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Monthly Archives: January, 2014

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Secretary Weeratunga briefs Geneva diplomats on progress in national reconciliation

- Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva  Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga who briefed Permanent Representatives to the United Nations...

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...

Sri Lanka war crime allegations: Justice Minister calls for cross examination of accusers, verification

Rauff HakeemJustice Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday said those who levelled war crime allegations against Sri Lanka should be cross-examined. Hakeem, who is also the...

SC grants leave to proceed for FR case on violent mob attack against place of worship in Weeraketiya

Statement issued by the NATIONAL CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE OF  SRI LANKA (NCEASL) The fundamental rights case (Case Number 19/2013 SCFR) filed on behalf of the...

Navi Pillay urged to launch international investigation on missing persons

Stating the recent attacks and threats against Tamil activists in North and East who were in the forefront in the protests reprenting the victims...

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office releases report on human rights situation in Sri Lanka

    The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) released   its quarterly human rights report for the last quarter of 2013. In its...

Why international pressure has become necessary

Promises not kept  Jehan PereraShortly after the end of the war in 2009, President Rajapaksa declared that in Sri Lanka there would no...

Sri Lanka: MR says only 12,000 troops in the North

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the number of soldiers based in the North has been reduced to 12,000 following the end of the war.He 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,...

Sri Lanka: Protect Articles of Faith from Saffron terror

The Buddha was the first missionary; and the first to set the Wheel of the Dhamma in motion to reach the ends of the...

Sri Lanka: We do not need a truth and reconciliation commission

Despite Sri Lanka’s most disgraceful history with a plethora of demonstrably useless Commissions and Committees established by successive Presidents, it is a matter for...

Sri Lanka, Right to Association: SF to HRC over Balapitiya incident

Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says he will lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka over the incident in Balapitiya...

Skull with open mouth adds to Mannaar killing field evidences

One of the skulls, recovered at Thirukkeatheesvaram mass grave in Mannaar had its mouth wide open bearing marks of torture injuries in the mouth....

sri Lanka: Mannar Mass grave fuels fear of thousands buried in the Northern war zone

The discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls in northern Sri Lanka has fuelled speculation that there may be...

Assault on other religions by Buddhist monks is an assault on Buddhism

 Vishnugupta"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." ~Martin Luther King Jr. On a widely read website it was...

Sri Lanka – Attacks on churches: Muslim council raises concerns

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council raised concerns over threats faced by religious minorities in Sri Lanka following the latest attack on two churches in...

Welikada Prison massacre inquiry report : The great eyewash

Welikada Prison massacre inquiry report is no less than a whitewash. Here is one palpable case as to why internal investigations conducted by the...

Welikada prison killings:Questionable conclusions

Unarmed prisoners shot dead Ceylon Today editorial In an editorial in the aftermath of the riots that broke out in the Welikada Prison in November...

New Democrat MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan says she was followed, interrogated in Sri Lanka

Rathika Sitsabaiesan OTTAWA—It took a day for Rathika Sitsabaiesan to realize she was being followed.The first person to notice the men on motorbikes was...

Govt’s rights violations paved the way for foreign interference – JVP

Anura Kumara DissanayakeThe JVP today charged that the government’s continues violations of democracy and human rights, for the purpose of safeguarding its power, have...

Rights Now challenges the Human Rights Commission’s lame excuses on postponing National Torture Inquiry

Sudarshana Gunawardena.Rights Now Collective for Democracy challenged the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to be transparent about real reasons as to why...

Sri Lanka: Few jobs for university grads in the north

Photo: Amantha Perera/IRINHe might get into university, but getting a job is another matter COLOMBO, 9 January 2014 (IRIN) - University graduates in...

Press has obligation to foster respect for human rights – Prof. Savitri Goonesekere

Savitri Goonesekere Following are excerpts of the keynote address made by Emeritus Professor of Law, Savitri Goonesekere on Monday at the inaugural session of...

MOD ponders rehabilitating NPC member Ananthi – The Island

The Defence Ministry is seriously considering accommodating Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member Ananthi Sasitharan at a rehabilitation facility to prevent her from...

US urged to reconsider stand on Lanka

The Government today urged the United States (US) to reconsider its position on Sri Lanka and back efforts towards achieving reconciliation in the country.Justice...

Sri Lanka must move on political progress, if it wants to avoid persecution – Rajeewa Wijesinha

 Anti-Tamil political groups must be ousted – Prof. Wijesinha Excerpts from the interview:''But unless we get rid of this mindset, and move swiftly on...
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HRC 46: International HR organisations call for international action & protection of HRDs in Sri Lanka

Image: Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights making concluding remarks at the ID on Sri Lanka report. Making interventions at the interactive dialogue at...
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LTTE atrocities and the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

Many reports of the United Nations and International Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations by LTTE for...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...

In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...