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  • UN leader under pressure over Sri Lanka war report

    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is studying an expert report into thousands of deaths during Sri Lanka’s 2009 military drive against Tamil rebels, as calls grow for an international probe. Ban has given himself just days to decide on recommendations made by a panel of experts which handed its report on […]

  • Mervyn’s secretary, 2 cops, remanded for extortion

    Three senior police officers transferredSuspect left minister’s staff on Thursday – Press Secy By Lal Gunasekera Three top police officials have been transferred with immediate effect over their failure to take action against extortionists. Officers of the Colombo Crime Division on Sunday arrested Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva’s Parliament Affairs Secretary Jayasena Mudiyanselage Buddhi and […]

  • Sinhala colonization threatens coastal areas of Mannaar

    Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse led United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government has been implementing a planned scheme to settle Sinhalese persons in the southern coastal areas of Mu’l’lik-ku’lam, Thampapa’l’li in Ko’ndaichchi and areas along Madu road in the Mannaar district. Lands belonging to Tamil villagers in these areas are being grabbed to settle Sinhalese […]

  • 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 […]

  • Seine-net beaches in Mullaiththeevu distributed to Sinhala fishermen

    Traditional seine-net beaches (Karaivalai-paadu) of Eezham Tamils in the coastal tracts of Mullaiththeevu district are grabbed and distributed among Sinhala fishermen from the south by a team of SL fisheries officials from the south. The excuse is that the local Tamil fishermen in the LTTE controlled areas did not register their seine-net stretches with the […]

  • TNA says HSZs not necessary now

    By Sandun A. JayasekeraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it had told the government that considering the present security situation in the North and the recent Supreme Court ruling there was no longer a necessity for High Security Zones (HSZ). A TNA delegation comprising party leader R. Sampanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and Suresh Premchandran met […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bakground Note: Sri Lanka

    The latest version of the Country’s Background issued by the State Department, USA, on 06 April,2011Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaPROFILE GeographyArea: 65,610 sq. km. (25,332 sq. mi.); about the size of West Virginia.Cities: Capital–Colombo (pop. est. 1.3 million–urban area). Sri Jayewardenepura-Kotte is the officially designated capital and is the site of Parliament. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Corruption hinders constructions: Dulles

    By Sandun A. Jayasekera Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dulles Alahapperuma said it was regrettable and a matter of shame that the development of the construction industry has been stunted due to corruption and quality failure while other countries have shown tremendous progress in this sector. Addressing a ceremony held after laying the […]

  • ‘SL forces want Emergency extended for colonizing East’

    Tamil National Alliance MP for Batticaloa, Pakiaselvam Ariyanethiran, Tuesday night told media that Sri Lankan forces were staging search operations in the three districts of Eastern Province to justify Colombo’s “need” to extend the Emergency in the island. The Sri Lanka Army with the SL Police on Tuesday launched major cordon and search operation simultaneously […]

  • US: Rights concerns hold back Sri Lanka ties

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Tuesday that future cooperation with Sri Lanka depended on improvements in its human rights record and an accounting of the bloodshed at the end of the island’s civil war. With its strategic location and contributions to global peacekeeping, Sri Lanka “is poised to be a capable and willing […]

  • UNP to institute legal action against proposed CMCC

    Devolution promised for N&E, disenfranchising South – Tissa Attanayakeby Zacki Jabbar The UNP is to institute legal action against a government move to convert five local bodies in Colombo into a Corporation.General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake told a news conference in Colombo yesterday, that they will move Court to ensure that the Mahinda […]

  • 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 […]

  • India will press Sri Lanka for equal rights to Tamil: Sonia

    Reaffirming India’s support for the Sri Lankan Tamils, Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said New Delhi would continue to press Colombo for constitutional amendments to ensure equal rights and status to ethnic minorities in the island nation. “In our neighbourhood, there is no issue closer to our heart than the Sri […]

  • 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 […]

  • Major changes in election laws

    By Sandun A. Jayasekera Changes in legislations are on the cards whereby the Elections Commission would be vested with the authority to fix dates for elections and make re-poll compulsory in the event of an annulment, sources said. These are the major proposals among others made to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms, (Committee) […]

  • 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 […]

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