Vishwamadu Military Rape Case: These Crimes are Not Committed by the Military Alone – WAN


(A file photo) Women’s Action Network (WAN) welcomes yesterday’s (6th October 2015) precedent setting verdict of the Vishwamadu military rape case (case no 1569/12 ) delivered by the Jaffna High Court. We salute the courage of both victims, especially one

MP Pararajasingham’s Killing: Two Ex-LTTEers Arrested

Late M.P. Joseph Pararajasingham

( A LTTE suicide squad; File photo) Two ex-LTTE cadres were arrested by the CID in connection with the killing of former TNA parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham, police said today. Mr. Pararajasingham was shot dead on December 25, 2005 while inside

4 Sri Lanka Soldiers Jailed 25 Years Each for Gang Rape in 2010


( SL military; File photo) COLOMBO (AFP) – A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday sentenced four government soldiers to 25 years in prison each for the gang rape of a 27-year-old Tamil mother of two in the island’s former war

UK-based Business Tycoon Embroiled in SL’s Hunt for Stolen Assets

A UK based tycoon has been linked to investigations being conducted over billions of dollars allegedly stolen from Sri Lanka by associates of the previous regime, BuzzFeed News reported. An investigation conducted by BuzzFeed News said that the offshore empire

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Speaks on War Crime Allegations

The following is excerpts of a brief interview with former Defence Secretary Rajapaksa: Q: Do you really believe the proposed judicial mechanism can help address accountability issues? A: Execution of surrendering LTTE cadres during the last phase of the offensive

Sri Lanka: When Loved Ones are Stolen Can Poetry Repair the Wound?


By R Cheran. Amnesty International recently launched “Silenced Shadows”, a poetry competition on disappearances in Sri Lanka. Poet R Cheran, one of our competition judges, explains how literature can be a force for change. More than 80,000 people disappeared in

Sri Lanka will Vote in Favor of UN Resolution for Moratorium on Death Penalty – Justice Minister


Oct 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka will not implement the death penalty temporarily as the country has decided to vote in favor of a UN resolution for moratorium on death penalty in 2015, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha said in parliament

Sri Lanka Asks Japan to Arrange North-East Reconstruction Donor Meet


(Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree met Japan’s Emperor and Empress during an official visit. ) Sri Lanka wants Japan to arrange  meeting of international donors to help rebuild the war-ravaged north and east of the

President Sirisena Launches Another Land Return Drive


( An advertisement for a film on IDPs) President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday launched another round of returning lands held by the military in the Northern Province to Tamils, the original landowners. At a function in Killinochchi , Mr. Sirisena

Great Expectations in Sri Lanka; The Road Ahead Will Not Be Smooth – The Hindu


( People  with masks of different meanings, in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka) The unanimous adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka last week is notable for the pragmatism that informs it. The idea of

Japan Will Back Sri Lanka’s Domestic Process


(Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with the Japanese Foreign Minister ) The Japanese Government says it will back Sri Lanka’s domestic process to address issues related to the war, the office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Ekneligoda Case: CID Granted Leave to Investigate Army Camp


Homagama Magistrate R.B.Nelumdeniya granted leave to the CID to photograph the Girithale Army Intelligence Corps Camp, where journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda had been allegedly detained, and to examine the books and documents maintained by the camp authorities. The magistrate also ordered

Parliamentary Raviraj Murderer In Custody


The murderer of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj has been taken into custody along with another individual allegedly connected with the 2006 assassination of the Tamil politician. The Sunday Leader learns that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)

AN Analysis of UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka; Reasons for the Changes


( Sri Lanka FM made a huge impact on HRC through his address to the council in Sep. 2015) HRC 30th Session – Draft Resolution. Item 2: Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lank.a The Human Rights Council,

Missing Persons Comm. Commences Investigations in North


( Missing persons commission in sittings) The Special Investigative Team appointed by the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons has commenced investigations in the North into cases identified by the Commission during the conducting of Public Sittings,

OISL Report Charges Annathi’s Late Husband Elilan for Child Recruitment


The event at Palais de Naciones in Geneva clearly showed that the opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is sharply divided. Two of its parliamentarians and a Provincial Councillor used the good offices of UNHRC-recognised organisations to make speeches during the

Investigations on Prageeth, Lasantha and Raviraj Face Disruptions


(Photo: Doctors trying get Lasantha Wickramatunga’s life back) The CID is reportedly facing continuous disruptions in its investigations into the killings of MP Nadaraja Raviraj and senior journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga and the forced disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. A top

HRC 30: Action on Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

In a resolution (A_HRC_30_L.29) on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, adopted without a vote, the Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate all alleged attacks by individuals and groups on journalists, human rights defenders,

APC to Discuss HRC 30 Resolution – President Sirisena


Domestic mechanism in accordance with Constitution. We have won over international community. Govt’s approach appreciated by UN, UNHRC This government was able to change the situation within the last nine months to inquire into alleged human rights violations and war

Why UNHRC Chief Doesn’t Trust Sri Lanka Judiciary – Upul Joseph Fernando


( Rajapaksa family friend Peries was appointed as CJ after unlawful impeachment of 43 CJ Shirani Bandaranayeka) In 2011, former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris travelled to the United Nations in New York as the Ministerial Legal Advisor to defeat the

TGTE to form an International Team to Monitor Implementation of the HRC Resolution on Sri Lanka

Details of this team will be announced on November 2, 2015. 1)  Vision of justice dispensed at Human Rights Council is in contradiction to the findings of the High Commissioner’s Report. 2) Expresses disappointment at dilution of principles of justice.

Sri Lanka Forigen Ministry Refutes Media Reports & Defends Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha

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( Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha with FM Samaraweera & Justice Minister Rajapaksa at HRC 30) The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to news reports and commentaries appearing over the past few days suggesting that the statement

At U.N. Assembly, Sri Lankan Leader Aims to Lift Country’s Stature


By SOMINI SENGUPTA. UNITED NATIONS — Nine months after he was elected to bridge bitter ethnic divisions at home, Sri Lanka’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, spent the better part of this week in New York trying to reassert his country’s place

While HRC 30 Debating Sexual Harassment by SL Military, SL Police Were Torturing & Sexually Abusing a School Boy


( File photo: Sri Lanka police known for its inhumane practices) While United Nations Human Rights Council was listening to allegations of sexual harassment of Tamil detainees  by  Sri Lanka military, Sri Lanka police was torturing a 17 year school

Sri Lanka, Let’s Not Talk about Sex

Pre-marital sex is considered taboo by a Sri Lankan society that is deeply entrenched in cultural norms and values. Let’s face it – the older generation (inclusive of our parents) considers sexual relations are only for married people and even

UN Rights Body OKs Call for Postwar Sri Lanka Accountability


( Sri Lanka war zone ) By Jamey Keaten | AP . GENEVA — The top U.N. human rights body on Thursday approved by consensus a resolution aimed to increase accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of its decades-long

At UN, President of Sri Lanka Details Country’s ‘ New Vision’ Built on Sustainability and Reconciliation


(President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak) 30 September 2015 – After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in

UN War Crimes Resolution : A Vindication of Sri Lankan Survivors of Torture Who Have Spoken Out


Freedom from Torture, the UK-based human rights organisation, welcomes the acceptance of the UN report on war crimes in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, as a major step forward in the quest for accountability

Sri Lanka Ready to Commence Consultations to Implement the Resolution


( Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha) Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  30th session at the adoption of the resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador

Sri Lanka: UN War Crimes Resolution Marks a Turning Point for Victims


A crucial resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today offers the victims of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict the prospect of finally getting the truth and justice they deserve, Amnesty International said. The resolution was adopted without a vote