Sri Lanka Brief


  • ‘Released’ ex-LTTE cadres not allowed to go home with parents

    A report on BBC Tamil service says, the “1,800 rehabilitated LTTE fighters released on Friday, September 30th after having rehabilitated them with skills development”, are yet to be re-united with their parents.According to a Sri Lanka Department of Information report, “ex-LTTEers underwent a two year rehabilitation programme at 24 rehabilitation centres in the North and […]

  • Australian envoy draws ire for role in Tamil ceremony

    Daniel Flitton Ambassoder Kathy Klugman has been criticised for presenting Sri Lankan awards. A TOP Australian diplomat has handed out certificates to alleged Tamil rebels after they were put through two years of official ”rehabilitation” at camps run by the Sri Lankan government.In a move condemned by a leading international law advocate, Australia’s high commissioner to […]

  • The Unknown Killing Fields: Looking into the Sri Lankan Civil War

    Dineke PardijsSummary executions, bodies of raped women, and families hiding from bombs in hastily dug trenches. The images shown in a recent Channel Four documentary bring back memories of tragedies such as the killing fields in Cambodia and the genocide in former Yugoslavia.But these massacres occurred just two years ago in Sri Lanka, at the […]

  • LLRC report only in next year

    LLRC says draft-copy will not be sent CWThe Commonwealth Committee expects the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to be submitted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia later this month.However the LLRC insists the report will only be made available next month as had been previously announced and […]

  • Mr. President “You Have Been Served”

    Frederica JanszOn Friday September 30, a thirty page long complaint detailing charges against President Rajapaksa, was sent to nearly 100 media outlets in Sri Lanka and around the world by U.S. Constitutional Lawyer, Bruce Fein.President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the plaint is cited for extrajudicial killings under the U.S. Torture Victim’s Protection Act. Simultaneously,   Fein officially […]

  • Sri Lanka ‘defeated conspiracy at UN’

    There has been a major international conspiracy against Sri Lanka at the recently concluded UNHRC session in Geneva, the country’s delegation claims.Plantation Development Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told journalists in Colombo that the delegation managed to thwart the conspiracy. The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Navi Pillai, he said, tried to bring in the report […]

  • British Labour Party calls for an international commission of inquiry into war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka

    Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, the British Shadow Foreign Secretary, has given the Labour Party’s full support for the establishment of an international commission to investigate the “acts of unconscionable violence” perpetrated in the final months of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict in 2009.Speaking to a packed Tamils for Labour fringe event at the Labour Party […]

  • Canada lashes Sri Lanka, summit showdown looms

    Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 29, 2011. Canada publicly criticized Sri Lanka over its human rights record for the first time Thursday, setting the scene for a confrontation at a major international summit next month.   Canada’s Foreign Minister John […]

  • Canada, UK target SL on C’wealth front – Prof. Peiris fumes over proposals targeting govt.

    Shamindra Ferdinando The Sri Lankan government yesterday (29) alleged that a small but influential section of the Commonwealth was carrying out an anti-Sri Lankan campaign ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Western Australia.President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to attend CHOGM 2011 in late October 2011. External Affairs Minister Prof. G. […]

  • Commonwealth could split–sl over the appoinment of HR commissioner

    Dianne Silva The Sri Lankan government which rejected a move by the Commonwealth Ministerial  Action Group to appoint a Commissioner on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law said yesterday the push for a “punitive role” by a few commonwealth countries could cause a split in the organisation. Speaking to the diplomatic community yesterday […]

  • UN review on response in Eelam War IV

    Signalling more trouble for Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has initiated a review of the UN’s actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the Eelam War IV and its immediate aftermath, according to an online report of The Hindu on Sept. 27The UN, on September 24, announced the appointment […]

  • In policy shift, Stephen Harper presses Sri Lanka on human rights

    CAMPBELL CLARK Stephen Harper’s government, which alienated many Tamil-Canadians in the last days of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, is aggressively campaigning to pressure Sri Lanka on human rights and political reconciliation.It’s a dramatic shift in the Conservative approach to Sri Lanka’s fractured politics. For years they vilified the separatist Tamil Tigers as terrorists, […]

  • The victimizers may ‘sleep no more’

    The attempt by a New York court to serve summons on Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Major General Shavendra Silva is short-sightedness at its worst. To begin with, as pointed out by the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry, this is a glaring violation of the laws and conventions governing the treatment of the […]

  • Maldives President thinks Sunanda Deshapriya a Tamil

    Responding to SL government-backing media allegations against exiled, Sinhala media rights activist Mr Sunanda Deshapriya at Geneva, involving the name of the President of Maldives, the President’s Office of the Republic of Maldives came out with a press release on Tuesday that sounded as though the President of Maldives had thought Mr Deshapriya a Tamil. […]

  • Regimes in Sri Lanka, Maldives, forge questionable alliance

    Maldivian Vice-President Dr Mohammed Waheed, meeting Mahinda Rajapaksa over the weekend at the UN General Assembly Sessions, assured the latter of the support of Male to Colombo’s stand on its human rights issues, according to Maldivian media Haveeru, Tuesday. “Early this month Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed defended Sri Lanka’s position at the UN Human Rights […]

  • BASL exemplifies Sri Lanka’s legal institutional decay

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) “express[ed] serious concerns as to diabolic overtures by the West to destabilize Sri Lanka on the instigation of the Tamil Diaspora…,” a Sri Lanka weekly said Sunday, and added, BASL is establishing “a high powered” committee to advise the government on matters that should be raised before the […]

  • Accountability to whom? Inversing the Order

    there is an issue of accountability and the GoSL and the state security forces are answerable and accountable to what happened. Nonetheless, the second question will naturally arise: accountability to whom? Sumanasiri LiyanageThe term ‘accountability’ is in vogue these days. Advice that comes as a ‘friendly pressure’ as Robert OBlake puts it is that Sri Lanka […]

  • UN: Lanka should exploit it to give real picture – the war crime case

     Sandun A. JayasekeraThe initiative of a public litigation on alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent envoy to the UN, Major General Shavendra Silva can be turned into an opportunity to expose the extended misinformation campaign of the Tamil Diaspora, certain western countries and organizations, the government said yesterday.Maj. Gen.l Silva has been served […]

  • Church accused of ‘being silent’

    “Last night’s toll of the dead is 3318 and of the injured more than 4000,” the letter sent on 10 May, 2009 and seen by the BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya stated. “It was a barrage of artillery, mortar, multi-barrel shelling and cluster bombs, weapons which Sri Lankan government denies using on the civilians in the […]

  • Mahinda says UN visit productive, successful

    Nisthar Cassim in New York President Mahinda Rajapaksa described his engagement with the United Nations member countries last week as very successful for him personally and Sri Lanka at large. “I am very happy with the visit as it was very productive and through our discussions we were able to portray the true picture,” President Rajapaksa […]

  • India advises Lanka how to curb external interference

    India believes that an agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the TNA will thwart external interference in post-war Sri Lanka, according to a statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Colombo quoting the Indian Foreign Secretary in New York.Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai make this assessment following a meeting between Indian Prime Minister […]

  • Govt.-TNA talks crucial: Indian PM

    The two sides also discussed the issues of resettlement of displaced people including the housing project which is being undertaken with Indian assistance. They also had a detailed discussion on the fisheries issue Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reiterated at a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa that a successful conclusion of talks between the […]

  • Ban sees “Lies Agreed To” but not “Killing Fields”

    Inner City Press reports UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon has seen “Lies Agreed To”, the official Sri Lanka rebuttal to Channel 4 UK made documentary; however the UN Secretary General reportedly has not seen “Killing Fields”:Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, September 24 — When Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Permanent Representative to the UN […]

  • New York Court Issues Summons to Sri Lanka President: TGTE

    A Court in New York issued a Summons against visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, issued this summons in the case of Devi v. Rajapaksa (case number: 1:11-cv-06634-NRB).Attorney-at-Law Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran has filed this case on September 22, 2011, on behalf of Col Ramesh’s wife Vathsala Devi. According […]

  • Ban stresses need for accountability process over end to civil war

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for a “credible national accountability process” over actions in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka during a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s President. Mr. Ban reiterated the need for such a process as envisaged in the joint statement he signed with Mr. Rajapaksa in […]

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