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September 25, 2009

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Let Our People Free: Joint Statement of Tamil and Muslim Parties

Full Text of Statement

The Tamil speaking peoples of Sri Lanka have suffered great hardships for many decades since Independence. [TC]

Freedom for Wanni IDP's: Doing the right thing in Sri Lanka

by Rohini Hensman

Freedom for Vanni Internally Displaced Persons

It was a relief to hear that the government of Sri Lanka was at last responding to mounting domestic and international criticism, and had begun releasing the Vanni IDPs. [TC]

Concerns growing over pace of IDP resettlement

Report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - IRIN News

The international community is increasingly worried about the pace of resettling more than 260,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from closed camps in Sri Lanka, a senior UN representative warns. [TC]

Navarathri finale marked with gaiety and fervour at New Kathiresan Temple, Bambalapitty 

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

At the end of Navarathri festival, Maanam Poo or Vazhai Vettu (destruction of Aanavam and killing of the Mahisasuran) is celebrated today-September 28th 2009. [HA]

UNHCR concerned about safety of displaced persons in Sri Lanka

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is deeply concerned about reports of security incidents taking place inside camps accommodating internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Sri Lanka. [TC]

Gamini Fonseka: "Maharajaneni" of Sinhala moviedom

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Gamini Fonseka, the uncrowned “Maharajaneni” or monarch of Sinhala moviedom passed away peacefully on September 30th in 2004. [dbsj]

Pledge to herald work of Sri Lanka women media professionals reiterated

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasbapathipillai

A meeting of SAWM (South Asian Women in Media) Sri Lanka Chapter was held at Hotel Renuka on September 29th 2009. [HA]

How and why the army fired on IDP's at Menik Farm

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

September 26th 2009 saw an altercation erupting between Internally displaced persons (IDP) “detained” at the Menik Farm IDP camp at Chettikulam and members of the Sri Lanka Army deployed in the area. [TC]

Risks have to be taken to overcome North-South divide

by Jehan Perera

It was nearly two years after my last visit to Jaffna. On that occasion, in December 2007, the war was over in the east, and the Sri Lankan military was battling it out in the north.[TC]

Al Jazeera video: What will it take for post-war Sri Lanka to achieve national reconciliation?

In this special Feature, Al Jazeera looks into what will it take for post-war Sri Lanka to achieve national reconciliation? [TC]

William Safire, NY Times Columnist, Is Dead at 79

by Robert d. McFadden

William Safire, a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for The New York Times who also wrote novels, books on politics and a Malaprop’s treasury of articles on language, died at a hospice in Rockville, Md., on Sunday. He was 79. [TC]

Abandoned Muslim Property in the Northern Province: The legal consequences- Concerns and Recommendations

By M.H.M. Salman

The purpose of this paper is to initiate a dialogue among interested parties on the subject of secondary occupation of private property belonging to the Muslims of the North and to draw attention of the policy makers to take necessary remedial action. [TC]

This is No Joke, Battlefront Not on Toronto Streets –EPRLF (P)

By Anuradha K. Herath

For decades, T. Sritharan, general secretary of the Eelam Peoples' Revolutionary Liberation Front-Pathmanabha wing (EPRLF-P), engaged in politics covertly.[TC]

1999:New film  on Tamil gang violence in Scarborough screens at Vancouver film festival

One December night in 1997, four hooded men fired guns into Cross Country Donuts at Bridletowne Circle and Finch Avenue East. [TC]

Mano Ganesan meets UNSG’s representative Walter Kalin

Full Text of Media Release

Civil Monitoring Commission Convener and DPF Leader Mano Ganesan MP met UN Secretary General’s representative on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Walter Kalin on Saturday 26th morning in Colombo. [TC]

Raj Rajaratnam Sets Example for Diaspora Members to Follow

By Kalyananda Godage

The news last week that Raj Rajaratnam had pledged a million US dollars to help with the rehabilitation of former LTTE combatants would be welcomed in certain circles but would have raised the hackles among the hardliners in the Diaspora and he may be under sever pressure to change his mind. [TC]

General conditions attached to "patriotic" IMF loan

By: B Skanthakumar

After several months of prevarication, on 24 July the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board approved its largest single line of credit ever offered to Sri Lanka [TC]

In Pictures: Marking "Sani Peyarchchi", transit of saturn to virgo-Sep 26

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The Saturn (Saneeswaran) moves his house every thirty months. He moved from Simma Rasi (Leo) to Kanni Rasi (Virgo) on September 26th 2009 at 12.03 AM according to Vaakkiya Panchaangam (Almanac). Transition of Saturn took place on September 9 [HA]

Prevention of Terrorism Act must be Repealed Immediately

by Shanie

At the General Election held in 1977, the UNP led by J R Jayawardene won a landslide victory, winning 140 seats and reducing the SLFP to a rump of 8. But Jayawardene knew that the results were a distortion of the mood of the electorate. [TC]

An absence of actuality at Rajini memorial meeting at BMICH

by Dayan Jayatilleka

The evening was good but perhaps Rajani deserved a bit better. She always told it like it was, named things by their name, confronted reality frontally. That quintessential spirit of Rajani, her courageous, critical, ‘concreteness’, was by and large absent in the 20th anniversary commemoration held at the BMICH on September 25th [TC]
Rajani Thiranagama: The Story of a  new kind of  Revolutionary

By Dayapala Thiranagama

On the morning of 22 September 1989 I was asked to come to a safe house in Colombo to receive an urgent message from Jaffna. Some friends of mine were waiting there with a messenger who had come from Jaffna and who had had lunch with Rajani on the previous day. [TC]
A connection?

Gota Rajapakse sudden trip to US [dbsj twitter]

Whither Sri Lanka liberated from the terror of ‘Tamil Tigers’?

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

Despite the annihilation of the ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’, the future of Sri Lanka seems to be increasingly uncertain with the top government leaders concerned more about safeguarding their hold on power than the future of the country.

SWRD Bandaranaike: Assassination of a Prime Minister

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

September 26th 1959 is an important date in the post-independence history of Sri Lanka. It was on this day fifty years ago that the Prime Minister Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (SWRDB) of the then Ceylon passed away . He had been shot the previous day by a Buddhist priest. [dbsj]

September 19, 2009

Sep 20-26:

Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka: “Almost living in hell” [TC]

As If at UN, Sri Lankan PM at Asia Society Faces Pre-Screened Softball Questions [TC]

“No crimes were committed by the army.” - Sri Lanka Prime Minsiter in NY

Rebuilding Sri Lanka after 25 years of civil war will require resettling thousands, encouraging foreign investment, and preventing a resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake. [TC]

Internment of I.D.P's amounts to collective punishment

by Devanesan Nesiah

The widespread indifference to the continuing misery of 280,000 interned IDPs, most of them already unlawfully detained for about four months without any charges, is a sad reflection on the moral values of our society. [TC]

Thirteenth constitutional amendment is only a dead letter

by Gamini Gunawardane

Is 13th amendment to the Constitution valid any more?

My contention is that it has no validity in the present context.
My reasoning is as follows. [TC]

Is the 13th Amendment the Panacea for Post Conflict Settlement in Sri Lanka?

by Gus Mathews

The Tamil Tigers have been comprehensively vanquished, but the detritus of war, most visibly the IDPs languishing in the detention camps still remain. [TC]

Amnesty International: Sri Lankan army clashes with detainees

Statement by Amnesty International

A detainee was seriously injured and had to be hospitalized as a clash broke out between the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and detainees being held at a school in Vavuniya in north-eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday. [TC]

Rajapaksa regime in grip of "missing the enemy" syndrome

by Dr. Packiyasothy Saravanamuttu

Is the Rajapaksa regime caught in the grips of the ME Syndrome? - Missing the Enemy, that is. Over the last two weeks, the leading lights of the regime have warned of conspiracies to destabilize the regime and even to replace it and have used the state controlled media as well as the defence ministry website to launch propaganda attacks against alleged conspirators, this columnist included. [TC]

”Chinthana Lanka” Under “Maha Rajathuma” is Like the “1984” Novel of George Orwell

by Mangala Samaraweera

In 1949, the English author, George Orwell published “1984”, a novel destined to become the classic dystopian novel of the 20th century. [TC]

Treatment of Tamil IDPs and Muslim Refugees: Double Standard on Human Suffering

By Latheef Farook

It is heartening to note the swift international response to the misery of Internally Displaced Tamils. There is no doubt that every country ,every organization and every individual should make every effort to ameliorate the conditions of about 280,000 unfortunate Tamil IDPs who were herded and used as human shields by the LTTE against advancing Sri Lankan forces. [TC]

World Leaders Should Demand End to Detention Camps-HRW

Rajini: 20th Death Anniversary of a True Tamil Heroine

 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Twenty years ago on this day (September 21st) Rajani Thiranagama nee Rajini
Rajasingham was brutally gunned down at Thirunelvely, as she was cycling back home from the Jaffna University. She was Professor of Anatomy at the Jaffna Varsity medical faculty.

I did not do anything to offend the government- Dayan

Q: The Foreign Minister removed you from your post in Geneva despite having been given assurances by the President that your term would be extended. What happened? [TC]

Minority grievances are real but so-called majority grievances are imaginary

by Justice C.V.Wigneswaran

Let me thank the Marga Institute for giving me this opportunity to participate in this Workshop dealing with the process of post war Reconciliation and Co-existence in Sri Lanka.[TC]

Govt should act on four major urgent HR issues those concerning Tamils - Mano Ganesan MP

Issues of Resettlement of the IDPs and Rehabilitation of Ex-Combatants, Issues of the Disappeared and the Detainees are the four major human rights issues concerning the Tamil people of the country today. [TC]

In Pictures: Singing fishermen of Kaluwankerny, Batticaloa

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Fisher folk of Kaluwankerny, in Batticaloa district sing a fisherman’s song, while pulling the fishing net from the sea to the shore at mid day.They keep pulling the fishing net until the end of it reaches the shore with the fish caught. [HA]

De-militarising Lankan Society Must Begin With Removal of Security For Minor Politicians

by Kusal Perera

It was not so in the past. Nor was it two and a half decades ago. My story was in early 1980's. I was once in the morning train that comes on the coast line from Galle. [TC]

An Appeal to EU: Consider the Collective Plight of Suffering Sri Lankan People

by Savantha de Saram

This article has been written in the backdrop of the ‘initial decision’ by the European Union (EU) that the Generalised System of Preference Plus (GSP+) (and its benefits) granted to Sri Lanka will be removed. [TC]

Future Chief Minister Muthuhettigama Wants to Kiss  Actress Candidate Anarkali  Akarsha

By Sajeewa Wijeweera

Galle District UPFA candidate Nishantha Muthuhettigama who ran into trouble with fellow candidate film star Anarkali Akarsha last week said that when he saw Anarkali’s face he felt like grabbing and kissing her rather than throwing a bomb. [TC]

Like Malaysia Ceylonese Economy Relied on Its Productive Minorities and Not Majority ethnic Group

By Razeen Sally

To most outsiders Sri Lanka is a far-away tourist destination, a tropical paradise that has fallen into a vicious cycle of ethnic conflict. [TC]

Democratic world wants government to restore democratic rights

by Karu Jayasuriya

United National Party deputy – leader Karu Jayasuriya has stated that the democratic world only wants the Rajapakse regime to restore the lost democratic rights in the country. [TC]

After Bloodbath on the Beach, Sri Lanka Offers Fish Balls with a View of UN

by Matthew Russell Lee

It was a night of fish balls and denials, high above the UN. In a 38th floor that the government of Sri Lanka has rented for seven years now, the country's new Ambassador to the UN Palitha Kohona invited and greeted members of the UN press corps, urging them to eat his chips and fish balls, drink wine red or white or orange juice. [TC]

UN political chief voices concern about displaced after wrapping up visit to Sri Lanka

B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a press conference in Colombo at the end of his visit to Sri Lanka that the UN and other concerned parties had not observed the progress expected after the conclusion of fighting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May. [TC]

Roots of Tamil Nadu secessionism in India

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

It was only a few months ago that the world witnessed the military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the hands of Sri Lanka’s armed forces.The LTTE popularly known as tigers posed a threat to the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. [dbsj]

Batti @ dusk: When I saw you......

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

It was a cloudy Sunday evening. People gathered at the Batticaloa lagoon to take a boat ride. A few boats float in the lagoon, and waiting for the visitors for a boat ride. The boat riders negotiate for a price and take the visitors along the Batticaloa lagoon. [HA]

September 12, 2009

Sep 13-19

Sri Lanka should permit an impartial investigation into the 'Channel 4 videotape', says UN expert [TC]

Let's help Sri Lanka win the peace

by Lakhdar Brahimi and Edward Mortimer

It is now nearly four months since Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the country “liberated” from the Tamil Tiger rebels after a 26-year war. [TC]

Al Jazeera Video: UN presses Sri Lanka to release Tamil civilians [TC]

We wish to create a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-religious Sri Lanka

Following is the statement by Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at 12th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. [TC]

CBC Radio MP3: Sri Lanka UN Ambassador Palitha Kohona on expelling UN officials

Hello, you must be going. Sri Lanka's former Foreign Secretary Palitha kohona explains why his country keeps showing U.N. officials the door. [TC]

Video: Damilvany Gnanakumar describes camp conditions to channel 4 [TC]

Book Review: “The Indian Connection”

by K.S Sivakumaran

The Indian Connection is the title of a book by Nath Yogasundram released by Vijitha Yapa Publications running to 312 pages. [TW]

ICJ Condemns Misuse of Anti-Terrorism Laws to Prosecute Sri Lankan Journalist, J. S. Tissainayagam [TC]

CPA refutes allegations against its Director Packiyasothy Saravanamuttu

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) refutes the extremely damaging and unfounded allegations published in The Sunday Island newspaper of 13th September 2009 against its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu. [TC]

UN human rights chief lists tackling discrimination and impunity among top priorities [TC]

Keeping memories alive 20th anniversary of Rajani’s assassination

by Dayapala Thiranagama

One night in 1983, soon after midnight Rajani woke me up and whispered to me that she had been asked to treat an injured boy from the Iyakkam (movement). [TC]

'As the shells fell, we tried to save lives with no blood or medicine'

Damilvany Gnanakumar witnessed Sri Lanka's bloody conflict from a Tamil hospital - then spent months detained in a camp. She tells Guardian UK's Gethin Chamberlain her story: [TC]

TIME Q & A: Stephen Rapp, Obama's Point Man on War Crimes remarks on Sri Lanka [TC]

'Mahinda Rajapaksa offers Tamils a bargain based on amnesia, not justice'

Mahinda Rajapaksa offers Tamils a bargain based on amnesia, not justice: forget the past and your future will be assured. The offer carries the latent threat: reject it and face the consequences of being an enemy of the state,” writes Randeep Ramesh, in an OPED article for the Guardian UK on Mon Sep 14th. [TC

Thirukumar Kandasamy of NYC: The Magic of Immigrant Charm

by Venkat Srinivasan

The customer, dressed in whites, looks flustered as she stares at the menu on the "NY Dosa" cart at Manhattan's Washington Square Park. She asks the man behind the cart details about his dosa's ingredients. [TC]

Mahinda regime is neither proletarian nor socialist

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Some people believe that the Mahinda regime, is an anti American, anti West, nationalist regime. One cannot blame them too much when, the old Left including Vasudeva is busy white washing this regime. [TC]

The collective conscience of the silent majority

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Scrutinizing the Tissainayagam judgment this week indicates two primary points that define current parameters in regard to freedom of expression in general and freedom of the press in particular in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Traces of civilisation that existed 300 yrs  before Vijaya’s arrival found in A’pura

by Cyril Basanayake

Excavations at Atulu Nuvara (Inner City) of Anuradhapura have yielded evidence of an ancient civilization that had been engaged in the domestication of horses and cattle and wetland rice cultivation about 300 years before the arrival of Prince Vijaya. [TC]

TNA for political solution within undivided  Sri Lanka – Sampanthan

by Lynn Ockersz

'We will continue to work towards a political solution to the National Question within the framework of an undivided and united Sri Lanka. [TC]

Al Jazeera video: Media war in Sri Lanka [TC]

Power sharing & postwar paths for Sri Lanka

by Dayan Jayatilleka

An extended version of remarks delivered ex tempore at the launch of Power-Sharing in Sri Lanka: Constitutional and Political Documents, 1926-2008, edited by Rohan Edrisinha, Mario Gomez, VT Thamilmaran and Asanga Welikala, published by the Centre for Policy Alternatives: [TC]

Sounds of Udappu festival

Hear the enchanting toll of the bell, vedic chants, drums, thavil, recital of Mahabharatham, the wind and fire pit at Udappu [HA]

We don’t have to have so-called independent inquiries into any Tom, Dick and Harry allegation-Rajiva Wijesinha

By Krishnan Guru-Murthy

The spokesman for Sri Lanka's ministry of disaster management responds to claims that his country was involved in human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings. [TC]

Counting the human cost of Sri Lanka’s conflict

by Amnesty International

The Government of Sri Lanka announced a plan on 23 May to resettle most civilians displaced by conflict by the end of the year. The government’s target of 80% was later revised downward to 60%. [TC]

Karu Jayasuriya Appeals on behalf of UNP to European Union to Reconsider position on GSP ,Tariff Concession

Sri Lankas chief opposition United National Party has appealed to the European Union requesting the EU to reconsider its position on GSP and tariff concessions for Sri Lanka. [TC]

Ensure Freedom of Choice and Provide for Peaceful Reconciliation

Media Release by National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

The decision of the Government to release displaced civilians in the welfare camps in the North to relatives willing to house them is a very welcome move. [TC]

No change in dire camp conditions - CAFOD

As monsoon floods loom, CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) has called on Sri Lanka’s government “to end the forced confinement” of hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians. [TC]

"Pottu Amman" and the Intelligence Division of the LTTE

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Shanmuganathan Sivashankar alias Pottu Ammaan a.k.a. Pottu, the intelligence division chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was judicially confirmed dead last week when Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickremasinghe allowed an amendment to the indictment filed in the trial regarding the murder of former Foreign affairs minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. [dbsj]

September 05, 2009

Sep 6 - 12:

Govt. violates constitution by detaining Wanni I.D.P's charges Ranil

By Gihan de Chickera and Kelum Bandara

The government is acting outside the law and violating the Constitution by holding more than 250,000 displaced people at camps in the Wanni District, opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe charged yesterday. [TC]

Cabinet Approves Regulations for Speedy Implementation of Tamil as Official Language

By Sandun A. Jayasekera

In a move that will be welcomed by many, the public will now be able to sue officials of the State, Provincial Council, Municipal Council, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha if they do not communicate with the public in a preferred language, according to new regulations to be gazetted next week.[TC]

Sri Lankan government opens up captured territory for investors

By Sampath Perera

Since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May, the Sri Lankan government has pressed ahead with extensive plans to attract foreign investors and set up Special Economic Zones inside captured rebel territory. [TC]

Mahadevan Sathasivam: Batting colossus of “Ceylon” cricket

By Premasara Epasinghe

The study of the past events, especially, political, social, and economic development of a country can be defined as HISTORY. [TC]

Is conscience of state clear on treatment of IDP's?

by Lynn Ockersz

The government of Sri Lanka, as should be expected, has taken strong exception to what it claims is fabricated video footage, telecast over the UK’s Channel 4 TV, showing the Lankan security forces, apparently, carrying out what could amount to war crimes, in the concluding stages of their mid May assault on the LTTE in the North.[TC]

President has power to "pardon" Tissainayagam immediately

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

It was a week dominated by the unprecedented sentencing of senior journalist JS Tissainayagam to twenty years hard labour under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) No 48 of 1979 (as amended) and prevalent Emergency Regulations for the writing of two articles in a journal some years back. [TC]

Karu Jayasuriya taking over UNP leadership can make a difference

by Kalyananada Godage

The well read correspondent Shani in her article in the issue of the Island 0f 29th August has referred to a statement made in Parliament and stated "He is devoid of party politics. [TC]

Britain denies visas for Arjuna Ranatunga and Palitha Kohona

By Easwaran Rutnam

The British High Commission in Colombo yesterday refused visas to outgoing Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona and former Deputy Tourism Minister and MP Arjuna Ranatunga, government sources told Daily Mirror last night. [TC]

It is a dim spotlight the world shines on Sri Lanka and the human rights abuses that occur there

by Amanda Hodge, South Asia correspondent, The Australian

The expulsion from the country of Australian-born Unicef spokesman James Elder this month, for speaking out against those abuses and child casualties in the bloody final stages of Sri Lanka's 26-year long civil war, dims it further still. [TC]

Aussie James Elder the second to face expulsion from Sri Lanka

by Amanda Hodge, South Asia correspondent, The Australian

AN Australian aid worker facing expulsion from Sri Lanka is the second Australian this year to be threatened with deportation from the ethnically divided nation for speaking out against human rights violations and war casualties. [TC]

An open letter to all those dealing with Human Rights, Workers’ Rights and Women’s Rights

by Selvi Tiruchandran

In 2003 Women’s Education & Research Centre (WERC) did a survey of the Domestic Servants employed in Colombo. [TC]

Gala of the Udappu guarding deities

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart-a leaf, a flower, fruit or water- I accept with joy” ~Bhagavath Gita

As the Sun began to spread its rays towards Udappu, people of this small hamlet began to bustle, devotees thronged the temple. [HA]

Rajapaksa must intervene and set Tissainayagam free-“Hindu” Editorial

The August 31 verdict of a Colombo High Court sentencing the veteran journalist and columnist J.S. Tissainayagam to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment under the country’s draconian anti-terror law has raised concerns across the world on the state of freedoms in the country. [TC]

General Fonseka's Emergence as Strong Leader causes ripples in Politics

by Col.R.Hariharan

The month saw the first move towards normalcy in the war torn Northern Province with conduct of largely trouble free elections for the Jaffna Municipality and the Vavuniya Urban Council on August 8. [TC]

Tissainayagam, Northeastern Herlad and Reporters Sans Borders

by Kath Noble

When J.S. Tissainayagam was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week, the entire world howled in protest. Rarely has a decision of the Sri Lankan courts been so roundly condemned. [TC]

Unreasonable, ungrateful attitude of Sri Lanka-Guardian UK Editorial [TC]

Boston Globe urges President Obama’s call for release of Tissainayagam and uprooted civilians [TC]

No return to the gallows-CRM opposses death penalty [TC]

New Ch 4 video: Footage reveals Sri Lanka camp conditions

New film appears to reveal the victims of Sri Lanka's war suffering poor conditions in UN-funded camps. [TC]

CPA Special Report: 'Trincomalee High Security Zone and Special Economic Zone, September 2009'

The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CPA) latest report ‘Trincomalee High Security Zone and Special Economic Zone, September 2009’ brings to the fore critical issues of national security, development and the fundamental rights of the citizens. [TC]

Time of thugs causes darkness at noon

By Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

In the last fortnight I personally and directly experienced the more vicious and thuggish expressions of the politics of hate and harm and hurt. In the space of two weeks I received an anonymous death threat in the post and in common parlance, was detained at the airport on the instructions of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID). [TC]

IDP camps will be ready for monsoon-UNDP Rep

Sajith Premadasa and the UNP: Lead, follow or get out of the way

By Gamini Rohan Bandarage

Sri Lanka’s political firmament is comprised of three main fragments at the moment. [TC]

UNICEF defends spokesman after expulsion order

Reported by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ~ IRIN News

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has defended its spokesman in Sri Lanka, saying the official did nothing wrong after the government ordered his expulsion from the country. [TC]

A Summary of the Order Delivered Against Journalist Tissainayagam on Aug 31st 2009.

East - West and half born Sinhala “Jesu daruwa”

by Kusal Perera

I t was a lazy evening ebbing into a wet Saturday night, after a Friday poya holiday. This was a Sri Lankan evening, down what was better known as “Flower Road” during a “long weekend”. [TC]

Blackcaps cricketers cowardly and duplicitous on humanitarian support

Full Text of Statement by Global Peace and Justice-Auckland

Global Peace and Justice-Auckland is angry the Blackcaps cricket team has bailed out on humanitarian support for the 280,000 Tamil people incarcerated in military camps following the recent civil war. [TC]

Sri Lanka expels Unicef official [TC]

Prevention of Terrorism Act is not journalists-NPC

Full text of Media Release by National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

The prison sentence of 20 years with hard labour passed on a senior journalist and editor of the North Eastern Monthly, J S Tissainayagam has come as a great disappointment to all who cherish the freedom of media and the right to free expression of political ideas. [TC]

Sri Lanka: Unity not unitary will safeguard the future

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

The protracted bloody war for the division of Sri Lanka into two separate autonomous states ended with the declaration by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the military had completely crushed the LTTE. [TC]

Training in ethics for working journalists

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

As per Joseph Joubert-French Moralist and Essayist’s quote “To teach is to learn twice”, it was another new and energising experience for me to train a bunch of budding journalists from the Eastern part of Sri Lanka. [HA]

Government need to intervene before the Plantation worker agitation goes out of hand-Mano Ganesan MP

Government should not leave the plantation wage crisis totally to the hands of trade unions and plantation employers though the collective agreement is signed between the unions and the employers. [TC]

Sept 5th: Mervyn de Silva’s 80th birth anniversary

by Dayan Jayatilleka

I reflect possibly for the last time for a few years to come, let’s say five, on Mervyn de Silva, former editor of the Daily News and Sunday Observer, former editor-in-chief of the Lake House and the Times groups of newspapers, founder editor of the Lanka Guardian magazine, founder-president of the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka — and my father — on his 80th birth anniversary, having returned home to a country of victory in war and uncertainty in peace; a country of renewed hope and expectation and polarized postwar prospect. [TC]