President Rajapaksa

The Sihalaramaya Syndrome

“…superficial unity, which is the result of the denial or the sacrifice of differences”. Tagore (The One Nationalist Party) The regime reverted to business-as-usual literally on the day Navi Pillay... 
UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will address reports on Sri Lanka. (File photo)

Sri Lankan government heading towards dictatorship says HR chief Navi Pillay after fact finding visit

Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka Colombo, 31 August 2013 Good morning, and thank you for coming. As is customary... 
Colombo's court jester

Asinine sexist response to to UN official by Mervyn Silva: Married Minister willing to commit bigamy and marry Navi Pillay

Daily Mirror, TUESDAY, 27 AUGUST: The country’s maverick Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Courtesey : Tamil Broadcasti​ng Corporation TBC – United Kingdom Mervyn Silva said he was... 
UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will address reports on Sri Lanka. (File photo)

Navi Pillay is a Human Rights Fundamentalist says Dayan

This week will be a crucial week for Sri Lanka, or more precisely for the Government, as the woman seen as the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)... 
Gmini Dissanayake

Ghosts of 1994 hovering over Gamini’s son: Attempt on Mayantha’s ’s life

“Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” ~Thomas L. Holdcroft Gamini Dissanayake, one of the patriarchs of Sri Lanka’s modern day politics was a victim of... 
rajapakse and shiranthi

Planned introduction of religious censorship yet another measure of divide and rule, Rajapaksa-style

“Lies are believed amongst every race; And was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?” Abdallah al-Mar’arri (973-1057) Religious bigotry When Martin Wickremesinghe’s Bhavatharanaya was first... 
dayan j

Reflections on “Long War, Cold Peace”

“Sri Lanka faces a crisis of transition and transformation… Sri Lanka has been unable to make the transition from war to sustainable peace; from what I believe was fundamentally a just war to a... 
Ranil Wickramasinghe

The TNA the TGTE and the UNP

While it is by no means the place of a uniformed officer, however highly placed, decorated or both, to comment on the peaceful political conduct of members of parliament and/or of academics, the story... 
The tinpot dictator

The Lies They Tell Us

“The most alarming aspect of the video to me was the seemingly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have. They….seemed not to value human life…” Bradley Manning (Statement at the Trial – referring... 
Mannar

Sinhala colonization in Mannar and large scale militarization of civil administration

REPORTS FROM THE GROUND   Some staff members of the Sri Residents of Musali in the Mannar District have raised concerns over a ‘special resettlement’ programme in their area, under which 1,300... 
Samantha Power

UN must investigate the TGTE and its call to create an Independent State of Tamil Eelam

Let the memory of these dark days of Black July instill in us the conviction that the one and only means by which Tamils can reach a life of safety and dignity would be the creation of an independent State... 
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a staunch supporter of the venomous Bodhu Bala Sena  cuts the ribbon at an opening ceremony connected with the extremist group

Grandpass, and the tolerance of religious intolerance

At a recent press briefing the new Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya reportedly warned of attempts by the Tamil diaspora to tarnish the country’s image ahead of several important events —... 
Sri Lanka's State run media and sections of the Buddhist clergy reacted angrily to a US-led resolution passed in March 2012 demanding a war crimes probe and said the island had done well to go down fighting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.The state-run Daily News said the 24 nations which voted in favour of the resolution urging a credible investigation into alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka's battle against Tamil rebels in 2009 were being destructive. The countries that backed the resolution were making "a desperate attempt to disempower and undermine Sri Lanka and they are trying every trick in the bag to further this dark design," the Daily News said. (Photo shows a protesting monk)

Rethinking Patriotism; Re-imaging the Patriot

In honour of ‘Shanie’ (Lankanesan Nesiah) “There can be no patriotism without justice… As soon as the right of one individual is violated, the right of everyone is jeopardised”. - Georges Clemenceau In... 
Mangala Samaraweera

Opposition unity and the return of the uncle nephew party: Can Mangala work his magic of building alliances that matter for the beleaguered Ranil as he did for Mahinda

The assessment of the UNP The jury is no longer out on the UNP-led protest rally in Colombo last week and what it revealed about the state of Mangala Samaraweera that party. The Sunday Times (Colombo),... 
mahinda in sunglasses

Internal change is the best and maybe only hope

“The government’s strength as a political force is that it has within itself all shades of political opinion from within the ethnic majority Sinhalese community. It is dominated by leaders who... 



Issues

SRI LANKA: Lawyers appalled at killing peaceful protesters, urges government to control its armed forces

Responding to the brutal attack by the armed forces on Thursday (1st August) at Weliweriya, killing and injuring unarmed civilians demanding uncontaminated water, the Lawyers ...

Issues

Dr. P.Saravanamuttu -  “Progress also made with the rehabilitation of LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist movement] cadres, although there are reports that even after being released they are being questioned and face issues with regard to re-integration in the community,”

Sara sends stern letter to ITN over false news report

Letter to Independent Television Network (ITN)   Mr. Rosmand Senaratne, Chairman, Independent Television Network (ITN), Wickramasinghepura, Battaramulla.   16 July 2013   Dear Mr. Senaratne,   I am writing with reference to the Sinhala language 7 pm ...

Issues

UN High Commissioner for Human rights can now visit Sri Lanka with authority

“The significance of the US draft is the establishment of an international mechanism to monitor an internal process.” – Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s representative at the UN ...

Statements

Ashraf Nagar: The courageous struggle of peasants against the forcible land acquisition in Ampara District

A Statement by Women’s Action Network Ashraf Nagar’s inhabitants can trace back their history to 1952 when it consisted of the following small villages -Aalim Nagar, ...

Issues

Supreme Court complex overrun by defence personnel and surrounded by riot squads, CJ refused free speech

Status Report of the Lawyers Collective ISSUED ON 15th January 2013: 9.00 p.m. On 14th January, around 7.00 pm the Secretary to the President and DIG Anura Senanyaka  required ...

Issues

Government commences hate campaign against lawyers who opposed impeachment

Status Report of Lawyers Collective 14th January 2013 (9.00 p.m) The letter of removal of the Chief Justice was received by her on 13th January 2013. The President ...

Issues

Rajapaksa sends letter removing CJ as lawyers dig in their heels

“We salute the Chief Justice for her courage & She remains the Chief Justice” H.E President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s purported letter of removal has been received by ...

Appreciation

Obituary – Death of twin brother and sister

Death of twin brother and sister J. U’stice and T. Ruth, beloved twin children born to parents Lanka Raj and Lanka Rani, beloved nephew and niece ...

News

Judges require protection: Public urges government to respect court decisions

9th January 2013, 1.00 p.m: 1. On 8th January 2013 the leaders of the Opposition Political Parties wrote to the Speaker and protested against the decision ...

News

UNDP withdraws sponsorship of Judges Conference due to ministerial interference

The UNDP has withdrawn its sponsorship of the annual judges conference due to politically motivated decision by the Social Integration Ministry. Lawyers said the Ministry had ...