Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Bandula making arbitrary decisions – Stalin ( Ceylon teachers Union)

    The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) yesterday (05) accused the Education Ministry of making arbitrary decisions with regard to education.CTU general secretary Joseph Stalin, speaking to Ceylon Today, said Education  Minister Bandula Gunewardena had made an individual decision to change the method of O/L examination. He said that prior to making any changes in the syllabi […]

  • French push to pursue probe on killing of 17 Aid workers .

    The French Embassy has taken fresh diplomatic initiatives  in pursuing the case regarding the killing of 17 workers attached to the French branch of the international aid agency called ‘Action against Hunger’ in August, 2006 in Muttur, informed sources said.The Daily Mirror learns that French Ambassador Ms. Christine Robichon met the Attorney General to discuss […]

  • Govt. failed post war SL –TNA

    The Tamil community in Sri Lanka should be integrated into the Sri Lankan nation and not be assimilated, said TNA Leader R. Sampanthan.Participating in the parliamentary debate, Sampanthan charged that the government has not made a tangible move to achieve reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka. He said successive governments maintained an insensitive and a callous […]

  • University dons claim new circular violates academic freedom

    University teachers yesterday accused the government of violating their academic freedom through a new circular prohibiting State sector officials from attending additional meetings, seminars and lectures without prior approval from the relevant ministry.President of the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri told The Island that they received a circular from Higher […]

  • Parliament to decide LLRC implementation – Media Minister

    Government is committed to implement Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations deemed acceptable to Sri Lanka but will not give in to undue pressure , says cabinet spokesman, acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abyeywardena.He said that there is a process government has been following, a Sri Lankan policy not dictated by any one. The […]

  • Lawless Sri Lanka

    Tisaranee Gunasekara Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks?” – The White Rose (Leaflet […]

  • Horrible rise of disappearances in post-war Sri Lanka continues unabated

     Watch DogTwenty nine disappearances (including an attempted abduction) have been reported in Sri Lankan media between February and March 2012. There have been fifteen in March and fourteen in February. This brings the total number of disappearances reported in the last six months to fifty six.Nineteen cases were reported while the sessions of the UN […]

  • Buddhist Stupa to become ‘cultural landmark’ of Jaffna harbour

    A massive Buddhist Stupa that is being constructed at the Beach Road of Jaffna harbour by the occupying Sinhala military will be the new ‘cultural landmark’ of Jaffna city for vessels coming towards its harbour. The Stupa with pre-fabricated parts and statues, brought from the South, is being built day and night by the Sinhala […]

  • SL Army restricts NGO movement in Batticaloa district

    The occupying Sri Lanka Army has imposed restrictions on the movement of Non Governmental Organizations to Paduvaankarai from Batticaloa via Kiraan Bridge, civil sources in Batticaloa city told TamilNet Wednesday. The SLA soldiers at Kiraan Bridge are reported to have refused permission to several NGOs in recent days to travel beyond the bridge without SL […]

  • Non-communal voters of North must be given leadership – Defence Secy

    It should be a priority of the state to ensure that communal politics are removed from Northern politics, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said. During a recent discussion with state media heads and state newspaper Editors, the Defence Secretary said there is a vast number of voters in the Northern Province who are not for ethnic […]

  • COPE concerned over lack of supervision by Treasury

    The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) yesterday expressed concern over the supervision of public enterprises by the Treasury, which is the controlling arm of state owned ventures. COPE Chairman and Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had shown a special interest on the recommendations made in the COPE report tabled in Parliament. […]

  • Factual Supplement to the Report to Congress on Measures Taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and International Bodies To Investigate and Hold Accountable Violators of International Humanitarian and Human Rights

     Office of Global Criminal Justice /April 4, 2012This factual supplement explains, in greater detail, issues of international humanitarian law and international human rights law addressed in the Department of State’s March 2012 Report to Congress on Measures Taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and International Bodies to Investigate and Hold Accountable Violators of International […]

  • Measures Taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and International Bodies To Investigate and Hold Accountable Violators of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

    Office of Global Criminal Justice, US Dept of State April 4, 2012This report is submitted pursuant to the Conference Report (H. Conf. Rep. No. 112-331) accompanying the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Div. I, Pub.L. No. 112-74). Since the last report by the Department of State to Congress on […]

  • Christian Council urge to implement LLRC .

    The National Christian Council today urged the Government to fully implement the LLRC recommendations. The statement issued by the NCC said “The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka calls on those who are in authority, and very specially the Government, to formulate a constructive position on the resolution adopted by the UNHCR in Geneva.  Such a […]

  • White van abduction in Grandpass – Mano

    A 45 year old man has been abducted by a white van in Nawa Kelanipura also known as ‘Tamil Nadu’ in the Grandpass police zone today, The Democratic People’s Front Leader and Civil Monitoring Commission Convener Mano Ganesan told Ada Derana.He added that the Civil Monitoring Commission had received the complaint of the abduction which […]

  • Halt the Slander Campaign Against Sri Lanka’s Journalist Union Leader

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partners and affiliates in condemning a campaign of slander and vilification that has been launched against the leader of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) through state-controlled media.The IFJ learns from sources in Sri Lanka that on March 22, the state-controlled ITN channel carried a news item […]

  • Sri Lanka hid vital information, ran into brick wall: legislator

    Sri Lanka has suppressed information, ignored warnings from independent analysts, manipulated data and markets until the economy ran into ‘brick wall’ a legislator who is an economist has said. “The government is hiding information from the public,” opposition United National Party legislator Harsha de Silva told reporters. “When we warned about the wrong policies, when we said […]

  • Don’t implement the LLRC report in full – Nalin de Silva

    Nalin de SilvaThe UNHRC wants Sri Lanka to implement the LLRC report and to monitor the implementation. The UNP shouts from roof tops that if the government had implemented the LLRC report then nothing would have happened in Geneva as far as Sri Lanka is concerned. It is true that the LLRC was appointed by […]

  • University education: Victim of the dysfunctional political system

    Shamala KumarReliable information suggests that the University of Peradeniya will receive a 30% cut in recurrent expenditure this year. Neither the promise to change salaries to those negotiated by FUTA last year nor the promises to include the academic community in forums that make policy decisions on higher education have materialized. Instead, only 1.19% of […]

  • Dayan Jayatilleke accused of ‘corruption, fraud and breach of trust’

    Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, Dayan Jayatilleke and the External Affairs Ministry are on a collision course over the former being accused of ‘corruption, fraud and breach of trust’ by a senior ministry official.An irate Jayatilleke has fired a missive to Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga after receiving a fax from a senior official on behalf […]

  • No LTTE camps in India: Chidambaram

    New Delhi: Centre on Tuesday termed as “completely baseless” a Sri Lankan newspaper report about existence of LTTE camps in Tamil Nadu, saying there was no such facility anywhere in the country.  “It is completely baseless. There is no LTTE camp anywhere in India, including Tamil Nadu,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told a press conference […]

  • Sri Lanka still has to answer for human rights violations

    A sense of outrage pervades Sri Lanka after the passing of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council critical of that country.The chief mover of the resolution was the USA, which has become a target of public indignation. Demonstrations have taken place and calls made for the boycott of US goods. The resolution was […]

  • The unabating problems of the Rajapakshes

    The cowardice of the honest people ensures the success of the scoundrels – VoltaireThese words of the great French philosopher just about captures the feelings of the combined miserable plight of Lankan in the four corners of the bleeding country – ever since the self-centred Rajapakses took over what passes as governance. It is not […]

  • Buddhist monks, SL military step up Sinhalicisation of Kuchchave’li in Trincomalee

    Large tracts of lands adjoining in vicinity of an ancient stupa site in Thiriyaay and newly installed Buddist monks in at least three places in Kuchchave’li Divisional Secretariat division of Trincomalee district are behind grabbing lands of Tamils and blocking Tamils from re-settlement, civil officials in Kuchchave’li division said. A systematic programme of Sinhalicisation has […]

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