Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • Committee against Torture – List of issues to be considered during the examination of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Sri Lanka ( Nov 2011) Read more >

    Committee against Torture – List of issues to be considered during the examination of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Sri Lanka ( Nov 2011)

    (CAT/C/LKA/3-4) Articles 1 and 4 1. In view of the statement in the appendix to the State party’s periodic report, paragraph 9, that the  definition of torture in the article 12 of the Convention against Torture Act No. 22 of 1994 would “necessarily include any suffering that is caused to any person,” please clarify whether […]

  • Turning Sri Lanka into one gigantic military camp

    ”Unfortunately, the 18th Amendment put paid to even these feeble attempts at systematic reform of law enforcement processes. What we have now consequently is plain and utter chaos. This is what the politicians want, no doubt. The question however is whether we want this for our society and for our communities?’ ‘Kishali Pinto JayawardeneSri Lanka […]

  • Mulish Brother & his fan : Nation’s tragic flight

    ”A simple lesson of the Mulleriyawa incident is that the ideology of arbitrariness and violence of which Duminda Silva and Gotabaya Rajapaksha have become symbols, needs to be defeated if the Sri Lankan nation is to survive.”  This statement is a comment on the negative impact of the political ideas of Duminda Silva and Gotabaya […]

  • No Sign Of Progress In Sight -Lasantha Wickrematunge Murder Investigation

    Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history,” US President Barrack Obama during his inauguration speech in 2009. Over two and a half years later, the murder investigation on The Sunday Leader Founding Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge has […]

  • TNA MPs rights application dismissed

    Chitra Weerarathne The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the fundamental rights violation application, filed by TNA Member of Parliament for the Jaffna District Mavai S. Senathirajah, against the recently gazetted Prevention of Terrorism Act Regulations.Senathirajah challenged the regulations pertaining to the Extension of Application, surrendees care and also the Regulation pertaining to detainees and remandees. The Court said […]

  • JVP rebels’ bank accounts under probe – Alleged LTTE funds:

    Saman Indrajith State intelligence services are investigating allegations that the JVP dissidents led by Premkumar Gunaratnam are receiving funds from the LTTE activists overseas, according to sources.The LTTE had channeled funds to the JVP rebel group from Canada and Scandinavia, an intelligence operative told The Island yesterday. “We have so far traced a bank account operated […]

  • Glowing tributes at Bharatha’s funeral and call for new political culture

    Presidential Advisor Baratha Lakshman Premachnadra had to face this untimely death because he appeared for truth and justice even during the last moments of his life, SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sisisena said paying a glowing tribute to Mr. Premachandra at his funereal in Kolonnawa today.Stating that this unfortunate tragedy was a result of declining indiscipline […]

  • FULL ACCOUNTING TO DEAL WITH WAR CRIMES CHALLENGES – NPC

    Today the Sri Lankan government is under international pressure on account of alleged war crimes that were committed in the last phase of the war and to be accountable according to international standards.  Legal cases against Sri Lankan government representatives have been filed in US and other international courts alleging war crimes and serious human […]

  • Now FTZ workers threaten to move ILO against Govt

    Pabodha Hettige The General Services Union of the Free Trade Zone yesterday threatened to file a petition with the International Labour Organisation if the government does not take immediate steps to compensate the workers who were attacked during the protest on May 30th.“Nearly 270 FTZ workers were attacked during a peaceful protest and still about 20 […]

  • Of guns and ballots – Violence in Sri Lankan politics

    A fatal firefight between rival factions of Sri Lanka’s ruling party in a Colombo suburb, has trained the spotlight on the island’s gun culture in politics.Police said four people were killed in the gun battle in Kolonowa. Police detained one suspect and seized several fire arms, including two automatic assault rifles. Now, concerned citizens have […]

  • When provincial politicians undermine the rule of law – CaFFE REPORT

    Relative calm prevailed in the 23 Municipal and Urban Councils which went for elections on, apart from the shooting incident in Mulleriyawa, Kolonnawa which took the life of former MP Baratha Lakshman Premachandra.However large number of election law violations was reported in all areas where the election was held, except two. The biggest election law […]

  • President Globel Tamil Forum refused entry to India

    STATEMENT OF REGRET – GLOBAL TAMIL FORUMTamil Community around the world was disheartened and disappointed to know that the seventy seven years old, Rev Father S.J.Emmanuel – President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) was refused entry on arrival in India at the Chennai International Airport on Tuesday, 11 October 2011.Rev Father was refused entry, […]

  • ‘A $5-b opportunity’ for India, if Sri Lanka wins bid for CWG 2018

    Ashwini Phadnis Sri Lanka will bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, says the Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India, Mr Prasad Kariyawasam. This could lead to a $5-billion investment opportunity for Indian firms to exploit.“The city that we are proposing (for the Games) is Hambantota. In case we win the bid we will require massive […]

  • Employing thugs as Presidential advisors

    Kshama Ranavana An advisor to the President is dead and a Member of Parliament is critically injured.  Also amongst the dead and injured are supporters of the Presidential advisor and the parliamentarian.This incident, where the politicians and their henchmen openly resorted to a shoot-out in broad day light, only proves a common known fact; that […]

  • Doubts Over Govt.’s Sincerity In Finding A Political Settlement

     ■ Govt.-TNA Talks Due To International Pressure Mandana Ismail AbeywickremaThe government has resumed talks with the TNA to find a political solution to the ethnic issue, but the sincerity in the whole exercise is being doubted by the Tamil political leadership in the country.After decades of dialogue between successive governments and the Tamil political leadership, the […]

  • Army to monitor activities of VIP thugs: Gota

    Amid allegations of increased criminal activities by thugs backed by politicians, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to use army personnel to keep a tab on such activities.“Personal feuds have led to political rivalries, which in turn end up jeopardising law and order. The tragic events at Mulleriyawa have underlined the need to get tough […]

  • Sinhalese moving into Tamil areas, militarisation goes ahead, India told

    Colombo: Three Tamil politicians on Monday complained to India that the government was settling Sinhalese in Sri Lanka’s dominantly Tamil north without resolving the festering “ethnic problem”.The submission was made to Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai when he met V Anadasangaree, D Siddharthan and T Sritharan at the India House as part of his interactions […]

  • Early solution, only answer to Tamils’ problems, Ranjan Mathai told

    A Sri Lankan Tamil party delegation today (Oct. 10) impressed upon visiting Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai that finding an early solution to the ethnic question will be the only answer to many serious issues faced by their community.V. Anadasangaree, D. Siddharthan and T. Sritharan representing the Tamil United Liberation Front, PLOTE and EPRLF Pathmanabha […]

  • SL Police intimidated Tamil voters in Kalmunai: TNA

    The Sri Lanka Police had unleashed terror on Tamil voters who went to cast their votes and return after exercising their franchise in the Kalmunai Municipal Council election held Saturday, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sources in Kalmunai.. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) polled 22,356 votes (48.99%) and secured 11 seats. The TNA has […]

  • Indian officials want speeding up of Jaffna housing project

    In just over a year, Jaffna peninsula has seen the visit of two Indian foreign secretaries to the sites of a housing project by India for the war-affected Tamils, ‘The Hindu’ reports.In more than a year, a mere 52 of the projected 1,000 houses have been built in a project for a total of 50,000 […]

  • Insecurity will be the common condition in the Rajapaksa security state

    Tisaranee Gunasekara“Wherever law ends, tyranny begins”. John Locke (Two Treatises of Government)People’s security (is) no longer a problem”, pronounced Defence Secretary and Presidential-Sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the campaign trail (www.defence.lk – 4.10.2011).Perhaps he should tell that to the family of Gayan Saranga, the latest victim of extra-judicial killing or; to Dr, Nonis, the Register of […]

  • How can the Sri Lankan left be rebuilt or new left built?

    Sumanasiri LiyanageThe theme of the well-attended public seminar of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (Revolutionary) held in Kandy last Wednesday read as ‘the second innings of the neo-liberal capitalism and the challenges of the left’. Comrade Pubudu Jagoda, an alumnus of the Moratuwa University and politburo member of the JVP, delivered a well-planned talk on the subject.His […]

  • Hon. M.P.Duminda suporter shot Bharatha in the head’ says the driver of Bharatha who escaped death

     Hemantha RandunuThe driver of the slain Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, relaying the saga of the Kolonnawa tragedy after narrowly escaping death, said that Duminda Silva got down from the vehicle at the Walpola junction and proceed to assault his boss.“Sir fell immediately. Then one of the persons who was near Duminda shot Bharatha Mahattaya […]

  • Pay moreattention to campaign expenditure and election regulations – PAFFREL Report

    ”Political parties should pay more attention to addressing campaign expenditure regulations, and to abide by the laws disclosing assets of elected officials. Political parties, police officers and voters seem to be largely unconcerned about the violations of the prevailing laws and regulations that govern publicity and elections. ”PAFFREL issues Election Day reportPAFFREL in its report […]

  • TN fishermen assaulted by Lankan navy

    RAMESWARAM: Over 15 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were injured after Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly assaulted them early today, police said.The fishermen were intercepted by the Lankan Navy, who opened fire in air and attacked them with sticks, forcing them to flee from the fishing site in Indian waters near Katchatheevu, they said. The Naval […]

  • Junior officers barred from carrying firearms when meeting their seniors

    Gayan Kumara WeerasinghaThe Police Department is to issue a communique shortly instructing all junior cadres to refrain from carrying firearms on their person when they meet senior police officers.This is consequent to a recent shooting that took place at Maha Oya, where Chief Inspector Jayathilaka shot his superior ASP Sisira Kumara, before shooting himself. “When […]

  • EC puts his foot down (to ensure free and fair elections)

    Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya on a number of occasions had recourse to direct intervention to ensure an atmosphere conducive to holding yesterday’s local government elections in a fair and peaceful manner. In the past at all national and other polls both government and opposition politicians had in carrying out propaganda made it a practice to […]

  • Businessman’s FR petition against unlawful arrest, torture hearing on Nov.1

    A fundamental rights (FR) petition filed by a businessman, against his unlawful arrest and torture by the Kadawatha Police, on suspicion of theft, was listed for hearing on November 1.Petitioner Suriyaarachchige Lakshman de Silva and his wife B.M. Ajantha Weerasunghe cited Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Chaminda, OIC Crimes Division Viraj, Sgt. Dissanayake, Crimes Division PC Ratnayaka, all […]

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