aimed at arriving on an amicable political solution for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the TNA on Saturday urged the government “to honour the mutual agreement reached and not to place new impediments to achieving an acceptable political solution that […]

  • US Ambassador to review LLRC report

    During his meetings with senior government leaders in Sri Lanka last month, Deputy Assistant Defence Secretary Sher said that “United states needs to see continued progress in promoting the rights of all Sri Lankans.” He also called for what he termed concrete steps “to bring about reconciliation with the Tamil population. He made clear it […]

  • A question of systemic abuse rather than a few excesses

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s keynote address at the inaugural “National Conference on Reconciliation – the way forward for post conflict Sri Lanka” held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Studies late last month, is a provocative indication of Sri Lanka’s apparent change of heart in regard to the accountability question. Honest […]

  • Land takeover: SC refuses to give ruling

    Chandani Kirinde The Supreme Court has decided not to make a determination on a bill intended to amend the Town and Country Planning Ordinance on the grounds that it has been placed on the Order Paper of Parliament without complying with the constitutional requirement that it be first referred to the Provincial Councils (PCs) for […]

  • LLRC report: President to outline action this month: Special address to Parliament on national question and HR issues

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa will make a special address to Parliament after he personally tables the findings of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission this month. The address will set out the steps the government would take on the recommendations of the LLRC’s final report. He will also focus on concerns expressed by the international community […]

  • Church ‘to boycott’ Govt functions

    The head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka says he will boycott all government functions in protest against the arrest of a nun over child trafficking allegations. Colombo Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, told journalist in Colombo that he strongly objects to the arrest of Sister Mary Eliza, an Indian nun serving in a Mother […]

  • Unemployed Tamil graduates stage protest in SL militarized Jaffna

    [TamilNet] Hundreds of unemployed Tamil graduates Friday held a protest in front of the office of the SL Colonial Governor of Northern Province Maj. Gen (retd) G.A.Chandrasiri demanding immediate employment and condemning the lethargic attitude of the Colombo government in providing employment opportunities to the graduates in the North. The demonstration commenced from Va’n’nai Perumaa’l […]

  • Govt. bans ‘Maaveer Day’ events .

    The government has banned any form of publicity, celebrations, functions or events connected to the LTTE, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.  He said Sri Lanka would also through diplomatic channels request other countries to follow suit.   With regard to the incident at the Anuradhapura prison last week, the minister said according to a confidential […]

  • Presidential pardon reversed for daughter-rapist

    (Srilankamirrror) – The president has reversed a decision about to be implemented to grant a pardon for a man convicted of raping his own daughters, aged two and four years, ‘Ravaya’ reports.  Justice ministry secretary Suhada Gamlath and a prisons commissioner Asoka Hapuarachchi have informed the newspaper about the new decision, taken to prevent any […]

  • Discarded ballot papers marked for Gen. Fonseka are genuine

    The 62 ballot papers which were marked for common opposition candidate former Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka at the last presidential election and found dumped near the Ratnapura Technical College were originals says Elections Department’s former Questioned Documents’ Examiner P.H. Manatunga.Mr. Manatunga in a letter states he examined the ballot papers using analytical techniques such […]

  • Canadian FM urges Lanka on accountability

    (Srilankamirror) – Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird has said that Sri Lanka needed to take accountability for serious allegations of war crimes allegedly committed during its 25-year war.  He was speaking to MPs at the Commons foreign affairs committee yesterday (Dec. 01), according to Canadian media.   “Other countries have taken 10 years for reconciliation, […]

  • Ranil asks why govt. opposed C’wealth eminent persons’ recommendation

    Wickremesinghe’s statement made in the parliament 01.12.2011:1. The meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 agreed to the “Affirmation of Commonwealth Principles”. They also mandated the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group to report on making the Commonwealth more relevant to its times and its people.The Report of the Commonwealth Eminent […]

  • Investigating violations of international treaties by International investigative bodies unnecessary – Keheliya

    If the LLRC report reveals there were violations of internationally accepted treaties during the final phase of the war, such incidents will be investigated and culprits prosecuted, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said at a Cabinet briefing yesterday.He asserted that the government still has not deviated from its stance on war crimes allegations and international humanitarian […]

  • What are the legal provisions to register websites? – Mangala asks

    (Srilankamirror) – MP and head of the UNP Communication Division Mangala Samaraweera has asked the authorities to inform him of the relevant legal provisions enabling the Ministry of Mass Media and Information to require the websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka to be registered with that ministry. In […]

  • PM TO ESTABLISH SEPARATE COURT FOR MAHA SANGHA

    Prime Minister D.m.jayaratne said he would take steps to establish a court exclusively to solve the disputes among the Maha Sangha to uphold their dignity and to prevent any possible damage to the Sangha Sasana when their cases were heard in open court. Addressing a gathering that attended the opening of the two storied living […]

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