Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Public Haranguing of IGP by Minister John Amaratunga – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena Read more >

    Public Haranguing of IGP by Minister John Amaratunga – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

    A most discomfiting sight witnessed in Sri Lanka post the January 2015 ‘yahapalanaya’ elections was this week’s less than coherent public haranguing of the country’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) and his officers by the new Government’s Public Security Minister John Amaratunga. Lack of political will manifested The general theme appeared to be that government […]

  • How Public Funds Wasted On Presidential Advisers Read more >

    How Public Funds Wasted On Presidential Advisers

    By Nirmala Kannangara– When thousands of peasants struggle to find a proper meal to their children due to the high cost of living, millions of rupees of public money had allegedly been ‘wasted’ monthly by the former regime on 38 Presidential Advisers. The Sunday Leader learns that out of the 38 Presidential Advisers, 20 were […]

  • Keep 1000 Acres, Give Us Back Remaining 5500 – Vigneshwaran Read more >

    Keep 1000 Acres, Give Us Back Remaining 5500 – Vigneshwaran

    Hon’ Governor, Hon’ Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Hon’ Minister D.M.Swaminathan, Hon’ Deputy Minister Mrs.Vijekala Maheswaran, Hon’ Ministers of the Provincial Council, officers of the Northern Provincial Council, other officers, my dear brothers and sisters, The change in Government is showing favourably in the number of visits by VIPs from Colombo last few days. We welcome […]

  • Is Shiranthi Rajapaksa ‘Above the Law’? Read more >

    Is Shiranthi Rajapaksa ‘Above the Law’?

    The wife of former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who had been charged of getting a passport with forged documents was remanded and released on bail. However, no legal action has been taken regarding Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, wife of former President Mahinda Rajapaska, who had used a fake identity card number to maintain a bank account of […]

  • NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation   – Laksiri Fernando Read more >

    NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation – Laksiri Fernando

    The sensibility of the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) requesting “the ongoing United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to investigate the claim of genocide and recommend appropriate investigations and prosecutions by the International Criminal Court” has come to a major focus as it […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions

    by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena and Venkatesh Nayak- Introduction. In giving necessary context to Sri Lanka’s draft Right to Information (RTI) law disseminated by the current Government in order to obtain feedback from citizens, a few matters need to be clarified. In substantial respects, this draft is the 2003/2004 Bill of the United National Front (UNF) administration. […]

  • After Nugegoda – What?

    By Izeth Hussain– The recent Nugegoda rally in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would of course have been meticulously organized, but all the same the immensity of the crowd that assembled there was beyond dispute immensely impressive. It becomes all the more impressive when we bear in mind that the organizers did not have […]

  • Tamil Civil Society Forum Decides not to Give Evidence on Disappearances Read more >

    Tamil Civil Society Forum Decides not to Give Evidence on Disappearances

     TCSF statement: Read the full statement here:English_Translation_Missing_persons_Commission 1.The relatives of those who have been forcibly disappeared are tired of going before various mechanisms set up by the Government of Sri Lanka from time to time. No results whatsoever have been forthcoming from such inquiries. Many questions have been raised about the terms of reference and […]

  • National Christian Evangelical Alliance Welcomes Minister’s Move

    National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka: Statement Welcoming the Appointment of a Coordinator for Charismatic, Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian Churches’. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) welcomes the appointment of a Coordinator for Charismatic, Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian Churches by Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management & Christian […]

  • The Traitor and the Patriot! – Dharisha Bastians

    In 2009, some months after the war ended, media personnel were offered military tours of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s ‘luxury’ bunker and swimming pool deep inside his hideout in Mullaitivu by the defeated regime. Subsequently, the bunker was turned into a special exhibit on the ‘war tourism’ trail, for first time visitors from the island’s south to […]

  • Mulaitivu: No Election Violence; No Military Involvement – CaFFE Read more >

    Mulaitivu: No Election Violence; No Military Involvement – CaFFE

    (Mulaitivu – 2013 photo) Mulaitivu Local Council Election 2015/CaFFE Interim Report- The campaigning for Maritimepattu and Pudukuduirippu local councils, in Mullaitivu Districts, will end today (25) midnight. Police have provided adequate security to the area and there were no incidents reported during the pre – election period. Army, which was accused of campaigning in recent […]

  • 100 Day Program: Transparency is a Must – Friday Forum

    The Friday Forum commends the efforts of the Government to implement the 100 day program as promised in President Sirisena’s election manifesto. However it is also concerned that focusing largely on accomplishing this within the short time frame may risk overriding other aspects like democratic and consultative processes and stakeholder interests. To present key Bills […]

  • The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka Read more >

    The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka

    The new government of Sri Lanka has made the draft for Right to Information Act available for the people for their feed back. The draft has come under criticism from some activists  on the basis that it does not provide full disclosure and secrecy clauses are too wide. The draft RTI of Sri Lanka: Draft […]

  • Sri Lanka Mulls Future of Rajapakse’s White Elephants Read more >

    Sri Lanka Mulls Future of Rajapakse’s White Elephants

    (A security guard looks at the runway from within a departure area at the international airport at Hambantota ©Lakruwan Wanniarachchi (AFP/File)) (AFP) From a multi-million dollar airport ignored by airlines to a lavish cricket stadium rejected by players, Sri Lanka’s new government is mulling the future of a string of white elephants. Former president Mahinda […]

  • Déjà vu: Sampanthan and Amirthalingam

    by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole- The burning in Jaffna by a group including TNA representatives of an effigy of M. A. Sumanthiran, TNA MP, induces déjà vu in me. Mr. R. Sampanthan the TNA leader and Mr. Sumanthiran took a bold step in attending the recent Independence Day celebrations, the first time the Tamil leadership […]

  • Army in the North : Contesting the Views of Prof. Rohan Gunaratna Read more >

    Army in the North : Contesting the Views of Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

    [Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images, via A Sri Lankan Quest] by Muttukrishna Sarvananthan This is in response to the views expressed by “International Terrorism Expert” Prof. Rohan Gunaratna to Zahrah Imtiaz in the article titled “Don’t Withdraw Army from North: Prof. Rohan Gunaratna” published in the Ceylon Today of Sunday 15 February 2015, page 10. Security […]

  • Two Ways to Stop Rajapaksa – Ranga Jatasuriya Read more >

    Two Ways to Stop Rajapaksa – Ranga Jatasuriya

    It is not boredom of retirement, but insecurity that motivates ex-president to make a political comeback. The proxies of the ex-president have fired the first salvo.Over six million Sri Lankans who voted against the kleptocratic regime of Rajapaksa and many others who later realised the full extent of excesses and abuses that took place during […]

  • A Brave New State Media?  – Lakshman Gunasekara Read more >

    A Brave New State Media? – Lakshman Gunasekara

    [ Lakshman Gunasekara, Vikalpa Photo] The changes in leadership that the country’s public-owned news media institutions undergo along with changes in government is now so automatic that it is almost a hallowed tradition. In one venerable public-owned institution, for example, there is a permanent ‘consultants’ room’ where, come regime change, politically appointed senior media managers […]

  • Sri Lanka: PM to Summon Media Owners

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he plans to summon the owners of local media to warn them against attempting to create communal disharmony in the country. Speaking at an event today, Wickremesinghe said that he will also invite media rights groups to attend the meeting for them to raise concerns they have over the owners […]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law Read more >

    Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law

     by Emelina Perez [JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; […]

  • Sri Lanka: A Rs 10M CHOGM dinner Read more >

    Sri Lanka: A Rs 10M CHOGM dinner

    Rs 1,177,434,333 was spent, by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, on publicity and media coverage, in relation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2013. This was revealed in Parliament yesterday. It was also revealed that a colossal sum of Rs 10 million was spent on a dinner for journalists. Accordingly, […]

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