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Investigate & prosecute those accused of war crimes, civil society calls on IC at HRC 40

Image: Sri Lanka Attorney at Law Ameer Faaiz ( on right) made the intervention behalf of IMADR and FI. Thank you, Mr. President. I was here, with...

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...

Sri Lanka and accountability: Crime is crime; no matter who you are

by Needhiyin Kural’ Krishna. “The day a war hero goes and commits murder, he is no longer a war hero. He is then only a murderer....

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 Govt says it will respond to the Rights Commissioner’s report in writing

Image: When will Sri Lanka respond to the mothers waiting  for a decade to find answers on their disappeared children? (c) Vikalpa. (Daily Mirror 14'.03 .19)...

Sending Presidential trio to HRC40 & Rise of the Sirisena Naadagama – Lucien Rajakarunanayake

Are we beginning to see a new trend in Presidential Governance? What exactly will the special Presidential Trio sent to the United Nations Human Rights...

Sirisena to send his own team to HRC 40

(Asian Mirror 06.03.19)President Maithripala Sirisena said UPFA MPs Mahinda Samarasinghe, Dr. Sarah Amunugama and Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan will attend the 40th...

Sri Lanka Tamil parties declare no faith in Prez, PM, call for UN office in North

(The Island/03.04, 2019,) A delegation consisting of representatives of at least four Tamil political parties is scheduled to head for Geneva to lobby the United...

No Sri Lanka Govt delegation to Geneva for March session

Image: Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez. (Ceylon Today/29. 02/19) There will be no Government delegation flying to Geneva, Switzerland to be present at the United Nations (UN) Human...

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...

Sri Lanka: “We co-sponsored the resolution in 2015. We should not have done it” – Minister Champika Ranawaka

(26 February 2019 / Daily Mirror) Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said he submitted a Cabinet memorandum asking for general amnesty to...

Lanka mulls withdrawing from UNHRC resolution

President says troops did not commit war crimes; his proposal being studied by Foreign Ministry. Sri Lanka is considering withdrawing its co-sponsorship of the United...

Rajapaksa’s SLPP threatens to push back on 2015 UNHRC resolution

(Daily FT 13.02.19) Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said that if the party manages to form a government in...

The UK announced that it will be leading on resolutions for Sri Lanka, South Sudan and Syria, at HRC 40

Image: UK Ambassador to UN, Julian Braithwaite at the Human Rights Council organisational meeting yesterday. ( photo credit @JulianUNWTO) UK Statement:Human Rights Council organisational meeting held on...
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