Sri Lanka Brief
2013January
  • Cost of short new expressway is more than budgetary allocation for Education,  Agriculture, Higher Education, Power and Energy, Environment, ,Social Services +++ Read more >

    Cost of short new expressway is more than budgetary allocation for Education, Agriculture, Higher Education, Power and Energy, Environment, ,Social Services +++

    Children of a Lesser God by Tisaranee Gunasekara “…justice by its very nature has to have a universal reach, rather than being applicable to the problems and predicaments of some people but not of others”. Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice) Rs.1.8 billion was spent on building one kilometre of the Katunayake-Colombo expressway. That was […]

  • Ten steps you can take right now against Internet surveillance

    Electronic Frontier FoundationOne of the trends we’ve seen is how, as word of the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA’s) spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start?The bad news is: if you’re being personally targeted by a […]

  • UK for probe on sexual violence

    The British government says it will press the Sri Lankan Government to investigate all human rights abuses, including the shocking allegations of acts of sexual violence committed during and after the conflict.UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says he and Prime Minister David Cameron will urge the government to allow free expression and to stop intimidation […]

  • Sri Lanka to deport 2 international media activists

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan officials say they will deport two international media rights activists for participating in a meeting on press freedom while visiting the country on tourist visas.Immigration chief Chulananda Perera said the activists from the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists were found attending the meeting in Colombo on Wednesday.Sunil Jayasekara, […]

  • TNA urges Army to stop demolition of houses immediately Read more >

    TNA urges Army to stop demolition of houses immediately

    Military destroying the houses A group of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians and Northern Provincial Councillors have visited Valikamam North and urged the Army to immediately halt the demolition of the private residences in the area.The delegation comprising TNA Parliamentarian, E. Saravanapavan, and NPC members M.K. Sivajilingam and Dharmalingam Siddharthan visited the former High Security […]

  • 2013 Northern Provincial Council Elections did not fully meet key benchmarks for democratic elections.- Commonwealth mission Read more >

    2013 Northern Provincial Council Elections did not fully meet key benchmarks for democratic elections.- Commonwealth mission

    Voters in Jaffna ; Photo – The Republic Square REPORT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OBSERVER MISSION; SRI LANKA’S NORTHERN PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS21 SEPTEMBER 2013    Conclusions and Recommendations Conclusions  The 21 September 2013 elections were landmark elections, the first Northern Provincial Council Elections held since the end of the civil conflict in May 2009, and since […]

  • Watchdog slams Sri Lanka navy chief heading ship firm Read more >

    Watchdog slams Sri Lanka navy chief heading ship firm

    An anti-corruption watchdog Wednesday criticised the appointment of Sri Lanka’s navy chief as head of the country’s shipping company, calling it a further sign of the military’s growing influence. Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage took over as chairman of the state-run Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC) on Tuesday which he will run along with the navy, the […]

  • Women Battle On After Lanka War

    Women in Alankulam village in the northern Mullaittivu district help dig a community well. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS. By Amantha Perera BATTICALOA/KILLINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, Oct 30 2013 (IPS) – The battle might have been over four long years ago, but for the women in Sri Lanka’s former conflict zones in the northern and eastern provinces, the […]

  • Dambulla Hindu Temple destroyed Read more >

    Dambulla Hindu Temple destroyed

    Dr. N Kumaraguruparan A 30 year old Hindu Temple located in Dambulla has been demolished by the authorities despite appeals made against it, the Democratic Peoples’ Front said today.Western Provincial Council member and deputy leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Front Dr. N Kumaraguruparan said that the Dambulle Badhrakaali Amman Kovil was demolished last night.Kumaraguruparan said […]

  • Singh’s CHOGM Dilemma

    Malik Neal Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, is facing mounting internal political pressure on whether India should attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November. His critics insist that India join with Canada in boycotting the Commonwealth meet to protest Sri Lanka’s dismal human rights record and […]

  • White Van Stories: Documentary on Sri Lanka set for international release Read more >

    White Van Stories: Documentary on Sri Lanka set for international release

    White Van Stories: A documentary on disappearances in Sri Lanka Critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s White Van Stories, a documentary on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka with never-seen-before footage, is set for an international release. The two-hour documentary shows seven characters and the unexplained disappearances of their loved ones in post-war Sri Lanka. The […]

  • UN rapp slams Lankan prisons Read more >

    UN rapp slams Lankan prisons

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo says in some Sri Lankan prisons, cells are infested with rats; beds, mats and pillows are often lacking; and no fans are provided even when temperatures climb to dangerous levels. Manjoo has said this in a report on the ‘Causes, Conditions and Consequences of […]

  • An expressway paved with gold Read more >

    An expressway paved with gold

    Rajapaksha driving on the high way (LBO) Sri Lanka opened its second expressway Sunday linking the capital with the country’s main international airport with some 250 million dollars borrowed from China. The 25.8-kilometre four-lane road is expected to reduce travel time by more than half, but the for Sri Lankan tax payers it would be […]

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s saviour or war criminal? Read more >

    Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s saviour or war criminal?

    Rajapaksa, a small-town lawyer without a university degree, is thus very different, As host of next month’s Commonwealth heads of state meeting, the president’s human rights record is under close scrutiny. For some he’s a robust leader dealing with the bitter legacy of civil war. As host of next month’s Commonwealth heads of state meeting, […]

  • Khurshid will attend CHOGM Read more >

    Khurshid will attend CHOGM

    Salman Khurshid  External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will represent India at the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) summit, though the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging boycott of the meeting because of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. In a television interview, Mr. Khurshid confirmed his participation in next month’s meeting; but there […]

  • So now we know the truth about eu gsp plus Read more >

    So now we know the truth about eu gsp plus

    Focus-Logo This week, the Government of Sri Lanka admitted for the first time, the financial losses that the country has been subjected to as a result of losing the European Union (EU) GSP Plus facility in 2010. At the time that we bartered away this facility, what was told to us was quite a different […]

  • Malaysian opposition wants Govt to boycott CHOGM Read more >

    Malaysian opposition wants Govt to boycott CHOGM

    Lim Guan Eng DAP wants Malaysia to join Canada and India in boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in protest of Sri Lanka’s human rights abuses.“Malaysia must boycott this as a humanitarian protest against The recalcitrant Sri Lankan government’s stubborn refusal to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of […]

  • Genocide Replaces Separatism in Tamil Diaspora Vocabulary Read more >

    Genocide Replaces Separatism in Tamil Diaspora Vocabulary

    Samuel OakfordReprint |    This article is the second of a two-part series on the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in the years since the civil war ended in 2009. Tamils protest Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 24, 2013. Credit: Samuel Oakford/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 2013 (IPS) – […]

  • Four Years after a Tamil Defeat, the Diaspora Regroups Read more >

    Four Years after a Tamil Defeat, the Diaspora Regroups

     Samuel Oakford     This article is the first of a two-part series on the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in the years since the civil war ended in 2009. The second installment will examine allegations of war crimes and genocide and the legacy of the LTTE in the reconciliation process. Visvanathan Rudrakumaran, an attorney and prime […]

  • TNA tells CM to boycott CHOGM Read more >

    TNA tells CM to boycott CHOGM

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has told Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C.V. Wigneswaran to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).Constituent parties of the TNA had reached a conclusion that the party must boycott the summit and the stand has been officially communicated to Wigneswaran.A three hour discussion was held between the constituent parties […]

  • NPC ready to exercise police, land powers; Military governor should be replaced –  CM Wigneswaran tells inaugural session Read more >

    NPC ready to exercise police, land powers; Military governor should be replaced – CM Wigneswaran tells inaugural session

    Military governor must go Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran told the inaugural meeting of the recently elected Council that he was ready to exercise police and land powers granted to the PCs by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution The Northern Provincial Council began its session in a building at Kaithady in Jaffna after […]

  • Sri Lanka cabinet approves Witness and Victim Protection Bill

    Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has given its approval for the Witness and Victim Protection Bill proposed by Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem to proceed further.The Bill will now be referred to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Legislation for its recommendations before it is presented to Parliament.The law enacted by the Assistance and Protection of Victims […]

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