Sri Lanka Brief
2012
  • Mervyn’s Donald abducted .

    One of Minister Mervyn Silva’s closest lackeys Panadura Donald alias Maligawatte Donald was reportedly abducted by a group of unidentified persons this morning. He had been abducted in Moratuwa while traveling to Colombo from Panadura.It is believed that the abduction had been carried out by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s “white van clan” that has been […]

  • Sound of Silent Speech

    [TamilNet] – One can speak not only through words but through expressive conduct often called “Symbolic speech” – legally defined as nonverbal gestures and actions intended to communicate a message. In Western liberal democracies, most forms of symbolic speech are constitutionally protected. The Tamil diaspora’s recent use of such protected expressive speech to publicize symbols […]

  • SL military-led administration in North harasses Tamil journalists

     [TamilNet] After two years of war and claims that Colombo has resettled civilians in Vanni, remote areas of the mainland still remain prohibited for Tamil journalists. Sri Lankan military intelligence officers and operatives systematically harass the journalists who visit the areas beyond the ‘A9 comfort zone’ of the occupying SL military. Meanwhile, harassment by SL […]

  • The LLRC Report: Foundation for a new beginning in 2012?

    Rajan Philips –  By a curious coincidence, the LLRC Report was tabled in parliament and released electronically on 16 December 2011, the 40th anniversary of the end of the war of liberation of Bangladesh. Sri Lanka’s war started and ended quite differently, even though the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, after nine months of violent […]

  • Talks with TNA the only solution

    Jaffna Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Saundaranayagam has informed a visiting British delegation that a political solution to the ethnic problem could be found only through dialogue with the Tamil National Alliance(TNA).  The Bishop made this observation when the delegation led by British Member of Parliament James Wharton met the Bishop at his residence in […]

  • Govt. thugs mercilessly assault J’pura students

    Two students have been admitted to hospital when a group of thugs in a double cab attacked a group of students of Sri Jayawardenepura University.  When three students had gone to a hotel opposite the University at about 11.00 p.m. yesterday (6th) a group of 6 thugs who had arrived in a green coloured double […]

  • Tamils in Sri Lanka doubtful about latest LLRC report

    In December, the report of the Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was published. It called on the government to investigate war crimes by both sides (government armed forces and the Tamil LTTE army). It also stipulated requirements for long-term reconciliation between Sinhalese and Tamil groups. But are there signs of any form […]

  • LRRC report disproves Govt’s “No HR violations” claim – UNP

    Zacki Jabbar – The governments contention that there were no civilian casualties during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, has been disproved by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.He told a news conference in Colombo that the LLRC has referred to human rights violations on […]

  • Appeal to UN over missing Sri Lanka activists

    Charles Haviland –   Campaigners in Sri Lanka have urged the United Nations to intervene in the case of two activists believed to have been abducted last month. Some accuse the security forces of abducting the men but police say they are doing their best to find them.Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan organised demonstrations by […]

  • Kelaniya PS members want Mervyn out

    Norman Palihawadena – The UPFA group of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha yesterday urged the government to oust Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva from the Kelaniya electorate.  Addressing the media at Kelaniya PS, its Chairman, Prasanna Ranaweera appealed to the government to liberate Kelaniya from the clutches of Minister Silva the way it had finished off […]

  • LLRC somewhat endorses the UN report – UNP MP Kiriella

    The LLRC report has somewhat endorsed the Report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Expert Panel appointed by the UN chief Ban ki Moon, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said today. Addressing a press briefing he added that contrary to the government’s claim of ‘zero civilian casualty’ at the end of the war, the LLRC has […]

  • Ministry to grant registration to 41 websites

    (Srilankamirror) – The media ministry will grant registration next week to 41 websites that were selected under a selection process, said its secretary W.B. Ganegala. A three member committee, including an additional secretary of the ministry and a representative of ICTA, has approved registration for these websites, he said.Details of these websites, including their owners […]

  • Sri Lankan government accused over bulldozed hotels

    Hoteliers and human rights groups have accused the Sri Lankan government of bulldozing dozens of occupied, independent guesthouses – putting livelihoods at risk – to make way for new holiday resorts.Oliver SmithLast month about 40 properties on the beachfront in Unawatuna, a mile from Galle, were left in disrepair after being earmarked for removal by […]

  • Violence Against Women: This is my story

    ”Young men reading this, ask yourselves if you have not seen your father make your mother cry, your father hit your mother, even. Young women, ask yourselves if you do not throw yourselves into a social life that keeps you away from home for as long as possible because you just don’t want to go […]

  • Would Lessons Be Learnt From the Lessons Learnt Commission?

    The much-awaited LLRC report is finally out. Anik Pituwa would have welcomed a more forthright report with less “wahen oro” (indirect) language, especially about the last stages of the war and allegations of human rights. The report appears to be a compromise- between those who understand the international and internal ramifications of the issues involved […]

  • LLRC ignores torture and evades accountability – Freedom form Torture

    ”The remarkable failure to acknowledge at all, let alone address, widespread use of torture by the Sri Lankan authorities – either during or following the conflict – makes a mockery of the Commission’s objective to promote reconciliation by recognising the losses and suffering of the past. Either the Commission has chosen to paper over any […]

  • LLRC report, an inconvenient truth?

    ”On the whole, the LLRC final report presents the government with inconvenient truths that lay bare the factual inaccuracies and inadequacies of its own post war policy trajectory and narrative. This coming from not from the UN’s Darrusman report but from our own CR (Bulla) De Silva report, comprising by no means government opponents, but […]

  • International responses to the LLRC Report

    Dr. Kumar David  – Assessing how the international community is reacting, the LLRC Report is the strategic key for the regime. For the government, what the locals think is irrelevant. Not only Rajapaksa and his ministers but just about everybody in the country knows and has known for a long time how to reconcile with […]

  • Body of abducted male found in Grandpass .

    The body of a man allegedly abducted by an unidentified group on Tuesday night was found in Grandpass this morning. Police media spokesman Ajith Rohana said the body was found at around 6.30am on Ferguson Road in Grandpass. The victim was identified as Dinesh Buddhika (26). According to reports the victim is believed to have […]

  • Sri Lanka: Another abduction and murder

    On the 2nd January a man by the name of Mohammad Nistar was abducted by a group who arrived in a white van from San Gartikulam at Puttalam. According to reports at the time of the abduction Mr. Nistar was traveling in a three-wheeler. Sometime later his body was found with bullets wounds to the […]

  • Sri Lanka Government ready to discuss scopes on Police, land powers with TNA – Govt Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella

    Sri Lankan Government spokesman, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that though the government is concerned about giving land and Police powers to the provinces it is prepared to consider its scope provided the Tamil national Alliance put forward its proposals at the talks with the government The Minister told Sri Lanka News .lk web site that […]

  • About 200,000 displaced people are still living in refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka, even though southerners believe everything is back to normal.

    Terence Fernando–  Almost three years since the end of 30 years of ethnic conflict, Sri Lanka has not yet resolved its so-called ‘Tamil problem’. About 200,000 Tamil internally displaced people live in refugee camps in the northern part of the country under military control, unable to go home to their villages. Ethnic Sinhalese appear oblivious […]

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