Sri Lanka Brief


  • French push to pursue probe on killing of 17 Aid workers .

    The French Embassy has taken fresh diplomatic initiatives  in pursuing the case regarding the killing of 17 workers attached to the French branch of the international aid agency called ‘Action against Hunger’ in August, 2006 in Muttur, informed sources said.The Daily Mirror learns that French Ambassador Ms. Christine Robichon met the Attorney General to discuss […]

  • ‘Shape karala ganna puluwan’ (Can fix it) plan of Govt failed in Geneva

    Dr. Paikiasothy SaravanamuttuThe reaction of the Rajapaksa regime to the successful US resolution at the Human Rights Council makes out the resolution to be, in effect, the first defeat suffered by the regime, its feeble efforts at damage limitation notwithstanding. Needless to say it should not have come to this.What passed for policy was “shy-making” […]

  • NGO conspiracy to create anarchy – Minister Sirisena

    Health Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena yesterday exposed a major conspiracy involving Non Governmental Organisations to create anarchy in the country by launching a spate of strikes in the public sector during the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Minister Sirisena said that the government has received reliable information that […]

  • ICG reports detail the militarisation in Sri Lanka’s North

    The Brussels-based think tank, the International Crisis Group (ICG), released two reports on March 16—Sri Lanka’s North 1: The Denial Of Minority Rights, and Sri Lanka’s North II Rebuilding Under The Military—that expose the extent of the permanent military occupation of the country’s Northern Province after the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil […]

  • The International Commission of Jurists welcomes key Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka

    Geneva, Switzerland – The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) welcomes the resolution of the Human Rights Council adopted today on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.The resolution urges the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of a report issued last November by the Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), a […]

  • Sri Lanka government threatens peace with minority group: rights group

    [JURIST] The Sri Lankan government is threatening peace with the minority Tamils in the Northern Province, the International Crisis Group [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday. The report states that the Sinhala majority is encroaching on Tamil land, and the government maintains an excessive military presence in the province. A 25-year civil war between Sri […]

  • Rights group details claim of Sri Lanka detention abuses

    Keith Herting Sri Lanka is employing “unlawful detentions” against many of its citizens, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday. The report [text, PDF] claims that detainees are subject to torture and even extrajudicial executions, often under laws designed to combat terrorism. AI claims that little has changed since the end of the government’s 26-year […]

  • Hundreds detained illegally in Sri Lanka: Amnesty

    Sri Lanka is illegally holding hundreds of detainees who are vulnerable to torture and executionCOLOMBO — Sri Lanka is illegally holding hundreds of detainees who are vulnerable to torture and execution, Amnesty International said Tuesday in a report urging UN support for a probe into alleged war crimes. The 63-page document entitled “Locked away: Sri […]

  • Geneva: NGO Blitzkrieg starts Tuesday

    The American representative to the UN Human Rights Council Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero spoke at the HRC on Friday last week, and there was no talk about a resolution being brought against Sri Lanka by the USA. What she said about Sri Lanka was that “We know […]

  • No justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka: HRW

    The Sri Lankan government has failed to advance justice and accountability for victims of the country’s 25-year-old armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said Monday. While Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north and east became more open after the Tamil Tigers were crushed, the government had deepened repression of basic freedoms throughout the country, it said in its […]

  • Western diplomatic missions in conspiracy

    Several western diplomatic missions in Colombo are plotting to create anarchy in the country, alleges minister Wimal Weerawansa. These diplomatic missions are working to show to the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva that there is lawlessness in Sri Lanka, he told the opening of a housing scheme for soldiers at Hettimulla in Kegalle […]

  • NGOs welcome U.S. stand to take Sri Lanka to task at UNHRC meet

    Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The global human rights community on Friday welcomed the U.S. call for action to bring to book those responsible for crimes against humanity committed in the final months of the war in Sri Lanka.Concluding a three-day trip to the island nation, U.S. Under Secretary of State Maria Otero confirmed […]

  • C 4 video : Sri Lanka Army inquiry a delaying tactic – HRW

    The Sri Lankan army’s announcement that it had appointed a five-member court of inquiry to investigate allegations that its forces committed serious violations of the laws of war appears to be another government delaying tactic in the face of mounting international pressure, Human Rights Watch said today.The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva is […]

  • Attack on Viluthugal Office and the Hidden Truths

    There exists a direct connection between  the attack on the Viluthugal office at 3, Torrington Avenue, Colombo 7 and the Sri Lankan army intelligence, according to the  GTN intelligence reporter.  This is evident from a dialogue the reporter had with an officer who is connected with the defense sector. The particular officer when talking to […]

  • Government to sustain law and order , minister attack FMM

    * ‘Unpatriotic elements who depend on NGO dollars trying to create problems’ * ‘People lending fullest support to government to continue development activities’ The government is well equipped and ready to face any challenge posed by disruptive elements who are attempting to create a conflict situation in the country, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. Addressing […]

  • International responses to the LLRC Report

    Dr. Kumar David  – Assessing how the international community is reacting, the LLRC Report is the strategic key for the regime. For the government, what the locals think is irrelevant. Not only Rajapaksa and his ministers but just about everybody in the country knows and has known for a long time how to reconcile with […]

  • Tamil polity and LLRC report

     The report of the LLRC would count as amongst the most important public documents that investigates and analyses the causes of the ethnic conflict and problems of governance in the country. However, the TNA’s preliminary statement on it echoed that of international human rights organizations which strongly critiqued and rejected the LLRC report. Earlier they […]

  • Implementing LLRC report in New Year will be the challenge

     Jehan Perera – The 388-page report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission appears to be earning more bouquets than brickbats. Even one of the government’s foremost critics, the International Crisis Group, has noted its positive contribution to affirming principles of good governance and a political solution to the ethnic conflict. However, it has expressed […]

  • Govt. ready to act on RW’s call for NGO probe

    Shamindra Ferdinando In the wake of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s unprecedented claim that a German NGO had thrown its financial weight behind those seeking to oust him from the party leadership, the government is now contemplating a comprehensive inquiry into NGO activity.Although the government initiated an inquiry early this year on three recipients of over Rs. […]

  • LLRC report reflects a shift of thinking which calls for a break with the past of post war nationalism

    Jehan Perera  The initial reaction to the long awaited report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission from the international human rights organizations was one of rejection.  They expressed their lack of satisfaction with the commission’s findings, some even going to the extent of calling it a white wash’.Their response would have been shaped […]

  • Rajapakse accepts Court summons, asks US to confer immunity

    [TamilNet]After avoiding service for more than 9 months, and despite statements by Colombo that Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse is not answerable to US Courts, Rajapakse-appointed counsel from the lobby firm of Patton Boggs filed a motion with the District Court of District of Columbia for “enlargement of time to respond to the complaint” related […]

  • Sri Lanka: Report Fails to Advance Accountability

     The report of the Sri Lankan government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) disregards the worst abuses by government forces, rehashes longstanding recommendations, and fails to advance accountability for victims of Sri Lanka’s civil armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The serious shortcomings of the 388-page report, which was posted on a government website […]

  • Nun cleared of Sri Lanka ‘baby farm’ allegations

     (AP) — A Roman Catholic nun from Mother Teresa’s charity who had been accused of running a “baby farm” has been cleared by a Sri Lankan court of any potential charges.Judge Yvonne Fernando discharged Sister Mary Eliza on Thursday without presenting charges. Eliza, from Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity, was arrested last month […]

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