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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

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

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

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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...

US: Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran; Laws of War Prohibit Deliberate Attacks on Cultural Property

Image: U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. ©...

OMP made progress amidst lack of cooperation from state actors & continuous efforts to deny the rights of families of the disappeared – Saliya...

Image: On the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, Colombo. © Sunanda Deshapriya. The OMP made such progress amidst an array of challenges including lack...

Top Sri Lankan Navy Commanders Complicit in Serious Crimes says ITJP

23 October 2018 Johannesburg: The International Truth and Justice Project has called for a review of all naval cooperation with Sri Lanka after it found...

U.S. says Sri Lankan army chief appointment will curtail cooperation

 FILE PHOTO: Chief of staff of Sri Lankan army Shavendra Silva attends a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File...

Daughter of Lasantha Wickramatunge to appeal decision in U.S extrajudicial killing case against Gotabaya Rajapaksa

San Francisco, October 21, 2019: The United States District Court for the Central District of California granted former Sri Lankan Secretary of Defense Gotabaya...

Sri Lanka: Ex-forces chiefs condemn Geneva resolution & defend former Navy chief Karannagoda over abduction of 11 youth

Three retired service commanders, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke), Admiral Tisara Samarasinghe and General Daya Ratnayake, has  alleged that the war winning military was...

Sri Lanka: Mother, ‘They are bringing young boys and girls here and shooting them dead’ – Rajiv Naganathan, at Navy Gun Site, May...

On May 21, 2009 Rajiv Naganathan had made one final call to his mother Sarojini. The 19 -year old Naganathan was abducted on September 17,...

A former LTTE member to be charged for the assassination of Sri Lanka FM Lakshman Kadirgamar, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Image: The accused will be produced t  the State Security Senate of the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Stuttgart.Photo: Lichtgut / Max Kovalenko. (SLB) A Tamil man,...
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