Sri Lanka Brief


  • Commonwealth calls for investigation of Sri Lanka war crimes

    The Commonwealth has long supported the peaceful resolution of the civil war in Sri Lanka, and recognises that genuine and sustainable reconciliation must include investigation of alleged war crimes and accountability of those responsible, and the promotion of justice. 26 June 2011, The Commonwealth has called on Sri lanka to conduct “a full, credible, and […]

  • Turbulent times – My Days in Sri Lanka

    A succinct account of how India got caught in a cleft stick during the regime of Lankan President Premadasa who continued to engage in a deadly game of political brinkmanshipBy Lakhan Mehrotra.Reviewed by SJS ChhatwalA former High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, the author comprehensively deals with the unfortunate discrimination against Tamils in Sri […]

  • No assurance given ( re registration in Jaffna)

    Sunday, 26 June 2011 20:12 The Army Headquarters today said it had not given any assurance to anyone with regard to the registration of Tamils in the North. Issuing a statement with reference to the Daily Mirror June 21 story titled ‘Registration of Tamils in North to be stopped’, in which ‘an assurance’ has been […]

  • Lanka’s war of blame

     But, Rajapaksa can possibly breathe easy. With Jintao and Medvedev ready to bail out Sri Lanka against any resolution in the UN Security Council – and India ready with its silent support in international forum – it’s unlikely that the deaths of the unknown number of persons in the last months of the war will […]

  • A genuine solution for all communities – need of the hour

    The Muslim community today is not represented by any party or group as the Muslim political leadership has virtually collapsed. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, a byproduct of communal politics, came with the slogan of unity. However, almost a quarter century later today the SLMC, divided into numerous splinter groups and absorbed individually and collectively […]

  • Life of North Muslims and their Voting Rights

      16 June 2011  The discrimination faced by the Northern Muslims have become an unending story. The governments’ neglect against minorities in this country is once again rearing its ugly head as Northern Muslims are denied of their voting rights. The LTTE’s oppression against the innocent people was elevated to an entire new level when […]

  • Govt. rejects our right to know

        Long-delayed Freedom of Information Bill defeated in parliament, chink in Rajapaksa regime’s armour exposed     Bill would have strengthened democracy amidst allegations of oppression and human rights violationsBy Sunday Times Political Editor Weeks ago, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkoddy was in the chair at a party leaders’ meeting that discussed Parliamentary business in the days […]

  • Ekneligoda habeas corpus case on Aug.23 Read more >

    Ekneligoda habeas corpus case on Aug.23

    The habeas corpus application filed by the wife of a Lanka e-news free lancejournalist who went missing since 2010 was fixed for argument for the third timefor August 23. The petitioners Mrs. K.M.S.P. Ekneligoda and her two children cited DIG Nandana Manasinghe of CID, Homagama Police OIC, then IGP Mahinda Balasuriya and the Attorney General […]

  • President insists solution only through PSC

    By Sunday Times Political EditorThe proposed Parliamentary Select Committee would determine whether the 13th Amendment should be part of a settlement for Tamil grievances, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has re-iterated.He told the main opposition United National Party’s co-deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya on Friday that this was the UPFA government’s official position. He said the government wanted […]

  • Sivajilingam, Sri Kantha decide to join TNA, restructure TELO

    Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians as well as Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) leaders Mr. Sivajilingam and Mr. Sri Kantha have decided to dissolve their newly formed party Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) and to re-join TELO and TNA, with a view of strengthening TNA and restructuring TELO to meet the demands of the […]


    A documentary collates the horrors from the final war against the LTTEBY SATARUPA BHATTACHARJYA “Are you still afraid to kill a terrorist?” asks a man, most likely a soldier, in Sinhala to the one standing next to him, with his gun pointed at three blindfolded people, their hands bound, naked and kneeling on the ground. […]

  • Politicians’ “fear” of freedom of information

    by Melani Manel PereraAn organisation representing journalists and media hold press conference in which they slam politicians for fearing freedom of information. They note that Sri Lanka is the only nation in South Asia that does not have a law guaranteeing freedom of information.Colombo (AsiaNews) – Sri Lanka needs a bill to protect freedom of […]

  • Work with the ‘other’ International Community: leftist MEP Read more >

    Work with the ‘other’ International Community: leftist MEP

    Paul Murphy “Tamil diaspora activists are very capable and able to put pressure on governments around the world. But, alongside this work, I would really like to encourage the Tamil diaspora to focus on the ‘other’ international community – which isn’t represented by these governments or institutions,” said Socialist Party and United Left Alliance MEP […]

  • SL Army orders against renting halls to TNA, political parties

    Sri Lanka Army occupying Jaffna comes out with intimidating ‘unofficial orders’ to owners of public halls in Jaffna, not to rent halls to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or to any other political party critical of the Colombo regime to conduct political or public meetings, news sources from Jaffna said. Colombo has decided to completely […]

  • SLMC pushes for tripartite devolution talks with UPFA & TNA

    June 24, 2011/by Shamindra FerdinandoThe SLMC is pushing for immediate expansion of post-war bilateral talks between the SLFP-led government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on devolution of powers.The SLMC says the Muslims should be represented at the talks and the failure on the part of the government to accommodate the party wouldn’t help ongoing […]

  • Freedom of association is a right in the north as elsewhere

    A statement by the National Peace Council  The physical attack of those attending a TNA election meeting in Jaffna ahead of local government elections to be held on July 23 has attracted considerable criticism and condemnation. Government spokespersons have argued that the meeting was unauthorized. On the other hand, the TNA has pointed out that […]

  • Tigers caged but Tamils’ tale goes on Read more >

    Tigers caged but Tamils’ tale goes on

    Tamil refugees Publish Post John ZubrzyckiALL insurgencies end in negotiations, argue those in favour of talking with the Taliban to end the conflict in Afghanistan. After a decade of war and no sign of a military solution, only a political settlement with moderate Taliban can achieve long-sought stability and pave the way for a withdrawal […]

  • Journalists Talk about Life in Exile Read more >

    Journalists Talk about Life in Exile

    IPI Commemorates World Refugee Day 2011By Mina Nacheva Sunanda Deshapriya (L), media spokesperson for the Free Media Movement, speaks as Sanath Balasuriya (C) from Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association and Daramasiri Lankapeli (R) from the Federation of Media Employed Trade union, look on during a news conference for five media organisations in Colombo July 1, […]

  • 165 Sinhala families settled in Tamil village Kokkachchaankulam in Vavuniya North

    by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Sinhalaisation” of North continues. Tamil village in Vavuniya district re-settled with Sinhalese without knowledge of district administration half. Kokkachchaankulam is a Tamil village in Vedivaithakallu GS div under Nedunkerny divisional secretary in the Vavuniya North Piradesha sabhai.Kokkachchaankulam can be reached via Semamadu, Oothukulam & Ariyakundam. Nedunkerny can be reached from Kokkachchaankulam via […]

  • Protest in Kilinochchi to find disappeared persons Read more >

    Protest in Kilinochchi to find disappeared persons

     24 June 2011 The protest campaign held in Kilinochchi demanding government to find disappeared persons was successful even though the military personnel attempted to obstruct it occasionally, said steering committee member of ‘Api Sri Lankikayo’ organisation Udul Premaratna. The protest which was held in Kilinochchi town under the patronage of Api Sri Lankikayo organisation was […]

  • Ranil alleges govt. moving towards dictatorship Condemns UPFA over compulsory ‘military training’ for university entrants Read more >

    Ranil alleges govt. moving towards dictatorship Condemns UPFA over compulsory ‘military training’ for university entrants

    by Saman IndrajithUNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday alleged that the UPFA government was rapidly moving towards what he called a dictatorial rule.Addressing the media in the Parliamentary complex, the Opposition Leader said that the country was heading towards a dangerous situation due to the readiness on the part of the government to […]

  • Lenient sentences in child abuse cases Read more >

    Lenient sentences in child abuse cases

    HR groups concerned:24 June 2011/By Susitha R. FernandoSeveral human rights and women’s organizations yesterday expressed shock and concern on a dangerous trend since of late to impose lenient jail terms and suspended sentences for persons convicted in cases of sexual abuse, rape and child molestation. A study carried out by Lawyers for Human Rights and […]

  • SRI LANKA: Widow of three children denied justice to protect a Superintendent of Police by the Headquarters Police Station of Kandy Read more >

    SRI LANKA: Widow of three children denied justice to protect a Superintendent of Police by the Headquarters Police Station of Kandy

    Ms. Q. Mahendra Devi (42) is a widow and the mother of three children. She resides at No: 100/36, Dharmaraja Road, Kandy and works as a cleaning labour working for a private company. After the death of her husband she built a house in above mentioned address. June 24, 2011ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME […]

  • Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda Read more >

    Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda

    By Basil Fernando (AHRC)There are discussions about Prageeth Eknaliagoda’s abduction and disappearance that go something like this:Was he a journalist or was he not a journalist?Was he a great journalist or was he a lesser journalist?Was he abducted and made to disappear due his activities as a journalist or was the abduction and disappearance unrelated […]

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