Sri Lanka Brief
2012
  • LRRC report and pressures from Tamil civil society

    Jehan Perera –  The TNA has yet to issue its follow up response to its initial rejection of the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. In a strongly worded statement the TNA noted that “The report of the LLRC is a serious assault on the dignity of the victims of the war in […]

  • SLFP disciplinary committee asks for file on Mervyn

    The SLFP disciplinary committee has asked the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha members to hand over documents to prove the allegations of corruption leveled against Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva. The governing UPFA members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha yesterday evening met with SLFP Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena, UPFA Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha and SLFP […]

  • Stop attempt to establish paying wards in government hospitals – ACHSU

    In an atmosphere where free health service is broken-down so badly that patients have to bring in equipment necessary for treatment that should have been made available in hospitals, the attempt by the government to establish paying wards in government hospitals should be defeated states All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU).Speaking at a media conference […]

  • Stresses commitment to protect human rights of all Lankans

    Manjula FERNANDO  – Plantation Industries Minister and President’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe expressed his views to the Sunday Observer on the possibility of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report being debated at the 19th UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva and the implementation of the National Action Plan […]

  • Sri Lanka’s woeful January way-points

     Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Coordinator For Sri Lankan journalists, January might be the cruelest month. In January 2011, Sonali Samarasinghe wrote about the death of her husband Lasantha Wickramatunga two years earlier on January 8, 2009. In January 2010 I reported in “Sri Lanka: A year later, still failing to fight media attacks” about the […]

  • PROBLEM & SOLUTION: PARAMETERS OF POSSIBILITY ( re ethnic issue)

    ”Once you’ve dispensed with the layers of very proper titles, you realize what the report contains. It tells you what Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims think, today, over two years after the war, about the most contentious issues that have divided us over the post-independence decades. As if that weren’t important enough, it thereby tells you […]

  • Lasantha murder: International probe urged

     On the third death anniversary of a slain newspaper editor his widow has called on the international community to exert pressure on Sri Lanka government to hold an independent investigation into his murder.Sonali Wickrematunge Samarasinghe, the widow of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, says the investigation needed “to bring back the rule of law rather […]

  • So far no Rajapaksa has condemned the alleged crimes of their henchman

    Tisaranee Gunasekara –  “Nothing is closer to the law of the jungle than a system of distorted laws and procedures” – Haaretz Editorial (2.1.2012)  President Rajapaksa won the Eelam War, with the help of countless others (including the imprisoned Gen. Fonseka). In fairytales, the hero who saves a country from some deadly peril is rewarded […]

  • “Rethink policy to empower Sri Lankan Tamils economically”

    In the present-day world where politics is invariably trumped by economics, India has to have a drastic rethinking of its policy in favour of economically empowering the Tamils in Sri Lanka as a sustainable solution for their rehabilitation, former diplomat G. Parthasarathy said on Sunday.In a lecture on ‘Personal Recollections of Relations with Sri Lanka […]

  • FUTA vows to stop private university bill

    Dasun Edirisinghe –  Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) yesterday vowed to stop the introduction of an Act to enable the setting up of private universities here and that would be the main demand of their token strike scheduled for Jannuary 17, the Association said.FUTA President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri said that according to the […]

  • Sri Lanka Marxist party criticizes proposed electoral reforms

    Jan 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today criticized the proposed electoral reforms saying that the reforms would not address the issues faced by the country’s existing electoral system.JVP parliamentary group leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayaka told a press conference today that the proposed legislation to amend the current electoral system for […]

  • No move to punish killers of Lasantha – FMM

     The Free Media Movement says yesterday (Jan. 08) marked the third death anniversary of  Lasantha Wickramatunge, a journalist who fought for the freedom of the press and relentlessly pursued what he believed was right.  On January 8, 2009 he was brutally murdered by unidentified assailants in close proximity to a high security zone in the […]

  • TNA to discuss Tamil issue with ANC

    The major Tamil party in Sri Lanka says it will urge South Africa’s ruling party to help resolve the national question.A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is in South Africa to attend the centenary celebrations of the African National Congress (ANC), a leading liberation movement and the party that holds power in South Africa. […]

  • Quo Vadis, the Conga Line?

    DR. P. Saravanamuttu – When Sri Lanka vied for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, there was a telling photograph taken at one of the bashes the regime threw in the Caribbean, the culminating event of a labour intensive, extravagant self-indulgent exercise. The photograph has Hon Namal Rajapaksha MP leading a conga line followed by the Governor […]

  • LLRC Report : balanced, serious and comprehensive – LSSP

    Tissa Vitarana – The LSSP welcomes the LLRC Report because it provides a positive and constructive basis for achieving reconciliation and national unity. It is a balanced, serious and comprehensive report that also makes available, as a separate Annexures publication, all the data drawn on by the LLRC Commission in preparing its report in a […]

  • ‘No rule of law’ as practiced by Rajapaksha regime

     The year 2012 had the worst dawn, ever since independence. Four abductions reported, one after another, during the first four days of the year, with 03 found dead and dumped on waysides. A much flaunted Defence Secretary who prides in talking tough on the LTTE and devolution, remains icy cold on all these abductions, murders […]

  • Minister ordered to kill Kelaniya PS members – Hasitha Madawala

    A group of persons surrounded Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha member Hasitha Madawala’s home last night (Jan. 07). The politician told ‘Srilankamirror’ that he has managed to flee his home and is now in a safe location. Mr. Madawala also said he would complain to police regarding the threat to him. He claimed that minister Mervyn Silva has ordered to […]

  • LLRC report places govt in the dock over five issues

     Dr. Vikramabahu Karunaratne –  The full report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is in public domain, after it was presented in parliament on 16 December, by the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. He in fact made it very certain that the recommendations would be carried out to the […]

  • Lasantha Was Murdered 3 Years Ago …Remembering Lasantha

    It is three years to the date when Lasantha Wickrematunge (5 April 1958 – 8 January 2009) was murdered on his way to office along Attidiya Road, Ratmalana. It is three long years since Avinash, Ahimsa and Aadesh lost a father. They grieve for him. The country grieves for the apathy shown  by the law […]

  • US For International Probe -White House responds to AI petition

    Easwaran Rutnam –  The United States is to push for an international accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka over alleged Human Rights violations.   Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S Department of State has said this in a response to a petition filed by Amnesty International, […]

  • On those inconvenient ‘truths’ in the LLRC report

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  – Several months ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared to the world that the ‘truth’ in regard to the last stages of the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces will be revealed by the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) commissioned by himself (see […]

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