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Government Insists No Deadline on Accountability Process

RajithaThe Government today insisted that there was no deadline to complete the accountability process on the war. Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the...

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Here Early Next Month

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein will be in Sri Lanka early next month, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce...

The Domestic Mechanisms Process will Start Next Week

(Statement to the Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs after the Official Talks with Hon. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs...

Saudi Court Reduces Sri Lankan Woman’s Stoning Sentence

Sri Lankan’s death sentence for adultery reduced to three years in jail on appeal. Saudi authorities have reduced a Sri Lankan woman’s sentence for adultery...

Thajudeen Killing: Two Navy Officers Identified

Three persons involved in the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen have been identified after analyzing CCTV footage. Among these are two persons attached to...

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs to Arrive for Two-day Visit

( US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon) The Foreign Ministry says that the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs,...

No to CEPA but Nod for Economic and Technology Collaboration with India: Ranil

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday reiterated his government’s position that it would not sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with...

International Investigators, Prosecutors and Judges are Essential to Ensure the Fairness of Any Domestic Inquiry

PHRE press release. War Crime Investigations, a necessary step towards reconciliation People for Human Rights and Equality (PHRE) supports the Sri Lankan government’s effort to...

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...

Geneva Resolution: How Sri Lanka Political Parties React

(Sri Lanka Brief) Read the full report as a PDF here:Political Party positions re UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 adopted by the...

I Would Have Loved to Have Seen the Tiger Leadership on Trial – Brad Adams, HRW

In a wide ranging interview, Human Rights Watch Asian chief Brad Adams says that under Mahinda Rajapaksa, there was only “victor’s justice”, whereas today...

Garry Anandasangaree: Justice for Sri Lanka Tamils NOT for revival of LTTE

By Daya Gamage . Garry Anandasangaree, 43, a well-established attorney-at-Law elected to Canadian parliament from Toronto's Scarborough Rouge Park Riding electoral district in the Canadian...

Sri Lanka Accountability Process Would be Purely Domestic: FM

Sri Lanka opted for a domestic mechanism despite the UN rights chief Seid Raad Al Hussein called for a hybrid court to carry out...

Sri Lanka: Civilian Deaths in War Due to LTTE Human Shields – PM

Major NGOs, int'l organisations recognize Tiger's mistreatment of Tamil civilians; LTTE killed Tamil civilians during final stages of war; Recruitment of child soldiers by...

Sri Lanka and the Politics of Justice – Mark Salter

(JVP general secretary Tilwin Silva speaking at seminar on Geneva resolution:Resolution poses a danger) Truth and reconciliation is a project which inevitably needs to balance...

Tamil Tiger Allegedly Sent to Toronto to Run Guerrilla Group’s Canadian Front ordered Deported for Terrorism

 Manickavasagam Suresh in 2005 ( Simon Hayter for National Post) TORONTO—A member of the Tamil Tigers who was allegedly sent to Toronto to run the...

The Geneva Resolution And Politics: A Note of Caution

Photo courtesy New Europe by Niran Anketell The recent Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is a remarkable document. Crafted in the immediate aftermath of...

Sri Lanka: Missing Persons Commission To Be Abolished

“Even locally, most of the people are not happy with the Commission and they have no faith in its process. However, we will not...

Sri Lanka: Alleged War Crimes; Govt. to Defend Troops

The Government will hire counsel and pay legal costs to military personnel who may face charges of war crimes. The assurance has been given...

Inter Parliamentary Union Wants Sri Lanka to Answer on MPs Killed

The Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) asked Sri Lanka to provide details on the assassination of four former Sri Lankan MPs, Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala...

Resolution on Sri Lanka is a key U.S. outcome at the UN Human Rights Council 30th Session

( American Ambassador to UNHRC at the Sri Lanka informal meeting) The United States Department of State noted that the resolution on Sri Lanka is...

Sri Lanka Asks Japan to Arrange North-East Reconstruction Donor Meet

(Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree met Japan's Emperor and Empress during an official visit. ) Sri Lanka wants Japan to...

APC to Discuss HRC 30 Resolution – President Sirisena

Domestic mechanism in accordance with Constitution. We have won over international community. Govt's approach appreciated by UN, UNHRC This government was able to change the...

Sri Lanka: Lobby Payments- How the Lobby PaymentsGoldmine was Plundered

By  Namini Wijedasa. American influence peddler registers his deals only after exposures in the Sunday Times and Foreign Policy Magazine For three consecutive years, the Auditor...

Obama Praises President Sirisena’s Commitment for Democracy and Good Governance

President of the United States Barack Obama praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s commitment and actions taken for strengthening of democracy and good governance in Sri...

US Backed Resolution (Draft) at HRC 30: Sri Lanka Takes Critical Stand

( The core group which presented the Sri Lanka resolution to the HRC  in March 2014 at the head table today © s.deshapriya) Head of...

Sri Lanka: Consultative process is necessary for a Hybrid Court – North -East Women ( WAN)

( Families of the disappeared call for justice, June 2015, at UNHRC) Women’s Action Network (WAN) welcomes the OISL report presented on Wednesday to the...

Sri Lanka Civil Society Welcomes OHCHR Report & Its Recommendations

Statement by Sri Lankan Civil Society members on OHCHR reports on Sri Lanka. We the undersigned Sri Lankan civil society activists and organisations welcome the...

OISL Report: TAG Wants UN Investigators to Interview Witnesses Within SriLanka

(Press Release) Together Against Genocide (TAG) unreservedly welcomes the report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka.  We urge the government of Sri Lanka to...

UN Identifies Key Sri Lankan Personnel Facing War Crimes Scrutiny

( Former President Rajapaksa with Military leaders) ECONOMYNEXT - The first UN war crimes report on Sri Lanka has identified several top militrary and police...
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