Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • More Disclosures On Previous Govt’s Private Army  & Its Role In The Election Read more >

    More Disclosures On Previous Govt’s Private Army & Its Role In The Election

    By Sunday Times Political Editor- PM directs Minister of State for Defence to conduct full probe, CID detectives question retired senior military officers More details of heavily armed private security companies conducting election work for Rajapaksa National Executive Council finalises Constitutional changes; Maithripala to retain some executive powers; Ranil to head government Prime Minister Ranil […]

  • Suddenly Rajapaksa Appointed HRC Wants Human Rights! Read more >

    Suddenly Rajapaksa Appointed HRC Wants Human Rights!

    Commissioner of the Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Dr Prathibha Mahanamahewam has now started to campaign for Human Rights in Sri Lanka. He was appointed by the former President Rajapaksa under the 18th amendment. Under Rajapaksa rule he was white washing all HR violations of the regime. He was aslo appointed as a […]

  • Revisiting Conquest Democracy  – Izeth Hussain Read more >

    Revisiting Conquest Democracy – Izeth Hussain

    We are presently witnessing the maturing of Sri Lankan democracy, specifically in the form of a transition from conquest democracy to consensual democracy. About a quarter of a century ago, perhaps it was in 1990 or 1991, I wrote an article in the Lanka Guardian under the heading ‘Conquest Democracy’. The title showed that I […]

  • ‘Mohan Peiris Approached MS,RW, CBK To Retain His CJ Post’ Read more >

    ‘Mohan Peiris Approached MS,RW, CBK To Retain His CJ Post’

    Mohan Peiris courted favour from President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a bid to retain his position as the Chief Justice after the new government came to power, Parliament was told yesterday. Those included unscheduled visit by Peiris accompanied by his wife to President Sirisena on the night […]

  • Ban Hopes Lanka Works With UN Read more >

    Ban Hopes Lanka Works With UN

    Ban Ki-moonUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes Sri Lanka works with the UN on the investigations over the war despite launching a new domestic investigation. Ban’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the UN is trying to verify how Sri Lanka will cooperate with the UN on the investigation. The Government had yesterday announced it will […]

  • Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa Legacy of Abuse – HRW

    Assaults on Activists, Resistance to International Investigation in 2014 /World Report 2015: Sri Lanka . (New York) – The Sri Lankan government stepped up pressure in 2014 on human rights activists and journalists, particularly those urging justice for past war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015 released today. A new government, […]

  • Govt. To Return Private Lands In Civil War Areas Read more >

    Govt. To Return Private Lands In Civil War Areas

    [Displaced by Military encroachment some IDPs live in temporary huts] (AP) COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan minister says the country’s new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country’s war-ravaged north and release detainees in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters late Wednesday […]

  • Independent Commissions: Necessary Improvements of the 17th Amendment – Professor G. L. Peiris Read more >

    Independent Commissions: Necessary Improvements of the 17th Amendment – Professor G. L. Peiris

    Presentation to Parliament of a Nineteenth Amendment, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment and re-instating the Seventeen Amendment, a basic constitutional measure relating to independent commissions, has been declared to be a core element of the current 100 day Parliamentary programme. It is, therefore, important to reflect on some of the more serious shortcomings inherent in the […]

  • Sri Lanka: TNA Rejects Domestic Probe Read more >

    Sri Lanka: TNA Rejects Domestic Probe

    [Arrested by the military but went missing] Colombo, Jan 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party Thursday said it would oppose any domestic inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the country’s civil war and reiterated its call for an international probe. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson Suresh Premachandran told […]

  • Will Mahinda Now Look Towards UN And US For Relief? Read more >

    Will Mahinda Now Look Towards UN And US For Relief?

    [The UNHRC Commissioner, Navi Pillay was insulted by Rajapaksa regime] by Upul Joseph Fernando – “The media does not highlight the threats hurled at my supporters. The media behaves in a manner as if it does not know such things” – Mahinda Rajapaksa tells BBC Sandeshaya Channel from Medamulana after his defeat. When in power […]

  • Sri Lanka’s NGOs Test Limits Of New Freedoms Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s NGOs Test Limits Of New Freedoms

    [Madhu Shrine] MANNAR, 28 January 2015 (IRIN) – Less than three weeks since Sri Lanka voted in a new president, rights activists and other NGOs say there are already encouraging signs that they may have more freedom to work under the new administration, including in the former conflict zone in the north. Six days after […]

  • Sri Lanka:  Shirani Is Back As CJ, Mohan Peiris Out (Photos) Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Shirani Is Back As CJ, Mohan Peiris Out (Photos)

    [CJ Dr Shirani Bandaranayake arriving at the Supreme Court today] Dr Shirani Bandaranayake resumed duties as the country’s Chief Justice today, following marching orders issued on Mohan Peiris by President Maithripala Sirisena. Mohan Peiris was appointed as the country’s 44th Chief Justice after former President Mahinda Rajapakse impeached Bandaranayake and removed her from office. In […]

  • Sri Lanka: Changing Heads Of Media Not Enough – FMM Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Changing Heads Of Media Not Enough – FMM

    Free Media Movement (FMM) said that a substantial change in state media institutions will not take place merely by changing the Head of Media The movement asserted that even though the Heads of Media were changed, no major policy change has taken place yet. FMM Convener Sunil Jayasekera said that the biggest challenge the new […]

  • Sri Lanka: Special Unit To Investigate Attacks On Media Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Special Unit To Investigate Attacks On Media

    The National Executive Council today approved the formation of a special unit to investigate the attacks on the media over the past couple of years. National Executive Council member and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the special unit will investigate the murder of journalists Lasantha Wickremethunga and Dharmeratnam Sivaram, the […]

  • Sri Lanka: Eastern Province Military Governor Removed Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Eastern Province Military Governor Removed

    [Mr.Austin Fernando – Governor Eastern Province] New Governors took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today (27) at the Presidential Secretariat. Eastern Province governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama has been replaced by  former civil servant a Austin Fernando. He was the  was Defence Secretary when the Prime Minister at the time, Ranil Wickremesinghe, signed the […]

  • No Coup Attempt; Followed  Proper Procedures – Rajapaksa Read more >

    No Coup Attempt; Followed Proper Procedures – Rajapaksa

    Media statement issued by the former president Rajapaksa. To the Venerable Maha Sangha, all Reverend Clergymen and the People of Sri Lanka, Numerous allegations have been levelled against me, my family and my government both before and after the recent presidential election. If there are allegations of wrongdoing against anybody, there are established procedures that […]

  • Mannaar: Mothers of Disappeared  Demand Action Read more >

    Mannaar: Mothers of Disappeared Demand Action

    The mothers of forcibly disappeared persons in Mannaar staged a silent protest on Monday demanding immediate attention from the Tamil National Alliance, the new Sri Lankan regime and the international community to establish the truth on the whereabouts of the persons who were made forcibly-disappeared by the occupying Sri Lankan military; to release the Tamil […]

  • Sri lanka: The Lives The Weerawansas Enjoy! Read more >

    Sri lanka: The Lives The Weerawansas Enjoy!

    By Nirmala Kannangara – Controversy surrounds over how an owner of a small telecommunication centre became a millionaire within a short span of six years. Complaints have been lodged recently with the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption against the leader of the National Freedom Front and former Minister of Housing and Construction Wimal Weerawansa. […]

  • A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka? Read more >

    A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka?

    [Sri Lanka FM visits India: Image Credit: Narendra Modi via Flickr.com] India may be celebrating the election result in Sri Lanka, but China is in the region for the long haul. By Kabir Taneja- On January 18, a Reuters reported claimed that Sri Lanka’s now former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, had expelled the station chief of […]

  • Tamil Editor Vithyatharan To Co-operate With ‘White Van’ Probe Read more >

    Tamil Editor Vithyatharan To Co-operate With ‘White Van’ Probe

    [N. Vithyatharan meeting Minister Rajitha Senarathana] A former Tamil newspaper editor N. Vithyatharan, who was abducted in February 2009 by armed men in notorious ‘white-van’ has given his consent to cooperate with the new government’s probe into the scores of white van abductions and extra-judicial killings, blamed on former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. White vans […]

Back to Top