Sri Lanka Brief


  • International unity on criticism of Sri Lanka’s conduct: Armitage

     [TamilNet] Expressing dismay at the “chauvinistic attitude” of the Sri Lankan state, former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Friday the international community was united in its criticism of Sri Lanka’s conduct in the north and east and that SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be welcomed internationally unless conditions there improved.“I […]

  • LTTE leaders tried to surrender through Basil, says Norway

    An evaluation report by Norway of its peace efforts in Sri Lanka between 1997 and 2009 has named presidential advisor and Minister Basil Rajapaksa as the person through whom the LTTE leadership tried to negotiate a last-minute surrender deal before the entire hierarchy of the group was killed in May, 2009.“In the night between May […]

  • Pawns of Peace: Evaluation of Norwegian Peace Efforts in Sri Lanka

    Jonathan Goodhand and Bart Klem and Gunnar SorboNorwegian peace efforts in Sri Lanka have been the subject of heated debate and controversy, ever since they became public in December 1999. This debate has spawned many different stories about Norway’s involvement in Sri Lanka, some of them very critical. The evaluation entitled “Pawns of Peace”, which […]

  • TNA defends talks with US

     AYESHA ZUHAIR The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday strongly defended its decision to hold political discussions with US State Department officials in Washington and said the TNA delegation had not discussed anything that had not already been stated by the party publicly in Sri Lanka.In an interview with Daily Mirror TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said, […]

  • Sri Lanka court stays war-zone new land registration process

    (LBO) – A controversial new way to register land in Sri Lanka’s former war zones outside established procedure has been stayed by the island’s Court of Appeal with the state also not objecting, lawyers said.  In July 2011, Sri Lanka’s Commissioner General of Lands had issued a circular Regulating the Activities Regarding Management of Lands […]

  • Families search for thousands of missing victims from brutal war

    Andrew Buncombe His name was Abi, he was six, and the last his family glimpsed of him was in the frenzied moments after deadly shells struck close to the bunker where they had been sheltering. His sisters were gravely injured, his mother too, and the young boy put his arm around her. “Mother,” he sobbed […]

  • TNA travel to the USA viewed with hostility by the Mahinda Administration

     Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne This government is going along the path of destruction; that is looking from the side of the poor and the proletariat. Prices are rising, while incomes of workers are not rising to compensate for inflation. In reality, people have become poorer, as their buying power is becoming less and less.Art, music, drama and […]

  • Court criticised for backing Tamil deportations

    Refugee agencies have blasted a ruling by a Swiss federal court backing the repatriation of rejected asylum seekers to post-civil-war Sri Lanka. The Federal Administrative Court said despite existing human rights concerns it was still safe to send asylum seekers back to all but one area of Sri Lanka – thereby upholding a decision made […]

  • Sri Lanka to make post-war report public – foreign minister

     Sri Lanka will make public its report into the end of the civil war with the Tamil Tigers, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, seeking to allay concerns in the West, which has in the past pushed for an international probe into war crimes allegations. Seven diplomats, from Western nations, India and others, have told Reuters […]

  • Chelvanayakam statue decapitated in Trincomalee

    The statue of Thanthai Chelva (SJV Chelvanayakam) located near the Sivan Temple at Thirugnaanasampanthar Street in Trincomalee was decapitated on Sunday night. People who were enraged to notice the desecration on Monday morning placed a cloth on the headless statue. Local people suspect genocidal elements occupying Trincomalee for timing the act, when the Tamil National […]

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    Sri Lanka and the death of Muammar Gaddafi

    Sunanda Deshapriya Muammar Gaddafi was captured alive and killed thereafter. This is a fact that no one contests today. Even the killer himself accepted the responsibility in front of a mobile camera.  Once any individual is captured, in spite of the crimes allegedly committed by the person, whether victim or perpetrator,  due process and the […]

  • Limited progress made on Commonwealth human rights reforms

    ”A new human rights commissioner — the lynchpin of the reform report — is no longer needed in the form recommended, said Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth’s secretary general.  That’s because a ministerial management group has been given new powers to enforce human rights abuses.” Bruce CheadleCommonwealth leaders have agreed to develop “one clear, powerful statement” […]

  • CHOGM 2011: Fifteen nations help GoSL defeat Canada’s anti-Lanka move

    Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka had thwarted an attempt by a minute section of the Commonwealth and the LTTE to humiliate Sri Lanka, at the CHOGM 2011, External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said yesterday. Addressing the Sri Lankan media at the conclusion of the three-day biennial in Perth, Prof. Peiris said that Sri Lanka faced […]

  • Vote of Confidence in Sri Lanka

    The triple diplomatic triumph achieved by Sri Lanka at the just concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, is a veritable Vote of Confidence in this country by the majority of Commonwealth countries, and constitutes a high moment in this country’s international relations.External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, who is quoted extensively […]

  • TNA leaders meet U.S., U.N. officials

    ”According to TNA leader M.A. Sumanthiran, after May 2009, the defence forces have occupied more than 7,000 sq km of land owned by Tamil people. There is one member of the armed forces for approximately every 10 civilians in the Jaffna Peninsula. ”R. K. Radhakrishnan Even as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and its diplomatic […]

  • Some nations may boycott CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka: Rudd

    Natasha Chaku  Disclosing that the next meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) will go ahead in Sri Lanka in 2013, Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd today said some nations may boycott it. “It will be a matter for individual governments how they then view matters unfolding in Sri Lanka between now and when […]

  • Ban stresses importance of accountability as Sri Lanka recovers from civil war

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war. Mr. Ban stressed the point during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights. The meeting […]

  • Defence Secretary warns of LTTE re-emergence

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse has emphasized that no room should be left to nullify the freedom accorded to the country by the war heroes by eliminating tiger terrorism. He has said that pro-LTTE elements are still attempting to spread wrong opinions within the country and re-group once again.  He has emphasized that these attempts should […]

  • National Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Rights and Accountability in Sri Lanka

    ”The physical and emotional pain that has been handed down through generations in Sri Lanka during the last five decades has mainly been the inevitable outcomes of past policies followed by the successive governments, based on discrimination and social exclusion. The players, particularly parties to the conflict, have continued their unceasing confrontational politics. The current […]

  • There is something rotten going on in Sri Lanka

    Robert MuggahThere is something rotten going on in Sri Lanka. More than two years after comprehensively dispensing with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam (LTTE), the government is at risk of losing the peace. Rather than reducing the presence of the armed forces in occupied areas and promoting a peaceful transition, the government is instead […]

  • SLN imposes pass system to fishermen in Jaffna lagoon

    The occupying Sri Lanka Navy in Jaffna has again introduced pass system for fishermen engaging in fishing in the Jaffna lagoon, fishing community leaders in Jaffna csaid. During the recent election campaign in the North, the SLgovernment had annonced that it was withdrawing the pass system which has been in practice for several years. However, […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • Sinhalese given lands in Tamil villages in East under Mahaweli Scheme: TNA MP

    TamilNetThirty Sinhalese families have been allocated lands under the Mahaweli Development Land Distribution Scheme in a traditional Tamil village Oamadiyaamadu located in Koa’ralaippattu North DS division in Batticaloa district. This planned land grab in Batticaloa district is being carried out on the direction of Colombo government led by SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa.To a plea not […]

  • Protest in Vavuniya  ( by TNA against sinhalisation ) Read more >

    Protest in Vavuniya ( by TNA against sinhalisation )

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and several other Tamil parties have commenced a protest in Vavuniya focusing on three main issues.,Vauniya MP Sivasakthi Anandan said that the protest began this morning and will continue till evening today. New Assistant Government Agent Divisions (AGAD) are being created within the Welioya AGAD in the Mullaitivu District and […]

  • Early solution, only answer to Tamils’ problems, Ranjan Mathai told

    A Sri Lankan Tamil party delegation today (Oct. 10) impressed upon visiting Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai that finding an early solution to the ethnic question will be the only answer to many serious issues faced by their community.V. Anadasangaree, D. Siddharthan and T. Sritharan representing the Tamil United Liberation Front, PLOTE and EPRLF Pathmanabha […]

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