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Monthly Archives: November, 2011

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Japan wants Sri Lanka to publicize its war report

BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI(AP)Japan wants Sri Lanka to publicize a report on alleged wartime abuses and implement its proposals to end bitterness from a decades-long civil...

TNA calls for debate on LLRC report

TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah called for a debate on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee's (LLRC) report in Parliament. He questioned ...

Tear gas & water cannon for SYU ‘march’

The ‘protest march’ of the Socialist Youth Union’ was subjected to attacks of tear gas and high pressure water canon by the police a...

Will the judiciary crack under pressure? .

It is our right to protest that no government or political party can investigate past decisions and actions of the former Chief Justice or...

Colombo plans to annex Tamil border villages in Batticaloa with Ampaa’rai

  Colombo government has been planning to Sinhalicise about fifteen to twenty thousand acres of lands located along the border Tamil villages in the...

Sri Lankan Women Human Rights Defenders: Linking Past and Present Challenges

Subha Wijesiriwardena As another year begins to draw to a close on post-war Sri Lanka, we can take stock of which changes, or the lack...

University student missing in Jaffna

A student of the University of Jaffna, 27-year-old Vetharaniyam Latheesh, was missing after he left the gents hostel (Balasingham Hostel) of the University...

Farmers, teachers see real wages decline this year

Adjusted for inflation, the real wages of the services and industrial sector have grown substantially this year while real wages in the agriculture sector...

Rebellion, Repression and the Struggle for Justice in Sri Lanka: The Lionel Bopage story

Professor Sisira Jayasuriya ,This is a book that documents the life story of Lionel Bopage, who was one of the highest ranking leaders of...

Questions for Sri Lankan Ambassador of Australia: Dr. Senewiratne

“Are you aware of the internationally accepted ‘Command Responsibility’, that all those all the way to the top, be they military leaders or...

Tamil prisoners on hunger strike

Prisoners say they were stripped naked before taken out and assaulted At least 65 Tamil prisoners in Anuradhapura are on a hunger strike seeking...

Lawyers prevented from visiting beaten up Tamil prisoners – Udul

(Srilankamirror) - Lawyers were prevented from meeting the 65 Tamil inmates at Anuradhapura Prison, who were reportedly beaten up yesterday (Nov. 27).  A team...

Another death in police custody

Norman PalihawadanaThe police are investigating the death of a suspect taken in for questioning in connection with his alleged involvement in a series of...

MAJORITY OF WOMEN VICTIMISED IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

According to the prevailing law, the culprits can be punished and jailed for five years, but no one has been jailed up to five...

LLRC report:The Need for Transparency

Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe “Our challenge is strongly to encourage the Sri Lankan government to embrace reconciliation,accountability, and respect for human rights, while trying not...

What Happened To India’s 50,000 Houses?

Maryam AzwerWhen The Sunday Leader interviewed R. Sampanthan a week ago, the TNA leader claimed that of the 50,000 houses the Government of India...

JVP calls for war crimes probe

JVP leader admitted that Sri Lanka troops committed war crimes An opposition party in Sri Lanka that supported the government's war against the Tamil...

Prageeth’s wife writes to UN-CAT over Mohan Peiris claim

(Srilankamirror)The wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has written to the UN Committee Against Torture regarding a statement the former attorney general Mohan Peiris...

Is US threatening action against Lanka at UN in Geneva if presidential pardon is not given to Sarath Fonseka?

Shamindra Ferdinando The UPFA alleges the US embassy is increasingly interfering in domestic political issues, thereby undermine the government.  The SLFP-led coalition believes that the...

The military is taking over large chunks of land in North-Chandrika Kumaratunga

Ranga Jayasuriya Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week delivered a scathing attack on the government’s handling of the former IDPs at a discussion held in...

Exposing SLA temple sanctions to BBC brings in attack on house in Jaffna

  Attackers believed to be from the Sri Lanka Army opened fire and lobbed grenade and petrol bomb on the house of the head...

Govt-TNA talks: Where are the Muslim politicians?

Latheef Farook Where are the Muslim parliamentarians and what about the burning issues facing the Muslim community? This is the question raised in many...

I did my job, but this is the first time I have received death threats: Judge Deepali

 Chandani Kirinde Deepali Wijesundara, President of the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar that convicted former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to three years imprisonment in the...

Mechanism to probe war incidents soon

(ST)Govt. takes action on LLRC recommendations; report in parliament early next month  The Government will announce details of an investigative mechanism to probe incidents...

Treatment for Fonseka: Anoma seeks court order .

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s wife Anoma said yesterday she would need a new court directive to ensure that her husband received medical treatment...

All under control in Jaffna: Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe .

Security in and around the Jaffna peninsula and the North has been tightened as the military has received information that a group was planning...

Sri Lanka investigating civilian casualties from civil war

Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated on Thursday in a speech that the government has begun counting ...

UN CAT to GOSL: take immediate measures to investigate all acts of torture and punish;consider an international investigatory body to fellow up LLRC report

''Notwithstanding the new circumstances prevailing since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the end of the military conflict that...

Former AG ‘misled UN’ says FMM

'Mr Jayantha had denied that he ever made a statement requesting investigations to be stopped' A media watchdog in Sri Lanka has accused the...
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Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

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THE HILL WE CLIMB- Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

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Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...