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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

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More Land Released for Resettlement in Jaffna

( A film poster) President Maithripala Sirisena has directed the Sri Lanka Army to release 701.5 acres of land in two DS Divisions in the...

Factional Infighting in Both North and South Should not Undermine Opportunity For Political Solution

(Media release by National Peace Council) The government has declared its intention of prioritizing constitutional reform in the New Year.  Parliament is to be converted...

Kolonnawa UC Chairman Remanded Over Assaulting Protesters

( The Garbage mountain in a highly residential area in Meethotamulla) Colombo Additional Magistrate Augusta Atapattu today criticised the Wellampitiya Police and remanded the Kolonnawa...

Why Mahinda Worried about Prageeth, Lasantha Murder Investigations

Today this column records the true story of Mahinda Rajapaksa's recent photograph released to the Facebook by his son Namal in which Mahinda was...

Eknaligoda Abduction: Another Army Officer Arrested

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) recently arrested another Army Officer attached to the State Intelligence Service in connection with the abduction and murder of...

Obtaining Justice For a Rape Victim in Sri Lanka: 9 Judges, 14 Years, 100s of Hearings & Much More

Rape case judgement & reflections on solidarity actions and struggles for justice in Sri Lanka, By Ruki Fernando. On 28th December 2015, the Nuwara Eliya High...

The ‘Enrique’ Sensation President’s Comment Makes World Headlines

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BASL Condemns Meethotamulla Attack

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) tothe head of a Local Government authority, on a group of protesters, who were protesting against the...

Sri Lanka: PTA To Be Repealed

by Easwaran Rutnam. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has urged the government to review all cases of detainees held under the...

What’s the Deal with Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Court?

The Diplomat/By Taylor Dibbert. Several weeks ago, Chandrika Kumaratunga announced that Sri Lanka would set up a special court to deal with alleged wartime abuses....

PM Appoints 24-Member Committee on Constitutional Reforms; Tamil Parties to Join

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with approval of the Cabinet, has appointed a 24-member committee comprising representatives from political and civil society to obtain views...

Need for a National Consumer Network

 We have been railroaded into living in a consumer society. This is not a good place for the citizens of a nation but it...

Acute Shortage of Medicos in Jaffna

Recent statistics issued by the Jaffna District Secretariat shows that there is a shortage of specialists and doctors in hospitals in the entire Jaffna...

The Tale of Two Cities by the Lagoon – Batticaloa & Venice

By B. Nimal Veerasingham. Growing up barley a few hundred yards away from the meandering and mesmerizing Batticaloa lagoon had its magical moments. The swilling...

Enrique Iglesias’ Sexiness is Destroying Sri Lanka’s Proud Culture According to Country’s President

by Emily Bicks Stemming from the wild Enrique Iglesias concert gave on Dec. 20, in Sri Lanka, the country’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, is...

Sri Lanka Warned of ISIS Activity

A state intelligence arm has warned the Government over what it fears is the radicalisation of Muslim groups turning out to be supporters of...

IDPs Trapped in ‘Model Village’ Fear Permanent Exile

By S. Rubatheesan. Meant to be a temporary stop, Keppapilavu feels like the end of the line. Three years after Thiruchelvan Ketheeswaran arrived in Keppapilavu village...

Special Website to Know Your Views on Reconciliation & Accountability

The Government will next month start gathering public opinion through a dedicated website on issues related to reconciliation and “mechanisms” to be set up...

President Halts Ravi’s Rs 300 M Bonanza to Nihal Sri Amarasekara

By Gagani Weerakoon. A Cabinet Paper forwarded by Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake, seeking Cabinet approval to compensate an individual, paying Rs 300 million from...

Police and Politicians Obstructing Thajudeen Investigation; Another Secret Revealed

A senior officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) told Ceylon Today that a group of high ranking officials of the Police Department as...

Sri Lanka: WARNING 2016

Al  Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers will be strictly warned by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to violate...

Don’t Interfere With Ekneligoda Investigation – Lawyers Collective

( a campaign against investigate military killings, led by Namal Rajapaksa) ‘Lawyers Collective’ views with deep concern the attempt being made to intimidate, by public...

TNA Gets Joint Chair Posts at DCCs

Main Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan had been appointed as the Co-Chairman of the Trincomalee District Coordination Committee (DCC), TNA MP...

ISLANDED: A review by Radhika Coomaraswamy

ISLANDED By Sujit Sivasundaram (A review by Radhika Coomaraswamy) 17th December 2015 Let me say that ISLANDED by Sujit Sivasunderam is a seminal work. It is an original...

The Hirunika Sage; Violence and unrestricted power of Sri Lanka Politicians

Abduction and alleged assault of a youth by Member of Parliament Hurinika Premachandra’s body guards, using one of her security vehicles and MP's justification...

Saudi Court Reduces Sri Lankan Woman’s Stoning Sentence

Sri Lankan’s death sentence for adultery reduced to three years in jail on appeal. Saudi authorities have reduced a Sri Lankan woman’s sentence for adultery...

Sri Lanka Rupee Seen Falling Further in 2016; Might Hit 160 per US $

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan rupee is expected to weaken further next year, possibly to the 148-160 rupee to the US dollar level if...

Sri Lanka Labour Force 9mn, Unemployment Rate 5% in 3Q 2015: Census Dept.

Dec 23, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s labour force is about 9.0 million in the Third quarter of 2015, of which 64.5 percent are...

Female Soldier to be Quizzed over Ekneligoda Abduction

Four more Army intelligence personnel, including a female, are to be summoned to the CID for questioning in connection with the enforced disappearance of...

The Ranil Wickremesinghe Factor in 2016 and beyond – Krishantha Cooray

e to hope that the country would be somewhere close to where the Finance Minister promises to take it come the 1st of January...
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Sri Lanka Seeks Diversion, Not Justice, Over Wartime Abuses – Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW

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Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Image:© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. In a paper presented the member states of the UNHTC, Geneva Amnesty International has urged the United Nations (UN) Human...

THE HILL WE CLIMB- Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

Image~ Sri Lanka flag at the UNHRC, Geneva © sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member commission to identify the findings...