Thursday, December 30, 2010

Journalists denied Access to Boosa detention camp

Daily Mirror,Ten local journalists including a BBC correspondent were refused access to the Boosa detention camp this morning where the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) met with detainees.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

සිංහලයෙන් පමණක් ජාතික ගීය ගැයීමට විරුද්ධ වූ යාපනයේ අධ්‍යාපන අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයා ඝාතනය කරයි

යාපනයේ වළිකාමම් කොට්ඨාෂයේ සහකාර අධ්‍යාපන අධ්‍යක්ෂ මාකන්දු සිවලිංගම් මහතා සිංහලයෙන් පමණක් ජාතික ගීය ගායනා කිරීමේ තීරණයට විරුද්ධවීම හේතුවෙන් ඝාතනය කර ඇතැයි දැන ගන්නට ලැබීමෙන් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ අයිතීන් සඳහා එකමුතුව කම්පනයට පත්වෙයි. පසුගිය 26 දා යාපනයේ පැවැති සුනාමි අනුස්මරණ උත්සවයේ දී ජාතික ගීය සිංහලයෙන් පමණක් ගායනා කළ යුතුය යන   ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ආණ්ඩුවේ තීරණයට විරුද්ධ වෙමින් පාසැල් ශිෂ්‍ය ශිෂ්‍යාවන් ඊට සහභාගි කරවීම සිවලිංගම් මහතා විසින් හෙළා දැක තිබේ. එම අනුස්මරණය පැවැති දින රාත‍්‍රී 10.30 වෑන් රථයකින් පැමිණි ඝාතකයින් ඒ මහතාට වෙඩි තබා පලා ගියේ ය.

Sri Lanka Tamil national anthem row reignites

BBC-Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka have criticised a decision to make school children in the northern town of Jaffna sing the national anthem in Sinhala.

They say it is "totally wrong" to make people sing in Sinhala when people in the north and east mostly speak Tamil.

Earlier this month, a Tamil minister in the Sri Lankan cabinet denied reports that the Tamil version of the anthem had been abolished.

Bahu goes to HRC

Dialy Mirror-Tuesday, 28 December 2010 13:06, 
New Left Front Leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne today lodged a complaint at the Human Rights Commission alleging that that he and his party members were attacked at the airport earlier this month after he arrived in the island from the UK.

Director education in Jaffna shot dead for speaking out

NfR is shocked to learn that the Deputy  Director of Education of the Valikamam zone of the Jaffna District who refused to direct the students of the schools  in his zone to recite the National Anthem in Sinhala  only,  was shot  dead in Jaffna on the same day when  the controversial  government sponsored Tsunami Commemoration Day Ceremony was held in Jaffna.  He  was shot dead  at  point blank  range on 26.10.2010 by unknown persons  who had arrived at his residence in a van that evening. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Zonal Deputy Director of Education shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 December 2010, 09:03 GMT]
Armed men who arrived in a motorbike shot and killed 52-year-old Markandu Sivalingam, the deputy director of Education, Valikaamam Zone, Sunday night at his residence in Urumpiraay in Jaffna, sending shock waves across the education sector in Jaffna. The killing of a peaceful educationalist, who recently took up the post after serving at Koappaay Teachers Training College for a long time, has taken place when Sri Lankan military had maximum deployment in Jaffna as the SL Prime Minister was visiting the city on the occasion of a Tsunami remembrance event, forcing the Tamil students to sing Sri Lankan anthem in Sinhala. Mr. Sivalingam was shot at his chest around 10:30 p.m., Koappaay police said.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Vice Chancellor bans human rights defender speaking at university while intimidations and threats to media and HRDs’ continue

NfR expresses its serious concern about the continuance of  intimidations and threats  against journalists and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, contrary to the claim that normalcy has returned to the country.   It is important to note that all these acts of rights violations take place with complete impunity even  though twenty  months  have lapsed after the end of the war.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Another Minister admits using violence against dissent

In a startling revelation of how the present rulers of Sri Lanka  use violence against any form of dissent,  a Senior Minister has publicly admitted that they used violence against protesting students.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sri Lankan Minister endorses vigilante violence against free speech

Networking for Rights strongly condemns the statement  made by a Sri Lankan minister to a weekend newspaper  endorsing    the assault of Dr. Wikramabahu Karunarathna, on his return from London, UK a week ago. The statement was made by Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratna to Sunday LakbimaNews:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Another violation of media freedom in Sri Lanka - 24 arrested for pasting posters

NfR expresses its strongest condemnation of  new form of censorship being practicd  in Sri Lanka.  by  the imposition of a ban on posters and the arrest of those pasting them.  According to a  report released  by The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) in Sri Lanka,  24 persons have been arrested  for pasting posters during the last few months.   Almost all  posters so banned by the police, are critical of the government and relate to  rights of the students, workers and medical professionals.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Newspapers in Jaffna threatened – violence continues against media in Jaffna

NfR, the exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka is shocked and dismayed by renewed threats and violence against  independent newspapers published in Jaffna, the Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Celebrates Poddala Jayantha's award

Networking for Rights welcomes the recognition of anti-corruption and press freedom activist Poddala Jayantha end_of_the_skype_highlighti who was recently honored with Transparency International's Integrity award 2009-2010.

Poddala Jayantha, who was the General Secretary of the Working Journalists Association in Sri Lanka , braved many a threat for daring to expose corruption and for campaigning for the right to express oneself freely. In January 2008 he escaped an attempt on his life by a group of goons who turned up at his home. He and a colleague were also directly threatened by the Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Shortly afterwards in June 2009 he was abducted on his way home from work and severely assaulted. The assault left him incapacitated, and he was forced to flee Sri Lanka .

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ten years of impunity for Jaffna-based journalist’s murderers

On the 10th anniversary of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan’s murder in the northern city of Jaffna, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its hope that the Sri Lankan government will finally relaunch the police investigation into his death.

The Jaffna correspondent of the BBC’s Tamil and Sinhalese-language services and the Sri Lankan newspapers Virakesari and Ravaya, he was gunned down in his home on 19 October 2000. His killers also injured three other members of his family, including his parents.

Attack On Journalists Sparks Outcry In Sri Lanka

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called for immediate disciplinary action to be taken after a group of police officers allegedly assaulted a group of journalists covering a student protest.
br> IFJ affiliates the Sri Lankan Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) and the Free Media Movement Sri Lanka (FMM) reported that five journalists covering the Inter University Students’ Federation demonstration on October 14 in the capital, Colombo, were attacked after they reported police used undue force to break up the protest.

They were assaulted despite having identified themselves as journalists to police after reporting that a group of 25 officers were attacking a single protester.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Police attack demonstration by University students 21 students arrested, 4 journalists assaulted

Sri Lanka Police obstructed a peaceful protest organized by Inter University Student's Federation on 14th Oct 2010, assaulted number of students brutally and arrested 21 students. Those students arrested were produced in courts on 15th Oct and remanded till 29th October, 2010. The demonstration was organized in defence of the right to association of university students and to protest the unjust punitive action taken by the university authorities against student union leaders.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Five senior journalists of SLRC remain suspended without any inquiry

While several journalists covering the protest of university students were subjected to a police assault last week, other media persons continue to be hounded out, and threatened in Sri Lanka.

Of particular interest is the case of the group of thirteen employees of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. Thirteen journalists were victimised for insisting that Rupavahini abide by the Elections Commission Act, and give all political parties and candidates equal air time during the Presidential and General elections held earlier this year. However, acting in contravention of the Act and an order of the Supreme Court, Rupavahini officials not only allowed more air time to political stooges of the government, the President and his party, 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Printers wife and two brothers taken hostage, printing press sealed, printer and workers detained

NfR expresses its serious concern that a printing press has been sealed, the printer and eight other printing workers have been detained and the printers family was taken hostage by the police under the emergency regulations for printing a political poster.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Condemns proposed 18th amendment to the constitution

NfR, the Exile Network for Media and Human Rights in Sri Lanka joins democratic forces in Sri Lanka in opposing the proposed 18th amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka. Condemning this amendment as the final step in establishing a constitutional dictatorship in Sri Lanka NfR urge international democratic forces to voice their opposition in strongest terms in solidarity with democratic aspirations of the Sri Lankan people.