Daily Archive: December 21, 2012


NGOs are facing a backlash globally

Sri Lanka during the war years bore the brunt of the global phenomenon of the growth and proliferation of the so-called Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). The secessionist war provided the opportunity for international NGOs to establish themselves in the country and to forcefully intervene in national affairs under the guise of humanitarian and anti-corruption activities and purported rural development projects.


Reply to Rathika Sitsabaiesan: Upset about the arrests of the Jaffna students in Jaffna

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19 December 2012

Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP, NDP Member for Scarborough-Rouge River, 
House of Commons, Ottawa.

Dear Rathika:

In your Statement of the arrest of students in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, you said: “Recently the Sri Lankan government arrested and detained students without cause following a silent protest after security forces broke up a lamp lighting ceremony at a woman’s hostel at Jaffna University.  The students, protesting against the lack of freedom of expression, were attacked and beaten by officers, with at least 20 undergraduate students suffering from injuries.”