Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled

    The draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva has been prepared after “careful reflection and after extensive dialogue and bilateral engagement at the highest levels of the U.S. government,” the U.S. has said.The resolution has been roundly condemned by both the Sri Lankan government and the vocal Tamil […]

  • Back U.S. resolution, says Karunanidhi

    India yet to decide on rights resolution against Sri Lanka Sri Lanka steps up diplomatic offensive Support US-backed resolution at UN rights council: Jayalalithaa The litmus test in Sri Lanka Former Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president, M. Karunanidhi, on Friday once again urged the Central government to vote in favour of the […]

  • Demand accountability from Sri Lanka

    India should assert leadership at the UN Human Rights Council, and insist on concrete answers and actions The time has come for India to be bolder and more confident on human rights at the international level. Its growing stature in international affairs demands this leadership position. The current session of the UN Human Rights Council […]

  • Why We Should Be Talking About Sri Lanka

    ”Faced with intense international scrutiny, Sri Lanka is cutting a defiant pose. Government-backed protests have filled the streets decrying “foreign intervention” and a “Western conspiracy.” Even as the U.S. and its allies mobilize support for more action, representatives from Colombo are lobbying tooth and nail with members of the Human Rights Council to defeat any […]

  • Sri Lanka battle field change to UNHRC

    For Sri Lanka, the battleground has shifted from the Wanni jungles to the cool precincts of Geneva, where the United Nations Human Rights Council is meeting. Here it is trying to defeat a resolution — drafted by the United States of America and now being considered by the council — that calls for Sri Lanka […]

  • President Rajapaksa’s Moment of Truth

    Col R Hariharan President Mahinda Rajapaksa confronted his moment of truth at Geneva on February 27 when the 19th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) started discussing Sri Lanka. It was third time Sri Lanka’s accountability issue had figured at the 47-member body. This time it is going to be difficult for Sri […]

  • US-resolution binds Tamils to less than the 13th Amendment

    A draft resolution that appears in media reports as has been tabled by the USA at Geneva UNHCR, while specifying the ‘constructive’ LLRC recommendations that has to be implemented, talks of only de-militarizing the North but not the East and confines the model of political solution to undefined devolution of powers to the provinces and […]

  • Police deny arrests in double murder, as suspect gets political protection

    While police deny reports that arrests have been made in connection with a double murder in Kahawatte, there is suspicion that the alleged killers are getting protection from politicians.The key suspect in the murder of a woman and her daughter at Kotakethana is L.M. Dharmasiri, a Godakawela Pradeshiya Sabha member and coordinating secretary to minister […]

  • Deputy Minister’s aide accused of abduction

    The Colombo High Court has fixed the trial to hear an abduction case involving an official of Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna.Colombo High Court Judge Devika Tennakoon has fixed the trial for June 20. The trial would hear the case against one of the Deputy Minister’s officials, Pubalapillai Kandarasa alias Rajan. The suspect […]

  • Tamil Nadu wants prior info on Sri Lankan officials’ visit

    Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday made public her government’s difficulties that arose out of frequent visits of Sri Lankan officials, army officers and VIPs to Tamil Nadu without informing the government. File photoThe Hindu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday made public her government’s difficulties that arose out of frequent visits of Sri Lankan officials, army […]

  • 5,671 cases of disappearances remain outstanding in Sri Lanka

    According to the Report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, 5,761 cases of involuntary disappearances remain outstanding in Sri Lanka.  The report was submitted to the 19th session of UNHRC on 06th Feb 2012.However, these numbers do not include disappearances that had taken place in the Wanni during 2007- 2009. The report […]

  • US exploits UNHRC resolution to pressure Sri Lanka

    The US is proposing a resolution on Sri Lanka in the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), which started last week. While the Sri Lankan government has opposed the move, the resolution will do nothing to address the war crimes and gross abuses of democratic rights by the military in the […]

  • Thousands of voters ‘missing’ in north

    Party representative have requested the Commissioner to issue temporary ID cards The main opposition in Sri Lanka says that over two thousands registered voters in two electoral bodies in the north are unaccounted for.United National Party (UNP) quoting the elections commissioner (EC) said nearly 10-15% of people out of 21,000 registered voters in Pudukudiiruppu (PDK) […]

  • UNHRC: Draft Resolution: Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka (3/6/12)

    Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, and other relevant instruments,Reaffirming that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, as applicable,Noting the Report […]

  • Three policemen interdicted Gamblers shot in Dankotuwa

    Police headquarters has launched an inquiry into the circumstances which led to the police opening fire on a group of gamblers during a raid in the Dankotuwa police area last Sunday afternoon.One person who was wounded in police shooting is recuperating at the Negombo District General Hospital. Following an initial inquiry, the police interdicted an […]

  • Govt. earns Rs 1.58 bn from Casinos

    The government has collected Rs 1,580.4 million as tax revenue, during the past five years, from 810 casinos in the country, Parliament was told yesterday. Deputy Finance Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, responding to a question raised by UNP Kurunegala District MP Daysiri Jayasekera said that those casinos were currently under the registration of the local government […]

  • Mannar bishop cannot be allowed to fuel hatred

    Minister Wimal Weerawansa says he is asking bishop of Jaffna Rev. Rayappu Joseph by the name of God not to further fuel hatred or sabotage country’s peace.Thirty one northern catholic clergy, including the Mannar bishop, have issued a very serious statement, claiming war crimes in Sri Lanka, contrary to the statement by the catholic bishops, […]

  • Should summon the Bishop of Mannar to appear before the court.

    ‘Jathika Hela Urumaya, Party says that,Rev. Rayappu Joseph, the Bishop of Mannar, who requests the United Nations Organization that an investigation should be launched regarding the supposed war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka, should be immediately produced before court, as it is a violation of the constitution of this country.Jathika Hela Urumaya also says that, […]

  • SL’s Nat. media criticised at UNHRC

    Special Rapporteur on human rights workers yesterday criticized the Sri Lankan national media. Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, Ms Margaret Sekaggya said: “Regarding other parts of the world, I have once again been alerted that should human rights defenders in Sri Lanka seek the protection of my mandate, they, their families […]

  • Tamil Nadu demands India to declare Rajapaksa guilty of genocide

    In a pan-Tamil Nadu fasting campaign organised by the Communist Party of India with the support of many major political parties of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, the Government of India was urged to declare Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa as guilty of genocide. The CPI demand supported by the ruling AIDMK and by political parties […]

  • Sri Lanka and its ‘Geneva-problem’

    Kalana SenaratneColombo, The year 2009 was when the Western group of States at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) made a serious diplomatic blunder, by attempting to pass a resolution against Sri Lanka. The West missed the plot. This was just days after a bloody three decades long war had ended in Sri Lanka; just […]

  • Katunayake savage police attack – fundamental rights petition to be heard

    The fundamental rights petition filed before the Supreme Court by 13 employees of Katunayake Free Trade Zone claiming their fundamental rights were violated when police attacked the peaceful agitation carried out by the employees against a fraudulent pension scheme the government attempted to force on private sector employees will be heard.The Supreme Court took this […]

  • 2,000 Tamils stage protest at UN in Geneva

    Thousands of Tamils from across Europe protested in front of UN headquarters in Geneva Monday demanding the creation of an international tribunal to try “war crimes” committed in Sri Lanka.Some 2,000 protestors, according to the SDA-ATS Swiss news agency, waved banners and placards in favour of self-determination for the Tamil minority and denounced “genocidal acts”. […]

  • Five ex-LTTE members abducted since February 27

    Five former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who were released last year by the occupying SL forces for integration with their families after the genocidal SL military’s ‘rehabilitation’ programme, have been reported missing last week. On 27 February, two men, who came in a vehicle, asked for Mr. Muththiah and took […]

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