Tuesday, May 31, 2011

UN role in Sri Lanka: We are agreed

Some of the recommendations already implemented include the reduction of High Security Zones, the closure of the Omanthai detention centre, the release of a large number of ex-combatants, the resolution of land disputes and the swift steps taken to ensure that no groups carry firearms with a deadline for the surrender of illegal weapons.

A recent assault on a journalist from Jaffna, yet another example of lawlessness in the North.

NfR views the recent incident of assault on journalist S.Kavitharan of  Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna as another example of  the absence of law and order in that part of the country. What is prevailing in the Jaffna Peninsula is the rule of the jungle instead of rule of law.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lanka accuses Pillai

News Nowlk- Sri Lanka has accused the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay of having ignored the relevant rules of procedure of the UN Human Rights Council by attempting to legitimize the report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka.

UN urged to probe Lanka war crimes

Senior UN officials and sections of the international community have called for an international body to investigate alleged rights violations during Sri Lanka's civil war.

Tamil police 'hurt' after parade exclusion

An ethnic Tamil policeman from northern Sri Lanka has said he feels hurt that he and 25 colleagues, also Tamils, were excluded from a big parade by the country’s security forces last week. 

UN expert: Video proves Sri Lanka war crimes

GENEVA – A U.N. human rights expert says gruesome new footage from the final days of Sri Lanka's civil war is authentic and proves war crimes took place there, challenging the government's claim that videos showing the army executing captured rebels in May 2009 are faked.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Continuing the Struggle – Sonali Samarasinghe

Her husband, editor of a newspaper in Sri Lanka, was fatally attacked. Now in exile in New York City, Sonali Samarasinghe presses forward with their fight for press freedom and justice in their native country.
May 20 2011
By Gena Chung
Tsunami aid misappropriation. Abuse of government power. Corporate fraud. These are the types of stories to which award-winning investigative journalist and newspaper editor Sonali Samarasinghe gravitated. When she won the Global Shining Light Award at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in 2008, it cited “her work to reveal misuse of power and corruption in Sri Lanka.” But there was one story for which she was completely unprepared.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Live broadcast of parliamentary proceedings – a positive step towards transparency

There has been much talk about relaying parliamentary proceedings live over radio and TV in the past too but for some reason or other, the proposed arrangements failed to materialize. It is hoped that the authorities will now circumvent whatever problems that obstructed its fruition and carry forward the present move to reach its full implementation. The present practice of broadcasting only highlights of parliamentary proceedings is not adequate to serve the desired purpose of keeping the people fully informed of what their political leaders are saying and doing.
by Milinda Rajasekera

(May 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) There is little doubt that most people in this country will welcome the move to broadcast parliamentary proceedings live as disclosed by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Chandima Weerakkody. The Deputy Speaker has conveyed this information to the BBC while he was on a visit to the UK for studying the Westminster system. He has said that initially it would be limited to radio broadcasts on a trail basis and that television coverage would be considered later.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A mother�s plea to first lady Hon. Shiranthi Rajapaksa on disappeared husband

by Bob Dietz,Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists, Asia Program
As Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa launches a domestic media campaign against U.N. allegations of war crimes since the May 2009 ceasefire, the plight of Sandhya Eknelygoda continues.
Sandhya Eknelygoda, here with her sons, is still seeking information her missing husband Prageeth. (CPJ)
Sandhya is the wife of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a journalist for news site Lanka eNews, who disappeared on January 24, 2010, two days before the general elections that overwhelmingly gave Rajapaksa another five-year term in office.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A call to Sri Lanka to establish a free media environment to discuss accountability issues

Networking for Rights, the  network of exiles  for media freedom and human rights in Sri Lanka  calls upon the government of Sri Lanka to re-establish the peoples'  right   to information  by  restoring their right to the  freedom of expression  in order to debate and discuss one of the most important issues facing Sri Lanka today -  accountability to what happened during  the last phase of war.