Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Sri Lanka: Witness Protection Bill Finally Comes to Parliament Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Witness Protection Bill Finally Comes to Parliament

    Despite the best efforts of the Opposition to scrap the ‘Assistance to and protection of victims of crime and witnesses’ Bill, which is popularly known as the Witness Protection Bill, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday tabled it in Parliament, calling it a timely need of the country. Minister Rajapakshe said that former Minister of […]

  • A Visit to the Vanni – Laura Davies

    February 19, 2015- Earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to Prince Zeid’s request to defer consideration of his office’s investigation into the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka to the summer. The UK was a main sponsor of the resolution setting up the investigation and we remain committed to it. Those who […]

  • The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President Read more >

    The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President

    the guardian./ason Burke in Colombo Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory in January has brought optimism to Colombo after nine years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s controversial and divisive rule Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to supporters after speaking outside the Buddhist Temple of Tooth in the central town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to […]

  • Police (CID) After Murderous Clique in SriLanka Navy Read more >

    Police (CID) After Murderous Clique in SriLanka Navy

    A comprehensive investigation has been launched by the CID to apprehend nine officers of SL Navy including three senior officers regarding an incident in which 28 Tamil youths were said to be abducted and murdered say reports. Initial investigations have revealed that ransom money had been obtained from several youths before they were murdered. According […]

  • Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists Read more >

    Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists

    [Dayan Jayatilleke reading Rajapaks’s message at the meeting] by Achintaka – Yesterday’s rally in Nugegoda organised by the hard-core Sinhala nationalists, i.e. Weerawansa, Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasudeva with the blessings of former President Mahinda Rajapakse and their pseudo intellectual appendage Dayan Jayatilleke reminds us that the politicians who made a life out of Sinhala communalism/nationalism […]

  • Seven Measures To Move Towards Good Governance – Rajiva Wijesinha

    By Rajiva Wijesinha – After Rev Sobitha’s very inspired remarks about the need to fulfil our promises rather than think about elections, I had a searching interview with ARTV, which helped my ideas to crystallize. I was also a bit upset, because I gathered that the UNP hierarchy was meeting at Temple Trees to discuss […]

  • Censored by Pro Rajapaksa Owner, Sunday Leader Editor  Resigned Read more >

    Censored by Pro Rajapaksa Owner, Sunday Leader Editor Resigned

    [Shakuntala Perera  was appointed after Asnaga Senavirathna bought the newspaper] Editor of the Sunday leader Shakuntala Perera has resigned after the owner of the newspaper Asanga Seneviratne imposed a internal censorship over matters related to Rajapaksa family. Asanga Seneviratne is was the Rugby coach of former President’s eldest son Namal Rajapaksa and close friend of […]

  • Sri Lanka: Right to Information Bill Requires Further improvement

    by ARTICLE 19. ARTICLE 19 welcomes the new government’s commitment to creating a long awaited right to information law. However the draft requires some improvement and clarification before it is adopted. A draft Right to Information Bill was shared by the new Sri Lankan Government with stakeholders last week and is due to be presented […]

  • Truth And Reconciliation Needs Amnesty – NPC Read more >

    Truth And Reconciliation Needs Amnesty – NPC

    [ A  delegation from South Africa will be visiting Sri Lanka to assist in the process of national reconciliation, headed by Ciril Ramposa] The issue of what happened in the last phase of the war, and accountability for human rights violations and war crimes that are alleged to have been committed, has dogged Sri Lanka’s […]

  • Sri Lanka Foreign Minster’s Letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein

    In a letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein  Sri Lanka Government has promised to establish a domestic set up a credible domestic mechanism in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: ”Sri Lanka government is committed to set up a credible domestic mechanism, the relevant preambular provisions in resolution 25/1 […]

  • Batticaloa Mothers Demand Sri Lanka Govt Releases Detained Children Read more >

    Batticaloa Mothers Demand Sri Lanka Govt Releases Detained Children

    [Holding photographs and clothing of their missing children and husbands….] Tamil mothers and relatives of the disappeared held a demonstration in Batticaloa on Monday, calling on the Sri Lankan government to release their children from custody. Holding photographs and clothing of their missing children and husbands, women from across the region, came together to hold […]

  • Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report Read more >

    Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report

    GENEVA (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new government won a six-month delay on Monday in the publication of a report on alleged war crimes, after the U.N. human rights chief praised its willingness to open the country up to scrutiny. Sri Lankan government forces have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages […]

  • Rs. 400 m Spent on Foreign Advisors for Domestic HR Inquiry Read more >

    Rs. 400 m Spent on Foreign Advisors for Domestic HR Inquiry

    [Jaffna: people waiting to give evidence at the Commission sittings] A “domestic inquiry” of sorts former President Rajapaksa initiated last year has become the focal point of attention. Such an inquiry came about when he extended the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry probing (from August 2013) thousands of persons who have gone missing. On […]

  • “Delhi Must Push Colombo on Devolution” – R. Sampanthan Read more >

    “Delhi Must Push Colombo on Devolution” – R. Sampanthan

    [Tamils have been voting for autonomy  for decades] by Meera Srinivasan – New Delhi must continue pushing Colombo towards the implementation of the 13th Amendment, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan said. Speaking exclusively to The Hindu on Friday, the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance – the main party representing Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils – […]

  • Alternative Routes to Justice for War Crimes in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Alternative Routes to Justice for War Crimes in Sri Lanka

    [Inside the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) as guilty verdicts are handed down in the trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. Photo: ECCC] by Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan- This article aims to explore the current realities of the investigation of alleged war crimes being conducted by the United Nations (U.N.) with a […]

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil Civil Society Group Writes to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

    Writing an open letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Tamil Civil Society group headed by Rev. Bishop Rayappu Joseph ask him not to trust the new Sri Lanka government on proposed domestic investigation. “We wish to respectfully urge you not to take any promise for domestic investigations seriously, particularly in the absence of […]

  • Sri Lanka to Return Lands Occupied by Military Troops Read more >

    Sri Lanka to Return Lands Occupied by Military Troops

    [ Some IDPs in the North lives in abject poverty; File photo ] (LBO) – Sri Lanka new administration is to return lands and buildings which occupied by the military troops in the time of Tamil tiger war for security reasons, a spokesman said today. “Government policy is to return property covers the entire island, […]

  • Declaration of Peace by the Government of Sri Lanka Read more >

    Declaration of Peace by the Government of Sri Lanka

    ( Sri Lanka Independence day 2015) 1. Acknowledging    a  recommendation    made   by  the  Lessons  Learnt  and  Reconciliation Commission that the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka requires a full acknowledgement of the  tragedy  of the  conflict  and  a collective  act  of contrition,  the Government  of Sri Lanka, at the official national  ceremony  held yesterday,  4 […]

  • Sri Lanka: Call for Genuine Accountability Initiatives By Women Affected by War

    The fact that thousands of women have gone before national commissions, committees and courts and appealed to international actors, including the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID), is indicative of the undeniable need to know what happened to loved ones and for justice. Despite numerous promises, no independent investigation into serious […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Editorial That was Not Published

    LankaNewsWeb has published the editorial written by Mr. Dinesh Weerawansa, editor of the state controlled weekend The Observer to be published in case former President Rajapaksha would have won the election on 8th January. The editorial shows the level of politicization of the state media in Sri Lanka. Mr. Weerawansha has not denied the news […]

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