Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Eight arrested for defamining present get police bail . Read more >

    Eight arrested for defamining present get police bail .

    Colombo Additional Magistrate Kosala Senadheera, today   released on police bail eight suspects who were taken into custody from a web site office in Rajagiriya. They were accused of  defaming  the President.On Friday the  Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided  the office of theSri Lanka Mirror and Lanka X news. A CID   said that they had violated […]

  • Sri Lanka Mirror staff given bail Read more >

    Sri Lanka Mirror staff given bail

    Journalists given bail The nine employees of the Sri Lanka Mirror website, who were arrested yesterday, were released on police bail today.  Among those arrested were journalists including women and girls. They were produced before the Colombo Magistrate at Hulftsdorp this afternoon and given bail and were ordered to appear in court again on the […]

  • Websites propagating false news sealed-MOD .

    The Defence Ministry said in its website that acting on a court order the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officials, yesterday (29th June) sealed an office in Rajagiriya where two websites involved in propagating false and unethical news on Sri Lanka were being operated from.It also said that “these two websites were continuously involved in publishing […]

  • US to continue GSP for Lanka Read more >

    US to continue GSP for Lanka

    Ron Kirk The Embassy said that United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced yesterday that USTR has closed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) country practice review on worker rights in Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits.The United States has decided to continue with the GSP trade benefits for […]

  • The Supremacy of the national security apparatus Read more >

    The Supremacy of the national security apparatus

    by Basil Fernando in the previous article, Can the idea of nationalism be separated from the idea of justice?, I discussed the idea that the state that exists in Sri Lanka now is a national security state. The national security state is the result of the operation of the 1978 Constitution. What are the basic […]

  • Sri Lanka Arrests 9 Web Site Journalists Read more >

    Sri Lanka Arrests 9 Web Site Journalists

    journalists arressted By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSThe Sri Lankan police arrested nine journalists and seized computers and documents from the office of an independent news Web site on Friday, said a media rights group in Sri Lanka, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists.The police said they had a court warrant to act against […]

  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Wisdom for Sri Lanka Read more >

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Wisdom for Sri Lanka

    in Westminster ”Both countries have a mostly Theravada Buddhist ethnic majority, and large ethno-religious minorities. Both are in the shadow of a traumatic period in their respective histories. Both have a powerful military with a serious human rights case to answer. Both have a question mark over just how democratic their government may be in […]

  • Menon talks reconciliation efforts, fishermen issues with SL

    Sri Lanka on Friday briefed India about steps being taken towards political reconciliation with ethnic Tamils, amid a growing unease over the slow pace of reforms to enable devolution of power to the war ravaged north.National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, who held talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as the leader of the main […]

  • Nine arrested from Sri Lanka Mirror . Read more >

    Nine arrested from Sri Lanka Mirror .

    Nine people were arrested and seven computers including a personal lap-top were taken into custody by the CID from the Lanka Mirror office in Etulkotte this evening. ( see photos below)The CID also inspected the residence of the Editor of Lanka X, the official website of the UNP’s communication wing, Ruwan Ferdinandz in Narahenpita. Four […]

  • TNA MP warns legal action against genocidal land grab in Batticaloa

    From Point-Pedro in the North to Pa’nama in the East, the Sri Lankan government is suppressing Eezham Tamils from protesting against the State-sponsored land grab, which seeks to Sinhalicise the Tamil homeland, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian from Batticaloa P. Selvarajah said adding that a large area in Paduvaankarai region of Batticaloa district has been […]

  • Shiv Shankar Menon arrives in Colombo Read more >

    Shiv Shankar Menon arrives in Colombo

    file photo of Menon and Rajapaksha Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon arrived here late on Thursday night to discuss issues arising out of Sri Lanka’s reluctance to fulfill its promises, more than three years after the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers.He will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and others on Friday, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Offices of two websites raided by state intelligence apparatus; 7 Journalists and two staff members arrested; 6 computers confiscated Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Offices of two websites raided by state intelligence apparatus; 7 Journalists and two staff members arrested; 6 computers confiscated

    NfR Alert: 29 June 2012This morning around 11.45 am around 25 offices from police intelligence arms, namely Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Colombo Crime Division (CCD) raided two popular tri lingual news and opinion web site operated form Colombo. They are http://english.srilankamirror.com/  and http://www.srilankaxnews.com/. Both Sri Lanka Mirror and SriLankaXnews are read by tens of […]

  • Opposition demands Northern PC polls first Read more >

    Opposition demands Northern PC polls first

    The joint Opposition yesterday called for provincial council elections in the North as a matter of priority. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing a media briefing of the joint opposition in Colombo, said that the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was giving lame excuses such as uncleared mines for not giving the Northern people a long overdue opportunity […]

  • Jayalalithaa writes to PM on harassment of fishermen Read more >

    Jayalalithaa writes to PM on harassment of fishermen

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa writes to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the plight of Indian fishermen “traditionally fishing” in contentious Katchatheevu.Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to impress upon the Sri Lankan government the need to instruct its Navy to exercise restraint and refrain from harassing innocent Indian fishermen pursuing their […]

  • Sri Lanka’s North population shrinks, East expands Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s North population shrinks, East expands

    population dencity map Population in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna area has shrunk during a 30-year civil war but parts of the former war zone which was not fully under control of separatists had seen above average growth, new census data shows.The first census conducted in the area since 1981, has shown that the population of […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Tamils face identity crisis Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Tamils face identity crisis

      Without a national identity card, many Tamils in Sri Lanka cannot avail of basic services and it makes them suspect in the eyes of the police, writes Ponniah Manikavasagam of the BBC’s Tamil service. In a remote and dusty part of Kilinochchi district in the Tamil-dominated northern Sri Lanka, people gather around a group […]

  • Political parties protest against SL military land grab in Vanni Read more >

    Political parties protest against SL military land grab in Vanni

    The constituting parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) from the North-East together with Democratic Peoples Front (DPF) led by Mano Ganesan and the United Socialist Party (USP) led by Sritunga Jayasuriya and NSSP activists from South staged a protest demonstration in front of the Pi’l’laiyaar temple at Thirumu’rika’ndi on […]

  • SRI LANKA: Yet another man is killed by the police Read more >

    SRI LANKA: Yet another man is killed by the police

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that on 20 May 2012, M.D. Kalum Priyanath, a disabled labourer, went to a local temple to help a monk run an errand. At 12pm, as he was returning home, Mr. Priyanath was arrested by the police and taken to Welikanda Police Station. According to police […]

  • TNA’s Road to Federalism runs through New Delhi Read more >

    TNA’s Road to Federalism runs through New Delhi

    “In the past the United States and India stood against us. However, in the favourable circumstances that have now come about, the United States and India are to a great extent supporting our position”-Sampanthan (2012) at ITAK Convention-R.Sampanthan’s road map of a long march to bifurcate Sri Lanka is routed through New Delhi. Craftily navigating […]

  • North-Central, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils dissolved Read more >

    North-Central, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils dissolved

    The government yesterday dissolved the North Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils with effect from midnight.  Deputy government printer L. R. C. Amerasinghe told The Island yesterday that the gazette notification was on its way as this edition went to press.The gazette notification in relation to the dissolution of the three Councils were signed by […]

  • Julampitiye, police spokesman and Minister Senaratne

    In July 2005, hot-on-the-heals of the London bombings, the frightened police shot dead an innocent foreign youth inside a London subway; next day the Chief Constable, appeared on BBC and made a bogus explanation, stating that the ‘suspect’ disobeyed orders and ran towards the station, leapt over the gate and forcefully entered the place which […]

  • The LLRC: From Recommendations to Actions Read more >

    The LLRC: From Recommendations to Actions

    by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha One of the saddest aspects of the last three years has been the corrosive distrust between all political players. This is almost relentlessly exacerbated by several factors. The first, and perhaps the most worrying, is what I term a failure of rationalism, the practice of judging situations not in terms of […]

  • CSD job boon for ex-LTTEers, – Over 1,800 apply Read more >

    CSD job boon for ex-LTTEers, – Over 1,800 apply

    after rehabilitation Over 1,800 rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres turned up at Kilinochchi on Saturday to join the Civil Security Department (CSD) following the CSD’s call for ex-combatants to join its ranks. The government is planning to recruit a large number of rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres to the CSD. They are slated to take part in development activities […]

  • The case for a Two Stage solution to the Tamil Question Read more >

    The case for a Two Stage solution to the Tamil Question

    How long for a solution? by Dr.Dayan JayatillekaWhile everything is debatable, not everything is negotiable. Some things, a few things, simply must not be negotiable.  The territorial unity and integrity of the Sri Lankan state, Sri Lanka as a single indivisible country, must never be up for negotiation.Whoever we negotiate with and whatever we negotiate […]

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