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Time for international action on accountability in Sri Lanka

Last week, Sri Lanka’s new government formally withdrew its support for UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 30/1 – thereby pulling the plug on its long-standing...

Backtracking on the Geneva resolutions will lead to the resumption of resentment, frustration, and fear among the vulnerable in our country – Mangala Samaraweera

Former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said that the decision to co-sponsor Geneva Resolution 30/1 was taken by the yahapalana government under the leadership...

Rights Commissioner calls on HRC to remain alert to situation in Sri Lanka in terms of prevention and to explore all possible avenues for...

Speaking at HRC 43 today Human Rights High High Commissioner called on the Human Rights Council to remain alert to Sri Lanka's situation in...

PM Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka has decided to withdraw from the process of co-sponsorship in relation to Resolution 30/1

Collective travel ban imposed on the Army Commander and his family by the USA. The United States of America has prohibited the Commander of the...

US assures TNA that it will do all things possible to ensure that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments to the International Community.

In a meeting with the Tamil National Alliance today in Colombo, Rep. Ami Bera assured that the United States will do all things possible...

Cannot entertain 2015 UNHRC resolution on war crime in its current form: Lanka Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo, Dec 20 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said he cannot entertain the 2015 UN Human Rights Council resolution co-sponsored by the...

Sri Lanka to make new presentation to UNHRC explaining atrocities committed by rebels

COLOMBO, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's new government will make a fresh presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), explaining all...

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...

Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera defends UNHRC resolution 30/1 & says Gotabhaya policy will isolate the country again

Mangala Samaraweera. At a Press Conference on 15 October 2019, Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, dismissed Sri Lanka’s commitments to our citizens...

Geneva process on Sri Lanka should be kept alive, a time bound implementation plan necessary – TNA

In a discussion with Mr Fergus Auld, Head of South Asia Department , UK and India Coordinator TNA has insisted that  the process outlined by...

Sri Lanka: New Bill recognises right to reparations and to commemorate the dead

(01 July 2918/ST)The newly gazetted Office for Reparations Bill will provide for “individual reparations” as well as “collective reparations”, which will include monetary payment...

US statement on Geneva resolution and Sri Lanka’s commitments

 Statement on United States Relations with Sri Lanka. June 21, 2018:  Secretary Pompeo has announced that the United States  withdrew from the United Nations Human...

US-Sri Lanka joint resolution: Government nearing Accountability stage

(Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera speaking at yesterday’s press conference. Picture by Wimal Karunathilake) Talks progressing on type of mechanism; Of the type all stakeholders...

Countries Reiterate Need for International Participation in Sri Lanka’s Accountability Mechanism

( Sri Lanka Delegation to the HRC 32) A number of countries voiced their support for the High Commissioner’s oral update today and re-asserted their...

Advancing Reconciliation Diplomacy: Sri Lanka FM on Implementation of the Geneva Resolution

Speech by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo, 21 June 2016. Ladies and Gentlemen, in fact all of...

SriLanka: Former Commander for international Supervision on Accountability

( War zone, May 2009, Sri Lanka) Minister of Regional Development, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka  has said that he  welcomes for international involvement on war...

USA Supports Sri Lanka in Fully implementing the Human Rights Council Resolution

Joint Statement From the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on the Inaugural U.S. - Sri Lanka...

From Words To Action: New Report on Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Commitments

by Zachary Edward Walko The South Asian Centre for Legal Studies (SACLS) held a panel discussion to present their recommendations for a roadmap for implementation...

Sri Lanka Could Accept International Actors in War Crimes Probe – FM

( U.N. resolution calls for all alleged war crimes to be investigated and tried in special courts by international judges) By Idrees Ali. WASHINGTON -  Sri...

Govt-UNHRC Deal Comparabe to Kandyan Convention of 1815 – Rajapaksa

by Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution...

Geneva Issue: Sri Lanka Govt. Earmarks 11-Member Task Force

UN Special Rapporteur coming here to help in the consultation process. Two-phase action plan shown to Western countries and India. An eleven-member Consultation Task Force...

Sri Lanka President Wants (Only) ‘Internal’ War Crimes Court

The president of Sri Lanka has said foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in an investigation into allegations of war crimes. In a...

Talks on Sri Lanka Domestic Mechanism Next Week

The Sri Lankan government will next week begin consultations on the design of domestic mechanism that will look into the allegations of human rights...

Colombo Will Not Act in Haste On War Crimes Special Court: President Sirisena

By  T. Ramakrishnan. The Sri Lankan government would not act “in haste” on the issue of setting up a special court on allegations of violations...

Sri Lanka: PTA To Be Repealed

by Easwaran Rutnam. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has urged the government to review all cases of detainees held under the...

War Crimes Investigations with International Involvement: An Integrative Treatment for Healing Deep Rooted Wounds

By Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka. A hard-hitting UN Human Rights Council report in September this year contained details of numerous allegations...

Sri Lanka to Launch Special Court to Probe War Crimes ; No Foreign Judges Only Assistance – CBK

AFP/ Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, who heads the office of national unity and reconciliation, said her work cannot be done without justice for victims...

President Sirisena says No Need to Import Judges

( President Maithripala Sirisena and Justice C.G. Weeramantry lighting the traditional oil lamp at the felicitation ceremony) President Maithripala Sirisena has said that with judges...

Foreign Judges for War Crimes Tribunals: BASL on the Fence

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday took a non-committal stand on the issue of foreign judges sitting on war crimes tribunals expected...

APC on Geneva Resolution: No Common Ground on Core Issues

(Mangala Samaraweera speaking at the APC, round 2) All Party Conference (APC) on the implementation of Geneva resolution has not been able to come to...
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Take immediate steps to secure Shani Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment – HRCSL to Commissioner of Prison

In a letter addressed to Commissioner General of Prison,  HRCSL has said that "the health and security of all prisoners including remandees, remain the...

Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

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