Monthly Archives: February 2012


EU regrets questions raised in UN expert panel report not reflected in home grown LLRC report

Brussels, 23 February 2012: The EU believes that the end of the conflict has offered a historic opportunity to achieve a peaceful and stable future for the people of Sri Lanka. Genuine reconciliation among all groups and communities in this country is essential and this requires justice and accountability for past events. The EU notes the […]

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By Statement | Published on February 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Shavendra kicked out of UN Special Advisory Panel

A top UN peacekeeping committee on Wednesday ( March 22) barred a Sri Lankan general accused of carrying out a military onslaught against civilians.
But Major General Shavendra Silva still attended the first meeting Wednesday of a special advisory panel to UN leader Ban Ki-moon. He sat in the room but no other member spoke to […]

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By News | Published on February 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Sri Lanka has not followed up on recommendations says US

The United States said Thursday it wanted Sri Lanka to take “concrete steps” on reconciliation as the Colombo government vowed mass protests against US-backed calls for a UN censure on human rights. Sri Lanka has faced strong international criticism over the bloody finale of its civil war in 2009 but has avoided censure at the UN […]

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By AFP | Published on February 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

Family remembers Marie Colvin

Marie Colvin was always getting into jams as a foreign correspondent, covering war zones and acquiring an eye patch after an ambush in Sri Lanka, recalls her brother William Colvin. The retired NYPD detective says his big sister always had stories when she would come home to visit about how she managed to find her […]

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By | Published on February 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

Sri Lanka: Government fears strategy of “Regime Change” through external intervention

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech to the nation on Independence Day provided an indication of his two major concerns for the future. One concern was the persistent international pressure on
his government on human rights issues during and after the end of the war. The other concern was the efforts to destabilize the government through mass agitation […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

DIG Ravi Wijegunawardena should be responsible for shooting of fisherman

On February 14 a young fisherman, Anthony Fernando, was shot dead while he was engaged with a number of other fishermen in protesting the increase of oil prices which would seriously affect the livelihood of fisherfolk. A
large group of policemen led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police for the North Western Province, Ravi Wijegunawardena, […]

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By Asian Human Rights Commission | Published on February 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

How the West is losing Sri Lanka

Doesn’t anyone read public opinion polls anymore? Don’t they make news anymore? I’m not referring to opinion polls run or commissioned by the government – any government—or its affiliates, but opinion polls in reputed non-state publications, especially those on vital topics. Surely no topic could be more topical than the international moves being made on […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:28 am

Political Interference with Judicial Independence- Lessons from the Maldivian Experience

He is not just if he decides a case arbitrarily, the wise man should decide after considering both what is right and what is wrong –The Dhammapada-Justice
It was reported in the media recently that the Maldivian President had resigned following events that took place in the Maldives subsequent to the arrest by the
Maldivian army of a […]

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By Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe | Published on February 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

NGOs Call on U.S. to Establish International Accountability Mechanism on Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council

February 17, 2012: We are pleased to hear that the United States has decided to press for action at the March session of the Human Rights Council on accountability
for wartime abuses in Sri Lanka. This issue has long been a high priority for us due to the massive scale of abuses committed in the final months […]

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By Statement | Published on February 18, 2012 at 2:11 am

A call for Muslim politicians and civil society to take collective responsibility

This is a statement by 147 Muslim civil society individuals from communities and groups across Sri Lanka, including the North and East. The Statement calls for
“immediate action by Muslim politicians and civil society representatives to take collective responsibility and to devise mutually agreed upon ways and processes for moving forward.” It also responds to issues […]

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By Statement | Published on February 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm


Human Rights

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EU regrets questions raised in UN expert panel report not reflected in home grown LLRC report

The EU encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to act expeditiously on the LLRC’s recommendations, which, if implemented effectively, can make a significant contribution to ...

News

Shavendra Silva

Shavendra kicked out of UN Special Advisory Panel

A top UN peacekeeping committee on Wednesday ( March 22) barred a Sri Lankan general accused of carrying out a military onslaught against civilians. Shavendra Silva But ...

Human Rights

Hillary Clinton

Sri Lanka has not followed up on recommendations says US

The United States said Thursday it wanted Sri Lanka to take “concrete steps” on reconciliation as the Colombo government vowed mass protests against US-backed calls ...

Issues

Marie Colvin

Family remembers Marie Colvin

Marie Colvin was always getting into jams as a foreign correspondent, covering war zones and acquiring an eye patch after an ambush in Sri Lanka, ...

Issues

Blake

Sri Lanka: Government fears strategy of “Regime Change” through external intervention

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech to the nation on Independence Day provided an indication of his two major concerns for the future. One concern was the ...

Human Rights

Anthony Fernando's grieving wife and two children. Photo taken from waswas.org

DIG Ravi Wijegunawardena should be responsible for shooting of fisherman

On February 14 a young fisherman, Anthony Fernando, was shot dead while he was engaged with a number of other fishermen in protesting the increase ...

Issues

President Mahinda Rajapakse with President Hu Jintao

How the West is losing Sri Lanka

Doesn’t anyone read public opinion polls anymore? Don’t they make news anymore? I’m not referring to opinion polls run or commissioned by the government – ...

Issues

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Political Interference with Judicial Independence- Lessons from the Maldivian Experience

He is not just if he decides a case arbitrarily, the wise man should decide after considering both what is right and what is wrong –The ...

Statements

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NGOs Call on U.S. to Establish International Accountability Mechanism on Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council

February 17, 2012: We are pleased to hear that the United States has decided to press for action at the March session of the Human Rights ...

Human Rights

A call for Muslim politicians and civil society to take collective responsibility

This is a statement by 147 Muslim civil society individuals from communities and groups across Sri Lanka, including the North and East. The Statement calls ...