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  • Registration of families Continue in Valikamam

    13 May 2011 The military has started registering the family members once again in some areas in Valikamam in Jaffna, especially in Sankanai and Mathagal area Valikamam west where the activities are now very briskRegistration of families Continue in Valikamam. The military has started registering the family members once again in some areas in Valikamam […]

  • Iniya Barathi faction listed for abduction of children

    Thursday, 12 May 2011 The United Nations has listed the Iniya Barrathi faction of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) that recruits or uses children, kill or maim children, and/or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in situations of armed conflict on the agenda of the Security Council. Releasing the UN […]

  • SRI LANKA: An innocent man was illegally arrested, detained and severely tortured by the CID

    May 12, 2011/Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-092-2011 Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. W.A. Lasantha Pradeep Wijeratna (36) of No. 98, Galahitiyawa, Ganemulla in the district of Gampaha was illegally arrested and severely tortured by the police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department on 15 August 2010. Lasantha […]

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    Opposition to the UN Panel report: Any method to this madness? SL Army in disguise

     The Daily Mirror today runs a full page add attributed to the ‘International Accountability Network’. Thiran De Silva, Head Of IT, Sri Lanka Army along with the fact that this individual is currently a Web Consultant/Trainer to Sri Lanka Army. The ’International Accountability Network’ website is, politely put, a dysfunctional mess with content largely automatically […]

  • Militaraisation in Vanni

    They complained that virtually every decision relating to community life needed to be taken after permission was sought and obtained from the military. On my way to Jaffna over the past weekend I stopped over in Vavuniya to meet with several civil society leaders. When we discussed the current political situation, the main issue that […]

  • Wikileaks: Sri Lanka ‘rejected rebel surrender offer’

    According to the US cables, presidential adviser Basil Rajapaksa “energetically refused” to give the ICRC permission, The Sri Lankan government rejected a surrender offer by Tamil Tiger rebels at the end of the war, reports released through the Wikileaks website say. They say that Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa dismissed US pressure to allow a mediated […]

  • A government full of bright ideas – 19th amendment

    For one, the government’s favourite pastime quite clearly is to update the Constitution for a more stable and secure Sri Lanka; more than cozily so for some citizens at least. May 10, 2011 Even Mahinda Rajapaksa’s worst critic cannot accuse his regime of lacking bright ideas or the righteous will to execute them. It hardly […]

  • The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

    8 May 2011,by Dr. Kay S. Kumaran, United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) USTPAC recently released the following report, entitled “The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes.” This report highlights the Sri Lankan Government’s attempts to resist international pressure to investigate violations of human […]

  • EU urges Sri Lanka to engage with UNSG on panel report

    The EU hopes that the Government of Sri Lanka will recognise the constructive objectives of the report, and encourages it to engage with the UNSG on its contents. 10 May 2011, 9:08 am Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the Report of the UN Secretary-General Panel of […]

  • Nothing will happen by some welcoming UN report: Basil Rajapaksa

    Basil Rajapaksa said that according to the SL president there are no more High Security Zones but the entire island is a ‘peace zone.’ 09 May 2011, Sri Lanka President’s brother and SL Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa made an unannounced sudden visit to Jaffna Monday. Nothing will happen by some welcoming the UN panel […]

  • Anti-UN sentiment in Jaffna: Fact or fiction?

    9 May, 2011 The Uthayan newspaper runs a revealing story on its website which suggests that on 8th May, the campaign to collect a million signatures against the UN Panel’s report basically forced people to sign up to the campaign. Groundviews has already covered this bizarre, mindless campaign when it started in Colombo, before in […]

  • Why do University Teachers resort to Trade Union Action?

    6 May 2011, 10:26 pmA Statement by the Executive Committee of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (1) Trade Unions may not have a long history but in the short history of their existence they have acquired an indelible presence in the affairs of nation states. Trade unions historically evolved as organizations to defend collectively […]

  • Majoritarian tourism and Sinhala language imposition in Jaffna

    “Most restaurants are owned or managed by the military. That’s our reality,” says Ponniah Wanigasundaram, a small time shop owner from Iranamadu. 7 May 2011,/ By Dilrukshi Handunnetti Its been two years since the war came to an end. Soon after, exultant southerners began visiting Jaffna in busloads and van loads to ‘see it with […]

  • March of folly by S.B. Dissanayake down the path of I.M.R.A Iriyagolla

    This behaviour, in a way, signifies the approach and attitude of the government in general. Following this general pattern, Minister came up with a big conspiracy theory linking the university teachers and their trade unions to imperialism and Publish Post Tamil diaspora 8 May 2011, /By Sumanasiri Liayanage Faced with the threat of trade union […]

  • Now Navy moves to supervise Viharamahadevi Park

    Sources said that road development projects under taken by the CMC, too, had been placed under the supervision of the army to prevent workers from leaving their posts after marking attendance registers. May 8, 2011, 9:37 /By Jayantha de Silva Due to failure on the part of the CMC, the government has placed the Viharamahadevi […]

  • Occupying SL military threatens TNA politicians in Jaffna

    08 May 2011 While building up democratic politics in the north and east is reiterated as a prerequisite for ‘reconciliation,’ the genocidal SL Army occupying Jaffna under the command of ‘Asian Nobel Peace Laureate’ Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe is engaged in intimidating politicians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the most favoured political formation in […]

  • Genocide case against Rajapaksa placed in Norway courts

    08 May 2011, Leading Norwegian Lawyer on Human Rights, Harald Stabell, has filed a case under the Norwegian national law, against the Sri Lankan President and Commander-in-Chief of the SL armed forces, Mahinda Rajapaksa, his brother and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, and former Sri Lanka Army commander Sarath Fonseka, now in Rajapaksa’s custody, and several […]

  • Blake’s visit follows Maldives ditching UN panel report

    07 May 2011, The Maldivian foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem told journalists in Colombo that the UN report into human rights abuses in the closing days of Sri Lanka’s civil war is “singularly counterproductive,” reports Minivan News, an independent news service from Maldives, Saturday. Maldives is currently a member of the UN Human Rights Council. This […]

  • Detained Indefinitely

    By Maryam Azwer Almost two years since the end of the conflict, hundreds of people arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remain in detention. What is of real concern here, is that in many cases, families of those detained have no knowledge of their whereabouts – or even if they are alive. Detainee DilemmaAmong […]

  • Millions unpaid, unaccounted for in President’s Fund: Auditor Gen. Report

    No action by Attorney Gen. to recover duesBy Chandani Kirinde The President’s Fund has been slow in reimbursing medical assistance to patients, even in instances where the directive to expedite such payments came from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Auditor General (AG) has revealed. “Despite the President’s orders to reimburse medical assistance amounting to over Rs […]

  • Ban’s report: Top Indian team rushes to Colombo

    A priority for the visiting Indian delegation, the Sunday Times learns, is to urge the government to speedily address accountability and reconciliation issues raised in the UN Panel’s report By Political Editor A high powered Indian delegation will arrive in Colombo on Friday to discuss matters arising from the United Nations Advisory Panel’s report to […]

  • Lankan issue: EU parliament calls emergency debate

    The European Parliament, which represents 27 countries, is to debate on Thursday what it calls violations of human rights and humanitarian laws in Sri Lanka. The “emergency debate” has been sought by 50 members of the Green Party after the release of the report of the three-member UN Advisory Panel to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. […]

  • Jaffna District voters down by 50 percent

    By Chris Kamalendran The number of voters in the Jaffna electoral district has dropped by more than 400,000 or by 50 percent of the previous figures, according to latest data collected by the Elections Department. Earlier the voter registry for the Jaffna district had 815,000 voters on the list, but the new one being compiled […]

  • Calling for mature political leadership

    By Kishali Pinto JayawardeneUnder creeping cover of the report of the Advisory Panel mandated by the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), the Government of Sri Lanka appears to be leading the country even further down the precipitous slope of constitutional anarchy than it has gone so far. Unhappy comparisons to a rowdy nation. At one […]

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