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Sri Lanka: awaiting justice for a decade

Image: Relatives of people who went missing during Sri Lanka’s civil war taking part in a candle light vigil. File   | Photo Credit: Getty images. Meera...

The United Nations in Sri Lanka expresses its concern about emerging incidents of communal violence and tension

Statement by the United Nations in Sri Lanka on the prevailing situation in the country. 2019 May 14 (Colombo, Sri Lanka) – The United Nations...

Stop hateful attacks against religious minorities in Sri Lanka : UN

Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility...

The two issues of utmost importance to Sri Lanka: Geneva resolution & a new constitution – R. Sampanthan.

 R .Sampanthan. As I have often stated earlier, the future of the country is not purely an economic issue. It is a very multifaceted issue....

Involvement of the United Nations in the Reconciliation process

DR. S. W. Premarathan - Attorney at Law. President Maithripala Sirisena, in the course of his speech to the nation on National Day, said that...

Sri Lanka: Arrest of novelist Shasthika under ICCPR is abuse an abuse of the act.

Image: Shakthika Sathkumara Annya Wipulasena. When post-modernist, award winning novelist Shakthika Sathkumara walked into the Polgahawela Police Station on 1st April morning along with his lawyer and...

sri Lanka: New witness supports allegations against military chief Ravindra Wijegunaratne

(Maneshka Borham/ Sunday Observer) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) this week further strengthen its case against Sri Lanka’s top military chief, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne after...

In Geneva, rather than demonstrating diplomatic skill, finesse, grace and maturity, we made a spectacle of ourselves. – Mangala Samaraweera 

During the past few weeks, I have been watching the many headlines, debates, misinformation, misrepresentation of facts as well as self-congratulatory statements by some...

Sri Lanka: Hybrid Court: Follow IIGEP example says Wigneswaran

The Hybrid Court could be constituted following the example of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) under the Chairmanship of Justice Bhagavathy,...

UN torture prevention body to visit Sri Lanka next week

Image: Torture by prison officials at Agunakolapalassa prison came in to light through a leaked CCTV footage. (Press release/29 March, 2019)  GENEVA  — The United...

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Geneva cosponsored UNHRC resolution without consulting FM or him – Sirisena

Image: Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez . President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he would not implement any decisions that would violate...

Lanka preserved its sovereignty by rejecting proposal for OHCHR country office: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka’s non-compliance later had forced the UN rights body resolutions. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Sri Lanka preserved its sovereignty by not...

UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka, March 2019: Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

Human Rights Council Fortieth session 25 February–22 March 2019 Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka Albania,* Australia, Austria, Belgium,* Bulgaria, Canada,* Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland,*...

Strengthened national institutions required to fulfill UNHRC commitments – NPC

Image: Sandaya Ekneligoda has been fighting for justice for years , but national institutions has not been able to bring the killers her husband...

HRC 40: ICJ rejects Sri Lanka’s call for a purely domestic mechanism and insists the need of foreign judges.

Image: File photo of alt-Sinahala nationalist demo against international involvement  in a justice mechanism. (20/03/ 2019 Geneva) The ICJ today called at the UN for...

Resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka passed by consensus at UNHRC

Geneva, March 21 (newsin.asia): The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC): on Thursday through consensus passed a resolution giving the government of Sri Lanka two...

HRC 40: Summary of the interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka.

(20 March 2019.)The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka. Interactive Dialogue on Sri...

Sri Lanka and HRC 40: 13 points letter from North East Coordination Committee to Rights Commissioner

The UN Resolution 30/1 on Sri-Lanka was adopted by the Council along with the co-spon-sorship of Sri-Lanka to ensure truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence...

Rajapaksa wants GoSL to withdraw from cosponsoring Geneva resolution at @HRC40

Statement issued by former president and leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa. “The government has announced that they will co-sponsor yet another resolution against Sri...

Extensive public consultations a must on Sri Lanka’s counter-terror bill – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

In contrast to Colombo’s largely polarized sound and fury on the Counter-Terror Bill, it is refreshing to look at the manner in which South...

Could Sri Lanka have ignored resolution 30/1? – Shivani de Zylva

The commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka four years ago at the UNHRC session in Geneva have had lasting impressions on its...

Sri Lanka: Land releases until end of 2018 with a Positive Light

By Sanjeewa Wimalagunrathne and Tharaka Hettiarachchi. It has been a decade in to their displacement and hundreds of families are still awaiting the dawn of...

Four Major Tamil Diaspora Groups Welcome OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka

Image: Thousands of mothers are still waiting for the answers and justice for their disappeared children. (c)s.deshapriya. (GENEVA, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ ) The Australian Tamil Congress...

What happened in Geneva and why? – Madushanka Tennakon

Image: Minister Samaraweera at a side event during  HRC 34, reaffirmed Sri Lanka's commitment to Transitional Justice, including a Justice mechanism. (c)s.deshapriya. On 1st October 2015,...

Dual intervention can lead to reduced international pressure on Sri Lanka – Jehan Perera

Image: UN Rights Commissioner (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre) The report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights would give an indication of the forthcoming decision...

HRC 40: Conclusions and Recommendations of the UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka

Conclusions and recommendations. 61. In 2015, by co-sponsoring Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, the Government of Sri Lanka recognized the need to address the past...

“UN monitoring on Sri Lanka must continue”, civil society calls on Human Rights Council

(IMADR/ 2019.03.05) On Thursday the 28th of February at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, jointly with Amnesty International, FORUM-ASIA, CIVICUS, Commonwealth...

UNHRC 40: Sri Lanka’s efforts to repeal and replace PTA is praised; improvements to CTA proposed.

Image: Special Rapporteur on countering terrorism  Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. In the context of Sri Lanka, as mandate holder I have continued the engagement opened up by the...

Recommendations made by the Treaty Bodies and Special Procedure Mandate Holders are being implemented, Sri Lanka tells UNHRC 40.

Image: The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky in Colombo. Statement by HE Mr. A. L. A. Azeez Ambassador /...

Full text: First draft of the resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

27 February 2019 Human Rights Council 40th session: draft resolution Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka The Human Rights Council, PP1 Reaffirming the...
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