Sri Lanka Brief


  • BASL to help govt on war crimes charges

    Srian ObeyesekereThe Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday, while expressing serious concerns as to diabolic overtures by the West to destabilise Sri Lanka on the instigation of the Tamil Diaspora, appointed a high powered committee headed by J. de Z. Gunasekera, PC, to advise the government on matters that should be raised before the […]

  • Torture case filed against Sri Lanka’s ex-General Shavendra Silva

    American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Clinic in a press release issued today said that it has filed civil action at the District Court of New York Southern District (SDNY), on behalf of two Tamil plaintiffs against Sri Lanka’s ex-Army General and currently Sri Lanka’s Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Shavendra […]

  • Lawsuit filed against Sri Lankan Army General Responsible for Executions, Torture & Attacking Civilians; Currently Living in NYC

    This morning, American University Washington College of Law’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against Sri Lankan General Shavendra Silva, who currently resides in New York City. General Silva was the commander of the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan Army during its brutal […]

  • Might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice, fairplay – MR

    “Whilst clash of ideas, opinions and values continue we have clearly to recognize that dialogue, deliberation and consensus offer the only viable means for resolving differences. The might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice and fairplay,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 66th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. […]

  • Ramesh’s wife files a case in US against president Rajapaksa

    LTTE leader Ramesh’s wife, Vathsala Devi, has filed a case in the US, against the visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for killing her husband, reports. This case was filed in the Southern District of New York, under Alien Tort Statutes, on behalf of her, by attorney Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran. ‘Colonel’ Ramesh was shown on a […]

  • Swiss AG confirms war crimes investigation if SL diplomat returns

     Following a criminal complaint brought by TRIAL (Swiss association against impunity) and the Society for threatened peoples (SPM) against the Sri Lankan Deputy Ambassador to Switzerland, Jagath Dias, for war crimes, the Swiss Federal Attorney General has decided that a criminal investigation will be launched if Mr. Dias were to come back on Swiss territory, […]

  • A Kunanayakam by any other name?

    Thamarai Mercenaries with misplaced consciences appear to be leading Sri Lanka’s latest band of apologists. Seldom does a hired hand leave such a damning trail as does Tamara Kunanayakam, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland.During the General Debate under Item 2 at the […]

  • Canada drops its resolution on Sri Lanka at UN HRC, Geneva

    s Canadian government has decided not to go ahead with the resolution on Sri Lanka which requested  GOSL to submit LLRC report for an interaction dialogue at the 19th session of Huamn Rights Council. According to informed sources Canadian foreign minister who is attending UN general assemble in New York has decided drop the proposal. […]

  • Discussions in Geneva show world plunging into ‘State Anarchy’

    The way Sri Lanka’s war crimes were viewed by many State actors at Geneva showed how these States are leading the world into anarchy and are contributing to global unrest of peoples, political observers said. In an informal discussion of State delegates and human rights groups held in Geneva on Wednesday on a draft proposal […]

  • Greens call for suspension of Sri Lanka from Commonwealth

    Amanda Hodge  AUSTRALIA’S Greens will launch the first major challenge to Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth membership today when the party calls for its suspension pending a full investigation into allegations of war crimes committed in the final months of the country’s civil war. The campaign to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth kicks off tomorrow with […]

  • UK Sets Deadline For Sri Lanka

     Easwaran RutnamThe British government has set a deadline for Sri Lanka to show progress in addressing  concerns of human rights violations committed during the war. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has told the British Foreign Affairs Committee that Sri Lanka has been told it needs to show progress by the end of this year or […]

  • Weerawansa accuses UN of seeking revenge on Sri Lanka

    Harischnadra GunaratnaDemocratic National Front leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said the intention of the UN to send an officer, claiming to review the actions of the UN in Sri Lanka during the ‘Humanitarian Operation’, was to take revenge on Sri Lanka.He said that Thoraya Obaid, the former head of the UN Population fund who is scheduled […]

  • Watchdogs Push Hard for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Watchdogs Push Hard for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka

    ”The push was sparked by a diplomatic spat at the 18th annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which opened in Geneva on Monday, when Navanethem Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, urged Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a full review of its security apparatus. ”Pam JohnsonWASHINGTON, Sep 16, 2011 […]

  • Canada nudges Lanka over accountability issues

    Shamindra FerdinandoThe Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo, Bruce Levy yesterday emphasised the importance of Sri Lanka addressing concerns raised by the international community, regarding accountability issues as early as possible.Levy said that Sri Lanka couldn’t ignore accountability issues if it was keen to ensure peace and development.The official was responding to a query by The […]

  • Present LLRC and UNSG reports to 2012 March session for discussion – coalition of NGOs

    1.  Acknowledges the President’s receipt of the Secretary-General’s correspondence dated 12 September 2011; 2.       Invites both the government of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General to present to the Council at its 19th regular session in March 2012 their undertaken activities with respect to the implementation of the joint communiqué, including the findings of the LLRC. […]

  • Turning the screw – Sri Lanka’s government under pressure

    THE United States is not in the business of threatening its friends, said Robert O. Blake, US assistant secretary of state, in Colombo on September 14th. But, he added, smiling placidly, there will be pressure. If a domestic commission appointed by Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s president, does not provide credible answers to allegations of war […]

  • US urges Sri Lanka to act on UN war report

    Envoy tells government officials accountability for alleged war crimes should be top priority.A senior US offical has called on the Sri Lankan government to follow up on the findings of a UN report, by bringing to justice those who committed war crimes during the civil war.Robert Blake, assistant secretary of state for South and Central […]

  • US wants Paramilitary activity in north stopped

    Dianne Silva The United States yesterday urged the government to control para-military activity in the North and for Tamil police personnel to be deployed to the North. The US Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake told journalists he was concerned about Human Rights in Sri Lanka. “I am concerned about human rights. I discussed […]

  • SRI LANKA: Pressure mounts on accountability process

     The failure of a national accountability commission into human rights abuses in the last days of the civil war could add to calls for an international inquiry, a top US diplomat warned on 14 September in Sri Lanka. “If it [a national inquiry] is not a credible process, there will be pressure for some sort […]

  • US comments on LLRC assist Sri Lanka deflect international pressure over mass atrocities

    The United States and other governments must move without further delay towards an independent international investigation into mass atrocities committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, and desist from lending credibility to Sri Lanka’s sham domestic investigation, Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) said in a statement Tuesday. Pointing out that leading international human rights organisations have […]

  • SL to protest Ban report at UNHRC in NY and Geneva

     Dianne Silva The government of Sri Lanka will protest strongly against the taking up of the Darusman report at the United Nations Human Rights Council both in Geneva and the General Assembly in New York next week, External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris told the Daily Mirror.  “We will protest the taking up of this […]

  • TNA Statement on Minister Samarasinghe’s statement at UNHRC, Geneva

    The TNA is surprised to learn of the contents of the September 12 address to the UN Human Rights Council by Hon. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, Head of the Sri Lanka Delegation. We take particular exception to his claim that the government’s approach to reconciliation has been predicated on building trust and amity between communities. The […]

  • LLRC should not block space for the Council’s action to develop diverse means and tools, including an independent international mechanism

    ”FORUM-ASIA stresses that this Council must continue its demonstrated leadership in seeking accountability for the allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. To this end, the findings and recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on accountability issues in Sri Lanka must be brought to the agenda […]

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