Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Beware the Wounded tigers Read more >

    Beware the Wounded tigers

    The three-decade conflict between successive governments and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) climaxed, trapping thousands of Tamil civilians between the Indian Ocean to the north and the Sri Lankan Army in all other directions. Within these bounds they were held captive by the LTTE, who were trying their best to prompt a humanitarian […]

  • Committed to working with Lankan govt. for lasting peace – US

    The United States says it is committed to working with the Sri Lankan government to help realize the goal of lasting peace through real reconciliation and accountability.  The remark came in a fact sheet issued by the office of the spokesperson of the US State Department on the key US outcomes at the UNHRC 19th […]

  • Govt. makes official stand on UNHRC .

    Making an official statement of the Government, with regard to the UNHRC resolution  Minister of External Affairs Prof.G.L.Peiris said that said Sri Lanka would not allow any foreign intervention at any time. Speaking in Parliament today, he said Sri Lanka’s stand on the issue was consistent right throughout. The Minister said his views are official […]

  • FR petition against website blockade put off for 3rd time

    The Supreme Court has put off until May 19 a fundamental rights petition against the blockade of certain websites.The Free Media Movement has filed the petition.At a hearing yesterday (Mar. 29), representatives of citizens groups propagating the right to information were present at the court. A panel of lawyers led by J.C. Weliamuna is appearing […]

  • Sushma Swaraj to lead all-party team to Sri Lanka next month

    The Indian government is planning to send an all-party delegation, led by Lok Sabha opposition leader Sushma Swaraj, to Sri Lanka next month.  According to PTI, the aim of their tour is to press for stopping all atrocities against Lankan Tamils and also look into their living conditions after the end of the LTTE.Swaraj has […]

  • Sri Lanka: Stop threats and incitement of violence against human rights defenders who engaged at the UN Human Rights Council

    Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding threats, harassment, intimidation, vilification and incitement to violence against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in connection with their views on accountability issues in Sri Lanka. These threats are part of a hate campaign directed against human rights defenders who have engaged with the 19th […]

  • Mervyn’s comments are a matter for the police, says Govt.

    The government said yesterday that Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva’s recent statement that he was responsible for chasing former Free Media Movement Convenor Poddala Jayantha out of the country was a matter for the police to deal with.Cabinet Spokesman and Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena responding to questions at a news conference in Colombo […]

  • Govt yet to react to UNHCR resolution says Cabinet spokesman

    Sri Lanka government has not officially announced its response to the resolution passed by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva, says the acting Media Minister and cabinet spokesman, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.“Government may give its official reaction in the future”, he said answering to a question from a journalist on Thursday.He said that […]

  • Tamil expats issued death threats

    Several expatriate Tamils in various cities in Switzerland described as ‘anti Sri Lankan’ have been issued with death threats, according to a Swiss newspaper called ’20 Minuten’.  Expatriate Tamils in Switzerland have brought to the notice of the Switzerland Federal Intelligence Agency that they have been issued with death threats in the form of letters […]

  • Sri lanka: Land grabbing and development-induced displacement

    Written statement submitted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development to 19th session on HRCThe Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), in association with three Sri Lankan non-governmental organisations1, draws the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council to the alarming trend violations of the rights to adequate housing, land […]

  • ‘Shape karala ganna puluwan’ (Can fix it) plan of Govt failed in Geneva

    Dr. Paikiasothy SaravanamuttuThe reaction of the Rajapaksa regime to the successful US resolution at the Human Rights Council makes out the resolution to be, in effect, the first defeat suffered by the regime, its feeble efforts at damage limitation notwithstanding. Needless to say it should not have come to this.What passed for policy was “shy-making” […]

  • Sinhala land-grabbers trigger abduction of Tamil youth in Batticaloa

    Armed men of allegedly Sri Lanka Army operated white-van squad Wednesday night have abducted a 20-year-old Tamil youth, Kishore Ramachandran, while the youth was at sleep at his house at mid-night. The abduction comes following threats to the Tamil family at Paalcheanai in Kathirave’li of Vakkarai region in Batticaloa district by Sinhalese to hand over […]

  • Headline Today’s “I witnessed Genocide” wins journalism award in New Delhi

    Indian television Headlines Today journalist Priyamvatha’s investigative reports from Vanni last year titled “I Witnessed Genocide: Inside Sri Lanka’s killing fields,” has won the prestigious “Best Investigative Report” award at the 2012 News Television Award in New Delhi, media sources in Chennai said. Ms. Priyamvatha went undercover to the Vanni to report on the survives […]

  • Interrogated European couple to leave country

    Belgian independent film-maker Guilhem de Crombrugghe and his French girlfriend Marie Ferdinand entered Sri Lanka on January 5. The couple was on holiday, and on tourist visas.  However, they were not here to ‘sit on the beaches and enjoy five star hotels’, as they put it. They wanted to experience a different side to Sri […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist party wants India sidelined

    Sri Lanka government coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it is preparing to present a set of proposals to the government in order to overcome the national and international challenges arisen following the resolution passed against Sri Lanka at Geneva.A special feature of the set of seven point set of proposals is related to […]

  • Sri Lanka to expose India

    In what seems like a major development, Sri Lanka has expressed its commitment to raise India’s human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir at the UN. Although the Sri Lankan government stated that this was a tit for tat because New Delhi had voted in favour of a US sponsored resolution against the country for […]

  • Post-war Northern Province: Some facts and fallacies Read more >

    Post-war Northern Province: Some facts and fallacies

    By Dr.Rajasingham Narendran I have been concerned by the claims of some politicians, journalists, NGOs and INGOs about post-war developments of an adverse nature relating to purported settlement of Sinhalese in the Northern Province, contrary to what I could see and gather from the people living within the province.  Table 1 : Population Statistics for the […]

  • After Geneva: Avoiding the trap

    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka“If we do not learn how to understand, we shall never learn how to survive.”– Fidel Castro, Reflections, March 21, 2012 After Geneva, do we Sri Lankans understand? Do we know how to understand? Do we understand that understanding does not come easily or automatically; that one has to ‘learn how to understand’, as […]

  • UNP insists on LLRC report implementation Read more >

    UNP insists on LLRC report implementation

    The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) yesterday adopted a resolution to push the government for the full implementation of LLRC recommendations.  The resolution, which was presented to the UNP Working Committee, was drafted by Lakshman Kiriella, Joseph Michael Perera and Mangala Samaraweera, party sources told Ceylon Today.It states the UNP will support […]

  • Hindu Council objects Buddhist Vihara replacing Saiva temple in Kokku’laay

    The construction of a Buddhist Vihara in the site after the destruction of several decade old Pi’l’laiyaar temple at Kokku’laay in Mullaith-theevu district cannot be allowed, said C.Yogeswaran, Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian in a memorandum to Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D.M.Jayatrena who also hold the post of Ministry of Buddha Sasana. Mr […]

  • Prageeth’s wife claims irrelevant cross-examination at court hearing

    The wife of the missing cartoonist Pradeep Ekneligoda says she was cross-examined at the Homagama courts over totally irrelevant matters in a petition she has filed citing former attorney general Mohan Peiris as the respondent.Sandya Ekneligoda said she was questioned at the court yesterday (Mar. 26) regarding her presence at the UNHRC session in Geneva. […]

  • Hate speech writer Mahinda Abeysundara made Lake House consultant editor

    ‘Dinamina’ editor Mahinda Abeysundara has been appointed consultant editor for all publications of state-run Lake House Group with immediate effect.According to LHG sources, he has been given the promotion in recognition of his contributions to further the cause of the government among the people. He also writes the script for ITN’s ‘Vimasuma’ programme. Until a […]

  • Minister says Caritas wants anarchy

    Accuses Church social arm of conspiring to undermine government Caritas yesterday dismissed allegations from a senior cabinet minister accusing the Church’s social arm of involvement in a major conspiracy to create anarchy within the country.Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said Caritas members had organized recent farmers’ protests and had gone to the UN Human Rights Council […]

  • Sri Lanka reacts to the UN: Nationalists doth protest

    “HILLARY CLINTON is naked! Obama is naked!” shriek the Sinhala-language graffiti across a wall in Colombo. Following their government’s lead, many Sri Lankans are reacting angrily to the passage of an American-led initiative in the UN Human Rights Council which seeks reconciliation and accountability for war crimes that are alleged to have been committed at […]

  • Avoid another resolution, urge Elders

    A group of world leaders formed by Nelson Mandela has urged Sri Lanka to try and avoid another showdown in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by adhering to the recent resolution adopted by the body. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told BBC Sandeshaya that The Elders are very pleased that […]

  • Sri Lanka – Human rights defenders threatened and subjected to a smear campaign for participating in the Human Rights Council

    FRONTLINE DEFENDERSFrom 9 March to 23 March 2012, Dr Paikiasothy Saravunammutta, Ms Nimalka Fernando, Ms Sunila Abeysekera, and Mr Sunanada Deshapriya were targeted by government media and a Government Minister for their participation in the 19th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where they had been lobbying to expose human rights violations in […]

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