Sri Lanka Brief


  • EU pours more funds into post-war recovery projects

    Shamindra FerdinandoIn spite of LTTE efforts to influence the EU against Sri Lanka over accountability issues, the Sri Lankan government receives substantial support from the 27-member grouping for post-war recovery projects. Since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009, the EU has launched new projects to empower the people of the Northern and Eastern […]

  • ‘We see little being done by this government to listen to its people’

    Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Project Director and Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group speaks to Daily Mirror on its motives for screening the controversial Channel 4 documentary,’Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ in the European Parliament, the LLRC process and Sri Lanka’s process of peace.  Q: What was the ICG’s motive for organising the screening of the controversial […]

  • Calls to suspend Sri Lanka from Commonwealth

    Peter LloydLess than a fortnight before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (GHOGM) in Perth, there are calls for the Commonwealth to suspend or even throw Sri Lanka out of the organisation. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has confirmed it is considering whether there is sufficient evidence for a war crimes investigation against the country’s […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Ex-Navy diplomat accused of war-crimes

    Citing evidence from Australian Tamil witnesses, the International Commission of Jurists, an international NGO dedicated to ensuring respect for international human rights standards through the law, has submitted a brief before the Australian Federal Police (AFP), to investigate Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Australia, former navy Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, for committing possible war-crimes, The Age […]

  • Duminda Silva ‘not a suspect’

    The ruling party parliamentarian Duminda Silva is not a suspect in the murder investigation of a presidential advisor, officials say. Sri Lanka defence spokesman Lakshman Hulugalle told BBC Sandeshaya that the young MP currently recovering after a brain surgery is not a suspect in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder investigation. Mr Premachandra’s driver has testified […]

  • Canada to press for Sri Lanka rights changes at Commonwealth meet

     Two weeks before a Commonwealth summit that could be marred by divisions on the issue, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing forward with demands that Sri Lanka show “progress” on accountability for alleged human-rights violations that occurred at the end of the civil war in 2009 with the Tamil Tigers.Harper will bring his case to […]

  • Massachusetts State Representatives’ letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton urges ‘independent international investigation’ in Sri Lanka

    State Representatives of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts today released the letter that they wrote to to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the screening of “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” at the Massachusetts State House last month. The letter urges an ‘independent international investigation’ in Sri Lanka, for alleged violations of ‘international humanitarian law and […]

  • US Court grants permission to serve summons on Rajapakse via Tamilnet

    Sonali Samarasinghe WickrematungeWASHINGTON DC, The United States District Court a little while ago granted Plaintiffs  Manoharan et al their motion to serve summons on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse by publication or alternative means. President Rajapakse is being accused of war crimes.In granting Plaintiff’s motion filed October 1,  judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the Plaintiffs were […]


    Today the Sri Lankan government is under international pressure on account of alleged war crimes that were committed in the last phase of the war and to be accountable according to international standards.  Legal cases against Sri Lankan government representatives have been filed in US and other international courts alleging war crimes and serious human […]

  • US endorses immunity to Shavendra

    Exclusive The United States will endorse claims for diplomatic immunity by a Sri Lankan diplomat facing charges of alleged war crimes in a New York Court.A State Department document certifying immunity for Major General Shavendra de Silva, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), will […]

  • Sri Lanka unveils 5-year action plan to protect human rights

     The Sri Lankan Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, announced on Thursday the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The five-year plan fulfills Sri Lanka’s pledge [BBC report] made in 2008 as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official […]

  • Three Possible Scenarios After Release of LLRC Report

    Kalana SenaratneAnother session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has come to an end.Sri Lanka has emerged unscathed, even though considerable pressure is being exerted on the Sri Lankan Government, from different actors in different quarters of the world: one, regarding a political solution to the conflict; two, regarding the issue of […]

  • Western powers, LTTE and NGOs targeting MR – Minister

    “The challenges that President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces come from the external forces and not from internal ones. A few powerful countries in the West are determined to punish the Sri Lankan President for eradicating LTTE terrorism despite the pressure applied by them to halt the fighting in the final episode of the battle,” said Minister […]

  • Sri Lanka denies visa to European Parliament group

    Paul Murphy I was meant to travel to Sri Lanka this week as part of an official delegation from the GUE/NGL (Left group in European Parliament). The idea to travel to Sri Lanka came from the meeting I hosted in the Parliament a few months ago about the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka. My wish […]

  • “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” to be screened at EU Parliament

    Three international Human Rights watchdogs, Amnesty International, International Crisis Group (ICG), and Human Rights Watch (HRW) are jointly organizing the screening of Channel-4 documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields,” at the European Union Parliament Wednesday (12th), invitation sent to decision makers said. The documentary has been shown at the legislative bodies of western capitals including Washington, […]

  • Sri Lanka’s removal from Commonwealth urged in Canadian parliament

    P. Sivakumaran,  “Will the Canadian Prime Minister takes steps to urge the commonwealth to revoke Sri Lanka’s membership until it holds the perpetrators to account and they are judged in international courts? Will he support calls from the international community for action against the Sri Lankan government, asked Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis in the Canadian […]

  • Sri Lanka defeated EU move at UNHRC –

    Sandasen MARASINGHEThe Sri Lankan government secured two significant victories during the recent United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday.He made this observation at a press conference at the Plantation Industries Ministry with the participation of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and former […]

  • Sri Lanka defeated Canedian motion at UN HRC – Minister Samarasinghe

     Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says Sri Lanka has been able to secure many victories by defeating the motions against the country brought through the United Nations Human Rights Council.The ability of Sri Lankan delegation to act as a group and to face the charges courageously has enabled to record this victory. The Minister at a media […]

  • ‘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 […]

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