Sri Lanka Brief
2014January
  • EU to back war crimes probe in Sri Lanka at UNHRC

    The European Union (EU) has decided to back moves at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to actively support efforts to enhance accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, including a credible and independent investigation into the alleged severe crimes during the civil war, as well as to address the current human rights situation in the […]

  • Tele drmma artists say that they are consored for political reasons

    Govt. ‘killed’ my role – Benaragama; Yasas’s ‘And Company’ banned  Actor Jagath Benaragama says a popular channel has ‘killed’ the role he was playing in a tele drama, as he is contesting the upcoming provincial council polls from an opposition party.He says the role he had been playing in the tele drama was a key […]

  • The Sri Lankan justice system cannot ensure accountability for human rights violations and war crimes – ICJ

    ATTACKS ON JUDICIARY AND LEGAL PROFESSION UNDERMINE THE RULE OF LAW AND PREVENT ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN SRI LANKA  – ICJ statement The Sri Lankan justice system cannot ensure accountability for human rights violations and war crimes because the judiciary has been deprived of its independence and impartiality, and lawyers suffer intimidation, hindrance, harassment and improper interference.•    […]

  • Sri Lanka: US  to call for an independent international accountability mechanism to evaluate reports of war crimes,  and other human rights violations committed by both sides Read more >

    Sri Lanka: US to call for an independent international accountability mechanism to evaluate reports of war crimes, and other human rights violations committed by both sides

    Congress may pass resolution US congress may pass resolution A resolution on Sri Lanka submitted last week to the US Congress and now being considered by the Committee on Foreign Relations, is likely to get to the next stage.According to an agency tracking the resolution, there is a 73 percent chance it will go to the […]

  • Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

    Ranga Jayasuriya Early this week, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, giving evidence in a Court hearing, on an attack on the Calvary Church at Araliya Place, Thalahena, alleged that 374 organizations, registered under the Company Act, are involved in ‘unethical conversions’ of Buddhists in the country. He alleges […]

  • Attacks against Muslim community in Sri Lanka

    The Secretariat for Muslims in collaboration with the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has been documenting the harassment, intimidation and violence perpetuated by extremist groups against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.The several groups of monks that identify themselves as saviours of Sri Lankan Buddhism and act in ways that are discriminatory of minority religions […]

  • SriLanka: Families of missing persons subjected to threats, intimidation

    The intelligence wing of the occupying Sri Lankan military and the ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Department (TID) operatives in the North intimidate and threaten the families of the missing persons as many of the victims were not prepared to give up their complaints. The latest harassment comes in the wake of the so-called ‘independent’ Presidential Commission on […]

  • Opposition Slams Sri Lanka Government on Foreign Interference

    We have implemented 85 per cent of the LLRC’s recommendations By PTI – COLOMBO The opposition today blamed the Sri Lankan government for leaving room for the world community to interfere in the country’s internal matters over alleged rights violation duirng the war against Tamil Tiger rebels.A senior leader of the United National Party (UNP) […]

  • Why Sri Lankan children in north drop out

    Young teenagers are at greater riskPhoto: Amantha Perera/IRIN  Sri Lankan authorities have expressed concern over an increasing number of reports that children are dropping out of school in the conflict-affected north, where economic pressure and poor prospects are creating conditions that could have negative consequences for the future development of the region. Most of the […]

  • Sri Lanka: UN wants accountability Read more >

    Sri Lanka: UN wants accountability

    Farhan Haq, the Acting Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that theThe United Nations (UN) has reiterated there needs to be accountability in Sri Lanka over the alleged incidents which took place during final stages of the war. This was stated by him at the  UN Daily Press Briefing today answering questions from Matthew Russell […]

  • The post war winners: urban rich or rural poor? Read more >

    The post war winners: urban rich or rural poor?

    For some time now it has been quite clear to economists that assessments of economic performance cannot be solely focused on overall income growth, but must also take into account income distribution.This is because a growing body of research has established that where the income inequalities are large and widening it’s often the case that […]

  • Sri Lanka: Government wants a year to implement LLRC recs

    The Government says it will take at least a year to implement a bulk of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).President’s Secretary Lalith Weerathunga reiterated the Government needs time and space to address the issue. Speaking in a Government propaganda video titled “Sri Lanka: Reconciling and Rebuilding” aired in the US, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Human rights violated says UNP

    Lakshman KiriellaThe UNP today said that there were human rights violations committed by the Government and they need to now set things right.UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said that the Weliweriya incident where villagers were attacked when demanding water and the Welikada prison riot where several inmates were killed, are good examples of human rights being […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Road from Geneva Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The Road from Geneva

    Darisha Bastians the Government is with UNHRC Sessions in March, staving off an international war crimes inquiry may prove the least of its troubles. Having alienated its most crucial ally across the straits and with inaction by Colombo forcing  a reaction by some of the world’s most powerful nations to act, Sri Lanka’s real problems […]

  • Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka Read more >

    Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

    you cannot miss these bill boards One of the very first things passengers getting off planes at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport see is a huge portrait of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The view remains pretty much the same as one travels across the island. You cannot miss the billboards and posters in every nook […]

  • U.S. says Sri Lanka refuses visa for official after war crime accusations

    Reuters COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has refused a visa request for a U.S. State Department official, the U.S. Embassy said on Tuesday, after Washington signaled it would propose a U.N. resolution against the South Asian state over alleged war crimes.However, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry said the embassy’s statement “was not a correct representation […]

  • Mosque and church attacks harm Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan government minister GL Peiris has tried to justify a wave of attacks on churches and mosques, claiming that these were simply community reactions to unauthorised facilities. The state’s refusal to protect religious minorities further undermines human rights in Sri Lanka overall.For instance, two churches in Hikkaduwa were attacked during Sunday worship on 12 […]

  • New Inquiry on Sri Lanka Points to Possible War Crimes

    GENEVA — Senior Sri Lankan government officials and military officers may bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during an offensive near the end of the island’s civil war, according to a new investigation that backs calls for an international inquiry into those events.The investigation, released on Tuesday by the Public […]

  • Island of Impunity: Attacks on civilians and the denial of humanitarian assistance during the last phase of the war Read more >

    Island of Impunity: Attacks on civilians and the denial of humanitarian assistance during the last phase of the war

    Sri Lanka’s battle theatre was sealed off from the outside world by the Sri Lankan Government.  International journalists were unable to access the war zone, and so could not directly report on the impact of the conflict on hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped inside. In early September 2008, the United Nations (UN) and international […]

  • Sri Lanka: MR slams Geneva resolution

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed attempts to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next month. The United States is to sponsor the resolution on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation but the President says the resolution will be a grave crime against peace. Addressing the Nation at the […]

  • Holding Sri Lanka to Account – Editorial NYT

    Washington is once again trying to put pressure on the government of Sri Lanka to commission a credible independent investigation of crimes and human rights abuses committed during the end of that country’s bloody civil war in 2009. It was a good move to send a senior American diplomat to the island nation last weekend […]

  • Third Resolution: Failure of governance in Sri Lanka

    ”The past two years witnessed a negative turn in good governance of the country. The situation which had led to the impeachment of the Chief Justice, the inability of the government to enact a right to information law, and the lack of genuine interest of the government to control the uprising of extremism, indicate our […]

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