Sri Lanka Brief


  • UN CAT to GOSL: take immediate measures to investigate all acts of torture and punish;consider an international investigatory body to fellow up LLRC report

    ‘‘Notwithstanding the new circumstances prevailing since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the end of the military conflict that has consumed the country for nearly 30 years, and the State party’s public commitment to the Committee that it has a zero-tolerance policy on torture as a matter of State policy […]

  • MR warns of post-war threats to national security

    Shamindra FerdinandoPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday (22) said that some of the self-styled human rights champions had the audacity to call the killing of hardcore LTTE terrorist Thamilselvan in a SriLanka Air Force raid an attack on the peace process.Such criticism was part of their strategy to force Sri Lanka to call off its battle […]

  • Restriction of Content on the Internet in Sri Lanka

    a. Arbitrary blocking or filtering of contentDuring the latter part of the war, websites that purported to provide alternative coverage on the war were blocked. From June 2007, allegedly on the orders of the Sri Lankan government, all Internet service providers in Sri Lanka blocked users from being able to access the website The […]

  • Sri Lanka: Call To Prosecute Security Agents Involved In Torture

    Eurasia ReviewSri Lanka is not credibly investigating torture, Amnesty International said on the eve of a review by the UN Committee Against Torture into the country.  In its briefing to the UN committee, Amnesty International, working closely with Sri Lankan human rights defenders, documented a persistent pattern of torture of detainees and a culture of […]

  • SRI LANKA Report 2010: Observatory for the protection of human rights defenders

    Political context Restrictions on freedoms of association and peaceful assembly in the north of the country  Serious reprisals against human rights defenders seeking accountability for human rights violations Slandering campaigns against human rights defenders and NGOs In 2010 and until April 2011, freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression remained significantly hindered in Sri Lanka, […]

  • Commonwealth values put to test by Sri Lanka

     Salil Shetty Australia takes over leadership of the Commonwealth group of nations at CHOGM this week. But whatever legacy it hopes to leave from its two years at the helm, there is one that can only tarnish its record.After Australia’s term, a Government accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and numerous human rights violations […]

  • 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 […]

  • ‘We see little being done by this government to listen to its people’

    Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Project Director and Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group speaks to Daily Mirror on its motives for screening the controversial Channel 4 documentary,’Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ in the European Parliament, the LLRC process and Sri Lanka’s process of peace.  Q: What was the ICG’s motive for organising the screening of the controversial […]

  • High-powered confab want NGO’s out of schools

    Politicians, education officers and school principals who met in Talawakele today to discuss the measures that should be taken to safeguard school children in the wake of a bad case of food poisoning which left nearly 500 school-children sick and in need of medical attention on Sunday (16), had decided not to allow any NGO […]

  • Court dismisses CPA rights petition

     S.S. SELVANAYAGAM  The Supreme Court refused to grant leave to proceed with the rights petition of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) on the impugned five PTA regulations as a whole. The Bench comprising Chief Justice Shirani A. Bandaranayake, Justices P.A. Ratnayake and Priyasath Dep dismissed the petition without cost. The Centre for Policy Alternatives […]

  • JOINT ALTERNATIVE REPORT from the Sri Lankan NGO Collective to the Committee Against Torture

    ”This joint report is submitted to the Committee against Torture (“the Committee”) in response to the Committee’s list of issues to be considered during the examination of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Sri Lanka (CAT/C/LKA/3-4).  ”   14 October 2011 Contents ABBREVIATIONS. 3 I.        Introduction. 1 II.       Context. 3 III.     Definition of […]

  • Present LLRC and UNSG reports to 2012 March session for discussion – coalition of NGOs

    1.  Acknowledges the President’s receipt of the Secretary-General’s correspondence dated 12 September 2011; 2.       Invites both the government of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General to present to the Council at its 19th regular session in March 2012 their undertaken activities with respect to the implementation of the joint communiqué, including the findings of the LLRC. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Truth and Accountability: The Last Stages of the War in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Truth and Accountability: The Last Stages of the War in Sri Lanka

    Doyen of Sri Lanka ’s civil society intellectuals sharply criticizes the Darusman Report  Godfrey Gunatilleke, one of Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s most respected intellectuals, a distinguished former civil servant, and founder of the country’s oldest independent think-tank, the MARGA Institute, made a sharply critical evaluation of the UNSG’s advisory Panel Report in an extended […]

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    SRI LANKA: War report a step forward, say activists

    Thousands of civilians died in the conflict Sri Lankan rights activists say the Defence Ministry report released on 1 August, acknowledging for the first time civilian deaths in the final days of the war, is a step forward, but caution that much depends on the government’s next move. “It’s a step in the right direction, […]

  • PSC’s observations on selected NGOs

    July 3, 2011/by C.A.ChandrapremaIn the course of their deliberations, the Parliamentary Select Committee on NGOs made certain observations on selected organisations which we publish below. It should be borne in mind that the interim report of the PSC on NGOs was signed by the UPFA, the UNP and the JVPNational Peace CouncilIt is reported that […]

  • Troubled NGO taken over Read more >

    Troubled NGO taken over

    By Hiran Priyankara JayasingheThe NGO Secretariat which comes under the Defence Ministry has named an interim body to take control of a non-governmental organisation plagued with allegations of corruption and malpractice.The three member interim body comprises Brigader Jayashantha Gamage, Brigade Commander of the 143 Division in Puttalam, Assistant District Secretary W.A.R. Wickremesinghe and an accountant […]

  • Keep quiet and carry on

    A crackdown precedes a new report on the end of the civil war SRI LANKA’S government has got its retaliation in first. On April 12th a panel of experts delivered a report to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, assessing whether war crimes were committed when the nation’s army bloodily won a long-running civil war against […]

  • Hack Attack!

    Dr. P. Saravanamutthu Over the last so many weeks and still continuing, there have been a number of critical reports on the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA)- the election monitoring body of which CPA serves as the Secretariat, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (MEV), in particular – the National Peace Council (NPC), and Transparency […]

  • SRI LANKA: Persecuting of NGOS under the pretext of prosecutions

    These days there is considerable discussion about investigations into some NGOs in Sri Lanka. The president himself is talking in public about this issue and already implying that there is some kind of wrong doing on the part of some NGOs. This has also been followed by several media channels. Therefore some simple reflections on […]

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