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Cost of not complying can be high in Sri Lanka – Jehan Perera

So far it appears that the implications of the resolution on Sri Lanka passed at the UN Human Rights Council last week against the...

Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary: No one cares more about human rights than us

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 12 years ago, but its sectarian tensions remain, while new divisions are exploited by politicians and worsened by the...

UN Resolution: Sri Lanka can’t act like N. Korea or Eritrea – Mangala Samaraweera

Image: Managala Samaraweera at UNHRC .2016. Sri Lanka has voluntarily become a signatory to all human rights conventions passed at the UN over the years...

Human Rights Council strengthens rights office probe into Sri Lanka’s long civil war – United Nations

Image: N Photo / Violaine Martin 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. The United Nations Human Rights Council has been given a mandate to collect...

U.N. to Gather Evidence of Atrocities in Sri Lanka Civil War

Image: Filed up memorial stones for the war dead in Mullaitivu, North of Sri Lanka as the Military banned a proper memorial.  (file photo...

The adoption of UNHRC resolution with minimal opposition is an encouraging sign to promote human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka – GTF

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption of resolution 46/1 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Government of Sri...

Sri Lanka resolution in full as adopted by the HRC 46 with 22 votes

The UNHRC resolution "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" was adopted today with 22 votes. 11 Member states opposed the resolution...

Tamil Nadu Political Parties Urge PM Modi to Take Stand Against Sri Lanka in UNHRC Session

Image: DMK chief M K Stalin. Chennai: India must take a stand against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council session vis-a-vis the accountability...

We’ve high hopes on India at HRC this time, says TNA spokesman

TNA expects New Delhi to vote for resolution, says spokesman Sumanthiran. Meera Srinivasan   The Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) “hopes are high” that India will vote for...

Report: Increased Marginalization, Discrimination and Targeting of Sri Lanka’s Muslim Community

The Sri Lankan government has taken several decisions recently that indicates and exacerbates a worrying trend of increased marginalization and targeting of Sri Lanka’s...

GTF welcomes the HRC resolution 46/1 wants to keep Sri Lanka firmly remain on the international agenda

UNHRC needs to ensure that human rights and accountability developments in Sri Lanka firmly remain on the international agenda The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes...

Sri Lanka: ‘Religious Disharmony’ Order Threatens Minorities – HRW

Image: A Sri Lankan Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks outside her apartment in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 16, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena/HRW. Withdraw...

An open appeal to the Sri Lanka Government: Do Not Associate with Military Junta of Myanmar

Image: Campaign held on 16 March 2021 by Civil society organizations, war-affected social groups, women’s organizations, and civilians of North East Sri-Lanka. (NECC photo) We...

In Myanmar at least 149 killed,1000s arrested including 37 journalists – UN Rights Commissioner

Image: In HlaingTharYar, Civilians trying to save an injured person by taking him to hospital in a trishaw because the military blocked all the...

Sri Lanka: Accountability in transition to nowhere – Ambika Satkunanathan

Image: at OMP office 30 Aug 2019. Disappeared in the South (1988-89); (c) S.Deshapriya The old/new F word: accountability  Accountability is a word that is being...

HRC 46: Text of the revised Sri Lanka draft resolution

A revised version of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka has been made public. The revised version has new wordings on the 2009 May Sri...

Catholic Church has lost patience after 2 years & what about Tamils who have waited for 11 long years? – M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Image: A priest conducts a mass burial for Easter Sunday bomb blast victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka on April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe/timesofisrael) As...

Endless War: The Destroyed Land, Life, and Identity of the Tamils in Sri Lanka

Oakland, CA—As the 46th session of the UNHRC assesses the new resolution on Sri Lanka, a new report from the Oakland Institute, Endless War: The...

US Foreign Affairs Committee tweets Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s article: “I hold Rajapaksa responsible for his role in my father’s murder”

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives at the Gangarama Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 26. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images/ Washington Post) "Freedom...

TNA response to Sri Lanka FM: L.T.T.E. is not a factor that needs to be reckoned with

Response of the Tamil National Alliance to the statement of Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Human Rights...

HRC 46: A terrifying wave of ethno-nationalistic hatred is gripping Sri Lanka – M. Ameer Faaiz

File photo: Ameer Faaiz speaking at a side event at UNHRC 2017 March. (c) s.deshapriya This is an extremely challenging and fearful time for religious...

A father’s plea for justice: “Before Ragihar died, he cried out to me for help” – Dr. Manoharan

FAO: Special Procedures / Lack of Redress for the Trinco 5 case in Sri Lanka. I am writing to thank you for your statement on...

Universal Jurisdiction — the Most Difficult Path to Achieve Justice for Sri Lanka – Andreas Schüller

It is more than clear by now that Sri Lanka has failed to – and doesn’t intend to — take the necessary, decisive, and sustainable...

HRC 46: International HR organisations call for international action & protection of HRDs in Sri Lanka

Image: Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights making concluding remarks at the ID on Sri Lanka report. Making interventions at the interactive dialogue at...

LTTE atrocities and the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

Many reports of the United Nations and International Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations by LTTE for...

In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...

Approach of the UNHRC resolution zero draft on Sri Lanka is not dissimilar to that of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith – Jehan Perera

"The zero draft document also has a section in which it calls on the UN system to ensure that evidence of violations of human...

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

HRC 46: 22 organisations call for a strong resolution with concrete action on Sri Lanka

A coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka To the...

HRC 46: Zero draft of the Sri Lanka Core Group resolution ignores High Commissioner’s recommendations

Zero draft of the resolution provided to Geneva based diplomatic missions by Sri Lanka core group titled Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in...
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