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‘History will judge us harshly’: Myanmar special envoy to the UN calls for tougher sanctions

Sanctions on Myanmar’s military need to be tougher as the regime escalates violence on the ground, said Dr. Sasa, a special envoy to...

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...

“We will fight till the day we get our democracy” – Interview with Myanmar activist Wai Wai

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Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa wants UN to adhere to non-interference in domestic affairs of sovereign states.

In his message to the high-level meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations on 21 September 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says...

U.S. Bars Sri Lankan Army Chief Accused of War Crimes – NYT

Image: During the final stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, center, commanded an army division the United Nations accuses of...

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...

The outdated definition of refugee status unfits to the current refugee world! – Nirmala Benard Joseph

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The United Nations in Sri Lanka expresses its concern about emerging incidents of communal violence and tension

Statement by the United Nations in Sri Lanka on the prevailing situation in the country. 2019 May 14 (Colombo, Sri Lanka) – The United Nations...

Stop hateful attacks against religious minorities in Sri Lanka : UN

Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility...

Sri Lanka: The case of Victor Jara and Ahimsa Wickrematunge vs Nandasena Gotabaya

Dhathusen yahapalana. (A paralegal apprentice) According to news reports, former Defence Secretary and Presidential aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa is facing two civil suits in separate cases...

The European Union & the like minded countries call on Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty.

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issues the following statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the...

TNA MP A. Sumanthiran warns of taking Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main minority Tamil party demanded Friday that foreign judges be included in a special court to investigate war crimes, a day after...

HRC 40: ICJ rejects Sri Lanka’s call for a purely domestic mechanism and insists the need of foreign judges.

Image: File photo of alt-Sinahala nationalist demo against international involvement  in a justice mechanism. (20/03/ 2019 Geneva) The ICJ today called at the UN for...

Sexual harassment in public transport in Sri Lanka : Speak up, Intervene and Be the Change

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (UNFPA/1 Mar 2019): “I was travelling in a bus when the man seated next to me started to touch my thigh,...

Nor can any society be fair without journalists who investigate wrongdoing and speak truth to power. – António Guterres

Image : (c) S.Deshapriya. REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE OCCASION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GENEVA ASSOCIATION OF UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS. (25 February 2019/...

Sri Lanka: UN Secretary-General Underlines the importance of rule of law and due process.

New York/10 November 2018. Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on developments in Sri Lanka. The Secretary-General learned with concern of President Maithripala Sirisena's decision...

UN Secretary General urges Sri Lanka to respect democracy, constitution

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How can UN resolutions make it safer to be a journalist?

Since 2012, several landmark resolutions have been approved by various UN bodies on the issue of the safety of journalists. IFEX's 5-minute guide explains...

Allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own, Prez Sirisena tells UN

(26 Sep 2018)President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective and consider the tremendous progress...

Sri Lanka: NPC passes resolution calling for UN monitored referendum

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has passed a resolution calling upon member countries of the UN to conduct a UN monitored referendum in the...

TNA & GTF visit the US to brief the officials and governments on Sri Lanka situation

Image: TNA - GTF members with the US Amb Kelley Currie at the US Mission in New York. A joint delegation of TNA and GTF visited...

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...

Reaffirming commitments to UNHRC resolutions Sri Lanka lists its HR achievements at UPR

Image; Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs of Sri Lanka ( file photo)   Making the opening statement  at the Third...

Sri Lankan families demand answers on missing relatives

 Families still wait for answers two years after the UN called on Sri Lanka to address war crimes and disappearances. For the last decade, Arulanadam...

Sri Lanka has achieved tremendous progress in reconciliation, democracy, human rights & rule of law, Sirisena tells UN

President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms,...

Why a Sri Lankan leader might be tried for war crimes in Brazil?

Image: Family members of the disappeared during the war continue their protests in Northern Province of Sri Lanka. (c) s.deshapriya. By Kate Cronin-Furman. Early Tuesday morning,...

War Crimes Suits Against Sri Lankan Ambassador General Jagath Jayasuriya in Brazil

Image: Sri Lanka's then army chief General Jagath Jayasuriya (C) takes part in a Buddhist ceremony in Anuradhapura on October 2, 2010. RIO DE JANEIRO —...

Sri Lanka: Full Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN SP on human rights and counter-terrorism

Image: UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, at a media briefing at the conclusion of his mission to Sri Lanka. Preliminary findings...
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