Sri Lanka Brief
2013January
  • Sri Lanka withdraws controversial press code Read more >

    Sri Lanka withdraws controversial press code

    Add caption  COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s president has scrapped a contentious code of conduct for journalists after editors and rights groups condemned it as a further blow to press freedom, government and media sources said Sunday. President Mahinda Rajapakse ordered his information ministry not to proceed with the proposed code of conduct bill, but […]

  • The height of hypocrisy – the Code of Media Ethics Read more >

    The height of hypocrisy – the Code of Media Ethics

    Cartoon-LS S.L.Gunasekara  I had the doubtful ‘pleasure’ of reading the document entitled “The Code of Media Ethics” circulated among various media institutions by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information which left me with two choices – to laugh or to cry. As it happened, I did neither. So furious was I that this Government […]

  • Germany protests arrest of its NGO chief here

    Germany has strongly protested over the arrest of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Sri Lanka branch chief, Nora Langanbacher.  The German-Government-funded NGO has been functioning in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years. A statement of protest from the Foreign Office in Berlin follows a meeting between German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and External Affairs Minister […]

  • Lanka, Canada in diplomatic dispute over ambassadors

    Sri Lanka and Canada, which is calling upon member nations to boycott the Commonwealth summit in Colombo, are locked in a diplomatic wrangle over posting of envoys to their respective capitals. The Canadian External Affairs Ministry, diplomatic sources said yesterday, had placed on hold the agreemo to post Esala Weerakoon as Sri Lanka’s new High […]

  • Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan Read more >

    Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

    THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka Fernando by Sri Lankan Embassy staff in Tokyo. Fernando was heckled and interrupted during a seminar lecture delivered by her . Embassy staff also followed her and tried to […]

  • Govt Partner TMVP Front “Dravida Senai” Suspected of Burning Muslim Establishment at Urukaamam in Batticaloa District

    D.B.S.JeyarajA Muslim owned business establishment at Urukaamam in the Eastern Batticaloa district was subjected to an arson attack on Thursday June 20th 2013. A provision store cum eatery owned and run by Mr.Seeni Mouhammadu Fareed near the main street junction in Urukaamam was burnt down by an “unknown”gang at about 10. 30 pm on Thursday.  […]

  • Attacks on Muslims in the East continue unabated

    The Muslims in Ki’n’niyaa have questioned the credibility of the ruling UPFA’s action in awarding chief minister portfolio to a Muslim politician in Ki’n’niyaa, Mr Najeeb Abdul Majeed, even while unleashing the notorious Special Task Force (STF) elite commandos on Muslim villagers from Kuddik-Karaichchi on Tuesday evening after a dispute between the SL police and […]

  • Leftist parties to boycott PSC on 13 A

    The leftist parties of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have decided to boycott the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on removing land and police powers devolved to the Provincial Councils.A spokesman for the leftist alliance said they have been informed by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) […]

  • No need for PSC to scrap 13-A – JVP

    The JVP yesterday claimed that the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to change the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was not necessary and therefore it would therefore boycott it.JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that they would however be ready to discuss it openly if the government announces its stance on the 13th […]

  • Fulfil commitment to Sri Lankan Tamils, CPI(M) urges PM Manmohan Singh

    The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged India to play a proactive diplomatic role in discharging its commitment for a future for the Sri Lankan Tamil community marked by equality, justice and self-respect as committed in the 13th Amendment.In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the CPI(M) in the Rajya Sabha […]

  • Speaker names PSC on propose changes to the constitution: No opposition members

    Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today named a 19 member Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to propose changes to the constitution.The PSC will be led by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, and includes Minister G.L Peiris, Maithipala Sirisena, W.D.J Seniviratne, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Douglas Devananda, Susil Premjayanth, A.L.M. Athaulla, D.E.W Gunasekera, Rishard Badurdeen, Champika Ranawaka, Wimal Weerawanse, Basil […]

  • President appoint a Commission on Matale grave

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced the appointment of a special commission to investigate the Matale mass grave. President’s secretary Lalith Weeratunga said that the commission will be led by former Justice S.I. Imam, Retired High Court Judge Bandula Atapattu and former Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Kitulgoda. Weeratunga told media heads at a breakfast meeting […]

  • “Boycotting Sri Lankan goods, Sri Lankan Airlines & Sri Lankan cricket” – TGTE

    Inspired by: Mahathma Gandhi led Indian Freedom struggle’s Boycott of British Goods; South African anti- Apartheid boycott campaign & Martin Luther King’s Bus boycott against discrimination of blacks in the US.  Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is initiating a worldwide campaign of boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) against Sri Lanka. This boycott campaign will […]

  • Eleven indictments against BBS head Gnanasara Thera

    General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera today rejected 11 indictments filed by the Attorney General, for carrying out an attack on Calvary Church, Araliya Place, Talahena.The Thera denied his involvement when the case was taken up for hearing by Colombo High Court Judge, Shiran Gunaratne.S.A. Athula Seneviratne, W.M. Sudubanda, H. […]

  • 13 A amendment: India to dispatch Menon Read more >

    13 A amendment: India to dispatch Menon

    Shivshankar Menon India is to send National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to Sri Lanka next month for talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other government officials.The meeting will take place amidst the backdrop of moves by the government to repeal the 13th Amendment to the constitution. According to the Uthayan newspaper, Menon is expected in […]

  • 13 A: No sign of Urgent Bill and New Delhi steps in Read more >

    13 A: No sign of Urgent Bill and New Delhi steps in

    No sign of Urgent BillBut Tuesday swung around and the ‘Urgent Bill’ to revise the 13th Amendment was not presented in Parliament. No discussion was held on the Parliamentary Select Committee that was also supposed to be set up by Tuesday. Instead JHU MP Athuraliye Rathana Thero submitted a Private Member’s Bill, entitled strangely the […]

  • Muslim Photographer Attacked by Marching Sinhala Ravaya Protesters at Gandara in Matara District

    D.B.S.JeyarajAnother incident of anti-Muslim violence has occurred in the Southern province of Sri Lanka during the course of the protest march being conducted by the Sinhala Ravaya from Kataragama/Kathirkaamam to Colombo.Preliminary reports indicate that a Muslim photographer authorised by the Police to record the Sinhala March had been assaulted with the Police doing nothing to […]

  • PCs won’t have police powers; Govt. has told India – Gota

    Defence Secretary gives a new interpretation to 13 + India had been informed of Sri Lanka’s decision not to devolve police powers to provinces at the height of the conflict, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said yesterday.The Defence Secretary said that both, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and he, had emphasised during deliberations with senior Indian officials that […]

  • TMVP/ Pillayan is against changes to the 13th Amendment

    The Leader of the T,.M.T.P party and the Member of the Eastern Provincial Council Sivanathurai Chandrakanthan has had a central committee meeting to discuss about  the 13th amendment. It was unanimously agreed that amendments or to withdrawals of powers they are not agreeable.The 12th amendment was made on a n agreement between Indian and Sri […]

  • British Tamil Forum rejects any political solution based on the 13th amendment

    Tamils reject any political solution based on the 13th amendment – it neither addresses the root cause of the conflict nor safeguards the Tamil national interest on the island.The 13th Amendment to the constitution, entrenched in the unitary state-centric model, cannot address the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka.This amendment to […]

  • Jehova’s Witnesses Christians “Arrested” and Threatened by Ravana Balaya Activists in Colombo Suburb

    D.B.S.JeyarajA group of Christians belonging to the denomination known as Jehova’s Witnesses became the target of the ethno religious fascist organization “Ravana Balaya” (Ravana force)on Sunday June 16th 2013 at Mulleriyawa on the eastern outskirts of Colombo city.The Ravana Balaya is an extremist organization comprising members of the Buddhist clergy and laity named after the […]

  • JHU presents 21st Amendment to the Constitution to abolish 13 A

    The JHU yesterday presented a Private Member’s Bill to Parliament to abolish the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.It was presented by JHU Parliamentarian Ven. Aturaliye Ratana and is titled the Twenty First Amendment to the Constitution. The bill was seconded by UNP Puttalam District MP Palitha Range Bandara. The Bill states that the 13th Amendment […]

  • Ekneligoda abducted by an ‘organized group’ – MoD

    UNP Kalutara District MP, Ajith P. Perera, yesterday told Parliament he was informed by the Ministry of Defence there was evidence to prove Prageeth Ekneligoda had been abducted by an organized group. MP Perera, participating in the debate on Parliamentary Scholarship Board (Repeal) Bill, said he was also informed by the ministry that the abductors […]

  • From devolution to the deep blue sea Read more >

    From devolution to the deep blue sea

    FUTURE IRONY: The simmering agitation in Tamil Nadu against President Rajapaksa may well be the gift he needs for re-election for a third term. Photo: M. Moorthy FUTURE IRONY: The simmering agitation in Tamil Nadu against President Rajapaksa may well be the gift he needs for re-election for a third term. Photo: M. Moorthy Dayan […]

  • New Delhi “Advises” Colombo to Refrain From “Hasty”Changes to 13th Constitutional Amendment.

     D.B.S.JeyarajThe Sri Lankan Government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been “advised” by the Government of India led by Prime minister Manmohan Singh to refrain from undertaking any rushed moves to make hasty changes to laws relating to the Thirteenth Amendment in the Sri Lankan Constitution.The 13th Constitutional amendment enacted in September 1987 was introduced […]

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