Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • UPR Sri Lanka 2012: Sandya Eknaligoda on disappearances Read more >

    UPR Sri Lanka 2012: Sandya Eknaligoda on disappearances

    Society for Threatened Peoples, Bern, Geneva I am Sandhya Ekneligoda, wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda, a Sri Lankan cartoonist and media activist who disappeared on the 24th of January 2010. I became a human rights defender because I am a victim of a human rights violation. Today is it the 947th day since Prageeth disappeared. I […]

  • Election violence from East to NCP

    JVP office destroyed, 5 SLMC offices attackedPolice under pressure from PC politicians: Monitors SLMC election office attacked .Doctor injured in attack by Berty’s supporters in ICU JVP office destroyed, 5 SLMC offices attacked  A JVP propaganda office was destroyed while five Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) offices had come under attack on Tuesday (28), a […]

  • UPR Sri Lanka 2012: Rights  Tamil Women – CTC Read more >

    UPR Sri Lanka 2012: Rights Tamil Women – CTC

    Good morning. On behalf of the Canadian Tamil Congress, I would like to thank UPR Info for providing us with the opportunity to address you today. Founded approximately 12 years ago, CTC is a non-profit advocacy organization that serves as the voice of Tamil Canadians. Headquartered in Toronto, with several chapters across Canada, CTC advocates […]

  • Disapperences: Sri Lanka government twisting UN numbers

    The Committee for the Investigation into the  Disappeared (CID) in Sri Lanka is challenging the interpretation given by the government on numbers of missing people provided by UNICEF. “The Mahinda regime is giving a spin to facts in a losing battle to hide atrocities committed during the war and afterwards,” CID Director S Mahendran told […]

  • Lecturers go on strike, and the government has a drastic response Read more >

    Lecturers go on strike, and the government has a drastic response

    Maduluwawe Sobitha is an influential figure among Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhala population. He is also a loud critic of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The monk’s new National Movement Against Social Injustice is, with other groups and unions, backing a university lecturers’ strike for more state spending on education. Almost 5,000 academics stopped work […]

  • The Disappeared in Sri Lanka Read more >

    The Disappeared in Sri Lanka

    2007_SriLanka_Hands Photo from HRW Lionel Bopage (A speech made today at a Vigil to Remember the Disappeared in Sri Lanka on The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, held from 5-6pm at the State Library of Victoria premises in Melbourne, Australia.) I am honoured to have been asked to speak at this Vigil, […]

  • A disappearance every five days in post-war Sri Lanka Read more >

    A disappearance every five days in post-war Sri Lanka

     WATCHDOG IMAGE-212 Photo courtesy WSWS On 21st at 2.31pm, August 2012, 32 year old Vasanthamala sent a sms from her mobile to her relatives saying she had been taken by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Vavuniya. Around 8pm the same night, she made short phone calls to her mother and father, and said she […]

  • Denounce the police attack on students’ agitation – JVP Read more >

    Denounce the police attack on students’ agitation – JVP

    The Political Bureau of the JVP has issued a press release condemning the attack carried out on the peaceful demonstration of university students by Rajapaksa government deploying its police force. The press release states, “The police using tear gas and water cannon has repressed the peaceful agitation organized by the Inter University Students Federation yesterday (29th) […]

  • Sri Lanka: Enforced disappearances have become a permanent weapon in the arsenal of suppression of dissent – NfR Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Enforced disappearances have become a permanent weapon in the arsenal of suppression of dissent – NfR

    Disappered journalist Prageeth’ family  still waiting after 2 years In 2010 the United Nations declared 30 August as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.  Every   year this day is commemorated to raise awareness on the fact that enforced disappearances of persons is a crime and should not be used as a tool […]

  • Riot police descend on undergrads Read more >

    Riot police descend on undergrads

    Police and thier armory The police anti-riot squad yesterday fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse a protest march by undergraduates. Five police personnel were injured when some of the protesters pelted stones.Thousands of undergraduates gathered opposite the Fort Railway Station and commenced their protest march demanding that all universities be re-opened, problems […]

  • FTZs in dire straits: Workers leaving factories Read more >

    FTZs in dire straits: Workers leaving factories

    Workers in the free trade zones (FTZs) are reportedly leaving their jobs since they are not paid a salary in line with the rising cost of living. Convener of the FTZ Workers Federation, Asela Dharmapriya Dissanayake says that with most workers leaving their jobs in the FTZ factories, the remaining employees have had to face […]

  • Sri Lanka Journalists Association: Journalists defeat conspiracy

    Members of Sri Lanka’s Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA), which has become an obstacle to the Rajapaksa government in its move to suppress the media, has managed to defeat a conspiracy to make it yet another instrument of the Rajapaksas. The AGM and elections for the office bearers for the next year was held on the […]

  • Government debt tops Rs.5900bn in May

    Sri Lanka’s total outstanding government debt stood at Rs.5902.2 billion as at end of May 2012, against Rs.4800.9 billion reported during the same period of 2011, the latest data released by the Central Bank showed.Out of the total debt, Rs.3142.5 billion was domestic debt, while foreign debt component stood at Rs.2759.7, up from Rs.2733.2 billion […]

  • Fill lacuna in LLRC action Plan with sincerity – NPC

    The translation of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission into Sinhala and Tamil languages is an important step forward in preparing the ground for its implementation.   The National Peace Council welcomes this translation, and making the report accessible to the larger Sri Lankan population.    The translations were handed over to the government […]

  • Sri Lankan government shuts universities to break strike Read more >

    Sri Lankan government shuts universities to break strike

    By Kapila Fernando , WSWSOn August 21, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake ordered the closure of all Sri Lankan universities, except for medical faculties, in an effort to break the nearly two-month-old university teachers’ strike.About 4,000 teachers in 14 universities and other higher education institutions have been on strike since July 4, demanding a […]

  • Rishad Bathiyutheen and the Rebirth of the Tiger Souls Read more >

    Rishad Bathiyutheen and the Rebirth of the Tiger Souls

    by Nadarajah KuruparanA rally was conducted in Colombo yesterday (27.07.12) condemning the stymie in the resettlement of Muslims in the North, particularly in Mannar. Organized by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the procession started at Vegantha Mosque and went through Kombani Road and Lake House Circle to reach the Office of the President, where the […]

  • Rats in the cabinet arouse communalism – The President

    There are ministers in the government who arouse communalism and when they come to the cabinet sit like rats that had not done any crime says the President.Speaking at an election rally held at Samanthurai yesterday (28th) the President said certain ministers in his government arouse communalism. They go to the South and say Muslims […]

  • Can Sobitha prevail where Fonseka failed? – Egypt’s Mursi sets an example of bold and decisive action Read more >

    Can Sobitha prevail where Fonseka failed? – Egypt’s Mursi sets an example of bold and decisive action

    by Kumar DavidA significant political development that has gained momentum this month is that a substantial and growing number of political organizations and individuals have begun to promote the candidacy of Ven. Maduluwewa Sobitha Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Kotte Naga Vihara, as a presidential challenger to Mahinda Rajapaksa. This was implicit (there was no […]

  • Public Perceptions of the LLRC in Trincomalee Read more >

    Public Perceptions of the LLRC in Trincomalee

    Geethika Dharmasinghe rajapaksa_llrc_report President Mahinda Rajapaksha appointed the Lessons learnt and Reconciliation commission in May 2010 and after 18 months of sittings, the commission submitted its report to the President in November 2011. The report is not only about the effects of war but also about the need to depoliticize state institutions and foster good […]

  • UPFA flouts polls laws with impunity, complain election monitors

    The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) yesterday accused the ruling UPFA of violating election laws at will.   CAFFE Executive Director Rajith Kirthi Tennakoon alleged that Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils A. L. M. Athaulla had been occupying a circuit bungalow belonging to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board at Akkaraipattu […]

  • Wrong inference irks former regulators Read more >

    Wrong inference irks former regulators

    “I’m no baby to be misled”, says SugathadasaThe two former Chairpersons of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) have strongly refuted the claim made by Advertising industry specialist turned investor, Dilith Jayaweera that they might have been misled by officers within the SEC Secretariat who had their personal agendas when carrying out […]

  • Is President Directly Linked to Market Manipulation? Read more >

    Is President Directly Linked to Market Manipulation?

    by Laksiri Fernando The recent crisis in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the official regulator of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), speaks volumes of how the affairs of the country are managed or rather mismanaged by the present regime and its highest authority, the President. It was not one crisis, but one crisis after […]

  • Another brutal attack sends Tamil political prisoner to coma

    Following the attack on the Eezham Tamil prisoners in Vauniyaa resulting in the death of two and injury of many, details of the case of a new attack in the Galle prison last week, leaving a prisoner in coma status and others suspectedly injured have started trickling out now. The Tamil prisoner in coma is […]

  • Borrowed surplus looming, warns Harsha Read more >

    Borrowed surplus looming, warns Harsha

    Given first half performance, believes several 2012 Roadmap targets will be missed Untitled-1 UNP MP and its chief spokesman on the economy Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday claimed that most of the Central Bank’s 2012 Roadmap targets were likely to be missed, based on below par performance on the external trade front during the first […]

  • UPR Report:Challenges abound, shows achievements Read more >

    UPR Report:Challenges abound, shows achievements

    Following is an interview with Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, on how Sri Lanka is bracing itself to meet the challenges of the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UNHRC, in November. Minister Samarasinghe who is also the special Presidential Envoy for Human Rights explaining how the UPR will be held this year, shrugged […]

  • IDPs’ rights must be respected Read more >

    IDPs’ rights must be respected

    R. M. B Senanayake The Bishop of Jaffna has issued a statement setting out the ground realities in the Northern Province. We can expect the bishop to be reasonable and objective rather than be swayed by emotion and emotional attachments to ethnicity. So we hope and pray that his statement will receive the attention of […]

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