Sri Lanka Brief
2016January
  • Govt. Urged to Avoid Collision Course With Judiciary Read more >

    Govt. Urged to Avoid Collision Course With Judiciary

    Alleging that the government is as corrupt as the ousted Rajapaksa administration, the People’s Intellectual Assembly (PIA), civil society organization promoting good governance warns of dire consequences unless the UNP-SLFP coalition makes a course correction. The PIA comprising individuals who backed Maithripala Sirisena’s presidential campaign also alleged that the parliament and the judiciary were on […]

  • US Hails Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Efforts Read more >

    US Hails Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Efforts

    (US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal gesturing after the meeting with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mang.ala Samaraweera in Colombo.) Reuters/Colombo. The United States has praised Sri Lanka’s steps taken under a UN resolution to address alleged human rights abuses in the final phase of a 26-year […]

  • Sri Lanka Govt. Has Agreed On Foreign Monitors, Not Judges: Fonseka Read more >

    Sri Lanka Govt. Has Agreed On Foreign Monitors, Not Judges: Fonseka

    The government had agreed to allow foreign monitors and obtain international technical assistance for machinery that would be set up to probe alleged human right violations during the war time, Provincial Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today. Field Marshal Fonseka told a media briefing that both President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe […]

  • Sri Lanka: Journalist Daya Neththasinghe Assaulted Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Journalist Daya Neththasinghe Assaulted

    ( Daya Neththasingh) Environmentalist and journalist of the ‘SathHanda’ newspaper – Daya Neththasinghe has come under an assault, reports say. He was at a public meeting at the Natharama Temple in Delwala when the incident had occurred. The meeting held under the auspices of the Galle District Secretariat and politician Piyasena Gamage, focused on a […]

  • No Ban Against Film ‘Adaraneeya Kathawak’ Read more >

    No Ban Against Film ‘Adaraneeya Kathawak’

    Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris refused to issue an interim order banning the screening of the film ‘Adaraneeya Kathawak’, today. The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) had complained that the film, containing scenes depicting tobacco and alcohol consumption, violates provisions of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act. The Colombo Additional Magistrate […]

  • Sri Lanka: Chief Minsters Want 13 A Implemented In Full Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Chief Minsters Want 13 A Implemented In Full

    (CMs at 32nd Provincial Chief Minister’s Conference, May 2016) Editorial, Ceylon Today: 13th Amendment Not Meant only for N&E. The Chief Ministers of all nine provinces have emphasized the need of implementing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and they also pointed out that when the new Constitution is drafted the 13th Amendment should also […]

  • Sri Lanka: Business Confidence Plummets To A 28-month Low Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Business Confidence Plummets To A 28-month Low

    “The barometer of biz confidence plummets, as recent tax hikes and policy uncertainty have members of the corporate community scratching their heads over what the future holds,” says leading business magazine LMD, in its July edition. It adds that the June LMD-Nielsen Business Confidence Index (BCI) suffered another sharp fall, continuing its southbound trajectory – […]

  • Probe Into IS Ties Extends to Sri Lanka Read more >

    Probe Into IS Ties Extends to Sri Lanka

    Most mainstream Muslim organisations in Kerala have denounced the Islamic State (IS) even as the investigation into the suspected defection of at least 12 Keralites to the proscribed organisation unfolded across the State and beyond the country’s borders on Sunday. Syed Ibrahim Khaleel Buhari, general secretary, Kerala Muslim Jamaat, the apex body of Sunni Muslims […]

  • Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail Read more >

    Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail

    Even historic defenders of speech like Denmark and the United Kingdom are starting to choose “social harmony” over free expression. By Jacob Mchangama Over the past decade, there has been a global decline in respect for freedom of expression. And Europe’s democracies — traditionally understood to be places in which these rights are both honored […]

  • Will Not Allow Any Interference of Foreign Judges & Courts – President Read more >

    Will Not Allow Any Interference of Foreign Judges & Courts – President

    (Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera makes his statement at the UN Human Rights Council promising international participation in accountability mechanisms . Image credit – Ministry of Foreign Affairs) President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes he will not allow any foreign court, judge or organization interfere into the internal administration and judiciary in the country in future too. “Though […]

  • Billion Rupee Pothole On Road To Good Governance? Read more >

    Billion Rupee Pothole On Road To Good Governance?

    by Nirmala Kannangara. The good governance administration is now embroiled in a controversy after being exposed that a Cabinet minister had allegedly secured Cabinet approval to get a government contract to a company owned by his offspring. Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage is accused of obtaining a government contract for rural road rehabilitation and […]

  • Swiss to get tough on Sri Lankan refugee status Read more >

    Swiss to get tough on Sri Lankan refugee status

    Tamils hold a ceremony outside the Federal Parliament building in Bern on May 18, 2016 in memory of victims of the Sri Lanka conflict(Keystone) By Anand Chandrasekhar. Swiss authorities have announced that they will apply more stringent criteria for granting Sri Lankan nationals – mostly ethnic Tamils – refugee status. They believe that the situation […]

  • Catholics and Activists Against Police Torture in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Catholics and Activists Against Police Torture in Sri Lanka

    (The diocese of Kandy is collecting signatures to petition the government.) Melani Manel Perera. Colombo (AsiaNews) – The diocese of Kandy, central Sri Lanka, has organised a petition to ask the government of President Maithripala Sirisena to stop the punitive methods used by police and guarantee justice to torture victims. Along with the Catholic Church, […]

  • Joint Opposition Appoints Shadow Cabinet with MR as PM Read more >

    Joint Opposition Appoints Shadow Cabinet with MR as PM

    The Joint Opposition announced its ‘Shadow Cabinet’ during a meeting in Parliament today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister and given the portfolio of Buddha Sasana and Defence as well. Some of the other appointments to the ‘Shadow Cabinet’ were: Education – Dullas Alahapperuma Finance – Bandula Gunawardana Foreign Affairs – Namal Rajapaksa […]

  • UNHRC Adopts LGBT Rights Resolution; China, Russia and OIC Oppose Read more >

    UNHRC Adopts LGBT Rights Resolution; China, Russia and OIC Oppose

    ( The vote; image by rappler.com) The U.N. Human Rights Council  adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination at just concluded its 32 session by majority vote. The resolution calls  for establishing a mandate on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Cube and Viet Nam  supported the resolution […]

  • Sri Lanka: Independent Commission to Uplift Journalism Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Independent Commission to Uplift Journalism

    ( Dr Ranga kalansooriya) Setting up an independent commission for media sector it is expected to set minimum salary standards and code of ethics, which will be used to issue accreditation cards in the future. According to the Director General of Government Information Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya, the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media has […]

  • 100,000 Child Workers in Sri Lanka Read more >

    100,000 Child Workers in Sri Lanka

    by Anushiya Sathisraja. There are almost 100,000 child workers in Sri Lanka, with girls working mostly as domestic helper in towns and boys doing agricultural work in the villages. Schooling is a distant dream for many children, the survey by the Labour and Trade Union Relations Ministry shows, with 13.9 per cent of the child […]

  • No Tripartite Agreement on HRC Resolution 30/1 – TNA Read more >

    No Tripartite Agreement on HRC Resolution 30/1 – TNA

    (TNA meeting Samatha Power in Colombo) Issuing  a statement the Tamil National Alliance says that there is no agreement between “the TNA, Government of Sri Lanka and the United States have come to an agreement with regard to the implementation of the UN resolution 30/1, especially with regard to the accountability processes.” The full statement […]

  • 3 Factors that Could Hold Europe Together Read more >

    3 Factors that Could Hold Europe Together

    Written by Jennifer Blanke. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. – William Butler Yeats “But we are strong, each in our […]

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