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Sri Lanka Govt. to ‘revisit’ UNHRC resolution as priority, says FM

Indicating that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution was a priority for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s administration, Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday...

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Must Demonstrate Respect For Human Rights and Address Impunity: ICJ

Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government must demonstrate that they will uphold human rights and rule of law, and ensure...

Sri Lanka: Next President ‍faces major rights challenges- Provide justice for past crimes, prevent future abuses – HRW

Image: Sri Lanka's elections chief Mahinda Deshapriya displays ballot boxes that will be used in the upcoming presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, October 31,...

U.S. says Sri Lankan army chief appointment will curtail cooperation

 FILE PHOTO: Chief of staff of Sri Lankan army Shavendra Silva attends a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File...

Sri Lanka: Ex-forces chiefs condemn Geneva resolution & defend former Navy chief Karannagoda over abduction of 11 youth

Three retired service commanders, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke), Admiral Tisara Samarasinghe and General Daya Ratnayake, has  alleged that the war winning military was...

Navy abductions case: OMP raises concern over suspect Dassanayake’s confirmation of rank

Image: Trinco Navy camp where abducted 11 youth were held. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has decided to raise their concerns with President Maithripala...

North East Coordinating Committee writes to UNSG : UN’s participation is vital to establish rule of law and to protect the rights of...

TO THE ATTENTION OF HIS EXCELLENCY ANTONIO GUTERRES, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS. UN’s Participation is Vital to Establish Rule of Law and to...

U.N. suspends Sri Lankan troops from peacekeeping over army chief appointment

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations suspended Sri Lankan Army deployments in the world body’s peacekeeping operations after the Indian Ocean island nation appointed...

Sri Lanka: Issue of ‘Certificates of Absence’ for the disappeared extended by 2 more years

Image: The placard asks by implication: When will you start issuing ‘Certificate of Absence’ (CoA) ©Sunanda Deshapriya. The Government has extended, by two more years, legal provisions...

With the upcoming Presidential election, we fear for retrogression in the TJ process in Sri Lanka .- IMADR

Image: Sri Lanka has failed to implement many of the recommendations from the WGEID. © Sunanda Deshapriya. 2019. We thank the Working Group for its follow-up report...

Core Group Statement on Sri Lanka: Addressing serious violations of the past remains incomplete, and requires our ongoing attention.

Image: UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French  delivered the statement. UN Human Rights Council 42 - UK delivers Core Group Statement on Sri Lanka UK's...

Report: Climate of impunity remains in Sri Lanka and a lack of actions envisaged to address the issue – UN WGEID

Image: Waiting for the justice for disappeared relatives © Sunanda Deshapriya. Follow-up to the recommendations made by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in the...

900 days of protests: Still searching for truth and justice in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

Image: Families of the disappeared gathered in front of UN, Colombo and handed over a memorandum. © Sunanda Deshapriya. August 30 was the International Day of...

The Office of Missing Persons need the full support of all relevant State authorities – Hanaa Singer

Image: A relative of a disappeared writing on the memorial wall at OMP on 30 Aug 2019. © Sunanda Deshapriya. UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka-...

Sri Lanka: UN experts say army chief appointment is “affront to victims” of rights abuses

Image: Shavendra Silva, joined the army in 1984 and was its chief of staff from January ( REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte ) GENEVA (27 August 2019) - A...

Sri Lanka: Simmering ethno-religious tensions must not be ignored, says UN rights expert

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed. GENEVA / COLOMBO (26 August 2019) – Simmering ethno-religious tensions in Sri Lanka...

Unfinished investigations of journalists killings in Sri Lanka: CID points fingers at security forces

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pointed fingers at the security forces over its failure to conclude investigations into some high-profile criminal cases, The Sunday...

In Sri Lanka, Victor’s Justice Means No Justice at All; Commander of Abusive Division Appointed Army Chief

Image: General Shavendra Silva is seen at the Ampara Air Force camp in eastern Sri Lanka August 24, 2009.  © 2009 Reuters/Stringer/Files. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, HRW. Sri...

The promotion of Shavendra Silva to the post of Army Commander calls into question Sri Lanka’s commitments to the UN Human Rights Council...

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issues the following statement in agreement with the Embassies of Germany, Italy, Netherlands, the UK High Commission,...

Appointment of alleged war criminal to head of Sri Lanka army ‘deeply troubling’, says UN human rights chief

Lieutenant-General Silva commanded Sri Lanka’s 58th Division during the final stages of the military campaign against the LTTE rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam...

Sri Lanka: Appointment of Shavendra Silva as Army Commander comes under fire

Major General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today (19).He received his letter of appointment from President...

Sri Lankans must act together in favour of sustained democracy, says UN expert

Image: Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and Association, delivers his End of Mission statement at the Media...

Sri Lanka: It was the Chief Justice who granted the appointment to UN SP Mr. Clément N. Voulé – MEA

SPECIAL STATEMENT BY HON. TILAK MARAPANA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN PARLIAMENT – 25.07.19 It has been brought to my notice that last Tuesday (23...

Sri Lanka: STF, police personnel acquitted over Lanka students’ murder

Image courtesy of Tamil Diplomat. by Meera Srinivasan. Five students were shot dead in 2006 at Trincomalee. A magistrate court in Sri Lanka has acquitted Special Task Force (STF) and...

Sri Lanka needs to address root causes of all forms of violence and discrimination as a priority – Rights Commissioner

In her opening speech at the HRC 41 Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said that Sri Lanka should be given a priority to bringing political, religious...

Report- Sri Lanka Post Easter Sunday Attacks: Emerging Human Rights Issues

Background: The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks have drastically changed Sri Lanka’s social and political fabric. Over the existing ethnic polarization, Sri Lanka now faces polarization...

Actions of the Sri Lanka govt go against achieving reconciliation and ensuring nonrecurrence – TNA

Image: Sampanthan meeting Michele Coninsx . Press Release/10.06.19. Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate(CTED) Ms Michele Coninsx met...

The fate of Pakistani and Afghan Refugees in Sri Lanka.

Image: The Amadiyya community centre in Pasyala hosts refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes since the April 21 attacks in Sri Lanka....

Sri Lanka: Failed Pledges Mar 10 Years Since War’s End

(New York) – Ten years since the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, the government has failed to provide justice for the conflict’s many...

Sri Lanka: Impunity fuels recurrence of violence

On the tenth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade-long internal armed conflict, Amnesty International calls on the government of Sri Lanka...
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