Sri Lanka deploys troops to prevent communal riots

[ AFP ][ Nov 18 14:47 GMT ]

Sri Lanka deployed troops and ordered a night-time curfew in a southern town to end violent clashes between two ethnic communities, the government said Saturday. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the situation in Gintota in Galle province was under control, two days after a brawl degenerated into street violence between two groups -- one Sinhalese, the country's mainly Buddhist majority, the other from the Muslim minority. [ full story | comments ]

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Sri Lanka violence: 19 held amid Buddhist-Muslim street clashes

[ BBC ][ Nov 18 14:46 GMT ]

Riot police and army troops have been deployed in southern Sri Lanka following an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Nineteen people were arrested when clashes erupted in Galle province, with homes and businesses attacked and several properties damaged. It is not clear what sparked the violence, but reports suggest a traffic accident may have been the cause. Authorities say the sectarian violence has now been brought under control. [ full story | comments ]

Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL

[ Daily Mirror ][ Nov 16 11:18 GMT ]

“The UPR is a process that is aimed at helping each other self-assess, share best practice, and support one another to take steps to more effectively address the concerns of individuals in our respective countries. There are many, both in Sri Lanka and overseas, who question the commitment of the National Unity Government to addressing concerns of human rights. Of course it is natural to be impatient; it is natural to question; and it is natural to feel a sense of frustration. We all know very well that some who criticize do so with the best intentions as they want Sri Lanka to do well,” Head of the Sri Lankan Delegation, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said. [ full story | comments ]

‘It is a personal and official insult’: Duterte lashes out at Trudeau over drug war criticism

[ Toronto Star ][ Nov 15 11:17 GMT ]

Trudeau said Duterte — whose violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government’s forces have left thousands dead — was receptive to the comments during what the Canadian prime minister called a very cordial and positive exchange. Duterte, however, seemed to remember it differently. “I said, ‘I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult,’” he told a news conference later Tuesday of his discussion with Trudeau. “‘It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country. You don’t even investigate.’” [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Timeline for Action

[ HRW ][ Nov 15 10:58 GMT ]

Countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council should press Sri Lanka for a time-bound action plan on reforms during its third Universal Periodic Review, which begins November 15, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Successive Sri Lankan governments, including under President Maithripala Sirisena, have failed to ensure accountability for serious rights violations and other important commitments.“The Sirisena government made key pledges at the Human Rights Council in October 2015 to ensure justice, accountability, and security sector reform,” said John Fisher, Geneva director. [ full story | comments ]

The need to investigate torture allegations - Jehan Perera

[ Island ][ Nov 14 18:56 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s international image has taken a hard hit following the report of continuing torture in the country. The Associated Press has carried a news story that gives a detailed and graphic account of horrendous torture practices in Sri Lanka that allegedly continue to this day. This story has been carried by newspapers and media outlets throughout the world, including the New York Times, which is a prestigious international publication. All the victims in the story are Tamil and the reason why most of them appear to have been tortured is because they were believed to have connections with the LTTE. About 50 asylum seekers in Western countries claim they were subjected particularly vicious acts of torture. [ full story | comments ]

Forgotten people: On Sri Lankan refugees and why Indo- Lanka relations should consider repatriation of Tamil refugees

[ Sunday Times ][ Nov 14 18:23 GMT ]

Around 62,000 refugees, living in 107 camps across Tamil Nadu, have been receiving various relief measures of the Central and State governments. In addition, in recent years, the Tamil Nadu government has taken steps for scores of young boys and girls of the refugee community to join professional courses, particularly engineering. This has benefitted eligible candidates among 36,800 non-camp refugees in the State too. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka detains top Rajapakse aide on fraud allegations

[ AFP ][ Nov 14 16:30 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Monday detained a senior aide to former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse on allegations of fraud , the second official close to the ex-leader swept up in a blitz on corruption. Gamini Senarath turned himself in to authorities on Monday and will face court over allegations of fraud involving the construction of the Hyatt Hotel in Colombo. Police told a court last month that Senarath was wanted in connection with the disappearance of $27 million in state funds earmarked for the hotel building. "He surrendered to the Colombo Fort magistrate's court and was remanded till Wednesday when another hearing will take place," a court official said. [ full story | comments ]

Harsha to lead Sri Lanka’s delegation to UN Human Rights periodic review

[ LBO ][ Nov 14 16:02 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s delegation to the universal periodic review (UPR) of UN Human Rights Council will be led by the Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Harsha de Silva. The delegation will comprise of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department, the President’s Office, and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva.Sri Lanka’s report under this review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR working group on UPR tomorrow, in Geneva and the report covers areas that were part of the recommendations accepted by Sri Lanka following the 2nd UPR in 2012. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace

[ Financial Times ][ Nov 07 14:17 GMT ]

In August this year, Jagath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil, left the country abruptly after encountering an unexpected legal challenge: a suit accusing him of war crimes. Mr Jayasuriya was one of the army commanders who in 2009 led a crushing victory against Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka’s north — ending one of Asia’s longest-running conflicts, but at the cost of an estimated 40,000 civilian deaths in the war’s bloody final months. [ full story | comments ]

‘Sri Lanka is too small to have a Federal state’

[ Daily Mirror ][ Nov 07 14:15 GMT ]

Former Principal of Sri Lanka Law College Dr. Jayatissa de Costa, in an interview with , argued that Federalism, under any garb, wasn’t acceptable for a small country like Sri Lanka. Dr. de Costa, a President’s Counsel, says the entire constitution making process was unconstitutional. Following are excerpts of the interview done with Dr. Costa. Q: President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an All Party Conference (APC) to initiate a dialogue on the constitution making process. What is your view? The President is on record calling for an All Party Conference consisting of the political party representatives, and another one comprising religious leaders. There is the third one comprising scholars and professionals. It shows that the President isn’t taking the report of the Interim Committee very seriously. [ full story | comments ]

Are Sri Lankan officers ordering soldiers to sexually assault Tamil detainees?

[ Washington Post ][ Nov 16 17:37 GMT ]

While the Sri Lankan civil war is often cited as having had a relatively low incidence of sexual violence, that’s because, unusually, such violence was committed primarily by one side only. The LTTE vigorously enforced a strict policy against sexual abuse of civilians and controlled territory for long periods of time, limiting the military’s access to Tamil civilians. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s state forces committed sexual assault habitually — when stopping civilians at military checkpoints, against captured female combatants whose fates are recorded in horrifying trophy videos, in government-operated “displacement camps” where women and girls were easy prey, [ full story | comments ]

Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman wins compensation

[ BBC ][ Nov 16 11:13 GMT ]

A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm has won compensation. Naomi Coleman, from Coventry, was detained for four days in April 2014. Granting her compensation of 800,000 Sri Lankan rupees - about £4,000 - the country's Supreme Court said her treatment was "scandalous and horrifying" and ruled her rights had been violated. Ms Coleman told the BBC Sinhala Service she was "overwhelmed" by the ruling. Officers involved in her arrest were also ordered to pay her compensation. [ full story | comments ]

UN must investigate reports of ongoing torture

[ FFT ][ Nov 15 11:10 GMT ]

For a number of years, Freedom from Torture has been highlighting the problem of ongoing torture in Sri Lanka and welcomed the press coverage of terrible abuses earlier this week. This week, ahead of a UN review of Sri Lanka’s human rights performance, we have also written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to call for the UN to investigate these reports and ensure that pressure is applied to the Sri Lankan government to take action to end ongoing abuses and take meaningful action to dismantle the structures which allow torture to continue. [ full story | comments ]

The 13th Amendment on watch

[ CDN ][ Nov 14 19:05 GMT ]

The Thirteenth Amendment has introduced a new conception of a unitary – decentralized State based on a system of Provincial Government at a sub-national level. This description is of extreme importance, since the Constitution specifically provides that the Republic of Sri Lanka is a Unitary State and the majority of the people attach much sentiment to the unitariness of Sri Lanka. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the establishment of Provincial Councils. Basic to the structure of devolution is the competence jurisdiction – the separation of subjects and functions assigned to the Provincial Council and the Centre. This separation is set out in the three lists under the Ninth Schedule to the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution: [ full story | comments ]

Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal

[ CDN ][ Nov 14 18:30 GMT ]

“Former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has taken up the position that the Constitutional Assembly process is illegal – I’d like to point out that he is one of the original proposers of the resolution that was placed before the Parliament on January 9, 2016, which proposed the setting up of this Constitutional Assembly,” the TNA parliamentarian said. “He is actually one of the drafters of that resolution having proposed it to the Parliament. He has also been a member of the Steering Committee – which met 73 times and he has attended more than 50 times and participated fully in that process. He has even drafted certain portions of the Interim Report that was tabled before the Constitutional Assembly recently,” Sumanthiran said. [ full story | comments ]

More worries for the TNA

[ Daily Mirror ][ Nov 14 18:15 GMT ]

A new political front is likely to be mooted against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province ahead of the elections to the local authorities, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said yesterday. The TNA, made up of four political parties is facing an internal struggle after the Eelam People’s Evolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Mr. Premachandran decided to quit the alliance. Since its inception in 2001, the EPRLF has contested elections under the 'House Symbol' of the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Katchchi (ITAK), which is the TNA's main constituent party. [ full story | comments ]

Immigration officials’ nexus aid human smuggling: Sagala

[ Daily Mirror ][ Nov 14 16:27 GMT ]

Human smugglers were able to send their clients abroad without any restrain because of the nexus between corrupt migration officials in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said today. Addressing the commencement of the the second phase of the Project RELAY facilitated by Interpol, Minister said the need for strengthening the country's legal framework to counter human smuggling. The project was launched by Interpol to deliver training to law enforcement officers, investigators and front-line border units against smuggling. [ full story | comments ]

Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government

[ AP ][ Nov 08 14:37 GMT ]

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture room” equipped with ropes, iron rods, a bench and buckets of water. There were blood splatters on the wall. A third man described the prisoners as growing accustomed to the sound of screaming. “It made us really scared the first day but then we got used to it because we heard screaming all the time.” [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka's Proposed Constitution Comes Under Attack

[ The Diplomat ][ Nov 07 14:16 GMT ]

The interim report on Sri Lanka’s proposed constitution released on September 21 has come under a spate of attacks. On October 24, a retired Sri Lankan army officer, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, insisted that those seeking to introduce the new constitution are traitors who must be killed. Four days earlier, Dayan Jayatilleka, a former diplomat, had called for rising up and confronting the prime minister, whom he identified as one of the architects of the interim proposals and in early October, a Sri Lankan academic, Asoka Bandarage, challenged the government’s legitimacy to change the constitution. Meanwhile, the all-powerful Buddhist clergy has firmly vetoed the proposals on the grounds that it would undermine Sri Lanka’s unitary governance. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka fuel shortage to end on Nov. 9 - oil minister

[ Reuters ][ Nov 07 14:12 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s fuel shortage will end on Nov. 9, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Monday, as state-run oil retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka IOC traded blame charges over the shortage. Thousands of Sri Lankan motorists formed long queues for fuel for a fourth straight day on Monday after CPC limited the supply last week following a delayed fuel shipment and rejection of another due to the wrong specifications. [ full story | comments ]

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