Sri Lanka Brief


  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2012 : Sri Lanka Read more >


    ”Sri Lanka continued to rely on security laws and a military apparatus that perpetuated human rights violations. It resisted efforts to increase official transparency when it blocked an opposition sponsored Right to Information Bill in June. The country remained prone to political violence, and efforts at ethnic reconciliation made little progress.” THE STATE OF THE […]

  • Sri Lanka: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 Read more >

    Sri Lanka: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011

     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was reelected to a second six-year term in January 2010, and the parliament, which was elected in April 2010, share constitutional power. The government is dominated by the president’s family; two of the president’s brothers hold key executive branch posts as defense secretary […]

  • Jaffna  UNI Student Union Secretary attacked Read more >

    Jaffna UNI Student Union Secretary attacked

    Tharshananth in hospital The University of Jaffna Student’s Union Secretary Tharshananth was attacked by four unidentified men at Kalatty, Jaffna today.  Tharshananth was attacked at around 8.30 am while he was on his way to the university today.   He was taken to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital soon after the attack and he is undergoing […]

  • Sampanthan slams President for silence over arrests in East Read more >

    Sampanthan slams President for silence over arrests in East

    TNA leader R. Sampanthan yesterday urged the government to explain the circumstances leading to a series of arrests in the Eastern Province, particularly in the Trincomalee District.  An irate Trincomalee District MP accused the government of failing to respond to a letter he had recently written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The TNA veteran was speaking to […]

  • FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka Read more >

    FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka

    The human rights picture in Sri Lanka in 2011 was mixed. The Sri Lankan government continued to focus on post-conflict reconstruction, including the resettlement of civilians displaced during the 30-year civil war, and has made progress reintegrating former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters back into society. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) […]

  • The Kumara saga: Govt.’s credibility further eroded

     Sunday Times Political Editor Most Sri Lankans enjoying the Avurudu festivities may be unaware that the country’s security establishment has been preoccupied for weeks now about the changing political firmament.  The cause — as exclusively revealed in the Sunday Times of September 18 last year and for weeks thereafter — was the split in the […]

  • Teenager complains to SC of brutal police assault

    A 17-year-old youth, from Girimallegoda, Galle, has complained to the Supreme Court that on August 23, 2011, he was arrested without a reason and beaten brutally, by some officers of the Thelikala Police station.The petitioner, P. Suranjith Saranga, said that the police had taken him around the area in a three wheeler, and introduced him […]

  • Sri Lanka: Conviction Under The Torture Act

    On January 26, 2012, the former OIC of Polpithigama Police was convicted under the torture Act by the High Court of Kurunegala. Wijeratne, the former OIC of Polpithigama Police Station, was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment and was ordered to pay Rs. 25,000/- as compensation to Sujith Priyantha, torture victim.On July 29, 2003, Wijeratne, […]

  • Kadirgamar murder suspect ‘tortured’

    The main suspect in the murder of Sri Lankan Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar informed courts that he was tortured while in police custody to extract a confession.Muththiah Sagayadevan told the high court in Colombo on Thursday that police officers assaulted him demanding to ‘tell the truth’. The suspect named two police officers. One policeman […]

  • White Van abductee ‘tortured in police’

    Suspect says he was abducted by a group but later turned up at a police detention centre . A Tamil Tiger suspect in Sri Lanka has detailed in the court the alleged torture in police custody after being abducted by a white van.Thyagarajah Prabhakaran, 24, a resident of Puttalam, in a petition to the Supreme […]

  • LLRC ignores torture and evades accountability – Freedom form Torture

    ”The remarkable failure to acknowledge at all, let alone address, widespread use of torture by the Sri Lankan authorities – either during or following the conflict – makes a mockery of the Commission’s objective to promote reconciliation by recognising the losses and suffering of the past. Either the Commission has chosen to paper over any […]

  • Deported Tamils ‘face torture’ on return to Sri Lanka

    Up to 50 passengers heading to Sri Lanka on a UK Border Agency forced-removals flight risk being tortured on their return, human rights organisations have warned. The flight, which will depart on Thursday afternoon from an as yet undisclosed British airport, is expected to go ahead despite new evidence of recent alleged mistreatment by Sri […]

  • Tamil prisoners on hunger strike

    Prisoners say they were stripped naked before taken out and assaulted At least 65 Tamil prisoners in Anuradhapura are on a hunger strike seeking proper protection.The prisoners have launched a protest after being assaulted by the prison officials on Sunday, former Jaffna district parliamentarian MK Sivajilingam told BBC Sandeshaya. Most of the prisoners subjected to […]

  • Lawyers prevented from visiting beaten up Tamil prisoners – Udul

    (Srilankamirror) – Lawyers were prevented from meeting the 65 Tamil inmates at Anuradhapura Prison, who were reportedly beaten up yesterday (Nov. 27).  A team of lawyers and representatives of the organization ‘We Are Sri Lankans’ tried to meet them today. The organization’s representative Udul Premaratne said the prisoners were stripped and beaten up, but no one […]

  • Treatment for Fonseka: Anoma seeks court order .

    Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s wife Anoma said yesterday she would need a new court directive to ensure that her husband received medical treatment in hospital after the authorities had not permitted him to get such treatment recently.“We tried to get our lawyers to intervene to get my husband to hospital but the authorities didn’t […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • GOSL before CAT: Tissa Denies Mohan’s Claims

    Raisa Wickrematunge- Senior Tamil journalist J. S Tissainayagam denied allegations that he “admitted his complicity” to an offence in order to gain a Presidential pardon. The allegation was made on November 9, when a delegation led by Presidential Counsel and Senior Legal Adviser to the Cabinet Mohan Pieris answered questions raised by the Committee Against […]

  • CAT: Three particularly worrying trends in GOSL report – Flice Gaer, rapporteur for the report of Sri Lanka

    ”However, the Committee had received extensive allegations of torture and ill-treatment, ranging from ordinary corners of the country to the centre of the conflict zone. The allegations included cases of disappeared persons, acts of cruelty and ill treatment by the police, harassment of humanitarian workers, human rights lawyers, journalists and ordinary persons, of secret detention […]

  • Sri Lankan army deserters granted amnesty

    (UPI) — Sri Lanka is granting what amounts to amnesty to 60,000 army soldiers who deserted during the island nation’s 30-year civil war against Tamil separatists. The deserters will be “de-listed,” army spokesman Brig. Nihal Hapuarachchi said.“These are soldiers who had deserted their ranks since 1982. Soldiers who had not reported back to service are […]

  • Sri Lanka pledges legal reforms to UN

    Promising legal reforms to the United Nations, senior legal advisor to Sri Lanka cabinet, Mohan Pieris told the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) that Sri Lanka is resorted to the option that promotes reconciliation. “The government deliberately and consciously shows the route of restorative justice providing option to get punished or rehabilitated” Mr.Pieris said. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Shavendra raises immunity defense to escape torture charges

    Sri Lanka’s Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and ex-Major General in Sri Lankan Army (SLA), Shavendra Silva, has invoked Article-31 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Immunity as his defense to war-crimes charges leveled against him by two Tamil plaintiffs in the District Court of Southern District of New York (Case 11 Civ. […]

  • Sri Lanka –  Committee against Torture (CAT);  A glance at the recommendations of the alternative reports Read more >

    Sri Lanka – Committee against Torture (CAT); A glance at the recommendations of the alternative reports

    Recommendations are the most important section of all alternative reports that have been submitted to the CAT.  These recommendations represent a summary the expectations and bench marks for the campaign to stop torture in Sri Lanka. The four reports submitted by following organisations include comprehensive set of recommendations. the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the […]

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