Sri Lanka Brief


  • Sampanthan slams President for silence over arrests in East Read more >

    Sampanthan slams President for silence over arrests in East

    TNA leader R. Sampanthan yesterday urged the government to explain the circumstances leading to a series of arrests in the Eastern Province, particularly in the Trincomalee District.  An irate Trincomalee District MP accused the government of failing to respond to a letter he had recently written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The TNA veteran was speaking to […]

  • The Indian delegation makes people sit up and take note of its sincere attempts to gauge the Sri Lankan situation. Read more >

    The Indian delegation makes people sit up and take note of its sincere attempts to gauge the Sri Lankan situation.

    MEMBERS of Parliament from across the developed world love Sri Lanka. In just under two months, individual members or delegations from Canada, England and the United States have visited the country, lectured to its politicians, holidayed in the sunny beaches, and gone back. There is, of course, also the Blake Lecture tour: Robert O’ Blake […]

  • 13 A not in Mahida chinthanaya, Tamils don’t have right to self goven, PSC is not final – Basil Rajapaksha Read more >

    13 A not in Mahida chinthanaya, Tamils don’t have right to self goven, PSC is not final – Basil Rajapaksha

    Interviewe by Namini WijedasaEconomic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa who is once again playing a central role in directing India-Sri Lanka relations last week refused to clarify whether President Rajapaksa had promised a visiting Indian delegation to implement the 13th Amendment in full. Excerpts from the interview:How healthy are India-Sri Lanka relations? I think very healthy. […]

  • Govt. and TNA to resume talks Read more >

    Govt. and TNA to resume talks

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is keen to recommence talks with the government, TNA Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan said today.   Speaking to Ceylon Today, Sampanthan said recommencing talks with the government would pave the way for the TNA to partake in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) as well, as the agreement was for the consensus of […]

  • UK seeks accountability – A FCO report Read more >

    UK seeks accountability – A FCO report

    The United Kingdom seeks accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights and a political settlement as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation, a report by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said today.  The UK will also “contribute” to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council, […]

  • Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty Read more >

    Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

    By Subash Somachandran Amid international criticism of human rights abuses during the last stages of Sri Lankan government’s war against separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the government has stepped up its propaganda about the “resettlement” of war refugees. It insists that it has have “resettled” more than 90 percent of the refugees and […]

  • Lankan Tamils for political solution

    The popular emotion among the Tamils and the parties representing them in Sri Lanka was that a political solution to the ethnic crisis should be found within the framework of an united Sri Lanka (SL), CPM Member of Parliament T K Rangarajan said here on Sunday.Rangarajan was part of the Parliamentary delegation that visited the […]

  • Lanka must address reconciliation with sense of urgency:Swaraj

    Sri Lanka must address the issue of reconciliation with the Tamil minority in the country with “a sense of urgency”, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said here today. Swaraj, who is leading a 12-member Indian parliamentary delegation here, said she had told Sri LankanPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa that the current stalemate and the […]

  • Colombo must persuade TNA to join talks: Sushma

    Noting that talks to find a negotiated political solution to the Tamil ethnic question are deadlocked, the Indian parliamentary delegation, which wound up its six-day tour of Sri Lanka, has emphasised to the government that the stalemate has to be ended.“We told [Sri Lankan] President Mahinda Rajapaksa that this stalemate has to be broken,” said […]

  • Kilinochchi town -What is taking place in the Town? Development or Destruction

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s son and Sri Lankan parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse says that he will turn the Kilinochchi town like the Hambanthota town of the Rajapakse family .  Three years have passed since the Sinhala army captured the town of Kilinochhci. The Rajapakse government says that massive development programs have been undertaken in Kilinochchi.What […]

  • The futility that is Omanthai: Post-war Sri Lanka’s reconciliation shortfalls

    Omanthai Checkpoint, 12.30am: As the conductor switches on the bright florescent lights inside the bus, the bus comes to an abrupt halt, jolting awake blurry-eyed passengers travelling from Jaffna to Colombo, who, in response to the instruction “okkomala bag arung eliyata bahinna…” (“Everyone, take all your bags and get off the bus…”), scramble around in […]

  • AIADMK, DMK should have joined MPs’ team: CPI(M)

    India should ensure that the Parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka succeeds in its mission of finding a political solution to the ethnic problem, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said on Monday. In a statement here, he said that instead of keeping away from the delegation, the DMK, an ally of the Congress-led UPA at […]

  • Post Geneva Challenges and the way forward

    Javid Yusuf  It would be unwise to brush aside the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council last month in Geneva as being of no consequence to Sri Lanka. We could choose to ignore it only at our own peril.The attempt to paint it as an innocuous resolution with the sole objective of […]

  • No compensation for dead LTTE members

    The government has rejected a recommendation by the LLRC to pay compensation in lieu of dead LTTE members, ‘Divaina’ reports.’Quoting highly placed government sources, the newspaper noted that no country in the world had compensated for the terrorists. The recommendation, which is an act of overstepping of limits by the LLRC, is also a violation […]

  • No LTTE camps in India: Chidambaram

    New Delhi: Centre on Tuesday termed as “completely baseless” a Sri Lankan newspaper report about existence of LTTE camps in Tamil Nadu, saying there was no such facility anywhere in the country.  “It is completely baseless. There is no LTTE camp anywhere in India, including Tamil Nadu,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told a press conference […]

  • This is the time to repair and re-launch USA – Sri Lanka Relations

    Teresita SchafferTeresita Schaffer, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, was U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992-1995.  The meeting in Geneva is over, leaving a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. It’s time to put Sri Lanka’s political rebuilding on track, and repair US-Sri Lanka relations in the process.Despite the dark conspiracies […]

  • Sushma Swaraj to lead all-party team to Sri Lanka next month

    The Indian government is planning to send an all-party delegation, led by Lok Sabha opposition leader Sushma Swaraj, to Sri Lanka next month.  According to PTI, the aim of their tour is to press for stopping all atrocities against Lankan Tamils and also look into their living conditions after the end of the LTTE.Swaraj has […]

  • War displaced stopped from cultivating

    The people in the former war-torn areas will not be able to enjoy the hard won freedom after decades of war if the government does not settle them back in their ancestral lands, says a provincial minister from the ruling party in Sri Lanka.Wimalaweera Dissanayake, the land minister of the eastern province, made these remarks […]

  • Canada to send Three-Member Delegation to Sri Lanka on Fact Finding Mission

    The Harper government is dispatching a delegation to Sri Lanka as it presses the country to launch a post-war reconciliation with its Tamil minority.  Sending the delegation to Sri Lanka, which has sometimes restricted access for foreign officials, is intended to underline Ottawa’s keen interest, which includes lobbying other nations to back a United Nations […]

  • Sri Lanka’s North: Recipe for Renewed Conflict

    International Crisis Group, The Sri Lankan military’s control over the political and economic life of the Northern Province is deepening the alienation and anger of northern Tamils and threatening sustainable peace.Sri Lanka’s North I: The Denial of Minority Rights and Sri Lanka’s North II: Rebuilding under the Military, the two latest reports from the International […]

  • BROKEN PROMISES: TNA response to the position of the Government of Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council

    Full statement release by TNA below:14 March 20121.0 The Government of Sri Lanka has serious issues with regard to telling the truth and keeping its promises1.1. In response to Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe’s statement to the 18th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council [UNHRC] on 12 September 2011, the Tamil National Alliance [TNA] issued […]

  • GTF proposes two-pronged strategy for reconciliation

    The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) yesterday proposed a two-pronged strategy to facilitate national reconciliation process.  GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran said that implementation of positive recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) should be prioritized, while accountability issues addressed through an international investigative mechanism.A true international effort, with the backing of key regional […]

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