Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • LLRC should have addressed in detail the question of accoutability of human rights violations – South Africa

    South African Government position on the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC) in Sri LankaThe South African Government has noted the release of the final report of the Sri Lankan Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (the Commission of Enquiry) and the positive recommendations contained in the […]

  • “Tamils are a distinct people entitled to certain rights like Self-Determination in International law”

    MA.Sumanthiran MP Interviewed by Namini Wijedasa The Tamil National Alliance can bring even radical Tamil diaspora groups like the Global Tamil Forum and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam on board provided the government offers a ‘proper solution’ to the ethnic conflict, said M. Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian, in an interview last week. Excerpts: Namini Wijedasa: Will […]

  • The abnormal as normal is normalcy in not so normal Sri Lanka

    Namini WijedasaThis is not normal. In coffee lounges and around dinner tables in contemporary Sri Lanka, it is not uncommon for people to talk flippantly about who abducted whom or who killed whom in police custody. And despite everything that many Sri Lankans might think or say to the contrary…that isn’t normal, you know.I was […]

  • ‘Govt is trying to divide the TNA but will never succeed’

    Suresh Premachandran M.P. Interviewed by Chamitha Kuruppu Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran claims the Government is trying to divide his party in the same manner in which it split other opposition parties in the country. He strongly attacks the Government for its lack of commitment to finding a solid solution to the ethnic issue […]

  • Gotabaya denies north Lanka is militarised

    Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stoutly denied he was militarising the northern region and insisted troops “are maintaining absolutely essential presence” and were spread across all 22 districts on the island. He was responding to the charge by Tamil parties and the diaspora that army camps flooded the north even after the government […]

  • US diplomats heading to S. Lanka for civil war talks

    Three American diplomats will travel to Sri Lanka for talks about alleged killings of civilians by government troops in their campaign to defeat the Tamil Tigers, an official and report said Sunday. The visit comes ahead of a United Nations human rights council meeting in Geneva, which starts later this month, where Washington hopes to […]

  • 13th Amendment full of flaws: TNA .

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was riddled with flaws and therefore it could not be accepted as a basis for power devolution under the present circumstances.    The TNA’s latest remarks came in the backdrop of some quarters including India asking the  government of Sri Lanka […]

  • Govt. moves to take back some land powers

    When land powers are already vested with the Provincial Councils under the 13th Amendment of the constitution, opposition parties are perplexed at the Government’s move to introduce an amendment to the Town and Country Planning Bill through the Provincial Councils which will enable the Central Government to take over certain lands at the discretion of […]

  • Kusal Perera first to get booted out of Sunday Leader

    Well known political critic and writer, Kusal Perera contributing to “Political & Governance” column in the Sunday Leader news paper is booted out, say inside sources, after the Sunday Leader was bought over by a Rajapaksa proxy, Asanga Seneviratne a well known racketeer. Kusal Perera’s stand against military rule and Tamil people in Sunday Leader […]

  • ‘Rejecting’ Sri Lanka on Independence Day

    ”What contradicts banal official assurances that governance processes would be set to rights post LLRC extends to a far more disturbing reality than that. When something as fundamental as a protest demonstration by the media gets hijacked by pro government protestors numbering thugs holding clubs and three wheeler drivers who defy a court order that […]

  • Govt. on firefighting mode to face Geneva volcano

    US-backed resolution with diplomatic consequences coming; Clinton’s note raises the stakes Ministers sent to UNHRC member states; AG and the Army study LLRC recommendations on accountability issue United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton issued a virtual ‘ultimatum’ to the government of Sri Lanka this week. In essence, it is a call to address accountability […]

  • Activists missing incident: Relatives’ habeas corpus case on Feb. 15

    The Court of Appeal listed for support with notice to the respondents in a Habeas Corpus case filed by the father and the wife of two “Jana Aragala Viyaparaya” members who went missing in Jaffna on December 9. The petitioners Arumugam Weerarajah, father of Weerarajah Lalith Kumara and Muruganandan Janatha wife of Kitnam Muruganandan (Kugan) […]

  • Poor response to President’s call to nominate reps for PSC

    Key player TNA’s participation subject to Govt. fulfilling pledges made at bilateral talks President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to call a meeting of all political party representatives to persuade them to nominate members for the proposed Parliamentary Select committee (PSC) to find a solution to the national problem has not been received with much enthusiasm by […]

  • US sends three envoys to assess Govt. initiatives on LLRC report

    G.L. Peiris invited to Washington by Hillary Clinton ahead of Geneva resolution The United States is sending three top officials to Colombo ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva where Washington is proposing to move a resolution on Sri Lanka. The task of two of them, diplomatic sources said yesterday, […]

  • ‘Acting against executive is undemocratic’ – President

     Addressing the nation at the 64th Independence Day celebration in Anuradhapura today (Feb. 04), president Mahinda Rajapaksa said that it is undemocratic to act against the executive.  The president said he would not go against the public opinion by using his executive powers, and assured that he was committed to safeguard good governance, independence of […]

  • US to pressure Sri Lanka on reconciliation process’

    The United States is set to table a resolution against Sri Lanka at the next sitting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva later this month. The Americans have voiced their concerns over human rights violations in Sri Lanka before, but so far had not taken the step of bringing it forward […]

  • J’pura University student abducted and assaulted

    A Jayawardenapura University student had been abducted in a white colored Van yesterday, and then thrown on to the middle of the road after being assaulted.  The victim of this criminal abduction and assault is S P Sajith who is functioning as the representative of the Main student Council. He had been abducted on 2nd at […]

  • Sri Lanka: UN Must Act at Next Human Rights Council Session – HRW

    (New York) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should address the lack of accountability for wartime abuses in Sri Lanka during its March 2012 session, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Human Rights Council (HRC) member countries and observers today. Nearly three years since the end of the war, the Sri Lankan government […]

  • Pro Rajapaksa gang abducts, threatens Kaaththaankudi civil activist

    A.C.M. Asam, a member of the Kaaththaankudi Good Governance People Movement was abducted last Friday by an armed men who came in motorbikes when he was returning home after seeing his ailing mother in the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital. Mr. Asam was later released after four hours, according to M.M.Abdur Rahuman, Soora council member of the […]

  • Brother of Chairman of Kolonnawa UC abducted

    A brother of the Chairman of the Kolonnawa Urban Council has been abducted. According to the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana a group that arrived in a van had carried out the abduction in the Meethotamulla area this afternoon.A complaint has been lodged in this regard with the Wellampitiya police by the mother of the […]

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