Sri Lanka Brief
2015
  • Meet Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s President-Elect Read more >

    Meet Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s President-Elect

    Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sisirena, Sri Lanka’s president-elect, was a low-profile cabinet colleague of longtime president Mahinda Rajapaksa until he switched sides to become joint opposition candidate and emerge as the proverbial dark horse in the presidential polls. The 63-year-old farmer-turned-politician deserted the incumbent president to take charge of the fractured opposition ahead of the […]

  • Ranil Speaks On Post Election Plans Read more >

    Ranil Speaks On Post Election Plans

    In an email interview with the Dailymirror, the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the SLFPers dissatisfied with Mahinda Rajapaksa are the crucial element in the upcoming presidential election and that Maithripala was the best man to win them over.  He added that Maithripala Sirisena’s victory would not be a […]

  • Election Violence: Presidential Election Day Communiqué 1 – CMEV

    Polling for the Presidential Election 2015 commenced at 7am. One incident of an explosion was reported during this period from Point Pedro, Jaffna. CMEV was informed that the explosion was caused due to a hand grenade with no injuries reported. CMEV received a report of voters being prevented from voting as more than 200 of […]

  • IFJ Voncerned At Surge In Election-Related Violence In Sri Lanka Read more >

    IFJ Voncerned At Surge In Election-Related Violence In Sri Lanka

    [Opposition election offcie after an attack by pro-Government gang] The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses its concern over an escalation of violence ahead of the Sri Lankan presidential election today and reiterates its call to ensure media freedom and the safety of journalists during and after the election. Today, Sri Lanka votes for a […]

  • Sri Lanka: Death Threats Against Activists Highlight Risk Of Violence Around Elections Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Death Threats Against Activists Highlight Risk Of Violence Around Elections

    (Brito Fernando) Sri Lankan authorities must hold to account those who threatened three prominent activists with death today and ensure that tomorrow’s presidential elections passes without further violence, Amnesty International said. Opposition campaigners Brito Fernando, Phillip Dissanayake and Prasanga Fernando – who are all well-known human rights defenders active with families of the “disappeared” – […]

  • Journalist Assaulted by Presidential Security Division Read more >

    Journalist Assaulted by Presidential Security Division

    [Media protest, Sri Lanka] A journalist attached to the Wijeya Newspaper Group had been assaulted and his Media Accreditation Card taken last night, after one of his colleagues had got into an argument regarding the impending Presidential Election. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Naushad Amith said that he was assaulted at around 11.30 p.m. outside […]

  • JVP To Place Agents In Polling Booths Read more >

    JVP To Place Agents In Polling Booths

    The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have come to an agreement where the JVP would send its agents to polling booths on 8 January to monitor the polls. JHU General Secretary, Champika Ranawaka, speaking to Ceylon Today said it was…the JVP who could most successfully tackle the violence and intimidation at […]

  • Sri Lanka Winner Must Address Tamil Issue: BJP Read more >

    Sri Lanka Winner Must Address Tamil Issue: BJP

    New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The winner of the Sri Lankan presidential election Thursday must first address the Tamil issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly said Wednesday. “Whoever wins in Sri Lanka should first address the Tamil issue,” he said, wishing “all the best” to both President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the opposition candidate […]

  • Day Before The Elections: Sporadic Violence Continues

    Presidential Election 2015: Media Communique 15 7th January The day prior to polling witnessed the first fatality of the Presidential Election of 2015. Mr Shantha Dodagangoda who was critically injured in a shooting incident at Kahawatte, Ratnapura on the morning of Monday 5th January, died at 3.05 pm today at the Ratnapura hospital. Although the Pelmadulla […]

  • CSM Deplores Silence of  Catholic Bishops’ Conference Over Govt Attacks on Bishop Rayappu J. Read more >

    CSM Deplores Silence of Catholic Bishops’ Conference Over Govt Attacks on Bishop Rayappu J.

    [Bishop Rayappu bless Rajapaksa: caption of state news agency Lanka Puwaath- Rev. Rayappu Joseph confident of President Rajapaksa’s triumph] Derogatory remarks made about Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar diocese. Common opposition candidate Mr. Maithripala Sirisena on an election campaign to the north met the Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph on 30 December and sought his blessings […]

  • First casualty of Presidential Election: UNP Supporter Dies In Hospital

    CaFFE Election Report # 61 Mr. Shantha Dodangoda, a UNP supporter who was shot at Kahawatte on January 5 while preparing the election stage of the Common Opposition Candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, passed away at Ratnapura hospital today. Dodangoda was the Chairman of the Kahawatte Traders Association. Deputy Minister, Premalal Jayasekara and his supporters are alleged […]

  • Elections Commissioner Gives “Red Light” To Military Read more >

    Elections Commissioner Gives “Red Light” To Military

    Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today gave a red light to the Military saying it cannot prevent people from voting. “Even the Military cannot stop you from voting. If they ask you to stop voting due to security reasons, you have the right to ignore their warnings,” the Elections Commissioner said addressing a press conference at […]

  • Major Incidents of Post Campaign Incidents – CMEV Communiqué

    Presidential Election 2015: Media Communiqué 14 7th January 2015 Since the completion of campaigning, CMEV received several major incidents involving assault, threat and intimidation, damage to property, and misuse of state resources. All incidents reported to CMEV are instances where opposition party members and supporters were attacked, threatened and property damaged. CMEV is concerned at […]

  • Spectre of Violence Hangs Over Sri Lanka Polls Read more >

    Spectre of Violence Hangs Over Sri Lanka Polls

    [Violence in the lead-up to the Jan. 8 presidential election in Sri Lanka has poll monitors on edge. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS] By Amantha Perera- COLOMBO, Jan 6 2015 (IPS) – As 14.5 million Sri Lankans prepare to select their next leader, there is growing fear that violence could mar the Jan. 8 elections, billed as […]

  • Monitors Fear Military Presence May Deter Sri Lankan Voters Read more >

    Monitors Fear Military Presence May Deter Sri Lankan Voters

    [Military in Vanni Associated Press – A monitoring group expressed concerns Tuesday that the military presence in the former war zone of northern Sri Lanka may lower voter turnout in the presidential election Thursday. Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu from the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence said that concerns have been raised about the vote in the north […]

  • Presidential Election 2015: Perspectives and Outcomes Read more >

    Presidential Election 2015: Perspectives and Outcomes

    [Prediction: The Result of Presidential Election 2015] An Independent Research Conducted by Abu Ayman, M.Phil., Electoral Political Analyst. “Declining Popularity” is the accepted parameter in the electoral political analysis. At the first presidential election which held in 1982, J.R. Jayawardena was able to obtain 52.91% votes, although his party got a land slide victory with […]

  • PODCAST: CMEV Press Briefing on Presidential Election

    Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) A press briefing was held by CMEV today at the JAIC Hilton around the monitoring operations for the Presidential Election, which will be held on 8th January 2015. Recordings of the briefing are embedded below. Please note that the Q&A segment doesn’t always pick up the question posed to […]

  • January 8th: Another Opportunity for Change Read more >

    January 8th: Another Opportunity for Change

    by Arjuna and Kshama Ranawana – For the first time since Mahinda Rajapaksa ascended the Presidency in 2006 he faces a strong threat to his office. This was not the case when he called the election two years before it was due, confident of re-election owing to a deeply fractured opposition. But that has changed […]

  • Election Violence: Highest Number of Major Incidents In Jaffna District

    CMEV: Presidential Election 2015: Media Communiqué 13 /6th January 2015 The Presidential Election campaign ended at midnight with several major incidents reported. At the end of campaigning, CMEV documented a total of 420 incidents, with 237 major incidents and 183 minor incidents. The highest number of major incidents were reported from Jaffna District with 22 […]

  • Sivaram, Lasantha, Prageeth Among Journalists Remembered at Colombo Vigil Read more >

    Sivaram, Lasantha, Prageeth Among Journalists Remembered at Colombo Vigil

    Sri Lankan journalists who were killed and disappeared in the line of duty including Dharmaratnam Sivaram (Taraki) editor of Tamilnet, Lasantha Wickrematunga, Editor of the Sunday Leader and Prageeth Egnaligoda, Cartoonist and political analysts were remembered at Colombo vigil held this evening at Viharamahadevi Park opposite the Town Hall.The Colombo Vigil has been organised by […]

  • Sri Lanka Elections: Rudra Refused The “Secret Agreement” with Basil Rajapakse Read more >

    Sri Lanka Elections: Rudra Refused The “Secret Agreement” with Basil Rajapakse

    Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran Clarifies. There is a serious allegation made by the members of the opposition alliance claimed that the secret agreement has signed between the government led by the President Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister of Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) while quoting a “secret email”. […]

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