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  • Politics ruined independent bodies – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana Efforts to reduce the sweeping powers of the executive president failed due to the actions of Sri Lanka’s opposition, says the chief justice. CJ Asoka de Silva said the status quo of the 1978 constitution that authorised the executive president to make all senior appointments to the judiciary was re-established by the […]

  • Diplomatic Engagement -not street demos

    This brings us to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). It is a pity that some organisations and individuals declined to give evidence before the LLRC. By doing so, they have made the same mistake that the Government made in not engaging with the UNSG’s panel. The composition of the LLRC includes some outstanding […]

  • TIME Magazine Axes MR

    Sunday Leader that acting on instructions, votes for President Rajapaksa were polled a couple of hundred times from a single computer. This was then repeated from other computers too. By Maryam Azwer 1) Rain, South Korean pop star, 2) Jay Chou, Taiwanese director, singer, songwriter, 3) Susan Boyle, British singer, 4) Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of […]

  • SL occupation of hospitals, schools harm resettlement in Vanni – TNA MP

    2 April 2011 Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Vanni, S. Sritharan, has blamed the occupying Sri Lanka Army in Vanni for continuing to occupy public buildings, including primary hospitals and schools, causing severe hardships to resettling civilians. The accusation by the TNA MP comes following District Development Committee (DDC) meeting held in Jaffna on Tuesday, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Cry From The Graves? – Analysis

    April 22, 2011/By Sivanendran The end of the three decade old civil war that pitted the government against the LTTE and divided the population created a reasonable expectation that Sri Lanka would be able to reach reconciliation and healing, which would pave the way for rapid economic progress. But alas the country appears to be […]

  • Female Secretary of Mannar district sexually molested: Minister turns hooligan forcibly removes the suspects from police custody

    20.April.2011After the Mannar Headquarters police took into custody three youths as suspects on a complaint made to the police by a female District Secretary that she was sexually molested, the Minister for Industries and trade, Rishard Badurdeen and his supporters had raided the police station and forcibly removed the three suspects in police custody and […]

  • New university entrants to undergo leadership training at military camps

    by Dasun Edirisinghe Students who qualify for university education will have to undergo leadership training at a military establishment, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayaratne said. The new scheme would come into effect from May 23 for the next academic year and it would be compulsory for all students, he said. The training programme […]

  • SRI LANKA: Development and law — noon-day darkness in the country

    Basil FernandoCan there be development in the modern context without law? This is a relevant question in today’s context where is lot of talk of development on one hand but where there is lawlessness in the country. Can development and lawlessness co-exist? In answering this question it is better to have a glance at the […]

  • TNA irked by failure to get detainee list

    By Arthur WamananThe failure of the government to divulge the list of Tamil detainees for the second time has irked the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The TNA yesterday expressed its anger and frustration at the government for calling off a scheduled visit to the Terrorism Investigations Department office in Vavuniya at the eleventh hour. The […]

  • Law Without Rule Of Law

    The politics of habeas corpus and the marginal role of the Sri Lankan courts under the 1978 constitution The protection of the freedoms of individuals and the functioning of public institutions are therefore deeply linked. The public institutions, if they are managed for the achievement of various goals of the government, such as development, national […]

  • 58 Tamils languish in Magazine prison for more than 12 years

    Information smuggled out of the notorious Magazine Prison in Borella, Colombo, reveal that 58 Tamil prisoners, 44 of them with no charges filed or charged without any viable court case or witnesses to prove guilt, are being held under the Island’s Emergency Regulations in the prison for more than 12 years. One of the inmates […]

  • Canadian immigration orders deportation of Mrs Pararajasingam, to demonstrate conservatives Anti immigration policy before Parliamentary elections.

    HEARTLESS AND CALLOUS DECISION BY THE CONSERVATIVE MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, JASON KINNEY. In one of the most callous and wanton decisions made by the Canadian immigration services, with utter disregard to the 72 year old wife of former Tamil TNA Parliamentarian, late Joseph Pararajasingam, issued DEPORTATION orders on her last week. Tamils worldwide, and  Toronto, […]

  • Post-Conflict Sri Lanka Confronts Challenge of Peace Building

    H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, LLRC, When domestic processes fail to find solutions to internal problems, external forces find space to advocate or even impose solutions for their own political or strategic convenience. Sri Lanka is no exception. Leadership failures since independence by all governments and mainstream political parties contributed to externalizing the conflict from […]

  • Can the state law office deny the right to justice?

    By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Very few thinking people in Sri Lanka will assert in all good conscience that the office of the Attorney General has been free from political controversy as a matter of historical fact. That last rider is important lest it should be thought by a misguided few that all the evil began […]

  • Every grandiose noun and flowery adjective in Sinhala will be used to describe the Rajapaksas and their exploits in the “new” Mahavamsa

    by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Though everyone bowed down before you,Saying virtue and wisdom lit your way,Striking gold medals in your honour,Glad to have survived another day,Do not feel safe…” Czeslaw Milosz (You who Wronged) Another emergency debate brought forth another apocryphal tale, to justify the unjustifiable. During the previous Emergency debate, the Prime Minister perorated portentously […]

  • Sri Lanka castigated in US country report on human rights

    The 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices issued by the US State Department includes serious violations of human rights in Sri Lanka.  It states despite Lanka being a constitutional, multiparty republic President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his family; two of the president’s brothers hold key executive branch posts as defense secretary and minister of economic […]

  • Sri Lanka Government and agents continued to be serious human rights violators in 2010 – US State Dept Report

    2010 Human Rights Report: Sri LankaBureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices April 8, 2011 Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic with a population estimated at 21 million. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was reelected to a second six-year term in January, and the parliament, which was elected in […]

  • Hack Attack!

    Dr. P. Saravanamutthu Over the last so many weeks and still continuing, there have been a number of critical reports on the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA)- the election monitoring body of which CPA serves as the Secretariat, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (MEV), in particular – the National Peace Council (NPC), and Transparency […]

  • SRI LANKA: April 5th events and the 1978 constitution

    April 5th has significance to Sri Lanka due to the JVP uprising of 1971. The word uprising has been used for this event by way of an exaggeration. The exaggeration came mainly from the then-government and its propaganda machinery, supported also by UNP, who were the main opposition party, in unleashing unrestrained repression to suppress […]

  • Forced registration in Batticaloa

    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has instructed residents of Vellaveli in Batticaloa district to register with the village level officers (Grama Niladhari-GN), civil society sources in Batticaloa said. The SLA has directed the GN to submit all names of residents of the village in forms supplied to them. SLA has also directed the villagers to indicate […]

  • JVP undergrads call on UN to help restore democracy in SL

    By Shamindra Ferdinando In the run-up to the imminent release of a controversial UN report on alleged ‘war crimes’ committed during Eelam War IV, particularly in the final phase of ground battles on the Vanni front, a section of Sri Lanka’s undergraduates belonging to the JVP is seeking UN intervention to restore democracy in the […]

  • Rajapaksa Blitzkrieg; Basil’s Empire

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”— Orwell (In Front Of Your Nose) By Tisaranee Gunasekara As the latest WikiLeaks-cables reveal, lies and deception occupy a position of honour in the Rajapaksa modus operandi. Open defiance is not the Rajapaksa way, when operating in an unfavourable climate of opinion. […]

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