Sri Lanka Brief
  • ‘Lanka needs a solution, home-grown or otherwise’ – N.Ram

    Chief editor of India’s ‘The Hindu’ newspaper N. Ram said in Colombo yesterday (Sept. 25) that Sri Lanka needed a solution to the ethnic question, home-grown or otherwise, to accommodate the just demands and aspirations of the Tamil-speaking people within the framework of the unity and territorial integrity of the country.“We do not want a […]

  • Church accused of ‘being silent’

    “Last night’s toll of the dead is 3318 and of the injured more than 4000,” the letter sent on 10 May, 2009 and seen by the BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya stated. “It was a barrage of artillery, mortar, multi-barrel shelling and cluster bombs, weapons which Sri Lankan government denies using on the civilians in the […]

  • Not mere nitpicking on parliamentary process

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Public distrust of this administration’s attacks on civil rights is best evidenced by the bizarre sequence of events that took place this month over the extension of the Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions Act. First enacted in 2005 (Act No 15 of 2005) and thereafter extended in 2007 (Act No 42 of 2007) […]

  • Mahinda says UN visit productive, successful

    Nisthar Cassim in New York President Mahinda Rajapaksa described his engagement with the United Nations member countries last week as very successful for him personally and Sri Lanka at large. “I am very happy with the visit as it was very productive and through our discussions we were able to portray the true picture,” President Rajapaksa […]

  • India advises Lanka how to curb external interference

    India believes that an agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the TNA will thwart external interference in post-war Sri Lanka, according to a statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Colombo quoting the Indian Foreign Secretary in New York.Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai make this assessment following a meeting between Indian Prime Minister […]

  • Police and land powers not needed — CMs of South

     Yohan Perera The chief ministers of the provincial councils have resolved that police and land powers are no longer required for the provincial councils to discharge their duties, provided they are given sufficient funds to carry out development work.  The decision has been taken at a time when there is a debate on the need […]

  • Govt.-TNA talks crucial: Indian PM

    The two sides also discussed the issues of resettlement of displaced people including the housing project which is being undertaken with Indian assistance. They also had a detailed discussion on the fisheries issue Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reiterated at a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa that a successful conclusion of talks between the […]

  • Ban sees “Lies Agreed To” but not “Killing Fields”

    Inner City Press reports UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon has seen “Lies Agreed To”, the official Sri Lanka rebuttal to Channel 4 UK made documentary; however the UN Secretary General reportedly has not seen “Killing Fields”:Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, September 24 — When Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Permanent Representative to the UN […]

  • New York Court Issues Summons to Sri Lanka President: TGTE

    A Court in New York issued a Summons against visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, issued this summons in the case of Devi v. Rajapaksa (case number: 1:11-cv-06634-NRB).Attorney-at-Law Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran has filed this case on September 22, 2011, on behalf of Col Ramesh’s wife Vathsala Devi. According […]

  • Ban stresses need for accountability process over end to civil war

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for a “credible national accountability process” over actions in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka during a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s President. Mr. Ban reiterated the need for such a process as envisaged in the joint statement he signed with Mr. Rajapaksa in […]

  • Hundreds of Tamil rebels likely to be indicted: Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s foreign minister has told The Associated Press that hundreds of hardcore Tamil rebels are likely to be prosecuted on charges including mass murder for crimes committed during the island’s quarter-century civil war that ended in 2009. The rebels are among some 11,500 Tamil fighters who were captured or surrendered after the war’s bloody […]

  • BASL to help govt on war crimes charges

    Srian ObeyesekereThe Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday, while expressing serious concerns as to diabolic overtures by the West to destabilise Sri Lanka on the instigation of the Tamil Diaspora, appointed a high powered committee headed by J. de Z. Gunasekera, PC, to advise the government on matters that should be raised before the […]

  • Land in the North and East of Sri Lanka: Concern and confusion over Government circular

    ”Hence, the overall aim of this current initiative needs to be welcome. However, this circular contains particular provisions, which are problematic and unclear and may exacerbate fear and apprehension among affected communities. ”Bhavani Fonseka and Mirak RaheemThe Government recently unveiled a policy regarding land in the North and East through the introduction of a Cabinet […]

  • Torture case filed against Sri Lanka’s ex-General Shavendra Silva

    American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Clinic in a press release issued today said that it has filed civil action at the District Court of New York Southern District (SDNY), on behalf of two Tamil plaintiffs against Sri Lanka’s ex-Army General and currently Sri Lanka’s Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Shavendra […]

  • Muslim Congress demands and Islamisation in Sri Lanka

    An Interview with Dr.ARM Imthiyaz by Melani Manel Perera “The ruling regime can solve the problems that afflict Muslims in north-eastern Sri Lanka, but is doing nothing,” said A. R. M. Itmtiyaz, associated professor in the Department of Political Science in Temple University, Philadelphia, United States,as he spoke about protests by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress […]

  • GMOA demands Rs 300 mn from Minister SB Disanayake for defaming its head

    Don Asoka WijewardenaThe Government Medical Officers Association has decided to demand Rs. 300 million from Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayaka, claiming that he has defamed its president Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya.GMOA General Secretary Dr. Chandika Epitakaduwa, addressing the media yesterday, said that Minister had falsely claimed that Dr Padeniya had failed his MD and thereby […]

  • JVP dispute leads to bloodshed; 3 arrested – Talks, reconciliation ruled out

    Saman Indrajith The JVP’s intraparty dispute took a turn for the worse yesterday with the dissidents, known as the Premkumar Gunaratnam group, resorting to violence against the loyalists of JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe. The Gunaratnam group set upon one of Amarasinghe’s loyalists yesterday at a JVP safe house in Madiwela injuring him badly. The victim, Kamalaratne […]

  • Lawsuit filed against Sri Lankan Army General Responsible for Executions, Torture & Attacking Civilians; Currently Living in NYC

    This morning, American University Washington College of Law’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against Sri Lankan General Shavendra Silva, who currently resides in New York City. General Silva was the commander of the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan Army during its brutal […]

  • Might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice, fairplay – MR

    “Whilst clash of ideas, opinions and values continue we have clearly to recognize that dialogue, deliberation and consensus offer the only viable means for resolving differences. The might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice and fairplay,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 66th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. […]

  • Sri Lanka must seek balance between East and West: economist

     Sri Lanka must improve trade ties with emerging Asian growth centres but not write-off the United States and Europe just because they are in a weak phase, an economist said. The island must also take a long-term strategic view in its foreign policy and not allow “antagonisms stemming from the (ethnic) war” to affect economic ties, […]

  • Ramesh’s wife files a case in US against president Rajapaksa

    LTTE leader Ramesh’s wife, Vathsala Devi, has filed a case in the US, against the visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for killing her husband, reports. This case was filed in the Southern District of New York, under Alien Tort Statutes, on behalf of her, by attorney Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran. ‘Colonel’ Ramesh was shown on a […]

  • new Regulations under PTA :dishonest and wholly incongruent with the President’s promises to Parliament

    CPA Statement on the new Regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act23 September 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) condemns the government’s decision to perpetuate a number of the most widely used Emergency Regulations, such as those relating to detainees, purported ‘surrendees’ and local authorities, in the form of regulations under […]

  • An appeal against infringement of university autonomy in Sri Lanka

    The Ministry of Higher Education has issued a directive that all state universities should hire the services of Rakna Lanka Ltd for provision of security services. The undersigned of the University academic community considers that directive to be in complete contravention of the norms and conventions by which universities are expected to function. The letter […]

  • BASL wants action against cop violence inside court complex

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday demanded an impartial inquiry into an alleged attack by police in the Jaffna Courts complex last Monday (19).A senior spokesperson for the BASL told The Island that those responsible should be brought to justice without delay. The BASL threw its weight behind members of the legal profession […]

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