Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Freedom of association is a right in the north as elsewhere

    A statement by the National Peace Council  The physical attack of those attending a TNA election meeting in Jaffna ahead of local government elections to be held on July 23 has attracted considerable criticism and condemnation. Government spokespersons have argued that the meeting was unauthorized. On the other hand, the TNA has pointed out that […]

  • Rs.11bn interest for H’tota Port loan Read more >

    Rs.11bn interest for H’tota Port loan

    24 June 2011 The government has to pay US $ 111.21 million which is roughly around to Rs. 11.1 billion in terms of interests for the US $ 307 million loan obtained from China for the Hambantota Ports Development Project, P8/.+ liament was informed today.The total cost of the project is US $ 360 million, […]

  • Tigers caged but Tamils’ tale goes on Read more >

    Tigers caged but Tamils’ tale goes on

    Tamil refugees Publish Post John ZubrzyckiALL insurgencies end in negotiations, argue those in favour of talking with the Taliban to end the conflict in Afghanistan. After a decade of war and no sign of a military solution, only a political settlement with moderate Taliban can achieve long-sought stability and pave the way for a withdrawal […]

  • Journalists Talk about Life in Exile Read more >

    Journalists Talk about Life in Exile

    IPI Commemorates World Refugee Day 2011By Mina Nacheva Sunanda Deshapriya (L), media spokesperson for the Free Media Movement, speaks as Sanath Balasuriya (C) from Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association and Daramasiri Lankapeli (R) from the Federation of Media Employed Trade union, look on during a news conference for five media organisations in Colombo July 1, […]

  • 165 Sinhala families settled in Tamil village Kokkachchaankulam in Vavuniya North

    by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Sinhalaisation” of North continues. Tamil village in Vavuniya district re-settled with Sinhalese without knowledge of district administration half. Kokkachchaankulam is a Tamil village in Vedivaithakallu GS div under Nedunkerny divisional secretary in the Vavuniya North Piradesha sabhai.Kokkachchaankulam can be reached via Semamadu, Oothukulam & Ariyakundam. Nedunkerny can be reached from Kokkachchaankulam via […]

  • Protest in Kilinochchi to find disappeared persons Read more >

    Protest in Kilinochchi to find disappeared persons

     24 June 2011 The protest campaign held in Kilinochchi demanding government to find disappeared persons was successful even though the military personnel attempted to obstruct it occasionally, said steering committee member of ‘Api Sri Lankikayo’ organisation Udul Premaratna. The protest which was held in Kilinochchi town under the patronage of Api Sri Lankikayo organisation was […]

  • Ranil alleges govt. moving towards dictatorship Condemns UPFA over compulsory ‘military training’ for university entrants Read more >

    Ranil alleges govt. moving towards dictatorship Condemns UPFA over compulsory ‘military training’ for university entrants

    by Saman IndrajithUNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday alleged that the UPFA government was rapidly moving towards what he called a dictatorial rule.Addressing the media in the Parliamentary complex, the Opposition Leader said that the country was heading towards a dangerous situation due to the readiness on the part of the government to […]

  • How the world should react to ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ Read more >

    How the world should react to ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’

    Going forward, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields represents a powerful case for the international community to follow the recommendation of the UN report and conduct a thorough independent international inquiry into what happened during the final weeks of the 26-year civil war. by Yiagadeesen Samy Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields — the title echoes the Cambodian genocide […]

  • Lenient sentences in child abuse cases Read more >

    Lenient sentences in child abuse cases

    HR groups concerned:24 June 2011/By Susitha R. FernandoSeveral human rights and women’s organizations yesterday expressed shock and concern on a dangerous trend since of late to impose lenient jail terms and suspended sentences for persons convicted in cases of sexual abuse, rape and child molestation. A study carried out by Lawyers for Human Rights and […]

  • SRI LANKA: Widow of three children denied justice to protect a Superintendent of Police by the Headquarters Police Station of Kandy Read more >

    SRI LANKA: Widow of three children denied justice to protect a Superintendent of Police by the Headquarters Police Station of Kandy

    Ms. Q. Mahendra Devi (42) is a widow and the mother of three children. She resides at No: 100/36, Dharmaraja Road, Kandy and works as a cleaning labour working for a private company. After the death of her husband she built a house in above mentioned address. June 24, 2011ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME […]

  • Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda Read more >

    Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda

    By Basil Fernando (AHRC)There are discussions about Prageeth Eknaliagoda’s abduction and disappearance that go something like this:Was he a journalist or was he not a journalist?Was he a great journalist or was he a lesser journalist?Was he abducted and made to disappear due his activities as a journalist or was the abduction and disappearance unrelated […]

  • Three forces to maintain three cricket stadiums

    20 June 2011 It is reported that financially ruined Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is to commission the three forces, Army, Navy and Air Force to maintain and provide security three cricket stadiums – Sooriyawewa, Kettarama and Pallekele.According to the report, the Sri Lanka Navy is to be given Sooriyawewa to maintain, the Army  – Pallekele […]

  • 20 B supplementary budget for Defence HQ presented in Parliament

    June 23, 2011  Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathne today presented a supplementary budget for Rs. 20 billion for the construction of the Defence Headquaters in Akuregoda, Battaramulla. Accordingly the Ministry of Defence, Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Army Headquarters along with Headquarters of Air force and Navy will be relocated.The land where the Ministry […]

  • India and Sri Lanka after the LTTE

    Asia Report N°206 23 Jun 2011/EXECUTIVE SUMMARY India has long been the country with the greatest influence over Sri Lanka but its policies to encourage the government there towards a sustainable peace are not working. Despite India’s active engagement and unprecedented financial assistance, the Sri Lankan government has failed to make progress on pressing post-war […]

  • Sri Lanka’s bloody secret

    If what Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields shows doesn’t constitute crimes against humanity, nothing doesHere, There, Everywhere  -THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Salil Tripathi In 2009, the Sri Lankan army decided to move forward relentlessly to annihilate the Tamil Tigers. The government had tacit Western support and access to weapons from China, and India was not about […]

  • Sri Lanka ‘war crime’ images fuel Tamil resentment

    23 June 2011A TV documentary with gruesome footage that appears to back up war crimes charges against Sri Lankan troops has aggravated ethnic wounds two years after the end of the island’s civil war.The decision by Britain’s Channel 4 to provide free Internet access to the documentary after its broadcast last week, means that members […]

  • Never ending search for the missing -two thousand visited police

    By Dinasena Ratugamage/ VavuniyaThey came in their hundreds in search of their loved ones. Almost all returned empty handed.Nearly two thousand Tamils have visited the police in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavunia over the last ten days to find details of those missing during the war and since the military declaring it’s victory […]

  • Democracy defeated by 63 votes Read more >

    Democracy defeated by 63 votes

    Daily Mirror editorial /23 June 2011 Freedom of expression is an unalienable right enshrined in democracy. It is not a privilege that any government can deem its right to deliver the citizens as and if they so desire. The defeat of the Private Members motion on a Right to Information Bill by 63 votes speaks […]

  • Sri Lanka Government Rejects Right to Information Bill  – IFJ Read more >

    Sri Lanka Government Rejects Right to Information Bill – IFJ

    Media Release: Sri Lanka  /June 23, 2011The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is dismayed to learn that a freedom of information law proposed in Sri Lanka has been overwhelmingly defeated by the government majority in the country’s parliament. The Right to Information Bill, presented by opposition United National Party deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya on June […]

  • Sri Lanka regime rejects press freedom bill

    COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s ruling party used its parliamentary majority Tuesday to defeat an opposition-initiated bill to grant greater media freedom, a parliamentary official said.President Mahinda Rajapakse’s United People’s Freedom Alliance, which enjoys a two-thirds majority in the 225-member assembly, shot down the Freedom of Information Bill presented by an opposition lawmaker, an official […]

  • Ban’s visit to SL not correctly portrayed in the killing fields

    The United Nations yesterday said that UN Chief Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Sri Lanka’s northern part during the last stage of the War was not correctly portrayed in the ‘Sri Lanka’s killing filed’ film, that was produced and aired by British Channel 4 news service.“…the Secretary-General did much more than a whistle-stop tour to one […]

  • Academics in protest march

    By Lakna ParanamannaBringing the university academics’ ongoing struggle to the streets, a protest march was staged in Colombo for the first time yesterday with the participation of academics from all universities.Hundreds of university academics from Colombo, Jayewardenepura, Sabaragamuwa, Moratuwa, Ruhuna and several other universities participated in the protest march which was organized by the Federation […]

  • ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ – shocking the UN into action – AI

    Sri Lanka’s civil war killed up to 100,000 people and displaced thousands By José Luis Díaz, Head of Amnesty International’s United Nations OfficeAs we prepared for the screening today of the Channel 4 film, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” at Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York, our main worry was the size of the […]

  • Govt. defeats Right to Info bill

    22 June 2011/By Kelum Bandara and Yohan PereraThe government yesterday thwarted an attempt by UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to present a private member’s bill which provided for the freedom of access to official information.Soon after the question time, Mr. Jayasuriya rose on his feet to present the bill which provided for access to official […]

  • Media rights group want Issipriya’s death probed

    21 June 2011 The New York-based media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists has called for an international inquiry into the death of LTTE television presenter, who was allegedly executed by government forces.A documentary by Britain’s Channel 4, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions in the final days […]

  • CID queries journalist over drug dealer arrest article Read more >

    CID queries journalist over drug dealer arrest article

    22 June 2011 The CID has questioned the ‘Divaina’ journalist who had written an article for the newspaper’s June 13 issue regarding the arrest of a drug dealer.Commercial crimes OIC Anura de Silva had gone to the newspaper office yesterday (June 21) and said that he was investigating a complaint made by UPFA Colombo district […]

  • Military Registrations Continue in the Peninsula – Hathurusinghe Says One thing but Doing Another. Read more >

    Military Registrations Continue in the Peninsula – Hathurusinghe Says One thing but Doing Another.

     registration documents 22 June 2011 People Dissatisfied – GTN reporter Registration activities in the Jaffna peninsula continue without any changes, despite Jaffna. Commander Major General Hathurusinghe’s announcing that registration activities in the peninsula are suspended.It is reported that registration activities continue in Valikamam, Vadamaraachchi and in many other areas. Though registration procedure has somewhat lessened […]

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