Sri Lanka Brief
2013January
  • Mystery surrounds abduction of ex-STF Inspector

    Mystery surrounds the July 21 broad daylight abduction of a former Inspector attached to the elite Special Task Force (STF), from a barber’s saloon at Pelawatte, Battaramulla.Police have so far drawn a blank. According to STF Commandant Chandrasiri Ranawana, they have had no contact with the IP, who left the force about five years ago […]

  • Pettah bus time-keeper abducted in white van

     A time-keeper at the Gunasinghapura private bus stand in Pettah was abducted by a group of three men yesterday morning.Police spokesman SP Buddhika Siriwardana told The Island that the suspects had bundled the victim into a white van and taken him away around 11.50 a.m.Pettah Foreshore police conducting investigations had not been able to trace […]

  • Sri Lanka: Investigators of alleged army killings of protesters should be truly independent Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Investigators of alleged army killings of protesters should be truly independent

    Three men demonstrating over access to drinking water were killed over the weekend in Weliweriya, western Sri Lanka. Three men demonstrating over access to drinking water were killed over the weekend in Weliweriya, western Sri Lanka. © Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images The Sri Lankan army should have never been policing unarmed demonstrators in the first place, […]

  • The economic problem of watching the watchmen Read more >

    The economic problem of watching the watchmen

    The perennial problem in both the private sector and government is the problem of “watching the watchmen”. In the language of economics, it is a principal-agent problem: how to hold top management (agents) accountable to shareholders (principal). This is captured in the famous Latin phrase: Quiscustodietipsoscustodies?; translated as: “who will watch the watchmen” or “who […]

  • UNP claims over 7 dead in army shooting in Weliweriya

    The opposition United National Party (UNP) claims, based on reports received from Rathupaswala in Weliweriya, over seven people had been killed during the clashes last week.According to official figures 3 people had died as of today and at least two others are in critical condition.UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said that according to reports, six people […]

  • No Restrictions On HC Pillay; Fonseka wants to meet with HC

    The government says there will be no restrictions placed on the movements of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) Navi Pillay during her visit to Sri Lanka at the end of this month.Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that he hopes to meet Pillay and discuss several issues with her during her visit. […]

  • TNA wants army out of Jaffna, says 100,000 troops still there

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says contrary to claims by the military, thousands of troops are still in Jaffna.TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that while the army claims there are only 13,000 soldiers remaining in Jaffna, in reality the figure is over 100,000.He said that there are 15 army divisions in Jaffna and in each […]

  • A second Sri Lankan protester died of gun shot wounds Read more >

    A second Sri Lankan protester died of gun shot wounds

    COLOMBO (AFP) – A second Sri Lankan protester died from wounds suffered when troops fired on villagers demonstrating against contaminated water supplies, police said Saturday, as tensions remained high in the area.Heavily armed police and Special Task Force commandos were still in the the village of Weliweriya following Thursday’s shooting and locals reported people were […]

  • Woes of Weliweriya water war Read more >

    Woes of Weliweriya water war

    High-handed army action claims at least six lives; journalists warned not to take pictures and attacked DSCF8789 Power of the people that soon turned to power of the police and Army. Pix by Mangala Weerasekera and Indika Handuwala Weliweriya, a small peaceful town barely an hour’s drive from Colombo, resembled a war-torn area yesterday. Traffic […]

  • Killing of protester: Wary Weliweriya!

    ■Gota says villagers were provoked by political elements ■CCD to conduct inquiries into allegations of army attack on protestors ■Residents claim security forces stormed Catholic church where demonstrators took refuge ■Blood stains and bullet marks visible at St. Anthony’s parish Weliweriya ■Ground water test results due in 10 days: Minister ■Opposition Leader tours area, expresses concernBy Dharisha Bastians Residents and authorities […]

  • Weliweriya killings: If this is  how the armed forces  behave towards the Sinhalese, how must they have conducted themselves in the North and East for thirty years ? Read more >

    Weliweriya killings: If this is how the armed forces behave towards the Sinhalese, how must they have conducted themselves in the North and East for thirty years ?

    WELIWERIYA, GAMPAHA: BLACK THURSDAY 2013 By DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA pic courtesy of: twitter.com/azzamameen Who deployed troops, clad in flak jackets (body armour) and armed with T-56 assault rifles to confront and disperse a crowd of protestors blocking a highway? Who was the ultimate decision-maker? The protestors were not armed, certainly not with lethal weapons. Therefore, […]

  • Canada attacks ‘evil’ of Sri Lanka hosting Commonwealth summit Read more >

    Canada attacks ‘evil’ of Sri Lanka hosting Commonwealth summit

    Canadian foreign minister criticises Sri Lanka’s ‘appalling’ record, authoritarianism and failure to tackle rights abuses John Baird, Canada’s foreign minister, said he was stunned that Colombo was not facing censure for its behaviour. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images The Canadian government has launched a blistering attack on Sri Lanka‘s “appalling” record on democratic accountability as the […]

  • Cardinal laments conduct of some LG politicos

    The deplorable conduct of some Pradeshiya Sabha members and chairmen tarnished the image of the country, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said yesterday.He said politicians should set an example to the people who voted them into office.The Cardinal expressed these views when he was asked what he thought of the deteriorating law and order situation in the […]

  • Negambo politico slaps a jailer inside police station

    A prison officer attached to the Negambo prison has been admitted to the Negambo hospital due to an assault committed by Negambo municipal council UPFA member Daya Nilanga, inside inside Siduwa police station.The victim is a jailer named Samantha Dasanayake.Hospital sources say that one of his ears have been injured due to the assault. It […]

  • Norway to provide GSP+ to Sri Lanka

    CCC to discuss Sri Lanka’s eligibility for Norway’s GSP+  Since January 1st this year Sri Lanka has become eligible to the new Generalized System of Preference plus (GSP+) facility introduced by the Government of Norway and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has invited members to learn more about the facility.The CCC will hold a […]

  • Violent disruption of educational programme demonstrates threat to pluralism – NPC

     As part of its post-war peace building initiatives the National Peace Council (NPC) has been conducting an educational programme on the LRRC report in different parts of the country, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Colombo, Matara, Galle, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Puttalam, Ampara, Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Trincomalee. These LLRC workshops have been very popular with community leaders and […]

  • UPFA in fights mars election campaign in Wayamba

    “It has become a difficult situation for many to carry on the poster campaign. The posters pasted by the  numerous candidates promoting their campaign have been challenged by the supporters of the Johnston Fernando’s supporters. They come with thugs and do not allow the notices of the other candidates to remain in the places they […]

  • Sri Lanka: No Justice in Aid Worker Massacre – HRW Read more >

    Sri Lanka: No Justice in Aid Worker Massacre – HRW

    member of the French aid group Action Contre La Faim places a wreath in front of the photographs of his 17 slain colleagues at their memorial in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka on August 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters  The Rajapaksa government is good at throwing bones to the international community, but not at taking serious measures […]

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