Sri Lanka Brief


  • JVP dissident from Jaffna missing since yesterday

     (Srilankamirror )- Jaffna organizer of the Movement for People’s Struggle formed by the JVP dissidents and another member are missing since last evening. The JVP dissidents formed a new movement called the Movement for People’s Struggle and a press conference was held in Jaffna yesterday. The movement was to be launched today.Lalith Kumar Veeraraj, the […]

  • Underworld operative kidnappe

    (Srilankamirror) – A man said to be a leading underworld operative in Thalawathugoda has been kidnapped. Police sources said along with two of his accomplices, the man nicknamed ‘Sudda’ was abducted at Athurugiriya. At the time, they had been carrying firearms. The man has several murder and robbery cases against him SLM

  • High profile money lender abducted .

    A 55 year old businessman who was known to be a high profile money lender in Kotahena had been abducted this morning resulting in protests in the area, the police said. The incident had taken place in the Jampatah Lane when the victim known as ‘Christopher’ was abducted by an unidentified gang who came in […]

  • Latest abduction suspicion on Govt

    Ruwan Chandimal Depp was abducted by a group claimed to be policemen, says his wife Police in Sri Lanka said that the family of an alleged underworld figure lodged a complaint over his abduction. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana told BBC Sandeshaya that police in Warakapola has received the complaint of the abduction of Ruwan Chandimal […]

  • University student missing in Jaffna

    [TamilNet] A student of the University of Jaffna, 27-year-old Vetharaniyam Latheesh, was missing after he left the gents hostel (Balasingham Hostel) of the University of Jaffna in Thirunelveali by 6:45 pm, Sunday evening. The student, studying at the Siddha Medicine department of the university located at Kaithadi, and used to stay in the hostel there, […]

  • Former AG ‘misled UN’ says FMM

    ‘Mr Jayantha had denied that he ever made a statement requesting investigations to be stopped’ A media watchdog in Sri Lanka has accused the government of misleading the United Nations over the plight of missing and tortured media personnel.The Free Media Movement (FMM) says the former attorney general (AG) Mohan Peiris, who represented Sri Lanka […]

  • Abducted fish trader returns home

    The police are probing to track down the person who was behind the abduction of the prominent fish trader in Dematagoda and Peliyagoda, allegedly by two men in camouflage military uniforms. He returned home on Wednesday night. Lalith Kumara was assaulted by the unidentified masked men and they robbed cash and jewellery he possessed at […]

  • Abductors wore military type uniforms

    Norman PalihawadanaChairman of the Dematagoda Traders’ Union, Lalith Gunaratne yesterday said that his abductors had seized Rs. 60,000 he had in his possession along with two gold rings.  Gunaratne said, “The gang comprised four persons. They wore military-type uniforms. They dragged me into freezer truck, tied my hands and blindfolded me.They interrogated me regarding my […]

  • Tracing Sri Lanka’s missing children Read more >

    Tracing Sri Lanka’s missing children

     Devi Selvaratnam holds up a photograph of her son Sivakajan Mel Gunasekera | AFP Two and a half years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody ethnic conflict, hundreds of families displaced by the war are still engaged in a fraught, exhausting search for missing children.  Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians were caught […]

  • The disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda: GOSL should prove former AG’s statement to the Committee against Torture – FMM Read more >

    The disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda: GOSL should prove former AG’s statement to the Committee against Torture – FMM

    Press release/ 14.11.2011 The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses its serious concern on the statement made by the former Attorney- General Mr. Mohan Pieris that the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL)  has confirmed information of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda  living in a foreign country as a political refugee. Mr. Pieris is presently the senior legal adviser […]

  • Priests want monument for the disappeared demolished

    We are writing to bring to your notice an action by some priests, namely, Rev. Father Prasad Perera the Parish priest of of the church at Raddoluwa Junction and Fr. SriLal Manoj Perera, the Bishop’s property caretaker, who were accompanied by a lawyer made a request to the Seeduwa Police to demolish the monument for […]

  • UNSG appoint Thoraya Obaid to review UN failures in Sri Lanka’s war

    BNO News UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) — The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday announced that its report indicating that both government and rebel forces committed war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil has been sent to the human rights body for review. A UN three-member panel found credible reports that both Government forces and the rebel […]

  • Tamil Mothers: Help us find our children

    Melani Manel PereraThe appeal launched for the World Day of the disappeared. The women are asking the government to investigate a case without looking at ethnicity or religion. With 12 thousand missing persons, Sri Lanka is the second country with the highest number of disappearances in the world.  “Help us to find our children, without […]

  • Who Killed Razeek? Read more >

    Who Killed Razeek?

    Funeral of Pattani Razeek Mr. Pattani Razeek’s case is a rare instance where the body of a disappeared person has been found, based on information given by arrested suspects. The arrest of key suspects is itself a rare occurrence in the thousands of disappearance cases in Sri Lanka. It is even more unusual that people […]

  • Sri Lankan protest over ‘disappeared Read more >

    Sri Lankan protest over ‘disappeared

    Charles HavilandWeeping parents have been demonstrating in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, asking what has become of close family members who have disappeared.(More photos at the end )The protesters gathered on a hot street corner near the town hall. Most of those grieving were Tamil and from the former war areas of north and east […]

  • Disappered human rights activist’s body exhumed Read more >

    Disappered human rights activist’s body exhumed

    This morning,(28, July) the police exhumed the remains of the body suspected to be of disappeared human rights activist , Pattani Razeek, who was the Managing Trustee of Community Trust Fund (CTF) and Executive Committee member of FORUM-ASIA, and disappeared on 11th February 2011.Based on information provided by one of the arrested suspects, Mr. Ismail […]

  • 14-year-old boy taken for anti-UN demonstration reported missing

    A 14-year-old student of Yarltan College in Kaarainakar, Jaffna, Thiruchelvan Kajeethan, who was enticed by the EPDP and taken to Colombo to participate in the anti-UN panel report demonstration that took place on May Day, is so far missing. The parents of the grade-6 student, disappointed in getting a reply from the EPDP have approached […]

  • Rajiva: UN expert panel copied from Weiss’s book, Channel 4 documentary

    Speaking on BBC’s HardTalk program Tuesday, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, advisor to the Sri Lankan President on reconciliation, claimed the UN panel of experts’ report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes had “taken stuff, some of it verbatim” from former UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss’s recently published book, and from Channel 4’s recent documentary. When asked why the […]

  • Examining the reasons for the absence of outrage

    by Basil FernandoIn my earlier short essay titled Replacing investigations with gossip, I tried to point to the absence of outrage against forced disappearances in Sri Lanka, which I ended by saying that there must be some cultural for such an attitude. In this second short essay I venture to look into what that cultural […]

  • Looking for their lost loved ones Read more >

    Looking for their lost loved ones

    Parents of disappeared Tamil youth staged a protest before the Fort Railway station last evening urging the authorities to release details of the political prisoners while urging their release. Seen in the pictures are the tearful parents holding photographs of their missing children and placards depicting details of them.for more photos: DM

  • Families demand info on Sri Lankans said abducted Read more >

    Families demand info on Sri Lankans said abducted

    June 30, 2011 / By KRISHAN FRANCIS, Associated PressHundreds of people protested Thursday demanding to know the whereabouts of their family members abducted by “white van squads” allegedly operated by the Sri Lankan government during the height of the country’s civil war.The protesters said they have not heard from their sons or husbands since they […]

  • Murdered Jaffna man was previously abducted Read more >

    Murdered Jaffna man was previously abducted

    28 June 2011The man who was murdered and found hanging from a goalpost at a playground in Valikamam, Jaffna had been, on a previous occasion, abducted, but managed to escape from his kidnappers.Identified as 30-year-old Balachandrean Satkurunadan, the resident of Achchuveli had been born at Mailady.It is believed that he was abducted and murdered, and […]

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