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National Documentation Package: Sri Lanka

Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Publication Date 29 February 2012
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National Documentation Package

Sri Lanka

List of Documents

1 General Information and Maps 1.1 1.2 International Crisis Group. 18 July 2011. Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever. Asia Report No. 209. 1.3 British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 January 2012. "Sri Lanka Profile." 1.4 LKA103192.E. 12 August 2009. Situation in northern Sri Lanka since the government defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). 1.5 The Europa World Year Book 2011. 2011. "Sri Lanka," pp. 4206 - 4234. London: Routledge. [Electronic version not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.] 1.6 International Committee of the Red Cross. May 2011. ICRC Annual Report 2010 - Sri Lanka. 1.7 Human Rights Watch. 11 July 2010. "Sri Lanka: Protests Against UN Echo Anti-Justice Campaign." 1.8 International Crisis Group. 11 January 2010. Sri Lanka: A Bitter Peace. Asia Briefing No. 99. 2 Human Rights 2.1 United States. 8 April 2011. Department of State. "Sri Lanka." Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010. 2.2 Amnesty International. 2011. "Sri Lanka." Annual Report 2011: The State of the World's Human Rights. 2.3 United Kingdom. 22 October 2009. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. Report of Information Gathering Visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka 23-29 August 2009. 2.4 United Nations. 5 July 2010. Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Sri Lanka. (HRC/EG/SLK/10/03) 2.5 Danish Immigration Service. October 2010. Human Rights and Security Issues Concerning Tamils in Sri Lanka. Report from Danish Immigration Service's Fact-finding Mission to Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 June to 3 July 2010. 2.6 International Crisis Group. 22 December 2011. "Statement on the Report of Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission." 2.7 United Kingdom. 4 July 2011. Home Office. Country of Origin Information Report: Sri Lanka. 2.8 United Kingdom. December 2011. Home Office. Operational Guidance Note: Sri Lanka. 2.9 LKA103343.E. 21 January 2010. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL); Commissioner appointments, powers of enforcement and protection for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). 2.10 Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides. September 2011. Rapport de mission en République démocratique et socialiste de Sri Lanka du 13 au 27 mars 2011. 2.11 International Crisis Group. 12 September 2011. Sri Lanka: Post-War Progress Report. 2.12 M.A. Sumanthiran. 21 October 2011. Situation in North-Eastern Sri Lanka: A Series of Serious Concerns. 2.13 Human Rights Watch. January 2012. "Sri Lanka." World Report 2012: Events of 2011. 3 Identification Documents and Citizenship 3.1 LKA102742.E. 8 April 2008. The National Identity Card (NIC); its issuance, cost, validity period, security features and description of front and back of card. [Electronic version of attachment(s) not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.] 3.2 LKA103785.E. 22 July 2011. Prevalence of fraudulent National Identity Cards (NICs). 3.3 LKA103510.E. 31 May 2010. Whether police reports include arrests and detentions or whether they are limited to convictions; whether citizens can obtain fraudulent police reports. [Electronic version of attachment(s) not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.] 3.4 LKA100501.E. 12 December 2005. Passport issuance procedures; whether a minor can obtain his or her own passport; physical description of passport (2003 - 2005). [Electronic version of attachment(s) not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.] 3.5 LKA100502.E. 15 December 2005. Issuance procedures for birth certificates and copies thereof; the language that appears on the certificates; circumstances under which a Ministry of Foreign Affairs stamp would appear on the certificate (2005). 3.6 Sri Lanka. 1948. Citizenship Act. (LawNet) 3.7 LKA100914.E. 12 December 2005. Passport issuance procedures at the High Commission in Ottawa (2005). 4 Political Activities and Organizations 4.1 Political Handbook of the World 2011. 2011. "Sri Lanka." Edited by Thomas C. Muller, William R. Overstreet, Judith F. Isacoff and Tom Lansford. Washington, DC: CQ Press. [Electronic version not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.] 4.2 LKA103330.E. 28 January 2010. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activity in Sri Lanka, including arrests, whether LTTE members have been responsible for extortion, disappearances or bombings since the government defeated the LTTE, and whether the LTTE has the capacity to regroup within Sri Lanka (May 2009 - January 2010). 4.3 LKA103949.E. 18 January 2012. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), including the party's relationship with the current government and the 2011 local authority election results (June 2010-December 2011). 4.4 LKA103950.E. 17 February 2012. The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) and Karuna factions; their relationship with each other; reports concerning their treatment of Sinhalese and Tamil citizens; whether they are still active as paramilitary groups. 4.5 International Foundation for Electoral Systems. N.d. Election Guide. "Election Profile: Sri Lanka." (Results – Presidential Elections 26 January 2010) 4.6 LKA103961.E. 8 February 2012. The Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), including whether they mistreat Tamil populations in the north or in Colombo; if so, whether they extort Tamils; relationship between the EPDP and the Sri Lankan army (October 2010-December 2011). 5 Gender, Domestic Violence and Children 5.1 Sri Lanka. 2005. Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, No.34 of 2005. 5.2 Asian Human Rights Commission. 8 October 2010. Sofie Rordam. "Sri Lanka: The Right Without Remedy - Views and Reflections on the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act." 5.3 LKA103947.E. 25 January 2012. Sexual and domestic violence, including legislation, state protection, and services available for victims. 6 Sexual Orientation 6.1 LKA102743.E. 17 January 2008. Laws proscribing homosexual acts and whether they are applied in practice; the treatment of homosexuals by authorities, by society at large and by the Muslim community. 6.2 LKA103948.E. 13 January 2012. Treatment of sexual minorities, including legislation, state protection, and support services. 7 Criminality and Corruption - (No items in this section) 8 Military Service Issues - (No items in this section) 9 Judiciary, Legal and Penal Systems 9.1 International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. May 2009. Justice in Retreat: A Report on the Independence of the Legal Profession and the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka, chapters 2-4, pp. 16-48. 9.2 LKA103837.E. 29 September 2011. Changes to the emergency regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (August-September 2011). [Electronic version of attachment(s) not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.] 9.3 LKA103784.E. 15 August 2011. Recourse available to Jaffna Tamils who have been victims of human rights violations, including places where complaints can be lodged (2010-June 2011). 9.4 Amnesty International. 14 October 2011. Sri Lanka: Briefing to the UN Committee Against Torture. (ASA 37/016/2011) 9.5 Freedom from Torture. N.d. Out of the Silence: New Evidence of Ongoing Torture in Sri Lanka 2009-2011. 10 Police and Security Forces 10.1 LKA103588.E. 27 September 2010. Information on the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), including on the relationship between the EPDP and the Sri Lankan Army, whether they mistreat Tamil populations in the north or in Colombo; if so, whether they extort Tamils. 10.2 The Asia Foundation. 10 November 2010. Robyn Levy. "Bringing Police and Communities Together in Post-War Sri Lanka." 10.3 Asian Human Rights Commission. 12 January 2011. Sofie Rordam. Sri Lanka: Police Torture As an Indicator of the Constitutional Degradation of the Rule of Law. 11 Media Freedoms 11.1 Amnesty International. May 2010. "Silencing Dissent: Media Workers under Attack in Sri Lanka." (ASA 37/001/2010) 11.2 Freedom House. 2011. "Sri Lanka." Freedom of the Press 2011. 11.3 Committee to Protect Journalists. 2011. Attacks on the Press 2010: Sri Lanka. 12 Religion 12.1 United States. 13 September 2011. Department of State. "Sri Lanka." International Religious Freedom Report July-December 2010. 13 Nationality, Ethnicity and Race 13.1 LKA103663.E. 21 February 2011. Treatment of suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) members or supporters, including information about how many are in detention; whether the government continues to screen Tamils in an attempt to identify LTTE suspects (January 2010 - 21 January 2011). 13.2 LKA103782.E. 12 July 2011. Whether there has been increased surveillance, arrests and detentions of Tamil citizens since February 2011; forced registration of Tamil citizens in the north and east of Sri Lanka. 13.3 LKA103959.E. 16 December 2011. Treatment of Tamil doctors by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and Karuna paramilitaries; reports of Tamil doctors being arrested, doctor shortages and hospital closures in northern, eastern and central Sri Lanka. 13.4 LKA103960.E. 9 February 2012. Treatment of Tamils in Colombo by members of the Sri Lankan security forces and police; registration requirements in Colombo for Tamil citizens (2007-2008). 13.5 LKA102016.E. 11 December 2006. Treatment of Tamils in Colombo by members of the Sri Lankan security forces and police (2005-2006). 14 Exit/Entry and Freedom of Movement 14.1 LKA103651.E. 22 February 2011. Situation in northern Sri Lanka, including information on internally displaced persons (IDPs), emergency regulations, mobility rights, security checks and treatment of women (December 2009-January 2011). 14.2 LKA103816.E. 22 August 2011. Registration requirements in Colombo for Tamil and Sinhalese citizens who migrate from Jaffna or other regions of the country. 14.3 LKA103344.E. 28 January 2010. Security controls at the international airport and ports. 14.4 ZZZ103357.E. 3 February 2010. Status of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India, including information on identity documents, citizenship, movement, employment, property, education, government aid, camp conditions and repatriation (2008 - January 2010). 14.5 LKA103815.E. 22 August 2011. Information on the treatment of Tamil returnees to Sri Lanka, including failed refugee applicants; repercussions, upon return, for not having proper government authorization to leave the country, such as a passport. 14.6 ZZZ103665.E. 9 February 2011. Whether Tamils living in India are repatriating to Sri Lanka, including the procedure to repatriate and support services available to those wishing to repatriate (January 2009 - January 2011). 14.7 United Nations. October 2011. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Joint Humanitarian and Early Recovery Update. Report #37. 14.8 Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. Norway. 14 January 2011. IDPs and Returnees Remain in Need of Protection and Assistance. 15 Labour, Employment and Unions - (No items in this section) 16 Other - (No items in this section)

The following changes have been made to the previous package dated 13 April 2011:

Updated

  • 1.3) British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 October 2010. "Sri Lanka Timeline."
  • 1.5) The Europa World Year Book 2010. 2010. "Sri Lanka," pp. 4146-4173. London: Routledge. [Electronic version not available. Hard copy may be viewed in IRB regional offices.]
  • 2.2) Amnesty International. 2010. "Sri Lanka." Amnesty International Report 2010, pp. 301-303.
  • 2.7) United Kingdom. 11 November 2010. Home Office. Country of Origin Information Report: Sri Lanka.
  • 12.1) United States. 17 November 2010. Department of State. "Sri Lanka." International Religious Freedom Report 2010.

Removed

  • 1.1.g) Quid.fr. N.d. Carte(s) de pays. "Sri Lanka – Politique."
  • 1.6) Le Monde [Paris]. 26 January 2009. Frédéric Bobin. "Fuyant la guerre au Sri Lanka, des civils tamouls se réfugient dans le sud de l'Inde."
  • 1.9) International Committee of the Red Cross. 27 May 2010. "Sri Lanka: Recovering from Conflict."
  • 2.6) Country of Origin Research and Information. April 2010. CORI Country Report: Sri Lanka April 2010.
  • 2.10) British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 February 2010. Anbarasan Ethirajan. "Fear and Anxiety in Battered Tamil City."
  • 3.2) LKA102018.E. 22 December 2006. Prevalence of fraudulent National Identity Cards (NICs) (2004 - 2006).
  • 4.3) Reuters. 7 October 2010. Ranga Sirilal. "Sri Lanka's Jailed Ex-army Boss Loses Parliament Seat." (AlertNet)
  • 4.4) British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 April 2010. Charles Haviland. "Rajapaksa Triumphs in Final Count."
  • 5.3) United Nations. 27 November 2008. Integrated Regional Information Networks. "Sri Lanka: Violence Against Women on the Rise."
  • 10.3) United Kingdom. 20 July 2010. Foreign & Commonwealth Office. "UK Assistance to Address Language Barriers of Police Officers."
  • 11.2) Committee to Protect Journalists. 19 May 2009. Bob Dietz and Robert Mahoney. "In Sri Lanka, No Peace Dividend for Press."
  • 13.4) LKA103057.E. 12 February 2009. Recourse available to Jaffna Tamils who have been victims of human rights violations, including places where complaints can be lodged (2006 - Jan. 2009).
  • 14.2) United Nations. 27 August 2010. Integrated Regional Information Networks. "Sri Lanka: IDP Returns Nearing Completion."
  • 14.5) United Nations. March 2010. Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Banking on Solutions: A Real-Time Evaluation of UNHCR's Shelter Grant Programme for Returning Displaced People in Northern Sri Lanka. (PDES/2010/04)

Added

  • 1.2) International Crisis Group. 18 July 2011. Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever. Asia Report No. 209.
  • 1.6) International Committee of the Red Cross. May 2011. ICRC Annual Report 2010 - Sri Lanka.
  • 2.6) International Crisis Group. 22 December 2011. "Statement on the Report of Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission."
  • 2.8) United Kingdom. December 2011. Home Office. Operational Guidance Note: Sri Lanka.
  • 2.10) Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides. September 2011. Rapport de mission en République démocratique et socialiste de Sri Lanka du 13 au 27 mars 2011.
  • 2.11) International Crisis Group. 12 September 2011. Sri Lanka: Post-War Progress Report.
  • 2.12) M.A. Sumanthiran. 21 October 2011. Situation in North-Eastern Sri Lanka: A Series of Serious Concerns.
  • 2.13) Human Rights Watch. January 2012. "Sri Lanka." World Report 2012: Events of 2011.
  • 3.2) LKA103785.E. 22 July 2011. Prevalence of fraudulent National Identity Cards (NICs).
  • 4.3) LKA103949.E. 18 January 2012. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), including the party's relationship with the current government and the 2011 local authority election results (June 2010-December 2011).
  • 4.4) LKA103950.E. 17 February 2012. The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) and Karuna factions; their relationship with each other; reports concerning their treatment of Sinhalese and Tamil citizens; whether they are still active as paramilitary groups.
  • 4.6) LKAs.E. 8 February 2012. The Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), including whether they mistreat Tamil populations in the north or in Colombo; if so, whether they extort Tamils; relationship between the EPDP and the Sri Lankan army (October 2010-December 2011).
  • 5.3) LKA103947.E. 25 January 2012. Sexual and domestic violence, including legislation, state protection, and services available for victims.
  • 6.2) LKA103948.E. 13 January 2012. Treatment of sexual minorities, including legislation, state protection, and support services.
  • 9.2) LKA103837.E. 29 September 2011. Changes to the emergency regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (August-September 2011). [Attachment(s)]
  • 9.3) LKA103784.E. 15 August 2011. Recourse available to Jaffna Tamils who have been victims of human rights violations, including places where complaints can be lodged (2010-June 2011).
  • 9.4) Amnesty International. 14 October 2011. Sri Lanka: Briefing to the UN Committee Against Torture. (ASA 37/016/2011)
  • 9.5) Freedom from Torture. N.d. Out of the Silence: New Evidence of Ongoing Torture in Sri Lanka 2009-2011.
  • 10.3) Asian Human Rights Commission. 12 January 2011. Sofie Rordam. Sri Lanka: Police Torture As an Indicator of the Constitutional Degradation of the Rule of Law.
  • 11.2) Freedom House. 2011. "Sri Lanka." Freedom of the Press 2011.
  • 11.3) Committee to Protect Journalists. 2011. Attacks on the Press 2010: Sri Lanka.
  • 13.2) LKA103782.EF. 12 July 2011. Whether there has been increased surveillance, arrests and detentions of Tamil citizens since February 2011; forced registration of Tamil citizens in the north and east of Sri Lanka.
  • 13.3) LKA103959.E. 16 December 2011. Treatment of Tamil doctors by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and Karuna paramilitaries; reports of Tamil doctors being arrested, doctor shortages and hospital closures in northern, eastern and central Sri Lanka.
  • 13.4) LKA103960.E. 9 February 2012. Treatment of Tamils in Colombo by members of the Sri Lankan security forces and police; registration requirements in Colombo for Tamil citizens (2007-2008).
  • 14.2) LKA103816.E. 22 August 2011. Registration requirements in Colombo for Tamil and Sinhalese citizens who migrate from Jaffna or other regions of the country.
  • 14.5) LKA103815.E. 22 August 2011. Information on the treatment of Tamil returnees to Sri Lanka, including failed refugee applicants; repercussions, upon return, for not having proper government authorization to leave the country, such as a passport.
  • 14.7) United Nations. October 2011. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Joint Humanitarian and Early Recovery Update. Report #37.
  • 14.8) Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. Norway. 14 January 2011. IDPs and Returnees Remain in Need of Protection and Assistance.

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