Sri Lanka Brief
  • Government responsible for the issue – JVP

    The situation where organizations and foreign countries are trying to intervene in the affairs of the country is a creation of the government as its moves and anti people policies it adopts has allowed a situation where foreign countries and organizations could pressurize the country states the JVP.The JVP Parliamentarian Anura dissanayake said “We, as […]

  • Marie Colvin and Sri Lanka war crimes

    Ms Colvin lost her eye in Sri Lanka when shot at by the military while entering Govt territory after filing a report from restricted LTTE-held territory in 2001. Her iconic figure with a black patch over the left eye reporting from global conflict zones has been seen by hundreds of thousands around the world.Marie Colvin […]

  • LLRC recommendations must be adopted without external pressure – Amb. Wickramasuriya

    Sri Lanka has progressively already adopted a broad range of measures to facilitate reconciliation after the May 2009 end of its conflict against terrorism, Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya told a gathering of the Serendipity Group of retired U.S. diplomats, and international pressure might make it difficult to enact the LLRC’s recent recommendations.Ambassador Wickramasuriya stated […]

  • Showdown in Geneva: Hate-campaign in Lanka

    Last Wednesday evening, Rajapaksa was to go into action again. Besides Ministers and MPs, he summoned electoral organisers and party district representatives for a meeting at “Temple Trees.” There, he delayed the weekly cabinet meeting, to put in place a programme of action not only to cope with public criticism over the fuel price increase […]

  • What does the government have to fear from independent monitors?

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  The argument is put forward by some that if the current administration had taken steps to put its democratic record to right, post war, perhaps the scrutiny that we see now in regard to what is loosely defined as accountability, would not have been evidenced in all its intensity.Deprivation of the right […]

  • Ranil wants consensus on implementing LLRC report

    Opposition UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called upon the Government to work with the opposition to begin implementing the LLRC recommendations that have already received the approval of the opposition parties.“A Parliamentary Select Committee was established in the background of the Government-TNA talks. We are not parties to that discussion. Nevertheless, we have offered to […]

  • Debt trap: More loans to repay existing loans

    Acting minister says it is within limits but officials say financial situation dismal Cash flow problems have forced the government to raise a further loan of US$ 600 million this year through Development Bonds. This money will go to repay previous loans as well as interest on loans for the current year.The Cabinet on February […]

  • Will India vote for Sri Lanka in Geneva?

    S Venkat NarayanPolicy-makers here are facing a serious dilemma: Should India vote for or against Sri Lanka if a resolution does come up against the island-nation in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) during the session that begins on Monday, Feb 27?India has so far stood like a rock behind Sri Lanka and opposed […]

  • Galloping Militarisation unleashed by Ruling Siblings exacting a heavy toll politically

    Tisaranee GunasekaraThe prolongation of military commands made Rome a servile state” – Machiavelli (The Discourses)Stratospheric defence costs constitute Lankan economy’s deadliest ticking time-bomb.Militarization is menacing Southern (and Lankan) economic wellbeing as much as it is impeding Northern democracy.The fundamentally weak Lankan economy can ill afford the huge amounts of money spent annually on maintaining a […]

  • JVP alleges govt. thugs disrupted leaflet distribution

    The JVP alleges that thugs of the government disrupted a leaflet distribution by the party in Moneragala this morning (Feb. 26). The party is involved in an island wide campaign to raise public awareness on bribery, corruption, wastage and other wrongdoings of the government through the distribution of leaflets, said its media unit. The group of […]

  • GoSL refers to US HR record, demands impartiality

    External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday said that the hands of those wanting to haul Sri Lanka up before the United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC), on the basis of unsubstantiated UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s so-called Panel of Experts (PoE) report, weren’t clean. Unlike unproven allegations contained in the PoE’s report and ‘Channel 4 […]

  • Constitutional changes in the offing while AG studies LLRC Report

    With the United Nations Human Rights Commission scheduled to open it annual four week session in Geneva on Monday, the government said that Sri Lanka’s legal framework was likely to be changed, depending on the recommendations of the Attorney General, who was in the process of studying the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Report.Acting Foreign Minister […]

  • Nambiar speaks up about ‘White Flag’ incident

    UN Official Vijay Nambiar stated to Indian media that he had spoken to high ranking officials of the Sri Lankan government in order to witness the surrender of those pertaining to the ‘White Flag’ incident but had been refused entry. Speaking to Inner City Press Nambiar said that Marie Colvin, a journalist who was recently […]

  • Attacks on dissent in Sri Lanka, Part 1 –Incidents in 2012

    Watchdog2012 has seen a sustained campaign Sri Lankan against human rights defenders with a special focus on any engagement with UN processes, including the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council beginning in February in Geneva. Press freedom activists and organizations, human rights defenders and political activists are being accused of helping the revival […]

  • Attacks on dissent in Sri Lanka Part 2 – incidents in 2011

    Watchdog Human Rights Defenders in Sri Lanka continue to suffer attacks and intimidation through 2011 and 2012.  This submission focuses on incidents in 2011.   Impunity for attacks and threats against HRDs, labeling HRDs as ‘terrorists’ or traitors, the campaign against HRDs in the State media and linking these to their participation/involvement in  of the UN Human […]

  • Attacks against Dissent Sri Lanka Part 3 – Northern situation

    Watchdog, Since 2009, many HRDs, including journalists and political activists have been threatened, attacked, intimidated, detained on false charges, disappeared or killed.  In each case, they were selectively targeted because they dared to express dissenting opinions or because they encouraged others to do so. Political groups and opposition activists have also faced severe reprisals since […]

  • Put off UNHRC resolution till October: Govt. .

    Amid attempts by the United States to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka at the 19th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, the government said it would prefer the matter being taken up at the Universal Periodic Review in October this year.  According to the UNHRC, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique […]

  • Govt. delegation meets Navaneetham Pillay in Geneva .

    Two days ahead of the 19th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here in Geneva, Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay raised the issue that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) had not dealt with the accountability issues raised in the UN panel report dubbed by the government as the Darusman report.A […]

  • Bringing justice to Sri Lanka’s victims

    During the past year, the U.N. has launched independent investigations into possible war crimes in Ivory Coast, Libya and Syria.  But in Sri Lanka, where as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the final phases of the country’s civil war, the U.N. has been unable to muster support for an independent investigation into atrocities.So […]

  • 8,000 killed in final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war: report

    Nearly 8,000 people were killed in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s war against Tamil Tigers in 2009, according to government figure released today. The casualty statistics by Lanka’s Census Department for the first time in a war says that 11,172 people were killed in 2009 at the height of the country’s civil war, a […]

  • Batticaloa: men of a village missing for three years

    Twelve women, Catholic and Hindu from Thumpalachcholai have not see their husbands, sons and brothers since the end of ethnic conflict.  No response or aid from the authorities. The police had interrogated some, suspected of being Tamil rebels. Aid of some NGOs.This the fate of the husbands, sons and brothers of 12 Catholic and Hindu […]

  • Habeas corpus filed seeking ‘Mervyn’

    The wife of a drug offence suspect, who was abducted in front of the Hulftsdorp court complex, yesterday (Feb. 24) filed a habeas corpus petition in the court of appeal, seeking that her husband be produced before courts.Velayudan Ramani has cited the IGP, the STF commandant, OIC of Keselwatte Police, Army commander and the prisons […]

  • Burgeoning Defense Expenditure and Escalating Social Antagonism

    Chanakyan The defense personnel in Sri Lanka are paid on average, half a million rupees per head per annum.   Stranger than fiction, but none the less true. If this is the average, how much is it for the higher echelons? Best left to one’s speculative capability. The budget for 2012 provides this sum – Rs. 161.580 […]

  • How bad is the crisis for Mahinda Rajapaksa?

    Kusal Perera “Although certain foreign powers have attempted to conspire against and oust me from the presidency, I will not leave this position before completing my duties” – President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Ada Derana Online / February 19, 2012 01:27 am)That perhaps is the easiest of the answers possible for any Head of State under pressure […]

  • History after the War: Challenges for Post War Reconciliation

     Dr.Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri The end of the war is certainly not the end of the conflict that led to the military confrontation between the military forces of Sri Lanka state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This conflict surfaces in different guises, the military episode being only one. It is well-known that conflicting […]

  • Some Constitutional Aspects of Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation debate: The LLRC Report and the TNA response

    Asanga WelikalaThe Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed by the Sri Lankan government to recommend measures for post-war reconciliation, published its much-anticipated report in December 2011. The nature of the Commission’s mandate, composition, and the legal framework of its operation, as well as the hopeless record of similar bodies in the past, had led […]

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