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Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Image:© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. In a paper presented the member states of the UNHTC, Geneva Amnesty International has urged the United Nations (UN) Human...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

Image~ Sri Lanka flag at the UNHRC, Geneva © sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member commission to identify the findings...

Evoking the Undead Tiger, the Eternal Bogeyman: The Consequences of Forgetting the Past -Ambika Sathkunanathn

Image: The day after Sri Lanka police demolished the Jaffna University memorial. (Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter photo) “If only they would respect Tamils as humans.” An alleged...

UNHRC, Sri Lanka Resolutions and the Tamil Parties’ desperation – M.S.M. Ayub

Tamil nationalistic politics which have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related politics seems #to be gaining momentum with the next session of...

UN recommendations: Sri Lanka’s 20 A and independence of the judiciary and independence of institutions

Image:  Fabian Salviol (left) & Diego García-Sayán (right) Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs, namely, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and Fabian...

December 10: Families of disappeared persons & civil society activists call for international justice mechanism.

“WHERE ARE THE HIDDEN PEOPLE ?” Families of Disappeared Persons and Civil Society Activists Demanded the Sri-Lankan Regime on the International Human Rights Day. The families of...

The Bitter Truth About the President’s Address to the Nation – Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: Presdnets tweet announcing his speech will be on air via all TV & Radio channels as well as an official social media pages. You...

Amnesty International writes to Pompeo: Raise Human Rights issues with Rajapaksas

Dear Secretary Pompeo: I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International and our 10 million members, supporters and activists worldwide. Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is...

As a nation we have failed to Deliver Justice to the Disappeared: Visakesa Chandrasekaram

Image: A scene from the film ‘paangshu’ Human rights issues related to enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka still continue. The grievances and the anxieties of...

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...

Sri Lanka Briefing Note No 17: A Deadly Combination – Militarisation, Sinhala Buddhist Supremacy and Absence of Rule of Law

BACKGROUND Sri Lanka is slowly emerging from the lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and heading towards the General Elections that is scheduled to...

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...

Investigate and Prosecute Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman for war crimes and other Human Rights Abuses – PRG

People’s Rights Group (PRG) Calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to Investigate and Prosecute Mr.Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman for war crimes and other...

“Karuna should be charged for war crimes” former ICC’s trial attorney, senior counsel Anura Meddegoda

They are not only crimes punishable under Penal Code of this country but also universal crimes against humanity. Murders of monks and surrendered policemen are...

Court issues interim injunction on 11 youth abduction case notwithstanding AGs arguments

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim injunction order preventing the Permanent High Court Trial- at- Bar from hearing the case against Former...

F*** You, Mr. President – Prof Qudri Ismail

In what must surely count as one of the most hilarious, unintentionally ironic and terrifying proclamations ever uttered by a modern head of state,...

Sri Lanka’s war 10 years on: Finding Father Francis

It's been 10 years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. For thousands of people, missing family members and friends are...

Unitedly and strategically working for the betterment of the Tamil people is the need of the hour – GTF

Image courtesy of www.epilepsy.com. (Press release/GTF) The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) joins Tamils worldwide in commemorating the 11th anniversary of the end of civil war in...

The pardoning sergeant Sunil Ratnayake is a step towards consolidating an elected military dictatorship in Sri Lanka. – ACPR

Condemning the pardoning former army Sergeant Sunil Rathnayake by president Rajapaksa, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research says that   "the pardon of Ratnayake in...

Joint statement, Sri Lanka: Mirusuvil Massacre – Accused Pardoned; No Reparations for Victims’ Families

Image courtesy of Amnesty International. On March 26, 2020, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa granted a presidential pardon and released convicted death row prisoner and mass murderer,...

As Pandemic Rages, Sri Lanka’s President Pardons a War Criminal

Image: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, second from left, has been accused of war crimes from his time as defense secretary, when he oversaw the last...

President Rajapaksa meets the press: “This is the only time in the history a country that has acknowledged that their own security forces have...

"A journalist asked the President how the government would face the consequences of withdrawing from co-sponsoring the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka. The Geneva...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

GOSL requests the US to verify the authenticity of information on Army commander Shavendra Silva and to review its decision.

SRI LANKA TAKES STRONG OBJECTION TO THE IMPOSITION OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON LT. GEN. SILVA AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY BY THE US Media Releases | Fri, 14...

The US State Dept has designated Sri Lanka Army Commander Shavendra Silva for alleged war crimes.

Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign...

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...
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