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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lanka: Government suffocating dissent and obstructing justice for historic crimes says Amnesty report

The Sri Lankan Government has launched a renewed crackdown on dissent that is severely curtailing civil society freedom and obstructing efforts to deliver justice...

Four Human Rights High Commissioners join former UN experts calling for international action on Sri Lanka

"Given the continued reluctance of the Sri Lankan Government to meaningfully uphold the human rights of all, only decisive, international action to ensure justice...

A Catalogue of Suffering Behind the Calls for Action on Sri Lanka’s War Crimes

As member States consider a resolution on Sri Lanka at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council session, it is an important moment for the...

Victims to testify in Swiss war crimes trial of Liberian rebel commander

Image: A photograph from August 2003 shows a bullet-strewn street following a brutal civil war in Monrovia, Liberia. Keystone / Nic Bothma/Swissinfo The trial in Switzerland of...

It’s Time for the Human Rights Council to Act on Sri Lanka – Navi Pillay

by Laurel E. Fletcher  Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the Sri Lankan government has made clear it has no serious intention of pursuing...

Former US Amb. to Geneva Donahoe on upcoming HRC session, Sri Lanka & war crimes

Image credit: US mission, Geneva. The Rajapaksa regime and family were directly implicated in the alleged war crimes at the end of the civil war. Ambassador Eileen...

Full statement: UN Experts call for UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka

Image: women.ncr-iran.org UN human rights experts have expressed their deep concern on 5 February 2021 about the reversal of important democratic gains achieved since 2015...

Sri Lanka: Justice Under Attack; UN Human Rights Council Should Pursue Accountability

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a campaign rally in Homagama, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 13, 2019.  © 2019 AP...

Human rights and Geneva sessions: What’s at stake for Sri Lanka? – Dr. Ameer Ali

President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (NGR) and his Government’s nonchalance regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council report on Sri Lanka, which was a confidential...

Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 40/1 which requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

Image: The High Commissioner is particularly troubled the appointments of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as...

Leaked UN report on Sri Lanka calls for “a meaningful path towards accountability for international crimes and serious human rights violations”

According to a leaked UN report on Sri Lanka, it calls  for the UN  Human Rights Council to take further action on Sri Lanka...

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Commissioner recommends asset freezes & travel ban for alleged war criminals

File photo: These arrested alleged  LTTE militants by Sri Lanka military. Their whereabouts are still unknown. In her report on Sri Lanka to the upcoming...

Sri Lanka Seeks Diversion, Not Justice, Over Wartime Abuses – Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, sings the national anthem during an event to mark the anniversary of country's independence from British colonial...

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...
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