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Lack of commitment on the part of the [Ranil-Sirisena] Government hindered the transitional justice programme in Sri Lanka – Pablo De Greiff

"Despite having been presented with important opportunities for genuine change and reform starting in early 2015, the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to adopt...

The “Core Group on Sri Lanka” express profound disappointment over Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from UN resolution

Image: Sri Lanka flag at UNHRC., Geneva. Making a statement at the 44th session of UNHRC  UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered...

Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism-Shyam Tekwani

The voyage from Serendib to Sri Lanka through Ceylon continues to be an uninterrupted tale of opportunities lost, scorned and spurned. The brutal end to the...

Sri Lanka to UN SC: “Transitional justice mechanisms need to take cognizance of the various historical, cultural and religious sensitivities.”

Speaking at UN Security Council Open Debate on ‘Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations’ on 13 February 2020, Permanent...

If Sri Lanka fails to keep its commitment to international community it will be harmful to the whole country – Sampanthann

(Press Statement/21.08.19.)   Senior Japanese Diplomat and United Nations administrator His Excellency Yasushi Akashi met with the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance Hon R Sampanthan member...

Sri Lanka: Reparations. Timely, and necessary- Shivani De Zylva

Image: Tamils being attacked in 1958 ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. Since then ethnic violence has been permanent feature in post independent Sri Lanka. The...

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...

Youth for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka – Challenges and Options – Tharaka Hettiarachchi

Image from Social Media. Heralding youth as catalyst for change is not a new phenomenon be it globally or in Sri Lanka. While it is...

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...

Sri Lanka: Time to Set-up a TRC? – Mark Salter

(intpolicydigest.org 22 Feb 2019) Is Sri Lanka on the path to establishing its own Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)? The answer, at least if...

A campaign against a new Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka at the HRC 40 launched by retired service commanders.

Holding a press conference in Colombo yesterday (20 Feb)  three retired service commanders, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke), Admiral Tisara Samarasinghe and General Daya...

Sri Lanka: Continuing international scrutiny necessary to ensure justice for war victims – NPC

In March this year Sri Lanka will report back to the UN Human Rights Council on its implementation of Resolution 30/1 which it co-sponsored...

1099 acres of state land in the Northern Province, used as Army farms to be released

In addition to the ongoing process of releasing private and state lands in the North and East, hitherto being used by the Army with...

Sri Lanka’s political crisis explained, and what it means for the island nation’s Tamil community – Kumaravadivel Guruparan

Image: Many Tamil activists see the ousted Ranil Wickremesinghe as less brutal than Mahinda Rajapaksa. by Kumaravadivel Guruparan. In November 2014, Maithripala Sirisena, who was then a...

Expectations for the Office for Reparations in Sri Lanka – Bhavani Fonseka

Tamil mother waiting for her son to come back ( Image courtesy of Vikalpa) Parliament of Sri Lanka this week, passed into law the ‘Office...

Sri Lanka: Reparations Bill should not be used to sideline truth and justice – R. Sampanthan 

Image: A mother looking for her disappeared son's name on a memorial panel- (c)Ishara S. Kodikara - AFP. Thank you, Mr. Presiding Member. I would...

Sri Lanka: Office for Reparations Bill narrowly passed

Image courtesy of the Sunday Observer. The Office for Reparations Bill was passed in Parliament with a narrow margin on 10th Oct 2018. It received 59...

UNHRC resolution: “Sri Lanka has made considerable progress and will report to UNHRC”

As regard to the UNHRC resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the US and Sri Lanka and adopted in early October 2015, Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak...

Civil Society Raises Concerns with the Office for Reparations Bill

Image: Tamil IDPs in Vallikamam North. (Press release/ 06 July 2018) The undersigned civil society activists and groups in Sri Lanka express our deep concern...

Sri Lanka cabinet endorses reparation bill 

Image: People affected by war has been waiting for so long for any meaningful reparation. ©s.deshapriya. (13 June 2018) As part of implementing the resolutions...

Sri Lanka: Reparations Bill ready, compensation for war-affected people

The Cabinet approved the draft Reparations Bill setting up the Office of Reparations is now in the final stages of drafting. The proposed law will...

Report: Transitional Justice and Constitutional Reform: Sri Lanka as the Cross Roads

Introduction.  With less than two years to the next Presidential election, Sri Lanka is facing one of the most serious political crisis in recent times....

Report: UN’s Participation is Necessary in the Implementation of TJ Mechanisms of Sri-Lanka – NECC

Image: UNHRC , Geneva ©s.dehapriya. His Excellency the High Commissioner of Human Rights and to the participants of the 37th Sessions of the UN Human...

Government’s visionary 2015 program seem stalled, despite their importance to sustainable peace, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka – UN

Image: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman meeting with TNA. ( Asian tribune) On March 11, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman...

UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka

Image: Jeffrey Feltman addresses a press conference in Colombo on March 3, 2015.  LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/GETTY/CBS. (AFP) The UN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that...

Sri Lanka: Rights Commissioner Zeid encourages UN member states to explore the use of universal jurisdiction

In Sri Lanka, I am very alarmed by recurring and continuing episodes of mob violence targeting ethnic and religious minorities, particularly Muslims, including most recently...

President Sirisena’s appointee to head Office of the Missing Persons (OMP)

Image: President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris. President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris, has been now appointed as the Chairperson of the OMP, government controlled Daily News reports.  Mr. Saliya...

SLB Briefing Note: Transitional justice in Sri Lanka: current challenges and issues

Image: Children of a war affected family in Vanni, Sri Lanka, July 2017; Addressing the issues related to poverty is necessary for a successful...

President Sirisena in conflict with the Constitution Council; Has referred back the list of nominees to the OMP; CC to stand by its decision

(SLB/19th Dec 2017) According to informed sources president Sirisena has not approved the nominated  list of commissioners  by the Constitutional Council (CC) for the...
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