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Freeing a soldier convicted for massacre dashes hopes for accountability in Sri Lanka – Editorial, The Hindu.

The grant of presidential pardon, on Thursday, to a Sri Lankan soldier on death row for murdering eight Tamil villagers has sparked justified outrage...

Sumanthiran strongly condemns the presidential pardon given to ex-army Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesperson and former MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, has reacted sharply to the Presidential pardon given on Thursday to Sri Lankan Army Sergeant...

UNHRC-Sri Lanka resolution process will continue despite withdrawal: Mangala Samaraweera

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera asserted that Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from the co-sponsorship of the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC)...

Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and the Sri Lankan response – Harsha Gunasena

Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Nations Human Rights Council, presented a report1 to the Human Rights...

Sri Lanka: The weakening of Independent Commissions will hamper checks & balances and protection of people’s rights. – HRC SL

In its statement to UN Human Rights Council on the High Commissioner's Report,  Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka emphasises that the weakening of...

Netherlands will be evaluating the policies & the directions of Sri Lanka in relation to the Geneva resolution.

In a meeting with the Netherlands Ambassador Ms. Gonggrijp, Mr. Sampanthan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance has pointed out that “The UNHRC resolution...

SriLanka: Vavuniya newspaper director summoned by Terrorism Investigation Department after covering HRC43

The director of Vavuniya-based Thinappuyal newspaper, Sakthivelpillai Prakash and his wife alongside another editor, were summoned by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) on...

Sri Lanka: Office on Missing Persons emphasises the need for a mechanism with a comprehensive mandate under domestic & international law.

Image: Families of the disappeared writing names of the missing loved ones on a memorial wall. Sri Lanka does not yet have a figure...

Consequences of dreadfully fractured logic in Geneva for Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

There is a dreadfully fractured logic in what the Government of Sri Lanka articulated before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it...

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability are among the main reasons for religious extremism & hate speech in Sri Lanka –...

From the Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief on Sri Lanka. The culture of impunity in Sri Lanka has been...

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...

Sri Lanka report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and recommendations: 86. Ten years after the end of the lengthy ethnic conflict, there has been no closure on a number of issues arising...

International HR organisations call on the Human Rights Council to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Making Joint Oral Statement at the ongoing 43rd session of the Human Rights Council today (28 February 2020.) eight International Human Rights organisations urged the...

Geneva resolutions will not disappear and are legally binding – French diplomat

Image: Thierry Mathou in Colombo. A senior visiting French diplomat said yesterday said that despite Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from co-sponsorship of the UNHCR Resolution on...

HRC 43: “We remain profoundly committed to resolution 30/1 and its principles” – the Core Group on Sri Lanka

Delivering the joint statement of the Core Group on Sri Lanka, International Ambassador for Human Rights of the United Kindom, Rita French told the...

HRC 43: Sri Lanka promises death certificates and livelihood assistance for the missing persons but no Justice & Truth.

Sri Lanka today told the ongoing 43rd session of UNHRC that "with regard to the issues on missing persons, steps would be taken, after...

Sri Lanka: Withdrawal from UN commitments requires robust response by Human Rights Council – AI

Image:  " Do not make Geneva promises disappear!" a placard at the "Missing Lovers Day" held by the Families of the Disappeared on 14.02.2020...

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...

There is no space for transitional justice in Sri Lanka – Call of the hour Is remedial justice: TGTE

Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from Resolution 30/1 is a clear rejection of human rights and accountability and displays total disregard for UN Member States Sri...

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council – Statement by Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka

43RD SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT STATEMENT BY HON. DINESH GUNAWARDENA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN RELATIONS OF SRI LANKA 26...

Statement by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament on UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on 20 February 2020

Image: Sri Lanka FM Dinesh Gunawardana's speech at HRC is based on statement made by him on 20 Feb 2020. In May 2009, following...

A brief on the “Missing Lovers Day”, Sri Lanka.

For the third successive year, Families of the Disappeared (FoD) celebrated the “Missing Lovers Day" On 14th February in Colombo at the Vihara Maha Devi...

Sri Lanka to inform UNHRC of five decisions in relation to resolution 30/1, including appointing a new commission of inquiry.

Image: how countries vote on Sri Lanka resolution in 2012. Sri Lanka government has decided to inform UNHRC 43 session it's commitment to achieve sustainable...

Diplomatic drone strike, Indo-Lanka equation and constitutional change – Dr’Dayan Jayatilleka

Image: The best chance of a political settlement is while Tamil leader R. Sampanthan is alive and active. He is the only one with...

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...

NPC wants Sri Lanka adopt restorative justice [instead of transitional justice]

Image from berkeleyhighjacket.com. Issuing a statement National Peace Council of Sri Lanka says that "the appropriate path for Sri Lanka to take at the present...

Sri Lanka report: UN Rights Commissioner urges the Human Rights Council to continue to closely monitor developments in Sri Lanka

Summary: Pursuant to resolution 40/1 of the Human Rights Council, the present update assesses the progress made in implementing Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 on...

Sri Lanka to withdraw from co-sponsorship of UNHRC resolution on war crimes

Colombo, February 18 (newsin.asia): On the grounds that the Sri Lankan government’s 2015 decision to co-sponsor the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution No:...

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...

Sri Lanka: Families of ‘Disappeared’ Threatened

Image:A woman holds a picture of a missing relative at a protest calling for investigations into enforced disappearances, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 14, 2020.  ©...
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