Sri Lanka Brief


  • Don’t turn a blind eye to the killing fields of Sri Lanka Read more >

    Don’t turn a blind eye to the killing fields of Sri Lanka

    photo-Mariya Baskalin hangs laundry at her bombed out home in Sri Lanka’s north. She has been home a year, but hasn’t  ”Monday’s ABC Four Corners broadcast of Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields was almost unwatchable horror. It showed in gory detail the killing of children, the mutilation of prisoners, the cold-blooded execution of unarmed people, and […]

  • CPI, BJP ready to join hands over Lanka issue Read more >

    CPI, BJP ready to join hands over Lanka issue

    The New Indian ExpressTIRUCHY: Urging the Centre to introduce a resolution at the UN for declaring Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa as a war criminal, the CPI on Friday made it clear that it was ready to join hands with its arch rival, the BJP, to press for this demand in Parliament.‘It is time to […]

  • 52 British MP’s have signed motion calling for independent international investigation into Sri Lankan war

    8 July 2011 In a press statement issued following the APPGT/GTF parliamentary reception this week Chairman for the British All party parliamentary Group for Tamils , Lee Scott MP,said “the event was a great success, attended by over 40 Members of Parliament including Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Lords, representatives of NGOs and High Commissions”. So […]

  • Southern universities hold anti-SL government demonstration in Jaffna

    Teachers associations of universities in the south of the island of Sri Lanka held an anti-SL government demonstration and meeting in Jaffna on Friday that was also participated by teachers of the University of Jaffna. It was an impressive demonstration and meeting held in Jaffna in recent times, news sources in Jaffna said. Their demonstration […]

  • Political solution – Sampanthan proposes SL minister dismisses

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, moving an adjournment motion in Sri Lanka’s parliament Thursday and speaking on it said that his objective was “to develop a just settlement within an undivided Sri Lanka,” adding that this approach has been widely endorsed by the international community, notably India. The co-chairs have clearly stated and […]

  • Open letter to His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

    Without going into specifics, your general comment on the handling of  the international community infer that you have taken the side of the government to hide the truth about the war and to prevent the much needed fair process of reconciliation and justice for the war Rajasingham JayadevanThis is my brief letter to you. […]

  • Sanga’s crime – Editorial The Island Read more >

    Sanga’s crime – Editorial The Island

     If Sanga had dropped out of school at a tender age, cut his teeth on crime, taken to dirty politics and become a minister instead of pursuing his studies, playing brilliant cricket and bringing glory to his country, he, too, would have been able to commit murder, plunder public funds, tie public officials to trees, […]

  • China increase aid, to gain influence – report Read more >

    China increase aid, to gain influence – report

    China, seeking to gain influence in the Indian Ocean , has reportedly increased its aid to Sri Lanka dramatically since 2005, a US Congressional report has said.“In the view of some analysts and observers, China is seeking to gain influence with the Sri Lankan government as part of a ‘string of pearls’ naval strategy to […]

  • Rajiva: UN expert panel copied from Weiss’s book, Channel 4 documentary

    Speaking on BBC’s HardTalk program Tuesday, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, advisor to the Sri Lankan President on reconciliation, claimed the UN panel of experts’ report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes had “taken stuff, some of it verbatim” from former UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss’s recently published book, and from Channel 4’s recent documentary. When asked why the […]

  • Teachers forced to conduct SL military’s census hiding war deaths

    While the Nazi-style registration of people in the north by the occupying SL military is challenged in the SL courts by Tamil politicians, the SL Army is now engaged in another way of registering people by a census it is conducting on its own, forcing Tamil school teachers and through them exploiting school students. Earlier […]

  • Spotlighting Lankan Tamils – An Indian perspective

    ”But despite the Indian foreign secretary’s persuasive powers, Colombo is unlikely to budge so easily. India will have to do more than one visit and some good statements. It’s support for negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance, that began in January 2011, needs to be pressured to move much faster […]

  • India should play pro-active role on Lankan Tamils issue: CP

    Seeking India’s pro-active role in addressing the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, CPI today said it will organise a nationwide solidarity day tomorrow to highlight the sufferings of the ethnic minority in the island.Even two years after the war ended in Sri Lanka, the Tamils were “suffering” in camps with “no rehabilitation”, CPI National Secretary D […]

  • Cricket in Sri Lanka – More than just a game Read more >

    Cricket in Sri Lanka – More than just a game

    Star batsman, smart operator CRICKET is supposed to uphold the virtue of fair play. The preamble to the Laws of Cricket talks about “the spirit of the game”; their English custodians even hold an annual “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at Lord’s in London, the game’s home.In Sri Lanka, cricketers have long been a source of […]

  • Journalists barred from visiting north Read more >

    Journalists barred from visiting north

    Check point  Omanthai Authorities in Sri Lanka have prevented a group of journalists from visiting northern Sri Lanka despite assurances that there will be no restrictions to travel to the north.Dinasena Ratugamage who was among the group says security force personnel at Omanthai checkpoint told him not to take photographs or interview people, local and […]

  • SLA officer ‘involved’ in Lasantha murder Read more >

    SLA officer ‘involved’ in Lasantha murder

     Activists and collegues have been campaigning for justice for Lasantha and familyPolice in Sri Lanka say that there is evidence to suggest the involvement of a Sri Lanka army (SLA) intelligence officer in the murder of Sunday Leader editor.Lasantha Wickramatunga was shot dead in Colombo on 08 January 2009.Police Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) told Colombo […]

  • Sri Lanka should address India’s concerns Read more >

    Sri Lanka should address India’s concerns

    The island nation should abide by its promise to meet the legitimate aspirations of its Tamil population. The Sri Lankan President, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, seems to be having second thoughts on his past assurances.July 7, 2011/ by G.PARTHASARATHYWhen the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J Jayalalithaa, paid her first visit to New Delhi after assuming […]

  • Teachers Attacked In Kurunegala

    Three persons were injured today when a protest organized by JVP affiliated Ceylon Teacher Services Union (CTSU) in Kurunegala was attacked by a group of thugs.The protest was organized by the CTSU opposite the Wayamba Province office of the Education Department Cooperative Society (EDCS) against the taking over the EDCS administration by the government.The EDCS […]

  • India sensitive to TN concerns: Rao

    06 July 2011 06:40The Indian government cannot remain insensitive to the sentiments expressed by the Tamil Nadu government, the Tamil Nadu people and politicians about issues affecting the Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka,Indian foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told journalists. “That is something you have to understand. It will always be there and I think you […]

  • SRI LANKA: Returnees struggle in post-war zone Read more >

    SRI LANKA: Returnees struggle in post-war zone

    Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN  More than two years after Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war officially ended, returnees to remote villages face tough times and uncertain futures, despite governmental and international efforts at reconstruction. “Everything that we had earned in 50 years, we lost in months,” Supiah Arumugam, 52, and a father of two, told IRIN. Arumugam […]

  • Channel 4 rejects Sri Lanka ‘war crimes’ film criticism

    Sri Lanka maintains that no civilians were killed by troops during the war Continue reading the main story Sri Lanka After WarSri Lanka report: Main allegations The British TV station Channel 4 has strongly rejected claims by Sri Lanka’s government that footage broadcast in a recent documentary is false.The film in question appears to show […]

  • Sri Lanka minister orders probe into Sangakkara comments

    Shihar Aneez/ reuters Sri Lanka’s sports minister has ordered a probe into former captain Kumar Sangakkara’s comments about the island nation’s cricket administrators and political meddling during his speech to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) members at Lord’s on Monday.Sangakkara was given a standing ovation after delivering the annual Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in which he […]

  • Tragic plight of the war-widows in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Tragic plight of the war-widows in Sri Lanka

    by Rajani IqbalA recently published book – Invisible, Forgotten Sufferers: The Plight of Widows Around the World – reveals that there are an estimated 245 million widows worldwide, 115 million of whom live in poverty and suffer from social stigmatisation and economic deprivation purely because they have lost their husbands. Following a proposal introduced by […]

  • Free media: Headlines and deadlines – Editorial Daily Mirror

    05 July 2011According to the highest and most hallowed principles of the free media, their main role is to be a powerful and prophetic voice of the voiceless, marginalized or oppressed people and the instruments through which the common people especially exercise their fundamental right to the freedom of information and expression.The media also need […]

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