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  • Sri Lanka’s bloody secret

    If what Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields shows doesn’t constitute crimes against humanity, nothing doesHere, There, Everywhere  -THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Salil Tripathi In 2009, the Sri Lankan army decided to move forward relentlessly to annihilate the Tamil Tigers. The government had tacit Western support and access to weapons from China, and India was not about […]

  • Sri Lanka ‘war crime’ images fuel Tamil resentment

    23 June 2011A TV documentary with gruesome footage that appears to back up war crimes charges against Sri Lankan troops has aggravated ethnic wounds two years after the end of the island’s civil war.The decision by Britain’s Channel 4 to provide free Internet access to the documentary after its broadcast last week, means that members […]

  • Never ending search for the missing -two thousand visited police

    By Dinasena Ratugamage/ VavuniyaThey came in their hundreds in search of their loved ones. Almost all returned empty handed.Nearly two thousand Tamils have visited the police in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavunia over the last ten days to find details of those missing during the war and since the military declaring it’s victory […]

  • Democracy defeated by 63 votes Read more >

    Democracy defeated by 63 votes

    Daily Mirror editorial /23 June 2011 Freedom of expression is an unalienable right enshrined in democracy. It is not a privilege that any government can deem its right to deliver the citizens as and if they so desire. The defeat of the Private Members motion on a Right to Information Bill by 63 votes speaks […]

  • Sri Lanka Government Rejects Right to Information Bill  – IFJ Read more >

    Sri Lanka Government Rejects Right to Information Bill – IFJ

    Media Release: Sri Lanka  /June 23, 2011The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is dismayed to learn that a freedom of information law proposed in Sri Lanka has been overwhelmingly defeated by the government majority in the country’s parliament. The Right to Information Bill, presented by opposition United National Party deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya on June […]

  • Sri Lanka regime rejects press freedom bill

    COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s ruling party used its parliamentary majority Tuesday to defeat an opposition-initiated bill to grant greater media freedom, a parliamentary official said.President Mahinda Rajapakse’s United People’s Freedom Alliance, which enjoys a two-thirds majority in the 225-member assembly, shot down the Freedom of Information Bill presented by an opposition lawmaker, an official […]

  • Ban’s visit to SL not correctly portrayed in the killing fields

    The United Nations yesterday said that UN Chief Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Sri Lanka’s northern part during the last stage of the War was not correctly portrayed in the ‘Sri Lanka’s killing filed’ film, that was produced and aired by British Channel 4 news service.“…the Secretary-General did much more than a whistle-stop tour to one […]

  • Academics in protest march

    By Lakna ParanamannaBringing the university academics’ ongoing struggle to the streets, a protest march was staged in Colombo for the first time yesterday with the participation of academics from all universities.Hundreds of university academics from Colombo, Jayewardenepura, Sabaragamuwa, Moratuwa, Ruhuna and several other universities participated in the protest march which was organized by the Federation […]

  • ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ – shocking the UN into action – AI

    Sri Lanka’s civil war killed up to 100,000 people and displaced thousands By José Luis Díaz, Head of Amnesty International’s United Nations OfficeAs we prepared for the screening today of the Channel 4 film, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” at Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York, our main worry was the size of the […]

  • Govt. defeats Right to Info bill

    22 June 2011/By Kelum Bandara and Yohan PereraThe government yesterday thwarted an attempt by UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to present a private member’s bill which provided for the freedom of access to official information.Soon after the question time, Mr. Jayasuriya rose on his feet to present the bill which provided for access to official […]

  • Media rights group want Issipriya’s death probed

    21 June 2011 The New York-based media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists has called for an international inquiry into the death of LTTE television presenter, who was allegedly executed by government forces.A documentary by Britain’s Channel 4, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions in the final days […]

  • CID queries journalist over drug dealer arrest article Read more >

    CID queries journalist over drug dealer arrest article

    22 June 2011 The CID has questioned the ‘Divaina’ journalist who had written an article for the newspaper’s June 13 issue regarding the arrest of a drug dealer.Commercial crimes OIC Anura de Silva had gone to the newspaper office yesterday (June 21) and said that he was investigating a complaint made by UPFA Colombo district […]

  • Military Registrations Continue in the Peninsula – Hathurusinghe Says One thing but Doing Another. Read more >

    Military Registrations Continue in the Peninsula – Hathurusinghe Says One thing but Doing Another.

     registration documents 22 June 2011 People Dissatisfied – GTN reporter Registration activities in the Jaffna peninsula continue without any changes, despite Jaffna. Commander Major General Hathurusinghe’s announcing that registration activities in the peninsula are suspended.It is reported that registration activities continue in Valikamam, Vadamaraachchi and in many other areas. Though registration procedure has somewhat lessened […]

  • Election Time in North: EPDP’s dreaded Charles resurfaces Read more >

    Election Time in North: EPDP’s dreaded Charles resurfaces

    Douglas and Basil As Minister Douglas Devananda announced his candidature for the Chief Ministership of the Northern Province yesterday, the government intensified efforts at shutting down the potential opposition. Thursday night the army moved into a private TNA meeting of the leadership with its Local Government candidates in Alaveddy, assaulting all and sundry. About 60-75 […]

  • Post-War Sri Lanka: Rethinking Reconciliation Read more >

    Post-War Sri Lanka: Rethinking Reconciliation

    by Amarnath AmarasingamDoctoral candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University   While the government response was predictable, another line of argument has recently gained some fanfare. This peculiar position, as most recently articulated by Amjad Mohamed-Saleem in Groundviews, argues: 06/20/11,As my doctoral dissertation deals with Sri Lankan Tamil activism in Canada, I was asked by a few people why […]

  • The Silence of Sri Lanka Read more >

    The Silence of Sri Lanka

    will he act? By DAVID MILIBAND and BERNARD KOUCHNER  / Published: June 20, 2011In April 2009, we travelled together as foreign ministers to Sri Lanka, as 25 years of fighting between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers neared its end. The remaining fighters were trapped in the northern most part of the country […]

  • Groundviews  and Vikalpa blocked in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Groundviews and Vikalpa blocked in Sri Lanka

    A number of user reports from Sri Lanka indicate that Groundviews is now blocked on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband Internet connections. It also appears that Vikalpa, our partner site that publishes critical content in Sinhala, is also blocked. Further, the website of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is also blocked. Content and comments published […]

  • Issipriya a LTTE combatant Read more >

    Issipriya a LTTE combatant

    Channel 4 News revealed that one of the victims was a high profile member of the Tamil Tigers – but claimed she was just a journalist rather than a direct fighter as a result of a heart condition. Issipriya was born in 1982 in Jaffna and was subsequently recruited by the LTTE and underwent military […]

  • Military ‘training’ in the name of leadership Read more >

    Military ‘training’ in the name of leadership

    Lankan students have to undergo rigorous workout to get into varsitiesby Chandani KirindeSalvage a heavy vehicle stuck in mud, complete a 5-km march in 45 minutes and do push ups and run obstacle courses. This is not part of the curriculum for those training to join the Sri Lankan military or the police, but a […]

  • Rajapaksa regime subjecting Sri Lanka to global ridicul Read more >

    Rajapaksa regime subjecting Sri Lanka to global ridicul

    by Mangala Samaraweera The ineptitude of the present regime in the face of intensifying and relentless international pressure is driving Sri Lanka further and further into isolation and is likely to have devastating effects for this country’s prospects for rebuilding and reconciliation in the post-conflict phase. The release of the Channel 4 documentary on Sri Lanka, […]

  • Killing Fields: ‘Recognition that Tamil Tigers were prepared to use as pawns the civilians they claimed to represent is commendable’ Read more >

    Killing Fields: ‘Recognition that Tamil Tigers were prepared to use as pawns the civilians they claimed to represent is commendable’

    War crimes: Tyrants are right to fear the new technology witnesses There was much in the documentary to commend. Its recognition that Tamil Tigers were prepared to use as pawns the civilians they claimed to represent; the forensic way it explored the UN’s unconscionable retreat as the conflict worsened; the wide range of experts interviewed […]

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