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  • Concern over accelerated city plan

    The Friday Forum, a group of intellectuals had issued a statement expressing concerns at the steps taken for accelerated development of the city of Colombo.They say the group was formed to consider current issues of public interest with a view to making a contribution to peace, democracy, good governance and social justice in Sri Lanka.“We […]

  • BASL condemns army assault on judge

    May 23, 2011,  The Bar Association of Sri Lanka yesterday condemned the assault on the District Judge of Matara by army personnel on Sunday (22).The BASL called upon the IGP and the Commander of Army to bring those suspected of having participated in the assault before the Law. It urged the Secretary to the Ministry […]

  • Military Conference to Whitewash War Crimes

    Invited Countries Should Stay Home, Press for Accountability May 23, 2011  This conference is nothing more than a public relations exercise to whitewash abuses. No professional, law-abiding military should take part in this farce.      -Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch (New York) – Governments should decline the invitation to attend a Sri […]

  • TNA appeals to Russia, China

    24 May 2011 / By Kelum BandaraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will request Russia and China to urge the Sri Lankan government to work out a long lasting political solution to the national question, parliamentarian and party media spokesman Suresh Premachandran said yesterday.Russia and China supported Sri Lanka in its war against terrorism and as […]

  • FR petitions challenge leadership training

    24 May 2011By Susitha R. FernandoFive separate fundamental rights applications were filed in the Supreme Court yesterday by the Ceylon Teachers Union and four students who secured university entrance this year challenging the leadership training at army camps for students entering the university.The applications were filed by four students – R. M. Subani Pabasala Ratnayake, […]

  • Sir, Please Treat us Kindly

    If the government does not want to resolve this issue through negotiations by blindly accepting the views of the Treasury Secretary, the university system and the country would definitely lose its best scientists, engineers and medical people who cannot be replaced easily. If the government adopts at least pragmatic perspective taking into consideration its own […]

  • Asian States Failed to Make the UN Human Rights Council Elections Meaningful

    (20 May 2011, Geneva/Bangkok) The United Nations General Assembly today elected 15 new member States to the Human Rights Council (Council), a 47-member intergovernmental body mandated to promote universal respect for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Seats to the Council are allotted by regional groupings, and today’s election saw the inclusion of […]

  • Don’t send’em for training – JVP

    23 May 2011 By Yohan PereraThe JVP yesterday requested the parents of students who had been selected to the universities not to send their children for leadership training in military camps which is scheduled to begin today.JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference yesterday that they wanted the parents not to send their […]

  • Removing the Emperor’s Clothes

    But let us not get side-tracked by the apparent stupidity of the Ministry of Higher Education. This is not about leadership training; this is part of the regime’s plan to control dissent.  Rather than producing young people with inquiring, critical minds; young people who are passionate and who are willing to fight for causes they […]

  • University students get marching orders for leadership programme Read more >

    University students get marching orders for leadership programme

    With the “Leadership and Positive Attitude Development” programme scheduled to start tomorrow at various Army camps, Nadia Fazlulhaq speaks to concerned parents of new entrants to universities, students’ unions and officials involved in the programme The disputed leadership programme organized by the Higher Education Ministry in collaboration with the Defence Ministry has officials defending it […]

  • Govt Militarising uni students: UNP

    22 May 2011 The United National Party (UNP) today condemned the government’s decision to go a ‘leadership’ training programme for university new entrants inside military camps.“There is no legal provision to conduct such programme and it has not been discussed in parliament as well”, the UNP said in a statement.“This type of training is not […]

  • Case dropped against author Sarah Malanie Perera

    By ANIQA HAIDER / May 22, 2011 A BAHRAIN-based author who was stranded in Sri Lanka for nearly 14 months after being accused of blasphemy has had the case against her dropped.Sarah Malanie Perera was detained via emergency laws in Colombo in March last year for alleged “anti-state” activities and links to Islamic militants.She was […]

  • Sri Lanka defends Buddhism – against London restaurant Read more >

    Sri Lanka defends Buddhism – against London restaurant

    TamilNet, 22 May 2011,Sri Lanka’s Sinhala nationalist constitution – introduced in 1972 in contemptuous dismissal of the protests of the Tamils and their elected leaders – makes it “the duty of the state to protect and foster” Buddhism. This is a responsibility Sri Lanka’s High Commission in Britain apparently takes very seriously: according to a […]

  • G.L.Peiris visit a flop: India browbeats Lanka

    Sunday Times     Minister agrees to develop on 13th Amendment with Tamil parties, will include police and land powers     New Delhi non-committal on international probe on alleged war crimes; sellout on fishing crisis While these celebrations were in full swing in all Buddhist countries, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris was in New Delhi […]

  • Uni students in police training before Army stint

    By Gayan Kumara WeerasinghaAround 1500 university students have already been absorbed into the Police Training College (PTC) with the intention of providing them with leadership skills, Police department sources said.A Police department source added that these students have been absorbed into PTCs situated at Pathgama, Mahiyangana, Elpitiya, Kundasale and Nikaweratiya.These sources said that this exercise […]

  • JVP, PNM in islandwide protests against Indian interference

    By Chris KamalendranTwo separate fronts are set to launch protest campaigns against Indian pressure on the Sri Lanka government to amend the Constitution, probe human rights abuses and finalise Indian commercial projects in the country.The pro-government Patriotic National Movement (PNM) and the opposition Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have decided to campaign against the joint agreement […]

  • Lanka launches pre-emptive strike at UNHRC

    By Chandani KirindeSri Lanka is to carry out a pre-emptive campaign ahead of the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva next week to ward-off any moves to trigger a debate on allegations of human rights violations during the last stages of the fighting against the LTTE.Plantations Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who has also been assigned […]

  • Undestanding Gotabaya Rajapaksha

    Out of the three brothers of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya is the most arrogant and brainless one, due to his inability to cope up with and handle the most important Ministry in the country due to his in-experience to administer it and his lack of education and the heavy work load under his authority has created […]

  • Bribery Commission operational again

    May 20, 2011The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has recommenced investigations into complaints on alleged acts of bribery and corruption, a press release issued by Information Department said yesterday.Complaints can now be forwarded in writing or in person to the Commission. The Commission had been defunct since March 29, 2010 due […]

  • Journalist arrested and severely tortured by Panadura Police

    Urgent AppealThe Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Niroshan Premaratne, a professional journalist attached to the Independent Television Network (ITN) of Wickremasinghe Pura, Battaramulla, Colombo was illegally arrested and severely tortured by police officers attached to the Panadura Police Station on 8 May 2011May 20, 2011ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMMEUrgent […]

  • Who will punish the ruling classes of Sri Lanka and bring them to justice?

    The panel report  falsely accuses LTTE and its leadership, the force spearheading the decades-old liberation struggle, of using Eelam Tamils as ‘human shields’ and of even ‘point blank shooting of civilians’! By Democratic Students’ Union/ NewDelhi19 May, 2011Two years back, on 18 May 2009 the Sri Lankan army claimed to have killed Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the […]

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