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  • Sri Lanka: Rajapakse and the return of dissent July 2011

    The Rajapakse regime’s tested strategy of responding to all criticism through the propagation of and identification of conspiracies, scapegoats and ‘traitors’ might now be reaching its limits – dissent is seeping into the body politic. Himal, July 2011 The last two months in Sri Lanka have seen increasing international pressure coupled with domestic struggles against […]

  • Families demand info on Sri Lankans said abducted Read more >

    Families demand info on Sri Lankans said abducted

    June 30, 2011 / By KRISHAN FRANCIS, Associated PressHundreds of people protested Thursday demanding to know the whereabouts of their family members abducted by “white van squads” allegedly operated by the Sri Lankan government during the height of the country’s civil war.The protesters said they have not heard from their sons or husbands since they […]

  • North ruled via army violence? ARMY DENIES VEHEMENTLY

    by Ranga JayasuriyaOn Thursday (23) in Kilinochchi, the military dispersed a group of frail men and women who had gathered to get information on the whereabouts of their missing relatives. The protestors, many of who were ageing Tamil mothers and fathers who were clutching pictures of their missing children, had assembled at Depot junction, Kilinochchi, […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields shame exposed in major documentary

    “The comments of soldiers as they piled bodies of naked LTTE cadres onto trucks is yet another indication of disregard for the laws of war which clearly stipulates the treatment of both civilians and combatants. Speaking in Sinhala, the language of the Sinhalese, soldiers make lurid comments about the shape of the female bodies and […]

  • Sri Lanka mosques exonerate ‘pornography girls’

    By Swaminathan Natarajan /BBC Tamil Mosques in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Kattankudi have made public announcements exonerating two teenage girls accused of watching pornography. The loudspeaker announcements were made following a court order.A group of men allegedly beat up the 17-year-olds last week after they came out of an internet cafe in Kattankudi, […]

  • Defence ministry orders flower and plant sellers to vacate the park

    Thursday, 30 June 2011/ By Olindhi Jayasundere The Defence Ministry has asked flower and plant exhibitors and sellers at the Vihara Maha Devi Park to vacate the area by tomorrow because of plans to beautify the City of Colombo. The Vihara Maha Devi Floral Exhibition Organisers Consortium which has a membership of 400 flower and plant […]

  • President misinformed about demands: FUTA

    President should not be making comments without being properly informed about the current situation. 30 June 2011/ By Lakna ParanamannaThe Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) yesterday charged that it was unfortunate for the President to be unaware of the academics’ real demands.While responding to a statement, allegedly made by President Rajapaksa claiming that he […]

  • FTZ workers file FR petition before SC

    By S.S.SelvanayagamTen workers of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) filed a fundamental rights violation petition yesterday before the Supreme Court against the impugned police assault on the peaceful demonstrators within the FTZ on May 30.In their petition filed through their instructing Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha, they cited the Police OICs of Katunayake and Seeduwa […]

  • JVP to boycott PSC ( re political solution) Read more >

    JVP to boycott PSC ( re political solution)

    MP Anura kumara “The so called All Party Committee headed by Prof. Tissa Vitarana had, after 127 sittings, produced a 11,000-odd page report, but there without a solution, he said. This time, too, the government was not concerned about the real issues of Tamil people living in the North and East, “June 29, 2011/ By […]

  • NO FULL DISCLOSURE ON MILITARY CORRUPTION

    By Ranga JayasuriyaThe government on Tuesday (23td June) turned down an opposition request to table the report of the presidential commission, which probed allegations of corruption and irregularities in the procurement of high value military supplies for the security forces.Chief Government Whip and Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told the House that the report of the presidential […]

  • Enough with the state secrets

    by Namini Wijedasa WITH all the negative publicity Sri Lanka is generating internationally, even a few tentative steps towards enhancing democracy could go a long way. And yet the government seems hell-bent on taking the opposite direction. On June 21, the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) used its parliamentary majority to defeat a draft […]

  • U.S. threatens action against Colombo for failure to redress Tamils

    The United States on Tuesday hardened its stand against Sri Lanka government cautioning it to take necessary steps to book the perpetrators of alleged war-crimes in the country and to bring together the war-torn north and east with the rest of the country after 26 years of war.The United States on Tuesday hardened its stand […]

  • IBA regrets BASL’s condemnation of UN expert panel

    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute says it is disappointed by the recent resolution of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka condemning both the appointment of the UN expert panel and its subsequent report. IBA-HRI says in a statement the panel was appointed to advise the UN secretary-general on issues of accountability with regard […]

  • US warns Sri Lanka on war crime charges

    WASHINGTON – THE United States on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to move quickly to address allegations of war crimes, warning of rising pressure for international action if it does not. The State Department stopped short of endorsing calls for an international investigation into the bloody finale of the island’s civil war in 2009, saying that […]

  • The Lankan government’s might to information

    Sutirtho Patranobis, June 28, 2011 A two-thirds majority in a 225-member Parliament usually means that in the last election the people overwhelmingly voted for the current government. But does that mean that citizens have abdicated the right to ask questions? Or, even better, have handed over the right to control their thoughts to thegovernment?Last week, […]

  • Sri Lanka police investigate attack on teenage girls ( in Kathankudi)

    The case has fuelled concern about a rise in radical Islam in that area.By Swaminathan Natarajan BBC TamilSri Lankan police are investigating an assault on two girls apparently accused of watching pornography in the east of the country last week.A group of men allegedly beat up the 17-year-olds after they came out of an internet […]

  • Plans afoot to “Sinhalacise” Tamil border villages in east, says MP

    Of 310 families which fled from their homes only 70 have returned to the village Poochchikoodu located in Raanamadu GS division in Batticaloa district, according to Batticaloa TNA parliamentarian P. Selvarasa. Authorities in Colombo are ignoring resettlement of Tamil families with a sinister motive to “Sinhalacise” border Tamil villages, Selvarasa alleged.Officials in Colombo have failed […]

  • ‘I will accept any political solution given by parliament’

    Sri Lanka says Parliament Committee on political solution will strengthen Parliament-28 June 2011Sri Lankan President said that the appointing of a Parliamentary Select Committee to find a permanent political solution to the ethnic problem was by no means a delaying tactic, but one that sought to obtain the concurrence of Parliament for any decision made, […]

  • Rajapaksa denies Indian pressure over Tamil issue

    “There was no pressure from India on the thirteenth amendment of thirteen plus,” Rajapaksa told reporters.Responding to a query on the visit by Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, he said the Indians had only discussed with him routine bilateral issues.The Indian officials visited Colombo […]

  • Sri Lanka, a source for sex trafficking – US

    The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the United States stated that Sri Lanka does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking the country but is making significant efforts to do so.The report said Sri Lanka is primarily a source and to a much lesser extent, a destination […]

  • Murdered Jaffna man was previously abducted Read more >

    Murdered Jaffna man was previously abducted

    28 June 2011The man who was murdered and found hanging from a goalpost at a playground in Valikamam, Jaffna had been, on a previous occasion, abducted, but managed to escape from his kidnappers.Identified as 30-year-old Balachandrean Satkurunadan, the resident of Achchuveli had been born at Mailady.It is believed that he was abducted and murdered, and […]

  • Jaffna returnee found hanged to death

    A 30-year-old male who had recently returned to Jaffna, after staying in south for 2 years, was found beaten and hanged to death Sunday morning at a playground in Achchuveali Thoappu in Valikaamam East, 20 km northeast of Jaffna city. The victim, Balachandran Satkunanathan, had sought refuge in South after he had been harassed by […]

  • War crimes and denial – ‘Dawn’

    by Irfan Husain ONE of the most disturbing TV documentaries I have seen recently was Channel 4’s Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields when it was aired in the UK a fortnight ago. Chronicling the last few days of the murderous civil war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in triumph for government forces two years ago, […]

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