Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • ‘India not doing enough’ for Tamils

    LLRC recommendations should be implemented – CPM The Communist Party of India (CPM) has accused the Indian government of not doing enough to find a politicial solution to resolve grievances of Sri Lanka’s Tamils.Staging a protest in Chennai, South India, the CPM (Marxist) said that India should intervene to safeguard the human rights of Tamils […]

  • LLRC does not adequately address issues of accountability – US tells UNHRC

    The United States took another jab at Sri Lanka at the ongoing 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by stating that the Government appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report does not include any plan to implement those recommendations, nor does it adequately address the crucial issue of accountability.US stated that, […]

  • Sri Lanka against itself – Hindu Editorial

    Sri Lanka is engaged in an all-out effort to stave off a resolution against it at the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at Geneva. The United States, the prime backer of the resolution, has circulated a draft among the Council’s 47 members calling on Colombo to do nothing more than implement […]

  • Catholics divided on war crimes

    Bishop Joseph  has contradicted earlier statement by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Tamil Catholic priests from the north have called for an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, contradicting an earlier statement by the head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church.In a letter sent to UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the group urges the UN […]

  • Twelve Questions for Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe: Read more >

    Twelve Questions for Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe:

    Sri Lankan Human Rights Defenders Network have heard with great interest the speech made by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at the UN Human Rights Council on February 27. We are concerned about the silences and misrepresentations that we have found there. We give below our list of Twelve Questions for Minister Samarasinghe and others in his […]

  • ‘India will not support rights violations….’

    Minister of state in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy said today (Mar. 04) that the PMO has been apprised of the sentiments of people and political parties in Tamil Nadu about the US-sponsored motion against Sri Lanka over alleged human rights violations.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, DMK president M. Karunanidhi and MDMK […]

  • Geneva: NGO Blitzkrieg starts Tuesday

    The American representative to the UN Human Rights Council Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero spoke at the HRC on Friday last week, and there was no talk about a resolution being brought against Sri Lanka by the USA. What she said about Sri Lanka was that “We know […]

  • People’s power – the need of the hour – Minister Wimal Weerawansa

    Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister, Wimal Weerawansa said the resolution to be moved against Sri Lanka by the US at the UNHRC sessions is the first ‘experiment’ by the US and other human rights fighters to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. The Minister in an interview with the Sunday […]

  • GTF proposes two-pronged strategy for reconciliation

    The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) yesterday proposed a two-pronged strategy to facilitate national reconciliation process.  GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran said that implementation of positive recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) should be prioritized, while accountability issues addressed through an international investigative mechanism.A true international effort, with the backing of key regional […]

  • TMVP Maintains Demand For Police Powers

    The Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) maintains that police powers must be allocated to the provinces and not remain in the hands of the central government.  TMVP spokesman Azad Maulana told The Sunday Leader that his party wants to see the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Under the 13th Amendment the devolution of […]

  • Rajapaksas are willing to commit any crime to strengthen and perpetuate their rule over Sri Lanka

    Tisaranee Gunasekara “…countries that won a war but ‘lost the peace’: gratuitously wasting the opportunities afforded them by their victory” – Tony Judt (Reappraisals) Creating incredible illusions to conceal insupportable realities is the Rajapaksa way.In this dystopian world, zero equals 8,000+; when prices go up, inflation comes down and people just love political deprivation and economic pain.For […]

  • Ceylon Teachers Union thoroughly condemns threats made by the Northern Governor against Students of Jaffna Hindu Ladies College

    Ceylon Teachers Union thoroughly condemns threats made by the Northern Governor against Students of Jaffna Hindu Ladies College recently.Spokesman of the Union Joseph Stalin stated steps should be taken with an immediate effect to stop such activities carried out by the Governor against the students of this country. He also noted this was an illegal […]

  • 32 abductions in past 5 months

    Thirty two people were abducted by armed groups in the past five months, ‘Ravaya’ reports.  Of these abducted persons, the dead bodies of seven were found in Colombo and several other areas. Five others were freed subsequently.  In addition, three persons are still reported as missing.  Most of these kidnappings had been committed by armed men […]

  • ‘Citizenry should prepare for an invasion by US’

    The mentality of the citizenry should be prepared to face an invasion by the US, said JHU secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka.  Speaking to the media today (Mar. 01), he said it was imperative that the country was strengthened in the socioeconomic fronts to face any sanctions by the West. Mr. Ranawaka warned the Lankan people that […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished – Channel 4

    Last year Channel 4 broadcast Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, a critically-acclaimed and RTS Award winning forensic investigation into the events of the last few weeks of the decades-long war between the government of Sri Lanka and the rebel forces of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), presented by Jon Snow. It featured devastating video evidence of war […]

  • Foreign policy should be left in the hands of the t President Rajapaksa and Prof Peiris – Dayan Jayatilleka

    In an email interview with the Daily Mirror Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France & Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dr Dayan Jayatilleka explained Sri Lanka ’s position at the Geneva Sessions and expressed his views on the Foreign Policy strategy of the government.Jayatilleka was also the former Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN in […]

  • Sri Lankan government aides and Tamils spar at UN session

    Sri Lankan government officials, Tamils in exile from the Indian Ocean island and rights groups sparred verbally at an open hearing Thursday during the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.”After 30 years we are now coming out of a state of war and we want to engage with the Tamil diaspora,” Sri Lankan human rights […]

  • Govt. to recommence countrywide protests against US resolution

    The government is to continue its countrywide protest campaign against the US resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, calling for the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations.Acting Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, addressing a press conference in Colombo yesterday, said that the country would be prepared for any […]

  • Catholic Bishops call for implementation of LLRC recommendations

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka has made a fervent appeal to the Government towards implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation. The full text of the statement is given below:Much has been written and discussed since the publication of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and […]

  • Enragement over US-India stand results in Sumanthiran-effigy in Jaffna

    The nominated parliamentarian of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) M.A. Sumanthiran faced the brunt of public enragement in Jaffna on Wednesday, for reflecting the stand of the USA and India, in handing over even the last of the trumps of Eezham Tamils to Sri Lankan state, by internalizing war-crimes accountability and political solution. Washington allegedly backs […]

  • Government consistently attempting to dilute 13th Amendment – SLMC

     Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) that has been in the forefront of opposing the amendment to the Town and Country Planning Ordinance has decided last week that all matters which deal with the powers of provincial councils should be decided at the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC).SLMC MP Hassan Ali told LAKBIMAnEWS that the amendments which […]

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