Sri Lanka Brief
2011January
  • JVP presents 13-point plan for reconciliation

     Shamindra Ferdinando The JVP on Saturday (Dec. 10) said that those held for their alleged involvement with the LTTE should have been tried before Tamil speaking judges.  Launching a special political campaign in the Northern Province, the JVP lambasted the UPFA government for keeping LTTEsuspects in the dark as to what was going on in courts. […]

  • President Rajapaksa makes convicted criminal Iniya Barathy a ‘Deshamanya’

     Tisaranee GunasekaraIt was an explosive revelation by any yardstick. The former Questioned Documents Examiner of the Elections Department had determined that the 62 ballot papers found abandoned near the Ratnapura technical college (and marked for common oppositional candidate Sarath Fonseka) were authentic and not photocopies. In most countries the revelation would have caused a furore. […]

  • Abducted JVP organiser in Jaffna feared killed

    [TamilNet]Lalith Veeraraj, the Jaffna district organiser of the Movement for People’s Struggle, a JVP dissident group and his friend Kugan Murugananthan, who were reported missing in Achchuveali on Friday are feared killed, according to the MPS faction of the JVP which staged a press conference in Jaffna on Saturday. Lalith Veeraraj has been involved in […]

  • Eknaligoda case: Focus on ex-AG

    Chris Kamalendran The Human Right Commission of Sri Lanka said yesterday it had not yet taken a decision on whether to summon former Attorney General Mohan Peiris to come before it in connection with a complaint made by missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife. Sandya Eknaligoda in her complaint has said Mr. Peiris, now a presidential […]

  • We are backtracking on democratic change – Vasu

    Chandani Kirinde   On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) led by Vasudeva Nanayakkara, the veteran left politician, who is also the Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, spoke to the Sunday Times on his growing concern about democracy and increasing militarisation of society under the present administration, in […]

  • Relatives in quandary over missing men Read more >

    Relatives in quandary over missing men

    Loku Seeya’s body found dumped in sea in Akkaraipattu; Karate Dhamikka’, ‘Galaboda’ , ‘Kota Lakshman’ ‘Feroze’ ‘Haja’ ‘Navy Ruwan’ and Christopher Fernando still unaccounted for Leon Berenger Mystery surrounds the abduction of some nine people over the past two months, with anxious relatives waiting for them to return home and police saying that the hunt […]

  • Judges to get guidelines on sentencing

    Chandani Kirinde The Sentencing Policy Bill which will give the judiciary guidelines on penalties is one of a string of new laws the government will introduce next year. According to Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem, the new law will ensure uniformity in the sentences passed on those found guilty. The new law has been formulated with […]

  • Full LLRC report to be tabled: Basil

    The final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission will be tabled in Parliament in its entirety. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa told reporters that the move was to obviate any misunderstanding or misrepresentation which might otherwise occur. He made the remarks at a ceremony at his Ministry in Colombo after the signing of […]

  • JVP dissident from Jaffna missing since yesterday

     (Srilankamirror )- Jaffna organizer of the Movement for People’s Struggle formed by the JVP dissidents and another member are missing since last evening. The JVP dissidents formed a new movement called the Movement for People’s Struggle and a press conference was held in Jaffna yesterday. The movement was to be launched today.Lalith Kumar Veeraraj, the […]

  • Dead bodies in exclusion zone – British MEP

    Charles Haviland The number of civilian war deaths remains hotly disputedA Member of the European Parliament who’s just led a delegation visiting Sri Lanka says he believes there are many bodies of dead civilians buried in exclusion zones where the final fighting of the civil war took place in 2009. Member of European Parliament Richard Howitt […]

  • HR Action Plan spurring wide benefits

    *President committed to improving HR status *Economic, social development gaining hugelyThe government yesterday said that the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) will help enhance the massive achievements already made in the protection of human rights and that it will bring positive benefits in the form of economic and social development and […]

  • Social activists: Colombo must resolve the Tamil question

    Melani Manel Perera” Tamil Indians ” in Sri Lanka (originally from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu) still have no right to citizenship or basic rights: work, food, home and land. Even women and children suffer discrimination. Although Sri Lanka is a signatory of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Colombo […]

  • Some retired judges breaking the law: MinistryS

    ANDUN A. JAYASEKERAThe Justice Ministry is in a quandary as to how to reclaim millions of rupees worth of movable and immovable properties from several retired High Court Judges who continue to use these properties illegally even after several years of retirement, a senior ministry official said yesterday. Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath said the […]

  • Sri Lanka lawmaker speaks for food freedoms, voiceless minority

    (LBO) – A Sri Lankan lawmaker has spoken out for food freedoms, after a fellow parliamentarian and prime minister proposed banning an imported food heavily consumed by Tamil speaking minority citizens.Harsha de Silva, a lawmaker representing Sri Lanka’s main opposition spoke out against a proposal by Prime Minister D M Jayaratne to ban the import […]

  • Rauff ready to convey pardon plea

    Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said today he would consider appealing to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to pardon former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka if such a request was made by Mr. Fonseka’s family members.Mr. Hakeem told parliament a procedure had to be followed in securing a pardon for Mr. Fonseka. “For me to act in this regard, […]

  • Underworld operative kidnappe

    (Srilankamirror) – A man said to be a leading underworld operative in Thalawathugoda has been kidnapped. Police sources said along with two of his accomplices, the man nicknamed ‘Sudda’ was abducted at Athurugiriya. At the time, they had been carrying firearms. The man has several murder and robbery cases against him SLM

  • Government says ‘sorry’ for nun’s arrest

    Sri Lanka Government says it apoloises for the raid of Missionaries of Charity Convent in Moratuwa and the arrest of its superior nun. “This is a serious and very sensitive issue. The apology by the cabinet minister responsible for the subject is a clear indication of the government’s stand on this matter” Cabinet Spokesman Minister […]

  • White vans now dole out justice!

    Gayan Kumara WeerasinghaThe infamous white vans are back in circulation, only they’ve switched targets. It’s not LTTE suspects or members of the media anymore but underworld bigwigs and drug traffickers who are now looking over their shoulders. Karate Dhammika, a high profile mafioso type, fell victim to the white van 7-1operation but a few weeks […]

  • Namal Perera, Sarath Fonseka and the plight of Sri Lankan media

     Lucinda FleesonThere’s a saying that Sri Lanka has plenty of media freedom. Journalists are free to write whatever they wish, and everyone else is free to kill them. So I tried to hide my worry as I stood at the curb in the passenger drop-off lane at Dulles International Airport outside Washington , D.C. , […]

  • STF deserter mows down girl friend’s family Read more >

    STF deserter mows down girl friend’s family

    An STF deserter on Wednesday night killed father, mother and elder sister of his 19-year-old girl friend, Harshini Nirosha Satharasinghe, before shooting himself dead at Kotaweheramankada in the Hambegamuwa police area.STF deserter mows down girl friend’s family The scene of Wednesday’s killings By Norman Palihawadana An STF deserter on Wednesday night killed father, mother and […]

  • SL Police backed robbery group exposed in Mannaar

     [TamilNet] The Sri Lankan Police in the city of Mannaar has been backing a 10-member gang to fuel communal hatred among the sections of Tamil speaking people in Mannaar, legal sources in the city told TamilNet Tuesday. The ploy has come to light after the gang leader with Muslim name, allegedly a convert from Hindu […]

  • ‘Tolerance of Sinhalese is not cowardice’

    (Srilankamirror) – Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has warned all anti-Sinhalese forces against taking tolerance, a characteristic of the Sinhalese, as a sign of cowardice.  He was speaking at a function organized by the JHU to mark the eighth death anniversary of Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera, lankacnews reported. The minister stressed that Sinhalese should be resettled in […]

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