Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Sri Lanka Has Engaged More Constructively With Me And My Office On Accountability And Reconciliation Process – Zeid Read more >

    Sri Lanka Has Engaged More Constructively With Me And My Office On Accountability And Reconciliation Process – Zeid

    The full statement of UN Human Rights Chief at the representative of OSIL report to the HRC 30: Mr President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to present the report of OHCHR on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, including the findings of the comprehensive investigation mandated by Human Rights Council […]

  • Sri Lanka: Lobby Payments- How the Lobby PaymentsGoldmine was Plundered

    By  Namini Wijedasa. American influence peddler registers his deals only after exposures in the Sunday Times and Foreign Policy Magazine For three consecutive years, the Auditor General’s Department queried the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) about the millions paid in fees to foreign lobbyists, consultants and public relations agencies. Zuberi2 The reports for 2013 […]

  • North-East Civil Society Groups Express Concern Over Resolution

    We release this statement in response to the draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ tabled under Item 2 and scheduled for debate and adoption on the 30th of September 2015. 1. We reiterate the firm conviction of the victims of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, a majority of […]

  • TNA Hails U.S.-Backed Resolution on Sri Lanka Read more >

    TNA Hails U.S.-Backed Resolution on Sri Lanka

    The Hindu:A file photo of Tamil National Alliance leader, R. Sampanthan. By T. Ramakrishnan “This is perhaps the best possible resolution that could have been achieved at the UNHRC”, says TNA leader R. Sampanthan. The draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the U.S. and other countries […]

  • Sri Lanka War Crimes Resolution Softened Before U.N. Debate

    COLOMBO | By Shihar Aneez An air force officer holds Sri Lanka’s national flag as the sun sets at Galle Face Green in Colombo February 2, 2013. Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte COLOMBO A U.S.-backed resolution at the United Nations that seeks justice for victims of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war has been softened to keep its government […]

  • Sri Lanka: UN Resolution Could Advance Justice – HRW Read more >

    Sri Lanka: UN Resolution Could Advance Justice – HRW

    International Participation, Monitoring Crucial for Reforms. (Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lanka’s justice mechanism for abuses during the country’s brutal civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. The resolution, expected to be adopted on October 1, 2015, contains a number of […]

  • Sri Lanka: Conflicting Reconciliation

      Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management In a significant shift in policy, on September 24, 2015, Colombo decided to co-sponsor a draft resolution (A/HRC/30/L.29) that was tabled at the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The draft resolution titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, […]

  • Sri Lanka : The Prime Concern Should be Reconciliation And Not fFling Cases – PM Read more >

    Sri Lanka : The Prime Concern Should be Reconciliation And Not fFling Cases – PM

    Domestic mechanism guarantees Sri Lanka’s sovereignty – PM Sandasen Marasinghe Sri Lanka’s sovereignty is guaranteed again by formulating a domestic mechanism to find out the truth about the war, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Prime Minister said the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran are responsible for […]

  • JVP for Credible Domestic Inquiry Read more >

    JVP for Credible Domestic Inquiry

    Opposing the Hybrid Court System proposed by the UNHRC, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday stressed that justice for alleged war crime victims would be ensured only through a credible Domestic Inquiry into alleged war crimes. Addressing the media at the JVP office yesterday, Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said there are no provisions within the constitution […]

  • Premier Spells Out Premier Spells Out Domestic Mechanism Read more >

    Premier Spells Out Premier Spells Out Domestic Mechanism

    We don’t want to make security personnel sacrificial lambs Compassionate Council will comprise of clergymen Missing Persons Office, Special Counsel’s Office, Truth Commission key areas of domestic mechanism Most problems stem from MR’s 2009 agreement Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday spelt out the key features of the domestic mechanism to be implemented following the UNHRC […]

  • A Hybrid Court, But How Strong Will It Be?

    The Governments of Sri Lanka, the United States, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, and Macedonia have published the text of a joint resolution which will form the basis of the follow up to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ “OISL” report. You can read the text here. What happens now? This resolution can be amended […]

  • Demilitarise the Occupied N&E Now! – Kumar David Read more >

    Demilitarise the Occupied N&E Now! – Kumar David

    ( The peace symbol ) Don’t be complacent about Rajapaksa brand racial inciters. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe it seems is pushing for an expeditious replacement constitution. I suspect he is of the view that if there is moderate devolution to Tamil areas within six or twelve months, international and local demands for punishment of convicted […]

  • Accountability:  The Importance of Not Setting Ourselves Up to Fail Read more >

    Accountability: The Importance of Not Setting Ourselves Up to Fail

    by Kishali Pinto Jayawardene. This Thursday’s consensus resolution tabled before the United Nations Human Rights Council in relation to Sri Lanka’s war time atrocities has provoked starkly divergent responses in its aftermath. Calling for a more nuanced discussion On the one hand, we have the government patting itself on the back for having successfully negotiated […]

  • Daunting Economic Challenges for the New Government

    by Nimal Saderathne. Enormous economic challenges confront the coalition government. Facing up to these economic problems after months of political preoccupations and electoral politics is no easy task. It is much more than changing the mindset from electoral politics to economic management as it has to deal with more serious fundamental economic problems than before […]

  • Addressing Issues of the Past Without Delay; NPC Tells the Govt.

    (National Peace Council) The release of UN Report on alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka’s war is an important step in the country’s transition to reconciliation.  It will require the Sri Lankan government and people to give their attention to the unhealed wounds of the past that continue to fester in […]

  • Sri Lanka resolution at HRC 30: Win-win Deal For War Wounds Read more >

    Sri Lanka resolution at HRC 30: Win-win Deal For War Wounds

    (GoSL brings in a paragraph of  the crimes by the LTTE) • Govt. will co-sponsor UNHRC resolution: Prime Minister • Negotiations on draft resolution go down to the wire • ‘International judges’ reference replaced with ‘foreign and C’wealth judges and lawyers’ • Govt. manages to include clause about accountability for LTTE crimes in resolution • […]

  • Sri Lanka Escapes ‘External” War Crimes Probe Read more >

    Sri Lanka Escapes ‘External” War Crimes Probe

    ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Thursday escaped a “hybrid” war crimes investigation involving foreign judges and prosecutors as the United States tabled a watered down resolution in line with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s stand. Instead of prescribing external involvement in the accountability process, the resolution leaves the involvement of any foreigners at the discretion of the […]

  • Consensus Reached;  Joint Resolution On Sri Lanka Tabled at HRC 30 Last Minute Read more >

    Consensus Reached; Joint Resolution On Sri Lanka Tabled at HRC 30 Last Minute

    Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of OHCHR’s recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability, and human rights; to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-second session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of the […]

  • Germany Assures Support to Sri Lanka at UNHRC Read more >

    Germany Assures Support to Sri Lanka at UNHRC

    ( German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier  with Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera) Germany has assured its support to Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Foreign Ministry said that the assurance had been given by German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, during talks he […]

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