Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2012 : Sri Lanka Read more >

    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2012 : Sri Lanka

    ”Sri Lanka continued to rely on security laws and a military apparatus that perpetuated human rights violations. It resisted efforts to increase official transparency when it blocked an opposition sponsored Right to Information Bill in June. The country remained prone to political violence, and efforts at ethnic reconciliation made little progress.” THE STATE OF THE […]

  • Sri Lanka: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 Read more >

    Sri Lanka: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011

     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was reelected to a second six-year term in January 2010, and the parliament, which was elected in April 2010, share constitutional power. The government is dominated by the president’s family; two of the president’s brothers hold key executive branch posts as defense secretary […]

  • Tamil and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government Read more >

    Tamil and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government

    In Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil north, religious celebrations are restricted, freedom of association is violated and the traditional culture is being undermined, this according to Catholic priests from the southern part of the country, members of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). At a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province), local prelates said, “There is a need […]

  • Economic crime costs Sri Lanka billions of rupees each year Read more >

    Economic crime costs Sri Lanka billions of rupees each year

    In red, TI Index Fraudulent practices across business activities has risen over the past two-years in Sri Lanka, with billions of rupees lost each year to economic crime, a new study showed. Some 83 percent of those surveyed by international accounting firm, KPMG Sri Lanka, felt incidences of fraud has increased over the last two-years. While […]

  • US Govt. stands by HRC decision Read more >

    US Govt. stands by HRC decision

    The US Government has rejected Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris’ “home grown solution” speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars during his visit to the US last week.  State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the US Government stands by the Human Rights Council decision.  Nuland said this at the Tuesday […]

  • LLRC Action Plan ready soon ( nosuch  plan yet ) MEA Read more >

    LLRC Action Plan ready soon ( nosuch plan yet ) MEA

    K. Amunugama An Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will be ready soon, External Affairs Ministry said yesterday. “It is being prepared by a Committee headed by presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga with the assistance of many other stakeholders including the Ministry of External Affairs,” Ministry Secretary K. Amunugama […]

  • AG’s threat to Hirunika Premachandra – AHRC Read more >

    AG’s threat to Hirunika Premachandra – AHRC

    The BBC Sinhala service reported yesterday ( May 22),  that during Magistrate’s court proceedings relating to Bharata Lakshman Premachandra’s murder, the court was informed by counsel that his daughter Hirunika will be charged by the Attorney General’s department for contempt of court for breaking coconuts after court proceedings on a previous day.According to the report, […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Sarath Fonseka Riddle – Analysis Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The Sarath Fonseka Riddle – Analysis

    By Dr. Kumar DavidWhy did President Mahinda Rajapakse, this week, release on presidential pardon, his arch rival and supposed war hero General Sarath Fonseka (SF), imprisoned by a military tribunal in a process which most perceive as a kangaroo court, and on charges that carry little credence in the public mind? Questions of miscarriage of […]

  • SF to form a new party and to  join a common opposition Read more >

    SF to form a new party and to join a common opposition

    Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who was released on a special presidential pardon on Monday, is to form a new political party named, ‘Democratic Party’ led by him, MP Jayantha Ketagoda said. “We have already forwarded the application to the Elections Secretariat for registration and awaiting its approval,” said Mr. Ketagoda, who is the Chairman […]

  • Sri Lanka urges US to approve prederential trading plan Read more >

    Sri Lanka urges US to approve prederential trading plan

    Sri Lanka has pushed for the early approval of a key preferential trading system with the United States that would increase concessional exports, a statement from the External Affairs Ministry said here on Monday. Peiris also noted that growing prosperity in Sri Lanka would create enormous opportunities for U.S. investors, the statement said. Sri Lanka’s […]

  • JHU wary of Western moves amidst SF’s release Read more >

    JHU wary of Western moves amidst SF’s release

    In the wake of Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s release, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) warned that the government would have to carefully watch how Western powers reacted to the latest development. The JHU’s National Organizer, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told The Island that the impact of the former army commander’s unexpected release on the political scene should […]

  • TNA demands release of fasting prisoners Read more >

    TNA demands release of fasting prisoners

    TNA leader, Trincomalee District MP, R. Sampanthan, making a special statement in Parliament said: “We call upon the government to take immediate steps to release all the Tamil political prisoners since three years have lapsed after the armed conflict ended. We also request that proper responsible assurances be given to the fasting prisoners in this […]

  • Sri Lanka Muslim Congress proposes truth commission Read more >

    Sri Lanka Muslim Congress proposes truth commission

    “This is neither a counter proposal nor a rejection of the LLRC. We feel that a truth commission can play a very important role among communities. The victims seeking justice can be said sorry for mistakes in the past. These will be honest declarations and the idea is not to prosecute anyone”, Kariappar explained.” Sri […]

  • Hirunika writes to the President Read more >

    Hirunika writes to the President

    Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of Late Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra says that the power of the people’s mandate should be used in a just manner for the benefit of the public.She had expressed these sentiments in a letter addressed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Hirunika Premachandra has commenced her letter to the President quoting a note from her […]

  • Sinhala-Buddhist temple opened to ‘celebrate’ genocide at Mu’l’livaaykkaal Read more >

    Sinhala-Buddhist temple opened to ‘celebrate’ genocide at Mu’l’livaaykkaal

    Coinciding the third anniversary of Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocide, a secretly built Sinhala-Buddhist stupa was inaugurated at Vaddu-vaakal, the entrance to the Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocidal strip of land in Mullaiththeevu. As the Tamil public is yet to be allowed into the stretch of land, the building of the stupa at the genocidal site went unnoticed until its inauguration. […]

  • Reloading General Sarath Fonseka for a post-paid Sinhala package Read more >

    Reloading General Sarath Fonseka for a post-paid Sinhala package

    Kusal Perera The V-Day celebrations were on, as this piece was written. A military victory being commemorated at the Galle face esplanade, celebrated as the 3rd anniversary of defeating the LTTE “terrorism”. President Rajapaksa bragged about what positives the military victory brought to this country. No more barricades on the Galle Road, he says. Fishermen […]

  • SF free, battle on for civic rights Read more >

    SF free, battle on for civic rights

    Former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka was released from prison yesterday evening amidst cheers from a large number of his supporters who thronged the streets near the Welikada Prison waving flags and shouting slogans. Gen. Fonseka, making a brief speech, thanked all those who had fought for his release. Indicating his desire […]

  • SF no threat to MR – Wimal Read more >

    SF no threat to MR – Wimal

    National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said that General Sarath Fonseka would not be a major threat to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the future. Fonseka’s popularity had reached the zenith when he contested the Presidential polls, he said.Minister Weerawansa said Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s remarkable ability to tackle complex political issues in the midst […]

  • Govt. should reveal list of ministers -JVP Read more >

    Govt. should reveal list of ministers -JVP

    The JVP demanded that the government reveal the list of ministers who influenced the President to arrest former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.  Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake alleged that the President had claimed that it was due to the influence of certain ministers’ that Sarath Fonseka was brought before Court.“While […]

  • I am safe among people – SF Read more >

    I am safe among people – SF

    Former army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who walked out a free man yesterday, said he will be safe among people, and those who are well aware of the service he  rendered to the nation, will protect him.   “I have immense confidence in people and I honestly feel they will not jeopardize me” a jubilant Sarath […]

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