Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • GL writes to Indian CMs ahead of his US visit Read more >

    GL writes to Indian CMs ahead of his US visit

    Lalith in charge of LLRC implementation mechanismIn the wake of an Indian parliamentary delegation visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission, External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has written to Chief Ministers of all Indian States on the progress made in the post-war national reconciliation process.Responding to a query, Prof. Peiris said that the […]

  • LTTE Flag: Clips came from Defence Ministry- ITN Read more >

    LTTE Flag: Clips came from Defence Ministry- ITN

    ITN Chairman Rosmand Senaratne has informed UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake that the video clips telecast on his TV channel showing a group of men waving LTTE flags were provided by the Defence Ministry, party sources said yesterday. In a letter addressed to UNP General Secretary Mr. Senaratne had said no one from the ITN […]

  • Sumangala Thero justifies the violence against Mosque Read more >

    Sumangala Thero justifies the violence against Mosque

    ”The people of this country have resorted to protests to win their rights. We live in a country where even a letter written to a department goes without acknowledgement. Therefore the people have to resort to these kind of things.”Ven.Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero Interviewed by Niranjala AriyawanshaVen. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero, the Chief Priest at the Rangiri […]

  • Sri Lanka has its own home-grown solutions Read more >

    Sri Lanka has its own home-grown solutions

    ”Certain countries in the West are intent on a regime change in Sri Lanka. This is not because they prefer the UNP or any other political party in Sri Lanka to surpass the UPFA or the SLFP, but chiefly because they need a weak regime to dance the fandango round them.”Several issues came into sharp […]

  • EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka Read more >

    EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka

    The European Union has called for a fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka. Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with countries in South Asia, Jean Lambert, has told Xinhua that the EU parliament’s position on long term detainees in Sri Lanka is that they should be either charged or released.Several […]

  • Ministry rejects Kunanayakam claims Read more >

    Ministry rejects Kunanayakam claims

    The external affairs ministry has rejected claims that it has sent a letter to the permanent representative at the UN in Geneva Thamara Kunanayakam, informing her of removal or transfer.A senior official of the ministry has told Hiru FM that the external affairs secretary has not sent any such letter to Ms. Kunanayakam.There has been […]

  • Jaffna May Day: Chances taken and opportunities missed Read more >

    Jaffna May Day: Chances taken and opportunities missed

    ”Political leaders should also note that Mr. Sampanthan, who was very much on the LTTE hit list, is treading a difficult path, bravely struggling to moderate Tamil aspirations amidst heavy criticism from hardline Tamils, while attempting to negotiate a solution to this vexed problem.”By Javid Yusuf  The UNPs decision to hold its May Day rally […]

  • Stirring a dangerous cauldron of religious hatred Read more >

    Stirring a dangerous cauldron of religious hatred

    By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  Religious fundamentalists of all faiths have just one attribute in common. The beliefs that they profess are a mere cloak, hiding maggots crawling around in their minds feasting on hate, bigotry and ignorance. These are not new tales but rather the lessons taught by humankind’s devastation through millennia as a result […]

  • Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA Read more >

    Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA

    No concrete steps have been taken by the Sri Lankan Government since the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was released, Jean Lambert, Chair of the  visiting European Parliament Delegation to South Asia, said yesterday, adding that the situation in the island on reconciliation and accountability have “changed little” since a year […]

  • Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism Read more >

    Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism

    By Kalana SenaratneIt is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and in protecting them, commit acts seemingly prompted by hatred, delusion and ill-will.Ideally, lands should not become ‘sacred’ for simple reasons. The Buddha, in attacking the rigid and unethical caste-system during his […]

  • The economic reality is not that rosy Read more >

    The economic reality is not that rosy

    Last Friday, the price of a 12.5 kilogramme cylinder of LPG cooking gas was increased by Rs. 350. What cost the consumer earlier was Rs. 2046, will now cost Rs. 2396. A 400 gramme packet of milk powder which was Rs. 268 has been increased to Rs. 329. A bag of cement which was Rs. […]

  • LLRC recommendations goes to another committte Read more >

    LLRC recommendations goes to another committte

    The monotony of an otherwise drab  (weekly cabinet meeting) session was first broken by External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. He hurriedly circulated a ‘supplementary cabinet paper’ on the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). He noted that the responses of the leaders of political parties, who are constituent partners of the UPFA […]

  • Fears for Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Fears for Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka

    File photo:Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka A key Tamil opposition politician in Sri Lanka says he fears for the safety of dozens of people arrested in a fresh round-up of Tamil Tiger suspects. The government has acknowledged holding them and says most will be put through a process it calls “rehabilitation”.It says the families have […]

  • Tamara rejects transfer, hits out at ministry . Read more >

    Tamara rejects transfer, hits out at ministry .

    Tamara fights minister Samarasinghe Sri Lanka has paid a heavy price for the lack of cohesion as it was essential to project an image of unity rather than that of discord as the country prepares for important appointments at the UN Human Rights Council, said Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in […]

  • EU parliamentary delegation press govt on LLRC, political solution Read more >

    EU parliamentary delegation press govt on LLRC, political solution

    Jean Lambert The visiting European Parliament delegation while praising the government’s development work and its achievements, stressed the need to implement the LLRC recommendations and a political solution. Delegation Head, Ms. Jean Lambert (Greens/UK) said that in terms of a political solution, there was much to be done expressed concern over the delay in implementing the […]

  • All-party delegation gives report on Sri Lankan visit to PM Read more >

    All-party delegation gives report on Sri Lankan visit to PM

    A multi-party parliamentary delegation that visited Sri Lanka submitted a report today on the condition of ethnic Tamils to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who said India will stand “solidly behind” the minority community in their pursuit for a political settlement. The 13-member delegation, headed by Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, met […]

  • Buddhist fascism in Sri Lanka? Read more >

    Buddhist fascism in Sri Lanka?

    It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is starting to smell that way. The controversy over destruction of a mosque near the Golden Temple of Dambulla—a Buddhist cave-temple in central Sri Lanka which has been a pilgrimage destination since the third century, and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site—bears echoes of the 1992 destruction […]

  • ‘Burmese Lessons’  for Sri Lanka Read more >

    ‘Burmese Lessons’ for Sri Lanka

    ”If there is any direct lesson for Sri Lanka from Burma, it is not to emulate the past but the present and hopefully a better future. There were negative speculations in the country when the Sri Lanka President made his first visit after the war victory to Burma! There were two visits to Gadhafi’s Libya, […]

  • Tamara won’t quit Geneva, stage set for new dispute Read more >

    Tamara won’t quit Geneva, stage set for new dispute

    Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, has flatly rejected an offer to move her to either Cuba, where she was previously stationed, or Brazil, amidst a simmering dispute over the handling of the US-sponsored resolution at the 19th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Feb-March, 2012.The resolution was passed […]

Back to Top