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  • Sri. Lanka minister accuses UN rights boss of ‘secret meetings’ Read more >

    Sri. Lanka minister accuses UN rights boss of ‘secret meetings’

    Pro-government activists led by monks protest outside the UN office in Colombo on August 26, 2013 (AFP/File, Ishara S. Kodikara)  (AFP)  A senior Sri Lankan minister on Thursday accused the visiting UN human rights chief of holding “secret meetings” with activists during her ongoing fact-finding mission.Housing minister Wimal Weerawansa said UN High Commissioner for Human […]

  • Lanka rejects impunity charge

    The government says there is no culture of impunity in the country and in instances where evidence is available action to conduct legal proceedings have been instituted  irrespective of the status of those accused, which include politicians, public officials and officers of the law enforcement agencies.External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris said this when he […]

  • Lanka prepares for UPR 2017

    The government says it will make all preparations to ensure there is further progress on the human rights front ahead of the next Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka at the UN in Geneva in 2017.President Mahinda Rajapaksa;s human rights envoy, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said this after meeting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

  • Accountability issues: Tambimuttu urges Pillay not to be selective

    SLFP Batticaloa District Organiser Arun Tambimuttu yesterday urged visiting United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay not to be selective in examining accountability issues in Sri Lanka.Thambimuttu said that those who had been demanding an investigation into the alleged war crimes claimed to have been  committed during the final phase of the war in early […]

  • Government will not listen to UN orders – Minister

    The Minister for Irrigation and Water Management Nimal Sripala de Silva has said that the UN High Commisisoner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, could not give orders to Sri Lanka, and even if she did, the government would not comply.Talking to reporters at the office of Mahinda Rajapakse’s SLFP, the minister said Navi Pillay was […]

  • Navi Pillay’s intervention not acceptable – Transport Minister Welgama

    Transport Minister Kumara Welgama yesterday said that United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay’s intervention in domestic affairs of Sri Lanka was not acceptable.Minister Welgama said that contrary to reports, the UN official was free to visit any part of the country.Addressing a public gathering at Matugama, Minister Welgama alleged that the UN rights chief […]

  • Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka to serve Diaspora – NFF

    The National Freedom Front (NFF) today stated that it does not approve of the decision by the government to invite the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to Sri Lanka, on a fact-finding mission.The party’s media spokesman Mohammed Muzammil stated that the government expects Navi Pillay to come and be impressed by the […]

  • Navi Pillay came with the report prepared – Minister Manusha

    Monitoring MP of the media ministry Manusha Nanayakkara emphasizes that Ms. Navi Pillai has come to Sri Lanka not to prepare a report on the situation in Sri Lanka as she has already made that report.Govt MPs and ministers express different views on the UN high commissioner’s Sri Lankan visit.Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that a […]

  • Sri Lanka and UNHRC : Inconvenient truths Read more >

    Sri Lanka and UNHRC : Inconvenient truths

    Dilrukshi Handunnetti Marie Colvin, the well-known defence correspondent of the UK-based Sunday Times was crossing LTTE-controlled land to enter government territory in April 2001. Unexpectedly, Colvin ended up as a victim of Sri Lanka’s protracted war, losing her left eye in a grenade attack.   Re-emphasizing the brutality of war and how it devours innocent […]

  • Why Pillay should raise media freedom Read more >

    Why Pillay should raise media freedom

    Ceylon Today Editorial   The visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, who is in Sri Lanka on a week-long official tour, is expected to meet a motley group of people representing the government, including the Head of the State, the opposition, civil society, Tamil political parties, media and so forth. http://srilankaguardian.org/ Pillay’s visit […]

  • Pillay seemed satisfied with report – Vasu

    Minister National Languages and Social Integration, Vasudewa Nanayakkara, today assured United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, that the Select Committee appointed by the government to look into the revision of the 13th Amendment, will not water down the steps taken by his Ministry to uphold the trilingual policy.The minister said that he had told […]

  • UN rights chief should push Sri Lanka on press freedom

    By Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate  When the human rights watchdog for the United Nations visits Sri Lanka this weekend she should forcefully address the government’s problematic record on press freedom. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka August 25-31 ahead of next month’s regular session of […]

  • Australia’s detention of 46 refugees ‘cruel and degrading,’ UN rights experts find

    GENEVA (22 AUGUST 2013) Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases.The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the refugees, who have been held for at least two and […]

  • Sri Lanka groups want UN to inquire about killings

    By KRISHAN FRANCIS (AP) — Sri Lankan human rights activists said Wednesday they have asked a United Nations official to inquire about the recent killing of unarmed protesters, anti-Muslim violence and alleged army land grabs from victims of the country’s civil war.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay arrives Sunday for a seven-day visit […]

  • Future Course of International Action on Sri Lanka will be Determined by what Navi Pillay reports after her Sri Lankan Trip Read more >

    Future Course of International Action on Sri Lanka will be Determined by what Navi Pillay reports after her Sri Lankan Trip

    Add captionUNHRC session-March 2013-pic: UN Dharisha Bastians Louise Arbour, the last UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Sri Lanka, arrived in the country in October 2007, just over a year into the Government’s ‘humanitarian operation’ to liberate the north and east from the Tamil Tigers. Government forces had recently secured the strategic LTTE […]

  • Govt. puts on best face ahead of CHOGM, Pillay visit

     Ranga JayasuriyaWith two crucial events in its political calendar, the government is trying to put on its best face to the world. It has vouched to retrain itself as it braces for more troubles.The two events are the forthcoming visit by the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, later this month and the Commonwealth Heads […]

  • No Restrictions On HC Pillay; Fonseka wants to meet with HC

    The government says there will be no restrictions placed on the movements of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) Navi Pillay during her visit to Sri Lanka at the end of this month.Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that he hopes to meet Pillay and discuss several issues with her during her visit. […]

  • Trinco 5 students murder suspects remanded

    The Trincomalee Magistrate has remanded 12 police Special Task Force (STF) personal over their alleged involvement in the murder of 5 students in Trincomalee in 2006, the police media unit said today.The incident referred to as the Trincomalee massacre, occurred when the five Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and […]

  • US wants accountability in Lanka Read more >

    US wants accountability in Lanka

    The United Sates says it is looking for Sri Lanka to proceed with accountability and genuine reconciliation and will be watching “very carefully” to decide what steps may be necessary to be taken again at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).Speaking at a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York yesterday (Tuesday) US […]

  • Ahead of Pillay visit, President submits memo to incorporate 53 more LLRC recommendations to National Action Plan Read more >

    Ahead of Pillay visit, President submits memo to incorporate 53 more LLRC recommendations to National Action Plan

    High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay The UPFA this week took a decision that reflects a marked shift in foreign policy. Ministers at their weekly Cabinet meeting on Thursday unanimously approved a recommendation by President Rajapaksa to incorporate a string of recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) into the National Plan of Action. […]

  • Accountability: A grand failure of the Sri Lankan state Read more >

    Accountability: A grand failure of the Sri Lankan state

    8 years gone: No investigation, only promises Kishali Pinto-JayawardenaVerily, one is not sure whether to be outraged or amused by assurances made by Sri Lankan Government’s Permanent Representative this week that non-summary proceedings into the brutal killings of 5 students of Tamil ethnicity in Trincomalee during 2006 will commence in the first week of June […]

  • The implications of States’ surveillance of communications for the exercise of  freedom of opinion and expression Read more >

    The implications of States’ surveillance of communications for the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression

    Frank La Rue Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression ”The present report analyses the implications of States’ surveillance of communications for the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression. While considering the impact of […]

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