Sri Lanka Brief


  • Sri Lanka in denial over war crimes

    Priyamvatha/Rajesh Sundaram  The UN says over 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed during the last stages of the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka. NGOs put the figure at over a lakh and fifty thousand. The UN also says that the Sri Lankan military committed war crimes. But the Lankan government is in denial with defence […]

  • Factbox: China-Sri Lanka economic ties

    Shihar Aneez (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday started a four-day state visit to China, with support against a Western war crimes push and deeper economic ties on his agenda.Here are some facts about Chinese’s financial cooperation and investment in the Indian Ocean island nation:OVERALL: China was Sri Lanka’s largest lender in 2009 […]

  • War crimes, US ultimatum and SL political opinions

      “We support a full and credible and independent investigation of alleged violations of international human rights and law and international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka. We want to see the Sri Lankans do this themselves in a way that meets international standards. So what I would say to Sri Lankan critics is take your […]

  • TNA’s withdrawal from talks and the emerging political paralysis

    Kalana SenaratneThe recently concluded Local Government (LG) elections provided evidence, if evidence was needed, of a divided polity. Amidst accusations of violence, intimidation, and killings, the Tamil people voted, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) emerged triumphant, resilient, re-asserting its dominance in the North.The UPFA-led Government swept away the rest of the polls, as expected. Expected: […]

  • Lankan Tamil issue to be raised in India’s Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Tamil Nadu State Assembly on same day

     D.B.S. JeyarajSri Lanka Tamil issue likely to be raised in India’s Upper&Lower houses of Parliament&Tamil Nadu legislative assembly today August 11th 2011.Tamil Nadu politicians in well-coordinated moves plan to raise the Sri LankanTamil issue in the central&state legislatures simultaneously. D.Raja of Communist Party of India (CPI) has given notice to raise this issue in the […]

  • Ratnajeevan Hoole flees Sri Lanka

    Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole, the unsuccessful candidate for the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna supported by a section of pro-Rajapaksa elements, had to flee Jaffna as well as the island in the wake of a defamation case filed by SL minister Douglas Devananda in the Kayts court, news sources in Jaffna said adding […]

  • War crime charges LTTE funded – Major General Shavendra Silva

    Major General Shavendra Silva, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, tells Daily Mirror that despite repeated attempts by paid activists of the LTTE failing to discredit the government and the forces, the agenda will continue to block the path of development and peace on the ground. ‘Channel-4 or another LTTE funded media outlet may […]

  • Reduction of Jaffna MPs ‘erodes Tamil sovereignty’

    The EC has decided to reduce the number of seats allocated to Jaffna districtThe biggest Tamil political party in Sri Lanka has objected the decision to reduce the number of parliamentary representatives from Jaffna district. In a special statement to parliament, leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) described the decision by the elections commissioner […]

  • “Hospitals in Sri Lanka have been shelled – ICRC

    Millions affected by violence against health-care personnel and facilities10-08-2011 News Release 11/191 Geneva (ICRC) – Assaults on health-care personnel, facilities and vehicles in conflicts and violent upheavals leave millions around the world without care just when they need it most. This is the key finding of a new report presented by the International Committee of […]

  • Concerns over Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in the Northern Province – Friday Forum

    PRESS RELEASE/9th August 2011Weeks after local government elections in Jaffna we remain concerned about the state of democracy, protection of human rights, and the political polarisation that troubles the North in particular and the entire country in general.  We unequivocally condemn the brutal assault on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan on […]

  • Vanni survivors recount mass killings, rape in Headlines Today documentary

    In a world exclusive report aired Tuesday, India’s Headlines Today (HT) television broadcast eyewitness accounts of mass slaughter, the use of chemical weapons and cluster bombs, and torture, rape and sexual humiliation in internment camps by Sri Lanka’s military. The accounts were gathered inside Vanni from survivors of the catastrophic violence of 2009 by one […]

  • Fighting for press freedom in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Fighting for press freedom in Sri Lanka

    Sara Nics   “If you are not with the government, you become an instant traitor to the country. They said I should be killed; very clearly, they said I should be killed.” In his 30-year career as a reporter and editor in Sri Lanka, Sunanda Deshapriya says he was non-political, but his reporting on the 25-year […]

  • No One, in the US or Sri Lanka, Should Be Above the Law Read more >

    No One, in the US or Sri Lanka, Should Be Above the Law

    ”Whether committed by the US or Sri Lanka, by government officials or separatist groups, serious human rights abuses should be investigated and perpetrators held to account.”  by Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch In a report released last month Human Rights Watch called on the US government to launch criminal investigations into allegations of detainee abuse authorized […]

  • TNA is very justified in issuing an ultimatum on talks to the govt

     Sumanasiri LiyanageAt the time of writing, it appears that the talks between the UPFA government and the Tamil National Alliance are on the verge of collapse. It has been reported that the TNA wants the government to address some issues if the latter is willing to continue talks. The government’s argument varies.Some Ministers have said […]

  • US backs international mechanism to investigate Sri Lanka war crimes

    The United States on Monday called again for a “transparent accounting of Sri Lanka’s actions” during the final months of the island’s war. Addressing reporters State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the UN panel of experts is a mechanism “that should be taken advantage of” and that “an international mechanism to look at these is […]

  • Law Commission appointed after 18 months delay

    Susitha R. Fernando The newly appointed Law Commission which was appointed after a one and a half years delay is to give priority to some vital and controversial laws including the Freedom of Information Act, a senior Law Commission official said. Law Commission Secretary Ms. Lakshmi Gunasekera said 12 important draft laws including the Freedom […]

  • STF camps in all districts

    Supun DiasA Special Task Force (STF) camp will be set up in each of the country’s administrative districts on the orders of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to combat and tackle illegal activities which the police find difficult to handle, the STF Commandant said yesterday. “The setting up of camps is the first step by the […]

  • Call to publish report on FTZ clash

    Trade union leaders representing workers of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has called on the authorities to publish the report of the presidential commission that investigated recent unrest in the FTZ.President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed one-man commission chaired by retired judge Mahanama Thilakaratne after a young FTZ worker was shot dead by the police. The killing […]

  • Call For Land And Police Powers To PCs by ACMC

    An ally of the governing UPFA, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), has called for the devolution of land and police powers to the provinces.The ACMC is led by Industries Minister Rishard Bathiudeen. ACMC General Secretary Y.L.S. Hameed has told the media that the Muslim community was concerned over the central government handling all these […]

  • Gotabaya hits out at Jayalalitha .

    Mr  Rajapaksa also told Headlines Today that Sri Lankan would not devolve any more powers to the minorities in spite of the promises it made in the past.  “If they are interested in the welfare of (Tamil) people, it is useless calling for international investigation,” Rajapaksa said in an interview in Colombo. “What does that […]

  • Chennai Police ban hotel accommodation of Lankans

    Police in Chennai, South India have instructed hotels in the city not to accommodate pilgrims from Sri Lanka after two attacks on visitors from the island.The knee-jerk reaction by the police has led to pilgrims cancelling their plans to visit the Maha Bodhi Society in Chennai, Deccan Chronicle reports. “A few hotels and lodges in […]

  • Sampanthan insists TNA has not shut the door

    Rohan AbeywardenaTamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan in the aftermath of last Thursday’s somewhat tough stand taken with the government in giving it ten days to respond to the devolution proposals the TNA had put to the government about five months ago sat with The Island for a long interview and insisted that they had […]

  • Emergency likely to go from next month

     Kelum Bandara Fresh after the reiteration by India that Sri Lanka should do away with the state of emergency immediately, the government has decided to lift it from next month, a senior government minister said yesterday.Last week in Lok Sabha, India’s External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna, making a suo motu statement, said that he […]

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