Sri Lanka Brief
2014January
  • 12 Northern Sri Lankan Tamil Journalists impeded Read more >

    12 Northern Sri Lankan Tamil Journalists impeded

    [photo:Free Media Movement protest in Jaffna for protection of Tamil journalists] Northern Province Journalists were impeded by Sri Lankan Police, Army and intelligence joint operation while travelled to attend a workshop and a discussion on digital security. This workshop facilitated by some media organization from south and Jaffna Press Club. Jaffna Press Club is an […]

  • Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown

    In a notice issued on July 1, the government of Sri Lanka announced that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) would no longer be allowed to hold press conferences, conduct trainings for journalists, or issue press releases. The move has been sharply criticized by both leading activists within Sri Lanka and experienced international analysts. The U.S. State Department […]

  • Fragile States Index: Sri Lanka, rank 30 marks 92.6 Read more >

    Fragile States Index: Sri Lanka, rank 30 marks 92.6

    Years after a government offensive ended the Tamil Tiger insurgency, Sri Lanka is still coping with the aftermath of its decades-long civil war. International observers such as Human Rights Watch have accused security forces of resorting to torture and rape in its violent repression of dissent. Recognizing the ongoing human rights situation, the United Nations […]

  • Jaffna: JMO report reveals child was  gang raped Read more >

    Jaffna: JMO report reveals child was gang raped

    People in the area wants justice for the crime [Photo: Tamil gaurdian] The brutal gang rape of 13-year-old girl and severe sexual abuse of 9-year-old girl have been medically established by the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) attached to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, informed legal sources in Jaffna told TamilNet Thursday. The girls have also stated […]

  • Figure 13 explanation  hides killing squads – Ranil Read more >

    Figure 13 explanation hides killing squads – Ranil

    Upul Jayasuriya; a unwavering defender of the independence of Judiciary [Photo: Sunday Times] Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe  making a special statement in the parliament said that the  explanation given by the Commissioner General of Motor Traffic on moter bycle and thre weeler that followed Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri […]

  • SL HR commissioner  lies re India and UNHRC Read more >

    SL HR commissioner lies re India and UNHRC

    Contrary to media reports, the UN investigation panel inquiring into human rights accusations against Sri Lanka has not applied for visa from India to visit that country, an UNHRC official has told BBC Sandeshaya. The claim is based on a remark made by Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission’s commissioner Prathibha Mahanamahewa. The UNHRC official said […]

  • The fate of the IIGEP or worse awaits Rajapaksa appointed experts Read more >

    The fate of the IIGEP or worse awaits Rajapaksa appointed experts

    [Concerns on the Expansion of the Mandate of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons – CPA]  The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GOSL) dilution of the primary mandate of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons […]

  • Abolishing executive presidency would be opposition manifesto Read more >

    Abolishing executive presidency would be opposition manifesto

    Zacki Jabbar –  A draft constitutional amendment abolishing the Executive Presidency within a definite time frame and reintroduction of the 17th Amendment would be the manifesto of the Oppositions Common Presidential candidate Leading Constitutional lawyer Jayampathi Wickremeratne, addressing a meeting organised by the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) at the New Town Hall yesterday, […]

  • UNHRC establishes an International Commission of Inquiry for Gaza Read more >

    UNHRC establishes an International Commission of Inquiry for Gaza

    23 July 2014 The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its Special Session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, after adopting a resolution in which it decided to establish an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law […]

  • Jayalalithaa urges PM to give visa to UN team Read more >

    Jayalalithaa urges PM to give visa to UN team

    Photo: Asma Jilani Jahangir one of the experts on UNHRC investigation  is a leading Pakistani  human rights activist PTI – Chennai: Expressing surprise over reports indicating denial of visa by the Centre to a United Nations team probing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to […]

  • Israel  actions could  amount to war crimes – Pillay Read more >

    Israel actions could amount to war crimes – Pillay

    Navi Pillay – The situation in the occupied Gaza Strip is critical for the civilians living there and requires your urgent attention. Since Israel announced its military operation “Protective Edge” on 7 July, Gaza has been subjected to daily intensive bombardment from the air, land and sea, employing well over 2,100 air strikes alone. The […]

  • The National Shoora Council wants impartial inquiry Read more >

    The National Shoora Council wants impartial inquiry

    The National Shoora Council (NSC), has urged the authorities to conduct an impartial and transparent investigation into the complaint made to the Inspector General of Police by the Muslim theologian, Moulavi Mohamed Ameen Mohamed Ashkar Ali that he and two of his brothers were falsely implicated and remanded from June 12, 2014 on the allegation […]

  • Statues damaged at Calvary center in Vavuniya Read more >

    Statues damaged at Calvary center in Vavuniya

    Group of unidentified persons have damaged statues at the Calvary center in Komarasan Kulam, Vavuniya last night. Among the 15 statues 8 statues were broken out at the site, N.Arulanandham said. Complaint filed at the Vavuniya police station and police conducts further inquiries this regard. – LankaSri

  • Supreme court allows traditional Muslim dress Read more >

    Supreme court allows traditional Muslim dress

    The Supreme Court today ordered the Attorney General to issue directives to all public institutions to permit to wear the traditional Muslim cultural attire when entering public places. When the case was taken up for hearing before the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, he said that the traditional Muslim attire is well within the identity of […]

  • Department of External Resources misleading public on NGO activities Read more >

    Department of External Resources misleading public on NGO activities

    Lawyers Collective Adding to a series of unconstitutional restrictions placed on the legitimate activities of the Non-Governmental Organizations, the Director General of the Department of External Resources (DGDER) has now published a Notice, “advising” the public on the legitimate activities of the NGOs. Having examined carefully the contents of the Notice, we state that the […]

  • Mahinda before fire in the North Read more >

    Mahinda before fire in the North

    Upul Joseph Fernando Mahinda Rajapaksa’s role in establishing opposition PC in the South When former President D.B. Wijetunga met people at his retirement home in Kandy, he used to say that his engagement with the Southern Provincial Council was a folly. UNP was never strong in the South. The UNP strategy at the Southern Provincial […]

  • Monthly Income of Rajapaksa Air Port: USD 250 Read more >

    Monthly Income of Rajapaksa Air Port: USD 250

    Opposition Lawmaker Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday charged in Parliament that both Mihin Lanka as well as the controversial Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) are failures.  He said that the Government invested over $ 300 million on MRIA but income during the past six months was Rs. 150,779 and this was mainly from Mihin. […]

  • EU asks Lanka to guaratee freedom for functioning of NGOs Read more >

    EU asks Lanka to guaratee freedom for functioning of NGOs

    The European Union today asked Sri Lanka to guarantee the freedom for functioning of NGOs, days after the government imposed restrictions on their activities.  A statement from the EU of Sri Lanka said they were very concerned about the recent efforts to restrict legitimate public activities of civil society and non-governmental organisations in Sri Lanka. […]

  • Dalai Lama influenced by ‘Muslim extremists – BBS Read more >

    Dalai Lama influenced by ‘Muslim extremists – BBS

    A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk leading an anti-Muslim campaign has accused the Dalai Lama of being influenced by “Muslim extremists” and said the Tibetan spiritual leader could not be accepted as a world Buddhist leader. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the secretary general of the Sri Lankan Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), spoke out on Tuesday […]

  • No foreign funds for NGOs without govt. approval Read more >

    No foreign funds for NGOs without govt. approval

    The Finance and Planning Ministry has informed all Non-Governmental Organisations that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry prior to obtaining foreign funds. The notice comes hot on the heels of the Government strongly criticising the foreign aid programme carried out by USAID.  It had planned to provide US$190 million dollars for a programme […]

  • Wimal declares war on International Experts Read more >

    Wimal declares war on International Experts

    The Jathika Nidahas Peramuna led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa has raised objection over the appointments of international experts as consultants to the Sri Lankan Commission inquiring into the cases of missing persons. Writing a letter to the President today, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has said international experts are “puppets” who are serving the international judicial system […]

  • UN Resident Coordinator couldn’t provide a responsible answer – Wigneswaran Read more >

    UN Resident Coordinator couldn’t provide a responsible answer – Wigneswaran

    The UN Resident Coordinator in the island, who also assumes the role of Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN System, has recently neglected the request by Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to partner with the Northern Provincial Council ‘Government’ to conduct a comprehensive Need Assessment Report on the requirements of the war-affected population in […]

  • Rajapaksa’s internatioanl experts to study Darusman report Read more >

    Rajapaksa’s internatioanl experts to study Darusman report

    Dharisha Bastians ◾Experts say Govt. asked them to advise ‘local commission probing alleged war crimes by all parties to conflict’ ◾‘Coming in with an open mind’: Ex-UN war crimes prosecutor David Crane ◾Foreign advisors to seek clarification on disputed matters from Govt. and Army Three top international war crimes prosecutors tasked with advising a presidential […]

  • UNP accuses Government of U turn re foreign experts Read more >

    UNP accuses Government of U turn re foreign experts

    The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today accused the Government of making a U-turn on investigations over the war by expanding the mandate of the missing persons commission and also appointing three foreign experts to oversee the investigation. The UNP noted that a proclamation issued by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gazetted on July 15, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Was It A Genocide? – Analysis Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Was It A Genocide? – Analysis

    Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan, The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were one of the most advanced militant groups in the world listed as the world’s greatest terrorist threat by the United States (U.S.) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ahead of Al-Qaeda1. A lot has been made out of the destruction of the LTTE and end […]

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