Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Buddha wept as we beat our women Read more >

    Buddha wept as we beat our women

    Hans Billimoria 54% of adolescent girls in Sri Lanka feel that a husband is justified in beating his wife. The UNICEF Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012 however is not available yet to try and unpack this further. What do they mean? Surely, they cannot be suggesting that the arbitrary violence that some wives are subject […]

  • FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka Read more >

    FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka

    The human rights picture in Sri Lanka in 2011 was mixed. The Sri Lankan government continued to focus on post-conflict reconstruction, including the resettlement of civilians displaced during the 30-year civil war, and has made progress reintegrating former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters back into society. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) […]

  • TNA demands release of arrested Tamil youth, In a letter to President Rajapaksa: Read more >

    TNA demands release of arrested Tamil youth, In a letter to President Rajapaksa:

    TNA Leader and parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention to secure the release of several youth taken into custody during the recent search operations in the Eastern Province, particularly in the Trincomalee District.Sampanthan has in a letter, brought to the President’s notice that the arrested youth have been taken to Colombo and […]

  • Chinese Connection: Engineers on warpath over Norochcholai manuals Read more >

    Chinese Connection: Engineers on warpath over Norochcholai manuals

    Senior CEB engineers, associated with the troubled Norochcholai coal power plant, have complained that even after more than a year of commercial operation the Chinese contractor is yet to provide vital documents such as the Operation and Maintenance manuals and ‘as-built’ drawings of the facility.They told The Island that the high powered Ministerial committee, headed […]

  • Govt. and TNA to resume talks Read more >

    Govt. and TNA to resume talks

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is keen to recommence talks with the government, TNA Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan said today.   Speaking to Ceylon Today, Sampanthan said recommencing talks with the government would pave the way for the TNA to partake in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) as well, as the agreement was for the consensus of […]

  • UK seeks accountability – A FCO report Read more >

    UK seeks accountability – A FCO report

    The United Kingdom seeks accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights and a political settlement as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation, a report by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said today.  The UK will also “contribute” to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council, […]

  • PM’s pledge, not a solution – Hakeem Read more >

    PM’s pledge, not a solution – Hakeem

    Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem says that that the Prime Minister’s pledge not to relocate the Muslim mosque in Dambulla was not the ultimate solution to the issue. He was speaking at a media briefing in Colombo this morning (April 30).Noting that this was not a question of searching for a […]

  • Implement recomendations – Ban Ki-moon Read more >

    Implement recomendations – Ban Ki-moon

    I appreciate the difficult process the Sri Lankan government has undertaken, that they had to go through, fighting against terrorism. But in the course of the final few months of the military operations, it was also seen that unfortunately, tens of thousands of people were killed and human rights have been seriously violated. I have […]

  • Immediate investigation needed for Dambulla Mosque incident Read more >

    Immediate investigation needed for Dambulla Mosque incident

    Javid YusufThe incidents surrounding the Dambulla mosque and its aftermath have left the Muslim community shaken and uneasy. The Muslims have over centuries lived in harmony with their brother communities and enjoyed excellent relationships with both the Sinhala and Tamil communities.This state of being was rudely shaken on April 20th when the Friday congregation prayers […]

  • Dambulla demonstrators regard minorities as invaders threatening Sinhala Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka Read more >

    Dambulla demonstrators regard minorities as invaders threatening Sinhala Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka

    Tisaranee Gunasekara“The sleep of reason produces monsters” – Francisco Goya(The title of 43rd painting in the Los Caprichos series)The mini-war in Kelaniya displays, in microcosmic form, the future that is in store for Sri Lanka under Rajapaksa Rule. A Sri Lankan Muslim man holds a placard during a protest after Friday prayers outside a mosque in […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Democracy in Peril  – Weliamuna Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Democracy in Peril – Weliamuna

    ‘Rule of Law, means everything is done according to law, is our constitution followed, no. why even the 13th amendment of the constitution is not followed, what about 17th amendment when it was in force. How many times, the executive betrayed the constitution by not appointing members to constitutional council?’  “We in Sri Lanka in […]

  • Cry, my Beloved Country! Read more >

    Cry, my Beloved Country!

    ”This is not the time for a blame-game. The crying need is to restore our lost values and marginalize the fascist forces who try to re-create communal and religious tensions in the country. The need is for all democratic forces to get together and seek a consensual approach to meeting these threats.” by Shanie “I many […]

  • Witness: Man hit by cluster bomb in Sri Lanka war Read more >

    Witness: Man hit by cluster bomb in Sri Lanka war

    A Sri Lankan man was wounded in the final months of the country’s bloody civil war by an unexploded cluster bomblet that tore into his leg and buried itself in the gash, a medical worker who saw the injury told The Associated Press on Friday.The revelation, along with a photograph that purports to show the […]

  • Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty Read more >

    Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

    By Subash Somachandran Amid international criticism of human rights abuses during the last stages of Sri Lankan government’s war against separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the government has stepped up its propaganda about the “resettlement” of war refugees. It insists that it has have “resettled” more than 90 percent of the refugees and […]

  • Mosque issue: TNA slams government Read more >

    Mosque issue: TNA slams government

     ”The incident in Dambulla is the most recent of a pattern of attacks on places of minority religious worship. We have consistently drawn attention to the destruction of numerous Hindu places of worship and the proliferation of new Buddhist shrines in the North and East, which are part of an attempt to impose the dominant […]

  • Superintendents paid over Rs 100 mn to non-existing workers Read more >

    Superintendents paid over Rs 100 mn to non-existing workers

    The Parliamentary watchdog committee COPE has found that some estate superintendents have siphoned off over Rs 100 million on the pretext of paying estate workers.Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises Senior Minister D. E. W. Gunasekera, addressing a workshop held at Parliamentary Complex, for the Divisional Secretaries in the Western Province on Thursday (26), […]

  • Parliament has failed,  Warns of dire consequences unless financial discipline is restored – DEW Read more >

    Parliament has failed, Warns of dire consequences unless financial discipline is restored – DEW

    ”Had parliament intervened, the officialdom would have been forced to take corrective measures, he said. But, unfortunately, all political parties, including the SLFP-led UPFA, in which the CPSL is a constituent, had turned a blind eye to the gross violation. The National List MP alleged that political parties, officials and trade unions affiliated to political […]

  • GL to present Lanka’s action plan to US Read more >

    GL to present Lanka’s action plan to US

    The government has sought views from its alliance partners to prepare an action plan to be presented to the United States (US), on the implementation of recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), political sources said yesterday. The US -sponsored resolution demanding the implementation of constructive recommendations of the Commission was adopted […]

  • Abduction fear still alive in post-war Sri Lanka Read more >

    Abduction fear still alive in post-war Sri Lanka

    Amal JayasingheThe choice of vehicle was almost inevitable. While describing his terrifying abduction ordeal in Sri Lanka, political activist Premakumar Gunaratnam said his captors came in a white van. The Sri Lankan-born Australian citizen says he was grabbed by six to eight gunmen outside his house in Colombo in April, stripped and then “sexually tortured” during […]

  • TNA forced to seek int’l help: Sampanthan Read more >

    TNA forced to seek int’l help: Sampanthan

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been forced to seek international assistance to find a political solution to the national issue as all its efforts to come to a deal with the respective governments have failed, its leader R. Sampanthan said yesterday.“We are being told not to go to India and not to go to Washington […]

  • Sri Lankan Muslims strike over Dambulla mosque Read more >

    Sri Lankan Muslims strike over Dambulla mosque

    A strike is in force across Muslim areas of eastern Sri Lanka, following threats against a mosque in the central town of Dambulla. Many public services have shut down, although Muslim-led demonstrations have been halted by the military.The prime minister ordered the mosque’s relocation on Sunday, following an attack on the mosque on Friday by […]

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