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  • Implementation Status of the LLRC Recommendations – February 2014

    Verite Reserach Sri Lanka:LLRC!Implementation Monitor- Statistical and Analytical Review No.2 BackgroundThe Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) published its final report on 16 December 2011. On 26 July 2012, the government released a National Plan of Action to Implement the Recommendations of the LLRC (NPA).  The LLRC originally contained 167 recommendations that required tangible action […]

  • SriLanka: Families of missing persons subjected to threats, intimidation

    The intelligence wing of the occupying Sri Lankan military and the ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Department (TID) operatives in the North intimidate and threaten the families of the missing persons as many of the victims were not prepared to give up their complaints. The latest harassment comes in the wake of the so-called ‘independent’ Presidential Commission on […]

  • Sri Lanka govt asks more time: to  alter the demographic composition and the linguistic and cultural identity of the North a and East – TNA Read more >

    Sri Lanka govt asks more time: to alter the demographic composition and the linguistic and cultural identity of the North a and East – TNA

    TNA leader R.Sampanthan ‘The I.T.A.K. states that the Government is engaged in implementing a programme, the objective of which is to further alter the demographic composition of and alter the linguistic and cultural identity of the Northern and Eastern provinces. When the Sri Lankan government states that it needs more time, it only means that […]

  • Sri Lanka Govt. is killing our hopes: Wigneswaran Read more >

    Sri Lanka Govt. is killing our hopes: Wigneswaran

    hopes dashed  Northern Chief Minister claims councillors losing faith in Govt. will to assist with NPC work  Says emotions are being vented through resolutions at NPC  Slams President for refusal to change Chief Secretary of the Province  NPC to send Ananthi to Geneva since she is best suited to speak of disappearances Dharisha BastiansNorthern Province […]

  • Sri Lanka’s commission on war missing receives over 13,000 complaints

    (Xinhua) — An independent presidential commission appointed to investigate people who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s three-decade conflict have received over 13,000 complaints, it said in a statement on Tuesday.The Presidential Commission has received approximately 13,700 complaints of disappearances from all parts of the country.According to the Commission approximately 9,300 disappearances are of civilians and 4,300 […]

  • Sri Lanka: Note on The Commission on Disappearances sittings in Kilinochchi

    Brito Fenando ·         Inquiry started focusing Kilinochchi District and covered 10 Grama Sevaka Divisions in 4 days. ·         Registered victims are called according to the GS divisions. ·          The staff interview all the persons who come there and new forms were also filled by the staff. ·         Three commissioners inquire the victims , one by […]

  • Sri Lanka Disappearance Probe to Hear More Cases from North

    A three-member panel appointed to probe disappearances during Sri Lanka’s three-decade-long civil war will hear more cases in Tamil-dominated northern areas.           The panel had received some 13,000 complaints of disappearances when it began their Kilinochchi hearings. Commission’s H W Gunadasa said that the panel would now sit in Mullaithivu, the former LTTE military headquarters.          Gunadasa said […]

  • Sri Lanka: PC on Disappearances begins sittings

    The Presidential Commission (PC) to Probe Disappearances commenced its sittings on Saturday (18) in Kilinochchi, ahead of the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions, scheduled for March.The Commission received oral and documentary submissions from 52 Tamils in Vannerikulam and Aanaivilunthan, in the Killinochchi District, yesterday, the second day of the sittings, the Secretary to the […]

  • Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013 Read more >

    Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013

    WATCHDOG This is a summary of a longer report. Please read it download it as a PDF from here or read it online here. All photos taken and provided by the author. Introduction According to Article 7, paragraph 2(i) of the Rome Statute[1], an Enforced disappearance is defined as “…the arrest, detention or abduction of persons […]

  • A list of Commissions and Committees appointed by GoSL (2006- 2013)

    The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has produced a table that contains basic information pertaining to Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) and committees appointed by the Government since coming into power in November 2005. Section I of the table examines the CoI and Section II contains information pertaining to key committees established during the specific time […]

  • Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party Read more >

    Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party

    Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party World | Press Trust of India inSh Colombo:  Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party today said a census to ascertain the number of dead and disappeared in the country’s nearly three-decade-long civil war was not being conducted properly.“We feel that the census is not being properly conducted,” said […]

  • Sri  Lanka: Peaceful protestors assaulted on world human rights day Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Peaceful protestors assaulted on world human rights day

    The violation of human rights in Trincomalee on World Human Rights day proves that the Rajapaksa regime doesn’t care two hoots for the Commonwealth Charter let alone the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, despite the President being the Commonwealth Chairman, the ‘Samagi Balawegaya’ says.In a statement, the ‘Samagi Balawegaya’ condemns the violent conduct of the […]

  • Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances Read more >

    Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances

    By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo Hundreds of Sri Lankans have held a demonstration in Colombo, demanding to know the whereabouts of two activists who disappeared two years ago. Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan organised rallies against political disappearances before being apparently abducted in the north of the country. The rally was held on the […]

  • Disappearances commission seeks extension; received 8000 complaints Read more >

    Disappearances commission seeks extension; received 8000 complaints

    The commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate incidents of disappearances during the war has sought an extension to the time period it was given by when to complete investigations.Former Judge Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, who is heading the Commission, said that so far the Commission has received 8000 complaints on disappearances.Of the complaints, 4000 […]

  • Sri Lanka bans remembrance of rebels Tamil Tigers Read more >

    Sri Lanka bans remembrance of rebels Tamil Tigers

    Sapa-AFP Sri Lanka’s military Monday announced a ban on commemorations of the island’s defeated Tamil Tiger rebels following reports that sections of the ethnic Tamil minority were planning to hold events. The military said any event was banned because the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was still a proscribed organisation, four years after the […]

  • After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch

    First, the good news: David Cameron kept his promise to “shine a light” on Sri Lanka’s human rights record when he visited the country for the Commonwealth summit. If President Mahinda Rajapaksa thought this occasion was going to be a chance to showcase his regime, then he will have been sorely disappointed. In particular, Cameron’s […]

  • CHOGM 2013: A lie well told Read more >

    CHOGM 2013: A lie well told

    Deborah Philip    I imagine that beneath the cordial smiles and exchange of pleasantries there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth taking place at Temple Trees these days. The façade that was CHOGM 2013 seems to have crumbled, at least in the eyes of the world, although certainly not in most parts of Sri Lanka’s […]

  • British PM upstages Commonwealth summit with Jaffna trip Read more >

    British PM upstages Commonwealth summit with Jaffna trip

    AFP Colombo (AFP) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron made an historic visit Friday to Sri Lanka’s former war-zone, stealing the spotlight from a Commonwealth summit after the host, President Mahinda Rajapakse, warned against passing judgement on his country’s past. Only hours after the summit opened in Colombo, Cameron flew into the northern Jaffna region […]

  • Friction over Sri Lankan rights record shows at Commonwealth as president defends gov’t effort Read more >

    Friction over Sri Lankan rights record shows at Commonwealth as president defends gov’t effort

    Rajapaksha at CHOGM ( AP photo) Associated PressSri Lanka’s president lashed out at criticisms of his nation’s human rights record, saying Thursday that the government deals with any complaints of abuses committed during or after its bloody 27-year civil war. Pro-government protesters, meanwhile, attacked the headquarters of the main opposition party.President Mahinda Rajapaksa was speaking […]

  • CHOGM 2013 /Sri Lanka: HR festival  participant arrested Read more >

    CHOGM 2013 /Sri Lanka: HR festival participant arrested

    Participants at the Festival A youth from Mullaitivu who had attended the Human Rights Festival at the UNP Sirikotha headquarters has been arrested by security forces this afternoon. (Nov. 14).The youth, named Sudharshan was arrested by Mirihana police OIC and a group of TID officers, reports say.Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, organizing committee member – […]

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