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  • No One, in the US or Sri Lanka, Should Be Above the Law Read more >

    No One, in the US or Sri Lanka, Should Be Above the Law

    ”Whether committed by the US or Sri Lanka, by government officials or separatist groups, serious human rights abuses should be investigated and perpetrators held to account.”  by Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch In a report released last month Human Rights Watch called on the US government to launch criminal investigations into allegations of detainee abuse authorized […]

  • US backs international mechanism to investigate Sri Lanka war crimes

    The United States on Monday called again for a “transparent accounting of Sri Lanka’s actions” during the final months of the island’s war. Addressing reporters State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the UN panel of experts is a mechanism “that should be taken advantage of” and that “an international mechanism to look at these is […]

  • Sampanthan insists TNA has not shut the door

    Rohan AbeywardenaTamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan in the aftermath of last Thursday’s somewhat tough stand taken with the government in giving it ten days to respond to the devolution proposals the TNA had put to the government about five months ago sat with The Island for a long interview and insisted that they had […]

  • Elections to Local Bodies – An Indian Perspective

    V. Suryanarayan and Ashik Bonofer The results of elections to local bodies, held on March 17, 2011 and July 23, 2011 and subsequent comments made by Sinhalese and Tamil leaders clearly indicate that the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka is getting sharpened. Two years after the decimation of the Tigers the Government is determined to impose […]

  • Gotabhaya’s sexist comments on war victim giving evidence on rape

    Sri Lanka’s genocidal soldiers making lewd comments on the naked bodies of female victims killed in the war, suggesting that they were killed after rape has been documented in the Channel 4 documentary. While denying the documentation as fake to Headlines Today this week, Sri Lanka’s defence secretary and presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made a […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Tamil question: Justice, Lies and Videotape

    Sri Lanka’s thirty year war is now more of words than of guns, but it is no less bitter. RNW’s team in the country met with fierce resistance from the Sri Lankan government to the current calls for justice from the international community.  But the problem is that the international community’s presence in the country […]

  • Rights groups urge Swiss Attorney General to prosecute Dias for war-crimes

    Society for Threatened People and TRIAL, two advocacy groups based in Europe, requested the Swiss Attorney General today to pursue war crimes charges against Jegath Dias, SriLanka’s deputy ambassador to Germany and former major general in Sri Lanka’s armed forces. The groups allege that Dias’s division was “responsible for massive bombing of civilians and hospitals,” […]

  • Groups ask Swiss to prosecute Sri Lankan diplomat

    By JOHN HEILPRIN GENEVA — Two advocacy groups asked Swiss authorities Thursday to pursue war crime charges against a former Sri Lankan army commander now serving as a European diplomat, reflecting still-simmering Western concerns about the South Asian island nations’ human rights record. The Swiss-based groups Society for Threatened Peoples and TRIAL said they filed a […]

  • Welfare of Lankan Tamils top priority:External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna

    Underlining that the welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka is of utmost importance, India Thursday urged Sri Lanka to pursue a lasting political settlement that provides for harmonious co-existence of all communities, including minorities, in the island-nation.Making a suo moto statement in the Lok Sabha on “The Situation in Sri Lanka”, External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna […]

  • Sri Lankan pilgrims attacked in Chennai

    84 Sri Lankan pilgrims had come under attack in Chennai yesterday by goons describing themselves as ‘black tigers,’ family members of the Sri Lankans said.The Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai had transferred the pilgrims to a hotel in a safe area. Three of the 84 had been injured.     A relative of one of […]

  • SRI LANKA: War report a step forward, say activists Read more >

    SRI LANKA: War report a step forward, say activists

    Thousands of civilians died in the conflict Sri Lankan rights activists say the Defence Ministry report released on 1 August, acknowledging for the first time civilian deaths in the final days of the war, is a step forward, but caution that much depends on the government’s next move. “It’s a step in the right direction, […]

  • Why Government Rhetoric and Propaganda Might Divide Sri Lanka

    In an interview Professor Rajiva Wijesinha gave The Sunday Leader concerning government responses to international pressure, he remarks that “people believe what they want to believe”. Wijesinha’s ironically astute observation sheds light on why government responses to war crimes allegations during the final stage of the Eelam War are not being rallied against locally. Leaving […]

  • Rights group: Sri Lankan war report is a whitewash

    By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI An international rights group on Tuesday called Sri Lanka’s report on its 26-year civil war an attempt to whitewash growing evidence of alleged government atrocities.Two years after the conflict ended, Sri Lanka conceded for the first time this week that troops caused civilian deaths in the last months of fighting against Tamil […]

  • Colombo unable to bury facts of ACF massacre

    Fifth anniversary of the massacre of seventeen staffers of the French NGO, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers falls on the 4th of August. Later investigations established that the workers, trapped inside their Moothoor branch office residence of ACF located close to Moothoor Cultural Centre, were shot and killed […]

  • Sri Lanka says civilian war deaths unavoidable

     Sri Lanka’s government Monday acknowledged for the first time civilian casualties occurred in the final phase of its 26-year civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels but calls those deaths unavoidable. A Defense Ministry report said “it was impossible” to avoid civilian deaths despite the military’s best efforts, given the magnitude of the fighting and ruthlessness […]

  • US delivers demarche: Refer LLRC report to UNHRC

    The United States has delivered a demarche to Sri Lanka that it wants the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) discussed at the 19th sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March next year.A demarche is a formal diplomatic stand of one government’s official position, views and wishes […]

  • Economic development alone will not satisfy minority grievances

    We are facing perhaps one of the gravest challenges since the Indian challenge to us which culminated in the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka Accord. There has been the cumulative impact of the panel of experts’ report of the UN secretary general, the Channel 4 documentary and The Cage by Gordon Weiss.An Interview with Jayantha Dhanapala by […]

  • Lanka needs to look into war crimes allegations carefully – Rao

    Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said Sri Lanka has to look into war crimes allegations carefully.In an interview with Headlines Today, on her last day in office, the United States ambassador designate was queried on allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka and the controversial Channel 4 video amongst other topics.Asked about a Channel […]

  • Stop aid to Sri Lanka, says D. Raja

     CPI secretary and Rajya Sabha member D. Raja has asked the Central government to stop financial aid to Sri Lanka and demand inquiry in International Court of Justice against the atrocities committed on Sri Lankan Tamils by that government.Addressing a meeting here on Friday as part of a nationwide campaign by CPI to express solidarity […]

  • What South Africa can do to help with reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    Louise Arbour,As South Africa knows better than most, a country cannot begin to overcome decades of internal conflict without a sustained effort at revealing the truth of the past and a committed push for reconciliation. If only Sri Lanka could learn that lesson.It has been more than two years since the Sri Lankan military defeated […]

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